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By Joel E. Zurbano
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PNOM PENH—Member-states
of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations and China have
finally agreed to start a formal
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dialog to craft a binding Code of
Conduct that would govern ter-
ritorial disputes in the region.
President Benigno Aquino
III described the consensus,
which was reached during the
Asean-China Summit on Mon-
day, as “significant. It was also
Senators vote
a big turnaround from the un-
precedented non-issuance of
15-2 for sin tax
a statement during the foreign
ministers’ meeting in July over
conflicting maritime claims.
“For 10 years, the Declara-
tion on the CoC (DoC) has not
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Accord on tax-sharing
issue led to bill’s okay
By Macon Ramos-Araneta
on Tuesday allowed Akbayan, a
well-funded group closely iden-
tified with President Benigno
Aquino III, to join the 2013 mid-
term elections as a party-list or-
ganization, a privilege normally
reserved for marginalized sec-
tors and the under-represented.
Commissioners Christian
Robert Lim, Elias Yusoph, Ar-
mando Velasco and Rene Sarm-
iento voted in favor of allow-
ing Akbayan to participate as a
party-list group while Comelec
Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.
and Commissioner Lucenito
Tagle dissented.
Newly appointed Commis-
sioner Grace Padaca did not
participate in the voting.
The Comelec also approved
the party-list participation of
Bayan Muna, a leftist group with
VOTING 15 to 2, the Senate on Tuesday
passed the sin tax bill on third and final
reading, setting the stage for higher taxes
on tobacco and alcoholic beverages in an
effort to generate P39.5 billion in addi-
tional revenues for the government on the
first year.
two representatives in Congress.
The approval of Akbayan’s
status came despite numerous
complaints from other groups
that it already had several mem-
bers in top-level Executive
department positions and was
therefore not under-represented.
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Tension
in Gaza
jacks oil
prices up
By Alena Mae S.
Flores, Joyce Pangco-
Pañares and Sara
Susanne Fabunan
Light moment. US President Barack Obama shares a light moment with Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the 7th East Asia Summit-Plenary Session in
Phnom Penh. AP
Voting for the bill were Sen-
ate President Juan Ponce Enrile,
Senate President Pro Tempore
Jinggoy Estrada, Senate Majority
Leader Vicente Sotto, and Sena-
tors Franklin Drilon, Pia Cay-
etano, Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla,
Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda,
Manuel Villar, Ralph Recto,
Aquilino Pimentel III, Teofisto
Guingona III, Panfilo Lacson,
and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Voting against the bill were
Senators Joker Arroyo and Fran-
cis Escudero.
Under the approved version of the
bill, the tax sharing between tobacco
and alcohol products would be 60-40
in 2013 and 59-41 in 2014.
Marcos, who comes from the
tobacco-growing region in the
north, said the ratio came close to
the 60-40 split that he had been
seeking.
A House version of the bill is
skewed more heavily in favor of
the alcohol industry.
Drilon, acting chairman of the
Senate ways and means commit-
tee, earlier called for a suspension
of plenary deliberations after En-
rile questioned the Finance De-
partment’s recommendation on
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Telcos fined for failing to reduce rates by P.20

By Lailany P. Gomez

THE National Telecommunica- tions Commission on Tuesday ordered Smart Communications Inc., Globe Telecom Inc., and Digitel Mobile Philippines Inc. to reduce their SMS charge to P0.80 from P1 per message following their failure to reduce that charge starting Dec. 11, 2011, and to refund the P0.20 that they over- charged subscribers. NTC Director Edgardo Cabar- rios said the three telephone firms failed to pass on to consumers the savings from the reduced in- terconnection charge that he had ordered in a memo. He ordered the three firms to refund or reimburse their sub-

scribers the excess charge of P0.20 per off-net SMS by credit- ing the excess charges to prepaid loads and reducing the billings to postpaid subscribers. Off-net SMS consists of the cost of the network sending the short message or text plus the cost of the network receiving the text plus the cost of the interconnection. The NTC ordered the three firms to pay a fine at the rate of P200 per day from Dec. 1, 2011 until the date of their full compli- ance with its order. The regulator last year re- duced the short messaging ser- vice interconnection charge to P0.15 from P0.35 to make texting more affordable to the public, but

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to make texting more affordable to the public, but Next page In a huddle. Senate President

In a huddle. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Franklin Drilon, Vicente Sotto III, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Ralph Recto come together during a Senate hearing on the Sin Tax bill. LINO SANTOS

RH’s fate depends on PNoy

By Maricel V. Cruz

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of

the highly contentious Re-

productive Health bill in both Houses of Congress, an admin- istration ally said on Tuesday. “Definitely, the President’s certification that it is an urgent bill, that changes the equation,” Aurora Rep. Edgardo Angara told a news conference. He said the RH bill would re- main in limbo without the Presi- dent’s imprimatur, but with it the RH bill would move fast. The substitute bill of House Bill 4244, which was princi- pally authored by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, has been pend- ing for approval on second reading. The substitute bill was the offshoot of the compro- mise reached by the RH bill’s authors and its critics, which

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For and against.

Around 30 pregnant women gather on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to urge lawmakers to pass the Reproductive Health bill soon. At left, Senator Vicente Sotto III tells reporters his group will only sup- port those candidates who are against the RH bill. DANNY PATA

Aquino may choose new SC justice from list today

By Joyce Pangco Pañares

PRESIDENT Aquino was expect- ed to pick from seven candidates today his nominee to a sole va- cancy in the 15-member Supreme Court, one day before the Novem- ber 22 deadline. Mr. Aquino told reporters in the Philippine delegation to the Asso- ciation of Southeast Asian Nations meeting with China in Phnom

Penh, Cambodia, that he would in- terview Marvic Leonen, one of the seven candidates, before making his decision. “Just wait for the next chapter,” Mr. Aquino said when asked who among the candidates had the edge over the others. AvacancyforAssociateJusticeof the Supreme Court happened when Mr. Aquino named Ma. Lourdes

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FBI arrests Filipino, 3 others for Al-Qaida ties, terror plot

LOS ANGELES—Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy US targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday. The defendants, including a per- manent resident born in the Philip- pines, were arrested for plotting to bomb military bases and government

facilities, and for planning to engage in “violent jihad,” FBI spokeswom- an Laura Eimiller said in a release. A federal complaint unsealed Monday says Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, of Pomona introduced two of the other men to the radical Isla- mist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki,

a deceased al-Qaida leader. Kabir

served in the Air Force from 2000

to

2001.

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THE ongoing tension between Israeli and Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday forced a drastic increase in oil prices, ac- cording to oil company officials. The oil firms, after four weeks of consecutive price cuts, implemented a price increase of P1.15 per liter of premium and unleaded gasoline, P0.70 per li- ter of regular gasoline and P0.25 per liter of kerosene. Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., Petron Corp., Total Phil- ippines, Seaoil Philippines, and Phoenix Petroleum issued sepa- rate advisories on the price in- creases that took effect at 6 a.m. on Tuesday to reflect the move- ments in world oil prices. “The tension in the Middle East has caused tightness in supply thus affecting oil pric- es,” Phoenix Petroleum assis- tant vice president Raymond Zorilla said. As of Nov. 19, Dubai crude averaged $108 per barrel from $106 per barrel last November 12.

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Tagle flies to Rome for Consistory

By Sara Fabunan, Eric Apolonio and Vito Barcelo

MANILA Archbishop Luis An- tonio Tagle left for Rome on Tuesday to attend a Consistory that will elevate him to the Col- lege of Cardinals, an elite body that advise and assist the Pope in running the affairs of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. Tagle was accompanied by Archbishop Emeritus of Manila Gaudencio Rosales, his parents

and other relatives and several priests, but a retinue of Filipinos here and abroad, including Vice President Jejomar Binay, will be traveling to Rome to witness the Consistory, church officials said. “Upon instruction of Presi- dent Aquino, I leave for Rome to witness the installation of

Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle to the College of the Cardinals,”

Binay said.

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licly declared that let us now proceed to formal dialogs on the formulation of the CoC. So I am happy with that,” Mr. Aquino said. Mr. Aquino, however, said that the United States should not be left out in the discus- sions aimed at hammering a binding Coc. He added that Washington was just as concerned at up- holding freedom of navigation and the rule of law in the dis- puted territories. “It is especially vital to have the world’s largest national economy involved in the dis- cussions considering the inter- connectedness of our current milieu. Each one of our nations has a stake in the stability of Southeast Asia,” he said. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who earlier met with President Obama during the summit, said China agreed to a “deep dialog” on the binding code, which he said was “a natural extension of the DoC.” “China will work to continu- ously promote mutual trust, ac- tively push forward cooperation and better safeguard the overall situation of regional peace and stability,” Wen said. Obama closed his Asian Tour on Monday with separate talks with Wen and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshibiko Noda. The US president was devoting at- tention to the region to broaden American influence in a part of the world long dominated by China. Meanwhile, Asean secretary general Surin Pitsuwan wel- comed US President Barack Obama’s respect for Asean centrality in resolving maritime conflicts in the region. “Asean leaders welcomed the statement supporting Asean centrality in the evolution of cooperation in the region. The US also pledged to engage eco- nomically and work on security and stability in the region,” Su- rin said. Mr. Aquino said there was no time frame yet for the negotia- tions with China. Of the 10-member states of Asean, four are claimants to disputed territories in the re- gion, namely the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. China, while not a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and is only a dia- log partner like the US, will join negotiations for the CoC since it is a claimant country.

Mr. Aquino said the Philip- pines looks to Beijing to set the example of “wise and peace- seeking leadership.” “A China that is benevo- lent and generous towards smaller neighbors can en- hance stability in the region and allow each of our na- tions to sustain the growth we have so have experienced despite global uncertainties,” the President said. The President also warned against using economic pres- sure, which he said can be viewed as “coercive,” to settle disputes. At the height of tensions over Panatag Shoal, China rejected a shipment of Cavendish bananas from the Philippines on account of phytosanitary issues. China also used the economic stick with Japan over conflict- ing claims in Senkaku Islands.

Now,

we have pub-

conflict- ing claims in Senkaku Islands. Now, we have pub- Winner. Paul Jonel Pollicar, a political

Winner. Paul Jonel Pollicar, a political science student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, was one of the winners of the recently-concluded SM Eco Bag Design Competition. He is shown here at The Block of SM City North Edsa with his winning design, his P25,000 prize and brand-new iPad. His school also received P25,000 for its environmental projects.

Senators

tax sharing. After the suspension, the senators voted in favor of the bill. At a caucus Monday, the sena- tors had agreed to a 60-40 sharing, with the tobacco industry getting the heavier burden. But Enrile said the ratio was not maintained after the first year. “I see the model presented here on the proposal of the [Finance Depart- ment]. It’s so distorted! It’s no lon- ger 60-40 in the succeeding years,” Enrile said. Enrile said that the share of tobac- co would rise to 68 percent in 2014 and 69 percent in 2015 before drop- ping slightly to 67 percent in 2016. “When we crafted this specific tax, it was 50-50 sharing, and that was changed gradually over time. Why the distortion?” “There is a definite bias in fa- vor of alcohol against the tobacco farmers of the North… against tobacco. Why? I think the mem- bers who do not believe this dis- tribution are entitled to know the answer from the secretary of Fi- nance,” Enrile said. Enrile said he had no intention to block the passage of the sin tax bill, which President Benigno Aquino III has certified as urgent, but wanted to

ensure that the 60-40 sharing in the tax burden was maintained. The Palace hopes the higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol will generate P40 billion in extra revenues that it says will be used to fund its universal health care program. Lawmakers representing tobacco- growing provinces, however, have opposed what they said were exor- bitant increases in the excise taxes. Drilon announced that after a caucus Monday night, the senators agreed to a target of P40 billion ad- ditional revenues from tobacco and alcohol products. He said the senators also agreed that cigarettes packed by hand and packed by machine from Jan. 1, 2013 up to Jan. 1, 2017 shall be im- posed an excise tax of ranging from P12 to P32 per pack. In his individual amendment, En- rile sought to require all cigarette manufacturers and sellers of tobacco products to source at least 15 per- cent of their raw materials from lo- cal farmers. He also sought to allocate P2 billion from the new revenues to improve the government’s tax ad- ministration program to improve its capability to combat smuggling. Recto, on the other hand, recom- mended that P23 billion from total

sin tax revenues be directly released annually to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. to meet and sustain the government’s goal of providing universal health coverage and ben- efit an additional 10.4 million fami- lies. He also recommended that P10 million be allocated yearly to each of the 618 district hospitals operated by local government units for repair and upgrading of facilities and ser- vices. A separate P100 million will be allocated yearly to each of the 16 regional hospitals and 22 medical centers for the same operational and physical up- grading, according to Recto’s proposed amendments. The senator also pressed for the annual allocation of P100 million to the Health Depart- ment for a nationwide informa- tion campaign on the ill-effects of smoking and drinking. Recto said sought P750 million every year for the unemployment package of farm and tobacco work- ers who would be hurt by the new taxes. The Recto amendment allocates a specific maximum amount of P150,000 “unemployment insur- ance” for each displaced worker that could be availed within one year.

