1 VOLUME IV NO. 158 FEBRUARY 11, 2016 THURSDAY Want to broaden your business horizon? Let us help you! Call us at (045) Us at Lazatin, no-show at covenant signing By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Political rivals in the province were present during Tuesday s peace covenant signing for the May elections held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here, but conspicuously absent was the candidate for 1st District representative, Carmelo Jon Lazatin. NO SHOW...page 7 NBI-Central Luzon has new director SIGNING BY HIS LONESOME. Re-electionist 1st District Rep. Joseller Guiao signs the peace covenant at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center Tuesday. Conspicuously absent during the ceremonies was his rival, Carmelo Jon Lazatin. --JUN JASO By Jess Malabanan CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Lawyer Ric Diaz on Tuesday assumed as director of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Luzon, following his action-packed stint in Region 7 (Cebu City). Diaz replaced Atty. Jose Justo Yap, who served four years in Region 3 from assistant regional director in 2012 to regional director in 2013 to 2015 and now as director of Region 7 NBI stationed in Cebu City. We just swapped positions, said Diaz during a casual talk with employees of NBI-Central Luzon Regional Office (NBI- Celro), shortly before the turn-over rites. Diaz is not a stranger in Pampanga as he was formerly the NBI-Celro director from 2011 to He was transferred to Cagayan de Oro and then Cebu City. This is a sort of NEW DIRECTOR...page 7 DENTAL BUS. Governor Lilia Nanay Pineda receives the key of a new dental bus from Health Secretary Janet Garin. Also in photo are DoH Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, PHO OIC Jay Rivera, Dr. Thricia Sunglao, and Chief of Staff Olga Frances Dizon. --PHO PHOTO Pampanga Dental Bus to serve remote areas next month By Angelique D. Tuazon-Eliseo CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The provincial government s new Dental Bus will soon bring oral health services to Pampanga s remote areas, officials here disclosed recently. According to Dr. Thricia Sunglao of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Pampanga is very fortunate to be one of the 15 provinces awarded with dental buses by the Department of Health. Sunglao said the dental bus will be sent to the province s remote areas at least once a week starting this March to provide oral health services to underprivileged Kapampangans and those not reached by dental service providers. DENTAL BUS...page 7 TURN-OVER. Outgoing National Bureau of Investigation Central Luzon director Atty. Jose Justo Yap (L) hands to incoming director Atty. Ric Diaz the bureau s emblem during simple turn-over rites held at the NBI regional office. Yap is now assigned at the Cebu NBI regional office. --JESS MALABANAN
2 2NEWS CL top cop to re-introduce urban warfare course to young police Headline Gitnang Luzon FEBRUARY 11, 2016 By jess malabanan CAMP OLIVAS Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin is planning to revive the Urban Warfare Course as one of the modules for young policemen who are undergoing counter-terrorism training and schooling. I directed the training officer to include the Urban Warfare Course in the next training of neophyte policemen especially those who are taking the SCOUT (Special Counter-Terrorism) training, said Lacadin. Lacadin, who presided the opening of the SCOUT training, cited the importance of urban warfare training for cops in Central Luzon especially that some of the policemen are assigned in urban areas. A total of 185 new policemen have joined in the SCOUT training. A total of 100 trainees were dispatched to the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Training School in Barangay Ayala, Magalang town. The rest were sent to Provincial Public Safety Mobile Company for similar training at Barangay San Felipe, City of San Fernando. Lacadin said the SCOUT training is solely for counter-terrorism and the module for this is not on urban warfare. It s high time for the PNP to revisit the program of instruction or POI and consider Urban Warfare Course, he said. The Central Luzon police chief said not all policemen would be allowed to undergo the Urban Warfare Course. Only those who qualified after the battery of tests will be admitted for the rigid training. Those who completed with the training, Lacadin said, will automatically join the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). Similar with SCOUT, the training duration for Urban Warfare Course will last for 45 days. HAU wins mechanical engineering quiz in Manila By Charlene A. Cayabyab ANGELES CITY A group of mechanical engineering (ME) students from Holy Angel University emerged as champion in the second MEchaWizard Inter-University Quiz recently held at the Technological University of the Philippines- Manila. This is the second time that PSME-HAU won the championship for the inter-university quiz. The HAU representatives beat student teams from the Technological University of the Philippines-Taguig (TUP-Taguig), Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), Bulacan State University (BSU), Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), and Sorsogon State University (SSU). Questions were focused on the following topics: Machine Design (MCDES), General Mathematics and Science (GeMaS), Power and Industrial Plant Engineering (PIPE), and Engineering and Technology (ET). HAU Team 1 was composed of Sherwin Cruz, Bryan Dale Hernandez and Aldrian Paul Decena, while HAU Team 2 included Jonah Elisha Salen, Darwin Joseph Henson and Paul Mann. Engineer Jike Alcain served as their coach. CebPac welcomes signing of ASEAN Open Skies protocols SCOUT TRAINING. Photo shows participants in the Special Counter Terrorism class during the opening ceremonies held at the Camp Olivas grounds. --PRO3 PIO PHOTO CBCP commends PMTL efforts on Christ-oriented political engagement ANILA The Catholic Bishops M Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was all praises for the initiatives of faith-based group Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership (PMTL). During their 111th Plenary Assembly in Cebu City recently, the bishops issued a message of commendation for PMTL, whose mission is to do God s work in the field of politics. PMTL s programs and vision supposedly reminded the Catholic bishops of the challenging words of the Second Vatican Council. They pointed particularly at how Christians must conscientiously carry out their duties on earth, for the neglect of these duties translates to neglect of duties to their neighbor and cbcp... Page 7 Mayor EdSa lauds Fernandino teachers By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario at the Red Rickshaw Restaurant last February 9. CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Mayor He described the teachers as Edwin D. Santiago lauded teach- unsung heroes who unselfishly ers in the city for their price- do their job with compassion and less contribution to progress and love. development during the Bayan Teachers are one of the ing Guro Awarding program held most unsung heroes in the society. Their days Republic of the Philippines always start at PROVINCE OF PAMPANGA the school and Municipality of Arayat throughout the OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR day, they unselfnotice OF PUBLICATION ishly teach and In compliance with the publication requirement and pursucare for our chilant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No Guidelines dren like their in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Severy own, said ries of 2012 (IRR on R.A ). Notice is hereby served to the public that MACARIO MANALASTAS CASEDA Mayor Santiago. JR. has filed with this office, a petition for correction of enamong those try in the sex from FEMALE to MALE in the certificate of live birth of MARNI MATSIMOTO CASEDA born on JULY 1, 2000 at Arayat, Pampanga and whose parents are MACARIO CASEDA JR. and NIMEA MATSIMOTO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than two weeks upon publication. MA. GRETA P. DE ALA Mun. Civil Registrar HGL: FEBRUARY 11 & 18, 2016 who received commendation from the city government were 140 public school teachers who were detained and maltreated during the 1980 local elections and some 38 teachers who were about to retire this year. The awardees also received P2,000 as grants from the city government. Also present in the program were City Councilors BJ Lagman, Angelica Hizon, Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, and Ayzel Macalino. The event was in line with Kaganapan 2016, the LGU s celebration for its 15th cityhood anniversary. MANILA The Philippines leading carrier, Cebu Pacific welcomes the Philippine government s ratification of the ASEAN Open Skies agreement. This agreement allows designated carriers of ASEAN countries to operate unlimited flights between capitals, leading to better connectivity and more competitive fares and services. CEB currently offers the most number of flights and destinations to ASEAN from the Philippines. The airline flies to 11 destinations in seven ASEAN countries, including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia (Siem Reap), Indonesia (Bali and Jakarta), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu), Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket), and Vietnam (Hanoi and Saigon). Through CEB s interline agreement with Tigerair Singapore, CEB also offers flights to Myanmar (Yangon), via Singapore. Want to broaden your business horizon? LET US HELP YOU! CALL US: (045) US: VISIT US: 2nd Floor,U2 Bldg., MacArthur Hiway, Dolores, City of San Fernando (P) open skies... Page 7
