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Enero 13, 2017

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ASADO na ang P2000 dagdag pension sa mga miyembro ng Social Security System (SSS).

Suportado ng SSS ang desisyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na aprubahan ang across-the-board pension increase na P2,000 na mabebenepisyuhan ang mahigit sa 2 milyong pensioners ng ahensiya. Hinati ang P2K dagdag pension. Ang inisyal na P1,000 ay epektibo sa buwang ito at ang susunod na P1K ay sa taong 2022 o mas maaga pa. Subali’t inirekomenda naman ng economic managers ng Pangulo ang karagdagang 1.5 premium na ipatutupad sa Mayo. Suportado naman ni Sen. Sonny Angara ang pagtataas ng nasabing premium dahil ang mga sususunod na henerasyon ang maapektuhan kung hindi magtataas ng premium dahil posibleng maubos ang pondo ng SSS. Aniya, kung hindi gagawin ito ngayon ng

pamunuan ng SSS kawawa ang mga kasalukuyang mga bata na pagdating ng panahon ng pagreretiro ng mga ito ay wala ng reserves para sa kanilang pension. Sayang lang aniya ang ni-remit ng mga ito kapag hindi ginawa ngayon ang pagtataas ng premium ng SSS members. Paliwanag pa ni Duterte dapat na ituring ang SSS bilang long-term savings at hindi gastusin. “That actively-paying members enjoy six types of benefits and loan privileges”. Aniya, ang pagpapatupad ng SS Law ay palalakasin sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalabas ng Executive Orders para matiyak ang proteksyon ng mga manggagawa. Samantala, ikinagulat naman ni Sen. Bam

DOST OFFERS NEW FOOD PRODUCTS FROM INNOVATION CENTERS ISANG NURSE SA BAWAT PUBLIC SCHOOL ISINUSULONG

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Aquino ang pagtataas ng premium ng SSS. Kahit aniya 1.5% lang ang gagawing pagtataas ng singil sa premium ay malaking bagay ito kapag isinuma ang lahat ng masisingil sa 34 milyon miyembro ng SSS. Umaasa si Bam na kukunsultahin pa rin ng SSS ang mga miyembro nito ukol sa pagtataas ng premium. Naniniwala ang senador na ang dapat itaas ng SSS ay ang efficiency ng pagkolekta ng contribution sa halip na itaas ang singil sa premium. Pinagpapaliwanag naman ni Sen. Chiz Escudero ang SSS sa karagdagang 1.5% na singil sa kontribusyon. Dapat i-justify ng pamunuan ng SSS ang pagtataas ng singil sa kontribusyon na dapat at magpakita ng kaakibat na dokumento ukol sa nakaraang gastusin ng SSS. Aprub din kina Sen. Richard Gordon at Franklin Drilon ang dagdag pension subalit hindi ang dagdag premium kay Drilon.

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ATTY. MARIBERT PAGENTE BAKIT BAWAL KUHAAN NG PICTURE ANG MESA NG STRONGHOLD INC & STERLING INC SA 2/F NG MAKATI CITY HALL? (ATTENTION: 8888)

BULABUGIN NATIN

For the meantime, nanatili ang mga AHAPON, pinakuhaan tanong na ‘yan sa isipan ng mga businessnatin ng retrato ang man sa Makati City. ‘iregular’ na authentication ng dalawang insurance NI JERRY YAP company sa iba pang insurance MAY DIPERENSIYA BA company na kinukuhaan ng Para sa mga reaksiyon, suhestiyon, reklamo ANG MGA MATA comprehensive general liability at sumbong, magtext sa 0927.590.9127 NI MTPB CHIEF DENNIS (CGL) ng mga nagre-renew o mag-email sa jerryap888@yahoo.com. ng business permit at maging ALCOREZA!? ng mga bagong applicants sa Nag-operation photo op at video op Business Permits and Licensing pala ang Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) sa pamumuno Office (BPLO) sa 2nd floor ng Makati City Hall. ng kanilang hepe na si dating konsuhol ‘este mali’ konsehal Dennis Pero nabigo ang aming photographer na kuhaan ng retrato Alcoreza sa Sampaloc, Maynila kahapon. ang mesa ng Stronghold Inc., Makati City Hall Building II; at ng Ang press release, nilinis at binatak (tow) daw nila ang mga Sterling Inc., na nasa Makati City Hall Main Building naman dahil illegal parking kabilang ang mga nakagaraheng sasakyan sa mga hinarang siya agad ng mga security guard. kalsada. Lalo tuloy tayong nagtaka sa sistema ng BPLO ng Makati na Talaga namang sa radio interview, photo op at video op ‘e papinamumunuan ni Atty. Maribert Pagente. rang gustong baliktarin ang mga sasakyan na nakagarahe sa bawat Kung dati ang tanong lang natin, bakit ang Stronghold at Sterkalye. ling insurance companies ang nag-o-authenticate ng kapwa nila Ipinagmalaki pa sa video op na, tuloy-tuloy daw ang kanilang insurance companies? paglilinis hanggang lumuwag ang mga kalye sa Maynila. Bakit ang mesa ng Stronghold at Sterling ay nasa loob mismo Wee?! Hindi nga?! ng Building I at Building II para mag-o-authenticate ng CGL ng E bakit feeling ng mga Manileño, ‘e may diperensiya sa mata o mga aplikante ng business permit sa BPLO at kumokonsumo ng farsighted si Alcoreza? koryente at gumagamit ng facilities ng local government? Aba ‘e gustong linisin ang Sampaloc, Blumentritt, Divisoria, Bakit naniningil ang Stronghold at Sterling ng 60% sa kaSta. Cruz, Quiapo, Paco, Pandacan at Malate pero ‘yung napakabuuang Insurance premium ng mga nagre-renew ng business lapit sa Manila City hall na illegal terminal ay hindi niya malinpermits maging new applicants? is-linis?! Saan napupunta ‘yang 60% na ‘yan? Aba, konsi Alcoreza, dapat sigurong ipa-check mo ang iyong Sa kabang yaman ba ng Makati City? mata na hindi yata nakakikita sa malapitan?! O sa kabang-bulsa ng iilan?! Ano ba ‘yan, sinasadya? Ngayon, ang dagdag na tanong, Atty. Pagente, paano ninyo Sinsadyang huwag tingnan?! nasabing mabilis ang proseso sa renewal ng business permits sa Bukod sa kabi-kabilang illegal terminal ng mga kolrum na van, BPLO gayong nagsisimula kayo sa isang ‘iregular’ na proseso? malapit sa Manila City hall, ang bantot at ang panghi ng paligid Kung kailangan ng authentication ng mga insurance company lalo sa Liwasang Bonifacio (dating Plaza Lawton) na pinaglunggaan na kinukuha ng mga negos-yante nagre-renew ng business permit na ng illegal terminal, ginawa pang tambayan, liguan, labahan, para CGL, bakit hindi sa Insurance Commission n’yo ipa-authentulugan, kasilyas ng mga inaangking constituents ng nasabing ticate!? barangay. Wattafak!? ‘Kinahoy’ na maging ang mga lamp post at mukhang nai-deliver ‘Yan lang po ang sagutin ninyo Atty. pahenge ‘este Pagente. na sa junk shop. Hindi na po ninyo kailangan gumastos pa nang malaki para sa Baka isang araw ‘e bumaba ang estatwa ni Gat Andres Bonifapagpapa-PR ng Makati BPLO. cio at maghimagsik sa sobrang baho ng liwasan na ipinangalan sa By the way, bakit hindi ninyo subukang mag-imbita ng Omkanya. budsman para makita at masuri ‘yang sistema ninyo? MTPB chief, Dennis Alcoreza, ang daming obstruction sa Kapag nagawa ninyo ‘yan Atty. pahenge ‘este Pagente, ‘e baka Liwasang Bonifacio… maniwala ang mga negosyante sa sinasabi ninyo… ‘Yan ang dapat mong unahin!

