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          Prison Management Systems Market Investigation and Growth Forecasted Until the End of 2026      Cache   Translate Page      

Prison management systems help maintain the records of prisoners and the various cases registered against them. These solutions capture the details of inmates along with biometric details such as photographs, facial expressions, thumb impressions, and others. Nowadays, companies are offering prison management systems with advanced modules such as demographic data capture, scheduling, reporting, workflow control, case management, and medical facility management.

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This research report provides a detailed analysis of the prison management systems market and offers insights about the various factors driving the popularity of prison management systems technology and its advantages. The prison management systems market report includes an extensive analysis of key industry drivers, challenges, market trends, and market structure. The market study provides a comprehensive assessment of stakeholder strategies and imperatives for succeeding in the prison management systems business. The report segregates the market based on storage tier, user age, and different regions globally.

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The prison management systems market is expected to witness significant value growth during the forecast period owing to an increase in the demand for law enforcement equipment and increasing demand for the cloud-based prison management solutions.

The report starts with an overview of the prison management systems market in terms of value. In addition, this section includes an analysis of the key trends, drivers, and challenges from the supply, demand, and economy side, which are influencing the prison management systems market.

The prison management systems market is classified on the basis of component, application, and region. On the basis of component, the market is subsegmented into hardware infrastructure and software infrastructure. Furthermore, by application, the global prison management systems market is segmented as video surveillance, intrusion detection, access control, alarms & notification, prison administration, and prisoner information management. The video surveillance subsegment accounted for a relatively higher share because of an increase in the demand for advanced video surveillance equipment in various developed and developing nations.

A detailed analysis has been provided for every segment in terms of market size analysis for the prison management systems market across different regions. This section provides a detailed analysis that covers key trends.

The next section contains a detailed analysis of the prison management systems market across various countries in the region. It provides a market outlook for 2018–2026, and sets the forecast within the context of the prison management systems market, which includes the latest technological developments as well as offerings in the market. This study discusses the key trends in various countries, which contribute to the growth of the market, as well as analyses the degrees at which drivers are influencing this market in each region. Key regions and countries assessed in this report include North America (U.S., Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, & the rest of Latin America), Europe (Germany, U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Russia, and the rest of Europe), SEA & Others of APAC (India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Oceania, and the rest of SEA), China, Japan, and MEA (GCC Countries, Northern Africa, South Africa, Turkey, and the rest of MEA). This report evaluates the present scenario and the growth prospects of the prison management systems market across various regions globally for the period 2018 –2026. We have considered 2017 as the base year and provided data for the remaining eight months.

To offer an accurate forecast, we started by sizing the current market, which forms the basis of how the prison management systems market will grow in the future. Given the characteristics of the market, we have triangulated the outcome of different types of analysis based on technology trends.

As previously highlighted, the global prison management systems market is split into a number of segments. All segments in terms of component, application, and different regions are analyzed in terms of basis points to understand the relative contributions of individual segments to market growth. This detailed level of information is important for the identification of the various key trends in the global prison management systems market.

In addition, another key feature of this report is the analysis of all key segments in terms of absolute dollar opportunity. This is traditionally overlooked while forecasting the market. However, absolute dollar opportunity is critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from a sales and delivery perspective in the global prison management systems market.

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In the final section of the report, we have included a competitive landscape to provide clients a dashboard view based on the categories of providers in the value chain, their presence in the prison management systems market, and key differentiators. This section is primarily designed to provide clients an objective and detailed comparative assessment of the key providers specific to a market segment in the prison management systems supply chain and the potential players for the same. Report audiences can gain segment-specific vendor insights to identify and evaluate key competitors based on the in-depth assessment of their capabilities and success in the marketplace. Detailed profiles of providers are also included in the scope of the report to evaluate their long-term and short-term strategies, key offerings, and recent developments in the prison management systems market. Some of the key competitors covered in the prison management systems market report are Axis Communications AB; Bosch Security and Safety Systems; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Fujitsu; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.; IBM Corporation; Montgomery Technology, Inc.; NEC Corporation; Thales Group; and Tyler Technologies Inc.

Key Segments

By Component

Hardware Infrastructure

IT Infrastructure

Server

Storage

Network Switch

Network Router

Others

Surveillance Infrastructure

Camera

Monitors

Access Control Infrastructure

Biometric Readers

Card-Based Readers

Electronic Locks

Alarms

Others

Security Lighting

Software Infrastructure

Software

Prisoner Information Management

Prison Document Management

Prisoner Movement Management

Prisoner Cash Management

Other Software

Services

Installation and Deployment Service

Training Services

Professional Service

By Application

Video Surveillance

Intrusion Detection

Access Control

Alarms & Notification

Prison Administration

Prisoner Information Management

Others

Key Regions

North America

U.S.

Canada

Latin America

Brazil

Mexico

Rest of Latin America

Europe

Germany

U.K.

France

Spain

Italy

Russia

Rest of Europe

SEA & Others of APAC

India

Indonesia

Philippines

Thailand

Malaysia

Oceania

Rest of SEA

China

Japan

MEA

GCC Countries

Turkey

South Africa

North Africa

Rest of MEA

Key Companies

Axis Communications AB

Bosch Security and Safety Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Fujitsu

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

IBM Corporation

Montgomery Technology, Inc.

NEC Corporation

Thales Group

Tyler Technologies Inc.

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No dia 30 de abril de 2019 a gravadora Hells Headbangers Records lançará o quinto álbum de estúdio da DEIPHAGO, com o título de 'I, The Devil'. O álbum foi gravado no Godcity Studios com o produtor Kurt Ballou (Converge), a masterização ficou nas mão de Brad Boatright (Audiosiege) e a capa assinada pelo lendário desenhista Joe Petagno (Motorhead, Krisiun, Autopsy, Marduk, Pink Floyd).

Nesta semana foi extraído o segundo single de 'I, The Devil', a faixa '11:4:6'. A primeira música divulgada do disco foi 'Deus Alienus', ouças as músicas abaixo:



Tracklist:
01. Intro: Decimation
02. Quantum Death
03. Neuro-Satanic Circuit
04. 11:4:6
05. Deus Alienus
06. Chaos Protocols
07. Anti-Cosmic Trigger
08. I, The Devil 

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Taipei, March 12 (CNA) The de facto Philippines embassy in Taiwan on Monday called for calm in the wake of a recent controversial statement by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) in which he referred to Filipinos as "Marias," considered by many to be a racial slur, followed by an apology.
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Exclusive: Pompeo to meet oil executives, push U.S. crude exports, Iran policy - sourcesU.S. Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo will meet with top oil executives before he addresses a conference on Tuesday, seeking to get them to help the administration's effort to boost crude exports to Asia and to support its policy of isolating Iran, according to three people at two companies briefed on the agenda. The outreach represents a significant new effort to sway industry executives to the Trump Administration’s “energy dominance” agenda that seeks to advance diplomatic and policy objectives through rapidly expanding U.S. oil and gas exports. The effort has won success in convincing nations including China, Poland, Japan and South Korea to purchases more U.S. oil and natural gas.



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#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS 111 105 609 Crankshaft Bearing Brand new old stocks 50.mm/0.75mm Oversize 25/30 HP Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Oil Pump Gear VW P/N # 111 115 115 B -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS oil pump gear original made in Germany with original VW box 8 pieces gears per box. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: joannajaime@precious-parts.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9208639500 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Mixed Body Panels -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS Mixed body panels for T2,T3,T411 T412 Brand new old stocks condition original parts made in Germany. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days 4.) Surface - Sea Cargo with maximum 30 weight/kilos for USA, 20 kilos for Europe. Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: joannajaime@precious-parts.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9208639500 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS T3 Right Side Front Door Assy. 361 831 052 K -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS T3 Front door assembly right side only, brand new old stocks condition original parts made in Germany. VW Part numbers 361 831 052 K Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days 4.) Surface - Sea Cargo with maximum 30 weight/kilos for USA, 20 kilos for Europe. Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: joannajaime@precious-parts.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9208639500 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Decel Valve VW/PN 311 906 171 # 0257 900 007 -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS Decel Valve Volkswagen part numbers 311 906 171 Bosch part numbers 0257 900 007, brand new old stocks condition original parts made in Germany 12Volts, have 38 pieces available on stocks. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Original VW Mixed Unsorted parts T1,T2,T3 (#2) -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 More NOS VW original parts mixed uncounted/unsorted, all genuine parts from the old local vw dealership, sold as is where is. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS VW Aluminum washer 12mm/15mm -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS VW aluminum washer all original made in Germany, new old stock condition. Size: 12mm/15mm Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Original VW Mixed Rubber Parts (group 1) -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 All this rubbers are original made in Germany for Volswagen cars, its all brand new unused, nos condition. some of them are loose from the original boxes, when ordering this parts please, reffer to the sample numbers written on each parts for easy identification of items. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS T1 Parts -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS T1 mixed parts, brand new old stock condition original made in Germany. Whole/lot buyers are welcome! Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS VW Mixed Engine & Transmission Parts -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 All are NOS condition original made in Germany, mixed engine and transmission parts for vw T1 and T3 Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289 T1 Beetle Engine Parts Price/Unit Condition Description Application 113.105.245 $4.93 N.O.S. / Germany Engine Oil Seal Engine 113.105.503 A $17.71 N.O.S. / Germany Bearing Engine 113.105.519 A $17.71 N.O.S. / Germany Bearing Engine 113.115.109 B $80.36 N.O.S. / Germany Oil Pump Engine 113.119.599 $0.43 N.O.S. / Germany Seal Engine 113.127.521 G $10.71 N.O.S. / Germany Fuel Line Engine 113.129.281 B $1.71 N.O.S. / Germany Carburator Gasket Engine 113.198.011 $3.86 N.O.S. / Germany Overhaul Gasket Engine 111.101.371 A $257.14 N.O.S. / Germany Cylinder Head Engine 111.105.519 A $17.71 N.O.S. / Germany Bearing Engine 111.129.281 $1.29 N.O.S. / Germany Gasket Engine 111.129.625 B $1.71 N.O.S. / Germany Seal Engine 111.141.151 H $3.43 N.O.S. / Germany Spring Engine 111.141.151 L $2.14 N.O.S. / Germany Thrust Spring Engine 111.198.259 A $40.00 N.O.S. / Germany Piston Ring Engine 111.198.259 B $40.00 N.O.S. / Germany Piston Ring Engine 111.198.263.1 $40.00 N.O.S. / Germany Piston Ring Engine T3 Engine Parts Price/Unit Condition Description Application 311.101.373 A $257.14 N.O.S. / Germany Cylinder Head Engine 311.101.375 D $257.14 N.O.S. / Germany Cylinder Head Engine 311.105.351 J $85.71 N.O.S. / Germany Crankshaft Pulley Engine 311.115.452 C $23.57 N.O.S. / Germany Oil Breather Engine 311.115.485 $12.57 N.O.S. / Germany Cover Engine 311.127.525 $2.14 N.O.S. / Germany Clip Engine 311.129.192 F $19.29 N.O.S. / Germany Starter Cover ( 6 Volts ) Engine 311.129.281 B $2.14 N.O.S. / Germany Carburator Gasket Engine 311.129.302 D $77.14 N.O.S. / Germany Right Carburator Engine 311.133.005.2 $257.14 N.O.S. / Germany Air Intake Distributor with throttle Valve Engine 311.133.030 $25.71 N.O.S. / Germany Pressure Regulator Engine 311.133.030 A $25.71 N.O.S. / Germany Regulator Engine 311.198.263 A $40.00 N.O.S. / Germany Piston Ring Engine 311.198.265 A $40.00 N.O.S. / Germany Piston Ring Engine 311.198.267 A $40.00 N.O.S. / Germany Piston Ring Engine 311.198.273 $40.00 N.O.S. / Germany Piston Ring Engine 361.141.719 $5.14 N.O.S. / Germany Lever Engine 341.129.711 $10.71 N.O.S. / Germany Left Side Intake Pipe Engine
          NOS Original Mixed VW Parts for T1 Bug -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 All original brand new NOS condition, mixed vw parts for volkswagen beetles. Some of this are still with their original vw boxes/package. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Metal Washer # N-12-241-2 -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS VW Metal washer with part number on the original box # N-12-241-2 Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS T3 Lock Cylinder W/O Key -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS T3 lock cylinder without key. VW part numbers 311 837 217 Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS T2 T Handle Escutcheon/Collar -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS Deck lid T handle escutcheon collar, original made in Germany. Chrome is very nice shiny no pits. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS T2 Bus Steering Column Housing -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS T2 Steering column housing original Neimann made in Germany. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS T1 Mill Board Cover Red -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS Mill board cover red color, brand new old stocks condition original made in Germany Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Crankshaft Main Bearing 36HP -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Lots of NOS Crankshaft main bearings, with original vw boxes, some are loose from the broken boxes due to age. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS T2 Muffler Clamp -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS Original Volkswagen muffler clamp for T2 or maybe Porsche as well. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS VW Pre Heat Hose Clip -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Brand new old stocks original made in Germany, fit to Porsche 1960-1976 Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Seat Cam Adjusting Spring -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Brand new ols stocks condition seat cam spring adjusting to bar underside of base.made in Germany. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Hella Flasher Relay VW P/N 111 953 227 B -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS Hella flasher relay with Volkswagen part numbers 111 953 227 B, 6V original made in Germany. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS VW Bosch Condenser made in Brasil -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS VW Bosch condenser made in Brasil, brand new old stocks condition. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Intermittent Wiper Relay 111 955 531 -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS Intermittent Wiper Relay with Volkswagen part numbers 111 955 531, brand new old stocks condition made in Brazil. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Fuel Injection Dual Port Beetle Engine Tin -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS Cylinder head tin cover, Fuel Injection Dual Port Beetle", brand new old stocks original parts made in Germany. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: joannajaime@precious-parts.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9208639500 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Front Beam for Early T3/ T34 -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS early front beam for type34 and type3, brand new old stocks condition with all the needle bearings and bushes. The early version with the welded securing plate for the lower torsion arm, bearings lower is 50 mm. VW Part numbers: 311 401 021 B. I offered $500 shipped via Surface mail, if you want faster shipping option via air, additional air cargo/parcel for shipping will be charge. Paypal with additional 5% charge for international transactions my paypal ID: joannajaime@precious-parts.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts ads. Joanna R. Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines 6346-4130289 63-9208639500
          NOS Torsion Bar VW P/N 111 511 116 -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS torsion bar with vw part numbers 111 511 116 comes with original package tube with vw part numbers made in Brazil, lot offer are welcome. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          NOS Torsion Bar VW P/N 361 511 115 C -       Cache   Translate Page      
#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 NOS torsion bar with vw part numbers 361 511 115 C, comes with original package carton tube with vw part numbers made in Brazil, lot offer are welcome. Shipping Options: 1.) EMS shipping with tracking numbers and insurance delivery time 7 to 9 working days. 2.) Air Parcel with tracking numbers no insurance delivery time 10 to 15 working days 3.) Airmail Registered no tracking numbers (not recommended for fragile items) delivery time 30 working days Paypal payment with 5% for international transaction my id: j.lau0903@gmail.com Thank you for looking my other nos vw parts! Joanna Jaime Unit 2A3 Grandview Complex San Jose, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines Mobile: 63-0-9088978895 Office: 6345-4130289
          19-007-02 Alpha Purchase And Installation Of Communication Equipment For Francisco B. Reyes (Busuanga) Airport      Cache   Translate Page      
19-007-02 Alpha Purchase And Installation Of Communication Equipment For Francisco B. Reyes (Busuanga) Airport
19-007-02 ALPHA
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
1. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), through the CAAP Corporate Budget CY2019 intends to apply the sum of Php 21,778,000.00 being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Purchase/Installation of Communications Equipment for Francisco B. Reyes (Busuanga) Airport. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.
Airport/Site VHF AM Tx VHF AM Rx Antenna Systems & Other Accessories HF Tx/Rx Radios VCS with ATC Console Binocular Air Traffic Signal Light Gun Training & FAT Busuanga Airport
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6
3
2
3 positions
1
1
1
Note: Based on ANS Design 2B
VHF AM Transmitter
50 W IP-Based VHF-AM Aeronautical Transmitter VHF AM Receiver
IP-Based VHF-AM Aeronautical Receiver Antenna System & Other Accessories
High power RF circulator, Four (4) Channel Receive Multicoupler, Four (4) Channel Cavity Transmit Combiner, Surge Protectors and Omnidirectional Antenna complete with boom, balun & galvanized steel mounting bracket HF Transceiver
100W (minimum) HF Transceiver VCS with ATC Console
Three (3) Positions & Three (3) Touch Input Display (TID) IP-Based Voice Communication Switch with Air Traffic Control Console Binocular
20X56 Binocular Light Gun
Air Traffic Signal Light Gun Training and FAT
Factory Acceptance Test and Factory Training (for VCS only)
2. The CAAP now invites bids for the Supply, Delivery, Installation/Integration, Training and Testing of Purchase/Installation of Communications Equipment for Francisco B. Reyes (Busuanga) Airport. Delivery of the goods is required within 360 calendar days. Bidders should have completed, within 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 II. Instructions to Bidders.
3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised 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
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laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183.
4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from CAAP and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given during 8:00am to 5:00pm at the BAC Office Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), MIA Road, Pasay City, 1300.
5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders on ____________________ from the address below and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of PhP25,000.00.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that Bidders shall pay the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.
6. The CAAP will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on _____________________ at CAAP BAC Office, which shall be open to prospective bidders.
7. Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before ____________________. 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 _____________________ , 2:00PM at CAAP BAC Office. 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. The CAAP reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

Pre-bid Conference

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05/03/20192:00 PMCivil Aviation Authority of the PhilippinesConference RoomMIA RoadPasay City



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ASUS announced that they will be having the biggest mobile photography event and contest here in the Philippines -- the ASUS Pixelmaster Grand Prix, a nationwide Zenfone photo marathon.  So take note to all Asus Zenfone fans and users, you have a month to practice to do mobile photography and use all what you learned from last year's ASUS PixelMaster Master Class.

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Mitsubishi Electric is planning to establish a new company, MELCO Factory Automation Philippines Inc. (MELAP) in the Philippines, to further expand its factory automation (FA) business in the country.
          Comment on Why is the Philippines Poor? by Sandra Nakamura      Cache   Translate Page      
@Enzo One "Philippines used to be 2nd to Japan" I've read that line half a dozen times but can't find economic data for comparing Philippines with other Asian countries in that period. I think you have good knowledge of History and Anthropology so could you please point me to a reliable source? Thank you.
          Comment on Why is the Philippines Poor? by Wilhelm      Cache   Translate Page      
@vizfar I don't blame religion for poorness of Philippines. When European seamen came to Philippines in 16th century they found tribal indians they call indios. This is how they look like: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ii5HEtmJrew/maxresdefault.jpg When they came to Japan they found modern civilization. See the difference of samurai warriors to Filipino indio: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/23/national/buffs-re-enact-famous-1553-battle/#.XIKvT4rLdpQ The Japanese bought 2 muskets from the Europeans and some years later they have mass production for there armies. In 1940's they have battleships and aircraft carriers, made in Japan. It's now 2019 and Philippines still cannot make rifles. What is my point? Philippines are backward even before Christianizing from Spain.. The Japanese are very creative and intelligent people. Filipinos are the opposite character of Japanese. This is the reality why Philippines is poor.
          Comment on Why is the Philippines Poor? by Wilhelm      Cache   Translate Page      
@Cesar K Yes Filipinos are still indios. I worked their for total of 2 years (on/off from 2011 to 2018) and Philippines is really backward country. Very dependent country cant produce sufficient rice for feed the nation. I can't imagine there is IRRI laboratory in Philipines so rice technology is there! But Filipinos don't use modern farming. Vietnam export better quality rice that are cheaper than Philippines produce. And Vietnam war ended only in 1975 but they surpass Philippines. Filipinos are too much pride but proud of what? Look around you everything are created in other countries. Your food are from Spanish or Chinese or Italian or American. adobo, frito, guisado, pancit, siapao, lechon, spaghetti, pizza, hamburger. hotdog, maybe 90% of Philipinnes food are creation from other countries. There are many Japanese and Chinese restaurant in many cities in Philippines, but are there many Filipino restaurants in China and Japan for Filipino food? I don't like local Filipino food, paksiw or sinigang they are terrible, I survived there eating mostly Chinese food or hamburgers or pizza. Your technology are from other countries, internet, electricity, smartphone, computer, automobiles, medicine, everything. Your education are from other countries, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, everything you learn from other countries. Filipinos you are not unique. Your names are from Spanish and American. Why, you don't like Filipino names? They are ugly names? Your language are also from Spanish and American. Why are so proud? Why are you think Filipinos are famous in the whole world? You think miss universe has got meaning for other countries? you think Manny Pacquio is famous in Scandinavia? or in Africa? I wonder who told Filipinos are famous but I don't wonder why Filipinos believe. Wake up Filipino! The things you shout pride don't have any value to other nations. They are Nothing. In Europe and Middle East filipina is language for housemaid.
          Comment on Why is the Philippines Poor? by Wilhelm      Cache   Translate Page      
@Cesar K Yes Filipinos are still indios. I worked their for total of 2 years (on/off from 2011 to 2018) and Philippines is really backward country. Very dependent country cant produce sufficient rice for feed the nation. I can't imagine there is IRRI laboratory in Philipines so rice technology is there! But Filipinos don't use modern farming. Vietnam export better quality rice that are cheaper than Philippines produce. And Vietnam war ended only in 1975 but they surpass Philippines. Filipinos are too much pride but proud of what? Look around you everything are created in other countries. Your food are from Spanish or Chinese or Italian or American. adobo, frito, guisado, pancit, siapao, lechon, spaghetti, pizza, hamburger. hotdog, maybe 90% of Philipinnes food are creation from other countries. There are many Japanese and Chinese restaurant in many cities in Philippines, but are there many Filipino restaurants in China and Japan for Filipino food? I don't like local Filipino food, paksiw or sinigang they are terrible, I survived there eating mostly Chinese food or hamburgers or pizza. Your technology are from other countries, internet, electricity, smartphone, computer, automobiles, medicine, everything. Your education are from other countries, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, everything you learn from other countries. Filipinos are not unique. Your names are from Spanish and American. Why, you don't like Filipino names? Ugly names? Your language are also from Spanish and American, Why are so proud? Why are you think Filipinos are famous in the whole world? You think miss universe has got meaning for other countries? you think Manny Pacquio is famous in Scandinavia? or in Africa? I wonder who told Filipinos are famous but I don't wonder why Filipinos believe. Wake up Filipino! The things you make pride don't have any value to many nations. They are Nothing. In Europe and Middle East filipina is language for housemaid.
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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) – The country’s exports to Japan reached $884.95 million in January 2019, surpassing the United States of America as the top export market of the Philippines, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority on Tuesday. The PSA reported that export sales from Japan increased by 29.23% from $684.75 million […]
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          Press Releases: Interview With Laura Rice of Texas Standard      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins us now. Secretary Pompeo, thank you for your time.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. It’s great to be with you.

QUESTION: The U.S. has recently become the world’s largest oil producer and new reports say it could soon be the largest oil exporter. I understand your address today will focus on how this strengthens our national security. How is that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I wanted to come to Texas today to talk about that very fact. This is a game-changer for American national security. As America’s most senior diplomat, I travel the world, and boy, there’s not a country I go to where energy isn’t at the top of their list, and what this does – what all of this success here in American domestic energy production does for me and for Americans, to keep them safe – is it permits us to share with those countries our wealth, our resources, to cut deals that support their energy security in places as far off as Vietnam and the Philippines and Europe.

And it permits them too to wean themselves from energy that they’re taking from adversaries, countries that want to do their country harm. This is a big deal for American national security. It gives us lots of power throughout the world, and our capacity has increased during the Trump administration. We intend to – intend to continue to do that, not only to create wealth for and jobs here in the United States, but to enhance America’s national security posture around the world as well.

QUESTION: The big news today again is Venezuela. One statistic you mentioned in a press conference yesterday is that Venezuela’s oil production is down by half since Nicolas Maduro took power. You accuse Cuba’s involvement as being about oil. Is oil also at the center of U.S. interest in Venezuela?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Only in the sense that we want the Venezuelan people to have access to their own wealth and not the corruption – the corruption that has followed the Maduro regime, this oil wealth being stripped away by the kleptocrats of the Maduro regime, taken for their personal benefit and not shared with the Venezuelan people. The Cubans have done the same. This isn’t what the Venezuelan people deserve, it’s not what they want, and America’s efforts to restore democracy and the rule of law, and to help feed and have medicine for the Venezuelan people – that’s the purpose of our efforts in Venezuela. And when we get this right, when Maduro is gone and there’s fair and free elections and democracy is restored, the oil wealth of Venezuela will be returned to its people.

QUESTION: Along with Cuba, you point to Russia as helping to support Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. You just announced you’re withdrawing all diplomatic staff in Venezuela. In a tweet, you said, “The presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.” How do you mean?

SECRETARY POMPEO: We decided yesterday that it was important that we keep American diplomats safe, and so we made the decision that we would withdraw the remaining personnel there in Caracas and bring them back to the United States. So we’ll do that over the days ahead. Anytime you’re dealing with a situation that is deteriorating as fast that it is – as it is in Venezuela today, decisions you make are always encumbered by the fact that you know there’s real risk to your own people, people that you’ve sent into harm’s way. We wanted to get them back, we wanted to get them out of the country so that we could move forward in a way that provided that opportunity.

We have 200 metric tons of food sitting in the region, trying to deliver into Venezuela to feed the hungry and to provide medicine for the sick. We want to make sure that as we continue to work in the region alongside of our partners, we don’t have any constraints on action that we might need to take in order to achieve that.

QUESTION: That food that is waiting to support Venezuelan people, I assume part of the State Department budget goes out to pay for programs and food like that. What do you do with the Trump administration’s new budget proposal, which includes $13 billion in proposed cuts? Does that mean that support like this for places like Venezuela is lessened?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, in fact just the opposite. Contained in the President’s budget request is up to $500 million, an enormous amount of resources that the Trump budget is proposing to provide to assist the Venezuelan people when the time is right. This budget will serve America well, America’s national security interests, because we’re prepared to help the Venezuelan people with real resources. The American taxpayers have been most generous, and President Trump has led that charge.

QUESTION: So as Trump’s budget decreases the spending for the State Department and also includes more military spending, should Americans be worried about policy shifting from diplomacy to boots on the ground?

SECRETARY POMPEO: You can take a look at the first two years of the Trump administration to see the effectiveness of our foreign policy. Our capacity to deliver really solid, really sound diplomatic outcomes – to build coalitions in a way that, frankly, the previous administration just chose not to do – a global coalition to put sanctions on North Korea, to hopefully get them to denuclearize. The world has come together – 50-plus nations – to recognize that Maduro’s time had come. A big, global coalition to take down the caliphate – over 80 countries in the Defeat-ISIS Coalition. We have worked diplomatic – incredibly successfully in the President’s first two years, and I’m very confident that we’ll have the resources, and I know we have the talent to deliver good outcomes for the American people in the days and weeks and months ahead as well.

QUESTION: You mentioned North Korea. The proposed cuts to the State Department come soon after a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, where no agreement was made. Where do we stand now in that situation?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I’ve personally been working on this alongside the President for my entire time as the Secretary of State, and in fact even just a bit before. In Singapore, in June of last year, Chairman Kim made a historic commitment to denuclearize his country, and in exchange the United States and President Trump made a commitment to provide peace and security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and a brighter future for the North Korean people. Our Japanese partners, our South Korean partners are working alongside us to achieve each of those goals from Singapore.

We didn’t make as much progress as we would have hoped in Hanoi, but the conversations continue. And meanwhile, there are not missile tests being conducted, there aren’t nuclear tests being conducted. We’ve made progress. Obviously more needs to be done. This has been a problem of a long standing, and we continue to march down the path, hopefully leading to a place where the threat of nuclear weapons from North Korea will be enormously diminished.

QUESTION: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Houston today for the energy conference known as CERAWeek. Secretary Pompeo, thanks again for your time.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. You have a great day.

QUESTION: You too.


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          Press Releases: Interview With WOAI San Antonio's First News With Charlie Parker      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: San Antonio’s First News with Charlie Parker, Charity McCurdy in the 24-hour news center. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Houston, Texas today for the CERAWeek conference all about energy, in particular America.

Mr. Secretary, appreciate the visit this morning, but before we talk about what’s going on here in Texas, in particular Houston today, have to ask you about last night and what’s currently going on in Venezuela. Back in January, the decision to withdraw all dependence and reduce embassy staff to a minimum, and then your announcement last night that it’s time for everybody to get out.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Charlie, thanks for having me on the show. It’s great to be in Texas. We did in fact make the decision last night that we needed to remove the remaining folks we had on the ground there in Caracas. The situation is continuing to deteriorate. We’ve all seen the power outages – food, water all becoming more and more difficult – and we wanted to make sure we kept all the Americans working for the United States Government safe and get them back home.

QUESTION: Yeah, and the international effort to get Maduro out – well, I say international, not counting China, Russia, and Cuba – if things are to this point, if things are this bad and probably looking like they could get worse, what are the options? What do we do in Venezuela?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, the Venezuelan people have set the direction very clearly. They want Maduro gone. The Interim President Juan Guaido is leading an effort to get humanitarian assistance and the American taxpayers have been incredibly generous. Over 200 metric tons of food and hygiene kits and medicine on the ground, we haven’t been able to get them in. The Maduro regime has denied food to starving people and medicine to the sick. It’s really, really evil. And we need to continue to work to deliver. The Venezuelan people deserve it. This is a once-proud, resource-rich nation, and I’m confident. One of the reasons I’m here in Texas is to talk about energy, and Venezuela has it. We need to return the capacity of Venezuela to produce and create wealth for the Venezuelan people, and we’re working diligently with all of our partners in South and Central America and Europe to hopefully achieve that here as quickly as possible. The time is drawing short.

QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, good morning. This is Charity McCurdy. As you mentioned, you’re in Houston to talk about America’s energy revolution, and the U.S. is on pace to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s biggest oil producer. As you know, Texas’s Permian Basin is a major player in that. What’s being done by the Trump administration to address pipeline capacity to ensure this production growth continues?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, Charity, great question, and incredibly important. First, I think the administration’s done an awful lot to get us where we are today, to reduce regulation, to make permitting faster. I was in this business for a bunch of years before I entered government service. I ran a company that made pumping units. I’ve spent a lot of time in Midland, Odessa, East Texas. I know the industry well. We now need to take all this product that we’ve got in the Permian Basin, and frankly in other places in America too, and make sure that we can get it to markets not only through pipelines here, but my task as America’s most senior diplomat is to make sure that there are markets available around the world, that the Europeans and Asia – they’re prepared to buy not only our crude oil, but our natural gas so that we can continue to create wealth here in America. And importantly, it has deep national security implications as well if we’re successful at this.

QUESTION: We’re talking to the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Obviously when it comes to energy, you got to be strong, you got to grow, you got to integrate, diversify, and advance energy security. Just exactly what does that mean, Mr. Secretary, to advance energy security?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Everywhere I travel – I was in the Philippines last week and in Vietnam, I’ll be in the Middle East next week, then I’ll be back on to Europe – no matter which country I go to, they’re very focused on their own energy security. What does that mean? It means they have the capacity to deliver the energy that their citizens need to heat and cool their homes, that they have what they need for their infrastructure, for their businesses. And they want to get it from friends and allies and partners, and they don’t want to have to rely on adversaries who, when times get tough, can cut them off or raise prices or make their life difficult or, frankly, use energy to coerce them.

And so this American boom, this skyrocketing of energy production – you talked about us being number one in the world in crude oil exports. We’re going to approach that and natural gas before too long. Our ability to deliver that to our friends and partners around the world creates enormous security for people here in Texas and all across America.

QUESTION: We appreciate what you do and I guess on a light note, I’d like – I wish you got frequent flyer miles.

SECRETARY POMPEO: (Laughter.) Doesn’t quite work that way, but it is an incredible privilege to represent America around the world.

QUESTION: And we are glad that you do, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. You all have a good day.


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          Press Releases: Interview With Hal Jay and Brian Estridge of WBAP Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: Yes, and Secretary Mike Pompeo joins us (inaudible) Secretary of State, kind enough to carve out a couple of moments for us. He’s headed to Houston for a – to deliver a keynote to – at a big energy conference, Hal.

QUESTION: All right.

QUESTION: And we’ve got a lot to get into. Secretary, thanks for the time this morning. Let’s dive right into the news that came out this week that all of the sudden, the U.S. is the number one exporter of energy in the world, and this really strengthens our standing internationally, doesn’t it?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Well great, it’s thanks to be with you. And it does, that’s why I’m down here. I wanted to talk about what U.S. energy production does for American national security, how it keeps people from Dallas and San Antonio and Houston and all across Texas safer, lets us work more closely with our friends and puts real pressure on those who want to do harm to the United States. So this energy production really matters. I wanted to come down here and talk about how, as American’s most senior diplomat, we use that to advantage to keep America safe.

QUESTION: Yeah, is that leverage for you when it comes to negotiating around the world?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: There are very few countries I travel to – I was in the Philippines last week and Vietnam, I’ll be in Europe in a couple of days and the Middle East. Everywhere I go, energy is at the top of the list. Demand for energy is only growing, and those who can produce and provide it have an enormous advantage when it comes to security around the world.

QUESTION: Are we at the point now where America can say we don’t have to worry about other countries anymore, Middle East oil, anything like that, we’re – we are on our own?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: So we’re getting close to where we’ll have true American energy dominance. It’s a global market; it’s a complicated market. But the more energy that we produce here in America, so the more we can do – and the Trump administration’s done a lot of this, reduce regulations, create opportunities for jobs and wealth creation in the energy industry in America – the safer Americans will be around the world as well.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us right now. That leverage that we talk about when it comes to energy doesn’t just play in the Middle East. Does it factor into the negotiations that are ongoing with North Korea at all?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: North Korea presents a special situation for sure, but nobody can escape the truth. The truth is to grow an economy you need energy. Their electrical infrastructure needs work. They need refined petroleum products. One of the ways that we’ve convinced North Korea to move towards denuclearization is to reduce the amount of energy that they can import, and those sanctions that the United Nations put in place alongside of us have made a material difference. It’s made it harder for the North Koreans to do the things they need to do, and I think that’s at least in part why Chairman Kim made the commitment to denuclearize, and we’re hopeful that even though we didn’t get as far as we would have liked when the President and I were in Hanoi last week, we still have a path forward there.

QUESTION: Is North Korea – are we paying too much attention to it? Is there – is there a real true threat?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: So the – any time you have a nation that has nuclear weapons and the capacity to either sell those weapons to those that would want to present risk to the United States or the capacity to use a missile system for delivery, there’s a threat to the United States. Nuclear weapons are unique and especially risky, as you all well know, so I think it’s important, important that we get this right, important that we take down that threat to the United States.

QUESTION: A different kind of threat in South America with Venezuela that I know has your attention as well.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: It does. Last night we made the decision that we would withdraw the last of our diplomats from Caracas, so they’ll all be coming home. The calamity, the chaos that is engulfing Venezuela today is a direct result of socialism, of the Maduro regime and the Cubans and the Russians all destroying a once proud economy. The United States, the neighboring regions in South America, Central America, they want to have a better life, democracy restored in Venezuela. And America is prepared to play its part, an important part I believe, in helping that happen.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us. What keeps you up at night?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Oh goodness. Lots of things to focus on in the world, but just like you all, right, you just keep focused, you set priorities. I work for a President that understands the incredible importance of American national security, and you get up each day, put your helmet on, and get to work.

QUESTION: Just so you’ll know, I voted for Donald Trump, so I’ll ask you this: Fill in the blank. I wish the President would stop --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I’m not going to answer that one for you this morning. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: How about this one then: I wish the President would start --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: (Laughter.) You’re not going to draw me into that.

QUESTION: Okay.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I think --

QUESTION: That’s why --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I think we’re getting it right most days.

QUESTION: That’s why I said I voted for him, and I didn’t mind asking those questions, so – well, thanks for playing along.

QUESTION: Yeah, and your timing is perfect. You’re there for the last week of the Houston radio – rodeo. The Kings of Leon are playing tonight. Enjoy the concert.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I would love to get to that, and Susan and I – my wife – we’re from Kansas. We love rodeo too.

QUESTION: Yeah. Mike Pompeo --

QUESTION: There you go.

QUESTION: -- the Secretary of State, thanks for the time today.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Thank you very much. You all have a good day.

QUESTION: Yeah, you too.

QUESTION: And keep up the good work by the way, too.

QUESTION: Yeah.

QUESTION: Thanks for serving us.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Thank you very much. Very nice, thank you.


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          Press Releases: Interview With Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer of KTRH Houston's Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: Joining us from our Secretary of State Department – the State Department, is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, welcome to Houston and thank you for joining us here this morning.

SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be with you this morning.

QUESTION: Tell us a little bit about what’s going on in Venezuela and why we’re removing the last of our diplomats there.

SECRETARY POMPEO: We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last years has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take and this was the right time to take it.

