Lunes, Nobyembre 20, 2017

PILMAT SUPPORTS OEC'S TEMPORARY STOPPAGE

Association of licensed recruitment agencies for Taiwan supports OEC suspension

Ms. Aida C. Gerodias, president of the Pilipino Manpower Association for Taiwan (PILMAT), the group of licensed recruitment agencies whose members deploy tens of thousands of overseas Filipino workers to Taiwan, yesterday expressed support to the suspension of the processing of overseas employment certificates (OECs), saying DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has assured the association that “the suspension will only be for 15 days and that it will be to the benefit of the OFWs.”

“We have met with Secretary Bello and we are satisfied with his explanation on D.O. 185,” Ms. Gerodias said in a statement.

At the same time, Ms. Gerodias decried the news that portrayed the PILMAT as vehemently opposed to D.O. 185, the order which suspended the acceptance and processing by the POEA of OECs.

Saying that the PILMAT has not yet fully discussed the repercussions of D.O. 185, she singled out recruiter Emmanuel Geslani for attributing to PILMAT statements that tended to show it was against the order according to Gerodias.

“The statements attributed to us are false and painted the PILMAT in a bad light,” she stated.

“News reports purportedly generated by Mr. Geslani and quoting us were not true. I don’t know Mr. Geslani personally. He never talked to me about D.O. 185, and how can I, even if he did, when I was in sick bay?” Ms. Gerodias lamented.

“The PILMAT, of which I am the president, is still to meet, so any statement attributed to me and to the association is premature,” she added.

Because of the adverse reports, Ms. Gerodias said the PILMAT has been criticized by other stakeholders in the overseas recruitment sector. (VGBlogs)

NEWS & OPINION
By: Nicon F. Fameronag

High-ranking DPWH official’s lifestyle needs Duterte scrutiny

Remember the high-ranking official of the Department of Public Works and Highways who was in the news recently for allegedly living the high life?

Well, President Duterte should order a lifestyle check against this official. Rumors persist that this official is flaunting expensive cars, jewelry, and signature clothes, uncharacteristic for a government bureaucrat whose pay as everyone knows precludes indulgence in such luxuries.

The said official, a former functionary at the City Hall of Manila, is now being pointed at as seeking more under-the-table arrangements with contractors doing business with the DPWH, enough for the NBI and the Ombudsman to take notice. The dealings of this official, we were told by sources at the City Hall, are of the highest level, or should we say, of the highest amount?

The sources say that City of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has fumed when informed of the official’s shenanigan so that he had alerted the NBI and the Ombudsman about it.

But there is more!

According to the same City Hall sources, the DPWH official allegedly owns True Religion, a high-end boutique establishment at the Conrad Hotel on Coral Way, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay City where he is reported to be seen often with his starlet girlfriend. And while he is at it, the official is giving the impression that he will be soon assuming the post of DPWH undersecretary, boasting that he has “connections” to the President’s family and that some Malacanang officials are in “his lists”. Brave, this official.


Clue: The DPWH executive, who was kicked out by DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson but has made a comeback, boasts that he used to be Sen. Bong Revilla’s and Sen. Manny Villar’s fair-haired boy, but now is on his own. (VerGarciaBlogs)


Huwebes, Setyembre 7, 2017

PUTTING AN END TO GRAFT AND SMUGGLING AT THE BUREAU OF CUSTOMS IN THE PHILIPPINES


HOW TO STOP CORRUPTION AT THE BOC?

By: Ver M. Garcia & Teddy Cho

 Former Customs Commissioner is the only Filipino Customs head to chair the ASEAN and APEC meetings on customs procedures. His advocacy to rid customs of graft and corruption has been proven effective during his term as customs deputy and as commissioner. He rose from the ranks serving the Bureau for 41 years and the only non-political appointee. He is a CPA-lawyer and a licensed customs broker. He is no other than Lawyer Titus B. Villanueva.

