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Wars of ancient history were about territory, power, family or lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion is always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?


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Protein 6.7 gm Cow's milk: 3.2 gm

QC urged to pass ordinances for senior citizens, PWDs

By Perfecto Raymundo, Jr. (PNA)

MANILA -- Two groups on Wednesday called on the Quezon City government to pass three proposed ordinances that would benefit the city’s senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs).

Records of the Quezon City Council show that 16 percent, or 485,414, of the city’s 2,970,562 population are senior citizens.

In a legislative forum, the participants, led by Rosita Lacson, president of the Quezon City Alliance of Health Advocates; Alex Mendoza, president of the PWD Federation Quezon City; and Asuncion dela Cruz, senior citizen focal person of Barangay Tatalon, urged the Quezon City Council to prioritize the passage of ordinances that would benefit their sectors.

The three proposed ordinances are those on the establishment of a Senior Citizen Outpatient Department and Diagnostic Medical Center; the profiling and registration of PWDs; and the appointment of Medical Health Officers in every barangay in Quezon City.

Mendoza noted that in Australia, senior citizens are only charged a fare of one Australian dollar for their trip to a distance similar to the distance from Quezon City to Baguio City or Batangas.

He wished that the city’s senior citizens would be accorded the same privilege.

Lacson said it is time for the city to profile its senior citizens and PWDs so that their respective concerns could be addressed by the city government.

Meanwhile, dela Cruz said only 35 doctors are attending to the health needs of residents of the city’s 142 barangays.

She added that it is about time that more doctors are sent to the barangays so that senior citizens and PWDs who need medical attention would be attended to properly.

At the same time, lawyer Jojo Conejero, legislative staff of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, told the participants that there are 130 vacant positions for doctors in the city, but only 54 are plantilla positions.

An ordinance also mandates the barangays to allocate 1 percent of their budget for senior citizens and PWDs, he said, adding that non-compliance would lead to the non-approval of the barangay’s budget.

During the forum, the participants were also informed that the city has a PHP21.5-billion proposed budget, 1 percent of which, or PHP215 million, would benefit senior citizens and PWDs.

Of the PHP215 million, PHP82 million will be for senior citizens’ welfare services, PHP26 million for personnel and miscellaneous and other operating expenses of the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, PHP16 million for the Persons with Disability Affairs Office, and the rest for various services and departments of the city government.

SSS branches abound in Novaliches

By Severino Samonte (PNA)

MANILA -- Until two decades and a half ago, or before the close of the past century, residents of the divided former town of Novaliches had to travel 10 to 20 kilometers and spend a sizeable length of time to transact business with the Social Security System (SSS) main office along East Ave. in Diliman, Quezon City.

Realizing the rapid population growth and economic progress taking place in Novaliches since the 1970s, the SSS has opened five branches in various sites in the former town. Three of these branches are in the Quezon City part of Novaliches while the two others in the Caloocan City section, also known as North Caloocan.

As a result, the Novaliches folk now just need to travel five to 10 kilometers at most and spend less time and fare to reach the SSS branch nearest to their residences or places of work or business.

The biggest among the three SSS branches in Novaliches, Quezon City is situated at the ground floor of Robinsons Place Novaliches on Quirino Highway in Barangay Pasong Putik Proper. The other two are located on Commonwealth Ave. in Barangay Greater Fairview and in Barangay Batasan Hills. These three branches are concentrated within a 10-kilometer distance from Quirino Highway to Commonwealth Ave. in Barangay Batasan Hills, site of the House of Representatives building.

The SSS branches situated in the Caloocan section of Novaliches are those at NC Jean Building in Celia Subdivision on Susano-Camarin Road in Barangay Deparo and at Bankers Village II on Quirino Highway leading to San Jose del Monte City, Norzagaray and Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

SSS-Robinsons Novaliches branch head Lydia C. Cereno told this writer in an interview that the opening of the five SSS branches in the Novaliches area is in accordance with the SSS policy of decentralization and bringing its social and economic services closer to the people.

She said the first SSS branch in Novaliches was opened in 1994 at the Alfred Building on Quirino Highway in Barangay Kaligayahan. It was transferred later to Robinsons Novaliches mall as the growing number of SSS clients could not be accommodated anymore at its old site.

The SSS branches receive applications for educational/policy/housing loans, sickness, maternity, death, disability, retirement, and Employees Compensation benefits, as well as issuance of SSS membership number and Unified Multipurpose Identification (UMID) card.

Cereno said there is another SSS branch on Congressional Avenue in Barangay Bahay Toro, but this is separate from those in the so-called Novaliches area.

The SSS branches in Novaliches cover the employers, employees, self-employed and voluntary members within the former town, now also known as Diocese of Novaliches which has jurisdiction over nearly half of Quezon City and more than half of Caloocan City.