DISTRIBUTION OF LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS IN OLONGAPO AND SUBIC. Labor and

Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III welcomes the officials and the constituents of Olongapo City and Subic, headed by Olongapo City Mayor Raulen C. Panlilio, Subic Mayor Jay Khonghun, and Congressman Jeffrey Khonghun, during the distribution of some P3.8-M DOLE livelihood assistance projects to 320 marginalized residents of Olongapo City and Subic town in Zambales over the weekend. PHOTO BY

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Ban sa mga foreign act at pelikula iminungkahi IMINUNGKAHI ng batikang kompositor at mang-aawit na si Anthony Castelo ang pagkakaroon ng pansamantalang ban sa mga foreign artist sa Pilipinas upang bigyang pagkakataong makabangon ang humihinang lokal na industriya. Nanawagan si Castelo kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa pamamagitan ng kapuwa mang-aawit na si Freddie Aguilar na kamakailan lang ay itinalagang Presidential Adviser on Culture and Arts. Paliwanag ni Castelo na siyang tagapangulo ng Dakilang Lahi Foundation, bukod sa tinatangay ng mga foreign artist ang pera ng bayan palabas ng bansa, nagkakaroon pa sila ng pagkakataong bastusin ang Pilipinas gaya ng “iresponsableng” pahayag ni James Taylor laban sa kampanya kontra droga ng pamahalaan. “Major acts like that of James Taylor, Madonna, Barry Manilow and others cause a huge dollar drain to the country. Imposing a temporary ban on these performances will give an opportunity for our own local artists to regain supremacy in their own country where they have been drowned and dwarfed by imported acts!” ani Castelo. “James Taylor’s remarks against the war on illegal drugs were irresponsible. This incident behooves us to rethink our policy on allowing foreign artists to lord over our equally, if not better-talented, local artists,” dagdag pa niya. Ayon sa kaniya, maaaring pangunahan ni Aguilar angkampanya upang iligtas ang industriya ng musika at pelikula sa bansa na nilunod na ng mga banyagang kanta at mga palabas sa entablado at sinehan. “This continuing cultural and economic attrition on our country has a direct powerful negative effect on the Filipino psyche, attitude and behavior. Tandaan natin na totoo ang kasabihang ‘ang bayang walang kultura ay isang bayang walang kaluluwa’,” diin pa ni Castelo. Sa katunayan, binastos na ni Madonna ang bandila ng Pilipinas sa kaniyang nagdaang pagtatanhal bago pa man magsalita si Taylor ng masama laban sa pangulo. Ito aniya ay pakikialam na sa soberenya ng bansa. Ayon kay Castelo, hindi dapat pinapayagang magtanghal ang mga ito sa Pilipinas. “Aanhin pa ba natin sila samantalang marami tayong mga international artist din dito gaya ni Ka Freddie,” dagdag pa ng mang-aawit.


