City exec denies removal of teachers` allowances


City exec denies removal of teachers` allowances
inside news
DPWH-3 holds
orientation on PHL
Building Code
news...pagE 2
MARCH 18, 2015
Limay seaborne patrol
nets 33 illegal fishermen
Capitol, Malaysians link up
for kabalen OFWs’ welfare
region...pagE 8
provincial government, through the Pampanga Action Center for OFW Concerns
(PACOC), and some businessmen from
Malaysia pledged partnership for the protection of Kapampangan migrant workers during the latter’s visit in the province
last week. capitol, malaysians... pagE 7
Pampanga PPO awards
women police service retirees
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Certificates of recognition
were given to retired
women in police service in recognition of
their invaluable services and devotion to
duty as members of
Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPO).
were handed by Sta.
Rita Mayor Yolly Pineda, who was guest of
honor and speaker
during the event.
ppo awards... pagE 7
CENTENARIAN. ‘What’s your secret?,’ asks Governor Lilia ‘Nanay’ G. Pineda to 101-year old Agapita
Torno of Porac during the latter’s visit at the Capitol. The centenarian will receive P100,000 cash incentive
from the provincial government as part of its delivery of social services for senior citizens. --JUN JASO
City exec denies removal
of teachers’ allowances
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
Office of the Mayor of Angeles City has described as
“malicious and purely black
propaganda” the statement
from Vice Mayor Ma. Vicenta Vega-Cabigting which al-
leged that the Local School
Board (LSB) is planning
to remove the monthly allowances of public school
teachers charged to the Special Education Fund (SEF).
“Vice Mayor Cabigting is
not privy to the meetings of
the Local School Board be-
cause she is not a member.
If she only bothered to ask
members of the LSB, they
could have told her that the
board has already approved
the P1,000 per month allowance for each of the
2,400 public school teachallowances... pagE 7
RECOGNITION. Sta. Rita Mayor Yolly Pineda hands over a certificate of recognition to
women police service retirees in recognition of their invaluable services and devotion to duty
as members of Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPO). --CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Headline Gitnang Luzon • MARCH 18, 2015
DPWH-3 holds orientation on PHL Building Code
By Mhike R. Cigaral
- In a bid to provide adequate
knowledge among new building officials and make the public aware of the existing Building Code of the Philippines (RA
1096) and its Implementing
Rules and Regulation (IRR),
the Department of Public
Works and Highways regional
office conducted a re-orientation seminar /workshop on the
said topic.
Held at the Crown Royale
Hotel in this component city,
Governor Abet S. Garcia welcomed the guests led by DPWH
regional director Antonio V.
Molano Jr. and other visitors
who came all the way from Region 2 and various provinces
and agencies in Central Luzon.
In his speech, Director Molano urged the proper implementation of the building code
to ensure the safety of the public by following the design and
construction requirements in
accordance to its specifications.
“Whatever the design of
the infrastructure project is,
it should be properly implemented in accordance to its
specifications and standards,”
pointed out Molano.
Citing the previous strong
typhoons that hit the country
in the past, Molano noted that
times are changing today and
this is why “we need to adopt
and implement a stronger
building code in the country.”
Also present in the seminar/
workshop are Provincial Engineer Ric Yuzon, Samal town
Municipal Engineer Benjamin
Caraig, among others.•
NYC urges
lawmakers not
to take ‘two steps
back’ on K + 12
challenge will be referred to
the PHO Smoking Cessation
clinic for counselling.
Challenge runs from April
13 to July 21; weighing in will
be on March 30 at the PHO.
QUEZON CITY - The National Youth Commission [NYC] is
urging lawmakers not to take
“two steps back” on the K+12
program, amidst calls from
various groups to suspend its
“We all need to seriously
consider the impact of any
drastic move to halt the K+12
program as it enters its fifth
year with the Senior High
School as its last mile,” NYC
Chairperson Gio Tingson said
adding that “It would be difficult to establish the gains of
the educational reforms being
done if we will not see through
its completion.”
Republic Act 10533 or the
Enhanced Basic Education Act
of 2013 gave birth to the K+12
program and gave two more
years of basic education in the
The implementation of the
program, however, was met
with criticisms especially in the
construction of new classrooms
and the possible loss of jobs for
teachers in higher education
institutions [HEIs] in the next
5 years.
From 2010, the Department
of Education [DepEd] has filled
100 DAY WEIGHT LOSS... Page 7
NYC URGES... Page 7
DO YOUR B.E.S.T. Bataan Gov. Abet encourages Capitol employees to join the 100-Days Weight Loss Challenge project of the Provincial Health Office, in preparation for the annual Nutrition Month Celebration this July. --1BATAAN PHOTO
Bataan prov’l gov’t launches 100-day weight loss challenge
BALANGA CITY – In preparation for the annual Nutrition
Month Celebration in July, the
Provincial Health Office (PHO)
launched the “B.E.S.T (Be
fit, Eat a balanced diet, Stop
smoking, and Tame alcohol) in
Bataan - the 100-days Weight
Loss Challenge.
This is a healthy lifestyle campaign making one’s
health and well-being a priority, which also adheres to this
year’s theme “Timbang iwasto
sa tamang nutrisyon at ehersisyo”, according to Gov. Albert
Focused on overweight and
obesity among the general
public, it also aims to encourage Filipinos to take a positive
decision towards consumption
of healthy diets and be physically active to prevent noncommunicable diseases as a
result of being overweight and
According to Dr. Rosanna
Buccahan, PHO Chief, studies reveal that more and more
Filipinos, especially adults, are
becoming fat. Among adults 20
years old and above, the prevalence of obesity increased from
16.6% in 1993 to 31.1% in 2013.
Further, women tend to be fat-
Angeles City
In compliance with the publication requirements
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
with this Office, a petition for correction of Sex (Gender) from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of
born on August 3, 1990 at 1031 Magkalinis
St., Malabanas, Angeles City and whose parents are CATALINO LAXAMANA AND MA. EDEN
Any person adversely affected by said petition may
file his/her written opposition with the office not later
City Civil Registrar
Headline Gitnang Luzon: March 11 and 18, 2015
ter than men with the prevalence of 34.4% for females and
27.5% for males.
Open to all Capitol employees with a body mass index
(BMI) of 28 and above, registration starts March 16 until
March 30. Registration forms
are available at PHO and the
Provincial Human Resource
Management Office. Participants are encouraged to embrace the four key health habits: Physical activity, proper
nutrition, prevention or cessation of smoking and alcohol
consumption. Smokers who
are willing to quit and join the
Orica Philippines donates
equipment to Limay school
– What started as an
ordinary day at the
School in Lamao this
town turned special
when Orica Philippines
Limay Site turned
over tables, chairs,
cabinets, among other
equipment, to school
officials there.
The turnover of
equipment, according
to Limay Schools District Supervisor Dr.
