Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Agriculture Chief Piñol Submits Save Sulu Project To Develop Province To President Duterte

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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Pinol on Wednesday, December 7 said he already submits to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on December 19 a poverty alleviation program for the island province of Sulu designed to cut poverty incidence in the province by 25 percent in three years.

Pinol said the “Save Sulu Project” was in line with the directive issued him by President Duterte last September after the Chief Executive met with former Sulu Governor Sakur Tan, who decried massive poverty as prime reason behind the recruitment of Suluanos by extremist groups, including the Abu Sayyaf.

“The President ordered me to come up with a poverty alleviation program for Sulu to match the military component of our government’s efforts so we can achieve peace in the province,” said Pinol.

The Go-Negosyo group, led by Presidential Consultant on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, participated in crafting the poverty alleviation program.

The DA Secretary said the poverty alleviation program includes development of the island province’s telecommunications system, power supply, road system, and the local economy so the people will have regular income and would be less vulnerable to recruitment by extremist elements.

Pinol noted that with the help of Concepcion, the government has secured the commitment of business leaders like San Miguel Corporation, businessman Manuel Pangilinan’s PLDT, Bounty Fresh, Henry Lim, Rosario Chui to pour in investments in infrastructure and local agriculture and business to beef up the poverty alleviation project.

“Poverty incidence in Sulu is at 61 percent (of the local population) and as always (the government is setting) a poverty reduction target of 25 percent within three years. This will be a continuing project,” he added.

Source: DA

Duterte Admin To Create Philippine Space Agency And National Space Development Program

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The Philippines has the capability to become the hub of space technology and space applications in Southeast Asia where engineers, scientists, and industry stakeholders around the region can converge, instead of the country sending its professionals abroad to learn and be trained.

This was stated by Astrophysicist Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese in an interview with the media after a press conference for the 23rd Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-23) held at the Sofitel Philippines Plaza Manila from November 15-18, 2016.

Furthermore, he is the focal person for the Philippine Space Science Education Program of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

Sese, a member of the APRSAF Space Environment Utilization Working Group, claimed that having a space industry in the Philippines will translate to jobs not only for astrophysicists, engineers, and others directly involved with the space industry, but also for support personnel. 

“We’re looking toward building our own space industry. We are a little bit behind. But if we do things right, we can take the lead in the Southeast Asian region,” said Sese.

“It had been stated that we need around 800 aerospace engineers and scientists in the next 10 years. Studies have shown that for every one person that is directly involved in the space field, there are four other people who serve as support personnel,” he added.

Moreover, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña at the press conference revealed that these are the areas where we would like to have an impact thru space technologies: national security and development, hazard management and climate studies, space industry and capacity building, and education.

He also added that government has earmarked P1B for space technology from 2017-2018, after which the yearly allocation would be around P2B.

“The initial strategy is to send our scholars abroad. The best strategy is to institute some academic programs here in the Philippines and that might involve the invitation of some foreign experts to help us initialize some of these programs. But eventually, we hope that we will be able to train our own,” said de la Peña.

In addition, with a local space industry generating a lot of jobs, the brain drain that currently characterizes local manpower will hopefully be put to a halt.

“The Philippines is pursuing this space technology development because we are also asking our lawmakers to have a bill approved for the creation of a Philippine space agency and a national space development program for the next ten years,” said APRSAF Co-Chair and DOST Usec. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara. 

“I assure you space technology is very useful for this country,” she added.

The bills are House Bill 3637 and Senate Bill 1211 which both aim to legislate a Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy and create a Philippine Space Agency.

Aside from the Philippine Science Education Program, SEI is also in constant collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency for several space awareness programs for local schools, and is currently working toward including space education in the K-12 curriculum for both  elementary and high school levels, among others. 

The APRSAF, which the country is co-hosting with Japan for the first time, is the largest space-related conference in Asia-Pacific attended by space agencies, government bodies, international organizations, companies, and research institutes in the region.

Source: DOST

Millions Of President Duterte Signed Peso Bills Launched By Bangko Sentral

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said it deployed to the financial system on Tuesday, December 20, bank notes that bear the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte.

According to Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo, five million bills per 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 –peso denomination and two million 200-peso bills were sent to BSP Regional Offices across the country.

“In the subsequent days, until the New Year, we will continue to not only produce but to ship them to the different branches of the BSP,” he said.

Guinigundu added that the design and the security features of the bills were unchanged.

