Duterte para sa Kabataan


“I will stop corruption in government. I have to provide security for the present generation and the coming generation…We protect the children we have to end crime.”

– Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, 2016.

 

Tinapos ni Pangulong Duterte ang kanyang closing statement sa pagpapahayag ng kanyang malasakit sa kabataan sa ikalawang Presidential Debate noong Marso 20, 2016 na ginanap sa University of the Philippines Cebu.

Kung matatandaan, sa unang kwarter ng taon, nilabas ni Pangulong Duterte ang isa niyang campaign advertisement na siyang laan para sa kabataan.

Nabanggit niya roon kung paano naiipit ang mga bata o kabataan sa gulo – kurapsyon o droga – na dala ng bansa. Nasabi rin niya ang kanyang pag-aalala sa kalagayan ng mga kabataang namumulat sa kahirapan at karahasan. Tila maririnig sa boses ng pangulo na nasasaktan siya sa mga nanyayari sa kasalukuyan.

Sa kabilang banda, hindi nga ba ay nabanggit rin ni Dr. Jose P. Rizal na “ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan?” Ngunit paano ba makakamit ito ng mga kabataan kung sa kanilang kamusmusan pa lamang ay ipinagkakait na sa kanila ang mga karapatan na dapat nilang nakakamtan? Paano sila magkakaroon ng maayos na pamumuhay kung karahasan, kurapsyon at patuloy na paglaganap na paggamit ng droga ang namamayani sa ating bansa?

Kung babalikan ang kanyang sinabi sa kanyang closing statement, makikita na sa bawat sa katagang binibitawan ng pangulo ang paninindigan niyang sagipin ang kasalukuyan at susunod na henerasyon mula sa makamundong kasamaan.

Kung titingnan naman ang kanyang patuloy na pamumuno matapos ang kanyang pagkapanalo mula sa umuulang boto galing sa sambayanang Pilipino, marami-rami na rin ang nagagawa ng pangulo sa loob ng anim na buwan.

Sa kanyang sariling talk show sa DZXL 558, kasama si Bb. Cathy Cruz, sinabi ni dating-Undersecretary ng Department of Education na si Propesor Butch Valdes na ang maganda sa pangulo ay ang kakayahan nito na gawin nang sabay-sabay ang kanyang mga tungkulin para sa bansa.

Ayon naman kay Cruz, ang maganda naman raw sa Pangulong Duterte ay ang pagiging iba nito sa mga nakaraang pinuno ng bansa at mga administrasyon.

Aniya, “Si Duterte, galing sa puso lagi ang pananalita, laging bukambibig nito na mahalaga sa kanya ang kapakanan ng susunod n henerasyon, na bawat kataga ang mula sa puso at isip niya. Sino ba sa mga naging lider ng ating bansa ang marubdub na nagbibitiw ng salita na handa niyang ibuwis ang buhay at posisyon magawa lamang ang tama para sa bayan? Isa man sa kanila ay wala.”

Ngunit kasama ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, ng buong pamahalaan, marami-rami pa ang dapat patunayan ng pangulo. Sa tulong ng sambayanang Pilipino, matutupad ang mga adhikain at layuning nakalatag na siyang magpapaunlad sa bansa.

Kagaya ng paanyaya nina Valdes at Cruz, inaasahan ng pangulo na sa tulong ng mga Pilipino, makakamtan ang mga adhikaing ito upang bumuo ng magandang kinabukasan para sa kasalukuyan at susunod na henerasyon.

Para sa iba pang talakayan nina Valdes at Cruz, maaaring mapakinggan ang kanilang mga balitaktakan sa Ang Katipunan, 7:15 n.g. – 9:00 n.g. tuwing Linggo sa DZXL 558. (Alicia Angelica L. Villanueva)

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Need capital? Try DTI’s version of ‘5-6’


It is not new to us how a ‘Bombay’ in a motorcycle regularly visits our place to collect payments from your mother or from your neighbors. It has been always the last resort for people in need of big amount of money in the easiest way.

