Government vows to maintain efforts to curb human trafficking

THE United States (US) State Department’s 12th Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report which kept the Philippines in the Tier 2 Category is a recognition of the Aquino administration’s multi-pronged and aggressive initiatives to curb human trafficking in the
country, a Palace official said on Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement following the release of the US State Department’s 12th Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report which underscored several key achievements of the Philippine government in its drive to eliminate human trafficking.

“We will continue to improve our efforts and we would like to be taken out from Tier 2,” Lacierda said.

He said the government is currently tightening the noose against illegal traffickers and recruiter who prey on our hapless countrymen.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) formulated programs to ensure that human trafficking across the country is put to a stop.

Other gains cited in the 12th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report include the apprehension and filing of criminal and administrative charges against government personnel suspected of conniving with human trafficking syndicates or aiding their operations.

The TIP report also highlighted the continuing accomplishment of the government in the prosecution and conviction of trafficking offenders as well as in helping victims.

The US State Department also lauded the importance placed by the Philippine government in training public officials, particularly in establishing human trafficking indicators, with reference to Filipino migrant workers’ pre-deployment overseas.

The report also cited the cross-border efforts of the government to secure the interests and rights of overseas workers through bilateral agreements, particularly labor-related accessions with foreign countries.

A total of US$ 1.5 million or about P65 million was appropriated by the Philippine government to support its operations against human trafficking, prosecution of offenders, and for the protection of the public from this global menace, according to the report.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the Tier 2 status officially recognizes a country’s significant efforts to adhere to the benchmarks prescribed by the US State Department to meet the minimum standards.

Tier 1 countries fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) minimum standards while Tier 2 countries do not fully comply, but are making significant efforts.
(PCOO)

JBC nibutyag sa tulo pa ka nominado sa pagka CJ

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 07 (PIA)–Tulo pa ka ngalan ang nadugang sa mga nominado isip mosunod nga chief justice sa Supreme Court.

Gipahayag ni Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) member Jose Mejia nga apil sa mga ngalan nga giduso kanila sila si human rights advocate lawyer Katrina Legarda, Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza ug Ateneo De Manila College of Law Dean Cesar Villanueva.

Gawas sa tulo, apil usab sa mga kandidato ang mga most senior associate justices sa Korte Suprema sa panguna ni Senior Associate Justice ug karon acting chief justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Arturo Brion ug Diosdado Peralta.

Kagahapon, pormal nang gibuksan sa JBC ang nomination process alang sa pagpili sa mohulip sa gibiyaang puwesto ni kanhi Chief Justice Renato Corona. Matapos ang pagpangdawat sa JBC og nominasyon sa Hunyo 18.

Gikan sa gidusong mga ngalan sa JBC, mopili si Presidente Benigno Aquino III sa bag-ong chief justice sa Korte Suprema. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

“Sin tax” aprubado na sa Kamara

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 07 (PIA)–Gipalig-on na sa Kamara ang ikatulo ug katapusang pagbasa sa balaodnon nga nagtinguha nga dugangan ang buhis sa sigarilyo ug bino.

Sa gihimong botohan sa plenaryo kagabii, 210 ang mi-pabor sa House bill 5727 samtang 21 ang nibabag niini ug lima usab ang mi-abstain.

Nakalatid ubos sa gipalig-on nga sin tax nga 2-tier nga buhis sa sigarilyo, diin ang sigarilyong adunay presyo nga hangtud P11.50 matag pakete isaka ang buhis sa P12 matag pakete gikan sa kasamtangang P2.75.

Ang sigarilyo nga labaw sa P11.50 matag pakete ang presyo pahamtangan na og buhis nga P28 matag pakete.

3-tier usab ang buhis sa mga bino diin ang sa distilled spi-rits nga adunay presyong dili moabot sa P90 mahimong P20 na ang buhis sa matag litro ug P80 matag litro usab ang buhis sa adunay presyong P90 apan dili moabot sa P150, samtang P320 matag litro ang buhis sa adunay presyong P150 pataas.

Alang sa sparking wine o champagne, kun ang net retail price sa 750 ml P500, mahimong P250 na ang buhis niini ug P700 usab ang buhis sa kapin sa P500 ang presyo.

Ang still wine ug carbonated wine nga mas ubos sa 14% ang alcohol content buhisan na og P30samtang P60 na ang mahimong buhis sa may 14%-25% nga alcohol.

Katuyuan sa gobyerno nga makakuha og P33 bilyon matag tuig gikan sa 2-tier nga buhis gikan sa sigarilyo samtang 3-tier usab sa mga produktong bino. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Aquino invites British investors to participate in government’s PPP projects

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III has urged British investors to participate in the Philippine government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

President Aquino extended the invitation during his meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday here as part of his official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In the joint statement of President Aquino and Prime Minister Cameron, the two leaders agreed to further expand economic cooperation to pave the way for increased trade and investment flows between the Philippines and UK.

During the meeting, the Philippine leader also briefed Prime Minister Cameron on the Philippines’ Public-Private Partnership program and invited the UK government and the business sector “to continue sharing its vast expertise in this area, and encouraged British
investors to participate in the projects.”

The UK leader, in turn, assured President Aquino that the UK government had provided and would continue to provide expertise to the Philippines in shaping its PPP program and looked forward to British companies participating in projects.

The Philippines and the United Kingdom have enjoyed a robust economic partnership over the years. The United Kingdom is the Philippines’ top European investor, and the largest Philippine tourism market in Europe.

President Aquino also emphasized that the Philippines offered exciting investment opportunities for British business, especially in the sectors of energy, infrastructure, business- process outsourcing, information technology and tourism.

After his meeting with the UK Prime Minister, President Aquino attended the luncheon offered by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and presided by Minister Jeremy Browne and the Lord Mayor of London Alderman David Wootton at the Lancaster House. (PCOO)

Pagbawal sa mga tinun-an sa mga internet café sa oras sa klase, gi-plantsa na sa DepEd

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 06 (PIA)–Nakig-alayon na ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) alang sa pag-plantsa sa sumbanan sa mga internet cafe ug bisan sa mga bilyaran nga duol sa mga eskwelahan.

Matud pa ni DepEd Asst. Sec. for Planning Jesus Mateo, nga mao usab ang chairman sa gilusad nga Oplan Balik Eskwela nga aduna nay naunang panaghisgot ang DILG ug bisan sa lokal nga polisya.

Laraw sa DepEd nga dili pasudlon sa mga internet cafe ang mga estudyante sa mga oras nga ting klase.

Bisan pa niini, gi-angkon sa DepEd nga wala kanila ang hurisdiksyon sa mga internet cafe.

Apan matud pa ni Mateo, mahimong magpagawas og ordinansa ang matag lokal nga kagamhanan batok sa mga internet cafe nga kanunay gidagsa sa mga estudyante nga nagpasumangil lamang nga maghimo og assigment apan pagduwa lang ang giatubang. (PIA-
Bohol/ecb)