Capitol to hold special recruitment this weekend


Capitol to hold special recruitment this weekend
BEEFED UP SECURITY. Clark Development Corporation President Arthur P. Tugade
explains to Mabalacat City Mayor Marino P. Morales, Bases Conversion Development Authority
President Arnel Casanova, Philippine Air Force
officials how the Integrated Command Center
was put up to augment security monitoring in
Clark Freeport Zone. The ICC is fully equipped
with world class technology.
JANUARY 29, 2015
APEC members commit to
Healthy Asia-Pacific vision
BY Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CLARK FREEPORT - Member-economies of the Asia-
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have reaffirmed
their commitment for the attainment of the “Healthy
Asia-Pacific” vision come 2020.
More than 700
skilled workers
needed overseas
Capitol to
hold special
this weekend
By Angelique Tuazon
COMMITTEE HEARING. Board Member and Committee
Chair on Environment and Natural Resources Nestor Tolentino leads
a public hearing attended by members of the Federation of Small
Scale Quarry Operators of Pampanga at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Wednesday. Also in photo are Board Members Salvador
Dimson Jr. (left) and Anthony Joseph Torres (right). --JUN JASO
700 jobs abroad are up for grabs in an upcoming Special Recruitment Activity to be
held at the Provincial Public Employment
Services Office (PESO), Capitol Building in
this city come January 31, Saturday.
According to Luningning Vergara, provincial public employment services officer,
the provincial government partnered with
PhilStar International Services Corporation which is need of 519 carpenters, 180
cement masons, 44 electricians, 32 plumbers, 9 HVAC technicians, and 9 equipment
Headline Gitnang Luzon • JANUARY 29, 2015
Riding-in-tandem suspects shot dead city engineer
BY Rudy J. Abular
CAMP OLIVAS - Police are
now looking into the killing of a
city engineer who was gunned
down Tuesday in Barangay
Calvario, Mecauayan City, Bulacan by two armed men riding
on a motorcycle.
Chief Supt. Ronald V. Santos, officer-in-charge of Police
Regional Office 3, instructed
the Bulacan Police Office to dig
deeper on their investigation surrounding the death of Reynaldo
Rivera Abacan, 51, of No. 599 F.
Dazo St. in Barangay Calvario.
At the time of his death, po-
lice said, the victim was headed
to the engineering office of Mecauayan City.
Abacan was driving a silver
gray Hyundai Tucson (ZKE306) and was on his way to the
city hall when the suspects on
board a motorcycle blocked
his path around 9:30 a.m. and
peppered his car with bullets.
After the shooting, the suspects immediately fled leaving
the victim inside his car with
multiple bullet wounds in different parts of his body.
Bystanders hurriedly took
the victim to Meycauayan
Doctor’s Hospital but was pro-
nounced dead by attending
A SOCO team who processed
the crime scene recovered
five spents shells and four deformed slugs of cal. 45 pistols.
The body of the victim was
brought to Gomez-Olarte Funeral Homes for autopsy.•
YES TO PARTNERSHIP. YesPinoy Founder and Kapuso actor Dingdong Dantes hands over the key of a Foton-view ambulance to Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando as a sign of a growing partnership between YesPinoy Foundation and the Provincial Government of Bulacan in helping the Filipino community, held outside the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, City
of Malolos Monday. --BULACAN PPAO PHOTO
Man nabbed
for gun, drugs
By Froilan E. Magtoto
- A man who was caught in possession of a firearm and illegal
drugs was arrested on Monday in
Morong, Bataan.
Police identified the suspect
as Michael Bada of Barangay Sabang, Morong, Bataan.
Police said they raided the
residence of Bada thru a search
warrant issued by Judge Ramon
Pamular of RTC Iba Branch 32.
Seized from the house of Bada
were one Norinco 9mm Pistol, assorted ammos, 26 plastic sachets
containing about 6 grams of suspected shabu.
Bada and the confiscated
items are now under the custody
of the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Team of Bataan.•
Man loses belongings while attending bro’s wedding
By Froilan E. Magtoto
CAMP OLIVAS - A man attending the wedding of his
brother inside the Fontana
Golden Pavillion at the Clark
Freeport lost personal belongings left unattended in his
parked car, reports said.
The victim was identified as
John Magno, 39, of Mariveles,
Bataan. The suspects are yet to
be identified.
Police investigation showed
that the victim parked his Honda City EXI along Fontana Avenue corner Edinburg 1 at the
Fontana Leisure, Clark Free-
port at about 7 p.m. When he
came back at about 7:30 a.m., he
noticed the right front passenger door was forcibly opened.
Police said that the victim lost one Samsung mobile phone, a Cherry Mobile
phone, BlackBerry Phone and
three different bags containing
A bystander told investigators that before the incident,
he saw four men wearing basketball jerseys dribbling and
playing ball near the victim’s
The incident is still under investigation.•
Baliwag’s No. 2 most wanted man arrested
By Froilan E Magtoto
most wanted person in Baliwag,
Bulacan was arrested the other
day in a manhunt operation,
police said.
Chief Supt. Ronald Santos,
officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3),
identified the accused as Joel
Galvez, a resident of Alida
Phase 2, Barangay Virgen delas
Flores, Baliwag, Bulacan.
Santos said Galvez is wanted
for murder and listed as the
number 2 most wanted person
in the town of Baliwag.
The apprehension is by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued
by Judge Hermenegildo Dumlao II of the Regional trial Court
of Malolos City.
The court has recommended
no bail for the temporary liberty of the accused.
Santos remarked that the
PRO3 will carry on its mandated tasked to enforce the law and
place lawless elements behind
bars as he lauded the operating police officers for a job well
JANUARY 29, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
WARM WELCOME. The University received a delegation of Japanese visitors led by Shotaro Mimura, the mayor of Oirase, Aomori, Japan and Yoshihiro Tomabechi, president of Seiyu-kai Group.
The delegation is composed of Hon. Shotaro Mimura, Oirase Town Mayor; Yoshihiro Tomabechi, Director, Seiyu-kai; Yoshiyuki Tomabechi, President, Seiyu-Kai; Naoko Kashiwazaki, Care Manager, Seiyukai. They were accompanied by interpreters: Au Tarenio, Filipino coordinator; Desiree B. Valiar; and Mariah Alyssa Tarenio. The Japanese delegation were welcomed by HAU administrators led by the
University Acting President Engr. Geromin Nepomuceno Jr., VP for External Affairs Robby Tantingco, CNAMS Dean Vanessa Belen, Ronaldo Lapis, head of the University’s International Affairs Office;
Benette Sadorra, head of the HAU Career and Placement Office; CNAMS Program Chair Jose Henry Lansangan, and Dr. Raymond Patterson, head of the HAU Events Management and Performing Arts,
among others. --HAU FB PHOTO
‘Good governance leads us
to inclusive growth’ - Carpio
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
CLARK FREEPORT - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, during last Monday’s AntiCorruption and Transparency
Working Group (ACTWG) meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) that good
governance leads economies
closer to inclusive growth.
“Stamping out the forces
of corruption is as imperative
as granting the people of the
Asia-Pacific region the full measure of the blessings of a robust
economy. Good governance
leads us closer to achieving inclusive growth, generating employment, and reducing poverty
and eventually and ultimately
creating greater prosperity for
the greatest number of people
within the region,” Carpio-Morales said.
