May 20, 2011

LakeCon 2011 calls for an integrated lake management

TAYTAY, Rizal, May 17 (PIA) -- The Second National Congress on Philippine Lakes organized by the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research (PCAMRD) was held on April 27-29, 2011 in partnership with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) at U.P. Los Baños in Laguna.
     With the theme, “Building on the Pillars on Integrated Lake Basin Management”, LakeCon 2011 brought together stakeholders, policymakers and the academe to discuss the Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) as an approach to help the country achieve a common framework for lake management.
     In his welcome remarks, SEARCA Director Dr. Gil Saguiguit, Jr. conveyed the need to strengthen partnerships and linkages among key stakeholders in the management of the country’s lakes to address its common issues.
     Accordingly, ILBM integrates six management elements, namely, institutions, policy, stakeholder participation, technology, science and finances. All of which are fundamental to maintaining the services and resource values of lakes.
     UPLB Chancelor Dr. Luis Velasco encouraged the participants to focus their efforts to be more responsive to the needs of the average man. While Los Baños Mayor Anthony Genuino emphasized the major role that local governments play in lake management.
     Meanwhile, General Manager Rod Cabrera of the Laguna Lake Development Authority chronicled the experiences in the management of the country’s biggest lake. Issues that confronted the Authority range from socio-economic to political and environmental which have all intertwined.
     This includes the fast growing industry transformation, the burgeoning population, the degrading quality of the watershed, and the lack of political will among implementers within the Laguna Lake, among others.
     On a positive note, the present administration has expanded the thrusts of LLDA from mere regulatory to more developmental primarily on improving the lake’s potential as source of food, water, electricity, transportation, tourism which will generate thousands of jobs. These developments will allow the Authority to take off from its dependency on polluters as source of revenues through the Environmental User Fee System. In addition, LLDA is now tapping the private sector in the management of the lake through projects like “Adopt-a-River”.
     One of the keynote speakers at the Congress was Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. He supports the need for an integrated approach on lake management. On top of his concerns is the safeguarding of water resources to provide food security in the country as agricultural lands are rapidly being converted into industrial and residential areas. It is for this reason that he is authoring a bill on National Land Use Plan which will delineate, once and for all, the zones devoted for agriculture, industrial, and residential uses. “This bill greatly concerns the lakes and rivers since 70 percent of land areas are also watershed areas” the Senator said.
     On the technical aspect, Professor Rogelio Concepcion of SESAM provided a background on Geographic Information System and how it can be used to better asses and manage the lakes.
     The three-day lake congress also included technical and workshop sessions which highlight scientific and technical foundation as well as lessons and success stories in designing lake basin management programs.
     Back in 2003, the First LakeCon pave the way to the formation of the Philippine Lakes Network (PlaNet), a group of individuals who are committed to strengthening partnerships and information sharing on the status of lake and inland resources in the country. (CPG/Martin Antonio, LLDA/PIA-Calabarzon)

GEL ADRIANO, TO JOIN MAYORAL RACE

    San Pablo City --- A last termer councilor has announced his intention to join 2013 open mayoralty race to be vacated by third termer City Mayor Vicente B. Amante here.
     Serving the unexpired term of the late councilor Delo Cortez when appointed, Councilor Angelo Adriano was elected for three successive term ever since even topping the last 2010 synchronized national and local elections.

     Adriano brings with him his rich experience as local lawmaker, his connections to national leadership and personalities, as well as his know how in civic and philanthropic advocacies being an active member of Rotary Club of San Pablo City South,  in presenting  his program of government to San Pableños.

     Adriano will complete the 4As who will vie for mayorship in 2013 and is considered as one of the frontrunners of the said race.

    Earlier it has been rumored that former Congressman and Mayor Florante “Boy” Aquino was seen going around possibly for inventory of his political leaders and loyal supporters.  He was congressman for three terms and once a city mayor.