QUESTION: Now you’re more or less going around the country right now speaking to people. I understand we’re second on your tour. You’re here talking about energy policy. In Texas, energy security, border security, these are the foremost of Texans’ minds. How can you address both of those?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So that’s the reason I wanted to come down here. I – before I entered government service for the second time in my life, I was in that industry. I ran a company that made pumping units and sold (inaudible) equipment. I know the Permian Basin, I know East Texas well, and as the Secretary of State, energy turns out to be at the very center of what I do many, many days, whether I’m in the Philippines or in Europe. The issue of American energy, the ability of us to deliver that energy around the world, helps keep American safe. It’s an important diplomatic tool for the United States and the production boom that’s taken place over the past years is enormously important for American national security. I wanted to come to Texas today and share those thoughts with the people of Texas.

QUESTION: Okay. Do you have any thoughts on the border while you’re here as well? That’s an area that’s very, very important to the President is to secure more border wall funding to get that job done. Is there anything further we – that can be done in order to advance that agenda?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So you saw yesterday the President’s request for additional funding for the border wall and additional security measures as well. As the chief diplomat for the United States of America, I understand that we need to know who’s coming into our country. We need to make sure we can control the flow of not only people but drugs and other contraband across the border. So securing that border’s important. President Trump has made it an enormous priority and he is asking Congress to provide our administration the resources to achieve that goal.

QUESTION: We – how much cooperation are you able to get from these other countries? I mean, Mexico I know has been taking steps to try to help this blow-through that we’re getting from Central America, but how much influence can you really exert?

SECRETARY POMPEO: My relationship with the new Mexican Government has been fantastic. My counterpart Foreign Minister Ebrard has truly done a number of things which I think will, over time, have a real benefit, but we need them to do more. The number of folks crossing over the past weeks has increased. This isn’t good for Mexico to have these folks traversing. It’s not good for the people who are having to make this dangerous trek through Mexico as well. We need to do this collectively. We’re working closely with President Obrador and my foreign minister counterpart to come up with a comprehensive solution that will secure our border and also ensure that there’s less risk to the people who are sometimes living very desperate situations.

QUESTION: This is maybe a nonquitter here, but Europe, the EU is going to start requiring visas from Americans who want to head over to Europe. What’s that all about?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ve seen those reports. I think we need to just learn a little bit more before we jump to too many conclusions.

QUESTION: All right, again, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us here on NewsRadio 740, KTRH. Obviously the President met not that long ago with Kim Jong-un in an attempt to try to move things a little bit forward in our dealings with North Korea. There’s been all sorts of reports about whether or not the North Koreans are restarting up some of their nuclear program. Is there anything you can tell us about that and bring us up to date on that story?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the most important thing, I think, for folks to know is that the progress that we’ve made with North Korea over the past – goodness, year and change – has been real. They haven’t conducted any further missile tests, no more nuclear testing, two important tools for advancing their program. I was with the President in Hanoi. We didn’t make as much progress as we would’ve hoped achieving what Chairman Kim told us he would do. I’ve been with Chairman Kim I think now four or five times. He has promised to denuclearize. He did not arrive there prepared to do as much as we need him to do, and we’re going to continue to work to achieve that outcome. It is a real threat to the United States of America and we want to get North Korea to honor its commitment to denuclearize, and then there can be a brighter future for the North Korean people as well.

QUESTION: Stopping the war exercises or the naval exercises with South Korea, good idea you think?

SECRETARY POMPEO: The Department of Defense is confident it can maintain the readiness it needs to take whatever action it might need to take at some point to work with our allies, Japan and South Korea, and to keep the American people safe. President concluded that this made sense as we’re trying to develop a relationship with the North Koreans such that we can get this ultimate objective, something that frankly America has been trying to do for decades now without success. He concluded it made sense and I’m confident we can still protect American interests while reducing the number of major war games that take place there on the peninsula.

QUESTION: All right, Mr. Secretary, enjoy your time here with us in Houston.

QUESTION: We don’t have time to get to China, but thank you so much for --

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good enough. Good to talk to you. Thanks for having me on the show. It’s great to be here in Houston.

QUESTION: It’s good to have you here, sir. Thank you again.


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          Concern over report on Mindanao as new IS base      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Malacanang yesterday expressed concern over a report that the Philippines is turning into a base of Islamic State (IS) fighters. 'Definitely, then we should ...
          LIVE STREAMING: UP vs NU Volleyball Women's Match UAAP Season 81      Cache   Translate Page      
Here is the available live streaming links for you to be able to watch the game of UP vs NU Volleyball Women's Match UAAP Season 81. Game starts at 4:00 PM (GMT +8, Manila Time), March 13, 2019 - Wednesday.

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          LIVE STREAMING: Adamson vs Ateneo Volleyball Women's Match UAAP Season 81      Cache   Translate Page      
Here is the available live streaming links for you to be able to watch the game of Adamson vs Ateneo Volleyball Women's Match UAAP Season 81. Game starts at 2:00 PM (GMT +8, Manila Time), March 13, 2019 - Wednesday.

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          LIVE STREAMING: NLEX vs Alaska 2019 PBA Philippine Cup      Cache   Translate Page      
Here is the available live streaming links for you to be able to watch the game of NLEX vs Alaska 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Game starts at 7:00 PM (GMT +8, Manila Time), March 13, 2019 - Wednesday.

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          LIVE STREAMING: Magnolia vs Columbian 2019 PBA Philippine Cup      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Another Filipino peasant leader killed in Davao City      Cache   Translate Page      
Members of Akbayan party list group condemned the killing in Davao City on Saturday of a leader of one of their affiliated peasant group in [Philippines'] Mindanao.
           SXSW 2019: Can Facebook Handle Its Election Security Role?       Cache   Translate Page      

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The discussion around securing elections broke away from the standard cybersecurity fare and turned to the ill effects of social media and misinformation during a panel at South by Southwest on March 11. 

The panelists, who included representatives from the New York Times, Facebook, the Atlantic Council and BlueDot Strategies, discussed the damaging and largely unforeseen role platforms like Facebook and Twitter have had on elections around the globe.

From the perspective of Katie Harbath, Facebook’s public policy director for global elections, concerning activity started months before many in the U.S. were talking about misinformation and political ads flowing through the platform.

“For me, where I really started to see things shift was not November 2016, but May 9, 2016,” Harbath said. “That was the date of the Philippines [general] election.”

That election was followed in short order by the Brexit vote June 23 and highlighted the need for attention on the part of the company and the social media ecosystem as a whole. Misinformation campaigns, fake accounts and what Harbath refers to as “false news” were showing signs of traction in those elections. 

Harbath said the company’s “new normal” consists of a handful of priorities: taking down fake accounts; dealing with false news; improving transparency around political ads; and countering foreign and domestic bad actors.

“This is our new normal,” she said. “What we are doing now, (and) we are putting a ton of resources in, is — how do we get to a point where we can mitigate as much of the bad as possible, make sure we have the team set up to handle anything that might come our way that we weren’t expecting?”

As examples in the Philippines and U.K. starkly illustrate, the problem stretches far beyond the borders of the United States. Moira Whelan, founding partner of BlueDot Strategies, said the tools once seen as a great democratizing force are now being turned against democratic efforts.

What initially was seen as an opportunity to have robust debates in countries with only state-run media outlets quickly showed the potential for misuse in the global political arena.

“My old job was as the deputy assistant secretary for digital strategy with the U.S. State Department … where I got to, one, convince a bunch of world leaders that social media was a good idea, and then watch as ISIS and Russian trolls tried to tear it all down,” Whelan said anecdotally. 

Now that the proverbial cat is out of the bag and those with an agenda and the ability have platforms to spread their message, what’s to be done? As it turns out, the answer is nothing short of costly and labor-intensive. 

For the Facebook network, which also includes Instagram and WhatsApp, Harbath points to 40 or so teams dedicated to looking at content for signs of foul play. But even with the resources and money that Facebook has, issues arise like context of political commentary, native language translations and a host of other considerations.

“The United States is the exception, not the rule generally in most anything that has to do with an election,” Harbath said.

Partnerships with the likes of the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation help the company to coordinate on issues regarding U.S. elections, but Harbath said the problem is multifaceted and often spills off of the pages of Facebook and onto smaller networks that may not have the ability or skill to take action.

“This activity isn’t just happening on our platforms, it can get pushed out to other, smaller platforms that may not have as much money and resources and stuff that we do in which to do this,” Harbath said. “We’re trying to look at, how can we help the overall ecosystem get better at this?”

Graham Brookie, director and managing editor of the Digital Forensic Research Lab within the Atlantic Council, said building up “digital resilience” across the social media and Internet environment is essential to mitigating many of the issues platforms and governments are grappling with.

Before any of that can happen, though, Brookie said understanding the spread and digestion of information in these countries needs to be a priority.

“If you’re going to look at disinformation and how it spreads in that particular community, you need to know how people actually consume information in that community,” Brookie said.

In Macedonia’s naming referendum, for example, Brookie pointed to the fact that much of the information consumed in the country comes from television — to the tune of 92 percent — and social media, specifically Facebook. That's an important factor in determining where to focus efforts that target the spread of disinformation.

The global nature of the problem does not lend itself well to policy creation and simple fixes, but Brookie says a first step in any legislation would be having lawmakers who understand the space.

“First and foremost, I think the bottom line is that you need policymakers that know what the Internet is,” he quipped.

New York Times technology columnist Kevin Roose pointed out the almost surreal nature of the situation and how the sanctity of elections across the globe relies so heavily on private companies in other parts of the world.

“The fact that … the integrity of global elections relies on a few people in California and D.C. and New York is just incredibly strange, and I don’t think we should accept that as status quo because that is the product of intentional decisions that platforms have made to expand into countries where they don’t have enough infrastructure to support safe elections,” he said. “That’s one of the things that I will be sort of looking for in the years ahead — not only can we play a more effective game of whack-a-mole, (but whether) the places that distribute news, whether it’s the cable news channels in the local Macedonian market or the big global platforms, whether they are actually willing to make changes to their products or just sort of beefing up their policy staff.”


          IEEFA report: The Philippine energy transition      Cache   Translate Page      
MANILA, March 12, 2019 (IEEFA) — Electricity prices in the Philippines are the highest in South East Asia and utilities rely excessively on imported coal and diesel, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The IEEFA report, The Philippine Energy Transition, Building a Robust Power Market, attributes […]
           Qatar Airways unveiled seven new upcoming destinations       Cache   Translate Page      
Qatar Airways concluded a spectacular week at this year’s ITB Berlin, at which the airline revealed seven new destinations to be added to its global route network in 2019, in addition to unveiling a newly enhanced Economy Class product to hundreds of trade and industry representatives as well as members of the international media.At a packed press conference on the opening day of ITB, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, announced an array of forthcoming global destinations the airline will launch in 2019, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey and Mogadishu, Somalia.Also on the opening day of the exhibition, Qatar Airways revealed its new Economy Class experience, featuring a world-class seat with an innovative 19-degree recline system, additional legroom,  dual trays, 13.3-inch 4 K widescreens and type ‘C’ fast charging USB port. The airline’s new in-flight dining experience ‘Quisine’, redefines Economy Class service, with all new retail-style tableware, a menu offering more choices, 25 per cent larger main courses, 20 per cent larger appetisers, and 50 per cent larger desserts.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We have enjoyed a tremendously successful week in Berlin, and are particularly excited to announce these many new additions to our global route network. These new European, Asian and African gateways will offer our both our business and leisure travellers even greater choice and flexibility, and clearly demonstrate that Qatar Airways is moving forward with its robust growth plans.“Qatar Airways passengers in Economy Class will now enjoy even greater meal choice as well as larger appetizers, main courses and desserts. Our new Economy Class experience revealed here in Berlin this week proves our commitment to offering the very finest experience to all of our passengers, no matter what class they are travelling in. We thank the many guests who visited our stand in Berlin last week, and we look forward to welcoming all passengers on board.”Qatar Airways’ new Economy Class proposition sees a significant increase in rotable, recyclable and biodegradable products and reduction in single-use plastic. Economy Class passengers will also be able to enjoy improved connectivity, including up to 10 times faster broadband, as well as more than 4,000 entertainment options on Qatar Airways’ Oryx One in-flight entertainment system.Present at the unveiling of Qatar Airways’ new Economy Class experience were FC Bayern München stars Corentin Tolisso, French international and World Cup winner in 2018, and Lothar Matthäus, former German international who captained his nation to victory in the 1990 World Cup. Last year Qatar Airways signed a five-year partnership agreement with leading German football team FC Bayern München, making the airline the Official Airline Partner of FC Bayern München until June 2023.At ITB 2017, Qatar Airways launched its revolutionary Business Class seat, Qsuite, which features the world’s first-ever double bed in Business Class. Qsuite takes cabin innovation to a whole new level with its quad configuration, providing passengers even more choice, privacy and personalisation in their travel experience. Since its launch, Qsuite has won a host of awards, including the prestigious Skytrax awards in 2018 for ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’.ITB Berlin 2019 showcased a range of travel exhibitors from more than 180 countries and five continents, providing more than 160,000 visitors with the latest information on new products, services and facilities in the tourism industry.

Source: Transportweekly
           Fastest-growing Asian air routes revealed      Cache   Translate Page      
The ten fastest-growing major passenger routes in the Asia-Pacific region have been revealed in an exclusive study published by Routesonline, with a flight between South Korea’s capital city Seoul and a coastal city in central Vietnam taking the top spot. The research has been released as delegates gather for Routes Asia 2019, which is taking place in Cebu, Philippines.A 71 percent rise in the number of passengers flying between Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and Da Nang International Airport has placed the route as the fastest-growing in the Asia-Pacific region, research by Routesonline has found.More than 2.2 million passengers took a flight between the two destinations, which links South Korea’s capital and the largest city in central Vietnam, compared with 1.29 million just 12 months earlier. The growth is enough to place the route at number one in the rankings, comfortably ahead of Manila (MNL) - Iloilo (ILO) in second.Routesonline’s research found the top 100 passenger routes to/from and within the Asia-Pacific region during 2018 using the latest data provided by Sabre Market Intelligence. The list was then ranked by percentage annual growth when compared with the same period in 2017.According to OAG Schedules Analyser, two-way capacity on the Seoul (ICN) - Da Nang (DAD) route jumped by 73 percent in 2018 to 2.8 million available seats. A total of ten carriers served the market, up from nine in 2017.Jin Air had a 20.0 percent capacity share of the total number of seats on offer last year, with Korean Air on 15.1 percent and Jeju Airlines on 13.2 percent. In total there were almost 12,100 flight departures on the route, compared with fewer than 7,500 in 2017.In second place is Manila (MNL) - Iloilo (ILO), which connects the capital of the Philippines with Iloilo City on Panay Island. Total passenger traffic increased by nearly 48 percent in 2018 to more than 2.1 million passengers.Overall two-way capacity rose by 49 percent in 2018 compared with the previous year, OAG figures show, increasing to 2.53 million seats. Cebu Pacific commanded a 50.5 percent capacity share, followed by Philippine Airlines with 31.3 percent and Philippines AirAsia with 18.2 percent.In joint third in the list are two domestic routes. The first links Indonesia’s bustling capital Jakarta with the port city of Palembang, while the second connects Hyderabad in south India with Bengaluru, the centre of the country’s high-tech industry. Both routes increased passenger numbers by 20 percent in 2018.The research has been released as aviation professionals gather for Routes Asia 2019, taking place from 10 -12 March in Cebu, Philippines. The event is the only route development forum that unites the Asia-Pacific region, providing a meeting place for airlines, airports and tourism organisations to discuss new market opportunities and the evolution of existing services.  Steven Small, brand director of Routes, said: “Across Asia there is a huge amount to be optimistic about. Capacity increases are planned across many markets, while increasing liberalisation will enable the growth of airlines.“Routes Asia brings together senior decision makers from across the region to plan new air services and discuss increasing the frequency and capacity of the existing routes that are popular with passengers. The negotiations in taking place in Cebu could pave the way to the fastest-growing routes of the future.”Informa Routesonline

Source: Transportweekly
          CIBC: Transfer Money Worldwide with a $0 Transfer Fee, Earn $30 for First Transfer and $60 if you Open a New Account       Cache   Translate Page      
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          【飞亚世】飞亚世招商加盟FLYASIA招商加盟飞亚世休闲装加盟费加盟条件 -中国服装网-tda7294      Cache   Translate Page      
   “十年磨一剑”,秉持对中国体育运动事业一如既往的热情,与对广大消费群体负责的执着的追求,飞亚世兢兢业业,踏踏实实地在先行者必经的探索之路上着奋进着,科学的营运、超前的研发、规范的生产,严格的质检。一分耕耘一分收获,凭借缜密细致的管理机制使飞亚世产品连年屡获殊荣:中国名优产品、中国知名运动服装十佳品牌、中国帆船队国际赛指定队服、中国摩托艇队指定领奖服、中国皮划艇队指定队服……   集研、产、销一体的飞亚世公司,旗下拥有“飞亚世”“瑶之奴”等服饰品牌,以加盟促双赢的营销模式招募精英、开拓疆土。公司引进国际先进的管理理念和生产设施,聘用海内外知名设计英才。以“品质赢市场,品牌创口碑”的经营理念使飞亚世拥有了宠大的营销体系,全国大型省会城市十余家分公司,近300余家专卖店及千余个销售网点,产品几乎涵盖所有县级以上的城市。   面对入世的压力与机遇,居安思危的飞亚世直面而上,于2004年3月签下亚洲巨星“任贤齐”先生为“飞亚世”品牌形像大使,全方位推进企业文化和品牌文化的发展。飞亚世始终将“先行一步”的理念,贯彻并融入企业各环节的营运流程中,公司所具备的核心竞争力与永续经营的动力正是源此而来,在飞亚世,“超越自我”不仅仅是一句口号,而是被提升到行为理念与自我要求的高度。产品优良的品质是靠先进的设备、尖端的技术、优秀的员工达成的,而价值核心的品牌附加值却是依托前瞻性的理念与策略性的推广打造起来的。 展开 相关的主题文章: Philippines’s president says it will not give up the drug policy under external pressure — people.c-peepsamurai 佳禧印染供应各类面料产品服装商机中国服装网-www.ddd13.com 家纺资讯中国服装网-9c8921
          Nickelodeon International Announces 'Kids’ Choice Awards 2019' Global Social Squad      Cache   Translate Page      
Original Nickelodeon International Press Release:

NICKELODEON INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2019 GLOBAL SOCIAL SQUAD

NINE DIGITAL STARS REPRESENTING SEVEN COUNTRIES
BRING NEARLY 50 MILLION FANS INSIDE THE ULTIMATE KCA EXPERIENCE


LOS ANGELES—MARCH 12, 2019—Nickelodeon International has teamed up with nine beloved creators representing seven countries to form the 2019 KCA Social Squad, which will transport fans around the world into all of the exclusive pre-event and Orange Carpet excitement leading up to the biggest, slimiest party of the year for kids: Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019.

Beginning on Thursday, March 21st, the web-celebrity-filled KCA Social Squad, including twins and Kids’ Choice Awards Germany 2019 hosts Lisa and Lena (@lisaandlena, Germany), twins and “Favorite Social Music Star” nominees Max and Harvey (@maxandharvey, UK); “Dance Kids” Philippines grand champion AC Bonifacio (@acbonifacio, Philippines); Kaj Van Der Voort (@kajleroy, Netherlands); “Favorite Internet Star: Italy” nominee Elisa Maino (@la_mainoo, Italy); “Favorite Latin Influencer” nominee Ami Rodriguez (@amirodriguezz, Colombia); and “Favorite Brazilian Influencer” nominee João Guilherme (@joaoguilherme, Brazil) will provide an exclusive look inside the “Nickelodeon x Instagram Slime Soiree” pre-party, Orange Carpet excitement, and behind-the-scenes activity leading up to the big night on Saturday.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 takes place in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, March 23rd and premieres in the U.S. that night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Spanning seven countries and speaking seven languages, the KCA Social Squad will bring a collective global cross-platform following of nearly 50 million fans inside the ultimate Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 experience. This includes adventures inside the “Nickelodeon x Instagram Slime Soiree,” a preview of the KCA venue before the big night, and plenty of slime.

Fans around the world can follow along via the official KCA Social Squad hashtag #KCASocialSquad and each Squad member’s individual handles:

  • AC Bonifacio (Philippines): @acbonifacio - 1.6M Instagram followers
  • Ami Rodriguez (Colombia): @amirodriguez – 3.6M Instagram followers
  • Elisa Maino (Italy): @la_mainoo – 1.4M Instagram followers
  • João Guilherme (Brazil): @joaoguilherme – 10M Instagram followers
  • Kaj van der Voort (Netherlands): @kajleroy – 214K Instagram followers
  • Lisa and Lena (Germany): @lisaandlena – 14.3M Instagram followers
  • Max and Harvey (UK): @maxandharvey – 1M Instagram followers

Stay up to date on all Kids’ Choice Awards news by liking Nickelodeon on Facebook and following @Nickelodeon on Twitter and Instagram using #KCA.

Hosted by music mogul DJ Khaled, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 is the biggest, slimiest party of the year for kids taking place on Saturday, March 23 from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Kids across the globe will have a front row seat to the next big things in kid culture from the hottest upcoming movies, music, gaming and rising talent, while continuing to celebrate their favorites from the past year. Kids everywhere will be able to experience the show across all Nickelodeon screens and platforms, as Nick brings the slime and surprises they love.

The LEGO® Group is global sponsor for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019.

Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards is produced by Nickelodeon Productions. Elizabeth Kelly, Michael Dempsey & Jay Schmalholz serve as Executive Producers. Production of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

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More Nick: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2019 International Nominees!

Originally published: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 8:42pm GMT.
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Wonder Park | Trailer | Nickelodeon Asia


What if the park you always imagined... came to life? Catch Nickelodeon Movies' brand-new movie Wonder Park, coming soon to theaters near you!

Asian Release Dates for Wonder Park:

Philippines: 13th Mar 2019
Singapore, Thailand: 14th Mar 2019
Indonesia, Vietnam, India: 15th Mar 2019
Malaysia: 21st Mar 2019
Taiwan: 5th Apr 2019
Hong Kong: 18th Apr 2019

When the park of her dreams needs saving, only June’s imagination can bring it back to life!


A tribute to creativity, Wonder Park tells the story of 10-year-old June, a wildly imaginative young girl who builds models of amusements parks with rides like the Skyflinger, Fantastic Fish Carousel, and Zero-G-Land with her mother. When June gets older, she starts to lose her sense of wonder and begins to shun her childhood ideas, including the idea of the park, packing away her models away. Nevertheless, her childhood catches up with her!

One day whilst exploring deep in the woods, in a magical moment, she discovers a roller coaster car buried under ivy. It transports her to a fantastical wonder park, like the ones she used to build, populated by animals who were its past employees. But the park is broken down, abandoned and in a state of decay.

June soon rediscovers the wonder of her world, and teams up with a whole host of talking animals to restore the park to its full glory, complete with spinning contraptions and inverting roller coasters, all whilst contending with a invasion of a army of cheeky chimpanzombies looking to stir up all kinds of destructive mischief.

The US version of the movie includes Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Rules Don’t Apply, The Producers) as Dad, Jennifer Garner (Nine Lives, The Tribes of Palos Verdes) as Mom, Kenan Thompson (All That, Kenan & Kel, Good Burger, SNL) as Gus, Ken Jeong (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Bob’s Burgers) as Cooper, Mila Kunis (Family Guy, A Bad Moms Christmas) as Greta, John Oliver (The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, live-action Lion King) as Steve, Ken Hudson Campbell, who voiced Boomer the Bear, Sofia Mali as Young June, Brianna Denski (Momsters: When Moms Go Bad) as June, Oev Michael Urbas as Banky, Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline) as Peanut, Kate McGregor-Stewart as Aunt Albertine, Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Tony, Kath Soucie (Rugrats, Hey Arnold!) as Bus Counselor Shannon, and Noen Perez as Chatty Kid.


The PG-rated film is written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows) from a story by Applebaum (Origin), Nemec (Knightfall), and Robert Gordon (Galaxy Quest). Appelbaum, Nemec, and Kendra Haaland serve as producers, with Karen Rosenfelt and Don Hahn executive producing. The movie is being produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Ilion Animation Studios. A director has yet to be announced for the movie.

Wonder Park is scheduled to roll into theaters on Friday, March 15, 2019. An animated television series based on the film will also debut on Nickelodeon in 2019.

Funrise, Inc. will serve as the worldwide master toy partner for the franchise.

Look out for Wonder Park merchandise in stores soon!

Follow the movie online:

Web: WonderParkMovie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WonderParkMovie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WonderParkMovie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/WonderParkMovie/

More Nick: Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies' 'Wonder Park' Characters Star in New PSA to Inspire Girls to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)!
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L’Asie défi la meilleure équipe de basket du 4: Nova encore deux jours consécutifs pour Hu automne [21] sélectionné met en évidence le basket chinois des Philippines à l’automne de 75 – 65 Hu favorisée en avance 8 Tencent sports le 13 septembre – défi Asie de basket – ball match de 2016 à la […]
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While the Council has several critical situations on its agenda, we are alarmed that the crises in many countries deepen while the Council stands idly by.

Civic space in Bahrain has continued to shrink as prominent rights defenders, journalists and opposition leaders are harshly punished for rights activism or criticizing the authorities.

In Egypt, police systematically use torture, arbitrary arrests, and enforced disappearances to silence political dissent under the guise of combatting terrorism. Authorities are actively dismantling independent civil society through restrictive legislation, detaining journalists, censoring websites, and prosecuting rights defenders.

Turkey remains the world leader in jailing journalists with more than 180 reporters, writers, and media workers in pretrial detention facing terrorism charges.

Violence escalated in Cameroon after protests broke out in 2016, and the authorities responded with rampant rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, torture of detainees, extrajudicial executions, and the burning of homes and property.

Accountability for the tens of thousands of extrajudicial killings in President Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs” in the Philippines remains virtually non-existent, and repression of government critics and rights defenders continues to rise. 

In none of these countries has the Council taken action to put in place monitoring and reporting or investigations. This failure is magnified when we recall that almost all of these countries are sitting Council members, meant to uphold the highest standards of human rights. We call upon states to give these situations the response they deserve. The Council’s credibility depends on it, just as thousands of victims and survivors on the ground depend on this Council.


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Hi all!

Please help us welcome some new faces to our Design Team!

First...................

Melinda
Hi! My name is Melinda Felicilda , I originally came from Philippines but live in Las Vegas now with my supported husband for 10 years and two kids . I started scrapbooking between 2008-2009. Since then I have been hooked with this hobby and started collecting embellishment. I like to used my children's photo's all the time in my layouts....

and................

Beverley
Hi , my name is Beverley Cunningham and I live in beautiful New Zealand with my Hubby and three children who are my inspiration for my layouts and other projects. I started scrapbooking eight and a half years ago and my stash has grown from a tote bag to taking up a fair size chunk in our garage in that time.  I love this hobby not just the creating side but the community as well.  I have made some amazing talented friends along the way. I am really looking forward to designing for 123 Get Scrappy!
 
Click on their names to visit their blogs.

I'm so excited to work with these two talented ladies this year!

Check back tomorrow for our new challenge for January and all the Design Team creations! 



 

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Customer Service The call center industry of the Philippines, according to industry experts, started not as a provider of call center services such as Order taking services , customer care, or technical support, but as a provider of email response and managing services in the Philippine market. Call Center Industry of the Philippines: Start of […]
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The Philippines' National Telecommunications Commission has extended the migration to eight digit landline numbers in the Greater Metro Manila area by six months, at the request of the banking industry.

The Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the Credit Card Association of the Philippines (CCAP) have requested more time to prepare for the introduction of eight digit landline numbers by implementing the necessary changes to their operations and systems.

As a result, the NTC has ordered local operators to extend the migration date to October 6 from March 18....

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Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation (MVGC) JAI ALAI Philippines Draw Results Midnight Draw Date: 3/12/20192-8-10Sacristan-Zuloaga-Quijote numbers in exact order
          Chaos, Gridlock a Daily Ordeal for Manila's Long-suffering Commuters      Cache   Translate Page      
It's 3.30 a.m. in the Philippines and much of San Jose Del Monte is fast asleep. Flashlight in hand, street sweeper Alejandro Galasao, 58, navigates a labyrinth of alleys to a main road to catch a bus to the capital Manila 30 km (18.6 miles) away. He has to wake up in the middle of the night for a job that doesn't start until 6 a.m. Traffic is so bad in Manila that if he leaves any later, there's no way he will clock in on time. "If I go to work at rush hour, it would take me three hours," Galasao told Reuters. "This is the only job I know. Even if I find something else, I doubt I would earn any better." Metro Manila, a sprawl of 16 cities fused together by outdated infrastructure, is creaking under the weight of millions of vehicles, owing largely to economic growth of more than six percent a year since 2012. Urban rail coverage is limited, trains are prone to breakdowns and queues spill onto streets where exhaust fumes are intoxicating. Quality of life is poor for many urban Filipinos, who spend a chunk of their day commuting. Janice Sarad works at a bank head office and leaves home four hours before work starts in Bonifacio Global City, a Manila business hub. On a typical day, Sarad, 22, takes a train, a bus and two passenger jeeps to get to work. "In the morning, it's even more difficult to commute because the pressure not to be late is there. You really have to fight your way in," she said. Heavy Toll A 2015 survey by GPS-based navigation app Waze found that Manila had the world's worst traffic congestion, partly due to a tripling of annual car sales from a decade ago. Oliver Emocling, 23, rides the train, but queues are so long that he arrives late often, and has been docked wages as punishment. "When I get home, it's already 10 p.m.," said Emocling, who works at a magazine. "I could be using that time to sleep more, rest more. Instead, my time gets wasted." The daily loss of business in Manila due to traffic woes has risen to 3.5 billion pesos ($67.2 million) in 2017 from 2.4 billion pesos ($46.1 million) in 2012, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency. President Rodrigo Duterte has said that fixing Manila's traffic wasn't easy, adding that it was the only campaign promise he had failed to deliver. He recently approved a law that encourages companies to support more employees to work from home. The government is making some headway on an $180 billion program to modernize roads, railways and airports, including a subway system which was set to begin construction at the end of February. However, the building works are exacerbating snarl-ups. Ferdinand Tan, a 53-year-old wealth coach, lets his staff work from home and has modified his van to cope with traffic, turning it into a mobile office with a power supply, computer and even a foot massager. "No one can really solve the traffic. So instead of complaining about it, I try to maximize (the time)," he said. "I use unproductive time to be productive."
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Groups denounce cyberattacks against several independent media websites in the Philippines. Photo: Kodao Productions, used with permission. Several media groups in the Philippines marked the World Day Against Cyber Censorship on March 12, 2019, by holding a protest to denounce the ongoing cyberattacks against their websites which they claim are backed by the government. Since … Continua la lettura di Groups denounce continuous cyberattacks against independent media in the Philippines
          Packaging from Nestle, Unilever and Colgate is found in one of world’s most remote beauty spots      Cache   Translate Page      
More than 1,700 species of fish, 338 types of coral, and the whale sharks and sea turtles of the Verde Island Passage in the Philippines are having to share space with vast amounts of plastic litter.
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It’s always fun to share a tour featuring an adventurous family who can see the world from a different perspective. Say hello to Amber Folkman! Early in their marriage, Amber and her husband moved to the Philippines for his work, but eventually decided they wanted to...

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          Pb-19-207, Supply & Delivery Of Books For Provincial Library & Book Mobile, Provincial Governor’S Office, Amas, Kidapawan City      Cache   Translate Page      
Pb-19-207, Supply & Delivery Of Books For Provincial Library & Book Mobile, Provincial GovernorS Office, Amas, Kidapawan City
PB-19-207
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
Republic of the Philippines
Region XII
Province of Cotabato
BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
Amas, Kidapawan City

INVITATION TO BID

Supply & Delivery of Books for Provincial Library & Book Mobile, Provincial Governors Office, Amas, Kidapawan City.
PB-19-207

The Provincial Government of Cotabato, through the Bids & Awards Committee intends to apply the sum of P265,551.00 being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for Supply & Delivery of Books for Provincial Library & Book Mobile, Provincial Governors Office, Amas, Kidapawan City. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

1.The Provincial Government of Cotabato now invites bids for Supply & Delivery of Books for Provincial Library & Book Mobile, Provincial Governors Office, Amas, Kidapawan City. Bidders should have completed, within the last 2 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.

2.Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.

3.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.

4.Interested bidders may obtain further information from the BAC Secretariat and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during 8:00 AM until 5:00PM starting March 11, 2019.

5.A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders starting March 11, 2019 from the address below upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of P500.00 at the Provincial Treasurers Office, Amas, Kidapawan City. In case of corporation/partnership/cooperative/joint venture, representative(s) should present a Board Resolution and/or Secretarys Certificate indicating the bidding document they want to acquire. In case of Single Proprietorship, representative(s) should present a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) indicating the bidding document they want to acquire. It can also be downloaded free of charge at the PhilGEPS website (philgeps.gov.ph), provided that Bidders shall pay the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.

6.Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before March 18, 2019, 11:00AM, PST. All Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.

7.Bid opening shall be on March 18, 2019, 1:00PM PST at BAC Conference Room, Provincial Capitol Building, Amas, Kidapawan City. 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.The Provincial Government of Cotabato reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

For further information, please refer to:

MS. ZENAIDA B. SOLLANO
Head, BAC Secretariat
Provincial Capitol Building
Amas, Kidapawan CIty



VAN D. CADUNGON
(Provincial Administrator)
BAC Chairman



          Tiếng Yêu Muộn Màng      Cache   Translate Page      

Phim Tiếng Yêu Muộn Màng TodayTV Tập 1 Tập 2 Tập 3 Lồng Tiếng Thuyết Minh Philippines 2019 . Lịch chiếu : lên sóng lúc 20h hằng ngày trên VivuTV.Net bắt đầu từ ngày 16-03-2019 mời các bạn cùng đón xem .

Tieng Yeu Muon Mang Nội dung chính : xoay quanh đôi vợ chồng trẻ Leo và Amanda. Nhiều năm sau khi vợ sảy thai đứa con đầu tiên, Leo muốn rằng hai vợ chống cố gắng thêm để sinh em bé. Tuy nhiên, Amanda lại thuộc tuýp phụ nữ yêu công việc và luôn muốn thăng tiến. Cô gác lại chuyện sinh con để tập trung vào sự nghiệp. Trong khi Amanda đang dần chạm đến ước mơ thì Leo phải vật lộn với sự bế tắc trong công việc.

Leo ghen tị với Oliver, sếp của Amanda. Anh cho rằng Oliver đang có tình ý với vợ mình. Sự buồn bã khiến cho Leo tìm đến bên Sonya – người bạn gái cũ. Khác với người vợ chỉ suốt ngày có công việc của Leo, Sonya dành cho anh sự quan tâm, chiều chuộng tuyệt đối. Và cuối cùng, chuyện gì đến cũng phải đến: Sonya có thai...phim mới trên TodayTV , phim Philippines mới nhất 2019

Phát hiện ra sự việc, Amanda giận dữ, thất vọng và li dị Leo. Một năm sau, Amanda đã rất thành công trong công việc. Cô sẵn sàng gác quá khứ lại phía sau để bắt đầu một cuộc sống mới. Lúc này, Sonya lại gọi điện cầu xin Amanda giúp đỡ vì Leo hiện trong bệnh viện cần phẫu thuật tim gấp. Nghĩ lại tình cảm khi xưa, Amanda sẵn lòng giúp đỡ em bé mới sinh và Leo.

Cô chăm sóc Leo trong bệnh viện mỗi khi Sonya bận bịu. Sau khoảng thời gian gặp lại nhau, tình cảm khi xưa có dịp trỗi dậy. Nhưng họ nhận ra rằng bắt đầu lại vào lúc này sẽ làm tổn thương người thân xung quanh. Liệu Amanda và Leo có về bên nhau hay tiếp tục phủ nhận trái tim mình?...

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A new marine protected area (MPA) has been founded in the Philippines within what are considered some of the most biologically diverse waters on Earth.


          CP of Greece, We denounce the imperialist intervention in Venezuela. Solidarity with the Venezuelan People!      Cache   Translate Page      

We, Communist and Workers Party of the world, decisively denounce the imperialist plans, the undermining tactics and the menaces unleashed by the USA, the EU and their allied governments in Latin America, aiming at overthrowing the legally elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; at subjugating the people of the country into their imperialist interests; and at looting the country’s wealth-producing resources.
After the failed provocation prepared by the USA using the imperialists’ puppet Guaidó on February 23rd in the Colombian borders, under the pretext of “humanitarian aid”, new scenarios are promoted for a coup or even an imperialist military attack, while simultaneously they continue the effort to organize more provocations that will give a pretext for the escalation of the intervention.
We strongly condemn every coup and imperialist military attack scenario of the USA and of their allies!
We decisively state that they will find against them not only the people of Venezuela but also the Communist and Workers Parties, the working class’ and people’s movement all around the world!
We vehemently condemn the statements of John Bolton, National Security Advisor of the USA, according to which the government of the USA follows the Monroe Doctrine that considers the whole of Latin America as their exclusive zone of interest.
Latin America belongs to its peoples!
Loyal to the principles of Proletarian Internationalism we express our solidarity with the people of Venezuela; only the people of Venezuela have the capacity to decide on the internal affairs of its country. We express our solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela, the Communist Youth of Venezuela and other Venezuelan anti-imperialist forces that struggle under difficult conditions to defend the people’s interests.
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          Sodomy Laws in the US and around the World      Cache   Translate Page      
A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as crimes. The precise sexual acts meant by the term sodomy are rarely spelled out in the law, but are typically understood by courts to include any sexual act deemed to be "unnatural" or immoral. Sodomy typically includes anal sex, oral sex and bestiality. In practice, sodomy laws have rarely been enforced against heterosexual couples (Wikipedia)


Sodomy arrest sparks controversy… 34 years ago

Michael Hardwick is arrested for sodomy after a police officer observes him having sex with another man in his own bedroom in Georgia. Although the district attorney eventually dropped the charges, Hardwick decided to challenge the constitutionality of Georgia’s law.

