DOLE SEEKS P20-B FUND FOR TEACHERS AFFECTED BY K TO 12 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is seeking almost P20 billion in assistance fund for the thousands of teachers and school personnel who will be retrenched due to the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. Dominique Tutay, director of the Bureau of Local and Employment of DOLE, said the agency asked Congress for P19.44 billion for the Tertiary Transition Sector Fund (TESTF), which would be used to cushion the negative impacts of the K to 12 program among teachers and non-teaching personnel. Labor officials noted that while the K to 12 program is essential for the country to be at par with international education standards, the transition would mean a two-year gap of college enrollees starting 2016. There are 86,001 faculty members in private higher education institutions and 47,469 of them are full-time while 37,683 are part-time teachers. “For school year 2016-2017 and school year 2017-2018, half of the 47,469 or more or less 24,000 full-time faculty members who are teaching first year and second year college may be retrenched due to foregone enrollment,” Tutay bared. “A full-time faculty member receives a monthly salary of P30,000 and the proposed TESTF intends to extend financial assistance to retrenched faculty members for a period of two years. Hence, the proposed P17.28-billion budget,” she explained.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Phl ready to respond to Ebola threat – DOH  

Despite the threat of Ebola virus disease (EVD), the Department of Health (DOH) assured the public yesterday that the government is ready and capable of preventing the ailment from spreading in the country. Health Undersecretary Ted Herbosa gave the assurance after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared EVD as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and called on all governments to be prepared to detect, investigate and manage EVD cases. According to Herbosa, the Philippine government has put in place a system that will guide health professionals on what to do in case an Ebola patient enters the country. Under the system, health professionals will abide by strict quarantine rules to prevent spread of EVD. The DOH earlier said that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine has the capacity to conduct laboratory tests, make available negative pressure room facilities, and treat Ebola patients. At this time, the DOH is closely monitoring all ports of entry and requiring arriving passengers to fill out health declaration checklists. Returning Filipino workers from Ebola-affected countries are also required to undergo medical test and secure medical clearance from health authorities from their country of employment. * READ MORE...

ALSO: WHO declares Ebola epidemic a global emergency 

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization on Friday declared the killer Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of West Africa an international health emergency and appealed for global aid to help afflicted countries. The decision after a two-day emergency session behind closed doors in Geneva means global travel restrictions may be put in place to halt its spread as the overall death toll nears 1,000. The WHO move comes as US health authorities admitted on Thursday that Ebola’s spread beyond west Africa was “inevitable,” and after medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned that the deadly virus was now “out of control” with more than 60 outbreak hotspots. WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan appealed for greater help for the countries worst hit by the “most complex outbreak in the four decades of this disease”, echoing an earlier claim by MSF that the “epidemic is unprecedented in terms of geographical distribution, people infected and deaths”. “I am declaring the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern,” Chan said, stressing the “serious and unusual nature of the outbreak”. Even as a possible new case was reported in the east African country of Uganda, she said only a small part of the continent had been affected. “This alerts the world to the need for high vigilance,” she said. STATES OF EMERGENCY The suspected victim in Uganda was stopped on arrival at the country’s main Entebbe airport after showing signs of fever on a flight from war-torn South Sudan. Ugandan health ministry spokesman Rukia Nakamatte said on Friday that they were awaiting results of tests for the disease. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Nagasaki marks 65th anniversary of US atomic bomb attack 

PHOTO: A woman offers prayers for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing in front of the Peace Statue in Nagasaki's Peace Park in Nagasaki, western Japan, on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 9, 2014. TOKYO — The Japanese city of Nagasaki marked the 65th anniversary of the US atomic bomb attack on Monday with a record 32 countries attending — but no American representative. A moment of silence was observed at 11:02 a.m., the time when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the southern Japanese city on Aug. 9, 1945, in the waning days of World War II. Nagasaki was flattened three days after the United States detonated its first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. About 80,000 people were killed in Nagasaki, while some 140,000 people were killed or died within months in Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II. The Nagasaki ceremony began with a chorus of aging survivors of the atomic bombing and Mayor Tomihisa Taue calling for a nuclear-free world. "Nagasaki, together with Hiroshima, will continue to make the utmost efforts until the world gets rid of all nuclear weapons," he said. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Solons slam ‘anomalous’ 4Ps dole-out to poor 

