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Pampanga aid early Xmas present for Yolanda victims
SMK Phils to pour additional $20-M investments in Clark
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SM San Fernando to raise
funds for ‘Yolanda’ victims
BY Charlene A. Cayabyab
VOLUME II • NO. 115
NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
FRIDAY - SUNDAY
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- SM San
Fernando Downtown (SMSFD) is set to hold
fund raising activities for the benefit of the
victims of supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the Visayas region.
Quarry revenue
climbs to P904-M
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BY BEA JEANNEL A. DELOS REYES
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The provincial
government of Pampanga
collected P904,810,000 in
taxes from gravel and sand
quarry operations in the
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province.
Delta tells Kapampangans:
Learn from
‘Yolanda’
JOB OPPORTUNITY. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, TSSD2 Chief for Employment and Welfare Nely Punzalan (center), McDonald’s Human Resource Director Rebecca Rosaleda (in orange dress) and HR Assistant
Manager Gigi Ramos (in black), SPES focal persons from DOLE Field Offices and Public Employment Service Officers flash a fastfood chain’s
sign during a meeting that tackled labor issues like the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES). (Story on Page 10)
By Joey Pavia
JAVIER, Leyte –“Bravery is not
enough but force evacuation when
--CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
there is a threat of super typhoon in
Pampanga.”
Thus, said Acting Gov. Dennis
Pineda on Thursday after he was
shown photos, videos and told of
stories about the destruction caused
by the November 8 super typhoon
Yolanda in this town and other parts
of Leyte, including Tacloban City.
JAVIER,
-- The
Pineda LEYTE
said he will
showPampanga
the phodelegation
delivered
relief when
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to gets
four
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clippings
Leyte
and its the
medical
team
hometowns
to remind
people
of served
Pamatpanga,
least 2,000
people affected
super tyespecially
those by
living
in
team for the help they extended to the and medical mission initiated by Acting
By Rudy Andal
phoon
Yolanda.
coastal
areas
and
towns,
to
cooperate
Gov.
Dennis
Pineda
to
their
town
mates
victims
of
super
typhoon
Yolanda.
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Acting
Gov.
Dennis
Pineda gave
when
there
is a call
to evacuate.
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Pampanga aid early Xmas
present for Yolanda victims
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2NEWS
Cops nab drug pusher;
seize cache of guns
Headline
Gitnang Luzon
NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
By Rudy J. Abular & Froilan
Magtoto
CAMP OLIVAS – An
elusive drug pusher in
Pampanga finally fell into
the hands of authorities
after anti-illegal drugs
police operatives raided
his supposed safehouse
in Floridablanca town on
Wednesday.
Police Regional Office-3 director, Chief Supt.
Raul D. Petrasanta identified the suspect as Denwil Camullo Mallari alias
“Dangdang” of Barangay
Calantas, Floridablanca.
Armed with search
warrants, police raided
the house of the suspect
and seized two mediumsized plastic sachets containing suspected shabu
and drug paraphernalia.
Petrasanta said the
raiding team also seized
from the suspect a caliber
.38 revolver, loaded with
bullets, and two hand gre-
nades.
Supt.
Nelson
Aganon, PRO-3 spokesperson, said the suspect had
been placed under heavy
surveillance for several months by the Floridablanca police after his
name cropped up as number one in the list of the
most wanted personalities
in Pampanga by the Philippine Drug Enforcement
Agency (PDEA).
Aganon said the suspect remains to be elusive
until an informant tippedoff his presence in Barangay Calantas on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, police are
now looking for Arcadio
Madarang Racza after
four unlicensed firearms
were confiscated during
a raid on Monday at his
house in Barangay Bolitoc, Sta. Cruz, Zambales.
Armed with a search
warrant issued by Judge
Aida Theresita Basa-Di-
viva of Candelaria-Sta.
Cruz Municipal Circuit
Trial Court, members
of the Provincial Public
Safety Company of the
Zambales Police Office
raided the suspect’s house
and seized the following
items: caliber .22 air rifle
with scope; caliber .38 revolver with serial number
INP 1023394; unserviceable caliber .38 revolver
without serial number;
three magazine assembly
for caliber .45 ; one ammunition box loaded with
41 rounds of live ammunitions; nine
live ammunitions for 12-gauge
shotgun; one plastic ammunition box loaded with
50 rounds of live ammunitions for caliber 9mm
pistol; one plastic ammunition holder loaded with
37 rounds of live ammunitions for caliber .38 revolver; one cartridge box
loaded with 50 rounds
of live ammunitions for
caliber .22 rifle; one plastic ammunition holder
loaded with nine empty
shells of caliber 9mm pistol; seven empty shells of
caliber .45 pistol; seven
empty shells of caliber .38
revolver; one transparent plastic loaded with 15
rounds of live ammunitions for M-16 rifle; two
caliber .45 pistols; three
magazine assemblies for
caliber 9mm pistol; one
caliber .22 rifle with scope
without serial number;
one magazine assembly
for M-16 rifle loaded with
15 rounds of live ammunitions; and, one oxygen bolt
for caliber .22 air rifle.
Petrasanta said the operation was an offshoot of
an intensified police campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms in
Central Luzon.
Aganon said the suspect, sensing the arrival
of policemen, was able to
elude arrest. ●
FERNANDINOS’ HELP. Donations from the citizens of the City of San
Fernando fill up the Heroes Hall lobby.
The relief goods are scheduled to be
delivered to Yolanda survivors in the
Visayas this week. --CSF-CIO Photo
Pampanga writers
get glimpse of
‘parol’ industry
By Froilan E. Magtoto
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some media practitioners in Pampanga got a glimpse
of how giant lanterns are made.
The Tourism and Investment Promotions
Office of the government here yesterday
toured the media right in the place of the
lantern makers in Barangay Sta. Lucia, a perennial winner in the giant lantern festival
competition.
The media were treated with a demonstration of lantern-making in the barangay.
This year’s giant lantern competition will
be held on December 14 at the Robinsons
Starmills, Pampanga and will be participated by 10 barangays of the city.
City Mayor Edwin Santiago said that,
once again, the city, dubbed as the Philippine Christmas capital, will showcase 20foot tall giant lanterns with kaleidoscopic
lights dancing to the tune of holiday symphonies in the tradition of Filipino artistry
and creativity.
Santiago said the lantern festival was recently recognized as one of the best tourism
events in the country. ●
EdSa lauds
soon-to-rise
‘green’ hotel
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--Mayor Edwin
D. Santiago yesterday commended the proposal
of a prominent family to construct a Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)certified green building in the city.
Santiago expressed hopes that this will further boost the city’s economy during the formal
awarding of the tax incentive for the soon-torise Best Western Bendix Hotel in Dolores to
be put up by Hilcres Consolidated Corporation
owned by the family of local businessman Rion
Patawaran.
“This shows that we are not only promoting
San Fernando as a business-friendly city but
also as an eco-friendly city,” Santiago said.
The three-star international standard hotel
is the first recipient of the business tax incentive prescribed by City Ordinance No. 2011-020,
otherwise known as the Investment Incentive
Code of San Fernando, Pampanga.
“I would like to boast that the Best Western
Bendix Hotel will be the first ever hotel to hargreen hotel...Page 8
Republic of the Philippines
‘Foot patrols’ to combat crimes during Yuletide
By Rudy J. Abular
CAMP OLIVAS – With the upcoming Yuletide Seasons, Police Regional Office-3 director Chief Supt.
Raul D. Petrasanta ordered the deployment of additional policemen in
crime-prone areas in Central Luzon.
Petrasanta said “police visibility” in the streets serves as effective
crime deterrent.
He ordered police stations in the
regions to release additional policemen in the streets as Urban Foot Patrollers (UFP).
According to Petrasanta, UFP
also known as anti-street crime enforcers (ASCE), will be patrolling on
foot on downtown areas to combat
robbery, hold-up, snatching and
carnapping.
Petrasanta has directed the Regional Public Safety Battalion-3
(RPSB-3) here to designate a team
of eight policemen in strategic areas
particularly in critical hours.
“Their mission is to conduct foot
patrol and other police operations
to reduce street crimes,” said Petrasanta.
Supt. Nelson Aganon, PRO-3
spokesperson, said the UFP, aside
from doing street patrolling, will
also serve as back-up force for the
local police saying the beat patrol
would also complement the Police
Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) of
every police station.
Aganon said the RPSB-3 will provide additional personnel to form
part of the UFP by shifts.
The strategy was launched by
PRO-3 against the increasing numbers of robbery/hold-up and breakin incidents in the region. ●
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Pampanga
Municipality of Lubao
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
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 Edwin Mendoza Bernal has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry of sex from “Female” to
“Male” in the Certificate of live Birth of Edwin Mendoza Bernal born on January 05, 1992 at Lubao,
Pampanga and whose parents are Efren M. Bernal and Rosita Mendoza.
Any person adversely affected by said petition
may file his/her written opposition with this office
not later than December 05, 2013.
(Sgd) CECILIA M. BERNAL
Municipal Civil Registrar
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: November 22 & 29, 2013
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NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
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7 aircrafts diverted to Clark airport
By Marna Dagumboy-del
Rosario
CLARK FREEPORT -- Due
to air traffic congestions at the
Ninoy Aquino International
Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila, at least seven commercial aircrafts were diverted on
Wednesday afternoon at the
Clark International Airport
(CIA).
Clark International Airport
Corporation (CIAC) President
and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said the aircrafts started
arriving at Clark Airport at
about 2:50 p.m. on Wednes-
day, after NAIA authorities
notified Clark Airport of the
diversion of flights due to air
traffic congestions.
The seven flights that were
diverted include Airbus A320
of AirAsia Zest from Kota
Kinabalu, Cebu Pacific’s Airbus A320 from Singapore and
Davao, Etihad Airlines B777
from Abu Dhabi, Airphil Express A320 from Cagayan De
Oro, Dash-8 aircraft from Naga
City and Singapore Airlines
Airbus330 from Singapore.
