Porac execs lead river clean-up drive



Porac execs lead river clean-up drive
APRIL 05, 2016
Japanese warships
visit Subic Bay
By Dante M. Salvana
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Japanese submarine
JS Oyashio (SS-511), along with two destroyer
ships JS Ariake (DD-109) and JS Setogiri (DD156), docked here in Subic Bay over the week
for a goodwill visit to the Philippines that will
conclude on April 6.
JS Oyashio, skippered by Cdr. Nishioka Tetsuo, represents the Training Submarine Division 1 of the Japan Maritime self Defense Force
(JMSDF). JMSDF Division 1 is headed by Capt.
Hiroaki Yoshino.
On the other hand, JS Ariake and JS Setogiri, skippered by Cdr. Yoichi Kuruzoe and Cdr.
Fumihito Takeshita respectively, compose the
JMSDF’s Destroyer Escort Division 15 headed
by Capt. Hurihiko Morisita.
Capt. Samuel Z. Felix, Philippine Navy deputy commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), representing the Flag
japanese warships...page 7
GOODWILL VISIT. The Philippine Navy Marching Band welcomes the Japanese Destroyer Ship JS
Ariake (DD-109) as it docks at the Alava Pier of Subic
Bay Freeport on Sunday. It was accompanied by a
Japanese submarine JS Oyashio (SS-511), which is
also docked at the said pier (Photo on Page 7)
DoE ensures power
supply for May polls
By charlene a. cayabyab
CLARK FREEPORT – The Department of Energy (DoE) and its partner
agencies have ensured reliable, stable, and secure power supply during
the critical summer period and May local and national elections.
The DoE has two operational task
forces – the Power Task Force Election
and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities –in which various national agencies and power stakeholders are conducting preparatory
works, maintenance, and monitoring
among other tasks just to provide power supply come election period.
This follows as the government recognizes that the provision of electricity
is crucial in striving for clean and unquestionable elections, especially that
it is automated.
Upon the deputization of the Commission on Elections on the DoE,
National Electrification Administration, National Power Corporation, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the local electric
cooperatives, the Power Task Force
Election was created for the delivery
of adequate, stable and reliable power
supply before, during and after the
national and local elections on May 9,
2016 by ensuring availability and operation of power plants and electricity
market, carrying out strategic preventive maintenance of all power facilities,
and providing enough technical manpower for emergency response and security of vital power infrastructures,
among others.
doe ensures...page 7
Porac execs
lead river
clean-up drive
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CLEANING UP. Mayor Carling Dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David lead the clean-up drive at
a portion of the Porac River in Barangay Cangatba. With them are Councilors Maynard Lapid, Daboy
Enriquez, Ronie Mercado, former Councilor Ludi Muli, Fritzie David-Dizon, Guy Lopez, Benajmin
PORAC, PAMPANGA – Mayor Condralito
“Carling” Dela Cruz and Vice Mayor
Dexter David over the weekend joined a
clean-up campaign dubbed “Oplan Linis
… Isalba Ilog at Sapa ning Balen Porac”
simultaneously held in six villages here.
The town’s executives were joined by
other groups during the clean-up drive
held along the Porac River.
“We must continue saving and nurturing one of the cleanest rivers in Pampanga,” said Dela Cruz. “It could be turned
into a tourism site because of its clean waters, beautiful surroundings and people
don’t throw garbage along it.”
For his part, David said the town council “will relentlessly support the efforts to
maintain the beauty of the river.”
Councilors Maynard Lapid, Daboy Enriquez, Ronie Mercado, former Councilor
Ludi Muli and Former 2nd District Board
Member Fritzie David-Dizon of the Porac
Team CD joined the simple ceremony and
porac execs...page 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • APRIL 05, 2016
Napolcom meets
with College of
Criminology Deans
in Pampanga
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
National Police Commission
(Napolcom) recently met with
College of Criminology Deans
in Pampanga in a bid to improve their curriculum to meet
the standards of the Philippine
National Police (PNP).
“We want to get quality recruits and allow the majority
of the occupation of the quota
to come from those who were
graduates of Criminology as
this is one programs that should
prepare recruits to the police
service,” Napolcom Regional
Director Rodolfo Grande Santos
Jr. said.
He cited one study, which
revealed the various reasons
why applicants fail to join the
PNP such as unpreparedness of
applicants, level of intelligence,
inability to comprehend questions, poor communication,
immaturity, lack of idea about
the organization, and that applicants are mere job seekers.
Attendees include Angeles
University Foundation, Holy
Angel University, Jose C. Feliciano College Foundation, Central Luzon College of Science
and Technology, and St. Nicolas
College as well as representatives from the Commission on
Higher Education (CHED), and
Regional Personnel and Human
Resource Development and
Doctrine of PNP Region 3.
“The deans came up with
recommendations to further
improve the systems of schools
such as yearly health screening
of Criminology students, prebriefing of freshmen Criminology students on the police job,
enhanced in-campus laboratory, and strengthened program
instructions for Criminology
course,” Santos shared.
They likewise suggested
for CHED to revisit its Memorandum No. 37 series of 2010
titled “Guidelines in the Conduct of Practicum (On-the-Job
Training and Community Immersion) Requirement for BS
Criminology Students.” •
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GROUNDBREAKING. Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Atty. Arthur P. Tugade (2nd from R) leads the groundbreaking ceremonies of one
of the newest investors in Clark QSJ Import and Export Corporation. Also in photo (L-R) are former Clark International Airport Corp. President Victor Jose I. Luciano;
QSJ Owner Jiang Kim Yuan; Pampanga Vice-Governor Dennis G. Pineda; and Danilo Fabian. --CDC-CD Photo
Girl drowns in Floridablanca resort
by Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
7-year-old girl drowned on Sunday at a resort in Sitio Palakol,
Barangay San Jose this town,
reports said.
The victim was identified as
Desiree Fajardo, of Purok 7 in
Barangay San Pedro, Palcarangan, Lubao. According to reports, the girl went swimming at
the Summer Place in Sitio Palakol here, but was left unattended
by relatives and was later found
floating in the area where there
was a heavy water current.