3 FEBRUARY 11, 2016 Headline Gitnang Luzon BUSINESS 3 Angara, UP exec attends TCA s ASEAN event By Charlene A. Cayabyab CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Senator Juan Edgardo Angara and University of the Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero De Vera III attended the opening of the ASEAN Festival of Tarlac College of Agriculture (TCA) on Monday. Angara led the ribbon cutting ceremony of the ASEAN villages, booths and exhib- its, which signals the formal launching of ASEAN Awareness Campaign at TCA. De Vera, on the other hand, served as the keynote speaker and talked about the The Challenges Facing Higher Education Institutions in an Integrating ASEAN or Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The activity is our way of promoting ASEAN on a wider scale as we disseminate knowl- edge and information among teachers and students, TCA president Max Guillermo said. It carried the theme, ASEAN: A Community of Opportunities; One Vision, One Identity, One Community. Celebrate love at SM City Marilao MARILAO, BULACAN If you are coming up empty-handed with Valentine s Day date ideas, SM City Marilao got you covered with Sounds of Love, an early Valentine Concert on February 13 which will feature a slew of artists that include Silent Sanctuary, Six Part Invention, DJ Ashley Rivera, as well as Wish I May love team Bianca Umali and Miguel Tan Felix. Concert passes will be free when shoppers and dine at any store or restaurant of SM City Marilao from January 20 to February 13. For a minimum purchase of P500 single or accumulated, a shopper is entitled to one concert pass. Because Valentine s would not be complete without the love inspired concoctions, delight your Valentine with a big box of chocolate! Set hearts ablaze with the perfect chocolate gift from a wide selection of variants to choose from at the SM Store. Roses are red and violets are blue; surprise your loved one with a flower bouquet. Let SM Hypermarket help you in expressing your love by sending a romantic flower arrangement to your significant other or an elegant, yet affordable Valentine s bouquet to your mom, aunt or grandmother. Also, what would Valentine s Day be without the wine? Show your appreciation for what makes your loved one different by picking a wine that captures his or her personality. Find great bottles at every price and for every preference at SM Hypermarket and make your day of love a picture perfect. Likewise, try the cupid-worthy beauty brands and adorable beauty collection at Watsons. Don t forget to treat your family, friends, and special someone at SM Food Court and cap the day with your favorite movie at SM Cinema. There will also be an amazing fireworks display on February 13. For more exciting happenings, visit SM City Marilao s facebook page or follow their Instagram No winner for Super Lotto 6/49 pot MANILA Last Tuesday s (Feb. 9) Super Lotto 6/49 draw did not yield any winners to bag the P98,341,196 jackpot, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said. The winning numbers were Meanwhile, 27 lucky bettors won the 2nd Prize worth P54,150, while 1,441 others won the 3rd Prize worth P810. PCSO General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II said estimated jackpot prize for Thursday s draw is P105 million. FOR SMARTPHONES & TABLETS! You can grab our Digital Edition Copy via & click Cover Today STUDY TOUR. SSS Senior Vice President for Administration Group May Catherine C. Ciriaco (7th from L) delivers a lecture for the Bangladeshi delegates, namely (starting 2nd from L) Dilip Kumar Sen, A.B.M Akram Hossain, Md. Aowlad Hossain Khan, Ishrat Jahan Taslim, Md. Siddiqur Rahman, Satyendra Kumar Sarkar, Sultana Sayeeda, Gias Uddin Ahmed, ASM Shahidul Islam, Mohammed Asaduzzaman, Md. Shafiqul Islam during the SSS Study Tour for officials of the Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MDMR) at the SSS Main Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Also present were SSS Corporate Communications Department Officer-in-Charge Sonia P. Guinto (R) and Special Events and Promotions Team Head Evelyn R. Binarao (L). --SSS PHOTO SSS shares experience on calamity assistance with Bangladesh officials CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The Social Security System (SSS) shared the highlights of its 58-year experience in pension fund management, grant of various benefits and calamity assistance during the SSS Study Tour for officials of the Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MDMR) at the SSS Main Office in Diliman, Quezon City recently. It was the first study tour conducted by SSS for Bangladesh nationals, and featured the kinds of assistance the SSS gives its members during times of calamities and disasters. The study tour was granted at the request of the Center for Disaster Preparedness, which is the MDMR s counterpart agency in the Philippines. SSS Senior Vice President for Administration Group May Catherine C. Ciriaco delivered a lecture for the Bangladeshi delegates, namely Dilip Kumar Sen, A.B.M Akram Hossain, Md. Aowlad Hossain Khan, Ishrat Jahan Taslim, Md. Siddiqur Rahman, Satyendra Kumar Sarkar, Republic of the Philippines Province of Pampanga Municipality of Santa Rita Sultana Sayeeda, Gias Uddin Ahmed, ASM Shahidul Islam, Mohammed Asaduzzaman, Md. Shafiqul Islam. Also present were SSS Corporate Communications Department Officerin-Charge Ms. Sonia P. Guinto and Special Events and Promotions Team Head Evelyn R. Binarao. In 2015, the SSS conducted study tours for four universities, including the Technological Institute of the Philippines from Quezon City; St. Anthony s College - Department of Engineering from Antique; University of Southeastern Philippines from Davao City; and Filamer Christian University - College of Computer Studies from Roxas City. Visitors from two foreign government agencies -- the Employees Trust Fund from Brunei Darussalam and Employees Provident Fund from Nepal -- also benefited from SSS study tours and lectures on SSS coverage, collections, benefits, actuarial fund life and selfservice facilities, among others. Republic of the Philippines Province of Pampanga Municipality of Santa Rita OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE OF PUBLICATION NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A , a notice is hereby served to the public that FREDIMEL C. SALVADOR has filed with this office a petition for correction of clerical error/ typographical error particularly in her GENDER from MALE to FEMALE in the certificate of live birth of FREDIMEL B. CALILUNG born on January 5, 1989 at San Basilio Sta.Rita, Pampanga, and whose parents are ALFREDO SALALILA CALILUNG and CARMELITA MARIANO BUAN. In compliance with Section 5 of R.A.9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Renato C. Villanis has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from PEDRO RENATO to RENATO in the Certificate of Live Birth of Pedro Renato C. Villanis born on October 19, 1959 with Registry Number 508 and whose parents are Hamilcar Villanis and Medalla C. Cruz. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition to this office not later than February 24, Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition to this office not later FEBRUARY 17, (Sgd) ROSARIO G. SUNGA Municipal Civil Registrar HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: February 4 & 11, 2016 (Sgd) ROSARIO G. SUNGA Municipal Civil Registrar HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: February 11 & 18, 2016 SCAN THIS CODE TO BE INFORM AND UPDATED!
