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NU, FEU tangle in UAAP semis

(Tempo)

National University and Far Eastern University try to keep their respective title bids alive today when they battle in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Game time is at 4 p.m., where the winner clashes with last year’s runner-up La Salle for the remaining finals berth.

Defending champion Ateneo advanced outright to the championship round after sweeping the double-round elims with a 14-0 win-loss record. La Salle, meanwhile, finished second with a 12-2 slate.

FEU threaded through the eye of the needle in barging into the next phase after outlasting University of Santo Tomas (UST) last Tuesday, 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 16-25, 15-6, in the playoff for the No. 4 spot.

In that match, the Lady Tamaraws stunned the Tigresses with their tough net defense and reception that complemented their offensive attacks.

NU Coach Roger Gorayeb, who took over the squad early this year, expected the same amount of intensity from FEU when they faced them again.

“Kailangan lang paganahin namin yung receive namin. Mahihirapan kami kung mawawala yon,” said Gorayeb, who also added that they need to strengthen on their service for a more aggressive approach.

Jaja Santiago remains a force to reckon with for the Lady Bulldogs, but Gorayeb said his other stalwarts are also stepping up in their game particularly Jorelle Singh and Myla Pablo.

NU finished the elims with 8-6 highlighted by a four-game winning streak. Gorayeb aimed to protect that winning run.

FEU, however, is expected to come out more determined following that morale-boosting win, with Bernadeth Pons, Geneveve Casugud, Remy Palma and Heather Guino-o leading the charge.

The Lady Tamaraws won over the Lady Bulldogs in their first meeting last Dec. 13, 25-23, 26-24, 25-10, but NU retaliated with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 win in their next matchup last Feb. 14.

Meanwhile, UST and NU fight for the remaining finals ticket in the men’s division at 2 p.m. The winner will face the Ateneo Eagles in the finals.

DSWD sets up voice and text hotlines for more accuracy in the 2nd round of 'Listahanan' assessment

By Leilani S. Junio [(PNA), SCS/LSJ]

MANILA, Feb. 27 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Friday it has set up voice and text hotlines for queries and complaints to ensure more accuracy in the upcoming implementation of the second round of "Listahanan" assessment nationwide.

"Listahanan" or the National Household Targetting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that contains a comprehensive list of families in need of social protection programs and services.

The data being gathered under the Listahanan are made available to national government agencies, local government units, and other social protection stakeholders needing a comprehensive list of poor families in need of assistance.

Some government agencies utilizing it are PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“The public may reach the Listahanan through voice hotline number (02) 717-3770 local 88878 for inquiries, and 88876 for grievances,” DSWD National Households Targetting Office Director Vincent Andrew Leyson told a press briefing Friday at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Leyson said that others may also send their observation and other concerns through text hotline like 0918-9122813 for Smart and Talk and Text subscribers and 0917-8902327 for Globe and Touch Mobile subscribers.

According to Director Leyson, the reports may pertain to misconduct of Listahanan field staff, inclusion of non-poor and exclusion of poor from the list, and families not covered by the assessment, among others.

The text may be sent this way: Listahanannamelocationgrievance/inquiry

Leyson said the public can also email them at ask.listahanan@dswd.gov.ph or its official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/listahanan.official.

He added that the complaints and inquiries will be received by the National Project Management Office (NPMO) of DSWD and will be forwarded to concerned regional offices for verification and resolution.

The regional hotline focal person can check and monitor the transactions through the text hotline system accessible through the internet.

The complainants, on the other hand, will be receiving notification once their message has been received.

In addition, updates on the status of complaints will be provided until they are resolved.

The second round of Listahanan assessment, to start this first quarter of 2015, targets to cover a total of 15.3 million households in 1,491 municipalities, 143 cities and 42,000 barangays nationwide to facilitate their inclusion in the anti-poverty programs and services of the government.

The assessment will also enable the agency to track down changes and development in the lives of poor households identified in the first assessment done in 2009 and covered only 10 million families.

It was in 2014 wherein the second round of assessment was supposed to be conducted or every five years but it was delayed to make the scheme of assessment more tailor-fit in eliminating chances of inefficiencies and duplication problems that may occur.

A total of PhP1.9 billion has been allocated for the assessment in 2015 due to the cost of increased number of poor that will be assessed.

In the 2009 assessment, about PhP1.2 billion was utilized as budget for the assessment in assessing 10 million poor households.

“The higher budget this year aims to minimize the inclusion and exclusion errors,” DSWD Assistant Secretary Javier Jimenez said.

Part of the budget will be for hiring of field staffs, area supervisors, coordinators, encoders and verifiers that will perform the tasks and utilization of tablets in assessment process in the urban-based areas.

DA Chief celebrates milestone in coco-levy fund with KM71 marchers

(PNA), CTB/DA-PR/EDS

MANILA, Feb 26 (PNA) -- Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala recognized and acknowledged the contribution of the KM71 marchers in the establishment of a coconut farmers’ trust fund from the P71 billion coco levy fund.

“Let us acknowledge all those who represent and joined the 71 heroic coconut farmers who walked 71 days to rouse the concerned government officials, and act on their longtime plea,” Alcala announced during the 3rd National Coconut Farmers’ Conference held in Quezon City on February 25, 2015. The event coincided with the 28th anniversary of EDSA People Power revolution.

The 71-day march is symbolic of the coconut farmers’ push for the accessibility of the P71-billion coconut levy fund, formed during the Marcos regime from taxes collected from coconut farmers, and the establishment of a trust fund which can protect the money from misuse.

The KM71 marchers consist of 71 coconut farmers who embarked on a 71-day cross-country journey covering 1,750 km by foot, leaving their homes in Davao on September 21, 2014 until they reach Malacañang on November 26 where they had a meeting with President Benigno S. Aquino and some department secretaries of the executive branch among other government officials.

