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VOLUME 1 No.6 June 19 - June 25, 2011

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TRAVEL Vigan, Philippines

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OFWS PINAG-IINGAT SA PEKENG e-RECEIPTS MANILA – Nagbabala ang Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) sa mga migrant workers na mag-ingat sa kumakalat na mga pekeng overseas employment certificates o e-receipts na nagsisilbing travel exit pass ng mga overseas Filipino workers (OFW). Ayon kay POEA Administrator Carlos Cao napag-alaman umano nila na may 1,000 pekeng e-receipts ang ngayon ay kalat. Ipinag-utos na rin ni Cao na imbestigahan ang mga e-receipts na may serial numbers 5059001 hanggang 5060000. Ang e-receipt ay kailangan ng isang paalis na OFW upang patunayan na ang manggagawa ay sumailalim sa lehitimong proseso ng POEA bago ma-deploy sa abroad. Sinabi ng POEA na mayroong dalawang OFW na patungong South Korea ang nahuli nitong Mayo lamang na may dalang pekeng ereceipts. Sa ngayon ay mahigit 20 pekeng e-receipts na ang nakukumpiska ng mga awtoridad. Ang mga pekeng e-receipts ay nagmula sa batch ng mga e-receipts na naimprenta ng doble noong nakaraang Disyembre. Sinabi ni Cao na ang POEA ay nakapag-imprenta na ng mga bagong e-receipts upang punan ang 1,000 pekeng e-receipts na kinasela ng ahensya at hindi na maaring gamitin pa. Nakikipagtulungan na rin ang POEA sa Bureau of Immigration at sa National Bureau of Investigation upang masiyasat kung sino ang mga nasa likod ng pagkalat ng pekeng e-receipts.

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Sports Pinoys-Hardly face off

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Problema sa passport pinabubusisi

HINIKAYAT ng grupong Migrante-Middle East ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na busisiin ang kontrata ng foreign

equipment provider Oberthur Technologies dahil sa pagkakaantala ng imprenta ng mga passports sa bansa. Nauna ng inamin ng DFA na ang

problema ay nasa Oberthur Technologies dahil nagkaroon ng malfunction sa mainframe program nito kung kaya’t hindi makapag-

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Prof. Paul Cheung, UN Statistics Division

UN expert lauds Abu Dhabi; warns vs. new world crises ABU DHABI - One of the most prominent statistical experts in Singapore and Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, Prof. Paul Cheung, commended the government of Abu Dhabi for the city’s progress and for successfully overcoming the global financial crisis. Cheung, was a guest lecturer at a recently organized lecture dubbed, “Critical Developments in Official Statistics,” by the Statistics Centre, Abu Dhabi (SCAD). According to Cheung, the Middle East is one of the areas least affected by the global financial crisis compared to other regions of the world, citing the region’s limited ties to global markets, which keeps it at bay from a host of economic risks. However, the statistics expert warned that there are some new crises looming on the economic horizon, such as a “currency war” and the protectionist policy pursued by some states, which would trigger serious problems at the international level. The lecturer also touched on the strategic issue of food security, which is one of the most important problems facing humanity, adding that climate change is another po-

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RTA Chief pinayuhan mga draybers maging maingat DUBAI – Pinayuhan ni Maitha bin Udai, chief executive officer ng Roads and Traffic Agency (RTA), ang lahat ng mga draybers sa bansa ukol sa maingat na pagmamaneho, akma sa paglulunsad ng Summer Awareness Program ng RTA. Una sa kanyang mga paalala ang kahalagahan ng vehicle testing upang makasiguro na maayos at ligtas ang lahat ng mga parte

nito, bilang isa sa mga susi ng traffic safety requirements. Ang mga draybers, aniya, ay hindi dapat magpabaya kung may mga natutuklasang electrical or mechanical failures sa kanilang mga sasakyan. Kailangan din aniyang iwasan ng mga ito ang sumuway sa mga batas trapiko, kahit gaano pa ito kasimple. Tinukoy niya ang pagmamaneho ng mabilis at overtaking. Pina-alalahanan din niya ang

DFA puts Sanaa on Alert Level 4 Ni Henri Abenis-Macahilo THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has recently raised the crisis level alert in Sanaa, the capital of the beleaguered country of Yemen to level 4, due to the worsening of the situation there. Alert level 4 entails mandatory evacuation and repatriation of Filipino nationals in an affected area at Philippine government’s expense. The already deteriorating sociopolitical situation in the country has been further aggravated by the attack at the presidential palace, which left Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and some government officials injured, and seven presidential guards killed. “In light of the worsening security situation in the city, we are asking Filipinos in Sanaa to get in touch with the Embassy team stationed there so they could be moved to a safer area, and then out of the country,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario said. Filipinos in Yemen are also advised to call the Embassy teams in Sanaa and Aden immediately if they feel unsafe in the area they are residing, so the teams can move them in a safe area. They are also asked not to venture outside if they feel that their safety is at risk. There are 1,422 Filipinos in Yemen registered with the

Embassy. The Embassy teams are headed by Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago. Together with Philippine Honorary Consul in Sanaa, Mohammad Al-Jamal, the Embassy teams are assisting the Filipinos in their repatriation to the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment has already issued a deployment ban. Also, all Filipinos are advised not to travel to Yemen at this time. Alert level 3 is still in effect in other areas of Yemen. Yemeni loyalist forces have waged war against the opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has clung to power despite heavy diplomatic and popular pressure to end his nearly 33-year rule. Only last May 24, the DFA raised the crisis alert level to “3” in Yemen, where Filipinos have been offered voluntary repatriation at government’s expense. Some 27 Filipinos have returned home on May 30, while 27 others arrived in the Philippines from June 3 to June 5. Another batch of 48 Filipinos has arrived in Manila on June 7 and another batch of five has arrived on June 9, from the port city of Aden. The Embassy hotline numbers for Yemen are +966-536-881787. (with a report from DFA)

FILCOM binabato ng intriga DUBAI – Kabababa lamang sa puwesto ng pangulo nitong si Ginang Liza Magno Concepcion, inuulan na ng intriga ang Filipino Community sa Dubai and Northern Emirates. Nagsimula ang batuhan ng mga salita sa pamamagitan ng emails, nang may isang impostor na nagpakilalang “Liza Diktador” ang nagpadala ng email sa executive committee at sa iba

pang miyembro ng FILCOM. Ang email ay naglalaman ng mga mapanirang salita ukol kay Concepcion at Binibining Matt Bagunu, ang Communications Director ng organisasyon. Bagama’t sinagot ng ibang mga miyembro ang misteryosong email sender at nagpanggap na siya si Concepcion, nakasisiguro naman ang mga ito na hindi ito

hectic activities and events, lasting three months and focusing on raising the awareness of land travelers as well as students in public libraries and summer camps. Such programs and events are timed with the plans set by the Ministry of Interior for the second quarter of this year launched under the theme: “Don’t Terminate Your Life in and Accident,” paliwanag ni Maitha bin Dubai.

mga nagmamaneho sa loob ng mahabang oras na magpahinga (kada 200–250 kilometro ng pamamaneho), huminto sa pagmamaneho kapag nakaramdam ng antok o pagod. Kinakailangan din aniyang gumamit ng ilaw kapag madilim. Dapat din, ani Udai, na bantayan ang mga indicators ng sasakyan at ang tire pressure at huwag mag-overloading. Para sa mga nagpapasakay ng

mga bata, payo ni Udai na huwag silang hayaang maupo sa gilid at unahan ng sasakyan; pagamitin sila lagi ng seat belts at huwag ding hayaan ang mga itong sumakay at bumaba sa pintuang nasa likod ng drayber. Ang kampanya sa traffic awareness para sa tag-init ay nagsimula noong Hunyo 1. “The traffic awareness programs for this summer will be busy with

ang kanilang dating lider. Ayon sa isang aktibong miyembro na ayaw magpabanggit ng kanyang pangalan, halata diumanong may pansariling interes ang nagpadala ng mapanirang email at ang pakay lamang ay buwagin ang grupo at sirain ang magandang samahan ng mga kasalukuyang miyembro ng Executive Committee. Ayon naman sa isang mataas na opisyal ng FILCOM, hindi na dapat patulan ang mga ganitong bagay, dahil wala naman itong maidudulot na mabuti sa lahat. Hinamon naman si “Liza Diktador” ng mga matatapang na miyembro ng Executive Committee na sumagot sa kanyang mapanirang banat kay Bagunu, na lumaban ng patas at lumantad. Ayaw namang patulan ng hinanahamong si Bagunu ang mga paratang sa kanya, na aniya ay isang paninira lamang, walang basehan at hindi na dapat seryosohin. Ang FILCOM ay ang pinakamalaking organisasyon sa UAE na may lakas ng mahigit kumulang sa 60 aktibong miyembrong organisasyon. Ang samahang ito ng mga organisasyon ay nasa ilalim ng basbas ng tanggapan ng Konsulada ng Pilipinas sa Dubai. Ayon sa mga matagal nang miyembro ng samahan, matagal nang may hindi pagkakaunawaan sa pagitan ng mga kilalang personalidad sa samahan, dahil sa iba’t ibang kadahilanan. Daglian lamang nanahimik ang mga bangayan at iringan nang maging abala ang lahat sa mga proyektong kanilang isinagawa, simula nang mahalal ang kaaalis lamang sa puwestong si Concepcion. Bago bumaba sa puwesto, sinigurado naman ni Concepcion at ng Executive Committee na maipasa ang Constitution and By Laws, upang magsisilbi itong panuntunan na tatapos sa mga hidwaan sa loob ng kanilang samahan. (HAM)

Labor Attache nilinaw ang isyu ng POEA Board Res. No. 2 Ni Kabayang Henri Abenis-Macahilo DUBAI – Binigyang linaw ni Labor Attache Amilbahar Amilasan ang lumabas na balitang wala sa listahan ang UAE sa 76 na bansang nabanggit sa Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board Resolution, bilang mga bansang gumagarantiya ng karapatan at patas na pagtrato sa mga migranteng manggagawang Pilipino. Ang resolusyong ito ay may sertipikasyon ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Ayon kay Amilasan, bagama’t kabilang sa mga bansang hindi nabanggit ang UAE, sa Governning Board Resolution No. 2 Series of 2011, na nilagdaan ng Kalihim ng Labor and Employment at Chairman ng Governing Board, na si Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, hindi ibig sabihin nito na mahihinto na ang pagpapadala ng mga manggagawa sa mga naturang bansa. Maliban na lamang aniya, kung sinundan ito ng isang kautusan mula rin sa naturang tanggapan na ihinto na ang pagpapadala ng mga manggagawa. Malinaw din aniyang nakasaad na naturang resolusyon na magkakaroon muli ng review at evaluation para sa mga bansang hindi naisali sa listahan, kung kaya’t magpapatuloy pa rin ang pagpapadala ng mga manggagawa sa mga nasabing bansa, tulad ng UAE. “POEA will continue to process the deployment of expatriates to the UAE and it will only stop if a deployment ban order is being released; meanwhile, our work of assisting the expats in this country must continue,” paliwanag ng Labor Attache. Ang Governing Board Reso-

lution No. 2 ay nagsasad na ang Pilipinas ay magpapadala lamang ng mga mangagagawa kung sila ay may kahit isa sa mga katangiang babanggitin: a) kung ang naturang bansa ay may labor at social laws na nagpoprotekta sa karapatan ng mga manggagawa; b) ito ay may ratipikadong multilateral conventions; c) ito ay may pinirmahang bilateral agreements/arrangements d) ito ay may positibo at kongkretong pamamaraan ng pagprotekta ng mga karapatan ng mga migranteng manggagawa. Matapos ipinalabas ang naturang resolution, panandalian namang hininto ng POEA Governing Board ang pagpapalabas ng mga panibagong resolusyon. Samantala, nagpalabas ng news advisory ang POEA kamakailan na nagsasabing magpapadala muli ng mga manggagawa sa Bahrain, bunsod ng pagtataas ng State of National Safety sa bansa noong Hunyo 1. Kasunod nito ang pagpapababa ng DFA security classification sa Alert Level No. 1 mula sa Alert Level No. 2 noong Hunyo 6. Ayon kay POEA Adminsitrator, Carlos Cao Jr., ang pagbababa ng alert level ay hudyat upang itaas ng kanilang tanggapan ang deployment ban para sa nasabing bansa, kung kaya’t pinapahintulutan muli ang pag proseso ng mga dokumento para sa mga bago, nagbabalik o nakabaksyong manggagawa sa Bahrain. Matatandaang itinaas ang DFA ang Alert Level ng seguridad sa Bahrain noong buwan ng Marso, bunsod ng kaguluhang nagaganap doon sa pagitan ng mga mamamayan at pamahalan. (HAM)

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Balitang Lokal Dubai B360o joins Philippine society in celebrating 113th National Day

B360o is the only design watches that combine technical innovation and precision with thought-provoking personal messages. It embodies the ultimate blend of prestige, performance, glamour and wit. Strapped snugly on your hand, B360o stands out among other watches as a testament of whatever you want to be. You can Be You Be True; Be Young Be Free; Men Watch; Be Proud; The “B” Collection and B mine, and so on to fulfill your particular interest or desire. The creators of B360o enjoy total creative freedom to produce and as-

semble timepieces that will not only tell time but can also communicate with people. B360o has been involved with special occasions like UAE National Day even Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan with its unique design watch collection “B PROUD”. B PROUD watches not only involved with the Middle Eastern countries, but also the design of this collection includes all nation flags around the world. Other occasions like Valentine has turned successfully, follows Mothers day with its exceptional designed pendant from B360o.

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Pangulo ng FILCOM bumaba sa puwesto, Safety Awareness Booklet ipinamahagi DUBAI – Matapos niyang pinangunahan ang kaganapan sa pagdiriwang ng ika-113 taong anibersaryo ng Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas, noong Biyernes, nagpaalam nang matikas si Ginang Liza Magno Concepcion, pangulo ng FILCOM, bago pa man matapos ang kanyang termino. Ito ay matapos niyang napagpasyahang umuwi na sa Pilipinas upang asikasuhin ang kanyang mga negosyo doon at makapiling ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay. Sa kanyang huling liham para sa mga opisyales ng FILCOM, malugod niyang pinasalamatan ang lahat ng mga tumulong sa kanyang mga proyekto sa ilalim ng kanyang liderato. Binigyan niya ng pugay ang mga ito sa tiwala at suporta na kanilang ibinigay sa kanyang mga programa mula nang mailagak siya sa puwesto noong Setyembre ng nakaraang taon. “Isang biyaya na maituturing na makilala ko ang magagaling, matat-

alino at may magagandang puso na mga pinuno ng bawat organisayon. Bagamat minsan ay may hindi pagkakaunawaan, yun ay bunsod lamang ng iba’t-ibang paniniwala at pamamaraan ng pamumuno. Ang mga naging karanasan ko sa grupong ito ay nagbigay sa akin ng mga aral na dadalhin ko sa pagharap sa bagong yugto ng aking buhay,” ani Concepcion sa kanyang liham. Nakalakip din sa kanyang liham ng pamamaalam ang official report ng FILCOM Organizing Committee para sa taong 2010 – 2011, kung saan kanyang inisa-isa ang mga proyektong tagumpay na nailunsad ng grupo sa ilalim ng kayang pamamahala. Karamihan sa mga proyektong naisagawa ay mga fund-raising drives na nakapag-abot ng tulong sa libo-libong kababayang naging recipient ng mga ito. Isa sa mga proyektong tagumpay na inilunsad ng grupo kamakailan ay ang paglathala ng FILCOM Safe-

ty Awareness Booklet para sa mga Pinoy expats sa Dubai at Northern Emirates. Ayon kay Liza, ang booklet ang magsisilbing gabay upang mamuhay at kumilos nang naaayon sa batas ng UAE. Ang unang batch ng nasabing booklets ay ipinamigay ng grupo noong Biyernes. Upang marami ang makabasa ng mga naturang booklet, naglagay din ang FILCOM ng mga kopya sa mga tanggapan ng Konsulada ng Pilipinas sa Dubai, at POLO-OWWA. Ang Safety Awareness Booklet ay libre para sa lahat. Samantala, pinangalanan naman ni Concepcion si Ginoong Moises Dacuycuy na galing din sa grupong Filipino Off-Road Auto Club (FORAC). Si Dacuycuy ay mamumuno hanggang sa buwan ng Septyembre kung kailan gaganapin ang susunod na eleksiyon, batay sa bagong Constitution and By Laws ng FILCOM. (HAM)

