Castelo: “Let House inquire on alleged ‘ballot switching’ in 2005”


In a bid to train the spotlight away from the House of Representatives with the recent expose of Senior Supt. Rafael Santiago and his men of switching ballot boxes right at the Batasan Complex on orders of his superior, Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo of Quezon City today filed unnumbered House Resolution.


In that resolution, Castelo wants the three House Committees on Government and Public Accountability, Public Order and Safety, and Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms to jointly conduct a summary inquiry, in aid of legislation.


“This ‘ballot switching’ in so far as it was undertaken right at the heart of the Batasan Pambansa Complex puts the august body in the fertile ground of serious social stigma.  If push turns to shove, we might expect to discover a well-orchestrated system of electoral fraud perpetuated supposed-to-be highly accountable public officials,” Castelo pointed out.


In his resolution, Castelo said, “the House of Representatives can muster courage and marshal its wisdom toward a summary inquiry into the true event of 2005 where ‘ballot switching’ at Batasan Pambansa complex is alleged to have been undertaken in the interest of truth”.


It seems that the solon has vented his dismay but otherwise believes that ‘electoral integrity’ is the most fundamental issue that confronts the Filipino people’.


“To my mind, let us just go through the democratic ritual of giving all stakeholders a fair chance to be heard in a public hearing that may be called for the purpose so that it will also erase any doubt in the public mind that Congress as an institution is in cahoots,”, Castelo added.


“All told, this is in keeping with P-Noy’s moral crusade to rid bureaucracy of the wangwang culture”, Castelo finally pointed out. 30




KAUGNAY sa ika-100 taong selebrasyon ng Nestle Philippines ay muling nagsagawa ng ika-35 Pambansang Milo Marathon sa iba’t ibang panig sa bansa. Layunin nitong makapamahagi ng 4,200 pares ng sapatos sa mga mahihirap na mag-aaral sa buong bansa.

Tinatayang nas 10,000 pares na ng sapatos ang naibahagi ng Nestle Philippines sa mga piling estudyante na rekomendado ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon (DepEd) na itinuturing na mga pinakamamagagaling sa estudyante mula sa Iba’t ibang paaralan sa buong Pilipinas.

Ilan sa mga mabibiyayaang paaralan ay ang Pasay City Science High School, Caruhatan National High School, Fort Bonifacio High School, Tatalon Elementary School, Gen. Pio Del Pilar High School, Carlos L. Albert High School, Benigno Aquino High School, Kalayaan National High School, Gen. Ricardo Papua Memorial High School, at Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School.

            Ang Pambansang Milo Marathon Elimination Round ay isinagawa sa iba’t ibang rehiyon sa bansa. Inaasahan na magsasagawa naman sa Agosto 21 sa Batangas, Agosto 28 sa Puerto Princesa, Setyembre 4 sa Naga, Setyembre 11 sa San Pablo, Setyembre 18 sa Iloilo, Setyembre 25 sa Bacolod, Oktubre 2 sa Cebu City, Oktubre 9 sa Tagbilaran, Oktubre 16 sa Cagayan De Oro, Oktubre 23 sa Butuan, Oktubre 30 sa General Santos at Nobyembre 6 sa Davao. Gaganapin naman ang Finals sa Maynila sa Disyembre 11. Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila






  1. Kim Sayro Dela Cruz
  2. Noe Pindot
  3. Alesandro Jr. Luciano
  4. John Albert Olimba
  5. Kerence Joise Jose
  6. Alfonso Pagun Condeza
  7. Adrian Lezter Lacorte
  8. Chester Diaz
  9. Vacnot Geronimo

10. Steve Letran


  1. Leonalyn Ratenta
  2. Thalia Garcia
  3. Tara Borlain
  4. Gianeli Gatinga
  5. Pearl An Tolorio
  6. Lovely Rica Moreno
  7. Samantha Barlain
  8. Krsitine Garcia
  9. Akvie Alcoy

10. Moonyen Ferrer



  1. Manolo Refugia
  2. Michael Pornez
  3. Patrick Pornez
  4. Junnie Dela Cruz
  5. Roger Belga
  6. Mark Louie Patalen
  7. Ryan Maranan
  8. Philip Pornez
  9. Mark Anthony Estenzo

10. Joshua Ricaflanca


  1. Catherine Bristol
  2. Mary Grace Dela Torre
  3. Trishia Ramirez
  4. Charielyn Hibe
  5. Marlyn Avila
  6. Meann Marquez
  7. Perlita Ira Ynot
  8. Ma. Jennifer Capuli
  9. Kaye Ann Atienza

10. Jean Mara\



  1. Milbert Mabuab
  2. Rey Martin Santos
  3. Ruel Suazo
  4. Robin Angeles
  5. Peter Kennedy
  6. Zaldy Guilaran
  7. Willie Gamboa
  8. Michel Palma
  9. Henry Patna