During the dialogue, Aquino agreed to push the creation of a trust fund that will protect the P71 billion. He also agreed to issue an Executive Order (E.O.) that will provide P3 billion for coconut farmers every year while awaiting for the bill’s approval.

“When Ka Bobby Tanada, Ka Oca Santos, and I dialogued with the President, we did not expect that the issuance with the finality will come this soon. Perhaps the Supreme Court justices were moved by the KM71 marchers’ plea,” Alcala said.

The reason for the marchers’ sacrifice is to hasten the uplifting of the lives of their fellow poor coconut farmers in the country. “Hindi lamang parangal kundi kaukulang aksyon ang kailangan,” he added.

Planting materials, farm animals, and farm equipment, as well as scholarship grants (through ACEF) with allowance were provided by DA to the coconut farmers who attended the conference.

Sec. Alcala extended assistance to coconut farmers’ groups, receiving 150 sacks assorted yellow and white corn, 10 sacks assorted vegetable seeds, upland palay seedlings, 1,000 coffee and cacao seedlings, and two carabaos with plows. He urged coconut farmers to practice intercropping because it is the fastest way of increasing their income.

Asec. Edilberto de Luna handed the agricultural assistance to leaders of coconut federations belonging to: KAMMPIL, PAKISAMA, BASULTA, AMMA, LAKAMBINI, NIUGAN, KATARUNGAN, PKMP, and PKMM.

President Aquino leads wreath-laying ceremony at EDSA People Power Monument

(PNA), RMA/PND/SSC

MANILA, Feb. 25 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday led the wreath-laying ceremony at the People Power Monument in celebration of the 29th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

The President arrived at the monument, located at the corner of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and White Plains Avenue in Quezon City, at 11:33 a.m.

He was received by Executive Secretary and Chairman of the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC) Paquito Ochoa, Jr.; EPPC Vice Chairman Jose Pardo; and EPPC Commissioners Cesar Sarino and Ogie Alcasid.

President Aquino witnessed the Unity Walk of 300 uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who walked towards the monument with their arms locked.

This is a reenactment of the union of forces of the Philippine Constabulary (PC) and the AFP on February 23, 1986, led by then head of the PC, former president Fidel Ramos, and then defense secretary, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Ramos and Enrile were among the proponents of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

After the Unity Walk, President Aquino proceeded with the offering of the wreath, which was followed by a moment of silence in honor of the unsung heroes who offered their lives for freedom.

Present during the ceremony were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, and other Cabinet members.

Also present were AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang and PNP Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and other police and military officials, as well as Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto, and other Metro Manila mayors.

They were joined by former Manila mayors Alfredo Lim and Mel Lopez, members of the August Twenty-One Movement, Yellow Ribbon Movement and religious groups and students.

President Aquino left for the Main Chapel of the Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA at 11:40 a.m.

Maynilad inaugurates new sewage treatment plant in QC

(MAYNILAD/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY, 24 February (PIA) – The Maynilad Water Services, Inc. recently inaugurated a new facility designed to handle up to 15,500 cubic meters of wastewater per day and can serve up to 27,000 households.

According to Maynilad, the Talayan Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) worth P2439-millin is located in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City.

The new facility is also one of the six wastewater facilities funded by Maynilad’s $137.5-million loan from the World Bank for the development and improvement of wastewater services in the West Zone.

It is also one of 15 wastewater facilities Maynilad is constructing in the San Juan River Basin—a major tributary that leads to Pasig River

Maynilad Chief Operating Officer Herbert Consunji led theinauguration together with World Bank Task Team Leader Sudipto Sarkar, Land Bank of the Philippines Head of Project Management Division II Generoso David, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Deputy Administrator for Technical Regulation Engr. Gerardo Sullano, and JFE Engineering Corporation General Manager Hideaki Noma.

Roxas to PNP: Battle crime using a systematic approach

(DILG/RJB/KCDA/PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY, 23 Feb. (PIA) – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary, Mar Roxas, prompted the Philippine National Police (PNP) to adopt a systematic and investigative approach in addressing crimes in Metro Manila.

Roxas said that station commanders and district directors should customarily study and analyze the weekly crime statistics being gathered by the various police stations in the National Capital Region (NCR) to establish trends that may help curb the number of crime incidents.

As he lauded the performance of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in reducing criminality all over the metropolis, he also said that a comprehensive assessment of crimes committed per area should be done as a follow through.

Citing the 13 firearms confiscated by the PNP during the conduct of Oplan Bakal Sita on February 9 to 15, Roxas said that illegal firearm carriers now avoid PNP checkpoints and that other strategies should be employed.

In line with this, he ordered NCRPO Director General Carmelo Valmoria to coordinate with the District Intelligence Unit to develop a mechanism that will strengthen the confiscation of unlicensed firearms.

The Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) was likewise instructed to work hand in hand with the NCRPO to determine which of the 396 robbery and theft incidents recorded from February 9 to 15 involved the use of unlicensed firearms.

Banawe area in QC now biggest Chinatown

By JING VILLAMENTE

Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City have unveiled plans for the development of the Banawe area in the city, now the country’s biggest Chinatown, into a major city tourism district. Quezon City’s Chinatown covers an area shared by seven big barangays, namely, Lourdes, Siena, St. Peter, Manresa , Sto. Domingo, Tatalon and Doña Josefa. There is a pending measure before the Quezon City Council providing for such a move, the Vice Mayor said.

QC hospital to provide free eye care service

(PNA), RMA/SDT-PR/PJN

MANILA, Feb. 21 (PNA) -- The Quezon City government, through the Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH), will conduct a free cataract operation program this month to promote eye care for people 40 years old and above,

Mayor Herbert M. Bautista will provide all surgical materials and medications to cataract patients, who will be identified thru screening at different barangays in the city.

