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NG HIV/AIDS ay isang sensitibong isyu na kung patuloy na itatago o ikahihiya ay magiging sanhi naman ng pagtaas ng suicide cases. Huwag mong solohin ang problema. Lahat ay may kalutasan.

Ikaw ba ay regular na nakikipagtalik? Teenager o nasa tamang edad? Magpatingin na sa doktor baka may nararamdaman ka na pero nahihiya kang pagtawanan o malantad. Baka ikaw ay may HIV/AIDS? Ang HIV ay Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Ito ang nagiging sanhi ng AIDS. Ang AIDS ay Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, advance stage ng HIV infection. Alam mo ba na mahigit sa 7,500 ang naiulat na kaso ng mga taong namumuhay na may HIV sa taon lamang na ito? Kasama na rito ang 26 na kaso na nada-diagnosed kada araw. Kabataang nasa edad na 15-24 ang pinakamaraming biktima dahil sa hindi ligtas na pakikipagtalik, pagiging agresibo at walang sapat na kaalaman sa HIV ayon kay DOH Sec. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, sa paggunita ng World AIDS Day. Ang pangunahing mode of transmission mula 1984 hanggang 2007 ay unprotected heterosexual

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sex o pakikipagtalik ng lalaki sa babae. Noong 2009 ang pakikipagtalik ng lalaki sa kapwa lalaki nang hindi ligtas ang naging pangunahing mode of transmission. Taong 2010, nagsimulang tumaas ang HIV transmission sa pamamagitan ng sharing ng infected needles. Dahil dito, ang pagkalat ng HIV ay nanatiling banta sa kababaihan ng mga lalaking infected. Ayon kay Aiza Seguerra, ng National Youth Comission, ang HIV ay concern ng bawat isa. Huwag itong ikahiya. Ipakita natin ang ating pagmamahal sa mga taong namumuhay sa HIV. Sa mga magulang na may mga anak, pamangkin, simulan na ang tamang pagpapaliwanag tungkol sa pakikipagtalik at HIV. “Talk to your children about sex and HIV.” Sinabi naman ng kalihim ng DOH, na walang

tamang edad para ipaliwanag sa mga kabataan ang sex at HIV. Sa oras na magtanong sila, sagutin sila ng diretso at huwag magpaligoyligoy. Sa bahay pa lang pag-usapan na. Huwag nang hintayin ang health centers, paaralan at iba pang institusyon na magpaliwanag. Aniya, laging isipin ang kaligtasan. Gumamit ng condom. “Make sure that they are protected.” Iginiit pa ni Ubial na laging i-practice ang una nang pahayag ni dating health secretary Juan Flavier, ang ABC. A-para sa abstinence. Tiisin ang nararamdaman kung hindi mo asawa ang nais makatalik; B-be faithful at C-consistent condom use. Ang tema sa taong ito sa paggunita ng World AIDS Day ay “Promoting Unity to Stop HIV in the Philippines”. Pagkakaisa ang susi para maabot

natin at tuluyang mapigil ang paglaganap ng HIV sa loob ng anim na taon. Naiulat na umaabot na sa 1,912 ang mga Pilipino ang namamatay sa AIDS. Sa kasalukuyan, 16,637 ang mga taong namumuhay na may HIV ay sumasailalim sa anti retroviral treatment. Patuloy na inihahandog ng DOH ang free at confidential HIV testing in Social Hygiene Clinics na pinatatakbo ng local government units at sa 26 Treatment hubs sa bansa. Seryosong ikukonsidera ng DOH ang rekomendasyon ng WHO sa selftesting upang maayos ang HIV testing rates at maiwasan ang pagkaantala ng gamutan. Ang DOH sa pamamagitan ng Philippine AIDS Council ay committed na wakasan na ang pagkalat ng HIV at gabayan na mapabuti ang buhay ng mga taong namumuhay na may HIV. LB


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ABOLISYON NG AIRPORT TERMINAL FEE SA OFWs ISINUSULONG NA NI MIAA GM ED MONREAL

