Capitol strengthens early child dev`t in Pampanga



Capitol strengthens early child dev`t in Pampanga
MAY 28, 2014
Capitol strengthens
early child dev’t
in Pampanga
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FLAG DAY. Several flags are now seen along City
of San Fernando’s major thoroughfares as the LGU
under the leadership of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago
joins the country in observing the National Flag Day.
A ceremonial-flag raising will be held at the Heroes
Hall today, May 28, 2014. --CSF-CIO Photo
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- Governor Lilia “Nanay”
Pineda yesterday said
she wants early child
care and development
strengthened, to boost
the physical and mental development of Kapampangan children.
This came as the
provincial government
the 629 child development service providers
commonly known as
day care workers in the
province to give them
an update on laws governing the children.
The provincial government has called
the child development
service providers as
local “heroes” as they
provide services to
the children aged 3 to
5 years old while their
parents are busy attending to their jobs,
professions or doing
their respective household chores.
Mayor EdPam stops
bike-riding suspects
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
– City Mayor Ed
together with his
security team, was
able to stop a crime
committed by two
criminals yesterday at around 12
noon as the mayor
was heading home
in Villa Angelina
Barangay San Jose,
on board his service vehicle.
riding-in-tandem...pagE 7
TO THE RESCUE. Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan led his
security team in arresting a snatcher who was caught in-the-act of
committing a robbery against two Korean nationals. The victim’s belongings which include a bag, cellphone and cash, were all recovered
after the suspect’s apprehension. --AC-CIO PHOTO
Gov cites efforts of Pampanga’s ‘Brigada Eskwela’
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 28, 2014
--- Governor Lilia Pineda has
cited the efforts of the Department of Education (DepEd),
teachers, parents and the community in cleaning up and repairing public schools in preparation for the school opening.
“Thank you for bringing
your efforts, time, strength and
resources together for this noble activity of the Brigada Eskwela which shows your spirit
of volunteerism and cooperation,” the governor said.
However, the governor
wants to expand the meaning
of “Brigada Eskwela” as she
wants to encourage the full
participation of the parents
and the communities not only
during the school opening but
throughout the school year in
ensuring that the school teachers and students are healthy.
Brigada Eskwela should not
only be all about repainting of
classrooms, repairing of furniture and cleaning up school
grounds, she also encouraged
the public and private sectors
in helping and sharing their
time, strength and resources
in ensuring that the teachers
and children are physically and
mentally fit and ready for development.
The provincial government
took part in the “Brigada Eskwela” being undertaken by
the Department of Education
to spruce up not only public
classrooms but even the 629
day care centers in the province before its school and day
care opening in June.
“While we are preparing for
the school and day care opening this school year through
Brigada Eskwela, let us also
ensure that the nutrition and
health needs of the children
are ready and in place,” the
governor said.
She said the children cannot concentrate on physical,
mental, educational development while in public schools
and day care centers if they are
sick and malnourished.
stressed that they need the full
cooperation of the barangay
health scholars and barangay
welfare volunteers and barangay Health Workers under the
auspices of the DSWD and
DOH to check and monitor the
health condition of the incoming school graders and their
The governor suggested
that teachers and child devel-
by Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
— A Subic Bay Metropolitan
Authority (SBMA) task force
formed recently to recover
items stolen from some shipwrecks in Subic Bay has retrieved an anchor believed to
be part of a stash hidden by
In a press statement,
Subic authorities mounted
operation “Oplan Bawi
Bakal” to recover artifacts
and other items stolen from
various shipwrecks in Subic
The operation led by the
SBMA Law Enforcement
Department (SBMA-LED)
was undertaken after an unnamed informant reported
that scrap metals, includmarine artifacts... Page 7
Legendary rock
guitarist to grace
2nd Angeles City
Blues Summit
Gov. Lilia Pineda
inserts Guagua’s
declaration of support
plaque inside the
Manuel Santiago
monument after the
ceremony. Also in the
photo are Guagua
Mayor Dante Torres,
Vice Mayor Anthonny
Twaño, 2nd District
Board Members Jun
Dimson, Anthony
Torres and Governor
Chief of Staff Fritzie
opment workers should also
undergo full body medical
check up to ensure that they
are physically and mentally fit
to teach.
She instructed the child
development service workers
to help fight the malnutrition
problem in the 4th district especially in Macabebe, Masantol, Apalit, Minalin, Candaba,
Sto. Tomas and Arayat towns
as Pampanga has 21,000 malnourished children.
However, Pineda also underscored the cleanliness of
day care centers and its environs to avoid dengue outbreak
SM Clark guards help clean school
by Charlene A. Cayabyab
ANGELES CITY -- Security personnel of a shopping
mall here recently conducted a
“Brigada Eskwela” in neighbor
Mabalacat City.
About 50 security guards
from SM City Clark (SMCK)
participated in the project.
They cleaned the drainage sys-
tem and surrounding areas of
Lakandula Elementary School
in Barangay Lakandula, Mabalacat City.
During the clean-up activity, the guards were assisted
by village councilman Daniel
Odullo and school teacher Annabelle Non.
Local officials, including the
teachers, thanked the mall se-
curity guards after the activity.
Ana Datu, SMCK mall manager, said the activity is part of their
corporate social responsibility.
“With this activity, we wish
to maintain cleanliness in the
school so we can prevent the
breeding of dengue mosquitoes
in preparation for the opening
of the academic year on June
02,” Datu said. •
ANGELES CITY -- All is set
for the staging of the 2nd Angeles City Blues Summit, an annual event that brings together
blues and blues-rock based
local and national bands to
this city to promote the worldrenowned musical genre that
has spawned many famous and
talented guitarists around the
Organized by the Angeles
Blues Exponents Production
Unlimited (Abe Pu), the 2nd
Annual Angeles City Blues
Summit will be held on May
31, 2014, 6 pm, at the Amphigarden, a part of Mar’s Garden,
in the entertainment district
of Balibago in Angeles City
and will feature the legendary
rock guitarist Gary Perez and
his band along with blues and
blues-rock bands based in Angeles City and Manila.
