AC wins ATOP grand prize



AC wins ATOP grand prize
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Wanted: Blood donors for
dengue patients in Pampanga
news...pagE 2
Binay for President
movement launched
in CLuzon
OCTOBER 06, 2015
business...pagE 3
COOP AWARDEES. Governor Lilia ‘Nanay’ Pineda poses with the seven cooperative-beneficiaries of P100,000 in financial assistance from the Manila Water Foundation at the Capitol grounds
on Monday. Joining her are Provincial Administrator Atty. Andres Pangilinan Jr., Board Members Cherry Manalo, Ricardo Yabut, Crisostomo Garbo, Salvador Dimson Jr., Anthony Joseph Torres, ABC
president ex-officio Board Member Atty. Gerome Tubig and Councilor’s League president and ex-officio Board Member Mike Tapang. --JUN JASO
Pineda leads awarding
of aid to 7 cooperatives
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — In commemoration of the “Aldo Ning
Kooperatiba”, Governor Lilia
“Nanay” Pineda led the awarding
of financial assistance provided
by the Manila Water Foundation
(MWF) to seven cooperatives
of the province, during the flag
ceremony at the Capitol grounds
yesterday. pineda leads... PAGE 6
Ex-police tagged in
Mexico double murder by Genaro Macalinao
CAMP OLIVAS – A dismissed policeman is being sought by his former
comrades after he was
allegedly implicated in
a double murder, where
victims were found inside
a sports utility vehicle
parked at the northeast-
ern section parking lot of
a mall in Mexico town.
The suspect, son of a
retired police officer and
alleged live-in partner
of victim Liezel Corpuz,
is nowhere to be found
in his last address and is
believed to have gone into
hiding to avoid arrest.
ex-police... PAGE 6
AC BAGS PEARL AWARD. Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and City Tourism
Officer Dr. Richard Daenos (2nd from L), grab a hold of the ATOP Trophy conferred by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism, commending the city’s best practices in heritage conservation and community involvement. Also in the
photo are City traffic czar Dan Concepcion (leftmost), deputy tourism officer John Montances
(rightmost) and the city’s private counterpart, Kuliat Foundation President Marc Nepomuceno
AC wins ATOP grand prize By Charlene
A. Cayabyab
recently bagged the
grand prize at the Pearl
Awards: the Best Practices in CommunityBased Tourism Heritage
The prestigious award
giving body, which is
composed of and organized by the Association of Tourism Officers
of the Philippines and
Department of Tourism
(ATOP-DOT), aims to
promote the best tourism practices from local
government units.
The awarding ceremony capped the threeday tourism conven-
tion hosted by Davao
City and Department of
Tourism-Region 11 was
held at SMX Convention
Center, Lanang Premier
on October 3.
The city’s entry, titled
“Revitalizing Heritage in
Angeles City”, detailed
the government’s partnership with the local
community and their ef-
forts in the protection,
preservation and development of the Angeles
City Heritage Zone in
Barangay Sto. Rosario.
“Our hard work has
finally paid off, as this
award is the true manifestation for all the efforts that we, together
with the Kuliat FoundaAC WINS... PAGE 6
Headline Gitnang Luzon • OCTOBER 06, 2015
500 police
take oath
By Froilan E. Magtoto
CAMP OLIVAS – Some 500 police
recruits took their oath of office
yesterday at this camp’s parade
Of the 500 new police officers, 425 are men and 75 are
women. They were all given the
rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1).
The new police personnel
were chosen after a stringent
screening process conducted
by the Regional Screening
Committee on recruitment
headed by Chief Supt. Ronald
Santos, Deputy Regional Director for Administration.
After their oath-taking ceremony, the new police officers
will further undergo one-year
training at the Regional Train500 police... Page 6
Palace proud of
Gilas Pilipinas’
silver medal in
2015 FIBA Asia
MANILA – Malacañang joined
the entire Filipino nation over
the week in congratulating the
men’s national basketball team,
Gilas Pilipinas, for winning the
silver medal in the 2015 FIBA
Asia Championship. Gilas Pilipinas tried to conquer the odds against host country, China, during their finals
match at the Changsha Social
Work Colleges gymnasium but
came up short in taking the gold. Boasting a much taller lineup
and home court advantage, China dominated the entire game
wire-to-wire (78-67), thus getting an outright spot to the 31st
Summer Olympic Games in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil next year. In a statement sent shortly
after the game has been decided, Presidential Spokesman
Edwin Lacierda conveyed that
Gilas Pilipinas had nothing to
be ashamed of in their loss. “We join the Filipino people
in celebrating Gilas Pilipinas’
silver medal finish in the 2015
FIBA Asia Basketball Championships,” Lacierda’s statement
read. “Throughout this tournament, our team displayed the
gilas pilipinas... Page 7
Notice is hereby given that the estate of
the late FEDERICO BERNALDO, consisting of a real properties described as
follows: TCT No.EP-2557 with EMANCIPATION PATENT NO. 00755567,
Lot No. 243, Lot area (21,366 sq.m.),
situated in Mabuco, Hermosa, Bataan,
“has been the subject of DEED OF
among their heirs as per Doc. No. 43;
Page No. 81; Book No. XX; Series of
2015 in the Notarial Register of CONRADO T. DANAN, Notary Public.
HGL: October 06, 13 & 20, 2015
Wanted: Blood donors for
dengue patients in Pampanga
by Genaro Macalinao
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The provincial government is in need of
at least 200 blood donors, of any
type, to address the requirement
of dengue-afflicted patients in
the province.
