Senate deliberates on proposed creation of special defense economic zone

admin   •   June 5, 2018   •   4884

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate committee on economic affairs has begun deliberations on the proposed establishment of a Special Defense Economic Zone within Camp General Antonio Luna in Limay, Bataan.

The bill aims to make the area accessible to inclusive business prospects and accelerate the inflow of top-notch material on advanced weaponry.

Senate committee on economic affairs chairman Senator Sherwin Gatchalian believes the measure will help the Philippine armed forces in the production of basic weapons and other ammunition.

“So we can be self-reliant, without having to procure ammunition from other countries. We no longer have to buy defense equipment from others because we will produce our own bullets and other ammunition,” said Gatchalian. —  Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

PNP chief orders probe into cop’s alleged sexual abuse of quarantine violator

UNTV News   •   August 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar has ordered an investigation into a reported incident in Mariveles, Bataan in which a female quarantine violator was allegedly sexually abused by a policeman.

“Kaagad kong inatasan ang regional director ng Police Regional Office 3, Police Brig. Gen. Val de Leon, na magsagawa ng imbestigasyon upang malaman natin ang buong katotohanan tungkol dito,” Eleazar said in a statement.

Based on the initial report, the policeman and another civilian manning a quarantine control point accosted the victim on Friday (August 27) for violating quarantine rules.

The victim was then taken to the boarding house of the policeman where the two took turns in molesting the victim.

The accused policeman, who has a rank of patrolman and was assigned to the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, is currently under restrictive custody and has been ordered to respond to the allegation against him.

The PNP chief expressed his condemnation of police personnel who abuse the authority entrusted to them.

“Walang lugar sa PNP ang mga pulis na ginagamit ang kapangyarihan na ipinagkaloob ng taumbayan para magsamantala at mang-abuso ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.

“Marami na tayong naparusahan at natanggal sa serbisyo ng mga ganitong uri ng pulis at hindi tayo titigil hanggang hindi nauubos ang mga tiwali sa aming hanay,” he added.

The PNP chief reiterated his directive to police personnel to be courteous at all times and respect people’s rights when implementing quarantine protocols.

“Noon pa man, mahigpit ang bilin ko sa ating kapulisan tungkol sa pagrespeto ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang pagpapatupad ng quarantine protocols sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19,” he said.

Eleazar vowed to monitor the investigation of the case and assured to file appropriate charges if the allegations are proven to be true.

“Makakaasa ang ating taumbayan na tutukan ko ang kasong ito at kung lumabas sa imbestigasyon na totoo ang akusasyon, tinitiyak ko sa inyo na hindi lang matatanggal sa serbisyo ang pulis na ito dahil sasampahan din natin siya ng patong-patong na kaso,” he said.

 

 

MECQ sa Metro Manila at Laguna, simula na bukas pero non-essential activities, limitado pa rin — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Simula sa Sabado, Agosto 21 ay ilalagay na sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) ang Metro Manila at Laguna.

Ngunit ayon sa Malakanyang, mananatili pa ring limitado ang non-essential trips at activities sa ilalim ng nasabing protocol.

Hindi pa rin papayagan ang indoor at al-fresco dine-in services, pati na ang personal care services gaya ng beauty salon, parlor, barbershop at nail spa.

Bawal pa ring magbukas ang entertainment venues gayundin ang outdoor at indoor sports courts at venues, indoor at outdoor tourist attractions, pati na ang venues para sa meetings, conferences at iba pa.

Mananatili ring virtual o online ang religious gatherings.

Sa Agosto 23 naman magsisimula ang pagpapatupad ng MECQ sa lalawigan ng Bataan.

Kasabay nito, inaatasan ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa mga lugar na ito na paigtingin pa ang kanilang vaccination efforts, gayundin ang prevent-detect-isolate-treat-reintegrate o PDITR strategies at ang pagpapatupad ng minimum public health standards.

Limitado ang onsite operations para sa mga manggagawa at dapat ding magpatupad ng istriktong granular lockdowns sa Metro Manila, Laguna at Bataan kung kinakailangan.

Bagaman pinahihintulutan naman ang necrological services, burol, inurnment at funerals sa non-COVID-19 deaths, limitado lamang ito sa immediate family members.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, kinakailangang maging madiskarte ang lahat upang mapigilan ang pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 outbreak.

“Ang mga miyembro ng IATF ay nagdesisyon na kinakailangan nating ng panibagong istratehiya at paraan para magawa ang ating trabaho para makontrol ang lalo pang pagkalat ng COVID-19 ng mga variants. tandaan na ang community quarantine ay hindi nag-iisang solusyon sa pandemiya,” ani Roque.

Samantala, batay naman sa napagkasunduan ng Metro Manila Council, pananatilihin ang unified curfew sa lahat ng lungsod at munisipalid sa rehiyon mula alas-otso ng gabi hanggang alas-kwatro ng madaling araw.

Papayagan na rin ang outdoor exercises subalit maaari lamang itong gawin mula alas-sais lamang hanggang alas-nuwebe ng umaga.

Paalala ng Palasyo, limitado pa rin ang paglabas ng bahay at ang pagbiyahe lamang para sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan, serbisyo at trabaho sa mga pinahihintulutang industriya ang papayagan sa MECQ areas. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Gatchalian seeks better learner performance in math, science to boost innovation

Robie de Guzman   •   July 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday pushed for the need to improve K to 12 learners’ proficiency in both math and science to foster innovation in the new normal and help in the Philippines’ post-pandemic recovery.

In a statement, Gatchalian said it is crucial to equip learners with strong foundational skills that will boost innovation, which, he said, is important in promoting economic recovery and building resilience, including preparedness for future health threats like the coronavirus pandemic.

He cited the results of the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which showed that among Grade 4 learners who were assessed, only 19 percent had some basic mathematical knowledge, while 13 percent showed limited understanding and knowledge of scientific concepts and foundational science facts.

Another study, the 2019 Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM), also showed that among Grade 5 learners, only 17 percent developed the proficiency in mathematics to transition to secondary education.

Gatchalian also said that the Philippines ranked second lowest in both math and science in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

While the Department of Education (DepEd) is currently streamlining the K to 12 curriculum, Gatchalian noted that there is also a need to improve the quality of teachers and address issues hounding the “spiral progression approach” mandated in the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (Republic Act No. 10533).

The senator said that the spiral progression approach or the spiral curriculum “exposes learners into a variety of topics and concepts which makes the curriculum crowded.”

“For some, this concept is not conducive to teaching in depth or not helping students master the basic subjects,” said Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture.

With this, Gatchalian again pushed for the passage of his Senate Bill No. 2152 or the Teacher Education Excellence Act, which seeks to improve the quality of teacher education and training in the country.

The proposed measure also aims to revamp the Teacher Education Council (TEC), and improve the coordination among the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

“This will ensure the link and coherence between pre-service education and in-service education, and improve teacher education outcomes,” he said.

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