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PAUTANG PARA SA OFW APRUBADO NG GOBYERNO MANILA – Aprubado na sa Kongreso ang House Bill 4539 na magtatatag sa isang credit assistance program para sa mga Overseas Filipino workers (OFW). Ang House Bill 4539 o ang “Overseas Workers Credit Assistance Act of 2011” ay magbibigay ng sapat na credit assistance o pautang sa mga OFWs na may lehitimong kontrata mula sa kanilang mga recruitment agency na accredited naman ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Sa ilalim ng naturang batas ay maaaring makakuha ng loan ng hindi hihigit sa P50,000 ang isang OFW mula sa Overseas Worker and Welfare Administration (OWWA) upang makatulong sa kanilang pamilya sa unang mga buwan ng kanilang pagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Ito’y upang magamit rin sa pambayad ng iba pang mga gastusin sa recruitment agency o pamasahe sa eroplano. Maaari itong bayaran sa loob ng isang taon sa mga accredited banks. “This is in recognition of the million and one sacrifices that they have to endure in the search for social and economic redemption which they have failed to achieve at home,’” ani Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (Lone District, Aurora), isa sa may-akda ng House Bill 4539. Tinawag naman ni Rep. Augusto Syjuco (2nd District, Iloilo), na kasama sa nagpasa ng batas, ang mga OFWs na “Bagong Bayani” dahil sa kanilang mga sakripisyo at pagsisikap sa ibang bansa upang

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Daan-daang Pilipino ang nakipagdiwang sa selebrasyon ng Ika-113 araw ng Kalayaan na inorganisa ng Pilipino Community noong Hunyo 10, 2011, sa Al Shabab Sports Complex sa Deira,Dubai, UAE.

P2-B pondong pang-negosyo, inilaan sa mga umuuwing OFW MANILA – Dalawang bilyong piso ang inilaan ng pamahalaan bilang pondo na maaring magamit ng mga umuuwing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) upang sila’y mahimok na manatili na lamang sa bansa at pagtuunan na lamang ang sariling negosyo. Bahagi ito ng “2 Billion Pesos Reintegration Program” na inilunsad ng pamahalaang Aquino sa kauna-unahang National Congress of OFWs and Families na isinagawa sa SMX Convention Center sa Mall of Asia sa Pasay City. Nabatid na ang programa ay joint venture ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) at

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Ika-113 Araw ng Kalayaan tagumpay na ipinagdiwang DUBAI – Isang magarbo, masaya at puno ng pagkakaisa ang pagdiriwang ng ika-113 Araw ng Kalayaan ng mga Pilipino sa Dubai at Northern Emirates noong Biyernes, Hunyo 10. Sa pangunguna ng Filipino Community o FilCom, samu’t saring aktibidades ang isinagawa sa loob ng Al Shabab Sports Complex sa Deira, na dinaluhan naman ng libolibong mga kabayan. Unang dinagsa ang ginanap na jobs fair sa buong umaga, kung saan

nagbigay ng pagkakataong mabigyan ng trabaho ang mga naghahanap ng trabaho, sa tulong ng mga kumpanyang nakibahagi sa naturang selebrasyon. Naaliw din ang mga nagsipagdalo sa mga naggagandahan at masasarap na paninda sa ginawang mini bazaar. Marami rin ang nabigyan ng pagkakataong makinabang sa mga libreng serbisyong ipinamahagi ng mga organisasyong kasapi ng FilCom, gaya ng libreng gupit, seminar sa paggawa

ng pandesal, kurso sa larong tennis, konsultasyon sa pananalapi, at marami pang iba. Nagkaisa naman ang lahat sa isinagawa ng sabay-sabay na pagdarasal at saglit munang isinantabi ang kanilang iba’t-ibang relihiyon at paniniwala para hilingin ang kaayusan at katiwasayan ng buhay ng lahat ng Pilipino hindi lamang dito sa UAE kundi sa Pilipinas at maging sa iba pang bahagi ng mundo. Isinabay

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Pautang para sa OFW ▶ P2-B pondong pang negosyo inilalaan sa mga uuwing OFW ▶ maiahon sa kahirapan at mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang kanilang pamilya. Bukod pa ito sa malaking kontribusyon ng OFWs sa kaban ng bansa. “The State shall promote the welfare and interests of the migrant workers and their families. It is the declared policy of the State to protect the interest of the overseas workers by providing them access to credit facilities even before their departure,” wika ni Syjuco. Kasama nina Angara at Syjuco si Rep. Ignacio Arroyo (5th District, Negros Occidental), sa pagsusulong ng batas na naipasa sa third at final reading sa Kamara. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

ng Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). Ayon naman sa OWWA ay suporta umano ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III ang naturang programa upang matulungan ang mga bumalik ng OFWs na mabigyan sila ng kapital para sa sariling negosyo. “The program offers different enterprises flexible and easy loan term payments for its OFW availees. This is in support of the President’s desire to give sustainable businesses to the OFWs and their families,” pahayag pa ng OWWA. Nitong Mayo 30 lamang nilagdaan ng mga ahensya ang Memorandum of Understanding ng nasabing programa at agad naman itong ipi-

natupad upang mapakinabangan na ng mga bumalik na OFWs. Maaring makahiram ang isang OFW ng mula P300,000 hanggang P2 milyon sa interest na 7.5% bawat taon. Maaaring bayaran ang loan ng hanggang pitong taon. Kabilang sa mga negosyong itinutulak ng pamahalaan sa OFWs ay agribusiness, tourism, education and healthcare. “All the agencies involved will certainly work together to ensure committed service and immediate affectivity of this project for our OFWs and their families,” ani OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

Kagubatan ng UAE humihigop ng sangkatutak na CO2 DUBAI -– Sa huling talaan ng Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Global Forest Resources Assessment, ang mga gubat sa bansa ay nakapaghigop na ng tinatayang 16metric tons ng nakalalasong Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Samantalang lumawak naman ang mga lupaing natataniman ng mga punong kahoy sa bansa. Sa ngayon ay nasa 337,000 ektarya na ang pangkalahat-

ang bilang ng mga gubat sa UAE. Nagpapakita lamang umano ito na patuloy ang ginagawang pangangalaga at pagpaparami ng mga puno ng pamahalaan, isa sa mga pinakamahalagang sangkap sa proteksiyon ng kalikasan. Ayon kay Minister of Environment and Water na si Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, sa kanyang talumpati sa paggunita ng World Environment Day noong Hunyo 5,

ipagpapatuloy ng pamahalaan ang pangangalaga at pagpapalago ng mga kagubatan sa buong bansa sa layong maprotektahan ang inang kalikasan. Sa selebrasyong may temang “Forests: Nature at Your Service,” inihayag ng ministro na patuloy na susuporta ang pamahalaan sa mga programa at kampanya ng United Nations na may kinalaman sa pangangalaga sa kalikasan. (WAM)

World celebrates Environment Day

DUBAI – The UAE and the rest of the world celebrate World Environment Day (WED) June 5, with the United Nations focusing on the environment by supporting environment programs and initiatives of different countries. This year, the organization’s agenda is to “Give a human face to environmental issues; Empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; Promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; Advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future”, stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. To mark the celebration, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a “Forests in a Green Economy” report, which examined how investments in forests can boost employment,

tackle climate change and reduce deforestation. According to the report, over 1.6 billion people are dependent on forests for their livelihoods, for their role in supplying water to nearly half of the world’s largest cities. Yet despite such vital services, the world is losing its forests at an alarming rate, with some 5.2 million hectares being cut down each year. UNEP’s “Forests in a Green Economy” report, which has been launched in New Delhi and Nairobi, also details the economic, environmental, health and social benefits of investing in forests and how better management of the ‘lungs of the Earth’ can help achieve sustainability for communities across the world. This year’s World Environment Day (WED) celebrations take place under the theme ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’. The UN has also declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. (HAM/Data source: UNEP)

Mga kabataang may kapansanan sinuri ng mga eksperto DUBAI -- Masayang tinanggap ng mga namamahala, mga magulang, at ng mga mag-aaral sa Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs sina Dr. Harald Stossier at Dr. Christine Dossier ng VIVA, Center for Modern Mayr Medicine, sa kanilang pagbisita sa nasabing paaralan kamakailan. Pinaunlakan ng mag-asawang doktor mula sa Austria upang suriin ng libre ang labing-apat na mga kabataang may kapansanan, gamit ang Viva Mayr method. Ayon kay Ginang Iphana Al-Khatib, Direktor ng Al Noor Training Centre, layunin ng pagsusuri ang mabigyan ng wastong kaalaman ang mga magulang ng batang may espesyal na pangangailangan, sa pag-aalaga sa kanila sa pamamagitan ng isang holistic approach tulad ng Mayr medicine. Ang Modern Mayr Medicine ay naniniwala sa kahalagahan ng good digestion sa kabubuang kalusagan ng isang tao. Sa ginawang pagsusuri, gumamit ng Applied Kinesiology Test ang dalawang dalubhasa. Ang Applied Kinesiology Test ay isang functional muscle test na isinasagawa upang makita ang kahinaan ng katawan gawa ng food intolerances, at ang kakulangan ng mga mineral at bitamina sa katawan.

Sinusuri ni Dr Harald Dossier (kaliwa), at Dr. Christine Dossier (kanan), ang mga batang may espesyal na pangangailangan sa pamamagitan ng bagong pamamaraan ng pangagamot.

Si Dr. Harald Dossier, ang direktor ng VIVA center for Modern Mayr Medicine na nakabase sa Austria, ay dalubhasa sa pinagsamang old and proven tradition ng Mayr Medicine, at ang mga pinakahuling tuklas na mga pamamaraan sa medisina tulad ng applied kinesiology, orthomolecular medicine at hyperthermia. Ang Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs ay

isang non-profit organization na nagbibigay ng professional training sa mga kabataang may espesyal na pangangailangan tulad ng Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy o Neurological Impairment. Nakatakdang bumalik ang magasawang doktor sa darating na taglagas, upang makita kung may pagbabago sa kalusugan ng labing-apat na kabataang sinuri. (HAM)


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Dubai Metro green line bubuksan na MATAPOS na i-anunsiyo ang pagkakaantala ng pagbubukas ng green line ng rail transport system ng lungsod noong Abril, nagpalabas na naman ng bagong anunsiyo ang Roads and Transportation Authority (RTA) na opisyal nang bubuksan ang naturang

linya ng tren sa Setyembre. Inaasahan naman ang pagdoble ng dami ng mga pasaherong sasakay sa mga tren sa linyang ito. Ang green line ay may 18 estasyon ngunit dalawa sa mga ito, ang Al Jadaf at Creek, ang hindi kasama sa

nakatakdang pagbubukas. Dalawampu’t tatlong kilometro ang haba ng naturang linya, lulan ang mga tren na may rutang Bur Dubai at Deira na magsisimula sa Al Ghusais. Ang karagdagang bilang sa rail transport service ay isa sa mga para-

an ng pamahalaan ng lungsod ng pag-engganyo sa mga residente nito na gumamit ng mga pampublikong sasakyan upang mabawasan ang mataas na lebel ng carbon footprints sa bansa na dulot ng nagdadamihang pribadong sasakyan na tumatakbo

dito sa araw-araw. Bukod dito ay makakatipid din ang mga mamamayan sa gastusin sa gasolina. Sa kasalukuyan ay tinatayang umaabot sa 170,000 ang bilang ng mga pasaherong sumasakay ng tren araw-araw. – HAM

Handa na ang Oud Metha Metro station para sa pagbubukas sa darating na Setyembre . Inaasahang ito ay magbibigay ginhawa sa mga mananakay na pupunta sa St Marys church at mosque.

Puspusan ang pag aayos ng mga mangagawa sa Al Qusais Etisalat Metro station para sa darating na pagbubukas ng Green line sa darating na buwan ng Setyembre.

Konsulada at FILCOM masaya sa kampanya kontra krimen DUBAI -- Masaya si Consul General Benito Valeriano sa bagong kampanyang inilunsad kamakailan ng Dubai Police upang paigtingin ang crime awareness ng mga non-Arab communities sa Dubai, kasama na rito ang mga Filipino expats na pumapaloob sa 70% ng mga residente ng lungsod. Layon ng inisiyatibang ito ng Dubai Police ang mapayuhan ang mga residente laban sa mga iba’t ibang modus ng pangingikil na laganap na sa buong UAE, gaya ng cheque fraud at online scams. Paiigtingin rin nito ang kampanya laban sa drunk driving, ang pagpapatupad sa public decency rules. Isasagawa ang nasabing inisiyatiba sa mga kumonidad sa pamamagitan ng mga lectures, demonstrations at mga advertising campaigns. Ayon kay Valeriano, isang magandang hakbang ang ginawang ito ng Dubai Police dahil malaki ang maitutulong ng nasabing kampanya sa Filipino community sa Dubai, sa pag-iwas sa kapahamakan. Ang ganitong uri ng kampanya din aniya ay makapagbibigay ng kapanatagan ng loob sa mga Pilipinong naninirahan at nagtatrabaho sa Dubai. “We very much welcome the campaign because it will enlighten our people on the do’s and don’ts of this country [as a

whole]. I’m happy to hear about this campaign,” pahayag ni Valerino sa Kabayan Weekly. Ganito din ang naging reaksiyon ng mga opisyal ng Filipino Community Dubai and Northern Emirates ukol sa naturang awareness campaign. “It is a great campaign by the government [of Dubai], because it shows that they are not only protecting their own nationals but also us who consider Dubai as our second home,” ang sabi ni FILCOM Vice Chairperson Myrna Rebulana. Ayon naman kay Liza Magno, ang outgoing Chairperson ng FILCOM, maganda ang kampanyang ito lalo na sa mga bagong salta dahil maaga pa lamang ay malalaman na nila kung ano ang mga ipinagbabawal dito sa Dubai. Masaya din aniya siya dahil akma rin ang nasabing kampanya sa pagpapalabas ng FILCOM ng awareness booklets na may parehong layunin. “Meron tayong ipamimigay na handbook kung saan nakapaloob ang lahat na dapat malaman nating mga Pilipino tungkol sa Dubai at UAE. Kaya’t maganda ang timing ng kampanyang ito,” paliwag ni Magno. Ang awareness booklets ay ipamimigay sa mga dadalo sa selebrasyon ng ika-113 Araw ng Kalayaan sa Biyernes, sa Al Shabab Sports Stadium. (HAM)


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Binalot ng makapal na itim na usok ang kalangitan sa lugar ng Industrial Area 12 sa Sharjah matapos masunog ang limang warehouse na may tanggapan ng sanitary ceramics at plumbing. Sampu katao ang naiulat na sinugod sa Al Qasimi ospital dulot ng paninikip ng dibdib at hirap sa paghinga. Dineklarang kontrolado ang sunog sa ganap ng ika anim ng gabi.

RH Bill: walang katapusang debate

Ni Henri Abenis-Macahilo

DUBAI -- Nitong mga nakaraang buwan lumikha ng ingay ang isyu ng pagpasa sa mababang kapulungan ng batas ukol sa pangangalaga ng reproduction health House Bill No. 96 “An Act Providing for a National Policy on Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood and Population Development, and for other Purposes”o mas kilala sa tawag ng RH Bill. Kahalintulad din ito ng mga naipasa nang mga RH Bills: Ang House Bill No. 4244 na may parehong pamagat, na ipinasa ni Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman at ang Senate Bill No. 2378 o ang Reproductive Health Act na kinatha naman ng mambabatas na si Miriam Defensor- Santiago. Dahil sa mga magkasalungat na pananaw ukol sa batas na ito, nahati sa dalawang grupo – ang mga sumasalungat sa naturang batas, na tinatawag na Prolife tulad ng Katolikong group ng mga mag-asawa, ang Couples for Christ. Ayon sa isang position paper na isinumiti,

iginigiit ng grupong ito ng mga relihiyosong Katoliko na ang buhay ay nagsisimula na sa pagtatanim ng punla at hindi kung kalian nagsimula na ang punlang sumibol. Kung kaya’t ang paggamit ng anumang paraan ng kontrasepsyon upang pigilan ang pagbubuntis ay imoral sa mata ng tao at hindi labag sa konstitusyon. Sa kabilang dako naman naniniwala ang mga sumusuporta ng RH Bill o Pro-RH, na wala itong ibang layunin kundi ang mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng kababaihan sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay sa kanila ng karapatang gumamit ng iba’t ibang kaparaanan upang pigilan ang pagbubuntis na wala sa plano. Magbibigay din ito ng karapatan sa mga kababaihang magsabi ng “Hindi” kung ayaw nitong makipagtalik sa kanyang asawa. Malaki din umano anila ang maitutulong nga batas na ito sa pagpigil ng pagtaas ng populasyon ng Pilipino, kung sakaling maipatupad ito. Tinatayang aabot

sa 96 bilyon ang dami ng mga Pilipino kung hindi ito mapipigilan sa patuloy na pagdami. Ang overpopulation sa Pilipinas ang siyang pangunahing sanhi ng kahirapan sa bansa. Lalo pang naging kontrobersiyal ang usapin sa RH Bill nang tumulong ang ilang artista sa pagkumbinsi sa mga mamamayan na suportahan ang naturang batas, at ang pagsang-ayon ni mismong Pangulong Benigno Aquino III rito. Ang pangulo ay kilalang galing sa pamilyang relihiyoso, kaya’t gayon na lamang ang pagkabigla ng mga pari at obispong Katoliko sa naging desisyon nito. Umabot pa ito sa puntong pananakot ng Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) kay Aquino, na patatalsikin ito bilang miyembro ng simbahang Katoliko kung patuloy nitong susuportahan ang RH Bill. Samantalang nagpahayag naman ang CBCP na ang mga artistang sumusuporta sa pagsulong ng batas ay may mga marital problems.

Ayon kay Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, ang mga artistang umaayon sa naturang batas ay hindi magandang ehemplo sa mga kabataan kung kaya’t hindi dapat pakinggan ang kanilang pangangampanya dito. Maging ang United Nations ay nagpadala na rin ng delegasyon upang pag-aralan ang usapin hinggil sa usaping ito. Ayon sa datos ng UN, umaabot sa labing-isang babae ang namamatay sa pangananak sa Pilipinas sa isang araw. Ang pagkakaroon ng RH Bill ay makakatulong diumano sa pagpapababa ng bilang na ito. “The absence of a national reproductive health policy, especially for the poorest, is a vital concern,” ayon kay Brian Bowler, ang lider ng UN delegation, sa kanyang pakikipanayam sa media. Subalit hindi naman ikinaila ni Bowler ang kapangyarihan ng simbahang Katoliko na tumutuligsa sa usaping ito. Ayon sa kaniya, dapat ding isaalang-alang ang kanilang

pananaw ukol dito. Ang simbahang Katoliko nakinabibilangan ng 80% na mga Pilipino, ay nagtuturo na ang paggamit ng kontrasepyon ay imoral, at dahil ang RH Bill ay mag-eengganyo umano ng pagtatalik labas sa sakramento ng kasal. Sinasabi rin ng simbahan na magkakasala din ang babae sa kanyang asawa kung hindi niya ibibigay ang kanyang pagkababae kung tatanggi siyang makipagtalik dito. Dahil sa kontrobersiyang bumalot sa usaping ito, pinangangambahan ng iilan na maaari itong maisantabi o tuluyang ibasura ng kamara kung saan maraming miyembro nito ay mga aktibong miyembro ng simbahang Katoliko at ilan din sa kanila ay tumatanaw ng utang na loob sa simbahan dahil sa pagsuporta nito sa kanila noong panahon ng halalan. Sa kasalukuyan, umaabot na sa labinlimang bilang ng RH Bills ang naipasa at naamiyendahan sa mababa at mataas na kapulungan.


