1 WATERY VIEW. This aerial photo shows widespread flooding and river swelling in Nueva Ecija, as taken by members of Taskforce Lando of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. NGCP has activated the taskforce to focus on the immediate restoration of power in Nueva Ecija and Aurora. --NGCP PHOTO VOLUME IV NO. 90 OCTOBER 21, 2015 WEDNESDAY VG Delta inspects flooded areas in San Luis, Candaba By LIEZEL CAYANAN CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Vice Governor Dennis Delta Pineda on Tuesday inspected the areas affected by the floodwaters induced by typhoon Lando in the towns of San Luis and Candaba. vg inspects...page 7 High Court stops GMA s plunder trial for 30 days SITE INSPECTION. Vice Gov Dennis Delta Pineda together with San Luis Mayor Venancio Macapagal, Apalit Mayor Oscar Tetangco, Jr and PDRRMO Angie Blanco inspects the Sta. Cruz Poblacion portion of Arnedo Dike in San Luis. --JUN JASO CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The trial for plunder of former President and Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before the Sandiganbayan has been stopped for 30 days, after the Supreme Court has issued a status quo ante order in her favor. The High Court has also ordered the Anti-Graft Court s First Division to comment on the petition filed by Arroyo. In the 115-page petition of Arroyo, she asked the SC to reverse high court... PAGE 7 Lando leaves 7 fatalities in CL; P4.6B in agri damages By Froilan E. Magtoto CITY OF SAN FERNANDO At least seven persons died and 27 were injured during the height of Typhoon Lando s onslaught in Central Luzon, according to the Central Luzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC 3). RDRRMC 3 identified the fatalities as Leonardo Cinco, 11, of Barangay Calantas, Casiguran, Aurora; Armando De Leon, 26, of Barangay Dibaraybay, Dinalungan, Aurora; Riza Lisma, 40, of Barangay Culat, Caiguran, Aurora; Mario Abesamis, 58, of Barangay Pias, Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija; Pedro Tuares, 65, of Barangay Pulong Matung, Gen Tinio, Nueva Ecija; Violeta Magbalot, 57, of Barangay San Julian, Moncada, Tarlac; Evangeline Cortez, 57, of Barangay Gama, Sta. Cruz, Zambales; and Benita Famanilay, 62, of Barangay Asinan, Subic, Zambales. Of these, three died because of drowning, one due to electrocution, one due to multiple injuries and one when a wall collapsed on her. RDRRMC-3 also said a total of P4.651 billion in agricultural products like rice and fisheries was lost in the region during the typhoon. In Aurora province, the cost lando leaves... PAGE 7
2 2 16 persons hurt in Bataan road mishap NEWSHeadline Gitnang Luzon OCTOBER 21, 2015 By Mhike R. Cigaral DINALUPIHAN, BATAAN Sixteen persons including two children were injured when a passenger bus lost control and fell off the roadside along Olongapo Gapan Road in Barangay Roosevelt of this town, the other day. Police report said the vehicle involved was a Victory Liner Bus (CXD-601) with body number 8003 being driven by Sherald Semanero, 36, married and resident of 328 Provincial Road, Caloocan City, and a native of Santiago City, Isabela. Investigation disclosed that the said bus was travelling from the general direction of Olongapo City going to Dinalupihan town proper, and upon reaching a certain point of the road in the process of unloading a passenger, it lost control due to slippery road because of the heavy rains. Injured passengers were identified as Christine V Lanchico, 28, a resident of Colo, Dinalupihan; Ma. Christine Faye V. Laban, 34, of Doña Francisca, Balanga City; Rogel E. Dela Cruz, 33, of Poblacion, Pulilan, Bulacan; Realiza V. Espino, 32, of Luacan, Dinalupihan; Mark Joseph Gutierrez, 20, of Inaon, Pulilan, Bulacan; Ma. Teresa Magloyuan, 57, of Malabon City; Ma. Luisa Magloyuan, 19, of Malabon City; Ronrico P. Adamos, 34; April B. Bersabal, 28; Krirsten Sabe Bersabal, 8; and Franchesca Mhae Bersabal, 3, all residents of Lincoln Heights Dinalupihan; Michael S. Ugalino, 30, of Castillejos, Zambales; Ivory Jane Lopez, 21, of San Pablo Dinalupihan; Marinelle O. Magsino, 27, of Saba, Hermosa; John Carlo M. Aboy, 29, of Pandacaqui, Mexico, Pampanga; and Belinda E. Bayeng, 31, of Pinulot, Dinalupihan. The victims were immediately rushed to the Jose C. Payumo Memorial Hospital for medical attention while the driver voluntarily surrendered to the police for further investigation and proper disposition. The company shouldered all the expenses in the hospitalization of passengers. Comelec: 7T voters still no biometrics in Mab t City By Charlene A. Cayabyab MABALACAT CITY The local Commission on Elections announced that more than 7,000 out of 90,869 registered voters (as of October 10, 2015) are still without digital photograph, signature and fingerprints in their registration records. Acting Election Officer III Ma. Lourdes Alfaro said these voters may not be able to participate in the upcoming 2016 elections if they will not update their biometrics data. With the anticipation of the huge influx of applicants and in consideration of a more accessible venue for Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizens, the Office of the City Election Officer (OCEO) of Mabalacat is set to conduct the last stretch of registration and validation of voters at the Event Center 2 of SM City Clark on October 21 to 31, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sa SM Clark lang po sila makakapag-avail ng services starting October dahil iisa lang po ang server ng Comelec office, Alfaro said. 6 arrested in Bulacan drug buy busts By Froilan E. Magtoto CAMP OLIVAS Agents of the Central Luzon Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-3) arrested six drug personalities over the week in two separate anti-illegal drug operations in Bulacan. PDEA-3 Director Gladys Rosales said the operatives apprehended two in a drug sting in Marilao town identified as Christopher Raneses, 50, of Caloocan City; and Elizabeth David, 45, of Floridablanca, Pampanga. Seized from Raneses and David were an ice plastic bag with shabu weighing about 100 grams with an estimated value of P350,000 and the marked money used in the operation. Raneses and David are now detained 6 arrested... Page 7 SUPPORT. Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan is seen here with 4th District congressional bet Apalit Mayor Jun Tetangco and 4th District board member candidate ex-officio BM Gerome Tubig, during the filing of her CoC last week. --contributed photo Macabebe mayor draws strength from scholars By Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario MACABEBE, Pampanga At least 4,000 supporters and scholars of Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan joined her when she filed her Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) last week. Balgan is running against her brother, former Mayor Leonardo Flores. I already want to declare myself as winner after seeing all your love and support for me. I only wanted to see my scholars but I got much more and very surprised, said Balgan. She made education the priority of her government since Balgan has some 1,500 college scholars, spending millions from her own pockets to help poor ones beat poverty through education, said municipal official Con Macalino. Balgan said this is the hardest problem in my life because I am facing my own brother. But I am willing to face the challenge for the sake of my present and future scholars, she added. In her speech, Balgan also took a swipe at children who are spoiled brats. She urged parents to stop early wrong practices and attitudes of their children. Flores running-mate is his son, re-electionist Vice Mayor Vince Flores. Three-term Councilor Dennis Yumang is the vice mayor of Balgan. Councilor Bembong Balgan is seeking re-election under the party of her mother, Balgan. Others in their lineup for Councilors are: Carlito Tragora, Gilbert John Polintan, Edgardo Bustos, Arturo Cunanan, Cecilia Rubina, Ernesto Silva and Myline Henson. Republic of the Philippines Province of Pampanga Municipality of Santa Rita OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Susan B. Marcha has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from Susan Petrocinia to Susan in the Certificate of Live Birth of Susan Petrocinia S. Batac born on May 8, 1958 with Registry Number 207 and whose parents are Arsenio N. Batac and Placida D. Suba. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition to this office not later November 4, HGL: October 21 & 28, 2015 (Sgd) ROSARIO G. SUNGA Municipal Civil Registrar IN ORDER. Mabalacat Mayor Marino Boking Morales, during an interview with media after the filing of his Certificate of Candidacy over the week, said his re-election bid is in order. --JP MANALANG
3 OCTOBER 21, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon BUSINESS 3 CL Coffee growers visit Mindanao counterparts By Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario ANGELES CITY Coffee growers of Aurora, Bataan and Bulacan, together with officials of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), recently visited the province of Bukidnon on a benchmarking mission from October 7 to 9, 2015 to enhance their learning about best practices in growing and processing of coffee. Arnel Paluyo of the Samahang Magkakape ng Aurora, Gina Mangalindan, president of the Tala Orani Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Bataan and Nerissa Agojo, president of the Doña Remedios Trinidad Highland Coffee Growers in Bulacan were invited by DTI-3 for the mission. HIneleban Foundation Chairman John Paul Perrine welcomed the Central Luzon visitors and introduced them to modern packaging methods used for the commercially successful Hineleban brand of coffee from the town of Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon. DTI Provincial Directors Edna Dizon and Zorina Aldana, of Aurora and Bulacan respectively, were impressed by the packaging methods of the coffee brand and hoped that this will be replicated in Central Luzon. Hineleban Foundation is a proud cooperator of DTI s Shared Service Facilties (SSF) program where DTI provided its coffee processing equipment. DTI Bataan OIC Nelin Cabahug hoped that the representative of the Tala coffee producers of Orani, Bataan could share the farm management method and the harvesting technology used by the Bukidnon coffee producers to his fellow producers in Orani. The group also visited the Northern Mindanao Industry Research Center and the Bukidnon Integrated Coffee Center, a project of the Department of Agriculture and Nestle Philippines. Batangas bettor claims P69.2-M 6/45 lotto pot coffee growers... Page 7 MANILA The lucky bettor from Batangas who bagged the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw on Oct. 9 has claimed his P69,272,620 prize, according to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. The lone winner, a businessman, got the winning numbers from lucky pick. He has been a bettor for 10 years. He plans to put additional capital to his existing business, help his poor relatives and finance the education of out-of-school children. PCSO Assistant General Manager for Gaming Sector Conrado C. Zabella said PCSO always wishes lotto winners to spend their winnings wisely, invest in good businesses, save some in the bank, for their children s education and the future. PCSO wishes also that they also share some for charity. The winner received his prize check at the charity agency main office in Mandaluyong City on Oct.20. Wendy s introduces holiday treats By Charlene A. Cayabyab ANGELES CITY Wendy s SM City Clark (SMCK) is making the holidays extra special with their new offers. During the Holidays, Wendy s SMCK will be offering Criss Cut Crunchers and Wendy s Bourbon BBQnator to its customers. This is the season of giving, and we are delighted to give something new, something delicious, something customers will keep wishing for this Christmas, Waldy Loresto, Wendy s SMCK manager, said. The Criss Cut Crunchers are yummy thick-cut fries smothered with super cheese and bacon and barbeque sauce. Wendy s SMCK also added a kick to their signature Baconator. The new Wendy s Bourbon BBQnator is made with 100 percent pure beef patty, crunchy shoestring potatoes, sautéed onions, bacon strips, a slice of American cheese, and barbeque sauce with a kick of Jim Beam bourbon. Come and enjoy our Criss Cut Crunchers and the new Wendy s Bourbon BBQnator! Hurry, they re available for a limited time only, Loresto said. The limited edition food offers are also available in other Wendy s branches. holiday s treats... Page 7 apec calls... Page 7 VISIT OVER COFFEE. DTI Provincial Directors Nelin Cabahug (2nd L), Edna Dizon (3rd L), Zorina Aldana and CL coffee growers visit Kape Maramag coffee shop in Valencia, Bukidnon. --DTI-3 PHOTO DENR to hold community-based forest management congress By Charlene A. Cayabyab CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Around 2,000 environment representatives are set to attend the Community Based Forest Management (CBFM)-National Greening Program (NGP) Congress at the World Trade Center Manila on October 28 to 29. Environment representatives include peoples organizations (POs), civil society organizations (CSOs), Criss Cut Crunchers are yummy thick-cut fries smothered with super cheese and bacon and barbeque sauce. --jp manalang non-government organizations (NGOs), academe and private sector and key officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and staff. The congress shall kick off with an exhibit to showcase CBFM-NGP good practices and accomplishments in acknowledgement of POs being part of the NGP s achievement of over 1.2 million hectares of land reforested, so far, with percent seedling survival rate. The first day is also reserved for consultations and planning sessions in relation to the El Niño Phenomenon and review of 2015 NGP implementation as well as 2016 targets and guidelines while the Business Meeting would be between CBFM PO federation Officials and CBFM-NGP partners to chart the roadmap for the national CBFM-NGP network. Likewise, field offices will present respective CBFM-NGP good practices and corresponding lessons and recommendations. Highlights of the first day would be the launching of the Partnership on Credit Facilities for CBFM between the DENR and the Land Bank of the Philippines, orientation by NonTimber Forest Product-Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) on promoting ASEAN coopera- The new Wendy s Bourbon BBQnator is made with 100 percent pure beef patty, crunchy shoestring potatoes, sautéed onions, bacon strips, a slice of American cheese, and barbeque sauce with a kick of Jim Beam bourbon. --jp manalang denr to hold... Page 7
