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SORSOGON BAY AT JUAG LAGOON NANANATILING LIGTAS SA PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING

by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Nananatiling negatibo sa red tide toxin ang Juag Lagoon sa bayan ng Matnog at ang Sorsogon Bay sa lungsod ng Sorsogon kung kaya’t patuloy na mai-enjoy pa rin ng mga residente ang pagkain ng mga lamang-dagat mula sa dalawang look.

Sa pinakahuling bulletin na ipinalabas ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), nasa anim na lamang na look at katubigan sa buong bansa ang positibo na lamang sa paralytic shellfish poisoning na kinabibilangan ng Dumanquillas Bay sa Zamboanga del Sur; Bislig Bay sa Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Matarinao Bay sa Eastern Samar; Murcielagos Bay sa Zamboanga del Norte at Misamis Occidental at mga kostal na katubigan sa Bolina at Anda sa Pangasinan.

Subali’t binigyang-diin ni Provincial Fisheries Officer Gil Ramos na kahit pa nga nananatiling ligtas sa paralytic shellfish poisoning ang mga look sa Sorsogon, patuloy pa rin nilang pinag-iingat ang publiko sa pamamagitan ng tamang paglilinis at pagkain ng mga preskong lamang-dagat na nakukuha sa katubigan ng Sorsogon.

Binigyang babala din niya ang publiko na doblehin ang pag-iingat at higit na maging mapagmanman lalo na sa pagpasok ng La Niña kung saan matapos ang sobrang init ng panahon ay agad na susundan ng matinding tag-ulan sapagkat ang mga ganitong sitwasyon ang maaaring magpabalik sa mga organismo ng red tide.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

PCG SORSOGON AT ANG KANILANG ‘OPLAN PAGHAHANDA’

by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Handang-handa na ang Philippine Coast Guard Sorsogon sa pagdagsa ng mga pasahero sa mga pantalan kaugnay ng nalalapit na pagbubukas ng klase sa susunod na linggo.

Ayon kay PCG Sorsogon City Station Commander Lt. Junior Grade Ronnie Ong, bahagi ng kanilang “Oplan Paghahanda 2010” ay ang pag-aalerto sa mga Coast Guard stations sa tatlong malalaking pantalan dito – ang Matnog, Pilar at Bulan – dahilan sa tiyak na pagdagsa ng mga estudyanteng pasahero dito.

“Nais naming matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga pasahero kung kaya’t itinaas na namin sa full alert status ang aming mga tauhan simula pa noong unang araw ng Hunyo at nakipag-ugnayan na rin kami sa mga shipping companies ukol sa mga patakarang dapat nilang sundin,” pahayag ni Ong.

“May inilagay na rin kaming passengers’ help desk sa naturang mga pantalan upang tiyaking nabibigyang-pansin ang mga pangangailangan ng mga pasahero at tao sa pantalan,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinabi ni Ong na maliit man o malaking sasakyang pandagat ay dapat na sumunod sa patakarang ipinatutupad para na rin sa kaligtasan ng lahat, partikular na dito ang mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng overloading at ‘no lifejacket, no travel policy’, pati na rin ang ‘proper storage of cargos policy’.

Sa panig ng pagmamantini ng seguridad, full alert na ang kanilang K-9 dogs sa mga pantalan ng Matnog, Pilar at Bulan at ang kanilang special operations units sa pantalan ng Matnog.

Ayon pa kay Ong, maliban sa papalapit na pasukan ay naghahanda na rin sa ngayon ang kanilang tanggapan sa pagpasok ng mga bagyo sa bansa bilang bahagi na rin ng kanilang disaster preparedness plan.