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Pinoy Bazaar isinulong bilang pagsasanay sa pagtatayo ng negosyo Ni Kabayan Vivien Napenas

Naganap muli ang Pinoy Bazaar na inorganisa ng Philippine Independence Day Committee na pinamumunuan ni Antonio Morales. Ito ay nagsimula sa ika siyam ng umaga hanggang ika pito ng gabi. Pangatlong beses nang ginaganap ang ganitong aktibidad simula noong Hunyo ng nakaraang taon at naulit noong panahon ng kapaskuhan. Habang tumatagal, parami nang parami ang sumasali. Ito ay sinyales na maraming Pinoy ang nais makapasok sa pagnenegosyo bilang hanapbuhay. Ikinatutuwa naman ito ni Ambassador Grace Princesa na nagsusulong ng pagba bazaar bilang practical na

training tungo sa pagnenegosyo. Matuto tayong kumita na tayo ang amo at hindi lamang nangangamuhan, aniya. Nitong katatapos na bazaar, sumali ang mga kasalukuyang may business tulad ng Pinoy Golden, Tri Trade Trading, Bread Connection, Goto King na may panindang pagkain at ang Manila Flower Garments na ukay ukay at ang Natasha naman sa dry goods. Ang mga panapanahong nagnenegosyo o sideline lamang ang pagnenegosyo nila ang nakakalamang sa bilang ng mga sumali. Ang kanilang produkto ay pagkain, t-shirts, real properties, jewelry, Philippine

bags, Direct Marketing Products, at services. Ayon kay Bal Junio, Bayanihan Council Chair, na tumutok sa bawat booth subscription, pinakamaraming bilang ng mga booth na nagbebenta ng pagkain. Maraming food products ang napagpipilian ng mga mamimili. Pinakamalaking benta ang mga nagdala ng pagkain kumpara sa mga nagbenta ng ibang produkto. Ang bazaar na ginanap sa 21st Century Private Academy ay kasabay ng iba pang aktibidad na ginanap din sa nasabing lugar tulad ng Chess Tournament, Pinoys Got Talent, Aikido Exhibition ni Freddie Alfaro at ang Fashion Show.

Bags na gawa sa ‘Ring Pulls’ Tinatangkilik sa ibang bansa Ipunin ang mga Ring Pulls at kolektahin namin sa inyo. Ito ang kampanya ng Bayanihan Council para sa Philippine Community Fund (PCF). Ano ang Ring Pulls at anong kahalagahan nito? Ang Ring Pull ay bahagi ng lata ng softdrinks at iba pang inumin na hinihila upang mabuksan ang lata ng inumin. Ang kabuuang 650 Ring Pulls ang kailangan para makabuo ng isang bag na ginagawa sa komunidad na tinutulungan ng

PCF. Bale wala ang Ring Pull sa sino man na iinom sa mga nakalatang produkto ngunit kung iipunin at maipadala sa ating bansa ay malaking tulong na maibibigay natin sa mga kababayan na maituturing na galing sa pinakamahirap na sector ng lipunan – dating nangangalakay ng basura at mga nakatira sa sementeryo. Ayon kay Jane Walker, chairman of the PCF Board of Trustees, ang mga bags na gawa sa Ring Pulls ang

mabili na ino-order sa Europe at America. Kulang na kulang ang mga Ring Pulls na nakokolekta sa Pilipinas kaya hiniling nila ang suporta ng mga Pinoy dito sa UAE upang mag donate ng Ring Pulls. Sinuportahan ni Ambassador Grace Princesa ang kampanya ng PCF at inindorso ito sa Bayanihan Council pagkatapos makipagkita si Walker kay Ambassador at ilang mga opisyal ng Bayanihan Council.

Ang PCF ay rehistradong charity organization na gumagalaw sa mga pinakamahirap na lugar sa Pilipinas. Misyon nito na tuluyang iangat ang uri ng buhay ng pinakamahirap na komunidad ng bansa sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon, nutrisyon, kalusugan, medical at mga programang magpapabuti sa pamilya, na walang pinipiling relihyon, lahi o pulitikal na paninindigan. Itinatag ni Walker ang PCF pagkatapos ang masalimoot na pinagdaanan simula noong makita niya ang Manila noong 1996 at nakarating sa dumpsite ng Tondo Manila. Nung makita ko ang dumpsite I was really horrified, ani Jane. Noon lang daw nakakita ng ganung tanawin. At kahit sa mga kumpol kumpol na tirahan ay daan daang mga bata ang nakakaawa ang hitsura. Maraming Pilipino ang hindi pa nakakakita ng katulad ng aking nakita, dagdag pa niya. Ipinakita niya ang naka video na pagdating ng basura ay pinag-aagawan ng mga tao at mga bata ang mga bagay na pwede nilang mapakinabangan. Dalawang bata ang naka video na may tig isang maruming stick na nginangatngat. Hindi raw niya masikmura yung hinahalukay pa ang mga bagay na nasa likido na tulo ng basura at yun ay napaka toxic. Nakita rin niya ang ibang tirahan na nasa ibabaw ng mga ‘apartment’ ng mga patay sa sementeryo at yung iba naman ay nasa ibabaw ng ilog na tinukuran lamang ng kawayan. Kitang kita ang mga batang hindi marunong ngumiti at walang sapin ang kanilang paa. Agad siyang nakipagkita sa community leaders. Ang pinakamahalagang hiniling kay Jane ay ang paaralan. Doon niya na realize na mahalaga ang education sa mga pamilya. Nagsimula siyang magpatayo ng day care center ngunit nakita niyang

5 hindi yun sapat para sa nakapaligid na kabataan. Marami siyang nakausap sa Pilipinas tungkol sa paaralan ng komunidad, “but no body seems to care”, aniya. Hindi siya bumitiw sa paghahanap ng paraan para magkaroon ng paaralan upang ipakita sa nasimulan niyang komunidad na seryoso siya sa pagtulong sa kanila. Nang may nakita na sirang gusali ng gobyerno ay pinagamit naman. Pinaayos ang building ngunit hindi pa rin kasya sa lahat na kabataan doon. Naglagay ng extension na ginamitan ng mga sira at din a ginagamit na container vans. Ang nasabing paaralan ay ang pinakamalaking gusaling ngayon na gawa sa mga container van. Maliban sa paaralan ay nakapaglagay na rin ng clinic para sa kalusugan ng komunidad lalung lalu na ang mga bata at buntis. Tumaas na ang lebel ng pagtatrabaho ng mga dating nangangalaykay ng basura dahil ang mga hanapbuhay ay mag recyle ng mga papel, plastic, at iba pa. Ang mga sirang goma ng sasakyan ay ginawang tsinelas o sandal. Maraming na re recycle na bagay sa Pilipinas. Sa Ring Pulls nauubusan. Ang donasyon ninyong Ring Pulls ay mahalaga. Maari din kayong magdonate sa ibang paraan lalu na kung makapagbigay kayo sa PCF ng mga taong matulungin para sa pagsasakatuparan ng kanilang misyon. Dapat tayong makibalikat sa pagtulong na ginagawa ng PCF dahil kabayanihan din ang kanilang isinusulong - ang pag-angat pataas ang nakasadlak na kababayang Pinoy. Para sa inyong mga donasyon at iba pang detalye makipag-ugnayan kina: Bal Junio, 0504468121, baltazarjunio@yahoo.com; Jun Gatdula, 0552008490, junghatts@yahoo. com; Ollie Pineda, 0504751984, olliepineda@yahoo.com; Ric Napenas; 0505313412, ricardonapenas@yahoo.com.


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Opinion

EDITORIAL ‘Pinoys Homecoming Years’ ISANG bagong kampanya para sa ikauunland ng turismo ng bansang Pilipinas ang inilulunsad ng pamahalaang Aquino at ito ay ang paghimok sa mga Pinoy sa ibang bansa na umuwi at magbakasyon sa Pilipinas. Sa Proclamation 181 na nilagdaan ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino nuong Hunyo 3 ay idenaklara nito ang 2011 hanggang 2016 bilang “Homecoming Years for Pinoys.” Ipinagmamalaki ng pamahalaang Aquino ang anila’y malaking pagbabago sa bansa at ang pag-usbong ng mga bagong hotel at napakaraming tourist spots at biyahe sa ibat-ibang panig ng Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao na maaring pasyalan ng mga balikbayan. Kung nais ng pamahalaan ang pagunlad nito sa tulong ng turismo, bakit nga naman di umpisahan ng kapwa nating Pilipino. Subalit upang makamit ito at maaasahan ang pagdami ng turista sa Pilipinas sa darating na limang taon dapat maisaayos ang sitwasyon doon at makitaan ng magandang pagbabago. Mas maraming developments tulad ng mga hotels at resorts ang kailangang maitayo ng pribadong sector sa mga tourist spots sa buong bansa. Ang mga lubak-lubak na kalsada ay isaayos at magpagawa sana sa mga walang tala-

gang kalsada subalit may mga magandang tanawin at magandang puntahan. Eto pa, dapat ang mga pasahero ng mga eroplano na pupunta ng Pilipinas ay makakaranas ng mas maraming flights at murang pamasahe. Hindi yung nasa airport ka pa lang, eh pagod na sa kapilila o dahil sa pagka-antala ng flight at iba pang pangkaraniwan na nating nararanasan dahil sa mababang kalidad ng serbisyo. Banggitin pa ang ginagawang panggugulo at pangaabala ng ilang tauhan sa immigration sa mga Pinoy na bumabalik na sa kanikanilang bansang pinagtratrabahuhan. At ang pinakaimportante, seguridad mula sa paliparan hanggang sa lugar na pupuntahan ng mga turista at pagbalik sa pinangalingan. Dapat isaayos ang sistema ng pagbibigay seguridad sa mga nagbabakasyon hindi lamang para sa mga dahuyan at maging sa mga balikbayan din. Nuong nakaraang taon lamang ay halos 612,000 turista mula sa Amerika ang bumisita sa bansa, bukod pa ang 107,923 mula naman sa Canada. Sa bagong kampanyang pangturismo na ito, inaasahang makakahikayat ang Department of Tourism ng 764,580 turista mula sa US at 134,904 turista mula sa Canada lamang. Tinatayang may 444,000 Filipino-

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Americans sa Amerika at 81,000 Filipino-Canadians naman sa Canada. Dito sa UAE, umaabot na ang Pilipino sa 600,000. Ang North American market ang nasa “high second” sa tourism arrivals sa bansang Pilipinas. Nasa 60 percent dito ang Filipino-Americans or Filipino-Canadians. Sa dalawang bansa pa lamang na ito, malaki na ang impact sa kikitain ng bansa sa turismo lalo pa’t gagawing palalawigin ito sa iba pang bansa bilang isang kampanyan na tatakbo sa limang taon at magkakaroon ng “market segment grouping” sa iba’t ibang kontinente ng daigdig. Ang ganitong malawakang programa na tinatawag na binansagang “Homecoming Campaign” ay inilunsad ng pamahalaan upang hikayatin ang mga kababayang Pinoy at ibang mga turista mula sa iba;t ibang bansa tulad na nga Estados Unidos, Canada. Kung kaya’t dapat siguraduhin ng pamahalaan na magiging matagumpay ito at hindi makitaan lalo’t ng mga ibang lahi ng kakulangan at depekto. Dahil kung hindi maganda ang takbo at resulta nito, malawak din ang magiging epekto nito sa international tourism community at maaari pang ikababagsak ng turismo ng bansa Pilipinas. Ingatan po natin ang pagsusulong nito, at sa mga nagbabalak magbakasyon sa Pilipinas, “ Welcome Home, Kabayan!”

INDEPENDENSIYA? Tula ni Kabayan Eduard Ger. Britos

Ipinagdiriwang natin Ang kalayaan Magmula sa pagkakaalpas Sa mga kuko ng dayuhan Noo’y mga sakang At mga kastila Linait, inalipusta Niluray ang dangal Naging alipin Tinawag na mga indiyo Mga walang pinag-aralan At tayo’y sinaklob Ng ilang taon Nanilbihan, nalatigo, nagutom, nasuka, Napuyat, at kaawa-awa Mga ninuno na binuhat Ang mga pasakit at pagdurusa. Ngunit kailan nga ba Nakamtan ang totoong independensiya? Dahil wala na ang mga kastila? Ang mga hapon? Ang mga amerikano O iba pang lahi? Hanggang ngayon ba nakamit na kaya natin Ang totoong independensiya? Sa ibayong dagat, nagpapaalila Inaalipusta, nagdurusa Sa pananakit at hirap na nadarama Independensiya, kailan, kailan ka totoong Makakamit o madarama Kung sa isip pa rin Patuloy na nagdurusa Alin nga ba Ang totoong kahulugan Ng independensiya?

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Manny Pacquiao needs your help by kabayan Rache Hernandez (guest contributor)

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ubby and I went grocery shopping last night in Carrefour, Century Mall. While I was intent on completing the ingredients for Pinakbet, I came upon a precious, precious creation in the eggplant bin. Doesn’t it look so much like the tattoo on Manny Pacquiao’s chest? I couldn’t help but chuckle when I saw this and immediately called my husband, the biggest Manny Pacquiao fan on earth and in the next three planets, to share the find me. We JUST had to take a pic! Nowadays, I’m quite sure that the boxing glove figure is more than just a tattoo for Manny. It has become a symbol of his fight against poverty in the Philippines, a cause taken on by so many politicians before, but one that he so valiantly took on anyway. For his fight with Sugar Shane Mosley, Manny wore a yellow glove which he says symbolizes his cause. This makes me wonder: how the hell does Manny think can he fight poverty in the Philippines? Poverty in the Philippines is like rice – it’s been there before the time I was born, it’s the only thing that Filipinos know nowadays, and I’m afraid that it will be there when my children become adults. How can Manny succeed where so many other politicians before him have failed?

Manny has been reported to have partnered with Gawad Kalinga to create houses. Some look at this as his first step in his fight against poverty. If so, I think it’s not a bad step at all. But how many houses should you build to, at the very least, make an impact on the national problem of poverty? Ma. Ceres Doyo in her article suggested that Manny should take up a crash course in fighting poverty much like how he took a crash course in governance. Other people surely have other opinions. My husband, for instance, thinks Manny should initiate the creation of jobs and provide Filipinos with ample financial education. (I can almost see Robert Kiyosaki nodding). Some have also said that he should just retire from boxing and concentrate on being a Congressman, and I’m sure Mommy Dionisia is the proponent of this cause. Which leads me to ask: will Manny still be an effective unifier of the Filipinos if he isn’t boxing anymore? Won’t he become just another idealistic politician? How can Manny hope to be heard over the din of congress-people, who incidentally are light-years more forward than him in the area of interpersonal communications and public speaking? Then again, Manny is just one per-

son. He has already fought against poverty – his poverty. Didn’t he just become billionaire at the expense of Shane Mosley being nicknamed SHAME Mosley? Poverty is a national problem. Manny cannot solve it on his own. All he can do is put on that yellow glove, connect it to the jaw of an unlucky and unwilling pugilist and then say that his fight is now against poverty. This should be national effort. Seeing Manny wearing that yellow glove should be a call for us. Manny needs each and every one of us. For OFWs, the expansive distance, geographic of otherwise, that we have reached away from the Philippines cannot nullify our ancestry. We can change our surnames. We can change the way we say certain words. Heck, we can even change the shape of our nose, but we cannot the change the fact that, kabayan, Pinoy tayo. And by virtue of that alone, we have a stake in Manny’s fight. How many times has Manny plunged into a fight wearing the blue, red, and yellow emblem of our country on his shorts? How many blows has Manny taken to his body, and unleashed many of his own just to give all his fans a wonderful fight? Think of all the times we were so proud to be a Filipino because Manny just kept winning fight after fight after fight. This time, it’s our turn. In this fight, Manny needs us.

Arabic-literate Pinoys By Maria Rowena Barillos (contributor)

ABU DHABI -- Chameleons are well known of its distinctive features of changing color according to its emotions, light and temperature. The oldest known teaser for “Us” Pinoys is that we are like “Hunyango” (Filipino term for chameleon), that on every environment, situation we are placed, we can easily adapt or blend in. Funny but I think a special skill that clever Pinoys would agree and be proud of. UAE – where temperature, language and culture are with extreme contrast on our ways, Filipinos have managed to go with the phase. Now we can understand, speak their tongue and even write! These were all made possible by our esteemed staff at the Philippine Embassy – Al Bateen Office, Abu Dhabi. They have provided programs to be more equipped in the Arab world. It includes short courses for Reading and Writing, and also Program for Speaking Arabic.

Yes, our fellow Kabayan Muslim volunteers have been doing this for almost three years now. I, myself, had firsthand experience on this amazing course. This is a very helpful tool at work and for advancement. Teachers are accommodating and patient. They have also invited an Arabic Guy for the “Speaking Course.” Arabic courses offered on every Friday; typical classroom with books, weekly exercises and exams; a background of the Islam religion, wherein questions of differences will result to understanding and respect are also included in the course. A two-month study for only AED150 has really been worth it. These remarkable ideas from our embassy have produced hundreds of ‘Arabic literate’ Pinoys. Signage everywhere, the identification card that we are holding, direction to somewhere has now been familiar and easy to the eyes. These are

now words rather than funny symbols! We have realized that all displays have meanings. How we hear them talk makes us listen rather than laugh. We are more confident of everyday encounters with Arabs. A buildup of trust amongst each other has been felt. You may hear praises and sense of pride from Arabs that Filipinos are actually learning their writings. They are really happy that we are spending time to understand them. Every graduate are now ready to work and live Middle East style! It was a fascinating sight that we are all working together in improving our lives. The diversity of where we are standing has always been our motivation to be efficient and competitive. It is not the simplicity of blending in, or just mimicking, like the chameleon’s way to survive; but the complexity of the situation that leads us to acceptance and to strive harder for our future.

