DAR completes land distribution in Luisita



DAR completes land distribution in Luisita
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OCTOBER 22, 2013
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Xevera housing units
for Capitol employees
Mayor Edgardo
Pamintuan and his wife,
Herminia, relish the taste
of the adobong camaru
(stir fried crickets)
served at the Pamangan
Fiestang Kapampangan
held Sunday at the
Museo ning Angeles.
The one-day event
showcased an array of
traditional Kapampangan dishes from restaurants, catering services
and culinary schools in
Angeles City.
--Contributed photos
By Joey Pavia
Pineda and the Pag-IBIG Fund are partnering for
the acquisition of properties in two subdivisions
in Pampanga with some 10,000 housing units.
XEVERA... pagE 9
CL cops chief sees
peaceful elections
By Joey Pavia
Supt. Raul Petrasanta, newly assigned Central Luzon police director, has expressed
optimism that the upcoming October 28
barangay elections in the region will be
Petrasanta, who paid a courtesy call to
Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda at the Capitol
on Monday, said they “will try to maintain
peace and order through peace covenants.”
Petrasanta said that their “other option” is to ask the some 10,000 police force
in Central Luzon to guard the villages especially at areas where election-related violence may occur.
peaceful election... pagE 9
DAR completes land
distribution in Luisita
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
MABALACAT CITY -The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced the completion of
distribution of Certificates
of Land Ownership Award
(CLOAs) to farmers in Haci-
enda Luisita.
“The land in Luisita is
now theirs,” agrarian reform secretary Virgilio de
los Reyes said in a statement.
De los Reyes made the
statement over the weekend
after distributing all CLOAs
to farmers in Barangay Mapalacsiao in Hacienda Luisita.
Mapalacsiao is the last
of the 10 barangays in the
Luisita estate to receive their
CLOAs in compliance with
the Supreme Court ruling.
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Herbert Mapiles writes 30
By Marna Dagumboy-del
of a local daily newspaper
in Pampanga had succumbed to cardiac arrest
on Monday dawn.
Herbert Mapiles, 33,
brother of provincial information officer Joel
Mapiles, passed away at
around 2:30 a.m. yesterday.
The younger Mapiles
started his stint as SunStar Pampanga reporter
on April 1, 2010. After
graduating Mass Communications at the New Era
University, Quezon City,
he took up his law studies
mapiles... pagE 9
Gitnang Luzon
OCTOBER 22, 2013
CL grads among CPA board topnotchers
By Joelyn G. Baluyut
–Four of the topnotchers in the
October 2013 Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Board Examination are Central Luzon graduates.
Aljon Quito Santos from Holy
Angel University (HAU) in Angeles City placed third with a rating of 92.57 percent; while James
Paul Mariano Sevilla from Baliuag University (BU) in Bulacan
was ranked sixth with a rating of
91.71 percent.
Gieno Lee Dayrit Ilagan also
from HAU ranked eight (91.43
percent), and Laurence Paulo Sulit Tiquia from BU landed on the
tenth spot (91.14 percent)
Jackson Castillejos Apostol
from University of Saint LouisTuguegarao topped the CPA board
exam (93.86 percent), followed by
Loraine Juliano Santos, University of Santo Tomas (92.86 percent).
In an interview, Santos said
his secret in being on the top 10
is through “studying strategically
and prayers.”
The Professional Regulation
Commission (PRC) released the
result of the exam on October 21
wherein 4,246 of the 10,396 examinees passed. ●
By Marna Dagumboy-del
PEACE AND ORDER. Police Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta (2nd from right), newly appointed Central Luzon police director, discusses with Gov. Lilia Pineda
(2nd from left) the measures to maintain peace and order in Pampanga during a meeting at the Provincial Capitol on Monday. Also in photo are Vice Governor
Dennis Pineda and Senior Supt. Oscar Albayalde. --Photo by GVJJR
Live-in couple arrested
in anti-drug operation
By Michael Cigaral
partners Manuel Trinidad,
35, and Ana Marcelo, 43,
were arrested last Friday in
an anti-drug buy-bust operation by the City Police in
Barangay Puerto Rivas Lote,
this city.
The arresting officer,
Police Officer 1 Eddie Boy
Tubaran said that during
their operation, four sachets
of suspected shabu and one
piece of 1,000-peso bill were
confiscated from Marcelo
while another sachet of the
same illegal drug was seized
from Trinidad.
The arrested couple
and pieces of evidence were
brought to the Balanga City
police station.
Cases of possession and
selling of illegal drugs or
the Violation of Republic Act
9165 otherwise known as
The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are
being prepared against the
said couple. ●
Zambales town’s
most wanted falls
By Froilan E. Magtoto
CAMP OLIVAS -- The number
one most wanted person in San
Felipe, Zambales was arrested
on Saturday.
Report reaching this camp
identified the arrested person as
Roy Benson, 51, a resident of Barangay San Jose, Castillejos.
Police said Benson was also
an erstwhile number one most
wanted person in the whole
province of Zambales for the
month of October 2013.
A warrant of arrest was issued by
Judge Avelino Lazo of the Regional
Trial Court Branch 75 in Olongapo
City for Robbery and Homicide
against Benson, police said.
There was no bail recommended for the temporary liberty of
the accused.
Authorities said Benson was
apprehended in his hideout in
Sitio Palayan, Barangay San Rafael, San Marcelino, Zambales at
about 10 a.m.
Benson was brought to the
San Felipe Police office for
proper documentation and disposition. ●
Guard accidentally shoots
bro while cleaning firearm
By Froilan E. Magtoto
CAMP OLIVAS -- A minor working as a security guard on Saturday
accidentally shot his half-brother
while cleaning his gun in Olongapo
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The suspect was identified as
Miguel Digma, 17, a security guard
of Bermonds Security Agency and
resident of Barangay Sta. Rita,
Olongapo City.
Police said Digma was cleaning
his issued caliber .38 service gun
around 5 p.m. when he accidentally
fired the gun, hitting his 13-year
old half brother, John Allan Vijuan
in their residence.
Police said the suspect was
brought to the police station and the
service firearm was confiscated. ●
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Luzon police director, Chief
Supt. Raul Petrasanta distributed scholarship grants
to two students during flag
raising ceremonies at this
camp yesterday.
The scholarship grant is a
program of the PRO3 Scholarship Foundation Incorporated which has been providing financial assistance
to intended beneficiaries of
PRO3 Uniformed and NonUniformed personnel who
are on their Elementary,
High School and College levels.
The recipients of the
Harriet Mae C. Domingo,
daughter of Supt. Maylyn C.
Domingo and Marceli Villaflor, daughter of Supt. Sidney Villaflor.
The following financial
support shall be given to
the grantees every school
year depending on their academic standing: Elementary
level--P10,000; High School
level--P15,000; and College
PRO-3 officers and the
Board of Trustees have been
exerting efforts to generate
funds from local and international sources to maintain
and carry out the programs
of the foundation.
is a demonstration of the
PNP’s support to the welfare
of its members and their dependents. ●
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Pampanga
Municipality of Lubao
In compliance with the publication requirement
and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No.
2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the
Administrative Order No.1 Series of 2012 (IRR on
R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public
that Lougene Fernando Aplino has filed with this
Office, a petition for correction of entry of sex from
“Male” to “Female” in the Certificate of live Birth
of Lougene T. Fernando born on September 24,
1978 at Lubao, Pampanga and whose parents
are Nardo Fernando and Divinia Talibsaw.
Any person adversely affected by said petition
may file his/her written opposition with this office
not later than November 6, 2013.
Municipal Civil Registrar
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: October 22 & 29, 2013
Gitnang Luzon
OCTOBER 22, 2013
Pampanga towns receive
free collapsible shelters
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The International Organization for
Migration (IOM) donated
to the four towns in the
province collapsible shelters that can be used as
evacuation centers during
Maribel Blanco, chief
of the administration division of the Department of
Social Welfare and Devel-
opment (DSWD) Central
Luzon, said IOM chose
Pampanga to be one of the
beneficiaries of their emergency and post-emergency
operations assistance.
The identified recipients of the collapsible shelters are the
flood-prone towns in the
Fourth District--Masantol, Minalin, Macabebe
and Sto.Tomas.
“Our office conducted
survey on the most affect-
ed areas of the last Habagat. We submitted the result
to IOM and the final decision came from them,” said
Blanco described the
collapsible shelters as ideal during disasters. Each
unit has cubicles that can
accommodate 70 to 100
They can be assembled
in covered courts or in any
covered and spacious areas.
“The collapsible shelter
units offer more privacy
to the evacuees. They are
ideal during disasters and
emergencies,” she added.
IOM is an intergovernmental organization in
the field of migration. It is
dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration by providing services
and advice to governments
and migrants. It also assists countries during disasters and calamities. ●
OATH TAKING. Vice Governor Dennis Pineda (5th from right) takes oath as the new president of the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL) Central Luzon. Together with him are the new set of officers of NMYL, DILG Pampanga Provincial Director Myrvi ApostolFabia and DILG Region 3 Assistant Regional Director Abraham Pascua. --Contributed photo
Group bristles against
Bataan nuke power plant
By Michael Cigaral
MORONG, BATAAN -- The Nuclear Free Bataan Movement (NFBM)
is opposing the government’s plan to
lease the mothballed Bataan Nuclear
Power Plant (BNPP) located in this
town to Korean companies.
