Deputy PM says AIDS epidemic in Viet Nam under control

NEW YORK, June 11 (PNA/VNS) — Viet Nam’s AIDS epidemic is under control, Deputy Prime Minister V? ??c ?am told the United Nations June 8-10 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.

?am also declared that preventing and fighting AIDS is a priority of his government.

He attributed the curtailing of the infection to the cooperation and support of the international community and sponsors, adding that HIV-infected patients do not face discrimination. Rather, they are viewed as people who need care and treatment.

According to the deputy PM, Vi?t Nam has continually increased resources for HIV/AIDS prevention and control and is the first Asia-Pacific country to respond to the UN’s 90-90-90 targets.

At the New York event, a Vietnamese woman living with HIV urged the international community not to ignore HIV/AIDS victims.

On the sidelines of the event, ?am held meetings with Executive Director of the Joint UN Action Programme on HIV/AIDS, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, US Ambassador and Global AIDS Coordinator cum Director of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

He thanked the international partners for their support to Vi?t Nam over the past years.

Dam said his colleagues praised Vi?t Nam as a model in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the region and the world, and pledged their support in helping Viet Nam achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2020, with a goal of eliminating AIDS by 2030. (PNA/VNS)

SRA set to conduct farm management seminars in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY, June 10 (PNA) — As part of its initiatives to improve efficiency and enhance sustainability in sugarcane production, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) will conduct a series of farm management seminars between July and October this year.

The three-day seminars, to be held at the SRA La Granja Agriculture Research and Extension Center in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, will be conducted on July 26-28, August 23-25, September 27-29, and October 25-27.

The SRA said the trainings will focus on cost reduction measures, weed and fertilizer management, new high-yielding varieties of sugarcane, pests and diseases, mitigation on the adverse effects of climate change, and practicum on management of plant and ratoon crops.

Training fee is P3,500 per participant inclusive of food, training materials, t-shirt and accommodation.

Those who wish for more information may call SRA-Bacolod office at 433-6887, or SRA-La Granja Office at 713-2147, 713-2274, 09173016711, or 702 9031. (PNA)

Anti-poverty program nourishes poor families

(Feature) Anti-poverty program nourishes poor families
By Filane Mikee Z. Cervantes

MANILA, June 10 (PNA) — Merlina Acibron and her children now have healthier food options and sources with a sustainable garden maintained by the household members themselves.

”Ngayon, lagi nang may masusustansyang pagkain para sa mga anak ko. Noon, halos araw-araw ay ginamos at bulad ang ulam namin (There is now nutritious food available for my children. Before, we only ate fermented fish and dried fish almost every day),” said Arcibon, a partner family of the Integrated Community Food Production Program (ICFP).

Arcibon shared she seldom bought vegetables from the wet market because these were expensive.

She also recalled her children’s poor health condition before they became an ICFP partner family. Her four children were underweight.

Acibron’s family is one of the families in Bindoy, Negros Occidental who lived in extreme poverty. Their income was not enough to buy basic food requirements to meet their nutritional needs.

When the ICFP was launched in 2015, they became a partner family of the program.

The program helps poor families and communities grow their own vegetables and fruits, and raise poultry and livestock.

It was Acibron’s first time to grow vegetables like tomato, string beans, squash, and ampalaya. She also raised chickens and a goat which provide her family a daily source of protein.

”Malaking tulong ang pag-aalaga ng mga manok, nakakakain na ng itlog ang mga anak ko araw-araw. Nakakabili na rin ako ng karne at isda dahil nakakapagbenta ako ng mga gulay (Raising chickens is a big help because my children can now eat eggs every day. I am also able to buy meat and fish through selling vegetables),” she said.

The ICFP is an anti-poverty program initiated by the National Anti-Poverty Commission and is implemented through Bottom-up Budgeting.

NAPC Director Jesusa Rebete said the program not just enables families to produce their own food, but it also restores the culture of backyard farming to address the issues of hunger and malnutrition.

Furthermore, Rebete noted that ICFP expands the income sources of beneficiaries by selling surplus produce.

