By By Fernan A. Gianan
Media coverage of cases involving children
posted 3-Feb-2017  ·  
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Following the lead of its Virac counterpart, the Sangguniang Bayan of Bato through its Ways and Means Committee has passed a resolution extending the deadline of business permit and license renewals to Feb. 28, 2017 due to the damaging effects of typhoon Nina especially on the business community.

As of January 19, or two days before the mandated deadline of Jan. 21, only 55 business establishments in Bato have renewed their permits with the administration of Mayor Leo Rodriguez. Similarly, lower renewal numbers have been recorded for the same period in the other 10 towns: Virac (496), San Andres (84), San Miguel (57), Caramoran (56), Viga (51), Bagamanoc (40), Panganiban (39), Pandan (37), Baras (22), and Gigmoto (no data).

According to the DTI provincial office headed by Dir. Heginio Baldano, all towns have already implemented the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) in the three-step processing of permits and licenses, with five of them still using the old forms so as to save on paper.

On paper, the LGUs are substantially complying with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01, Series of 2016, providing revised standards for processing business permits and licenses.

However, what remains unimplemented is the use of the Income Tax Return for the previous calendar year as the basis for computing taxes, fees and charges, as well as the creation and/or activation of the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) in each municipality to undertake inspections within the year after the issuance of the business permit to verify information declared by the business in the application and to identify unregistered businesses.

Also still to be complied with is the requirement that all national agencies and regulatory bodies, including the Bureau of Fire Protection, to provide LGUs with the so-called negative list of non-complying establishments that will be used as basis for non-renewal of the permit.


Members of the local media had a lively exchange of viewpoints with representatives of the Regional Juvenile Justice & Welfare Committee during last week’s orientation on Republic
Act 9344 as amended and the role of the media in the implementation of the law.

The focus of the discussion at RHAJ Inn was the guidelines for media practitioners on reporting and coverage of cases involving children, with the best interest of the children to be given paramount concern taking into consideration the long-term implications of publicity on the child’s recovery and welfare.

According to the guidelines,


RA9344 and the media

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