“In recent years, the world
has witnessed rounds of economic downturn and exposés of
corporate fraud and other fraudulent government transactions.
Government regulatory arms
have started to lay emphasis on
corporate social responsibility
and corporate governance, people have been searching for alternative ways of doing business,
and stakeholders are studying
initiatives on how to mitigate
the risk of doing business with
companies strongly suspected or
known to be corrupt or fraudulent actors,” the Ombudsman
“Eliminating this evil called
bribery along with regulatory
red tape can get budding business ventures started and keep
thriving enterprises afloat. In
this manner, proper policies
and harmonized frameworks
shall pave the way for regional
economic integration,” she
Carpio-Morales likewise said
that engaging the participation of the civil society ensures
Automated Weather Station
to be established in Aurora
D I N G A L A N ,
A u rora
- An automated weather
station (AWS) will be put
up inside the compound
of the municipal government here to help prepare
local officials against disasters and improve their
disaster risk reduction
The putting up of
AWS, which is through
the efforts of the Philippine
Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), local
government and Switzerland-based Weather
Philippines Foundation
(WPF), is expected to
start by next month.
The AWS is a mod-
ern instrument that has
a capacity to provide
real-time report on daily
weather conditions and
The AWS was donated
by the WPF and was part
of the national government’s initiatives to help
prepare the local government against disasters.
Town mayor Zenaida
Padiernos, lauded the
new project which, she
said is a big help for them,
especially in times of
evacuating people during
“We are prone to typhoons and floods. With
this new instrument, we
would exactly determine
the volume of rains,” she
AWS AURORA... Page 7
that government resources are
safeguarded and funnelled to
the rightful beneficiaries in dire
ACTWG is among the ongoing related technical meetings
in Clark and Subic Freeports in
line with the 1st Senior Officials
Meeting (SOM1).
“During the discussions of the
senior officials during the SOM1,
they will take into account the
results of these technical meetings in addition to recommendations from the APEC Business
Advisory Council, which will
have their first meeting this year
from January 27-30 in Hong
Kong, China,” APEC said in a
Marking the inaugural gathering of APEC senior officials for
this year’s Philippine hosting,
SOM1 will foster discussion on
a range of issues relevant to the
region including the Free Trade
Area of the Asia-Pacific, trade
facilitation and implementation,
environmental goods and services liberalization, and efforts
toward development and against
The actual SOM1 shall be
held from February 6-7 in Clark
APEC began as an informal
dialogue group in 1989, but has
since become the premier forum
for facilitating economic growth,
cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region.
Apart from the Philippines,
other members include Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People’s Republic of
China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea;
Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand;
Papua New Guinea; Peru; The
Russian Federation; Singapore;
Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United
States of America; and Vietnam.
This year’s meetings carry
the theme “Building Inclusive
Economies, Building a Better
World.” •
NGCP Mexico Training
Center nears completion
BY Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
MEXICO, Pamp. – The Training
Center of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in its
Mexico Substation here is nearing
completion, officials said.
The training of NGCP’s technical personnel will soon involve
regular hands-on, first-hand practice, and not just table-top simulation, they added.
The new training center will enhance the technical skills and proficiency of newly hired and regular
substation and Maintenance and
Testing Division (MTD) engineers
and technicians in doing their daily work effectively, efficiently and
In line with NGCP’s vision to be
a world class transmission service
provider, the training center is a
complete replica of a typical substation.
The 438-square meter training
center has a control room containing a complete protection panel
with AC/DC System and Secondary Protection System, lecture
room, and the district command
center which is being used for disaster monitoring.
The training center is constructed in a building vacated by
Central Luzon Area Control Center (CLACC) and the old Mexico
Substation control room.
Completing the training facility
is the 2,232 square meter minisubstation, equipped with 230-kitraining center... Page 7
Councilor files
regulating use
of plastic bags
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
councilor here recently filed an
ordinance regulating the use of
plastic bags in the city.
The proposed ordinance also
known as “Plastic Bag Regulation Ordinance of Angeles City”
seeks to protect and advance
the rights of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology by
minimizing the proliferation of
plastic waste through regulation
of the use of plastic bags.
According to Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, based from
the data submitted by the City
Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) to the
city council, the city generates
an average of 4,600 tons of plastic annually.
“The city has been dealing
with a pressing problem with
Solid Waste Management. Most
of our solid waste material is
made up plastics, a non-biodegradable material that poses a
great risk to our environment.
Laws and policies such as this
can help the city address its
problem with Solid Waste Management,” Lazatin said.
Once passed, the management of all stores will be required to provide for free paper
bags, cloth bags, basket/woven
bags made from biodegradable
packaging materials, woven native bags and other similar materials in lieu of plastic shopping
All residents, transients
and individuals in the city are
encouraged to bring their own
plastic bags to stores as carry
out bags.
The proposed ordinance
states that three months upon
the approval of the ordinance,
stores shall provide free recycled paper bags every Friday to
serve as carry out bags for the
purchased items of customers
not carrying their own reusable
no plastic... Page 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • JANUARY 29, 2015
Special recruitment
THE provincial government
knows how important employment
is to its hundreds of skilled workers,
that is why it has scheduled a special
recruitment activity this weekend.
Currently, there is a need for more
than 700 skilled workers overseas,
according to Provincial Public Employment Services Office (PESO).
Peso officer Luningning Vergara
said the special activity will be held
at their office on January 31, Saturday, in partnership with PhilStar
International Services Corporation
which is need of 519 carpenters, 180
cement masons, 44 electricians, 32
plumbers, 9 HVAC technicians, and
9 equipment mechanics.
Vergara said applicants should be
23 to 55 years old, with 5 years of experience in the related field.
According to Vergara, they had
been tasked by Gov. Lilia Pineda
to constantly seek for public and
private companies, as well as duly
accredited recruitment agencies,
which can serve as the provincial
government’s partners in providing
competent employment for all Kapampangans.
Apart from health, employment is
also one of the top priorities of the
Pineda administration to uplift the
lives of Kapampangans.
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Clearing operations
NGELES City minus the
mendicants consisting of
the omnipresent Badjaos
and Aetas along the Abacan Bridge
are noticeably gone, days before
the start of the
Economic Cooperation
Ministers’ Meetings at the Clark
Freeport Zone.
In place of
Aeta mendicants
at the Abacan
were oversized
pots dotting the
whole expanse Arnel San Pedro
of the bridge.
The filthy street
children are also gone. The Angeles City government and Barangay
Balibago swept the beggars and
homeless kids from the prying
eyes of visiting APEC delegates
some of whom can be seen making
rounds around the city.
The big question now is where
did the city government hide the
beggars and street children? Are
they getting good reception such
as the APEC delegates? Are they
being fed properly?
Philippine Star columnist Federico Pascual, my fellow member
in the Capampangans in Media
(CAMI) noted it appeared that
“it is not just the Department of
Social Welfare and Development
sweeping beggars and street children under the rug when dignitaries, such as Pope Francis, are com-
Check and
ing to town.” Pascual noted that
in Angeles City “owners of bars,
clubs and such entertainment
spots in Barangay Balibago outside the Clark Freeport are being
asked to donate P100 per day to
keep children and beggars off
the streets from Jan. 21 to Feb.
