DUBAI NEEDS SKILLED PINAY WORKERS

Over 4,000 jobs in Dubai are open for highly skilled female Filipino workers. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director general Joel Villanueva said there are 4,200 job orders from Placewell International Services. Placewell is looking for female workers with certified specialization on electrical installation and maintenance, plumbing and refrigeration and air-conditioning. The salary range for certified workers is between $600 to $800 per month. The hiring would be until 2016. “Placewell believes that TESDA-certified female workers are highly qualified to work in maintenance facilities of Dubai government institutions like hospitals, universities and banks,” Villanueva said. Villanueva called on TESDA’s national directorate and provincial directors to ensure that the agency’s training programs will “pave the road to employment.”

ALSO: Warm and humid this week

It’s not yet summer, but brace for warm and humid weather this week, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advised the public yesterday. PAGASA weather division chief Robert Sawi said the easterlies or warm and humid air from the Pacific Ocean would prevail over most parts of the country in the next few days. But the weather bureau has not yet officially declared the start of summer in the country. “We expect temperatures to increase gradually, and anytime now or in the next two weeks we may declare the start of summer,” Sawi said. PAGASA declares the start of summer once the easterlies become the dominant weather system in the country. The weather bureau declared the onset of summer last year on March 18. The cold northeast monsoon continued to affect Luzon and the Visayas yesterday.

ALSO: New airport: DOTC eyes Sangley Point, Laguna de Bay

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking at Sangley Point in Cavite and Laguna de Bay as the possible site of a new international gateway that would replace the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said in an interview that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is initially looking at the former US naval base in Cavite as well as the country’s largest lake as the possible site of the new airport. “Our initial feedback is that they (JICA) are looking at Sangley because it is within the 20-minute parameter and is accessible. One could also be I think Laguna de Bay,” Abaya said. He pointed out that both locations entail massive reclamation as the new international airport requires at least 2,000 hectares. “Maybe initially you can get 1,000 hectares but for 2,000 hectares that is 20 minutes away from Manila is impossible. It is very difficult to look for a place that big,” he explained. Abaya said the project could be under the public-private partnership scheme as the government is veering away from unsolicited proposals. “Interested investors could join the bidding. Definitely unsolicited proposal won’t happen,” he added. JICA is conducting a site selection study for the new international airport that is a long-term development to be commenced and completed in 15 to 20 years.

ALSO: Party’s over! Binay bolts feud-marred PDP-Laban

VICE President Jejomar Binay said Sunday his differences with the other key players in the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Laban or PDP-Laban, including with Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, prompted him to leave the party. “It is time to move on,” Binay said. “There were problems within the party, especially on the leadership. I did not want the party to break up, but there were instances like what happened in the 2010 elections, where some did not join the United Nationalist Alliance as agreed upon by the party leadership.” “It is understandable,” Pimentel said in reaction to Binay’s statement. “I am not aware [of] his decision since we have not talked since the last election.” Binay’s new political party, which Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said his own Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino could join, would reportedly be launched on June 12, the country’s Independence Day. Binay said among the PDP-Laban members who would join him in his new party were Sarangani Rep. Manuel Pacquiao and Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia. Asked if he had already chosen a running mate for the 2016 polls, Binay, who has made no secret of his presidential aspirations, said it was still too early to discuss it, although he admitted that the name of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos had come up. “Everyone is worth considering. But as to the decision-making, we can do that later,” Binay said. “We still have a lot of work to do. Even if I have openly declared my candidacy, my priority is the job entrusted to me by President Benigno Aquino III.”

Binay: Decision to bolt PDP Laban will save party from breaking up

The untenable situation in the leadership of PDP-Laban where unity had become difficult to attain had led to the decision of Vice President Jejomar Binay to bolt the political party and put up a new group which will be composed of PDP-Laban members who are allied with the opposition coalition United Nationalist Alliance. Binay said on television that while he did not want to break up the party which he is affiliated with reality dictates that he and his faction move on to prevent the perception of disunity within PDP Laban to persist. “In several elections, the leaders have decided to go their own way in their political affiliations,” Binay said. He added that in the 2010 elections, the party was split into joining the opposition UNA and the administration PNoy coalition. “In the Senate, members of the PDP Laban are found both in the majority coalition and in the minority,” he added. He said that the planned new party will have as members those who wanted to leave PDP Laban, particularly those who ran under UNA in the just recently held mid-term elections. Binay revealed that it was a party decision for PDP Laban to join UNA in the elections last May but some of its members decided not to abide by the decision of the majority. “It was not only on that occasion when a party decision was not followed by its members so instead of breaking up the party, I believe the best option is to leave the party,” Binay said.