Minerva P. Rillo, made
an indelible mark in
the hearts of the stu-
dents, teachers and
Aside from the table
and chairs, Orica also
donated IT equipment,
LCD Projector and had
the school buildings
“Wow! May bago
akong upuan. Mas
komportable na akong
mag-aral,” one of the
students said upon
seeing the new chairs.
Helping in uplifting the literacy of the
students is just one
of the Corporate So-
FIRE DRILL. Personnel of SM City Baliwag carry an ‘injured’ employee as part of
their annual fire drill, in observance of Fire Prevention Month.
orica donates... Page 7
MARCH 18, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
SBMA commended for
Airlines continue to
financial, investment gains get ‘perks’ from CIAC
By Mhike R. Cigaral
– The Regional Development Council of Region 3
(RDC 3) recently cited the
Subic Bay Metropolitan
Authority (SBMA) for the
financial and investment
strides it had achieved
over the past three years.
In a resolution passed
by the RDC 3 last January,
the council commended
the SBMA for “the financial viability of the authority, improving the collection of customs duties and
other taxes, as well as increasing investment commitments within the Freeport and Special Economic
Zone, and for optimizing
container traffic at Subic
According to the same
resolution, “SBMA was able
to restore the financial vi-
ability of the authority by
posting annual net incomes
ranging from PHP 0.8 billion to PHP 1.3 billion from
2012 to 2014, a complete
turnaround from the negative income streams ranging from PHP 0.2 billion
for six consecutive years
starting 2006 to 2011”.
SBMA chairman and
administrator Roberto V.
Garcia recently reported
that SBMA hit new record
highs in its 2014 financial
performance, as it scored a
net income of P1.6 billion
vs. its 2013 income of P1.1
billion for a substantial
increase of 40 per cent.
The RDC 3, which serves
as the counterpart of the
National Economic and
(NEDA) Board at the subnational level in Region 3,
likewise noted in its resolution that the SBMA’s imple-
mentation of various trade
facilitation measures and
innovations in systems and
procedures had boosted
the collection of customs
duties and other taxes.
Through these actions
by SBMA, “...the collection
of customs duties and other taxes in within SBF-SEZ
from Php7.2 billion in 2011
to Php16.8 billion that corresponds to 233 percent
growth”, the RDC 3 said.
The NEDA regional
office likewise cited the
Subic agency for maximizing container port traffic
in the Subic port and for
initiating ”business process improvements and
promotion activities that
boosted investment commitments fromPhp3.6 billion in 2-13 to Php9.7 billion in 2014”.
Due to the renewed
business and manufacturing climate in the Freeport, the RDC 3 said that
the gross revenue share of
affected local government
units correspondingly increased by 40 percent, from
PhP145 milllion in 2011 to
PhP203 million in 2014.
Garcia welcomed the
RDC 3’s commendation
and assurance of full support to SBMA’s development efforts geared toward
Luzon a leading regional
transhipment and global
“The Agency’s sterling
three-year record performance could be attributed
to good governance, the
implementation of its strategic initiatives, and the
hard work of the Agency’s
management and employees,” Garcia told Headline
Gitnang Luzon.•
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CLARK FREEPORT - The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) continues to
offer incentives to local and foreign airlines
to woo them into operating at the Clark International Airport.
CIAC president Emidgio Tanjuatco said
they are giving discounts and incentives
for those who maintain operation at the
Central Luzon hub, aside from meeting airlines monthly.
This, Tanjuatco said, is to convince them
to launch f lights at the CRK and maximize
the capacity of the country’s biggest airport
According to Tanjuatco, dialogues with
airline operators are ongoing, and that they
give discounts or waive parking and landing fees.
“We also haven’t charged on air boarding bridges,” he said.
This, he said, has caused them to lose
profit, but it’s part of their marketing strategy to make Clark attractive.
CRK’s passenger volume had been
steadily dropping. CRK catered to 1.3 million passengers in 2012, 1.2 million passengers in 2013, and 877,757 passengers in
2014. This is despite the increase in CRK’s
capacity to 4.2 million from 2.5 million following the passenger terminal expansion
program that concluded last May. Construction of the proposed low cost carrier
terminal for CRK would further increase
the airport’s capacity by 8 million in 2017
and ultimately to 80 million in 2032.•
BCDA in talks
with IFC on Clark
Green City project
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CAREER SUMMIT. Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Arthur P. Tugade delivers an inspirational message to graduating stu-
dents from various universities and colleges in Central Luzon during the Luenthai & CDC Career Summit 2015 at the Fontana Leisure Resort and
Parks in Clark Freeport recently. CDC recently launched the first-ever academic excellence award for outstanding graduating students.
Notice is hereby given that the Intestate Estate of Spouses ADORABLE L. DELFIN and
RITA S. FELICIANO was Extrajudicially settled
among heirs as per Doc. No. 204, Page No.
42, Book XLIV, Series of 2015 of Notary Public
Pepito A. Sanchez, Province of Pampanga.
HGL: March 4, 11 & 18, 2015
Notice is hereby given that the estate of the late
EDUARDO P. FERNANDEZ, consisting of a real
property described as follows: TCT No. C-T-4002,
Lot No. 1217-E,CLOA No. 00641430 Lot area
(28,985 sq.m.), situated in Del Pilar, Castillejos,
Zambales “has been the subject of AFFIDAVIT
OF SELF-ADJUDICATION, among their heirs as
per Doc. No. 31, Page No. 7; Book No. 64; Series
of 2014 in the Notarial Register of CONDRADO T.
DANAN, Notary Public.
(Headline Gitnang Luzon: March 18, 2015)
(Headline Gitnang Luzon: March 11, 18 & 25)
CLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned
Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is in talks with the International
Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment
arm of the World Bank, to assist in developing the plans for the Clark Green City project.
The Clark Green City project, which covers some 9,450 hectares in Tarlac and Pampanga, will be the country’s largest property
Clark Green City aims to be a modern
metropolis with a mix of residential, commercial, agro-industrial, institutional and
information technology developments that
will follow green standards such as green
building codes, low carbon footprint and respect for the ecosystem.
IFC is looking at working with the BCDA
in determining the business case for key
utility services such as power generation,
power distribution, water supply distribution and sewerage services and solid waste
The need for a new metropolis is driven
by a growing population and the rapid urbanization of Metro Manila.
IFC recently worked on the Clark Water
project with the Clark Development Corporation and the Department of Agriculture
and Land Bank of the Philippines for the
Grains Central project.
The IFC has been providing advisory
services on private-public partnership in
the Philippines since 1996, including the
privatization of the Metropolitan Water and
Sewerage System concessions, and has been
active in facilitating private investments in
off-grid generation in Marinduque, Romblon, Tablas, Masbate and Basilan.•
Headline Gitnang Luzon • MARCH 18, 2015
Too early,
too soon
TO our minds, it’s too early
for mudslinging, with the elections still a year away. But it
seems that politics is already
rearing its ugly head, with one
camp alleging black propaganda against the other.
