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METRO SIZZLES AT 36.2ºC


Metro Manila yesterday sizzled at 36.2 degrees Celsius, its hottest temperature so far this year, state weather forecasters said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday’s hottest temperature was recorded at around 1:50 p.m. at the Science Garden in Quezon City. State weather forecasters, however, said they expect temperatures across the country to continue to rise in the coming weeks. Based on PAGASA’s climatological records, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Global record heat keeps on broiling


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WASHINGTON – There’s been no break from the globe’s record heat – the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month’s average temperature of 56.4 degrees (13.6 degrees Celsius) was the hottest March on record, averaging 1.5 degrees above the average for the 20th century. It broke a record set in 2010. For the first three months of 2015, the globe was 55.6 degrees (13.1 degrees Celsius), breaking the record set in 2002. Records go back to 1880. NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said 2015 probably will break 2014’s hottest year mark if conditions persist. The first three months of 2015 were nearly a tenth of a degree higher than the old record and four-tenths of a degree warmer than January through March of last year, which turned out to be warmest year recorded. Much of the most abnormal heat has been in the Pacific Ocean and places near it. The northeastern United States has been one of the few colder-than-normal spots on the globe with entire continents of Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia coming in solidly warmer than normal. – AP THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Erap’s 78th birthday wish: House arrest for GMA
[Malacañang has extended its birthday greeting to Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, but turns down his wish for former President Arroyo to be given house arrest.]


Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada celebrates his 78th birthday yesterday (April 15, 2015) with the orphans of the Asociacion de Damas de Filipinas in Paco, Manila. (Ali Vicoy) Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada will make three wishes, including a pitch to the Aquino administration to allow house arrest for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo due to her sickly condition, when he celebrates his 78th birthday today in a lavish ceremony at a posh hotel and casino in Parañaque City. “Because of her sickly condition, I am wishing for a house arrest for PGMA. Wala na naman siyang flight risk (She’s no longer a flight risk) and we should be compassionate because she is a woman,” Estrada said in a phone interview. Erap has 2 other wishes....Read on...

ALSO: (No typical) Day in the stateside life of Pacquiao


NO CONTEST At playtime in the Pacquiao Los Angeles home, the legendary champ is no match for his youngest child Israel after another day of his intensive training at Wild Card gym. REM ZAMORA
AT HIS OLD MANOR IN LOS ANGELES—The lawns are well manicured but the community is neither gated nor affluent. Very few other celebrities are known to live in this neighborhood, which is just off the more upscale Hancock Park, but there’s no mistaking who lives in one of the few gated houses around. The neighbors are used to living next to this celebrity, so they don’t mind the crowd that gathers outside his house or the cars that fill up whatever space is left on both sides of Plymouth Boulevard on this sunny spring afternoon. They are members of Team Pacquiao and a handful of media men trying to squeeze something out of what is left of Media Day at training camp. Finally, two cars arrive. The first unloads what looks like takeout food from the resident’s favorite Thai restaurant outside his place of work. The second car, a dark Mercedes Benz, enters the gate, stops next to a Ferrari and delivers the man the crowd has been waiting for. READ MORE...

ALSO: It’s Visit PH Year


Donsol, Sorsogon, located in the Bicol region, is wel known for its swimming with the popular whale sharks. Donsol is a sleepy fishing village and has become one of the top tourist attractions in the Philippines. Visitors from all over the world flock to this small town to interact and view these gentle giants. This town is best known for its whale shark population. Other activities include taking a Firefly tour or simply watching the fireflies light up the skies at night. The Butanding Festival is also a popular event in the summer from May 17-19th 
Practically every local government unit in the country now thinks of tourism as part of its future” is the winning thought expressed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez in the course of discussing “Visit the Philippines Year” (VPY) 2015. He is upbeat about this year’s prospects given how the idea of tourism has been accepted, indeed embraced, by grassroots communities as a means of livelihood and, ultimately of “having power over their lives.”  We can think of many such communities nationwide, such as the sleepy fishing village of Donsol in Sorsogon which landed on the tourism map thanks to the “gentle giants” in its waters. Donsol has made of its whale shark tours a community activity that is not only an opportunity for profit but also an educational lesson in nature conservation. Cabgan, an 85-hectare island in the protected Clarin Group of Islands Wilderness Area in Bohol, will soon offer an ecotourism tour run by residents that will bring visitors to see mangroves, flying foxes and rare birds, and also to come to grips with the importance of protecting those species. Pink-sand beaches, big surf waves and rock formations in Northern Samar; dive sites, among the world’s best, in Tubbataha, Anilao, Coron, Apo Reef and Apo Island… Nature attractions are stuff that the Philippines has in spades, and the local people have been and are being trained to appreciate these and show these off to local and foreign visitors skillfully and responsibly. READ MORE...