A total of 100 cataract patients are targeted to benefit from the program.

QCGH’s department of ophthalmology, led by Dr. Benalexander A. Pedro, will lead the free ophthalmic care for city residents especially indigents that will give them opportunity to have a clear vision despite their age and status in life.

The QCGH cataract program was conceptualized last October 2014 by the hospital’s ophthalmic surgeons composed of consultants and resident ophthalmologists, who are also planning to make the outreach activity done annually and be funded and allocated budget from the hospital’s expenditure program.

Cataract, which is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens which lies behind the iris and the pupil, is one of the principal causes of blindness in the world if not treated.

At least 10,000 women retailers eyed for entrepreneurship training

(PNA), FPV/TESDA-PR/PJN

MANILA, Feb. 20 (PNA) -- Sari-sari store and karinderya (eatery) owners may have already grasped the practical day-to-day operation of their business, but a little more training will certainly help.

Moving forward its Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) program, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Coca-Cola Far East Limited aimed to have 10,000 more women scholars for the first semester of the year.

The target beneficiaries are to be trained in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan and Cavite. Out of these 10,000 women, 500 will come from the 6th District of Quezon City.

To formalize the partnership, TESDA, Coca-Cola and the 6th District of Quezon City inked a Memorandum of Agreement for the intervention for small sari-sari store owners, focused mainly on providing formal Basic Entrepreneurship training and facilitation of access to business resources such as product and merchandising support.

"Women entrepreneurs continue to rise in the economy as a force to be reckoned, and lasting success hinges on the ongoing training to equip them with the skills in better running their business," TESDA Secretary General Joel Villanueva said.

He expressed gratitude to Coca-Cola and the local government of Quezon City for their concerted and focused effort around entrepreneurship education.

The STAR program was designed to economically empower the target women beneficiaries by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to transform them to become successful entrepreneurs.

Since the program started in 2012 up to December 2014, about 30,000 women scholars have graduated.

In implementing it, TESDA and Coca-Cola have been forging partnerships with local government units that select the women beneficiaries.

TESDA nominates qualified trainers for the program based on qualifications outlined on the mechanics for implementation.

The STAR program is under the Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 Program, a global initiative to empower five million women worldwide by the year 2020.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Villanueva for TESDA, Coca-Cola vice president for public affairs and communications Adel Tamano, and Quezon City Representative Kit Belmonte of the 6th district.

NTC to consult public on Mobile Disaster Alert Act

By Kristel Claudine D. Aslanbaigi (PIA-NCR/RJB/KDA)

QUEZON CITY, 19 Feb. (PIA) – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) urges stakeholdres to attend a public consultation and hearing on the proposed Memorandum Circular (MC) on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 10639.

Enacted on June 2014, RA 10639 mandates telecommunications service providers to send free mobile alerts during times of natural and man-made disasters and calamities.

The NTC together with the Department of Transportation and Communications, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) have been tasked to draft the IRR of RA 10639.

As per the Regulation Branch of NTC, the public consultation and hearing aims to discuss the IRR and its MC endorsement prior submission to the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the President.

lt be will be held on 26 February 2015, 2:00 p.m. at the Executive Conference Room, 3rd Floor, NTC Building., BIR Road, East Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City at 2:00 PM.

Copies of the proposed IRR and Circular will be made available during the hearing.

DOLE conducts summit and workshop for health and safety in construction sites

(PNA) FPV/SDTwith(OJT), NOELLE ANDREA PADRONES/EDS

MANILA, Feb.18 (PNA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday convened a summit for health and safety to ensure the safety of workers in workplaces, Including workers in construction sites.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said DOLE is dealing with a spate of construction accidents that she said were “totally avoidable and preventable “if all stakeholders share a common goal of construction health and safety”.

“It is high time. It is timely. And it is relevant,” said Baldoz in a statement as the Occupational Safety and Health Centre (OSHC) convened Wednesday in a summit and workshop on the inter-agency Memorandum of Agreement-Joint Administrative Order (MOA-JAO) on construction safety at the OSHC in Diliman, Quezon City.

The 2011 MOA-JOA is aimed at strengthening coordination and linkages to promote the welfare of the construction workers and the growth of the construction industry.

Also, the MOA-JAO also requires that violations are to be reported to PCAB (Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board) for blacklisting of errant contractors, pursuant to Republic Act 4566 (Contractors’ Licensing Law) and its implementing rules.

Representatives of the Inter-Agency MOA namely from DOLE, Public Works and Highways, Interior and Local Government, and Trade and Industry (Construction Manpower Development Foundation and Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), reported updates and accomplishment since the MOA -JAO was signed in 2011.

Also present were representatives of local governments in the National Capital Region and Region 3 and 4-A.

“It has been four years since the MOA-JAO on construction safety was agreed to be implemented, and it is high time that we check how much has been done in ensuring the safety of our workers in the construction industry. This was an opportunity to review what has been done in local governments and in reinforcing the rules and regulations to strengthen the OSH strategies in this highly hazardous industry,” said OSHC Executive Director Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco,MD.

“It was really to look at the issue in construction and those responsible in looking at the safety and health of workers in construction, said Cucueco, emphasizing the need to continue on monitoring all construction site projects for the welfare of its workers," she said .

For the DOLE, its task was to decentralize the approval of the Construction Safety and Health Program (CHSP) from the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) to DOLE Regional Offices, which should evaluate CHSP application within five days upon receipt of the complete requirements from the contractors.

The DOLE Regional Offices, on the other hand, are tasked to conduct the necessary site inspection for verification compliance, while the BWC shall maintain a data base of all on-going construction projects and prepare a consolidated monthly report of all inspection activities.

On its part, the DPWH had issued Memorandum Circular No. 2 on March 2011 instructing all local building officials to require the submission of a DOLE-approved CSHP prior to the issuance of all building permits.