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APAG gusto maramsurviving bill, mailalatag ito sa plenary ing paraan, kapag bago mag-Christmas break ang Senado. At ayaw puro alibi at inaasahang maipapasa sa Agosto. boladas. Kung hindi masyadong aangal ang Ganyan po sa namga pro-life advocates, malamang na NI JERRY YAP karaang administrasyon sa mapapadali ang pagpapasa nito. MIAA. Asahan ang lalo pang pag-iingay at Para sa mga reaksiyon, suhestiyon, reklamo ‘Yan ang masasabi napangangalampag ng mga tinatawag na at sumbong, magtext sa 0927.590.9127 tin, matapos natin mabatid human rights activists. o mag-email sa jerryap888@yahoo.com. kahapon na tinatrabaho na ni Manila International SINO ANG MAPALAD Airport Authority (MIAA) NA BABASBASAN general manager Ed MonNI SOJ VIT AGUIRRE PARA real ang abolisyon ng ipinapataw na airport terminal fee sa overseas MAGING BI INTEL CHIEF? Filipino workers (OFWs). Sa darating na hiring and promotion, ang position ng Intelligence Ipatutupad na ito simula Marso 2017. Halos tatlong buwan na Officer V ang isang mariing tinututukan at pinakaaabangan ng lahat sa lang po ‘yan. Bureau of Immigration (BI). Sinabi mismo ni GM Monreal nakausap na niya ang mga kinatawan Marami na raw ang nasasabik at kumbaga sa wrestling, free for ng international airlines para maipatupad na ito sa Marso 2017. all ang magiging labanan ng mga magkatutunggali na sina Acting Sa kasalukuyan ay binabalangkas ng magkabilang panig ang Intel Chief, Charles Calima, Legal Officers Norman Tansingco, “memorandum of agreement” upang maisapinal na ang pagpapaSherwin Pascua, Carlos Capulong at pati na rin ang former BI Assotupad nito. ciate Commissioner na si Gilbert Repizo. Kaya sa mga kababayan nating OFW, pansamantala ay kailangan Si General Calima ay minamanok ni BI-Commissioner Bong muna ninyong pumila sa airport terminal upang makakuha ng refund. Morente. Si Gilbert Repizo ay ‘back-up” ni Cong. Umali (house Isa ito sa tunay na serbisyo ng kasalukuyang administrasyon para sa justice committee chairman) na bagyo rin sa kasalukuyang adminismga OFW na walang sawa sa pagpapadala ng kanilang dollar remittanc- trasyon. Si Atty. Pascua ay sanggang-dikit at brod sa fraternity ni SOJ es na nakatutulong nang malaki sa pag-ikot ng ating ekonomiyang hindi Vitaliano Aguirre. lang nakasandal kundi nakasuso na nang husto sa dolyar. Samantala, si Atty. Tansingco naman ay alam naman ng lahat na tuta Hindi gaya sa dating administrasyon ng dating airport manag‘este ‘BFF’ ni expelled ‘este ex-commissioner Fraud ehek Fred Mison. er na si Bondat ‘este’ Bodet Honrado na talagang iginiit at ipinilit Hindi lang natin alam kung sino ang padrino ni Atty. Carlos na patawan ng P550 terminal fee ang mga OFW na nag-aakyat ng Capulong. dolyares sa ating bansa. Lahat sila ay umaasa na maging hepe ng isa sa pinakabonggang Sa halip na alalayan para maging maginhawa ang mga kabaposisyon sa Bureau at naghihintay rin kung sino ang bibigyan ng bayan natin ay pinahihirapan pa! basbas ng kasalukuyang DOJ secretary. ‘Yan ang tunay na pagbabago hindi panggagago! Pero ano itong narinig natin na may nakahanda raw agad ‘apela’ sa Civil Service Commission ang ilan diyan once na makuha ninoDEATH PENALTY man kina Calima at Pascua ang nasabing posisyon? UMARANGKADA Agad daw kukuwestiyonin ang qualifications or credentials nila NA SA KAMARA para pamunuan ang BI intel division? Umaariba na ang panukalang pagbabalik ng capital punishment Grabe naman ang balitang ito?! sa Kamara de Representantes. Well, ito lang ang masasabi natin. ‘Yan ay matapos aprubahan ng subpanel ang panukalang batas Para sa atin, lahat ng mga nabanggit na personalidad ay pawang nitong Martes. professionals at ang pagiging Intel chief naman ay hindi kinakailanKung hindi tayo nagkakamali halos 10 taon na ang nakalilipas gan ng masusing training or expertise ‘di gaya ng mga nasa NBI or nang i-abolish ang death penalty pero nagkaroon ng clamor na muli any government law enforcement agencies. itong ibalik dahil sa malalalang kriminalidad. Since ang nagpaplano ng appeal ay pawang aplikante o kandiKaya sa ilalim ng panukalang batas, iminumungkahi na ang dato rin ‘ata. Sana naman ay be gentleman enough ang bawat para mga krimen na treason, piracy, qualified bribery, parricide, murder, tanggapin ang pagkatalo. infanticide, rape, kidnapping & illegal detention, robbery with vioMay the best man wins sabi nga! lence, destructive arson, plunder, drug-related crimes at carnapping Weder-weder nga ‘di ba?! ay may kaparusahan na kamatayan na maaaring sa pamamagitan ng bitay, firing squad o lethal injection. REACTION SA ANTI-MARCOS RALLY Ang anim na congressman na bumoto sa reimposition ay sina deputy speakers Rep. Fredenil Castro (Capiz, 2nd District), at Rep. Dear Sir: Sharon Garin (AAMBIS-OWA party-list) at sina representatives Sabi ng isang organizer sa rally ng anti-Marcos ay wala raw na Robert Ace Barbers (Surigao del Norte, 2nd District), Arturo Defen- dadalong politiko sa kanilang rally pero ayun maraming politiko ang sor Jr. (Iloilo, 3rd District), Alfredo Garbin Jr. (Ako Bicol party-list), nakidalo at nagsalita pa sa rally. Halatang may bahid politika ang at Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (Pampanga, 3rd District). mga pangyayari. Katakot-takot na sulsol at engganyo sa mga kabataMayroon din limang mambabatas na bumoto para sa version ng an ang ginawa. Talagang nais nilang magkaroon ng hidwaan ang proposal na naglilimita sa death penalty sa drug-related crimes. sambayanang Filipino. Gusto nilang maghahati-hati ang bawat FilSila ay sina Deputy Speaker Representatives Eric Singson (Iloipino. Doon sa panig ng anti-Marcos at doon sa panig ng pro-Marcos cos Sur, 2nd District), Luis Campos (Makati, 2nd District), Eugene at pro-Duterte. Ito talaga ang nais nila, ang mabuwag ang pagkakaisa De Vera (ABS Party-list), Roger Mercado, (Southern Leyte), at ng bawat damdamin ng mga Filipino. Nang sa ganoon nga naman Victoria Noel (An Waray Party-list). kapag nawala na ang tiwala sa bawat isa. Wala nang pagkakaisa at Ganoon din sina Representatives Lawrence Fortun (Agusan del wala nang isang diwa tungo sa magandang bukas ng buhay ng bawat Norte, 1st District) at Ramon Rocamora (Siquijor). mamamayang Filipino. Umayos kayo mga kababayan. Suriin mabuti Kung hindi tayo nagkakamali, pagkatapos ng hearing, ito ay kung ano talaga ang motibo ng bawat isang lumalapit sa inyo. Suriin isusumite sa mother committee. kung ano ang pakay at layunin nila. Ito ba ay makabubuti sa bayan o Kapag naaprubahan, ito ay iaakyat na sa plenary para sa debate. lalong sasadlak ang bayan sa paghihirap? - ZYRENNE A. YUMUL Umaasa si House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, co-author ng Balagtas, Bulacan zyrenne555yumul@gmail.com

PINANGUNAHAN ni MASSO Phils. chairman at PhilSCA president Dr. Bernard R. Ramirez ang pagbibigay ng gawad (trophy of triumph) kay PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa sa isinagawang National Educators Summit on Addressing the Threats to Campus Security and Safety noong Lunes, Nobyembre 28, 2016 sa auditorium ng Philippine Normal University, Manila. BONG SON

OFWs will no longer pay NAIA’s terminal fee starting March

STARTING late March 2017, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) all over the world will no longer pay the airport terminal fee of P550 which is included when they purchased airline ticket offices abroad. This was disclosed by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal last monday.. He said starting by late March, OFWs will not pay anymore the oppressive airport fee imposed by former NAIA General Manager Gen. Angel Honrado known as the (IPSC) International Passenger Service Charge which required OFWs to add the additional fee of P 550 for tickets bought online or airline ticket offices but passenger can claim their refund upon departure at the airport terminals. According to recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani, GM Monreal said that his office is finishing the technical details with the international airlines to eliminate the obnoxious fee opposed by millions of OFWs all over the world. The airport fee of Honrado was opposed on both House of Congress on which passed strong resolutions urging him to stop the collection of the fee however Honrado disregarded the congress of the Philippines. Total collections of the airport fee which was imposed on February of 2015 has totaled more than a billion pesos and about half of this amount remains un-claimed by some OFWs which remains in the General Fund of the NAIA. Monreal said that for those who were not able to get their refunds his office is ready to give the refund for those who left without getting their refund for as long as the OFWs possess the E-ticket, boarding pass and passport even for several years ago. JSY

