January 24, 2009

 

Police Beat
Team scores, bags pusher

Another drug pusher fell into the hands of a combined Dipolog police and PDEA team under Chief Reynaldo Maclang during a buy-bust operation at the vicinity of Arc Angel School Foundation along Patangan Road in Sta. Filomena, this city of last Sunday afternoon, January 7.

Arrested was one Roberto Bastasa y Relatado, a resident of Victoria Country Homes in Obay, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte.

Confiscated from his possession were three pieces small transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu which included already the one bought by the poseur, one Nokia celphone, one plastic cellophane containing cigarettes, two one-hundred peso bills as marked money used in the buy-bust operation, four pieces 20-peso bills as part of the drug buy-bust operation, disposable lighter and one Honda Wave motorcycle without plate number allegedly used by the suspect in his illegal trade.

Another drug pusher fell into the hands of a combined Dipolog police and PDEA team under Chief Reynaldo Maclang during a buy-bust operation at the vicinity of Arc Angel School Foundation along Patangan Road in Barangay Sta. Filomena.

The operation and subsequent arrest was witnessed by Bulwagan/DOJ representative Publeo Alesna, media representatives Zorayda Eva Mustaril and Joy Engoc and Sta. Filomena Brgy. Kagawad Nida Egham.

At this writing, suspect Roberto Bastasa was detained at the police station awaiting the filing of appropriate charges in court.

Other members of the operating team included SPO1 Zotico Elopre-Calago,Jr., PO3 Rey Pactol-Vertudes, PO2 Richard Labadlabad-Sabejon and PO1 Johnny Dinopol-Condinato who were recommended for citation.

In another development, recommended for citation also for the arrest of one Emmanuel Calasang y Timtim, alias Eman Timtim of Banicap, Galas, this city last December 24, 2008 who was subject of a search warrant, were SPO1 Zotico Elopre-Calago, Jr., PO3 Rey Pactol-Vertudes, PO2 Richard Labadlabad- Sabejon and PO1 Johnny Dinopol-Condinato, led by Chief Maclang.

Also recommended for citation in connection with the arrest of one suspect Prize de Asis, a resident of Bonifacio St., Estaka, were SPO1 Zotico Elopre-Calago, Jr., PO1 Mark Jacoba-Salinas and PO1 Giovani Entrena-Icalina, also led by Chief Maclang. (Compiled by Levis Sy, Dipolog Chronicle, VOL. VIII - NO. 28)

 

 Secretary Teves is “Finance Minister of the Year in Asia”

Regarding the award to Secretary Margarito Teves as “Finance Minister of the Year in Asia” by prestigious London-based magazine The Banker, it cited significant fiscal reforms that have lessened the Philippines’ economic vulnerability.

Sec. Teves is a Dipolognon by birth, son of a tal Dipolognon mother of the Bustaliño family married to the former Congressman Teves of Negros Oriental.

Secretary Margarito Teves was awarded as “Finance Minister of the Year in Asia” by the prestigious London-based magazine The Banker, it cited significant fiscal reforms that have lessened the Philippines’ economic vulnerability.

“We congratulate Secretary Teves for the prestigious citation. This is in recognition of the economic team’s collective effort and especially that of President Arroyo under whose leadership economic reforms have been instituted that thankfully have prepared us to face the global economic crisis with some amount of confidence,” the release stated.

Secretary Teves’ citation can well be shared with the DOF family, Congress, the local and international business and financial community, the media and the general public for their collective effort & support.

This award should be an inspiration to all to even work harder. This is a challenge for all of us to strive more.

While difficult days are expected ahead, we are in a better position to weather them as long as we keep the course and be united as a nation. Together we all can do it.” (PIA/ZN)

 

Agreement to address vision improvement for public school kids inked

MANILA (PNA) — The Department of Education (DepEd) and its private sectors partners under the Adopt-a-School Program recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for free eyeglasses and vision improvement activities which will be made available to public schools.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said “more and more private sector groups are contributing to the cause of education. More importantly, these groups are recognizing the vital link between academic performance and health.”

This joint initiative involves JG Primelink, Optical International, Plastilens, Optimate, Kraktek and Civitan Philippines.

Under the Vision and Mind Skills Program, the “I Care” and “Sight Care Program” will focus on the development of a Vision Perception Clinics where students found to have eyesight problems will receive free eyeglasses.

Civitan will develop the facility and pilot the program in selected public ele-mentary schools in the National Capital Region(NCR)

Lapus said these clinics will be located in public schools. Together with the Eye Health and Safety Foundation, Civitan will administer the implementation of the Sight Care Program.

Optimate and Optical International will provide frames for the eyeglasses, together with ophthalmic lenses that will be provided by Plastilens.

JG Primelink, meanwhile, will provide five units of eyerelax device. Eyerelax is clinically programmed to improve shortsightedness commonly caused by tired eyes. Its safety as a non-medicinal device has been established.

Kraftek Trading, a company that specializes in the production and distribution of educational materials, will be in-charge of distributing cognitive and motor skills development tools packages.

Each package contains “manipulatives” or educational toys that aid vision therapy for children, such as shape sorters for pattern-making and color matrices that enhance color perception.

The DepEd Chief praises these groups for providing the equipment that will give public school pupils better eyesight.

Furthermore, he encouraged other private sector partners to “support DepEd’s Adopt-a-School Program and work with us as we provide training to our teachers, books and sturdier school buildings to our students, and produce healthier and brighter students.”

Under Republic Act 8525, private companies and individuals under the Adopt-a-School Program may avail themselves of tax incentives up to 150 percent. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.11)

   

 DMC’s School of Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management achieves another first for ZANORTE

 

Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation Inc.’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (SHRIM) recently achieved another “first” in Zamboanga del Norte record. DMC opened its School of HRIM this year and since then it had introduced various firsts for Dipolog and Zamboanga del Norte. Last May, the school of HRIM hosted the very first Bartending and Flairing exhibition during the Hudyaka celebration. In August, it formally inaugurated the first modern and luxurious hotel suite and lobby mock up as well as a state of the art kitchen laboratory. A few weeks ago it hosted the first culinary demonstration in the province featuring celebrity chefs.

