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Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 25, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - The education sector leads in the most number of employment generated but manufacturing tops in terms of total compensation, revenue and cost in the Cordillera Region.
This was the result of the 2008 Annual Survey of the Philippine Business and Industry(ASPBI) conducted by the National Statistics Office(NSO) which was released recently.

NSO Regional Director Olivia Gulla explained that the ASPBI only covered establishments with total employment of 20 and over or the so called establishments in the formal sector.

Establishments with employing 10 and below or those belonging to the informal sector are covered under the Labor Force Survey, according to Gulla.

Gulla said a total of 236 establishment in CAR are covered under the 2008 ASPBI involving a total of 21,040 establishments nationwide. The reference period of the survey is employment as of November 15, 2008.

Economic activities covered are 14 major divisions as defined in the amended 1994 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification(PSIC). These are namely agriculture; fishing; mining and quarrying; manufacturing; electricity, gas and water supply; construction; wholesale and retail trade; hotels and restaurants; transportation, storage and communications; financial intermediation; real estate, renting and business services; education; health and social services and other community, social and personal services.

According to Gulla, the top establishments in CAR by major division are hotel and restaurant followed by wholesale and retail trade and education.

In terms of employment, of the 25,240 employees in 236 establishments surveyed, education sector leads , manufacturing comes in second while at third is mining and quarrying.
However, manufacturing is the top industry in the region accounting for 86% in total revenue and 89.8% on total cost.

On labor productivity indicators, CAR is the most labor productive among the regions in terms of revenue per worker and second in value added per worker and average monthly compensation.
By major division, manufacturing is the most labor productive while agriculture, hunting and forestry is the least productive.

In the national level, manufacturing had the largest share in employment with nearly a third of the country’s total employment.

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 25, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Now on its 53rd year of service as a social institution, the Social Security System (SSS) has remained a steadfast partner of the workingmen in improving their lives and of the government and private businesses in economic development.

SSS Baguio Branch Manager Benjamin Lopez, in an interview stressed that under P-Noy’s administration, SSS will continuously work for efficient, effective and fast delivery of service to its members. He informed that the institution through its Field Inspectorate Office is working hard in pushing for a ‘universal coverage’ of all qualified members.

‘It is a continuing program of SSS to cover all coverable employees that are not yet registered as member,’ Lopez said. He stressed that as a matter of policy, all employees of business establishment regardless of the nature of their employment, should be covered by SSS on the first day of their employment.

Lopez reminded all business establishment regardless of the number of employees they have, to report or register their newly hired employees within 30 days (upon hiring) in order to avoid bigger liabilities especially in case of emergency or accident.

‘Within 30 days from their first day employment, sakop na sila ng SSS but after the 30 days grace period or processing period at hindi pa sila nai-report ng kanilang employer papasok na dito ang employer’s liabilities. In case of accident ang employer na ang sasagot sa mga kaukulang benepisyo na dapat matanggap ng empleyado, ’ Lopez explained.

He stressed that in case of accident or death during an employee’s travel going to and from work, the employer will to cover the necessary SSS burial and death benefits including a 5-year guaranteed pension.

‘So instead of paying just a few hundred of pesos for their employee, in case of an accident or death, an employer can be liable to pay hundreds of thousands of pesos to the employee’s beneficiaries,’ Lopez stressed.

According to Lopez, each of the Field Inspectorate Account Officers has his own area to monitor for compliance of business establishments in terms of registration and payment. They have a listing on who are registered or not and also of who are paying their members contribution or not,’ he added.

In the same interview, SSS Baguio Field Inspectorate Section Head, Don Malatag urged inactive SSS member to revive their membership so that they can continue to avail of the numerous benefits SSS provides to their members.

Once you become an SSS member, you are a member for life,’ Malatag stressed. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 25, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is set to tap the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) as its new medical institution partner for its Health Program for Overseas Filipino Workers(HEALTHPRO).

OWWA-CAR Regional Director Evelyn Laranang said the BeGH is the second medical institution partner for the HEALTHPRO in the region after Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC).

Laranang assured that OWWA is continuously looking for other health or medical institutions in the other provinces which they can tap as partners so that they can reach out to all of the OFWs in the region.

HEALTHPRO is a subsidized medical and hospitalization services program for OFWs here and abroad.

HEALTHPRO’s local hospitalization assistance offers up to P100,000 assistance for active OWWA member OFWs, and P50,000 for inactive OFWs. For Job Site or hospitalization/confinement abroad, assistance will be $3,000 for active OFW and $1,500 for inactive OFW.