Source: ANC

Monday, December 19, 2016

PCSO Lotto Results For December 20, 2016 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  6-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/20/2016
EVENING 9:00PM:  9-8-0-4-6-4
JACKPOT PRIZE:  846,130.30
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/20/2016
MORNING 11AM:  2-1-1
WINNER(S):  1032
AFTERNOON 4PM:  0-0-6
WINNER(S):  555
EVENING 9PM:  5-0-5
WINNER(S):  902
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/20/2016
MORNING 11AM:  9-7
WINNER(S):  323
AFTERNOON 4PM:  2-25
WINNER(S):  333
EVENING 9PM:  27-9
WINNER(S):  600
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Super Lotto 6/49
DRAW DATE:  12/20/2016
COMBINATION:  4-37-32-27-25-46
CURRENT JACKPOT:  60,506,140.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  National Lotto 6/42
DRAW DATE:  12/20/2016
COMBINATION:  39-25-13-9-1-29
CURRENT JACKPOT:  18,298,908.00
WINNER(S):  1
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

DAR Distributes 120 Hectares Of Agricultural Lands To 35 Farmers In Sorsogon

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed 120 hectares of agricultural lands in Donsol town in the province of Sorsogon.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO) Leonito M. Gaveria said 35 farmer-beneficiaries of the Agrarian Reform Program received the Certificate of Landownership Award (CLOAs) and are now expecting a great improvement in their economic lives.

“The DAR’s mission is not only to distribute lands to landless farmers; but also to provide support services because our purpose is not only to make you owners of the land you till but also to transform you into entrepreneurs,” said Gaveria.

Gaveria advised the farmer-beneficiaries to join in Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBOs) so that they would benefit more in terms of getting a package from DAR’s support services.

He cited the Village-Level Processing Center Enhancement Project in Bulan, another town in Sorsogon, and other projects under the program beneficiaries’ development as example of how the DAR transforms the ARBs into entrepreneurs.

Donsol Mayor Josephine Alcantara-Cruz said that the farmer-beneficiaries are very fortunate to have the said opportunities. 

“Make your land productive, it is your ticket as your way out from poverty,” she added.

Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) Representative Rollie Dela Peña said the distributed properties were formerly owned by private individuals and that the new CLOA holders should pay their amortizations to the LBP.

“I am so thankful to DAR because I got this land. Me and my fellow beneficiaries will pay our dues and we promise that we will do our best to develop these landholdings,” said Fe Tan, one of the Land recipients.

Source: DAR

LTO Finally Releases The Driver’s License Card In Metro Manila Starting December 19

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The Land Transportation Office (LTO) finally releases the plastic driver’s license cards on Monday, December 19.

LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said those who have pending applications from January 1 to October 16 may claim their cards at 36 licensing offices in Metro Manila.

He said applicants only need to present the Official Receipt issued to them when they applied for their license card.

The LTO Chief also warned the public not to deal with fixers who may deceive them and ask for fees to claim their cards.

“I would like to caution all the claimants that they need not pay a single centavo to claim their driver’s licenses since they have already paid for it,” said Galvante.

Moreover, the Metro Manila release of the cards will erase 700,000 of the three-million backlog in three-year valid driver’s license cards. Rollout in other regions will follow, and is expected to be completed by February 2017.

LTO’s last supplier of cards was Allcard Philippines Inc. However, its contract had expired last May.

The shortage of license cards started in 2013 when the Commission on Audit disallowed payments to former supplier, Amalgamated Motor Philippines Inc., for lack of a proper contract.

Source: Interaksyon

Bridge-Tunnel To Be Constructed Across Manila Bay Linking Cavite And Bataan

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A bridge-tunnel across Manila Bay, starting from Naic town in Cavite province and ending in Mariveles town in Bataan province, is being pushed as a solution to the traffic crisis in Metro Manila.

Felicito Payumo, Former Chair of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), named his idea the Trans Manila Bay Crossing, which he first pitched in 1987 on his first term as Bataan Representative.


He revived the idea after observing that there was no more real estate left to host new roads or expand the mass transit system.

“The Trans Manila Bay Crossing poses no right of way issue. It will not only push growth outside of Metro Manila but will also connect three regions with close to 40 percent of the population and with gross domestic product (GDP) exceeding 50 percent of our total GDP,” said Payumo.


The plan for a combined bridge and tunnel also completes “the Big Loop,” or what is now a network of existing and integrated roads south and north of Metro Manila, he said.

These are the Roman Highway in Bataan, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the North Luzon Expressway, the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, the Skyway Connector Road of the north and south expressways, the Skyway, the South Luzon Expressway, the Manila-Cavite Expressway and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road.

The planned Cavite-Laguna-Expressway leads to Quezon province and the Bicol region.

“If there are 18 million trips each day by 13 million inhabitants in Metro Manila, add to this the pass-through trips from Southern Luzon to Central and northern Luzon and vice versa, then we know why traffic crawls on EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue). There is only one arterial road that connects Southern Luzon to Central Luzon through Metro Manila, and that is EDSA. This pass-through traffic should not go through Metro Manila if the Cavite-Corregidor-Bataan connection is constructed,” stated Payumo.