    Also talk of the town to join 2013 mayoralty race are City Administrator Loreto “Amben” Amante, son of the incumbent mayor,  and Atty. Hizon Arago, the father of the incumbent Laguna 3rd District Cong. Maria Evita Arago.

    The city positively received the entry of Adriano and many consider him the dark horse of the race. (SEVEN LAKES PRESS CORPS)


BANTAYOG NI DR JOSE P RIZAL SA HIBIYA PARK SA TOKYO

Ang bantayog para sa alaala ni Dr. Jose P. Rizal sa Hibiya Park sa Chiyoda City sa Tokyo,  isang 16.16-ektaryang parke sa pag-itan ng palasyo ng Emperador  at ng government center ng Japan,   ang pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng mga kaanib sa Lokal ng Tokyo ng Iglesia Ni Cristo (North East Asia District) kung ang pamahalaan ay nagtataguyod ng mga clean-up drive para lahukan ng mga kusangloob na mamamayan. Ang nasa gitna ng larawan sa tabi ng bantayog ay si Gng. Imee M.  Yoshinaga na isang malapit na kamag-anak ni Mayor Vicente B. Amante. (Ruben E. Taningco)

TULAY SIBULAN SA NAGCARLAN, IPATATAYO NA

Si Congw. Ivy Arago samantalang sinasangguni si Engr. Josefino Abrigo kaugnay ng isang proyektong hinihiling ng isang punong barangay.

SITYO BALOC, San Pablo City – Masayang iniulat ni Punong Barangay Ariel S. Barrios ng Barangay Sibulan sa Nagcarlan, na sa tulong ni Congresswoman Ma. Evita R. Arago ay maipatatayo na ang matagal ng pinapangarap  na tulay paliban sa Ilog Sibulan, na tuwirang mag-uugnay sa walong barangay sa kabayanan ng Nagcarlan.

     Bukod sa Barangay Sibulan, makikinabang din ang mga resident eng Barangay Maravilla, Manaol, Kanlurang Kabubuhayan, Banca-banca, Buenavista, 
Buhangin, at Wakat, sa batay sa 2007 Population Survey ng National Statistics Office ay pinananahanan ng 6,866 o ika-16 porsyento ng populasyon ng Nagcarlan.


     Ayon kay Barrios, malaki ang kanilang pasasalamat kay Congw. Ivy Arago, sapagka’t  nang pagsadyain ng mga punong barangay ng walong nayon  ang mambabatas, ay hindi kaagad sila pinangakuan ng tulong, sa halip, sila ay hinilingang bumalik pagkalipas ng dalawang linggo, sapagkat kinakailangan munang pag-aralan ito ng Department of Public Works and Highways upang matiyak na ang lahat ng pangangailangan ay matutugunan, sapagka’t ang gugugulin ditto ay mula sa mga buwis na ibinabayad ng mga mamamayan.

     Nang mapag-aralanan at imungkahi ng  District Engineer na ang tulay ay isang makabuluhang pangangailangan para sa kaunlaran ng kabuuan ng  ika-3 Distrito sa particular, at ng Laguna sa kalahatan, ay kaagad gumawa ng mga pakikipag-ugnayan sa  Secretary of Public Works and Highways, nagbunga ng paghiling sa Department of Budget and Management na magpalabas ng sapat na pondo para matustusan ang konstruksyon ng Proposed Sibulan Bridge, na may mga nagmumungkahing ito ay tawaging Jose Rizal Bridge dahil sa ang pagtatayo ay kaalinsabay ng paggunita sa ika-150 kaarawan ng pambansang bayani.