Among the biggest business establishments in Novaliches today are SM City Fairview mall in Barangay Greater Lagro, Ayala Fairview Terraces mall and Robinsons Place Novaliches, both in Barangay Pasong Putik, and SM City Novaliches mall on Quirino Highway in Barangay San Bartolome.

There are also hundreds of banks, Save More and Pure Gold outlets, fastfood chains, Mercury Drug branches, National Book Stores and other commercial establishments in the area.

The biggest branch of the S&R membership shopping mall in Metro Manila is also near the junction of Commonwealth Ave. and Quirino Highway in Barangay Kaligayahan, Novaliches.

Pink Filmfest empowers LGBTQ+ community

(Manila Standard Showbitz)

After a three-year hiatus, the Quezon City government is set to unveil the screens for the Quezon City International Pink Film Festival (QCIPFF), which runs from Nov. 14 to 25.

Since the city council’s approval of its landmark ordinance protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer (LGBTQ+) community against discrimination and harassment, the Pink Film Festival continues to be at the forefront of gender empowerment and awareness in the city and in the country.

This year’s edition commemorates the 79th founding anniversary of Quezon City and the centennial of Philippine cinema.

Featured in the festival are a total of 64 international and local feature and short films.

Filmmakers and actors from the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Tonga, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Syria, Turkey, and the United Kingdom will participate in this year’s celebration.

The Philippines’ oldest film festival for the LGBTQ+ community features films on health and sexuality, as well as human rights. Seminars are to be held during the festival week with LGBTQ+ rights advocates leading the discussions.

Opening the festival on Nov. 14 is Jethro Patalinghug’s 50 Years of Fabulous, a documentary on the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ+ charity organization, San Francisco’s Imperial Council.

Also featured in the international lineup are films celebrating gay pride and sexuality such as Brazil’s Liquid Truth, Japan’s Boys for Sale, and Turkey’s Mr. Gay Syria, Tonga’s Leitis in Waiting, and Thailand’s The Driver.

The Philippine lineup commemorates the life and contributions of former Quezon City Pride Council President and film director Soxie Topacio, his comedy film Ded na si Lolo leads the Philippine lineup.

The highlight of the local film program is PJ Raval’s documentary on the tragic life of Jennifer Laude titled Call Her ‘Ganda’” A special feature of the festival are 42 short films coming from various parts of the world and the archipelago.

Screenings are to be held at the Gateway Cinema Complex in Cubao, Nov. 19 to 21 at University of the Philippines Cine Adarna in Diliman, and Nov. 22 to 25 at Cinema Centenario in Maginhawa Street.

This year, the festival partners with Amnesty International Philippines to talk about the current health and human rights situation concerning the LGBTQ+ community. Project Red Ribbon Care Foundation will also conduct HIV awareness program and testing.

Without proper response, the number of Filipinos living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV AIDS) will tally around a quarter of a million by 2030. The Philippine National AIDS Council reports that in 2018, as many as 32 Filipinos were diagnosed with HIV-AIDS daily.

In relation to human rights record, a total of 164 cases of hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community were recorded from 1996 to 2012.

QC an anti-discriminatory, LGBTQ+-friendly city

The first pro-LGBTQ+ legislation—with implementing rules and regulations—in Metro Manila was enacted here in Quezon City (Ordinance No. SP-1309, s. 2003). The ordinance prohibits all acts of discrimination committed against members of the LGBTQ+ who are either looking for jobs or working in government offices and for the private sector in the city.

Furthermore, a comprehensive anti-discrimination ordinance was proposed in 2014, with an objective to end prejudicial treatment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE).

Overall, a 2017 report from Human Rights Watch shows that 19 cities and six provinces have enforced pro-LGBTQ+ ordinances—with a meager 15 percent of the whole Philippine population protected. The need for a national law on anti-discrimination is still pending, as the now 18-year-old Anti-Discrimination Bill awaits its fate at the Philippine Congress.

Home in the heart of QC

By Amy R. Remo (Reporter)

Finding the right home is all about location.

No matter your lifestyle and preferences, you cannot go wrong when you choose a home that would have everything you need within a comfortable distance—from schools, offices to commercial establishments and other key institutions—and which can provide potentially lucrative returns for your investment.

Whether you’re just starting a family or looking to enjoy your personal time after a decorated career, finding a home you can move into right away and located in a strategic, premium neighborhood can spell a huge difference in the kind of lifestyle you can expect.

Quezon City, for one, has been tagged as among the most ideal residential locations as it offers the casual, laidback flair of a suburb, but with the ease of modern comforts. Here in the largest city of Metro Manila, one can find a highly diverse mix of residential choices, locators and lifestyle establishments, that will allow you to lead a more holistic, well-balanced life.

