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  • LTO driver’s license centers now open on Saturdays

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    Starting August 29, 2015, driver’s license centers will be now open every  Saturdays to help ease the backlog of around 900,000 license cards by October this year.

    “We will now open our licensing centers on Saturdays for backlogs on driver’s license cards,” said Land Transportation Office (LTO) spokesman Jason Salvador.

    “This means that if you applied for a license before but did not get your license card yet, you don’t need to file for a leave, or half day on weekdays. You can visit our office on Saturdays,” he added.

    Salvador said that this scheme will begin in select offices in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 4 and will gradually roll out all over the country.

    The LTO spokesman pointed out that all driver’s license cards are expected to be printed out by October since LTO continues to print after office hours including Saturdays.

    “We will be open Saturdays for driver’s license card transactions but for the meantime this is only for the claiming of cards to ease the backlogs,” he further said.

    Salvador, meanwhile, said that the renewal of licenses has also been fast-tracked. The process has fewer steps since applicants will no longer need to fill out application forms.

    He said they will only need to bring a valid identification and a medical certificate, get details checked and proceed to getting their photos taken. This process will only take 10 to 15 minutes.

  • INC rally: Stranded commuters, motorists express rage on social media

    By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos

    As thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members began to stage a bigger protest against Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Leila De Lima in EDSA in the evening of August 28, 2015, commuters and motorists who were stranded due to the heavy traffic took to social media their anger and exhaustion.

    A number of commuters and motorists vented out their frustration on Twitter as what they called “carmageddon” turned their more-or-less one-hour travel in EDSA into something unimaginable.

    Some netizens expressed that the INC were not being considerate as their rally was staged during the time when a lot of people are going home. Netizens said that the INC members could have picked a better timing to stage their rally instead of doing it on a Friday night rush-hour during a payday and the start of a long weekend.

    [View the story "INC EDSA traffic" on Storify]

    Outgoing Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Mar Roxas said through his Facebook page “While all citizens have the right to be heard and to peaceful assembly, the exercise of these rights cannot impinge on the rights of others or cause inconvenience to anyone. Lalo na yung mga kababayan nating pauwi sa kanilang mga tahanan para magpahinga at makasama ang kanilang mga pamilya (Especially those who are on their way home to rest and be with their families).”

  • Ronda Rousey-Holly Holm fight to headline UFC193 in Australia
    Mixed martial arts' top draw Ronda Rousey is set to rumble Down Under against challenger Holly Holm for UFC 193 in Australia. UFC 193 was originally slated for the championship match between UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit but the champion suffered a thumb injury, prompting White to put the Rousey-Holm match as the main event for theNov. 14 cardat Etihad Stadium. "We're announcing that Ronda Rousey will fight Holly Holm onNovember 14; she is the main event at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, and she will break the all-time attendance record for mixed martial arts," White announced on ESPN's SportsCenter. Rousey, the undefeated UFC women's bantamweigh...

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  • PNP warns public against motorcycle thieves

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    The Philippine National Police is reminding all motorcycle owners to be more vigilant against motorcycle thieves.

    The assessment of representatives from the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) during the regular Lambat Sibat meeting in Camp Crame revealed that average number of stolen motorcycle incidents went down from 63 cases in June 2014 to 39 in August 2015.

    Despite the downtrend in the number of cases, police authorities are still warning the public to be more observant when parking their motorcycles. Safety measures include:

    • Always park your motorcycle at a safe, secure and well-lighted places or areas.
    • Install security alarm and security devices in your motorcycle.
    • Make sure to put tire-lock on your motorcycle at all times.
    • Do not leave your motorcycle with keys or unattended in public places.

    From the latest analysis of the DIDM from August 17 to 23, 2015, the police district with the highest number of stolen motorcycle incidents is in Quezon City with 15 cases followed by Manila with 12 incidents and Southern Police District with six cases.

    The Eastern Police District remains to have the lowest number of cases with only three incidents reported on the said week.

  • Storm Benefits strengthens foothold in Cebu

    Flexible benefits provider Storm Benefits Inc. is strengthening its presence in Cebu as part of its planned domestic expansion. After raising $4.3 million from Xurpas Inc. in the first quarter of 2015, Storm  disclosed its intention to grow organically, first by establishing a strong base in Central Visayas and then in Southeast Asia.

