Friday, November 30, 2012

Taytay inaugurates new school building

by Gideon Gapayao

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov. 30 (PIA) -- The Taytay Municipal Government has inaugurated on November 27 a new school building for the Muzon Elementary School.

The two-storey structure with six classrooms was inaugurated by Mayor Joric Gacula, former Rizal Governor Nini Ynares, local officials and the Muzon Elementary School Parent-Teachers’ Association.

The new structure is seen to improve the learning conditions of elementary students here.

Taytay Municipal Administrator Joyce Yoingco-Castillo said the municipality will continue to prioritize education.

“Taytay will continue to construct buildings for those schools with a need for them,” she said.

Castillo also added that the municipality will encourage affordable education in order to further boost its already high literacy rate.

According to her, Taytay has also been recently granted by DepEd more slots for teachers. The local government is also undergoing improvements in terms of its educational materials, security and school supplies distributed during the start of the school year. (GG-PIA4A)

Bagong munisipyo ng Los Banos, pinasinayaan

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Nob. 30 (PIA) -- Pinangunahan ni Mayor Anthony Genuino ang pagbubukas ng bagong munisipyo ng bayang ito kasama ang mga opisyal at kawani ng munisipyo, mga opisyal ng University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), LB Science Community, LB Tourism Council, at ng iba’t-ibang personalidad at NGOs na katuwang sa pananaw ng punumbayan para sa "Bagong Los Baños."

Ang bagong munisipyo na matatagpuan sa panulukan ng Jamboree Road at National Highway, Barangay Timugan ay modern, malawak, at napakaganda sang-ayon sa paglalarawan ng mga tao.

“Makalipas po ang halos 100 taon, ngayon lamang po nagkaroon ng bagong munisipyo ang Los Baños na isa lamang sa maraming simbolo ng inyong Bagong Los Baños,” pahayag ni Genuino.

Taong 1921 nang itinayo ang dating munisipyo kasabay ng pagtatayo ng pamilihang bayan sa Baybayin. Sa lumang marker na makikita sa loob ng palengke, ang gusali ay itinayo noong 1921 ng Amerikanong contractor na si A.E. Hally sa ilalim ng pamahalaang bayan sa pamumuno ni Faustino Pantua na tinaguriang presidente; Lorenzon Lantica, kalihim; Emilio Deang, ingat-yaman at J.V. Bagtas, district engineer.

Makailang ulit nang binago o sumailalim sa renovation ang lumang gusali nguni’t ang masikip at dilapidadong istruktura nito ay hindi na angkop sa dami ng transaksyon at sa bilang ng mga taong nagpupunta sa munisipyo.

“Pagsisilbihan po natin ang mga tao sa paraang mas komportable, mas mabilis, mas maayos, at mas epektibo,” pahayag ni Mayor Genuino. “Iparamdam natin na may magagandang proyekto tulad ng bagong munisipyo kapalit ang ibinabayad na buwis ng mga tao,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinabi ni Ricky Estopace, municipal engineer ng Los Baños na ang bagong munisipyo na itinayo ng contractor na Cavacon Corporation ay nag-empleyo ng mahigit sa 100 manggagawa na residente ng Los Baños. Ang kabuuang istruktura ay natapos noong Oktubre 2012. Ito ay tumatayo sa kabuuang isang ektaryang lawak na lupain at may taas na tatlong palapag. Bawat isang palapag ay mayroong humigit kumulang sa 3,800 metro kwadrado.

Dagdag pa ng municipal engineer, maluwag ang espasyo ng buong gusali na magsisilbing tanggapan ng alkalde, bise-alkalde, at ng Sangguniang Bayan kung saan may malaking session hall sa ikalawang palapag.

Ang bagong munisipyo na pinasinayaan noong Nob. 27 ay dinaluhan nina Gobernador ER Ejercito Estregan, Calamba City Mayor Joaquin Chipeco, Audrey Zubiri, maybahay ni dating senador Juan Miguel Zubiri, at iba pang mga mahahalagang opisyal ng lalawigan at ng iba’t-ibang sektor sa bayan. (CPG, PIA4A at ulat mula kay Ojie Sanchez, PIO Los Banos)

PNP urges politicians to surrender firearms for a peaceful 2013 elections

by Bhaby De Castro

BATANGAS CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) -- A number of politicians in the province of Batangas has heeded the call of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to surrender their firearms for safekeeping and insure orderly and peaceful elections next year.

PSSupt. Atty. Rosauro Acio, PNP provincial director said he ordered all the municipal police chiefs in the province to convince all politicians and political candidates in their respective areas to turnover their fireams until the election period is over.

In response, several politicians immediately coordinated with their respective police stations to hand over their guns for safekeeping.

Lipa City Mayor Meynard Sabili turned over one KMBER caliber .45 pistol and one SWSN caliber .50 revolver to Lipa City chief of police PSupt Christopher Birung while Batangas Congressman Mark Leandro Mendoza surrendered Elisco M16 AI and one Bushmaster M16 to the same station.

Also, Lemery Mayor Eulalio Alilio turned-over one Colt 5566, one Akkar karatay taktik, one DAEW 556 and one AK47 7.62 to PCInsp. Ricardo Dalmacia, Lemery chief of police.

In Lian, a political candidate, surrendered 14 units of caliber 38 revolvers and five units of 12 gauge shotgun to Lian municipal police staion officer-in-charge Randy Oliquino.

Moreover, four barangay captains from Lemery also surrendered different caliber of firearms.

Acio emphasized they will continue to identify and encourage political candidates to turn over their firearms in order to attain a peaceful election in 2013. (PIA 4A, Batangas)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

P810,000 halaga na health coupon, ipinamahagi sa Quezon

by Ruel M. Orinday

CALAUAG, Quezon, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- Umabot sa halagang P810,000 na health coupon ng Serbisyong Suarez para sa Kalusugan ang ipinamahagi ng pamahalaang panlalawigan sa 81 barangay sa bayang ito noong nakaraang Nobyembre 27.

Ang ibinigay na Lingap Kalusugan para sa Barangay ay bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng mga mamamayan sa nasabing bayan upang magagamit hanggang sa katapusan ng taong kasalukuyan. Magbibigay din ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng mga gamot na pangunahing kailangan ng mga nagkakasakit sa lugar.

Kasabay ng nasabing aktibidad ay ipinamigay sa mga magsasaka ng libre ang certified palay seeds na kinabibilangan ng mga binhi ng PSB RC 18 at Nsic 222.

Kapag ginamit ang PSB RC 18, kayang makapag-ani ng walong tonelada habang 10 tonelada ang kayang maani sa Nsic 222 depende sa pag-aalaga na gagawin ng isang magsasaka.

Isa si Epitacion Babasa, 58, at may anim na anak sa nabigyan ng libreng binhi ng palay. Labis ang kaniyang pagpapasalamat sa ipinagkaloob ng pamahalaang panlalawigan.

Ayon kay Babasa, nasorpresa sila nang sabihin ni Suarez na libre nilang makukuha ang nasabing pananim dahil napagkasunduan noong una na kalahati ang babayaran nila.

Hinikayat din ni Suarez ang mga magsasaka na maging masipag at patuloy na lumikha ng makabagong pamamaraan ng pagtatanim upang higit na mapabuti ang mga aanihin na produkto. Ipinagmalaki rin nito na lahat ng kanyang mga anak ay patuloy na nakapag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng kanilang pagsasaka.

Ayon kay Suarez, maituturing na bayani ng lipunan ang mga magsasaka dahil sa ang mga ito ang nagbibigay ng araw-araw na makakain ng mga tao.

Ang mga binhi na ipinagkaloob ay bilang simula sa karagdagang puhunan sa pagtatanim. Kakaiba rin kumpara sa karaniwan ang mga bigay na palay dahil marami itong nagiging bunga na magiging ambag sa pagtaas sa produksiyon ng palay sa Lalawigan ng Quezon.

Dahil sa wala pang sariling pagamutan ang nasabing bayan ay napagkasunduan nina Gob. Suarez at Calauag Mayor Luistro Visorde,na maglagay ng mga pangunahing gamot sa Municipal Health Office na ipagkakaloob ng Pamahaang Panlalawigan. (RO- PIA 4A, Quezon at ulat mula sa Quezon PIO)

Cavite SP to formulate mortuary assistance to all employees, dependents

by Ruel Francisco

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- The Provincial Council (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) is currently formulating a socially responsive measure to ensure that all employees working under the provincial government will be given financial assistance during unforeseen and unavoidable event such as death.

In a letter address to various department heads, Provincial Board Member Virgilio T. Ambion, Chairman on Committee on Ways and Means asked for valuable inputs on the draft measure called “An Ordinance Providing Mortuary Assistance to All Employee of the Provincial Government of Cavite.”

Board Member Ambion said the proposed measure aims to partly ease the financial burden and pain of the bereaved family who suffer more in the financial aspect before and after the burial.

The draft measure also covers immediate family member of the employee.

The mortuary assistance shall be in the form of salary deduction to the payroll of each employee as a way of voluntary contributions “as a matter of agreement in principle shall be provided.”

Proposed salary deduction for provincial employees will be as follows: death of direct beneficiary is P20 and the same with that to the death of immediate family members. No exact amount of mortuary assistance is agreed upon and it is not clear whether the deduction is on monthly basis or every 15th and 30th of the month.

Regardless the cause of death is work-related or not, an employee, and/or the immediate member of his/her family, the legitimate beneficiary shall be entitled to receive the mortuary assistance from the provincial government provided that a certification coming from the department head concerned that the deceased is employed by the provincial government and is assigned in his/her office at the time of death. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/PICAD)

47 pupils complete 'Pulis ko, Titser ko' program

by Ruel M. Orinday

CAMP NAKAR, Lucena City, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- Forty-seven Grade 4 pupils of Ilayang Dupay Elementary School, this city have completed the “Pulis Ko, Titser Ko,” program of Police-Community Relations Branch of Quezon Police Provincial Office last November 23.

Rosa Linda M. Garcia, school principal, delivered the welcome remarks followed by the presentation of the Grade IV Pupils by PSI Dodgie G Benaid and the declaration of graduates by PSSupt Valeriano T De Leon, provincial director of Quezon police office.

De Leon distributed Certificates of Completion to the 47 pupils and awarded medals to those who finished with honors.

Rundel Maaño Camba, the class' first honor, in his speech, thanked everyone who took part in the program especially the PNP particularly his teachers whom he calls Sir Dodgie and Ma’am Rona who taught them to be patriotic and law-abiding citizens.

His words to his classmates were: “Be proud, Dream, Live, Expect the most, but hope for the best.”

PD de Leon encouraged the graduates to pursue their dreams and exert efforts to fulfill them. (RMO/ PIA-Quezon/ with reports from QPPO)

Motor vehicle standardization program,ipatutupad sa susunod na taon

by Bhaby De Castro

BATANGAS CITY, Nob. 29 (PIA) --Isa sa pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) ang motor vehicle standardization program na nakatakdang ipatupad sa susunod na taon.

Ayon kay Nelly Dimatatac,OIC ng LTO Batangas, isa sa dahilan ng pagpapalit ng mga plaka ay ang kalabuan na ng ilan dito na halos hindi na mabasa at gayundin ang paggamit nito sa iba't-ibang mga krimen na kinasasangkutan ng mga riding-in tandem at mga sindikato.