DMC’s School of HRIM did it again – this time becoming the very first and only member of the Hotel Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP) from Zamboanga del Norte. HRAP earlier sent officials to visit DMC to assess its equipment, and curriculum and faculty members.

DMC’s School of HRIM is now a proud member of HRAP, an association of hotel and restaurant establishments as well as prestigious HRM schools all over the country who have passed HRAP standards such as DMC.

Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation Inc.’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (SHRIM) recently achieved another “first” in Zamboanga del Norte record after becoming the very first and only member of the Hotel Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP) from Zamboanga del Norte.

Commenting on this latest achievement, the Dean of the School of HRIM, Atty. Diana Concha said “We are thrilled to be part of HRAP. Being admitted as a member shows that we are at par with the high standards set by leading establishments in the hotel and restaurant industry”.

The HRAP held its General Membership meeting last December 11, 2008 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila, during which new members such as DMC School of HRIM were recognized and welcomed into the organization. Dr. Gerald T. Concha, AVP for Administration attended the assembly together with the Dean for the School of HRM.

According to Dr. Concha membership in the HRAP has many benefits among which is that DMC can now take part on activities and events hosted by leaders in the hospitality industry and DMC graduates now have greater chances to be admitted in the best hotel establishments for Practicum (OJT).

Undersecretary Palabyab of the Department of Tourism was the Guest speaker for the assembly. He recounted a terrible experience abroad where he recently attended an international convention, and said the Philippines is so far ahead in terms of front line service and courtesy and we should cultivate this sense of pride in the kind of service we render. Usec. Palabyab said “Keep HRM graduates flowing. Filipinos always have the cutting edge in jobs for the hospitality industry. This is because we speak good English and are naturally warm”. Usec. Palabyab further added “We have the brains, the talents and the destinations”.

Among the matters discussed during the assembly were the plans of HRAP for the coming year which includes among others hosting the ASEAN Bartending Competition here in the Philippines and holding culinary demonstration in the different regions in the Philippines. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.11)

  

Agreement signed to address vision improvement for public school kids

MANILA (PNA) — The Department of Education (DepEd) and its private sectors partners under the Adopt-a-School Program recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for free eyeglasses and vision improvement activities which will be made available to public schools.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said “more and more private sector groups are contributing to the cause of education. More importantly, these groups are recognizing the vital link between academic performance and health.”

This joint initiative involves JG Primelink, Optical International, Plastilens, Optimate, Kraktek and Civitan Philippines.

Under the Vision and Mind Skills Program, the “I Care” and “Sight Care Program” will focus on the development of a Vision Perception Clinics where students found to have eyesight problems will receive free eyeglasses.

Civitan will develop the facility and pilot the program in selected public elementary schools in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Lapus said these clinics will be located in public schools. Together with the Eye Health and Safety Foundation, Civitan will administer the implementation of the Sight Care Program.

Optimate and Optical International will provide frames for the eyeglasses, together with ophthalmic lenses that will be provided by Plastilens.

JG Primelink, meanwhile, will provide five units of eyerelax device. Eyerelax is clinically programmed to improve shortsightedness commonly caused by tired eyes. Its safety as a non-medicinal device has been established.

Kraftek Trading, a company that specializes in the production and distribution of educational materials, will be in-charge of distributing cognitive and motor skills development tools packages.

Each package contains “manipulatives” or educational toys that aid vision therapy for children, such as shape sorters for pattern-making and color matrices that enhance color perception.

The DepEd Chief praises these groups for providing the equipment that will give public school pupils better eyesight.

Furthermore, he encouraged other private sector partners to “support DepEd’s Adopt-a-School Program and work with us as we provide training to our teachers, books and sturdier school buildings to our students, and produce healthier and brighter students.”

Under Republic Act 8525, private companies and individuals under the Adopt-a-School Program may avail themselves of tax incentives up to 150 percent. (PIA/ZN)

  

Chess National Master Addullah Unding Staged Simultaneous Exhibition Game

 

Dipolog City was chosen by NM Addulah Unding as the place for his Tunning-Up games before participating in the forthcoming Philippine National Open Chess Championship Tournament in Metro-Manila sometime on the 2nd quarter of this year. The simultaneous game was sponsored by the ZN Provincial Government and the Dipolog City Chess Club at the 2nd floor, ZN Convention Center last January 4, 2009.

There were 35 players who participated in the said “SIMUL” Games, after more than 6 hours of grueling thinking and pushing, the results are as follows:

Players who won:1. Tommy Escalante; 2. Fernando Montano, Jr. 3. Jundel Jumalon.

Drawn: 1. Elelburgo Cheng; 2. Merill Naya; 3. Mhilter Edombingo; 4. Emmanuel Cruz; 5. Jan Marcel Cruz; 6. Eltiur Fretz Balacy; 7. Jhon Leyte; 8. Archeival Ligutom; 9. Reynaldo Albano; 10. Archie Tabangcura; 11. James Mark Ruiz; 12. Bea Cruz; 13. Karen Joyce Dayrit; 14. Clint Bualat; 15. Joy Gumela; 16. Michael Tamonan; 17. Jillmer Acurin; Pete Adriel Laput.

Loss: 1. Jerwin Dimpas; 2. Cesar Marabulas, Jr.; 3. Mark Gil Atay; 4. Lorenzo Jauculan; 5. Joselito Rojas; 6. Jahlil Ron Ruiz; 7. Jesusimo Ruiz, Jr.; 8. Teddy Adaza; 9. Francis Tany Empeynado; 10. Karen Umbo; 11. Marlon Divinagracia; 12. Lirio Borbon; 13. Arcelito Perater; 14. Edward Campos.

National Master Unding commented that the chess players of Dipolog are getting stronger especially the kiddies and juniors that he played like Emmanuel Cruz, Pete Adriel Laput, Jahlil Ron Ruiz, Karen Joyce Dayrit. He advice that with some coaching in the fundamentals of chess playing, he sees a bright future for Chess Players in Zamboanga del Norte to become a National Master or even a Grandmaster someday. (Cheng, Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.11)

 

DMC Students Achieve Provincial and National Recognition

Two students from Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation were awarded provincial and national awards. National recognition was also given to Franzel Ray B. Acbay, BSN IV student, for being one of the twenty finalists for the 2008 Search for Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines.

