Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 30, 2011) – The regional newspaper, Mindanao Examiner, was awarded a plaque of appreciation by the orphanage St. Francis House Children’s Home in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.
The plaque was in recognition for the newspaper’s support to the advocacy of the 24-year old St. Francis House which is being run by Our Blessed Mother of Victory Mission Foundation Inc.
“In grateful appreciation of its invaluable support to the St. Francis House Children’s Home,” the reads the plaque which was signed by its Canadian founder Rev. Fr. Arthur Winikoff.
Several media outfits and journalists were also awarded by the St. Francis House Children’s Home. Among them were Felino Santos, editor of Zamboanga Peninsula Journal; Roy Ramos, editor of Daily Zamboanga Times; JV Faustino, editor of Zamboanga Today.
And Danny Lim, owner of Daily Zamboanga Times and Zamboanga Today newspapers; Eddie and Lolita Chua, owners of local television station GBPI TV 11; Danilo Lopez, station manager of dxKZ 91.5 FM; Bong Bue, also of dxKZ 91.5 FM; and Joel Sanson, station manager of RMN Zamboanga, Emilia Erasga, publisher of Zamboanga Star, and ABS-CBN Zamboanga.(Mindanao Examiner)
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It said Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Zenaida Ducut awarded the certificate of authority on May 23 to NGCP through its Board Director and Chief Administrative Officer Anthony Almeda.
The certificate finalizes the provisional authority previously granted to NGCP as metering services provider.
Provision, operation and maintenance of revenue metering facilities are utility functions that the National Transmission Corporation assumed from the National Power Corporation as mandated by R.A. 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).
NGCP, the private concessionaire of the transmission network since 2009, then became the de facto metering service provider of NPC and other energy suppliers for the purpose of billing their energy sales to their customers.
With the operation of the WESM, NGCP has rehabilitated and upgraded the metering points from the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao grids to distribution utilities and other load customers to make these metering facilities “WESM-ready.”
Meter boxes, back-up meters, and revenue meters for substations are some of the metering structures that have already been replaced and enhanced.
The Automated Meter Data Retrieval System is also in place to satisfy the requirement of the WESM for the daily delivery of load profile-type of meter data from all metering facilities.
NGCP is now headed by Henry Sy, Jr. as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Sy also heads several corporations under the Sy Group of Companies, including SM Development Corporation which was recognized by the Asian Wall Street Journal as the 9th most admired corporation in the Philippines for 2010.
He is the son and namesake of mall, retail, real estate, and banking magnate Henry Sy, Sr.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
QUEZON CITY, Philippine (Mindanao Examiner / May 26, 2011) Hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists and their allies are set to mark the traditional Flores de Mayo parade in the Philippines with serious calls for justice and equality for their sector.
Dubbed the "Kagandahan, Kalusugan at Karapatan Florez De Mayo Pride 2011," the summer festival held in honor of the season's flowers will be unveiled on Sunday. This year's event will be hosted by the village of Pinyahan in Quezon City, regarded as the most gay-friendly metropolis in this conservative Catholic nation.
"During this Florez de Mayo, we are pressing the government to act decisively to stop the extrajudicial killings of LGBTs and pass the Anti-Discrimination Act so the country's queers can enjoy life of equality without fear of violence and death," said Rev. Ceejay Agbayani, the head pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church and the event main organizer.
The militant advocates of ProGay Philippines are joining the FlorEZ de Mayo to push for the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2010 or House Bill 1483, a proposal filed in Congress by Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino with the aim of banning discriminatory acts against LGBT residents in the workplace, schools and government offices.
Also causing grave concern among human rights workers is the spate of unexplained cruel deaths of largely transgender people in the past decade.
The Hate Crimes Watch, an alliance of activists monitoring hate-motivated murders of LGBT in the country, revealed that ten LGBTs died in hatred-linked circumstances this early half of the year, compared to 14 reports for the entire 2010.
Gay rights activists have suddenly figured in the debate when Dionisia, the famous mother of anti-RH advocate and boxing champion Rep. Manny Pacquiao, criticized transgenders for consuming oral contraceptives.
Many of the parade participants promise to come in provocatively inspired evening gowns and bamboo arches that blend Filipiniana fashion with political calls for gay rights and reproductive health advocacy.
The Roman Catholic church leadership has repeatedly expressed disapproval of traditional parades such as the Santacruzan and Sagala being redesigned by local communities to highlight homosexuals and transgenders as the star attractions.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 24, 2011) - Cebu Pacific on Tuesday said it expects a 16% passenger growth this month because of increases in both its domestic and international operations.
It earlier announced that it flew more than one million passengers in April, a first for any Philippine carrier and also also posted 15.9% passenger growth for that month compared to the same period in 2010.