Ang motor vehicle standardization program ay isa sa mga paraang naisip ng LTO upang gawing pare pareho ang hitsura ng mga plaka upang tugunan ang pagkakaiba-iba ng itsura nito na kadalasan ay nagbibigay ng kalituhan sa ilang mga motorista.

Sa programang ito ay gagawing isang disenyo na lamang ang plaka ng mga sasakyan at ang plakang ikakabit dito ay may bar code na naglalaman ng mga impormasyon tulad ng chassis number, lugar kung saan orihinal na nakarehistro ang sasakyan at iba pang mga impormasyon.

Lahat ng mga bagong sasakyang lalabas sa susunod na taon ay magtataglay na ng ganitong disenyo samantala ang mga sasakyang magre-renew ng kanilang rehistro sa LTO ay kinakailangang magbayad ng P450 para sa four wheel drive at P120 para sa mga motorsiklo.

Ito ay tatagal hanggang limang taon kung saan pagkatapos ng limang taon ay muling papalitan ang plaka sapagkat ang validity ng barcode na ilalagay sa mga bagong disenyong plaka ay hanggang limang taon lamang.

Tinatayang tatagal ng 45 araw bago makuha ang bagong plaka kung kaya't kinakailangan na palagiang dala ang certificate of registration(CR) at official receipt(OR) upang maging katibayan na ang plaka ng sasakyan ay nasa proseso pa kung sakaling may mga highway patrol o LTO personnel na magtanong ukol dito.

Nagsagawa na ang LTO ng public consultation kung saan nakakuha sila ng malaking porsiyento ng pagsang-ayon mula sa mga motorista kaugnay ng pagpapatupad ng motor vehicle standardization program.

Ang disenyo ng bagong plaka ay magiging isa na lamang at tanging ang LTO authorized personnel lamang ang maaaring maglagay nito sapagkat may pamamaraan na ginagamit dito upang hindi maalis ng kung sino at magamit sa mga krimen.

Samantala,sinabi naman ni Dimatatac na tanging mga deputized officers lamang ang maaaring mangumpiska ng lisensya sa mga motoristang lumabag sa batas trapiko. Kapag hindi deputized ang mga lalabag ay kinakailangang tiketan lamang nila at hindi kumpiskahin ang lisensya. (PIA-Batangas)

LNG import terminal, nakatakdang itayo sa lungsod ng Batangas

by Bhaby De Castro

BATANGAS CITY, Nob. 29 (PIA) -- Nagsagawa ng pakikipag talakayan ang Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) noong November 28 hinggil sa Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminal project nito na nakatakdang itayo sa Batangas City sa taong 2016.

Ito ay dinaluhan ng humigit kumulang sa 100 tao mula sa barangay sa isla ng Talim, academe, lokal na pamahalaan at non-government organizations.

Ayon kay Valerie Ku, LNG business development manager, layunin ng nabanggit na pagtitipon na muling ipakilala ang proposed project ng Shell at upang higit na mabigyang linaw ang naturang proyekto. Ito rin ay isang dayalogo sa pagitan ng mga stakeholders upang maipaabot ang kanilang mga katanungan, komento, suhestyon at rekomendasyon.

Ang LNG ay isang “clear, colourless, non-toxic liquid” na nag reresulta kapag ang natural gas ay pinalalamig ng umaabot sa -160°C. Pinapaliit nito ang volume ng gas ng 600 beses kung kaya’t mas madali itong i imbak at i transport sa mga markets sa buong mundo.

Ang natural gas ay ligtas at malinis na source ng energy subalit maraming bayan at siyudad na nangangailangan ng enerhiyang ito ay malayo sa gas fields. Ang pag ta transport ng gas sa pamamagitan ng pipeline ay magastos at hindi praktikal kung kaya’t ang LNG Import Terminal ang isang alternatibong paraan ng distribution ng gas.

Ang itatayong LNG Terminal ay pangangasiwaan ng Architectural Engineering Construction Operating Maintenance o AECOM na may 400 tanggapan sa may 130 bansa sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng mundo. Ang proyekto ay inaasahang magbibigay ng hanapbuhay sa maraming Batangueno.

Ilan sa mga isyung ibinato ng mga participants sa PSPC ay ang magiging impact ng LNG Import Terminal project sa buhay at sa kalusugan ng mga tao, ang magiging epekto nito sa kapaligiran, kung gaano kaligtas ang naturang proyekto at kung gaano kahanda ang Shell sa anumang aberyang idudulot nito.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cavite launches new season of paragliding

by Ruel Francisco

CARMONA, Cavite, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- The Cavite Provincial Tourism Development Office and the Philippine Paragliding and Hang Gliding Association (PPHGA), in cooperation with the local government of Carmona, has launched another season of paragliding activities which is expected to run until April 2013.

The prevalence of northeast winds (hangin amihan) coming from Laguna de Bay makes Carmona, dubbed the Center for Investment and Sports, makes it a perfect location for Paragliders to navigate and exhibit their skills along the ridges of Barangay Lantic.

According to Bali ParaGliders Club of Indonesia, Paragliding is the simplest form of human flight. A paraglider is a non-motorized, foot-launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land. The paraglider itself is constructed of rip-stop nylon from which the pilot is suspended by sturdy Kevlar lines. Paragliders routinely stay aloft for 3 hours or more, with heights reaching 15,000 feet (4,500 meters), and go cross-country for vast distances.

Members of the PPHGA, led by its President Mr. Buko Raymundo, performed a variety of maneuvers and exhibitions that delighted the memebers of the media as well civilian viewers from the ground.

A 70-year Indian woman flew and stayed up for more than 15 minutes during her first tandem flight.

After the launch, more paragliding activities are lined up for the people to see including a hot air balloon festival in February 2013, and the fly cosplay and accuracy landing competition - which will be the first to be held in the country.

Mr. Raymundo was said that “we want people to realize that paragliding is fun and that everyone can try it.” He added that this is a new sport and that through the years, equipment have been manufactured for safety.

Currently, the market for paragliding in the Philippines is mostly Europeans, Americans and Australians and the discovery of the site in Carmona in 2009 made paragliding more convenient to enthusiasts since they would not have to travel far to experience the enjoyment of “human flight.” (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/Carmona PIO)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

24 farmers enrol in palay and corn production

by Joselito Giron

PEREZ, QUEZON, Nov. 28 (PIA) --The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Provincial Agriculture Office offered ‘season-long farmers field school’ to 24 farmers in this town.

Roberto Gajo, provincial agriculture officer said the farmers were enrolled in the 16 weeks training on ‘palay’ check system, rain feed, irrigated and upland rice farming.

“This training will help the farmers to improve and develop palay, corn and vegetable production, thus this will also increase their income. The farmers also learned the new farming technology,” Gajo added.

Right now, the farmers are practicing the new farming technology and are producing good variety of palay, corn and vegetable.

Perez Mayor Santiago Evangelista said the project will develop the farming and vegetable industry in Alabat Island, composed of three towns, Perez, Quezon and Alabat.(PIA-Quezon with report from PIO-Quezon)

MOA for 24/7 response hotline signed

by Ruel Francisco

CITY OF BACOOR, Cavite, Nov. 28 (PIA) – City officials led by Mayor Strike Revilla recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Dynamic Outsource Solutions, Incorporated for the so called “Sa-Bayan Bacoor”, a 24/7 hotline project with the use of additional modern services for the people of Bacoor.

This state-of-the-art service initiated by the city government is a 24-hour, 7-days a week free of charge service that will accommodate and respond to situations regarding inquiry, and assistance within the city. The project will be fully implemented next month.

The hotline will receive and forward called-in concerns from local callers, seeking assistance with LGU counterparts also on a 24/7 availability for the Sa-Bayan Hotline, and respond to requests for information, which are readily available to the agents through a database.

Present during the signing are Councilors Rey Palabrica, Bayani de Leon and Atty. Venus de Castro, Mr Alberto Lina (Chairman, Lina Group of Companies), Mr Edgardo Cayton (President, DOS-I), and Mr Ryan Cesar and Mr Kevin Parohinog (DOS-I). (RF/FMGM PIA-Cavite/Bacoor PIO)

Cardona to celebrate Kaluskos Festival this December

by Gideon Gapayao

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, November 28 (PIA)— Cardona, Rizal is set to celebrate its Kaluskos Festival this December.

The municipality holds the Kaluskos Festival annually in order to preserve the tradition of creating artistically crafted bamboo arches made from bamboo wood which are abundant in the town.

The name of the festival involves stems from the ‘kuskos’ sound made by a bolo on bamboo. During the festival, locals showcase and display the arches as a symbol of the community’s ability to cope with life’s changes by being pliant, proud and tall and strong like the bamboos.

Cardona will be holding its ceremonial lighting for the month-long celebration on December 1. (Cardona PIO/Tourism Office/GG-PIA4A)

DOLE –Rizal distributes Nego Karts

by Gideon Gapayao

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, November 28 (PIA)— Department of Labor and Employment-Rizal distributed 20 Nego Karts and start up materials to local beneficiaries in order to aid their livelihood.

DOLE together with the Rizal Provincial Government held the awarding of Nego Karts during the flag raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol, Antipolo City, Rizal last November 26.

According to DOLE-Rizal Senior Labor and Employment Officer Vicky Natanauan, the distribution of carts is a nationwide activity held by the department for the past three years. Beneficiaries are identified by Public Employment Service Office managers from all municipalities and cities of Rizal while the carts are funded by DOLE after bidding and procurement processes.

“We are very thankful for the Nego Kart. It is also a big help for us to cope with our daily expenses through starting a small business with my wife.” said Elvin Cortez of Cainta, Rizal. Cortez is a visually impaired beneficiary recommended by the local PESO for the DOLE program. Beneficiary Emmanuel Gellido of Jalajala, Rizal also expressed his gratitude for the government aid. “The Nego Kart would help my family and small business very much. ” he said. Gellido has already been operating a fishball cart business but needs a new cart to continue it due to the poor condition of the old one.

The Nego Karts, worth P 18,000 each, were delivered to the capitol for pickup while P 1,000 worth of starter materials for a fishball cart business (fishballs, barbeque sticks, cooking oil, raw materials for sauce, etc.) were also distributed to the beneficiaries. (GG-PIA4A)

5 projects approved for DOST-Rizal SETUP

by Gideon Gapayao

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, November 28 (PIA) --Five DOST-Rizal projects are approved for the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrade Program (SETUP) as of November according to Department of Science and Technology Provincial Director Fernando Ablaza.

DOST’s SETUP involves the technology acquisition, technical assistance and training for small businesses in order to increase productivity and income generation. The program may also include provision of zero-interest loans payable for three years by beneficiaries.

According to Director Ablaza a total budget of P 3,639,330 has been approved for the five projects. However out of the five, only Jalajala’s Sipsipin Multipurpose Cooperative financial assistance has already been released while the others are currently being processed and are expected to start as soon as possible.

The largest fund allotted is for Cainta’s Tahanang Walang Hagdanan which is at P 1.68 million for a powder coating machine used for metals while the other lined up SETUP DOST-Rizal projects include Quality Upgrading for Antipolo City’s Pancit Bato Production, Coco products in Pililia and Improvement of Furniture Production in Taytay.