Samantala, binigyang-linaw ni Ong na sa Sorsogon ang tatlong malalaking pantalan lamang ang may Coast Guard stations. Deputized naman aniya, ang mga Local Government Units na ipatupad ang mga regulasyong pangkaligtasan sa mga lugar na hindi na sakop ng coastguard.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

MGA KABATAAN SA SORSOGON NAGHAYAG NG PAKIKIISA SA KAMPANYA TUNGO SA KAPAYAPAAN

by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon

Naging makabuluhan at nagbunga ng positibong resulta ang isinagawang Peace Youth Camp noong nakaraang linggo dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon sa pangunguna ng Sulong CARHRIHL Youth Network Bicol sa pakikipag-ugnayan nito sa Provincial Alliance of NGOs and POs for Development (PANGOPOD), Inc.

Ayon kay Bicol CARHRIHL Youth Network Steering Committee Chair Melvin E. Demdam, nagpapasalamat sila sa mga organizers ng nasabing Youth Camp dahilan sa pagbibigay oportunidad sa mga kabataang tulad nila na maunawaan ang programang CAHRIHL o Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law na isinusulong ng pamahalaan.

Bilang tugon sa programang pangkapayapaan na ito ng pamahalaan, isinama ng mga kabataan sa kanilang action plan ang pagbuo din ng Provincial CARHRIHL Youth Network dito sa Sorsogon upang magsilbing tagapagtaguyod sa local level ng respeto sa karapatang pantao at pagtupad sa alituntunin ng International Humanitarian Law bilang mga pamamaraan sa pagtamo ng makatarungan at pangmatagalang kapayapaan.

Ang Sulong CARHRIHL Youth Network ay ang opisyal na katuwang ng Sulong CARHRIHL na kinabibilangan ng mga youth organizations mula sa iba’t-ibang mga komunidad at unibersidad sa bansa.

Nais din nitong ipaalam at ipaunawa sa kabataan ang kanilang kontribusyon at mga hakbang na dapat gawin ng mga tulad nila sakaling maharap sila sa sitwasyon ng kaguluhan.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

PAGSUMITE NG 2010 ELECTIONS STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES NG MGA KANDIDATO HANGGANG NGAYONG ARAW NA LAMANG

by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA-Sorsogon

Muling pinaalalahanan ng Commission on Election ang mga tumakbong kandidato nitong nakaraang halalan na hanggang ngayong araw na lamang sila tatanggap ng mga isusumiteng 2010 elections Statement of Contributions and Expenditures.

Ayon kay Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Calixto Aquino, nanalo man o natalong kandidato ay dapat magsumite ng kanilang statements kung ilan ang natanggap nilang kontribusyon at nagasta kaugnay ng kanilang pangangampanya nitong May 10, 2010 national at local elections.

Matatandaang nakasaad sa Comelec En Banc Resolution No. 8944 na hindi dapat lalampas ngayong Hunyo a-nuebe ang pagfile ng kanilang SCE sa tanggapan ng Comelec kung saan sila nagfile ng kanilang certificate of candidacy.

Ayon kay Aquino ang mga kandidatong hindi makakasumite ng SCE ay maaaring patawan ng multang isanglibo hanggang tatlumpong libong piso.

Kaugnay nito, muling nilinaw din ng opisyal na ang mga Statement of Contributions and Expenditures ay tatanggapin mula alas-otso ng umaga hanggang alas singko lamang ng hapon.

Wala din aniya silang balak na magbigay pa ng extension sa mga ito.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Aquino, Binay proclaimed

Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay were proclaimed on Wednesday as the duly elected president and vice president, respectively, by the Joint Congressional National Canvassing Committee.

Aquino was proclaimed the country’s 15th President ahead of the projected June 15 proclamation schedule after garnering 15,208,678 votes in the country’s first automated national elections. He will start his term together with members of the 15th Congress.

Before the proclamation, Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada stood on the floor to read the congratulatory message of his father, former President Joseph Estrada who placed second to Aquino in the presidential race.

Earlier, Malacañang extended its congratulatory message to Aquino and Binay, wishing them all the best as they take the reins of the country starting June 30.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza congratulated the new government leaders, adding the outgoing Arroyo administration is ready to facilitate a smooth transition of power.

