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QUEZON City Rep. Winston ‘Winnie’ Castelo has found an innovative way to fund pro-poor government projects without raising new taxes.
Castelo recently filed House Bill 4774, a measure that will mandate every winner of grand mega lotto to contribute 20 percent of the pot to the education and housing programs of the government.
Of the 20 percent, 10 goes to housing while the other 10 goes to education, Castelo explained.
Castelo said the bill is only for the high lotto prize winners. The small prizes are not affected by the bill, he added.
“Before one gets confused, I would like to clarify that the bill would affect only winners of the grand mega lotto. It does not cover winners of small lotto prizes,” Castelo said.
Considering the huge money that mega lotto winners get, Castelo believe the instant millioners would agree to allot a small share of their millions to projects that would benefit the poor, particularly housing and education.
Castelo pointed out that problems on education and housing remain unsolved in the country due to lack of funding.
But with his proposal, Castelo said grand mega lotto winners can be an instant partner of the government in fighting homelessness and promoting education in the country.
“A few hundred thousand pesos would be more than enough to build additional classrooms or build some socialized housing units for our homeless countrymen,” Castelo said.
“There is no better way of giving thanks for a huge blessing than engaging in a humanitarian endeavor such as helping the poor,” Castelo added. 30
SA kauna-unahang pagkakataon nagsanib puwersa ang Muslim at Katoliko sa iisang layunin, ang karapatang mabuhay at pahalagahan ang buhay na may moralidad.
Sa naganap na press conference kamakailan (June 6, 2011) sa Club Filipino na dinaluhan nina Datu Nash Pangadapun, Secretary General ng Maradeka; Sr. Evelyn Coronel; Sheik Jamil Yahya; Provincial Secretary, Salesian Society of Don Bosco; Alim Ibrahim S. Ulama, President of Federation of Imams and Preachers of the Philippines; President PSBA Atty. Benjamin Paulino; Past President, Pro-Life Movement Sr. Pilar Verzosa, RGS; Alim Acmad Basher, President of Imam’s League of the Philippines; Ma. Linda O. Montayre, Convenor, Solidarity for Sovereignity; Antonio Abad Santos Valdes, Convenor S4S at Archbishop Oscar Cruz, FMR President, CBCP na may temang “The Imperatives on the Filipino and His conscience Vis-à-vis the threats Confronting Him Today From a Religious and Moral Perspective” ay tinalakay ang mga dahilan upang huwag pahintulutang maging batas ang Reproductive Health Bill na isinusulong ng mga grupong nagsusulong ng RH.
Mariing binanggit ni Linda Montayre na ang pagsusulong ng Reproductive Health Bill ay hindi naaayon sa batas ng tao at lalong hindi tama sa paningin ng Diyos dahil aniya ito ay kikitil sa buhay ng milyong di pa isinisilang na sanggol na nakatakdang maging mamamayan ng bansa sa darating na panahon.
Kaugnay dito ay matapang siyang nananawagan sa lahat ng sundalo sa Pilipinas na ipagtanggol ang buhay ng mga isisilang na sanggol at ang mga mamamayan sa bansa dahil ito ang unang-unang tungkulin ng mga kasundaluhan, ang ipagtanggol ang karapatan mabuhay ng bawat mamamayan.
Malungkot niyang inihayag na si Pangulong Noynoy Aquino sa halip na pangalagaan ang kanyang bayan at mamamayan ay nakipagkasundo pa sa mayayamang bansa kabilang ang Amerika at Europa na kontrolin ang pagdami ng tao kapalit ng halagang 483 Milyong Dolyar upang tiyakin na ang mga natural na yaman natin ay puwede nilang gamitin para sa kanilang kapakinabangan at hindi ng ating mamamayan sa bansa.
Matapang ding tinukoy ni Archbishop Oscar Cruz si Representative Edcel Lagman na dahil umano sa pagiging may akda at pangunahing nagsusulong ng RH Bill ay dapat na ituring na kriminal dahil sa sandaling maipasa umano ito o maisabatas ang ay tiyak na maraming papatayin o mamamatay na buhay sa loob pa lamang ng sinapupunan ng kani-kanilang mga ina. Dagdag pa nya na ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit bumababa ang moralidad ng mga Pilipino sa kasalukuyan dahil sa naturang Bill ay tinuturuan nito ang mga kabataan na pumasok sa maagang pag-aasawa o pakikipagtalik kahit walang matrimonya ng kasal.
Sinegundahan din ni Archbishop Cruz ang sinabi ni S4S Convenor Butch Valdes sa tinalakay ng huli tungkol sa tunay na layunin nang pagsusulong ng Reproductive Health Bill, ito ay bawasan o patayin ang mga tao sa buong mundo kabilang dito ang Pilipinas.
Ayon kay dating DepEd Undersecretary na ang prinsipyong “Depopulation” o pagkontrol/ pagbawas ng populasyon ay ginagawa sa maraming kaparaanan buhat noon pang ika-17 siglo. Giyera, sakit, pagtaas ng bilihin at lahat ng pangunahing pangangailangan ng tao tulad ng tubig at kuryente ay ilan lamang sa paraan upang mapagtagumpayan ng mga imperyalista ang pagbabawas ng tao sa buong mundo kasama na dito ang pagsasabatas ng pagbabawas o pagkokontrol sa pagdami ng tao tulad ng nangyari sa bansang Tsina. Cathy Cruz, PSciJournMega Manila
Nuisance candidates should not be allowed to run.