Hanjin and Korea Electric Power
Corporation (KEPCO) recently expressed interest in leasing the BNPP
reservation in order to build coalfired power plants.
KEPCO reportedly plans to build
a 300-megawatt coal-fired power
plant in this area where the nuclear
plant is located.
“Although we welcome news that
there are new investments coming
into the country, plans to make it
into a coal plant is still bad news,”
retired priest and NFBM Chairman
Monsignor Antonio Dumaual said in
a press statement.
Dumaual insisted that coal power
is neither renewable nor clean and
has already proven disastrous in
terms of environment and health of
host communities.
“We believe that only a few will
profit in exchange for the suffering
of many,” Dumaual lamented.
The NFBM chairman also claimed
that the communities hosting these
plants are suffering from the noxious fumes and chemicals emitted.
“We want to send a clear message
that the move to renewable energy
should be the government’s track
given the poor state of the environment due to climate change. Bataan
is experiencing more areas being
flooded and higher floods every time
there is a heavy downpour. More
coal plants would be courting a possible environmental nightmare of
disastrous proportions,” Dumaual
concluded. ●
Kapampangan movie joins
Metro Manila film festival
By Joelyn G. Baluyut
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A Kapampangan film on woodcarving
tradition of Betis, Guagua
town joins this year’s 39th
Metro Manila Film Festival entry under the New
Wave Full Feature section.
Titled “Dukit,” the film
directed and produced by
play writer Armando
“Bing” Lao, delivers the
story of a man who “creates god and his personal
battles against his own
Focusing on the wood-
carving tradition of Betis,
“Dukit” is a tribute to the
town’s century-old woodworking tradition, their
faith to their God and patron saint Santiago, their
MMFF ...Page 9
Bataan school
head scolds
By Michael Cigaral
BALANGA CITY - “I have no time for media interview and I don’t have anything to
explain. I don’t know anything about it. I
have a lot of friends in the media! I have my
right to remain silent!”
Those were just some of the furious
words uttered in Filipino by a high-ranking
nun, Sister Minda C. Posadas, school directress of a private school in Balanga, against
four Bataan journalists who visited her at
her office last Thursday past 3 p.m.
The local newsmen dropped by to get
Posadas’ side as the school principal in a
child abuse incident involving a male teacher here that allegedly happened on Wednesday afternoon.
The newsmen said they politely introduced themselves only to be treated shabbily by the Catholic school executive.
Greg Refraccion of the Philippine Daily
Inquirer; Ernie Esconde of GMA 7, Philippine News Agency, Punto Central Luzon
and Manila Times; Ben Medina, publisher
of Bataan Today, a local newspaper, and
the public relations officer of the provincial
government; and this reporter were accompanied by a female staff of the said school
when they entered Posadas’ office.
The journalists, upon entering the directress’ office, immediately tried to introduce themselves as members of the press,
but, before they could even say anything,
the principal allegedly “burst” into her loud
Another person, apparently a teacher
sitting in front of the principal, and the female staff that accompanied the members
of the press, were stunned by their boss’
The journalists brought with them a
copy of a guardian’s complaint, and when
this correspondent was about to hand-over
a copy to the principal for her to know the
purpose of the visit, Posadas declined to accept the document and issue a statement.
Zenaida Soriano is the guardian and
grandmother of a nine-year old boy in Frade
3 of the said school who was reportedly hit
by a thick mathematics book thrown at him
by his teacher named Lomer Gonzales.
According to the medical report released by Dr. Ernesto Lopez of the Bataan
General Hospital the boy sustained injuries
on his right leg.
The boy told journalists here that Gonzales repeatedly poked his index finger on
his forehead several times.
“I am paying large sum of money to this
Catholic school. My grandson does not deserve to be treated this way,” Soriano told
Meanwhile, Medina, who immediately
got irked with Posadas’ grungy behavior
said, “You know, as a nun, you don’t deserve
that sisterly robe you are wearing right
now. With the way you treated us today, I
will give you a book about good manners
and right conduct!”
“I have been covering Bataan province
for many years and this is the first time
I felt demeaned by a nun who is a person
propagating God’s words,” veteran journalist Refraccion lamented.
Posadas in return, during the heated
argument, butted in, “I know Ces Drilon
and other ABS-CBN and GMA 7 reporters.
Please excuse me, I am not angry and that’s
the way we talk in Pangasinan. When we
talk, we appear like we are furious. Don’t
tell me this (argument) will find its way in
your newpapers!”
Diocese of Balanga Bishop Ruperto
Santos in a text message sent to Headline
Gitnang Luzon upon learning about the
incident said, “It is a private school and
school head ...Page 9
Gitnang Luzon
OCTOBER 22, 2013
Wishful thinking
May Central Luzon Police Director,
Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta be correct in saying that he sees a relatively
peaceful holding of barangay elections
in the region this October 28.
Petrasanta, installed as regional director of Central Luzon only a few days
back, is optimistic despite the fact that
6,195 barangays, or 14.74 percent
of the 42,028 barangays nationwide
were declared by the Philippine National Police (PNP) as election watchlist areas (EWAs) in connection to the
upcoming barangay polls.
In a meeting with Pampanga Gov. Lilia
Pineda, Petrasanta said they “will try
to maintain peace and order through
peace covenants.”
Peace covenants have been conducted in many elections in the past and
many candidates have signified their
intention to be bound by the covenant
but, sadly, there are places that really
are prone to election-related violence,
with or without the peace covenants.
Petrasanta said that their “other option” is to ask the some 10,000 police
force in Central Luzon to guard the villages especially at areas where election-related violence may occur.
But, in reality, this “other option”
should be the first option in maintaining peace and order in communities.
Covenants could be good ways to
keep the election candidates behaving
properly but these are not assurance
that everybody will abide by what they
have signed.
At the end of the day, police visibility
in areas of concern and, maybe, even
in those places that are considered
peaceful, would determine a violencefree election.
We want to believe that Petrasanta,
with his last name considered, would
be guided by the Divine to ensure that
everybody in the region will be safe during and after the barangay elections.
We hope that everything is not just
wishful thinking but promises fulfilled.
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Vote Team Pinoy
“Vote Team Pinoy in every barangay and realize a dream never too wild for a nation that can
still rise as one.”
o! No! Not Team PNoy. The
President has nothing to do
with it. What I mean by Team
Pinoy is what barangay officials
should be in the service of the country.
As of 2013 there is a total of 42,028
barangays throughout the Philippines
and if you multiply that with the number of officials to be elected on October 28 per barangay, which is one barangay captain (capitan) or chairman
and seven barangay councilmen (kagawad), you will get a total of 336,224
members of Team Pinoy.
When the first Spaniards arrived
in the Philippines in the 16th century
they already found well-organized
villages called barangays. The name
“barangay” originated from “balangay”, a Malay word meaning “sailboat”. Why named after a “sailboat”?
The “balangay” was a big boat that
had to be manned by a team from early communities that greatly depended
on fishing for their source of protein.
The identification of organized communities according to the “balangay”
they were using was very likely for
reference purposes in a seafaring society. It was the late President Marcos
who adopted the name “barangay” to
refer to the smallest political unit in
the country that was known before
as the barrio council. He described
it as part of the Philippine participatory democracy or, more specifically,
baranganic democracy. The use of the
name “barangay” remained even after
he was deposed in 1986.
The Local Government Code of
1991 says that it is the declared policy
of the State that the territorial and
political subdivisions of the State
shall enjoy genuine and meaningful local autonomy to enable them to
attain their fullest development as
self-reliant communities and make
them more effective partners in the
attainment of national goals and that
the barangay is the smallest local gov-
ernment unit tasked to carry out that from devising the most creative effort
broad policy. Toward this end, the to achieve that. I then realized the law
State shall provide for a more respon- already anticipated a too-cooperative
sive and accountable local govern- relationship when commission of
ment structure instituted through a wrongdoings and omission of what
has to be done at the expense
system of decentralization
of the good of the people and
whereby local government
the country are overlooked
units shall be given more
and outrightly condoned.
powers, authority, responThe barangay system was
sibilities, and resources.
envisioned to help in decenAnd that resources will
tralizing government funcamount to some P68.3 biltions and services to benefit
lion in Internal Revenue
every citizen of the country
Allotment for 2014 accordwithout political delineation.
ing to Sen. Ralph Recto
It is some sort of an assurwho considered it “necesance that governance will be
sary frontline expense.”
felt up to the remotest area of
“The barangays are our
the country.
first responders. Whether
But Team Pinoy has more
it is a fire or a youth rum- Leny Manalo
to offer. Team Pinoy knows
ble or domestic quarrel or
a theft, the first distress call is sent to the barangay and not only his immeand responded by the barangay,” Rec- diate neighbors. That is basic requireto said in a recent statement. He add- ment for anyone wanting to serve. It
ed that “when there is trouble in the knows the people and the pressing
neighborhood, you don’t call the Army, needs of the community. It is also
you call the tanods,” and “even in the committed to learning more. With
field of education, the first school chil- this it can prepare better plans and
dren go to are the daycare centers run organize a more workable schedule of
by the barangays, while on the road, outputs.