Last September, victims Karen Ronquillo, 21; and Kenneth
Maling, 23, both of Sto. Domingo, Lubao town also drowned in
the said river. The duo went missing after the
Gov’t is ready versus Zika virus
– Department of Health
(DoH) Secretary Janette
Garin has stated yesterday that the national
government is ready
against any spread of the
deadly Zika Virus in the
In an interview
with Garin, she said
that government fa-
cilities under the DoH
and private hospitals
are equipped with
and equipment should
there be any confirmed
infection and contamination of the said virus.
She added that they
are doing everything to
monitor and contain any
possible human infec-
tion and even if it spreads
in an epidemic level.
In relation, she requests the public to
report immediately to
government health authorities any person
suspected of acquiring
the disease especially
those coming from
other countries where
there are confirmed
reports of Zika virus
Meanwhile, Garin said
that the public should
remain vigilant against
any possible virus infection despite the national
readiness to address
the same should there
be any outbreak. •
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
ched. The
covers full tuition and
fees, stipend, book and
transportation allowance, insurance, and
funding for thesis or
dissertation writing, at
rates higher than the
older CHED Faculty Development Program.
Need for more graduate degrees
CHED, only 50 percent
of all HEI faculty in the
country currently hold
graduate degrees, while
Vietnam and Malaysia
hold 60 and 69 percent,
The CHED K to 12
Transition Program effectively utilizes the period of low enrollment
anticipated in the higher
education sector due to
the full implementation
of K to 12 in order to
provide opportunities
for HEIs and their personnel to earn higher
qualifications through
scholarships and other
grants. A total of 15,000
scholarship slots will be
given away, raising the
number of graduate degree holders among HEI
faculty to 70 percent by
“The main constraints that prevent
faculty from completing
further studies include
heavy teaching loads,
being recalled by their
home institutions, and
low stipend rates. But
now, with the transition to K to 12, they are
virtually free of these
constraints. The government is meeting that
opportunity with an increased investment in
scholarships and other
grants,” said CHED
Commissioner Ma. Cynthia Rose Bautista.
In addition to online nominations, the
Edukasyon.ph platform
also allows scholars to
directly send applications to their preferred
schools, from among
hundreds of CHEDauthorized delivering
higher education institutions (DHEIs) all over
the country, with just a
few clicks.
“We want to provide choices and convenience for college faculty and staff. Through
this system, the selection and application
system becomes easier
and faster for qualified
faculty,” said Henry
Motte-Muñoz, Founder,
Edukasyon.ph. •
CHED, Edukasyon.ph announce
pact for online scholarship platform
on Higher Education
(CHED) and education technology social
enterprise Edukasyon.
ph have announced the
opening of an online
platform for scholarships under the CHED
K to 12 Transition Program for school year
2016-2017. Under the program,
higher education faculty
and staff may be nominated for CHED-funded
scholarships for master’s or doctoral degrees.
With the recently signed
CHED and Edukasyon.
ph, nominations may
now be done online
at www.edukasyon.ph/
river swelled due to heavy rains.
After two days of search and
rescue operations, the two were
recovered by authorities.
According to residents there,
the river in Sitio Palakol is
known to take the lives of visitors annually. •
City dad pushes for
tuition-free CCA
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
ANGELES CITY – A re-electionist councilor bet has vowed
to push for a tuition-free city
Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin,
Jr., during stage meeting held
in Barangay Sto. Cristo over
the weekend, vowed to push
for the approval of an ordinance amending the Charter
of the City College of Angeles
(CCA) which mandates the
college to cease collection of
tuition fees from its students
and calls for the City Government’s full subsidy of the student’s tuition.
“Hindi lamang po ako ang
nangangarap na maging libre ang kolehiyo kundi ito ay
pangarap rin ng maraming
Angeleño,” Lazatin said adding that, “Mayroon na po tayong proposed ordinance sa
city council ngunit hindi po
ito na-hearing sa Committee
on Education. Kung kailangan po natin itong i-refile ulit,
gagawin po natin.”
It can be recalled that
Lazatin has filed an ordinance that mandates the
City Government to allocate
five percent from its General
Fund, five percent from its
Internal Revenue Allotment
(IRA), and five percent from
its collection of market stall
fees to CCA’s annual budget
Lazatin said that he proposed the ordinance to
tuition-free...page 7
APRIL 05, 2016 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
BPSU, Gawad Kalinga tie up for extension projects
BY Butch Gunio
Peninsula State University
(BPSU) through its Extension Services Office, and
Gawad Kalinga (GK) has
tied up for the conduct of
extension projects in GK
villages in the province.
Dr. Hermogenes Pagu-
ia, BPSU Extension Office
director, said the university
taught residents of GK village Orion to assemble an
antenna. A team from University
College of Engineering and
Architecture conducted a
series of trainings to teach
30 Gawad Kalinga residents
in Barangay Daan Pare to
make a Yagi-Uda antenna.
He said the project
turned out successful since
the residents truly learned
the skills.
“We check the reception
of the antennas they made,
and found them even better from the commercial
ones,” said project coordinator BPSU Engr. Kristine
Orion Mayor Tonypep
Raymundo, upon seeing
the project, gave P50,000
to be used as capital for the
production of the antenna
of the Gawad Kalinga community.
The antennas would be
sold to other Gawad Kalinga
communities. Aside from the antenna
production, BPSU has also
intelligent street lighting
and water system projects
in Gawad Kalinga Orion.
BPSU will conduct other extension projects in GK
villages in the province.
“More than just an academic institution, BPSU
has a dynamic extension
9th ANNIVERSARY. CLTV 36, a Laus Group
of Companies (LGC)-owned regional television station,
launches its new programs during their 9th anniversary held at the newly built Laus Group Event Centre
in the City of San Fernando over the weekend. Sonia P.
