RECORDED EARLIER: ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR GOV. ANTONIO H. CERILLES, MIHATAG SA IYANG REAKSYON KABAHIN SA USA KA RAID NGA GIPAHIGAYON SA MGA KAPULISAN NGA MIRESULTA SA KALIT NGA KAMATAYON SA USA KA KAPITAN SA BALUNO, DIMATALING, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR GUMIKAN KAY MISUKOL MATOD PA KINI.
ANG ONETV PHILIPPINES KANUNAY'NG BUKAS ALANG SA KABAHIN SA MGA KAPULISAN NGA ADUNAY KALABUTAN NIINING MAONG INTERVIEW SA PAGKAKARON GIPANINGKAMOTAN PA SA NEWSTEAM NGA MAKUHA ANG REAKSYON SA PNP, PERO UNA NA NIINING GIINGON NGA USA MATOD PA KA LEGITIMATE ANG MAONG OPERASYON.
The officialdom of Pagadian City welcomes the arrival of Sen. Grace Poe and breakfast at the residence of Mayor Tata and Che Pulmones ( left to right seated Mayor Tata, Senator Grace, Gov. Tony , Vice Mayor Erning Mondarte, standing Councilors Ric Alajeño, Troy Asugas, Che Parangan-Pulmones, Racquel Yocogo, Chic-chic Yamba-Lee and Ben Culve)
At about 1:35 o’ clock in the afternoon of April 16, 2019, client identified as Osia Gajo y Mofan, 63 years old, female, Filipino, widow, farmer, and a resident of Purok 1, Canibungan Daku, Clarin, Misamis Occidental personally came to this office and reported that her daughter identified as Katijah Gajo y Mofan, 29 years old, female, Filipino, single, housewife, and a resident also of the Aforementioned place was missing on the fateful day of April 7, 2019 at about 7:30 o’clock in the morning together with her son identified as Emmanuel Gajo, 2 years old, male, Filipino. Reportedly, Osia went to her farm to lengthen a tether her Cow at their farm and when she got home, she discovered that her daughter Katijah Gajo y Mofan was no longer inside their house and she believed that her daughter fled away. She exerted effort to locate her daughter in their place but no to avail and she believed that her daughter went to different place. That she was told by someone who is concern and told that her daughter went to Pagadian City.
HINGPIT NGA NAUGDAW SA PINAKAULAHING SUNOG SA OZAMIZ CITY, ALA UNA PASADO SA KAUDTOHON, ABRIL 12, ANG 4TH FLOOR, SA STATE OF THE ART MISAMIS UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM NGA NAHIMONG VENUE KANIADTO SA MGA IMPORTANTING MGA SEMINARS AND CELEBRATIONS SA ESKWELAHAN UG SA UBANG MGA PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS NGA NANGINAHANGLAN UG USA KA HAMUGAWAY NGA VENUE.
ANG MISAMIS UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM, NAHIMUTANG SA FELICIANO ST. BRGY. AGUADA, OZAMIZ CITY.
WALAY NATALA NGA NASAKITAN SA NASANGPIT NGA SUNOG NGA PADAYON PA NGA GI-IMBISTIGAHAN SA OZAMIZ-BFP KON UNSA ANG HINUNGDAN
SUMALA SA TESTIMONY SA USA KA WITNESS, NAGSUGOD ANG SUNOG SA TUMOY NGA BAHIN SA AUDITORIUM, ALA UNA DIYES SA KAHAPONON UG HINGPIT NGA NAPALONG ANG KALAYO SA MGA FIRE FIGHTERS SA OZAMIZ CITY BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION(BFP) UG SA UBANG MGA BOMBERO GIKAN SA SILINGAN NGA MGA LUNGSOD UG SYUDAD, ALAS DOS SINGKO SA HAPON.
Congratulations graduates! You are now ready to take on the next challenge in life.
And thank you to Gov. Antonio H. Cerilles and Congw. Aurora Enerio Cerilles, the authors of RA 7895 and RA 9159, for bringing free and accessible education to the people of Zamboanga del sur as part of the 7 Point Agenda.
BALITANG BISAYA: Sobra 200 kilos nga isda nidunggo sa baybayon sa Lungsod sa Tabina (Mata Daily News)
Nakit-an ang 6 feet nga sunfish kun mola mola nga midunggo sa baybay Barangay Abong-Abong, lungsod sa Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur kagahapon.
Gibana-bana kini nga mokapin pa sa 200 kilos ug dili gani kini madaog bisan sa lima katawo nga nagdayong niini.
Sumala sa Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Action Officer sa lungsod sa Tabina nga Kim Hallasgo, alas 2:30 kagahapon sa hapon dihang nakit-an sa gawas sa bunsod ang maong isda nga nagkisi-kisi ug buhi pa.
Apan 30 minutos ang nilabay namatay kini og gitoohang wala maka-antos sa samad sa lawas niini.
Nagtoo ang mga mananagat sa lugar nga dunay boot modakop sa maong isda gumikan nakitang daghanang samad sa buko-buko.
Nabalaka ang mga residente sa lugar sa pagtoo sa katigulangan nga kun mugawas ang sunfish dunay posibleng muabot nga kalamidad.
MANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya host Gretchen Ho aired her experience on the recent controversy regarding Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s no-show for his own press conference scheduled to be held at Resorts World Manila on Tuesday.
Gretchen, who was supposed to host the event with Andrei Felix, documented her experience in her Instagram account after waiting for the undefeated boxer for eight hours before the organizer announced that Floyd will not be able to attend.
“‘A tragedy is always a good story to tell.’ Me on Mayweather’s no-show at the presscon after 8+ hours of waiting. Now, I can tell my grandkids, I was once stood up by Floyd. Good thing we a pro,” Gretchen wrote.
Reports said that the scheduled press conference was at 3 p.m., but people waited for Floyd until 10 p.m.
Insiders claimed that after Floyd arrived in Manila from Boracay, he proceeded to Greenbelt to shop at Louis Vuitton and buy a pair of Nike shoes instead of going to the press con.
“Waiting for Mayweather be like....8 hours & counting Nagpa Belo, bumili ng LV at sapatos, kumain ng inasal sa MOA, at nagfrefreshen up muna raw #LikeABoss How to be a billionaire po?” Gretchen wrote in another post.
LOOK: 64-year-old Generito Yosores, a tri-sikad driver, completes his Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English today under the Western Mindanao State University External Studies Unit-Molave, Zamboanga del Sur Campus along with 1,397 students.
When: APRIL 05, 2019, FRIDAY Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Affected Areas: √ From Barangay Lindongan to entire Municipality of Tukuran, ZDS Aurora: √ Barangay Lubid √ Barangay Inroad √ Barangay Lantungan √ Barangay Resthouse Labangan: √ Barangay Balimbingan
Reasons of Interruption: 1. Reconductoring of 3 Phase Primary Backbone line along the line from Feeder take-off Upper Bayao Substation going to Brgy. Balimbingan, Labangan, ZDS 2. Clearing and cutting of trees along these affected power lines.
Power will be restored without prior notice as soon as the maintenance works are completed.
Please take necessary preparations and precautions in anticipation of this scheduled power interruption.
Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte – Duha ang nakabsan sa kinabuhi samtang duha usab ang nanga-angol human nagsungag ang duha ka mga motorsiklo kagahapon bandang alas 8:00 sa gabii sa may national highway, Barangay Nabilid, lungsod sa Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte.
Dead on arrival sa Provincial Hospital, ang driver sa motorsiklo mio nga si Fredrich Von Megio, 23 anyos, ulitawo, usa ka graduating student sa crim nga taga Barangay Poblacion North, Polanco, samtang angol sa walang tuhod ang angkas nga si Carlo Mangubat, 23 anyos nga taga Barangay. Pitogo, lungsod sa Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.
Ang gikabanga sa mga biktima mao ang motorsoklo skygo nga gimanehoan ni Henry Sandayo, 45 anyos, kinsa naka-angkon og samad sa ulo, og bun-og sa kalawasan samtang patay ang iyang angkas nga si Benbenido ‘Ben’ Baguio, hingkod ang edad, nga parehong residente sa Barangay Pongolan, lungsod sa Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte.
Sa nakuhang impormasiyon sa rmn dxdr, nasayran nga gikan sa Dipolog City ang mio nga gisakyan sa mga batan-ong rider paigon unta sa lungsod sa Manukan apan pag-abot na sa dapit hitaboan, nakatagbo nila ang naghaguros nga motorsiklo skygo nga gimaneho ni Sandayo nga matud pa nagmaneho nga lango sa ilimnong makahubog hinungdan sa aksidente.
Tungod sa kakusog sa impak sa panagbangga, nakaangkon og grabeng samad sa ulo ang driver nga si Megio nga miresulta sa hinanali niini nga kamatayon. samtang patay sab ang angkas sa gikatagbo nga motorsiklo nga si Baguio pila ka oras ang milabay.
Nasayran nga ang duha ka driver og mga angkas sa motorsiklo polos way gisul-ob nga helmet atol sa hitabo.
Sa pagkakaron, gi-imbestigahan pa sa kapolisan ang tinuod nga panghitabo.
CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – Forty-three Former Rebels (FRs) were awarded with Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program’s (E-CLIP) financial assistance of the government in Headquarters, 53rd Infantry Battalion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur Friday, March 8, 2019.
A total of 2.7 million pesos were handed-over to the FRs, where each received 65 thousand pesos as livelihood and emergency assistance.
Former rebels who surrendered their firearms received additional cash as remunerations depending on the value such as P50,000.00 for M-16 and P60,000.00 for M-14.
Groundbreaking ceremony of the Half-way house for the FRs was also realized with Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu, Chairperson, Task Force Balik-Loob, Hon. Antonio Cerilles, Governor of Zamboanga del Sur and other head of government agencies who form part of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).
“The government is serious in the implementation of the program and we urge others (NPAs) to grab the opportunity and avail the benefits of E-CLIP” said Mapagu.
Half-way house serves as the venue for their (FRs) rehabilitation, healing session and education and skills training activities.
“The activities in the half-way house will help them recuperate from the bad experiences they’ve encountered in the hands of NPA organization,” said Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces).
“We call on other NPAs to lay down their arms, return to the folds of the law and take advantage of the E-CLIP for them to change their lives and live peacefully with their families. We will also ensure their safety and well-being and assist them together with other stakeholders for them to become productive Filipino citizens,” Ancan added.
Alias SMALLBOY, one of the surrenderees, during his impression said that “Taas na kaayo ang panahon sa pakig gyera nako sa gobyerno ug wala kami magmalampuson. (It has been a long time since our armed struggle with the government forces and we were not successful.)
“Wala ko gadahom nga ingon ani kamaayo ang programa na E-CLIP kay kadtong naa pa ko sa NPA abi namo ug naa nay gahulat nga lubnganan para sa amo nga mga rebelde kung kami magsurrender.” (I did not expect how generous the E-CLIP program of the government is, because when we were in the NPA, we thought that a graveyard was already arranged for us if we surrender, he added.)
“Dili sulbad ang gyera sa mga problema. Akong gi awhag ang akong mga kauban na naug na samtang dili pa ulahi ang tanan. (“Armed struggle will not solve our problem. We urge our comrades to surrender before it is too late, he concluded.)
On the same day, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing for a deed of usufruct between the 53rd Infantry Battalion and provincial LGU of Zamboanga del Sur was also conducted.
The MOA allowed the battalion to make use of the 19.5 hectares from LGU Zamboanga del Sur for military training and other related purposes.
“To the FRs, make use of the land, farm there and gain income,” said Hon Antonio Cerilles, Zamboanga de Sur governor.
“We don’t want you to go back to fight again with the government. We don’t want your families to suffer,” Cerilles added.
MANILA, Philippines — A 17-year-old boy tagged as one of the suspects in the gruesome murder of Christine Lee Silawan has been arrested in Lapu-Lapu City, the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-CV) said yesterday.
The minor was nabbed at his home in Barangay Maribago on Saturday, Antonio Pagatpat, NBI-CV deputy director for operations, said.
Pagatpat said a complaint was filed yesterday against the suspect before the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office.
“We we would like to confirm that our regional office here in Cebu has taken into custody a suspect in the gruesome killing of a 16-year-old girl,” Pagatpat said.
As this developed, the suspect, being a minor, has been turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, according to Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, spokesman for the Philippine National Police.
NBI-CV director Tomas Enrile confirmed the arrest, saying it was based on a warrant issued by a local court.
Enrile said they were able to retrieve footage of closed-circuit television cameras showing the victim and the suspect together.
He said probers are looking into the possibility that the suspect had companions.
Enrile said they could not confirm yet if the suspect and Silawan were romantically involved, although he said they were exchanging chat and text messages.
Meanwhile, Central Visayas police director Debold Sinas said they never linked Jonas Bueno, who was arrested in Davao on Friday, to the murder of Silawan.
Sinas earlier said Bueno’s arrest was due to the murder of a farmer in Danao City in January.
