Ang Caviteno Newsweekly January 26-February 01, 2015 Issue

The Pope and climate change…... p. 5 Malacañang expresses condolences on the passing of ... p 2 Prov’l Veterinary Office intensifies rabies awareness campaign Philippines to host first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting in Clark.. p3 p.5 VOLUME XXXII No. 29 Enero 26-Pebrero 01, 2015 P6.00 Kapirasong Kritika...p 4 DTI launches “Timbangan ng Bayan” project TRECE MARTIRES CITY, CAVITE – The provincial office of the Department of trade and Industry (DTI) will turn over a total of 52 calibrated weighing scales with steel cages to the 23 Local Government Units (LGUs) in the province through its “Timbangan ng Bayan” Project this January & February 2015. This project is to ensure consumer protection from unfair and unconscionable sales acts and get their money’s best value. Each LGU will be given two (2) units of weighing scales per public market except for the cities of Dasmariñas, Imus and Bacoor classified as the major trading center in Cavite which will be given four (4) each. These weighing scales will be placed in conspicuous areas for consumers’ access to ensure the right weight of the products they purchase. The “Timbangan ng Bayan” Project involves the installation of calibrated weighing scales with corresponding housing (steel cages) in selected public and private markets of key cities/municipalities nationwide. These weighing scales are turned over through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DTI and the LGUs. In line with this activity, continued on page 2 TRECE MARTIRES CITY, CAVITE – For gathering the highest Local Government Performance Management System (LGPMS) for 2013 in the whole province, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recognized the local government of Carmona as the Most Outstanding Partners in Health - the Green scorecard (or the Highest LGU Score). LGPMS is a webbased, self-assessment tool that measures LGU performance in key governance areas and provides information on the condition of LGUs in terms of local governance and development. LGPMS evaluates LGU performance based on their administrative, social, economic, and environmental governance. It also assesses the fundamentals of good governance which include transparency, participation and financial accountability. During the regular Monday Flag-raising ceremony at the town plaza, Cavite 5th District Representative Roy M. Loyola, Vice Mayor Elmer Reyes, Municipal Health Officer Dr. Homer Aguinaldo and the rest of the Sangguniang Bayan members presented the certificates recognition to the delight of the crowds. In particular, the town of Carmona excelled in the following: Budget Allocated for Health Services, MOOE Allocated for Health Services, National Health Insurance Program: Local Government Unit Sponsored, Nurse to Population Ratio, TB Case Detection Rate, TB Cure Rate, Contraceptive Prevalence Rate, Exclusive Breastfeeding, Households with Sanitary Toilet Facilities, Households with Access to Safe Water. In July of 2013, Carmona gathered a total of 4.919 out of 5 of the performance index (for the State of Local Governance Report of 2012) from the five (5) areas namely: Administrative Governance, Social Governance, Economic Governance, Environmenetal Governance and Valuing Fundamentals of Governance which made it rank number one (1) among all the municipalities in the province. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/ Carmona PIO) Carmona tops in health score in Cavite DTI’s Timbangan ng Bayan project: Market Administrators from the 23 cities and municipalities in the province listens as DTI-Cavite staff briefs them of the “Timbangan ng Bayan” project. DTI will turn over a total of 52 calibrated weighing scales with steel cages to the 23 Local Government Units (LGUs) this January & February 2015. Copies of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) were given to the Market Administrators for signature of their respective mayor as well as the schedule and details of delivery of the Timbangan ng Bayan. (Caption by Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/ photo courtesy of DTI-Cavite) Rise in food prices good for the economy but hurts the poor - study AN increase in world prices of agricultural commodities has nuanced impacts: good for the nation’s economy but bad for the poor. Professor German Calfat, an expert on the relationship and nature of trade and national development at the University of Antwerp, shared this conclusion during a seminar- forum organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies. His presentation was based on the findings of his research on Poverty impacts of changes in the price of agricultural commodities: recent evidence for Argentina (an ex-ante analysis). The study found that, in the experience of Argentina, Cavite local executive supports Sen. Pimentel pet bill TRECE MARTIRES CITY, CAVITE -- A local chief executive from the coastal town expressed his “unwavering support” to Senator Aquilino Pimentel III’s pet bill which is to give more funds aimed to save lives and built resilient communities. In his bill, Pimentel said provincial, city, town and barangay executives “form the most effective first line of defense against disasters, because they can get things done without fanfare.” “Congress should provide local officials with added resources to face the challenges of climate change,” explained Pimentel whose SB No. 2045, called “Bigger Pie, Bigger Slice Bill” would give LGUs a P600-billion increase in their share of the national taxes. The LGUs share is also known as Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). In the Pimentel Bill, the IRA will be changed to Shares in the National Taxes or SNT. Rosario Mayor Attorney Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente was quoted in saying that “Pimentel’s bill is very continued on page 2 an increase in world prices