It now all boils down to the question of which. Where within this residential haven can you find the most suitable home, a coveted, ready-for-occupancy address that will cater to your needs and those of your family? Here are some of the things you may want to consider

Proximity to schools, public institutions

There’s no quick solution to the exhausting tangled mess of Metro Manila’s infernal traffic. A study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) showed that Philippine traffic may worsen and eventually cost the country as much as P5.4 billion in lost opportunities per day in 2035.

Thus, the need to have easy access to your commonly frequented institutions from where you live has increasingly become a necessity.

One such residence is Megaworld’s prime condominium development: Golfhill Gardens. Strategically located at Capitol Hills in Quezon City, Golfhill is less than 20 minutes away from BPO hubs as well as from the country’s top universities like University of the Philippines-Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College. It’s also a mere 15 to 30 minutes away from government offices, including the Quezon City Hall, SSS East Avenue, Land Transportation Office and The House of Representatives.

Access to green, open spaces

The fast-paced city life offers an adrenaline rush that people across different generations seem to crave. But it is equally important for one to unwind and commune with nature every once in a while, not only to break the monotony of city living but to also keep one’s mind and body invigorated.

Living in Golfhill Gardens means being less than 15 minutes away from patches of greens in the city, including the QC Memorial Circle, Balara Filters Park and the vast lush spaces of UP Diliman.

Exclusivity and security

With six clusters inside its premises, Golfhill Gardens offers an exclusive community where you can be assured of your family’s security and comfort. Here, you can simply relax and tick off your fitness goals at Golfhill Gardens’ pool, gym and jogging path—all of which can be your own private fitness sanctuary whenever you want to.

Knowing that medical institutions are a quick drive away can also ease your health and emergency concerns when it comes to you and your family’s safety. In less than 25 minutes, you can already reach the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines and Philippine Children’s Hospital.

Flexible payment schemes, ready-for-occupancy units

Aside from flexible monthly amortization payments, Golfhill Gardens also offers minimal downpayment for its ready-for-occupancy units, making it the best value-for-money investment in the area thus far. What’s even more comforting is the fact that you no longer have to wait for years to move in and see the fruit of your investment as the Golfhill Gardens community is already built and waiting to welcome you and your family.

Indeed, even the smallest of decisions count when it comes to making the decision on where to move, start building your life, or grow your passions. Make sure you start and end your day on a good note in a home best suited for your lifestyle.

Discover more about what makes Golfhill Gardens a perfect fit to you and your family’s needs by browsing through the “Ready-for-Occupancy” page on the official Megaworld Corporation website, www.megaworldcorp.com.

Novaliches, a burial center in northern Metro Manila

By Severino Samonte (PNA)

MANILA — Believe it or not, Novaliches—a former town removed from the country’s map over a century ago because of inadequate population and income—is now literally serving as a burial center in northern Metro Manila.

Five big memorial parks (a mild term for burying grounds) and six cemeteries—five public and one private—are serving as final resting places for the dead in Novaliches, divided between Quezon City and Caloocan City at present.

This is among the reasons why there have been perennial traffic snarls in all streets leading to Novaliches in the past four-and-a-half decades since the 1970s. The daily traffic problem becomes more acute during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, from the eve of Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

For at least three days at this time of the year, practically all roads leading to Novaliches are clogged with vehicles of all types, bearing hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, visiting the graves of their departed loved ones.

Of the five public cemeteries, three are in Novaliches, Quezon City, and the two others are in Caloocan.

The three memorial parks in the QC area are the Holy Cross Memorial Park along P. Dela Cruz St. in Barangay San Bartolome; the Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park along Tandang Sora Ave. in Barangay Pasong Tamo; and the Eternal Gardens along Quirino Highway in Barangays Baesa and Balonbato, just off Balintawak.

Those in the Novaliches-Caloocan area are the Forest Memorial Park in Barangay Bagumbong and the Serenity Memorial Park in neighboring Barangay Deparo.

The oldest among these memorial parks is the Holy Cross Memorial Park, established in the early 1960s. Prior to the establishment of similar memorial parks in the nearby towns (now cities) of Valenzuela, Meycauayan, and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, affluent families in these areas were burying their dead relatives at the Holy Cross Memorial Park.

On the other hand, public cemeteries in Novaliches, QC are the Novaliches Catholic Cemetery along Gen. Luis St. in Novaliches Poblacion; the Bagbag Public Cemetery along Quirino Highway in Barangay Bagbag; and the Baesa-Sangandaan Cemetery, also along Quirino Highway. The oldest among these three is the Novaliches Catholic Cemetery, established in 1856.