He said that reports linking Bueno to the murder could have been due to the manner by which the farmer and Silawan were killed.
Like Silawan, the killers skinned the face of the farmer, Trinidad Batucan, 62.
Bueno has denied killing Silawan, who was found at a vacant lot in Barangay Bankay, Cebu City last week.
Aside from the skin on her face, authorities said Silawan’s tongue, esophagus and trachea were missing.
Launching of "BAYAN BANTAYAN, AKO ANG PAGBABAGO" PEACE IS POSSIBLE spearheaded by JCI Western Mindanao 1 in partnership with DILG Zamboanga del Sur, PNP ZDS Provincial Office, KBP Zamboanga del Sur Chapter and Citizens Crime Watch held last March 17, 2019 at Balay Bisaya, PGC, Dao, Pagadian City.
DAVAO CITY – The prime suspect in the brutal killing of Christine Silawan – the 16-year-old girl who was found dead with her face skinned to the bones that exposed her skull in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu – was arrested Friday afternoon in Davao City.
Jonas Bueno was arrested in Guadalupe, Barangay Matina Crossing, at about 5 p.m. Friday, said Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz, Criminal Investigation, and Detection Group-Davao City Field Unit (CIDG-DCFU) chief. He was collared on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Jerry B Dicdican of the Danao City Cebu Regional Trial Court Branch 25.
Driz said members of the Mindanao Area Police Intelligence Office of the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation 11, Regional Intelligence Unit 11 and Davao City Police Office-Police Station 3 served the arrest warrant.
Silawan, a student of Maribago High School, was first reported missing by her mother after she failed to return home from serving as a collector in church on Sunday.
The following day, March 11, her body was found half-naked in a vacant lot in Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Bankal in Lapu-Lapu City.
Last Wednesday, President Duterte ordered police to hunt down the suspects, including Bueno.
Hours before the arrest, the PNP announced a breakthrough in the investigation after a conversation between Silawan and an unnamed personality, now considered a person-of-interest, was discovered by investigators in a cellular phone retrieved from one of her relatives.
Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said the discovery of the exchange of messages between Silawan and the person-of-interest was the first major breakthrough on the case of the teen’s brutal death.
He said the background information of the person-of-interest has yet to be relayed to the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, by the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) which was earlier formed for the speedy resolution of the case.
“According to the SITG, a cellphone was recovered from one of the victim’s relatives. There were conversations found in the cellphone that gave the investigators some leads,” Banac said in a press briefing at Camp Crame.
“The cellphone is owned by the relative. Probably, the victim borrowed it prior to the incident. When she returned the phone, the conversation remained and the person she last talked to is now considered a person-of-interest,” he added.
According to the PNP official, all the information about the person-of-interest is being collated by the Central Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO-7).
Senior Superintendent Lemuel Obon, Lapu-Lapu City police chief, had earlier said investigators were hot on the trail against three suspects.
The supposed name and picture of the person-of-interest are now circulating in social media but Banac appealed to the public not to believe everything that are being posted in the web.
“The name and the picture that was posted in the Internet didn’t come from the SITG. They wouldn’t release information because a manhunt operation is now ongoing against the person-of-interest and they don’t want to jeopardize that,” Banac stressed.
Meanwhile, Banac said that the suspects behind Silawan’s death could have been “psychological maniacs” and drug-crazed people.
“There are criminals who are psychological maniacs that’s why they are able to commit these kinds of brutal and senseless killings. The suspects behind this case might be considered one but these are all just circumstantial,” he explained.
“It may also be related to drug abuse. For persons who have psychological [disorder] and are drug-crazed, if you combine those two, then it is not impossible for them to do grim killings like this case,” he added.
When the body of Silawan was found abandoned in a vacant lot in Barangay Bangkal on Monday, March 11, investigators noted that she was naked from the waist down, thus, raising the possibility that she was raped.
But Banac said that the autopsy results showed otherwise.
“There was no indication based on the autopsy that the victim was raped by her killers,” he said.
Nonetheless, Banac assured the family of the victim that the SITG is doing its best to locate the person-of-interest.
This, he said, could shed light on the gray areas of the on-going investigation.
A P2-million reward has been offered to anybody who could give information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects, Banac said.
Pipila ka bulan gikan karon Mapahimuslan na sa Lungsud sa Aurora ang ilang bag-o nga hospital ug hamugaway nga Tennis Court.
Kini nga proyekto nahimo sa pagpaningkamot ni Mayor Jojo Palma aron matubag ang basic nga panginahanglan sa Auroranians aron dili na maglisud ang mga kabus sa pagdala sa ilang pasyente sa layo nga lugar.
This is Gov. Antonio Cerilles' message to the rebel returnees, assuring them that thelocal government will provide them with the necessary assistance - reminding everyone that progress can only be achieved through cooperation and peace.
CEBU, Philippines — Reward money for information that would lead authorities to the killers of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan is now P1.3 million in total.
Yesterday, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza said the city will give P1 million to whoever can provide information on the case.
The Cebu provincial government through the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children is also shelling out P200,000.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, chairperson of PCWC, said she will pass a resolution at the Provincial Board on Monday to request for the release of the money.
“We (PCWC officers) cannot initiate because Lapu-Lapu is a highly-urbanized city but it is a heinous crime. We want to address the peace and order situation there so we want to do something,” she said.
Earlier, the police said it would give P100,000 as reward.
The Lapu-Lapu Police have said they are investigating three suspects. The National Bureau of Investigation-7 and Commission on Human Rights have also started parallel investigations amid public outcry to determine and arrest the perpetrators.
Christine’s body was found lifeless at a vacant lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City early morning on March 11.
An autopsy of her body showed she died of 20 stab wounds with the wound on her neck being the most fatal. The suspects also skinned half of her face.
Medico legal officer Benjamin Lara said stab wounds also grazed her liver and lungs. Wounds on her hands also indicated that Christine may have tried to fight her attacker.
But the suspects did more than these. Lara said they also cut her tongue and hulled out her trachea and esophagus.
Lara said earlier that the way Christine’s face was skinned was “meticulous,” which means it took hours for the suspects to do it and the suspects may have used more than one weapon.
"This is carefully and meticulously done," he said, adding, that Christine was skinned most likely after she died because there was no trace of profuse bleeding.
“I don’t see paano niya nabilisan. Even autopsy, it’s difficult to open the head when we conduct our autopsy and we already have use of our knife and other equipment,” Lara said.
He said it is possible that the suspects skinned the victim’s face so she could not be identified easily.
Lara said it is also possible that animals fed off of Christine, considering the rugged edges of her wounds.
“There is a possibility some animals fed off from her,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lapu-Lapu City congressional candidate Junex Doronio said he will lobby for the reinstatement of the death penalty on certain crimes if he gets elected to Congress.
Among the crimes he wants punishable by death penalty include drug and sex child trafficking, rape, murder, massacre, illegal recruitment, and plunder.
And he wants criminals who are found guilty to be sentenced to death through a firing squad.
“How can we strike fear in the minds and hearts of those criminals like those who brutally killed Christine if they know that they would only be meted life sentence and have the chance to be freed by pretending that they have been reformed while in jail?” Doronio said.
He said further that he wants suspects to be tried in a jury system that would pick only responsible and well-respected members of the community who can serve in one trial.
Family of the 14 year-old rape victim in Lahug, Cebu City files a formal complaint against suspect Fraem Duray Fructoso in the City Prosecutor's office, where a staff slapped the suspect in the head. The suspect reportedly pretended to buy from the victim's sari-sari store last March 11 before Fructoso hit the girl with a rock in the head and dragged her at the back of the store where she was sexually abused. The family of the victim and Fructoso had to be separated in the City Prosecutor's office.
Zamboanga del Sur Governor Tony Cerilles joined the Turn-over of E-CLIP Financial Assistance and Firearms Renumeration with USec. Reynaldo B. Mapagu the Chairperson of TASK FORCE BALIK-LOOB at 53rd Infantry Battalion, Camp Major David P. Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur on March 8, 2019.
In line with the event, Governor Cerilles along with local chief executives of Zamboanga del Sur and in partnership with 53rd Infantry Battalion, 1st Infantry "Tabak" Division and DILG led the launching of " From Arms to Farms" program for rebel returnees.
MANILA, Philippines — The number of measles cases across the Philippines soared more than a year after pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur disclosed that Dengvaxia—the first anti-dengue vaccine to be licensed—may cause “severe” dengue if given to those without prior exposure to the disease.
Other countries simply dealt with Sanofi’s announcement by updating labels and guidelines. But in the Philippines, the news led to a blame game and a breakdown of public trust as soon as the Public Attorney’s Office—an agency that provides free legal assistance to the poor—began directly linking deaths of at least 105 individuals to Dengvaxia despite no solid evidence.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be easily prevented by two doses of a vaccine. This has saved almost a million lives every year over the last two decades.
But since the start of the year, at least 261 deaths were recorded among the 16,349 cases of measles across the country. The latest figure recorded in so short a period was higher than the 15,599 cases in the whole of 2018.
The disease has spread mostly among school children whose parents declined to get them immunized. In the Philippines, more than half (57 percent) of those who contracted measles are children aged five years and below, according to the latest situation report of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization.
The Philippines is among the countries that saw the largest increases in measles cases from 2017 to 2018, the UNICEF said in a release as it warned that cases of measles worldwide are surging to “alarmingly high levels.” The spread of measles is happening in poorer countries, states in conflict and wealthy nations where vaccination coverage has historically been high.
The flare up in cases of measles worldwide is happening against a backdrop of rising global concern about vaccine hesitancy—or the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines. The resurgence of the disease in some countries has been linked to medically baseless claims linking measles vaccine to autism, spread by members of the so-called “anti-vax” movement on social media and in some religious circles.
Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, said that aside from vaccine hesitancy, poor health infrastructure, civil strife, low community awareness and complacency have led to outbreaks in both developed and developing countries.
“Almost all of these cases are preventable and yet children are getting infected even in places where there is simply no excuse. Measles may be the disease, but, all too often, the real infection is misinformation, mistrust and complacency,” she said.
Now that the DOH is in the middle of conducting a mass immunization campaign with aim to vaccinate about 12 million people against the disease by March, do the agency’s efforts come too late?
Dr. Joshua San Pedro, co-convenor of the Coalition for People’s Right to Health, said the health agency’s current efforts “will do for the next measles epidemic” but not for the ongoing outbreaks.
“It’s one thing to try to up the effort, to do double time but I think the really important aspect is accountability,” San Pedro told Philstar.com, noting that the DOH should accept that there have been shortcomings in the government’s vaccination programs and health service delivery in recent years.
He stressed that the country’s immunization levels had already been low even before the onset of Dengvaxia fiasco.
Figures from the UNICEF showed that the proportion of children aged 12 to 23 months who received all basic vaccinations dropped from 77 percent in 2013 to 70 percent in 2017. The DOH said that last year, the vaccine coverage fell to only 40 percent.
The figures are way below the target of 95 percent needed to assure herd immunity, or the protection of society against the spread of contagious diseases.
“The fact that we’re reaching below 95 percent as early as 2010, 2014, this already set up the possibility of an impending measles epidemic,” San Pedro said.
He added: “And what happened with Dengvaxia, it drastically reduced the [vaccination rates] even more. It just served as a starting point, in which the situation became ripe for an epidemic because vaccination [rates] went down further.”
Health authorities said vaccination rates in the country have been declining for years but they also pointed out to the Dengvaxia scandal.
A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine last year on 1,500 participants showed a significant decline in vaccine confidence among Filipinos—from 93 percent “strongly agreeing” that vaccines are important in 2015 to only 32 percent in 2018 following the fiasco.
Perceptions of vaccine safety dropped to only 21 percent last year from 82 percent in 2015. Even the confidence in the effectiveness of vaccines plummeted from 82 percent in 2015 to 21 percent in 2018.
Health officials had also said there was no problem with the supply of vaccines in the country and the capability of health workers. They blamed in part the lack of education and time of parents to bring their children to health centers and have them immunized.
The case of Dumagat communities
The co-convenor of the CPRH, moreover, stressed that the shortage of health workers and health services in communities also account for why the highly preventable but potentially deadly diseases like measles continue to increase.
San Pedro cited the measles outbreak that has struck the Dumagat communities in Rizal and Quezon. He said health workers only visit these indigenous people communities once or twice a year.
“It just reveals that there are so many problems in our health system aside from the problem in vaccination, which made the children susceptible to these infectious diseases,” he said.
The measles outbreak, which started during the second half of 2018, claimed more than 67 lives last year, the Philippine Task Force for Indigenous People’s Rights said.
The TFIP lamented that indigenous peoples have been marginalized and deprived of affordable, appropriate and good quality health services.
“Being vaccinated is a rare and lucky circumstance for indigenous children as their communities are rarely visited by health care professionals. Government medical facilities are usually inaccessible in remote indigenous communities,” the organization said in a statement.