“John and Mary Doe,” who joined in Hardwick’s suit against Michael Bowers, the attorney general of Georgia, maintained that the Georgia law “chilled and deterred” them from engaging in certain types of sex in their home. But in 1986, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruling by a 5-4 vote that states could continue to treat certain types of consensual sex as criminal acts.

Apparently, Justice Byron White had characterized the issue not as the right to privacy in one’s own bedroom, but rather as the right to commit sodomy. Viewed in this narrow manner, it was no surprise that he was unable to find such a clause in the Constitution. Justice Lewis Powell, who also voted to uphold the law, later called his vote a mistake.

In June 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law under which two men had been arrested for having consensual sex at home. The 6-3 Lawrence v. Texas decision reversed the infamous 1986 Bowers decision and finally dealt a death blow to sodomy laws throughout the country.

In its landmark ruling Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws —sometimes referred to as “crimes against nature” laws — are unconstitutional. But 12 states continue to keep such laws on their books. Of 14 states that had anti-sodomy laws, only Montana and Virginia have repealed theirs since the Supreme Court ruling, while anti-sodomy laws remain on the books in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.



You may believe anti-sodomy laws are not harmful because they can’t be enforced. But they are an important symbol of homophobia for those who oppose LGBT rights. What’s more, the laws create ambiguity for police officers, who may not be aware they are unconstitutional.

If a policeman looks it up, he will see that sodomy is a violation of Louisiana state law, for example, according to Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.

Sodomy Laws around the World

In the recent years, sodomy related laws have been repealed or judicially struck down in all of Europe, North America, and South America, except for Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

There have never been Western-style sodomy related laws in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, or Vietnam. Additionally, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were part of the French colony of 'Indochine'; so if there had been any laws against male homosexual acts in those countries, they would have been dismantled by French colonial authorities, since male homosexual acts have been legal in France and throughout the French Empire since the issuing of the aforementioned French Revolutionary penal code in 1791.

This trend among Western nations has not been followed in all other regions of the world (Africa, some parts of Asia, Oceania and even western countries in the Caribbean Islands), where sodomy often remains a serious crime. For example, male homosexual acts, at least in theory, can result in life imprisonment in Barbados and Guyana.

In Africa, male homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan, and some parts of Nigeria and Somalia. Male and sometimes female homosexual acts are minor to major criminal offences in many other African countries; for example, life imprisonment is a prospective penalty in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda. A notable exception is South Africa, where same-sex marriage is legal.

In Asia, male homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; but anti-sodomy laws have been repealed in Israel (which recognizes but does not perform same-sex marriages), Japan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and Thailand. Additionally, life imprisonment is the formal penalty for male homosexual acts in Bangladesh, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Qatar.





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          How Valentine’s Day is Celebrated in 28 Countries around the World?      Cache   Translate Page      
Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine’s Day – and the story of its patron saint – is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and, most importantly, romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

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Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival In February

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

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Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

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What would you do if your beloved gave you a wooden spoon on Valentine's Day?

Although you might be confused if you are used to chocolates in a heart-shaped box, if you happen to have grown up in Wales, that would be perfectly normal. Young men there typically present "love spoons" to their paramours, a tradition inspired by Welsh sailors creating homemade gifts for their sweethearts while at sea. The "love spoon" exchange, along with many other global Valentine's Day traditions, shows that old-fashioned romance is not dead.

Countries around the world have one-of-a-kind customs that range from Estonia's "love bus" rides for singles to mass weddings in the Philippines. While the actual practices can vary in date and target audience (some traditions specifically celebrate the singles among us!), citizens of many countries set aside time to commemorate some sort of commitment. In some places, the difference in approach to the day is even more stark, as public displays of love and affection are outright banned on February 14.

While you probably will not want to adopt all of the cultural customs highlighted below, read and consider those, which may refresh your romantic relationship, show your creative approach, and make this day unforgettable for your partner and yourself. Or, maybe, make up your own unique ritual to show your love and affection.

1.       USA
In the United States of America, there have been many varieties of cards given over the course of the years, some of which have often been rude or even quite cruel in their humor. In the times of the Civil War, cards were flagged with rich colors accompanied by patriotic and/or political motifs. Early American valentine cards were especially lithographed and hand-colored, beautiful and distinctive in design, produced with intricate lace paper and decorated with such ornaments as beads, sea shells, cones, berries and all manner of seeds. Cards were also available decorated with seaweed or moss, in addition to dried and/or artificial flowers, all of which were attached to a string which was pulled and could then be suspended, thereby creating a three-dimensional picture. Many early American cards were imported from abroad, given the poor quality of American paper at the time which was not particularly suitable for embossing. Today, American children usually exchange valentines with their friends and there may even be a classroom party.

2.       Canada
Valentine’s Day festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Canada. Valentine's Day balls and parties are organized all over the country where people express love for their spouses and sweethearts and enjoy to the hilt. Roses, chocolates, candies and cards are the most popular gifts for the romantic occasion. As a tradition, children in Canada exchange Valentine's Day gifts with their friends. In several schools, classroom Valentine's Day Parties are organized where children put all the valentines in a decorated box. Later, teacher or a child distributes the cards. Kids are encouraged to prepare handmade valentine. Many children also gift fancy Valentine’s Day card to parents and teachers. Songs, skits, plays and concerts are also organized by schools and societies to celebrate Valentine's Day. Students in senior school hold Valentine's Day dance parties to cherish the joyful festival.

3.       United Kingdom
The aura of mystery is alive and well on Valentine's Day in the U.K. In a tradition dating back to the Victorian era, Brits traditionally send anonymous valentines to their romantic interests. The Victorians believed signing your name on the card was considered bad luck. The U.K. also claims responsibility for starting the practice of giving roses on Valentine's Day, since that flower was traditionally seen as the favorite of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

4.       Australia
During the Australian gold rush period, miners who were suddenly in possession of money from the new-found wealth of the Ballarat Mines were willing to pay a princely sum for elaborate valentines and merchants in the country would ship orders amounting to thousands of pounds at a time. The most extravagant Australian valentines were made of a satin cushion, perfumed and decorated in an ornate manner with flowers and colored shells. Some might even be adorned with a taxidermied humming bird or bird of paradise. This treasure, contained within a neatly decorated box, was highly valued, being both fashionable and extremely expensive.

5.       Wales
So it's not technically a Valentine's Day tradition, but rather than professing their love on February 14, the Welsh celebrate St. Dwynwen's Day on January 25. Wales Online explains that St. Dwynwen is the "Welsh patron saint of lovers" and men traditionally give women hand-carved wooden spoons as a romantic gesture. The custom is thought to have originated when Welsh sailors carved designs into wooden spoons while at sea to bring back to the women at home.

6.       Scotland
In Scotland, Valentine's Day is celebrated with a festival. At this festival, there is an equal number of unmarried males and females, each of whom write their name (or a made-up name) on a piece of paper which is then folded and placed into a hat...one hat for the ladies and one for the men. The females then draw a name from the hat containing the men's names and vice versa. Of course, it is highly likely that the two drawn names will not match, in which event, it is usually expected that the male partner with the female who selected his name. This rite having been completed, the company split up into couples and gifts are given to the ladies. The females would then pin the name of their partner over their hearts or on their sleeves. A dance often follows and, at the end of the festival, it is not unusual for marriages to take place. According to another Scottish custom, the first young man or woman encountered by chance on the street or elsewhere will become that individual's valentine. Valentine's Day gifts in Scotland are frequently given by both parties in the form of a love-token or true-love-knot.

7.       Germany
In Germany, it has become customary for the young man of a courting couple to present his beloved with flowers on February 14. Valentine gifts in Germany are usually in the shape of love tokens, complete with endearing messages. However, these are not distributed solely on Valentine's Day, but on any occasion. Even early German baptismal certificates or marriage certificates were considered at one time to have been valentines, but were more likely simply decorative and pictorial documents which contained lovely verses.

8.       France
In France, a custom known as "drawing for" once occurred. Unmarried individuals, both young and not so young, would go into houses facing each other and begin calling out across from one window to another, pairing-off with the chosen partner. If the young man failed to be particularly enthralled with his valentine, he would desert her. As a result, a bonfire would be lit later where the ladies could burn images of the ungrateful sweetheart and verbally abuse him in a loud tone as the effigy burned. This ritual was eventually abandoned since it left much room for nastiness, ridicule or even outright malice and the French government finally handed-down a decree officially banning the custom. Elegant French greetings cards known as cartes d'amities, which contained tender messages, were given not totally as a Valentine but chiefly as a result of a fashion which was popular in England at the time.

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9.       Italy
In Italy, Valentine's Day was once celebrated as a Spring Festival, held in the open air, where young people would gather in tree arbors or ornamental gardens to listen to music and the reading of poetry. However, over the course of the years, this custom steadily ceased and has not now been celebrated for centuries. In Turin, it was formerly the custom for betrothed couples to announce their engagements on February 14. For several days ahead of time, the stores would be decorated and filled with all manner of bon-bons.

10.   Austria
Austria has some rather obscure courtship customs that may or may not be associated with Saint Valentine's Day. Nonetheless, it is customary for a young man to present his beloved with a bunch of flowers on February 14.

11.   Spain
In Spain, it is customary for courting couples to exchange gifts on Valentine's Day and for husbands to send their wives bouquets of roses.

12.   Slovenia
In Slovenia, February 14 is considered a great day for working in the fields, according to many reports. St. Valentine is one of the patron saints of spring, so what better time to get out on the farm or vineyard after the long winter and start working on the future harvest? All isn't lost for lovers, though. Roughly a month later, Slovenians traditionally celebrate St. Gregory's Day, March 12, as a romantic holiday.

13.   Poland
Many Polish people celebrate Valentine’s Day (Walentynki), a day associated with romance and love, on February 14. Valentine’s Day focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship. Chocolates, candies shaped in red hearts, and other gifts are given to loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Women’s Day are also observed in Poland, in which friends, partners, and family members received gifts, cards or flowers.

14.   Ukraine
When the so-called Iron Curtain fell down, people of the Former Soviet Union saw that there are a lot of nice European and American holidays and have eagerly adopted some of them. There is no point in describing Ukrainian St. Valentine's Day as there is practically no difference from the Western holiday of the same name.

15.   Estonia & Finland
All aboard the love bus! While Estonia celebrates Friend's Day on February 14, the country also has an interesting tradition for single people. Those not romantically attached on Valentine's Day can take a ride on the love bus — yes, it’s really called that — in the hopes of meeting someone special. And even if you don't meet your match aboard the bus, taking the ride with your other pals is your Friend's Day consolation prize. In Finland, February 14 is also known as Friend's Day — a holiday traditionally celebrated with your entire squad, not just your significant other. Cards and gifts are still in order, but for everybody. Even if Friend's Day sounds a lot like a kinder name for Singles Awareness Day, there are still plenty of people in the Nordic country, where public displays of affection are rare, who celebrate their romantic relationships on February 14: it's a popular day to get engaged, and stores are full of heart-shaped Valentine's Day paraphernalia.

16.   Denmark
Although Valentine’s Day is a relatively new holiday in Denmark (celebrated since the early 1990s according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark), the country has embraced February 14th with a Danish twist. Rather than roses, friends and sweethearts exchange pressed white flowers called snowdrops. Another popular Danish Valentine’s Day tradition is the exchange of “lover’s cards.” While lover’s cards were originally transparent cards which showed a picture of the card giver presenting a gift to his sweetheart, the term is now synonymous with any card exchanged on Valentine’s Day. On February 14th, men also give women gaekkebrev, a “joking letter” consisting of a funny poem or rhyme written on intricately cut paper and signed only with anonymous dots. If a woman who receives the gaekkebrev can correctly guess the sender, she earns herself an Easter egg later that year.

17.   Japan
Japanese women do not wait for men to make the first move, at least on Valentine’s Day. For one day of the year, Japanese women traditionally give men gifts and affection, instead of the other way around. One particularly popular gift is chocolate — homemade honmei-choco for the object of your desire or store-bought giri-choco as a non-romantic sign of affection for friends and coworkers. The nation's men return the favor on March 14, known as White Day, when guys give women white chocolate or other white gifts.

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18.   China
The equivalent to Valentine’s Day in China is Qixi, or the Seventh Night Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month each year. According to Chinese lore, Zhinu, a heavenly king’s daughter, and Niulang, a poor cowherd, fell in love, married and had twins. When Zhinu’s father learned of their marriage, he sent his queen to bring Zhinu back to the stars. Upon hearing the cries of Niulang and the children, the king allowed Zhinu and Niulang to meet once a year on Qixi. During Qixi, young women prepare offerings of melon and other fruits to Zhinu in hopes of finding a good husband. Couples also head to temples to pray for happiness and prosperity. At night, people look to the heavens to watch as stars Vega and Altair (Zhinu and Niulang, respectively) come close during the star-crossed pair’s annual reunion.

19.   South Korea
Many women in South Korea (as in Japan) spend Valentine's Day showering men with gifts, and the men do the giving on White Day, March 14. But South Korea takes things a step further with a third holiday. On April 14, known as Black Day, single friends gather to eat noodles and celebrate their (lack of) relationship status. The holiday takes its name from the noodle dish, which includes white noodles in a black bean sauce. Black Day celebrations are spirited and fun, but somber in origin — the black food symbolizes sorrow.

20.   Taiwan
Valentine's Day is celebrated in Taiwan on February 14, but there is also a special Valentine's Day on July 7 of the lunar calendar, based on an ancient Chinese folktale (**). Both dates are equally as important. Many men purchase expensive bouquets of roses and other flowers for their sweethearts on these days. According to Taiwan tradition, the color and number of the roses holds much significance. For example, one red rose means "an only love," eleven roses means "a favorite," ninety-nine roses means "forever," and one hundred eight roses means "marry me."

21.   India
Valentine's Day celebration is a recent phenomenon in India but has caught the fancy of people to a great extent. Though some see it as a western import and hesitate to celebrate, there exist a large and growing number of those who love the feeling behind the beautiful and romantic festival. Especially to the Indian youth February 14 signifies love - a day when people express their affection for others. Just as several other countries, people in India too celebrate the Valentine's Day by exchanging cards and gifts.

22.   Iraq
Exchanging over-the-top gifts for Valentine's Day may seem like a Western tradition, but Iraqis also celebrate February 14 in style. In Iraq, huge teddy bears, red roses, and traditional Valentine's Day cards are common. Al Arabiya explains that on Valentine's Day, all of Baghdad appears to be overtaken by the color red. That said, conservative Muslims don't celebrate the day and view it as a Western holiday.

23.   Saudi Arabia
Valentine's Day is officially banned in Saudi Arabia. In the days before February 14, it’s illegal to sell roses and love-themed greeting cards in the desert kingdom, where conservative Muslims believe the holiday promotes alcohol consumption and premarital sex. If you happen to be there, you're likely to encounter officers from Saudi Arabia's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, especially if you engage in any public displays of affection (those are also punishable by law). One shop owner in Saudi Arabia told WorldPost that there's a sort of underground market for red roses; customers place the orders over the phone, and the secret gifts are hidden in the back of the store, in case police inspect the retailer. Saudi Arabia isn't the only country to clamp down on Valentine’s Day. Iran, Malaysia, and Indonesia have enacted similar bans.

24.   Philippines
How would you feel about sharing your wedding day with another couple? We think of brides and grooms as loving the spotlight, but that's not necessarily the case on Valentine’s Day in the Philippines, where couples line up for mass weddings on February 14. On Valentine's Day in 2013, 200 couples married in one ceremony in Quezon City, for example, and a total 4,000 couples were married throughout the country, Xinhua reports.

25.   Brazil
Brazil celebrates its version of Valentine's Day, Dia dos Namorados, in June. The holiday on June 12 is timed to coincide with St. Anthony’s Day on June 13. St. Anthony of Padua died on June 13, 1231 and is considered by some to be the patron saint of marriage. Dia dos Namorados, which roughly translates to "Lovers' Day," or "Boyfriends' /Girlfriends' Day," is celebrated with gifts and decorations similar to those traditionally found on Valentine's Day. Celebrating in June also leaves more time in February for Carnival, the raucous annual festival timed to coincide with the beginning of Lent.

26.   Argentina
One day isn't enough to celebrate Valentine's in Argentina, land of Tango.  Argentinians take a week to celebrate the occasion.  In addition to February 14th they set aside seven days in July for “sweetness week.”  From the 13th to the 20th, lovers and friends will exchange candies and kisses. This week typically ends with “Friendship Day”.

27.   Chile
Chile is known as “the land of poets”, and it is true that Chileans are really romantic too. The “Dia de San Valentin” is anticipated greatly by lovers. Chileans love to celebrate and Valentine’s Day is a special occasion for couples, who celebrate with true excitement. It’s typical to walk around the city and see decorations all around as shops, malls and streets are beautifully decorated with flowers, balloons, and heart garlands. Restaurants, pubs, clubs, travel agencies and hotels engage in huge marketing promotions to offer incentives to lovers to do something really special. Flowers, chocolates, love letters and jewels are typical gifts. Going out for a romantic dinner is also a tradition for couples and public concerts enhance the romantic mood throughout towns and cities across the country.

28.   South Africa
Like many parts of the world, South Africa celebrates Valentine’s Day with festivals, flowers and other tokens of love. It’s also customary for women in South Africa to wear their hearts on their sleeves on February 14th; women pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves, an ancient Roman tradition known as Lupercalia. In some cases, this is how South African men learn of their secret admirers.


Sources and Additional Information:
http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/blog/bid/113268/Top-10-Valentine-s-Day-Celebrations-Around-the-World-While-Teaching-English



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Apache Junction, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park


What a difference a couple of days make.  The first half of our week here was cool, but sunny.  A few days later the temps dipped, the wind picked up and the snow started to fall.

 And fall.
 And fall.
 
 The clouds completely covered the mountains and it continued to snow through the next day.
 
  What to do when the weather turns bad?  Gather up our nearby RV friends for dinner!
Curt & Glenda and Guy & Sue had been in Gold Canyon already and Dale and Ruth had arrived just a couple of days before we headed out, so we all decided to go out for pizza.  Well, with the cold weather, everyone else had that idea too.  Rosita's was packed so Curt suggested we go to Los Gringos Locos.  Since it was National Margarita Day we thought that was a perfect choice. We all had a great time.  We were having so much we were asked to keep it down.  Nice to see you all before we head out.
  
 
The weather was nice on our last day, Sunday, so Steve was able to make it out for a hike.  Curt chose Massacre Falls Trail off First Water area.  Many trails go off in different directions from here.
Again, since it was a sunny day after a lot of very low snow, everyone and their uncle was out hiking or just coming out to take pictures of the snow.  It was magnificent!  Above is the Four Peaks Range covered in white. 
Our plan was to hike back to the Massacre Falls that were actually running with all the recent rain and snow.
 Glenda, Curt, Moi and Steve
This is the view around the corner from Lost Dutchman with what we dubbed, Little Weaver's Peak in the foreground.
 It was just incredibly green out here.  There was so much grass that it looked like it needed mowing.
 Thatsa bigga meata balla!


After 5 miles we still had a mile or so to go and it was getting late and we were getting hungry, so we headed back.
 Loved these pillars at the top of the ridge.




 One more view of The Four Peaks in the distance.
 Put 'em up or I'll blow your head off!  Oops, too late.

 Anyone drop a pacifier?
 It was a great 5+ mile hike and we decided to head out for dinner, then came back to our place to play cards.  Great time with you Curt and Glenda.  We'll see you later in the year we hope!
 
Our oldest son, Ryan, and his Fiancé, Diana, were in Phoenix for a couple of days for a wedding and it just happened to be while we were in Apache Junction so we drove up to Surprise to join them and Steve's Step-Mom for lunch before they had to fly out.  They will be getting married in August of this year.  Our first wedding!
Ryan, Steve, Bunny, Diana and Me. 
 Poppies, Poppies everywhere!
 It was a nice to see them again.  On our drive back to Apache Junction it was very strange to come upon this interchange to I-10 and not have another car in site.
 
And one more surprise...
 Our third son, Brennan asked his girlfriend, Alex to marry him while they were down in the Philippines visiting her family.
 She said YES!  They are planning to get married in 2020.  That's 2 out of 4 kids so far :-)
 Congratulations Brennan and Alex!!
We are very excited!
 
 We hate to say goodbye to the Superstitions.  It went way too fast.

 
 

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12/03/2019

Tin Biển Đông

Báo Dân Trí dẫn lời ông John Bolton, Cố vấn an ninh Nhà Trắng: Mỹ sẽ ngăn Trung Quốc “lập tỉnh mới” trên Biển Đông. Trong cuộc phỏng vấn với đài Fox News hôm 10/3/2019, ông Bolton cho biết: “Họ đang chiếm giữ các đá, bãi cạn và đảo, đồng thời xây dựng các căn cứ quân sự trên đó (Biển Đông). Đây là điều hoàn toàn không thể chấp nhận được. Đó là lý do chúng tôi sẽ tiếp tục tiến hành các cuộc diễn tập tự do hàng hải”.

Báo Người Việt bàn về tuyên bố gần đây của Hà Nội: Tiến triển trong thương lượng “Bộ Quy tắc ứng xử” ở Biển Đông. Bài viết lưu ý: Hồi tháng 8/2018, các ngoại trưởng ASEAN và Trung Quốc họp ở Singapore, cũng có “những lời loan báo hồ hởi là các bên đã thỏa thuận được một bộ khung duy nhất để dựa trên đó đàm phán vào chi tiết cho bộ COC”, nhưng đến nay tình hình Biển Đông vẫn chưa có gì khả quan hơn, vẫn tiềm ẩn rủi ro chiến tranh và Trung Quốc tiếp tục quân sự hóa khu vực này.

Mời đọc thêm: Cố vấn an ninh Mỹ: Không để Trung Quốc biến Biển Đông thành tỉnh mới (RFI). – Ông Bolton: Mỹ sẽ ngăn Trung Quốc ‘lập tỉnh mới’ ở Biển Đông (PLTP). – Dự án Biển Đông 01: 5 năm, tiết kiệm hơn 40 triệu USD (LĐ). – Tổng thống Duterte lo Philippines sẽ tổn thất lớn nếu đối đầu Trung Quốc (DT).

Vụ án Kim Jong-nam: Siti Aisyah được trả tự do, Đoàn Thị Hương vẫn bị giam

Tin vui trong vụ án giết ông Kim Jong-nam, anh trai của lãnh tụ Bắc Hàn: Một trong hai nghi can trực tiếp tham gia ám sát là cô Siti Aisyah, người Indonesia, đã được trả tự do hôm 11/3 vừa qua, sau hai năm bị giam. Nhưng tin buồn là, nghi phạm người Việt Nam, cô Đoàn Thị Hương vẫn tiếp tục bị giam. VOA đưa tin: Vụ Kim Jong-nam: Nghi phạm Indonesia được thả, Đoàn Thị Hương ở lại.

Đoàn Thị Hương (giữa) bị áp giải tới phiên tòa sáng 11/3. Ảnh: MOHD RASFAN / AFP

Về lý do cô Aisyah được thả, báo Thanh Niên đưa tin: Vụ xử Đoàn Thị Hương: Hé lộ nguyên nhân công dân Indonesia được thả. Chính phủ Indonesia cho biết, họ đã kiên trì vận động ngoại giao cấp cao cho công dân của họ là Siti Aisyah. Ông Yasonna Laoly, Bộ trưởng Luật pháp và Dân quyền Indonesia đã gửi thư cho ông Tommy Thomas, Tổng chưởng lý Malaysia, đề nghị phóng thích cô Aisyah. Bức thư của ông Laoly đã mang lại kết quả có hậu: Cô Aisyah đã được trả tự do ngay tại phiên tòa ngày 11/3 vừa qua.

LS Trần Vũ Hải đặt câu hỏi: “Nhà nước Indonesia đã cố gắng hết mình để công dân của họ được tự do. Còn nhà nước Việt nam? Nếu Đoàn Thị Hương tiếp tục bị tạm giam (như đã hơn hai năm qua), liệu chúng ta còn tiếp tục tự hào về thân phận của một người quốc tịch Việt?


Cuộc chiến giữa nước mắm truyền thống với nước mắm Masan

Báo Dân Trí có bài phỏng vấn TS Trần Thị Dung, chuyên gia nước mắm Việt: Không thể đứng yên để “quy trình” phá hỏng nước mắm truyền thống được. TS Dung cho biết: “Khi người ta viết về quy trình, nguời ta chỉ đưa mỗi định nghĩa về sản phẩm là đã phục vụ mục tiêu đánh đồng nước mắm truyền thống với nước mắm công nghiệp”.

Thứ “quy trình” này sẽ “sinh ra nhiều ràng buộc bằng hành chính, mệnh lệnh và khiến cho các yếu tố sản xuất nước mắm độc đáo, khu biệt, gia truyền có một không hai và tạo điểm đặc biệt… bị đánh bật ra khỏi tiêu chuẩn chất lượng, loại bỏ chúng khỏi đời sống”. Nước mắm là “nghề cha ông để lại, là di sản của nghề biển, văn minh nông nghiệp mà không nước nào có được”, giờ đang bị bức tử bởi những lãnh đạo khát tiền.

RFA đặt câu hỏi: Ai có thể giúp giữ được nước mắm truyền thống? Kỹ sư Lê Anh phân tích về tương lai đầy rủi ro của nước mắm truyền thống VN sau sự cố truyền thông arsen năm 2016: “Rất nhiều các hộ dân hoặc các doanh nghiệp sản xuất nước mắm truyền thống hoặc là bị giải thể, hoặc là phải bán nước mắm dạng thô cho hãng nước mắm công nghiệp bởi sự cạnh tranh khốc liệt lấn át về thị phần”. Nước mắm truyền thống vẫn đang thua trong cuộc chiến truyền thông với nước mắm công nghiệp.

Trước đó, chiến dịch truyền thông tố cáo nước mắm truyền thống nhiễm arsen hồi năm 2016, gây ảnh hưởng rất xấu, đẩy các hộ dân và doanh nghiệp làm nước mắm truyền thống đến bờ vực. Trang Đầu Tư Tài Chính VN bàn thêm về phía sau bê bối nước mắm nhiễm arsen: “Hội bảo vệ người tiêu dùng bị oan”. Bài báo cho biết: “Tổ chức phải chịu trách nhiệm cho việc thông tin sai sự thật về nước mắm này là Vinastas”.

TS Trần Thị Dung kể: “Nhóm làm khảo sát arsen trong nước mắm là nhóm tiêu chuẩn chứ không phải nhóm bảo vệ người tiêu dùng. Nhưng vì đứng chung với nhau trong Vinastas nên nhóm bảo vệ người tiêu dùng bị oan. Họ không làm chuyện này”.

Bài thứ hai trong loạt bài trên trang Diễn Đàn Doanh Nghiệp về số phận long đong của nước mắm truyền thống: Phải tự “cứu” mình! PGS. TS Nguyễn Duy Thịnh cho rằng, “dù có hay không có tiêu chuẩn quốc gia về nước mắm thì các doanh nghiệp sản xuất nước mắm truyền thống vẫn phải tự cứu mình bởi quá trình hội nhập, đặc biệt với hàng loạt các FTA sẽ ngày càng nâng cao áp lực cạnh tranh cũng như tiêu chuẩn thị trường”.


“Lỗi hệ thống”

Trong phiên họp thứ 32 của Ủy ban Thường vụ Quốc hội vào sáng 11/3/2019, Tổng Kiểm toán Nhà nước phản biện thông tin Bộ trưởng Tài chính đưa ra, báo Thanh Tra đưa tin. Theo đó, Tổng KTNN Hồ Đức Phớc phản bác thông tin “10 vụ doanh nghiệp kiện quyết định truy thu thuế dựa trên kết luận của KTNN thì cơ quan thuế thua cả 10” của Bộ trưởng Bộ Tài chính Đinh Tiến Dũng.

Ông Phớc lập luận: “Các bằng chứng của kiểm toán không phải từ doanh nghiệp nên nói kết luận kiểm toán sai khiến doanh nghiệp kiện là hoàn toàn không đúng”. Trước đó, Bộ trưởng Dũng cho rằng, “từ năm 2013 – 2018, đã phát sinh 14 vụ kiện của doanh nghiệp theo kết luận của KTNN. Trong đó, xử 10 vụ thì cơ quan thuế thua cả 10”.

Bên cạnh đó, Tổng Kiểm toán Nhà nước trần tình về vụ việc Unilever và Sabeco, theo báo Sài Gòn Giải Phóng. Đối với Unilever, ông Hồ Đức Phớc cho biết: “Ba bên xác nhận lại là 575 tỉ đồng, doanh nghiệp chấp nhận phải nộp 316 tỉ đồng và phần còn lại thì không cung cấp được bằng chứng”.

Trường hợp Sabeco, ông Phớc nói: “Khi vào kiểm toán (thời điểm đó chưa bán cho Thái Lan) thì Kiểm toán Nhà nước đã phát hiện khoản chưa chia 2.700 tỷ đồng nên kiểm toán yêu cầu phải chia khoản này”.

Báo Sài Gòn Giải Phóng đặt câu hỏi: Kiểm toán Nhà nước cũng có thể bị kiện ra toà? Bài báo cho biết: “Cần sửa đổi lại Điều 7 Luật Kiểm toán hiện hành theo hướng bổ sung quyền kiến nghị, khiếu nại đối với báo cáo kiểm toán cho các cơ quan, tổ chức, đơn vị có liên quan đến việc sử dụng, quản lý tài chính công, tài sản công”. Đây chính là căn cứ để các cơ quan, tổ chức, cá nhân có thể kiện KTNN nếu cơ quan này làm sai.


“Củi” dầu khí

Báo Pháp Luật TP HCM đưa tin: Hai cựu lãnh đạo Vietsovpetro chuẩn bị hầu tòa. Theo đó, TAND TP Hà Nội chuẩn bị mở phiên tòa xử sơ thẩm vụ án “Lạm dụng chức vụ, quyền hạn chiếm đoạt tài sản” tại Liên doanh Việt – Nga (VSP) vào các ngày 21 và 22/3/2019. Đây là một trong các vụ án thuộc giai đoạn hai của vụ Hà Văn Thắm, cựu Chủ tịch HĐQT OceanBank “chi lãi ngoài hợp đồng để chăm sóc khách hàng”.

Hai bị cáo là ông Từ Thành Nghĩa, cựu Tổng GĐ VSP và ông Võ Quang Huy, cựu kế toán trưởng VSP, hai người này đã “quyết định việc gửi tiền của VSP vào OceanBank” trong giai đoạn 2013 và 2014 để trục lợi.

Báo Dân Việt bàn về phiên xử cựu lãnh đạo Vietsovpetro: Người bị tuyên án tử lại ra tòa. Đó là ông Nguyễn Xuân Sơn, cựu Tổng GĐ OceanBank được triệu tập với tư cách là người có quyền lợi nghĩa vụ liên quan. Trước đó, ông Sơn từng bị tuyên án tử hình trong vụ xử Hà Văn Thắm và đồng phạm năm 2017 về tội “Cố ý làm trái quy định của Nhà nước về quản lý kinh tế gây hậu quả nghiêm trọng”.


Các vụ “ăn” đất

Vụ ông Trần Mẫn, ở huyện Châu Đức, Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu tố cáo Công ty Đông Á, chủ đầu tư dự án KCN Đá Bạc Châu Đức, bắt giữ người trái phép và tự ý san ủi vườn tiêu của ông này khi chưa được bàn giao mặt bằng, báo Người Lao Động đặt câu hỏi: Vì sao người tố cáo không đồng ý kết quả xác minh của Công an huyện Châu Đức?

Theo đó, phía công an cho rằng, Công ty Đông Á không có dấu hiệu của tội hủy hoại tài sản và giam giữ người trái pháp luật. Ông Mẫn kể, khi biết vườn tiêu bị phá, ông vội về ngăn cản nhưng không được, “do hết cách ông mới dùng xăng đổ lên người dọa tự thiêu thì công nhân mới dừng lại. Ông Mẫn không hù dọa đòi đốt xe mà đó chỉ là hành động vu khống”. Công an lại không hề xét đến lời chứng của người nhà ông.

Công an thị xã Điện Bàn, Quảng Nam vừa khởi tố nguyên Chủ tịch phường “ăn” đất nghĩa trang, theo báo Người Đưa Tin. Các ông Thân Cầu, cựu Chủ tịch UBND phường Điện Nam Đông, ông Đỗ Búp, cựu Trưởng ban Quản trang Điện Nam Đông và Ngô Hải Bình, thành viên ban quản trang đều bị khởi tố về tội lạm dụng chức vụ, quyền hạn trong khi thi hành công vụ.

Trong thời gian giữ chức Chủ tịch UBND phường Điện Nam Đông, từ tháng 9/2005 đến tháng 7/2015, ông Cầu đã “ký giấy xác nhận có đất nghĩa trang không đúng đối tượng, không đúng diện tích cho 40 trường hợp với diện tích hơn 4.500m2”. Những cán bộ đó đã bán đất nghĩa trang trái phép, thu lợi hơn 1,9 tỉ đồng.

Chuyện ở Phú Quốc: Cán bộ công an môi giới đất, bị tố lừa đảo, đánh người tại trụ sở, theo trang Doanh Nghiệp VN. Ông Phạm Quý Hùng ở Hà Nội, tố cáo ông Phạm Quốc Hưng, công an thị trấn Dương Đông, Phú Quốc “đã tham gia lừa đảo chiếm đoạt của ông Hùng 2 tỉ đồng. Không những thế, ông Phạm Quốc Hưng còn lợi dụng mình là CA đã tổ chức bắt giữ và đánh đập ông Hùng ngay tại trụ sở CA thị trấn Dương Đông”.



Vụ bê bối thi viên chức

Ngày 11/3/2019, UBND tỉnh Quảng Ngãi yêu cầu điều tra vụ Giám đốc Sở Nội vụ “gửi gắm” người thân thi viên chức, VietNamNet đưa tin. Trước đó, ông Trần Minh Điệp, Phó ban Tuyên giáo Huyện ủy Trà Bồng “tố cáo GĐ Sở Nội vụ ông Đoàn Dụng có hành vi trù dập ông”, vì ông Điệp từ chối giúp thí sinh mà ông Dụng “gửi gắm” trong kỳ thi tuyển giáo viên năm 2017-2018.

Ông Điệp kể, đã nhận nhiều tin nhắn từ ông Dụng, “với nội dung gửi gắm người thân có tên H. thi tuyển giáo viên bậc Tiểu học của huyện này”, nhưng thí sinh này đã trượt. Sau đó, cơ quan chức năng tỉnh Quảng Ngãi phát hiện nhiều sai phạm trong kỳ thi này và ông Điệp bị kỷ luật. Ông Điệp khẳng định chỉ ra đề thi và “không can thiệp gì vào quá trình thi tuyển. Thế nhưng, ông lại bị kỷ luật nặng nhất đến mức phải chuyển công tác”.


Vụ cô giáo “vào nhà nghỉ với học sinh”

Facebooker Nguyễn Sin phỏng vấn cô giáo Phạm Thị Vũ Hạ, cho biết: Trước đây cô thường xuyên bị chồng này đánh đập dã man và hai người đang trong quá trình ly hôn. Người chồng bắt cô viết cam kết, trong đó có các điều khoản như, không được quyền nuôi con, nhưng phải chu cấp hàng tháng cho con.

Những điều khoản được cho là người chồng bắt ép cô Hạ cam kết thực hiện. Nguồn: Nguyễn Sin

Sau khi ly hôn, cô Hạ phải chấm dứt hết các mối quan hệ khác và phải im lặng, không được tiết lộ thông tin về câu chuyện giữa hai người. Đến khi khi toà tuyên cô giáo được quyền nuôi con, thì vụ bê bối “vào nhà nghỉ với học sinh” xảy ra.

Nguồn: Nguyễn Sin

Mời nghe clip cô Hạ trả lời phỏng vấn: https://baotiengdan.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Co-giao.mp4?_=1

Vụ cô giáo bị tố vào khách sạn với học sinh lớp 10: Nam sinh khẳng định trong sạch, chờ công an điều tra, trang Đời Sống và Pháp Luật đưa tin. Mẹ của nam sinh bị nghi ngờ vào khách sạn với cô Hạ cho biết: “Cháu nói không có và nói cứ để công an điều tra làm rõ vụ việc, con trong sạch nên chẳng sợ gì”.

