Thursday, July 24, 2008

[kgma] PGMA inaugurates RP’s first landfill gas-to-energy project in Montalban

PGMA inaugurates RP's first landfill gas-to-energy project in Montalban

RODRIGUEZ, Rizal—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today
the country's first-ever landfill gas-to-energy project in this town
formerly known as Montalban.

The President flew here by chopper this afternoon to formally open and
commission the Montalban Landfill Methane Recovery and Electricity
Generation Project (MLMREGP) at Barangay San Isidro.

The President inspected the facilities and led the ceremonial
switch-on to kick-off the formal operation of the waste-to-energy
power plant.

Touted as the country's first clean development mechanism (CDM)
project, and the 4th largest in the world, the power plant is being
maintained and operated by the MMPC.

Welcoming the President here were Environment Secretary Lito Atienza,
United Kingdom Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Beckingham,
Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo, chair of the House Committee on Energy;
and Rizal Governor Casimiro Ynares III, Rodriguez Mayor Pedro Cuerpo,
and MMPC president Peregrino Fernandez Jr.

In his welcome remarks, Salvador Zamora II, MMPC chairman, said the
power plant was constructed in 2007 to take advantage of the new
carbon credit market created by the implementation of the Kyoto
Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC).

Through this arrangement, countries that are heavy polluters are made
to invest in carbon-emission-reducing projects in countries with less
pollution by trading certified emission reductions (CERs) or carbon
credits. One CER is worth an emission reduction of one ton of carbon
dioxide.

Zamora informed the President that the plant is expected to produce
15-22 megawatts of electricity per year using methane gas extracted
from the Rodriguez sanitary landfill.

Zamora added that this US$33 million (P1.65 billion) project is a
build-own-operate (BOO) project of the MMPC, a predominantly
Filipino-owned company, in partnership with UK-based Carbon Capital
Markets that specializes in clean development mechanism (CDM) projects
and trading carbon credits.

The MMPC is scheduled to set up similar facilities in the landfills in
San Pedro, Laguna and in Navotas to provide cheap and
environment-friendly electricity to the residents.

"At today's oil price that is projected to hit up to $150 per barrel,
the country will have a foreign exchange savings of US$94 million over
the 10-year project life," the MMPC said.

The gas-to-energy project is also expected to benefit the environment
as the flaring component of the project breaks down methane gas, which
is a green house gas (GHG) 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Currently, the Rodriguez landfill hosts 1,500 tons of garbage daily.
Collected garbage is expected to increase to 2,500 tons per day once
the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) starts dumping garbage
collected from around the Metropolis.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

KGMA News 7/23/08

PGMA to inaugurate RP's first Landfill Gas-to-Energy project in Rodriguez

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will visit Rodriguez (formerly
Montalban), in Rizal tomorrow to inaugurate and lead the commissioning
of the first Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project in the country.

The methane power plant will capture the landfill gas particularly
methane from Montalban Sanitary Landfill to produce electricity for
the town.

On her arrival at the Montalban Landfill Methane Recovery and
Electricity Generation Project at Barangay San Isidro, the President
will inspect the facilities and to lead the ceremonial switch-on
signaling the start of operation of the power plant.

This US$ 33 million (P1.65 billion) project is a Build-Own-Operate
Project of the Montalban Methane Power Corporation (MMPC).
Based on today's oil price of about US$130 per barrel, the country
will have a foreign exchange savings of US$94 million over the 10-year
project life.

It is also expected to benefit the environment as the Flaring
component of the Project breaks down methane gas, which is a green
house gas (GHG) 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

This methane gas facility of Montalban Methane Power Corporation
(MMPC) follows the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiative and provides carbon
credits for developed countries under category of projects that reduce
emissions in developing economies under the Clean Development Mechanism.

The power plant project in Montalban is a candidate for a Gold
Standard (GS) Clean Development Mechanism status.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

KGMA News 7/22/08

MOA signed on non-wage benefits for workers

Calamba City -- In line with the directives of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo to implement pro-poor programs, the Regional
Inter-Agency committee (RIAC) on the non-wage benefits spearheaded by
the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) entered into a
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) recently with 43 companies regionwide
aimed at helping workers to cope up with the increasing prices of
basic commodities and petroleum products.

Secretary Marianito D. Roque of DOLE, together with Laguna Governor
Teresita S. Lazaro graced and witnessed the signing of MOA on non-wage
benefits for workers such as: rice distribution; botika ng barangay
para sa manggagawa; livelihood program; scholarship grants and student
loan program; PGMA training; and day care and lactation centers.