President Arroyo, on a two-day swing in Shanghai, China, was expected to issue a separate congratulatory message to her successor within the day.

“We congratulate our new President and Vice President who I understand will be formally proclaimed today by Congress,” Mendoza said in a news conference in the Palace a few hours before the official proclamation in Congress.

“We wish the new government all the best, as leave in their hands an economy in better shape than when we found it nine years ago,” he added. (Gennalyn Kabiling)

Source: ABS-CBN/Manila Bulletin

Filed under: Politics,

POEA warns of fake Net job offers

By SHIANEE MAMANGLU/Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised Monday desperate job hunters hoping to work abroad to use their judgment and common sense when applying for a job on the Internet to avoid being scammed or fooled.

Hanz Cacdac, POEA deputy administrator, said many fake job offers posted on the Internet, particularly those for overseas employment come from sites in the United Kingdom, specifically London, and Canada and the United States.

“Meron tayong monitoring sa POEA on things posted on the Net. If you noticed doon sa mga violations, nag-i-issue tayo agad ng advisory para mapalinawagan agad ang publiko about these bogus job offers,’’ Cacdac said in an interview.

“Job seekers should really assert their selves before getting duped by scammers on the Net. They have to ask lots of questions or check the agency if it is licensed or accredited with us,’’ he said.

Cacdac said job offers sent via email seeking for addresses, personal numbers and money without any contract should be considered outright as a scam.

Asked if the phenomenon is alarming, the official said the agency will not take lightly the illegal work of recruitment agencies and will instead intensify its campaign against these bogus agencies.

He said this is also the reason why the POEA has partnered with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to track down violators.

“We have an ongoing briefing with the NBI on how to track sources of Internet post and e-mail. Traceable naman talaga siya and we do plan to have an operation lalo dun sa mga fraudsters na nandirito,’’ according to Cacdac.

As of last year, data received by the POEA from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in London showed than over 200 mails from job applicants and local recruitment agencies were recorded requesting for verification of the legality of the job offers they received through the Net.

Most jobs being offered on the Internet are those for professionals and skilled workers, including engineers, caregivers, hotel staff, store managers and salesperson.

Agencies usually showcase high salary offers and benefits to convince people to grab the opportunity.

Earlier, former labor secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas urged job seekers to always double check the job vacancies being offered and ensure that these are authenticated by the POLO or the embassy.

She reminded the public to be always cautious and to follow the proper process of applying for jobs as mandated in the POEA rules and regulation for overseas employment.

“Dalawa lamang ang tamang paraan ng pag-alis upang magtrabaho sa ibang bansa. Una ay sa pamamagitan ng regular recruitment system dito sa atin na siyang ginagawa ng mga licensed recruitment agencies for their accredited foreign principals o di kaya ay through a government-to-government arrangement,’’ she said.

“Ang ikalawa ay through a direct hiring arrangement kung saan ang foreign employer ay deretsahan hina-hire ang lokal na aplikante dito sa atin subalit ang pag-alis ng prospective OFW ay ayon pa rin sa documentation process ng POEA,’’ said Sto. Tomas.

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs, POEA-Advisory,

DO YOU WANT TO GO INTO BUSINESS?

WHY GO INTO BUSINESS

Entrepreneurship is a way of life. Being entrepreneurial means being able to identify, start, and maintain a viable and profitable business, particularly a small enterprise.

People spend most of their lives working for someone else. Some people eventually rise to positions of wealth and power, while the rest languish in unchallenging and low-paying jobs. On the other hand, there are a select few who strike it out on their own rather than work for others. They put up their own enterprise.

You may ask: “Why should I risk my resources in an unpredictable business when I could hold a stable job with permanent tenure and an assurance of a regular monthly income without any risk?” In other words, why be an entrepreneur rather than an employee?

Having your own business has tremendous rewards, but be sure to weigh prospective returns against potential risks and losses.