Complacency of parents and the government
But for public health expert Dr. Susan Mercado, the DOH is not the only one to blame.
In an interview with Philstar.com, the deputy secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross Centers for Health in Humanitarian Action stressed that the clusters of measles around the world in the recent years are indications that people have become complacent.
According to UNICEF, 98 countries reported more cases of measles in 2018. Ten countries—including the Philippines—were responsible for more than 74 percent of the total increase in 2018.
“It’s not just the Department of Health; it’s [also] the society and government,” Mercado said.
“The situation is that one: there are many kids who are not vaccinated and they are not vaccinated because parents are not afraid anymore of these childhood diseases because many of them have been controlled and we don’t see them anymore so the parents think: ‘It’s okay because nobody gets sick of these diseases anymore so why should we vaccinate?’” she added.
Mercado furthered: “The second one is from the point of view of the government. Because they’re not seeing a lot of these cases, it’s not a priority to vaccinate and we knew already in the public health community that by about 2009 or 2010, the coverage for measles was already dropping worldwide.”
But amid the finger pointing, what the public needs right now is the accountability of health officials, San Pedro said.
“To rebuild the confidence, aside from meeting the problems in demand and shortcomings in vaccination and health system, one thing that is necessary is the accountability of DOH officials for these inefficiencies and problems. When the DOH admits that there have really been shortcomings and that there are people made accountable in the situation, then the trust of parents will return,” he said.
From national to local to national?
Mercado, who is also the special envoy of the president for global health initiatives, suggested that the immunization program should be nationalized. Under this proposal, health vaccinators should be under the national agency, not under the local government.
She stressed that having people on the ground who directly report to the DOH are vital in controlling infectious diseases and outbreaks.
“So we need to seriously think about having a national immunization program with national workers. That’s all they do, they’re just working on the national immunization program,” she said.
Mercado said that aside from the immunization program, the program for family planning and reproductive health as well as the epidemiology and surveillance should be also under the national agency, not local governments.
Decentralization has often been linked to the fragmentation of the health system in the country since the adoption of the Local Government Code in 1991. Prior to this, however, there were already efforts to decentralize heath services, such as the creation of regional health offices in 1958, 1972 and 1985.
Under the LGC, local governments have the autonomy and responsibility to deliver local and basic government services. Provincial governments are responsible for providing secondary hospital care, while cities and municipalities are mandated for maternal and child health, nutrition services and maintenance of city, municipal and barangay health units.
The DOH, on the other hand, has the mandate to set national policy agenda, technical standards and guidelines on health.
In an interview on CNN Philippines last month, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he will propose the transfer of control of health services from LGUs to the DOH. He lamented that devolution of health system to the local governments causes delay in the implementation of services and that not all local executives prioritize health services.
“One of the weaknesses, we couldn’t control the sense of priority that local chief executives ought to have over their health system. If it’s not their priority, then that is also explaining why (there is low coverage),” Duque said.
Mercado believes the DOH is working hard to manage the crisis but the big chunk of success lies on the response of local governments.
“We should think that this is really not just the Department of Health but this is the local health systems that need to be reactivated. I think the DOH is slowly but steadily being able to manage the situation but we are now looking to local government to do their part because they need to mobilize the workers. The vaccines are actually with them so they need to step up the vaccination,” she said.
MANILA, Philippines — The controversial social media challenge—allegedly driving children to do dangerous activities—that perpetuated fear among parents and guardians all over the world is a hoax, a report said.
Based on unverified testimonies, the so-called Momo challenge features the image of “Momo” appearing on platforms such as WhatsApp and YouTube. It allegedly compels children to engage in dangerous tasks such as taking pills and even killing themselves.
But according to an article from The Atlantic, the “Momo challenge” is a “recurring viral hoax.”
The Atlantic noted that the spread of the challenge even took place a year ago.
Snopes, a fact-checking website, also cited an incident in which deaths of minors in Argentina and Colombia were thought to be related to the game even if police had yet to confirm the causes of deaths.
We want to clear something up regarding the Momo Challenge: We’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube. Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are against our policies.— YouTube (@YouTube) February 27, 2019
The Atlantic article read: "The Momo challenge wasn’t real then, and it isn’t real now. YouTube confirmed that, contrary to press reports, it hasn’t seen evidence of videos showing or promoting the ‘Momo challenge’ on its platform."
“Additionally, there have been zero corroborated reports of any child ever taking his or her own life after participating in this phony challenge,” it further read.
“Momo”—a grinning character with dark hair and bulging eyes—is actually a sculpture created for the Japanese special effects company Link Factory.
The craze prompted the country’s Department of Information and Communications Technology to form a task force that would investigate the controversial “Momo challenge.” The task force includes officials from the Philippine National Police, National Telecommunications Commission, the Department of Justice and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
It also led the Department of Education to urge parents to be mindful of and attentive to the digital activities of their children.
While the Snopes article suggested the “Momo challenge“ was “far more hype or hoax than reality,” it warned the craze could still be a cause of concern.
“The subject has generated rumors that in themselves can be [a] cause of concern among children,” the report said.
An article from The Guardian also stressed that spreading such trends can actually cause harm.
“These stories being highly-publicized and starting a panic means vulnerable people get to know about it and that creates risks,” United Kingdom-based suicide awareness charity Samaritans told The Guardian.
So what should parents do? The Snopes article advised that parents should teach their children to inform them of any online material that scares them.
“Perhaps the best general advice is for parents to address such issues pre-emptively, not necessarily dwelling on any specific rumors but advising their children to be responsible and let them know if they encounter anything in the digital realm that appears frightening or threatening,” it said.
ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – Two workers of a plywood manufacturer Dacon Company were killed in an ambush in the town of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte on Friday morning.
Police identified the victims as Raymond Basa, company driver and Ian Calunsag, an operator.
The two persons died on the spot after engaging in a firefight with the unidentified suspects who fired several times at them in Sitio Lubok, Barangay Pisa Itom.
One of the security personnel, a member of the militia the company employed and two others also sustained gunshot wounds. They were rushed to Sirawai RHU for medication and later transferred to Zamboanga City.
Sirawai Police said various ammunition were recovered including twenty one (21) M-16 fired catridges, two (2) M-16 unfired M-16, seven (7) M-14 cartridges, 1 garand fired catridge, 1 garand unfired catridge, among others.
Authorities are now conducting hot pursuit operation against the fleeing suspects.
What: Report on Violation of RA 9165. When : 12:05 AM of March 01, 2019.
Where: Fronting Talon-Talon Elementary School, Barangay Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City. Who: MERIAM KAMDON Y LAHI a.k.a “MERI” and ENTASIL KAMDON Y JALAIDI.
How: At 12:05 AM of March 01, 2019, SDET and Intel Operatives of ZCPS6 (Tetuan) together with 904TH MC, RMFB9 led by Police Captain AHMED CZAR A. ANUARY conducted buy bust operation at Barangay Talon-Talon this City articularly fronting Talontalon Elementary School that resulted in the arrest of MERIAM KAMDON Y LAHI a.k.a “MERI”, 37 years old, married, born on November 14 , 1982, College level, Housewife, and ENTASIL KAMDON Y JALAIDI, 40 years old, married, born on March 30, 1978, College level, Businessman, both a resident of Barangay Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City.
Confiscated from their possessions were Eight (8) large sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of Two Million and Seven Hundred Twenty Thousand Pesos (Php 2,720,000.00) and Three (3) Bundles of Boodle money with One (1) genuine bill of 1,000 pesos on top as marked money. Confiscated items were brought to CCLO for examination while subjects are presently detained at ZCPS6 for inquest.Progress report to follow.(ZCPO)
MANILA, Philippines — The National Security Council is working with foreign counterparts to identify the groups behind cocaine shipments that were dumped around the eastern seaboard of the Philippines.
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said President Duterte’s earlier warnings on foreign drug syndicates have been confirmed by recent operations of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
He said the PDEA is working double time along with foreign counterparts, intensified by high-level intelligence cooperation with other countries to address the drug problem.
“If they are trying to open a new market, then that’s one thing that we would like to go to not only with PDEA and law enforcement but with the international community,” Esperon said.
“This is just a confirmation that the South American drug rings have entered the country, Sinaloa for example,” Esperon said yesterday during the weekly Kapihan sa Manila Bay hosted by Star Associate Editor Marichu Villanueva.
Following the recovery of several cocaine blocks in Philippine territorial waters, Esperon did not discount the possibility that foreign drug cartels have infiltrated the Philippine market.
“The source of cocaine is coca (plant) and it’s grown in South America, and it could be that is the source but the traders and carriers may not be necessarily from that area, so some could have a link,” Esperon added.
Multimillion pesos worth of cocaine bricks were recovered in Dinagat and Siargao islands, the waters off Camarines Norte and Quezon province. There were also blocks of drugs found off Gabaldon in Nueva Ecija, Davao Oriental and Tandag in Agusan del Sur.
Even before the cocaine hauls, Duterte has regarded the drug menace as a national security concern, and that he will not stop until the problem has been addressed during the remainder of his six-year term.
Esperon said authorities are still investigating if the drug syndicates are using the Philippines as a transshipment point for shabu or cocaine.
“It could be a transshipment or it could be as user. If you have a clientele of five million (out of) the 105-million population, that’s a big number,” the Palace official said. “We will not allow that to happen.”
Asked if the drug cartels could be provoking President Duterte who has been harsh in his campaign against illegal drugs, Esperon said that the present administration will not stop until the drug menace is arrested by the government.
He admitted that the situation has become very alarming.
“By all means, it is alarming. We cannot just let this pass,” Esperon said.
“There are leads, but we don’t want to talk about leads. We don’t want to talk about deployments… What do we want to know? We want to arrest people. We want to know the leads, let us not talk about whom we are running after,” he added.
Esperon admitted that the geographical outlay of the country is a challenge to the government’s assets to secure the territorial area.
He said the government is working to acquire more equipment to patrol the Philippines’ seas.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the cocaine dumped in coastal areas in the eastern seaboard could be bound for Australia.
Albayalde raised the possibility after being informed by their counterparts from the Australian Federal Police that it appeared the drugs recovered were similar to those seized in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands sometime in June and September last year.
Albayalde spoke with police officials from Australia during the inauguration of the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (PICACC) at Camp Crame.
Albayalde also clarified that President Duterte’s declaration that there are now seven to eight million drug users in the country is not an indication that the government’s war on illegal drugs was a failure.
“Not necessarily, because what we’re looking at probably is the supply. The supply has increased,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde said that Duterte’s figure has accumulated over the years since he took office.
He added that Filipinos are becoming more educated on the ill effects of illegal drugs.
Albayalde also attributed the increase in the number of drug users to the barangay anti-drugs abuse councils which have been active in reporting suspected drug users in their respective communities.
Rolled-out marine protection program that had addressed the problems of sea piracy, illegal fishing, and denudation of mangrove forests. Ordered the closure of all illegal mining activities in the Province one of which is in Sitio Balabag, Depore, Bayog which address the degradation of environment. The toxic chemicals that run through the rivers and into the sea polluting the fishery products was no longer prevalent. The Dumanquillas Bay is no longer a high red tide area, thus, sea product became edible to eat. Stopped all illegal-quarrying activities in the Province and implemented temporary desiltation program to prevent scouring of rivers and calamities, the reason why there was zero casualty in the province during the typhoon Vinta in December 2017. Increased the revenue collection of the provincial government from 4 Million to almost Forty Million Pesos (Php 40,000,000.00) due to the temporary desiltation program. Awarded the Gawad Kalasag Award for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance for the Best Provincial DRRMC Category by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council IX.
Mga Kababayen-an sa Dakbayan sa Pagadian mainitong gidawat si Congresswoman Aurora Enerio-Cerilles ug BM Marlyn Nadala-Revelo, WEM-RIC ZDS Pres. Che Pulmones ug Mayor Tata Pulmones uban si V-Mayor Erning Mondarte aron sa paghisgot sa dugang pang mga kalamboan ug kaayuhan sa mga Kababayen-an sa Dakbayan sa Pagadian.
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Day 2 1. The load of Transformer No. 2 is temporarily shifted to Transformer No. 1 to facilitate simulation of associated breakers thru secondary protection in preparation for parallel operation of T1 and T2.
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MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that will grant additional leave benefits for working mothers, the Palace confirmed Thursday.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Duterte signed Republic Act 11210 on Wednesday, Feb. 20, beating the 30-day deadline for the proposed measure to lapse into law.
Under the measure, all working mothers in the government and private sector are guaranteed with 105 days of paid maternity leave credits, with 7 days transferable to fathers. An additional 15 days of paid leave will be granted to single mothers.
Under the previous law, employed women are entitled to 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery and 78 days for caesarean delivery.
The law gives mothers the option to extend their leave for another 30 days without pay, provided that the employer is given due notice in writing at least 45 days ahead before the end of the maternity leave.