The two public cemeteries in the Caloocan portion are the Bagbaguin Cemetery along Gen. Luis St. in Barangay Bagbaguin and the Tala Cemetery in Barangay Bagong Silang, considered as the biggest barangay in the country today in terms of population and land area.

The lone private cemetery in Novaliches is the Jesuits Cemetery at the compound of the Sacred Heart Novitiate and Seminary along Quirino Highway in Barangay Pasong Putik Proper, just off the Quezon City-Caloocan boundary near the La Mesa Dam. Among those buried in the Jesuits cemetery were three noted priests--historian Fr. Horacio dela Costa, 1989 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Journalism; Fr. James Reuters; and activist doctor-priest Fr. Romeo “Archie” Intengan.

There is no exact figure for the number of people buried in these memorial parks and cemeteries in Novaliches, but it could easily exceed the million mark.

One thing sure is that the presence of these burial grounds in the area is creating grave traffic problems in Novaliches every time All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are observed on Nov. 1 and 2.

Most of the people visiting their dead relatives in the five memorial parks on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2 are car owners who drive their vehicles bumper-to-bumper along the roads leading to Novaliches, particularly along Quirino Highway from Balintawak, Susano Road leading to North Caloocan, Tandang Sora Avenue, C5 Road-Mindanao Avenue, Gen. Luis St., and Commonwealth Avenue.

As a backgrounder, Novaliches was created as a municipality during the Spanish regime in 1855. After the two succeeding Filipino-Spanish and Filipino-American wars (1896-1901), the town’s population was reduced drastically to just 1,556 as of 1902. As a result, Novaliches was reduced to a barrio and annexed to the then town of Caloocan, Rizal in 1903.

When Quezon City was declared as the capital of the country in place of Manila in 1948, Novaliches was divided between QC and Caloocan, which became a city in February 1962. Although Quezon City ceased to be the Philippine capital under a presidential decree issued in 1976 by then President Ferdinand Marcos, the divisive state of Novaliches remains to this day.

Human milk bank in Quezon City draws mothers

By Rio N. Araja

MORE mothers have become aware of the Quezon City government’s human milk bank and its role in saving the lives of sick and premature babies.

A total of 630 lactating mothers have donated to the human milk bank in the fourth quarter of 2018 from July to September.

In the third quarter from April to June, there have been 560 donors in the third quarter.

On March 23, 2015, Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered the creation of the human milk bank in compliance with the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 requiring government and private health-care institutions to set up milk banks.

The mayor has recognized the significant contribution of the social media to popularize the city’s human milk bank program.

“We were able to reach out to donors through our Facebook at Instagram platforms,” human milk bank director Dr. Shahani Duque said.

“There are more walk-in donors, plus the scheduled milk-letting activities by local health of the city and barangays, too. We have a very effective information dissemination this time,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism has commended Bautista for the city government’s vision to be the center of film tourism in the Philippines through its annual QCinema International Film Festival.

Filmmakers commend QC's gender fair advocacy

By Susan G. De Leon (PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY (PIA)--Filmmakers from the Quezon City International Pink Film Festival (QCIPFF) 2018 expressed gratitude to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista for providing a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Ang Quezon City ang nangunguna sa lahat ng LGUs natin in terms of anti-discrimination advocacy at nakikita natin na effective ito sa Quezon City sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng film festival, kahit magamit man lamang ito na plataporma para sa pagpapalawak ng kamalayan tungkol sa ating LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community,” QCIPFF director Nick Deocampo said.

Quezon City provides an avenue for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community filmmakers to showcase their craft through the QCIPFF.

Filmmakers also emphasized the significant impact of supporting LGBTQ-themed films as platforms to increase awareness of the public on social and health issues the members of the LGBTQ are facing today.

“Kapag naipalabas kasi ito lalo na kapag napanood ng madla, hindi lang ng mahihilig ng mga pelikula parang mararamdaman na rin nila ang nararamdaman ng mga LGBTQ para lalo nilang maintindihan ang mga ito, lalo na sa mga may anak na lesbian or gay,” Filmmaker Nixs Bernal said.

This year’s festival features the free-showing of 64 award-winning local and international films and will host seminars on LGBTQ rights and health issues.

Festival entries include 'Call Her Ganda' by PJ Raval as the opening film in UP Cine Adarna, and Filipino cult classics 'Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros' and Soxie Topacio's 'Ded na si Lolo'.

The Quezon City International Pink Film Festival will run November 14 to 25, 2018 at the Gateway Cineplex, University of the Philippines Film Center, and Cinema Centenario.

The QC government continues to comply to protect and enhance the right of the people to human dignity, reduce social, economic, and political inequalities, and remove cultural inequities under the Section 1 (a), Article XIII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

The Quezon City Pride Council spearheads cultural, arts, film, sports and other related events including education campaigns on LGBT issues and concerns under the QC Gender-Fair Ordinance.