Tension

Unleaded gasoline imported from the region also went up to $123 per barrel from $119 per barrel. Regular gasoline went up to $110 per barrel from $109 per barrel while kerosene went up to $126 per barrel from $125 per barrel. Diesel prices from the region remained steady at $125 per barrel. “Petron will implement the following price increases (VAT inclusive) effective 6am November 20: P1.15 per liter for Blaze 100 XCS and Xtra, P0.70 per liter for Pinoy Gaso- line and Regular, P0.25 per liter for kerosene. No move- ment in diesel,” Petron said in its advisory. Premium, unleaded and pre- mium plus unleaded gasoline cur- rently sells at P48.40 to P57.85 per liter, diesel sells at P39.95 to P44.25 per liter while kerosene sells at P49 to P55.08 per liter. Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III said there was still no need to evacuate some 41,000

Filipinos in Israel amid the wors- ening conflict. But the President has ordered the Philippine embassy in Cyprus to prepare a rapid response team in case the situation worsens and there was a need for massive re- patriation. “I have asked Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to contact the Cyprus government just in case we need to bring our people there as a temporary stag- ing area for repatriation. (But) we don’t think that it will hap- pen, that we will have to evacuate 41,000 Filipinos,” the President said. “The information that they keep telling me is they (Filipinos in Israel) will all have access to bomb shelters and therefore, they have a capacity to be safe,” Mr. Aquino added. Mr. Aquino said the coun- try’s posts in Egypt and Jordan have also dispatched rapid re- sponse teams in case some 120 Filipinos in Gaza Strip decide to move out of the area. Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte reiterated the

president’s statement, and add- ed that the DFA was ready to as- sist Filipinos and their foreign spouses and children if they needed to be evacuated. “There are plenty of Filipinos have married there. We can’t just help the Filipinos there, of course if they want to leave we have to include the families in the evacuation, if they will agree,” Valte said. She also stressed that the gov- ernment will also assist Filipinos in Israel who may choose to be repatriated or be brought to other countries. The conflict erupted last week, when a resurgence in rocket fire from Gaza provoked Israel to strike back, killing Hamas’ mili- tary chief in an air attack and carrying out hundreds of assaults on militants’ underground rocket launchers and weapons stores. The onslaught abruptly turned deadlier over the weekend as aircraft were ordered to go after Hamas military commanders and buildings suspected of housing their commands and weapons caches.

Telcos

the three firms failed to comply. If they had, the cost of text messaging would have been reduced to P0.80 from P1. Cabarrios said they were still trying to determine how much the three firms should refund to consumers. “We would like to reserve comment on this matter as we review our options for seeking remedies,” Smart and Sun said in a text message when asked to comment on the NTC’s decision. “Since the very beginning of the case, we have clearly stated that SMS is a deregulated service and telcos have the right to set the retail price of this service,” said Froilan Cas- telo, head of Globe’s corporate and legal services group. “In fact, this has worked for the benefit of the consumer because the prices have gone down drastically with the advent of customization, bucket and combo promos, and unlimited services.” At the Senate, Senator Francis Escudero said the govern- ment should focus on improving the services being pro- vided by Globe, Smart and Digitel instead of entertaining a proposal to tax text messages. “If there’s anything the government needs to do, it is to help improve the services provided by the telcos,” he said. “This includes mandating per-second charges instead of per-minute and fixing the problem of billings for dropped calls.” Escudero earlier slammed International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde for proposing a tax on text messages as a revenue-generating measure for the Philippine government. With Macon Ramos-Araneta

Tagle

“Archbishop Tagle’s elevation to the rank of Cardinal is a big and important event not only for the Catholic Church, but also for our predominantly Catholic nation,” Binay said. Pope Benedict XVI named Tagle a Cardinal last October 24. At 55, Tagle will recieve the red hat and ring as the second youngest Cardinal of the Catholic Church after Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of India. The Consistory on November 24 will bring to 120 the total number of electors, who are eligible to vote or be elected in the election of the new Pope when a vacancy occurs. Church officials said Tagle will officiate his first mass as Cardinal at St. Peter’s Basilica, the day after his installation, which will be attended by Filipinos coming from different parts of the world. Tagle, who was installed Archbishop of Ma- nila on Dec. 12, 2011, is the seventh Filipino Cardinal after Rufino Santos, Julio Rosales, Jai- me Sin, Ricardo Vidal, Jose Sanchez and Gaud- encio Rosales. Born in Manila on June 21, 1957, Tagle fin- ished his Philosophy and Theology degree at the Ateneo de Manila University’s San Jose Major Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood on February 27, 1982 at the age of 25.

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The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Anakbayan im- mediately denounced the Comelec for allowing “Palace favorite Ak- bayan” to run as a party-list group in the 2013 elections when it was a “party in power.” “We are aghast at the result of the voting of the Comelec allow- ing Akbayan to run in the partylist polls on 2013.This may be because Akbayan is truly Malacanang’s favorite,” said Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes, one of the petitioners who sought Akbayan’s disqualification. Other groups that sought Akbay- an’s disqualification were Anakbay- an, the League of Filipino Students, Kilusang Mayo Uno and the elec- tion watchdog Kontra Daya. They identified the government officials associated with Akbayan as: Ronald Llamas, presidential political affairs adviser; Etta Ro- sales, Commission on Human Rights chief; Joel Rocamora, Na- tional Anti-Poverty Commission head; and Percival Cendaña of the National Youth Commission. Another Akbayan member, Risa Hontiveros, is running for senator under President Aquino’s Liberal Party. Akbayan’s nominees for the 2013 mid-term polls have also held government positions: Barry Gutierrez was Malacañang’s un- dersecretary for political affairs, while Angelina Ludovice-Katoh was commissioner-in-charge for Mindanao and women concerns from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. Reyes and Anakbayan chairper- son Vencer Crisostomo urged voters to reject Akbayan in the 2013 polls. “How can the five commission- ers not see that Akbayan is a party in power that has influential Cabi- net officials and has multi-million- peso campaign donors from the country’s ruling elite?” Reyes asked. He said Akbayan’s nominees, two of whom are Palace appoin- tees, also did not belong to any of the marginalized sectors that the group claims to represent. “Seems that the Palace worked its magic on the Comelec, after Malacanang’s repeated statements favoring Akbayan. Malacanang

has indeed been very vocal in its endorsement of Akbayan. We laud the two dissenters though for mak- ing a principled stand against Ak- bayan,” Reyes said. In the wake of the Akbayan decision, Crisostomo branded the Comelec “a Malacanang lackey.” He also said lumping Akbayan together with Bayan Muna was “spin to cover up a crime.” “The complaint against Akbayan is not due to its being a multisec- toral party but due to its being party in power and obvious government connections,” Crisostomo stressed. Crisostomo said the Comelec essentially echoed the Palace’s flawed line when it defended Akbayan: “If Akbayan goes, so should Bayan Muna.” “This is an obvious spin which tries to muddle the issue of Ak- bayan’s government connections. Bayan Muna is not partying in Malacanang, Akbayan is,” Crisos- tomo said. Before Tuesday’s ruling, Bril- lantes had noted that Akbayan had many similarities with other groups that were disqualified, such as the Ako Bikol party-list group. He said, however, that Akbayan has a track record in Congress while Ako Bicol had none. Last month, the commission voted 6-0 in favor of canceling the accreditation of Ako Bicol repre- sented in the House by Rodel M. Batocabe, Christopher S. Co, and Alfredo A. Garbin, who according to the poll body, can continue their terms but may not participate in the 2013 elections. Ako Bicol topped the party-list ranking in the May 2010 elections in terms of number of votes received. The commission’s approval for Akbayan and Bayan Muna, brought to seven the total number of groups it has allowed to join the party-list race. The commission last week ap- proved Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan ng mga Obrera, Aagapay sa Matatanda, and Piston Land Transport Coalition Inc. The three new groups claimed to represent public utility drivers, laborers and the elderly. The two other approved party list organizations were Pilipinos With Disabilities and Ang Nars, representing groups of disabled people and professional nurses, re- spectively. With Rey E. Requejo

Aquino

Sereno as Chief Justice last Au- gust to replace Renato Corona, who was removed by impeachment. Sereno is the first woman in judi- ciary history to assume the post. Under the law, Mr. Aquino has 90 days since the vacancy occured to name the replacement. The deadline falls on November 22. Mr. Aquino, who arrived in Manila

on Tuesday, said he would confer with his legal team before he submits his choice to the Supreme Court.

a last run-

through,” Aquino said. “Are there any information that I should be in possession of before I make the decision?” The six other candidates include Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, Court of Appeals As-

“We want to make

sociate Justices Rosemari Carandang, Jose Reyes, Jr., Noel Tijam, former Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla, and De La Salle University College of Law Dean Jose Manuel Diokno. Leonen, who was known as close Aquino ally and head of the govern- ment negotiating panel in the peace talks with the rebel Moro National Liberation Front, was favored to get Mr. Aquino’s endorsement, accord- ing to sources in the judiciary. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the peace talks will not be derailed if the president appoint Leonen to the Supreme Court because “nobody is indis- pensable in government.” “Marivic Leonen is the face of the negotiating panel but, remem- ber, we have five or six members of the negotiating panel. All of them are competent to negotiate with the MILF,” Lacierda said.

FBI

The other two--Ralph Deleon, 23, of Filpino descent, and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, of Upland--converted to Islam in 2010 and began engaging with Kabir and others Online in discus- sions about jihad, including post- ing radical content to Facebook and expressing extremist views. They later recruited 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside. Authorities allege that in Skype calls from Afghanistan, Kabir told the trio he would arrange meetings with terrorists. Kabir added the would-be jihadists could sleep in mosques or the homes of fellow jihadists once they arrived in Af- ghanistan. The trio made plans to depart in mid-November to carry out plots

also in Yemen, after they sold off belongings to scrape together enough cash to buy plane tickets and made passport arrangements. Online, Santana told an FBI un- dercover agent that he wanted to commit jihad and wanted to train in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The complaint also alleges the men went to a shooting range sev- eral times, including a Sept. 10 trip in which Deleon, a California resident, told a confidential FBI source that he wanted to be on the front lines overseas and use C-4, an explosive, in an attack. Santana agreed. According to the complaint, at the shooting range that day both Santana and Deleon told a confi- dential FBI source they were ex- cited about the rewards from be- coming a shaheed, which is Arabic for martyr.

RH

include some “reasonable” mem- bers of the Catholic Church. The anti-RH lawmakers have vowed to block its passage by questioning the legality of the substituted version, which they say should have gone through the committee level first. But with a certification from the Executive, Angara said, both chambers of Congress would be able to act decisively on the highly contentious measure that the Cath- olic Church and some lawmakers are vehemently against. “You can pass it on second and third reading on the same day. You can dispense with the require- ments,” Angara said. He said both the supporters and opponents of the RH bill could

not yet tell if the bill would be ap- proved unless it was passed second reading, which was as good as ap- proved on third reading. “We were ahead. We reached the period of amendments ahead of the Senate, but they seem to be moving at a faster pace,” Angara said. “Of course, it is easier to accept amendments from 24 senators than it is from 287 congressmen.” Angara said most of his col- leagues were fed up with the lengthy debates on the bill. “I think some of the congress- men are tired of the debate,” An- gara said. “They just want to vote. I think that’s the truth of the matter.” Earlier, House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said the House leadership might conduct another round of all-party caucus to speed up the approval of pending bills.