7 during the APEC activities in
the city and the Freeport.”
sigh of relief. For the first time, I
saw a very transformed city – from
one full of beggars, heavily congested and filthy to one that can
be at par with Saigon, Bangkok or
even Singapore.
Instill more discipline by instituting severe fines on violators
of traffic and cleanliness, then we
will make a difference in the country and overseas. Of
course, the slow infrastructure work on
the narrow two-way
roadways in Pandan
and Gueco Street are
still causing headache to motorists.
Even the one along
Road is causing heavy congestion.
Of course when government officials hide the eyesores away from
the streets, it should do something
good that is sustainable for the
poor people. Taking the Badjaos
back to the waters of Mindanao or
the Aetas to the Zambales ranges
will not solve poverty. Often than
not, they will just return to the
streets of Angeles City to beg.
While we still have the APEC
meetings, I will savor these temporary changes that I am seeing
on the streets of Angeles City and
inside the Clark Freeport Zone.
Speaking of the Freeport, those
old buildings were also obviously
hidden from view with oversized
tarpaulins. Well, as the message
tells us: Let’s help “build inclusive
“While we still have the APEC meetings, I will savor these temporary
changes that I am seeing on the
streets of Angeles City and inside
the Clark Freeport Zone.”
Ok, how many bars and honkytonk bars do we have in Angeles
City? Multiply that with P100 and
the moolah would be enough to
feed the beggars and street children roaming Angeles City. But,
what will happen after the APEC
meetings? I am sure as the sun
will rise that the unsuspecting
beggars and street children will
be thrown back to the streets just
what happened to those homeless
people along Manila Bay who were
shipped to Batangas during the
visit of Pope Francis.
Mind you, the clearing operations of Barangay Balibago and
the Angeles City government have
been a resounding success. With
the completion of the Balibago Rotunda and the changes in the traffic system, Angeles City heaved a
Let’s go Filipino!
HE Miss Universe mania
seems to be fading away, a few
days after Monday’s controversial Coronation Night which Filipinos meticulously watched via live
coverage in one of the major TV stations. However, most of us still find
ourselves in extreme disappointment after our bet MJ Lastimosa did
not make it to the Top 5. As they say,
it was that close for Ms. Philippines
in winning a title in the 2015 Miss
Universe contest.
ordinary folks
alike both argue there is
only one sure
pulled down
Philippines in what
is considered
as the most prestigious beauty pageant in the world — and that is the
evening gown that MJ wore during
the Coronation Night. Moreso, after
the candidates flaunted their national costumes even before the concluding event last January 26, MJ’s outfit
became a wild internet turmoil after
millions of netizens lashed on the
ensemble that Ms. Philippines wore.
The controversial national costume,
which was designed by Columbian
Alfredo Barraza, is said to be inspired by the Panagbenga Festival.
Conversely, designers and even some
celebrities felt awful saying that “the
design concept was not even close to
capturing what this festival is really
all about.” Netizens did not hesitate
in posting frustrations and annoyance on Twitter and Facebook, blaming the foreign designer in making
MJ wear a horrible costume which
they say looks like a “cake topped
with merengue flowers.” Despite this, MJ seemingly having no choice but to wear the
national costume, gave her
best and sashayed with confi-
again were disappointed with MJ’s
evening gown which was also designed by Barraza. According to
one pageant critic, the evening
gown competition has very significant bearing in choosing the Top
5. Deconstructing the white gown,
the mermaid or a fishtail cut made
the 5’7 MJ look even
shorter. Knowing that
the gown did not really flatter her physique, MJ still showed
everyone that she will
fight all odds because
she really wants to be
crowned Miss Universe.
With all this bashBrainwaves ing and the sad outMichelle Catapcome of this year’s
attempt to win the
Miss Universe crown,
dence Binibining Pilipinas chairperson
in the pre-pageant affair.
Stella Araneta defended the naMiss Philippines came in to be a tional costume and said that she has
very strong contender even before been working with Barraza since
the Coronation Night, with online 1999 when Miriam Quiambao was
polls and predictions saying she will crowned as first runner up. She also
make it to the Top 5. After being in- clarified why she opted to seek forcluded in the Top 10, a very fierce eign designers stating that “the deand sexy MJ wowed the crowd in her signs that were given to us were not
swimsuit and looked “statuesque” by good enough for our candidates.”
capping her movement with a right
Actress and Miss World 1993
leg extension paired with her conta- 2nd runner-up Ruffa Gutierrez said
gious winning smile. By this round, Filipino designers are more talented
anyone can be certain that MJ has nowadays and can even compete
strong chances of winning the most with foreign designers. Designer
coveted title.
Cary Santiago also expressed his
However, fashion experts once
brainwaves... Page 7
“Knowing that the gown did not
really flatter her physique, MJ still
showed everyone that she will fight
all odds because she really wants to
be crowned Miss Universe.”
JANUARY 29, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Katarungan at Kapayapaan
AHIRAP magising sa isang
mapait na katotohanan,
lalo na kung ang katotohanang ito ay naging daan sa pagbubuwis na buhay ng ating mga
kapwa Pilipino na nangangalaga sa
katahimikan at kapayapaan ng ating
Ang mapait na katotohanang
tinutukoy ko ay ang pagbibigay ng
basbas ni P.Noy para sa operasyong
ito ng PNP SAF sa Mamasapano
sa Maguindanao kung saan 44 buhay ang nasawi sa hanay ng ating
mga kapulisan. Hindi nagkaroon
ng opinion si Kalihim Mar Roxas at
marahil ay ni hindi niya alam ang
tungkol sa operasyong ito. Ang hirap lunukin at sikmurain na lamang
ang nakalalagim na pangyayaring
ito. Sumisigaw ang kabalintunaan at
ang mga napakaraming katanungan
tungkol sa nakaririmarim na sagupaang
ito ng mga MILF,
BIFF, at ng ating mga
Hindi ko alam
kung bakit inaprubahan ni P.Noy ang operasyong ito sa kabila
ng nakabinbin pa ring
pagsasabatas at usaping pangkapayapaan
na may kinalaman sa
Bansangmoro Basic
Law. Nais bang magpasikat ng Pangulo? Kanino? Ano
kaya ang sasabihin niya sa kaniyang
Address to the Nation? Anong sugarcoating mechanism at kalidad ng
pangangatuwiran na naman kaya
ang maririnig ng sambayanan mula
sa kaniya?
Ang pagbibigay ng basbas na
ito ng Pangulo para sa operasyong
ito ng PNP SAF sa Mamasapano
ay isang nagsusumigaw na katotohanan kung anong uri ng pag-iisip
at pamumuno mayroon si P.Noy.
Ano ngayon ang imahen na nais
niyang mabuo sa isipan ng buong
mundo tungkol sa estilo at paraan
ng kaniyang pamumuno at pag-iisip
sa paglutas ng suliraning pangkapayapaan sa Mindanao? Para sa isang
taong nangarap pang mapabilang
sa hanay ng mga Nobel Peace Prize
awardees, ito’y isang malaking kalokohan at insulto sa kakayahan ng
isang Pangulo sa
kaniyang katalinuhan at pamamaraan
ng pamamahala.
ng kaukulang respeto na pilit nilang
ibinibigay sa kaniyang tanggapan at
posisyon. Respect begets respect!