Gabriela Party-list Representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus yesterday expressed strong opposition to the increased allocation for the “anomalous” Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the Aquino government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. “We do not support the additional funds. From the very start, we already objected to the dole-out. Our poor need jobs for sustainable and dignified livelihood. There are anomalies connected to the processes,” Ilagan said in an interview. “The program has not been evaluated fully to warrant increases. The funds are borrowed. It encourages the attitude of mendicancy and entitlement. CCT was a failure in other countries,” she added. De Jesus agreed with Ilagan, saying that instead of teaching people how to fish, the government is making them dependent on government resources. She said the government should continuously provide jobs to the poor, maintaining that the whole concept of CCT as a poverty alleviation program was a disaster. Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, a member of the House minority bloc, said if data shows and confirms that the Aquino administration’s 4P’s has little or no impact on the lives of poor Filipinos, he would ask his colleagues to scrap the CCT allocation. “Why waste money on a project that doesn’t make an impact on the poor?” he said. On the other hand, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. earlier expressed full support for the expansion of the CCT program, believing that it has improved the lives of poor Filipinos. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Cardinal hopes Pope’s PHL visit to boost Mindanao peace process  

A Mindanao-based cardinal is hoping Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines in January will give a boost to the peace process in Mindanao, the Catholic News Service reported. Cotabato Cardinal Orlando Quevedo said the pope's visit will be of interest to "regional Muslims associated with an Islamic-affiliated separatist movement," CNS said. "Signed peace agreements do not guarantee a just and lasting peace, when the political and economic causes of war are aggravated by cultural and religious biases and prejudices that have been operative in the minds and hearts of Muslims and Christians for four centuries," it quoted Quevedo as saying before an international gathering of the Knights of Columbus in Orlando. Quevedo, a former president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, now serves on the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Yolanda survivors in Palo inspired, looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit 

Survivors of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Palo, Leyte are inspired and looking forward to the visit there of Pope Francis in January. Palo Archdiocese spokesperson Fr. Amadeo Alvero said residents value the rare chance to have a personal encounter with the Pope. “The people here keep saying they’re very much inspired and they look forward to the Pope’s bringing his message of joy and hope,” Alvero said on Church-run Radyo Veritas. Excerpts of the interview were posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines news site Sunday night. Alvero said he is confident the Pope’s mere presence will inspire and raise the morale of thousands of Yolanda survivors. He added the Pope's willingness to be one with the survivors will likely renew their faith and commitment to recover from the devastation. Palo is one of the areas hit hardest by Yolanda, which left more than 6,000 dead after devastating Visayas and parts of Luzon. Earlier, Catholic Church officials in Manila and the Vatican announced the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines on Jan. 15 to 19. The Pope's itinerary is to include areas hit by Yolanda. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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DOLE seeks P20-B fund for teachers affected by K to 12

MANILA, AUGUST 11, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  By Mayen Jaymalin - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is seeking almost P20 billion in assistance fund for the thousands of teachers and school personnel who will be retrenched due to the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

Dominique Tutay, director of the Bureau of Local and Employment of DOLE, said the agency asked Congress for P19.44 billion for the Tertiary Transition Sector Fund (TESTF), which would be used to cushion the negative impacts of the K to 12 program among teachers and non-teaching personnel.

Labor officials noted that while the K to 12 program is essential for the country to be at par with international education standards, the transition would mean a two-year gap of college enrollees starting 2016.

There are 86,001 faculty members in private higher education institutions and 47,469 of them are full-time while 37,683 are part-time teachers.

“For school year 2016-2017 and school year 2017-2018, half of the 47,469 or more or less 24,000 full-time faculty members who are teaching first year and second year college may be retrenched due to foregone enrollment,” Tutay bared.

“A full-time faculty member receives a monthly salary of P30,000 and the proposed TESTF intends to extend financial assistance to retrenched faculty members for a period of two years. Hence, the proposed P17.28-billion budget,” she explained.