Team Pinoy can definitely do the
there are more barangay traffic aides
than police.” That is how important work because it has the experience
and necessary skills to conduct orthe barangay government units are.
Now, hold your breath. Team Pinoy ganized activities, implement projects
will see to it that the billions of pesos and effectively represent the barangay
to be released as barangay IRA do not in any meeting, assembly or forum.
Team Pinoy can lead and lead well.
suffer the same fate as the lawmakers’
pork barrel. Sounds incredible? Just It can unite the entire barangay and
vote for Team Pinoy and we might will not promote further division afeven surprise ourselves as one Fili- ter the votes were counted and winners duly proclaimed. It will lead by
pino nation.
Team Pinoy is not be beholden example in all opportunities and with
to any political party. This is not a the consent of the majority in carrychoice. This is the law. This is in ef- ing out projects and activities for the
fect the justification for the separate barangay.
What is best offered by Team Pinoy
IRA of the barangays over which
mayors practically do not have con- is how it values honesty and integrity
trol. But like any government budget in public service. It will definitely proit is always not enough and the may- mote transparency in governance. It
ors remain the immediate sources for promises not only accomplishments
paying expenses outside the barangay but dedication to the sworn duty of
IRA. I really wondered before why every elected official made before God.
Vote Team Pinoy in every barangay
they ever stipulated in law the nonpartisanship of the barangays when in and realize a dream never too wild for
reality a city or municipal mayor has a nation that can still rise as one. This
to have a set of cooperative barangay is not gut feel. This is undying faith in
officials and nobody could stop him the Filipino.●
gut feel
Gitnang Luzon
OCTOBER 22, 2013
Reaching out
n Wednesday last week,
Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, together with
Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pindea-Cayabyab and Dr. Leonita Gorgolon,
Department of Health Region III
director, visited Olongapo City to
reach out to leptospirosis patients still confined
at the James L. Gordon
Memorial Hospital (JLGMH) in that city.
As of their visit, there
were at last 69 patients
who were recuperating
at the said medical facility brought about by leptospirosis due to massive
floods that hit Olongapo
and neighboring city of
Subic in Zambales province a couple of weeks
ago. At least 12 have died
due to the infection.
In the city, a closed mine was
said to have been the source of the
deadly disease. The closed mine
has been said to be the lair of thousands of rats that spread the Leptospirosis disease when the city
was flooded. Others
blamed a dumpsite
that houses the rodents.
tomas m. garcia
“The governor
said that the province of Pampanga
always gets help
when it is stricken
by calamity or
Leptospirosis as per
my research is caused
by bacterium Leptospira. It is transmitted by
the urine of an infected
animal such as rats and enters
the human body through cuts,
wounds, abrasions and in some
cases through skin pores. It is
contagious and deadly, too, say
Part of the reaching
out effort of Governor Lilia and Mayor
Mylyn is their distribution of medicines
and supply of blood
of different types.
patients at the medical
facility badly needed
the same and such
support is in time
for their dire health
The governor said
that the province of
gets help when it is
stricken by calamity or crisis. Government and private entities are
always on the rescue to the province and that it’s high time to return help such as to the neighboring Olongapo City.
When Mt. Pinatubo erupted in
1990, Pampanga received much
help and other assistance from
various government agencies, local government units and private
groups. When floods inundated
Pampanga, help from different
sectors likewise pour in. These
may be the reasons why the province is always ready to lend a helping hand in times of others’ needs.
Mayor Rolen Paulino of the city
of Olongapo was much thankful
for the help extended by Governor
Lilia and Mayor Mylyn. He was
overwhelmed by the act of kindness and concern for Leptospirosis
victims of the city. It was a goodwill that was much appreciated.
Helping others knows no boundaries. Olongapo City may not be a
part of the province of Pampanga
but a neighboring local government unit that is in distress. The
disease-infected people of Olongapo City may not personally
know or even met Governor Lilia
and Mayor Mylyn but somehow received their care and benevolence.
For other opinions, comments,
suggestions or adverse reactions, you
may reach iWrite at 0919-5107665. ●
It’s now or never
have mentioned in one of my
previous columns how special
Bohol is to me, and this is why it
is twice as hard for me to see how
the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last
October 15 devastated what I call
my “second home.” Seeing most of
the province’s historical infrastructures and natural resources in rubbles makes it quite appalling for all
of us to endure; but knowing that
hundreds were killed and thousands were injured
and left homeless
is even more heartbreaking.
This is why I realized how far our country is lagging behind
progressive countries
in Asia like Japan,
Hongkong, Singapore,
Korea and Brunei, in
terms of adapting and
implementing preventive measures in what
we should consider as critical infrastructures.
In the US, this term not only pertains to buildings and structures,
but it concerns to any facility, system, or function which provides the
foundation essential for the survival of the nation. As an ordinary
citizen, I am left pondering on this
question: what exactly is our government doing that is directed to
the survival of our nation? Truthfully, I cannot find an answer to this
question, and this is the sad reality
that all of us Filipinos must face.
One reality of many sad realities:
Why is it that while knowing that
there will be more or less twenty
typhoons that will arise each year,
problems in flooding, landslides,
and evacuation remain among our
perennial problems during the
rainy season? Temporary solutions,
relief operations, and evacuation
are only short-term actions, and
what we need are long-term plans
and projects to avert these kinds of
problems every year.
Another reality of many sad realities: Why is it that after several
devastating earthquakes in the past
such as the Mindanao and Northern Luzon earthquakes in 1976
and 1990, respectively, we cannot
even feel that there was, and there
is something being done to prevent
and make us prepared for such natural disasters and tragedies. Take
for example what hap-
ties, and this very same research
work was adapted in California and
incorporated in the building code
and regulations. Although we do
not have the high technology equipment and facilities that can aid us in
preparation for such disasters, we
do have the human resources who
are credible and capable of undertaking researches and studies that
may be of very good use in disaster
prevention and mitigation. Sad to say, our pool
of highly competent scientists and engineers are
being able to contribute
to other countries abroad
because they are not paid
very well in our country.
I believe it’s time that
each and every one of us
do what is necessary to
help in the survival of our
Brainwaves nation. The earthquake in
Michelle CatapBohol and Cebu claiming
hundreds of lives and depened in Bohol and
stroying millions worth of
Cebu last week. Since
properties is Mother Naexperts said that there is no par- ture’s way of sending the call that all
ticular way of knowing the instance of us must heed – the call for change.
of an earthquake, people were left
We, citizens, must change our
helpless and shocked when the ways and start following regulaOctober 15 earthquake equivalent tions and yielding to authorities
to 32 Hiroshima bombs occurred. to ensure our safety in all kinds of
Boholanos are left with inhabit- dangers. We must change how we
able homes, wrecked churches, col- choose our leaders to ensure that we
lapsed bridges, cracked roads, and put the right people in positions to
damaged buildings. The govern- lead us and our nation for the better.
ment can do site visits, relief opGovernment officials and authorierations, and evacuations after the ties must change their selfish ways
earthquake, but these catastrophes and start thinking that it is their duty
should have never happened in the to serve the public and not themfirst place if everybody did their job selves. They must start this change
so that everything that the public deAnother reality of many sad re- serves to have – properly built roads,
alities: Why is the valuable research bridges, transportation, education,
and findings of our fellow citizens to health programs, and other essential
help us prepare and plan for these needs will be thoroughly given to us,
kinds of natural calamities is ig- the Filipino people.
nored and taken for granted? It is
Let us all listen to this call NOW,
very dismaying to know that the re- for we may never have the chance
search conducted by a seismic was again to do what is right when it’s
taken for granted by local authori- all too late for us to change. ●
“Sad to say, our pool of
highly competent scientists
and engineers are being
able to contribute to other
countries abroad because
they are not paid very well
in our country.”
Kaligtasan sa panahon
ng lindol
amakailan ay tinamaan ng isa sa mga pinakamalakas na lindol sa bansa ang Kabisayaan, partikular
na ang Bohol at Cebu. Hindi tulad ng bagyo o ibang
natural na kalamidad, ang lindol ay nangyayari na lamang
nang walang babala. Wala itong oras o lugar na pinipili. May
mga pagkakataon na nasa trabaho ang magulang at nasa
eskwelahan naman ang mga anak.
Sa kabila nito, may mga pamamaraan na maaring gawin
upang mabawasan ang tyansa na masaktan o mapinsala
ang inyong mga anak sa lindol. Ang mga aktibidad na ito ay
napapaloob sa konsepto ng pagiging handa, at ang paghahanda ay ginagawa bago magkaroon ng paglindol.
Kapag pinag-uusapan ang preparasyon para sa lindol, ipaliwanag sa mga bata ang kahalagahan ng pag-aaral kung
ano ang dapat gawin bago, sa kasalukuyan, at pagkatapos
ng lindol.
Bago mangyari ang hindi inaasahan, maaring gawin
itong mga sumusunod na bagay na maaring magbigay proteksyon sa sarili, pamilya at sa ariarian.
Una, mas maganda kung mayroong emergency kit o medical kit
sa inyong pamamahay.