According to him, the Trans Manila Bay Crossing would make the Clark International Airport at the Clark Freeport only an hour’s drive away from Cavite.

Moreover, Payumo said his idea was similar to Japan’s Tokyo Aquiline.


“Motorists from Yokohama need not go around Metro Tokyo to reach Chiba Prefecture. They just cross Tokyo Bay through the bridge-tunnel. Similarly, motorists from Bataan and the rest of Central Luzon need not go around Metro Manila to go to Cavite and the rest of Southern Luzon. They can cross the Bataan-Corregidor-Cavite Trans Manila Bay Bridge-Tunnel,” said Payumo.

He said it was easier to build an access route across Manila Bay because roads and bridges can be constructed on Corregidor Island and smaller islands.

“The tunnel would only be necessary in the southern channel to Cavite,” added Payumo.

Source: Inquirer

President Duterte Personally Visits, Gives Financial Aid To Wounded Soldiers In Sulu, Basilan

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Fresh from his state visits to Cambodia and Singapore, President Rodrigo Duterte took time Saturday, December 17, to personally visits and gives financial assistance to the 16 soldiers who were wounded in action (WIA) during their recent military encounters with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan and Sulu.


In the same visit, the President also gave financial assistance to the families of the three killed-in-action (KIA) soldiers. The soldiers were confined at the Camp Navarro General Hospital (CNGH) in Zamboanga City.

President Duterte talked to the wounded soldiers and the families of the slain military men, and gave them words of encouragement while extending the financial assistance and giving mobile phones.


Those wounded soldiers who were given checks worth P100,000 from the Presidential Social Funded (PSF) were Emar Akalul, Ssg. Elmer B. Aranges, 1Lt. Albert O. Peralta, Pfc. Gilbert B. Verrey, Cpl. Mortaza J. Allama, Pfc. Simar Salasain, Cpl. Ruel J. Tambong, Cpl. Ronald M. Ramos, Cpl. Jerome V. Gonato, Pfc. Charlie Shine O. Carinal, Pfc. Romeo G. Ansino, Pfc. Mitchwayn T. Arsenal, Ssg. Peter M. Ugsod, Pfc. Elmer F. Dela Cruz, Sgt. Julbazar T. Julhasirin, Sgt. Amilhaidar A. Tagayan, Cpl. Ramly Guzman, and Pfc. Renante S. Malen.

The relatives of those who were killed in action were also provided with P250,000 checks.

They were the late Cpl. Mushier M. Kahaluddin through his wife Panang S. Kahaluddin, Pfc. Kennedy A. Osing through his father Bonifacio P. Osing, and Pfc. Jay G. Boctot through his wife Christie Mae Boctot.

In expressing his deep concern for the country’s military men, Presidenr Duterte said, “We should take care of our soldiers. They are giving up their lives for this Republic… at saka just to ease up their pain and their suffering.”

Source: Sunstar

Marikina-Made Shoes From The Philippines A Big Hit In Indonesia

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Filipino fashion retail brand Rusty Lopez recently opened its newest store in Jakarta, Indonesia featuring comfortable sandals and casuals made from Marikina, the Philippines’ shoe capital known for producing durable and high-quality footwear, according to a recent report of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippine Trade and Investment Center – Jakarta.

The store in Sogo Lippo Mall Puri located in the St. Moritz Central Business District is the brand’s 9th outlet following the opening of stores in Seibu Grand Indonesia, Sogo Emporium Pluit, Sogo Central Park, Sogo Alam Sutera, Lotte Shopping Avenue, Metro Plaza Senayan, Metro Gandaria City, Metro Taman Anggrek.

Furthermore, Philippine Commercial Attaché to Indonesia Alma Argayoso said the sales of the newest collection during the opening were brisk. The other stores also received positive feedback.

“It is exciting to bring to the Indonesian market the Philippines’ world-famous Marikina-made shoes. This affirms our belief on the potential of fashion retail products in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest economy,” added Argayoso.

The first overseas store of Rusty Lopez opened in Jakarta this year at the Seibu Department Store of Grand Indonesia Mall and featured carefully selected designs suited to the Indonesian market.

Moreover, DTI noted that increased interest in Philippine-made shoes abroad helps revive the local shoe industry and is expected to open more opportunities for small enterprises to generate employment within their communities.

As part of the DTI’s Industry Promotion Group, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Jakarta will continue to support and assist Filipino home-grown brands in globalizing their products and accessing regional markets by continuously looking for potential partnerships.

Aside from Rusty Lopez, other Filipino fashion retail brands in Indonesia include Karimadon, Penshoppe, Gingersnaps and Ann Ong Jewelry.

Source: DTI

P634 Million Bridge, Road, Housing Projects In Negros Island Region To Be Completed By 2017

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About P634.524 million worth of bridge, road, housing projects were identified for Negros Island Region (NIR) this year, an official said.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who chairs the Regional Development Council (RDC), said the projects include big ticket projects in the region.