SolGen Task Group binuo vs illegal drugs crimes corruption at terrorism NAGSANIB puwersa ang iba’t-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan para paigtingin ang pagtukoy sa illegal drugs,crimes, terrorism at corruption sa ating bansa. Ayon kay General Romeo Maganto, National Commander/Consultant ng Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), na pinamumunuan ni OSG Atty. Jose Calida na ang pagsasanib puwersa ay nabuo sa pamamagitan ng isang memorandum of agreement (MOA) na nilagdaan ng kanilang kagawaran, kasama ang mga government instrumentalities

at National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force at nang Arm Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Ang kasunduan ay binuo sa pagitan ng mga nabanggit na ahensiya ng gobyerno upang tulungan at suportahan ang kampanya ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte na puksain ang kriminalidad, korapsyon at iligal na droga sa bansa. Sa kasunduan, kailangang ang lahat ay makiisa at makipag-ugnayan sa isa’t-

isa, para makontrol ang pagpasok at paglabas ng iligal na droga, controlled precursors, terrorism at essential chemicals sa mga paliparan, kasama rin ang suporta mula sa Airport-IADITG sa pamamagitan ng mga detalyeng nakukuha ng mga ito sa kanilang intelligence, maintenance at operation. Sa ilalim ng MOA, ang task force crusaders ng OSG ang aaktong National Commander at Executive Officer para pangunahan ang pangkalahatang imbestigasyon, at pagsasampa ng kaso base

sa kooperasyon ng mga miyembro ng binuong task group na nanumpa nitong Nobyembre 26, 2016 sa Landcaster Hotel, Mandaluyong City na dinaluhan ng mahigit 200 bagong miyembro kasama sina Capt. Francisco T.Galo, NCR Deputy Commander at Marvin Amistoso NCR Deputy Commander. Nasa 10.000 na ang bilang ng task force crusaders sa buong bansa na maaari pang madagdagan ayon kay Gen.Maganto para suportahan ang kampanya ng Pangulong Duterte. JSY


Batas na naglalayong ilibre sa VAT ang PWDs maipatutupad na—Angara INAASAHANG ilalabas na ang implementing rules and regulations (IRR) ng Republic Act 10754 na naglalayong ilibre sa VAT ang persons with disabilities (PWDs), walong buwan makaraang pagtibayin ni dating Pangulong Aquino ang batas na ito. “Layunin ng batas na ito na mapagaan ang pasanin ng ating mga kababayang may kapansanan. Magandang pamasko ito para sa kanila at sa kanilang pamilya,” ayon kay Sen. Sonny Angara na nag-sponsor ng batas. Sa ilalim ng RA 10754, libre na sa 12-percent VAT ang PWDs para sa kanilang land transportation fees, domestic air and sea travels; bayarin sa mga serbisyong medikal at dental, kabilang na rin ang mga bayarin sa diagnostic at laboratory tests, at sa professional fees ng kanilang mga doktor mula sa mga pampubliko at pribadong pagamutan; mga bayarin sa mga kagamitang pang-ospital, mga gamot; burol at paglilibing; mga bayarin sa hotel, restaurant at mga recreation center; bayarin

sa sinehan, concert halls at iba pang lugar na maaari nilang mapaglibangan. Ang VAT exemption ay liban pa sa nauna nang 20-percent discount sa ilang uri ng bilihin at serbisyo batay na rin sa umiiral na Magna Carta for Disabled Persons. Base sa iniaatas ng bagong batas, pagkakalooban ng P25,000 taunang income tax deduction o kabawasan sa buwis ang mga kasamang namumuhay na kaanak ng PWDs sa kondisyong ang kanilang relasyon ay nakapaloob hanggang sa 4th degree kinship. Kasabay nito, hinimok din ng senador ang Department of Finance (DOF) na tumugon sa kanyang panawagan na huwag nang ituloy ng ahensya ang pagbawi sa VAT exemptions ng senior citizens at PWDs. Nauna rito, nagpahayag ang DOF na plano nilang ihalili sa VAT exemptions ang mas pinataas na socialized pension at targeted cash transfers para sa 7.5M seniors at 1.4M PWDs. “Sabi ko nga, hindi pa napapakinabangan ng ating mga

PWD ang batas, gusto na agad bawiin yung benepisyo. Base sa huling pakikipag-usap natin sa mga kinauukulan, bukas naman sila sa proposisyong huwag nang isama ang senior citizens at PWDs sa mga posibleng baklasin na exemptions,” ayon pa kay Angara, chairman ng Senate ways and means committee. Ikinalulungkot ng senador ang mga ulat na umano’y hindi nagagamit ng ilang benepisyaryo ang ang mga benepisyo at pribilehiyo na iniaatas ng Magna Carta for Disabled Persons dahil sa kakulangan ng impormasyon ukol dito ng mga establisimyento o ng mismong PWDs. Dahil dito, nakiusap si Angara sa pamahalaan na paigtingin ang pagpapakalat ng impormasyon ukol dito at gawing simple ang aplikasyon para sa PWD ID. “Tiyakin naman sana natin na naibibigay natin ang wastong tulong at oportunidad sa ating PWDs para naman kahit paano ay maramdaman nilang kabilang sila sa pamayanan,” ani Angara.

Free tuition looms for 1 M state college students Recto amendment gives P5.7 B to SUCs for new bldgs

CLOSE to a million students of state colleges and universities (SUCs) will not pay tuition next year if Minority Leader Ralph Recto’s amendment to the 2017 national budget to exempt them from basic matriculation will be carried in the final version of the P3.35 trillion spending measure. Recto’s amendment to appropriate P8 billion to cover tuition cost of SUCs enrollees is included in the Senate version of the Duterte administration’s first general budget. The proposed P8 billion “Higher Education Support Fund” has been added to the budget of the Commission on Higher Education. If approved, it will be CHED that will administer the fund. The fund will be distributed among 114 SUCs based on the amount of tuition each school is projected to collect next year as reported in the Budget of Expenditures and Sources of Financing (BESF) document. For 2017, forecast SUCs’ earnings from tuition is

P7.78 billion out of total expected internally-generated income of P 17.62 billion. Recto explained the P8 billion will fund “free tuition” and will not cover other school fees like dormitory use and laboratory fees. Recto said the “free tuition fund” will guarantee that students from poor farming and fishing families, and from the urban poor will not shell out money for basic matriculation. Covered by this endowment, he explained, are “students coming from 4P families, thus guaranteeing that the ‘last mile’ in their search for education is partially financed.” While Congress has the option to “simply write a provision in the national budget that state college tuition is free,” Recto said SUCs will be at the losing end if the expected foregone income will not be “reimbursed” by Congress. “Kasi doon din kinuha ng lahat ng SUCs ang ilang gastusin tulad ng sweldo, allowances, pambili ngsupplies, pagpagawa ng mga gusali,” Recto said.

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SKILLS TRAINING PRODUCE FRESH BATCH OF GRADUATES. Forty-nine young ladies are on their way to creating a new life, with confidence and employable skills, after finishing their respective courses under Tzu Chi’s Livelihood Training Program. They compromise the program’s 13th batch of graduates.

