MANILA HOTEL HOSTS ASSEMBLY OF OVER 1,200 MAYORS

More than 1,200 municipal mayors from all across the country will gather today at the historic landmark Manila Hotel for the 2014 General Assembly of the League of Municipal Mayors of the Philippines (LMP). The goal of the municipal mayors will be to work on an all-inclusive growth to build a developed country with reduced poverty, LMP National President Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr. said yesterday. The mayors are expected to discuss the recently-launched budget strategy, known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process. The system will be used by the municipal mayors as a tool in the identification and implementation of priority projects to stimulate business and boost infrastructure development. Grassroots Participatory Budgeting is dedicated to boost transparency and accountability in governance as civil society organizations and the communities actively take part in crafting local budgets and determining priority projects that will be given to the national government for funding support.

ALSO: Aquino to grace League of Municipalities confab March 18

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III has been invited as guest of honor and speaker during the
General Assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines on March 18 at the Manila Hotel, this was announced yesterday by LMP national president Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr. Javier, who is also the mayor of the Municipality of Javier in Leyte province, said the 2014 LMP General Assembly is expected to break the record in attendance as more than 1,200 of 1,491 mayors have already confirmed their participation a week before the annual gathering. The President has also been invited to induct the officers of the League of Provinces, led by Gov. Alfonso Umali of Occidental Mindoro, League of Cities (Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista), League of Vice Governors (VGov. Leonides Fausto of Cagayan) and Liga ng mga Barangay (Nueva Ecija Liga Pres. Edmund Abesamis). Other top government officials, among them Secretaries Mar Roxas of Local Government, Proceso Alcala of Agriculture, Armin Luistro of Education, Jericho Petilla of Energy, Rogelio Singson of Public Works and Dinky Soliman of Social Welfare, are expected to grace the event and inter-act with local officials.

ALSO: Iglesia ni Cristo opens housing, livelihood projects in Yolanda-hit Leyte

As it joined in efforts for the rehabilitation of Yolanda-stricken province of Leyte, the
Iglesia Ni Cristo inaugurated last Friday its Eco-farming Facility and Resettlement Area in Sitio New Era, Barangay Langit in Alang-alang town. According to INC's events spokesman, the projects site is located 18 kilometers from Tacloban City, which was considered "ground zero" of huge storm surges spawned by super Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest cyclone ever to hit land in recorded history. A total of 1,000 housing units will soon rise in the 3,000-hectare property for the project, the INC said, adding 100 units have already been completed. Also, the INC said the garments and dried fish factories are yet to be constructed within the property. However, it said the housing project is exclusively for INC members only, but the livelihood projects will eventually be open to non-members. "If and when we need more workers and INC members cannot fill up the need, we might hire non-members," said Bro. Edwil Zabala, the events' spokesperson. He said a variety of plants, rice, vegetables, cultured mushrooms, fruit-bearing trees and other crops will be cultivated for the Eco-Farming project. INC's executive minister Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo led the ribbon-cutting for the project at the launching event that was attended by INC brethren from different provinces in the Eastern Visayas. Relief operation, and medical and dental mission followed at the Leyte National High School in Tacloban City.

ALSO: Paris Hilton inaugurates Manila urban beach club

Paris Hilton unveiled her first real estate project Thursday in metropolitan Manila and said she wants to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandfather and grandfather, who created and led a luxury hotel empire. Hilton inaugurated the urban Paris Beach Club, which she designed in collaboration with Philippine developer Century Properties. The bean-shaped, three-story club fronting a man-made beach is within the resort-themed Azure condominium community in Paranaque City. "This is probably the one project I'm most proud about because real estate is something that runs in my blood," Hilton said. She told reporters that ever since she was a little girl she had looked up to her great-grandfather and grandfather and she had "incredible mentors." Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel in Texas in 1919, and his son, Barron Hilton, later led the family business. "So I always really admired them and want to follow their footsteps," Hilton added. "This is my first step towards it and I'm so proud and honored to be doing this with Century Properties." Century Properties Chairman Jose E.B. Antonio said the company is developing another resort-themed property in northern Pampanga province and Hilton will also be involved in that.


