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PH launches state-of-the art broadcast

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
HAVE you noticed an improvement of signal quality of the video and audio of the flagship station of the Philippine government?
“Transmission upgrade,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar when asked about the changes in PTV4. “This forms part of the network’s modernization plan.”
“Images are now more vivid, sharper, and real-life,” said Andanar beaming with pride, “And we’ve only just begun.”
Secretary Andanar wants to streamline and maximize government’s media assets. His first order of the day for PTV is assessing the capabilities within the network. “We cannot rely on guesswork. We have to identify what areas that need attention with the right system. We need a technical audit of all RF transmission mode,” adding that PTV will undergo a major revitalization program to make the station at par with International Broadcast Standards.
“A law should be passed to create the People’s Broadcasting Corporation to replace PTV4. We are looking at the BBC of the United Kingdom, NHK of Japan, and ABC Australia,” Andanar pointed out.

PH to move vs China’s harassment

SECRETARY Jose Almendras of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) vowed to take a course of action against China once defense authorities have verified the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen by Chinese Coast Guard vessels off the Manila-claimed Scarborough shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
“When and if our Armed Forces does validate it, then we will be launching our official course of action -– to express our opinions according to the diplomatic channels,” the Philippines News Agency (PNA) quoted Almendras as saying Monday in his first press conference since assuming as DFA chief on March 8. He replaced Albert del Rosario who stepped down due to health problems.

Filipinos aware of PH-China row

THE government welcomes the high consciousness of Filipinos on the West Philippine Sea dispute issue, noting it will strengthen the country’s position as it pushes for a peaceful resolution based on international law.
“A unified citizenry is needed in terms of asserting our national position on the need to respect our maritime entitlements, according to international law, the UN (United Nations) Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a radio interview Saturday.

Philippines remains poor, says UN

THE latest United Nations Human Development Report has ranked the Philippines as 117th in the list of 187 poor countries in the world.
This prompted Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd district, Cagayan de Oro City) to file House Resolution 2010 urging the House Committee on Poverty Alleviation to determine why the Philippines is still included in the list despite government’s claim that the economy is improving.

Phl senator: Probe China’s structures in Spratly

PHILIPPINE Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV on Tuesday filed Senate Resolution No. 1269, seeking an investigation into the alleged land reclamations and dredging operations of China on the disputed Spratly’s group of islands and the alleged downgrading of the country’s claim over Sabah.

Pope Francis: A memorable visit

POPE Francis admitted cutting short his trip to Leyte on Saturday saddened him, but he made sure his visit to the province would be memorable, especially for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.
The pontiff was supposed to deliver a speech for the religious individuals he met at the Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration in the town of Palo but was instead reduced to issuing apologies as he had to leave early.
“I apologize to you all. I am sad about this, truly saddened, because I had something prepared especially for you. But let us leave everything in the hands of Our Lady because I have to go now,” the Pope said in his brief remarks.
Pope Francis was originally scheduled to depart Leyte at 5:00 p.m. but the pilots of the plane carrying him insisted that they leave at 1:00 p.m. instead as the weather in the province kept getting worse.

Pope Francis itinerary on Philippine visit

HIS Holiness Pope Francis will visit the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015. Below is the complete itinerary of the Papal visit:
January 15, 2015
Arrival from Sri Lanka – Villamor Air Base (5:45 p.m.)
Motorcade to official residence
January 16, 2015
Welcome Ceremony – Malacañan Palace, Manila (9:15 a.m.)
Courtesy Visit to the President
Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps (10:15 a.m.)
Motorcade to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral)

Philippines approves use of sign language

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a proposed law requiring the use of Filipino sign language insets for local news programs in the Philippines.
Authored by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and with an overwhelming 208 votes, the plenary approved House Bill 1214 aimed at amending Section 22 of the Republic Act (RA) No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities.
Under the measure, television stations are mandated to provide Filipino sign language insets.

Philippine senator: Ensure food for children

DEEPLY moved by poverty gripping the Philippines, Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday said she wants to ensure food on the table of every Filipino family through increased efficiency in the agriculture sector.
Poe filed Senate Bill (SB) 2089, or An Act Promoting Corporate Farming and Providing Incentives for its Effective Implementation, to ensure a more stable food supply.
“We have to take concrete steps to fully address food security and ensure adequate nutrition for our citizens,” said Poe, whose main advocacy is to promote nutrition for children.
SB 2089 seeks to develop a suitable corporate farming program that will boost public-private partnerships to enhance productivity in the agriculture sector.

Philippines to look into China’s new rule

PHILIPPINE lawmakers on Tuesday submitted House Resolution No. 671 directing the Committee on Foreign Affairs to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on China’s New Sea Rules and the heightening of tensions in the West Philippine Sea.
Representatives Neri Colmenares, Carlos Isagani Zarate and Antonio Tinio crafted the resolution in an effort to find a peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea without meddling by the United States.
The lawmakers said the inquiry would be conducted within the framework of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea signed by ASEAN members and the People’s Republic of China.”