1 what s inside Rescuers retrieve two bodies swept by waves in Zambales news...page 2 VOLUME IV NO. 58 SEPTEMBER 04-06, 2015 FRIDAY - SUNDAY TUPAD workers earn salary from CSF, DoLE business...page 3 Medical mission benefits Mabalacat City residents By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario CLARK FREEPORT Almost 200 patients were given free medical, pediatric, dental, ears, nose and throat (ENT) services from Clark Development Corporation in (CDC) last Wednesday. medical mission... PAGE 7 MOKA 2015 now open for nominations By Angelique DC Tuazon CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (MOKA), the provincial government s annual recognition of the exceptional sons and daughters of Pampanga, is once again open for nominations. The prestigious MOKA started in 1978 as part of the festive commemoration of Pampanga Day and an effort to identify the outstanding men and women of the province and their contribution to its progress. MOKA nominees fall into the following categories: law moka PAGE 7 new casino vp... PAGE 7 MADE BY TRAINEES. Provincial Manpower Training Center (PMTC) officer-in-charge Francis Maslog presents to Gov. Lilia Nanay Pineda a piece of furniture produced by the PMTC trainees. --JUN JASO Ombudsman dismisses raps vs Gordon, et al on PUD case CDC MEDICAL MISSION. Almost 200 residents of Macapagal Village in Mabalacat City were given free medicines and medical, pediatric, dental, ears, nose and throat (ENT) services on Wednesday (September 2). The medical and dental mission was spearheaded by Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and supported by 21 doctors from the Central Luzon Ears, Nose and Throat Association, four doctors from the 1st Air Division of the Philippine Air Force and Barangay Health Workers from Macapagal village. Also in photo is CDC External Affairs Department manager Rommel C. Narciso (R). --CDC-COMMDEP PHOTO OLONGAPO CITY Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approved the dismissal of the case filed by the administration of incumbent mayor Rolen Paulino against his predecessor in connection to the privatization of the city s Public Utilities Department. The Ombudsman s decision cleared Gordon and former City Budget head Marey Beth Marzan, City Assessor Oscar Agustin, and City Legal Officer Bernardine Gantan of any wrongdoing with respect to the sale of the PUD. Former Olongapo mayor James Gordon Jr. said that this decision of the Ombudsman is a vindication of my administration s move to privatize the PUD and proof that there is no substance to the lies and deception peddled by my adversaries in politics. The PUD s privatization is ombudsman... PAGE 7
2 2NEWS Headline Gitnang Luzon september 04-06, 2015 City gov t to conduct public dialogue on transport issues By Mhike R. Cigaral BALANGA CITY The city government of this fast-rising component city is scheduled to have a public dialogue today, September 4, 2015 at 9 a.m., about the City Ordinance No. 14 series of 2014 or The Land Transportation and Traffic Code and the banning of use of modified mufflers that cause loud and excessive noise. The dialogue will be held at the Friendship Hall of the Balanga Elementary School in Barangay Talisay here. City Mayor Jose Enrique Joet Garcia III, in his Facebook post, said the dialogue will focus on the conversion of motor tricycles from 2-stroke to 4-stroke engines plying the city roads to help them solve the reported rising level of air pollution in this component city. Based on our air pollution detector, it is above acceptable level of the World Health Organization. And about 80% of it reportedly came from the smoke emitted by these motorcycles, Garcia told local newsmen here in a recent press briefing. The conversion to 4-stroke engine or LPG-powered engine is now one of the basic requirements of the city government for the renewal of tricycle franchise public diaglogue... Page 7 EDPAM AT APEC. Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan talks about building better cities, waste management and sustainability during the APEC City Mayor s Forum yesterday at the Radisson Hotel in Cebu City. The mayor is joined by Kate Clemans, Executive Vice President of C&M International in Washington, D.C. and Andrea Merkl, President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy. --AC-CIO PHOTO Rescuers retrieve two bodies swept by waves in Zambales CANDELARIA, ZAMBALES Rescuers on Wednesday recovered the remains of two of the three persons swept by strong current into the deeper part of the sea here three days ago. Police Inspector Bryan Christopher Baybayan, chief of police here, said joint elements of the police, Red Cross rescue team and PNP Maritime Group recovered the bodies of Joel Corpuz, 41, of Purok Langka, Barangay Malabon; and Ernesto Estella, 56, a local fisherman in the area. Baybayan said the body of Corpuz was found at around 6:30 a.m., a kilometer away from where the victims went swimming in Barangay San Roque. He said Estella s body was retrieved in Barangay Longos, Sta. Cruz town, some 10 kilometers away. Baybayan said Corpuz s eight-year old nephew Jayson Torno remains missing. The families are hoping that Torno is still alive. The trio, accompanied by their relatives Janica Joy Torno, 6, Christine Joy, 12; and Jerico, 13, went on swimming at around 3:30 p.m. last Monday when the incident happened. Estella, who was fishing nearby, tried to help the victims but he too was swept by strong waves. Baybayan described the area where the incident happened as dangerous for beach lovers due to strong water current from the river near the area. This underwater current tends to pull the swimmers towards the bottom of the sea and farther from the shore, he said. (PNA) 2 wells in Bataan village undergo rehab as preparation for El Niño UPDATES. NGCP Regional Corporate Communications Officer Ernest Vidal (2nd R) updates Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia (C) on their expansion projects, to accommodate the committed generation capacity in southern Bataan. Also in photo is NGCP Bataan Transmission Line Engineer Jo Tacorda (R). --BUTCH GUNIO PASIG CITY The celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month will focus on continuing the legacy of peace and progress through unity among Filipinos, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) announced today. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles said the National Peace Consciousness Month will have as its theme Pagkakaisa Tungo para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran to stress the need for unity among Filipinos to ensure peace and the country s progress. The Philippines celebrates the National Peace Consciousness Month during the month of September every year as mandated under Proclamation No. 675 issued in July The presidential proclamation was issued to instill greater consciousness and understanding among the Filipino people on the comprehensive peace process to strengthen and sustain institutional and popular support for and participation in this effort, as well as in the global movement spearheaded by the United Nations to promote a Culture of Peace based on nonviolence, respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, tolerance, understanding and solidarity. To kick off the celebration of the Peace Consciousness Month, the OPAPP will open an information exhibit at TriNoma and at the House of Representatives in Quezon City featuring the Bangsamoro region and its people, and the campaign for the passage into law of the Bangsamoro Basic Basic Law (BBL). LIMAY, BATAAN A village chief in this industrialized town said that they are rehabilitating two of more than 10 freeflowing wells that became non-operational in preparation for the onset of El Niño phenomenon. Barangay chairman Restituto Reyes of Lamao, a seaside village in this town, said one of the artesian wells was redrilled and installed a Jetmatic pump as source of water for the village market. He said that another one well be deepened and connected with additional galvanized iron pipes to reach the water level once funds are available. The second well will augment the water requirements of residents who presently rely on water The BBL is a key legislation pushed by President Benigno S. Aquino III to establish a new autonomous region in Mindanao which responds to the aspirations of Moros for self-determination, a key to ending armed conflict in the South. The BBL Info Exhibit will run from September 1 to 7 at TriNoma and from September 14 to 17 at the House of Representatives. To give Filipinos an opportunity to learn more about the impact of peace on the country s development efforts, the OPAPP will supplied by the town water district. Reyes said more than 10 free-flowing wells that dried up used to be the source of free water of majority of about 23,000 residents of Lamao. The village head said making all the free-flowing wells operational again is very costly and they are considering in- 2 wells... Page 7 Peace Month to focus on continuing legacy of unity for peace, progress hold a Media Forum on September 18, with experts, particularly Socio-Economic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Agency (NEDA) Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan and an official of the World Bank Asia-Pacific Division invited to speak on the socio-economic aspect of peace promotion. Secretary Deles is expected to deliver the closing remarks during the forum. The OPAPP will also celebrate its 22nd anniversary on Septempeace month... Page 7
3 september 04-06, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon BUSINESS 3 TUPAD workers earn salary from CSF, DoLE By Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario CITY OF SAN FERNANDO From the joint program of the City Government of San Fernando and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), 221 Fernandinos from the 14 barangays of this city benefited By Charlene A. Cayabyab ANGELES CITY A pioneer batch of 26 students from Kyung-In Women s University (KIWU) IN Incheon, Korea recently completed a four-week English language course at the Holy Angel University (HAU). Aside from the basic English as a Second Language (ESL) course, the students also undertook an array of applied activities meant to supplement and reinforce language learning, such as immersion in a regular college English class, one-on-one conversation sessions with HAU student-buddies, seminar-workshops, speech under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Disadvantaged (TUPAD) Workers Program yesterday. Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, with Chief Local Employment Officer Arlene Tolentino of Pampanga Field Office, headed the salary distribution which amounted to P3,490 Korean students complete ESL course at HAU festival, film viewing, and educational tours in Clark Freeport Zone and Manila. The Korean students also interacted with AB Communication students who belonged to the HAU Communicators League and shared their musical talents with apl.de.ap. Studio band members. Dr. Youngil Kim, KIWU Deputy Director of International Education Center, accompanied the students throughout their monthlong program which ran from July 6 to 31. The university also formalized its relations with KIWU with the signing of a Memorandum of Unesl course... Page 7 Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot now at P175M MANILA The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said there is no winner in last Sunday s (August 30) Ultra Lotto 6/58 draw, with a jackpot of P170,933,956. No one guessed the winning combination Estimated jackpot prize in today s draw is now at P175 million, according to PCSO General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II. Meanwhile, five lucky bettors won the 2nd prize worth P207,230, while 318 won the 3rd prize worth P2,600. each. TUPAD beneficiaries were tasked to work for 10 days in their assigned work and paid by DoLE with a minimum wage of P349. Walang pinagkaiba ang responsibilidad ninyo sa responsibilidad ko bilang mayor. Pare-pareho lang po tayong by Butch Gunio DINALUPIHAN, BATAAN The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Bataan is pitching in for the rapid cooperative development in the province. The only DAR entity in the country accredited by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) to facilitate trainings for cooperatives, DAR Bataan is providing for free the 14 required trainings to agrarian reform cooperatives in the province. GAWAD PARANGAL. Bataan Cooperative Development Council (CDC) Chairman and DAR Bataan Agrarian Reform Program Officer 1 Erickson Reyes (R) pose with CDA Chairman Orlando Ravanera during the CDA Gawad Parangal 2015 Regional Level in Pampanga. Bataan CDC was awarded Best Performing Provincial Coop Council. Also in photo are Bataan Provincial Cooperative and Development Officer Zena Sugatain (2nd R) and Balanga City OIC Cooperative and Development Officer Litz Del Rosario. --BUTCH GUNIO nagta-trabaho para sa mga Fernandino at sa ika-uunlad ng Siyudad San Fernando, exclaimed Mayor EdSa. Mula sa inyong paglinis ng kanal, pagwawalis at iba pa, dahil sa serbisyo na ibinigay niyo, nagkamit tayo ng malaking tulong mula rito, he