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Monday, April 14, 2014

Caceres media on Lenten recollection


NAGA CITY, April 14 (PIA) ---  Archbishop of Caceres Most Rev. Rolando Tria Tirona, O.C.D., D.D. reminded Camarines Sur media practitioners of the significant commitment and responsibility that each one should contemplate as communicators especially during these holy days when the entire Christendom observes the Lenten Season.

This, as members of the media from various media outlets – print, broadcast and television took their time off to attend the Lenten recollection sponsored by the Archdiocese of Caceres at Villa Caceres, here during the weekend.

Tirona accentuated the critical role that media plays in forming public opinion through the news and information that they deliver to their audience. He said that there are three important things that each media person needs to ponder on before he can be an effective communicator.

“First, you need to have a dialogue with yourself, an awareness of your identity. Next, you need to discern. That is the process of trying to understand, weight and clarify issues before making a decision and the third one is direction. This means that we need to be aware of the critical and powerful responsibility that is in our hands,” Tirona added.

The good Archbishop also stated that members of the media also lead the people, the reason why it is important that each one is also guided by an educated conscience.  He also reminded everyone that as we remembers the sacrifice of our creator, we should also make it a point to realize that Christ is the center of this occasion.

After the Archbishop’s one-hour talk, attendees were given an opportunity to confess and attend the anticipated mass.

Fr. Louie Occiano, Caceres Commission on Communication Chairman stated in his homily the virtue of consistency.

“While we acknowledge that this is the most prayerful time of the year, we should also take the challenge of making this seasonal opportunity to be a one-time act of kindness last and linger. We should continue to be prayerful and pious everyday of our lives.”

The recollection also supports this year’s theme of the Year of the Laity : “Filipino-Catholic Laity: Called to be Saints..Sent forth as Proclaimers of the Gospel.”

The Archdiocese of Caceres also invites the faithful to contemplate and participate in the church’s activities this Lenten season.  (MAL/LSM- PIA5/CamSur)

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PSA-NSO conducts Labor Force Survey

VIRAC, Catanduanes, April 14 (PIA)- To gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population, the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA)-NSO Catanduanes is currently undertaking the April 2014 Labor Force Survey (LFS).

According to Ms. Anavi F. Camacho, Prov’l Statistics Officer, the Labor Force Survey (LFS) is a nationwide survey of households conducted regularly towards the estimation of the levels of employment and unemployment in the country.

The survey is designed to provide statistics on levels and trends of employment, unemployment and underemployment for the country as a whole, and for each of the administrative regions.

It also aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting labor market .towards: 1)Creation and generation of gainful employment; 2)reduction of unemployment and promotion of employment; 3)improvement of working conditions; and 4)enhancement of the welfare of a working person.

Moreover, it provides statistics on levels and trends of employment, unemployment and underemployment for the country and regions; it is used for the projection of future human resource, which when compared with the future manpower requirements, will help identify employment and training needs; it helps in the assessment of the potential human resource available for economic development; and it identifies the difference in employment, unemployment and underemployment according to the different economic, social and ethnic groups existing within the population.

In the province, nine (9) sample barangays will be visited. The municipalities with sample barangays to be visited are Baras, (1 barangay), Caramoran (1 barangay), Pandan (1 barangay), San Andres (3 barangays), and Virac (2 barangays).

The reporting unit is the household which means that the statistics emanating from this undertaking will refer to the characteristics of the population residing in private households. Persons residing in the institutions like the convents, sanitaria, etc. are excluded in this survey.

Actual interview of sample households will take eighteen days from April 8-31, 2014.

RA 10625, otherwise known as Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 authorizes PSA to conduct censuses and surveys. Pursuant to Rule 29 of this Act, information obtained from the respondents shall be held strictly confidential and shall not be divulged to any person except authorized PSA personnel acting in the performance of their duties. (MAL/EAB/PSA-NSO/PIA5)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

LGU Naga and Plan, International, ink MOA on Collective Action to Promote non-violent and protective society for Children

NAGA CITY, April 11 (PIA) --- A model LGU for positive discipline advocacy after enacting its Positive Discipline Ordinance in 2013, this city is now chosen as implementer of a three-year project dubbed “Collective Action to Promote non-violent and protective society for Children.

Naga was among the six (6) model areas in the Philippines where the said project is being carried out.

On the forefront of the said endeavor is Plan International Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Legislator’s Committee on Population and Development and Lihok Pilipina Foundation, Inc. The said agencies will be closely working with the City Social Welfare and Development Officers, DepEd officials, officials of LGUs Naga and Pili and other stakeholders to institutionalize positive non-violent and protective society in their respective communities.

The event’s highlight was the inking of the memorandum of agreement between Plan International Philippines and the local government units of Pili, Camarines Sur represented by Mayor Alexis San Luis II and the city government of Naga under the stewardship of Mayor John Bongat. Plan International was represented by Catharina Wilhelmina van der Hor, PLAN Country Director.

Both LGU’s committed to ensure that they will render and pursue programs that will protect the children from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty and exploitation and other conditions prejudicial to their development pursuant to Republic Act Republic Act 7610 or Child Protection Act.

The MOA also contains the parties’ assurance that while they need to protect the children’s welfare, they also need to take into account the primary rights and duties of parents, legal guardians, or other individuals who are legally responsible and exercise custody over the child.

Plan International through this endeavor aims to raise public awareness on Anti-Corporal Punishment and Positive Discipline advocacy.

Reyner Villasenor, Plan International Philippines –National Program Unit Media Relations and Campaign Officer said that concurrent to their vision, they support the enactment of local ordinances prohibiting corporal punishment and promoting non-violent approaches to child discipline.

“Plan International envisions a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignities, the reason why we are pushing for this program, “ Villasenor said in an interview.

Plan International, Philippines Project Officer Rowena Ilarde who is based here in Naga City, also stated that the program aims to achieve four (4) important goals to realize this vision.

“The Collective Action to Promote Non-violent Protective Society for Children Project aims organize or strengthen one National and six local CSO coalitions advocating for the protection of children from corporal punishment, degrading treatment and bullying; organize six children’s association advocating against corporal punishment, degrading treatment and bullying; support DepED and DSWD and six Local Government Units in implementing policies on anti-corporal punishment and anti-bullying; and develop model homes, schools and communities for positive discipline and anti-bullying in six areas.”

Bongat also lauded the said project and assured Plan International that these programs are all currently embedded in the city’s curriculum.

“The provision of our local ordinance are already integrated in all the programs of our city, especially in our programs in EDUCare, from pre school to high school to basic education in both elementary and high school and we thank Plan International for supporting us in this pioneering program,” Bongat stated.

City Ordinance No. 2013-026 dubbed "Promoting Positive Discipline of Children," to employ positive and non-violent forms of disciplinary actions on children was authored by filed by Ray-An Cydrick Rentoy with co-authors city councilors Cecilia Veluz-De Asis and Dan Paulo R. Morales. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/CamSur)

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BIR introduces new forms, conducts seminar

LEGAZPI CITY, April 11 (PIA) – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) recently launched new form for income tax returns (ITRs) that will be used by taxpayers when they file their tax returns on April 15 deadline this year.

BIR Bicol regional director Esmeralda Tabule siad the new form features bar codes and can be detected by an optical character reader (OCR) for ease in scanning, adding that, the new form facilitates systematic retrieval of information.

Tabule explained that  with the utilization of revised forms using new technology, changes in information required from said forms will be reflected.

RDO No. 67 recently conducted seminar with briefing to introduce the new ITR forms and other updates for government and private firms in this city. The said forms are available at RDO No. 67 and can be downloaded from the BIR website.

“We want to enhance services to taxpayers that is why we need additional information on the ITR form,” Tabule said.

The BIR issued Revenue Regulations No. 2-2014 on January 24 to prescribe the new BIR forms that will be used for ITR filing covering and starting the taxable year ended December 31, 2013. BIR introduced additional forms by increasing ITR forms from the original three to now five forms.

Under the directive, all taxpayers are required to file their ITR using the applicable forms such as BIR Form No. 1700 version annual ITR for individuals earning purely compensation income; BIR Form No. 1701 annual ITR for self-employed individuals, estates and trusts; BIR Form No. 1702-RT annual ITR for corporations, partnerships and other non-individual taxpayers subject only to the regular income tax rate; BIR Form No. 1702-EX annual ITR for use only by corporations, partnerships, and other non-individual taxpayers exempted under the Tax Code and other special laws with no other taxable income; and BIR Form No. 1702-MX annual ITR for corporations, partnerships and other non-individuals with mixed income subject to multiple income tax rates or with income subject to special or preferential rate.

Previously, these three-type of businesses and partnerships were only using the same ITR Form No. 1702.

Further, the requirement for entering centavos in the ITR has been eliminated by rounding them off to the nearest peso, BIR told the PIA.

Taxpayers who filed using old forms for their 2013 ITRs either manual or electronic must re-file using the new income tax forms upon their availability, BIR said. (MAL/JJP-PIA5)

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P6.6B worth dev’t projects underway for Almasor tourism

LEGAZPI CITY, Apr 11 (PIA) – Development projects woth P6.6B has been allotted by the Aquino administration for the Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon (Almasor) tourist area, said Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda.

The governor made the announcement Tuesday this week as guest speaker during the opening of the Rodeo Festival in Masbate slated this April 8 -12.

Salceda said of the P6.6 billion worth projects allotted for Almasor, P3.5 billion went to Masbate to beef up its tourism and agricultural production.

Part of the flagship tourism projects are road projects called Almasor Tourism Development Area including the P3.6 billion Southern Luzon International Airport in Daraga, P900 million road projects in Masbate, P1.25 billion in Sorsogon and P1.56 billion in Albay.

The road projects intended to boost the said tourism areas have been included in the 2014 General Appropriations Act of the provincial government of Albay.

Salceda earlier said with the creation of the Almasorta, infra projects which were difficult to fund before became financially feasible considering that the base is not just one province but all three and that the infra projects linked to tourism has a significant annual budget in the Department of Public Works and Highways which is under the direction of the Department of tourism as directed by the Aquino administration.

Salceda, also the concurrent Bicol Regional Development Council Chairman, is the convenor of the Almasor Tourism Alliance which aims to integrate the world-class tourism potentials of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon into one tourist destination package through a comprehensive promotion strategy.

Albay’s Daragang Magayon Festival and Masbate’s Rodeo Festival are currently ongoing this month.

 Magayon Festival started March 24 until April 30 this year.

Both festivals showcase the Almasor tourism package highlighting not only the breath-taking tourism spots but also the distinct culture and heritage that unites and embraces all Bicolanos iregardless of geographical differences.  

Salceda himself assured MasbateƱos of his support in integrating Masbate into the development efforts of the region.

“Whereas, before, you had felt not being a part of mainland Bicol but instead belonging to the Visayas regions, we have made you realized that you are very much a part of the Bicol region and, together, we will progress as one,” Salceda said.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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