Luciano said that all passengers were safe when the
aircrafts landed at Clark Air-
port.
He said that Clark Airport
is always ready to accommodate small and wide-bodied
aircrafts.
Clark Airport is rated Category 9 by the International
Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO). The CIAC management is gearing for a Category
10 rating which is the highest
in the world for an airport.
Luciano said that CIAC
will purchase two brand new
Rapid Fire Trucks to beef up
its emergency capabilities that
can handle even the largest
aircrafts in the world, such as
the Airbus A380 and Boeing
777 aircrafts.
Clark Airport is host to
various air carriers flying out
of Clark.
Among them are Emirates
Airlines that flies non-stop
daily via Dubai; Qatar Airways via daily flights to Doha;
Asiana Airlines via Incheon;
Dragonair via Hong Kong; Jin
Air via Incheon; Cebu Pacific
via Hong Kong, Singapore,
Macau and domestic flights
to Cebu; Tiger Air Philippines
via Hong Kong, Singapore,
Bangkok, Macau and domestic flights to Kalibo.●
‘GAPO’S
BEAUTY
QUEENS. Reigning
Miss World Megan
Young (left) and Miss
Earth 2013 candidate
Angelee Claudette Delos Reyes have become
the source of pride of Olongapo. Delos Reyes,
representing the Philippines, will vie for the
most-coveted title of Miss Earth this December. --Photo by Rey Garcia
Mariveles
officials
launch
fun run for
typhoon
victims
Another
Olongapo
beauty
vies for ‘Miss
Earth’ title
By Michael Cigaral
MARIVELES, BATAAN
--Mayor Jesse Concepcion of
this industrial town celebrated his birthday on Wednesday not with lavish foods and
drinks but with a fun run to
collect cash and relief goods
for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
That day also coincided
with the 31st anniversary of
Concepcion’s marriage with
Dr. Cleoty but they chose not
to celebrate it partying with
friends and constituents.
“Takbo tulong para sa
binagyo (run and help the
typhoon victims)” was participated by more than 1,000
people of all ages.
The 10-kilometer run
was from the Freeport Area
of Bataan compound to the
Mariveles People’s park.
The couple asked friends
and residents here to donate
relief items and to gather
funds for Yolanda victims.
The Concepcion couple
and their son, municipal
councilor and lawyer, Atty.
Ace Jello Concepcion, were
delighted with the overwhelming response for their
appeal to help the devastated
people in the Visayas.
Hundreds of sacks of used
clothing and shoes and boxes
of food items like noodles,
canned goods, coffee, sugar,
ready-to-eat foods and many
others piled up at the back of
their municipal hall. ●
BY REY GARCIA
TOKEN. Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President & CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano receives a
token of appreciation from Japan Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Asia & Oceania Region Daiji Nagai during
the latter’s visit at Clark International Airport on Wednesday. --PHOTO COURTESY OF CIAC-CCO
Irrigation official insists
innocence in graft raps
CABANATUAN CITY -- A
lady official of the National
Irrigation AdministrationUpper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems
(NIA-UPRIIS) has maintained innocence on the graft
charges filed against her.
NIA-UPRIIS operations
manager Josephine Salazar
said she is ready to answer
charges filed against her by
two non-government organizations before the Office of
the Ombudsman on October
24 over the alleged concealment or failure to implement
the order which dismisses a
certain Melanio Santos, senior water resources technician of Division 3 office NIAUPRIIS.
Salazar said the graft
charges are unfounded and
without any legal basis, adding this would nevertheless
afford her the opportunity to
air her side on the controversy.
“I am innocent of the
charges leveled against me
and I am confident that once
the issues have been properly
ventilated, the Office of the
Ombudsman will dismiss
them for lack of merit,” she
said in a press statement.
Last May 6, director Ma.
Luisa Salonga-Agamata of
the Civil Service Commission’s public assistance information office wrote then-NIA
administrator Antonio Nangel regarding an anonymous
text complaint launched
through its Contact Center ng
Bayan against Salazar involving Santos’ case.
Another anonymous text
complaint claimed that another UPRIIS employee,
German Maniego was dismissed by the Ombudsman
whose order was implemented by Salazar, resulting in
Maniego’s ouster.
Salazar lamented an ap-
parent effort to destroy her
reputation.
In her reply to SalongaAgamata’s letter, Salazar stated that she assumed her post
as operations manager of UPRIIS on October 27, 2011.
“From the date of my assumption up to this writing,
I have not received any communication or instruction from
the Office of the Ombudsman
regarding the dismissal order of Mr. Santos,” she said.
In the case of Maniego,
Salazar said the latter is an
employee of the UPRIIS Division 2 based in Talavera, Nueva Ecija who has never worked
under
her
supervision.
“I am not yet designated as
UPRIIS operations manager
when the dismissal order
was served to Mr. Maniego,
hence there is no way that I
had a hand in serving the order against him,” she added.
● (PNA)
OLONGAPO CITY -- After Megan
Young brought home the prestigious
Miss World 2013 title, another home
grown beauty, Angelee Claudette Delos
Reyes, would be vying to become the
next Miss Earth 2013 this December.
The Miss Earth Beauty Pageant,
a beauty event whose raison d’être
(French phrase meaning it’s reason of
existence) was to have its candidates
and winners actively promote and get
involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth.
Delos Reyes, a graduate of St. Columban College and now a licensed
nurse, works part-time as a nursing
instructor and marketing head of the
Lyceum Subic Bay.
She comes from a humble family in
Olongapo. Delos Reyes said that she
idolizes her mother, a real estate consultant, for being a very strong woman while her inspiration is her father,
a model government employee who
works as sanitary inspector.
Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino said that the city is very proud
and much-honored to be called as the
Home of the Most Beautiful Woman
of the World with Megan Young winning the first Miss World title for our
country.
Paulino said that now Delos Reyes
is vying for Miss Earth Title, the whole
Olongapo and entire country as well,
would be cheering again for us to grab
another international beauty title.
Paulino is also appealing to Filipino netizens to vote for Delos Reyes
online for both Miss Eco-Beauty and
Miss Photogenic by visiting the website http://www.missearth.tv and follow the easy and simple instructions
miss earth...Page 9
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Headline
Gitnang Luzon
NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
EDITORIAL
Random acts
of kindness
Pampanga Quarry Federation has donated
some P320,000; the detainees at the Pampanga Provincial Jail agreed to skip three
breakfasts; employees of various government
agencies shunning away from the regular
Christmas parties; and, government workers
donating their salaries to help the storm-hit areas cope up with the tragedy that fell on them.
These are random acts of kindness, albeit
each are relatively small, that do matter a lot
for the people in need.
In these times when even having one simple
meal becomes a problem to a family--and they
go by the thousands--little acts of kindness
from everyone could help ease the burden on
the shoulders of our countrymen. These kindness may mean a second of inconvenience
to the giver but could save hundreds or thousands of lives if put together.
For Pampanga, the various efforts to help the
ravaged areas of Visayas is a sort of “payback” for the assistance that has been given
to the province when it was also devastated
by a natural calamity.
Visayas, during happier times, did not hesitate to pass forward little acts of kindness with
Pampanga on the receiving end. And now
that it needs help the most, the forwarded
kindness has found its way back to them. It
is time they felt the heartwarming support of
their brothers who once upon a time had also
been a receiver of its kindness.
Maybe this kind of oneness in times of trials is
the reason why the Philippines withstood the
many challenges that almost brought it down
on its knees in the past. The strength pooled
from all the small yet genuine support of fellow Filipinos made those who are currently
pinned down by tribulations become stronger
and persevering. We draw strength from each
other and we do not lose supply of that energy
we need to go on despite the worst calamities
that come our way.
Perhaps, this passing forward of the little and
random acts of kindness in our politics-torn
country is what the people need to overcome
the hardships that many are experiencing at
the moment, even those outside the storm-hit
regions of the Philippines.
Everybody needs that little act of kindness
and those that have more could give more
while they can because we don’t know when
the wheel of life will turn and place us at the
lower end where we would rely on others to
keep us going.
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Dead meat, prime beef
“In one sudden twist,
the President now finds
himself with the enviable
position of deciding which
and what goes to where
and to whom.”
F
inally, though not surprisingly,
the Supreme Court reversed
its previous decisions and declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF unconstitutional and thus ordered for its total
abolition.
It was a huge triumph for those
who stood their ground to fight for
its annihilation; an advocacy that
merited massive public support and
the one scenario that put the President under enormous pressure to
yield—albeit partly--to reason.
It was in August of this year
that the President made public
Malacañang’s stand to abolish the
PDAF, but not without coming up
with a modified scheme with striking resemblance to the original. Just
the same, civil society saw it as a
mere pacifier to stop the crying and
wouldn’t settle for anything less.
More rallies ensued, network
sites became the avenue for social
grievances and the tri-media boosted the engine of public clamor. The
Supreme Court wasn’t about to let
the public become its enemy. No
way, it had its share of adversarial
living for quite some time.
There was disappointment, as
expected, both from those who are
suddenly in a quandary of not know- only requisite is to invoke the often
ing where to source out funds for abused phrase “In the exigency of
countryside development and those the service”.
This of course is without resistwho now find lesser resources for
ance as civil society furpersonal development.
ther calls for the aboliWhichever side of the
tion of the President’s
fence the politician may
discretion to fund various
be, there is no denying
initiatives without going
that the Supreme Court’s
through the tedious prodecision will hurt both
cess. Archbishop Oscar
the elected and electors.
Cruz openly undermines
But that is not to say
the executive prerogathat the decision was untive in asking “The pork
expected by Congress.
is gone, but where’s the
Even before the decision
beef”?
came out, the Speaker of
Nonetheless, some inthe House of Representsist that it will be one
atives has made public Simple Pen
dangerous situation if the
the legislators’ consen- John R. Gatus
DAP and other lump sums
sus to have the remainare altogether abolished.
ing pork for this year be
reverted back to the national coffers The recent devastation in Leyte and
and realigned for disaster purposes. Samar requires the executive much
Just the same again, the people saw needed money to rebuild expediit as merely preempting the SC’s tiously, but, without the budget at
ruling and, wittingly or otherwise, its ready disposal, that would seem
a grandiose attempt to gain public to be highly improbable.