ALSO: VP inspects allegedly anomalous Calauan, Laguna relocation site


Vice President Jejomar Binay inspected on Sunday the allegedly anomalous relocation site in Calauan, Laguna. APN File photo
Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday visited the Makati city government’s housing project in Laguna to check on the relocatees amid allegations that the project, which was built during his term as mayor of the city, was anomalous. He stressed the Makati Home Ville relocation site in Calauan was created to keep informal settlers living in danger zones safe from any calamities. Residents, for their part, thanked Binay for giving them new homes. Makati Social Welfare Department officer-in-charge Ryan Barcelo clarified that the city government had fulfilled its obligation to the relocatees, giving free land where they could build their homes.
“During the dialogue, what the Makati government committed was free land. It was supposed to be their responsibility to put up their houses. At the time, they were assisted in transporting the housing materials,” he said.READ MORE...

ALSO: According to Malacañang records, PNoy issued least number of EOs among PH presidents


AQUINO 
With a little over a year remaining in office, President Benigno Aquino III accounted for the least number of Executive Orders issued during his term, with only 180 recorded as of last week, the Malacanang Records Office revealed during the weekend. One of Aquino’s orders was even declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in December 2010, just months after the President was installed as head of the country. The late former President Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the country for 21 years from 1965 to 1986, issued 1,093 EOs, the most any president issued. Aquino’s Executive Order No. 1 created “The Philippine Truth Commission of 2010.” The commission was created to investigate the alleged anomalies of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her term as President. READ MORE...


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Metro sizzles at 36.2ºC


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MANILA, APRIL 20, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Janvic Mateo - Metro Manila yesterday sizzled at 36.2 degrees Celsius, its hottest temperature so far this year, state weather forecasters said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday’s hottest temperature was recorded at around 1:50 p.m. at the Science Garden in Quezon City.

State weather forecasters, however, said they expect temperatures across the country to continue to rise in the coming weeks.

Based on PAGASA’s climatological records, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.


PHILSTAR

Global record heat keeps on broiling (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 19, 2015 - 12:00am


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WASHINGTON – There’s been no break from the globe’s record heat – the first three months of 2015 have set new high temperature marks.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month’s average temperature of 56.4 degrees (13.6 degrees Celsius) was the hottest March on record, averaging 1.5 degrees above the average for the 20th century. It broke a record set in 2010.

For the first three months of 2015, the globe was 55.6 degrees (13.1 degrees Celsius), breaking the record set in 2002.

Records go back to 1880.

NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said 2015 probably will break 2014’s hottest year mark if conditions persist. The first three months of 2015 were nearly a tenth of a degree higher than the old record and four-tenths of a degree warmer than January through March of last year, which turned out to be warmest year recorded.

Much of the most abnormal heat has been in the Pacific Ocean and places near it. The northeastern United States has been one of the few colder-than-normal spots on the globe with entire continents of Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia coming in solidly warmer than normal. – AP


MANILA BULLETIN

Erap’s birthday wish: House arrest for GMA by Jenny F. Manongdo April 19, 2015


Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada celebrates his 78th birthday yesterday (April 15, 2015) with the orphans of the Asociacion de Damas de Filipinas in Paco, Manila. (Ali Vicoy)

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada will make three wishes, including a pitch to the Aquino administration to allow house arrest for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo due to her sickly condition, when he celebrates his 78th birthday today in a lavish ceremony at a posh hotel and casino in Parañaque City.

“Because of her sickly condition, I am wishing for a house arrest for PGMA. Wala na naman siyang flight risk (She’s no longer a flight risk) and we should be compassionate because she is a woman,” Estrada said in a phone interview.