    “Information technology, tourism, and export oriented-manufacturing have led the economic growth of Cebu in recent years. It is home to more than a dozen special economic zones with locators producing a range of products from semiconductors to ships. This is in addition to a number of local conglomerates that are reinvesting money to boost growth,” said Peter Cauton, CEO of Storm  Benefits.

    The company is expecting a few medium to large enterprises to be added to its growing list of corporate patrons, with some of the Cebu’s biggest industries discovering the benefits of a flexible platform.

    Storm’s FlexBen platform gives employees the option to convert underutilized traditional benefits such as vacation leaves and HMO coverage into “Flexpoints.” Employees then use these points to purchase items from the online Benefits Store, which offers gadgets, investment instruments, spa services and travel packages.

    Among the latest additions to Storm ’s flexible benefits program in Cebu are 24/7, one of the country’s biggest call centers specializing in inbound solutions and customer care and QBE, a global insurance group poised for rapid growth in Cebu. AboitizLand, the city’s premier real estate developer, is also going to be using Storm’s incentives platform.

    “The possibilities of flexible benefits are now beginning to be explored in Cebu City—and we are proud to be able to provide the means to answer the needs of our clients and partners,” Cauton said.


  • Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova advance to New Haven final
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. --- Second-seeded Petra Kvitova beat third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-1 on Friday night to reach the Connecticut Open final for the fourth consecutive year. The defending champion will play fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova in an all-Czech Republic final. Safarova held off lucky-loser Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). "We are friends and it's always difficult to play friends for sure, even in the final," said Kvitova, practices with Safarova during the Fed Cup and when back home. "It's not always easy, but that's how it is in tennis and when we are on the court I don't we are really thinking about the friendship." Kvitova is 6-0 against Safarova. "It's...

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  • TFC, DFA tie up for overseas voting push

    With the deadline for the worldwide registration for the 2016 elections coming to a close on October 31, The Filipino Channel (TFC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Overseas Voting Secretariat (OVS) join hands once again to propagate the overseas Filipino’s (OF) right to vote.

    Managing Director for Asia Pacific of ABS-CBN Global Ltd. Philippine Branch Ailene Averion, said: “We transcend roles and help our kababayans realize and act on what they can do for their country. We concretize this by helping key government agency DFA OVS in its aim to reach out to Filipinos of voting age who can elect their next leaders by registering and exercising their right to vote.”

    Since 2012, TFC has been laying out its platforms for the promotion of the OV act.  The network opened its events for on-site registration efforts and tapped personalities such as Boy Abunda, Pokwang, Sam Milby, Eric Santos and Piolo Pascual to banner the 2012 campaign and Ted Failon, Atom Araullo, Maan Macapagal, Robi Domingo and Kim Chiu to headline the 2013 campaign.

    DFA-OVS Chairperson Undersecretary Rafael Seguis credits the 85 posts all over the world for bringing the 2012 numbers to fore.  He added: “The most important thing for us is for media to create awareness.  Thank you to ABS-CBN TFC for this kind of arrangement that will help create this kind of awareness for OV.  We have similar arrangements in the past but not of this magnitude.  Now we will be reaching even Africa because of TFC’s reach and popularity.”

    DFA OVS reported that new registrants have reached the 600,000-mark, bringing the new total to 608,516.

    A total of 13 overseas registration centers (OVRC) in the Philippines have been opened to reach Filipinos who are about to leave for overseas, whether on a permanent or temporary basis.  These are the DFA Regional Consular Office in Davao, San Fernando Pampanga, and Cebu; and DFA Satellite Offices in Robinsons Galleria, SM Manila and Ali Mall; DFA Office of Consular Affairs in ASEAN Business Park in Paranaque; NAIA Terminals 1 to 3 in Pasay City, POEA in Ortigas, Mandaluyong, and Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc. in Makati City, Marina at Kalaw City, Manila and CFO in Osmeña in Manila; and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Training Center in Intramuros.

    The deadline for overseas voting registration is on October 31, 2015 while the voting period for the 2016 Presidential Elections is from April to May 9, 2015.  For more information visit www.

    Video courtesy of The Filipino Channel