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Special hospital para sa OFWs

ISINUSULONG ni Sen. Joel Villanueva ang panukalang pagtatayo ng special hospital para sa mga bagong bayani, ang Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at kanilang dependents. Sa ilalim ng Senate Bill No. 1282, tatawagin itong Bagong Bayaning Filipino Hospital (BBFH) na itatayo sa NCR at magsisilbing pangunahing medical facility para sa hospitalization, confinement, medical treatment at medical care ng OFWs at kanilang dependents. “We want to recognize all the efforts and sacrifices of our modern-day heroes who have worked hard not only to provide a better living for their families, but also for their contribution to the national economy. The personal remittances of our migrant workers strengthened the account position of the country, enlarged the middle class and spawned microenterprises in the countryside. It would be nothing short of a noble deed for the government to take care of our OFWs by providing them quality healthcare services,” aniya. . Ayon sa 2015 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF), tinatayang nasa 2.4 milyon ang OFWs na nagtatrabaho sa abroad mula Abril 1- Setyembre 30, 2015. Tinatayang nasa 180.3 bilyon naman ang total cash remmitances na ipinadadala ng OFWs “In spite of the growing number of migrant workers and the steady stream of remittance flows, social services, especially health care, remain out of reach for them and their dependents,” ani Villanueva.

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MFI NGOs palakasin kontra 5-6 DAPAT palakasin ng pamahalaan ang microfinance institutions (MFI) sa bansa upang matugunan ang pangangailangan sa pautang ng mahihirap, ayon kay Sen. Bam Aquino. “As author of the Microfinance NGOs Act, we are supportive of eradicating 5-6 in the Philippines,” wika ni Sen. Bam, patungkol sa Republic Act 10693, na kanyang isinulong bilang co-author at principal sponsor sa kanyang termino bilang chairman ng Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship noong 16th Congress. Maraming alternatibo sa 5-6, tulad ng MFIs NGOs na nagbibigay ng pautang na mababa ang interes at walang collateral sa mahihirap at sa mga nais magnegosyo na nangangailangan ng puhunan. Nanawagan si Sen. Bam sa Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) na ilabas

na ang pinal na tax regulation para sa MFI-NGOs upang maipatupad na ang batas at matupad ang tungkulin nitong magbigay ng pautang sa mahihirap. Hatid ng MFI NGOs sa mga mahihirap na Pilipino ang pautang na mababa ang interes at walang collateral na maaari nilang ipambayad sa upa, serbisyong medical at sa pagaaral at puhunan sa maliit na negosyo. Tinutulungan din ng MFI NGOs ang mga Pilipino na makaahon sa kahirapan, hindi lang sa pamamagitan ng pautang, kundi pati na rin sa financial literacy, livelihood at entrepreneurship training. Binibigyan naman ng batas ang microfinance NGOs ng kailangang suporta at insentibo, kabilang ang access sa mga programa at proyekto ng pamahalaan, technical assistance at exemption sa buwis. “MFI NGOs aid our poor

countrymen in times of inflation and price increases. They also provide financing and training for livelihood and small businesses so families can overcome poverty,” wika ni Sen. Bam. Noong 2013, ang mga miyembro ng Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) ay mayroong gross loan portfolio na mahigit P15.26 bilyon na nagsisilbi sa mahigit 2.7 million micro-entrepreneurs. Kasabay nito, nanawagan si Sen. Bam sa mga kaukulang ahensiya ng pamahalaan na madaliin ang paglabas ng implementing rules and regulations para sa Republic Act 10744 o Credit Surety Fund Act. Ayon kay Sen. Bam, author at sponsor ng Senate version ng RA 10744, isasabatas ang CSF program ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), na tutugon sa pangangailangang pautang mula P200,000 hanggang P5 milyon.

Isang nurse sa bawat public school isinusulong ITINUTULAK na sa Senado ang pagkakaroon ng registered nurse sa bawat pampublikong paaralan upang matutukan ang kalusugan ng mga estudyante at mabigyan ng trabaho ang mga Pilipinong nurse. “Our students and our teachers should have quick access to basic health care and assistance in schools,” ayon kay Sen. Bam sa Senate Bill No. 663. “Having a nurse in every school emphasizes the value of health, nutrition and wellbeing as part of the formation of our Filipino children. And with over 45,000 public schools, we create more

meaningful jobs for our nurses,” dagdag pa niya. Tulad ng iba pang mga tauhan sa paaralan, mahalagang papel ang ginagampanan ng mga nurse dahil responsibilidad nila ang pisikal at emosyonal na pangangailangan ng mga estudyante. Maliban dito, sila rin ang mangunguna sa mga programa na magtataguyod sa nutrisyon at iba pang isyu na may kinalaman sa kalusugan. “Sa iilang paaralan, ang mga guro pa po natin ang nagaalaga ng mga batang may sakit o nasusugatan. A nurse in every public school will safeguard the well-being of the students and

faculty by attending to healthrelated issues and accidents,” aniya. Sa nasabing panukala, inaatasan ang Department of Education at Department of Health na magtalaga ng isang registered nurse sa bawat public school. Tungkulin ng nurse na maghatid ng serbisyo at kaalamang pangkalusugan sa mga estudyante. Ang mga mapipiling nurse ay tatanggap ng buwanang suweldo na katumbas ng salary grade 15, na itinatakda ng Republic Act No. 9173, o kilala bilang Philippine Nursing Act of 2002.

SSFI AT PHILIPPINE OPERATION Officer 3 Sonny Bello from Team MICP shows his shooting skills at the stage CHILDREN’S MEDICAL 3CUSTOMS on the recently concluded Inter port/ Inter office shooting competition conducted by the Customs Law CENTER: The Senate Spouses Enforcement Shooting Club in cooperation from the Office of the Commissioner held at the Villamor Air Base

Foundation, Inc. (SSFI), led by Lourdes “Bing” Pimentel (3rd from left), mother of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, is joined by (from left), Camille Villar, daughter and representative of Senator Cynthia Villar, and Gladys Villanueva, wife of Senator Joel Villanueva, during a gift-giving activity at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City, Thursday, January 12, 2017. Also in photo is Human Resource Management Service Chief Soledad Tioseco.

