PPI to re-examine media and award best regional papers
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On its 49th year and 17th annual conference, the Philippine Press Institute also known as the national association of newspapers, will re-examine the journalism practice in the country and assess how newspapers are surviving in the digital age in this year’s National Press Forum (NPF) “Watching the Watchdog: Re-examining Ourselves” on June 13 and 14 at the New World Hotel in Makati.
The annual event highly anticipated by PPI members from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the NCR will gather publishers and editors who will also discuss other issues and concerns related to sustainability and even threats that make it even more difficult for community newspapers and journalists to survive. Also invited to attend are members of the diplomatic community, journalism and communication students and educators, business groups, representatives from the civil society organizations, media executives and government officials.
“We need to be critical of ourselves too,” says Malaya publisher and PPI chairman Amado ‘Jake’ Macasaet during the final meeting of the PPI Board first quarter of the year. “There are those who corrupt and those who are being corrupted.” He said the theme goes beyond ethics but more importantly, touches on the survival of newspapers amidst the proliferation of online media and other competitors.
Media critic and PPI vice-chairman Vergel Santos who will do the introduction to set the tone of the conference, said that proficiency should also be the focus. “Not only because the quality of professional practice in every aspect is poor, but also because technology has opened the practice to people altogether untrained for it, not to mention clueless about it,” he said.
Both seasoned newspapermen and long-time PPI trustees agreed that professional values should be revisited and the quality of their observance as well the extent of their non-observance re-assessed.
The PPI Board’s choice of speakers such as Dean Rolando Tolentino from the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communication (UPCMC), Ramon Tuazon from the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) foreign correspondent and popular journalist-blogger Raissa Robles, press freedom fighter Rowena Paraan from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Malou Mangahas from the Philippine Center on Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and Marites Vitug from Rappler to name a few, will hopefully provide a wide spectrum of insights and lessons from the shortcomings of the media from both practitioners and academic experts as the ‘third party’.
Highlight of the Press Forum is the 2012 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards that will recognize community newspapers that excelled last year in editing, photojournalism, editorial, business and economic reporting, science and environment reporting, culture and arts reporting, and climate change and biodiversity reporting which is also this year’s exhibit theme.
The finalists are: MABUHAY (Bulacan), METROPOST (Dumaguete City), THE MINDANAO CROSS (Cotabato City), BAGUIO MIDLAND COURIER (Baguio City), BOHOL CHRONICLE (Tagbiliran City), THE MINDANAO OBSERVER (Dipolog City), SUN.STAR BAGUIO (Baguio City), PANAY NEWS (Iloilo City),SUN.STAR DAVAO (Davao City), SUN.STAR CEBU (Cebu City), SUN.STAR CAGAYAN DE ORO (Cagayan de Oro City), THE VISAYAN DAILY STAR (Bacolod City), EDGE DAVAO (Davao City), MINDANAO GOLDSTAR DAILY (Cagayan de Oro City), SUN.STAR PAMPANGA (City of San Fernando) and MINDANAO TIMES (Davao City). The winners in all seven categories from the weeklies and the dailies will receive trophies and cash prizes.
The 17th National Press Forum is being supported by The Coca-Cola Export Corporation (TCCEC) as the Institute’s principal funder through a partnership program on “Building Better Communities Through Civic Journalism”, and in part by Nickel Asia Corporation as major sponsor, New World Hotel, PhilHealth, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, Petron Corporation, SM Retail, Inc., SM Investments Corporation, and Land Bank of the Philippines. The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will provide the cash prizes for the winners of culture and arts reporting, and climate change and biodiversity reporting. Official media partner is the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).
CEB re-launches new, enhanced CEB Club
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Offers 3-day members-only seat sale to all international and domestic destinations
THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) re-launches CEB Club with a members-only seat sale from May 24 to 26, 2013 or until seats last, as well as additional benefits to all members.
Valid for travel from January 1 to March 31, 2014, only CEB Club members can book PHP1 seats to any domestic destination, and PHP100 seats to any international destinations.
The seat sale is also available on CEB’s newest routes: Cebu-Masbate (June 1, 2013), Cebu-Taipei (July 5, 2013), Manila-Phuket (August 16, 2013), as well as the airline’s first long haul flights from Manila to Dubai (October 7, 2013).
