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National Newsbits for September 4, 2014

FEAST OF SAINT ROSE TODAY

Catholics and devotees celebrate today the Feast of Saint Rose (Santa Rosa) of Viterbo, a popular and well-loved Italian saint, whose incorrupt body is venerated to this day by hundreds of pilgrims every year in a monastery in Viterbo, Italy.   Born in 1235 in the small town of Viterbo, Saint Rose was known for her deep faith, remarkable holiness, as well as for her miraculous powers from her earliest years. She led a life of prayer, did charity and missionary work, and helped spread awareness on the importance of the Sacrament of Penance.   Having displayed spiritual maturity at a young age, she became a Third Order Franciscan. She continued to inspire others with her courage to defend her faith as well as her great devotion to the Blessed Mother. St. Rose died young at the age of 17 in 1252 and was canonized by Pope Callistus III in 1457. (Christina I. Hermoso)

MY TEACHER, MY HERO

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is paying tribute to all teachers nationwide with the observance of National Teachers’ Month on Friday (September 5) up to October 5. The celebration of National Teachers’ Month, which began in 2008, recognizes Filipino teachers and their contribution in shaping the country’s leaders. The theme of year’s celebration is “My Teacher My Hero.” The DILG has tasked local chief executives to conduct simple yet meaningful activities to commemorate teachers’ month, such as the display or hanging of streamers and posters about the event in conspicuous places in respective localities. They are also urged to organize special activities to honor and give recognition to outstanding teachers within their community.  The department particularly stressed the holding of simultaneous prayers for teachers at exactly 10:05 a.m. on October 3 or October 5 in offices or during flag-raising ceremonies every Monday for the whole duration of the event. (Czarina Nicole O. Ong)

PRODUCTIVITY CONVENTION SLATED

The National Wages and Productivity Commission’s (NWPCs) National Productivity Convention is set for Oct. 16, Labor and Employment Secretary Dimapilis-Baldoz announced yesterday. “Early on, local and international productivity experts and practitioners have expressed interest and desire to join the National Productivity Convention and we at the DOLE are excited,” said Baldoz. The activity aims to stimulate productivity growth, especially in the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “The convention is a major undertaking of the NWPC, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment. It aims to communicate the importance of productivity and innovation through expanding workers’ knowledge and skills and building sustainable competitive enterprises,” said Baldoz. (Ellaine Dorothy S. Cal)

CHICKEN PRICES GOING DOWN

The prices of chicken in the market have gone down as poultry suppliers from Southern Luzon have started to recover from damage caused by typhoon “Glenda” in July, Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Livestock Jose Reaño said yesterday. Reaño said prices of dressed chicken in local markets this week were monitored between P135 and P140 per kilo. A kilo of chicken was sold at P150 kilogram last month in the wake typhoon Glenda. Pork prices are also down with a kilo selling at P175 to P180. “The supply of chicken has begun to stabilize. As early as the week of July, with the intervention of the DA, damaged chicken farms in Southern Luzon have been repaired and operations in chicken farms are normalizing,” Reaño said. (Ellalyn B. De Vera)