Tuesday, 4 December 2012

PIA News Dispatch - Saturday, December 1, 2012

Malacanang says new report from global real estate adviser putting the Philippines one of the leading offshoring destinations reaffirms country's standing in business process outsourcing industry 

 Malacanang said a new report putting the Philippines as one of the leading offshoring destinations validates the country’s strength and competitiveness in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

 According to a new report from global real estate adviser Jones Lang LaSalle, the Philippines, India and China are the top three global shoring locations for corporations based on the number of jobs created in shared service centers, call centers and technical support centers from 2008 to 2011.

 “I think that only reaffirms ‘yung standing ng ating bansa when it comes to the business process outsourcing industry,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

 The thrust of the Aquino administration to maintain its leadership is to level the business playing field and encourage BPO players to further hone the potentials of their manpower to maintain their edge over other competitors, Valte said.

 The Jones Lang LaSalle report entitled "Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore: Still Unsure," noted that the Philippines attracted 115 projects from 2008 to 2011, creating more than 72,000 jobs.

 India on the other hand, attracted 105 projects with 64,370 jobs. China had 56 projects with 25,455 jobs.

 Other top locations for offshoring include United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Romania and Costa Rica. PND (as) 

Government says the most effective means to fight HIV is by actively raising awareness about the disease
 The most effective way to fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in the Philippines is by actively raising awareness about the disease, Malacanang said on Saturday as the world observes the World AIDS Day.

 “In the observance of World AIDS Day, ang importante sa atin is ‘yung impormasyon. Kasi, kung tutuusin po, we are already in the information age,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

 “Importante na lahat tayo merong sapat at tamang impormasyon kung paano maiiwasan na makakuha ng ganitong klaseng sakit at nandiyan ang DOH (Department of Health) para ibigay ‘yung impormasyon na ito,” she added.

 Based on the latest report issued by the DOH, one out 10 Filipinos has HIV.

 Health experts were alarmed by the rising number of HIV infections in the Philippines describing it as “fast and furious.” They urged the government to address the country’s HIV epidemic.

 Statistics from the DOH  show that young people aged 20 to 29 are at higher risks of HIV infection.

 In 1988, the World Health Organization established the World AIDS Day to fight the spread of the disease  which was first observed in the early 1980s.

 The World AIDS Campaign is the leading international organization which plans and implements the observance. PND (as)

President Aquino leads national celebration and thanksgiving Mass following the canonization of Filipino Saint, San Pedro Calungsod in Cebu City
 CEBU CITY: President Benigno S. Aquino III led the national celebration and thanksgiving Mass for last month’s canonization of San Pedro Calungsod together with leaders of the Catholic Church here on Friday.

 The President said in his message that Filipinos should emulate the life of San Pedro Calungsod and be “wellsprings of hope” and “remain ardent in our pursuit of the true Catholic way of life.”

 “Through his canonization by the Pope, we have only added to those who will definitely watch over us Filipinos from Heaven. Truly, Saint Pedro reflects the kindness of the Visayans; he proves how a single individual can bring about widespread change,” he said.

 “This gathering also stands as testament not only to the divinity of Saint Pedro Calungsod, but even more so, to the ideals that he has etched into our national consciousness: A sense of selfless sacrifice for faith and principle; an outward offering of oneself for the greater good.”

 These were the same principles that the people were called to uphold in this era, the President said noting that like San Pedro Calungsod, every day, everyone faces his own temptations, his own crossroads.

 The President expressed hope that the life of San Pedro Calungsod continue to become a guide and inspiration for the country and for the entire humanity.

 According to the President, the gathering of the faithful during the event is also symbolic of the Filipino’s character, President Aquino said.

 “Our gathering today embodies the Filipino people’s pride and gratitude for the sacred contributions of Saint Pedro Calungsod, our country’s second saint,” he said.

 “Centuries have come and gone, and still, we see today how the light of his faith in our Lord burns brighter than ever before," the President added.

 Among the leaders of the Catholic Church present during the celebration were the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Guiseppe Pinto, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Archbishop of Manila Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and his predecessor Gaudencio Rosales.

 Also in attendance were Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

 Based on estimates, between 500,000 to one million people attended the event at the San Pedro Calungsod Templete at South Road Property in Barangay Mambaling here. PND (as)

President Aquino joins faithful in thanksgiving mass for the recent elevation of Manila Archbishop, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to the College of Cardinals
President Benigno S. Aquino III joined the Catholic faithful in hearing mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle held at the San Fernando De Dilao Parish Church in Paco, Manila on Saturday.

 The President, who was joined by Vice President Jejomar Binay, attended the mass given in thanksgiving for the recent elevation Tagle to the College of Cardinals.

 Tagle, the seventh Filipino cardinal following Rufino Cardinal Santos, Julio Cardinal Rosales, Jaime Cardinal Sin, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Jose Cardinal Sanchez and Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, was formally elevated as the Philippines’ newest Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome last November 24.

 The other new cardinals are: Archbishop James Michael Harvey of the United States; Abuja, Nigeria Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan; Bogota, Colombia Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez; Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in Lebanon, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai; and the major Archbishop of the Trivandrum of the Siro-Malankaresi in India, His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal.

 The cardinals are the ones who elect a Pope.

 In his homily, Tagle encouraged the Filipino faithful to listen intently to the word of God and “receive him and not run away from him” in preparation for his eventual return.

 “Let us be vigilant,” Tagle said.

 At 55, Tagle is the second youngest cardinal of the Catholic Church after Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India who is 53 years old. PND (rck)

 President Aquino enjoins all government officials and employees to support the 2012 Government Employess' Week on December 2 to 8

 President Benigno S. Aquino III has enjoined all government officials and employees to support the 2012 Government Employees Week on December 2 to 8.

 The Chief Executive issued the directive by virtue of Memorandum Circular No. 39, s. 2012 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on November 13.

 Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1130 (s. 1997), President Aquino said the first week of December of every year has been declared as National Government Employees’ Week.

 The proclamation aims to recognize the invaluable services rendered by deserving government employees and to underscore their contribution to nation building.

 "For this year’s celebration of the National Government Employees’ Week, the theme is “Government Employees: United in Ensuring Social Protection, Welfare and Economic Development,” the President said.

 President Aquino enjoined all officials and employees in all departments, bureaus and agencies of the national government, including government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial institutions (GFIs) and state universities and colleges, as well as local government units and government employees organizations to observe and participate in the observance of National Government Employees’ Week.

 Memorandum Circular No. 39 shall take effect immediately. PND (js)