“We are looking at some wellscreened 200 blood donors who
could donate fresh blood when
needed to dengue patients,” Governor Lilia Pineda told reporters on the sideline of a hospital
chiefs’ conference held at the
Capitol yesterday.
Pineda said she has already
discussed her plan to health officials for the creation of the blood
networking program.
“This is aside from the regular bloodletting we do pero dito,
hindi na kailangan pang i-store
yung blood kundi direct na sa
pasyente for that particular barangay,” she said.
The objective, Pineda said, is
to further strengthen the campaign against dengue as she
called for the creation of barangay task forces which would address the rising concern on the
Yolanda M. Pineda leads other town
officials including members of the
Sangguniang Barangay, DILG, EMB,
and town hall officials in cleaning a waterway in Barangay San Jose, Sta. Rita
town recently, in line with the 30th International Coastal Clean-up 2015 with
the theme ‘Bayanihan Para Sa Malinis
Na Katubigan At Karagatan’.
mosquito-borne disease at the
grassroots level.
“I have asked mayors, barangay officials and our health
workers to coordinate with
Capitol on the creation of these
barangay task forces which will
focus on addressing the growing
problem of dengue in the province,” she said.
The governor also disclosed
that the barangay task forces
will mobilize blood donors who
will be on standby when the
need arises.
Governor Pineda also tasked
the Provincial Government
Environment and Natural Resources Office as well as the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Office to help
in the clean-up of barangays and
seek and eradicate mosquito
breeding places.
Last week, the governor instructed the chiefs of the province’s 505 villages to conduct
massive clean-up in their respective barangays.
Pineda blamed the increase
in the number of dengue cases
in Pampanga to climate change.•
City dad
opposes P287-M
proposed AC
2016 budget
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
ANGELES CITY – A city dad voted against
the approval of the ordinance ratifying the terms and conditions of the approved loan of Angeles City with the
Development Bank of the Philippines
(DBP) during the City Council’s regular
session last September 29.
“Ako po ay bumuboto ng ‘no’ dahil
ayaw ko na pong mahirapan ang ating
mga kababayan lalo na ang mga tax payers. Noong nakaraan, nagpasa tayo ordinansa na magtataas sa singil sa real
property taxes to 300 percent. Ngayon,
papasok na naman tayo sa isang loan
agreement amounting to P287 million.
Sino po ba ang magbabayad nito? Saan
po ba manggagaling ang ipambabayad
sa loan na ito kundi sa mga tax payers
din?” Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin
Jr., said.
The loan worth P287 million is intended to fund various projects including the controversial P16-million
fountain construction at the Heritage
District and the P110-million Public
Cemetery. Other projects include the repair of
various barangay halls amounting to
P28 million, purchase of motor vehicles
amounting to P37.7 million, establishment of a command center amounting
to P50 million and refurbishment of
Pampang Public market amounting to
P50 million. Lazatin, however, explained that he is
not against progress but the city government should know its priorities, such as
constructing more classrooms for public
schools and purchase of new equipment
for public hospitals.
“Kung titingnan po nating mabuti,
napaka-ganda po ng layunin ng mga
proyektong ito. Ngunit, naniniwala po
tayo na makakahanap at makakaisip pa
po tayo ng ibang paraan para mapondohan ang mga proyektong ito maliban sa
pag-a-apply ng loan na ito na ang mga
siguradong magbabayad naman ay
ang ating mga kababayan na hanggang
ngayon ay dinaramdam pa din ang pagtataas ng 300 percebt ng RPT,” Lazatin
city dad... Page 7
OCTOBER 06, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Binay for
in CLuzon
TEAM BINAY IN CL. Former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo leads the Regional Convention of the ‘Pangulo na si Jojo Binay Movement Regional Parallel Group Central Luzon’ held at Stotsenberg Convention Center, Clark Freeport. --DANIEL OMBINA
DTI-3 calls for private sector role
in boosting manufacturing industry
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
CLARK FREEPORT – The Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI) called on the private sector for a greater role in boosting
further the manufacturing industry in Central Luzon.
“Data from the Philippine
Statistics Authority showed
that the manufacturing sector
in this region posted a double
digit growth from negative 1.3
percent in 2013 to 19.1 percent
in 2014. But it also showed that
unemployment rate here is 8.8
percent which is higher than the
6.5 percent national rate,” DTI
Assistant Secretary Rafaelita
Aldaba said during the recent
Forum on Industry Roadmaps
and Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community Game Plan.
“Both private and public sectors have to address this gap
between industry and job creation. For example, we can explore linking the locators inside
the Subic and Clark economic
zones with our micro, small,
and medium enterprises,” she
“We are already experiencing a resurgence of the manufacturing industry and now, we
have greater access to markets
abroad. There are greater opportunities for industries al-
ready located here to expand
and for those who are not yet
here to consider investing,” Aldaba said.
ASEAN member-nations enjoy zero tariffs for 99 percent of
products traded in the region. The Philippines likewise has
zero tariffs for more than 6,000
products exported to the European Union member-nations
due to the EU-Generalized System of Preferences Plus.•
APEC members agree
on regional plan to
ensure food security
Bulacan steps up campaign
vs unscrupulous meat traders
MANILA – Member
economies of the
Economic Cooperation
(APEC) agreed on
Saturday on a food
security plan contained in a declaration following the
two-day meeting on
food security in Iloilo.
The policy declarations, which will
be forwarded to the
APEC economic leaders in November, have
four priority areas:
stock-take and food
security roadmap toward 2020, sustainable development of
agriculture and fishery sectors, facilitation on investment
development, and
enhancing trade and
“Food security has
come to be one of the
most urgent and im-
The Provincial Veterinary
Office (PVO) has intensified its campaign against
unscrupulous meat traders to protect Bulakenyos from contracting
illnesses related to eating double dead meat.