With the new CEB Club, members will have access to enhanced personal data management systems for easy and convenient flight bookings, as well as exclusive seat sale alerts, promos and contest.
CEB Club members can also self-manage their Travel Funds, and store guest and payment details for a faster and easier booking process.
“This latest upgrade in CEB Club is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to loyal customers who have always supported Cebu Pacific. For making us their airline of choice when traveling within and outside the Philippines, we want to make sure they will be the first to know about the lowest fares we can offer, and they have an advantage when booking our seat sales,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
Those who wish to sign up can log on to https://book.cebupacificair.com/Register.aspx and fill out a quick form. Once the registration has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the registered email address with a link to activate the account.
The seat sale is only available online through www.cebupacificair.com. Quoted fares are exclusive of country-specific taxes, fuel surcharges and fees. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter andFacebook pages.
CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 25 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 43 aircraft is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 17 more Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 4 Airbus A330 aircraft.
DTI warns online consumers against fly-by-night sellers
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By PAT SAMONTE
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry in Caraga has urged online shoppers to be vigilant in purchasing items through the internet.
In an advisory, DTI-Caraga director Brielgo Pagaran has enjoined online consumers to be extra careful in the wake of complaints received by DTI offices nationwide involving internet transactions. The complaints covered non-delivery of items ordered, delay in delivery and defective items delivered.
According to Pagaran, online shopping, like any type of consumer transactions, is protected under the Consumer Act of the Philippines and the Electronic Commerce Act. He stressed, however, that shopping through the internet “is not entirely considered safe since consumers have to pay the purchase price before they receive the ordered products.”
He pointed out that “Online sellers, although with phone numbers and addresses, may be difficult to locate especially if the products bought are found to be defective.”
Pagaran enjoined consumers to check the validity of the online store before making any purchases. “Look for customer feedbacks or comments regarding the online store as customers who have previously bought from the said store usually post feedbacks or comments about the quality of products they have bought or about the store’s quality of services.”
In cases of sales promotion discounts of online products, he urged consumers “to check for the appropriate DTI permit as some online sellers are considered ‘fly-by-night sellers’ that can no longer be contacted after consumers placed their orders and paid for the items.”
Pagaran also encouraged everyone with complaints or inquiries on online transactions to visit the nearest DTI office.
DILG to Local Government Units: Form transition teams now
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By Allen V. Estabillo
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Region 12 has directed local government units (LGUs) in the region to fast track the creation of their transition teams to ensure the smooth turnover and assumption to office of newly-elected and reelected local government officials in the area.
Josephine Leysa, DILG South Cotabato provincial director, said the regional office issued such directive in compliance with the provisions of DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-33 of Secretary Mar Roxas dated April 18.
“All LGUs, especially those that have new elected officials or new faces assuming various elective posts, were mandated to create their transition teams,” she said in an interview over radio station dxKR.
In his memorandum circular, Roxas noted that the transition teams are needed to ensure “continuity in local governance” and prepare for the effective turnover of all LGU concerns to the incoming officials as set by noon of June 30.
Aside from ensuring smooth local governance transaction, the teams are
tasked to conduct an inventory of all real, immovable and movable properties of LGUs; assemble all documents or records; turn over all accountabilities; and, organize the turnover ceremonies.
The transition teams will be headed by the local chief executive and composed of all department heads as well as representatives from the
DILG, Commission on Audit (COA) and non-government and peoples organizations.
Leysa explained that LGUs with their mayors and governors reelected but have new faces in other posts are mandated to create and activate transition teams.
Those with all its incumbent officials reelected and will be returning to their posts will still be required to establish such team, she
She said the transition teams are tasked to orient the new elected officials, brief them regarding their tasks and give updates about the status of the LGU’s operations and continuing initiatives.
The briefings will comprise reports about the LGUs’ overall performance, status of development programs, financial performance, contracts and loan agreements, comprehensive development plan and COA audit.
“(The team) will basically re-orient the new and returning officials about all developments at the LGU in the last three years,” Leysa said.
She said the briefings will also serve as benchmarking for the operation of the LGU and their results may be used as basis for the upcoming work programs of the incoming officials.
The official said they are presently monitoring the compliance of the LGUs regarding the creation of the transition teams.