Director Ablaza is also hoping for the approval of a currently unapproved SETUP project for Cainta, building insulators processed from recycled cotton taken from denim. SETUP projects amounting to less than P 500,000 will be upon the approval of the DOST Regional Office those above that will be for the approval of the Central Office. (DOST-Rizal/GG-PIA4A)

Laguna gymnasts garner 13 trophies at Singapore gymnastics competition

by Norito A. Cabotaje

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- Six members of the Laguna College of Business and Arts (LCBA) - Calamba gymnastics team bagged six gold, six silver, and one bronze trophies for a total of 13 and three medals at the 21st Prime International Invitational Gymnastics Competition held Nov. 16-18 at Bishan Sports Stadium in Singapore.

Ariel Maranan and Sharon Maraman, trainer and coach respectively, said the team was composed of Xylene Sagayaga and Sheena Mae Cruz, elementary; Ruth Mae Elemos, Cherwin Lei Malabanan and Jolina Juinio, secondary; and Jasmine Yu, sole tertiary representative.

Maranan said, 30 clubs and over 500 participants from 11 countries: Australia, Hongkong, New Zealand, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Philippines, Wales, and United Kingdom participated in the international invitational gymnastics competition.

Xylene Sagayaga, the individual all-around champion brought home three gold and one silver trophy in the elementary level; Sheena Mae Cruz won silver and bronze trophies.

In the secondary level, Cherwin Lei Malabanan was second in the individual all-around won gold and silver trophies, while Jasmin Yu got two gold and one silver medal in the tertiary level.

With the performance and honor gained by the team in the recently concluded event, Maranan is optimistic that concerned authorities will provide the gymnasts with the necessary training equipment to better equip them and become more competent in joining future competitions.

Despite the lack of financial assistance to defray uniforms, foods, payments of quarters and other miscellaneous expenses from concerned authorities that the parents accompanying the team members in the competition observed, the team excelled and brought honor not only to the school but to the entire country as well.

The next gymnastics competition is tentatively scheduled in Thailand next year. (NAC- PIA4A)

Cavite’s LDRRMO, coordinators take oath

by Ruel Francisco

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Nov. 28 (PIA) --The Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers and Coordinators (LDRRMO/Cs) in the province recently took their oath as officers and members of the Cavite Association of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (CADRRMO) before Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla.

The CADRRMO is composed of 23 LDRRMO/Cs from all the cities and municipalities in the province.

It was organized last November 2011 and is being supervised by the Provincial Government Cavite Office of Public Safety (PG-COPS) through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division (DRRM).

The CADRRMO has been a partner of PG-COPS DRRM in the implementation of its programs, plans as well as operations and has been contributory in the maintenance of public safety in Cavite.

Moreover, to better ensure communication and coordination with them, each LDRRMO was issued with one two-way Radio Communication Unit last October 24, 2011 by PG-COPS DRRM which has been very helpful especially in times of disaster.

Likewise, the CADRRMO have also participated in some of PG-COPS DRRM’s training such as Barangay DRRM Training and DRRM Training and Contingency Planning which were conducted as part of its capacity building programs. (PICAD/PIA-Cavite)

NGCP siniguro ang patuloy ang pagbibigay ng dekalidad na serbisyo

LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Nob. 27 (PIA) -- Siniguro ng National Grid Corporation of the Phils. (NGCP) ang pagbibigay ng dekalidad na serbisyo sa publiko.

Ito ay matapos ang isinagawang facility tour para sa lahat ng mga lokal na mediamen sa lalawigan ng Batangas noong ika-26 ng Nobyembre.

Ayon kay Atty. Cynthia Alabanza, spokesperson ng NGCP marami ang hindi nakakaalam sa kanilang tanggapan kung kaya't minarapat nilang imbitahin ang mga miyembro ng media upang ipakita sa mga ito kung ano ang tungkulin ng NGCP.

Sa isinagawang Power 101 orientation ipinaliwanag ang pagkakabuo sa NGCP na dati ay mas kilala sa tawag na Napocor at kalaunan ay naging Transco.

Ayon kay Alabanza, ang NGCP ang siya lamang nagpapatakbo ng operasyon at maintenance ng dating Napocor ngunit ang mga tore, substations at kagamitan ay nananatiling pag-aari ng pamahalaan.

Aniya, lahat ng mga transmission lines sa bahagi ng highway ay pinangangasiwaan ng kanilang tanggapan kung saan ipinamamahagi nila ito sa mga distribution utilities sa lakas ng kuryente na kinakailangan nila.

Sa lalawigan ng Batangas, tatlo ang kanilang binibigyang serbisyo, ang Batelec 1, Batelec II at Meralco kung saan makikita sa kanilang substations ang pamamaraan kung paano nila naipapamahagi ang kuryente sa pamamagitan ng kanilang transmission lines.

Mga sertipikadong inhinyero at propesyonal ang nagpapatakbo nito upang siguruhin na walang anumang aksidente o sakuna ang maitatala.

Samantala, nanawagan si Alabanza sa publiko na makipagtulungan sa kanila at sumunod sa mga kautusan tulad ng mga babalang ibinibigay nila upang makaiwas sa sakuna. Isang halimbawa dito ay ang pagpapalipad ng saranggola sa malapit sa mga transmission lines na minsan ay nagiging sanhi ng pagkawala ng daloy ng kuryente gayundin ang pagnanakaw ng mga tubo at bakal ng kanilang transmission lines na malaki ang epekto sa daloy ng kuryente patungo sa mga power generators nito. (NAC/MPDC-PIA4A Batangas)

COPS info campaign held in Lucena

by Ruel M. Orinday

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Nov. 26 (PIA) -- An information campaign about the 2013 Metrobank Foundation Search for the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) was held at Quezon Police Provincial Office this city last November 16.

The event was attended by all Chiefs of Police with their respective Municipal Executive Senior Police Officers.

Hero Hernandez of Metrobank Foundation Inc (MBFI) discussed the application and qualifications needed. He added that this is their way of giving back their gratitude to police officers who have shared their exemplary performances showing dedication in mobilizing the community to maintain peace and order.

PSSUPT Valeriano T De Leon, PD, QPPO delivered an inspirational message during the said event. He encouraged everyone to always exert more effort to have their accomplishments as police officers be properly documented for future use especially in times like this search.

PCI Vicente F Cabatingan of Laguna PPO and COPS awardee for CY 2012 acted as presenter where he discussed his experiences before , during and after he was awarded.

He proudly informed that on his eight months stay as Chief of Police at San Narcisco, Quezon, he was able to arrest more or less 80 wanted personalities adding to his accomplishments as Chief of Special Operations Group (SOG) at Laguna Province.

PD PSSUPT De Leon directed PSUPT Ronnie P Miralles, C,PCRB to establish a technical committee who will assist to PNP personnel who are qualified for nomination.

He (PD De Leon) also pledged financial support for the documentation and all other expenses of all qualified applicants in the search. He ended his message by giving gratitude to the foundation for giving recognition to police officers whom he called “extra ordinary police officers with extra ordinary worth.”(RMO/PIA-Quezon/ with reports from Quezon PPO)

DOST-Rizal provides technology & training for Jalajala co-op

by Gideon Gapayao

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov 27 (PIA) -- Department of Science and Technology – Rizal has recently provided the Sipsipin Multipurpose Cooperative (SMPC) with technology and training in fish processing, November 19 to 21.

The training of 20 members and the provision of equipment to the Jalajala-based cooperative is part of the agency’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrade Program (Set-up) which aims to give small enterprises government assistance, said Fernando Ablaza,
DOST-Rizal director.

A number of government agencies have also been providing assistance to several cooperatives and small-scale businesses in Rizal such as the SMPC.

“DOST has been working with the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Trade and Industry and recently, the Department of Labor and Employment has also given monetary assistance to the cooperative,” said Ablaza.

In line with the DOST’s financial assistance for technology acquisition, the SMPC has also been given a zero-interest loan worth P 263,000 by the agency payable in three years. The funds were for a vacuum packaging machine, smokehouse, freezer stainless steel tables, and other equipment for the cooperative’s smoked fish, fish noodles, and fish nuggets production.

DOST-Rizal also conducted a training activity in Sitio Panusugin, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City for members and officers of the Panusugin Multipurpose Cooperative. The training focused on salting due to the cooperative’s plantation of Japanese cucumbers.

Ablaza added that the agency aims to link the farmers to potential buyers in Pililia, Rizal to help generate income. (GG-PIA4A)

DOLE, PESO Cavite to host year-end planning and assessment conference

by Ruel Francisco

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Nov. 27 (PIA) -- The provincial office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-Cavite) in partnership with Cavite Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will host the two-day Region 4A annual PESO Year-End Planning and Assessment (YEPA) conference Wednesday until Friday at the Hotel Dominique in Tagaytay City.

The event will bring together Region 4A PESO managers, officials, and employment focal persons of the DOLE 4-A regional office to formulate plans and strategies and strengthen the employment facilitation in the region.

Among the activities to be discussed during the conference are the assessments of PESO performance for 2012 vis-a-vis targets, Special Program for the Education of Students (SPES) implementation, and the orientation on anti-illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons.

Assessment of PESO performance includes: referral and placement, employment guidance and counseling, labor market information, and Phil-Job Net (applicant registration and vacancy posting).

According to Dr. Eva Defiesta, Cavite PESO manager, labor market information including referral and placement and employment guidance and counseling are the core functions of PESO.

Dr. Defiesta explained that labor market information constitutes any information that affects the movement of labor supply and demand while referral is a process of directing pre-screened jobseekers to employers with vacancies matching their qualification wherein, placement is the result of a successful referral.

Lastly, employment guidance and counseling is the process of assisting people intellectually and psychologically to make their decisions about their career and act to realize it. (RF-PIA 4A, Cavite/PESO Cavite)

Monday, November 26, 2012

16 na bakang 'Brahman' ipinamahagi sa mga magsasaka

by Carlo P. Gonzaga

STO TOMAS, Batangas, Nob. 26 (PIA) -- Labing anim na Brahman cows ang ipinamahagi kamakailan ng pamahalaang lokal sa mga miyembro ng Farmers Federation of Sto. Tomas, Inc.

Sinabi ni municipal agriculturist Ofelia Malabanan na ang mga baka ay ipinagkaloob upang magkaroon nang pagsisimulan ng aalagaan ang mga kasapi ng pederasyon. Matapos makapanganak ang mga magiging inahing baka ay ililipat naman ito sa iba pang mga kasapi na kanila ring aalagaan upang dumami.

Ayon kay Mayor Renato Federico, ang mga baka na nagkakahalaga ng P65,000 bawat isa ay dapat alagaan ng mabuti upang maging kapaki-pakinabang. (CPG-PIA4A/LJ)

1,500 runners to participate in Run for Calamba Rivers 2012

by Carlo P. Gonzaga

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Nov. 26 (PIA) -- About 1,500 running enthusiasts from the city and neighboring towns are expected to join the Run for Calamba Rivers 2012 slated Dec. 2.

