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President Duterte to Sign EO on Smoking Ban

Calling the attention of avid smokers! President Duterte is set to sign an executive order (EO) on a nationwide smoking ban, a palace official said.

According to Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella, the revised draft of the executive order prepared by the Department of Health was submitted to the President’s office on Tuesday morning. Last January, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial was asked by the president to draft an executive order similar to what Davao had been implementing, 100% smoke-free environment in public places.
President Duterte to Sign EO on Smoking Ban
Under the executive order, smoking indoors would also be prohibited. “There will be no smoking in public places anymore, whether indoor or outdoor. Parks, bus stations, and even in vehicles. All these are considered public places,” Ubial said.

The EO will mandate all government agencies to implement the 100% smoking ban in all public places, not just Metro Manila. The local government units can also draft their own ordinances to implement the executive order. It will also send a clear signal to the members of the branch to implement systems and information drives to be able to prevent children, the poor and the general public from smoking in public places.

Davao City, where President Duterte had long been a mayor, has been observing the smoking ban for years. It has also been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective smoke-free order in an urban setting, demonstrating the smoke-free laws can work in the Philippines.
Currently, there are 66 countries in the world implementing smoking bans such as Australia, Germany and Singapore.

Philippine Government Hiring 74,000 Personnel for Deped, DOH, Army

Good news to those unemployed professionals seeking for a job! The Philippine government is hiring at least 74,000 teacher, health professionals, engineering personnel, and Army members.

The Department of Education would employ 18,238 more teachers for Grades 1-10 and another 21, 858 senior high school teachers nationwide.

According to Deped Undersecretary Jesus Lorenzo Mateo, K-10 teachers need to be licensed. For those who would teach senior high school, they are given 5 years to pass the licensure exam for them to be regularized.
Philippine Government Hiring 74,000 Personnel for Deped, DOH, Army
Applicants who would be hired will be compensated as much as Php 19,000, but they would not be given the choice on where to be assigned.

"Yung mga teachers natin, dinedeploy yan kung saan yung nangangailangan na eskwelahan. Ibig sabihin, hindi sila pwede mamili ng eskwelahan na malapit sa bahay nila kung hindi naman nangangailangan (ng teacher) yung eskwelahan," he said. (Our teachers would be deployed on which school has a vacancy. It means they cannot choose a school close to their home if that school is not needing a teacher.)

Meanwhile, the Department of Health also needs to fill up 20,000 vacancies in hospitals and public health centers around the country according to Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.

Ubial said they have already hired 23,000 various health professionals like doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists, but will need more. Interested applicants may submit their requirements to hospitals or health offices they would want to be affiliated with.

The Philippine Army is looking for almost 14,000 people to fill in vacancies for officers, engineering units, and new recruits.

Army spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao said that once an applicant joins the training, he or she will take home more or less Php 16,000. Applicants may visit recruitment centers in Fort Bonifacio in Metro Manila, Camp Lapu-lapu in Visayas, and Camp Evangelista in Cagayan De Oro.

President Duterte Approves National Broadband Program

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the national broadband program on Monday, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

During the latest cabinet meeting, Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima presented the proposal to set up a national broadband network that would mainly cater to rural areas. The project was estimated to cost Php200 billion and projected to be completed in three years.
President Duterte Approves National Broadband Program
After hearing the proposal, President Duterte gave his go signal, that according to a Facebook post shared by Piñol during the meeting. Piñol added that Duterte said he would like DICT to develop a national broadband plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed. The President also emphasized the need for faster communications in the country.
Salalima passed three options to Malacañang in October 2016 about the national broadband plan. One of which is to set up a national broadband network from scratch, projected to cost from Php77 billion to Php200 billion.

The DICT’s national broadband proposal is an answer to the President’s initiative during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2016 to push for free WiFi access to more areas in the countryside.

During the time of former president and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo, a national broadband plan was also in the works, but was halted with allegations of corruption and irregularities.
The Philippines is known for having one of the slowest internet speeds in Asia averaging 3.6 Mbps per household, compared to the 12.4 Mbps average in other countries in Southeast Asia. If the said project pushes through, it would be a great news for the social media loving Filipinos.

Hiring: Austria is Looking for Hermit Applicant

Are you an unemployed loner? Are you someone who is at peace with himself? Do you have a Christian outlook? This job opening might be the perfect one for you. If you get the job, you would be rewarded with a stunning view of nature and the solidarity that comes with not having any neighbors. However, you should bear living without necessities like running water, electricity and internet.

Sounds good? You are then ready to pass your application as a hermit in Salzburg, Austria. Considered one the rarest jobs in the world, you would be relocated in a nearby hermitage built into steep cliffs characteristic of the Salzburg region that borders on Germany. The structure sits at an altitude of 4,600 feet.
Hiring: Austria is Looking for Hermit Applicant
According to the parish, there is really no classic job description for a hermit. You just need to be a person who is ‘at peace with himself.’ He should also have a Christian outlook and ready to greet visiting pilgrims and locals.

The last hermit was a Vienne pastor and psychotherapist who left last autumn to return to his normal life after just one stint. Before him, a Benedictine monk had the job for twelve years.
All things set aside, let’s talk about other things to consider. First, you need to be able to dodge bullets. In 1970, a resident hermit was fired a shotgun by a jealous local who did not get a job which terrified the poor guy running back home.

Second, you need to be well-off and able to support yourself during your April to November stint because unfortunately, the job is unpaid. If this is still not a deal breaker, you are now ready to send in your resume, cover letter and a current photo… through post. Remember, the place doesn’t have internet.