Umaasa pa rin ako na isusunod na
ng Senate Blue Ribbon Committee
ang taong ito na ma-contempt dahil matagal nang contemptuous ang
pinaggagagawa niya hindi
lamang sa Senado kundi lalo
na sa taongbayan!
Anong uri pa at kalidad ng
kapayapaan pa ang maaaring asahan pagkatapos ng
malagim na pangyayaring
ito sa Mamasapano sa Maguindanao? Anong klasing katarungan ang nasa isip ng
pamahalaan na maibibigay
the Light
nito para sa mga nasawing
buhay sa hanay ng mga PNP
SAF? Paano nila makakamit
ang katarungang ang pamahalaan mismo ang maging
dahilan upang kailanganin
pang ibigay ito sa mga nasayang na buhay sa Mamasapano sa Mindanao?
Hindi ko alam kung
anong klase ng kapayapaan
ang nasa isip ng ating pamahalaaan para sa Mindanao,
ngunit hindi ko nakikitang
makatarungan ang pangkapayapaan ang naging pagbibigay ng basbas ng Panguhan dahil sa naging patuloy na hindi long P.Noy para sa operasyong ito na
pagsipot ng mga ito sa pagdinig sa hindi napaghandaan ng lubusan at
Senado hinggil sa ma-anomalyang ng may sapat na katalinuhan.
Nagpupuyos ang galit ng marami
Makati Car Park Bldg. 2. Ito’y makanating mga kababayan sa nakabatarungang aksiyon!
Isa itong pagpapatunay na may bagot na pangyayaring ito, ngunit
ngipin ang Senado na disiplinahin mas nakasusuka at nakababagot
ang mga taong matitigas ang ulo at ang pagbibigay ng Pangulo ng bashindi nais magpasakop sa batas ng bas para sa operasyong ito na hindi
ating Republika. Sayang nga lamang makitaan ng makatarungang dahiat hindi nakasama ang isa pang lan at katuwiran.
Ito ang uri ng kapayapaan maytaong dapat ding makasama sa contempt na ito. Respeto ba ito sa tang- roon tayo… salamin ng isang adgapan at posisyon ng taong ito? Sana ministrasyon ng katangahan at kanaisip rin nila kung iginalang ba ng pabayaan! Masdan nating mabuti at
taong ito at kung nagpakita ba ito paglimian ng may katalinuhan!•
Nagpasya si Senate Blue Ribbon
na si Sen. Teofisto
Guingona na para sa
contempt ni Makati
Mayor Jun-jun Binay at ng lima pa
nitong mga kasama-
“Anong uri pa at kalidad ng kapayapaan
pa ang maaaring asahan pagkatapos ng
malagim na pangyayaring ito sa Mamasapano sa Maguindanao? Anong klasing
katarungan ang nasa isip ng pamahalaan
na maibibigay nito para sa mga nasawing
buhay sa hanay ng mga PNP SAF?”
Good Study Habits
BY Joel M. Mercado
First, students should choose
an area at home where they can
study uninterrupted. Their bedroom may suffice, but with their
bed in sight, this may not be a
good idea. This study area should
be quiet, so they can concentrate.
It would do well also if they
have a set schedule for studying.
Two to three hours would be convenient, especially after school,
while the lessons are still fresh in
their minds.
During this time, parents
should show support by not distracting their children with ambient noises of television sets, or radios. Also, parents can help their
children by providing them nutritious snacks, because one should
have a full tummy during study
time. Remember, no junk foods.
Taking down notes during
class is a lot of help, too, as this
will help students identify areas
that they don’t understand. Use
of gadgets such as tablets may be
unavoidable, but their internet
use should be monitored during
study time. No Facebook, Twitter
or those online games.
After study time, let them relax for a while. Let this be the time
when you ask them how their day
was, or what they have learned
from school.
Finally, give them a hint that
it would be a good idea to recall
their notes before going to bed,
just to be sure that they have absorbed what they have learned in
--oo0oo-The author is Teacher I of Saplad Elementary School, Minalin
District, Pampanga.•
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Neng Capa M. Pangan
Ing titser a alang balu
I Pedru kilub ning aldo-aldo panlub na
King karelang klasi parating tawli ya,
Inya ngening abak ya pang kasiro na
King ‘classroom’ sebyanan na ne ning titser da.
“Obat parati kang mitatawli, Pedru?
E ka pa din’tang e lampas alas otsu!
Nung pane makanyan nanung abalu mu
Karing ‘assignment’ a aldo-aldo babie ku?
“Panupaya yu Mam, e na pu maulit;
Bukas, agyang ala pa pung alas sais
Ipangaku ku pu miratang kung pilit,
At e na mag-absent umpisa keng Lunis”.
“O sige, pero ba’kung lubus abalu
Ing ika king kakung aldo-aldo tuturu
Atin ka agyang ditak mung ababalu,
Wayni ing kutang a anseran mu pamu:
“Ninu ing kekatang pambansang bayani?”
“I Jose Rizal pu man!” (pakibat piragli);
“Tsamba, ngeni ka pa mu e migkamali”
“Aku naman Mam ing mangutang saguli”
“Wa sige, nanu ita” ngana ning titser da:
“O ninu naman pu Mam y Atsing Donna?”
“Tabalu…ala kung kakilalang Donna!
At ninu wari yan ba’keng akilala?”
“Oyan, masasabing matalinu kayu
At sobra kasipag keng pamanuru yu,
Pero nanu naman kaya ing balu yu
Inggil keng bisyu na Mam ning asawa yu?”
“Ninu wari ining Donna’ng amanwan mu?
Ngeni ke pa dimdam ing lagyung yan Pedru”
“Mam, para sabyan ku ing tutu kekayu…
I Donna, kabit ne pu ning asawa yu!”
Francisco Santiago
was born in Santa
Maria, Bulacan
teacher’s corner
HAT study habits should
students establish to
help them achieve good
On January 29, 1889, Francisco Santiago, the Father of Kundiman Art Song, was born to musicallyminded peasant parents, Felipe Santiago and Maria
Santiago, in Santa Maria, Bulacan.
Poverty did not stop him from pursuing his studies
in piano. He became a piano instructor in 1916 when
the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music was established during the same year.
Notably, Santiago’s most famous piece, “Kundiman
(Anak-Dalita),” was sung upon the request of King Alfonso XIII before the Royal Court of Spain in 1917.
His other compositions include: “Sakali Man,”
“Hibik ng Filipinas,” “Pakiusap,” “Ang Pag-ibig,” “Suyuan,” “Alaala Kita,” “Ikaw at Ako,” “Ano Kaya ang Kapalaran?”, “Hatol Hari Kaya?”, “Sakali’t Mamatay,”
“Dalit ng Pag-ibig,” “Aking Bituin,” “Madaling Araw”
and “Pagsikat ng Araw.”
His masterpiece “Concerto in B flat Minor” for piano forte and orchestra was presented at the Chicago
Music School, where he received his doctorate degree
in 1924.
He also directed the music for such films as “Manileña,” “Madaling Araw,” and “Pakiusap.”