Bên cạnh đó, một lớp trưởng bị vạ oan trong vụ cô giáo vào nhà nghỉ với nam sinh lớp 10, theo báo Người Đưa Tin. Bài báo cho biết: Nam sinh lớp 10 bị nghi có quan hệ với cô Hạ là Nguyễn Tuấn A. Tuy nhiên, “cư dân mạng đã vào Facebook cô H. và thấy hình ảnh một học sinh chụp hình chung với cô này và tự ý lấy hình ảnh đó đi bêu rếu trên nhiều trang mạng xã hội”, nam sinh bị hiểu nhầm đó là Trần Công Mẫn.

Mẹ nam sinh Mẫn cho biết: “Tôi đi chợ, hay đi đâu đều bị mọi người chỉ trích và dùng những lời lẽ không hay về tôi và cháu Mẫn. Từ mấy hôm nay, em đã bỏ ăn và còn có ý định bỏ học và đi thật xa để trốn tránh mọi người”.


Giáo dục VN: Nhiều chuyện thị phi

VTC có bài: Hàng loạt những vụ thầy giáo dâm ô học sinh chấn động dư luận. Bài viết điểm mặt một số vụ giáo viên lạm dụng tình dục học sinh bị phát hiện từ tháng 6/2018 đến nay mà báo chí đưa tin, gồm: Vụ “thầy” Dương Trọng Minh xâm hại ít nhất 14 nữ sinh tiểu học ở Bắc Giang, “thầy” Đinh Bằng My lạm dụng hàng loạt nam sinh ở Phú Thọ, “thầy” Nguyễn Quang Chung hãm hiếp 3 học sinh ở Quảng Nam, “thầy” Nguyễn Đình Lê dâm ô 7 nữ sinh ở Hà Nội, “thầy” T.C.D lạm dụng 12 nữ sinh suốt 2 năm ở TP HCM.

Cơ quan ANĐT Bộ Công an đề nghị truy tố vụ gian lận điểm thi ở Hòa Bình, báo Pháp Luật TP HCM đưa tin. Nhóm bị can gồm các ông Nguyễn Quang Vinh, cựu trưởng phòng Khảo thí và Quản lý chất lượng giáo dục, Sở GD&ĐT tỉnh Hòa Bình, Đỗ Mạnh Tuấn, cựu phó hiệu trưởng Trường phổ thông dân tộc nội trú THCS và THPT huyện Lạc Thủy và Nguyễn Khắc Tuấn, cựu chuyên viên phòng Khảo thí và Quản lý chất lượng giáo dục, đều bị truy tố về tội lợi dụng chức vụ, quyền hạn trong thi hành công vụ.

Trang An Ninh Tiền Tệ đặt câu hỏi về vụ gian lận thi cử ở Hoà Bình: Các bị can phối hợp sửa điểm thi như thế nào? Theo đó, trong các buổi tối từ 30/6 đến 3/7/2018, Đỗ Mạnh Tuấn và Nguyễn Khắc Tuấn “sử dụng chìa khóa do Vinh đưa để đột nhập vào phòng cất bài thi và thực hiện việc chỉnh sửa đáp án trên phiếu trả lời trắc nghiệm của các thí sinh theo danh sách đã tập hợp sẵn”. Hai người này dùng dao rọc giấy rạch theo mép niêm phong túi đựng bài thi, lấy phiếu thi trắc nghiệm tẩy đáp án sai và tô lại đáp án đúng.

Bài thứ hai trong loạt bài trên báo Giáo Dục Việt Nam về “liên minh ma quỷ” trong bếp ăn ở các trường học VN: Phù phép thực phẩm bẩn. Bài viết bàn về “tình trạng một suất ăn của học sinh phải gánh trên đấy nào hiệu trưởng, nào bếp, nào công ty thực phẩm. Vì thế các công ty phải cắt giảm lượng thực phẩm và cung cấp thực phẩm bẩn, giá rẻ. Chuyện học sinh bị ngộ độc cũng phần nào dễ hiểu”.


Lâm tặc hoành hành

Để rừng đầu nguồn bị tàn phá, nhiều cán bộ kiểm lâm Thừa Thiên – Huế bị kỷ luật, VTC đưa tin. Ngày 11/3/2019, Ban quản lý Rừng phòng hộ Hương Thủy đã quyết định “cách chức và điều chuyển công tác 1 Đội phó Đội Bảo vệ rừng chuyên trách khe 57… điều chuyển công tác 1 Đội trưởng Đội Bảo vệ rừng chuyên trách khe 57 và kỷ luật 4 nhân viên của đơn vị công tác tại Trạm phối hợp La Ma” trong thời gian xảy ra vụ phá rừng đầu nguồn Tả Trạch.


Môi trường bị tàn phá, ô nhiễm

Vụ sâu biển ăn sạch hàng chục ha ngao giống ở Ninh Bình, VnExpress có bài: Sâu lạ ăn ngao ở Ninh Bình là “giun biển”. Bài viết dẫn lời ông Đỗ Công Thung, từ Viện Tài nguyên và Môi trường Biển, cảnh báo: “Đây là một loài giun, xuất hiện có thể do ô nhiễm môi trường biển. Loài giun này phát triển giống như một chỉ thị thể hiện môi trường đang xấu đi”.

Theo đó, “trong tự nhiên ít loài nào có thể ăn được con ngao, bởi ngao có vỏ cứng và sống dưới lớp cát mềm” nên hiện tượng sâu biển “tấn công” hàng chục ha ngao giống, mấy ngày qua ở Ninh Bình, được xem là “chưa từng có tiền lệ”.

BBC viết: Hà Nội ô nhiễm bụi mịn hàng đầu thế giới. Báo cáo chất lượng không khí năm 2018 của Tổ chức Thông tin về Chất lượng không khí toàn cầu IQAir AirVisual khẳng định, “Hà Nội đứng thứ 12 trong 62 thành phố ô nhiễm nhất thế giới”. Một người tên Colin viết trên trang Nonstop Newcomer: “Tôi yêu rất nhiều điều ở Hà Nội, như những hồ nước tuyệt đẹp, các quán cà phê, mức sống rẻ. Nhưng không khí ô nhiễm là nguyên nhân chính khiến tôi không muốn sống ở đây lâu”.


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          More UNRRA Projects      Cache   Translate Page      
We just released two more UNRRA projects, USHMM – UNRRA Records, Philippines 1943-1947 and USHMM – UNRRA Records, Sweden 1943-1947.  They are small and the image headers are in English.  Due to variety of images and fields to key they are classified as Average level projects. Questions can be posted to the message boards or sent to worldarchivesproject@ancestry.com. […]
           Comment on 3 Legal Prerequisites for Getting Married by maricar nois       Cache   Translate Page      
what if the bride and the groom are both abroad and wanted to get married in the philippines they were both filipinos but they inly have 10 days leave. is it possible if the parents are the once getting all the requirements for them.
          Chet Raymo, “The Maintenance of Self”      Cache   Translate Page      
“The Maintenance of Self”
by Chet Raymo

"Ah, yes, the pitcher plant. Those devouring goblets. Those caldrons of digestive juices. And now naturalists have found the biggest one yet, as big as a chalice, on a mountaintop in the Philippines, its punch bowl filled with beetles, flies and wasps. Come hither, ye who flitter. Admire my colors. Sip my nectar. Yes, yes, just like that, touch my milky pool. I'll be your Tar Baby. Your flypaper paramour. That's it. Sniff my irresistible scent. My buffet waits. Sip. Lap. Gorge yourself. Gotcha!

Countless plants use insects to consummate the business of sex, and some, that generally live in nutrient-deficient soils, have turned to carnivory. Alastair Robinson, who was part of the team that discovered the gargantuan pitcher, says the plant is "akin to an open stomach." Which is miracle enough. But what I want to know is: Why don't its dissolving juices dissolve the plant itself?

Oh, wait. My closed stomach does the same thing, digesting plants and animals but not itself. How can that be? Well, as we all learned in school, it does. The gastric juices eat away at the stomach's mucus lining, which has to be constantly replaced. Somewhere I read that the stomach lining sacrifices half-a-million cells a minute, completely replacing itself every three days. Digestion of food is a work in progress, a delicate balance between the dissolver and the dissolved. The stomach lining works like like an ablative heat shield on a space craft, except it is perpetually regenerating.

Pitcher plants, apparently, use a variety of mechanisms to turn their prey into useful nutrients - enzymes, bacteria, mutualistic insect larvae - but they too must have some way of maintaining the integrity of self. Maintaining the integrity of self! That's what it's all about, isn't it. We need to eat. Other organisms want to eat us. Ablating stomach walls. Immune systems. Repair mechanisms. Our bodies are winds of molecules, torrents of cells. Blowing in and blowing out. And somehow a self remains.

The biological integrity of self, upon which depends utterly the intellectual integrity of self. Astonishingly resourceful - for the pitcher plant and for ourselves. But not unlimited. We are all doomed to die. Let's give the last word to one of William Blake's "Songs of Innocence":
    "Little fly,
    Thy summer's play
    My thoughtless hand
    Has brushed away.
    Am not I
    A fly like thee?
    Or art not thou
    A man like me?
    For I dance
    And drink and sing,
    Till some blind hand
    Shall brush my wing.
    If thought is life
    And strength and breath,
    And the want
    Of thought is death,
    Then am I
    A happy fly,
    If I live,
    Or if I die."

- http://blog.sciencemusings.com/

          Smart, Nokia team on 5G services for schools      Cache   Translate Page      

Smart Communications, the second largest mobile operator in the Philippines, announced it is collaborating with ...

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          Samsung launches Galaxy A30 and A50 in PH with disruptive price tag      Cache   Translate Page      
Right on schedule, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy A30 and A50 in the Philippines. They are mid-rangers with GREAT specs for the price.
Samsung launches Galaxy A30 and A50 in PH with disruptive price tag
Galaxy A50 and A30

Samsung Galaxy A30 highlights

First off, the Galaxy A30. It's a phone with a stylish glossy back design and a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with FHD+ resolution. Under the hood, it runs with 1.8GHz Exynos 7904 octa-core processor like the Galaxy M20. But, it has an upgraded RAM and ROM size at 4GB and 64GB, respectively. It is also powered with a pretty big 4,000mAh battery capacity with adaptive charging tech via USB-C.
The back design
The back design

On the camera part, it goes with a 16MP f/1.7 primary camera paired with a 5MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle lens. For selfies, it goes with a 16MP f/2.0 sensor.

As expected, it is complete with a face unlock tech, fingerprint sensor, WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, GPS, and dual SIM slots. It also runs with the new One UI skin based on Android 9.0 Pie OS.

Samsung Galaxy A30 Specs

Display: 6.4-inch 2.5D Super AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 403 ppi
CPU: 1.8GHz 64-bit Exynos 7904 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G71 MP2
RAM: 4GB
ROM: 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB
Back Camera: 16MP f/1.7 + 5MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle lens w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16MP f/2.0
Battery: 4,000mAh w/ 15W fast charging
OS: Android 9.0 Pie w/ One UI
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, USB-C, Colors: blue, white, black
Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
Weight: 165 g
Price: PHP 13,990

Samsung Galaxy A50 highlights

On the other hand, the Galaxy A50 is a monster for a mid-range device. It also a big 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, but it runs with a 10nm chipset inside, the 2.3GHz 64-bit Exynos 9610 octa-core processor.

Moreover, it has a massive 6GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage! It also has the large 4,000mAh battery with USB-C fast charging support.

In addition, it has a triple-camera setup. It features a 25MP f/1.7 + 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor! For selfies, you will even find a 25MP f/2.0 shooter. It also comes with the AI Scene Optimizer feature.

It is also one few with an In-Display fingerprint scanner at this price point. It also comes with the usual WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, GPS, and dual SIM slots.

Like the A30, it goes with the One UI skin based on Android 9.0 Pie OS

Samsung Galaxy A50 Specs

Display: 6.4-inch 2.5D Super AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 403 ppi
CPU: 2.3GHz 64-bit Exynos 9610 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
RAM: 6GB
ROM: 128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB
Back Camera: 25MP f/1.7 + 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 25MP f/2.0
Battery: 4,000mAh w/ 15W fast charging
OS: Android 9.0 Pie w/ One UI
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, USB-C, Colors: blue, white, black
Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
Weight: 166 g
Price: PHP 17,990

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A30 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at just PHP 13,990 while the Samsung Galaxy A50 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at PHP 17,990.

Pre-order starts on March 16 and will end on March 29. Those who will pre-order will get freebies such as the Samsung 10000mAh battery pack worth PHP 1,299, JBL GO 2 worth PHP 2,299, and a mini tripod.

Customers who will buy on March 30 to 31 will also get the JBL GO 2 speaker.

You can buy the phones from Samsung Experience stores and authorized dealers. You can also get it online via Shopee, Argomall, MemoXpress, Lazada, and Abenson online.

          Microsoft appoints Andres Ortola as Country General Manager in the Philippines      Cache   Translate Page      
Microsoft elected Andres Ortola as the Country General Manager in the Philippines and will work with partners to focus on digital transformation.
Microsoft appoints Andres Ortola as Country General Manager in the Philippines
Andres Ortola, the new Country Manager of Microsoft

Andres Ortola is Microsoft's Country General Manager in PH

Before the appointment, Andres led the enterprise commercial business for Singapore. His leadership and focus on transforming the business has given Microsoft unparalleled value to their customers and partners.

Andres came from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has 20 years of experience in the field of IT and has worked various regional leadership positions covering consulting, sales management, marketing and business management. He worked for Quest Software, IBM, as a co-founder for entrepreneurial projects and Microsoft. He is also a citizen of the world as he spent time in different parts of the world including South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and now, Asia.

Andres stated:

I believe Philippines is on the cusp of greatness. As we all know, the economy is among the fastest growing in Asia Pacific and our customers are hungry for transformation. I’m looking forward to working with our team to deliver a strong and consistent agenda that contributes to the digitalization of the Philippines economy, transforms our key industries and has a strong positive societal impact.

Andrea Della Mattea, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific, expressed her excitement to have Andres lead in what she described as their "most dynamic, exciting and vibrant markets in Asia Pacific".

          InfiniVAN launches Fiber4Business internet plans      Cache   Translate Page      
InfiniVAN, a telecommunication company in the Philippines, recently launched their Fiber4Business fiber optic internet plans.
InfiniVAN launches Fiber4Business internet plans
InfiniVAN

InfiniVAN Fiber4Business Internet Plan

Fiber4Business plans are designed for SMEs and corporate businesses. This is ideal for different industries such as IT, healthcare, education, food, manufacturing, BPO and financial services. It promises to deliver fast and reliable fiber optic internet for an affordable rate.
Up to 100 Mbps speeds
Up to 100 Mbps speeds

Fiber4Business includes unlimited, non-capped fiber internet with a minimum speed of 25 Mbps. The speed they offer is guaranteed based on the Committed Information Rate or CIR. It also includes 1 public IP address.

InfiniVAN also has Speed Test Contest last February where subscribers sent their speed test results with caption about their experience using Fiber4Business.

In addition, the brand now has FREE WiFi kiosk at the NAIA Terminal 1 Departure area last January. More kiosks are in the works that will be placed on government facilities, universities and shopping malls.

InfiniVAN Fiber4Business price

InfiniVAN's Fiber4Business has three tiers. First tier is called the SME Plan which goes for PHP 21,600 with speeds up to 25 Mbps.

The second tier is called Premium Plan with speeds up to 40 Mbps and a price of PHP 34,800.

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          Trung Quốc muốn hỗ trợ cứu chiến hạm Philippines mắc cạn ở Trường Sa      Cache   Translate Page      
Tàu hộ vệ Gregorio del Pilar mắc cạn ở Bãi Trăng Khuyết hôm 30/8. Ảnh: Max Defense. “Một số tàu hải cảnh Trung Quốc đã có mặt tại khu vực xảy ra sự cố, trong khi tàu tìm kiếm cứu hộ Nan Hai Jiu 115 cũng chuẩn bị sẵn sàng gần đó. Chúng tôi đang […]
          Tổng thống Philippines hứng chỉ trích vì nói đùa về nạn hiếp dâm      Cache   Translate Page      
Duterte hứng chỉ trích vì nói đùa về nạn hiếp dâm tại Philippines Phát biểu gây tranh cãi của Tổng thống Duterte hôm 30/8. Video: Strait Times. “Họ nói có nhiều vụ hiếp dâm tại thành phố Davao. Thành phố nào có nhiều phụ nữ đẹp thì sẽ gặp những vụ hiếp dâm như vậy”, […]
          Tổng thống Philippines muốn người kế nhiệm là ‘một độc tài’      Cache   Translate Page      
Tổng thống Rodrigo Duterte phát biểu tại lễ kỷ niệm ngày Quốc khánh Philippines hôm 12/6, tổ chức tại thành phố Kawit. Ảnh: Reuters. “Mọi người tốt hơn hết nên chọn một nhà độc tài như Marcos. Đó là đề xuất của tôi”, Reuters dẫn lời Tổng thống Philippines Rodrigo Duterte hôm qua phát biểu, […]
          Tàu chiến Philippines đâm vào bãi cạn ở Trường Sa      Cache   Translate Page      
Tàu hộ vệ BRP Gregorio del Pilar của hải quân Philippines. Ảnh: Max Defense Philippines. Hãng tin AP ngày 30/8 dẫn một báo cáo quân sự của Philippines cho biết tàu hộ vệ BRP Gregorio del Pilar của hải quân nước này với hơn 100 thành viên thủy thủ đoàn đã bị hỏng chân vịt […]
          Mike Pompeo Tells Embassy in Venezuela to Come Home      Cache   Translate Page      
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday he is pulling remaining U.S. embassy staffers from Venezuela because of the country's worsening situation. "The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from [the Caracas embassy] this week," Pompeo tweeted late Monday night. "This decision...
          What’s Happening with the Philippines Preliminary Examination?      Cache   Translate Page      
The Philippines’ withdrawal from the ICC becomes effective this Saturday, March 17. There are domestic legal proceedings underway that have the potential to nullify the withdrawal. But if the withdrawal goes forward, we are faced with an important question: what happens to the OTP’s preliminary examination? This is, of course, Burundi redux. In that case, the OTP preserved its ability...
          What will a Chinese takeover of the Hanjin shipyard cost the Philippines?      Cache   Translate Page      

IN JANUARY 2019, South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction closed down its shipbuilding operations in the Philippines.

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          Filipino Pilot Surprises Parents With Touching Announcement Before Their First Flight Together      Cache   Translate Page      

A touching moment featuring a Filipino pilot surprising his parents on board during their flight together is capturing netizens’ hearts on social media. Genesis Bernardo, a pilot for AirAsia, shared a video clip of their precious moment taken during a flight from the Philippines to Taiwan on February 20. “Good morning ladies and gentlemen from the flight deck, this is Genesis Bernardo, your captain speaking,” the pilot greeted through the intercom.   The priceless expressions from both their mom and […]

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          Philippines counts down to Sunday's ICC departure      Cache   Translate Page      
MANILA -- The Philippines is on track to officially withdraw from the International Criminal Court, which is examining alleged crimes committed during
          Tin Mibet: Quang Hải đoạt giải "Bàn thắng đẹp nhất      Cache   Translate Page      
TTO - Tối 12-3, chủ nhà B.Bình Dương đã để thua CLB Ceres Negros (Philippines) 1-3 ở lượt thứ hai bảng G AFC Cup 2019 vì mắc quá nhiều sai lầm....
          Cameroon: Council Should Act On Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Cameroon, and the Philippines      Cache   Translate Page      
[HRW] While the Council has several critical situations on its agenda, we are alarmed that the crises in many countries deepen while the Council stands idly by.
          Industrial Unit Manager - DO IT MARKETING CO., PHILIPPINES INC. - Talisay      Cache   Translate Page      
*Job Summary* *Main Responsibilities: * *IU Sales Supervisor *is responsible in managing IU Sales Executive to meet financial objectives. *Duties and... PHP 16,000 - PHP 25,000 a month
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          Credit&Collection Assistant/Collector - DO IT MARKETING CO., PHILIPPINES INC. - Talisay      Cache   Translate Page      
*Job Summary* *Main Responsibilities: * The collections clerk position is accountable for collecting the maximum amount of overdue funds from customers,... PHP 10,000 - PHP 12,000 a month
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          GRAPHIC ARTIST - DO IT MARKETING CO., PHILIPPINES INC. - Talisay      Cache   Translate Page      
*Job Summary* *Main Responsibilities: * IT assistants/ Graphic Artist are responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of computer systems... PHP 10,000 - PHP 12,000 a month
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          Clerk I - Civil Service Commission - Victorias      Cache   Translate Page      
Instruction/Remarks : Interested and qualified applicants should signify their interest in writing. Attach the following documents to the application letter...
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          Male box crab BURIES a female under the sea bed in a bizarre mating session filmed by a night-diver      Cache   Translate Page      
The odd mating in the waters off Dauin in the Philippines shows one of the orange-shelled creatures climb on top of his partner and then use his pincers to shovel sand over her head.
          Mỹ nhân đẹp nhất Philippines phá vỡ mọi chuẩn mực về nhan sắc khi mang bầu, quá viên mãn ở tuổi U40      Cache   Translate Page      

Bình thường đã đẹp không tì vết, mang bầu lần 2, mỹ nhân đẹp nhất Philippines khiến ai cũng choáng váng vì diện mạo. Đã có 1 nàng công chúa xinh đẹp không thua kém gì mẹ, Marian Rivera – mỹ nhân đẹp nhất Philippines cách đây 2 tháng vừa thông báo chuyện cô mang...

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Proposed NASA — National Aeronautics and Space Administration lunar gateway #NASA #NASAMoonToMars #Moon2Mars Read more
          R&R in the Lion City      Cache   Translate Page      
Shortly after seeing in 2019 in the Philippines, we arrived back to my place of birth – Singap
          Secretary's Remarks: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry With Brian Sullivan of CNBC      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel
Houston, Texas
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: First to you, Secretary Pompeo. You were just talking on stage about China. China would like to develop its own oil and gas assets in many disputed waters. What is the greatest tool that we have got from an energy policy perspective to blunt their growing influence and their desire to capture their own oil and gas in those disputed waters?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So, Brian, thanks for having me on the show. There’s two. One is the rule of law. The fundamental idea that these energy sources belong to China everyone knows not to be true. So American diplomats need to do the hard work to make sure that the countries that own those resources get access to them for their people.

Second, there’s nobody who can innovate and work like American businesses. We’re here at CERA where we’re talking about the enormous energy abundance that’s been created all across America. We can deliver for South Asia and Asia the same way we’ve done for the rest of the world. That’ll keep China at bay.

QUESTION: Secretary Perry, should American companies be afraid to sell their oil and gas to China right now given China’s own ambitions?

SECRETARY PERRY: Well, obviously we’re looking for the market and the global marketplace. The American producer has the ability to get out there and compete with anybody around the world. So where it goes – we want to send the message that, listen, American energy is available. Our LNG is going to 34 countries now in five different continents. And you can get American energy and there aren’t any strings attached. That’s the message for our --

QUESTION: How far are we willing to go, Secretary Pompeo, on the economic side to blunt China’s increased activity in those areas?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So President Trump’s made clear what we want is a fair shot. We want tariffs that are even, non-tariff barriers to be shut out. We want the rule of law, transparency in contracts. When we get those things, I am very confident that American companies will prevail. We can always outcompete.

QUESTION: At the same time this is happening, Germany and Russia are getting closer together. The second part of a very important pipeline called the Nord Stream 2 is being completed. It will further tie Russia and Germany together. What is the proper U.S. response to Germany moving closer to Russia from an energy perspective?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, it’s clear this is Germany giving the Russians money while others are defending them. We’d urge them not to finish the pipeline. We want them to have energy diversity. I’m sure Secretary Perry has some real thoughts on this as well.

SECRETARY PERRY: Yeah. Well, here’s the real message. The American energy doesn’t have strings attached, as I said. It’s clear that Russian gas has strings attached. We think it’s important for our friends in Europe, whether the Central Europeans or whether it’s the Western Europeans, to know that they can get that LNG laid in there from the United States, from Qatar, Australia, wherever it might be. Having diversity of fuel, diversity of supply, diversity of routes – that’s the real key here. The American LNG has the ability to truly make Europe free from that Russian intervention.

QUESTION: Secretary Perry, do we have enough capacity and export capacity to Europe to even mitigate --

SECRETARY PERRY: Yes.

QUESTION: -- the impact of that Russian gas?

SECRETARY PERRY: Absolutely, we can. Obviously, we’ve got some infrastructure work that we need to do in the United States. We need to get those (inaudible) commissioners out of the Senate, in there working getting those permits in. But get that permitting done so that this infrastructure can be built, whether it’s out of the Permian Basin, whether it’s north out of the Bakken, or whether it’s out of the Marcellus Shale. America can deliver the energy needs of a lot of our allies.

QUESTION: Is energy, Secretary Pompeo, our greatest policy lever to affect foreign policy change?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, we have a couple. Our Department of Defense is an important lever as well, but I’m here at CERA because American energy security matters, the abundance, the fact that we’re now the largest exporter of crude oil, that we’ve grown so much so fast gives us a lot of power, a lot of capacity to influence for good all around the world.

QUESTION: We are almost effectively energy independent (inaudible), and we probably could be if we decided not to export. How does that change the way you approach your job and dealings with China, with Russia?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So it changes everything. Every conversation I had. I was in Vietnam, I was in the Philippines, I’ll travel to the Middle East next week – every one of those conversations is fundamentally different because of American energy abundance. We now have the capacity to take our technology, our products, our pipelines, deliver them around the world, provide safe, affordable energy, diversify energy resources for each of these countries. They’ll be safer, the American people will be safer as well.

QUESTION: Should we keep up or extend the oil sanctions on Iran?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, and we will.

QUESTION: For how long?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Until we get the change in behavior that the people in the Middle East and the rest of the world so desperately (inaudible).

QUESTION: You said you’d like to bring down to zero barrels of export. Do you think that’s possible?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m not going to get ahead of myself or ahead of the President, but make no mistake about it, that’s the direction of travel. We want to deny Iran the resources to continue to underwrite Hizballah, the Houthis in Yemen, a whole list of terrorists around the world. We want to deny them those resources; when their behavior changes, we’ll be happy to invite them back into the community of nations.

QUESTION: Secretary Perry, about an hour ago down the road, the biggest U.S. gasoline refinery owned by the Saudis. I can go a little further. Talk about Golden Pass, a huge LNG export facility --

SECRETARY PERRY: With the Qataris.

QUESTION: It’s going to be 71 percent funded by Qatar Petroleum with Exxon and Conoco as minority partners. Do you worry that some of the (inaudible) dealings that we have around the world could discourage foreign direct investment, especially by those in the Middle East?

SECRETARY PERRY: I don’t. Everyone wants to do business with the United States, just like Secretary Pompeo said. When you know that the rule of law is in place and you know the transparency that’s going to be there, people around the world want to do business with someone that they trust, and they know that they can trust the United States to come forward with our product and give them what they traded for. So I think this --

QUESTION: You’re not concerned?

SECRETARY PERRY: I think this is great opportunities for us to solidify our relationships with other countries around the world, coming in and being partners with us; that’s how you build real coalitions.

QUESTION: Will we be welcoming Chinese partnerships?

SECRETARY PERRY: Well, we already do. I mean, the Chinese are already investing here. If they will abide by the rule of law, if they’ll show us that they’ll be good partners, we’ll trade with anybody in the world. But we’re going to demand that they’re good partners. That’s the reason we’re looking at these sanctions and continuing these sanctions against Russia when they come into Crimea. It’s the reason that we stand up to Iran and say, “No, we’re not going to allow that type of action,” and the same message is going to be true to China where they’re leaning in on those islands out in the South China Sea for no other reason than to keep other people from producing those.

So powerful message here. You want to do business with the United States, we’re more than happy to do it, but you’re going to do it with transparency and you’re going to do it in good faith, you’re going to do it with the rule of law.

QUESTION: Twenty years ago Venezuela produced about 3.7 million barrels of oil per day. Today we don’t know for sure; it’s probably under a million barrels and going lower. People are eating garbage. The hospitals have no medicine. Money is worthless but bullets are invaluable. You believe that Cuba is propping up the Maduro regime, but what is the U.S. willing to do about it? How far are we willing to go in Venezuela?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Brian, it’s not just my belief, it’s a fact. The Cuban regime has foisted their model of economics on the Venezuelan people, and you can see the massive humanitarian catastrophe that is only getting worse. Energy systems don’t work, electrical grids don’t work. The socialist model, state control – it’s just a failed model that’s causing enormous grief to the Venezuelan people. The United States is determined to work along with allies – the Brazilians, the Colombians, the Paraguayans – now 50-plus countries have recognized that Maduro is illegitimate. It’s time for him to go, and we’re going to continue to do whatever work it takes – as the President said, every option is on the table – to deliver to the Venezuelan people the democracy they deserve, and then ultimately we’ll build back an economy where they can again have the wealth that they have under their own feet and offshore in Venezuela so that this can be a once-great country yet again.

QUESTION: They are still selling some barrels; we’ve tracked their ships – getting loans potentially from Russia, Cuba perhaps trading oil for dollars or help. Is military action off the table?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I mean, the President’s been very clear. We’re going to make this happen. Every option still remains out there and available to the United States. We’ll work with our allies to get the right outcome. Your point there, Brian, is exactly right. Look who their friends are: the Cubans, the Russians, Hizballah, the Iranians in Venezuela today. This is a cast of characters. This is not what the Venezuelan people need or want. It’s not what they deserve, and America is going to help deliver them out of this difficult place.

QUESTION: And U.S. companies, Secretary Perry, once Maduro is gone, whenever that may be – should they be willing and able and free to go into Venezuela under a new regime?

SECRETARY PERRY: Oh, absolutely. And I think that’s the real message, is that the American companies want to see this regime out of the way so that we can come back in, do the humanitarian aid, do the medicines – I mean, the idea that they blocked that, that’s everything you need to know about the Maduro regime right there in that one picture. Americans are ready to help, American companies are ready to go in there. Once he’s out of the way, Americans will be first in line to be able to deliver to those people the type of assistance that they need and that they deserve.


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          2019 Jeep Wrangler JL debuts in the Philippines with 2.0L turbo      Cache   Translate Page      
Jeep Philippines has launched the all-new 2019 Wrangler JL in Unlimited Sport trim.
          It’s official: Child seats are now a must in the Philippines      Cache   Translate Page      
The Philippine government has recently signed a law requiring motorists to secure their children in the car with child seats.
          Consequences of driving without car insurance in Philippines      Cache   Translate Page      
You can drive with just the Compulsory Third-Party Liability insurance but will it be enough?
          268B03SLW Lofty Vanity Light Varaluz, светильник для ванной      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Enjoy A Full-Day Bohol Countryside Tour      Cache   Translate Page      

The Bohol Countryside Tour With Valeroso Ralle On Tour On our recent vacation to the Philippines, we spent a few nights on the island of Bohol, located just a short fast ferry ride from Cebu. One of the major highlights of this island are the beautiful Chocolate Hills Tour and the Loboc River Cruise. We … Continue reading "Enjoy A Full-Day Bohol Countryside Tour"

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          Manila Bay Dredging Continues Despite Bad Weather      Cache   Translate Page      
The Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking to take advantage of the El Niño by continuing its dredging and desilting operations in Manila Bay. According to the...

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          Transports aériens : Cambodia Airports remporte le Prix marketing Routes Asia 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

Le 11 mars à Cebu (Philippines), le Prix marketing Routes Asia 2019 a été décerné à Cambodia Airports, mettant ainsi en valeur sa stratégie marketing visant à apporter son support aux compagnies aériennes pour lancer de nouvelles liaisons vers l’aéroport international de Sihanoukville. Le prix récompense aussi la qualité des services fournis par la société. L’aéroport...

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          Luzon leg Internet Governance Symposium      Cache   Translate Page      

Posted by Department of Information and Communications Technology – Luzon Cluster 2 on Monday, December 10, 2018 (Facebook Live courtesy of DICT-Luzon Cluster 2) This month, the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), along with its partners, the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the Internet Society – Philippines Chapter, […]

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          Recognising and Responding to Online Gender-Based Violence in the Philippines      Cache   Translate Page      

MAPPING CASES OF ONLINE GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN THE PHILIPPINES In light of the recent comments made by public officials that treated sexual assault as a mere joke rendering it “acceptable” and not worthy of condemnation, it is important for Filipinos to be cognizant about the gravity of gender-based violence.  The […]

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          Joint Statement Regarding Philippine Identification System Act IRR Proceedings      Cache   Translate Page      

Joint Statement Regarding the Philippine Identification System Act Proceedings  26 September 2018  We, the undersigned, as civil society organizations and concerned citizens of the Philippines, express our grave concern for the recent proceedings regarding the promulgation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 11055, or the […]

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          Catering Services      Cache   Translate Page      
Catering Services
2019-02-126
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Guimaras
OFFICE OF THE BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

INVITATION TO BID FOR
SUPPLY AND DELIVERY FOR CATERING SERVICES
Bid Ref. No. 2019-02-126

1.The Province of Guimaras , through the PSWDO-Livelihood Supportr for Women-Special Purpose Project 2019 intends to apply the sum One Hundred Sixty-Three Thousand Two Hundred Pesos only (Php 163,200.00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract Supply and Delivery for Catering Services. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

2.The Province of Guimaras , now invites bids for Supply and Delivery for Catering Services . Delivery of the Goods is required as scheduled. Bidders should have completed, within the last 2 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 a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised 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.


4.Interested bidders may obtain further information from Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), Secretariat Provincial Government of Guimaras and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during office hours, from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

5.A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders on March 7, 2019 until March 14, 2019 during office hours, from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm from the BAC Office , PEO Building, Provincial Capitol, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Five Hundred Pesos ( Php 500.00) .


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

6. No Pre-bid required.

7.Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before March 14, 2019 9:00AM . 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 March 14, 2019 , 9:30AM at BAC Office, PEO Building, Provincial Capitol , San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras. 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.In case of a tie among two or more bidders with the lowest responsive bid, the winning bidder shall be chosen through draw lots. The lucky bidder who would pick the paper with a Congratulations remark shall be declared as the final bidder having the LCRB and recommended for award of the contract.

9.The Provincial Government of Guimaras reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

10.For further information, please refer to:

MS. JEAN H. ORTALIZ
BAC Secretariat, Province of Guimaras
BAC Office PEO Building, Provincial Capitol, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
Mobile No. 09209815565, 581-2960
bac_guimaras2015@yahoo.com



SIGNED
MR. RONNIE D. MORANTE
BAC CHAIRMAN



          Windex glass cleaner will be in 100% recycled ocean plastic bottle      Cache   Translate Page      
The new product is the world’s first glass cleaner bottle made from 100% recycled ocean plastic.
SC Johnson to launch Windex Vinegar Ocean Plastic bottles in the spring. A fall 2019 version will include materials collected through a program that will minimize waste while addressing poverty.

As part of its ongoing commitment to tackling the problem of plastic pollution in oceans, SC Johnson has announced that it will launch its 86-year-old Windex brand in a bottle that uses 100% recycled ocean plastic.


“With over 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, conditions are continuing to get worse and worse,” says Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “The Windex bottle is just one of the many ways we are not only providing solutions to combat ocean pollution, but taking action to make these solutions a reality.”

The Windex Vinegar Ocean Plastic bottles will be an everyday offering and will be made available at North American retailers such as Target and Walmart. As many as 8 million units will hit retail shelves this spring. According to SC Johnson, the new product is the world’s first glass cleaner bottle made from 100% recycled ocean plastic, and it is also non-toxic and cruelty-free.

Plans are underway to launch a 100% Social Plastic Windex bottle with Plastic Bank by fall of 2019 that will include recycled ocean-bound social plastic sourced by Plastic Bank from Haiti, the Philippines, and Indonesia, which SC Johnson says not only helps the environment, but also provides social benefits to people living below the poverty level. Under this program, the company is now creating recycling programs as part of the solution to stopping ocean-bound plastic and addressing poverty at the same time. The program is designed to educate on recycling and get people to live with and use plastic responsibly. Each bottle will represent a new source of income or economic opportunity for the program’s participants.

“The goal is to create recycling infrastructures to help minimize plastic waste and address the challenges of poverty at the same time,” says Johnson. “This is a massive environmental issue, and it is going to take businesses, governments, NGOs, and civil society working together to solve it.”

