Data privacy measure
to bolster PH's top rank in BPO – Romulo
QUEZON CITY – The
Philippines is expected to solidify its position as global leader in
business process outsourcing (BPO) activities once Congress passes a
special law securing personal data privacy, House Deputy Majority
Leader and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo said over the weekend.
"We are absolutely
confident that more companies around the world will subcontract their
business support jobs to Philippine providers once the proposed Act
Protecting Individual Personal Data in Information and Communications
Systems is decreed," said Romulo, the bill's author.
Romulo was referring
to House Bill 1554, which seeks to regulate and establish fair
practices in the gathering and use of an individual's personal details
in information-technology (IT) systems.
"We are very hopeful
the bill will be passed soon, at least by the House initially," Romulo
He said the measure
would provide adequate safeguards against the potential misuse or
mishandling of personal facts in IT-enabled services such as customer
care and electronic data processing.
"This will sharpen the
country's competitive edge in BPO activities, besides reinforcing
consumer trust and user confidence in electronic commerce," Romulo
He pointed out that
BPO providers handle a great deal of customer and account master
files. "Naturally, their principals wish to be assured that we have
definite, predictable and enforceable personal data privacy rules," he
The principals of
Philippine BPO subcontractors include some of the world's largest
banks, insurers, stockbrokers, hotel chains, airlines, travel
operators and newspaper publishers as well as providers of health,
telecommunication, Internet, and satellite or cable TV services.
According to IBM's
latest Global Locations Trend Annual Report, the Philippines emerged
as the world's largest recipient of new outsourcing business in 2009,
edging out India.
"We are determined to
support our BPO sector, which is remarkably labor-intensive. This is
exactly what we need – relatively gainful and stable new jobs for our
fresh college graduates and young professionals," Romulo said.
Citing projections by
industry groups, he said the country's BPO activities have the
potential to produce up to 700,000 additional full-time jobs over the
next five years.
At present, the
industry already employs some 600,000 workers in customer care; back
offices; medical, legal and other data transcription; software
development; animation; engineering design; and digital content
The industry is
projected to generate up to $25 billion in annual revenues by 2015,
nearly three times the estimated $9 billion this year, according to
the Business Processing Association of the Philippines.
14IB discovers NPA’s
war materiel cache
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – Various war materiel owned by the terrorist New
People’s Army (NPA) were recovered by the elements of the Army’s 14th
Infantry Battalion in the boundary of Maslog, Eastern Samar and Las
Navas, Northern Samar late morning of December 7.
Reports disclosed that
the enemy’s war items were safely kept in a concealed haven in the
said area that was just revealed through a tip from knowledgeable
Recovered items were
two (2) improvised landmine, two (2) rifle grenades, three (3)
blasting caps, 31 rounds of ammo for K3 (linked), voluminous
subversive documents, hand outs in making improvised explosive devices
(IED), stethoscope and blood pressure apparatus which are believed to
have been kept following the successive discovery/seizure of various
enemy camps in
Samar by the government troops. Said items are still in the
possession of the operating troops and are being transported to their
headquarters for proper disposition.
Still in Northern
Samar, two (2) civilians were killed and two also were wounded
following a brutal and merciless ambush perpetrated by the terrorist
NPA in the periphery of Brgy. Taylor, Las Navas.
The slain civilians
were identified as Julie Casio, former Chairman of Brgy Poponton of
Las Navas town and Edwin Gudcad, 15 year old, son of the pump boat
operator. Winifredo Gudcad and the assistant boatman Leo Impes were
Wounded civilian was
immediately evacuated to
for immediate treatment prior to evacuation to
for more intensive medication. Wounded civilian is now under
appropriate medication as of press time.
Troops of 63rd and
87th Infantry Battalions and the 3rd Scout Rangers Company are already
conducting pursuit operations in order to track down the fleeing
terrorists. 63IB is also preparing all of the necessary documents and
witnesses for filing of legal charges against the terrorists involved
in the said ambush of innocent civilians.
The incident is
another NPA’s violation on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect
for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRHIL) for
targeting unarmed and innocent civilians as what they considered as
“This is a total
violation of our people’s right and must be condemned in a strongest
possible term. This must be looked after by our human rights advocates
and sue these terrorist who vehement pursue their bloody ideology.
This is the time to work hand in hand against these terrorist. All of
us should be united. If we will remain working solitarily against
these insurgents, we’ll just allow them to blemish the precious rights
of our people,” 8ID chief MGen. Mario Chan said.