Siguraduhing matibay ang pagkakalagay sa mga shelves sa mga
dingding. Ilagay ang mga malalaki
at mabibigat na kagamitan sa mga
lower shelves. Ang mga bagay na
babasagin katulad ng bote, sala- children’s
min, china wares, ay ilipat sa mga health
mababang lugar, o ipasok sa mga Michelle
Pelayo, M.D.
closed cabinets na may latches o
saraduhan. Ganito rin ang dapat
gawin sa mga pesticides at insect
Iwasang maglagay ng mga letrato o photo frames at salamin
sa taas ng kama, sofa o kung saan
umuupo ang mga tao. Mainam
rin na lagyan ng brace ang mga
overhead light fixtures at top
heavy objects.
Kung may depektibong electrical wiring o kung may tumatagas na gas connections, ipaayos
kaagad ito sa mga professional.
Sumangguni na rin sa mga eksperto kung mas makabubuti na
magpainstall ng flexible pipe fittings upang maiwasan ang gas o
water leaks.
Suriin ang mga dingding at
kisame at kung may napansin na may malalalim na cracks,
ipagawa kaagad ito sa mga eksperto at ipasilip kung may
senyales ba ng structural defects. Alamin ang mga safe
spots sa bawat silid ng bahay na may matitibay na mesa.
Ipakita at ipaliwanag sa pamilya ang mga lugar na ito
sakaling magkaroon ng lindol. Wala ring masama kung
magsagawa ng earthquake drill sa sarili ninyong tahanan
kasama ang lahat ng miyembro ng pamilya. Dumapa, magtake-cover mula sa matibay na mesa o furniture, at manatili
sa mas ligtas na lugar.
Iba naman ang pamamaraan sa oras ng pananalasa ng
lindol. Ayon sa mga eksperto, importanteng malaman ang
tinatawag na DROP procedure o duck, cover and hold on.
Kung kayo ay nasa loob ng bahay o establisyimento, protektahan ang mukha at ulo habang ginagawa ang DROP
procedure at umiwas sa mga glass windows at mga light
fixtures and furnitures.
Huwag gamitin ang doorway maliban na lamang kung
personal mong alam na matibay ang pagkakagawa nito.
Manatili sa loob hanggang matapos ang pag-uga ng lupa at
kung ligtas nang lumabas. Payo ng mga eksperto na huwag
lumabas ng struktura habang lumilindol. May mga pagaaral kasi na kadalasang nagkakaroon ng injury ang mga
taong nasa loob ng establisyimento kapag sila ay palipatlipat ng pwesto o lugar o kung kaagad silang lumalabas.
Tandaan rin na huwag gumamit ng elevator.
Ayon sa mga nagsasagawa ng mga earthquake drills, kapag nasa labas kayo sa oras ng paglindol, manatili sa labas at
umiwas sa mga buildings, poste, at mga kawad ng kuryente.
Manatiling nasa labas malayo sa mga establisyimento at bakod na maaring bumagsak o sa posibilidad na magkaroon
ng falling debris at salamin.
Kung nasa loob naman ng sasakyan na umaandar, iparada sa ligtas at open area ang sasakyan na may distansya
palayo sa mga buildings, poste, puno, at iba pa na maaaring
Sa oras na matapos ang paglindol, magmasid sa lugar
at suriin kung ligtas na para gumalaw. Kung nasa loob ng
bahay o building, lumabas na habang pinoprotektahan ang
“ Kung kayo ay
nasa loob ng
bahay o establisyimento, protektahan ang mukha
at ulo habang
ginagawa ang
DROP procedure
at umiwas sa mga
glass windows at
mga light fixtures
and furnitures.”
children’s health... Page 9
Gitnang Luzon
OCTOBER 22, 2013
Crossword puzzle
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1. Lies
5. __ or lose...
10. “Street Signs” network
14. Twelfth Jewish month
15. It’s connected to the left
16. Caesar’s hour
17. Concern for one facing a
19. Fired shock jock Don
20. Garden wall in Guadalajara
21. Fellow crew member
23. Lump of cream, for
26. Leather worker
27. Inauguration highlight
32. Paid performer
33. Mountebank
34. Eagle’s home
38. A shade of beige
40. Masked swordsman who
left his mark
42. Perform in a glee club
43. “__ Rainbow”: Rolling
45. Doughnut, e.g.
47. Pleasure, to Parisians
48. Brig, for one
51. Hoard
54. Alphabetic quartet
55. Newborn
58. Was broadcast
62. Cuba, to Cubans
63. Not fitting
66. Slimmer’s regimen
67. Actresses Irene and Meg
68. ‘Just do it’ sloganeer
69. Irish-Gaelic
70. “Sure!,” slangily
71. Play ___ (do some tennis)
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in “Star
Wars” films)
1. Visitors 2.
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2. Vidi, in English
3. Jounce
4. “Jingle
Bells” conveyance
3. Currency
in Capri
5. Bygone Mideast inits.
4. ___ on (exaggerates)
6. Franc fraction
7. Ospreys’ cousins
5. Braz. neighbor
8. The seven-year problem
6. Eggs, biologically
9. Papeete’s island
for Santa
7. Cassidy 10.
11. “___ can serve two
8. Peter Fonda's golden role
35. Mrs. Peel portrayer Diana 56. “Green Darkness” author
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in legal
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Hitting stats
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61. Houston 60.
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the Male”
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telethons annually:
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46. Have a chair65.
by, ___
as a table
25. Colombia’s capitol
64. Chapel Hill campus, for
49. Bullish trend
27. Unlocks, in poetry
Louis sight
in Marseille 50. Suriname’s region
65. Suffix meaning “to some
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29. Raced (through)
___-ball (arcade game)
52. Odin, Balder, etc.
53. Field mice
or Jose 1960's hit sitcom
9. Baggage carrier
41. Work on glass, say
10. Learned
44. Item in an actor's hand
11. Medieval rabbinical writer
46. Teasdale and Roosevelt
12. Bay window
49. Intl. assn. for learning
13. Bushels
50. Gutta- __
18. Maze options
51. Offspring
22. Ugandan tyrant Idi ___
52. Split to bond
24. 6-3, 5-7 and 6-4, e.g.
53. Diminishes in intensity
25. Safe place
56. Couples
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27. Diner sandwiches,
for (2013) Place for cogitation
R-13 | 1 hr 45 ms59. Go over 212 degrees
11:40 AM | 2:00 PM | 4:20 PM
| 6:40 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 2
Getaway (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 35 ms
11:00 AM | 1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM |
7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 3
Mr. Go (2013)
PG-13 | 2 hrs 15 ms
11:20 AM | 2:05 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 3
Ambushed (2013)
R-16 | 1 hr 40 ms
4:40 PM | 6:50 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 4
Escape Plan (2013)
R-13 | 1 hr 55 ms
11:20 AM | 1:45 PM | 4:10 PM | 6:35 PM
| 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 5
She’s The One (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
12:00 PM | 2:30 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:30 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 6
She’s The One (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 45 ms | in 3D
2:15 PM | 4:40 PM | 7:05 PM |
9:30 PM
SM CLARK | Cinema 2
Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 45 ms
10:40 AM | 12:30 PM | 2:20 PM
Downtown | Cinema 1
Cloudy With A Chance Of
Meatballs 2
MTRCB Rating: GP
12:20 PM | 2:30 PM | 4:40 PM
| 6:50 PM | 9:00 PM
SM CLARK | Cinema 2
She’s The One (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
4:30 PM | 6:45 PM | 9:00 PM
Downtown | Cinema 2
Kung Fu Divas
MTRCB Rating: PG-13
11:00 AM | 1:30 PM | 4:00 PM
| 6:30 PM | 9:00 PM
Downtown | Cinema 3
MTRCB Rating: PG-13
11:00 AM | 1:00 PM | 3:00 PM
| 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 4
Mr. Go (2013)
PG-13 | 2 hrs 15 ms
3:40 PM | 6:20 PM | 9:00 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 4
Ambushed (2013)
R-16 | 1 hr 40 ms
10:50 AM | 12:55 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 5
Escape Plan (2013)
R-13 | 1 hr 55 ms
12:00 PM | 2:15 PM | 4:30 PM | 6:45 PM
| 9:00 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 6
Carrie (2013)
R-13 | 1 hr 45 ms
11:40 AM | 2:00 PM | 4:20 PM |
6:40 PM | 9:00 PM
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 - FEB. 18)
You are at your most practical when it comes to dealing and working with others. You know just what to do
and can act without haste. Outside the workplace, there are wonderful topics that grab your interest. There
may be some hesitance to study these things because you think you might not be able to stay focused on the
everyday responsibilities. Plan ahead and you will enjoy periodic studies that will bring you wondrous opportunities to expand your knowledge. Hobbies, talents and adventures are yours to enjoy. You can do anything
you want to do in this life if you have determination and focus; of course, a little positive thinking is also good.
Your love life this evening can heat up in one of two directions. A candlelight dinner will help you decide.
ARIES (MAR. 21-APR. 19)
You are favored today. Good luck and positive actions are in the forecast. If you are not sure about the small
print in any contract or negotiations you should make every attempt to understand what you are signing or
obligating yourself to now. People or ideas could be deceiving. You may want to pay particular attention to
the possibility of being misled. This is, however, another one of your best overall days--you are lucky. There is
much energy and drive available to you for starting something new or taking care of business. You could be in
the limelight, especially with superiors or in relation to your work. You may find that you enjoy your job or the
responsibility it entails more than usual. Instead of you asking the questions, others are seeking your advice.