These projects include construction activities in Bacolod City amounting to P376.411 million, the Bayawan-Mabinay Road worth P243.113 million, and the mangrove propagation in Sagay City at P15 million.

In Bacolod City, the projects include the construction of revetment with floodwall in Magsungay River at P92.516 million; Lupit River at P92.224 million; Mandalagan River at P136.359 million; and dredging of Mandalagan River at P55.312 million.

The construction work in Magsungay River and Lupit River are almost 50 percent complete, while the accomplishment rate in the two projects at Mandalagan River is 12 percent.

The projects are expected to be completed next year.

Negotiation for the relocation of illegal settlers who will be affected with the projects in Mandalagan is on-going. Currently, 80 families were already affected.

For the Bayawan-Mabinay Road in Negros Oriental, two of the projects are in Bayawan City with a length of 7.19 kilometers (km) while the one in Mabinay is 1.59-km long.

The two projects in Bayawan are 25 percent complete, while 87 percent of the Mabinay construction is completed.

Unfavorable weather condition and acquisition of right of way stalled the construction work in Bayawan.

The Department of Public Works and Highway is targeting to finish the projects next month.

In Sagay City, the P15-million mangrove propagation is seen to mitigate the effects of climate change through protection, rehabilitation and proper management.

The project covers the 32,000-hectare Sagay Marine Reserve, which is composed of Carbin Reef, Mahaculom and Panal Reef, Molocaboc Daku, Diot Islands and Suyac Islet.

Also tackled during the NIR-RDC meeting was the three resettlement sites in the cities of Cadiz and Sagay, which were the hardest hit localities when super typhoon Yolanda battered the region in 2013.

In Cadiz City, 475 of the 1,000 units in Antonino Heights are already occupied while 85 of the 500 are occupied in Len-Vil Homes.

The site has lack of water and power while 394 of the 1,000 units in Sagay City are already occupied.

Overall, 1,019 Yolanda-affected families in Negros Occidental were relocated.

Source: Sunstar Bacolod

President Duterte Wishes Peaceful Christmas For Filipinos, Communists, Terrorist Group

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President Rodrigo Duterte expressed on Saturday, December 17, his hopes that gunbattles will take a back seat this Christmas season.

Asked by reporters for his Christmas message, President Duterte said he is hoping for a peaceful Christmas, including with the communists and even terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

“I’d like to greet everybody, lahat na, to the Filipino people, the law-abiding, and of course, if they find it in their hearts though this is not really something for the Moro but you know that this kind of events is closest to the hearts of the Christians. Na we can have a peaceful Christmas,” President Duterte said in his visit to the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom).

He also urged terrorist group Abu Sayyaf to “take a vacation.”

“Nakikiusap ako sa lahat na if we can have a peaceful Christmas. Maybe we can resume fighting some other day,” President Duterte said.

“I’d like to greet everybody, the communists, the Abu Sayyaf, in behalf of the, sa taong Pilipino, Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year for all,” he added.

Source: Sunstar Manila

PCSO Lotto Results For December 19, 2016 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Monday, December 19, 2016 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  4-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/19/2016
EVENING 9:00PM:  3-0-4-9
JACKPOT PRIZE:  57,099.00
WINNER(S):  16
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/19/2016
MORNING 11AM:  8-9-5
WINNER(S):  322
AFTERNOON 4PM:  0-8-8
WINNER(S):  540
EVENING 9PM:  4-5-6
WINNER(S):  592
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/19/2016
MORNING 11AM:  3-11
WINNER(S):  311
AFTERNOON 4PM:  3-10
WINNER(S):  271
EVENING 9PM:  28-19
WINNER(S):  345
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Grand Lotto 6/55
DRAW DATE:  12/19/2016
COMBINATION:  54-45-5-47-18-55
CURRENT JACKPOT:  54,222,184.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  Mega Lotto 6/45
DRAW DATE:  12/19/2016
COMBINATION:  27-20-3-33-26-30
CURRENT JACKPOT:  65,990,372.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

All Filipinos Are Automatically Covered By PhilHealth Starting 2017 Under President Duterte

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Any non-member of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is automatically covered upon availment of healthcare service in all public hospitals under President Duterte and his administration, Senator Loren Legarda said on Thursday, December 15.

In a statement, Legarda said the 2017 national budget will provide health assistance to all Filipinos, regardless of social status since Congress has approved the allocation of an additional P3 billion to PhilHealth for universal health coverage.

“The Department of Health (DOH) said there are some eight million Filipinos still not covered by PhilHealth. It is our duty, in serving the public, to extend basic healthcare protection to all our people. That is why we pushed for the augmentation of the PhilHealth’s budget so that in 2017 we achieve universal healthcare coverage,” said Legarda.