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PLDT Inc. (including Smart Communications and Sun Cellular) has reportedly signed a partnership agreement with Nokia to develop 5G in educational institutions throughout the Philippines, ABS-CBN News reports. Signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the parties will look to identify best use cases for 5G, such as artificial intelligence (AI), drones, and internet of things (IoT) applications in schools, colleges and universities. Nokia's end-to-end solution is expected to augment PLDT's 5G pilot, said Nokia senior vice president for Asia Pacific and Japan Jae Won, noting that it will bring ‘an end-to-end capability, meaning right from the devices to the radio network, transfer network and of course security. But the end-to-end capability is why it will make a difference’. Meanwhile, PLDT chairman and CEO Manny Pangilinan said: ‘This is part and parcel of the digital journey that PLDT has embarked since 2015 and continues to this day. The most recent expression to that is this partnership with Nokia and our march into the brave new world of 5G.’ As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in November 2018 PLDT said it expects to have deployed its 5G networks in the Philippines by H2 2019. Officials of the telco and its mobile division confirmed plans to roll out the new platform in schools, techno-parks and business centres. PLDT-Smart president of technology strategy and transformation, Czar Lopez, was quoted as saying: ‘On 5G it’s not just about speed, it is also about greater capacity and also lower latency’, while fellow VP Mitch Locsin confirmed that the operator is also upgrading its cell towers to accommodate 5G equipment, as well as adding more towers to accelerate the rollout of fifth-generation technologies. The announcement of the 5G launch timetable came in the wake of the operator’s latest successful 5G tests that month, in which Smart said it was able to make the country’s first live 5G-to-5G video call. The call was made between the newly launched Smart 5G cities in Pampanga and Makati using 5G radio and core equipment of Smart’s partners Huawei in Makati and Ericsson in Clark. In a statement, the cellco said the tests showcased the ‘interoperability’ of the new system in a multi-vendor environment, adding that speeds of up to 700Mbps were achieved using Huawei’s 5G equipment in Makati.
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Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel
Houston, Texas
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: All right. So I just wanted to – well, first of all, thank you for being here today.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Great to be with you.

QUESTION: And I wanted to ask, what is your message to the people who are coming to this very large conference? Obviously, CERAWeek is a big deal. Can you tell me, what is your message to everyone here today?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So it’s great to be in Houston. I came down really to talk about three things: first, the incredible importance of America’s continued energy success to what I do, the task of trying to keep America and Americans safe. Our capacity to deliver energy around the world and to have less demand here, to be less dependent as a nation on others for energy, frees up a lot of capacity for us to do good around the world and to keep America safe.

The second thing I wanted to talk about is recruiting. We’re always looking for talented people. I want to make sure we get out and talk to people all across America, and the State Department is a noble calling. It’s a wonderful task to be an American diplomat. I want to share with people the real opportunities there are to serve America working with the United States Department of State.

QUESTION: Great. And can you talk to me about the energy revolution? And it – had mentioned that the energy revolution and this ability to help us keep America safe. National security – can you talk to me about that lane?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So we will be the world’s largest exporter of crude oil in just a relatively short number of months. That’s an amazing turnaround from a place where we were 10 years ago, where we were consuming product from all around the world and we depended upon the Middle East and other countries to provide us with those energy resources. This shale revolution, the amazing innovation that’s taken place in the United States of America has fundamentally transformed energy markets, not only for crude oil but for natural gas as well, and those have real ramifications for America’s national security.

When I travel, wherever I go – I was in the Philippines last week, and in Vietnam; I’ll be in the Middle East next week, and then on to Europe – everywhere I go, these issues of energy security are out there. Countries would much rather take their energy from a place like the United States, where we value the rule of law, we treat partners well, than to have to rely on Russia or someone else that doesn’t behave that way. That gives me as America’s most senior diplomat real opportunities to develop close partnerships and in turn keep the American people safe.

QUESTION: Thank you. Now turning to foreign affairs, specifically with North Korea. Can you talk with us about you – what is your take on the situation with North Korea, the satellites showing that they’re maybe restarting this long-range rocket facility? And also the situation in Iran, with them potentially working on missiles that are blacklisted. Can you talk to me about what is your take on the situation in North Korea right now?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So we’ve been working at this, since the administration came into office, diligently. We’ve now got missile tests stopped; nuclear testing hasn’t taken place for a while either. We think we can continue to maintain that. Chairman Kim committed to not doing those things when we were in Hanoi. President Trump sat down with Chairman Kim to try and fulfill his commitment to denuclearize. These nuclear weapons present a threat to the world, to our partners of Japan and South Korea in the region, and to the United States. And we’re determined to follow through on the commitments that were made in Singapore. If we can get this right, there will be a brighter future for the people of North Korea and reduce risk all around the world.

We’re mindful of the challenges. We know that it will be a bumpy, long road. This problem’s been out there for quite some time. But we continue to be optimistic that Chairman Kim wants to denuclearize and that he intends to go down that path.

QUESTION: And when you’re seeing certain pieces of what could be evidence of – satellite images and things like that, is there a concern there and how are you addressing that concern if that exists?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I can’t talk about what we know, American intelligence. We – what I can say is this: There’s still work to do. North Koreans have not fulfilled the commitment that Chairman Kim made yet. They came partway there when the President traveled to Hanoi, but it wasn’t enough. It’s not just enough for America; this is the entire world. The United States has built out a fully global coalition. The resolutions that are putting pressure on North Korea are UN Security Council resolutions, not American sanctions. The whole world understands this threat, and the whole world is urging Chairman Kim to make the right strategic choice to get rid of his nuclear weapons and rejoin the world.

QUESTION: And this comment, does that also apply to the sanctions, the alleged breaking of the sanctions, importing oil and selling weapons and things like that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: It certainly does. These are UN sanctions. Enforcement of those sanctions matters an awful lot. We are urging every country to enforce them as rigidly as they can, and frankly, we’ve done pretty well. There are gaps. When we find gaps, we work to close them.

QUESTION: Okay, great. And the last topic I wanted to talk about is Venezuela. Can you talk to me about the decision to pull out the many American diplomats from the country?

SECRETARY POMPEO: It was really pretty straightforward. Last night, the – we made the decision that we would remove the remaining diplomats that we had on the ground in Caracas, Venezuela. We’ll get them out in the next few days. The situation on the ground is deteriorating. It’s so tragic. The humanitarian conditions there are just awful. You have people starving, can’t get medicine to the sick. The American people have been incredibly generous, a couple hundred metric tons of food and hygiene kits and medicine sitting in Colombia, and the Maduro regime denying us the ability to get them to people who are starving. It’s horrific; it’s evil. Maduro has to leave. The Interim President Juan Guaido is working diligently alongside the Colombians, the Brazilians, the OAS, a group called the Lima Group, to build out a coalition that when this happens, when the Venezuelan peoples’ voices are finally heard and Maduro leaves, we can restore Venezuela to the economic powerhouse that it has the capacity to be and a place where basic human rights are respected.

QUESTION: Okay, and in the interest of using up some time, because I want to make sure I’m using all my five minutes --

SECRETARY POMPEO: Of course.

QUESTION: Would I be able to just ask you about the state of U.S. image in terms of foreign affairs? They’ve described President Trump’s leadership style as somewhat unilateral. Would you say that that is the case, and is that a good or a bad thing for the United States image?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Remember, I’m America’s senior diplomat. Our first client is the American people, and I think President Trump definitely recognizes that. When I travel the world, when I meet with my foreign counterparts, they understand too that we’re doing this alongside them. The coalition that we built out to put pressure on North Korea was worldwide. Today there are 50-plus countries that are recognizing that we’ve got to do something fundamentally different in Venezuela. We built out an 80-plus country coalition to defeat ISIS and take down the caliphate. Those are real partnerships. America led many of those efforts, and we’re very proud of the work we do alongside those other countries, being mindful every day that our task is to keep the American people safe.

QUESTION: Thank you so much for your time today.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much.

QUESTION: I really appreciate it.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you.

QUESTION: Thank you. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. It was wonderful to meet you, too.


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Sports Equipment For Brgy. Sk Sports Activity
RFQ No.: 0449-19
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Negotiated Procurement - Small Value Procurement (Sec. 53.9)

Description
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Davao Oriental
CITY OF MATI

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION

Date:07 March 2019
RFQ No.:0449-19

Name of Company:
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Sir/Madam:
Please quote your best offer for the item/s described below, subject to the Terms and Conditions provided at the dorsal portion of this request for quotation. Submit your quotation duly signed by you or your duly representative not later than 14 March 2019 at 2:00pm.

Quotations must be submitted, in a sealed envelope at the address indicated below using this prescribed form.

ATTY. GILBERTO M. MADUAY,REB
City Govt. Dept. Head (City Legal Officer)
BAC Vice-Chairman
Note:
1.All items must be written eligibly.
2.Delivery period within 7 Calendar Days
3.Warranty shall be for a period of six (6) months for supplies and materials, one (1) year for equipment, from date of acceptance by the BAC authorized signatory
4.PhilGEPS Registration No., Mayors/Business Permit, SEC or DTI shall be attached upon submission of quotation.
5.Bidders shall submit original brochures showing certifications of the product being offered (if applicable).

PR No.0799
SP-DAYANGHIRANG

ITEM DESCRIPTION
Quantity
(QTY)Approved Budget of the ContractOFFER
PRICECompliance with Technical SpecificationsREMARKS
Unit PriceTotal Price
Yes
No
Sports Equipment for Brgy. SK Sports Activity143,000.00
1.Volleyball (Mikasa) 26Pcs.[ ][ ]
2.Basketball (Mikasa)26Pcs.[ ][ ]
3.Stopwatch26Pcs.[ ][ ]
4.Volleyball Net26Pcs.[ ][ ]

Sir:
After having carefully read and accepted your General Conditions. I/We quote you on the item at prices noted above.

NAME AND SIGNATURE OF FIRM/
DEALER/CONTRACTOR
NEIL KENNETH L. PLAZA
SecretariatContact Number (Landline/Cell phone No.)
Canvasser
SEC/ DTI No.

Business Permit



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Purchase And Delivery Of Sports Equipment ( School ) ----Php 667,450.00
BARASRIZAL2019-019
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Rizal
MUNICIPALITY OF BARAS
TIN- 000-648-388

BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE


INVITATION TO BID


The Municipality of Baras Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), is inviting qualified bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the delivery and supply of the ff:

PURCHASE AND DELIVERY OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT ( SCHOOL )
----Php 667,450.00


SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES


Issuance of Eligibility &
Bidding DocumentsSubmission & Opening of Eligibility and Bid Envelope

March 12-19, 2019
8:00am-5:00pm
Office of the Engineering March 20, 2019
2:-00pm
Office of the Engineering

That as of bidding date, March 20, 2019, prospective bidders should have experience in undertaking a similar project within the last two (2) years with an amount of at least 50% of the proposed project for bidding. The eligibility check/screening as well as the Preliminary examination of bids shall use for non-discretionary pass/fail criteria. Post qualifications of the lowest calculated bid shall be conducted.

Eligibility and documents shall be issued to applicants upon filing of a Letter of Intent to apply and payment of a non refundable fee of
P 1,000.00 in the form of cash or managers check in favor of the Municipality of Baras.

All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security , Performance Security , Pre-bidding Conference, Evaluation of Bids, Post Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR).


The Municipality of Baras thru the Bids and Awards Committee reserves the right to reject any and all bids and/or part thereof, or waived any defect contained therein and may accept the offer which it deems the lowest calculated responsive bid.



ENGR. LOLITA M. FULLANTE
BAC-Chairman


Noted by:

KATHRINE B. ROBLES
Municipal Mayor



          2/9/18 MAKING KUCHING TRULY THE CITY OF BORNEO .....exploring on New GOM-GOS working framework.      Cache   Translate Page      
Worldwide, especially with the hungry Chinese and not wanting to be left India (later Brazil), in the next 5-10 years the world economic development will be very interesting to observe. The West due to their Capitalism Hunger is rampaging the oil rich Middle East and North Africa. Despite so, UAE with Dubai as its pillar is pulling away from the traditional Arabs norms and now is among the most busiest and prosperous trading place on earth. Accordingly, Istanbul due to the American hegemony actions may do better with the help of Russia and Iran (and possible China) and thus may reshape the future role and position of the America and the West. Nonetheless right here at home, due to prolong greed in our governing system, Malaysia as a whole and Sarawak in particular, is in great financial distress that warrant us to be much strategic and bold in our action. Herewith, I'm proposing something that we can look at as potential means to take us out of such distress and as well as to position ourselves better in this 21st century regional economic regatta. How could Sarawak; Kuching in particular can help to raise the whole Borneo, to the extend by 2050, Borneo collectively will turn to be the next World Economic Power. Let start with a vision of making Kuching the City of Borneo.

(2) The key economic issue facing Sarawak that I foresee now is that our economy may be moving to diminishing if not stagnation or digressing.  Sarawak all these while had been resources-based economic driven. Unfortunately the global demand over our resources is either moving to stagnation or down dwindling. Timber, oil palm, rubber, pepper and petroleum production, demand and pricing are no more to our advantage. Worst, Sarawak had not work hard enough to restructure her economic base to the form that keep her to a fore running position. We had not been smart and daring enough to push our economy in the forefront of others. Since 1960s to this end, we are still keeping to the traditional harvesting the natural economic endowment. We had not graduated beyond nature based economy. In this article, I'm focusing onto making Kuching urban setting to be internationalized as a meant to nurture healthy living of her population and Sarawak economic growth vis-a-vis all other regional development proposals that I had earlier written which among them are:  (1) http://abchek.blogspot.com/2009/06/5609-sarawak-economic-development-model.html?m=1 (2) http://abchek.blogspot.com/2016/09/1916-let-work-on-basin-based-devt-thats.html?m=1 (3) http://abchek.blogspot.com/2010/05/8510-model-ekonomi-desa-med.html?m=1 (4) http://abchek.blogspot.com/2017/09/2917-sarawak-digital-economy.html?m=1

(3) If the Bible (not clearly said in the case of the  Al Quran) narrative of the descendant of Eve and Adam was correct, one would wonder why did Allah sent Eve to Becca while Adam to India. Adam to India be it in Ceylon or Himalaya, such places were with better endowment as compared to Becca of the Arabia. I'll skip my speculation over the reason for the place(s) of descending of Adam, but let have a look at Becca the place of landing for Eve. Definitely, there are many perspectives for such choice by Allah. But in the case of Becca, let me try to lead readers to just one aspect of probably the numerous perspectives that we could explore. We can't exactly say, when did Adam and Eve descent to earth. Probably hundreds of thousands if not millions of years before. Even 1,400 years ago, there was nothing in Becca as compared to today Human Civilization Standard. Becca even 1,400 years ago was just barren desert with pockets of oasis. Eve, upon her landing, she might had been placed among those cavity-hills with the oasis for her basic survival needs. My such presumption is based on  an inferring to the lives of Hajar and Ismael upon their seclusion in Mecca by Abraham. Saie, which being said was the wandering of Hajar between Mt Marwan and Saffa,  I would believe must be the nature that happened to Eve at time of her isolation. She must had been made to wander just as Saie of Hajar before the coming of Adam. As Allah saying "Nothing that He did is without reason" thus my strongest predicament of the Hajar-Ismael fate in Abraham family squabble is an inference for His mahluk of all times. Thus for the case of Eve, then followed by Hajar-Ismael, why did Allah chosen Becca as their place of "exile"? Why did Adam and thus Abraham had a better place of "stay" as compared to their spouses?

(4) Eve and Hajar were the great mothers' of the mankind. Why indeed, the "harsh" treatment were imposed upon them, as compared to their men? Why not in the first place, Adam and Eve be landing together at the same place, say in the comfortable Mediterranean. Accordingly, why did Abraham need to send Hajar and Ismael to Mecca (Becca), a faraway place from Palestine where he and Sarah-Jacob were residing. Can't he just kept them in the nearby neighborhood? What indeed Allah signaling over all these for the good of mankind?

(5) In particular, what do all these have to do with Kuching and more important to transform Kuching into the Truly City of Borneo (CoB)? Firstly, I want to suggest the solution on how to make our economy to be better through urban development. Urbanize development is a must to take ourselves to a better state of being. Urbanize development has always been the better economic of scale for agglomeration of most of the human needs. If one cares, one could follow such wisdom of Allah through His creation of the olden days civilization be it in Nile, Euphrates, Ganges and Yang Tze. Old days Civilization started from the rivers (water). The original Sarawak and later Kuching, it started with the Sarawak river. For such reasons, for Sarawak, I'm focusing to Kuching as the potential for a conceptual better urban development. As per today, our economy is in distress. There seem to be some form of stagnation is happening. Structurally, we are coming to the Zero Sum Game of the economy. We seem to be meeting our economic plateau point by reason there are sectors that is cancelling the positive effect of the others. Definitely growth is there, but not really a healthy prospering growth to all. Unemployment among our graduates is high and even if they are employed, their salary doesn't commensurate with their academic qualification. The same applies to the rest of the population. People are unable to cope with the ever rising cost of living due to faster rising of cost of living as compared to net income growth.  Even if we look into the whole of Borneo, the third largest island in the world after Greenland and Papua New Guinea, with huge natural resources, we are still in the state of the Lower Third World hierarchy. Thus as I had said many times, we must take serious note or lesson from how Allah manage things as a clue to resolve our problem and improve ourselves. So much so, the best city development progression and purposes should emulate from His design and rationales.  Thus, I'm looking at Kuching vis-a-vis Mecca in my city development model thinking process. As Muslim, it is very ignorance if one can't see the beauty of Allah "wisdom's" in all of His creations. He placed Kaaba in Mecca and definitely by virtue of Mecca landscapes, He must be having great "wisdom" on how Mecca will evolve into a prosperous and harmonious city place that people could emulate all over despite its barren and isolated nature.

(6) Kuching comparatively to the early Mecca, there is nothing much there. Mecca was barren desert, and Kuching was peat and mangrove mudflat. Naturally both were barren places. One was with the least water endowment, while the later having too much. Secondly, both were least populated. Third, both were well isolated. Nonetheless Allah designed for these places was beyond human comprehension. Indeed there were so many the none feasible factors for Mecca and Kuching to be developed as a city far more to say a Centripetal City Place. Therefore, taking all these into a basket, there is no hope that Kuching should grow into the City of Borneo (CoB). But my belief is otherwise, for as I said, and as repeated in the Al Quran many times: "Nothing is created by Allah without its merit", thus there is nothing that Kuching couldn't emulate Mecca of the past to Mecca of today. With Mecca, indeed Allah wisdom is, there is nothing impossible if  one is determine and having passion and patience. Mecca was built from the ruble of the Kaaba by both Abraham and Ismael. From barren ruble, Mecca turns to be the World Largest Multi-Islamic Cultural Holly City, and In Shaa Allah it will forever expanding and evolving. Thus, Kuching can be developed into the City of Borneo, a City of Truly Borneo despite of all its handicaps just as the early Mecca.

(7) To me, from the way Mecca had evolved, from desert to thematic Multi-national Islamic Cultural City, Kuching could as well emulate such strategic wisdom ie to be developed along a strategic international theme. For such, based on its nature therefore my best presumption, Kuching could and must be developed into the City of Borneo.

(8) At time of Eve, Mecca was a one-person-city place. Today, Mecca has a permanent population of 1.53 millions but with at least 30-35 million visitors annually and it is growing probably at the rate of 3-5 percents a year. As an overall, Saudi Arabia is having 28.61 million population (2018), which means even deriving from the Pilgrimages, Saudi indeed should never having any economic or income issues in making the kingdom a prosperous and harmonious place to stay and visit. Indeed today Mecca should be a Multi-National Islamic Cultural City. There is no other city world-wide having such an aura, not even the Vatican City of Rome. No any other religion is now embraced by almost all of the world ethnics population, except Islam. Mecca initially was a focal City for almost all of the Arabs, Persian, African  and even Turks ethnicity and cultures. Today, indeed Mecca (and Madinah) is a City of Islamic Multi-Cultural setting, if politic is discounted from the making of the Saudi Arabia in general and Mecca-Madinah specifically. BaitulMuqaddis was the City that once having the aura of today Mecca, but Allah had made the Muslims to turn away from BaitulMuqaddis. In today City Planning sense, indeed as the doa by Abraham, the man whom revived Mecca (Kaaba) from ruble, "Oo Allah make this City a place of prosperity and harmony for all humankind", and so should it be to this days. Unfortunately the Saud had not made Mecca into Multi-National Islamic Cultural and Spiritual City. Indeed apart from its Islamic theological Central, Mecca for its original isolation is indeed a strength that Allah want us to uncover.  I presume, Allah may want us to see how Muslims should realise His saying "In diversity, you should celebrate for in its you will get to know each others" which to me, He wants us to see how the celebration of diversity could lead to unity, prosperity and harmony through justice.

(9) Now I will address the notion of the City of Borneo. Why Kuching? Why not Kota Kinabalu, Pontianak, Palangkaria, Banjar Masin, Balik Papan, Bandar Sri Bangawan (BSB), etc? Well surely, I admit it is all about vision. We must have a vision to place ourselves above others without making others worst off. Better off if our vision is meant for the good of all. I believe Sarawak ie Kuching can do it, so let get moving. While we are on our path to prosperity and harmony, so the rest must also be granted as such. Justice must be honored. Indeed my view, by making Kuching as the City of Borneo, such will be giving the phenomena of high tide raise all boats. I believe, KalBar, KalSel, and KalTeng will benefit from the making of Kuching CoB. Even Brunei, Sabah and KalTim would have the trickling effect at the later stage.

(10) City of Borneo, to my definition is a City that having the multi-cultural Borneo taste. Kuching should be made a place where the Bornean and the world could celebrate the multi-cultural and creativity of Borneo. It is a City of Borneo convergence. People, cultures, products and many others of Borneo should be there in Kuching for the world to celebrate. This is a City that is built over passing religious, racial, political, cultural and values differences. This is a City that resembles and appreciate the celebration of Allah created Tropical diversity. The tropical is green and important to the world for its content and celebration of diversity. Kuching must go along the same path of development.

(11) Definitely a vision must be grounded with all the strong backup rationales. What indeed are the solid advantages of Kuching over the others? Firstly let have a look at all the Borneo major cities. Bandar Sri Bangawan is well secluded due to its enclave by Malaysia. Its inland bound is very limited. Kota Kinabalu is far to the North. Again its inland connectivity to the rest of Borneo is limiting, though its international access is equally as good if not better than Kuching. Pontianak, Banjar Masin, and Balik Papan are southern bound coastal cities of Kalimantan. Their international access is limited through Jakarta. They are having international distance connectivity disadvantages. Thus from the spatial perspective, Kuching has the better international frontage either by land, sea and even air. Indeed Kuching has greater access to Indochina and Far East for the hinterland people and products of Borneo. Kuching is having greater hinterland networks and thus is having greater access to all the rich Borneo hinterland endowment. In 5-10 years time, Kuching is commanding the Central Place for Borneo. Building on this advantage, In Shaa Allah will amke Kuching sustainably in the fore front of the others.

(12) I'm postulating. Kuching is just about 40 miles from the Equatorial Line. The Equatorial Line crosses right through Pontianak, such makes it the Borneo Equator City. Kuching is just 40 miles North of the Equatorial Line plus its location toward the South China Sea, thus sunlight, humidity cloud cover, and wind nature of Kuching I would say is much challenging as compared to any other cities of Borneo. I believe Kuching is facing much challenging climatic regimes as compare to the others. In the electromagnetic sense, such is much tougher to address say as compared to lesser climatic problematic areas. These natural climatic challenges, if properly over come, I would predict, Kuching will give Borneo the best solution over Digital Communication environment. I presume, locational advantages and over coming climatic "challenges" is the best advantage for Kuching to be Borneo Digital Hub. Such advantage, gives Kuching the best digital communique positioning among others. Kuching can be made the Digital Gateway for the whole of Borneo.

(13) Borneo is a multi-cultural and religious region. The diverse culture and resources of Borneo given rise to multi-talents and creativity. All these could be celebrated at one place entity for ease of marketing and achieving the economic of scale. Kuching could take central role for such purposes.

(14) Accordingly, over the past 50-60 years, Kuching apart from BSB has the most socio-political stability as compared to the rest of Borneo cities. The multi-ethnicity of Sarawak had molded Kuching into a peaceful and harmony Administrative and Industrial City. The social balanced had kept Kuching to its peaceful and harmonious charisma. Such socio-political harmony of Kuching gives her the best asset to traject higher and faster from the rest of Borneo.

(15) With Kuching present locality advantages as centre for resources, cultural agglomeration and ICT Gateway potentials couple by its peaceful and harmonious sphere, thus I have a strong belief that Kuching can organise itself to be, first the Entre Port of Borneo, second Health, Educational, Arts and Cultural City, thirdly Industrial City, and fourthly Information Gateway of Borneo. Thus my scope of City of Borneo for Kuching covers the areas of International Trade, Tourism, Manufacturing and ICT Hub.

(16) Definitely, my spatial definition of Kuching CoB is stretching beyond the present Kuching. Indeed I'm looking at the space from Tg Dato in Lundu to as far as Tg Manis in Sarikei. No doubt, the present Kuching will be the core for Kuching CoB. Sematan, Lundu, Bau, Serian, Simunjan, Pusa and Tg Manis, I'm postulating as the metropolitan of Kuching CoB. Sematan, Pusa and Tg Manis need to be part and parcel of Kuching CoB for they are having the strengths to enhance the Natural Tourism facets, Bulking Port facilities and Industrial specialization. Sematan in Lundu and Sambas of KalBar are having great tourism potentials that could be developed so as to provide the synergy and economic of scale. Sematan-Bako Coastline and Serikin-Bau Limestone Hinterland offer great tourism opportunities development to the eastern of Kuching. Particularly the Tg Pok-Sematan Bay; the sandy and mangrove nature mixed of the coastline, is unique tourism feature of its own virtue. Accordingly, the rich fishing ground of Singkawang to Sematan sea area is a best gift by Allah for seafood loving population of the East. Nature and food-based tourism could be well place for the advancement of this region. The limestone hinterland of Lundu-Bau would provide the added Nature and Adventure type of tourism experiences.

(17) With the emergence of China as a rich State so much so, almost all Indochinese states vis Thailand, Chambodia, and Vietnam and even the Philippines are crazy in capturing their tourism demand. The Chinese-tourism is now dominated by the emergence of the effluent communities, so much so their liking is more toward built-up and high dense tourism activities. I have a strong believe, over time all these will fade away and people will be going back to healthy-nature-based tourism. Indeed Sarawak should now wisely capitalize the turning away of other parts of tourism-liking from the traditional Indochinese. We could build tourism heaven away from the Chinese craziness and thus capturing our own niche market.

(18) Pusa and Tg Manis, if well connected to Nanga Badau and Tebedu, they could play the great Bulking Export Points and Processing for KalBar, KalTeng and KalSel produces. Both Pusa and Tg Manis could be turned into Food and Food-based Industrial Centers with raw material be drawn form Kalimantan and as well as from the locals. A Bulking facilities could be explored in Pusa, Betong. I can foresee, Pusa can be developed into the Oleo-Chemical Industrial Hub to cater for Sarawak Southern Region, KalBar and KalTeng palm oil production. Accordingly, through proper strategic international arrangement trade between Malaysia and Indonesia, I can foresee, similar treatment for the KalBar and KalTeng forest and bulk mining produces. Pusa and Tg Manis can be the Industrial Centers for KalBar, KalTeng and KalSel produces. With such bulks export facilities be placed out of Kuching, not only will ease heavy vehicles from entering Kuching but most important, expansion for the down stream effects of such business will be better facilitated. Cheaper land for various other related development would be easily available. For long term urban sustainable development and as well as to position ourselves better into the regional food and food-based industrial development, I strongly suggest both Pusa and Tg Manis plus all the potential new growth center be well developed along the concept of green tropical cities.

(19) I'm thinking that we should be brave enough to look a the Tebedu-Pusa-Lubok Antu-Tg Manis as new growth coridor. The land in this corridor should be fully developed into multi-mixed agro-industrial source of raw material. Accordingly, infrastructural development and enhancement in the area would turn the area into strong economic hinterland for Kuching CoB. The Illustration provide to the left is my initial visualization of infrastructural development network for the region plus all the potential new growth areas that will spur from such initiatives. All these is needed to build a strong economic hinterland economies for the sustainable growth of Kuching. Most important, all these new growth centers would regulate the effect of immigration to Kuching. Kuching then could be well developed into Healthy Borneo Cultural City Center for it will be relieved of all unnecessary urban over crowding pressures.

(20) Indeed both Tebedu and Lubok Antu could be a great gateway for KalBar and KalTeng population and bulk produces. Inland Port facilities could be developed in these two places. What needed is for Sarawak to aggressively facilitate for such to happen. In this sense, Sarawak (and GOM) must have the courage to look at the bigger economic and mutual international gains from such facilitation. Infrastructure especially better road and probably bulk train access could be workout for the purposes. Indeed, the Tebedu-Pusa-Lubok Antu-Tg Manis corridor is having high potential for the advance oil palm and oleo-chemical industrial development if couple with those of KalBar. Accordingly, I can see Pontianak-Putu Sibau is best for the Kapuas International Ghost Ride Fiesta, from Vampire City (Pontianak) to Ghost Town (Lubok Antu) if we could take such seriously and creatively. Indeed good road network between Tebedu and Lubok Antu to Kuching will definitely facilitate for all the KalBar, KalTeng and KalSel arts and creativity inflow into Kuching, and thus making Kuchin a much prosperous and harmonious City of Borneo Cultural Celebration.

(21) Kuala Lumpur and Kuching should work on a best Spatial and Investment Plan on such an idea. Thereon GOM and GOS should work to the best arrangement on how to use our present earning from O&G and thus to really building a much higher growth and prosperity beyond O&G. As we know, O&G resources of the Nation is not going to be forever there. But an honest and smart synergy of GOM and GOS to work on the best return over our O&G resources would be the best for the State and as well as the Nation. I have a strong belief, BSB would love to place their interest to build greater wealth from  their present potential "diminishing" wealth. Both GOM and GOS could takeon BSB to their long term wealth interest creation. We can also work with Singapore.

(22) Sarawak indeed can offer almost all the required development impetus needed by KalBar, KalTeng and KalSel through the good working spirit of Sosek Malindo and BIMP EAGA. Our much advance utilities development could be exported to Kalimantan states. Both GOM and GOS should be having a very strong working arrangement to really building Sarawak to her best along the notion of enriching the neighbor ie the Kalimantan. I have a very strong belief that Brunei, Singapore, ADB and IDB would be more happy to chip in. Let make Borneo as our best foundation in transforming the Nusantara Economic Caucus as we had envisioned sometimes ago. Regatta, Top Spinning, Kite Flying and even Silat are our forefathers left culture and arts that we should seriously read in between the lines as our great strengths to be together and be strong.

(23) As per Kuching per se, to turn Kuching into CoB, GOS need to relook at reshaping Kuching Urban Fabrics to such Kuching should move to a modern green city touch. Numerous urban renewal and or infill need to be done. To name a few, Simpang Tiga Complex, Baddarudin Complex, the RTM-Telkom Complex, Brooke Dockyard, and former BinaMara should be revamped and turn all those into the modern setting for both local and visitors places of interest. In order to facilitate such urban renewal process Kuching should then be having a proper Integrated Modern Administrative Center (IMAC) to place all these public institutions to their most cost-effective public services delivery positioning. The present state of public institutions in Simpang Tiga, Badaruddin, RTM etc I would say is a shame of the State and Nation as we are moving into a Developed Nation. Each of these Complexes, if properly planned and developed on thematic approach, definitely would make Kuching a healthy working, living and a must visit CoB. As key component of CoB, facilities such as the international accord High Learning and Skill Development facilities should be well conceived to carter for Human Resource Development within the Borneo and Indochina. Accordingly, the present Kuching Historical City Zones should be enhanced to provide not only a lovely visiting place, but most important is to turn all those into the true multi-cultural setting of Sarawak in particular and Borneo in general. By virtue of our diverse ethnicity similarity with the rest of Borneo, by so doing, Kuching definitely will be capturing the whole of Borneo Cultural components, and thus giving the perspective of Truly Borneo images. Most important, the present Kuching had been known for its advantage in marketing the Borneo Creative Crafts. This aspect of the Borneo's Creativity could be well capitalise not only as key attraction to Kuching as CoB, but most important as a means to foster stronger Borneo Cultural Bonding. Accordingly, for stronger international marketing advantages, our City Landscapes should keep to the need to uphold our diverse tropical setting. We need to secure the West, Middle East and Far East Market by offering the best Green Tropical City Setting of Kuching. Borneo is tropical, keeping Kuching Sustainable Tropical Setting will add spice to our Kuching CoB vision. The present Kuching International Rain Forest Musical and Tatoo Festival is something that we must expand and sustain.

(24) In the advancement of today 21st century industrial revolution particularly wrt the 4.0 Industrial Generation, Borneo in particular is having great disadvantages. Our key setback is wrt to our infrastructural development gaps. Despite so, Kuching in particular is well located within the high potential major international trading route. So much so, if we dare to take a much strategic positioning, Kuching indeed can evolve into the Borneo ICT Hub. Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Honolulu and even Sydney can be well connected to Kuching and the rest of Borneo if we could quickly harness the ICT framework to our advantages. For Sarawak to realize its Digital Economic Vision, to start with, we can first begin with the tourism related marketing, E-Education, E-Arts and Cultural Innovation, and as well as E-Medical. Thus, GOS need to move fast to integrate our present infrastucture development with the ICT Infostructure buildup.

(25) As the Kuching CoB build up going steady, we then should move as the Borneo Financial House of which ICT will then be well capitalized. For Kuching to be as such, we need to be smart and far sighted enough to work with Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo for the purposes. We need to work hard and smart with Kuala Lumpur to make Kuching as Borneo Financial Center. Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei and all the Kalimantan should join force to turn Borneo into the 2050 High Potential World Economic Power. I believe, Jakarta is ever ready to work with us so as to help them to ease Java from all the distress that they are now facing. Making Kuching CoB is helping Borneo to be the World Economic Power and thus easing Jakarta from the headache of Java's problems. Accordingly, definitely Sarawak as a whole will gain better footing. In Shaa Allah.

(26) Who would be the enabler for all these? If in the 1960s, there exist MNC to spear the economic development in the colonized states, such was 60 years ago. With today free flows of capital and expertise definitely with proper smart arrangement, all these could be packaged nicely to a win-win investments. Our key State GLCs plus many others in Kuala Lumpur, we can consolidate our experiences and strengths to be the movers and enablers together with all those private sectors that are now most eager to expand. What indeed immediately needed is for GOS to have a Comprehensive Public-Private Sector Economic Development and Investment Plan for everybody to work on.  Accordingly we must quickly established high competent and good governance system. Our present governing system must be revamped to the best cost-efficient. We need to have very proactive and high integrity Civil Service and Political System. And since Sarawak is quite an autonomous State within Malaysia, we should take such position into a much higher level, and thus working within the Federation Framework to move ourselves, the Nation and region into a more prosperous and harmonious footing.  In Shaa Allah.