Governor Wilhelmino
M. Sy-Alvarado said that
a series of meat inspections in different public
markets and slaughterhouses in the province will be conducted
through the help of PVO,
Bulacan Provincial Police
Office, and Provincial
Public Safety Company
to assure the Bulakenyos
that the meat and meat
products that they buy
are safe, fit for human
consumption, and free
from any contamination.
“We will continue to
intensify our campaign
to combat illegal meat
confronting the world
Undersecretary for
Fisheries Asis Perez,
the chair of the APEC
Policy Partnership on
Food Security (PPFS)
The Philippines, a
predominantly agricultural country, has
focused on attaining
food security and rice
self sufficiency in the
last five years under
the Aquino administration.
This government
goal coincides with
APEC PPFS goal of
attaining an institutionalized
system structure by
2020, which will ensure a sufficient food
supply for the entire
apec... Page 7
traders to safeguard the
public’s health and we
will strengthen our meat
inspection system to assure safety and quality
of meat and meat products available in different
markets in Bulacan,” the
governor said.
Alvarado said the
move is also part of the
celebration of Meat Safety Consciousness Week
on October 19 to 23.
With the theme “Karne
at Pagkaing Ligtas, Magkasama sa Iisang Landas,” the celebration aims
to create public awareness
about the government’s
vigorous efforts to ensure
healthy, clean and safe
practices in the production and consumption
of meat in the country.
Meanwhile, provincial veterinarian Voltaire
Basinang reminded everyone to be a wise meat
consumer and inspect the
meat through the “HASA
inspection” or the “Hawakan, Amuyin, Siyasatin, Alamin at Hanapin”
to ensure the safety and
quality of the meat and
different meat products
available in the market.
Basinang also advised
the public to look for the
seal of inspection and
meat inspection certificate before buying from
any meat vendor.
He also said that any
person who commits
violation of the provisions of the Republic Act
105336 known as Meat
Inspection Code of the
the selling of hot meat
locally known as “botcha,” will be punished by
imprisonment from 6 to
12 years or a fine ranging from Php100,000 to
Php1,000,000. (PNA)•
CLARK FREEPORT – VolunteerSupporters of Vice President Jejomar Binay officially launched
yesterday here the “Pangulo na
si Jojo Binay Movement – Regional Parallel Group RPG (Jojo
Binay For President 2016 – Regional Parallel Group in Central
Luzon) to drum up his presidential campaign, focusing on the
achievements, executive abilities,
position on issues besetting the
country today including his propoor and pro-people platforms of
The launch highlighted the
oath-taking of some 4,000 regional, provincial and municipal
members who adhere to the platforms of government Binay wants
to pursue should he be elected
president of the country in the
2016 national elections.
The members of the movement came from Aurora, Bataan,
Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales. Their
oathtaking had been witnessed
by Former Candaba Mayor Jerry
Pelayo, Mark Allen Sison of Angeles City, former Zamables Congresswoman Mitos Magsaysay,
Professor Tomas Lopez, president
of the University of Makati and
binay movement... Page 7
DILG urges LGUs
to support
Nat’l ADHD Week
MANILA – To generate greater public awareness on ADHD (Attention
Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder),
the DILG is encouraging all local
government units to support the
observance of ADHD Awareness
Week on the third week of October
as stipulated under Presidential
Proclamation No. 472.
In his directive to local chief executives, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento
enjoined them to conduct significant activities related to this year’s
theme, “ADHD: A Hidden Disability; Alamin, Unawain, Tanggapin at
Mahalin”, and inform the public by
hanging streamers and calendar of
events in conspicuous places.
“Let us use this opportunity to
educate the public about ADHD
and its treatments, thereby slowly
eradicating the stigma associated
with it,” Sarmiento said.
Spearheaded by the National Council for Disability Affairs
(NCDA), in partnership with the
ADHD Society of the Philippines,
some of the activities lined up for
the week-long event are the following:
Press conference at the opening
ceremonies in SM Fairview
A two-day scientific congress on
dilg urges... Page 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • OCTOBER 06, 2015
Worth more than gold
WHO was not disappointed –
and affected – by the loss of Gilas
Pilipinas to China over the week?
It was a much-anticipated game,
which left a lot of broken hearts.
The Gilas settled for the silver,
after trying to conquer the odds
against the team with the taller
line-up. Oh, not to mention the
home court advantage.
We may not have gotten the
spot to the 31st Summer Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
next year, but we tried… and we
tried very hard. The Gilas Team,
unbeknownst to them, gave the
Filipinos a lot of hope and they
have nothing to be ashamed about.
There are more important
things than winning a game, you
see. Throughout the tournament,
the Gilas team members showed
the nation how passionate they are
with their craft – and how selfless
they have become towards achieving a single goal.
Did they give up after losing to
Palestine? They didn’t – showing
us the brand of basketball the Philippine players can offer against
their international counterparts.
They kept us at the edge of our
seats every time they faced a team
which is much bigger, and at the
end of the day, they gave us satisfaction and made us mighty proud.
The FIBA Asia championship
may have been elusive for the past
30 years, but we played with commitment and hard work – worth
more than the gold that the Chinese team took home.
Congrats, Gilas!
