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Olongapo commemorates World Aids Day

Aids awareness ribbon – the first symbol

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ellow ribbon reminds us of Corazon Aquino, purple for Reproductive Health bill advocates, pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, green for environmental campaigns, and for WORLD AIDS DAY, the red ribbon has become the symbol of HIV and AIDS awareness, a symbol of commemorat ion, compassion and support. The red ribbon is the inspiration of campaigns that transpired around the world. It is the first ever ribbon symbol used for a major advocacy campaign. Six years after specialists discovered the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 1981, the information spread around the globe and stirred horror and discrimination against people with HIV. To create awareness, the observance of WORLD AIDS DAY was instituted in August 1987 through

the leadership of James Bunn and Thomas Netter; public information officers of Global Programme on AIDS at World Health Organization in Geneva Switzerland. Year 1991, the “red ribbon” was created by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus, a group of artists in New York, to help increase the level of awareness of HIV/AIDS. In Olongapo City’s commemoration o f WA D, s c h o o l s , b u s i n e s s establishments, government agencies and residents displayed red ribbons in front of their facades as their contribution and support. Public orientations were intensified, together with the counseling and check-up at the Treatment Hub and medication for patients. A solemn Candle Lighting Ceremony was held at the Rizal Memorial Ground adjacent to the Rizal Triangle. Medical assistance to STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection)

Gov. Garcia cites people behind ‘pawikan’ conservation effort

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ataan Gov. Enrique T. Garcia, Jr. lauded the the group of people who preserve the “pawikan” during this year’s Pawikan Festival at the Pawikan Concervation Center in Barangay Nagbalayong in Morong, Bataan. The governor, however, asked the local folks that the effort should not be limited to pawikan alone. “The people should also focus on establishment of livelihood projects to improve the lot of Morong folks. Sana ho hindi ma-limit sa pawikan conservation, kailangan din ho maitaas din ang antas ng pamumuhay ng ating mga

kababayan,” said the governor. He appreciated the effort of pawikan conservationists who used to be vendors of pawikan eggs. “Nakakatuwa ho na dumarami na ang mga conservation groups natin,” Garcia said.   Morong Mayor Cynthia LinaoEstanislao announced that about 50,000 hatch lings of pawikan have been released since the center was established in Morong. About 4,000 people from all walks of life, municipal and city government employees, students, members of non-government agencies and a group

of environmentalists converged at the Center after the walk for a cause held within the Morong villages. Cultural presentations from various schools including the Bataan Peninsula State University made the event colorful and memorable for the children. The Pawikan Conservation Program was started by the by the provincial government of Bataan through the help of United Nations Development Fund in 1999. It is now being promoted by the Bataan Tourism Council Foundation chaired by Bataan First Lady Mrs. Vicky Garcia. Greg Refraccion

Olongapo FC wins Subic Bay Futsal Cup

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hey traded spectacular goals, but in the end, the Olongapo Football Club (OFC) victoriously raised the Subic Bay Futsal Cup (PFCWC). Not even a hat trick, from Gordon College striker Emil Pellezer in the second half, was enough to overcome the OFC juggernaut of of Pambansang Palaro standout Federico Farinas, Zid dela Cruz, Mark Maliao, Brent International School coach Raul Jaime and keeper Jasper Murillo. With the score tied at 2-2 at the end of the 1st half, Olongapo FC stepped on the gas scoring 4 goals in the first 5 minutes of the second half. Gordon College managed to close the gap behind the heroics of striker Emil Pellezer, who scored 3 goals to trim the deficit to 1 goal, 6-5 with

less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. But the Olongapo FC lads stood their ground, wisely keeping ball possession in the last 120 seconds to secure the win. With the win, Olongapo FC will represent Subic Bay to the Pilipinas Futsal Cup Winners Cup in Metro Manila this December. “We will strenghten our team by securing the services of some Gordon Gollege FC players,’ Zid dela Cruz said. Dela Cruz was also named the tournament’s Golden Boot. Champions from 10 other qualifying tournaments in various parts of the country will kick it out in a two-day national finals organized by the Futsal Com-mittee of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

In the 11&Under group, the Balic-Balic Yellow defeated the undermanned Lighthouse Strikers, 3-0, to win the championship. Playing a man down, the 4-man Lighthouse squad could not stop the relentless 1st half attacks of the Yellows giving up 2 goals. Another goal in the 5th minute of the 2nd half sealed the win for the Balic-Balic crew. Their younger schoolmates, Balic-Balic Elementary, won the championship by blasting Barretto FC, 7-1, on their way to an impressive 7 straight victories in as many outings. Earlier, the OCNHS took home the championship in the 14&Under age group defeating ‘D Expendibles FC 6-0.

