CAMI Balitaan’s November Highlights

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By Fred M. Roxas

Countryside Pulse

Thursday, December 5, 2013

THE Capampangan in Media Incorporated (CAMI), the Social Security System (SSS) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) conduct the Clark Balitaan, a breakfast forum held every Friday at the Clark Freeport Zone. Some positive highlights that were harvested last November from such interactive get together are cited here.

* SBMA, Nayong Pilipino infusing earnings. SBMA chairman/administrator Roberto V. Garcia (Nov 8) reported that Subic FZ sustained a profitable operation this year that began in 2012, ending a losing streak since it opened for business in 1992. In 2012, operating revenues reached P1.151 billion.

Nayong Pilipino also began posting moderate gains beginning in 2012, when gross revenues soared to P24 million. Its trustee and executive director, Atty. Apolonio B. Anota, Jr., traced the turn-around in the cultural-cum resort venture of Nayong Pilipino in Clark to increased visitor arrivals in the past 20 months from 20,000 to 300,000, improved management and introduction of new attractions.

* Unified registration for household workers. Beginning next year, household workers and their employers can avail themselves of the “unified registration” or one-stop-shop system set up by the SSS together with Philhealth and Pag-Ibig to attract more registrants, according to SSS Vice President for Public Affairs Marissu G. Bugante (Nov 15)

Under RA. No. 7655, otherwise known as the “Batas Kasambahay,” the SSS provides social protection to household workers. But the number of registrants has fallen short of target, prompting the SSS to tie up with Philhealth and Pag-Ibig to ease the process of registration.

Ms. Bugante said the SSS has beefed up its front line personnel by reshuffling employees to accommodate new registrants and facilitate the registration process all over the country. In this connection, she said all SSS branches and service offices have started operating even on Saturdays to widen access to the institution’s services by members.

* Malunggay now a source of $ earnings for PH. Malunggay (Moringa) is becoming to be a major source of foreign exchange earnings for the country. A growing number of entrepreneurs has gone into the processing of Malunggay leaves into powder form to supply the requirements of foreign-based manufacturers and exporters of food supplements and health products, according to Dr. Ed Araral, a consultant of the Pampanga State University on agricultural crop propagation and animal husbandry.

Dr. Araral submited to the 5th National Moringa Convention held same day (Nov 22) at the Mimosa Convention Center in the Freeport zone, calls on the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to adopt a policy that will hasten the accreditation of locally-made Moringa food supplements/health products.

* MNTC sees SLEX takeover, rising earnings. The Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) is expecting to end this year with some P2.billion in net profits on the back of P7 billion gross revenues, somewhat higher than 2012’s P1.5 billion in net and P6 billion gross. MNTC president and chief executive officer, Rodrigo Franco, said last Nov 29 even as he indicated that the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) concessionaire could sustain its money-making operations in the succeeding years, given the prevailing positive economic prospects in the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 06, 2013.


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