NEGROS Occidental is making headways in the dairy industry, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said, adding that the province is now Number 4 in dairy production in the country.
The governor said the gains in the local dairy industry, particularly in La Carlota City, is one of the achievements of his Negros First program and leadership, which has been engaged in cattle and livestock dispersal programs.
THE Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place said they complied with the order of the City Government of Bacolod to cease and desist from operation due to lack of the mayor's permit.
FAIRMONT HOTEL, MAKATI CITY -- Globe Telecom has set a new high record in terms of its service revenues for 2012, reaching P82.7 billion or a six-percent rise from a year earlier.
Globe’s key officials made the announcement during a press conference held here Tuesday, following the holding of an annual stock holders' meeting.
BUSINESS tycoon John Gokongwei Jr., chairman of JG Summit Holdings, one of largest conglomerates in the Philippines, is confident on the future of the sugar industry.
MARCO Polo Plaza Cebu, the only five-star hotel in Cebu, has launched its "Cebu Escapade" special package exclusively for Bacolodnons and Ilonggos.
HOMEGROWN clothing brand What A Girl Wants (WAGW) is opening its 10th boutique in Bacolod next year, confident on the country’s booming fashion market, the Uy sisters said on Monday.
This year, the company opened five outlets, three in Metro Manila, one in Consolacion, Cebu and another in Cagayan de Oro City.
SEVERAL government programs and projects have been lined up this year to ensure a most vibrant tourism industry.
Much of the P182.2-billion government infrastructure program for 2012 will be used to build airports, roads and bridges that are instrumental in attracting tourists to visit the many attractions in several regions, including Western Visayas, the Department of Budget and Management yesterday said.
THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will increase its walk-in examinations from twice to thrice a week as well as open the examinations to more professions as part of its programs for 2012.
PRC chairperson Teresita Manzala added that regionalized ID printing and issuance of ID cards through the PRC's 10 regional offices or kiosks situated in public places will also be done in line with the agency's move to bring its services closer to the people.
THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is prepared to review and enhance its training regulations (TRs) in business process outsourcing (BPO) industry following a United States proposal, which discourages American companies from outsourcing overseas, including the Philippines.
Retooling and retraining of workers, who will be displaced if there would be any, will be done so they can land in jobs in other sectors, said Tesda director-general Joel Villanueva, even as believed that the bill will not have a dent on the BPO industry.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field offices have been directed to immediately construct rainwater collection system (RCWS) in all public schools, with 547 RCW units worth P39.6-million targeted for installation this year.
The directive signed by DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson is pursuant to Republic Act 6716 or the Rainwater Collection and Spring Development Act and Executive Order 774 issued by President Benigno Aquino III, reorganizing the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change.
THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation will recruit and deploy registered nurses as customer assistance, relations and empowerment staff (CARES) to government hospitals to provide better, more personalized services to members at point-of-service.
Deployment is expected to start next month once the recruitment and training processes have been completed, said PhilHealth president Dr. Eduardo Banzon, adding that the engagement will run for six months but may be renewed until end of this year.
THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will introduce the bronze, silver and gold standards in its good housekeeping seal program this year to ensure that local government units really address local issues and become more business-friendly and competitive.
The stepping up of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) program means new requirements that LGUs should be able to comply with to receive the seal and qualify as recipients of the agency's performance challenge fund.
INVESTMENT is expected to post a strong growth in 2012 despite the global economic uncertainties, with construction likely to significantly contribute to this year's growth.
The National Economic and Development Authority, in its outlook for 2012 furnished Sun.Star, explained that the construction sector will get a boost from public construction due to continued spending for the government's disbursement acceleration program's projects that were carried over from the previous year, and from the faster budget execution process of government.
AROUND P20 million projected annual savings is foreseen following the implementation of the Department of Energy's government building retrofit program under its Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP).
The retrofit targets 35 government buildings where existing lighting systems will be replaced with efficient lamps called T5 and efficient electronic ballast.
THE Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said Friday that in the next six months, GSIS will focus on five programs in its effort “to be more consultative, transparent and member-focused.”
THE Department of Tourism said Friday the country remains an ideal destination with foreign individuals and groups continuing to arrive.