The Office of the Mayor of
Angeles City has described as
“malicious and purely black
propaganda” a statement from
Vice Mayor Ma. Vicenta VegaCabigting which alleged that
the Local School Board (LSB) is
planning to remove the monthly allowances of public school
teachers charged to the Special
Education Fund (SEF).
According to city administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan,
the LSB has already approved a
P1,000 per month allowance for
each of the 2,400 public school
The budget for these allowances is part of the approved
2015 Special Education Fund
(SEF), he added.
We have not heard from the
camp of Vice Mayor Cabigting,
but we’re sure the people of
Angeles City – especially the
teachers – would appreciate to
know what is going on with
this issue.
Did she, or didn’t she, make
such a statement?
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Battle of social media memes
OCIAL media memes are images, videos or phrases that
are passed electronically from
one internet user to another. The
word meme originally means an element of a culture or system of behavior that is passed from one individual to another by non-genetic
means, for example, by imitation.
In both cases the circulating meme
may cause changes
in the minds of people and affects how
they think and act.
Presently the social media meme is
widely used by local
online activists and
slacktivists through
the more popular
social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram
and Twitter. While
online activists are
also engaged in ac- Leny Manalo
tual socio-political
activities of organizing and mobilizing, slacktivists
are confined to their computers,
tablets and smartphones in their
advocacy or propaganda campaign.
Both can reach millions of receivers
depending on the effectiveness of
the memes they cause to circulate
over a long period of time.
Just recently, the video memes
showing the brutality of how some
SAF members were killed in Mamasapamo went viral or posted
and shared by thousands to probably millions of others online.
This resulted to widespread public
outrage that until now the Aquino
administration is trying to pacify.
President Benigno Aquino III has
become a favorite subject of image
memes that turned his published
photos into objects of ridicule
gut feel
and contempt that have breached
boundaries moving into slanderous and libelous levels. While some
posters are bold enough to show
their true identity, the bulk of these
posters are unidentified trolls who
roam the internet in the comfort
of their homes. Whether they have
good and serious intentions or not
they are impacting on a significant
number of the population.
The number of internet us-
The Chronicle of Higher Education
claimed to illustrate how the “Facebook effect” affected youth voting
rates, support by youth of political
candidates and the general involvement by the youth population in
the 2008 election in the US. This
writer has not come across a similar poll or study in the country, but
Facebook users would attest that
contending memes are widely circulating and significantly affecting
people’s choices.
I have the gut
feeling that, like
Miriam Santiago
once said, social media will
the results of the
will just have to
see the battle of
the social media
memes launched
in favor or against the leading political personalities for 2016 to arrive at the above conclusion. The
only limiting factor would be accessibility of the internet to the poor
but even this is resolved through
the opinion makers reiterating the
social media memes via the regular
mass media.
In addition, even the struggle
for clean and honest elections is
being waged through social media.
So is the struggle for peace. So is
the general war between good and
evil. Still a lot of my friends remain offline and would value their
privacy more than anything else. I
fully understand and respect their
choice but I have the serious gut
feeling that unless the internet
shuts down they are a vanishing
“I have the gut feeling that,
like what Senator Miriam
Santiago once said, social
media will greatly affect the
results of the 2016 national
ers in the country now constitutes about 38 percent of the population. Smart phone penetration
alone is placed at 38.7 percent of
the population. It is hard to imagine but internet users in the country with Facebook accounts are estimated at 93 percent of total users
or close to 36 million people!
With the country’s population
in 2016 to reach more than 101 million, the voting age population in
2016 will exceed 63 million. Voters
with ages 18 to 29 years will constitute 60 percent of the total number
of voters, 93 percent of which or
about 35 million will use the internet at one time or another. Women
voters with ages 18 to 30 years will
total about 8 million and a great
majority will be online.
A poll by CBS News, UWIRE and
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Nanay’s support for firefighters and barangays
HE is the only governor I
know who has expressed
tremendous concern on the
operational needs of the BFP personnel so the latter could effectively discharge their duties as firefighters,”
thus said Fire Chief Superintendent
Aloveel Ferrer, regional director of
Central Luzon’s Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), on the show of support
of Pampanga Governor Lilia “Nanay”
Pineda to firefighters.
The said regional fire chief, during
an interview,
his gratitude
As of this
Alvin H. Arceo
the province that shall be used for the
purchase of six-wheeler firetrucks for
the use of barangays.
She is now involving the efforts of
barangay officials in order to augment
the lack of standard fire-fighting capability of fire stations in protecting
the lives and property of the public by
finding ways for the barangays to have
their own fire trucks.
Meanwhile, she likewise gave emphasis on an improved partnership
between the BFP and the provincial
government of Pampanga, especially
in terms of providing material support to the present resources of the
aging and dilapidated.
We cannot of course expect some
fire stations to respond to fire incidents on time if their truck is not
highly mobile. We have heard a couple
of times perhaps that some fire trucks
failed to serve their purpose because
of their present condition. Many of
our firefighters meanwhile have no
proper protective equipment when
responding to conflagration incidents.
While firemen save lives, they risk
their own simply because of the lack of
resources of their respective fire stations. There are times that fire trucks
cannot immediately put out fires be-
“Meanwhile, she likewise gave emphasis on an improved partnership between the BFP and the provincial
government of Pampanga, especially in terms of providing material support to the present resources of the fire
bureau that will ultimately benefit not only the BFP but
the people of the province.”
to Governor Pineda for stressing the
importance of providing firefighting
equipment and gears for the firemen’s
welfare when responding to calls.
The Governor, during the recent
briefing on Fire Safety, Prevention
and Preparedness for Barangay Captains of Pampanga held at the Bren Z.
Guiao Convention Center in the City
of San Fernando, has pledged to augment the needs of fire stations and
firemen in the province.
In the presence of fire officers
and fire marshals of the province,
Governor Pineda vowed to seek the
approval of the Provincial Board for
a budget from the calamity funds of
fire bureau that will ultimately benefit
not only the BFP but the people of the
Aside from the mini-fire trucks,
Governor Pineda has vowed to ask
the provincial board for the provision
of service vehicles for BFP personnel
in Pampanga for use in the inspection
of establishments and structures and
the monitoring and investigation of
fire-related incidents.
It can be noted that one of the
national government agencies that
needs more resources in terms of personnel, mobility, uniforms, gears and
equipment is the BFP. Many of the fire
trucks in Pampanga for example are
cause of busted fire hoses or pumps.
These fire engines are likewise underequipped: lack of ladders and hose
Meanwhile, the Governor urged
barangay officials to organize their
own fire brigade that can act as augmentation forces to responding firemen. She is tapping village officials to
act as support to the BFP in fighting
destructive fires especially during the
dry months when there is a rise in the
number of fire-related incidents.