            The top to the bottom corruption in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) involving some employees of the BOC, hugged the headlines recently and particularly the payola’s and the welcome gifts given to the government officials whether it can be substantiated or not. The fact is still staring at us, we cannot afford to be silent on the issue. We must expressed our views and opinions to provide an alternative solutions. Though the issue of technical smuggling was sidetrack by the enormous amount of corruption. The threat of technical smuggling being done at the top level from the country of origin to our country reveals a very important Octopus connection of organized crime and has not been properly addressed and identified due to the indifference of some employees of the Bureau involved in corruption and technical smuggling, The eight point reform program formulated during the administration of Atty. Titus Villanueva will allow the government to focus on terrorism and transnational crime issues that is perennially prevailing globally and locally. The most recent cyber attacks on the biggest shipping company last June and the recent BOC shabu shipment worth P6.4 billion that went pass through the authorities reveals an upgraded version of technical smuggling.

            Lawyer Titus Villanueva a former Customs Commissions who formulated the Eight Point reform agenda whose integrity and character is beyond reproached. Who authored the RANK and a second edition of the book which will be introduce to the public soon. He formulated the 8 point reform agenda  will reduce the corruption to the barest minimum.

 INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, AN ANALYSIS WHY THE   EIGHT  REFORM PROGRAMS NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED AND UPGRADED.

            Recent events and controversies confirmed that technical smuggling, graft and corruptions inside and outside of BOC is still happening at the BOC in this controversial institution. Apparently, its wise to be proactive before technical smuggling occurs to determine corruption requires skills, wisdom and experience and a reliable database.

            The logic and wisdom of the Eight Point reform programs clearly reared its head in the recent fiasco. The eight point reform programs are as follows:

  1.      Simplification of documents
  2.    Determination of time of processing of customs documents.
3             Limitation of the number of days of processing customs documents.
4        Reduction of the number of signatures required in the processing of customs documents.
5        Conduct of moral regeneration seminar for customs employees.
6            Use of the selectivity system by identification of the legitimate and less legitimate importers.
7        Hiring of pre-shipment inspectors (PSI) or adoption of Import Supervision System (ISS).
     8.              Computerization of customs operation.

ANALYSIS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EIGHT REFORM PROGRAMS

            From reform program no. 1 up to no. 5 focuses on the documents (legitimate), processing and human intervention. It involves knowing where the cargoes, the country of origin, the shipper, the importers, the content of the packing list, and the description of the merchandise are needed for government use for risk assessment. In reform no. 5 not only moral regeneration seminars for customs employees and importers but continuous professional development of personnel should be provided to qualified personnel.

            The use of reform no. 6 “Selectivity System by Identification of legitimate and less legitimate importers and the hiring of pre-shipment inspectors (PSI) – reform no. 7 were removed and bypassed by the organized crime group prove that its effective in hindering technical smuggling. Effective implementation of the Eight Reform Programs plus the application of ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and appropriate technologies (x-ray machines, cctv cameras and etc.) available at hand which includes the upgraded version of computerization and the use of drones, strategically placed CCTV.

Principles of transparency and accountability involves being truthful and honest in words and actions to oneself, to your nation and to God, but not in a proper order, it should be that employees should first be truthful and honest to God (in terms of principles and teachings); to one’s fellowmen (whether you’re a Nationalist or globalist); to oneself (which involves your family and friends) Graft and corruption starts whenever these two occurs!

1.      Institutional/structural reforms are changed and when institutional/structural policies and procedures are violated and culprits escape with impunity.
2.      Employees consignees, importers who compromise their principles and beliefs in lieu of favors and monetary benefits from organized crime syndicates.

A former commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and now a lawmaker has proposed an accreditation system of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) meant to stop unscrupulous use of fake or a third party consignees.

