DepEd, DPWH team up to fast-track titling of public schools

The Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has entered into an agreement with the to hasten the titling of sites continuously occupied by public schools nationwide.

DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus and DPWH Secretary Victor Domingo recently signed an agreement to facilitate the prompt issuance of clearances required for the titling process.

The titling of public schools will protect public schools from encroachment, segregation, illegal occupation, and adverse claims of ownership by other individuals or parties. (DepEd)

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DOE urges public use of CFL to save energy

“To save energy depends on the way household use electricity because there is no such thing as energy saver gadget,”

The Department of Energy (DOE) urges the public use of CFL to save energy. The wise use of energy and fuel would not only reduce costs on electric bill as well as mitigate climate change. This is according to Director Antonio Labios of DOE Visayas Field Office.

Labios said Visayas experiencing power supply shortage may be due to an economic growth as this corresponds demand of power.

Thus, DOE urges power consumers to change their incandescent bulbs (IBs) to CFL as the latter is more energy efficient which means one pays less for monthly electric bills and save the environment.

The CFL distribution falls under the enhancing energy efficiency and conservation component of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Program (PEEP) as the energy sectors agenda focuses on attaining a sustainable 60 percent energy self-sufficiency level beyond 2010.

A CFL utilized for 1,000 hours per year only consumed around 13kWh, compared to around 60kWh used up by one incandescent bulb utilized for the same period, saving 47kWh per bulb in one year, the agency stated. (PIA/JCT)

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Code white alert set for December 24, 25, 31, January 1

The Code White Alert was raised by the Department of Health (DOH) in preparation for the coming Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Code White Alert is raised to all DOH Hospitals to ensure prompt emergency services to injured patients during Holiday Season. Victims are reported through a Nationwide-Registry Injuries.

To further improve coordination among agencies and health facilities involved in injury prevention, the DOH is introducing the Online National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – an internet-based system that allows health facilities to report fireworks injury cases.

The DOH strongly advises the public against the use of any fireworks/firecrackers this holiday season. (PIA)

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DA bans entry of birds, poultry products from Germany and France

The Department of Agriculture imposed a temporary ban on bird and poultry imports from Germany and France due to reported occurrence of avian influenza (AI) or bird flue in said areas. This is in step with the government’s sustained efforts to keep the country free of the bird flu virus.

The Philippines along with Brunei and Singapore are the only AI-free countries in Southeast Asia.

Under the Avian Influenza Protection Program (AIPP), the DA is also implementing an Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (AVET) Program to strengthen the capacity of the field veterinary services, especially at the local level, in designing and managing disease surveillance, conducting outbreak investigation and effective outbreak containment measures.

Besides these measures, 20 critical areas are under surveillance especially during the bird migration season of October to February. (PIA)

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Gov’t sees good times with Sison off the terrorists list

STALLED or not, the government is opening all avenues for engaging communities to do local peace negotiations to keep the country’s peace.

Thus insists Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Undersecretary Danilo Encinas, who was here in Bohol last week for a workshop with Bohol peace advocates and their counterparts across the country.

He added that the government welcomes the removal of Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/ National Democratic Front leader Joma Sison for the list of terrorists.

The Council of the European Union has deleted Sison as terrorist blacklist.

Over the development, Encinas shared Malacanang position of elation as this portends to good times especially with the possible resumption of the peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Even before that however, the government has been looking at other areas of engagement to keep the peace talks going, even in the local levels.

Here in Bohol for the solidarity and learning workshop among six monitoring Local Monitoring Boards all over the country’s areas with ongoing localized peace efforts, Usec Encinas said a stalled peace talks do not stop the government from exhaustively seeking ways to make communities decide for peace.

Set up to form alliances between and among set up monitoring groups with their unique moves to keep the tables open for local peace negotiations between the government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front / Communist Party of the Philippines, the workshop also allows local groups monitoring the compliance and implementation of the agreements on the respect for human rights and the international humanitarian law (CARHRIHL).

With peace a top priority of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s administration, the she has called for everybody’s cooperation in a bid to forge a final peace negotiation with the left and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and sustain the gains in her peace and development efforts.

And with the relaxation of restrictions on Sison, government sources believe that it could expedite the resumption of negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF.

“Hopefully this will lead to good things as far as the peace process with them. This is really what we are concerned about here in the Philippines, the resumption of the peace negotiations with the left,” Presidential Spokesperson Gary Olivar said.

The resumption of peace talks between the government and the NDF was supposed to be held in Oslo, Norway last Aug. 28, but was put off after the NDF made another demand as a precondition.

“We are hopeful that Mr. Sison given this latest improvement in his circumstances abroad will now be in a better position to assist in facilitating the peace process between the CPP-NPA-NDF on one hand and the Philippine government on the other. That is our fervent hope,” Olivar said. (PIA)