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PAPIN, NANALONG PRESIDENTE NG ACTORS GUILD OF THE PHILIPPINES

UNTIK nang hindi matuloy noong Martes, ika-10 ng Enero, 2017 ang eleksyon ng pagkapangulo, pagkapangalawang pangulo sa internal at external affairs, ingat-yaman at kalihim ng Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon o KAPPT. Bago buksan ang sesyon para sa halalan ng dating pangulo na si Rez Cortez ay katakut-takot, hindi matapos ang mga protesta laban sa pagtakbo ni Imelda Papin bilang presidente ng club.

IMELDA PAPIN

“Mabait si Sonny. Nakilatis niya ang aking talento. Hindi ko siya makakalimutan. Madali siyang naimpress sa akin. “Hilig ko rin talaga ang kumanta at sumayaw. Kaya lang, nakilala tayo sa action movies. Pero hindi pa huli ang lahat,” kuwento ni Joel na matagal nang lumalabas sa maaksyon at mga seksing pelikula. Taga-La Union din si Joel at kaanak niya sina Robert at Michelle RICARDO CEPEDA Ortega. *** Ang isa namang seksing aktres na nakasama na ni Ortega sa mga pelikula na si Ara Mina ay nagbalik na sa kanyang shooting ng “Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa” ng GMA Network. Muntik nang magpaalam si Ara sa management ng GMA dahil ang kanyang pakiramdam ay binabalewala na siya ng administrasyon JOEL ORTEGA ng himpilan dahil may dalawang VAL IGLESIAS AT COCO MARTIN linggo na hindi siya naabisuhan na may taping ng kanyang sina Bisaya, ang nahalal na Pangalawang show. Pangulo para sa Ugnayang Panloob Ayon sa isang taga-Channel 7, “kasi, hindi samantalang si Ricardo Cepeda, ang nag-taping ang ‘Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa’ dahil nanalong Pangalawang Pangulo naman para sa wala pa itong timeslot noon kaya nagkaroon sa Uganyang Panlabas. ng lull period. Siksikan na kasi ang mga show ng Kalihim si Perry de Guzman samantalang Channel 7 at may na-extend pa na teleserye kaya Ingat-Yaman naman si Lyn Madrigal. hindi pa maipasok ang show ni Ara kaya lang ay Ang board of directors naman ay hindi siya nasabihan.” binubuo nina Cortez, Joel Ortega, Josie Tagle Ang pakiramdam ni Mina ay Shoemaker, Boy Roque, Jaime napapabayaan na siya ng Siyete Pango, Rey Solo, Gerry Roman, pero ang totoo ay mahal na Japh Bahian, Jess Lapid, Jr. at Val mahal siya nito. Iglesias. *** Ayon kay Joel na halatang Samantala, puring-puri ng pabor kay Papin: “Magulo. Ang movie press si Alden Richards sa daming protesta. Ayaw ba nila ng kabaitan nito. pagbabago?” “Hindi lumalaki ang ulo ni Hindi naman nakarating Alden. Sa totoo lang,” wika ng si Val dahil abala sa taping ng peryodistang pampelikulang si “Ang Probinsiyano” bilang stunt Rommel Gonzales. director ni Coco Martin para sa “Naku, taung-tao si Alden ABS-CBN. kaya gusto siya ng lahat lalo na Tiyak na marami pang ni Ate Nora Calderon,” pahayag alingangas ang pagwawagi ni La ni Ricky Calderon, dating Papin kaya ating aantabayanan. presidente ng Philippine Movie *** Press Club. Samantala, napapag-usapan “Masipag si Alden. na rin lang si Ortega. Palibhasa’y laki sa hirap,” sabi ni Pilar Mateo. Alam ba ninyong kinuha na siya ni Sonny Gayunman, ang ka-loveteam ni Richards na Parsons para maging isa sa mga bagong si Maine Mendoza ay anak-mayaman bagamat miyembro ng nagbabalik na Hagibis. Bagong napakabait at down-to-earth din. Hagibis na ang pangalan ng grupo ni Sonny. Amay sa mga Marcos. *** Kung hindi pa umano nakialam si Leo Martinez, ang Tagapangulo at Pangkalahatang pinuno ng Film Academy of the Philippines, ang pampayong na organisasyon ng lahat ng guilds kabilang ang Actors Guild, ay hindi pa matutuloy ang halalan na matagal nang kinasabikan ng mga artista. Nagwagi si Imelda subalit hindi humupa ang tensyon sa paligid. Ang iba pang nagwagi ay

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nakamtan Organisasyon ng mga sa bilang Musikerong Pilipino o OPM na 195 sa kumandidato si Papin at labinlimang doon nagsisiksik sa KAPPT ibinoto samantalang hindi naman ito ng mga artista. Ang iba ay sinabing miyembro ng wala pa namang sampung Actors Guild. pelikula ang nagawa ng tinaguriang Asia’s Sentimental Songstress samantalang ang batas na sinusunod sa Konstitusyon ng Actors Guild ARA MINA of the Philippines ay sampung pelikula ang dapat nang BOY nagawa ng sinumang nais VILLASANTA Pumangalawa ang pamosong tumakbo bilang pinuno ng character actor na si Gerry Roman sa organisasyon. Ito ay ayon sa botong 180 at pumangatlo si Rez sa 1973 Miss World First Princess botong 165 katabla si Amay Bisaya. at aktres na si Evangeline Pascual bagamat May nagawa na ring pelikula si La Papin at hindi ibig sabihin ng kanyang paglilinaw kumakanta rin siya ng mga theme song ng mga ay kontra siya kay Mel. Nagsasaad lang si pelikula. Evangeline ng nakasaad sa batas. Pinaghihinalaan din si Imelda na *** Pero nominado si La Papin bilang isa sa mga magtatanim ng pagtatanggol sa mga Marcos para baguhin ang kasaysayan ng Pilipinas at miyembro ng lupon ng mga direktor, ang hanay hindi na isama ang mga taon ng karahasan kung saan kukunin sa labinlimang mapipili ang sa panahon ng Martial Law kung saan at presidente, bise-presidente, kalihim, ingatkailan naghari at nagkontrol si Ferdinand yaman at tagapangulo. E. Marcos. Ito ay dahil malapit si Papin at si At si Imelda ang pinakamaraming botong

