Oct 192017

Identification of lost pets is now made easy with the city-wide micro-chipping program project of Makati City, the first local government in the country to use the technology in a large-scale setting.

The “PET iChips” are implanted on the shoulders of dogs and cats so owners can track the lost pets through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

Once implanted, they are activated for life unless the chip is surgically removed. The PET iCHIP will serve as a permanent pet ID and is read by passing a microchip scanner over the dog’s shoulder blades. The PET iChips are the passive-type microchips which work without batteries.

The bio-thermal microchips, no larger than a grain of rice, will contain information about the dog and its owner as well as data on when the dog was vaccinated against rabies. These details will be uploaded to Makati City’s database which will allow the Makati City Veterinary Services Office (VSO) to closely monitor and check the number of dogs which have been given anti-rabies shots.

The PET iChips are given for free to Makati residents, and implanted on pets by licensed veterinarians from the VSO.

The PET iCHIPs can be implanted on both mature dogs and puppies. The microchips are especially useful to pet owners who travel abroad with their dogs since the chips to be used comply with international standards and the 15-digit numeric code can be scanned anywhere.

“Through the microchipping program, we are protecting both pet dogs and their owners. The technology will enable us to keep tabs on dogs, ensure that they are in the best of health, and return them to their rightful owners in case they get lost. This is important for people like us who consider dogs as part of our families,” Makati Mayor Abby Binay said.

Embedding microchips on dogs have significant advantages. First, it will reduce the cost of redundant vaccination for pet animals as well as humans. It will also promote an absolute pet recovery program since the owner, address, contact information and the dog’s name are all entered in a database which various agencies have access to.

The microchips can identify pets, prevent theft, increase pet recovery after loss, monitor the pet’s temperature and aid in disease monitoring, trace breed and genealogy as well as assist in the transport and rescue of animals.

VSO’s Dr. Jing Mangahas added that apart from the microchip, the VSO will also be issuing “pet passports” for each dog. This will assist owners who travel with their dogs as well as those who bring dogs in from abroad.

The Makati City government is implementing the program in all 27 barangays and six villages.

Schedules for the PET iChip implantation for Makati City pets can be seen on the My Makati Facebook page.

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Apr 022014

AN AGREEMENT that will spur further talks on a possible trade arrangement between the Philippines and the four-member European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is expected to be signed in June, a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official said. “We’re hoping to sign the Joint Declaration of Cooperation in June in Europe. We are just now refining the declaration,” DTI Undersecretary Adriwan S. Cristobal, Jr. told reporters in a chance interview in Makati City.

Jan 272014
Aliens reminded to register for ‘14

Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:07 am | Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison: A reminder. facebook photo MANILA, Philippines—Foreigners living in the country who are over 14 but under 65 years old are required to make a personal appearance and fill out new forms for their annual report before the March 1 deadline or face administrative fines, Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison said on Monday. Mison said it would only take 10 minutes to register provided the annual report form is completely filled out and all requirements are complete. Mison said the annual report form may be downloaded from the website immigration.gov.ph. but an application fee of P310 must be paid directly to the immigration bureau’s cashier. The new procedure strictly enforces immigration rules prescribed by the Alien Registration Act, Mison said, adding that at least 209,000 registered foreigners must report in person to Bureau of Immigration (BI) offices in the country. He also advised foreigners who register and pay their application fee to ask for an official receipt from the BI cashier to avoid being victimized by fixers and extortionists preying on them.—Niña P. Calleja Follow Us Recent Stories: Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines. Tags: aliens , annual report , Bureau of Immigration , Immigration , Philippines Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Read More …

Dec 232013
British embassy closed for 6 days

By Kristine Angeli SabilloINQUIRER.net 10:02 am | Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 MANILA, Philippines – The British Embassy in Manila announced on Tuesday that it will be closed for six days during the holiday season. “The British Embassy Manila is closed today, December 24 until December 26,” the embassy announced on Twitter. Its offices will also be closed from December 30, 2013 to January 1, 2014. “For British nationals who need urgent assistance during these days, please call +63 2 858 2200. Please follow instructions when you are connected to be put through to Consular Response,”  the embassy said. Follow Us Recent Stories: Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines. Tags: British Embassy , embassies , Holidays , office , Philippines , services Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer’s Reader’s Advocate. Or write The Readers’ Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