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Manila Hotel hosts assembly of over 1,200 Mayors today

MANILA, MARCH 17, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Czarina Ong - More than 1,200 municipal mayors from all across the country will gather today at the historic landmark Manila Hotel for the 2014 General Assembly of the League of Municipal Mayors of the Philippines (LMP).

The goal of the municipal mayors will be to work on an all-inclusive growth to build a developed country with reduced poverty, LMP National President Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr. said yesterday.

The mayors are expected to discuss the recently-launched budget strategy, known as Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process. The system will be used by the municipal mayors as a tool in the identification and implementation of priority projects to stimulate business and boost infrastructure development.

Grassroots Participatory Budgeting is dedicated to boost transparency and accountability in governance as civil society organizations and the communities actively take part in crafting local budgets and determining priority projects that will be given to the national government for funding support.

Javier hailed the new initiative taken by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, who will be their guest of honor and speaker. He called it “a major step in bringing the national government closer to the local governments in the implementation of projects meant to address underdevelopment and in fostering productive partnerships.”

“It is at the core of the new leadership of the LMP that the organization be a venue for the national government to have a close rapport with local chief executives to hasten the realization of our shared vision,” said Javier.

Other top government officials, among them from the Departments of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, Department of Energy, Department of Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Budget and Management are expected to present their programs in the assembly.

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LMP nat’l confab Mar. 18 Print Email: Published : Friday, March 14, 2014 00:00 Article Views : 86

MANILA -PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III has been invited as guest of honor and speaker during the General Assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines on March 18 at the Manila Hotel, this was announced yesterday by LMP national president Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, Jr.

Javier, who is also the mayor of the Municipality of Javier in Leyte province, said the 2014 LMP General Assembly is expected to break the record in attendance as more than 1,200 of 1,491 mayors have already confirmed their participation a week before the annual gathering.

The President has also been invited to induct the officers of the League of Provinces, led by Gov. Alfonso Umali of Occidental Mindoro, League of Cities (Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista), League of Vice Governors (VGov. Leonides Fausto of Cagayan) and Liga ng mga Barangay (Nueva Ecija Liga Pres. Edmund Abesamis).

Other top government officials, among them Secretaries Mar Roxas of Local Government, Proceso Alcala of Agriculture, Armin Luistro of Education, Jericho Petilla of Energy, Rogelio Singson of Public Works and Dinky Soliman of Social Welfare, are expected to grace the event and inter-act with local officials.

All-inclusive growth tops the municipal mayor’s agenda, putting on the table a presentation on the grassroots participatory budgeting process which calls on civil society groups to participate in the preparation of local budgets and identify priority projects for inclusion in the national appropriations act.

Other topics in the one-day symposium are poverty alleviation, achieving universal primary education, peace and order, infrastructure support, disaster preparedness and response, universal healthcare, and micro, small and medium enterprise development.

A fellowship dinner with dignitaries, national agencies and developmental partners of LMP and a presentation of a plaque of appreciation to the immediate past administration of former Mayor Donato Marcos of Paombong, Bulacan will provide a fitting finale to the event which is supported by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

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Iglesia ni Cristo opens housing, livelihood projects in Yolanda-hit Leyte March 16, 2014 5:21pm 2065 62 0 2240


A model unit of the quadruplex housing being built by the Iglesia Ni Cristo ...

TACLOBAN - As it joined in efforts for the rehabilitation of Yolanda-stricken province of Leyte, the Iglesia Ni Cristo inaugurated last Friday its Eco-farming Facility and Resettlement Area in Sitio New Era, Barangay Langit in Alang-alang town.

According to INC's events spokesman, the projects site is located 18 kilometers from Tacloban City, which was considered "ground zero" of huge storm surges spawned by super Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest cyclone ever to hit land in recorded history.

A total of 1,000 housing units will soon rise in the 3,000-hectare property for the project, the INC said, adding 100 units have already been completed.

Also, the INC said the garments and dried fish factories are yet to be constructed within the property.

However, it said the housing project is exclusively for INC members only, but the livelihood projects will eventually be open to non-members.

"If and when we need more workers and INC members cannot fill up the need, we might hire non-members," said Bro. Edwil Zabala, the events' spokesperson.

