PIA News Service - Thursday, October 11, 2012

IDP Caraga Link members discuss upcoming activities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- Member-agencies of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Caraga Link convened Wednesday and discussed upcoming activities for this year.

The IDP Caraga Link was organized on the IDP workshop in Lianga, Surigao del Sur in September 2005 when the participants saw the need for a body to help the commission promote respect for and protection of IDP rights in Caraga.

As the lead agency, Commission on Human Rights Caraga Regional Director atty. Marylin Pintor said that series of activities have been conceptualized to strengthen the network’s capacity in responding to issues and concerns affecting internally displaced persons.

Pintor added that members are invited to attend the Internal Displacement Monitoring Workshop on October 25-26 at the Paradise Island, Samal, Davao City.

“On October 29-30, we will also have our strategic planning workshop at San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. This will be sponsored by our partner agency – the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” said Pintor.

Along with the discussion of its activities, the members also reviewed how the organization started in Caraga, as well as its accomplishments, since there are new members present during the meeting. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


RDC Caraga backs proposal to increase tax exemption ceiling

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- Caraga Regional Development Council will support the proposal to increase the P30,000 tax exemption ceiling benefits of government employees to P60,000 as previously proposed by the joint Regional Development Council 2 (RDC 2)– Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC).

A written endorsement presented by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. states that the RDC2 and RPOC Resolution No. 02-39-2012 series of 2012 increasing the tax exemption takes into consideration the current economic trends to include inflation rate, purchasing power, average income, expenditures and savings, and poverty threshold and incidence.

In a meeting last September 12 by the RDC Development Administration Committee that Amante chairs, the expression of support to the joint RDC 2 – RPOC resolution No. 02-39-2012 series of 2012 was raised.

“The proposal to support the increase of tax exemption as per RDC 2- RPOC resolution was also previously passed in the Senate under Senate Bill No. 2879, and House Bill No. 5661 proposing to raise the ceiling from P30,000 for tax exemption to P60,000 given that the existing ceiling is no longer feasible at present as it did during the time the tax code was enacted,” Amante said.

The National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8424), particularly Section 32 (B), specifies the items that shall not be included in the computation of gross income and shall therefore be exempted from taxation. Under miscellaneous items (e) of the same section, it specifically provides that the 13th month pay and other benefits such as productivity incentives and Christmas bonuses received by officials and employees of public and private entities are excluded from gross income. However, total exclusion shall not exceed P30,000. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


City gov't celebrates Universal Children's Month by giving street kids a treat

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- Street children in this city were given a treat by the city government in celebration of this year's Universal Children’s Month, with the theme “Bright child ay siguraduhin, responsableng pamayanan ay palaganapin.”

With the initiative of the city government through the city social welfare and development, and in cooperation with the government line agencies, street children here were gathered to a two-day series of activities to include feeding and conducting plays/games.

During the program, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. welcomed the street children, saying that every project the city government implements is for the development of the children.

“Every program and project that we are doing in the City of Butuan is for the welfare and development of our children, especially the street children,” Amante said.

Meanwhile, City Economic Enterprise and Development Manager Ma. Ruth Jugao also expressed her gratitude and appreciation to government agencies for their support to this year’s Universal Children’s Month celebration.

“I would like to thank the city government, especially the government line agencies in their support to the development of our children who really need our help,” Jugao said.

In time with the celebration, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. together with the officials of government line agencies, and national evaluators for Child-Friendly City led the launching of Center for Redirected Youth. They also visited the newly built floating library located in the same venue.

Personnel of Philippine Information Agency Caraga region also facilitated the conduct of a film showing held in the same area. (RER/NCLM/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: Biotechnology in Organic Farming

By Aurell P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- Amid the controversy on the introduction of genetically-modified organisms (GMO) in the country, Agriculture Secretary Proseso Alcala said biotechnology (BT) works in harmony with organic farming.

He corrected the wrong impression that BT refers solely to genetically modified organisms (GMO).

