CSF intensifies campaign vs HIV/AIDS
VOLUME IV • NO. 117
DECEMBER 02, 2015
HOMEBOUND. Photo shows one of 80 pawikan
hatchlings released by Bataan officials led by Gov.
Albert Raymond S. Garcia during the 14th Pawikan Conservation Festival in Barangay Nagbalayong, Morong
town over the week. --1BATAAN PHOTO
Villanueva: 9M OFWs
are TESDA graduates
•Big number from Central Luzon By genaro macalinao
CLARK FREEPORT – About 9 million
Technical Education and Skills
Development Authority (TESDA)
graduates – a big number of them
from Central Luzon – have landed
jobs across the globe, said senatorial candidate Joel Villanueva here
yesterday. TESDA GRADS...pagE 7
Thousands join Bataan’s
MORONG, Bataan – More
than 6,000 local and foreign tourists, government
officials, high school and
college students, and
different people organizations converged last
Sunday in the coastal
village of Nagbalayong,
this town, to participate
in the 14th Pawikan Conservation Festival.
This year’s celebration reportedly garnered
so far the highest number of visitors who witnessed the eco-tourism
maintenance program of
natural resources in the
Governor Albert Raymond S. Garcia highlighted in his speech the
critical role of marine
turtles in maintaining
the ecological equilibrium of the sea and forest ecosystem. Despite
the unabated growth of
coastal communities, the
protection of turtles is
valuable in sustaining a
PAWIKAN FESTIVAL... PAGE 2
TESDA-MAN AT CLARK. Former TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva is greeted by Aetas after speaking at yesterday’s Central Luzon Technical-Vocational Institutions Federation Forum held at Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Freeport. Also
in photo are TESDA 3 director teodoro gatchalian (R), Villanueva’s wife Gladys (partly hidden) and supporters.
CSF intensifies campaign vs HIV/AIDS
By Marna Dagumboy
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Cases of
human immuno deficiency virus
(HIV) are increasing in the city
and in the country, which, according to the City Health Office, is a
cause for alarm.
During a forum held at the Heroes Hall yesterday, Dr. Renely
Tungol, program head for the
city’s campaign against STI/
HIV-AIDS, explained to college
students the need to intensify
measures against the deadly virus
especially now that most of the
victims belong to the younger age
“There is an alarming increase
in HIV cases and the victims’ age
bracket belong to those less than
20 years old,” Tungol said.
She lamented the fact that the
country suffers from a large number of HIV cases, while in San FerHIV/AIDS...pagE 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • december 02, 2015
WORLD AIDS DAY. Dr. Renely Tungol,
program head for the city’s campaign against
STI/HIV-AIDS, explains to college students the
health programs of the LGU during a forum
held at the Heroes Hall in line with the observance of the World AIDS Day on December 1.
SC issues TRO vs
Comelec’s ‘No Bio,
No Boto’ policy
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
More drug dens busted in CL, 31 arrested BY Genaro Macalinao
CAMP OLIVAS – An intensified
drive against illegal drugs netted a total of 31 persons and
the confiscation of P700,000
worth of methamphetamine
hydrochloride (shabu) during
simultaneous raids by government agents in suspected drug
dens in Bulacan and Tarlac on
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 3 (PDEA3) Director Gladys F. Rosales said
the dismantling of drug dens,
believed to be the drug trafficking syndicate’s “lifeline”,
would greatly reduce the sup-
ply of prohibited substance in
“This was the result of our
sustained campaign to reduce
the supply of shabu in Central Luzon,” said Rosales in a
Rosales identified the suspects in Bulacan raids as Ferdinand Y. Javier, alias Angko;
Ronaldo J. Castillo, 34; Rodelio J. Castillo, 32; Ricardo C.
Ramos, 35; Silvestre A. Senar,
50; and Emelita J. Lapi, 45, all
of Barangay Caingin, Bocaue
Jimmy A. Bautista; Miguel
A. Bautista, 50; Miguel R.
Mendoza, 21; Jimwel Mayo-
ba, 20; Ellycar A. Adefin, 19;
Leslie Grace Austria, 32; Ma.
Chrisia J. Castillo, 20; Jose J.
Cabral, 18; Raffy P. Lauindanum, 26; and Arnel S. Puno,
52, all from the same place.
PDEA3 agents raided a
residential compound at Brgy.
Sto. Cristo, Tarlac City where
they caught red-handed 15
persons including the alleged
maintainer of the drug den
identified as Carlito Macapinlac while on a pot session.
The suspects did not resist
arrest, said Rosales.
On the same day, PDEA3
agents “demolished” two drug
dens in Mabalacat City in
Pampanga leading to the arrest of 12 suspected illegal
drugs users and the seizure of
more than P200,000 worth of
Rosales said drug dens believed to have mushroomed
in some areas in Region 3 are
included in the priority target
projects of PDEA aside from
top drug personalities.
The suspects were taken to
the Bulacan and Tarlac City
PDEA headquarters for further investigation as a case
for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs
Act is being readied against
P170-M road project to boost Bataan town’s agri, tourism
BAGAC, BATAAN – The World-Bank has
approved the granting of a P170 million
loan for the concreting of Barangay San
Antinio-Saysain by-pass road next year.
Bagac municipal administrator Nick
Ancheta said the World Bank-funded 16-kilometer road project, which will
be implemented under the Philippine
Rural Development Program (PRDP),
would boost agricultural production and
would facilitate the development of the
town’s coastal areas.
Ancheta stressed that Mayor Rommel
del Rosario expressed optimism that the
construction of a by-pass road will finally
put an end to the low utilization rate of
opportunities for upland farmers due to
minimal improvement of farm to market
road in the locality.
He pointed out that the concreting
project will provide better accessibility
to large tracts of still undeveloped lands,
and hasten the continuous arrivals of
tourists to world-class beach resorts and
nature parks of the coastal town of Bagac.
The road improvement is a key to agricultural productivity with hundreds of
upland farmers expected to benefit from
the project by adopting the latest multicropping farming method of root crops,
vegetable, high-yielding fruits and palay.