added. According to Tolentino, TU- By Charlene A. Cayabyab ANGELES CITY Special discount packages await government employees as the entire bureaucracy celebrates the 115th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA), the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced. From September 25 to 27, 2015, state workers can avail themselves of a 10% Agrarian reform cooperatives are those being assisted by DAR, and whose members are mostly agrarian reform beneficiaries. DAR Bataan Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Engr. Eric San Luis earlier pointed out that that the cooperatives need to undergo all the trainings in accordance with Republic Act 9520 or the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008, and in order for them get Certificate of Good Standing. There are other accredited training providers for cooperatives but charging fees unlike us, which we are providing for free, said San Luis. Recently, Bataan shone at the Gawad Parangal 2015 for Cooperatives Regional Level held in Pampanga. The province was the runaway winner bringing home major awards that included Best Performing Provincial Coop Council- Bataan Coop Development Council; Best Coop Large Scale Category- Iwahori MPC; Best Coop Medium Scale Category- discount at all SM Department Stores nationwide, valid on regular-priced items for a minimum purchase of P500. SM Appliance Centers will offer a 5% discount nationwide, as well as financing promos for select branches in Metro Manila and nearby Luzon. Shoppers at SM Supermarket and SM Hypermarket will get a free item with a PAD is one of the programs of DoLE that aims to provide work in the community and also to help Fernandinos earn a living for their families. The national government and local government unit joined forces to implement the program which is under the Bottoms Up Budgeting. TUPAD BENEFICIARIES. Mayor Edwin Santiago shakes the hand of one of the beneficiaries of the government s TUPAD Program, during the awarding of salaries at the Heroes Hall yesterday. --CSF-CIO PHOTO DAR pitches in for Bataan s growth Watchlife MPC; Best Coop Small Scale Category- Cupang West MPC; and Outstanding Coop Leader-Abucay MPC President Florentino Obana. San Luis took exception to the achievement of the Bataan Coop Development Council that is chaired by Erickson Reyes, Agrarian Reform Program Officer I at DAR Bataan. He said the Bataan Coop Development Council automatically enters as nominee at the National Level Search of the CDA. CSC: Treats for gov t workers on 115th civil service anniversary minimum purchase of P500. A list of exempted items has been provided. To be eligible for the promos, civil servants should present their official government office ID or Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ID card, including an SM Advantage Card, SM Prestige Card, MOM Card, or BDO Rewards Card. 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4 4OPINIONHeadline Gitnang Luzon september 04-06, 2015 EDITORIAL That time of year again THE month of September has started, which means it s that time of year again. Oh, we re not talking about the Holidays, but the Pampanga Day celebrations, which culminate in the awarding of the province s most outstanding men and women in their respective fields. Nominations for the prestigious Most Oustanding Kapampangan Awards the annual recognition of the exceptional sons and daughters of Pampanga, have started. The MOKA has actually been involved in a number of controversies in the past, which makes it all the more colorful. Will this year be as colorful as the ones in the past? We certainly hope so. We want the winners to be incomparable and literally the best of the best in their fields law enforcement, education, parenthood, sports, government service, business and entrepreneurship, religion, culture and the arts, agriculture, science and technology, mass media, youth service, judicial service, and social service. The nominations are also open to non-kapampangans, according to the organizers. They are ones who are deserving and as influential in the further growth of the province, and who served in Pampanga and contributed to its development. Interested parties can get their nomination forms and list of requirements at the Provincial Information Office (PIO) or the Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTOP). Said forms can also be downloaded from the PIO website, or through the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards Facebook fan page. The submission of nominations is open until October 31, 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) THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has already submitted the feasibility study for the $13-billion new international airport that will replace the old and congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, a Caviteno himself, had been batting for the new international gateway in Sangley Point, Cavite City although most of us in Pampanga, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon would rather have Clark International Airport as site of the new international airport. As I said before, no one among us will go all the way to Cavite City just to take flights out of the country. Cavite is just too far off. The present location of the NAIA is already a nightmare and bringing the international gateway further from Metro Manila won t do us any better. Besides, the Jica feasibility study that teacher s corner Clark has always been the best alternative gateway, not Sangley Point. We will continue to support the development of CRK until those people in Malacanang see the viability of the former US-run Clark Air Base. NOTHING is better than a child who is organized and consistent of his work. How to get organized has been taught at home. Children will tend to be disorganized when certain conditions in his daily routines and scheduled have been disregarded. As a classroom teacher, it is an experience to see children get organized while others are the opposite of the latter. It is just a matter of adjustments and modifications for schedules. It is advised that at the beginning of the school year, children have to be taught certain organizational skills. Many practical solutions can be considered $13-B airport Check and Balance Arnel San Pedro points to Sangley as the site of a new international airport will not see the light of day under the Aquino administration. That is why the DoTC is now processing it (the Sangley Project) in the National Economic and Development Authority. Since Jica downgraded the capability of Clark, what will happen now with the much