To illustrate his explanation, he said the production of friendly microorganisms is part of the biotechnology needed even in organic farming.

“Dapat maliwanag yun. Meron pong maling paniniwala na kung pag-uusapan ang biotechnology, akala ng lahat ay GMO. Hindi po. (It should be clear. There’s a wrong impression that if we are talking about biotechnology, we are referring to GMO. It is not),” he said.

To understand the benefits from BT and how to make use of them, the DA has coordinated with Cuba, which has earned enough experience to help the Philippines decide what kind of technology to bring into the country.

However, during the just concluded 8th Philippine National Corn Congress held in Davao City, Alcala said the Department of Agriculture respects any decision from certain local government units declaring a ban on access to the genetically modified organisms within their area.

Alcala said it is the prerogative of LGUs to formulate their own policies on GMOs by virtue of the Local Government Code.

“Yun pong mga lalawigan o mga munisipyo na nagdedeklara na binabawal yong mga GMO sa kanilang lugar, di natin kayang basta i-overrule dahil ito ay karapatan ng LGU. If they choose na sila po ay mag-stick sa kanilang stand, di natin pwedeng pilitin na sila ay mag-open up (We cannot simply overrule those provinces or municipalities declaring a ban on access of GMO within their area. It is their right, if they choose to stick to their stand, we cannot force them to open up),” he said.

He then advised those who want to plant GMO crops to consider other areas that are open to such technology.

This developed as those for and against GMO are still locked in contentious debates on whether it poses health hazard on humans or not. (DA-13/RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Aquino milaom nga mga kumpanya sa business process outsourcing mamuhunan sa Mindanao aron mokaylap ang paglambo

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III miingon nga siya milaom nga negosyo sa business process outsourcing companies sa dili madugay mamuhunan na sa Mindanao tungod sa bag-ong nahuman nga framework agreement tali sa gobyerno ug Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Sa iyang mensahe atol sa ika-4th Internationa Outsourcing Summit didto sa Makati City niadtong Martes, giila sa Pangulo ang kontribusyon sa maong sektor isip pinaka-importanteng drayber sa pag-uswag partikular na pinaagi sa paglambo gawas sa tradisyunal nga kinaiyahan sa commerce ug industry.

Kadaghanan sa mga kumpanya sa BPO ang namuhunan didto sa gitawag nga Next Wave Cities, lakip ang Santa Rosa sa Laguna, Lipa sa Batangas, ug Dumaguete.

“We are also hard at work to make even more places in the Philippines ripe for investment. With the recently concluded framework agreement with the MILF, we are very hopeful that there will come a day, in the not too distant future, when we see a number of IT-BPO companies operating in the Bangsamoro,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Gitak-opan sa Pangulo niadtong Martes sa hapon ang pagtapos sa sesyon sa global outsourcing summit nga gipasiugdahan sa Business Process Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (BPAP).

“The jobs you create in these areas, obviously, take on a multiplier effect that goes a long way in developing the countryside.”

Ang industriya sa BPO mitala og $11 bilyon nga bulihisan sa 2011, ug nakahimog 113,000 ka bag-ong mga trabaho, matud sa Pangulo. Kining maong dakong pag-uswag sa industriya nakapahimo usab sa Pilipinas nga numero unong contact center industry sa kalibotan, nga nakalabaw sa India niadtong 2010.

Sa umaabot tuig 2016, matud ni Pangulong Aquino siya naglaom nga ang industriya sa BPO mokita og $25 bilyon, samtang mokabat usab sa 1.3 ka mga Filipino ang mahatagan og trabaho.

Ang BPAP, nga maoy haliging asosasyon alang sa industriya sa IT-BPO ug GIC (Global In-House Center) dinhi sa Pilipinas, adunay pinakaimportanteng papel sa padayon nga pag-uswag sa industriya sa IT-BPO pinaagi sa pagseguro sa permanenteng suplay sa man power, supporting service innovation, ug providing country visibility. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)