Arroyo is currently under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City on plunder charges, the same place where Estrada was detained several years ago.

Arroyo assumed the presidency on 2001 following Estrada’s ouster. When Estrada was convicted of plunder charges in 2007, Arroyo pardoned him shortly after.

In December, 2013, Estrada paid Arroyo a visit where they reportedly talked about politics and traded jokes.

PEACE IN MINDANAO

For his second wish, Estrada said he is hoping to see an end to the problem in Mindanao.

“I hope the problem in Mindanao will be solved. I wish there will be lasting peace there,” he said.

“I wish to see a united and progressive country under one flag, one Constitution, and one democratic Republic,” Estrada added.

During his term as president, Estrada declared an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in March, 2000. Government forces were able to capture the major camps of the MILF, including Camp Abubakar.

Estrada had earlier emphasized that the only way to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao is to wage an all-out war against Muslim insurgents.

RESTORE MANILA’S GLORY

For his third wish, Estrada reiterated his strong desire to restore the glory days of Manila.

“I am fast-tracking everything. I wish to see Manila regain its stature as the premiere city of the country, with disciplined residents and progressive business climate,” Estrada said.

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Malacanang greets Estrada, but rejects birthday wish of house arrest for Arroyo by Genalyn Kabiling April 19, 2015 (updated) MANILA DAILY BULLETIN

Malacañang has extended its birthday greeting to Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, but turns down his wish for former President Arroyo to be given house arrest.

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said it is up to the court, not the Palace, to decide on issues related to the case of the former leader.

“We wish former President and Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada a happy birthday],” Coloma said in Filipino over government radio.

“On his birthday wish, it is prudent to let the court make the decision on this matter. It is the job of the prosecutors of the Department of Justice to respond in case a petition is filed before the court,” he added.

Estrada turned 78 last Sunday and made three wishes, including one for Arroyo’s house arrest. The former leader said people should be compassionate towards Arroyo, currently detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center pending plunder and poll sabotage charges, since she is a woman.

Estrada was given pardon by then President Arroyo in October 2007 shortly after he was convicted of plunder by the Sandiganbayan.

As for his other birthday wishes, Estrada expressed hope that there will be peace in Mindanao soon as well as that the glory days of Manila will be restored. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)


INQUIRER

(No typical) Day in the stateside life of Pacquiao Artemio T. Engracia Jr. @inquirerdotnet News Editor; Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:57 AM | Sunday, April 19th, 2015


MANNY’S HOLLYWOOD MANOR (BY HOI POLLOI STANDARDS) A world away from his impoverished beginnings, Manny Pacquiao’s Los Angeles home on Plymouth Blvd—where a Mercedes and a Ferrari cool their engines in the California spring—is abuzz nowadays with fight talk, prayed-over feasts and playtime with the “Pacman” family. But the Pacmans are moving up to a real mansion in Beverly Hills before the month ends. REM ZAMORA

LOS ANGELES—The lawns are well manicured but the community is neither gated nor affluent. Very few other celebrities are known to live in this neighborhood, which is just off the more upscale Hancock Park, but there’s no mistaking who lives in one of the few gated houses around.

The neighbors are used to living next to this celebrity, so they don’t mind the crowd that gathers outside his house or the cars that fill up whatever space is left on both sides of Plymouth Boulevard on this sunny spring afternoon. They are members of Team Pacquiao and a handful of media men trying to squeeze something out of what is left of Media Day at training camp.

Finally, two cars arrive. The first unloads what looks like takeout food from the resident’s favorite Thai restaurant outside his place of work. The second car, a dark Mercedes Benz, enters the gate, stops next to a Ferrari and delivers the man the crowd has been waiting for.

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Smiling broadly, Manny Pacquiao, after another day at the office, is home. A member of his team calls it a mansion. Indeed, it’s a mansion for the hoi polloi from whose ranks the once-impoverished Manny comes from. But it’s a modest abode by Hollywood standards. Soon, Pacquiao will be moving to a new address with celebrity neighbors in a gated barrio called the Summit in Beverly Hills, light years removed from his humble, proletarian beginnings. Soon, there will be peace and quiet on the street where he lives.