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Special Report

Inaabandonang mga sanggol dumarami Ni Kabayang Henri Abenis-Macahilo LUBHANG nakababahala at nakalulungkot ang mga naibabalitang inabandonang mga sanggol sa UAE. Mas higit na nakababahala ang tumataas na bilang nito ayon sa talaan ng pulis at sa mga lumalabas sa mga balita. Sa talaan ng pulisya, mula 2004 hanggang 2009, 154 ang bilang ng mga inabandonang mga bata ng kanilang mga magulang. Noong nakaraang taon, sampung kaso ng mga iniwang sanggol ang naitala. May pagkakataong natatagpuan at nahuhuli ng mga awtoridad ang mga magulang ng mga iniwang sanggol, ngunit kadalasan ay hindi na matagpuan ang mga ito. Hindi pa man natatapos ang taong ito, anim na sanggol na ang natagpuan sa labas ng mga mosque. Ang mga pinakahuling kasong naitala ay ng mga tatlong sanggol – isang babae at dalawang lalaki. Ang unang natagpuan ay isang batang babae, na pinaniniwalaang wala pang isang linggo nang ipinnanganak, ang natagpuan ng mga construction workers sa isang abandonadong gusali sa Al Zubair, Sharjah. A-uno ng Hunyo nang ito’y matagpuan. Nanginginig at dehydrated umano ang pobreng anghel

nang ito’y itakbo sa ospital. Dalawang araw ang nakalipas, isang lalaking sanggol naman ang natagpuan sa Azra, na may di kalayuan sa lugar kung saan natagpuan ang babaeng sanggol. Pagkaraan ng isang linggo, isang sanggol na lalaki naman na tinatayang wala pa isang buwan, ang natagpuan sa isang open area sa Al Ramla, sa Umm Al Quwain. Isang Emirati ang tumawag ng mga pulis nang siya ay makarinig umano ng iyak ng sanggol malapit sa kanyang tinitirhan. Ang mga bata ay pansamantalang inalagaan ng Al Qassimi Hospital, kasama ng tatlong iba pang unang natagpuan sa pagpasok ng taon. Ayon sa mga huling ulat, marami ang mga gustong umampon sa mga naiwang sanggol, na hinihinalaang ipinanganak sa labas ng matrimonyo ng kasal. Dito sa Middle East, mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang pagkakaroon ng anak sa labas ng matrimony ng kasal. Ayon kay Ginang Lelita Pangilinan, ng tanggapan ng Konsulada ng Pilipinas sa Dubai na siyang nagpaproseso sa mga “boyfriend case” at “children born out-of-wedlock

case”, ang sinumang mahuli ng mga awtoridad na gumagawa ng ganitong pagkakamali ay makukulong ng mula tatlo hanggang limang buwan bago ipadeport sa Pilipinas. Maliban sa sanggol, hindi na rin makakabalik kailanman ng UAE ang mga lumabag sa batas na ito. Kung kaya’t pinapayuhan ni Pangilinan ang mga babaeng nakikipagrelasyon habang sila ay nasa bansang ito, na mag-ingat at kung maaari ay huwag magpabuntis nang hindi ikinakasal, upang hindi sila mapilitang gawin ang mga bagay na hindi tama, gaya ng pagdedesisyong ipalaglag ang sanggol sa kanilang sinapupunan o di kaya’y iabandona ang mga ito pagkapanganak. Ayon kay Pangilinan, bagama’t hindi palagian, umaabot sa apat na kaso ng “boyfriend case” ang kanilang kinakaharap sa loob ng isang buwan. Nagiging komplikado pa aniya ang mga ito, dahil sa pagkakaroon ng anak na walang birth certificate. Sa UAE ang isang sanggol ay mabibigyan lamang ng birth certificate kung ang mga magulang nito ay magpapakita ng Marriage License. Karamihan din umano sa mga

Pilipinang nasasangkot sa ganitong problema ay mga runaway o mga kasambahay na tumakas mula sa kanilang mga amo at mga overstaying. Madalas ay nagkakarelasyon ang mga ito sa mga lalaking ibang lahi at nabubuntis. Dahil walang shelter ang konsulada para sa mga runaways na nagkaka-anak, kinakailangang i-endorse ng tanggapan ang mag-ina sa tanggapan ng pulisya, kung saan sasampahan ng kaso at ikukulong ang ina kasama ang anak, at pagkatapos ng tatlo o apat na buwan, ay idedeport ang mga ito. Bago mailabas ang bata mula sa bansa, ay kailangang gawan ito ng konsulada ng papeles na magsisilbing kanyang birth certificate, na siya namang ipapasa sa tanggapan ng National Statistics Office (NSO) sa Pilipinas, para sa authentication. Pagkatapos, ay maaari nang i-proseso ang kanyang travel documents upang siya ay mailabas ng bansa. Dahil sa hirap na dadanasin ng sinumang mapasok sa ganitong gusot, pinapayuhan ni Pangilinan ang mga kababaihang nagtatrabaho sa bansa huwag padalos-dalos sa pagdedesisyon, lalo na sa paki-

kipagrelasyon sa mga ibang lahi. “Isipin muna [nila] na nandito tayo sa isang Islamic country. Magpakasal muna [sila bago magpabuntis]. Kung nabuntis ka bago ka ikinasal, hindi yan puwede rito. Kung kasal naman tapos nabuntis, wag na tayong maghintay ng matagal. Umuwi na sa pilipinas para doon na manganak para hindi na sila mahirapan,” payo ni Pangilinan. May payo rin si Pangilinan para sa mga kumukupkop ng mga inabandonang mga bata. “Kailangan i-surrender nila ang bata sa pulisya para malaman nila kung ano ang gagawin,” paliwanag ng ginang. Aniya, hindi hinuhuli ng mga pulis ang mga kumukupkop ng mga abandonadong bata, taliwas sa paniniwala ng iba. Sa UAE, ang mga batang naulila o inabandona ay hindi maaaring ipaampon dahil walang legal adoption sa bansa. Subalit maaari silang kupkupin ng mga pamilyang Emarati. Bagama’t hindi maaaring dalhin ng mga bata ang apelyido ng pamilyang kumupkop sa kanila, maaari sliang maging Emarati national sa kanilang paglaki.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz earlier presided over the launching of the DOLE’s newest reintegration project for overseas Filipino workers, the Balik Pinay! Balik-Hanapbuhay! Project, a skills training intervention intended to bring about improved socio-economic well-being of returning women OFWs. The launching, held at the DOLENational Capital Region Office in Malate, Manila, was attended by Rep. Rosenda Ann Ocampo of the 6th District of Manila; DOLE-NCR regional director officer-in-charge Cathy Parado; National Reintegration Center for OFWs executive director Vivian Tornea; DOLE-NCR field directors; and DOLE Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte, head of the Workers’ Welfare and Social Protection cluster. The Balik-Pinay! Balik Hanap-

buhay! Project was established through DOLE Administrative Order No. 77 Series of 2011 and aims to enable women beneficiaries to be multi-skilled through access to training services/assistance by training institutions like the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry, Technology Resource Center, and the Agricultural Training Institute. “With the Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay! Project, we aim to enable displaced women OFWs to plan, set-up, start, and operate a livelihood undertaking by providing them with ready-to-go roll-out selfemployment package of services, consisting of short-gestation training, start-up kits, business counseling, and technical and marketing assistance services,” Baldoz said during the launching.

“We also aim to equip returning women OFWs with skills that are highly in-demand in the local market so as to increase their chances of finding better job opportunities,” she added. The Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay! Project’s main beneficiaries are returning women OFWs, particularly those displaced by the hostilities and conflicts in Arab countries and other distressed and displaced women household service workers. The project aims to prioritize about 2,400 women household service workers, or 58 percent of the whole population of women household service workers all over the country as of 31 March 2011, based on OWWA data. As a component of the National Reintegration Program for OFWs, the project has been allotted P24 million budget, for which each ben-

eficiary could benefit a maximum of P10,000 in livelihood package. Health and wellness business undertakings, such as reflexology, massage, home spa, cosmetology and production of bath soap, scented oils, herbal medicine, skin/health care products; house repairs, such as plumbing, welding, electrical servicing, appliance repair; food processing, such as native snack preparation and other food and beverage preparation; personal accessories repairs and maintenance, such as cellular phone and bag repairs; and handicraft, such as souvenir items, fashion jewelry, native slippers, bags and accessories production, are the priority businesses under the Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay!Project. Beneficiaries can avail of the following services under the Project: (1) short-period training on

production skills with entrepreneurship and business management; (2) provision of continuing marketing linkage and networking services, business advisory, and consultancy services; (3) access to existing social protection services (SSS, PhilHealth, and other alternative social protection schemes as soon as the business cycle allows it; and (4) job referral system covering local labor markets to ensure the employability of target women beneficiaries. The DOLE’s regional Offices, Regional Coordinating councils, NRCO, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, TESDA, Bureau of Workers’ with Special Concerns are jointly implementing the Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay! Project in cooperation with relevant government agencies and local governments.

‘Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay! Project’ for women OFW repatriates launched

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Balitang Lokal Abu Dhabi

Baybayin ng Abu Dhabi ginawaran ng Blue Flag ABU DHABI – Nagdiriwang ang munisipalidad ng Abu Dhabi matapos gawaran ang mga baybayin at marina nito ng Blue Flag. Ang Abu Dhabi ang kaunaunahang kabisera sa lahat ng mga bansa sa Gulpo na magawaran ng Blue Flag dahil natugunan nito ang lahat ng mga kinakailangang requirements para sa naturang international program. “The accreditation of the Abu Dhabi Beaches “reflects success of the civic body to make the Abu Dhabi Corniche a tourist attraction place, aesthetic venue and world class entertainment venue with all services and means of comfort,” ayon kay Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Director General ng munisipalidad ng Abu Dhabi. Ang Blue Flag Programme ay pag-aari at pinapatakbo ng Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), isang independent non-profit organization. Layunin ng naturang programa ang magkaroon ng sustainable development para sa mga baybayin at mga marina sa pamamagitan ng mahigpit na pagpapasunod ng patakaran para sa kalidad ng tubig, edukasyon at impormasyon ukol sa kapaligiran, pamamahala sa kapaligiran, at ang iba pang serbisyo para sa kaligtasan. Ang naturang programa ay bukas para sa publiko, decision makers at mga tourism operators. Simula ng maitatag ito noong 1987, dumarami na ang bilang ng mga baybayin at marinang napabilang sa Blue Flag Programme.

Sa kasalukuyan ay 41 bansa na ang nagpapasunod ng Blue Flag Programme. Ito ang Bahamas, Belgium-Flanders, Belgium-Wallonia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland,

Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey at Wales. (HAM)

Abu Dhabi: ‘No to smoking’ ABU DHABI – inilunsad kamakailan ng pamahalaan ng Abu Dhabi ang isang comprehensive plan upang sugpuin ang bisyong paghitit ng tabako sa kabisera ng bansa. Ang programang may slogan na “Abu Dhabi Says No to Smoking”, ay may layong protektahan ang mga kabataan mula sa paghitit ng kahit na anong uri ng tabako gaya ng shisha, medwakh, sigarilyo at iba pa. May layon din itong tulungan ang mga naninigarilyong huminto na sa bisyong ito sa pamamagitan ng pagpapatupad ng Federal Law on Tobacco Control 15/2009. Ang naturang batas ay nagbabawal ng paninigarilyo sa loob ng mga pribadong sasakyan kapag may batang may edad na dose anyos at pababa sa loob nito. Pinagbabawal din ang paninigarilyo sa lahat ng mga lugar ng pagsamba at mga institusyong pang-edukasyon gaya ng mga unibersidad at paaralan, at mga health and sports facilities. Pinagbabawal din ng naturang batas ang pagtitinda ng mga kending may hugis tabako at ang pagtitinda ng mga produkto ng tabako sa mga automatic vending equipment at devices. Pinagmumulta ng naturang batas ang mga magpapalabas ng patalastas sa tabako mula AED100,000 hanggang AED1 milyon, ang paninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong lugar at ang pagtitinda ng mga produkto ng tabako sa mga minor de edad ay may multa rin mula AED500 hanggang AED10,000. “Based on this law, the joint task force will work together, each according to their specialty, to implement and enforce the law, by con-

trolling and monitoring tobacco use, protecting people from tobacco smoke, helping smokers to quit, issue warnings on tobacco risks, and implementing a ban on tobacco advertisement and promotion,” ayon kay Engr. Zaid Al Siksek, CEO ng Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD). Upang maipatupad ang naturang batas at mailunsad ang kampanya, isang task force ang binuo para dito. Ang task force ay kinabibilangan ng General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Abu Dhabi Media, Abu Dhabi Educational Council, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Department of Economic Development, Takatuf Voluntary Social program, community Police, and the Environment Agency was formed. Ayon sa talaan ng HAAD, ang smoking rate ng Abu Dhabi ay nasa 24-35%. Samantalang may 55% ng mga humihitit ng sigarilyo, 38% ang humihitit ng medwakh, 29% ang humihitit ng shisha at 14% ang humihitit ng tabako, ayon sa talaan ng Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. Ang Global School Health Survey naman nagtala ng 80% sa mga estudyante ang naninigarilyo sa taong 2010. Ang kampanyang “Abu Dhabi Says No to Smoking” ay bunga ng kooperasyon sa pagitan ng Health Authority – Abu Dhabi at ng “In House Hospital” website. Ang naturang website ay naglalaman ng mga balitang pangkalusugan, mga payo at mga artikulong may kinalaman sa paninigarilyo sa salitang Ingles at Arabic. – WAM

Rizal Day gugunitain ng Philippine Embassy ABU DHABI -- Sarado ang Philippine Embassy sa Linggo, ika 19 ng Hunyo, upang obserbahan ang ika 150th anibersaryo ng kapanganakan ni Dr. Jose Rizal. Magpapatuloy ang serbisyo ng embahada sa Lunes, ika 20 ng Hunyo. Walang magaganap na aktibidad sa araw mismo ng kapanganakan ni Dr. Rizal. Ang celebrasyon ay gagawin sa Biyernes, ika 17 ng Hunyo. Magkakaroon ng pagsasadula sa buhay ng pambansang bayani. Ang mga kabataan na sinasabi ni Rizal na pag-asa ng bayan ang gaganap sa nasabing palabas. Inaanyayahan ang lahat na Pilipino na manood sa Cultural Show na gagawin sa 21st Century Private School sa ganap na ika 4

hanggang ika 6 ng hapon. Ang Cultural Show ay susundan ng Variety Show sa parehong lugar na pagpapalabasan. Sa umaga ng Biyernes, ay magkakaroon ng Seminar tungkol sa kooperatiba. Ito ay aktibidad para sa paghahanda ng kalayaan sa kahirapan ng bawat Overseas Filipino. Alamin natin kung papano makapagpatayo ng kooperatiba ang mga manggagawa kahit sa Pilipinas ang operasyon ng business. Lahat din ng mga Pinoy ay inaanyayahang mag-attend. Libre pati almusal, o miryenda sa ikatlong palapag ng Philippine Embassy. Magsisimula ito sa ika siyam ng umaga hanggang tanghali. Ang mga resource speakers ay sina Consul Jose Jacob at Welfare Officer James Mendiola.

Panaka-naka pa rin ang pagkakaroon ng mahabang pila sa ilang gasoline station dahil sa kulangan ng gasolina sa hindi pa rin malamang kadahilanan.

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Opinion

Woman on a mission flight Ayah 29:20

EDITORIAL Facebook Users: Maging responsible at maingat DAHIL sa nagyari nitong bago lang sa isang actor-director nas si Ricky Rivero at ang isang kaibigan na nakilala lamang niya sa Facebook, mariin ang pagpapa-alala sa pagiging responsible at maingat sa paggamit ng tinatawag na social networking sites. Madali lang ang maging palakaibigan at lumabas kasama at makipagkita sa isang nakilala sa Facebook. Mawawala ang pagkamahiyain at pwedeng biglang mag-ibang anyo o ibang klase ng tao sa online. Subalit kailangan ang maging maingat sa mga makikilala at magiging kaibigan. Hindi mo agad malalaman ang saloobin ng isang tao na sa net mo lamang nakilala o base lamang sa mga ipinapakita niya sa kanyang profile page. Si Ricky Rivero ay ninakawan at sinaksak ng 17 beses ng kanyang Facebook friend. Ang kaso niya ay hindi ang una sa tinatawag na social networking

crimes na ini-report sa bansa. May mga kaso na hindi na nakapag-report ang biktima dahil natuluyan ang mga ito. Kung talagang gusto n’yong makipag-eyeball sa inyong ka-chat, magpasama kayo sa isang kaibigan at makipagkita sa mataong lugar. Kailangan din ng tamang etiquette sa Facebook. Kaya dapat maingat sa mga pinopost sa online. Huwag mag post na magbibigay sa iyo ng problema. Lagi nating tandaan na lahat ng pino-post natin sa Facebook ay makikita ng maraming tao, pwede nilang i-download, at ipasa sa iba nilang contacts. Hindi po iilang tao lamang ang pinag-uusapan natin dito na maaaring maka-access sa inyong post. Milyon-milyon po at hindi po maiiwasan na ang ilan dito ay negatibo ang ninanais sa kapwa at naghahanap lang ng pagkakataon na makapag-samantala.

by Mucha Quiling Arquiza

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here have been fifteen countries, so far, including European cities of London, Geneva and Brussels and Durban in South Africa, that my advocacy and work for peace and human development have sent me. This detail in my CV once prompted an esteemed executive of a reputed management institution to bluntly accuse me the crime of ‘developmental tourism’. I thought his charges were cruel and unjust, after all the travails and ordeals I went through. Although conceding to the notion of a ‘different kind of tourism’ that development workers and social activists of my reputation might have to take, I say, this mission flight is not for everybody. Those with lesser social and financial capital might be incapable and reluctant to do but force ourselves into, if only to bring the voice of the unheard and fight for

the welfare of the underpriviledged in international arenas where domestic avenues are inaccessible and local remedies failed. This ‘tourism opportunity’ is sometimes dreadful, to put it mildly, as it is also painful. The trips might be reimbursable by some grants or donations of hosting institution, but it is far from being ‘free’. The nobleness of voluntarily putting one’s life in the line in pursuit of the well-being of many is always doused-cold by the worries of family and loved ones who, barely subsisting on a shoestring budget, had to be further famished in order to afford the exorbitantly priced plane tickets. Nothing can be more bitter than arriving anxious and weary in a foreign land especially in the midst of biting winter cold, hanging on to a hundred US-dollar or even lesser amount just enough to ferry you from airport to hotel or

venue. Those mission flights have nonetheless brought non-government (NGO) persons and civil society activists of my calibre - misconstrued as ‘jet-setting’ - to Europe, the western hemisphere and the rest of Asia. The close-optioned programme often ended up at the conference venues and then, before you knew it, it was back to airport and flying home again. Contrary to most assumptions about ‘going abroad’, site-seeing or shopping were never in the itinerary as these working ‘tours’ were made by unpaid volunteers and, at best, by minimum-wage earning ‘tourists’. But of the things most regretful had been the pre-departure pains of being insulted and discriminated. Notwithstanding official invitations and sometimes direct calls made to the consular office by host institution, one still had to produce proof

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Pagbati mula sa Atallah Muhammad Habib publisher@kabayanweekly.com Publisher Nemia Macabugao Puyot nemia@kabayanweekly.com Asst. Group Manager Camcer Ordoñez Imam eic@kabayanweekly.com Editor-in-Chief Ria Mendoza ria@kabayanweekly.com Managing Editor Henri Abenis-Macahilo henri.m@kabayanweekly.com Reporter Vivien Napenas vivien@kabayanweekly.com Reporter Art Los Banos, Albert Alba, Jenny Gonzales, Rachel Salinel, Khadija Sali Contributors Al Jacinto Phil. Chief Correspondent Mohamad Manampan Designer DISCLAIMER: Opinion expressed by writers and readers don’t necessarily reflect the newspaper’s views, unless otherwise stated. LEGAL NOTICE: Unless otherwise stated all graphics, illustrations and pictures published herein are of Kabayan Weekly Copyright. Permissions in writing has to be gained beforehand to use any Kabayan Weekly copyright material. Kabayan Weekly reserves the right to take appropriate legal action should there be any contravention of this statement.