4 4OPINIONHeadline Gitnang Luzon OCTOBER 21, 2015 EDITORIAL Own brand of service PAMPANGA S Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda, much like his mother, has his own brand of service. If Gov. Lilia Pineda is known for her advocacy to improve the health services in the province, VG Delta is known to be a first responder during times of disasters and calamities. In fact, he has motored to the province of Nueva Ecija during the height of Typhoon Lando to help in the province s evacuation efforts. It can also be recalled that the Vice Governor personally went to Tacloban after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda, extending food and non-food assistance to the survivors there. Yesterday, he went to the towns of San Luis and Candaba to check and assess the situation in the towns, and urged residents there to immediately evacuate. There is a possibility still for the Pampanga River to reach the spilling level. As of this writing, 11 barangays in San Luis are affected by floodwaters left by Lando s wake. In Candaba, meanwhile, the Vice Governor brought with him rescuers, two military trucks, one rubber boat to be used in rescue efforts. A loader has also been brought in the area to clear the water lilies. Pineda also assured residents in the affected areas that the provincial government will distribute relief goods and other assistance to them soon. 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) Environment should be everybody s concern HAVEN T we learned our lesson? It is now that we have to start re-greening our country. Not that we can solve climate change in an instant, but we can at least mitigate the effects of this man-made calamity in the coming years. Haven t we noticed that every single day, we re witnessing new and undeniable climate events (the country just experienced Lando despite reports that we are in the midst of El Nino), which just prove that accelerated climate change is happening now. We all know that drought and storms are intensifying. We are seeing extreme weather events. The government should not be alone in this combat. All must be involved and start planning on how to re-green and bring back the luster of the country in the near future. We have to do something like plant trees, re-use rain water, limit the use of fossil fuel, among others so as not to worsen the effects of climate change, especially in our country which is considered as a typhoon belt by weather scientists. It is a noble undertaking and worthwhile activity that we have to start as in now! It is something not just for all of us, but also something for future generations. Let s follow the example of Clark where the protection of the environment is a primordial concern, despite economic development after more than 23 years of existence. CDC believes that taking care of the environment is everyone s concern, to maintain the ecological balance in the Freeport. It s not all investments and job generations in Clark, although that s the intention why the Freeport was established in The protection of the environment should be the duty not only of those who are in the upper echelons of society, because if we allow the destruction of the environment, those investments we have placed in Clark will only come to naught. the plumb Eric V. Jimenez It should pretty much be like taking care of our own body, where no one should remind us that we need to bathe, clean, drink, eat and much more take good care of it if we need our bodies to last longer, wrote Noel Tulabut, manager of the Communications Department of the Clark Development Corporation. In CDC, we have embark on our own little ways of trying to help save the environment, aside from our individual commitments to clean backyards, to pick up litter, to plant a tree. We also have to have a collective way and we hope it would help, Tulabut said. At present, the state-owned corporation is finalizing a policy on Green Architecture to those who will invest and construct buildings in Clark very soon. The objective of making green buildings is because the CDC thinks that these structures will really help protect the environment for a longer period of time. Among those that will be pioneering this green building is the Clark Green Frontier of the Capilion project, which will be incorporating the proposed Green Architect in Clark. Soon, CDC will give information all over Clark and all other government and private companies holding office there, via a manual on the recommendations, rules and regulations in putting up so-called green buildings. Thank God, Hansa Toys has already made its own environment conservation by constructing a structure that captures water from rainfall and use it to maintain the cleanliness of the toy factory in Clark. Hans Axthelm said that there s a need to conserve water right now or else the underground source will soon be depleted if no conservation is done ASAP. In the proposed green architect design, the buildings should incorporate a way to have rain catchment facilitythat could be used to conserve water. Currently, CDC is making some arrangements with Clark investors for facilities that are in coherence with environment protection and give them a few incentives in tow. Clark is also moving towards minimizing carbon footprint. In the Freeport, the CDC chief recently directed the Public Safety Department In the Freeport, the CDC chief recently directed the Public Safety Department not to allow smokebelching vehicles in Clark, including those that are from CDC. not to allow smoke-belching vehicles in Clark, including those that are from CDC. CDC President Art Tugade said that no one should be spared, even if the vehicle is from CDC or locators in Clark, because if we allow these vehicles to roam around the Freeport, it will only worsen the degradation of the environment. These are just some of the things being done in Clark. The CDC is hopeful that the same will be done, not only in Central Luzon Luzon, but throughout the country because if we will not act right now, all of these strange phenomenon will continue to occur in our country and sooner or later the effects of climate change may become irreversible. Good thing the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has included the environment issue in their platform. Vice President Jejomar Binay, Jabez s favorite presidential candidate in the May 2016 polls, has included in his agenda the protection of the environment because he knows the importance of the ecologithe plumb... Page 7