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THE head of the Bureau of Correc- tions has been replaced along with four executives at the New Bilibid Prison following Friday’s grenade blast at the maximum security com- pound but lawmakers wanted a purge of the penal system itself.

In Department Order 981, Justice Decretary Leila de Lima named deputy director Rafael Ragos of the National Bureau of Investigation to take over as of- ficer-in-charge with the removal of Parole and Probation Admin- istrator Manuel Co. But House Assistant Ma- jority Leader and Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles and Siquijor Rep. Orlando Fua, said more than a mere reshuffle is needed to ensure that NBP in Muntinlupa City would not be a safe haven for criminals instead of reforming them. Fua expressed concern over con- victs being hired by ill-willed candi- dates to get elected next year. “The danger of politicians us- ing them in the May 2013 elec- tions is great, and this should be a cause for alarm,” Fua told Ma- nila Standard. Nograles, of the House commit- tee on human rights, said De Li- ma’s findings that the gang rivalry triggered the grenade attack should also look into drug trafficking and other illegal activities as well. “There are reports of inmates being used as guns-for-hire by crime syndicates or by law en- forcers themselves, which was why inmates are allegedly used to commit crimes outside the prison compound,” he said. De Lima said the change had no bearing on Co’s culpabil- ity but only to keep the facil- ity functioning pending Mala- canang’s action on the status of

BuCor director–on-leave Gaud- encio Pangilinan. “I am very grateful and ap- preciative of all the hard work and sacrifices of Administrator Manny Co while he served as OIC of the BuCor. It is not an easy job to head one agency, and it is that much more daunting to head two agencies simultane- ously,” she said. “I feel it is not fair to further burden him with the demands of running and overseeing the op- erations of the BuCor and sev- eral penal farms and colonies.” In Department Order 982 also issued Monday, she named Guillermo Ayala as OIC of NBP. Ayala, superintendent of Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, takes the place of NBP chief Ra- mon Reyes. Also designated were Josie Bayawa of the BuCor legal office as new superintendent of the max- imum security compound in place of Roberto Rabo; NBP assistant superintendent Celso Bravo for medium security in lieu of Dante Cruz; and Alfredo Devaras of the BuCor Reservation Support Ser- vice at minimum security, replac- ing Gerardo Aro. Just like Reyes, Rabo and Aro were also placed in floating status. Cruz was reassigned to Iwahig. At least six inmates were injured when the suspect, who was caught on close circuit television camera, lobbed a grenade at fellow inmates jogging at around 5 a.m. in the premises of Building 11.

IN BRIEF P12-b scam: Justice sets first hearing on Nov. 27 THE Department of Justice
IN BRIEF
P12-b scam: Justice sets
first hearing on Nov. 27
THE Department of Justice has summoned
Manuel Amalilio and officers of his company
Aman Futures Group in connection with the
P12-billion investment scam that allegedly
duped 15,000 people in Visayas and Mindanao.
A special panel of prosecutors has set on
November 27 the first hearing on four com-
plaints filed against executives and agents of
Aman Futures.
Among the respondents in four complaints filed
by nine victims from Pagadian City are Amalilo
and other board members identified as Fernando
Luna, Lelian Lim Gan, Eduard Lim, William
Fuentes, Naezelle Rodriguez and Lurix Lopez.
Also summoned by the DOJ are 37 officers
and agents of Aman: Isagani Laluna, Nimfa
Luna, Dhurwin Wenceslao, Donna Coyme,
Vanessa Luna, Noel Luna, Reggie Luna,
Araceli Pasco, Lezuy Caballero, Marilou Ca-
ballero, Rogelio Caballero, Marichu Caballero,
Rogelio Caballero, Roderick Luna, RoyAspera,
Mike Heres, Edwin Caballero, Liezel Paner,
Connie Paner, Edward Amaro, Marione Tan
Paner, Elen Tan, Judy Amaro, Mike Wenceslao,
Alfredo Aspera, Grace Empalmado, Ariel Empal-
mado, Yuyet Dumandan, Toto Roda, Edilberto
CabilloElmidulan,ShielaLunaLasaca,ArielReal,
Amay Caballero, Rey Tata Chang, Ernesto Luna,
MarceloAndaleand and Marlou Lasaca.
In the subpoena by the DOJ panel headed
by Senior Asst. State Prosecutor Edna Valen-
zuela, respondents who are in Metro Manila
were ordered to answer charges of syndicated
estafa and submit respective counter-affida-
vits in the hearing to be held at 2 p.m. in the
DOJ multi-purpose hall. Rey Requejo
UST Law alumni reunion
THE UST Law Alumni Foundation, Inc. called
on all Thomasian lawyers to attend the annual
reunion and homecoming of the UST Faculty
of Civil Law which shall be held on Nov. 24 at
the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel at 6 PM.
Sandiganbayan Justice Oscar Herrera,
president of the Foundation said the annual
gathering will honor jubilarians belonging to
class 1962 (golden), class 1972 (ruby), class
1977 (Pearl), class 1982 (coral), class 1987
(silver) and class 2002 (tin).
Herrera said outstanding alumni and alum-
nae who have distinguished themselves in their
respective fields will be honored.
The Class of 1987 will be the host this year.
A jubilee mass officiated by Faculty Regent,Fr.
Isidro Abano, will be held at exactly 5 PM be-
fore the start of the annual program. For more
details, please call 731 40 27.
annual program. For more details, please call 731 40 27. Filipino protesters burn U.S. and Israeli

Filipino protesters burn U.S. and Israeli flags during a rally outside the Israeli Embassy in Makati on Tuesday. They were denouncing alleged US support of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Malacanang said there was no need to evacuate 41,000 Filipinos from the war-torn Strip. AP

Filipino missing in Louisiana oil blast; Coast Guard ends search

THE Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. has not given up hope on a Filipino worker who was missing since Friday’s explosion at an oil rig off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico with one other Filipino dead and four companions confined at a burn center. “We know that it has been more than 48 hours but we Filipinos always believe in miracles and we continue to pray that our other kababayan will be found alive,” Am- bassador Jose Cuisia, Jr. said in a statement. Information reaching the embassy indicat- ed that the US Coast Guard has called off its search even as Black Elk Energy, the Hou- ston-based owner of the platform, continues rescue and retrieval operations with two ves- sels and divers for Jerome Malagapo, 28, of Danao, Cebu. He said the same divers recovered Satur- day evening the body of Elroy Corporal, 42,

now ready for repatriation after undergoing autopsy on Nov. 19. Cuisia said he has called up Corporal’s widow, Mary Jean, in Iligan City, to extend his sympathy and to offer any assistance that she and her two children may need. The Embassy said Deputy Consul General Orontes Castro Jr. of the Philippine Consu- late General in Chicago, Welfare Officer Saul de Vries and Assistant Labor Officer Oliver Flores of Cuisa’s staff met on Sunday evening with officials of Baton Rouge General Hospi- tal to check the condition of the four Filipinos. In a briefing, Dr. Flip Roberts, chief medi- cal officer, and Dr. Jeffrey Littleton, burn surgeon and chairman of the Department of Surgery, said two were in critical condition and a third was serious. The fourth, identified as Wilberto Ilagan, is conscious, according to Castro. Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

was serious. The fourth, identified as Wilberto Ilagan, is conscious, according to Castro. Sara Susanne D.

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Danger in ignorance

A LITTLE learning is a dangerous

thing. This observation from the English poet Alexander Pope springs to mind as we contemplate the shenanigans of the irrepressible Senator Vicente Sotto III. Sotto was recently cornered

into making a grudging apology for his unattributed use of several lines from a famous speech by the late US Senator Robert F. Kennedy. At first, Sotto brushed aside suggestions that he plagiarized chunks of Kennedy’s speech by asking sarcastically

if the late US senator knew how

to speak Tagalog—since Sotto had translated the passages into Filipino before using them in his

own privilege speech against the reproductive health bill. Sotto finally relented when Senator Kennedy’s daughter, Kerry Kennedy, issued a strongly worded statement chastising him for “his unethical, unsanctioned theft of Robert Kennedy’s intellectual property and the intellectual property of all those whose work he has plagiarized.” Ms. Kennedy, founder and president of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights in New York, was particularly incensed that Sotto had misused and distorted her father’s words to argue in favor of depriving women of their basic right to choose the form of contraception they would use.

Only then did Sotto apologize to the Kennedy family, saying he was sorry if he upset them. Sotto, who now faces an ethics complaint over his unattributed “borrowing,” maintained that he did not plagiarize because 1) he did not know where the words came from, since these were merely sent to him in a text message; and 2) he never claimed that he was the author of those words. He even challenges his critics to scour the minutes of the session and produce any evidence that he claimed ownership of the passages in question. We do not doubt that Senator Sotto was unaware of the source of the words that he borrowed, but

his second suggestion is ludicrous. When a senator stands up before his colleagues and delivers a privilege speech, are we not to believe that the words are his? And that he implicitly claims that he is the author of that speech? The proper approach to quotations, of course, is to attribute them, but perhaps the senator did not realize this. Notwithstanding the flap over his plagiarism, Sotto says he will continue to oppose reproductive health rights because that is what God wants him to do. “I believe that God believes that what I am doing is right. I believe that I won’t be here if God didn’t want me to fight for this

advocacy,” Sotto told reporters this week. “You may mock me, you may insult me, you can do anything, you can say anything, but that will not change my position against those who are against life, who are pro-abortion, who are pro- immorality for teenagers, who are pro-abortifacients,” he said— again illustrating his ignorance, since the reproductive health bill clearly reaffirms that abortion is illegal. The true tragedy of Philippine politics is that we have people like Senator Sotto who are put in positions of power where they can do great damage with only a modicum of learning.