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Opinion

World Environment Day K-Factor Ni Kabayan Khadijah Sali

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umalo ako sa isang pagtitipon noong isang linggo para sa pagdiriwang ng World Environment Day. Marami din ang mga mag-aaral na dumating mula sa iba’t-ibang paaralan. Ako ay naaIiw sa mga bibong bata. Simple mayroong iba’t- ibang lahi rin na nagpunta kung kaya’t natuwa ako ng makakita ako ng kabayan roon maliban sa akin, si kuya. Subalit napawi rin ang aking tuwa ng marinig ko ang pag-uusap ni kuya at ng isa sa mga panauhin roon nang magsimula ng umalis pabalik sa kanilang mga eskuwelahan ang mga estudyante. Ang sabi ng ibang lahi: “Where are you from, my friend?” Sumagot si kuya at nagwika: “I’m prom da Pilippines... unfortunately.” Nagtanong ulit ang kausap n’ya:

“Why unfortunately?” Sagot naman ni kuya: “No. Joke only.” Nabigla ako at nalungkot. Napaisip ako kung bakit ganoon ang tinuran ni kuya. Kahit na ba sabihin pang binawi n’ya ito sa pagsasabing biro lamang, hindi ba’t karaniwan na kasabihan ay, “jokes are half truths”? Kung kaya’t ngayong buwan ng Hunyo, habang ginugunita natin ang araw ng ating kalayaan, siguro’y mainam na tanungin natin ang ating mga sarili: Sino ba ang tunay na Pinoy? Mayroon ba tayong dapat ikahiya? Isangdaan at labing-tatlong taon na tayong malaya sa dayuhang mananakop. Taun-taon natin itong ipinagdiriwang nasaan man tayong bahagi ng mundo. Dito sa Dubai at

UAE, may mga pagtatanghal na tulad din sa Pilipinas. Hindi nawawala at unang-una ang mga pagsasadula ng paggawa ng ating bandila at ang pagtataas nito kasabay ng pagawit ng Lupang Hinirang; Nariyan rin ang mga tradisyonal na pagkain at sayawan, parada ng mga binibini at mga ginoo na nakabihis ng mga nag-gagandahang baro’t saya at barong. Ang lahat ng ito ay nakapagbibigay ligaya, lalo na sa ating mga nasa ibang bayan. Ngunit sapat na nga ba ito? Bakit ba tila lumalabas, parang alaala na lamang ang pagiging Pilipino natin? Entertainment na nga lamang ba ang ating kultura? Bahagi na lamang ba ito ng kasaysayan? Sana hindi. Ilan pa ba sa atin ang mga nagibang bayan at saulado pa rin ang ating pambansang awit at

• The Scientific name of chicken is Gallus gallus domesticus

Ni Kabayan Nemia Macabugao, RN

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kulay sa karne ng manok. Kalimitang ang 3-Nitro ay ginagamit sa pagkain ng manok bagaman aprubado din ito sa mga turkey at baboy. Hindi pa klaro sa ngayon kung ang laman ng manok ay may arsenic din dahil ang sample na pinag-aralan ay atay ng manok. Isang simpleng pagtatantya ang ipinahayag ng FDA na ang laman ng manok ay 40 porsyentong mas mababa ang arsenic na taglay kaysa sa atay. Sa mga pinag-aralang mga manok, natuklasang mas mataas ng walong daang (800) beses ang arsenic sa kanilang mga atay kaysa sa mga hindi pinakain ng 3-Nitro. At napag-alaman din nila na mas mataas sa tatlong daang beses ang arsenic level sa mga atay ng mga pinag-aralang manok kahit pa lumagpas sila sa limang araw na wash-out period bago katayin. Ipinaliwanag naman ng Pfizer, ang pinakamalaki at nangungunang kumpanya ng pagawaan ng mga gamot sa buong mundo, na walang solidong pahayag ang FDA na nakakakanser nga ang pagkain ng manok na pinakain ng 3-Nitro. “The extremely low level of

para makatulong sa pamilya at sa bayan. Marami pa rin ang naniniwala na ang ating kalayaan ay hindi lamang alaala ng nakalipas. Kung malayo man tayo ngayon at nagtratrabaho sa ibayong dagat, nananalig ako na nananatiling buhay ang pag-asa natin na darating ang isang araw, makikita natin muli ang Pilipinas na isa sa mga mau-unlad na bayan, may matatag na ekonomiya at tunay na malayang mga mamamayan; Malaya sa kahirapan, malaya sa polusyon, malaya sa tunay na kahulugan. Tiyak ito dahil kahit nasaan man ang mga Pilipino, mayroon tayong komunidad na buo, nag-iingat para hindi mawala ang ating pagka-pinoy. Sana nga nag-iisa lang si kuya. Taas noo lagi at mabuhay ang Pilipino.

Chicken Trivia

Chicken Alert Medical & More ahagi na ng pang-araw-araw na nakahain sa hapag-kainan ng mga Pinoy ang manok. Pritong manok, tinola, adobo, apritada, atbp. Kapag kumain naman sa mga fastfood chains, restoran o shawarmahan, manok din ang karaniwang order. Ngunit alam ba natin na ang manok na kinakain natin ay may inorganic arsenic? Ang impormasyong ito ay ipinahayag ng US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nitong Hunyo 2011. Ito ay dahil sa ihinahalong gamot na 3-Nitro o Roxarsone sa mga pagkain ng manok. Sa pagsusuri ng FDA, ang inorganic arsenic na ito na kilalang carcinogenic o nakapagdudulot ng kanser, ay natuklasan sa atay ng mga manok. Ano nga ba itong gamot na 3-Nitro o Roxarsone? Ito ang gamot na unang inaprubahan ng FDA noong Marso 21, 1944 na nakahalo sa mga pagkain ng manok na panlaban sa bulate at para mapigilan na rin ang pagkakaroon nito. Bukod sa ang Roxarsone ay nagpapataba sa mga alagang manok, tumutulong din ito sa pagbibigay ng magandang

panatang makabayan? Ito ang mga katanungan na labis na palaisipan sa akin mula ng marinig ko ang “biro” ni kabayan. Hindi nakakatawa. Nakakapagtaka para sa akin makarinig ng ganoon sa isang kababa yan dahil ang mga nakakapanayam kong mga iba’t-ibang lahi ay labis ang paghanga sa ating bayan at sa mga Pilipino. Mula ng ako ay malayo sa ating bansa, iba ang pakiramdam kapagnaririnig ko ang ating pambansang awit o kapag nakikita ko ang ating watawat. Lalo ko pang nadadama ngayon ang pagmamahal sa ating inang bayan. At sigurado akong hindi ako nagiisa. Marami akong kilala na mga Pilipino sa ibang bansa na iniisip kung ano ang kanilang magagawa

inorganic arsenic the FDA detected in the livers of 3-Nitro-treated chickens is equivalent to the amount of inorganic arsenic found in an eight-ounce glass of drinking water”, paliwanag ng Pfizer. Ngunit kahit pa hindi nagpahayag ng pagbabawal ang FDA sa pagkonsumo ng manok, kusang sinuspinde ng Pfizer ang pagbebenta sa nasabing gamot sa loob ng tatlumpung araw sa Estado ng Amerika hanggat di nareresolba ang isyung ito at hanggat di napapatunayang ligtas nga itong ibenta ulit. Suspindido man ang pagbebenta sa nasabing gamot sa Amerika, patuloy naman ang manufacture at eksportasyon nito sa iba-ibang bansa. At bahala na daw ang mga bansang ito na magpatupad ng sarili nilang regulasyon patungkol sa gamot na ito. Kakain pa rin ng manok? Oo naman, tiyak yan, sa dami ng buy-oneget-one na promo. Bawas-bawasan na lang natin ang pagkonsumo sa atay ng manok. At hanggat maaari, makinig at makibalita sa mga bagong regulasyong ipapatupad ng anumang bansang ating tinitirhan tungkol sa nasabing isyu.

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• A chicken can have 4-5 toes on each foot.

• In the Middle Ages, chicken soup was believed to be an aphrodisiac.

• A chicken can travel up to 9 miles per hour.

• Alektrophobia- is fear of chickens.

• A chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you change the lighting in such a way as to make them think a day is 28 hours long.

• Chickens lay different colors of eggs: white, brown, green, pink, and blue.

• A chicken’s body temperature normally runs at 102-103 degrees F. • A chicken’s heart beats 280-315 times a minute.

• Female chickens less than one year old are usually called pullets. • If a rooster is not present in a flock of hens, a hen will often take the role, stop laying, and begin to crow.

• A rooster takes about 18-20 breaths a minute, a hen takes 30-35.

• The chicken was once a sacred animal symbolizing the sun.

• Chicken sperm can survive in a hen up to 32 days.

• The greatest number of yolks in one chicken egg is nine.

• Chickens can be cannibalistic. Debeaking- removing the end of beaks helps prevent cannibalism.

• The largest chicken egg ever recorded was nearly 12 oz., measuring 12 1/4” around.

• If a rooster is not present in a flock of hens, a hen will often take the role, stop laying, and begin to

• There are some 200 varieties of chickens. Source:jonespoultry.com

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Opinion|Column

Looking up to mentors to become excellent Filipino Excellence

Art Los Banos advocates Filipino excellence by publicizing the initiatives and efforts of Filipino establishments, entrepreneurs and individuals

by Kabayan Art Los Banos

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hen you embark on a new profession or a business enterprise it is always advisable to have mentors around you. Mentors are people who have gained wisdom throughout the years, who have learned painful lessons throughout their dealings, and who have accumulated considerable knowledge throughout their continuing education. I have tried various professions in more than two decades after graduating with a Political Science degree from the University of Sto. Tomas. On the day when my batchmates were about to “march” in the commencement exercises in the evening I was already working as an assistant to AsiaWeek’s senior correspondent Antonio Lopez in Manila. I was his “legman” which means “a person who runs errands or gathers information to assist someone in an office.” Though my working relationship with Tony Lopez lasted for a few

months I still practice till now his most important instruction: “never come back here through that door without bringing the information I need. I don’t care and I don’t want to know how you get it but just get it.” That day I was able to report back to the office. In my first job I learned that you should always be resourceful in getting things done. As a journalist you should be very assertive in gathering news and accurate in reporting them. Fast forward to my second profession as a PR practitioner. I worked with Zorilla Public Affairs/Public Relations founded by the late Antonio “Zorro” Zorilla who was well known in the 70s and 80s as a TV broadcaster, advertising executive and PR guru. “Zorro” taught me the dynamics of PR and even drafted his own definition of PR as a “set of stagemanaged activities aimed at creating an environment conducive to the public’s acceptance, patronage

and even defense of a company’s products and services.” This definition is also applicable to individuals and causes. In my daily dealings with “Zorro” he showed me that it was very important to be updated on what’s happening around you, as well as anticipating on what is going to happen such as a new regulation being discussed by the local government or a new law being introduced in Congress. My training and association with “Zorro” have considerably helped me discharge my responsibilities very effectively as the in-house PR man of Philips, Filinvest and United Laboratories. Here in the UAE, my first job was with the exhibition and event industry. My functions were completely different from my previous professions. I got involved in sales and marketing, my third profession. It was tough during the first six months considering that I was in a foreign land with a different type of

weather. I started my life in Dubai in June 2001. Just imagine working during the summer months. Whew! I did not really have a mentor since everyone in our company were always busy and were just concerned about their personal welfare. I relied mostly on my instinct, my being resourceful and assertive, and, most important of all, my faith in God. For the past decade I can name a few individuals who have significantly influenced me to become an entrepreneur. They are Angel Timbol, a very successful yet lowkey entrepreneur with businesses in Dubai and Capas, Tarlac in the Philippines; Hector Tagusay, who is the founder of Filway in the Philippines whom I met when he visited Dubai in November 2006 as a partner of the Bigatin Loyalty Program of The Filipino Channel (TFC) of ABS-CBN; the partners Hussain Naqvi and Rene Pascual who were

the first distrbutor of TFC in the UAE and then Qatar and the duo behind the MediaCom karaoke brand; and the couple Larry and Rose Tinio who are into direct and multi-level marketing activities, including being the current distributor of TFC in the UAE. I have another set of mentors who are not into business or involved with my profession. They are my elders in my community called CFC. They are Arnel Batusin of ENOC, Leo Verdolaga of Etihad Airways; Dante Fermazi of American University of Sharjah; and Hernan Fuentes of Dubal. My wife, too, is my mentor. She has been encouraging and supporting me in all my endeavors in the Philippines and here in Dubai. My unsolicited advise to Kabayan Weekly readers is to have many mentors. Every situation calls for a different approach. Everyone therefore is valuable. Think also that you will become mentors yourselves, sooner or later.

Sana nga ay masolusyunan ang usaping ito, lalung lalo na dahil sa krisis pang ekonomiya sa buong mundo, dumarami rin ang mga Pilipinong manggagawa ang maaaring inaaabuso o tinatapakan ang kanilang karapatan. Bagama’t dapat rin nating tandaan na ang mga usaping ito ay masalimuot, mahaba at hindi madali, siguro ang kinakailangan ay ang tama at walang humpay na pagtugon sa usaping ito upang maipakita sa ibang bansa na seryoso at hindi isinasawalang bahala ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas ang kanilang mga mamamayan, saan mang sulok ng mundo sila naroroon.

of bank deposits and other documents to guaranty that one did not intend to sneak out and find employment as ‘TNT’ (tagalong: tagong-tago, or undocumented migrant) in those land-of-plenty. I sometimes wondered if embassy staffs were unhappy about poor people and women seeing the world unless she did so after having ensnared a rich foreign husband or was about to enslave herself as domestic servant. It’s also puzzling if some Filipino staff in foreign consulate offices must have thought themselves bigger than their bosses that they could muster to be nasty under those brown-skins and short noses unwittingly harassing travellers who were not dignitaries and rich . Queuing for visas is tortuous, sometimes making thoughts about possibility of another mission flight no longer as exciting. Yet, reading through the resolutions passed and acted on by the U.N. on issues I have brought up in those trips, and ritually thumbing through the stamps on my passport almost dulled the pain.

Woman on a mission flight

Wala sa listahan ng POEA ang bansang UAE at KSA Buhay Dubai Ni Kabayan Albert Alba

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AMAKAILAN lamang ay napa-ulat na ang bansang UAE at Saudi Arabia ay wala sa listahan ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration o POEA na tinuturing nitong ligtas para sa mga manggagawang Pilipino. Ang punong dahilan ng pagkawala sa listahan ng dalawang bansa, bagama’t tinatayang aabot sa dalawang milyong Pilipinong manggagawa ang naroon, ay dahil sa kakulangan ng pag garantiya ng mga bansang UAE at Saudi ng karapatan at parehas na pagtrato ng mga dayuhang manggagawa. Mahigit kumulang diumano na 76 na mga bansa ang nasa listahan

ng POEA, kabilang na ang Columbia, Angola at Namibia. Ang basehan ng pagsama ng mga bansa sa listahan ay kung ang mga batas pangpaggawa at pangkapakanan ay pinangangalagaan at pinoprotektahan ang karapatan ng mga manggagawa; kung ang bansa ay sumang-ayon at lumagda sa mga pangkalahatang kasunduan na nangangalaga at pumoprotekta sa karapatan ng manggagawa; at kung ang bansa ay lumagda sa isang kasunduan sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas ukol sa karapatan ng mga dayuhang manggagawa. Di maikakaila na ilang taon o dekada na ang binibilang ng unang

pumunta ang mga Pilipinong manggagawa sa bansang UAE at lalo na sa Saudi Arabia. Bata pa lamang ako ay marami na akong kalaro at kaklase na ang ilan sa kanilang mga magulang ay nagtatrabaho sa Saudi. At nang ako naman ay napunta sa Dubai, marami akong nakilalang mga Kababayan na ang iba ay mahigit sa 20-taon na naririto. Nakakapagtaka na sa haba ng panahon na iyon ay mukhang walang nagawa hinggil sa usaping ito. At ngayon na mabilis na dumarami ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong pumupunta sa mga bansang UAE at Saudi ay saka lamang mukhang nabibigyan ng pansin ang ganitong usapin.

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Be Healthy, Be Happy & Be Wealthy During Summer in Dubai

Binhi ng pag-asa sa Disyerto Ni Kabayan Rachel Salinel

maintain a healthy diet. 4. Frequent rest periods during the day, especially noon time around 11am-3pm. 5. Conduct a health promotion awareness campaign in your workplace.