The law also applies to every instance of pregnancy, removing the 4-pregnancy cap. It shall be applied to all female workers regardless of civil status.
For cases of miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy, a 60-day paid maternity leave shall be granted to a female worker.
Maternity benefits shall also be given to female workers in the informal economy, provided that they have remitted to the Social Security System at least three monthly contributions in the 12-month period immediately preceding the semester of her childbirth, miscarriage, or emergency termination of pregnancy.
In a statement, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, author of the bill, said the law is a "massive victory for women and their families."
"The law squarely addresses our lack of maternity leave days, and puts us at par with international standards. It also supports the best available evidence and practice which are consistent with improving maternity leave policy," she said.
"Now, mothers will have more time to rest from pregnancy. Children will be better fed. Fathers and caregivers can bond and create more lasting memories with their loved ones, as families everywhere receive the greatest gift of all time."
The EML bill passed Congress in October 2018 and was transmitted to the Palace on Jan. 21, 2019.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government is confident the law’s passage will not result in discrimination against females in the hiring process. The law also prohibits discrimination against the employment of women in order to avoid granting the expanded maternity benefits.
"Filipinos are family-oriented. These industrialist businessmen, they will understand," Panelo said.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law a landmark bill that guarantees all Filipinos equal access to quality and affordable goods and services in healthcare.
Duterte signed the Universal Health Care Act during a ceremony in Malacañang.
Under the law, all Filipino citizens are automatically enrolled into the National Health Insurance Program as direct contributors or those who have the capacity to pay premiums, and indirect contributors sponsored by the government such as indigents and senior citizens.
It has a funding requirement of P257 billion, but was given an appropriations of only P217 billion under the proposed 2019 national budget.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said the funding gap of P40 billion would mean not all hospitals or health centers as envisioned under the law would be constructed.
The construction of barangay health units in fourth to sixth class municipalities would be prioritized, so patients would not have to visit hospitals for minor ailments, Duque said.
The law also mandates the expansion of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) coverage to include free consultation fees, laboratory tests, and other diagnostic services.
PhilHealth was created in 1995 to implement universal health coverage in the country. As a government-owned and controlled corporation, PhilHealth is tax-exempt and attached to the Department of Health.
Filipinos who are not enrolled in PhilHealth could still benefit from health care services since the premium subsidy will be gradually adjusted and included in the General Appropriations Act.
The law also calls for an improved doctor-to-patient ratio as well as an upgrade of hospital bed capacities and equipment and the establishment of hospitals in remote areas.
At about 10:05 o'clock in the morning of February 19, 2019 A good Samaritan Mr Manuel E. Servano turned over to this office one (1) unit of Samsung Cellphone he found at Jollibee Drive Thru exit and subsequently returned to the owner Mrs Gloria Espadilla of Balangasan, Pagadian City at about 10:35am of same date.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law 20 bills, including measures requiring telecommunication firms to provide mobile number portability to their subscribers and creating a Human Settlements department.
Republic Act 11202 or the Mobile Number Portability Act will allow cellphone users to retain their mobile numbers if they switch to another telecommunication service provider.
According to the law, mobile number portability will promote consumers' welfare because it provides them the freedom to choose their service provider without having to change their mobile numbers.
The system also seeks to encourage telecommunication firms to compete with each other in providing the best overall value they can offer and introduce innovations.
Public telecommunication entities will be required to provide nationwide MNP to all qualified subscribers free of charge.
The entities will change the type of subscription from postpaid prepaid or vice versa within 24 hours from the time a subscriber submits the application to avail of MNP. They will also set-up a mechanism for the implementation of MNP by interconnecting directly or indirectly with the systems and equipment of other service providers.
Telecommunication firms will also facilitate the availing of MNP of virtual network operator it is hosting in its network. VNO refers to an entity that offers telecommunications service under its own brand but uses the network of another company.
Subscribers will not be asked to pay interconnection charges for domestic calls and text messages they made after the law takes effect.
Telecommunication firms will be slapped with a fine of P10,000 if the portability or the giving of MNP service is not performed within the periods allowed under the law but delivered on or before a complaint is filed or delivered after a mediation.
A fine of not less than P40,000 will be imposed if the MNP is unjustly refused even after mediation
A fine of P100,000 to P300,000 will be slapped for the second to fourth instance where MNP is unjustly refused even after mediation.
Companies that committed the offense more than four times will be fined with P400,000 to P1 million and will lose their franchise.
The National Telecommunications Commission will be authorized to award a subscriber as much as P400,000 in damages. The amount will be collected from erring mobile service providers while the fines will be remitted to the National Treasury.
Also signed into law was the bill creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
The agency will serve as the primary national government entity responsible for managing housing, human settlement and urban development.
The new law will merge the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.
It will also reconstitute the HLURB into an adjudicatory body called Human Settlements Adjudication Commission.
The new department will have administrative supervision over the National Housing Authority, National Home Mortgage Finance Corp., Home Development Mutual Fund and the Social Housing Finance Corp.
It will be composed of the Office of the Secretary, various bureaus, services and other regional offices.
Other national laws signed this month are the Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Act, which imposes harsher penalties on anyone found guilty of killing, torturing, maiming and raping children and who subject them to inhuman and degrading treatment; the National Integrated Cancer Control Act, which will establish a program that aims to lessen deaths related to cancer; the Secondary School Career Guidance and Counseling Act, which will create a national counseling program to be administered by the Education department; and a bill establishing the Philippine Sports Training Center.
Two of the newly signed laws were holiday declarations. One declared September 3 as a special working public holiday throughout the country in commemoration of the surrender of Japanese military forces led by General Tomoyuki Yamashita in Baguio City while the other declared January 17 as a special non-working holiday in Olongapo in recognition of the heroism of James Leonard Tagle Gordon.
The president also signed bills granting franchises to Malindang Broadcasting Network and More Electric and Power Corp. and extending the franchises of Ermita Electronics Inc. and religious group Iglesia ni Cristo.
The rest of the measures were local bills namely:
An act integrating the Cebu City Mountain Extension Campus as a satellite campus of the Cebu Technological University
An act converting the Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology in the City of Tangub, Misamis Occidental into a state university to be known as the University of Northwestern Mindanao
An act converting the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College into a state university to be known as the Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University
An act establishing the Cordillera State Institute of Technical Education, integrating the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority training centers and TESDA-supervised state-run technical-vocational institutions in the Cordillera Administrative Region
An act changing the name of Lupon School of Fisheries in Lupon, Davao Oriental into the Davao Oriental Polytechnic Institute
An act recognizing the British School of Manila as an educational institution of international character
An act increasing the bed capacity of St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital in Cebu from 25 to 200
An act increasing the bed capacity of Rizal Medical Center in Pasig from 300 to 500
Affected Areas: √ From Barangay Lindongan, Labangan to Entire Municipality of Tukuran, ZDS √ Barangay Lubid √ Barangay Inroad √ Barangay Lantungan √ Resthouse of Aurora √ Barangay Balimbingan of Labangan, ZDS
Reasons of Interruption: 1. Replacement of Rotten wood poles in preparation for Re-conductoring from Upper Bayao Substation to Balimbingan, Labangan - (1-C2 Structure), (1-C8 Structure) (1-C4 Structure), (1-C1 Structure) 2. Conversion from C1-C8 Structure 3. Inserted pole 1-C1 Structure 4. Replacement of rotten cross arms (4-C1 Structure) 5. Finalization of feeder takeoff 6. Clearing of Power Lines
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LAUR, Nueva Ecija, Philippines — President Duterte has ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to determine how many hectares of land here can still be covered by land reform so farmers can own the property they are tilling.
Duterte issued the order during a visit here on Wednesday, saying he could address the concerns of local residents, which according to him are being used by communist rebels to fight the government.
The President also tasked concerned agencies to address the water problem in Barangay San Juan, which he learned of after talking with the residents on the sidelines of his visit.
In his speech, Duterte urged the New People’s Army (NPA) not to interfere with his administration’s efforts to help the people especially in the grassroots level.
“I will declare land reform in this area next week,” he said, adding he had distributed about 60,000 land titles to beneficiaries in Boracay, Cagayan de Oro and Maguindanao.
Duterte said he would also declare land reform in Sagay, Negros Occidental, where a massacre supposedly due to a land dispute occurred last year.
He also mentioned the problem on insurgency, saying the rebels are using the issue of land grabbing to manipulate local residents.
He said land should be given to the Filipino people to allow them to prosper.
Two brothers from one of Quezon City’s most prominent families are locked in a legal battle over a piece of real estate that formed part of their parents’ legacy but was later sold to a developer.
In separate interviews with the Inquirer, former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chair Manuel “Manoling” Morato, 85, and his brother, Jose “Pepito” Morato, 70, said they were not in speaking terms with each other.
They are the eldest and youngest sons of Quezon City’s first mayor, Tomas Morato.
At the center of the family squabble is the Moratos’ ancestral lot at No. 99 Scout Gandia Street, Barangay Sacred Heart, where their mother, Doña Consuelo lived from 1939 until her death in 2002.
Tomas, the Spanish-born patriarch who served as mayor from 1939 to 1942, was a close and trusted friend of then President Manuel L. Quezon.
It was Tomas Morato who laid the foundations of a new city six times bigger than Manila, and where he would build a home for his wife Consuelo and their children.
“My brother Pepito forged and manufactured everything — signatures, thumbmarks, letters,” Manoling told the Inquirer. “That is why he was able to sell the house. What are we to him? Are we not also the sons and daughters of Mama and Papa?”
Pepito said he wanted to honor the memory and legacy of their parents by just keeping silent.
“Are we honoring Mama and Papa by quarrelling? Definitely no!” he said.
He added: “I arranged for a dialogue with him (Manoling) and our other siblings at least 12 times, but they refused any dialogue.”
Only one of the siblings came to talk to him, said Pepito, referring to Francisco, 76.
“Why? Because he listened! He is a doctor and a lawyer, very intelligent. He understood because he listened,” he said.
The other siblings — Elvira Morato-Cuenca, Teresita Morato-Lazatin and Lolita Morato-Quiros — have taken Manoling’s side, according to court documents.
The property is next to the Doña Consuelo Building owned by Manoling on Morato Street.
Instead of being a residential compound, however, the lot is currently an excavation site after the old house was removed and sold to a company in Bataan that restores historic structures.
Preparations were being done at the site since April last year for a 21-story building, but work was recently suspended after plans to remove a narra tree ran into tree-cutting regulations.
Manoling said their mother would never have sold the property because it was a gift from their father.
Pepito, however, said the property was not their ancestral home since “we’re from Calauag, Quezon (province).”
“Our father was mayor of Calauag before President Quezon called for him,” he said.
Manoling considered his fight to regain the property as his last battle in life.
“Money is no longer the issue here,” he sai.d “What will I do with the money? They got their hands on the property, which is part of the story of my Mama and Papa.”
Pepito said he, too, was fighting for their parents’ legacy.
“I would, as much as possible, (prefer to) remain silent. My parents are iconic, my surname is iconic,” he said. “If only he (Manoling) would listen. If only my sisters would listen. The judge advised us to hold a dialogue; they refused. Me? I go to Mass every day. The truth will set me free.”
Mga kundisyon para makapag-avail ng PhilHealth benefits:
1. kayo ay listed bilang qualified dependent; 2. active ang membership o may qualifying contributions; 3. hindi pa ubos ang 45 days regular benefit limit; 4. ginawa ang Chemotherapy sa isang PhilHealth accredited facility; at 5. attended by a PhilHealth accredited doctor
Kung confined sa Level 1,2 and 3 hospitals: ☑️Moderate Risk-P15,000 ☑️High Risk-P32,000
Kung confined sa Primary Care Facilities: ☑️Moderate Risk-P10,500
Mga kundisyon para makapag-avail ng PhilHealth benefits:
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Mga kundisyon para makapag-avail ng PhilHealth benefits:
1. kayo ay listed bilang qualified dependent; 2. active ang membership o may qualifying contributions; 3. hindi pa ubos ang 45 days regular benefit limit; 4. admitted sa PhilHealth accredited facility ng hindi bababa sa 24 oras; at 5. attended by a PhilHealth accredited doctor
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA) -- About 51 children including newborn babies who need adoptive parents are currently under the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here.
These children are housed at the DSWD’s orphanage, the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) in Barangay Talon-Talon.
RSCC head Jamila Arasid explains that contrary to some opinions, adoptive parents cannot choose the child they want to adopt.
“If you want to adopt, visit the DSWD regional office and talk with a social worker,” she said. The social worker will ask for the parents’ preference, which is followed by a meeting of a child care specialist group that will decide which child in the orphanage will best be matched for the parents.
“It doesn’t mean that if the parents fell in love with a particular child at the orphanage, they will get the child,” Arasid clarified.
The DSWD is calling on adoptive parents to undergo the legal adoption process to provide the child with all the rights, benefits and privileges that go with the status of legitimacy.