There is a need for truthfulness in filling out of forms and in the database inputted digitally. Computer hacking is an upgraded version of technical smuggling. No wonder three months have passed although there was crimes committed yet criminals are not to be found. Fortunately fraudulent testimonies of those involved in graft and corruption. Artificial intelligence and technology facilitated the early detection of fraud and corruption, but human intervention (human factor) always provides an important role as game changer. Artificial intelligence (AI) ensures access to high quality fresh data, enabled by a solid real-time data management backbone, which can aggregate, filter, recognize and analyze real-time batch data both structured and unstructured and from both first and third party data sources.

The task of the government thru the BOC, legislative and BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue), DOF (Department of Finance), PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) is to create another institutional/structural policies reforms which can be compared to a precise surgical team in taking out the cancerous cell (Graft and corruption) out of the patients (society and government bureaucracy. Through decentralization, cooperation, coordination by careful monitoring of policies, reforms implemented. There must be several checks and balance which have always been sacrificed at the expense of convenience and deadlines.

In conclusion we believe that the Eight Point reform agenda should be applied in order to curve or eliminate graft and corruption at the BOC. We urgently request immediate and precise action and intervention of the executive, legislative and local government units to consider these wise words of John C. Maxwell.

To lead others to do right is wonderful.
To do right and then lead them is more wonderful.
-          John C. Maxwell

Timing is everything, The right set-up will keep an organization from having a wrong setback.
-          John C. Maxwell


Integrity is built by defeating the temptation to be dishonest. (VerGarciaBlogs)


Linggo, Hunyo 18, 2017

SOUTH KOREA REMAINS LEADING PARTNERS OF THE PHILIPPINES IN TRAVEL AND TOURS


KOREA TO REMAIN LEADING VISITORS IN THE PHILIPPINES

 DOT Usec. Benito Bengzon and Asec. Ricky Alegre meet with Korean travel & tour operators.



Seoul, South Korea -- The Philippine tourism sector is confident it will retain Korea as no. 1 visitor market, as the country’s delegation to the Korea World Travel Fair (KOTFA) in Seoul, showed high resolve to forge a stronger bond with Koreans.

In addition to the crowd-drawing stage presentations and exhibit set up by the Philippine Department of Tourism-Korea office and DOT-attached agency Tourism Promotions Board, tourism officials held “fact-finding” meetings with Korean travel executives and Seoul-based media, amidst security issues confronting international tourism.

















(PDOT) Undersecretary Benito Bengzon, head of the Philippine delegation at Korea’s biggest annual international travel event, described as a “breakthrough in the meeting of minds” with major travel agents and airline executives. 
“We look at Korea as a mutual partner in growth, in tourism and our Korean partners are convinced that the Philippines remains in fact a safe haven for foreigners,’ said Bengzon. 
The Korean travel and tour, and airline executives, who met with Bengzon and DOT spokesperson Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre include: Kim, Seong Hoon, sales manager and Kang, Hyuk Shin, country manager, Philippine Airlines; Kang, Yoon Ho, senior manager Cebu Pacific; Yong, Sun-Ok, senior manager and Jeong, Chan Woo, assistant manager, Hana Tour; Kim Jeong Tae, Manager, Mode Tour; Um, Jong Hyun, CEO, Yoo Han Travel. 
In behalf of tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo, Alegre held interviews with Seoul-based news media, pointing out that the isolated incident of peace disturbance in the remote area of Marawi City was immediately placed under control, and should not in any way deter foreigners’ trips to the Philippines. 
Alegre said the imposition of temporary martial law in the southern region of Mindanao merely enhances the security measures against any potential terror threat that has become a staple in modern day living in everywhere in the world. 
The DOT official underscored the importance of disseminating factual information on the differing situations in the thousands of travel destinations in the Philippines and elsewhere. 
“We are indeed elated by the strong interest in our tourist destinations amidst the challenges faced recently by our tourism industry, a major contributor to the country’s gross domestic,” said Alegre.