Nat’l broadband plan susi sa pagganda ng PH internet infra

UMAASA si Sen. Bam Aquino na mapapaganda ng national broadband plan ng pamahalaan ang kasalukuyang imprastraktura ng bansa para sa internet. Ayon kay Sen. Bam, nakatakdang iprisinta ng Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) sa Dec. 6 ang national broadband plan nito sa Committee on Science and Technology. “I’m hopeful that it will be a good proposal and that we can leapfrog the current infrastructure,” wika ni Sen. Bam, chairman ng nasabing kumite. Inaasahan ni Sen. Bam na maghahain ng iba’t ibang opsiyon ang DICT sa national broadband plan: ang gamitin ng kasalukuyang imprastraktura, maglagay ng sariling sistema o humanap ng ibang paraan para sa koneksiyon. “We have to know how much it will cost and what are the benefits of each option. It all boils down to cost-benefit analysis,” wika ni Sen. Bam. “I will be cautious and wait for them to present properly.” “We have to work on solutions that will give the public cheaper, better quality internet for the long term,” dagdag pa ng senador. Sinabi pa ni Sen. Bam na magkakaroon ang ibang stakeholders ng pagkakataon na suriin at makapagbigay ng suhestiyon na magpapaganda pa sa plano ng DICT. “Hopefully, we will be able to come to a consensus on what we need to do to be able to improve our internet infrastructure,” wika pa ni Sen. Bam. Inimbitahan din ni Sen. Bam ang National Telecommunications Commission sa hearing upang alamin ang estado ng mga bagong internet providers na makatutulong upang magkaroon ng kumpetisyon sa merkado. Noong 16th Congress, pinangunahan ni Sen. Bam ang ilang pagdinig ukol sa mabagal at mahal na internet connection sa bansa. Bilang chairman ng Committee on Science and Technology ngayong 17th Congress, naghain siya ng ilang panukala na makatutulong upang mapaganda ang kalidad ng internet sa Pilipinas. Member:

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DUDULOG na ni Liza Diño, ang Tagapangulo ng Film Development Council of the Philippines, ang nakakarimarim na pag-ihi ni Baron Geisler kay Ping Medina sa Actors Guild o sa Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon o KAPPT. Nasahulan pa sa hayop si Liza kay Baron nang makarating ang ulat sa kanya sa

FDCP. Ito ay kasunod nang pag-ihi ni Baron kay Ping sa shooting nila ng pelikulang “Bubog” na ginanap sa Olon-

gapo City kamakailan. Nasa harap ng kamera sina Geisler at Medina, umaarte bilang pulis at kriminal, respectively. Itinali pa ni Baron si Ping sa isang sulok at brutal na sinaktan. Pero hindi pa roon nagkasya si Geisler. Unti-unting nararamdaman ni Medina na may umaanod sa kanyang dibdib na mapanghi ang amoy. Saglit niya itong binalewala sa pag-aakalang tubig lang na may amoy ‘yon

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pero nakita niya na bukas na ang zipper ng pantalon ni Baron at dumadaloy na ang ihi mula sa pagkalalaki nito patungo sa dibdib ni Ping na punit-punit na ang damit. Mula rito ay nagulat na lang ang direktora ng pelikula na si Arlyn de la Cruz at napatiim-baga naman si Ping. *** Noon din ay sumulat si Arlyn ng liham sa Facebook kaugnay ng kasalaulaan ni Baron bagamat wala siyang binanggit na inihian nito si Ping sa eksena ng tunay na likido mula sa kanyang katawan. Noong una, ani de la Cruz ay nagdalawang-isip siya na kunin ang serbisyo ng aktor dahil nga sa maraming negatibong reaksyon laban dito. Noong una, ani Arlyn ay nalaman niya na kailangan ni Baron ng pera sa anyo ng kanyang talent fee pero hindi pa nga sila nag-uusap. May sakit ani de la Cruz ang ina ni Geisler at kailangan ang pampagamot. Pero personal at mababang-loob na sinabi ni Baron na kailangan niya ng pera sa medikasyon ng kanyang ina. Humanga si Arlyn sa ginawang ito ng aktor. Nagpahayag din sa kanya anang direktora na nais na ni Baron na magkaroon ng “sober life” ngayon. Pero sinabi ni Arlyn na bakit hindi pa mas maagang panahon ang pagiging sober life nito. Nakiusap din ani de la Cruz sa kanya si Baron na nais nitong magnegosyo at matulungan niya. Pumayag si Arlyn. Nag-usap sila kaugnay sa pag-akting ayon sa hinihingi ng iskrip. Ang karakterisasyon ni Baron ay isang may kapangyarihan, isang pulis pero ang nais ni de la Cruz ay hindi hayagan ang dahas na manggagaling mula sa isang may kapangyarihan kundi pigil na emosyon lamang. Nagkaintindihan daw sila. Pero nang gawin na ang mga tagpo, sa gitna ng pagpapahirap ni Baron kay Ping, inihian ng una ang huli. Ang sabi ni Arlyn, wala silang pinag-usapang iihian ni Baron si Ping. Galit na galit ang filmmaker kay Geisler. “No more second, third and fourth day for Baron in the

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film. Hindi ko na siya kailangan. Kahit ang ibang filmmakers, hindi na rin siya kailangan,” pahayag ni de la Cruz. *** Ang sabi naman ni Baron ay humingi siya ng permiso kapwa kina Arlyn at Ping para gawin ‘yon dahil sinabi anya sa kanya ng direktor na saktan niya nang konti si Medina. Marahil ay ginawang pangkalahatan ni Baron ang permiso ni de la Cruz na gawin ang lahat sa kaeksena samantalang ang dapat lang para sa mga sibilisadong tao at paligid ang kailangang gawin ni Baron maliban sa pag-ihi sa eksena. Lumagpas sa hangganan si Baron kung ano ang dapat at kahit na ano ang kanyang sabihin, kung wala naman sa script lalo na at hindi naman naaayon sa karakterisasyon ng isang pigil na pigil na emosyon ng isang may kapangyarihan, mali siya. *** Nakilala si Geisler bilang mahilig sa gulo. Handa naman anya siyang mawala sa industriya pero idiniin niyang mga sinungaling at maiitim ang puso at budhi ng mga taong kasangkot sa eksena. Pinaratangan pa ni Baron na gusto lang magkapangalan ng mga tao at kahit hindi niya ispesipikong tinuran sina Arlyn at Ping ay parang ‘yon ang gusto niyang iduro sa mga mukha ng direktora at aktor. Pero sana ay hindi mag-ilusyon si Geisler ang ganitong istruktura ng mga kondisyon ng mga artista. Hindi rin maitago ni Ping ang kanyang poot kay Baron

at nanawagan din siya na hadlangan ang pagkuha rito bilang artista. *** Samantala, ang inihahanay naman sa kabastusan ni Baron ay si Mercedes Cabral na nagtaray kamakailan kay Mrs. Lily Monteverde, mas kilala sa tawag na Mother Lily. Ito ay dahil sa pagpasok ng mga indie films sa 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival at sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon ay naetsa-puwera ang malalaking produksyon kaya apektado rin ang negosyo ni Mother Lily. Suki na kasi si Mrs. Monteverde sa MMFF halos taun-taon at sinabi niyang ang indie films ay hindi bagay sa MMFF dahil ang mga obra rito ay mga pambatang pelikula kundi man star-studded at box-office stars ang mga artista. Ang lahok na kinabibilangan at pinangungunahan ni Mercedes ay indie film at nakapasok sa Magic 8 ng 42nd MMFF sa Disyembre