Hobnobing with mask-donning fans as they break world record By Alex Vidal, Guest Contributor

ARRIVING in California from Las Vegas, Nevada together with fellow journalists Eddie Alinea and Robbie Pangilinan May 9 evening, I immediately hied off to the Orange County from Baldwin Park, California the following day as baseball fans at the Angel Stadium here set a new Guinness World Record in the “largest gathering of people wearing costume mask” by donning the masks for 10 consecutive minutes. Almost everybody in the crowd of 40,128 that cheered for the Angels’ 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox had been given glittery, red, Lucha Libre-inspired wrestling masks bearing a white haloed “A” logo to have a chance to join in smackdown history. As the countdown clock reached its final 10 seconds, thousands of fans raised and participated in “ten, nine...” Just as the clock striked “0:00” and masked fans cheered, they cheered wildly, doubly because the Angels’ Howie Kendrick drilled a double into left field, scoring Hunter for the host team’s 6-1 lead. The Angels established the world record in the top of the fifth inning by rallying fans to become part of the record-breaking avalanche witnessed by Guinness World Record adjudicator Amanda Mochan, who had been flown in by the Angels from New York. Mochan made the re-

cord official and gave a plaque to a masked Angels chairman Dennis Kuhl in a quick ceremony in the Diamond Club. “This was one of the more entertaining records, and yes, I did laugh,” remarked Mochan. Fellow journalist Marcia Smith, who also donned a mask, said it took about 10 seconds for most fans to tear open the plastic bag stamped “Made in China” and remove the giveaway mask. “I couldn’t resist trying mine on and going under cover,” she said. “After a brief contact high and chemically loaded whiff of the synthetic fabric, I pulled and tugged the one-size-fits-all mask into place. Sort of. “I felt ready to pull off a bank heist -- or challenge Lesley Ross, the psychiatrist sitting next to me, to a table match. But I feared being put in a straitjacket. On either count.” According to Smith, “most of the crowd that had resisted putting on the mask threw on the throw-down apparel when the giant videoboard over right field featured a clip from ‘Nacho Libre’ and instructions, ‘Put on your masks!’” The crowd roared and it wore, added Smith. Corners of the board devoted to ads and extra statistics became home to the Guinness World Record 10-minute countdown clock. Ushers moved through their sections counting the few fans who abstained from looking like an extra from “Nacho Libre.”


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Filipino community leaders excel in community service Filipino Excellence

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

by Kabayan Art Los Banos

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y the time you read this column the Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates would have celebrated the 113th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence. The alliance of organizations duly recognized by the Philippine Consulate General and a number of socially-concerned individuals belonging to Filcom (short for Filipino Community) would have conducted the “community service expo for all” event on June 10 at the Al Shabab Sports Club in Deira, Dubai. Three years ago I was involved in a similar event held at the Al Nasr Leisureland where it was home to previous celebrations. We conducted the 110th anniversary on June 13. It

is always the Friday closest to June 12 when the Filcom hold the annual event. By accident, I became the overall chairman of the executive committee. It was in the evening of April 24 when then Consul Butch Bandillo chaired a meeting with about 30 leaders and representatives from various organizations to discuss the free event. I came in late. After Consul Bandillo finished talking I simply asked him as to when we are having the event. He quickly replied: “That’s why we are meeting tonight, Art. Why don’t you sit here and discuss it among yourselves.” Then he left me all alone. Present that evening were Joel Nedamo of Philippine Society of Safety Professionals, Albert Cortez

and Cookie Villanueva of Filipino Dance Club of Dubai (FDC-D), Cherry Torres of Filipino Computer Club, Dante and Tess Delizo of Computer Aided Design and Drafting-Group, Dyobs Perez of Filipino Basic Christian Community (FBCC) of Sharjah, as well as Roy Lopez who was then an art director with an advertising agency. After facilitating the discussions for an hour, Joel Nedamo suggested that since I was already on top of the issue I should then be the chairman of the Execom. Nobody objected. Now everyone knows how I became the accidental chairman. Call this being at the wrong place at the wrong time. But I have no regrets. It was an honor serving our Kaba-

Paano ba magpaka-Pilipino at ipakita ang pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan Buhay Dubai Ni Kabayan Albert Alba

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indi maikakaila na marami talaga tayong mga Pinoy dito sa Dubai at sa buong UAE. Sa huling pagtaya ng ating mga opisyal, mahigit kumulang 600,000 na raw tayo. Saan man tayo naroon, ang pagiging Pinoy natin ay ating ipinagmamalaki sa pamamagitan ng mga simpleng kaparaanan kagaya ng paglagay ng simbolo ng bansang Pilipinas sa sasakyan o sa kahit ano pang bagay na madalas nating gamitin. At syempre pa, nariyan din ang pagsuot ng mga damit na may nakaburda na kung hindi bandila ay ang mismong pisikal na hugis ng bansang Pilipinas. Ngunit bukod sa buong pagmamalaki na tayo nga ay Pinoy, paano ba talaga natin ipinapakita ang katapatan at pagmamahal sa inang bayan? Napakahalaga ba nito, o

mas mahalaga ang maging makaDiyos at maka-taong mamamayan o residente saan mang bansa tayo naroroon? Maraming pagsubok ang ating pinagdadaanan sa ibang bansa, lalo na’t iba’t ibang lahi ang ating kasama. Nariyan ang mas madalas kaysa sa minsan ang ibatay ang ating suweldo at posisyon sa kumpanya sang ayon sa kulay ng ating balat o lahi. Subali’t mayroon din naman tayong naririnig at nababasang mga nakakatuwang istorya ng tagumpay ng kapwa nating Pinoy, na bukod sa nagsisilbing inspirasyon, ay nagpapabago rin sa pagtingin ng ibang lahi sa Pinoy. Anu’t ano pa man, ang pagiging Pinoy ay dala natin – sa mabuti man o sa masama. Kung kaya’t ang mga bagay-bagay na ginagawa na-

tin sa araw-araw, sa opisina man o sa pamamasyal sa park at mall, sa pananamit, sa pananaw sa mga bagay-bagay, sa pagsasalita at sa pakikisalamuha o pakikitungo sa ibang lahi, ang mga ito ay nagsisilbing mensahe sa kanila kung sino at ano talaga ang Pinoy. At kapag ating ipinakita na mga mabuti tayong mamamayan o residente, di lamang ng Pilipinas, kundi maging ng lugar na ating pansamantalang kinapapalooban, atin nang itinataguyod ang pagiging isang mabuting Pilipino. At sa paggunita ng ating ika-113 taon ng kasarinlan, huwag nating isantabi o kalimutan ang mga sakripisyo, paghihirap at pagbuwis ng buhay ng ating mga ninuno makamit lamang ang kalayaan ng Pilipinas. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

yans in Dubai and the Northern Emirates with the support of competent and capable leaders. The Execom was composed of Ollie Pineda of Filipino Association of Computer Excellence, Program Director; Dante Delizo, Logistics Committee head; Tinette Pudda of UP Alumni Association, Finance Committee head; Olive Mara of Filipino Dancesports and Social Club, Protocol and Welfare head; Mariecar Jara-Puyod of Filipino Press Club, Souvenir Programme head; and Marilyn Licudan of Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Treasurer. Our biggest attractions were the Job Fair managed by the UP Alumni Association and the “Free Tawag sa Pinas” coordinated by Unified Fili-

pino Airsoft Club and Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers. A Santacruzan was held in the afternoon organized by the FBCC followed by a ballroom dancing competition and fashion show, both prepared by the FDC-D. Furthermore, ethnic dance presentations were performed by the Maranao Community in UAE and the Cordillerans UAE. In my closing message in the souvenir programme I said: I would like to praise and thank God for blessing us with abundant talents which have been sharpened every time we meet and initiate an activity. May these talents bring us to where we want to go; where God wants us to reach; and where we can experience Bayanihan every day.”

Ang epekto ng paggamit ng selpon sa utak: Nakakaalarma nga ba?

Medical & More Ni Kabayan Nemia Macabugao, RN “Cell phone use may cause brain cancer. We reached this conclusion based on a review of human evidence showing increased risk of glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, in association with wireless phone use.” Ito ang pahayag ni International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Chairman Jonathan Samet, MD, kamakailan lamang. Ang ahensiyang ito ang pinagkukunan ng World Health Organization (WHO) at American Cancer Society ng mga bagong impormasyon tungkol sa kanser. Dahil sa anunsyong ito, nahahanay na ang selpon sa parehong hazard category gaya ng chloroform, lead at usok mula sa tambutso. Ayon sa mga tagapagsaliksik, pinapalakas ang metabolismo ng glucose sa ating utak ang paggamit ng selpon. Glucose metabolism is a direct indicator of brain activity, wika nga nila. Napakarami na tayong naririnig na mga pag-aaral at mga agam-agam sa panganib na dulot ng selpon sa ating katawan lalo na sa ating utak nitong nakaraang sampung taon ngunit ang pag-aaral o pananaliksik na ito ang sinasabing unang pag-aaral tungkol sa koneksyon ng metabolism ng utak bilang tugon sa paggamit ng selpon.

Tinatayang may limang bilyong tao ang gumagamit ng selpon sa buong mundo. Sa bilang na ito, ang mga bata ang mas na nalalagay sa panganib dahil ang kanilang mga bungo ay maninipis pa at ang exposure nila ay higit na mahaba kesa sa exposure ng mga matatanda na. Children are getting a lot more energy from cell phones delivered to their brains than adults. Mapanganib man o hindi, siguradong ang lahat ng taong gumagamit na ng selpon, gaya ko, ay hindi titigil sa paggamit nito. Kaya ipinapayo ng mga dalubhasa ang paggamit ng speaker phone o earpiece para malayo ang selpon sa ating ulo o utak habang nakikipag-usap. Napag-alaman kasi na ang pinakamalakas na exposure ay sa panahong nakadikit ang selpon sa ating utak habang nakikipag-usap. Kung ang gamit ay text lamang, bumababa ang exposure ng sampung beses. Limitahan din natin ang paggamit nito. Siguraduhing hindi nakadikit sa katawan o sa ulo habang natutulog dahil ang radiation na galing dito ay aktibo din kahit di ginagamit. At ang pinakaimportante sa lahat, ipaalala lagi sa ating mga anak ang masamang epekto ng paggamit nito sa ating katawan at magsilbing ehemplo sa kanila.


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Binhi

Para sa Kabayans sa Cosmopolitan Dubai

Power Dressing

Ni Kabayan Rachel Salinel

ILANG percent ba ng ating katawan na balot ng damit kasuotan? May nagsasabing 80% habang ang iba 90% depende kung saang bansa ka galing. Gaano ba talaga kaimportante ang kasuotang ating ginagamit sa bawat oras at okasyon. Meron bang cause and effect kung paano tayo tinatrato ng mundo base sa damit na suot? Ang panlabas ba na kaanyuan ay dapat batayan kung ano ang totoong tao sa niloob ng isang nilalang. Ilang beses na ba niyong narinig ang kasabihang “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” ani Will Rogers? Una at magandang impression na mahalaga sa mga panahon tulad ng job interviews, sales presentations at maging sa unang date ng sinuman. Dito sa Dubai na mas kilalang kosmopolitang bansa, nakakaaliw na makitang marami pa ring kabayan ang hindi binibigyan ng halaga ang tamang kasuotan katumbas ng malaking respetong kakakambal nito. Pumunta ka lang ng simbahan, isang lugar na banal at puntahan para dasalan. Dahil nga ang bansa ay sa disyerto, malamang sa hindi merong naka-sleeveless o spaghetti strap blouse, na naka-mini skirt na ale, o kaya naman ay naka-puruntong shorts at sandong may bling bling at

naka-sombrero pang papasok para magsimba. Taliwas ito sa mga Arabong Katoliko at mga Indiano na kuntodo pang naka suit, naka-tie, nakadress or Salwar Khamis kung sumimba. Minsan nga magde-deliver lang ng paninda mula sa maliit na sari sari store sa Karama o Satwa ang Indiano, naka trousers pa at naka long sleeves ito kahit na mainit o malamig ang panahon. Ganito raw kasi sa bansa nila at lalo na kung nasa ibang bansa sila. Ilang beses naring may nagreklamong ibang lahi sa mga Pinay na sumisimba ng ganito ang kasuotan dahil anila nagkakasala sila sa nakikita imbes na mapayapa dahil galing simbahan. Tatandaang mas malaki ang populasyon ng mga lalaki sa bansang ito kesa kababaihan. At marami sa kanila ay hindi kasama ang mga asawa habang nag hahanap buhay sa bansang ito. Bakit daw hindi isiping pupunta sila sa isang pagtitipon kung saan may panauhing pandangal na magbibihis talaga ng maayos sa espesyal na tao ang makikita o makakasama. May mas espesyal pa ba sa lugar na darasalan. Minsan naman may walk-in applicant sa aking opisina. Nag-aapply ng trabaho bitbit ang CV. Nagkataong naroon ang isang key officer na may kapangyarihang mag rekemonda kung maha-hire ang

isang aplikante o hindi. Unang tingin pa lang sa damit at sapatos, hindi na agad papasa sa isang opisina sa Central Business District. Rubber shoes at t-shirt ang naiwang imahe at hindi ang hawak na CV. Sayang dahil may background pa naman sana na pang opisinang pinapasukan ko. Isa ito sa dahilan kung bakit minabuti ng Kabayan Weekly na humingi ng payo sa isang senior and experienced advertising and marketing practitioner na si Ellen Samano para makapagbigay ng tips sa mga okasyong dapat pangahalagahan ang tamang pananamit ng isang Pinoy. How Pinoys should dress up in Dubai Aniya ang pinaka basic principle daw dito ay magkaroon ng disenteng kaayusan dahil ito ay nagbibigay ng desenteng impression. “If you look neat, clean and proper, then you won’t be mistaken for a street bum or a personal wreck. You don’t have to be highly fashionable; you only need to properly dress up,” sabi ni Ellen. Nagbigay din siya ng practical tips kapag nagmo-malling, namamasyal at kakain sa restaurant o maging sa pagpasok sa opisina kung wala rin lang namang uniform na issue ang kumpanya. Practical tips: 1. Put some shoes on. Footwear

plays a big role in defining “appropriate dressing.” “Slippers are for the house or the beach. If you want, wear sandals instead of slippers,” sabi ni Ellen. 2. For ladies, avoid anything very tight, very short, very revealing. “These looks immediately send a wrong impression of who you are or what you do,” patotoo niya. 3. For men, avoid those jerseys, sleeveless shirts, and rubber slippers or sandals, which are obviously appropriate for the house, a basketball court or the park. 4. Accessorize with care and taste. Anything overdone could be an outfit disaster. 5. Don’t go for fake high-end brands. If you cannot afford them, better to stick to the ones you can. “Wearing fakes could say something about you, too,” dagdag ni Ellen. Get an edge in a job interview by competitive dressing. Dito nabanggit ni Ellen na ang basic principle ay ma-invest sa magandang damit kung gusto mong mag invest ang kumpanya sa inyo. “If you have one or two sets of tailored or well-made wardrobe that suit your built and make you feel comfortable and confident, then that’s enough for use in your interview series,” she suggested. Practical tips: 1. If you are from an industry that is more formal and conservative, tailored suits in gray or black never go wrong. Accentuate it with a bright color inner top or an accessory like a scarf (during cold season) or a classy neck piece (during summer). 2. If you are from a more “casual, creative and artistic” industry, then you can be freer to create your ensembles. But always stick to collared tops, structured dresses/skirts/ trousers and plain or very minimal prints. 3. For ladies, invest on good, comfortable high-heeled shoes. They make a difference on your overall posture (while walking or even while sitting). 4. For men, invest on good neckties. The simpler and more classic, the better. Employers want serious “men in the house”. “If you want to express your creative or crazy side, bring it out during the interview, not on your clothing,” sabi niya. 5. Don’t overload yourself with huge tote bags, computer bags or any extra luggage during an interview. “No, they don’t make an impression that you are “a busy, hard work-

9 ing person”. They are just physically strenuous and they don’t make you look relaxed and confident,” paliwanag ni Ellen. Practical dress up tips for day-today work Dito ang basic principle ika ni Ellen ay ang balanse ng pagiging classy at up to date. Ito raw ang pinakasusi sa lahat. “You want to keep that image of being serious and formal at work while showing off your knowledge of the trends,” abiso niya. Practical Tips: 1. For petite ladies, go for flat front skinny trousers, pencil cut skirts (a little above the knee), or 1 piece structured dresses. “Avoid too much garments that can overpower your small built like ruffles, pleats, ribbons, shearing and puffs,” paliwanag niya. 2. For heavies, go for structured tops or suits accentuated with a nice scarf or a simple neckpiece. Avoid too much layers and thick garments but at the same time, avoid bodyhugging textiles, too. 3. For men in general, stay on tried and tested male colors like blue, gray, and beige/ khaki. Break the monotony with bright or dark colored neckties or light colored long-sleeved shirts. 4. For ladies in general, learn to differentiate “party clothing” from work clothing. “If you have a party after work, “cover” your party outfit with a nice office jacket/coat/blazer, a shawl or a cardigan,” suhestiyon ni Ellen. 5. Know your built, your personality and your style. Read fashion magazines or online sites to get an idea of the possible mix and match techniques that you can do with your wardrobe. Kadalasan mababasang kung ano ang suot mong damit ay ito ay magbibigay ng kakaibang implunwensya mo sa mundo. Bakit hindi gawing mas makahulugan na sa bawat isusuot na damit ay pag-isipan kung anong saysay, anong aspekto sa buhay mo at kung saan mas epektibo at makapagbigay ng magandang impression. Hindi naman ito isyu ng panghuhusga dahil araw araw at orasoras naman tayo ay nahuhusgahan sa buhay. Ang mahalaga dito ay kung gusto nating mahusgahan at magkaroon ng epekto ng maganda habang nahuhusgahan.


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Balitang Pinas $83M anti-poverty fund inilaan sa Mindanao

Si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III at Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzadin sa pagsibisita nito sa Brunei Darussalam nitong Hunyo 1. Lumagda ang dalawang bansa sa isang Memorandum of Agreement na magpapalawig sa agriculture, shipping at ports, sports at tourism ng Pilipinas at Brunei. (Kuha ni Jay Morales)

91 OFW dependents, nagtapos sa scholarship program ng OWWA MANILA – Napagtapos ng Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration o OWWA ang 91 mga scholars na pawang mga anak ng overseas Filipino workers (OFW) at 28 sa kanila ay pawang mga magna cum laude at cum laude. Sinabi naman ni Department of Labor and Employment Director Nicon Fameronag na ang mga nagtapos ng school year 2010-2011 ay bahagi ng Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program at ng Education for Development Scholarship Program. Galing sa ibat-ibang rehiyon ang mga scholars at sa mga nagtapos ng may parangal ay 12 dito ay galing sa National Capital Region; lima sa Region 7, dalawa sa Region 1; dalawa sa Region 6 at dalawa sa Region 9, at isa naman sa Region 8; isa sa Region 10 at gayun rin sa CARAGA. Inilabas na rin ng OWWA ang listahan ng mga nagtapos at ang 5 magna cum laude ay Alexis M. Martinez, BS Biology at the University of the Philippines Diliman; Zyreen Adrianne M. Maranan, BS Information Technology at Adamson University; Ahmed Abdullah Khayeff, BS Information Technology at Saint Louis University; Maria Kristine Rothessa M. Reyes, BS Nursing at Ateneo de Zamboanga; and Ian O. Palermo, BS Electrical Engineering at Iligan Institute

of Technology-Mindanao State University. At ang mga cum laude naman ay sina Eudelpha Marie B. Matuguinas, BS Accountancy at the Far Eastern University; Romnick B. Medina, BS Aeronautical Engineering at the Philippine State College of Aeronautics; Raymond P. Burgess Jr., BS Information Technology at the University of Santo Tomas; Carlino Phelias A. Limbaga, BS Chemistry at the Cebu Normal University; Jake N. Delima, BS Marine Transportation at the Naval State University in Biliran; and Mark Jason O. Mortel, BS Electronic and Communications Engineering at the Iligan Institute of Technology – Mindanao State University. Ayon naman sa OWWA, ang mga scholars ay tumatanggap ng P60,000 bawat taon upang magamit sa kanilang pagaaral. Sa mga nagnanais umanong maging scholars ay dapat aniyang makapasa ang isang aplikante sa national qualifying examination na ibinibigay mula Nobyembre hanggang Disyembre ng Department of Science and Technology. Sa mga bagong graduate sa high school ay dapat maisumite ang kanilang application mula Hulyo hanggang Setyembre. Maari rin umanong makuha ang mga application form sa website ng OWWA. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

DAVAO CITY – Umabot na umano sa $16 milyon ang pondong nailabas ng Mindanao Rural Development Program o MRDP bilang bahagi ng suporta ng pamahalaan sa ibat-ibang proyekto sa rehiyon. Ang pondo ay halos 20% pa lamang ng $83.75 loan portfolio mula sa World Bank, ayon kay Lealyn Ramos, ang MRDP Program Director. Ang MRDP ay 5-taon programa ng WB at pamahalaang Aquino at ng mga lokal na pamunuan at may nakalaang pondo ito sa halagang $123.652 milyon na gagamitin sa 225 bayan at lungsod sa buong Mindanao. Ang MRDP ay ang anti-poverty program ng Department of Agriculture (DA) at layunin nitong maiangat ang kahirapan sa Mindanao sa pamamagitan ng mga proyekto

sa infrastructure, livelihoods, environmental protection at local governance reform. Sa ulat ni Ramos kay Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala ay sinabi nitong ang rural infrastructure component ng MRDP ay may kabuuang halaga na P10.812 milyon para sa 970 mga proyekto. At kabilang dito ang nakumpletong 160 kilometro ng kalsada; 52 farm-to-market roads na may halagang P222.26 milyon; siyam na tulay na may kabuuang haba ng mahigit sa 83 kilometro; isang irrigation project para sa 100 ektarya ng sakayan; siyam na potable water systems at 3 solar driers at bodega. At mahigit sa P495 milyon naman ang inilaan sa Community Fund for Agricultural Development o CFAD at pinondohan nito ang mga

proyektong may kinalaman sa food security interventions, community livelihood at small support infrastructure. Nakinabang dito ang 671 agri-based enterprises. “We have benefited thousands of households and individuals. In our CFAD alone, we have extended assistance to at approximately 50,000 individuals and about 30 percent of them belong to indigenous peoples’ organizations, considered to be the most marginalized sector.” “We are now seeing the impact of the collaborative efforts of DA, our partner agencies like DENR, NCIP, BFAR, BSWM, and especially the local government units who are at the frontline of implementations,” wika pa ni Ramos. (May ulat si Sherwin Manual. Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

Shell exporters pinababantayan

Ang mga Badjao o sea gypsy sa Zamboanga habang inilalako ang kanilang mga shell products sa baybayin ng lungsod. Maraming mga Badjao ang nagbebenta rin ng mga black corals at kung anu-anong uri ng mga souvenir items na gawa rin mula sa mga sea shells. Nasabat sa Maynila kamakailan ang napakaraming mga pinatuyong pawikan at black coral na nagkakahalaga ng P35 milyon at galing ito sa Zamboanga at pagmamay-ari ng negosyanteng si Olivia Li. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Minamatyagan ng mga awtoridad sa Zamboanga City ang mga exporter ng shell products matapos na masabat sa Maynila ang P35-milyon halaga ng mga black corals at pinatuyong pawikan na galing dito. Kinasuhan na ng Bureau of Customs ang mga umano’y nasa likod ng nasabat na kontrabando na nakilalang si Olivia Li, na siyang mayari ng Li and Lim Trading, at ilang katao pa mula sa cargo company dito. Nasabat ang mga ito sa Port of

Manila nuong nakaraang buwan lamang at idineklara pa umanong mga rubber o goma ang laman ng container van na pinagkargahan nito. Kasamang nasamsam ay ang mga sumusunod - 163 hawk bills at green turtles; 21,169 piraso ng black corals; 7,.340 piraso ng Trumpet and Helmet shells, at 196 kilo ng sea whips na lahat ay pawang mga ‘threatened’ species na mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang paghuli o pagkuha, lalo na ang pagbebenta ng mga ito.

Kinasuhan ang mga akusado ng paglabag sa Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act o Republic Act 9147 dahil sa tangkang pagpuslit ng mga kontrabando. Ilalagay rin umano sa watch list ng Bureau of Immigration ang mga akusado upang hindi sila makatakas sa asunto. Sinunod rin ng mga awtoridad ang bodega ni Li sa Zamboanga City at doon tumambad sa pulisya ang napakarami pang mga black corals at iba pang mga kontrabando. Hindi naman nagpakita si Li at maging mga tauhan nito ay ayaw rin sabihin kung nasaan ang negosyante. Sinabi naman ni Alkalde Celso Lobregat na rerepasuhin nito ang lisensya ni Li matapos na mabisto ang pagpupuslit nito ng mga kontrabando. Hindi rin mabatid kung saan galing ang mga kontrabando, subalit malaki ang hinala na ito’y nakuha sa Sulu Sea. Subalit binabantayan na rin ng mga awtoridad ang maraming shell exporters sa Zamboanga upang pigilin ang ilegal na pagbebenta ng mga pinatuyong mga pawikan at iba pang threatened o endangered species. Kalimitan ay sa Japan, Thailand at Malaysia ang bagsak ng mga kontrabando na kung saan ay ibinibenta ito bilang mga souvenir items. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)


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Balitang Pinas

ARMM polls ibinasura ng Senado

BAGAMA’T hati ang mga residente sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), tinuldukan na ng Senado ang pagsasagawa ng halalan sa Agosto taong ito na isinusulong ni Presidente Benigno Aquino na ipagpaliban nga at isabay na lamang sa national elections sa 2013. (Al Jacinto)

MANILA – Ibinasura na ng Senado ang nakatakdang halalan ngayong taon sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao o ARMM matapos ang mahabang pagtatalo at debate sa pagitan ng mga mambabatas. Sa botohan na 13-7 ay natuldukan na ang isyu ng halalan sa ARMM sa Agosto na ayon sa Pangulong Benigno Aquino III ay dapat talagang ipagpaliban at isabay na lamang sa eleksyon sa 2013. Suportado rin ng apat na gobernador sa ARMM – Sakur Tan ng Sulu; Sadikul Sahali ng Tawi-Tawi; Jum Akbar ng Basilan; at Esmael Mangudadatu ng Maguindanao, ang kagustuhang ng Pangulo. Naiwan naman si Gob. Mamintal Adiong ng Lanao del Sur dahil kapatid nito ang kasalukuyang officer-in-charge sa ARMM – si Gob. Ansaruddin Adiong. Pinangunahan ni Senador Franklin Drilon, ang proponent ng Senate

Bill No. 2756, ang pagpapaliban ng halalan at suportado ito nina Senadora Miriam Santiago, Senador Teofisto Guingona III, Panfilo Lacson, Ralph Recto, Francis Pangilinan, Pia Cayetano, Gregorio Honasan, Manuel Lapid at Antonio Trillanes IV, Juan Enrile, Jose Estrada, at Vicente Sotto III. Wala ng nagawa sina Senador Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., Ramon Revilla, Jr., Joker Arroyo, Sergio Osmeña III, Francis Escudero, Edgardo Angara at Juan Miguel Zubiri sa mga pabor na isabay ang halalan sa 2013. Hindi naman nakaboto sina Senador Alan Peter Cayetano, Manuel Villar Jr. at Loren Legarda dahil wala sila sa botohan. Sinabi naman ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda na pinaninindigan ng Malakanyang ang posisyon nito na ang pagpapaliban ng eleksyon ay upang maisakatuparan ang mga sistematikong pagbabago

sa rehiyon. “Ang ARMM ay matagal nang tinutustusan ng mga proyektong pangkaunlaran mula sa parehong mga lokal at panlabas na kinatawan, gayun pa man nananatili pa rin ang mga probinsya nito na pinakamahihirap sa bansa,” wika pa ni Lacierda. Sa pagsasabay ng eleksyon sa 2013 ay maiiwasan umano ang mga pagkakataon para sa makaluma at transaksyunal na pamumulitika, ayon pa kay Lacierda. “Pasisinayaan nito ang malinis at tapat na eleksyon sa rehiyon, at ipapanatag ang isa sa pinakamagulong lugar tuwing pambansang halalan. Higit sa lahat, mapapahintulutan nang magbunga ang mga pagsusumikap para sa kaunlaran at masisiguro na ang mga pangunahing pangangailangan at serbisyo ay maihahatid sa mga mamamayan ng ARMM,” dagdag nito.

OFWs sa Saudi pinaasikaso MANILA -- Pinamamadali na ng grupong Migrante-Middle East ang repatriation o pagpapauwi sa bansa ng 120 mga distressed at runaway overseas Filipino workers (OFW) na ngayon ay nasa isang refuge o temporary shelter sa Saudi Arabia. Ayon kay John Leonard Monterona, ang regional coordinator ng MigranteMiddle East, hirap na hirap na umano ang mga Pilipino sa Bahay-Kalinga sa Jeddah sa kahihintay na makauwi sa Pilipinas. Isang domestic helper na tumakas sa pagmamalupit ng kanyang amo ang namatay na rin sa Bahay-Kalinga matapos itong atakihin sa puso kamakailan lamang. Nitong Pebrero ay isa rin DH ang umano’y nasawi doon. Nasa Bahay-Kalinga rin ang 7 kababaihan at bitbit ang kanilang mga anak na diumano’y bunga ng pangaabuso sa kanila. “Two weeks ago, I have been told by an OWWA welfare officer that most of the distressed OFWs temporarily housed at the BK have their travel documents ready, and that they are still awaiting their airplane tickets,” ani pa ni Monterona. “The best thing the embassy and POLO-OWWA officials could do is to fast track their repatriation. There is no point of letting them stay longer in a refuge center where their food, medical care and other services can’t be provided by these officials.” Aktibo ang Migrante-Middle East sa monitoring ng mga pagmamalupit at kasong kinasasangkutan ng mga OFWs sa Saudi Arabia. Nabatid na mismong mga ibang OFWs na rin ang tumutulong sa mga nasa Bahay-Kalinga at nagsasagawa

ang mga ito ng medical missions at nanghihingi ng mga damit at kung anuano pa upang maibigay sa mga nasa temporary shelter na pinatatakbo ng Philippine Embassy. “In fact, some of our OFWs groups aired disappointment that they have been bared to personally hand over their donations and visit the BK as it was not permitted by POLO officials, but because of OFWs spirit of kindness and altruism, they continue to help our distressed OFWs,” wika pa ni Monterona. Ang POLO ay pinaiksing tawag sa Philippine Overseas Labor Office. Sinabi pa ni Monterona na nakasaad sa batas na dapat ay maglaan ng P100 milyon para sa emergency at repatriation fund ang pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng OWWA upang magamit ito ng mga may sakit o distressed OFWs. “Bureaucratic processes should be cut short in releasing the emergency repatriation funds. It doesn’t make sense at all if the distressed and sick OFWs are repatriated lifeless, in cold bodies,” sabi pa ni Monterona. Dapat rin aniya na kapag kinulang ang pondo ay agad na mapunan ito ng pamahalaan upang masiguro ang kapakanan ng mga OFWs, hindi lamang sa Saudi ngunit maging sa buong mundo. “We are urging OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon to tell us how much funds left out of the P100-M allocated for the emergency repatriation of distressed and sick OFWs, noting that the amount is taken from OFWs trust fund, a compulsory membership collection of US$25 for every departing OFWs,” ani Monterona. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

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

Courtesy of:

Makikita sa litratong ipinasa sa Kabayan Weekly ng US Embassy sa Maynila si John L. McHugh, ang secretary ng United States Army, at Honorio S. Azcueta, undersecretary ng National, sa isang courtesy call ng mgaAmerikano nitong Hunyo 6, 2011, sa Department of National Defense sa Camp Aguinaldo. Nasa bansa si McHugh at nakikipagpulong sa pamahalaang Aquino upang lalong mapatibay ang relasyon ng Amerika at Pilipinas. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

IF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT YOURSELF, DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN.


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Special Report

USAPING ISLAM

Pinoy ME, Petron fuel changes in Limay, Bataan

ANG PAGBABALA SA PAGKA-MAGAGALITIN Naiulat mula kay Abi Hurayrah (Raa), siya ay nagsabi, “Katotohanan, may isang lalaki na nagsabi sa Propeta (PBUH); Payuhan mo po ako.” Siya (PBUH) ay nagsabi: “Huwag kang magalit”.at inulit ito nang paulit-ulit. Ang sabi niya (PBUH): “Huwag kang magalit.”) Isinalaysay ni Al Bukhari. Ang pangkalahatang kahulugan: Sa naturang Hadith isang patunay hinggil sa pagbabawal sa pagkamagagalitin at pag-iwas sa mga dahilan ng pagka-poot at na huwag sumadlak sa mga nagiging dahilan ng pagkapoot. Kaya nga lamang itinutok niya (PBUH) ang salitang ito, dahil yaong nagtatanong ay magagalitin. At naging kaugalian ng Sugo (PBUH), siya ay nagbibigay ng aral sa bawat isa batay sa kung ano ang higit na nakakabuti sa kanya. kaya ang Sugo (PBUH) ayon sa kanyang salita na “Huwag kang magalit“ ay kanyang pinagsama ang kabutihan ng Mundo at ng Kabilang-buhay, dahil ang pagkapoot ay nauuwi sa pagputol sa ugnayan ng isa’t isa at nagpipigil sa kabaitan. at nauuwi rin ito sa pag-aabuso sa taong pinagagalitan na hindi naman karapat-dapat. Kaya nakapagbabawas iyon sa kanyang Pananampalataya. Ang mga paalaala: 1-Ipinagbawal ng Islam ang pagka-magalitin, dahil ang mga bunga nito ay nakakapinsala. 2-Ang pag-iwas sa pagkamagagalitin, dahil ito ay mula kay Satanas. 3-Ang Muslim ay hindi nagtatanim ng galit sa iba nang hindi makatuwiran. 4-Ang kahinaunan at pagpapasinseya ay kabilang sa kapuri-puring mga katangian. 5-Ang sinumang magalit nang madalas ay madalas ding nagsisisi.

ANG KAGANDAHANG UGALI Naiulat mula kay Abdullah bin Am’r (Raa2), siya ay nagturan: “Ang Propeta (PBUH) ay hindi naging isang Faahish, ni hindi siya naging Mutafahhish. At kanyang sinasabi: (Ang pinakamainam sa inyo ay yaong higit na mabuti ang kaugalian sa inyo). Isinalaysay ni Al Bukhari. Ang pangkalahatang kahulugan: Sa naturang Hadith isang patunay sa kagandahang ugali ng Propeta (PBUH), at tunay na siya ay hindi naging isang Faahish, ni naging Mutafahhish. Ang Fah’s: ay ang lahat ng bagay na humihigit sa kanyang sariling hangganan, hanggang sa nagiging masamang-masama ito. At ito ay pumapaloob sa salita, gawa at sa katangian. Ang Faahish: ay yaong bumibigkas ng Fah’s. At ang Mutafahhish: ay yaong naggagamit ng Fah’s upang patawanin ang mga tao. Ang Propeta (PBUH) ay nagsabi: [Katotohanan, ang Allah ay hindi nagmamahal sa lahat ng Faahish na Mutafahhish). Ang mga paalaala: 1-Ang Kadakilaan ng mga alituntunin ng Islam. Sa dahilang inaaanyayahan nito ang mga Muslim sa pagkamit ng mga mararangal na kaugalian, ang halimbawa nito: Ang pagpigil sa pamiminsala, ang pagharap sa mga tao nang nakangiti, at ang pagsumikap sa paggawa ng kabutihan. 2-Ang pagtagubilin sa pananatili ng mga mararangal na kaugalian at ang pag-iwas sa mga kaaba-abang kaugalian. 3-Ang mabuting pag-uugali ay nagpapalapit sa kinalalagyang antas ng Propeta sa Araw ng pagbangon-muli. 4-Ang paggalang sa mga Muslim, at ang pakikitungo sa kanila nang mabuting pakikitungo ay kabilang sa magandang pag-uugali. 5-Ang sinumang magtaglay ng magagandang mga kaugalian ay makamtan ang pag-ibig ng Allah. 6-Ang pinakamainam sa Sangkatauhan ay yaong may pinakamagandang pag-uugali sa kanila.

PINOY MICROFINANCING. Sulong Kabarangay Volunteers of Limay, Bataan, gather for a meeting.

Like dismal relics of a distant past, there are Death March markers strewn all over the roads of Bataan. These serve as firm reminders of the sacrifices of heroes, and of how brutal survival can be—civilians and soldiers forced to march for days, to sleep on open fields, drink dark and murky river water, and eat leaves and grass. The story of Bataan is one of hardship, and also of determination, of ordinary people rising and rising again against adversity, doing small acts that somehow fuel great hope and change in the country’s “Cradle of Heroes.” Decades after the 2nd World War, the residents of Limay, Bataan are still seeing their share of struggles—this time caused by a pervasive poverty, which is atrociously widespread in the Philippines. Much like the heroes of Bataan, however, the community is taking a stand against poverty and creating livelihood opportunities with a little help from the Petron Foundation, Inc. (PFI) and the PinoyME Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit social investment entity for microfinance institutions. Community-driven development Luz Almazan, a community development specialist who is working with the Limay residents, explains the living conditions there: “A significant portion of Limay’s land area (about 26%) is still devoted to agriculture. Major agricultural produce is rice followed by vegetables, mangoes, bananas and rootcrops. Farming is still a

source of income especially for longtime residents of the municipality. Some are also into livestock production, particularly hogs, poultry, and goats. Limay also lies along the Manila Bay and some residents rely on fishing for their livelihood. They are experiencing though a decline in the fish catch as a result of depleted natural resource.” She adds: “While there are various opportunities for livelihood in Limay, majority of the residents within the Petron Bataan Refinery’s (PBR) fenceline barangays of Alangan and Lamo remain poor.” The Sulong KaBarangay (SK) program started in 2009 when the PFI requested the assistance of PinoyME in “developing strategies that will enable it to contribute towards the improvement in the quality of life of the poor residing within the two immediate barangays within the PBR.” PFI and PinoyME agreed to utilize the community-driven development (CDD) approach, a strategy that sees struggling Filipinos and their institutions as assets and partners in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to poverty. The approach, which empowers individuals by giving control over planning decisions and investment resources to the community, has been used by both the World Bank and the Department of Social Welfare and Development in providing financial assistance to 4,000 poor barangays all over the country. Petron provides resources for pro-

gram development and implementation, while its staff participates in the projects. Moreover, it promotes linkages with local governments, and mobilizes private sector groups to support the project. PinoyME meanwhile takes the lead in program development and implementation. It deploys field personnel who organizes the activities, and trains Petron staff in the CDD approach. Moreover, PinoyME mobilize other private and public organizations to assist in enterprise development, and documents processes to enable Petron to pursue the program. Luz explains: “The CDD program in Limay enabled residents to take an active role in taking stock of their situation and at defining their development goals. Through community assemblies and volunteer group training sessions and meetings, they were able to prioritize some projects that they consider most important to address their community problems. These include vocational skills training and employment matching which they refer to as ‘Sulong Karunungan’, health and nutrition program which they refer to as ‘Sulong Kalusugan’, a communitybased waste management and composting program which they refer to as ‘Sulong Kalinisan’ and a water system and irrigation program for upland farm communities which they refer to as ‘Sulong Katubigan.’ The volunteers gathered the necessary information,

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sy is open from Sunday to Thursday (8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00 to 3:30pm). For more information please visit http://philembassy.ae.