vaunted Airport of the North.? All the dreams about converting Clark as the alternative gateway had been quashed by powerplay in the bureaucracy. Clark has always been the best alternative gateway, not Sangley Point. We will continue to support the development of CRK until those people in Malacanang see the viability of the former US-run Clark Air Base. San Miguel Corp. and All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corporation have offered to develop a $10-billion airport to replace the NAIA. This as the Aquino administration infused millions of pesos into airport projects all over the country to bring us in the jet age. According to the Japanese experts, this year marks the start of the NAIA s dark days where it is expected to handle some million passengers, way beyond its 30-million annual passenger capacity. They proposed that the new international gateway be constructed in Sangley Point in Cavite City to meet the parameters set by the transportation agency. The new international airport in Cavite City will have four runways that can handle 700,000 aircraft movements per year. The Sangley Point International Airport will also have a rated capacity of 130 million passengers annually. That would spell huge traffic in Cavite all the way to Manila. Trash the proposed Sangley airport. Teaching organizational skills in the classroom by Romel E. Castro according to how these routines will be injected into their schedules and habits. Using the strategy to emphasize the amount of time spent on tasks, recess, play, remedial classes, dismissal and completion of work within the time given must be reiterated once in a while. The use of lists and post-it notes for children in the classroom will help them remember things and keep tasks organized. Children must also be employed a daily assignment book especially for non-readers to keep parents informed. Parents can be asked to initial the book to confirm that their child brought assignment at home. This system of informing the parents or guardians can teach children to be responsible to organize his routines. Using distinct color, number, shape and objects for each subject will help children to organize class notes. Keeping desks from any obstruction will teach them to keep things free of unnecessary materials. When these practical steps are trained with the children at their early age in school, they simply learn how things are done, made and organized. The author is Teacher III at Palinlang Elementary School, Arayat West District, Pampanga.
5 OPINION 5 september 04-06, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon A mall parking area not being marquee I MISS the old days when parking areas were free, when the roads could breathe, when vehicles do not overheat due to traffic, when there was less time spent in travel. I apologize for being quite nostalgic but it s frustrating that while there is constant traffic in EDSA, locals here in Pampanga also experience traffic inconvenience -- inside mall parking areas. Yes, you read it right. Just this year, the management of this huge mall implemented the issuance of a parking ticket, to be paid by their customers, with the following conditions: the parking fee is payment for the use of parking space only; the car park operator shall not be liable for the loss of a vehicle while parked in the parking facility unless loss was due to the car park operator s fault or gross negligence, provided that the car park operator s liability shall not exceed the vehicle s current fair market value exclusive of the accessories and personal belongings; the cark park operator shall not be liable for the loss of or damage to accessories of the vehicle that has been caused by the fault or negligence of the driver or of any third person, unless the loss or damage was caused by the car park operator s fault or gross negligence; that there shall be a charge of 200 pesos for lost parking ticket (other malls just ask for an OR and CR of the vehicle); that the liability of cark park operator for the loss of vehicles parked is subject to the legal and existing rules and regulations; and that an overnight parking fee 4th Quarter Jose Aubrey Jay Pelayo IV THE legal status of abortion in our country lies under Article II Section 12 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which clearly declares that the State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution and it shall equally protect of 100 pesos will be charged from 2:00 a.m. onwards. Most of the time actually, since its new parking policy was implemented I get lazy going to the mall, knowing that I will be paying a 10-peso flat rate for a piece of fragile paper parking ticket. When the same mall was providing parking space for free, they were handing out a more sturdy plastic ticket that is unlikely to be lost or torn if soaked in rainwater. At present, private motorists tend to park at the spaces provided for the city hall goers. The mall claims they use timing machines to punch the coming in and coming out of vehicles. One of their courteous parking personnel informed me that the parking is free if the vehicle only stayed for less than 15 minutes. I thought that was considerate enough, especially for pick-and-drop or if one just needs to purchase or pay something quickly. Just last week, I tried to go inside and go out without even dropping a passenger; I literally went in from the residential towers side and tried to exit at the supermarket side. When I handed the ticket, the attendant was asking for 10 pesos. I asked them politely if I reached 15 minutes. She responded with a nod. When I finally told them that I just went in seconds ago, they let me go. Last weekend, I was reminded to buy dog food for our pets. Our poodles have particular preference that To commemorate the upcoming Holy Year or Jubilee, Pope Francis will give discretion to all priest to forgive women who have had terminated their pregnancies by showing them mercy and by leading them to the right path of Catholicism. Now We Know! ELLEZ J. DAVId is only available at one of the stores inside this mall, so I hurried myself to buy food for our furry friends. As soon as I got the parking ticket, I saw that cars were at a standstill, static and motionless because of traffic congestion inside the mall premise. Minutes had gone by and all I saw was the same bright taillight from the car in front me which Most of the time actually, since its new parking policy was implemented I get lazy going to the mall, knowing that I will be paying a 10-peso flat rate for a piece of fragile paper parking ticket. Abortion and the Pope