Spare non-partisan groups from politics, admin ally appeals
A senior administration congressman yesterday asked the camp of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to spare non-profit, charitable and non-political groups in their campaign to ensure that the Liberal party standard bearer wins the presidency in 2016.
Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza said the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CSFI), a non-political entity composed of spouses of congressmen have been among the targets of the “all-out-War or all-out- Mar” campaign lately.
Mendoza, head of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) contingent in the Lower House revealed that CSFI head Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte was invited by no less than Roxas’ mother, Judy Araneta-Roxas for a lunch meeting at the Gloria Maris Wednesday last week.
This is the first time that Mrs. Roxas asked the CSFI to join her for lunch, Mendoza …
Goldilocks is lone bidder for Makati’s birthday cake
Goldilocks Bakeshop is the lone bidder for the Makati City government’s project of free birthday cakes to senior citizens.
Danilo Villas, Makati-Bids and Awards Committee chairman, said only Goldilocks showed up at the open bidding on Monday afternoon to supply the cakes senior citizens that submitted an offer.
The popular bakeshop has offered to pay the local government P8.7 million to undertake the project to supply, deliver and perform birthday cakes to 40,000 senior citizens.
The local government’s approved budget for the five-month contract is P9.365 million for 31,187 cakes. The coverage of the bid is only from August to December, this year.
The Goldilocks offered to supply three flavors: chocolate chiffon cake at P285 each, marble chiffon at P275 each and mocha chiffon at P266 each, all measuring 9” round and 2“”in height.
Villas said the …
SolGen slammed for changing position on Torre de Manila
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) are now in dispute over their positions in the construction of the controversial 49-story Torre de Manila condominium.
In a two-page letter dated July 29, 2015 to the OSG, NHCP chair Maria Serena Diokno assailed Solicitor General Florin Hilbay for suddenly changing its position that there is now a legal basis to stop the construction of the condominium, which has been dubbed in social media as “the national photo bomber.”
She claimed that the OSG had earlier assured the NHCP that “it is cleared of any responsibilities” since there is no legal basis to compel the agency to issue a cease and desist order (CDO) to put an end to the construction of the building.
“The implications …
PH will have improved weather today
Occasional monsoon rains will prevail over parts of Luzon and Visayas this Monday, as typhoon “Hanna” (international name “Soudelor”) continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat.”
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said typhoon “Hanna” has left the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday but it continued to pull the southwest monsoon inland, bringing light to moderate rains over the western section of Luzon and Visayas on Sunday.
All public storm warning signals have been lifted on Saturday as soon as Hanna left the vicinity.
Meanwhile, occasional monsoon rains will persist over Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Zambales, Bataan, and Visayas, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Mindanao.
Fisherfolk in Northern, Central and Southern …
PhilHealth urged to intensify info drive on free kidney treatment
Senator Cynthia Villar yesterday urged the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to intensify efforts to inform its members about the free hemodialysis treatment package the agency is offering for those suffering from kidney disease.
Villar, chair of the Senate committee on government corporations and public enterprises, said she noticed that despite the universality and compulsory nature of PhilHealth’s coverage, the public, particularly those belonging to the marginalized sector, are not aware of the agency’s health packages especially for kidney patients.
The senator expressed her dismay at the state health agency as she pointed to the growing prevalence of chronic kidney disease among Filipinos.
The Department of Health (DOH) has pronounced that kidney diseases, an affliction or complication usually associated with diabetes, hypertension and glomerulonephritis, is now considered the seventh leading cause of death …
Palace appeals for passage of BBL ‘as is’
With the planned filing of the substitute Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) proposed by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. this week, Malacañang has appealed to lawmakers to avoid passing a watered down version of the bill.
“President Aquino’s appeal to legislators has always been to pass a BBL that addresses the aspirations of the Bangsamoro for long-term stability and peace and not to adopt a watered down version,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a text message to the Manila Bulletin.
“We trust that they will take this into consideration in their deliberations,” Coloma added.
Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, plans to present the committee report on the alternative BBL bill on Monday after months of consultations with concerned stakeholders. The modified BBL reportedly contains more than 100 …
PH 2nd in Math Olympiad
Filipino elementary students took home 69 medals from the 2015 China Primary Math Olympiad held in Hangzhou in Zhejiang, China last August 1.
The medal haul consists of seven gold, 24 silver and 38 bronze medals, which placed the Philippines second overall in the tally, said Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines.
The individual first placers are Zoe Angeli Uy of St. Jude Catholic School; John Ezekiel of Cabrera, Tuguegarao West Central School; Enrico Rolando Martinez of Xavier School, Andrey Clarice Gelogo of School of Saint Anthony of Quezon City; Rexza Mae Panaligan of Sta. Barbara Central Elem. School; Edrian Paul Liao of Centro De Cultura; and Nathan Jeremy Ang of Lourdes School of Quezon City.
Winning second place are Juan Rafael Landicho, Stonyhurst Southville International School; Daniel Yusuke Shimizu, …
QC is biggest spender in garbage hauling
Quezon City (QC), Metro Manila’s biggest in population and area, has earned the distinction of spending the largest for its garbage hauling expenses at over P1 billion.
The recently-released Commission on Audit (COA) report on the garbage collection cost clearly was the reason why the Quezon City council passed Ordinance 2235 that provided for the payment of garbage fee among residents.
In its consolidated statement of income and expenses (CSIE), COA disclosed that the city government shelled out a total of P1,014,195,457 in 2014 to garbage hauling contractors.
It was estimated that the city government paid P338.06 of the city’s income to have trash hauled from the households of the estimated three million QC residents.
QC Mayor Herbert Bautista said the city council closely scrutinized and approved the required budget for the environment and …
Proliferation of toxic-laced products alarms local execs
The proliferation of toxic laced consumer products in the market has prompted Quezon City authorities to push the panic button as they called on the concerned agencies to once and for all remove all poisonous items out of the stores’ shelves.
Councilors Victor Ferrer Jr., Jesus Manuel Suntay, Ranulfo Ludovica, Eufemio Lagumbay, Jaime Borres and Allan Benedict Reyes expressed concern over the unabated proliferation of toxic-laced items being openly sold to the public and said that drastic measures should immediately be taken to ensure that no toxic materials being sold in the market end up in the hands of the innocent consumers.
“It is getting to be very irritating that consumer products with dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals are being peddled to the public despite repeated warnings,’’ Ferrer said.
The dangerous chemical-laden products …