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For those in the Philippines Those in the Philippines may apply at the Office of Consular Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs located at ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Barangay Tambo, Paranaque City. It is near the Mall of Asia. The new telephone numbers at this building are the following: (6332)737-1000, (6332) 8318971, (6332) 551-4437, (6332) 551-4402, (6332)834-4855 and (6332) 834-4424. For further information, you can also go to www. epassport.com.ph. Sources: PCG Dubai; DFA-PISU

Where can I apply for an ePassport? All applicants need to personally apply at the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai. The address is: Consulate General of the Philippines in Dubai Villa No. 48, 35 Beirut St. Ext. No. 2 Al Qusais 3 Dubai, United Arab Emirates P.O. Box 94778 Tel. No. + 971 4 2544331 Mobile No. + 971 50 654404 Fax No. + 971 4 2544229

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redefine the roles of the barangay residents and the private sector in local governance. “The PMEF and PFI, under the SK program have mobilized the residents as SK volunteers to collectively undertake actions towards their improvement. The series of activities included community profiling, problem analysis, training, and planning for their development. Through the series of community-led activities, the SK volunteers identify community challenges, identify and develop projects, and prioritize projects using parameters they have defined among themselves. “The SK volunteers are developing into becoming active partners of the Barangay Council. They are motivated with their newfound roles such as mobilizing residents for the Barangay Assemblies, taking Minutes of Meetings,

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discussing topics assigned to them during Barangay Assemblies, preparing their project proposals and business plans, conducting small group meetings, and all the other tasks. They have provided time and their limited resources for the conduct of the various activities assigned to them. The processes empower the volunteers to take positive and collective action to address the various challenges before

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lihood loans to the proponents. DSPI met on March 4 with the potential microentrepreneurs to discuss the loans and policies. DSPI also presented in the meeting its programs, including insurance coverage for borrowers and other family members, medical mission, mass wedding, and scholarship training programs. The sari-sari store and bigasan project applicants were also informed that DSPI can provide goods instead of cash should they prefer it. Redefining local governance? Though the seeds of change in Limay still need to bear fruit, Luz is deeply excited about the potential impact of CDD in the lives of the residents. The people of Bataan are again rising to the challenge of a new time. Moreover, she sees the promise of the CDD to grow into a model that would

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Pinoy ME... coordinated with concerned agencies, and conducted a series of meetings to prepare the detailed program plans and budget estimates.” Enterprise development The volunteers in December last year gathered to discuss and plan enterprise projects for the barangays. After receiving technical assistance from PinoyME and Petron, the residents submitted business plans. The proposed enterprises can be classified into five types: There are the bigasan or sari-sari store, livestock raising such as piggery, carabao, cattle, and goat; canteen or carinderia; rag making; or services such as scrap trading and mooring/ unmooring services. PinoyME negotiated with the Daan sa Pag-unlad Inc. (DSPI), a local microfinance institution that would serve ▶ as the conduit for the release of live-

How do I make an appointment for ePassport application? Due to the large number of ePassport applicants, the Consulate General has implemented an appointment system. There are two ways to make an appointment for the E-Passport application: 1. Visit the Philippine Consulate General at the address below and secure a locator/reference number and appointment date at the Consular Services Area. Please provide

your full name, passport number and mobile no. Or, 2. Write to mrpdxb@yahoo.com and provide your full name, passport number and mobile no. An email will be sent back to you confirming your date of application and providing you with a locator/ reference number. On the appointment date, bring the old passport and photocopies of the first, visa and last pages of said passport. Your locator number only confirms your reservation slot and does not indicate your number for processing. Pls. be at the Consulate General bet. 8:30 - 11 AM, otherwise, your reserved slot will be given to others. Note that the application process is a on a first-come, first-served basis so that if you come at almost 11 AM, you may already have to wait for quite some time as there will be numerous applicants ahead of you.

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What is the procedure for applying for an ePassport or renewing an old passport? 1. Secure an appointment date for your application. (see next section) 2. On the appointed date, come to the Consulate General with the following documents: a. Duly accomplished ePassport application form; b. Original passport; c. One (1) photocopy for each of the following pages of the old passport: (first, visa and last pages); d. Fee: AED 240.00 3. Since the application process is on a first-come, first served basis, all applicants are advised to come early. The Consulate General is open from 8:30- 5 PM but the Cashier accepts payments until 4 PM only. Your reserved slot is only valid from 8:30-11 AM. After 11AM,

your slot will be given to those in the waiting list. 4. Submit the documents to the processor at Counter 1 (Passports) at the Consular Services Portacabin. 5. If all documents are in order, proceed to the Enrolment Section at the Main Bldg. Write down your name on the Logbook and wait for your number to be called for the enrolment process. 6. After the enrolment process, get your enrolment form, sign it and give it to the Cashier along with your payment. 7. It will take approximately 4-6 weeks to process your ePassport. You may follow up on its status by writing to mrpdxb@yahoo.com (give your full name and date of application). 8. Once you have confirmed that your passport is already available, proceed to the Releasing Window (Right Side of Main Bldg. when facing it) and show your white receipt and old passport to claim your new passport.

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Kabayan, always remember to check the validity of your passport. With handy gadgets now like mobile phones, smart phones and laptops, you can easily add a reminder to your calendar to renew your passport six months before it expires. When you hear that alarm go off, you know that you are due to go to the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate to apply for a new passport. Doing it early will help you avoid any problems, specially if you are travelling or changing jobs. To help you along, here are important things that you need to know when renewing your passport:

them.” Luz concludes: “The participation of volunteers and the engagement of the barangay local government unit in the definition, and eventually, implementation of community programs has the potential of redefining the concept and practice of local governance towards making it participative and increasingly accountable to the communities its covers.


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Events

UAE Safety officers nagsaya sa isang pagtitipon

DUBAI -- Sa ikatlong pagkakataon, nakapag-relax at nagsaya ang ilan sa mga Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals na makapag-relax at magsaya sa isang natatanging pagtitipon na pinamagatang “SIN 3” (Safety Industry Night) na ginanap kamakailan sa Manila 365 Nightclub. Bago ginanap ang kasayahan, nagbigay muna ng isang maiksing

lecture ang mga eksperto mula sa SHEilds Health and Safety Middle East, isang kilalang institusyong nagbibigay ng health and safety training solutions sa mga organisasyon at mga tanggapan sa buong rehiyon, ukol sa “Risk Assessment.” na lubos namang ikinatuwa ng mga safety officers, HSE engineers at mga safety managers na nagsipagdalo. Pagkatapos ng lecture, nagpamud-

mod ng mga naglalakihang premyo sa pamamagitan ng pa-raffle ang organiser ng SIN 3 na si Ginoong Rico Cardoniga, gaya ng SHEilds ME scholarships para sa mga trainings na di bumababa sa AED7,500 ang halaga ng bawat isa. Namahagi rin ng mga mamahaling mga relo, mga Health and Safety gears, at mga gift vouchers para sa mga nagsipagdalo, mula sa mga naglalakihang sponsors

ng programa. Ayon kay Cardoniga, ang ikatlong pagtitipon na ito ay layong makapagbigay aliw sa mga masisigasig na Pinoy HSE officers. Tinatayang may 600 na mga Pilipinong nagtatrabaho sa larangan ng HSE sa buong UAE, at karamihan sa kanila ay mga aktibong miyebro ng Philippine Society of Safety Professionals (PSSP) at Institute of Safety and Fire Engineers (ISAVE),

Pinoys Got Talent

Dalawang Dance Group, isang banda at labing apat na indibidwal ang dumating na sumali sa PINOYS GOT TALENT, patimpalak para sa mga kababayan na nagpalabas ng iba ibang talent na makakapagbigay aliw sa mga manonood, na ginanap sa Auditorium ng 21st Century Private School.

Ang mga contestants sa nasabing patimpalak ay nagpamalas ng mga talents ng Pinoy sa musikahan at sayawan. Malamang na sa susunod na palabas ng Pinoy Got Talents ay mas marami na ang mga talents na isasali katulad sa ginayang Pilipinas Got Talent na may nagpapalabas ng mahika, acrobats at

iba pang klase ng kagalingan o talent. Ayon kay Ambassador Grace Princesa, pangunahing bisita, world class na ang Pinoy sa musika kaya mainam na patuloy nating ipalabas ang marami sa mga kababayan na mahusay sa iba ibang uri ng sining. Tatlo rin ang hinirang na mga hurado na

dalawang malaking organisasyon ng mga HSE professionals sa bansa. Dahil sa matagumpay na resulta ng mga pagtitipong kanyang inorganisa para sa mga kapwa niya health and safety officers, balak namang magsagawa ni Cardinoga ng isa pang pagtitipon na diumano’y mas hihigt pa sa saya at sa laki ng mga papremyo, bago magtapos ang taon. – HAM

salitan sa pagbibigay ng comments sa bawat performer. Unang hurado si G. Edward Casañas, dating kasapi ng “The Singing Cook & Waiters at iba pa” sa Manila at nakarating na sa Japan, Malaysia, Singapore at dito sa Abu Dhabi bilang Singer. Pangalawang hurado si Bb. Maryam Igram, singer simula ng edad na 2, nag-aral ng Acting for Film sa New York Film Academy, recording at live performing artist. At ang punong hurado ay si Bb. Belle Crisolo, limang taon na Voice Coach sa Center for Pop Music Philippines at kasalukuyang Administration at Marketing Assistant sa Young Musician Music Institute sa Al Raha Mall. Ang mga nagpakitang gilas sa solo singing performance ay sina Jonathan Seva, Gian Carlo Crica, Pia Carillo, Lheo Medina, Eunice April Magpantay, Jo-

seph Tolentino, Loudyryan Fajardo, Jihad Nidal Hison, Leo Mañalac, Gary Maigue, Edwardine Del Prado, Allan Sunga, John Robinson Mendoza. ‘Energy to the max’ naman ang pagsasayaw nina Paolo Cordero at ang mga dance group ng Project 4 at On d’ Line Crew habang nag-iisa ang Zechariah Band sa mga contestants. Napiling Third Prize winner si Loudyryan Fajardo at ang Second Prize Winner ay ang On d’ Line Crew Dance Group. Ang idiniklarang Pinoys Got Talent Champion ay si Leo Mañalac na nakatanggap ng premyong cash at Mediacom Karaoke. Pangunahing organizer ng ‘2011 Pinoys Got Talent’ ang Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit sa Abu Dhabi (OPMAD) sa pakikipagtulungan ng Bayanihan Council, Philippine Embassy Abu Dhabi at Philippine Independence day.


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Unang Filipino Soccer Club sa UAE itinatag

DUBAI -– Sa wakas, may pambato na rin ang mga Pinoy sa UAE sa larangan ng larong football. Ito ang buong pagmamalaking inihayag ng mga bagong halal na opisyal at mga miyembro ng katatatag lamang na Pinoy Futbol Club (Pinoy FC), matapos silang mabigyan ng accreditation at kilalanin ng tangga-

pan ng Philippine Consulate Office sa Dubai. Mahigit sa 40 miyembro ng naturang grupo ang nagsipagdalo sa kanilang kauna-unahang General Assembly at Induction of Officers kamakailan, kung saan sina Vice Consul Geronimo Saliguin Jr ng Philippine Consulate Office in

Dubai at Binibining Matilyn Bagunu, communications director ng Filipino Community (FilCom) ang mga piling bisita. Sa pagtitipon ding iyon ay inanunsiyo ng grupo ang kanilang nakatakdang laro laban sa isang British Team sa Al Wasl Stadium, na ayon sa kanila ay pagkakataon na

para sa mga pinoy na maipakita ang kagalingan nito sa pinakatanyag na laro sa buong mundo. Ipinaalam naman ng mga opisyal ng grupo ang kanilang planong pagbibigay ng mga sports clinics at trainings para sa mga kabataang lalaki at maging mga babae na nais matuto ng larong ito. Sa ngayon ay

regular na nag-eensayo ang Pinoy FC sa Safa Park Gate 5, tuwing alas tres ng hapon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon ukol sa Pinoy Futbol, makipag-ugnayan kay Ginoong Crisjohn Espinoso, pangulo ng Pinoy FC sa 050 7652347, o di kaya’y mag-email sa crisjohn.espinosa@ gmail.com. (HAM)

PICPA Dubai Chapter: Accounting for non-accountants (AFNA) 1&2 seminar

PICPA Dubai Chapter recently conducted a two-day Accounting for Non-Accountants (AFNA) 1&2 Seminar last 06 and 13 May 2011 at Movenpick Hotel, Deira, Dubai. AFNA 1&2 is part of the professional development program of the Chapter in promoting high standards of accounting professions in UAE. The primary objective of this seminar is to provide non-accounting professionals, business owners and professional growth seekers with the right theoretical and technical understanding of basic accounting concepts, understand the role

of accounting and finance professional in business organizations and appreciate the significance of accounting in business operations. Lecture includes six topics: AFNA 1 comprises of Forms of Business Organization, Types of Business Operation, Overview of Basic Accounting and Accounting Process/Cycle and AFNA 2 deals with Concepts of Accruals/Deferrals, Treasury Functions and Comprehensive Exercises of all topics. This seminar was attended and participated by 36 non-accountant Filipinos working from various fields

of industries in different places in Dubai and Northern Emirates. By simply learning the basic accounting concepts and applications, these are beneficial for personal and professional career advancement. The speakers and lecturers in this seminar were Mr. Edgar Bacason (PICPA Dubai Adviser), Mr. Melvin Pineda, Mr. Joan S. Tongco, Mr. Jonathan dela Cruz and Ms Maebelle Grace Prado. Most of them are also Instructors in the on-going PICPA Dubai Review Program. PICPA Dubai Chapter is continuing committing service that gives

more information, knowledge and skills to our fellow Filipinos and other nationalities in the field of accounting and finance professions in UAE. As part of the Outreach Program of the Chapter, PICPA Dubai will participate in the celebration of 113th Philippine Independence Day on June 10, 2011 to be held at Al Shabab Sports Club, Deira and PICPA Council will be extending free consultation on financial literacy. On June 17, 2011, PICPA Dubai and PICPA Abu Dhabi will be holding their Inter-Chapter Ac-

tivity (PICPAns @ Fun Bowling) at Dubai International Bowling Center, Al Mamzar near Century Mall and the 4th PICPA Dubai General Membership Meeting and Election of Officers for 2011-2012 is tentatively scheduled on July 01, 2011. The Chapter is inviting all Filipino in accounting professions in various places in Dubai and Northern Emirates to join and participate on these events and on future programs of the Chapter. For inquiries, please call PICPA Dubai hotline no. 050-8231673 or visit their website www.picpadubai.com.


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Events

Celebrities grace jewelry outlet launch By Henri Abenis-Macahilo

Dubai – One of the world’s greatest footballer Diego Maradona and one of Bollywood’s prettiest actress Mallika Sherawat, unveil the new jewelery outlet of South India-based Boby Chemmanur International Jewellers Group at Karama Centre on Thursday, June 9. Albeit short, the visit of both celebrities was both glittery and memorable, pleasing all fans who fought their way only to get a glimpse of their favorite celebrities. They were warmly welcomed by the Chairman and Managing Director of Chemmanur International Jewelers Group, Boby Chemmanur, who is also very famous in India for being an outstanding jewelry entrepreneur and his

involvement in charity works such as Life Vision Charitable Trust. “WE have immense pleasure to present the most—sought-after celebrities in the sports and entertainment industries in front of our customers and well-wishers in the UAE,” said Boby Chemmanur. The new Chemmanur International Jewelers outlet at Karama Centre showcases an impressive range of gold, diamond and precious stones jewelry for its valued customers in Dubai and the other Emirates. It currently offers an inaugural special discount on all gold purchases and up to 45% discount on diamond ornaments, during its first month of opening.


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Lifestyle

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apag sinabing Boracay, ang unang pumapasok sa isipan natin ay ang tag-init at bakasyon. Hindi mawawala sa pagpa-plano ng outing ang destinasyon na sikat sa mga pinong-pino at mapuputing buhangin at asul na dagat ng mga beaches ng tanyag na isla. Isa ito sa mga tinaguriang pinakamaganda at mahalagang pang-akit ng turismo ng ating bayan sa 21st century. Karagdagan pa sa mga iba’t-ibang handog na pang-akit nito sa mga beach goers and sports enthusiasts ay ang mga masasayang parties dito sa gabi. Ganyan kapag summer sa Pinas. Kung kaya’t hindi nakapagtataka na ito rin ang pangalan ng pinakabago at pinakamalaking night club para sa mga Pinoy dito sa Dubai. Sabi nga ng Boracay club manager na si William Penaredondo, “Malapit kasi ang Boracay at ang mga Filipinos sa puso ng general manager namin na si Mr. Jahng, isang Koreano. Gusto nýa, mayroong sariling party place ang mga Pinoy dito sa Dubai.” Matatagpuan sa 6th floor ng

bagong bukas na Asiana hotel sa Deira, mayroon itong tatlong palapag. Sa sukat na 10,000 sq. ft., ito ay may seating capacity na hanggang 400 na katao. Ang Boracay ay mayroong maluwag na lugar, mataas at malaking stage para sa banda at mga performers, mga iba’t-ibang acts na tulad ng heavy metal, R n’B at comedy. Idagdag mo pa dito ang mga giant screens at ang mga wellplaced na ilaw. Malaki rin ang dance floor kaya’t kahit na nga marami ang nagsasayaw, makakahinga ka pa rin. Kung pagod ka na at isa ka sa mga ma-swerteng may table, masarap magpahinga sa malambot na upuan na hindi small ang size. Siyempre, nakakatuwa rin ang menu na puno ng mga pagkaing pinoy na competitive ang presyo at masarap. Kung gusto mo naman ng medyo tahimik at exclusive, mayroon din silang VIP lounge. Maganda rin ang serbisyo, magalang at magiliw ang mga nagsisilbi. Sa totoo lang, medyo may oras na nakalimutan kong wala ako sa Pinas. Hindi nga nakapagtataka na alas-otso pa lamang ng gabi ay puno na ito sa loob at marami pa

ang mga naghihintay sa labas, nagnanais na makapasok. At kahit marami rin ang ibang lahi na ngapupunta doon, hindi ka magaalala sa safety mo dahil may mga bouncers na masipag na umiikot at nagbabantay. Kung kaya’t tunay ngang Pinoy party venue ang nasabing lugar. Dagdag pa nga ni William, “Aside from being a party venue, we also give back to the community; Nag-ho-host din kami ng mga charity events at iba’tiba pang mga functions. Marami pa kaming mga na naka-line up para sa mga kababayan natin.” Nakakatuwa lang talaga na may ganitong lugar dito sa Dubai na para sa atin. Napangiti na lamang ako sa aking nakita nang pumunta ako noong Huwebes; Naisip ko, finally, kinikilala na ang ating community as a viable market ng iba’t-ibang mga industriya dito. And it’s about time. After all, lagi ko ngang sinasabi sa aking mga kaibigan, “We Filipinos are simple and never complicated. We work hard, so we play hard. That’s how we live.” At umpisa pa lang ýan.