REWARDS OF GOING INTO BUSINESS OR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Having unlimited opportunity to make money

When you have your own business, you will most certainly have unlimited potential to earn money. How much money you earn depends on the time and effort you put into your enterprise. Successful entrepreneurs have earned their wealth and prestige through hard work and by having the right product for the right market at the right time.

Being your own boss

As manager of your business, you make the decisions for your enterprise and take full responsibility for these. The quality of these decisions will translate into either gain or loss for your business. Being your own boss means you are in control of your future. You have a better grasp of what you want to be.

Tapping your creativity

A business usually starts out as an idea. You will have the opportunity to harness this creativity and turn your idea into products and processes.

Overcoming challenges and finding fulfillment

Starting a business is by itself an accomplishment. Running a business tests an entrepreneur’s capability in securing and managing resources. How well a business turns out depends on the owner’s ability to face challenges and overcome difficulties.

Helping others

In the process of running a business, an entrepreneur employs workers, and pays them income which improves their lives. An entrepreneur who succeeds and grows also helps suppliers, sub-contractors, dealers and other businesses connected to him succeed and grow too.

Building an entrepreneurial legacy

A business can be a lasting legacy to the family. It can ensure employment for some members of the family. It can create an enterprising culture than can be handed down through the generations.

Source:  

Department of Trade and Industry

Filed under: Business, Business Ideas for OFW Families, Livelihood, Motivation, Negosyo Tips, People who inspired Us,

Trafficking in humans hits worrisome level, says Ople

“The growing number of victims of human trafficking and contract substitution throughout the world pose a major challenge to the next administration. Increasing poverty has driven many Filipinos to clutch at empty promises of bogus recruiters and human traffickers,” said Susan Ople, president of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center.

Ople, who recently received the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Achievement Award for advocacy, noted that the overwhelming support bestowed by overseas Filipino voters to president-elect Benigno Aquino Jr. comes with high hopes and expectations that the labor sector would receive the priority it deserves.

“The increasing trend towards contractual work has become a major push factor for migration as more Filipinos consider migration as the first option for economic advancement,” Ople said.

According to the Ople Center , the incoming administration should immediate embark on institutional and legislative reforms that would

1. Grant additional seats in the Board of Trustees to strengthen OFW representation in the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration while providing additional benefits to its members;

2. Allocate budgets for the immediate deployment of legal and social welfare attaches particularly to countries with a high incidence of human trafficking and other welfare cases, such as in destination points in the Middle East. Philippine Embassies and Consulates must be prepared to file cases against abusive foreign employers and agents, especially in cases involving contract substitution, rape and maltreatment of workers, rather than just repatriate the workers involved.

3. Establish one-stop inter-agency OFW assistance centers in provincial capitols to cut red tape and facilitate immediate services to OFW families particularly in the areas of repatriation, reintegration and legal assistance.

Ople noted that the early lead bestowed by overseas absentee voters to the soon-to-be-proclaimed president Noynoy Aquino has raised high expectations among leaders of various Filipino communities worldwide.

The youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople lost her first senatorial bid under the Nacionalista Party but vowed to continue her work as a labor advocate through the Blas F. Ople Policy Center.

“Even as we honor our modern-day heroes today, we all know that as their number rises, the more difficult it is for government to reach them at a time of personal or collective crisis. The solution remains here at home, where job creation is imperative and the quality of jobs must improve,” Ople said.

The OFW advocate also flagged increasing concern over rising tensions in the Korean peninsula where over 80,000 Filipino workers are based. “We need to keep an eye out and be more vocal about the need to defuse this ticking bomb in our backyard,” she stressed.

Source: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNation.htm?f=2010/june/8/nation3.isx&d=2010/june/8

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, OFW Scam, Illegal Recruiter, Overseas Jobs, ,

OFWs urge Aquino to alleviate migrants’ plight

OFWs urge Aquino to alleviate migrants’ plight
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