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1 VOLUME IV NO. 112 NOVEMBER 25, 2015 WEDNESDAY what s inside CHED, AUF stage IP forum news...page 2 CSF gov t urges bizmen to renew permits, licenses early business...page 3 DONATION. Acting Governor Ferdinand Dinan Labung receives a donation of medicines from Eloisa David, District Manager of Mercury Drug-Cabanatuan Del Pilar. Also in photo are (L-R) PHO Dr. Marcelo Jaochico, GSO OIC Engr. Olimpio Pangan and Provincial Administrator Atty. Andres Pangilinan Jr. --DANIEL OMBINA Capitol vows aid to former rebels By LIEZEL CAYANAN CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The provincial government of Pampanga assured assistance to former rebels who may want to return to mainstream society and surrender to the government. capitol vows...page 7 World Vision, Holiday Inn partner for Tree of Hope By Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario CLARK FREEPORT Bringing smiles to poor children and their families this Christmas, an international Christian humanitarian organization in partnership with a pioneer hotel here launched on Monday a Christmas tree decoration-donation campaign. The campaign, dubbed as Tree of Hope is now on its second year. World Vision Philippines partners with Holiday Inn Clark to put sparkling silver and purplish pink balls on the Christmas tree located at the lobby of the said hotel. Guests and employees who wish to donate may choose from colorful balls and decorations. The ornaments have a peso equivalent. All proceeds will go to World Vision s projects and programs in the country. Part of the proceeds of the Tree of Hope campaign will be used for emergency assistance to families affected by recent disasters. Christmas is the season of love and hope, and at the Holiday Inn, a tree now stands as a symbol of the Yuletide spirit of giving and sharing. I am excited to see how beautiful the Tree of Hope will look come PREPARING FOR THE BIG ONE. Doctors, nurses and other personnel of the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital participate in their annual fire and earthquake drill. --JUN JASO District hospital conducts fire, quake drill GUAGUA, PAMPANGA The Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), conducted a fire and earthquake drill at the hospital grounds here yesterday. According to chief-ofhospital Dr. Eddie Ponio, the drill is an annual activity of the hospital since 2011 that aims to ensure the preparedness of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel. This year, 150 personnel participated. PDRRMO head Angie Blanco said the doctors, nurses and personnel of the provincial hospital went through a series of seminars about earthquake and fire response including first aid, handling of victims and rescue operations before the drill was conducted. Blanco furthered that the activity should be conducted more than once every year to fully equip the hospital personnel. Ali ya pu sapat ing metung pabanwang fire and earthquake drill. Kung pwede pu twice a year or world vision...page 7 district hospital...page 7

2 2NEWS Headline Gitnang Luzon NOVEMBER 25, 2015 CHED, AUF stage IP forum BFP holds 5th By Charlene A. Cayabyab ANGELES CITY The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in partnership with Angeles University Foundation (AUF), recently conducted two simultaneous events on intellectual property (IP) support in higher education research. The two events include IP Forum for HEI Top Management and IP Foundation Course for HEI Researchers held at the AUF Sports and Cultural Center in Angeles City. Participants consisting of key officials and faculty researchers from various colleges and universities in the country participated in the events led by Dr. Caridad Abuan, CHED in Central Luzon chief and Dr. Joseph Emmanuel Angeles, AUF President. Keynote speakers for the IP Forum included Intellectual Property of the Philip- pines (IPP) IP Rights Specialist V Engineer Amelou Lim; CHED Director for Legal and Legislative Services Director Carmelita Yadao-Sison; and CHED Director for Planning, Research and Knowledge Management Dr. Napoleon K. Juanillo, Jr. Lim discussed the IPOPHL initiatives in the academe while Sison talked on CHED s role in IP promotion in education. Meanwhile, Juanillo emphasized the role of IP in strengthening institutional capacities. Workshops were facilitated by experts from the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL), Copyrights Licensing Society, and a registered literary agency in Singapore. Topics on Patents, Utility Models and Basics of Patent Search were discussed by Engineer Wilfredo Calaguan, Assistant Chief of the Documenip forum... Page 7 COMMITTEE MEETING. DILG Provincial Director and Vice chairman of the CLIP Committee Myrvie Fabia (inset) leads the CLIP Committee meeting held at the Session hall of Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Monday. --DANIEL OMBINA City holds inter-school dance competition By Charlene A. Cayabyab ANGELES CITY In a bid to encourage schools to promote arts and culture, the Angeles City Tourism Office recently held Terakan keng Piindakan, an inter-school modern/hiphop dance contest. According to Dr. Richard Daenos, city tourism officer, the competition aims to instill an appreciation of dance as an art form and encourage students to recognize and appreciate originality, creativity, and variety of movement asso- ciated with dance. The elimination took place on November 14 at Robinsons Place Balibago, while the final showdown was held on November 21 at the Estacion De Angeles People s Park. The contest was participated in by nine schools including Angeles City National Trade School (ACNTS), Angeles University Foundation Integrated School (AUF-IS), Claro M. Recto Information and Communication Technology High School (CMRICTHS), Chevalier School, Francisco G. Nepomuceno Memorial High School (FGNMHS), J.F. Kuzma Incorporated, Malabanias Integrated School, Republic Central Colleges and Systems Plus College Foundation (SPCF). The five schools who made it to the finals during the elimination were ACNTS, AUF-IS, Chevalier School, FGNMHS and JF Kuzma Inc. During the finals, Chevalier School bested the rest with their awe-inspiring performance and emerged as Central Luzon Fire Olympics by Genaro Macalinao CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Firefighting