the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. Abortion is also penalized under the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines under Articles 256, 258 and 259 wherein a woman who undergoes abortion, as well as for any person who assists in the procedure, even if they be the woman s parents, physician or midwife will be punished and shall serve in prison for six years. There are proposals to liberalize Philippine abortion laws by some legislators yet these proposals are being opposed by the Catholic Church which has great was also stuck in the EDSA-like traffic. My 15-minute allowance for free parking was spent in the pavement while looking for a space to park. The waiting went for another 10 minutes before I found a spot. I was informed by a security guard that a celebrity who made a performance inside the mall was the reason behind the congestion. My initial reaction was could the management have anticipated this at least? What would they do if there is an emergency? The mall is currently undergoing an expansion of its southwest wing facing the bus and jeepney terminals. It is expected to be completed this year. I just hope they include a better plan and management on parking spaces and traffic flow. I pray that our 10 pesos would result to better security, safe parking slots, and a well-managed flow of vehicles. I commend other mall giants like SM City Clark for keeping a wide and free parking for their customers. I wish the management would keep it that way. Thumbs up also to Robinsons mall in Balibago for having a covered parking area, free of charge. influence in our predominantly Catholic populace. Abortion is considered a mortal sin to us Roman Catholics. Killing the unborn child due to internal and external factors is condemned by both the Church and the State. Women who aborted their unborn babies face a lot of unwarranted judgment and blame. Some women opt to terminate their pregnancies for the sake of health reasons, others choose to live life freely and scared to bear obligations. Regardless of their reasons, killing an unborn child is a horrific tale to tell. Now, Pope Francis issued a statement to all clergies and missionaries to forgive all women who committed abortion. This is the latest act of the Pontiff toward a more open and comprehensive Church. To commemorate the upcoming Holy Year or Jubilee, Pope Francis will give discretion to all priest to forgive women who have had terminated their pregnancies by showing them mercy and by leading them to the right path of Catholicism. NOW WE KNOW!... Page 7 Upcoming attraction at Clark THE NEWS that a P135-million zoo will rise at Clark is a good one not only for the Freeport Economic Zone but also for enthusiasts of zoo animals and the tourism industry in Central Luzon. Recently, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) signed a contract with Romeo Siccion, President of Global Zoo and Theme Park Alliance Inc. (GZTPAI), the proponent of the zoo that will be constructed soon. The said attraction that will be housed on a 20-hectare land inside Clark, will also have theme park with rides, some adventure facilities, recreational and commercial establishments. According to CDC President Arthur Tugade, the signatory in the forged contract, the soft opening of the upcoming zoo will be next year, with all its amenities fully operational thereafter. It was learned that Siccion has a private collection of tigers, various species of birds, reptiles and other zoo animals. He is the owner of a mini-zoo in the City As of this writing Alvin H. Arceo The forthcoming attraction at Clark is another boost in the tourism industry in the region. Not only do they provide entertainment and fun, zoos are educational places that should be visited by the public. of San Fernando where field trips and other educational tours for students are held. He decided to pour some investments at the Freeport because of his belief on the latter s sound business climate and an opportunity to make business while giving the public an alternative wholesome destination. As an animal lover, he provides people who love going to zoos the chance to understand animals and the wild- AS OF THIS WRITING... Page 7 teacher s corner Making assessments by Alicia Ramos Galang WHY is assessment important? It is dependent on all the decisions teachers make about students under their care. Teachers are called upon every day to make decisions before, during, and after class whether small or life-changing. What can teachers do then to enhance teaching and student learning? First, assessments should have clear benefits for the students, whether in direct services or improved quality of educational programs. They should be tailored to a specific purpose and should be reliable, valid, and fair. Assessment should also be age appropriate, because validity of assessments increases with children s age. Case in point: the younger the child, the more difficult it is to obtain reliable and valid assessment data. Assessments of young children should address the full range of early learning and development, including physical well-being and motor development; social and emotional development; approaches toward learning; language development; and cognition and general knowledge. Parents should also be a valued source of assessment information, among others. Assessments should include multiple sources of evidence, especially reports from parents and teachers. Assessment results should be shared with parents as part of an ongoing process that involves parents in their child s education. The author is Master Teacher 1 of Palinlang Elementary School.