Barangays to hold
assembly day on Saturday; officials to recite good governance pledge
By DILG-Office of Public Affairs
QUEZON CITY – The
country’s more than 42,000 barangays will hold the first synchronized
barangay assembly day under President Benigno Aquino
III’s administration on
Saturday, December 11,
2010, which shall be highlighted by the recitation of the pledge for good
governance by the barangay officials before their respective
The conduct of the
assembly day is in accordance with Proclamation No. 74 issued by the
Office of the President.
Secretary Jesse M.
Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
said that this is the first barangay assembly day where barangay
officials shall recite the “Panunumpa Para sa Mabuting Pamamahala
Tungo sa Tuwid na Landas” as their commitment to promote and uphold
the principles of barangay good governance.
“With the recitation
of the pledge, they (punong barangays) are in essence vowing to
institutionalize the tenets of transparency, responsiveness,
accountability and participation at the barangay level,” Robredo said.
The pledge partly
reads: “…na itataguyod at isasakatuparan ang pamamahalang matuwid,
malinis, hayag at nagbibigay puwang sa lahat ng mamamayan na makilahok
sa pagpapaunlad ng barangay.”
In his directive to
local chief executives, Robredo urged barangay officials to discuss
the guideposts in promoting and sustaining barangay good governance,
particularly on transparency of barangay financial records, such as
the posting of monthly collections and disbursements.
The DILG Secretary
said the assembly day would also be a venue for them to present the
current state of development and financial status of the barangay.
He said consultations
and discussions with barangay residents on the proposed plans and
programs to be implemented in the barangay for the next three years
may also be held.
“As the basic
political institution, the barangay is an important vehicle to elicit
feedback from the public on community issues as well as to mobilize
their support for government programs and projects,” Robredo said.
Proclamation No. 342
and the Local Government Code require the conduct of a barangay
assembly every first Saturday of March and third Saturday of October.
For 2010, it was
supposed to be held last October 16, but was postponed due to its
proximity to the barangay and youth elections last October 25.
More enemy camps fall
into the hands of government troops
By CMO Batallion, 8ID PA
December 8, 2010
– Another enemy camp fell into the hands of the
government when the troops of the Army’s 14th Infantry Battalion
discovered an abandoned camp in Barangay Cagmanaba, Jipapad Eastern
Samar around 7:30 pm., December 6.
Based on the report
from Lieutenant Colonel Hermilo Demafiles, commanding officer of 14 IB,
while his troops was conducting security operations in the said area
an undisclosed resident tipped off about an enemy camp quite distant
in the area.
When troops proceeded
to the said area, an abandoned enemy encampment was found which can
accommodate around 30 rebels.
Recovered from said
camp were different war materiel that includes Improvised Explosive
Device (IEDs) such as four (4) improvised anti-personnel landmines,
one (1) pair of combat boots with markings “Soriano”, one (1) bag
pack, assorted toiletries and kitchenware, assorted medicines and
Colonel Alex Albano,
commander of 801st Brigade said that they will continue scouring the
area for the possibilities that there are other war materiel that were
left behind by the rebels. The said IEDs endangered the lives of the
civilians in the nearly areas. Likewise he extends his thanks to the
people of Barangay Cagmanaba for their relentless support of providing
information to the troops.
General Mario Chan, commander of the 8th Infantry Division, lauded his
troops for a job well done and for exerting every effort and
dedicating their lives in the accomplishment of the said task. He
further said that the reason why more abandoned camps are being
recovered is because enemy is continuously evading the troops who are
conducting intensified combat operation.
At present, 8ID had
already accounted for a total of 47 camps that was already seized/discovered
since the month of September.
dolphin in Maqueda Bay dies
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE,
December 8, 2010
– The Risso’s dolphin rescued in Maqueda Bay died the other day while
undergoing rehabilitative care from the Samar State University College
of Fisheries (SSU).
Rissos Dolphin was safely lodged at the Samar State University
College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences cared for by Dr. Renato
Diocton, so as to stabilize its breathing because of the trauma it
experienced before it dies. (PIA-Samar)
In an interview, Dr
Renato Diocton felt exasperated that despite their efforts, the
dolphin died in the afternoon of
December 6, 2010, a
day after it was found stranded in the shallow waters of
Diocton said he
suspected that it died of pneumonia because water may have seeped in
its blow hole. He added that in his recording of respiratory interval,
he sensed something was wrong. The dolphin too may have been starved
after being sick for a while and being unable to feed for itself as it
was injured due to blast fishing.
condition was aggravated by the handling of those who found it earlier
that its vertebral flippers were damaged.