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Usec. Pascua focuses under his jurisdiction consumer’s rights and their protection.

Accessible as it is, many franchise the thought even if how exorbitant interest rates are. (However, bombays are already used with apologies if one can’t pay for this week.) For the record, most customers were primarily small entrepreneurs or micro- enterprises in necessity of capital or for some reasons, in need of ‘instant’ money.

The Department of Trade and Industry however warns the public from illegitimate transactions and of how such unauthorized financiers proliferates many communities.

In a press conference with Undersecretary Teodoro Pascua, the new scheme that will try to replace 5- 6 scheme will be available as early as the first quarter next year.

Instead of having connected with authentic micro- finance institutions (MFI), many prefer to get involved with 5-6 lending. For some, getting involved with formal loaning institutions will need documentary requirements.

As a reply to that, Pascua added that lesser interest rates will be offered by the government.

It is in this cause that they would allot P1 billion to carry out an alternative to the traditional lending system that we knew.

This will give an estimated 2% interest rate to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), compared to the 20% rate offered by 5-6.

In partnership with Go Negosyo, the program aims to test it to the market with P 2,000 per beneficiary.

Find the nearest MFI in your place by simply texting MICRO FIND [PROVINCE/ TOWN] and send to 2973, for globe subscribers only. (Ace Palaganas)

Nuclear Energy: Linchpin of a Successful Nation


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Continuous energy price hike is one of the main reasons of why the Philippines is being plagued by poverty, in  fact, according to the study of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Philippines charges some of the highest prices in South East Asia for the consumption of power. This research proves that the country indeed needs to make changes for a much affordable, clean and reliable energy source.

 

Former DepEd Undersecretary Butch Valdes addressed the idea of re-opening the Philippine Nuclear Power Plant also known as the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant to have a much cheaper and efficient energy source for the country.

 

Garnering support from the Save the Nation Movement, he said in his radio show Ang Katipunan, that in order to build a successful nation, the Philippines must focus in prioritizing the energy aspect of the country. He added that nuclear energy is the ”linchpin” of a prosperous state.

 

He also showed dismay over the plans of the President Rodrigo Duterte on not giving importance to energy renewal and energy consumptions in the country. He cited that if the president wants to save the country, he must put the energy aspect of the country as the main priority in sustaining an economical change. He mentioned some successful countries including China, Russia and Japan, that uses their energy source as their main weapon in stabilizing the economy of their respective countries before rising to the success.

 

Valdes also added that in order to make a huge step in progressing, the country should listen to–what he called–quack economist that only suggest about Population Control Program, which sounds like reducing your people to meet the country’s supply and demand necessities.

 

He maybe disagree with some of the decision of the new administration, but he is still positive about the change that is about to come to the country, calling it the “Renaissance of the Philippines” as President Duterte promised to be pro-people and not giving certain private company their need for personal interest.

 

You can listen on Professor Butch Valdez’ Ang Katipunan, every Sunday at 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on DZXL 558. (Charles Arvin E. Dantes)

 

 

Another mockery of democracy


Technology may have aided us to achieve a transparent and credible election, may have also halted “dagdag- bawas” culture among election officers. Lesser manpower in the election process may have diminished incidence of discrepancies and anomaly. But what seems to be a reliable gift from modernity became a high- tech tool for newer dirty tactics and worse, mockery of democracy.

Many protests had already been filed and just recently, another petition was added to the pile of complaints prior to various discrepancies in the latest automated election that had happened in our history.

The Confederation of Non- stock Savings and Loan Association (CONSLA) filed a petition on intervention at the Supreme Court as to summon the judiciary with due process to what they tagged as ‘mockery and insult of the May 9, 2016 National Election’.

The petition on intervention filed by CONSLA is just a support to existing cases filed before, that aims to solicit explanations from the Commission on what really happened, said Ronald Dominguez of CONSLA.

The partylist, which is one of the 115 accredited groups by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), evoke their 342, 082 missing votes that made them rank 54th in the final tally.