Giving the President that much
trust.
Now, will it be the same predica- power would invite for some kissingthe-ass travesty of the elected but in
ment for the President?
In one sudden twist, the President taking away the executive preroganow finds himself with the enviable tive, it might also invite some quanposition of deciding which and what dary for the electors. That’s why it’s
goes to where and to whom. With all one pain-in-the-neck subject.
There is much to debate about
the pork being reverted, every solon
now has to find ways and means to DAP and the lumps and those with
augment whatever budget is left in the legal minds should be very carehis or her realm. The only remedy to ful so as not to come up with a resothat is to stand in queue towards the lution that would be more of burden
than a relief.
President.
In the meantime, let us settle
There remains the DAP and other lump sums which the President for dead meat. The beef remains
can use at his disposal of which the primed, however; at least for now. ●
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Headline
Gitnang Luzon
NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
Porkless days are here, but are LGUs prepared?
N
ow that the Supreme divisions than cohesiveness in
Court has declared the every post-election period that
Priority
Development saw politics of patronage in the
Assistance Fund (PDAF) as un- country becoming not only the
constitutional, local government norm of getting elected but also
units will just have to learn to the custom of availing funding
and project assistance
live without the
from the national govpork, the usual fiernment. The political
nancial assistance
flaw that the pork barrel
or projects they ask
system created became
or receive from their
in the end the very rafavorite lawmakers.
tionale by which it was
What was resolved
maintained.
Defendwas not a question
ers of the pork barrel
of whether the funds
would always say how
were being pocketed
some needed projects in
or not but whether
the provinces were nethe pork barrel sysglected because of contem by which funds
tinuing political rifts.
were controlled by
Actual statistics on the
the lawmakers viouse of the PDAF on the
lated the constitu- Leny Manalo
other hand showed that
tion or not.
its distribution was nevThe pork barrel
er according to where it
had been a distincwas most needed for
tive mark of Philipnational or local depine politics that
velopment.
It looked
practically created
more like distributing
multiple centers of
according to the politipolitical power in
cal rifts it was meant to
the provinces. With
overcome.
the
government
The vision on which
largesse that they
the Local Government
could
distribute
Code was crafted was
practically in whatnever fully realized beever manner they
cause of the pork barwanted, congressrel system. The local
men
established
government units untheir own spheres of
influence within the provinces der the law are supposed to asand cities using their districts. sist the national government in
Senators, in similar ways, exert- implementing programs and
ed great efforts to establish their projects either by carrying out
own local political enclaves with specific tasks or by performing
large chunks of voting popula- monitoring and verifying function. This situation created more tions within their areas of juris-
gut feel
“ The good lawmakers should
know this and
would support not
across-the-board
equal allocation
but allocation by
extent of damage
and need. ”
diction. Because of the power
of lawmakers over the actual
use of the funds that they themselves legislated, the separation
of powers between the legislative and the executive branches
of government was muddled, if
not totally disregarded. At the
local level, this meant the very
mechanism provided by law to
determine the priority needs of
the people for legislative purposes was ignored. It became
useless because the pork barrel
system made it so. Congressmen
or their representatives, for example, were supposed to join the
local executives in the meetings
of local development councils to
pinpoint priorities, but in practice they seldom did. They did
not need to because, anyway,
they were in control from project
identification to project implementation as provided for by the
pork barrel system. Senators for
their part were given the option
to attend regional development
councils for the same purpose
but were too distant to bother
with them.
The door is now wide open for
local government units to assert
the full empowerment intended
for them by the Local Government Code, but are they ready?
The pork barrel system only required letters of request to pork
dispensers and that was easy,
and so easy that any Napoles
courier could do it. Fully empowered LGUs must possess the
capability to present well documented plans of development on
which their requests to the nagut feel... Page 9
Masamang karanasan
I
sang magandang ugali nating
mga Pilipino ang laging may
dalang pasalubong sa mga kaibigan at mahal sa buhay kung ikaw
ay galing sa biyahe.
Naalaala ko ang aking mga nasirang magulang na excited na excited ako na salubungin sila kapag
sila’y bumiyahe at galing ng Maynila. Tiyak silang may
bitbit na pasalubong
para sa aming mga
magkakapatid.
minuto lang ang biyahe ng eroplano
mula Mactan hanggang DMIA.
***
Paglapag ng eroplano, ang kargamentong naibaba ay dadalhin
sa carousel para sa
mga
naghihintay
na pasahero. Hablot
“Laking gulat ko nang
sabihin niya na ni hindi
nila sinisita o tinitingnan
man ang baggage claim
stub na nakakabit sa
boarding pass.“
***
Ganoon din ang aking mga kaibigan. ‘Pag
nagbilin ka ng pasalubong kapag nagbiyahe silang pa-abroad,
tiyak may pabango o tshirt akong regalo. Ang sarap ng pakiramdam mo pagka-ganoon, ‘pag
nakakatanggap ka ng pasalubong.
At ganoon din naman ang may dala
ng pasalubong, may galak sa kaniyang puso.
***
Galing ako ng Cebu noong nakaraang Linggo, at nagkaroon ng
masamang karanasan sa Diosdado
Macapagal International Airport
(DMIA). Isa ako sa mga pasahero ng
isang eroplano na galing ng Cebu.
Maaga ako sa Mactan International Airport para kaagad makacheck in ng karga at makakuha ng
front seat. Dalawang kahon at isang
travelling bag ang aking nai-check in.
Maginhawa ang biyahe. Smooth
ride, ika nga, at may parlor games
pa kahit isang oras at sampung
tatanongan kung sakali ngang may
mga lilitaw na problemang kakaharapin ang pasahero.
Maaring “namis-route” ang aking bagahe dahil sa mishandling ng
cargo handler ng airline--maaring
sa Mactan o sa may DMIA
na. O dili kaya, may nakakursunadang empleyado
nila. O dili kaya napagkamalan ng isang pasaherong dali-daling lumabas ng airport
at hindi naman sinita ng security guard dahil wala naman patakaran ang airport
na tingnan ang mga baggage
claims
Sa mga ganitong sitwasyon, hindi mo na lang
alam ang iisipin mo. Nagpupuyos ka na lang sa galit.
Wala kang mapagtanungan,
at walang makapagbigay ng sagot.
At ni walang magsasabi na imbestigahan po natin kung ano ang nangyari. Parang ang sabi sa iyo: “Bahala
ka sa buhay mo.”
toda max
Max Sangil
dito, hablot doon sa
umiikot na kargamento. Nahablot
ko ang aking maleta subalit ubos na
ang kargamentong umiikot, wala
ang dalawa kong kahon. Takbo ako
kaagad sa exit na kung saan lalabas
ang mga pasahero para matanong
sa security guard doon kung may
napagkamalang dalhin ang ilang
pasahero.
Laking gulat ko nang sabihin
niya na ni hindi nila sinisita o tinitingnan man ang baggage claim stub
na nakakabit sa boarding pass. Wala
daw utos at patakaran sa kanilang
ganoon ang airport management.
***
At ni walang ground staff ang
eroplanong nasakyan ko sa arrival
area ng DMIA para mag-asikaso ng
mga pasahero, na siya mong pag-
***
Sukat dapat maintindihan ng pamunuan ng mga eroplano na hindi
ang halaga ng nawalang pasalubong
ang mahalaga, kung hindi iyong
galak na mawawala sa iyo at doon
sa pasasalubungan mo. Gumising
nang maaga, pumunta sa palengke,
pumili-pili sa mga paninda, nakipagtawaran, binitbit mo at lahat,
at pagkatapos, iwawala lang ng
dyaskeng eroplano? At nangako pa
silang tatawagan ako pero lumipas
na ang apat na araw, ni “ho”, ni “ha”,
wala. ●
Adwang Hacienda
(Mumuna keng 2 dake)
A
tin adwang hasyendang makasalesayan nang
meturingan keti labwad Kapampangan. Ing
metung iyapin ing Hacienda Luisita ning San
Miguel, Lungsud Tarlac at ing metung naman iyapin
ing Hacienda Dolores ning Porac, Pampanga.
Deng adwang hasyenda, kilala la kanitang mumunang aldo bilang lawta da ring mangakwalta, deng
makapangyaryan karing magabun a pamilya keti Kapampangan. Deti deng pibandyan na
sasakup keng mangalapad a
atbuan na makabang panawun
lang migpatanyag kng malapad
a lalawigan a Kapampangan
kanita bilang labwad ning atbuan at palayan babye suplay
keti bangsa at lipat dagat.
Banwang 1874, anyang
ing Lalawigan Kapampangan makanyan neng beyit ing
pekabunsu nang probinsyang
Tarlac. At deng balen Kapam- Magbalawe
pangan keti kanita minuna kar- Aleesus Manarang
ing sakup na deng balen-balen
ning Bamban, Capas, Concepcion, Lapaz, Victoria at Lungsud Tarlac (nung nu keti ya
menibat ing bayung balen ning
San Jose). Makanyan man,
deng adwang hasyenda e la pa
murin mewala importansya
keng meto-lalawigang Kapampangan. Ing Hacienda Dolores
metung ya pa murin kanita
karing matalik magsuplay atbu
para magawang mayumu keng
azucarera ning Floridablanca
– ing Pampanga Sugar Mills
(ing PASUMIL). Kabang ing
Hacienda Luisita naman iyang
babye keng maragul a dake
ning atbung gigilingn da kng
Azucarera de Tarlac (ing Central Azucarera de Tarlac ngeni)
at ning Azucarera de Bamban
kanita.