Philippine laws permit legally-aged single persons or married couples to adopt provided they meet certain qualifications that profess they can assume the rights and duties of being parents.
To find out more about adoption, interested parents may drop by City Mall – Tetuan on February 13 from 9am-5pm or KCC Mall de Zamboanga on February 14 from 10am-5pm. (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)
As you all know, some of the people residing in Kawit, Pagadian City recently experienced loss from the terrible fire incident that happened last Sunday, February 3, 2019. Initial reports declared that there were around 200 families affected and have lost their homes and even their livelihood. As a concerned citizen, we immediately took action and brought help to the people affected. With Manang BM Marlyn Revelo’s help, staffs from ESR Construction and Development Corporation immediately brought the WATER TANKER to the affected site and coordinated with the local officials. By noon time, Mardale Hotel and Convention took action and distributed PACKED LUNCH to the affected people. To continually give support to the people, Duterte’s Kitchen prepared food and went to the evacuation center and found out that the kind people under the YU and CO administration were already giving out food and other donations. Of course, not influenced with political reasons, WE RESPECTED and GAVE WAY TO THEM. We were even grateful to them for being helpful to the people of kawit. So we decided to postpone and waited for them to finish. By around 8PM, we were able to continue our help. DUTERTE’S KITCHEN with their facilitator Teban Soriano gave food and Mardale Hotel gave blankets and linens to keep them warm throughout the cold night. Financial assistance was also provided by our beloved Mayor TATA PULMONES. Also, an AMBULANCE was provided by Manang Marlyn which made it possible for us to bring patients to the hospital who needed immediate medical assistance.
With the coordination of Kap Tata Tan, Mayor TATA PULMONES, Manang Marlyn Nadala Revelo, and other public servants and department agencies, today, February 5, 2019, was scheduled for the distribution of more goods and financial assistance to the victims. Again, I would like to emphasize that TODAY WAS FOR THE KAWIT FIRE VICTIMS.
BONG GO informed Manang Marlyn that he will visit the kawit fire victims to give assurance that the government will provide help and assistance. Again, BONG GO VISITED THE AFFECTED PEOPLE, AND THAT TODAY WAS FOR THE KAWIT FIRE VICTIMS.
When I arrived at the evacuation center, I was shocked by how much people wearing orange and red shirts surrounded the area. Fire victims are hardly seen because the BARRICADE FORMED BY THE MEN WEARING ORANGE AND RED SHIRTS covered more than half of the area. Obviously, these people are under the YU AND CO ADMINISTRATION. I was dismayed when I knew that they did not even coordinate with the local officials and just went through the area and made a scene. While the local councilor and kap TATA TAN spoke to the people, they were so disrespectful that they did not even bother turning off their very loud speakers so that the victims can hear. AGAIN, TODAY IS FOR THE KAWIT FIRE VICTIMS. Is that how you serve the people wholeheartedly?
Then BONG GO arrived. Of course, because of the BARRICADE they formed, Bong Go was not able to go to the stage and was guided by the ORANGE AND RED BARRICADE to their unusual stage called ‘the chairs’. Of course, as a humble man himself, BONG GO made his way and stepped on a chair so that the fire victims will see him and can reach out to him. BM Marlyn Manang Revelo tried to guide Mr. BONG GO to the stage but the YU AND CO staffs would not allow us to go near him and you could see how disrespectful of them to block us and even block the fire victims. AGAIN, TODAY IS FOR THE KAWIT FIRE VICTIMS. Not for any political strategies you purposely went for... just sayin.
I, myself, experienced how physically disrespectful they were. As you can see in the video and picture, staffs of Co and Yu, harshly blocked us. What was their purpose of blocking us and not letting us go near Mr. BONG GO? What was really their purpose of coming in the evacuation center in the first place?? Were they taking advantage from the terrible and saddening fire incident just for political reasons? Do they not feel pity and guilty for the people who have just lost their homes and the things they have worked hard for?
I was more dismayed and saddened because when BONG GO already went out of the evacuation center, YU AND CO ALONG WITH THEIR STAFFS ALSO DISAPPEARED. When in fact, distribution of goods and financial assistance to the people affected has just started.
This made me question what really is a true public servant. I do not really involve myself with political affairs, but as a filipino, I respect my kapwa filipino. A true public servant should not neglect the people in need. More importantly, a true public servant should not take advantage of the people’s loss instead prioritize them in any way possible.
Aha man ang inyong tinud-anay na serbisYU para sa publiCO?
BRGY. KAWIT usa sa mga progresibong brgy dinhi sa dakbayan Sunog nahitabo ganina sa maong brgy nagpahilak sa mga katawhan niini. Pinaagi sa tabang sa atong mayor na si MAYOR ROMEO "TATA" PULMONES mingpagsik og balik ang katawhan og andam na sila alang sa ilang pagbangon. MAYOR TATA KABALO me na DILI MO KAMI PASAGDAN.
Gihatagan ni Distrito Uno Board Member Marlyn Revelo ang lungsod sa Dumingag ug usa ka ambulance. Kining maong ambulance gi-turn over kay Kenneth Uy na magpapali as Mayor sa maong nasangpit na lungsod.
Matud pa ni BM Revelo, mapahimuslan na kini sa mga taga Dumingag nga dugay ra nilang gipangayo og karun aduna na silay ilahang kaugalingon.
Ang maong ambulance nga gihatag sa lungsod kay gikan mismo sa kaugalingon pagpaningkamot ug resources ni BM Revelo. Si BM Revelo modagan pagka-Kongresista sa Distrito Uno sa Zamboanga Del Sur.
BRUTAL na kamatayan ang sinapit ng isang 79-anyos na lola sa kamay ng hindi pa nakikilalang mga galamay ng Akyat-bahay Gang. Matapos nakawin ang pera at alahas nito ay ilang ulit pang pinagsasaksak ng basag na bote ng softdrinks at hinampas pa ng silya sa ulo kamakalawa nang gabi sa bayan ng Molave, Zamboanga Del Sur.
Dead on-the-spot sanhi ng tinamong pinsala sa ulo at katawan ang biktimang si Eriberta Badalos, 79, residente ng Quezon St., Barangay Madasigon sa bayan ng Molave, samantalang nakaligtas naman ang kasambahay nitong si Maymarie Vilabis Guinsayao, 19, na sinikmuraan lang umano ng mga suspek.
Base sa salaysay ng kasambahay, dakong alas-10:30 nang gabi nang magising umano siya sa mga katok sa pinto at nang tanungin niya kung sino ito ay sinabi ng kumakatok na ito ang kanyang among lalaki kaya agad niya itong pinagbuksan ng pinto.
Subalit laking gulat na lang umano niya nang pagbukas niya ng pinto ay tumambad sa kanya ang tatlong lalaking nakasuot ng bonnet at may mga baril sa beywang.
Hindi na umano siya nakakuha ng tiyempong makatakbo dahil agad umano siyang sinuntok sa sikmura ng isa sa mga suspek dahilan upang mamilipit siya sa sakit at manghina.
Dalawa namang suspek ang tumuloy sa kuwarto ng matandang biktima at makalipas ang ilang miunto ay dali-daling lumabas at tumakas na ang mga ito.
Patuloy ang imbestigasyon sa insidente at sa kasambahay upang mabatid kung walang inside job na nangyari.
The province of Zamboanga del Sur under the leadership of Governor Antonio H. Cerilles in its continuing effort in providing accessible and affordable basic health services for all was awarded having the Most Improved Provincial Health System as recognized by the Center for Health Development – Zamboanga Peninsula (CHD – ZP) and Department of Health (DOH) in the entire Region-IX for 2018.
DOH R-IX Local Systems Award as Most Improved Provincial Health System was given by Regional Director Emilia P. Monicimpo to Vice Governor Ace William E. Cerilles along with SP Committee on Health Chair Board Member Edilberto Adlaon and Board Member Juneth Lanzaderas last December 18, 2018, at Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City.
Zamboanga del Sur received the said award from the Department of Health (DOH) for its good practices in implementing various health programs through the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center (ZDSMC) the only tertiary hospital in the country that is run by a provincial government and with the Integrated Provincial Health Office.
The award was rated based on the performance on the local government unit scorecard. These include innovative practices towards improving local health systems, health education and promotion activities and materials, mobilization and reproduction of advocacy materials relative to the promotion and use of the LGU Health Scorecard, and other government-related activities.
The Search for Outstanding LGUs in 2017 for the 2018 Zamboanga Peninsula Local Health Systems (LHS) Regional Awards has four categories – province, HUC, component city or municipality (first class), and municipality (second to fifth class).
The search is an initiative of DOH to motivate and engage LGUs in spearheading programs and efforts for better health services, financing, and outcomes.
Aside from the plaque, the Province was also awarded essential drugs and medicines and other supplies for having contributed to the attainment of national health goals and objectives.
House Members shall soon file a measure that would amend Republic Act No. 6975 or the “Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990” and Republic Act No. 8551 or the “Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998," particularly the provisions on deputization.
This cropped up on Tuesday during the hearing conducted by the Committee on Public Order and Safety, chaired by Rep. Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), which terminated its inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the injustice committed by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) against Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles. The hearing was presided by Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City).
Prior to the termination, Rep. Aurora Enerio Cerilles (2nd District, Zamboanga del Sur) motioned “[For the] findings of the honorable committee to be the bases for further clarifying the PNP Law, by amending the provisions concerning the withdrawal and restoration of the powers of deputization of the Governor over the PNP in his province.”
“The way forward would be to file a bill, proposing the amendments on the provisions [on deputization],” said Biazon.
Rep. Cerilles reiterated that the crucial findings ascertained in the previous meetings that (a) Governor Cerilles was deprived of his right to due process, (b) the memorandum circular being used by the NAPOLCOM is beyond what is provided by the Philippine Constitution, and (c) the NAPOLCOM neglected its own protocols on cases/reports, among others.
With these, the concerned agencies were directed to communicate with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the issue of Governor Cerilles.
In his remarks before the Committee, Governor Cerilles expressed surprise why a publicly acknowledged well-performing and faithful public servant like him was being maligned. He said the Civil Service Commission (CSC) even awarded him last year (2018) as “Most Outstanding Government Worker” for Presidential Lingkod Bayan Category, the only elected official given that award.
“Kaya nagtataka po ako bakit po ako binabastos,” said Governor Cerilles.
Governor Cerilles said he has served so many governments as early as 1979 and even during the time of former President Marcos. Even before that, he said he was the only legal counsel who represented LAMP or the Legal Assistance for Military Personnel - Region 9. “Nobody would volunteer. I volunteered my time and money to represent men in uniform who were not represented by counsel,” he said.
“After serving the government from (the time of ) President Marcos, Mrs. Aquino, President Ramos, President Estrada, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Noynoy Aquino, now President Duterte, I thought all the while, (that) the Philippine National Police has been professionalized,” he said.
It was rather sad, he said, that this is his last term as governor, and all of a sudden, he got this resolution from the NAPOLCOM about a confidential report which stated that his deputization was suspended.
“I look at the law. Although the word deputization was used, but that is the law, not an action of Napolcom. And if you read further, there should be grounds, as a matter of fact, I was surprised because up to now you seem to be very evasive on what kind of abuse I’ve done,” said Governor Cerilles.
Governor Cerilles said he cannot accuse the Napolcom Commissioners of ignorance of the law because some or most of them are lawyers. He expressed hope that as public servants, we can work together to strengthen the law instead of using the law to abuse others.
“Because after our stint in government, it would be the (turn of the) next generation. Then who will protect them when we ourselves don’t want to start on how to amend, review, strengthen the law so that this institution will be that strong. Democracy will be strong,” he said.
Governor Cerilles also exhorted the committee, “My fellow public servants, I am not here to look for vengeance. I’m here to help our institution strengthen the laws that we have…We should always think about what is best for this country and what will be better for the next generation. I hope all of us, government employees, should give justice to the money that we receive everytime we received our salary.”
He also stressed that during the first committee hearing, no less than the Provincial Directors of the PNP, PDEA and Philippine Army Battalion Commanders (53rd IB) stated that during their stint in Zamboanga del Sur, they have never received any complaints against Governor Cerilles and even NICA Provincial Director Jesus Auxillio stated the same and that he merely received the complaints against the Governor and without validation, and just forwarded it to the NICA head office.
Governor Cerilles also expressed surprise why Pagadian City was made a hot spot when the AFP through the Philippine Army and the DILG through the PNP declared Zamboanga del Sur as peaceful.
Meanwhile, in terms of the performance of his province, Governor Cerilles said Zamboanga del Sur got awards and recognition for doing well in health and agriculture which are the two important functions devolved to the local government units (LGUs).
“In health, Zambonga del Sur has been awarded by the DOH as the ‘Most Improved in Health Services.’ We are the only province that has a tertiary hospital with 400-bed capacity and LGU-run. We are earning more than P300 million a year,” he said.