DSWD to assist implementation of PMOC program

By Lucia F. Broño (PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY (PIA)--The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) vowed its full support to assist national government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to streamline the process and effectively execute the Pre-Marriage Orientation and Counseling (PMOC) Program as one of the members of the technical working group for the implementation of the program.

Based on the revised guidelines on the conduct of the PMOC Program, the DSWD is tasked to accredit Pre-Marriage (PM) Counselors and to provide technical assistance to LGUs and PMOC teams which includes the provision of relevant training to accredited PMOC counselors.

The contacting parties or would-be-married couples, who will apply for a marriage license at the Local Civil Registry Office (LCRO), are required to undergo a Pre-Marriage Orientation and Pre-Marriage Counseling as pre-requisite in securing a marriage license. Prior to the PMOC sessions, the contracting parties must accomplish a Marriage Expectation Inventory Form (MEIF) at the PMOC Secretariat.

Applicants who are 18-25 years old, except those marriages that are exempted from license requirement as provided for in the Family Code of the Philippines, are obligated to personally attend the PM orientation that will be conducted by the PMOC Secretariat and PM counseling session that will be facilitated by an accredited PM counselor who is a member of the local PMOC.

Meanwhile, contracting parties 18-25 years old who have certificates issued by a priest, minister, or imam (Muslim priest) to formalize their marriage are no longer required to undergo PM counseling.

The topics that will be discussed in the PMO session include information on responsible parenthood, family planning, marriage and relationship, and breastfeeding and infant nutrition.

The DSWD is committed to ensuring that appropriate training will be provided to PM counselors to ensure that couples are provided with extensive information to strengthen the foundation of the Filipino family and the practice of responsible parenthood.

The PMOC-TWG is chaired by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as its vice-chair. Other members of the PMOC include the DSWD, Department of Health (DOH), and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

DENR-BMB holds consultations on IP-based biodiversity policies

By Susan G. De Leon (PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY (PIA)--The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) conducted a National Stakeholders’ Consultation on its proposed policies as part of its continuing efforts to expand the country’s protected area system.

The consultation, which aims to institutionalize “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCAs)” in the Philippines, took place at B Hotel, Quezon City from October 17-19, 2018, and has drawn more than a hundred participants from indigenous peoples (IPs) groups, concerned national and regional government agencies, and civil society organizations.

ICCA Policies and Platforms

Four proposed policies are being deliberated during the three-day event. First is a policy guideline addressing gaps and inconsistencies towards ICCA recognition; second is a set of guidelines interfacing the ICCAs into the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and the Community Development Plan (CDP); third is a guideline on ICCAs overlapping with protected areas; and last is the National ICCA Registry and Policy envisioned to be a centralized information management system on ICCAs.

The policies and platform are the culmination of months of sub-consultations, interviews, and fieldworks by the consultants of the Project.

ICCA Relevance

Falling under the category of Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Methods (OECMs), ICCAs offer government agencies an alternative outlook for biodiversity conservation.

According to Mr. Samson Pedragosa, Project Manager of the Philippine ICCA Project, it is estimated that 75% of areas with remaining forest cover are within ancestral domains, which indicates that the governance by IP communities has been instrumental in conserving what little natural forest cover is left in the Philippines.

Ms. Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez, Director of DENR-BMB, emphasized the need to promulgate government policies on ICCAs by saying, “The recognition of ICCAs is in line with the country’s targets to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Aichi targets and the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP). Passage of the ICCA policies will ensure that we will hit these targets.”

Mr. Titon Mitra, Country Director of United Nations Development Programme Philippines, also noted ICCA’s role in reducing inequality alongside boosting safeguards to the environment. “With the huge overlaps between the country’s protected areas, key biodiversity areas, and ancestral domains, there is great value in supporting IPs’ conservation efforts, thereby producing multiple benefits such as protecting their rights to ancestral lands, poverty reduction, and enhancing ecosystem resilience,” Mr Mitra said.

The Philippine ICCA Project

Implemented by the DENR-BMB and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through UNDP, the Philippine ICCA Project aims to strengthen the conservation, protection, and management of biodiversity sites in the Philippines by institutionalizing ICCAs as a sustainable addition to the national protected areas (PA) estate.

Grab boosts app’s safety features

By Alexandria San Juan

In a bid to raise transport safety standards in the country, dominant ride-sharing firm Grab Philippines launched on Monday at an event in Libis, Quezon City the “Safer Everyday Tech Roadmap” that aims to intensify its safety measures for both drivers and passengers on their platform.

