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‘I cringe!’: Roman hits initial removal of SOGIE in proposed anti-discrimination bill

MANILA, Philippines — Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman did not mince words as she expressed her disappointment over the initial removal of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) in the draft substitute bill of an anti-discrimination measure. During the technical working group meeting of the House committee on human rights, it was seen that […] The post ‘I cringe!’: Roman hits initial removal of SOGIE in proposed anti-discrimination bill appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 19th, 2020Related News

24 Aetas in Dinalupihan finish TESDA course

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Nov.15 (PIA) -- About 24 members of the Aeta Ambala Tribe from barangay Bayan-bayanan in Dinalupihan, Bataan completed a training from Technical Education and Skills.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2020Related News

Bataan LGU namahagi ng mga sasakyan

Pinagkaloob ni Bataan Governor Abet Garcia ang mga bagong service vehicle sa 17 barangay na natapos na ang phase1 ng kanilang 10-Year Barangay Development Masterplan. The post Bataan LGU namahagi ng mga sasakyan first appeared on Abante......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2020Related News

Bataan taps PayMaya to disburse rice subsidy

The provincial government of Bataan has teamed up with PayMaya to facilitate digital disbursements of rice subsidies to more than 8,000 beneficiaries......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceOct 31st, 2020Related News

Palay prices dip to P11/kg in some areas

Palay prices continued to go down, even dipping to as low as P11 per kilogram (/kg) as farmers approach the tail-end of the harvest season with a series of strong typhoons. Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the average farm-gate price of palay continued its downward movement, falling by 4.1 percent to P15.79/kg from the price level of P16.47/kg in the previous week. Year-on-year, the price increased by 0.2 percent from its average price of P15.76/kg in the same week of the previous year. Unfortunately, prices went down to as low as P11/kg in areas like Surigao del Sur and Cavite, which means some farmers were forced to sell their produce at a loss. In other areas like Agusan del Sur and Bulacan, farmers barely made money, with palay sold at exactly or just slightly above P12/kg. In the Philippines, the average production cost of rice farmers stood around P12.72/kg, which is higher or nearly double than what rice farmers in Vietnam and Thailand spend to produce the staple. This means that if prices fell below that amount, farmers would receive earnings that are lower than what they spent for. Some said that with the current production cost, the breakeven farmgate price of fresh harvest should be around P14.50/kg.  Meanwhile, highest palay prices were recorded in areas like Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Rizal, and Palawan wherein the commodity were sold at P18/kg to P21/kg, the same PSA data showed. Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said that in the next few weeks, as farmers approach the tail-end of the harvest season, palay prices will definitely go down further. This, as palay, when damaged by storms, could yield to poor quality rice, which, among other reasons like the continuous entry of imported rice, could result in traders deciding not to buy at all.  “Rainy weather is also to blame since traders have to discount for grain deterioration due to lack of drying facilities,” he said. A data from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed that as of October 29, Typhoon Quinta already destroyed 79,239 metric tons (MT) of palay worth P1.13 billion within 62,880 hectares of farms. Then there’s the threat of Typhoon Rolly, which is expected to make landfall in Quezon and Aurora provinces on Saturday (October 31) and become a super typhoon. Montemayor also thinks that the continuous decline in palay prices is already “not surprising” since government intervention is doing very little for farmers. According to him, the National Food Authority’s (NFA) palay procurement has had minimal impact despite pronouncements of DA, while the planned suspension of  sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances (SPS-ICs) on rice “came in too late, as in last year, to influence farmgate prices.” “Too little too late [actions] again by the DA,” Montemayor said. “At this time, [DA can do] very little. Damage was already done and most farmers have already harvested. Some typhoon-affected farmers (like those in Occidental Mindoro and Isabela) are asking NFA to buy storm-damaged palay but I doubt if they will do that since the agency itself doesn’t have dryers,” he added. Montemayor was particularly referring to Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s previous order for NFA to intensify its palay procurement in order to address decline in palay prices.  To recall, NFA, whose sole mandate now is to secure the government’s buffer stock, buys palay at P19/kg and is given P7 billion every year to do this. Also, more than a week ago, Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the senate agriculture committee, asked the DA to stop issuing SPS-ICs to rice importers during harvest time, which would probably take effect after the next planting season. Business Bulletin sought the reaction of DA Spokesperson Noel Reyes regarding the decline in palay prices, but he is yet to respond......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: EditorialOct 31st, 2020Related News