With the show of support to Governor Pineda to the BFP as well as to
the barangays in the province, we can
as of this writing... Page 7
Kapampangan loanwords and derivatives
OANWORDS are patterned after the natural evolution and adaptation of several languages around
the world. Some languages, which apparently lack
the vocabulary to express certain things, are fairly corrected by acquiring new terms, either by coinage or by
ognizable Kapampangan terms with exact synonyms e.g.
/mitla/ and /banaba/, /bulaklak/ and /sampaga/ which
may indicate that at one time,
one of these lexicons have been
borrowed for some unknown but
“The need to borrow foreign terms should not be
considered a damaging factor. However, it should
be treated with care to prevent too much adulteration of the language.”
borrowing from other languages. As such, languages like
English, which is in itself a hybrid language packed with
loanwords from all over the world, need not change or do
minimal alteration in spelling of several of its vocabulary
borrowings, but allow them to become part of its glossary,
e.g. /coup-d ‘etat, memoir and reservoir/ (from French),
/amok, boondocks/ from (Kapampangan), /lahar/ (from
Bahasa Indonesia), /guitar, mesa and azul/ (from Spanish).
The need to borrow foreign terms should not be considered a damaging factor. However, it should be treated
with care to prevent too much adulteration of the language. For instance, the rapid increase of Tagalog words
in Kapampangan seems to endanger the latter. Pangilinan (2009) cautioned this process saying “rather than
being enriched, the socio-politically dominant Tagalog
language has been replacing many indigenous words in
the Kapampangan language in everyday communication.” The process of borrowing is now a linguistic reality
for it does not necessarily abandon the old and recognizable terms in this language but aims to enrich and further
intellectualize the language. The basis of the search for
linguistic correctness is the recognition of the value of the
dominant usage, particularly in the educational market
example: /lamesa/ instead of /dulang/ which is particular
to the description of the European dining table and not the
native low table. Indeed there are several examples of rec-
necessary reason. Since language Aleesus Manarang
is dynamic, Kapampangan, like
Cebuano, Ilokano and Tagalog,
continuously undergoes linguistic change through lexical borrowing. Although originally classified under the
Austronesian language family of the Malayo-Polynesian
branch, its present glossaries are heavily loaded with old
and new foreign terms e.g. Sanskrit, old Mexican like Nahuatl, Spanish, French, English, Japanese, Chinese languages that are already part of the historico-lexical fabric
of this language.
Bahasa Indonesia/ Malay derivative
/lahar/ or
Sanskrit derivative /turu/ /gaja/ /batala/
/Galura//naga/ /laksa/
Arabic derivative
/hadji/ /Islam/
/halal/ or /jalal/
magbalawe... Page 7
Ang kahulugan
ng summer
ARAHIL marami sa atin ang mayroong iba’tibang kahulugan ng summer, kung bubusisiin ito
ayon sa ating mga karanasan at hindi malilimutang pangyayari sa ating buhay.
Para sa mga estudyante, ang summer ay nangangahulugan na sila muna ay magpapahinga sa kanilang klase
at itatabi muna ang kanilang mga lapis at papel. Ibig sabihin
nito, wala muna sa bokabularyo ng ating mga mag-aaral
ang kasungitan ng mga guro at ang gulo ng mga kaklase sa
loob ng silid-aralan o paaralan.
Sa kabila ng pagkakataon na ipahinga muna ang utak at
katawan ng mga mag-aaral, mayroon naming sinasamantala ang pagkakataon upang makapag-advance schooling
kung saan pumapasok sa tutorial classes ang mga estudyante upang magkaroon na ng kaalaman sa asignaturang pag-aaralan
pagdating ng pasukan. Ito rin ay
bahagi ng kanilang paghahanda
upang lalong malinang ang nalalaman para sa susunod ng lebel ng
Mayroon namang mga estudyante o kabataan na sa halip na academics ang papasukan, sa mga talent schools sila nag-aaral. May mga
piano o music lessons na nagtuturo
ng mga estudyante lalo na kapag
ganitong bakasyon sa mga paaralan.
Ka Dencio Pacheco
Marami rin sa mga kabataan
“Ang summer ay isa lang sa
mga cycle sa isang taon na hitik sa mga aktibidades at mga
selebrasyon. Ito ay tumatagal
lamang ng halos tatlong buwan ngunit marami sa atin
ang nasisiyahan kapag ganitong panahon kahit na pa’y
mayroong kainitan sa klima
ang dala nito sa ating bansa.”
na sa tuwing summer, partikular ang mga kabataang lalaki ang pumapasok na ika nga sa pagiging binata. Sila ay
nagpapa-“binyag” o nagpapatuli na tila isang tradisyon na
sa ating mga Pilipino ang dumaan sa proseso ng pagtutuli.
Dahil naman sa sobrang init ng panahon, marami sa
atin ang pumupunta sa mga beach o sa mga resorts upang
maligo o magtampisaw man lang sa malamig na tubig, sa
dagat man o sa mga swimming pools.
Ito ay isang paraan din na makapag-relax o makapagunwind sa ibang lugar na may ibang ambience ika nga at
maka-langhap ng sariwang hangin na walang polusyon
gaya ng hangin sa lungsod o kabayanan.
Ang summer ay panahon din ng mga reunions ng mga
pamilya o ng mga magkaka-klase. Ito ay ang pagki-kitakita upang makapag-bonding o upang sariwain ang mga
Kadalasan, sa pagsimula ng summer season, ay ang
pagsisimula din ng Lenten season ng mga Katoliko. Ito ay
ang panahon ng pagninilay at pagsisi sa mga kasalanan at
pag-gunita sa mga sakripisyo at kamatayan ng Kristo Hesus. Bagama’t ito ay panahon ng taimtim na paggunita sa
pagkakaligtas ng sanlibutan sa kasalanan, marami sa atin
ang mas pinipili ang makapamasyal habang sinasamantala
ang haba ng bakasyon.
Sa tuwing summer din ang pagdama natin at pagtitiis
sa init ng panahon. Matindi ang sikat ng araw na siyang dumadampi sa ating balat. Nararanasan din natin sa ganitong
panahon ang pinakamainit na araw sa buong taon.
Mapapansing sa ganitong mga buwan ng summer ang
construction season na kung saan maraming contractor at
mga inhinyero ang nagtatayo ng bahay, gusali at mga iba
pang mga istraktura.
Samantala, hindi lilipas ang panahon ng summer kung
hindi natin maipagdidiwang ang maraming mga piyesta sa
mga barangay at bayan-bayan. Sa tuwing buwan ng Mayo,
marami sa ating mga patron kung saan ipinangalan ang
mga lugar ang nagdiriwang ng kanilang kapistahan.