The search conducted yearly by the Order of the Knights of Rizal is given to graduating seniors who have shown excellence in academics and with impressive extra-curricular and community achievements. Mr. Acbay competed with other students from schools like  Silliman University, University of the Philippines, and Ateneo de Manila University in Manila last December. Mr. Acbay was the only one from Dipolog City and from Region IX to qualify for the search. He was awarded with a cash prize, certificate, and a medal.

Two students from Dipolog Medical Center College Foundation were awarded provincial and national awards. National recognition was also given to Franzel Ray B. Acbay, BSN IV student, for being one of the twenty finalists for the 2008 Search for Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines.

Trizia Glae R. Tubung-banua, BSN I student, was awarded 2nd placer during the 17th Provincial Statistics Quiz sponsored by the National Statistics Office of Dipolog City last November 7, 2008.

The contest was open to all freshmen to test the students’ competency, skills and knowledge on statistics, and to enhance awareness and appreciation on the importance of statistics.

As one of the top three winners, Ms. Tubung-banua qualified for the regional elimination in Zamboanga City were she was one of the top ten finalists. (The New Nandau, Vol. XVIII No.24)

 

PUNO ORDERS PNP TO INTENSIFY MANHUNT OPERATIONS VS. BRAVO, ILIGAN BOMBERS

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno yesterday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify manhunt operations against two identified suspects responsible for the deadly bombings in Iligan City last December as well as renegade commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF),  led by Commander Bravo, who were believed to have ordered these acts of terrorism.

Puno presented to the media photographs of Tangkoy Cabugatan y Alindo and Bocari Alindo Aliodin,  who were identified by police investigators as among those responsible  for the two successive bombing incidents in Iligan City last Dec. 18 at downtown Iligan, which occurred when thousands of residents were doing their Christmas shopping. The bombings killed six civilians and wounded 45 others.

He said that the regional trial court in Iligan City has already released warrants of arrest against Cabugatan and Aliodin as early as April last year in connection with other criminal acts. Another suspect in the Iligan bombings has yet to be identified, Puno said.

Puno said intelligence reports showed that MILF leaders  Commander Bravo, along with  Aleem Sulayman Pangalian and Umbra Kato had ordered the bombings in Iligan City as well as the other recent  acts of terrorism in Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City .

“I have directed the PNP to intensify its efforts in serving the arrest warrants against these criminal elements to put a stop to their acts of terrorism and bring them to justice,” Puno said.

A “protective shield,” which is a defense unit composed of the  PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the local government units, was recently set up in Iligan City  to prevent MILF attacks on the civilian population, Puno said.

Such “shields” had helped prevent attacks in the coastal areas of Lanao del Norte and the towns of Kauswagan and Aleosan, he  noted.

Puno said he has also ordered PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa to come up with a new operational plan “to bring Bravo and his cohorts to justice.”

The DILG chief said what was “disturbing” were reports that these MILF commanders are now ordering even ordinary members of their group to carry out acts of terrorism, which used to be exclusively the work of specialized units within their commands.

Of the 11 bombing attempts perpetrated by these criminal elements, Puno said the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) averted eight of them.

Puno reiterated his call for MILF central leadership to take action against these criminal elements within its organization, by making Bravo, Kato and Pangalian and their cohorts account for their terrorist acts.

“If the MILF  is true to their vow of, and desire for, peace, then they should not countenance these acts of terrorism,” Puno said. “I hope the MILF will not pretend that nothing is happening.(PIA-ZN)

PGMA reaffirms  commitment to peace  efforts in Mindanao

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo this week reaffirmed her strong commitment to a lasting peace in Mindanao before her term ends in 2010.

Notwithstanding the long impasse in the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), she remains steadfast in her efforts to bring to a an end the decades-old conflict in the region.

“The peace process in Mindanao was dealt a deep setback, but I am fully committed to working to reach as much progress as possible in the time I am still have in office,” the President said in a one-on-one interview with DXIF Bombo Radyo at Del Monte Lodge here.

The Chief Executive said her administration will pursue the peace process within the parameters set by the Constitution and by the Muslim and Christian communities who are directly impacted by the conflict.

However, she underscored the need to, first, bring back to the region, regain order and “be able to trust the MILF leaders and ensure that they truly represent their community.”

“The peace process must proceed and it must do so in an atmosphere of stability and order in the region and regained trust that the MILF has control of renegade elements,” the President said, stressing that “we also want to ensure that they truly represent their community before we can effectively reactivate the peace process again in earnest.”

“We all want to see peace and prosperity in the Philippines and I am confident it will happen,’ she added.

To show her administration’s seriousness in seeking a resumption of the stalled peace negotiations, the President said the newly-reconstituted government peace panel has already been directed to touch base with the facilitators and their counterparts in the MILF.

With the new paradigm on the peace efforts already in place, she said the government panel is ready to hold substantive discussions concerning the peace process, including ceasefire-related issues, the International Monitoring Team (IMT) and accelerated development efforts for Mindanao.

The peace process was disrupted after fighting broke out anew between government forces and Muslim rebels last Aug. 18.

The renewed fighting was initiated by three of the 19 MILF commanders after signing of the controversial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Ancestral Domain between the government and the MILF was aborted. (ZN-PIA)

  

Military, police ordered to hit  hard lawless Abu Sayaff elements

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo this week  ordered the military and police authorities to “hit hard” lawless Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in a determined effort to put an end to their terroristic activities in Western Mindanao.

“My order to the military and the police is hit hard on the ASG terrorist group,” the President said stressing that there is no justification for their lawless actions.

“We shall ensure that the full force of the law is applied to them to put an end to their terrorist activities,” the President said in an interview with DXIF Bombo Radyo at Del Monte Lodge here.

“All the people of the region, Muslim and Christian alike, want peace and order, and the main focus of military operations has been to support overall peace and order to allow people to get on with a normal life,” she added.

The Chief Executive also said that the military actions against lawless elements must be pursued without letup to ensure that those who are responsible for the crimes against innocent victims of the region are punished.

The ASG, which is believed to have links with the Al-Qaeda terror network and Jema’ah Islamiyah, has been tagged by authorities as the group behind the spate of kidnappings and bomb attacks in the region.