Soto (extreme R) and other talents join the Laus Group
artists in a presentation. --ASTRUD AGUINALDO
Batman vs Superman
toy collectibles
at SM Cinema
OLONGAPO CITY – Inspired by the much
anticipated face-off
by two iconic superheroes on screen, SM
Cinema’s Snack Time
will be offering an
exclusive Batman vs.
Superman hexagon
toy collectible set to
film enthusiasts.
Fans of the dark
knight and the man of
steel can now collect
toys of their favorite
characters from the
“Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice” movie when they purchase
a snack-merchandise
combo meal at SM
Cinema’s Snack Time
counters nationwide.
A popcorn tumbler
and drink set, or a
hotdog sandwich and
drink set, will entitle
one to a mystery toy
for each purchase.
Fans can collect a
total of seven different figurines, ranging
from different versions of the muchloved title heroes,
to the showstopper
Wonder Woman, and
even of the brilliant
villain Lex Luthor.
hexagon toys are on
limited supply from
the world’s biggest
comics and collectible
superstore, Comicave.
SM Cinema’s Snack
Time is the only brand
in the Philippines carrying the hexagon collection from the international brand.
For fans who prefer a wearable keepsake, Snack Time also
has a limited Batman
vs. Superman digital
touch watch. Durable,
waterproof, and lights
up when touched, the
watch is a perfect accessory during playtime, or when bonding
with family & friends
to see one of the widely anticipated action
films in recent years.
Batman vs Superman souvenirs will be
available in all Snack
Time branches located at SM Cinemas
nationwide beginning
February 29. Batman
v Superman: Dawn of
Justice premieres in
SM Cinema, IMAX,
Director’s Club Cinema and DX Laser
Projection on March
26. (PR)•
program to help Bataan
communities,” said Paguia. University
Greg Rodis targets to make
BPSU the preferred university in the area by 2020.
GK is a Philippinebased movement that aims
to end poverty by building
communities and empowering the people. •
Warehouse man
claims P59.7-M
lotto jackpot
MANILA – The lone winner
of the P59,736,300 jackpot
during last March 14’2 Grand
Lotto 6/55 draw has claimed
his winnings, the Philippine
Charity Sweepstakes Office
According to PCSO General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, the winner, who
has been lotto betting since
1995, got his winning numbers 14-10-09-12-28-23 from
birthdates of family members.
Rojas said the winner, a
warehouse man from Batangas, plans to buy a house, car
and motorcycle, invest in business and save for his children’s
The winner claimed his
prize at the charity agency
main office in Mandaluyong
City on April 1.•
Limay LGU, full blast in e-learning programs
By Mhike R. Cigaral
LIMAY, BATAAN – The Department of Education (DepEd)
here lauded the educational
projects and programs being implemented by the municipal government to raise
the standards of learning for
their students in all levels.
Teresita R. Ordiales,
DepEd Limay District Supervisor, in an interview
with the local press here
said Limay’s vision for
their students is at par with
“Mayor Ver Roque is a
visionary leader here. Yung
mga nakaplano sa amin sa
DepEd ginagawa na niya
ngayon dito,” Ordiales said.
This coming school year
2016-2017, Roque will initially distribute computer
tablets to more than 5,000
selected public school students for their e-learning and
Mayor Roque, in a recent
interview with local journalists, said he has already
allotted almost half a million peso monthly budget for
utilities and janitors in all
their public schools to help
them maintain the cleanliness of school offices, classrooms and comfort rooms.
teachers assigned their students
some task of cleaning the
the school garden and other
light works as part of their
discipline and learning process. “Hindi namin pinaglilinis ng classrooms ang mga
estudyante namin dito para
naka-focus lang sila sa pag
aaral. That is why we hire
utility workers and allotted
budget for them to do these
jobs,” Mayor Roque told
Headline Gitnang Luzon.
At present, there are 83
utility workers deployed in
all 19 public schools within
the municipality.•
ePLDT expands cloud expertise with Amazon Web Services
digital enterprise enabler of
the country’s leading telecoms and digital services
provider, PLDT, continues
to expand its cloud expertise and strengthen its portfolio of cloud solutions with
its recent elevation to Standard Consulting Partner in
the Amazon Web Services
(AWS) Partner Network
As an AWS Standard
Consulting Partner, ePLDT
enables enterprises to design, build, migrate, and
manage their workloads
and applications on Amazon
Web Services.
​“This fits our overall
strategy to offer a full-spectrum of enterprise cloud
solutions via our own managed infrastructure and ex-
pertise as well as through
partnerships with the best in
the business,” shared Nerisse Ramos, ePLDT Group
COO. “We recognize that
when it comes to cloud
adoption and implementation, one size does not fit all
requirements since different
workloads require different deployment models and
infrastructure tuning. The
mission is to empower enterprises with the countless
benefits that cloud offers
- lower cost of ownership,
operational agility, auto
software updates, increased
collaboration, easy and affordable business continuity
and disaster recovery implementation- to name some.
Of course, this is wrapped
around by the combined expertise of ePLDT and AWS.”
Amazon Web Services,
widely regarded as the leading cloud infrastructure
provider globally, is the
cloud computing platform
of Amazon. Operating on
11 regions around the globe,
it includes a wide range of
web-based services including Compute, Storage, Network, Mobile, and Database.
The Amazon Partner
Network (APN), the global
partner program of Amazon
Web Services, is focused on
providing members of the
AWS partner ecosystem
with program, technical,
business, and go-to-market
support. Consulting Partners, which include System
Integrators, Strategic Consultancies, Agencies, Managed Service Providers, and
Value Added Resellers, gain
access to a range of resources and trainings to support
customers in deploying,
running, and managing applications in the AWS Cloud.
Apart from being an AWS
Standard Consulting Partner, ePLDT is also a member
of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). An
industry trade association,
ACCA aims to accelerate
growth of the cloud market
in Asia and provides a platform for members to discuss
implementation and growth
strategies, and establish
policies and best practices
related to the cloud computing ecosystem.