5 OCTOBER 21, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon OPINION 5 ILANG buwan na ang nakalilipas, bago pa dumating ang linggo ng pagpa-file ng mga Certificates of Candidacy (COC) ng mga kandidatong lalahok sa darating na halalan sa susunod na taon, maraming mga aktibidad na ang naiulat na ginawa ng iilan upang makakuha ng atensiyon at umani ng popularidad sa pag-asang maging daan ito patungo sa pagkaka-luklok sa puwesto. May mga bayan na kung saan namimigay ng mga regalo ang mga iilang kakandidato kung saan marami ang mga naghihirap na mga pamilya, mga lugar din na sinasabing maraming mga boto ng masa ang makukuha. Ang mga nasabing regalo ay kadalasang tila relief goods na ipinamimigay tuwing mayroong pagbaha o anumang delubyo. Kung minsan ay mayroon pang larawan ng kandidato. Ito ay ipinamimigay bilang tulong daw ng mga pulitiko sa mga nangangailangan. Mayroon din namang mga pulitiko na ginagamit ang mga medical missions kasama ang iilang mga kaibigang doktor na nagsasagawa ng mga ganitong klaseng aktibidad upang ika nga ay makatulong sa kapwa, lalo na ngayong panahon ng pulitika. Ang mga nasabing medical missions ay kadalasang ginagawa din sa mga depressed areas o kung saan marami sa ating mga kababayan ang naghihirap MAN is the root of all the atrocious things happening all over the globe. The erratic weather, civil and ethnic war among countries, poverty and despicable crimes, among other things are products of the parsimony of humankind. Our country is once again under the mercy of a weather disturbance. Typhoon Lando is still bringing havoc to some parts of Northern Luzon as of this writing. The damage is yet to be estimated. The provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora were massively affected and until now, no one knows exactly the devastation and the death toll the typhoon brought. Typhoon Lando is a lingering cyclone. According to PAGASA, it will stay in the Philippine area of Pamumulitika lang ba? Walang Biro! Ka Dencio Pacheco responsibility until Saturday this week. So, we need to wait and see the destruction it will bring forth over the week. Time and again, we see the massive devastation of typhoons in our country but we never learn. The extent of the damage done in our country is colossal yet we always take for granted our environment. Garbage fills our water channels, trees in our forests are cut down for human consumption, and mountains are razed for expansion and developments of real estate business to cater the fast growing need of human shelter, and lastly, people lack concern about the environment. We have only one planet, and if we will dehydrate its natural resources, at hindi kaya ang gastusin kahit magpatingin lamang sa doktor ng kanilang mga karamdaman. Samantala, mayroon din namang mga kandidato ang nagbibigay ng kasiyahan tulad na lang ng mga pa-bingo o kaya y mga entertainment show na animo y sa mga pagdiriwang ng mga palatuntunan kapag mayroong piyesta o okasyon. Ang mga pa-bingo na hindi naman maituturing na sugal, ay mayroong mga premyong cash na ibinibigay ng mga kandidato. Dahil sa pag-file ng mga kandidato ng kanilang mga CoCs, inaasahang mababawasan ang mga ganitong aktibidad kahit pa ang iba sa mga ito ay sinsero at tapat na pagtulong sa kapwa at ang iba nama y pawang pamumulitika lamang. Ang pag-file ng mga CoCs ay nagtatakda sa mga nag-file nito na sila ay mga opisyal nang mga kandidato sa darating na halalan sa susunod na taon, maliban lamang sa mga maide-deklarang mga nuisance candidates ng Commission on Elections o Comelec. Sapagkat naging mga opisyal na mga kandidato na, sila ay binabawalan na ng batas na lumahok sa mga aktibidad na halatang paraan ng pangangampanya lamang. Siyempre, walang kandidato ang may gusto na magka-aberya pa ang kanilang mga kandidatura bago sa sila sumabak sa laban sa Ang pagtulong o pagbibigay ng serbisyo ng iilan kapag tayo ay nasa panahon na ng halalan ay hindi masama, hindi rin ito tahasang illegal lalo na kung ginagawa ito ng tapat sa kalooban na walang hinihinging kapalit. Lingering Typhoon Lando If we add up all the damages and the cost of restructuring the affected areas since time immemorial, the sum would be gargantuan enough to build schools, bridges and roads. Now We Know! ELLEZ J. DAVIO Mayo Ang pagtulong o pagbibigay ng serbisyo ng iilan kapag tayo ay nasa panahon na ng halalan ay hindi masama, hindi rin ito tahasang illegal lalo na kung ginagawa ito ng tapat sa kalooban na walang hinihinging kapalit. Bagama t ito ay itinuturing na pamumulitika lamang ng iilan, ang mahalaga rito ay nai-aabot ang tulong sa mga nangangailangan lalo na sa mga kapos-palad na naturingan. Makikita rin sa mga taong tumutulong sa kapwa ang sinseridad nila sa pamamagitan ng kanilang pagbibigay tulong o serbisyo sa iba, may eleksiyon man o wala. Sa kabila nito, mapalad pa rin ang mga taong natutulungan ng iilan dahil kahit papaano y nai-aangat ang buhay ng ilan sa ating mga kababayan kahit pa panandalian lamang o pangmatagalan. none will be left for the future generation and maybe time will come, mankind will perish quickly without anybody even noticing it. Every year, we experience traumatic bruises from a natural calamity which results to a blow in our economy. If we add up all the damages and the cost of restructuring the affected areas since time immemorial, the sum would be gargantuan enough to build schools, bridges and roads. And if only we have honest government officials, none of these impairments would happen. I pity the farmers in Nueva Ecija. I saw the news footage where crops they were supposed to harvest were ravaged by the perennial rain and flooding. I saw hopelessness in their faces. I know Filipinos are known for being resilient, but to encounter struggles each time a calamity affects us is no joke. It could be exhausting, right? I am dreaming that someday, our country will be spared from such natural monstrosity. I just hope it can be done. Parnasong Kapampangan Neng Capa M. Pangan Paluwagan Ing terminung iti malagad lang bina Ding e re balu ing nanu pang salita A kaugne niti king sabing aliwa, Lalu nung yan e re pa dindam bitasa. Pero yan e pialung at e klasing sugal A maki-kasambut o malyaring dakal Ding pera mu uling atin ka pang palual Ditak a cash bamong akuang aparakal. Oneng ini antimo ing asabi ku Misan nung yan e re binang kabisadu Mekad king matsura o bage e ustu Ing karasan niti a dindam ku mismu. Lima lang babai a mibabarkada Ding misan nayan de itang kumara ra, Ban keng paluwagan yabe re pin sana, At anti keni ing meging dialogues da: Kumare, ngana ning minunang memuklat King paksang bage a nasa rang panagkat, Nung bisa ka bakang makatipun agad, Makyabe na ka kening grupu ming biklat Wapin nganing metung kareting babai Asne king kasanting ining panagkat mi Paluwagan ngara ding adua kareti, Misan paruminggu ayan daka keti. Wa ngana ning katlung abe rang dinatang, Inya siguradung keka maging mayan Mare, e ku bisa pasensya na ko ngan, Uling Virgin ku pa nganing pekibat nyan!!! teacher s corner Teaching and learning Mathematics in 21st century by Arwin Silao MY PERSONAL experiences as a mathematics teacher and instructional leader in my own right at various year levels has shown me that the favoured learning styles and approaches of elementary school pupils are not taken into significant consideration in the learning of mathematics. According to Dunn, the incongruity between the teaching styles of teachers and the learning styles of pupils leads to hindrance and absence of continual educational and intellectual development and formation. Similarly, educational psychology experts elucidate that when pupils are taught with approaches and methods discordant from their learning style preferences, they do not prosper in understanding and mastering the subject matter as rapidly as they could have. Additionally, pupils are projected to form and create their own mathematical knowledge, uncover relationships and find facts by employing their own learning styles and strategies rather than memorizing mathematical formulas and procedures. Mathematics teachers need to hone and apply their practice so as to fit more relevantly and closely with the roles, values and philosophies underpinning the mathematics curriculum they teach. Experts avowed that teachers need to pair and match their teaching styles to pupils preferred learning styles for complex tasks, and to support the learning of contents by using various teaching strategies. The study conducted by the Department of Education, the National Curriculum Guideline indicates that: Mathematics teachers are not necessarily good at teaching in schools by using active learning methods for exploiting the advantages coming through promoting learners learning styles and strategies. Moreover, my pragmatic experiences as a mathematics educator taught me that most elementary teacher s corner... Page 7
