Tuesday, November 6, 2018

OWWA, OFW e-card Launched


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Tuesday launched a new identification card for overseas Filipino workers to replace the I-DOLE OFW I.D.

The OFW e-Card will now serve as both proof of membership and an overseas employment certificate (OEC) for all OFWs. The OEC is a required document before a Filipino can work abroad.


"The OWWA is the only agency under the Department of Labor and Employment that has a legal mandate to provide an e-card for OFWs. Through this OFW e-Card, member OFWs will have easier access to our programs and services," said Administrator Hans Cacda.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, who facilitated the launch of the e-Card, said that the newly launched I.D. will give OFWs faster access to OWWA's programs and services, including welfare services, scholarships, training programs, and social benefits.

Bello also said that airport fees will be waived for OFWs with the OFW e-Card.

"Kasi hindi ka made-deploy kung wala 'yung OEC mo. Pag pakita mo 'yan, you can be allowed to go out already and you will not be charged nung terminal fee at no travel tax," he said.


Manilyn Romero Mendoza, who got her OFW e-Card at the launch, hopes that it can one day serve as a replacement or temporary exit passport type of document for OFWs working in the Middle East, where most employers traditionally keep their employees' passports.

"Sana po magamit din ito na parang passport,kasi po 'yung amo ko tinatago ang passport ko," she said.

The OFW e-Card is available for free for all OFWs including the "balik manggagawa" with active OWWA membership, valid OEC or Exemption number, and valid passport.

OWWA members are advised to visit the agency's website for instructions on how to apply for the OFW e-Card can now visit OWWA website for instructions.

The OFW e-Card also has a digital version that can be downloaded through the agency's mobile app.

Source: GMA

Monday, November 5, 2018

Labas lang inayos! - Carlos Isagani Zarate


HINDI nagalingan at hindi rin kuntento si Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate sa rehabilitasyon at mu­ling pagbubukas ng isla ng Boracay.

Ayon sa solon, na­bigo ang Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force na lutasin ang seryosong problema sa anim na buwang rehab ng isla.

Kabilang sa task force ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gayundin ang Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Binigyang-diin ni Zarate na ang ­panlabas na hitsura lamang ng ­Boracay ang ­inasikaso.

“Boracay’s problem is a complex problem. It’s not just the water pollution where there is a lot of coliform or the vo­lume of garbage in the wetlands. Na-rehabilitate ba talaga nila ‘yung buhay ng Boracay?” hirit ng militanteng solon sa isang panayam.

“Kasi ang kanilang nakikitang problema lang ay on the surface, ‘yung pang-turismo. Ang problema ng kabuhayan, ang problema sa kasiguruhan sa paninirahan ng mga residente doon, ‘yan ang hindi nila natutugunan hanggang ngayon,” pagpupunto ni Zarate.

Pagsapit ng Oktubre 26 ngayong taon ay muling binuksan sa publiko ang isla.Matatandaan na noong Abril 26 ng kasalukuyang taon ay ipinag-utos ng Malacañang na isarado ang isla sa mga turista.
Isinailalim sa rehab ang Boracay na tinawag na “cesspool” ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Binigyang-diin ni Zarate na libo-libong kababayan ang nawalan ng kabuhayan nang isara ang isla.

“36,000 (lokal na manggagawa ang nawalan ng trabaho) when it was closed for six months. I doubt it that the environmental problems have been duly addressed. In six months you can’t solve that,” giit ni Zarate.

Isa pa aniya sa problema ay nakopo ng malalaking negosyante ang mga lugar sa isla.

“Ang mga kalupaan ng Boracay ngayon kontrolado ng mga malala­king negosyo,” sabi ng solon.

Bumuo ang Palasyo ng Task force na tututok sa kampanya ng Gobyerno sa Federalism


Bumuo ang Malacañang ng Inter-Agency Task Force na tututok sa kampanya ng gobyerno hinggil sa Federalism.