Grab unveiled its enhanced in-app safety features, including passenger and driver validation, the emergency SOS features for drivers, a driver fatigue monitoring system, and data protection.

“I am glad to say we’ve raised the bar for safety standards of the overall transport industry in the region. The Safer Everyday Tech Roadmap represents the next phase in strengthening the safety of the Grab platform,” Tan Hooi Ling, Grab co-founder said.

Through passenger and driver validation, authentication will be made available for more transparency as well as more rigorous driver background checks that include criminal records and inspections on dormant driver accounts.

Grab’s emergency SOS features, which is currently available on the passenger app, will also be extended to drivers where they can share their live location with loved ones.

The driver fatigue monitoring and telematics reports aimed at changing user safety habits through letting the drivers learn their driving patterns and identify how to drive more safely.

Grab wiLl also be enhancing its in-app data privacy center enabling passengers to have more control over personal information for their safety and protection.

QC approves 20-pct discount at restaurants for solo parents

By Apples Jalandoni (Reporter, ABS-CBN News)

MANILA—The Quezon City council has approved on final reading an ordinance granting a 20-percent discount to solo parents at all food establishments in the city.

The discount, according to the council, will be given every first and last Sundays of the month with a maximum restaurant bill of P2,000.

It added that the discount will be tax deductible for the establishments.

The discount aims to help ease expenses of single parents when dining at restaurants, particularly during special occasions of their children.

To avail of the discount, parents should present their "Solo Parent ID," which they can apply for at the city's social services department.

Nat’l teachers’ org turns 50, to hold convention in QC

By Hazel P. Villa and Hilda C. Montaño (Panay News)

MANILA – One of the country’s major organizations for teachers and educators that seeks to promote professional development and competency among Filipino teachers turns 50 this year.

To celebrate the milestone, the Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators, Inc. (PAFTE), will hold its 47th National and 8th International Convention on October 22 to 24, 2018 at Novotel Hotel in Cubao, Quezon City.

The theme of this year’s convention is “PAFTE @50 and Beyond: Celebrating Years of Service to Continuing Empowerment of Professional Teachers and Educators”.

This event will be participated in by administrators, educators and teachers from teacher education and basic education institutions nationwide, guests, and partner agencies and organizations

Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. of Oct. 22, 2018 with the convention formally starting at 2 pm on October 22 and ending at noon of Oct. 24, 2018.

Highlights of the event include four research presentations – one each from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region in line with the conference theme.

The research presentations that have undergone review by and evaluation by the PAFTE Research Committee would have to revolve around any of the following: PAFTE impact as a professional organization; quality teacher and basic education; continuing professional development; the teaching profession; teacher transformation; as well as innovations and development in teacher education. The others are teacher education curriculum; and educational trends and issues.

“Research works must have been conducted for the last three years, but still relevant to the present and not been widely disseminated,” said the conference organizers.

Those interested in joining the convention may contact Dr. Imelda E. Cuartel at 09273431962; Dr. Milagros L. Borabo at 09176311102; and Dr. Felina P. Espique at 09465418018.

6th annual QCinema announces 2018 roster of films

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QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema) feature over 40 films ranging from award-winning features to fresh stories from budding storytellers.

QCinema spreads its roster of films through nine categories which will run from October 21 to 30, 2018, at Gateway Mall (Cineplex 10); Robinsons Galleria (Robinsons Movieworld); and Ayala Malls Cinema in Trinoma and U.P. Town Center. Local screenings will also run from October 24 to 30, 2018 at SM Fairview, SM Megamall, SM Manila, and SM Southmall.

Molding Talents

On its sixth year, QCinema has selected seven filmmakers to be given production grants for its “Circle Competition” and “DocQC” section.

The “Circle Competition,” for independent features of new and seasoned homegrown storytellers, have been given production grants of one and a half million pesos each while the “DocQC,” for documentaries, have been given seed grants of 300,000 pesos.

This year’s “Circle Competition” lineup includes Samantha Lee’s “Billie & Emma,” Timmy Harn’s “DOG DAYS,” Dan Villegas’ “Hintayan ng Langit,” Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s “Masla A Papanok,” and Dwein Baltazar’s “Oda sa Wala.”

Documentary films “All Grown Up” from Wena Sanchez and “Pag-ukit sa Paniniwala” from Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo will comprise the “DocQC” section.

Film selections

In addition to “Circle Competition” and “DocQC,” QCinema will feature seven more categories to showcase its wide range of local and international films.

The new films to be showcased at the “Asian Next Wave” section are Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined,” which won the Golden Leopard Award for best film at the Locarno International Film Festival; Bi Gan’s “Long Day Journey Into Night,” which won the ICS Cannes Award and will be shown in 3D in select establishments; Anoocha Boonyawatana’s “Malila: The Farewell Flower,” Huang Hsin-yao’s “The Great Buddha+,” Ashleigh Mayfair’s “The Third Wife,” and Kamila Andini’s “The Seen and Unseen” which won the Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize.

