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PIA News Service - Thursday, December 27, 2012

First land transport industry Union now organized

By Fryan E. Abkilan

QUEZON CITY, Dec. 27 (PIA) -- More than 60 unions and transport workers organizations converged for the first time for the founding convention of the Philippine Land Transport Industry Union (PLTIU) held recently at G Hotel in Manila.

The congress was jointly opened by Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP-ITUC) President and former Senator Ernesto Herrera and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Regional Secretary Noriyuki Suzuki, and Singapore’s National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) President Emeritus John De Peyva.

The event formed part of the TUCP’s 37th anniversary celebration held on December 14, 2012.

Delegates to the congress set in motion key campaign activities to fight for a stronger bargaining position and better means of protecting the rights and interests of the workers in the land transport industry.

Herrera described the celebration as historic one, “this is historic because this is the first ever convention and this is historic because we are leading the way of unifying the labor movement.”

Suzuki said the ITUC in Asia Pacific has strongly supported the action of the members of the transport sector. He also said that a unified transport union can surely help strengthen the bargaining power with the employers in the land transport industry thus build a strong national movement.

Meantime, De Peyva cited the importance of trade unionism, “that is to look after the interest of workers, to see how better realized their living conditions, their working conditions.”

The convention approved the union’s constitution and by-laws as well as the election of the new sets of officers. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DFA to hold 2013 Foreign Service Officer Examination

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 27 (PIA) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through the Board of Foreign Service Examination will hold the Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Examination next year, pursuant to the Republic Act (R.A. 7157) of 1991 and the Revised Administration Code of 1987.

According to DFA, applicants for the examination must be knowledgeable on the economic, political and social conditions of the Philippines, and must possess not only facility in oral and written communications, but also personality traits essential to the performance of the duties of Foreign Service Officers and must also be willing and be able to accept assignments to any post where their service may be required.

Applicants must also be a natural-born Filipino citizen and concurrently permanent resident of the Philippines, and should not be more than thirty-five (35) years of age on the day of the Qualifying test on March 10, 2013, and a graduate of at least four year Bachelor’s degree course or higher on or before the prescribes due date of the submission of the requirements and shall present transcript of records or diploma, the applicants should have undergone employment or undertaken further studies after graduating from college or university (preferably at least two years).

The examination is composed of five parts, 1) Qualifying Test; 2) Preliminary Interview; 3) Written Test; 4) Oral Test; and 5) Psychological Test.

For interested applicants they can download the application form at DFA website at www.dfa,gov.ph, the application form shall be duly accomplished by the applicants and submitted in person from December 12, 2012 until January 25, 2013 at any Regional Consular Office or at Philippine Embassies or Consulates abroad, and not later than January 31, 2013 until 5:00 p.m. only at the Board of Foreign Service Examination (BFSE) Secretariat, 2nd Floor, DFA Main Building, 2330 Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

For more information, DFA-Caraga can be reached at telephone numbers: (085) 342-7822 or 342-5700. (NCLM/DSM/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog news: Pangulong Aquino mariing binabantayan ang sitwasyon sa Visayan na kasalukuyang sinasalanta ng bagyong ‘Quinta’ ayon sa Malacanang

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Dis. 27 (PIA) -- Mariing binabantayan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang sitwasyon sa Visayas na kasalukuyang sinasalanta ng bagyong Quinta, ayon sa Malacanang kamakailan.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sa isinagawang press briefing sa Malacanang na bagaman, umalis ang Pangulo para sa maikling bakasyon, nananatili parin itong "in contact" sa mga opisyales ng ahensya ng pamahalaan hinggil sa bagyo at upang masiguro ang kaligtas ng mga tao.

“Updated po siya sa bagyo sa Visayas at sa lahat ng mga importanteng bagay sa ating bansa. Siya po ay na-informed. Pero, ito po ay isang magandang oportunidad sa ating Pangulo na makapagpahinga. Pero hindi po ito nangangahulugan na hindi po gumagalaw ang bansa dahil wala po ang Pangulo. Patuloy po siyang nakakatanggap ng impormasyon hinggil sa sitwasyon ng bansa," ani Lacierda.

Gusto po ng Pangulo na siguruhin ang koordinasyon ng ahensya ng pamahalaan sa pagbibigay tugon upang magkaroon ng maayos na pagresponde sa sitwasyon na kinakaharap ng bansa, diin ni Lacierda.

“Siya po ay kasalukuyang nasa break. Bagaman, sinabihan po kami na kung may mangyaring importante, siya po ay maaaring kontakin. Patuloy parin po ang pagbibigay natin sa kanya ng mga impormasyon, talaga lang na gusto po nating makapagpahinga ng mahaba-bahang oras ang Pangulo,” ani Lacierda. (NCLM/DSM/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano news: Aquino pirmahan ang RH Bill sa dili pa matapos ang 2012

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 27 (PIA) – Gikatakdang pirmahan ni Pangulong Aquino ang RH Bill sa dili pa matapos ang tuig 2012.

Matud ni Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, mapirmahan na gyud ang RH Bill nga 13-anyos ng nakabinbin sa Kongreso nga gisertipikohan sa Pangulo isip dinalian ug giaprubahan bag-ohay pa lamang sa ikatulong pagbasa uban ang 13-8 nga boto didto sa Kongreso.

Ang maong balaodnon maghatag sa mga kababayen-an og kapilian aron madeterminar ang gidaghanon sa ilang mga anak, maghatag usab kini og kahibalo aron maproteksyunan ang mga kabatan-onan gikan sa walay plano nga pagmabdos ug mag-edukar sa mga katawhan mahitungod sa sexual health.

Matud pa ni Valte, nga gikatakda usab nga pirmahan sa Pangulo ang Anti-Enforced o Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012, usa ka balaodnon nga maghatag og responsibilidad sa mga katawhan aron itaho ang mga insedente sa mga pagkahanaw. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)