Ang Caviteno Newsweekly December 22-28, 2014 Issue

Marketing Mr. Palengke…... p. 5 Calabarzon assessors, EU experts discuss to enhance PS Mark scheme for improved consumer protection, competitiveness p.5 President Aquino to thank Pope Francis for inspiring Christians... p 2 President Aquino urges youth to safeguard press freedom ... p3 VOLUME XXXII No. 24 Disyembre 22-28, 2014 P6.00 Kapirasong Kritika...p 4 Cavite Migration Resource Desk launched TRECE MARTIRES CITY, CAVITE – The provincial government through Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) recently launched the Cavite Migration Desk to provide among others wellness not only for Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) but also of their families that are left in the country. Held at the provincial gymnasium, the launching signified the strong commitment by the provincial government in giving care and assistance to the OFWs and their dependents. This was evident by the passage of an ordinance (Ordinance No. 2012024) for the Creation of the Cavite Migration Resource Center. The Center aims to provide avenues for organized responses to migration challenges as well as a range of programs continued on page 2 Palace welcomes New People’s Army’s ceasefire declaration Preparing for ASEAN integration: Stakeholders from various sectors listened to the presenters during the Annual Business Forum initiated by the local government of Carmona through its Public Employment Service Office. The forum with its theme MSMEs Level Up: Towards ASEAN Integration in 2015 and Beyond and aimed to inculcate the importance of embracing the ASEAN Integration as well as how can we be at par with the other ASEAN countries in terms of economic development. (Caption by Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/photo courtesy of Carmona PIO) PIDS welcomes former Energy Secretary Cynthia Rose BanzonLotilla as new Board member Maria Bautista whose term as PIDS STATE think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies welcomed former Energy Secretary Atty. Raphael Perpetuo M. Lotilla last December 16 as the new member of its Board of Trustees. He took his oath before PIDS Board Chairman and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan at the NEDA Head Office in Pasig. Atty. Lotilla brings to the Board his vast experience from years of government service and leadership. He replaces Dr. U.S. Embassy Manila Leads “Knowing is Living: A World AIDS Day Forum 2014.” IN observance of World AIDS Day, the U.S. Embassy Manila, in partnership with Miriam College’s Women and Gender Issues Institute (WAGI), hosted Knowing is Living: A World AIDS Day Forum 2014 on December 1, 2014. The event aimed to raise HIV/AIDS awareness, acknowledge the accomplishments of people who are living with the disease, and reduce the stigma of HIV testing. The forum speakers who inspired the audience with their personal stories and advocacy included HIV/AIDS advocate Wanggo Gallaga, Love Yourself Founder and Executive Director Ronivin Pagtakhan, Elena Felix from Babae Plus and Dr. Kate Leyritana of The Ship Foundation. All the speakers gave a hopeful and encouraging message: HIV can be prevented and people with HIV can have productive lives as long as the disease is detected early on by HIV testing. The event was attended by Quezon City continued on page 2 Board member ended. Aside from his stint at the Department of Energy from 2005 to 2007, Atty. Lotilla’s sterling credentials include teaching at the University of the Philippines College of Law, and serving as former Deputy Director General of NEDA, President and CEO continued on page 2 THE Palace welcomes the ceasefire declared by the New People’s Army (NPA) for the holidays and the Papal visit next month, an official said, expressing hope that the gesture would lead to a long-term solution to the country’s insurgency problem. “Ang pagpapahayag ng tigil putukan sa panahon ng Kapaskuhan at sa napipintong pagdalaw ng Santo Papa ay makatutulong sa pagtamo ng katahimikan sa ating pamayanan at kaligtasan mula sa ligalig at pangamba,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a statement issued on Thursday. “Nawa’y magsilbing tulay din ito sa pagbuo ng matatag na batayan para sa pagresolba sa mga usaping naging balakid sa pagkakaunawaan ng mga nagtutunggaling puwersa sa lipunang Pilipino,” he added. The Communist Party of the Philippines on Wednesday declared a ceasefire during the holidays and the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. The truce will cover the following dates: Dec. 24, 2014 to Dec. 26, 2014; Dec. 31, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015; and Jan. 15, 2015 to Jan. 19, 2015. The NPA has ordered its fighters to desist from carrying out offensive operations against the police and the military, as well as the government’s paramilitary groups. It said the declaration was issued in solidarity with the Filipino people as they observe the traditional holidays, which coincide with the CPP anniversary celebration on December 26. According to the rebels, the ceasefire was also issued in deference to the visit of Pope Francis. Early this week, the military declared a month-long ceasefire against the communist rebels, also for the same reasons. The unilateral ceasefire will start on the midnight of Dec. 18 and end on the midnight of Jan. 19. The Philippine government has been battling communist insurgents for several decades. Government estimates put the rebels at 4,000, mostly in Mindanao. “Knowing is Living: A World AIDS Day Forum 2014” speakers and Miriam College officials: HIV/AIDS advocate Wanggo Gallaga; Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Oreta Lapus; U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg; Ronaldo Felix (son of Elena Felix); Elena Felix