Reports say that more than a dozen people had been kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists headed by Puruji Indama and Nur Hassan Jamiri in recent months, and that most of them had been freed in exchange for huge ransoms.

The dreaded ASG bandits have also reportedly ventured into “narco-terrorism” to raise money for their activities.

Last year, authorities raided at least three marijuana plantations of ASG elements.(ZN-PIA)

  

Holiday sked for 2009 laid out  through Proclamation No. 1699

Tacloban City — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed last December 24, 2008, Proclamation 1699 that lays out the holiday schedule for this year.

Consistent with the President’s advocacy of holiday economics to boost domestic tourism and to allow Filipinos to have more time with their families, there will be ten long holidays in 2009.

Holiday economics entails the transfer of some holidays to a Monday or a Friday so that Filipinos may enjoy longer weekends.

Malacañang maintained that consultations were made with all sectors concerned, including the business community, before issuing this year’s holiday list.

The first is a three-day weekend before the Easter break, the observance of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) on April 9 which is a Thursday, was moved to the nearest Monday which is April 6.

Then this is followed by the four-day Easter holidays from April 9 which is Maundy Thursday until April 12 which is Easter Sunday.

Four regular holidays fall on either Friday or Monday which results in a three-day week-end. These are Labor Day on May 1 which falls on a Friday; Independence Day on June 12 which falls on a Friday; National Heroes Day on August 31 which falls on a Monday; and Bonifacio Day on November 30 which falls on a Monday.

The other regular holidays are Christmas Day on December 25 which falls on a Friday, and Rizal Day on December 30 which falls on a Wednesday.

President Arroyo also declared the following as Special Non-Working Days: Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 which falls on a Friday; All Saints Day on November 1 which falls on a Sunday and All Souls Day on November 2 which falls on a Monday.

Christmas Eve on December 24 which falls on a Thursday has also been declared as a Special Non-Working Day this year.

Another Special Non-Working Day is New Year’s Eve on December 31 which falls on a Thursday.

So, there will be a longer Christmas holiday in 2009 and this will start on December 24, Christmas Eve. (PIA 8/PIA-ZN)

  

‘Ebola Reston’
Gov’t helping international experts in study of the virus

The government formed a local team to assist a visiting group of international  human and animal health experts carry out a 10-day epidemiological investigation into the re-emergence of the Ebola Reston virus  that was detected in a few hogs in two farms in Bulacan and Pangasinan late last year,  the Department of Agriculture (DA) this week said. 

Bureau of Animal Industry  Director Davinio Catbagan, who heads the DA’s Crisis Management Team  (CMT) on the Ebola Reston virus, said the local counterpart team comprise BAI Assistant Director Victor Atienza,   Dr. Samuel Animas of the BAI-Animal Health Division; and BAI officials Dr. Emelinda Lopez,  Dr. Laarni Cabantac,  Dr. Rubina Cresencio, Dr. Ma. Gracia Flores, Dr. Magdalena Cruz, Dr. Rachel Azul, Dr. Reildrin Morales and Marites Gealone.

Atienza is also the assistant manager of the CMT, while Animas heads the Department’s Crisis Management Center on the Ebola Reston virus, which has proven to be not harmful to humans.

A team from the Department of Health (DOH) completes the local counterpart group that will assist the international experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) or World Animal Health Organization in conducting the epidemiological study aimed at finding out the extent and possible source of the Reston virus and of other virulent swine diseases such as the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Circovirus.(DA PRESS OFFICE/PIA-ZN)


 

GOV’T HELPING INT’L EXPERTS IN RESTON STUDY

The government has formed a local team to assist a visiting group of international  human and animal health experts carry out a 10-day epidemiological investigation into the re-emergence of the Ebola Reston virus  that was detected in a few hogs in two farms in Bulacan and Pangasinan late last year,  the Department of Agriculture (DA) said yesterday. 

Bureau of Animal Industry  Director Davinio Catbagan, who heads the DA’s Crisis Management Team  (CMT) on the Ebola Reston virus, said the local counterpart team comprise BAI Assistant Director Victor Atienza,   Dr. Samuel Animas of the BAI-Animal Health Division; and BAI officials Dr. Emelinda Lopez,  Dr. Laarni Cabantac,  Dr. Rubina Cresencio, Dr. Ma. Gracia Flores, Dr. Magdalena Cruz, Dr. Rachel Azul, Dr. Reildrin Morales and Marites Gealone.

Atienza is also the assistant manager of the CMT, while Animas heads the Department’s Crisis Management Center on the Ebola Reston virus, which has proven to be not harmful to humans.

A team from the Department of Health (DOH) completes the local counterpart group that will assist the international experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) or World Animal Health Organization in conducting the epidemiological study aimed at finding out the extent and possible source of the Reston virus and of other virulent swine diseases such as the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Circovirus.  

The 15-man team of international experts, which is led by Juan Lubroth of the FAO, includes:  Dr. Carolyn Benigno, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Dr. Kate Glynn, Risk Assessment Specialist (OIE), Dr. William White, FAO/seconded from USDA), Mr. Mario Musa, International Consultant (Crisis Communication), Ms. Elizabeth Christy, International Consultant (Operations)  Dr. Romeo Gundran, National Consultant (Veterinary Epidemiology), Dr. Cesar Ballesteros, National Consultant (Pig Production ) and from WHO: Dr. Soe Hyunt, Dr. Julie Hall, Tony Hazzard, Caroline-Anne Coulombe, Boris Paulin, Pierre Formenty, Peter Ben Embarek .  

As this developed, DA Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup noted that the joint  DA-DOH  move last Dec. 10 to inform the public of the resurfacing of the Reston virus has had no adverse impact on the consumption of pork during the last holiday season, as he noted that demand for the product remained high in that period.

“There were initial concerns raised by the hog industry on the effect of reports about the discovery of the Ebola Reston virus in swine.  But contrary to that, a survey of the Social Weather Stations last Dec. 22 showed that the most demanded agricultural wage product  before Christmas was pork,” Salacup said.  