Mukha yatang maagang nagparamdam ang summer sa atin ngayon. Hindi nakakagulat na marami tuloy ang mga Kabayang alam mong apektado dito just by reading their shout outs sa Facebook, Twitter or saan man na they “don’t feel well,” “@ home sick” o simpleng “nakakapaso ang init sa Dubai!” At dahil ang Kabayan Weekly ay nakatugon sa pag alaga sa ating mga kababayan sa bansang ito, minabuti nating maki pag ugnayan sa grupo ng Philippine Healthcare Professionals Association or PHPA. Isa sa layunin ng kanilang samahan ay mag promote ng awareness sa ating komunidad para sa kahalagahan ng prevention in primary health care. Ayon sa kanilang kasalukuyang pangulo na si Dr. Alfonso Vincent Torres, M.D. ang isang nakikita ika niyang common na sakit sa panahong ito ay “respiratory related illnesses, ranging from viral, bacterial and even allergic causes.” Binigyan niya tayo ng basic steps para maprevent ang mga infections ay kumalat. RESPIRATORY HYGIENE 1. Always cover your mouth with your hand or tissue when coughing or sneezing Naalala ko tuloy ang isang paaraan para tamang bumahing kung walang tissue o panyong dala dala. Itaas ang kamay at bumahing sa pagitan ng kamay at braso (ibabaw ng siko) para sakop nito ang mikrobyong maaring ibig lumabas sa ilong. 2. Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand rub or dispose the tissue in the nearest garbage bin Dito sa Dubai, merong eskwelahan na nagturo sa mga estudyante na kumanta ng Happy Birthday song habang nag huhugas ng kamay o nag lilinis ng kamay ng hand sanitizer para ma enjoy ng mga bata ang tamang pag linis ng kamay kasama na mga kuko na madasal pinag tataguan ng mikrobyo. Isang pasadahan kasi ng Happy Birthday song ang tamang sukat para malinis lahat ng parte ng kamay. 3. If you are sick and in a common or crowded area make sure to keep at least a meter away from others or

may prefer to wear a mask. Ang isang box ng simpleng face mask any nagkakahalaga ng Dhs 17.50 at nagkakalaman ng 50 pcs. Practical na meron kang maitatagong ganito sa bahay kung kailangan ano mang oras. 4. It will always be best to consult

a health professional even if it is a mild illness. Summer siempre yung heat-related illnesses. Narito naman ang kanilang tips para malunasan ang symptoms nito. HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES

PREVENTION 1. Try to get enough sleep and rest. 2. Drink lots of water or oral rehy dration solution (ORS), at least 2-3 liters a day, before, during and after work. 3. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and

RECOGNITION 1. HEAT EXHAUSTION Signs and Symptoms -Pale and clammy skin -Profuse perspiration -Rapid pulse -Weakness -Headache -Nausea, muscle cramps 2. HEAT STROKE Signs and Symptoms -Flushed, dry and hot skin -Rapid and weak pulse -Confused, disoriented or unconscious INITIAL RESPONSE Call for help and activate your Emergency Medical System (EMS) (EMS ay terminong nag sasaad para sa standard procedures na natalaga ng mga kumpanya. Para sa ordinayong tao ito ay simpleng tawag agad sa 999 emergency number.) -Move patient to a shade or a cool place-Lie patient down-Give diluted salt water/ORS if patient is conscious and able to drink-Apply cool body spray or sponging with water -Assess Airway, Breathing and Circulation (ABC), initiate Basic Life Support (BLS) if warranted and you are qualified-Transport to the nearest hospital *A home remedy for Oral Rehydration Solution is to mix 1 liter of drinking water to 1 teaspoon of salt and 8 teaspoons of sugar (1:1:8). Para sa isang Global Pinoy sa Gitnang Silangan, bawal na bawal ang mag kasakit. Alam naman natin na ang pagiging malusog ay katumbas ng isang masayang pamumuhay at kasama narin ang pagiging mayaman na hindi naman nangangahulugang lang sa pera. Mas maaappreciate mo ang ganda ng buhay kahit malayo ka man sa pamilya mo kung ikaw ay malusog at handang lumaban sa ano mang paghamon sa buhay. Makakasigurado kang kasama mo kami Kabayan dito.

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OFWs top priority ni PNoy

MANILA – Ipinag-utos ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na protektahan ang kaligtasan at kaayusan ng lahat ng overseas Filipino workers (OFW) sa buong mundo. Ito ang sinabi ni DFA undersecretary Esteban Conejos Jr., sa direktiba

ng Pangulo na dapat ay laging nakafocus ang ahensya sa proteksyon ng mga Pinoy workers. “Ang trabaho ng DFA sabi ng Pangulong Noynoy ay isa lamang...ifocus ang proteksyon sa mga kababayan natin sa labas ng bansa, especially the OFWs,” ani Conejos

sa Communications and Exchange Forum nitong Hunyo 15 sa Quezon City. Sinabi ni Conejos na malinaw ang direktiba ng Pangulo. “President Aquino directed the DFA to implement policies that promote empowerment and establish a higher

“Saudization” pinangangambahan ng mga OFWs MANILA – Nangangamba ang grupong Migrante-Middle East sa kahihinatnan ng mga overseas Filipino workers (OFW) na posibleng mawalan ng trabaho sa Saudi Arabia dahil sa ipinatutupad na Nitaqat program doon. Layunin umano nito na mabigyan ng prayoridad ang mga Saudis na makapag-trabaho sa iba’t-ibang kumpanya sa bansa at mabawasan ang hiring ng mga dayuhang manggagawa. Sinabi sa Kabayan Weekly ni John Leonard Monterona na hinati ng Saudi Arabia sa tatlong kategorya ang mga kumpanya doon – Green kung ang kumpanya ay sumusunod sa alituntunin na dapat ay 10% nito ng empleyado nito ay Arabo; Yellow naman kung mas mababa sa 10%; at Red kung wala ni isang Saudi sa naturang kumpanya.

Binansagan naman na “Saudization” scheme ang ipinatutupad na programa na dapat sana ay noon pa naisakatuparan, ngunit marami umanong mga kumpanya ang hindi sumusunod sa patakaran. Hindi umano ligtas ang mga OFWs sa kategorya ng Red at Yellow dahil sa may mga ulat na ang Migrante-Middle East na may nasibak ng mga Pinoy base sa alituntunin ng Saudi Arabia. “The clarification issued by the Saudi ministry of labor does not lessen the worries of our fellow OFWs and migrant workers of other nationalities, but those working (under) in Red and Yellow (categories) are not totally safe,” ani Monterona. Sinabi nitong may isang consultancy firm na kumukuha ng mga OFWs upang punan ang 50% nitong staff, ngunit 12 Pinoy engi-

neers umano ang sinibak na dahil sa ipinatutupad na programa. “Owners of the companies will have to reduce the numbers of its expatriate workers in order to increase the percentage of the numbers of its local hired Saudis. And this is as expected,” wika pa ni Monterona. Tinatayang mahigit sa 350,000 OFWs ang kinakatakutan na maaapektuhan ng “Saudization.” “The Aquino govt. should ready its reintegration and jobs transfer program as it will be facing hundreds of terminated OFWs coming home as an effect of the shrinking of the labor market in Saudi and other mid-east countries as millions of Arab peoples are jobless and demanding jobs from their governments,” sabi ni Monterona. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

Ano ang ACR I-Card?

MANILA – Ano ang ACR I-Card? Ito ay isang acronym ng “Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Cards” na nagsisilbing patunay na ang isang dayuhan ay dumaan sa proseso ng Bureau of Immigration at maaari ng manirahan sa Pilipinas. Sa bagong ACR I-Card ay nakalagay na sa isang microchip ang lahat ng mahahalagang impormasyon ukol sa duyahan na may hawak nito. Noon ay pulos papeles ang sistema ng pagdodokumento ng impormasyon ukol sa dayuhan na mayroon nito, subalit dahil sa mga reporma at pagbabago sa BI ay mas napabilis pa ang proseso ng ACR. Ang bagong ACR I-Card ay halos sinlaki lamang ng credit card at may biometric security features ito na maaring ma-update sa anumang oras dahil sa taglay na computer chip. Sinabi naman ni BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. na sa bagong ACR I-Card ay mababawasan ng husto ang “red tape” sa proseso ng mga alien certificate of registration identity cards na magsisilbing pruweba na ang isang dayuhan ay may lehitimong records sa ahensya. Ang naturang card ay ibinibigay sa isang dayuhan kung aprubado na ng BI Board of Commissioners ang aplikasyon ng resident visa nito. (Kabayan Weekly Ph News Bureau)

standard of protection for migrant workers and their families,” ayon pa kay Conejos. Ipinagutos rin ni Aquino ang full review ng mga deployment ng OFWs sa mga bansa na itinuturing na high at medium-risk areas, pati na rin ang mga manggagawa na may

high-risk jobs. Ipinabatid rin ni Conejos sa mga OFWs na galing sa Yemen na maaari silang mag-loan at magsimula ng kanilang negosyo sa ilalim ng OFW Reintegration Program at may pondo itong P2 bilyon. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

Unemployment rate ng Pinas bumaba MANILA – Batay sa April 2011 Labor Force Survey ng National Statistics Office (NSO) ay bumaba umano ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong walang trabaho. Iniulat ng NSO na umabot sa 2.9 milyong manggagawa ang walang trabaho. Umabot rin sa 7.2% ang unemployment rate ng bansa ngunit mas mababa pa rin ito kaysa 8% na naitala ng Abril ng nakaraang taon. Ayon pa sa NSO sa 2.9 milyon na walang trabaho ay 64% ang kalalakihan at 36% naman ang kababaihan. Kalahati sa mga walang trabaho ay may edad na 15-24, habang 1/3 naman ay may edad na 25-34. Nasa Metro Manila ang pinakamataas na bilang ng mga walang trabaho, kasunod ang Zamboanga Peninsula, Cagayan Valley, at Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Karamihan sa walang trabaho ay high school graduates (32.6%), college undergraduates (23.1%), at college graduates (20.4%). Sinabi ng NSO na kahit bumaba ang unemployment rate ay tumaas naman ang mga manggagawa na under employed na umabot na sa 7.1 milyon o 19.4% na mas mataas kung ihahambing sa 17.8% na naitala noong 2010, Ang mga under employed workers ay mga manggagawa na gusto pang magkaroon ng dagdag na oras ng trabaho dahil kulang ang kanyang kinikita sa kasalukuyang trabaho. Sa mga may trabaho naman ay halos 51.7% ang empleyado sa service sector at 33% naman sa agrikultura, at 15.3% sa industriya. Ayon kay Labor Undersecretary Danilo Cruz ay na nabawasan ang mga walang hanap buhay ngayon taon dahil sa magandang panahon at bumubuting ekonomiya sa mga nakalipas na buwan kung kaya’t lumakas ang produksyon ng agrikultura at umabot sa 5.6% sa loob lamang ng mga nakalipas na buwan rin. At halos lahat ng sektor, kabilang

na ang manufacturing, ay gumanda rin ang takbo kung kaya’t nabigyan ng trabaho ang karamihan. “Based on the NSO survey, we have an additional 1.4 million newlyemployed persons this year, indicating that we are able to achieve our target and that many of the new entrants to the labor force were able to find employment,” ani Cruz. Sa Malakanyang ay sinabi naman ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda na ang pagbaba ng unemployment rate ay dahil na rin sa pagsisikap ng pamahalaang Aquino. “This is further proof of the government’s continued fulfillment of its Social Contract with the Filipino People. This improvement is a collective achievement of different sectors and stakeholders, of the government, and, most importantly, of the Filipino people, who were able to find and renew their hope and optimism this past year,” ani Lacierda sa pahayag nito sa Kabayan Weekly. Naniniwala rin itong dadami pa ang mabibigyan ng trabaho dahil sa mga bagong investments na pagpasok sa bansa. At lalo pa umanong pagsisikapan ng pamahalaan na mabigyan ng hanap buhay ang mas maraming pang mga kababayan. “The future promises even more reason for optimism, as we are paving the way for the influx of investments by improving the quality of spending to focus more on activities that will generate jobs. We remain confident of continued growth in the business sector and further good news not only in terms of employment but also in our efforts toward education and decreasing inequality through our conditional cash transfer programs.” “This holistic approach to overcoming long-standing challenges has been the hallmark of the Aquino Administration and our efforts will remain diligent, thorough, and motivated,” wika nito. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

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Balitang Pinas K+12 ng DepEd depektibo daw MANILA – Inilunsad nitong pasukan ang programa ng Department of Education (DepEd) para sa pampublikong Kindergarten education, ngunit maraming problema at reklamo ang bumulaga dito. Ayon sa Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list group ay substandard diumano ang programang tinawag na K (Kindergarten) +12 Basic Education Curriculum ng DepEd ngayong school year. Sinabi ni ACT Rep. Antonio Tinio na tadtad na ng problema sa mga public schools tulad ng kakulangan sa classrooms, sobrang dami ng estudyante, at napakababang sweldo ng mga guro. At saka pa inilunsad ang programang K+12. Batay umano sa record ng DepEd ay halos 1.93 milyon kindergarten students ang pumasok sa mahigit 50,000 public schools ngayong taon. Nag-inspeksyon ang mga miyembro ng ACT sa mga public schools para obserbahan ang mga kindergarten programs sa Quirino Elementary School, Corazon Aquino Elementary School, at Payatas-B Elementary School sa Quezon City. “Matagal na rin naming panawagan na magkaroon ng kindergarten program ang mga public schools, pero mukhang hindi naman ito pinaghandaan at basta na lamang ipinatupad. Ang resulta tuloy, counter-productive pa sa mga estudyante, dahil sa mababang kalidad ng edukasyon,” ani naman ni ACT Secretary-General France Castro. Sa mga nasabing paaralan ay 60 estudyante ang siniksik sa 25-squaremeter na class room na nakalaan lamang sa 25 bata. Reklamo nga ng mga magulang ay talagang napakasikip ng mga class rooms para sa kindergarten, tulad din ng mga classrooms ng mga elementary at high schools. Ang ibang kuwarto kasi na para lamang sa 60 estudyante ay hinati at pilit na pinagkakasya ang lahat ng mga bata. “Walang magawa ang mga magulang kundi hayaan na lang ang siksikan sa mga class rooms,” sabi ng isang nanay. Sinabi pa ng ACT na ang sweldo ng mga teachers sa public kindergarten classes ay P3,000 bilang honorarium lamang kada buwan para sa tatlong oras na klase sa isang araw. Dahil nga sa sobrang baba ng sweldo ay marami sa mga gurong nakuha ng DepEd ay hindi pa lisensiyado o hindi pa nakakapasa sa board examination. Karamihan sa mga ito ay napipilitan lamang na magtiyaga sa kakarampot na sahod dahil sa mahal nila ang pagtuturo sa mga bata.

Ayon sa ACT napakahirap magturo sa mga batang maliliit na karamihan ay lima hanggang anim na taon gulang lamang, lalo na sa masikip na kuwarto at magulo pa ang kapaligiran. Sinabi pa ni Castro na bukod sa masikip ang kuwarto ay kulang din ang silya para sa mga batang mag-aaral. Dapat ay pinaghandaang mabuti ng DepEd ang paglulunsad ng K+12 program, na imbes na maayos ang sistema ng edukasyon ay lalo pang bumagsak ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa bansa. Sinabi naman ni Manila Kindergarten Teachers Association (MAKITA) President Araceli de Ocampo na ang mga guro ay hindi dapat ginagamit para punuan ang kapalpakan ng sistema ng edukasyon. “Ang mga guro ay hind dapat tratuhin na parang mga kalabaw at dapat ay bigyan ng halaga,” ayon kay De Ocampo, na isang public school teacher na sa nakalipas na 35 taon. Sinisi niya ang DepEd dahil sa pagpapatupad ng K+12 program nang wala sa panahon at kulang sa preparasyon. Ayon naman kay ACT-Manila chapter President Louie Zabala, ang maling kindergarten program ng DepEd ay hindi makaka-produce ng kindergarten education na may kalidad. Pinoprotesta ng mga guro ang “twosession classes or six hours na straight teaching,” dagdag nito. “This policy is very difficult for us especially with the large number of enrollment, our class sizes go up to almost 60 students per class instead of the ideal 35 pupils per class,” ani De Ocampo. Ipinaliwanag ni DepEd Undersecretary Albert Muyot na ang two-session classes ay para lamang sa mga permanenteng guro at hindi sa mga substitute teachers. Sinabi nito na aayusin nila ang naging kalituhan sa mga DepEd regional directors ukol sa K+12. Sinabi ni DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo na ang mga problema ay matutugunan kapag naisabatas na ang Universal Kindergarten Law. “We also want what you want and when this law will be passed, there will be more opportunities or teacher items that would be available for all of you,” ani Mateo. Sa ilalim ng K+12 ay dalawang taon sa edukasyon ang madadagdag upang mabigyan umano ng sapat na panahon ang mga estudyanteng matuto ng husto at ito rin ang sistema na ginagamit sa ibang bansa, tulad ng sa Estados Unidos. (Kabayan Weekly Ph News Bureau)

Embahada ng Pinas sa Brunei ipinagmalaki

Makikita sa larawan ito ang Philippine Embassy sa Brunei Darussalam, ang malawak na Chancery doon. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

MANILA – Ipinagmalaki ng Philippine Embassy sa Brunei Darussalam ang bago nitong Chancery na siyang nagsisilbing tanggapan ng bansa doon. Halos karamihan sa arkitekto ng Chancery ay makabago, ngunit Pinoy na Pinoy ang dating at ecofriendly umano. Gawa ito ng tanyag na Palafox Associates at berde ang arkitektura nito. Maraming mga panig ng gusali ang may natural lights at wind tower, bukod pa ang natatanging courtyard at mga taniman na tunay nga na makapagbibigay ng kakaibang ambience sa sinumang makakita nito. “The building uses natural light, a wind tower, and a courtyard to enhance ventilation and heat management; the lush vegetation in the “green” walls, “green” roof, and planter boxes enables the building to blend with Brunei’s natural landscape and provides the Chancery’s occupants and guests with a sense of oneness with mother nature,” pahayag pa ng embahada na pinamumunuan ni Ambassador Nestor Ochoa. Nitong Hunyo lamang ay nasa Brunei si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III at pinangunahan nito ang unveiling ng commemorative marker at inagurasyon ng Chancery na matatagpuan sa Jalan Kebangsaan sa Bandar Seri Begawan. Kabilang sa mga dumalo sa inagurasyon ay sina Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Trade

and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., Brunei Minister of Health and Minister-inAttendance Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohammed Yusof, at Brunei Min-

istry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Permanent Secretary at Chief of Protocol Dato Paduka Haji Mohammed Nor bin Haji Jeludin. Ang Chancery, ayon sa embahada, ay nagsisimbulo ng magandang relasyon ng Pilipinas sa Brunei na kung saan ay maraming rin mga overseas Filipino workers doon. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

QUIT SMOKING Non-smokers living with smokers have a 35% increased risk of getting lung cancer compared to non-smokers living with fellow non-smokers. Smokers’ children are more likely to get bronchitis, pneumonia, and other chest infections, especially in their first year of life. Chronic cough and phlegm are also more frequent among children of parents who smoke. In the workplace, chronic exposure to tobacco smoke reduces airway function to the same degree as smoking one to ten cigarettes a day.