Ancheta, a former town councilor of
Bagac, said the project will propel the
eco-tourism thrust of the municipal gov-
ernment with improvements in the latest recorded tourist arrivals numbering
“We are readying a comprehensive
tourism development plan to encourage investors with the opening of the bypass road as one of the focal points in expanding the local tourism industry with
its forthcoming connection to the 40-kilometer Bagac-Mariveles coastline,” Ancheta added.
Likewise, Ancheta said sustainable agricultural productivity is vital
in the success of effective tourism promotional campaign as the new road
project stimulates the socio-economic
growth in the upland communities.•
which made the estimated total number of
released pawikans to 102,000, since the
project started almost two decades ago.
Manolo Ibias, Pawikan Conservation
Center chairman, personally appealed to
Governor Garcia for support in acquiring
vehicles and other equipment after two
agencies turned down his group’s request.
He explained the threats to the lives of
pawikan are still imminent in spite of the
concerned efforts of the government and
Some marginalized people continue to
sneak out and search for pawikan eggs in
the shores of this Morong town which they
sell for P5 each to residents. To curb this
problem, Ibias said intensified patrolling
and more livelihood options are needed.
Bataan Mayors League president Dinalupihan town mayor Maria Angela
Garcia said the strengthening of culture
of conservation is achieved with the annual observance of the Pawikan Festival.
She clarified that the local government units have been boosting the conservation of marine resources which remain the major source of income among
marginalized people of Bataan.•
PAWIKAN FESTIVAL... from Page 1
Garcia vowed to provide two (2) all
terrain vehicles in support to the safety of
marine turtles to be utilized in patrolling
the six (6) kilometer breeding ground of
Pawikan in the shoreline of Barangay
He added that GPS equipment and
other necessary gears would be made
available for the Bantay Pawikan volunteers which are needed for their daily and
nightly monitoring of the shoreline from
Garcia led the releasing of 80 hatchlings with Bataan mayors and guests
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining
order (TRO) against the “No Bio, No
Boto” policy of the Commission on
In a press conference, SC Public
Information Office (PIO) Chief and
Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te
said “the Court resolved to issue a
temporary restraining order (TRO)
effective immediately until further
orders from the Court directing the
respondent Comelec to desist from
deactivating registered voters without biometric information.”
Likewise, the SC ordered respondent Comelec to submit its
comment within a non-extendible
period of 10 days from notice.
The SC also directed the Office of
the Solicitor General (OSG) to submit its comment within the same
non-extendible period as respondent Comelec.
At the same time, the SC required the personal service on all
parties by the Clerk of Court of the
In a 32-page petition for certiorari and prohibition, Kabataan
party-list Rep. James Mark Terry
Ridon and other petitioners sought
for the exercise of judicial review to
assail the constitutionality of the
deactivation of registration of voters without biometrics and enjoin
the implementation of provisions
SC ISSUES... Page 7
Balanga folk to
By Butch Gunio
BALANGA CITY – Vice Mayor Noel
Valdecanas has urged city folks to be
“RICEponsible” during the opening
ceremony of the Barangay Week in
“November is National Rice
Awareness Month and I ask everyone
to avoid wasting rice,” he messaged
He added, “I have learned that
each Filipino wasted 9 grams or 2 to
3 spoons of rice daily in 2008 which
would have sufficed to feed 2.5 million persons.” The government hatched the “Be
RICEponsible” campaign that aims
to encourage farmers, policy-makers,
and the public to be “RICEponsible”
in their own ways.
The campaign engages every Filipino to do their part in achieving rice
self-sufficiency in the country.
City Mayor Joet Garcia, Valdecanas and members of Sangguniang
Panlunggsod joined the Poblacion
Sangguniang Barangay in leading the
Barangay Week opening program.• december 02, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
DENR urges motorists to have regular car check-up
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
ANGELES CITY – The Department
of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) is urging car
owners to get into the habit of
regular car check-up and maintenance to make sure they do
not contribute to air pollution.
The appeal was made as the
DENR, together with the Coalition of Clean Air Advocates of
the Philippines (CCAAP), led on
Friday a nationwide campaign
promoting vehicle inspection
and maintenance consciousness among motorists.
The Second National Check
Your Car Day, with the theme
“Clean Air through National
Motor Vehicle Inspection and
Maintenance Awareness,” is the
culminating activity for the ob-
servance of November as Clean
“We advocate the need for
each vehicle owner to consciously inspect and maintain
his vehicle, not only to ensure
its longevity and good condition, but also to reduce its potential to contribute to air pollution,” DENR Secretary Ramon
J.P. Paje said.
More than 500 private emission testing centers (PETCs)
nationwide, of which more than
100 are in Metro Manila, were
mobilized by the CCAAP for the
event by providing free vehicle
emission test to volunteered vehicles registered with the Land
Transportation Office (LTO). During the event, several
members of the Anti-Smoke
Belching Units (ASBUs) formed
by the DENR’s Environmental
Management Bureau (EMB)
tested the emissions of vehicles
of the department, its employees, the Quezon City local government, several public utility
jeepneys, and other interested
parties. Joining them were representatives from the CCAAP
and local transport groups.
Paje, however, clarified that
the results of the test may not be
used for registration purposes,
“but solely for owners to know
the state of their vehicles and be
encouraged to maintain them.”
Around 80 percent of air
pollution in the country comes
from mobile sources or motorized vehicles. The rest are from
open burning and stationary
sources like factories.
To reduce smoke-belchers on
the road, the LTO has required
emission testing of vehicles prior to registration.
The DENR had ordered the
installation of closed circuit
television cameras to monitor
emission testing in all PETCs,
and partnered with local government units to form ASBUs
that apprehend smoke-belchers.
Emission tests have also been
conducted in the garages of bus
DENR Assistant Secretary
and concurrent EMB Director
Juan Miguel Cuna said these efforts were done not to catch as
many violators as possible, but
to help the public.
Referring to those who pay
off PETCs to certify their vehicles even without undergoing
actual testing, Cuna said, “We
want to remind you that you do
not benefit from such shortcuts.
We all breathe in the same air,
and driving with vehicles that
fail our standards affects us and
our children. Everyone loses.”
