National Newbits for October 12,2013
October 11, 2013
OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR
A commemorative mass will be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Andres Malawis at 6:15 p.m. today at the Santa Cruz Parish in Manila in observance of the feast of its patroness, Our Lady of Pillar. A procession follows the mass. The traditional grand procession will be held on October 20, Sunday, following a high mass in honor of Our Lady at 3:30 p.m. which will be officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. In Zamboanga City, where the image of Nuestra Senora La Virgin del Pillar, devotees will gather at her shrine in Fort Pilar for the mass and the recitation of the holy rosary, particularly praying for the full restoration of peace and order in the city. (Christina Hermoso)
Lifetime automatic membership is only for retired members who have made at least 120 monthly contributions during the time they were employed, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) said yesterday. “Members who have reached the age of retirement as provided for by law and paid at least 120 monthly contributions shall be entitled to lifetime coverage, which means they remain covered for life even if no longer paying contributions” PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla said. (Jenny Manongdo)
Cory Quirino, exclusive licensee and national director of the Miss World Philippines and Mister World Philippines contests, says she is now working for the staging of the Miss World and Mister World contests in the Philippines. “Actually I have two dreams. First, to win the Miss World crown for the Philippines. My second dream is for the staging of the Miss World pageant here. I also have a third wish — the staging of the Mister World contest here. Right now, I’m working very hard with the tourism department since last year and we will have another meeting soon to pave the way for the staging of these two international contests,” she said.
Ako Bicol Partylist Reps. Rodel Batocabe and Christopher Co filed House Bills 377 and 378 to create a penal commission and a civil commission that will be given the “daunting task of the codification of all existing laws.” Batocabe and Co said the two bodies will be given one year from date of the enactment of proposed statutes to complete their work. They will then submit to the President a report of the work undertaken together with the corresponding drafts of the Codes for submission to Congress. (Ben Rosario)
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has lauded the Philippines for its dynamic and exemplary contributions to the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda. United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan cited the Philippines for involving citizens in its national consultation process on the Post-2015 development agenda. The Post-2015 Development Agenda refers to a process led by the UN that aims to help define the future global development framework that will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight global development targets which come to an end in 2015. (Roy C. Mabasa)