Event co-organizer and Angeles City blues proponent Angelo Long, band leader and lead
blues summit... Page 7
Bataeños welcome Ms. Phl
Earth Eco-Tourism 2014
By Mhike R. Cigaral
BALANGA CITY -- Thousands of Bataeños were
delighted to see Monique Terulle P. Manuel, the winner of Ms. Eco-Tourism title in the Miss Philippines
Earth 2014, during her motorcade in major roads of
Bataan, Tuesday morning.
Manuel, a native of Dinalupihan town, was greeted with shouts and applause in yesterday’s homebataeÑos welcome... Page 7
BATAAN BEAUTY. Bataan Governor Albert Garcia welcomes Ms. Earth Philippines Eco Tourism 2014 Monique Manuel,
who hails from Dinalupihan town, in his office at the Capitol. The
Bataan beauty held a parade in the province on Tuesday. Also in
photo is Board Member Peping Villapando (beside the governor).
--butch gunio
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 28, 2014
Mining company vows to
help host communities
By Butch Gunio
OPERATION TULE. “Pamitastic” Councilors (from L-R) Jericho Aguas, Edu Pamintuan, Alexander Indiongco and Maricel Morales are
joined by Rural Health Unit Midwife Ofel De Guzman (center) during their annual “Operation Tule” free circumcision services for boys aged 8
and up. --AC-CIO Photo
DAR-3 installs 96% of
Hacienda Luisita farmers
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has
already installed 5,990
farmer-beneficiaries in
Hacienda Luisita or 96.43
percent of 6,212 individuals who were awarded
with lands under the
Comprehensive Agrarian
Reform Program (CARP).
Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer
II (PARPO) Ileona Pangilinan in a statement said
that with the remaining
farmers-beneficiaries left to be installed,
it’s possible for the DAR
to install all the farmerbeneficiaries before the
end of the month.
“Unless there are no
outside forces to hinder
our activities, we will
be finished before June.
Almost all of the CARPawarded lots were already
placed with boundary
markers or mujons,” Pangilinan said.
Pangilinan said some
of the lands have still
standing crops and would
be harvested soon so that
the Department would be
able to put mujons in the
property and install the
remaining farmer-beneficiaries.
Aside from awarding
land to the farmer-beneficiaries, the DAR also
offers them support services such as provision
of credit facilities, farm
machinery and training
programs to increase the
productivity of their newly-acquired lands.
Newly installed farmer-beneficiary Pedro Aguilar Jr. from Barangay
Pando said that the DAR
is already inviting him
to attend seminars and
“I can’t wait to cultivate my land. I am much
more excited when the
DAR said that I should
attend seminars they
conduct to empower us,”
Aguilar said.•
CSC invites
CL residents
BPSU develops learning
module for brgy officials
By Butch Gunio
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STA. CRUZ, Zambales -- An official
of a mining firm has
said that the company is serious in helping the communities
where they conduct
their operations.
“We help to rehabilitate the environment and we help the
people looking for
livelihood opportunities,” Peter T. Benaires, Eramen Minerals
Community Relation Unit
Manager, was quoted
as saying.
According to Reynan Calderon, Samahan ng Nagtataguyod
ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Sambayanan (Agham) Central
Luzon secretary general, said Eramen has
tapped experts to help
in the rehabilitation of
the areas where it operates.
Aside from Calderon, other experts the
mining company have
tapped are Agham
CL Executive Council
Miguel, Engr. Jonathan Lacayanga, Engr
Walter Valdez, and
Jose Paulo Tuazon.
The four are also
connected with the
State University.
Calderon said in
line with the rehabilitation program of Eramen, they have been
conducting livelihood
trainings, and introducing organic and
aerobic rice farming
to folks in the areas or
near the areas where
the company extracts
They also demonstrated fabrications of
the vertical fed biomass cookstove.
Lacayanga developed the cookstove,
which responds to the
problems of household
air pollution or indoor
air pollution.
Inland fishery like
will also be introduced
to folks in the area.
He said reforestation is also part of the
rehabilitation efforts
of the company.
Mindoro pines, cashew trees, and other
endemic trees were
planted in the vast
mining sites.
The mining company spends P7 million every quarter to
water the trees they
Calderon divulged
that only Eramen,
among the 7 mining
companies operating
in Zambales, is into
rehabilitation of mining areas as part of the
company’s corporate
social responsibility. •
Bataan Peninsula State
University (BPSU) has developed a learning module
and conducted intensive
trainings for barangay officials of this city.
“The workshop activities given to us were very
difficult but helpful,” said
Barangay Cabog Cabog
Captain Efren Zarraga
of the strategic planning
workshop provided by
BPSU education experts.
BPSU, thru the leadership of President Delfin O.
Magpantay, is a partner of
the city government in the
modified “Learning Barangay Week Program”.
signed, educators from
BPSU will provide particular knowledge to participants of the Barangay
Week Program.
In one occasion, the
university sponsored a run
dubbed “Takbo 3 Peninsulares” for the benefit of
Balanga City Wetland and
Nature Park.
The park was built by
the city government of
Balanga in Barangay Tortugas aiming to promote
bird-watching activities in
the city.
A week ago, Balanga
City Mayor Joet Garcia
and wife Isabel Garcia
joined the BPSU contingent headed by Magpantay
in the Silicon Valley tour
in California, USA.
Communications Incorporated awarded the tour to BPSU team
for winning this year’s
10th Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP) with their
entry “Coin Saver: A New
and Innovative Way to
Garcia, an IT expert, is
a known user of modern
technology in administration and delivery of public
In fact, the Silicon Valley was one of the models
adopted by Garcia when he
hatched the vision “Balanga City: A University Town
by 2020”. •
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office 3
is inviting Central Luzon residents to take the
second Career Service Professional and Subprofessional Paper and Pencil Tests of 2014 that is
scheduled on October 26.
“Exams are open to all Filipino citizens aged
18 years old and above who are of good moral
character; have not been convicted by final
judgment of an offense or crime involving moral
turpitude or disgraceful or immoral conduct,
dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs; have not been dishonorably discharged from military service or
dismissed for cause from any civilian positions
in the government and have not taken the same
level of CSC examination in less than three
months,” CSC Regional Director Myrna Macatangay said.
