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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Online Petition Asking Pres. Duterte To Rename NAIA To Manila International Airport Now In Progress

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Actress Vivian Velez announced on her Facebook account that there’s a petition started by her group to bring back the old name of Ninoy Aquino International Aiport (NAIA) to Manila International Airport (MIA).

The petition was started by Atty. Lorenzo G. Gadon and the members of #BringBackMia group who urged President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration by the help of the congress to bring back the name Manila International Airport.

Manila International Airport became Ninoy Aquino International Airport on 1987 as an honor to the man who became the face of democracy during former President Ferdinand Marcos.

However, according to the #BringBackMia group, it’s still way too early to award Ninoy such an honor because of three malfeasances for which he must be held to account:

* He authored the fake account of the so-called “Jabidah massacre” in 1967 and sabotaged our country’s claim to territory.

* He was complicit in the reestablishment of the local communist party and guerrilla army under Maoist control in 1968-69.

* He was inexplicably absent during the bombing of the LP rally in Plaza Miranda in 1971 despite his being the most popular and frontrunner candidate and the secretary general of the Liberal Party.

They also believe that the name NAIA is only confusing and does not lead to a recognition and identity of the country it represents.

The group also pushing to change the Ninoy Aquino Sports Stadium back to Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

As of this writing, the online petition they started already got 596 supporters.

Velez is also asking the Netizens to sign the petition on Change.org

Source: Pinoy Trending

Philippine Coast Guard To Acquire Defender-Class Boats Under President Duterte

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The Philippine Coast Guard is looking to acquire Defender-Class Boats in its bid to strengthen its Maritime Law Enforcement capabilities under the government of President Rodrigo Duterte.

This was revealed by Philippine Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge Commodore Joel S. Garcia during a briefing with United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim who visited PCG Headquarters Thursday, January 19.


Defender-Class Boats, also known as Response Boat–Small (RB-S), is a 25-feet boat introduced by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in 2002.

Moreover, Defender-Class Boats serve the USCG, US Border Patrol, US Navy, and several other navies including Israel.

According to US Coast Guard, the RB-S became the platform to increase the long term homeland security capability at shore stations in the wake of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Commodore Garcia also suggested for further training and mentoring from the US Coast Guard as well as to increase the number of PCG Cadets to study at US Coast Guard Academy, the Coast Guard stated.

For his part, Ambassador Sung Kim said that the US government will attend to the concerns and request of PCG.

He also expressed appreciation for PCG’s effort in combating terrorism and in enhancing its capabilities as a law enforcer.

Source: Update

Duterte Government To Develop Philippines First Tidal Energy Project This Year

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Philippine government-owned and controlled corporation Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) unit responsible for promoting, developing and implementing new and renewable energy sources in the country – PNOC Renewables Corporation – is partnering with H&WB Asia Pacific (Pte Ltd) Corporation to develop the country’s first tidal-energy project.

According to H&WB, the project will utilize Tidal In-stream Energy Conversion (TISEC) technology and it will be located in H&WB’s three concession areas in San Bernardino Strait between Matnog, Sorsogon, Capul and Dalupiri – both in Northern Samar.

“The cohesive partnership aims to establish a special purpose company (SPC) in the first half of 2017 to commence project finance and engineering works, thereby, launching the first-ever TISEC power not only in the Philippines but in ASEAN as well,” H&WB said.

H&WB had earlier performed ocean-resource assessment to determine the overall energy potential of San Bernardino Strait. It also carried out a thorough review and analysis of Tisec technologies.

The islands of Capul and San Antonio in San Bernardino Strait are in the Small Power Utilities Group fueled by diesel-power plants. Connection to electricity is limited, especially in Capul, where its islanders have electricity for only six hours a day.

French company Sabella SAS will be providing the technology.

“Sabella and H&WB have recently completed a detailed in situ bathymetry measurement, to move toward a full 3D current numerical model in order to locate the first demonstration project, which will consist of three to five turbines,” it explained.

“PNOC RC’s role is vital, and the MOU with H&WB and SABELLA is a pro-active strategy that can support the project’s success, more so, when PNOC RC decides to invest into the SPC,” H&WB said.

H&WB wants to deploy tidal power, because it is a green and cost-competitive alternative to fossil energies, and guarantees clean-power supply.

Source: Business Mirror

CIA Documents Reveal Cory Aquino Requested US Airstrike To Kill Filipinos During 1989 Coup d’état

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Recently, America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has declassified more than 12 Million documents, publishing them online and making these records searchable and accessible to the public.