In totality, they garnered 213, 814 votes, an obviously huge difference from 555, 896 votes, that may have help them to rank at the 14th spot, reflected from the quick count made by PPCRV on May 10, 2016 at 12 noon.

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The final tally was also said to be far fewer from the unofficial count of PPCRV even in the first two days of canvassing.

From an affidavit sworn by Buhay partylist candidate Arnold Arriola, a photo of PPCRV quick count at 10:40 pm of May 9 already shows a total of 342, 513 votes.

The quick count could be unofficial but it may have not generated counts far greater from reality. The difference from the official tally of the Comelec and the PPCRV’s quick count may have been a big question mark as to where the difference goes and on where the failure occur, whether it is the negligence of the commission or by the citizen’s arm to make the unofficial tally.

The last tally must reflect either closely similar to the unofficial tally or greater, but not lesser than that. There is no such thing as negative votes, Dominguez added.

Consla already asked PPCRV on what happened at their tally posted on their Twitter feeds in reel time. Representatives failed to address their concern but more so, just reply to them blaming their connectivity issues and the error on having too many volunteers.

“There seems to be a concerted effort to conceal what actually transpired on election day; a very real effort to suppress the truth!” said CONSLA partylist in a paid advertisement published in many leading broadsheets.

As much as CONSLA refuse to think that there is a plot to rob their seat in Congress, but as signed access cards by Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista were already given to them as one of the party list- elect at the day of proclamation, why is there no affirmation?

The partylist didn’t file any complaint, instead of, just requesting the Comelec to conduct an investigation on PPCRV’s quick count, to settle inquiries regarding discrepancies as a slice of their mandate to the people. (Ace Palaganas)

‘The only permanent thing is change’- MMFF execomm


Everyone got surprised with the result of the Magic 8 of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Controversy arose with how the mainstream films – that many expected to be part of the prestigious line up – were eliminated from the roster and on how independent films finally took the spot light.

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MMFF execomm explains the many changes that will happen in this year’s festival.

“Change will offer discomfort, and sometimes even pain,” Boots Anson Roa, member of MMFF’s executive committee (execomm) said in a press conference held at Kamuning Bakery Cafe amidst the news that shocked everybody. “And the only permanent thing is change.”

Among the qualifiers to this year’s MMFF are:

  • “Die Beautiful” – directed by Jun Robles Lana; starring Paolo Ballesteros
  • “Kabisera” directed by Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido; starring Nora Aunor and Ricky Davao
  • “Saving Sally” directed by Avid Liongoren; starring Rhian Ramos
  • “Seklusyon” directed by Erik Matti
  • “Sunday Beauty Queen” directed by Baby Ruth Villarama
  • “Vince & Kath & James” (Star Cinema) directed by Ted Boborol; starring Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia and Ronnie Alonte
  • “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough” directed by Marlon Rivera; starring Eugene Domingo, and
  • “Oro” directed by Alvin Yapan; starring Joem Bascon
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Ricky Davao, a veteran actor and film producer, encourages mainstream media to help advertise and promote the film festival. He is speaking along with producers of select films, artists, and members of the execomm lead by Mr. Nick Tiongson.

Moira Lang, another member of the execomm, clarified that none of his co-members in the committee were involved “in any capacity” with any films that was chosen. That is why it is hardly impossible if an entry was picked out of anomaly but instead of, qualifies as the new standard requires.

Anson-Roa added that this change has resulted from what had happened last year.

It was remembered that an entry was disqualified for one of the major awards. Some directors also raised complaint from unfair choice of entries to unjust treatment of cinema houses to small producers.

She is glad that she became part of the renaissance of the glorious festival. It is in this cause that she is encouraging everyone to support all chosen films.

Among the greatest shift that has been imposed is the blurring of the demarcation line between mainstream and independent pictures. She further justified that the dividing concept may soon be erased.

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Boots Anson- Roa, member of the execomm,  encourages everyone to support all the selected films.