Ing Hacienda Luisita
metung neng malambat a pibandyan da ring Cojunagco kanita. Iti megumpisa ya
bilang metung a kakewan kng mibabayit pa mung lalawigan ning Tarlac bilang parti ning malapad nang
teritoryu ning Comandancia Militar de Tarlac ketang
tawling dilanwa ning gubyernung Español. Ing Comandancia kanita sakup na la deng sibabalen Kapampangan mula Dinalupihan (na sakup ning Bataan ngeni),
Floridablanca, Porac, Mabalacat, Magalang at deng
Kapampangan a balen ning Tarlac ngeni. Ing mesabing
hasyenda y among megin pikakwanan “sikanan” dng
mabanding Kapampangan ning La Alta Pampanga (ing
Tarlac ngeni).
Kabang ing Hacienda Dolores naman dati nemung
sakup ning mas maragul kanitang hasyenda – ing Hacienda Ramona. Ing mesabing hasyenda tutu namang
maulaga yak eng kapanigaralan lalu na keng dane ning
pre-historya. Ulign keti la metuklas deng miyaliwang
artifax na ikit da ri Henry Otley Beyer ketang panawung
1930s, ing arkeologung i Robert Bradford Foz anyang
1960s at deng tawling grupu ning National Museum at
Archeological Studies Program ning UP na penimunan
da ri Dr. Eusebio Dizon, Dr. Victor Paz at Dr. Salvador
Mijares. Deng dakal a artifax a arekober dng tawling
grupu da ring arkeologu mula 1990s anggang 2002
deng ati nang pakasinup keng UP-ASP, National Museum at deng aliwa pakabuntalag lang atin paintulut
kng CKS ning Holy Angel University. Deti babye lang
katunayan na mula pre-2000 banwang milabas angga
karing panawung 13th dilanwa, 14th -16th dilanwa
deng atin nang menuknangan keti. Deti deng babye katunayan na matwa ne ing kabyasnan dng pipumpunan
da ring Kapampangan na palak yang mauna ing kagiwan ning kultura keti Kapampangan kumpara karing
aliwa pang lugal keti bangsa.
Ing Hacienda Luisita malambat yang mesagsag a
kabilyan. Iti pauli ning isyu da ring tatanam at kakalis karing atbuan. Malambat na lang mekikipaglaban
para makanikwa keng anyawaran dang karapatan at
iti makanyan dang gugulisak iti keng dalan. Malambat a kapagsubukan at ketulwanan pang daya kareng
tau a keti makipaglaban. Mengaylangan pang adwang
Presidenti ning bangsa ing manibat keti Tarlac bayu
ya pa mitutukan mayap ing kasu. Karing milabas kasi,
makalungkut isipan na ing gabun a paglaban dang
akwa deng keti malambat nang tatanam at kakalis
deng e manyambut keng laban. Ing sakit kasi kanita,
ing mismung meangubieng Presidenti Cory kanita ing
megpaimplementa keng programang CARP (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program) na kanita ing e
miniral man mo dit man keng mismung gabun a pibandyan da ring pamilya na. Anya keti ya lalung meging kontrobersya ing malapad a hasyendang atbuan. ●
(suglungan ken tutuki)
“Deti deng babye
katunayan na
matwa ne ing
kabyasnan dng
pipumpunan
da ring Kapampangan na palak
yang mauna ing
kagiwan ning
kultura keti
Kapampangan
kumpara karing
aliwa pang lugal
keti bangsa.”
Gitnang Luzon
NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
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phone
2. Bard of ___ (Shakespeare’s
22. ___ St. Laurent
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wife before
nickname)
24. Human
rubbish Rachel
3.
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27. “What ___!” (“Don’t pass
girl
2. Vidi, in English
5. ‘___ Baba and the Forty
up this offer!”)
Thieves’
28. Cook
30. Try this
firstin the microwave
3. Currency
in Capri
6. GA
airport tag
29. Georgia city
31.
Antiseptic
element
7.
Emancipate
30.
Adventurous
person
4. ___ on (exaggerates)
8. Female egg
31. Words of advantage
35.
Company's
icon
9. Climber’s descent
35. Word after cream or powder
5. Braz. neighbor
10. Marina fees
36.inHeraldic
bearing
36. Milk,
Marseille
6. Eggs, biologically
11. Eyed cheesecake
37. “Man, that hurts!”
Roman jugs
39. Coronado
was
one
37. ___-ball
(arcade
game)
7. Cassidy 12.
portrayer
William
13.
Sesame plants
41. “Broom Hilda” creator
39.
Campy
1960's
hit
sitcom
18.
Commercial
prefix
with
Myers
8. Peter Fonda's golden role
41. Work on glass, say
9. Baggage carrier
Down
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- __
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Catching Fire
52. Split to bond
22. Ugandan tyrant Idi
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in intensity
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9:00 PM
25. Safe place
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5. About
10. Doubtful
14. Iris layer
15. Polliwog, for one
16. Leer
17. “Keep going!”
19. Ancient wine jug
20. ‘Come on in’
21. Heavenly
23. Be courageous
26. Dodges
27. Lots, pricewise
32. Future blossom
33. Garbage
34. Indian soldier
38. Hawaiian strings,
informally
40. Word with way or sea
42. Having no doubts
43. Pugs’ plaints
45. Hot wine beverage
47. ___ Jo, of the ‘88 Olympics
48. “Love ___ “: Shak.
51. Hebrew for “my Lord”
54. Letters before omegas
55. Left a job voluntarily
58. Muffs
62. Minutes of a meeting
63. “... at the ___”
66. One tending to a sprain,
perhaps
67. Marsh bird
68. Like the upper half of the
Venus de Milo
69. Rendered fat
70. Band with a bass named
Bass
71. Muscle
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SM PAMPANGA57.
| Cinema
27. Diner sandwiches,
for
The Hunger Games:
short
Catching Fire59. Go over 212 degrees
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
11:45 AM | 2:35 PM | 5:25 PM | 8:15 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 3
Thor: The Dark World
PG | 2 hrs
11:00 AM | 1:30 PM
44. Smelter residue
46. Unbending
60. Longhorn
State
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53. Kitchen
64. Jerry
Lewisaccessorizer
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work unitsAbbr.
telethons
annually:
57. Hunky-___
59. Wordless
refusal (Sp.)
65. ___
favor: please
60. Gave expression to, as a
fond farewell
61. One-dish meal
64. Sword vanquisher
65. Like unprescribed drugs,
briefly
LAST ISSUE ANSWERS
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Headline
SM CLARK | Cinema 1
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
10:30 AM | 1:30 PM | 4:30 PM |
7:30 PM
SM CITY SAN FERNANDO
Downtown | Cinema 2
Thor: The Dark World
PG | 2 hrs
12:45 PM | 3:30 PM | 6:15 PM | 9:00 PM
SM CLARK | Cinema 2
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
12:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 6:00 PM |
9:00 PM
SM CITY SAN FERNANDO
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
11:00 AM | 2:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 8:00 PM
SM CLARK |d-cinema
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
11:30 AM | 2:30 PM | 5:30 PM |
8:30 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 4
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
1:00 PM | 3:50 PM | 6:40 PM |
9:30 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 4
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
11:00 AM | 1:50 PM | 4:40 PM | 7:30 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 5
Status: It’s Complicated
R-16 | 1 hr 50 ms
11:20 AM | 1:45 PM | 4:10 PM | 6:35
PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 5
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
10:20 AM | 1:10 PM | 4:00 PM | 7:00 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 6
Thor: The Dark World
PG | 2 hrs
11:00 AM | 1:30 PM | 4:00 PM | 6:30 PM
| 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 6
Status: It’s Complicated
R-16 | 1 hr 50 ms
11:20 AM | 1:45 PM | 4:10 PM | 6:35 PM
| 9:00 PM
SM CLARK |IMAX
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
12:30 PM | 3:30 PM | 6:30 PM | 9:30 PM
HOROSCOPE
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 - FEB. 18)
You could be coming into a new job that would cause you to be boss from time to time, if not all the time. Establishing rapport with subordinates can be difficult when you are a new boss. One of your most creative times
begins now. You rise to most challenges and will use your creative mind to solve problems. You will be dealing
with facts and figures throughout most of this working day. Your ability to manage and supervise people plus
a built-in sense of responsibility makes you a unique character. This afternoon, although work continues to
be hurried, your thoughts may wander around to the weekend plans. The home front this evening presents a
great opportunity for you to make plans. A guardian angel guides you in your affairs.
ARIES (MAR. 21-APR. 19)
An associate from your past comes back into your life. Give that person a full-scale update of what is going
on just now and help him or her decide whether he or she really wants to reenter this particular work force
again or not. Pay for lunch. In-depth discussions and probing conversations with co-workers or friends may
bring a focus to you and them. This afternoon you will find that you are at your mental best. Your analytical
abilities are at a high point. This evening you will enjoy a social affair. A gathering of friends brings about an
opportunity to play psychic. Actually, you usually have good insight into the emotional difficulties of others.
You get to the truth quickly and have options available for all to see.
CANCER (JUN 22- JUL 22)
Your energy is up and this is a day you feel you can accomplish anything. It’s up to you to make sure you wind up
with a profit. You could be in real estate and help others with a sale that is difficult only to then discover that you
are without a commission. If you are spending a lot of time working, you certainly should get paid. Carry your
name card and share your information about who you are and how you can help them in the future through your
own work. This recommendation of yourself will move people in your direction--particularly when you are as
cordial and helpful as you are. The energies of discipline direct your life into productive activities. Stick to a routine
as much as possible. This evening is a good time to be with family.