     Sang-ayon kay Engr. Josefino Abrigo, isa sa mga staff engineer ng DPWH-Laguna Sub-District Engineering Office na may hurisdiksyon sa lawak ng 3rd Congressional District, ang pagpapatayo ng Proposed Sibulan Bridge na may uring Reinforced Concrete Deck Girder (RCDG) ay naging paksa na ng isang “open and competitive bidding” noong Martes ng umaga, na  nilahukan ng mga kontratistang prequalified and included in the contractors list ng Office of the Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Tatanggapin ng winning bidder ang order to proceed with the construction bago matapos ang buwan ng Mayo. (Ruben E. Taningco)

PATALAAN SA COMELEC, IPINAGPAPATULOY NA

Ipinaaalaala sa lahat na pag-alinsunod sa mga tadhana ng Resolution No. 9168 ng Commission on Elections ay ipinagpapatuloy ang pagtatala ng mga bagong botante simula pa noong nakaraang Martes, Mayo 3, 2011 na tatagal hanggang Oktubre 31, 2012, upang makaboto sa National and Local Elections na nakatakdang maganap sa Mayo 13, 2013.

     Ang pagtatala ay isasagawa araw-araw,  simula sa ika-8:00 nng umaga hanggang ika-5:00 ng hapon.  Walang isasagawang pagtatala simula Disyembre 23, 2011 hanggang Enero 1, 2012 bilang pagsasaalang-alang sa panahon ng Kapaskuhan.

     Sang-ayon sa mga umiiral na batas, ang mga katanginan ng may karapatang magpatala ay ang mga sumusunod: mamamayang Pilipino na ang gulang ay hindi bababa sa 18 taon sa Mayo 13, 2013; naninirahan sa barangay na pagpapatalaan ng hindi kukulangin sa loob ng anim (6) buwan; at tuloy-tuloy na naninirahan sa Pilipinas sa loob ng isang taon, kung pansamantalang nanirahan sa labas ng bansa, at hindi nakapagpatala para sa mga nakaraang halalan.

     Matapos na mailahad ang pinunuang pormularyo sa Tanggapan ng Election Officer, ay maghintay habang ito ay pinoproseso, hanggang sa siya ay tawagin para makunan ng biometric, na kasama na ang lagda, diit ng daliri, at larawan  na itatala sa ipagkakaloob na COMELEC Identification  card.

     Ang mga rehistrado ng botante sa ibang lunsod o munisipyo na dating pinananahanan, at nagnanais na sa lunsod o munisipyo kung saan sila kasalukuyang naninirahan magpatala para tiyak na makaboboto sa Mayo 13, 2013, ay ay magsadya rin lamang sa Tanggapan ng Election Officer para ang kanilang Voter’s Registration Records ay mahiling na malipat kung saan mang bayan na kasalukuyan niyang pinanahanan.  (Ruben E. Taningco)

EDUKASYON ANG SANDATA NG KATAHIMIKAN – VIC AMANTE

Sa nakaraang pakikipanayam ng npahayagang ito, binigyang diin ni Mayor Vicente B. Amante na “Edukasyon ang Sandata ng Katahimikan” at sandigan sa ikapagkakaroon ng pamayanan maunlad at matatag na hinaharap. Ito umano ang nasa kaisipan ni Gat Jose P. Rizal  na ang pinangarap ay mapagkalooban ng pangunahing edukasyon o basic education ang mga kabataang mula sa karaniwang pamilya,

     Dapat alalahanin na nang si Dr. Rizal ay maging isang tapon o exile sa Dapitan, ang kanyang pinagtuunan ng pansin ay hindi ang gamutin ang karamdaman ng mga taga-Dapitan, kundi gamutin ang umiiral na kamangmangan ng mga taga-roon, sa pamamagitan ng pagtuturo sa mga bata ng pagbasa at pagsulat, pagkukuwenta, at nang ang mga kabataan ay mapunlaan na niya ng mga pangunahing kamalayan, ay saka niya tinuruan ng tamang pagkokopra, pangingisda, paggagawa ng mga tubong tisa na ginamit sa pagtatayo ng sistema ng patubig,
     Maging ang negosyante sa Dapitan ay hinikayat ni Rizal na magsamasama at sikaping ang mga artikulo ng kalakalan na likha ng mga  tagaroon ay sunod sa iisang pamantayan upang maikuha ng mataas na halaga sa pamilihan sa Maynila noon.