ALSO: PNoy to FVR: Thanks, but no thanks

Kuala Lumpur – In the recent anniversary celebration of the 1986 EDSA People Power, Ramos reportedly listed the country’s problems, including widening gap between the rich and the poor, high prices of commodities, corruption, poverty, and political dynasties. Why was he unable to resolve poverty during his term? This was the curt response of President Benigno S. Aquino III to the comments of former President Fidel V. Ramos during the recent EDSA People Power anniversary celebration, where he listed problems, including poverty, besetting the country. Nevertheless, the President thanked Ramos for reminding him about the country’s problems. The President said he did not want to sound disrespectful to the elder leader but he pointed out that “the record is there.” “When he (Ramos) was President, the population stood roughly about 50 million, and the problems, I assume especially in the vaunted economic growth under his term, could have been addressed,” the President said in a media interview here Friday night. Aquino, aware of the impact of his critical remarks of the former leader, quickly revised his comment. “I’m sorry, let me rephrase it properly. Addressing the needs of 50 million is definitely less than addressing the needs of 97 million,” he said. Nonetheless, the President assured the government is addressing the country’s problems, particularly poverty. “At the end, thank you for the reminder and we have not forgotten that these are our primary concerns,” Aquino said.


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Dubai needs skilled Pinay workers


MANILA, MARCH 3, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Mayen Jaymalin - Over 4,000 jobs in Dubai are open for highly skilled female Filipino workers.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director general Joel Villanueva said there are 4,200 job orders from Placewell International Services.

Placewell is looking for female workers with certified specialization on electrical installation and maintenance, plumbing and refrigeration and air-conditioning.

The salary range for certified workers is between $600 to $800 per month. The hiring would be until 2016.

“Placewell believes that TESDA-certified female workers are highly qualified to work in maintenance facilities of Dubai government institutions like hospitals, universities and banks,” Villanueva said.

Villanueva called on TESDA’s national directorate and provincial directors to ensure that the agency’s training programs will “pave the road to employment.”

Recently, TESDA launched the Training, Re-Accelerating Access and Boosting A High-impact Opportunity (TRABAHO) program, which aims to generate more employment for Filipinos.

“TRABAHO is the most important agenda for TESDA this 2014 and beyond,” Villanueva said, adding that training, assessment and certification should be at the forefront of the agency’s services and should make a significant impact.

Currently, the agency has 246 training regulations, more than 20,000 registered programs, a network of around 4,500 training institutions and 170,000 registered users in the TESDA online program.

Warm and humid this week By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 3, 2014 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - It’s not yet summer, but brace for warm and humid weather this week, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advised the public yesterday.

PAGASA weather division chief Robert Sawi said the easterlies or warm and humid air from the Pacific Ocean would prevail over most parts of the country in the next few days.

But the weather bureau has not yet officially declared the start of summer in the country.

“We expect temperatures to increase gradually, and anytime now or in the next two weeks we may declare the start of summer,” Sawi said.

PAGASA declares the start of summer once the easterlies become the dominant weather system in the country. The weather bureau declared the onset of summer last year on March 18.

The cold northeast monsoon continued to affect Luzon and the Visayas yesterday.

Sawi, on the other hand, said no weather disturbance is likely to affect the country in the next five days.

“We expect good weather all over the country, aside from isolated rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao,” he said.

PAGASA earlier said no El Niño is expected to affect the country during the summer months.

El Niño pertains to the warming of at least 0.5 degrees Celsius in the equatorial Pacific and is characterized by below normal rainfall.

Anthony Lucero, PAGASA senior weather specialist, said global climate forecasts showed neutral condition until summer of this year.

New airport: DOTC eyes Sangley Point, Laguna de Bay By Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 3, 2014 - 12:00am 2 244 googleplus0 2


Image from the Philippine Defense Forum website shows an undated aerial photo of Sangley Point in Cavite taken by an Air Force OV-10 Bronco pilot. Inset shows the ongoing rehabilitation work at the NAIA Terminal 1, which is expected to be completed in January 2015. RUDY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking at Sangley Point in Cavite and Laguna de Bay as the possible site of a new international gateway that would replace the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said in an interview that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is initially looking at the former US naval base in Cavite as well as the country’s largest lake as the possible site of the new airport.

