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CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES - RA 6713

Republic Act No. 6713 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES, TO   UPHOLD THE TIME-HONORED PRINCIPLE OF PUBLIC OFFICE BEING A PUBLIC TRUST, GRANTING INCENTIVES AND REWARDS FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE, ENUMERATING PROHIBITED ACTS AND TRANSACTIONS AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR   VIOLATIONS THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Section 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees." Section 2. Declaration of Policies. - It is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service. Public officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest. Section 3. Definition of Terms. - As used in this Act, the term: (a) "Go

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'World's Best Job' Web site flooded in final hours

BRISBANE, Australia - A lucky 200 people have been shortlisted for the chance to become the caretaker of a tropical Australian island - dubbed by promoters as the "Best Job in the World" - but tourism officials acknowledged Friday that many last-minute applications were lost because the Web site was flooded with traffic. Nearly 35,000 people submitted video applications for the job with Tourism Queensland, which pays a salary of 150,000 Australian dollars ($97,000) to relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing a blog to promote the island. The job is part of a AU$1.7 million campaign to publicize the charms of northeastern Queensland state. Anthony Hayes, Tourism Queensland's chief executive, said a wave of 7,500applications hit the Web site in the 72 hours before Monday's deadline. "This massive amount of traffic understandably slowed the site down and regretfully some people weren't able to get their video application in

Salt in your coffee? Taiwan cafe chain insists

TAIPEI (Reuters Life!) -Taiwanese java fans accustomed to pouring sugar into their coffee now have the option of flavoring their brew with another white powder: salt. Taipei's buzzing 85C Bakery Cafe is offering a T$40($1.15) drink which melts sea salt into the coffee foam to give a more complex mouthful for customers constantly seeking out the new in the island's competitive coffeehouse market. The cafe chain expects salt to hold, said company's publicity director Kathy Chung. The cafe's 326 stores islandwide have sold about 15,000 cups of salted drinks since the concept was introduced in December, Chung said. "Taiwanese are very greedy, so they want lots of flavors in one mouthful," she said. "Also we have a lot of products, more than 50 kinds of drink, and our boss is always pressuring us to keep coming up with new things." Sea salt is considered healthy, Chung added. At the cafe, baristas marinate unrefined salt in a thick cream while making a li

10,000 line up for Pinoy Big Brother 3, PBB Teen Edition, Pinoy Dream Academy 3 auditions

Braving the scorching heat of the sun, thousands of celebrity wannabes trooped to ABS-CBN in Quezon City Friday to try their luck as reality-based shows "Pinoy Big Brother" (PBB) and "Pinoy Dream Academy" (PDA) opened their doors to new talents. The first in the series of auditions was held Friday starting 9 a.m. at the PBB's eviction hall, just across from the ABS-CBN building. Security personnel said the people began to arrive as early as 2a.m.. By 9 a.m., the crowd estimate was 7,000, and the number continued to go up. By 11 a.m., the number of aspirants already reached 10,000. As of posting, the line had already snaked through Tomas Morato, Scouts Borromeo and Tuazon, slowing down the traffic. Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN corporate communication, said that this is the "biggest audition so far in Metro Manila." "As of 1:30 p.m. ay nag-cut off na ang line for the audition sa Pinoy Big Brother, pero yung mga nakapila, bago mag-ala una they will a

You Changed My Life hits P18 Million on opening day

The on-screen tandem of John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo proves its power on ticket sales once again. Their second movie team up, You Changed My Life, was reported to have raked P18 Million nationwide gross on its opening day alone last February 25according to Star Cinema Booking and Distribution. This surpasses the P14 Million nationwide opening day gross of A Very Special Love, which premiered last year. A Very Special Love's box office success earned John Lloyd and Sarah the recognition as Box Office King and Queen from the SM Cinema management. The warm reception for their team up gave birth to the idea of having the sequel, You Changed My Life, which was also helmed by AVSL director Cathy Garcia-Molina and produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films. Although it's still early to say, John Lloyd and Sarah are already projected to claim the Box Office King and Queen title once again this time around for You Changed My Life. Although there's a big reason to celebrate, both J

Marine Deck Officers Licensure Examination Results (February 2009)

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Wednesday that 2,032out of 3,924examinees passed the written phase of the Marine Deck Officers Licensure Examination for the various ranks given by the Board for Marine Deck Officers in Manila this February 2009. PRC also announced that a total of 333 examinees were exempted from taking the practical examinations as they opted to submit a Certificate of Training and Certificate of Assessment in the Ship Simulator and Bridge Teamwork (SSBT). The results were released after three working days from the last day of examinations, said PRC. Registration for the issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Cards for those who are exempted in the practical assessment will start on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 until March 20, 2009. Successful examinees who passed and opted to submit a Certificate of Training and Certificate of Assessment in the Ship Simulator and Bridge Teamwork (SSBT) will take their oath before the