     Sa darating na Hunyo 19, 2011 ay gugunitain sa Lalawigan ng Laguna ang ika-150 kaarawan ni Dr. Jose P. Rizal, at dito sa Lunsod nng San Pablo  ay kaalinsabay na gugunitain ang ika-100 taon ng pagkapagtayo sa Bantayog ng Pambansang Bayani sa Liwasang Lunsod, kaya ang nabanggit na bantayog ay isasaayos upang maging angkop sa kahalagahan ng pagdiriwang, sapagka’t sang-ayon sa punonglunsod, kasang-ayon siya ng paninindigan ni Rizal na     kapag ang mga mamamayan ay may sapat na edukasyon ang mga ito ay hindi magiging pahirap sa pamayanan. Kung edukado ang mga tao sa isang komunidad ay walang mga karahasan o kaguluhan ang mga maaaring mangyari. Kaya binibigyan din niya ng prayoridad ang kalusugan ng lahat ng taga-lunsod. Sapagkat siya ay naniniwala na kapag malusog ay lalabas ring itong isang matalinong mamamayan. (Ruben E. Taningco)

KAPATIRANG MASON, HINDI SEKTA

Mula kay Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Florante D. “Gonzales, isang aktibong kasapi ng Kapatiran ng mga Mason dito sa Lunsod ng San Pablo,  ay napag-alamang ang Freemasonry o Masonerya ay isang kapatiran, at  hindi isang relihiyon o sekta ng pananampalataya . Ito ay isang kapatiran na nagsasakit na ang mga mabubuting lalaki ay higit pang maging mabuti at kalugod-lugod na kagawad ng lipunan.

     Ipinahayag din na ang mga Mason ay iginagalang ang pananampalataya ng kanilang mga kaanib.  Katunayan nito, ang mga Mason ay walang ipinasusunod na doktrina ng pananampalataya o teologo, at hindi nagtuturo ng aral ukol sa kaligtasan.  Hindi rin sila nagtuturo na ang mabubuting gawain o paglilingkod sa sangkatauhan ay titiyak ng kaligtasan o ikapagtatamo ng buhay-na-walang-hanggan, ayon pa kay Gonzales.

     Sa mga aklat ng kasaysayan, iniuulat na ang Kapatiran ng mga Mason ay natatag sa Pilipinas sa pagsasakit ng mga kilalalang makabayang Pilipino, tulad nina  Jose P. Rizal,  Marcelo H. del Pilar, at iba pang nagkaroon ng pagkakataong makapanirahan sa Espanya noong panahon ng huling dekada ng pananakop ng mga Kastila sa Pilipinas.  Halos ang lahat ng mga naging haligi ng kilusan na naghahangad ng kalayaan para sa Pilipinas noon, tulad nina Andres de Castro Bonifacio, Emilio Famy Aguinaldo, at  Apolinario Maranan Mabini  ay pawang naging kaanib ng kapatiran,  at tulad ng nangyari sa España,  Pransya, at ilang pang mga bansa, ito ay naging isang lihim na kilusan, dahil sa pakikialam ng Simbahang Katoliko na nag-aakalang ito ay isang sekta ng pananampalataya na tumututol sa kanilang iniuutos at ipinatatanggap na paniniwala.