Kuching, Sarawak
27 Sept., 2018

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lacquer capitalist economy and the Economic Miracle The global triumph of capitalism was the most beta diachronic issue of the nineteenth carbon. It was the triumph of a agreeable of family that believed in the fact that economicalal ruinment was found on competitive occult enterprise and the achievement of buying as much as doable from the market.It was considered that an economy resting on the solid foundations of the middle class, would non only raise a know directge domain of properly distributed wealth, but also it would educate people, develop reasoning and increase human opportunity. Summarizing, a world of continuous and speedy material and moral victimisation. The few obstacles that remained in the path of this tuition would quickly be solved or oercome. The history of this terminus is characterized by a massive breakthrough in the global economy of industrial capitalism.Certain regions of the world beyond capitalism were put under pressure by the capit alist countries who tried to gain insight in their economies by opening saucyfangled markets, these regions were forced to choose surrounded by a determined resistance towarfareds capitalism in accordance to their traditions and ways of life or a upstartisation do which would bring unlike cultural changes. Given this logic, lacquer was during the mid-nineteenth century under pressure from the foreign ca white plagues and the crisis of their system found on the Shoguns.This stake led to japan, to protract out a screw transformation process (economic, political and societal) known as the Meiji getting even, which marked the starting point of moderne Japanese society. The introduction of the United States in the Pacific fin all(prenominal)y brought Japan to the center of westward attempts to open their markets. Direct resistance was impossible, the weak attempts to target had already be shown. The simple diplomatic concessions were no more(prenominal) than a temporary expedient.Already in 1853-1854, Commodore Perry, from the United States Navy had forced them to open reliable(prenominal) ports through the regular method of naval threatening. In 1862 the British, bombed the city of Kagoshima with complete impunity in retaliation for the murder of an Englishman by the Japanese. The presence of western sandwich forces was, at this point, a legitimate fact of the everyday Japanese life. Finally in 1868 the Meiji indemnity was proclaimed, the Restoration based itself on the transfer of introduce power from the Shogun to the Emperor.This started a political, economic and social process that, by and by ten old age of turm anoint and provincial agrarian revolts led to the modernisation of the state and bailiwick unity. Due to these facts the Meiji Restoration is considered the starting point of modern Japanese society. To carry out the task of modernization economic resources were anxiously unavoidable in aver to master the nobles resistance, to suppress revolts and upheavals of provincial farmers, to quit cut back owners, to protect, to promote the industry and to installstate manufacturing manifoldes.It was also important to modernize and equalize the state, the military and the bureaucratic system. Due to the limited development of industrial capital, the sassy government was forced to seek financial resources within the degrade, based on property taxes. But, in order to adapt to the changing needs of the state, these charges became tax m geniusy. These financial arrangements, established by the government of the replication were the starting point of the land reforms.As for the early development of capitalism, the Japanese oddball marked clear-cut differences with respect to what Western Europe had already experienced. In the West the state centralized manufacturing were disappearing during the burgher mutation, while in Japan state factories developed across the sylvan, based on the vane market. Cloth fa ctories and their machinery were quickly upgraded through a process known as industrial renewing from above, which is based on the help of the state to upgrade the existing industry.The descend of state factories kept rising and make in the decade of the 1870-1880. After the 1880s, these companies protected by the government were accordingly exposed to public auction and were then bought by the capitalists monopoly, some of these industries grew as rich as Mitsui or Mitsubishi, who maintained close pass on with the state. The Japanese revolution, allowed the development of commercial activity and usurer capital of the old type, in order to avoid the abolishment of the feudal relations of land property, and to figure the freedom and autonomy of the in leechlike peasantry and microscopical craftsmen.Although the classic capitalistic revolution involved the change from commercial capital to industrial capital, the Japanese revolution followed an separate path. In Japan the indus trial revolution as intumesce as the transformation of commercial capital into industrial capital came or so under the monopoly of the rich capitalists, which showed the main difference from that of Western European capitalism. It is clear that this particular structure was determined by the agricultural and the feudal systems of land property, which ensured the survival and multiplication of feudal relations of production within the Japanese agri husbandry.Revolutionary activists recognized that in order to carry out their purpose of frugality the country, they required a process of systematic Westernization. By 1868 many had had contact with foreigners, some had flush traveled abroad, people then began to recognize that saving involved transformation. The control force that moved Japan towards this transformation was its seeking to become more Western. It looked like the West clearly had the secret of success and therefore Japan had to re-create it at all costs. Taking a s et of values nd institutions of a nonher society and implementing it into the Japanese society was a surprising, traumatic, and problematic attempt. However this attempt could not be do in a superficial and poorly controlled way, especially in a society which was profoundly antithetic from the West. Many began with a strong love for the West and anything that came from across them. For some people, the renovation seemed to imply the abandonment of all that was Japanese, as they considered that all the past was barbaric and out of date.The proposals reached even to the alteration of the Japanese race, considered genetically inferior, and was began to be improved through interbreeding with the Western superior race, these suggestions were based on Western theories of racism and social Darwinism, they really found support at the higher and wealthy Japanese classes. Certain styles of life, much(prenominal) as clothing or food, were less take than the technological or architectural styles and ideas from the West. Westernization here raised a study dilemma, unlike what had happened prior with the adoption of Chinese elements by the Japanese.Since all the Western was not as simple and as coherent, it was a whole complex of institutions and ideas which in many cases were opposite to the traditional Japanese culture. In practice, the Japanese chose the British model, which naturally served as guide towards the development of the railroad, the telegraph, textiles, and many another(prenominal) methods of logical argument. France inspired the legal reform and set the basis for the military reform. Universities based themselves on the German and American examples, as well as master(a) education, agricultural innovations and mailing systems.In 1875-1876 over five ampere-second foreign workers were employed, this number rose to three thousand by the 1890s. However choosing between the different political and ideological aspects was not that easy. Japan was politic ally against the crowing bourgeois systems of Britain and France. Liberalism was naturally opposed to the absolutist state, which was adopted in Japan after the Restoration. In turn, Westernization also was based on the adoptions of ideas, including Christianity which the Japanese people did not relate to.After some time, a strong systemic reaction against Westernization and the liberal model began to rise within the country. This reaction manifested itself in the constitution of 1889, broadly speaking because of a neotraditionalist reaction which virtually invented the Shintoistic, a new religion based on the worship of the emperor. At this time the combination of selective neotraditionalism and modernization kept rising and was creating and giving shape to the new system. However, there was latent hostility between those who believed that Westernization meant a complete revolution and those who believed that it was the key to economic progress.beyond these immanent contradict ions, Japan carried out an incredible process of modernization that made it a formidable modern power, setting them apart from the rest of the Asian countries. At this time it was hard to imagine that, after half a century, Japan would be a great power capable of defeating their European counterparts in an armed confrontation. After the Restoration, the Meiji government had the task of fulfilling two main goals. On the one hand, they had to decide on whether or not to strengthen the army, in other words, to develop a military that allowed Japan to face the West.This decisiveness marked the beginning of a disaster, as it is an important aspect to exempt the profligate of the conflicts that led to Japan to participate in the Second homo War. The heartbeat goal of the Meiji policy dealt with economic development. The decisions taken in this subject would undoubtedly be the most successful and enduring aspects of the Revolution. The war left over(p) Japan with major problems over ten million unemployed, many demobilized fountain combatants, widespread destruction of homes and industrial plants, rising inflation, etc. Material losings were estimated to be at over a quarter of the issue wealth.However, not all consequences were adverse. Unemployment meant that there was a lot of labor ready to use, the war had also raised the level of technology and production capacity of slow industry in the field of iron, poise, machinery and chemicals. In addition to making use of these advantages, Japan had the United States behind their back. At first, the American aid was aimed towards achieving national self-sufficiency, taking measures to stop inflation (the Dodge plan 1949), coupled with tangible injections of capital and advanced technology.Another important event that had a direct tint on the Japanese movement towards capitalism was the Korean War. This war led the U. S. to invest twenty-three billion dollars in military spending. The occupation forces order every closed arm factory in Japan to be put into service, in full production, representing a major incentive for the Japanese production. In turn, the United Statesboosted the Japanese trade, especially in Southeast Asia, where treaties were subscribe ordering Japan to provide different articles and services to countries that had previously been occupied.None of this would flip been possible without a regeneration of the Japanese industry itself. From 1946, Japan started to nominate a series of economic, financial and banking institutions in order to stimulate economic recovery. The Council of Economic Stimulation was created with the mission of coordinating production and economic growth, and the reconstructive memory Bank which had to channel capital to certain industries to achieve the stimulation. Following this, in 1948, the Economic Stabilization Board was formed, aiming to rise production levels, the following form the Ministry of International Trade and industry was est ablished.These institutions, along with the contribution from the United States, had pose the foundation on which the splendid building of Japanese economic development would later be later erected. Several factors contributed to this along with a ordered policy of official support. The worlds economy had entered a period of expansion, the Japanese industry enjoyed good relations between companies, facilitating the movement of employees to different industries and to higher productivity jobs, making it to be the key to further economic development.Other factors were the United States transfer of technology to Japan, social changes such as land reform and the development of trade unions, which contributed to the improvement of the distribution of income and an expansion of the house servant market. With these stimuli the Japanese industry quickly recovered and was then beginning to expand. In the 1960s, the Japanese economy was dominated by a comparatively small number of large-scal e manufacturing firms such as Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Fuji and Sumtono, every one of which had at least seventy different affiliates.Besides these groups there were several companies that offered relatively new products such as electronics and automobiles. Including many of what today are ecumenical firms such as Hitachi, Toyota, or Nissan. Because of the control from the Ministry of International Trade and industry (MITI), they all enjoyed certain protection against foreign competition, while at the alike time they were competing for a position in the domestic market, in order to avoid national monopolies.Another feature at this time was the development of products that needed advanced technology and heavy capital investment funds this included industries such as steel and petrochemicals, consumer goods, cameras, televisions, boats, motorcycles and of course, cars. Japan was then becoming one of the largest producers of boats, cameras, televisions and cars in the world. In 1970, jus t over 30% of exports went to the United States, about 15% to Western Europe and more than 15% to Southeast Asia, where the main buyers were Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore.As 1973 undefiled the oil crisis began, resulting in the worldwide economic changes that ended the Japanese var. of exceptionally rapid economic growth. As a country dependent on oil, Japan experienced a huge increase in their import bills and a general rise on their prices. Rising oil prices had their biggest impact on high users of energy such as the steel industry and petrochemical industries which were once the center of the Japanese economic miracle. On the other hand, the global recession caused a fall in foreign penury for products such as boats, machinery and tools.When these changes began to take place, politicians from the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry decided to reorient the industry moving away from the manufacturing of products that heavily relied on imported raw materials and focusing (especially through technological innovations) on the new technologies that reflected higher and newer principles. This category included the automotive industry, by 1980 Japan produced more cars than the United States, the computer industry also suffered a major development.Balance between trade imports and exports in Japan had a surplus for twenty years, which allowed meaning(a) capital outflows in the long run. After some years and because of this Japan became one of the major creditor countries in the world. By the late 1987, Japanese investment abroad had reached a profit of twenty-three billion dollars. United States was the country where most of the investments were made, six hundred Japanese factories were based on American soil, about a hundred of which were electronics, automobiles or any other kind of technological machinery.The Meiji Restoration marked the beginning of modern Japanese society, introducing a process of modernization in a weste rn manner. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the global triumph of capitalism, and the ideas and beliefs that seemed to legitimize it, were moving certain regions of the world (apart from the west) towards this new set of ideas. Resistance to outside pressure did neer occur, and modernization presented itself as the only means towards conservation and tradition.For a hundred years, the conflict on whether to live by an Asian fashion or by modern Western fashion was a constant bag of Japanese society. The first move towards modernization took place during the Meiji Revolution Westernization was the driving force for the transformation of Japan, since the West had the key to success and therefore, the rest had to imitate them. Almost every event that took place since 1945, seemed to strengthen the trend towards modern Parliamentary Democracy the government bureaucratic structure, trade unions, the education system, etc.Everything had its origin in European and American c ulture and was imitated later on by other countries. Same happened in all aspects of daily life buses and trains, offices and factories, television, newspaper, clothing, even food. On the other hand, I need to say that the code of morality is still largely Confucian. Nor should we ignore religion as a assort with tradition because, after the war, there has been a considerable rise of new religious movements, most of whom claim to have traditional backgrounds. These phenomena are not something modern, and certainly not Western.However, it may now make horse sense not to identify the Japanese as Asians. Much of the Japanese culture and tradition traces its origins to cultures outside of Japan, but these different habits had been so completely assimilated over time that had become in fact Japanese. It is in this sense wherefore Japan cannot completely be delimitate as having an Asian indistinguishability neither can it be framed within the set of traits defined by the West. Japan must be understood as a society with their own characteristics which constitute a nation economically and culturally unique.Bibliography Gerlach, Michael L.. Alliance capitalism the social organization of Japanese business. Berkeley University of California Press, 1992. Print. Marshall, Byron K.. capitalist economy and nationalism in prewar Japan the political theory of the business elite, 1868-1941. Stanford, Calif. Stanford University Press, 1967. Print. Sakakibara, Eisuke. Beyond capitalism the Japanese model of market economics. Lanham, MD University Press Of America, 1993. Print. Shinto (religion) Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Encyclopedia Britannica Online Encyclopedia.Web. 28 March. 2011. . Tavares, maria da Conceicao, Ernani Teixeira Filho, y Leonardo Burlamaqui. Japon un caso ejemplar de capitalismo organizado. capital of Chile de Chile CEPAL, Comision Economica rica Latina y el Caribe, 1993. Print. Meiji Restoration (Japanese history) Britannica Online Encyclopedia . Encyclopedia Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 1 Apr. 2011. . Meiji Restoration/Revolution in Japan. San Jose State University Powering Silicon Valley. Web. 2 Apr. 2011. . 2 . Meiji Restoration/Revolution in Japan. San Jose State University Powering Silicon Valley. Web. 2 Apr. 2011. . 3 . Tavares, Maria da Conceicao, Ernani Teixeira Filho, y Leonardo Burlamaqui. Japon un caso ejemplar de capitalismo organizado. capital of Chile de Chile CEPAL, Comision Economica rica Latina y el Caribe, 1993. Print. 4 . Gerlach, Michael L..Alliance capitalism the social organization of Japanese business. Berkeley University of California Press, 1992. Print. 5 . Marshall, Byron K.. Capitalism and nationalism in prewar Japan the ideology of the business elite, 1868-1941. Stanford, Calif. Stanford University Press, 1967. Print. 6 . Marshall, Byron K.. Capitalism and nationalism in prewar Japan the ideology of the business elite, 1868-1941. Stanford, Calif. Stanford University Press, 1 967. Print. 7 . Tavares, Maria da Conceicao, Ernani Teixeira Filho, y Leonardo Burlamaqui.Japon un caso ejemplar de capitalismo organizado. Santiago de Chile CEPAL, Comision Economica rica Latina y el Caribe, 1993. Print. 8 . Shinto (religion) Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Encyclopedia Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 28 March. 2011. . 9 . Sakakibara, Eisuke. Beyond capitalism the Japanese model of market economics. Lanham, MD University Press Of America, 1993. Print. 10 . Meiji Restoration (Japanese history) Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Encyclopedia Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 1 Apr. 2011.
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Running Heading NEIGHBORHOOD assimilation My Neighborhood Cultural ensure Carol Salinas Kaplan University HU300-09 Abstract I earn had a great opport social unity to look at some of my towns most incredible architecture, photographs, murals, and sculptures. Our family has lived here for over six geezerhood now and I halt had the plea sure to visiting our three topical anesthetic Native American Museums. I have always enjoyed going to them on occasion when I feel like just getting kayoed by myself and having some quite time.My experiences in this class have assailable my eyes to a new way of viewing the structures and art nigh me. I have chosen to discuss a building that I drive by on a daily basis, never unfeignedly putting much stock into how it came to be or its significance to our town. I will discuss in detail the structure and the design of the facade. I have also chosen a moment of art that has been in my family since the early 1970s. It is a sentimental mental pi cture that I am sure holds more heartfelt value than monetary worth. I see it all(prenominal) day as I walk in my kinsfolk.It is truly a work of art. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder and most decidedly in the eye of the visionary who created such(prenominal) beauty. My Neighborhood Cultural Experience Architecture During my field trip around my little town, I was dazed at all of the wonderful architecture that I had never taken notice of in the past. It was quite pleasing to see the amount of historical structures that ar here in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Our town was established back in 1901 and holds quite a bit of Native American Indian Influence.This is relevant by the structures around town. I have chosen to discuss a building that was constructed in 1906 and is referred to as the Whitley Miller Building in the Anadarko downtown historical district (United States, 1990) (Exhibit A). The buildings address as listed in the historical cash register is 125-129 W. Broadw ay, Anadarko, Oklahoma. This particular building is quite ornate in its structuring and was built in the Romanesque Revival style (Waymarking, 2011). It is divided up into three separate and different units or bays as they used to be called.The spaces between each unit are pilaster with round arch lintels of buff colour and red colored brick and a sway sill. It is a two-story building that has a stairwell up to the flake floor. The stairwell is decorated with spandrels and pilasters. Two of the units display the names of their original occupants back in the day. The names read Max Goldman & Co. and Whitley Miller, which are inset in stone panels. The second floor has four double hung windows above each unit. These windows are accented by a fanlight transom.There is a wall-like hindrance at the edge of the stone coping and a corbelled brick cornice on the roofline along with recessed panels. Each unit has its own reputation and charm. They are accented with individual awnings, one is red cloth, another is metal, and thus made of wood. Although the architects are unknown to me they take careed to have approached the design of this building as a painter or a sculptor would (Janaro & Altshuler, 2009). It is just horrific that something so old can still be in such magnificent condition. My Neighborhood Cultural Experience trickThe art piece that I have chosen to discuss today is a icon that was painted in manila paper, Philippines in 1962. The signature on this particular painting is not very clear and I cannot distinguish the artists name. I have included a picture of the painting (Exhibit B) as well as a close up of the signature (Exhibit C) in case you agnize it. This painting was a gift from my grandparents. They had gravel friends with many of the locals and befriended the artist. My grandfather saw the painting one day and asked if he could purchase it for his stepson. The artist gracefully agreed.My grandfather and grandmother retired from th e Air Force in 1972 and returned to the states bringing the painting home to my parents. After the passing of my parents, I have inherited the painting. It has become quite a conversation piece in our living room. The fair for this piece is oil on canvas. This is a representational painting of the Manila Bay at dusk. The use of chiaroscuro throughout this painting adds a sultry, more or less lonely feeling to it (Janaro & Altshuler, 2009). You can see a shanty or shack sitting by the water and the boats are in from the geezerhood catch. There appears to be no one in sight.Everyone has gone home from a long and grueling day at sea. The water is quiet and beautifully lit by the falling sun. The sky is an intense yellowish and orange as the rays of the sun are hidden by the clouds. The emplacement of this artist as it relates to his painting is amazing. When I look into the painting, I seem to be pulled into the landscape, as if I am sitting on a hill looking across at the beauti ful sunset. A mind of calm comes over me. I can put myself right there just as a fisherman or his wife efficiency be sitting outside after a good home cooked meal and relaxing after a tiering day on the water.References R. P. Janaro & T. C. Altshuler (2009). The Art of Being Human TheHumanities as a Technique for Living, one-ninth Edition. (pp. 105-130). New York Longman. United States Department of the Interior National Register of diachronic places (1990). Retrieved December 17, 2011 from, http//pdfhost. focus. nps. gov/docs/NRHP/Text/82005385. pdf Waymarking. com (2011). Retrieved December 17, 2011, from http//www. waymarking. com/waymarks/WMCY7W_1906_Whitley_Miller_Building_Anadarko_OK
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There were lots of insights, points of view and arguments to whether martial(a) law had oppose or positive effects to politics, economy, society and culture of the Philippines. Some whitethorn say that martial law was the darkest episodes in the countrys very recent past and some may applauded Marcos for imposing such(prenominal) system of rules that results to a more disciplined Filipinos . But most of them who experienced martial law, considered it as adept of the horrible memory of the past. Impressive at first, solely on the latter take up caused pain in federal agency that a leader betrayed his fellowmen.Politically speaking, Marcos dictatorship and crony capitalism had a cracking impact and it contributed to a less competitive and an incompetent government. Marcos appointed his friends, families and to slew that he has an utang na loob even though these are not sufficient and cannot fulfill their duties well. This closed the door for those who are frequently competen t and the one that the Filipino the great unwashed needed, for 20 yrs Marcos and his cronies owned Filipino people which gave a hard time attaining stability. Although he has nice visions for the future, programs for economic development, concerning farthestmers, the touring car sector, and even improvement in infrastructures were not properly planned that resulted to the Philippines to obtain debt-driven-growth.Masagana 99s outcome was rice production dramatically change magnitude from 4.4 million tons to 5.5 million tons in the first year of the program and by 1978 the Philippines became self-sufficient in rice. In fact, it even began export rice. Marcos created the Department of Tourism to intensify the tourism effort in the country. This industry did not only generate employment but earned irrelevant exchange for the country from phaeton receipts. World-class hotels, convention and cultural centers and tourist amenities were constructed. Public beaches, resorts, gardens and parks, golf courses were developed. Historical and cultural sites were, likewise, preserved. With all these plus, the world-renowned Filipino hospitality, tourism became the fourth largest dollar-earning industry in the country.In fact, in 1980 tourist arrivals reached more than one million which generated an approximately $450 Million of tourist receipts. Marcos conventional science education system, accelerated manpower skills training to respond to regional industrial needs a regional agricultural education programs wildness on work-oriented programs a policy of bilingualism the National College Entrance Examination which classifies students by profession or vocation and a Study no, Pay afterwards plan which is intended to help poor but deserving students and n 1985, President Marcos implemented the National Service Law (Presidential Decree No. 1706, dated 8 August 1980).It provided for the training of students not only for armament service but also for civic welfare and law enforcement at a lower place the direction of the Ministry of National Defense. But because of his close relationship to the U.S. he tends to take over a lot of money that amounted to $28 billion during his term which is far from a less than billion dollar before his term. Despite having such achievement during his term, lasting effects became superior among them all, on the latter part Philippine suffered from a large amount of debt that until now government is facilitate paying for this.I believe theres a much lasting effects when we talk about culture, people suffered, they were spin and forced to shut up. Thats why when we attain democracy were like hungry for freedom, starving for a more comfortable way of living. warlike law was not just about suffering, let us accept the fact that Marcos also done such good things in improving Philippines, but the wrong thing there is that the way he governed and implemented Martial Law. Theres no such stark(a) government or leader, what is important today is that we dont waste matter the lessons that we learned from our past so that the tendency to repeat it will be avoided. And with this, we can appreciate the kind of freedom we have right now, Martial Law may be painful but the thing is WE versed TO APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND THAT FREEDOM IS NOT ABSOLUTE.REFERENCEShttp//joseangelito-angeles.tripod.com/marcos.htmhttp//politikalon.blogspot.com/2011/05/martial-law-in-philippines-legacy-and.htmlhttp//www.wsws.org/articles/2009/dec2009/pers-d14.shtmlhttp//ph.news.yahoo.com/chilling-effects-martial-law-still-felt-now-010230357.html
          Comment on Living With Kids: Amber Folkman by julie      Cache   Translate Page      
I can so relate to Amber. We are an expat family (French and British nationals) living in Kazakhstan who can't think of living anywhere else than overseas. Although our now 6 year old daughter was born in Uganda, all she has known is Kazakhstan, claims she is from Kazakhstan and is trilingual (more fluent in Russian than her mother tongue French). The idea of taking her away from here breaks my heart. Being a TKC has many challenges, but so it is for adults. I identify myself as a Third Culture Adult and would struggle to settle back ''home'' after spending half my life overseas. I can also relate to you Amber about loving the local craft. I always bring back a suitcase full of fabric and baskets from my trips in Asia, the latest being India. Philippines is next on my list of places to visit. Thank you!
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Not only is Amber a master at decor,spreading kind words, and loving her filippino life with her family she is a wonderful organizer and hostess. 5 of us family members came to visit her last month and had the time of our lives. We arrived with an agenda for the next 10 days that we were there. We had massages right away and Pedi’s and then off to amazing adventures in the jungle outside of Manila , climbing rope courses , sleeping over night in a teee house over looking a volcano in the muddle of a lake.etc . I could go on and on but I want to tell my daughter how proud I am of her and I am glad to share her and her family with the Philippines ! I love you sweet girl!! And love the country that has embraced you so well. We do miss you, though!!!
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MANILA: The Philippines on Wednesday cut its 2019 GDP growth target to 6-7%, from 7-8%, citing a delay in final legislative approval of the budget, and the economic planning chief said growth might fall to below 5%.
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Lionsgate’s local-language film consortium GlobalGate Entertainment has added the Philippines’ Viva Communications to its worldwide consortium of 13 production and distribution partners. Other Globalgate partners include Televisa, Gaumont, Nordisk, Tobis, Rai, Kadokawa, Lotte, TME, Paris Filmes, CineColombia/Dynamo and Belga. Lionsgate launched GlobalGate three years ago to produce and distribute local-language films in markets around the […]

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Nakagay, nadugmok 
ang baso. Gadan-ag sa bato, 
ang gilak sa takdol gadayag
kon unsa’y dili na
mahulma pag-usab. Dili na 
madakpan ang pagtuang
bisan nanaghan ang lanog
duyog sa kamingaw. Ug
inanay nakigtigi sa buwan
ang akong dughan.


--  JEFF DEL ROSARIO
Danao City, Cebu, Philippines

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Ayaw'g tunla ang kasakit
kon uga ang imong tutonlan;
hunari usa og bali usa ka lad-ok
nga laway padakin-as paingon
sa imong dughan--

kay kon dili mo mabuhat
ang gisugyot sa albularyong buta
dili mo usab makita ang kamatuoran:

gikinahanglan sa mga kasili
ang tubod nianang kawayanan 
aron makigbayle sa mga hait 
nga bato sa kasapaan.

Ug kon imo gihapong tunlon
ang tumang kahapdos (kay matod mo 
ikaw ulipon sa kaugalingong kusog),

nan, iampo sa mga diyosa 
sa balete nga dili ka na mabukog 
ning higayona kay mismo ang misay 
nangyam-id na ug nangandam
nga mokawras sa imong tutonlan.


-- JOVANIE B. GARAY 
San Isidro, Davao Oriental, Philippines

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Mossimo Giannulli, founder of mid-range American clothing company Mossimo, is amongst those charged in a recent scandal involving fraudulent acceptances into Ivy League universities. Over 40 parents to college-bound students have been charged of the alleged scheme.

Giannulli, his wife actress Lori Loughlin and "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman are the most well-known accused. Along with parents, thirteen athletic coaches and some test administrators have also been implicated.

The FBI believes that those involved with the scandal had been paying others to take college entrance exams in place of their children or falsely stating that the children were student athletes. Between 2011 and 2019, William Rick Singer, CEO of California-based college counseling company "The Key," took at least 25 million dollars from parents to help their children cheat the system to get into top-name schools, according to court documents.

While students have not been charged, Giannulli, Loughlin and Huffman have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Giannulli founded Mossimo in California in 1986. The company grew into a multi-million dollar apparel and accessories company. The brand has been in a multi-product licensing agreement with Target since 2000, and was acquired by Iconix Brand Group in 2006. Mossimo offers over 15 product categories for menswear, womenswear and childrenswear.

Mossimo is currently sold in 1,700 stores in the United States, and holds international licenses in Australia, South America, Mexico, Japan, Philippines and India.


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          Samsung Galaxy A50 Philippines Price is PHP 17,990, Specs, Actual Photos      Cache   Translate Page      
I've just arrived home from the exclusive media launch of the all-new Samsung Galaxy A50 in the Philippines, which was held this evening - March 13, 2019 - at Green Sun Axon in Makati City. 

Gorgeous and feature-packed, this fresh release represents the Korean Giant's bold attempt at reclaiming the midrange smartphone category, which has been taken over by Chinese brands like OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei over the past three years.

Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy A50 Philippines

Having played with the smartphone, I'd say that it obviously has several qualities that are reminiscent of what we have already seen on recent devices by Samsung's above-mentioned rivals. Nonetheless, the A50 definitely has unique charms and identifying characteristics.

Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy A50 Philippines

For instance, while the massive 6.4-inch FullHD+ SuperAMOLED screen of the Galaxy A50 has a small notch that makes it look like the Vivo V11 or OPPO F9 at face value, I have to note that this U-shaped notch design looks different from the Waterdrop or Halo notch renditions of those two companies.

Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy A50 Philippines

Additionally, although the high-gloss back panel of the Galaxy A50 as well as the placement of its rear cameras reminded me of some Vivo and Huawei handsets from a few months back, the way that the lenses are framed is exactly like that of Samsung Galaxy A7 2018, which is a reminder that technically this design is still unique to Korean Giant.


According to Samsung, one of the highlights of this model is its In-Display Fingerprint Scanner, which remains to be premium feature on mid-level smartphones these days.

Although it's not quite as snappy as that of Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+, this sensor makes it more convenient to unlock the device when it is placed on top of a table. No need to flip it to access a rear-mounted finger scanner.

Samsung Galaxy A50 Blue

Another key selling point is the A50's Triple Rear Camera module that's made up of a 25 MegaPixel primary shooter with standard field of view and f/1.7 aperture for enhanced low light performance, a secondary 8 MegaPixel cam with Ultra-Wide lens which makes it ideal for capturing group photos and landscape shots, and a tertiary 5 MegaPixel Depth Sensor that enables Live Focus mode for adding luscious Bokeh Effect to portrait or food shots.


Despite measuring only 7.7-millimeters at its thickest point, Samsung Galaxy A50 is actually powered by a large 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery pack that ensures all-day uptime with regular use.

If you hate always charging your aging smartphone to an electrical outlet at work come lunchtime or carrying a heavy powerbank in your bag just to make sure that your handset would have enough juice to last until evening, then perhaps you should consider upgrading to this release.

Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy A50 Philippines

Under the hood, Galaxy A50 runs its One UI skinned Android 9.0 Pie operating system with a powerful yet energy efficient 10nm Exynos 9610 Octa chipset incorporating a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU that allows the device to run resource intensive games and apps smoothly. If you love playing Mobile Legends Bang Bang like I do, this smartphone runs that title with no hiccups whatsoever. I've tried it.

This more than capable processor is complemented by 6GB of RAM for smooth multitasking and a sizable 128GB of internal storage for all of your photos, videos, movies, and other large files. Additionally, what's great is that this phone has a dedicated microSD card slot for beefing up storage -- so you won't have to sacrifice Dual SIM capability just to get more space.


One thing that sets the Galaxy A50 apart from many of its competitors in the midrange echelon is that it already has a USB Type C port, which enables faster charging and data transfer. I think this should become a standard on mid-level Android smartphones moving forward.

But here's the best part: Samsung Galaxy A50 dons an official suggested retail price of only PHP 17,990, making it a very attractive offer for entry-level mobile phone users who are now planning to upgrade to a more feature-rich midrange model without breaking the bank or spending too much money on a new device.

Samsung Galaxy A50 Blue

Samsung Galaxy A50 along with the more affordable and slightly less powerful Samsung Galaxy A30 will hit store shelves nationwide starting on March 30, 2019. Let me get back to you on all the freebies that you can get when you pre-order your unit. I heard it's a lot!

Samsung Galaxy A50 vs A30 Specs

Samsung Galaxy A50 Specs
158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
6.4 inches, FullHD+, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 403 ppi
84.9% Screen-to-Body Ratio
SuperAMOLED
U-Shaped Notch
Triple Rear Camera Module:
25 MegaPixels, f/1.7 Aperture, Phase Detection AutoFocus PDAF
8 MegaPixels, f/2.2, Ultrawide Lens
5 MegaPixels, f/2.2, Depth Sensor
Front-Facing Camera:
25 MegaPixels, f/2.0
Video Recorder:
Back - 4K 2160p at 30fps, 1080 at 30fps
Front - 1080 at 30fps
One UI
Android 9.0 Pie
Octa-Core (4 x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A73 + 4 x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53)
10nm Exynos 9610 Octa
Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
6GB RAM
128GB ROM
Dedicated microSD Card Slot (up to 512GB)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE-A
In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
Facial Recognition
USB Type C
USB On-The-Go
Dual nanoSIM Dual Standby
15W Fast Charging
Non-Removable 4,000 mAh Li-Po Battery
High-Gloss Finish
White, Blue, Black

Samsung Galaxy A50 Price
Official Suggested Retail Price in the Philippines - PHP 17,990
Official Release Date in the Philippines - March 30, 2019

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ROUNDTABLE

Divine Trace: Picturing Female Stigmatics from Madrid to Manila
Led by Cristina González, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History

 

Wednesday, May 1
5 P.M. | OSU Museum of Art

 

This discussion will examine the (re)presentation of female stigmatics in Iberia, Spanish America, and the Philippines, and the theological and pictorial claims prompted by such works.


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Request For Quotation For Supply And Delivery Of 2 Units Payao W/ Complete Accessories
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REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES

1. The Local Government Unit Maconacon, Isabela, through the 2018 GENERAL FUND of the Municipal Agriculturist Office amounting one hundred Thousand pesos only(100,000 .00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES N received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected a bid opening.

2. The LGU Maconacon, Isabela now REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES. 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 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.

4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from LGU Maconacon, Isabela BAC and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M..

A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from March 11-15, 2019 8:000 AM to 5:00 PM from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Five hundred Pesos (P500.00) only.

5. The LGU Maconacon, Isabela will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on March 13, 2019 9am at the LGU Municipal Hall Building, LGU Compound which shall be open to all interested parties.

6. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before March 15, 2019 8:30am 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.

7. Bid opening shall be on March 15, 2019 9 am at LGU Municipal Hall, LGU Compound. 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. The LGU Maconacon, Isabela 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.

9. For further information, please refer to:


RICARDO M. MORA JR.
HEAD-BAC SECRETARIAT
09185736556
Email ad: ricardo_morajr@yahoo.com


DIANA D. IGNACIO
Chairperson
Bids and Awards Committee









A. General
1. Scope of Bid
1.1. The procuring entity named in the BDS (hereinafter referred to as the Procuring Entity) wishes to receive bids for the REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES

as described in Section VII. Technical Specifications (hereinafter referred to as the Goods).
1.2. The name, identification, and number of lots specific to this bidding are provided in the BDS. The contracting strategy and basis of evaluation of lots is described in ITB Clause 28.
2. Source of Funds
The Procuring Entity has a budget or has applied for or received funds from the Funding Source named in the BDS, and in the amount indicated in the BDS. It intends to apply part of the funds received for the Project, as defined in the BDS, to cover eligible payments under the contract.
3. Corrupt, Fraudulent, Collusive, and Coercive Practices
3.1. The Procuring Entity as well as the bidders and suppliers shall observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement and execution of the contract. In pursuance of this policy, the Procuring Entity:
(a) defines, for purposes of this provision, the terms set forth below as follows:
(i) corrupt practice means behavior on the part of officials in the public or private sectors by which they improperly and unlawfully enrich themselves, others, or induce others to do so, by misusing the position in which they are placed, and includes the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of anything of value to influence the action of any such official in the procurement process or in contract execution; entering, on behalf of the government, into any contract or transaction manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the same, whether or not the public officer profited or will profit thereby, and similar acts as provided in RA 3019.
(ii) fraudulent practice means a misrepresentation of facts in order to influence a procurement process or the execution of a contract to the detriment of the Procuring Entity, and includes collusive practices among Bidders (prior to or after bid submission) designed to establish bid prices at artificial, non-competitive levels and to deprive the Procuring Entity of the benefits of free and open competition.
(iii) collusive practices means a scheme or arrangement between two or more Bidders, with or without the knowledge of the Procuring Entity, designed to establish bid prices at artificial, non-competitive levels.
(iv) coercive practices means harming or threatening to harm, directly or indirectly, persons, or their property to influence their participation in a procurement process, or affect the execution of a contract;
(v) obstructive practice is
(aa) deliberately destroying, falsifying, altering or concealing of evidence material to an administrative proceedings or investigation or making false statements to investigators in order to materially impede an administrative proceedings or investigation of the Procuring Entity or any foreign government/foreign or international financing institution into allegations of a corrupt, fraudulent, coercive or collusive practice; and/or threatening, harassing or intimidating any party to prevent it from disclosing its knowledge of matters relevant to the administrative proceedings or investigation or from pursuing such proceedings or investigation; or

(bb) acts intended to materially impede the exercise of the inspection and audit rights of the Procuring Entity or any foreign government/foreign or international financing institution herein.
(b) will reject a proposal for award if it determines that the Bidder recommended for award has engaged in any of the practices mentioned in this Clause for purposes of competing for the contract.
3.2. Further, the Procuring Entity will seek to impose the maximum civil, administrative, and/or criminal penalties available under applicable laws on individuals and organizations deemed to be involved in any of the practices mentioned in ITB Clause (a).
3.3. Furthermore, the Funding Source and the Procuring Entity reserve the right to inspect and audit records and accounts of a bidder or supplier in the bidding for and performance of a contract themselves or through independent auditors as reflected in the GCC Clause 2.1.
4. Conflict of Interest
4.1. All Bidders found to have conflicting interests shall be disqualified to participate in the procurement at hand, without prejudice to the imposition of appropriate administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions. A Bidder may be considered to have conflicting interests with another Bidder in any of the events described in paragraphs (a) through (c) below and a general conflict of interest in any of the circumstances set out in paragraphs (d) through (f) below:
(a) A Bidder has controlling shareholders in common with another Bidder;
(b) A Bidder receives or has received any direct or indirect subsidy from any other Bidder;
(c) A Bidder has the same legal representative as that of another Bidder for purposes of this bid;
(d) A Bidder has a relationship, directly or through third parties, that puts them in a position to have access to information about or influence on the bid of another Bidder or influence the decisions of the Procuring Entity regarding this bidding process. This will include a firm or an organization who lends, or temporarily seconds, its personnel to firms or organizations which are engaged in consulting services for the preparation related to procurement for or implementation of the project if the personnel would be involved in any capacity on the same project;
(e) A Bidder submits more than one bid in this bidding process. However, this does not limit the participation of subcontractors in more than one bid; or
(f) A Bidder who participated as a consultant in the preparation of the design or technical specifications of the Goods and related services that are the subject of the bid.
4.2. In accordance with Section 47 of the IRR of RA 9184, all Bidding Documents shall be accompanied by a sworn affidavit of the Bidder that it is not related to the Head of the Procuring Entity, members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), members of the Technical Working Group (TWG), members of the BAC Secretariat, the head of the Project Management Office (PMO) or the end-user unit, and the project consultants, by consanguinity or affinity up to the third civil degree. On the part of the Bidder, this Clause shall apply to the following persons:
(a) If the Bidder is an individual or a sole proprietorship, to the Bidder himself;
(b) If the Bidder is a partnership, to all its officers and members;
(c) If the Bidder is a corporation, to all its officers, directors, and controlling stockholders; and
(d) If the Bidder is a joint venture (JV), the provisions of items (a), (b), or (c) of this Clause shall correspondingly apply to each of the members of the said JV, as may be appropriate.
Relationship of the nature described above or failure to comply with this Clause will result in the automatic disqualification of a Bidder.
5. Eligible Bidders
5.1. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, the following persons shall be eligible to participate in this bidding:
(a) Duly licensed Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships;
(b) Partnerships duly organized under the laws of the Philippines and of which at least sixty percent (60%) of the interest belongs to citizens of the Philippines;
(c) Corporations duly organized under the laws of the Philippines, and of which at least sixty percent (60%) of the outstanding capital stock belongs to citizens of the Philippines;
(d) Cooperatives duly organized under the laws of the Philippines, and of which at least sixty percent (60%) of the interest belongs to citizens of the Philippines; and
(e) Persons/entities forming themselves into a JV, i.e., a group of two (2) or more persons/entities that intend to be jointly and severally responsible or liable for a particular contract: Provided, however, that Filipino ownership or interest of the joint venture concerned shall be at least sixty percent (60%).
5.2. Foreign bidders may be eligible to participate when any of the following circumstances exist, as specified in the BDS:
(a) When a Treaty or International or Executive Agreement as provided in Section 4 of the RA 9184 and its IRR allow foreign bidders to participate;
(b) Citizens, corporations, or associations of a country, included in the list issued by the GPPB, the laws or regulations of which grant reciprocal rights or privileges to citizens, corporations, or associations of the Philippines;
(c) When the Goods sought to be procured are not available from local suppliers; or
(d) When there is a need to prevent situations that defeat competition or restrain trade.
5.3. Government corporate entities may be eligible to participate only if they can establish that they (a) are legally and financially autonomous, (b) operate under commercial law, and (c) are not dependent agencies of the GOP or the Procuring Entity.
5.4. Unless otherwise provided in the BDS, the Bidder must have completed at least one contract similar to the Project the value of which, adjusted to current prices using the National Statistics Office consumer price index, must be at least equivalent to a percentage of the ABC stated in the BDS.
For this purpose, contracts similar to the Project shall be those described in the BDS, and completed within the relevant period stated in the Invitation to Bid and ITB Clause 12.1(a)(iii).
5.5. Unless otherwise provided in the BDS, the Bidder must submit a computation of its Net Financial Contracting Capacity (NFCC) or a commitment from a Universal or Commercial Bank to extend a credit line in its favor if awarded the contract for this Project (CLC).
The NFCC, computed using the following formula, must be at least equal to the ABC to be bid:
NFCC = [(Current assets minus current liabilities) (K)] minus the value of all outstanding or uncompleted portions of the projects under ongoing contracts, including awarded contracts yet to be started coinciding with the contract for this Project.