​“We are proud of joining
the AWS Partner Network
as a Standard Consulting
Partner, as it reflects our
cloud expertise...page 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • APRIL 05, 2016
Tragedy strikes,
yet again
IT’S summer, and it’s the season
for family outings which are supposed to be fun and enjoyable. But
not for one family from Lubao who
only had pleasurable intentions
during an outing in Floridablanca
over the week.
A girl, identified as Desiree from
Barangay Palcarangan in Lubao,
drowned at the Summer Place located in Sitio Palakol, Barangay
San Jose in the said town.
It was learned that she was reportedly left unattended by relatives
and was later found floating in an
area where the water was deep.
Swimming-related cases often involve victims who were alone, or unattended when they got into difficulty.
They may or may not have a background in swimming; sometimes,
it does not make any difference.
Every drowning is a tragedy, and
too many people seem to needlessly lose their lives on the water,
with or without proper training.
Summer months are dangerous
times for these kinds of incidents.
Water safety should not be neglected; in fact it should be paramount.
It is always safe to have someone
with you when swimming – especially children. They should not be
left unattended, even if they know
how to swim. Also, better use life
jackets or life savers when swimming.
Better safe than sorry, because
we may never know when tragedy
HE gastronomic banquet laid
out before us makes me think
and rethink again the food
concoctions prepared by the faceless
chef during the dinner sponsored by
the Dubai-based carrier Emirates
Airlines. Magnifique! – was all I can
For the ‘Starter’ – upon entering
the ballroom, the ‘Maine Lobster
with ripe mango and avocado salad
complimented with red oak lettuce,
cherry tomato and strawberry vinaigrette’ already awaits us in the table. Mind you, this is not the usual
‘Mequeni Restaurant’ offerings that
we get at the Holiday Inn everyday
but an entirely different culinary
preparation staged for the return of
the Middle Eastern carrier.
In less than five minutes, the lobster was gone. I was all set to hound
Emirates Airlines Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for the
Far East Badr Abbas -- but Business
Mirror’s Ashley Manabat stopped me
on my tracks saying the ‘main course’
will be next. The ‘’Sea and Shore Inspired Main Course’ was more ex-
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poivre with peppercorns, or in a red
wine reduction. Bacon is often used
in cooking filet mignon because of
the low levels of fat found in the cut
but our ‘Triangle of Fire’ did have the
fat in the perfectly round cut.
For dessert, I was not able to partake of it because I had to interview
Abbas outside the main ballroom.
The dessert is called
Trio’ or crème brulee,
chocolate and mango
fondant and praline
cookie on hot fudge
sauce. Oh my, I am
sure Jojo made a killing of the dessert too.
on the operations of
Emirates Airlines in
Cebu and Clark. “This
Arnel San Pedro
is not a re-launch of
the Emirates flights to
the musical group The Company Clark.” Asked whether the excise tax
as they were belting out “Never My on aviation fuel will affect their opLove.” My colleague – Jojo Due – erations at Clark – Abbas painted a
splurged on the ‘Triangle of Fire’ rosy picture of the positive developwith gusto not only once but twice. ments in and around Clark noting
Lucky Jojo.
that it is a “viable airport.” At the
Filet mignon, French for “tender sidelines of the Routes Convention in
fillet” or “dainty fillet” is a steak cut Las Vegas which I attended in 2013,
of beef taken from the smaller end the Emirates Airlines executives
of the tenderloin, usually a steer or had expressed apprehension over
heifer. Filet mignon may be cut into the excise tax on aviation fuel. A few
1- to 2-inch-thick portions and then months later, they left Clark airport. grilled. High heat is the usual methThe Emirates Menu for Clark airod for cooking the filet mignon, ei- port is just as delectable as the food
ther grilling, pan frying, broiling, or served during the dinner – daily
roasting. The fillets are most often flights and more connectivity. Welserved in a cognac cream sauce, au come back!•
Cyber safety now a must
T SEEMS that the world we live
in has become more and more
dangerous as time passes by. If
we only worried about being physically secure decades ago, now we
also have to worry about our own
safety in the ever pervasive cyber
world. With the advent of the new
technology brought by the internet, various cybercrimes such as
identity theft, cyber bullying, online fraud, hacking, and a lot more
have emerged and have confronted the netizens. In the absence
of foolproof
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travagant than I thought and I was
not ready to face the food feast laid
out before my eyes.
The ‘Main Course’ is called the
“Triangle of Fire” or chargrilled “US
Fillet Mignon of beef, prawns and
scallop presented with pomme du
pear and asparagus spears with
turned carrots and freshly ground
black pepper gravy.” I want
more of the ‘Triangle of Fire’
but I contented myself with
“Asked whether the excise tax on
aviation fuel will affect their operations at Clark – Abbas painted a rosy
picture of the positive developments Check and
in and around Clark noting that it is Balance
a ‘viable airport’.”
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Emirates Menu
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thus has become the main objective of the project called Cybersafe
Project Manuals borne out of the
partnership between the Department of Education and the Stairway
Foundation. The project, which was
formally launched last week, aims
to guide and protect the Filipino
children in the use of the internet
through the production of individual lesson plans targeting Grades 5
to 6 and Junior High Students.
Aside from cyber bullying which
remains to be one of the foremost
crimes committed against children, the manual also discusses
parents in providing guidance and
restriction is one highly important
aspect in this dilemma since the
internet remains to be considered
“unrestricted space.” Lars Jorgensen, executive director of Stairway Foundation, said that “when
a child is threatened they need to
have a trusted adult to go to. That
is why parents need to also know
these things, so their children can
go directly to them knowing their
parents can relate to them.”
The Cybersafe manual, which
is available for download on www.
deped.gov.ph, will be continu-
“The Cybersafe manual, which is available for download
on www.deped.gov.ph, will be continuously updated to
address the ever-changing landscape of online child protection and to cover other grade levels. Its primary objective is to prevent online child abuse and bullying through
instructional materials on online safety.”
to monitor, control, and also apprehend violators of these new age
offenses, it is still best to take precaution and avoid falling prey to
these crimes.