they can do great damage with only a modicum of learning. An accident called Akbayan JOJO
An accident called Akbayan JOJO JOJO A. ROBLES midterm also held government positions. Barry Gutierrez
An accident
called Akbayan
JOJO
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Barry Gutierrez was Malacañang’s
undersecretary for political affairs
while Angelina Ludovice-Katoh was
commissioner-in-charge for Mindanao
LOWDOWN
a and women concerns of the Presidential
A PARTY-LIST group closely identified
with Malacañang is green-lighted to
participate in the elections next May
by an elections commission beholden
C Commission for the Urban Poor.
But Comelec, now controlled by
Malacañang, says all this is an accident.
Just like it’s probably an accident that
Aquino’s sisters Kris, Ballsy and Viel
to President Noynoy Aquino. This is an
contributed a total of P14 million to
“accident”?
The Commission on Elections has
qualified Palace-friendly Akbayan
party-list to run again in the May 2013
elections. This comes as no surprise to
anyone who believed that the much-
ballyhooed Comelec purge of supposedly
undeserving party list groups was a farce
from the get-go, intended only to remove
Akbayan’s P112.183 million campaign
fund in 2010. * * *
Meanwhile, in Phnom Penh, Aquino
took his own brand of diplomacy to the
traditionally conflict-averse Association
of Southeast Asian Nations when he
parties that are not allied with President
Noynoy Aquino.
But the argument
used by Comelec in
voting 4-2 to allow
Akbayan to remain
directly contradicted the declaration of
Cambodia, the host of the ongoingAsean
summit, on the issue of Chinese claims
to nearly all of the South China Sea.
Aquino disputed
t the statement
of Beijing ally
The T Comelec
a “legitimate” party
Cambodia that the
10 Asean members
purge of
u
ur
list was unusual.
Commission Rene
Sarmiento brushed
aside allegations that
Akbayan’s leaders
held several important
positions in the
Aquino administration
as “an accident of
supposedly
undeserving party
list groups was
a farce from the
had agreed not to
“internationalize”
the territorial
disputes between
China and member-
nations of the group.
By slapping
down Hun Sen and
get-go.
history,” irrelevant to
its “long track record
of representing the
marginalized [as] can
be seen in the bills and laws passed in
Congress.”
Sarmiento cited a 2001 Supreme
Court ruling in the case of Ang Bagong
Bayani vs. Comelec, which purportedly
states that a party-list group should
be disqualified only if it is backed by
government or a foreign entity, if it
represents a religious sector, or if it
advocates violence or unlawful means.
Just because top Akbayan members were
appointed to high government posts by
a historical accident, Sarmiento argued,
doesn’t mean that it is backed by the
government.
As a consolation to the leftist
groups that have been seeking
Akbayan’s disqualification, Comelec
also announced that Bayan Muna
was allowed to run again. Sarmiento
explained that Akbayan and Bayan
Muna are similarly situated, being
“multi-sectoral” representatives not
really catering to the needs of one group.
But Sarmiento’s interpretation of the
high court ruling was quickly disputed
by Anakbayan, the left-leaning youth
sector party-list group and bitterAkbayan
rival, which said the decision also states
that party-list organizations “must not
be an adjunct of, or a project organized
or an entity funded or assisted by, the
his government
right in the latter’s
backyard, Aquino
put the Philippines
squarely on the
side of Vietnam, the United States and
Australia in the dispute with China.
Aquino also succeeded in forcing the
issue of the territorial claims back on
the Asean agenda, right after the group
as a whole tried to put the matter on the
back burner at the start of the summit,
as the Chinese-supported Hun Sen
government had wanted.
It is unclear if Aquino’s
confrontational attitude on the South
China Sea dispute will force the Chinese
to back away from their position to
seek bilateral solutions to its territorial
squabbles with the Philippines and
Vietnam. What seems obvious is that,
now that Aquino has been given the
chance to force Asean to focus on the
spat, the long-cultivated neutrality of the
group may have finally ended.
As for Aquino, who reportedly left
Manila for the summit last weekend
while suffering from the flu, he
seems exhilarated with his exploits in
Cambodia. “I was so happy I didn’t
even feel that I was sick,” he told a local
broadcast station.
Reports concerning Aquino’s
declarations in Phnom Penh were nearly
government
[and] must be independent
of the government. The participation
of the government or its officials in the
affairs of a party-list candidate is not only
illegal and unfair to other parties, but also
deleterious to the objective of the law.”
Makes sense to me. How can
Akbayan not be an administration party
when Loretta Rosales, chairman of the
Commission on Human Rights, Ronald
Llamas, presidential political adviser,
and Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel, who
unanimous in pointing out that tensions
flared in the usually non-controversial
group, which failed to come up with
a communique at the end of a similar
meeting earlier this year on the same
dispute. Apparently, Asean is still
unused to the in-your-face, “somos o no
somos” tactics of the Filipino leader.
By now, of course, everyone in Asean
already knows how Aquino will not
stand on diplomatic niceties and tradition
when he wants something done. No one,
however, can predict if Aquino’s China-
baiting will benefit the Philippines or
even get the US, Japan and the rest of
is again running for the Senate under the
administration coalition belong to it?
Akbayan nominees for the 2013
Asean on our side of the dispute.
One thing’s for certain: Aquino is on
Asean’s case. Let’s see what that gets us.

‘Kingdom of Heaven’

ALEJANDRO ALEJANDRO DEL ROSARIO BACK CHANNEL “KINGDOM of Heaven,” ” the 2005
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historical film epic, encapsulates the religious, cultural clash of civilizations still being played out in the Middle East. The powerful and moving film focuses on the siege of Jerusalem by Saladin and the Saracens. The outnumbered but gallant defenders fought off Saladin and his horde of 200,000 who took heavy losses forcing the invaders to negotiate terms to end the siege. After being assured of safe passage for his people, the hero Balian played by Orlando Bloom, asked the leader of the Saracens:

”What is Jerusalem worth to you?” At first, Saladin (Ghassan Massoud) , shrugged his shoulders and replied, with a sardonic smile: “Nothing.” Then he turned around and said “everything.” His last word on Jerusalem, now the capital of Israel, is still at the heart of the Middle East conflict. Jerusalem and the whole of Israel are again under siege, this time from rockets fired by Hamas, the militant Palestinian group based in the Gaza Strip. Mostly Muslims, Palestinians want to carve out a state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. They demand Israelis relinquish the city and make Tel Aviv their capital While the issue of Jerusalem is still the visceral issue between Israelis and Palestinians, the military balance has

tilted toward the US-backed Jewish state. With its advanced air force and other modern weaponry, Israeli can turn back any invading Muslim horde as proven in the June 1967 Six-Day War. In its victory over the Arab armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, the Jewish

state gained more territories, leaving many Palestinians stateless. Will the world finally witness a truly independent Palestinian state? As someone who observed the endless debate of the Palestinian question at the United Nations in New York where I was once assigned as an attaché with the Philippine Mission to the UN, I don’t think so. There are just too many contentious issues dividing both sides. We have seen apartheid’s demise in South Africa and the country elect Nelson Mandela as its first black president. Much earlier, minority white rule in the former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, came to an end. Palestine has observer status at the UN but its dream of statehood won’t happen just yet, while Israel remains a US client state and its proxy in the volatile Middle East. With strife-torn Syria and its ally Iran seen as another Iraq with an agenda for developing “weapons of mass destruction,” peace, like in the film “Kingdom of Heaven,” will remain elusive. The unhinged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ranting to “wipe Israel off the face of the earth” is not helping to defuse the tension. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in turn, has been threatening an air strike at suspected Iranian nuclear sites. Last week, he ordered drone

strikes in suspected Palestinian camps in the Gaza Strip in retaliation to rockets fired by Hamas that killed three Israelis. Netanyahu warned that if Hamas rockets don’t stop raining on Israel, he will launch a ground assault on Gaza. The rocket and artillery exchange has taken its toll on both sides with Israeli drones scoring big with a kill of Hamas commander Ahmed al Jaabari. Rockets rained on Gaza and southern Israel even as the UN called for restraint on both sides. The US is working behind the scene for a ceasefire before hostilities escalate further. Hamas, the extremist Islamist Palestinian organization bent on the destruction of Israel, fumed that the Israeli strikes had “opened the gates to hell.” The gates of hell may not be fully opened, but the kingdom of heaven and the quest for peace at this point may have been already lost. .These days when some evenings are spent watching HBO movies and History Channel, I find the film “Kingdom of Heaven” relevant to the present situation in the Middle East, where peace is hanging on the precipice. The striking beauty of French actress Eva Green is another reason to watch the Ridley Scott film. Movie buffs will remember her in the James Bond thriller, “Casino Royale.” Eva, according to her bio, has no religion and considers herself as a “citizen of the world” because “life and cinema have no borders. She spent her growing up years studying in Paris, London and Ireland. Eva Green herself is a weapon of mass distraction.

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EMIL EMIL P. JURADO TO THE POINT
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ONCE again, the Philippine

Amusement and Gaming Corporation

is in the limelight. This time, it is in

connection with an alleged $5-million

bribe during the incumbency of former Pagcor Chairman/CEO Efraim Genuino. The payoff was allegedly made by the company of controversial Kazuo Okada to a Genuino bagman. The Universal Entertainment Corp. of billionaire Okada is one of the four giant world-wide gambling

casino operators that got a license and permit to operate in the 120-hectare Entertainment City of Pagcor. The others are Alliance

Global of Andrew Tan, Bloomberry of Australia headed by tycoon Ricky Razon

and Henry Sy’s Belle Resources. Each is pouring in no less than $2 billion. Okada became controversial when the incumbent Pagcor

C h a i r m a n / C E O

Celestino Naguiat got caught in the crossfire —the intra-corporate quarrel between Okada and Wynn resorts chief executive Steve Wynn. The federal US government investigated this. Recall that Naguiat, his family and even a nanny were given accommodations worth $6,500

a day. A Chanel designer bag –

costing $1,878—was also given to the wife. Naguiat claimed that it was “reciprocity accommodation” for casino operators like Pagcor. If the bribery is proven, Okada may have his Pagcor license and permit to operate canceled. This would also mean further delays in the establishment of Pagcor City. This brings us back to the issue of Pagcor, the state gaming agency being both a regulator and an operator of

casinos. While the details of the alleged bribery are not yet known, records show that Pagcor under Genuino was buying from Okada’s Aruze USA casino gambling machines.

I have said this before: Pagcor as

both an operator and a regulator is an anomaly. There’s also the anomaly of Pagcor executives and board members going abroad visiting foreign gambling casinos, like in Las Vegas and in Macau, all expenses paid for plus pocket money for shopping. While this may be deemed normal practice, it blurs the line between bribery and courtesy reciprocity practice. President Noynoy Aquino should limit Pagcor’s role to that of an operator. Santa Banana, the Nevada Casino Board, as well as the Chinese government regulators, do not operate casinos. They leave that to the private sector. This way, there will be no temptation on the part of Pagcor officials, much less corruption. *** The reproductive health bill is all about population control.

No amount of gobbledygook can change that. After listening to the Senate debates on the amendments to the bill supported by anti-life advocates Senators Pia Cayetano and Miriam Santiago, I am even more convinced that the bill is nothing more than an attempt of foreign-led institutions, especially Washington, to control the population in underdeveloped countries like the Philippines. This is so they could retain control. Take that long-winded debate on the definition of conception. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile wanted to define when life begins. Under

Enrile’s definition, life begins with the successful penetration of an ovum by

a spermatozoa in the fallopian tube, otherwise known as fertilization.

That’s when life begins in the mother’s womb. Thus, when this fertilization is aborted with the use of abortifacient pills, IUDs and

of

contraceptives, that’s preventing life.

pills, IUDs and of contraceptives, that’s preventing life. This agency cannot be an operator and a
pills, IUDs and of contraceptives, that’s preventing life. This agency cannot be an operator and a

This agency cannot be an operator and a regulator at the same time.

cannot be an operator and a regulator at the same time. other means   I’m not

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I subscribe to Enrile’s proposed amendment that conception should properly be defined in the RH bill

conception should properly be defined

in the RH bill to enable government to

find out who could be held responsible for giving abortifacient pills to people, especially the poor. Unfortunately, Enrile’s proposed amendment was lost when the House was divided. Thus, we are back to the issue of when life begins and which the anti-life advocates want to play God because of lack of definition, simply because scientific studies are not one on this issue. *** The recurring ills besetting the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa can only be the result of a heavily congested NBP. It was built only for over a thousand, but it is now populated by over 2,500! Congestion brings about sub- standard facilities. My gulay, I can only imagine the unsanitary conditions. That gives rise to gangs fighting for supremacy. It also gives rise to the entry of illegal drugs, even

guns and explosives. Time and again, there have been proposals to decongest the NBP and move it to Camp Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija, which has an area of more than 1,000 hectares. Funds raised from privatizing the prime property of the NBP in Muntinlupa would then be used to rebuild a new prison facility. It seems that Malacañang is not listening. It is not even interested. The Department of Justice can relieve all NBP officials and all the guards, but problems will recur and anomalies will persist unless Malacañang thinks out of the box.

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Recolonizing the Philippines

FRANCISCO S. FRANCISCO S TATAD FIRST THINGS FIRST
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FIRST THINGS FIRST

THE imperial powers have bared their

fangs, and they are out to recolonize the Philippines. There are no longer any Lapu-Lapus or latter-day Katipuneros to rise against the recolonizers. Outside of the powerless majority, there seem to be too many quislings and collaborators. Their object is no longer to repossess the land, airspace or territorial waters but rather to control the hearts and minds and souls of the people. Money, not arms, has become their principal weapon of choice, and it seems to be flowing out of their ears, even though the global economy is in trouble. The aim is no longer to physically exterminate the natives, but rather to exploit the ignorant, idiotize the PhDs, and make a total wreck of society’s view of itself, and the nature of man. This is not the standard way of looking at the present effort of the UK, the US, the UN Fund for Population Activities, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others to bamboozle the Congress, through big business, into passing the highly immoral and patently unconstitutional reproductive health bill. But this is what it is.