25, Araw ng Pasko. Nag-react si Cabral at

sinabing “magbayad muna siya (si Mother Lily) nang tama sa kanyang mga artista at sa mga manggagawa sa kanyang pelikula.” Gayunman, dinugtungan pa ni Mercedes na “fucking idiot” si Mother Lily. At ang mga pariralang “fucking idiot” ang nakasama kay Cabral. *** Ayon sa kontrobersyal na Fil-Briton filmmaker na si Jowee Morel na matagal na nakasama sa bahay ni Mercedes dahil tumira ang aktres sa tahanan ni Jowee sa Merville Subdivision nang panahong wala pang pangalan sa showbiz ang aktres, nanghihinayang siya sa kapasidad at takbo ng utak ni Mercedes sa pagtataray nito kay Mother Lily. Sa katunayan, may ka-live

in pa si Cabral sa pagtira kina Morel na isang guwapo at macho ring aktor—si Marc Jacob. “Kung nag-stick na lang si Mercedes sa kanyang sinabi to the effect na exploitative si Mother Lily at ipinaliwanag niya kung bakit oppressive si Mother Lily, mas hahangaan pa siya ng mga tao. Pero sinira niya ang kanyang image na magaling na indie actress. “Para siyang palengkera. Ka-level na lang niya si Rosanna Roces sa pagpatol sa mga showbiz intrigues na talagang bulgaran like ang paggamit ng mga salitang ‘fucking idiot.’ Hindi ito paninira kay Rosanna pero sa image lang niya na madada. Ganyan ang nangyari kay Mercedes. Sayang. Sasabihin na lang nila na gano’n pala ang magagaling na indie actress, bastos. Hindi niya naitaas ang image ng indie filmmaking,” pahayag ni Morel.


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NGAYONG holiday season, nagkalat ang iba’t ibang “happy hour” promo sa mga restaurants at bars. Uso ang unlimited beer, margarita, mojito at kung ano ano pa. Kung hindi naman sobra sobra ang iyong iinumin at kung hindi mo naman aaraw arawin, maaaring ituloy ang pag-hahappy happy basta may kasamang pang-alaga sa atay gaya ng LiverMarin! Ang LiverMarin ay isang dietary supplement na may Silymarin at Sodium Ascorbate. Ang Silymarin ang tumatayong antioxidant habang ang Sodium Ascorbate ang nangangalaga at nagpapalakas sa ating immune system. Maaari na mapangalagaan ang atay sa anu mang uri ng sakit na maidudulot ng pang araw araw nating buhay. Sa LiverMarin, maiiwasan ang problema sa atay upang wala kang pagsisisihan. Ang LiverMarin ay gawa sa 100% purong extract ng Silymarin and Sodium ascorbate na mas napatunayang epektibo kumpara sa mga powdered ingeredients. Ito ay produkto ng ekstensibong pag-aaral at pananaliksik na nagbibigay ng kalidad na resulta.

Enchanted Kingdom Enters the Ice Age!

ONE of the most popular attractions at the Philippines’ first and only world-class theme park just got even cooler. Enchanted Kingdom’s (EK) Rialto 4D theater is set to release its latest animated fully-immersive ride based on the Hollywood blockbuster series Ice Age. This eye-popping adventure follows the beloved pre-historic squirrel Scrat on an epic odyssey in time-travel. From the Coliseum of Ancient Rome to the disco dance floor, Scrat survives everything from Excalibur to the Titanic as he chases after his beloved acorn that’s been accidentally lost in time. This high energy 9-minute show full of mischief and mayhem was custom created by Blue Sky Studios, Fox Animation and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products in partnership with SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment. Featuring exclusive brand new footage, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D, is presented in high-definition 3-D projection combined with in-theatre special effects to further engage the audience. “We are thrilled to bring this EKciting new Ice Age experience to our guests! The high-action storyline engages all the senses with amazing scenes that maximize our Rialto theatre special effects,” says EK Chief Operating Officer Cynthia R. Mamon, The Ice Age characters are well known and appeal to audiences of all ages, adding more magical memories to their bonding experiences. Ice Age: No Time For Nuts starts showing at the Rialto 4D Theater on November 23. For more information about the attraction and other park promotions, visit www.enchantedkingdom. ph or follow its official social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

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ALAGANG hindi na mapipigilan ang nalalapit na pagtatapos nanaman ng taon. At dahil sa huling buwan na ng tinatawag natin na ‘ber months’ kaya inaasahan na rin ang mas maraming shoppers sa lahat ng malls at iba pang pamilihan gaya ng Divisoria, dahil sa tradisyunal na pagbibigayan ng regalo sa isa’t isa. Ngunit bukod sa panahon ng pagreregalo ang holiday season, tunay na kinasasabikan ang pagdating nito dahil sa ilang linggong pahinga at pagkakataon para makasama at makapagsaya kasama ang mga mahal sa buhay higit lalo ang ating pamilya. Pinaka layon o sensya ng mga panahong ito ang makahalubilo muli hindi lang ang malalayong kamag-anak kundi maging ng mga kaibigan na matagl ng hindi nakikita o nakakabonding. Ngunit paano kung nasa malayong lugar at malabo ang tyansa na makasama ang pamilya at mga kaibigan? Sadyang hindi maiiwasan ang pagkakataon na kinakailangan umalis para magtrabaho sa ibang lugar. Dahilan para hindi makapiling ang mga mahal sa buhay sa mga espesyal o mahalagang okasyon na nakasanayang ipagdiwang na kumpleto ang buong pamilya at angkan.

Narito ang ilang tips kung paano maaaring i-enjoy ang holidays habang malayo sa pamilya:

BUKAS NA KOMUNIKASYON.

Number 1 na hindi dapat mawala o maputol ang pakikipag komunikasyon sa mga kapamilya higit lalo sa mga ganitong pagkakataon. Kung dati rati’y simpleng usap lamang sa telepono ang option, ngayon ay may pagkakataon na makita na rin sila habang kausap sa pamamagitan ng videocall gamit ang mga application tulad ng skype at face time sa cellphone o computer. Wala ng dahilan para hindi maramdaman ang presensya n gating mga mahala sa buhay na nasa ibayong lugar.