DUE TO INSISTENT PUBLIC DEMAND. Pumailanglang na ang mas pinahabang ‘Live Jamming with Percy Lapid’ matapos paunlakan ng 8TriMedia Broacasting Network management ang hiling ng maraming followers at listeners na mapapakinggan sa bago nitong oras, tuwing Linggo ng gabi, 11:00 pm – 2:00 am, sa makasaysayang himpilan ng DZRJ-Radyo Bandido (810 Khz). Naging tampok na panauhin nitong Linggo sa simula ng mas pinasayang programa para sa 2017 ang mga beteranong singer at musician na sina Tim Torre ng grupong Aurora (pangalawa mula sa kaliwa), Rosario Alandy Elchico at Terlino Bajar na mas kilala bilang ‘Nonoy and Gigie Duo’, at ang co-host na si Lolipop.

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SHOWBIZ Ito ay dahil hindi umano artista si Imelda at isang kilalang singer. Bakit daw hindi ito sa


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FASHION TRENDS PARA GIVE CENTENARIAN INCENTIVES NOW SA KABABAIHAN NGAYONG 2017 R

IKAW NA GIRL

Ngunit hindi ganun kadali na ma-predict kung anu-anong latest sa fashion ang uusbong ngayong taon. Kaya simulan nang buksan ang iyong kabinet at baka mayroong mga gamit sa nagdaang taon na pwede muling magamit dahil naririto ang ilang prediksyon sa usaping fashion na maaari nating asahan na lilitaw at maisasama sa listahan ng iyong #ootd ngayong 2017 mula sa ilang fashion experts:

STRIPES. Kung printed na damit ang pag-uusapan, tiyak na hindi mawawala ang stripes sa fashion. At ngayong taon, asahan ang lalo nilang pamamayagpag hindi lamang sa damit pang itaas kundi maging sa dresses, skirts at underwear.

PINKS. Ayon sa mga fashion expert, ehemplo o halimbawa ng femininity, pagiging classy at eternal ang kulay na pink. At asahan ang paglabas ng mga pink-colored clothes ngayong taon. NEON PRINTS. Magbabalik naman ang neon printed clothes ngayong 2017 ngunit ipinapayo ang pagpareha ng mga light-colored na damit upang magcompliment sa matitingakad na kulay ng neon. RETRO. Sa history ng fashion, hindi mapagkakaila ang pag-uulit o pagbabalik ng mga dati nang nauso. Ngayong taon, inaasahan ang paglalabasan muli ng mga naglalaparan

o nagkakapalang mga balikat kabaligtaran sa katatapos na taon kung saan nauso ang pagpapakita ng balat sa balikat. Gayundin ang tinatawag na bell sleeves o yung mga malalapad na manggas.

PATCHES AND GRAPHICS.

Maging vocal sa nararamdaman o iniisip habang nananatili ang pagiging fashionable. Ito naman ang hatid ng mga empowering logos at messages na makikita sa mga print ng damit na inaasahang mauuso rin ngayong 2017. Samantala, pwede namang bigyan ng bagong estilo ang mga lumang damit tulad ng jackets at pantalon gamit ang patches na nagbabalik sa fashion trend.

STATEMENT EARRINGS. Bagaman hindi nawala sa uso ang mga fabulous earrings, bahagya itong natabunan ng maliliit at cute na mga hikaw ayon sa mga eksperto sa fashion. Ngayong taon, magbabalik ang mga big, bold at dangling earrings. CUTE SNEAKERS. Out na ngayong 2017 ang mga clean classic sneakers na talaga namang pumatok last year. Ngunit hindi nangangahulugan na tuluyan na itong mawawala. Bibigyang buhay lamang ang sneakers ngayon sa pamamagitan ng mga cute design tulad ng emojis o logos. Bukod sa pagiging komportable suotin, mas maeengganyo ang mga fashionista na gamitin ito dahil sa mga disenyo na swak sa pang araw-araw na gala.

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EPUBLIC Act No. 10868, or the Centenarians Act of 2016, was enacted on June 23 last year but until now the centenarians have yet to receive the centenarian cash gift which is the highlight of the bill. All Filipinos 100 years and above residing in the Philippines or abroad will receive a one-time cash of P100,000 and a letter of felicitation from the President of the Philippines. I remember Senator Sonny Angara urging his colleagues to pass the measure with dispatch because little time is left for the centenarians to enjoy the benefits. “We are racing against time. It is our urgent purpose to let them feel and enjoy our gratitude while they still can. The cash cannot be postponed because benefits are not meant BY JOJIE CODILLA to be posthumous, and gratitude is always about ‘the now’.” Let us all prove that we are really a caring nation especially to elder people and express our gratitude to them with urgency,” he said. The law was approved by President Aquino a week before stepping down from office. Since the budget has not been included in the 2016 GAA, no centenarian has yet received the benefit except those who were granted the P100,000 benefit by President Rodrigo Duterte on September 26, 2016 and a Letter of Felicitation signed by him during the ceremonial signing of its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) at the Malacañang Palace. For this year, the government has allotted P100 million to fund the law. Additionally, all LGUs are expected to provide separate recognition to centenarian constituents by giving them a plaque and/or a cash incentive. There are, however, 3,533 centenarians, according to data culled by Senator Nancy Binay, the sponsor of the bill in the Senate. This means that at least P353 million is needed to fund the measure in 2017. The number would grow by the year as some Filipinos would turn 100 years old. The DSWD has a lesser figure, with 2,992 recorded as of 2016. Just the same, the P100 million budget for the purpose in the 2017 GAA is not enough to cater to all living centenarians. Thus I presume that for now, the incentive has to be on a firstcome, first-served basis. Some of the centenarians have also died after the enactment of the law. We inquired from the offices of Senators Binay and Recto and the DSWD if the survivors/dependents of the centenarians who died on June 23, 2016 onwards could still avail of the benefit. All of them said this is not possible anymore because the granat should only be for centenarians who are still living. Thus, I echo the request of Senator Sonny Angara for government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, to immediately cause the payment of the incentive because there is little time left for the centenarians.