‘Distressed OFWs or those who are returning with health problems need extensive or special medications so we are thoroughly checking each medical institution in the region in terms of their capability to provide such services’, Laranang said.

Another new health program of OWWA is the OFW Medical Rehabilitation Program or REHABPRO. It is a special health package to extend sustainable medical rehabilitation services for returning OFWs who are either suffering from any form of mental disorder/illness or physical disability.

To date, only the BGHMC is the partner medical institutions of OWWA for said program.

Since the implementation of these new programs this year, six distressed OFWs in Baguio and Benguet have already availed. OWWA-CAR has already spent about P35,000 for the rehabilitation of three OFWs that availed of the RehabPro and P290,098.26 for the medication of three other OFWs under the HealthPro. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 25, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – A two-day Grand Jobs Fair will be conducted on September 29 and 30 at the Baguio Convention Center in line with Baguio City’s celebration of its 101st anniversary this September.

This is made possible by the city government through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in partnership with different various line agencies headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-CAR).

On September 29 will be for local employment while September 30 is for overseas employment.

Seventeen local and 10 overseas employment companies have already confirmed their participation for the said Jobs Fair. Local companies include SITEL, Texas Instrument, Digitel, Sanyo, Nople Trends, Greenwich, Sunshine, Sutherlands, NCO, Sagittarius Mines Inc., PLDT, Kintetsu, Summit Bank, Prime Hotel, ISONN Marketing, SC Laranang General Construction, and Pines International Academy.

Aside from job vacancies to be offered, the said Grand Jobs Fair will also feature a Career Forum and Pre-employment Seminar. For the local applicants, DOLE-CAR invited three resource persons, one each from SITEL, MOOG Industries and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for a two-session (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) forum and orientation. The Civil Service Commission(CSC) will also participate in the orientation.

On the second day, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will conduct a Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) while the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will do information dissemination on anti-illegal recruitment.

Various government line agencies like DOLE, CSC, OWWA, POEA, Department of Public Works and Highways and the Social Security System will also provide Workers Service Clinic during the two-day jobs fair. TESDA-CAR will also facilitate a Wellness Clinic which will offer free massage, haircut and manicure.

For additional employment assistance, job seekers could also check DOLE’s JobsFit program. This is the latest labor market study of the DOLE that highlights the in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations of the key industries that are projected to be the main source of employment growth in the country for the next ten years.

The study is a product of extensive environmental scanning and consultation with key stakeholders nationwide. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 25, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Dengue cases throughout the region have been steadily going down over the last four weeks but the Department of Health (DOH-CAR) warns that it is no time to be complacent.

Dengue Coordinator, Dr. Alexei Marrero stressed that despite the downward trend, there is no time to be complacent as he urged all local government units in partnership with the communities to sustain their search and destroy operations of possible mosquito breeding grounds.

‘Hopefully this trend will continue. Though dapat tuloy-tuloy ang search and destroy operation. We should help each other to completely fight dengue. There must be a shared responsibility from the health sector, other concerned government agencies, local government units and more importantly, by the community,’ Dr Marrero said.

According to Marrero, there is a noted increase in dengue cases in the region this year. DOH records show that from January up to September 18, or Morbidity Weeks 1-37, 4565 cases of dengue were recorded or more than twice the 1,502 cases recorded during the same period last year.

Per province breakdown, Abra has 109 cases from 36 last year ; Apayao recorded 158 (from 85); Benguet increased to 906 (from 153); Ifugao has 833 (from 241); Kalinga, 845 (630) and Mt. Province, 533 from 78 last year.

Cases from outside Cordillera but treated in the different hospitals in the region also rose to 143 from 42 last year.

Baguio City recorded the biggest increase with dengue cases now stand at 1,042 compared to 153 cases recorded during the same period last year.

Marrero also reported that for Morbidity Week 37 for Baguio City , Dengue Hot Spots with noted clustering of dengue cases are Bakakeng Norte, Cabinet Hill, Camp 7, Irisan, Kias and Loakan Proper.

For Benguet, Poblacion and Barangay Tabio in Mankayan; Ucab in Itogon; and Balili, Puguis, Cruz, Lubas, Pico, Poblacion and Tawang in La Trinidad. Poblacion Bontoc, Mt Province is also noted as a dengue hot spot.