10. Waden Bautista


  1. Mars Drabra
  2. Jolly Ann Ballestero
  3. Elizabeth Siojo
  4. Tracey Hadley
  5. Sharone Rodriguez
  6. Peachy Tamayo
  7. Jasmin Camajalan
  8. Frances Claire Oliveros
  9. Elizabeth Findlay

10. Jennifer Silva



  1. Rafael Pomquit
  2. Ninelson Eligeran
  3. Christopher Ibalan
  4. Laudy Parinas
  5. John Michael M. Marfil
  6. Lourielle Mark Santos
  7. Christopher Molines
  8. Marjon Servano
  9. Aver Sister

10. Joselito Penaranda


  1. Nhea Ann Barcena
  2. Michaelle Ann Barcena
  3. Mary Grace Parcon
  4. Judy Joy Pasaporte
  5. Meshelle Villanueva
  6. Sandra Gonzalez
  7. Aileen Breen
  8. Mary Flor Rabina
  9. Marivic Buada

10. Judith Abadilla



  1. James Tailam
  2. Eric Panique
  3. Ireneo Raquim
  4. Elmer Sabal
  5. Benjamin Kipkazl
  6. Darwin Lim
  7. Demetrio Torred
  8. Joel Bengtay
  9. Carfito Fantilaga

10. Darry Bado


  1. Joan Banayao
  2. Mary Grace Delos Santos
  3. Ailene Tolentino
  4. Susan Jemutaz
  5. Cinderella Lorenzo
  6. Librada Tamson
  7. Peris Poyalo
  8. Enate Nuevas
  9. Kristy Anne Abello

10. Afra Gloria Mueller

12 fishery commodities positioned to generate $10B export to be supported with R & D

The government will provide a strong research and development (R&D) support for 12 fishery commodities that are being positioned to be a huge dollar earner and a source of rural jobs and livelihood.

Export revenue from the fishery sector is reaching to $700 to $800 million annually as reported by the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR).  But its potential is as much as $10 billion, according to Agriculture and Fisheries 2025 Visioning report, considering the country’s immense marine biodiversity and archipelagic nature.

The Bureau of Agricultural Research-Department of Agriculture (BAR-DA) is supporting the national government’s thrust to boost fisheries revenue with its lineup of R&D programs for 12 commodities from 2011 to 2016.

These are on tuna, seaweeds, shrimp, tilapia, milkfish, shellfishes, including abalone and oyster, mudcrab, rabbitfish, sea cucumber, grouper, and pangasius.

“Government’s thrust to make the fisheries sector a big dollar earner and jobs supplier is a potential that the fishery industry has long recognized.  Our research programs will help establish these hopes and sustain the sector in reaching revenue targets,” said BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar.

Tuna, being the country’s top export earner at close to $400 million, is a top BAR R&D agenda.  This involves mapping through geographic information system (GIS) of migratory patterns of tuna and value adding technologies in order to generate more, higher priced tuna products than the present export of mostly canned tuna.

This is in collaboration with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD), and the University of the Philippines Visayas.

For shrimp which contributes $70 million to fishery export, there is a need to come up with a Philippine-bred, disease free broodstock.   The country presently imports disease free, technically called Specific Pathogen Free or Specific Pathogen Resistant (SPF or SPR) broodstock for Black Tiger Shrimp. Shrimp or prawn has a huge export market in developed countries even as Thailand exports prawn at $1-$2 billion yearly.

Use of biocontrol agents, such as the green water technology, in grow-out culture is now practised by shrimp producers in the country.  The development of this farmer-friendly technology was a project funded by the BAR through its Biotechnology Research and Development Program.

Seaweeds, exported at around $130 million mostly in the form of semi-processed carrageenan, require programs on the development of disease-free species particularly for the food processing grade cottonii variety.

Molecular marker assisted breeding will be used to develop disease-resistant strains. Other seaweed programs are the establishment of live gene bank for the identification of quality seaweed germplasm and a study on seaweed growing’s stock enhancement and stock monitoring system.

For tilapia, the R&D agenda focuses on the development of low-cost, high-quality, and environment-friendly feeds. While BFAR’s National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) has already developed excellent tilapia strains such as saline tolerant and cold tolerant tilapia, there is a need to produce their broodstock and fingerlings.

The production of fry for tilapia suitable for extreme temperature arising from climate change is an important concern as much as this is also a concern in other fishery species.

A popular local fish species, milkfish, needs improved hatchery techniques on broodstock management, nutrition, larval rearing, and handling.  Low cost feed production, mapping of fry sources, and proper cage design under extreme environmental conditions are other milkfish research areas.

BAR is also supporting R&D for other fishery products that have yet to be produced in bigger quantities. R&D area in mudcrab includes development of a hatchery system, production of quality broodstock, and value adding technologies.

Other products that require a good hatchery system and value adding technologies are rabbitfish, sea cucumber, abalone, and other shellfishes. For pangasius, a big export product of Vietnam, the R&D concern is on the production of fingerlings.

The rest of the research areas are on identification of potential sites for oyster and quality control standards particularly for the depuration  from PSP (paralytic shellfish poisoning) toxins  of oyster; genetic fingerprinting for breeding of grouper; and  development of grow out culture protocol and marker assisted breeding for abalone and other shellfishes.