Where:

K = 10 for a contract duration of one year or less, 15 for a contract duration of more than one year up to two years, and 20 for a contract duration of more than two years.

The CLC must be at least equal to ten percent (10%) of the ABC for this Project. If issued by a foreign bank, it shall be confirmed or authenticated by a Universal or Commercial Bank. In the case of local government units (LGUs), the Bidder may also submit CLC from other banks certified by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as authorized to issue such financial instrument.
6. Bidders Responsibilities
6.1. The Bidder or its duly authorized representative shall submit a sworn statement in the form prescribed in Section VIII. Bidding Forms as required in ITB Clause 12.1(b)(i).
6.2. The Bidder is responsible for the following:
(a) Having taken steps to carefully examine all of the Bidding Documents;
(b) Having acknowledged all conditions, local or otherwise, affecting the implementation of the contract;
(c) Having made an estimate of the facilities available and needed for the contract to be bid, if any; and
(d) Having complied with its responsibility to inquire or secure Supplemental/Bid Bulletin(s) as provided under ITB Clause 10.3.
(e) Ensuring that it is not blacklisted or barred from bidding by the GOP or any of its agencies, offices, corporations, or LGUs, including foreign government/foreign or international financing institution whose blacklisting rules have been recognized by the GPPB;

(f) Ensuring that each of the documents submitted in satisfaction of the bidding requirements is an authentic copy of the original, complete, and all statements and information provided therein are true and correct;

(g) Authorizing the Head of the Procuring Entity or its duly authorized representative/s to verify all the documents submitted;

(h) Ensuring that the signatory is the duly authorized representative of the Bidder, and granted full power and authority to do, execute and perform any and all acts necessary and/or to represent the Bidder in the bidding, with the duly notarized Secretarys Certificate attesting to such fact, if the Bidder is a corporation, partnership, cooperative, or joint venture;

(i) Complying with the disclosure provision under Section 47 of RA 9184 in relation to other provisions of RA 3019; and

(j) Complying with existing labor laws and standards, in the case of procurement of services.

Failure to observe any of the above responsibilities shall be at the risk of the Bidder concerned.

6.3. The Bidder is expected to examine all instructions, forms, terms, and specifications in the Bidding Documents. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, failure to furnish all information or documentation required in the Bidding Documents shall result in the rejection of the bid and the disqualification of the Bidder.
6.4. It shall be the sole responsibility of the Bidder to determine and to satisfy itself by such means as it considers necessary or desirable as to all matters pertaining to the contract to be bid, including: (a) the location and the nature of this Project; (b) climatic conditions; (c) transportation facilities; and (d) other factors that may affect the cost, duration, and execution or implementation of this Project.
6.5. The Procuring Entity shall not assume any responsibility regarding erroneous interpretations or conclusions by the prospective or eligible bidder out of the data furnished by the procuring entity.
6.6. The Bidder shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of his bid, and the Procuring Entity will in no case be responsible or liable for those costs, regardless of the conduct or outcome of the bidding process.
6.7. Before submitting their bids, the Bidder is deemed to have become familiar with all existing laws, decrees, ordinances, acts and regulations of the Philippines which may affect this Project in any way.
6.8. The Bidder should note that the Procuring Entity will accept bids only from those that have paid the nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents at the office indicated in the Invitation to Bid.
7. Origin of Goods
Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, there is no restriction on the origin of goods other than those prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, subject to ITB Clause 27.1.
8. Subcontracts
8.1. Unless otherwise specified in the BDS, the Bidder may subcontract portions of the Goods to an extent as may be approved by the Procuring Entity and stated in the BDS. However, subcontracting of any portion shall not relieve the Bidder from any liability or obligation that may arise from the contract for this Project.
8.2. Subcontractors must comply with the eligibility criteria and the documentary requirements specified in the BDS. In the event that any subcontractor is found by the Procuring Entity to be ineligible, the subcontracting of such portion of the Goods shall be disallowed.
8.3. The Bidder may identify the subcontractor to whom a portion of the Goods will be subcontracted at any stage of the bidding process or during contract implementation. If the Bidder opts to disclose the name of the subcontractor during bid submission, the Bidder shall include the required documents as part of the technical component of its bid.
B. Contents of Bidding Documents
9. Pre-Bid Conference
9.1. (a) If so specified in the BDS, a pre-bid conference shall be held at the venue and on the date indicated therein, to clarify and address the Bidders questions on the technical and financial components of this Project.
(b) The pre-bid conference shall be held at least twelve (12) calendar days before the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids. If the Procuring Entity determines that, by reason of the method, nature, or complexity of the contract to be bid, or when international participation will be more advantageous to the GOP, a longer period for the preparation of bids is necessary, the pre-bid conference shall be held at least thirty (30) calendar days before the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids, as specified in the BDS.
9.2. Bidders are encouraged to attend the pre-bid conference to ensure that they fully understand the Procuring Entitys requirements. Non-attendance of the Bidder will in no way prejudice its bid; however, the Bidder is expected to know the changes and/or amendments to the Bidding Documents discussed during the pre-bid conference.
9.3. Any statement made at the pre-bid conference shall not modify the terms of the Bidding Documents unless such statement is specifically identified in writing as an amendment thereto and issued as a Supplemental/Bid Bulletin.
10. Clarification and Amendment of Bidding Documents
10.1. Bidders who have purchased the Bidding Documents may request for clarifications on any part of the Bidding Documents for an interpretation. Such a request must be in writing and submitted to the Procuring Entity at the address indicated in the BDS at least ten (10) calendar days before the deadline set for the submission and receipt of bids.
10.2. Supplemental/Bid Bulletins may be issued upon the Procuring Entitys initiative for purposes of clarifying or modifying any provision of the Bidding Documents not later than seven (7) calendar days before the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids. Any modification to the Bidding Documents shall be identified as an amendment.
10.3. Any Supplemental/Bid Bulletin issued by the BAC shall also be posted on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity concerned, if available. It shall be the responsibility of all Bidders who secure the Bidding Documents to inquire and secure Supplemental/Bid Bulletins that may be issued by the BAC. However, Bidders who have submitted bids before the issuance of the Supplemental/Bid Bulletin must be informed and allowed to modify or withdraw their bids in accordance with ITB Clause 23.
C. Preparation of Bids
11. Language of Bid
The bid, as well as all correspondence and documents relating to the bid exchanged by the Bidder and the Procuring Entity, shall be written in English. Supporting documents and printed literature furnished by the Bidder may be in another language provided they are accompanied by an accurate translation in English certified by the appropriate embassy or consulate in the Philippines, in which case the English translation shall govern for purposes of interpretation of the bid.
12. Documents Comprising the Bid: Eligibility and Technical Components
12.1. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, the first envelope shall contain the following eligibility and technical documents:
(a) Eligibility Documents
Class A Documents:
(i) Registration certificate from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for sole proprietorship, or Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) for cooperatives, or any proof of such registration as stated in the BDS;
(ii) Mayors permit issued by the city or municipality where the principal place of business of the prospective bidder is located;
(iii) Statement of all its ongoing and completed government and private contracts within the period stated in the BDS, including contracts awarded but not yet started, if any. The statement shall include, for each contract, the following:
(iii.1) name of the contract;
(iii.2) date of the contract;
(iii.3) kinds of Goods;
(iii.4) amount of contract and value of outstanding contracts;
(iii.5) date of delivery; and
(iii.6) end users acceptance or official receipt(s) issued for the contract, if completed.
(iv) Audited financial statements, stamped received by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) or its duly accredited and authorized institutions, for the preceding calendar year, which should not be earlier than two (2) years from bid submission;
(v) NFCC computation or CLC in accordance with ITB Clause 5.5; and
Class B Document:
(vi) If applicable, the JVA in case the joint venture is already in existence, or duly notarized statements from all the potential joint venture partners stating that they will enter into and abide by the provisions of the JVA in the instance that the bid is successful.
(b) Technical Documents
(i) Bid security in accordance with ITB Clause 18. If the Bidder opts to submit the bid security in the form of:
(i.1) a bank draft/guarantee or an irrevocable letter of credit issued by a foreign bank, it shall be accompanied by a confirmation from a Universal or Commercial Bank; or
(i.2) a surety bond, it shall be accompanied by a certification by the Insurance Commission that the surety or insurance company is authorized to issue such instruments;
(ii) Conformity with technical specifications, as enumerated and specified in Sections VI and VII of the Bidding Documents; and
(iii) Sworn statement in accordance with Section 25.2(a)(iv) of the IRR of RA 9184 and using the form prescribed in Section VIII. Bidding Forms.
13. Documents Comprising the Bid: Financial Component
13.1. Unless otherwise stated in the BDS, the financial component of the bid shall contain the following:
(a) Financial Bid Form, which includes bid prices and the bill of quantities and the applicable Price Schedules, in accordance with ITB Clauses 15.1 and 15.4;
(b) If the Bidder claims preference as a Domestic Bidder or Domestic Entity, a certification from the DTI, SEC, or CDA issued in accordance with ITB Clause 27; and
(c) Any other document required in the BDS.
13.2. (a) Unless otherwise stated in the BDS, all bids that exceed the ABC shall not be accepted.
(b) Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, for foreign-funded procurement, a ceiling may be applied to bid prices provided the following conditions are met:
(i) Bidding Documents are obtainable free of charge on a freely accessible website. If payment of Bidding Documents is required by the procuring entity, payment could be made upon the submission of bids.
(ii) The procuring entity has procedures in place to ensure that the ABC is based on recent estimates made by the responsible unit of the procuring entity and that the estimates reflect the quality, supervision and risk and inflationary factors, as well as prevailing market prices, associated with the types of works or goods to be procured.
(iii) The procuring entity has trained cost estimators on estimating prices and analyzing bid variances.
(iv) The procuring entity has established a system to monitor and report bid prices relative to ABC and engineers/procuring entitys estimate.
(v) The procuring entity has established a system to monitor and report bid prices relative to ABC and procuring entitys estimate. The procuring entity has established a monitoring and evaluation system for contract implementation to provide a feedback on actual total costs of goods and works.
14. Alternative Bids
Alternative Bids shall be rejected. For this purpose, alternative bid is an offer made by a Bidder in addition or as a substitute to its original bid which may be included as part of its original bid or submitted separately therewith for purposes of bidding. A bid with options is considered an alternative bid regardless of whether said bid proposal is contained in a single envelope or submitted in two (2) or more separate bid envelopes.
15. Bid Prices
15.1. The Bidder shall complete the appropriate Price Schedules included herein, stating the unit prices, total price per item, the total amount and the expected countries of origin of the Goods to be supplied under this Project.
15.2. The Bidder shall fill in rates and prices for all items of the Goods described in the Bill of Quantities. Bids not addressing or providing all of the required items in the Bidding Documents including, where applicable, Bill of Quantities, shall be considered non-responsive and, thus, automatically disqualified. In this regard, where a required item is provided, but no price is indicated, the same shall be considered as non-responsive, but specifying a "0" (zero) for the said item would mean that it is being offered for free to the Government.
15.3. The terms Ex Works (EXW), Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF), Cost and Insurance Paid to (CIP), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), and other trade terms used to describe the obligations of the parties, shall be governed by the rules prescribed in the current edition of the International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) published by the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris.
15.4. Prices indicated on the Price Schedule shall be entered separately in the following manner:
(a) For Goods offered from within the Procuring Entitys country:
(i) The price of the Goods quoted EXW (ex works, ex factory, ex warehouse, ex showroom, or off-the-shelf, as applicable), including all customs duties and sales and other taxes already paid or payable:
(i.1) on the components and raw material used in the manufacture or assembly of Goods quoted ex works or ex factory; or
(i.2) on the previously imported Goods of foreign origin quoted ex warehouse, ex showroom, or off-the-shelf and any Procuring Entity country sales and other taxes which will be payable on the Goods if the contract is awarded.
(ii) The price for inland transportation, insurance, and other local costs incidental to delivery of the Goods to their final destination.
(iii) The price of other (incidental) services, if any, listed in the BDS.
(b) For Goods offered from abroad:
(i) Unless otherwise stated in the BDS, the price of the Goods shall be quoted DDP with the place of destination in the Philippines as specified in the BDS. In quoting the price, the Bidder shall be free to use transportation through carriers registered in any eligible country. Similarly, the Bidder may obtain insurance services from any eligible source country.
(ii) The price of other (incidental) services, if any, listed in the BDS.
15.5. Prices quoted by the Bidder shall be fixed during the Bidders performance of the contract and not subject to variation or price escalation on any account, unless otherwise specified in the BDS. A bid submitted with an adjustable price quotation shall be treated as non-responsive and shall be rejected, pursuant to ITB Clause 24.
15.6. All bid prices shall be considered as fixed prices, and therefore not subject to price escalation during contract implementation, except under extraordinary circumstances as indicated in the BDS and specified in the GCC and its corresponding SCC provision.
16. Bid Currencies
16.1. Prices shall be quoted in the following currencies:
(a) For Goods that the Bidder will supply from within the Philippines, the prices shall be quoted in Philippine Pesos.
(b) For Goods that the Bidder will supply from outside the Philippines, the prices may be quoted in the currency(ies) stated in the BDS. However, for purposes of bid evaluation, bids denominated in foreign currencies shall be converted to Philippine currency based on the exchange rate as published in the BSP reference rate bulletin on the day of the bid opening.
16.2. If so allowed in accordance with ITB Clause 16.1, the Procuring Entity for purposes of bid evaluation and comparing the bid prices will convert the amounts in various currencies in which the bid price is expressed to Philippine Pesos at the foregoing exchange rates.
16.3. Unless otherwise specified in the BDS, payment of the contract price shall be made in Philippine Pesos.
17. Bid Validity
17.1. Bids shall remain valid for the period specified in the BDS which shall not exceed one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the date of the opening of bids.
17.2. In exceptional circumstances, prior to the expiration of the Bid validity period, the Procuring Entity may request Bidders to extend the period of validity of their bids. The request and the responses shall be made in writing. The bid security described in ITB Clause 18 should also be extended corresponding to the extension of the bid validity period at the least. A Bidder may refuse the request without forfeiting its bid security, but his bid shall no longer be considered for further evaluation and award. A Bidder granting the request shall not be required or permitted to modify its bid.
18. Bid Security
18.1. The bid security, issued in favor of the Procuring Entity, in the amount stated in the BDS shall be equal to the percentage of the ABC in accordance with the following schedule:

Form of Bid Security Amount of Bid Security
(Equal to Percentage of the ABC)
(a) Cash or cashiers/managers check issued by a Universal or Commercial Bank. Two percent (2%)
(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.
(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%)
(d) Any combination of the foregoing. Proportionate to share of form with respect to total amount of security

For biddings conducted by LGUs, the Bidder may also submit bid securities in the form of cashiers/managers check, bank draft/guarantee, or irrevocable letter of credit from other banks certified by the BSP as authorized to issue such financial statement.
18.2. The bid security should be valid for the period specified in the BDS. Any bid not accompanied by an acceptable bid security shall be rejected by the Procuring Entity as non-responsive.
18.3. No bid securities shall be returned to bidders after the opening of bids and before contract signing, except to those that failed or declared as post-disqualified, upon submission of a written waiver of their right to file a motion for reconsideration and/or protest. Without prejudice on its forfeiture, bid securities shall be returned only after the bidder with the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bid has signed the contract and furnished the performance security, but in no case later than the expiration of the bid security validity period indicated in ITB Clause 18.2.
18.4. Upon signing and execution of the contract pursuant to ITB Clause 31.1, and the posting of the performance security pursuant to ITB Clause 33, the successful Bidders bid security will be discharged, but in no case later than the bid security validity period as indicated in the ITB Clause 18.2.
18.5. The bid security may be forfeited:
(a) if a Bidder:
(i) withdraws its bid during the period of bid validity specified in ITB Clause 17;
(ii) does not accept the correction of errors pursuant to ITB Clause 28.3(b);
(iii) fails to submit the requirements within the prescribed period or a finding against their veracity as stated in ITB Clause 29.2;
(iv) submission of eligibility requirements containing false information or falsified documents;
(v) submission of bids that contain false information or falsified documents, or the concealment of such information in the bids in order to influence the outcome of eligibility screening or any other stage of the public bidding;
(vi) allowing the use of ones name, or using the name of another for purposes of public bidding;
(vii) withdrawal of a bid, or refusal to accept an award, or enter into contract with the Government without justifiable cause, after the Bidder had been adjudged as having submitted the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bid;
(viii) refusal or failure to post the required performance security within the prescribed time;
(ix) refusal to clarify or validate in writing its bid during post-qualification within a period of seven (7) calendar days from receipt of the request for clarification;
(x) any documented attempt by a bidder to unduly influence the outcome of the bidding in his favor;
(xi) failure of the potential joint venture partners to enter into the joint venture after the bid is declared successful; or
(xii) all other acts that tend to defeat the purpose of the competitive bidding, such as habitually withdrawing from bidding, submitting late Bids or patently insufficient bid, for at least three (3) times within a year, except for valid reasons.
(b) if the successful Bidder:
(i) fails to sign the contract in accordance with ITB Clause 31.1; or
(ii) fails to furnish performance security in accordance with ITB Clause 33.
19. Format and Signing of Bids
19.1. Bidders shall submit their bids through their duly authorized representative using the appropriate forms provided in Section VIII. Bidding Forms on or before the deadline specified in the ITB Clauses 21 in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes, and which shall be submitted simultaneously. The first shall contain the technical component of the bid, including the eligibility requirements under ITB Clause 12.1, and the second shall contain the financial component of the bid.
19.2. Forms as mentioned in ITB Clause 19.1 must be completed without any alterations to their format, and no substitute form shall be accepted. All blank spaces shall be filled in with the information requested.
19.3. The Bidder shall prepare and submit an original (Certified true copy of the original copy is acceptable) of the first and second envelopes as described in ITB Clauses 12 and 13. In the event of any discrepancy between the original and the copies, the original shall prevail.
19.4. The bid, except for unamended printed literature, shall be signed, and each and every page thereof shall be initialed, by the duly authorized representative/s of the Bidder.
19.5. Any interlineations, erasures, or overwriting shall be valid only if they are signed or initialed by the duly authorized representative/s of the Bidder.
20. Sealing and Marking of Bids
20.1. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, Bidders shall enclose their original ( Certiied true copy of the original copy is acceptable) eligibility and technical documents described in ITB Clause 12 in one sealed envelope marked ORIGINAL - TECHNICAL COMPONENT, and the original (Cerified true copy of the original copy is acceptable) of their financial component in another sealed envelope marked ORIGINAL - FINANCIAL COMPONENT, sealing them all in an outer envelope marked ORIGINAL BID.
20.2. Each copy of the first and second envelopes shall be similarly sealed duly marking the inner envelopes as COPY NO. ___ - TECHNICAL COMPONENT and COPY NO. ___ FINANCIAL COMPONENT and the outer envelope as COPY NO. ___, respectively. These envelopes containing the original and the copies shall then be enclosed in one single envelope.
20.3. The original (Certified true copy) and the number of copies of the Bid as indicated in the BDS shall be typed or written in indelible ink and shall be signed by the bidder or its duly authorized representative/s.
20.4. All envelopes shall:
(a) contain the name of the contract to be bid in capital letters;
(b) bear the name and address of the Bidder in capital letters;
(c) be addressed to the Procuring Entitys BAC in accordance with ITB Clause 1.1;
(d) bear the specific identification of this bidding process indicated in the ITB Clause __; and
(e) bear a warning DO NOT OPEN BEFORE the date and time for the opening of bids, in accordance with ITB Clause 21.
20.5. If bids are not sealed and marked as required, the Procuring Entity will assume no responsibility for the misplacement or premature opening of the bid.
D. Submission and Opening of Bids
21. Deadline for Submission of Bids
Bids must be received by the Procuring Entitys BAC at the address and on or before the date and time indicated in the BDS.
22. Late Bids
Any bid submitted after the deadline for submission and receipt of bids prescribed by the Procuring Entity, pursuant to ITB Clause 21, shall be declared Late and shall not be accepted by the Procuring Entity.
23. Modification and Withdrawal of Bids
23.1. The Bidder may modify its bid after it has been submitted; provided that the modification is received by the Procuring Entity prior to the deadline prescribed for submission and receipt of bids. The Bidder shall not be allowed to retrieve its original bid, but shall be allowed to submit another bid equally sealed, properly identified, linked to its original bid marked as TECHNICAL MODIFICATION or FINANCIAL MODIFICATION and stamped received by the BAC. Bid modifications received after the applicable deadline shall not be considered and shall be returned to the Bidder unopened.
23.2. A Bidder may, through a Letter of Withdrawal, withdraw its bid after it has been submitted, for valid and justifiable reason; provided that the Letter of Withdrawal is received by the Procuring Entity prior to the deadline prescribed for submission and receipt of bids.
23.3. Bids requested to be withdrawn in accordance with ITB Clause 23.1 shall be returned unopened to the Bidders. A Bidder may also express its intention not to participate in the bidding through a letter which should reach and be stamped by the BAC before the deadline for submission and receipt of bids. A Bidder that withdraws its bid shall not be permitted to submit another bid, directly or indirectly, for the same contract.
23.4. No bid may be modified after the deadline for submission of bids. No bid may be withdrawn in the interval between the deadline for submission of bids and the expiration of the period of bid validity specified by the Bidder on the Financial Bid Form. Withdrawal of a bid during this interval shall result in the forfeiture of the Bidders bid security, pursuant to ITB Clause 18.5, and the imposition of administrative, civil and criminal sanctions as prescribed by RA 9184 and its IRR.
24. Opening and Preliminary Examination of Bids
24.1. The BAC shall open the first bid envelopes of Bidders in public as specified in the BDS to determine each Bidders compliance with the documents prescribed in ITB Clause 12. For this purpose, the BAC shall check the submitted documents of each bidder against a checklist of required documents to ascertain if they are all present, using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion. If a bidder submits the required document, it shall be rated passed for that particular requirement. In this regard, bids that fail to include any requirement or are incomplete or patently insufficient shall be considered as failed. Otherwise, the BAC shall rate the said first bid envelope as passed.
24.2. Immediately after determining compliance with the requirements in the first envelope, the BAC shall forthwith open the second bid envelope of each remaining eligible bidder whose first bid envelope was rated passed. The second envelope of each complying bidder shall be opened within the same day. In case one or more of the requirements in the second envelope of a particular bid is missing, incomplete or patently insufficient, and/or if the submitted total bid price exceeds the ABC unless otherwise provided in ITB Clause 13.2, the BAC shall rate the bid concerned as failed. Only bids that are determined to contain all the bid requirements for both components shall be rated passed and shall immediately be considered for evaluation and comparison.
24.3. Letters of withdrawal shall be read out and recorded during bid opening, and the envelope containing the corresponding withdrawn bid shall be returned to the Bidder unopened. If the withdrawing Bidders representative is in attendance, the original bid and all copies thereof shall be returned to the representative during the bid opening. If the representative is not in attendance, the bid shall be returned unopened by registered mail. The Bidder may withdraw its bid prior to the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids, provided that the corresponding Letter of Withdrawal contains a valid authorization requesting for such withdrawal, subject to appropriate administrative sanctions.
24.4. If a Bidder has previously secured a certification from the Procuring Entity to the effect that it has previously submitted the above-enumerated Class A Documents, the said certification may be submitted in lieu of the requirements enumerated in ITB Clause 12.1(a), items (i) to (v).
24.5. In the case of an eligible foreign Bidder as described in ITB Clause 5, the Class A Documents described in ITB Clause 12.1(a) may be substituted with the appropriate equivalent documents, if any, issued by the country of the foreign Bidder concerned.
24.6. Each partner of a joint venture agreement shall likewise submit the requirements in ITB Clauses 12.1(a)(i) and 12.1(a)(ii). Submission of documents required under ITB Clauses 12.1(a)(iii) to 12.1(a)(v) by any of the joint venture partners constitutes compliance.
24.7. A Bidder determined as failed has three (3) calendar days upon written notice or, if present at the time of bid opening, upon verbal notification, within which to file a request or motion for reconsideration with the BAC: Provided, however, that the motion for reconsideration shall not be granted if it is established that the finding of failure is due to the fault of the Bidder concerned: Provided, further, that the BAC shall decide on the request for reconsideration within seven (7) calendar days from receipt thereof. If a failed Bidder signifies his intent to file a motion for reconsideration, the BAC shall keep the bid envelopes of the said failed Bidder unopened and/or duly sealed until such time that the motion for reconsideration or protest has been resolved.
24.8. The Procuring Entity shall prepare the minutes of the proceedings of the bid opening that shall include, as a minimum: (a) names of Bidders, their bid price, bid security, findings of preliminary examination; and (b) attendance sheet. The BAC members shall sign the abstract of bids as read.
E. Evaluation and Comparison of Bids
25. Process to be Confidential
25.1. Members of the BAC, including its staff and personnel, as well as its Secretariat and TWG, are prohibited from making or accepting any kind of communication with any bidder regarding the evaluation of their bids until the issuance of the Notice of Award, unless otherwise allowed in the BDS or in the case of ITB Clause 26.
25.2. Any effort by a bidder to influence the Procuring Entity in the Procuring Entitys decision in respect of bid evaluation, bid comparison or contract award will result in the rejection of the Bidders bid.
26. Clarification of Bids
To assist in the evaluation, comparison, and post-qualification of the bids, the Procuring Entity may ask in writing any Bidder for a clarification of its bid. All responses to requests for clarification shall be in writing. Any clarification submitted by a Bidder in respect to its bid and that is not in response to a request by the Procuring Entity shall not be considered.
27. Domestic Preference
27.1. Unless otherwise stated in the BDS, the Procuring Entity will grant a margin of preference for the purpose of comparison of bids in accordance with the following:
(a) The preference shall be applied when (i) the lowest Foreign Bid is lower than the lowest bid offered by a Domestic Bidder, or (ii) the lowest bid offered by a non-Philippine national is lower than the lowest bid offered by a Domestic Entity.
(b) For evaluation purposes, the lowest Foreign Bid or the bid offered by a non-Philippine national shall be increased by fifteen percent (15%).
(c) In the event that (i) the lowest bid offered by a Domestic Entity does not exceed the lowest Foreign Bid as increased, or (ii) the lowest bid offered by a non-Philippine national as increased, then the Procuring Entity shall award the contract to the Domestic Bidder/Entity at the amount of the lowest Foreign Bid or the bid offered by a non-Philippine national, as the case may be.
(d) If the Domestic Entity/Bidder refuses to accept the award of contract at the amount of the Foreign Bid or bid offered by a non-Philippine national within two (2) calendar days from receipt of written advice from the BAC, the Procuring Entity shall award to the bidder offering the Foreign Bid or the non-Philippine national, as the case may be, subject to post-qualification and submission of all the documentary requirements under these Bidding Documents.
27.2. A Bidder may be granted preference as a Domestic Entity subject to the certification from the DTI (in case of sole proprietorships), SEC (in case of partnerships and corporations), or CDA (in case of cooperatives) that the (a) sole proprietor is a citizen of the Philippines or the partnership, corporation, cooperative, or association is duly organized under the laws of the Philippines with at least seventy five percent (75%) of its interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, (b) habitually established in business and habitually engaged in the manufacture or sale of the merchandise covered by his bid, and (c) the business has been in existence for at least five (5) consecutive years prior to the advertisement and/or posting of the Invitation to Bid for this Project.
27.3. A Bidder may be granted preference as a Domestic Bidder subject to the certification from the DTI that the Bidder is offering unmanufactured articles, materials or supplies of the growth or production of the Philippines, or manufactured articles, materials, or supplies manufactured or to be manufactured in the Philippines substantially from articles, materials, or supplies of the growth, production, or manufacture, as the case may be, of the Philippines.
28. Detailed Evaluation and Comparison of Bids
28.1. The Procuring Entity will undertake the detailed evaluation and comparison of bids which have passed the opening and preliminary examination of bids, pursuant to ITB Clause 24, in order to determine the Lowest Calculated Bid.
28.2. The Lowest Calculated Bid shall be determined in two steps:
(a) The detailed evaluation of the financial component of the bids, to establish the correct calculated prices of the bids; and
(b) The ranking of the total bid prices as so calculated from the lowest to the highest. The bid with the lowest price shall be identified as the Lowest Calculated Bid.
28.3. The Procuring Entity's BAC shall immediately conduct a detailed evaluation of all bids rated passed, using non-discretionary pass/fail criteria. Unless otherwise specified in the BDS, the BAC shall consider the following in the evaluation of bids:
(a) Completeness of the bid. Unless the ITB specifically allows partial bids, bids not addressing or providing all of the required items in the Schedule of Requirements including, where applicable, bill of quantities, shall be considered non-responsive and, thus, automatically disqualified. In this regard, where a required item is provided, but no price is indicated, the same shall be considered as non-responsive, but specifying a "0" (zero) for the said item would mean that it is being offered for free to the Procuring Entity; and
(b) Arithmetical corrections. Consider computational errors and omissions to enable proper comparison of all eligible bids. It may also consider bid modifications, if allowed in the BDS. Any adjustment shall be calculated in monetary terms to determine the calculated prices.
28.4. Based on the detailed evaluation of bids, those that comply with the above-mentioned requirements shall be ranked in the ascending order of their total calculated bid prices, as evaluated and corrected for computational errors, discounts and other modifications, to identify the Lowest Calculated Bid. Total calculated bid prices, as evaluated and corrected for computational errors, discounts and other modifications, which exceed the ABC shall not be considered.
28.5. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, the Procuring Entitys evaluation of bids shall only be based on the bid price quoted in the Financial Bid Form.
28.6. Bids shall be evaluated on an equal footing to ensure fair competition. For this purpose, all bidders shall be required to include in their bids the cost of all taxes, such as, but not limited to, value added tax (VAT), income tax, local taxes, and other fiscal levies and duties which shall be itemized in the bid form and reflected in the detailed estimates. Such bids, including said taxes, shall be the basis for bid evaluation and comparison.
29. Post-Qualification
29.1. The Procuring Entity shall determine to its satisfaction whether the Bidder that is evaluated as having submitted the Lowest Calculated Bid (LCB) complies with and is responsive to all the requirements and conditions specified in ITB Clauses 5, 12, and 13.
29.2. Within a non-extendible period of three (3) calendar days from receipt by the bidder of the notice from the BAC that it submitted the LCB, the Bidder shall submit the following documentary requirements:
(a) Tax clearance per Executive Order 398, Series of 2005;
(b) Latest income and business tax returns in the form specified in the BDS;
(c) Certificate of PhilGEPS Registration; and
(d) Other appropriate licenses and permits required by law and stated in the BDS.
Failure of the Bidder declared as Lowest Calculated Bid to duly submit the requirements under this Clause or a finding against the veracity of such shall be ground for forfeiture of the bid security and disqualification of the Bidder for award.

29.3. The determination shall be based upon an examination of the documentary evidence of the Bidders qualifications submitted pursuant to ITB Clauses 12 and 13, as well as other information as the Procuring Entity deems necessary and appropriate, using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion.
29.4. If the BAC determines that the Bidder with the Lowest Calculated Bid passes all the criteria for post-qualification, it shall declare the said bid as the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid, and recommend to the Head of the Procuring Entity the award of contract to the said Bidder at its submitted price or its calculated bid price, whichever is lower.
29.5. A negative determination shall result in rejection of the Bidders Bid, in which event the Procuring Entity shall proceed to the next Lowest Calculated Bid to make a similar determination of that Bidders capabilities to perform satisfactorily. If the second Bidder, however, fails the post qualification, the procedure for post qualification shall be repeated for the Bidder with the next Lowest Calculated Bid, and so on until the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid is determined for contract award.
29.6. Within a period not exceeding seven (7) calendar days from the date of receipt of the recommendation of the BAC, the Head of the Procuring Entity shall approve or disapprove the said recommendation. In the case of GOCCs and GFIs, the period provided herein shall be fifteen (15) calendar days.
30. Reservation Clause
30.1. Notwithstanding the eligibility or post-qualification of a bidder, the Procuring Entity concerned reserves the right to review its qualifications at any stage of the procurement process if it has reasonable grounds to believe that a misrepresentation has been made by the said bidder, or that there has been a change in the Bidders capability to undertake the project from the time it submitted its eligibility requirements. Should such review uncover any misrepresentation made in the eligibility and bidding requirements, statements or documents, or any changes in the situation of the Bidder which will affect its capability to undertake the project so that it fails the preset eligibility or bid evaluation criteria, the Procuring Entity shall consider the said Bidder as ineligible and shall disqualify it from submitting a bid or from obtaining an award or contract.
30.2. Based on the following grounds, the Procuring Entity reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a Failure of Bidding at any time prior to the contract award, or not to award the contract, without thereby incurring any liability, and make no assurance that a contract shall be entered into as a result of the bidding:
(a) If there is prima facie evidence of collusion between appropriate public officers or employees of the Procuring Entity, or between the BAC and any of the bidders, or if the collusion is between or among the bidders themselves, or between a bidder and a third party, including any act which restricts, suppresses or nullifies or tends to restrict, suppress or nullify competition;
(b) If the Procuring Entitys BAC is found to have failed in following the prescribed bidding procedures; or
(c) For any justifiable and reasonable ground where the award of the contract will not redound to the benefit of the GOP as follows:
(i) If the physical and economic conditions have significantly changed so as to render the project no longer economically, financially or technically feasible as determined by the head of the procuring entity;
(ii) If the project is no longer necessary as determined by the head of the procuring entity; and
(iii) If the source of funds for the project has been withheld or reduced through no fault of the Procuring Entity.
30.3. In addition, the Procuring Entity may likewise declare a failure of bidding when:
(a) No bids are received;
(b) All prospective bidders are declared ineligible;
(c) All bids fail to comply with all the bid requirements or fail post-qualification; or
(d) The bidder with the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid (LCRB) refuses, without justifiable cause to accept the award of contract, and no award is made.
F. Award of Contract
31. Contract Award
31.1. Subject to ITB Clause 29, the Procuring Entity shall award the contract to the Bidder whose bid has been determined to be the LCRB.
31.2. Prior to the expiration of the period of bid validity, the Procuring Entity shall notify the successful Bidder in writing that its bid has been accepted, through a Notice of Award received personally or sent by registered mail or electronically, receipt of which must be confirmed in writing within two (2) days by the Bidder with the LCRB and submitted personally or sent by registered mail or electronically to the Procuring Entity.
31.3. Notwithstanding the issuance of the Notice of Award, award of contract shall be subject to the following conditions:
(a) Submission of the valid JVA, if applicable, within ten (10) calendar days from receipt by the Bidder of the notice from the BAC that the Bidder has the LCRB;
(b) Posting of the performance security in accordance with ITB Clause 33;
(c) Signing of the contract as provided in ITB Clause 31.1; and
(d) Approval by higher authority, if required.
31.4. At the time of contract award, the Procuring Entity shall not increase or decrease the quantity of goods originally specified in Section VI. Schedule of Requirements.
32. Signing of the Contract
32.1. At the same time as the Procuring Entity notifies the successful Bidder that its bid has been accepted, the Procuring Entity shall send the Contract Form to the Bidder, which contract has been provided in the Bidding Documents, incorporating therein all agreements between the parties.
32.2. Within ten (10) calendar days from receipt of the Notice of Award, the successful Bidder shall post the required performance security and sign and date the contract and return it to the Procuring Entity.
32.3. The Procuring Entity shall enter into contract with the successful Bidder within the same ten (10) calendar day period provided that all the documentary requirements are complied with.
32.4. The following documents shall form part of the contract:
(a) Contract Agreement;
(b) Bidding Documents;
(c) Winning bidders bid, including the Technical and Financial Proposals, and all other documents/statements submitted;
(d) Performance Security;
(e) Credit line in accordance with ITB Clause 5.5, if applicable;
(f) Notice of Award of Contract; and
(g) Other contract documents that may be required by existing laws and/or specified in the BDS.
33. Performance Security
33.1. To guarantee the faithful performance by the winning Bidder of its obligations under the contract, it shall post a performance security within a maximum period of ten (10) calendar days from the receipt of the Notice of Award from the Procuring Entity and in no case later than the signing of the contract.
33.2. The performance security shall be denominated in Philippine Pesos and posted in favor of the Procuring Entity in an amount equal to the percentage of the total contract price in accordance with the following schedule:
Form of Performance Security Amount of Performance Security
(Equal to Percentage of the Total Contract Price)
(a) Cash or cashiers/managers check issued by a Universal or Commercial Bank. Five percent (5%)
(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.
(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; and/or Thirty percent (30%)
(d) Any combination of the foregoing. Proportionate to share of form with respect to total amount of security

33.3. Failure of the successful Bidder to comply with the above-mentioned requirement shall constitute sufficient ground for the annulment of the award and forfeiture of the bid security, in which event the Procuring Entity shall initiate and complete the post qualification of the second Lowest Calculated Bid. The procedure shall be repeated until the LCRB is identified and selected for contract award. However if no Bidder passed post-qualification, the BAC shall declare the bidding a failure and conduct a re-bidding with re-advertisement.
34. Notice to Proceed
34.1. Within three (3) calendar days from the date of approval of the contract by the appropriate government approving authority, the Procuring Entity shall issue its Notice to Proceed to the Bidder.
34.2. The date of the Bidders receipt of the Notice to Proceed will be regarded as the effective date of the contract, unless otherwise specified in the BDS



III. Bid Data Sheet
ITB Clause

1.1
The PROCURING ENTITY is the LGU Maconacon, Isabela
1.2 The lot(s) and reference is/are: MC-1592019

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES

2
The Funding Source is:
The Government of the Philippines (GOP) through the General Fund 2019 EDF in the amount of 100,000.00
5.1
No further instructions.
5.2
None of the circumstances mentioned in the ITB Clause exists in this Project. Foreign bidders, except those falling under ITB Clause 5.2(b), may not participate in this Project.
5.4
No further instructions.
5.5
If NFCC shall be one of the eligibility documents, the basis of its computation shall be the FY 2017 audited Financial Statement.
6.1 No further instructions.
6.3 No further instructions.
8.1
Subcontracting is not allowed.
8.2
Not applicable.
9.1
The Procuring Entity will hold a pre-bid conference for this Project on March 13, 2019 9 AM- at LGU Municipal Hall Building, LGU Compound.
10.1

The Procuring Entitys name/address is:

DIANA D. IGNACIO
BAC Chairperson
LGU, Maconacon, Isabela

Thru: BAC Secretariat
Lgu Maconacon, Isabela
LGU Municipal Hall Building
LGU Compound

Email Add: ricardo_morajr@yahoo.com

12.1 12.1(a)(i)
No further instructions.
SEC or DTI or CDA Registration, whichever is applicable.
No other acceptable proof of registration is recognized.
12.1(a)(ii) It shall refer to the 2018 Mayors Permit. In case the same cannot be provided by the bidder, the valid 2017 permit together with the proof/s of renewal and payment of 2018 permit, duly Certified True Copy by the authorized signatory who signed the Omnibus Sworn Statement shall be submitted.
12.1(a)(iii)
The statement of all on going and completed government and private contracts shall include all such contracts within five (5) years prior to the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids.
12.1(a)(iv) It shall refer to the FY 2017 Audited Financial Statement
13.1
No additional Requirements.
13.2
The ABC is P 100,000.00 Any bid with a financial component exceeding this amount shall not be accepted.