Furthermore, indigent patients will not pay for anything in government hospitals under the No Balance Billing (NBB) policy as mandated under the Amended National Health Insurance Act (Republic Act 10606), which Legarda principally authored.

Apart from the Philhealth subsidy, the 2017 national budget will also allocate a total of P96.336 billion for DOH, which includes funds for the construction of additional health facilities and drug rehabilitation centers.

The amount is also inclusive of the P800 million funding for the Doctors to the Barrio program, which aims to provide equitable healthcare services to all areas of the country through the deployment of competent and dedicated physicians to serve the doctorless municipalities.

“The health of our people deserves to be on top of the priorities of government. What is crucial now is to make these healthcare benefits known by the poorest households who are the intended beneficiaries,” concluded Legarda.

The proposed 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) worth P3.350 trillion has been approved by both the Senate and House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte before Christmas.

Source: Interaksyon

First Time In DOH History Pres. Duterte Makes Hospitalization Free For Poor Filipinos By 2017

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In 2017, all Filipinos need not worry about their hospital and medicine bills, these will be free, Health Department Chief said Saturday, December 17.

“There’s no need to hold any card of PhilHealth, just prove to us you are a Filipino, you are entitled to be covered by health benefits, the PhilHealth will take care of the hospital billings and other concerns,” said Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossel-Ubial.

She said this after an increase of the funds being given by the Budget Department to cover the hospital needs of the poor and needy Filipinos.

According to Ubial, the Health Department is now in good financial standing after the Budget Department paid last November the arrears of 32 Billion from the 42 Billion deficits of PhilHealth.

“This is the first time in [DOH] history President Duterte has exerted all efforts and expect changes in the next days. Poor patients will leave hospitals with no billings balance,” she said.

The Health Chief also mentioned additional subsidies for free medicines from government agencies, including the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Moreover, she said next year there will be no more buying of medicines in government pharmacies because every poor family can get it free from the government health program.

Ubial added that she got assurance from President Rodrigo Duterte who she quoted as telling her, “Just take care of the poor, I’ll take care where to find the money.”

Source: GMA News

President Duterte Fulfills Promise By Approving Free Irrigation For Farmers Starting 2017

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Another important highlight of the 2017 national budget is the government subsidy on the irrigation service fees (ISF) being paid by farmers to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

The P2 billion additional allocation for NIA under the proposed 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) is intended to cover the ISF collected by the agency from farmers’ associations.

An accompanying Special Provision for this purpose specifies that the P2 billion allocation will be used to cover the operating requirements of NIA and the maintenance of existing irrigation facilities which were previously funded out of the collections from ISF.

“Our farmers, who feed the nation, are among the poorest of the poor who urgently need government support and intervention. At present, they need to pay the irrigation service fee for NIA to irrigate their farms when, in fact, what we need to pursue is the lowering of production costs so we can achieve food security, encourage more citizens to engage in or go back to farming, and improve the income of our small farmers,” said Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.

The NIA is authorized to collect the ISF pursuant to Republic Act No. 3601, but Legarda said it is time to amend the said law.

“This intervention in the budget is only the first step to free our small farmers from the added burden of having to pay for irrigation fees. What we really intend is to make it a policy of government,” the Senator said.

Legarda is the co-author of the proposed Free Irrigation Reform and Restructuring Act, which seeks to remove from NIA the functions of maintaining irrigation projects and collecting irrigation services and other fees.

Under the said measure, fees being collected by NIA from its irrigation beneficiaries will be discontinued and the management and maintenance of irrigation facilities will be turned over to the beneficiaries and will be provided with professional management support.

“The free irrigation for farmers under the 2017 national budget will be a big boost for the agriculture sector and we will continue to support improvements in the sector through various measures and policies, including the immediate passage of the proposed Free Irrigation Act,” added Legarda.

During this year’s election campaign and even before President Rody Duterte decided to run for the highest post in the land, he has repeatedly said that irrigation water should be provided free to the country’s small rice farmers to improve their productivity.

Source: Sunstar Manila

PCSO Lotto Results For December 18, 2016 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Sunday, December 18, 2016 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/18/2016
MORNING 11AM:  1-7-1
WINNER(S):  639
AFTERNOON 4PM:  5-0-9
WINNER(S):  422
EVENING 9PM:  2-2-2
WINNER(S):  1222
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/18/2016
MORNING 11AM:  4-25
WINNER(S):  254
AFTERNOON 4PM:  7-23
WINNER(S):  285
EVENING 9PM:  23-3
WINNER(S):  559
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Ultra Lotto 6/58
DRAW DATE:  12/18/2016
COMBINATION:  8-56-7-43-13-17
CURRENT JACKPOT:  92,744,368.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  Super Lotto 6/49
DRAW DATE:  12/18/2016
COMBINATION:  32-33-12-10-35-22
CURRENT JACKPOT:  56,535,396.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

