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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF GUIASAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Member: National School Press Association

Vol. III No. 1

Government has enough resources to help typhoon, flood victims - Abad

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overnment has enough money to help typhoon and flood victims as a result of a more efficient fiscal management.

This was the assurance of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Saturday in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. He said that because of a better economy under the Aquino administration, the government was able to cut the interest for its debts enabling it to have more fund for different programs. He added that because of a stronger economy under the President’s stewardship, the country’s need to borrow decreases. There is also an increasing tax collection in the country making the national government have more money to fund wide array of social projects, he added. “Ang ibig sabihin nito, ang ating pamaha-

laan sa ngayon ay nagkakaroon ng lumalaking fiscal space o pondo na puwedeng gamitin sa iba’t ibang programa, “Abad noted. For instance, Abad said that for next year, the administration allocated P 27 billion for flood control initiatives.

When the President visited Laguna this week, he announced the construction of dikes and flood control structures to mitigate the flooding in Laguna, Abad said. “Kung makikita ninyo ngayon sa Metro Manila, maski na bumabaha, mabilis mawala ang tubig dahil nga ito sa mga gina-

gawang flood control projects,” he added. The government has a remaining P 6.8 billion calamity fund at the middle of this year with a separate P 680 million as contingency fund, the budget chief said. Different departments, which are frontliners during calamities, also have huge quick reaction funds in their coffers, he said. Among these agencies include the Dept. of National Defense and the Office of Civil Defense. Because of the quick reaction fund, these agencies could immediately react and help communities during disasters even without direct supervision of the President. “Ito ang kalagayan at sitwasyon natin ngayon. Kaya huwag mangangamba ang ating mga kababayan dahil may sapat na pondo ang ating mga ahensiya at ating mga calamity fund para tulungan sila,” Abad said.(PCOO/PND/as)

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Caritas Manila releases P6M funds for typhoon, flood victims

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he Caritas Manila has released some P6 million funds for relief aid to typhoon and flood victims. According to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Caritas Manila through their volunteers distributed emergency relief packs to some 16,000 families in Metro Manila and in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan and Bataan. The relief packs, together with 200 boxes of medicines, hygiene bags (containing soaps, detergents, toothpaste etc.) and 200 sacks of clothes were distributed to parishes heavily affected by the typhoon and floods caused by monsoon rains.

The relief pack contains rice, canned goods, biscuits, instant noodles, coffee and mineral water. Caritas Damayan is the Disaster Risk Re-

duction and Management Program of Caritas Manila. Quick-Response Emergency Relief is one of the major tasks of Caritas Damayan. Hundreds of families were affected by the typhoon and the monsoon rains that flooded several cities in Manila and municipalities in Luzon. (CBCP/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)

EDITORIAL TEAM Editor in chief: Rosemarie B. Patindol Associate Editor: Lurilyn M. Malbacias Managing Editor: Michell Grace M. Chua Writers: Janet Mara Lorelie Ortega Adviser: Mrs. Bernardita V. Abamonga

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DTI warns public on use of unsafe copper-coated aluminum wires

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he Department of Trade and Industry warned the public against buying cheap but hazardous copper-lad aluminum wires (CCA) as alternative to pure copper wires for wiring applications. Director Peter Mangabat of DTIPangasinan said copper-coated wires appear like ordinary electrical wires and are being sold in hardware stores as cheaper replacements for pure copper wires. He urged the public to be wary in purchasing this kind of wires that are used for electrical requirements at home, in schools and offices. Based on studies, CCA wires have low “ampacity” compared to pure copper wire.

Ampacity is the allowable current It is also subject to corrosion capacity of a conductor measured due to the absence of dual ratin amperes. The materials used in ed (Cu/A1) switches connectors and convenience outlets, according to the DTI statement. In a recent DTI market monitoring, together with the Philippine Product Safety and Quality Foundation (PPSQF), eight electrical supply retailers in the province were caught selling CCA wires during enforcement operations. Mangabat advised retailers to comply with the provisions of the Standards Law (Republic Act 4109) to avoid CCA wires are brittle and weak, can possible sanctions and confiscaeasily break and cannot withstand tions. (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan/DTI) normal flexing and twists compared from which to draw to make up for the to genuine pure copper wires. damage,” he added.(dof.gov.ph)