Marrero stressed that the Health Department is continuously implementing its anti dengue programs and on advocating to the different LGUs the importance of mobilizing the community in the fight against dengue. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 25, 2010

Baguio City - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued guidelines covering the bearing, carrying and transporting of firearms and on the employment of bodyguards as part of security preparations for the October 25, 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

In Resolution No. 9028, the COMELEC en banc reiterated the need to strictly enforce Sections 32 and 33 of Republic Act No. 7166, that states “During the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Commission. The issuance of firearms shall be suspended during the election period.”

The COMELEC has set the election period from September 25 to November 10, 2010 or 30 days before the date of the election and 15 days thereafter. This is the period when gun ban is effected.

The provision also states that only regular members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies of the Government are authorized to carry and possess firearms during the election period, provided they are in their full uniforms and are in the actual performance of their election duties.

Section 33 of RA 7166, meanwhile, states that “during the election period, no candidate for public office, including incumbent public officers seeking reelection to any public office, shall employ, avail himself of or engage the services of security personnel or bodyguards,” unless otherwise “assigned by the Commission upon application.”

The said provisions in the Republic Act were also enforced during the May 10, 2010 national and local automated elections through COMELEC Resolution No. 8714.

“The strict implementation of Resolution 8714 significantly reduced the number of election-related violence in connection with the May 10, 2010 automated national and local elections, resulting in an honest, orderly, peaceful and credible elections,” the COMELEC en banc ruled.

Candidates for the Barangay and SK positions, any public officer or private individual, however, may avail of the services of security personnel or bodyguards, provided that they file the proper application before the Commission.

The application must be accompanied with a “threat assessment issued by the AFP or PNP.” A filing fee of P1, 000.00 shall be charged for each application. **Redjie Cawis/ PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 25, 2010

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has  set October 2, 2010 as the Nationwide Philhealth Registration Day.

The nationwide registration dubbed as the “PhilHealth Sabado, Magseguro, Magparehistro”, is a one day registration activity aimed at enlisting Filipinos who are not yet members of PhilHealth but have the financial capability to personally pay their premium contributions.

According to Department of Health Regional Director Myrna Cabotaje, there are registration areas identified for each of the provinces and city in the region.

In Baguio City, the event will be held at the Melvin Jones Grandstand.

In Benguet, it will be at the Provincial Gymnasium in La Trinidad. In Ifugao, the event will be at the Lagawe Central School Gymnasium in Poblacion, Lagawe.

The venue in Mountain Province is at the Multipurpose Building at the Rizal Plaza in Bontoc while in Abra, it will be at the Provincial Capitol Atrium in Bangued.

In Kalinga it will be held at the People’s Gymnasium in barangay Dagupan, Tabuk and at the Luna Gymnasium in Poblacion, Luna for Apayao.

The activity will be held from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon in all the identified areas.


The access points will be manned by PhilHealth personnel who will assist the registrants in the entire registration procedure.

The main target of the activity to register are those indigent families who have been identified under the National Household Targeting System of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

According to Cabotaje, Philhealth has identified 12, 000 individuals for the Cordillera region based on recent NHTS. She added that the informal sector such as drivers, vendors and other self employed individuals will mostly benefit from this registration.

The registration is also open to all who are capable of paying their quarterly premium of P300.00, at least 21 years of age, or even minor age who are now earning and have a family to support especially those who have not been given a PhilHealth Card Number, those who have already been paying their contributions but are not yet registered, and those who have turned inactive PhilHealth members so that they will become active members again.

Retirees and pensioners may also register under the Lifetime Member Program. Relatives of Overseas Filipino Workers -members may also verify the validity of the OFW’s coverage.

This registration will also raise awareness and educate members about their PhilHealth benefits, how and where these may be availed of as well as on their duties and responsibilities as members..

The nationwide Philhealth Registration Day is in line with President Aquino’s announcement in his first State of the Nation Address that there will be a universal coverage of all Filipinos by the PhilHealth.** Redjie Cawis/ PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 25, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Traffic violators in the city are averaging 230 a day translating to P30,000 collection in fines for the City Treasury, according to the Baguio City Police Office-Traffic Management Group.

P/Supt. Engelbert Soriano, Chief Traffic Officer, said the number one violation committed by motorist is illegal parking or obstruction, followed by non observance of traffic regulations and the number coding system.

Most drivers defy the traffic laws in the Central Business District (CBD) especially along Session Road, Harrison Road, Mabini, Gen. Luna, Calderon Street and Lake Drive, Soriano said.

He also disclosed that public transport drivers disobey the wearing of uniform and seatbelt or their jeepneys or taxis are smoke belchers. The private motorists, on the other hand usually disregard the no-parking signages.