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Offshore trash
O it’s down to three for the lion passengers per year would have
future site of the next inter- reached its peak and telltale signs
national airport – Sangley A, that it can no longer service more
Sangley B and Central Manila Bay.
air traffic and more passengers had
The Aquino administration will been glaring – the delays, frequent
decide on the final location of the cancellation of flights, and airside
new international airport in four intrusion that endanger the lives of
months, just two months before the unsuspecting passengers and so on.
presidential elections. The three
And so it’s down to three possisites identified by the
ble sites for the next interJapan
(JICA) are all offshore
proposals that will entail huge investments
because of reclamation
from the sea.
Among the three
sites, the Central Manila
Bay is most welcome because it is accessible via
the congested A. Boni- Arnel San Pedro
facio Road all the way to
Roxas Boulevard. Sangley A and Sangley B are just totally national airport minus the Clark Inunacceptable to residents of Central ternational Airport. With only P1.2
and Northern Luzon when they have billion earmarked for the constructhe Clark International Airport at tion of the Clark Low-Cost Carrier
their doorsteps.
Terminal, the development of the
Said Abaya: “These are all off- Clark airport is effectively delayed
shore proposals, i.e., reclamation, to give way to the Sangley juggerbecause no way can anyone pur- naut. That is how I see it.
chase the required land for a modAs usual, the “expansion of the
ern international airport in the Clark airport will be done in phassite convenient and accessible to es” because as the DoTC said the
passengers and ideal for design re- study of the French firm Aeroport
quirements. [The Central Manila de Paris was “too big for a design.”
Bay site] is further out from the Ok, the P7.2 billion for Clark will
coasts so it won’t affect residential be given in tranches until all other
areas along reclaimed areas.”
airports in the country had been deIn eight years or less, the Ni- veloped and Sangley was chosen to
noy Aquino International Airport replace NAIA.
which is currently handling 34 milThe Department of Transporta-
Check and
tion and Communications had been
working closely with the JICA “to
identify the sites.”
The Philippines is the only one
among the Asean-member countries
who did not sign the Open Skies
policy for the Asean region. It has
not signed said Protocols 5 and 6 of
the 2009 Multilateral Agreement on
Air Services that would give Asean
“And so it’s down to three possible sites
for the next international airport minus
the Clark International Airport. With only
P1.2 billion earmarked for the construction
of the Clark Low-Cost Carrier Terminal,
the development of the Clark airport is effectively delayed to give way to the Sangley
juggernaut. That is how I see it.”
airlines unlimited third, fourth and
fifth freedom rights to operate between capital cities.
This as the United States carrier Delta Air Lines seeks to launch
flights to and from Manila. Majority
of the passengers of Delta Air Lines
are Filipino-American balikbayans.
I had the chance to fly Delta within
the continental US two years ago
and could say that the level of service
cannot compete with Asian carriers
even with our own local carriers.
Delta was looking at Guam
and then on to other destinations
around Asia. Foreign carriers are
given the chance to utilize regional
airports such as Clark and Cebu but
not Manila.•
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OCTOBER 06, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Worst traffic ever
AM just wondering why the traffic agency remain futile to
government still insists that beat the heav y congestion.
To be tagged as having the
the traffic in the Metro is
within the acceptable standard worst traffic on Earth on a city
and disputes the survey con- level is humiliating. We haven’t
moved on when our
ducted by the Global
airport was named
one of the worst in the
Index developed by
world, now, we again
traffic and navigation
prove to the world
application Waze, that
that our country is reour country holds the
ally on the deep gutter
record for having the
in terms of framework
worst traffic on planet
and services.
Such report is not
fabricated in my personal opinion. The
fact that we experi- ELLEZ J. DAVIO
ence gruesome traffic
in the city everyday
Aside from the numerous veis recognizable. The effect of
heav y traffic is colossal in our hicles navigating the populous economy and hazardous to our Metro, we are also criticized for
poor road infrastructures. The
The efforts of our govern- government agency involved in
ment to downplay the existing the construction and the maintraffic condition is not enough. tenance of our roads should anThe presence of the Highway Pa- swer for that. A 100-meter road
trol Group, the cooperation of upgrade could take months to
the local government units and finish. As always, the renovathe laid-down measures of the tion of one road contributes to
Now We Know!
traffic congestion. Commuters
and drivers of both private and
public vehicles could only curse
upon seeing a signage telling
them to be patient for such inconvenience.
Ironically, because of traffic
and based on the report given by
the same application, our country has the safest roads in terms
of road accidents, road hazards
and weather. I am not sure about
the weather that they claimed or
maybe I misunderstood the term
“To be tagged as having the worst traffic
on Earth on a city level is humiliating.”
but as far I know, our weather is
a big factor affecting the traffic. We all know that heav y rains
cause f loods in some parts of the
Metro that contribute to traffic
congestion. Regardless of the
report, to see is to believe. We do not need a report just
to convince us that our traffic is
worst in the planet. We know it
without equivocation.•
teacher’s corner
Managing the classroom
by Paulyn Nacino
the classroom is one of
the greatest challenges
of teachers. It is the most difficult aspect of teaching, because
it is through order, both teachers
and students can achieve academic objectives.
Teachers over the years have
been relentless in search of techniques on how to effectively
manage a classroom. A number
of educators have already left the
profession altogether because of
some problems experienced in
this area.
According to Doyle (1986),
classroom management refers
to the actions and strategies
teachers use to maintain order
in classrooms. Order means that
pupils perform within acceptable limits the actions necessary
for a particular classroom event.
How can order be promoted
in class? One way is to introduce cooperation among the
students by encouraging and reinforcing appropriate behavior,
with a lot of focus all throughout the lesson. Rules must be
made, if need be, which should
be in conformity with the general rules of the school. Once
the rules have been established,
it would do well for teachers to
explain these to the students.