New variant of Conficker worm circulates

A new variant of the Conficker Internet worm is circulating that opens up a backdoor that could allow an attacker to distribute malware to infected machines, the US-CERT organization warned on Monday. The new Conficker/Downadup worm, dubbed "Conficker B++," uses a new backdoor with "auto-update" functionality, CERT said in an advisory. Microsoft says there is no indication that systems infected with previous variants of Conficker can automatically be re-infected with the new variant, CERT said. Previous versions of Conficker took action to prevent further exploitation of the vulnerability, Microsoft said in an advisory of its own. "We've discovered that the new variant no longer patches netapi32.dll against all attempts to exploit it. Instead it now checks for a specific pattern in the incoming shellcode and for a URL to an updated payload," said Microsoft, which is offering a $250,000 reward to stop the Conficker worm. "The payload only executes

Google's Gmail Experiences Worldwide Crash

Google's Gmail online e-mail service ran out of juice Tuesday morning for users in Europe and possibly worldwide. British users noticed Gmail conked out around 10:30 local time, or 5:30 a.m. EST. Reports came in from the U.S. that it had stopped working there as well. Tests in New York revealed intermittent service. Google technicians were "working on it," according to a report in the Times of London. "We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a small subset of users," read a posting in a GMail help forum. "The affected users are unable to access Gmail. We will provide an update by February 24, 2009 6:30 AM PST detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change." Twitter predictably went into overdrive, with European users complaining about the outage and a few others taking a longer perspective. "3 hours without #Gmail. If that means crisis for you, check your reality,"

Scientists Say Water May Exist on Mars

Droplets seen on the landing struts of the Phoenix Mars lander could be water according to a new report. Images taken of the legs of the lander in the days after its landing on May 28, 2008, show what appear to be drops of liquid. Over the course of the next Martian month, the drops grow, merge and drip down the lander's legs, National Geographic News reports. Study leader and co-investigator Nilton Renno of the University of Michigan told National Geographic News that the substance was probably saline mud that splashed when the lander touched down. Renno and his team will present their findings next month at the 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The mud likely stays liquid in the Martian cold because it contains high levels of perchlorates, a salt that has "properties like the antifreeze used to melt snow here in Michigan," Renno told National Geographic News. High perchlorate content makes able to stay in its liquid form in sub-sero temperatures. The photogra

TNS National TV Ratings (February 20-23, 2009)

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 programs from February 20 to 23 based on the overnight ratings of Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) among National households: February 20, Friday Non-Primetime: Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 9.2%; SiS (GMA-7) 8.6% Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 17.3%; Lalola (GMA-7) 12% Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 21.5%; Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 16.4% Parekoy (ABS-CBN) 16%; Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 16.7% Pieta (ABS-CBN) 17.4%; Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) 19% La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 12.3%; Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) 21.3% Mr. Bean Live (ABS-CBN) 10.8%; Be Strong Geum Soon (GMA-7) 12.2% Mischievous Princess (ABS-CBN) 12%; Love at the Corner (GMA-7) 10.3% Primetime: Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 18.9%; Family Feud (GMA-7) 14.9% TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 33%; 24 Oras (GMA-7) 22.2% May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN) 40.5%; Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 28.7%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 38.5% Tayong Dalawa (ABS-CBN) 38.9%; Gagambino (GMA-7) 28.5% SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (ABS-CBN) 27.1%;

AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings (February 20-23, 2009)

Here are the Top 10daytime and primetime programs from February 20 to 23 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippinesamong Mega Manila households: February 20, Friday Daytime: Saan Darating ang Umaga? (GMA-7) -25.1% Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) -23% Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) -22.4% Daisy Siete (GMA-7) -19.8% Be Strong Geum Soon (GMA-7) - 15.7% Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 15.3% Wowowee (ABS-CBN) -15.1% Love At The Corner (GMA-7) - 14.9% Rosalinda (GMA-7) - 14% Pieta (ABS-CBN) - 10.5% Primetime: Luna Mystika (GMA-7) -36% Gagambino (GMA-7) -34.7% Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (GMA-7) - 33.3% Tayong Dalawa (ABS-CBN) - 31% I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 30.6% 24 Oras (GMA-7) -30.3% May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN) - 29.8% Fated To Love You (GMA-7) - 27.3% TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 24.9% SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (ABS-CBN) 23.7% February 21, Saturday Daytime: Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) -23.2% Wowowee (ABS-CBN) -16.9% Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) -15.3% Takeshi's Castle (ABS-CBN)

Pigs massacre ordered as Ebola strain spreads

The Ebola Reston Virus (ERV) has spread among 6,000 pigs of all ages in a hog farm in Pandi, Bulacan, and they need to be killed or depopulated to prevent it from further spreading, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said. "But the good news is, there are no traces of viral transmission in Palauig, Pangasinan," Yap told a news conference on Monday. Experts said that depopulation of pigs must be undertaken to prevent the further spread of the virus. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III recalled that depopulation was undertaken to stop the spread of the virus from crab-eating macaque monkeys in 1996. "If we can, we should do depopulation within the week. We are organizing 30 workers to do that," Bureau of Animal Industry Director Davinio Catbagan said. Although 6,000 pigs will be depopulated, "that is only 0.5% of the 13 million pigs. We have enough supply in the country," said Duque. Yap said that after depopulation, quarantine and monitoring programs are und