PCSO Lotto Results For December 17, 2016 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Saturday, December 17, 2016 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  6-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/17/2016
EVENING 9:00PM:  5-1-1-9-1-2
JACKPOT PRIZE:  428,344.92
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/17/2016
MORNING 11AM:  3-1-4
WINNER(S):  1019
AFTERNOON 4PM:  0-0-9
WINNER(S):  261
EVENING 9PM:  4-2-3
WINNER(S):  470
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  12/17/2016
MORNING 11AM:  9-16
WINNER(S):  267
AFTERNOON 4PM:  4-28
WINNER(S):  248
EVENING 9PM:  22-2
WINNER(S):  229
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Grand Lotto 6/55
DRAW DATE:  12/17/2016
COMBINATION:  48-38-4-33-12-21
CURRENT JACKPOT:  51,316,732.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  National Lotto 6/42
DRAW DATE:  12/17/2016
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Complete List Of Philippine State Universities, Colleges With Free Tuition Fee In 2017

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All state Universities and Colleges in the Philippines will offer education to Filipinos for free starting next school year after the Senate and the Congress approved the P8 Billion additional budget for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The only needed was the sign of President Rody Duterte approving the free tuition fee to all State Universities in the Philippines.

“If confirmed, free tuition at SCUs could be 2016’s best news for the nation’s peasant and working-class families.” tweeted by Blogger Tonyo Cruz.

Here are The List of State Universities and Colleges That May Covered by The P8 Billion Additional Budget for CHED:

National Capital Region (NCR)

President Eduardo S. Caillo
EULOGIO “AMANG” RODRIGUEZ INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
MARIKINA POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITY
PHILIPPINE STATE COLLEGE OF AERONAUTICS
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
RIZAL TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES
PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL (University of the Philippines Manila)

Under DBM-NCR Coverage

President Commo. Richard U. Ritual
PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY
MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY MAIN CAMPUS (Marawi)
Mindanao State University (General Santos Campus)
Mindanao State University (Maguindanao) Mindanao State University (Naawan)
Mindanao State University (Sulu)
Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology
Mindanao State University – Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography

CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION (CAR)

President Aurelio Labanen Jr.
ABRA STATE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
APAYAO STATE COLLEGE
BENGUET STATE UNIVERSITY
IFUGAO STATE UNIVERSITY
KALINGA-APAYAO STATE COLLEGE
MOUNTAIN PROVINCE STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE

REGION 1 – ILOCOS

President Benjamin P. Sapitula
DON MARIANO MARCOS MEMORIAL STATE UNIVERSITY
ILOCOS SUR POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE
MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY
NORTH LUZON PHILIPPINES STATE COLLEGE
PANGASINAN STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES

Region II – Cagayan Valley

President Aleth M. Mamauag
BATANES STATE COLLEGE
CAGAYAN STATE UNIVERSITY
ISABELA STATE UNIVERSITY
NUEVA VIZCAYA STATE UNIVERSITY
QUIRINO STATE COLLEGE

Region III – Central Luzon

President Eusebio V. Angara
AURORA STATE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
BATAAN PENINSULA STATE UNIVERSITY
BULACAN AGRICULTURAL STATE COLLEGE
BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY
CENTRAL LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY
DON HONORIO VENTURA TECHNOLOGICAL STATE UNIVERSITY
NUEVA ECIJA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
PAMPANGA AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
RAMON MAGSAYSAY TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
TARLAC COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
TARLAC STATE UNIVERSITY

Region IV-A – CALABARZON

President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo
BATANGAS STATE UNIVERSITY
CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY
LAGUNA STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF RIZAL SYSTEM

REGION IV-B – MIMAROPA

President Romulo H. Malvar
MARINDUQUE STATE COLLEGE
MINDORO STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
OCCIDENTAL MINDORO NATIONAL COLLEGE
PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY
ROMBLON STATE UNIVERSITY
WESTERN PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY

Region V – Bicol

President Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya
BICOL UNIVERSITY
CAMARINES NORTE STATE COLLEGE
CAMARINES SUR POLYTECHNIC COLLEGES
CENTRAL BICOL STATE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE
CATANDUANES STATE COLLEGES
DR. EMILIO B. ESPINOSA SR. MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
PARTIDO STATE UNIVERSITY
SORSOGON STATE COLLEGE

Region VI – Western Visayas

President Danilo E. Abayon
AKLAN STATE UNIVERSITY
CAPIZ STATE UNIVERSITY
CARLOS HILADO MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE
GUIMARAS STATE COLLEGE
ILOILO STATE COLLEGE OF FISHERIES
NEGROS STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
NORTHERN ILOILO POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE
NORTHERN NEGROS STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF ANTIQUE
WESTERN VISAYAS COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
WEST VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Region VII – Central Visayas

