MTRCB Dapat Sumunod sa Panawagan ukol sa Pagbigay ng Antas sa Larangan ng Sining at Pelikula na Nagpapakita ng Paninigarilyo


By: Adela Garapan Ida

Ang New Vois Association of  the Philippines (NVAP) ay nananawagan sa Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) na sumunod sa panawagan ng World  Health Organization sa pagbigay antas sa Larangan ng Pelikula na nagpapakita ng eksena tungkol sa  paninigarilyo.

 

Ayon sa  Pangulo ng NVAP, Elmer Rojas walang dahilan ang MTRCB na balewalain ang panawagan ng WHO  tungkol  dito  sapagkat ang  layunin lamang nila ay mabantayan  ang kapakanan ng milyong  milyon  mga  bata  na huwag masangkot sa  paggamit  nito.

 

Ang MTRCB ay isang kinatawan  na inatasan  ng  ating Pamahalaan upang pangalagaan  ang  kapakanan ng  Sining  at  Pelikula  sa  ating  bansa.  Tungkulin  din nila  na  masusi  pagaralan  ang  bawat  ipinapalabas ng media  at  bigyan  antas  at  suriin  kung  saan  angkop  ang  istorya  ng  sa ganun  hindi  ito  labag  sa moralidad  at  kaisipan  ng  tao at  higit  sa  lahat  ang  kabuuhan ng mga  bata.

 

Ang  Pilipinas  ay isa sa mga kasapi at lumagda sa WHO Framework  Convention on Tabacco Control (WHO FCTC) na  dapat  tayo  makiisa  sa  pagkilos  at panawagan ng  ating Pamahalaan  bawasan at iwasan ang paggamit ng sigarilyo upang mapangalagaan  ang  kalusugan  ng   tao.

 

Ayon  sa  pananaliksik  at  masusing pag-aaral ng mga  dalubhasang kinatawan ng WHO,  ang  media  ang pinakabisa  at malaki  ang impluwensya upang  tahasan tutulan  ang talamak  na  paggamit  ng sigarilyo  at  muling  idiin  ang epekto nito  ay nakakasira   sa  kalusugan  at  kinabukasan .

 

Dahil dito, ang WHO  ay  nagrerekommenda  sa Industriya ng Pelikula  na magkaroon ng  Advertisement  tungkol  sa negatibong  epekto  ng paninigrilyo.#

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YOUTH EXCELLENCE AWARDING RITES IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS


 

The  Science  Education  Institute (SEI),DOST  hold  for  this  year, Youth Excellence  in Science  and Mathematics  Award  at  the  PHIVOCS Auditorium, U.P. Campus , Diliman, Quezon City  on  February 04, 2016.

 

The  Awarding  Rites  is  in recognition  for  Filipino students from different schools who have  made  an excellent performance in  International Competition for  Science  and  Mathematics  as  well. They gave an honor to our country by bringing home the medals they have achieved.

 

For  the  record,  there  is  a tremendous  increase  in  number  of  awardees  each year.  For  2015  alone,  there  are  596  awardees.  From   2007  to  the present it  has  already reached  to  a  total  of  3,000.

 

Based  on  the  data, it shows  that  our  country  is  capable  enough  to  produce  science  professionals  in  the  future.  Being  gifted  with  a  brilliant  minds  particularly   in  the  field  of  Science  they  are  challenged  to  lead  its  path  and  propel our country  towards  a better future by  using  the  innovation  of  technology  in order  to boost  our industries  and  to lift  our  economy  in its  highest  horizon.

 

OUR SCHOLARS ARE THE HOPE OF OUR GENERATION IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.  MABUHAY KAYO# (Adela G. IDA)

YOUTH EXCELLENCE AWARDING RITES IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS


By: Adela Garapan Ida

The  Science  Education  Institute (SEI),DOST  hold  for  this  year, Youth Excellence  in Science  and Mathematics  Award  at  the  PHIVOCS Auditorium, U.P. Campus, Diliman, Quezon City  on  February 04, 2016.

 

The  Awarding  Rites  is  in recognition  for  Filipino students from different schools who have  made  an excellent performance in  International Competition for  Science  and  Mathematics  as  well. They gave an honor to our country by bringing home the medals they have achieved.

 

For  the  record,  there  is  a tremendous  increase  in  number  of  awardees  each year.  For 2015 alone, there are 596 awardees.  From   2007  to  the present it  has  already reached  to  a  total  of  3,000.

 

Based  on  the  data, it shows  that  our  country  is  capable  enough  to  produce  science  professionals  in  the  future.  Being  gifted  with  a  brilliant  minds  particularly   in  the  field  of  Science  they  are  challenged  to  lead  its  path  and  propel our country  towards  a better future by  using  the  innovation  of  technology  in order  to boost  our industries  and  to lift  our  economy  in its  highest  horizon.