6 6 ENTERTAINMENT Headline Gitnang Luzon OCTOBER 21, 2015 PHILIPPINE CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES OFFICE (pcso) lotto results LOTTO GAME COMBINATIONS DRAW DATE JACKPOT WINNERS Megalotto 6/ /19/ ,915, Digit /19/ , Swertres Lotto 11AM /19/2015 4, Swertres Lotto 4PM /19/2015 4, Swertres Lotto 9PM /19/2015 4, EZ2 Lotto 9PM /19/2015 4, EZ2 Lotto 11AM /19/2015 4, EZ2 Lotto 4PM /19/2015 4, Grand Lotto /19/ ,976, Pati ba ang JaDine at sina Sarah G at Anne Curtis? Mga talents ng Viva ililipat ni Boss Vic sa TV5 NAGLABAS na ng official statement ang TV5 Network noong October 14, appointing Vic del Rosario of Viva Films as the network s chief entertainment strategist. Si Boss Vic na ang in-charge sa entertainment department ng TV5, kaya hintayin ang malaking pagbabago sa entertainment content ng network. Matagal na sa showbiz si Boss Vic, marami na ang napatunayan, maraming idea at maraming hawak na Viva talents para magtagumpay sa bago niyang posisyon. Ang tanong ngayon ay kung ililipat ba ni Boss Vic ang prized talents ng Viva na napapanood sa ABS-CBN gaya nina Sarah Geronimo, James Reid, Nadine Lustre at Anne Curtis? Jennylyn Mercado lilipat sa Kapamilya? BAKIT may isyu kay Jennylyn Mercado na iiwan ang GMA-7 at lilipat daw sa ABS-CBN? Ang sabi, tatapusin lang nito ang kontrata sa Kapuso Network at lilipat na. Posible ba ito, eh, hindi naman siya pinababayaan ng kanyang network? Ngayon nga, dalawa o tatlo ang regular shows ni Jennylyn dahil bukod sa My Faithful Husband nila ni Dennis Trillo, nasa Starstruck 6 din siya bilang isa sa mga judges at may cooking show sa GMA News TV. Nagsimula ang tsikang paglipat ni Jennylyn sa ABS-CBN nang gawin nito ang Regal Entertainment movie nila ni Sam Milby na talent ng Dos at nasundan ng paggi-guest niya sa Kris TV ni Kris Aquino. Nakadagdag pa sa isyung lipatan na si Jericho Rosales ang leading man sa MMFF entry na Walang Forever. Pero part lang ng promo ng PreNup movie nila ni Sam na showing sa October 14 ang guesting ni Jennylyn sa show ni Kris at posibleng maulit ang paggi-guest sa shows ng ABS-CBN pag nag-promote ng MMFF movie. Isyu rin kay Jennylyn ang nadiskubre ni Kris Aquino na nasa kanya pa ang trophy ni Luis Manzano nang interbyuhin siya ni Kris para sa Kris TV. Sabi ni Jennylyn, wala na raw siyang chance na ibalik ang trophy dahil break na yata sila that time. May premiere night daw ang movie bago ang regular showing at hopefully, ma-interview si Jennylyn sa mga isyung ito para hindi maligalig ang fans ng Kapuso network. Anyway, sayang at hindi na puwedeng i-extend ang My Faithful Husband dahil sa schedule nina Jennylyn at Dennis. Maganda pa naman ang story ng soap at mahuhusay ang cast, pero hindi na mapapahaba dahil busy na ang dalawa. AlDub, gustong gibain HETO ang isang isyu, Al- Dub Nation. May lumalabas na orchestrated move para gibain talaga ang Al- Dub loveteam. May naglalabasang write-ups kasi na kinukuwestiyon ang pagkilala sa AlDub loveteam ng Catholic Social Media Awards. Sila kasi ang ginawaran ng members nito dahil sa phenomenon na nilikha ng dalawa sa social media -- Twitter, Facebook at Instagram. Ang itinuturong magandang-asal ng Kalye Serye ng Eat Bulaga ang malaking factor upang sila ang gawaran ng award. Maging ang TAPE Inc., producer ng Bulaga, bibigyan din ng nasabing award. Siyempre nga naman, July 16 lang pumasok sa kamalayan ng publiko ang AlDub loveteam. Kaso, parang epidemya itong kumalat nang kumalat kaya hayun, sabog ang Twitter world sa hashtags na pinalalabas nila arawaraw, linggu-linggo. Naku, crab mentality na naman ito! Panoorin nga ninyo ang pelikulang Heneral Luna upang malaman kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng pagkakaroon ng mentalidad na ganyan. Sey ni John Arcilla sa isa niyang linya, Hindi Amerikano ang kaaway natin kundi kapwa Pilipino! Bang! Bang! Bang! Pinatay ng kapwa Pinoy si Heneral Luna sa ending ng movie. Mga artistang tatakbo ngayong election 2016 TULAD ng pangkaraniwang mamamayan, ang mga tagashowbiz ay hati-hati rin ang mga kandidatong susuportahan. Ang outgoing councilor ng Parañaque na si Alma Moreno ay tatakbo sa pagkasenador under UNA ticket ni presidentiable Jojo Binay habang ang kanyang anak na si Vandolph Quizon ay tatakbo naman sa pagka-konsehal ng Parañaque under Liberal Party. Tatakbo rin sa pagka-mayor ng Parañaque ang dating stepson ni Alma Moreno na si Jeremy Marquez. Nag-file na ng kanilang respective Certificates of Candidacy (CoC) ang magasawang Sen. Ralph Recto at outgoing Batangas governor Vilma Santos. Muling tatakbo sa pagkasenador si Sen. Ralph habang Kongreso naman ang next target ni Gov. Vilma Santos. Tatakbo naman sa pagka-senador ang exhusband ni Gov. Vi na si Edu Manzano at Kongreso naman ang target ng katunggali ni Edu, ang dating Optical Media Board Chairman na si Ronnie Ricketts. Muling kakandidato sa pagka-konsehal ng isang distrito ng Quezon City si Roderick Paulate at tatakbo rin sa pagka-konsehal ng ika-6 na distrito ng QC ang ex-partner ni QC Mayor Herbert Bautista na si Tates Gana. Kongreso pa rin ang target ng actor-politician na si Alfred Vargas. Naghain na rin ng CoC si dating Sen. Kiko Pangilinan sa pagka-senador kasama ang asawang si Sharon Cuneta at mga anak. Sa totoo lang, napakarami ang kakandidato para sa May 2016 elections ang nagmula sa showbiz tulad ng dating beauty queen na si Daisy Reyes na matagal na naging konsehala ng Pateros, Rizal at ngayon ay tatakbo sa pagkamayor ng nasabing lugar. Tatakbo sa pagka-mayor ng Angeles City sa Pampanga si outgoing Sen. Lito Lapid habang ang kanyang anak na si Mark Lapid naman ang kakandidato sa pagka-senador. Kasama niyang nag-file ng CoC ang asawang aktres na si Tanya Garcia. Tatakbo sa pagka-mayor ng Bacoor City si Rep. Lani Mercado at pagka-vice gover- BUKOD sa MOA Arena concert sa Nov. 13 titled Majasty, meron pang isang nagpapasaya ngayon kay Maja Salvador. Kitang-kita ito sa aura ng dalaga na kinikilig tuwing napag-uusapan ang tungkol sa kanyang textmate. Pagkatapos ng presscon ni Maja ay kinulit pa siya about her textmate. Panakaw ding sinisilip ang kung sino ang kanyang katext pero pilit niya talaga itong itinatago. Pinahulaan na lang niya sa kung sino ang guy na ka-text niya, pero lahat ng sinabi naming pangalan ay sablay. Hindi raw yon sina Paulo Avelino, Coco Martin at Rayver Cruz. Ayon sa handler ni Maja na si Neneth, hindi raw taga-star Magic ang actor. Lalo tuloy kaming naguluhan. Tapos