He noted that prices of pork even rose to P160-P170 a kilo due to high demand despite the government’s official disclosure about the Reston virus’s detection in a few hogs in one farm in Bulacan and another one in Pangasinan. 

“The re-emergence of the Reston virus in hogs has had no impact insofar as the supply and consumption levels of pork are concerned,” Salacup said.

The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) reported that from Dec. 12-23, or right after the DA and the DOH disclosed the re-emergence of the Reston virus,  the prices of pork even shot up by P10 a kilo due to the increased demand for the commodity, which is a staple in the Noche Buena fare of Filipino families.

Salacup said the government had correctly handled the Reston case,  with international health experts led by Dr. Soe Nyunt-U, the WHO country representative to the Philippines, speaking earlier on behalf of his organization, FAO and the OIE, citing the DA and DOH for taking “appropriate action” in dealing with this animal health issue. 

Earlier, DA Secretary Arthur Yap welcomed the arrival of the team of international animal and human health experts, saying the exhaustive tests it will carry out would help the government craft a national surveillance plan along with prevention and control programs to get rid of the Reston virus.  

He noted that following the government’s disclosure of this virus’ return in December last year, the DA and BAI promptly asked the international health community for assistance in conducting a risk assessment, in testing the local swine population for the presence of the Reston virus and in drawing up diagnostics and disease prevention plans to prevent the spread of the infection.

Both Yap and Duque thanked the members of the international team last Wednesday and assured them  of the government’s full cooperation in the conduct of the study.

Lubroth, the mission’s team leader, said that since learning about the existence of the virus in pigs in the Philippines, “FAO, OIE and WHO have been fully committed to provide technical assistance to the Government of the Philippines.”

These experts arrived in Manila on January 6 and immediately started their mission, with the field investigation component beginning  the following day, January 7. Lubroth said the mission will last 10 days with preliminary results expected “in a few weeks at the earliest.”  

Catbagan noted that even before the arrival of the team of experts, the BAI already collected 110 blood samples from swine in a Reston-infected farm in Bulacan and another 55 samples from the affected farm in Pangasinan.

These samples, which were all collected last December 27, were sent for testing to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), which had received ELISA kits for antigen and detection from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control. The kits that were sent by the CDC are good for 8,000 blood samples.

ELISA stands for Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay, which is a biochemical technique to detect the presence of an antibody or antigen in a blood sample.

This total of 165 samples was on top of the 129 samples earlier sent to the RITM, all which tested negative for this virus, which has proven to be not harmful to humans.

Catbagan said that alongside helping the DA craft a national surveillance and disease prevention plan, the results of the experts’ study would help the Department assess the public health risks of the Reston virus; evaluate its laboratory capabilities and needs; and work on its public awareness and risk communications campaigns.

He said that while the WHO has classified the Reston case as a “predominantly animal health issue,” the DA would still want to determine how the virus, which infected monkeys about a decade ago, has now jumped to hogs.

He recalled that after a series of tests undertaken by the RITM to prevent the spread of the virus and determine the extent of the infection, it found out that there were no sick pigs and no sign of illness even in the animal caretakers where the Ebola Reston was detected. (DA PRESS OFFICE/PIA-ZN)

  

Communist insurgency  end foreseen by 2010

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon—With the recent successive surrenders of some members of the New People’s Army (NPA), President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo this week expressed confidence that the government is on track in solving the three-decade long communist insurgency by 2010.

“This clearly indicates that the national internal security plan is gaining much headway,” the President said in a one-on-one interview with DXIF Bombo Radyo at Del Monte Lodge here.

Data from the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process showed that a total of 225 NPA rebels returned to the fold of the law during the second half of 2008. Ninety-nine of the returnees came from Mindanao, 68 from Luzon and 58 from the Visayas.

Each of the 225 rebel returnees were given P20,000 cash assistance upon their surrender for a total of P4.5-million.

The government disbursed another P3.163-million for the 149 firearms surrendered by the rebels.

A total of P18.813-million has been given by the government as livelihood assistance to the rebel returnees.

The livelihood assistance and cash grants to rebel returnees are part of the Social Integration Program (SIP) implemented by the government to reintegrate former rebels into the mainstream of society pursuant to Administrative Order no. 172 issued by the President on March 23, 2007.

Earlier, the President stressed the need to get rid of the communist rebels who impeded progress and development in some of the country’s rural areas.

“If we are to become a first world country in 20 years, meaning, we have to put a stop to their ideological nonsense once and for all,” she said earlier. (PIA-ZN)


 

RECTO BARES RP’S FRAMEWORK  FOR ECONOMIC RESILIENCY PLAN

Socio-economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Ralph G. Recto today bared the framework for the PhP300 billion Economic Resiliency Plan which aims to pump prime the economy in 2009. The Plan, which is the country’s own stimulus package, was borne by President Arroyo’s desire for the country “to hit the ground running in 2009” in response to the global economic crisis.

“What we intend to do is upgrade infrastructure and capital stock and expand social protection at the same time,” Recto said.

The resiliency plan hopes to ensure sustainable growth and attain the higher end of the growth targets for the year. The Development Budget Coordination Committee has pegged growth for 2009 at 3.7 percent to 4.7 percent.

In particular, the Plan aims to save and create jobs, protect the poorest of the poor, returning OFWs and workers in export industries, ensure low and stable prices to support consumer spending, and enhance competitiveness in preparation for the global rebound.

Recto said that one of the components of the Plan involves spending 60-80 percent of the productive portion of the 2009 budget of implementing agencies during the first semester, with particular focus on the infrastructure sector. He said that in the first semester of 2008, the government which accounts for 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, spent only 30 percent of its budget. The planned frontloading and spending for the first half of 2009 is expected to boost private sector confidence in the economy.

The NEDA chief added that the government is accelerating spending for fast, off-the-shelf infrastructure which has simple engineering requirements and no right-of-way problems. “We are encouraging the government financial institutions (GFIs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), local government units (LGUs) and the private sector to participate in these infrastructure projects,” Recto said.

“The government should also improve revenue collection through better tax administration,” he added.

Meanwhile to stimulate the exports sector, the NEDA chief said that the government has implemented various programs to encourage exporting firms to diversify, innovate and upgrade their products.

