Metro newsbits February 16, 2014

U.S.A. Grants

The United States Embassy yesterday disclosed the availability of $20,000 (P8,800,000) grants for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit organizations (NPOs) on a competitive basis. A statement emailed to the Manila Bulletin said the embassy “is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Small Grants Competition...up to $20,000” to NGOs and NPOs “to promote democratic values and cooperation in the East-Asia Pacific region.” Saying proposals are being accepted, it said NGOs and NPOs have to compete for the grants, with the final selection to be known in mid-April 2014. Winners of the grants will get the fund from the embassy’s Public Affairs Office. (Edd K. Usman)


A father and his daughter died after they were trapped inside their burning house in Caloocan City Friday. The bodies of Jose Chan, 63, and daughter Jackie Chan, 26, were found by firefighters inside the comfort room after the fire was put out at 6:14 p.m. Authorities said sketchy details showed that the fire started from a house in Francisco Street, Barangay 75 in Caloocan at 4:47 p.m. The fire spread toward other houses as firefighters attempted to control it. The older Chan, investigators were told, was out of the house, but went back to save his sleeping daughter.  (Rizal S. Obanil)


Malabon City employees were warned to wear helmet when driving motorcycles not only for their safety but as a model for following city ordinances. Mayor Antolin III issued the  warning to employees who drive motorcycles as they go on massive campaign to arrest erring employees. “They are the ‘windows’ of the city government where people see how officials run the affairs of the government and as such they should show  good example,” he said, adding that  “they should serve as ‘models’ by properly observing city ordinances like wearing helmet.”  In his memorandum, Acting City Administrator lawyer Voltaire dela Cruz said the city government is strictly implementing the city ordinance on wearing protective gears like helmet to ensure the safety of the riders. (Ed Mahilum)


Mounting complaints against  overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) refusing to send financial support to their families has prompted a lawmaker to push for the enactment of a measure that would authorize Philippine embassy officials to withhold renewal or approval of passports of OFWs who refuse to fulfill their responsibility to support their legal dependents. OFW Family Party-list Rep. Roy V. Seneres filed House Bill 3576 giving Filipino ambassadors, consul generals, chiefs of missions or charge d’affaires the authority to direct an OFW to send part of his or her earnings to legal dependents left in the country. Seneres, a former ambassador and labor attaché, said HB 3576 finds basis in several provisions of the Constitution and the Family Code of the Philippines.(Ben Rosario)


Some P721.5 million have been allocated by Caloocan  City for the construction of 67 priority social infrastructure projects, a top Caloocan  City official said. This was bared yesterday by Mayor Oscar Malapitan.  Speaking before members of the City Development Council (CDC) Wednesday, the mayor said the amount was approved by the city council and represented 41 percent of the total budget of the city government for the second half of last year. (Ed Mahilum)