Make them understand that
consistently following these
rules would mean proper behavior in the classroom.
Students should also realize
that they are accountable for all
their work inside the classroom.
They should be made aware of
the teacher’s grading system, her
policies for homework, completion requirements for projects,
and monitoring progress.
Parents, in this light, can be
involved by understanding and
managing the progress of their
children. They should be informed about their children’s
should make suggestions on how
they can help their children’s
learning skills at home.
There should also be positivity inside the classroom, a
sense of belongingness. Create
a conducive environment for
them to have an enjoyable learning experience. Students should
be engaged in their lessons, so
teachers must make sure to keep
topics as interesting as possible.
The author is Teacher 2 of Pulung Santol High School Annex
1, Poblacion, Porac, Pampanga.•
We Say...
New Generation of Home Heroes
by By Angelica Marie Simpao • Nickie Mae Pamintuan
ONE are the days when
women were in charge of
the house and just stayed
at home, tending to daily chores
and the family’s needs. Through
the fast-paced world we now live
in, a lot of things had evolved and
changed. Now, not only women can
wash clothes and dishes, arrange
and clean the house, cook and be
the “Ilaw ng Tahanan” - but also
men can.
We now have the so-called “new
heroes” of our home - the househusbands. They carry out household chores rather than work and
be the breadwinner of the family.
Reversely, husbands now stay at
home while the wife works for income.
Due to the pressure of the economic crisis faced by the Philippines, there are a lot of situations
wherein a woman goes abroad and
the husband is left behind to attend to the family’s needs.
According to Lindon De Jesus,
a part-time vegetable oil seller who
has 4 children to take care of, he
has become a househusband for 2
years now because his wife is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“It’s fine if a man takes good
care of his children rather than
other people. It’s up to you both
as a married couple if you can get
a nanny for your children but in
our case it is economical if I will be
the one who takes good care of my
children,” he said.
However, this is not so in all situations. Sometimes, both heads of
the family work either full time or
part time but still, the father takes
charge of the home.
In Filipino culture, there is a
strong streak of masculinity and
pride in being a man. In this modern world, the decision of being a
househusband has been criticized
The illogical
which is the heart
OW should we love?
Is it through our
mind? Is it through
our heart? Or is it both that
we must use when we say
we love someone? I think in
most cases, it is certain that
one exercises the art of loving by using his or her heart,
and not using the logical
senses in trying to reason
out, or probably I should
say that commonly, one who
Michelle CatapLacson
“How many of us have taken for
granted most, if not all of the other
people who love us, just to make that
one special person happy?”
loves does not have to reason out at all.
Some call it stupid love, others take it on a
highly sophisticated point of view and argue that
love is sacrifice, most especially when it is not reciprocated by the person whom we are devoted to.
If I may follow the lyrics of a Filipino love song
which goes:
Kahit na nagmumukhang tanga
Kahit na sinasaktan ako
Umiiyak ako dahil sa ‘yo
Heto pa rin ako, halos baliw sa ‘yo
Kahit na niloloko mo lang ako Kahit na tumingin ka sa iba Magmahal ka ng iba
Magbubulag-bulagan ako Masakit man ito dito sa puso ko
Dahil mahal... mahal na mahal kita
Hindi ako matatakot, mahihiya
Anuman ang sabihin nila
Dahil mahal kita
Gagawin ko ang lahat
Pangako mo lang ‘di ako iiwan
Dahil mahal... mahal na mahal kita
How many of us have gone beyond our sanity in
pursuit of the love we highly yearn for? How many
of us have gone crazy and forget about the world
out of thinking of just one person? How many of us
have taken for granted most, if not all of the other
people who love us, just to make that one special
person happy? And, how many of us have been
hurt by the very same person we offered our whole
lives to? I can surmise that all of us have gone
through this madness at least once in our lives.
And even after that one instance, why don’t we
get tired of loving by heart? Why can’t we just take
a chance at love once again, this time using our intellect, the saying that goes, we should have been
wiser. But no, we don’t succumb to the reasons of
the mind. Rather we succumb to the desires of our
hearts, for we know that when we follow what our
heart says, it will truly make us happy and content.
The mind only sees, but the heart truly can
both see and feel what is truly essential in our
lives. We may have loved and lost the battle, but
doing it with our whole heart is something that is
indeed exceptional and worth all the aches, sacrifices, and senselessness that we go through. As
Charles Dickens put it: “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”•
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Once you replace
negative thoughts with
positive ones, you’ll start
having positive results.
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ing School 3 in Magalang town.
Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin, Regional Director of the Cenral Luzon Police Office (PRO3), said in
his message, “You now officially
belong to the special breed of men
and women in the noble profession
of law enforcement. To fully prepare yourselves for the demands
of your new job, you still have to go
through the requisite training. But
let me tell you now that your job entails adherence to the PNP philosophy of Service, Honor and Justice,
and above all maintain the PNP
core values of being God-fearing.”
Lacadin also advised the young
policemen and policewomen to
always keep in mind the people’s
rights while enforcing the law
without fear or favor, reminding
them that “PRO3 is the Home of
the Citizen-friendly Policeman and
Protector of Human Rights.”
The hiring of the 500 applicants completes the PNP Regular
Recruitment Program for the year
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The former policeman whose last assignment was at the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), has a standing warrant of arrest for alleged
malversation of government property including an M16 assault rifle and a
.45 caliber pistol. Corpuz and a certain Alley Garcia, 51, both of Lubao town, were found
dead inside Garcia’s Hyundai SUV (MOB 19) at a mall’s parking lot. The
victims’ bullet-riddled bodies were hogtied when discovered by the mall’s
security personnel on Sept. 28 (Monday).
