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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Marinduqueños coming together now and throughout 2020 for Centennial events



February 21 of every year has always been celebrated in the province of Marinduque as its foundation day. This commemorates the historic event on February 21, 1920, when this beautiful island-province was reestablished as an independent province by virtue of Public Act No. 2880 approved on February 21, 1920 by Francis Burton Harrison, Governor-General of the Philippines. 

Executive Order No. 12 published in the Official Gazette on March 17, 1920 reads: "In accordance with the provisions of Act Number Two thousand eight hundred eighty, approved on the twenty-first day of February of one thousand nine hundred and twenty, I hereby establish as a province the former Province of Marinduque..." (Francis Burton Harrison, Governor-General)

For many years, this heart-shaped island-province has prided itself of being the Heart of the Philippines. Then, a long forgotten pivotal geodetic marker drilled in a diorite rock resurfaced atop a mountain here near the port of Balanacan. For all map-makers, it is point number one - the reference point smack center of the Philippines used to triangulate all networks of different datums in the country.


LUZON DATUM/Station Balanacan

The heart and the center of the Philippines thus celebrates a big milestone in 2020 - Marinduque's Centennial Year.

Marinduquenos will proudly showcase their traditional arts & culture, historical significance and valuable heritage, trade & industry, tourist attractions and uniqueness as an island-province.




The 11th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Marinduque declared February 21 of every year as "ARAW NG MARINDUQUE" (Ordinance through Resolution No. 534, dated January 28, 2009). 

Gov. Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. issued Executive Order No. 6-2019 dated July 25, 2019 for the creation of a Centennial Committee so the people of Marinduque could be afforded the opportunity to commemorate this milestone with special programs,projects and activities showcasing traditional arts, culture, trade and tourism industry, the province's historical and national significance and unique identity.


Marinduque Governor Presby Velasco

MARINDUQUE CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE 2020

The Committee in charge of planning, developing and executing programs, projects and activities to commemorate the Marinduque Centennial throughout 2020 has been created. Among others, it shall act as principal coordinator for all related programs, projects and activities.

Proposed Programs, Projects and Activities


Gasang-Gasang Festival (Gasan)

Culture and the Arts
- Search for Centennial King & Queen
- Street-Dancing Festival Competition for all municipalities
- Centennial Civic Float Parade
- Showcase of Musical Talents, Local Folk Dances and Native Songs
- Simultaneous Celebration of Ani ng Sining: Philippine Arts Festival and Marinduque Centennial in February 2020
- Invitation to Theater/Dance groups from other places as part of their outreach programs in cooperation with NCCA-CCP)
- Centennial Moriones Festival Events for Holy Week 2020
- Photo Contest and Historical Photo Exhibit
- Culinary Contest/Food Court
- Centennial Logo and Centennial Song Writing Contest


Marinduque Museum pre-colonial artifacts

Historical
- Marinduque Centennial Museum
- Opening of Newly Renovated National Museum (Marinduque Branch), to include ethnographic exhibits, artifacts, Moriones masks and others
- Centennial Landmark & Bantayog-Wika (Marinduqueno Tagalog)
- Face Lifting of Historical Sites and Parks
- LGU-organized events to commemorate local battles


4x4 Offroading (Jeep Club PH)

Sports Events
- Jeep Club Philippines 2020 Jamboree (4x4 Offroading)
- Fun Run
- Fun Bike Run
- Centennial Cup for Beach Volleyball
- Duathlon/Triathlon
- Mountain Biking Contest
- Road Bike Contest
- Practical Shooting Competition
- Motorcycle Summit/Convention
- Boy and Girl Scouts Historical Jamboree



Trade & Industry
   All regional and national Trade Fairs participated in by Marinduque to will promote the Centennial Celebration, such as:
- MIMAROPA NATURALLY 2019 & 2020 (Megamall)
- TRAVEL MART 2020 (Mall of Asia)
- MARINDUQUE EXPO 2020 (Boac)
- Production of new local products as centennial souvenir items (DTI), and introduction of Cultural/Historical Trail Tours (Travel Agencies).