“Our initial feedback is that they (JICA) are looking at Sangley because it is within the 20-minute parameter and is accessible. One could also be I think Laguna de Bay,” Abaya said.

He pointed out that both locations entail massive reclamation as the new international airport requires at least 2,000 hectares.

“Maybe initially you can get 1,000 hectares but for 2,000 hectares that is 20 minutes away from Manila is impossible. It is very difficult to look for a place that big,” he explained.

Abaya said the project could be under the public-private partnership scheme as the government is veering away from unsolicited proposals.

“Interested investors could join the bidding. Definitely unsolicited proposal won’t happen,” he added.

JICA is conducting a site selection study for the new international airport that is a long-term development to be commenced and completed in 15 to 20 years.

The DOTC wants to put into operation a new international airport by 2027 with the joint development of the congested NAIA in Manila and the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga.

A JICA study showed that the number of passengers in Greater Capital Region would hit 106.7 million by 2040, from 31.88 million in 2012.

It expects passengers from the National Capital Region as well as Central Luzon and CALABARZON to rise steadily to 49.8 million in 2020, 75 million in 2030, and 106.7 million in 2040.

To meet these expected volumes, the government has identified two viable options that involve the expansion of CIA as well as the development of a new international airport roughly within 20 to 30 minutes of Metro Manila.

One option entails the closure and sale of NAIA by 2030, with the new international airport to be operational by 2027, which would provide 78 percent of the required passenger terminal building while the CIA would handle 22 percent.

The other option allows NAIA to co-exist alongside CIA and the new airport up to 2040 and beyond.

Once the gateway airport roadmap to 2040 is identified, the DOTC would finalize its plans to execute the policy.

But even parallel to this, the DOTC has begun preparatory measures to boost expansion efforts at the CIA and to identify the site for the new international airport.

A 6,000-square meter expansion of the passenger terminal building in Clark was recently completed.

France’s Aeroport de Paris has started preparing a master plan for a 45,000-square meter low-cost carrier terminal valued at P7 billion.

The P1.9-billion rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 3 being undertaken by Takenaka Corp. of Japan is expected to be completed ahead of the August schedule, while the P1.3-billion rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 1 being conducted by DM Consunji Inc. is scheduled to be completed in January next year in time for the country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

Wall St. Cheat Sheet, a United States financial media company, has ranked NAIA eighth among the 10 Worst Airports in the World, citing overcapacity issues in Terminals 1 and 3.

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Party’s over: Binay bolts feud-marred PDP-Laban By Joyce Pangco Panares | Mar. 03, 2014 at 12:01am

VICE President Jejomar Binay (photo) said Sunday his differences with the other key players in the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Laban or PDP-Laban, including with Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, prompted him to leave the party.

“It is time to move on,” Binay said.

“There were problems within the party, especially on the leadership. I did not want the party to break up, but there were instances like what happened in the 2010 elections, where some did not join the United Nationalist Alliance as agreed upon by the party leadership.”

“It is understandable,” Pimentel said in reaction to Binay’s statement.

“I am not aware [of] his decision since we have not talked since the last election.”

Binay’s new political party, which Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said his own Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino could join, would reportedly be launched on June 12, the country’s Independence Day.

Binay said among the PDP-Laban members who would join him in his new party were Sarangani Rep. Manuel Pacquiao and Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia.

Asked if he had already chosen a running mate for the 2016 polls, Binay, who has made no secret of his presidential aspirations, said it was still too early to discuss it, although he admitted that the name of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos had come up.

“Everyone is worth considering. But as to the decision-making, we can do that later,” Binay said.

“We still have a lot of work to do. Even if I have openly declared my candidacy, my priority is the job entrusted to me by President Benigno Aquino III.”

Binay was a member of the Laban ng Bayan party led by the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., and which later joined forces with the PDP, then led by the late Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

In 2013 the younger Pimentel ran under the administration party after the UNA coalition included former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri in its slate.

Pimentel and Zubiri had been involved in a bitter electoral protest during the 2007 elections.

Earlier, Estrada said his PMP would be joining Binay’s new political party since Binay was the opposition’s presidential bet for 2016.