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., director of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office (PPO), earlier said that investigators are looking into
crime of passion as motive in the twin slay.
Since the discovery of the victims’ bodies, no significant developments
have been made except that the suspect had been identified.
Police sources however refused to reveal the identity of the suspect so as
not to affect the manhunt operations.
The source, holding a sensitive position in the PPO, said the spent shell
from the .9mm caliber pistol recovered at the crime scene gave investigators a breakthrough.•
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According to 2nd District Board member and Trade and Industry Committee
chair Anthony Joseph Torres, “cooperatives deliver huge contributions in the
province despite their quiet business operation.”
“With this year’s theme ‘Isang-Daang
Taong Pagpupugay Tulay Sa Maunlad na
Buhay’, the volume of cooperatives in the
province is now almost P4 billion, a huge
factor in the economic growth of the province,” Torres said.
The board member also disclosed that
there are currently 259 registered cooperatives in the whole province of Pampanga
with 45,000 members, of which 1,300 are
A former program of the provincial
government under the management of the
Provincial Cooperative and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCEDO) called
“Kayantabe Ning Panyulung” program is
now being sustained by the cooperative
partners of the provincial government
who are more equipped and capable of
managing such program.
The Manila Water Foundation is the
corporate foundation of Manila Water
Company, a partner subsidiary of Clark
One of its programs is the “Kabuhayan
Para Sa Barangay” which provides financial assistance to cooperative scholars
who have at least two years of operation
but lack of resources.
Each awardee received P100,000 financial assistance payable in one year
with no interest, comprised of trainings and capacity building provided by
the foundation on how to make their
assets more advantageous to them.
The seven cooperative awardees include: Angeles City National High-School
Multi-Purpose Cooperative, St. Michael
Workers Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Pampanga High School Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Clark Multi-Purpose
Cooperative, Save and Serve Multi-Purpose Cooperative, CGS Solid Employees
Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Golden Group Gabay Puhunan Brotherhood
Multi-Purpose Cooperative.•
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tion Inc., have poured into
the Heritage Zone,” Mayor
Edgardo Pamintuan said.
Pamintuan also mentioned the creation of the Plaza Angel where cultural and
arts events are regularly held.
Pamintuan added, “We embellished it with a stone paved
street, adorned it with traditional lights and trellises, planted Kuliat vines, and removed
the ghastly looking, dangling
and hanging spaghetti wires in
front of the church, making the
place a favorite selfie spot for
The city mayor lauded
the people behind the proj-
ect, both from the LGUs and
NGOs, such as the Angeles
City Tourism Office (ACTO),
Mayor’s Office, City Council
and the Kuliat Foundation
“It is through political will
that we encouraged the community towards one vision,
having no competition or reward in return. We are fortunate to document all these
which became the formula for
winning the most prestigious
award,” Pamintuan said.
Recently, the City Council passed Ordinance no.
378, S-2015, declaring the
Angeles City Heritage Zone,
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its administration and its
functions. This ordinance
ensures the preservation of
the said zone, even if there is
a change of administration.
Other finalists for the
category were Silay City
in Negros Occidental and
Maragusan’s Rafflesia Conservation Project in Compostela Valley. The 10th ATOP-DOT
Pearl Award is a competition
open to all local government
units (LGUs) with nine major award categories on the
best tourism offices/clubs/
associations, best practices
in community-based responsible tourism (enterprise,
heritage, and campaign), and
best tourism events (sports/
wellness/adventure, celebrations and festival).
This is the city’s first attempt in joining the ATOPDOT Pearl awards. •
OCTOBER 06, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
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Power Mac Center.
Customers will be notified by
Power Mac Center via email and will
be given a unique reference code after his/her successful registration.
The credited miles can be checked
online by logging in at PAL’s website
from December 15 onwards.
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considered as economic sabotage.
Smugglers of rice, amounting to
P10 million, also face stiff penalties under the bill.
Villar said agricultural economic saboteurs would include
traders who prey on cooperatives
by using their permits for smuggling purposes, officers of dummy
corporations, non-government organizations, or associations who
knowingly sell, lend, lease, assign,
and allow the unauthorized use of
their import permits.
She said government officials
or employees acting in connivance
with private individuals or entities
would be dismissed from public office and banned from voting in any
The bill also calls for the confiscation of smuggled products,
cancellation and revocation of
business license, import permits,
and other pertinent documents for
importation. The bill also permanently disqualifies economic saboteurs from importing agricultural
Ejercito, chairperson of the
Senate Committee on Senate Economic Affairs Committee, said the
measure’s penalties would serve
as deterrence to illegal negotiations at the Bureau of Customs.
“This bill will not only put an
end to agricultural smuggling, it
will also help solve the prevailing crisis in supply, production
and price of agricultural products.
With this bill, we might attain
our aspiration of being a major exporter of agricultural produce to
other countries,” Ejercito said.•
we have to empower local volunteers to experiment with positive
and creative ways to achieve our
common goals,” Pelayo said.
Pelayo added that organizations
will also be created to oversee facets of the campaign; media targeting programs for undecided voters
and demographic data, paid advertising, voter identifications and
turnout, communications, polling,
research and rapid response and
the coordination of the operations
of other RPG around the country.
Sison said the movement is a driving
force designed to supplement the cam-
paign activities of United Nationalist
Alliance (UNA) presidential candidate.