Phl ready to respond to Ebola threat – DOH By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 11, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Maintenance personnel at the NAIA clean the overhead compartment of an international aircraft yesterday. RUDY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - Despite the threat of Ebola virus disease (EVD), the Department of Health (DOH) assured the public yesterday that the government is ready and capable of preventing the ailment from spreading in the country.

Health Undersecretary Ted Herbosa gave the assurance after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared EVD as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and called on all governments to be prepared to detect, investigate and manage EVD cases.

According to Herbosa, the Philippine government has put in place a system that will guide health professionals on what to do in case an Ebola patient enters the country.

Under the system, health professionals will abide by strict quarantine rules to prevent spread of EVD.

The DOH earlier said that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine has the capacity to conduct laboratory tests, make available negative pressure room facilities, and treat Ebola patients.

At this time, the DOH is closely monitoring all ports of entry and requiring arriving passengers to fill out health declaration checklists.

Returning Filipino workers from Ebola-affected countries are also required to undergo medical test and secure medical clearance from health authorities from their country of employment.

* There are now 1,711 reported EVD cases in other countries, including 932 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the WHO.

Officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), meanwhile, are seeking assistance from the DOH to conduct as soon as possible an EVD awareness campaign in the airport for personnel who directly interact with passengers.

“Let me underscore that the call is not meant to instigate fear or alarm the public or airport workers. The intention is to keep everyone informed about Ebola and how they can do their jobs every day without living in fear or anxiety,” Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado said.

The MIAA did the same campaign during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2002. Thermal scanners were procured and more health screeners were hired to strengthen NAIA’s control against SARS. – With Rudy Santos

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

WHO declares Ebola epidemic a global emergency by AFP & Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce August 9, 2014 (updated)


DREADED DISEASE (AFP) — A handout picture taken and released on August 7 by the Spanish Defense Ministry shows Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus, being transported from Madrid’s Torrejon air base to the Carlos III Hospital upon his arrival in Spain. Infected in Liberia, Pajares is the first carrier of the disease to be evacuated to Europe.

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization on Friday declared the killer Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of West Africa an international health emergency and appealed for global aid to help afflicted countries.

The decision after a two-day emergency session behind closed doors in Geneva means global travel restrictions may be put in place to halt its spread as the overall death toll nears 1,000.

The WHO move comes as US health authorities admitted on Thursday that Ebola’s spread beyond west Africa was “inevitable,” and after medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned that the deadly virus was now “out of control” with more than 60 outbreak hotspots.

WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan appealed for greater help for the countries worst hit by the “most complex outbreak in the four decades of this disease”, echoing an earlier claim by MSF that the “epidemic is unprecedented in terms of geographical distribution, people infected and deaths”.

“I am declaring the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern,” Chan said, stressing the “serious and unusual nature of the outbreak”.

Even as a possible new case was reported in the east African country of Uganda, she said only a small part of the continent had been affected. “This alerts the world to the need for high vigilance,” she said.

STATES OF EMERGENCY

The suspected victim in Uganda was stopped on arrival at the country’s main Entebbe airport after showing signs of fever on a flight from war-torn South Sudan. Ugandan health ministry spokesman Rukia Nakamatte said on Friday that they were awaiting results of tests for the disease.

* In another worrying development, Benin – to the west of the main affected countries – said it had placed two patients with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation and was waiting for test results to establish if the pair were infected.

Ebola has claimed at least 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people since breaking out in Guinea earlier this year, according to the WHO.

States of emergency were in effect in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Soldiers in Liberia’s Grand Cape Mount province – one of the worst-affected areas – set up road blocks to limit travel to the capital Monrovia, as bodies reportedly lay unburied in the city’s streets.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said people should expect certain rights to be suspended as the country imposes “extraordinary measures” necessary for “the very survival of our state”.

In Sierra Leone, which has the most confirmed infections, 800 troops were sent to guard hospitals treating Ebola patients, an army spokesman said.

Two towns in the east of Sierra Leone, Kailahun and Kenema, were put under quarantine and nightclubs and entertainment venues across the country were ordered shut.

Public sector doctors in Nigeria suspended a month-long strike with fears rising that the virus was taking hold in sub-Saharan Africa’s most populous country. The deadly tropical disease has already killed two and infected five others in Lagos.

PH EBOLA-FREE

Meanwhile, 13 of 15 Filipino contract workers who returned to the country from Ebola-affected West African countries have been cleared by the Department of Health (DOH) after symptoms of Ebola have not manifested itself during the 21-day incubation period.

Health Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa said they are still monitoring two workers for symptoms but expressed optimism that they, too, would be cleared.

“There are number of days (two to 21 days) before the symptoms appear if you had a close contact with a person who died (because of Ebola),” Herbosa said, explaining the period of monitoring. He said the agency is only waiting for a few days before they finally release the workers who were among those who worked in the oil fields.

“After that (incubation period) we can be sure there is no case of Ebola here,” Herbosa assured.

NEW DRUG

As African nations struggled with the scale of the epidemic, the scientists who discovered the virus in 1976 have called for an experimental drug being used on two infected Americans to also be made available for African victims.

One of the three, Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said “African countries should have the same opportunity” to use ZMapp, which is made by US company Mapp Pharmaceuticals.

Ebola causes severe fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding. It is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids, and people who live with or care for patients are most at risk.

Spain flew home a 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest, Miguel Pajares, the first European victim of the epidemic, on Thursday. Officials said his condition was stable.

The two infected Americans, who worked for Christian aid agencies in Liberia, have shown signs of improvement since being flown to a specialist hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. They are being given ZMapp, according to reports.

There is no proven treatment or cure for Ebola and the use of the experimental drug has sparked an ethical debate.

US President Barack Obama said it was too soon to send the experimental drugs to west Africa.

“I don’t think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful,” he said Wednesday.

Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu has asked the US about getting the drug, but Spain has voiced caution about the serum.

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Nagasaki marks 65th anniversary of US atomic bomb attack August 9, 2010 10:56am 0 0 0 1 (Updated 12:16 p.m.)


A woman offers prayers for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing in front of the Peace Statue in Nagasaki's Peace Park in Nagasaki, western Japan, on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kyodo

TOKYO — The Japanese city of Nagasaki marked the 65th anniversary of the US atomic bomb attack on Monday with a record 32 countries attending — but no American representative.

A moment of silence was observed at 11:02 a.m., the time when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the southern Japanese city on Aug. 9, 1945, in the waning days of World War II.

Nagasaki was flattened three days after the United States detonated its first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. About 80,000 people were killed in Nagasaki, while some 140,000 people were killed or died within months in Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II.

The Nagasaki ceremony began with a chorus of aging survivors of the atomic bombing and Mayor Tomihisa Taue calling for a nuclear-free world.

"Nagasaki, together with Hiroshima, will continue to make the utmost efforts until the world gets rid of all nuclear weapons," he said.

* While the United States sent its first delegation to Friday's memorial ceremony in Hiroshima, it did not dispatch a representative to the Nagasaki anniversary.

A Nagasaki city official said delegations from a record 32 countries, including nuclear powers Britain and France, attended Monday's ceremony.

The United States decided to drop the bombs because Washington believed it would hasten the end of the war and avert the need to wage prolonged and bloody land battles on Japan's main island. That concern was heightened by Japan's desperate efforts to control outlying islands such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa as the Allies closed in.

U.S. Ambassador John Roos became the first American representative to attend the Hiroshima ceremony last week.

Former President Jimmy Carter visited Hiroshima's Peace Museum in 1984, years after he was out of office. The highest-ranking American to visit while in office is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who went in 2008. Roos also visited Hiroshima soon after assuming his post last year. — AP

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Solons slam ‘anomalous’ 4Ps dole-out to poor by Charissa Luci
August 11, 2014

Gabriela Party-list Representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus yesterday expressed strong opposition to the increased allocation for the “anomalous” Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the Aquino government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.

“We do not support the additional funds. From the very start, we already objected to the dole-out. Our poor need jobs for sustainable and dignified livelihood. There are anomalies connected to the processes,” Ilagan said in an interview.

“The program has not been evaluated fully to warrant increases. The funds are borrowed. It encourages the attitude of mendicancy and entitlement. CCT was a failure in other countries,” she added.