“Passers of the Bar exams and Professional
Regulation Commission-administered tests as
well as those who graduated with honors need
not apply as they are granted with automatic eligibility,” Macatangay stressed.
The examinations shall consist of the following subject areas: a) For Professional (In English and Filipino) – vocabulary, grammar and
correct usage, paragraph organization, readCSC EXAM... Page 7
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 28, 2014
COULD you imagine life without the Brigada Eskwela?
It was hard enough for teachers, all year long, to teach dayin, day-out, five days a week, to
hundreds of students in a day. So
could you just imagine the hard
work they had to put in before the
Brigada Eskwela came into being
in 2003?
The teachers themselves, with
the aid of a few parents and
cleaning crew, had to take care
of all the preparations prior to
the opening of every school year.
They had to take care of everything, even shelling out a few
bucks, for needed repairs.
But that all changed when the
Brigada was launched in 2003.
Now, companies and private
entities, as part of their corporate
social responsibility, help clean
schools all over the country. Even
the police and the military, as
well as local government units,
help out in repairs. Donations
pour in for needed facilities and
school improvements.
Life became easier, at least for
teachers and school officials, as
far as maintaining a conducive
learning environment for students is concerned, before the
start of every school year.
This year’s theme is “Building
Resilient Schools”, which was
borne out of last year’s typhoon
Yolanda which hit the Visayas region.
The Brigada Eskwela -- which
is a nationwide voluntary effort
-- has been called “people power”
by many, but it can be described
simply: a show of bayanihan spirit, which Filipinos are known for.
June 4 Tiananmen massacre
and our present woes with China
HERE was a massacre at the
Tiananmen Square in Beijing
perpetrated by the Chinese
military particularly on June 3 to 4 of
1989, killing at least 300 people mostly students and residents of the city
who were staging peaceful demonstrations seeking reforms and
democratic rights. The most brutal part of the bloody suppression
was when tanks rolled over fleeing unarmed demonstrators.
Until now the Chinese government has been trying to erase
all memories of what really happened during that period but the
world knew and will never forget.
We, in the Philippines, should not
forget. The architect of modern
China as it is now, Deng Xiaoping, was the very same person
who initiated and led the hardline policy against the pro-democracy
demonstrators that led to the violent
clearing of Tiananmen and other rally
sites all over China.
Four years earlier, I was in Beijing
attending an international youth conference where I fell ill and was hospitalized. A member of the Communist
Youth League accompanied me and
together with the youthful medical
staff who attended to me tried to get
as much information as possible about
the outside world with the few English
words that they could muster talking with me. When I came back from
China I used to receive copies of the
League’s magazine but they stopped
coming when the pro-democracy
movement picked up momentum. In
a country where everything must fall
under the leadership of the Communist Party, independent youth and
workers’ organizations started to crop
up as the movement progressed. Even
the workers who were supposed to be
represented by the Communist Party
in implementing Lenin’s dictatorship
of the proletariat in the stage of socialist construction were already feeling
alienated. Even the Communist Youth
League at that time was led by party
cadres above 40 years old.
Demonstrators at the Tiananmen
reached a million people and the un-
“Until now the Chinese
government has been trying to erase all memories
of what really happened
during that period but
the world knew and will
never forget. We, in the
Philippines, should not
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The Code of Kalantiaw
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon is a Daily Regional Newspaper
finished products but in acquiring
cheap labor and raw materials to sustain its economy. China now is considered a social imperialist country,
socialist in word but imperialist in deed. It is how
its economy works that
compels it to act like any
other imperialist country. This is the China that
the country faces over
disputed territories in
the West Philippine Sea.
This came about because
Deng Xiaoping and his
clique in the Communist
Party found it easier to
kill hundreds and injure
thousands of their people
than change the course of
Leny Manalo
where they wanted China
to go. Not even Vietnam,
nant Communist Party leaders were a country ruled by another frateralarmed that the “economic reforms” nal communist party, was spared by
that they wanted to pursue were be- China in its recent territory-grabbing
ing jeopardized. They were the kind spree. The Chinese government said
of reforms that put capitalism back in it was for the national interest that
China as the socialist collectivization they were doing this. Vietnamese naof farms were slowly discarded and tionalism showed its counter fury by
state-owned factories were allowed to burning down Chinese factories and
retain profits to provide more incen- sending the Chinese citizens scamptives that reportedly went largely to ering out of the country. In the end it
managers and the new power elite. was not a choice between communist
A new bourgeoisie emerged out of ideology and capitalism but a choice
the power elite that benefited from of which national interest to pursue as
state-sponsored capitalism. Ironi- defined by the dominant power and,
cally those who were sympathetic to or the people.
Deng Xiaoping himself in a speech
the pro-democracy movement were
the ones who appeared more faithful at the United Nations on April 10, 1974
to the Maoist line who viewed that the who told the world what to do when he
reforms being pursued were leaning said, “If one day China should change
more towards capitalism than social- her color and turn into a superpower,
ism. Even during the final hours of the if she too should play the tyrant in the
Tiananmen dispersal the protesting world, and everywhere subject others
students were singing the communist to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should
State monopoly capitalism in identify her as social-imperialism, exChina grew stronger as its economy pose it, oppose it and work together
veered more and more towards market with the Chinese people to overthrow
economy that sought to extract more it.”
It is just right that we sympathize
profits not only from selling finished
products but by exporting capital out- with the Vietnamese nationalist aspiside China, a practice that eventually rations and unite with the Vietnamese
leads to imperialism. China now com- people against Chinese imperialist
petes with other imperialist countries intrusions. The Vietnamese are clear
in Africa and Asia not only in selling about their nationalism. Are we?•
rest was replicated in some 400 cities
and places all over China. The issues
and demands covered a wide array
of concerns, from official corruption to freedom and basic
rights of citizens. The domi-
N EYE for an eye, a tooth for
a tooth, a life for a life. This
is the Qisas Law or the Retribution Law being implemented and
practiced by some Islamic countries
in the Middle East.