Santiago became director of the U.P. Conservatory of
Music from 1930 to 1946, and was subsequently named
U.P. Emeritus Professor of Piano on May 25, 1946.
He died on September 28, 1947 at the age of 58.
Headline Gitnang Luzon • JANUARY 29, 2015
Leaders call for sobriety, faith in
peace process amidst challenges
MANILA - Leaders from various sectors called on the public to
remain committed to the peace
process amidst recent challenges,
especially the tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last January
25, which claimed nearly 50 lives.
“[It’s] difficult but we still have
to believe in the peace process.
My brother, a captain, was killed
in Basilan in 1998. I dedicated my
support to waging peace in memory of his sacrifice,” Ifugao Rep.
Teddy Baguilat Jr. said. The solon
intimated that among those killed
in Mamasapano was his cousin.
“The natural emotional tendency is to condemn, to doubt, to
grieve and to call for aggression,”
he added. “But the courageous
thing for us to do is to pray and to
believe, still.”
“The CBCP [Catholic Bishops
Conference of the Philippines]
mourns with the families of the
gallant policemen, victims of an
utterly senseless act of violence in
Mindanao,” CBCP President and
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop
Socrates Villegas said. According
to Villegas, while the CBCP condemns such violence, “we cannot
side with those who call for the
discontinuance of peace talks.”
“If anything, this sad incident
underscores the necessity and
the urgency of arriving at a solution that is not rushed but that is
inclusive, principled and just to
all,” Villegas said.
Several civil society organizations also called on the public
to remain sober in the wake of
the tragedy and highlighted the
necessity of continuing with the
peace process.
“As a nation, we need to be reminded about the importance of
peace in Mindanao. We reiterate
that between an ‘all-out war’ vs.
an ‘all-out peace’, the former has
been proven to be the most expensive,” the Al Qalam Institute
said in a statement.
“We call for sobriety for all,
including our policy makers,
pleading and imploring your
kind hearts not to derail nor halt
the legislative hearing on [the]
Bangsamoro Basic Law [BBL]
because this will just clearly hinder us in attaining our goals for
lasting peace in Mindanao,” the
statement of the Lanao Peace Advocates reads.
The organization also reminded the public that “the tragedy should not be used to blind
us in attaining what we desired
as outcome of the peace process
between the government and the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front
“We call for all parties to continue pursuing the roadmap for
peace in Mindanao,” it added.
“We maintain our support for
the peace process,” the Mindanao
Business Council said, while urging leaders in government and
the private sector to be “careful
and prudent in issuing public
statements,” and asking members of the business community
to extend assistance to the victims and their families.
“We need to recognize that our
government and the MILF have
established a ceasefire mechanism to handle proper coordination protocols on the ground,”
the Al Qalam Institute reminded
the public. “Despite several major
conflicts in the past, the mechanism allowed the peace talks to
continue and move forward for
more than 16 years.”
Ceasefire is working
Brig. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr.,
chairman of the government’s
Coordinating Committee on the
Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH),
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Puzzle ID: #C896JS
1. It can make you sick
2. Feast at which mahimahi
22. Literature Nobelist Bellow
might be served
24. Antique
24. Winery
3. “Or to take ___ against a
25. Linguistically gifted
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25. Didn't
go straight
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27. ____
an egg (failed)
4. Deserving of a “G” rating
28. “Out of the frying pan and
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28. Green
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30. Muppet favorite
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sheets 9. “It Might As Well Be___”
35. Digital music player from Apple
10. Flying toys
36. 1960’s-70’s singer Marvin
4. Like the11.
or 5:2, e.g.Dollar
37. “Jezebel”
actress on TV: 1950’s
30. Product
for clogs
12. Resting place in a garden
39. Legal assistant
13. Adolescents
41. “A-one and ___”: Welk
31. Muddle
5. Municipal
18. Travel
on wheeled
44. Former Spice Girl Halliwell
35. Sub shop
6. Fed. medical agency
36. Snarl
7. WWII army member
37. Oxen connector
46. Houston hockey team
49. Goolagong’s game
Zuniga of “Melrose
56. 50.
57. 51.
52. Ephesus’s region
59. 53.
of chills
of the Ragged Dick
60. books
56. ___-deaf: musically inept
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64. 60.
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61. Counting system
64. Ft. Worth campus
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has reported that retrieval operations of the dead, wounded, and
surviving Special Action Force
personnel have been completed.
“We want also to report that
we were able to immediately restore the ceasefire,” Galvez added
in his report. Members of the
government and MILF ceasefire committees, along with the
International Monitoring Team
also facilitated the retrieval of
those who died and the safe passage of those who were still inside the area. More than 30 lives
were saved from the brunt of the
encounter in Mamasapano and
civilians were spared from displacement through the ceasefire
and peaceful evacuation of the
“We would like to acknowledge the courage and boldness
of our International Monitoring Team Member from Norway and Joint CCCH staff under
MILF’s ceasefire chair, Rashid
Ladiasan,” Galvez added. “Notwithstanding the ensuing intense
firefight they proceeded to the
encounter site to effect the ceasefire and facilitate the extrication
of surviving troops and retrieve
the cadavers under PNP SAF.”
The CCCH was created in
1997, and is composed of members from both the government
and the MILF, along with neutral
parties. Its mandate is to monitor
the implementation of the GPHMILF Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities and settle complaints on ceasefire violations
to contain and prevent conflicts
from escalation.
The IMT, on the other hand,
monitors the ceasefire, socioeconomic and humanitarian
agreements between the government and the MILF. (opapp.•
1. Tall flower, for short
5. Frail sorts
10. Campus house
14. River at Chartres
15. Hospital area, informally
16. Steak orderer’s option
17. Bygone Dodge S.U.V.
19. Beatles’ song, “Let___”
20. Louvre, par exemple
21. Errata listing
23. Kids’ indoor ball material
26. Pyle player
27. Kids’ baseball organization
32. Get ___ for effort
33. Letter closer
34. Vivien of ‘Gone with the Wind’
38. Type style: Abbr.
40. Actress Berger
42. Alter, as a pet
43. Bandanna worn to protect
a hairstyle
45. Senora’s granddaughter
47. Santana’s “___ Como Va”
48. More drenched minister,
at times
51. Horse-drawn carriage
54. One of the rails
55. Form a ball from, maybe
58. Thesis abbr.
62. Angel, in Paris
63. Where Port Jefferson is on Long Island
66. Layer
67. Where mammoths have been found
68. German negative
69. Cutty ___: scotch brand
70. Gently shift to a new topic
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: PAMPANGA
City/Municipality: ARAYAT
In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG
Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of
the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172). Notice is hereby served to the public that SALLY MARIANO ESPINO has
filed with this office, a petition for correction of entry in the sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the certificate of live birth of SALLY MARIANO
ESPINO born on OCTOBER 21, 1962 at Arayat, Pampanga and whose
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than two weeks upon publication.
Municipal Civil Registrar
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: JANUARY 29 & FEBRUARY 05, 2015
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 - FEB. 18)
This is a productive day. Your creativity is called on and you are full of ideas that are helpful and bring quick results.