     Ang Kapatiran ng mga  Mason  ay lumitaw sa Englatera noong ika-17 Siglo, at ito ay binubuo lamang  ng mga kilalang manggagawa sa bato o mason,  na nang matapos na ang mga pagtatayo ng mga malalaking katedral at kastilyo, ang samahan ay ipinahintulot ang pagsapi ng mga kilalang mamamayan o ng mga nabibilang sa mataas na antas ng lipunan, na ang pangunahing tunguhin ay ang pagtatatag ng isang lipunang may kaayaayang pangkalahatang layunin, tulad ng pag-iral ng kapatiran, pagkakapantaypantay, at kapayapaan,

     Nang magkaroon na ng apat (4) na balangay na tinatawag nilang lodge o kanlungan, ito ay binuo sa isang pederasyon, at noong Hunyo 24, 1717 ay pormal na natatag ang Grand Lodge for London and Westminster, at noong 1723, ang pederasyon ng mga lohiya ay tinawag na Grand Lodge of England, at  ng maitatag ang mga lohiya sa New York, sa Ireland, at sa Scotland sa pag-itan ng mga taong 1725 at 1736, ang Grand Lodge of All England” ay tinawag nang “Mother Of All Grand Lodges Of Freemasonry.”  Ang Freemasonry ang kinikilala ngayong pinakamalaganap at pinakamalaking orden ng kapatiran sa daigdig, na ang kanilang magandang gawain at paglilingkod  ay napapabantayog sa puso ng mga mamamayang kanilang pinaglilingkuran, sapagka’t wala silang hinihintay na sukli sa kanilang pagtulong, liban sa nadarama nilang kaligayahan na sila ay nakakapaghatid ng tulong sa kanilang kapuwa o sa sangkatauhan. (Ruben E. Taningco)

SIMBOLO NG KALINISAN NA NAKATUTUGON SA PAMBANSANG PAMANTAYAN

Sa obserbasyon ng mga estudyante ng mga kilalang pamantasan at  kolehiyo sa Metro Manila ,  ang Material Recovery and Composting Facilities na bahagi Sanitay Landfill Complex ng Pangasiwaang Lunsod ng San Pablo sa Sityo Baloc ay simbolo ng pagiging masinop na mapangalagaan ang kalinisan ng kapaligiran ng lunsod. Sinasabing “tambakan ng basura ng lunsod,” pero dito ay walang mga kolonya ng langaw at iba pang mga insektong nagkakalat ng nakakapesteng dumi, at hindi rin pinagmumulan ng masama at masansang na amoy, kaya nakatutugon sa pamantayang ipinatutupad ng National Solid Waste Management Commission sa ilalim ng Tanggapan ng Pangulo ng Bansa, na nakatadhana sa Batas Republika Bilang 9003.Ang City Solid Waste Management Office (CSWMO) ay kasalukuyang nasa pangangasiwa ni ENRO Ramon R. de Roma bilang officer-in-charge, samantalang si Engr. Ruel J. Dequito ay nasa ibang bansa. (Ruben E. Taningco)

May 16, 2011

1,246 Pass the 2011 S&T Scholarship Exam

 194 Pass in CALABARZON


     DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo announces that 1,246 high school students have qualified under the 2011-2012 DOST-SEI (DOST-Science Education Institute) Undergraduate Scholarship Program, or RA 7687.   The present number of scholars came from more than 20,000 hopefuls who took the scholarship exam last November 2010 in various testing centers throughout the country.  Of these, 846 incoming freshmen are eligible under the Science Scholarship Act of 1994 (RA 7687) or Program B, the government’s science scholarship program for the poor and underprivileged with the remaining 400 students eligible under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship or Program A.

      In CALABARZON, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, regional director of DOST IV-A, reports that out of 1, 893 applicants, qualifiers under RA 7687 total 144 with other incoming freshmen who qualified for Program A totaling 50.  He said the top three provinces with the most number of qualifiers, pro rated against the number of examinees, under Programs A and B, are Rizal (43), Quezon (27), and Laguna (55).

     Meanwhile, qualifiers from Region IV-A who will enroll under Programs A and B are encouraged to attend the orientation sessions from May 3 to 4, 2011 for Batangas Province to be held at the provincial S&T center in Kumintang, Ilaya, Batangas City.  The provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and Rizal have previously conducted orientation sessions from April 26 to 29, 2011. 