The DTI-PCAB requires all authorized managing officers (AMOS) of the contractors to take the 40-hour Construction Safety Training Course as a requirement for the issuance of a contractor’s license. The DTI-CMDF also assists the DOLE by offering a safety and health orientation course for AMOs and the conduct of a one-day safety orientation seminar for construction workers.

It is also tasked to develop and institutionalize a data management system for all construction workers and contractors that have undergone construction safety orientation seminar.

All LGUs have been directed by the DILG to comply with the requirements of DOLE’s of the OSHS and licensing seminars of the DTI-CAB.

Through DILG memorandum circulars, all contractors, sub-contractors, and specialty are required to secure first a license from PCAB before engaging in any construction activity in the country.

Meanwhile, the PRC provides technical assistance in the conduct of safety monitoring at the worksite, through its Regulatory Boards and in coordination with the Local Building Officials and DOLE Regional Offices.

The signatory-agencies to the MOA-JAO have established and inter-agency task force with members composed of DOLE, DTI-CMDF-PCAB, DPWH, DILG, and PRC. Its task was to formulate and recommend policies and measures for the effective implementation of D.O.13 and the OSHS.

Baldoz expressed hope that the “summit” cum workshop has refreshed the participants on their respective roles in the implementation of the MOA-JAO.

“It behooves us to see to it that this all-encompassing and comprehensive strategy will result to less or no accident in all construction sites in the country, which is for the ultimate benefit of our workers,” she said.

PNoy Sports returns to QC

(Manila Times)

The very first PNoy Sports event of the Yellow Ribbon Movement (YRM) was held in Quezon City in 2014. After running its second and third tournaments at Manila and Tarlac, respectively, the campaign to relive the spirit of ethnic sports in the country was back in QC for its fourth leg.

Two hundred children ages eight to 13 years old played traditional Filipino games with their parents and guardians at the QC Memorial Circle recently.

The children played fun run, hilahang lubid, patintero, luksong tinik, sipa and luksong baka, among others.

“Maraming bata na hindi na alam ang larong luksong baka at sipa, we teach them so they will know how to play the games. Ethnic sports are our tradition. We are proud that they hosted here at QC,” said Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The advocacy of the YRM was aimed at the value of traditional games among the Filipino youth of today. The campaign uses Pinoy games to foster bonding, competition, sportsmanship and camaraderie among participants.

“We need to live a balance life. And we should start early, with children. The right diet and the right exercise for our youth. YRM will start a revolution to relive larong Pinoy in our youth,” said YRM President Margie Juico.

Last Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Open Clinic Feb. 17 in Novaliches

(NBA Asia news release)

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 will have its last open clinic of the 2015 season on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Casa Milan Clubhouse, Casa Milan, Novaliches, Quezon City at 10 a.m. to 12 noon and at 2-4 p.m.

The regional selection camps will be in Puerto Princesa, Binan, Iloilo, Baguio, Bacolod, Davao and Manila.

The school and open clinics are the first phase of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program designed to familiarize participants with NBA drills, conditioning exercises, skills stations and the all-important Jr. NBA core values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect (S.T.A.R.).

The Regional Selection Camps -- where outstanding young players in various regions will be chosen for inclusion in the National Training Camp -- is Phase Two of the program and will begin on February 21-22 at Seminario de San Jose in Puerto Princesa.

The National Training Camp is the high point of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program where ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA standouts will be named as the 2015 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All-Stars and a Coach of the Year will be chosen.

Other selection camps will be held on February 28-March 1 in Biñan, Laguna at Alonte Sports Arena; Iloilo City on March 7-8 at Ateneo de Iloilo; Baguio on March 14-15 at St. Louis University; Bacolod on March 21-22 at St. John’s Institute; Davao on March 28-29 and Manila on April 11-12 at the PICC Forum. Fifty boys and 24 girls will be chosen to participate in the 8th annual Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp in Manila (the third phase of the program) from April 24-26.

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program, presented by Alaska, is free for boys and girls across all stages – from the school and open clinics, through the Regional Selection Camps, the National Training Camp and the NBA Experience.

Registration is now ongoing through the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA event website www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where full program terms and conditions can be found.

QC increases incentives for top three graduates

By Jing Villamente

The Quezon City government, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, has authorized the increase of cash incentives for students graduating with honors this schoolyear in the city’s 142 public schools. Based on the mayor’s directive, students graduating as valedictorians will be provided with a P10,000 cash reward; salutatorians, with P6,000 and first honorable mention, with P4,000. The grant of cash rewards this school year is 50 percent more of what the city government has provided for in previous years, said Susan Baetiong, of the city’s school board.

DPWH continues road works in QC this weekend - MMDA

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan [(PNA), CTB/CLTC]

MANILA, Feb. 13 (PNA) -- Road re-blocking and repair activities will be conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) this weekend along areas of Quezon City.

In its advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said on Friday the DPWH will be doing road repairs and reblocking on the following areas from February 13, Friday at 10 p.m. until February 16, Monday at 5 a.m.

Southbound:

1.Along Mindanao Avenue from Road 20 to Congressional Avenue, 3rd lane

2.Along C.P. Garcia Avenue from C. V. Francisco Street to Pook Aguinaldo, 2nd lane

3.Along Commonwealth Avenue – Commonwealth Appartel to LP Machine Works, 3rd lane from median island

Northbound:

4.Along Commonwealth Avenue from Zuzuaregui Street to Don Antonio Street, 4th inner lane

Eastbound/ Westbound:

5.Along Batasan Road from DSWD to Payatas Road, 1st inner lane, eastbound

6.Along Congressional Avenue Extension before Our Lady Court Subdivision to Luzon Avenue, 3rd lane, eastbound and westbound

Miranila Gate 2 to Visayas Avenue, 2nd lane, eastbound and westbound

According to Emerson Carlos, Assistant General Manager for Operations of MMDA, DPWH-National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando recommended the areas to undergo reblocking and repair this weekend for maintenance purposes.

All affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday.

Motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

‘Water break’ policy for Quezon City schools mulled

By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - The Quezon City council on Monday approved an ordinance requiring “water breaks” in all private and public day care, elementary and secondary schools in the city.

Up for approval by Mayor Herbert Bautista is a measure that will mandate schools to implement water break time for students before the start of their first subject and at the end of the last subject.

“This ordinance will not deter nor prohibit the students from drinking water at any given time, provided that they will not in any way disrupt the classes,” the measure read.

The measure, authored by second district Councilor Ramon Medalla, cited studies showing that daily intake of enough water helps maintain balance of body fluids and flush out toxins.

Several resolutions calling for the installation of drinking fountains in public and elementary and high schools have been filed in the city council.

“Knowing the importance of water intake, Maynilad responded to the needs of students by installing drinking facilities through their corporate social responsibility program,” read the measure.

“This ordinance aims to inculcate in the minds of students the good habit of drinking sufficient amount of water,” it added.

Once signed into law by the mayor, school administrators will have to issue policies or guidelines and conduct orientations for the implementation of the measure.

School officials are also tasked, in coordination with parent-teachers’ organizations and other socio-civic groups, to work closely for the installation of adequate sources of potable water for students.

“Parents are encouraged to support this ordinance by ensuring that their children have sufficient supply of drinking water contained in a bottle or canister,” the measure said.

The city health department will conduct periodic tests on water sources in schools to ensure water safety.

DSWD strengthens parental roles to curb child labor

(DSWD/RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY. 11 Feb. (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is intensifying its fight against child labor through conduct of Family Development Sessions (FDS) for parent beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (HFSs).

This came following the 2011 Survey on Children conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) which showed a total of 5,492 million working children aged 5-7. Of this number, 2,993 million or 54.5 percent children were exposed to hazardous labor.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman is hopeful that through the FDS, parents will be more aware of their role in child rearing.

“We hope that through the FDS, we would be able to impart to the parents that they should not allow their minor-children to work, because working at a tender age has negative effects on the children’s growth and development,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

FDS is one of the conditions set in both programs before giving the cash grant to ensure that education and health needs of the children are met.

It serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development, and home management are discussed.

Through the FDS, parents are also informed of their obligations not only as husband and wife but also as parents and community members. It consists of three modules, namely: Paglalatag ng Pundasyon ng Programang Pantawid Pamilya, Paghahanda at Pangangalaga ng Pamilyang Pilipino, and Partisipasyon ng Pamilyang Pilipino sa Gawaing Pang Komunidad.

Sec. Soliman stressed that the Pantawid Program has greatly reduced the incidence of child labor since school attendance is also one of the set conditions of the programs.

Based on the results of the Second Wave Impact Evaluation of Pantawid Pamilya, the enrolment and attendance rate of elementary and high school children are high for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

The high enrolment rate of these children indicates that they are not engaged in any form of child labor,” Sec. Soliman emphasized.

The Secretary also said that in 2014, the Department provided appropriate services and programs to 30 children-victims of child labor who were rescued from different industries such as pyrotechnic, deep-sea fishing, sugar cane plantation, mining and quarrying, domestic work, as well as prostitution. She stressed that DSWD handles each child labor case victim differently.

In cases where children-victims were found to need more care and direct supervision, DSWD places them in centers like the Haven for Children, to ensure that they are treated accordingly. At the centers they are given rehabilitative services such as psycho-social, educational, homelife, dietary, health, recreational, cultural, and spiritual enhancement. Older children are given productivity skills training to enable them to gain some skills in preparation for their eventual mainstreaming to their respective communities.

Meanwhile, the Secretary urged the public to refrain from giving alms to children-mendicants to keep them away from the dangers of the streets. Incidence of child labor should also be reported to the nearest DSWD office.

For the National Capital Region (NCR), the public may directly report at (02) 488-2861. For sightings of street children, one can report to its Twitter account, @savestreetkids.


National Safer Internet Day urged in PH

By Victor Barreiro Jr. (Rappler.com)

Senator Benigno Aquino IV and Quezon City Representative Alfredo Vargas III want February 10 as a day to remind the public of their responsibilities as Internet users

MANILA, Philippines – Next year, on this same day, the Philippines will be joining other countries that observes a National Safer Internet Day – that is, if bills proposing the February 10 celebration are enacted.

Senator Benigno Aquino IV and Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfredo Vargas III have filed bills declaring February 10 of each year as a day to remind the public of their responsibilities as Internet users. The bills were introduced at a press conference at the Midas Hotel in Pasay on Tuesday, February 10.

Senate Bill No. 2367 and House Bill 5429 "acknowledge both the challenges and opportunities brought forth by this technology that has been integrated in the lives of families, communities, and the country."

Speaking to reporters, Alwin de Leon, manager of Terre des Hommes Netherlands Philippine Country Office, said that of the more than 100 million people in the Philippines, 44 million people are Internet users and more than 28 million are mobile Internet users.

According to Senate Bill No. 2367, the government, through the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, would raise awareness of responsible and safe Internet use as well as avoiding practical pratfalls, such as hacking or child exploitation.

"Albeit useful, the Internet also has its perils. Because of its accessibility, many risks are also being confronted by the users – minors and adults alike," Vargas said in statement.

Aquino, in his own statement, added, "Everyone needs to be involved in making our connectedness online safe and secure."

Family camp, an integral part of the MCCT-HSFs program - DSWD

(DSWD/RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY, 09 February (PIA) - - Social Welfare & Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stood firm on her stand that the much critized family camp conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for street dwellers during Pope Francis’ visit,is an integral part of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSFs).