He added that “so far, we have provided tax relief for the private sector by reducing corporate income tax from 35 percent to 30 percent and exempting minimum wage earners from personal income tax and increasing in personal exemption of non-minimum wage earners,” Recto said.

Expanding social protection

Recto likewise said that the government is proposing to increase the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) allocation for conditional cash transfers or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program. About PhP5 billion will also be added to cover the additional 321,000 poor households giving them a maximum cash grant of PhP9,000 per year.

“We also want to add PhP1 billion for PhilHealth to ensure full national government contribution to the National Health insurance Program. We are also proposing to increase the allocation for the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) by PhP5.66 billion to cover an additional 565,980 beneficiaries,” he said.

According to him, facilities of the Department of Health (DOH) will also be increased by adding PhP1.97 billion for primary and secondary hospitals. Likewise, about PhP100 billion will be created with the private sector to lower borrowing or financing costs for capital expenditure (CAPEX) spending.

Package for OFWs

Recto also explained the strategies of the plan include putting in place programs to assist the vulnerable domestic workers and OFWs.

“The programs for OFWs abroad and those returning include redeployment to emerging foreign labor markets, development of new market niches, as well as repatriation assistance, when needed,” he said adding that enhanced reintegration services and livelihood assistance are also made available for returning OFWs.

Moreover, the government also created a “payback package” for OFWs who were retrenched due to the global financial crisis. This package includes the setting up of a PhP250-million support fund, skills training to avail of in-demand jobs in other parts of the world and setting up of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) desks in the provinces to match OFWs’ skills with available jobs, among others. (PIA-ZN)

      
 


RELEASE ORDER NI JALOSJOS NAKA-ONG-ONG PA SA DOJ

Anaa na sa mga kamot ni Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales alang sa hingpit nga kagawasan ni Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos gikan sa New Bilibid Prison tapos giduso ni Bureau of Corrections Director, Usec. Oscar C. Calderon ngadtu sa Department of Justice niadtung Disyembre 24, 2008 ang hangyo niini alang sa rekonsiderasyon sa confirmation sa pagka colonist status.

 

Hingpit na ang kagawasan ni Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos gikan sa New Bilibid Prison tapos giduso ni Bureau of Corrections Director, Usec. Oscar C. Calderon ngadtu sa Department of Justice niadtung Disyembre 24, 2008 ang hangyo niini alang sa rekonsiderasyon sa confirmation sa pagka colonist status.

Si Jalosjos, nagpangidaron karon ug 69 anyos niining tuiga ang nagserbisyo sa iyang sentensiya sa prisohan sulod na sa unsi ka tuig, polo ka bulan ug byenti nuybe ka adlaw niadtung Disyembre 16, 2008 (actual time served). Sa paghatag kaniya ug regular good conduct

A new economic thrust

 

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DIPOLOG CHRONICLE

The Elusive Peace
Critic's Corner
By: Dilly Gi. Cuneta

It  is said that prospect of having peace in some parts of Mindanao is bleak. Because of the botched signing of the MOA-AD between the national government and MILF, MILF rebels are still on the rampage, killing and wounding several civilians in certain parts of Mindanao.

Whether by design or on purpose, MILF leaders refuse to surrender the rogue rebels who still goes on attacking and killing villagers and civilians.

The military launched their assaults in known MILF rebel lairs and continues to track them down in what could be called as the costliest military offensive in year 2008.

The signing of the MOA-AD would have placed almost half of Mindanao to them and would have included parts of Palawan. These so-called MILF ancestral domain (kunohay) of the MILF would have been under the control of the Bangsa Moro Juridical entity.

If the signing of the agreement have gone ahead, another headache would have been added to the national government because pioneers of said AD would have raised up in arms to protect their true ancestral domain.

They resent the fact that they were never consulted nor informed of the si-tuation. But the true reason is that they don’t want to be under MILF rule or the so called BJE.

Meanwhile, residents of the proposed MILF (pretender) domain have become wary of what the real future would be, whether they would have to vacate their true territory or suffer under an oppressive rule.

They are not resting easy because some parts of Mindanao are still in tumult – while the MILF are still insisting on partitioning parts of Mindanao because it is supposedly their ancestral domain.

And now as they said, another peace panel has been newly formed, but all things remain to be seen because this is the Philippines – my poor dear country.

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At long last, according to reports, the Commission on Higher Education or CHED – is taking the initiative to review and edit erroneous elementary and high school textbooks which were being used in schools for a long while.

Several sectors complained about the number of textbooks used in schools that were riddled with factual and grammatical errors.

The errors in the textbooks were discovered by a private school supervisor who was forced to retire after textbook publisher went after him for his expose’s, by filing criminal charges against him in court.

After the expose’ made by the school supervisor, Dep-Ed issued an order banning the use of the textbook used in public schools pointing out the errors and ordering teachers to include them in their teaching manuals.

So then, we can’t blame pupils if they use carabao–English! (Dipolog Chronicle, VOL. VIII - NO. 28)

 

  

Dipolog Chronicle Editorial
Habal-habal: Illegal yet operating right  before the eyes of traffic law enforcers

Habal-habal has been the subject of the city’s anti-illegal campaign yet everyday it is operating right before the very eyes of traffic law enforcers.

Worse is it is operating right in the very heart of the poblacion yet we have to hear of an everyday honest-to-goodness arrest so that these habal-habal operators will understand that it is really illegal.

It is illegal because it is not allowed to take paying passengers for it has no franchise nor can it be issued one for no law allows it.

Unlike the complaining motorcab operators whose operation is by virtue of a franchise issued by the city government after payment of a permit to operate within the city limits, habal-habal has none of these.

One does not have to go far. These habal-habal soli-citing passengers for fare abound in the vicinity of the central public market where passengers also abound. (Dipolog Chronicle, VOL. VIII - NO. 28)

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 The Turning Point
Edwin G. Bernido
The Spiritual Life: What we were created for!

Worldly thinking assumes that the more modern of sophisticated we became, the less important the Spiritual aspect of our lives becomes.  This wrong kind of thinking has impacted every culture.  To many modern thinkers, the concept of Spiritual communication with God is childish and fanciful.  This kind of thinking impacts our worldview or the overall perspective from which we see and interpret the world.  It especially influences how we see God and our relationship with Him.