na ang tsikahan namin with Maja nang maisip na baka si Sam Milby ang tinutukoy niyang textmate. Hindi nga kaya si Sam yon? May nakapagsabi kasi na kaya ayaw aminin ni Maja ang tungkol kay Sam ay dahil babae siya at pangit nga naman na sa kanya manggaling na tine-text siya ng aktor. Anyway, tiyak na magbibigay ng reaksyon si Sam at Maja ngayong alam na ng iba na textmate silang dalawa. Samantala, handa na ba ulit ang puso niya na magmahal? Handa na yan! sabi agad niya. Wala lang akong time. Makikipag-text ba ako kung hindi? pag-amin pa niya. Iimbitahan ba niya ang textmate sa kanyang Majasty concert? Tetext ko siya kung puwede siya, natatawa niyang sagot. Hindi naman naniniwala si Maja sa sinasabi ng iba na kapag walang lovelife ay saka mas nagiging bongga ang career ng isang artista. nor pa rin ng Cavite ang target ng anak nila ni Sen. Bong Revilla na si Jolo Revilla habang ang outgoing mayor ng Bacoor na si Strike Revilla naman ang tatakbo sa pagkakongresista. Bale magpapalit sila ni Rep. Lani Mercado. Medyo naging emotional ang mag-inang Lani at Jolo sa kanilang pagpa-file ng CoC sa Cavite dahil for the first time ay hindi nila kasama si Sen. Bong Revilla na parating nakasuporta sa kanila. Ang iba pang mga kakandidato ay ang Jukebox Queen na si Imelda Papin na tatakbo sa pagka-kongresista ng Camarines Sur, E.R. Ejercito na muling tatakbo sa pagka-gobernador ng Laguna, ang kanyang misis na si Maita Ejercito bilang mayor ng Pagsanjan, Laguna, ang half-brother ni E.R. Ejercito na si Gary Estrada na muling kakandidato sa Quezon Province, ang aktres na si Angelica Jones sa isang posisyon sa Laguna, ang actor na si Yul Servo, si Manila vice-mayor Isko Moreno sa pagka-senador, sina Rico J. Puno, Monsour del Rosario at Jhong Hilario bilang konsehal ng Makati at marami pang iba. Sam Milby, bagong inspirasyon ni Maja Salvador Depende kasi yan sa pagbabalanse mo rin, eh. Ako kasi nu ng mga panahon na may lovelife naman po ako, masasabi ko naman na hindi ko napabayaan yung trabaho ko. Nabalance ko naman po. Yung mga kailangan kong i-prioritize, nai-prioritize ko naman po... depende po talaga sa yo yan, eh. Ngayon parang... parang hindi ako naniniwala na kapag marami kang blessing o kapag okey ang career mo, walang lovelife, paliwanag pa niya. Regarding her Majasty concert, ipinagmalaki ng aktres na kakaibang Maja daw ang mapapanood ng tao sa MOA Arena sa Nov. 13. May mga buwis-buhay daw siyang production number at ngayon pa lang ay nagrerehearse na siya. Kabilang sa special guests ni Maja sa concert ay ang Ultimate Heartthrob na si Piolo Pascual at si Enrique Gil. Pero meron din daw mga sorpresang bisita.
7 OCTOBER 21, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon 7 vg INSPECTS... from Page 1 the plumb... from Page 4 The Vice Governor, together with Angie Blanco, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) officer; San Luis Mayor Venancio Macapagal and Apalit Mayor Oscar Tetangco, Jr., Pampanga Mayors League president; personally inspected the portion of Arnedo Dike in Barangay Sta. Cruz Poblacion, San Luis. Pineda urged residents there to immediately evacuate as waters from Pampanga River may reach the spilling level. According to Mayor Macapagal, there are 11 barangays in San Luis affected by floodwaters brought about by the typhoon. PDRRMO Blanco said the provincial government will distribute relief goods and other assistance to the affected families. The Vice Governor, alongside rescuers, two military trucks, one rubber boat also went to Candaba to evacuate affected residents. A loader was also brought in the place to clear the water lilies. cal balance issue for future generations. Binay, the leading presidential candidate, promised recently that should he be given the chance next year, he will immediately convene a task force that would focus on environment protection which he wants to be among his legacies. Jabez, my youngest son, is hoping that Jejomar Binay becomes the next president of the country next year so that the government will give focus on environment protection. lando leaves... from Page 1 of damages was P81,313,910; Bataan with P million; Bulacan, P million; Nueva Ecija which suffered the most with P3.541 billion; Pampanga with P12.68 million; Tarlac with P million; and Zambales with P480,000. high court... from Page 1 the final ruling of the Sandiganbayan 1st Division issued last February, denying her bail motion in the remaining plunder case against her involving the P366-million Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office fund anomaly. (MDR) 6 ARRESTED... from Page 2 DENR TO HOLD... from Page 3 tion on non-timber forest product development and soft launching of the FMB website. Viewing of testimonials of PO members who are beneficiaries of the NGP, presentation of commitment of support from CBFM-NGP Partners/Network and presentation of NGP accomplishments to President Benigno Aquino by DENR Secretary Ramon Paje shall mark the second day of the congress. The last CBFM Practitioners Congress was held in 2012 wherein the strengthening of PO federations and determination of readiness of CBFM POs to participate HOLIDAY TREATS... from Page 3 Wendy s was founded by Dave Thomas in 1969 and named after his daughter, Melinda Lou Thomas. The first Wendy s restaurant was in Columbus, Ohio. Dave developed an innovative method to prepare made-to-order hamburgers, allowing the staff to quickly serve high quality food on a daily basis. AETA FAMILY... from Page 8 Carlito now serves as adviser to LAKAS and continues to carry out literacy programs for the Aeta communities. The family was nominated to the 5th JFVA by Anicia Guzman, one of the sponsors of the school that the Domulots help built. She lauded the positive impact the family has made and are still creating for the Aetas along with its strong cultural and social implications. CALAMITY AID... from Page 8 ers, whose present address is different from the address in the SSS database will have to submit a barangay certification to prove that they reside in a declared calamity area. To our members whose houses need repair after the typhoon, they may avail of cash assistance through our Direct House Repair and Improvement loan window, which now only carries an interest of six percent per annum, Ocay said. Ocay said qualified SSS members and pensioners in PDEA Jail Facility in this camp, as charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) in relation to section 26 paragraph B (Conspiracy), Article II of Republic Act 9165 are being readied for filing in court against them. In Bocaue also in Bulacan, Rosales said, the operatives were implementing a search warrant in the house of Enrico Espiritu at Eufemia Sanchez St, Caingin, Bocaue, Bulacan when they chanced upon four persons having a drug session. Espritu, the subject of the operation, was not around during the raid. in the NGP were among the event s important outputs. For this 2015 Congress, a roadmap for the establishment of CBFM- NGP network will be developed. The CBFM as the national strategy with communities as managers of forest resources is employed by the DENR through the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) to ensure sustainable development of forest lands in the country. This strategy makes communities partners in forest management and