Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PH rejects EU grant

The Department of Finance recommended to decline the European Union's (EU) financial assistance accentuating that the Philippines is supposed to be an independent nation and the grants would involve review of the country's adherence to law.

This was confirmed and approved by President Rodrigo Duterte as a new government policy to refuse grants from EU last May 18. Presidential spokeperson Ernesto Abella explains further that the EU grants may allow it to meddle with the government's internal affairs as it has been critical on Duterte's war against drug, noting it as brutal and denounce extrajudicial killings.

PH rejects financial aid from Europian Union (EU)

However, MalacaƱang clarifies that the refusal of EU aid would be on a 'case to case' basis and that humanitarian aids may still be accepted as long as it is "unconditional".

A huge amount of the 250 million euros ($278.7 million) grant generating to about was allotted to Muslim communities in Mindanao. The Mindanao Trust Fund is a facility where various donors contribute to the socio-economic recovery of conflict-affected communities of Mindanao with EU as the main contributor.

Rep. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao warned that the administration’s resolution of rejecting aid just because of the EU criticism is as good as inviting a full-blown war against one of the largest trade, investment and development partners of the Philippines.

Being the country's eighth biggest source of aid, analysts say that even the EU trade is at risk. Bank of the Philippine Islands Vice President and lead economist Emilio Neri Jr. said that the President's decision may entail possible trade sanctions.

Meanwhile, Metrobank research head Marc Bautista does not eye negative impact to the overall economy. Losing the grants will hardly be felt. "We don’t see any adverse impact to the economy coming from it,” he added.

Land Bank of the Philippines market economist Guian Angelo Dumalagan said 250 million euros is 0.10 percent of the Philippine economy.

“Viewed in this manner, the amount seems relatively minimal, although it masks the fact that some poor Muslim communities will be negatively affected the most,” he said.

The chairman of the Senate committee on economic affairs Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said that the Philippines can afford to mislay the P13 billion worth of grants.

The senator however expressed belief that the decision does not mean that the Philippines will sever the economic ties it has shaped with EU over the years.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Anti- Distracted Driving Act (RA 10913) - Things You Need to Know

To promote road safety and discipline, Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Law was enforced yesterday by the implementing agencies - Land Transportation Office (LTO) with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and local government units bearing a hand.

Anti Distracted Driving Act -  Texting while driving
Texting while driving is a BIG NO in Anti-Distracted Driving Act
Distracted driving refers to the acts of using any electronic devices or gadgets as source of entertainment, computation and communication or any means of distraction such as mobile phones when the vehicle whether diplomatic, public or private is in motion or in temporary halt during traffic or at a stop light.

Here are the prohibited acts subject to apprehension under the Anti-Distracted Driving Act:

  • composing, reading and sending text messages (text-based communication) or receiving and making calls and other similar acts
  • using devices to play games, surf the internet, read e-books, watch videos and make calculations

These are the extent covered of the Anti Distracted Driving Act

Bicycles, "habal-habal", pedicabs and carriages, as long as it concerns public safety, like driving or operating in public streets and highway, are covered in the provision of this Act.

The use of wireless earphones, microphones, speaker phones and other hand-free devices is considered not distracting with the understanding that the devices' placement does not block or interfere the driver's line of sight; not attached on the steering wheel nor the car's dashboard.

Anti-Distracted Driving Law Exemptions

There are exemptions however that includes, but not limited to, emergency calls from health providers, fire department, law enforcing agency, if there are accidents or explosions and when personal security and safety is under compromise.

Those drivers who use devices with istalled navigational apps such as Google Maps and Waze can still use it as long as it does not interfere the driver's view. It is also advised when the driver is in need of finding traffic routes, he must pull over to the side.

With LTO's lead, the deputized enforcers such as the MMDA and LGU personnels have all the rights to apprehend violators and carry out enforcing affairs.

Penalties for Violating Anti-Distracted Driving Law

Every violation is subject for penalties. A fine of P5,000 for the first offense, P10,000 for the second and P15,000 for the third one plus a three-month suspension of the driver's license. Exceeding the third offense, violators are penalized with P20,000 and the revocation of the driver's license.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

A Song for Pres. Duterte: "Mabuhay, Dakilang Pangulo!"

Here's a song dedicated to our beloved President Rodrigo Duterte entitled "Mabuhay, Dakilang Pangulo!" written and composed by Dioscoro B. Vicentino and sung by University of Mindanao Chorale.
Mabuhay Dakilang Pangulo - song for President Duterte
University of Mindanao Chorale as they sing
"Mabuhay, Dakilang Pangulo" by Dioscoro B. Vicentino

Happy Teachers' Day by Romeo Canilao

Happy Teachers' Day by Romeo Canilao

"Happy Teachers' Day", a song composed and written by Romeo Canilao is dedicated to all teachers in celebration of National Teachers' Month (NTM) from September 5, 2016 to October 5, 2016. October 5, 2016 is also the National Teachers' Day (NTD) and World Teachers' Day (WTD).

Happy Teacher's Day song by Romeo Canilao

Monday, August 8, 2016

STUDY: A Bad Boss Can Make Employees Sick

Will you agree with the study that revealed: A bad boss can make employees sick?

bad boss can make employees sick

The study which was conducted in United States disclosed that "For 75% of Americans, bosses are a major cause of stress at work".

Monday, July 25, 2016

Replay Videos: DUTERTE SONA 2016 | First SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte

Watch the full replay videos of President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered at the Batasang Pambansa on July 25, 2016.
Pres. Duterte first SONA Replay Video

Duterte SONA full replay videos

The full replay videos of President Duterte's first SONA were delivered to you by the different Youtube channel of mainstream media in the Philippines - GMA News, ABS-CBN News and Rappler.

President Rodrigo Duterte SONA 2016 Live Streaming

Watch President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA) live streaming on this blog (just an embedded code).

President Duterte first SONA live streaming

Duterte SONA 2016 will be delivered on Monday, July 25, 2016 at around 11 AM (Philippine Time: GMT +8) at the Batasang Pambansa.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PHOTO: The softer side of PNP Chief Bato

A photo circulating online which the netizens labelled as the softer side of PNP Chief Bato has captured the attention of the netizens.
PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa
PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa holding
the hand of his wife while taking a nap.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

SHS Grade 11 Teaching Guides

Download SHS Grade 11 Teaching Guides here! If you are teaching Senior High School Grade 11 subjects, here are the available teaching guides.
Senior High School (SHS) Grade 11 Teaching Guide

The SHS Grade 11 Teaching Guides are brought to you by Commission on Higher Education in collaboration with the Philippine Normal University.

Monday, July 11, 2016

OFWs in Saudi ask help from Pres Duterte

Viral in Facebook is a video of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia who asked for help from President Rodrigo Duterte. What are they asking?

OFW in Saudi Arabia ask help from President Duterte

Just watch the video...