“So far, no cancellations have been made. The series of travel advisories on specific and isolated areas did not deter tourists from visiting the country,” DOT stressed.
BUHAY party-list lawmakers Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. and Irwin Tieng have filed House Bill 5674, seeking to penalize false or fraudulent advertising.
“The public is beset with advertisements of food products claiming the same to be nutritious despite the public knowledge of them containing a whole gamut of preservatives. There is also widespread marketing of various cosmetic products that promise instant beauty within a specific time frame,” Tieng explained.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is encouraging rice farmers to advance their “cropping calendar” by a month or two to avoid typhoons that usually occur during the months of October to November.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will further strengthen its family welfare program (FWP) even if more and more industries already adopted FWP as “a viable investment that pays off in terms of increased productivity and harmonious and cooperative labor-management relations.”
As per data from the Dole's Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (Bles), around 55.9 percent or 13,284 of 23,723 business establishments employing 20 or more workers are already providing child and family care.
THE Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Agriculture (DA) are designing a product traceability system to meet international standards and secure the country’s share in the global market for agro-industrial products.
A three-year joint project dubbed Program on Philippine Traceability for Revitalized Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement (P-Trace) was already discussed among concerned government agencies for possible foreign funding assistance, DTI said Thursday.
AROUND P100-million in priority development assistance funding was allotted to implement ‘sagip saka’ initially in 24 beneficiary agricultural communities, including the sugar farmers of Negros Occidental and in Victorias City.
‘Sagip saka’ is an advocacy to achieve sustainable modern agriculture and food security “by transforming agricultural communities to reach their full potential, improving farmers' and fishers' quality of life, and bridging gaps through public-private partnerships.”
INFORMATION Technology-Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) leaders seek to further develop four more offshoring and outsourcing services to complement the ‘sunshine industry’.
These include the healthcare information management outsourcing; finance and accounting outsourcing; human resource outsourcing; and animation and game development.
THE Department of Budget and Management will strictly implement a ‘no report, no release’ policy this year as one way to strengthen the campaign on transparency and accountability.
“DBM is very firm in enforcing the ‘no report, no release’ rule for the submission of budget accountability reports (BARs). Agencies and departments that do not comply with this will not receive their releases from the miscellaneous personnel benefits fund (MPBF),” said DBM Secretary Florencio Abad.
THE Department of Trade and Industry will gather experts and stakeholders in a series of forums and dialogues in a bid to develop strategic industry roadmaps in collaboration with the private sector.
Inputs from all these forums will contribute to DTI’s overall trade and industry programs and plans as we align all our efforts to strengthen our competitiveness and grow our presence in the global market, the DTI said.
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Philippine Business Registry (PBRS), a web-based business registration system which aims to streamline business registration process and eliminate red tape.
THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has extended until March 31, 2012 the health insurance coverage of members under PhilHealth's sponsored program (SP) who were paid for by local government units and/or other sponsors for 2011.
These include around five million poor families identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, whose coverage comes with national government funding, said PhilHealth president Dr. Eduardo Banzon.
ILONGGA Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is pushing for an inquiry into alleged irregular transfer of funds from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to non-government organizations.
"Although there are already existing laws with regard to penalizing the illegal transfer of funds, there is need to create stricter measures to curtail such practices, which continue to exist despite such penalties," the senator stressed in proposed Resolution 677 now pending before the Committee on Finance.
THE Department of Energy (DOE) will meet sector nominees of the independent review committee (IRC) on Monday to iron out details of a review of oil firms’ books that is expected to start next month.
DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said he will meet with the IRC nominees to finalize the details of the terms of reference (TOR) for the planned review.
THE Energy Regulatory Commission is set to decide on the proposed amendments to the rules on prepaid retail electric service (PRES), including the applicable rates to be charged to consumers, as well as the charging of transaction fees by retailers of prepaid cards.
The ERC already received comments and suggestions, particularly from distribution utilities on PRES, like the use of short messaging system (SMS) and the internet, as well as the proposed non-disconnection between 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. for prepaid electricity consumers.
THE Metrobank Foundation Inc. has launched this year’s search for outstanding teachers in cooperation with the Department of Education.
The search is open to all private and public school teachers in the elementary, secondary and college level, including alternative learning system, with fulltime or permanent appointment and with full load.