Details that demand your attention can become stressful. You know the right steps to accomplish the end result
that is needed and physically there are tricks to lower the stress level. For example, look away occasionally and
during your breaks get some sort of exercise. Right now, the key to career moves involves attending to a neglected
resume and gathering copies of your work that will be impressive. At home this evening, give yourself time to
think about new projects before diving in with the attitude of full speed ahead. Friendships are a fun way to enjoy
some relaxation. You have good friends in that each person takes a turn at a desired activity and although tonight
may not be your turn, a fun time can be had by all.
SM CLARK | Cinema 1
She’s The One (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
10:35 AM | 12:50 PM | 3:10 PM |
5:30 PM | 7:45 PM
SM CLARK |D-Cinema
Cloudy With A Chance Of
Meatballs 2 (2013)
GP | 1 hr 40 ms | in 3D
12:40 PM | 2:45 PM | 4:50 PM |
6:55 PM | 9:00 PM
LAST ISSUE solution
Carrie (2013)
R-13 | 1 hr 45 ms
12:30 PM | 2:45 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:15 PM |
9:30 PM
Getaway (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 35 ms
1:15 PM | 3:15 PM | 5:15 PM | 7:15 PM |
9:15 PM
Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 45 ms
12:50 PM | 2:55 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:05 PM
| 9:10 PM
She’s The One (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
12:40 PM | 2:50 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:10 PM
| 9:20 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 1
Carrie (2013)
R-13 | 1 hr 45 ms
12:30 PM | 2:45 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:15 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 5
Getaway (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 35 ms
1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 2
Escape Plan (2013)
R-13 | 1 hr 55 ms
12:15 PM | 2:45 PM | 5:15 PM |
7:45 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 6
Cloudy With A Chance Of
Meatballs 2 (2013)
GP | 1 hr 40 ms
12:00 PM | 2:00 PM
Robinsons Angeles | Cinema 3
She’s The One (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
12:30 PM | 2:50 PM | 5:10 PM | 7:30 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 3
Ambushed (2013)
R-16 | 1 hr 40 ms
12:45 PM | 2:50 PM | 4:55 PM | 7:00 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 6
Passion (2013)
R-16 | 1 hr 45 ms
4:35 PM | 6:45 PM
Robinsons Angeles Cinema 4
Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 45 ms
1:00 PM | 3:10 PM | 5:20 PM | 7:30 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 4
She’s The One (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
12:30 PM | 2:45 PM | 5:00 PM |
7:15 PM
Robinsons Angeles | Cinema 1
Getaway (2013)
PG-13 | 1 hr 35 ms
1:00 PM | 3:10 PM | 5:20 PM | 7:30 PM
Robinsons Angeles | Cinema 2
Carrie (2013)
R-13 | 1 hr 45 ms
12:45 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:15 PM | 7:40 PM
( Cinema schedules are subject to
change without prior notice.)
Your creative side is active today and ideas for making the workplace more productive could be made into a
presentation for higher-ups to read. If you are in a business where you can take the lead with your ideas, more
power to you! Perhaps you could schedule an astrological reading to learn about the future opportunities
coming up. This is the best time to ask for a loan, especially if the loan is used to update an old home or property or to invest. Having and appreciating things of beauty and value plays a big role in your life now. Provided
you do not spend it all on the fancy things that catch your eye, this can be a financially favorable period. You
develop an eye for that which is lasting and worthwhile. This evening is a good time to relax.
You will be reaping the rewards of your hard work today, even if it is only the good feeling that comes when
you do your best. Everything external and business-oriented should prosper, provided that honesty and truth
are your guides. You are reaching a peak regarding outward success. It is a good thing if you decide to become
more prompt in your scheduling. It is no longer acceptable or fashionable to be late to dinner, appointments
or the office meeting. You can become too strict with yourself so give credit where credit is due and make
corrections when necessary. Eventually, you will have formed a new and important habit. A garden grown in
pots is exciting for the winter and a nursery would have just what you need.
LEO (JUL 23 - AUG. 23)
You will be pleased at the progress you have made already this week. Congratulations are in order for choosing
your next move instead of reacting too quickly. You can expect a little boost, some extra support. You will have
lots of physical and mental energy to do whatever you set out to accomplish. Investments that seem too good
to be true are--so hang onto your checkbook. Someone you care about--a child or lover perhaps--may have
difficulty distinguishing fantasy and reality. A flash of insight will help you to guide this person in the right
direction. If any decisions are to be made regarding an emotional situation, it can be successfully made now. A
pet store would be a fun way to find the right animal for you; fish can be fun and relaxing.
LIBRA (SEP. 23 - OCT. 23)
Don’t decline an assignment because you think you may not have enough experience to succeed--you have
talent. As you stop to analyze a project, you will know just what to do. Later today, someone with a different
set of values than your own may want your attention. Life could be terribly dull if everyone believed the same
way. As life progresses, we continuously and conscientiously try to progress ourselves--take time to find a
favorite charity to help. Your positive attitude brings a great deal of support from others. An open mind and a
positive outlook is your key to success. Welcome any opportunity to help others, answers will be easy for you
to find. You and your mate are having more fun in your relationship these days.
PISCES (FEB. 19 - MAR. 20)
Refuse an offer to invest in a get-rich-quick plan today. Be wise and invest in the long-term investment. Making peace with the past is essential now--it’s the only way you can get to the future you want. People who cannot help themselves depend on you to do their work. Teach them to be independent and they will respect you
more. Meditation brings self-awareness and that can set you free from being a prisoner of your own thoughts.
You may have entered a forgetful and lazy phase. Although this will pass, it is essential to make lists and check
off the items each day. This will bring some focus into your day, as well as feelings of accomplishment. This is a
good day, one with good feelings that come with knowing you are on the right path.
A vacation is favored today. You could begin this vacation now or just make plans for a vacation very soon. Perhaps
go on a tour or on a cruise adventure. If you are working, making a good impression and putting your best foot
forward takes on greater importance. Appearances and style may count more than substance. It may be time to
update your wardrobe. After work this afternoon you could look through fashion magazines and drop by a couple
of clothing stores to check out the styles and colors. Romance, the arts and others of life’s pleasures are high on
your list of activities this winter. It begins this evening as you will want to share some sweet time with your lover.
You enjoy the company and you feel like showing your gratefulness.
SCORPIO (OCT. 24- NOV. 21)
This can be a rather busy day; however, this is a positive sign of good business. You have good practical
job-related ideas and when the time is right you will be able to communicate these to superiors. You may
find that both your personal growth and your career depend on your perseverance. You will benefit from
analytical insights, getting to the heart of things and biding your time for the right opportunity to express
your ideas. This afternoon you may want to catch up on your reading and could find concentration difficult.
Find a place to read that you can call your own private reading place. Make sure there is good lighting and
remove any distractions. In no time your book will be halfway finished and dinnertime will be upon you..
People and business projects are easily manipulated today and this could result in resentments or changes of
plans later. Try to give propositions and ideas time to develop before you push for an outcome. There is, perhaps, a sense of challenge or blockage just now. You may not find the support that you think you need. Some
sort of temporary obstacle may appear. You may feel frustrated. This challenging day will create opportunities
for you to use your skills to solve problems and feel successful. This could be a touch-and-go time when it
comes to your emotions and the environment in which you find yourself. You may be up against it for a while,
as things get tight and progress is slowed. All of these things are temporary--patience will prove a benefit.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP.22)
Astrology has been around for a very long time; today you might consider the gift of a birthday horoscope
reading for a friend of yours. This is always a fun gift and certainly helps the friend have new insight for his
or her future. A positive attitude will gain you much today. There are opportunities to go in many directions
but if you stay focused you will progress faster. This afternoon the planets are in the best place to help you
complete projects and enjoy your accomplishments. Planning may also be good. You are coming into a creative phase now, one in which you want to be admired and appreciated for who you are. This evening, a loved
one becomes a focal point in your life. Romance grabs your attention.
Gitnang Luzon
OCTOBER 22, 2013
Jennylyn Mercado sobrang nasaktan
sa hiwalayan nila ni Luis Manzano
akakalungkot man, it’s
true. Kumpirmadong
na sina
Jennylyn Mercado
at Luis Manzano at
kinumpirma ito ng
mismong manager ng aktres na si
Becky Aguila nang
makausap namin
siya sa telepono kahapon.
Last Monday
(Oct. 14) lang naganap ang break-up
at kung anuman ang dahilan,
ayaw nang sabihin pa ni Tita
Becky dahil hindi raw dapat sa
kanya manggaling kundi kina Jen
at Luis mismo.
Ang tanging masasabi niya,
totoong break na ang dalawa and
Jen is in pain right now.
Humihiling nga kami na baka
puwedeng makausap si Jen, pero
ayon sa manager, hindi pa ready
ang aktres para magsalita.
“She’s not okay right now. She’s
hurting, she’s in pain. Siyempre, masakit naman talaga ’yun
dahil love na love niya si Luis,
eh,” she said.
Maging siya, nagulat sa
biglaang split-up at ikinalungkot niya raw talaga ito.
