SUMMER HEAT SOON BE GONE, WET SEASON LOOMS

The summer heat will soon be gone as the weather bureau expects temperatures to drop gradually with the looming onset of the rainy season. The forecasters of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) could declare the start of the rainy season this week provided that all the criteria are met, although the habagat (southwest monsoon) has set in. Forecaster Fernando Cada said that people could anticipate days to grow cooler with the start of the rainy season expected to be declared anytime within this week. “The Pagasa cannot yet say that the wet season has started because not all of the criteria have been met,” he said on Sunday. The habagat is only one criterion and that the amount of rainfall is also taken very much into consideration, according to Cada.
There should be at least one millimeter of accumulated rain measured in at least five of the bureau’s type 1 climate stations in Laoag City; Vigan in Ilocos Sur; Dagupan City; Iba, Zambales; San Jose, Mindoro Occidental; Metro Manila; Ambulong in Batangas; and Iloilo City. Type 1 climate areas have two seasons: dry and wet. In Metro Manila, the one millimeter-accumulated rainfall should be simultaneously recorded in weather stations at the Pagasa Science Garden, the Port Area in Manila; and in Sangley Point, Cavite. Cada said that Sunday’s highest temperature in Metro Manila was at 34.3 degrees Celsius at around 1:50 pm. In other areas, temperatures measured at around 2 p.m. were: 35.5 degrees in Tuguegarao City; 36 degrees in Cabanatuan City; 34.9 degrees in Sangley Point, Cavite; 33.4 degrees in Mactan, Cebu; and 35 degrees in General Santos City. The highest temperature recorded this year was at 40.4 degrees in Tuguegarao City, located at the northeasternmost tip of Luzon, on June 1. Metro Manila was hottest at 36.7 degrees on May 24. READ MORE...

(ALSO) Pagasa: June to offer nice view of starry ‘Summer Triangle’

Summer is nearly over, but the nights of June will offer stargazers a nice view of the “Summer Triangle,” an imaginary triangle in the sky formed by the brightest stars of three constellations, the state weather bureau said. The triangle is composed of the stars Vega, Deneb and Altair of the constellations Lyra (“lyre”), Aquila (“eagle”), and Cygnus (“swan”), respectively, according to the astronomical diary of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). In the month of June (which is still summer in temperate regions), the triangle is “well placed in the eastern horizon two hours before midnight,” the diary prepared by Pagasa acting administrator Vicente Malano said. “Stargazers will be having a nice time watching the night sky with the famous Summer Triangle of the stars Vega, Deneb and Altair,” Pagasa said. The month of June will also feature another astronomical phenomenon known as the summer solstice. READ MORE...

ALSO: New plate carries vehicle’s history

More information about a vehicle is now on the new standardized motor vehicle plates issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO). First, there’s a laser-etched bar code that contains data about the vehicle’s engine or chassis numbers, model or type. Second, the new motor vehicle and motorcycle plates also include identifying features absent in the previous editions, among them, the region where the vehicle was registered, and the vehicle type. For public vehicles, the route is specified in a tamper-proof third plate sticker on the vehicle’s windshield. For visibility, the new plates use a reflective sheeting material that makes it visible even from wide-entrance angles and up to a distance of 100 feet during daytime or nighttime. The significant changes in the new vehicle plate do not seem to be reflected in the simple design of the new version issued by the LTO. Two solid colors dominate the plate which observers said lack the creative design of the previous version. But don’t let your eyes fool you for behind the old school appearance are high-tech features that make it at par with the world’s most secured plates. READ MORE...

ALSO: PH, Vietnam hold sports fest in Spratlys

Aimed at fostering camaraderie and friendly relations, Philippine and Vietnamese naval forces yesterday staged a day-long sports festival in one of the disputed islands in the Spratlys.
The interaction between the navies of the two countries was held amid rising tensions shaped by China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea. China claims sovereignty over some 90 percent of the potentially oil and gas-rich South China Sea, while the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping claims. In a joint statement, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Vietnamese People’s Navy (VPN), said the event “serves as a proof that disputes do not hinder development of practical and tangible cooperation between the two navies. Conversely, this also serves as a model of cooperation for the other navies to emulate.” Lt. Cdr. Gregory Fabic, the PN public affairs officer, said the one-day activity dubbed as “PN-VPN Interaction” was staged at the Vietnam-held Southwest Cay (also known as Pugad Island). It is located some four to five nautical miles from Northeast Cay (or Parola Island), which is occupied by the Philippines. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino to lead Independence Day rites in Naga City