President Marcelo T. Lopez
CEBU NORMAL UNIVERSITY
CEBU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
BOHOL ISLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY
SIQUIJOR STATE COLLEGE

Region VIII – Eastern Visayas

President Reynaldo A. Lombrio
EASTERN SAMAR STATE COLLEGE
EASTERN VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY
LEYTE NORMAL UNIVERSITY
NAVAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NORTHWEST SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY
PALOMPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY
SOUTHERN LEYTE STATE UNIVERSITY
VISAYAS STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN PHILIPPINES

Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula

President Hji. Nasser A. Salain
BASILAN STATE COLLEGE
JOSEFINA H. CERILLES STATE COLLEGE
JOSE RIZAL MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE
SULU STATE COLLEGE
TAWI-TAWI REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY
ZAMBOANGA CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
ZAMBOANGA STATE COLLEGE OF MARINE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

Region X- Northern Mindanao

President Victor M. Barroso
BUKIDNON STATE COLLEGE
CAMIGUIN POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE
CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY
MINDANAO UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
MISAMIS ORIENTAL STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
NORTHWESTERN MINDANAO STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Region XI – Davao Region

President Jonathan A. Bayogan
DAVAO DEL NORTE STATE COLLEGE
DAVAO ORIENTAL STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES AGRI-BUSINESS AND MARINE AND AQUATIC SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES

Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN

Officer-In-Charge Bashier D. Salic
ADIONG MEMORIAL POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE
COTABATO CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
COTABATO FOUNDATION COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
SULTAN KUDARAT STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO

Region XIII – CARAGA

President Doroteo E. Jacquias
AGUSAN DEL SUR STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
CARAGA STATE UNIVERSITY
SURIGAO DEL SUR STATE UNIVERSITY
SURIGAO STATE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

The P8 billion budget may only covered the tuition fee, but not the other miscellaneous expenses like laboratory fees, according to CHED.

The additional budget for CHED was part of the P3.35 Trillion proposed budget for 2017.

It only needed the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and he’s expected to sign it after his trip abroad.

Source: Official Gazette

President Duterte To Make All Colleges, Universities In The Philippines Tuition-Free In 2017

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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Friday, December 16 announced that tuition fee in the undergraduate programs of all state universities and colleges (SUCs) will soon be free.

The announcement was made after the agency received an additional P8.3 billion fund initially intended for projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The grant is part of the P3.35 trillion Philippine budget recently approved by the Congress.

“The intention is all state universities and colleges would no longer charge undergraduate tuition so that P8 billion is supposed to cover undergraduate tuition in all state universities and colleges,” CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan told ANC.

An allocation of P5.8 billion will be used for the continued implementation of student assistance programs like Iskolar ng Bayan, PAMANA Study Grant Program, Tulong-Dunong Program as well as scholarship grants for kids of small farmers and sugarcane workers.

In addition, P4.6 billion will be allocated for the continued implementation of the K to 12 program, which started taking effect this year.

However, CHED is still working on the guidelines on how the free tuition policy will be implemented.

Licuanan emphasized that all SUCs will be instructed not to collect tuition but may charge for other fees and graduate school tuition.

“Free tuition will help tremendously. It will free I guess resources of families and students for the other costs... because there are other costs to getting a college education,” Lucuanan said.

Meanwhile, Kabataan Partylist representative Sarah Elago has issued a statement on the planned tuition-free policy on SUCs.

“This is a victory for the youth movement which has long fought for the right to education. This is great news for the nation’s youth and their families, especially the poor and marginalized. Perhaps, this is the best news for millennials this year, and one which will have a profound and long-lasting effect on their futures and especially our nation’s,” Elago wrote on her Facebook post.


Source: The Summit Express

Thousands Of Filipinos In Singapore Waited For Hours Just To Meet President Duterte

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Thousands of Filipinos in Singapore waited for hours just to see and welcome Philippine President Rody Duterte during his state visit in the country.


In spite of the criticisms from the worldwide group, President Duterte remained widespread among Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).


The Filipino community are very excited to meet the President some have been queuing up since 8am for his 6pm meet and greet.


Others even sacrificed their one day salary just to attend the speech of President Duterte at the Max Pavilion and Hall 9 at the Singapore Expo.


The Organizers issued 6,000 tickets for the occasion, however, the anticipated quantity of the supporters who needed to attend the event elevated because many of them turned up hours early.


During the marketing campaign interval, the OFWs helped President Duterte to change into a social media phenomenon and made him received the 2016 election.


The President addressed the Filipinos in Singapore by thanking them and urged them to stand up for their rights.


