Lunes, Hunyo 20, 2011
Martes, Hunyo 14, 2011
Government agencies are urged to come up with a strategic plan, together with quality and performance indicators, and overall measures in order to carry out their mandate effectively and efficiently.
This is according to Dr. Elizabeth Manugue, Vice President of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), during an interview in the government tv/radio program “Talking Points” held earlier today.
These instruments, according to Dr. Manugue, are part of the Quality Management System that government agencies are encouraged to design in order to have a smooth as well as results-oriented implementation of their programs.
For its part, the DAP has delineated its thrust for the succeeding years. DAP is mandated to capacitate individuals and development stakeholder organizations in government to perform their respective roles and mandates in development in a timely and results-driven manner.
Dr. Manague specified national competitiveness, policy reforms, and improved internal system as part of the thrust of DAP in order for it to be attuned to the needs of both government and private institutions.
One of its programs is the Integrity Development Program (IDP) which aides in the counselling of government organizations as well as small and medium enterprises that aims to lead to good governance, leadership and enforcement of policies, rules and regulation.
The DAP is now in its 38th year after being created through Presidential Decree No. 205 on June 7, 1973.
Lunes, Hunyo 13, 2011
Huwebes, Hunyo 9, 2011
The year is 2011, and this year marks another milestone in our country’s history. This year, we are celebrating not one, but two momentous events: first, the Philippines’ 113thIndependence Day; the other, Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary—both of which have played significant roles in our formation of nation and our notion of “independence”.
The activities lined up for this year are testament of how the present government deems the importance of these two occasions, as the activities are year-long and are meant to idealize our national hero, Jose Rizal, as an instrument—the driving force—which made the Filipinos fight for independence from the Spanish colonizers.
The two events are interlaced, interlocking, inter-related, for the birth of Rizal held the future of Filipinos. Jose Rizal was instumental in our gaining of independence from foreign forces. Rizal has gained international acclaim and critical praise for his literary works—“Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo”— that have moved hearts and influnced minds to mass action.
This year’s commemoration of our national hero’s birth anniversary revolves around the theme: “Rizal, Haligi ng Bayan” and the events slated are as rich and as multi-faceted as Dr. Rizal himself.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has organized a series of activities in remembrance of our national hero, which will start on June 19 with simultaneous flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies in Laguna, Manila, and Dapitan City. On the same day, there will be an unveiling of the Jose Rizal Monument in the Calamba City Hall in Laguna, followed by the launching of “Rock Rizal” album, still in Calamba City Hall.
Dr. Jose Rizal has been formed and influenced by ideologies from the West, and various universities run by Spaniards have played a big role in Rizal’s education. This year, a number of conferences have been slated in universities where Rizal was educated. The University of Santo Tomas (UST) for one has organized a three-day conference named “Rizal: Malay, Diwa, Puso at Buhay. Balik Tanaw: Si Rizal sa Kanyang Panahon” (July 7). Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) will also have a conference on “Issues and Perspectives: The Teachings of Rizal in the Present” (July 8). Colegio de San Juan de Letran will hold “Rizal Reborn: Honoring, Understanding, and Living Rizal as Filipino” on July 9. Other institutions like Holy Angel University in Pampanga and Silliman University in Negros Oriental will likewise hold conferences on Rizal.
Exhibits will also be another hallmark of this year’s Rizal @ 150 celebration. Photo, stamps, and other memorabilia of Rizal will be shown in different venues in Luzon, while commemorative items will also be made available this year. The unveiling of “Rizal@150 commemorative stamps will take place on June 19 at the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, and the book “Ferdinand Blumentritt: An Austrian Life for the Philippines” by Harry Sichrowvsky will be relaunched on June 28 at the Rizal Shrine Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.
Rizal’s restored original manuscripts under the custody of the National Library of the Philippines will also be witnessed during the celebration.
Filipinos around the world wouldn’t want to miss this historic event in our history as Philippine embassies abroad, foreign institutions, and individual Filipinos have also prepared various activities like exhibits; shows like kundiman, sarswela, and operas; conferences, lectures, and seminars; contests; etc. in different countries like the U.S, Autralia, Middle East, and Europe.
Finally and closing activity of the celebration would be the Rizal Awards which honors individuals and institutions that have contributed in the growth of the country while embodying the ideals of our national hero specifically love of country, fullfilment of the duties of a Filipino, professional competence, and integrity.
This year’s commemoration of Rizal’s 150 years calls for unity among all Filipinos. The NHCP and the Philippine government, academic institutions, private entities, and all Filipinos are one in this historic celebration of a leader, a motivator, a hero, a FILIPINO.
Martes, Hunyo 7, 2011
Miyerkules, Hunyo 1, 2011
People caught smoking in public places will not be penalized yet, but they will definitely be given warning.
This was according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Spokesperson Tina Velasco during an interview earlier today in governement media’s tv/radio program “Talking Points”.
The MMDA recently announced that starting May 30, they will be arresting those who are smoking in public places. This is in strict implementation of the anti-smoking law, which is under the provisions of Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003.
The full enforcement of the said law was later moved to July 1 as MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino would want to make use of the present period as information campaign for RA 9211 --as part of the government’s effort to make the public aware of the existence of the said law.
Ms. Velasco said that those who were caught since May 30 until June 30 will just be given warning.
The MMDA, together with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the 17 local government units in NCR are tasked to apprehend no-smoking transgressors.
Under R.A 9211, smoking tobacco is prohibited in public places such as: centers of children and youth activity such as schools, playgrounds, recreational facilities and youth hostels; elevators and stairwells; locations with fire hazards such as gas stations; hospitals and health centers, medical and dental facilities; public conveyances and public facilities such as airports, trains and bus stations except those with separate smoking areas; and, food and beverages preparation areas. “Public conveyances” are defined as modes of transportation servicing the general population such as, but not limited to, “elevators, airplanes, buses, taxicabs, ships, jeepneys, light rail transits, tricycles, and similar vehicles.”
According to the MMDA statement, violators will be fined P500 on first offense while those who cannot afford to pay the fine are obliged to render eight hours of community service. Those arrested for the second time will be made to pay a P1,000 fine and those arrested for the third and subsequent times will be made to pay a P5,000 fine.
The announcement of the anti-smoking law is in observance of 100 percent Smoke-Free Environment campaign and the World No Tobacco Day celebration on June 1, 2011.
The reinforcement of the said law is aimed at achieving a smoke-free metropolis by 2012.
Ms. Velasco added that the anti-smoking law will be an endeavor the MMDA, the Department of Health, the 17 local government units in Metro Manila, together with NGOs and the UP College of Law will strongly undertake, with the cooperation of the public in order to achieve a smoke-free NCR.