The fun run organized by the city environment and natural resources (Cenro) led by Loida Humarang aims to raise funds for the rehabilitation of three major rivers in Calamba - the San Cristobal, San Juan, and Baranca de Sipit.

Irene Tenorio of Cenro said they have invited companies located in the city as well as city residents and students to join the run or walk that will start at 6 a.m. at Carmelridge Residential Subdivision, Barangay Punta.

The registration fees are P150 for 1 km; P300 for 3 km; P400 for the 5 km and P500 for the 10 k run. Students who will register for the 3k will only be required to pay a registration fee of P100 but without singlet.

Those who registered will receive race kit and singlet starting today, Nov. 26, at the Cenro office located at the second floor of the new Calamba City Hall.

Special awards and cash prizes await winners of each categories. (CPG, PIA4A/Calamba City ENRO)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

OFW Help Desk, inilunsad sa Bacoor; 5,995 OFWs inaasahang makikinabang

by Carlo P. Gonzaga

BACOOR CITY, Nov. 26 (PIA) -- Sa layuning makatulong sa iba’t ibang karaingan ng mga overseas Filipino workers (OFW) at sa kanilang mga pamilya, inilunsad kamakailan sa lunsod na ito ang OFW Help Desk na matatagpuan sa SM City Bacoor.

Ang help desk ay itinatag sa pagtutulungan ng pamahalaang lunsod ng Bacoor sa pamamagitan ng Public Employment Service office (PESO), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), at SM City Bacoor.

Ito ay magsisilbing information center para sa mga iba’t ibang kaalaman tulad ng mga benepisyo, scholarship, tulong-pang edukasyon at pangkabuhayan at iba pa para sa kapakinabangan ng mga OFWs at mga kaaanak nito.

Nauna rito, isang memorandum of agreement (MOA) para sa OFW Help Desk program ang nilagdaan ng mga kinatawan mula sa pamahalaang lunsod sa pangunguna ni Mayor Strike B. Revilla, Kinatawan Lani Mercado-Revilla, DOLE Cavite provincial director Enrico Sagmit, OWWA-4A regional director Luza Talento, SM City Bacoor mall manager Edith Ragudo, PESO head Vi Jimenez, at OFW consultant Felix Mojica.

Bunga nito, may 5,995 rehistradong OFWs sa lunsod ng Bacoor at mga kaaanak ng mga ito ang inaasahang makikinabang sa proyekto. (CPG-PIA4A at ulat mula sa Bacoor PIO)

Pantawid program, insentibo hindi 'dole out' – DSWD4A

by Dolores V. Ledesma

STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna, Nob. 26 (PIA) -- “Insentibo" at hindi “dole out” ang ipinagkakaloob na benepisyo para sa mga mahihirap na pamilya sa ilalim ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” ito ang pahayag ni Josep Arceo, regional information officer ng DSWD-4A.

Si Arceo ay naging panauhin kamakailan sa “PIA Talakayan sa SM” na ginanap SM city Sta. Rosa.

Ayon kay Arceo, ang mga benepisyo na ipinagkakaloob sa ilalim ng 4Ps ay naglalayong maisaayos ang kanilang buhay at paraan din upang mapalakas lalo ang responsibilidad ng mga magulang sa kanilang mga anak.

Ang 4Ps ay nakatuon sa mga pamilyang maralita kung saan binibigyan sila ng buwanang pinansiyal na suporta upang mapunan ang pangangailangan nila. Subali’t kailangang gawin muna ng mga magulang ang kanilang responsibilidad sa mga bata lalo na sa kanilang edukasyon at kalusugan upang mabigyan ng subsidiya buwan-buwan.

Upang mapasama sa 4Ps, dapat isa sila sa mga nakasama sa National Housing Targeting System (NHTS) na isinagawa ng DSWD. Sa ilalim nito, inililista at binabantayan kung tama ang mga datos ng mga naitalang mahirap na pamilya. Hindi lahat ng nasa listahan ay nakakasama sa 4Ps dahil dapat yun lamang mga tinaguriang “poorest of the poor” na mga pamilya.

Ang PIA Talakayan sa SM ay lingguhang ginaganap sa mga iba’t ibang SM Malls sa pagtutulungan ng PIA-Calabarzon at SM na layong maihatid sa mga tao ang ibat-ibang proyekto ng mga ahensya sa rehiyon. (DVLedesma-PIA4A)

DOH to allocate P7 million to improve San Pablo General Hospital facilities

by Carlo P. Gonzaga

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna, Nov. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) will allocate P7 million to the San Pablo City General Hospital (SPCGH) to facility improvement.

The funds will be used for infrastructure and purchase of diagnostic equipment, through the Facility Enhancement Program of the DOH.

Of the total amount, P5 million will be allocated for infrastructure while P2 million will be for purchase of diagnostic equipment, Dra. Restie de Guzman Magpantay, provincial coordinator, Center for Health and Development (CHD) 4A, said.

In addition to this amount, Magpantay said the city health office will also be provided with P4 million funding assistance for the construction of health centers in Barangays Patria Village, Del Remedio, and Sta. Maria.

The funding assistance, according to Magpantay, will only be released to the city government once necessary documents are completed and submitted to the DOH. (CPG, PIA4A with report from CIO-San Pablo)

Seminar on SME entices businessmen, would-be entrepreneurs

by Ruel B. Francisco

GENERAL TRIAS, Cavite, Nov. 26 (PIA) -- Seventy-six business owners, most of them members of the respected General Trias Business Club, would-be entrepreneurs, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Cavite participated in the half-day Small and Medium Enterprise and Entrepreneurial seminar organized by the local government in partnership with PLDT SME Nation and Sun Cellular.

Dubbed as “Kapihan with PLDT and Sun,” the seminar, which was held at the municipal audio-visual room, aimed to empower the participants with relevant strategies from the industry experts and empower them with the latest technologies readily available to make their business more productive and competitive.

Rico Chavez from the Department of Trade and Industry – Cavite presented and explained the basic concepts on “starting-up a business” and the current government regulations. Joey Espiritu, an entrepreneur and faculty member from the Lyceum of the Philippines University – Cavite campus, meanwhile, discussed marketing strategies and his own personal experience in managing his family’s business.

Representatives from the PLDT and Sun Cellular presented their latest business solution products intended to equip business owners with modern tools for them to manage their own business creativities.

Municipal Councilor Christopher N. Custodio, Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, his Vice Chairman, Councilor Kerby J. Salazar, and Municipal Administrator Hernando M. Granados who graced the event reaffirmed the local government’s commitment in developing the micro, small, and medium enterprises of General Trias. (RF-PIA 4A, Cavite/ General Trias PIO)

2,826 mahihirap na pamilya sa Mauban, benipisyaryo 4Ps

by Ruel M. Orinday

MAUBAN, Quezon, Nov 24 (PIA) -- Umabot na sa 2,826 na mahihirap na pamilya sa bayang ito ang benipisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya Program o 4Ps ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) simula nang ipatupad ang nasabing programa noong nakaraang taon.

Sinabi ni June Aquino, team leader ng programang 4Ps ng DSWD, Region 4A na ang bawa’t pamilyang benipisyaryo ng 4Ps ay tumatanggap ng halagang P300.00 na tulong sa pag-aaral sa bawa’t isang anak na nag-aaral sa elementarya samantalang P500.00 naman para sa tulong pangkalusugan ng bawa’t isang pamilya. Ang pagbibigay ng tulong sa pag-aaral ay depende sa bilang ng mga anak na nag-aaral kung saan ay hanggang tatlong bata sa bawa’t pamilya ang natutulungan ng tulong pinansiyal sa pag-aaral.

Sinabi pa ni Aquino na katuwang ng kanilang tanggapan sa pagsubaybay at pagmomonitor ng programang 4Ps ang mga barangay captain o opisyal ng barangay at mga guro sa publikong paaralan.

'Nagsasagawa rin kami ng counselling sa mga magulang na hindi nakakasusunod sa mga alintuntuning dapat sundin sa ilalim ng programang pantawid pamilya’, dagdag pa ni Aquino.

Ang mga benipisyaryo ay pinili ng DSWD sa pamamagitan ng isinagawang national household targetting system kung saan pawang mahihirap na pamilya ang natutulungan ng programa.

Ang programang pantawid pamilya na nagsimula noong taong 2011 sa bayang ito ay matatapos sa taong 2015. Inaasahang madagdagan pa ng mahigit sa 400 ang bilang ng mga benipisyaryo ng 4Ps sa bayang ito sa susunod na taon.(R. Orinday/ PIA-Quezon)

Mga kabataang Batangueno, nanguna sa Science Quest

BATANGAS CITY, Nob 23 (PIA) -- Humakot ng karangalan ang mga mag-aaral ng iba’t-ibang paaralan sa lungsod ng Batangas sa isinagawang Regional Science Quest and Science Camp sa Tagaytay Science National Highschool kamakailan.

Tinanghal na kampeon sa Science Investigatory Project – Teacher’s Category si Melanie Borigas at sina Elvie Borigas (Teacher’s category) at Mickel Borigas (Parent’s category) naman sa Sci-Dama ng Sovereign Shepherd School of Values.

Mula pa din sa nabanggit na paaralan, nagkampeon sa Science Quiz Bee – Elementary level si Juztinn Andri Cepillo.

Sa Science Investigatory project , high school level, champion din ang kinatawan ng Sovereign Shepherd School of Values – Teacher’s category na si Christine Joy Davalos.

Sa Science Quiz Bee, muling nag-uwi ng karangalan si Reyshell Marie Lat ng Marian Learning Center and Science High School gayundin si Lordie Mae Velasquez ng Regis Benedictine Academy.

Champion din ang mga mag-aral ng Sovereign Shepherd School of Values sa Sci-Dama na sina Jovi Nerius Fortu, Quennie Philina Ochoa, at Richmond Furto.

Hindi rin nagpahuli si Charlene Festijo ng Sovereign Shepherd School of Values na nagkamit ng unang pwesto sa essay writing sa Filipino.

Kaugnay nito, pinagkalooban ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Batangas ang mga nagwagi sa naturang kompetisyon ng certificate of recognition pagkatapos ng flag ceremony noong ika-19 ng Nobyembre sa People’s Quadrangle. (Ronna Endaya Contreras, PIO Batangas City)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pagtatayo ng drug treatment facility sa Lipa City, binigyang pagkilala ng DDB

by Bhaby De Castro

LIPA CITY, Nob. 22 (PIA) --Binigyang pagkilala ng Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) ang pamahalaang lokal sa pagtatayo ng community based drug treatment and rehabilitation facility sa lungsod na ito.

Ang naturang parangal ay bilang pagbibigay pugay sa pagtutok ng pamahalaang lokal na matulungan at masawata ang mga problemang may kaugnayan sa droga sa lungsod.

Magsisilbing pangalawang tahanan para sa mga taong nalulong sa ipinagbabawal na droga ang naturang pasilidad kung saan may mga gagawing interventions upang muling maibalik ang mga biktima sa kanilang normal na pamumuhay.

Malaki naman ang pasasalamat ni Mayor Meynard Sabili sa natamong pagkilala sapagkat iisa lamang ang kanyang hangad,maging drug-free ang kanilang lungsod.