This program is a shift toward a sustainable social protection for the food vulnerable communities with components such as the establishment of household and community gardens, capacity building, poultry and small livestock production, production of organic fertilizers. (PNA)

AFPSLAI to donate medical equipment, vehicles to PA

MANILA, June 11 (PNA) — The Armed Forces and Police Savings and Loan Association, Inc. (AFPSLAI) will be donating assorted medical equipment and vehicles to the Philippine Army (PA) on Monday.

The turn-over ceremony will be held at the PA headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City at 7:30 a.m., Army spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao said.

Items to be donated include a unit of Handheld Brain Hematoma Screening Device, a Toyota vehicle and two units of electric mobility.

Hao said these will be formally receive by PA commander Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año from AFPSLAI chief retired Lt. Gen. Virgilio O. Domingo.

Over the years, PA has received various donations from AFPSLAI, including medical equipment and ambulances.

The donations helped enhance the hospital’s capability, and boost the morale of the Army personnel who are recipients of health care services provided by Army General Hospital (AGH).

The Army’s partnership with AFPSLAI is a realization of the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR) and the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan”‘s objective to encourage stakeholder support through continuous engagement with key stakeholders

AFPSLAI is a private, non-stock and non-profit savings and loan association established and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1972.

It aims to promote industry, frugality and savings among its members.

To date, it has 21 branches nationwide and 50 extension offices established in strategic locations to serve more than 400,000 members from the AFP, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and its civilian employees. Its mission is to provide financial products and related services to its members that will improve their quality of life. (PNA)

Dumaguete’s Christina Merced is outstanding treasurer in Region-7

DUMAGUETE CITY, June 6 (PNA) — Dumaguete City Treasurer Christina Merced has bested 16 other treasurers from cities in Central Visayas to become the Best Performing City Treasurer in Region 7.

Merced received the award from the Bureau of Local Government Finance under the Department of Finance in a convention held last June 1 at Tagbilaran, Bohol, said Syril Repe of the City Public Information Office.

The provinces in Region 7 or Central Visayas are Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor.

Dumaguete City is the capital of Negros Oriental, formerly of Region 7, but which is now officially under the Negros Island Region after its creation last year and which became operational in January this year.

The BLGF awards outstanding treasurers every year to help boost local tax collections.

Definition of Ownership in Property Law

Definitions of Ownership
Independent and general right of a person to control a thing particularly in his possession, enjoyment, disposition, and recovery, subject to no restrictions except those imposed by the state or private persons, without prejudice to the provisions of the law. Power of a person over a thing for purposes recognized by law & within the limits established by law.

Complaint in Civil Procedure

Both experience and common reason have taught us that before a person learns how to walk, he should learn how to crawl and before he learns to run, he should learn how to walk.

Similarly, before one could appreciate the intricacies of remedial law, one has to start with its basics. These so-called basics are actually the elementary processes of ordinary civil actions. The practitioner and the student of remedial law have to know that an overwhelming majority of Supreme Court decisions involve issues relating to fundamental procedural matters and that the most frequently tested bar concepts during the past thirty years of bar examinations, involve the operations of ordinary civil actions.

Ending Labor Contractualization

Duterte-Cayetano: we have the political will and plan to end labor contractualization

Only the Duterte-Cayetano tandem has the political will and the plan to put an end to the rampant practice of labor contractualization in the country, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano assured on Saturday, a day before the country observes the International Labor Day.

“While the other candidates in the upcoming polls continue to make empty promises, Mayor Duterte and I will just do it, we will get things done to create real changes for the Filipino workers,” Cayetano said.

3-point plan to phase out contractual jobs

The senator said that if elected, he and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, will push for a 3-point solution to phase out contractualization, where companies hire workers on a six-month basis and then refuse to renew their contracts to evade regularization of jobs and giving additional benefits to workers, including the state-mandated 13th month pay.

Executive order vs. contractualization

First, immediately after assuming office, the tandem plans to issue an Executive Order to strictly prohibit the practice of labor-only contracting, which they said robs many employees of their right to regular jobs and prevents them from developing proper skill sets.