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USAPING ISLAM ANG PAGPAPATAWAD AT ANG PAGPAPAWALANG-SALA Naiulat mula kay Aisah (Raa), Katotohanan, siya ay nagturan: “Hindi pinapili ang Sugo ng Allah (PBUH) sa dalawang bagay kundi ang kanyang kinuha ay ang pinaka-madali sa mga ito, kung di naman ito naging kasalanan, at kung ito’y naging kasalanan, siya ang higit na naglalayo rito sa Sangkatauhan. At hindi naghiganti ang Sugo ng Allah (PBUH) para sa kanyang sarili, maliban kung ang nilalapastanganan ay ang karapatan ng Allah, magkagayon siya ay naghihiganti dahil dito para sa Allah). Isinalaysay ni Al Bukhari. Ang pangkalahatang kahulugan: Sa naturang Hadith ay isang patunay sa kaluwagan at pagpapatawad ng Islam , At isang patunay na hindi pinapili ang Propeta (PBUH) sa dalawang bagay mula sa mga karangyahan ng Mundo, kundi kanyang kinuha ang pinakamadali rito, at iyon ay kung ang pinakamadali ay hindi naghahatak sa kasalanan. dahil kung magkagayon ang kanyang pinipili ay ang Tumpak. At ang Propeta (PBUH) ay hindi naghihiganti para sa kanyang sarili, katulad ng pagpatawad niya sa isang arabong baduin na nagkamaling naitaas ang boses nito sa harap niya (PBUH). At sa isa na humila sa kanyang balabal hanggang sa nagmarka ito sa kanyang balikat. At ito ay nagpapatunay sa pagpapatawad, maliban sa mga karapatan ng Allah. Ang mga paalaala: 1-Pagpapahayag na ang Islam ay isang Pananampalatayang maluwag at mapagpatawad, kung iyon ay hindi naging isang kasalanan. 2-Ang pagpapatawad at ang pagpapawalang-sala ay isang dahilan ng pagkakalapit ng mga kalooban at pagkakapatiran sa pagitan ng mga Muslim. 3-Ang paggaya sa Sugo (PBUH) sa kanyang pagpapatawad, pagpapawalangsala at sa kanyang pagkatatag. 4-Ang Muslim na nagpapatawad at nagpapawalang-sala ay nagtatamo ng isang dakilang gantimpala mula sa Allah. 5-Ang pagpapatawad at pagpapawalang-sala ay nagaganap sa mga karapatang personal, at hindi sa mga karapatan ng Allah. 6-Ang pagpapatawad at pagpapawalang-sala ay hindi bahagi ng kahinaan o kawalan ng kakayahan, bagkus ito ay bilang pagmimithi sa gantimpala. 7-Ang pag-imik sa masasamang mga gawain ay hindi napaloloob sa pagpapatawad at pagpapawalang-sala.

ANG NAIDUDULOT NA BAKAS NG MGA KAIBIGAN SA TAO. Naiulat mula kay Abi Musa Al-Ashariy (Raa), siya ay nagsabi: “Sinabi ng Sugo ng Allah (PBUH): [Ang tanging halimbawa ng mabuting kaibigan at masama ay tulad ng nagdadala ng Musk at ng nag-iihip ng pugon. Samakatuwid ang nagdadala ng Musk, maaring mabibigyan ka niya, o maaring mapagbibintahan ka niya nito, o maaring makakatagpo ka sa kanya ng hangin na humahalimuyak. Samantalang ang nag-iihip ng pugon, maaring susunugin nito ang iyong mga damit, o maaring makakatagpo ka ng masamang hangin). Isinalaysay ni Al Bukhari. Ang nag-ulat ng Hadith: Siya si Abu Musa Abdullah bin Qais bin Muslim Al Ash-ariy, isang tanyag na Sahaba, siya nanungkulan bilang tagapamahala sa bansang Kuwfah, at siya ay namatay noong ika-50 taon sa Hijriy.(Raa) Ang pangkalahatang kahulugan: Sa naturang Hadith isang patunay na ang pakikipaghalubilo sa mga mabubuting tao at sa mga may mararangal na kaugalian ay may magandang naiidulot na bakas sa kaligayahan ng tao. at ang bawat magkaparis, sa uri ng kaparis ay siyang natutularan. At ang kasalungat non ay ang pakikipaghalubilo sa mga Walang-dangal, at ang mga masasama ay naghahatid sa pagiging masama ng tao. At tunay na ang Sugo (PBUH) ay nagbigay ng dalawang maliwanag na halimbawa upang maipaliwanag iyon. Ang mga paalaala: 1-Ang pagpapahalaga ng Islam sa pagpapaalaala sa mga kabataaan nito na makihalubilo sa mga mabubuting tao. 2-Ang tao ay nahihikayat sa kanyang kaibigan, maging sa kabutihan o kasamaan. 3-Ang maging masigasig sa pakikisama sa mga mabubuting kaibigan. 4-Ang ilan sa mga pakinabang ng pakikisama sa mga matutuwid, ang pagtulong sa kanila para sa tao sa kabutihan.at sa pagbabala sa kasamaan. 5-Ang Muslim ay sadyang umiiwas sa pakikipagkaibigan ng mga may masasamang asal, tulad ng pagtalikod sa Salah (pagdarasal) at paninigarilyo at bukod pa rito.

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Cancer-stricken Mom plea for help by selling T-shirt A mother of three in Sharjah diagnosed with cancer is desperately seeking help for an operation that could just turn her life around. Raymunda V. De Jesus, a Filipina housewife who moved to the UAE in 2000, said all was well until February 2009 when she suddenly developed severe constipation. Things worsened despite medication she said, adding that in April she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer when doctors found a malignant mass in her large intestine. “It has been a long battle ever since,” she said. Chemotherapy sessions Shuttling between four hospitals — Central Private Hospital in Sharjah, Gulf International Cancer Centre, Abu Dhabi and Rashid and Dubai Hospitals in Dubai — Raymunda said she has undergone a series of procedures, including 30 sessions of chemotherapy. Living with just a small intestine (as the large intestine has been removed), she said her liver has been affected too. Her husband, Leonilo Neil De Jesus, said: “She may have to undergo another operation to remove part of the liver which has lesions on both the left and right side. A positron emission tomography (PET) scan showed lesions in her upper stomach which have to be removed. Otherwise, they will create havoc.” Leonilo, who works at a maritime company in Sharjah, said his limited resources were insufficient to bear the prohibi-

Long battle: Raymunda V. De Jesus (right), with husband Leonilo Neil De Jesus, extreme left, and kids Nathaniel Louis, Lorraine Jasmine and Neil Lawrence, left to right, at her home in Sharjah. (Photo courtesy of Ahmed Ramzan/XPRESS)

tive cost of his wife’s treatment and take care of their three children. “We would be very grateful for any help that we can get,” he said. “I do the house chores myself and keep my spirits up for the sake of my family. My children

are very young, just 11, six and three,” said Raymunda. “The elder girl and boy go to school while my youngest son is at home with me,” she said. “I hope I will be able to get the operation done and be around for them,” she said.

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Usapang manggagawa Paano ako makakahanap ng trabaho sa Dubai? Maaari kang makahanap ng trabaho sa pamamagitan ng lihetimong ahensya. Ang mga kumpayang ito ay maaaring hanapin sa mga websites. Maari ring mag-apply sa mga ahensya na kabilang sa listahan ng POLO, Dubai, para maiwasan ang mga

illegal recruiters. Magkano ang sisingilin ng isang recruitment agency sa Dubai sa isang aplikante? Walang bayad ang isang aplikante. Ang sponsor o employer ang siyang magbabayad sa lahat ng gastusin. May karapatan ba ang isang dayuhang manggagawa na pum-

ili ng kanyang sariling tirahan? Opo. Ang isang dayuhang manggagawa ay may karapatang pumili ng kanyang sariling tirahan. Maaaring tumira sa tirahan ng kompanya o di kaya’y maghanap ng ibang matutuluyan na sagot din ng employer ang bayad. Maari bang magtrabaho mali-

ban sa amo o employer? Hindi po. Ang isang dayuhang manggagawa ay bawal magtrabaho sa di nila amo o employer, may bayad man o wala. Saan puwedeng humingi ng tulong ang isang dayuhang manggagawang Filipino kung sakaling may problema sa trabaho? Ang isang manggagawang

Filipino maaari dumulog sa tanggapan ng Philipine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)Overseas Workers Welfare Administration(OWWA), Dubai, sa Villa 27, 14A Street, Community 132, Al Wuheida, Deira. Tel. No. 04- 2667745. Source: www.polo-owwadubai. net

OEC REQUIREMENT FOR VACATIONING OFWs The Labor Office of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai reminds Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs), who are vacationing in the Philippines and returning to the same employer in the UAE, to secure a POEA travel exit clearance in order to be allowed to leave the Philippines. This advisory is issued amidst reports that a number of OFWs going back to the UAE experienced problems at the Philippine Airport during the exit procedures, with some being offloaded when they failed to present their employment contract verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office. Philippine Labor Attaché Amilbahar B. Amilasan reiterates that the POEA travel exit clearance or Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), is part of the registration of workerson-leave (i.e. entering in the official records of POEA) prescribed by Section 5, Rule III, Part III of the 2002 POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers. Aside from the OEC, departing OFWs must also present valid original passport and valid residence visa or work permit at the Philippine Airport Immigration. Those vacationing OFWs who initially left the Philippines with visit visa, therefore “undocumented” (i.e. no record in POEA), and later gained employment in the UAE may be required to present other documents to the Philippine Airport Immigration, such as POLOverified employment contract, labor card, company license

and a letter from the HR Department attesting to the employment of the OFW. The demand for other supporting documents is warranted by Republic Act 8042 (The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995), as amended by Republic Act 10022 which requires OFWs to be documented. It should also be appreciated in line with the efforts of the Philippine government to curb trafficking in persons pursuant to RA 9208 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 The OEC,

which has a validity of 60 days, can be obtained from POEA’s Head Office, regional centers, satellite units, and deputized OWWA offices, as well as Philippine Overseas Labor Offices in various Philippines Embassies and Consulates. POEA has already opened its One-Way Delivery System (Dropbox) at the Balik-Manggagawa Processing Division in POEA, and On-Line Application (www.oecdelivery. com.ph) as convenient and timesaving ways for OEC issuance.

OFWs in Dubai and the Northern Emirates who prefer to get the OEC from POLO-OWWA in Al Wuheida, Deira must meet the following requirements: 1. Personal appearance of OFW-applicant; 2. Original passport and stamped visa; 3. Accomplished information sheet (available in POLO-OWWA and from the website: www.polo-

owwadubai.net); 4. PAG-IBIG Membership for a minimum of AED10.00 (man datory coverage per RA 9679 or the Home Development Mutual Fund Law which took effect on 27 August 2009); 5. OWWA Membership for AED92.00 (payment valid per contract duration at a maximum of 2 years); 6. OEC Processing fee of AED10.00; 7. For Household Service Workers, in addition to the above: Immigration Contract stating a monthly salary of at least US$400 (the Philippine minimum requirement) or its equivalent of AE 1,500, to be verified by POLO for AED40.00. This will also be presented at the Philippine Airport Immigration Undertaking and Information Sheet signed by the Sponsor (available from the website) - Copy of the sponsor’s passport and residence visa Labor Attaché Amilasan also informs OFWs that the POEA has restored the validation of the exit clearance at the Labor Assistance Counter (LAC) in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals starting March 1, 2011. The OEC serves as exit pass, as an exemption certificate from payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee, and as a worker’s guarantee that he is covered by government protection and benefits.

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Insta-regalo para sa Araw ng mga Ama Maligayang bati sa lahat ng mga kabayang tatay na, ngayong Araw ng mga Ama! Ngayong taong 2011, pumapatak ang masayang araw na ito sa ika-19 ng Hunyo. At kung hindi pa kayo nakakabili ng regalo, ito ang ilan sa mga suhestiyon naming upang mapasaya ninyo ang inyong selebrasyon: Sony Ericcson Mix Walkman Huwag hayaang mahuli si itay sa texting at social networking mania. Sa pamamagitan ng Sony Ericsson Txt Pro na mayroong 3�-screen at full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, mas madali niyang mate-text ang buong pamilya. Maaari rin siyang magdagdag ng limang pamilya o kaibigan upang makita agad ang kanilang updates sa mga social networking sites tulad ng Facebook at Twitter. Canon Legria HF R 26 Para naman sa mga tatay na mahilig magvideo ng mga lakad ng pamilya, magandang regalo ang Canon Legria HF R 26. Mapapadali at mapapasaya nito ang pagvi-video dahil maaari silang maglagay ng mga animation at iba pang personal na desenyo para gawing espesyal ang inyong likhang video. Zegna Aviator sunglasses Super pogi points ang Zegna

Aviator model na ito na mayroong metal frame at overlaid lenses. Mayroong golden shades with brown lenses, palladium na may smoke lenses, gun metal na may green lenses, at blue with smoke lenses. Giordano GCool Shorts Sa init ngayon, tiyak na magugustusan niya nag maaliwalas na G-Cool fibre ng Giordano na maaliwalas isuot kahit nasa initan ka at sobrang pinapawisan.

Kikay kit Aqua Liner Mainit? Nagpapawis? O may gimik sa beach? Kahit ano pa man ang situation, beauty pa rin ang projection mo sa bagong high precision waterproof liquid eyeliner ng Make Up Forever. Inspired mula sa Miami Fashion Week,

ang asul na liner ang isa sa tiyak na mauuso ngayong tag-init. Madaling gamitin ang kahit alin sa 15 kulay na maaaring mabili sa 3 finish: Matte, Iridescent o Diamond. Pro Tip: For best results, remember to shake Aqua Liner up and down before each use. Hold the

cap like a brush and trace the line, starting from the middle of the eyelid and moving towards the outer corner of the eye. Finish by starting at the middle of the eyelid and working towards the inner corner, making the line thinner as you go along.

Mala-sutlang kutis Dahil sa sobrang init, at sa pagbabago ng panahon, madalas ang balat natin ay natutuyo at nagaanimong walang buhay. Maaari itong iwasan sa pamamagitan ng tamang pagkalinga sa balat gamit ang mga tamang kagamitan. Para sa makinis

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113th Philippine Independence Day E v e n i n g

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Sa ilalim ng dagat ng Maldives

Isa si Red Vargas, ang chairperson ng Filipino Scuba Divers Club (FSDC), sa 27-kataong pangkat na tumungo sa Maldives mula ika-3 hanggang ika-8 ng Hunyo upang tuklasin ang kagandang alay ng karagatan dito. Ang pambihirang karanasan na ito ay bahagi ng taunang aktibidades ng FSDC upang tuklasin ang ibat-ibang kagandahan sa ilalim ng dagat ng ibang bansa. Noong mga nakaraang taon, tumungo sila sa Ehipto, Indonesia, Pilipinas, India at Jordan. Ngayong taong ito, dahil sa masugid na pagsasaliksik ng dalawang miyembro ng FSDC, binuo nila ang plano upang pumunta sa Maldives. Tumungo sila sa isang maliit na isla na napapalibutan ng pinong-pino at puting-puting buhangin na tinawag na Embudu Village. At sa loob ng limang araw ay nilubos ng grupo ang pagkakataon upang sulitin ang walong planadong pagsisid. Nagdagdag pa ang grupo ng dalawang sisid na sinamahan din ni Red. “Iba’t-ibang lugar ang dive namin doon, merong sa gabi, meron sa araw. Sa isa sa mga dive namin, nakalangoy kami kasami ng maraming mga pating, mga black tipped at white tipped. Sa ibang lugar naman, marami kaming nakitang ibat-ibang corals, mga angel fish, clown fish, nudibranch o sea slug na makukulay, at mga Napoleon fish. May mga corals din na doon ko lang nakita, mayroon pa ngang reef na binansagang Potato reef dahil mukha itong isang higanteng patatas,” bahagi ni Red. Ang bakasyong ito ay isa sa mga pinakaiintay ng mga miyembro ng group at lubos nilang pinaghahandaan. Noong huling gabi nila sa isla, bilang bahagi ng kanilang tradisyon, sila ay nagtipon-tipon at nagbahagi ng kanilang magagandang karanasan. Marami ang nagpasalamat sa gumawa ng plano para sa biyahe nilang iyon. “It’s a good opportunity to travel and in finding good deals like this,” wika ng mga kasama ni Red, maging ang tatlong associate members ng FSDC, na hindi Pilipino. Masaya, maganda at makulay, iyan ang biyahe ng FSDC sa Maldives. Isang karanasang layon nilang higitan sa susunod na taon, sa susunod na pang-internasyunal na sisid ng grupo. Para sa mga interesadong matutong mag-dive o maging miyembro ng FSDC, kontakin lamang si Michelle Cantillana sa +971555943691 o mag-email sa mitchcantillana@gmail. com. (Mga litrato kuha ni Red Vargas)

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Destination Philippines: Vigan

Text and photos by Kabayan Ria Mendoza

Most of us know Vigan as a very good example of the more than 300 years of Spanish occupation. It shows the characteristic layout of a Spanish town with the plaza in the center, immediately surrounded by the municipal hall, the church, the schools, prominent residents’ homes and everything else shooting from it, that we Filipinos learn as schoolchildren. It is so well preserved and picturesque, especially with its cobblestone streets, that it is one of the favorite destinations for Philippine tourism.

VIGAN AT NIGHT Be transported to a different era once the night lights turn on.

BURNAY PHOTOS Vigan is also the source of the lovely burnay (jars) made from grade A clay found in the province.