It is not easy for anyone in politics

to utter this distinct truth, but it needs to be said and must be said by those who will accept the risk of saying it. In my nine years in the Senate, mostly as Senate Majority Leader, I tried to do it, but I had to pay a high price for it. Within days from my first taking office, having been elected on a pro- life, pro-family platform, I was singled out in a seminar-workshop by Dr. Mahar Mangahas of the Social Weather Stations as someone who could not get reelected unless I abandoned my opposition to

the government’s population control program. The guy spoke political dogma, citing alleged findings in a so-called opinion survey. That showed me early the venality and malevolence of Mangahas’ entrepreneurial opionion surveys. As my first term was ending, I saw

a prodigious effort within the Ramos

administration to prevent my reelection despite my unparalleled support for its legislative program as Senate Majority Leader. This was led by the population control lobby around President Ramos, who, with his senator-sister, was a supporter of population control. Their main grievance was my uncompromising opposition to the government’s pro- population control position at the 1994 Cairo international conference on population and development. Since my party had earlier coalesced with the Ramos party, I brought the matter to the President’s official attention. He promised to do something about it, and the injury was minimized, although not eliminated altogether. Based on our post-election intelligence and analysis, I lost some 2.2 million votes in the final count, but came out a strong winner still. At that point, however, an elderly statesman and friend, who used to provide advice to a couple of foreign presidents, warned me that because of my uncompromising position on

population control, I faced a rather bleak political future. Whether or not I had any further ambitions, he said, powerful but unseen global forces in the interstices of the nation’s political, economic and corporate systems would prevent my remaining in public life after my two consecutive senatorial terms. At one point a European ambassador invited me to lunch at his Forbes Park residence. I found no need to ask the reason for the invite. I had counted on the company of other guests, but when I arrived, I saw that I was the only one.

At lunch, we discussed the issues of the

day, but after a while the ambassador dropped the final question, “Why are you against family planning?” Nothing had prepared me for it,

so

country to suffer the consequences of the wrong policies that Europe is going through right now.” Or words to that effect. That ended the conversation and

the lunch and I never got invited to that embassy ever again. Much more serious than that is happening right now. The Makati businessmen, who cannot seem to distinguish profit from patriotism, are being used by the global forces

in their naked effort to recolonize the

Philippines. And the Senate, far from denouncing the deed, and archiving

the highly offensive bill, has decided instead to call for amendments. But what amendments can possibly make the bill lawful and acceptable?

A nation can live with laws that are

unwise or even unjust, but it can never have a law that patently contradicts the Constitution. And this is what the RH bill is—patently unconstitutional. For while the Constitution names the State as the protector of the life of the unborn from conception—and by necessary implication, the protector and promoter of conception—the bill makes the State the principal provider and promoter of contraception, and therefore the preventer and destroyer of conception. And while the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, this bill mandates religious persecution. On these grounds alone, although there are so many other grounds, the RH bill cannot be made into law, without disabling the Constitution. What kind of law do our lawyer-senators Pia Cayetano and Miriam Santiago want to teach the nation?

I said, “Because I do not want my

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By Nelson Forte Flores, LL.B., 3°

OUR exploding population is among

several major reasons that our nation is mired in poverty and ignorance. This aggravating situation is unfortunately compounded by the local Roman Catholic Church leadership’s archaic dogma concerning population growth. It has opposed all measures to ease, if not correct, the economic suffering brought about by our burgeoning population through the sly manipulation of the facts.

I suspect that the Roman church’s

opposition to the reproductive health bill is essentially not really about its being “anti-life” as the proposed law is clearly against such measures. I believe that it is the empowerment of women which it really is against. This “enmity against women’s liberation” also led the Roman church hierarchy to prevent priests from marrying or women from being ordained priests. For this church, the woman apparently symbolizes corruption. According to author Sara Ritchey in an article published in the New York Times early this year, by the time of the First Lateran Council in 1122-23, the priest’s wife had become a symbol of wantonness and defilement. The reason was that during this period, the nature of the host consecrated at Mass received greater theological scrutiny. The author added that medieval theologians were in the process of determining that bread and wine, at the moment of consecration in the hands of an ordained priest at the altar, truly became the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The priest who handled the body and blood of Christ, should therefore be uncontaminated lest he defile the sacred corpus. It is not far-fetched that this line of thinking, which was drilled in subconsciously, affects Filipino

Support the RH bill

Roman church leaders of today, hence their consistent refusal to allow the empowerment of women. For what is wrong in giving women the

choice to practice or not family planning,

to give state support to mothers or fathers

who wishes to plan their family, to teach sex education to teenagers in schools, to promote the use of contraceptives like condoms to prevent accidental pregnancy, to ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non- judgmental and compassionate manner? Contrary to the lies being spread by the princes of the Roman church, the proposed law does not legalize nor encourage abortion (underground abortion clinics are already in existence long before the proposed RH bill). The RH bill does not promote sexual promiscuity or violence among the youth or prostitution. We already have the numerous television shows and movies that effectively do that. Bishop Efraim Tendero of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches in the Philippines correctly stated that the “RH Bill is pro-life, pro- development and pro-poor. It protects the life of both the mother and the baby in her womb. Supporting the bill is more pro-

life. Life begins at fertilization. Therefore

if there is no fertilization there is no life.

The use of artificial contraception is not taking away life because life has not yet started.” Note that not all religious groups support the Roman church in its stand. The Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood which includes the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Aglipay), Episcopal Church of the Philippines, Iglesia ni Cristo, National Council of Churches in the Philippines, United Church of Christ of the Philippines, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, United Methodist

Church, Philippines for Jesus Movement, Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines, Seventh Day Adventist, Salvation Army and the Catholics for Reproductive Health support the RH bill. * * * Communication is the basis of human relations without which we would not have achieved what we have today. It is the foundation where human civilization was

built. For the great and not so great men of our time, it is a blessing and a bane. Apparently for Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista communication is a nuisance hence his consistency in ignoring calls and text messages especially coming from media practitioners and lowly barangay officials. It has become worse now (he is practicing a total interview blackout) when he learned that he would

be unopposed in this coming election. According to some people working in

city hall, the mayor holds in contempt the media people covering his office and the lowly barangay officials because “they are nothing but favor seekers.” They quoted Bautista as saying “puro sila pakabig.”

I called many times and even sent

him a number of text messages to elicit a reaction about the reports that I received. I even tried to set up a meeting with him since he is my daughter’s godfather so we can talk in private. I got no reply. I hate to think that perhaps for him, I have just become another “favor seeker,” the creature he loathes most. Well, when I was a little boy, my mother always reminded me to give

a polite reply whenever I am asked a

question or when someone is trying to talk with me. That is good manners and right conduct, she said.

Nelson F. Flores is senior associate

He is based in

editor of Fil-Am Press. Houston, Texas.

Christine Lagarde’s uncharted Asian territory

By William Pesek

CHRISTINE Lagarde’s Asia charm offensive ended on a rather discordant note. The head of the International Monetary Fund cut short her Asia trip to attend the umpteenth meeting of euro-area finance ministers on Greece. It was a stark reminder that with the West either in recession or political paralysis, the IMF is giving short shrift to Asia, a place that could use more face time with the woman in charge of the

world’s economic rescue squad. Lagarde’s Asia trek was meant to woo a region that, 15 years after its own crisis, helps power the world economy. She got

a bit of wooing in Malaysia and the

Philippines. In Kuala Lumpur, she stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Malaysia’s internationally respected central-bank governor. In Manila, Lagarde paid her respects to Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and central-bank head Amando Tetangco for their success in reviving the perennial sick man of Asia.

in

 

And then, poof, she was gone. Her trip

Asia and its growing challenges.

poverty and increasing hunger among

policies defer the needed reforms.

to

Cambodia for the East Asia Summit

The IMF’s defenders will surely take

Asia’s billions might make Europe’s

The IMF needs Asia. No big

was scrapped, along with a rare chance

exception. But Lagarde missed a perfect

crisis seem manageable by comparison.

economic or environmental issue can

to

catch up with leaders from Australia,

chance to address Asian leaders directly

Lagarde could have worked the room at

be

solved without China’s participation.

India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and

on their turf on everything from weak

the East Asia Summit to see what Europe

It

also needs money from Japan, China,

South Korea. All for another European

global growth to financial instability

can learn from Asia’s crisis response.

India, Australia, South Korea and other

debt confab that will resolve what? A

to widening income gaps to optimal

Europe could do worse than emulate how

economies in the region. Lagarde’s visits

summit bubble, anyone?

regulatory approaches. She missed out

quickly countries such as South Korea

to

Malaysia and the Philippines were,

I’m a big believer in the inverse

on pressing China on reforms after its

confronted the magnitude of their debt and

in

part, to show appreciation for their

relationship between the number of

leadership change; India and Indonesia

structural flaws, implemented sweeping

contributions to a $461 billion increase in

summits and the result each produces. No one doubts Lagarde’s sincerity about this

on attacking corruption and weathering surging food prices; Vietnam on its

changes and began thriving. It hasn’t escaped notice in Asia that the

the IMF’s resources this year, when the U.S. and Canada abstained.

next one in which 17 euro countries will get together in an effort to cut Greece’s debt to sustainable levels. But let’s be real. None

latest market crash; Laos on its bid for World Trade Organization membership; and Singapore on a possible chill in its

IMF is treating Europe very differently. Fifteen years ago, the IMF demanded that Asia raise interest rates, boost currencies,

like and respect Lagarde. I believe

the IMF has benefited greatly from her presence in Washington. And granted,

I

of

the countless powwows have done so. A

immigration policies.

cut debt, force banks to write down bad

Lagarde is a busy person with Europe’s

year or two from now, Europe will still be

Her time in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,

loans and let companies fail in exchange

mess, the U.S. teetering on its self-

dueling with Athens and its debt.

would have been a timely opportunity

for bailouts.

inflicted fiscal cliff and sparks flying

Asia’s importance

to feel out Japanese and South Korean

Coddling Europe

in

the Arab world. Her resources are

All this says two things about today’s IMF. One, like too many European leaders, IMF officials are living in denial about the magnitude of the West’s problems if they think another gathering and yet another communique matter. Two, they don’t grasp the importance of

officials on next month’s elections. Or talk some sense into Asia over the territorial disputes driving it apart. Why not debate the logic of the currency-reserves arms race that has occurred since Asia’s 1997 crisis and discuss the pros and cons of capital controls? The mix of recession,

Now Asia looks on, often aghast, at how the IMF coddles Europe with ever- growing amounts of aid and misplaced patience. In Manila last week, Lagarde said discussion on Greece “isn’t over till the fat lady sings.” Well, she won’t sing for a long, long time because IMF

stretched a bit thin. It is important, though, for IMF officials to focus on Asia, a region on the front lines of every risk facing the global economy. Lagarde may be courting bigger trouble if she doesn’t spend more time there. Bloomberg

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Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS Region IV-A BATANGAS SECOND DISTRICT

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

Region IV-A BATANGAS SECOND DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE KUMINTANG ILAYA, BATANGAS CITY

Invitation to Bid

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Region IV-A, Batangas 2 nd District Engineering Office through the General Appropriations Act Funds for FY 2013 and Priority Development Assistance Fund FY 2012 General Appropriations Act, RA 10155, intends to apply the sum of Two Hundred Twenty Seven Million Eight Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Sixty Pesos (P 227,825,660.00) to payments under the contract for Contract ID Nos. 12DE-0173 to 12DE-0182.

Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

1. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0173

Contract Name

:

-

Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1) (Intermittent Sections)

Contract Location

:

-

Arterial Road along Palico-Balayan-Batangas Road, K0146+190 – K0147+970 Bauan, Batangas

Scope of Work

:

-

Overlay 100 mm

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 26,901,180.00

Contract Duration

Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 25,000.00

:

-

60 c.d.

2. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0174

Contract Name

:

-

Preventive Maintenance (MFO-1) (Intermittent Sections)

 

Secondary Road along Bauan-Mabini Road, K0146+729

K0148+841

Contract Location

:

-

Bauan, Batangas

Scope of Work

:

-

Overlay 100 mm with corrections

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 29,343,160.00

Contract Duration

Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 25,000.00

:

-

60 c.d.

3. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0175

Contract Name

:

-

Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of Damaged Paved National Road (MFO-2), (Intermittent Sections) Arterial Road at Batangas-Tabangao-Lobo Road, K0140+000 –

 

K0140+370

Contract Location

:

-

Batangas City

Scope of Work

:

-

Reconstruction PCCP 280 mm

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 6,299,440.00

Contract Duration

Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 10,000.00

:

-

60 c.d.

4. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0176

Contract Name

:

-

Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of Damaged Paved National Road (MFO-2), (Intermittent Sections) Secondary Road at Bauan-Mabini Road;

 

1. K0160+184 – K0160+244

P 1,042,000.00

2. K0165+349 – K0165+601

P 4,379,000.0

Contract Location

:

-

Mabini, Batangas

Scope of Work

:

-

Reconstruction PCCP 230 mm

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 5,421,000.00

Contract Duration

Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 10,000.00

:

-

60 c.d.

5. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0177

Contract Name

:

-

Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of Damaged Paved

 

National Road (MFO-2), (Intermittent Sections) Secondary

Road at Batangas-Quezon Road,

K0134+(-651) –

K0134+000

Contract Location

:

-

Batangas City

Scope of Work

:

-

Reconstruction PCCP 280 mm

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 12,607,700.00

Contract Duration

Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 25,000.00

:

-

90 c.d.

6. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0178

Contract Name

:

-

Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of Damaged Paved National Road (MFO-2), (Intermittent Sections) Secondary Road at Batangas- Lobo Road;

 

1. K0115+230 – K0115+360

P 2,460,000.00

2. K0132+000 – K0132+850

P 14,473,620.00

3. K0133+000 – K0133+130

P2,259,000.00

Contract Location

:

-

Batangas City and Lobo, Batangas

Scope of Work

:

-

1. Recon AC 100 mm; 2 & 3. Reconstruction PCCP 280

mm

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 19,192,620.00

- Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 25,000.00

Contract Duration

:

120 c.d.

7. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0179

Contract Name

:

-

Widening of Roads along Bauan-Mabini Road,

 

1. K0170+000 – K0171+500, with exception Phase I Bagalangit Section P 19,600,000.00

2. K0173+000 – K0174+000, Phase I P 19,600,000.00

3. K0175+000 – K0176+500, with exception Solo Section P 19,600,000.00

Contract Location

:

-

Mabini, Batangas

Scope of Work

:

-

Widening

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 58,800,000.00

- Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 50,000.00

Contract Duration

:

180 c.d.

8. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0180

Contract Name

:

-

Widening of Batangas Port Diversion Road, Bolbok Section,

Contract Location

:

-

Batangas 2 nd LD Batangas City

Scope of Work

:

-

Widening

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 49,000,000.00

Contract Duration

Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 25,000.00

:

-

150 c.d.

9. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0181

Contract Name

:

-

Construction/Improvement of Drainage System Along

Contract Location

:

-

Batangas-Tabangao-Lobo Road, (Gulod Labac – Pallocan Section), Phase II, Batangas 2 nd LD Batangas City

Scope of Work

:

-

Construction / Improvement

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 21,560,000.00

- Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 25,000.00

Contract Duration

:

120 c.d.

10. Contract ID

:

-

12DE-0182

Contract Name

:

-

Improvement / Widening of Barangay Road at Sta. Mesa

 

Balibaguhan, Mabini

Contract Location

:

-

Mabini, Batangas

Scope of Work

:

-

Widening/Gravelling

Approved Budget for the Contract: - P 5,000,000.00

- Amount of Bidding Documents : - P 5,000.00

Contract Duration

:

75 c.d.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Region IV-A, Batangas 2 nd District Engineering Office now invites bids for the above contracts. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of

bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained

in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instruction to Bidders.

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non- discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (R.A. 9184), otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.

Interested bidders may obtain further information from DPWH, Region IV-A, Batangas 2nd District Engineering Office, and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday to Friday.

A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the

address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents

in

the amount stated above.

It

may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government

Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the DPWH, if available, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.

The DPWH, Region IV-A, Batangas 2nd DEO will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on November 23, 2012 at 2:00 P.M., which shall be open to all interested parties. Bids must be delivered to the address below on December 5, 2012 on or before 2:00 P.M. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.

Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representative who choose to attend

at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.

Interested bidders are also required to present to the BAC Secretariat, DPWH-

Batangas 2 nd District Engineering Office, Batangas City original copies of the following documents for authentication and issuance of Bid Documents: a) PCAB License; b) Contract’s Registration Certificate; c) Certificate of Materials Engineer accreditation;

d) Latest Copy of Authorizing Officer together with machine copy of two (2) Valid ID’s;

e) Certificate of Safety Officer Seminar from Department of Labor and Employment

(DOLE); f) Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) Order From (Documents Request List); g) CY-2011 CPES Rating and h) Income Tax Return (ITR) with Payment slip.

The DPWH reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

DPWH Region IV-A, Batangas 2 nd DEO likewise assumes no obligation whatsoever to compensate or indemnify any bidder or winning bidders, as the case may be, for any expenses or loss that said party(ies) may incur in its participation in the pre-bidding and bidding process nor does it guarantee that an award will be made.

For further information, please refer to:

EDWIN D. ABRIGONDA BAC Chairman

Attention:

Head, BAC Secretariat DPWH, Region IV-A Batangas 2 nd District Engineering Office Kumintang Ilaya, Batangas City

Noted by:

(Sgd.) WINIFREDO B. OLORES OIC, District Engineer

(MST-Nov. 21, 2012)

Approved by:

(Sgd.) EDWIN D. ABRIGONDA Engineer IV Asst. District Engineer Chairman, Bids and Awards Committee

PORT DISTRICT OFFICE OF NORTHERN MINDANAO PORT DISTRICT OFFICE OF NORTHERN MINDANAO Agora Gate, Port
PORT DISTRICT OFFICE OF NORTHERN MINDANAO
PORT DISTRICT OFFICE OF NORTHERN MINDANAO
Agora Gate, Port Area, Cagayan de Oro City
Telefax Nos. (08822) 725566; (088) 8562819, 8561264;
e-mail: ppanomin@yahoo.com.ph
INVITATION TO BID FOR THE PROVISION OF TEMPORARY SUPPORT PERSONNEL
FOR THE PDO-NORTHERN MINDANAO, PMO-ILIGAN AND PMO-OZAMIZ
The Philippine Ports Authority, Port District Office of Northern Mindanao (PPA, PDO-NM), through the PPA Corporate Funds CY
2013, intends to apply the sum of TWELVE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY NINE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY EIGHT
PESOS AND 86/100 (P12,459,478.86) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Provision
of Temporary Support Personnel. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.
The PPA, PDO-NM now invites bids for the Provision of Temporary Support Personnel for the contract period of January 1 – December
31, 2013, as follows:
Place of Assignment
Port District Office of
Northern Mindanao
No. of Personnel
Two
(2)
Seven
(7)
One
(1)
One
(1)
One
(1)
Two
(2)
One
(1)
One
(1)
Position
Utility Worker A
Clerk Processor A
Driver-Mechanic B
Sr. Corporate Accountant
Accounting Processor A
Supervising Engineer A
Internal Control Assistant
Engineering Assistant A
Sub-Total
Sixteen (16)
PMO-Iligan
Five
(5)
Seven
(7)
Three
(3)
Two
(2)
One
(1)
Utility Worker A
Clerk III
Data Encoders
Driver-Mechanic B
Statiscian A
Sub-Total
Eighteen (18)
PMO-Ozamiz
Seven
(7)
Three
(3)
Two
(2)
Three
(3)
One
(1)
Data Encoders
Clerk Processor A
Utility Worker
Clerk Processor B
Plant Electrician
Sub-Total
Sixteen (16)
Grand Total
Fifty (50)
The Business of the Bidder should have been in existence for at least five (5) consecutive years prior to the advertisement and/or
posting of the invitation to bid, and should have completed within the last five (5) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids,
a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section 5
of the Instructions to Bidders.
Bidders should have at least a working capital in the amount of Two Million Five Hundred Thirty Nine Thousand Two Hundred Ninety
Five Pesos and 96/100 (Php 2,539,295.96), on the basis of its financial statements for 2010 and 2011, duly audited and stamped received
by the BIR which is sufficient to finance the first three (3) months operation of the procuring entity. The description of an eligible bidder is
contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section 6 of the Terms of Reference.
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the
Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.
Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or
outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of
which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183 and subject to Commonwealth Act 138.
Bidding is open to all interested bidders, whether local or foreign, subject to the conditions for eligibility provided in the IRR of RA 9184.
Interested bidders may obtain further information from the Secretariat, Philippine Ports Authority, Port District Office of Northern Mindanao
(PPA, PDO-NM) and inspect the Bidding Documents on Mondays to Fridays, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
A
complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders on November 21 – December 13, 2012 from 8:00 AM
to
5:00 PM from the address below and upon payment a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Twenty Five
Thousand Pesos (P25,000.00).
The PPA, PDO-NM will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on December 3, 2012, 9:00 AM at PPA, PDO-NM Conference Room, Agora Gate, Port
Area, Cagayan de Oro City, which shall be open only to all interested bidders. Bidders who have not purchased the Bidding Documents
shall be allowed to participate in the pre-bid conference and may raise queries or clarifications therein.
At the option of the procuring entity, only those who have purchased the Bidding Documents shall be allowed to raise or submit written
queries/clarifications after the pre-bid conference.
Bids must be submitted on or before December 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM, and addressed to:
LOLITA B. CABANLET
Chair
Bids and Awards Committee-Procurement of Goods
Philippine Ports Authority, PDO-NM
Agora Gate, Port Area
Cagayan de Oro City 9000
All Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.
Bid Opening shall be on December 14, 2012, 9:30 AM at PPA, PDO-NM Conference Room, Agora Gate, Port Area, Cagayan de Oro City.
Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted.
Representative/s of the prospective bidders must present a duly notarized Authorization or Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for Sole Pro-
prietorship, or duly notarized Secretary’s Certificate for corporation, partnership or joint venture, showing that they are the duly authorized
representative/s of the company to attend the Pre-Bid Conference and Opening of Bids
The PPA, PDO-NM reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to
contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
For further information, please refer to:
Ms. Fidela M. Sanchez
Head, Secretariat
Bids and Awards Committee-Goods & Services
Philippine Ports Authority, PDO-NM
Agora Gate, Port Area
Cagayan de Oro City 9000
Telefax : (088) 8561264/8562819
e-mail: ppanomin@yahoo.
(Sgd.) LOLITA B. CABANLET
Chairperson BAC-PG
(MST-NOV. 21, 2012)
Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS Region IV-B, MIMAROPA Mindoro Occidental

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

Region IV-B, MIMAROPA Mindoro Occidental District Engineering Office OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

November 19, 2012

INVITATION TO BID

1.

The Department of Public Works and Highways, Mindoro Occidental I District Engineering Office, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, through the CY-2013DPWH Infrastructure Program and FY 2012 RA 10155 Regular 2012 Current intends to apply the sum of the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract/s for the hereunder project/s. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

1.1a.

Contract ID

:

12EB0238

b.

Contract Name

:

Replacement of New San Isidro Bridge along Jct. MWCR (San Isidro)-Penal Colony-Jct. Yapang Road, K0303+888.00

c.

Contract Location

:

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

d.

Scope of Work

:

Replacement/Reconstruction of two (2) span @ 15.00 m, L=30.00 LM, RCDG Bridge

e.

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)

:

P

15,523,200.00

f.

Source of Fund

:

FY 2013 DPWH Infrastructure Program

g.

Contract Duration

:

201 C.D.

1.2a.

Contract ID

:

12EB0239

b.

Contract Name

:

Replacement/Reconstruction of Taberna Bridge

 

along Mindoro West Coastal Road, K0402+658.00

 

c.

Contract Location

:

Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

d.

Scope of Work

:

Replacement/Reconstruction of three (3) span

@ 25.00 m, L=75.00 LM, PSCDG Bridge

e.

Approved Budget for the

:

 

Contract (ABC)

P

48,541,200.00

 

f.

Source of Fund

:

FY 2013 DPWH Infrastructure Program

g.

Contract Duration

:

264 C.D.

1.3a.

Contract ID

:

12EB0240

b.

Contract Name

:

Repair/Maintenance of PNP (PD’s Quarter)

c.