During the Senate inquiry held last January 27 Soliman emphasized that the family camp is considered as a social preparation for the street families before their enrollment to the MCCT-HSF.

Family camping is a key activity in the implementation of the MCCT-HSF, which provides a complete package of assistance to street families, including responsive shelter programs, with access to social services, and economic opportunities for the improvement of their living conditions.

“Based on experience, the conduct of family camping is an effective means of showing the street families that there is a better life off the streets,” Soliman said.

Quoting one participant, she said, “Masaya ako sa family camp kasi nagkaroon ng time ang tatay ko sa akin kasi sama-sama kami (I am happy to have gone to the family camp because my father had more time for me since we were together in the resort).”

“Maraming palaro kaming sinalihan at nagsawa kami magswimming, ( We participated in many games and we had fun swimming,” from another boy participant.

Soliman also tells of Karmi, a young mother who said that she won’t forget the story telling session, film viewing, lectures on cleanliness and personal

On their part, street families who were also invited by the Senate to shed information attested that they were not forced or coerced to join. They stressed that they all enjoyed the family camp.

There were negative comments which Soliman noted and promised to improve on the next camps that it will hold.

On alleged anomalies in the procurement of Chateau Royale, the Secretary said that government procurement bidding process were properly adhered to.

The DSWD’s Procurement Service and Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) posted the requirements to secure quotations from interested bidders and ensure transparency and competition in the bidding process.

Upon evaluation, Chateau Royale was determined as the Lowest Calculated & Responsive Bidder (LCRB). Hence, the contract was awarded to the resort with the amount of P4,296,600 for 6 days and 5 nights, for 600 persons.

Soliman said, “Ang pag reach-out sa mga street dwellers sa pagbisita ng Pope ay bahagi ng pagbibigay proteksiyon sa kanila (The reach- out done on the street dwellers during the Pope’s visit was part of the initiative to keep them safe).”

She reiterated that this is to protect the families from possible discrimination and from being used by syndicates in committing crimes.

The Secretary emphasized that the orienting and registering the street dwellers on the MCCT-HSF program was the main objective of the activity.

The conduct of the family camp had been previously done six times already for Metro Manila street dwellers with some 2,479 family- beneficiaries are already enrolled since 2012.

Under the program, familes are provided with house rental assistance for six months to one year, sustainable livelihood program and/or cash for work, as well as cash grants for the education and health of the children.

Soliman gave assurance that DSWD together with the local government units (LGUs) will endeavor to enhance the program.

Philippine history in monumental art exhibit

(MST Entertainment)

THE first and only art collection in the world illustrating national history through 30 glorious murals under one roof will open to the public on Feb. 18 at the Gateway Gallery. Siningsaysay: Philippine History in Art is a joint project of the University of the Philippines (UP), the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) and the Araneta Center. Mural depicts historical events from Philippine revolution

SiningSaysay brings to the fore the talents of 28 distinguished UP alumni artists as they interpret Philippine history from pre-Hispanic times to the present. Each artist endeavored to depict his vision in oil and acrylic on canvas over many months, reading and researching, and sometimes vicariously reliving history.

The UP Project Team enlisted respected historians Dr. Serafin Quiazon and Prof. Ma. Luisa Camagay for the artists to consult over the course of their work. Personal research for the artists included everything from surfing the Net, going over old news clips, watching old movies and even obtaining a vintage model airplane to replicate finer details. At no other time has an art collective applied itself so completely to bringing Philippine history to life.

“These works tell the story of us, the Filipino nation narrated visually,” said Alfredo E. Pascual, UP President. “SiningSaysay is an innovative way of teaching history, promoting art appreciation, understanding Filipino identity, and imbibing cultural pride; all constituting valuable aspects of teaching and public service, which the University of the Philippines is mandated to do.”

Recalls Gari M. Tiongco, former UP Regent and former UPAA President, “We conceived this in 2008, and the idea was further developed and refined to this kind of presentation.” National symbols representing traditions and ideals on canvas

“The concept was to be a come-on for students to learn the history of the Philippines in just half a day by going around. And not just going around a museum, but here it is given to you in the form of art, from alumni artists of UP. Not every country has this, but here, a tourist can come to the Philippines and learn our history by going over these artworks,” he added.

The exhibit fittingly opens in time for the celebration of National Arts Month, as well as the 60th anniversary of the Araneta Center.

The Gateway Gallery, touted as the Philippines’ largest private gallery, is located on the 5th level of the Gateway Tower Mall.

“Araneta Center has been renowned as a shopping, leisure, entertainment, business, and residential complex over the years. With SiningSaysay, Araneta Center is affirmed as the arts and culture hub of Quezon City. We are housing a collection of great artistic and historic value. This is not just an educational opportunity, but a source of national pride,” said Jorge L. Araneta, Chairman and CEO of the Araneta Group.

SiningSaysay features the works of artists Adonai Artificio, Armand Bacaltos, Adi Baen-Santos, Grandier Bella, Benjie Cabangis, Ben Cabrera, Angel Cacnio, Romeo Carlos, Cris Cruz, Denes Dasco, Gig De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Vincent De Pio, Neil Doloricon, Norman Dreo, Amado Hidalgo, Abdul Asia Mari Imao, Ben Infante, Gigi Javier-Alfonso, Aileen Lanuza, Romeo Mananquil, Norlie Meimban, Julius Samson, Jonahmar Salvosa, Randy Solon, Michael Velasco, Jun Yee, and Janice Young.

The exhibit will be officially open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to the public on Feb. 19 onwards, everyday.

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA to hold clinics in Manila

(ABS-CBNnews.com)

MANILA, Philippines -- Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 begins its series of free open clinics in Metro Manila on Sunday at Philadelphia High School in Talayan Village, Quezon City to enable young players to experience NBA-style developmental basketball.