READ: Beverly Hills Pacquiao’s new address
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But for now, the champion’s house is like a marketplace in Babylon. People speak in three different languages—English, Tagalog, Cebuano.

Sometimes they have to introduce themselves to one another, although the Pacquiao mascot, a vested Jack Russell terrier named Pacman, seems to know everyone by their smell. It’s almost impossible for a visiting newcomer to tell who’s a relative, who’s a member of the household staff, who’s a member of the boxing staff or who’s just a plain hanger-on. They all act the same; they all feel at home. Manny obviously wants it that way.

A king and his princesses

Pacquiao, fresh from a jampacked Media Day at Wild Card gym, motions a visitor—new face in the crowd—to sit next to him as he presides over another typical day at the Pacquiao home. He sits on a white high-back, tufted accent chair that looks like a crossover between Victorian and contemporary styles. The furniture seems out of place, but it’s the throne from where reigns the master of the house, the king of boxing, and champion of the commoners.

No sooner has the king settled on this throne than two princesses approach from nowhere to curtsy before him. Queenie and Princess, his daughters, make faces, and play with daddy. They show him their doll and stroller. Then, as quickly as they emerged, they flit out of sight and go upstairs to play some more. An aide hands over to Manny a glass of tea and a glossy celebrity magazine with him on the cover. Inside are spreads of photos from his most recent fight, a masterful and methodical victory over Chris Algieri in Macau.

After leafing through the pages, he stares at a full-color centerspread of him raising his hands in triumph, while a photographer clicks away from overhead halfway through the stairs behind Manny.

Roll with the punches

An aide, a former television cameraman who drove a couple of Manila-based journalist to Las Vegas to attend Mayweather’s Media Day the previous day, approaches Manny and tells him how he was roughed up and bodily carried out of the event after the fighter’s bodyguards discovered he was from Team Pacquiao. But Manny, who earlier in the day had instructed security to let everyone, including those from the so-called Mayweather Media, into the Wild Card gym, advises the aide to just roll with the punches and leave it to the Lord.

READ: Pacquiao holds media day workout
/In photos: Manny Pacquiao’s open workout at Wild Card gym in Los Angeles

Pacquiao, a devout Christian convert, quotes the Bible to advise the aide to forgive their enemy. Pacquiao, as everyone knows, has a quote from the Good Book for every situation.

Suddenly, tension rises in the room as somebody makes his unmistakeable presence felt, as if Michael Buffer is about to let out his patented spiel from atop the ring: “Let’s get ready to rumble….” Out of one corner comes the dreaded challenger to the champion’s place as center of the Pacquiao universe—the impish, hyperactive and irrepressible Israel, Manny’s youngest. Not quite a year old, the toddler, in his nanny’s arms, comes charging to his daddy and starts a long playful sparring session as everyone else watches.


NO CONTEST At playtime in the Pacquiao Los Angeles home, the legendary champ is no match for his youngest child Israel after another day of his intensive training at Wild Card gym. REM ZAMORA

“He’s wet,” the champion tells the yaya. Obviously, the little rascal has had his warmup. Israel grabs his daddy’s ears, gouges his eyes and pulls his hair. He clings to daddy and won’t let go, like a badly-beaten fighter clinching, grabbing and waiting for the bell to save him.

Even at home, Pacquiao is getting a good workout for his May 2 fight of the century against the wily and cunning Floyd Mayweather Jr. Israel is a good sparring partner. He is feisty, tenacious and relentless, just like a pit bull. Just like his father.

Mercifully, the bell rings for Manny Pacquiao. The yaya breaks up the fight with fresh clothes and lets the champion change the challenger. And so Manny becomes the nanny and escapes further punishment. “Bantay-bata muna ako,” he laughs.

‘Walang bawal sa akin’

Soon, late lunch (or is it early dinner?) is served. He invites everyone to the table, which can accommodate only a third of the dozens in the house. He motions to the new visitor to join him and, as soon as he settles down, a pastor leads a prayer in Cebuano, Pacquiao’s native tongue. (The pastor had left his flock in the Philippines and joined several others to minister to Pacquiao’s spiritual needs.)

