(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 October 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 525 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (11.5°N, 130.5°E) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao. Caraga Region will have Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to ITCZ / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming Northeast to Northwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

PIA News Service - Friday, December 21, 2012

TUCP, JILAF train 35 union leaders on industrial relations, productivity, LMC

By Fryan E. Abkilan

TAGAYTAY CITY, Dec. 21 (PIA) - Some 35 youth and trade union leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao coming from sectors identified as key employment generators have completed the National Workshop on Industrial Relations (IR), Productivity and Labor Management Cooperation (LMC), focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Collective Bargaining.

Led by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP-ITUC) and supported by the Japan International Labor Foundation (JILAF), the five-day program held in this city aimed to present developments in CSR practices, particularly in the workplace and interrelationship between CSR and core labor standards; highlight the exchange of Japanese and Philippine productivity improvement activities and practices; introduce the enhanced 5S, Kaizen and their contributions to realizing productivity; improve ways of utilizing collective bargaining and dialogue to enhance productivity; and design actions plans to localize and implement trade union-led productivity activities.

TUCP Vice President Milagros Ogalinda was happy and elated with JILAF’s technical assistance and sustained support with the TUCP and for assisting and building the capacities and competencies of trade union leaders on productivity, industrial relations and LMCs.

“With this training, we are given another opportunity to better understand current labor and employment challenges and hopefully improve our ability to address these challenges,” Ogalinda added.

Meantime, JILAF Asst. Gen. Secretary Kennichi Kumagai, during the opening ceremony, shared the history of JILAF as a non-government organization, its role and advocacies.

“JILAF was established by RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation) in May 1989 as an organization to promote international exchange and cooperation in the field of labor by promoting free and democratic union.”

The Foundation has carried out a variety of international support activities based on the principle of "development cooperation" and "mutual interaction with our working friends in all over the world." Kumagai revealed that the Philippines has been one of the major countries selected in organizing their joint productivity programs.

Kumagai said they were able to integrate the ‘Progress’ program or the Role of Trade Unions in Empowerment and Strategic Steps to Decent Work in this activity, which is an action-oriented model initiative which integrates basic strategies on labor standards, productivity movement, labor management, and social dialogue and productivity-enhancing methods through 5S, kaizen and collective bargaining.

The said program was piloted and introduced in the country last year. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Mayor Amante leads Pamaskong Handog 2012 distribution

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 21 (PIA) - Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. leads this year’s “Pamaskong Handog” distribution in the different villages (barangays) here.

A total of 21,000 thousand “Pamaskong Handog” gift packs prepared by the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office are now being distributed following a schedule that started Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 until Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

These gift packs consist of 3 kilos rice and several canned goods. They are to be given to the less fortunate constituents of every village which have already been identified by its local council prior to the said distribution.

Mayor Amante said in his speech during the distribution in Brgy. Baan Riverside that the City Government would have given more, hadn’t the neighboring province of Compostela Valley been struck by the recent calamity brought about by Typhoon Pablo.

Mayor Amante sees it proper and necessary for us to share what we have with the affected people in Compostela Valley. He added that we are very lucky there hasn’t been any major damage caused to us by the typhoon, and sharing whatever we can possibly give could be our way of thanking the Lord for sparing Butuan.

The northern part of Mindanao was struck by Typhoon Pablo Dec. 4, 2012, making a landfall in one of the towns in Compostela Valley and leaving the whole province typhoon-wrecked.

Mayor Amante hopes that with the distribution of these gifts packs, no family would have an empty table come Christmas Day and that somehow, the City Government has contributed to making the holidays for these families more meaningful.

For information on the “Pamaskong Handog” Distribution Schedule, the CSWD Office can be reached thru landline numbers 815-2216 and 342-5250, and can be visited at J. Rosales Ave., Butuan City. (CMO-PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Tumaas ang credit rating ng bansa mula stable hanggang positive - Standard & Poor's

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Dis. 21 (PIA) –- Maluwang na tinanggap ng administrasyong Aquino ang hakbang ng Standard & Poor’s (S&P) sa pagpapataas nito ng credit rating outlook para sa ekonomiya ng bansa mula stable hanggang positive.