personnel in both government and private industries yesterday displayed their wits and skills in handling various scenarios during the 5th Central Luzon Fire Olympics hosted by the Bureau of Fire Protection at the parade grounds of the BFP regional headquarters in Barangay Del Pilar here. Participants in the event include BFP offices in seven provinces and members of the Industrial Fire Brigade from Petron Corp, Yokohama Tire Phils. Inc., Marquee Mall, SM City Tarlac, Trust International Paper Co. (TIPCO), Santarosa de Lima Manufacturing Co., Jeo Jin Apparel, Peach Blossom Apparel Manufacturing Corporation, Sunworld Industrial Group and Aven Fashion Manufacturing, Inc. Central Luzon BFP director F/Chief Supt. Aloveel B. Ferrer said the competition is part of the annual activity of the agency to hone the firefighters skills and to keep them physically ready to respond, in the event of a conflagration. At the same time, the event was held to promote and improve camaraderie. We encouraged private companies throughout Region 3 to participate, especially firms that have more than 50 employees, said Ferrer, adding the competition was also open to uniformed personnel of the BFP. Among the disciplines where participants have competed include Hose on Shoulder, Rescue and Transfer Relay, Turret Target, Raising Ladder and Blitz Attack for uniformed personnel category. fire olympics... Page 7 the grand winners, followed by AUF-IS and J.F. Kuzma Inc in second and third place respectively. The grand winners received a cash prize worth P30,000, second placers took home P20,000 and the third got P10,000. This is the second year that the local government held the Terakan keng Piindakan, which was then an inter-barangay competition. The activity was actively supported and sponsored by Globe Telecom Inc., and Robinsons Place Balibago. TERAKAN KENG PIINDAKAN. The Caballero Dance Group from Chevalier School was named this year s grand winners of the Terakan keng Piindakan Inter-school Modern/Hiphop Dance Contest. Photo shows the group during the elimination round at Robinsons Place Balibago. --AC-CIO PHOTO FIRING IT UP. BFP regional director F/Chief Supt. Aloveel B. Ferrer lights the Fire Olympic torch signalling the start of the 5th Central Luzon Fire Olympics. --GENARO MACALINAO

3 NOVEMBER 25, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon BUSINESS 3 CSF gov t urges bizmen to renew permits, licenses early MAKATI CITY The year-long Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings have identified specific actions, practical initiatives, and programs that aim to enhance the Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (BAA-MSME). During the last leg of the APEC discussions, Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, together with Ministers of 21 APEC member-economies, met for the the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) held in Pasay City. Regarding the development of the Boracay Action Agenda, Domingo said, We have made significant contributions to APEC. Our work has gathered support for member economies to collectively work towards an Asia-Pacific region that addresses gaps in economic development, sustains long-term and inclusive growth, and benefits our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). According to the secretary, the Philippines has been successful in placing the MSMEs front and center of the APEC agenda in technical and consultative meetings. The Boracay Action Agenda and its implementation plan supported by trade ministers last May was endorsed by APEC Senior Officials during the Concluding Senior Officials Meeting (CSOM) last November 15, 2015, and highlighted the first day of AMM discussions. The Philippines will remain steadfast and persistent in implementing initiatives that boosts growth of the various sectors of the economy, engages local businesses, and generates job opportunities for local com- msme globalization... Page 7 by Marna Dagumboy -del Rosario CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The city government is urging businessmen to renew their permits and file their income tax payments as early as possible in order avoid the long queue next year. This was the statement of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago in the recent taxpayer s symposium as he urged commercial establishments and traders to reapply their mayor s permit and licenses during the event. We are holding the taxpayers symposium every year to inform our constituents about tax deadlines, Santiago said. City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista said the symposium was convened to give stakeholders updates including amendments on schedules of collection of fees. We invited representatives of local business establishments who are scheduled to renew their business permits early next year, said Bautista. In his message, Santiago noted that taxes are the life-blood of the government adding that the city revenue translates into basic services and projects for Fernandinos. Also present during the symposium were City Councilors Noel Tulabut, Harvey Quiwa and representatives from frontline service providers such as the Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP), City Legal Office (CLO), City Economic Enterprise Division (CEED and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO). Fernandino taxpayers may start processing their business permits at the City Hall on the first week of December. Deadline of quarterly business tax payments is on January 20, BE EARLY BIRDS. Mayor Edwin D. Santiago urges commercial establishments and traders to reapply for their mayor s permit and licenses early, during a taxpayers symposium held at the Heroes Hall recently. --CSF-CIO PHOTO APEC economies work towards MSME globalization