Contract Location

:

San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

d.

Scope of Work

:

Repair and Maintenance of PD’s Quarter)

e.

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)

:

P

600,000.00

f.

Source of Fund

:

FY 2012 RA 10155 Regular 2012 Current

g.

Contract Duration

:

65 C.D.

2.

The Department of Public Works and Highways, Mindoro Occidental I District Engineering Office, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, through the CY-2013DPWH Infrastructure Program and FY 2012 RA 10155 Regular 2012 Current now invites bids for above projects. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.

3.

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.

4.

Interested bidders may obtain further information from Department of Public Works and Highways, Mindoro Occidental I District Engineering Office, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

5.

A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from November 21–December 10, 2012 from the address below from and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of P 10,000.00 for project no. 1, P 20,000.00 for project no. 2 and P 1,000.00 for project no. 3. The Bidding Documents shall be received personally by the prospective Bidder or his authorized representative.

It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government

Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and

DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph,

provided that Bidders shall pay the nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.

6.

The Department of Public Works and Highways, Mindoro Occidental I District Engineering Office, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on 10:00 A.M. on November 28, 2012 at BAC Office, MQC Building, DPWH, Mindoro Occidental I DEO, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, which shall beopen to all interested parties.

7.

Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 10:00 A.M. on December 10, 2012at BAC Office, DPWH, Mindoro Occidental I DEO, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount (a) Cash or cashier’s/manager’s check issued by a Universal or Commercial Bank., two percent (2%) of the ABC; (b) Bank draft/guarantee or irrevocable letter of credit issued by a Universal or Commercial Bank: Provided, however, that it shall be confirmed or authenticated by a Universal or Commercial Bank, if issued by a foreign bank, two percent (2%) of the ABC; (c) Surety bond callable upon demand issued by a surety or insurance company duly certified by the Insurance Commission as authorized to issue such security, five percent (5%) of the ABC; (d) Any combination of the foregoing, proportionate to share of form with respect to total amount of security; and (e) Bid-Securing Declaration.

Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.

8.

Bid opening shall be on 2:00 P.M. on December 10, 2012at BAC Office, MQC Bldg., DPWH, Mindoro Occidental I DEO, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

9.

The Department of Public Works and Highways, Mindoro Occidental I District Engineering Office, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

10.

For further information, please refer to:

 

(Sgd.) GERARDO D. CLEMENTE Engineer III DPWH, Mindoro Occidental I DEO Km. 407 Airport Road Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro Tel. & Fax No. (043)-711-1012 Email Address: dpwh_mindoro_occidental_bac@yahoo.com

(MST-Nov. 21, 2012)

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Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS Cordillera Administrative Region OFFICE OF

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

Cordillera Administrative Region OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER Abra District Engineering Office Bangued, Abra

November 19, 2012

INVITATION TO BID

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bangued, Abra through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s):

Contract ID

:

12PA0070

Contract Name

:

REHABILITATION/RECONSTRUCTION/

Contract Location

:

UPGRADING OF DAMAGED PAVED NATIONAL ROAD (I.S.) Abra-Ilocos Norte Road, K0 419 + 000 – K0

Scopes of Work Approved Budget for the

:

421 + 740 Item 101, 200, 506, 311, Spl. 1

Contract (ABC)

:

P47,424,252.90

Contract Duration

:

179 Calendar Days

Source of Fund

:

FY 2013 Regular Infra

Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures

in accordance

with R.A. 9184 and its

Revised Implementing Rules and

Regulations.

To bid for the contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractors’ applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.

The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:

1. Issuance of Bidding Documents

 

November 21-December 11, 2012

2. Pre-Bid Conference

 

November 29, 2012

3. Deadline

of

Receipt

of

LOI

from

 

Prospective Bidders

 

December 6, 2012

4. Receipt of Bids

 

December 11, 2012 Until 10:00 A.M.

5. Opening of Bids

 

December 11, 2012 @ 2:00 P.M.

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at DPWH, Abra Engineering District, Bangued, Abra upon payment of a non-refundable fee of 20,000.00 for Bidding Documents. Prospective bidders may download the BDs from the DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids Documents. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.

Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BD’s in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualification

The DPWH-Abra Engineering District, Bangued, Abra reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract Award, without incurring any liability to affected Bidders.

(MST-Nov. 21, 2012)

APPROVED

(Sgd.) EDWIN T. BRINGAS Chief, Maintenance Section (BAC Chairman) Tel. # 752-8507

Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS First Metro Manila Engineering District

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

First Metro Manila Engineering District Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway, Rosario, Pasig City

INVITATION TO BID

A.

The Department of Public Works and Highways-First Metro Manila Engineering District, Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway, Rosario, Pasig City through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contracts:

1.

Contract ID No.: 0120B0305 Contract Name: Proposed Pilot Dredging/Deepening of Manggahan Floodway Channel, Phase I (Sta. 8+300 – Sta. 9+000), Taytay, Rizal Contract Location: Taytay, Rizal Scope of Work: Dredging/Deepening Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP49,530,848.45 Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days Cost of Bid Documents: PhP25,000.00

2.

Contract ID No.: 0120B0307 Contract Name: Construction of Multi-Purpose Building, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City Contract Location: Marikina City Scope of Work: Construction of Multi-Purpose Building Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP8,000,000.00 Contract Duration: 90 Calendar Days Cost of Bid Documents: PhP10,000.00

3.

Contract ID No.: 0120B0308 Contract Name: Construction of Bridge at Maricaban Creek, Taguig City Contract Location: Taguig City Scope of Work: Construction of Bridge Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): PhP5,446,114.35 Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days Cost of Bid Documents: PhP10,000.00

B.

Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a single contract similar to the Project, equivalent to at least fifty percent (50%) of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II, Instruction to Bidders.

C.

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail critetion as specified in the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino Citizens/sole proprietorships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.

D.

Interested Bidders may obtain further information from First Metro Manila Engineering District, and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from [8:00A.M.-12:00NN and 1:00P.M.-5:00P.M.].

E.

A. complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested bidders from the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents.

It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the procuring Entity, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later that the submission of their bids.

F.

The First Metro Manila Engineering District, will hold the Pre-Bid Conference on November 29, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at FMMED-Office Conference Room, Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway, Rosario, Pasig City, which shall be open only to all interested parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents.

G.

Bids must be delivered on or before December 11, 2012 10:00 A.M. at First Metro Manila Engineering District, Westbank Road, Manggahan Floodway, Rosario, Pasig City. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.1. Bids will be opened on the same date at 2:00 P.M. in the presence of the bidder’s representatives who choose to attend at the aforesaid address. Late bids shall not be accepted.

H.

The First Metro Manila Engineering District, reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected or bidders.

I.

For further information, please refer to:

NOTED

(Sgd.) MARIO E. ALCANTARA OIC-Chief, Maintenance Section Engineer III/BAC Chairman

(Sgd.) ROBERTO S. NICOLAS District Engineer

(MST-Nov. 21, 2012)

Maintenance Section Engineer III/BAC Chairman (Sgd.) ROBERTO S. NICOLAS District Engineer (MST-Nov. 21, 2012)
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Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY Manila

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

Manila

INVITATION TO BID FOR THE SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF VARIOUS IT AND OFFICE EQUIPMENT

The Department of Public Works & Highways thru its Bids and Awards Committee for Goods, through GAA 2012, intends to apply the sum of Three Million One Hundred Sixty Six Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Pesos only (Php 3,166,550.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) for

the Supply and Delivery of Various IT and Office Equipment. Bids received

in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at

bid opening.

The Department of Public Works & Highways now invites bids for the Supply and Delivery of Various IT and Office Equipment in the Department. Delivery of the goods is required as specified in the Schedule of Requirement. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project whose value must be at least 50% of the ABC. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II, Instruction To Bidders.

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a nondiscretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (R-IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”. ·

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnership,

or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding

capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183 and subject to Commonwealth Act 138.

Interested bidders may obtain information from the BAC for Goods Secretariat and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested

Bidders on November 21, 2012 until before 10:00 a.m. of December 12, 2012 from the Secretariat, BAC for Goods, Ground Floor, DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila and upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Five Thousand Pesos

(Php5,000.00).

It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine

Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website

of the Department of Public Works & Highways. However, Bidders shall

pay the nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of bids.

The Department of Public Works & Highways will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on November 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at the Central Procurement Office, 5th

Floor, DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila, which shall be open

to all interested parties.

Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 10:00 a.m. of December 12, 2012. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.

Central Procurement Office (CPO), Function Room 5th Floor DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila

Bid Opening shall be on December 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Procurement Office-Function Room, 5th Floor, DPWH Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidder’s representatives who choose to attend. Late bids shall not be accepted.

The Department of Public Works and Highways reserves the right to accept

or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any

time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

(Sgd.) EUGENIO R. RIPO, JR. Assistant Secretary for Luzon Operations Chairman, BAC for Goods

(MST-Nov. 21, 2012)

Republic of the Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways Region IX OFFICE OF THE

Republic of the Philippines

Department of Public Works and Highways

Region IX

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER

Zamboanga del Norte, 1 st Engineering District Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City

INVITATION TO BID

The Bids and Award Committee (BAC) of the DPWH ZN Ist District Engineering Office, Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City, invites contractors to bid for the following projects :

1.

Contract ID No. :

12JB0030

Contract Name :

Construction of Turno- Sinaman By Pass Road

Contract Location :

Dipolog City

Scope of Works :

Construction of Road

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

P 49,000,000.00

Contract Duration :

179 CD

Cost of bidding Docs. :

P 25,000.00

2.

Contract ID No.

Contract Location :

12JB0031

Contract Name :

Construction of Purok Bulahan, Brgy. Turno, Flood Control Dipolog City

Scope of Work :

Const. of Flood Control

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) :

22,540,000.00

Contract Duration :

201 CD

Cost of Bidding Docs. :

P 25,000.00

3.

Contract ID No.

Contract Location :

12JB032

Contract Name :

Construction of Flood Control Dicoyong, Sindangan, ZN

Scope of Works :

Const. of Flood Control

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) :

P 24,500,000.00

Contract Duration :

217 CD

Cost of Bidding Docs. :

P 25,000.00

The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the opening of bids .

To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria : a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino Citizen or 75% Filipino –owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years ; and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to 10% of the ABC . The BAC will use-non discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their application for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH- POCW –Central Office will only process contractor’s applications for registration with completerequirements and issue the contractor’s Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be download at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.

The Significant time and deadline of procurement activities are shown below :

1. Issuance of Bidding Documents

November 20 to December 11, 2012

2.Pre-bid Conference

November 28, 2012

3.Deadline of Receipt of LOI

December 4, 2012

4.Receipt of Bids ( Technical/ Financial Proposal)

December 11, 2012

at 10:00 A.M.

5.Opening of Bids

December 11, 2012

at 10:30 A.M.

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at BAC Office, DPWH, ZN Ist District Engineering Office, Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City, upon payment of a non-refundable fee as shown above. Prospective bidder’s may also download the BD’s from the DPWH website, shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids Documents. The Pre-bid conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BD’s . Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.

Prospective bidder’s shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BD’s in two (2) separate sealed bid envelope to the BAC Chairman . The first envelope shall contain the technical components of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the financial components of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualification.

The DPWH ZN Ist District Engineering Office, Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City reserves the right to accept or reject any bids to annul the bidding process at any time prior contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s .

Approved :

(Sgd.) ROY ROGER M. PASTRANO Engineer III BAC Vice- Chairman

NOTED :

(Sgd.) ALEXANDER G. DUHIG, CSEE District Engineer

(MST-Nov. 21, 2012)

BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE INVITATION TO BID The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), through its
BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE INVITATION TO BID The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), through its

BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

INVITATION TO BID

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the hereunder project:

 

One (1) lot – one (1) year supply of various periodicals/magazines (21 pieces each):

a)

The Wall Street Journal Asia

Name of Project/Brief Description

b) Asia Money
c)

Fortune Magazine

d) Time Magazine
e)

Newsweek

 

f) The Economist

g) Financial Times

h) Businessweek Magazine

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)

P3,334,842.00

Contract Period

One (1) year subscription period to start two (2) calendar days after receipt of payment

Bidders should have undertaken a similar requirement awarded and completed from Y2007 to present amounting to at least 50% of the ABC. The Eligibility Check/ Screening as well as the Preliminary Examination of Bids shall use non-discretionary “pass/fail” criteria. Post-qualification of the lowest calculated bid shall be conducted.