“From the bottom of my heart for contributing to the economy,” said President Duterte. “Merry Christmas, and be assertive of your rights.”


The video posted by Channel News Asia confirmed the number of Filipinos waited for hours just to see and support President Duterte.




Source: Channel News Asia

China Donates P100 Million Aid To Philippines For Anti-Poverty Programs Of DSWD

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The People’s Republic of China turned over on Tuesday, December 13, an additional cash donation worth P35,000,000 to the Philippines through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help fund recovery and rehabilitation efforts of the Department for calamity-affected communities.

China has earlier donated P60,000,000 on November 7 to help the affected families of Typhoon Lawin which struck the northern part of Luzon last month.


In a simple turnover ceremony at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City, DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo received the cash donation from Honorable He Xiangqi, Charge D’Affaires of the Embassy of China in the Philippines.


Also present during the ceremonial turnover are DSWD Undersecretary Mateo G. Montaño, Director Felino O. Castro V, and Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa.

In her message, Secretary Taguiwalo stressed the importance of international solidarity.

“As we continue to assess the damage brought by the typhoon, further assistance is needed for the recovery and rehabilitation of the typhoon victims. Every help we can get locally and internationally is welcome as long as no conditions are attached and based on what we need,” said Secretary Taguiwalo.

“I would like to thank the Chinese people and its government for being responsive to the Filipino people’s needs especially in times of crisis. This solidarity reflects the type of development China pursues. I am confident that both the Philippines and China share the same ideals for humanity,” she added.

For her part, Honourable He Xiangqi said that the Philippines have also extended its help to China.

“We can never forget that when China was hit by a great disaster, the Philippines offered support spiritually and materially. And by doing so, China also wishes to demonstrate that we are old neighbors, old brothers, and friends in need,” she said.

From March 20, 2006 to November 7, 2016, the People’s Republic of China donated a total of P67,959,000 for calamity-affected communities in the Philippines and another $105,190 to aid in the country’s disaster relief efforts.

The Philippines also received in-kind donations from China amounting to P88,660,958.45 consisting of motor vehicles, housing materials, generators and various relief items.

According to Secretary Taguiwalo, the donations will go a long way in serving the people of the Philippines.

She also said that serving the people is one of the main concerns of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“On behalf of the Filipino people, I would like to thank all the organizations, individuals, and institutions that have donated funds for the recovery and rehabilitation of our calamity-affected communities. Long live international solidarity!” she ended.

Source: DSWD Facebook Page

DFA Chief Yasay Demands UN Rapporteur To Apologize To President Duterte For Damaging PH

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United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard must apologize to President Rodrigo Duterte over the “tremendous” damage she had caused to the Philippines.

Speaking to reporters in Singapore, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Callamard’s “arbitrary” findings on the rising death toll of drug personalities in the country had made people believed that the Duterte administration should be blamed for it.

“She has damaged the country tremendously by her statement. People had jumped into conclusion that extrajudicial killings have been perpetrated in the Philippines, that there is rampant violation and state-sponsored violation of human rights,” said Yasay.

“The damage that she has wrought on the basis of her responsibility is great. It demands no less than apology,” he added.

Last August, Callamard lambasted the President over the number of slain individuals who are allegedly linked to illicit drug operation.

Callamard said President Duterte is apparently giving the people the “license to kill” the drug suspects in the country.

“Directives of this nature are irresponsible in the extreme and amount to incitement to violence and killing, a crime under international law. It is effectively license to kill,” said Callamard.

Yasay demanded that Callamard absolve the government from the drug-related deaths because her statement was not even verified.

“She must apologize for the arbitrary findings that she has made. She must withdraw the findings immediately and admit in public before the international community because it has unfairly damaged the country that this conclusion that she arrived was not verified at all,” he said.

Meanwhile, Callamard’s remark has prompted the President to issue an invitation for her to go to the Philippines and investigate for herself the extrajudicial killings in the country.

The government, however, would allow Callamard to arrive in the Philippines, in conditions that she would have public debate with President Duterte, be questioned by the President, and take an oath to “confirm her intention to be truthful.”

In a statement, Callamard said Thursday, December 15, she wanted the government to explain the conditions that are “inconsistent with the Special Rapporteur Code of Conduct and Terms of Reference for country visits.”

“I urge the authorities to reconsider their three conditions, in view of the Code of Conduct and my letter to them,” she said.

Yasay maintained that the conditions have to be followed by Callamard.

“Ms. Callamard said that she cannot comply with these decisions. So the question of whether or not she could comply with this decision. These conditions are her own decision. If she cannot comply with it, that’s the end of it,” the Foreign Affairs Secretary said.

“But let it not be said that the Philippines has withdrawn the invitation for her. The invitation still stands, Ms. Callamard,” he added.

Source: Sunstar Manila

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