Ang pagdiriwang na mga kapistahan ay sadyang naging
likas na sa ating mga Pilipino na hango sa impluwensiya ng
mga Kastila noong sila ay nanakop sa ating bansa.
walang biro!... Page 7
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ERYOSO si Robin Padilla sa kanyang pahayag na lilisanin niya ang
Pilipinas dahil dismayado siya sa
sistema ng pamahalaan at hustisya sa
ating bansa.
nag-post si Robin ng
sentimyento sa Instagram
noong Lunes, March
9, hinggil sa pagpayag
ng Quezon City Regional Trial Court na
makapagpiyansa ng
P11.6 milyon at pansamantalang makalaya
Massacre suspect na si
Sajid Islam Ampatuan. Read: Robin Padilla
appalled by QC RTC decision to grant bail
to Maguindanao massacre suspect Sajid Islam Ampatuan.
Bahagi ng matapang na pahayag ni
Robin sa kanyang Instagram post: “Tunay po na wala ng naghaharing batas
sa Inang Bayan Pilipinas, tunay po na
walang piring ang mata ng hustisya,
tunay po na walang ipin ang gobyerno sa mga makapangyarihang
tao... I am leaving the Motherland ASAP, I am sorry gentlemen and women of the
Katipunan, no room for
change in this country,
all this I cannot bear to
witness any longer.” •
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sa Kris TV. Ang dami kong kubo kasi
‘yun lang ang pangarap ko, e. ‘Yung
pagkatao ko, para akong probinsiyano, ‘yun bang ‘yung simpleng ganito
lang, sobrang saya na ako. Makakita
lang ako ng konting tanim, ‘tapos
makikita ko ang pamilya ko, magkakasama kami, sabay-sabay kaming
kumakain, hindi matutumbasan ng
pera ‘yon.
“Minsan, hindi ko alam kung
paano ko gagastusin ang pera ko,
kasi hindi ako sanay na maraming
hinahawakang pera. Gabi-gabi, ganito lang ang kinakain namin, simple
lang. Dahil ang ginagawa ko, lalo na
ngayon, ini-invest ko ‘yung kinikita
ko. Kahit papa’no, hindi para sa akin,
para sa kanila.
“Dahil siguro sa sobrang pinaghahandaan ko, na laging iniisip na
matatapos ito, mawawala rin ako,
hindi na ako kikita nang ganito kalaki. Iniisip ko, pagkatapos nito, lahat
49,104,104.00 87,088.00 4,500.00 4,500.00 4,500.00 4,000.00 4,000.00 4,000.00 30,000,000.00 Winners
Aiko Melendez
goodbye muna
sa politics
Coco Martin, di alam kung paano
gastusin ang marami niyang pera
ATULOY ang swerte ni Coco
Martin dahil ang kapakanan
ng kanyang pamilya ang unang
iniisip. Sila ang dahilan kaya hindi
pa siya lumalagay sa tahimik. Gusto
muna niyang ilagay sila sa ayos bago
ang sarili niyang kaligayahan.
“Sabi ko nga, kagaya ng lola ko,
mas inisip niya ang pamilya niya,
mas iniisip niya ang palakihin kami
nang maayos kesa sa sarili niya.
Kumbaga, ‘yun lang ang mga bagay
na sinusuklian ko na natutunan ko
nung bata ako, na parang mas gusto
ko munang i-priority ang pamilya ko
ngayon. And then, ‘pag maayos na
talaga, settled na ako, dun ko lang
talaga medyo maiisip na ilagay sa
maayos ang sarili ko. Na, this time,
siguro ito na ang tamang panahon
para magkapamilya na ako,” deklara
niya sa presscon ng “Wansapanataym Presents: Yamishita’s Treasures.”
Hindi naman daw siya nagmamadali. Mga 35 hanggang 40 ang ideal
age niya para mag-asawa.
Sinabi rin ni Coco na masaya siya
‘pag umuuwi siya sa malaki niyang
bahay at kumpleto ang pamilya niya
na itinuring niyang kayamanan.
“Hindi ako napapagod, kasi ‘pag
umuuwi ako sa bahay, honestly,
sobrang saya ko kahit wala akong
ginagawa. Kapag nakikita ko ang
pamilya, nandiyan na buo, nakikita
ko na masaya sila. Hindi man kami
kumakain ng sobrang yamang pagkain, pero nakikita ko na kumakain
sila nang tama. Hindi ko man sila
nabibigyan ng sobrang garang
damit, pero napagsusuot ko ng malinis na damit kahit papaano. So, masaya ang pakiramdam ko,” deklara
pa niya.
“Mapapansin ninyo, as a person,
sa bahay ko, may katabing lote ‘yon,
hindi akin ‘yon. Pero meron dun
AS OF march 16, 2015
kami gusto ko pantay-pantay. Maayos ang buhay namin.’Yung bahay ko,
‘yung ibang mga lote, nakapangalan
sa kapatid ko, hindi sa akin. Kasi
iniisip ko na kapag dumating ‘yung
time nagkaroon na ako ng pamilya,
ayoko namang darating ‘yung time
na palalayasin ko sila, dahil gusto ko
na mayroon silang karapatan dun.
“Dahil nung time na student ako,
nagtatrabaho ako, pinosisyon ko na
sila dun para kahit anong mangyari,
hindi sila maaapi,” bulalas pa niya.
Tinanong din si Coco kung ilan sa
kapatid niya ang nakapagtapos?
“Yung sister ko po pinag-aral ko
ng HRM, nakapagtapos na siya.
‘Yung brother ko rin po pinag-aral ko
rin po pero hindi siya nakapagtapos
ng pag-aaral. ‘Yung isang brother ko
tin-try ko ring pag-aralin, hindi rin
po nagtapos ng pag-aaral. Siyempre,
honestly, sumama ang loob ko.
“Siyempre, sabi ko nga parang ako
ang magulang sa buong pamilya ko,
pero inisip ko nagkataong siguro ibaiba ang destiny ng tao, iba-iba ‘yung
kapalaran, ‘di ba?
“Nagsumikap ang lola ko na
pag-aralin ako at never na never
kong makakalimutan kasi ang lola
ko takilyera sa sabungan. ‘Yun namimigay ng tiket pag may papasok.
Pinag-aral niya ako, sobra-sobra
kong tini-treasure. Na sabi ko, kahit
anuman ang mangyari, kahit hindi
man ako grumaduate na may honor,
sisiguraduhin ko na makaka-graduate ako ng pag-aaral. Sisiguraduhin
ko na ‘yung ibinigay na oportunidad
ng lola ko na pagtapusin ako ng pagaaral ay isi-share ko ito sa pamilya
ko.’Yun ang pinipilit kong gawin na
i-share sa pamilya ko,” sabi pa niya.
Hindi raw siya titigil sa pagsuporta sa mga kapatid niya hangga’t
kaya niya pero pinagsabihan siya na
coco martin... Page 7
a presscon ng
“Inday Bote”, natanong si Aiko
Melendez kung ano
ang political plans
niya for 2016 at ayon
sa aktres, wala siyang
plano as of now.