In agriculture, he said there are five rice achiever provinces in the country, of which four are from Luzon namely, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and Tarlac. The only rice achiever province from Mindanao is Zamboanga del Sur, he said. And for the third consecutive year, the province has been proclaimed as corn achiever. “Hall of Famer na po kami. The Association of Southeast Asia scientific agriculturist recognized my effort in agriculture in Hanoi, Vietnam,” said Governor Cerilles.
Meanwhile, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Chief Directorial Staff Atty. Roberton Lapuz reported that the agency had already forwarded a letter to the Office of the President (OP) in December 2018, requesting for the release of this confidential report, which was utilized by NAPOLCOM as basis of the withdrawal of Governor Cerilles’ deputization.
“The letter basically requested permission to release the classified document, pertaining to the Honorable Governor Cerilles, so that the said document can be used to expedite the restoration of the deputization of police supervision of Governor Cerilles,” explained Lapuz.
NAPOLCOM Commissioner Felizardo Serapio Jr. noted that they have also sent a letter to the OP, recounting the House proceedings on the issue and appealing to the President for the restoration of the Governor’s deputization.
Rep. Makmod Mending Jr. (Party-list, AMIN) also asked if the NAPOLCOM has started discussing the improvements to be made in their protocols.
NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao stated that they have already convened to review the memorandum circular of the Commission on the suspension and restoration of deputization.
Acop then called on the NAPOLCOM to provide a copy of the record of the proceedings conducted by the Commission on the case of Governor Cerilles, excluding the actual document used against the Governor, in consideration of its confidentiality.
After Casurao confirmed that these records are public documents, Acop said “Therefore, the public can scrutinize and look at the records of the case on Governor Antonio Cerilles…You have claimed from the very start of this committee meeting that you cannot provide the confidential report, then you can omit so.” | NDS/PPAB
Book Giving sa Guitran Central Elementary Sschool ug Carida Elementary School sa lungsod sa Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur malampusong gipahigayon. Malipayong gidawat sa mga magtutudlo ug mga estudyante ang mga Libro nga gihatag pinaagi sa pagtimbayayongay sa Pangagamhanang Probinsyal, Department of Education ug sa OneHope Phil.
Atol usab sa Book Giving Ceremony, nanghatag ug mga pagkaon sa mga katawhan ang Duterte's Kitchen nga gipanguluhan ni Board Member MArlyn Nadala-Revelo.
Dako ang kalipay ug pagpasalmat sa mga katawhan human mi hatag si Board Member Marlyn Nadala-Revelo ug usa ka ambulansya ug iya kini nga gi turn over ni Keneth Tom Y. Uy arun magamit sa mga katawhan sa lungsod.
BUTUAN CITY – Gikumpirma ni P/Chief Insp. Darwin Yu – hepe sa kapulisan sa Esperanza, Agusan Del Sur nga ang rebeldeng New People’s Army kon NPA ang responsable sa pagdagit-patay sa usa ka kagawad sa barangay Valentina sakop sa maong lungsod.
Mahinumdumang niadtong Enero 25 sa alas 6:00 sa sayong gabii, pugsanong gisulod ang balay sa biktimang si Rolando Perez Insayoy, 31-anyos nga taga Purok-2, Barangay Valentina sa mga armadong lalaki og pugsanong gidagit.
Kagahapon lang sa buntag dihang giteksan matud pa ang igsoon sa biktima gamit ang iyang cell phone nga kuhaon ang patay’ng lawas niini sa Brgy. Mantuganoy, lungsod sa San Luis, sa susamang lalawigan.
Panimalos matud pa ang posibleng motibo sa kremin tungod kay mao matud pa kini ang nag-awhag sa iyang pag-umangkong rebelde nga mutahan na og balik sa gobyerno.
Ang iyang pag-umangkon usab matud pa ang gihimong guide sa kasundaluhan sa nahimutangan sa iyang mga kanhi ka-ubanan nga miresulta sa entgkwentro og kamatayon sa pipila ka mga rebelde.
Napalgan ang biktimang gilubong na sa mabaw lang nga gikabutang yuta og gibinaklid pa paggapos ang iyang mga kamot og duna’y upat ka mga samad-dinunggaban sa nagkada-iyang parte sa iyang lawas.
MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “angered” by the twin explosions in a Roman Catholic church in Jolo, Sulu that left at least 20 people dead and 112 others wounded, Malacañang said on Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that aside from being angered, the President is also “disappointed” that the bombings took place just days after the historic ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on January 21.
“Well, of course, he (Duterte) was so angry for one. For another, he is so disappointed that despite the movement to thread the path towards peace and development, there are still certain forces in that region who sowed terror and killed and murdered people,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
“You know, you don’t even have to ask why he is angry; everybody is angry now for that bombing,” he added, noting that although he has yet to speak with the President himself, sources have told him about the President’s reaction.
Panelo noted that the President has already tasked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to secure the safety of the citizenry, attend to the injured, and to provide succor to victims’ families.
He refused to comment on suspicions that the attack might be related to the BOL’s recent ratification noting that the President would rather wait for the results of investigation.
“He will wait for the investigation. Of course, one Islamic State is claiming responsibility. I read it in one of the briefers, that one terrorist group is claiming responsibility for that. But we have to wait for the investigation — who’s behind it and what group or individuals,” Panelo said.
No martial law means chaos
Panelo, meanwhile, defended anew the imposition of martial law in Mindanao in the wake of the deadly twin bombings in Jolo saying that giving in to calls to lift it would mean “chaos.”
“If you can do that under a martial law regime, then the more reason you should maintain it and be more strict in the implementation of security measures in that area,” Panelo said.
“If there was no martial law there, then there would have been chaos and anarchy there. You see how they were able to get Marawi? There was no martial law then,” he added.
He stressed that martial law was “effective” and that the twin explosions were merely isolated cases.
“It’s effective but this incident is isolated, by the way. So, we will have to investigate how it happened,” Panelo said.
“Can you imagine how many bombings there would have been if there was no martial law there in operation?” he added.
Panelo further said government is also investigating possible lapses in security which allowed the incident to occur.
“If you have security there and there is one or two bombs being placed inside, then there must be a lapse in security. There is no other reasonable conclusion,” Panelo said.
Despite the blasts, Panelo assured that government will continue its efforts to track down the perpetrators and ensure long-lasting peace in Mindanao.
“No amount of terrorism can stop the journey to peace and development in that region,” Panelo said.
“The law will not give them (perpetrators) mercy. We will pursue them to the ends of the earth, until every killer is placed behind bars,” he added.
Panelo also confirmed that the President will be visiting the blast site in Jolo on Monday afternoon.
The bombings took place five days after the plebiscite for the ratification of the BOL, which creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The BOL, which was signed by the President on July 27, 2018, gives the Bangsamoro people more autonomy to govern themselves.
The 2019 Dinagyang Bastonero ZUBIRI CUP 10th National Arnis Tournament on it's 15th Arnis Showdown at Iloilo National High School, Covered Gym.
These Achievements can not be achieved without your brilliant program. We (The Arnis Team) Thanks you beloved Governor Antonio H. Cerilles who always supporting us.
And thank you also to our zestful Provincial Sports Coordinator/Warden Arnel Joe Arcoy who always supporting and believing in our skills."Without your support Sir we cannot achieved all of these."
To my co-trainer Paul Ernil Sibonga ,Thank you also for always giving your efforts to our athletes.😊 Congratulations to Zamboanga del Sur Sports Academy Arnis Team for being the Overall Champion🏆 , garnered 22 Golds🏅 , 4 Silver🥈 , and 7 Bronze 🥉. I'm so proud of you guis! Just Keep it up and always put yourselves feet on the ground.
Kuha sa labas ng Jolo Cathedral, Jolo, Sulu matapos ang dalawang pagsabog sa loob at labas ng nasabing simbahan habang may isinasagawang Misa. 17 na ang naiulat na patay habang 56 ang sugatan ayon kay PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr.
Six days after the BOL Plebiscite, two (2) explosions occurred in Sulu around 8:15am today (January 27).
While the mass was about to start, a bomb exploded inside the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Barangay Walled City, Jolo, Sulu. Few seconds after, another explosion occurred in the parking area of the said Cathedral. Accordingly, the Improvised Explosive Device was placed inside the utility box of a motorcycle. Initial report revealed that the explosions resulted to 17 killed (5 on the government side, 12 on the civilian side); and 57 wounded (16 soldiers, 1 coast guard, and 40 civilians). Joint Task Force Sulu immediately deployed troops to extricate the victims and secure the area.
Victims were rushed to the nearest hospitals in Sulu, while those who incurred major injuries will be airlifted to Zamboanga City for further medical attention.
“With the two bombs that exploded inside and outside Jolo Cathedral at 8:15am today just before the start of the holy mass wherein 17 dead and 57 wounded people, including soldiers were initially reported, I directed all the units under my command to heighten the alert level and secure all places of worships and public places and/or areas of convergence. We will further intensify our intelligence efforts and initiate pro-active security measures to thwart hostile plans. Kindly advise everyone to be also watchful and extra vigilant as well as report to the authorities any security related issues and concerns,” the official message of Joint Task Force Sulu commander, Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo.
“The Western Mindanao Command condemns this barbaric act of terrorists who indiscriminately attack the innocent civilians in Sulu,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“We commiserate with the bereaved families of the killed victims. Rest assured that we will provide all necessary assistance to the wounded victims and the kin of the departed,” he added.
Names of the casualties are withheld pending notification to their next of kin.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) — Government troops on Friday overran a camp believed to be used by Maute-ISIS remnants in Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur.
The group is believed to be led by Owayda Benito Marohombsar or "Abu Dar." With a ₱6-million bounty, Abu Dar emerged as leader of remnant terrorists after the Marawi City siege in 2017. The lair is over 50 kilomoters away from Marawi City
Troops from the 103rd "Haribon" Infantry Brigade found notebooks, personal belongings, and a black flag in the seized camp.
This comes after government forces clashed with members of the ISIS-linked Maute group on Thursday. Three Maute members were killed, while three soldiers were wounded.
Tawilis (sardinella tawilis) or bombon sardine which is found only in the Philippines has been listed among “endangered” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The international organization, in a 2018 report, listed the freshwater sardine living in Taal Lake as endangered due to the alarming decrease in its population.
IUCN said overexploitation, pollution, and competition and/or predation with introduced fishes were the three major threats to tawilis and fish diversity within Taal Lake which resulted in “continuing declines in habitat quality and number of mature individuals.”
It noted a significant decline in the catches of tawilis since 1998.
“It is estimated that harvest has declined by about 49% over the past 10 years (more than three generation lengths),” the report said.
“Fishing effort using illegal gears which target this species in the lake is increasing, but at this time, the rate of increase has not been quantified specifically, so it is inferred that the population has declined by at least 50% over the past 10 years,” it added.
IUCN reported that the lacustrine species’ habitat, Taal Lake, was subject to “pollution from aquaculture feeds, domestic waste, and unmanaged tourism on the Volcano Island.”
“Aquaculture facilities in Taal Lake have caused habitat destruction and hampered the movement of this species. Competition and/or predation by introduced aquaculture fishes are likely occurring,” the reported stated.
A survey conducted from 1996 to 1999 recorded 27 fish species from 32 families in the lake, which is much lower than records from the 1920s that recorded 101 species from 32 families.
Given this, about 87 percent of fish species had disappeared by 1996, which coincided with the same period that aquaculture began, researchers said.
The group also reported that tawilis was”heavily exploited” from 2008-2009.
Tawilis, the only species of sardinella known to occur exclusively in freshwater, is endemic to Taal Lake.
IUCN said the declining population of Tawilis should be considered a “high” priority for conservation by the Philippine government.
BM Revelo nagdasig sa mga katawhan sa Zamboanga del Sur ilabi na sa Unang Distrito nga ipadayon ang pagsuporta sa kasamtangang pamonoan alang sa dugang pang kalamboan sa Probinsya ubos sa Seven Point Agenda sa Administrasyon Cerilles.
Two companies in Zhejiang, China are urging their single female employees to go out on dates by offering them an extra eight-day leave on top of their seven-day Lunar New Year break.
The announcement was made by the Hangzhou Songcheng Performance and Hangzhou Songcheng Tourism Management on Jan. 21, taking after the Dinglan Experimental Middle School who started offering a “love leave” to its single and childless educators last Jan. 15.
Unmarried female employees above the age of thirty who work in “non-frontline” roles would be granted the eight-day “dating leave,” as per The South China Morning Post on Jan. 21. The companies operate the Song Dynasty Town tourist attraction and cited that some of their female employees have less contact with people outside.
“The ratio of men to women in our company is about the same,” Huang Lei, human resources manager of Hangzhou Songcheng Performance, was quoted as saying. “Women employees mostly work in internal functional departments and some are show performers… some female staff have less contact with the outside world.”