With an increasing number of
children exposed to the internet at
an early age, it is somehow worrisome for parents, teachers, and
the entire community on how this
exposure affects the behavior and
attitudes of the young community.
The need to impose interventions
becomes highly necessary, and
other risks the students face online, such as sexting and child
pornography. It aims to develop
students’ capacity to stay safe from
online child abuse and harm, at the
same time, educate teachers and
parents about online safety.
DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC cited that out of 10 Filipino students, nine of them use the
internet. This is why he believes in
the importance of properly educating not only the students, but also
their parents, teachers, and even
the community as well. The role of
ously updated to address the everchanging landscape of online child
protection and to cover other grade
levels. Its primary objective is to
prevent online child abuse and
bullying through instructional materials on online safety.
Cliché as it may sound, prevention remains to be better than cure.
Ignorance and indifference are not
excuses for anyone’s lack of guidance and shortcomings in terms of
providing safety and security for
our children in all aspects possible.•
APRIL 05, 2016 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Time of the VCM, time of automated cheating?
while in the case of computerized
or automated cheating the votes being counted are non-existent with
respect to the candidate or candidates for whom they are intended. Vote buying can be countered with
vote buying, but computerized
or automated cheating once
programmed into the VCMs
would be impossible to counter
during election day.
Many who have working
ET’S face it – we won’t have
fool-proofed automated elections on May 9. Largely the
reason for this is the inability of
the Comelec to comply fully with
the very law that provides for the
Take for example the controversial receipt
that the law requires and that
voters want the
machines (VCMs)
to print after the
ballot has been
inserted. Without the Supreme
Court ruling, the Leny Manalo
Comelec would
not want to do it,
telling everybody that it would just
extend the voting time to intolerable period. Now that the Comelec
has to follow the order of the Supreme Court it is now saying that
the voters cannot take the receipt
out of the voting center for it could
be used for vote buying. However,
it is exactly the receipt that voters
and candidates want to hold and
keep as a counter-measure against
possible machine errors and outright automated cheating that
could not be done without Comelec
This is not to condone vote buying but at least in using the receipt
to get paid for one’s vote there is a
real vote that is being considered
can be counted, created, eliminated or transferred.
The latest concern is about the
total disregard of the vaunted biometrics with the reported elimination of the fingerprint scanner
from the VCMs. Supposedly, the
VCM will not accept the ballot if
the voter will not pass the fingerprint scan. Where before it was a
“no bio, no vote” thing, now some
3 million registered voters with-
“I go for the printing of the vote receipt and
for the voter to bring it out of the voting
center. There’s more room for transparency
for election watchers to work in despite the
expected vote buying frenzy.”
gut feel
knowledge of computer programming now seriously doubt the integrity of the original source codes
or the computer program that will
run the VCMs that are basically
computers that are just dependent
on what instructions are fed into
them. They imagine that even the
Supreme Court order for the receipt to be printed could have provided the excuse to revise or edit
the source codes beyond what was
needed for the VCMs to print the
receipt after scanning the ballot. The source codes comprised a set
of instructions written in computer language that were supposed to
have been kept in a safe vault. It
is with the source codes that votes
out biometrics are feared to possibly become vote padders in case
of computerized cheating without
the real registered voters knowing
it. Without the fingerprint scanner votes supposedly cast by those
with bio and those without bio
could now easily be mixed by preprogramming even before election
I go for the printing of the vote
receipt and for the voter to bring
it out of the voting center. There’s
more room for transparency for
election watchers to work in despite
the expected vote buying frenzy.
Oh by the way, countries who
started automated election are going back to manual.•
Maintain neutrality
VER and over again, the
Elections (Comelec) and the
Civil Service Commission (CSC)
emphasize the role of elected officials as well as government officials and employees during election season. Accordingly, they are
barred from campaigning for any
tionary measures in endorsing
their candidate.
No one is safe from the power of
technology. Nowadays, the influence of social media could make or
damage anyone who is
entangled in a complicated situation. If an
elected barangay official was caught engaging in a partisan activity during the election
period, within minutes, the post will go
viral and that elected
barangay official will
count his days on his
term of service if apprehended and a case
Notwithstanding the provi- will be filed against him. It would
sions of the law, we still notice the definitely wreck his public servishow of support of some elected tude due to his irrational loyalty to
barangay officials to their favored his favored candidate.
So, instead of engaging and
candidate. Some of them even
recklessly parade their support showing your undying support to
for a certain candidate without your candidate, just spend your
fear of getting apprehended by the time assisting your constituents
concerned government agency. It and be a committed public servis about time these elected baran- ant. Maintain neutrality and you
gay officials should take precau- will never get wrong.•
Service Code, otherwise, they will
be suspended or removed from
public office depending on the
gravity of their undertaking or
participation during the election.
They must exercise neutrality for the purpose of
not compromising their
public service.
“No one is safe from the power of technology. Nowadays, the influence of social
media could make or damage anyone who
Now We Know!
is entangled in a complicated situation.”
candidate but they are allowed to
follow the candidate on social media. Elected barangay officials and
government civil servants are not
allowed to engage in partisan political activities during the campaign period. They need to follow
the law, mainly the Local Government Code and the rules and
regulations set forth in the Civil
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Karing kayanakan, ing kapanayan na
Ning indung balayan a mibalut dusa
Lalam ding daywan a menalipan keya.
Kanitang ing bili ning mal tamung labuad
Anti re mo waring tenikala gamat
Ding liping kabud na king pampang nang maslag
Dinalpak at keti mig-Ari at sukat.
At nu’ king uli ra, ing sadyang timawa
Ampon pamibie-bie lubus mapayapa
Mirinan tigatig at ing migdatila
Kelan kapasnawan mabilug a bansa.
Dapot ‘nyang talagang e na la maguanta
Ding kalipi tamu, a penimunan da
Di Andres, (a tune anak ning Pampanga),
Jacinto, Mabini, Luna’t aliwa pa;
Y Gat Jose Rizal, king kapamilatan
Ding Noli at Fili a sinulat na nyan,
Anti nong’ ginising a kapanamdaman
Ding sabla ban gunyat keng pamakipagkal;
Karing dayung keti menalipan lubus
Kilub na ning migit atlung dalan alus
Banuang milabas a keti pamanyakup,
Ding Kastilang alang pikabsyan a dungus.