President Benigno Aquino III will lead this year's Independence Day rites in Naga City in Bicol, Malacańang said Saturday. But deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino will also return to the Palace in Manila before noon for the traditional vin d'honneur. “The President will lead Independence Day celebrations on June 12, ang venue sa Naga City,” Valte said on government-run dzRB radio. She said Aquino, since assuming the presidency in 2010, had been celebrating Independence Day in various provinces that played a major role in Philippine independence. Aquino had led past Independence Day rites in Kawit (Cavite) and Tarlac, she said. “Sinusundan natin ang mga bayan na nagkaroon ng special significance ng pagtulak ng laban sa kalayaan at kasarinlan,” she said. The Naga City government said 15 martyrs of the 1896 Philippine revolution came from Bicol. READ MORE...


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MANILA, JUNE 9, 2014
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 By Jeannette I. Andrade — The summer heat will soon be gone as the weather bureau expects temperatures to drop gradually with the looming onset of the rainy season.

The forecasters of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) could declare the start of the rainy season this week provided that all the criteria are met, although the habagat (southwest monsoon) has set in.

Forecaster Fernando Cada said that people could anticipate days to grow cooler with the start of the rainy season expected to be declared anytime within this week.

“The Pagasa cannot yet say that the wet season has started because not all of the criteria have been met,” he said on Sunday.

The habagat is only one criterion and that the amount of rainfall is also taken very much into consideration, according to Cada.

There should be at least one millimeter of accumulated rain measured in at least five of the bureau’s type 1 climate stations in Laoag City; Vigan in Ilocos Sur; Dagupan City; Iba, Zambales; San Jose, Mindoro Occidental; Metro Manila; Ambulong in Batangas; and Iloilo City. Type 1 climate areas have two seasons: dry and wet.

In Metro Manila, the one millimeter-accumulated rainfall should be simultaneously recorded in weather stations at the Pagasa Science Garden, the Port Area in Manila; and in Sangley Point, Cavite.

Cada said that Sunday’s highest temperature in Metro Manila was at 34.3 degrees Celsius at around 1:50 pm. In other areas, temperatures measured at around 2 p.m. were: 35.5 degrees in Tuguegarao City; 36 degrees in Cabanatuan City; 34.9 degrees in Sangley Point, Cavite; 33.4 degrees in Mactan, Cebu; and 35 degrees in General Santos City.

The highest temperature recorded this year was at 40.4 degrees in Tuguegarao City, located at the northeasternmost tip of Luzon, on June 1. Metro Manila was hottest at 36.7 degrees on May 24.

“We can observe that temperatures are starting to go down because of the increasing cloudiness,” the Pagasa forecaster told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, adding that it was among the usually observed weather conditions before the start of the rainy season. Other indicators are the increased humidity and the daily occurrence of rainshowers and thunderstorms in the afternoon or early evening.

The trough of a low pressure area (LPA) affecting extreme Northern Luzon has also been bringing rain although there is little chance for the potential tropical cyclone to enter the country’s area of responsibility. The LPA is somewhere near Taiwan.

In Pagasa’s forecast for Monday, the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Light to moderate winds coming from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and the Western Visayas and from the south to southwest over the rest of the archipelago where coastal waters will be slight to moderate.

Pagasa: June to offer nice view of starry ‘Summer Triangle’ By DJ Yap Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:43 pm | Friday, June 6th, 2014
 


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MANILA, Philippines—Summer is nearly over, but the nights of June will offer stargazers a nice view of the “Summer Triangle,” an imaginary triangle in the sky formed by the brightest stars of three constellations, the state weather bureau said.

The triangle is composed of the stars Vega, Deneb and Altair of the constellations Lyra (“lyre”), Aquila (“eagle”), and Cygnus (“swan”), respectively, according to the astronomical diary of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

In the month of June (which is still summer in temperate regions), the triangle is “well placed in the eastern horizon two hours before midnight,” the diary prepared by Pagasa acting administrator Vicente Malano said.