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Globe Business spearheads Healthcare at the digital age 2 016 has been a year of adjustment and growth for the country’s healthcare industry. Developments such as the implementation of a universal health coverage through PhilHealth, the strengthened execution of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RP-RH) Law, the promotion of mental health education and assistance, and the government’s recent plan to distribute free medicine worth PHP2 billion to marginalized Filipino families show that the Philippines’ health sector is ripe for disruption especially with more focused government spending and investments on the digitization of healthcare. For a long time, there has been a high demand for treatment and a low supply of accessible and affordable hospitals, equipment, and doctors. In fact, the ratio of rural doctors to the number of patients accommodated is 3 is to 100,000, while there are 7 city doctors for every 100,000 patients. On an average, it takes close to an hour or two for families to reach health facilities. Public hospital patients have to deal with overcrowding, while bearing with the pains of recovery. Even with the presence of medical programs and infrastructures for public use, majority of Filipinos still shell out money for medicine and other

fees, which is why many forgo consultations and opt for selfmedication. The Department of Health (DOH) acknowledges that there is a clear disparity between the quality of service received by those who can afford medical aid and those who cannot. In its Philippine Health Agenda, DOH unveiled its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for years 2016 to 2022. These include financial protection and lower healthcare costs, quality medical services both in private and public infrastructures, and a responsive health system. One of DOH’s many initiatives to achieve its SDGs is an eHealth Strategic Framework, which aims to integrate Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with healthcare. This allows medical facilities to streamline information systems, make use of electronic medical records, process online submission and receipt of clinical results, automate operations and business processes, and create fast access to data and research for healthcare workers. For instance, Telemedicine—the use of ICT to connect with patients for immediate treatment—is quickly gaining popularity, especially in the Philippines where many areas are still in great need of accessible healthcare.

Pag-IBIG Fund cuts processing time on housing loan

PAG-IBIG Fund housing loan applicants can now get their loan approval in just 17 days from date of submission of complete requirements and the proceeds of the loan in just 3 days after post-approval compliance. Pag-IBIG Fund made this commitment after it enhanced its procedure for housing loan transactions, effectively cutting the processing time from 27 days to 20 days from application to release of proceeds, and reducing the number of requirements from 14 to 7 documents. “This is in line with the thrust of the new administration to enhance public service,” PagIBIG Fund President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe explained, adding that the Fund continuously reviews its procedures to improve its transactions process for the benefit of Pag-IBIG members and the public. Pag-IBIG Fund offers the End-User Financing (EUF) Program, which allows qualified Pag-IBIG members to avail of as much as PhP 6 Million loan for home acquisition or construction, and the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) exclusive for minimum-wage earners. Atty. Berberabe encouraged Pag-IBIG members to avail of the Fund’s housing loan programs. “The Pag-IBIG housing loan programs come with great features including the market-competitive interest rates, which can be as low as 5.5% per annum for the EUF and 4.5% for the AHP. Up to three borrowers may qualify for a single loan while a single borrower can avail of multiple

(From left) Globe Business Director for Marketing Services Nikka Abes, Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines Chairman Jeff Williams, eInnovation Project Lead Monchito Ibrahim, and Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines President Beng Coronel give their insights on the rise of healthcare information management in the country. Globe supports the SDGs through a partnership with Salud Interactiva. The number one mobile telecommunications company is offering KonsultaMD to both prepaid and postpaid subscribers. The service provides Filipinos with convenient and affordable access to licensed Filipino doctors. With 24/7 available phone consultation, patients can receive medical assessment for general healthcare inquiries, which lessens the instance of self-medication that could lead to more severe problems.

loans at the same time subject to eligibility,” Atty. Berberabe said. She further explained that the 5.5% interest rate is for a 1-year repricing period, while the 4.5% rate for affordable housing is subsidized for 10 years. Another advantage for Pag-IBIG housing loan borrowers, according to Atty. Berberabe, is the improved features of the Mortgage Redemption Insurance (MRI) now with a premium of only P0.23 per P1,000 from the previous P0.41. But while premiums have been cut by 44%, the benefits have been expanded. With the new insurance, also covered now are total permanent disability and terminal illness, both of which were not offered by the previous insurance provider. Plus, the MRI now comes with burial benefits to further extend help to the heirs of the deceased borrower. The processing time for insurance claims of housing loan borrowers was likewise reduced from 30 days to just 1 day. “With the improved processes and the best-ever housing loan features, this is a good time for Pag-IBIG members to avail of Pag-IBIG housing loans,” Atty. Berberabe said. Pag-IBIG Fund is set to give its 2016 annual accomplishment report to the Fund’s stakeholders and members on January 27, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The event, which started in 2014, is also expected to highlight the milestones of Pag-IBIG Fund in the past years.

