PAG scholarship changed from percentage basis to fixed amount

The scholarship program of the Performing Arts Group (PAG) members will now be in fixed amounts from its previous percentage basis, Cultural Arts Office Coordinator Joel Refuerzo confirmed. The previous PAG scholarship grant of 100 percent, 75 percent, 50 percent, and 25 percent tuition discount is now equivalent to P24, 000, P19, 000, P14, 000 and P9, 000, respectively, but Refuerza added that the said amounts are “good” for 113 PAG scholarship grantees. However, the fixed amount would still vary depending on the number of grantees, Refuerza said. According to him, the tuition increase this academic year (AY) 2015-2016 has urged the administration to change the PAG scholarship program.


Tanauan City, first province in Calabarzon to receive ISO certificate

Another honor for the city of Tanauan has been given after qualifying to high standards of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for 16 basic services and local processes of the government. In behalf of the city government officials, Mayor Antonio Halili happily receives the ISO 9001:2008 certificate from the Vice President of AJA Registrar Incorporation, Paul Bagatsing. ISO 9001:2008 is an international standard for Quality Management System (QMS) that is based on the principle of “Continuous Improvement” that ensures the high quality of the service or product of an organization. In Mayor Halili’s message he extended his warm greetings to all the staffs and the office heads that was awarded the said certificate. He particularly commended the leadership of Tanauan City College for its “world class” quality of its two basic services. Tanuan City is the very first local government that receives ISO certificate among five provinces in CALABARZON. Currently, a total of 33 numbers of processes and local services have received the certificate.


Ayala Bridge closed for 4 weekends starting October 9

A temporary closure for traffic would be implemented on the Ayala Bridge during the next four weekends starting October 9. According to the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH), the bridge would be closed in order to give way for post tensioning and damper installation works. The bridge closure would follow the schedule: 10 p.m. October 9 to 5 a.m. October 12; 10 p.m. October 16 to 5 a.m. October 19; 10 p.m. October 23 to 5 a.m. October 26; and 10 p.m. October 30 to 5 a.m. November 2. DPWH officials said that a single outer lane for each direction would be opened during weekdays in order for light vehicle to pass. They added that come October 16, additional lanes may be opened as the construction progresses.


COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza to head UN Internal Oversight Office

Commission on Audit (COA) commissioner Heidi Mendoza has been planned by United Nations (UN) to head the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). In a press release published on UN’s website, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Ban informed the General Assembly his intention to appoint Mendoza for a five-year non-renewable term following consultations with Chairs of Regional Groups. Mendoza has been decribed as a certified public accountant with over 20 years of service in government specializing in audit, fraud examination and investigation, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy. She also serves as the external auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO). Mendoza made headlines in 2011 after her testimony before Congress on the alleged misuse of Military and UN peacekeeping funds.


Jack Dorsey is Twitter’s new and permanent CEO

Twitter has appointed Jack Dorsey as its permanent chief executive, completing a momentous return for the social network’s founder nine years after he started the company. Dorsey was confirmed as the San Francisco company’s full-time chief executive three months after taking charge on an interim basis and after Twitter endured a protracted search for a new boss. On Monday though, Twitter’s Peter Currie said the board had changed its mind because Dorsey had “surpassed” expectations in recent months.


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