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DTI CHIEF PROMOTES ASEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION: JOINS ASEAN MINISTERS IN SIGNING E-COMMERCE AGREEMENT, IN ENHANCING AGREEMENTS ON SERVICES TRADE AND INVESTMENT

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez joined other ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) at the Preparatory AEM Meeting and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council during 11-12 November in Singapore. In this event, the ministers signed the ASEAN E-Commerce Agreement; announced the conclusion of the negotiations for the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA); and finalised the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA). Secretary Lopez noted two major benefits from the e-commerce agreement: “It has elements that provide protection and safeguards to consumers to build trust and confidence in e-commerce. Likewise, it facilitates more MSME access to the ASEAN market.” Meanwhile, ATISA aims to deepen services sectors in ASEAN, while ACIA will help maintain the attractiveness of the region as an investment destination. “ASEAN is on the drawing board to ‘future-proof’ the regional economy,” said DTI Secretary Lopez. Among the other topics that were discussed include Global Value Chains (GVC), Innovation, Digital Economy, and 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), among many others. “A priority in our engagement in the AEC is to pursue the agenda on Inclusive Globalization. We can use our international and regional engagements as a tool to alleviate poverty and sustain our economic growth and development,” explained Sec. Lopez. He added that ASEAN can play an important role in preserving a rules-based global trading order and provide the necessary boost to the world economy, amid the increasing threat of escalating trade tensions and continuing global... read more

Dengue-proof your family

Now with the dengue alarm which has reached outbreak proportions, there has never been any better tip in preventing the disease and dengue proofing the family than starting with the self. Now, parents who are protective of their kids go extreme lengths to keep their kids, especially when away from home, safe from mosquito bites. Enter, the leggings and mosquito repellants. But, did you know that all those who protect themselves from dengue mosquito bites by wearing leggings are still not dengue-safe? NOT JUST LEGGINGS Dengue mosquitoes, or aedes aegyti which causes the transfer of dengue virus to humans use sight, smell, and heat to find a blood meal, and gravitate around human and animal heat, that even with leggings, mosquitoes can still go for exposed parts of the body. More-over. leggings, or at least those kinds that pupils are now wearing in schools are those thin types, ones that mosquitoes can still, easily bite through. “What we want to avoid is the mosquito bites, and leggings, or at least those that a mosquito can bite through, are still a concern,” shared a pediatrician who politely declined to be named. And then there is the color. “There have been circulated tips that mosquitoes are more attracted to that dark colored clothing, the color for most of the leggings that kids use, and these could be attracting more the mosquitoes that we want these insects to move away from our kids,” the pediatrician continued. Over this, wearing of bright colored long-sleeved clothes and trousers that mosquitoes could not bite through, something that lower the chances of getting bitten by dengue-carrying... read more

Living Tradition

Gov. Edgar Chatto and Holy Name University President Fr. Francisco Estepa sign agreement for the use of the old HNU Elementary building for the Bohol Institute of Living Traditions during its soft launch with cultural officers, non-government organizations, the academe, members of the religious sector, cultural workers, artists. Witnessing the signing were CBCP culture heritage commission chair Fr. Ted Milan Torralba, Center for Culture and Arts Development head Romulo Tagaan, culture and arts “national treasure“and Bohol’s treasure Gardy Labad, DepEd Bohol Division Superintendent Dr. Nimfa Bongo, and culture and arts consultant Marianito Luspo. The Bohol Institute of Living Traditions is developed to be a gathering of cultural and educational institutions that will be center for learning and education, research, training, professional development, production, promotion, of Boholano cultural heritage that will also empower Bohol creatives: artists, teachers, leaders, researchers....

Aris to seek add’l funding for brgy multipurpose bldgs in 2nd

By JUNE S. BLANCO ALL barangays in Bohol’s 2nd District will soon have a multi-purpose building each –courtesy of Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado. The solon said some barangays have completed theirs through this counter-parting project. However, some “poorer” barangays could not come up with their respective counterparts, leaving the project unfinished until now. Aumentado continues to make the rounds of his district for ocular inspections to assess the ongoing multipurpose building projects to determine which are not yet complete. For these, he said, he will request for additional funding at P1 million next year. Current funding, he said, is P750,000 from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The multi-purpose buildings can serve as the barangay’s meeting or assembly area, or evacuation center in times of calamities. The buildings have rain water collectors. The water can then be used by the community for the building’s toilet, for their respective laundry and other water needs. Aumentado said the amount may not be that much, but he gave all the barangays in his district such funds equally for the multi-purpose buildings not considering if he won or lost in that barangay in the last elections. He emphasized that he does not want to give just a few barangays from two to three million pesos if this means sacrificing the needs ofd the other barangays. He wants all barangays to receive equal amounts. The solon said after the election results are out, he always puts politics behind. This is most effective, he said, to heal “election wounds”. His unprecedented zero dissatisfaction rating in the latest round of Bohol Polls conducted by...