development. The same strategy is observed in the NGP in site selection for the Program in which priority is given Nevertheless, the four identified as Joselito Cruz, 49; Rodelito De Guzman, 41; Renato Francisco, 40; and Joselito Sebastian, 48; all residents of Bocaue, Bulacan were arrested and were detained at the CIDG Bulacan Jail Facility in Malolos City, Bulacan. COFFEE GROWERS... from Page 3 The group also visited the public market of Valencia, Bukidnon to taste Kape Maramag, a local popular brand of coffee in Bukidnon. Rural Improvement Club of Maramag President Imelda F. Mendoza said that the brand is known for its fresh roast ground coffee. The club is assisted by the Catholic Relief Services and the US Department of Agriculture. Mindanao produces at least 60% of the total production of coffee in the country while Central Luzon production only accounts for 2.17% of the national total. DTI-3 Regional Director Judith P. Angeles said that there is a large demand for coffee in the local and international market that new and existing coffee growers can hope to supply, using new equipment and best practices gained from successful coffee producers of Mindanao. to community-managed forestlands with corresponding tenure like CBFM/Protected Area Community-based Resource Management, CADT, etc. As a poverty-reduction driven Program, the NGP engages sitebased POs in site preparation, seedling production, maintenance and protection and such other activities. About 320,000 persons have been directly employed through the program with a total of million jobs generated from 2011 to There are currently 1,093 POs/ CBFM holders nationwide involved in the implementation of the NGP. Quality meant everything to Dave, but it was not just about the food. His passion was seen in the way he lived his days, even coining the phrase Quality is our Recipe and making it a part of the Wendy s way of life. To date, the number of Wendy s restaurants worldwide grew to over 6,500. Another witness to the selfless deeds of the family is Essie Villavito who shares the passion of Carlito in helping protect and empower the Aeta tribes. Si Kuya Carlito ang nanguna sa preservation ng kanilang cultural heritage along with the Department of Education, so they were able to put up schools in their community. He also attended International conventions for indigenous people, so he really is a great help, said Villavito. The Domulots received a cash prize of P300,000, a trophy designed by renowned sculptor Michael Cacnio, and P10,000 worth of Jollibee gift certificates. They are among the six winning families, championing various advocacies and equally honored during the Gabi ng Parangal para sa Pamilyang Pilipino awards night. have until December 31, 2015 to apply for loans and advance pensions while deadline of application for the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan, is up to one year from issuance of its corresponding circular. As of October 19, the NDRRMC has not yet declared calamity areas affected by Typhoon Lando which made landfall over Casiguran, Aurora last October 18. Based on the latest NDRRMC report, a total of 4,892 families were evacuated to evacuation centers due to the typhoon. TEACHER S CORNER... from Page 5 school pupils consider mathematics as one of the most difficult subjects. This prejudice might hinder or deter pupils not to use their own talents to learn mathematics. It is envisioned that pupils will guide their learning of mathematics in relation to their preferences. Secondly, the hindrances students might encounter to use their own learning preferences will be identified. Thirdly, the assistance pupils demand to use their own learning preferences will be identified. When children do not learn the way they are taught, then the teachers must teach them the way they learn. This shows that teachers must teach corresponding to the interest of their pupils and organize their teaching strategies so as to suit the preferences in the learning styles and strategies of their students. Moreover, educational pedagogy experts stressed that learning styles are mostly an individual s personal characteristics and these characteristics are subdivided to include environmental, emotional, sociological, physiological and psychological categories. Some of the mathematics teaching and instruction concerns include the out-dated teaching strategies and approaches still employed by mathematics teachers, the prevailing incorrect perceptions and conceptions on mathematics, lack of reference materials, poor preparation of mathematics teachers, lack of professional development programs developed in the school systems, and the absence of motivating and encouraging students prior experiences and knowledge. The other significant problem that also occurs in elementary mathematics education is the incompetence and inability to provide parallel venues and opportunities for the pupils to employ and practice their own learning styles and strategies in the learning of mathematics. As educational psychologists argue, pupils should be encouraged to use their preferred learning styles and strategies in order to understand the subject they learn. Similarly, educational pedagogy experts discuss the importance of learning styles and strategies for learners better achievement. To this end, following the ratification of its International Mathematics Education and Training Policy (IMETP) in 2004, IMETP has been engaged in a very comprehensive reform process to realign its education system to meet the needs of learners. As the policy clearly stipulated in its objectives: the development of the physical and mental potential and the problem-solving capacity of learners; bringing up citizens who appreciate aesthetics and show a positive attitude towards the development and dissemination of science and technology in society; and cultivating the cognitive, creative, productive and appreciative potential of citizens by appropriately relating education to environment and societal needs. More importantly, one major reform that should be designed by policy-makers is the measure taken to improve the teaching of mathematics, which in turn contributes to the production of qualified professionals that in turn enhances the development of science and technology in the global setting. The author is Teacher III of M. Paralaya Elementary School, Porac, Pampanga. SMART... from Page 8 19, another set of disaster alerts were sent to Smart and Sun subscribers. The messages, which urged residents to take precautions, were transmitted via text messages and cell broadcasts. In Aurora province, the Provincial authorities used Smart Infoboard SMS services to warn residents to take precautions before the storm hit land. Free calls and charging were made available once the storm had passed the affected areas. Libreng Tawag services are ongoing at Aurora National Science High School, Baler Central School, and Sentro Baler, Aurora; Calanasan Terminal (Centro 3, Claveria) and Barangay Hall (Centro 10, Tuguegarao City) in Cagayan; Aragon Elementary School in Barangay Calauanan; at the evacuation center located at the office of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Lagawe, Ifugao; San Vicente Barangay Hall in Ilagan, Isabela; and at the Nueva Ecija National High School.