6 6 ENTERTAINMENT Headline Gitnang Luzon september 04-06, 2015 After three years... Vic Sotto, Pauleen Luna ikakasal na SAKTO ang paglipad kahapon ni Pauleen Luna patungong Los Angeles, California, sa pagkumpirmang ginawa ng boyfriend na si Vic Sotto na engaged na nga sila. Nagpa-Amerika si Pauleen kasama ang ina para umano dumalo sa kasal ng isang malapit na kamag-anak. Hinala ng press, umiwas lang itong sagutin ang napakaraming katanungan tungkol sa pagpapakasal nila ng isa sa main hosts ng longest-running noontime show na Eat Bulaga. Maging si Vic, na kinumpirma ang tungkol sa engagement sa isang presscon kahapon, ayaw magbigay ng anumang detalye tungkol sa kasal. Matatandaan na unang lumabas ang pagpaplano ng dalawa sa kasal kalagitnaan ng taon. Ani Pauleen sa isang interview, simple lang ang gusto nilang wedding dahil pareho naman silang simpleng tao ni Vic. Smooth na raw ang mahigit tatlong taon nilang relasyon at masasabi niyang mas kilala na nila ni Vic ang isa t isa. Dagdag pa ng actress-host, si Vic na ang pinakamatagal niyang naging boyfriend. Tumanggi naman siyang magbigay ng komento tungkol sa sinasabing bahay na ipinatatayo ng comedian-tv host sa Laguna. Anyway, isa ang dating aktres na si Beverly Vergel sa ilang malalapit na kaibigan na unang nakaalam ng engagement. Ito rin ang unang nag-post ng litrato ng engagement ring ni Pauleen sa kanyang Instagram account although hindi niya ito pinangalanan. Sa naturang post ni Beverly, sinabi niyang, Congratulations!!! I am sooo happy for you!!! It s meant to be. This love will last a lifetime. Sa sumunod niyang post, sinagot ni Beverly ang message na apparently ay galing kay Pauleen na naglalaman ng, Before it comes out on the news, I want you to be one of the first ones to know. It s Showtime, pinipilit makahabol sa Eat Bulaga NAPAKA-VISIBLE ngayon sa Kapamilya Network lalo na sa ASAP and It s Showtime at iba pang program ng ABS-CBN ang dating mga Kapuso talents tulad nina Jay-R, Kyla at Kris Lawrence na pare-parehong naging produkto ng rival program ng ASAP ang SOP, Party Pilipinas kung tutuusin ay magaganda rin ang segments. Pero kapansin-pansin ang C.O.C. o Clash of Celebrities ng It s Showtime na parang hango din sa Bulaga Pa More celebrity showdown ng Eat Bulaga. Nobody would think na magki-click nang husto sa televiewers ang tinaguriang nilang panlasa dahil parang nauumay na sila sa tila routinary acts na ipinapakita ng ibang programa. Maine Mendoza or Yaya Dub is not even a looker. Hindi stand-out ang kanyang ganda pero minahal siya ng mga manonood dahil sa kanyang kakaibang character na ginampanan. hanggang Sunday All Stars na tuluyan nang namaalam sa ere at ito y pinalitan ng Sunday PinaSaya na isang musical-comedy show. When there were times na halos neck to neck ang labanan sa ratings ng longestrunning noontime show na Eat Bulaga ng GMA at It s Showtime ng Kapamilya Network, ngayon naman ay napag-iwanan na ng milyamilya ang programa nina Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, Vhong Navarro, Karylle at iba pa ng Eat Bulaga dahil sa pagiging phenomenal ng pagsikat ng AlDub loveteam nina Alden Richards at Maine Mendoza na mas kilala ngayon as Yaya Dub. Maging ang iba t ibang celebrity showdown sa pamamagitan ng Bulaga Pa More ay tinututukan ng mga manonood, isang rason kung bakit kailangang kumilos ang mga tao behind It s Showtime na accidental split-screen loveteam nina Alden Richards (na nasa studio) at si Maine Mendoza na nasa kalye (iba t ibang location areas) na dinarayo ng Juan for All, All for One segment nina Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola at Paolo Ballesteros, ang queen ng transformation sa telebisyon. Ratings game pa rin ang barometro ng mga programa ng magkakatunggaling TV stations. Sino nga ba ang magaakala na matatalo ang 20-year-old long-running musical variety show ng ABS-CBN, ang ASAP na kung saan mga tampok ang mga naglalakihang stars and talents ng Kapamilya Network kumpara sa bagong simulang Sunday PinaSaya ng GMA na wala sa kahalati ang involved na talents kung ihahambing sa ASAP. Maybe, naghahanap lamang ang televiewers ng kakaibang putahe sa ka- We know for a fact na nagdu-double time ang mga tao behind It s Showtime at ASAP para muli nilang mabawi ang high ratings na matagal na nilang ini-enjoy. Alden and Maine are instant stars at kung paano masu-sustain ng GMA, TAPE, Inc. at APT Entertainment ang interes ng mga manonood ay nasa kanilang mga kamay na rin ang kasagutan. Ngayong sikat na sikat na ang tambalan nina Alden at Maine, kasunod na rito ang movie projects, a TV project on their own, concerts maybe at hindi rin kami magtataka kung magiging in-demand ang dalawa sa mga product endorsements at political endorsements para sa nalalapit na halalan. Panahon nina Alden at Maine ngayon and no one can argue with the success ng kanilang tambalan at kasikatan na kanilang tinatamasa ngayon. vic sotto & pauleen luna Fans, nangako ng 4M to 5M tweets sa pagkikita nina Alden at Yaya Dub NAGKAKAGULO ang AlDub fans sa posibilidad na magkikita na finally sa Sabado sa Eat Bulaga dahil parehong nakapasok sa wildcard sina Alden Richards at Yaya Dub o Maine Mendoza. In-announce kahapon sa Eat Bulaga ang tungkol dito at nagkagulo na ang AlDub fans na sabik na sabik nang makitang magkasama ang AlDub loveteam. Naunang nagbigay ng clue si Joey de Leon na THE CAT SAT AND SAID, Up here! Hit me! This is the life! Aldubadabado! na pinaghirapang i-decipher ng fans. Pinayagan na rin ni Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) na sumali sa Eat Bu- laga Pa More si Yaya Dub, kaya ayun, sumabog ang social media. Nangako ang AlDub fans ng 4M to 5M tweets ang gagawin nila sa pagkikita nina Alden at Yaya Dub, tingnan natin kung maa-achieve nila ito. Nabasa nga namin, before 7 a.m. sa Sabado, 1M tweets na ang gagawin nila. Nai-imagine na namin, susugod ang maraming tao sa Broadway Centrum at marami ang mag-a-absent sa school at sa trabaho dahil matagal nang hinihintay ang pagkikita ng AlDub loveteam. Ang request ng AlDub fans, sa MOA gawin ang Eat Bulaga sa Sabado para magkasya silang lahat. Wish din nilang hindi na naman sila mahopia gaya ng two consecutive Saturdays. Excited si Alden sa mangyayari sa Sabado sa tweet nitong Wildcard! #ALDUBJourneyToForever na dahil baka magkita na ang AlDub loveteam. Kailangan na talagang pagkitain sina Alden at Yaya Dub dahil sa September 18, first shooting day na ng Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry nina Vic Sotto at Ai-Ai de las Alas at kasama ang AlDub loveteam sa movie. May offers din silang endorsements at ibang projects together na matatanggap at magagawa oras na magkita na sila. alden richards & maine mendoza