All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-bidding Conference(s), Evaluation of Bids, Post-qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of Republic Act No. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

The complete schedule of activities is listed, as follows:

 

Activities

 

Schedule

1. Issuance of Bid Documents

Starting 21 November 2012 (from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 NN and 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. only) Procurement Office Room 212, 2 nd Floor, Five-Storey Building A. Mabini corner P. Ocampo Sr. Streets, Malate, Manila Tel. No. 708-7118/Fax No. 708-7114

2. Pre-bid Conference

05

December 2012; 09:30 A.M.; MR2A

3. Opening of Bids

17

December 2012; 02:00 P.M.; MR2A

4. Bid Evaluation

These shall be in accordance with the prescribed periods allowed in the revised IRR of R.A. No.

5. Post-qualification

 

9184.

6.

Notice of Award

The ITB and Checklist of Requirements for Bidders may be downloaded from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the BSP Website (www.bsp.gov.ph). The complete set of the Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested bidders from the address stated above upon presentation of the PhilGEPS Supplier’s Order Form and payment of a non-refundable fee in the amount of P5,000.00.

Only bidders who have purchased the bidding documents shall be allowed to raise or submit written queries or clarification.

The BSP assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of the bid.

The BSP reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to declare the bidding a failure, not to award the contract, to annul the bidding process and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidders. Furthermore, the BSP reserves the right to waive any minor defects or formality and to accept the proposal most advantageous to the agency.

(MST-Nov. 21, 2012)

(Sgd.) ENRIQUE C. DOMINGO Chairman

Republic of the Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways CamarinesSur 4 t h District

Republic of the Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways CamarinesSur 4 th District EngineeringOffice

Sta. Teresita, Baao, Camarines Sur

INVITATION TO BID

The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works and Highways, (DPWH) Camarines Sur 4 th District Engineering Office, invites contractors to bid for the following projects viz:

Contract ID

12FG0041

 

Contract Name

Contract Package-XXII (1-3) Rehab/ Restoration along Nabua-Balatan Road,

 

1. K0489+690-K0489+730

 
 

2. K0484+600-K0484+640

 

Contract Location

Balatan, Camarines Sur

 

Scope of Work

Backfilling/Riprapping/installation

of

Guardrails

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)

P7,591,813.00

 

Contract Duration

120

CD

Bid Docs

10,000.00

 

Contract ID

12FG0042

 
 

Indv.

Proj-Rehab/Restoration

along

Contract Name

Nabua-Balatan

Road,

Cabanbanan

Section,

(K0488+072-K0488+222

w/

 

exception)

Contract Location

Balatan, Camarines Sur

 

Scope of Work

Structure

Excavation/Backfilling/

Riprapping

 

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)

P12,808,850.00

 

Contract Duration

120

CD

Bid Docs

25,000.00

 

Contract ID

12FG0043

 
 

Indv.

Proj-Rehab/Restoration

Contract Name

along

Nabua-Balatan

Road,

(K0489+800-K0489+222)

 

Contract Location

Balatan, Camarines Sur

 

Scope of Work

Structure

Excavation/Backfilling/

Riprapping

 

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)

P9,821,250.00

 

Contract Duration

90

CD

 

Bid Docs

10,000.00

 

Contract ID

12FG0044

 

Contract Name

Indv. Proj-Repair/Improvement of DPWH Garage Building DPWH Camarines Sur Office Compound

Contract Location

Sta. Teresita, Baao, Camarines Sur

 

Scope of Work

Repair/Impvt of DPWH Bldg.

 

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)

P800,000.00

 

Contract Duration

50

CD

 

Bid Docs

1,000.00

 

The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at the opening of bid.

To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH POCW- Central Office will only process contractors’ applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.

The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:

1.

Issuance of Bidding Documents

 

From: November 14, 2012

 

To

: December 4, 2012

2.

Pre-Bid Conference

 

November 22, 2011

3.

Deadline

of

Receipt

of

LOIs

from

From: November 14, 2012

Prospective Bidders

 

To

: November 28, 2012

4. Receipt of Bids

 

Deadline: December 4, 2012 until 10:00 A.M.

5. Opening of Bids

 

December 04, 2012 at 2:00 PM

The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at Department of Public Works and Highways, (DPWH) Camarines Sur 4 th District Engineering Office, upon payment of a nonrefundable fee. Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH web site, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids Documents. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.

Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specified in the BD’s in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualification.

The Department of Public Works and Highways, (DPWH) Camarines Sur 4 th District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime prior Contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders.

Noted:

(Sgd.) ROSAURO R. GUERRERO District Engineer

Approved by:

(Sgd.) NESTOR P. GORIMBAO Asst. District Engineer (BAC Chairman)

NESTOR P. GORIMBAO Asst. District Engineer (BAC Chairman) Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS National Capital Region NORTH MANILA

Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

National Capital Region NORTH MANILA ENGINEERING DISTRICT Office of the District Engineer Nagtahan, Manila

INVITATION TO BID

Procurement will be conducted through Open Competitive Bidding procedures in accordance with the IRR of R.A. 9184 as amended. Bids in excess of the Approved Budget for the Contract shall automatically be rejected at the opening of the bid.

1. Contract I.D. No. 12-OE0123 Contract Name: Reconstruction with Drainage Improvement of G. Tuazon Street (Phase II) Contract Location: District IV, Sampaloc, Manila Scope of Work: Reconstruction w/Drainage Improvement of Road Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php5,411,187.88 Contract Duration: 150 cal. days Bid Documents: Php 10,000.00

2. Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0124

Contract Name:

Asphalt Overlay with Corrections along C.M. Recto Ave. Sampaloc, Manila

Scope of Work:

Asphalt Overlay with squaring & patching

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php8,068,975.42

Contract Duration:

30 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php 10,000.00

Bidder must own asphalt plant or has a MOA with an asphalt plant for particular project

3. Contract I.D. No. 12-OE0125

Contract Name: Reconstruction of Muelle del Banco Nacional with Drainage Improvement

Contract Location: Binondo, Manila

Scope of Work: Reconstruction w/Drainage Improvement of Road

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php9,394,177.00 Contract Duration: 140 cal. days Bid Documents: Php 10,000.00

4. Contract I.D. No. 12-OE0126 Contract Name: Asphalt Overlay with Correction along Lerma Street Contract Location: Sampaloc, Manila Scope of Work: Asphalt Overlay with squaring & patching and scarifying using rotamilling machine

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php9,628,110.42 Contract Duration: 45 cal. days Bid Documents: Php 10,000.00 Bidder must own asphalt plant or has a MOA with an asphalt plant for particular project

5. Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0127

Contract Name:

Asphalt Overlay with Corrections along M. Earnshaw Street District IV, Sampaloc, Manila

Scope of Work:

Asphalt Overlay with concrete reblocking

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php10,502,020.07

Contract Duration:

60 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php 25,000.00

Bidder must own asphalt plant or has a MOA with an asphalt plant for particular project

6.

Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0128

Contract Name:

Reconstruction of Rizal Ave. with Drainage Improvement Sta. Cruz, Manila

Scope of Work:

Reconstruction w/Drainage Improvement of Road

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php13,816,567.76

Contract Duration:

150 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php 25,000.00

7.

Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0129

Contract Name:

Asphalt Overlay with Correction along Juan Luna Street District III, Manila

Scope of Work:

Asphalt Overlayw/Correction using rotamilling machine

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php14,072,522.58

Contract Duration:

45 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php25,000.00

Bidder must own asphalt plant or has a MOA with an asphalt plant for particular project

8.

Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0130

Contract Name:

Repair/Rehabilitation/Improvement along A.H. Lacson corner P. Guevarra Street (near S.M. San Lazaro) with exception, Phase I, Phase II Sta. Cruz, Manila

Scope of Work:

Repair/Rehab/Imprvt. of Road

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php14,432,,991.31

Contract Duration:

150 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php25,000.00

9.

Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0131

Contract Name:

Asphalt Overlay with Correction along Jose P. Rizal Ave. District III, Sta. Cruz, Manila

Scope of Work:

Asphalt Overlay w/Correction of Road

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php14,848,365.23

Contract Duration:

45 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php25,000.00

Bidder must own asphalt plant or has a MOA with an asphalt plant for particular project

10. Contract I.D. No. 12-OE0132 Contract Name: Asphalt Overlay with Correction and Drainage Improvement along C.M. Recto Ave. Contract Location: 3 rd District, Manila Scope of Work: Asphalt Overlay of Road w/correction using rotamilling machine

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php15,737,900.00 Contract Duration: 45 cal. days Bid Documents: Php25,000.00 Bidder must own asphalt plant or has a MOA with an asphalt plant for particular project

11. Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0133

Contract Name:

Reconstruction of Quezon Blvd. Service Road with Drainage Improvement District III, Manila

 

Scope of Work:

Reconstruction of Service Road w/Drainage Improvement

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php17,639,789.19

Contract Duration:

150 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php25,000.00

12.

Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0134

Contract Name:

Reconstruction of Rizal Ave. with Drainage Improvement Sta. Cruz, Manila

Scope of Work:

Reconstruction w/Drainage Improvement of Road

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php19,193,474.60

Contract Duration:

175 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php25,000.00

13. Contract I.D. No. 12-OE0135 Contract Name: Construction/Rehabilitation of Drainage System at Blumentritt Interceptor Catchment Area Contract Location: Manila, 4 th District Scope of Work: Const/Rehab. of Drainage System Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php44,194,154.38 Contract Duration: 300 cal. days Bid Documents: Php25,000.00

14. Contract I.D. No.

Contract Location:

12-OE0136

Contract Name:

Rehabilitation of Nagtahan Bridge (Sandblasting/Painting) Sta. Mesa, Manila

Scope of Work:

Rehabilitation of Nagtahan Bridge

Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC):

Php24,959,647.21

Contract Duration:

115 cal. days

Bid Documents:

Php25,000.00

Procurement will be conducted through Open Competitive Bidding procedures in accordance with the IRR of R.A. 9184, as amended. Bids in excess of the Approved Budget for the Contract shall automatically be rejected at the opening of the bid.

Prospective Bidders must submit the Original Receipt (OR) for payments of bidding documents together with the certified true copies of the following documents and present their original for authentication purposes:

1.

Legal Documents:

 

a) DTI Business Name Registrationor SEC Registration Certificate or CDA;

b) Valid and Current Mayor’s Permit/Municipal License;

2.

Technical Documents:

 

a)

Valid Joint Venture Agreement, in case of joint venture and Eligibility Docs

of each member;

b)

Valid PCAB License and Registration

c)

Certificate of Materials Engineer Accreditation and Identification duly

certified by the Authorized Managing Officer (AMO)

d)

Certificate ofAttendance of the Authorized Managing Officer with the List of

Attendees to the AMO seminar to validate attendance

e)

Certificate of Attendance of Safety Officer in DOLE Seminar

f)

Phil-GEPS Order Form (Document Request List)

g)

CPE’s rating for the 1 st Quarter;

3.

Financial Documents:

a) Prospective Bidders Audited Financial Statement for thepreceding calendar

year which should not be earlier than 2 years from the date of submission;

b) Prospective bidders’ computation of its NFCC.

The deadline for submission of the above documents will be at exactly 10:00 a.m. on November 27, 2012. Late submission will not be accepted.

The contractor must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH & PHILGEPS (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of the contract, and (d) NET Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. Bidders shall state a complete technical description of their pledged equipment, whether owned or leased, such as but not limited to the engine number, year model chassis number, plate number, production capacity and load capacity. In addition, the bidder is also required to state the particular place or site where the equipment is located for inspection purposes,pursuant to D.O. 58, s, 2012 and to comply with the requirement of D.O. # 9, s, 2012.

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office which will only process contractor’s applications for registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractor’s Certification of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www. dpwh.gov.ph .

The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:

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