Sa ilalim ng memorandum circular no. 52, inaatasan ang iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno na magtulungan sa pagpapakalat ng impormasyon, pagsasagawa ng konsultasyon sa iba’t ibang sektor at ang mga kinakailangang pakikipag-ugnayan sa kongreso.


Magsisilbing chairperson ng task force si DILG OIC Sec. Eduardo Año habang Vice Chairperson Naman si DOJ Sec. Menardo guevarra.

Miyembro nito ang Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Presidential Management Staff, Office Of The Presidential Spokesperson, Presidential Legislative Liason Office, PCOO, CHED, Development Academy of the Philippines at Office of the Political Affairs.


Obligado ang task force na magsumite ng quarterly report kay Pangulong Duterte.

Ang memorandum order ay nilagdaan ni Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea at may petsang October 30.

Source: RMN

Pres. Duterte endorsed Freddie Aguilar’s 2019 Senatorial bid


President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday endorsed the 2019 senatorial bid of singer Freddie Aguilar, whom he described as an "exemplary nationalist."

Duterte pitched for votes for Aguilar, who is trailing in pre-electoral surveys, after the singer serenaded the audience that gathered for the inauguration of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, which boasts of an airport-type facility and service features.

The 65-year-old singer was among the first to file his candidacy papers last month for senator supposedly under the ruling PDP-Laban.

The ruling party, however, denied that the music icon was part of its senatorial line-up.



"Tulungan natin si Freddie because he is one exemplary nationalist guy. And do not ever think that Tagalog lang ‘yan. He is my friend. He is a brilliant guy. He can talk and he can help the country," Duterte said.


"Maybe he can relate or translate his songs in Congress and give him a chance also. Give him a platform to tell us about what he feels. Isang nationalist," he added.

Duterte then raised the singer's right hand and said, "Vote for Freddie Aguilar."

"Kaya ako nakikiusap. Tutal dose man ‘yan. Ibigay ninyo sa isang nationalist, ‘yung isang tao nagmamahal sa bayan. And the protest of his songs are there. Makikita na ninyo for the next generations and generations to come," Duterte said.


"‘Pag hindi ninyo binoto ‘yan, bantay kayo sa akin. Isa-isahin ko kayo," the President said in jest.

The Senate in March feted Aguilar for his lifetime outstanding contributions to Philippine arts and culture.

His 1978 song "Anak," which is about the parents’ love for a wayward child, was released in 53 countries, translated in 29 languages, and re-recorded in more than 100 versions. It sold 33 million copies worldwide.

Aguilar actively campaigned for Duterte's presidential run in 2016.

Source: GMA

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Pangulong Duterte, Ituloy ang Pagdedeklara sa CPP-NPA-NDF bilang Terorista


Inatasan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang Department of Justice (DOJ) na isulong ang kaso laban sa Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) bilang terrorist organization.

Ginawa ng Pangulo ang direktiba matapos pulungin ang executive committee ng National Security Council noong Martes sa Cebu.

Naging sentro ng pulong ang mga serye ng panggugulo ng mga rebeldeng komunista bilang bahagi ng kanilang plano na pabagsakin ang gobyerno.


Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman at Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo na inisa-isa sa pulong ang mga ginagawang karahasan ngayon ng NPA kung saan ang pinakahuli ay ang pagpatay ng mga rebelde sa siyam na magsasaka sa Sagay City, Negros Occidental.


“The President was unwavering with regard to the issue as a result of the communist group’s efforts in infiltrating and overthrowing the government. President Duterte ordered the Department of Justice to pursue the proscription case against the CPP-NPA-NDF as a terrorist organization,” ani Panelo.

Inihayag din ng Pa­ngulo sa ipinatawag na pulong ang pagtatag ng National Task Force na tututok sa mga panggugulo ng mga lokal na komunista.

Matatandaang pansamantalang naisantabi ang usapin sa pagdedeklara bilang terrorist organization sa CPP-NPA-NDF dahil sa pagbubukas ng peace talks noong 2017.