The A&F 2025 spearheaded by DA and the Congressional Commission on Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization indicated that the Philippines can become a seafood basket and aqua-marine center of the world.

Among the goals are to produce one million metric tons (MT) of bangus and 500,000 MT of tilapia, and 90,000 MT of shrimp from the present 35,000 MT; establish a 1,000-hectare aquaculture area that is mechanized and a tilapia grow-out facility for private farmer partnership; and set up a fisher technician training program and a community organizing volunteers project. Carol Rosqueta, Bureau of Agricultural Research

Employer award for ABS-CBN, insult to workers – KMU


“Granting an employer award to ABS-CBN, a company that has contractualized its workforce and illegally terminated workers in order to bust the workers’ union, is simply insulting to the Filipino workers and people.”



This was the reaction of labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno to the awarding of Asia’s Best Employer Award for 2011 to ABS-CBN last July 22, saying the television network does not deserve the award, citing its record of contractuation and illegal termination of 92 contractual workers in June last year.



According to a news item, ABS-CBN was awarded in recognition the TV network’s organizational framework which supposedly covers being exemplary in development initiatives, distinctiveness in employee hiring, training and retention practices and continuing innovation.



“Up to now, the majority of ABS-CBN workers are contractuals, under the so-called Internal Job Market, an entity that is not even registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Up to now, a picket of ABS-CBN IJM workers stands in front of the ABS-CBN building, a protest against the TV network’s violation of workers’ basic right to form a union,” said Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson.


“Despite being one of the two leading television networks in the country, ABS-CBN subjects its workers to such forms of exploitation and repression. Instead of an employer award, ABS-CBN should be receiving rebuke from bodies who evaluate employers’ performance,” he added.



Ninety-two workers were laid off by ABS-CBN for supporting and participating in the formation of the ABS-CBN Internal Job Market Workers’ Union in June last year. The TV network has refused to implement Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz’s two decisions recognizing ABS-CBN IJM workers as regulars and ordering the holding of a union elections.  



“Not only is ABS-CBN violating workers rights, it is also violating a DOLE ruling on a labor dispute. This, apparently, is what the award-givers want to hold up as an example to employers in the country,” said Ustarez.


“Such an award will only further embolden ABS-CBN to violate its workers’ rights, continue to implement contractualization, and attack workers’ attempts to form unions. The award and the award-givers have just discredited themselves before the eyes of the Filipino workers and advocates of workers’ rights,” he added. 


The Asia’s Best Employer Awards 2011 was hosted by the Employer Branding Institute, World HRD Congress, Stars of the Industry Group and CMO Asia. Lito Ustarez, KMU Vice Chairperson


The Quezon City government is continuously beefing up efforts to achieve greater efficiencies in the delivery of public service.

On Monday, Mayor Herbert Bautista provided additional computer sets to the office of the city building official and the city planning development office, and in the process reiterated his administration’s effort to harness new technologies to sustain the city’s development. “

New technology must be used more and more in improving public convenience in availing of city services. My goal is for more of our communication to be paperless and for more of our publics to be able to interact with the city government, from the comfort of their homes or offices,” the Mayor said.

City building official Engr. Isagani Versoza personally received from Mayor Bautista the new equipment, which he said, will be instrumental in the upgrading of systems of his office.

Earlier, the Department of Building Official began processing building permit applications through the internet. Building permit applicants now can also download application form, follow-up and inquire on the requirements and other information on securing building permits through the web.

The city planning and development office was represented by Joel Pineda during the turnover ceremony.

The new computer sets were donated to the city by Millennium Erectors Corporation (MEC), a QC-based contractor. (Precy/ Ramir/ Ej. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO)


Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has pressed for the creation of special designated lanes for trucks and tricycles to improve the city’s traffic flow and at the same time enhance air quality on QC’s major roads and thoroughfares.

The Mayor called on the city council and the department of public order and safety to study the proposal, a move that he considered instrumental in making QC a green and healthy community.

“Economic growth and urban development represent our collective ideals.  But let us set and strictly implement the parameters that will allow urbanization to prosper without compromising our environmental quality,” the Mayor said.

In the case of tricycles, the Mayor cited as imperative the need to provide them with alternative routes to prevent them from plying along major roads like the Mindanao and Commonwealth Avenues.

Aside from the creation of special lanes, the Mayor said the city is also open to the possibility of allowing the use of renewable energy and green technologies for the city’s transport sector to mitigate the ill-effects of pollution to public health and safety.

A World Bank report said air pollution was a major cause of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in the Philippines, costing the country P7.6 billion annually.  A study made by the UP College of Medicine further showed that more than 50 percent of the medicines sold in the country are accounted for by respiratory ailments.

Buttressing this finding, the UP College of Public Health showed that the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is 32.5 percent among jeepney drivers, 16.4 percent among air conditioned bus drivers, and 13.8 percent among commuters. Precy/ Ej/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO