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PH exports to EU grew by 31%

MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) welcomed another milestone for Philippines (PH) and European Union (EU) trade relations as export products hit a 31% growth wherein EUR 2 billion-worth of PH products were exported through EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). “We are pleased to hear of the significant increase of our exports entering the EU market through the GSP+. This trade preference has benefitted several communities in the Philippines and opened opportunities for our Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME). In the same manner, it has allowed our MSMEs to be more competitive in the local and foreign market,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. The 31% of total PH merchandise exports to the EU amounted to USD 8.4 billion in 2017. This made the EU the third largest export partner of PH. In the EU Trade Preferences Monitoring Report released on 19 January 2018, the robust trade relations between the two parties was highlighted with EUR 2 billion-worth of PH exports in 2017 benefitting from the GSP+ compared to the EUR 1.66 billion in 2016. A major increase was in food and agriculture exports such as animal products, fish and related products, prepared food, and edible fruits. Likewise, automotive parts, leather, textile, and footwear showed significant growth. Since the beginning of the preferential treatment in 2014, both PH and EU have enjoyed the mutual benefits of GSP+ by letting Filipino MSMEs participate in a bigger value chain and giving the EU market more options for their consumers. Local communities can take advantage of the export opportunities under the GSP+, like fishermen in General Santos and coconut... read more

Rep. Aris’ surgical mission beneficiaries “pampered”

By JUNE S. BLANCO HUNDREDS of patients with cleft lips, cleft palates and teeth problems can now freely smile without worry of being made fun of, teased or bullied, due to their facial deformities. This after Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) invited anew the medical-surgical team of the Faces ofTomorrow (FOT) headed by its director, Dr. Brian Rubinstein, who will perform the corrective surgeries on these patients at the Medical Mission Group Hospital and Health Services or the Bohol Cooperative Hospital in Dampas District, this city.  Aumentado said the team members come from different states in America while the Abounding in Love Foundation is the non-profit organization that connects Filipino children to cleft lip and palate surgeries. Abounding also provides ongoing medical, educational and spiritual support after surgery. All donations it gets go directly to help these disadvantaged children. The surgeries will start on Monday, Feb. 12. But listing is now on-going until Sunday, Feb. 11. As in the previous missions, patients will received not only the free surgeries, but, especially for those coming in from other provinces, they will also receive fare refunds and fare for the trip back, free board and lodging – and even toys for the children. They had heard about Aumentado’s surgical medical through the news and public service announcements over the radio. Patients staying over for post-surgery checkups or waiting for their turn at the operating table will be provided with free board and lodging. Those coming in from the towns will get subsistence allowance for their meals. Those from towns out of radio coverage got alerted on the free surgical-dental mission from streamers, newspapers and social media. FOT-Philippines... read more

PH exports to EU grew by 31%

MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) welcomed another milestone for Philippines (PH) and European Union (EU) trade relations as export products hit a 31% growth wherein EUR 2 billion-worth of PH products were exported through EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). “We are pleased to hear of the significant increase of our exports entering the EU market through the GSP+. This trade preference has benefitted several communities in the Philippines and opened opportunities for our Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME). In the same manner, it has allowed our MSMEs to be more competitive in the local and foreign market,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. The 31% of total PH merchandise exports to the EU amounted to USD 8.4 billion in 2017. This made the EU the third largest export partner of PH. In the EU Trade Preferences Monitoring Report released on 19 January 2018, the robust trade relations between the two parties was highlighted with EUR 2 billion-worth of PH exports in 2017 benefitting from the GSP+ compared to the EUR 1.66 billion in 2016. A major increase was in food and agriculture exports such as animal products, fish and related products, prepared food, and edible fruits. Likewise, automotive parts, leather, textile, and footwear showed significant growth. Since the beginning of the preferential treatment in 2014, both PH and EU have enjoyed the mutual benefits of GSP+ by letting Filipino MSMEs participate in a bigger value chain and giving the EU market more options for their consumers. Local communities can take advantage of the export opportunities under the GSP+, like fishermen in General Santos and coconut...