You could come up with new solutions or inventions. Your schedule was so full last year there was hardly time
to refurbish your energies. Consider cutting some of your work and study activities to leave some time open for
relaxation. You do have a tendency to insist that whatever does not contribute to the progress of your goals is irrelevant. The current flow of energies is upbeat and now is the time to blend in a fitness routine. This will improve
your stamina and help your endurance on the job and in the lecture hall–whether you are listening or teaching.
Dinner at the dinner table, with the family, could become a good habit.
ARIES (MAR. 21-APR. 19)
Difficulties in negotiations and persuasions to change or update an old technical way of doing things may
need rethinking. It is not the time to replace a part or item just now, but you will have plenty of time to do your
research and state your case. For an example, let us just say that you have decided to purchase a new video
recorder but others do not want to spend the money. Do the research and show the options . . . Next month you
will be able to purchase the product. Now is not a good time to make a purchase. Work is definitely on the back
burner this afternoon but you could be inspired to do something that will beautify your home. Relationships
are the order later today. The rapport between you and your family is particularly strong.
Allow for delays and cancellation today–exercise patience. If challenged in any way, you are likely to be irritable and argumentative. Think positive and try to avoid disruptive people and events. You also may be prone
to impulsiveness and insist on having your own way–careful. Obviously, keeping your cool during this short
period is important. However, there could be a positive use for single-mindedness, such as in braking down
barriers that previously were insurmountable. If you are looking for the answer to a long-endured problem–
you will find it now. A lucrative time is coming up soon; as with anything, there are risks as well as rewards.
You are motivated to give some personal time to a family member.
If you are working at home today, expect delays. Life has ways of making us slow down and think about where
we are going. You have an opportunity to catch up mentally and create new plans if necessary. This is a perfect time to find the answers to any difficulties that have come to your attention. Consider starting a senior
math or reading mentor program, recruiting retirees as volunteers. If needed, have a jar handy for the change
needed to buy refreshments. This volunteer work is within your expertise and it will fill you with a great deal of
satisfaction. Take some time off from slaying dragons and recharge your batteries! Share a visit with someone
special this evening. Enjoy some relaxed activity and chat about each other’s day.
Procrastination–humthe good aspect of procrastination is that procrastinating will let you stop and think
things through. Rest a bit. A good plan of action will emerge soon. You may find yourself experiencing some
delays today and this may be caused by too many avenues of business needing your attention. One thing at a
time works wonders, however. Like the little train that climbed the mountain–you will see this day through
with many accomplishments. Sex and healing are manifestations that play a bigger role in your life now. Taxes, investments and other financial ties or obligations may grab your attention as well. Relax after work–get
outside, weather permitting of course, and enjoy some fresh air, perhaps with a friend.
LEO (JUL 23 - AUG. 23)
You feel very good about yourself and others tend to support your self-confidence. If you enjoy your work,
this is a good day to expand your horizons. If you consider your job little more than drudgery, this is a good
time to begin a vacation. You may find yourself reviewing some sales technique or some old project. This is
the best time to plan a way to abolish the rubbish. There is a tendency to be too strict with yourself, to insist
that whatever does not contribute to security and other long-term goals is trivial. Later today, you may enjoy
a good movie or book or feel like escaping from day-to-day realities. Be careful that you do not overspend or
indulge too much. You can appreciate an imaginative approach and may enjoy a play or movie.
LIBRA (SEP. 23 - OCT. 23)
This is a good time to sit in your car and read the little book that came with your car. Write down your mileage
and, if you do not know, learn where or how to get to all the fluids that need checking from time to time.
Create a folder for the repair work, oil changes and tire replacements that can be kept neatly in the trunk or
glove compartment. During this day, someone makes a suggestion, says a name, or puts a bug in your ear, so
to speak; you will want to remember. Keep a diary of notes and jot down a few words that will remind you of
these things later. You will inspire a young person who may be stuck in a muck of homework. Break yourself of
that last-minute-habit by helping yourself create incentives. Tonight is for hugs.
PISCES (FEB. 19 - MAR. 20)
You will have an opportunity at work soon that will help you in your struggle to move up the corporate ladder.
Thoughts along this line may not be far from your mind. You have a talent that would make a good income for
you in the future. Think about polishing this talent and consider going public. This may be art but it could also be
the talent that you have in problem solving with some technical project. You could solve computer problems or
car problems, convert existing products into some more convenient or updated product, etc. You don’t have to be
stuck in one job–you have the talent to see where and how certain changes can work. Consider being a business
consultant. An urge for the social life may find you out with friends this evening.
Spend some extra time to study a special problem today. Your time is usually spent in rushing around and
getting things accomplished–some on time and some not. Now is a good time to think over your routine and
look at how you can eliminate a few needless steps. This is a good time to take the observer attitude and make
notes of how often you feel your errands or chores could have better organization, affording you a little time
saved. You and a co-worker friend might have fun working this over together. When the study is completed,
give credit where credit is due. This afternoon you may be encouraged to join a choir or take some sort of creative class. Think about balance and what you will do when no busy-ness occupies your mind.
SCORPIO (OCT. 24- NOV. 21)
As you move through your various responsibilities today you are quickly able to cut through the red tape and
get behind difficult situations. In-depth discussions and probing conversations find you at your mental best.
A meeting with someone older or in authority is insightful. This may be a time when serious discussions lead
to good solutions. The location of the planets at this time may help stir the energies to give your plans or ideas
a good beginning. You are the one to use the energy, as you generate your own determination to succeed and
excel. As this month moves along you will feel when it is the right time for putting the finishing touches to your
plans. Harmony with friends and family is the order, and joy, of the afternoon and evening.
This is a stimulating day and you find success and rewards at every turn. You will probably be able to enjoy
letting the world come to you now–do not expect too much. You may even get the feeling that you could
conduct an orchestra. There are delivery instructions to give and there are directions and guidance and encouragement that you enjoy handing out to the necessary persons. The day ends with calls of reports and
achievements and updates of the day. Speaking with a friend later, you may find this friend has ideas that
may actually turn you in a direction that will help you increase your finances. You enjoy the family this evening. Consider discussing the long- and short-term goals of the family for this year. Everybody has an agenda.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP.22)
Ambition, practicality and achievement are admirable, but they are means to an end–not ends in themselves.
It is important that you share the responsibilities to complete an old project. If you can be a bit flexible, you will
see successful results from most anything with which you try to involve yourself. Your focus and self-discipline
are admirable and others may want some advice on how to do what you do. It is time to build upon future
goals and take that action one step at a time. This may mean in the workplace, in the home or in a volunteer organization. Whatever the case, a spirit of moving forward is the attitude you embrace. You come across as very
organized; let us see how you progress. Totally forget everything with a couple’s massage later this evening.
JANUARY 29, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Price cut in milk, bread set
MANILA - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced
Wednesday that manufacturers have agreed to
cut down prices of milk
and bread products.
This is after DTI has
continuously called on
manufacturers for lower prices of some basic
goods after the big time
slash in prices of fuel
and liquefied petroleum
gas (LPG) products.
According to DTI,
Nestle’ Philippines will
implement a peso reduction for a 150-gram pack
of Bear Brand powdered
milk or from P51.00 suggested retail price (SRP)
to P50.00 effective on
March 1, 2015.
Nestle’ will also add
extra grams on Bear
Brand milk products
particularly for packs of
320 grams, 900 grams,
and 1.2 kilograms effec-
tive on April 1, 2015.