Security of tenure

Second, Duterte and Cayetano will certify as urgent a bill ensuring Filipino workers’ security of tenure as well as strengthening the prohibition on contractualization.

Stricter penalties for violators

Third, Cayetano said stricter penalties will also be imposed against principal companies and contractors that will practice labor-only contracting policy, which is prohibited under the Labor Code but is routinely being violated by many businesses.

“Under a Duterte-Cayetano leadership, ordinary Filipino workers will be provided with better working conditions. They will be treated with respect and dignity. We will put an end to the cycle of disorder caused by the government’s continuous neglect on their plight,” Cayetano said.

“We will get the job done. We will just do it for the Filipino working class,” Cayetano added.

Netizens declare Duterte winner of third and final Presidential Debate

Netizens declare Duterte winner of third and final Presidential Debate

For the third time in a row, netizens favored presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s performance in the PiliPinas Presidential Debate on Sunday (April 24), according to Rappler, a social media news organization.

Garnering an overwhelming 65.63% of the total votes, the tough-talking mayor won the first part of the debate. Administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II and Senator Miriam Santiago were a far second with 12.5%, followed by Sen. Grace Poe with 8.13%, and Vice President Jejomar Binay with 1.25%.

The first part of the town hall debate featured representatives of different sectors, such as a fisherman, an OFW, and a Muslim. They directed questions at the five presidential candidates on issues covering the West Philippine Sea, overseas Filipino workers, and traffic in Metro Manila.

Rappler’s respondents once again declared Duterte the winner of the second round of the debate, with 65.97% of the total votes. Roxas came in second with 17.12%. Santiago was at third with 11.27%, followed by Poe with 3.97% and Binay with 1.67%.

The second part of the debate featured a Fast Talk portion, where the moderators asked the candidates whether they agreed or disagreed with various issues, such as a Marcos burial in the heroes’ cemetery, and house arrest for former President Gloria Arroyo.

“Duterte won the debate, not mortally wounded”

Meanwhile, political analysts weighing in on the upcoming presidential elections praised Duterte’s performance in the third and final presidential debate.

Speaking before ABS-CBN’s “Huling Harapan,” Manila Bulletin’s Leandro Coronel stressed that, out of all the candidates who participated in the debate, Duterte proved to be the clear winner.

“Duterte was not mortally wounded contrary to what we expected because of the issues (that have been thrown against him). The clear winner (in the debate) was Duterte,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, in Rappler’s blow-by-blow coverage of the debate, De La Salle University assistant professor Richard Heydarian pointed out how the Davao Mayor was able to show his political will in trying to address Mindanao’s enduring problem on terrorism.

Political leadership will win the day

Political leadership will win the day

With 14 days to go before the elections, vice presidential candidate and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano pressed with his campaign, this time going to Dumaguete to talk to transport workers.

As part of his “Ronda-Serye” Listening tour, Cayetano talked to the transport workers comprised of members of the city’s Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODAs).

The senator said that part of his platform, which he shares with his running mate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte, is to provide people’s organizations like TODAs better access to capital to grant small loans to their members.

He cited how loan sharks take advantage of the poor who are forced to borrow money through a “5-6” scheme due to lack of access to bank and government loans.

Cayetano also pledged that if elected, he and Duterte will guarantee 100 % PhilHealth coverage for Filipinos and the full implementation of its “zero billing” services to members. The vice presidential candidate also plans to increase the budget for PhilHealth to subsidize the premiums of transport workers in the country.

“Political will”

Cayetano however said that in the end, it’s the political leadership that will win the day.

“We may have the best of platforms but the question is, who will put flesh on the bones and just get things done? Who has the political will to do what is necessary?” Cayetano said.

“Kami ni Mayor Duterte, we don’t just have a good platform, more importantly, we are the best tandem that can get things done. We have the political resolve to put an end to the disorder brought by corruption, crime, and illegal drugs. Ee will just do it,” Cayetano concluded.