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LEAD LIKE A SUPERHERO

The name Celerino Balasoto Jr. may appear in Google search when someone looks for anything about Barangay Anos in Los Baños, Laguna. But its 11,401 residents (as of this writing) prefer to call their barangay captain Kap. Budjong. Teens playing basketball in the covered court call him by this name. Children run to him and put their bowed forehead on...

GO FOR THE GREATER GOOD

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Former Special Assistant to the President, Bong Go, is all systems go in his bid for the senatorial seat. In this exclusive, he tells us why he’s running and what he can offer the nation. It was a few days after Christmas, and while most people were still on holiday mode, former Special Assistant to the Presidential (SAP) Bong Go...

LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND

Did you forget about the books? There is an urban legend about a library that sinks a few inches every year because the architect forgot to account for the weight of the books. One small detail was forgotten and eventually, the entire building was condemned. In her own way, Mayor Dahlia Loyola knows just how important it is to take...

BATAAN, STANDING TALL AND PROUD

Remembered in history as the place where the last stand was made by Filipino and American soldiers who fought the Japanese Imperial forces during the Second World War, Bataan has courageously risen from that fall. Unstoppable in terms of progress and development, the province is set to continue to move up and sail towards a better future for its...

GOING AGAINST THE TIDE

What’s in a name?” Those are the immortal words of William Shakespeare, denoting that a name does not matter as much as the quality it possesses. In the political landscape of the Philippines, more often than not, it is the name of the politician that gets the votes. Why? In advertising and marketing, there is a term for this...

FACT SHEET ON THE MANILA BAY

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On January 27, 2019, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu officially declared the start of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation at the Baywalk in Manila. On hand to witness the declaration, and also joined in the earlier event of Solidarity Walk from the Quirino Grandstand to the staging area (Baywalk), were about 5,000 individuals, mostly representing the 13 mandamus agencies, local...

THE BATTLE FOR MANILA BAY

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The life of great cities begin beside bodies of water, and when such cities neglect that which give them life, decline and death naturally follow. Manila Bay lent its naturally protected harbor to the rise of Manila from where the country is governed. Yet for all its generosity over hundreds of years, it has been treated as a sewer...

UNITED TO END PLASTIC POLLUTION

With eight million tons of plastic ending up in oceans every year, the Philippines ranks as the world’s third plastic polluter of oceans. To address this alarming fact and to unite different sectors to end plastic pollution, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, together with Ayala Malls and other partner corporations, officially launched the #AyokoNgPlastik movement at...

LOCAL LEGISLATION

Here in Brgy. 491, Zone 48 of Sampaloc, Manila where the Dangwa Flower Market (known as Bulaklakan ng Maynila) and St. Jude College & Hospital are considered landmarks, we have our three key steps in making ordinances. First, the consultation of the problems encountered by our constituents in their vicinity. Second, addressing their issues through proposed solutions. These steps are...

Fresh Start

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MARIKINA WANTS TO MIRROR MUNTINLUPA ENTREP PROGRAM Marikina City is seeking to implement Muntinlupa City’s Joint Resource Financing Program or Tulong Negosyo, which aims to grant financial assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs without imposing a loan interest. Marikina Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer Lourdes dela Paz visited Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for a courtesy call to benchmark Muntinlupa’s programs for...

SURROUNDED BY WATER

When heavy rain and floods occur, citizens’ safety is placed at risk. Many residents in flooded areas are forced to evacuate, leaving homes and other property prone to the destructive powers of the elements. For a country that experiences calamities of this kind year in and year out, we should be experts at disaster management by now. Several factors, however,...

Z FOR ZANIGA

Barangay New Zaniga is one of the 27 barangays of the City of Mandaluyong. Historically, the area used to be a low-lying marshland known as Saniga. The concretization of roads led to the urbanization of the neighboring areas, which was dubbed New Zaniga, while the original was called Old Zaniga. Today, the barangay has a land area of about 1.95...

THE GREEN CITY

At the foothills of the majestic Mayon Volcano, located on the shores of Albay Gulf, right in the heart of the Bicol Peninsula, lies a fast-growing metropolis. A city that has become almost synonymous to its most popular tourist destination, Legazpi attracts over a million tourists each year who are eager to gaze at the beauty and grandeur of...

IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

Marked as a crossroad for cultural and agricultural exchanges of Pangasinan, the Ilocos, and the Cordilleras, the town of Binalonan, a first-class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, has transformed from an uninhabited forested area to a lush agricultural community to a burgeoning rural town. Bordered by bustling municipalities and cities of eastern Pangasinan, Binalonan strives to make a...

SOCIAL MISSION

There’s something about an esteemed ancestor that makes you want to level up. Masbate Vice Governor Jo Kristine “Kaye” Celera-Revil didn’t get to meet her paternal grandfather, Adolfo Celera Sr., a lawyer- politician who worked as a Provincial Board Member and Land Transportation Office Chief. Unfortunately, he was assassinated in their home province a year before Revil, his first...

PROMOTING AND CHAMPIONING PUBLIC SERVICE IN MUNTINLUPA

Envisioned as a city soaring into progress through public service, Manuel Amorsolo, son of national artist Fernando Amorsolo, was commissioned to create the then municipality’s seal, which features a Philippine Eagle. The strongest and the highest-flying bird of the Philippine Republic symbolizes the citizenry’s aspiration to make Muntinlupa one of the leading investment hubs in the country, and inspires...

INVESTING IN EDUCATION

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Coming from a humble family and bestowed with the opportunity of a proper education by the government, Congressman Greg Gasataya is out on a mission to pay it forward and envisions that every Filipino family should have a college graduate in their midst. He represents the lone district of Bacolod City, which garnered the top spot in Visayas with...

BEST LAID PLANS

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In areas prone to flooding, let houses be built to float or built on stilts, elevate the electrical system, and interconnect the buildings with elevated walkways and elevated monorails. Rome was not built in a day; it took some time and judicious urban planning. Now, take a look at Metro Manila, a booming metropolis. Tall buildings and condominiums rise to...

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