SM CITY SAN FERNANDO
Downtown | Cinema 1
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
12:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 6:00 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 3
She’s The One
PG | 1 hr 50 ms
4:00 PM | 6:30 PM | 9:00 PM
LAST ISSUE solution
MARQUEEMALL | Cinema 1
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
12:45 PM | 3:40 PM | 6:35 PM |
9:30 PM
MARQUEEMALL | Cinema 2
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
11:55 AM | 2:50 PM | 5:45 PM |
8:40 PM
MARQUEEMALL | Cinema 3
The Counselor
R-18 | 2 hrs 05 ms
1:00 PM | 3:45 PM | 6:30 PM |
9:15 PM
MARQUEEMALL | Cinema 4
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
11:00 AM | 1:55 PM | 4:50 PM |
7:45 PM
Robinsons Angeles | Cinema 1
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
11:10 AM | 2:05 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:50 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 1
The Counselor
R-18 | 2 hrs 05 ms
12:15 PM | 2:50 PM | 5:25 PM | 8:00 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 4
Thor: The Dark World
PG | 2 hrs
12:15 PM | 2:45 PM | 5:15 PM | 7:45 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 2
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
1:50 PM | 4:45 PM | 7:40 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 5
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
12:50 PM | 3:45 PM | 6:40 PM
Robinsons Angeles | Cinema 2
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
1:10 PM | 4:05 PM | 7:00 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 3
Status: It’s Complicated
R-16 | 1 hr 50 ms
12:30 PM | 2:50 PM | 5:10 PM | 7:30 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 6
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
11:50 AM | 2:45 PM | 5:40 PM
Robinsons Angeles Cinema 4
Status: It’s Complicated
R-16 | 1 hr 50 ms
12:30 PM | 2:50 PM | 5:10 PM | 7:30 PM
( Cinema schedules are subject to change without prior notice.)
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 - JAN 19)
If changes do not happen on their own, you may create the fireworks, consciously or not. This is a time of much
energy and drive, perfect for starting something out or taking care of business. Meanwhile, as your professional life improves, you will also find health improvements. By the middle of this month, you could ask for just
about anything you want and receive it. Taking on too much work can leave you exhausted and unproductive.
It is possible to say no when the papers on your desk become stacked ridiculously high. Mental patterns and
communication skills play a major role in your life. Romance is in order this evening, but be careful, as this
could be a time of romantic crusades, a universal love that might not be too particular.
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUN 21)
Your self-confidence increases along with your success. Discover what you are good at and cash in on it. Experience is a great teacher. Fairness becomes you. Take an honest and moral approach to a philosophical question.
In your dealings with co-workers, say what is on your mind. This is a time for new accomplishments, during
which new insights and new goals can be made. You learn new ideas and ways to do and use things. This
evening you will find yourself feeling rather smug at your accomplishments and it is easy for you to relax and
have fun with friends, loved ones or to just be alone with yourself. This is a great time to reflect on your goals
and how you want to move forward with your life. This has been a very busy day.
LEO (JUL 23 - AUG. 23)
You can have your way on the professional side of your life today. Don’t be shy; just ask for what you want. Unexpected news tips the scales in your favor. A clear-minded insight into your own plans and methods is available to
you as well. You may appear very easygoing at this time. Everything seems to be working together; you may find
yourself expressive and able to communicate your point of view. This is a time when you can put your practical insights into words and convey them to others. Communication with authority figures is enhanced because of your
confidence. Being more involved with neighbors or siblings this afternoon brings on a great deal of satisfaction in
the realm of belonging and participating in future plans with others.
LIBRA (SEP. 23 - OCT. 23)
You take advantage of a promising opportunity this day. You help teach others about communication style and
solving problems . . . Particularly in a technical field. This can be a very successful time for you, particularly in
the workplace. Co-workers look to you as someone they can depend upon to be helpful and pleasant in times of
frustration and stress. Make the most of your options. You can be very productive, particularly when you realize
that you can redesign your future. Big rewards are in store for you. In order to relieve personal stress, you enjoy
spending time in your own garden or relaxing and perhaps reading and meditating. Consider taking a continuing
education class in something about which you would really like to know.
PISCES (FEB. 19 - MAR. 20)
Your thoughts and ideas are far reaching. You can cover a lot of thinking in your head. Back away from a speculative venture. Ambition and achievement can be tough taskmasters, but you are up to the task. There is a lot
of paperwork involved with your day and you may want to learn some eye exercises or relax your eyes periodically, in order to protect them from eyestrain. This could be a time of developing ideas for working out of your
home. Talk to other people that have businesses in their home; go to conventions where home businesses
are advertised. Someone you work for or with could be a future customer in your future business. You find
adventure and excitement while reading a book this evening.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 - DEC. 21)
Get your work priorities in order. Give the most attention to a pressing assignment. Rise to the challenge of time.
Speaking of time, your timing should be perfect for whatever professional changes, presentations or proposals
are necessary today. Progress toward those long-awaited finishing touches should be done soon. You will soon be
starting a new and tough assignment. All old assignments will soon be cleared away with a new mind-set for this
upcoming project. You will gain financially from a change that is coming. The afternoon affords you time to enjoy
a favorite hobby. This hobby is the perfect stress-relief therapy. Rearranging, organizing and perhaps trading with
someone that enjoys the same hobby is all a part of this.
SCORPIO (OCT. 24- NOV. 21)
You are a very forceful speaker and communicate with great enthusiasm today in the lecture room or around
the conference table. Words just flow out and always carry an emotional impact that brings them home to
your listeners. You have no trouble putting your feelings into words. You may have to exercise some control
over your tongue when it comes to personal relationships. There is a yearning for adventure that comes to
your attention this evening. Perhaps a loved one reminds you of how long it has been since you two have
been on an adventure together. Camping and exploring together may have been a pastime you both enjoyed. This is a good time to plan your next holiday. A unique restaurant is fun this evening.
TAURUS (APR. 20-MAY 20)
Your decision-making abilities are fine-tuned and today you will be able to show off your excellent talents . . . Particularly where group decisions are concerned. Company policies make sense but may not coincide with what the
employees want and you may be elected the go-between. You understand that there are two sides to every story.
Ask plenty of questions--you don’t want to miss out on some important information. It doesn’t matter whether
you are speaking for the workers or for the company, you will be able to smooth out any concerns. This may not
take one day but be reassured; it will have a good end. Science, philosophy or religion is likely to seem as if is holds
the ultimate answers this evening as you read or study in some way.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP.22)
Money matters are improving. Today you will find ways to increase your financial holdings. Share investment
tips with family members. When everyone gains finances equally, they will strengthen each other, friends or
family. You remain optimistic about many things in your life, including a relationship. In the workplace, you
may be accepted as the best person to be in charge of a job requiring a lot of patience. As usual, you make a
good impression on superiors. New horizons may pull on your attention more than you realize. You set sail for
an adventure. Undertakings with family this afternoon are very rewarding. Plan a special dinner to present
your ideas. You are always watching for ways to improve relationships and tonight is good.
Headline
Gitnang Luzon
NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
SHOWBIZ 7
Marian Rivera, Alden Richards
do provocative roles in soap
M
alapit nang magtaping
sa GMA 7 si Marian
Rivera ng “Pinakamagandang Babae
sa Balat ng Lupa”
at “Ang Sikreto ni
Milette,” its newest working title is
“Katarina,” to be
written by Suzette
Doctolero and
helmed by Dominic
Zapata, the same
team who did the
much talked about
hit “My Husband’s Lover.”
“I’m so excited about it,”
sabi ni Marian. “Ito na raw ang
pinaka-sexy pero pinakamadramang project na gagawin ko. I’m
quite nervous about it but I trust
GMA at alam kong hindi naman
nila ako bibigyan ng project na
hindi ko kakayaning gawin. Bale
bagong challenge ito for me.
Kagagaling ko nga sa Vietnam
where it turned out, ang dami
ko palang fans dahil sa soaps
kong ipinalalabas doon, at pati
sila, inaabangan na rin what
my next project will be after
‘Temptation of Wife’. Well, I’m
happy to report na itong bago
kong project will be worth the
wait.”
Alden Richards will be her
leading man and he’s also very
excited about it. “I’m really
so proud na ako ang napiling
kapareha ni Ms. Marian, pero
siyempre, kinakabahan din ako
kasi it’s no joke na makatambal
ang isa sa biggest stars in the
industry,” says Alden. “I promise
to do my very best and give my
101 percent in every scene para
hindi naman ako mapahiya.”
This will be his next biggest
role after playing Tisoy in “One
True Love” as, let’s face it, in his
last soap, “Mundo Mo’y Akin,”
the more challenging role went
to the ugly girl played by Louise
delos Reyes.
Director Dominic Zapata says
Alden will not just be a support
to Marian as they will even have
a hot love scene.
“Magiging very sensual ang
dating nito, ng buong show,”
he promises. “Marian will have
plenty of daring and sensual
scenes kasi very central to
character that she plays ang
provocative and erotic scenes
na ipagagawa namin sa kanya,
kaya abangan n’yo dahil Marian has never been like this
before.” ●
marian
rivera
Soul Brothers tutulong
sa Yolanda survivors
K
jay-r
kris
lawrence
ung iisa-isahin, napakahaba na ng listahan ng mga
taga-showbiz na kusang
loob na tumutulong para sa mga
nabiktima ng bagyong Yolanda sa
Kabisayaan.
Ang nakatutuwa, pahaba pa ito
nang pahaba at mukhang hindi pa
ito maaawat any day soon.
Kabilang sa mga gumagawa
ng paraan para makatulong sa
kanilang mga kababayan ang
tinaguriang “soul brothers” na
sina Jay-R at Kris Lawrence, na
magkakaroon ng benefit concert,
Soul Brothers, sa Music Museum,
Nov. 22 ng gabi.
Sa packet interview kamakailan,
nalaman ng press na walang
kapamilya sina Jay-R at Kris na direktang naapektuhan ng Yolanda.
Pero gaya ng iba pang celebrities, naisip nilang i-donate ang
lahat ng proceeds ng Soul Brothers, maging ang kanilang talent
fee, sa mga nasalanta ng nagdaang
super typhoon.
Sa dalawa, si Jay-R ang mas
aligaga sa nangyari dahil ang nalilink sa kanyang si Mica, ka-duet
niya sa bagong kantang Tonight,
taga-Javier, Leyte.