“Napaiyak pa nga ako ’coz
sobrang nanghihinayang ako
sa relasyon nila. I didn’t expect
it. They seemed perfectly fine;
everything seemed to be perfect. They were a happy couple. Nakita ko kung paano rin
alagaan ni Luis si Jen and viceversa. Nakakalungkot talaga,” say
ni Tita Becky.
Gusto ring linawin ng manager
ang tsikang kumakalat that Jen
is dating Dennis Trillo at ’yun
umano ang reason ng breakup.
“It’s not true. Common sense
naman, may boyfriend si Jen,
bakit siya makikipag-date kay
Dennis? It’s not true. Walang
third party sa
part ni Jen,”
paglilinaw niya.
Nakatakda rin sanang umalis
sina Jen and Luis for a Halloween
vacation through the invitation of
Gov. Vilma Santos. Pupunta sana
sila ng Japan kasama ang buong
pamilya ng aktor. Pero dahil sa
nangyari, hindi na ito matutuloy.
Kahit umiiyak ang puso ni Jen
ngayon, good news naman daw na
magaganda ang mga trabahong
dumarating sa aktres.
Sa pagtatapos ng Anak Ko ’Yan
sa November 18, dalawang bagong
shows ang kapalit--isang drama
series at isang cooking show.
Kasalukuyan pang pina-finalize
ang mga makakasama ni Jen sa
serye ng GMA-7 at ’yung CDO
Cooking Show naman ay mapapanood sa GMA News TV.
“Jen is strong, marami nang
pagsubok na dumating sa buhay
niya. Alam kong kakayanin niya
itong bagong pagsubok na ito.
Masakit man, she has to move on
for Jazz’s sake and I will always
be here for her,” say pa ng talent
Mall show ng Juan
dela Cruz cast dinumog
istulang may malaking rally sa Trinoma
mall last Sunday dahil
sa kapal ng tao na pumunta at
sumaksi sa huling Juan Fun
Day para sa teleseryeng Juan
dela Cruz na magtatapos na this
Maging kami ay hirap na
hirap talagang makalapit man
lang sa Activity Center ng Trinoma kung saan ginanap ang
Juan Fun Day at kinailangan
talaga namin ng katakut-takot
na powers para makapasok.
Lahat ng palapag ay puno ng
taong nakapalibot para masilip
at mapanood ang buong cast
ng JDC habang nagso-show sa
ground floor.
Of course, present ang halos
lahat ng main cast sa pangunguna ni Coco Martin kasama ang
mga leading ladies na sina Erich
Gonzales at Shaina Magdayao.
Naroroon din si Neil Coleta,
Arron Villaflor, John Medina,
William Lorenzo , Louise Abuel,
John Regala, Zsa Zsa Padilla,
Slater Young, Gina Pareño at
Eddie Garcia. At hindi lang
ang main cast ang dumating.
Kumpleto rin ang lahat ng gumanap ng tikbalang, aswang at
Matutuwa ka
and at the same
time ay mabibingi sa lakas ng
tilian ng mga
tao lalo nang
lumabas na si
Coco. At nakakatuwang makita
ang mga tatay na
isinasampa sa
balikat nila ang
kanilang mga
Charee Pineda kayang pagsabayin
ang showbiz at pulitika
obrang revealing
ang sex scenes ni
kay Gary Estrada
sa kanilang teleserye
sa GMA 7. Tuloy, some
people are saying na natsansingan ni Gary si Charee.
“Si Tito Gary is a real
gentleman,” pagtatanggol
ni Charee. “Never na nagtouch ang lips namin at
lahat, daya lang.”
Bakit pumayag siyang magkontrabida gayung bida sa siya sa ABS’
“Angelito, Batang Ama”?
“Very happy. kasi GMA7
gave me a warm welcome
at happy naman ako dahil very challenging ang
role ko as Agatha. I’m
glad when viewers tell me
naiinis sila sa character.
That means, they appreciate my acting. Yung iba,
sabi lang sa’kin, wag mo
nang masyadong apihin
si Lovi.”
Naging leading lady
nga siya ni JM de Guzman
sa Angelito, which was
cut short dahil sa drug
problem ni JM, alam ba
niya ito? “Close ako kay
JM but he’s not the type
who shares what he feels.
Tinatanong ko siya, okay
charee pineda... Page 9
anak para lang makita ang JDC
Ngayong linggo na ang finale
week ng JDC at taos-pusong
nagpapasalamat ang buong cast
dahil sa loob ng 9 na buwan na
pagsasaere nito ay hindi bumibitiw ang manonood at nanatiling no. 1 sa ratings game. ●
Gitnang Luzon
OCTOBER 22, 2013
NSA ‘hacks’ Mexican
president’s e-mail account
The National Security
Agency eavesdropped on the
Mexico government by systematically infiltrating an e-mail
server and hacking the e-mail
account of a former Mexico
president, according to a classified documents reviewed by
Der Spiegel.
The e-mail domain, which
was also used by other members of Mexico’s cabinet,
contained “diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to
provide insight into Mexico’s
political system and internal
stability,” according to a 2010
report provided to the German
newspaper by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The
hack of former president Felipe
Calderon’s e-mail was conduct-
ed by an agency department
called Tailored Access Operations and proved to be “a lucrative source” of information, the
newspaper said the documents
During two weeks during
the summer of 2012, the foreign surveillance agency reviewed the cell phone communications of then-presidential
candidate Enrique Peña Nieto
and “nine of his close associates,” according to a internal
agency presentation reviewed
by the newspaper. Software
was used to identify the candidate’s most relevant contacts,
which were also singled out for
In all, the agency intercepted 85,489 text messages,
some of which were sent by
Peña Nieto, who is Mexico’s
current president. The process
“might find a needle in a haystack,” the analysts noted, adding that it could be done “in a
repeatable and efficient way.”
The NSA declined to comment on the specific allegations included in the report.
“We are not going to comment publicly on every specific alleged intelligence activity, and as a matter of policy
we have made clear that the
United States gathers foreign
intelligence of the type gathered by all nations,” the NSA
said in a statement Sunday.
“As the president said in his
speech at the U.N. General
Assembly, we’ve begun to review the way that we gather
intelligence, so that we prop-
erly balance the legitimate
security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people
President Obama, who has
defended the NSA’s surveillance programs as a necessary tool to confront terrorism, outlined four initiatives
in August to address concerns
among Americans and foreigners regarding the legality of
the agency’s activities. Among
those initiatives are “appropriate reforms” to the Patriot
Act and a focus on increasing
the public’s confidence in the
oversight conducted by the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which provides
judicial review of intelligence
India’s Mars spacecraft
integrated with rocket
BANGALORE -- India’s
Mars spacecraft, whose
launch has been delayed
by almost a week, has been
integrated with launch
(ISRO) said on Sunday.
“The spacecraft’s integration with the launcher is completed,” ISRO
Karnik told Press Trust
of India (PTI), a day after
the decision to postpone
the launch of the Mars
Orbiter Mission on board
the Polar Satellite Launch
Vehicle (PSLV-XL) was announced.
A decision on the new
date of launch from the
spaceport of Sriharikota in
Andhra Pradesh would be
taken on Tuesday, he said.
The launch window for
the MOM mission was earlier slated from Oct 28 to
Nov 19.
ISRO decided to defer the launch due to bad
weather in the South Pacific Ocean, where two
Indian ship-borne terminals were moving slowly
to reach its intended location, about 300 nautical
miles from the Fiji Island.
The two ships SCI Yamuna and SCI Nalanda leased from the Shipping
Corporation of India to
study the crucial period
when the rocket ejects
the spacecraft into space
- left for the South Pacific
Ocean in mid-September
from Visakhapatnam.
The American NASA/
JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is also providing
communications and navigation support to this mission with their deep space
network facilities.(PNA/
Honda PHL
P 1-M for
Bohol victims
Honda Philippines will be
donating Php 1,000,000 for the
victims of the Bohol earthquake
that happened last October 15.
The statement is as follows:
“The Honda Group of Companies in the Philippines has
expressed its sincerest sympathy to the victims of the earthquake that has stricken the
island province of Bohol in Central Visayas Region. Through
Honda Foundation, Inc., Honda
Motor Co., Ltd.’s (Japan) local
subsidiaries will provide (1) million pesos to help assist in the
recovery and relief efforts of the
The Honda Group of Companies in the Philippines, composed of Honda Philippines,
Inc. (Manufacturer and distributor Honda motorcycles and
power products), Honda Cars
Philippines, Inc. (Manufactuer
and distributor of Honda automobiles), Honda Parts Manufacturing Corp. (Manufacturer
of automobile component parts)
and Honda Trading Philippines
Ecozone Corp. (Trading company), is one with the nation
in continuously praying for the
immediate healing of the victims and their families and the
recovery of the affected areas.”
PSLV-C25 third and fourth stages being placed on top of the second
stage at the Moible Service Tower. (Image Courtesy: ISRO)
Experts: Stem cell therapy, only ‘an
experimental treatment for diabetes’
MANILA -- The use of stem cell therapy
(SCT) is limited to cure only a number of
conditions and diseases and this does not
include diabetes.
According to a public advisory from
the Philippine Society of Endocrinology &
Metabolism (PSEM), stem cell therapy is
regarded as only “an experimental treatment for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes”.