One of these documents included an information on the Philippine government, specifically about the 1989 coup d’état led by former Military Colonel-turned Senator Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan against the administration of then President Corazon ‘Cory’ Aquino.

The declassified document claimed that Cory Aquino asked US for military assistance but Washington allegedly refused because of the risks of killing innocent Filipinos at the height of the rebellion.

It mentioned former Defense Chief Fidel V. Ramos saying that the US government offered military assistance to crush a mutiny by dissidents seeking to topple the Aquino government.

However, Cory Aquino is said to have personally asked US for help; and America responded by sending US warplanes to provide air cover to allow the Philippine military to attack the mutineers.

“The Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post reported last weekend that the Aquino government asked for airstrikes but US officials refused because of political risks in killing Filipinos,” the document further read.

The document also revealed 12 opposition lawmakers condemned the Philippine’s request for foreign assistance to quash the rebellion, and described such request as “a shameless act of surrender of sovereignty to a foreign power.”

Here’s the Full Document:

 
Source: KickerDaily

Department Of Health To Provide Supplemental Food For Pregnant Women

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Pregnant women in Pampanga and Zambales have been chosen as the initial recipients of the Diet Supplementation for the First 1000 Days program of the Department of Health (DOH) as part of its campaign to counter the low birth weight prevalence in the country.

In a press conference to launch the program, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said 50 women in Porac, Pampanga, and another 50 in Candelaria, Zambales, that are deemed as nutritionally-at-risk will be chosen by the local government units (LGUs) as beneficiaries.

“The primary objective of the daily meal provision is to improve the nutritional status of selected nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women in selected areas to prevent low birth weight and other birth defects,” said Sec. Ubial.

To note, the first 1,000 days, which covers the women’s pregnancy period up to the first two years of the child’s life, has been defined as the “golden window of opportunity” for the necessary interventions that will result to having positive impact on the child’s development.

Under the said program, rice-based meals composed of iron-fortified rice, texturized vegetable protein, dehydrated vegetables, and flavoring mix with essential vitamins and minerals, will be provided to an initial number of 100 nutritionally-at-risk women when they visit the local health centers.

According to Rise Against Hunger Executive Director Jomar Flores, the program would be expanded depending on the availability of funds, which will come from donors.

“This is a pilot program and the expansion or scale will depend on the availability of funds. So there is a component of fund-raising in this advocacy. It is not the nutrition but also we are asking for sponsors and other individuals to donate in this campaign,” said Flores.

According to the Health Chief, there is a need to provide the supplemental rice-based meals to pregnant women for their first 1,000 days in order to help address the problem on low birth weight prevalence in the country.

“We have one of the highest low birth weights in the entire Southeast Asia. So one in every five newborns has low birth weight in this country,” said Sec. Ubial.

She noted how present data showed that more than one in every five infants born has low birth weight or 21 percent.

She said one of the causes of the continued prevalence of high low birth weight rate could be due to the fact that the government had previously focused on helping underweight infants.

“Some of the studies and evidence say that it is actually too late. We have to intervene before the child is born. Dapat nasa uterus pa, mag-intervene na. That is why our feeding program now goes even go beyond the birth of the child and into the pregnancy of the mother,” said Sec Ubial.

Source: Sunstar PH

DepEd Releases P977 Million Allowance For Teachers In Hardship Posts Under Pres. Duterte

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Education Secretary Leonor Briones Wednesday, January 18, announced the release of the remaining special hardship allowance (SHA) for fiscal year 2016 to thousands of teachers assigned to multigrade classes, mobile teachers, and Alternative Learning System (ALS) coordinators.

Sec. Briones approved the issuance of Sub-Allotment to Regions/Operating Units (Sub-ARO) for the downloading of additional SHA fund to cover the deficiencies in the initial release for FY 2016 to the Regional Offices of the Department of Education (DepEd).

DepEd said that the funds cover 14,896 schools for teachers assigned in hardship posts and multigrade classes and 2,395 school districts and community learning centers (CLCs) for mobile and ALS teachers.

The DepEd requested the SHA amounting to P977,405,080 from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on November 8, 2016, to cover the deficiency in compensation to teachers exposed to hardship or difficulty in the place of work. The amounts were computed based on guidelines in the DBM National Budget Circular No. 514, series of 2007.

Last December 29, the DBM issued and released a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for the requested amount for payment of the additional SHA.

The regions set to receive the SHA for multigrade, mobile, and ALS teachers are Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR).

Sec. Briones said that DepEd is working with DBM to review and update the SHA guidelines to be “more responsive to the current needs of teachers assigned in hardship posts, which will be for implementation in FY 2017.”