4 4OPINIONHeadline Gitnang Luzon FEBRUARY 11, 2016 EDITORIAL Where art thou? LAST Tuesday, candidates for various positions in the province led by Gov. Lilia Pineda signed a peace covenant a show of support for peaceful and orderly elections this May. If a candidate who was invited to attend the ceremonies was conspicuously absent, what does it say about him and his sincerity to serve his constituents? All of us dream and aspire for peaceful elections, and a candidate s presence in the signing of a peace covenant is but a confirmation of his earnestness to serve and to serve well and shows his sportsmanship, as well. During these kinds of ceremonies, there should be no room for any kind of motive. Just look at 3rd District Rep. Oscar Rodriguez and his inaanak, former Cong. Aurelio Dong Gonzales, who both attended the activity. They stood side by side, shoulder to shoulder, in a show of unity for peaceful polls. Same goes with 4th District Rep. Juan Pablo Rimpy Bondoc, whose position is being contested by Apalit Mayor Jun Tetangco. They showed no signs of discomfiture and gamely signed the covenant, as if they were best of friends. Would it have been difficult for Carmelo Jon Lazatin, who is running against 1st District Rep. Joseller Yeng Guiao, to do the same? Let s give Lazatin the benefit of the doubt. He may have had prior commitments for not being able to attend the peace covenant signing. But wouldn t it have been prudent to let the organizers know about his absence? We would ve let it pass, if we didn t find out he is some sort of a recluse according to some officials of Magalang town, who expressed disappointment over his absence. The objective of a peace covenant is not only about clean and non-violent elections but also about one s courage to face his opponent on neutral ground. HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon is a Daily Regional Newspaper General Manager: MARLO a. franco Editor: RIA DE FIESTA Layout Artist/Photographer: JP Manalang Reporters: CHARLENE CAYABYAB Marna dagumboy - Del rosario Administrative Staff: sherylin l. rivera Publisher: hgl publishing Website: DISCLAIMER: Views expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon or its internet website: com. The publisher does not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for the views of its columnists exercising their right to free expression. All rights reserved. Subject to the conditions provided for by law, no article or photograph published by HEADLINE GITNANG LUZON may be reprinted or reproduced, in whole or in part, without its prior consent. Office Address: 2nd Floor, U2 Building, MacArthur Highway, Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, 2000 Tel. Nos. (045) MANILA is once again an open city. The government is not trying to save the Pearl of the Orient from some invasion of sorts our nation is now firmly entrenched in the one Asean Economic Community where goods, services, investments, skilled labor as well as capital may flow freely in a bid to establish an economic powerhouse with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of close to $2 trillion in a population of around 600 million people. One Asean is the third-most populous region and will be the seventh-largest economy in the world. After some footdragging on the signing of protocols 5 and 6 of the 2009 Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS) that would give airlines of Asean memberstates unlimited third, fourth and fifth freedom rights to operate between capital cities the Philippines has finally joined the bandwagon of an Asean Single Aviation Market. Here is the catch. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which was already filled to the brim and even to the sky above it, will not be able to accommodate the influx of additional foreign carriers. Air traffic is so heavy up in the air above Metro Manila, Check and Balance ONCE a year, we are given this special chance to openly and publicly express our affection for all our loved ones. One of the most celebrated and most anticipated celebrations that we all look forward to is the Valentines Day every February 14. In fact, in social media sites such as Facebook, various social memes on being loveless or dateless on Valentines Day have popped up. Being a more matured person than I was probably some 20 years ago, I find these youngsters desperate attempts to catch someone special just for the sake of celebrating this day a bit annoying and upsetting. It seems that life will not go on if they don t have a boyfriend or a girlfriend whom they will spend this special moment with. In fact, some ladies who are single seem to feel hopeless in their lives and even feel that they are less of a person because nobody will give them flowers, chocolates, and gifts on the day of hearts. Arnel San Pedro One Asean causing delays and other inconveniences at the NAIA. Since the crazy idea of putting the new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite City will not happen under the Aquino administration the best logical alternative is to move to Clark International Airport. The CRK will play a crucial role in the development of our country s aviation industry not NAIA and Sangley. The signing of the two protocols effectively opens up Manila to more foreign airlines but airport authorities intimated that their landings would depend on the availability of slots at the NAIA. There s the rub. We opened up our skies but the NAIA could not even afford to accommodate one or two Cessna airplanes. That simply sucks and runs counter with the planned economic integration. The Asean Single Aviation Market is just one of the goals in the integration of Asean into one economic community and the issues besetting the NAIA such as air Young love Of course, the fact cannot be denied that having someone special is indeed something that one must really be thankful for. However, it does not mean that if you are, at the moment single and available, it is not something that you should be ashamed of and that you have to move heaven and earth So for once, while we celebrate the grandeur of this so-called love thing, let us also be heedful of the more important aspects rather than give our attention to superficial things like having dates, flowers, chocolates and others on this Valentines Day. traffic will snag the grand plan. I heard that the NAIA was planning to relocate rotary aircraft somewhere else to decongest the NAIA. Why not bring them to the CRK to develop the feeder flights that will in turn assist the development of long-haul flights? Let the foreign carriers operate new The Clark airport will solve the capacity problem at the NAIA because there is no point in declaring an open skies when the NAIA could not even afford to give them slots for landing. Brainwaves Michelle Catap- Lacson destinations out of the Clark airport also in support of this Asean economic integration. After all, we are now one in a collected effort to bring change in Asia just like the European Union. What do we expect from the One Single Aviation Market? We will see competitive fares, more connectivity, more opportunities and so on. The signing of the document on Asean open skies is one of the landmark symbols of cooperation and we welcome it. The Clark airport will solve the capacity problem at the NAIA because there is no point in declaring an open skies when the NAIA could not even afford to give them slots for landing. We will face this good problem with both enthusiasm and excitement. just to find someone to call your own. I think most of us grown-ups would despise the reality that the age of those interested in being in a relationship seem to be younger and younger. Consequently, this development has resulted to the increasing number of teen pregnancies in the country, and it is indeed becoming an alarming issue that we must definitely look into. I think what older people like us must start doing is make these younger generation realize that these things should not be rushed, and that they need to prioritize more important things like their studies and their future careers before plunging themselves into a relationship. Parents should provide guidance and even the necessary attention to help these youngsters make wise decisions even at this early point in their lives. So for once, while we celebrate the grandeur of this so-called love thing, let us also be heedful of the more important aspects rather than give our attention to superficial things like having dates, flowers, chocolates and others on this Valentines Day. It may be called as an advocacy, but being able to help provide the proper guidance and support to these young individuals is definitely considered as love, in such a way that we are going out of our way to help them achieve their utmost potentials and become successful people someday. This is one act of love that we must start doing, and hopefully, we are able to contribute our efforts, however small these are, in molding the future generation of this nation. My Valentine s Day greetings: to my better half R. Anne; my parents Bong and Joyce; my siblings John, Jose Mari, Mikee and Maricon; my in-laws; and to all the people who have continuously showed their love and care for me. Thank you and God bless you all!
5 OPINION 5 FEBRUARY 11, 2016 Headline Gitnang Luzon RAMDAM na ng marami nating mga kababayang magsasaka ang epekto ng El Niño sa maraming parte ng ating bansa, lalo na sa mga kanayunan at sa mga komunidad kung saan ang mga kabukiran ang siyang pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan. Ang El Niño, ayon sa mga eksperto, ay ang abnormal na pagkahaba ng tag-tuyot sa ilang bahagi ng mundo samantalang La Niña naman ang kabaligtaran nito, kung saan nararanasan naman ang abnormal na haba ng tag-ulan. Ayon sa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration o PA- GASA, tatagal pa ng ilang buwan ang epekto ng El Niño sa ating bansa, kung saan paiinitin at patutuyuin pa nito lalo ang mga buwan ng summer sa Pilipinas. Bilang pangunahing ahenisya Political advertisements A COUPLE of days ago the official campaign period started for candidates running for the presidential, vice-presidential and senatorial positions. By this time, the voting public must have seen many of the unofficial campaign materials on television, in the guise of political advertisements. On radio, the public must have heard too some of these political advertisements whether in music or public affairs radio As of this programs which aired familiar voices of election writing candidates. Alvin H. Arceo The multi-million peso political ads have so far showcased national candidates with their advocacies, their aspirations or their promises for a better country. In fairness, these political advertisements are very well-crafted, creative, motivating and with their messages seemingly sincere for the electorates to appreciate. They are also dramatic and theatrical, trying to capture the attention of the viewers and listeners. Political advertisements which are aired on primetime are costlier. Primetimes have the higher number of listeners and viewers as compared to those aired during the unholy hours. This is the reason why advertisements aired when there are millions of viewers and listeners cost higher. These political advertisements which were aired before the official campaign by the way have no votes in them. This means that candidates with these kinds of gimmicks do not directly ask voters to vote for them. Despite the lack of votes, campaign advertisements of such kind have made candidates popular, with the aim of their names being recalled by the public. Sadly, many of our electorates merely rely on name recall when they choose their leaders. Without really digging into the issues and without actually knowing the candidates track records and promises, some people tend to cast their votes just for the sake of exercising their right to suffrage. With the onset of the official campaign period for national positions, we expect to see lesser political advertisements because of the Commission on Elections limit on the airtime of these campaign materials. Although there will still be political advertisements aired on television or via radio, they are now limited in order to establish fairness among candidates. Epekto ng El Niño ng pamahalaan na tumitingin sa taya ng panahon sa ating bansa, sinabi ng PAGASA na tayo ay makakaramdam pa daw ng matinding init at kawalan ng ulan lalo na sa mga buwan pang darating. Bagama t hindi pa opisyal na nagsimula ang summer season, marami nang mga palayan at kabukiran sa ating bansa ang nagsi-tuyo na, Dapat lamang na ang susunod na mamumuno sa ating bansa ay bigyang prayoridad ang larangan ng agrikultura nang sa gayon ay makatulong ito sa marami nating mga kababayang sa pagsasaka lamang umaasa. maliban na lamang sa mga lugar na mayroong patubig. Ang nakakabahala sa sitwasyong ito ay ang pahirap na dala ng El Niño sa ating mga magsasaka dahil apektado na ang kanilang mga pananim. Maraming mga palayan ang naapektuhan ang ani dahil sa kakulangan ng sapat na tubig sa ating bansa. Dagdag pa rito ang kakulangan ng sapat na patubig o irigasyon. Without really digging into the issues and without actually knowing the candidates track records and promises, some people tend to cast their votes just for the sake of exercising their right to suffrage. Walang Biro! Ka Dencio Pacheco While the word vote is now included in these advertisements, candidates hands are tied against excessive campaigning that might give the edge to some candidates who have opulent campaign chests. Aside from political advertisements, we would soon be expecting more tarpaulins, posters and streamers posted in trees, electric poles and residences. They are like scattered blooms that are sometimes made more as eyesores. Despite fixing the amount that candidates are allowed to spend for their campaign, some candidates simply wouldn t care on the cost ceiling being imposed by the poll body. What s good about these campaign materials is the fact that they are somehow helping the economy and they generate jobs, albeit temporarily. This writer welcomes other views, comments, and reactions. You may send your message at Samantala, mayroong mga magsasakang nagmamay-ari ng mga personal nilang patubig ngunit ang mga ito ay dagdag gastusin pa sa kanilang paghahanap-buhay dahil kailangan pa nilang bumili ng krudo o gasolina upang mapa-andar ang makina na humihigop ng tubig sa ilalim ng lupa upang ipandilig sa kanilang mga pananim. Sa kabila nito, kakaunti ang ani ng mga magsasaka dahil ang kanilang pananim ay naaapektuhan ng sobrang init ng panahon. Bagama t may mga patubig ang iilan, ang mga pananim gaya ng palay o gulay ay hindi gaanong namumunga. Dahil sa ganitong sitwasyon, ang pamahalaan ay nararapat lamang na magbigay ng ayuda sa ating mga magsasaka gaya ng pagbibigay ng makina para sa patubig, ng krudo o gasolina para sa mayroong mga makina o dili kaya y mga iba pang pangangailangan sa bukid upang kahit papaano y makabawas man lang sa mga gastusin sa pagsasaka. Hindi lingid sa ating kaalaman na ang mga magsasaka sa ating bansa ay isa sa mga malalakas kumita dahil sa kanilang pagtatanim. Maraming mga mayayaman sa headline in history Severino Reyes was born in Sta. Cruz, Manila On February 11, 1861, Severino Reyes, noted playwright, writer, dramatist and acclaimed as one of the giants of Tagalog and Filipino Literature in the early 20th century, was born in Sta.Cruz, Manila. Reyes was famous for writing Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Tales of Lola Basyang), a series of fairy tale stories told by Lola Basyang, an old woman with loadful of ancient stories stuck in her ancient baul. The stories appeared in Liwayway Magazine, which he co-founded on November 18, 1922, and eventually became the most-widely read prose feature of the magazine. Reyes was also regarded as the Father of Filipino Plays due to his contribution in the arts and literature. One of the most cited and famous plays that he created was the zarzuela Walang Sugat (No Wounds) which tackled the bravery and dedication of the Katipuneros or the local revolutionary army of the Philippines during the later years of the Spanish occupation. Reyes died on September 15, 1942 at the age of KAHIMYANG.INFO Vicente Lukban was born in Labo, Camarines Norte On February 11, 1860, Vicente Lukban, was born in Labo, Camarines Norte to Agustin Lukban and Andrea Rilles. After his elementary education at the Escuela Pia Publica in his hometown, he proceeded to Manila and enrolled at the Ateneo de Manila and