‘Rolly’ may pass close to Metro Manila after Quezon landfall Sunday

After its landfall over Quezon province this Sunday, typhoon “Rolly” (international name: “Goni”) will possibly pass close to Metro Manila between Sunday evening and Monday morning. In its weather bulletin Saturday morning, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Benison Estareja said Rolly will move west-southwest this Saturday toward the sea off the coast of Bicol region. (DOST PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN) The typhoon was already around 540 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, moving at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) around 7 a.m. Beginning early Sunday, it will gradually turn west-northwest, bringing its inner rainbands-eyewall region near or over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur during the morning-afternoon hours and over Quezon-southern Aurora area during the afternoon-evening hours. The center of the eye of the typhoon may pass very close or over the Calaguas Islands by Sunday afternoon and make landfall in Polillo Islands and mainland Quezon in the evening. Estareja said the eye of Rolly will likely pass directly over Quezon-Aurora, entire Central Luzon, “where Metro Manila and Rizal will be closest,” and over parts of Ilocos Region, particularly Pangasinan and La Union. After crossing Central Luzon, the center of Rolly may exit the mainland Luzon landmass, most likely through the Zambales-Bataan area by Monday morning, Estareja said. Signal No. 2 up; Metro Manila under signal No. 1 The wind signal in some provinces in the Bicol region were upgraded to tropical cyclone wind signal No. 2 as damaging gale-force to storm-force winds is expected to affect these areas in the next 24 hours. Signal No. 2 has been hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island, and the southeastern portion of Quezon (San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Mulanay, Catanauan, Buenavista, Lopez, Guinayangan, Calauag, Tagkawayan). More areas were also placed under signal No. 1 in anticipation of strong breeze to near gale conditions associated with the approaching typhoon. These areas were Metro Manila, the rest of Masbate including Ticao Island, the rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Marinduque, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Oriental Mindoro, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, southern portion of Isabela (Aurora, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Naguilian, Benito Soliven, San Mariano, Palanan, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, San Agustin, Jones, Cordon, Santiago City, Ramon, San Isidro, Angadanan, Alicia, Cauayan City, Cabatuan, San Mateo), Northern Samar, northern portion of Samar (Tagapul-An, Almagro, Santo Nino, Tarangnan, Catbalogan City, Calbayog City, Santa Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, San Jose de Buan, Matuguinao), the northern portion of Eastern Samar (Taft, Can-Avid, Dolores, Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, Oras, San Policarpo), and the northern portion of Biliran (Kawayan, Maripipi). PAGASA said signal No. 3 may be raised over portions of Bicol region late Saturday. Based on the intensity forecast, the highest possible wind signal to be raised will be signal No. 4 for very destructive typhoon-force winds. Elsewhere, areas that are not under not under tropical cyclone warning signal may experience strong breeze to near gale conditions due to the northeasterlies, particularly over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, and the coastal and mountainous areas of Cagayan and Isabela. Nears super-typhoon status As of Saturday morning, Rolly has maximum sustained winds of 215 kph and gustiness of up to 265 kph. It is close to reaching the 220 kph maximum wind speed to be classified as a supertyphoon. PAGASA is not ruling its possible intensification into a supertyphoon within 12 hours. Estareja said Rolly has a high chance of intensifying into a supertyphoon while on its way to the country, but there is still a slim probability that it may make landfall as a supertyphoon. However, it is still expected to remain a strong typhoon or near supertyphoon strength by the time it makes landfall over Quezon. While traversing Luzon, the tropical cyclone may weaken considerably to a minimal typhoon (120 kph to 140 kph yung maximum sustained winds), Estareja said. Nonetheless, Rolly is still possibly destructive. It may emerge as a severe tropical storm over the West Philippine Sea. Typhoon impacts This Saturday, the trough or extension of Rolly will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Central Visayas, Negros Occidental, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Palawan, including Cuyo Islands, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Sulu archipelago. From late Saturday throughout Sunday, heavy to intense rains due to the direct impact of Rolly will already be felt over Bicol region, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Metro Manila, Central Luzon Marinduque, and the northern portions of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro. Moderate to heavy rains will also be experienced over Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino. PAGASA warned that flooding, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows or lahar may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall, especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards. There is a moderate to high risk of storm surge of up to 3.0 meters (m) over the northern coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Islands and up to 2.0 m over the coastal areas of Aurora, Marinduque, Bicol region, and Northern Samar, and the other coastal areas of Quezon in the next 48 hours which may result in life-threatening and damaging coastal inundation. PAGASA said this storm surge may be accompanied by swells and breaking waves reaching the coast. Rough to “phenomenal” seas (2.5 to 15.0 m) will be experienced over the seaboard of areas where tropical cyclone warning signal is in effect and rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 5.0 m) over the remaining seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas (that are not under tropical cyclone warning signals) and Caraga. Sea travel is risky for all types of seacraft over these waters, especially those under storm warning signals. Meanwhile, moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.5 m) will be experienced over the remaining seaboards of the country. Mariners of small sea vessels were advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea, while inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions. Another cyclone approaching While Rolly is raging over Luzon, Estareja said the tropical depression with international name “Atsani” could enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Sunday afternoon. It will be assigned its local name “Siony” once inside the PAR. It was estimated at 1,605 km east of Visayas around 4 a.m. Saturday. Atsani has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph, while moving west-northwestward at 25 kph. It is likely to re-intensify into a tropical storm in the next 24 to 48 hours, and further into a typhoon in the next few days. It remains less likely to affect any portion of the country over the next three days. But Estareja said PAGASA is not ruling out a possible landfall in Central or Southern Luzon, before recurving toward the southern islands of Japan in the coming days. He also reiterated that a Fujiwhara effect is unlikely between Rolly and Atsani. Fujiwhara effect happens when two typhoons pull each other in a seesaw-like motion......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: EditorialOct 31st, 2020Related News