Nov 072013
DFA suspends passport service in several areas due to ‘Yolanda’

By Kristine Angeli SabilloINQUIRER.net 5:05 pm | Thursday, November 7th, 2013 INQUIRER FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday announced the suspension of services, including the releasing of passports, in seven regional consular offices from November 8 to 9 due to expected bad weather. “The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advises the public that due to super typhoon Yolanda, consular services at DFA Regional Consular Offices (RCOs) in Tacloban, Legazpi, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Lipa, and Lucena will be temporarily suspended on November 8-9 (Friday and Saturday),” DFA said in a statement. Normal operations will resume on November 11 (Monday). The affected RCOs may be contacted through the following numbers: Tacloban – (053) 321-8233 Legazpi – (052) 480-3000 Cebu – (032) 520-5898 Bacolod – (034) 441-2675 Iloilo – (033) 337-8017 Lipa – (043) 722-0578 Lucena – (042) 710-4526 The DFA main office may be reached at (02) 536-0000, passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph and ppt_do@yahoo.com. Follow Us Recent Stories: Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines. Tags: DFA , Foreign affairs , Passport Service , Supertyphoon Yolanda , weather Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer’s Reader’s Advocate. Or write The Readers’ Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Read More …

Sep 142013
Alleged kidnap victim in Dubai went to Bangkok

Last June, we wrote about the case of Jerlyn Montoya, an overseas worker who supposedly went missing a day after her arrival in Dubai in 2004. According to the victim’s family, she was apparently abducted after having one too many drinks at her welcome party by another Filipino. Her family claimed she managed to call them to inform them that she was abducted by this man but the call was cut short. In the succeeding months, the story the family pieced together was that Jerlyn had become the man’s sex slave and got pregnant as a result. When asked why it took them nine years to report the incident, the victim’s family said they simply just believed Jerlyn would suddenly come home one day. Bantay OCW immediately contacted Consul General Frank Cimafranca of the Philippine Consulate in Dubai, who then promised to look into the reported disappearance of Jerlyn. Upon reading about Jerlyn in the Inquirer, the victim’s agency, IPAMS, and its Employee Relations Manager Maria Isabel Domingo searched and confirmed that Montoya had been sent to Dubai, UAE last September 11, 2006 (as opposed to the family’s claim of 2004) to be employed at Maritime Mercantile International (MMI). According to the Emirates Leisure Rental (ELR), Montoya was not “missing” but reported for work at MMI from her starting date up to her resignation on April 12, 2007. Montoya was then reported to have flown to Bangkok on April 17, 2007. Bantay OCW called the Philippine embassy in Thailand. Vice Read More …

Sep 132013
PNoy: I don’t remember meeting Napoles before pork scam

President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Philippine Navy (PN) Flag Officer-in-Command (FOIC) VADM Jose Luis Alano during the 7th ASEAN Navy Chiefs Meeting (ANCM) at the Ballroom 2, Raffles and Fairmont Hotel in Makati Avenue, Makati City on Tuesday (September 10). With theme: “Partnership for Peace and Prosperity” to highlight the need for strengthened cooperation among the ASEAN Navies for peace, stability and progress in the ASEAN region. In photo is Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gregorio Macapagal. (MNS Photo). MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said that he does not remember meeting alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles even before the scandal broke out. “I tried to research in my mind if I ever came across her or even heard of her name and I hope I am not turning senile but I don’t recall any incident,” Aquino told reporters at the 7th ASEAN Navy Chiefs’ Meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City on Tuesday. “Did I ever meet her? Iyong to the level na baka nakipagkamayan o may nag “hi” ganoon, I can’t even say I ever said “hi” to her,” he added. After it was revealed that some lawmakers, the latest of whom is Senate President Franklin Drilon, were revealed to have met her before the controversy over the pork barrel came out, the President was asked whether he met Napoles in the past. Late last month, Aquino himself announced the P10-million bounty for Read More …