Today, many are presenting as truth their personal opinions, secular humanism and other forms of the traditions of men.  Paul, the Apostle cautions us against taking a non-biblical worldview:  in Colossians 2:8, says, see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human traditions and the basic principles o this world rather than on Christ.

The common secular worldview wants to deny, diminish or ignore the importance of the spiritual.  But throughout the word of God is a very different message to us.  Remember the sayings, we are not human beings who are having a temporary spiritual experience, but spiritual beings who are having a temporary human experience.  The spiritual realm is not something we experience in life only at certain times and seasons.  The spiritual life is what we were created for.

We were known by God even before we were born, and when we die it is our spirit-man that dwells with God forever.  In Jeremiah 1:5, says, before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.  And in Ephesians 2:10, says, for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

BIBLE BITES!!!

The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are, but on how happy others can be… because of you!!! (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.11)

 

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  MODERN FARMS
SENSENERES (005) January 16, 2009
By Ike Señeres
 

          The convergence of technologies should not only happen in the information and communications technologies, it should also happen in agricultural and industrial technologies. For some reason, no one seems to be talking about automating or computerizing agricultural processes, but I think that it is a logical and practical idea to pursue.

          I have written about the subject of Process Logic Controllers (PLCs) before, but I think that it is time to again follow up on this topic. Simply put, a PLC is the brain of an automated system. In a manner of speaking, a PLC could be likened to the engine of a machine, being the one that runs the operation of machineries.

          This comparison is actually inexact, because a PLC actually has a higher function than an engine, given the fact that a PLC could run and automate the operation and the synchronization of mechanical engines. To some extent, a PLC could be likened to a personal computer (PC) except for the fact that a PLC has a higher and more robust processing power than a PC. Adding to the comparison, a PLC is more like a server than a terminal.

          In Israel, agricultural farms are networked in such a way that servers are able to deliver water and liquid fertilizers to specific farm sections, as the demand for water is triggered by moisture sensors. To some extent, this programmable and addressable infrastructure could be likened to the programmable and addressable process of delivering video signals to cable television customers who are ordering pay per view shows.

          For some reasons, the purpose of irrigation systems in the Philippines seems to be limited only to rice, which is really very limited in purpose. When will our government planners ever reach the consciousness that irrigation or water is also needed by fruits, vegetables, poultry, livestock and even tree farms? In Thailand, they irrigate and water their coconut which is a rather alien concept here.

          Since the price of PVC pipes have gone down, why don’t we shift our irrigation design to pipelines so that we could irrigate more farms? In Israel, they pumped water 300 kilometers inland. Why can’t we do it here?

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THE FAMILY AS THE FOUNDATION OF SOCIETY
SENSENERES (004) January 09, 2009
By Ike Señeres

          The Broken Windows theory in social science holds that ignoring the little problems in society, such as shattered glass, graffiti and litter causes an irreversible decline that leads people to abandon a community, eventually leading to some form of damage not only to the society itself, but also to the economy.

          Applying this theory to the present state of our society, I am now inclined to believe that we could develop a Broken Families theory that could explain the decline in our social and moral fiber, a decline that is hopefully not irreversible, because it is already causing damage to our society in the form of increasing crimes and runaway corruption, not to mention the lack of good citizenship and good governance.

          I wonder if our government, particularly the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) is researching on econometric models that could explain or measure the effects of families breaking up or separating because of economic reasons, for instance because of domestic or overseas migration.

          For sure, numerous write-ups have been published about families breaking up because of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) phenomenon which would explain the effects of overseas migration, but there seems to be a lack of discussion about local workers migrating from the provinces to the metropolitan areas, in search of work.

          I would like to clarify at this point that a family would break up or separate either due to divorce or legal separation. This is the legal side of it, but I think I would still be on the safe side if I say that many divorces or separations are compounded by economic or money reasons. Sad to say, among the poor people who could not afford the costs of divorce or legal separation, a family break-up simply takes the form of departure or living separately.

          I also wonder if our government, particularly the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is researching on the origins of migrant workers who end up in the metropolitan areas, often as squatters or as homeless persons. I wonder, because I think that many of these compatriots of ours who look for work as construction workers or drivers for example are actually farmers or fishermen where they come from. Sad to say, the government does not seem to be keeping track of local migration patterns.

          At the risk of stating the obvious, I would like to say again that families make up the communities that form the nation, and in this context, it would be correct to say as usual that families are the foundations of society. Putting it another way, weak families would weaken our foundations and it would result in a weaker society.

          I have long been looking for a framework that could serve as the anchor of my work in national development. Almost by way of accident, I think that I have found such as framework. To be more specific, I am now going to focus my attention on reuniting and building families, at the same time giving them access to livelihood, possibly returning them to their origins.

          Farmers in other countries are usually rich, often owning their own homes and cars. The Mitsubishi Pajero that is a status symbol here is actually just an ordinary car among Japanese farmers, and they even use it to transport their produce. Filipino farmers are just as industrious as their foreign counterparts, but why are they poor?

          Filipino farmers have four common problems, and these are feeds, fertilizers, insecticides and seeds. The problem about their getting in debt to the compradors is actually just an offshoot of these four problems, compounded by their lack of capital.

          Believe it or not, we now have the technologies that could enable Filipino farmers to make their own feeds and fertilizers. We also have the technologies now that could give them better access to insecticides and seeds. These are the breakthroughs that could give our farmers the chance to make more money and to become rich just like their foreign counterparts.

          Having come from a diverse technological background, I am now presenting myself as a “techno-evangelist”, offering myself as a medium of communications between our farmers and our scientists, inventors and engineers who have the technologies that they need.

          Since I became a “techno-evangelist”, I have been approached by many groups who want to help our farmers. We are now looking at several community sites where new agro-industrial technologies could be delivered and used.

          It has already been proven that farms using organic fertilizers could equal if not surpass the production of farms that are using chemical fertilizers. Natural insecticides also help in increasing farm productivity.