Aniya, patuloy ang suporta ng pamahalaan sa kanilang mga proyekto at hindi sila titigil hanggang hindi nila nalilinis ang lungsod sa nagkalat na ipinagbabawal na droga na napakalaki ng epekto sa mga Lipeno.

Nanawagan din ito ng pakikipagtulungan sa mga mamamayan upang maipatupad ang mga programa ng pamahalaang lunsod at maging matagumpay para sa kapakinabangan ng mga tao. (PIA Batangas)

384 environmental enforcers, tinuruan ng kaalaman sa paghuli ng mga lumalabag sa batas

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov 22 (PIA) -- Mayroong 384 katao ang dumalo sa isinagawang paralegal orientation ng Antipolo City Environment and Waste Management Office (CEWMO), bilang paghahanda na maitalagang environmental enforcers sa ilalim ni CEWMO officer-in-charge Jocelyn Masangkay.

Ang mga environmental enforcers ay binibigyan ng karapatang manghuli ng mga lumalabag sa City Ordinance 2007-2008 o ang “Antipolo City Waste Management Code of 2008” at City Ordinance 2009-370 o mas kilalang “Regulated Plastic and No Styrofoam Ordinance of Antipolo.”

“Importante na maituro ang proper enforcement dahil naniniwala ako na mas maraming nakakaalam mas maraming magtutulungan.

Sa laki ng ating kalupaan na mayroong kabuuang halos 38,000 ektarya talagang mas kailangan natin ang mas maraming tao upang pangalagaan ang ating kapaligiran kasama ang kalikasan,” sabi ni Masangkay.

Dinaluhan orientation ng mga mamamayan ng Antipolo mula sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng lipunan tulad ng mga guro, propesyunal, katutubo, magsasaka, empleyado ng gobyerno, at mga maybahay.

Nakibahagi sila sa kagustuhan nilang makatulong sa pangangalaga ng kapaligiran at maging bahagi sa pagbibigay solusyon sa mga problemang kaakibat ng pag-abuso sa kalikasan tulad ng global warming.

Itinuro rin sa mga environmental officer ang tamang pamamaraan sa panghuhuli ng mga lumalabag sa batas upang maiwasan ang hindi pagkakaunawaan.

Kailangang ipaliwanag ang batas sa unang paglabag at ang kaukulang multa sa susunod na paglabag. Matapos ang programa ay binigyan ang mga dumalo ng uniporme, ticket at mga posters na naglalaman ng ordinansa at multa sa paglabag. (Antipolo PIO)

Bring the gov't to communities – NCIP 4A

by Gideon Gapayao

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov. 22 (PIA) -- It is important to bring the government to different indigenous people communities in the country through convergences of different agencies said Eddielito Sumangil, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) – 4A planning officer.

An example of the said convergences include the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Land Registration Authority and NCIP’s joint agreements in issuance of Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADT) which recently assured indigenous communities in Tanay and Rodriguez, Rizal of their ancestral lands. The interagency body is in charge of surveying and collecting data on ancestral lands before officially distributing land titles to IPs.

NCIP is also coordinating with the DAR, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Public Works and Highways in terms of infrastructure due to the need for farm to market roads in far flung areas of the IP communities. In terms of education, most IPs attend local schools.

In line with the upcoming 2013 elections, NCIP has also coordinated with the Commission on Elections for the indigenous communities to ensure proper information during the election season.

“We are currently conducting IEC campaigns to make sure that indigenous communities will not be ‘used’ during the upcoming elections,” said Sumangil.

The campaigns explained the importance of elections to IPs of voting age in order to prevent vote buying or any form of bribery of indigenous people. According to him, NCIP also believes that indigenous people should also have seats in congress in order to create laws communities which are also applicable to their respective needs and cultures.

Sumangil was guest at the recently concluded PIA Talakayan sa SM at SM City Taytay, Taytay, Rizal, November 15 together with NCIP-4A Community Development Officer Jennifer Gerones and local tribal chieftain Virgilia Arbolado.(GG-PIA4A)

Publisher assures Cavite chapter of support

by Ruel Francisco

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Nov. 22 (PIA) -- Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc (PAPI) President Luis T. Arriola assured the local chapter in the province of his support to further improve the local newspapers’ existence despite the growing number of competitors especially in the form of high-tech social media.

Arriola made the assurance during the recent meeting with the Cavite Publishers Association (CPA) officers and select members held at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

During the meeting, CPA President Raul Apanay disclosed that the group is planning to register the organization with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the latter to have the so called “personality” for future undertakings.

But the idea of SEC registration was put aside when PAPI Executive Vice President Johnny Nuñez suggested and even interjected the idea of incorporating the CPA to PAPI so that there will be no more technicality and expenses on the part of the CPA.

This concept was gladly welcomed by Mr. Arriola and he will personally endorse it to the PAPI in the next board meeting.

CPA officers and its members were delighted and thanked PAPI officers who attended the meeting for the support.

Apanay revealed that last Wednesday, November 21 the PAPI Board unanimously approved the endorsement made by its president to incorporate the CPA and carry the name of PAPI Cavite chapter for their upcoming and future programs and activities.

Meanwhile, the present set of officers of PAPI Cavite will formally take their oath this coming Friday, November 23 at the Citta Italia Subdivision Clubhouse in Barangay Mambog 3, Bacoor. The program will start at 5 in the afternoon onwards. PAPI President Luis T. Arriola will be the inducting officer. Cavite Mayor’s League President and Rosario Mayor Nonong Ricafrente is the guest of honor and speaker. (RF-PIA 4A, Cavite)

Rizal gov’t helps fire victims

ANTIPOLO, Rizal, Nov. 22 (PIA) -- Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares III handed out financial assistance worth P40,000 distributed to 20 families affected by a fire that gutted their homes in this city.

Aside from the financial assistance, the provincial government swiftly provided food and clothing to the affected families. Two individuals were also brought to the hospital for burn injuries.

The cause of fire was blamed to an unattended lighted candle.

“Salamat po ng marami kay Gov. at hindi niya kami pinabayaan. Ipinangako din niyang tutulong sa pagpapatayo ng mga nasunog naming bahay. Napakabait n’ya talaga. (We are thankful to Gov because he didn’t abandon us. He even promised to help us rebuild our houses. He is really kind-hearted),” remarked a women.

Ynares said that the assistance being extended by the provincial government to his constituents will not be superficial. He will see to it that these families can truly rebuild their lives. (PIO-Rizal)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

UPLB, nasungkit muli ang medalya bilang PSQ reg'l champion

by Charity Bautista

LIPA CITY, Batangas, Nob. 22 (PIA) -- Sa ginanap na tagisan ng talino sa Estadistika noong Nob. 20, nasungkit muli ng estudyante ng UP Los Baños na si Carl Jervin R. Magtira ang medalya bilang Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) Regional Champion.

Tinalo ni Carl Jervin ang 24 pang kalahok sa taunang PSQ Regional Elimination na isinagawa sa National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) sa Malvar, Batangas, ani Rosalinda P. Bautista, regional director ng National Statistics Office (NSO).

Sinabi pa ni Bautista na noong 2008 pa huling nanalo ang isang estudyante mula sa Laguna sa rehiyonal na eliminasyon kaya’t tuwang-tuwa si PSO Magdalena T. Serqueña ng NSO Laguna sa resulta.

Malaki rin ang kumpiyansa ni Bautista at PSO Serqueña kay Carl Jervin, na siyang kakatawan sa rehiyon, na mag-uuwi ito ng medalya sa PSQ national finals na gaganapin sa ika-4 ng Disyembre sa Maynila.

Si Carl Jervin ay kumukuha ng kursong BS Civil Engineering sa UPLB. Ang dalawa pang nagkamit ng karangalan sa nasabing paligsahan ay sina Gimelle B. Gamilla (pangalawa) estudyante rin ng UPLB at Arzell T. Aterrado (pangatlo) ng Lyceum of the Philippines University, Cavite.

Ang mga estudyanteng lumahok sa PSQ regional elimination ay kinabibilangan ng Top 5 contestants na nanalo sa provincial elimination na sabay-sabay na ginanap noong Oktubre 26.

Nanguna rin si Carl Jervin sa provincial elimination sa tulong ng kanyang coach na si Joyce DL. Grajo. Siya ay nabigyan ng premyong nagkakahalaga ng P5,000 at regalo mula sa ilang sponsors ng nasabing paligsahan. Ang kanyang coach ay nagkamit din ng P 2,500 at regalo mula sa sponsor.

Ang PSQ ay isinasagawa taun-taon ng NSO sa pakikipagtulungan sa Philippine Statistical Association (PSA).

Ito ay naglalayong malaman ang kakayahan ng mga estudyanteng nasa unang taon sa kolehiyo tungkol sa Estadistika na napag-aralan nila noong sila ay nasa haiskul.

Nilalayon din nito na malaman ng publiko ang kahalagahan ng estadistika (o datos) sa pagpaplano para umunlad ang ating bansa. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, bisitahin ang website ng NSO, www.census.gov.ph. (Charity Bautista, NSO4A/PIA4A)

DTI-Rizal gives reminders to Christmas shoppers

by Gideon Gapayao

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov 22 (PIA) -- Department of Trade and Industry-Rizal reminds consumers not to let their guards down especially during this Christmas season.

DTI-Rizal Business Regulation and Consumer Welfare Division Chief Cleo Duran advised consumers to be wary of ‘free’ items for promos especially those which require credit card information. “We advise shoppers not to give their credit cards for swiping unless they are sure of the products which they want to buy. There are some cases where stores ask for credit card information or swiping for promos and consumers find transactions of items they did not buy.” Said Duran. According to her, all sales promo activities are required to get a permit from DTI-Rizal.

Duran also warned customers not to be pressured by sales talk, inquire further before availing of promos and to canvas prices before shopping in order to have an estimate of a product’s standard price. Consumers are also advised to avoid the Christmas rush and buy items early.

DTI is also implementing strict monitoring of Christmas goods especially Christmas lights. The agency reminds buyers to purchase lights with ICC stickers and to report establishments which sell lights without ICC stickers.

Lights with no stickers will be confiscated by the DTI and establishments selling them may be fined a minimum of P 25,000. In terms of quality, the agency also advises citizens to avoid buying low quality Christmas lights with thin wiring and plugs.

DTI-Rizal’s Business Regulation and Consumer Welfare Division may be reached through landline 695-1711 and visited at the 2F Altica Arcade, Circumferential Road, Brgy. San Jose, Antipolo City for further information. (GG-PIA4A)

Mines bureau commends Quezon’s campaign against illegal quarrying

by Ruel M. Orinday

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Nov. 22 (PIA) -- The intensive campaign against illegal-quarrying activities of the provincial government of Quezon merited a citation recently from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

MGB director Samuel Paragas presented a plaque of appreciation to Gov. David Suarez for its campaign against illegal-quarrying activities particularly in the areas of the Mt. Banahaw-San Cristobal protected landscape in a ceremony held at the audio-visual room of the Quezon convention center.

The provincial government has intensified its campaign against illegal-quarrying by strictly monitoring and prohibiting illegal quarrying operators from entering the said protected areas, said Webster Letargo, Quezon government executive assistant.

Earlier, the province held training for designated deputized mineral enforcement and natural resources officers (Menro) in the municipalities of Dolores, Lucban, Sariaya, and Gumaca.