In the recent news by the Associated Press, an
Iranian billionaire
was executed over
billions of dollars
in state bank fraud.
Death sentence in
Iran is usually rendered by hanging.
No amount of his
wealth, power and
connection was able
to stop the his conviction and punishELLEZ J. DAVIO
crime of murder, terrorism, espionage, or any serious acts against the
state are punishable by death penalty. If proven guilty, the punishment is
carried out immediately. Corruption
is highly regarded as crime against
the state and anyone who committed
such dereliction, death is mandatory.
Given the gravity of the punishment
Now We
and the tightly controlled and iron
fist government, some officials still
manage to defraud the people in favor of vested interest and self enrichment.
However, unlike in our state,
where justice walks like a turtle, if
Negros, to maintain peace and harmony in his territorial domain.
However, it was discovered that
the code was a hoax by some scholars
and historians of our antiquity. It was
written by Jose E. Marco as part of
his historical fiction. The code is now
labelled as a “disputed document.” True to its origin or not,
the code should be our rule of
law. What we need right now is
a strict implementation of penalties and punishments to minimize the increasing crime rate
and the obvious corrupt practices of some government officials.
Not a single day is spared without a crime in our society. Reports of unwarranted killings,
sexual abuses and corruption
dominate the print and television media. Our world is now a
jungle full of wild beasts waiting
to slaughter their victims. No one is
safe. We need the code for our sake.
The heaviness of the punishments
will make you think twice, or maybe
a million times before executing your
evil desires.
Of all the laws in code, I find
“What we need right now is
a strict implementation of
penalties and punishments to
minimize the increasing crime
rate and the obvious corrupt
practices of some government
officials. Not a single day is
spared without a crime in our
such unlawful act is validated and
due process is faithfully served, the
felon will be condemned to die soon
afterward. In our country, we have
a legal code during the pre-Hispanic era which is called, “The Code of
Kalantiaw.” It was said to have been
written by Datu Kalantiaw, a chief in
now we know... Page 5
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 28, 2014
Maid from the Philippines
T’S a sight of cruelty against our Overseas
Filipino Workers when I saw on the news the
body of a woman who was said to have been
poured with boiling water by the mother of her
employer in Saudi Arabia.
The OFW who works as a maid in the said
Middle East country was known by the name Fatima. She is barely 23 years old and hails from
North Cotobato.
She suffered serious burns in her body when
she was thrown with boiling water which caused
her skin to scald. According to Fatima, the mother of her employer did her act because the former
failed to bring her coffee on time.
Fatima has been working with her employer,
an Arab family based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for
two months. Sad to note was the fact that she was
not given her salaries and not properly fed.
When the incident happened, it took a couple
of hours before
she was taken
to a hospital for
the treatment of
the burns in her
body. She sought
the help of her
cousin who was
there and took
pictures of her
burnt body and
posted the same
in a social networking site.
She managed to get the number of her relatives in Riyadh, who rescued her from her employer and was taken to the Assistance to Nationals Section of the Philippine Embassy in Saudi
The mother of two appealed to the Philippine
government for some assistance in filing a case
against her abusive employer.
This is not the first time a maid or an OFW
employed in Saudi Arabia was made a victim of
abuses. Many are not paid, while some are beaten or raped. On the other hand, when they fight
back with their abusers, they are immediately
sent to jail without the assistance of a lawyer or
representatives from the Philippine embassy.
These incidents happen despite the mutual
agreement signed by the Saudia Arabian government and the Philippines that is said to be giving
more rights to Filipino workers in the said Mid-
dle East kingdom, especially those who are employed as maids or household service workers.
There are around 8 million workers all over
the world working as OFWs, working hard to
survive and to tend to the needs of their family
here in the country. Many of them are maltreated
and abused such as this latest case.
A large number of OFWs work in Middle East
countries, with their hope of earning right for
their families back here in the country.
There are many stories of struggles of our
considered modern-day heroes which are not reported by news nor posted in social networking
sites, that they fail to attract the attention of our
government’s authorities. The number continuously increase, brought about by abusive employers who often look down on Filipinos as modernday slaves too.
On a higher level,
there are OFWs who
are sometimes killed by
their employers deliberately, but later on would
be described as cases of
suicides or accidents.
It’s easy for employers
to conceal their criminal liabilities since they
are in their own territory.
Further, they have
Alvin H. Arceo
the money to offer their
victim’s families for the
dismissal of the charges against them, if any.
While some OFWs have made it big in other
countries, there are quite a number of them who
are abused physically, emotionally or verbally.
The mere shouting of ruthless employers against
their Filipino workers already constitutes abuse,
by the way.
Meanwhile, Philippine diplomatic authorities are sometimes helpless since they live in a
foreign land and that they cannot simply invoke
the rights of Filipinos or simply cry foul over the
acts of some employers. It’s high time that the national government should come up with coherent
foreign policies that will provide utmost protection and welfare for our OFWs.
“It’s high time that the
national government
should come up with
coherent foreign policies that will provide As of this
utmost protection and writing
welfare for our OFWs.”
This writer welcomes other views, comments,
and reactions. You may send your message at
teacher’s corner
Teacher Leaders
by Jacqueline G. Yco
IT IS NOT easy to be a teacher and a leader at
the same time. They are fundamentally different roles. But teachers have to be leaders, in order for them to establish their role as mentors or
coaches or role models of students.
For teachers to be able leaders, they receive
trainings for their new responsibilities. Teacher
leaders play vital roles in schools -- they manage curriculum projects, facilitate teacher study
groups, provide workshops, among others.
Teacher leaders also influence their students
and the school, and earn the respect of their colleagues through expertise and practice.
Effective teacher leaders have important
skills, values, and dispositions, and are always
in the process of improving their teaching
skills, and learning other skills along the way.
Being a leader means being able to collabo-
rate with others. They must always have the
support of colleagues into one vision, and build
consensus among diverse groups of educators.
Leaders also have the ability to be convincing.
While they are respected for their own skills,
teacher leaders also understand and recognize
the need to focus on the school’s programs that
are aimed at developing the skills of the students.