The DENR has also coordinated with the Department of
Energy for the imposition of
stricter emission standards for
vehicles, directing the transition
of fuel use from Euro2 to Euro4
standards starting July 2015.
Euro4 fuels have a sulfur
content of only 50 parts per million (PPM), compared with 500
PPM for Euro2.
The government is also promoting the use of e-vehicles or
conversion to the use of alternative fuels like compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas,
and biofuels. •
DoT’s Star Rating
moved next month
MANILA – The release
date for the results of
the Star Rating system
of the Department of
Tourism (DoT) will be
moved to December,
a tourism official said
DoT Undersecretary Maria Victoria
Jasmin told the Philippines News Agency
that while results
have been completed,
the layout of the list
of over 700 establishments audited by the
agency have yet to be
Jasmin earlier said
the results of the rating system will be out
within the month.
Results are expected
to be published in
the leading country’s
“The layout is still
with our designer before final approval by
Secretary Mon (Ramon Jimenez Jr.),”
Jasmin said in a text
She said that more
also added to the initial list.
“It continues as
some are making improvements to upgrade their properties,” Jasmin pointed
The DoT official
hope that the results
of the Star Rating system that rates hotels,
resorts and other accredited accommodations with one to five
stars will be out first
week of December.
Aside from the Star
Rating system, DOT
may soon roll out a
separate set of standards for other accommodation
such as homestays,
pension houses, vacation homes, and the
This is intended to
be called the Mabuhay Accommodation
standards but it is currently in its formulation stage. (PNA)•
No winner for
Mega Lotto 6/45
MANILA – Last Monday’s (Nov. 30) Mega Lotto
6/45 draw yielded no winners, according to
the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
No one guessed the winning numbers 0813-30-25-02-37 to bag the P78,636,963 prize,
PCSO General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand
Rojas II said.
Rojas said estimated jackpot prize for today’s draw is now at P83 million. Meanwhile, 85 lucky bettors won the 2nd
prize worth P13,680, while 2,420 won the
3rd prize worth P380.•
EARLY CHRISTMAS TREATS. Bedridden senior citizens and disabled Fernandinos receive relief goods, medicines, and wheelchairs from Mayor Edwin D. Santiago in Barangay Telebastagan. --CSF-CIO PHOTO
Local execs sign manifesto
for Manila Bay clean-up
BY Charlene A. Cayabyab
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –
City and municipal mayors of local government
units (LGUs) near Manila
Bay recently signed the
“MANILA BAYanihan,” a
manifesto of their commitment to clean-up and save
A total of 32 mayors, one
vice mayor and representatives from 96 LGUs from
Region 3, Region 4A, and
National Capital Region
signed the manifesto during the Manila Bay Local
Chief Executives Forum
organized by the Department of the Interior and
Local Government (DILG)
DILG is one of the agen-
cies ordered by the Supreme Court mandamus to
clean-up the Manila Bay.
Part of the manifesto
reads: “Ako ay magiging
isang mabuting halimbawa sa aking mga kababayan, mga kaibigan, at sa
aking pamilya upang mapanatili ang kalinisan sa
kapaligiran ng aking nasasakupan... Bilang isang responsableng mamamayan,
tutuparin ko ang aking
pangako sa abot ng aking
makakaya, sapagkat ako
ay bahagi ng Manila Bay,
at ako ay kabahagi sa MANILA BAYanihan.”
DILG Secretary Mel
Senen Sarmiento said the
forum allowed the DILG
officials and the participants to discuss and give
updates on the accomplishments and action
plan for the Manila Bay
and preservation program.
As of second quarter of
2015, 89 percent of estimated 60,074 commercial
establishments in the said
regions have been inspected by the LGUs for adequate waste water treatment facility and hygienic
septic tank. About 98 percent of estimated 2,407
factories were inspected.
But, inspection of private
homes turned out lowest
at 54 percent only of estimated 730,720 houses.
Other roles of LGUs include, among others, the
submission to the DILG
of their respective compli-
ance reports which shall
contain the names and
addresses or offices of
the owners of all the noncomplying factories, commercial
and private homes, copy
furnished the concerned
environmental agency, be
it the local Department of
Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) office
or the Laguna Lake Development Authority.
Manuel Gotis, Director
of DILG Bureau of Local
(BLGS), said that the goal
is to make Manila Bay a
Class SB status, that is,
safe for swimming and
bathing or beach activity.
LOCAL EXECS... Page 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • december 02, 2015
REPORTS that there is an increase in
cases of people affected with the human immuno deficiency virus (HIV)
is indeed alarming.
This has prompted the city government of San Fernando to intensify
its campaign against HIV-AIDS, especially now that records show most
victims belonging to a younger age
According to Dr. Renely Tungol, program head for the city’s campaign
against STI/HIV-AIDS, victims are
now less than 20 years old. In the
city, however, most patients are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
The city has started providing lectures and seminars for students as
part of its intensified information,
education, and communication campaign against the virus. There is also
a free HIV testing and screening test
for syphilis at the city’s social hygiene
clinic in Barangay Sindalan.
While there is no cure to stop HIV,
Dr. Tungol said there are ways to prevent and control the infection. Among
these are abstinence, being mutually faithful to an uninfected partner,
careful sex (correct and consistent
condom use), refraining from drug
and alcohol use and education and
It is sad though that most victims do
not know that they have HIV, until
it is too late. That is why it would do
well for people to regularly visit rural
health stations in their respective areas. In the City of San Fernando, RHUs
are located in Barangay Sto. Rosario,
San Agustin, Sindalan, San Nicolas,
People who have suspicions that they
have been infected with the virus
should not think twice about being
tested. Better to know early than be
ECENTLY, this writer wrote November 2013, and after our country
a column regarding our dete- was hit by several other typhoons that
riorating environment and it’s aren’t normally being experienced by
about time that everyone must con- our country 20 years back.
tribute to mitigate the effects of cliBut today, the story is different. The
effects of the deteriorating environIt’s high time that we do some meas- ment are really being felt by all of us.
ures to lessen the impact of climate
For one, the country must do draschange and it’s imperative
tic measures to save our
that we contribute to help
only nation against pollusave our environment.