The Menro is composed of municipal mayors, councilors, barangay captains, police officers, municipal ENRO, and community environment and natural resources officers will act as partners of the provincial government in the campaign.

The campaign against illegal quarrying operations is pursuant to R.A 7942 also known as Philippine Mining Act of 1995. (RO-PIA 4A, Quezon with reports from Quezon PIO)

Laguna bags 2 Nat'l Gawad Saka 2012 Awards

STA. CRUZ, Laguna, Nov. 21 (PIA) -- Laguna bagged the Outstanding Agri-Entrepreneur and Organic Farmer awards at the National Gawad Saka Awards 2012 held at the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) main headquarters at Muñoz City, Nueva Ecija on Nov. 13.

Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala honors the country’s Outstanding Agri-Entreprenuer Bonifacio B. Begonia of San Pablo City, and Outstanding Organic Farmer Ronald Costales of Majayjay, Laguna.

OIC Juanito T. Samson led the Laguna delegation at the awarding ceremony with Elizabeth Eseo and Divina Jaramillo of San Pablo City Agriculture Office, Estelita Tanaleon of Majayjay Agriculture Office and LGU representatives.


The Gawad Saka pays tribute to 14 individuals and nine groups, including the Best Barangay food terminal (LGU and non-LGU category), Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC), organic agriculture farmer, and agricultural researcher.

This year’s Gawad Saka national awardees were led by Teodoro Kub-ao Jr. of Kalinga, a 48–year old civil engineer turned rice farmer as the National Gawad Saka winner for integrated rice farming, and 62 year-old Ricarte Corpuz of Ilocos Norte, who was chosen as this year’s Model Hybrid Rice farmer.

Kub-ao earned more than P1.2 million last year from his four-hectare integrated rice farm in Tabuk City, while Corpuz earned P1.5 million from producing hybrid rice in Laoag City.

The National Year of Rice (NYR) campaign intensifies ongoing efforts of the Aquino government through the DA to attain rice self-sufficiency by 2013. The NYR adopts an apt battle cry, “Sapat na Bigas, Kaya ng Pinas." (Joy Siaga/Jun Sapungan/PIA-Laguna)

NNC-4A recommends strengthening of breastfeeding council in Atimonan

by Ruel M. Orinday

ATIMONAN, Quezon, Nov. 21 (PIA) -- Regional coordinator Carina Santiago of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) 4A has recommended to the municipal government to bolster the implementation of its breastfeeding advocacy council (BAC).

Santiago, along with the members of the regional evaluation team, visited the town for the monitoring and evaluation of the nutrition plan implementation in the local level last Nov. 14-15.

Aside from bolstering the BAC, the nutrition coordinator also advised the local government to improve the breastfeeding room in the municipal hall by providing a refrigerator and other equipment.

Also part of the recommendation is the creation of a nutrition office with corresponding annual budget and a position for a full-pledged nutrition coordinator that will focus on all nutrition-related activities of the local government.

The barangays evaluated for nutrition program implementation included Sta. Catalina, Malinao Ibaba, Caridad Ilaya, Zone I, and Tinandog.

The monitoring and evaluation of local level plan implementation is held annually by the NNC 4-A to assess the progress of nutrition plan implementation of municipal/city rural health units in region as basis for giving the Green Banner awards for nutrition program management. (RO-PIA 4A, Quezon)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Konstruksiyon ng bagong Gumaca district hospital, sinimulan na

by Ruel M. Orinday

GUMACA, Quezon, Nob 21 (PIA) -- Sinimulan na ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Quezon ang konstruksiyon ng bagong Gumaca district hospital sa bayang ito na siyang tutulong sa mga pasyente mula sa bayan ng Gumaca at mga bayang nasasakop ng ika-apat na distrito ng lalawigan ng Quezon.

Sinabi ni Dra. Purita Tullas, hepe ng nasabing ospital na marapat lamang na maitayo na ang bagong gusali dahilan sa mahigit ng 50 taon na ang kasalukuyang gusali ng nasabing pagamutan at maliit na rin para sa mga pumapasok na pasyente ang pasilidad dahil sa dumadaming populasyon sa Ika-apat na Distrito ng Quezon.

Ang bagong itinatayong gusali ay may dalawang palapag at may kabuuang halaga na 42 milyong piso. Plano ring ibigay ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ang isang X-ray Machine sa araw na makompleto na ang paggawa ng bagong ospital.

Ang kasalukuyang lupa na pinagtatayuan ng bagong Gumaca District Hospital ay ipinagkaloob ng pamilya Nava na may sukat na 6,000 sq. meters.

Ayon kay Kapitan Roberto Villapando-Nava, isa sa mga miyembro ng pamilya, ipinagkaloob nila ang nasabing lupa upang higit na mapakinabangan ng nakararami at sa ngayon aniya ay nakikita at nararamdaman na ang hatid na serbisyo ng kanilang ibinahaging lupa.

Natutuwa din si Kapitan Nava sa mga proyektong ipinatutupad ni Gov. Suarez para sa buong lalawigan partikular sa kanilang bayan na naisakatuparan na ang matagal ng pangarap na mapalawak ang nasabing pagamutan.(R. Orinday/PIA-Quezon/ may ulat mula sa Quezon PIO)

OFW Help Desk launched in Bacoor

CITY OF BACOOR, Cavite, Nov. 21 (PIA) – With the well-being and safety of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in mind, the local government of this premier city recently launched the OFW Help Desk program with the primary objective of giving assistance to them and their families on their various concerns.

Launched on November 16, the program is a joint effort of the city government through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and SM City Bacoor.

The OFW Help Desk program will serve as information center for social benefits (disability and dismemberment, death and burial benefits), scholarship, trainings, and incentive programs, workers welfare assistance program (on-site, in-country), repatriation and reintegration programs. Incentive programs include services like seafarers’ upgrading programs, education for development scholarship program, OFW dependents scholarship program education and livelihood assistance program, skills-for-the-employment scholarship program.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between the city government represented by Mayor Strike B. Revilla, Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla, City Councilor Bayani de Leon, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Provincial Director Mr. Enrico Sagmit, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Director (OWWA RWO 4A) Ms. Ma. Luz Talento, Officer-in-Charge (OWWA RWO 4A) Ms. Cynthia Lamban, SM City Bacoor Mall Manager Ms. Edith Ragudo, PESO Head Ms. Vi Jimenez and OFW Consultant Mr. Felix Mojica. Barangay captains were also in attendance to witness the event.

Revilla honored the OFWs in Bacoor, the country's modern day heroes, for the sacrifices they bear to be able to provide a good life for their families.

At present, there are 5,995 registered overseas Filipino workers in the city who are expected to benefit from this project. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/Bacoor PIO/FMGM)

Antipolo invites more investors thru summit

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, November 21-- The Investment Summit, spearheaded by the Antipolo City Economic Enterprise Office (CEEO) headed by Amalia Engalla and other departments and program offices and Mayor Nilo Leyble encouraged local and multinational investors to come, invest, and grow with Antipolo during the Investment Summit 2012.

About 303 delegates from the business sector, cooperatives, NGOs, barangays and other national agencies participated in the recently concluded Antipolo City Investment Summit 2012 held at the First Pacific Leadership Academy.

This city is envisioned to become a Pilgrimage City at the center of the Eastern Growth Corridor as it aspires to be like the Holy Land of Israel, the Mecca of Saudi Arabia, Wailing Wall of Jerusalem, Angkor Wat of Cambodia or Borobudur of Indonesia supported by the desire to become a globally competitive economy with an ecologically balanced environment, accountable, dynamic, participatory and result oriented governance, empowered and God-centered citizenry.

“This investment summit marks the announcement to the world of the new Antipolo City, stronger, more vibrant, innovative, dynamic and forward looking. With this in mind, we wish that you Come to, Invest in and Grow with us here in Antipolo.” said Mayor Leyble.

Five key investment areas were emphasized such as Tourism, Agribusiness, Information and Communication Technology, Sustainable Forest Development and Industrial Development with the unique selling proposition facilitated by two important assets which is good governance and good people.

Speakers included Dr. Lloyd Bautista Associate Professor of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) who talked about Competitiveness of Antipolo City; and Dr. Eleazar Ricote from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) who talked about Public-Private Partnership as a Tool for Investment Promotion.

Meanwhile, Desiree Duran a Farmer Entrepreneur from Bulacan made a testimonial regarding money in agribusiness, keynote address was delivered by Arlene Go-Magtibay – Business Unit General Manager of Robinsons Land Corporation and Dr. Bernardo Villegas Co-Founder of the University of Asia and the Pacific as he shared his vision for Antipolo City to Moving Forward Beyond 2012.

The highlight of the event is the signing of the Memorandum of Intent (MOI) participated by Cecilia R. Patricio Vice-President Corporate Tax Division of SM Investment Corporation; Arlene Go-Magtibay - Sr. VP and General Manager of the Commercial Centers Division of Robinsons Land Corporation; Alfonso T. Aquino – Business Development Officer of LC Lopez Resources Inc. and Johanson D. Lamayan of A Brown Co., Inc. (Antipolo PIO/FMGM)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cavite is 1st runner-up in reg’l 'Dulaang Pangmamimili 2012' contest

by Ruel Francisco

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Nov 17 (PIA) -- The Munting Ilog National High School in Silang was the first runner-up in the just concluded Department of Trade and Industry-Calabarzon-sponsored “Dulaang Pangmamimili 2012” competition held at the Malayan Colleges Laguna auditorium in Cabuyao, Laguna.

The school received P15,000 worth of cash and gift checks including plaques, trophies, and medals courtesy of Jollibee Foods Corp.

Batangas State University emerged as the overall champion while Regional Pilot School for Arts in Rizal was second runner-up; Pedro Guevarra National High School-Laguna clinched the third runner-up while Sacred Heart College in Quezon province was fourth runner-up.

This was part of a series of events conducted by DTI Calabarzon regional offices in celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month last October with the nationwide theme “Get Organized. Be Heard. Be Empowered.”

It was also in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 1098 dated September 26, 1997 declaring the month of October of each year as Consumer Welfare Month.

It is the month when concerted efforts for the assertion of consumer rights are thoroughly discussed, planned, and carried out by the national and local agencies concerned. (RF-PIA 4A, Cavite/DTI-Cavite)

Local Legislative Award, ipinagkaloob sa lungsod ng Batangas

LUNGSOD NG BATANGAS, Nob 19 (PIA) -- Nagkamit ang Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Batangas ng "Local Legislative Award" mula sa Department of Interior and Local Government at Philippine Councilors League.

Tatlumpu't isang munisipalidad at dalawang siyudad sa lalawigan ang nakatunggali ng lungsod na pambato ng rehiyon sa city category.

Sinabi ni Oliva Telegatos, kalihim ng Sangguniang Panglungsod, ang ebalwasyon ay isinasagawa kada tatlong taon kung saan binibigyang puntos ang maayos na "record keeping," pasilidad at mga ordinansang malaki ang pakinabang sa mga mamamayan, partikular ang pagkakaroon ng Environment Code at Investment Code.

Malaking puntos din ang maayos na pagtatago o "archiving" ng mga dokumento kung saan ang mga dokumento mula taong 1900 ay matatagpuan pa din dito.