Meanwhile, community bakers also heed the
call of the Department
as they will decrease
Php0.15 or two grams for
every piece of pandesal.
“Through the DTI, our
organization was made
aware of the decreasing
LPG prices that prompted us to act immediately.
Now, I encourage other
community bakers, particularly those that use
LPG in their operations,
to make their move to
either bring down their
price or add more weight
per pandesal,” said Philippine Federation of
Bakers’ Association, Inc.
(PFBAI) National Vice
President Lucito Chavez.
Likewise, the Philippine Baking (Philbaking) -- manufacturer of
Pinoy Tasty and Pinoy
Pandesal -- is also considering a price reduc-
tion on bread by the latter part of February.
“The DTI discussed
with us the drop of LPG
prices, however, we explained to them that the
Philbaking members are
using electricity in preparing breads. But we
are always in support
of the DTI in developing programs that will
extend help to consumers, to which we agreed
to look for flour brands
with lower prices that we
can use in our new formulation for the Pinoy
Tasty and Pinoy Pandesal,” Philbaking President Nestor Constancia.
“We are optimistic
about the new formulation for Pinoy Tasty and
Pinoy pandesal and expect to be ready with these
in the market by the latter
part of February with reduced SRPs,” he added.
Current price of Pinoy
Tasty is at Php36.50 per
loaf while Pinoy Pandesal is at P22.25 per
10-piece pack.
“The DTI has been
consistent in its discussions with the industries
in persuading them to
help the government in
assuring the public that
market prices of basic
necessities and prime
commodities are reasonable and appropriate,”
for Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Victorio Mario A.
Dimagiba said.
“The DTI continues
its strengthened price
monitoring and enforcement activities in the
market to ensure adequacy of supply and verify retailers’ adherence to
the SRPs as mandated by
Republic Act No. 7581 or
the Price Act,” he added.
“This initiative emphasizes
a holistic, health in all policies,
whole of government, and whole
of society approach to the development of high-performing
and sustainable health systems,”
Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin said during the APEC
Health Working Group (HWG)
meeting, held at Oxford Hotel.
“The global community has
long recognized the contribution
of improved health, particularly
through prevention and control
of non-communicable diseases
(NCDs), in ensuring progress
across the three pillars of economic
growth, social equity, and environmental protection,” Garin added.
“We agree that mental disorders, another form of NCD,
deserve the recognition in the
APEC Ministerial and Economic
Leaders’ Declaration. Noteworthy is the importance of integrating the efforts of the public and
private sector for innovative and
creative solutions to this growing
global burden,” the cabinet official stressed.
She likewise cited emerging
infectious diseases such as MERS
CoV and Ebola Virus as well as
antimicrobial resistance as continued threats to Asia-Pacific
“With renewed interest on
health, we hope that our collective
efforts help put a strong foothold
of health in economic and trade
discussions which are usually prioritized in APEC,” Garin ended.
HWG is among the ongoing related technical meetings in Clark
and Subic Freeports in line with
the 1st Senior Officials Meeting
“During the discussions of the
senior officials during the SOM1,
they will take into account the results of these technical meetings
in addition to recommendations
from the APEC Business Advisory Council, which will have their
first meeting this year from January 27-30 in Hong Kong, China,”
APEC said in a statement.
Marking the inaugural gathering of APEC senior officials for
this year’s Philippine hosting,
SOM1 will foster discussion on
a range of issues relevant to the
region including the Free Trade
Area of the Asia-Pacific, trade
facilitation and implementation,
environmental goods and services liberalization, and efforts
toward development and against
JOB FAIR... from Page 1
Applicants should be 23 to 55 years of age and
with 5 years of experience in related field.
Vergara also disclosed the salary range for said
positions starts at 12.87 dollars per hour and above.
All successful applicants will be employed in the Island of Guam, United States of America.
Screening of interested applicants will commence from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Provincial PESO at the Capitol Building’s ground floor.
Applicants are required to bring two copies of their
resumes with detailed job descriptions, 2x2 photos,
photocopy of Certificate of Employment, photocopy
of valid passport, and TESDA or any other training
PhilStar is duly accredited by the Philippine
Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and
requires no placement fee from successful applicants.
“We at the Provincial PESO are tasked by Governor Lilia ‘Nanay’ G. Pineda to constantly seek for
public and private companies, as well as duly accredited recruitment agencies which can serve as
the provincial government’s partners in providing
competent employment for all Kapampangans. We
are proud to say that employment continues to be
one of the governor’s priorities for her administration,” said Vergara.•
NO PLASTIC.. from Page 3
Also on the same day, stores are
prohibited from providing plastics
as carry out bags for free or for a fee
to its customers except for secondary packaging, which will be used
solely for wet goods.
Eight months after the approval
of the ordinance, stores will provide
recyclable bags, for a fee, to serve as
carry out bags for purchased items
of customers not carrying their
own reusable bags.
Use of plastics as carry out bags
for free or for a fee will be totally
prohibited except for secondary
packaging, which will be used solely for wet goods.
The City Environment and
Natural Resources Office (CENRO)
will be tasked to monitor the compliance of all stores to the ordinance.
Violators of the ordinance will
be given a warning with compulsory attendance to an Environmental Consciousness Seminar, to be
conducted by CENRO, for the first
offense; A P1,000-fine is meted out
for the second offense; P3,000 fine
for the third offense and; closure or
cancellation of the Mayors/Business Permit is mandated for the final violation.
The proposed ordinance also
provides for the creation of a trust
fund for all fines collected, which
will solely be used for environmental and solid waste projects of the
city. •
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early registration... from Page 8
These targeted learners will be provided with their
preferred education delivery system which could either
be formal through the alternative delivery mode (ADM)
or through the alternative learning system (ALS).
To ensure universal participation, DepEd has enlisted the assistance of local and barangay officials for
the early registration of OSC, the OSY, those with difficulty in learning and the indigenous peoples (IPs).
The early registration will see DepEd working closely with the LGUs, the Parent-Teachers Associations, barangay officials, civil society groups, civic organizations
and the business sector to ensure wide sectoral participation in the exercise of granting all learners access to
DepEd emphasized that there are no fees required
for the registration. The birth certificate of the child
shall be the documentary basis for early registration.
If this is not available during the early registration, the
document can be submitted within the school year.
tech-voc FUND... from Page 8
vate institutions where the grantees will enroll.
The allocation of the vouchers will be based on the government secondary schools’ number of completers/promotees/graduates for 2012-2013 sourced from the Department
of Education’s basic information education information system and the 2012 estimated poverty incidence data from the
National Statistics Coordination Board.
At least five percent of the allocation per region will be
set aside for persons with disability pursuing technical vocational courses in compliance with the Magna Cart a for
Persons with Disability.
After completing their courses, the PESFA grantees are
required to undergo the competency assessment to determine if they are eligible to be certified and given a National
Certificate by TESDA. (TESDA)•
brainwaves... from Page 4
sentiments on Instagram suggesting that Araneta
should use more Filipino designers for international
Yes, some may argue that it’s not the dress but
how one will carry it. But if we want to double our
chances in winning beauty titles in international
pageants like the Miss Universe, we should always
take pride in the Filipina beauty and in the ingenuity of the Filipino fashion designers because after all,
just what Cary Santiago has said, these contestants
represent the Philippines, not Columbia or any other
country in the world.•
AWS AURORA... from Page 3
AWS is an instrument has an integrated sensor suite
(ISS), anemometer and console that has the capability to
measure the ultra violent, temperature and volume of water in the air or humidity.