4 4OPINIONHeadline Gitnang Luzon NOVEMBER 25, 2015 EDITORIAL A new life REBELS going back into the fold, so to speak, are assured of assistance upon their surrender, as gleaned under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of Pampanga. CLIP, a program for rebels who want to surrender and those who want to give up their arms, covers regular members of the New People s Army (NPA) who have expressed the desire to abandon armed violence and become productive members of the society. The program has been in existence since Of course, the program includes the spouses/partners, children (legitimate or illegitimate) and even siblings and parents, if applicable. According to Department of the Interior and Local Government provincial director Myrvi Fabia, the provincial government has been very active in supporting the CLIP program. The Capitol, led by Gov. Lilia Pineda, wants to help rebels to go back into the mainstream, be productive individuals in the society, and lead a new life. Aside from financial assistance, there is also a halfway house for the former rebels. However, their enrolment to the CLIP shall not exempt them from criminal and civil charges filed against them in the courts of law. But rest assured that they will get all the help they can get from the provincial government. 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) DID you know that many Australian firms are interested to locate their businesses inside the Clark Freeport? During my interview with Aimee Engelmann, chief executive officer of Beepo, she said that because of the good words they have been receiving about Clark, many firms from Down Under have been inquiring through her about the possibility of locating in Clark. Engelmann was ecstatic when she announced the interest of many firms in Australia during the Clark Development Corporation-sponsored radio program Clark in Action aired over local radio station UFM and simulcast over local cable station in Angeles City. I could see an opportunity to combine the fantastic talents here in the Philippines and pair it up with Australian businesses, Engelmann added. The top executive of Beepo also said their company and the state-run firm are working together to invite other Australian firms to invest in Clark. We ve been working together to find those clients who want to invest long-term in the Philippines, Engelmann said. A few of our clients have also decided to create their own companies in the Philippines as well, Engelmann added. She says that when her company started in April last year, she never encountered any problem especially with her Filipino workers who are efficient especially in their communication skills. Beepo started with 15 employees and more than a year after, her company already employs over 200 personnel and they plan to expand to 5,000 workers in the next five years. The potential of Clark is tremendous, Engelmann said during her interview on the radio program which yours truly has been hosting. Beepo, the lady CEO says, plans to hire the plumb Eric V. Jimenez Aussie & Clark 1,000 personnel every year to help fill demand. The good thing about her business process outsourcing firm is that workers don t have to deal with night shift because the time difference is almost the same. Workers schedule is from 7am to 4pm daily, Engelmann said. Beepo has already invested AU$400,000 or approximately P13.2 million in its operations in Clark. We have a long-term vision to grow and remain in the area (Clark), when asked how long they plan to stay in Clark. Engelmann said that Clark has a bright future citing its facilities and infrastructure. I did a lot of research on locations in the Philippines and I believe that Clark has such a bright future because of its facilities and infrastructure, she said. On age requirement, Engelmann said, no age limit, absolutely not. Engelmann said since Beepo also promotes work-livebalance, she said. At present, Beepo is in need of the following: HR Manager, Admin Support with Social Media, Senior Accountant, Assistant Marketing Campaign Manager, Team Leader, HR Assistant, Admin with Finance, Graphic Designer, Accountant, Fleet Coordinator, MS Dynamic, CRM Developer and Customer Service Representatives. Respect the Constitution MEANWHILE, why can t Grace Llamanzares, the presidential wannabe whose husband is an American citizen, accept the fact that she s not a natural born citizen of this country? The Senate Electoral Tribunal may have voted on her favor, but that doesn t mean she already won her case. If she will continue to hold a government position, there s again another violation of the Philippine Constitution. Grace was not right when she accused or made a lecture against Associate Justice Auturo Brion that there s an international law about foundlings, but our Constitution has not cited anything about foundlings and I believe that you need to change the Constitution before she can be accepted as The top executive of Beepo also said their company and the state-run firm are working together to invite other Australian firms to invest in Clark. natural born. According to the dissenting opinion penned by Supreme Court Justice Brion, there can be no law higher than the Constitution that was ratified by the Filipino people as the ultimate governing rules in running our country. The citizenship requirement is a constitutional requirement for nationally elected representatives to the legislature. This requirement, first provided in the 1935 Constitution and reiterated in the 1987 Constitution, cannot be amended or cured by electoral mandate to allow an unqualified candidate to hold office, Brion said. Yes, the wife of an American citizen is a naturalized Filipino and not a natural born Filipino if we will refer her case in our Constitution. She s a Filipino, although time and again she has renounced her Filipino citizenship once in her lifetime but not allowed by our Constitution to hold THE PLUMB... Page 7

5 OPINION 5 NOVEMBER 25, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon NATUWA ako sa post ng isang kaibigang artistang mangaawit sa kaniyang post sa FB ilang araw na ang nakararaan. Pinakiusapan niya ako kung maaari raw ba akong magsulat tungkol sa kanila. Ang sabi ko sa kaniya, titignan ko kung kaya kong makapagsulat tungkol sa kanila, pero ipinangako ko sa kaniya na mababasa niya sa pahayagang pinagsusulatan ko ang kaniyang post sa FB. At heto ang post na tinutukoy ko: Galing ako sa Baclaran kagabi. Nalaman ko kasi na pauwi na ang mga Lumad. Nagdala ako ng konting beads para makagawa sila ng mga bracelets para maibenta man lang habang nasa evacuation center sila. Nandun din ang AldubFortheLumads para sa kanilang pabaon para sa Lumad. Tinanong ko ulit yong mga batang Lumad. Lipay na mo makauli? ( Tuwa ba kayo na makauwi na? ), sabi ng isang batang lumad, Uuwi pa din kami na bakwit. Wala na akong masabi habang nadudurog puso ko sa lungkot kundi, Mag ampo ta nga