later, at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He was employed as official criminalista in the Court of the First Instance where he became acquainted with Marcelo H. del Pilar, Doroteo Jose and other patriots. Back in his hometown, he worked as Delegado Municipal and Juez de Paz. In 1894, he was inducted into the Masonic Lodge adopting the name Luz del Oriente (Light of the Orient) and co-founded Lodge Bicol in Camarines with Juan Miguel. In 1896, Lukban resigned from government service and engaged himself in business and agriculture. He founded the agricultural society La Cooperativa Popular. On September 29, 1896 Lukban was in Manila attending a meeting of the agricultural society when Spanish authorities arrested him for his alleged involvement with the Katipunan. He was tortured and incarcerated in the Bilibid prison and was only released on May 17, 1897 after the Governor-General granted amnesty to political prisoners. Lukban joined the forces of General Emilio Aguinaldo and was given responsibility in putting up fortifications and gathering provisions for the revolutionists. Having earned the confidence of the General, Lukban became one of the close circles of revolutionary leaders. He was one of the signers of the Pact of Biak na Bato in December 1897 and was among the Filipino leaders who went on exile to Hong Kong. In 1898, Lukban returned to the Philippines and resumed his involvement with the revolutionists, this time with the rank of a Colonel. On October 29, 1898, General Aguinaldo appointed him Comandante Militar of the Bicol region and through which capacity he organized the local militia, settled political disputes and collected war contributions for the revolutionary government. On December 21 of the same year, he was promoted General of Samar and Leyte. There he circulated proclamation Compoblanos Samareños y Leyteños in January 1899 aimed at uniting the inhabitants to achieve the common good and subsequently took over the command in Leyte. When the Filipino-American War broke out the in February 1899, Lukban rallied the residents of Samar to fight for freedom. Knowing the futility of fighting against a well-armed enemy, he established his arsenal in the mountains of Catbalogan WALANG BIRO!... Page 7 HISTORY... Page 7
6 6 ENTERTAINMENT Headline Gitnang Luzon FEBRUARY 11, 2016 PHILIPPINE CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES OFFICE (pcso) lotto results LOTTO GAME COMBINATIONS DRAW DATE JACKPOT WINNERS Superlotto 6/ /9/ ,341, Digit /9/2016 1,307, Swertres Lotto 11AM /9/2016 4, Swertres Lotto 4PM /9/2016 4, Swertres Lotto 9PM /9/2016 4, EZ2 Lotto 9PM /9/2016 4, Lotto 6/ /9/2016 6,000, EZ2 Lotto 11AM /9/2016 4, EZ2 Lotto 4PM /9/2016 4, Miss U, may boyfriend na? HINDI makakalimutan ng reigning Filipina Miss Universe na si Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach ang kanyang naging karanasan sa katatapos na golden anniversary ng Super Bowl 50, ang taunang big event ng American football game na nagtapos last Sunday, February 7 at ginanap sa Levi s Stadium sa Sta. Clara, California at kung saan naging champion ang Denver Broncos over Carolina Panthers sa MAY mga lumalabas na balitang hindi pa gaanong magaling ang young actor na si Jiro Manio dahil hindi nito sinipot ang acting workshop para sa kanyang guesting sa Magpakailanman hosted by Mel Tiangco. Bumalik din daw si Jiro sa kanyang tiyuhin at kinagisnang ISA SA underrated comedians ay walang iba kundi si Ogie Diaz. You will never know kung ano ang lalabas na mga salita sa kanyang bunganga but whatever they are, tiyak na gugulong kayo sa katatawa. Tulad ni Rico J. Puno, he can get away with green jokes na klik sa audience. Alam nyo naman ang Pinoy, basta sex na ang paksa ay kakagatin agad. Alert ang isipan ni Ogie in delivering jokes with double meaning. Let us put aside Ogie s talent both as a comedian and radio host. Para sa mga hindi nakakaalam, he is also the manager of fast-rising star, the very beautiful and talented Liza Soberano. This time around, Ogie is playing his cards right dala na rin siguro ng sad experiences in handling talents in the past. Today, he is serious and he score na Si Pia ay tumayong isa sa mga correspondents ng Inside Edition at nagkaroon siya ng pagkakataon na makapanayam ang iba t ibang mga kilalang personalidad sa nasabing event, kung saan naging guest performers sina Lady Gaga (na siyang umawit ng American national anthem), Beyonce, Bruno Mars at Cold- ama na si Andrew Manio at iniwan ang condo unit na nirentahan ni Ai-Ai de las Alas pagkalabas nito ng rehab. Sana hindi bumitaw ang comedy queen sa kanyang pagtulong sa Fil-Jap young actor sa kabila ng mga bagong kaganapang ito. means business. Swerte si Ogie dahil Liza needs no further pushing. Sa tindi ng lakas na idinulot ng teleseryeng Forvermore ay nag-zoom-zoom paitaas ang pagsikat ni Liza. Also, ang loveteam nila ni Enrique Gil made her a very bankable young talent na todong inaalagaan ng Kapamilya network. Sa February 15 ay balik primetime ang loveteam nina Enrique at Liza or LizQuen sa kanilang mga laksa-laksang tagahanga. Sa bago nilang teleseryeng Dolce Amore ay kapwa nila hahanapin ang kanilang identity na hahantong sa isang nakaka-inspire na love story. Partially shot in Italy (na kung saan lumaki ang karakter ni Serena) tampok din sina Cherie Gil at Ruben Maria Soriquez bilang adoptive parents ni Serena together play. Sa San Francisco, California tumuloy si Pia last January 31 pagkagaling niya sa kanyang week-long homecoming sa Pilipinas. Samantala, sa kabila ng kanyang busy schedules, gusto raw kumawala ni Pia sa Team Sawi. Although loveless pa rin siya hanggang ngayon, mukhang open ito sa posibilidad na maging more than friends sila ng news reporter at isa sa mga host ng Umagang Kay Ganda na si Atom Araullo. Lucky Atom. Jiro, di pa rin magaling? Kung tutuusin, sobra-sobra na ang attention, pera at oras ang ginugol ni Ai-Ai para lamang matulungan ang kanyang anak-anakan na si Jiro pero kung ang huli naman mismo ang ayaw tumulong sa kanyang sarili, may hangganan din ang lahat. Suwerte si Ogie Diaz kay Liza Soberano with Rio Locsin at Edgar Mortiz (whose last teleserye ay Kampanerang Kuba ) as adoptive parents naman ni Gil. At ano naman ang role ni Matteo Guidicelli? Best friend siya ni Serena na kinikimkim ang pag-ibig sa dalaga. Alin sa dalawa, he will find another love as the teleserye ends or magpasiyang pumasok na lang sa seminaryo to become a priest? Well, alam nyo naman how teleserye goes and the surprises they have para sa mga tagasubaybay. Publicist Aaron Domingo who welcomed the entertainment press has this to say about Dolce Amore at kung bakit it is a must na inyong subaybayan: Makaka-relate ang lahat sa story, a peasant meets a princess kind of feel, so full of fun and truly uplifting. Richard Gutierrez, babalik bilang Panday MATAPOS ang halos tatlong taong pamamahinga sa pag-arte at sa paggawa ng teleserye, Richard Gutierrez is back at napakabongga ng kanyang pagbabalik dahil sa isang higanteng proyekto siya mapapanood, ang TV adaptation ng Ang Panday, na nilikha noon sa komiks ng magaling na nobelistang si Carlo J. Caparas at isinapelikula ni yumaong Da King Fernando Poe Jr. Kahapon sa grand presscon ng Ang Panday ay ipinakita ang trailer at sa totoo lang, napakaganda ng pagkakagawa ng direktor na si Mac Alejandre. Totoo ang sinabi ni Direk Carlo nang huli namin