Secretary Roque said that providing the workers with non-wage benefits
would lessen the impact of soaring prices of basic commodities for
their families. These benefits provide them a buffer from worrying
while at work.

Moreover, he commended the 43 private companies in responding
immediately to DOLE's call for support for non-wage benefits program.
He also praised the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for their efforts
to enjoin employers to participate and support in the program to
sustain workers productivity and efficiency.

Meanwhile, Governor Lazaro cited DOLE and the regional committee for
this kind of program and assured them of her full support to ease
workers from economic difficulties brought about by the increasing
prices of fuel and food.

Workers were informed that they could avail the program immediately
after the MOA has been signed. Some 39,000 workers in Calabarzon are
expected to benefit from the "Bigasang Bayan" and "Botika ng
Manggagawa" programs.

The RIAC is composed of national government agencies in Calabarzon to
include: the Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local
Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department
of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, Department of
Education, Department of Energy, Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace
Council, National Food Authority, National Economic Authority, DOLE
and others. (PIA Otiron)

Monday, July 21, 2008

KGMA News 7/21/08 Plans for the Philippines-SONA

Dagupan City -- After hearing the state of the province, city and
municipal addresses by elected local officials, Pangasinenses now look
forward to listening to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's
State-of-the-Nation Address or SONA.

Scheduled on the 28th of July in time with the opening of Congress,
the SONA 2008 will revolve on investments made, investments being made
and investments to be made by the government to ensure long term
development for the nation.

With prices of oil and goods soaring, a milestone in Philippine
governance was achieved in the health sector when President Arroyo
urged Congress to step up the passage of the Cheaper Medicines Bill.
Republic Act 9502 or the Cheaper Medicines Law was signed by the
President on June 6, 2008.

Education, as one of the major keys to escape poverty, was well
invested in by the present administration. A total of 53,026 teaching
positions were created form 2002-2007 and 563,906 students were
granted scholarships. The government allocated P1 billion to TESDA for
its PGMA Training for Work Scholarship program in 2007 which produced
96,809 graduates

For college students, a P4 billion fund for college loans was launched
to increase beneficiaries from 40,000 to 200,000.

"We are investing P3 billion in science and engineering research and
development technology, including scholarships for masters and
doctoral degree programs in engineering in seven universities," the
President said.

An emergency employment program was also launched by the government
which gives gainful employment to out-of-school and out-of-work youth
every year.

Another breakthrough in agriculture was achieved with the launching of
the mariculture project or "palaisdaan sa dagat" in Tawi-Tawi on May
29, 2008. The project covers 1,000 hectares in Sibulu East and 25,000
hectares in North Lagoon, Sitangkal

Agrarian reform will also be reformed so it can transform
beneficiaries into agribusiness men and women. At present, 19
agribusiness venture agreements were forged involving 19,083 hectares
benefiting 13,824 agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Investments in the transportation sector was also seen with the
completion and opening of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal
3 which is set to operate within the year. President Arroyo's flight
was the first to land at the terminal on her return trip from the
United States last June 30,2008.

Although critics of the Arroyo administration make it a habit to
criticize every decision of the present government, the President is
keen on adopting measures that will benefit the majority of Filipinos
especially the poorest of the poor.

With good investments and public cooperation, Filipinos can be sure
that government targets are on track and prosperity for the nation is
not far behind. (PIA-Pangasinan)

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

KGMA News 7/21/08 VCO www.mtmayon.com

Davao City -- The Philippine government is now optimizing the
production of rice to meet the local needs and consumption. This is
supported with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's order suspending
the processing and approval of all land conversion applications of
rice lands for two years.

This was favored by the national government as the trend showed a
significant increase of land conversion from rice farm to other
agricultural plantation. This is also believed to have contributed to
the poor rice production in the country.

President Arroyo then found it necessary to protect rice lands from
massive conversion strategies in order to ensure sufficiency of rice
supply in the country.

It is reported that the country gets 90 percent of its rice
requirement from local production while the other 10 percent is
imported from Vietnam and Thailand.

With the implemented programs of the national government, it is
believed that the country can attain self-sufficiency on rice in five
years.

Department of Agriculture Roger Chio said that both national and local
leaders are working together to combat food crisis and that the local
leaders are the frontline of the program implementation.

This is also complimented by the Department of Agriculture's
F.I.E.L.D.S. program, a P43.7 billion package of intervention that is
also poised to reduce the impact of the food crisis.