     Scholars of RA 7687 will receive tuition fee subsidy and other school fees, book allowance, monthly living allowance for 10-11 month duration and more. On the other hand, DOST-SEI Merit scholars will receive the same benefits as the RA 7687 scholars except for a pro-rated monthly stipend depending on their economic status. 

     The government’s Science Scholarship program was initiated together with the creation of the National Science Development Board, the precursor of the DOST. Starting with only 10 awardees, it has increased yearly until the establishment of Republic Act 7687 or the Science Scholarship Act of 1994. RA 7687 paved the way for a massive scholarship program with the government awarding, at present, more than 1,000 slots to qualified students annually. For 2009, 1,246 slots are being made available for graduate scholars in science and technology.

     Those who passed from Laguna are:     Joferson del Valle Abiog, Charlene Andaya Alcira.Myrtle Joy Ato Antioquia, Marinel Salvan Auditor, Gene Patrick Macalagay Babaan,  Nerielyn Ayadawan Bahiwag,  Jessah Marie Basconcillo Banayo, Archie Durante Basila, Marx Lennin Marasigan Cabaltican,  Angelo Ollet Casin, Ariel Ruegas Dela Cruz, Jovielane Lozande dela Cueva, Paul Alfred de Leon Dichoso, Sarah Janine Urias Esguerra, Minorka Padua Evangelista, John Kenneth Castillo Fajilan, Maureen Cuenca Flores, Edlyn Racoma Gatchalian, Geselle Ellema Gesmundo, Robb Prieto Gile, Rose Aliza Cabrera Igualada, Michael Veloso Lacsina, Razel Bucad Laygo,

     Shariz Anne Palarca Mallari, Lemuel Tec Mangahas, Chris John Bano Mantala, Ana Mikaela Buendia Maravilla, Carlo Panopio Muñoz, Fredimel Añonuevo Ordinado, Lalaine Batitay Oruga, Romulo Reyes Parao Jr., Fernand Kristopher Abril Pulutan, Cris Joseph Mendoza Ramos, James Edelbert Carillo Ramos, Princess Jarilla Requiso, Ishmael Yu Reyes, Clark Tolentino Suerte, Jomar dela Cruz Terbio, Paul Daniel Briones Tomias, Madel Verra Tutor, Ma. Micaela Nardo Vega, Karl Dustine Mendoza Vivar. (DOST IV-A/AMGuevarra

DOST, DOH to roll out dengue kit, telehealth program

DOST IV-A to give out kits soon


     DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo recently joined hands with DOH Secretary Enrique Ona in agreeing to nationally roll out half a million more of dengue kits also known as the DOST Mosquito Ovicidal/ Larvicidal (OL) Trap system. 

     This follows the successful launch of 200,000 kits last February in Tacloban City. DOST, through the Industrial Technology Development Institute, is set to distribute the new batch to 125,000 households nationwide.  Secretary Montejo targets distribution of the OL traps from July until December 2011, in time for the rainy season. He said, each recipient household, previously identified by the DOH, will receive free kits consisting of four OL traps and a six month-supply of the organic pellets.

     In CALABARZON Region, Eric F. Ocampo, entomologist at the Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD IV), identified two cities in Batangas and three cities in Laguna as dengue hotspots.  Thus, Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, regional director of DOST IV-A, will be distributing 11,200 units of OL traps to 2,800 households in eight barangays in Batangas and Laguna on May 3, 2011.  These will be received for Batangas by Mayor Meynardo A. Sabili of Lipa City and Mayor Juan V. Toreja of Ibaan.  For Laguna, the dengue kits will be received by Mayor Joaquin M. Chipeco of Calamba City, Mayor Vicente A. Amante of San Pablo City, and Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas of Sta. Rosa City.