CDC preps up for

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‘Clarksiyahan’

lip on your dancing shoes and party dresses and head to the Clark Freeport on Dec. 16 for the “Clarksiyahan: The Clark Freeport Christmas Celebration.” It will be a night of free, fun-filled partying and nonstop ballroom dancing courtesy of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC). CDC Tourism Promotions Office Manager Noemi Garcia said that “Clarksiyahan” is a concert party open to the public, which is part of the state-owned corporation’s Yuletide activities slated this month. “Guests and the public will be treated to the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s classics, plus Latin dance tunes from groovy bands led by Arriba and The Flintstones,” Garcia said. She added that “Clarksiyahan is a free concert party and everyone within and outside the Clark Freeport are invited to join the celebrations.” Garcia said the CDC will be in-

viting concessionaires from in and around Clark, who will sell a wide array of food and drinks to customers. Aside from the Christmas Season, Garcia said that “Clarksiyahan” is also meant to attract more tourists to the Freeport. “This strategy is in line with CDC President (Felipe Antonio) Remollo’s vision to transform Clark into the country’s destination for domestic and foreign tourists through sports and other tourism events,” Garcia said. She added that “Clarksiyahan” is poised to be a yearly event inside the Freeport. CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo has been bullish in promoting the tourism industry inside the Freeport by staging regular sports tourism events, which he considers as one of his flagship projects for Clark. O n l y r e c e n t l y, t h e C D C launched the Clark Star program – a project that aims to transform Clark’s Sacobia Valley

into sports tourism destination that would feature various sports training facilities, complexes and stadia, and a commercial area to attract more tourists to the Clark Freeport. Remollo said the Clark Star will have various facilities for water sports such as wakeboarding, rowing, water skiing, parasailing, kayaking, dragon boating and jet skiing. It will be built near the Sacobia River to answer the need for a body of water for the water sports. He added that hotels, villas, condominiums and a commercial area will also rise at the Clark Star to attract tourists to stay in between and after competitions. The residential and commercial area will be completed by a nature and theme park. For inquiries and other details on “Clarksiyahan” contact Elen Lorenzo (0922.4256367) or Sol Cabigting (0932.5934214) and telephone number (045) 599-6235. (WLB/CDC)

patients was provided and symposia were conducted for different sectors of the community. Olongapo City recently established the HIV/AIDS Treatment Hub at James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital to intensify its campaign. The facility is second only to the Jose P. Lingad Treatment Hub, San Fernando, Pampanga in the whole Central Luzon. Olongapo’s program for people living with AIDS started in 1986 through the initiative of then mayor Richard J. Gordon, with the help of PREDA Foundation. Later on, the Olongapo City AIDS Council (OCAC) and HIV/AIDS Core Team (HACT) were established to help the UNFPA (United Nations Populations Fund) in providing support for the city government’s program. “Olongapo is like a phoenix that rose from the ashes of its old image; plagued with

disgust and discrimination, but now, a multi-awarded city because of its administration’s unrelenting crusade to uplift the lives of its constituents,” said Dr. Arnildo Tamayo, OCAC CoChairman, at the recent meeting of the council for the upcoming WAD. “Ang World AIDS Day ay nagsisilbing paalala para sa lahat na kailangang magkaroon tayo ng malinis at ligtas na ‘lifestyle’ at kailangan din ng mga may AIDS at HIV ang ating tulong, pag-unawa at pagkalinga,” remarked Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr., who is also the Chairman of OCAC. “Huwag kayong matakot; kung kayo ay may pagdududa, magpatingin agad at pahalagahan ang inyong kalusugan at ang mga mahal ninyo sa buhay,” reminded Olongapo First Lady Anne Gordon, who assists Mayor Gordon in the supervision of social services in the city.

Limay steps up coastal rehab By MAR T. SUPNAD

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o b o o s t t h e t o w n’s clean and green program, Mayor Ver Roque Wednesday launched the Youth Environmental Congress, to solicit the support of the youth for Limay’s environmental program. Noted for his pro-environment program, Roque said the main objective of the congress is to rehabilitate the coastal areas, declog rivers and drainage system. Roque pointed out that this will also help improve the municipal waste-management program and educate the residents to be more involved in caring for the environment especially in the proper segregation and disposal of garbage and wastes. He said this will also counter vandalism especially in the use of public utilities like comfort rooms, buses, school chairs and tables, walls, and fences. The mayor also called the strict implementation of laws and municipal ordinances in line with environmental protection and preservation.

Limay is an industrialized town, hosting Petron Refinery, DND Arsenal, Petrochemical Plant, Carbon factory, among others. In compliance with the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Roque initiated the massive clean up along the coastal areas which is part of the sprawling Manila Bay area. But even without the DILG order directing local government units to launch such action, Roque and the personnel of the municipal hall have been regularly conducting clean up drive along the coastal areas here to maintain the clean environment of this town being the site of various multinational companies. Thelma Ratonel, officer in charge of Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO) and head of the Civil Registrar, said that since the assumption of Roque they have been conducting massive clean up not only along the Manila Bay areas but also along the major rivers, river banks, industrial sites, factories, commercial establishments and private homes to ensure a clean and safe environment, free from sea and air pollution.

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