He said a variety of plants, rice, vegetables, cultured mushrooms, fruit-bearing trees and other crops will be cultivated for the Eco-Farming project.

INC's executive minister Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo led the ribbon-cutting for the project at the launching event that was attended by INC brethren from different provinces in the Eastern Visayas.

Relief operation, and medical and dental mission followed at the Leyte National High School in Tacloban City.


Takbo para sa Kabataan: Bumangon mula sa Haiyan will be on February 15 at Clark Development Corporation Parade Grounds, Clark Pampanga. The Rotaract Club of UPDEPP, sponsored by the Rotary Club of UPDEPP.

Record-breaking charity walk

Almost a month ago, the INC made news for it's record-breaking Worldwide Walk (WWW) for Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors.

The funds raised from the world's largest charity walk were used for the welfare of its target beneficiaries, the INC said.

Held simultaneously in some 30 countries last February 15, 2014, the WWW had become a remarkable success for the INC.

It set two Guinness World Records, for the largest charity walk in a single venue (Metro Manila site) and for the largest charity walk in 24 hours (multiple venues).

Projects lauded

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez graced the opening of the housing and livelihood ground-breaking ceremony.

"Natutuwa po kami at taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa mga kinauukulan ng INC sa kanilang pagbisita sa aming siyudad at paghahatid ng biyaya sa mga taong nasalanta ng Yolanda, hindi lamang sa Tacloban kundi pati na rin sa mga karatig-bayan namin dito sa Silangang Visayas," Romualdez said.

Also, Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez expressed hope other sectors and organizations, as well as the business community, will follow the INC's lead in assisting Yolanda survivors.

The lawmaker assured the INC of his all-out support for the speedy and smooth implementation of the INC's charity projects in Alang-Alang, as well as in other areas that were badly hit by the killer typhoon. — Linda Bohol /LBG, GMA News

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Paris Hilton inaugurates Manila urban beach club Updated 11:02 am, Thursday, March 13, 2014


Paris Hilton, right, waves a pair of scissors after cutting the ribbon in the ceremony to unveil the Paris Beach Club, which she designed in collaboration with Philippine developer Century Properties, Thursday, March 13, 2014 at suburban Paranaque city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Paris Hilton unveiled her first real estate project Thursday in metropolitan Manila and said she wants to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandfather and grandfather, who led a luxury hotel empire. (Bullit Marquez, AP / AP)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Paris Hilton unveiled her first real estate project Thursday in metropolitan Manila and said she wants to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandfather and grandfather, who created and led a luxury hotel empire.

Hilton inaugurated the urban Paris Beach Club, which she designed in collaboration with Philippine developer Century Properties. The bean-shaped, three-story club fronting a man-made beach is within the resort-themed Azure condominium community in Paranaque City.


Paris Hilton poses by the poolside of the Paris Beach Club which she helped design at the Azure Urban Resort and Residences Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Paranaque city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Hilton unveiled her first real estate project Thursday in metropolitan Manila and said she wants to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandfather and grandfather, who led a luxury hotel empire. (Bullit Marquez, AP / AP)

The 33-year-old businesswoman has acted in television and films and worked on perfumes and other projects, but she said the new project is just a start to more property ventures.

"This is probably the one project I'm most proud about because real estate is something that runs in my blood," Hilton said.

She told reporters that ever since she was a little girl she had looked up to her great-grandfather and grandfather and she had "incredible mentors." Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel in Texas in 1919, and his son, Barron Hilton, later led the family business.

"So I always really admired them and want to follow their footsteps," Hilton added. "This is my first step towards it and I'm so proud and honored to be doing this with Century Properties."

Century Properties Chairman Jose E.B. Antonio said the company is developing another resort-themed property in northern Pampanga province and Hilton will also be involved in that.


Paris Hilton, center, cuts the ribbon in a ceremony to unveil the Paris Beach Club, which she designed in collaboration with Philippine developer Century Properties Thursday, March 13, 2014 at suburban Paranaque city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Paris Hilton unveiled her first real estate project Thursday in metropolitan Manila and said she wants to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandfather and grandfather, who led a luxury hotel empire. (Bullit Marquez, AP / AP)


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