In sponsorship with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), QCinema also gives visibility to noteworthy cinematic craftsmanship with a wide array of LGBT international films for its “RainbowQC” section. Among the featured films are Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon’s “Tinta Bruta,” John Tengrove’s “The Wound,” Marcelo Martinessi’s “The Heiresses,” Christophe Honoré’s “Sorry Angel,” Yann Gonzales’ “Knife + Heart,” and Yen Tan’s “1985.”

Several critically acclaimed films worldwide will be showcased in the “Screen International” section of the festival. The lineup includes Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” which won the 2018 FIPRESCI Award at Cannes; Agnés Varda and JR’s “Faces Places”; Gaspar Noé’s “Climax,” where Noé won the biggest prize at Cannes’ 2018 Directors’ Fortnight, the C.I.C.A.E. Award; Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” where Pawlikowski won 2018 Best Director at Cannes; and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s “Manta Ray,” which won the 2018 Best Film at Venice Horizons.

Iconic films of the 70s and 80s which roused moviegoers with dance music and which have been digitally restored are shown in the “Digitally Remastered” section of the festival. Among the highlights are Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz,” Herbert Ross’ “Footloose,” and John Badham’s “Saturday Night Fever.”

QCinema pays tribute to the richness of French cinema with memorable titles in the “French Classics” section. Among the films in the section are Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “Diabolique,” Roger Vadim’s “And God Created Woman,” and Pierre Rissient’s “Five and the Skin.”

Five films from China, Austria, France, and Denmark, and Japan will take a spotlight at the “Special Screenings” section of QCinema. The five films featured are “Elephant Lying Still” by Hu Bo, “Ala Changso” by Sonthar Gyal, “Tomcat” by Klaus Händl, “La Priére” by Cédric Kahn, and “Come On, Irene” by Keisuka Yoshida.

The festival has a free screening that will feature children’s films from Denmark. They will include Ask Hasselbach’s “Antboy,” Renée Simonsen’s “Karla’s World,” and Esben Toft Jacobsen’s “The Great Bear.”

Opening and closing films

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters,” which won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, takes the spotlight on the opening day of QCinema. Kore-eda tells the story of a family of criminals scraping a living in downtown Tokyo that takes an interesting turn when they adopt a little girl.

Cinephiles can join in the Halloween festivities with the screening of “Piercing” by Nicolas Pesce, the closing film to end the ten-day festival. It tells of a man who checks himself into a hotel room to accomplish his long-time dream – executing a perfect murder.

About QCinema

QCinema is the official film festival of Quezon City, touted as the “City of the Stars.” It was established in 2013 by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) helmed by Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.

Since its humble beginnings in 2013, QCinema has grown bigger, gaining traction in local and international film circuits for its film entries. In 2017, it was recognized as one of the best film festivals in the country.

For more information, visit qcinema.ph.

Quezon City moves to become ‘smart city’

By Perfecto Raymundo, Jr. (PNA)

MANILA – Quezon City has adapted to the innovations of technology especially in disaster response, community health information tracking system, and cashless government transactions as it moves toward becoming a "smart city", Mayor Herbert Bautista said on Wednesday.

“It cannot be denied that technology is a critical component of government efficiency. In the modern world, it is the fastest means to engage to thousands, and even millions of stakeholders quickly,” Bautista said in his speech during the opening of the 2018 Philippine Smart City Summit at the ABS-CBN Tent in Vertis North, North Avenue.

The Smart City Summit gathered government executives from Russia, South Korea, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Belgium, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Sudan, Nepal, Kenya, Tunisia, Mongolia, and stakeholders in public administration to discuss and share smart city concepts, theories and best practices that will advance digital capacity and social innovation.

During the plenary sessions, representatives from the member nations discussed smart city initiatives in their country.

International leaders and Quezon City’s executives expressed their support to the Smart City Initiative by signing on a digital declaration of support.

A Smart City Urban Agenda will be created during the two-day summit.

Quezon City was chosen to host this year’s summit for its exemplary performance in governance, competitiveness, infrastructure development and economic dynamism.

The Philippine National Competitiveness Council has bestowed on Quezon City the distinction of being the most competitive highly-urbanized city in the country for three straight years.

The World Bank has cited Quezon City’s transformation from a debt-ridden, disintegrating urban center into the richest and most dynamic highly-urbanized city in the Philippines.

Since 2010, Quezon City has been recognized worldwide for its best practice in local government administration and for promoting the use of information and communications technology as a tool for governance.