“Wala pa po sa plano ko but if I’m ever to
base my decision today for my life, I’m not
going to run. Today po.
Kasi nga, marami pong
projects na nakalinya sa
akin ngayon na I might
be unfair naman on politics that my time would
be away from them.
“And I’m someone
kasi na if I put my heart
and soul into it, I give
my hundred percent
time, eh, baka this year,
hindi ko po mabigay
’yun, so, focus muna
po ako sa pag-aartista,”
pahayag ni Aiko.
At sobrang dami
nga ng magagandang
nangyayari ngayon sa
career niya dahil as we
all know, kapapanalo
lang niya bilang best
actress sa 7th International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema
sa foreign language film
na ginanap sa London,
England para sa pelikulang “Asintado”.
Ayon kay Aiko, hindi
niya talaga ini-expect
na mananalo siya dahil sobrang dami ng
magagaling na kalaban
at mga batikan pa ang
mga kapwa-nominado
“So, talagang sobrang flattering at talagang masayang-masaya
ako. God loves me talaga,” she said.
Wala si Aiko sa London para personal na
tanggapin ang kanyang
award dahil may taping
siya ng “Inday Bote”.
“Pero ibig sabihin
naman nu’n, para sa
akin talaga ang award
kasi nandito na sa
akin, kahit wala ako
roon, eh, ako talaga
ang nanalo,” say niya.
Sa “Inday Bote”,
ibang Aiko naman daw
Gagampanan niya ang
role na Fiona at kahit
medyo bad siya rito,
may redeeming factor
naman in the end.
Magsisimula na sa
March 16 ang “Inday
Bote” starring Alex
Gonzaga, Kean Cipriano and Matteo Guidicelli mula sa direksyon
nina Malu Sevilla at
John Villarin.•
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Pampanga
In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. 10172, a notice is
hereby served to the public that SIMEON B. MAÑALAC
JR. has filed with this office a petition for correction of
clerical error typographical error particularly the DAY
OF HIS DATE OF BIRTH from “ JUNE 6, 1951” to
“JUNE 5, 1951” in the Certificate of Live Birth of SIMEON
MAÑALAC, JR. born on JUNE 6, 1951 at San Isidro
Sta.Rita, Pampanga, and whose parents are SIMEON
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file
his/her written opposition to this office not later APRIL 01,
Municipal Civil Registrar
Headline Gitnang Luzon: March 18 and 25, 2015
MARCH 18, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
capitol, malaysians... from Page 1
The group led by K.Sudhagaran
Stanley, Chairperson of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral
Care of Migrants and Itinerants under the Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, aims
to identify causes which motivates
Filipino workers to seek employment opportunities abroad.
It was learned, Stanley and his associates intends to assess the Philippines especially Pampanga, for possible business ventures that would
generate more jobs for Filipinos in
hopes of addressing the looming
problems of human trafficking and
coco martin... from Page 6
illegal recruitment in their country.
“We want to present Filipinos the
opportunity to work and reside here
in their home country and to be with
their loved ones, instead of coming
abroad to work,” Stanley said.
He also stressed, ensuring a good
working environment for all migrants in Malaysia is just as important
since they also recognize that some
still prefer to work abroad despite
of being away from their families.
Meanwhile, PACOC Chief Eliza
Muñoz led a brief tour of the Haduan
Aeta Community in Mabalacat City,
wherein the Malaysian businessmen
made a small donation for the area’s
development along with the distribution of food packs provided by
Governor Lilia G. Pineda, through
the Provincial Social Welfare and
Development Office.
“We always strive to improve the
services we provide for the Kapampangan OFWs and their families,
that’s why we are so grateful for the
concern shown by our Malaysian
partners. Through this partnership
we hope to finally eliminate cases of
illegal recruitment and human trafficking in Malaysia and other countries,” Muñoz shared. •
The LSB, chaired by the mayor,
has for its members the city administrator, the city superintendent of
the Department of Education, the
city treasurer, the city accountant,
the city council’s committee on
education chairman, the president
of the federation of public school
teachers and the president of the
federation of parents and teacher
The city administrator also
denied Cabigting’s claim that she
worked for the retention of the allowances of police and bureau of fire
“The city’s grant of allowances to
personnel of the Philippine National
Police and other members of the
DILG family is part of the budget,
and so with all other personnel of
the city government. It is the executive department that prepares the
budget based on the certification of
the city treasurer, not the vice mayor. How can she say she worked for
the allowances of the PNP and BFP
personnel? The allowances are always there and can be granted anytime subject of course to the approval or disapproval of the Department
of Budget and Management and the
Commission on Audit,” Pamintuan
The city administrator also added: “Like the PNP and BFP who are
nonpartisan, she should not use the
hardworking teachers for politicking. It’s very inappropriate and unfair to them.” •
Pampanga Police Director Sr.
Supt. Rodolfo Sabate Recomono
Jr., who is one with the province in
pushing for women empowerment,
said the awardees have contributed commendable service to the
Pampanga Police Provincial Office
until their discontinuance from
duty as they reach the right age for
Those who were given recognition were Sr. Insp. Angelita B. Lansangan, Sr. Insp. Cynthia V. Dizon,
SPO1 Paz Bargamento and NonUniformed Personnel Salvacion C.
allowances... from Page 1
ers. The budget for the allowances
is part of the approved 2015 Special
Education Fund (SEF). Hence, all
insinuations to the contrary are pure
lies,” City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan said.
During the last meeting of the
LSB held at the Mayor’s Office Conference Room on March 10, 2015,
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan even directed the members of the board to
look for ways to increase the allowances of the public school teachers.
“We will not only retain the allowances of our public school teachers, but we will find ways to increase
them within the bounds of the law
and the guidelines of the Commission on Audit,” Administrator Pamintuan said.
ppo awards... from Page 1
In her inspirational message,
Pineda shared her hopes that many
would follow the footsteps of those
who strived hard and wholeheartedly pushed for the advocacy of
their fellow women through leadership, decision-making, and management of fairness in our society.
100 day weight loss... from Page 2
Winners who will receive a plaque and P10,000 for
the 1st prize; P 7,000 for the 2nd prize and P 5,000 for
the 3rd prize will be selected based on the total percentage of weight loss and will be announced on July
27 during the Provincial Nutrition Month Celebration.
For further details, please call: 047-237-32-70;
047-237-27-11; 047-237-32-40 or visit the Provincial
Health Office.•
nyc urges... from Page 2
128,055 new teacher items. Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro
reported that the agency has built
66,813 classrooms from 2010 to
2013. The Secretary of Education
also noted that there were 33,608
classrooms completed last year.
Despite some glitches in the
program’s implementation, NYC
maintains that DepEd and various stakeholders will be able to address the problem.