 

OUR SCHOLARS ARE THE HOPE OF OUR GENERATION IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.  MABUHAY KAYO! #

GRAND GREEN FIESTA AT QMC IN FEBRUARY


Quezon City’s biggest green festival, the HortiKultura Extravaganza 2016, unfolds at the Flower and Tropical Gardens of the Quezon Memorial Circle on February 4 to 15 with events to promote love of nature and a greener environment in the National Capital Region.

            Spearheading the effort to make the festival a yearly green celebration – Quezon City being the greenest in the NCR – are the QC government through the QMC management and the QC parks development and administration department (PDAD) and the Philippine Horticultural Society, Inc. (PHSI).  PHSI president Adoracion S. Bernabe said HortiKultura Extravaganza 2016 is also a celebration of the 40th founding anniversary of the PHSI.
            Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte are fully supportive of the efforts of PHSI and other participants in the HortiKultura to make the now-yearly QC celebration a flower festival like the Panagbenga of Baguio City.  HortiKultura, as a festival, was launched last year as part of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Quezon City.
            The green festival will be highlighted with a float parade and street dancing competition on February 12, according to PDAD head Engr. Zaldy Dela Rosa. Float parade participants are the Quezon City government, Del Monte Philippines, Villar Foundation, PHSI, HARBEST, Agri-Aqua Network International (AANI), King Louis, Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines BSAPI) and Ashitaba.
            For 12 days there will be a landscape exhibit and competition and commercial trade booths. Starting on February 5, daily lectures and workshops will also be conducted.
            Other  events include a table top plants competition, a floral arrangement competition, an on-the-spot painting competition, planting of native trees, launching of “Bahay Kubo sa Circle,” a bonsai wall of fame, a pets and other animals show, and commercial exhibits. (Mencio, QC-PAISO)

BAWAS SINGIL NG PAMASAHE SA TRICYCLE SIMULA NA SA KYUSI


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BAWAS singkuwenta sentimos ang singil ng pamasahe ng tricycle sa buong Lungsod Quezon simula ngayong araw, Pebrero 1, 2016.

 

Sa inaprubahang Resolusyon ng Konseho ng Lungsod Quezon, ang inihain ni Konsehal Ramon “Toto” Medalla ng ikalawang distrito ng Kyusi na PR19CC-1388 ay naipasa sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa sa ilalim ng “suspended rules” na nag-aatas sa Tricycle Franchising Board (TFB) na magpatupad ng bawas singil ng pamasahe sa tricycle. Dahil dito inaasahan na maglalabas ng bagong fare matrix o taripa ang TFB sa lalong madaling panahon.

 

Ayon kay Konsehal Medalla, panahon na para ibaba ang pamasahe sa tricycle upang matulad na rin sa mga pampasaherong jipney na nagbawas pamasahe rin ng singkuwenta sentimos.

 

Layunin ni Konsehal Medalla na gayahin din ng ibang lokal na pamahalaan ang bawas pamasahe sa mga tricycle.

 

Matatandaan na makailang ulit na bumaba ang presyo ng langis sa pandaigdigang merkado nitong mga nagdaang ilang buwan. (Adela Garapan-Ida)

 

DENR launches drive to make May elections garbage-free


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday launched the “Basura-Free Election 2016” drive to ensure a garbage-free campaign for the May 9 polls.

This developed as the DENR, together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), renewed its commitment in making sure that national and local candidates will properly dispose of their garbage from campaign materials and also help in cleaning up the surroundings after the election.

The campaign period for national positions will begin on February 9 while campaign for local posts will start on March 25.

Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said the DENR campaign, themed “Kalat Ko, Linis Ko,” was launched in anticipation for the large volumes of waste produced during the election period due to the proliferation of posters, flyers and other campaign paraphernalia.

It was exactly the same campaign the DENR and partner agencies carried out during the 2013 midterm elections, he added.

The campaign is supported by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, major political parties, party-list organizations, candidates, youth leaders and civil society members.

DENR, DILG and COMELEC officials signed a manifesto of commitment to implement a memorandum circular jointly issued by the three agencies in 2013.

The circular aims to ensure compliance to the provisions of Republic Act No. 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, by political parties, candidates and their supporters during the election campaign and post-election periods.

The signing of the manifesto coincided with the 15th anniversary of the law’s implementation.

DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones led the signing with DILG Policy Compliance Monitoring Chief Atty. Rhodora Flores, and Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez, along with local environment and natural resources officers (ENROs) representing 45 local government units.