“Our company’s core purpose is to create wonderful experiences for people. Good health contributes to a better quality of life--and we strongly believe that Filipinos deserve both,” mentioned Mike Frausing, Globe Senior Advisor for Enterprise and IT Enabled Services Group. Aside from KonsultaMD, Globe has also partnered with ACCESS Health to give maternal and child care services. In addition to this, the company has made efforts to supply individuals with HIV awareness, counselling referrals, testing, and

treatment programs with the help of the Philippines National Aids Council (PNAC). Another is Globe Telecom’s HopeLine which is a 24/7 suicide prevention and emotional crisis line wherein customers can call 804-HOPE (4673) or dial 2919 for free. In creating an easier and more convenient way to contribute and lend aid, Globe also partnered with Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to allow the public to donate funds to the pediatric clinic rehabilitation through their prepaid credits or charged to their postpaid bill. The company has also made investments in Kickstart projects, such as Lifetrack which allows accessible radiology readings through a software platform, and Medix, a cloud-based clinic management service. The country’s healthcare industry still has room for improvement and investments are continuing to pour in, especially in the IT-BPM industry where the health sector is the biggest contributor. In fact, it is projected to gain revenue worth US$276 billion by 2021. With the high demand for good medical facilities, the renowned quality of service from Filipino medical professionals, and technology well on its way to advancing the healthcare system, the Philippines is becoming an investment hotspot for global healthcare players.

Unleashing the makings of a hero with TV5 IN this day and age, we still beg to question, what makes a hero? Is it determined by the size of his cape, or does it concern his range of extraordinary abilities? Well, in reality, none of these things actually constitute what it means to be a true hero. Because being a hero is determined neither by the aesthetic of your cape nor the number of your superhuman abilities; but it lies within one’s willingness to do good and help those around them. And this Christmas season presents the perfect opportunity for everyone to showcase their own versions of heroism! Last December, TV5 did exactly that by hosting a Christmas party for the patients of Bahay Aruga, with the help of television’s most noted superheroes, namely the Flash and Arrow. Bahay Aruga is a community focused on housing young pediatric cancer patients, from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Its Founding President, Mayette Bonilla, says that the organization came about from the necessity of finding the proper care for the children of PGH. “If you go to a PGH country institute, you’ll see that [some of] these kids come from different provinces; since the treatment of their diseases isn’t available in their area. So, they travel all the way to Manila to get the free treatment that they need. Unfortunately, they need a place to stay in Manila, but they do not all have the capacity [to pay for housing] and that’s where we come in,” she further explains. The Christmas party, held last December 12, marks the second time TV5 has visited the community to help out the children. “We are happy that they (TV5)

are here and with all these blessings present, we really thank you,” Ms. Bonilla says. In this two-hour event, TV5 held an unforgettable Christmas celebration for the kids, and even recruited cosplayers to act as television characters, the Flash and Arrow. When asked why these specific heroes were chosen, TV5’s Primetime Brand Manager, Racquel Aliño says, “We chose Flash and Arrow because as heroes, they fight for what is right. Through their example, we want the kids to also fight, but in this case, against their sicknesses.” Not only did the Flash and the Arrow serve as inspiration for the children this Christmas season, but they also brought joy to the kids’ faces as they were able to play a series of games and challenges with them. Through it all, it was a fun and eventful activity – complete with snacks, games and loot bags, which included exclusive the Flash and Arrow items, so the children would be able to remember their encounter with the two noted superheroes. In addition to this, TV5 is also donating 200 Colonoscopy bags to aid the patients’ road to recovery. “On behalf of TV5, we would like to encourage everyone to go out of their comfort zones and start making a difference in the world. Because even an act as small as spending the holidays with children-in-need, can make a difference in the lives of many,” says Rissa Guilas, TV5’s Head of Entertainment Marketing. So, this holiday season, remember that it’s never too late to be a hero yourself and you can find your inspiration for this every Monday night with The Flash and Arrow series on TV5!


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The Senate Committee on Energy is set to take up a bill next Thursday which aims to shore up the resiliency of the country’s electric cooperatives against the constant barrage of natural disasters which often wreak havoc on electricity infrastructure throughout the Philippine countryside. Senate Bill No. 1253, otherwise known as the Electric Cooperatives Disaster Management Fund Act, proposes the establishment of a PHP 750 million

fund which would provide financial assistance to electric cooperatives for restoration and rehabilitation of power facilities and infrastructure damaged during typhoons, earthquakes, and other instances of natural calamities and fortuitous events. Senator Win Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and principal author of Senate Bill No. 1253, explained that without a dedicated funding source for disaster repairs and

rehabilitations, electric cooperatives have no choice but to seek interest-bearing calamity loans from NEA. These calamity loans can take as long as two years to be converted into grants, and sometimes the loans are not converted at all due to budgetary constraints. “Under the current system, electric co-ops often have no choice but to pass on the costs of these calamity loans to consumers, resulting in higher power

rates for people who are already struggling to put their lives back together in the wake of a calamity. Essentially, it’s like handing out relief goods to calamity survivors and then asking them to pay for them later. This is a problem that needs to be addressed,” said Gatchalian. Aside from disaster restoration and rehabilitation efforts, the fund will also be used to finance disaster prevention, preparedness, and mitigation projects to be undertaken by electric cooperatives,

including disaster vulnerability risk assessments and institutionalization of emergency response plans. “The best medicine is always prevention. Therefore, the Electric Cooperatives Disaster Management Fund Act also aims to equip electric cooperatives with the resources they need to minimize damage caused by future storms and other natural disasters through the exercise of foresight and diligence,” said Gatchalian.