As of this writing,
there’s an on-going conference about climate change
in Paris, France where
President Aquino is among
the speakers of the 196
member-states of the United Nations.
But the gathering of nations in Paris is not enough
and will not be successful if Eric V. Jimenez
people from their respective countries do not share
some contributions to protect the en- tion and the effects of global warming.
Senator Loren Legarda is right
The Philippines is among the coun- when she said that “we must take urtries affected by global warming that gent and aggressive climate action. The
the whole world is experiencing today. Philippines, as a least emitter of greenWe have seen how the environment house gases (GHG) but highly vulnerreacted after typhoon “Yolanda” in able to climate change impacts, must
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“Legarda explained that the average global temperature has risen by
0.8°C since 1880 and at this level,
the world is already experiencing
unprecedented extreme weather
for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
or COP21 with the aim of adopting a
legally binding and universal climate
agreement that will limit global warming to less than 2°C.
Legarda said, “We have to be ambiTHE PLUMB... Page 7
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not take this injustice sitting down.”
Legarda, United Nations Champion
for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, called on the leaders of the world
“to limit warming to 1.5°C to be able to
From November 30 to December
11, delegations from 196 memberstates of the UN will gather in France
by Rosalinda C. Lusung
S YEARS have gone by, perspectives have changed about
the characteristics of a great
teacher, especially in light of the implementation of the K-12 curriculum.
First off, teachers have to work hard
to create a nurturing environment
for their students. It has a lot to do
with how we interact with students,
and how we handle our subjects.
Teaching also commands a lot of
respect – which goes both ways. As
much as students have to listen intently to their teacher during class,
the educators must also in turn
value the ideas and opinions of her
students. Students who can express
their feelings feel safe and learn to
respect and listen to others too.
Inside a classroom, a teacher
must create a sense of community
and belonging, fostering mutual respect which provides a supportive,
collaborative environment. There
should be rules to follow and jobs to
be done, and each students must feel
that he or she is an important part of
Teachers must also be accessible – not just to their students bur
everyone who needs a helping hand.
They must have good listening skills
and take time out of their schedules
for anyone – teacher or student –
who needs them. They must also inspire students and provide students
with the highest quality of education
Also, teachers must not only
be a leader, but a skilled one. They
should focus on teamwork, and convey a sense of leadership to students
by providing opportunities for each
of them to assume leadership roles.
Teaching comes quite naturally
for some, considering it a gift, but
others have to work hard. However
which way, teachers should make
sure that their students, at the end
of the day, are equipped with knowledge and skills they need to be competitive, successful individuals.
The author is from Diosdado
Macapagal Memorial High School,
december 02, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Cursing the Pope
AYOR Rodrigo Duterte
is now the official presidential candidate of the
Partido Demokratikong PilipinoLaban (PDP-Laban) in the next
national elections in 2016. Wish is
granted as far as the mayor’s supporters are concerned.
However, during his interview
and after his proclamation, the
cutthroat mayor was in on a jest-
“He could trash-talk anyone, except the
Pope. To curse the Pope is taboo in a Now We Know!
country dominated by Catholics.”
ing mood with the media when he
mentioned a traffic incident during
the course of Pope Francis’ visit in
the country. Upon learning of the
Pope’s arrival that got him struck
in the traffic for five hours, he literally cast a curse on the Catholic
leader and made it known to the
by Raul G. Dimaculangan
sustainable and balanced environment. For instance, the town of
Apalit has been fostering people to
prohibit using of plastic to help the
nature against global warming.
According to the Implementing
Rules and Regulations of Municipal (Apalit) Ordinance No. 1, Series
2013-2016, Rule II, Section 4, “It is
the policy of the local government
to adopt environment-friendly
business principles to protect and
advance the right of the people to
a balanced and healthy ecology
and in an environmentally-sound
manner pursuant to the provision
of Article II, Section 16 of the Philippine Constitution and Section
458 of R.A. 7160 otherwise known
as the Local Government Code of
I am writing this not to nag
someone in authority but pleading
my case instead. I am convincing
the officials to apply this ordinance
in our community and my fellows
to take an action for the better future of our lives and the town as
However, we must not only depend on the actions of the officials,
but also we need take action as our
responsibility to our nature.
Use reusable bags or “bayong”
whenever going to the market. It
is more convenient and beneficial
since it can be used again.
Make cans as trash bins. It will
help you to avoid using huge plastics.
Everyone should comply with
the ordinance. If this would be implemented in Macabebe, the risk of
flood might be alleviated. Schools
will not be burdened due to floods.
Traffic will not impede the roads.
People will be on a safer zone
against monsoon diseases. Hence,
it will fuel the drive through enhanced and healthier way of living.
Plastic bags, Styrofoam, striper,
and other non-biodegradable materials are just like plastic, friends
– the lesser we have them, the lesser we get threats. Therefore, the
lesser we use plastic, the lesser we
are in danger.
The author is Principal II of
Apalit High School, Apalit, Pampanga.•
TLE and its role in the lives of students
LE, or technology and livelihood education, is vital
to becoming a productive
member of the modern workforce.
It is meant to provide students
with knowledge and develop their
skills, making them productive
and competitive individuals.
Through TLE, students can
choose a career path, and then
learn the technology related to
that field or industry. This is an
excellent way to improve their
chances of succeeding in their career endeavor. This subject is actually of importance during these days when
skills are needed to be able to keep
up with the changing times. TLE
helps students to learn about the
by Aloha S. Manio
daily aspects of life and helps harness their skills and their potentials.
TLE plays a very important role
in the K-12 Curriculum, as it aims
to solve the economic needs of our
citizens by equipping students
with skills needed to face real situations. The subject comprises of
four areas: Home Economics, Agriculture, Industrial Arts, and ICT.
Graduates in Senior High School
under Tech-Voc courses would be
ready for employment through actual application of their trainings.
TLE serves as their stepping stone
in seeking a better life.