More open clinics are scheduled at Jose Rizal University Gym along Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong on February 11, Garlic Court at Barangay 28, District 2 in Caloocan City on February 14, Tala Glorietta Park in Caloocan on February 15 and Bloomridge Integrated School at Casa Milan, Fairview Quezon City on February 17.

All young players are invited to attend.

The clinic, presented by Alaska, aims to teach the players the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, positive attitude and respect.

The clinics will be conducted by local Jr. NBA coaches led by Alaska Power Camp Director Jeffrey Cariaso, PBA Legends Rodney Santos, Eric de la Cuesta and Topex Robinson; Perlas Pilipinas national players Melissa Jacob, Ish Tiu, Mary Joy Galicia and Justine Formata; and coaches Louie Gonzalez and Kristoffer Alas.

The School Clinics will be followed by the Regional Selection Camps (RSC) – the second phase of the program -- wherein players will showcase their skills in tryouts. The RSC’s will start February 21-22 at Seminario de San Jose in Puerto Princesa to be followed by Binan, Laguna on February 28-March 1 at Alonte Sports Arena; Iloilo at Ateneo de Iloilo on March 7-8; Baguio at St. Louis University on March 14-15; Bacolod at St. John’s Institute on March 21-22; Davao (TBC) on March 28-29 and Manila at the PICC Forum on April 11-12. Fifty boys and 24 girls will be chosen to participate in the 8th annual Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp in Manila (the third phase of the program) from April 24-26.

The Jr. NBA program has been running for 8 years in the Philippines and will reach more than 700 schools and communities nationwide this year. More than 26,000 players and 2,000 coaches have participated in the program since its launch in 2007.

DPWH continues road works in QC this weekend -MMDA

(PNA), SCS/CLTC

MANILA, Feb. 6 (PNA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will continue its road re-blocking and repair activities in some areas of Quezon City this weekend.

In its advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Friday the DPWH will be doing road repairs and re-blocking in the following areas from Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. until Feb. 9 at 5 a.m..

Southbound:

Along Mindanao Ave. from Tullahan Bridge III to Old Sauyo Road, 3rd lane.

Along C.P. Garcia Ave. from E. Jacinto St. to Pook Aguinaldo, 3rd lane.

Eastbound/Westbound:

Along Batasan Road from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to Payatas Road, 1st inner lane, eastbound.

Along Congressional Ave. Extension before Our Lady Court Subdivision to Luzon Ave. and before Tandang Sora Ave. to Visayas Ave., 3rd lane, eastbound/westbound.

Along Commonwealth Ave. from Calderon St. to Feria Road, 4th inner lane, eastbound.

Along Congressional Ave. from Shorthorn St. to Pugad Lawin St., 3rd lane, westbound.

According to Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, DPWH-National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando recommended the areas to undergo re-blocking and repair this weekend for maintenance purposes.

To avoid traffic delays, the MMDA advised motorists to use alternate routes.

All affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday, the agency said.

QC Film Development Commission opens competitions for new film makers & international documentary

(HOP PRIB/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY, 05 Feb. (PIA)--The Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) opens once again it’s Circle Competition and announces the launch of DoQC International Documentary Competition of the 2015 QCinema International Film Festival after its successful 2014 run.

The QCinema’s Circle Competition for New Filmmakers is open to filmmakers who have not made more than three feature films to his or her credit.

To join the competition, the filmmaker must submit a completed QCinema 2015 application form; a profile of proponents, including the director, writer and producer; a soft copy in PDF format and hard copy of the one- page synopsis, the director’s statement, sequence outline and complete screenplay (preferred); and a sample of director’s works in DVD format. Also needed are the proposed budget outline in the format of pre-production, production and post-production.

Screenplay must have a minimum of 60 sequences and an estimated running time of not more than 100 minutes. Submitted film output must be in AVI format with English subtitles. Co-financiers may be involved in the project as long as the overall budget is pegged at a maximum of P3 million.

Nine million pesos worth of grants are up for grabs by new filmmakers. Eight narrative feature films will be funded, one million pesos each as part of the QCinema’s Circle Competition for New Filmmakers. Five full-length documentary films will be funded 200,000 pesos each as part of the QCinema’s DoQC International Documentary Competition.

The films will be eligible to compete for the Pylon Awards where cash prizes are also at stake.

For the QCinema’s DoQC International Documentary Competition, only filmmakers who are Filipino citizens are eligible to join.

To join the competition, the filmmaker must submit a completed QCinema 2015 application form; filmmaker’s profile; a soft copy in PDF format and hard copy of the concept paper, director’s statement and topic outline; director’s reel and sample works in DVD format; and proposed budget outline in the format of pre-production, production and post-production.

Documentary projects currently in production are preferred but not required. For projects currently in production, a maximum of 15 minutes footage must be submitted in DVD format.

Completed film output must be a minimum of 45 minutes total running time, with a maximum of 90 minutes total running time. Submitted film output must be in AVI format with English subtitles.

The films must have its Philippine premiere in QCinema 2015. The rights for the completed film output belong to the filmmaker. However, QCFDC, as executive producers, reserves the right to screen the film during selected events. Commercial, non-commercial and/or film festival screenings of the films must also have prior permission from QCFDC.

Organizers also remind all filmmakers that the use of original literary sources, music materials and film footages must have proper clearance from its respective copyright owners before it can be used in the final film output.

Submitted film output must have its Philippine premiere in QCinema 2015, which will be held from Oct. 22 to 31.

Application forms may be downloaded at www.facebook.com/QuezonCityFilmFest. Completed forms and all attachments may be submitted at VPF Creative Productions Office at Unit 207, PM Bldg., #24 Matalino St., Central, Quezon City. Deadline of submission for the circle competition Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. Deadline for the DoQC International Documentary Competition is March 20, at 5 p.m.