Petron to close oil refinery, cites & lsquo;difficult& rsquo; environment

Petron Corp., the country’s lone refiner, will shut down its 180,000-barrel-per-day Bataan refinery “very soon” amid a “difficult” environment brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and an uneven playing field, its top executive said Tuesday morning......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceOct 27th, 2020Related News

Petron to shut down Bataan refinery& nbsp;

Petron Corp., the country’s lone refiner, will shut down its 180,000-barrel Bataan refinery “very soon” amid a “difficult” environment brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and an uneven playing field, a top executive said Tuesday morning......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceOct 27th, 2020Related News

Talamak na korapsyon sa Port Capinpin sa Bataan, inalmahan

Umaalma ang ilang mga dumadaong sa itinalagang crew change hub ng pamahalaan sa Port Capinpin sa Orion, Bataan dahil sa sinasabing korapsyon doon. Partikular na tinukoy ang ginagawang paniningil ng sobra-sobra ng mga taga Bureau of Customs (BOC), Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), at Bureau ofImmigration (BI) sa nasabing pantalan. Base sa dokumentong nakuha ng Radyo […] The post Talamak na korapsyon sa Port Capinpin sa Bataan, inalmahan appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsOct 24th, 2020Related News

Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD fails to timely disburse the monetary aid that our government promised to them,” he said in his letter to Duterte dated Oct. 21. He laments that some of the senior citizens have perished before receiving a single centavo from the monetary aid due them. “This slow implementation and disbursement of the DSWD of critical monetary aid for our senior citizens clearly runs contrary to the directive of Your Excellency for the government to do whatever it takes to protect the welfare of our almost 10 million vulnerable senior citizens,” he said. “Thus, we humbly seek the assistance of Your Excellency in requesting that the DSWD fast-track the implementation and disbursement of the monetary aid for our senior citizens,” Ordanes said. During the House of Representatives’ plenary deliberations on the proposed P171-billion budget of the DSWD for 2021 last Oct. 13, it was relayed that some 1.404 million senior citizens have benefited from the national government’s SAP. In a virtual press briefing last week, over 2.9 million indigent senior citizens have received their social pension worth about P8.7 billion. The number is almost 83 percent of the 3.5 million indigent elderly targeted to receive the government stipend. During his 58th birth anniversary last Oct. 15, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista led the distribution of social pension worth P2.178 million to around 726 indigent senior citizens in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Republic Act No. 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” provides that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly, or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance and compensation to support their basic needs. However, the DSWD said those senior citizens who are not included in the list, but are eligible, can still appeal to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), their local governments, and the nearest Field Office, which has jurisdiction over their areas, for assessment......»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsOct 24th, 2020Related News

Yokowo building P230-m production facility in Bataan

Japanese manufacturer Yokowo Co. Ltd. is investing P230 million to set up an automotive wiring harness facility in Bataan province despite the COVID-19 crisis......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceOct 23rd, 2020Related News

DPWH awards design contracts for 32-km Bataan-Cavite bridge

The Department of Public Works and Highways is building a 32.15-kilometer bridge that will link and reduce travel time between Bataan and Cavite provinces to 30 minutes from six hours......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceOct 22nd, 2020Related News