From May 1-15, Cebu Pacific posted a 19% year-on-year passenger growth compared to the same period last year and international traffic is up 22%, while domestic traffic also increased by 18% for this period.
“Despite spiraling oil prices, this summer period indicates a very strong traffic performance. We broke several records in April, and foresee even better performance this May. We are grateful to Cebu Pacific passengers for their support, as this is an achievement given the present rising fuel costs,” Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution, said in a statement to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
“Cebu Pacific continues offering the lowest fares in all the routes it operates, for its 33 domestic and 16 international destinations. We are glad to provide every Juan more convenient and more affordable travel options,” she added.
She said Cebu Pacific fuel surcharges are 60% lower for international flights compared to Philippine Air Lines (PAL). It also has the lowest fuel surcharge in majority of domestic routes commonly operated by PAL, AirPhil Express, and Zest Air.
Cebu Pacific is the Philippines' largest national flag carrier.
The award was conferred upon TVIRD by DOLE Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte, as part of the culminating activities for the 109th celebration of Labor Day.
TVIRD’s Canatuan General Manager Ely Valmores and Finance Department Manager Jimmy Guillermo received the award in behalf of the company. TVIRD operates a copper-zinc mining facility in Canatuan, a mountain village in the municipality of Siocon.
Three other companies also received the award: Katipunan Bank (for the banking and lending sector), Lee Plaza (retail and services) and Zaragoza Sardines (manufacturing).
“DOLE is proud to give the award to these companies not only because they have contributed a lot for the betterment of their host communities, but also because in the course of doing their businesses they showed deep concern for the welfare of their workers,” Ligutom said during the awarding ceremonies whose theme, “Matuwid na daan tungo sa kaunlaran para sa lahat” (Straight path towards progress for all), echoed one of the battle cries of President Benigno Aquino III during the election campaign last year.
“May other companies that operate in the province follow what these awardees are doing, because they are helping change the image of our country,” Ligutom said.
He also explained the criteria for the award were promotion of good labor-management relationship and implementation of programs and projects that are beneficial to the community.
“We religiously studied the performance of the nominees so we could come up with awardees that really deserve to receive the outstanding employer award,” he said. “We are happy that all of them were able to show sterling performance and integrity. All believe that happy and contented employees are the most productive ones in the company and community.”
“TVIRD takes pride in being the highest paying employer in the province and in providing employee benefits and privileges beyond what is mandated by law,” Valmores said. “We believe that the primary asset of a successful company is its people.
“TVIRD’s corporate social commitment programs encourage participation of both employees and beneficiaries, and promote transparency and accountability for implementers and partner communities,” he added. “We are committed to abide by the principles of responsible mining in the pursuit of sustainable development wherever we operate.”
The news that the company was conferred the outstanding employer award was warmly greeted by Siocon Sangguniang Bayan Member Constantino Soriano, Jr. “I am happy and proud that TVIRD got the award,” he said. “I am actually not surprised, because being your neighbor I know how well you take care of your employees.”
Aware that TVIRD is Siocon’s biggest taxpayer and has helped the local government in curbing the town’s unemployment problem, Soriano authored a municipal council resolution that endorsed the company for the much-coveted award.
“I am endorsing the company because of its unselfish support for the town of Siocon through its Social Development Management Program, which features programs and projects that benefit my poor constituents.” Soriano said.
The mayor specifically mentioned the company’s monthly medical missions in the barangays of his municipality, including the farthest and the most isolated ones.
Timuay Jose Anoy, chieftain of the Subanon tribe of the host community of Canatuan, congratulated the company for receiving the award. “We are happy TVIRD received that award, which shows that the government recognizes the basic services the company has been providing our tribe. TVIRD’s health, education, and livelihood projects have greatly improved our lives,” he said.
As owners of the land, the Subanon tribe receives royalty from the company aside from the benefits it is enjoying through the SDMP. Aside from being given the priority during job hiring, professional members of the tribe also hold responsible positions in the company.
Gemma Tolentino, one of the longest-staying employees in TVIRD’s Canatuan operations, is company forester. Cynthia Lacpao, who passed last year’s Nurses Licensure Board Examinations, on the other hand, is working as a nurse at the company clinic.
“When I decided to apply as forester, I thought I should be in the company so I can help protect Siocon and Canatuan’s environment,” Tolentino said. “I am convinced that I have made the right decision because our proposals at the Environment Department on rehabilitation and re-vegetation are supported by the company.
“TVIRD truly deserves the Outstanding Employer award,” she added. “Our company diligently and sincerely implements its corporate social commitment initiatives not only for Christians and Subanons, but also for our Muslim brothers and sisters in Siocon. I am sure everybody is happy and contented with the company. Even the new hires feel the same. TVIRD takes good care of its employees and their families. It matches words with actions.” (Lullie Micabalo)