At nung waman e na ikuang atangalan
Niting bayaning mibual Bagumbayan
Ing paninap niting lubus katimawan,
Oyan – ing masapsap niting kapagnasan
A nu’ ngana atyu karing kayanakan
Ing kapanayan na ning Indung Balayan,
Yan mayayakit na karing balang lugal
Lalu na keti king Labuad Kapampangan!•
headline in history
Darwin sends first three
chapters of The Origin of
Species to his publisher
n this day of 1859. Naturalist Charles Darwin
sends his publishers the first three chapters
of Origin of Species, which will become one
of the most influential books ever published.
Knowing the fates of scientists who had published
radical theories and been ostracized or worse, Darwin held off publishing his theory of natural selection for years. He secretly developed his theory during two decades of surreptitious research following
his return from a five-year voyage to South America
on the HMS Beagle as the ship’s unpaid botanist.
Darwin, the privileged and well-connected son
of a successful English doctor, had been interested
in botany and natural sciences since his boyhood,
despite the discouragement of his early teachers. At
Cambridge, he found professors and scientists with
similar interests and with their help began participating in scientific voyages, including the HMS Beagle’s trip. By the time Darwin returned, he had developed an outstanding reputation as a field researcher
and scientific writer, based on his many papers and
letters dispatched from South America and the
Galapagos Islands, which were read at meetings of
prominent scientific societies in London.
Darwin began publishing studies of zoology
history... Page 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • APRIL 05, 2016
Bench perfume line
ni Maine, bumebenta
I AM back. After a few days of hospital confinement, I am raring to come
Here is the first news I received from a friend:
Maine Mendoza says she
cannot believe she’s now
endorsing a Bench product
and it’s her own line of perfume at that. “I’m really very
thankful kasi noon, fan ako
ng mga artistang nagmomodel for Bench,” she says.
“Dream kong mapabilang sa
kanila, and now, may sarili
na akong perfume line, so
I can finally say that I’m living the
It’s said her scents were quickly
sold out, just like the other products
she’s endorsing, whose sales really
doubled. Why does she think she’s
such an effective endorser?
“Honestly, hindi ko po alam.
Hindi nga ako makapaniwala.
Maski ako, nagugulat kung bakit
nangyayari ang ganoon.
Parang very surreal
ang lahat for me. Hindi
lang naman ako kundi
pati si Alden. ‘Yung mga
produktong ine-endorse
namin, bumebenta raw
lahat. Blessing siguro talaga and we want to thank
the Lord for that.”
And how is she and Alden? “Alam ko, maraming nagsasabi, dapat
gayahin namin ‘yung ibang loveteam na umamin na. E, paano ‘yan,
wala pa naman kaming aaminin.
Hindi naman puwedeng madaliin
ang ganyang mga bagay.
“I’m happy that we take things
slow. As of now, walang halong
kashowbizan, basta we’re very close
friends. ‘Yung mga nagho-hope for
something else, kung ‘yun ang talagang plano ni God, darating din
siguro ‘yun, so hintay na lang tayo.
As of now, ‘yun nga, pinprepara na
‘yung surprise naming movie na
ipapalabas sa July in time for the
first anniversary of our loveteam na
nabuo sa Kalyeserye ng ‘Eat Bulaga’.
That’s something our fans can look
forward to.”
In the Dabarkads Choice Awards
held last Saturday for “Eat Bulaga’s”
special Lenten presentation, Maine
won the Darling of the Screen
Award while Alden won the trophy
for the Most Dramatic Performance
by a Lead Star. This is for their twohour drama special shown on Holy
Wednesday, “God Gave Me You”.
Congratulations! No wonder AlDub
fans are so overjoyed.•
Heart, ready na to get preggy
UMANI ng katakut-takot
na reaksyon at espekulasyon mula sa netizens ang
post ni Heart Evangelista
sa kanyang Instagram account na preggy siya.
Caption niya sa kanyang picture, “What? So
this is how it feels…”
Kaya naman naghinala ang iba na baka totoo
ngang buntis na si Heart.
Marami ang positive na reaction of course, pero ang
iba, ay sinabing April Fool’s
Day joke lang daw ito.
We’re assuming naman
na it’s for her role sa kanyang upcoming teleserye
sa GMA 7, ang “Juan Happy Love Story” with Dennis Trillo.
Aminado si Heart na ta-
lagang gusto na rin niya at
handa naman sila ng mister na si Sen. Chiz Escudero na magka-baby.
Ayon kay Heart, kung
wala lang kampanya at
hindi sila parehong busy
ng kanyang hubby, na tumatakbo sa pagka-bise
presidente, hindi malayong magkaroon na sila
kaagad ng little bundle of
Sabi pa nga ng aktres sa
ilang interviews, ayaw niyang mahati sa ngayon ang
atensyon ng kanyang hubby, dahil nga naman napaka-busy nito sa kampanya,
at gusto niyang mag-focus
muna ito sa mga gusto nitong gawin para sa mga
kababayan natin na nan-
“Siguro po mga next
year, feeling ko kasi napaka-selfish ko naman din
kung parang ang dami
na niyang inaasikaso and
mag-aanak pa ako. Ang
laki ng puso niya, minamahal niya ang mga kababayan natin, kaming pamilya niya, hindi ko na muna
dadagdagan,” sey ni Heart.
Siyempre nga naman,
gusto nilang mag-focus
sa anak nila if ever. Eh,
sa ngayon kasi, palaging
umiikot para mangampanya si Sen. Chiz, ganon din
naman si Heart na nagkacampaign kasama pa ang
BFF na si Lovi Poe.
