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Streamlining Awards winners announced

Clark Freeport – April 24, 2015

The Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc. (CLGCFI), chaired by Tarlac Governor Victor A. Yap, announced the local government awardees in the“9th Recognition of Outstanding Central Luzon LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program” held today at the Holiday Inn, Clark Freeport.

The outstanding LGUs conferred with awards in the four (4) major categories are the following:

1)    Most Outstanding LGU Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor’s Permit

Regional Winner – Talavera, Nueva Ecija

2)    Most Outstanding LGU for IT Innovations

Regional Winner – San Simon, Pampanga

3)    Best in Customer Relations

Regional Winner – Talevera, Nueva Ecija

4)    Most Successful LGU in the Institutionalization of Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) reforms.

Regional Winner – City of San Fernando, Pampanga

In addition, Plaques of Recognition were also given to three (3) LGUs per province whose evaluation scores were ranked highest in their respective province for the four (4) major award categories.

Part of the event is the awarding of three (3) Plaques of Recognition to three local government units in Central Luzon who were ranked in the top 10 of the National Competitive Council’s Index for Cities and Municipalities in the Philippines for 2014 in the following categories:

1)    Top 10 Most Competitive Municipalities – Lubao, Pampanga (6th)
2)    Top 10 Most Competitive Cities in Government Efficiency – Angeles City (3rd)
3)    Top 10 Most Competitive Municipalities in Infrastructure – Paniqui, Tarlac (3rd)

DTI – 3 Director Judith P. Angeles welcomed DTI Assistant Secretary for Industry Development Group Ceferino S. Rodolfo, the keynote speaker for the event. Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alavarado gave a message as Vice-Chairman of the CLGFI. DILG Regional Director Florida M. Dijan presented and explained the categories and the awards process.  The event also included the Oath Taking of the Central Luzon Association of BPLOs (CLAB).

Director Angeles said that DTI – 3 served as the secretariat for the recognition of the LGUs. She said that all the 130 LGUs in Central Luzon were objectively and comprehensively evaluated using the National Competitive Council’s index in measuring the level of competitiveness and readiness of LGUs in enhancing business through efficient business permits and licensing system, innovation and good customer relations.

LBC reaches out to Pinoys abroad

Express courier services makes it easier for OFWs to connect to family


The efforts of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who have chosen to stake their claim abroad have resulted to an all-time high for remittances. In 2014 alone, OFWs sent a total of $26.93 billion, or P1.2 trillion, exceeding the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) expectation of a five percent increase.


However, this comes at the price of being away from their loved ones in the Philippines. As of 2013, there are more than 2.2 million OFWs who are working abroad in order to provide for their families, even if it means back-breaking labor and being thousands of miles apart. Sadly, the risks come second to the prospect of providing a brighter future for their families..


The rise of technology has bridged the miles between OFWs and their families. Social media tools have made it possible for them to chat, talk, and see each other as often as they’d like, which eases the OFW’s homesickness. But sometimes, virtual reality is not enough to send the love back home.


Courier company LBC Express serves as the link between Pinoys abroad and their families. Through fast and reliable express courier and money remittance services, Filipinos abroad have access to branches and partners in Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Philippines, Qatar, Saipan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Today, it offers the widest coverage and network in the Philippines.


“One of our targets at LBC is to bring OFWs closer to their families back home,” said Javier C. Mantecon, Chief Marketing Officer of LBC. “OFWs have become our modern-day heroes, and we understand the reasons behind every padala. It’s to make those they leave behind happy. We would like to honor that by making sure they stay connected, wherever they are. We are a part of their lives.”


LBC connects the Philippines’ modern hero by providing many avenues to their family needs.


“We’re there during the OFW family’s most important moments,” shared Mantecon. “We’re there to deliver money for graduation, groceries, or emergencies. We’re also there when they just want to say ‘I love you’ through little gifts.”


LBC offers an extensive lineup of services that suits every OFW’s needs. The courier service can ship documents, parcels, and heavier cargo using air cargo and sea cargo.


The express courier also provides money services that make it more convenient for families here. LBC has several options for money services: door-to-door delivery, remit to account, a send-and-swipe card, instant branch pick-up, and TXT Remit.


All of LBC’s services are designed to address the OFW’s biggest need: to connect with their family. By using a fast, reliable, and accessible system, those living abroad can be sure their loved ones get their packages on time.


The services are available with LBC’s Plus Card, an upcoming loyalty and reward program where customers can enjoy offers, discounts, and other promos. It also works as a cash card, where they can withdraw money, and a customer card, where the customer’s information is stored for future transactions.


“Working abroad is probably the bravest thing anyone can do,” Mantecon said. “To risk being apart from their loved ones for years takes great courage. Beyond moving parcels and  packages, what we really move is lives.”


For more information on LBC, please visit http://www.lbcexpress.com; or call the following hotlines: 8585-999 (Metro Manila), 1-800-10-8585-999 (Provincial).



About LBC Express


LBC Express, Inc. was founded in the 1950’s as a brokerage and air cargo agent. Now the largest Express Courier, Cargo, and Money Remittance Service Company in the Philippines, LBC also provides its services in over 18 countries worldwide.  For more than 60 years, LBC has been moving lives, business and communities for the global Filipino, providing hassle-free delivery via air, land, and sea-- from cash remittances to payment solutions, from simple parcels and packages to container loads for corporate logistics. We like to move it.

Japan biz confidence up in sluggish rebound

Confidence among major Japanese manufacturers improved in the last quarter after a precipitous drop in the previous three months, a Bank of Japan survey showed, but analysts warned the economy was not yet back on track.
The surprise result followed a string of weak data — including a fall in factory output and household spending — that fanned fears about the damage inflicted by an April sales tax hike.
The tax rise slammed the brakes on the world’s number three economy, underscored by a sharp contraction in gross domestic product between April and June.

Worries about another downturn in the three months to September have fueled expectations the Bank of Japan  would unveil further monetary easing measures next week.
It has also thrown into question Tokyo’s plans to raise sales taxes again next year as it tries to rein in one of the world’s heaviest debt burdens.
The BoJ’s closely watched Tankan survey showed confidence among large manufacturers stood at plus 13, up one point from the previous quarter and beating market expectations for a plus 10 reading.
The survey of more than 10,000 companies — the most comprehensive indicator of how Japan Inc. is dealing with the tax rise — marks the difference between the percentage of firms that are upbeat and those that see conditions as unfavorable.
In another positive sign, expectations for capital spending also rose while the report suggested that the labour market was tightening.
However, the reading for large companies in the non-manufacturing sector tumbled to plus 13 from plus 19 in the previous three months.
“The sharp deterioration in business conditions in the non-manufacturing sector in today’s Tankan suggests that output may have shrunk yet again in the third quarter,” warned Marcel Thieliant from Capital Economics.

30th Year in Pamplona

PAMPLONA IEMELIF CHURCH will celebrate its Pearl Year in the Service of the LORD on 26 July 2014 (Sat) at 9am.  BISHOP NATHANAEL P LAZARO, Gen. Superintendent of the IEMELIF Churches in the Philippines shall be the Special Guest to deliver "GOD's MESSAGE".  IEMELIF has Churches abroad in Hongkong, United Arab Emirates, North Americas as well. PAMPLONA IEMELIF CHURCH is located at Dr F Aguilar Ave., Pamplona, City of Las Pinas [Contact Telephone no 846-2170 or Facebook page Pamplona IEMELIF Church]

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