PIA News Service - Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Cebuano New: Pres. Arroyo mimando sa mga gabinete nga tumanon ang tanang proyekto

BUTUAN CITY (12 January) – Gimandoan ni Presidente Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ang tanan nga mga frontline agencies nga humanon ang tanan nga mga gisugdan nga proyekto ilalom sa iyang administrasyon alang sa kalamboan nga matakdo ang mga tumong sa proyekto sa dili pa matapos ang termino karong umalabot Hunyo 2010.

Si Press Secretary Cerge Remonde nagkanayon sa gipahigayong media briefing nga matud pa “The President still wants to do more within the remainder of her term. That is how driven and focused this President (PGMA) is.”

Sumala ni Sec. Remonde nga ang tanan nga departamento sa Cabinet members gi-orderan sa Presidente nga patas-an ang kalidad sa serbisyo. “to increase their objective setting or to make up for certain lost accomplishments.”

Gipaneguro sa Presidente nga ang mga opisyal sa gabinete mangandam sa pag-monitor sa ilang mga proyekto lukop nasud aron paspasan kining mahuman ug makompleto.

Ubay-ubay na nga mga proyekto ang gibisita ni PGMA lakip na ang mga pagkonkreto sa mga kalsada alang sa dinaliang inspeksyun sa dili pa matapos ang termino niini karong Hunyo 2010.
(Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Regional Office sa COA-13, giransak

BUTUAN CITY (12 January)
- Pugsanong gisulod ang buhatan sa Regional Office 13 sa Commission on Audit –COA sa wala pa mailhing grupo sa mga kawatan sa niaging gabii, didto sa may South Montilla Boulevard, ning syudad.

Sa impormasyon nga nakuha gikan sa Police Regional Office(PNP-CAraga) gibutyag nga gisulod sa wala mailhing kawatan ang buhatan sa COA-13 kung diin didto kini minglusot sa opisina sa Regional Director pinaagi sa paglangkat sa unlocked sliding window niini.

Sa gipahigayong imbestigasyon sa grupo sa Theft & Robbery Unit (TRU) sa Butuan City Police Office, nasayran nga nakuha sa maong mga kawatan ang mga items sama sa usa ka (1) unit Laptop ACER Brand with accessories nga nagkantidad og Php 61,888.OO, usa ka (1) unit DELL Brand with accessories nga nagkantidad og Php 62,OOO.OO, usa pod ka (1) unit Bread Oven Toaster nagkantidad og Php 3OO.OO ug usa ka (1) unit Electric Stove nagkantidad og Php 2,398.OO.

Gibana-bana nga mikabat sa total estimated value nga Php 126, 586.OO. ang kantidad nga natangag sa mga kawatan.

Ang Butuan City Police Office-BCPO mihimo na sa ilang aksyon alang sa posibleng pagdakop sa mga suspek. (Mike A. Imbo, PIA-Caraga)
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Carry out random inspection for all enterprises, unions tell DOLE

QUEZON CITY (12 January) - Union leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to conduct random inspection of companies to strengthen compliance with core labor standards in all enterprises -- micro, small, medium or large. 

Random inspections will keep enterprises on guard against labour standards violations, as management would not know whether, or when, their enterprises would be checked.

Random inspection is one of the recommendations of 62 federation and local union leaders who participated in two Capacity-Building Workshops on Core Labor Standards and Labor Standards Enforcement Framework (LSEF) conducted by TUCP, with support from the International Labor Organization (ILO), on 10-12 December 2009 in Quezon City.

Among other recommendations, unions also recommended an immediate review of the DOLE Self-Assessment Checklist to include the ILO’s Core Labor Standards comprised of the right to organize and collective bargaining, anti-child labor, freedom from discrimination and freedom from forced labor; more capacity-building programs for unions to ensure effective workers’ participation in labor inspection; and strengthen the linkage with corporate social responsibility (CSR) where LSEF should be anchored.

A TUCP/ILO random survey of union participation in LSEF in 2009 showed low awareness of self-assessment and low participation of unions in SA exercises, despite LSEF requirements.

The LSEF came into effect on 31 January 2004 by virtue of Department Order 57-04 series 2004. LSEF defines the approaches and strategies that are to be pursued by the regional implementers to ensure voluntary compliance with labour laws. As provided by Department Order 57-04, the LSEF encourages the proactive participation of establishments in labour standards enforcement through: (a) Self-Assessment (SA) for establishments with more than 200 workers and those with certified collective bargaining agreements, regardless of employment size; (b) Regular Inspection for establishments employing 10-199 workers; and, (c) Training and Advisory Visits (TAV) for establishments employing 1-9 workers and those registered as Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs), regardless of employment size.

From the promulgation of LSEF, TUCP insisted that the government has the primary responsibility of checking compliance with labour standards. TUCP says it is not correct for the government to pass on its responsibility of inspection and enforcement of labour standards to the mere evaluation or goodwill of enterprises, especially those covered by the SA. It called attention to TUCP's random survey of 202 enterprises in economic zones and industrial areas which found that all enterprises in these zones and areas had at least one labour standard violation or another in the survey period. TUCP says voluntary compliance labour standards will not work. 