Diocton felt sad that
people are still unaware of the delicate conditions dolphins maybe in
when they are dislocated in inhabited areas. “People should not try to
touch them unless there are authorities and experts who knew their
care and handling, “Diocton sighed.
On a happier note,
Diocton said that some Fishery authorities reported that one (of the
same specie) was found and revived in the shores of Villareal town, a
coastal municipality facing Maqueda Bay.
He suspects it could
have been a member of the ‘school’ where the unfortunate dolphin that
Another sad note
emerged too from Barangay Sugod, Zumarraga where a ‘pregnant’ dolphin
was found and butchered. The tuff (young or dolphin fetus) also died.
sadness that some people when they see big sea mammals immediately
equate them to food.
He added that several
sightings of these sea mammals have been reported. He sensed these
dolphins are disoriented and may have been looking for spawning
grounds. They may have been also lured in Maqueda Bay due to plentiful
pelagic fish (fish in the surface of the sea) that serve as their
Diocton appealed to
his fellow Samarnons to inform authorities who know how to handle
these creatures. He also alluded to climate change as a reason that
may have pushed the dolphins into untreated grounds that proved
dangerous to their kind.
record field budget to address ever more complex needs
December 6, 2010
GENEVA – The armed
conflicts and other situations of violence now in existence require a
more targeted and diverse humanitarian response than those of even a
few years ago, said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
today on launching its annual appeal to donors in Geneva. To be able
to take the kind of action required, the ICRC is asking donors for
more than 1.2 billion Swiss francs to fund its worldwide efforts in
"The proliferation of
non-State armed groups, combined with the increasingly drawn-out
nature of today's conflicts, is inflicting new kinds of harm and
suffering on people caught up in fighting," said ICRC President Jakob
Kellenberger. "They're exposed to multiple risks, from suicide
bombings to sexual violence, and many wind up living in a perpetual
state of fear as their coping mechanisms are weakened day by day."
The ICRC's 2011 budget
includes the initial figures of nearly 1.05 billion Swiss francs for
field operations and of 183 million francs for support provided by the
organization's headquarters in Geneva. The initial field budget for
2011, at 12 per cent above the corresponding figure presented a year
ago, is the highest ever. For the first time, the ICRC intends to
simultaneously run four different operations at an annual cost of over
80 million francs each, and nine with annual budgets in excess of 40
million francs each.
"The size of our projected
field budget is an indication of the complexity and diversity of the
needs we are addressing in the emergency and early recovery phases. We
have had to find new and more effective ways of dealing with them,"
said Mr Kellenberger. "Not only do we need to meet acute challenges,
like shortages of food, water or medicine, but we also have to focus
more on addressing the indirect effects of hostilities, by ensuring
for example that people have access to health care and by making
counselling available for rape victims."
For the second year in a
row, Afghanistan will be the ICRC's largest humanitarian operation in
budgetary terms, with an expected expenditure of more than 89 million
Swiss francs. This amount reflects the organization's renewed
commitment to meeting the acute medical needs of countless war
casualties and to providing the aid required by vast numbers of people
displaced within the country. Other major operations include those in
Iraq, with a budget of 85.8 million francs, and in Sudan and Pakistan,
which are expected to cost 82.8 million and 82.4 million francs,
respectively. The ICRC's operation in Yemen, where it is focusing its
efforts on assisting tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting
in various parts of the country, is set to receive the largest boost
in funding, from 23.9 to 48.8 million francs. Thirty-seven per cent of
the overall field budget is allocated to Africa, where the ICRC not
only distributes food and household items to people suffering from
armed violence and the general lack of security, but also helps people
regain their self-sufficiency through agricultural initiatives.
Commenting on the ICRC's
overall priorities for 2011, Mr Kellenberger said: "Our budget is
ambitious, to be sure, but it is based on a thorough analysis of
needs. And it is realistic, in that we feel capable of achieving our
goals. Eighty per cent of the budget will still be devoted to classic
conflict situations. But we will also be addressing the needs arising
from other forms of violence, from inter-communal clashes to urban
violence, where the effects on the population can be equally severe."
802nd Infantry Brigade
meets new commander
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – The Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade met its new
commander after a humble yet meaningful change of command ceremony
that was held in their headquarters in Carmen, Bohol today.
It was presided by no
less than the commander of the 8th Infantry Division, Major General
Mario Chan which was also witnessed by the top brasses of the Army in
Eastern Visayas and friends from different agencies and stakeholders
such as Congressman Aumentado, Governor Chato and the Municipal Mayor
of Carmen, Bohol.
After almost two (2)
years of driving the successes of his brigade against the insurgents
in Bohol and Cebu provinces, Brigadier General Alan Luga who will be
assuming a higher post and responsibility in the Armed Forces
satisfactorily relinquished his commandership to his successor,
Colonel John Bonafos.