MAGDIWANG KASAMA ANG NEW FRIENDS. Karaniwan

sa mga ganitong sitwasyon ang mga OFW at yung mga nagaaral sa ibang bayan o bansa. Pero hindi ito nangangahulugan na mananatiling mag-isa dahil sigurado na makakikilala ng bagong mga kasama sa bahay man, sa trabaho o sa eskwela. Simulang bumuo ng bagong pagkakaibigan sa pamamagitan nila. Paraan ito upang hindi damdamin at isiping mabuti ang pagkakalayo sa mga

mahal sa buhay. Tandaan na hindi lang naman pampamilya ang holidays kundi para rin sa mga magkakaibigan.

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sa sa bagong lugar at bagong mga kasama, pagkakataon ito para bumuo ng mga bagong tradisyon na magiging bahagi ng iyong buhay. Hindi naman masama na dalhin sa ibang lugar ang mga nakagawian sa mga ganitong panahon at okasyon upang bigyan ng panibagong kulay o kahulugan. Mag-ayos at lagyan ng makukulay na dekorasyon ang tinitirhan upang sa ganoon ay hindi maramdaman ang kalungkutan dulot ng pangungulila sa pamilya. Lumabas at mamasyal kasama ang mga kasamahan at i-enjoy ang holidays.

MAKIHALUBILO. Kahit saan man mapunta, tiyak na may kanikaniyang paraan ang bawat lugar para ipagdiwang ang holidays. Imbes magmukmok sa bahay, makihalubilo sa mga aktibidad sa komunidad na kinabibilangan. Gayundin sa trabahong pinapasukan. Maaari rin dumalaw sa mga kaibigan o kamag-anak na naroon rin sa lugar na kinaroroonan ng sa ganun ay mabawasan ang pagiisip sa pamilya na malayo.

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PECULATIONS are rife as to who would become the next Armed Forces Chief of Staff (CSAFP) upon the retirement of Gen. Ricardo “Bong” Visaya on Dec. 8, 2016. Turn over ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, December 7, coinciding with the AFP Day celebration this year. A friend, a colonel in the Army, sent me this message just this evening (we would always do some guessing game when an important post in the AFP is up for grabs: “Jie good evening. The incoming CSAFP daw ay

lamang ang vowel sa family name. hehe. Ang mabakante ay paglalabanan ng 83 84 at 85. cno cla? Abangan!” The first senior military official that comes to mind in a clue like this is easily the commanding general of the Philippine Army, Major General Eduardo Año. I thought he was already out of the race because his birthday was last October 27. The Commission on Appointments does not allow the appointment of senior officials less than one year before their compulsory retirement, until I was reminded that the President has the prerogative to do so, as in the case of CSAFP General Ricardo Visaya who was appointed in July 1 this year, only five months to retirement. Two weeks ago, I made a guess that the next CSAFP would be Eastmincom Commander Major General Rey Guerrero. “No doubt, he’s going to be the next CSAFP,” a friend said because, accordingly, General Visaya made a reference to it (whether or not in jest) when he made his exit visit at Eastmincom on November 11. I thought I was certain about General Guerrero, getting information from a credible source. Again, only until I heard

Senator Ping Lacson call out to General Año after the Senate plenary deliberations on the DND budget last week, “Chief of Staff Año!” causing the crowd in the Session Hall to roar seemingly in delight. But no one could be more delighted as the Philippine Navy if, for the first time ever in the AFP’s history, a CSAFP would come from its ranks. Retired Major General Alexander Balutan, former Deputy Commander of the Philippine Navy before he was appointed by President Duterte as General Manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, was bold enough to recommend to the President his choice for the top post in the AFP: “Respectfully endorsing VAdm RONALD JOSEPH MERCADO AFP, PMA’83, the current Flag Officer in Command, Phil Navy, be [the] next CSAFP. It’s now time for [the] Navy to be at helm since [the] country has to focus on international maritime engagement and security. Admiral Mercado has outstanding track record and [his] integrity is beyond reproach. He is retiring in March 2018.@GM PCSO.” As they always say, “May the best man win!”


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ILLBOARD More Pag-IBIG branches lead to increased net satisfaction with services in Visayas, Excellent at +75 LIBRE PARA SA LAHAT

PAG-IBIG Fund got a net satisfaction of +75 or Excellent in the Visayas for its services, based on a national survey conducted by Social Weather Stations from September 24 to 27, 2016. This is a 34-point increase from +41 in a similar survey done in December 2015. “One of the biggest reasons for the increased net satisfaction in the area is the opening of more branches in Regions 6 to 8, or Western, Central, and Eastern Visayas, respectively. From five branches in 2010, we now have 19 branches and three service offices all over the Visayas,” said Ms. Victoria dela Pena, Vice President for Member Services Operations in the Visayas

and Mindanao. She also attributed members’ awareness to the increased visibility of various Pag-IBIG teams who are aggressive in marketing the Fund’s Loyalty Card program. Among the respondents, 84% answered that they are aware of Pag-IBIG Fund and its programs. This is a 5-point increase from the previous 79% awareness score. “Constant exposure of our membership and housing programs on TV and social media also contributed to the high net satisfaction,” Ms. Dela Pena added. Availment of services also increased, up by 8% to 24% in September 2016 from 16% in December 2015.

The biggest jump in services was noted for membership and employer registration, showing a 29% increase from 36% in December 2015 to 65% in September 2016. This was followed by verification of membership or loan records at 24%, up by 9% from 13% in December 2015. Starting last year, Pag-IBIG initiated to engage a third party survey to track how members are impacted by its programs. PagIBIG continues to implement reforms and enhance its programs, and makes sure that these improvements are felt by its 16.9 million members worldwide. Pag-IBIG branches increased nationwide from 38 in 2010 to 117 to date.

Enjoy 50% off on Globe Broadband and Bayan Broadband deals this Christmas!