BANTAY BELFRY Seems familiar? The Bantay Belfry was also used in the late Fernando Poe Jr.’s movie “Panday”. CRISOLOGO MUSEUM A visit to the Museum Crisologo Memorabilia gives you a crash course on recent Vigan history. However, what many may not know is that Vigan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, not only for being the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia but also because it is one of the best examples of various cultures – including that of China, Europe and of course indigenous Filipino characteristics – mixing together to make a unique combination that is unparalled in our corner of the world. The architecture of the buildings here reflects our own na-

tive roots fusing with Asian building design and European colonial architecture and planning. This makes Vigan a city that is best explored on foot, so you better pack those comfortable sneakers or flip flops along. Old wooden doors lead to cozy cafes or curio shops filled with a collector’s dream from your tourist staple of refrigerator magnets to invaluable finds such as antique wooden carvings and lovely Ilocos woven cloth. Fun as it may be to just walk about

town for the duration of the stay, I cannot in all honestly, neglect to recommend missing out on the unique experience of seeing the whole city riding in a horse-draw carriage, locally known as calesa. You can easily hire one at the plaza or town center and they will package in the standard city tour covering the bestknown tourist stops. One of these is the burnay-making workshops. The art of burnay-making or jar-making, is a thriving industry that grew in the area because they

have an abundant source of grade A clay used for pottery making. Originally brought in by pre-colonial Chinese traders that settled in the province, it is quite a sight to see the current burnay makers gently guiding a hunk of clay into a beautiful and sturdy jar that is much sought after by both tourists and regular buyers. Another cool stop is the Museum Crisologo Memorabilia where history will come alive for you despite the dusty and ancient relics. Almost

every item here were owned by the congressman and clan patriarch Floro S. Crisologo, whose family created and maintains the museum, to keep his memory and legacy alive. For a man who established the city’s Social Security System and was authoring a bill to abolish the death penalty, he had enemies unknown. Shot in cold blood inside a cathedral, his family decided not to pursue revenge and instead keep his good work alive through the museum. Even the faded out Chevy that was carrying his wife, who at the time was pregnant and serving as the governor of the province when she was ambushed, and thankfully survived the attack, is there for everybody to see. After that, hop on your calesa, clear your head with the fresh air, and take in a different view of the city by climbing up the Bantay Belfry. Built in 1951 to spot enemies from afar, this warmly-hued towering structure, now makes a genteel reminder of history long passed. It sits on top of a hill and makes a quiet statement of old grace. And yes, if you are a fan of the legendary Philippine action hero Fernando Po Jr., this is one of the historical settings of his fantasy movie ‘Panday’. Before the tour of Vigan ends, do not, by all means forget to drop by the Vigan Public Market. Try to get there in the early morning just in time for the regular clients coming in so that you can see the whole place buzzing with activity. You can buy Ilokano favorites from the different stalls here like Bagnit, cassava cake, longganisa (sausages) to souvenir items like hand-woven baskets, Ilocano woven cloth and carvings that will make great gifts or pasalubongs. How to get there: You can take a seven-hour bus ride to Vigan from Manila or alternatively, you can hop on a plane to Laoag International Airport which is about 80 kilometers away. Vigan will be another 1 ½ hours commute. Helpful tips: Drop by the Provincial Tourist Information Center near Plaza Burgos first to get maps and other helpful information that will make your stay more enjoyable.

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‘Goodbye, Facebook!’ KIDAPAWAN CITY – Goodbye na sa Facebook! Ito’y matapos na ipagbawal ng pamahalaan ng South Cotabato sa lahat ng empleyado nito na gumamit ng social networking site sa oras ng trabaho matapos na mapansin na marami ang nahuhumaling sa Facebook. Maging ang YouTube at mga online games, gayun rin ang mga malalaswang sites ay bawal na rin. Ipinag-utos ni South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy, Jr. ang pagbabawal sa Facebook dahil hindi umano natatapos ng mga empleyado ang kanilang gawain dahil babad sa social networking site ang mga ito. “It’s just proper to restrict our employees’ access to these sites since it may eventually hamper our overall productivity and slow down the capability of the province’s server,” ani Pingoy. Hindi naman nito ipinagbawal ang paggamit sa Internet, ngunit nagbabala na dapat umano ay ukol sa trabaho ang gawin ng mga empleyado kung sila’y gagamit nito. Halos lahat ng tanggapan at departamento ng pamahalaan panlalawigan ay may Internet connection, ngunit hindi naman mabatid kung bakit walang aksyon ang mga department head o supervisor nito. Inireklamo pa ni Pingoy na sa sobrang dami ng gumagamit ng Internet ay bumagal na umano ang bilis nito. Nabatid na 100 megabytes per second lamang ang ibinabatong speed ng Internet. Matagal ng ipinagbabawal ang mga social networking sites at iba pa sa mga ibat-ibang pamahalaan ng lungsod at lalawigan sa bansa dahil sagabal ito sa trabaho ng mga empleyado na ang dapat pinagsisilbihan ay ang mamamayan. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau) 2 OFWs nakulong sa Qatar dahil sa pagsasama ng di kasal Dalawang overseas Filipino workers na nakulong sa Qatar ang humihingi ng tulong sa pamahalaang Aquino upang makabalik sila ng bansa matapos na dakpin sa Doha ng mahuling nagsasama sa isang bubong. Hindi umano kasal sina Mario Pacinio, na tubong-Cebu; at nobyang si Rosalina Penera, na taga-lungsod ng San Juan naman. Nabatid pang buntis ngayon ng limang buwan ang babae kung kaya’t nagsusumamo ang dalawa sa pamahalaan na sagipin sila sa Qatar.

Mahigit na ipinagbabawal hindi lamang sa Qatar, kundi maging sa mga bansa sa Middle East, ang pagsasampa ng isang lalaki at babae ng hindi kasal dahil labag ito sa Islam. Hindi naman agad mabatid kung paanong nagkakilala ang dalawa at kung ano ang kanilang mga trabaho doon. Hindi lamang sa Qatar ito nangyayari at maging sa Saudi at ibang bahagi ng Middle East ay marami na rin mga OFWs ang nagkaraoon ng relasyon at sikretong nagsasama. May mga kaso pa nga na parehong may-asawa sa Pilipinas ang mga nagkakaroon ng relasyon sa abroad at hanggang sa pagbalik sa sariling bayan ay tuloy pa rin ang kanilang kataksilan. Walang pahayag ang embahada ng bansa sa Qatar ukol sa problema nina Mario at Rosalinda. Ngunit nabatid na nagpakasal na umano ang dalawa sa embahada, ngunit tuloy pa rin ang kanilang kaso. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau) Butanding kinatay MALAKI ang naging panghihinayang ng pamahalaan ng lalawigan ng Antique matapos na mabalitaanang isang butanding o whale shark ang pinatay diumano ng mga mangingisda matapos itong mahuli sa karagatan ng bayan ng Laua-an. Natagpuan ang butanding na tinatayang mahigit isang taon lamang ang edad na may mga sugat sa katawan at hinihinalang sinibat o tinaga ito upang ma-karne kamakailan lamang. Pinutol pa umano ang buntot ng butanding sa akalang maibebenta ito ng tulad sa mga fins ng pating. Agad naman inaksyunan ng mga opisyal ng bayan ang pagpatay sa butanding at isang imbestigasyon ang pinatawag nito matapos na lumabas sa telebisyon nitong Hunyo 6 ang balita na ikinagulat rin ng marami. Ang butanding ay isang protected species at mahigit na ipinagbabawal ng batas ang paghuli, pagpatay sa nasabing uri ng pating. May kaukulang parusa ang mga mahuhuling pumatay sa butanding at apat na taon ito sa bilangguan at may P10,000 multa pa. Sinabi naman ni Lauan-an Mayor Aber Baladiay na nabatid na nila ang may-ari ng bangka na nagdala sa butanding at sasampahan umano ito ng kaso kung hindi ibubunyag ang nasa likod ng pamamaslang

nito. Nuong nakaraang taon ay isang butanding rin ang kinatay sa Batangas at dahil dito ay naglabas ng kautusan si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III na pagtibayin ang proteksyon sa kanila. Kinondena rin ng World Wildlife Fund ang pagpatay sa butanding na pangunahing atraksyon sa bansa, partikular sa bayan ng Donsol sa Sorsogon na kung saan ay madalas itong makita doon. Ang butanding o Rhincodon typus ang pinakamalaking fish species sa mundo at naitala ang pinakamahaba nito sa mahigit 40 talampakan at ang pinakamabigat naman ay halos 36 na tonelada. Batik-batik ang katawan nito ay may malaking bunganga na siyang sumasala sa mga plankton at iba pa na nagsisilbing pagkain nito. Ang haba ng buhay nito ay tinatayang nasa 70 taon at halos 60 milyon na itong nasa daigdig ng karagatan. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau) Pinas walang labor attaché sa Saudi?

LUMALALA na umano ang sitwasyon ng mga overseas Filipino workers (OFW) sa Saudi Arabia dahil mahigit sa dalawang linggo na umanong walang labor attaché ang Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) sa Al-Khobar. Ibinunyag ni John Leonard Monterona, ang regional coordinator ng grupong Migrante-Middle East, na inilipat umano ng Labor Secy. Rosalinda Baldoz ang labor attaché ng Al-Khobar na si David Des Dicang sa Kuwait. Sinibak umano sa puwesto ang dating labor attaché doon dahil sa ibat-ibang reklamo ng mga OFWs. Nakausap rin mismo ni Monterona si Dicang at hindi rin alam nito kung sino ang papalit sa kanya sa Saudi Arabia at tambak na umano ang maraming kaso sa POLO dahil walang labor attaché doon sa kasalukuyan. “There is no labor attaché in AlKhobar amid the numerous labor cases and request for assistance to the POLO-Eastern region,” ani Monterona sa pahayag nito sa Kabayan Weekly. Wala rin umanong dumating ni

isa mula sa POLO sa pulong na isinagawa ng Migrante at Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sa Al-Khobar. “Several labor cases such as contract substitution, salary down-grading, illegal salary deductions to illegal termination and non-issuance of exit clearance have been discussed without the presence of a labor attaché, who usually is giving direction and guidance being head of the POLO,” wika pa ni Monterona. Nakausap rin umano nito ang isang distressed OFW na si Julius Tormis at iba pa na walang tumulong sa kanila sa isinagawang hearing sa mga kaso dahil sa kawalan ng labor attaché. Nanawagan naman kay Baldoz ang maraming mga OFWs sa Saudi at gayun rin ng Migrante na maglagay agad ng labor attaché sa AlKhobar upang maasikaso na ang mga Pinoy sa eastern region ng Saudi Arabia. Tinatayang mahigit sa 350,000 OFWs ang nasa eastern region, kabilang na ang Al-Khobar at Dammam. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

Ito si Ompo Lumad na umano’y 120 anyos na at ayon sa kanyang asawa ay tanging kamote, saging at gulay lamang ang pagkain ng mag-asawa na nakatira lamang sa isang kubol sa paanan ng Mount Kampili sa bayan ng Many sa Davao Oriental sa Mindanao. (Kuha ni Diego Tan)

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Butihing anak, ina at empleyado Sa panulat ni Henri Abenis-Macahilo

NANG makapagtapos ng kursong Bachelor of Science in Nursing sa Far Eastern University sa Manila noong 1992, nagsumikap si Ms Nemia na marating ang Estados Unidos, ang destinasyon ng mga nurses na kagaya niya, kung kaya’t agad itong namasukan sa isang ospital upang magtamo ng sapat na karanasan sa kanyang propesyon. Pinasok din niya ang pagseserbisyo publiko nang siya ay mamasukan naman bilang Public Health Nurse. Sa pagnanais na makapagtapos ng pag-aaral ang kayang mga anak, at dala na rin ng kawalan ng sapat na pondo, isinantabi ni Ms Nemia ang pangarap na makapunta sa Estados Unidos, at sa halip ay tumungo siya sa Dubai upang makipagsapalaran. Dumating siya sa dito ng Hulyo 8, 2008 at ni minsan ay hindi siya nagsayang ng panahon at kaagad itong naghanap ng mapapasukan. Ayon sa kanyang bilang umabot marahil sa isang libo ang napagawa niyang kopya ng kanyang CV na ipinamigay niya sa mga mga kumpanya sa buong UAE. Nagtagumpay naman siya sa kanyang

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Problema sa passport...

Nag-isyu ng advisory ang POEA nitong Hunyo 10 na kung sino mang OFWs na may hawak o nabigyan ng e-receipts na may serial number mula 5059001 hanggang 5060000 ay ipagbigay alam agad ito sa Office of the Director Licensing and Regulation Office ng POEA na may tanggapan sa 4/F BFO Bldg., EDSA-Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, o tumawag sa Telepono bilang (02) 727-7772 o kaya ay mag-email sa affymeldizoncpa@yahoo.com. Pinaalalahanan rin ng POEA na ang mga pekeng e-receipts ay nasa watch list ng Bureau of Immigration at iba pang mga ahensya sa mga airport sa buong bansa. Sinabi pa ni Cao na upang makaiwas sa abala at perwisyo ang mga paalis na OFW ay dapat siguraduhing maigi na hindi peke ang kanilang e-receipts at makipagugnayan muna sa POEA upang makasiguro. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

imprenta ng passports. “The instant effect of the mainframe program glitch is obviously a delay in the printing of passport booklets aside from the inconvenience to passport applicants. But more than this, the terms and conditions of the contract must be revisited as there maybe corresponding penalty imposed to the contractor in cases it hampered the production of passport booklets, resulting to failure to deliver its commitment,” ani John Leonard Monterona, ang regional coordinator ng MigranteMiddle East. Marami na ang nagrereklamo sa tagal ng releasing ng mga passports at malaking epekto umano ito sa mga nais na magtrabaho sa ibang bansa. At sa kabila nito ay patuloy naman ang processing ng mga passports sa DFA at patong-patong na rin ang problema sapagkat madadagdagan na naman ito sa mahabang

paghihintay ng mga aplikante ng passports. “With an increase schedule of rates in getting passport as implemented by the DFA last year, the public is expecting better services such as fast and prompt application process and releases of passports,” wika pa ni Monterona. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

UN expert lauds... tential source of international crises. Cheung also pointed out that there are many challenges confronting world countries in the implementation of their development policies, such as drawing appropriate plans to secure national interests in the face of globalization, as the success of every country in the managing globalization and addressing the intense competition is a major determinant for the future of that country. “In this regard, countries need to work on increasing efficiency and

estratehiya at kaagad siyang natanggap bilang isang home nursing services bilang staff nurse. Namasukan naman siya bilang school nurse sa isang pribadong paaralan sa Mirdif, sa Dubai, bago siya naging assistant manager ng Al Hilal Private Nursing and Medical Services. Ngunit bago pa man niya naabot ang kanyang kasalukuyang posisyon, naranasan din niya ang magkaroon ng kakaibang trabaho gaya ng maging yaya ng dalawang bata, habang hinihintay ang tawag mula sa mga kumpanyang pinag-aplayan. Dinanas din niya ang magpabalik-balik sa Kish island para sa visa changes. Ang mga karanasang ito ang nating inspirasyon niya upang mas lalong magpursiging hanapin ang trabahong angkop sa kanyang propesyon. Sa kanyang kasalukuyang posisyon bilang isang assistant manager, kung saan nakakasalamuha niya ang mga bagong salta at mga batang nurses. Nagiging taga-gabay siya ng mga ito, isang kaibigang tagapagbigay payo at direksiyon; isang huwarang lider na nagpa-

pakita ng magandang halimbawa sa mga kapwa niya nurses. Dahil mag-isang nakikipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa, tanging kaligayahan na lamang ni Ms Nemia ang magpadala sa mga naiwang anak sa Pilipinas, ng mga cargo boxes na naglalaman ng mga samu’t saring produktong alam niyang makakapagpasaya sa mga ito. Masaya na rin siya kapag naririnig niya ang mga boses ng kanyang mga anak, na siya niyang lubos na pinagmamalaki. Ang boses naman ng kanyang pinakamamahal na ama ang nagbibigay sa kanya ng katatagan ng loob, sa panahon ng kanyang pangungulila. Nagpapalakas din ng kanyang loob ang suporta at pagmamahal na ipinapakita sa kanya ng kanyang mga kasamahan sa trabaho. Bilang manager, pinapayuhan niya ang mga ito na laging maging tapat sa kanilang trabaho. Kamakailan lamang, nagpasya siyang maging parte ng Kabayan Weekly editorial team, dahil nais din niyang ibahagi ang kanyang kaalaman sa kanyang propesyon at sa larangan ng kalusugan,

encourage innovation and creativity. Developing nations have shown stronger indicators of success in overcoming the crisis,” he added. The key drivers of sustainable development in a turbulent world, Cheung emphasized, is the need for responsive, unified and smart governments and calling for re-examination of the government role, with government intervention being seen as necessary as in risk and crisis management. He also stressed the need to enhance the resilience of the domestic economy, nurture new economic engines and build strong institutions and infrastructures. Cheung also pointed out that the GDP is not a sufficient indicator of as a measure of economic well-being, adding that the United Nations looks prefers to look at the indicators of income and consumption rather than production in measuring the levels of well-being. Moreover, he explained the role of

official statistics as the source of strategic information for decision-making and an aid in rapid assessment of sectoral performance, forecasting and early warning, monitoring of risks and vulnerabilities, including the risks and contingencies associated with computers. Cheung added that credibility of center require the availability of certain basic criteria, such as independence, trustworthiness, accountability and transparency and statistical soundness and accessibility, stressing the need for an institutional framework for the collection and dissemination of data, in addition to the coordination of statistical activities in the country to minimize duplication in the collection of statistics. “Critical Developments in Official Statistics” is part of a series of specialized lectures in statistics, in the context of SCAD’s strategic initiative for promotion of statistical aware-

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Chikkang Artista

Miley Cyrus

Nag concert sa Pinas

Workaholic Selena

Naospital ang sikat na disiotso anyos na artistang si Selena Gomez dahil sa high blood pressure at sobrang pagod sa pag-promote ng kaniyang bagong pelikula na “Monte Carlo” at ng bago niyang single. At siyempre pa, kailangan din niyang harapin ang ang mga fans na may Bieber fever lalo na’t ang pagbisita ni Justin Bieber ang isa sa mga nagparamdam sa kaniya ng ginhawa! Dahil sa wake-up call na ito nang nakaraang lingo, inamin ng aktres ng kailangan niyang alagaan ng mas mabuti ang sarili. Tiyak na kikiligin ang mga kabataan sa mala “The Prince and the Pauper” na kwento ni Selena Gomez sa “Monte Carlo”. Dito, nagbakasyon siya, kasama ang dalawang kaibigan sa Paris, ngunit hindi maganda ang naging takbo ng kanilang pamamasyal. Para aliwin ang mga sarili, nagpasya silang pumasok sa isang mamahaling hotel. Sa laking gulat nila, napagkamalan si Selenang isang mayaman at sikat na heredera. Sa isang iglap, lahat ng kayaman at ginhawa sa buhay ay natanggap nila – magagarang kausotan, mamahaling gamit, magagandang tirahan, at isang biyahe papuntang Monte Carlo. Ngunit ano na lamang ang mangyayari kung matuklasan ang kanilang totoong pagkatao?