DTI Hails Quezon City Government for Major Streamlining Efforts; full electronic registration process using  MOBILE APPS pushed

  The Department of Trade and Industry lauds the efforts and strong commitment of the Quezon City Government in streamlining its operations to speed up the processing of business registration and construction-related permits. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Chair of the government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Ease of Doing Business, explained that the drastic process re-engineering in Quezon City, the LGU with the most number of businesses, is critical because it is the sample city included in the Doing Business Survey, conducted yearly by the World Bank, to gauge the overall competitiveness of the Philippines as a nation, using the cost and ease of doing business as a criterion. QC Mayor Herbert Bautista issued Executive Order 11 on December 22, 2017 mandating the creation of One-stop Shops, where new businesses can file and pay their application for business permits, including Fire Safety Inspection Certificates, following a 2-step procedure where applicants can get their permit in less than two hours.  Applicants need not to go to different offices to obtain business permit and other clearances and but instead transact in a single location. “The EO signed by the Local Chief Executive provides for reduction in the steps and requirements, and the use of automation.  But we need to leapfrog. The effort of the QC shall be complemented by efforts in the national level.  Together with the DICT, we are looking at developing a fully electronic registration process using Smartphone App. This is an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to become one of the first countries to adopt a business registration process that can be completed (end to end) on a smart phone”, Lopez said....

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Rep. Aris’ surgical mission beneficiaries “pampered”

By JUNE S. BLANCO HUNDREDS of patients with cleft lips, cleft palates and teeth problems can now freely smile without worry of being made fun of, teased or bullied, due to their facial deformities. This after Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) invited anew the medical-surgical team of the Faces ofTomorrow (FOT) headed by its director, Dr. Brian Rubinstein, who will perform the corrective surgeries on these patients at the Medical Mission Group Hospital and Health Services or the Bohol Cooperative Hospital in Dampas District, this city.  Aumentado said the team members come from different states in America while the Abounding in Love Foundation is the non-profit organization that connects Filipino children to cleft lip and palate surgeries. Abounding also provides ongoing medical, educational and spiritual support after surgery. All donations it gets go directly to help these disadvantaged children. The surgeries will start on Monday, Feb. 12. But listing is now on-going until Sunday, Feb. 11. As in the previous missions, patients will received not only the free surgeries, but, especially for those coming in from other provinces, they will also receive fare refunds and fare for the trip back, free board and lodging – and even toys for the children. They had heard about Aumentado’s surgical medical through the news and public service announcements over the radio. Patients staying over for post-surgery checkups or waiting for their turn at the operating table will be provided with free board and lodging. Those coming in from the towns will get subsistence allowance for their meals. Those from towns out of radio coverage got alerted on the free surgical-dental mission from streamers, newspapers and social media. FOT-Philippines...

BFAR keeps fish supply mandate, Inaugurates 11th CFLC in Ubay

UBAY, Bohol, January 9 (PIA)—While legislators are busily tackling ways to bring down the price of fish in Bohol, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)  kept to their mandate and inaugurates Bohol’s 11th fish hub, January 9 in Ubay town. The fish hub is a facility where fishermen can land their daily catch to be assured of a market, or at least refrigerate them so it does not go to waste and can be sold the following day. BFAR call these facilities Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC), and placed in them post-harvest facilities as well as spaces for trade, administration and at least a decent space for meetings and training. Earlier, fishermen have admitted that bringing their catch to the mainland is risky as there might not be a market for their fish and without refrigeration at home, their catch might stale and go to waste. On this, the BFAR intends to respond to that issue while noting that fisher-folk, including the entire fish trade value chain are registered and organized. The CFLC acts as their common venue to train, to organize and plan as well as to mend their nets, sell their catch and store them in shared facilities to maximize on the harvest, BFAR Regional Director Dr. Allan L. Poquita said. The Ubay CFLC is the 11th of the 14 multi-million facilities which Bohol got from the national government since 2016 to 2017. Ubay CFLC has stainless steel stalls, and freezers so fish can be stored when it is not sold right away. The new CFLC comes in its iconic shades of blue, two storey structure...