Boracay in Dubai K-Factor Ni Kabayan Khadijah Sali

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Features

Kilala ba ninyo ang mga Wastong pagkain tungo sa kalusugan bumubuo sa Gabinete ni Ni Kabayang Henri Abenis-Macahilo enerhiya sa atin sa buong umaga Pangulong Benigno Aquino? hanggang tanghali. Sundan ito ng MANILA – Kilala ba ninyo ang mga bumubuo sa Gabinete ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino? Ang Gabinete ang nagsisilbing mga pinuno ng mga ibat-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan na siyang naatasang magpapatupad ng programa ng Pangulo. Ang mga pinunong ito naman ay may kanya-kanyang mga assistant o undersecretary na siyang tumutulong sa kanila upang maisatupad ang lahat ng proyekto ng pamahalaan. Mabigat ang responsibilidad ng bawat Gabinete at sa kanila nakasalalay ang tagumpay ng mga programa ng pamahalaan. Bawat buwan ay pinupulong ng Pangulo ang mga Gabinete upang alamin ang kanilang mga nagawa at maari rin ipatawag ito sa anumang mga impormasyon o ulat na dapat agad maipabatid sa Pangulo.

Ito ang mga bumubuo sa kasalukuyang Gabinete. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. Secretary of Agrarian ReformVirgilio De Los Reyes Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio Abad Secretary of Education Bro. Armin Luistro FSC Secretary of Energy Jose Rene Almendras Secretary of Environment & Natural Resources Ramon Paje Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto Romulo Secretary of Health Enrique Ona Secretary of Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Baldoz Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin Secretary of Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Ramon Carandang Secretary of Presidential Communications Operations Office Herminio Coloma Secretary of Public Works & Highways Rogelio Singson Secretary of Science & Technology Mario Montejo Secretary of Social Welfare & Development Corazon Soliman Secretary of Tourism Alberto Lim Secretary of Trade & Industry Gregory Domingo Secretary of Transportation and Communications Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Patricia Licuanan Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating CouncilVice-President Jejomar Binay Director General of the National Economic and Development AuthorityCayetano Paderanga, Jr. National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Teresita Deles Head of the Presidential Management Staff Julia Andrea Abad Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda Chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology Ivan John Uy Chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority Francis Tolentino Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Eduardo de Mesa Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) Antonino P. Roman National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Jose Eliseo M. Rocamora

KINAGISNAN na nating mga Pilipino. ang paghahanda ng mga masasarap na pagkain sa mga iba’t ibang uri ng pagtitipon at okasyon. Masarap talagang kumain ang mga Pinoy. Ngunit kadalasan, dahil sa sobrang sarap ng ating kinakain, nakakalimutan nating i-kontrol ang ating pagkain, kahit ramdam na nating bundat na ang ating mga tiyan sa dami ng ating kinain. Minsan naman, hindi natin iniinda ang sakit na maaaring idulot ng sobrang pagkain natin ng mga pagkaing matataas sa bad cholesterol, mamantikang pagkain, o di kaya’y pagkaing sobra sa tamis, alat o asim. Minsan naman, kinakalimutan o sadyang sinusuway natin ang payo ng ating doktor hinggil sa mga pagkaing di na natin dapat kainin. Ngunit alam nyo ba, na higit sa uri ng pagkaing ating kinakain, mas dapat umano ay binibigyang pansin kung paano natin kinakain ang ating pagkain? Ito ang paniniwala ng mga eksperto sa Modern Mayr Medicine, isang uri ng paggagamot gamit ang tinatawag na Therapeutic Dietary Modification na dinevelop ng isang genius na Austrian doctor na si Franz Xaver Mayr. Si Dr. Mayr at ang mga doktor na gumagamit ng nasabing paraan ng panggagamot, ang mga naipong toxins o lason mula sa ating kinaing pagkain ang nagiging sanhi ng pagkakasakit, maagang pagtanda, pagiging pangit ng anyo ngating pangangatawan, pag-iisip at pananaw sa buhay. Ang Therapeutic Dietary Modification ay sinisimulan ng detoxification method gamit ang mineral na magnesium sulfate para ilabas ang lahat ng dumi sa tiyan at bituka, sa pagda diagnose ng ano mang uri ng karamdaman. Ayon kay Dr. Christine Dossier, ng VIVA Centre for Modern Mayr Medicine sa Austria, dahil sa hindi

natin pagkain nang maayos sa ating kinakain, nagiging hindi maganda ang epekto ng pagkain sa ating katawan, kahit gaano pa kasustansiya ang mga ito. Ito rin ang kadalasan umanong nagiging sanhi ng kabag at constipation at intolerances gaya ng lactose intolerance o ang discomfort dulot ng pag-inom ng gatas o mga pagkain ng mga produkto nito. Karamihan naman sa atin, ayon sa doktora, ay hindi nginunguya ng husto ang kinakain, na nagiging simula ng isang chemical process na fermentation na nakapagdudulot ng kabag o hyperacidity o di kaya’y nagiging sanhi ng hindi pagtunaw ng pagkain sa loob ng tiyan. Ang tamang pagkain ay ang pagkagat ng maliit sa pagkaing kinakain at ang pag-nguya ng hindi kukulang sa 30 beses. Nakasasama di umano aniya ang hindi pagbibigay ng buong atensiyon sa pagkain at sa halip ay gumagawa tayo ng ibang bagay gaya ng pakikipag-usap sa telepono, panonood ng TV, o pagbabasa, habang kumakain. Dapat ay aniya ay i-enjoy ang pagkain at huwag itong madaliin. Mahalaga din umano na huminto agad sa pagkain kapag nakaramdam na ng pagkabusog. Ayon kay Dossier, “less is more.” Hindi rin niya inererekomenda ang pagmemerienda, isa pang kinahiligan nating mga Pinoy. Dapat ay bigyan umano aniya ng sapat na panahon ang tiyan at bituka na ma-digest nang wasto ang kinaing pagkain, bago muling kumain. Apat hanggang limang oras aniya ang tamang distansiya ng oras ng pagkain, upang makasigurong wala nang laman tiyan. Payo ni Dossier sa ating mga Pilipino na kumain lamang ng dalawa at kalahating beses sa isang araw. Ang ibig sabihin nito ay kumain ng maayos na agahan na magbibigay

isang masustanya at nakakabusog na tanghalian, at hapunan na ang sukat ay kalahati ang dami ng kinain sa tanghalian. Di naman sang-ayon si Dossier sa ideya ng pagkain ng hilaw na pagkain o salad sa gabi. Aniya, ang sikmura ng tao ay pagod at tamad na sa maghapong pagtatrabaho kung kaya’t hindi na kaya nitong “lutuin” ang hilaw na pagkain, kung kaya’t nananatili sa tiyan ang kinaing hilaw, na siya umanong nagiging toxins dahil sa prosesong fermentation. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit mabigat ang ating katawan pagkagising sa umaga, at nakakaramdam tayo ng bloating o kabag. Mahalaga din aniya ang papel ng tubig sa katawan kung kaya’t kinakailangang uminom ng maraming tubig sa loob ng isang araw. Ang tamang sukat ng tubig na dapat inumin sa isang araw ay dalawang litro bawat 70 kilong timbang nga katawan. Sa pagtatapos, payo ng Austriyanang doktor na hindi masamang kumain kung ano ang gusto nating kainin. Kinakailangan lamang aniya ay i-enjoy ito sa wastong paraan, sa pamamagitan pagkain nito ng maayos upang maging maayos din ang pagdaloy ng mga sustansiya nito sa ating katawan at ang paglabas ng dumi sa ating katawan. Sa ganitong paraan ay maiwasan natin ang mga discomforts bunga ng indigestion na madalas at nagiging sanhi naman ng pagkakasakit. Para sa dagdag kaalaman ukol sa Modern Mayr Medicine at impormasyon tungkol sa VIVA Center fod Modern Mayr Medicine, bumisita sa www.viva-mayr.com.

Mga benepisyo ng Mayr Digestive Detoxification Therapy •Reduce inches •Tone up the skin •Flatten the stomach •Reward one with an abundance of energy and zest for living

Mga sakit na nagagamot ng Modern Mayr Medicine •Asthma •Sinus problems •Rheumatoid arthritis •Psoriasis •Food and other allergies •Many diseases of the twentieth century


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Features

Huwarang ina: Anna Liza Magno Ni Kabayang Henri Abenis-Macahilo

SA UNANG tingin, maaninag mo ang isang simpleng babaeng na animo’y isang taong may simpleng pag-iisip. Ito ang una naming impresyon kay Ginang Anna Liza Magno na mas kilala sa kanyang palayaw na Liza. Hindi mo aakalaing siya pala ang tumatayong pangulo ng pinakamalaking samahan ng mga Pilipino sa UAE – ang Filipino Community o FilCom na kinabibilangan ng mahigit sa animnapung miyemabrong organisasyon. Sa ilalim ng kanyang pamamahala, nagkaroon ng constitution and by laws ang FilCom sa unang pagkakataon at naging aktibo ito sa mga aktibidades para sa kawang-gawa kung saan marami ang nakinabang, di lamang ang mga kababayan natin dito sa Gitnang Silangan kundi pati na rin ang nasa Pilipinas at maging sa ibang bahagi ng mundo. Nang siya’y aming kapanayamin ay nasa pagtatapos na ng kanyang termino si Liza bilang FilCom chair. At sa pagtatapos ng kanyang termino, ay nakatakda na rin siyang umuwi ng Pilipinas kasama ang kanyang pamilya, at doon na maninirahan. KW: Sa inyong pag-upo bilang chairperson ng FilCom, marami na rin kayong naiambag. Isa na rito ang pagkakaroon ng constitution and by laws ng inyong samahan. LM: Noong ako’y nahalal walang mga by laws na sinusunod ang filcom kaya’t marami siyang (ang Filcom) mga problema na hindi nabigyan ng solusyon. So gumawa kami ng constitution and by laws na raratipikahan ngayong May 6. Big deal ito sa aming organization kasi ito ang pinakaunang constitution and by laws namin. And hopefully, it will help settle the disagreements among members. KW: Sinasabi nyo po ba na may alitang namamagitan sa mga miyembro ng inyong samahan? LM: I think natural lang yan sa isang organisasyon dahil sa ang mga leaders ay may kani-kanyang personalidad at paniniwala kung kaya nagkakaroon ng clash. KW: Paano nyo naman hina-handle ang mga naturang alitan? Isa ba kayong matapang sa lider? LM: As a leader, I try to be as simple as possible. I stay low profile, at hindi ako nakikipagsagutan sa mga gustong umatake sa aking mga miyembro. Pero ako’y very tough sa pagdating sa pagsasagawa ng mga proyekto. Kung may isang miyembro na ayaw sumang-ayon, hindi ko siya

pipilitn pero hindi rin ako hihinto para sa kanya. I have to move forward. Pero hindi ako nakikipag-away sa mga miyembro. Quiet lang ako. KW: Hindi po ba kayo nahirapan sa mga unang araw ng inyong pag-upo? LM: During my first three months, it was very hard kasi tinetest ka kung kaya mong maglead; kung kaya mong gumawa ng mga programa at kung kaya mong gumawa ng solusyon sa mga problema. Yung iba, dahil sa tingin nilang I am very simple, akala nila ay hindi ko kaya. Hanggang sa nagkaroon kami ng isang fund raising campaign for the Philippine Consulate that became very successful kung kaya naging sunod-sunod ang mga fund raising campaigns naming sa aking termino. So after three months tumahimik na sila. Napaloob na rin ang kanilang mga kalooban. Nagrelax na sila kumbaga. KW: Ano sa palagay nyo ang inyong pinaka-malaking nagawa para sa FilCom? LM: Binago ko lahat. Gaya na lamang nitong selebrasyon ng ating Philippine Independence Day. Traditionally, we always hold it at Al Naser Leisure Club. But this year, the exec. com.decided na gawin ito sa Al Shabab Gymnasium kung saan mas mura at mas maganda ang lugar, at puwedeng pang magdala ng baong pagkain ang mga dadalo. In the past years din, puro lamang mga pang-aliw na programa ang isinasagawa naming the whole day. Pero ngayon hindi na. May entertainment siya, but done simultaneously with public service drives. Kaya mas exciting ang selebrasyon natin sa taong ito. KW: Hindi nga po maipagkakailang marami kayong mga nagawa para sa ating mga kababayan dito sa UAE sa pamamagitan ng FilCom. Bakit niyo naman naisipang bumalik na sa Pilipinas sa puntong ito? LM: Alam mo, matagal na rin ang inilagi ko rito sa Dubai. Twenty two years na. Sa Palagay ko ay ito na ang pinakamainam na panahon upang bumalik ako sa Pilipinas. Marami nga nagtatanong bakit kami uuwi. Well, kasi hindi naman lahat ng panahon tayo dapat na nandito eh. Mahaba na yung 22 years. Feeling ko kasi kung mananatili pa ako ditto, parang nagsasayang na lang ako ng panahon. May mga naipundar na rin kaming negosyo sa Pilipinas na dapat naming tutukang mag-asawa. Yung anak kong panganay doon na rin nagka-college. KW: Masasabi nyo po bang naging matagumpay ang inyong 22 years sa Dubai?

LM: Alam mo, sa unang limang taon ko rito bilang OFW, nakapagpundar ako ng aking unang dalawang milyong halaga ng investment. Napalago ko ito, kasama ng aking asawa, at kami ngayo’y may anim na properties nang kumikita buwan-buwan. Sa kinita namin sa real estate, doon din namin kinuha ang pinuhunan namin para sa aming catering business na ngayo’y lumalago na rin sa awa ng Diyos, sa pamamahala ng aking panganay na anak na babae. Sa palagay ko ay sapat na itong batayan upang masabi ko na ako nga’y naging successful. KW: Naturuan nyo rin marahil ang inyong mga anak kung paano’ng maging masinop. LM: Ay oo! Itinuro ko sa kanila kung paano pahalagahan ang perang aming kinikita. Tinuruan din namin silang pag-ipunan ang anumang gusto nilang bilhin. Noong mag-debut ang aking panganay, sinabi ko sa kanya na mas maiging ipambili naming ng condominium na nakapangalan sa kanya ang perang magagastos para sa isang magarbong hadaan. Naintindihan niya ito kung kaya’t di nga siya nagpaparty pero may condo unit na siya. Dinadala ko rin ang mga anak ko sa mga charity events na aking panangunahan upang sa gayon ay makita nila kung gaano silang lubos na pinagpala kung kaya’t nararapat lamang na matuto silang magbigay. KW: Ma-mi-miss nyo ba ang Dubai at ang inyong mga tagumpay dito? LM: Ang pinaghihinayangan ko lang ay may isa akong gustong gawin na hindi ko nagawa dahil sa sobrang busy ko na ang kapos na rin kami sa oras. Gusto ko sanang maghold ng isang Financial Intelligence seminar para sa ating mga kababayang dapat matuto nito. Problema kasi ng mga ibang kababayan natin ditto ay nababaon sila sa utang. Hindi sila nakakapag-ipon. Ang perang kinikita nila ay ginagastos nila sa mga gadgets. Dapat sana, they should be saving for their future. KW: Sa inyong pag-alis, ano ang inyng iiwanang payo para sa ating mga kababayan? LM: Ang pinaka-importante kasi

ay dapat itanong natin sa ating mga sarili kung bakit tayo pumunta dito. Ano ba talaga ang ating goal sa buhay? Di ba gusto lang naman nating lahat na magkaroon ng magandang buhay? Sana huwag silang masisilaw sa mga magagandang bagay na nakikita nila dito. At huwag silang makuntento na lamang sa perang kikitain nila sa pagtatrabaho. Dapat magpundar sila sa Pilipinas. Para sa oras na uuwi sila, meron na silang magandang buhay dahil natupad nila ang goal nila. Liza Magno Profile ANNA LIZA MAGNO, born on March 26,1969. A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accounting, she supported her way to college by working as a service person at a pizza shop in Manila. She came to Dubai in

1984 and worked as a Marketing Assistant during her first years. She climbed up the corporate ladder and became a Marketing Manager for a Travel Agency. Years later, she was able put up her own business as a tour operator. She is married and has three children. At 42, she is now an accomplished businesswoman with businesses in Dubai, Metro Manila and in her hometown in Nueva Ecija. She is the founder/director of Filipino-Offroad Auto Club (FORAC) with website www.forac.ae. She is the FORAC liaison officer for Emirates Motor Sports Federation, founder of Teens On Road to Charities and Hope

(TORCH) in Philippines and a member of the Association of Women for Social Program and Welfare in Philippines. She has organized countless of charity events that touched the lives of thousands.