In this day and age of technological advancement, it is but right
to gear our students towards com-
Neng Capa M. Pangan
Sibukan ku na,
e ne buring tatang
Misan a pisyalan neng Posung y Piyuk,
Disan neng balamu yeru yang melukut
A lupa ing keyang maluat nang kakuyug
Keng pangatalungku na lalam sampaluk.
“Mananu ka pare? Ot keng itsura mu
Anti ka mong’ kebatingan libu-libu?”
“E ku na pin kasi balu ing gawan ku”
Tungkul king nanu ing puproblemaan mu?”
“Pare,” nganang Piyuk “indat ituki ke
Ing kanakung GF king kekaming bale,
Obat pin Inang ku mataram ya lawe
At asna kadalas pamaramdaman ne.
Kesyo ngana lupa ya kanung malubak
Uli ning kanaku tunuki yang agad,
Kabang pabulan pa kanu ing milabas
Keng pamikilala mi ta’ne ginagad.
Less Plastic, Less Danger
E CAN’T really deny it,
because our eyes see everything. We always throw
our trash everywhere that causes
filthy roads. And most of our trash
is made of plastic.
Our town Macabebe is definitely
a flood-prone area. Whenever typhoons or even light rains hit us,
there is already flood causing our
daily activities to be on the rocks.
In our perception, plastics are
very conventional in our lives.
However, have we ever thought that
it can cause us calamity problems?
Plastics have good quality but it
is difficult to decompose. It takes a
decade or more just to decay. And
before it gets rotten, it harms our
nature and we suffer the consequences.
Though it sounds very functional when we use it, it is also helpful
when we get rid ourselves of using
plastics. Because the more we use
plastics, the more we put ourselves
Several parts of the country implement ordinances to practice living without too much use of plastics
in order to achieve eco-friendly,
public amid his interview. Obviously his followers would laugh
over the matter since they know
the frame of mind of the relentless
mayor. But, some of his followers were disenchanted
with his outright expression.
His statement drew a lot
of attention from the social
media networks. He should
stay on his lane. He could
on the never-ending struggle we
experience every day?
On his part, Duterte insisted
that he did not curse the persona
of the Pope but the
way the government
handled the security preparation that
led to the closures
of many roads, thus
causing heavy traffic in the metro. The
too hard for Duterte.
ELLEZ J. DAVIO
At any rate, this
incident might do
some damage on his
trash-talk anyone, except the Pope. rating as a presidential wannabe.
To curse the Pope is taboo in a Duterte, for some, is a dangerous
country dominated by Catholics. man if he will lead the country. His
The Pontiff had nothing to do with followers are probably having secour traffic squeeze. The fact that we ond thoughts right now.
received His mercy and compasCursing the Pope is big no-no,
sion last January was an honor and mayor. You need to choose your enprivilege. So why blame the Pope emies wisely. •
puter education – a technological
subject area catering to its nonvocational and technologicallyoriented clientele. Fundamentals of entrepreneurship and business technology
are also covered, to incorporate a
livelihood education topic. Entrepreneurship as a subject in high
school will help develop the spirit
of innovation and creative minds
among students. Students can also learn how to
recognize opportunities, how to
use values and skills and encourage them to find new ways to view
problems, and to examine the process of change.
As teachers, it is our duty to
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“Nung makanyan anti keni manintun ka,
Karetang babaing awig keng pigura
Nang Inang mu uling pihung mabisa ya
At mekad e mu ne damdaman kumontra.
“Sibukan ku na ping migdala nyang misan,
A e malaut keng itsura nang Inang,
Oneng ing problema e ne buring Tatang,
Uling e ne bisang makakit makanyan!” •
by Nelia M. Manalo
S TEACHERS, we should nurture the character strengths of our students which they need
to be successful in all areas of their lives, not
just education. This is essential in dealing with situations that occur in their lives.
Our students’ character identifies whether they
easily give up in challenging situations or whether
they go ahead despite the difficulties. It defines all
of us, and how we approach life.
Promoting the teaching of character can create
positivity in classrooms and instill a growth mindset in the students.
Students are born curious and adventurous.
Teachers should use these characters to develop
their students’ social intelligence, self-control and
optimism. All these characters and others should be
identified, explored and nurtured to create an environment where children not only learn to challenge
themselves, but also give challenging situations a
It is already known that there is a strong link between a student’s emotional state of mind and the
academic. Cognitive skills – learning a language,
mathematical formula, among others – are complimented by non-cognitive skills like character
Students who are more optimistic tend to solve
math problems that students who are not able to
identify certain character strengths within themselves. That is why it is important to understand
that character strengths are a part of who we are and
therefore we can identify, reveal, elicit and nurture
them within ourselves (Peterson & Parks (2009)).
So what is the challenge for educators? To create
an effective way to nurture the right set of character
strengths in schools.
The author is from Diosdado Macapagal Memorial High School, Floridablanca, Pampanga.•
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AlDub, ilalagay sa Walk of Fame
SINA Alden Richards
at Maine Mendoza ang
mga nangunguna sa
listahan ng mga magkakaroon ng bahagi
sa Walk of Fame sa
December 1 sa Eastwood sa Quezon City.
Gayundin naman ang
Da Explorer sisters na
kasama rin ng AlDub sa
Kalyeserye ng Eat Bul-
aga na sina Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros,
at Jose Manalo. Bukod
sa kanila ay magkakaroon din ng bahagi sina
Julie Anne San Jose at
& MAINE MENDOZA
Jake Vargas sa Walk
of Stars dahil sa lakas
din ng kanilang tambalan na mapapanuod
sa “Buena Familia” at
Katrina Halili, tumaba dahil mas
inaasikaso ang anak kaysa sarili
KAPANSIN-PANSIN ang pagtaba ni Katrina Halili. Gone is
her sexy figure when she was
launched in “Gigil” and was
FHM’s Sexiest Woman for two
consecutive years when she had
a 24-inch waistline.
“Naku, ten years ago na
‘yun, ano?” she laughs. “These
days, I’m no longer that obsessed na maging sexy. That
ko. Ayok o n g
t u m a b a ,
lagi n g
ako. Konting gain ng weight,
gym at diet na ako. I’m not like
that anymore. May baby na
ako. Three years old na si Katy.