siyang makapanayam na modernized version ito at kitang-kita na ginastusan ang proyekto. Siyempre, super excited si Chard at say nga niya, nang i-offer ng TV5 ang proyekto, sobrang happy niya at hindi makapaniwala na na-consider siya to play the role of Flavio na alam naman nating pangarap din ng halos lahat ng aktor. Siyempre, may pressure when I got the phone call. Actually, medyo matagal nag-sink-in sa akin, na totoo ba ito, gagawin ko yung Panday? Alam mo yun, but nu ng na-realize ko na this is the right project, this is the right time and from the moment na nakausap ko si Direk Carlo J. Caparas, si Boss Vic del Rosario, the moment they confirmed na ako na ang susunod na Panday, from that day on until now, I haven t stopped working hard. I prepared for the show and I m surrounded by very supportive people, brilliant minds, so I m very confident sa show na ito. And it s timing, perfect timing. Matagal nga akong nawala pero eto na yun, I m here and I m here to stay, pahayag ni Richard. Walang regrets ang aktor kahit almost three years siyang nawala dahil aniya, kinailangan din niya ang break from showbiz. Nagkaroon ako ng maraming oras sa pamilya ko, sa sarili ko. Nakita ko yung totoong mga tao sa paligid ko at na-reevaluate ko yung buhay ko and I needed that. Nakapagtravel ako, maraming mga realization na nangyari sa akin at ngayon, I m back and I m ready. Asked kung ano ang reaksyon niya sa balitang si Derek Ramsay ang original choice for Ang Panday at tinanggihan daw nito kaya sa kanya napunta, ani Chard, iba ang alam niya. Well, iba ang pagkakakuwento sa akin ni Direk Carlo J. Caparas. Narinig natin today kay Carlo J. Caparas na ako yung first choice. Pero nagpapasalamat ako kay Derek dahil sa mga interview niya, nababanggit niya yung Panday at extra publicity sa amin yun. Pero alam naman natin na teritoryo ko ang fantaserye, pahayag ni Chard. Tatlo ang leading ladies dito ni Chard, sina Sam Pinto, Bangs Garcia at Jasmine Curtis-Smith, habang si Christopher de Leon naman ang gaganap na Lizardo, mortal na kaaway ni Flavio. Magsisimula na sa Feb. 29 ang pilot ng Ang Panday, 8 p.m., at mapapanood naman weeknights at 8:30 p.m. sa Kapatid network. RICHARD GUTIERREZ
7 FEBRUARY 11, 2016 Headline Gitnang Luzon 7 NO SHOW... from Page 1 Lazatin is up against former three-term vice governor and incumbent Rep. Joseller Yeng Guiao, who joined the ceremonial signing dubbed Tipanan para sa Matapat, Maayos at Mapayapang Halalan Jon Lazatin should have attended for his own benefit. Attending such events sanctioned by concerned government offices is necessary to achieve what s good for the community, said Magalang officials who graced the event. We are disappointed because Jon Lazatin did not attend despite being invited and we hear he DENTAL BUS... from Page 1 NEW DIRECTOR... from Page 1 homecoming for me, Diaz quipped, adding that his reassignment back in Region 3 is the decision of his superior. The relinquishment of posts was in compliance with the directive issued by higher headquarters apparently due to the upcoming national elections. I didn t expect to be ordered back to Central Luzon after having assumed the regional NBI offices in Northern Mindanao and Central Visayas, however, since open skies... from Page 2 With Open Skies, CEB can add more flights to and from key destinations in ASEAN, to meet the growing travel demand within the region. Passengers from these international destinations may also take advantage of CEB s lowest year-round fares and widest domestic network, to easily connect to any of the Philippines popular islands. We commend the DOTC, DFA, DOT, CAB and other relevant agencies for supporting the ratification of this agreement. The Philippine aviation industry has reached a milestone that will ultimately benefit the travelling public, as we open our airspace to vast travel opportunities and operational efficiencies between and among ASE- AN carriers, said Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB Vice President for Corporate Affairs. cbcp... from Page 2 God. We encourage the Catholic bishops of the Philippines to organize on the diocesan level lay leaders who can bring to fulfillment the vision of God-centered, honest, competent, committed, strongwilled servant leaders for the country, said Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a statement. Villegas encouraged the Diocesan Councils of the Laity to support the PMTL, calling it a significant gift of the Spirit to our Catholic laity inspired by the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI. is really reclusive, they added. The provincial government, together with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Armed Foces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) hosted the peace covenant signing in support of the government s campaign for clean and non-violent elections. During the activity, 3rd District Rep. Oscar Rodriguez gamely spoke and smiled with former Rep. Aurelio Dong Gonzales. Rodriguez beat Gonzales in the 2013 elections and they are facing each other again this year for the same post. Three-term Apalit Mayor Oscar Jun Tetangco Jr. is seeking the 4th District congressional seat, contesting incumbent Congressman Juan Pablo Rimpy Bondoc. They sat beside each other almost throughout the program which lasted for at least four hours. During the signing, Governor Lilia Nanay Pineda echoed her call for peaceful and honest elections, as she reminded all candidates in the province to adhere to the rules This is in line with the thrusts of Governor Pineda s extensive health programs, she stressed. PHO Officer in charge Dr. Antonio Jay Rivera also expressed his gratitude to health secretary Janet Garin for choosing Pampanga as one of the beneficiaries of the European Union-funded program. Dr. Rivera believes the provincial government of Pampanga was chosen by the health department as one of the recipients of the first batch of dental mobile clinics for its diligence in delivering comprehensive health services for Kapampangans. Instead of the usual procedure wherein patients are asked to visit rural health units, district hospitals, or the Capitol to avail of free dental services, the Pampanga Dental Bus will now visit remote areas to bring it is the decision of the higher headquarters, I am reassuming the position. I hope that I can discharge my duties well in the next months of my stay here, said Diaz. Diaz bagged the best NBI regional office award during his stint in Cebu City. Yap, for his part, said he is confident with Diaz at the helm of NBI-Celro. Region 3 is in good hands, he said. He also praised Diaz for undertaking major improvements with the NBI Cebu regional office, making it a conducive working place. During his administration, Yap busted the biggest online telephone fraud operation based in Angeles City which led to the arrest of more than 170 Taiwanese, including Chinese nationals, during a raid at the suspects rented residences. The case is pending in court, said Yap, who took the helm of NBI- Cebu on Feb 5. Subject to regulatory approvals, the agreement further allows carriers to upgrade its ASEAN flights to widebodied aircraft and increase capacity without the need for air talks. This streamlined process will enable CEB to focus on expanding its operations, stimulating passenger traffic, and improving customer experience rather