Aug 292013
American convicted of child abuse to be deported by PH immigration bureau

By Philip C. TubezaPhilippine Daily Inquirer 11:47 pm | Thursday, August 29th, 2013 MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested an American who was convicted in the United States of abusing a child and then violated his parole by fleeing to the Philippines. Immigration Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison said Stephen Rodden, who was convicted by a US court for “continuous sexual abuse of a child,” would be deported upon the issuance by the BI Board of commissioners of an order for his summary deportation. “We will likewise put him in our blacklist so he cannot return here and pose a risk to our Filipino children, or to anyone who could be his next victim,” Mison said in a statement. Mison said his men from the BI Fugitive Search Unit nabbed Rodden, 51, in Makati City on Aug. 31, after he violated his parole in the US by fleeing to the Philippines. The arresting agents reported that Rodden could not present his passport when he was arrested in his home along Mockingbird St., Barangay Rizal, in Makati City, Mison said. The immigration chief added that American was considered as an undocumented alien since his passport had already expired. Mison said Rodden was arrested upon the request of the US Embassy, which informed the bureau about his record as a convicted child molester. The embassy informed the BI that a Board of Parole in California issued a warrant of arrest against Rodden on March 13, 2012. The same board also suspended his Read More …

Aug 052013
Taguig to appeal CA decision on Fort Boni dispute

After the Court of Appeals declared portions of Fort Bonifacio, including the upscale locale of Bonifacio Global City, as part of Makati City, the local government of Taguig City on Tuesday insisted that the disputed land is theirs. “The CA decision, with due respect, is erroneous,” Mayor Lani Cayetano said in a statement. “We will flight to make sure that the disputed land remains with Taguig,” she added. “We are confident that we will ultimately win this fight.” In a decision, the CA’s Sixth Division overturned the July 2011 ruling of the Pasig City Regional Trial Court that invalidated Presidential Proclamation Nos. 2475 and 518 that originally placed the disputed 729.15 hectares of land under the jurisdiction of Makati City. “We believe… that contrary to the findings of the lower court as between pieces of evidence presented, Taguig was not able to prove this greater weight of evidence to merit a favorable decision,” the CA said in a 37-page decision. The disputed areas consist of Enlisted Men’s Barrios (EMBO) barangays and Inner Fort barangays (which include Barangay Post Proper Northside and Barangay Post Proper Southside).   At stake in the decision were huge local tax revenues and the prestige that emanates from one of the trendiest places in the country. — Amanda Fernandez/RSJ, GMA News

Jul 272013
Globe budgets P10.8M to boost signal in posh villages

MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom Inc., is spending as much as $250,000, (P10.8 million) per village to improve its wireless signal in posh subdivisions. Emmanuel Estrada, head of Network Technologies Strategy of Globe, said the company is in talks with several exclusive villages in Metro Manila that reject the construction of cell sites in their subdivision premises. Estrada said Globe has introduced the use of cell sites disguised as palm trees to address aesthetic concerns over the use of towering cell sites that are necessary in effecting seamless connectivity in exclusive villages. The offer to build palm-like cellphone towers follows the introduction of the outdoor distributed antenna system (ODAS), a state of the art technology that makes use of specialized lamp posts built with radio signal transmission capability. “The use of tree-shaped cellphone towers is part of Globe Telecom’s efforts to improve wireless signal in exclusive villages in line with our network transformation initiative,” he stressed. He pointed out that Globe has utilized aesthetic tree solution in enhancing connectivity in Urdaneta Village in Makati City. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 He explained that the use of palm-tree cellphone towers is most effective in camouflaging gigantic cell sites that are sometimes considered as eye sores by some residents in exclusive villages. “The disguised cell phone towers will be difficult to identify as such and they even work to beautify the area where these infrastructures are installed,” Estrada said. Certain residents in exclusive villages have been opposing the Read More …