“That is his call,” Estrada said.

“He is our presidential candidate in the United Nationalist Alliance.” With Macon Ramos-Araneta

FROM THE DAILY TRIBUNE

Binay: Decision to bolt PDP Laban will save party from breaking up Written by Tribune Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

The untenable situation in the leadership of PDP-Laban where unity had become difficult to attain had led to the decision of Vice President Jejomar Binay (photo) to bolt the political party and put up a new group which will be composed of PDP-Laban members who are allied with the opposition coalition United Nationalist Alliance.

Binay said on television that while he did not want to break up the party which he is affiliated with reality dictates that he and his faction move on to prevent the perception of disunity within PDP Laban to persist.

“In several elections, the leaders have decided to go their own way in their political affiliations,” Binay said.

He added that in the 2010 elections, the party was split into joining the opposition UNA and the administration PNoy coalition.

“In the Senate, members of the PDP Laban are found both in the majority coalition and in the minority,” he added.

He said that the planned new party will have as members those who wanted to leave PDP Laban, particularly those who ran under UNA in the just recently held mid-term elections.

Binay revealed that it was a party decision for PDP Laban to join UNA in the elections last May but some of its members decided not to abide by the decision of the majority. “It was not only on that occasion when a party decision was not followed by its members so instead of breaking up the party, I believe the best option is to leave the party,” Binay said.

Binay had long indicated that he would contest the presidency in the 2016 national elections. He said that among those who are likely to join him in forming the new party are former Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

Binay said that while he had yet to inform PDP Laban president Sen. Aquilino Pimentel of his decision to bolt the party, he had discussed the matter with PDP Laban members like Manila Councilor Bernie Ang.

Pimentel joined the administration coalition during the campaigns for the midterm elections despite PDP Laban’s decision to ally with UNA.

“I told Ang that our situation in PDP Laban was untenable since party decisions are not being followed,” Binay said.

Binay also deferred answering questions about his potential running mate in the 2016 elections saying the time is not yet right but added that Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos who was earlier being bruited as being his tandem for the Vice Presidency is among the names being considered.

“All things will be considered, it would he hard to decide now since the elections are still years away,” Binay added.

He said that while he had already stated his plans for the presidency, his attention at the moment is focused on the tasks assigned to him by President Aquino which involves the shelter sector, overseas Filipino workers (OFW) concerns including the camapign against illegal recruitment.

He said that the new party to be formed will likely continue its alliance with UNA for the 2016 polls.

Binay said that his relationship with Aquino will not change with the forming of the new opposition party.

“From the start, President Aquino and I have managed to work together despite us being part of different parties. We always set aside politics after the elections and we’ve been together in serving the nation,” he said.

“I will always support his policies that benefit the nation, we have to appreciate what the leader is doing,” he added.

FROM MANILA BULLETIN

PNoy to FVR: Thanks, but no thanks by Genalyn Kabiling March 2, 2014

Kuala Lumpur – Why was he unable to resolve poverty during his term?

This was the curt response of President Benigno S. Aquino III to the comments of former President Fidel V. Ramos during the recent EDSA People Power anniversary celebration, where he listed problems, including poverty, besetting the country.

Nevertheless, the President thanked Ramos for reminding him about the country’s problems.

The President said he did not want to sound disrespectful to the elder leader but he pointed out that “the record is there.”

“When he (Ramos) was President, the population stood roughly about 50 million, and the problems, I assume especially in the vaunted economic growth under his term, could have been addressed,” the President said in a media interview here Friday night.

Aquino, aware of the impact of his critical remarks of the former leader, quickly revised his comment.

“I’m sorry, let me rephrase it properly. Addressing the needs of 50 million is definitely less than addressing the needs of 97 million,” he said.

Nonetheless, the President assured the government is addressing the country’s problems, particularly poverty.

“At the end, thank you for the reminder and we have not forgotten that these are our primary concerns,” he said.

In the recent anniversary celebration of the 1986 EDSA People Power, Ramos reportedly listed the country’s problems, including widening gap between the rich and the poor, high prices of commodities, corruption, poverty, and political dynasties.

On allegations of overpopulation, the President said his administration pushed for the passage of the responsible parenthood bill to ensure parents look after their children.

It was eventually signed into law but its implementation, however, has been temporarily stopped by the Supreme Court. “But even without that, there has been a reduction on the population growth rate,” he said.


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