Binigyang diin ni Telegatos na ang patuloy na pagbalangkas ng mga magagandang ordinansa ay “concerted effort” ng lahat ng bumubuo ng konseho. (Ronna Endaya Contreras, PIO-Batangas City-PIA4A Batangas)

408 farmers attend ATI’s Tekno-klinik

by Carlo P. Gonzaga

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Nov. 16 (PIA) --Four hundred eight farmers and agricultural extension workers from the municipalities of Mataasnakahoy in Batangas and Dolores, Quezon have attended the Teknoklinik organized by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) 4A under the Department of Agriculture (DA).

In Mataasnakahoy, the representative from the office of the provincial agriculture lectured on AgriPinoy framework, sustainable agriculture, climate change, crops technologies and fishery updates.

On the other hand, participants from Dolores, Quezon were provided with information on pest and soil management by experts from the DA regional office and UPLB-College of Agriculture.

Meanwhile, 19 upland rice agricultural extension workers from the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon attended the 2nd batch of the regional training of trainers (TOT) on sustainable upland rice production held in Sitio Balimbing, Barangay Plaza Aldea, Tanay, Rizal last Nov. 12-15, 2012.

The activity aims to enhance the participants’ knowledge, skills and performance on upland rice production technologies and technology anchored to sustainable agriculture.

Resource persons came from the DA, PhilRice, ATI and local government units.

The participants visited Barangay Mamuyao in Tanay to interview and validate upland rice practices among upland farmers including indigenous peoples in the area. (CPG, PIA4A with report from ATI4A)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kampanya kontra Filariases, patuloy na ipinatutupad sa Atimonan

by Ruel M. Orinday

ATIMONAN, Quezon, Nob. 16 (PIA) --Patuloy ang ginagawang kampanya at mass annual treatment ng Atimonan rural health unit kontra Filariases sa pamamagitan ng pagbibibgay at pagpapainom ng libreng gamot sa mga residente ng iba’t-ibang barangays a bayang ito.

Sinabi ni municipal health officer Dr. Maricel Quelapio Leal na ang lalawigan ng Quezon ay ika -44 sa mga endemikong lalawigan na may kaso ng Filariasis sa buong Pilipinas.

Dahil dito ang National Filariases Elimination Program ng Department of Health ay naglunsad ng mass annual treatment o taunang pagbibigay ng gamut sa 95 porsyento ng kabuuaang populasyon katumbas ng 63,561 mamamayan ng Atimonan na may edad na dalawang taon pataas upang mapatay ang mga parasitong sanhi ng Filariases.

Ang mass treatment na limang taong isasagawa ay unang sinimulan sa bayan ng Atimonan noong taong 2011 at ito ay magtatapos sa 2016. Layunin ng programa na mawala ang Filariases sa buong Pilipinas sa taong 2017.

Sinabi pa ni Dr. Leal na ang Filariases ay isang parasitikong sakit na naipapasa sa pamamagitan ng kagat ng lamok na may dalang microfilaria na isa sa mga sanhi ng pagkakaroon ng permanenteng kapansanan. Ang microfilaria o bulate sa dugo na naipasa ng lamok ay nananatili, dumarami, lumalaki at sa kalaunan ay bumabara sa mga kulani na dahilan ng pagkakaroon ng malaking bayag, suso, binti o braso.

Sa ngayon, mayroon lamang na tatlong kaso ng Filariases sa nasabing bayan na patuloy na tinutulungan ng RHU ng Atimonan upang magamot, dagdag pa ni Dr. Leal.

Katuwang ng Atimonan rural health unit sa kampanya laban sa sakit na Filariases ang mga RHU midwives, RNheals, school nurse, sanngguniang barangay, barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars at sa superbisyon ni Dolores Pasamba, nurse III. (R. Orinday/ PIA-Quezon)

Road development projects lined up for Cavite


by Ruel B. Francisco

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Nov. 16 (PIA) --President Benigno S. Aquino III revealed that various road development projects have been lined up for the province aimed to reduce the traffic congestion in major highways linking Cavite to Metro Manila and the rest of Region IV.

At the sidelines yesterday of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas’ 38th Top Level Management Conference, the President gladly answered the question raised by Ms. Francia Orlain, Publisher of the Cavite Times Journal regarding programs/plans of the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH) for the repair and improvement of various roads and bridges in the province.

President Aquino also mentioned several roads and bridges that the DPWH are currently implementing and are expected to be completed between the last quarter of this year and first of quarter of 2013.

These are: asphalt overlay of Manila-Cavite Road, widening of Manila-Cavite Road (Kawit-Noveleta Diversion Road) including Road Right of Way (RROW) acquisition (widening activities including drainage), widening of Governor’s Drive (Carmona-Dasmariñas-Trece Martires City Road) including bridges and approaches (widening of Pulunan Bridge and approaches); widening of Manila-Cavite Road (Kawit-Noveleta Diversion Road) including RROW Acquisition (emergency bays as holding for trucks and 40-footer van for their maintenance and repair); and the widening of Bangkal-General Mariano Alvarez Bridge in Dasmariñas City.

On the other hand, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson who was with the President added that his office will soon be implementing “other major initiatives” such as the Ternate-Nasugbu road project and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway “that will open up the whole of Cavite and Laguna especially as we try to decongest Metro Manila.”

Last November 5, in line with the DPWH implementation of road-widening program for all national highways in the province, the Cavite District Engineering Office and the Office of Congressman Roy Loyola led the inauguration of the upgraded JM Loyola Street which is technically known as Dasmariñas-Carmona Road. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite)

Barangay Action Team ng 4Ps, itatag ng lunsod ng San Pablo

SAN PABLO CITY, Laguna, Nob. 16 (PIA) --Batay na rin sa nilagdaang Exec. Order 02, series 2012 ni Mayor Vicente Amante at sa pamumuno ng City Advisory Committee (CAC) ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) sa pangunguna ng Punonglunsod bilang Chairman ng CAC ay itatatag ang isang Barangay Action Team upang mas maging epektibong kabalikat ang Pamahalaang Lunsod ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa pagpapatupad ng programang 4Ps.

Itinatadhana rin ng Seksyon 16 ng Republic Act 7160 na ang mga Pamahalaang Lokal ay may tungkulin na pangalagaan ang kapakanan ng mga mamamayan nito kung kaya’t kailangan na ang mga pinuno ng pamahalaan at namumuno sa barangay na maging kabalikat ng pamahalaang nasyonal at mga NGOs sa pagsasagawa ng serbisyong panglipunan. Partikular na ang matagumpay na implementasyon ng 4Ps sa 67 barangay ng lunsod kung saan may 2,638 napatalang beneficiaries.

Ang bubuuing Barangay Action Team (BAT) ang siyang titiyak ng pagpapatupad ng 4Ps sa nasasakupang barangay; magsasagawa ng mahigpit na koordinasyon sa City Links at LGU; dumalo sa mga orientation, seminar at meeting ukol sa programa; susubaybay at gagabay sa mga beneficiaries ukol sa mga usaping may kinalaman sa responsableng pagpapamilya, child labor, drug abuse, pagsusugal, malubhang pag-iinom at hindi pagtupad sa mga alituntunin ng programa; gaganap ring Grievance Redress Committee at iba pang pangunahing gampanin.

Komposisyon ng BAT ay Punong Barangay bilang Tagapangulo at SB Chairman on Committee on Welfare, Family, Children, Senior Citizen and Differently Abled Persons bilang Ika-2 Tagapangulo. Mga miyembro naman nito ang Principal or Representative from School, Barangay Health Worker, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Day Care Worker, NGO’s Representative, PO’s Representative at Parent Leader/s. (City Info Office-San Pablo City)

President Aquino encourages media to report “good news”

by Ruel Francisco

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Nov. 16 (PIA) --President Benigno S. Aquino III urged media practitioners to report the good news, including government accomplishments.

Speaking at the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) 38th Top Level Management Conference yesterday, the President said media tend to not put much weight on positive developments in the country.

To cite an example, Aquino read a text message that he received last November 12 from a senior writer in a leading broadsheet in the Philippines, thus:

"Just a nagging thought: How could other papers miss the big story about the first-world country tagging Philippines as an 'Emerging Asian Tiger?' We’ve been in the backwaters since I was born and it confounds me to think that so many leaders and business groups around the world have detected this tectonic shift. And while they welcome this like a rain on a cloudless day, we chose to ignore the good news. It’s either we’re too pessimistic or we have blurry vision.”

Aquino cited other good news, including the more than 30,000 classrooms built since he assumed the presidency, and the health care provided to 3 million households or 99.37 percent of the total number of families who are now registered with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, government’s poverty reduction program.

He said the government is also working toward assigning a doctor to each doctorless municipality in the country.

Accordingly, the President acknowledged the support of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas for over four decades of continuously upholding the quality standards of responsible broadcasting.

KBP had been instrumental with the dissemination of important government achievements worth broadcasting to Filipinos all over the world with its coordination with the Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines and the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines.

The KBP is an organization composed of owners and operators of radio and television stations in the Philippines. It was established on 27 April 1973 by representatives of 19 broadcasting companies. Their theme for this year is “Switch On, Tune In and Take Off in the New Digital World.” (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite)

Political dynasty solicits mix reactions from local media

by Ruel Francisco

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite, Nov. 16 (PIA) --Various reactions from local publishers, including an editor and production manager of weekly newspapers circulating in the province gave contradicting views regarding the political dynasty issue and the proposed anti-dynasty bill in congress.

Jessie Dizon, publisher of Pulso ng Bayan News believes that political dynasty is favorable in terms of delivering services and the continuance of progress in their respective district.

“Politicians who belong to political clans are well knowledgeable in the ins and outs of governance because of their long exposure in public service. They can deliver the needs of their constituents because there are no contradicting issues to tackle,” Dizon said.

On the other hand, Raul Apanay, publisher of Cavite Weekly Chronicle and president of the Cavite Publishers Association believes that the proposed anti-dynasty bill will not materialize and “it is just a waste of money.”

“As long as the political clans in the province can deliver and perform for the development and needs of the people, it’s not a big deal whoever they are affiliated with. It’s the choice of the voting public who they feel can better serve,” Apanay said.

Meanwhile, all those favoring the Anti-Dynasty bill are Celso Lidot, publisher of Southern Tagalog Journal, Jerry Ancheta, publisher of Pahayagan ng Kabitenyo, Rudy Evangelista, publisher of 3Star News, Jimmy Bagaporo, managing editor of People’s Bulletin, and Don Russel Nava, production manager of Cavite Expose’ who expressed a similar view of “giving a chance to other political aspirants who wish to serve their countrymen in their best capabilities and honest intentions.”

According to those favoring the bill, political clans tend to monopolize certain aspects of governance especially projects in infrastructure that could somehow benefit personal interests like family ran businesses. Political maneuvering also paves the way to graft and corruption in an indirect manner.

Congress should pass an implementing legislation to support the 1987 constitution which states under Article II Section 26) “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as maybe defined by law.” (RF-PIA 4A, Cavite)

Be Fit Program, inilunsad ng Malampaya Foundation

by Bhaby P. De Castro

BATANGAS CITY, Noby 16 (PIA) -- Inilunsad ng Malampaya Foundation ang Barangay Exercise Fitness(BE FIT) program noong ika-14 ng Nobyembre sa SM Events center sa lungsod na ito.