15.5
Bid Prices shall be fixed. Adjustable price proposals shall be treated as non-responsive and shall be rejected.
15.6
No further instructions.
16.1 16.1(b)
The Bid prices for Goods supplied from outside of the Philippines shall be quoted in Philippine Pesos.
16.3
No further instructions.<
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19-02-086 Installation Of Bucket Elevator And Establishment Of Uv Plastic Dryer
19-02-086
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
INVITATION TO BID FOR THE 19-02-086 installation of bucket elevator and establishment of UV plastic dryer

1.The Local Government Unit of Alamada, through the TF 2015 intends to apply the sum of P413,290.00 being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for 19-02-086 installation of bucket elevator and establishment of UV plastic dryer. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.

2.The Local Government Unit of Alamada now invites bids for 19-02-086 installation of bucket elevator and establishment of UV plastic dryer. Completion of the Works is required is required 60 calendar days. Bidders should have completed 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 a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised 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, cooperatives, and 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 Local Government Unit of Alamada and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from Mondays to Fridays 9:00am to 4:00pm.
5.A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders on March 12, 2019- March 19, 2019 from the Bids and Awards Committee Office: and upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of P500.00.
It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that Bidders shall pay the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids.
6.Pre-bid conference: NONE


7.Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before March 19, 2019. 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 March 19, 2019 at 10:00 am at Bids and Awards Committee Office. 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.The Head of the Procuring Entity, HON. NOEMIA DEMETILLO BARTOLOME, MD reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

4.For further information, please refer to:



IGNACIO V. DE GUZMAN, JR., MPA, REA
Municipal Assessor/ BAC Head Secretariat
Office of the Bids and Awards Committee
09204929937/ 09478824829
donnaalmazan325@gmail.com




ENGR. RANULFO D. LOPEZ
Municipal Engineer
BAC Chairperson

Line Items
Item No.Product/Service NameDescriptionQuantityUOMBudget (PHP)
119-02-086 installation of bucket elevator and estapost harvest facilities1Lot413,290.00

Other Information
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Supply And Delivery Of One (1) Unit Chainsaw 36"
19-43790C
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Negotiated Procurement - Small Value Procurement (Sec. 53.9)

Description
Republic of the Philippines
National Kidney and Transplant Institute
Bids and Awards Committee
East Avenue, Quezon City 1100
981-0300 / 981-0400 local 1157
http://www.nkti.gov.ph/



NOTICE OF PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITY
(SMALL VALUE PROCUREMENT)



1.The NATIONAL KIDNEY AND TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE (NKTI) invites interested entities to submit their BEST AND FINAL OFFER (BFO) through a FORMAL PROPOSAL for the;
Item/Description
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC)

RFQ No. 19-055:
Supply and delivery of one (1) unit Chainsaw 36
Php 80,000.00

2.Prospective Suppliers should meet all other minimum legal, financial, and technical eligibility requirements as required by the BAC.

3.Any entity interested in the project must submit their FORMAL PROPOSAL not later than March 15, 2019, Thursday 8:00 - 5:00 PM at the BAC Conference Room together with the following Legal Documents:

PhilGEPS Certificate / Registration No.
Mayors Permit
Tax Clearance
Omnibus Sworn Statement (secure from NKTI BAC Office)
Duly accomplished and signed Technical Specification


4.General Conditions:

Payment Terms : Thirty (30) days upon receipt of Invoice / Notice to Proceed (NTP)
Delivery Period : Seven (7) days upon receipt of Purchase Order (P.O)

5.The Opening of Formal Proposals shall be on March 18, 2019 Friday 8:00 - 5:00 PM onwards at the NKTI BAC Conference Room.

6.This submission of Formal Proposals is not governed by the non-discretionary pass/fail criteria.

7.All documents should be placed in a folder in any color and should be properly tabbed, sealed and labelled (e.g. Company Name, Address and Telephone Number) during submission.

8.The NKTI reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, or to reduce the corresponding ABC and Terms of Reference (TOR) and to award the contract to the bidder with the most advantageous offer, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder of bidders.




JOSEPH MICHAEL A. JARO, MD
Manager, ASD



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Supply And Delivery Of Locally Fabricated Incubator With Hatcher And Pressurized Drip Irrigation
03-011-2019
Implementing Rules and Regulations
Public Bidding

Description
1.The Bids and Awards Committee of Tabontabon Leyte, through the Trust Fund intends to apply the sum of Three Hundred One Thousand One Hundred Forty Four Seven Pesos and 33/100 (Php 301,144.33) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Supply and Delivery of 1 unit Locally Fabricated Incubator with Hatcher and 2 units Pressurized Drip Irrigation (Contract Number 2019-06). Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening.
2.The Bids and Awards Committee of Tabontabon Leyte now invites bids for the Supply and Delivery of 1 unit Locally Fabricated Incubator with Hatcher and 2 units Pressurized Drip Irrigation Delivery of the Goods is required from (7). Seven Days Bidders should have completed, within 90 calendar days 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 a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the 2016 Revised 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.

4.Interested bidders may obtain further information from Bids and Awards Committee of Tabontabon Leyte and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during Monday-Friday @ 08:00am to 05:00pm.

5.A complete set of Bidding Documents may be acquired by interested Bidders on March 04, 2019 to March 10, 2019 from the address below upon payment of the applicable fee for the Bidding Documents, pursuant to the latest Guidelines issued by the GPPB, in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (Php 500.00).

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

6.The Bids and Awards Committee of Tabontabon Leyte will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on March 11, 2019 @ 01:00pm at BAC Conference Room of Tabontabon Leyte, which shall be open to prospective bidders.

7.Bids must be duly received by the BAC Secretariat at the address below on or before March 25, 2019 @ 12:00pm. 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 March 25, 2019 @ 01:00pm at BAC Conference Room of Tabontabon Leyte. 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.Procurement Timelines GoodsEarliest Possible Time

Procurement StageStart DateEnd Date
AdvertisementMarch 04, 2019March 17, 2019
Pre-bid ConferenceMarch 11, 2019-01:00pmMarch 11, 2019
Submission and opening of bidsMarch 25, 2019-01:00pmMarch 25, 2019


9.The Bids and Awards Committee of Tabontabon Leyte reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.











10.For further information, please refer to:

Emeterio D. Maluping
Supply Office
6504, Bonifacio St.Tabontabon, Leyte
09295466685
emet.maluping@ymail.com




DR. ARTURO T. JUANICO
BAC Chairperson

Line Items
Item No.Product/Service NameDescriptionQuantityUOMBudget (PHP)
1Agricultural Machinery and EquipmentSupply and Delivery of Locally Fabricated Incubator with Hatcher and Pressurized Drip Irrigation1Lot301,144.33
Pre-bid Conference

Date

Time

Venue

11/03/20191:00 PMBAC Conference Room



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Hình chụp vệ tinh các cơ sở quân sự được Trung Quốc xây dựng trên đá Chữ Thập, Trường Sa tính đến năm 2017
Hình chụp vệ tinh các cơ sở quân sự được Trung Quốc xây dựng trên đá Chữ Thập, Trường Sa tính đến năm 2017
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Trung Quốc trong năm 2019 tăng chi tiêu cho ngân sách quốc phòng 7,5% và tốc độ tăng chi quốc phòng cao hơn tốc độ tăng trưởng kinh tế, trong bối cảnh căng thẳng ở khu vực Biển Đông leo thang.
Vấn đề được nêu ra, liệu rằng Trung Quốc sẽ có động thái quân sự nào khi Mỹ và đồng minh tăng cường hiện diện ở vùng biển Châu Á-Thái Bình Dương? Đài RFA ghi nhận ý kiến của giới chuyên gia trong phần sau.

Trung Quốc chuẩn bị cho chiến tranh?

Tại phiên khai mạc kỳ họp Quốc Hội thường niên vào ngày 5 tháng 3, Trung Quốc cho biết chi khoảng 177 tỷ đô la Mỹ (USD) cho quốc phòng của nước này trong năm 2019. Mặc dù tỉ lệ tăng 7,5% trong năm nay thấp hơn tỉ lệ tăng 8,1% trong năm ngoái, tuy nhiên tốc độ tăng chi cho quốc phòng của Trung Quốc được nói là cao hơn tốc độ tăng trưởng kinh tế.

Trước đó vào ngày 3 tháng 3, The Wall Street Journal đăng tải một bài xã luận của ký giả Mark Helprin, thành viên của Hội đồng Quan hệ Đối ngoại (CFR)-một tổ chức phi lợi nhuận chuyên nghiên cứu về chính sách đối ngoại và các vấn đề quốc tế của Hoa Kỳ với nội dung khẳng định trong khi Washington tập trung vào những nơi khác thì Bắc Kinh đang chuẩn bị cho chiến tranh.
Ký giả Mark Helprin cho rằng Trung Quốc đang tiến hành một trò chơi dài hạn mà tập trung vào phát triển quân sự và bành trướng, mặc dù nền kinh tế của Trung Quốc có chiều hướng suy thoái. Ký giả Mark Helprin lập luận không giống như Hoa Kỳ tập trung vào các mục tiêu ngắn, Trung Quốc chơi một trò chơi dài, trong đó mục tiêu chính là mối tương quan thuận lợi của các lực lượng theo thời gian và biện pháp quan trọng nhất là năng lực quân sự.
Cho nên sự lệ thuộc của Chính quyền Cộng sản Triều Tiên vào Trung Quốc là một lẽ dĩ nhiên, một sự thực hiển nhiên. Chúng ta không phải quan ngại nếu Triều Tiên không thỏa hiệp được với Mỹ thì Triều Tiên sẽ lệ thuộc hơn nữa vào Trung Quốc không? Triều Tiên đã lệ thuộc và hoàn toàn lệ thuộc Trung Quốc. Tôi nghĩ ngay cả Triều Tiên không thể chế bom nguyên tử, nếu không có sự thỏa thuận và giúp đỡ của Trung Quốc. Có thể Triều Tiên chỉ là ‘một cái xưởng’ chế tạo bom nguyên tử, còn người thực sự chế tạo mới là Trung Quốc
-Ông Nguyễn Gia Kiểng
Tác giả bài xã luận nhấn mạnh đến việc phát triển vũ khí của Trung Quốc trong thời gian qua, đặc biệt liên quan đến vũ khí hạt nhân bởi mối đe dọa đến từ Bắc Triều Tiên mà quốc gia Cộng sản khép kín này được cho là lệ thuộc vào Trung Quốc. Ký giả Mark Helprin chỉ ra Trung Quốc là nước đứng thứ 3 toàn cầu về sở hữu hạt nhân với 228 tên lửa hạt nhân, sau Mỹ và Nga cùng với 55 tàu ngầm tấn công nên thực tế cho thấy Trung Quốc có thể tấn công các căn cứ của Mỹ ở Nam Hàn, Nhật Bản và đảo Guam, thậm chí bắn tên lửa hạt nhân đến lãnh thổ đất liền của Mỹ.
Từ Pháp quốc, ông Nguyễn Gia Kiểng, cựu Phụ tá Tổng trưởng Kinh tế của Việt Nam Cộng Hòa, một nhà quan sát tình hình kinh tế thế giới, lên tiếng với RFA rằng nhìn lại Chiến tranh Triều Tiên (1950-1953), Bắc Hàn được xem như lệ thuộc vào Trung Quốc kể từ khi Trung Quốc điều động một lực lượng lớn quân đội đến giúp đỡ, giải vây ở sông Áp Lục (Yalu River). Ông Nguyễn Gia Kiểng nêu lên quan điểm của mình:
“Cho nên sự lệ thuộc của Chính quyền Cộng sản Triều Tiên vào Trung Quốc là một lẽ dĩ nhiên, một sự thực hiển nhiên. Chúng ta không phải quan ngại nếu Triều Tiên không thỏa hiệp được với Mỹ thì Triều Tiên sẽ lệ thuộc hơn nữa vào Trung Quốc không? Triều Tiên đã lệ thuộc và hoàn toàn lệ thuộc Trung Quốc. Tôi nghĩ ngay cả Triều Tiên không thể chế bom nguyên tử, nếu không có sự thỏa thuận và giúp đỡ của Trung Quốc. Có thể Triều Tiên chỉ là ‘một cái xưởng’ chế tạo bom nguyên tử, còn người thực sự chế tạo mới là Trung Quốc.”
Trả lời câu hỏi của Đài Á Châu Tự Do rằng cuộc chiến tranh thương mại Mỹ-Trung có tác động gì đến mối quan ngại như của ký giả Mark Helprin nêu ra hay không, ông Nguyễn Gia Kiểng nhận định:
“Với lãi suất là 3,3%, trung bình mỗi năm Trung Quốc phải trả tiền lãi của các khoản vay vào khoảng 1000 tỷ đô la Mỹ (USD). So với 1000 tỷ đó thì 30 tỷ tiền thuế mà ông Trump đánh vào hàng hóa của Trung Quốc sẽ không thiệt hại bao nhiêu. Đó là tôi nói thiệt hại tối đa ở mức 30 tỷ USD. Vậy thì chúng ta không nên coi cái gọi là ‘cuộc chiến thương mại Mỹ-Trung’ là quan trọng.”
Tác giả của bài xã luận có nhan đề, tạm dịch là “Hoa Kỳ đang nhượng lại vùng Thái Bình Dương cho Trung Quốc”, ký giả Mark Helprin cho rằng thật sự là khó hiểu khi hiện tại Hoa Kỳ không nhận thấy được các mối quan hệ sức mạnh căn bản mà Trung Quốc chú trọng tập trung vào và nếu như Hoa Kỳ càng kéo dài lổ hổng này, cũng như không gửi một tín hiệu nào trong lúc Bắc Kinh gia tăng sức mạnh quân sự thì rõ ràng vùng biển Tây Thái Bình Dương của Mỹ cuối cùng sẽ trở thành một cái hồ của Trung Quốc.

Chiến lược đối trọng của Mỹ ở Thái Bình Dương

Các tàu chiến Mỹ (Arleigh Burke, USS McCampbell) dẫn đường cho các tàu chiến của Hải quân Hoa Kỳ và Nhật Bản trong cuộc tập trận chung ở Guam hôm 21/1/2016
Các tàu chiến Mỹ (Arleigh Burke, USS McCampbell) dẫn đường cho các tàu chiến của Hải quân Hoa Kỳ và Nhật Bản trong cuộc tập trận chung ở Guam hôm 21/1/2016 Courtesy: U.S. NAVY
Đài RFA ghi nhận hồi trung tuần tháng 10 năm ngoái, trong cuộc phỏng vấn với chương trình Hugh Hewitt nổi tiếng của Hoa Kỳ, cố vấn An ninh Mỹ John Bolton cảnh báo Trung Quốc đã lợi dụng trật tự thế giới quá lâu trong khi Hoa Kỳ đã thất bại trong việc đối phó với Trung Quốc.
Trong một diễn biến liên quan, tại buổi điều trần trước Ủy ban Quân vụ Thượng viện Mỹ, diễn ra vào ngày 12 tháng 2, Chỉ huy Bộ Tư lệnh Thái Bình Dương-Ấn Độ Dương, Đô đốc Philip Davidson nhấn mạnh Mỹ cần chú trọng hơn nữa trong việc hợp tác với đồng minh và đối tác trong bối cảnh Trung Quốc “quân sự hóa” ở Biển Đông. Đô đốc Philip Davidson cho rằng Hoa Kỳ phải chấp nhận môi trường ở Biển Đông đang thay đổi rất nhanh chóng nên đòi hỏi những cách tiếp cận mới. Đô đốc Philip Davidson cho biết thêm Bộ Tư lệnh Thái Bình Dương-Ấn Độ Dương đang có những cuộc thương thảo với các đối tác và đồng minh về những cơ hội có thể ở đó cũng như tăng cường hợp tác trong diễn tập quân sự, trong tuần tra ở Biển Đông và trong đàm phán Bộ Quy tắc Ứng xử tại Biển Đông (COC) với Trung Quốc.
Mới đây nhất, vào ngày 7 tháng 3, Báo mạng sputniknews.com, của Nga dẫn lời của Đô đốc Philip Davidson tuyên bố trong cùng ngày rằng Hoa Kỳ ghi nhận các hoạt động quân sự của Trung Quốc gia tăng trong năm 2018 ở Biển Đông với các tàu, chiến đấu cơ và máy bay ném bom nhiều hơn những năm trước đó. Đô đốc Philip Davidson lập luận rằng hoạt động này gây nguy hiểm cho hoạt động thương mại và thông tin tài chính diễn ra ở khu vực Biển Đông.
Mặc dù tuyên bố như vừa nêu, tuy nhiên Chỉ huy Bộ Tư lệnh Thái Bình Dương-Ấn Độ Dương của Hoa Kỳ từ chối cho biết số liệu về lực lượng tuần tra tự do hàng hải của Hoa Kỳ sẽ tăng lên hay không trước sự gia tăng hoạt động quân sự của Trung Quốc ở Biển Đông.
Trong khi đó, Tiến sĩ Hà Hoàng Hợp, một nhà quan sát độc lập làm việc tại Singapore nói với RFA rằng cần có cái nhìn khách quan trong việc đánh giá các diễn tiến ở khu vực Biển Đông giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc. Tiến sĩ Hà Hoàng Hợp cho rằng ký giả Mark Helprin có cái nhìn bi quan trong bài xã luận đăng tải trên tờ The Wall Street Journal:
“Họ quá bi quan về các tác động của chính trị và địa chiến lược cũng như an ninh toàn cầu từ phía Mỹ. Thứ hai là họ đánh giá quá cao về vai trò và kết quả mà Trung Quốc có thể đạt tới trong tương lai. Một bên là Mỹ thì đánh giá quá thấp. Còn một bên đánh giá quá cao Trung Quốc. Các bài viết như thế thì không thấy dẫn chứng mà nhận định và bình luận thì rất thiếu sót.”
Mỹ với trách nhiệm của một nước đang đứng ở tuyến đầu trong việc đảm bảo trật tự an ninh quốc tế đã hình thành từ lâu và đến bây giờ vẫn chưa có gì thay đổi cả thì không có lý do gì mà họ không đảm bảo quyền lợi quốc gia của họ trong bối cảnh ở khu vực Biển Đông mà có lợi ích của quốc gia đó. Nếu nói như thế thì có thể thấy rằng việc can dự của Hoa Kỳ vào Biển Đông là có cơ sở về mặt chính trị cũng như chiến lược, dựa trên nền tảng đảm bảo an ninh quốc gia của Hoa Kỳ. Không thể giảm đi mà chỉ có tăng lên thôi
-TS. Hà Hoàng Hợp
Tiến sĩ Hà Hoàng Hợp nhắc lại Chính quyền Mỹ dưới thời Tổng thống Barack Obama đã tiến hành “Chính sách xoay trục Châu Á-Thái Bình Dương”, cho thấy rằng người Mỹ không bỏ vùng Tây Thái Bình Dương, đặc biệt là Biển Đông. Tiếp đến Chính quyền Tổng thống Donald Trump vẫn theo “Chính sách xoay trục’ này và tăng cường các hoạt động tuần tra về tự do hàng hải; đồng thời còn lập ra một cơ chế an ninh mới gọi là ‘Cơ chế an ninh Ấn Độ-Thái Bình Dương”, bao trùm cả Châu Á-Thái Bình Dương và Ấn Độ Dương. Tiến sĩ Hà Hoàng Hợp nhấn mạnh:
Trong vòng gần 2 năm qua vẫn chưa thấy qua cơ chế này có hoạt động nào lớn, nhưng rõ ràng có ý nghĩa. Đặc biệt là vào hôm mùng 4 tháng 3, Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Pompeo đã tái khẳng định hiệp định hòa bình với Philippines rằng nếu có một nước nào đó tấn công Phi, tức là tấn công nước Mỹ và nước Mỹ sẽ đánh trả. Đây là một tuyên bố rất mạnh mẽ.
Sự nhất quán trong chính sách của các nước lớn, kể cả Hoa Kỳ lẫn của các nước nhỏ thì trước hết họ phải quan tâm đến lợi ích quốc gia của nước họ trước. Lợi ích quốc gia của Hoa Kỳ ở Biển Đông là thứ nhất họ phải bảo vệ bằng được con đường vận chuyển hàng hóa đi qua Biển Đông hơn 5000 tỷ USD, trong đó hơn một nửa lượng hàng hóa Mỹ đi qua khu vực này, còn lại là của các nước đồng minh của Mỹ như Nhật Bản, Nam Triều Tiên, Úc, kể cả Philippines…và những nước bạn của Hoa Kỳ như Singapore, Đài Loan và cả Việt Nam…Mỹ với trách nhiệm của một nước đang đứng ở tuyến đầu trong việc đảm bảo trật tự an ninh quốc tế đã hình thành từ lâu và đến bây giờ vẫn chưa có gì thay đổi cả thì không có lý do gì mà họ không đảm bảo quyền lợi quốc gia của họ trong bối cảnh ở khu vực Biển Đông mà có lợi ích của quốc gia đó. Nếu nói như thế thì có thể thấy rằng việc can dự của Hoa Kỳ vào Biển Đông là có cơ sở về mặt chính trị cũng như chiến lược, dựa trên nền tảng đảm bảo an ninh quốc gia của Hoa Kỳ. Không thể giảm đi mà chỉ có tăng lên thôi.”
Tiến sĩ Hà Hoàng Hợp khẳng định vai trò của Mỹ và Trung Quốc ở vùng biển Thái Bình Dương đều quan trọng, thế nhưng ông cho rằng giấc mơ làm chủ khu vực này của Trung Quốc sẽ rất khó trở thành hiện thực.
Còn ông Nguyễn Gia Kiểng lập luận trong tương lai không xa, chiến lược “Sáng kiến vành đai và con đường” mà Trung Quốc tung ra sẽ khiến cho nền kinh tế của nước này lâm vào khủng hoảng, vì vay tiền với lãi suất cao và cho vay lại với lãi suất thấp và rất có triển vọng không đòi lại được. Do đó, một khi kinh tế của Trung Quốc bị khủng hoảng thì sẽ dẫn đến khủng hoảng chính trị và hậu quả là tuy mối nguy Trung Quốc có thật, nhưng sẽ giảm đi chứ không tăng lên.

          Amy Webb on Artificial Intelligence, Humanity, and the Big Nine      Cache   Translate Page      

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Futurist and author Amy Webb talks about her book, The Big Nine, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Webb observes that artificial intelligence is currently evolving in a handful of companies in the United States and China. She worries that innovation in the United States may lead to social changes that we may not ultimately like; in China, innovation may end up serving the geopolitical goals of the Chinese government with some uncomfortable foreign policy implications. Webb’s book is a reminder that artificial intelligence does not evolve in a vacuum–research and progress takes place in an institutional context. This is a wide-ranging conversation about the implications and possible futures of a world where artificial intelligence is increasingly part of our lives.

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Intro. [Recording date: February 12, 2019.]

Russ Roberts: My guest is futurist and author Amy Webb.... Her latest book is The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity.... Your book is a warning about the challenges we face, that we're going to face dealing with the rise of artificial intelligence. What is special about the book, at least in my experience reading about AI [Artificial Intelligence] and worries about artificial intelligence is that it doesn't talk about AI in the abstract but actually recognizes the reality that AI is mostly being developed within very specific institutional settings in the United States and in China. So, let's start with what you call the Big Nine. Who are they?

Amy Webb: Sure. So, what's important to note is that when it comes to AI, there's a tremendous amount of misplaced optimism and fear. And so, as you rightly point out, we tend to think in the abstract. In reality, there are 9 big tech giants who overwhelmingly are funding the research--building the open-source frameworks, developing the tools and the methodologies, building the data sets, doing the tests, and deploying AI at scale. Six of those companies are in the United States--I call them the G-Mafia for short. They are Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, IBM [International Business Machines], and Apple. And the other three are collectively known as the BAT. And they are based in China. That's Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. Together, those Big Nine tech companies are building the future of AI. And as a result, our helping to make serious plans and determinations, um, for I would argue the future of humanity.

Russ Roberts: And, just out of curiosity: I don't think you say very much in the book at all about Europe. Is there anything happening in Europe, in terms of research?

Amy Webb: Sure. So, the--you know, there's plenty of happening in France. Certainly in Canada. Montreal is one of the global hubs for what's known as Deep Learning. So this is not to say that there's not pockets of development and research elsewhere in the world. And it also isn't to say that there aren't additional large companies that are helping to grow the ecosystem. Certainly Salesforce and Uber are both contributing. However, when we look at the large systems, and the ecosystems and everything that plugs into them, overwhelming these are the 9 companies that we ought to be paying attention to.

3:18

Russ Roberts: So, I want to start with China. I had an episode with Mike Munger on the sharing economy and what he calls in his book Tomorrow 3.0. And, in the course of that conversation, we joked about people getting rated on their social skills and that those would be made public--how nice people were to each other. And we had a nice laugh about that. And I mentioned that I didn't think that that was an ideal situation--that people would be incentivized that way to be good people: despite my general love of incentives, that made me uneasy. And in response to that episode, some people mentioned an episode of Black Mirror[?]--the video series--and also some things that were happening in China. And I thought, 'Yeh, yeh, yeh, whatever.' But, what's happening in China--it's hard to believe. But, tell us about it.

Amy Webb: Sure. And, let me give you a quick example of one manifestation of this trend, and then sort of set that in the broader cultural context. So, there's a province in China where a new sort of global system is being rolled out. And it is continually mining and refining the data of the citizens who live in that area. So, as an example, if you cross the street when there's a red light and you are not able to safely cross the street at that point--if you choose to anyway, as to jay-walk--cameras that are embedded with smart recognition technology will automatically not just recognize that there's a person in the intersection when there's not supposed to be, but will actually recognize that person by name. So they'll use facial recognition technology along with technologies that are capable of recognizing posture and gait. It will recognize who that person is. Their image will be displayed on a nearby digital--not bulletin board; what do you call those--digital billboard. Where their name and other personal information will be displayed. And it will also trigger a social media mention on a network called Weibo. Which is one of the predominant social networks in China. And that person, probably, some of their family members, some of their friends, but also their employer, will know that they have--they have infracted--they have caused an infraction. So, they've crossed the street when they weren't supposed to. And, in some cases, that person may be publicly told--publicly shamed--and publicly told to show up at a nearby police precinct. Now, this is sort of important because it tells us something about the future of recognition technology and data. Which is very much tethered to the future of artificial intelligence. Now, better known as the Social Credit Score, China has been experimenting with this for quite a while; and they are not just tracking people as they cross the street. They are also looking at other ways that people behave in society, and that ranges from whether or not bills are paid on time, to how people perform in their social circles, to disciplinary actions that may be taken at work or at school, to what people are searching on--you know, on the Internet. And the idea is to generate some kind of a metric to show people definitively how well they are fitting in to Chinese society as Chinese people. This probably sounds, to the people listening to the show, like a horrible, Twilight Zone episode--

Russ Roberts: It sounds like 1984, is what it sounds like to me. It's not like, 'I wonder if that's a good idea.' It's more like, 'Are you kidding me?'

Amy Webb: Yeah. And so like, when I first heard about this, my initial response was not abject horror. I was curious. I was very curious.

Russ Roberts: [?]

Amy Webb: But like, here's what made me curious: Why bother? I mean, China has 1.4 billion people. And if the idea is to deploy something like this at scale, that is a tremendous amount of data. And you have to stop and say to yourself, 'Well, what's the point?' So, this is where some cultural context comes into play. So, I used to live in China. And I also used to live in Japan. And, they are very different cultures, very different countries. One distinctive feature of China is a community-reporting mechanism that is sort of embedded into society. And going back many thousands of years--you know, China is an enormous--it's a huge piece of land. And you've got people living throughout it; in fact, they are so spread apart, you have, you know, significantly different dialects being spoken. So, one way to sort of maintain control over vast masses of people spread out geographically was to develop a culture--sort of a tattle-tale culture. And so, throughout villages, if you were doing something untoward or breaking some kind of local custom or rule, that would get reported--you would get reported. Sort of in a gossipy way. But, you would get reported; and ultimately that person that heard the information would report that on up to maybe a precinct or a feudal manager of some kind, who would then report that up to whoever was in charge of the village or town; and then you would get into some kind of actual trouble. This was a way of maintaining social control. And so if you talk to people in China today, a lot of people are aware of monitoring. What I find so interesting is that at the moment, the outcry that we see outside of China does not match the outcry that I have observed--or actually to the lack of outcry--that I have observed in China. Now, there's one other piece of this really important: This is that using AI in this way ties in to China's Belt and Road Initiative [BRI]. And you might have heard about the BRI. This is sort of a master plan--it's a long-term strategy that helps China optimize what used to be the previous Silk Road--trading route. But it's sort of built around infrastructure. What's interesting is that there's also a digital version of this--the sort of digital BRI--where China is partnering with a lot of countries that are in situations where social stability is not a guarantee. And so, they are starting to export this technology into societies and places where there isn't that cultural context in place. And so, you have to stop and wonder and ask yourself, 'What does it mean for 58 pilot countries to have in their hands a technology capable of mining and refining and learning about all of their citizens, and reporting any infractions on up to authorities?' You know, in places like the Philippines, where free speech right now is questionable, this kind of technology, which does not make sense to us as Americans, may make slightly more sense to people in China, becomes a dangerous weapon in the hands of an authoritative, an authoritarian regime elsewhere in the world.

11:14

Russ Roberts: It reminds me, when you talk about the tattle-tale culture--of course, the Soviets did the same thing. They encouraged people to inform on--telltale sounds like a child reporting an insult. It's a monitoring mechanism by which authoritarian governments keep people in line. And you talk about the lack of outcry. Well, one reason is, is that you are worried that your social score is going to be low. Outcrying is probably not a good idea.

Amy Webb: That's right. That's right.

Russ Roberts: You should mention also, which I got from your book, that: It's not just like it's awkward, it's kind of embarrassing, you have a low score. These scores are going to be--going to be used, or being used?--to deal with people get credit, whether they can travel? Is that correct?

Amy Webb: Right. So, again. It's China. So, we can't be 100% of the information that's coming out, because it's a controlled-information ecosystem. But from what we've been able to gather, in all of the research that I've done, you know--I would suggest that it's already being used. It's certainly being used against ethnic minorities like the Uighurs. But we've seen instances of scoring systems being used to make determinations about school that kids are able to get into. You know, kids who, through no fault of their own may have parents that have run afoul, you know, in some way, and earned demotions and demerits on their social credit scores. So, it would appear as though this is already starting to affect people in China. And, again, my job is to quantify and assess future risk. So, as I was doing all of this research, my mind immediately went to: What are the longer term downstream implications? I think some of them are pretty obvious. Right? Like, some people in China are going to wind up having a miserable life as a result of the social credit score--the social credit score as it grows and is more widely adopted to some extent could lead to better social harmony, I guess; but it also leads to, you know, quashing individual ideas and certain freedoms and expressions of individual thinking. But, the flip side of this is: If it's the case that China has BRI--and it's investing in countries around the world not just in infrastructure but in digital infrastructure like fiber and 5G and communications networks and small cells and all the different technologies, in addition to AI and data, isn't it plausible that some time in the near future, our future trade wars aren't just rhetoric but could wind up in a retaliatory situation where people who don't have a credit score can't participate in the Chinese economy? Or, businesses that don't have credit scores can't do, can't trade. Or countries that don't have--if we think about like a Triple A Bond rating, you know, what happens if this credit scoring system evolves and China does business with, only with countries that have a high-enough score? We could quite literally get locked out of part of the global economy. It seems far-fetched, but I would argue that the signals are present now that point to something that could look like that in the near future.

15:03

Russ Roberts: Well, this is going to be a pretty paranoid show--episode--of EconTalk. So, I'm okay with that kind of fear-mongering, because it strikes me as quite worrisome. And I think we have to be, as you hinted at, you have to be open-minded that maybe this will make a better Chinese society, as defined by them. You know, the Soviets wanted to create a new Soviet man--and woman. They failed. But now, with these tools maybe there will be a new Chinese man and woman who will be harmoniously living with their neighbor, never jaywalking, and never gossiping, and smiling more often. Who knows? But, it's not my first, default thought about how this is going to turn out. I think that--

Amy Webb: No, but you kind of--you have to start with--I want to point out that I am not like a dystopian fiction writer. I'm a pragmatist. So, this--I am not studying all of this for the purpose of scaring people. What I would argue is, I have studied all of this, and used data, and modeled out plausible outcomes; and it is scary. It really is. Because you have to, again, connect the dots between all of this and other adjacent areas that are important to note. The CCP [Chinese Communist Party] in China is--

Russ Roberts: the Communist Party--

Amy Webb: yep--is facing some huge opportunities but also big problems. The Chinese economy may technically be slowing, but it's not a slow economy. There's plenty of growth ahead. And, if that holds--and there's no reason why at the moment it wouldn't--you know, Chinese society is about to go through social mobility at a scale never seen before in modern human history. And as that enormous group of people moves up, they are going to want to buy stuff. They are going to want to travel. So, you know, that potentially causes some problems, because the more wealth that is earned, the more agency people feel, the more opinions they start having