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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 13:37

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

The Department of Science and Technology-9 (DOST-9) expects to assist more Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Zamboanga Peninsula this year. This comes as the agency’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (Setup) was increased by P14.25 million to P55 million from P40.75 million last year.

According to Martin Wee, DOST assistant regional director for administrative support and technical service, they will now be able to assist about 48 projects this year with the increase of the budget allocation.

Setup is a nationwide strategy to assist manufacturing and processing enterprises under the MSMEs in adopting technological innovations to improve their operations and boost productivity and competitiveness.

The program focused on six priority sectors such as the following: food processing, furniture, gifts, decors and handicrafts, marine, aquatic horticulture resources, and metal and engineering.

The DOST regional office is now accepting letter of intent and project proposals for evaluation, according to Wee.

He said those who are qualified to apply are any small and medium scale business that fall within the six priority sectors. (With Sun Star excerpts)

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The dreaded El Niño phenomenon as early as now has already caused destruction of some P10.3 million worth of crops

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said the damaged areas covered more than 500 hectares, with a total of 341 farmers affected in 11 villages of this city.

These barangays are Talabaan, Mercedes, Culianan, Cabaluay, Guisao, Mampang, Lumbangan, Lumayang, Pasonanca, San Roque, and Cabatangan.

Palacat said the damaged areas are planted to rice, corn, assorted vegetable and banana, all of which beyond recovery.

Palacat added that biggest damages incurred were rice and corn fields. Fishery products were affected, too.

More damage to crops and fishery products are expected in the days to come as the dry spell continues.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) had reported, the El Niño incidence may intensify in the last quarter of 2015 up to the first quarter of this year.

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The administration-backed Liberal Party (LP) is in a fix.

Party stalwarts, with President Benigno Aquino III as no exception,, are reportedly considering to dump the tandem of Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, and shift their support to the team-up of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

According to sources from the group of Poe and the Palace, this will come into play if the Roxas-Robredo billing will still fail to take off in the next surveys.

The sources said Poe and Escudero will be the administration’s reserve if the survey standings of Roxas and Robredo will remain in limbo.

A lawyer who is part of the Poe-Escudero campaign staff said many big names in the LP hierarchy and the local administration bets are expected to let go and shift their allegiance to the two senators.

Another source, who refused to be named said, there are a lot of LP members dropped by Mar, and replaced by incumbent officials and were made instant LP candidates. Because of that move, he said, wanting to be “sigurista” (to be assured) he only earned more enemies.

He explained that axed LP bets were crestfallen when Roxas and his group decided to replace them with their choice bets, particularly in the provinces.

The source said the reason why Poe is running as an independent is for her to be readily adopted by the LP fragmented group, mostly composed of members identified with the so-called Samar group. (With TMT reports)

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Check it out, folks, the last line of the immediately-above printed item, “… the reason why Poe is running as an independent is for her to be readily adopted by the LP fragmented group…”

Such revelation brings back memory to this corner about the honeymoon between Aquino and Poe. That honeymoon angle was written during closing days of Aquino’s final announcement of his anointee.

Likewise, that, too is likely the reason why Poe’s committee report on the Mamasapano investigation was silently relegated to the sides, without being submitted to plenary for discussion and approval..

And now, it is bruited about that the shelved report purportedly pinpointed culpability on the president.

The point – Non-submission of the report suggests it was in deference to that “honeymoon”, as there must have been understandings that somewhere somehow, Poe may eventually be anointed LP-standard bearer.

Remember, too, how Sen. Bam Aquino, a cousin of Pnoy - the fourth civil degree - voted on the Poe disqualification case in the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).

He voted to keep Poe in the race.

Oh, gosh, assembling only pieces together. Let’s then keep an open ear. At any one point, changes may just sprout.

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Erwin Tulfo is inferring another scenario in the SSS brouhaha. We just really don’t have the facts on hand, but Tulfo’s comments indicate that “the President had in fact affixed his all-important signature, not to the bill but to the official notice of his veto of the proposed measure.”

It turned out that Noynoy and his alipores (cohorts), Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, did not disclose the transmittal of the President’s veto.

Clearly the point is punctuated. With everybody supposing the enrolled bill was still unacted upon, the same, after all, was already vetoed all the time.

Here is Tulfo’s stingy remark of it -

“How treacherous, waiting until the last minute, and then going for the kill!”

Inhuman indeed an act. What you?

Already approved by both houses, the bannered much-needed mannah from heaven triggered so much hope among pensioners, only to be dumped in the end.

He continued, according to Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, one of the principal authors of the bill, an “override” is the only way to reverse the veto, requiring a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and the House, voting separately.

In conclusion, he said, “Unfortunately, with most members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and administration coalition candidates running in the May 2016 elections, how many among those in the House and in the Senate would dare support an override, and forego of dipping into the LP’s immense poll booty?

Add to that, Erwin, the bloated DAP in this year’s budget that comes under a different name.

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Protests are scheduled today as discontent over President Aquino’s vetoing of the proposed P2,000 hike for Social Security System (SSS) pensioners continues due to the President’s rejection of the bill, and criticisms also over the billions of pesos lost from the social security fund.

The mass action in Congress premises is aimed at prodding Congress to override the President’s veto of the bill.

In buttressing the move, by Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) members, will hold a separate demonstration at Mediola in Manila today to condemn Aquino’s vetoing of the pension hike bill.

The protest will also hammer the proposal of Aquino’s allies in Congress for a “compromise” passage of a lower pension increase to the tune of only P500 to P1,000.

As sessions at the House of Representatives resumes today, a bid to gather the support of 192 of the 281 congressmen to overcome the president’s rejection will be launched by the House opposition led by Minority Leader Nery Colmenares. (With MB feeds)

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As this developed, house leaders on Sunday have already doused cold water to calls for overriding the presidential veto of the P2,000 monthly hike in Social Security System pensions, saying this was “next to impossible” despite simmering public anger over President Benigno Aquino III’s rejection of the bill.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzalez II explained, a 100 percent attendance to obtain the 2/3 votes needed to override the veto is next to impossible.

He added that President Aquino also told House leaders he would rather earn the ire of two million SSS pensioners than anger 30 million SSS members if the agency’s funds are depleted as a result of the pension hike.

That explanation comes even when Sen. Cynthia Villar, principal senate proponent, had declared that her committee conducted a through study on the pension hike, showing stability of the SSS remains even when the pension increase is implemented.

It would then be safe to suspect that, per presidential insistence on SSS bankruptcy due the hike, Aquino’s contention when analyzed ,would simply connote, the honorable members of congress and the senate is a bunch of nincompoops, who know not of what they legislate. (With MS reports)