Asean to work toward reinforcing ties with China

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oreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have agreed that relationship between Asean member countries and China will play a major role in maintaining peace and stability in Asia, local press reported Thursday. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary for foreign affairs, was quoted by Thai News Agency as saying that the Asean Foreign Ministers Retreat hosted by Thailand in the southern resort town of Hua Hin on Aug. 13-14 zeroed in on unity among Asean members and agreed that the door should be widely open to China. The gathering was to prepare for the upcoming special Asean-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to be hosted by China in

Beijing on Aug. 28-30 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Asean-China Strategic Partnership. Sihasak said Asean countries would set up an Asean Coordinating Committee after the launch of Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 to jointly map out guiding principles to strengthen the community and elevate the AEC’s role in international forum. Member countries also agreed that the region should be developed under the Asean development goal with the objectives of improving people’s quality of life, minimizing poverty among Asean citizens and developing overall health standards, he said. Asean groups Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. (PNA/Xinhua) BAOTO

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Macrohon bags 3rd place in nationwide Marine Protected Area Search 2013

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he Sta. Cruz and Molopolo Fish & Bird Sanctuary of Barangays Sta. Cruz and Molopolo in Macrohon, this province bagged 3rd place in the nationwide Marine Protected Area Search for 2013,Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO) Community Development Assistant Armando Gaviola reported. He said hat Macrohon MPA tied up with Bitaog MPA from Samar as third placers. The 1st place went to Tambunan Marine Sanctuary from Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur which got the Para El Mar 2013 Champion, while Buluan MPA from Ipil, Zamboanga came in second place. The awarding ceremony held at Manila Intercontinental Hotel, Thursday was represented by Macrohon Sangguniang Bayan Member Rofelia G. Edillo, Sta. Cruz Barangay Chairman Allan Mantilla and Nicanor Bendijo, who presented the Macrohon Municipal Sanctuary, Gaviola added. The Macrohon MPA received P35,000 and a plaque being the finalist of the Outstanding Marine Protected Area throughout the country. “This prestigious award on marine conservation was sponsored by the Marine Protected Area Support Network,”Gaviola disclosed. Meanwhile, Edillo in a post on her facebook account

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said that there were over 1,500 sanctuaries identified by the search organizers and fortunately down to top 12 then to the final three, she noted. “Though we’re still aiming to be the top,” she said. (esg/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)

TESDA, Yokohama ink MOA on Dual Training System

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echnical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) for support in the implementation its Dual Training System (DTS). Under the MOA TESDA Provincial Training Center (PTC) Tarlac will supply welding trainees to the YPTI. “We believe that the program is the most appropriate and effective mode of delivery training wherein the public and private technical vocational institutions can directly address the needs of the industries by training and producing skilled workers with positive work attitude,” TESDA Regional Director Teodoro Gatchalian said. He added that this will be a big boost in the agency’s efforts to develop and nurture stronger ties with the private sector and the industries. Meanwhile, YTPI vice president Angelina Casasola said that this partnership is very timely since

they have just completed their expansion program, requiring them to hire additional workers for the next two to three years. “We are very happy about this partnership with TESDA because it is inclined towards the achievement of our company’s objectives, and also with our pursuit to relevance thru our corporate social responsibility projects,” Casasola added. DTS, which is anchored on RA 7686, otherwise known as the Dual Training System Act of 1994, has been one of the flagship programs of TESDA nationwide today. “We have been rejuvenating the DTS in the region so that the schools and the industries are able to avail of and optimize its benefits,” Gatchalian explained. Under the program, the compa-

nies are assured of an adequate supply of competent manpower with positive work values while the schools are able to produce graduates whose skills and competence directly match the needs of the industries. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3)

Asean to work toward reinforcing ties with China

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oreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have agreed that relationship between Asean member countries and China will play a major role in maintaining peace and stability in Asia, local press reported Thursday. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary for foreign affairs, was quoted by Thai News Agency as saying that the Asean Foreign Ministers Retreat hosted by Thailand in the southern resort town of Hua Hin on Aug. 13-14 zeroed in on unity among Asean members and agreed that the door should be widely open to China. The gathering was to prepare for the upcoming special Asean-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to be hosted by China in Beijing on Aug. 28-30 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Asean-China Strategic Partnership. Sihasak said Asean countries would set up anAsean Coordinating Committee after the launch of Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 to jointly map out guiding principles to strengthen the community and elevate the AEC’s role in international forum. Member countries also agreed that the region should be developed under the Asean development goal with the objectives of improving people’s quality of life, minimizing poverty among Asean citizens and developing overall health standards, he said. Asean groups Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. (PNA/Xinhua)

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