De Jesus agreed with Ilagan, saying that instead of teaching people how to fish, the government is making them dependent on government resources.

She said the government should continuously provide jobs to the poor, maintaining that the whole concept of CCT as a poverty alleviation program was a disaster.

Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, a member of the House minority bloc, said if data shows and confirms that the Aquino administration’s 4P’s has little or no impact on the lives of poor Filipinos, he would ask his colleagues to scrap the CCT allocation.

“Why waste money on a project that doesn’t make an impact on the poor?” he said.

On the other hand, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. earlier expressed full support for the expansion of the CCT program, believing that it has improved the lives of poor Filipinos.

* He said the expanded CCT program would benefit 4,309,769 indigent families throughout the country.

Briefing the House committee on appropriations on Wednesday, Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad disclosed a 3-percent hike in the CCT budget – from P62.6 billion this year to P64.7 billion next year.

He said it would benefit around 4,000 families with no permanent residences. The expansion would also cover the 7,000 homeless families and 116,000 indigenous people who were untargeted under the household-based survey.

Abad also said the program was expanded to help children finish high school, since studies show those who complete secondary education have better chances at employment.

House Minority leader Ronaldo Zamora, however, shared the same sentiment as the women lawmakers. He earlier proposed the scrapping of the P64.7-billion CCT fund from the national budget, believing that the dole-out program failed to improve the living conditions of poor Filipinos.

The Aquino government expects that in 2015, 50 percent or two million families under the CCT will be uplifted from survival to subsistence levels, and another 6 percent, or 300,000 families, will transition from subsistence to self-sufficiency.

FROM GMA NEWS

Cardinal hopes Pope’s PHL visit to boost Mindanao peace process August 10, 2014 8:27am 49 17 0 85

A Mindanao-based cardinal is hoping Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines in January will give a boost to the peace process in Mindanao, the Catholic News Service reported.

Cotabato Cardinal Orlando Quevedo said the pope's visit will be of interest to "regional Muslims associated with an Islamic-affiliated separatist movement," CNS said.

"Signed peace agreements do not guarantee a just and lasting peace, when the political and economic causes of war are aggravated by cultural and religious biases and prejudices that have been operative in the minds and hearts of Muslims and Christians for four centuries," it quoted Quevedo as saying before an international gathering of the Knights of Columbus in Orlando.

Quevedo, a former president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, now serves on the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

* Pope Francis is due to visit the Philippines on Jan. 15 to 19.

A separate article on the CBCP news site quoted Quevedo as saying the only way to respond to the "injustice" is to look at their territory now as a product of political realism.

He said the idea is a win-win solution to make sure national sovereignty is preserved, “but also to acknowledge this culture, which is distinctly different (from) the Christian culture of the rest of the country.”

Also, he maintained poverty and injustice – including human rights violations, corruption and land conflict – must be addressed to attain peace.

“The root cause of the conflict is injustice, and after studying Moro history I began to believe they have lost their own sovereignty, their own identity as a distinct group and because of that the government has neglected them in terms of development,” he said. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

Yolanda survivors in Palo inspired, looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit August 10, 2014 10:28am 121 12 0 211 Tags: typhoon yolanda , yolanda survivors

Survivors of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Palo, Leyte are inspired and looking forward to the visit there of Pope Francis in January.

Palo Archdiocese spokesperson Fr. Amadeo Alvero said residents value the rare chance to have a personal encounter with the Pope.

“The people here keep saying they’re very much inspired and they look forward to the Pope’s bringing his message of joy and hope,” Alvero said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.

Excerpts of the interview were posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines news site Sunday night.

Alvero said he is confident the Pope’s mere presence will inspire and raise the morale of thousands of Yolanda survivors.

He added the Pope's willingness to be one with the survivors will likely renew their faith and commitment to recover from the devastation.

Palo is one of the areas hit hardest by Yolanda, which left more than 6,000 dead after devastating Visayas and parts of Luzon.

Earlier, Catholic Church officials in Manila and the Vatican announced the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines on Jan. 15 to 19.

The Pope's itinerary is to include areas hit by Yolanda. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News


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