Anak si Mica ng Andok’s owner
na si Danny Javier at ang great
grandfather daw nito ang nakadiscover sa naturang bayan.
Kuwento ni Jay-R, sobrang
affected si Mica sa nangyari dahil
tatlong araw siyang walang contact
at ama, na nagkataong mayor
doon, at mga kapatid na lalaki.
Kaya naman, agad itong kumilos at nanghingi ng tulong sa ilang
mga kaibigan dito at sa Amerika
at sa sariling pagsisikap, nakapagraise ng halagang P500,000.
Kuwento pa ni Jay-R, halos
walang relief o aid na dumarating
doon dahil karamihan ay idinidiretso sa Tacloban.
Kaya naman daw, pakikiusapan
niya ang Red Cross, na magsi-set-
up ng booth sa gabi ng concert nila
ni Kris, na kung maaari, maglaan
din ng bahagi ng makakalap na
donasyon sa lugar nina Mica.
Ganu’n na lang ang concern ni
Jay-R sa dalaga na madalas ngang
nakikitang kasa-kasama niya sa
iba’t ibang lugar. Sila na ba? tukso
ng press.
“Hindi,” sagot ni Jay-R, sabay
ngiti.
Bago pa tuluyang mapunta sa
lovelife niya ang usapan, nilinaw
ni Jay-R na ang mga manonood ng
Soul Brothers ay pupuwede ring
magdala ng kanilang donations -in kind man o cash -- sa Red Cross
booth sa Music Museum.
Aniya pa, ang figure na tinitingnan nilang ma-raise sa concert ay
P1 million.
Produced ng ALV Events
International with the Philippine
National Red Cross as main beneficiary, ang Soul Brothers tickets
ay available sa Music Museum
(721-0635), TicketWorld (8919999) at ALV Events International
(637-7016). ●
alden
richards
Senator JV Ejercito
mounts concert for
Yolanda victims
S
peaking of fundraisers, 15 banda at solo artists din ang
magsasama-sama sa November 30 para sa isang benefit concert, Aftershock: A Night of Music and Giving,
na gaganapin sa Fil-Oil Flying V Arena sa San Juan City.
Brainchild ang nasabing concert ni Sen. JV Ejercito at ng
city government ng San Juan, katuwang ang Oplan Kaagapay of the Junior Chamber International Philippines at JCI
San Juan Pinaglabanan.
Layon nitong makalikom ng pondo, hindi lamang para sa
mga nasalanta ng Yolanda, kundi maging ang mga naapektuhan ng magnitude 7.2 na lindol sa Bohol at Cebu at ng
Zamboanga City seige.
Kabilang sa mga performers ang mga bandang True
Faith, Shamrock, Mojofly, Orient Pearl, Nexxus, Alamid,
The Youth, Soapdish at solo artists na sina Paolo Santos,
Nyoy Volante, Luke Mijares at marami pang iba.●
Mark Herras nakabuntis?
N
agulat si Mark Herras sa tsikang may
nabuntis siyang
taga-GMA-7 at isa raw ito sa
mga rason ng break-up nila
ni Ynna Asistio.
Itinanggi nito ang tsismis
at loveless nga raw siya. Hindi rin daw totoo ang tsismis
sa kanila ni Andrea Torres.
Sa trabaho ang focus niya
at wala muna siyang time sa
lovelife. Sobrang happy ito
na ilalagay ng Channel 7 sa
primetime ang Rhodora X sa
halip na pang-hapon.
Wala raw siyang aatrasang
eksena at kung kailangan
niyang maging daring, gagawin niya. Kaya raw niyang
maghubad dahil hindi ito ang
time na mag-inarte siya.
Dahil parehong loveless ni
Jennylyn Mercado, tinutukso
sila ni Mark, pero sa ngayon,
friends na lang sila at happy
si Mark to be working again
with Jennylyn.
Masaya rin si Mark na
makatrabaho sina Yasmien
Kurdi at Dion Ignacio, mga
kasama niya sa Star Struck 1.
Reunion daw nila ang
Rhodora X. ●
mark
herras
8 SCI-TECH
Philippine cities to be covered
with 3D LIDAR flood mapping
Headline
Gitnang Luzon
NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
DAVAO CITY -- At least 58 cities in the
Philippines will be subjected to DREAM
3D LIDAR flood control mapping.
The project is in line with the country’s
program on Smarter Philippines, according to Dr. Alejandro Melchor III, DREAM
3D LIDAR’s program leader.
Dr. Melchor, in an interview after his
talk during the 2013 Regional Invention
Contest and Exhibit (RICE) held at SM
City here, said that as of September 16,
2013, 34 out of 58 cities have been surveyed by 3D LIDAR.
The Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) program through the use of Light Detection
and Ranging (LIDAR) technology will
provide comprehensive data for risk management.
He said it is a three-dimensional map
where path of flooding can well be presented.
The cities covered in Mindanao are
Davao, Tagum, Butuan, Malaybalay, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Kidapawan, Marawi,
Cotabato and General Santos.
Melchor said many of the local government units had been asking about the 3D
LIDAR flooding maps considering that
their investors are asking them about the
city’s risk areas.
This will guide the LGUs to their prospective investors on where to locate their
businesses.
Melchor said that under the NOAHWise Project Weather Information Integration for System Improvement is the
Intelligent Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management System which involves high
computing and analytics. NOAH is Na-
NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL
SETTLEMENT
Notice is hereby given that the Estate of the late
ANICETO L. YUMUL of Barangay Cut-Cut,
Capas, Tarlac, who died intestate on January
21, 1998, which estate consists of parcels of
land located at Barangay Sta. Rosa, Concepcion, Tarlac covered by TCT No. 195145 with
a total land area of ELEVEN THOUSAND
EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY TWO (11,842)
SQUARE METERS, has been subjected to
an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate by and
among his only heirs, namely: Marcela B.
Yumul, Roman B. Yumul, Ritchie Y. Batuclan,
Regidor B. Yumul, Dr. Rimelda Yumul-Estacio, Richard Maximo B. Yumul, Ryan Vhon
B. Yumul and Reynaldo Aniceto B. Yumul,
as per the document executed and acknowledged before Notary Public Elizardo I. Emas
and entered into the Notarial Register as Doc.
No. 245, Page No. 259, and Book No. 22, Series of 2013.
(Headline Gitnang Luzon: November 13, 21 & 27, 2013)
NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL
SETTLEMENT
Notice is hereby given that the Estate of the late
Agustin Coronel Dizon of the City
of San Juan, Metro Manila, who died on 19
October 2007, which estate consists of parcels
of land located at Aranguren, Capas, Tarlac, a
list of which is attached as Annex “A” and made
an integral part of the Extrajudicial Settlement
of Estate by and among his only heirs, namely:
his spouse, Melanie B. Dizon, and children, Ma.
Theresa B. Dizon-De Vega, Vivencio B. Dizon,
Augusto Paolo B. Dizon, and Vittorio B. Dizon,
wherein they agreed to divide the same proindiviso, as per the document executed and
acknowledged before Notary Public Conrado
T. Danan and entered into the Notarial Register
as Doc. No. 415, Page No. 83, and Book No.
52, Series of 2013.
(Headline Gitnang Luzon: November 13, 21 & 27, 2013)
E R R AT U M
In the NOTICE FOR EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT of AGUSTIN CORNEL
DIZON should be published November 13, 21 & 27, 2013 not as published earlier.
(Headline Gitnang Luzon November 21, 2013)
E R R AT U M
In the NOTICE FOR EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT of ANICETO L.
YUMUL should be published November 13, 21 & 27, 2013 not as published
earlier.
(Headline Gitnang Luzon November 21, 2013)
E R R AT U M
In the NOTICE OF PUBLICATION of GLEN MATITU TIMBANG should be
published November 13 & 21, 2013 not as published earlier.
(Headline Gitnang Luzon November 21, 2013)
tionwide Operational Assessment of Hazards.
He said they will be using a Blue Gene/P
super computer of 4,096 core which IBM
donated to the Department of Science and
Technology. It will be housed at DOST’s
iGov Data Center.
Expected outcome using the system is
an improved weather forecasting, Melchor
said, adding that NOAH’s weather forecast
has been extended from 6 hours to 7 days.
It will have larger coverage to monitor
weather disturbances forming out of sea.
He also said that faster computing will
result in hourly 7-day forecasts, and more
weather parameters will be produced for
public information.
“An improved weather forecasting will
improve flood prediction,” Melchor said.
(PNA)
green hotel from Page 2
ness the sun through solar-assisted
technologies. It will also use water
harvesting facilities,” Patawaran explained.
The 46-room hotel is set to bring
in tourists and generate more income
among local businesses in the area.
It has been agreed upon by the board
and Hilcres that 60 percent of employees to be hired by the hotel should be
residents of the city.
Also present during the turn-over
ceremonies witnessed by the Patawaran family were the members of the
Investment Incentive Board, namely,
Councilor Joselito Ocampo, Angelo David, Capt. Conrado Pacla, and
Engr. Fernando Limbitco. The resolution granting the tax incentive was
approved by the 10-member board
composed of representatives from the
City Government, National Economic
Development Authority, Pampanga
Chamber of Commerce, Department
of Trade and Industry, Federation of
Homeowners and Federation of Pampanga High School Alumni Associations. ●
World’s fastest supercomputer Southwest Airlines
offers Wi-Fi service
starts formal operations
from gate to gate
An engineer operates the
Chinese military’s new
supercomputer called
Tianhe-2. It’s the world’s
fastest computer.
GUANGZHOU -- The world’s
fastest supercomputer, the
Tianhe-2, began formal operations on Wednesday at the National Supercomputing Center
in Guangzhou in south China.
The supercomputer, capable
of performing 33.86 petaf lops
per second (Pf lop/s), was at the
top of a Top 500 list ranking the
world’s fastest supercomputers,
which was released at the SC13
supercomputing conference in
Denver on Nov. 18.
