MARIKINA WANTS TO MIRROR MUNTINLUPA ENTREP PROGRAM
Marikina City is seeking to implement Muntinlupa City’s Joint Resource Financing Program or Tulong Negosyo, which aims to grant financial assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs without imposing a loan interest.

Marikina Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer Lourdes dela Paz visited Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for a courtesy call to benchmark Muntinlupa’s programs for entrepreneurs.

Muntinlupa City has been named as the Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for the second time around.

PANEL APPROVES BILL CREATING NAT’L FILIPINO WOMEN’S MUSEUM
The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy approved House Bill 372, authored by Gabriela Party-list Reps. Arlene Brosas and Emmi De Jesus, which seeks to create the National Filipino Women’s Museum.

The establishment of the museum aims to honor women’s role and heroism in the Filipinos’ liberation from foreign invasion and occupation by the Spanish, American, and Japanese.

They cited the names of Gabriela Silang, Tandang Sora, Teresa Magbanua, and Trinidad Tecson—Filipino women who fought against colonialism and foreign invasion.

BAGUIO SOLON: 4-M TREES YEARLY IF BILL BECOMES LAW
Around four million trees would be planted annually if the bill requiring parents to plant two trees for every child born to them is enacted into law, Baguio Rep. Mark Go said.

Last January 14, the House of Representatives approved the Family Tree Planting Bill on its third and final reading before the plenary. The bill was already transmitted to the Senate.

Go said the law wants to encourage Filipinos and everyone in the country to plant a tree and take care of them because they are simultaneously growing with their child.

PANGASINAN HONORS WORLD WAR II VETERANS
The provincial government once again honored the World War II veterans of Pangasinan through a commemorative program and a medical mission for them and their family members during the 74th Lingayen Gulf Landings and 12th Pangasinan Veterans’ Day.

In his speech, Governor Amado Espino III emphasized the importance of honoring the veterans while they were still living as their number decrease each year.

ILOILO CITY BAGS NAT’L ADAC PERFORMANCE AWARD
Iloilo City is a recipient of the National Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Performance Award by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) following the 2017 ADAC Performance Audit-National Calibration.

The ADAC Award is given to local government units that have successful anti-drug abuse programs, taking into consideration financial and physical accomplishments, drug-clearing operations, and community-based rehabilitation programs.

Mayor Jose Espinosa III received the National ADAC Performance Award during the awarding ceremony in Tent City, Manila Hotel on December 28, 2018.

PCSO OPENS 67TH BRANCH IN AGUSAN DEL SUR
Staying true to its promise of bringing the services closer to the people, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) opened its 67th branch in Agusan del Sur on January 16.

PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan revealed that the building was donated by the local government of Agusan del Sur through Gov. Adolf Edward Plaza.

As per Command Operating Budget, the Agency is planning to put up four more branches this year.

MASONIC LODGE PARTNERS WITH IBARRA WATCHES
Pilar Lodge No. 15 is celebrating 125 years since it was chartered in 1894. During the war, many Katipuneros were first members of the Lodge including General Emilio Aguinaldo.

To honor this milestone, Pilar Lodge No. 15 is releasing a commemorative watch model, designed and manufactured by Filipino watch brand, Ibarra Watches.

The limited edition watch will only have 125 pieces, sold exclusively to Freemasons. The timepiece will be released during their 125th Public Installation of Elected and Appointed Officers of Pilar Masonic Lodge No. 15.

MALASAKIT CENTER OPENS IN QUEZON CITY
The government rolled out its 19th Malasakit Center at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City on January 7.

Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, along with QC Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, led the launching of the center as part of the administration’s efforts to improve medical services across the country.

This one-stop shop offers financial assistance related to hospitalizations in order to reduce the waiting time, queues, and paper works needed to avail of such services.

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