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Bayambangueños Walk in Faith

As the clock struck three in the afternoon last April 5, the church bells tolled, signifying the beginning of the thanksgiving mass at the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church. Celebrating with the thousands of devotees were parish priests from the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan led by Bishop Elmer Mangalinao, Rev. Julius Erwin P. Amarillo, OSJ, and the local church’s parish...

GAINING GROUND

We reached Bayambang, Pangasinan at daybreak and saw a figure towering over what otherwise were the unadorned horizons of the town, sparking curiosity and awe. Its height was difficult to miss. As we moved closer, we learned that the figure was the statue of St. Vincent Ferrer, the patron saint of builders, which, at 50.23 meters, is as tall...

MORE THAN 150 GENERATORS SET: MERALCO READY FOR 2019 ELECTIONS

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A week before elections, Meralco announced that it is prepared for the May 13 polls, as more than 150 generator sets will be on standby on election day, to be carried by roving Meralco crews. These generator sets intend to provide basic lighting to polling and canvassing places in case of unexpected power interruptions. Around 300 floodlights will also...

MERALCO ANNOUNCES LOWER POWER COST IN MAY

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 7th May 2019 – The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) announced today that overall electricity rates decreased to P10.2866 per kWh this month from last month’s P10.5594 per kWh. The downward adjustment of P0.2728 per kWh will mean a decrease of around P55 in the total bill of a typical household consuming 200kWh. Lower IPPs and PSAs charges bring down the generation charge From...

ARE WE FALLING INTO A DEBT TRAP?

Of the multitude of issues raised by opposition candidates and critics of the government during the campaign period for the 2019 midterm elections, a number seem to have struck a raw nerve in the administration—among these, the administration’s close ties with China. Of particular interest has been the apparent favoritism given to Chinese companies in a number of big-ticket...

THE ART OF PEACE

The first thing a mayor should be able to do is to identify the problem of the place he has to run and to articulate how he will go about solving it. Only then will he be effective. The humble municipality of Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte has come a long way from being a hotbed of the Moro insurgency...

PLANT A TREE, SAVE OUR WATER RESOURCES

In light of the water shortage that hit Metro Manila and Rizal, the ire of its residents and the attention of all forms of media were fixed on Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its concessionaires—Maynilad and Manila Water. While accusing fingers pointed to the mismanagement on the part of Manila Water and the bypass gate that favored...

WHAT CAN PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO IN YOUR UPCOMING FIESTA?

In celebration of the 9th Organic Agri-Aqua and Livestock Fair, we are encouraged to mount our own booth that will represent our barangay. In said booth, we will be displaying agricultural and aqua products which may also be sold to interested exhibitors. We are looking forward to this festival because it will be a good opportunity to showcase the resources...

SOLUTIONS THAT MATTER

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CAMIGUIN WELCOMES NEW AIRLINE To further strengthen northern Mindanao’s domestic trade, commerce, and tourism, the provincial government of Camiguin welcomes Skyjet Airlines, which will commence its regular flights on May 6. Flights, starting May, will be on Thursdays to Mondays. The service will expand to a daily schedule in October 2019. Direct flights from Manila to Camiguin would only take 80...

BINAY ORDERS INSPECTION OF MAKATI BUILDINGS AFTER EARTHQUAKE

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  MAKATI CITY – Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay has ordered the immediate inspection of all establishments around the city to ensure structural integrity and assess the damage sustained following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Luzon on Monday. In a memorandum, Binay instructed the Office of the Building Official (OBO) and the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) to check...

BROWNOUT AVERTED TODAY

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The Luzon grid avoided brownouts after power distributor Manila Electric Co. tapped participants of its interruptible load program to free up capacity and run their generating sets. Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said 122 participants of its ILP did not draw power from the grid, making available 249 MW of demand. "The ILP were asked to run, otherwise we would have rotating...

POWER RATES TO SLIGHTLY INCREASE IN APRIL

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 8th April 2019 – The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) announced today that overall electricity rates inched up to P10.5594 per kWh this month from last month’s P10.4961 per kWh. The upward adjustment of P0.0633 per kWh will mean a slight increase of around P13 in the total bill of a typical household consuming 200kWh. Higher WESM charges and Peso...

NO MORE PAPERWORK, NO MORE LINES!

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Imagine getting your business application or product registration done in the comfort of your home or office—no need to brave the traffic and fall in long queues. “First world countries have been doing it, and it can definitely be done as well here in the Philippines,” says Carlito Macadangdang, co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Cloud Panda, a company...

WINNERS AND LOSERS

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It is said that in the Philippines, there are only two kinds of candidates: those who won and those who are cheated. From Bonifacio protesting a “snap election” where he lost the position of president to Aguinaldo, to the electoral protest lodged by Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo, Philippine elections indeed seemed like a battle between winners...

THIS CHICKEN IS GOING PLACES

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Every October since 1980, thousands of tourists fl y to Bacolod to experience the grand festivities that the city has to offer—a month-long merrymaking otherwise known as the MassKara Festival. Probably as popular as the festival is a dish native to the city, that has pleased palates all over the country and across the globe—the chicken inasal. Inasal is a Hiligaynon...

COMING CLEAN

Metro Manila remains as the country’s central hub for investments, business, and opportunities. With more people flocking to the metro, there is a basic need required by many—and that is clean water. As the primary agency tasked with water and sewerage services in Metro Manila and parts of Cavite and Rizal, the MWSS endeavors to serve not only the...

DEFENDING THE PUBLIC’S INTEREST IN POWER

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After almost 20 years, lawyer Irene Joy Besido Garcia’s professional calling shifted from advocating the causes of individual clients or corporations to defending the public interest. The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) president and chief executive officer was in private practice for a long time, having started her career with the late great statesman, Senator Raul...

CONTINUING A LEGACY

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Sons are meant to be as great as their fathers, and such is the legacy that Jose Manuel ‘Chel’ Icasiano Diokno seeks to uphold. As one of today’s top human rights lawyers in the Philippines, Diokno followed in his father’s footsteps. The son of the late Senator Jose W. Diokno, the first Chairperson of the Presidential Committee on Human...

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