Bill strengthening NLRC operations approved

(HOP PRIB/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY, 04 Feb. (PIA)--The House Committee on Labor and Employment has reported out for floor deliberation a measure strengthening the operations of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) to enhance the just and expeditious resolution of labor disputes.

The bill promotes the expeditious resolution of labor cases filed at the NLRC by providing the agency with more flexibility in the management of its manpower.

For one, it increases from a maximum of three to five the number of Commission Attorneys that can be assigned to the Office of the NLRC Chairman and each commissioner. The Commission Attorneys are the ones who assist the NLRC in its appellate and adjudicatory functions.

The bill also removes the provision that prohibits the Labor Arbiter from performing the work of the Commission Attorney or from being assigned to the office of any Commissioner.

Likewise, the bill eliminates the provision that restricts Labor Arbiters from holding office in the region where they reside.

According to Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles (1st Dist.Davao City), who chairs the House Committee on Labor and Employment, "labor relations is a very dynamic field of endeavor, thus, labor relations clime could change drastically and in a fast pace, dictated as it is by economic developments or situations in the industry, region, country and the world as well."

"Because of such realities, agencies with mandates related to management of labor relations such as the NLRC must be endowed with such degree of flexibility as to immediately adapt to varying industrial relations scenarios," Nograles said.

Maynilad opens new Quezon City sewage treatment plant

By Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano

MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. yesterday started operating a P249-million sewage treatment plant (STP) in Quezon City, the utility said in a statement yesterday.

Maynilad announced that the newly inaugurated plant will provide wastewater services to over 27,000 households from Barangays Balingasa, Balong Bato, Damar, Maharlika, Manresa, Masambong, Pag-ibig sa Nayon, San Jose, Sienna, St. Peter, Talayan and Unang Sigaw.

It will also serve portions of Barangays Apolonio Samson, Lourdes and Sto. Domingo.

The new STP is one of six wastewater facilities funded by the $137-million loan secured from World Bank.

The loan was intended for the development and improvement of wastewater services in the West Zone.

New STPs in the cities of Pasay, Valenzuela and Muntinlupa; as well as the construction of a South Septage Treatment Plant and rehabilitation of the Alabang STP will also be funded by the loan.

Maynilad currently has 15 wastewater facilities along San Juan River Basin.

“One of the main river systems in Metro Manila, the San Juan River empties out to the Pasig River and eventually into the Manila Bay,” Maynilad explained.

Maynilad Chief Operating Officer Herbert M. Consunji said constructing STPs pose an extra challenge because of limited land available.

“The STPs had to be built with small footprints because the area is already densely populated,” Mr. Consunji said.

Maynilad said the Talayan STP can treat up to 15,500 cubic meters or almost 16 million liters of wastewater per day.

“Eighty percent of consumed water turns into wastewater. If left untreated, these go straight into Manila’s river systems,” Mr. Consunji said.

“Maynilad is accelerating its wastewater programs in order to help safeguard the health and safety of communities and the environment,” he added.

For 2015, Maynilad has earmarked some P6.5 billion for wastewater programs.

This amount includes the construction of wastewater treatment plants and conveyance systems in Cavite and central Manila.

Maynilad provides water and wastewater services to residents in most of Manila, parts of Quezon and Makati cities, as well as the cities of Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon.

Its franchise area also covers the cities of Bacoor and Imus and the municipalities of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario in Cavite.

Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and DMCI Holdings, Inc. hold 52.8% and 25.24% interests, respectively, in Maynilad. Japanese firm Marubeni Corp. holds a 20% stake in the utility, while the balance is held by other shareholders.

MPIC is one of three key Philippine units of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Co. Ltd., the others being Philex Mining Corp. and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT). Hastings Holdings, Inc., a unit of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., has a majority stake in BusinessWorld.

2,000 children with special needs to attend 39th Camp Pag-Ibig in QC

(PNA), SCS/SDT/SSC

MANILA, Feb. 2 (PNA) -- Some 2,000 boys and girls with special needs are expected to attend the 39th Camp Pag-Ibig, a day camp activities to provide children opportunities to integrate and socialize into the mainstream of society at the Balara Filter Plant grounds in Quezon City on Feb. 15.

QC has been hosting the gathering since 1979 as a Valentine’s Day treat for children with special needs.

On orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, QC Hall is providing a PhP450,000 fund to support the various programs and activities.

This year’s activities include swimming, tree planting, hand washing and parents’ forum.

Leading the organizers are overall camp coordinator and QC Rep. Jorge “Bolet” Banal, former QC Councilor Jorge Banal Sr. and Dr. Teresita Inciong of the Philippine Association for Intellectual Disability Inc. (PAFID).

Camp Pag-ibig was launched in 1976 by the Philippine Association for the Retarded (now the PAFID) under the leadership of its then president, Dr. Erlinda Lolarga.

Starbucks branch taps solar power

By Alena Mae S. Flores

Transnational Uyeno Solar Corp., a joint venture between Transnational Diversified Group and Uyeno Green Solutions of Japan, has completed a solar power project atop a branch of coffee chain Starbucks in Quezon City.

Starbucks on Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City became the first solar-powered Starbucks branch in Asia, according to TUSC.

TUSC installed the 20.5-kilowatt solar rooftop project atop St. Charbel Village’s Starbucks branch which has provided operator Rustans Coffee Corp. direct savings in electricity costs and a significant contribution to the environment.

TUSC earlier put up a 206.5-kW solar canopy at a school in Laguna and a 14-kW solar charging station for e-tricycles on Boracay Island.

“We have always been passionate about providing clean power across various institutions — whether it’s a school, factory or a home. There is always a way to reduce carbon footprints, and we at TUSC are committed to building a sustainable, clean and green world,” said TUSC general manager Jen Tablante.

The company said the attractive nature of solar power transcended many levels and was highlighted by efficiency and environmentalism.