GLOBE Broadband is giving the gift of connectivity this Christmas through a holiday sale, where Globe Broadband and Bayan Broadband plans will be available for 50% off in select areas! For Globe Broadband, Plans 999 (1 Mbps / 20GB data), 1099 (2 Mbps / 20GB data), 1199 (5 Mbps / 100GB data), 1299 (10 Mbps / 100GB data), and 1599 (15 Mbps / 150GB data) are available for half the price. All plans come with a FREE Wi-Fi modem, with exclusive inclusions per plan: • Plan 1199 and above come with a FREE landline with unlimited calls to Globe and TM • Plans 1299 and above come with access to Netflix, HOOQ, and NBA LEAGUE PASS for six months For Bayan Broadband, Plans 999 (1 Mbps / 20GB data), 1099 (2 Mbps / 20GB

data), 1199 (5 Mbps / 100GB data) are available for half the price, too. All Bayan plans come with a FREE Wi-Fi modem, while Plan 1199 comes with a FREE landline with unlimited calls to Globe and TM. All Globe subscribers will have the option to boost their data allowance through add-ons. Subscribers can also extend their connection using the AirTies Wi-Fi mesh for a minimal cash-out fee. Globe subscribers can further enhance their digital lifestyle with content and device add-ons. Whatever kind of passion you pursue, there’s an exclusive entertainment add-on just right for you! Binge-watching has never been this easy with access to Netflix, HOOQ, Disney Channels Apps, and NBA LEAGUE PASS. Gamers on the other hand can play to their heart’s content with ac-

cess to Garena, Steam, Play@ Park, Game Club, and the PlayStation Network. Music lovers on the other hand can listen to millions of songs on Spotify and sing along with their favorite tunes with Sing! Karaoke by Smule. Device add-ons include high-definition TV sets from Samsung and TCL, Chromecast, Apple TV, bluetooth and wireless speakers, headphones, PlayStation 4, and many more! This limited-time offer is only available for new subscribers starting November 15 until December 31, 2016. For application and more information about discounts and add-ons, you may call 730-1010, visit www.globe. com.ph/broadband, or inquire at the nearest Globe store or through door-to-door agents. Lock-up period of 24 months applies.

DOLE inspects 130 firecracker establishments in Bulacan LABOR and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said that the Department has started the inspection of 130 manufacturers and retailers/dealers of pyrotechnics and firecrackers in Bulacan to see if they comply with the occupational safety and health standards. “The DOLE Regional Office in Region 3 will make assessment on the compliance of these establishments. They will check the compliance of the local establishments with the safety and health standards which will serve as basis for the agency to lift or not the work stoppage order,” said Bello. He added that is if all requirements are complied with, the DOLE Regional Director, with recommendations from the BFP and PNP, will issue recommendation lifting the stoppage order for the compliant establishment. The said establishments are composed of

40 manufacturers and 90 retailers/dealers of firecrackers in the Municipality of Sta. Maria and Bocaue in Bulacan. The DOLE Regional Offices were directed to submit the report to Bello within the week. He added that if the establishment is compliant with the requirements, the Regional Office may recommend the lifting of the work stoppage order. The requirements needed to recommend the lifting of the work stoppage order are Certification from the Philippine National Police that the establishment/local government unit is compliant with the requirements provided by Republic Act 7183 or An Act Regulating The Sale, Manufacture, Distribution And Use Of Firecrackers And Other Pyrotechnic Devices; valid fire safety certification from the Bureau

of Fire; one day safety awareness training for all workers; and conduct of DOLE Joint Assessment. The order mainly mandated the stoppage of work of any unit, department or entire operation of an establishment when non-compliance with occupational safety and health standards poses imminent danger to the health and safety of the employees in the workplace. Bello said that all DOLE Regional Offices were instructed to coordinate with the LGUs, PNP, and BFP for strict implementation of the order. On 24 November 2016, Labor Secretary Bello issued a Work Stoppage Order to all establishments engaged in the manufacture and sale of pyrotechnics and firecrackers nationwide, following the recent explosions in fireworks shops in Bulacan that killed five people and injured 30 others.

Globe, PLDT sign agreement to cut interconnection rate for voice calls

To benefit mobile customers of both telcos

GLOBE Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding with PLDT to reduce the interconnection rate for voice calls between the two operators. This means the price of domestic mobile and fixed line calls between Globe and PLDTSmart will be reduced, effectively benefitting consumers. The reduction of interconnection rates will not affect Globe to Globe (intra) calls as these are not subject to interconnect charges and are already offered to consumers in an unlimited basis. International calls will likewise not be covered. Under the agreement, the two telcos committed to take steps to lower retail rates for voice, taking into consideration the reduction in interconnection rates. Both parties also committed to maintain GOS (grade of service) in interconnection. This means both operators will ensure that sufficient telecommunications circuits or routes are available for efficient transmission of calls. The agreement is related to the issuance by the National Telecommunications Commission of a memorandum circular providing for a reduction in the interconnection rate between the two networks. Under the circular, interconnection charge for voice calls shall not be more than P2.50 per minute from P4.00/minute previously, representing a 38% reduction. The reduction shall take effect not later than January 1, 2017. “For many years now, Globe has been strongly advocating the rationalization of interconnect access charge between the two telcos. We are confident that a reduction in the cost of interconnection for voice calls will eventually redound to a more robust economy, providing our customers with an affordable and easily accessible way of communication,” Globe Chief Technology and Information Officer Gil Genio said. Genio, along with General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo, signed for Globe. Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba witnessed the signing. The NTC said the decision to lower interconnection rates is in line with efforts to reduce communications costs, maintain and foster fair competition in the telecommunications industry as well as to make mobile voice service more affordable to the public. The MOU will serve as a guide to amend previous interconnection agreements.


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DA announces moves to make local onion industry stronger

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol yesterday announced a series of measures to strengthen and protect the local onion growing industry, including a commitment to provide government financing for a marketing agreement between local onion farmers and big supermarket and restaurant chains and a series of steps to improve the local farmers’ competitiveness. Piñol, in a meeting with officials of the national association of onion farmers, gave assurances that the DA will implement a provision in the Food Safety Act of 2013 that requires DA inspection of all agricultural imports to ensure that local farmers are protected from illegal importations that had made the agriculture sector weaker under previous Administrations. “What we want to do is to make you (onion farmers) more competitive so you can produce more even at current operating costs so you can earn more,” Secretary Piñol said. He said the DA is also monitoring the operation of unscrupulous traders who dump excess onion imports into the local market during harvest time to drive the onion farming sector to bankruptcy so they could just make money from imports. To address the immediate need of local onion farmers to sell their produce, Piñol said he is meeting this evening, November 30, with representatives of big supermarket and restaurant chains like SM, Robinsons, Shakey’s, Jolibee, Shopwise, Savemore and Mindanao-based NCCC malls to finalize an agreement to buy direct from local onion farmers as arranged with the help of Presidential Adviser for Economic Enterprise Joey Concepcion. Piñol said the DA is ready to provide financing for the onion farmers so they can supply the supermarket and restaurant chains on credit. He instructed DA Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña to work with the onion farmers’ group to determine how much market financing is needed to implement the onion supply agreement with the big supermarket and restaurant chains. The DA Secretary also instructed Laviña to assist the onion farmers in improving their marketing techniques for their produce, including the proper labeling for local produce to instill consumer loyalty and pride. Piñol also said the DA will assist local onion farmers become more competitive by helping them adopt new farming technologies and techniques to lower production costs and increase farm yields. He cited an offer of VietGrow, one of Vietnam’s biggest vegetable seeds producer and fertilizer manufacturer, to set up demonstration farms in North Cotabato, Southern Leyte, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Mindoro. Laviña said the DA will work with the local onion farmers to draw up a roadmap for the development of the onion industry from farming to post harvest production and marketing to improve their incomes and make them more competitive against imported onion. “We will make sure that the pagbabago (change) that President Rodrigo Duterte promised our people will become a reality for all our farmers,” Laviña said. Lastly, Piñol said the DA will provide all the post-harvest facilities that local onion farmers need to reduce wastage in their farm yields, including the construction of cold storage facilities in the onion belt in Central and Northern Luzon and in Mindanao for onion bulbs for planting and produce for longer storage. “President Duterte delivers on his promise to improve the lives of all Filipino farmers,” Piñol declared. DA-OSEC

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DIVISORIA TRIPS NURTURED CHILD’S ENTREP SPIRIT

AURA De Leon was in grade six her aunt would tag along to Divisoria for her banana business.