“Stargazers will be having a nice time watching the night sky with the famous Summer Triangle of the stars Vega, Deneb and Altair,” Pagasa said.

The month of June will also feature another astronomical phenomenon known as the summer solstice.

“Philippine nights are at their shortest and daytimes are at their longest during the Summer solstice, which falls on June 21 at 6:51 p.m. (Philippine Standard Time),” the agency said.

This is the time, Pagasa said, when the sun attains its greatest “declination,” or deviation, tilting at +23.5 degrees and passing directly overhead at noon for all observers at latitude 23.5 degrees North, which is known as the Tropic of Cancer.

“This event marks the start of the apparent southward movement of the sun in the ecliptic,” or the apparent path of the sun on the celestial sphere, it added.

Pagasa also noted other celestial treats in June, including “the bowls of the Big and Small Dipper in Ursa Major and Minor, standing high above the northern horizon with the body of the constellation Draco, the Dragon, winding between them.”

There will be no major meteor shower for the month of June, it added.

FROM MANILA BULLETIN

New plate carries vehicle’s history by Kris Bayos June 7, 2014


SECURED PLATES - Samples of the new license plates for motor vehicles are displayed at the Land Transportation Office in Quezon City. (Michael Varcas)

Manila, Philippines — More information about a vehicle is now on the new standardized motor vehicle plates issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

First, there’s a laser-etched bar code that contains data about the vehicle’s engine or chassis numbers, model or type. Second, the new motor vehicle and motorcycle plates also include identifying features absent in the previous editions, among them, the region where the vehicle was registered, and the vehicle type.

For public vehicles, the route is specified in a tamper-proof third plate sticker on the vehicle’s windshield.

For visibility, the new plates use a reflective sheeting material that makes it visible even from wide-entrance angles and up to a distance of 100 feet during daytime or nighttime.

The significant changes in the new vehicle plate do not seem to be reflected in the simple design of the new version issued by the LTO. Two solid colors dominate the plate which observers said lack the creative design of the previous version.

But don’t let your eyes fool you for behind the old school appearance are high-tech features that make it at par with the world’s most secured plates.

REPLACE NINE PLATE DESIGNS

Under the LTO’s Plate Standardization Project, the new motor vehicle and motorcycle plates that sport dual-tone designs will replace nine different license plate editions that have been in use since 1981.

COLORS TELL VEHICLE OWNERSHIP

Private motor vehicles and motorcycles will have plates with black-characters-on-white background while public utility ones will retain the black-on-yellow design.

Government-owned motor vehicles and motorcycles will still use red-on-white plates while diplomatic plates will sport the blue-on-white design.

Protocol plates will use the green-on-white design previously assigned to private motor vehicles and motorcycles while other exempt vehicles will use black-on-blue hue.

The new plates will also have new information available on such a small area to help authorities improve traffic flow and prevent crime.

PRIVATE VEHICLE INFO

Plates of private motor vehicles and motorcycles will now indicate the unit’s region of registration while plates of for-hire vehicles will specify its region of registration, and vehicle type as an identification feature. That will help authorities crack down on stolen vehicles or plates that were illegally transferred from one public utility vehicle to another.

PUBLIC VEHICLE INFO

The route of the public utility vehicle will be specified in a third plate sticker found in the vehicle’s windshield. This tamper-proof sticker cannot be torn off without leaving a trace.

“These features will help improve road discipline and safety. They will enable traffic enforcers to apprehend PUVs which violate their franchises. Legitimate PUV operators should welcome this, since colorum vehicles will be weeded out,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya commented.

PROTOCOL PLATES

An interesting feature in protocol plates is the information on the user’s assignment. Protocol plates will indicate the official’s tenure of office, thereby putting an expiry on the privilege.

“We believe that public officials will appreciate these new features, since we should all lead by example,” Abaya pointed out.

EXEMPT VEHICLES

The plates for other exempt vehicles (OEVs), on the other hand, will specify the duty-free port wherein it can be used such as Subic, Clark or Cagayan. OEVs operating outside of their assigned ports can be easily detected and apprehended.