     Moreover, Secretary Montejo added, that DOST and DOH are also collaborating to enhance the delivery of efficient health care in the country especially to fourth up to sixth class municipalities through the National Telehealth Service Program (NTSP).  Secretary Ona explains that NTSP aims to link remote barrios with health specialists through use of information and communication technologies, such as the mobile phone, to facilitate diagnosis of diseases/disorders.

     The signed Memorandum of Agreement on the two programs will define the roles and responsibilities of each agency to achieve maximum results that would benefit the people in the communities. (DOST IV-A/JMLazcano/AMGuevarra

S&T house committee to expand scholarship offerings of RA 7687

Rep. Angelo B. Palmones, S&T House Committee vice chair and Agham Party-list representative, recently led deliberation of House Bill No. 3676 which seeks to expand the offerings of the DOST-SEI Undergraduate S&T program or RA 7687.   Under the bill, he proposes increasing the number of scholarship slots being offered by the program.

     Palmones explains that the current program provisions need to be amended to address the following: the Philippines lags in terms of trained personnel in S&T for developing countries.  There are only 165 S&T personnel available to provide S&T services for every million of Filipinos.  The United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommends 380 per million population. 

     Palmones added the bill includes removal of the provision in the law which only allows the top five percent of the graduating class to take the S&T scholarship qualifying exam.  The new bill considers instead the grades of the students, specifically on math and science, as qualifying factors.

     In addition, Palmones is proposing to measure the increase in scholarship fund allocation to the rate of inflation and the prevailing cost of education at the time the science agency’s scholarship budget is being deliberated.  The augmented scholarship fund is proposed to be sourced from the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

     In response, Dr. Leticia V. Catris, Officer-in-Charge of DOST-SEI, welcomed the developments.  She expressed optimism that the bill will be a great help in ensuring the continued creation of a critical mass of scientists and engineers in the country.  (DOST IV-A/MICRobles/AMGuevarra

Los Baños Science Community produces local TV program

     Dr. Grace Javier-Alfonso, president of the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI) and concurrent chancellor  of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) is leading production  of an S&T oriented TV program that will showcase local personalities in the Science and Nature City.

     The TV program, dubbed by its 22-member-agency organizers as Maki-Makiling, coordinated with Community Cable TV -8 in the production and marketing of its initial 13 episode-offering.  Consisting of six segments, Dr. Alfonso promises viewers to deliver Maki-Makiling as the sole source of entertaining but informative TV program in Los Baños and the Laguna Province.  She has enlisted the support of two-time CMMA awardee, Philippine Star columnist, and media director of Miladay Mr. Boom Tenorio as segment host. Dr. Alfonso avows that “Other than nationally produced and telecasted TV programs, Maki-Makiling stands as the only S&T-oriented TV program in the country that is completely locally produced and starred.”

     For its first five episodes, producers will feature the following sectors/issues: education, solid waste management, livelihood, water resource management, and tourism. Eleven member-agencies of LBSCFI started filming and editing work last April 15, 2011.    These include UPOU, UPLB, LWD, ERDB, BFAR, LSPU, PCARRD, PCAMRD, FPRDI, DOST IV-A, and LGU Los Baños.  The group expects to complete production work for the 13 episodes until the last week of June 2011. (DOST IV-A/AMGuevarra)

Govt. Employees Walk Out of Offices, Continue Clamor for Substantial Wage Hike

QUEZON CITY  - Government employees nationwide affiliated with the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) today held a protest action in front of the House of Representatives in order to reiterate their demand for a substantial wage increase.

“Aquino has done absolutely nothing to improve the lot of the country’s 1.4 million government employees who are now living on the brink of poverty and destitution. Aquino’s EO 40 is tantamount to zero wage increase: it merely advanced the implementation of the third tranche of Salary Standardization Law 3 by a month, and even then local government units with “insufficient” funds are exempted from implementing the said increase. As we have said time and time again, SSL 3 is insufficient to cover the needs of government employees amidst the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities and services. Even with the full implementation of SSL 3 in 2012, the minimum pay will still only amount to P, 9,000/month, a far cry from the government’s own estimated Family Living Wage (FLW) pegged at P 29, 640 per month. The only ones benefitting from the early release of the third tranche of the SSL 3 are the top government officials who will get their enormous pay hikes a month earlier than scheduled,” COURAGE National President Ferdinand Gaite said.