Civil society groups pledging support for the campaign include Eco-Waste Coalition, Mother Earth Foundation, and Mother Earth Foundation, and the Academe through Miriam College represented by Prof. Ma. Rosario Wood.
National Solid Waste Management Commission – Secretariat Executive Director Eligio Ildefonso extended the total support of the COMELEC as expressed by the office of COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez.

“The office of COMLEC spokesperson Jimenez has called up to express full support to our program. It is unfortunate that the signing event coincided with the scheduled trial runs of the PCOS machines which require the full deployment of the entire COMELEC workforce from top to bottom,” Ildefonso explained.

RA 9003 provides for a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management system to ensure the protection of public health and the environment through the adoption of environmentally sound methods like waste avoidance and volume reduction.

“With the number of candidates on the campaign trail, one can just imagine the volume of campaign materials that will be generated and most of these will end up as garbage,” Paje said.

He added: “This is the topmost concern we have and our partners in the green movement who are intensifying their campaign for a greener election, calling on the candidates themselves to clean up their act.”

According to the COMELEC, a total of 45,990 individuals filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) last year for 14 national posts, 59 party list representatives and 18,010 local posts.

The figures are almost similar to the 2013 elections with 18,054 elective posts and 44,478 COCs filed.

In the 2013 joint memo circular, the DENR, DILG and COMELEC also commit to ensure that political parties and candidates will adhere to RA 3571, which prohibits the “cutting, destroying or injuring trees, flowering plants and shrubs or plants of scenic value along public roads, plazas, parks school premises or any other public ground not designated as common poster areas.”

It likewise tasks candidates and their supporters to conduct a post clean-up of their campaign paraphernalia right after the elections.

Paje, meanwhile, called on the public to do their share in making the May polls garbage-free by reporting cases of election-related littering to authorities or bringing it directly to the attention of the candidates during public forums.

“This is particularly what the DENR, DILG and COMELEC are pushing through this effort – an awareness campaign to encourage voters to choose and watch out for candidates who really care about the environment,” the environment chief said. # (DENR Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service)

Marking World Wetlands Day, DENR highlights importance of wetlands to local economy


As the country joins the celebration of the World Wetlands Day on February 2, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) calls for greater commitment to protecting wetlands, which serve as a critical source not only of biodiversity but also sustainable livelihood for local communities.

 

DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje reminds the public that wetlands are a place of economic activity as people depend on them for food, housing and income, and thus these areas should be protected and preserved.

 

“The wise use and conservation of wetlands should be a major concern among Filipinos because these areas are not only home to many plants and animals but also to a lot of human communities,” Paje said.

 

“Wetlands provide economic benefits as a major source of employment for communities within and surrounding them,” he added.

 

The environment chief cited aquaculture, transportation, wastewater treatment, ecotourism, and community cottage industries as some of the forms of livelihood supported by wetlands.

 

He said wetlands also provide ecological benefits such as providing fresh water and food supply, habitats for biodiversity, protection against floods, and carbon sequestration, which are all essential in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

 

“Yet, many people are still unaware of these benefits and have the misconception of wetlands being wastelands,” Paje lamented. “They give no second thought to the effects of overutilization and over-extraction of resources, land conversion and pollution that degrade these important ecosystems and cause them to eventually disappear.”

 

Protecting and restoring wetlands are also embodied in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, he said.

 

The DENR, through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), has lined up various activities for this year’s local celebration of the World Wetlands Day, with the theme, “Wetlands for Our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods.”

 

The BMB has scheduled educational outreach to communities near Lake Canarem in San Jose, Tarlac. Field offices are also expected to do the same, including educational tours and lectures, in other wetlands across the country.

 

The bureau also encourages youth aged 15-24 years old to join the Wetland Youth Photo Contest sponsored by Ramsar, for a chance to win a free flight to a wetland location anywhere in the world.

 

            Contest rules state that a contestant can take up to three photographs in a wetland location from February 2 to March 2. The photos must show how people make a living from wetlands.

 

The digital files must be accompanied by an entry form and uploaded at www.worldwetlandsday.orgstarting February 2. Entries will be judged according to technical and artistic qualities, illustration of the theme, and number of public votes earned.

 

Wetlands are areas permanently submerged with fresh, brackish or salty waters. Examples are lakes, marshes, swamps, peatlands, mangroves, coral reefs and even man-made wetlands like rice fields and reservoirs.

 

The country gives importance to wetlands as a contracting party of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, which provides a framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. 

 

The convention was first adopted in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and currently has 166 contracting parties covering 2,226 wetland sites.

 

The Philippines has six Ramsar sites, namely: Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park, both in Palawan; Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Mindanao; Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Cebu; Naujan Lake National Park in Mindoro Oriental; and the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area in Metro Manila. # (DENR Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service)