“Ang Standard & Poor’s (S&P) ay pinataas ang kanilang credit rating outlook para sa ekonomiya ng bansa mula sa “BB+ Stable” hanggang “BB+ Positive.” Ito'y nangangahulugang na tayo ay may aasahan, maliban sa mga hindi inaasahang sitwasyon, isang aktuwal na credit rating upgrade ang aasahan sa mga susunod na buwan,” ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

“Sa rational ng S&P, binigyan pugay nito ang administrasyong Aquino para sa maunlad na kapasidad nito upang bigyang tugon ang reporma, ayon naman kay Lacierda kung saan sinabi nito na “dahil sa level ng legitimacy, supporta, at tibay na nagpaliit ng mga mali sa politika ito ang dahilan ng maunlad na legislative efficiency.”

 Sinabi din ni Lacierda na ang improved outlook ay dahil sa paglalagda ng landmark bill reforming sin taxes na siya ding nagpalakas ng fiscal position ng pamahalaan.

“Bukas loob po nating tinatanggap ang positive strides na isinasagawa ng ating bansa sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino at mga pagkilala sa ating mga proyekto, sa katunayan, ang mabuting pamahalaan ay resulta ng mabuting ekonomiya,” aniya.

Ang positibong outlook ay nangangahulugan na ang rating ng bansa ay maaaring tumaas sa susunod na taon.

“Binago po naming ang outlook sa pagiging positive upang i-reflect ang ating reappraisal ng politika at ng institutional factors underlying the ratings,” ayon kay analyst Agost Benard. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: DepEd, Surigao Norte-LGU mipasiugda sa 1st Provincial Indigenous Peoples Congress

Ni Catherine A. Balomaga

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 21 (PIA) – Ang Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Norte Schools Division uban ang kooperasyon sa lokal nga pangagamhanan sa probinsya gipasiugdahan bag-ohay pa lamang ang pagpahigayon sa 1st Provincial Indigenous Peoples Congress didto sa Cagdianao Gymnasium, Brgy. Cagdianao, Claver, Surigao del Norte.

Ang maong kalihukan nga nagdala sa tema nga “Pagpalig-on sa Lumadnong Kultura, Yawe sa Lumadnong Paglambo sa Bag-ong Surigao,” gitambongan nila Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay Jr, isip hulip kang Governor Sol Matugas, Claver Mayor Rosemarie Gokiangkee, Regional Schools Superintendent Josita Carmen isip hulip kang DepEd Regional director Atty. Alberto Escobarte, Surigao del Norte Schools Division Superintendent Evelyn Fetalvero, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Nelia Lomocso, NCIP Coordinator of Surigao del Sur Danilo Alcantara, Taganito Mining Representative Cecile Bayas, District Supervisors, Teachers, Sisters of the Holy Spirit seminary, PTA President Jesrael Lisondra, Brgy. Officials ug mga IPs o Lumad nga gikan sa Alegria, Anao-aon, Bacuag, Claver, Gigaquit, Sison, Tubod, Mainit, Malimono, ug Surigao City.

Sa mensahe ni Regional Director Atty. Escobarte isip pinasidunggang mamumulong sa maong kalihukan nga gipaambit ni Supt. Carmen nagpaambit sa iyang gipasabot ang bahin sa mga kalihukan sa DepEd aron mahatagan og saktong luna ug pribilihiyo ang mga lumad partikular na ang pagmugna sa DepEd Order No. 62 series of 2011 o ang naila nga National Indigenous Peoples Education Policy Framework nga adunay 6 points agenda nga mao ang aksesibilidad sa skwelahan, ang pagsagop sa mga eskuylahan sa ilang kultura , mga libro ug gamit para kanila, pagrecruit ug mga IP teachers, paghatag og oportunidad aron sila mahimong principal, pagpalig-on sa mga skwelahan, ug ang pagpadayon nga paglambingit sa Private sectors ug mga NGO.

Gikalipay usab niya ang pagpa-ambit nga sunod tuig adunay 100 ka items alang sa IP teachers para niadtong mga eligible na nga mga gradwadong IPs.

Samtang sa mensahe usab ni Governor Matugas nga gipaambit ni Vice Governor Egay iyang gi-aghat ang matag usa sa pagtabang ug pagsuporta sa HEALS agenda sa iyang administrasyon labi na gyud ang programa sa mga lumad aron molambo ang ilang sektor ug sila mamahimong parte sa hiniusang kalamboan sa probinsya. (SDR/Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)