F.I.E.L.D.S. stands for Fertilizer, Irrigation, Education and Training
for farmers and fisher folk, Loans, Dryers and other post-harvest
facilities, and Seeds of the high-yielding, hybrid varieties. (PIA)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

KGMA News 7/18/08 VOC www.mtmayon.com

San Fernando City, La Union -- Four years ago, President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo set a new direction for the country when she vowed
that her Administration will prioritize the welfare of all Filipinos
particularly the poor among the poorest and improving the country's
economy.

The President has been steadfast working hard in her resolve to carry
out her promises which she outlined in her SONA last year, 2007, and
that her Administration's targets are on track vis-Ã -vis its actual
accomplishments and her vision to rise from a third rate to a first
rate nation.

With the cooperation of her entire Cabinet officials, Congress, LGUs,
NGOs, and the private sector, the government was able to deliver the
reforms and services because of her various government initiatives and
programs that were implemented which made the country now on a steady
and sure growth.

That, despite natural calamities, tragedies and destabilization plots,
the Arroyo Administration was triumphant against them and regained the
country's stature because her Administration is focused and determined
to achieve what was laid out in her blueprint in improving the
economy, strengthening investment, creating more jobs, providing
quality education, healthcare and other social services.

By allocating more funds to her social services programs, investing in
human capital and physical infrastructure, implementing various
economic reforms that include the VAT, the economy have taken to a
greater heights giving more benefits to the poor such as giving out
subsidies to them as a way of giving back to them the gains of the
economy.

Reports show that year 2007 indicate that in education, a total of
563,906 students were given financial subsidies: 475,560 for education
service contracting and 88,346 for educational vouchers from 2004-2007
while a total of 53,026 teaching positions were created from 2002 â€"
2007 exceeding its target of 50,000 teaching positions. For PGMA
Training for Work Scholarship program, P1 billion was provided to
TESDA and in the year 2007, there were 96,809 graduates. For student
loans program and scholarships, P1 billion was also released by the
government while another P1.005 billion was allocated for MS and PhD
scholars under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology
Program.

For agriculture, the mariculture project was launched in Tawi-Tawi on
May 29, 2008, covering 1,000 hectares in Sibutu East and 25,000
hectares in North Lagoon, Sitangkai.

In terms of job creation under emergency employment, the government
has hired 20,000 out-of-school, out-of-work youth every year. Under
health program, PGMA has asked Congress to pass the Cheaper Medicine
Bill that was almost enacted in June and that Republic Act No. 99502,
the Cheaper Medicines Law, was signed on June 6, 2008.

For transportation, NAIA Terminal 3 is accelerating the remediation,
completion and opening of the terminal which the President has landed
after her 10-day working visit in US last June 30, 2008. The terminal
is expected to fully operate within the year.

On Agrarian reform program, 19 agri-business venture agreements forged
involving 19,083 hectares benefiting 13,824 agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, on microfinance loans, the government has released a total
of P91.28 billion for the 3,770,115 clients from 2004 â€" 2008. With
this program, Filipinos were able to rise above poverty since it also
created jobs for the poor.

These accomplishments made by the Arroyo Administration show the
sincere determination of the government to strive more and continue
working and serving the people bringing the gains of the economy to
make them better off.

- By Jessie R. Valdez (PIA La Union)

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

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so what next, Hillary Clinton, Senator of New York(2000-2008), former First Lady(1992-1999) running for Prexy for the Independent Party, or opting for Senate President next year?????

If anyone finds something wrong with these info from wikipedia tell them and me.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Magna Carta of Women

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Subject: [kgma] Nograles assures passage of proposed Magna Carta of Women
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Nograles assures passage of proposed Magna Carta of Women

MANILA (PNA) -– House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles on Thursday assured
the passage of the proposed Magna Carta of Women as Congress opens its
second regular session on July 28.

"We will surely pass this landmark bill as a salute to the Filipino
women," Nograles said.

The Magna Carta of Women, which was contained in House Bill no. 4273,
is a proposed omnibus law which aims to affirm the fundamental
equality before the law of women and men.

It is a consolidation and refinement of 19 measures that include 15
House bills and four privilege speeches.

The proposed Magna Carta, which failed to hurdle the previous three
Congresses, was also earlier given a unanimous endorsement by the
55-member Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC)
as one of the priority bills during its meeting held last May 27.

Quezon City Rep. Nanette Castelo-Daza, chairperson of the House
Committee on Women and Gender Equality and one of the principal
sponsors of HB 4273, said the proposed measure "not only eliminates
discrimination against women, but recognizes, protects, fulfills and
promotes human rights and fundamental freedoms of women, particularly
the poor and marginalized."