OLD VEHICLE PLATES

Also under the LTO Plate Standardization Project, old motor vehicles and motorcycles will be assigned new alphanumeric identification codes. Motor vehicle plates will now have a three-letter-four-number combination while motorcycle plates will have two-letter-five-number combination.

Assigning new alphanumeric plate numbers to old vehicles will not only clean the LTO’s records but also help it identify illegally replicated plates or those that were transferred from one vehicle to another.

VISIBILITY

The new plates also use reflective sheeting material that makes it visible even from wide-entrance angles and up to a distance of 100 feet during daytime or nighttime. The reflective sheeting material will have security images which, the LTO claims, cannot be removed by any known method without damaging the sheeting.

ANODIZED BOLTS

Illegal transfer of new plates will also be curbed due to the provision of anodized bolt head screws and nuts with serial numbers. Once installed, these tamper-resistant locks and screws will prevent the removal of the license plate from the vehicle body.

“The new security features will promote safety and reliability in accordance with international quality standards,” Transportation Department spokesperson Michael Sagcal said.

“They will prevent the tampering, theft, and falsification of license plates, mitigating carnapping, colorum, and smuggling practices,” he added.

SAME PRICE

Despite the great innovation of the new version of vehicle license plates, it still will cost the same –P450 for a pair of motor vehicle plates, and P120 for each motorcycle plate.

According to the LTO, issuance of new plates for newly registered motor vehicles and motorcycles are currently on-going while replacement of old plates will start later this year. The nationwide program to replace old motor vehicle and motorcycle plates will run for five years.

The government expects to issue standardized plates to some 5,236,439 motor vehicles and 9,968,017 motorcycles registered nationwide.

PH, Vietnam hold sports fest in Spratlys by Elena L. Aben June 9, 2014


Philippine Marines wave at local reporters, at the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Aimed at fostering camaraderie and friendly relations, Philippine and Vietnamese naval forces yesterday staged a day-long sports festival in one of the disputed islands in the Spratlys.

The interaction between the navies of the two countries was held amid rising tensions shaped by China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

China claims sovereignty over some 90 percent of the potentially oil and gas-rich South China Sea, while the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping claims.

In a joint statement, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Vietnamese People’s Navy (VPN), said the event “serves as a proof that disputes do not hinder development of practical and tangible cooperation between the two navies. Conversely, this also serves as a model of cooperation for the other navies to emulate.”

Lt. Cdr. Gregory Fabic, the PN public affairs officer, said the one-day activity dubbed as “PN-VPN Interaction” was staged at the Vietnam-held Southwest Cay (also known as Pugad Island). It is located some four to five nautical miles from Northeast Cay (or Parola Island), which is occupied by the Philippines.

Southwest Cay used to be occupied by the Philippines, but in 1975, it was seized by Vietnam when Philippine soldiers guarding it momentarily left the island.

Fabic said among the activities in yesterday’s PN-VPN personnel interaction were football, volleyball and tug-of-war games. There was also cultural and musical presentations where food and drinks were served.

Fabic said the games did not pit the Philippines against Vietnam. Instead, the competing teams were composed of mixed navy personnel from both countries.

“They were mixed, so it’s really a friendly game . . . so the PN and VPN personnel can interact and get to know each other better,” explained Fabic.

Aside from the sports activities and cultural presentations, Fabic said the First PN-VPN interaction also focused on the discussion of interoperability and best practices in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

“Said discussion is very timely as the Asian region is now entering the southwest monsoon season,” he stressed.

The PN is expected to host the next PN-VPN Personnel Interaction in 2015.

•CHINA PROJECT SCRAPPED

China is no longer keen in its promise to construct up to “one million houses” for the families severely affected by the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region last November.

A big factor in this decision to scrap what could have been a monumental undertaking is the escalating territorial dispute between Manila and Beijing over the West Philippine Sea, according to Philippine Red Cross chair Richard Gordon. “There has been no mention about this lately,” Gordon.

Gordon had coordinated with the Red Cross Society of China for a joint humanitarian project involving the construction of 166 classrooms in hard-hit areas within a span of 40 days.

Last December, then Chinese ambassador to Manila Ma Keqing announced the plan by the Chinese government to construct a million shelter in the areas severely devastated by “Yolanda” amid assurances that the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China will not be a factor in any of their projects.