7 september 04-06, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon 7 medical mission... from Page 1 The medical mission was spearheaded by CDC and supported by 21 doctors from the Central Luzon Ears Nose and Throat Association, four doctors from the 1st Air Division of the Philippine Air Force and Barangay Health Workers from Macapagal village. The half day activity was held Macapagal village covered court in Mabalacat City. CDC Health Sanitation Department manager Dr. Ma. Clemencita Dobles and External Affairs Department manager Rommel C. Narciso spearheaded the said activity which is part of CDC s Corporate Social Responsibility program. Medicines such as anti hypertension, anti- asthma, antibiotics and multi-vitamins were also distributed to the beneficiaries. Services such as medical and pediatric consultations were given to majority of the patients, tooth extraction to 44 patients and ENT checkup to 7 residents. Marcos Caligagan, barangay chairman of Macapagal village expressed gratitude to the state-owned firm headed by president and CEO Atty. Arthur P. Tugade for providing free medical consultation and medicines to his constituents. moka from Page 1 enforcement, education, parenthood, sports, government service, business and entrepreneurship, religion, culture and the arts, agriculture, science and technology, mass media, youth service, judicial service, and social service. As per the MOKA entry qualifications stipulated in Ordinance of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the nominees should be Kapampangan by blood or by birth. At least one of the nominee s parents should be a Kapampangan or the nominee is born in any of the towns or cities of Pampanga. However, the Capitol is not closing its doors to non-kapampangans who are as deserving and as influential in the further growth of the province. ombudsman... from Page 1 for the benefit of all Olongapo residents and will ensure its economic development and modernization. The complaint, which was filed by Olongapo city administrator Mamerto Malabute on July 22, 2014, alleged that former Olongapo mayor James Bong Gordon Jr. was guilty for malversation of public funds and violations of Section 3 (a) and (e) of Republic Act No for the sale of the PUD. In 2013, Paulino used the privatization of the PUD and the frequent brownouts due to the decrepit state of Olongapo s power distribution system to stain Gordon s reputation and win the elections. According to the decision, Malabute claimed that what was covered by the city ordinances and resolutions passed and approved by the City Council was only for the modernization of the PUD itself...[but] that the subject lots were not part of the PUD distribution system, hence, should not have been included in the sale of the PUD. The Ombudsman found in its investigation that the lots were included in the Asset Purchase Agreement (APA), and they were known as PUD Sub-stations, where the PUD towers, transformers, switchboards and installation public dialoogue... from Page 2 2 wells... from Page 2 peace month... from Page 2 It also confers the Outstanding Honorary Kapampangan Award for an individual who served in Pampanga and contributed to its development. This year s executive committee is headed by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda and its vice chairman Board Member Anthony Joseph Torres. Members of the committee are as follows, Board Members Cherry Manalo, Rosve Henson, and Arthur Salalila; Dr. Ma. Lourdes Javier, MOKAwardee for Education (2000); Ma. Theresa Laus, MOKAwardee for Community Service (2002); Roberto Tantingco, MOKAwardee for Culture and the Arts (2004); and Ma. Lourdes Carmela Jade Pangilinan-Gonzales, MOKAwardee for Youth Service (2007). Interested parties can get their nomination forms and list of requirements at the Provincial Information Office (PIO) or the Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTOP). Said forms can also be downloaded from the PIO website, pampanga.gov.ph or through the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards Facebook fan page. The submission of nominations is open until October 31, The winners for this year will be named on December 11, in culmination of the 444th Aldo ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day) celebration. facilities were installed or located. The 300 square meter property mentioned in the Deed of Absolute sale is located at barangay Old Cabalan, and not in Barangay Kalaklan, and the said lot was occupied by the PUD and that there was [only] a typographical error with respect to the location of the property. In addition, Morales said of the sale contract of the PUD to OEDC that it was Clearly, the contract is not injurious but very advantageous to the city government. She said that this was because the contract price was only 610, 500,000.00, but the amounts actually received by the City Government of Olongapo amounted to 623, 614, because of the interest of 13, 114, earned from the Escrow deposit at the DBP Makati branch, which redounded to the benefit of the city government. For his part, Gordon said that mayor Paulino should stop spreading lies and begin to recognize all the benefits of the PUD privatization. After all, he has already succeeded in using this issue to win the last elections with his outrageous allegations. For once, he must now face the truth and stop misleading the public about it. (PR) every three years. At present, Garcia added, there are about 3,000 tricycles plying the streets of Balanga City and 50% of it or 1,500 units are still using 2-stroke engines. stead the establishment of their own water district. Lamao is home to many big industries like portions of the expansion program of Petron Bataan Refinery, San Miguel ber 25 in Pasig City with a focus on the socioeconomic program Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) and its achievements in helping conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable communities. This is expected to be achieved with PAMA- NA beneficiaries sharing heart-warming stories of struggle and resilience in a special story-telling session, and a PAMANA Food Festival featuring delicacies and food from 13 regions in the country where there are communities serviced by PAMANA. To underscore the need for the Corporation, government arsenal and an explosive company. The Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Customs have offices in the village. It has an air-conditioned barangay hall and health center and its own barangay high school. (PNA) public to be kept informed of the government s effort to improve the socio-economic condition in these communities, the PAMANA website will also be launched in the same event. Through these activities, we hope that the Filipino public will appreciate more the peace process, and our call for unity behind the efforts to forge peace in all parts of the country, so that the next generation of Filipinos will benefit from the development that will come with the onset of genuine and lasting peace in our entire country, Secretary Deles said. (OPAPP) esl course... from Page 3 derstanding (MOU) by Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo and Dr. Hwa-Soon Ryoo, HAU president and KIWU president, respectively, through an exchange of signatures on the document. The MOU is effective for a period of five years starting July 11, civil service... from Page 3 1 to December 31, 2015, Executive Optical branches are offering up to 20% discount on exclusive frames and sunglasses, up to 10% discount on signature frames and sunglasses except