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Evasco out as head of NFA Council

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. is out of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, following a row with NFA Administrator Jason Aquino over rice importation. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday that Evasco would no longer head the NFA Council because President Rodrigo Duterte decided on Monday night to put the NFA under the Department of Agriculture, along with the Philippine Coconut Authority and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol is expected to head the new NFA Council. The council, the policymaking body of the NFA, will also no longer include the Development Bank of the Philippines, which will be replaced b...Keep on reading: Evasco out as head of NFA Council.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 18th, 2018

NFA council head out

CABINET Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco will no longer head the policy setting National Food Authority (NFA) Council. Evasco used to supervise the NFA on the strength of Executive Order 1 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016. The Cabinet Secretary also has supervision over 11 other government agencies. In a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

In the JBC, Justice Mendoza emerges as the tough questioner

MANILA, Philippines – If the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) panel interviews are classroom recitations, retired Supreme Court justice Jose Mendoza is the one to fear, as he made a law school associate dean fumble for words and an incumbent justice scratch his head for answers......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Carpio seeking CJ post

  Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted his automatic nomination to the post of Chief Justice vacated by Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired last week.   The Supreme Court public information office, quoting Carpio's head of staff, lawyer Teresa Sibulo, said Carpio had already sent his acceptance letter to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).   The JBC is the constitutional body tasked to screen and vet nominees for top positions in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman. The council must come up with at least three nominees, from which the President will make his pick.   But another senior member of the high court, Ass...Keep on reading: Carpio seeking CJ post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Carpio vies for Supreme Court chief justice

MANILA, Philippines – Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted his nomination for chief justice, the Supreme Court confirmed on Friday, October 12.  Carpio sent his confirmation to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday, according to his judicial staff head Maria Teresa Sibulo. Carpio is among ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Duterte wants retiring Army chief to head DSWD

Updated (9:38 p.m.) President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he wants Army Chief Liutenant Rolando Bautista to be the next Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary. In a speech before alumni of the Philippine Military Academy on Thursday night, the President announced Bautista as his choice for DSWD secretary. "I'll announce it, the next DSWD secretary... Rolly, Rolly Bautista. Sorry secretary," Duterte said, apologizing to the Army chief. This was after the President mistakenly announced the name of Eduardo del Rosario, chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, as the next DSWD secretary. The DSWD is presently headed act...Keep on reading: Duterte wants retiring Army chief to head DSWD.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

After Piñol slams rice imports, PH to import 1 million MT of rice in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Food Authority (NFA) Council  approved the standby importation of one million metric tons (MT) of rice for 2019, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced on Monday, September 24.  Piñol, who now serves as the NFA Council head, also announced the entry of an additional ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

Mark Cuban donates $10M after Mavericks workplace probe

NBA press release The NBA today issued the following statement about the report by independent investigators regarding workplace conditions at the Dallas Mavericks, following allegations made in a Feb. 20, 2018 Sports Illustrated article: Upon learning of the allegations, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban notified the NBA and an independent investigation was launched with oversight from the league office. Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at New York University School of Law, and currently Special Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, and Evan Krutoy, who spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and currently heads Krutoy Law, P.C., led the seven-month investigation. The league’s oversight function was led by David Anders, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The report was based on information gathered from 215 interviews with current and former Mavericks employees who worked for the team during the past two decades and from the evaluation of more than 1.6 million documents, including emails and other electronic documents. Following the launch of the independent investigation, the Mavericks, under Mr. Cuban’s direction, hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Marshall, a former AT&T senior executive, who has since implemented a massive overhaul to improve the organization’s workplace culture. While the investigation was ongoing, Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall took a series of steps to enhance the team’s workplace policies and procedures. Under Ms. Marshall’s direction, the Mavericks have replaced or added several new leadership positions in the organization, including a new head of Human Resources, a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, a head of Diversity & Inclusion and a new General Counsel. The Mavericks also instituted mandatory “Respect in the Workplace” training for all employees and ownership; created a confidential hotline for employees to share concerns, issues or allegations of misconduct; and established employee resource teams and an external advisory council to ensure a more diverse and collaborative work environment. Ms. Milgram’s and Mr. Krutoy’s extensive investigation, with full cooperation from Mr. Cuban and the Mavericks organization, resulted in a detailed understanding of the scope and substance of the issues. Among the investigation’s key findings: - The investigation substantiated numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization over a period spanning more than twenty years. - Among other things, the investigation found:     - Improper workplace conduct toward fifteen female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing;     - Improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde, including inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers; and     - Two acts of domestic violence perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee. - The investigators concluded that Mavericks’ management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and that these shortcomings permitted the growth of an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish.  In particular, the investigators found:         - The Mavericks executive leadership team failed to respond adequately and committed a significant error in judgment by retaining Mr. Sneed following his domestic violence incidents; and         - The Mavericks’ executive leadership team was responsible for allowing Mr. Hyde to remain employed with the organization despite his inappropriate and problematic behavior, and failed adequately to address his various acts of misconduct.         - The investigators found no evidence that Mr. Cuban was aware of Mr. Ussery’s misconduct.  None of the 215 witnesses who were interviewed stated that they informed Mr. Cuban of Mr. Ussery’s actions, the investigators found no documentary evidence of such a communication, and Mr. Cuban stated that he did not know about the conduct.   The investigation report also contains a series of recommendations for changes to the Mavericks’ organization, including:     - Increasing the number of women on staff, including in leadership positions;     - Enhancing formal reporting processes for victims of misconduct;     - Implementing regular anonymous employee surveys to evaluate workplace culture; and     - Expanding and improving the Mavericks’ Human Resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating workplace misconduct. The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that “we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following” the publication of the Sports Illustrated article. In recognition of the institutional and other failures set forth in the report, Mr. Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to organizations that are committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.  These organizations will be selected by an advisory council of leaders from the Mavericks, including Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall, and the NBA, including President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, President of Team Marketing & Business Operations and Chief Innovation Officer Amy Brooks, and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Oris Stuart. Additionally, the NBA is requiring the Mavericks to:         - Provide the league office with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation;         - Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee;         - Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and         - Implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated – including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees. While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing -- the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.” Following the allegations made in the Sports Illustrated article, the NBA conducted a thorough review of its existing policies and procedures related to respect in the workplace, and required all NBA teams to do the same. In addition, the league established a confidential leaguewide hotline for team and league employees to report workplace misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  While many of the recommendations contained in the investigation report are already part of established practice at the league office, any that are not will shortly be adopted. The report of the independent investigation is available here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Province, gov’t agencies prepare for ‘Ompong’