Movie corner:

Hollywood Singer-Actress Miley Cyus (Photo courtesy of Starpulse.com)

MANILA – Dumating sa Pilipinas ang American teen pop star na si Miley Cyrus para sa isang one-night concert doon. Dumating sa bansa gabi ng Hunyo 14 si Miley na mas kilala sa bansa bilang “Hannah Montana,” ng Disney Channel sitcom, at kasama ang buong crew nito at back-up singers, gayun rin ang dalawang bodyguards. Galing umano ito sa Incheon, South Korea at sakay ng Asiana Airlines flight OZ703 na lumapag nang dakong 11:30 n.g. sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Pinagkaguluhan sa airport ng kanyang mga fans si Miley at todongiti naman ito habang naglalakad patungo sa kanyang sasakyan. Ang 19-anyos na si Miley ay nagtanghal sa gabi ng Hunyo 17 sa SM Mall of Asia sa Parañaque City. Naging panauhin din si Miley sa popular na noontime show na East

Bulaga sa GMA Channel 7. Nakasuot ito ng mini-skirt at 5-pulgadang high-heeled shoes at nakapanayam pa nina television hosts Pia Guanio at Pauleen Luna. Hindi kumanta si Miley sa Eat Bulaga at dahan-dahang kung lumakad dahil sa napakataas na takong ng kanyang sapatos. Si Miley, na anak ng popular na US country music star na si Billy Ray Cyrus, ay sumikat bilang bida sa hit series na Hannah Montana. Nakapaglabas na rin ito ng tatlong music albums at nag concert tour sa iba’t-ibang bansa. Nanalo rin ito ng 59 entertainment awards at co-designer pa ng exclusive teen fashion line ng Azria para sa Wal-Mart. Ang concert niya sa bansa ay ang tangi nito sa Asya at bahagi ng international Gypsy Heart Tour. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

Super Thriller Movie Is HereSuper 8! With good reviews from those who have seen the movie preview, Super 8 will surely be a hit in the UAE. This movie is a combination of mystery, science fiction, and thriller combined to create an interesting storyline. Super 8, directed by J.J. Adams starring Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, and Kyle Chandler, is about a group of friends who started noticing strange happenings they witnessed a mysterious train crash in 1979. With their aroused curiosity, they began investigating into the creepy phenomenon leading them to uncover truth that is more terrifying than any of them have imagined. Win two regular tickets “Super 8” by emailing your name and number to competition@kabayanweekly.com.

Actor-Director Ricky Rivero ligtas na sa peligro

Ang larawan ni actor-director Ricky Rivero, 39, mula sa kanyang Facebook account na kung saan ay nakilala nito si Hans Ivan Ruiz, 22, na siya umanong sumaksak sa kanya. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

MANILA - Case closed! Ito ang naging tugon ng pulisya matapos na masampahan ng kasong kriminal ang isang lalaki na itinuturong nasa likod ng pananaksak at tangkang pagpatay sa actor-director na si Ricky Rivero. Ligtas na umano ito sa peligro. Si Rivero, 39, na dating alaga ni Kuya German o German Moreno sa tunay na buhay ay himalang nakaligtas sa tiyak na kamatayan matapos itong saksakin ng 17 beses ni Hans Ivan Ruiz, 22, nitong Hunyo 13 lamang. Nadakip rin ng pulisya si Ruiz at base sa inisyal na ulat ay nakaw ang motibo ng krimen dahil nabawi rin sa akusado ang mga tinangay nitong gamit mula sa apartment ng director. Nakilala lamang umano ng director si Ruiz sa social networking site na Facebook at naging mag-

kaibigan. At bandang huli ay nakitulog umano ito sa apartment ni Rivero sa Masikap St., V. Luna na sakop naman ng Barangay Piñahan sa Quezon City na kung saan naganap ang krimen. Sinabi pa ni Rivero na inundayan siya ng saksak ng kaibigan matapos na pigilin nito ang pagnanakaw. Nagawa pa ni Rivero na dalhin ang sarili sa pagamutan at humingi ng saklolo. Nadakip si Ruiz matapos na bumalik ito sa apartment upang linisin ang mga bakas ng dugo doon. Itinanggi umano ni Ruiz ang krimen. Ayon sa Quezon City police ay sarado na ang kaso matapos na positibong kilalanin ni Rivero si Ruiz na umano’y siyang sumaksak sa kanya. Si Rivero ang isa sa mga director ng “Mula sa Puso” ng ABSCBN. (Kabayan Weekly Ph News Bureau)

Top Movies (June 2-8) It’s the week for sequels as we tally the top 5 grossing films in the UAE: 1 Kung Fu Panda 2 2 X-men: First Class 3 Hangover 2 4 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 5 Fast Five

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Chikkang Artista

Si Jolina, ikakasal na!

Hindi mapigilan ang tears of joy ng stars at audience ng Party Pilipinas nang mag-announce ng engagement si Jolina Magdangal sa kanyang boyfriend na si Mark Escueta. Matapos magpasalamat mismo si Mark sa mga fans para sa kanilang patuloy na pag-support kay Jolens, tumahimik ang lahat para sa kanilang special announcement. Sabay ang pagtugtog ng romantic music nang inakbayan ni Mark si Jolina sa harap ng live studio audience. Kuwento ni Mark, “’Yung tunay na pag-ibig pala hindi lang nangyayari sa mga pelikula kaya sa unang pagkakataon gusto ko pong ipakilala sa inyo ang akin pong magiging butihing maybahay, ang tanging anghel na dumating sa buhay ko, at ang akin pong magiging asawa, si Jolina Magdangal.” Emosyonal rin si Jolina. “Sobrang hindi ko talaga akalain na may magmamahal sa akin ng ganito na walang judgement, walang anything. Akala ko mararanasan ko

lang ‘to tapos may sisigaw ng, ‘Cut... Okay, game tayo for taping.’ Pero ito totoo na at saka itong singsing na ito hindi na siya accessory, ‘di ba? So sobrang ano, sobrang saya ko.” Nagbloom ang relationship nina Jolina at ng drummer ng bandang Rivermaya noong 2009. Ayon sa dalawa, pinagusapan muna na nila na ipostpone ang kanilang announcement at tinago muna nila ito pati sa staff ng Party Pilipinas dahil sa kagustuhan ni Jolina na ibahagi ang news nang sabay-sabay sa kanyang fans. Nagexpress rin ng kanilang excitement para sa newly engaged couple ang mga matalik na showbiz friends ni Jolens na sina Kyla at Jaya. Ayon sa kanila, matagal na nilang hinihintay ang balita na ikakasal na si Jolina at masayang masaya sila na dumating na sa wakas ang araw na iyon. Natuwa rin para sa kanila si Ogie Alcacid who said, “I can see that they’re both very happy. They’re both very blessed.”

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Alfred Vargas tells-all on his marriage

Sa kanyang eksklusibong interview with Ricky Lo, inilabas na ni City Councilor Alfred Vargas ang katotohanan sa likod ng kanyang marital status, “I’m very proud to say I’m married.” Ayon kay Alfred isang open secret naman daw ang marriage nila ni Yasmin Espiritu. “Actually yung mga fans ko, alam nila eh. Hindi nga lang naging public knowledge kasi nirequest sa akin ng family niya. She’s a very private person din kasi.” Bakit ngayon lang ito inilibas? “Siyempre at this point, I’m a public figure. I would like to thank you for giving me and my family the

opportunity para masabi ko rin na I’m proud— I’m married. I have a very beautiful wife and I will love her forever. We’re a happy family,” sagot ni Alfred. “I’m really inspired right now dahil sa asawa ko and my family.” Pinagusapan rin ang kanilang seven month old daughter na si Alexandra Milan. Ayon kay Yas, maalaga at responsible talaga si Alfred. “Magaling siya magpatulog.” Bukod pa rito, may ibinahagi rin silang good news. “We’re very fortunate. Hindi lang halata pero on the way ulit si misis.” Abot-tenga ang ngiti ni Mr. Councilor nang sabihin niyang 4 and a half months

pregnant na si Yas. Unang mag-krus ang landas ni Alfred at ng Philippine-Italian sa Laguna noong 2008. Inamin ni Alfred na he fell in love at first sight. “Nagbabakasyon din siya sa Laguna noon. Ang daming tao doon sa fiesta na yun, pero nakita ko siya— nag-standout talaga.” Ikinasal sila noong August 16, 2010. “Ayaw ko na siya mawala sa akin kaya sa Supreme Court ko na dinala,” kuwento ni Alfred. Ayon sa kanila, na-postpone ang church wedding plans dahil biglaang pagpanaw ng tatay ni Alfred. “Expect our church wedding next year.”

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America’s Cup draws 8 challengers from 7 nations BERNIE WILSON,AP Sports Writer Eight challengers from seven nations have been confirmed for the opening race of the new America’s Cup World Series in August in Portugal. Defending champion Oracle Racing of San Francisco will also be competing with two boats. Representatives from Oracle Racing, Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing of Sweden, China Team, Team Korea, Venezia Challenge of Italy and two teams from France, Energy Team and Aleph-Equipe De France, appeared together Wednesday in San Francisco, where the 34th America’s Cup will be contested in 2013. The identity of the eighth foreign challenger will be announced in Europe on June 23. Organizers had expected the numbers to shake out from the original list of 15 teams from 12 countries that filed entries earlier this year. “When we started back in September, this is where we thought it would be,” said Iain Murray, an Australian sailor who is CEO of America’s Cup Race

An Oracle Racing AC45 skippered by Russell Coutts, right, makes its way past the yacht American, left, on San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2011. The forerunner to the AC72 which teams will race in the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup finals in 2013 in San Francisco, the AC45 will be featured at the America’s Cup World Series beginning this summer in Cascais, Portugal. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Management and the regatta director. “We built 10 boats. It was pretty clear this is where we thought we’d end up. We’re very pleased.” The teams will sail 45-foot catamarans for the two seasons of the ACWS. A 72-foot catamaran will be used for the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers and the America’s Cup match in 2013,

both on San Francisco Bay. The first stop of the AC World Series will be in Cascais, Portugal, from Aug. 6-14. The other regattas this year will be in Plymouth, England, from Sept. 10-18, and San Diego from Nov. 12-20. Oracle Racing, owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison, will sail two boats

in the ACWS this season and next. Since no other defense candidate has emerged, Oracle will need as much inhouse competition as possible. On Monday, Oracle Racing CEO Russell Coutts, a four-time America’s Cup winner, generated some serious buzz for the sport when he capsized the AC45 he was sailing against syndicate skipper Jimmy Spithill. Coutts was thrown through the boat’s wing sail and into the water during the spectacular wipeout. The syndicate at first said that it was grinder Shannon Falcone who was thrown through the wing sail. Falcone was thrown into the water. He was examined by paramedics on the dock and taken to the hospital for X-rays. “It’s a Hollywood script, isn’t it,” Murray chuckled. Coutts wasn’t the first to flip an AC45. Spithill, Artemis Racing and Team New Zealand all capsized during initial sea trials in New Zealand earlier this year. “It just goes to show you, the 45s are just a training boat, but even in the

hands of a gold medal-winning, fourtime America’s Cup-winning skipper, it can cut you out,” Murray said. “All the main players are finding the limits of where these boats are. They’re powerful, light boats, and if you’re not on your toes the whole time, just a nano second of not being on top of it and you can be upside down.” Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing appear to be the strongest of the challengers. Team New Zealand is a two-time America’s Cup winner — both with Coutts as skipper — and made it to the 2007 match before losing to Alinghi of Switzerland. Artemis Racing is led by Paul Cayard, an American who is a veteran of the America’s Cup, Olympics and roundthe-world sailing. “I think the thing that’s exciting for us is this field has come from all over the world: north, south, east and west,” Murray said. “We have some old players and some new players in the America’s Cup. I think it’s part of the changing face of the America’s Cup.

Dubai Filipino Bowling Club Lacoste (Dante’s Peak) is DFBC’s 2011 1st Conference League Champion! Reliance, Storm, Covenant, DIBC, Lipton Chai Latte, Arki, Kraken, Western Union and Babert’s Ball Breakers make up the top ten; Real Pin Pals grab Sportsmanship Award By Albert Alba The 1st Conference league for the year 2011 of the Dubai Filipino Bowling Club (DFBC) came to a close with powerhouse team Lacoste (Dante’s Peak), led by team captain and DFBC President Dante Herras, winning the championship title. By accumulating 166 win points over 21 rounds, Lacoste (Dante’s Peak) completely dominated the 22-team line-up of competitors as the Reliance team was a distant second with 135 win points. The rest of the top ten teams were Storm with 125 points at 3rd place; Covenant with 123 points at 4th place; DIBC with 122 points at 5th place; Lipton Chai Latte at 6th place with 119 points; Arki Bowlers at 7th place with 114 points; Kraken at 8th place with 111 points; Western Union at 9th place with 110 points; and Babert’s Ball Breakers at 10th place with 109 points. For the rest of the teams in 11th to 22nd place, Real Pin Pals

which finished the tournament at 14th place, was presented with the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award. “First of all, on behalf of DFBC, I would like to thank all the participating teams for their continued support for our Friday Bowling Leagues,” said Herras. “This one will go down as one of the most exciting tournaments so far throughout the club’s 20-year history. With the exception of the first and sec-

ond placers, the rest of the top ten teams were still jockeying for position during the final rounds. And judging from the points’ difference, it was really very close. “Of course, the tournament would not have been possible without the support of our major sponsor, Lacoste, as well as the support sponsors Ballantine’s, Dante’s Peak, Symmetry (Genesis) and former DFBC President and Adviser Ben Descargar,” Herras continued. “So

to them, and on behalf of DFBC, I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks. “The DFBC 2nd Conference league for the year 2011 will start sometime in July, and we are expecting more teams to participate,” Herras added. As testament to the excitement of DFBC’s 2011 1st Conference tournament, early tournament leader Kraken moved up two notches to finish at 8th place from 10th posi-

tion after beating the Ballantine’s team in the final round 7-2. The Kraken team also benefited from Western Union’s loss to tournament 1st runner-up Reliance 6-4, as Western Union dropped from 8th to 9th place in the final team standings. Babert’s Ball Breakers meanwhile, which entered the final round at 11th place, made it into the top ten via a 9-0 blanking of the No Bandage team as no-show Idol ‘n Frenz team dropped from 9th to 12th place in the final standings. On the other hand, the Arki Bowlers team, which was at 6th place at the start of the 21st and final round suffered a 0-11 loss against the tournament champion squad Lacoste (Dante’s Peak) to drop to 7th place. This benefited Lipton Chai Latte as their 7-3 victory against KKK Bowl Pins was good enough for them to move one place higher at 6th place from 7th place.

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PINOY FC - HARDLY FC FACE OFF AT DVFL The Dubai Veterans Football League (DVFL) game started off very physically with both teams exchanging goal attempts and tight defending to counter attacks. Ten minutes into the first half, Hardly FC found an opportunity past the defense & made a low swift goal from just outside the goalkeeper’s area. Pinoy FC toughened its defense to the end of the first half which ended 1-0 in favor of Hardly FC. The second half started with the same intensity as the first half. Eight minutes into the second half, Hardly FC found its second goal past goalkeeper Alex Grande, which raised the score to 2 - 0. Pinoy FC finally broke the silence and made its first well built up goal by Antonni Tano in the 12th minute of the second half making the score Hardly FC - 2 against Pinoy FC - 1. Between 13 to 16 minutes in the second half Hardly FC was able to pull off two more goals to raise the score in their favor to 4 – 1. Three minutes to the end of the match, Pinoy FC was able to draw another goal by Antonni Tano from a well set up offensive play from Rennie Sibag and Helcar Suicon which narrowed the score to 4-2 still in favor of Hardly FC. The match concluded with a full time 4 – 2 win for Hardly FC.

Bulls launch late-season charge for 4th S15 title PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — There’s no room for emotion in this game for Bakkies Botha, even if it a super rugby milestone. It’s doubtful if the giant Bulls and Springboks lock — always physical, sometimes controversial — has played any of his 99 previous Super rugby games and 72 tests without emotion. But Botha insisted this week that his 100th Super rugby game — and possibly his last-ever at the Bulls cherished Loftus Versfeld stadium — won’t be sidetracked by joyous celebrations on Saturday. Bulls fans could also say goodbye to three of their — and the Springboks’ — greatest players in the match against the Sharks on Saturday when Botha, 104-test veteran Victor Matfield and scrumhalf Fourie du Preez likely play their final home game at Pretoria. The resurgent Bulls — on a six-

match winning run in Super 15 — need victory over the visiting Sharks in the last round of the regular season to confirm their place in the playoffs and keep their title defense alive. The Bulls and Sharks are locked in second place in the South African conference, five points adrift of the Stormers. Botha and Du Preez are set to leave for overseas clubs next season and 34-year-old Matfield is nearing retirement. So, 100 could be the last at Loftus for Botha, with the Bulls currently outside the top three places in the overall Super 15 standings and therefore unlikely to have another home game this season. “I’m not looking into it,”

In this photo taken on March 11, 2011, Danny Cipriani, left, of the Rebels of Australia runs down the field during their Super Rugby match against the Sharks of South Africa in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Rebels said Friday, May 20, 2011, they expect the former England flyhalf to honor his two-year deal with the Super 15 club despite some disciplinary issues and reports that he is being sought by English side Bath. (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough)

Botha said. “It’s a special day for me, to share it with guys like Victor and Fourie and a lot of players that have come through the years but my main focus and all my energy is going into the role I must play in the team. The 100 is just a bonus. “We’ve got a job to do and it is to win the game against the Sharks.” Botha will take his 2.02-meter, 122-kilogram frame to big-spending French club Toulon next season. His second row partner for province and country for the last decade, Matfield will leave a bigger hole for the Bulls if, as expected, he retires following the World Cup in New Zealand at the end of this year. Du Preez — who will play

in Japan next year — has recovered from a right knee ligament injury that threatened to cut short his last Super 15 season. He starts on the bench against the Sharks in what is probably his last Loftus appearance. A significant game and momentous season, then, for the three World Cup winners and three-time Super rugby champions? A chance to say goodbye at the stadium where they have played their entire professional careers so far, and will have all played 100 games for the Bulls come Saturday? “No, we don’t think about it like that. We’ve got a competition to win,” Matfield said. “We said at the beginning of the season we’ll sort out the things that happen after the season, after the season. We just want to do well this season, so try and get that emotion away and focus on the game.