Soriano appealed to all motorist to observe traffic laws and impose self discipline in order to have smooth traffic flow in the city.

The various jeepney and taxi association should police their own rank and impose sanctions to their members who are perennial violators, Soriano added.

Meanwhile, Soariano said traffic along Magsaysay Road greatly improved when Mayor Mauricio Domogan approved the use of Bokawkan Road for La Trinidad jeepneys.

The rerouting scheme is on experimental basis adopted by city officials towards improving the flow of traffic, he said. *** joseph b zambarano/pia

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 18, 2010


BAGUIO CITY – About 58 million of the estimated 67 million Filipinos aged 10 to 64 years old are functionally literate - meaning they can read, write, compute and comprehend.

This is based on 2008 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS), which result was just released this September and presented by National Statistic Office Administrator Carmelita Ericta during the 2010 National Literacy Conference and Awards held at the Teachers Camp here last Friday.

According to Ericta, the 2008 functional literacy of 86.4 percent is slightly higher than the 2003 FLEMMS survey result of 84.1 percent. She also stressed literacy is much higher to persons who have completed high school or higher education.

Ericta reported that the National Capital Region NCR has the highest functional literacy rate at 94.0 percent, followed by CALABARZON (93.5 percent) and Central Luzon (92.1 percent). Cordillera ranked fifth among seventeen regions with 89.2 literacy rate.

The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao has the lowest functional literacy rate at 71.6 percent.

The latest FLEMMS also showed that more female (88.7%) are functionally literate than men (84.2%).

In spite of the high literacy figures, Ericta stressed that the country still needs a yearly three percent increase for the Philippines to reach the United Nations Millenium Development Goal (MDG) of providing a primary ‘Education for All.’

According to Ericta, about 20 million or 25% of the estimated 80 million Filipino population attended elementary education but about 13 percent% did not finish or not did proceed with a high school education. For those who reached high school, 16 % did not graduate.

Ericta also pointed out that of the estimated 39 million Filipinos aged 6 – 24 years old, 32% of them are not attending school because they cannot afford it(24%), they are working(22%) or they simply lack interest(20%).

Based on the survey, television remains the most influential mass media medium to Filipinos with 94% , followed by radio with 90% and magazine with 83%. Only 43% of the respondents said Internet is the most influential medium.

Meanwhile, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary and Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) Chairman Rizalino Rivera reiterated to all the stakeholders during the two-day d National Literacy Conference and Awards the importance of their works in advancing literacy in the country. He also outlined the need for all sectors of society to help and work together for a quality education for all. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | September 18, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - The Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in coordination with other partner agencies are all set for the launching of the Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day (NPRD) dubbed as "PhilHealth Sabado, Magseguro, Magparehistro" on October 2, 2010.

The activity is to put into action the priority of President Benigno S. Aquino III to ensure that all Filipinos, especially the poor, shall have access to health care services through universal health care.

Department of Health Regional Director Myrna Cabotaje, who heads the Regional NPRD Steering Committee , is calling on all individuals who are not yet members of PhilHealth to register on Oct. 2 and be counted among the millions who are now covered by the government’s health insurance program.

"The whole-day registration activity nationwide is aimed at ensuring that all Filipinos could gain access to financial protection for their hospitalization needs thru PhilHealth," Cabotaje added.

All regional and service offices of PhilHealth, as well as the DOH’s Center for Health Development and DOH-retained hospitals nationwide have been identified as access points for the registration activity.

Other registration venues in the provinces of CAR will be announced as soon as these are confirmed with the Department of Education (DepEd) and participating local government units.

The desks will be manned by PhilHealth personnel who will assist the registrants in the entire registration procedure. Those who are financially capable of paying for their premium contributions are encouraged to register under the PhilHealth’s Individually Paying Program.

Prospective registrants under the said program must bring any valid ID card, and P300.00 as one quarter premium payment. Those who wish to declare their legal dependents outright may bring photocopies of supporting documents such as birth certificates, marriage contract, and senior citizen’s ID of parents.

Also, during the whole-day event, indigent families who are listed under the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will also be issued their PhilHealth number cards in venues to be identified by the LGUs.

Cabotaje also announced that the activity is also aimed to increase public awareness regarding PhilHealth member’s benefits, rights and responsibilities, and to encourage and facilitate registration and membership.

Other NPRD partner agencies in the region include the DSWD, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),DepED, National Statistics Office (NSO), and the Philippine Information Agency, and local government units. ***Mari Cruz/PIA


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