The special hardship allowance is granted to qualified teachers who are assigned to a hardship post; performing multi-grade teaching; carrying out mobile teaching functions; or performing functions of non-formal education or ALS coordinators.

“The qualified teachers may either be resident or transient having regular or temporary appointment,” DepEd said.

Teachers who are set to receive the SHA are those in “hardship post” or those assigned in public schools or community learning centers located in areas characterized by “extraordinarily hard, uncomfortable and extreme difficulties.”

Under the DepEd guidelines, the SHA is given to teachers and school heads/administrators assigned to hardship posts, provided the total SHA shall not exceed 25 percent of their annual basic salary.

Source: Manila Bulletin

President Duterte Vows To End Corruption In PhilHealth, Warns Corrupt Government Officials

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President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to reform the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to provide better healthcare for Filipinos.

In a speech during the 20th anniversary celebration of Premiere Medical Center (PMC) in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, on Wednesday, January 18, the President said PhilHealth is plagued by problems particularly corruption that needs to be fixed with urgency.

“Pero napag-usapan na lang naman ho natin itong profession ninyo, malaki ho ’yung problema ko sa gobyerno and this is not the first time that I have heard again complaints sa PhilHealth,” the President said before a crowd of Doctors and Health officials.

He stated that he plans to summon medical associations, PhilHealth and Department of Health (DOH) officials to a meeting in Malacañan to craft policies aimed at reforming the health insurance agency.

“There has to be a corrective measure put in place now,” Pres. Duterte said.

He said corruption must be eliminated and asked the public to support government’s anti-corruption drive.

“The people must also be assertive to fight abuses and misdeeds,” he added.

At the same time, the President warned corrupt government officials and personnel to mend their ways.

“Kayong lahat nasa gobyerno, if you are dealing with the transacting public, the taxpayers, I have this to say: Now is not the time to do it,” Pres. Duterte said.

“Sabi ko sa kanila, you have had your heydays, your fun and glory but this time, at my time, paki lang po kasi… It’s only six years, a little bit of sacrifice,” he added.

As proof of his anti-corruption drive, he said he fired two of his fraternity brothers involved in anomaly.

Ninety two personnel at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) were also sacked, the President said.

“I will not stop in eliminating corrupt personnel,” he added.

President Duterte also renewed his strong anti-illegal drugs stance, adding that after meeting the Mayors at the Palace last week, he will meet the Governors this week to also discuss the perils of illegal drugs. He promised to eliminate illegal drugs in the country during his term.

Aside from meeting the officials of PMC, the President also came face to face with cancer patients in the hospital’s villa for patients and relatives.

Source: PCOO.Gov

DSWD To Release P513 Million Emergency Shelter Aid For Families Rendered Homeless By ‘Nina’

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to release P513,722,930 anytime soon as an initial funding for its Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for households whose houses were partially and totally damaged by Typhoon Nina.

The typhoon displaced thousands of families and damaged houses in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas regions when it hit the country on December 24-27, 2016.

ESA is the assistance immediately provided to victims of disasters with partially and totally damaged houses. A uniform amount of P5,000 is given to each household as an initial help to rebuild their houses.

The total amount of assistance to be provided to households with partially damaged houses will be P10,000, while those with totally destroyed houses will receive P30,000.

Beneficiaries will receive the total amount corresponding to the extent of damage of their houses based on DSWD assessment and validation.

The Department would need P4.35 billion to fund the ESA for some 248,242 households.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo disclosed that she has already endorsed the Department’s rehabilitation plan for the ESA to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for funding.

“We are doing everything that we can to immediately provide the ESA to households who lost their homes due to ‘Nina’. We want them to be able to start rebuilding their houses, so they can also rebuild their lives,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

Moreover, the Welfare Chief has earlier ordered the deployment of three Quick Response Teams (QRTs) from the DSWD Central Office to the affected regions to assist the field offices (FOs) for the ESA assessment and validation.

The typhoon has affected 547,237 families or 2,431,574 individuals. Some 535 families or 2,663 persons are still staying in 30 evacuation centers up to this time.

To date, a total of P245,908,401 worth of relief assistance has been provided to affected families with P228,405,799 coming from the Department and P6,118,832 and P11,383,770 from the local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs), respectively.

Meanwhile, the DSWD also continues to coordinate with concerned local government units (LGUs) on the status of the 507 families or 2,206 individuals displaced by Tropical Depression Auring and who are still staying in 13 evacuation centers in the CARAGA Region.