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AGRI CHIEF OFFERS LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT TO STOP ILLEGAL FISHING, WARNS LOCAL CHIEFS

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol promised a livelihood support deal to fisherfolk if they stop illegal fishing but called out local government officials to rein in illegal fishing activities in their areas. Speaking before the fisherfolk of Marinduque on January 4, Piñol, who vowed early on to curb illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the country’s fishing grounds, offered fishers to cease illegal fishing in exchange for livelihood assistance, which will come from the government. “Stop illegal fishing and tell me what livelihood program you need. We will give it to you,” he said after reports of illegal fishing activities still surface occasionally in the coun-

try’s municipal waters. For its part, the government, through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), an attached agency of the DA, is already distributing environment-friendly gears, gill nets and handline to encourage fisherfolk to use sustainable fishing methods. BFAR is also set to hand down 200, 000 fiberglass boats and construct hundreds of community fish landing centers (CFLCs) in six years as part of its livelihood support to municipal fisherfolk. The agriculture chief turned stern, however, when he warned mayors and barangay captains to stop illegal fishing in their areas otherwise the DA will publish their names on national newspapers for failing

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to stop unsustainable fishing practices. “We will give all mayors and barangay captains until June [this year]. If there are mayors or barangay captains who are involved in illegal fishing, then I will ask the President [Rodrigo Duterte] to suspend them for neglect of duty,” he said. Meanwhile, BFAR national director Eduardo Gongona said the bureau is matching livelihood assistance efforts with the strengthening of resource management and law enforcement measures, which means more seaborne patrol operations in the country’s fishing grounds will be conducted to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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DOST OFFERS NEW FOOD PRODUCTS FROM INNOVATION CENTERS W

ITH the result of the recent awards organized by DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) with support of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), the DOST’s Food Innovation Centers (FICs) may be the newest places to hunt for newlydeveloped innovative and nutritious food products.

Recently, DOST’s ITDI and PCIEERD recognized the Most Innovative Products developed from the Food Innovation Centers (FIC) technologies and came up with exciting new products developed using in-house equipment such as water retort, vacuum fryer, spray dryer, and freeze dryer. The award is part of DOST’s program in developing the competence of FIC managers and technical personnel, particularly in product development and innovation. The DOST aims to achieve this by providing more detailed training on important aspects of food processing such as product development, food safety and regulations, food packaging, nutrition labeling, product costing, and marketing strategies. “We have done a project on building up the confidence of our personnel in the FICs. As such, we would like to culminate this project by looking at the competence of our personnel in terms of their development of prototypes which we would find most innovative,” said Dr. Maria Patricia Azanza, DOST-ITDI director, after the initial screening which came up with five food products from each technology. The finalists were further tested in terms of the innovativeness, market viability, consumer acceptability, and soundness of process. Judges came from the academe, public and private organizations and institutions.

The winners

For the Most Innovative Products for Water Retort Technology, Tea Tums, developed by students and professors of the University of the Philippines Diliman, got the title. These are healthy ready-

as the Most Innovative Product, while

to-drink juices made from lemongrass, calamansi blend infused with turmeric, and ginger. All ingredients are known to have potential health benefits. Cagayan State University-Carig Campus placed second in this category through Uved, a traditional Ivatan food made from banana roots. The product is attractive to health-

conscious consumers and travelers. It is also developed with a longer shelf-life so tourists visiting Batanes can buy it as pasalubong. Most innovative food product for water retort \echnology: Tea Tums (left) got first place while Uved (right) placed second. Region II bagged awards under the freeze drying technology: Gracilaria won

Arius got the second place. Gracilaria is a kind of seaweed mass produced in Buguey, Cagayan that can be used as flavoring or processed as seaweed chips. Arius, on the other hand, is a tree that can grow anywhere in the Philippines but can only bear fruit in Batanes due to climate conditions. Its fruit gives off natural food colorants that can substitute imported berries. Most innovative food product for Freeze Drying Technology: Gracilaria (left) got first place while Arius (right) placed second. For spray-dried products, Sea Grapes Powder or lato of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology in Region IX nabbed the Most Innovative Product. It claims to have natural salty, peppery taste which can be used as flavoring for chips, noodles, and baked products. Also, it can be mixed with beverages. Bukolyte, developed by the Philippine Women’s College-Davao in Region XI, then got the second place in this category. Bukolyte is powdered form of the coconut water with no artificial flavor and preservatives added made from young coconuts.

Most innovative food product for spray dried technology: Sea Grapes Powder or lato (left) got first place while Bukolyte (right) placed second. Lastly, the Most Innovative Product for vacuum frying technology went to Crispy Sprouted Monggo of Region II which claims to contain more nutrients compared with ordinary monggo. It can provide energy and help strengthen the immune system of lactating or pregnant women. Fried Mayahini or barinday of Eastern Visayas State University in Region VIII was awarded as the second Most Innovative Product for this category. In the process of frying, Fried Mayahini retains its natural and nutritional qualities, thus it can be an alternative to unhealthy chips available in the market. Most innovative food product for Vacuum Frying Technology: Crispy Sprouted Monggo (left) got first place while Vacuum Fried Barinday (right) placed second. For the special awards, Region II received the “FIC with the Most Number of Qualifying Products” with their seven food product entries. Another special award, the “Industry Choice Award”, is given to Regions II and IX for Crispy Sprouted Monggo and Sea Grapes Powder, respectively. This award recognizes product/s that scored high in the following criteria: novelty, consumer appeal, manufacturing feasibility, and can be priced competitively.

The Challenge

Commercialization of these food products poses the biggest challenge after the awarding ceremonies. Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development recognizes this challenge in her closing message. To the judges, she says that they can do much in helping promote these food products as they came from different sectors of the society. “I believe that we have the products to make the Philippines food secure. Making these available, affordable, and accessible will only happen if we have the FICs,” said Dr. Guevara.

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