“If the Department [of Education] can assure us that the loss of
jobs for HEI faculty can be avoided,
we should put our trust in the program,” said Tingson. DepEd, for
its part, assures that it will be hiring 30,000 teachers in 2016 alone.
NYC also urges teachers and
faculty unions to take legal remedies in case higher education institutions implement lay-offs due
to anticipatory loss.
The youth commission is cit-
ing the statement of Department
of Labor and Employment [DOLE]
Labor Relations Officer Benjo
Benavidez that no company is allowed to lay off employees in lieu
of anticipatory loss. Such practices
would be in violation of Article 283
of the Labor Code.
Tingson proposes a multistakeholder and interagency approach in promoting solutions to
problems presented by the K+12
“DOLE, CHED and TESDA have
a role in ensuring a smooth transition for teachers, students and
parents in the implementation of
the program”, the youth commission chairperson noted. “Agencies,
teachers, parents and students
have to be part of the implementation”, he added.
NYC is optimistic that graduates of the 12-year program will
possess the competencies and
skills relevant to the job market,
especially with the looming ASEAN Economic Integration.
NYC also urges DepEd to ensure the completion of the issuance
of permits in establishing Senior
High Schools by the end of March.
Likewise, the NYC is also optimistic that the proposed SHS
Voucher program will enable
Grade 10 finishers from DepEd junior high schools to enroll in nonDepEd SHS (private high schools,
private Higher Educational Institutions, State Universities and Colleges/Local Universities and Colleges offering Grade 11-12).
“The K+12 program is an important piece of education reform
that invests on young people. The
promise of better skills and competencies that the program will
provide our youth must not be
sacrificed due to some remediable
glitches,” Tingson said. (NYC)•
encourage locators to embark on CSR
Projects as one way of giving something back to their communities.
Rillo warmly welcomed the
guests during the ceremony. In his
inspirational message, Orica Philippines OIC Site Manager, Engr. Victor
Cabunilas said, “Hangad namin bilang isang kompanya na magampanan ang aming responsibilidad na
makapag-ambag bilang kabahagi sa
aming komunidad. Sa araw na ito,
ang Orica Philippines ay tutugon sa
mahalagang misyon na nagbibigay
halaga sa ating mga kabataan.”
Principal, Rowena M. Lisud, Brgy.
Carbon Councilor Sabas Irangan,
the PTA President and the Student
Council President likewise delivered short messages to express their
heartfelt gratitude. Emi Marjorie
Gabinete, Sustainability Advisor of
Orica and Faustino Carag, PNOC
Security Supervisor also facilitated
the said event.•
orica donates... from Page 2
cial Responsibility (CSR) Programs
of Orica Philippines, according to
Engr. Philip de Jesus, QSHEC and
Security Lead of Orica.
“Hopefully these items will be
able to help the students para maiangat nila ang buhay nila in the future,”
de Jesus, who is also Vice Chairman
of Multi-Sectoral Governance Coalition (MSGC) of Bataan, said.
Part of the initiatives of the Province under the Performance Governance System (PGS) Program is to
turuan din magsikap ang pamilya niya. Bigyan niya ng
konting puhunan, magnegosyo ng gusto nila at hindi
‘yung aasa lang sa kanya dahil in the end sila rin ang
kawawa. Kumbaga, turuan niya ang mga ito na manghuli ng isda at hindi mismong isda ang ibigay sa kanila.
Samantala, hindi pa rin umaamin sina Coco at Julia sa tunay na estado ng relasyon nila. Pero nadulas si
Coco na ayaw din niyang nakikita na may nanliligaw
na iba sa dalaga. Nu’ng unang magkasama raw sila sa
serye ay bata pa si Julia, namumutok pa ang pisngi
pero nu’ng magsama na sila sa pelikulang “A Moment
In Time,” napansin niya ang pagdadalaga nito at nagustuhan na niya. Naging kumportable na raw sila sa
isa’t isa at binibigyan ng advice pagdating sa buhay.
Kumbaga, si Coco ang nagga-guide at nangangaral kay
Julia bilang tao.
Nagtawanan nga dahil sa pagkakasabi ni Julia na
walang father figure na naga-advice sa kanya at nagreact din si Coco ng “Sabi ko na nga ba, mawawalan ito
ng pagnanasa.”
Pero ipinaliwanag naman niya na lumaki siyang
may kapansanan (bingi at pipi) ang mama niya, ang
lola niya ay tutok sa business. So nandiyan daw si Coco
na bago siya magkamali pa ay may umaagapay na. Pag
nakakasama raw niya ang binata, ramdam na ramdam
niya na babae siya. Pagkatao na raw ni nito na maalaga
at inalalayan siya kahit wala sa harap ng kamera.
Sa March 22 na magsisimula ang espesyal na
magical summer series na ‘Wansapanataym Presents
Yamishita’s Treasures’ kung saan tampok din sina
Alonzo Muhlach, Eddie Garcia, Bing Loyzaga, Angel
Aquino, Noni Buencamino, Arron Villafor, Marlan
Flores, at Ryan Bang.•
magbalawe... from Page 5
Hokkien Chinese derivatives /siopao/
Spanish derivatives /komo/
English derivatives /gimik/
/jip/ or /dyip/
French derivatives /tabureti/
/sans rival/
/tae kwon do/
Technological terms
/telebisyon/ /modem/
as of this writing... from Page 5
indeed see her care and concern for her constituency especially in trying times when destructive fires can kill,
damage properties and affect the lives of the public.
This representation is one with the BFP in thanking
Governor Pineda for the truly tremendous support she is
giving to the firefighting capabilities of the province.
This writer welcomes other views, comments, and reactions. You may send your message at 0919-510-7665.•
walang biro... from Page 5
Bago naman matapos ang panahon ng summer, hindi
maiiwasan ang paghandaan ang paglipas nito at ang paghahanda naman sa parating na araw ng pasukan sa mga
paaralan. Ito ang panahon ng mga mag-aaral na makapaghanda sa kanilang susunod na hakbang sa kanilang pagaaral.
Ang summer ay isa lang sa mga cycle sa isang taon na
hitik sa mga aktibidades at mga selebrasyon. Ito ay tumatagal lamang ng halos tatlong buwan ngunit marami
sa atin ang nasisiyahan kapag ganitong panahon kahit
na pa’y mayroong kainitan sa klima ang dala nito sa ating bansa. Gayunpaman, walang ibang magandang gawin
kundi ang i-enjoy ito habang hinihintay ang susunod na
taon na darating muli ang summer.•
Limay seaborne patrol nets 33 illegal fishermen
By Mhike R. Cigaral
LIMAY, BATAAN – Operatives of this municipality’s
Bantay Dagat (seaborne patrol)
on Monday morning conducted their operation against illegal fishing along the maritime
waters of this industrial town.
The operation resulted to the
arrest of 33 illegal fishermen
mostly from Navotas City and
Cavite province reportedly using trawls and fine mesh net.