It will be hooked up to a computer-based monitoring
system that would be managed by the local disaster risk
reduction and management council.
The AWS would provide various data on the area’s
weather condition and patterns that would be updated on
a regular basis.
The data gathered by the AWS would be automatically
transmitted to a central server maintained by WPF and
uploaded to the latter’s website. (PNA)
TRAINING CENTER... from Page 3
loVolt (kV) and 69-Kv switchyard basic components and other substation equipment.
“Most of the equipment used in the construction of the Mexico Training Center were taken
from our spare materials and decommissioned
equipment from the substation, making it more
cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable.
With the new training facility, NGCP may also
provide future joint technical trainings for electric utilities, technical schools, colleges, and universities,” said NGCP President and CEO Henry
Sy, Jr.
NGCP is a privately owned corporation in
charge of operating, maintaining, and developing
the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage
electricity through “power superhighways” that
include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets.
The consortium holds the 25-year concession
contract to operate the country’s power transmission network and is comprised of Monte Oro Grid
Resources Corp., led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High
Power Corporation, led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr.,
and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)
as technical partner.•
business news
City expects
more festive
by Charlene A. Cayabyab
government here is eyeing a more
festive Caragan Festival 2015 set
on February 16 to 20.
Highlights of the festival include street dancing along the
COURTESY CALL. Officials and members of the Filipino-American Law Enforcement Association (FALEA) pay a courtesy call to Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia three-kilometer stretch from Xe(M) on Tuesday. Bataan PNP OIC Provincial Director, Sr. Supt. Rhodel Sermonia (3rd from L) said the group trained his men in new skills in law enforcement at Camp vera to Poblacion participated by
students, a regional trade fair all
Tolentino in Balanga City. --MHIKE R. CIGARAL
throughout the five-day festival
and the search for Haring Caragan, the city’s search for Mr. Mabalacat slated on February 17.
Dionisio “June” Magbalot,
festival chairman, said they are
now preparing for the festival
and Mabalaqueños living in
other countries like the United
States will be invited to grace the
event, as Caragan Festival goes
Magbalot added, the monthlong Fiesta Celebrations of the
2014, and P7 million in refunds of first half of 2014, for a total LGU sharing.
town, founded in 1712, also inThe LGU shares come from
the 10-percent retention withheld share of P199 million last year.
clude Balik Saya, a fellowship
For this period, Olongapo part of the five per cent corpoSUBIC BAY FREEPORT — in the second semester of 2012.
and gala night for locals and
According to the SBMA Ac- City will receive the biggest rate taxes paid by Subic Bay
The Subic Bay Metropolitan
Authority (SBMA) announced counting Department, the P98- share at P25.5 million, while Freeport-registered enterpris“I can see the very potential
yesterday that a total of P105 milion figure exceeds by 41 per Subic, Zambales will get P15.7 es, of which two per cent goes
of Caragan to be a National Fesmillion in revenue shares of cent the P74.5-million shares million; Dinalupihan, Bataan, directly to the SBMA treasury
tival,” said Nilo Agustin in the
neighbouring communities will given for the same period last P13.2 million; San Marcelino, while the other three goes to the
three-day seminar-workshop on
Zambales, P12.7 million; Her- national coffers through the Bube released next week to local year.
Festival Planning and ManageGarcia said the distribution mosa, Bataan, P10.8 million; reau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
government units (LGUs).
ment last October 8, 2014.
The direct payment scheme
In a press statement, SBMA of the revenue shares is aimed San Antonio, Zambales, P9.3
“With the support of Director
Chairman Roberto Garcia an- at spurring development in the million; Morong, Bataan, P9.1 was initiated by the SBMA some
Tiotuico, Mayor Marino Boking
nounced that the funds will eight neighboring LGUs and million; and Castillejos, Zam- four years ago to hasten the
Morales, Sangguniang Panlungrelease of LGU shares, which
be made available to the LGUs helping achieve President Aqui- bales, P9 million.
sod, Department of Education,
The LGU share is deter- augment LGU funds for deno’s goal of inclusive growth.
starting February 6.
local schools and colleges this
In August 2014, the SBMA mined according to 50 per cent velopments projects in health,
The amount consists of P98
dream is within our reach,” Magmillion in total revenue shares released a total of P93.7 mil- population, 25 per cent land education, peace and order, and
balot said.
culled from July to December lion in revenue shares for the area, and 25 per cent equal livelihood generation.•
Held every third week of February, Caragan was named after
the first chieftain of Mabalacat
town who is a native Aeta married to a Mabalaqueña named
Laureana Tolentino.
The event is now an annual
cultural event bringing to light
the Aeta culture.
Should there be any questions, clarifications, and guidance text or call Ermie Dizon
Vine Abella 0916-624-9439
and Verna Maristela 0926-683- The Department of Education
(DepEd) has set January 24 to
February 27, 2015 as the period
for early registration in all public
elementary and secondary schools
nationwide for SY 2015-2016.
Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro said that the monthlong early registration period will
give the Department a clear picture of the total number of expectSPRAWLING FREEPORT. Aerial photo of Subic Bay Freeport covering the provinces of Bataan, Zambales
ed enrollees and will help in adand City of Olongapo where local government units in adjacent areas will be receiving a total of P105 million in revdressing challenges that may arise
enue share from SBMA. --contributed photo
during the regular enrolment.
“Our collective aim is a smooth
school opening come June, that is
why we are preparing as early as
January,” Luistro said.
The early registration aims to
ensure that all five-year old chilPESFA grantees are entitled to students would not become a burCITY OF SAN FERNANDO - training of 21,053 students in varidren are enrolled in kinder while
Fresh funds have been allocated to ous private institutions all over the the free training cost, training and den to society, got educated and
all six-year olds are enrolled in
book allowances, and free compe- are productively involved in the
a major program of the Technical country.
Grade 1 by June.
PESFA is a key program of tency assessment after graduation. economy,” Villanueva added.
Education and Skills Development
Other targets of the early regThe PESFA vouchers would
“We are giving poor but deAuthority (TESDA) to help high TESDA which aims to extend fiistration are out-of-school chilschool graduates pursue technical- nancial assistance to marginalized serving students the same oppor- be issued to the TESDA regional
dren (OSC) and out-of-school
but deserving students in tech-voc tunity to pursue their education offices, which will release them to
vocational or tech-voc education.
youth (OSY) from marginalized
The 2015 budget gives the courses, and to assist private in- after high school,” TESDA Director the provincial and district offices of
sectors, including street children
the agency. These offices would in
Private Education Student Finan- stitutions in their development ef- General Joel Villanueva said.
ages 5 to 18.
“Just imagine how much bet- turn distribute the vouchers to pricial Assistance (PESFA) a P200- forts by assuring a steady supply of
ter our society would be if these
million fund for this year for the enrollees to their course offerings.
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SBMA to release P105M
in LGU revenue shares
DepEd holds
early registration
in public schools
P200M tech-voc fund to benefit high school grads