He said this group is moving to
set up coordinated national, regionby-region operations down to the
barangay level that is equivalent of
a full presidential campaign.
“With good information and
proper support, small and local
teams can sometimes do better
than large, distant organizations.
Smaller sectoral groups, voluntary
and dedicated associations and
nimble, bottom up teams are preferable to large, bureaucratic organizations,” he said.•
the meeting is the major role that
the private sector will play in assisting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) production process,
which is part of the PPFS 2015 work
To push this regional agenda, the
Philippine government has been
working to bridge the gap between
the public and the private sectors,
especially in the agriculture and
fishery sectors so that small entrepreneurs receive the necessary support as they become part of the value
The Bureau of Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources, under the Department of Agriculture, hosted the
APEC 2015 PPFS meeting in Iloilo
City. (PCOO)•
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pulous traders and importers who,
by illegally importing agricultural
products, significantly affect the
production, availability, supply
and price stability of our agricultural sector,” Villar said.
She stressed the importance of
the growth and development of the
country’s agricultural sector.
“It is high time that we pass
a law that helps reduce poverty
among our farmers and agricultural households, a law that will help
ensure food security and stability
and at the same time provide safeguards and income opportunities
to our local producers,” Villar said.
Under the measure, the smuggling of sugar, corn, pork, poultry,
garlic, onion, carrots, fish and cruciferous vegetables amounting to
a minimum of P1 million shallbe
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Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez
Jr., former Magalang Mayor Lyndon Cunanan, Councilor Rondon
Mercado, among others.
Pelayo said this movement will
carry out good governance, transparent, just and fair elections focused on the agenda of development
and economic productivity and
prosperity of the people as pledged
by the Vice President once he assumes the presidency.
“Definitely, Jojo Binay is President in waiting. And, we fully and
voluntarily support him as our
presidential candidate in 2016. So,
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secured supply of food goes beyond increasing production, Perez
said, adding that it also involves
enhancing producers’ competitiveness and having fair policy regimes
that promote sustainable growth
and recognize the participation of
women, farmers, and fishermen in
the value chain.
Among the major agenda during
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ADHD entitled “Understanding ADHD” on October
A seminar/lay forum on drug abuse prevention,
which carries the theme “ADHD Avoiding the Road to
Addiction” on October 22.
Likewise, a regional conference entitled “Reach and
Teach ADHD” on October 23.
An estimated 1,046,314 people in the Philippines, or
roughly 3-4 percent of the country’s population, have
been diagnosed with the common, chronic neuro-biological disorder.
The unmitigated condition of a patient suffering
from ADHD is caused by neglect and may lead to the
incidence of out-of-school youths (OSYs) among the
young population, and even child abuse.
Studies show that seventy percent (70%) of juvenile
offenders and forty percent (40%) of adults in correctional facilities were found to have ADHD.
The public is not fully informed that there is treatment available. Misconceptions and social stigma hinders patients’ access to effective medication and increases other complications, such as conduct disorder,
oppositional defiant disorder and anti-social disorder.
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Lazatin also noted that he cannot vote
for the passage of the ordinance due to the
lack of details about the proposed projects. “Paano naman din po tayo boboto
para ipasa ang ordinansang ito kung
hanggang ngayon, wala pa din pong
mga detalye itong mga proposed projects na ito. Katulad na lamang nitong
public cemetery, hanggang ngayon
hindi pa natin alam kung saan ang
exact location,” Lazatin said. Lazatin was the lone member of
the city council who voted against
the ratification of the P287,710,000
loan pushed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and members of the majority bloc of the council. •
all of us to work even harder in our
respective endeavors, fulfill our individual potentials, and secure the
national pride we have reclaimed,
one success after another, in varying
fields,” he said. “We encourage all our countrymen to continue their support for our
athletes in general, and for Gilas Pilipinas in particular, as they continue
to pursue our collective basketball
dream of landing a berth in the 2016
Olympics,” Lacierda concluded in his
statement. As runner-up in the competition,
Gilas Pilipinas still has a chance to
earn an Olympic slot should they
make it to the top three in the 2016
Rio Olympic Men’s Basketball Tournament happening in July.
The Philippines will be joined by
FIBA Asia bronze medalist Iran and
fourth-placer Japan in the same tournament along with 15 other national
teams from Europe, Africa, Oceania,
and the Americas. (PCOO)•
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Philippine brand of selfless, creative,
passionate basketball, fuelled by the
warm and vocal support of Filipinos
at home and abroad,” he added.
Lacierda commended all Gilas
Pilipinas players, the team’s coaching
staff, and their supporters for never
giving up on that elusive quest to
once again represent our basketballloving nation in the Olympic stage. “Our people have shown the
world what it means to be Filipino,
and this serves as inspiration for
by citizens as being “Andres de Saya”, a Pinoy character who is actually a househusband, played by Vic
Vargas in a film from the 1980s.
Agatha Dizon, RPN, gave her insights about
househusbands. According to her, they are the counterparts of housewives.
“For me, being a man homemaker does not make
you less of a man. You’re a father, that’s your house,
therefore it is your responsibility to contribute to the
chores. People are just biased because it is expected
in our society that man is the provider.”
“The degrading part is that idle people - either a
man or a woman - if they have no used at all and they
are ‘palamunin lang’,” she added.