Limay PNP reported they
confiscated 21 coolers of various fish from F/B Bakery,
three coolers of fish from F/B
Prince Alec, three coolers of
squid from F/B Amaya and
three pails of assorted fish
from F/B Christian Ron.
The fishermen, who reportedly lacked pertinent permits
and licenses, were apprehended for violations of Section 86
of Republic Act 8550 or the
Philippine Fisheries Code of
2998 – the law that prohibits
the use of trawl 15 kilometers
from coastline of the town.
Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling fishing
nets through the water behind
one or more boats. The net that
is used for trawling is called a
trawl. The boats that are used
for trawling are called trawlers
or draggers. The procedure according to experts causes seri-
BIG CATCH. Limay PNP and seaborne
patrol operatives on board the Limay Bantay Dagat patrol boat shows to media an
unidentified big fish species, part of the
evidence confiscated from 33 illegal fishermen from Cavite province and Navotas
City caught using trawls and fine mesh
nets in an operation conducted last Monday morning. --MHIKE R. CIGARAL
Subic Freeport, Zambales
top CL tourism sites in 2014
By Mhike R. Cigaral
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Tourism attractions in the Subic Bay
Freeport Zone and the province of
Zambales emerged as the bestsellers
in Central Luzon last year, generating more than a third of the region’s
overall arrival figure of 3.1 million
from January to December 2014.
Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism–Region III (DoT-R3) said that
based on monthly survey reports
submitted by accommodation establishments in the region, Subic
Bay Freeport and Zambales occupied the first slot among the provinces and cities in the region with
1.2 million arrivals.
Meanwhile, Clark and Pampanga
/Angeles City came in second at
.621 million, while Bataan managed
to score a total of .199 million, Bulacan .109 million, and Aurora .108
Tiotuico said that of the total
visitors coming to Central Luzon,
Filipino travellers comprised 72%
of the total arrivals. On the other
hand, travellers of Chinese descent
represented the biggest population
among foreign visitors at a total
of 390,431 or 12.5%; followed by
Americans at 95,737 or 3.08%, Koreans at 55,692 or 1.8%, and Singaporeans at 31,200 or 1.00%.
The influx of visitors last year,
Tiotuico added, increased the region’s arrival figures by 21%, compared to 2.7 million recorded in
This also resulted to a 62% average occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in the region
while length of stay for travellers
stood at 22 nights with over 1.2
available rooms during the year.
ous damage to coral reefs.
The arrested fishermen will
be charged with violation of
Republic Act 8558.
The local police here said
the confiscated evidences will
be brought to the Bataan Provincial Prosecutors Office before donating it to the Bataan
District Jail inmates.•
Orani LGU, DPWH resolve woes
over unfinished bridge project
By Mhike R. Cigaral
ORANI, BATAAN – Residents and local officials in this first-class municipality on Monday
conducted a public hearing in relation to an unfinished bridge being constructed by the Department
of Public Works and Highways near the municipal
plaza comprising three barangays (villages).
The forum sponsored by the local government
of Orani was attended by different sectors like the
village chiefs, transport sector, the academe, businessmen, commuters, representatives from the
DPWH First Engineering District and the office of
the provincial governor.
“Minarapat naming gawin ang public hearing
na ito para matapos na ang mga hinaing at spekulasyon ng ating mga kababayan na kami ang may
sala sa pagkakabalam ng proyektong ito,” Mayor
Benjie Serrano told reporters.
Engr. Del Baluyot, project manager of DPWHBataan 1st Engineering District, said the project
started last March 2014 and was scheduled to be
finished on November 2014.
However, due to the technical problems encountered by its contractor, the construction was halted
due to the revisions of new designs and piles and
was approved by the DPWH Regional Office in the
City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Last year, the contractor of the P23-million
bridge asked for a redesign of the infrastructure
after the piles to be used as foundation reportedly
hit an old hard lumber underground, affecting the
whole structure. Last week an additional budget
of P9 million was allotted by the national government.
“The approval of designs, bidding process and
other technical documentations took months. We
want to ensure public safety here and we hope the
public will understand our situation,” Engr. Baluyot added.
The transportation sector along with the commuters is reportedly the most affected. The detour
route going to Balanga City is more than three kilometers resulting to additional fare which is still
presently enforced. The public market vendors
here also reportedly suffered decrease in their
daily sales.
After the public hearing, the DPWH promised
the public that by April 1 of this year, the bridge
will be passable to light vehicles.
Meanwhile, Engr. Ric Yuzon chief of the provincial engineer’s office during the forum assured the
public that Bataan Governor Abet Garcia tasked
him to work hand in hand with the DPWH to
speed up the construction process and to address
other complaints from the public.•
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Au- Clark, which have become two of
thority (SBMA) recorded a simi- the most favored destinations in
lar uptrend in tourism arrivals as the region, Tiotuico also noted in a
monitored at the gates of the Subic- report released by DoT-R3.
Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx),
He noted that at the Clark Interwith about 6.39 million arrivals national Airport, total air arrivwho went to Subic mostly on day als stood at 384,221 in 2014 based
tours. This figure represented a 12% on Bureau of Immigration arrival
increase over the 5.69 million arriv- cards of air passengers from varials monitored in 2013.
ous destinations. Of the total arrivSBMA Chairman Roberto Gar- als, 236,162 or 61% are of Filipino
cia attributed the increase in the nationality, while 56,591 or 14.7%
number of Subic visitors to a 43% are Koreans and 23,691 or .061%
increase in the number of MICE are USA residents.
(meeting, incentive, convention
Tiotuico added that annual surfand exhibition) and special events ing event in Aurora, the energized
hosted at the Freeport, as well as to re-constitution of the Association
a 59% jump in the number of local of Tourism Officers of Central Lusports events held in Subic.
zon (ATOCEL), and the participa“The substantial improvement tion of the region including its priin the number of MICE and spe- vate stakeholders and major players
cial events has resulted in a corre- to major tourism and travel exposisponding increase in the number tions in Cebu, Davao and Makati,
of foreign and local participants by all played a vital role in developing
93% and 94%, respectively,” Garcia the region as a major destination.•
told Headline Gitnang Luzon.
Likewise there was a
credible increase of 75% in
the number of foreign participants despite a 6% drop
in the number of international sports events held
in the Freeport, he added.
The SBMA official also
pointed out that Subic
has been attracting more
overnight tourists recently
because of the recent upsurge in the construction
of hotels and accommodation facilities in the Freeport.
As a whole, the unprecedented increase in visitor PUBLIC HEARING. Engineer Del Baluyot (standing), project engineer of DPWH-Bataan First Engineering District,
arrivals to the region in explains to Orani residents and local officials the reason behind the much-delayed bridge project in this town. The municipal
2014 was powered by new government led by Mayor Benjie Serrano, Jr. (5th from L) sponsored the forum to clear various issues to the public.
developments in Subic and