“There is as yet, no conclusive evidence that SCT is effective and safe for
diabetes and as such, it cannot be made
available to individuals with diabetes as
a standard treatment like the usual drug
prescriptions,” the PSEM said.
“SCT can only be given to individuals
with diabetes under controlled conditions
such as under experimental protocols of
clinical trials,” it added.
The Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) has earlier released three indications in which the use of stem cell therapy
(SCT) may be considered standard of care.
These are for a) hematopoietic stem
cell transplantation, b) corneal resurfacing with limbal stem cells, and c) skin regeneration with epidermal stem cells (for
“SCT provides medical practitioners
an innovative approach to restore health
and offers the patients alternative choices,” the FDA said.
However, it noted that “the promise of
stem cell therapy must be backed by sci-
ence- and evidence-based medicine, before it can be part of the standard health
The FDA also said that any clinical use
of stem cell therapy for diabetes outside of
clinical trials is considered illegal.
“Patients receiving stem cell therapy
under clinical trials should not pay for
these experimental treatments and must
sign an informed consent form that explains the procedure, its benefits and possible harms,” the FDA said.
Both medical groups will also be holding a joined health forum to further discuss SCT use in diabetes at Annabel’s Restaurant, Quezon City next Tuesday (Oct.
22) at 9:30 a.m. (PNA)
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OCTOBER 22, 2013
NMIS, Tarlac LGU sign pact on P120-M project
BAMBAN, Tarlac -- The National
Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and
the municipality of Bamban on Monday
signed a memorandum of agreement
(MOA) for the construction of a poultry
dressing plant and slaughterhouse in a
five-hectare land in the village of Anupul
Town Mayor Jose Antonio Feliciano
said the P120-million project would be
of great help to small and medium scale
poultry enterprises not only of this town
but also those in the nearby and adjacent
municipalities in the province as well as
the province of Pampanga.
He said the project also aims to cre-
ate job opportunities that would uplift
the socio-economic condition of the residents in this rising agro-industrial town.
He said the NMIS and Bamban officials agreed that majority of the workers
in the proposed plant will come from this
“Our dream of making significant
changes in our town is starting to be realized. We have formulated plans to improve the delivery of basic services to our
constituents,” he said.
NMIS Executive Director Dr. Minda S.
Manantan said construction of the “AAA”
dressing plant will most likely start next
month or before year-end.
She said they are now inviting contractors and fabricators of slaughterhouse
equipment to apply for accreditation with
the NMIS as pre-requisite of public bidding.
She reiterated that only the bids of
NMIS-accredited contractors shall be
considered for post qualification evaluation by the Bids and Awards Committee
(BAC) and the Technical Working Group.
Similarly, Livestock Development
Council Executive Director Manuel R.
Jamin, a co-signatory to the MOA, said
the project will be financed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through
the National Livestock Program. ● (PNA)
XEVERA from Page 1
Pineda on Monday called
a meeting with Pag-IBIG officials led by Juanito Eje,
task force head of the PagIBIG business development
sector, to discuss thousands
of acquired and foreclosed
properties at the Xevera Subdivisions in Bacolor town and
Mabalacat City.
Pag-IBIG is also known as
Home Development Mutual
Fund (HDMF) and its board
is headed by Vice President
Jejomar Binay.
Pineda wants the units to
be available for some 2,743
workers of the Pampanga
provincial government.
“We have to help the government recover from its investments. We can also help
our workers have their own
houses, especially those who
don’t have theirs yet,” said
Pineda in the meeting at the
executive house of the Capitol.
Eje said Pag-IBIG Funds
welcomes the planned partnership with the Pampanga
provincial government. He
said “it’s better because we
can verify well the beneficia-
ries and determine those who
are really qualified to avail.”
Eje said the Pag-IBIG and
the provincial government
could also work together for
the creation of a collection
unit .
Eje said “we are open to
options and negotiations” in
dealing with the Pineda administration.
Pineda was asking for
a discount from Pag-IBIG
should they acquire properties and units in bulk.
Atty. Joseph Quiboloy, department manager III of the
loans orientation department
of Pag-IBIG office in Pampanga, disclosed that there
are 9,957 housing units in
two Xevera subdivisions. He
added that as of yesterday,
2,468 units already belonged
to Pag-IBIG.
Quiboloy said 323 units at
Xevera-Bacolor belonged to
the housing agency, while the
rest are in Mabalacat City.
Engr. Elmer Tugade, department manager III of the
business development division, also joined the meeting. ●
peaceful election from Page 1
Petrasanta said that they will work
with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to limit violence before and
during the elections.
“So far, there are no untoward incidents related to the election in Central
Luzon. I am confident that the elections
will be generally peaceful,” he said.
Pineda urged Petrasanta to keep a
close coordination with the local government units to maintain peace and
order in Pampanga. She added that the
police “have always been their partner
in crime prevention and during rescue
For his part, Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda assured Petrasanta that the provincial government “has several programs
on peace and order.”
He also cited the province’s commitment in eradicating the illegal drugs
Vice Gov. Pineda said “we are ready
to host a police office that will fight the
drug menace.”
He said they also have a project that
will help improve “the mobility of the police” by providing them with new vehicles.
Petrasanta, who assumed his post
late last month, said he hopes that the
cooperation of the police with the province “will not stop for the benefit of the
people.” ●
luisita from Page 1
DAR said this was done
on schedule despite the damage caused by typhoon “Santi”
to the area, including barangay covered courts where the
CLOA distribution activities
were previously held.
About 663 out of the 745
farmer beneficiaries (FWBs)
received certified true copies
of their CLOAs during a turnover ceremony at the Barangay Mapalacsiao hall.
Data from DAR showed
that a total of 5,718 CLOAs
were distributed to FWBs out
of a total of 6,189 ready for
distribution, or 92.39 percent
of the CLOAs registered to
CLOAs of other FWBs
are still being registered with
the Registry of Deeds or are
still not generated pending
the signing by some FWBs of
their application to purchase
and farmers undertaking.
De los Reyes said that
these figures will increase as
FWBs who were not able to
receive their CLOAs during
the scheduled distribution activities in the barangays have
actually been going to the
DAR provincial office to get
their certified true copies.
After the distribution of
certified true copies of the
CLOAs, De los Reyes said the
DAR is preparing to transfer
the FWBs in their lots.
“We will be installing
them in their lots as we progress with the ‘monumenting’,”
de los Reyes said.
He explained that it is
quite impossible to do this at
this time when many of the
lots are still planted with sugarcane. De los Reyes, however, assured the FWBs that this
will be done when harvesting
starts this month so that they
will be able clear the area
where the “mohons” (concrete
monuments) will be placed.
De los Reyes also assured
the farmer-beneficiaries of
the DAR’s continuing support, saying that even now
the department is engaged
in testing and determining
soil samples to be used as
the definitive reference in the
customized interventions and
menu of support services to
be offered to the FWBs, in
recognition of the kinds of
crops the FWBs may want to
The DAR began the distribution of CLOAs on September 30 in Barangay Pando. In the subsequent weeks,
it distributed certified true
copies of CLOAs to FWBs in
Barangays Motrico, Lourdes,
Parang, Mabilog, Bantug,
Cutcut, Asturias, Balete, and
Mapalacsiao. ●
mapiles from Page 1
in June 2001 to March 2005.
Mapiles was described as a good
provider to his wife Jenalyn and son
Kelvin James, 1.
The writer from the Fourth District is also a public relations officer of
Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque.
He was described by his colleagues in Pampanga media as quiet
and a devout family man.
“A good man taken at his prime,
our first impulse is to ask God why?
But faith comes in and the total acceptance of His will. My prayers and
sympathies,” Punto columnist Cesar
Lacson said in his post on Facebook.
Mapiles’ remains lie in state at the
Mapiles residence in Barangay San
Agustin, Candaba town.
Details of the interment have yet
to be released as of press time. ●
SCHOOL HEAD from Page 3
under the Saint Joseph
College of Quezon City. I
can mediate and also inquire. Surely the parents
will also ask me (about
the child abuse incident).
I will attend to it.”
Dr. Rolando Pozon, the
Department of Education
City Division Superintendent-in-charge of Balanga
received Soriano’s com-
plaint but did not promise
anything to resolve the
case because, according to
him, it is a private school
and the case should be settled by the principal and
the complainant.
Soriano said that she is
set to file a criminal complaint in court against her
grandson’s teacher, Gonzales. ●
mmff from Page 3
devotion to the church and the willingness of the few remaining woodcarvers to retain the woodcarving
tradition in spite of this modern generation.
The film, set in Betis, stars famous Presidential Merit Awardee for
Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug, Bor
Ocampo, Raquel Villavicencio, Mark
Grisworld, Thea Lelay, Bambalito
Lacap, Rhea Lim, and Grace Martinez.
Among the other finalists include
“Island Dreams” by Aloy Adlawan
and Gino M. Santos; “Maestra” by
Joven Tan; “Mga Anino ng Kahapon”
directed by Alvin Yapan; and “Sakasaka” by Toto Natividad.
All films will be shown from December 18 to 24 at Glorietta 4 and
SM Mega Mall cinemas. ●
charee pineda from Page 7
ka ba? And he says, ok lang ako. Ayoko namang piliting mag-open up siya sa akin. Recently, I wrote him sa email, pero hindi siya
sumagot. I don’t know kung nabasa niya or
baka wala siyang access sa internet. Nanghinayang talaga ako nang maputol ang show
namin but I’m wishing him the best.”