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Bring in the freezer

HCWH-SEA INVITES CSO TO SIGN CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT POLICY FOR COUNTRY’S HEALTH
Sonia G. Astudillo, Communications Officer, +63 918 9182369, sonia@hcwh.org
Merci Ferrer, Executive Director, + 63 920 9056113, merci@hcwh.org

In welcoming the new year, Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA) invites civil society organizations (CSO) in the region to sign the Global Common Statement on Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

SAICM is a global policy and strategy adopted by government and stakeholders to protect human health and ecosystems from the harms caused by exposure to toxic chemical substances.  In January 2008, the Global SAICM Outreach Campaign was launched to inform non-government organizations (NGOs) and CSOs about SAICM and encourage them to contribute in its implementation in their country.

“The target is to secure at least 1,000 NGO and CSO endorsements in at least 80 countries,” said Merci Ferrer, Executive Director of HCWH-SEA.  HCWH is among the six international NGO networks collaborating in the global campaign.  The other organizations are International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE), Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), and World Federation of Public Health Associations.

“SAICM aims to change how chemicals are produced and used in order to minimize the harmful effects on human health and environment.  By 2020 or even before that, we hope to achieve sound management of chemicals from its production up to its use,” said Ferrer.

“Civil Society Organizations, like HCWH-SEA, may take an active role in ensuring that their respective governments are true to the policies and strategies of SAICM,” Ferrer added. 

“In a medical setting for one, everyday we see workers being exposed to toxic chemicals.  The agriculture industry is still largely dependent to pesticides.  And the presence of toxic substances in consumer products is continuously in the headlines,” she pointed out.  “One of HCWH’s global efforts is to eliminate mercury, a known toxic chemical, in health care.”

She added, “these concerns have been raised as early as the 60s.  Now, we again encourage CSOs and NGOs to take an even more active role and be the watchdog of their respective government.”

According to the paper An NGO Guide to SAICM: The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management by Jack Weinberg, “SAICM comes more than half a century after the rise of the chemical industry.  By adopting SAICM, world society has formally recognized that injury to human health and the environment caused by exposure to toxic chemicals is a serious global problem, one whose solution requires urgent action and a holistic global approach.” 

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is a global coalition of more than 400 organizations in more than 50 countries working to protect health by reducing pollution in health care sector.  For more information, visit www.noharm.org.


HEALTH CARE WITHOUT HARM URGES BAGUIO TO SPEED-UP WASTE TREATMENT FACILITY PURCHASE
Sonia G. Astudillo, Communications Officer, 0918 9182369, sonia@hcwh.org
Merci Ferrer, Executive Director, 09209056113, merci@hcwh.org

Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA) calls on the local government of Baguio City to speed-up the purchase of a more efficient treatment technology and identify a centralized treatment facility for infectious hospital wastes in the City.  This came in time with the release of the Baguio Hospital Waste Assessment Program report[i] late December 2008.

“As early as September last year, HCWH-SEA, the Baguio City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), Baguio hospital administrators of seven tertiary level hospitals and Councilor Perlita Chan-Rondez agreed that a centralized treatment facility is the immediate and long-term solution to Baguio hospital waste disposal,” said Merci Ferrer, Executive Director of HCWH-SEA. 

“A timeline of 75 days from September 18 (when the meeting with stakeholders was held) was agreed on.  Inayawan dumpsite was targeted as a central treatment facility and the consensus was to purchase an autoclave.  That 75 days is way over,” she lamented.

From July 2008, chemically-treated hospitals wastes from Baguio hospitals are not being collected by City Government for the lack of waste treatment facility for chemical and hazardous wastes in the Metro Clark Waste Management Facility[ii].  This forced the Baguio hospitals to take care of the final disposal of their treated wastes. 

In the report released by HCWH-SEA, the approximated volume of infectious waste produced in a month in seven Baguio hospitals is 9,708 kg. 

HCWH-SEA is recommending the use of autoclave[iii].  Ferrer said that the purchase of an autoclave and having a centralized treatment facility will “ease a great burden to the city’s coffers.”

The City Government is currently paying P500,000 per day or P17.5 million per month to transport its solid wastes. 

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is a global coalition of 473 organizations in more than 50 countries working to protect health by reducing pollution in health care sector.  For more information, visit www.noharm.org.

  

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Press Freedom

Good Thoughts
By Atty. Ricky Mejorada

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.” – Kung Fu Panda

I could not exactly remember anymore the last time I watched a full-length movie. I admit, watching movies whether inside theaters or simply at home is one of my passions. But the past year, a lot has happened in my professional and personal life which hindered the pursuit of my leisure time to the utmost. Until a few days ago when a friend introduced me to a video rental in Sindangan town and out of curiosity, after browsing over a numerous selection of titles, I was able to borrow (a.k.a. rent) a movie in DVD format entitled “Kung Fu Panda.”

Some of you have already watched the movie and had different views of its content, but for me, I have to say that I admire the message that it conveyed. Though its plot was simple and the presentation was animated, it is a movie worth watching by the whole family.

It is indeed a family movie and appropriate for providing good thoughts for growing kids and even for grown-ups who still need additional life lessons.

I could not exactly remember anymore the last time I watched a full-length movie. I admit, watching movies whether inside theaters or simply at home is one of my passions. But the past year, a lot has happened in my professional and personal life which hindered the pursuit of my leisure time to the utmost. Until a few days ago when a friend introduced me to a video rental in Sindangan town and out of curiosity, after browsing over a numerous selection of titles, I was able to borrow (a.k.a. rent) a movie in DVD format entitled “Kung Fu Panda.”

The movie teaches us that it is not the social status, or one’s station in life, that exclusively determines his future, but the belief in one’s self, hard work and the determination to succeed despite of the odds that can lead a person to triumph.

True, a person’s social status may contribute to his success in life, but it is never the key.

History is replete with personalities who started poor and had practically nothing in their name but with sheer determination, industry and belief in one’s own person, eventually emerged successful later in their lives. In reverse, there are also a lot of individuals who were scions of the rich and famous, and who had it easy in the beginning but with non-usage of their talents and gifts ended up broke, miserable and failures in society.

To everyone out there, I say, let us capture the opportunities of the present. Let us forget the past and its miseries. It is alright to dream of better things. However, we should work hard to achieve our dream despite the odds.

Let us start the New Year right. Let us think good thoughts. (Press Freedom, Vol. XXI No.11)

 

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