 

Despite the fear that film-goers might shrink and some films might garner fewer ticket sales, MMFF guarantees omnibus advertisement and equal screening on the first two days of the festival for all the entries.

They are hoping that by word of mouth, people will be drawn to the cinema and will keep the festival alive until the tenth day.

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Despite cristicisms, the execomm is positive that the change they impose is just a start of something better.

“If you want change, be part of it,” she further noted. (Ace Palaganas)

Be a customer that is always right


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Usec. Teodoro Pascua

Christmas is fast approaching, demand on basic goods is fast rising.

Consumers can’t help not to, by any means, drop to supermarkets and shop for more this holiday season. May it be for noche buena, media noche, or a regular family feast in the upcoming long vacation.

The Department of Trade and Industry reminds their dearest consumer to be aware of their right as customers and to be vigilant of probable abuse by producers as the demand for various prime commodities and basic necessities may increase.

fb_img_1481956421716It is in this cause therefore that they are encouraging everyone to install this new app that will help them to be knowledgeable enough to know what is just and what is not.

Now available in Google Playstore, ‘E- Presyo’ is an Online Price Monitoring System’ designed by DTI to cater their customer’s right to know with the current prices of goods.

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Features of the app

More and more consumers now are getting wise with spending their money and this guide that is accessible now within the reach of their fingertip will definitely serve as everyone’s partner inside the grocery or supermarket.

Along with special features the application includes are: suggested retail price, prevailing price, comparative prevailing price and its price graph. Updated DTI reports are also available here.

Users of the app could acquire the suggested retail prices of prime commodities such as: dairy products, onion, garlic, flour, processed and canned beef, vinegar, fish sauce, soy sauce, etc.

We could easily know the monitored prices of basic necessities such as: rice, corn, cooking oil, eggs, pork, beef and poultry meat, marine products, vegetables, sugar, root crops, fruit, canned goods, fresh and processed milk, coffee, bread, etc.

DTI reminds us however that suggested retail price is not the standard price of all products with various brands.

“Market is a choice,” said DTI Undersecretary Pascua in a press conference held at Kamuning Bakery Cafe.

SRPs are just meant to provide a ceiling with product’s prices. That is why small decrease or increase in the prices of goods are considerable, he added.

For whatever complaint, the public could simply message DTI with their social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Or simply call DTI’s Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) at 751- 3233. (Ace Palaganas)

INVENTREPRENEURS, BAGONG PAG-ASA NG SIYENSA AT TEKNOLOHIYA SA BANSA


Isang mas positibong pananaw ang inaani ngayon ng DOST matapos magpahayag ng suporta ang Filipino Inventors Society Producers Cooperative (FISPC) sa kanilang programang inilulunsad sa pamamagitan ng Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI).

 

Sa ika-23 National Inventors’ Week, Grand Inventrepreneurs Fellowship Banquet Celebration noong Nobyembre 22, ipinahayag ni DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña na ang entrepreneurship ang isa sa mga paraan upang maging matagumpay ang mga obra ng bawat imbentor.

 

Kasabay nito ay nangako si Secretary Fortunato de la Pena ng tuloy-tuloy na pagtulong sa mga lokal na imbentor lalo na sa isyu ng patent para sa mga imbensyon at financial assistance para sa mga mangangailangan ng pondo para sa pagbebenta sa merkado ng kanilang mga likha.

 

Hinamon din ni de la Peña  na maging pro-active ang mga imbentor at timbangin ang mga pangangailangan ng merkado upang ang kanilang mga kanilang magagawang imbensyon ay tunay na maging kapaki-pakinabang hindi lamang sa Pilipinas ngunit maging sa ibang bansa.

 

Ayon naman kay Francisco Pagayon, isang inventrepreneur, ang mga tulong na ibinibigay ng pamahalaan ay makakatulong upang makagawa sila ng mas maraming produkto at paghusayin pa ang kanilang mga gawa. (Aljhon Amante)