“Maaga pa lang sumasama na ko sa tiyahin ko sa Divisoria. Dun sya bumibili ng mga saging. Tapos sa ibabaw na ko ng mga saging natutulog. Sa sampung tumpok, sabihin nya ibenta mo walo, iyo na yung dalawa. Kaya siguro ako nahilig sa negosyo, kasi bata pa ko, namulat na ko sa negosyo.” (Very early in the morning I would go along with my aunt to Divisoria where she would buy bananas. Then I would be sleeping on top of the bananas. For ten piles of bananas she would ask me to sell eight and I get the two piles. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to business because I was exposed to it at a young age). This little girl would later find herself in various businesses, from garments to chemicals, and the latest as the country’s pioneer in healthy sugar --- stevia. She’s now the president of the Glorious Industrial and Development Corp., the maker of stevia sold in the leading supermarket and drugstores.

Of ventures and losses

De Leon’s first venture started at the age of twentyfive. She got into embroidery business and stayed there for 17 years, until the industry’s downturn due to influx of garments from China. She incurred debts and she eventually folded up. The turn of events did not deter her, though, she ventured once again into other business – to chemicals. She asked her friends what possible business she could get into and one suggested chemicals. “Para akong magkakasakit pag hindi ako nag negosyo (I felt sick if I will not get into business),” De Leon said. She then studied how chemical products are done. One of the leading grocery store gave her the opportunity to become the supplier of the

store’s housebrand, so her foray into chemicals began with her production of soap, powder detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, fabric softener, liquid dishwashing and more. However, that venture was halted when her chemical warehouse was destroyed by fire. Despite yet another loss, she ploughed on. This time venturing into an unchartered territory: stevia. One of De Leon children was taking up medicine at the time when she stumbled on her child’s book and read about diabetes and the rising cases of the disease. Coincidentally, De leon’s sister suffered a stroke around that time, as a complication of her diabetes. Little did she know that these minor events will lead her to another enterprise. Still recovering from another loss, she solicited suggestions from friends and family on possible business idea. A friend came home from Malaysia a pitched a healthy coffee product. De Leon’s team embarked on product formulation. “Kung magko-coffee tayo, tapos wala din naman syang magiging pagkakaiba sa malalaking players sa market, baka hindi rin tayo maging successful (If we get into coffee business that is similar with the big time market players, we might not succeed),” she addressed her product development team. Then a doctor told her about stevia, a plant that serves as sugar substitute but is grow only in Paraguay. She became hopeful when she heard the word “plant.” She was reminded of the time when her family was into farming. She hired an agriculturist to look for the plant stevia in Baguio, La Union, and Tagaytay, but after a couple of months the agriculturist returned empty

handed. Not all is lost, though. She had a child in Europe who was able to send her the seeds of the plant which will be the core of her business. They struggled for three years to make stevia adaptable to the Philippine soil. But the next challenge was what to do about it. Of pains, triumphs and government’s help In the early stages while her company was developing possible commercial products, she tried to make use of stevia

ang DOST, mas madali,” De Leon said as she recounted the various ways they tried to make stevia useful. De Leon said that they first approached DOSTNational Capital Region in 2009 and got assistance a year later. Among the DOST technologyinterventions are the following: cabinet type dryer, form fill & seal machine, calamansi juice extractor, shrink tunnel, bench top pH meter, refractometer, and digital incubator. The company also availed

as feeds to chickens and hogs. She noticed that chickens which normally laid 12 eggs were producing 24 eggs when fed with stevia. And the pigs who fed on stevia were more meaty and do not smell bad even without bath for several months. When a family member suggested approaching DOST for assistance, it was then that the family discovered the many services a government office can offer. She would have preferred that small businesses in the barangay or municipalities know about the services of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) right away. “Nang mag start kaming mag-inquire sa DOST, nabuhayan kami ng loob. Sabi ko nga at that time, kung ang mga nagnenegosyo nga sana alam na may assistance

of other DOST services such as: Technology Needs Assessment; Technical Assistance on Food Safety, Seminar on Good Agricultural Practices, and Consultancy for Agricultural and Manufacturing Productivity Improvement. The interventions lead to increased gross sales by 40 percent, improved product quality and safety, and enhanced packaging. The company also stopped outsourcing of its packaging. Her company, the Glorious Industrial and Development Corporation, is the maker of the Sweet and Fit stevia which is the first organicallygrown stevia in the country. The company has been in the business of food and non-food products for six years now., Before DOST, the company had over 30 employees which now has grown to over a

hundred, including stevia growers. Since partnering with DOST, they became more convinced and proud of their product. “Very proud kami na assisted kami ng DOST. Noon, nung walang naga-assist, medyo hesitant ka pa, kasi si stevia hindi sya masyadong kilala. Pag tinanong kung ano ang Stevia, kung safe ba yan? Pag sinabi naming assisted po kami ng DOST, parang ang laking tulong nya na ang tao nagtitiwala doon sa safety ng product,” De Leon said. (We’re very proud that we’re DOST-assisted. Before, when there was nobody assisting us, we were hesitant because stevia was not yet known. Whenever we’re asked what is stevia, is it safe? When we say we’re DOST-assisted, it helped us a lot in boosting public’s trust on product’s safety). Aside from manufacturing food and non-food products, the company is advocating Filipinos’ return to farming. The company wants young children to see and enjoy a nearby farm, that is why aside from healthy farm products, they’re also expanding on farm eco-tour. De Leon’s life’s goal is to contribute to other people’s well-being. She came from a poor family and she wants to help others improve their lives. “Naniniwala kasi ako na lahat may potensyal. Kailangan mo lang silang gabayan sa pagnenegosyo, may parte na ispirituwal. Gusto ko yung pagwo-work nila sa kin, may na-contribute ako sa buhay nila,” she added. (I believe that everybody has potential. You only need to guide them in business, also in the spiritual aspect. I want to have a contribution in their lives of people who worked with me). She seldom let go of people. Most people who have been with her in her embroidery business days are still employed with her now. For other information on the governments technology products and services at the National Capital Region, visit http://ncr.dost.gov.ph/ (Geraldine Bulaon-Ducusin, S&T Media Service)

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