Ang naturang hakbang ay isang paraan upang gunitain ang pagdiriwang ng World Diabetes Day at layong maituro ang mga simple at tamang ehersisyo na makakatulong upang maiwasan ang sakit tulad ng diabetes at iba pang chronic diseases.

Binubuo ng lima hanggang anim na kinatawan mula sa 11 barangay ng Talim-TSR kabilang ang mga sumusunod: Tabangao Aplaya, Ambulong, Libjo, San Isidro, Malitam, Cuta, Wawa, Sta. Clara, Calicanto, Bolbok, Sta. Rita ang dumalo sa naturang programa kung saan itinuro sa kanila ang tamang stretching,exercise, at cooling technique upang maiwasang maapektuhan ang kanilang postura habang nag-eehersisyo.

Ayon kay Teddy Bolivar, pinuno ng Malampaya Foundation, hangad ng kanilang kumpanya na maisulong ang maayos na kalusugan ng mga residenteng nasasakop nito sapagkat ito ay bahagi ng kanilang corporate social responsibility. (PIA 4A, Batangas)

DepEd, Malampaya Foundation pinalakas ang Young eco-savers program


by Bhaby P. De Castro

BATANGAS CITY, Nob 16 (PIA) --Muling nagbigay ng pagsasanay sa mga guro, mag-aaral, at mga magulang ang Malampaya Foundation Inc. para sa YES o Young Eco Savers Program sa isinagawang two-day workshop noong ika-13 at 14 ng Nobyembre sa Green Coral Resort sa lungsod na ito. Ang foundation ay inilunsad noong nakaraang taon.

Ang YES program ay isang programa na ipinatutupad ng DepEd at Malampaya Foundation upang maisaayos ang pagpapatupad ng ecological solid waste management o tamang pangangalaga ng basura sa loob ng paaralan.

Labing-isang barangay na bumubuo sa Talim-TSR kabilang ang Tabangao Aplaya, Ambulong, Libjo, San ISidro, Malitam, Cuta, Wawa, Bolbok, Sta.Clara, Calicanto, Sta. Rita ang nakibahagi sa naturang pagsasanay.

Isa sa binigyang-pansin ang pagpapalakas ng Environmental Committees ng mga paaralang ito upang mas lalo pang mapalakas at maisaayos ang pagsasagawa ng ecological solid waste management batay na rin sa ipinatutupad na environment code sa lungsod.

Ayon kay Teddy Bolivar, head ng Foundation mula nang mailunsad ito ay mas lalo pa silang nagpursigi upang panatilihin at mas paunlarin pa ito sa mga barangay na kanilang nasasakop.

Aniya, ito rin ang isa sa isinusulong ng administrasyong Aquino ang pangangalaga sa kalikasan upang mas lalo pang mapakinabangan ng mga susunod na henerasyon at makita ang mga yamang ipinagmamalaki sa bansa.(PIA 4A, Batangas)

Palihan sa 'autism,' isinagawa sa Batangas

by Bhaby P. De Castro

BATANGAS CITY, Nobyembre 16 (PIA) -- Isang palihan ukol sa autism ang isinagawa ng Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) Region 4A noong ika-13 ng Nobyembre sa Hotel Pontefino sa lungsod na ito.

Ang naturang palihan na may titulong "Understanding and Managing of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) ay layong maipaunawa ang mga bagay na pinagdadaanan ng isang taong may autism at maging ang mga kapamilya at kaanak nito,kung paano ito matutuloy at paano ito mabibigyang ng tamang atensyon.

Hangad din nito na gawing mas magaan ang pagtanggap sa mga taong may autism at idebelop ang kanilang mga galing at talento upang mas mapakinabangan ito kaysa maging pabigat sa kanilang mga pamilya.

Ang autism ay isang kakulangan sa development ng utak o pag-iisip ng isang bata na karaniwang nalalaman kapag nasa edad tatlo o apat na ito. Ilan sa mga sintomas nito ay ang kahirapan sa pakikisalamuha at maging sa pagbabahagi ng sarili,walang tigil na pag-ikot at walang pokus sa mga ginagawa.

Nagsilbing resource speaker si dating DSWD Used Celia Yangco na siyang kasalukuyang executive director ng Autism Hearts Foundation kung saan binigyang-diin nya ang malaking pangangailangan sa kalinga,pagmamahal at pang-unawa ng mga bata o taong dumadaan sa ganitong kapansanan.

Aniya, ang mga taong may ganitong disorder ay hindi madaling intindihin kung kaya't kailangang magkaroon ang mga pamilya o taong nakapaligid dito ng tamang kaalaman kung papaano pakikitunguhan ang mga taong may ASD.

Tinalakay din dito ang pagsusulong ng universal health care na isa sa binibigyang-p[ansin ng administrasyong Aquino upang mapakinabangan ng lahat ng mga Pilipino.(PIA Batangas)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Batangas school bags top prize in DTI's 'Dulaan Pangmamimili'

by Charlie Dajao

CABUYAO CITY, Laguna, Nov 15 (PIA) -- The Batangas State University Integrated School, with its performance of relevance, creativity and entertainment value, was champion and received cash and gift checks worth P20,000 during DTI's "Dulaang Pangmamili 2012" held at the Malayan Colleges Laguna auditorium in Cabuyao, Laguna.

The Dulaan, a competition of musical plays that advocate consumerism, was jointly organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Calabarzon in cooperation with Jollibee Foods Corporation and the Malayan Colleges of Laguna.

First runner up Munting Ilog National High School (Cavite) received P15,000 worth of cash and gift checks while Regional Pilot School for the Arts (Rizal) took the second runner-up prize of P10,000 worth.

Aside from the cash and gift checks, the winners also received plaques, trophies and medals, courtesy of Jollibee Foods Corporation.

Miko Javier of Pedro Guevarra National High School, Laguna, was best male performer while Mary Ann Rafer of Munting Ilog National High School in Cavite was chosen best female performer, with each winner receiving a prize of P2,000 in cash and gift checks.

Renerio Concepcion of Batangas State University-Integrated School got the best director award while the storyline of Rizal's Regional Pilot School for the Arts written by Jimboy Napoles and Andrea Mae Ilaga that has made the most coherent references on consumerism was adjudged the best script. Both received cash and gift checks worth P3,000.

DTI Calabarzon regional director Marilou Quinco-Toledo said that the Dulaang Pangmamimili is Calabarzon's strategic initiative for consumer welfare and protection which aims to increase awareness on the consumer protection laws that govern, regulate or prohibit consumer transactions, particularly those that concerns product quality and safety, and fraudulent or unfair business practices.

According to Felizardo Cupit, DTI's chief of consumer welfare and protection, the presentations have depicted consumer experiences in disadvantaged situations that could increase the awareness of consumers on their rights and responsibilities, heighten vigilance, and encourage into organizing themselves in order to be heard and empowered.

As the Dulaan has established its relevance, strength and impact for consumer advocacy, Toledo hinted that the Dulaan is likely to be extended to the national scope next year. (CPG- PIA4A/Charlie S. Dajao, DTI Calabarzon)

13,000 Batangas city residents, register at Comelec

by Carlo P. Gonzaga

BATANGAS CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here said that 13,000 city residents registered in their office during the registration period from April 2011 - October 22, this year.

According to the local Comelec, those who registered were 18 years old, transferees, and those who validated their voter’s ID and whose with changes in their entries.

Shirley Dimalaluan of Comelec, Batangas City said all Comelec offices have been strict in giving extension in the voter’s registration because the more than a year continuous voters’ registration they conducted have been enough for the constituents to register.

“We also held satellite registration in the different barangays for the senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) and in highly-populated barangays as part of our voters’ registration campaign,” Dimalaluan said.

Despite these efforts, people still flocked during the last day of the voters’ registration which the Comelec accommodated until the last registrant.

Last October, the Comelec recorded 4,465 new applicants, 795 transferees, 103 changed status, and 169 corrected entries. At present the city has 202,766 registered voters.

Malaluan said they scheduled a hearing on November 18 to determine if all the registrants are qualified. After this, they will sort and cross check the voters’ list in preparation for the book of voters that would be used in the May 2013 national and local elections.

She added that next month, they will announce the nuisance candidates that filed certificate of candidacy last Oct. 15, 2012. (CPG, PIA4A with report from PIO-Batangas City)

Poster-making contest, marks Consumer Welfare month celeb in Quezon

by Ruel M. Orinday

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Nov. 15 (PIA) -- A poster-making contest participated by eight schools in this city highlighted the Consumer Welfare month celebration last month with the theme “Get Organized, Be Heard, Be Empowered.”

Pablito Budoy of DTI-Quezon said the contest aims to increase the awareness of the community about the rights and responsibilities of consumers.

According to Budoy, the academe, through the students and faculty members, were enlisted for the activity because the students would inform their parents and friends while the teachers could enhance their curriculum on consumerism.

Aside from the poster-making contest, DTI-Quezon also held a lecture on consumerism at the Calayan Education Foundation Inc., Lutucan National High School in Sariaya, Quezon; Sta. Catalina National High School; and Infanta Credit and Dev’t Cooperative.

DTI-Quezon also participated in the Dulaang Pangmamimili 2012 regional finals held at Malayan Colleges in Cabuyao City, Laguna with Sacred Heart College of Lucena representing Quezon province in the regional contest. (RMO-PIA 4A, Quezon)

DOST’s technological assistance boosts production of Laguna machine shop

LOS BANOS, Laguna, Nov. 15 (PIA) -- The Marinas Technologies Inc. (MTI), a machine shop in Pila, Laguna has acquired several sets of modern precision equipment through the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (Set-up) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

With the newly-acquired equipment, 22 tungsten inert gas (TIG) and metal inert gas (MIG) welding machines, the company is targeting a 50 percent increase in volume of production as well as 50 percent increase income for the year from the current revenue of P26.5 million.

MTI used to rely on shielded metal arc welding machine, one of the cheapest welding technologies that does not need a lot of equipment and is very versatile. Welders can perform deep or low penetration welding, general purpose, low-hydrogen, and even cast iron welding.

However, arc welding requires considerable training and practice to master, thus most welders find it difficult to use on thin metal.

Through the technological assistance from Set-up, MTI can now perform bodywork on metal sheets using MIG welding, as well as, work on aluminum sheets using TIG welding. TIG can be used also to weld copper, titanium, even two dissimilar metals, and is handy for making tricky welds such as s-curves, or round things.

Aside from the welding units, MTI also acquired an air plasma arc machine, air compressor, pneumatic wrench, portable drilling machine, automatic darkening helmet, flow meter regulator, and band saw.

The use of the machines will improve product quality and increase productivity of MTI as well as upgrade their workmanship.

In addition, it will result in production of more uniform and precise products that meet customer specifications. On the other hand, acquisition and use of personal protective devices such as the automatic darkening helmet and heavy duty welding gloves will ensure safer working conditions for the workers.

MTI obtained the technology assistance through the help of Samuel L. Caperiña, engineer and provincial S&T director of Laguna. (CPG, PIA4A with report from AMGuevarra, DOST IV-A Media Service)