Promotion
- Centennial Countdown (100 Days to Centennial)
- GAWAD MARINDUQUE (Awards)
- Search for Centenarians
- Souvenir Program
- Coffee-Table Book
- Centennial Commemorative Stamp
- Promotional Collateral
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Pacquiao, Velasco lead PDP-Laban in Congress


Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco

The ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has appointed Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao to lead the party’s contingent in the 24-member Senate.
Meanwhile, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco was appointed to lead the party at the House of Representatives.
PDP-Laban President Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, and Vice Chairman and concurrent Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi made the appointments during a meeting in a Makati hotel.
With five members, PDP-Laban is the majority party in the Senate.
Pacquiao said he plans to gather party members at least once a month to address internal issues.
“Kailangan magkaroon tayo ng ganito kahit once a month para sa direction ng partido, Kung ano ang maitutulong ko para sa ikaka-unlad ng partido at ng ating ekonomiya, susuporta ako (We need to meet even once a month to discuss the party’s direction. Whatever help the party and the economy need, I will support),” Pacquiao said.
Meanwhile in a statement Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco said on his appointment as PDP-Laban party head in the House:

"I am humbled and honored by the decision of the leadership of PDP-Laban to appoint yours truly as party head in the House of Representatives.

"This fresh step by the party leadership is a welcome development, as this will further strengthen unity and camaraderie among PDP-Laban members.

"With 69 members of PDP-Laban in the House, this new setup will ensure that we move in one direction in taking a party stand on vital issues, but more importantly in supporting the legislative agenda to improve the lives of the Filipino people."

Friday, August 16, 2019

Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on committee chairmanships and House assignments of PDP-Laban members



The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is confident that it can push the legislative agenda of the Duterte Administration for the next three years with the allocation of key positions and chairmanships to our party members in the House of Representatives.

"Under the 18th Congress, six of our party mates have been named deputy speakers, three deputy majority leaders, one assistant majority leader, and one assistant minority leader", Velasco said.

"PDP-Laban also received 19 chairmanships of key committees and 58 vice chairmanships. Our party members have also been appointed to head the House delegation to the Commission on Appointments and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.

"For this, we are grateful to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano for naming members of PDP-Laban to various committees and important posts in the bigger chamber, cognizant of the role of our political party as an important ally in accomplishing the Duterte administration’s plans and programs through legislation.

"The PDP-Laban and all of its 68 lawmakers in the House of Representatives are ready to buckle down to work and tackle issues and legislation that can change our nation", he added.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Marinduque Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan

Gov. Presby Velasco

 
Matagumpay na idinaos ang ikatlong Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan noong Hulyo 24, 2019 sa Convention Center, Capitol Compound, Boac, Marinduque.

Ang nasabing programa ay inisyatibo ng Department of Labor and Employment Marinduque Field Office (DOLE Marinduque) at Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa tulong ng Livelihood Manpower Development & Public Employment Service Office ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Marinduque.

Tampok sa aktibidad na ito ang Job Fair na dinaluhan ng 16 na kumpanya (local at international), na kung saan naghahanap sila ng mga production operators, nurses, service crew, encoders, cashiers, telemarketers, janitors, utilities, tellers, security guards, sales associates, credit investigators at liaison officers.


Kabilang sa mga kumpanyang lumahok sa nasabing Job Fair ang Puregold Price Club, Inc., Venture Motorcycle Sales Corp., Palawan Pawnshop, SYM Rider’s Corp., FUBU, EPSON Precision (Phil.) Inc., One Source General Solutions, Inc., HGST – a western digital company, PKI Manufacturing, Mustang Security Agency, Inc., Holistic Approach System, Inc., BS Int’l Services and Placement Agency, Inc., Placewell International Services Corp., Ipeople Manpower Resources, Inc., 1st Northern International Placement Inc., at EyeQuest International Manpower Services, Inc.

Nakilahok din ang Department of Education (DepEd) Marinduque na nagbukas ng 119 job vacancies para sa ating mga kapwa Marinduqueno.


Ang Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan Job Fair ay dinagsa ng ibat-ibang mga aplikante mula sa anim na bayan ng islang-lalawigan. May kabuuhang 574 registered applicants na kung saan 267 dito ay hired on the spot at 227 dito ay near-hire applicants.

Malaking tulong din ang booth sa Job Fair na inilaan para sa Social Security System, PAGIBIG at PSA na kung saan ang mga aplikanteng nangangailangan ng mga requirements para sa kanilang trabaho ay hindi na kinailangang pumunta alinman sa mga nasabing tanggapan dahil ginawang accessible na sa pagkakataong ito.

Bukod sa Job Fair, pinangunahan ng DTI Marinduque ang pagdaraos ng mga seminar tungkol sa Business Mind-setting, E-commerce at Leathercraft Skills Training.


Nagkaroon din ng National Competency Certification sa Bartending at Driving at naghandog din ng libreng massage ang Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Dumalo sa nasabing naging matagumpay na aktibidad sina DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Joel Gonzales at DTI Assistant Regional Director, Rodolfo Mariposque at Governor Presbitero Velasco, Jr.

RD Rudy Mariposque, DTI Asst Regional Director




Velasco underscores need for rural electrification as a key to progress


File photo: Power Philippines


Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco rallied electric cooperatives to maintain a sustainable and efficient power supply in the countryside.

Velasco, as chairperson of the House Committee on Energy in the current 18th and in the previous 17th Congress, said economic progress is hinged on rural electrification.

“I have witnessed how powerfully transformative access to electricity in the rural areas can be,” Velasco said on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) which coincided with the month-long celebration of the National Electrification Awareness Month.

Velasco, who is also the co-chair of the Joint Congressional Energy Commission, stressed that all Filipinos should have access to reliable, sustainable, efficient, and affordable electricity.

“It is the only way for our country to progress economically. It is the only way to bring genuine prosperity to the countryside,” he said.

Velasco also urged electric cooperatives to focus on the few remaining barangays in the country that have not been energized.

He said that since 1969, NEA and the Electric Cooperatives have succeeded in energizing 90 cities, 1,385 municipalities covering 78 provinces in the country. A total of 36,057 of the 36,065 of the barangays have been energized. That is 99 percent of the barangays nationwide.

He said electric cooperatives and their consumers hold the proverbial torch in rural electrification.

“A few hundred meters na lang nasa finish line na tayo. Let's go for it,” he said.

Rep.Velasco welcomes signing of Murang Kuryente Act and Anti-Obstruction of Powerlines Act


 


Rep. Lord Allan Velasco of the lone district of Marinduque, also the Chairperson of the House Committee on Energy, welcomes the news that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed on Thursday, 8 August 2019, not just one but two landmark legislation he has co-authored on energy policy: the Murang Kuryente bill (now Republic Act no. 11361) and the Anti-obstruction of Power lines bill (now Republic Act no. 11371).  

The Murang Kuryente law aims to reduce the cost of electricity bills down to the household level by allocating about Php208 billion from the net national government share of the Malampaya fund for the payment of the stranded contract costs and stranded debts being levied on consumers as part of the Universal Charge (UC).
  
On the other hand, the Anti-obstruction of Power Lines Act seeks to prohibit the introduction of plants and structures within the Right-of-Way (ROW) limit of power transmission lines to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
  
Cong. Velasco says that the passage of the two energy laws will help ensure lower cost and stable supply of electricity and will greatly contribute in the country’s quest for reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy supply.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Velasco seeks amendments to economic provisions of 1987 Constitution


Another resolution seeking to amend the supposedly antiquated economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution has been filed at the House of Representatives.


Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco, chairman of the House Committee on Energy, filed Resolution of Both Houses No. 2, which aims to revise certain economic provisions of the 29-year-old Constitution, particularly Articles II (National Patrimony and Economy), XIV (Education, Science and Technology, Arts, Culture, and Sports) and XVI (General Provisions).

Under RBH No. 2, he proposed that the constitutional limits on foreign ownership of land, natural resources, schools, media, and public utilities be lifted to ensure the flow of foreign investments into the country.

“In order to fully transform this economic growth into inclusive and solitary progress among Filipinos, the restrictive economic provisions in the Philippine Constitution which hamper the flow of foreign capital investments must be lifted,” Velasco said.

Citing the 2019 economic outlook report of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the House leader noted that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) percentage of the Philippines for the period of 2017 to 2019 constantly surpasses the GDP growth in other Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

“Growing global interest in Asia provides an opportunity for the Philippines to compete for more investments but statistics show that Philippines need to maximize its economic momentum since in a 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) report, around 90 percent of the 36 million people in Southeast Asia who are living below the international poverty line are Filipinos and Indonesians,” he said.




Velasco said Congress should take advantage of pursing the economic Charter change, citing that the people’s trust to country’s leaders has enticed the local and foreign business community to invest in the Philippines.

“The mandate given to current leaders who advocate for change signifies renewed trust in the government and immense optimism in its ability and commitment to bring about improvement in the quality of life of Filipinos,” he said.

“The trust reposed by the people upon the country’s leaders has encouraged more investments and it is helping the country maintain its pace as one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, with the World Bank giving it a future projections of 6.5 percent GDP growth this year and 6.6 percent in 2020 and 2021,” he said. 

Velasco’s measure seeks to insert the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” to several sections of the Constitution which restrict foreign ownership of land, natural resources, public utilities, media, and advertising.

It provides that by a vote of three-fourths of all its members, the Senate and the House of Representatives voting separately, could propose amendments to Articles XII and XIV and XVI of the 1987 Constitution. 

Source: Manila Bulletin, by Charissa Luci-Atienza

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Gov. Presby Velasco revisits Vision and Mission for Marinduque with NGAs, CSO, LGUs and department heads

Day 2 of the workshop with Gov. Presby Velasco

'Revisiting of the Vision and Mission for the Province of Marinduque' is a 2-day workshop (August 6-7), called for by Gov. Presby Velasco with officers and representatives of the different national government agencies (NGAs), civil society orgs (CSOs), representatives from the municipal LGUs, provincial departments and provincial board members in attendance.


Rolly Larracas, Sr. Executive Assistant, Governor's Office

Rolly Larracas, Senior Executive Assistant discussed on the first day the Executive-Legislative Agenda formulation process. He also presented Gov. Presbitero Velasco's 5-pronged development principles namely:  Sustainable management of environment and natural resources and use of ecosystem services; People empowerment and reliance; Strong public-private partnership; Social justice and protection; and Good governance, public accountability and transparency.

Provincial administrator, Mike Velasco conveyed the message of the governor who was expected to highlight his development thrusts and priorities for the province the following day.


PA Mike Velasco

In his presentation, Larracas stressed that the national government's program, "Ambisyon Natin 2040- matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat" is consistent with Governor Velasco's "Simpleng Pangarap ng Ama ng Lalawigan" that envisions: "Maayos na pagkain, tubig, disente at payapang tirahan at kapaligiran; Maayos na kalusugan - kung magkakasakit man, may maasahang institusyon  tulad ng hospital; Makapagbigay ng oportunidad na mapag-aral and mga anak at mabigyan ng maayos na kinabukasan nang sa gayon din, satamang panahon ay makapag-ambag para sa ikabubuti ng lalawigan at ng bansa bilang responsableng mamamayan."


Some NGA participants
Also during the workshop, the results of Cong. Lord Allan Velasco's earlier dialogue with the provincial government department heads were presented, with his own recommendations and commitments with emphasis on agriculture, tourism and health matters.


HRMO's Ms. Fe Corazon E. Recalde

On the second day of the workshop, in a wide-ranging discussion, representatives from the national agencies took turns in presenting to the governor ongoing and pipelined or funded projects including their plans and programs for the province with the chief executive of the province conveying his immediate response and making his own remarks.

The Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) through Ms. Marian Cunanan, head of the department will be issuing a report on the successful outcome of the workshop that elicited vigorous and very positive response from all the participants. 

Ms. Marian Cunanan, PPDO




Photos: Erwin Penafiel, PTourismO


Triple Heart Treatment Hub para sa HIV inilunsad sa Marinduque





Inilunsad kamakailan ang isang HIV treatment hub para sa Marinduque. Ang Triple Heart Treatment Hub ay pinasinayaan kamakailan ni Gov. Presbitero Velasco sa Dr. Damian Reyes Hospital kasama ang iba pang mga opisyales sa lalawigan. 

Dahil dito, mas higit nang maiisagawa ngayon ang pagbibigay ng gabay sa publiko para sa pag-iwas, at maagang paggamot sa mga nahawahan ng HIV. 

Matatandaang, isa sa mga pangkalusugang isyu ngayon ang tumataas na bilang ng mga HIV-infected persons sa bansa. Ayon sa DOH MIMAROPA ang bilang ng mga HIV infections ay "tumaas sa Pilipinas sa parehong proporsyon din sa lalawigan ng Marinduque", at gayun din sa iba pang lalawigan.




May kaukulang Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) sa pagitan ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Marinduque at Department of Health Mimaropa Regional Office sa pagpapatupad ng kanilang pagka-kasama sa gawaing ito.

Ang treatment hub ay makapagsasagawa ng mabilis, walang bayad at maayos na HIV testing at makapagbibigay ng kaalaman para sa mga nagnanais na mabigyan ng test. Sa ganitong paraan sila rin ay mabibigyan ng updates tungkol sa pagpigil ng infection at iba pang control strategies. 


Makapagbibigay din ang hub ng pre at post-test counselling at maayos na access sa pagpapagamot, pag-aaruga at kinakailangang support services.

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