Among those who met with Alegre were Ji Won Kim, Arirang TV; Boeun Kim, Korea Times; Choe Hyun Yi, Korea Travel Times; Jepil So, KOTFA Daily; and Chung Sun Hwa, Ewha Communications. 
Korean Ambassador Kim Young-sun, of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, shared PDOT officials’ optimism about continued travel of Koreans to the Philippines. 
“Philippines is close to Koreans and we will continue to explore cooperation and tourism exchange,” said Young-sun, who has Manila at least four times. 
South Korea remains the top tourist market for the Philippines, accounting for 24.72 percent of the 5.9 million total number of tourist arrivals in 2016. At least 305,052 Koreans have visited the country for the first two months of year alone, comprising 25.19 percent of the total foreign guests. 
Koreans have consistently topped the list of big spenders, with receipts amounting to Php5.83 billion just for the month of February 2017, with the United States in second place, spending about Php2.65 billion. 
Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez joined Bengzon, who also addressed the International Tourism Forum in conjunction with KOTFA, declaring that the Philippines beckons to the world to come and experience the country’s diversely-rich tourist destinations. 
The DOT official assured the dignitaries and entrepreneurs from across the globe that the Duterte administration has embarked on a massive tourism infrastructure program to boost tourism in small and medium-sized localities, which is the theme of the international tourism forum. 
“We are promoting rural tourism, including ecological and farm tourism, to achieve self-sustaining and inclusive development,” added Bengzon.
He said world-famous Boracay island in Aklan province and Panglao, Bohol are among the success stories of small town development, while protecting their natural wonders.
KOTFA delegates crowd the Philippine exhibit set up by DOT Korea office headed by OIC Lily Libosada and TPB staff.
At least 90 countries participated in four-day tourism fair chaired by Shin Jung Mok. 
Among those who joined the Philippine delegation at KOTFA were DOT-Korea Office headed by OIC Liliosa Libosada and Marketing Officer Jake Velasco, and representatives of Philippine Airlines, Bayview Park Hotel Manila, Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila, Oakwood Premier Joy Nostalg Center Manila, Okada Manila, Azalea Hotels and Residences, World Citi Leisures, El Pinoy Dive & Leisure Resort, Bai Hotel Cebu, and Plantation Bay Resort & Spa. (VerGarciaBlogs)

Biyernes, Hunyo 9, 2017

SMALL GOOD DEEDS AND WARMTH WILL HELP THE WORLD TO HEAL



A Good Turn Daily
Helping the World Every Day
By: Evelyn T. Du

We can all vow to make the world a better place one day at a time by being our true authentic selves.
Each of us is more than capable of helping the world, despite our fears and limitations and the uncertainty that holds us back. It is commonly accepted that it is impossible to make a difference without unlimited funding or free time, yet most healing, cleansing, and spreading of joy is accomplished in a matter of minutes.


If we vow to make the world a better place one day at a time, the true significance of small good deeds reveals itself to us. We come to see that we can be of service without dedicating our lives to recognized charities or giving up the pleasures we enjoy.
The warmth we feel when we help the world is only a tiny part of the affirmative transformations that take place when we make altruism a part of everyday existence.
We make our homes, workplaces, communities, and countries better and brighter when we think positive thoughts that echo outward, give donations of time or money, smile at everyone we meet, and lend those in need of aid our assistance.
As we learn, we inadvertently improve the universe because we can only be truly involved when we are informed. Even enthusiastically sharing ideas with others generates positive energy that then serves as the motivation for more tangible change.

Selfless and helpful deeds remind us that we exercise some degree of control over a world that can seem chaotic at times. Even the smallest of such deeds is a demonstration of the fact that we are capable of changing the world in a positive way.
So much negative energy is generated by the suffering, pain, and close-mindedness we are regularly exposed to, but we can counteract it in a constructive way by thinking and acting altruistically when opportunities to do so arise.