Plus ang upcoming
teleserye niya pa ay on
Cristine Reyes, ‘di raw
mahirap katrabaho
“Elemento” ay natanong ang direktor
na si Mark Meiley
kung paano katrabaho si Cristine Reyes
at kung ano ang masasabi nito tungkol
sa isyu na may attitude problem ang
aktres tulad nga ng
akusasyon ni Vivian
Ayon kay Direk
Mark, walang-wala
raw siyang naging
problema kay Cristine habang ginagawa ang “Elemento”.
On time raw ito sa
set at very professional at puwede raw
itanong ito sa ibang
tao ring nasa set.
“Pumutok ’yung
balita (tungkol sa
away nina Cristine at
VV) habang nagsushooting kami.”
Twice nang nakatrabaho ni Direk
Mark si Cristine,
ang una ay sa “El
lang daw yung pagsasama nila roon.
raw sa shooting nila,
hindi sila inaabot
ng umaga at hanggang 9 p.m. lang.
Isang beses lang daw
sila inabot ng after
midnight dahil puro
gabi ang eksena.
Ang cut off nga ni
Cristine ay 2 a.m.
pero hindi na
umaabot dito dahil nga maaga raw
silang natatapos.
6 mula sa Viva
the works pa rin at kailangan nga raw i-consider
ni Heart na meron siyang
Idagdag mo pa ang trabaho nya as an artist na
aside from painting in canvas, ay nagpipinta rin siya sa
mga bags, shoes at gowns.
muna talagang ayusin ni
Heart ang kanyang trabaho at iba pang commitments para maplano niya
nang maayos ang kanyang
pagbubuntis kung sakali.
“Parang now is not the
perfect time, gusto ko may
time na talagang mabigyan namin ng panahon
’yung bata, at yung talagang mae-enjoy ko,” sabi pa
n i
APRIL 05, 2016 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
DepEd, Albay gear up for Palaro 2016
MANILA – THE Department
of Education (DepEd) and
the provincial government
of Albay continue to gear
up for the 59th Palarong
Pambansa to be held at the
Albay Sports and Tourism
Complex, Legaspi City from
April 10 to 16, 2016.
This is the first time
that Albay will host the
week-long event that brings
together the country’s most
promising student-athletes.
With the theme: “Transforming Communities,
Transcending Through K to
12,” DepEd aims to promote
physical education and
sports as an integral part
of the Basic Education for
holistic development of the
youth to become responsible
and globally competitive
citizens of the country.
“It is necessary that
sports be an integral part of
education, more than that
I believe that it is part of
a solidifying spirit for our
communities because it’s
something that can bind
us together by promoting a
value system that essentially
allows us to foster camaraderie among regions,”
said Albay Governor Joey
The Palarong Pambansa
is participated by elementary and secondary students
from public and private
schools nationwide. This
year, 18 regions are set to
compete, with the participation of the recentlyestablished Negros Island
Region (NIR). The elementary level will compete in 15
games and the secondary
will compete in 17 games
and four demonstration
sports: Futsal, Wushu, Billiards and Wrestling. This
year’s Palaro will determine
if these four demo sports
will be included as regular
games in the next Palaro.
Another objective of
Palarong Pambansa is to
widen the base for talent
identification, selection,
recruitment, training and
exposure of elementary and
secondary students to serve
as athletes’ roster to the National Sports Associations
for international sports
competitions. In 2013, the
government institutionalized this national sporting
event through the Republic
Act 10588 or the Palarong
Pambansa Law.
“We are institutionalizing this sports program to
ensure that we are developing athletes that are of international caliber. Together
with the Philippine Sports
Commission (PSC) and the
Provincial Government of
Albay, the Department will
see to it that the standards
are at international level
and that the coaching staff,
the technical officials as
well as the playing venues
conform to international
standards,” Education
Secretary Br. Armin Luistro
FSC said. One of the highlights
of the Palaro is the special
games for children with
special needs. These include
athletics, swimming, goal
ball, and Bocce – a ball sport
closely related to bowling.
Athletes with special needs
are given the chance to be
scouted and compete in the
games of the Palaro. DepEd and the local
government of Albay shall
implement an environmentfriendly and organized
Palarong Pambansa 2016.
“Katulad po muli ng mga
nagdaang taon yung ating
Palaro Clean and Green
program na kung saan ang
ating kalihim Br. Armin
Luistro ay tinututukan na
hindi lang dapat ang mga
medalya ang tinitignan ng
mga bata kung hindi rin po
iyong disiplina sa pamamagitan po ng pagpapanatili na malinis at maayos
po ang ating mga sports
venues at ang mga billeting
quarters at paggamit po ng
mga recyclable materials
sa kanilang pagkain,” said
Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs
Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq.•
mised Tower No. 25 on March
14 paving the way for Agus
Units 1 and 2 to inject clean
and cheap power supply to
the Mindanao grid. Negotiations for clearing operations
are also continuously being undertaken by the IATFSEF with the landowners/
claimants to prune/cut/trim
the trees, remove structures
and prevent any obstructions from being built beneath
the transmission highway.
Energy Secretary Zenaida
Monsada emphasized that
the reliability of transmission lines is a concern of
everyone, citing that even
if power plants are generating sufficient electricity,
but if it can’t be transmitted due to tripping and toppling of transmission lines
and towers, then there will
be power shortages in the af-
fected areas. She then calls
on, again, the cooperation of
landowners/claimants, local
government units and individual households for cooperation and vigilance for the
integrity of the transmission
facilities nationwide.
Furthermore, the DoE encourages all energy consumers to practice efficient and
judicious use of electricity in
their day-to-day activities. •
doe ensures... from Page 1
Likewise, President Benigno Aquino III has earlier
created in February the InterAgency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities (IATFSEF) to address the bombing
incidents involving the transmission facilities that apparently escalated late last
year, and the right-of-way issues faced by NGCP.
Since then, the IATFSEF
has restored the compro-
japanese warships... from Page 1
Officer in Command, led the country’s
delegation who welcomed the visiting
Japanese forces at the Alava Pier in Subic
Bay Freeport.