DSWD-Field Office CARAGA has been coordinating with the LGUs of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur to ensure the provision of relief assistance in the form of family food packs (FFPs) and food and non-food items (FNFIs) to the evacuees.

‘Auring’ has affected a total of 9,132 families or 38,950 individuals in 167 barangays in Regions VII and CARAGA when it hit the northeastern part of Mindanao and Western Visayas last weekend.

To date, a total of P2,576,579.83 worth of relief assistance has been provided to the affected families.

Of the said amount, the Department extended P732,051.83, while the LGUs poured in a total of P1,844,528.

Source: DSWD.Gov

Lawyer Leads Official Petition To Change NAIA To Manila International Airport

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PETITION STATEMENT Date: Jan 19, 2017

Source: ATTY. LORENZO G. GADON

Today we ask our Honorable President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and our government, through Congress and the responsible executive agencies, to restore the country’s gateway to its original name, MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MIA) #BringBackMIA

When the Manila airport was turned over by the Americans to the Philippine government, in 1948, after the completion of the present runways in 1961, it was named the Manila International Airport, and carried that name ever since. But in 1987, during the term of Cory Aquino, MIA was renamed after her late husband. This was done well in advance of the 10-year prescription period for naming public sites after dead personalities, the height of a self-serving motive to uplift one’s image for political perpetuity, brainwashing and indoctrination.

It is still way too early to award Ninoy such an honor. There are at least three malfeasances for which he must be held to account:

* One, he authored the fake account of the so-called “Jabidah massacre” in 1967 and sabotaged our country’s claim to territory.

* Two, he was complicit in the reestablishment of the local communist party and guerrilla army under Maoist control in 1968-69.

* Three, he was inexplicably absent during the bombing of the LP rally in Plaza Miranda in 1971 despite his being the most popular and front-runner candidate and the secretary general of the Liberal Party.

Ninoy was also convicted and sentenced to death for his role and complicity in a rebellion for the purpose of overthrowing the government in favor of communism. Perhaps, to the jaundiced eye of which there are only few in our society, history somehow could be kinder to Ninoy in the end. But that moment is not here yet. And until that moment comes – if it ever does at all – the name of Ninoy Aquino is a growing source of rancor and divisiveness among our people.

At the same time, it is also important to dissociate our international gateway from the scandalous performance in recent years that earned for NAIA a reputation as the world’s worst airport. People abroad can only speculate that it is no coincidence that this bad performance occurred during the administration of Ninoy’s namesake son, highlighted by the LAGLAG BALA scam which victimized more than a thousand of Filipinos and foreigners alike.

Let us look both to the past and the future. The name NAIA is also confusing and does not lead to a recognition and identity of the country it represents. And looking into the story why it was renamed Aquino one would always be reminded of its image as a place of political upheaval, murder, and a perception of a destabilized country with pervading social unrest and divisiveness.

The name MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is a proud and storied one. It is recognizable worldwide, redolent of history and fragrant with promise for the future. Let us restore the legacy of such a name to our international gateway, enhance our reputation among our friends abroad, and promote greater unity among our people here at home.

BRING BACK the name MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! LET’S DO IT NOW! #BringBackMIA

We will also lead Petitions to change the name of Ninoy Aquino Sports Stadium back to RIZAL MEMORIAL COLISEUM. Who is Ninoy compared to Rizal?

We will also Petition the demonetization of the P500 Peso Bill. Why should it bear the image of Ninoy
when he did not become president of the country and he was not officially declared a national hero?







Source: Vivian Velez FB Page

PCSO Lotto Results For Thursday, January 19, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Thursday, January 19, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  6-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/19/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  7-0-4-4-5-2
JACKPOT PRIZE:  318,609.00
WINNER(S):  2
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/19/2017
MORNING 11AM:  3-9-9
WINNER(S):  385
AFTERNOON 4PM:  0-2-9
WINNER(S):  299
EVENING 9PM:  8-0-9
WINNER(S):  1118
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/19/2017
MORNING 11AM:  17-17
WINNER(S):  513
AFTERNOON 4PM:  27-9
WINNER(S):  69
EVENING 9PM:  19-27
WINNER(S):  663
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Super Lotto 6/49
DRAW DATE:  01/19/2017
COMBINATION:  22-32-9-36-8-20
CURRENT JACKPOT:  21,665,316.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  National Lotto 6/42
DRAW DATE:  01/19/2017
COMBINATION:  40-4-2-31-23-30
CURRENT JACKPOT:  18,869,208.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

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