Urban farming competition unfolds in Quezon City

By Rio N. Araja

To cushion the impact of inflation on families in the city, the Philippine Horticulture Society Inc., in partnership with Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, has launched a grow-your-own-vegetables competition entitled “Oh My Gulay, Mag Horti Pa More!” to encourage backyard farming among urban dwellers.

“We want to encourage our constituents to plant vegetables in their homes and backyard gardens not just for food security but also for healthy eating,” the vice mayor said.

“This competition should show that, even with a few materials and limited space, city residents can already start their own urban farm,” she added.

At the launch of “Oh My Gulay, Mag Horti Pa More!,” participants were given an instructional lecture as well as growing kits consisting of seeds and growing pots.

Each participant was tasked to sow their vegetable seeds on Oct. 15 and track the growth of their plant until the harvesting date on Jan. 15, 2019.

Participants must also post photos of their entries on social media as part of the competition’s online campaign to promote vegetable growing in urban homes.

“I’m thankful to the Philippine Horticulture Society for being our city’s partner in promoting urban farming. We want to show our citizens that these small pots, containers, and spaces are all we need to start growing our own greens, whether to reduce grocery costs, increase intake of healthy food, or as a form of livelihood,” Belmonte said. Rio N. Araja

The vice mayor earlier spearheaded the city’s own urban farming initiative entitled “Joy of Urban Farming.”

Film directors laud QCinema int’l film fest

By Perfecto Raymundo, Jr. (PNA)

MANILA -- Film directors on Wednesday (October 10) lauded the Quezon City local government for organizing the QCinema International Film Festival to give Filipino filmmakers greater opportunities to produce and show more independent movies.

The QCinema, the official film festival of Quezon City, was established in 2013 by Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte under the Quezon City Film Development Commission.

“Naalala ko before, years ago, wala pa talagang chance to make a film. Ang Cinemalaya noon palabas pa lang, the same with CinemaOne Originals. Ang hirap makahanap ng producer (I remember before, years ago, there was really no chance to make a film. There was Cinemalaya and CinemaOne Originals. It was difficult to look for a producer),” QCinema 2018 film entry “Hintayan ng Langit” director Dan Villegas said in an interview.

“Ang hirap makahanap ng chance for you to show your stuff. Dahil sa mga film festivals like QCinema, nagkakaroon ng chance, maraming magagaling, magagaling tayong mga Pilipino. Mas nagkakaroon tayo ng (It was difficult to look for a chance for you to show your stuff. But because of film festivals like QCinema, we get a chance. We Filipinos are good. We will have more) chance to show or to tell our stories,” Villegas added.

Residents of Quezon City may enjoy five movie entries under QCinema 2018’s “Circle Competition”, as well as those under non-competition categories: RainbowQC for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) international films; DocQC for documentary films; Screen International for critically acclaimed films worldwide; Digitally Remastered for the iconic films during the 70s and 80s; French Classics; Special Screenings that will showcase five films from China, Austria, France, and Denmark; and Children’s Films, which will be screened for free.

The film director noted that QCinema also provides a venue for the new breed of directors to showcase their craft without the usual restrictions.

“Para sa mga (new directors), ‘yung mga grant-giving bodies lang talaga ang nagtitiwala sa kanila. So malaking bagay talaga ang mga grant-giving festivals like this QCinema. Nag-start din ako sa grants (Grant-giving bodies are the only ones who trust new directors. Grant-giving festivals, like QCinema, are thus a big thing. I also started in grants),” Dwein Baltazar, director of QCinema 2018 film entry “Oda sa Wala”, said in a separate interview.

“Yun ang nagbigay-tiwala sa akin para makagawa ako ng pelikula. Yung mga made naman na directors, I think ‘yung QCinema ang naging playground nila para makapaglaro sila na walang nagsasabi sa kanila on what to do (Its trust enabled me to make a film. For self-made directors, I think QCinema is their playground so they could make films according to their wish, without anyone telling them what to do),” Baltazar said.

The QCinema 2018 “Circle Competition” entries are Samantha Lee’s “Billie & Emma”; Timmy Harn’s “Dog Days”; Villegas’ “Hintayan ng Langit”; Gutierrez Mangansakan’s “Masla A Papanok”; and Baltazar’s “Oda sa Wala”.

The QCinema International Film Festival is celebrated every year during the founding anniversary of Quezon City in the month of October. In line with the city’s 79th founding anniversary, QCinema 2018 will run on October 21-30.

Its opening film is “Shoplifters” by Hirokazu Kore-eda and closing the festival is the film “Piercing”, starring Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska.

The festival will be held at Gateway Mall, Robinsons Galleria, SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Malls Cinemas in Trinoma, and UP Town Center.

The admission fee is PHP150 for each film.