madunggan ta sa Presidente. Sige lang di naman kami hihinto hanggang mapansin ni President Aquino ang panawagang ito. Harinawa. May kaunting kinalaman sa APEC. Hindi totoo na hindi tayo makapagdedevelop ng mga industriya kung walang foreign investments. Ang mga bansa tulad ng Japan, South Korea, at kahit US ay nag-industrialize sa paraan na hindi nakaasa sa foreign investments, kundi sa tambalan ng land reform at national industrialization. IT S been six years and the pain still comes on strong, and that hateful memory seems to last forever. The Maguindanao massacre is considered one of the most gruesome tragedies in the field of journalism which transpired in our history. The horrendous incident allegedly masteminded by the Ampatuans of Maguindano murdered 58 people including 32 journalists from the province. I could still recall the video footage shown on a social network site wherein heavy equipment dug the shallow graves of the victims and I saw the bodies being dragged like slaughtered animals. The emotion on that fateful day was devastating. The cry of anguish was carried by the wind and we felt the melancholic lament of the afflicted families as the wind touched our hearts and souls. Six years have passed yet until now, the Ang APEC at ang mga Lumad Mahirap itanggi ang katotohanan na sa usapin na may kinalaman sa mga karapatan ng mga Lumad, naiipit ang mga Lumad. Sino ba talaga ang pwedeng tumulong sa kanila na walang halong ibang sadya kundi ang tulungan sila dahil kailangan nila ng tulong? Sinigurado ng land reform na imbes na i-export sa ibang bansa, ang mga produkto ng agrikultura ay magiging hilaw na materyales para sa mga industriya. Imbes na mag-focus sa mga sektor tulad ng BPO at construction, mga capital industries (o mga industriya na gumagawa ng kagamitan ng iba pang industriya, tulad ng bakal, pataba sa lupa, makina, at kemikal) ang pinaunlad. Kasabay nito, pinrotektahan ng mga nasabing gobyerno ang mga maliliit na negosyo habang maliit pa sila. Ibang-iba sa karanasan ng Pilipinas na hinayaang bumaha ng mga murang imported na produkto na siya namang ikinamatay ng kabuhayan ng milyungmilyong negosyanteng Pilipino. Mangyayari lang na makapagsimula ng awtentikong Pilipinong industriyalisasyon ang Pilipinas kung ang mga mambabatas na mailuluklok sa pamahalaan ay HINDI nagmumula sa hanay ng mga negosyanteng kumikita mula sa importasyon ng kalakal o pakikipagsosyo sa banyagang kumpanya. (Sa totoo lang, dapat lang na may batas na mayroong local counterparts ang kahit na anong foreign investment upang ang mga ganid na mambabatas na yan ang umakda ng batas na pabor lang sa kanila para hindi sila apektado ng mas competitive services ng mga foreign companies). Six years and counting Now We Know! ELLEZ J. DAVIO culprits behind the massacre remain under the custody of the government and conviction for the crime is dubious. With all the evidence and the vital testimonies of some witnesses, not a single member of the Ampatuans has been condemned. Why so? Is it because the Ampatuans are close allies of the previous administration and the current one? For all I know, in this administration, when you are closely connected to people whom the present government holds an enmity, most likely conviction is palpable. Remember the impeachment of former chief justice Renato Corona? There were speculations that the decision was manipulated by the Palace and based on the evidence obtained Mahirap itanggi ang katotohanan na sa usapin na may kinalaman sa mga karapatan ng mga Lumad, naiipit ang mga Lumad. Sino ba talaga ang pwedeng tumulong sa kanila na walang halong ibang sadya kundi ang tulungan sila dahil kailangan nila ng tulong? Nais ko pa ring ulitin yong sagot ng tatlong Lumad na mga batang kausap ko sa Liwasang Bonifacio noong isang gabi. Nang tanungin daw sila ng kaibigan kong mang-aawit kung sino ba ang mas gusto nila, kung ang mga Militar ba or ang mga NPA? Ang sagot daw nila ay ito, Pareho naming ayaw sa kanila dahil pareho silang may mga baril. Mabuti pa ang mga Lumad. Alam nila kung ano ang tunay na makabubuti para sa kanila. Alam nila kung paano nila gustong matamo ang kapayapaang matagal na nilang minimithi subalit patuloy namang ipinagkakait sa kanila. Towards the Light ABEL SOTO There are still some writers who can t simply distinguish the term LUMAD from IPs. Personally, I always use the term KATRIBU or IPs, because LUMAD refers to home grown. You can be a Lumad but not necessarily an IP, because the latter s identity sprang from bloodline. Pero, upang hindi lalong maging magulo ang usapan at pagtukoy sa taong ito, yong mga apektabong komunidad na nandyan sa Maynila ay tribu sa dugo at ganoon na rin na sila ay LU- MAD sa kanilang pinanggalingan. At tama ka ang aking kaibigan. Ang daming rekotitos sa pagtulong! If you want to help please do it now, for Help Delayed is Help Denied na rin. Sa bagay, sanay na ako sa ganiyang sistema! Ni pagbanggit man lang ni PNoy sa mga SONA niya e wala ang mga Lumad at mga IPs! Aalis na lang siya sa puwesto ganoon pa rin. And some of his men blamed the Arroyo administration for this damn MINING ACT. E bakit hindi niyo sinabihan ang kongreso na ibasura ang batas na to? Ay oo nga pala, malapit na ang eleksiyon. Maraming pera from Caraga mining. Bilyones! Pero ang tribu, ni pambili ng bigas wala! Ironic as it may seem that the owners of the land are now the ones creeping in poverty! from the controversial pork barrel scam, there was collusion between the majority of the senators and the Palace. The cases of the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and of Mayor Junjun Binay, the verdict came like a flash of lightning. Now, what about the Ampatuans? Again, six years have passed and still counting... to nothing. The President s term is about to end and Six years have passed yet until now, the culprits behind the massacre remain under the custody of the government and conviction for the crime is dubious. the Ampatuans are having the time of their lives in prison without worries of any conviction. Rallies conducted by media practitioners all over the country to wake up the sleeping lady justice appear to be futile. As they said during their rallies, justice is elusive for the Ampatuan victims because of the government. I could not agree more. Lack of information FOR about a week, drivers license applicants were surprised and dismayed