Thursday, 8 December 2011

PIA News Dispatch - Thursday, December 8, 2011

Coloma urges civil servants to prioritize efficient and quality service to Filipinos

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. urged civil servants to live the spirit of accountability by prioritizing efficient and quality service to the Filipinos as shown by President Benigno S. Aquino III in his priority programs for the people.

In his message during the 36th National Conference on Public Personnel Administration of the Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (POAP) at the Philippine Information Agency main office along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City on Wednesday, Secretary Coloma underscored the importance of accountability, particularly for those who are in government service, in pushing for programs beneficial for the people.

He cited the President’s accountability to the people, which is founded on the mandate that he received from them in May, 2010 to lead the nation towards reforms and change and to achieve a shared and inclusive economic growth.

“I think this is one of the best ways of defining, appreciating, understanding and living the spirit of accountability… i-memorize po natin yan at ilagay sa harap ng ating work table so that we will remember it all the time… ‘public office is a public trust’… hindi po puwedeng kina-career natin yan para yumaman tayo, hindi po pwedeng ganon… that is not accountability,” Coloma said.

“Ang sabi ng tao kay PNoy…mamuno ka sa reporma at pagbabago, we can derive this from the mandate that he (President Aquino) received from the people… bawasan ang kahirapan at wakasan ang korapsyon,” he added.

Coloma noted that these targets will be achieved through the Aquino administration’s Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.

“Hindi po biro kapag sinabi natin na bawasan ang kahirapan – napakalawak po ng kahirapan – kaya po mayron tayong Philippine Development Plan for 2011 to 2016 na ang motto ay shared and inclusive economic growth,” Coloma explained.

He said that the President’s definition of accountability in governance lies on his famous one-liner which was derived from Article 2, Section 1 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

“Simple lamang po ang definition ni Presidente Noynoy (Aquino) on accountability, one sentence lang, ‘kayo ang boss ko’… ano po ang ibig sabihin nito? We can take this from the Philippine Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which says ‘sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them’,” Coloma said.

The PCOO chief said that the government is bent on eradicating corruption through various efforts that include strengthening of the country’s justice system.

“One of the most important manifestations of the commitment to take the straight path is to strengthen the justice system in our country,” Coloma said.

The conference, anchored on this year’s theme of “Trailblazing Towards Public Accountability: My Role,” is organized by the POAP which is an organization of human resource management officers, administrative officers and other human resources-related practitioners in the government bureaucracy.

Some 300 POAP members and other HR practitioners in government from Ilocos to Jolo attended the annual event. (PCOO)

Aquino inaugurates printer maker’s new plant in Batangas

President Benigno S. Aquino III thanked Japanese investors for their confidence in putting their business in the Philippines as he led Thursday the inauguration of Epson Precision Philippines Inc. (EPPI) new production facility in Lipa City in Batangas

“It’s always been important to us that businesses operating in this country find success and expand thei factories here.. And in these uncertain times, I would say that it is doubly important,” the President said in his message during the inauguration of Epson’s new facility.

“So allow me to say that I am very thankful for your confidence in our country and that it is a privilege for me to be here to inaugurate this new factory with you today,” he added.

The Chief Executive noted the work ethics and skills of Filipino workers, saying that these are the biggest selling points in attracting investments in the country. He expects the Epson factory to produce high quality products as proof of the positive capabilities of the Filipino workers.

As Epson’s P4.5-billion new factory employs around 2,000 Filipinos, the President said this will substantially boost the country’s economy and change the lives of the workers and their families. These new jobs will bring them decent living, food on their tables and education for their children.

The Philippine electronics industry directly employs around half a million Filipinos and this number has been steadily growing, the President said. He added that every direct hire has multiplier effects in job generation.

Last year, investments in the industry reached a record high of $2.3 billion, according to the President, noting that from January to September of this year, it accounted for half of the entire country’s exports.

The President led the activation of the factory operation and had a tour of the newly-opened Epson facility. Among those who joined the President at the event were Philippine Export Processing Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Lilia de Lima, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, Epson Precision Philippines president Osamu Kosiishi, Epson Precision Philippines vice president Kazuyuki Amano and Seiko Epson Corp. President Minuro Usui.

Epson expects the new factory to significantly increase the production of 3LCD projector and inkjet printers as demand grows in its emerging markets worldwide. With the opening of the facility, the company sees its total workforce growing from 6,000 workers to 8,000.

Aside from its production facilities in Lipa City, Batangas, Epson also has a production line in Cabuyao, Laguna.

Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy saving, high-precision technologies. The company has a product lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for enterprise and home use. It also produces sensors and micro devices.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Epson Group comprises more than 78,000 employees in 99 companies around the world. (PCOO)

Government working to shield semicon, electronics industries from global slowdown

The government has been exploring several measures to cushion the effects of the global economic slowdown to the Philippine semi-conductor and electronics industry, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Thursday.

The industry, a major income generator of the country, has been hardly hit by the global slowdown brought about by uncertainties in major markets such as the United States, Europe and Japan.

In his speech before the officials and employees of Epson Precision Philippines Inc (EPPI), the President said he is aware of the recent global crisis that is hurting export-oriented companies like the semiconductor and electronics producers.

“So, in this light, we have been working overtime to come up with strategies to strengthen exports, including those in the electronics industry. We’ve been diversifying access points to manage risks in export sales. We’ve been studying prospects in North and South America, in North Asia, and in some ASEAN partner countries as well,” he said.

The government is conducting export promotional activities such as fairs and outbound and inbound missions to attract investors and find new markets.

“We are continuously monitoring the situation; and we are doing what we can so that the environment you operate in remains conducive to growth,” he added.

The President said the government is also closely collaborating with the semiconductor and electronics industries in the Philippines, like the Electronics Industries Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Appliance Industry Association to make sure that industry concerns are addressed.

Last year, investments in the industry reached a record high of $2.3 billion the President said noting that from January to September of this year, it accounted for half of the entire country’s exports.

The industry employs around 500,000 Filipinos and this number has been steadily growing, the President said adding that for every direct hire multiplier effects in job generation are also being created.

The President led Thursday the inauguration of the Epson’s P4.5-billion new facility in Lipa City in Batangas, which employs around 2,000 workers. The printer maker operates production lines in Cabuyao, Laguna and Lipa City in Batangas.

He said this will substantially boost the country’s economy and change the lives of the workers and their families. (PCOO)

Aquino government condoles with family of executed Filipino in China

The Aquino government expressed sincere sympathies to the family of the executed Filipino for drug trafficking in China stressing the need for the people to be extra cautious so as not to be involved in the same fate in the future.

In a press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda condoled with the bereaved family of the Filipino who was named “Pinoy 1,” as he reminded the people to abide by the immigration rules to ensure that they will not fall victims to unscrupulous groups recruiting individuals to be drug mules.

“We extend our sincerest condolences to the family of the Filipino who is currently simply identified as Pinoy 1,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda assured that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has been actively implementing measures to ensure that such cases will not be repeated.

“The Bureau of Immigration has taken steps to ensure that those who are leaving as overseas contract workers are certified to be leaving as such and not just as tourists,” Lacierda noted.

At midday of Thursday, Vice President Jejomar Binay announced China’s execution of “Pinoy 1” through lethal injection at around 12:30 p.m., few hours after the Filipino victim met with his family following the reading of the verdict.

The convict was the fourth Filipino to die for drug trafficking since March of this year. (PCOO)