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – Provincial Disaster Management Division head Dr. Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian briefed the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, who are also mostly members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on the track and strength of Typhoon Ompong. Caelian, during the briefing, which is part of Pre-Disaster Preparedness measures, […] The post Province, gov’t agencies prepare for ‘Ompong’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

ICPO open to dialogue on murder sprees

By: Gail T. Momblan and Emme Santiagudo THE new head of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO), Senior Superintendent Martin Defensor, said he is open to a conference with the City Council regarding the rising incidents of murder perpetrated by motorcycle-riding gunmen. During its regular session on Sept 11, 2018, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) passed a […] The post ICPO open to dialogue on murder sprees appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

NFA administrator out Duterte asks Congress: Abolish NFA Council

With the country’s rice supply still dwindling, President Duterte is now in search of a new head for the state-run National Food Authority after his appointee Jason Aquino requested to be relieved......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Paris official seeks to outlaw Airbnb rentals in city center

The Paris city council member in charge of housing said Thursday that he would propose outlawing home rentals via Airbnb and other websites in the city center, accusing the service of forcing residents out of the French capital. Ian Brossat told AFP that he would also seek to prohibit the purchase of secondary residences in Paris, saying such measures were necessary to keep the city from becoming an "open-air museum". "One residence out of every four no longer houses Parisians," said Brossat, who is expected to head the Communist party list for European Parliament elections next year. With some 60,000 apartments on offer in the city, Paris is the biggest market for Airbnb, which...Keep on reading: Paris official seeks to outlaw Airbnb rentals in city center.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

NFA council approves additional importation of rice

    The policy-making body of the National Food Authority (NFA) has approved the additional importation of rice this year as rice prices continue to spike. Following a meeting on Tuesday, an official from the NFA said its council has given the go-signal to purchase 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice this year under a government-to-private (G2P) importation. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco earlier described G2P as "more competitive, least corrupt and transparent." Under G2P, private suppliers are allowed to participate in the bidding and would be covered by the procurement law. This is in contrast to a government-to-government (G2G) procurement where there is n...Keep on reading: NFA council approves additional importation of rice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics

Indonesia unveiled surprise plans to bid for the 2032 Olympics on Saturday as it rides high from its successful staging of the Asian Games. President Joko Widodo revealed Indonesia's intentions after talks with Olympics chief Thomas Bach and Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, head of the Olympic Council of Asia. The announcement came on the penultimate day of the two-week, 40-sport Asian Games, the biggest sporting event in Indonesia's history. "Indonesia has planned to immediately register itself as a candidate for the 2032 Olympics host," Widodo said in a televised statement. "With our experience in hosting this 18th Asian Games we, Indonesia, believe that we can and are capable to ...Keep on reading: Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Villar: Price of rice ‘worsened’ under Piñol

  Senator Cynthia Villar believes that the prices of rice in the country have "worsened" during the time of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piol.   Villar gave this observation when asked in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel on Wednesday about Piol's reported plan to ask President Rodrigo Duterte to place the National Food Authority (NFA) back under the Department of Agriculture.   Villar chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.   Responding to the question, the senator said: "I hope that by putting it under him (Piol) it will change kasi di ba tinanggal yan kay Cab Sec (Cabinet Secretary) di ba dinala sa kanya as head of the council?...Keep on reading: Villar: Price of rice ‘worsened’ under Piñol.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Metro Briefs