8 regional news VOLUME IV NO. 90 OCTOBER 21, 2015 WEDNESDAY OCD-3: 10-hr drive to reach food assistance to Aurora, NE BY Genaro Macalinao BY Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario CLARK FREEPORT The Domulot family of Botolan, Zambales, was recognized as one of the six exemplary Filipino families during the 5th Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA). Their advocacy of uniting the different Aeta tribes around Mt. Pinatubo and protecting their rights, earned them the distinguished recognition. The JFVA is the leading fast-food chain s annual search for exemplary Filipino families whose works of compassion and generosity make a significant difference in their communities. Now on its milestone 5th year, the campaign hopes the new batch of winning families will serve as role models and inspiration for other Filipino families. Carlito Domulot, the head of the family and the chieftain of their Aeta tribe, fought to secure one of the first Ancestral Domain titles of the Aeta community in an effort to protect them Aeta family in Zambales cited for uplifting lives of fellow IPs against potential land grabbers. Since then, he and his family have made it their mission to uplift the lives of fellow Aetas. When Carlito realized the immense power of education and its positive effects, he equipped himself with the necessary knowledge and skill so that he can impart this to his community. The rest of the family followed suit and pursued various professions education, urban farming, among other things to benefit and empower their fellow Aetas. The Domulot family was able to establish a school within their community and sought the help of different organizations to cover the students school supplies. To date, their literacy and livelihood programs have benefitted about 5,000 families. Today, the Domulots are active members of Lubos ng Alyansa ng mga Katutubong Ayta sa Sambales (LAKAS) which help protect the rights of other indigenous communities and further their education. AETA FAMILY... PAGE 7 CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Damaged roads and bridges and flooded highways are hampering the delivery of food aid to typhoon victims in Aurora and parts of Nueva Ecija, a top official of the Office of Civil Defense 3 (OCD-3) said. Truckloads of relief goods will take about 10 hours to reach its destination specifically Aurora and parts of Nueva Ecija due to present roads condition, said OCD-3 Director Nigel Lontoc, who motored to Baler town to assess the situation. He said cargo trucks carrying food aid going to Aurora have to travel via Tarlac as main thoroughfares including bridges in some Nueva Ecija areas remain impassable. There are roads that are still blocked by debris such as toppled electric posts and uprooted trees but government engineers are conducting clearing operations on the double to make all roads accessible, said Lontoc. Aside from food aid, Lontoc said the Department of Health 3 (DoH-3) also mobilized a truckload of medicines intended for thousands of evacuees still reeling in different evacuation centers being supervised by local government units. Aurora and Nueva Ecija were the provinces in Central Luzon badly hit by strong winds and flashfloods. OCD-3 reports have it that a total of 53 roads and bridges remain impassable to light and heavy vehicles. It said nine bridges linking Nueva Ecija and Aurora collapsed due to strong current of floodwater at the height of heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Lando. DAYAW Cordillerans join the recently concluded Dayaw 2015 at SM City Clark. Dayaw is an annually held festival in celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month. --PR-SMCK PHOTO SSS to grant calamity aid to typhoon-hit members BY Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The Social Security Commission, the policy-making body of the Social Security System (SSS) has approved the grant of a calamity relief package for SSS members and pensioners affected by Typhoon Lando for calamity areas declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). SSS Assistant Vice President for Member Loans Boobie Angela A. Ocay said SSS members and pensioners residing in areas to be declared by the NDRRMC under a state of calamity due to Typhoon Lando can avail themselves of the agency s calamity relief package. The tentative start of the program is on October 26 depending on the NDRRMC declaration. The SSS calamity relief package consists of the Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP) which allows members to renew their loans earlier than the prescribed date; the SSS Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan Program, which offers a lower interest rate of only six percent per annum; and three-month advance payment for members receiving pensions under SSS and Employees Compensation Program. This is our way of providing immediate assistance to our members affected by Typhoon Lando. They can renew their loans or advance their pension even before they are due for renewal or payment, Ocay said. We hope that through this calamity package assistance, our members would be able to provide for their basic needs like food, shelter and health care. Ocay said the grant of salary loans under SLERP will be subject to the same eligibility guidelines of regular salary loans. To further help them in their recovery, we will waive the one-percent service fee charged on proceeds of said loans, she added. For the advanced pension payments, Ocay said pension- CALAMITY AID... PAGE 7 In Casiguran alone, Lontoc said more than 3,000 houses, mostly made of light materials, were flattened by strong winds. Widespread flooding submerged almost all areas in Nueva Ecija, OCD-3 said, while 146 villages were inundated in floodwaters. On Monday, DSWD-3 released truckloads of relief goods to typhoon-ravaged areas in Aurora and Nueva Ecija. Smart provides vital links for Lando response efforts CITY OF SAN FERNANDO To ensure faster coordination and deployment of disaster personnel and aid, Smart Communications (Smart) deployed emergency communication services before, during and after the onslaught of Typhoon Lando. In compliance with directives of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), emergency alerts via SMS and cell broadcasts were sent out to Smart and Sun subscribers before Typhoon Lando made landfall to provide vital safety information. In coordination with local government units, early warning SMS broadcasts via Smart s Infoboard service were also sent out to residents of Northern Luzon, particularly Aurora province. Smart communication support and personnel were also prepositioned for Libreng Tawag services in areas to be hit by the typhoon. Smart also provided satellite phones to the Department of Social Welfare and Development to facilitate coordination and deployment of rescue and relief efforts. Immediately after the storm hit, Smart personnel set up free call and power charging stations in the areas hardest hit. Communications as aid plays a crucial role for frontline responders when coordinating rescue and relief activities. Our satellite services, free calling and charging services, and donation platforms provide vital communication links for agencies performing pre- and post-disaster response functions, and for our subscribers who want to take part in the relief efforts, said Ramon R. Isberto, Smart Public Affairs Head. Upon instructions of the NTC, two emergency disaster alerts were sent on October 17 to Smart and Sun subscribers in the affected provinces of Northern Luzon. In the evening of October SMART... PAGE 7