PIA News Service - Saturday, August 25, 2012

Caraga ConsumerNet discusses implementation of R.A. 10054

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 25 (PIA) -- Member-agencies of the Consumer Network (ConsumerNet) have discussed the implementation of the Republic Act No. 10054 known as the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009, during its special meeting led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga at the DTI-Caraga Regional Office, this city.

Elmer Natad of DTI-Caraga emphasized that all motorcycle riders, including back riders should at all times wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving long or short drives, in any type of road and highway.

“A seller and/or dealer shall make available to the purchaser of a new motorcycle unit the new motorcycle helmet bearing the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) mark, which the purchaser may buy at his option,” said Natad.

Standard protective motorcycle helmets are appropriate types of helmets that comply with the specifications issued by the DTI. The DTI will issue guidelines, which should include the specifications regarding standard protective motorcycle helmets.

Natad also clarified that tricycle drivers shall be exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets as provided in this Act.

Meanwhile, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Caraga Information Officer Edivee Busico said that their agency, with its attached agency, the Land Transportation Office (LTO), is mandated by this Act to issue guidelines necessary to implement the provisions of this Act.

“We are already implementing this law. We have been calling the attention of the motorists to abide this law and understand the efforts of the concerned government agencies to ensure their safety while driving their motorcycles,” Busico said.

It was also learned that with this law, any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet in violation of this Act will be punished with a fine of P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; P5,000 for the third offense; and P10,000 plus confiscation of the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.

A fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000 will be charged to any seller and/or dealer who violates Section 5 of this Act while any person who uses, sells and distributes substandard motorcycle helmets or those that do not bear the PS mark or the ICC certificate will be punished with a fine of not less than P3,000 for the first offense and P5,000 for the second offense, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.”

DTI also said tampering, alteration, forgery and imitation of the PS mark and ICC certificates on helmets will be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.”

DTI will also conduct media briefing on the last week of August so local tri-media will have an in-depth understanding on the said law and help the government on this campaign for the safety of the motorists. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


4ID empowers the youth in Surigao del Norte

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, August 25 (PIA) -- The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division through the 402nd Infantry “Stingers” Brigade together with the Archdiocese of Surigao City opened a 3-day Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) from August 24 -26, 2012 at Pope John XXIII Pastoral Center, Villa San Miguel, Km-2, Barangay Luna, Surigao City.

The seminar aims to provide an avenue for our youth to enhance their leadership, technical and interpersonal skills through a series of lectures, group dynamics, group sharing, team building activities and presentations designed to make them more responsible, productive members and well-informed members of our society.

Around 75 participants from the Sangguniang Kabataan, student and out-of-school youth and other youth organizations joined the activity.

Other personalities present were Most Rev. Antonieto D Cabahug, D.D. of Archdiocese of Surigao City, Honorable Sol Matugas, Provincial Governor of Surigao del Norte and Mr Wellie Gan, President of Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Six Provincial Youth Leadership Seminars were already conducted and YLS in Surigao del Norte is the last one in the provincial level. Every province has its own set of YLS officers which will be involved in the Youth Leadership Summit, the 4ID will host prior the registration to Security and Exchange Commission as a non-profit organization.

Major General Victor A Felix AFP, Commander, 4ID said, “The youth of today will be the leaders of our country in the future. It is our best contribution to our society to make them productive, responsible and well informed members the society. If we want a better Philippines in the future, we better invest on today’s youth.”

Colonel Ronald N Albano, Commander of 402nd Infantry (STINGER) Brigade said, “We focused our efforts to the youth sectors because based on our data, the youth comprised the 80 % of the NPA combatants. They have been the target of the NPA recruitment because of their active mind and aggressiveness. Let us save our youth by not letting them be taken advantage by the rebels.” (4ID/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Aquino linagdaan ang Law Data Privacy Act of 2012

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

MANILA, Agosto 25 (PIA) -- Nilagdaan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III noong Agosto 15 ang Republic Act 10173 o kilala bilang “Data Privacy Act of 2012” na naglalayong protektahan ang pribadong komunikasyon ng indibidwal pati na ang pampubliko at pribadong sektor ng sistemang komunikasyon.

Ang bagong batas na nag-uutos sa paggawa ng National Privacy Commission ay sasaklawin ang lahat ng proseso at kase ng personal na impormasyon pati na ang personal information controllers at processors na hindi naitayo sa pilipinas. Ang batas ay naglalayong protektahan ang mga journalists, publishers at ang kanilang mga sources.

Ang National Privacy Commission na siyang mag-iimplementa ng batas ay tatanggap din ng complaints at mag-i-issue ng cease at desist orders.

Ang commission ay naatasan ding makipag-ugnayan sa ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at pribadong sektor sa pagsasagawa ng mga plano.

Ang commission ay binubuo ng privacy commissioner, deputy commissioner, at secretariat.

Ang karamihan naman sa mga miyembro ng secretariat ay kailangan na naglingkod ng kahit limang taon sa ahensya ng gobyerno na nagproproseso ng impormasyon kagaya ng Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Commission on Elections, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Justice and Philippine Postal Corp.

Ang bagong batas ay magiging epektibo sa loob ng 15 na araw pagkatapos ng pagkakalathala nito sa kahit dalawang pangunahing newspaper ng general circulation. Ang Data Privacy Act of 2012 ay isang consolidation ng Senate Bill 2965 at House Bill 4115. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)