Teacher leaders are also open-minded. They
respect others’ views and display optimism and
enthusiasm, confidence and decisiveness. They
are also flexible and willing to rise in case of failures.
The author is Master Teacher 2 of the Pampanga High School, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.•
now we know from Page 4
three articles apt in our present standpoint. “Ye, shall not
kill, neither shall ye steal nor
shall ye hurt the aged, lest ye
incur the danger of death. All
those who this order shall infringe shall be tied to a stone
and drowned in a river or in
boiling water. Just imagining
the infliction of punishments
gives me goosebumps.
The other one is. “Obey ye:
no one shall have wives that
are too young, nor shall they
be more than what he can take
care of, nor spend much luxury. He who fulfills not, obeys
not, shall be condemned to
swim for three hours and,
for the second time, shall be
scourged with spines to death.
Legal wives will definitely
agree on this law.
The last one is the non-payment of debt. “Ye shall punctually meet your debt. He who
fulfills not, for the first time
shall be lashed a hundredfold,
and if the obligation is great,
his hands shall be dipped
threefold in boiling water. On
conviction, he will be flogged
to death.”•
Walang expiration
SANG panukala ang kamakailang inihain na naglalayong
tanggalin na ang mga expiration period ng mga prepaid call
and text cards sa Senado.
Ayon sa panukala ni Senador Ralph Recto, ipinagbabawal na
sa mga telecommunication companies ang pagkakaroon nila ng
validity period ng kanilang mga prepaid call and text cards na
kadalasang napo-forfeit kapag hindi nagamit sa nakatakdang
Ang Senate Bill No. 2231 o ang “Prepaid Load Protection Act of 2014” ay isang
malaking tulong sa mga nagmamay-ari
ng mga prepaid na mga telepono dahil
hindi ito masasayang kapag hindi ito todong nagamit.
Tama nga naman ang layunin ng panukala, na noon pa sana ay naging batas na
ito para sa kapakanan ng mga milyungmilyong mga Pilipino na gumagamit ng
prepaid na mga telepono.
Ika nga ng marami, bakit nga naman
nila babayaran ang isang commodity
na hindi man nila nagamit? Ang load ay
hindi katulad ng pagkain na kapag hindi
ito nakain ay mapapanis na at hindi na Ka Dencio Pacheco
maaaring pakinabangan pa.
Hindi ba’t may mga pagkakataon pa
nga na ang mga load ng mga cellular
phone o celphone ay sinasabing kinakain
ng kanilang mga telepono o bigla na lang
nawawala ang mga load kahit hindi ito
nagamit o dili kaya’y hindi pa umabot sa
expiration period nito.
Ang Pilipinas ay tinaguriang texting
capital ng mundo. Sinyales ito na mahilig
talaga sa interaksiyon ang mga Pilipino
sa kanilang mga kaibigan, kamag-anak
o kakilala man lang. Ibig din sabihin nito
na marami sa atin ang gumagamit ng mga
celphone sa ating komunikasyon. Dahil sa
dami ng mga telepono, madami rin ang
kita ng mga kumpanyang nagbibigay ng
serbisyo nila para sa komunikasyon.
Isang hindi birong negosyo ang telekomunikasyon at hindi rin biro ang kita dito
lalo na sa panahon ngayon na mabilis ang
pag-usad ng teknolohiya.
Kapag ang nasabing panukala ay naging isang ganap na batas, masisiguro ng
maraming gumagamit ng celphone na
sulit ang bawat pisong load na binili nila.
Kumbaga, walang masasayang sa kanilang mga pera dahil ito ay mapapakinabangan para ipantawag
o ipang-tex ang kanilang nabayaran ng load.
Ayon kay Senador Recto, marami ang mga nagrereklamo sa
kasalukuyang ipinatutupad ng mga telecommunication companies o mga “telcos” sa paglalagay ng mga expiration dates ng mga
load. Ultimong mga SIM cards (Subscriber Identity Module) ay
mayroon ding “life span” na sinasabi na kapag hindi nagamit sa
mahigit isang taon, hindi na ito maaaring magamit pa.
Ang mga load naman ay may mga life span na 15 hanggang 120
na araw bago ito ma-”forfeit” ng mga telcos. Kapag hindi nagamit
ang load, nasasayang lamang ang mga pera na pinambili ng load
ng mga may-ari ng mga celphones.
“Kapag ang
panukala ay
naging isang
ganap na
batas, masisiguro ng
ng celphone
na sulit ang
bawat pisong
load na binili
Samantala, marami pa rin ang mga may-ari ng mga celphone
ang nagrereklamo dahil sa mga “spams” na natatanggap nila sa
kanilang mga gadgets. Sa mga ito, mayroong mga nagbibigay
kunwari ng mga ring tones, ng mga promo o ng mga iba pang
pakulo na may bayad, lingid sa kaalaman ng mga may-ari ng
Ang mga promong ito ay legal subalit nako-konsumo naman ang load ng sinumang pumapatol sa mga ganitong mga
Mayroon ding mga “scams” naman na nagsasabing nanalo
ang isang tao sa isang raffle promo na kung saan ay malalaking
premyo ang kanilang napanalunan. Ngunit hindi ito basta-basta
makukuha sapagkat kailangan munang magpadala ng pera ang
kunwaring nanalo sa mga raffle na ito sa taong nag-text sa kanya.
Ang tanong ng maraming mga nakakatanggap ng mga ganitong mga text ay kung bakit nga naman sila nanalo ng hindi naman sila tumataya sa kahit anung sugal? •
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 28, 2014
Lovi, Rocco lumantad na
OBRA ang excitement
ni Lovi Poe na makasama sa isang teleserye si
Dingdong Dantes.
She plays a vendor in Cebu who
Dingdong’s second wife,
so they shot many
scenes on location in Cebu, while
Maricel is the wife
in Manila.
“I’ve worked before with Dingdong
in the movie ‘Tiktik’ but this is our first TV
drama together,” sabi niya.
“This is also my first time
with the Diamond Star and
I’m looking forward to doing
my scenes with her kasi I’m
sure marami akong matutunan sa kanya. We’ve been
taping for two weeks but
hindi pa kami nagkakasama kaya pinaghahandaan
ko ‘yun kasi ayoko naming
mapahiya ako, knowing how
good an actress she is.”