Charee is a new councilor in Valenzuela City and someone wrote that the people
there complain about her because she wear
sexy outfits during the sessions of the city
council. “Hindi totoo ‘yan kasi I know naman what proper clothes to wear sa sessions
namin every Monday. Usually, I wear smart
casuals at hindi ‘yung suggestive clothes na
sinasabi nila. Alam ko naman kung saan ako
So how is it being a councilor and an actress at the same time? “Enjoy ako. Noong
una, akala ko, mahirap pagsabayin. But I
have experience na rin kasi as Sangguniang
Kabataan chairman din ako before. It’s nice
to have another life after showbiz work.”
How about her lovelife? Is it true she’s
playing beautiful music with Cong. Sherwin
Gatchalian? “Not at all. I just broke up with
my non-showbiz boyfriend. Sa sobrang busy
ko ngayon as an actress and a councilor,
wala na akong time sa ganyan.” ●
food safety from Page 10
who are outside evacuation centers are also
still being provided with relief goods.
A total of P25,297,222.10 worth of relief assistance was provided to the affected families
coming from DSWD (P13,411,170.18), local
government units (P11,546,051.92) and nongovernment organizations as well as other government organizations (P340,000.00).
Around 109,652 houses were damaged
with 19,589 totally destroyed and 85,566
partially damaged. ●
moringa from Page 10
data on the health benefits of the vegetable.
At present, MPFI has already 40 members since its foundation in 2009.
Arellano said only about 50 hectares of
moringa plantation is available in the country with only about one million trees existing. He said these plantations are in Bacolod
and the Ilocos region.
MPFI’s main objective is to promote the
health and wealth benefits derived from the
“miracle tree” with the pool of information coming from scientists, universities and practitioners.
According to Arellano, the annual moringa congress is usually held in the month of
November and MPFI is vigorously lobbying for
a law declaring moringa as the national vegetable and November as the moringa month.
Tan is hoping that this year’s congress
would be able to identify and mobilize more
resources and partners to further moringa researches and development, product
human resource development, processingmanufacturing, funding, promotion and
marketing. ●
children’s health from Page 5
ulo. Asahan pa rin ang mga aftershocks. Alamin
ang kalagayan ng inyong kapamilya lalo na ang mga
anak. Kaagad na tumawag ng tulong kung may nasaktan. Manatiling nakaiwas sa mga nasirang mga
istruktura. Kung hindi niyo kasama ang anak, kaagad na makipag-ugnayan sa eskwelahan.
Kung magbubukas naman ng cabinet, kailangang mag-ingat sa pagbukas, baka may mahulog
na mga bagay. Linisin ang bahay lalo na kung
may mga nahulog o nabuhos na mga medisina o
gamot, mga bleaches o liquid detergents, gasoline
at iba pang mga flammable liquids. Manatili sa
labas kung may naaamoy na gas o fumes ng kemikal. Alamin rin kung may nasirang electrical
wires at sewage lines. Ipasuri sa mga eksperto.
Sa panahon ng kalamidad, importanteng
alam ng bawat miyembro ng pamilya ang numero ng mga kinauukulan para sa emergency
katulad ng bumbero, pulis, hospital at disaster
risk reduction and management office. Mainam rin ang regular na pagpapacheck ng bahay
mula sa mga eksperto katulad ng engineering
office o Bureau of Fire Protection, pati na rin
sa local DRRMO at sanitary office para na rin
sa kaligtasan ng buong pamilya at ng tahanan.
Kung may katanungan, suhestiyon o opinion tungkol sa kalusugan ng mga bata, maari
kayong magtext sa 0932-884-0630. ●
BCDA, Turkish group forge
trade, investments accord
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and one
of the biggest business and industrialist organizations in Turkey have agreed to work together to foster mutual cooperation
that will pave the way for direct
and mutually beneficial trade
and investment opportunities
between each other.
BCDA President and CEO
Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said
he recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
with Hittite Industrialists and
(HITITSIAD) chairman Teyfik
Akpinar towards the establishment of effective platforms for
cooperation and expand channels of exchanges for joint business ventures in both the Philippines and Turkey or even in a
third country.
“Our aim is to learn from
each other. For instance, we
will identify the best practices
that we can adopt to ensure a
long-term investment relationship with each other,” Casanova
He said the forged agreement
will also promote inbound and
outbound trade missions between BCDA and HITITSIAD.
“The inbound and outbound
missions will not only strength-
en appreciation of actual business and industry conditions
but enable the speedy facilitation of potential investment
agreements between HITITSIAD and the BCDA administered
zone,” Casanova said.
Casanova said the more than
150-member firms of HITITSIAD are potential investors and
locators in the BCDA-administered economic zones and the
country in general.
freeports and special economic
zones are the Clark Freeport
Zone, Poro Point Freeport Zone,
John Hay Special Economic
Zone, and Bataan Technology
Park which is located at the Mo-
rong Special Economic Zone.
He also stressed that the
inbound and outbound trade
missions that will take place
between the Philippines and
Turkey will pave the way for
business matching that will
eventually result in HITITISIAD member firms to locate and
do business in the Philippines.
“Of course, we are not limiting the HITITSIAD firms to
BCDA-administered freeports
or special economic zones. If
their business is more appropriate to be located in other
freeports in the country, by all
means we will endorse them to
the appropriate freeport,” Casanova added.
He said what is important is
to attract investments that will
create jobs for the Filipinos towards inclusive growth for the
Casanova noted that since
last year, the BCDA has
strengthened its business relations with Turkey through various inbound and outbound missions in cooperation with the
Turkey Chamber of Commerce
of the Philippines (TCCP). The
MOU signing with HITITSIAD
was through the TCCP led by its
president Irfan Karabulut. “We
laud the TCCP for the investment opportunities it is opening up for the country,” Casanova said. ●
Clark to host
congress in
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
OCULAR INSPECTION. Clark International Airport Corporation President and CEO
Victor Jose I. Luciano confidently tours Tigerair
Philippines President and CEO Linda Oliva
Ramos inside the new International Passenger
Terminal Building. --Photo by Leo Villacarlos
Bataan mall joins Food
Safety Awareness Week
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --The Department of Social Welfare
and Development (DSWD)
Field Office - 3 is already
processing the financial
assistance to be given to
the families of the casualties of typhoon Santi
which heavily battered
Central Luzon recently.
Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
Corazon Juliano-Soliman
said that the families will
receive P10,000 each as
She personally spearheaded on October 14 the
distribution of relief packages in the municipalities
of Cabiao and Jaen, where
she also visited the wake
of Irish Balingit.
Balingit, who is one
of the three casualties in
the province, would have
turned 16 that day.
A huge mango tree
fell on their house when
Balingit and her family
were sleeping during the
onset of the storm.
Meanwhile, based on
the 6 a.m., October 18
DSWD monitoring report,
42 evacuation centers remain open in Nueva Ecija,
Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, and Bulacan serving 1,605 families with
6,931 persons while 16,061
families or 80,757 persons
CLARK FREEPORT -- This freeport
is set to host the 5th National Moringa
(malunggay) Congress in November.
Some 500 participants are expected to
join the malunggay congress to be held at
the Hilltop Function Hall of Mimosa Leisure Estate from November 21 to 22.
Clark Development Corporation President Arthur Tugade will give the welcome
address during the two-day event.
CDC hopes that the congress will provide more awareness on the health benefits
of moringa, popularly known as malunggay.
The event is hosted by Moringaling
Philippines Foundation, Inc. (MPFI).
MPFI is a network organization which
serves as the moringa supply chain in the
Philippines among farmers, producers,
manufacturers, health enthusiasts, suppliers, exporters and consumers.
In a press briefing, MPFI Board of Director Bernadette Arellano said Dr. Jed Fahey, a world-renowned moringa scientist
from Johns Hopkins of USA, will be the
keynote speaker for this year’s congress.
Fahey is expected to share the latest scientific studies on moringa during the congress.
The event will be participated by businessmen, educators, students and consumers from all over the country.
MPFI President Honorio Tan said they
established the foundation to reach out to
existing moringa farms and gather more
information, including statistics on moringa, given government’s lack of information
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TESDA, construction firm tie-up for skills trainings
By Butch Gunio
BALANGA CITY -- The Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has a tie up program
with construction firm, EEI Corporation.
Engr. Rolly San Juan, Provincial Training Center Orion Administrator, said their
tie up with the construction company is
already running for four years.
EEI is a reputable construction company with projects abroad.
The company’s workers are deemed
highly skilled.
In the tie up, San Juan explained,
EEI shoulders equipment, supplies,
trainors’ honorarium, and trainees’ al-
The trainee gets P250 a day allowance.
TESDA takes care of the venue, power consumption, and other equipment.
San Juan said EEI spends P160,000
per trainee.
The trainee will only spend for medical clearance.
“The trainees will even have a chance
to work on EEI projects abroad,” San
Juan said.
“EEI offers very good opportunities
for trainees,” he added.
TESDA Director Joel Villanueva,
thru Region 3 Director Ted Gatchalian,
has urged both young and adult in Central Luzon to avail the agency’s training
program for training opportunities. ●