Quezon City Councilor Godofredo Liban II, of the 2nd district, has strongly recommended to Congress the enactment of a law that will prohibit habitual nuisance candidates from filing their certificate of candidacy every election.
Liban said that there is no law banning nuisance candidates from filing their certificate of candidacy even when it is obvious that they do not have the capacity, financial resources, organizational network and other means necessary to be able to seriously conduct a nationwide campaign to win the election.
The councilor said that the filing of certificates of candidacy of these nuisance candidates is a big drain on the financial and other resources of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and constitutes an additional burden in looking into and attending to said candidates.
Congress should also include in the bill the penalties necessary to stop or discourage the filing of nuisance certificates of candidacy.
Liban said that some candidates were also used or fielded by other candidates, most specially with same surnames, to confuse the voters in choosing their preferred candidates. -30- Divine/ Maureen Quinones, PAISO
A Quezon City Councilor has urged business establishments in the city to employ handicapped persons.
Third District Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes said in a propose resolution that qualified disabled persons should be granted the same terms and conditions of employment as qualified able-bodied employees.
It is also provided under Republic Act 7277, as amended by Republic Act 9442 otherwise known as Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, that equal opportunity for employment for disabled persons.
Under the law, no disabled person shall be denied access to opportunities for suitable employment.
Reyes said that the noble objective of Magna Carta for Disabled Persons is not based merely on charity or accommodation, but on justice and the equal treatment of qualified persons, disabled or not.
He said that the city government, cognizant of its social responsibility, believes that there is a need to provide disabled and handicapped persons gainful employment and opportunities to realize their potentials, uplift their socioeconomic wellbeing and welfare, and make them productive, self reliant and useful citizens to enable them to fully integrate into the mainstream of society.
For employers, the Magna Carta provides certain incentives to encourage the active participation of the private sector in promoting the welfare of qualified disabled persons, including providing gainful employment to them. -30- Divine/ Maureen Quinones, PAISO
In a move to further assist Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families, the Quezon City government will hold today (June 24) the First Quezon City OFW General Assembly in celebration of the 2011 Migrants Day.
QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista will lead city hall officials in welcoming OFWs and their families including those who came home from Libya and other Middle East countries in a simple ceremony at the QC Hall Plaza from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The event will also be participated in by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), TESDA and different offices in QC Hall like Scholarship and Youth Development Program (SYDP), Social Services Development Department (SSDD) and City Health Department.
Participating local and overseas companies will be offering job placements for OFWs.
QC Public Employment Service Office chief Carlo Magno Abella said that the First QC OFW General Assembly aims to complete the list of QC- based OFWs, build camaraderie among them, offer job placements and livelihood assistance and other forms of help that the city government could provide.
Earlier, the QC government, on orders of Mayor Bautista, gave financial relief assistance amounting to P5,000 for each OFW who have been displaced by the escalating tension in Libya .
QC government set aside P1 million to facilitate the grant of the financial support, which was provided by the city on top of the P10,000 cash aid given to Filipino returnees from Libya by the national government through OWWA. -30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO
More basketball stars may be in the making in Quezon City like former councilor and now coach Franz Pumaren.
This after Mayor Herbert M. Bautista vowed to include among his administration infrastructure development the construction of more classy and modern basketball covered courts in the city’s barangays.
During a regular executive staff meeting, Bautista revealed that sports development is one of the thrust and priority of infrastructure development in QC, where more than 40 covered basketball courts equipped with modern facilities such as digital scoreboard and fiberglass basketball goal are set to be constructed.
The young and active mayor believes that building more basketball courts will give more rooms for the city’s youth to be more active in sports especially in basketball, the most popular sports in the Philippines.
The move, Bautista said, will also prevent the youth from addiction to vices such as use of dangerous drugs, smoking, and alcoholism.
“We must focus now on sports development. We must give our youth more room to hone their skills in one of the Filipino’s favorite sports – basketball,” he said.
At the same time, the city government is set to build a football and tracking field or multi- purpose tracking field, also for sports development.
Mayor Bautista said that he already talked to Philippine Sport Commission President Peping Cojuangco for possible construction of a football field in the city.
Aside from sports development, the infrastructure development for 2012 of the Bautista administration will include construction of more school buildings and daycare centers.
The mayor said second floor of all daycare centers in 142 barangays will be constructed to become the venue for various trainings for mothers who are waiting to fetch their child in school.
This projects he said, will enable the mothers to make use of their time while their kids are in school. “We could train them in different livelihood program and personal development growth,” he said.
The city, the mayor said, will not fund a mere repainting of daycare centers, which is a waste of money. “What is more important is the construction of second floors for the daycare centers,” he said. -30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO
Colorum tricycle drivers in Quezon City need not worry about losing their only source of income.
The Quezon City government is set to hire displaced colorum tricycle drivers as city workers for the fabrication of thousands of school desks and chairs for the city’s public schools.
At present, the QC government still has a shortage in classroom desks and chairs in 96 public elementary and 46 high schools.
But the shortage, QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista said during a regular executive meeting will lessen in the next few months after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) donated to the city government 6,000 board feet of confiscated woods for the making of school desks and chairs.
The QC department of public order and safety (DPOS) headed by former QC Police District director Elmo San Diego had already apprehended a total of 377 colorum tricycle units in different areas in QC in November alone.
Based on DPOS data, there are about 5,000 colorum tricycle units plying QC roads, which San Diego vowed to apprehend for violation of an ordinance that declared a moratorium on the issuance of tricycle franchise.
The mayor said that hiring of colorum tricycle drivers as makers of school desks and chairs will solve their unemployment problem. -30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO