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Cusi Orders Importation of Low-Cost Oil to Help Arrest Inflation

  Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi takes steps to address slowing growth and high commodity prices by tapping the Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) to import low-priced fuel.   PNOC-EC acquired in December last year, a trading function to generate added income for the government.   “PNOC-EC will source low-priced petroleum products particularly diesel, to mitigate the impact of volatile oil prices,” Sec. Cusi said.   The measure is expected to have a ripple effect on taming the prices of basic commodities, thus controlling inflation. The resulting price relief would ease the plight of consumers.   Under the project, the trading function of PNOC-EC will be employed in the acquisition of low-priced fuel which will mainly come from state deals.   The PNOC-EC Board chaired by the Energy Chief is drafting the trading procedure and policy safeguards for the public on the proposed importation.   The products bought at a special price will be made available to dealers, operators and independent petroleum players under a Memorandum of Agreement.   EURO-II COMPLIANT DIESEL   The Department of Energy (DOE) also issued a Memorandum Order requiring oil companies to provide Euro-II compliant automotive diesel oil to help reduce fuel prices.   “Pursuant to existing Philippine National Standards on Diesel Fuel Quality and in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 8479, otherwise known as the Downstream Oil Deregulation Law, Republic Act 8749, otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Air Act and for the purpose of reducing the impact of rising petroleum prices in the world market, all industry players are hereby directed to provide at the retail level Euro-II compliant... read more

DTI launches nursing education fair in Indonesia

The Department of Trade and Industry through its Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Jakarta (PTIC-Jakarta) and the Embassy of the Philippines together with the top Philippine universities and accredited institutions in the field of nursing successfully co-organized the Nursing Education Fair last 30-31 July 2018 in Medan, Indonesia. Participated in by more than three hundred Indonesian students, faculty, and school administrators from Medan and North Sumatra, the event provided an opportunity for Philippine nursing schools to assess the Indonesian space for expansion as well as forge academic partnerships, student exchange, and capacity building for faculties. PTIC Jakarta shared that part of its strategic initiatives in Indonesia is the promotion of Philippine education services through school visits and roadshows. Top Philippine nursing schools joined the fair include University of Sto. Tomas (UST), Centro Escolar University (CEU), Far Eastern University (FEU), San Pedro College – Davao (SPC), University of Perpetual Help Dalta (UPHD), and Saint Louis University (SLU). During the two-day event, some of the participating schools like UST and CEU have established partnerships with Indonesian universities. Matching sessions among Philippine nursing universities, Indonesian schools, and associations were also conducted at Sari Mutiara University for prospective students and possible memorandum of understanding (MOU). “The fair aims to further the cooperation between the Indonesian and Philippine nursing educational institutions. By promoting the educational services sector, we hope to provide more opportunities in the country that will eventually lead to job generation,” said PTIC Jakarta Commercial Attaché Jeremiah... read more

176 EXHIBITORS IN THIS YEAR’S SANDUGO TRADE EXPO

About 176 exhibitors from across the country gather together in this year’s Sandugo Trade Expo, a four-day marketing event organized by the Department of Trade and Industry.   “The Sandugo Trade Expo has already made a mark as one of the country’s most visited fairs,” DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations Zenaida C. Maglaya said in her keynote message during the fair’s Opening Ceremonies.   Every year, the fair catches the attention of buyers and MSMEs from all over the country and has become part of the travel calendars of major buyers and exporters wanting to source their raw materials here.   “This is the first in 13 years that we have upscaled our provincial fair into a regional marketing event, that we have generated this much number of exhibitors, and there are still those who we could not accommodate,” Director Caberte said.   As in past years, the trade expo has assisted more than a hundred micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This year however, exhibitors have come all the way from CAR, Regions 1, 4A, 4B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,...

Google Developers Group Cebu expands annual event to other areas in Visayas

For its 7th year, Google Developers Group Cebu (GDG Cebu) is bringing its annual Cebu event, to Dumaguete, Bohol, and Leyte. Now a Visayas roadshow, I/O Extended will kick off in Cebu this July 21 at the University of San Carlos Talamban Campus. The Dumaguete leg will follow on July 28 at the Siliman University while the Leyte leg will happen on August 4 at the Philippine Science High School respectively. “With the event’s success in Cebu, we decided to expand to other areas in the Visayas and support local developers there as well,” said Shad Roi dela Cruz, GDG Cebu Community Manager This year, I/O Extended is focused on giving attendees a quality learning experience and helping them meet and network with fellow tech enthusiasts and developers. Google Developer Experts in South East Asia and top developers in Cebu will be sharing their insights, knowledge and skills. Topics include the latest in Google Technology specifically on Actions on Google, Firebase, Machine Learning, Web Design and Development, and Android. I/O Extended 2017 was the biggest in the country, gathering a thousand developers. “Our GDG events have grown together with the community through the years. Last year’s I/O Extended set the record as the biggest,” said Frances Marie Teves, GDG Cebu Communications Manager The I/O Extended Visayas Roadshow is sponsored by Google. The official venue partners are the University of San Carlos Talamban in cooperation with the USC Supreme Student Council, Siliman University Dumaguete, and Philippine Science High School Tacloban. The official media partners are Cebu Daily News and Halo-Halo Radio, and PR Partner, PR Works. Tickets are limited. To register and to secure a seat, visit https://ioxcebu18.gdgcebu.org. For...