for select brands, and free services. State workers only need to present their official government office ID and/or GSIS ID to qualify for the benefit, which is transferable to the employee s dependents. Red Ribbon is also offering a 10% discount for a minimum purchase of P350 from September 15 to November 15, Government employees will also get a free 12 oz. iced tea for every P200 purchase at any Chowking store for the month of September. The National Museum will provide government employees free admission this September to the National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of Fine Arts, National Planetarium, and its branch museums nationwide. The Manila Ocean Park is offering discounted packages for entrance to its attractions. Government employees may purchase a maximum of 10 tickets for their family and friends. Schedule of ticket reservations at the Manila Ocean Park Reservation Office is from Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket validity is from September 1 to December 31, as of this writing... from Page 5 now we know!... from Page 5 Star City is also offering a P280/ Ride-All-You-Can (RAYC) ticket (discounted from P420) to government employees and three (3) of their family members. This treat is available from September 4-6, 2015 and September 11-30, 2015; Monday to Thursday (4 p.m.onwards) and Friday, Saturday, Sunday (2 p.m. onwards). To avail themselves of the museum and theme park promos, government employees must present their office ID or GSIS ID card at the reservation or ticketing booths and the service gates. Themed Kayang-Kaya Mo, Lingkod Bayani, the month-long PCSA celebration aims not only to commemorate the establishment of the Philippine Civil Service in 1900, but also to recognize the contributions and achievements of civil servants in national development. Aside from special treats, the CSC is spearheading the R.A.C.E. to Serve V Fun Run on September 12, 2015 at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila, and the 5th Government Choral Competition Grand Finals on September 15, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. Civil servants are urged to read the announcements at ph for more details on the PCSA promotions. (CSC) life while having fun. The forthcoming attraction at Clark is another boost in the tourism industry in the region. Not only do they provide entertainment and fun, zoos are educational places that should be visited by the public. Also, they provide safe havens for animals that are threatened by various elements in the environment such as pollution, animal hunters and the lack of food in the wild. Clark is an ideal place for a zoo since it has vast open areas and a forested portion that can provide a good environment for animals. It is highly accessible with the Subic-Clark-Tarlac traversing the said Freeport. Clark has other establishments and tourist spots too that can provide a one-stop-shop visit to the public during weekends and leisure times. The zoo will be a big help in the furtherance of tourism in Angeles City, in the Province of Pampanga and Central Luzon as well. With the proliferation of malls, bars and restaurants in major cities and towns in the region, it s high time that there are alternative places to visit, relax, have fun and get educated like zoos. A couple of years ago, former Pampanga 1st District Congressman Carmelo Tarzan Lazatin spearheaded some moves to invite Disneyland management to consider establishing a theme park inside the Clark Freeport. The move was supported by various sectors and some local governments. The dream however of having Disneyland at Clark remains to be realized. Perhaps other local government officials including the incumbent congressman now of the said district, Cong, Joseller Yeng Guiao, will revive such move. This writer welcomes other views, comments, and reactions. You may send your message at Such compassion of the Holy Father is overwhelming. I personally applaud the Pontiff for showing benevolence to all sinners. He is the only Pope who understands the sensitivity of the issue. Forgiving is a divine deed. What the Pope is doing is an example of godliness. He is truly the messenger of God. Want to broaden your business horizon? LET US HELP YOU! 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8 feature VOLUME IV NO. 58 SEPTEMBER 04-06, 2015 FRIDAY - SUNDAY Benjamin s best- seller Tacos. Benjamin street sign. Benjamin A fine place for dining, relaxing The Quesadilla, which is being served in Benjamin, originated from Mexico. TEXT & PHOTOS BY DENCIO PACHECO I T WAS on October 25, 2014 when Nicco Vicencio, a budding entrepreneur from Sta. Monica, Lubao, opened his little restaurant to the public that is named after his grandfather, Benjamin. Little did he know that the good taste of the food he serves, the very affordable price and the cool ambience would make it a favorite place for families, friends and acquaintances to dine in and have a perfect time to bond. This al fresco-themed dining place offers Mexican food given with a Filipino twist. Its bestsellers are the tacos and the quesadilla prepared the Benjamin s way. It also offers chicken wings, nachos, carnitas, fajitas, pasta and a lot more. The food and drinks are very, very affordable a value for your money. What s good about Benjamin is its cool, relaxing ambiance that is very ideal for family and friends to bond. While enjoying the food you eat, you d feel like you were going back in time because of the antique pieces on display that complements the dining mood. Among the old pieces, which some are collections of the Vicencio family, are a fire hydrant, plate numbers, a refrigerator, typewriter, carriage, boat lights, a gasoline pump, iron, desk fan, and a lot more. The aged-old house where the restaurant is located (at the garden and garage) is owned by Benjamin, whose memory is immortalized through the name of the establishment that gives happiness and delight to its customers. The next time you look for a better place to dine in and relax, try Benjamin. It is open from Thursday to Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For reservations, you may call or com. This series of Philippine car plates are eye candy for enthusiasts. A cozy and enjoyable ambience is what Benjamin promises diners. Oldies, but goodies: helmet, canister, flat-iron, electric fan, manual drill, ice-shredder, gas lamps, among other antiquities, are displayed at the restaurant. An Esso LPG tank from ExxonMobil USA. US Army bicycle A karitela at the restaurant s garden Aged wood barrel with an old Batya. A writer s best friend in the olden times.