Lovi is so happy that they
are supported by a
Connie Reyes, Robert Arevalo, Celeste
Abuel, Susan Africa,
Marc Abaya, Dominic Roco, Rodjun
Cruz and Alessandra de Rossi.
About her lovelife,
it’s obvious she and
Rocco Nacino are now an
item after their trip together in Europe, but Lovi still
won’t officially admit their
relationship, just like before
when she was on with Ronald Singson and Jake Cuenca. All she’d say is “what you
see is what you get”. Rocco
seems to be more open as
he calls her “Hon” (short for
Honey) even when they’re in
rocco nocino
& lovi poe
public. Both of them admit
the Europe trip did them
a lot of good as they got to
know each other better.
“I know before na he’s
smart and has a good sense
of humor but with the trip,
I confirmed he’s also a good
organizer kasi siya ang nagorganize ng lahat ng ginawa
namin, ng mga lugar na pinuntahan namin. He led,
I just followed. It was also
a fulfilling experience dahil nataon sa Holy Week
when we went to the Vatican
and hear mass there. It really helped in renewing our
But it doesn’t mean they’re
thinking of tying the knot
soon. “We inspire each other
but, as of now, we’re both still
very busy in achieving and
pursuing our own dreams
about our careers separately,
so mas concentrated pa rin
kami roon.”•
Judy Ann di payag makasama Sheryn Regis ibinuking
si Claudine sa anumang proyekto na tomboy ng karelasyon
umawsaw na rin sa Baretto brouhaha ang anak ni Marjorie
Barreto kay Kier Legaspi na si Dani. Inaaway na rin nito
ang tiyahing si Claudine. Dani is 20 years old and a fashion
blogger who defended her mom and assailed Claudine in her own
Twitter account.
Claudine counter-posted: “I don’t care about Dani anymore.
Ayoko ng mga batang walang utang na loob at bastos. You can
hate me on Instagram and on Twitter all you want. You don’t
affect me anymore. She can tweet everything and anything that
she wants about me, but at the end of the day, little girl, you don’t
know anything. Baka lang may amnesia ‘yung bata so never mind.
Ang sa akin lang, matutong gumalang sa mas nakakatanda.”
But she reserves her deadliest venom in her latest
statements for ex-hubby Raymart Santiago whom she
said doesn’t love her anymore. “Wala na rin akong respeto sa kanya, kahit konti, kahit bilang ama ng anak
ko. Pinakamalaki kong pagsisisi na pinakasalan ko
siya, na nakilala ko siya. I hope he burns in hell.”
But Claudine has made amends with Raffy Tulfo
for the sake of peace. It can be recalled that she
and Raymart had a fight with Mon Tulfo at the airport and Raymart protected her after she accosted
a ground attendant for lost luggage. She has also
patched things up with Star Cinema and there’s
talk there’s a project for her and Judy Ann Santos.
But knowing Star Cinema, they now only bank on
their younger stars doing rom-coms, which the local moviegoing public prefer watching. A movie
with Juday and her would be very iffy.
Juday said she’s willing to do it, but someone
should tell her that Claudine’s public image now
is very negative because of all her public attacks
against a lot of people, especially her sisters and
husband. It seems to backfire on her. Unlike her,
Juday has maintained a wholesome and unsullied
image. She’s happily married to Ryan Agoncillo, she
has good relationship with her Mommy Carol and
siblings, she has succeeded in branching out into TV
hosting and continues to have so many endorsements.
She has really left rival Claudine by leaps and bounds,
be it in their careers or personal lives. Let’s see if Claudine could still catch up with her.•
sa ilang entertainment
press ang businesswoman na si Emy Madrigal
na girlfriend ng singer na si
Sheryn Regis who is based in
Portland, Oregon (USA). Siya
raw ang babae sa kanilang
relasyon at si Sheryn
ang tomboy.
ni Emy kung
nag pa interbyu ay
d a h i l
pi n a gtata-
d a w
siya ni
at biktima
siya ng emotional torture
For years, hindi nagku complain si Emy
sa complexities ng relasyon nila ni Sheryn
dahil in-assured daw
siya ng singer na mahal siya nito. Kumbaga, action speaks
louder than words at
ramdam naman daw
niya ang pagmamahal ng
Para ring asong buntot nang
buntot si Emy sa singer kahit
saang bansa ito magpunta. Kaya
lang, lately, madalas na raw siyang pagtaguan ni Sheryn.
Habang nasa Pilipinas si Emy,
nagkaroon sila ng chance na
mag-usap a few weeks ago para
ayusin ang problema. Kaya lang,
mas lalo pa itong lumala.
Inamin ni Sheryn kay Emy
na meron nga siyang bagong
karelasyong babae kaya nakikipaghiwalay siya rito. Gusto na rin daw ni Sheryn ng
“straight life.”
Nangako rin si Sheryn na isosoli ang mga materyal na bagay
na iniregalo sa kanya ni Emy.
And she even dared Emy na
wala siyang pakialam kahit pa
i-expose nito ang kanilang relasyon sa publiko.
Sa isang banda, inamin ni
Emy na wala siyang pinagsisisihan sa naging relasyon nila
ni Sheryn dahil minahal daw
niya ito. Pero unbearable na raw
ang emotional pain na bnigay sa
kanya ng singer.
Emy is a cervical cancer survivor, but a few months later, the
cancer cell has gone to her lungs
and she needs a series of treatments this June.
How sad naman ng kanilang
love story. Pero sabi nga nila,
lahat ay may hangganan. Ang
importante, naging masaya sila
kahit sandali lang when they
were still together.•
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 28, 2014
Pamintuan chanced upon the
speeding suspects who snatched
the bag of victim Kin Byung Ki, a
33-year-old Korean national. Kin
was trying to chase the suspects on
foot while shouting for help.
Immediately, the mayor, with
his security team headed by Mario Nulud, provided assistance and
gave chase to the suspects who
then lost control of their motorcycle and hit the pavement, inflicting injuries upon themselves. One
of them eluded arrest by fleeing on
foot, while the other was immedi-
BATAEÑOS from Page 2
ately arrested.