Bohol awaiting arrival of Brazilian girolando cattle

      TAGBILARAN CITY January 6, 2018 (PIA)—The move to make Bohol the country’s dairy capital nears, hooves at a time.   This as the Department of Agriculture (DA) through secretary Emmanuel Pinol is set to bring to Bohol the first batch of girolando cattles which the country imports from Brazil.   The batch, according to separate sources at the DA said as much as 2,000 heads are expected to arrive in Bohol this year.   Governor Edgar Chatto, in his message to Boholanos gathered during the opening of Bohol’s third Dairy Box, a mall stall selling buffalo milk, bared the development even as Sec. Pinol has wanted to know how Boholanos would take the plan to transform the province into udder for the country’s dairy requirements and cut on imported dairy dependence. .   Gov Chatto said the government through the DA plans to import about 5,000 heads of Girolando dairy cattle from Brazil to attain the goal.   He added that the government is now awaiting the completion of the quarantine of these cattle to make sure that these imported breeds carry no diseases that can affect the native breeds in the province.   Bohol, which has been declared free from foot and mouth disease affecting cloven livestock is also particularly cautious about the entry of the disease that can be carried by imported breeds.   Bohol has over 3,000 hectares of lands at the Ubay Stock Farm which could be ideal for the target of increasing the local supply to respond to the national requirement.   The Philippines hand been largely dependent on imported milk...

KGOB Christmas Thanksgiving

THE MANAGER                                                 EDITOR Radio Stations                                                 Newspapers   BOHOL MEDIA Province of Bohol              The KITA UG ANG GOBERNADOR (KGOB) has been an effective avenue for information dissemination, transparency in government, and has provided a strong link between government and people thru responsible media.                   In line with this, and in the Spirit of Christmas; we will have a simple Christmas Thanksgiving after the program on December 22, 2017 at Café Caloy, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Heritage House, Tagbilaran City.                   Recognizing your important role in this, we are inviting you and your media to join with us in  this event.                  The governor will be joining us for the program but will be attending another important function after. However, he will be with us at around 11:00 in the morning for lunch.           Anticipating you and your media’s  presence.              Thank you so much for your continued support for KGOB and the programs of the Provincial Government and for a better Bohol.                    Merriest Christmas and a more Fruitful New Year!                                                                                                                                                   AUGUSTUS E. ESCOBIA Effective Development Communication Office NB. Don’t have all the email ad of BOHOL Media...

ASIA PACIFIC GOVERNANCE CONFAB HIGHLIGHTS “BOHOL MODEL”

Bohol’s Open Governance model took center stage in this year’s ASIA PACIFIC LEADERS FORUM ON OPEN GOVERNMENT in Jakarta, Indonesia last December 14. The host country thru Indonesia’s Ministry of Planning invited Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto to speak on Sub National Open Governance and its impact to development taking the experience of Bohol province. Gov. Chatto’s name was among the list of nominated speakers evaluated by the organizing committee in Jakarta. His innovations in Open Government  both in executive and legislative branches and the strong indorsement of the Philippine Government earned for him the slot to speak in the Forum attended by over 500 delegates from Asia Pacific countries. Also invited to speak in the Forum were DBM Secretary Ben Diokno, who spoke on Participatory Budgeting and COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo who shared the Philippine experience in Transparency policies. The Philippine delegation was received warmly in Indonesia by Philippine Ambassador Maria Lumen B. Isleta and top officials of Liwayway Group of Companies owned by Amb. Carlos Chan, Richard Yu and Kyle Sy. The one day trip of Gov. Chatto to Indonesia was his shortest foreign travel so far fully sponsored by the Indonesian government at no expense to the province of Bohol including that of his wife Balilihan Mayor Pureza Veloso Chatto who accompanied...

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