In a press statement, Capt. Lued Lincuna of the Naval Public Affairs office
said the visit is expected to enhance the
already strong relationship between the
Philippine and Japanese navies. At the same time, it fosters committed cooperation between the two nations
which benefits regional peace and stability, Lincuna said.
A series of confidence-building activi-
ties between the visiting navy and their
Filipino counterparts, particularly Philippine Navy personnel assigned at NETC in
Zambales, will be conducted. These activities range from shipboard
tour of the Japanese ships, to goodwill
games of football and basketball. •
porac execs... from Page 1
“boodle fight” in Barangay Cangatba.
“We are thanking the people of Porac for helping make a clean river by
simply not throwing garbage along the
river banks,” said David-Dizon, who is
also chief-of-staff of Gov. Lilia Pineda. Others who supported the event
were the Department of Interior and
Local Government (DILG) Pampanga represented by Marites Miranda,
members of the PNP, Guy Lopez of the
Awake Parylist, Tau Gamma Phi-Porac
led by Benjamin Duya, Sweet Crystals
Integrated Sugar Mill Corporation and
Mekeni Food Corporation.
Lopez said “the Porac river is indeed
clean and it can be a tourist destination.”•
HISTORY... from Page 5
and geology as soon as he returned from his
voyage, while secretly working on his radical
theory of evolution. Meanwhile, he married
and had seven children. He finally published
The Origin of Species after another scientist
began publishing papers with similar ideas.
When the book appeared in November 1859,
it sold out immediately. By 1872, six editions
had been published. It laid the groundwork for
modern botany, cellular biology, and genetics.
Darwin died in 1882.• --HISTORY
tuition-free... from Page 2
amend the charter so the students will no longer have to pay their tuition in line with the
City Government’s vision of providing affordable quality education for Angeleños.
“Education is a universal right and no person should be deprived of it on account of poverty,” Lazatin said, “If we want to provide Angeleños with the necessary skills to succeed in
life, then we have to make education accessible
to everyone.”
According to Lazatin, upon consulting the
Local Expenditure Program of the city for
fiscal year 2015, it has become apparent that
given the city’s finances, it is possible for the
government to fully subsidize the tuition fee of
CCA students.
If Lazatin’s proposed ordinance is approved, students of CCA will no longer have
to pay tuition fees and just have to pay the
miscellaneous fees, which fall roughly around
P2,000 per semester.
Based on the city’s Local Expenditure Program for 2015, the General Fund amounts to
P913 million, the IRA amounts to P591 million, and the city collection for market stall
fees amounts is estimated at P10 million.
Under the proposed ordinance, Section 34b
of the City College will be amended such that
the college will be allocated with 5 percent of
the General Fund (amounting to P46 million), 5
percent of the IRA (amounting to P22 million),
and 5 percent of the market stall fee collections
(amounting to P500 million), amounting to a
total of roughly P68.5 million. •
cloud expertise... from Page 3
commitment to help our customers leverage
on cloud technology to drive growth and performance in their businesses,” noted PLDT
Enterprise, International & Carrier Business EVP and ePLDT President Eric Alberto.
“This, along with our membership in the Asia
Cloud Computing Association, is just a few of
the many initiatives we have undertaken to
expand our solutions portfolio and strengthen our expertise to ensure we sustain our status as the digital solutions partner-of-choice
for the Enterprise market.”•
FEATURE... from Page 8
the Spanish paella, made from glutinous
rice cooked in coconut cream laced with
turmeric or luyang dilaw, with chicken,
seafood and some slices of Spanish style
sausages. The cooking demonstration
was held on April 4 at 5 p.m., at the Sky
Ranch Pampanga.
In SM City Clark, mall-goers were in
for a special treat as celebrity Chef Jam
Melchor of Unang Hirit plus tenant Chefs
Judy Uson of Caffe Noelle and Chef Mark
Pineda of Teppanya promoted native
culinary arts in an interactive cooking
demonstration on April 2, Saturday at 4
p.m. at The Meeting Place.
Meanwhile, SM City San Fernando
Downtown presented a taste of exotic
Kapampangan dishes presented by everybody’s all-time favorite restaurant,
Everybody’s Café with owner Pocholo
Jorolan through a cooking demonstration and an exotic dish eating challenge
of Adobong Camaru (cricket), Stuffed
Betute (frog), Ballot and Isaw on April 3,
Sunday, 3 p.m. at the Ground Level of SM
City San Fernando Downtown.•
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Chef Claude Tayag
and the 12 ft in diameter Giant Bringhe
good for up to 1,200
Chef Jam Melchor’s
Sisig Galantina
Terrine with Watermelon Atchara.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Following last
year’s successful celebration of Madrid Fusion in the Philippines with the Great Kapampangan Alualu, SM Supermalls once again
gave support to a gastronomy congress as
part of the Flavors of the Philippines campaign of the Department of Tourism.
SM malls in Central
Luzon once again took
center stage as SM City
Pampanga, SM City Clark
and SM City San Fernando Downtown tickled
foodies’ taste buds with
authentic Kapampangan
cuisine on April 1, 2 and
SM City Pampanga
once again brought
together the best of the
best culinary icons of the
country – a true renaissance man: painter,
sculptor, author, phoChef Rudolf
Ranada’s Adobo
Cuapao with
Hoisin Mayo.
tographer, writer and
chef, Claude Tayag; and
“Guardian of Old Kapampangan Recipe” Atching
Lillian Lising-Borromeo.
They were assisted by
Hotel and Restaurant
Management students
from University of the
Assumption, St. Nicolas
College and Angeles University Foundation as they
cooked up 1,200-1,400
servings of Giant Bringhe.
The bringhe is a
Filipino indigenization of
feature...page 7
Chef Kitty Padilla and her Mango Spring Roll Chef Des Tanglao with her Pinoy Chillers 80’s
Chef Romz Mendoza, Culinary Instructor at with Latik Sauce.
Angeles University Foundation and his fried
Chef Marian
Chef Jov
betuteng tugak with pako salad.
Mercado and
Mago in his
her Adobo
version of
Chef Heinz
Crusted Pie.
Pelayo and
his deconstructed

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