Developed by the National
University of Defense Technology in June, the supercomputer
was shipped to Guangzhou,
capital of Guangdong Province,
in September and installed and
tested for more than a month,
according to sources with the
supercomputing center.
Tianhe-2,
which
means
“Milky Way-2” in English,
has been successfully tested
in various applications, such
as weather forecast, commercial airplane design, and gene
sequencing, the center said.
It is almost twice as fast as
the next computer on the list,
the U.S. Department of Energy’s Titan, which has a performance of 17.59 Pf lop/s. (PNA/
Xinhua)
Less than a month after the Federal Aviation
Administration approved the use of portable electronic devices on airplanes from takeoff to landing,
Southwest Airlines is taking its offering a bit further.
The airline announced Wednesday that its
passengers will have the option of connecting
to the aircraft’s wireless Internet service from
the time they board the aircraft to the time
they leave, including layovers. Southwest said
its extended offering is possible because it uses
a satellite-based system from Global Eagle Entertainment subsidiary Row 44. Passengers on
most other airlines that use Gogo, which relies
on air-to-ground towers, must wait until the
aircraft reaches 10,000 feet for the service to
be activated.
The new policy applies only to small devices such as tablets, e-readers, and MP3 players; larger devices such as laptops must still be
stored during takeoff and landing out of safety
concerns. The Dallas-based airline said the $8
service is available on 435 of its airplanes.
Bans on using electronic devices on airlines
have been in effect largely because of concerns
that they could interfere with an aircraft’s radio communications. But such concerns have
largely been dispelled.
The FAA lifted its ban last month on the use
of portable electronic devices during takeoffs
and landings. But use of cell phones for voice
communications is still banned throughout
flights due to Federal Communications Commission regulations that prohibit airborne calls
with cell phone. --cnet
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Pampanga
Municipality of Lubao
NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
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
GLEN MATITU TIMBANG has filed with this Office,
a petition for correction of entry in sex from “Male”
to “Female” in the Certificate of Live Birth of Glen
Timbang born on July 16, 1981 at Lubao, Pampanga and whose parents are Aurelio Timbang
and Soledad Matitu.
Any person adversely affected by said petition
may file his/her written opposition with this office
not later than November 26, 2013.
(Sgd) CECILIA M. BERNAL
Municipal Civil Registrar
(Headline Gitnang Luzon: November 13, & 21, 2013)
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Headline
Gitnang Luzon
NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013
gut feel from Page 5
quarry from Page 1
The amount included other sources such as other sand and gravel fees,
weighing scale fees, anti-overloading
fees and accreditation of other vehicles,
according to the Provincial Government
Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO).
As of November 20, the tally for the
daily quarry collection was recorded at
P997,500 giving the cumulative monthly
total of P15,085,000.
We may recall that last June, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda set a target
of P3 billion tax collection on quarry operations for the next three years.
According to the PG-ENRO, the pro-
vincial government is eyeing on other
ventures and means of further developing and improving the system of quarry
revenue collection.
This will enable the provincial government to cope on the increasing demand
of sand and gravel amidst the boom in
infrastructure all over the country. ●
rains of Yolanda but some were unprepared for the storm surge, whichkilled thousands in Tacloban City
and the towns of Tolosa, Tanauan,
Dulag, Palo and Santa Fe. Some died
when they were pinned down by
walls and other objects as they tried
to flee the wrath of the strongest typhoon ever recorded in the planet
this year.
Pineda and his delegation, com-
posed of 131 individuals on board 26
vehicles, including 19 trucks, came
to the rescue of Leyte residents and
officials. They left on November 14
and brought 24,000 packs of relief
goods, medicines for 2,000 people
and other necessary goods.
Pineda’s team left Leyte on
Wednesday night and they are expected to arrive in Pampanga today
or Saturday morning. ●
delta from Page 1
is that they will just let others, notably women and children, to leave
homes and they will just left behind
is not acceptable,” said Pineda in the
dialect. His delegation stayed at the
house of Javier Mayor Sandy Javier
and helped residents of at least five
towns in the Eastern Visayas province.
Pineda said the Leyte residents
were aware of the strong winds and
x’mas present from Page 1
Javier town all smiled when
they saw the truck load
of relief goods brought by
Pineda.
“They saw the relief
goods from Pineda team as
early Christmas package to
them. They almost forgot
that Christmas is near until
they saw the relief goods by
the Pineda team. They truly
thanked the leaders of Pampanga for extending a help-
ing hand to them especially
when they initiated a medical mission,” Danny Javier
claimed.
The Pampanga delegation delivered relief goods
to four Leyte towns and its
medical team served at least
2,000 people affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
Pineda gave some 10,000
packs of relief goods to the
towns of La Paz, Pastrano,
Barugo and Capoocan.
Barugo Mayor Alden
Avestus thanked Pineda and
his delegation for the assistance. He told Pineda that
the 31 Pampanga residents
living in Barugo were not
killed during the typhoon.
Pineda
formed
two
groups of doctors to hasten
the delivery of services.
Pineda also gave thousands of containers filled
with clean water. He
brought with them a portable/mobile water purifier.
On Wednesday, Pineda
and Mayor Javier welcomed
presidential sister, Vhiel
Aquino when she visited the
town. She gave medicines
and relief goods.
Aquino thanked the
Pampanga doctors for holding a medical mission in Javier and nearby towns. ●
uniqlo clark from Page 10
Japan, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan,
Thailand, U.K. and U.S.
In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a
social business established in Bangla-
desh in September 2010, opened its
two first stores in Dhaka in July 2013.
UNIQLO operates an integrated
business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and
sells high-quality, casual apparel.
The company believes that truly
great clothes should be supremely
comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer
a superb fit to everyone who wears
them. ●
“The Philippines is naturally beautiful – the bodies of water, the land forms,
and the Filipinos’ warm and hardworking disposition – are the perfect components for a successful eco-tourism campaign,” he declared.
Executive Vice President Lorraine
Schuck said, “the show will feature the
most breathtaking eco-tourism places
in the Philippines and will be our way of
giving back to our country.”
With the event being broadcast in
more than 50 countries around the
world, Miss Earth will prove to be a very
effective channel to promote the Philippines as a top eco-tourism destination
that tourists from other countries can
visit all year round.
Carousel Productions, Inc., the pageant organizer, will be working hand
in hand with Miss Earth Foundation
and ABS-CBN Foundation to achieve
the eco-tourism goals of Miss Earth
and make the pageant event even more
spectacular this year.
Miss Earth 2013 finals will be held at
Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa on December 7 at 8 p.m. ●
miss earth from Page 3
to vote.
The winner of the Miss Eco-Beauty
Video Contest will receive an official
Miss Earth 2013 Gold Medal.
Miss Earth, the only pageant with a
proactive advocacy in saving the environment, will focus on eco-tourism this
year as its contribution to the country’s
efforts to use tourism as a means to help
alleviate poverty.
In a statement, Miss Earth President
Ramon Monzon said that this year,
Miss Earth will showcase to the world
how beautiful the Philippines is.
spes
from Page 10
AUF; Angeles 3 CM Recto;
and Maimpis.
Participating
franchised-own
McDonald’s
branches include Angeles,
Sto. Rosario; Nepo Quad;
McArthur Fields Ave; SM
Clark; San Fernando Bayan; Olongapo-Gapan Rd.
(JASA); SM Pampanga;
Rizal; Magsaysay; Harbor
Point; and Gateway.
“We’d like to plan for
2014 for the continuous
adoption of the DOLE’s
SPES program at McDonalds in order to provide
more opportunities for
poor but deserving students here in Central Luzon,” Roselada said.
“We adopted this program because just like the
DOLE and PESO, McDonald’s believes in one idea
that education is the key
for nation-building and the
success of one individual,”
she added.
McDonald’s Human Resources Assistant Manager
Gigi Ramos, meanwhile,
informed SPES focal persons that the screening for
old and new aspirants, next
year, will be from January
9
to February for Batch 1 and
from May to June for Batch
2.
Ramos, who also presented this year’s SPES
Milestones, said that in
Central Luzon, 98 SPES
crew were hired/assigned
in 16 participating company-owned McDonald’s
branches, 22 of which were
absorbed for probationary
employment.
On the other hand, of
the 42 SPES crew hired by
two franchised branches,
11 were absorbed for probationary employment. At
present, four SPES hires
are still working at two
branches in Zambales.
She said that because of
the partnership, McDonald’s Philippines was able
to generate savings of more
than P7 million.
Ramos remains hopeful
that next year’s SPES will
sail smoothly amidst the
challenges as far as implementation of the program
is concerned.
“Next year, we’d like to
make the execution of this
program more seamless,
where we get to actually
hire, retain, and actually
absorb more SPES-hires
for regularization. The
challenge at the moment is
recruitment. But once we
recruit the right number
of SPES-hires, they stay
on and finish the required
416 hours, and based from
their performance, will
eventually make them candidates for probationary
employment and hopefully
absorb them. At the end of
the day, everybody benefits
from this program,” she
furthered.
Ramos thanked the
DOLE and the PESO for its
continued partnership.
“We’d like to thank everyone from the DOLE
down to the focal persons,
especially, RD Agravante,
ARD Deng, and Chief Nely,
because the support they
have given us is something
that makes our relationship
more fruitful,” Ramos said.
For his part, Agravante
also thanked and lauded
McDonald’s and the PESOs
for their utmost support
and cooperation in implementing the SPES program.
“Your presence today
is a sign of renewing our
commitment to further
strengthen our partnership
towards empowering poor
but deserving students to
pursue in finishing their education by providing them
employment opportunities
in order to augment their
schooling needs. Rest assured that the DOLE will
be with you every step of
the way,” Agravante said.
Meanwhile, Technical
Support and Services Division for Employment and
Welfare Nely Punzalan,
vowed to extend technical assistance in ensuring
that the DOLE and McDonald’s SPES partnership will
reach greater success in the
years to come.