Daza said the proposed Magna Carta of Women aims to realize and
translate the spirit behind the Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

CEDAW was organized in September 1981 and also became known as the
International Bill of Rights for Women, Women's Convention, and the
United Nations Treaty for the Rights of Women.

The Philippines is the only one among the 185 states that ratified
this first and only international treaty that focuses on
comprehensively addressing women's rights beyond the civil and
political aspects, but cuts into their economic, social, cultural and
family life concerns.

The Magna Carta of Women not only calls for equal treatment before the
law, but is an effort to revise, if not totally repeal discriminatory
provisions in the country's roster of national laws.

Among these are the Revised Penal Code's Articles 333 and 334 on
concubinage and adultery where women can be easily charged with
adultery while charging men require proof of support or cohabitation
with another woman.

Another gender-biased law cited was the Family Code, specifically
provisions 96, 124, 211 and 335. These pertain to a husband's decision
prevailing over the wife's in disagreements involving conjugal
property, in cases of parental authority, and in legal guardianship
over the person and property of a common child.

Other such laws cover night work prohibition for women workers under
the Labor Code, and the Anti-Rape law which redefines marital rape and
its penalties to prevent the perpetuation of the cycle of violence.

The Committee also underscores the importance of using "of" instead of
"for" in the Magna Carta of Women, stating that the preposition "of"
is part of the empowerment framework and in itself indicates that
women are "active participants in their own development rather than
being mere passive agents."

Among the salient features of the bill are: equal rights in matters
relating to marriage and family relations, participation and
representation (including in all levels of government), equal access
to education, non-derogatory portrayal of women in media and film,
access to information and services relating to health, including the
freedom to choose legal, medically safe and effective family planning
methods.

Institutional mechanisms have also been incorporated into the Magna
Carta of Women such as strengthening the National Commission on the
Role of Filipino Women (to be renamed Philippine Commission on Women)
to sustain and operationalize the measure as well as for monitoring
and oversight.

As proposed Gender and Focal Point Officers shall also be designated
in Philippine Embassies and Consulates under this Magna Carta, to
address gender concerns of women migrant workers, and establishing the
Gender and Development (GAD) Ombudsman in the Commission on Human
Rights to monitor violators and recommend possible sanctions and
penalties. (PNA)

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Tech-backed program to boost RP's bid for first world class status
The government has launched an ambitious technology-backed
modernization program to boost the Philippines' bid to join the ranks
of First World countries in 20 years, President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo said today.

In her speech keynoting the 50th Anniversary of the Department of
Science and Technology (DOST) at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay
City this morning, the President said part of this modernization
program is anchored on the promotion of engineering research and
development (R&D) activities in the country.

"To pursue our vision for the Philippines to join the First World in
20 years, we have proclaimed technology as the foundation of future
economic development," she said.

The President has spearheaded the move for the advancement of science
and technology (S&T), especially in schools, to play a key role in the
country's development by developing innovations to spur progress and
open new opportunities to improve the Filipinos' quality of life.

She added that the road map towards the country's attainment of First
World status is defined in the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan
(MTPDP) that features a "strategy to further S&T and mobilize our
advances through a four-pronged approach: first, enhancing the
competitiveness of our human capital; second, developing a critical
mass of scientists and R & D personnel; third, speeding up knowledge
creation and dissemination to push productivity; and fourth, improving
the mechanisms and programs that promote technology-based
entrepreneurship."

In promoting engineering R&D, the President said the government is
investing P3 billion to entice students and professionals alike to
pursue advanced studies in engineering and technology.

"Our government is investing a special P3-billion fund in research and
development technology between 2007 and 2010, including the Science
and Technology Complex at the University of the Philippines. This is
to promote engineering R&D activities in the country at a significant
scale in order to modernize every aspect of the economic underpinnings
of the Philippines to propel economic growth," the President said.

"Modernization will need, indeed, as we said in our Medium Term plan,
a critical mass of R&D-capable manpower to bring our country to the
First World in 20 years. Since last year, a science and technology
consortium of universities headed by U.P. has been offering
scholarships under our R&D development program for masters and
doctoral degrees in science and engineering," she added.

The President pointed out that under the general appropriations for
2008, the DOST received the heftiest budgetary increase among
government agencies at 51 percent precisely to bolster its R&D
programs on "food and agriculture, energy, public health, information
and communication technology, and the environment, including disaster
prevention."

"National knowhow shall advance the three priority E's of our county —
economy, education, and environment," she said.

The President stressed, however, that even as "we pursue the vision of
reaching First World in 20 years, we remain focused on solving
everyday problems. We are focusing on fighting for the average
Filipino. Therefore we are focused on putting food on the table."

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