“They will have until the end of (June) to comply with this directive,” she said.
Based on the memorandum circular, the DILG regional offices were required to submit status reports regarding compliance on the matter by July 16. (/MindaNews)
OFW mom: tell the truth on my daughther’s death
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By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN of Mindanao Daily-Caraga region
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur—The mother of the Overseas Filipino Worker who reportedly committed suicide inside the Philippine Embassy compound in Bahrain has dared the government to tell the truth about the real score of her mysterious death.
“Until this present, the Embassy has remained mouth-shut from our questions, aggravating us from asking more (clarifications),” said Helena Virginia Viray, mother of the late Kathleen Ann Ilagan who died early last month while seeking refuge at the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain.
The victim’s family held a press conference yesterday at the Philippine Information Agency-Regional Office in Butuan City to further pressure officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs to come out truthfully with their investigation.
Ilagan, a mother of three children, was initially reported by Embassy officials as to have committed suicide by hanging herself at the doorknob. She used to work as pastry chef but left her job and asked for repatriation.
Viray expressed dismay over the initial reports on her daughter’s death which she found inconsistent and contradicted to each other’s statements. She also revealed the details of their phone conversations days before her death to corroborate their family’s dissatisfaction on the initial probe.
Several community groups of OFWs in Bahrain have earlier lambasted Ambassador Sahid Glang of the Embassy in Bahrain expressing serious doubts to the initial findings that she hanged herself at the doorknob.
“Hanging yourself at the doorknob? If you are in our shoes Ambassador Sahid Glang, would you also believe that she really hanged herself at the doorknob?” said a statement from the Facebook account “Justice for Kathleen Anne” created by OFWs in Bahrain.
Viray had earlier revealed in an interview with Bahrain-based paper Daily Tribune that her daughter had confided to her in a phone conversation in the first week of April that her room provided by her employer was ransacked by unknown people with her things in total mess but the door lock was not damaged.
Another statement posted over the FB account said there were people asking Kathleen Anne’s family for money supposedly for her fare back home and demanded to send the fund through Western Union.
Migrante-Middle East has also called for an independent probe over her death citing mysterious circumstances that surround before her death. John Leonard Monterno, Migrante-Middle East Coordinator, said Kathleen Anne’s death was “puzzling.”
Focus on the family
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BY : JHAN TIAFAU HURST
Think a minute…Some parents can trace their family back 300 years, but they don’t know where their children were last night.
A wise man said: “If fathers took their sons fishing when they were young, they wouldn’t have to go hunting for them when they’re older.”
It has also been stated: “There are no illegitimate children—only illegitimate parents.”
Just having children doesn’t make a man a father or a woman a mother.
One father admitted: “The thorns I’ve reaped are from the garden I planted.”
It’s sad that some parents spend more time raising fruits and vegetables than they do raising their own children.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis concluded: “If you fail to do a good job raising your children, whatever else you do doesn’t matter much.”
No work is more important than the work of raising our children to become happy, successful people.
The first doctor in history to successfully perform a heart transplant was the South African surgeon, Christian Barnard.
But in his book, One Life, he tells about his failure as a husband and father.
Dr. Barnard had gone away to America for many months doing his world-famous medical work.
He tells what happened when he finally went home to his family in South Africa:
“It seemed like 100 years since I’d been home.
I’d not written my wife and children in months, yet I was still shocked by my wife’s greeting.
She asked, ‘Why did you come back?
I could see there was no longer a smile in her eyes.
She said, “Don’t look so surprised! We gave you up. We thought you were never coming back!”
I said, “But I was building hearts.” She replied bitterly, “No, you were building a family!
That is, until you dumped it all on me.
We no longer exist for you.”
At that moment, this brilliant heart surgeon knew that even he could not heal the broken hearts of his own family whom he failed.
Many of us have failed as a spouse or parent; but Jesus Christ will forgive you if you ask Him.
Then ask Him to help you start changing and doing a better job of raising your children to become the happy, successful people they were born to be.
Just Think a Minute…
Alsons aims to double capacity in Mindanao
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By CHRISTINE CABIASA, Reporter
IN A BID to corner about a fourth of Mindanao’s power generation three years from now, Alsons Power International Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of listed Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc. (ACR), is putting online an additional 282 megawatts of electricity in the island’s power-stricken grid.