Under this partnership, SPES-hires’ salaries
will be computed based on
the prevailing minimum
wage set by the Regional
Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB),
of which, McDonald’s will
provide its 60 percent
share, and the remaining
40 percent, will be sourced
from the DOLE. ●
tional government for funding on specific
projects will be based. They will have to
justify the requests with respect to their
local funding limitations alongside the importance of the proposed projects. There
is nothing that prevents LGUs from sending their requests directly to concerned
national agencies or even the Office of the
President. The requests will be endorsed
anyway to the right offices and officials
where and with whom these could be followed up. The LGUs actually have been
doing this but the pork barrel system was
really giving them stiff competition.
Take the case now of the more than
P24.79 billion of unused PDAF this year
that Congress plans to reallocate for calamity rehabilitation through supplementary budget legislation. If the LGUs will
be left out again on this it will just be another pork by another name and those at
the forefront of mitigating the effects of
disasters will once again be looking like
the incidental beggars at the receiving end.
The good lawmakers should know this and
would support not across-the-board equal
allocation but allocation by extent of damage and need. There should really be no
problem if there would be clear understanding and agreement between the local
executives and the legislators sitting in a
joint conference. That is all that is needed – recognition of and respect for each
other’s separate powers. That is all what is
needed to promote political stability in the
country despite political differences. That
is all what it takes to live without pork. ●
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validity period of three years, unless there is a
violation.
“This certificate aims to promote voluntary
compliance with Labor Standards such as General Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and
Health Standards and Child Labor Law,” Agravante said.
TCCLS is a basic pre-qualification requirement to the DOLE Secretary’s Labor Law Compliance Award and to the highest award, which
is the Tripartite Seal of Excellence.
Subic Enerzone is a consortium composed of
Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Davao Light & Power
Co., Aboitiz Power Corp. and San Fernando
Electric Light and Power Co.
The utility is contracted to provide power
distribution services to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) until 2028. The company pays SBMA P40 million annually for the
lease of power facilities and other properties.
SEZ is now aiming the Tripartite Seal of Excellence. ●
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Dubbed as, “Downtown Gives Back,”
SMSFD will hold a children’s fair on November 23, 10 a.m. at the mall’s ground level.
Employees and affiliates’ daughters, sons,
nephew, nieces, brothers, sisters, cousins and
friends, among others, will sell their homemade products like pastillas, scooped leche
flan, yema, palitaw, dry beans, lemonade and
many more.
On December 1, SMSFD will be holding
“Zumba for a Cause” from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
at the mall’s 4th level. The activity will have
an entrance fee of P150.
Meanwhile, a garage sale, where SMSFD
employees will sell their used clothes and
stuffs, will be held on December 6, 4 p.m. at
the mall’s roof deck.
Proceeds from the three activities will be
donated to SM Supermalls’ “Operation Tulong Express” program.
Beneficiaries of the charity program include typhoon victims in Tacloban, Ormoc,
Cebu, Iloilo, Antique, Capiz and Bicol.
Earlier, Henry Sy, Sr. and his family donated P100 million for the victims of the
7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol and super-typhoon Yolanda in Leyte.
SM Supermalls’ donations will focus on
the reconstruction of
homes,
community
hubs, schools, and
churches. They will
also provide instant assistance through food
and supplies. ●
BUSINESS
VOLUME II • NO. 115 • NOVEMBER 22-24, 2013 • FRIDAY - SUNDAY
Subic energy firm
receives labor
standards certificate
BY REY GARCIA
DOLE COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE. DOLE Region 3 Director Raymundo G. Agravante hands over the award to Subic EnerZone
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dante Pollescas and SEZ Assistant Vice President and General Manager Warell Kern Sario (2nd
from right) while other SEZ managers and DOLE officials look on. --Photo by Rey Garcia
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Aboitiz-led
Subic EnerZone (SEZ) has been awarded
by Department of Labor and Employment
(DOLE) the most-sought after Tripartite
Certificate of Compliance on Labor Standards (TCCLS).
The award was presented by Director
Raymundo G. Agravante to SEZ Senior
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dante Pollescas, and SEZ Assistant
Vice President and General Manager
Warell Kern Sario held at the DOLE regional office in City of San Fernando,
Pampanga.
The ceremony was also graced by Supervising Labor and Employment Officer
Yolanda Bugay SEZ Human Resource
Manager Mars Escobar and Compliance
Officer lawyer Owlette Christine Jill Verallo.
Agravante said the TCCLS serves as
equivalent to routine inspection with a
subic energy... Page 9
SMK Phils to pour additional
$20-M investments in Clark
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials
of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced that a Japanese firm is set to pour $20 million investments in this freeport.
CDC President Arthur Tugade
said the expansion program of
SMK Electronics (Phils.) Corporation in Clark will double the current output of electronic products
and components when this project
becomes fully operational in the
next five years.
SMK is leasing an additional
land area of 3,068 square meters
where the additional $20 million
investment will be poured in.
The agreement was signed in
Japan during the trade mission of
CDC officials led by Tugade.
The expansion of SMK Phils.
is a testament to the continuing
jobs and investments generation
in Clark by local and foreign investors, the CDC said.
SMK first opened operations in
Clark in 2001 with 190 employees.
With the expansion, it will employ
additional 1,200 workers in the
next three years.
SMK is expected to employ
more than 3,500 workers once in
362 youths to be hired
in fastfood chain SPES
By Marna Dagumboy-del
Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Department of Labor and Employment 3 (DOLE-3),
McDonald’s
Philippines
(MP), and the city Public Employment Service
Office (PESO), on Tuesday announced that 362
youths would be hired
through the Special Program for the Employment
of Student’s (SPES), bridging education and employment closer to students in
2014.
In a report to Labor
Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, DOLE Regional Director Raymundo
G. Agravante said that the
fast-food chain is set to
commit 362 SPES pledges
in 17 company-owned and
11 franchised McDonald’s
branches all over the region by 2014.
This was bared after
McDonald’s Human Re-
source Director Rebecca
Roselada’s presented her
2013 Accomplishment Report in a meeting attended
by 30 PESO Managers and
DOLE-SPES Focal Persons.
Of the total 362 SPES
pledges, 210 will be allotted to company-owned
branches while the remaining 152 will be for
franchised
branches,
evenly distributed in two
batches from March-June
and July-October next
year, Roselada said.
Participating company-owned
McDonald’s
branches include Bocaue,
Bulacan; Sta. Maria, Bulacan; Tarlac, Romulo;
Cabanatuan I – Joson;
Tarlac Town Center; Tarlac
Motorway; NE Mall Cabanatuan ground Floor; BSU
Malolos; South Supermarket Malolos; Dau, Mabalacat; Capas, Tarlac; Royal
Clark; San Fernando-Dolores Junction; Angeles 2
spes... Page 9
full capacity.
“With the expansion, we can
only doff our hats to the executives
of SMK for believing in Clark,”
Tugade said about the confidence
of the Japanese firm in Clark.
Instead of laying off and
cost-cutting, SMK has expanded its operations and even
sent a number of its employees
to train abroad to equip their
workers with the necessary
skills and technical know-how.
SMK in Clark is into research
and development, product design,
manufacturing, assembly and sale
of touch panel glass displays, jacks,
pin-jacks, keyboards, remote controls and other related electronic
components.
It is also into imports and trading electronic components for 100
percent export to SMK customers.
“More than the touch panels
you make in Clark, we would like
you to know that your company is
making an even greater ‘touch’ on
the lives of many, with the jobs you
create, with the livelihood you offer,” Tugade said.
At present, SMK is one of the
leading exporters in Clark and has
been increasing its export volume
by 25 percent since its operations
in Clark in 2001.
In 2010, in cooperation with
the College of Engineering at the
Holy Angel University in Angeles
City, SMK has started sending top
Engineering graduates to a threeyear Technical Training in their
SMK factory in Toyama, Japan. It
is the only company in Clark Freeport that offers such opportunity
to new engineers.
“We chose Holy Angel University because we want to give back
to the community,” said General
Affairs and Human Resources
Manager Herrie Raymond Rivera. ●
Uniqlo to open SM Clark branch
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO–
Uniqlo, an international clothing
brand, yesterday announced that
seven new stores will be launched
in the country by summer of
2014, including its newest store to be opened at
SM City Clark on November 29, Friday.
Giving more job opportunities for Filipinos,
Uniqlo said SM Clark
is the ninth store in the
Philippines, and before
the end of 2013, they will
launch other outlets at SM BF
Parañaque and SM Dasmariñas.
By August 2014, Uniqlo will
open new stores at SM South
Mall, Eastwood City, Gateway
Mall, and SM Santa Rosa.
The company envisions several additional locations to launch
within the year which is set to
hire hundreds of store associates.
Uniqlo Philippines Chief Operating Officer Katsumi Kubota
said, ”We are confident that
UNIQLO is set for continued
rapid growth in the Philippines,
and our expansion is rooted in
our sincere desire to bring the joy
of wearing truly great clothes to
Filipinos.”
Uniqlo was launched in the
Philippines in 2012, with its first
store at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay
City. Following on this, Uniqlo
launched five stores, at SM North
EDSA, The Block, SM Aura, SM
Pampanga, SM Fairview, Glorietta 5 and, just recently, at SM
Megamall and Robinsons Place
Manila.
For more information, visit
www.uniqlo.com/ph and like its
official Facebook page at www.
facebook.com/uniqloph.
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global
Japanese retail holding company
that designs, manufactures and
sells clothing under seven main
brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang,
J Brand, Princesse tam.tam,
Theory, and UNIQLO.
With global sales of approximately 1.14 trillion yen
for the 2013 fiscal year ending August 31, 2013, Fast
Retailing is currently the
world’s fourth largest apparel retail company.
UNIQLO is Japan’s leading
specialty retailer.
UNIQLO continues to open
large-scale stores in some of the
world’s most important cities and
locations, as part of its ongoing
efforts to solidify its status as
a truly global brand. Today the
company has more than 1,300
stores in 14 markets worldwide:
uniqlo clark... Page 9

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