Suspects were identified as
Robinson Tinio, 31, of Barangay
Lourdes Northwest. The other one
who eluded the arrest was Alvin
Turbada, of legal age, also from the
same barangay.
Confiscated from the suspect’s
possession were two live ammunitions for a .45 caliber firearm, and
the victim’s bag containing Php
According to the mayor, it was
very fortunate that they were there
to witness the crime. Pamintuan
said citizens should rest assured
that the local police force and the
barangays are doing all they can to
collar the criminal elements in the
After the apprehension, the
mayor called in Chief Inspector
Kenneth Vega to take over the arrest and send the suspect to the Ospital ning Angeles.
“Anytime now, we are anticipating the arrest of the other suspect who fled, as he was already
identified by the police,” the mayor
EARLY CHILD from Page 1
The governor said the provincial
government in partnership with
the Department of Health (DOH),
Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD), Department
of Education (DepEd), Commission
on Higher Education (CHED) wants
to strengthen the comprehensive
and integrated delivery of health,
nutrition, early education, and social services development programs
for young children aged zero to four
years or even up to eight years old
Elizabeth Baybayan, head of the
provincial social welfare and development (PSWD), said the provincial
government is fully implementing
the early child care and development act in Pampanga through the
promotion of the rights of the children to survival and their development and special protection with
full recognition of the nature of
“Let us produce bright children
in Pampanga,” Baybayan said.
Baybayan said the provincial
government recognizes the age zero
to eight years as the first crucial
stage of educational development,
which shall be the responsibility of
the Early Childhood Care and Development Council in the province.
Charlo Costales, a social worker
by profession, said the responsibility to help develop children in the
formative years between age five to
eight years shall fall under the Department of Education.
“It is the duty and responsibility of the child development service
workers to prepare the children
for the formal education. So, it is
not their obligation to teach the
children the basic education being
taught in public and private elementary schools. All they have to do, is
to prepare the physical and mental
development of the children when
in day care centers.
“Kaya bawal ang libro sa pagtuturo ng day care. Ang kailangan
lang ay bantayan ang development
ng bata,” he said.
It was learned that ECCD is the
full range of health, nutrition, early
education and social services that
provide for the holistic needs of
children ages 0-6 years.•
and other communicable diseases.
It can be recalled that this month, the Capitol and the Department of Labor and Development (DOLE) had
distributed financial assistance as scholarship grants for the college students and salaries of the students who
availed the special program for the employment of students (SPES).•
BLUES SUMMIT from Page 2
guitarist for the Angeles City-based
LUID MK Blues Band, said the blues
summit is an annual concert celebrating the musical genre that has
been adopted and promoted by blues
musicians and enthusiasts in Angeles City.
Supporting Perez in the 2nd Angeles City Blues Summit are local
bands Tibuan, Bottle Talk, the Tinyente Geronimo and D’ Hayupax
Blues Band, Native Spice and the
LUID MK Blues Band while bands
from Manila include Kingpin, the
Lagkitan Trio, the D’Jango Project
Band, the Blue Way Trio, and the Ian
Lofamia Band.
Gary Perez, who has made an
impact on the Pinoy blues and rock
scene in the 1970s, is considered one
of the Philippines’ best rock guitarists, up there with the likes of Wally
Gonzales of the Juan de la Cruz
Band, Resty Fabunan of Maria Cafra
and Jun Lupito who has played with
various Pinoy rock legends such
Joey “Pepe” Smith.
Perez is the writer of unforgettable rock anthems and hit songs
such as “Bonggahan”, “Tao”, “Laguna” and “Sa Diyos Lamang”, among
others, recorded by Pinoy rock vixen
Sampaguita backed up by Perez’s
band, Anak Bayan.
The Angeles City Blues Summit was organized last year after a
following for blues, a musical form
and genre that originated in AfricanAmerican communities in the deep
South of the United States around
the end of the 19th century from
spirituals, work songs, field hollers,
shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.
The first outing of the Blues Summit in May 2014 was top-billed by no
other than Wally Gonzalez, guitarist of the legendary Juan de la Cruz
Band. Opening acts for Gonzalez in
last year’s event were purely local
blues bands.
“However, after pictures of the
event were posted by concert goers, guests and organizers on social
media, particularly facebook, we received a barrage of messages, inquiries and requests from friends that
we decided to make the blues summit an annual event,” co-organizer
Dino Doliente, guitarist, composer
and band leader of the Tinyente
Geronimo and D’ Hayupax Blues
Band, said.
The event is presented by Musikerung Kapampangan (MK), Dainty
Restaurant, Amphigarden and Hendrix Signsprintdesignmultimedia.
Tickets to the 2nd Angeles City Blues
Summit We started with a bang last
year with none other than Wally
Gonzalez of the fabled Juan dela
Cruz Band. On May 31st this year,
blues-rock guitarist/composer Gary
Perez (Anak Bayan, Sampaguita,
Defenders) will be our special guest.
But wait, there’s more! 10 bands
from Angeles & Manila are on the
bill too.
Tickets at P180 gets you 1 free
“In blues we trust” We started
with a bang last year with none
other than Wally Gonzalez of the
fabled Juan dela Cruz Band. On May
31st this year, blues-rock guitarist/
composer Gary Perez (Anak Bayan,
Sampaguita, Defenders) will be our
special guest. But wait, there’s more!
10 bands from Angeles & Manila are
on the bill too.
Tickets at P180 gets you 1 free
“In blues we trust” We started
with a bang last year with none
other than Wally Gonzalez of the
fabled Juan dela Cruz Band. On May
31st this year, blues-rock guitarist/
composer Gary Perez (Anak Bayan,
Sampaguita, Defenders) will be our
special guest. But wait, there’s more!
10 bands from Angeles & Manila are
on the bill too.
Tickets at P180 gets you 1 free
“In blues we trust” We started
with a bang last year with none
other than Wally Gonzalez of the
fabled Juan dela Cruz Band. On May
31st this year, blues-rock guitarist/
composer Gary Perez (Anak Bayan,
Sampaguita, Defenders) will be our
special guest. But wait, there’s more!