This additional capacity will be put on stream by the company’s power facilities: the newly rehabilitated Mapalad Power Corp. (MPC) plant in Iligan City; the first phase of the Sarangani Energy Corp. (SEC) coal-fired plant currently undergoing construction in Maasim, Sarangani; and the prospective San Power, Inc. (SRPI) coal-fired plant in Zamboanga City which is slated to start producing 105 MW upon commencing operations in 2016.
ACR bared that the SEC plant has completed the site clearing phase of construction with site grading, excavation and levelling currently ongoing in preparation for setting up the plant’s structural framework later this year.
On the other hand, the SRPI facility in Zamboanga is in the last stages of securing an approval from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of its Power Sales Agreement (PSA) with the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMCELCO).
“The SRPI plant’s contractor is expected to receive a notice to proceed with the engineering and construction process before the end of 2013. Both the SEC and SRPI plants have signed power sales agreements with key distribution utilities in Mindanao,” ACR said in a disclosure.
The 282 MW is on top of the current capacity of 181 MW from the MPC plant, the Southern Philippines Power Corp. (SPPC) plant in Alabel, Sarangani and the Western Mindanao Power Corp. plant in Zamboanga City.
“The resulting aggregate electrical capacity to be generated by Alsons Power in 2016 will be 463 MW –more than one-fourth of the Department of Energy’s projected 2016 Mindanao peak power demand of 1,829 MW,” it said.
Mindanao has been suffering from a power crisis because of insufficient generating capacity. Parts of the region has been experiencing persistent power outages as a result of this. (PNA)
Gov’t should provide incentives, benefits to family-owned SMEs
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By BONG D. FABE, Associate Editor
IN an effort to encourage Filipino families to venture into small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and as a way of recognizing them for their contribution to alleviate widespread poverty in the country, government must provide incentives and benefits to SMEs, two Kagay-anon congressmen said yesterday.
The Magna Carta for Kalakalan Pampamilya or House Bill 2272 compels government to give incentives and benefits to any family business enterprise with employees of not more than twenty and with assets of not more than P500,000, at the time of registration.
Authored by the Rodriguez brothers, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus (2nd District) and Rep. Maximo Jr. (ABAMIN), the proposed legislation has been pending in the House Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development since 2010.
And the brothers-congressmen vowed to re-file the bill in the hope that the 16th Congress will see its significance in encouraging family members to venture into business enterprises in order to provide work and sources of livelihood for other family members.
“I will re-file the bill and would strongly push for its enactment in the incoming Congress to respond to the national effort of alleviating poverty in the country and accelerating economic development,” Rep. Rufus said.
He said that there is a pressing need for the passage of the bill because it provides solution in some way to the widespread poverty, an issue of national concern which the government should immediately address.
“If government wants to minimize poverty and hasten economic development, priority programs must be geared towards the development of the family,” the president of the Centrist Democratic Party (CDP) stressed.
He explained that upon registration, the family business enterprise can own, dispose of and encumber its properties and enter into contracts on its own account, with the capacity to sue and be sued, and transact business anywhere in the Philippines.
Among the benefits and incentives to be provided under the Magna Carta for Kalakalan Pampamilya, any family-run business enterprises shall be exempted from all taxes, national or local, building permit fees and other business taxes, except real property and capital gains taxes, import duties and other taxes on imported articles.
“Also, any and all income, receipts and proceeds derived from the business operations of the Kalakalan Pampamilya business enterprise shall be excluded from the computation of gross income of the individual income tax of the business owner or members,” the younger Rep. Maximo Jr. said.
Family SMEs shall also be exempted from any and all government rules and regulations with respect to assets, income and other activities indispensably and directly utilized in, proceeding from, or connected to the business enterprise.
To oversee its implementation, the bill also seeks the creation of the Kalakalan Pampamilya Office, which shall be under the supervision of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The Office shall facilitate the financial assistance to qualified family business enterprises; assists the designated banks in the collection of payments of loan granted to family business enterprises; and monitors and evaluates on a regular basis the status of the family business enterprises.