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Indian corruption crusader to resume fasting

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Indian rights activist Anna Hazare, 73, gestures as he addresses a press conference in New Delhi, India, Thursday, June 16, 2011. Hazare said Thursday he would resume his hunger strike, accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government of going back on its promise to enact a strong legislation for an anti-corruption watchdog. Public anger in India has been mounting as the government has faced a series of embarrassments over improper telecoms licensing, illegal land acquisitions and irregularities in staging last year’s Commonwealth Games. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI (AP) — A 73-year-old rights activist said Thursday he will resume his hunger strike to pressure the Indian government after it reneged on a promise to enact strong legislation for an anti-corruption watchdog. Anna Hazare said after a series of meetings with government representatives he has concluded they are not serious about acting on the issue. He told reporters he would resume fasting Aug. 16. He ended a four-day hunger strike in April after the government set up a committee to draft the legislation. The committee includes Hazare and other nonelected activists. Public anger in India has been mounting as the government has faced a series of embarrassments over improper telecoms licensing, illegal land acquisitions and irregularities in staging last year’s Commonwealth Games. Hazare and his supporters have been demanding that actions of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, lawmakers and

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top judges should be brought within the purview of the watchdog. On Wednesday, Kapil Sibal, a key government interlocutor, acknowledged differences and said he would present two separate drafts to Singh’s Cabinet for approval. Hazare rejected Sibal’s proposal and said the government was not serious about acting against corrupt people. Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday assured Hazare the government would complete negotiations on the draft legislation this month and present it to Parliament for approval. Early this month, a fasting yoga guru Baba Ramdev and thousands of his followers were forced from a New Delhi park in a police raid that injured dozens and sparked even more public outrage. They demanded immediate government action to seek the return of billions of dollars stashed in overseas tax havens by companies and rich Indians. Officials said protest had excessive crowds and took a combative tone with “provocative” speeches. A recent report by Global Financial Integrity suggested at least $464 billion had disappeared overseas since Indian independence in 1947. The illegal flow of cash has swelled to an average of $16 billion a year as the economy has grown in recent years.

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Kachin say 10K people flee fighting in N. Myanmar BANGKOK (AP) — More than 10,000 people in northern Myanmar have fled fighting between government troops and an ethnic minority group’s militia, and are living in temporary camps near the Chinese border as refugees, members of the minority group said Thursday. The website of the Kachin News Group, associated with Kachin anti-government exiles, quoted one of the group’s leaders saying that refugees have fled territory under government control. The report cited Kachin Independence Organization civil administration officer Salang Kaba Doi Pyi Sa saying that China had closed the border to refugees, but in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei denied the allegation. “Since the outbreak of the conflict, some of the people from Myanmar crossed the border and went to China to find their relatives and friends,” Hong said. “China has provided necessary assistance in accor-

In this photo taken Jan. 8, 2010, soldiers of KIA (Kachin Independence Army), malicious group of the Kachin ethnic tribe of Myanmar, provides security during the cerebration of Manaw Festival (Kachin’s traditional New Year) in Kachin state, northern Myanmar. Government troops in Myanmar have attacked Kachin forces, one of the country’s powerful northern militias, with artillery in a bid to force rebel fighters from a strategic region where China is constructing major hydropower plants. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

dance with common practice.” Reports from the remote area cannot be independently

confirmed. The fighting began June 9 when government troops allegedly

shelled a Kachin base in a bid to force the rebel fighters from a strategic region where China is constructing major hydropower plants. The total number of casualties so far remains unclear. Col. James Lum Dau, a Kachin spokesman in Thailand, said Thursday that 16 people on the government side had been killed, and 150 wounded. He said he was unable to give the number of Kachin casualties. Myanmar’s state-controlled media have not reported the fighting. Myanmar’s central government has tenuous control of many parts of the country where minority groups — many of which maintain their own militias — are strongest. It has reached ceasefire agreements with 17 ethnic minority rebel militias since 1989 and most have been allowed to keep their weapons and maintain some autonomy over their areas. The 8,000-strong Kachin militia reached a peace deal with the country’s former ruling junta in 1994, but the truce broke down last year after the militia rejected

a call by the government for them become border guards under army leadership. The junta made the appeal ahead of last November’s elections, Myanmar’s first in 20 years, which introduced the nominally civilian government now in power. Reached by phone, Chinese local officials said refugees who had fled into China required little government assistance, as they found food and shelter with their friends and relatives, and that many have returned to Myanmar. “As the situation gradually eases, the Myanmar border residents have started to go back to the Myanmar side,” said Sun Konglong, vice generalsecretary of the government of Dehong, a border prefecture in Yunnan province. Another official, Shen Yu, from the Dehong emergency affairs office, said the refugees started arriving June 8 and numbered up to 300. Shen said more than half of them have already returned to Myanmar.

As ash shifts, flights to, from NZ start to resume SYDNEY (AP) — Australian airlines that grounded flights to New Zealand because of a volcanic ash cloud over the past week began flying to the island nation again Friday. Not all flights were back on as Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia struggled to get planes into position and monitor cities where ash was still hanging in the air. Ash spewing from a Chilean volcano has thrown air travel into disarray since Sunday, when airlines began canceling flights within Australia and New Zealand and between the countries. Tens of thousands of passengers were affected, and many grew particularly frustrated because of airlines’ differing policies on flying when there is an ash cloud. Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand chose to fly under or around the cloud when they

could. As a result, Air New Zealand maintained service between Australia and New Zealand, though some domestic flights were grounded. Qantas and Jetstar, on the other hand, said they never fly around ash and canceled hundreds of flights, sometimes into and out of major airports, including Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest. Australia’s domestic service returned to normal Thursday, and most flights to, from and within New Zealand resumed Friday. Some early morning flights, however, were canceled, and service to New Zealand’s South Island, in particular, continued to be affected. Predictions from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre showed ash clouds on Friday should move well south of the Australian continent and push out to the Pacific east of New Zealand.

People sleep at Jorge Newbery airport where flights were canceled due to an ash cloud that reached Buenos Aires from the Chilean PuyehueCordon Caulle volcano grounding air travel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. The wind carried volcanic ash across the Andes to Argentina resulting in the closing of airports, and the cancellation of flights. The Puyehue volcano, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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Citigroup says 218,000 affected by hackers

HONG KONG (AP) — Hackers stole information for 360,000 Citigroup Inc. U.S. credit card accounts in a recent data breach, although the actual number of customers affected was not much higher than originally reported, the bank said Wednesday. Citi said last week that about 1 percent of its credit card customers had account information hacked online but did not say exactly how many. The actual number of customers affected was thought to be about 210,000, based on Citi’s 2010 annual report, which said the company had roughly 21 million North American credit card customers. The exact number of customers affected was not far off the mark. In a statement posted late Wednesday on its website, the company said 217,657 people were sent new cards along with notification letters starting June 3. Hackers gained access to a total of 360,083 accounts but because many of the accounts were duplicates or already closed, they weren’t affected and did not need to be sent replacement cards, Citi said. The bank said it discovered on May 10 that hackers used its Account Online system to access the data for North America Citi-branded credit cards issued in the U.S. The bank said last week that

FILE - In this Apri; 30, 2009 file photo, a sign for Citibank is shown at Citigroup headquarters in New York. For the 200,000 people with Citigroup credit cards who had their names, account numbers and email addresses stolen by hackers, the breach is mostly a nuisance. (AP Photo/ Mark Lennihan, file)

hackers accessed customer names, account numbers and contact information, including e-mail addresses. But they weren’t able to get their hands on social security numbers, dates of birth, card expiration dates or card security codes, information that can be useful in identity theft. Internal fraud alerts and enhanced monitoring were placed on all accounts deemed at risk as soon as the breach was discovered, Citi said. Citi said it has notified police and government officials. “For the security of our customers, and because of the ongoing law enforcement investigation, we cannot disclose further details regarding how

the data breach occurred,” it said. Citi reassured customers that they weren’t liable for any unauthorized use of their cards and urged them to review account statements to report any suspicious transactions. It’s the latest in a series of highprofile data attacks against big companies and institutions. The International Monetary Fund said Sunday that it was investigating an attack on its computer system. Google Inc. said earlier this month that Gmail accounts of several hundred people had been breached. In April, Sony Corp.’s Playstation Network was the victim of a massive security breach that affected more than 100 million online accounts.

GSK speaks up on antibiotic safety issue DUBAI – Pharma giant Glaxo Smith Kline, the makers of Augmentin Syrup confirms they do not intentionally use plasticiser DIDP, in any of their formulations or in manufacturing of their medicines. Phthalates – the group of plasticisers to which DIDP belongs - are ubiquitous and are present as trace compounds in the environment and in many common items of daily consumption. The company has released this official statement after traces of DIDP have been found in Augmentin Syrup during a test made by Taiwan FDA earlier this week. Consequently, the government of Hong Kong, has instructed Glaxo Smith Kline to ban the manufacturing of any infant antibiotics, which contains any chemical products used in plastic industry as stated by the European Specifications for Pharmaceutical Products. In the statement, GSK further explains that the antibiotic in question is being manufactured in compliance with GMP standards and all registered details, as well as with the GSK Quality Management System. GSK further assures the public that Augmentin Suspension that

is being marketed in the UAE is supplied in glass bottles from the UK in different batches than those from France as supplied to Taiwan. The company confirms that the batch tested in Taiwan is not available in the UAE. Meanwhile, Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licensing at the Ministry of Health, has confirmed in a statement that Augmentin Antibiotic Syrup “165 mg” is safe and does not include any warnings of pharmaceutical side effects. The UAE Ministry of Health through the medical practices sector communicated with the GCC Regional Office for Glaxo Smith Kline to ensure that the serial number of the medicine in Taiwan is not contained in the UAE. Augmentin Oral suspension is an oral antibiotic indicated for the short term treatment of bacterial infections for upper and lower respiratory tract infections, genito-urinary tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, bone and joint infections, dental infections and other infections. (HAM)

Korean Air takes first A380 on special flights

A cabin attendant of Korean Air demonstrates how to use their business class seat for the media during an Airbus A380 demonstration flight over Korea Peninsula, South Korea, Thursday, June 16, 2011. Korean Air Lines Co. showed off its first Airbus A380 outfitted with a unique full business class upper deck in a pair of special flights ahead of the launch of regular international service. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Korean Air showed off its first Airbus A380, outfitted with a unique full business class upper deck, in a pair of special flights Thursday, a day before the launch

of regular international service. Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea’s largest airline, is the sixth global carrier to introduce the hulking aircraft and the first in Northeast Asia to take delivery. The

plane is manufactured by Toulouse, France-based Airbus. The jumbo passenger jet rolled down the runway at Incheon International Airport west of Seoul on Thursday in the first of two demonstration flights. It flew east across South Korea and out over the ocean, passing low near the Dokdo islets that lie in waters between South Korea and Japan before returning. The two islets are claimed by both countries. Seoul, however, controls them and stations a contingent of police there. The territory is known as Takeshima in Japan. Korean Air’s A380 begins international service Friday with roundtrip flights from Incheon to Japan’s Narita airport, near Tokyo, and then from Incheon to Hong Kong later the same day. Air France, Germany’s Lufthansa, Dubai-based Emirates, Australia’s Qantas and Singapore Airlines also

fly the A380. Cho Yang-ho, Korean Air’s chairman and CEO, said that the introduction of the jet is part of the airline’s emphasis on service. “This is another step to show our customers our comfortable and efficient airplanes,” Cho told The Associated Press on the day’s first flight, for journalists. A second demonstration flight for VIPs was also scheduled Thursday. Cho emphasized the airline’s special configuration in which the upper deck is devoted solely to business class seats. Korean Air is so far the only airline to utilize the A380 in such a way. Korean Air plans service to Bangkok beginning next month, to New York in August, to Paris in September and to Los Angeles in October, the airline said. Keith Stonestreet, Airbus’ product marketing director for the A380, said that Korean Air’s launch

of the plane helps his company promote market acceptance for it in Asia, which he called the “key market” for the future. “We’re looking to the growth of the Asian airlines as being a core part of the business,” Stonestreet said. China Southern Airlines will be the next carrier in the region to take delivery later this year, with Malaysia Airlines System and Thai Airways International set for 2012, he added. Korean Air has ordered a total of 10 A380s. The airline has also chosen to go with the fewest number of seats — 407 — of any airline flying the plane so far. Air France and Lufthansa have the most seats at present with 525 to 530, Stonestreet said. Air Austral, which flies between Paris and La Reunion in the Indian Ocean, plans to take the A380 in an all economy configuration of 820 seats, he said.

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Honda headquarters is hot for delayed model launch

TOKYO (AP) — Honda headquarters is sweltering, executives are without ties and reporters are fanning themselves in a scene illustrative of Japan’s struggles to conserve electricity after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sent a nuclear plant into meltdown. Honda Motor Co. launched the Fit Shuttle station wagon, which includes hybrid versions, for the Japanese market Thursday, three months later than the initial plan — another sign of the disaster’s devastation. The 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami destroyed Honda’s parts suppliers, dealers and design facility in northeastern Japan. Still, President Takanobu Ito was relieved the company had come this far. “It was a real tough three months for us,” he told reporters, wearing a casual beige jacket but no tie, instead of his usual dark suits. The annual practice of allowing less formal attire for the office called “Cool Biz” is being backed by the Japan in a big way after the disaster — now dubbed “Super Cool Biz,” even encouraging Aloha shirts and shorts. Although no Honda executive was in shorts and their shirts were relatively staid, the nuclear crisis hung like a cloud over the event.

FILE - In this April 18, 2011 file photo, workers give the final checkup on the cars of Honda Accord Tourer at Honda Motor Co.’s Saitama Factory in Sayama, north of Tokyo, as the Japanese automaker resumed limited production at the factory on April 11, a month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Honda’s profit for the fiscal year through March 2012 is expected to plunge 63.5 percent as vehicles sales slipped amid a parts shortage caused by the disaster in northeastern Japan. Tokyo-based Honda gave the forecast Tuesday, June 14, 2011, more than a month later than usual. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Tokyo-based Honda’s invitation to the event — one of the first auto launches after March 11 — had warned the thermostats will be set at 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit), and the executives will be in “Cool Biz” clothing. In addition to the problems at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which are expected to take years to

resolve, another nuclear plant has been shut down over safety fears. And so Japanese companies and consumers alike are being urged to cut back on power use. Automakers, a pillar of this nation’s economy, are under great pressure to reduce electricity use by 15 percent. Auto workers are producing cars

on weekends and taking Thursday and Friday off for three months starting next month to reduce the load and avoid blackouts during peak demand periods. Honda has said vehicle production in Japan will return to pre-disaster levels by the end of this month, and global production in August or September.

All orders for the Fit Shuttle will be delivered in two months time, said Sho Minekawa, the executive in charge of Japan sales. There are no plans to offer the model overseas so far. “We are finally able to introduce this product,” he said. “We apologize to all those who have been waiting.” The Fit Shuttle, which comes as a hybrid, starting at 1.81 million yen ($22,000), and with a gasoline engine, starting at 1.61 million yen ($20,000), delivers the same mileage as the smaller Fit hatchback, according to Honda. The hybrid version delivers 30 kilometers (18.64 miles) per liter, or about 70 miles a gallon, under Japanese test conditions, it said. Honda is expecting its profit for the fiscal year through March 2012 to plunge 63.5 percent to 195 billion yen ($2.4 billion) from the previous year because of parts shortages and other disaster woes. The maker of the Civic sedan and Odyssey minivan was battered by the cost of fixing damaged property and equipment, higher raw material costs, the strong yen and research expenses related to future products such as environmental technology. Honda’s global vehicle sale for the current fiscal year is projected to drop 6 percent on year to 3.3 million vehicles.

Oil rebounds above $95 amid Greece debt fears SIGNAPORE (AP) — Oil prices rose to above $95 a barrel Thursday in Asia, reversing slightly after big losses sparked by Europe’s deepening debt crisis and a stronger U.S. dollar. Benchmark oil for July delivery was up 59 cents to $95.40 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $4.56 to settle at $94.81 on Wednesday. In London, Brent crude for August delivery was up 87 cents to $113.88 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. Violent protests in Greece on Wednesday over proposed austerity measures spooked traders and helped strengthen the dollar against the euro, making dollar-based commodities such as oil more expensive for investors with other currencies. The euro fell to $1.4151 on Thursday from $1.4165 late Wednesday. Moody’s ratings service said it may downgrade three big French banks that face losses on Greek bonds, fuel-

ing concern that financial panic could spread to other financially troubled European countries like Spain, Portugal and Ireland. “This situation could be highly destabilizing not only for Europe but also for the global economy,” said Richard Soultanian of NUS Consulting. “The events unfolding in Europe may not only further dampen global demand, but also weaken speculation which has been supporting prices above current fundamental levels.” Soultanian said he expects crude to trade in the mid-$80s at the end of this year. Crude rose from $84 in February to near $115 early last month amid political upheaval in the oil-rich Middle East and North Africa. Oil has fallen from $102 late last week. In other Nymex trading in July contracts, heating oil gained 3.1 cents to $3.02 a gallon while gasoline gained 4.2 cents at $2.96 a gallon. Natural gas futures advanced 0.5 cents at $4.58 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Protesters gesture in front of the White Tower in the Northern Greek Port city of Thessaloniki on Thursday, May 26, 2011 during a peaceful rally attended by thousands called through a social networking site - modeled on protests by young people in Spain. The government in crisis-hit Greece has promised to privatize big part of the public sector in a massive sale of state assets aimed at raising 50 billion euros by the end of 2015, to help pay down the country’s massive national debt. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

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