over the new requirement the Land Transportation Office is imposing before they can get their license or can renew their expiring ones. While the requirement for drug testing has been scrapped, the LTO is now requiring the public who want to have their licenses or renew the same to submit clearances issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). It can be recalled that the requirement for drug testing was assailed by drivers because the fee collected is considered to be As of this onerous. The said requirement was also observed to be not effective in curbing drug users among Alvin H. Arceo writing drivers. This early, drivers are calling for the scrapping of the NBI clearance requirements, saying that it is not helpful in the intention of the LTO in the crime prevention efforts of the government. Because of the clamor to scrap the drug test requirement for drivers license applicants, the LTO has eventually set it aside. This time, drivers especially of public utility vehicles are crying out their woes because of a new requirement that they find to be unnecessary and do not serve any purpose in driving their vehicles. Worse, the requirement of an NBI clearance prior the issuance of a drivers license has not been announced by the AS OF THIS WRITING... Page 7 Pagbibigay limos sa mga lansangan Walang Biro! Ka Dencio Pacheco IPINANAWAGAN kamakailan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa mga lokal na opisyal ng pamahalaan sa buong bansa na tumulong sa kampanya ng nasabing ahensiya na pigilan ang mga bata sa kanilang pangangaroling sa mga kalsada kung saan maraming sasakyan. Ang pangunahing layunin ng nasabing ahensiya ay upang maiwasan ang anumang aksidente na maaaring ma-involve ang mga bata lalo na sa mga kalsadang maraming dumaraan na mga sasakyan. Dahil sa papalapit na ang kapaskuhan, mapapansing dumarami na naman ang mga batang nagpapalimos lalong-lalo na sa mga intersection na mayroong mga stoplight, kung saan pihadong may mga sasakyang titigil. Ayon kay Kalihim Corazon Dinky Soliman ng nasabing tanggapan, dapat bigyang diin at pansin ang nakaambang peligro Hindi rin naman masama ang maawa at mag-abot ng kahit na ano sa kapwa hanggat wala itong masamang implikasyon sa madla. sa mga motorisa gayundin sa mga batang namamalimos sa gitna ng kalsada habang hindi inaalintana ang pagdaan ng mga sasakyan. Maliban pa dito, nalalanghap ng mga batang namamalimos sa mga kalsada ang mga nakalalasong usok na nagmumula sa mga sasakyan na lubhang mapanganib sa kalusugan nila. Kaugnay nito, nanawagan din ang Kalihim sa publiko na huwag na lang bigyan ng limos ang mga batang lansangan upang hindi na mahikayat ang iba pang mga kabataan na magpalimos sa daan. Ika nga ng Kalihim, walang masama sa magbigay WALANG BIRO!... Page 7

6 6 Headline Gitnang Luzon NOVEMBER 25, 2015 PHILIPPINE CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES OFFICE (pcso) lotto results LOTTO GAME COMBINATIONS DRAW DATE JACKPOT WINNERS Megalotto 6/ /23/ ,570, Digit /23/ , Swertres Lotto 11AM /23/2015 4, Swertres Lotto 4PM /23/2015 4, Swertres Lotto 9PM /23/2015 4, EZ2 Lotto 9PM /23/2015 4, EZ2 Lotto 11AM /23/2015 4, EZ2 Lotto 4PM /23/2015 4, Grand Lotto /23/ ,491, Focus sa trabaho... Ejay Falcon di naghahanap ng bagong girlfriend WALA mang lovelife, masaya pa ring ipinagdiwang ni Ejay Falcon ang kanyang kaarawan nu ng Saturday (Nov. 21). Nakita namin sa Instagram account niya ang ilang mga showbiz friends at mga kasamahan sa TV series na Pasion de Amor na nakisaya sa birthday asalto ng aktor. Pero hindi namin nakita sa photos ang dati niyang ka-mu na si Ellen Adarna na partner niya sa Pasion de Amor. Ang akala ko ba friends na sila ni Ejay? Bakit, noshow siya sa asalto sa hunk actor? Well, baka busy lang si Ellen kaya hindi nagpunta sa birthday party ni Ejay. Bukod sa asalto, nagkaroon din ng simpleng selebrasyon si Ejay sa bagong bahay niya sa Taytay, Rizal kasama ang kanyang mga kapatid, kaibigan at ilang kamag-anak. Simple lang ang birthday wish ni Ejay at ito raw ay ang patuloy na maging maganda ang takbo ng kanyang career at huwag magkasakit. Hindi raw niya wini-wish na magkaroon ng bagong girlfriend. Hindi naman ako naghahanap. Okey na sa akin yung ganito, may trabaho, may Pasion de Amor, katwiran pa niya. Dahil daw sa isang taong puno ng biyaya... Ai Ai Delas Alas malaki ang pasasalamat kay Mama Mary KAGABI ang concert ni Ai Ai Delas Alas na For the Love of Mama, which is part of her annual devotion to Mama Mary and intended to help raise funds for the construction of the Kristong Hari Church in Fairview and to help the Anawim Lay Missions Foundation. May special performance ang singing priests called Six Priests in the City who sang inspirational numbers, along with her special guests Alden Richards, Ruru Madrid (even if he s an Iglesia ni Kristo member), Gabbi Garcia, Nikki Valdez, Madrigal Singers, Erik Santos, Fatima Soriano, Bro. Michael Angelo Lobrin, Bro. Bo Sanchez and her own son, Sancho de las Alas. Compared to her past concerts that can be rowdy and risque, she says she was well-behaved this time. Siyempre, may mga pari at madreng manonood, baka maloka sila kapag hinaluan ko ng kalaswaan, sabi niya. Pero siyempre, may mga patawa pa rin dahil kailangang aliwin ang audience. The concert for the Blessed Virgin is also her way of saying thanks for a fruitful year in her life and career. Marami talaga akong dapat ipagpasalamat sa taong ito, she says. Sa paglipat ko sa GMA, nakagawa ako ng soap and now, my two ai ai delas alas... Page 7 Umamin na... Alex Gonzaga may lover na! INAMIN ni Alex Gonzaga na after two years, she s finally dating again. Nonshowbiz daw ang guy at aprubado ng kanyang buong pamilya -- her parents and sister Toni G. Pag talagang right time, may right person para sa iyo, talagang walang ibang makakapigil. Parang smooth sailing, walang hindrance, walang hindi puwede, walang bawal, lahat maayos, sabi ni Alex sa kanyang panayam kay Boy Abunda sa show nitong Tonight with Boy Abunda. Nag-aaral daw ang guy at sa ngayon, ang estado nila ay exclusively dating. Kwento nga ni Alex, aprub na aprub ng ate niya ang guy dahil may pagkakataong ginagawa pa raw driver ito ni Toni. May mga times na ang ate ko, magpapasundo, tapos sasabihin niya, pahatid mo na lang ako sa kanya. Ginawa siyang driver ng ate. Pero ibig sabihin, aprub ng ate, kwento ni Alex. Expired na ang kontrata