DLSU-D supports National Bible Week 2016
De La Salle University – Dasmariñas is inviting students to join the activities for the National Bible Week organized by the Philippine Bible Society onJanuary 25 to 31, 2016.
According to Philippine Bible Society Gen. Secretary Dr. Nora G. Lucero, the theme for the Bible Week this year focuses on “God’s word: Strength of the family, hope of the nation.”
The event aims to conduct activities that will encourage people to engage and spread the Good news to different communities.
PH to meet US investors at Philippines Business and Investment Forum
Government economic managers will convince the US investors that the Philippines’ growth story is sustainable despite an upcoming change in the administration in the forum that will be held in New York on May 2-4.
According to the Investor Relations office, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. and Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima would deliver the keynote addresses at the Philippines Business and Investment Forum.
The forum is spearheaded by the Manila’s ambassador to Washington Jose L. Cuisia Jr.
It is said to be the way to examine the economic and political situation of the Philippines and to meet the influential investors or leaders of the two countries.
Public school teachers not obliged on election duty once bill passed
Public school teachers will no longer be obliged to go on election duty as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) once the newly passed bill which was adopted by the Congress last Tuesday, will turn into law.
According to ACT Teachers Party List Rep Antonio Tinio who authored the bill, House Bill 5412 or the Election Service Reform Act aims to make election service of public school teachers non-compulsory, giving them liberty whether to be a member of the BEI and other benefits and compensations.
He added that in case of deficiency in number of public school teachers, the Comission on Elections (Comelec) may appoint the private school teachers; national government employees, excluding military personnel; members of accredited citizens’ arms of Comelec; and any qualified registered voter with no prejudiced political affiliations.
Tino also clarified that majority of those who will render election duty in the upcoming election this year will still be public school teachers and the act will take effect once it is signed by President Benigno Aquino III and officially become law.
House approves bill allowing LGUs to acquire lands for informal settlers
A bill seeking to authorize local government units (LGUs) to acquire lands for informal settler families has been approved by the House of Representatives approved on its third and final reading.
House Bill 6342 grants LGUs the power to identify lands to be acquired as sites for socialized housing said Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House committee on housing and urban development.
Under the measure, the acquisition of lands to build housing projects for the poor shall be through community mortgage, land swapping, land assembly or consolidation, land banking, donation to government joint venture agreement negotiated purchase and expropriation, the Philippine Star reported.
The bill allows the expropriation of lands, including those whose ownership are subject of pending cases in court.
Lands owned by the government, alienable lands of the public domain, unregistered or abandoned lands, areas of priority development as well as zonal and slum improvement and resettlement program sites are among the areas that can be used as socialized housing sites.
Private lands or BLISS (Bagong Lipunan Improvement of Sites and Services) areas that have not been awarded may also be converted for socialized housing program.
Prioritization of areas to be developed into socialized housing areas will also depend on concerned government agencies.
The bill was authored by Reps. Walden Bello, Felix William Fuentebella, Winston Castelo, Joaquin Chipeco Jr., Barry Gutierrez and Eric Olivarez.