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113th Philippine Independence Day celebration in Al Shabab Sports Complex, Deira, Dubai


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Profile

Mohamad Manampan

Bunga ng pagsusumikap Sa panulat ni Henri Abenis-Macahilo

Tahimik, palangiti, mabait. Ito ang mga katagang unang nasambit ko nang makilala ko si Kabayang Mohamad na mas kilala sa bansag na “Mo”. Si Mo ang aming inaasahan pagdating sa layout ng pahayagan. At dahil magkalapit ang aming puwesto sa opisina, malimit ko siyang nakakabiruan. Nakakasabayan ko rin siya sa oras ng tanghalian, at oras ng puyatan kapag malapit na ang closing ng bawat isyu ng pahayagan. Minsan nang kami’y sabay na kumain, ikinuwento ni Mo ang kanyang mga pinagdaanan bago pa man niya naabot ang kanyang posisyon bilang Graphic Artist. Nagsimula ang kanyang pagkukuwento sa isang bakbakan sa pagitan ng Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) at mga military, na naging sanhi ng pagkadamay at pagkamatay ng kanyang ama. Di naman nagtagal ay sumunod din ang kanyang ina sa hukay dahil sa isang malagim na aksidente. Dahil sa mga di inaasahang pangyayaring ito, siya at kanyang mga kapatid ay inampon ng kanyang pinsan na ni minsan ay hindi naging mabuti ang pagtrato sa kanila. Sa kagustuhang makapag-aral at makapagtapos, pinasok niya ang mga mahihirap na trabaho sa murang edad. Nang siya ay maging teenager, tuluyan niyang nilisan ang kaniyang kinagisnang tahanan sa Pikit, North Cotabato, upang makipagsapalaran sa ibang lugar at magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan. Lumuwas siya ng Pampanga kung saan ay nanuluyan siya sa kanyang kapatid na sundalo na tumulong sa kanyang pag-aaral. Upang may pandagdag gastos, pinasok niya ang pagiging janitor sa pinapasukang paaralan kung saan nagtiyaga siya sa sahod na isang daan isang araw. Napagdesisyunan ni Mo na sustentuhan ang sarili at pag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng sariling sikap kaya nagpaalam ito at matiyagang nangupahan sa isang maliit na kuwarto at sinimulan ang pagiging self-supporting student. At dahil siya ay likas na mabait at mabuting makisama, napamahal si Mo sa mga guro at mga mag-aaral ng paaralang kanyang nililinisan araw-

araw. Ayon kay Mo, kung wala ang mga kaunting pera at mga pagkaing kanilang ibinibigay, ay mas mahihirapan niyang tustusan ang kanyang pag-aaral sa kolehiyo dahil sa kakapiranggot na kanyang kinikita. Ibayong tiyaga, sipag at ang kanyang malakas na pagtitiwala at pananampalataya sa Diyos, ang naging sandata ni Mo upang maabot niya ang kanyang ambisyong makapagtapos sa kolehiyo. Maraming pagsubok din ang naranasan ni Mo dito sa Dubai. Hindi rin naging madali ang kanyang naging karanasan sa mga iba’t ibang kumpanyang kanyang pinasukan. At dahil na rin sa ‘recession’ dito sa Dubai nuong mga panahong iyon, naging mahina ang mga kumpanyang kanyang pinagtatrabauhan at halos hindi na ibigay ang kanyang sahod. Katulad na rin ng nararanasan ng mga kababayan nating nakikipagsapalaran sa Middle East, naranasan din niyang pangakuan ng isang kumpanya ng magandang pasahod at permanenteng trabaho ngunit pinaasa lamang siya at pinatrabaho ng walang sahod hanggang mapaso ang kanyang visit-visa. Dahil na rin sa padarasal, sariling pagpupursigi at suportang ibinigay ng asawa ay nalagpasan niya ang panibagong pagsubok sa kanyang buhay. Pagmamahal sa pamilya at responsibilidad bilang asawa at ama ang nagbigay inspirasyon para sa kanya upang magpatuloy na lampasan ang pagsubok na kanyang kinaharap dito. Ang mga sandatang ito ang nagbukas ng pagkakataon upang maabot niya ang kanyang posisyon ngayon dito sa Middle East. Nang matapos siya sa kanyang pagkukuwento, ay napatanong ako kung may sama ng loob siya sa mga taong nagpahirap sa kanya at sa kanilang magkakapatid. “Noong una ay malaki rin ang galit ko sa kanila. Subalit napagtanto ko na kung magtatanim ako ng galit sa tao, magiging hadlang ito sa mga biyayang bigay ng Diyos sa akin. Kung kaya’t pinili ko na magpatawad,” ang kanyang paliwanag. Tinanong ko rin kung ano ang pinaka-malaking aral na natutunan niya sa kanyang mga naging karanasan. “Ang Diyos ay mapagbigay at mahabagin. Hindi siya natutulog, at

bawat sakripisyo na iyong ginagawa para itaguyod ang sarili at ang mga mahal mo sa buhay, ay kanyang binibiyayaan. Kaya’t pilitin nating pag-alabin ang pag-asa sa ating buhay, sipag at tiyaga lang ang kailangan upang maabot ang mga pangarap natin sa buhay.,” ang sabi ni Mo. Naabot man niya ang pansaril-

ing tagumpay, hindi pa rin hihinto si Mo sa pagsusumikap na kumita at makapag-ipon ng malaki para suportahan and kanyang pamilya, mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang kanyang mga anak at upang makatulong na rin sa mga kapatid niya sa Mindanao. Ayon din kay Mo, ang pagiging

Graphic Artist sa Kabayan Weekly ay isang napakahalagang paraan para sa kanya upang makapagbigay ng kontribusyon sa ating lupang sinilangan at maging bahagi sa pagpapakilala sa banyangang bansa ito ng katatagan, katalinuhan at kasipagan ng ating mga kababayan. Proud to be Filipino.


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Photos

Kabayan readers’ album

Pic mo, ibahagi mo! E-mail ang inyong mga larawan sa photos@kabayanweekly.com . Isulat ang inyong buong pangalan at detalye ng inyong napiling larawan na ibig ninyo malathala sa pahayagang Kabayan Weekly.

KW reader Janice Saligao photographs a pinoy payaso perfom his magic tricks during a birthday celebration.

KW reader Nelson Tiu photographs a mother and child playing in the water to beat the heat.

KW reader Mhavic Ferrer captures the dancing fountain in silhoutte scene at Dubai Mall.

KW reader Mark Paculan freezes the splash of water of a model during photo workshop at Palma Beach resort in Umm Al Quaain.

KW reader Joyce Celis photographs students along the beach learning sunset photography.

KW reader Albert Antonio captures a relaxing nightview of Garhoud bridge from the Dubai Creek Park.

Events

Mr. Dante Herras (DFBC President) together with his staff and friends Members of Musicmin 1 read Kabayan Weekly at the flat of Nap and during his 50th birthday at Chinese Palace Restaurant in Al Ghurair Rowie Tarrobal in Deira. Centre, Deira, Dubai

Jill Jonson celebrated her 24th birthday June 1st here in Dubai. May she have many more candles to blow!


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Chikkang Artista

I’ve had enough: Jinkee, biological mom ni

Jennylyn Mercado

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -Nabulabog ang mundo ng showbiz ng biglang lumantad ang biological mother ng singer-actress na si Jennylyn Mercado. Maging ang mga kabayan ng UAE ay nabigla ng malaman nila na sa Dubai pala nakatira ang ina ni Jennylyn na may palayaw na Jinkee. Ani Irene Soriano, ”Nagulat ako kasi taga Dubai pala ang nanay ni Jennylyn na nabalitang nag abandona sa kanya. At ang ganda at sexy niya ng makita ko. Alam mong nanay siya ni Jennylyn dahil me pagkahawig sila kahit mas maganda siya, at mukhang mayaman.” Dagdag pa ni Irene “Naawa lang ako kasi makikita mo sa mata niya ang lungkot at galit sa boses niya lalo na ng mapag usapan ang nabasa daw niyang Yes Magazine June issue.” Si Irene ay pinalad na nakita si Jinkee ng ito ay nakipag kita kay Dubai Senior Correspondent ng The Filipino Channel Ang ABSCBN Middle East News Bureau na si Rachel Salinel at contributor din ng Kabayan Weekly. Office assistant si Irene sa opisinang pinag interviewhan ni Rachel. Isa siya sa witness ng ipakita lahat ni Jinkee ang mga remittance receipts, litrato at text at Blackberry messages ni Jennylyn sa ina bago na publish ang magazine. Pati ang huling mensahe nito ke Jinkee ng tinatanong niya si Jennylyn kung bakit me lumabas na namang bago sa kwento patungkol sa kanya. “Hi Mommy, I’m in a taping. I’ll call you in a bit,” sagot ni Jennylyn sa Blackberry message. Humarap sa media si Jinkee para malinis ang pangalan niya. “I have been quiet for many years. Letting them get away with so much indignity towards me. I’ve had enough,” ang galit na pasabi nito. “So I have asked Jennylyn what have you done all those years that I have been quiet despite the fact that siniraan nila ako para sumikat lang sila,” dagdag nito. Una niyang nilinaw na hindi niya inabandona si Jennylyn. Ito ay kailangan niyang iwan sa kaibigan at isang maid para sa bata dahil

(Mula sa kaliwa) Roger, asawa ni Lydia, Lydia, Jennylyn, asawa ni Jinkee (tinakpan sa kahilingan ni Jinkee) ng 17 taon, Jinkee

iniwan siya ng biological father ni Jennylyn na si Noli Pineda matapos malamang siya ay nabuntis nito. “I was a single mom. I have to leave her in order to earn money to support us,” aniya. Pero para ke Noli sinabi niya na hindi tamang sabihing asawa niya ito . “No, never married to Noli Pineda. He left me when I got pregnant with Jennylyn. And that was the last time I saw him,” dagdag niya. Paliwanag ni Jinkee na ang kaibigan niya ang nag pasa ke Lydia matapos silang nag karoon ng tampuhan. Mula daw noon ay hindi na pinabawi ni Lydia si Jennylyn hangat ito ay nag artista at dumami na ang intriga at hidwaan sa dalawa na nag resulta para ilayo ng asawang Briton si Jinkee sa pamilya. Ito raw ay para maprotektahan siya sa paninira at masamang banta sa buhay niya at maging sa anak kung pilit kunin ni Jinkee si Jennylyn sa Pilipinas. “There was time that I have stopped communicating because Lydia wanted more money she had actually called my husband back in Europe trying to discredit me from my husband, siniraan

niya ako sa sarili kong asawa and I know her reason for it because she wanted to extort more money so my husband decided actually to close the door to this people, so I stopped communicating,” paliwanag niya. Nagsimula nalang sila muling magcommunicate nitong Enero hangang matapos lumabas ang article sa magazine. Siya ay nagtrabaho sa sales at hindi bilang domestic helper or hostess gaya ng mga balitang lumabas patungkol sa kanya. Pinabulaan din niya na kasal siya ke Noli at meron siyang ibang naging asawa maliban sa asawa niyang mayamang Briton sa Dubai. “I have been married with this loving man for 17 years,” sabi ni Jinkee. Nilinaw din niyang hindi niya pinaampon sa tumatayong nanay nanayang si Lydia Mercado si Jennylyn. “No, not official. There is no

agreement between me and Lydia. She did not even try officially na ampunin si Jenny. No adoption paper and it does not exist at all,” sabi niya. Hindi rin tutuo sabi niya na hindi niya pinakilala sa asawang Briton si Jennylyn ng umuwi siya sa Plilipinas ng 1999. “How could you flew from UK to the Philippines without even talking to your daughter. I actually went home to pay her school fees, absolutely to Lydia,” galit na sabi niya sabay pakita ng litrato ng pagtitipon na iyon at resibo ng educational plan na binigay ke Lydia. Sabi niya ng may hinanakit sa boses ”I felt betrayed and used and manipulated because after all these time I have actually provided her with financial support with Lydia yet iba yung lumalabas sabi I had abandoned her.” Sa sama ng loob nasabi niya na binilhan pa niya ng sasakyan

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si Jennylyn ng nagsabi si Lydia na walang masakyan pag pasok sa iskwelahan ang bata. Maging ang regalo na isang bagong bagong modelong Ipad na gusto ni Jennylyn sa kanyang kaarawan ay pinadala kamakailan dahil sa pagmamahal sa anak na artista. At madidinig ang galit sa kanyang boses ng mapag usapan ang paulit ulit daw na pag sisinungaling sa pagkakaroon niya ng isa pang asawa sa Pilipinas na siya pang ng bugbog ke Jennylyn. “ Who is this guy? I was a single mom. I can’t relate to this question. You have to find this guy. Where is this guy and please find me this guy.” Hindi rin siya nasabihan na si Jennylyn ay nabugbog at nalaman nalang niya ito ng mapanood niya sa telebisyon ng ang anak ay artista na. “Wala!”ang pagalit na sagot ng tinanong siya kung me balita bang dumating sa kanya sa pambubogbog sa anak niya. Sa puntong ito nagsalita na siya ke Jennylyn at kay Lydia.“They are actually making a lot of money out of my reputation. They have used me and actually ruined me para sumikat sila. They can still pursue a career or continue being an actress, still be famous without making a drama out of the crisis without ruining some people lives. You can still do that,” aniya. Sagot naman ng manager ni Jennylyn na si Becky Aguila sa Star Patrol ng AbsCbn News, nalulungkot daw na makitang ipinagtatanggol ng isang ina ang kanyang sarili sa rebelasyon ng sariling anak. Na ang pag tanggi umano ni Jinkee ng pananakit sa anak ay hindi Gawain ng isang isa at hindi umano nararapat si Jinkee sa isang mabuting anak na tulad ni Jennylyn. Panghuling salita ni Jinkee sa lahat ng ito ay “I just could not believe they have done it again making money out of my reputation. They can’t just do this to me. And they will never get away from it.”


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Sandara Park Guns and Roses, at 2NE1 pinagkaguluhan sa Pinas

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MANILA – Pinagkaguluhan ng kanilang mga Pinoy fans ang Korean hip-hop and pop group na 2NE1 ng ito’y dumating sa bansa sa kanilang concert Hunyo 4 sa Araneta Coliseum sa Cubao, Quezon City. Kabilang sa 2NE1 ang dating artista na si Sandara Park at bakas sa mukha nito ang kasiyahan ng bumulaga sa kanila ang nagtitiliang mga fans sa Ninyo Aquino International Airport. Kasama ni Sandara Park, na vocal ng 2NE1, ang iba pang miyembro nito na sina CL o Chae Rin, Gong Min Ji o Minzy at Bom Lee. Isang gabi lamang ang concert ng grupo na siyang nasa likod ng hit songs na ‘Fire,’ ‘I Don’t Care,’ ‘Try to Follow Me,’ at iba pang chart toppers. Ang debut single ng 2NE1 ay ang ‘Fire,’ ngunit lingid sa kaalaman ng iba ay ang ‘Lollipop’ na kanilang ginawa nuong 2009 para sa isang cell phone brand ang unang naging hit song nito sa South Korea at doon na nagsimulang namayagpag ang grupo. Sa press conference naman ng 2NE1 ay inamin ni Sandara Park na

Sa unang pagkakataon, magsasama si Robin Padilla at Bea Alonzo sa isang soap opera, ang Guns and Roses. Kapalit ng very successful remake ng Mara Clara, inaasahan na ang Guns and Roses ay susubaybayan din ng maraming manonood. Sa presscon sa nasabing show aminado si Bea Alonzo na nailang siya kay Robin Padilla sa mga unang taping days nila.

miss na miss na nito ang kanyang mga paboritong Pinoy foods tulad ng Sinigang, Pinakbet at Sisig. Nagbigay pa ito ng kapirasong kanta matapos na suyuin ng mga fans, ngunit ilang stanza pa lamang ay napatigil na ito at biglang napahalakhak at sabay sabing: “Sori, nakalimutan ko na yun lyrics.” Ngunit bago ang press conference ay nagkagulo sa airport matapos na pagbawalan at itulak ng isa umanong crew ng 2NE1 na nakilalang si Park Sung ang ilang mga photo-journalists na kunan ng litrato ang mga miyembro nito. Dahil sa kagaspangan ng ugali ng naturang dayuhan ay hinigpitan naman ng mga Customs personnel ang pagsisiyasat sa kanya. Hindi naman agad mabatid kung si Park Sung ay ang kapatid ni Sandara Park na ang pangalan ay Park Sang na miyembro rin ng isang Korean boy band na MBLAQ. Si Sandara Park ay lumahok rin noon sa talent survival show ‘Star Circle Teen Quest’ ng ABS-CBN at binansagang ‘Ang Pambansang Krung Krung.’ (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

Robin Padilla at Bea Alonzo

“Syempre, frist time eh. Saka Robin Padilla yan, malaking artista, magaling umarte,” ang naging pahayag ni Bea. Inamin naman ni Robin during the presscon na tatlong taon niyang hinintay ang pagakaktaon na makasama si Bea sa isang show. “Tatlong taon na kong kumakatok sa pintuan ng ABS-CBN at sa paguusap nga naming ni Ms. Malou Santos,

lagi ko ngang sinasabi, sana makabalik na ako at si Bea ang hinihingi ko.” Masaya naman ang aktres sa tinuran ng kanyang leading man at sinabing “Sino ba naman ang hindi gustong makatrabaho siya? I’m sure lahat naman ng mga kaedad ko, gusto rin nilang makatrabaho siya. Pinangarap ko oo, pero hindi ko inaasahan na eto na ‘yun . Eto na pala yun. Ang lapit na.”


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Sports

Sinisipat ni Don don Solon ang parating na bola para ibalik sa kanyang katunggali na si Jr Penales sa ginanap na single Division ng Dupet Inter -Baranggay Tennis Tournament . Nagwagi si Dondon Solon sa puntos na 7-5 .

Nakatingin si Jr Penales sa bola na parating sa kanya upang ibalik sa kanyang katunggali na si Don don Solon sa ginanap na DUPET Inter-baranggay Tennis tournament.

Dubai Pinoy Expats Tennis holds tourney Dubai Pinoy Expats Tennis’ (DuPET) first ever Inter-Barangay (Zone) Tennis Tournament Finals has been successfully held recently at Mirdif Tennis Academy. Karama-Bur Dubai Team won over Team Discovery Gardens – Jebel Ali, 4 – 2 for the best of seven matches (mixed – singles – doubles). Prior to the finals, both teams managed to top their respective groups besting other teams from Deira, Mirdif-Rashidiya, Satwa, Sharjah-Ajman-UAQ, Aero Tennis-AUH, Al Twar, Al Ghusais (Sunrise) & Xpats Inter Plus. Aero Tennis Club-Abu Dhabi beat DuPET All Stars, 5-2, in the exhibition games. DUPETs’ next tournament dubbed as “1st DuPET Generation Cup” will be held in July. Meanwhile, President and Tournament Director, Jerry Tan has announced that the organization will also participate in FILCOMs Independence Day celebration on 10 June at Al Shabab Club, by giving free tennis lessons. - HAM

Tinatangka ni Marisa Dolorito ng Karama Dubai team na ibalik ang bola sa kanilang katunggali sa doubles Division sa ginanap na DUPET tennis. Tinalo nila ang Discovery Jebel Ali team sa puntos na 8-7.‑‑‑

Mabatid wagi sa Independence Day Cup Chess tourney sa Abu Dhabi Ni Kabayan Vivien Napales

ABU DHABI -- Napanalunan ni Allan Mabatid ang Independence Day Cup Chess Tournament mula sa dalawampu’t apat na sumali sa Round 5 Rapid Chess na liga ng mga kasapi ng Abu Dhabi Filipino Organization of Chess Enthusiasts (ADFORCE). May 15 minuto ang bawat kasali na ipanalo ang kanyang laro sa tinaguriang come back games ng ADFORCE. Nakuha ang lugar na 3rd Runner Up ni Louie Lacap, 2nd Runner Up si Gil Javier at 1st Run-

ner Up is Ed Andino. Si Willie Ortiz ang pang lima at si Allan Firmalino naman ang pang anim. Kasama sa paglalaro ng chess si Consul Jose Jacob na pumalit kay Ortiz sa kalagitnaan ng palaro. Inaasahan ni Jacob na mas matagal ang kanyang paglalaro sa mga susunod na pa-liga ng ADFORCE. Ayon kay dating Presidente Willie Ortiz, muling nabuhay ang ADFORCE ngayong panahon ng kalayaan pagkatapos ng isang taon na pananahimik dahil masyadong

abala sa trabaho ang namuno. Nabuo ang grupo noon pang 1995. At upang patuloy ang aktibidad na pinanabikan ng mga mahilig sa laro ng chess, hiniling ng mga kasapi na muling pamunuan ni Ortiz ang samahan. Tinanggap ni Ortiz ang pagbabalik sa pamumuno. Napagkasunduan din ng samahan na babalik din ang dating Pangulong Arjane CamusKnoff bilang Pangalawang Pangulo. Ika nga, lahat ay napagkakasunduan sa mabuting usapan.