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Aris: No to re-blocking, improve gravel roads

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) has expressed anxiety anew over the “wastage” of public funds in the re-clocking activities of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Aumentado says far from being shattered to merit re-blocking, the concrete pavements are still whole. He says the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is heading in the right direction when it started improving local roads. To note, the DILG has embarked into the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) program that started with provincial roads but will ultimately include all other roads. Being one of initially 10 provinces that received grants from the Government of Australia to rehabilitate, maintain and improve provincial roads, Bohol already has a Provincial Road Network Development Plan (PRNDP). With CMGP, however, DILG has instructed the provinces to upgrade their respective PRNDPs into Local Road Network Development Plans (LRNDP) to include city, municipal and even barangay roads. It may not be easy, but Aumentado is looking at the possibility that DPWH and DILG can pool their resources together to help local government units (LGUs) improve their roads. He said LGUs are mandated to allocate 20% of their income for development funds. Since the allocation of barangays and even municipalities are not as substantial as those of cities and provinces to rehabilitate, repair and improve roads, he expressed the desire that funds for re-blocking be spent for the former instead, DPWH’ re-blocking activities have drawn flak from netizens who bash that agency for the seeming waste of public funds. To register his opposition to early re-blocking, Aumentado filed a bill seeking...

176 EXHIBITORS IN THIS YEAR’S SANDUGO TRADE EXPO

About 176 exhibitors from across the country gather together in this year’s Sandugo Trade Expo, a four-day marketing event organized by the Department of Trade and Industry.   “The Sandugo Trade Expo has already made a mark as one of the country’s most visited fairs,” DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations Zenaida C. Maglaya said in her keynote message during the fair’s Opening Ceremonies.   Every year, the fair catches the attention of buyers and MSMEs from all over the country and has become part of the travel calendars of major buyers and exporters wanting to source their raw materials here.   “This is the first in 13 years that we have upscaled our provincial fair into a regional marketing event, that we have generated this much number of exhibitors, and there are still those who we could not accommodate,” Director Caberte said.   As in past years, the trade expo has assisted more than a hundred micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This year however, exhibitors have come all the way from CAR, Regions 1, 4A, 4B, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,...

Aris: All 349 D2 brgys get P700k for MP bldgs

By JUNE S. BLANCO RISK REDUCTION and disaster management have become ingrained in the senses of Filipinos – Boholanos included – especially after the Great Bohol Earthquake on Oct. 15, 2013. This prompted village officials to scout for a vacant area near their respective barangay halls for multipurpose buildings. Rep. Erico Aristotle “Aris” Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) has been distributing P750,000 as counterpart funds. Aumentado assures his constituency that all 349 barangays were allocated shares from funds from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). He said he is distributing the assistance, not counting if he won of lost in that barangay during the last congressional election. Aftr all, he added, the residents who did not vote form him are still his constituents. The multipurpose building doubles as evacuation center so that in times of emergency like flooding or typhoons, the public elementary schools can immediately resume classes. Sessions are usually delayed when the schools are turned into evacuation centers because the families staying there have to gather their things first. Aumentado adopted the “win or lose” stance in distributing the assistance because, he says, his is a governance of unity, not vindictiveness, and unity, not divisiveness, working towards a common goal. He opts for equal sharing – not selective, and with impact. This means, he explained, the fund is substantial and not palliative like others who select their recipients of only P5 or P10...

Bohol MSMEs Join Boost Your Business Marketing Campaign

TAGBILARAN CITY – More than 100 Boholano MSMEs have participated in a digital marketing campaign last June 29, 2018 at Bohol Tropics Resort. Boost Your Business is a project by Bayan Academy and DTI in partnership with Facebook Philippines that aims to promote the use of social media platforms as a tool for creating an advantage in business. The event focused on marketing theories that are applicable on creating good quality content, creative visuals, and effective messages on social media. Mr Carlo Sagun , the event trainor, also introduced the different marketing strategies for Facebook and Instagram-two of the leading platforms in the world. A hands-on application of the theories was conducted afterwards using the apps of Facebook Philippines. Also gracing the one day workshop is the Congressman of the First District of Bohol Hon. Rene Lopez Relampagos as well as DTI Bohol’s very own Jerome John J. Gabin, STIDS who have encouraged the participants to ride on the opportunity of doing business online. According to Mr Sagun, among the chosen venues,Bohol Province has the largest number of participants so...

Rep. Aris: DPWH allocates P5M for feasibility study of Talibon-BU bridge

By JUNE S. BLANCO THREE years after Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) first filed the bill proposing the construction of a bridge to link Bien Unido and Talibon towns in northern Bohol, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated P5 million for its full-blown feasibility study. During the pre-feasibility study, the team that conducted an ocular inspection of the possible anchor sites for the proposed bridge to link the two towns had identified Barangays San Isidro in Talibon and Nueva Esperanza in Bien Unido. Seawaters surrounding both barangays are observed to be shallow. Aumentado said while Bien Unido is adjacent to Talibon, one has to travel some 20 kilometers if he has some business or has something to buy in the latter which is the bigger town. Bien Unido and Talibon are both on the mainland, but they are points on promontories separated by a bay. With the bridge only five kilometers long, travel time will be drastically cut short. As a result, more business, like the transport of goods from one town to the other, can be done in a day. The solon expressed hope that the feasibility study will turn out good. Once completed, he said this means the cost of goods will go down hence, prices of commodities will reduce. The market linkage will also spur economic development for the two towns. Then DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson had sent the composite team of engineers and technical personnel from the national and regional offices. But current Sec. Mark Villar had effected the allocation of P5 million for the feasibility study. A 2015 DPWH...

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