Source: ABANTE

‘Ang bilis ng aksyon!’ | DSWD quickly Sends help to Kalinga after Pres. Duterte’s briefing on Typhoon Rosita


A netizen praised President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration for quickly sending help to the victims of Typhoon Rosita in a remote area in Kalinga.

Yesterday, Sharielynz Tioga Palalisan posted some photos showing the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) delivering relief goods to Brgy. Lubo Dacalan, Kalinga, one of the affected areas of Typhoon Rosita.


To quickly deliver the boxes of relief goods, the military used their helicopter.

Residents of Brgy. Lubo praised the government for quickly sending help to them one day after President Duterte’s briefing.


Some of them expressed their happiness after the government proved that they’re not letting their people suffer long.

The boxes will quickly be distributed to the families of the said Barangay.


Meanwhile, Ms. Palalisan also dedicated a message to the President and his administration.


“For our PRRD command, that’s why mabilis ang action – it was briefing yesterday bago ang tatay digong umuwi sa Davao, para bumisita sa kanyang mahal sa buhay sa sementeryo. Kung kay Aquino administration iyan, hinahagis lang from helikopter, at konti lang at kadalasan wala pa.!! Nakaka-proud ang maging isang Filipino na ngayon. So, thank you very much mayor president Duterte and on behalf of your administration. Salute. Mabuhay po and God Bless”


Some netizens also expressed their amazement on the performance of the Duterte administration in helping Typhoon victims.

They also noticed how the packaging of DSWD’s relief goods changed.


“Dont mind his gruesome words but mind his humanity services to the filipino peole. Action speak lounder than words,” Archimedes Cabilbil said.

“Yan ang tulong nakabox, presentable tingnan. D tulad noong mga tulong na binibigay dati na nakaplastic lang at halos walang laman. Plastic din kasi ang mga nagbibigay.” Jorge Lascona commented.


“Sa Duterte administration lang yan nangyari khit dto sa cagayan kbilis ng mga sundalo na naghatid ng mga reliefgoods,” Darwin Valera remarked.

As of writing, the original post of Palalisan reached thousands of positive reactions and 23,000+ shares from social media users.

During the briefing on November 1, Duterte also praised the government for their quick response to Typhoon Rosita.


“I think that everyone is doing his duty. I’d like to thank you for that,”President Duterte said during the situation briefing on Typhoon Rosita at the Hotel Andrea in Cauayan City, Isabela.

He also suggested to give the affected families of ready-to-eat food instead of giving them goods that still need to be cooked.

“Huwag ninyong bigyan ng kaldero pati planggana. Kasi wala ‘yan silang malutuan and they have to gather the firewood and everything,” he explained.

Source: Facebook

Friday, November 2, 2018

Hindi Iaatras ng DOJ ang Petisyon sa CPP-NPA bilang Teroristang Organisasyon


Tuloy ang pagsusulong ng Department of Justice (DOJ) para maideklarang teroristang organisasyon ang Communist Party of the Philippines at New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Ayon kay DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra, hindi nila iuurong ang petisyong inihain sa korte na nagpapadeklara sa CPP-NPA bilang mga teroristang organisasyon.

Ang petisyon ay nakabinbin sa Manila Regional Trial Court.


Matatandaan na noong Pebrero 2018, inihain ng DOJ sa korte ang petisyon bilang pagtalima sa kautusan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kung saan labing dalawang terror activities ang tinukoy na kagagawan umano ng CPP-NPA.

Sa ilalim ng Section 17 ng Human Security Act o Republic Act 9372, kinakailangang dumaan sa korte ang pagkunsidera sa isang organisasyon bilang teroristang grupo para mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang nasabing organisasyon na maipagtanggol ang kanilang panig.


Nauna nang inihayag ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) na mula sa “Red October,” plano nang ilunsad ng mga rebeldeng komunista ang kanilang planong pagpapatalsik kay Pangulong Duterte sa Disyembre.

Source: ABANTE