It is also mandated to help family business enterprises achieve viability and success; pursue appropriate measures to avail of foreign loans or grants; and “provide guidelines as may be necessary to carry out the mandate of this Act.”
An initial capital of P1,000,000,000.00 shall be appropriated for the Kalakalan Pampamilya Fund to be sourced from the unappropriated funds of the Office of the President.
DOLE sets Career Advocacy Congress
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By RUTCHIE C. AGUHOB
THE Second Northern Mindanao Career Advocacy Congress will be held on May 24, 2013, at Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.
This event is a venue to exchange relevant labor market information trends and updates in the conduct of career guidance activities, Atty. Johnson G. Caňete, Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), region 10, said.
Among others, the event will also gather new ideas on organizational management and scheme on network sustainability of career guidance counselors and recognize the exceptional performance and good practices in career guidance.
It also strengthens the partnership and cooperation between and among the members of the Networks of Guidance Counselors and other stakeholders through mutual assistance and exchange of information and promote career guidance as a relevant tool in youth development, contributing to the prosperity and welfare of the nation.
The congress will make use of lectures, panel presentations and open forum as approaches in order to maximize the level of understanding of the participants.
Meanwhile, Jose Robles, Provincial Director of DOLE-Misamis Occidental has invited the Job Placement Officers, Career Guidance Coaches, the private sectoral partners, such as the ITC-Business Process Outsourcing, and other government agencies to attend the congress.
Tagum Coop picked as best in savings program
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TAGUM City –Tagum Cooperative was recently ranked among the Mindanao Youth Choice awardees during the Grand Nights Award of the 1St Mindanao Youth Expo which the National Youth Commission (NYC) held on May 05 at the Davao Recreation Center in Davao City.
NYC particularly picked Tagum Cooperative as the Most Outstanding Youth-Based Savings Program, and recognized its contribution “to the welfare and development of the youth society while incorporating social responsibilities.”
In an interview, Tagum Cooperative Chairperson of the Board of Directors Miriam Baloyo revealed that Tagum Cooperative joined the ranks of Manila Bulletin-Davao, Jollibee Bolton (Davao), ABS CBN Davao and Smart Communications Davao as Mindanao Youth Choice awardees.
Aside from its distinct plans and programs for youth development, Tagum Cooperative gained edge over other Mindanao-based companies and cooperatives for having institutionalized financial literacy among youths.
“While others only have leadership training, seminars and social activities, we have implemented financial literacy as our edge,” she said.
“We are teaching the children and youth the value of savings; how to use and spend money; and how to become entrepreneurs,” she added.
Also serving as the chairperson of the Committee on Youth, Baloyo noted that NYC highly appreciated the Aflatoun Program of Tagum Cooperative as it equips school children with knowledge on entrepreneurship.
Aside from the Social and Financial Enterprise Guide, the Aflatoun module also includes Personal Understanding, Rights and Responsibilities, Savings and Spending, Planning and Budgeting.
Forming part of the four major products that Tagum Cooperative Youth Development and Succession Center (YDSC) offers, Aflatoun is an educational program of balanced social and financial education for children that puts together social responsibilities and financial literacy into the formal system of education.
As of December 2012, Tagum Cooperative brought the Aflatoun Program to 16 new sites, bringing to a total of 29 Aflatoun accredited schools in the Davao Region with 10,148 total number of enlisted school children .
Tagum Cooperative has also designed other products and services for children and youths such as Youth Laboratory Cooperative which is a school-based savings advocacy program training youth to manage a regular cooperative; Youth Savers Club, a savings product for kids of zero to 12 years of age; and Teen Savers Club, a savings facility for teens of 13 to 17 years of age.
Tagum Cooperative puts importance on its youth program which clusters 30,855 members that made up 37 percent of the general membership, contributing a substantial savings share of P35.49 million as of end of 2012.
Meanwhile, Baloyo bared plans of Tagum Cooperative to expand the membership of its Aflatoun Program, bringing in the out-of-school youths (OSY) through linking with the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Such initiative will be called ALS Afla-Teen which is now up for approval by Tagum Cooperative Board of Directors.
Baloyo expects the ALS Afla-Teen Program to fully roll off starting June this year, taking Tagum City as its pilot area.
“This will really help those teens who are working as house-helps and other teen-workers to become wise in spending their money,” she said.