Ambassador Ma said although “there’s really some differences” between the two countries, after two years in her assignment she said came to realize that “friendship and amicable feelings of two peoples are too strong that nothing can prevent us from being friends forever.”

“Over centuries two people have been engaged in amicable interaction without any conflict,” she said. “This is a very valuable heritage for our generation, and generations to come should carry this forward.”

“This strong bond will live on despite the differences we have. In the long span of history the differences we now have is only very short,” the Chinese diplomat added. “We should have a bigger picture and long term relations in our minds when we handle these differences.”

•PEACE HOPES

The Philippine government will continue to protect and uphold its territorial sovereignty through peaceful and lawful means following reports that China intends to establish a military base in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said they remain hopeful for a peaceful resolution to the territorial conflict with China.

China reportedly plans to create a military base in a reclaimed land in Kalayaan Island Group, based on a report by the South China Morning Post.

The planned expansion on the Fiery Cross Reef, which would include airstrip and sea port, was supposedly part of China’s effort to deal with the territorial conflict from a defensive stance to an offensive one.

Last week, President Aquino revealed that Chinese ships have been spotted around disputed reefs in the West Philippine Sea that could be used to reclaim land and build structures.

The President earlier criticized China for violating an informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its extensive reclamation project on the Mabini reef, located within Philippine territory. (With reports from Roy C. Mabasa and Genalyn D. Kabiling)

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK


Philippine Marines prepare to raise a giant flag at the Rizal Park on Sunday during the “Parada ng Paanyaya,” a parade inviting Filipinos to observe the country’s 116th Independence anniversary on Thursday, June 12. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

Aquino to lead Independence Day rites in Naga City June 7, 2014 12:34pm 192 19 0 225 Tags: Benigno Aquino III , Naga City

President Benigno Aquino III will lead this year's Independence Day rites in Naga City in Bicol, Malacańang said Saturday.

But deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino will also return to the Palace in Manila before noon for the traditional vin d'honneur.

“The President will lead Independence Day celebrations on June 12, ang venue sa Naga City,” Valte said on government-run dzRB radio.

She said Aquino, since assuming the presidency in 2010, had been celebrating Independence Day in various provinces that played a major role in Philippine independence.

Aquino had led past Independence Day rites in Kawit (Cavite) and Tarlac, she said.

“Sinusundan natin ang mga bayan na nagkaroon ng special significance ng pagtulak ng laban sa kalayaan at kasarinlan,” she said.

The Naga City government said 15 martyrs of the 1896 Philippine revolution came from Bicol.

Citing historical records, it said 11 of the 15 Bicol martyrs executed in 1897 were executed at Bagumbayan (now Luneta Park) on Jan. 4, 1897.

It identified them as:

- Fr. Gabriel Prieto, from Magarao, Camarines Sur, parish priest of Malinao, Albay and brother of Tomas Prieto, another one of the 15 martyrs
- Rev. P. Severino Diaz, from Bulan, Sorsogon, parish priest of the Naga Cathedral
- Rev. P. Inocencio Herrera, from Pateros, Rizal, music teacher at the Naga Cathedral
- Manuel Abella, from Catanawan, Tayabas, a rich landowner who resided in Naga
- Domingo Abella, son of Manuel Abella, a famous surveyor in Naga
- Camilo Jacob, from Polangui, Albay a photographer who was known in Albay and Camarines
- Tomas Prieto, from Naga, a pharmacist who graduated at the University of Sto. Tomas
- Florencio Lerma, from Quiapo, Manila, writer of dramas and comedies and owner of Naga Theatre
- Macario Valentin - Cornelio Mercado, from Atimonan, Tayabas, a public works employee
- Mariano Melgarejo, from Santa Cruz, Manila, also a public works employee

Four other martyrs who died while being held prisoner by the Spaniards included:

- Leon Hernandez, from Libmanan, Camarines Sur
- Ramon Abella, eldest son of Manuel Abella, who died in exile in Fernando Poo, an island near Africa - Mariano Ordenanza, a public works employee, who died in a prison in Spain
- Mariano Arana, from Magarao, Camarines Sur, who also died while in exile in Fernando Poo.

"Before their deaths, the martyrs suffered public humiliation, confiscation of properties, and extreme torture while in detention," the city government said. — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News


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