MMDA to continue dry run vs solo driving on Edsa   The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Friday that it would expand its dry run "indefinitely" until they had fully determined the effectivity of its planned ban on solo-driven vehicles on Edsa during rush hours.   However, its full implementation originally scheduled on August 23 will remain suspended.   Metro Manila Council traffic committee head and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said the city mayors had agreed to push through with the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane policy to "study it further" and cull more data to be presented to lawmakers.   MMDA, however, will no...Keep on reading: Metro Briefs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Ihawan facilities dysfunctional but…

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) told the Iloilo City Council that the slaughterhouse is in a sorry state because of wear and tear. LEEO head Jose Ariel Castañeda faced the council on August 17, 2018 to give updates on the current state of the slaughterhouse and public markets in the […] The post Ihawan facilities dysfunctional but… appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

‘PURE BALONEY’: City college head denies mismanagement yarn

SWEEPING statements. Blatant lies. False accusations. This is how the administrator of the Iloilo City Community College (ICCC), Maria Mathilde Treñas-Octavio, responded to allegations by four teachers relative to the management and operation of the City Hall-run school. Both parties faced the City Council during a hearing in aid of legislation on Aug 20, 2018 […] The post ‘PURE BALONEY’: City college head denies mismanagement yarn appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Bhutan: No medals yet in the Asian Games, but still happy

By STEPHEN WADE,  AP Sports Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan has never won a medal of any kind at the Asian Games, much less the Olympics. The country's fame, instead, comes from its billing as one of the happiest places on earth. In fact, the government promotes a concept it terms "Gross National Happiness" as a way to measure success. "People at home are not unhappy we have not won," Younten Tshedup, a reporter for the national newspaper Kuensel, told the Associated Press at the Asian Games. "Everyone is happy, even with no medals. But medals this time would be icing on the cake." By comparison, Bhutan's giant neighbor China has won more than 3,000 medals — about 1,500 gold — in Asian Games competitions. "We are hoping to change it this time," Younten added. Bhutan, with a population of only 750,000, has 24 athletes entered in sports including archery, taekwondo, boxing and — believe it or not — golf. Karma Karma, who competed two years ago at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, could break through in archery, which is Bhutan's national sport. She was also the flagbearer in Saturday's opening ceremony in Jakarta. Soccer and cricket are also popular in Bhutan, but competition is amateur. Archery has many participants, but the disciplines practiced at home are different than those on the Asian Games and Olympic sports programs. "We'd be happy with any medal," Nim Dorji, the head of the delegation, told The AP. Several athletes in taekwondo could break through. They talked up their chances — but were realistic, too — on Monday while seated around a table eating lunch and decked out in their distinctive red and yellow uniforms with the dragon crest on the chest. "Bhutan is a very small country," taekwondo athlete Tenzin Dorji explained. "We don't have the facilities. Maybe that's why we are not winning. In Bhutan we (athletes) are all students and we only practice for four hours. In other countries they are almost practicing for a whole day." Part of the challenge has been Bhutan's isolation, trapped between China and India in the Himalayas. It has just recently begun to open up with television and social media pushing quick change, and the natural beauty also is a lure that attracts outsiders. Nim, the head of the delegation, said the Bhutan government was getting more involved and offering incentives. "We are a small country known for our culture and traditions," taekwondo athlete Kinzang Choden said. "But sports are not our careers. Education is given more importance than sports by the government." Bhutan has sent athletes to every Asian Games since 1990, according the country's profile on the Asian Games website. The closest it has come to winning a medal was in 1998 in Bangkok, when its men's archery team lost a bronze-medal match against China. Bhutan is not alone in Asia in its medal struggles. East Timor, Indonesia's neighbor on the eastern border, is also yet to win a medal at the Asian Games, a quadrennial event that has attracted more than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries and territories competing in 40 sports. The website for the Olympic Council of Asia — the governing body of regional sports — shows six other nations that have won medals, but never a gold medal: Afghanistan, Brunei, Laos, Nepal, Palestine, and Yemen. "Everyone here is expecting a medal," Younten, the Bhutanese reporter said. "We are expecting a few, but we're not very sure about which disciplines."    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Guiao reserves slot for Clarkson in Asian Games Final 12

The Philippine national basketball team is set to announce its final 12-man lineup late Friday evening but head coach Yeng Guiao said he's still waiting for the confirmation for Jordan Clarkson's inclusion. Clarkson, who is born to a Filipino mother, plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers and will need clearances from the NBA, his club, and an accreditation from the Olympic Council of Asia to allow him to play in the Asian Games in Jakarta. READ:Guiao awaits word on Clarkson's inclusion in Asian Games roster "We're still waiting on the situation of Clarkson, I don't know if you guys have word of it but right now I still don't have the confirmation," said Guiao in Filipino Friday ...Keep on reading: Guiao reserves slot for Clarkson in Asian Games Final 12.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

NNC, agri office head, cite benefits of food gardening

FOOD gardens are intended to grow and produce food items for family and community consumption, but they can also be diversified to produce outputs with multiple benefits. Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nona Tad-y of the National Nutrition Council-6, said that food gardens supplement a staple-based diet, providing significant portions of proteins, vitamins, and minerals for […] The post NNC, agri office head, cite benefits of food gardening appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018