We are in a patriarchal society and the stigma
wherein the man should be the breadwinner in the
family begets a shameful situation on the part of the
husband. According to Dr. Edna Calma, a psychology professor, being a househusband does not necessarily degrade the masculinity of a man. Nowadays,
due to evolution, several women are in the workforce
and many of the husbands are at home doing domestic works. At certain circumstances sometimes they
stay at home because they were retrenched from their
work and they can’t find a job because they are already in midlife and if the wife would have been given
an opportunity to work either domestically or internationally, they grab that opportunity to sustain the
needs of the family. There are some effects on the part of the husband
and one of the effects would be: what would the family members of the wife say about the husband staying at home, who should be at some point earning for
the family? It’s what you can call ‘nakakahiya’. But
there are also some positive effects because the father would understand what it is to be a mother and
how to take care of children instead of becoming so
masculine. The old notion is that all a husband has to do is
just open the newspaper, drink coffee and then be
served by the wife. Now, they learn to do domestic
things and they can even connect with their children.
As for the children, of course there are positive and
negative effects or the upside and the downside. But
given the generation of the youth nowadays, they are
open-minded and acceptable so the effect is more on
the positive side because they can connect and bond
with their father whom they saw before as so distant
and the father can give them more time. The downside would be the feeling that their father should be the one earning a living and the mother should be at home. The problem comes in within
the environment, in the neighborhood that may gossip and the family members who may not understand
why the wife has to work and the father has to stay
at home. It’s an evolution in the family system when
the father has to learn domestic work and it is not
solely handled by the woman and it also gives empowerment to the woman. However, the father would
not be dependent and should not settle to become a
househusband. It has to strike a balance. What is important is that they help each other.
The world keeps on changing, and there is no such
thing as permanent. Our culture and norms keep on
evolving. As Martin Dansky said, “Change is the core
of evolution.”•
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the Laus Group was never
hesitant, was never reluctant or even had second
thoughts of putting up a
major investment here in
Clark,” the former CDC
president said.
“Clark Freeport as you
now, closest to my heart,
it’s a personal fulfillment
that somehow my relationship with Clark will
continue,” Laus added.
For his part, Tugade
said CDC is committed
to bring in more investments and jobs while at
the same time keeping integrity among its officers
and employees.
“We remain positive
that Clark will continue
to progress because of the
people who are committed to doing what is decent, committed to doing
what is fair and committed to business development,” Tugade added.
LGC will start constructing its Clark facility
next year. The said company is investing P240
million for the establishment of dealership and
showcase for various automotive brands inside
this Freeport.
Established in 1978, LGC
is a diverse network of companies dealing predominantly in the automotive
business industry in Central
and North Luzon, including
some in Metro Manila.
During his time as CDC
president, Laus coined the
statement “the future of
Clark is so bright that we
need to wear shades.”
During the signing ceremonies, Laus once again
reiterated this statement
as he observed the continuing progress and development he also helped
usher in as CDC president.•
regional news
OUSTANDING COOPERATIVES. Board member Anthony Joseph “Tonton” Torres welcomes the attendees of the ‘Galal Parangal Kareng Kooperatiba’ held at the Benigno Aquino Hall, Capitol
Grounds yesterday. --ANGELIQUE TUAZON
Business leader cites Clark Freeport growth
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CLARK FREEPORT – A former Clark
Development Corporation (CDC)
president has recently lauded
the current CDC management
for keeping focused on chalking
up more progress at the Freeport
despite criticisms.
Levy P. Laus, chairman and
CEO of the Laus Group of Companies (LGC), rallied CDC officials
led by Arthur P. Tugade to continue developing Clark despite what
critics throw at them.
“Critics will always be critics,”
Laus said.
Laus, also Chairman Emeritus of Pampanga Chamber of
Commerce and Industry, cited
CDC and its officials for various development and investment projects being imple-
“It’s very challenging to make
everybody believe that what you
are doing is right. There will always be opinionated people who
will say it’s (decisions) wrong, but
nonetheless, I think it’s eventually
the end that would justify how
these decisions are made,” Laus
Laus’s speech serves as encouragement for CDC officials and employees to continue performing
the agency’s mandate while protecting government interests.
Moreover, Laus’s statement
comes at a time when a Korean
investor filed a disbarment case
against Tugade. It also comes at a
time when CDC is being criticized
for approving the P7-billion project of Capilion that would initially
generate about 18,000 jobs.
Eung Il “Steve Kim”, president
of Holywood Park Development
Corporation (HPDC) filed the said
case after the CDC terminated
HPDC’s Lease Agreement (LA)
with the state-owned firm for its
failure to comply with contractual
Laus commended CDC for the
sustained progress in Clark. “We see how Clark is progressing, we see how Clark is developing and many things have stabilized inside the Clark Freeport,”
Laus said.
Owing to the sound business
environment here, Laus said that
expanding business in Clark indicates that the Freeport is now one
of the country’s top investment
“That would be one reason why
Senate approves
smuggling bill
MANILA – The Senate yesterday approved on third
and final reading a bill that
seeks to declare large-scale
agricultural smuggling as
economic sabotage.
Senate Bill No. 2923, introduced by Senators Cynthia Villar and JV Ejercito,
penalizes illegal importers
of agricultural products
with a fine of twice the
fair market value of the
smuggled products and
its corresponding amount
of taxes, duties and other
The measure was approved with 12 affirmative votes, no zero negative
vote, and one abstention
by Senate Minority Leader
Juan Ponce Enrile. Illegal importers also
face imprisonment of not
less than 17 years but not
more than 20 years under
the bill.
“This bill will pave the
way for heavier and more
prohibitive penalties to the
smuggling of basic commodities like rice, which
are intended to be a deterrent to agricultural smuggling which causes great
damage to the economy,
and to the livelihood of
our local farmers,” Senate President Franklin M.
Drilon said.
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“This partnership is important for PAL because it will allow
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