“Our call for a P 6,000 increase to the minimum pay of all government employees and a P 125 across-the-board wage hike for workers in the private sector has been proven legitimate and necessary. We consider it a great insult that the government instead attempts to pacify us with palliatives and band-aid solutions—EO 40 for state workers and a paltry P22 ECOLA for private sector laborers. We are fed up with the Aquino administration’s deception: we demand a substantial wage increase! Galit na galit na ang mga kawani’t manggagawa! Tama na ang papogi at panloloko sa mamamayan! Makabuluhang dagdag-sahod, ngayon na!” Gaite added.

COURAGE is pushing for the passage of House Bill 3746 sponsored by ANAKPAWIS Representative Rafael Mariano which embodies their Php 6,000 demand and is supporting HB 375 which seeks to grant a Php 125 across-the-board increase for the private sector. The labor center vowed to continue in reiterating their demand for a substantial wage increase and to condemn the government’s complicity regarding the escalating costs of basic commodities, particularly the impending LRT/MRT fare hike. (CouragePhil)

Govt. Employees Join Nationwide Protests

MANILA - Thousands of government employees nationwide affiliated with the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) today joined the May Day Protests to reiterate their demand for a substantial wage increase.

“Elected on a campaign premised on change and good governance, Noynoy has proven to be a monumental failure. His administration has done nothing to ease the plight of impoverished employees and workers who are increasingly alienated, displaced and deprived of their right to live decently. Workers and employees from both the public and private sectors are still subsisting on starvation wages, threats to job security and tenure continue unabated and numerous human rights violations committed against labor leaders remain unresolved,” COURAGE National President Ferdinand Gaite said.

“From Day One onwards, Noynoy and his economic advisers have prioritized the interests of big capitalists and foreign investors. Privatization, liberalization, deregulation and state abandonment of social services remain as pillars of this administration’s economic policies, all at the expense of the workers and the people. In so doing, the Aquino administration has revealed itself to be no different from its’ anti-people predecessors. Walang pagbabago sa ilalim ni Aquino!” Gaite asserted.

“Our call for a P 6,000 increase to the minimum pay of all government employees and a P 125 across-the-board wage hike for workers in the private sector has been proven legitimate and necessary. We consider it a great insult that the government instead attempts to pacify us with a circus composed of non-wage benefits, job fairs and farcical consultations with yellow union representatives from PGEA, on the very same day that is supposed to commemorate the historic struggle of the working class around the world,”

“Noynoy’s Labor Day announcement regarding the salary hike for government employees on June is empty rhetoric: it is merely the advanced implementation of the third tranche of Salary Standardization Law 3, originally set to be implemented on July. It will not amount to any substantial increase for rank-and-file employees. We have said it before and we have said it again: SSL 3 is insufficient to cover the basic needs of government workers. Ultimately, Noynoy’s declaration is nothing but a meaningless pronouncement aimed at boosting Aquino’s declining ratings.Niloloko at iniinsulto lang ng administrasyong ito ang mga kawani na nananawagan para sa makabuluhang dagdag-sahod!” Gaite added.

“Faced with such a situation, workers and employees have no recourse but to strengthen our ranks and persist in our struggle for security of tenure, humane working conditions and decent living wages. If Aquino continues to disregard the needs of the people, the public’s discontent over his dismal performance could very well translate to widespread protests in the next few days,” Gaite concluded.

COURAGE leaders and affiliate unions vowed to continue in reiterating their demand for a substantial wage increase and to condemn the government’s complicity regarding the escalating costs of basic commodities. (CouragePhil)

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