TUCP will dialogue with the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC-DOLE) to discuss and adopt an action plan to address the recommendations. (REM/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PAL flies new B777-300ER to Tokyo

MANILA – Philippine Airlines deploys its newest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, on its prime Manila-Tokyo Narita vice-versa daily service starting today (Jan. 12), the flag carrier said.

The state-of-the-art aircraft, delivered less than two months ago, flies to Japan’s premium international gateway in addition to PAL’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft, reflecting the premium profile of the Japanese market.

Tokyo Narita is the second destination served by PAL’s B777-300ER. The jet has been flying the Hong Kong route since November 26, 2009. It will be deployed on the Sydney and Melbourne services by mid-March.

Accommodating 42 passengers in Mabuhay Class (business) and 328 in Fiesta Class (economy), PAL’s B777-300ER features a cutting-edge inflight entertainment system, luxurious seats, and a soothing, coastal resort-themed cabin design that evokes the tranquil seas of the Philippines.

Each seat is outfitted with a personal television with Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) capability. The fully digital inflight entertainment system enables passengers to choose from a broad range of media content.

The options include six short films, 12 audio program channels, 19 of the latest Hollywood and Filipino movies, and more than 50 CD selections. There’s also a range of popular digital games, including Sudoku, Tetris, Invasion and more.

Mabuhay Class seats, supplied by Recaro of Germany, boast a generous 78-inch pitch and are adjustable to a variety of positions, including a full, lie-flat recline with a 15-degree angle.

Each seat in Mabuhay Class is equipped with individual “gooseneck” reading lights, a laptop charging port, and a USB port enabling passengers to listen to their MP3 collection or view their PDF files.

In Fiesta Class, passengers also experience enhanced comfort with their Weber-designed seats that feature a 34-inch pitch and an actuating seat pan that enables the bottom cushion to move up on forward when reclining, adding to the comfort level.

For booking requirements, passengers are advised to visit www.philippineairlines.com http://www.philippineairlines.com/ or call (02) 855-8888. (PAL)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo
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Report on theft incident 

The Commission on Audit Regional Office 13 situated at South Montilla Blvd, Butuan City was reported being ransacked by unknown person/s. The Theft and Robbery Unit personnel of Butuan City Police Office conducted an ocular investigation at the crime scene and found out that the culprit entered the building by opening an unlocked sliding window at the Regional Director's Office. 

The culprit then took the following items: 1) One units Laptop ACER Brand with accessories worth Php 61,888.OO, 2) One unit DELL Brand with accessories worth Php 62,OOO.OO, 3) One unit Bread Oven Toaster worth Php 3OO.OO, 4) One unit Electric Stove worth Php 2,398.OO with a total estimated value of Php 126,586.OO. 

BCPO is still conducting continues follow-up investigation for the identity of the suspect/s, possible recovery of the stolen items and filing of appropriate charges if evidence warrant. (PNP-13)

Report on vehicular accident 

On January 11, 2010 around 2:20 dawn, a single SUNRISE brand motorcycle bearing plate number 8249 KF driven by Radey Lozarita, 22 years old, a resident of kilometer 3 Baan, Butuan City accidentally sideswiped an ISUZU Forward Truck with plate number GGU 220 along the Nat'l Highway of Purok-5 Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City.

Initial investigation revealed that the motorcycle headed towards east direction & upon reaching the said place accidentally sideswiped an ISUZU Forward truck traveling in the opposite direction. The truck is driven by Claudio Limot, 29 year old, married and a resident of Brgy Gamoton, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. The incident killed the motorcycle driver instantly and damaging both vehicles. Driver of the ISUZU Forward truck voluntarily surrendered to Nasipit Municipal Police Station. Case is now under investigation. (PNP-13)

Progress report on burning of heavy equipment 

Burning of heavy equipments owned by SUDECOR on January 8, 2010 at kilometer 16 Brgy Pakwan, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. The company estimated the cost of damage to Php 35O,OOO.OO per unit with a total of Php 1,4OO,OOO.OO. Destructive Arson. Case is being prepared by Lanuza Municipal Police Station against the responsible group led by Alias "Puma". (PNP-13)

PNP arrests wanted person 

On January 10, 2010 around 11:00 in the morning at Purok-4 Brgy Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, personnel from Buenavista Municipal Police Station led by SPO1 Mario Dela Cerna apprehended Riu Solasco Galope, a 24 years old, resident of the above-mentioned place by virtue of WOA issued by Judge Emmanuel Escatron of RTC 1Oth Judicial Region, Branch 2, Hall of Justice, Butuan City docketed under Criminal Case no. 13838 for robbery with homicide dated December 7, 2009. No bail bond recommended. Galope is now detained at Buenavista Municpal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13)