10 bands from Angeles & Manila are
on the bill too.
Tickets at P180 gets you 1 free
“In blues we trust” We started
with a bang last year with none
other than Wally Gonzalez of the
fabled Juan dela Cruz Band. On May
31st this year, blues-rock guitarist/
composer Gary Perez (Anak Bayan,
Sampaguita, Defenders) will be our
special guest. But wait, there’s more!
10 bands from Angeles & Manila are
on the bill too.
Tickets at P180 gets you 1 free
“In blues we trust”are available
from any of the sponsor establishments or at the venue entrance for
P180 which entitles the bearer to
one free beer. Interested parties may
check the 2nd Angeles City Blues
Summit page on Facebook for inquiries. •
coming celebration.
During her short speech at the Governor’s office, the beauty queen even describes her hometown
where she came from as “di basta palulupig”, citing
the municipality’s name “Dinalupihan”, which was
believe to be derived from the term “di malupigan”
(will not easily be conquered).
Monique, now 25, won the Miss Bataan Tourism
title in 2007.
The welcoming ceremony was spearheaded by
the provincial government of Bataan led by Gov. Albert Garcia, the Provincial Tourism Office, and the
municipal government of Dinalupihan led by Mayor
Maria Angela Garcia.•
ing marine anchors, were
stashed in the waters
some 200 meters away
from the shoreline off
Barangay Mabayo in Morong, Bataan.
On May 14, the team
composed of elements of
the SBMA-LED, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Olongapo
City, Philippine National
Police (PNP) Regional
Maritime Unit-3, PNPSpecial Action Force,
and Morong PNP aboard
two SBMA Harbor Patrol boats, the M/T Redondo and a vessel from
the Boardwalk Dive Shop
proceeded to the area
identified by the informant.
with the officials of Barangay Mabayo, SBMALED divers recovered an
old common anchor full
of barnacles, measuring
approximately seven feet
high, and three feet and
five inches across.
The SBMA-LED stated that no other artifact
was recovered from the
area, as residents said
the other items in the loot
“were hidden away hastily
the night before the oper-
ation was conducted.”
The recovered anchor
is currently in the possession of the SBMA-LED for
SBMA officials said
the Philippine Artifacts
Commission will be notified for proper identification of the recovered common anchor.
Meanwhile, the NBIOlongapo has assumed
jurisdiction over the case
and is set to conduct a
follow-up operation for
possible recovery of other
stolen artifacts and for the
arrest and filing of appropriate charges against the
Last March, five suspects from Morong, Bataan, were apprehended in
connection with the looting of the San Quentin, a
Spanish-era shipwreck
that is a favorite dive site
in Subic Bay.
All were subsequently
released, however, due to
lack of evidence.
Among other shipwrecks within the Subic
Bay waters are the El Capitan, USS New York, the
hell ship Oryoku Maru,
Seian Maru, and a Tank
Landing Ship (LST). •
CSC EXAM from Page 3
ing comprehension, analogy, logic and numerical
reasoning; b) For Subprofessional (In English and
Filipino)- vocabulary, grammar and correct usage,
paragraph organization, reading comprehension,
spelling, clerical operations and numerical reasoning.
There will likewise be a General Information test
for both professional and subprofessional which covers the following areas: a) Philippine Constitution, b)
The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A.6713), c) Peace and
Human Rights Issues and Concepts, and d) Environment Management and Protection.
Exams will simultaneously be conducted in over
50 venues across the archipelago including the cities
of San Fernando in Pampanga, Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija, Malolos in Bulacan and Olongapo.
An applicant must obtain a passing grade of at
least 80% in order to earn eligibility that is the key
for a stable job in the government.
The requirements, as well as the application
form, may be downloaded from the commission’s official website-
For more inquiries, please call the CSC regional
office in the following numbers: (045) 455-3241 and
455-3242 or visit their provincial offices.
Deadline for the submission of application is on
September 11. •
You can grab our
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VOLUME II • NO. 236 • MAY 28, 2014 • WEDNESDAY
How Bb. Pilipinas Universe
‘reached for her dreams’
The statuesque beauty
answers questions
from the media.
--jp manalang
BY Marna Dagumboy del-Rosario
MEET AND GREET. Beauty queen MJ Lastimosa poses with SM City Downtown officials led by Lana Erroba
and Pizza Hut-Downtown branch manager Dodz Almazar. --jp manalang
-- Reigning Binibining PilipinasUniverse MJ Lastimosa, who
visited the province over the week,
admitted that her journey to reach
her dreams has not been easy.
According to Lastimosa, she
did not get her crown until after
several attempts at Binibining
“Don’t give up. I failed at those
attempts but here I am now. The
country, especially Pampanga,
has a lot of pretty and talented ladies who could someday take that
crown and shine the world over.
Keep reaching for your dreams,”
she told candidates of the Mutya
ning San Fernando 2014.
Lastimosa also said the “precious pageant crown” can be
achieved through hard work and
The beauty queen last Sunday graced the annual “Flores
De Mayo” initiated by the city
government and SM City San
Fernando Downtown-Pizza Hut
where she was crowned Mayflower Festival Queen by Mayor
Edwin Santiago.
The Flores de Mayo is part of
the ongoing Pyestang Fernandino
In a brief “meet and greet” at
Pizza Hut at SM City San Fernando Downtown, Lastimosa
said she loves Pampanga culture,
people and food.
She also shared that she is
looking forward to the Miss Universe pageant this year.
“I am really excited about it.
I pray and hope that my fellow
aspirants in different local beauty
pageants, especially in Pampanga
would support my quest,” said
CORONATION. Mayor Edwin Santiago, SM City mall manager Lana Erroba, Flores de Mayo chairman Capt.
Conrado Pacla, Pizza Hut-SM City Downtown branch manager Dodz Almazar crown Lastimosa as this year’s Mayflower Festival Queen. --jp manalang
SAGALA. Local beauties parade around the SM City Downtown mall with Lastimosa.
--photos by joselito salazar jr.

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