It was during the
stint of Brigadier General Luga as commander of the said brigade when
Internal Security Operations (ISO) responsibility in
Bohol, Cebu and Biliran
provinces were handed over to their respective Peace and Order
On the other hand,
Colonel Bonafos was not new in the area as he was one amongst those
who gave their share of ISO accomplishments in
Bohol being the
former commanding officer of 15IB and the former deputy brigade
commander of 302nd Infantry Brigade based in Bohol.
In his assumption
speech, he said that, as a new commander of 802nd Brigade, he will
focus his efforts to sustain the peace that reigns in
Bohol and to prevent the re-incursion of the Communist Terrorists
(CTs) to the provinces declared as insurgent free already.
General Chan thanked Brigadier General Luga for his remarkable
accomplishments that brought change of lives to the people in the
area. He also congratulated General Luga for a job well done.
He likewise expressed
his appreciation to the local leaders of the province such as
Congressman Aumentado, Governor Chato and the municipal mayors for
spearheading the fight against the insurgents.
“The success in Bohol
is a classic example on winning against the CPP-NPA having the LCEs on
the lead in the partnership with the Army,” General Chan concludes.
discover another NPA camp
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – Operating elements of 3rd Scout Ranger Company
discovered an NPA camp at vicinity Brgy. Rufino, Las Navas,
Northern Samar at about
1:30 p.m. December 3,
received information coming from concerned citizen regarding the
presence of armed men in their locality. Troops immediately acted on
the information received thru text message and discovered NPA camp
that can accommodate more or less 20 Communist Terrorists (CTs) with
ten (10) makeshift hut bunkers, two (2) post and it has a water point
at its vicinity with early warning devices installed in its periphery.
It can be recalled,
from August to date, 38 encampments of the CTs were already discovered
by the government troops. One of this is the main camp of Eastern
Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) and that of the National
Organization Department (NOD) of the Central Committee of the CPP that
were discovered in the tri boundaries of three (3) provinces of
Colonel Oscar Lopez,
the commanding officer of the Army’s 803rd Infantry Brigade based at
Catarman, Northern Samar disclosed that the occupants of the newly
discovered camp was planning to conduct sniping and ambuscades to the
operating troops of the government.
Meanwhile, MGen. Mario
F. Chan, 8ID’s chief extended his appreciation to the local folks for
the timely information that resulted to the discovery of said camp
applauded his men for a job well done.
He also said that,
with the continued support of our people, we will soon achieve the
long deprive peace and development in Region 8.
MOA on GREAT Women
Project in Leyte signed
Media Relations Center
December 3, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – The
provincial government of
Leyte through Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla and the Philippine
Commission on Women signed recently the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
on the GREAT Women Project reinforcing the partnership to promote and
sustain programs that provide leverage, opportunities and resources
for women in the province.
Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women of the GREAT Women
Project is a governance and capacity development project that aims to
promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for
women's economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises.
Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), the national
machinery for the advancement of women in the
is the lead executing agency for the Project. The Commission partnered
with key national government agencies involved in micro-, small- and
medium-scale enterprise (MSME) development and select local government
units to support the project.
The project is piloted
in four municipalities in the province namely: Barugo, Baybay,
Capoocan and Tanauan, for a period of three (3) years.
The MOA provided for
the signing of a Supplemental Agreement among all partners to specify
the annual budget and deliverables of each LGU.
Also, one of the
initial activity of the project is to enhance the websites of LGUs
which seeks to enhance the LGU capacities in creating and organizing
Gender and Development and GREAT Women Project web pages in the
partner websites. This activity also aims to enhance LGU capabilities
in organizing Gender and Development (GAD) and Women Economic
Empowerment (WEE) resources in partner websites.
reiterated his support to the project saying that “women want a
community where fulfillment of basic needs becomes basic rights and
where poverty and all forms of violence are eliminated, where each
person will have the opportunity to develop her or his full potential
and creativity and where progress for women is recognized as progress
The Memorandum of
Agreement was signed by Ms. Emelline Verzosa, the Executive Director
of the Philippine Commission on Women, Governor Petilla, and the
mayors in the three pilot municipalities, Mayor Carmen Cari of Baybay,
Mayor Agapito Pagayanan Jr. of Tanauan, and Mayor Avestruz of Barugo.
Present during the signing were Vice Governor Mimyet Bagulaya, Board
Member Roque A. Tiu, PIA Director Olive Tiu and Philhealth Region 8
head Walter Bacareza.