sa TV5 sa January Ritz Azul, lilipat ng ibang network AMINADO naman si Ritz Azul na kinabahan siya at first nang malaman niyang magkakaroon na naman ng malaking pagbabago sa TV5. Sa ngayon kasi ay may iba t ibang content providers na ang Kapatid network kaya marami ang nagtatanong kung ano na ang mangyayari sa mga homegrown talents ng istasyon tulad ng young actress. Una, nalito ako, naguguluhan ako sa set-up. Kasi parang paulit-ulit na may tsismis na ganito, Since nag-start pa lang kami ni Eula (Caballlero) dito sa TV5, nagpalit-palit n a kami ng head ng Talent Center. So ngayon, parang naguguluhan na naman ako. Pero ngayon, at least, nakakakita ako ng improvement, may nangyayari naman. Eto tulad nito, Wattpad, nag-merge na nga ang Viva and TV5 artists, sabi ni Ritz. As we all know, si Vic del Rosario na ng Viva Entertainment ang Chief Strategist for Entertainment ng TV5. Yun nga, nag-take-over na si Sir Vic sa Talent Center (talent management ng TV5) at ang balita ko rin, eh, this December or first quarter of 2016, maraming shows na ipo-produce ang Viva, plus ang TV5, pati ang ibang blocktimer shows, magkakaroon din. So, tingin ko, dadami ngayon ang shows ng TV5, hindi lang puro comedy, ang balita ko, may mga fantaserye and drama din, sey ni Ritz. Ano na ang mangyayari sa tulad niyang homegrown talent? Well for me kasi, malapit na ring matapos ang contract ko, sa Jan na. As for me, wala pa naman kaming napag-uusapan ng TV5 kung ano ang plano nila sa akin, wala pang renewal. Ako ngayon, naghihintay lang. Well, siyempre, may mga umaaligid na nagtatanong pero siyempre, tapusin muna natin tong contract ko sa TV5. So, may nagpaparamdam ng network sa kanya? Puwede ba niyang i-share kung alin sa ABS-CBN at GMA-7 ang umaaligid na yan? Natawa si Ritz and said, malalaman din natin after nu ng contract ko. Ayon pa sa young actress, open naman daw siya sa ideya ng paglipat sa ibang network lalo na nga kung hindi naman siya magrerenew sa TV5. Basta for now, nasa TV5 ako, tinatapos ko yung contract ko and let s see kung ano yung mapag-uusapan namin, kung ire-renew ba nila ako. Basta open lang ako sa lahat ng opportunities pero gusto ko kasi sana, nami-miss kong mag-acting, drama. Gusto ko sana ring mapasama sa drama ulit. Sa ngayon ay may bagong Wattpad episode si Ritz titled Wicked Ways kung saan ay leading man niya si Diether Ocampo na magsisimula na ngayong gabi, Nov. 23. Mayroon din siyang Happy Truck ng Bayan every Sunday. alex gonzaga ritz azul

7 NOVEMBER 25, 2015 Headline Gitnang Luzon 7 capitol vows... from Page 1 world vision... from Page 1 Christmas day. The simple act of decorating the tree brings together Filipinos who wish to share the joy of Christmas to their less fortunate brothers and sisters, says World Vision Director Jun Gadornes. Guarav Rai, general manager of Holiday Inn Clark; and Julius Lunar, manager, resource development of World Vision, initiated the decoration of the Christmas tree. Also supporting the Tree of Hope campaign is Pampanga Press Club ip forum... from Page 2 tation, Information and Technology Transfer Bureau (DITTB) and Engineer Virginia Aumentado, IP Specialist, both from IPO-Phl. Addressing the issues and concerns about copyrights were Alvin Buenaventura, executive director of Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS) and lawyer Maria Andrea Pasion-Flores, literary fire olympics... from Page 2 The events for Industrial Fire Brigade are Rescue and Transfer Relay, Combination of Busted Hose and Up the Ladder, and Fire Extinguishment. Early this year, BFP held a similar event wherein participants were firefighters from 113 barangays throughout Central Luzon. It was the first time that all barangays in seven provinces in the region joined the Fire Olympics, Ferrer recalled. msme globalization... from Page 3 munities. We remain committed to our goal of inclusive growth by making the most of the benefits of regional integration and trade facilitation in our own economy, said Domingo. This was gleaned during the meeting of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) Committee held at the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday. According to Myrvi Favia, Provincial Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and vice chairman of the CLIP committee, the local government adopted the CLIP through Executive Order (EO) No or the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of Pampanga signed by Gov. Lilia Nanay Pineda, thus constituting the CLIP Committee of the province. CLIP is a program for rebels who want to surrender, including those who gave up their arms since The CLIP shall cover regular members of the New People s Army (NPA) who have expressed the desire to abandon armed violence and become productive members of the society. The program shall include their spouses, partners, children (whether legitimate or illegitimate), parents and siblings, if applicable, as well as those who have processed but did not receive the full assistance under the defunct Social Integration Program (SIP). Very active ang support ng provincial government sa CLIP program. Hindi lamang CLIP ang binibigyan natin ng ayuda dahil may ayuda pa rin ang provincial capitol sa pangunguna ni Gov. Pineda na gusto nating tulungan yong mga kapatid nating nasa labas na makabalik sa gobyerno. We are also finalizing the list ng mga beneficiaries, said Fabia. The committee also identified a halfway house to ensure the safety of the former rebels once they ve surrendered. Pwede naman silang sumuko, magbalik loob sa kahit sinong pinagkakatiwalaan nila tulad ng pari, barangay kapitan, sa PNP, kay governor at ituturn over sila sa amin, sa CLIP committee, added Fabia. The EO states that enrolment to the CLIP shall not agent at According to the AUF Center for Research and Development Executive Director and CHED Higher Education Regional Research Committee (HERRC) Director Dr. Roberto Pagulayan, the events aimed at bridging the IP knowledge gap in HEIs; addressing the need to institutionalize IP structure and policy in HEIs; and Our objective here is to have a fire safe community including disaster risk reduction being part of the BFP program. The activity today will keep private firms disaster-resilient, Ferrer told reporters. Fire brigades of every company, Ferrer said, will form part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) aside