Mas inuuna ko muna lahat ng
needs niya bago ang sarili ko.
As a mom, siyempre, siya ang
priority ko. Nasa stage na siyang sobrang nakakatuwa kasi
Kaya lang, ang unang word
na nasabi niya, papa. Eh ako
itong araw-araw kasama
niya. Masakit ha. Pero
okay lang, ama naman
niya ‘yun. Magkalapit
lang ang bahay namin kaya lagi siyang
nabibisita. Dahil sa
anak ko, nagkaroon
ng mas konkretong
direction ang buhay
So is there no
chance of her
Kris Lawrence? “Huwag
kami at nagtutulungan for
So is she dating anyone? “No.
At hindi naman
Okay na kami ng
anak ko. Sa Christmas, uuwi
kami sa El Nido sa Palawan dahil nandun ang mommy ko at
mina-manage ang resort niya
She was the villain to Marian Rivera in the first “Marimar”. Who does she think is
better: Marian or Megan Young
as the new “Marimar”? “Ay,
sorry, hindi ko napapanood
‘yung ‘Marimar’ ngayon so hindi ko sila mapagkukumpara. I
think magkaiba naman sila, so
for sure, magkaiba rin ang interpretations nila.”
But who’s better as the villain, she or Lauren Young?
“Aba, siyempre, ako. Ike-claim
ko na agad na ako. I love my
own. Heto nga, back to kontrabida ako as Jasmine in ‘Destiny
Rose’ kaya marami na namang
galit sa ’kin dahil sa pang-aapi
ko kay Ken Chan. Pero ‘yung
fans ngayon, sinasabi nila, we
love you, Kat, but we hate you
as Jasmine. So at least, alam
nilang uma-acting lang ako.
Abangan n’yo dahil grabe ang
sampalan scene namin ni Ken
this week. Susugurin ko sila
ni Fabio Ide at magseselos ako
kaya sasampalin ko siya. At gaganti na siya. Sobrang kaba ko
before we shot the scene kasi
sabi, totohanin namin. Eh, ang
laki ng kamay niya, ‘no? Sabi
ko, kapag sinaktan niya ako
nang todo, babayagan ko siya.
Ha ha ha!”•
Relasyong Elmo at
NANGANGANIB din ang loveteam ni Elmo Magalona
kay Janine Gutierrez na nabuo sa
GMA 7. Dalawang
taon ang pinirmahang kontrata ni
Elmo sa Star Cinema at sa Kapamilya network.
lamang ang teleseryeng
To Love You” ang
nila ni Janella kundi pelikula din.
Nabanggit ni Elmo na
ipinaalam niya sa GF niyang si Janine ang pagpirma niya ng kontrata sa
kabilang network at naunawaan naman daw ito ng
dalaga ni Lotlot de Leon.
“Nabigla siya (Janine),
pero, naunawaan niya ako.
Nag-expire na ang kontra-
ta ko sa GMA 7 at gusto
ko namang subukan ang
Elmo. “I have been
with them for 5
years at maganda
na-experience ko sa kanila.
Walang bad vibes
sa amin. As usual,
ang co-manager ko
sa Kapamilya Network ay ang mom
Natural lamang isipin
na posibleng mananatili na
si Elmo sa ABS, lalo’t naroon na rin ang elder sister
niyang si Maxene Magalona na napapanood sa
panghapong teleserye na
“Doble Kara” at noong unang arangkada ng “You’re
Face Sounds Familiar.” Gumaganap si Maxene bilang
kapatid ni Sam Milby.•
‘A Second Chance’, blockbuster
INANUNSYO sa ASAP last Sunday na
nasa mahigit P200 million na raw
ang kinikita ng “A Second Chance”
na nagsimula lang magbukas last
Wednesday, Nov. 25.
As of last Sunday ’yan, 3 p.m,
kaya by now, for sure ay nadagdagan na ang figures.
Sobrang overwhelmed naman ng
mga bidang sina John Lloyd Cruz at
Bea Alonzo sa big success ng movie.
“Gusto ko lang talaga magpasalamat sa pagmamahal niyo kay
Popoy and Basha. Kayo ang dahilan
kung bakit naging ganito ito. Kami,
we are very overwhelmed sa happiness at sa love na binibigay niyo
para sa amin,” say ni Bea.
Sa ngayon, ang “A Second
Chance” na ang may hawak ng record of being the highest-grossing
non-Metro Manila Film Festival
movie on its opening day (P43.3M)
na dating hawak ng “Crazy Beautiful You” nina Kathryn Bernardo
and Daniel Padilla shown last Feb.
2015 na kumita ng P32M sa first
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TESDA GRADS... from Page 1
Villanueva, tagged as “TESDAman”, was guest speaker during yesterday’s Central Luzon TechnicalVocational Institutions Federation
Forum with the theme: “Emerging
Trends in Philippine Education and
Training” held at Hotel Stotsenberg
in this Freeport.
The forum was aimed at informing over 1,000 participants from
TVET Institutions’ Officials and
Trainers/ Assessors, Public Employment Service Officers (PESO),
TESD Committee Officers and other stakeholders, with the current
education and training reforms,
and the skills demand of the country’s economy.
The dialogue also pushed for
the partnership between the TVET
Training Institutions and the Local
Government Units’ PESOs, so as to
concretize a solution to the identified problems airing from the concerns of this undertaking. Villanueva, former TESDA Di-
THE PLUMB... from Page 4
rector General, vowed to push for
the passage of a Philippine Qualification Framework (PQF) which will
institutionalize the tech-voc education towards employment should he
succeed in his senatorial bid in the
Villanueva admitted that the PQF
is a great task ahead in reforming
the education system to address the
rising challenges of the 21st century.
“The PQF would harmonize and
weave together basic education,
technical-vocational education and
higher education into a unified, quality-guaranteed system,” Villanueva
told reporters on the sidelines of
the Central Luzon TVET Forum.
PQF allows anyone to pursue
further studies from being a techvoc graduate to being baccalaureate
degree holder. The subjects in techvoc would be credited in college.
“This is the value of the PQF.