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1st Airmen Basketball League of Emirates Airlines Engineering

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Korean players indicted over match-fixing scandal

Giuseppe Signori, right, arrives at the Cremona court, Italy, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Former Lazio captain Giuseppe Signori was among 16 people arrested last week for alleged involvement in a match-fixing and betting ring throughout Italy. The prosecutor leading the latest inquiry into match-fixing in Italy believes there are “big problems” for Serie A. Cremona prosecutor Roberto Di Martino has been coordinating questioning for several of the 16 people arrested across Italy last week. Di Martino said last week that the inquiry is focused on 18 matches mostly in Serie B and C, but key suspects in the case have reportedly divulged information about top division games that were fixed. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ten football players were among 14 people indicted for alleged involvement in a Korean match-fixing scandal, prosecutors said Thursday. Nine K-League players were indicted for allegedly taking bribes to influence the outcome of games in April, a local prosecution office in the southeastern city of Changwon said in a statement. Eight were from Daejeon Citizen and one was from Gwangju, according to prosecutors and the Korea Football Association. The prosecution statement did not identify the players. Another player, from 2009 Asian champions Pohang Steelers, was indicted for allegedly betting on one of his own team’s games after learning the outcome would be rigged, the statement said. Four non-players, including two gambling brokers, were also in-

dicted for allegedly handing bribes to players to have them fix games’ results, it said. South Korean media said the two brokers were indicted last week while the rest were indicted Thursday. A former K-League player, who allegedly worked as another broker, was found dead in an apparent suicide last week. The highest-profile player implicated so far in the scandal is Kim Dong-hyun, who is currently contracted to the league’s military club Sangju Sangmu and has made six appearances for the national team. Kim was arrested last week for allegedly introducing other players to “fixers” who then bet large sums of money on illegal online gambling sites. The Defense Ministry said Thursday that military prosecutors were reviewing whether to indict him.

Sports back calls for harsh criminal penalties Neil Frankland, AP Sports

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest-profile sports are backing a government push to make sports corruption a crime with penalties of up to 10 years in prison. The coalition comprising football, cricket, both rugby codes, tennis, Australian Rules football and netball national administrators met with federal Sports Minister Mark Arbib on Wednesday

to support the push for tougher penalties and seek the right for sports to have an automatic veto on certain kinds of spot betting if suspicious gambling patterns emerge. Arbib will meet with his state counterparts on Friday to discuss the uniform, nationwide penalties to combat illegal gambling and the leaking of inside sporting information for financial gain.


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Russian spacecraft blasts off for space station

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-02M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Michael Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian Soyuz craft lit up the starry skies of the southern Kazakh steppe early Wednesday as it blasted off to carry a three-man crew for a mission to the International Space Station that will take in the U.S. shuttle’s farewell voyage. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA’s Michael Fossum, and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan’s JAXA space agency will spend almost two days squeezed into the cramped Soyuz capsule before docking with the space station, where they will remain until mid-November. By being present on the space station as the shuttle performs its final voyage, Fossum and fellow NASA astronaut Ron Garan will play leading roles in the closing act of the program. “They’re going to be very proud to be part of the last shuttle dock mission. It’s obviously going to be a sad time for all of us to see the end of the program,” said NASA colleague Jeff Williams, who accompanied Fossum’s family during their stay in Baikonur. Overnight, however, all attention was on the spectacle of the simple and powerful Soyuz performing its duties. At 2:15 a.m Wednesday (2015 GMT Tuesday), the ferocious roar of rockets echoed around the desolate expanses of the Russian-leased Baikonur space launch site as the Soyuz capsule was propelled into heavens, delighting the astronauts’ families,

friends and colleagues. Furukawa gave a thumbs-up sign as the rocket charged into low orbit at speeds approaching 14,000 miles per hour (23,000 kilometers per hour), and a soft toy began to float, indicating zero gravity. “We feel just great,” Volkov said in answer to a question from mission control outside Moscow. Within seconds, the phosphorous white intensity of the heavens above the Central Asian plains faded and the Soyuz blended into the stars. Among the spectators at the viewing platform was JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who last year also did a six-month stint on the space station. Speaking after the launch, he said Furukawa’s mission could serve to lift his country’s spirits after the earthquake that earlier this year devastated swathes of Japan. “Now in Japan, there is not a lot of good news around, but I hope that by seeing Satoshi going up, the young people can feel they have a better future,” Noguchi said. Upon docking at the station, the crew will join the current station members — Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev. This is the second run for the upgraded digital model of the Soyuz, which has served as the workhorse of the Russian space program for decades. While aboard the ISS, the team will

witness the final mission of the U.S. shuttle, with NASA retiring the 30-year program after Atlantis flies on July 8. The mothballing of the shuttle evokes a palpable sense of melancholy among U.S. space professionals, and a comparable degree of pride among Russians, who will be picking up the slack. “Where five years ago we were launching just two (manned) craft every year, as of last year, we have started launching four crafts,” said Sergei Krikalyov, who heads Russia’s Star City cosmonaut training center. Patrick Buzzard, NASA’s representative to Russia, said the two countries have relied on one another over the recent history of space exploration and that nothing was set to change. “It is such a strong partnership and we have these capabilities that everyone brings to the table. That makes it a more robust program,” Buzzard said. While NASA devises ways to replace its shuttle fleet, the privately run California-based space transportation company SpaceX is developing the Dragon craft that NASA hopes could offer it another, possibly less costly, alternative. The $56 million price that the Russian Space Agency charges NASA to send up astronauts is set to go up to $63 million per passenger from 2014. A recent contract extension with the agency totaled $753 million and covered trips for a dozen NASA astronauts from 2014 through 2016.

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China, N. Korea break ground on joint economic zones BEIJING (AP) -- China and North Korea have broken ground on the initial stages of a pair of joint economic development zones that appear to reflect minor progress in Beijing’s push to persuade Pyongyang to reform its moribund economy. China’s Commerce Ministry said ceremonies marking the start of the projects took place during consultations from Tuesday to Thursday held in northeastern China. Few details have been given about plans for the zones, one of which is on islands in the Yalu River near the Chinese city Dandong, the other near China’s Yanbian county to the northeast where a road is also being built to help move Chinese goods to the Sea of Japan. The move follows North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s visit last month during which China pressed him to adopt changes to revitalize North Korean industry and agriculture. Pyongyang abandoned its previous halfhearted attempts and it’s unclear how far Kim is willing to go now. The sides agreed the economic zones should be developed along the principles of “government-guided, enterprise-based and market-oriented,” the Commerce Ministry said in a news release reviewing the talks, which were led by Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming and Jang Song Thaek, a top official in the ruling Korean Workers’ Party who is Kim’s brother-in-law. The statement did not say when or where the ground-breaking ceremonies were held, although South Korea’s Yonhap News agency said one was Wednesday on Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa islands, which form the western zone on the Yalu River separating the two near Dandong.

Jang and Chen attended, along with hundreds of others, while brass bands played, doves were released and giant baloons floated above the proceedings emblazoned with the words “North Korea-China friendship and joint development,” Yonhap said. China is North Korea’s most crucial diplomatic and economic supporter and is determined to shore up the isolated hard-line communist regime and forestall a collapse that could unleash political chaos and send waves of refugees across its border. Its economy in ruins, North Korea is again struggling to feed its people following flooding last summer and a bitter winter. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency echoed the Chinese statement, saying the sides “agreed to build the two economic zones into a model of ... economic and trade cooperation and a theatre of developing the economic and trade cooperation with other countries.” The North’s last attempt at establishing economic development zones along the Chinese border was abandoned after China arrested the DutchChinese businessman, Yang Bin, behind the project. China’s Foreign Ministry referred questions on the economic zones to the Commerce Ministry. However, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Byung-jae said Seoul hoped such deals would help bring progress on other fronts, especially multinational efforts to convince the North to abandon its nuclear programs and adopt a less confrontational approach toward its neighbors. “We think it’s desirable for this kind of economic cooperation between China and North Korea to proceed,” Cho said.

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 25, 2011 released by China’s Xinhua news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao during a meeting in Beijing. Kim met Hu on a state visit to reaffirm close ties and increase cooperation on economic development, China’s official media confirmed Thursday, indicating the trip was over. Since Friday, there has been speculation Kim was on a secretive visit to China to appeal for food aid and study the economic reforms enacted by China. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Xueren)


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Airport projects around region cost US$90B

Dubai -- GCC countries have allocated an estimate of US$90 Billion for airport development and expansion projects over the next

few years. This includes eight new runways in the Gulf region, development of 1,200 airports and military bases worldwide, in addition to

the new ones coming up. This goes to show that airports have been benefitting from the robust demand for air travel in line with a healthy

global economic growth in years. Industry analysts also believe that the private air charter business will pick up in the late 2011 and on into 2012, as seen in the forecasted growth for the region in which aircraft movement is predicted to touch 160,000 by 2018 at a compounded annual growth rate of 6.21% per year for the Middle East region. Among the leading investors in airport development in the Gulf are the cities of Dubai with a budget allocation of $10 Billion, Abu Dhabi which has allocated $6.8 Billion, Qatar with $11 Billion, Jeddah with $1.5 Billion, Muscat with $1.2 Billion, approximately $2.1 Billion in Kuwait and $335 Million in Bahrain. As per International Air Transportation Association (IATA), the UAE is expected to be the world’s second fastest growing aviation market

in the world with 10.2% growth by 2012, second to China with 10.8% growth. Over the last decade, Middle East carriers went from 5% to 11% of global passenger traffic, according to Dr Khaled Al Marouei, General Manager of Fujairah International Airport and Chairman of the Airport Leaders Summit 2011. In related news, over 160 exhibitors and a 63 member strong contingent of hosted buyers sourcing products to the tune of AED106 Billion, showed up at the recently concluded 11th edition of the Dubai Airport Show. King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), which aimed to source state-of-the-art technology and construction materials for its expansion, with an estimated spending of US$11.3 Billion, took the center-stage during the show. KAIA is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (HAM)

NGCP now WESM Philippines first near Metering Services real-time remittance launch Provider MANILA, Philippines – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said it was granted the authority to be a ‘Wholesale Electricity Spot Market Metering Services Provider’ in the country. It said Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Zenaida Ducut awarded the certificate of authority on May 23 to NGCP through its Board Director and Chief Administrative Officer Anthony Almeda. The certificate finalizes the provisional authority previously granted to NGCP as metering services provider. Provision, operation and maintenance of revenue metering facilities are utility functions that the National Transmission Corporation assumed from the National Power Corporation as mandated by R.A. 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). NGCP, the private concessionaire of the transmission network since 2009, then became the de facto metering service provider of NPC and other energy suppliers for the purpose of billing their energy sales to their customers. With the operation of the

WESM, NGCP has rehabilitated and upgraded the metering points from the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao grids to distribution utilities and other load customers to make these metering facilities “WESM-ready.” Meter boxes, back-up meters, and revenue meters for substations are some of the metering structures that have already been replaced and enhanced. The Automated Meter Data Retrieval System is also in place to satisfy the requirement of the WESM for the daily delivery of load profile-type of meter data from all metering facilities. NGCP is now headed by Henry Sy Jr. as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Sy also heads several corporations under the Sy Group of Companies, including SM Development Corporation, which was recognized by the Asian Wall Street Journal as the 9th most admired corporation in the Philippines for 2010. He is the son and namesake of mall, retail, real estate, and banking magnate Henry Sy Sr. (Kabayan Weekly PH News Bureau)

DUBAI --Visa, in partnership with UAE Exchange has recently launched UAE’s first service that is based on Visa’s new personal payments platform, offering a faster and more convenient way to send funds back home. Visa Personal payments allow Filipino customers to send remittances within minutes to the Visa cards of friends and families back home. UAE Exchange and the Union

Bank of the Philippines are the latest financial institutions in the world – and the first in their countries – to adopt the service. It is aimed at securing a portion of the USD 584 million worth of fund transfers, which occur annually between the UAE and the Philippines for the purposes of family support and personal payments. Philippines-issued Visa Debit and Visa Prepaid cards issued by the

Union Bank of Philippines will receive funds in near real-time, saving them from the two to three days wait that is normally experienced with bank transfers. It also offers the convenience of having funds deposited directly to Visa card accounts that can be used immediately at millions of merchant outlets or withdrawn from over 1.8 million ATMs found in the Philippines and around the world. (HAM)

Oil falls to near $98 ahead of OPEC meeting Alex Kennedy,Associated Press

SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices fell to near $98 a barrel Wednesday in Asia amid signs OPEC may raise its crude production quotas at a meeting in Vienna. Benchmark oil for July delivery was down 69 cents to $98.40 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 8 cents to settle at $99.09 on Tuesday. In London, Brent crude for July delivery was down 49 cents to $116.29 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. Investors will be closely watching the outcome of a meeting later Wednesday of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, a car-

tel that controls about 40 percent of global crude output. OPEC leaders have been split this week over whether they should raise production. Saudi Arabia, the group’s biggest supplier, has supported a price between $70 and $80 while Iran, the second-largest producer in OPEC, is against any output hike. “Suggestions of a quota increase of between 1 million and 1.5 million barrel per day now appear likely,” Ritterbusch and Associates said in a report. Signs of strong U.S. crude demand provided a floor for prices. The American Petroleum Institute said late Tuesday that crude invento-

ries fell 5.5 million barrels last week, more than the drop of 1.5 million barrels predicted by analysts surveyed by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos. Inventories of gasoline declined 161,000 barrels last week while distillates rose 1.8 million barrels, the API said. The Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration reports its weekly supply data later Wednesday. In other Nymex trading in July contracts, heating oil fell 1.9 cents to $3.06 a gallon and gasoline dropped 4 cents to $2.95 a gallon. Natural gas futures slid 2.0 cents to $4.81 per 1,000 cubic feet.


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Accenture volunteers enable automation of microfinance

One of the developing world’s most inspiring success stories has just gained a new ally. Microfinance, long perceived to be the effective and sustainable tool against poverty, gets a lift with the influx of volunteers from Accenture Philippines. Microfinance is the practice of granting credit, insurance, savings and other financial services so the poor can start small businesses. Usually provided by microfinance institutions (MFIs), it lessens poverty by boosting income, which in turn provides access to food, health services, housing, and education. While capital is considered to be the lifeblood of microfinance, every microfinance practitioner knows it requires more than funds to generate an impact in poverty alleviation. Lifting lives from poverty calls for dedication and patience—you have to be selfless in sharing your talents and knowledge. It is hence inspiring to meet people like Alexander Anden, Jennifer Meily, and Mia Taroy—Accenture Philippines volunteers who are taking time off work to contribute their expertise to make microfinance a more successful tool against poverty. Accenture is a global company that provides consulting services in business process outsourcing. Accenture has been active in the Philippines since 1985, and now employs about 20,000 staff in the country. Alex, Jennifer, and Mia are the first batch of Accenture staff who will serve as pro bono consultants to MFIs seeking to automate their existing operations and client information. They are currently providing technical advice to help automate accounting and collection systems and data backup and documentation processes for Bicol MFIs to achieve greater efficiency. They also served as the resource persons for the management information system (MIS) training. MIS is a general term for the system of organizing and managing informa-

tion about one’s business operations. The training seeks to provide MFI workers with a perspective on how to apply information technology to this essential aspect of microfinance operation. Dan Songco, president and CEO of the PinoyME Foundation, a social investment banking entity for MFIs, explained: “The training gives the MFIs a perspective on what it takes to have an automated system. PinoyME has conducted trainings like this before, but without the consultant we were not able to track its effect on the operations of the MFIs.” “This is a unique intervention because no one else is doing this. We’ve had a lot of discoveries in our past training workshops, and one of them is how important the MIS is to both the MFI and the client. If you have a weak system, you would not know if your MFI is already suffering losses. That’s critical and what’s even more critical is computerizing that system. We’ve heard a lot of horror stories of MFIs hiring consultants to design software only to find out that it does not compliment their operations. “The course helps them understand, ‘If you want to automate this is how to do it.’ If we are able to help MFIs systematize their MIS, then we can really make the industry more efficient and we can make it grow

faster and reach more poor people. The big MFIs can already afford to buy software and hire consultants. But there are only a few of those. The program targets the mediumsized MFIs who would not have the resources for automation. This is a strategic partnership with Accenture. We convinced Accenture that they can really make a difference in the microfinance industry if they partner with us in this program.” Bicol express The Accenture team spent April 26 to May 6 in Bicolandia to conduct training and immerse themselves in the communities they would be serving so they would learn more about the challenges that microfinance practitioners confront. “We needed to understand the issues to know how to help them,” said Alex. The project brought them to Legazpi, Naga, and Camarines Sur to work with the Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation, Kolping Society Philippines, Inc., Simbag sa PagAsenso Inc., Rural Bank of Guinobatan, Inc., and the People’s Center for Sustainable Development, Inc. It was their first time to visit Bicol, and they were graciously received by the MFIs. Aside from tours to the Mayon Volcano and the lava wall, Cagsaua Ruins, and Linon Hill, they were treated to mouthwatering meals of laing, Bicol express, and grilled blue

marlin. Technology is not enough When asked to describe the information technology problems of MFIs, Jennifer said “Technology should not be seen as the only solution. While it allows you to achieve a lot of things, proper implementation of processes is still necessary,” She related that while some MFIs hired programmers to turn out data management systems that were customized to microfinance activities, there was “no knowledge transfer.” The programmers did not provide users manuals, and so MFIs had to call on their services even for trivial operations. This brings about a great deal of delay or disorder in the work of MFIs as the programmers only drop in on the offices once or twice a week. Moreover, employees who have left the MFIs have not properly passed on knowledge on the customized software. The MFI workers hence do not have the same proficiency in using the data management systems. Jennifer said: “If they don’t know how to use the system, the values they compute become inaccurate.” The Accenture team is providing the MFIs with recommendations and templates to make their processes more efficient, as well as practical solutions to glitches like sites that go

offline. The team is currently monitoring the implementation of the proposals. “The solutions go beyond automation. There must be organization policies and human intervention,” Jennifer said. Rising to the challenge Alex, Jennifer, and Mia revealed they became part of the project after volunteering to Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Program. According to them, the program is meant to “enhance the skills of the employees, and is also a way of sharing their experience, knowledge, and skill with others.” Aside from providing technical support, Accenture also donated one million pesos to the PinoyME Foundation for the implementation of a microenterprise financing program for the spouses or selected beneficiaries of Accenture’s security guards and custodians. Accenture’s 20,000 employees raised P200,000 while the Accenture Foundation provided P800,000 for the program. The volunteers said the project was “challenging, but at the same time also very rewarding,” “This is the first time for us to do consultations as our work in Accenture mostly involves testing, programming design, and production support. This is also the first time for us to handle local clients.” Jennifer added: “We see giving the MFIs the groundwork for automation and solution planning as challenges. So we are not doing this only for the aim of the company, but also for personal development. By providing these free consultations, we are enhancing not only our skills in testing and programming, but also in dealing with people.” “Moreover you tend to help people,” Jennifer said: “During the immersion when we met microentrepreneurs visiting the offices, we saw that if we help microfinance practitioners, in a way we are also helping struggling Filipinos improve their lives.”

DUBAI – The country’s gross domestic product is expected to grow between 3 to 3.5% this year, based on the indicators seen in the first five months. This is according to UAE Economic Minister, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri in an interview with the local media, during the

21st meeting of GCC ministers for planning and development held in Abu Dhabi recently. Al Mansouri further announced that if the countries of Jordan and Morocco accept the GCC invitation to join the group, it would expand the GCC Common Market, harnessing

the huge human, investment and financial resources available in the eight countries. The minister also called for creating a thorough advanced statistical system to provide accurate data on the demographic structure and workforce.

‘’The UAE is not thinking of capping the residence of foreign workers in the UAE,’’ he informed. He also revealed that the ministry has prepared a list of commercial agencies that would enable traders to import goods direct from the original producers, without go-

ing through the local agents. This move aims to lower the price of basic commodities at the local markets, a bid to curb soaring prices. The list would be submitted to the federal cabinet within few weeks for approval, he added. – WAM

Accenture volunteers Jennifer, Mia and Alex in action.

Economic Minister forecasts GDP growth


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