from being the first line of defense. For the private sector, it is their Better connectivity through transparency DTI led the development and launch of the APEC Trade Repository (APEC TR) to promote transparency and connectivity in the APEC region. The website provides exporters, industry associations, and policymakers timely and accurate information on tariff information and import and export procedures that will help address non-trade barriers. The Philippines also made progress in stimulating green growth in the country, improving market access for environmental goods by reducing the tariff rates of 54 environmental goods to 5% or less. The initiative supports APEC s efforts to build sustainable and resilient communities and to address climate change in the Asia-Pacific Region. This has also been attributed to an increase in the number of foreign companies outsourcing parts of their manufacturing processes to the Philippines and has resulted in the inclusion of the country s photovoltaic industry in the environmental global value chain. Cebu Action Plan Meanwhile, the Cebu Action Plan exempt the former rebels from criminal and civil liabilities from cases filed against them in the courts of law. Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Officer Elizabeth Baybayan said the provincial government will also extend food, clothing, livelihood and educational assistance to the families of former rebels who are not members of NPA. Present during the meeting were Provincial Administrator Atty. Andres Pangilinan Jr., National Commission on Indigenous People Provincial Director Randie Bacani, representatives from DILG, Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. headed by Eric Jimenez, president; Deng Pangilinan, vice president for broadcast; Ashley Manabat, treasurer; and board of directors, Caesar Bong Lacson, Chris Navarro, Jojo Due and Rey Navales. Now 58 years in the Philippines, World Vision assists more than 100,000 poor children with their families and communities nationwide regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender, with nearly 70,000 sponsors locally and internationally, by providing emergency assistance to children and families affected by natural disasters and civil conflicts, working with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor. The Tree of Hope campaign will run from November 25, 2015 to January 3, For all those who are interested to donate please call or district hospital... from Page 1 once every quarter bang mahasa la deng kekayung personnel lalu na we re expecting the big one, said Blanco. Blanco together with evaluators from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Information Agency, Provincial Information Office, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office and Office of the Civil Defence gave an excellent rating for their performance. Michael Dumlao, representative from the Office of the Civil Defence Region 3, lauded the DPMMH as it is the only hospital in the region that conducts an annual fire and earthquake drill. Kayo lang po ata ang nagcoconduct ng gantong earthquake drill. Nag-improve yong communication system, yung alarm at mga gamit natin niyo pang rescue, said Dumlao. Guagua Mayor Dante Torres said private hospitals and other establishments in the municipality should follow the footsteps of DPMMH when it comes to disaster preparedness. to incorporate the teaching of research designs that considers possible patentable/copyrightable output. He also added that since knowledge power is fast becoming a basic capital in a competitive knowledge economy, a strong IP system must be established to strengthen the research capability and develop a mature research culture in HEIs. social obligation aside from being the first line of defense through fire prevention, he added. The BFP Central Luzon director said the annual Fire Olympics serve as prevention awareness by informing participants properly including their families. As we all know, fire prevention is everybody s concern. Winners in yesterday s competition received trophies. endorsed by APEC ministers earlier this month, calls for initiatives to promote alternative financing mechanisms, specifically to improve access to finance of the MSMEs. It will address common challenges of MSMEs by enhancing financial resilience of industries, developing innovative disaster risk financing and insurance mechanisms, and developing an APEC public-private partnership (PPP) Knowledge Portal that would serve as an online repository of PPP infrastructure projects. During the AMM, Ministers finalized a statement embodying all these initiatives and programs that was presented at the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM) held from November 18 to 19, (DTI) ai ai delas alas... from Page 6 new shows CelebriTV and Sunday Pinasaya are both doing very well. Tapos, after ilang years na wala ako, heto, may entry uli ako sa Metro Manila Filmfest, My Bebe Love, on Christmas Day na kasama ko pa si Bossing Vic Sotto at ang AlDub, kaya wala talaga akong mairereklamo kundi puro thanksgiving na lang. Tiyempo nga, Thanksgiving Day na kaya salamat po talaga, Lord and Mama Mary, sa lahat ng mga biyaya. THE PLUMB... from Page 4 public office even in the Senate. The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) recently voted 5 4, proclaiming that Grace (huwag poe!) was a natural born citizen and eligible to be a member of the Philippine Senate. Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution states that No person shall be a Senator unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines and, on the day of the election, is at least 35 years of age, able to read and write, a registered voter, and a resident of the Philippines for not less than two years immediately preceding the day of the election. And also, there s a rule that once a person renounces his citizenship and reacquires it for whatever reasons, he suffers the consequences, among which is being considered a natural born citizen of the country where he was born even if his parents are still citizens. He can only be classified as a naturalized citizen, that is, provided by law. By the way, why aren t you resigning? He s running after all delicadeza naman dyan oh! AS OF THIS WRITING... from Page 5 LTO and was merely implemented because of a directive from the LTO main office. Evidently, there was no public consultation or announcement made, leaving license applicants in dismay. Further, it seems that even the NBI was not also informed of the new requirement of the LTO in the renewal of drivers licenses. My friends from the NBI were in disbelief and surprised by the surge of NBI Clearance applicants in their offices, thus were caught unprepared. NBI offices usually have a quota for the day to control the number of clearance applicants in the said office. They only cater to a number of people their offices can accommodate. The already swelling NBI clearance offices have been congested further by drivers license applicants who are being required to submit clearances to the LTO. The problem now lies in the NBI s lack of adequate clearance facilities to house applicants. In as much as the public wouldn t want to blame the LTO for this additional burden on them, they are helpless because of the lack of information on the said new requirement. This early, drivers are calling for the scrapping of the NBI clearance requirements, saying that it is not helpful in the intention of the LTO in the crime prevention efforts of the government. Further, although relatively cheaper than the drug test fees, the amount spent for NBI clearance applications can go a long way for public utility vehicles drivers plus the fact that drivers have to waste a lot of time securing drivers license or renewing the same. The LTO as well as the NBI should talk about this. Much better if the said licensing office can also scrap the requirement for additional documents such as this NBI clearance. This writer welcomes other views, comments, and reactions. You may send your message at WALANG BIRO!... from Page 5 ng limos kung walang kakambal na peligro sa lansangan sa mga nagpapalimos maging sa mga nagbibigay ng limos. Hindi rin naman masama ang maawa at mag-abot ng kahit na ano sa kapwa hanggat wala itong masamang implikasyon sa madla. Sa bawat isa sa atin, mayroong responsibilidad na gawing ligtas ang lahat lalo pa t mga bata ang maaaring maperwisyo dahil lang sa kaunting baryang iniaabot sa kanila. Maaaring hindi na rin mabilang ang mga insidenteng pagkakabundol ng mga bata sa lansangan na madalas ay tinakbuhan ng mga nakabangga. Sa mga ganung pangyayari, walang nagagawa ang mga biktima kundi ang humingi ng hustisya kahit pa ito ang naging malabo na. Dahil sa panawagan mismo ng Kalihim ng DSWD nawa y maging responsable ang lahat ng mga motorista sa daan na huwag ng magbigay ng limos o anuman sa mga batang lansangan kahit pa ang mga ito ay kaawaan. Ang panawagang ito ay para din naman sa kanilang mga kapakanan. eveready... from Page 8 lected barangays in Metro Manila beginning November 25 until December. For more information, visit

8 regional news Eveready reward program seeks to benefit sari-sari store owners VOLUME IV NO. 112 NOVEMBER 25, 2015 WEDNESDAY MANILA Eveready Philippines Inc., the country s leading battery brand, yesterday launched its grassroots program aimed at giving cash and product enticements to sari-sari store owners in selected barangays around Metro Manila to encourage owners dress up their stores. The sari-sari store program aims to encourage owners to display their Eveready batteries and flashlights and dress up their stores creatively using Eveready merchandising materials. The winning store will receive a gift pack of batteries, flashlights and a cash prize up to P5,000. This effort is Eveready s way of saying thank you to sari-sari store owners for their support. Their contribution to the success of the brand was made possible because of them, said Claire Guevarra, senior brand manager of Energizer Philippines. This initiative is part of Eveready s emergency preparedness campaign by making batteries and flashlights readily accessible to residents in the communities. This effort is also made possible because of the brand s partnership with popular noontime show, Eat Bulaga. We are excited by this partnership because it will allow us to reach our consumers and communicate our advocacy, added by MJ Tiquia, brand activation manager. We hope to see all our loyal customers in the places we will visit. The campaign will visit the seeveready...page 7 AWARENESS DRIVE. A Fernandino is being examined by the city medical staff during Psoriasis Awareness Drive Campaign held at the Heroes Hall last November csf-cio PHOTO CSF beefs up health education campaign By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The City Health Office of this city is intensifying its campaign on health-related issues which might affect residents here. During the Psoriasis Awareness Drive Campaign held at the Heroes Hall last November 24, City Health Officer Eloisa Aquino and some provincebased dermatologists conducted a seminar FOR midwives, nurses, and other barangay health workers on the serious, chronic, auto-immune disease which could affect children and adults alike. Aquino shed light on the disease; she explained psoriasis is not contagious and non-communicable, noting that it occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals which cause the speed up of growth of skin cells. Although there is no cure for psoriasis yet, the city government is willing to extend its services to those suffering from this disease by improving medical care and providing access to effective treatment, she said. Pwede po ninyong bisitahin ang alinman sa ating mga barangay health stations upang ikonsulta ang inyong mga nararamdaman hindi lang po sa sakit sa balat kundi kasama po ang lahat ng pangangailangang medical, she urged. Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body and is associated with serious health conditions and even depression. Although psoriasis cases in the city remain to be low, education campaign is still the best option so people will understand what it is, said Rural Health Physician Cindy Canlas. We organized this lecture to different medical staff in the city to advocate awareness and education among our constituents, she added. This is to impart greater public understanding on this medical condition and eliminate discrimination of people who are inflicted with it, Canlas said. Persons who might be suffering from psoriasis can visit the City Health Office for assistance or call at No. (045) for more information.

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