This is big dream for the education
sector and I want to push it,” said
Villanueva, who expressed optimism in next year’s elections, banking on his track record as a former
In 2012, President Aquino issued Executive Order no. 83, a directive calling for the establishing
of the 0PQF.
“We want to institutionalize
the PQF to make it inherent in the
country education system,” said
Villanueva, adding adequate appropriation should also be in place for
it to function.
Aside from PQF, Villanueva said
he will pass in the Senate the “Training Trabaho” Bill which will call for
more job opportunities. He will also
call for additional funds for TESDA
scholars to produce more graduates and eventually compete in the
emerging markets globally.
Villanueva is eyeing Senate seat
under the platform of TESDA (Trabaho, Edukasyon, Serbisyo, Dignidad, Asesnso).•
Tungol noted that most victims
do not know that they have HIV.
“Sad news for them is the fact
that there is no cure or vaccine to
stop HIV/AIDS. The good news
however, is there are ways to prevent and control the infection like
abstinence, being mutually faithful to uninfected partner, careful
sex (correct and consistent condom
use), refraining from drug and alcohol use and education and early
detection,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin D.
Santiago urges the public to regularly visit the LGU’s five rural
health stations located in Barangay
Sto. Rosario, San Agustin, Sindalan, San Nicolas, and Northville.
“Palaging bukas ang ating mga
health offices para sa mga Fernandino, narito ang mga magagaling
na medical personnel at mayroon
tayong maraming klaseng gamot
para sa pangangailangan ng mga
Fernandino,” the mayor said.•
the exercise of suffrage, thus violating Section 1, Article V of the 1987
Constitution,” the petitioners said.
They noted that the 1987 Constitution explicitly states that “[n]o literacy, property, or other substantive
requirement shall be imposed on the
exercise of suffrage.”
“In contravention of the abovestated constitutional provision,
Republic Act No. 10367 and its
implementing regulations imposed an additional substantive
requirement for all voters, both
old and new registrants, to submit
for mandatory biometrics validation or risk being deactivated or
removed precinct book of voters,
thus effectively barring them from
the exercise of their right to vote,”
“Further egregious is the fact that
voters with active records according
to Republic Act No. 8189, the antecedent Voters Registration Law of
1996, comprise bulk of those who
will be deactivated. The deactivation
of registered voters qualified under
Republic Act No. 8189 is incompatible with the tenet that laws with penal sanctions should apply prospectively and not retrospectively,” they
“Secondly, the biometrics validation gravely violates due process as
it is an unreasonable deprivation
of the constitutional right to vote
for millions of Filipinos who have
failed to register their biometric in-
formation despite existing and active registration – in effect a voter’s
re-registration – for various reasons
whether personal or institutional,”
The petitioners noted that despite
Comelec’s “No Bio, No Boto” campaign, official data from the Comelec showed that only 3,599,906 registered voters have undergone the
mandatory biometrics validation
procedure as of Sept. 30, 2015.
The Comelec also revealed that a
total of 3,059,601 registered voters
remain without biometrics data as
of Sept. 30, 2015.
According to the Comelec, this
figure is equivalent to 5.86 percent
of the total 52,239,488 registered
voters for the 2016 national and local elections.
“It is thus apparent that over
three million registered voters stand
to illegally lose their right of suffrage
in the May 9, 2016 national and local
elections without the benefit of due
process due to the implementation
of an additional requirement that is
patently unconstitutional,” the petitioners argued.
Just last month, the Kabataan
party-list and several youth groups
also filed a petition before the SC to
question the Oct. 31, 2015 deadline
for voters’ registration set by the
The SC has already ordered
Comelec to comment on the said petition. •
capability on the conduct of inspection and monitoring and establishment of communal septic tanks.
Among their recommendations is that cities, municipalities
and barangays should be allocated with adequate funds for the
inspection of wastewater treatment facilities and hygienic septic
tanks, and other environmental
They recommended the enabling of concerned offices
through the conduct of capability
building; and the engagement in
multi-sectoral partnerships on information, education and communication campaign such as commercials in television and social
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of the Republic Act No. 10367 or “An
Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration.”
The Kabataan party-list also
sought for the nullification of Comelec Resolution No. 9721 dated June
26, 2013, Resolution No. 9863 dated
April 1, 2014 and Resolution No.
10013, all related to deactivation of
voter registration records in the May
9, 2016 National and Local Elections, as directed by the assailed RA
Assisted by legal counsel Atty.
Krissy Conti, petitioners include
Kabataan Partyist Rep. Terry Ridon
and Kabataan Partylist president
Marjohara Tucay, who are suing for
and in behalf of the youth party,
along with Sarah Elago, president
of the National Union of Students of
the Philippines; Vencer Crisostomo,
chairperson of Anakbayan;
Marc Lino Abila, national president of the College Editors Guild of
the Philippines; Einstein Recedes,
deputy secretary-general of Anakbayan; Charisse Bañez, chairperson
of the League of Filipino Students;
and aggrieved parties Arlene Clarisse Julve and Sining Marfori, both
of whom stand to lose their right to
vote due to the assailed law and implementing regulations.
“Republic Act No. 10367 and its
implementing regulations are unconstitutional as these impose an
unconstitutional, additional substantive requirement imposed on
LOCAL EXECS... from Page 3
Marivel Sacendoncillo, Executive
Director of the Local Government
Academy (LGA), led the workshop
to identify issues and challenges
in complying with the mandamus
on the Manila Bay clean-up.
One of the challenges pointed
out by the local chief executives
and other participants is the lack of
manpower, budget, and technical
tious. Vulnerable developing nations must no longer
plead for the rest of the developed nations to commit
and act upon the decades-long stagnation to limit global warming to less than 2°C. Today, we demand that
the world join us and do something to reach the target
of a 1.5°C goal to prevent any further risks to present
and future generations.”
The CVF is a group of nations most vulnerable to
the adverse impacts of climate change. It is currently
chaired by the Philippines. Other members of the CVF
are Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Maldives, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Barbados, Kenya,
Tuvalu, Bhutan, Kiribati, Rwanda, Vanuatu, Costa
Rica, Madagascar, Saint Lucia, and Vietnam.