than spending valuable resources on negotiating for additional air rights. Given our government s support of this liberalized and equitable air services agreement, the Philippines solidifies its position as a prime and competitive global hub for air travel. Cebu Pacific looks forward to contributing to this evolution, and enabling more Filipinos to fly across ASEAN, and across the globe, added Atty. Mantaring. CEB offers flights to a network of over 90 routes on 64 destinations, The former pope said that there is a great need for lay faithful who are witnesses to Christ and the Gospel in the civil and political community. PMTL is an umbrella organization composed of the major Christian blocs in the country. Its ultimate objective is to establish God s reign in the country by electing into office God-centered and competent servant leaders who are committed to the empowerment of the Filipino people using a criteria, the GA- BAYKRISTO. GABAYKRISTO qualifies whether during and after the May polls. Gusto ko maging modelo ang Pampanga ng katahimikan at kaayusan sa panahon ng halalan, Pineda told candidates during the activity. Pineda urged the 573 candidates vying for various elective positions to avoid violence and instead stick to the election rules and observe sportsmanship. Ang hiling ko lang sa inyo ay huwag mainitin ang ulo, walang sakitan, walang patayan at tanggapin kung anuman ang resulta pagkatapos ng halalan, Pineda stressed. the services to the community. The new bus is equipped with two state-of-the-art dental chairs capable of providing complete and mobile oral health service. Governor Pineda instructed us to fully utilize the mobile dental clinic and bring oral health services closer to Kapampangans especially those who can t afford to acquire such services, Rivera said. SCAN THIS CODE TO BE INFORM AND UPDATED! spanning Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. It is slated to launch direct flights between Manila and Guam, its first US destination, on March 15, For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit or call (+632) or (+6332) The latest seat sales can be found on CEB s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play. Cebu Pacific s 57-strong fleet is comprised of 8 Airbus A319, 35 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330, and 8 ATR aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of three more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR aircraft. political candidates are fit for the office they are aspiring for. It has four major criteria, which are Leadership Abilities, Character and Integrity, Sincerity to God and Country, and Leadership Integrity. Voters are encouraged to use this tool to grade their chosen candidates. May this work of God for the conversion, transformation and renewal of politics in the Philippines be blessed a hundredfold! Villegas added. For more information on PMTL and GABAYKRISTO, visit wideout.com/. WALANG BIRO!... from Page 5 ibang bansa ang karamiha y mayroong mga bukid o palayang sinasaka. Kung susuriin din, malayo pa tayo pagdating sa teknolohiya sa pagsasaka kung kaya t hindi natin masisi ang ilang sa ating mga kababayang magsasaka kung sila ay nagbebenta ng kanilang mga lupaing sinasaka. Dapat lamang na ang susunod na mamumuno sa ating bansa ay bigyang prayoridad ang larangan ng agrikultura nang sa gayon ay makatulong ito sa marami nating mga kababayang sa pagsasaka lamang umaasa. history... from Page 5 and carried out guerrilla warfare, the most glorious of which were in Catbalogan, Catubig and Catarman. Because of this, the Americans offered five thousand pesos for his arrest and had the province blockaded for two years. All the efforts of the Americans did not stop Lukban from carrying the resistance, even helping the fighters in neighboring province to manufacture saltpeter. He dispatched Claro Pimentel, another fighter, to investigate the surrender of the Filipino military chief in Masbate and reorganized Leyte after its governor Ambrosio Mojica surrendered to the Americans. On August 18, 1901, American soldiers headed by Captain H.L. Jackson of the 1st US Infantry discovered Lukban s stronghold along the Catarman River. An encounter ensued which left the Filipino General, although wounded, managed to escape while his family and several fighters were captured. On September 28, 1901, American suffered the fury of the Samareños. Many natives carried a successful attack against them in Balangiga, Samar. Although there was no document pointing to Lukban s participation in the attack, it was assumed that he had a part in organizing it. In response to the grim attack in Balangiga, American soldiers under the command of General Jacob H. Smith, doubled their efforts to arrest the Filipino fighters, including Lukban, who replied that he would only surrender until the American soldiers withdraw from the Gandara Valley. On February 18, 1902, Lukban was eventually captured by the troops of American Lt. Strebler. Lukban was imprisoned in Talim Island in Laguna de Bay until July 15, 1902 after he took an oath of allegiance to the United States. In 1904, Lukban was again imprisoned but this time, with two of his brothers, Justo and Cayetano, and charges of sedition slapped on them by the Manila Secret Police. The Supreme Court, however, acquitted them for lack of evidence. With peace restored and the civil government established, Lukban engaged in business. He joined politics under the Nacionalista Party in He was elected governor of Tayabas province and was reelected for another term in 1916, which he was not able to finish because he became ill. Vicente Lukban eventually died on November 16, kahimyang.info bcda from Page 8 preme Court of the Philippines and Lower Courts, Sandiganbayan, Court of Appeals and Court of Tax Appeals; 11) Department of Education, Culture and Sports, Department of Social Welfare and Development; 12) Department of Labor and Employment; 12) Department of Social Welfare and Development; 13) Mount Pinatubo Assistance, Rehabilitation and Development; 14) Philippine Economic Zone Authority. cdc policies... from Page 8 grated Resort Project, is located at the intersection of C.M. Recto Avenue and Creekside road in this Freeport. According to Alvaro, the project is the first stage of a fully integrated resort complex, with two distinct structures; the very first five-star hotel in the north of Luzon and a world class gaming and entertainment center. Located 200 meters from Widus Casino and approximately 250 meters from Fontana Casino, Midori rises above both properties with its casino building s 7- store y i n f ra st r uc t u re a nd t he five - st a r 6 - store y hotel. The project, once fully operational, shall include a 110 luxury five-star hotel rooms ranging from 42 square meters to 190 square meters; a 2,619-square meter casino complex; a conference hall/ballroom; bars; restaurants; cafes; an outdoor swimming pool; and commercial/auxiliary buildings with spacious parking facilities. Alvaro added that the inflow of investments which accompanied the establishment of casinos in Clark has contributed significantly to the local economy. The setting-up of a new integrated gaming and licensed property would bring about an increase in local employment and increased business spending, effectively encouraging increased economic activity.