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PCG rescues 64 passengers, crew from MV South Pacific

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bohol scored plus points when all they rescued 64 passengers and 19 crew from a boat that ran aground early morning of October 9, 2019, in the vicinity seawaters off Danajon Bank. PCG search and rescue team dispatched to the site also assured that aside from the slight dents in the boat’s hull, the grounding boat did not damage the area, had no damaged propellers and noted no oil spills. The boat: MV South Pacific operated by Southern Pacific Transport Corporation is a 230.99 gross ton passenger ship and cargo vessel with a capacity of 204 passengers and has Cebu as home port. MV South Pacific accordingly left Bato, Leyte at 9:00 PM October 8 with 59 passengers and 19 crew members, according to the captain of the ill-fated ship, Arturo Sullano. While cruising off to Cebu, the boat strayed into the shallow waters and accidentally ran aground at about 1:00 AM, the skipper said in his report. Good the incident happened in calm seas, otherwise it could be a major problem, observers who learned of the incident commented. It was about 3:55 AM on October 9 that PCG PO1 Uy relayed to Coast Guard Tagbilaran the information and the exact coordinates of the grounding incident, for proper action. Coast Guard Station (CGS) Tagbilaran then immediately called CGS Talibon to verify and report. By about 4:15 of October 9, CGS Talibon established contact with the ill-fated boat captain, who confirmed the incident. CGS Talibon then dispatched a search and rescue (SAR) team to do visual and surface inspection. By early morning, the PCG...

Aris offers free medical exam at DEDVMH for new hires

By JUNE S. BLANCO APPLICANTS who will be hired in the jobs fair set next week in Ubay town will get free medical examination at the Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital (DEDVMH). Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) said this will be his counterpart to the jobs fair arranged by the Young Initiative for the Progress of Ubay (YIPU) headed by Richie Ibale. Aumentado said new hires are required by their prospective employers to submit results of their physical examination. The results will determine if he or she is indeed in good health. He said a healthy body is home to a sound mind, hence, the future employees would be highly trainable. A complete physical examination, however, costs money. To ensure that the new hires will be able to submit promptly their requirements, medical certificate included, Aumentado broached the idea to Ibale. For the jobs fair, Aumentado said YIPU is still awaiting word from the rest of the invited companies, the jobs available and other information. This early, the solon hinted that some prospective employers are based outside of the country. They have had good experiences with Filipino employees so that they are looking for more. Others are at it for the first...

4th Milk Congress

EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATIONS UNIT October 5, 2018 MEDIA ADVISORY TO : ALL STATION MANAGERS/ BROADCASTERS/ REPORTERS Radio Stations EDITORS/ PUBLISHERS/ WRITERS / REPORTERS Newspapers RE : MEDIA COVERAGE / PRESS CONFERENCE The Provincial Government of Bohol, through the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV), together with the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Carabao Center and other stakeholders will hold the 4th Bohol Milk Festival on October 8 and 9, 2018 at the Bohol Cultural Center, this City. This will be jointly conducted with the 4th National Carabao Conference and the 1st Livestock Technology Expo. Considering that this a great promotion for Bohol, we are requesting you and your media to cover the event. We are also inviting your media for a PRESS CONFERENCE at 11:30 am on October 8, Monday; at the Governor’s Mansion. Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Carabao Center, National Dairy Authority, among others are expected to join in the interaction. Thank you so much and we hope that you can join us and work together for the best interest of Bohol. AUGUSTUS E. ESCOBIA Head,...

On survey results: I am humbled–Aris

  By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) is the people’s choice. This, after Aumentado clinched a 92% satisfaction rating from respondents in his district of the latest round of Bohol Polls conducted by the Holy Name University (HNU) –Tagbilaran’s Center for Research and Publications – with an unprecedented zero dissatisfaction rating. Aumentado thanked his constituents for the trust and confidence vested in him. He said he sees the high rating as a challenge to do even better for them. He admits that the fund he has successfully tapped from national government agencies for projects in his district may only be meager and not enough for all their needs. But, he vowed, he will strive even more. He emphasized that no matter how small such funding may be, he assures them that he will constantly monitor the implementation of the projects to ensure that these are done according to standards and corruption-free. He said he will not exchange for anything else the joy and satisfaction he feels on seeing the plight of his constituents alleviated with the help of the government. The solon has been living up to the principles and work ethics of his namesake father and immediate congressional predecessor, former congressman and governor Erico Boyles Aumentado. Top in his projects are those he pursued after his father’s death, including unfinished and pipeline projects: irrigation from the National Irrigation Authority, electrification of the islands from the National Electrification Administration, road improvement through convergence projects of the tourism, and the trade and industry departments with the Department of Public Works and Highways, multipurpose buildings also from DPWH,...

BSP says Basic Deposit Accounts, need no IDs

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 25 (PIA)—A study cited by the national community managed savings and credit associations bared that only very few Filipinos own savings accounts due to the inability of some to present proper identifications top vouch for the depositor. The same study cited the fact that most people who opts to start a small savings find the documentary requirements in opening an account hard to come by. Conscious of this, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), through a recent Monetary Board resolution, has instructed its supervised banks all over the country to follow a simplified Know Your Customer (KYC) instead of the hard to come by identification documents. By KYC, instead of forcing depositors to produce IDs, identifying the customer and verifying their true identity can now be based on any document or information reduced in writing, including but not limited to certifications, BSP Information Officer Hazel Cultura bared. Through Circular 992, series of 2018, BSP through its governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr., has officially increased access of the country’s unserved and underserved to financial services that also improves financial inclusivity to the poor and the small entrepreneurs, she added. According to Cultura, the circular which liberalized customer onboarding in the banking world, formally establishes a new system of identifying customers and verifying their true identity. Previous requirement in opening bank accounts says one must submit at least two (2) valid IDs which could be the new SSS or GSIS ID, driver’s license, a company ID,  school ID, Passport, PRC ID, postal ID, or marriage contract, two most recent 1 x 1 ID picture, proof of billing...

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