Legarda explained that the average global temperature has risen by 0.8°C since 1880 and at this level, the
world is already experiencing unprecedented extreme
“Based on scientific studies, we need to limit warming to 1.5°C to be able to survive because 2°C is already
destructive. We need to do more and certainly we cannot go business as usual,” she said, noting that the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
predicts that with a 1.5 to 2.5-degree Celsius rise in
temperature in a span of 50-100 years, 30% of species
would be at risk of extinction.
Alviera’s Christmas Jamboree
HIV/AIDS... from Page 1
nando, it was recorded that most
patients are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
To curb this, the city government
is intensifying its information, education, and communication campaign by providing lectures and
seminars for students. Free HIV
testing and screening test for syphilis is also regularly conducted at the
city’s social hygiene clinic in Barangay Sindalan.
ALVIERA has made another gimmick which the
less than 300 campers enjoyed during the weekend
Christmas Jamboree at the Ayala-run estate in Porac
The campers, especially the children, enjoyed the
various activities that Alviera prepared during the
Jamboree held on Nov. 28 and 29. Aside from the overnight camping at the famous Alviera in Porac, campers
were able to enjoy the free use of SandBox attractions,
access to all Christmas Jamboree Day Workshops,
passes to the evening stage shows and entertainment
and the Starlight Cinema.
Christmas Jamboree Day Workshops included Christmas Cookie Corner (customizing Christmas
cookies with some candy sprinkles and fondant ornaments, colorful icing, and other sweet stuff); Merry
Angel-Making (designing own traditional Filipino
ornaments with a twist as participants painted and
decorated corn husk angels); Parol-Making Sessions
(making own Filipino Christmas lanterns); and Quiz
Kringle which tested Christmas knowledge and those
who provided the right answer went home with instant
treats and prizes.
The evening entertainment includes Prancing Poi
(learning to dance and move with LED lights at the
PRANCING POI booth, where expert LED artists
taught basics of poi, hoop, and other light toys); Chorale
Serenades (top chorale groups in the country serenaded guests in a one hour Chorale Concert); Merry-oke
Sessions); Twinkle Tracking (tracking the Christmas
sky for the brightest stars with professional telescopes
stationed along with astronomy experts to help view
the night sky like never before) and Saint Nick’s Wishing Corner (making a wish or simply take an epic selfie
with Santa Claus).
Christmas Camper participants had a blast during
their overnight campsite stay and were given access to
campsite-exclusive activities, including the free use of
Coleman tents, exclusive use of SandBox in the morning of Day 2, a bonfire treat complete with grilled set
dinner and a merry buffet breakfast on Sunday morning.
Children are hoping that more similar camping activities will be held soon as the area is apt for such activities while the development of the Ayala property is
Soon, Alviera will become one of the world-class
real estate properties which will complement the development of Clark Freeport Zone. Going to Alviera via
SCTEx passing through Clark south exit is less than 10
minutes only and one can enjoy the panoramic view of
the Zambales mountain ranges.
Aside from the SandBox, the Ayala-owned project is
envisioning of making the area among the best livable
communities, not only in Pampanga, but for the entire
ALOHA MANIO... from Page 5
transform our students into productive citizens, to
be part of the workforce so that they can uplift their
living conditions. Through TLE, we guide them towards the right career path for them – and in the
process, improve their chances of landing their
The author is TLE Teacher of Diosdado Macapagal Memorial High School, Floridablanca, Pampanga.•
news / feature
VOLUME IV • NO. 117 • DECEMBER 02, 2015 • WEDNESDAY
at SM City
Marilao MARILAO, BULACAN – The ultimate Prince Charming, who
is always ready to rescue Yaya
Dub, is sure to make everyone’s weekend extra special as
he takes centerstage at SM City
Marilao on December 6.
The star of the kaleyeserye
hit will perform live at the Event
Center with songs from his latest single “Wish I May”. Fall in
love and be swept away as Alden
Richards shares the juiciest details from his latest single and
other “kilig” moments with his
muse. Also, don’t forget to check the
mechanics for a watch and meet
with the Pambansang Bae. For inquiries, call 815-89-13
to 17 and like SM City Marilao
on Facebook for event and
promo updates. Mall hours
will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
with midnight madness schedule on December 11, 12, 18,
and 19. Holiday rush schedule
for December 24 and 31 is 9 a.m.
to 7 p.m.•
LAST NIGHT BLAST! A boy catches a glimpse of the fireworks display during the last night of SM Clark’s Pyrofest 4.0 at the Meeting Place, Angeles City,
over the week. --jp manalang
M CITY Baliwag recently
held a Christmas Bento
Battle at the Event
Center, where participants
– mostly working mothers
– highlighted various ways
of presenting edible ingredients which kids would surely
love to eat.
The participants prepared the cutest and most
creative bento box with a
Christmas theme. Many of
them brought Japanese rice
as the main ingredient, as
well as a variety of colorful veggies like lettuce,
tomatoes, and broccoli; and
fruits like grapes, banana,
strawberries and many
more. Some of them also
used bread, hotdogs, chips,
sprinkles, cheese, raisins,
and other edible elements
They utilized modern bento boxes made of
various materials including
plastic, aluminum, and the
traditional wood. Generally, boxes are rectangular, oval, or circular in
shape. Some bento boxes
are designed to keep food
hot, such as Zojirushi’s Mr.
Bento. Designer bento boxes
don’t just come decorated
with popular Christmas
decors and characters, but
they also come with matching chopsticks, silverware,
and carrying pouches
called kinchaku or large
cloths called furoshiki used
to wrap everything up. There are styles designed
for women, business men,
boys, and girls – a little
something for everyone
that has a Christmas feel.
The highlight of the
event was the showcasing
of ingenious and original
The contest also required all contestants
to be as clean and neat.
They wore their respective
aprons and hairnets. Plastic
gloves were likewise used.
A common sight at
schools and at work, readymade bento is sold at convenience stores, supermarkets, department stores,
and restaurants. The winning bento title
is: “The Carolling Choir”
that will compete at SM
City Marilao on December