8 By Mhike R. Cigaral MARIVELES, BATAAN Next Generation Power Technology Corp (NGPT), a Filipino-Korean renewable energy developer, is set REGIONAL NEWS to build a P2-billion 20-megawatt solar power plant in a 37.5-hectare lot inside the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB). The ongoing construction of a P2-billion solar power plant in this industrialized town seals brighter prospects for Bataan as an industrial hub in Central Luzon, says Bataan Governor Albert Garcia in a press statement. Authority of the Freeport Area VOLUME IV NO. 158 FEBRUARY 11, 2016 THURSDAY NextGen Power to build P2-B solar power plant in FAB of Bataan (AFAB) Chairman Deogracias Custodio told newsmen in a news statement that investments further AFAB s efforts to meet the government s renewable energy goals. This project reaffirms our commitment to innovation and sustainable development in the FAB. It is also expected to become an ecotourism attraction in the Freeport, Custodio added. CSF, Red Cross tie up for Bloodletting Activity BLOOD DONORS. Mayor Edwin Santiago joins Rural Health Physician Dr. Renely Tungol in monitoring each donor s condition as they undergo blood extraction, during yesterday s Voluntary Blood Donation Activity at the city hall. --CSFP-CIO PHOTO Clark Dev t Corp. policies on business transactions cited By Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario Yung bureaucracy, CLARK FREEPORT BB International and Midori Clark Hotel and President Ireneo Bong Alvaro cited the reduction of processing time of business transactions and other work flows that create an even better investment climate here. The three-term Angeles City councillor, now a businessman, commended the seamless procedures being implemented by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) led by Atty. Arthur P. Tugade. He made the remarks during the state-run firm-sponsored public affairs program Clark In Action aired over UFM and broadcast simultaneously at local cable TV network ACCTN in Angeles City. Alvaro is also optimistic that the improved policies will continue in the future. Ang nararanasan namin ngayon medyo seamless, maganda. na-trim. Dati kasi ang tagal, ngayon bumilis. Sana naman ma-continue ito, Alvaro said. He also noted Tugade s program that keeps this Freeport free from traffic jams and uncongested. He cited in particular the proximity and traffic-free key areas such as airport, workplaces, leisure areas and other facilities. Keeping these places free from traffic where businessmen and locators can really move on schedule is important. Something that is beneficial here in Clark, he said. He said that a lot of businessmen liked the 7 to 10 minute movement program which Tugade first implemented three years ago when he assumed the CDC presidency. Moreover, Alvaro discussed various updates on his two major tourism-related projects inside Clark Freeport Zone. The Midori Hotel and Casino, as the initial phase of the Inte- cdc policies...page 7 By Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The local government, in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross, held its Voluntary Blood Donation Activity at the city hall yesterday. Members of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and some government employees participated in the activity. With the theme Dugo ko, karugtong ng buhay mo, the city aims to collect more than 50 blood bags to ensure the sufficiency of blood reserve in its respective Rural Health Units. In his speech, Mayor Edwin Santiago lauded all the blood donors for their volunteerism. You are all considered heroes for serving as instruments in saving others lives, he added. Mayor Santiago also disclosed the city s plan of coming up with an Executive Order to create a Blood Council by the end of the month. This move will make it easier for the health experts to look for possible blood donors that will match the need of the patients in case of emergencies. The city s blood unit mostly caters patients infected with dengue, cancer, and even those who undergo surgical operations. Dr. Renely Tungol, Rural Health Physician and Voluntary Blood Donation Coordinator, said the activity is aimed at promoting voluntary blood donation for it also has a good effect in the donor s health. It s good for our body to donate blood. It stimulates the body to produce blood cells, she explained. The bloodletting activity is line with the Kaganapan 2016, in celebration of the 15th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando. BCDA 2015 revenues reach P10.7B By Charlene A. Cayabyab CLARK FREEPORT The state-owned Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) recorded cash inflows of P10.7 billion in 2015, which is higher by P3.6 billion from the P7.1 billion cash recorded in BCDA president and chief executive officer Arnel Paciano Casanova said this represents a 51 percent hike in cash flow. BCDA has gone a long way as a development corporation and a revenue generator for national government. I am pleased to report that we were able to exceed our development targets and realize projects which will open up economic opportunities for our country and our fellowmen, Casanova said. The increase in collections was primarily attributed to the P3.5-billion upfront cash paid by the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), BCDA s partner for the operations and maintenance of the 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SC- TEx), following President Benigno Aquino s approval of the Supplemental Toll Operations Agreement (STOA) granting MNTC the concession to manage, operate and maintain the 94- km toll road in October Another P1.5 billion was collected from the partial proceeds of the Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation s sale of the NCBD parcels located north of Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio, in Taguig City. In 2015, BCDA was able to create new businesses from the disposition of some hectares from combined lands under its stewardship namely within Clark Green City, within BCDA-administered special economic zones and from remaining Metro Manila Camps. This yielded a total of P312 million in cash inflows and P12.5 billion in investment commitments. During the first year of the Aquino administration in 2011, BCDA s cash flows were recorded at P3.5 billion, rising steadily to P5.2 billion in 2012, P6 billion in 2013, P7.1 billion in 2014, and P10.7 billion in Casanova attributed the consistent increase in operating cash to the agency s efficient collection, successful business ventures and resolution of some problematic accounts with the private sector. Through good governance, we were able to focus on maximizing the value of lands under our stewardship and pursue development projects that benefit both local and national economy, Casanova said. Since 1993 until 2015, BCDA has already generated P69.7 billion from its asset disposition program the bulk of which amounting to P30.7 billion remitted to the National Treasury for the account of the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the replication of military facilities. Casanova said the P9.548 billion in cash that it remitted to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) for the AFP Modernization Program covering five years from July 2010 to December 2015, has surpassed the P8.233 billion that it had remitted from the period 1993 to June of In the past five years of the Aquino Administration, the BCDA has remitted more for the modernization of our armed forces than the period 1993 to June 2010 or covering a span of 17 years, Casanova said. Under Administrative Order 236, certain government beneficiary agencies are entitled to share from said disposition proceeds, with the AFP receiving the lion s share. Since the start of the Aquino Administration, the BCDA has remitted an average of close to P2 billion yearly to the Bureau of Treasury. Last year, we remitted a total of P3.2 billion to the National Government. This solid and consistent financial performance of the BCDA in generating billions for government is our legacy for our country, Casanova added. To date, BCDA has already remitted a total of P42.8 billion to the Bureau of Treasury, covering the period 1996 to Casanova pointed out that the shares of the AFP and the 14 government beneficiaries were directly remitted to the National Treasury. In turn, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is responsible for the programming and releasing the appropriation to the AFP to finance their modernization program. The 14 government beneficiaries include the 1) National Housing Authority, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation and Home Insurance and Guarantee Corporation; 2) Philippine Health Insurance Corporation; 3) Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Transportation and Communications; 4) Philippine Veterans Affairs Office; 5) Commission on Higher Education; 6) Department of Science and Technology; 7) Office of the Secretary, Department of Justice and the Ombudsman; 8) Mount Pinatubo Assistance, Rehabilitation and Development Fund; 9) Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Corrections, Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; 10) Subcda page 7