Archive for January, 2017
Students wearing colorful costumes participate in the street dancing competition in this year’s edition of the Bagoong Festival in Lingayen last January 27.CESAR RAMIREZ
It was only the trusses, foundation and posts that were retained from the old building. Everything was replaced and the building was extended to the left.Abrenica said the other buildings built through the proceeds of the popularity contests are the Legislative Building, public auditorium and gymnasium, and establishment of a park.The first time that the popularity contest was held, the amassed money was used to purchase heavy equipment like grader, payloader and dump truck, which were used for improvement of municipal roads.The contest for the construction of the Legislative Building was special because the Mrs. Villasis got a “naming right,” or the building would be named after her. The winner was Beatriz de Vera Olivas and her name is prominently etched infront of the building.Abrenica said he needed to go abroad to convince Villasis residents who are working or living there, to join the contest. He would tell them the project to be funded from the proceeds of the contest.But there are also local ladies who joined the annual contests, he said.There are years that we get big amounts, and there are years when its not much, he said, depending on who the contestants are.This year’s contest netted only P2 million and it would be used for the renovation and improvement of the town’s gymnasium.“Maybe the donors are having donors’ fatique. So next year we will have a break from the popularity contests and hold a beauty contest instead,” Abrenica said.Abrenica said the town has an annual budget now of P150 million, up from P50 million when he became mayor in 2001.It would have been difficult to undertake the major infrastructure projects with the limited budget, he said.
I was glued on my seat last Thursday (January 26) watching the Senate investigation on “Tokhang for ransom”. It started at 10:00 in the morning and ended at 3:00 in the afternoon or five hours of a real drama where the protagonists and antagonists are mostly members of the Philippine National Police (PNP). It was also a day when the honorable senators have shown their verbal prowess, perhaps taking advantage of free media mileage.
The inquiry was properly handled by Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senate chair on the Committee of Public Order where the grilling of the suspects for the abduction and killing of a Korean businessman was untamed and bland. I was expecting a “bomb to explode” or rather truth ferreted out, but the suspects Police Superintendent Rafael Dumlao and Senior Pollice Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel kept on denying and accusing each other their participation in the crime.
The hearing was revealing as well as disgusting. It was revealing because the shenanigans at the PNP were out in the open. It’s disgusting as well because all these years, we’re not fully aware that the police officers who are supposed to serve and protect us are the ones behind criminal activities of all nature- kidnap for ransom, illegal drugs, gun running, etc.
I almost puked hearing the exchange of words of Dumlao and Sta. Isabel. Apparently, both of them were lying and trying to cover up the crime and perhaps even those other police officers as their accomplices. General Bato Dela Rosa was not at his best in that hearing. He was the center of ogling eyes and minds of the people. Where in the hell that a crime to be kept secret for months could be done inside the supposedly safe place Camp Crame? He’s upset about what happened but had not done drastic actions immediately against those culprits. If I were him, I should have dismissed Sta. Isabel and Dumlao pronto. (more…)
Ayon kay Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial ang bibigyan ng mga “condoms” ay mga kabataang nasa edad na 15 hanggang 24. Ito aniya ay isang pamamaraan para hindi dumami ang mga kaso ng mga kabataang maapektuhan ng “human immuno virus” (HIV) at “acquired immune deficiency syndrome” (AIDS).
Parami na sa bansa ang may sakit na HIV/AIDS na nakukuha sa pakikipagtalik na walang proteksiyon lalo na sa hanay ng mga “sex workers” at “lesbian,gay, bisexual at transgenders” (LGBT). Ang “condom” diumano ang gagamiting pananggalang sa pagkalat nito lalo na sa mga kabataan.
Ayon pa kay Secretary Ubial, ang pamamahagi nito sa mga paaralan ay may ugnayan sa pamunuan ng Department of Education (DepEd) na tutulong sa pagbalangkas ng mga alituntunin kung paano ipatupad ito. Ang programa ay nagkakahalaga ng P50 milyon hanggang P100 milyon para lang sa pagbili ng mga “condoms” at P1-billion naman sa pagsugpo ng HIV/AIDS.
Maraming mambabatas ang umalma sa programang ito. Ayon kay Senator Tito Sotto, ang pamamahagi ng mga “condoms” sa mga mag-aaral ay manghikayat sa kanila para lalong gumawa ng hindi tama sa kanilang sekswalidad. Lalong dadami diumano ang mga hindi na pipigilan ang sarili sa pakikipagtalik dahil iniisip na nila na libre na ang kanilang proteksyon. Kay Rep. Harry Roque ang hakbang na ito ay isang katangahan sa panig ng DOH at hindi makatwirang paggastos ng kaban ng bansa.
Ang magkatunggaling pananaw dito ay ating bigyan pansin. Sa panig ng DOH ay naghahakbang tungkol sa edukasyong pangsekswalidad upang tugunan ang pambansang suliranin sa HIV/AIDS. Subalit, ang pamamahagi ba ng libreng “condoms” ang makakasugpo dito? Hindi kaya mas malawak na pagbibigay ng sapat na impormasyon ang gigising sa kamalayan ng mga kabataan para maiwasan ang hindi nararapat na pakikipagtalik? Sa panig naman ang kumukontra sa hakbanging ito, dapat magpanukala sila ng mga solusyon sa problemang HIV/AIDS. Hindi sapat ang pagkontra, kailangan ang mga hakbang na gawin upang maisalba ang mga kabataan sa HIV/AIDS na hanggang ngayon ay wala pang lunas na gamot.
Hindi isang katangahan ang isang hakbangin na nasa pananaw ng pamahalaan ay makakatulong sa kinabukasan ng mga kabataang Filipino gaya ng nauna ng nabanggit. Mas katangahan at isang kabobohan kung alam na natin ang problema pero walang maibahagi namang solusyon kundi para kontrahin lamang ito. Bigyan natin ng pagkakataon ang DOH para gawin ang mandatong nakaakibat sa kanya.