National Newsbits for February 6,2014 | | Philippine News
Home  » News » National » National Newsbits for February 6,2014

National Newsbits for February 6,2014


The local Church marks the month of February as Pro-Life Month, a month dedicated to the preservation and respect for human life and the sanctity of marriage and the Filipino family. Pro-Life Philippines, which has led the celebration for the last 27 years, will hold activities, talks, and seminars geared towards educating and training particularly the lay people to actively participate in pro-life causes. Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said the Church needs “more lay people to stand for life and to be champions of the poor, the weak, and the innocent. We are waging a spiritual war and our laity should stand at the forefront of our temporal realities that help build the kingdom of God. (Christina I. Hermoso)


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has identified 53 municipalities and three cities of Northern Mindanao as target beneficiaries of the P205,447,816 worth Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) project this 2014 worth. SALINTUBIG is a project of the DILG, Department of Health (DOH), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) which is designed to provide water supply systems to waterless municipalities, barangays, health centers, resettlement sites. It also aims to enhance the capacity of LGUs and water service providers in the planning, implementation, and operation of water supply facilities. Sixteen of the target beneficiaries come from the province of Bukidnon; 14 from Lanao del Norte; 11 from Misamis Occidental; ten from Misamis Oriental; and two from Camiguin. (Czarina Nicole O. Ong)


The bidding of the P3.4-billion Land Transportation Office (LTO) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) project has been postponed to give bidders more time to strategize their proposals. In a bid bulletin, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the deadline for the submission of bid proposals for the project from February 18 to March 19. The DOTC said the postponement is meant to “provide bidders ample time to study the bidding documents and prepare a competitive tender,” for the project that covers the customization, development, integration, procurement, supply, delivery, installation, implementation, service and maintenance of the ICT system of the LTO. The DOTC has slashed the budget allocated for the project from P8.2 billion to P3.4 billion. The original bidding failed after the three bidders failed the post-qualification stage. (Kris Bayos)


Around 3,000 Department of Science and Technology (DOST) executives, officials, and personnel banded together to push eight priority areas for the country’s global competitiveness. To start the year 2014, they also launched “Juan Direction,” which is described as “the concept of the Filipinos’ single, harmonized journey to progress.” DOST Secretary Mario Go Montejo led the S&T community — about 6,000 members nationwide — in the launch that highlighted the DOST Commitment Day on Monday. They gathered at the department’s Central Office in Bicutan, Taguig City. The focus of their commitment is the “8 DOST Outcomes” that harnesses the power of science and technology. (Edd K. Usman)