Global Ferronickel to build $50-m steel mill next year

Global Ferronickel Inc. said Wednesday it will start the construction of a $50-million steel manufacturing facility in Bataan province by the first quarter of 2021......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceOct 22nd, 2020Related News

Shellfish ban up in Bataan

BALANGA CITY, Bataan — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned consumers that red tide toxin is positive in coastal areas of this province. BFAR issued Shellfish Bulletin No. 22 Series of 22 indicating that the coastal waters of Bataan (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay and Samal) are now […] The post Shellfish ban up in Bataan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 19th, 2020Related News

Petron asked to reconsider plan to close crude refinery

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian expressed hope over the weekend Petron Corp. will reconsider a plan to shut down its 180,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Bataan......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceOct 18th, 2020Related News

ABS-CBN launches new TV barkada to love in ‘Bagong Umaga’

A new TV barkada will inspire viewers and offer life lessons with their intertwined stories in ABS-CBN’s new series, “Bagong Umaga,” which will air starting October 26 (Monday) on A2Z channel 11, Kapamilya Channel, and Kapamilya Online Live. Follow Tony Labrusca, Barbie Imperial, Kiko Estrada, Michelle Vito, Yves Flores, and Heaven Peralejo in their journeys through life and as they discover the stories from their past that reveal their true connection with each other. Her family’s tragic past will motivate Tisay (Heaven) to become a successful journalist. Amidst the hardship, she gets support from her parents Jose (Keempee de Leon) and Monica (Nikki Valdez), her adoptive brother, Dodong (Yves) and her best friend, Angge (Michelle Vito). Ely (Tony) falls in love with her because of her outlook in life. Like Tisay, Ely also has dreams of being successful, but as a doctor so that he can take his mother, Irene (Bernadette Allyson) and sibling, Gab (Ali Abinal) away from his abusive father, Matthew (Richard Quan). However, Cai (Barbie), Ely’s best friend, will resent the budding relationship between the two and will try to keep them away from each other, even if it means using Dodong. Things become even more complicated when Otep (Kiko) tries to befriend Tisay to use her to avenge her family’s painful past. Follow the barkada as they navigate life amid the lies, envy, and anger. Find out what mysteries from their pasts will test them and eventually reveal how they are connected. Joining the six teens are premier actors Sunshine Cruz, Criz Martinez, Peewee O Hara, Glydel Mercado, and Rio Locsin. Under the production of Rizza G. Ebriega, “Bagong Umaga” offers another value laden series following the success of its previous shows, “Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit ” and “Pamilya Ko.” Don’t miss the pilot week of “Bagong Umaga” from Monday to Friday, 2:30 PM on Kapamilya Channel on cable and satellite TV (SKYcable channel 8 SD and channel 167 HD, Cablelink channel 8, G Sat Direct TV channel 22, and in most channels operated by members of Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association). It is also available on A2Z channel 11, which is available in Metro Manila and in some parts of Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, and Pampanga. It can also be accessed via cable TV at satellite TV nationwide. The show is also on the Kapamilya Online Live YouTube channel and the ABS-CBN Entertainment Facebook page, as well as on the iwant app or iwanttfc.com. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsOct 18th, 2020Related News

‘Ofel,’ monsoon bringing in rains

Tropical depression Ofel and the southwest monsoon are expected to bring rains in Luzon and Visayas today, according to PAGASA. Ofel’s rains and gusty winds will be felt in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Bataan. The two weather systems are to bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Western Visayas, Central […] The post ‘Ofel,’ monsoon bringing in rains appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 15th, 2020Related News

Bataan mentions interventions to sustain COVID-19 response efforts

MARIVELES, Bataan, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Governor Albert Raymond Garcia laid down interventions that will help in Bataan's fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).During the National Task Fo.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 14th, 2020Related News

PPA commissions quarantine facility at Port Capinpin

ORION, Bataan, Oct. 9 (PIA) -- Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) commissioned Friday a quarantine facility at Port Capinpin for returning Filipino seafarers.In his welcome message, Port Manag.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 9th, 2020Related News

Win: PH dapat matuto sa Vietnam sa pagbubukas ng BNPP

Manila, Philippines – Hiniling ni Senador Win Gatchalian sa Department of Energy (DOE) na balikan ang napala ng Vietnam sa pagtatangka nitong magtayo ng nuclear power plant kaugnay sa panawagang buksan ang Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). Sa pahayag, sinabi ni Gatchalian, noong 2016, napilitan ang Vietnam na ibasura ang plano na sinimulan nilang pag-aralan […] The post Win: PH dapat matuto sa Vietnam sa pagbubukas ng BNPP appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsOct 7th, 2020Related News