Huang added that the dating leave is to give female employees more opportunities to interact with the opposite sex. The dating leave turned out to be a good idea, as it was received warmly by the employees who Huang believes would be more productive at work if they were happier in their personal lives.
But while the dating leave was offered for the benefit of its unmarried female employees, it seems it has also inadvertently shed light on China’s harsh marriage market when it comes to its “leftover women.”
Leftover women or “sheng nu” is a derogatory term that refers to Chinese women who remain unmarried in their late twenties and beyond. Despite more Chinese women becoming educated, independent and well-traveled, it appears the age-old belief that they need to get married and have children in order to be happy continues to persist.
This problem was spotlighted by Chinese photojournalist Guo Yingguang, who documented her visits to Shanghai’s marriage market last March 2018. Parents of unwed grown-up children make their way to the People’s Park where they desperately look for dates for their sons and daughters.
PAGADIAN CITY- While Sinulog draws multitudes in Cebu, thousands of devotees and visitors trooped to Pagadian City on Sunday to celebrate Pasalamat Festival, one of the grandest festivals in this part of the region honoring the patron saint Sto. Nino.
The one-week festivity culminated with ritual showdown and street dancing participated by 15 contingents from different high schools of the city.
Colorful costumes, creative props and beautiful festival queens were showcased by the competing schools at the main streets of the city and ended with a showdown at the Taclobo Stage, Plaza Luz.
Here's the list of winners for PASALAMAT FESTIVAL 2019
Best in Costume - PAGSCI Best in Musicality - PAGSCI
STREET DANCING COMPETITION 3rd placer - NAPOLAN NHS 2nd placer - ZSNHS - MAIN 1st placer - PAGSCI
RITUAL COMPETITION 3rd placer - ZSNHS - MAIN 2nd placer - TAWAGAN SUR NHS 1st placer - PAGSCI
Napanatili ng Bagyong #AmangPH ang lakas nito habang kumikilos ito pa West Northwest papuntang Surigao provinces. Huli itong namataan ng Dost_pagasa 235km East Southeast ng Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. May lakas pa rin itong aabot hanggang 45kph at bugsong aabot ng 60kph.
01:00 pm Festival Dance - Plaza Luz 06:00 pm Daniel Matsunaga / PyroMusical Show - Plaza Luz 08:00 pm Sungka Band / Rock Child’s Band - Wharf Area 09:00 pm December Avenue - Wharf Area 10:00 pm Color Foam Party - Wharf Area
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Book Giving sa San Antonio Elem. School sa lungsod sa Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.
Malipayong gidawat sa mga magtutudlo, estudyante ug mga opisyales sa maong mga barangay sa mga tulunghaan sa Lungsod sa Tukuran ang mga Libro nga gihatag pinaagi sa pagtimbayayongay sa Pangagamhanang Probinsyal, Department of Education ug sa OneHope Phil.
On 27 July 2018, the President signed into law Republic Act No. 11054 entitled the "Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao" or the "Bangsamoro Organic Law."
The BOL establishes a political entity to be known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or BARMM.
The establishment of the BARMM and the determination of its territorial jurisdiction will take effect upon the ratification of the BOL by majority of the votes cast in a plebiscite to be conducted by the Commission on Elections.
The BOL Plebiscite shall be held on two dates: 21 January 2019 and 6 February 2019.
Book Giving sa Sikatuna Elementary School, Sikatuna National high School, Magting Elementary School, Magting National High School and Dacsol Elementary School sa lungsod sa Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
Malipayong gidawat sa mga magtutudlo ug estudyante sa mga tulunghaan sa Lungsod sa Guipos ang mga Libro nga gihatag pinaagi sa pagtimbayayongay sa Pangagamhanang Probinsyal, Department of Education ug sa OneHope Phil.
Book Giving sa Dagohoy Elementary School, sa lungsod sa Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
Malipayong gidawat sa mga magtutudlo ug estudyante sa mga tulunghaan sa Lungsod sa Guipos ang mga Libro nga gihatag pinaagi sa pagtimbayayongay sa Pangagamhanang Probinsyal, Department of Education ug sa OneHope Phil.
Book Giving sa Lumbog Elementary School, sa lungsod sa Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur.
Malipayong gidawat sa mga magtutudlo ug estudyante sa mga tulunghaan sa Lungsod sa Margosatubig ang mga Libro nga gihatag pinaagi sa pagtimbayayongay sa Pangagamhanang Probinsyal, Department of Education ug sa OneHope Phil.
Book Giving sa Magahis Elementary School, sa lungsod sa Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur.
Malipayong gidawat sa mga magtutudlo ug estudyante sa mga tulunghaan sa Lungsod sa Margosatubig ang mga Libro nga gihatag pinaagi sa pagtimbayayongay sa Pangagamhanang Probinsyal, Department of Education ug sa OneHope Phil.
The election period for the May, 2019 national and local polls officially starts today, January 13, and ends on June 12, 2019.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez reminded aspirants for elective posts that the campaign period will only start on February 12 for national candidates, and March 29 for local candidates.
During the election period, the gun ban will be imposed in which it is prohibited to bear, carry, or transport firearms or other deadly weapons.
It is also prohibited to employ, avail, or engage the services of security personnel or bodyguards.
“It is likewise prohibited to transport and deliver firearms and/or its parts, ammunition, and/or its components, and explosives and/or its components unless duly authorized by the Comelec,” said the poll body.
Violation of these prohibited acts shall constitute an election offense which carries with it a punishment of one to six years imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office, and deprivation of the right to suffrage.
During the gun ban, Director General Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said processing of licenses for gun owners will also be suspended.
Albayalde said the PNP will also provide security personnel to politicians who would need protection during the election campaign.
“We have Commission on Elections (Comelec) exemptions for the security details of those politicians who applied for one but they will be in uniform because they will be carrying firearms,” Albayalde said.
During the election period, all licenses to carry firearms outside the residence will be suspended. Only members of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement units who are on duty will be issued written permits by the Comelec to carry firearms.
Aside from the gun ban, the alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct; the transfer or movement of officers and employees in the civil service; the use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates, unless authorized in writing by the Commission; the organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces or other similar forces, and suspension of elective local officials are also prohibited from January 13, 2019 to June 12, 2019.
Other prohibited acts during the election period include: the giving of donations or gift in cash or in kind; as well as the appointment or use of special policemen, confidential agents and the like. This prohibition will be in effect between February 12, 2019 and May 13, 2019.
The release of prisoners will also be restricted between March 14, 2019 and June 12, 2019.
The following actions shall also be suspended or restricted from March 29, 2019 to May 13, 2019: Appointment or hiring new employees, creation or filling up of new positions; promotion or giving of salary increases, remuneration or privilege; construction of public works, delivery of materials for public works, and issuance of treasury warrant or similar devices for a future undertaking chargeable against public funds; release, disbursement or expenditures of public funds.
Campaigning abroad shall be allowed between April 13, 2019 and May 13, 2019.
On May 12, 2019 campaigning; selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, or taking intoxicating liquor; giving, accepting, free transportation, food or drinks or things of value will not be allowed.
Campaigning; selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, or taking intoxicating liquor; giving, accepting, free transportation, food or drinks or things of value; voting more than once or in substitution of another; soliciting votes or undertaking any propaganda for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place or within 30 meters thereof; opening of booths or stalls for the sale, etc., of merchandise or refreshments within a radius of 30 meters from the polling place; holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or any other similar sports will be also be prohibited on May 13, 2019.
And with the start of the election period, Jimenez expects to see an increase in the presence or visibility of candidates.
“A lot of politicians will start taking advantage of this particular time, if they haven’t already been doing so,” Jimenez said in a press briefing in Manila, Friday.
“Because it’s within the election period, within the time that you expect people to talk about the elections, but it’s still outside of the campaign period, which means they still have about a month’s time before they can be actually regulated,” he added.
“The problem with doing this prior to the election period is that it becomes sort of very obvious that you are prematurely campaigning and some people shy away from that. But when you enter the election period, a sort of psychological barrier is lifted because well its election period,” said Jimenez.
Meanwhile, the PNP said hundreds of checkpoints and chokepoints are expected to be set up around the country as part of the election security for the midterm elections.
Albayalde said there would be more checkpoints that would be established in the coming days within the 150-day election period.
“At past midnight tonight (January 13), the Philippine National Police will establish strong checkpoints in strategic locations across the country to intercept guns, explosives and other instruments of violence including illegal security personnel that may mar the holding of peaceful, credible and fair midterm elections in May,” said Albayalde.
Albayalde said his order for the establishment of simultaneous checkpoint operations is contained in the memorandum he issued for all police commanders nationwide.
The memorandum mandates police commanders to establish at least one checkpoint in each of the country’s 1,600 cities and municipalities in coordination with the local Comelec officer and AFP territorial unit in the area.
SALUG, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – A passenger bus was burned by five (5) unidentified armed persons in Brgy. Pucay, Salug, Zamboanga del Norte on Wednesday, at about 8:15 in the evening, police reported Friday.
The SSG LINER vehicle bearing the plate number QEE 811 and owned by Sabino S. Gallo Jr. and driven by Deonilo Bucan was traveling to Liloy town when they were blocked by five unidentified persons on board two motorcycles and armed with short firearms.
Bucan and his three truckmen were forced by the suspects to alight from the bus, report further said.
The perpetrators introduced themselves as members of New People’s Army after saying that the driver and his companions were “always passing and without paying”.
One of the suspects put a gallon of gasoline in the bus and burned the bus loaded with assorted dry goods.
After the burning of the said bus, one of the perpetrators fired a shot using his firearm then left the scene and headed towards Godod town.
A hot pursuit operation has been conducted to determine the motive of the incident and for possible arrest and identification of the suspects.
Estimated damage of the said vehicle was more or less four hundred twenty thousand pesos (420,000.00), investigating fire officer said.
CONGW AURORA ENERIO CERILLES kauban ang mga opisyales sa Pangagamhanang Probinsyal ug Department of Education nanghatag ug mga libreng libro para sa mga magtutudlo ug estudyante sa SANG-AN ELEM. SCHOOL, Municipality of Labangan, ZDS
Ang pagpanghatag sa maong mga libro ang usa sa Programa sa Administrasyong Cerilles nga mao ang "EDUKASYON" nga diin makadugang kini sa mga kabatan-onan nga dugang kahibalo sa pagbasa ug pagsulat.
MANILA, Philippines — Twinmark Media Enterprises, the digital marketing company behind the popular pages Filipino Channel Online and Trending News Portal, was banned from Facebook for violating ‘misrepresentation and spam policies’, a Facebook official said.
“We are banning Twinmark Media Enterprises from the platform. We took this action because the organization has repeatedly violated our misrepresentation policies and also our spam policies so to be specific, we see them engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of Cybersecurity Policy, told reporters in a video interview on Friday.
Twinmark Media Enterprises is a “youth-oriented digital company” based in Quezon City.
The social media giant removed 220 Facebook pages and 73 Facebook and 23 Instagram accounts that are subsidiaries of Twinmark.
Some of the Facebook pages under Twinmark are: Filipino Channel Online (10.4 million followers); Gorgeous Me (5.7 million followers); Unhappy (4.9 million followers); Text Message (4.4 million followers); and Trending News Portal Media (4.3 million followers).
“We see clusters of accounts and pages that are working together and are particular fake accounts to deceive people,” Gleicher added.
Gleicher also revealed that Twinmark also used Facebook pages for profit.
“This organization has been selling access to Facebook pages to artificially increase the distribution of those pages and to generate profit,” he said.
Gleicher said their specific investigation on Twinmark’s behavior began in November 2018.
Facebook’s shut down of Twinmark Facebook page and its subsidiaries began this Friday.
Gleicher also reiterated that the decision to remove the organization from Facebook was not due to the type of content they were posting but because they violated the misrepresentation and spam policies.
“We are very careful when we conduct these takedowns. We have the ability to see behavior of these platform, obviously when you have an investigation it is clear that there is a financial motive involved we don’t analyze beyond the content, what we focus on is the behavior,” he said.
Gleicher said they also notified Twinmark after Facebook removed the enterprise from its media platform.
“We notified Twinmark today when we removed the accounts they have not engaged with us yet but they just learned about it,” he said.
Gleicher added Facebook will let the Philippine government apprehend the banned Facebook pages as he also notified the Department of Information and Communications Technology of the incident.
“We are not going to suggest or recommend an action determining if there are other steps that should be taken that the government would do. We really are focused on removing the violating content from our platform,” he said.
Facebook said about 43 million accounts followed at least one of the banned Facebook pages.
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that allows private sector employees to "telecommute" or work from home.
Duterte signed on Dec. 20 Republic Act 11165, a copy of which Malacañang released Thursday, Jan. 10.
Republic Act 11165 aims to promote work-life balance and address traffic congestion and its effects on the country's economy, said Sen. Joel Villanueva, who chairs the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development.
The senator, principal author and sponsor of the law, said the work-from-home program is optional and depends on the mutual agreement between workers and employers.
It, however, should still follow minimum labor standards on health, safety, schedule, workload, work hours and social security.
He added that the law has "enough safeguards" for home-based workers such as equal pay, leave benefits and promotion.
"With this recently signed law, we can now have a stable and consistent legal framework that can provide an enabling environment to encourage participation and enforce compliance among enterprises, big or small. This is indeed a fitting New Year's welcome for our dedicated Filipino workers," Villanueva said in a statement.
Under the law, the labor department is tasked to create guidelines on the following:
Rate of pay, including overtime and night shift differential, and other similar monetary benefits not lower than those provided in applicable laws, and collective bargaining agreements
Right to rest periods, regular holidays, and special non-working days
Equivalent workload and performance standards as those of comparable workers at the employer’s premises
Access to training and career development opportunities as those of comparable workers at the employer’s premises, and be subject to the same appraisal policies covering these workers
Appropriate training on the technical equipment at their disposal, and the characteristics and conditions of telecommuting
Collective rights as workers at the employer’s premises, and shall not be barred from communicating with workers’ representatives
Villanueva said the law prompts the creation of a telecommuting pilot program in select industries for a period of not more than three years to allow the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to "determine the advantages and disadvantages of a telecommuting program in the Philippines."
He said DOLE will lead the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations.
MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared the last Monday of January every year as a special working holiday, in observance of the National Bible Day.
Under Republic Act 11163 he signed on Dec. 20, 2018, the President recognized the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christian faith, especially in a predominantly Christian nation.
“As a predominantly Christian nation and the largest Christian nation in the Asia Pacific, this Act recognizes the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christina faith,” the R.A. read.
The law emphasizes the policy of the state that the government shall aid and encourage the development of the moral character and spiritual foundation of the Filipino people.
It was passed by the Senate as Senate Bill No. 1270 on Feb. 5, 2018 and adopted by the House of Representatives as an amendment to House Bill No. 7544 on Oct. 10, 2018.
Senator Manny Pacquiao, the bill’s author and sponsor in the Senate, said his measure calls for all Christians to “unite altogether and celebrate the Holy Bible as the cradle of human faith.”
He said the proposed holiday was necessary for the “betterment of the country through God centered governance and people centered services.”
Moreover, the senator-boxer also noted that the 1987 Constitution itself calls on government “to support efforts to strengthen the ethical and spiritual values and to develop the moral character and spiritual foundation of every Filipino.”
The act will take effect 15 days after its complete publication in the Official Gazette or at least in two newspapers of general circulation.
Josephine Santiago-Bond came from a family of scientists yet as a child she never saw herself becoming one. Back then, all she knew was that she would finish her studies, find a job, and try to earn to afford her needs and wants. However, life has a different plan for her.
She studied at the Philippine Science High School and took more Science and Math subjects than the average high school student. However, she had no intention of taking up an engineering course in college, until an older schoolmate convinced her into taking her chance at the University of the Philippines’ Electronics and Communications Engineering Program.
According to Josephine, her Math subjects ‘got exponentially difficult’ and she had to crawl her way through some of the courses. However, she is no quitter. She practiced solving Math and Engineering problems until she was either confident enough to take the test or ran out of review time. Amidst countless sleepless nights, her persistence eventually paid off.
After her college graduation, she moved to the United States and took up her Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University. In 2003, she got a summer job at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. The internship soon turned into a graduate cooperative internship, where she went into alternate summers of studying and working for the space center until she graduated in 2005.
Now, the Pinay Engineer heads the agency’s Advanced Engineering Development Branch. As such, she is responsible for supplying engineering support to research and technology development projects. Her job is to choose brilliant people to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Her words of advice? Josephine encourages everyone to dream big dreams and to explore challenging opportunities along the way, push your limits, get out of your comfort zone, and pick tasks that are harder than what you are used to. Furthermore, she advised to go for growth and to do things that you are not already good at.
MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that seeks to strengthen government response to the growing number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) cases in the country, Palace officials said Wednesday.
Duterte’s former top aide Bong Go was first to confirm that the President has signed Republic Act 11166 or the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018, which shall update and repeal the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998.
Under the law, a copy of which Malacañang released on Tuesday, the government is mandated to establish programs and policies and adopt a multi-sectoral approach to prevent the spread of HIV, and ensure access to HIV and AIDS-related services “by eliminating the climate of stigma and discrimination” on patients.
The Philippine National AIDS Council is reconstituted and streamlined to ensure effective implementation of the country’s response to the spread of HIV and AIDS among the population.
The law also provides penalties to people who will discriminate against HIV-positive individuals.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that the programs will be carried out “in accordance with evidence-based strategies and approaches which are in tune with key principles of human rights, gender equality and meaningful participation of communities.”
Panelo said the law’s passage is timely and relevant after records showed that the Philippines has one of the highest increases in HIV cases in the Asia-Pacific from 2010 to 2016.
“We laud our lawmakers including various stakeholders who immensely contributed to the passage of an updated legal framework addressing HIV and AIDS. This piece of landmark legislation will significantly reduce the stigma of people living with HIV-AIDS,” Panelo said.
OVER 60,000 HIV CASES SINCE 1984
Data from the Department of Health showed there was a total of 945 new HIV cases in November 2018, bringing the total number of HIV infections to 10,550 in the first 11 months of 2018.
A total of 61,152 HIV cases have been recorded in the Philippines since government started keeping track of the spread of the viral infection in the Philippines in 1984.
But experts and advocates believe that more cases have yet to be reported as some HIV-positive people may not be aware of their status due to the refusal to undergo screenings or they are simply unaware of the process.
HIV can be transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk.
In the Philippines, most cases in the past years were reported among men who have sex with men. DOH records show that of the 61,152 HIV positive individuals recorded since 1984, a staggering 57,235 were male.
Advocates are urging sexually active individuals to practice safe sex, adding that being HIV-positive is not a death sentence as the government provides anti-retroviral treatment to patients so they would not develop AIDS, in which opportunistic infections take their toll on a patient’s body.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros, principal author and co-sponsor of the law, said the measure “affirms a human rights-based, humane and scientific approach in addressing HIV and AIDS.”
“It will protect the rights of persons living with HIV, afford accessible treatment through updated health technologies, and educate more people for prevention and de-stigmatization,” Hontiveros said in a statement.
“The law offers hope to future generations. As the only country in Southeast Asia where the number of new cases is on the rise - and where there has been a 170 percent increase among those aged 15-24 - the measure provides young Filipinos with the correct information and healthy values that will protect them from the disease.”
Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, who filed the bill during her first term in the House of Representatives, said in a separate statement that the new law seeks to "ensure political correctness and sensitivity" on HIV-AIDS patients.
She said the law underscores human rights and measures against discrimination against the afflicted.
To those diagnosed with the disease, Bag-ao had a message.
"We see you and we hear you. You are not invisible. We listen to your stories—especially those told through your anonymous accounts on Twitter. Many may not know about your world in the realm of social media—but we are not one of those people," she said.
Pagbag-o na intawun mo mga dodong kay ang Ginoo nagalantaw.. Sus mga yapis raba kaayo og mga lawas.. Sa mga ginikanan pud unta aning mga bataa, unta mabantayan ninyo inyong anak og pitulon kung aduna may dili maayo nga binuhatan.
Dakpan lagi mo.. Maghusay ta ani ug tiwas ugma! Namato pamo og sakyanan sa oval ha before mo ming adto sa balay, 20 minutos ra ang pagitan..
Sila tong mga nagtumba sa amoang motor gawas sa amoang balay duol sa Springland.. Basin kaila mo aning mga bataa nga nagbuhat pud og binuang sa inyoha, magkitaay ta ugma sa Barangay Hall sa Tuburan mga alas 8 sa buntag.. tsk tsk tsk
Nagpasalamat ko sa mga tawo nga ming anhi sa balay ug ming sumbong sa amoa nga nakaila daw sila human pagka kita sa CCTV footage..
MANILA, Philippines — At least 615 injuries have been reported on Wednesday’s procession of the Black Nazarene, according to the Philippine Red Cross.
Based on its 11 a.m. report, 469 were attended for blood pressure issues, 134 patients were treated for minor cases like difficulty in breathing, fainting, abrasion, bruises, among others.
Eight of those were "major cases" such as lacerations, dizziness and injury caused by a blunt object.
According to the Philippine Red Cross, the patients were transported to the nearest hospital.
The procession began when the carriage carrying the venerated image of the Black Nazarene was moved out of the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, making its way to the Quiapo Church.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivered his homily at the 12 midnight mass this morning for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
According to Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, individuals joining the procession reached 1,030,000 as of 9 a.m.
Filipino Catholics believe that touching the image can heal sickness, grant requests and other personal needs.
The Philippine Red Cross, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police, are among dozens of organizations deployed to monitor and secure the event.
According to the PNP, 7,000 officers from the National Capital Region Police Office were deployed to patrol Manila during the traslacion.
64 pieces of flyers regarding Bomb Awareness was distributed by PNP personnel of Pagadian City Police Station led by PSI ROGER A BARTIANA ,Chief PCR Section under the supervision of PCI SIMPLICIO M PASAOL JR, DCOP to the bystander and passers by at the different establishment in our AOR.
Alang sa tanan nga nkaila ug kaparyentihan ni ROBERTO DELA CRUZ, 41 years old, taga San Isidro, Bulacan, nagkinahanglan sya sa inyong tabang financial ky gibyaan sya sa iyang kauban nga si Romeo Ruwelba, hingkod ang pangidaron, taga Baclaran ug gidala ang iyang passport ug salapi nga kantidad ug syete mil ka peses (Php 7,000.00). Ania karon sa Pagadian City Police Station ang nasangpit nga si ROBERTO DELA CRUZ. Daghang Salamat
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) — George T. Hofer, the founding father of Zamboanga Sibugay, has passed away. He was 80 years old.
His niece, Karla Kintanar-Fernandez, confirmed Hofer's passing in a post on social media.
She said the former governor died at the Chonghua Hospital in Cebu City at around 6 a.m. Sunday after battling complicated ailments.
A doctor by profession, Hofer served two terms as mayor of Titay, Zamboanga del Sur from 1992 to 1998. He then became representative of what was then the 3rd District of Zamboanga de Sur in 1998.
It was during his term as representative that he passed Republic Act (RA) No. 8973, which created the province of Zamboanga Sibugay from what was the 3rd District of Zamboanga del Sur.
In the 2001 elections, he moved to his home province of Zamboanga Sibugay and secured its first governorship. He served as governor from 2001 to 2010.
Hofer's remains will be at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Lahug from January 6 to 9. He will be flown to Sibugay on Thursday and the interment will take place on January 14 at Barangay Bangko, Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay.
MANILA - The Department of Energy confirmed on Sunday that consumers can expect fuel price hikes this week after world oil prices climbed last week.
Energy Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella said that based on their monitoring of the price of oil on the world market, the cost of gasoline and diesel may increase by "less than P1" per liter this week, while kerosene will be higher by "less than 50 centavos."
The price increases are not related to the higher excise taxes on fuel, which took effect at the start of the year, Fuentebella said.
The Energy official maintained that the new excise taxes will only be applied to new stocks from refineries and new imports.
"Ang TRAIN law, ang tranche no. 2 ay ina-apply po sa new stock-- yung lumabas sa refineries ng January 1, yung lumabas sa mga ports ng nag-iimport ng Jan. 1," Fuentebella said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
Fuel prices meanwhile will remain frozen in areas that were placed under a state of calamity. The price freeze is effective for 15 days, starting from the declaration of the state of calamity, he said.
LONDON - Teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to show depressive symptoms linked to social media use - mainly due to online harassment and disturbed sleep, as well as poor body image and lower self-esteem, researchers said on Friday.
In a study analyzing data from nearly 11,000 young people in Britain, researchers found that 14-year-old girls were heavier users of social media, with two-fifths of them using it for more than 3 hours a day, compared with a fifth of boys.
The study also found that 12 percent of light social media users and 38 percent of heavy social media users (5-plus hours a day) showed signs of having more severe depression.
When the researchers looked at underlying processes that might be linked with social media use and depression, they found 40 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys had experience of online harassment or cyberbullying. Disrupted sleep was reported by 40 percent of girls compared with 28 percent of boys. Anxiety and poor sleep are both linked to depression.
Girls were also more affected when it came to social media use and concerns about body image, self-esteem and appearance, the researchers found, but the gap with boys was smaller.
Yvonne Kelly, a professor at University College London's Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care who co-led the research, urged parents and policymakers to note its results.
“These findings are highly relevant to current policy development on guidelines for the safe use of social media and calls on industry to more tightly regulate hours of social media use for young people," she said in a statement.
She said families may also "want to reflect on when and where it’s ok to be on social media" and consider restrictions on teenagers having mobile devices in their bedrooms.
The study, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), was published online in the journal EClinicalMedicine on Friday.