Helping the world often takes no more than a moment, just a wish for the world is a beautiful gesture and can be done by even the busiest of people effortlessly.
The gift you give each day need not be grand or attention-worthy because the broader benefits are the same no matter the literal repercussions.
Once a day, you can affect reality, and you can reap the rewards of knowing that you are making the world a better place, day by day.
Happy Reading : (VerGarciaBlogs)

Huwebes, Hunyo 8, 2017

ZOOMANITY GROUP PHILIPPINES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DIBZ APP TO BRING COMFORT WITH DRIVERS

Zoomanity Group and DibZ Partnership
By: Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (TAG MEDIA)
Zoomanity group in partnership with DIBZ to bring convenience with drivers in Metro Manila.




The Theme Park giant- Zoomanity Group with its CEO, Robert Laurel Yupangco just signed a partnership with the newest revolutionary parking App in the Philippines, DibZ.

DIBZ is a mobile app that is bringing convenience to drivers in Metro Manila! With Dibz, drivers can search for and reserve an available parking space and its guaranteed that it's available when you arrive. No more circling the block in search for parking, no more waiting for other cars to vacate a parking, no more scramble for loose change and lost parking tickets! All payments are made cashless.

Dibz also operates an on-demand mobile valet service in selected areas for when you are in a hurry and just don’t have the time to park your own car or when the nearest parking space is far from your destination. With Dibz Valet, you can just pick a drop off point and a valet will be assigned to meet you there to park your ride for you! When you need your vehicle back, you can just request for it on the app and it will be returned to you within 15mins!



Dibz and Zoomanity Group partnership is about the parking spaces under the Yupangco Group of Companies in which Zoomanity Group is under. The group is managing different buildings around Metro Manila that will provide the DibZ customers the reserved parkings.

How to Download Dibz?


Currently Dibz is available on the Android platform and it’s iOS version is being tested out by a closed group of testers. The iOS version is expected to be launched to the public before mid-June! Drivers that are using Android devices can visit Google Playstore and download the app.

How to Pay for Parking Through Dibz?


All payments for your parking through Dibz are cashless! Drivers just have to purchase parking credits through credit/ debit card or through over the counter payments made available through our payments partner, Dragonpay.

What Locations is Dibz Available?


Dibz is currently available in Makati at Dela Rosa Car Park 1 and Valero Car Park 2. More locations will be added soon in Makati, BGC, Ortigas and Quezon City! For more information, visit www.dibz.com. (VerGarciaBl
ogs)

DPWH SECRETARY MARK VILLAR TO EXTEND FINANCIAL HELP TO RESIDENT AFFECTED BY ROAD WIDENING IN NAVOTAS CITY, PHILIPPINES

DPWH, GRANT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
TO RESIDENTS 0F NAVOTAS CITY DUE TO ROAD WIDENING
By: Josine F. Estuye


Sec. Mark Villar of the DPWH assures financial assistance to the resident of affected families in Navotas City.

More than one hundred sixty (160) residents who had been affected by the road widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) since 2015 along Radial Road 10 in North Bay Boulevard, Navotas City have received financial assistance at DPWH Multi-purpose Hall.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, together with Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo and National Capital Region (NCR) Director Melvin B. Navarro, and representatives of different government agencies including Presidential Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP), National Housing Authority (NHA), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), City Government of Navotas, and Municipal Government of Norzagaray, led the awarding of cheques to the beneficiaries of Maryhill Northville Homeowners Association, Inc.

Villar said that the additional financial assistance on top of the government housing project is aimed to support the affected families with their immediate and future needs.

“Rest assured that we will continue to work with our partnered agencies to guarantee that the affected families will be provided with safe, adequate and affordable housing units as part of the administration’s campaign to fight poverty and uplift the lives of every Filipino,” Villar added.

The members of Maryhill Northville Homeowners Associations, Inc. have been displaced from their residence in Radial Road 10 to give way for better road connectivity of Metro Manila towards central and northern Luzon.

The construction of first community-initiated relocation site for the affected families in Norzagaray, Bulacan is now on-going through the partnership of DPWH, national and local government agencies, and non-government organizations. (VerGarciaBlogs)