Somebody hands Pacquiao a burger from Carl’s Jr., a big, sinful double-patty sandwich. “Did you buy this?” he asks his business manager, Michael Koncz, who is seated to his right.

“No, but I told someone to buy it for you,” Koncz replies. Manny had been craving a burger and Koncz recommended it to him.

“But are you supposed to eat that?” the visitor asks. “Well,” Manny says, “I eat anything. Walang bawal sa akin. I never had any weight problem. In fact, I have always been underweight in my fights. I should be 145, 146 pounds for the weigh in.”

At this point of his training, that’s below the 147-pound welterweight limit. That’s odd in the fight game, where boxers struggle to make the weight limit.

No mention of Mayweather

Having settled the diet issue, Manny takes a big bite of the burger, which is a signal for everyone else to start the meal. The dining table seats 10, so the rest of the people in the house eat in the kitchen. They all eat the same thing—fried rice, bulalo soup, broccoli with chicken and diced beef cooked tapa style, Manny’s favorite at the Thai restaurant outside Wild Card gym.

There’s hardly any mention of Mayweather or the big fight. The discussion on the table segues to how the fast-food burger is prepared. If you see the video of how the burger is made, you’ll never eat a burger again, says Manny. But he takes a few more bites of the burger and saves the last bite for Koncz, who gladly finishes it.

Koncz discusses business with Pacquiao while everyone else listens. The deal on head band for fight night is a go, says Koncz, but there’s one more space in his trunks. He then whispers something to Pacquiao, maybe more money for the deal.

Lunch is over and Pacquiao has to do one last bit of work for the day—a short interview with the few media men still around. They ask the same questions asked before and he gives the same answers he has given before, but he has a way of saying them like they were news. The media love him for that. Manny is his own spin doctor.

Twilight looms and the shadows of the palm trees outside Pacquiao’s house are lengthening. Finally, the journalists leave with another story, and the champion retires to his kingdom after another day’s hard work. There is no typical day in the life of Manny Pacquiao, boxing champ, politician, basketball player and coach, preacher, show biz entertainer, family man, philanthropist. Each day is different. Tomorrow is another day.


INQUIRER

It’s Visit PH Year Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:07 AM | Sunday, April 19th, 2015


Donsol, Sorsogon, located in the Bicol region, is well known for its swimming with the popular whale sharks. Donsol is a sleepy fishing village and has become one of the top tourist attractions in the Philippines. Visitors from all over the world flock to this small town to interact and view these gentle giants. This town is best known for its whale shark population. Other activities include taking a Firefly tour or simply watching the fireflies light up the skies at night. The Butanding Festival is also a popular event in the summer from May 17-19th

Practically every local government unit in the country now thinks of tourism as part of its future” is the winning thought expressed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez in the course of discussing “Visit the Philippines Year” (VPY) 2015.

He is upbeat about this year’s prospects given how the idea of tourism has been accepted, indeed embraced, by grassroots communities as a means of livelihood and, ultimately of “having power over their lives.”

We can think of many such communities nationwide, such as the sleepy fishing village of Donsol in Sorsogon which landed on the tourism map thanks to the “gentle giants” in its waters. Donsol has made of its whale shark tours a community activity that is not only an opportunity for profit but also an educational lesson in nature conservation.

Cabgan, an 85-hectare island in the protected Clarin Group of Islands Wilderness Area in Bohol, will soon offer an ecotourism tour run by residents that will bring visitors to see mangroves, flying foxes and rare birds, and also to come to grips with the importance of protecting those species. Pink-sand beaches, big surf waves and rock formations in Northern Samar; dive sites, among the world’s best, in Tubbataha, Anilao, Coron, Apo Reef and Apo Island… Nature attractions are stuff that the Philippines has in spades, and the local people have been and are being trained to appreciate these and show these off to local and foreign visitors skillfully and responsibly.

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It’s a great time to visit the Philippines, says Jimenez in an interview with ANC. He ticks off some of the archipelago’s built-in advantages: “more vivid encounters with nature” (as opposed to temperate countries), a festival for practically every day of the year, and that great draw—Filipinos’ ability to speak the English language. Plus: “The people are now more emotionally prepared for tourism, it’s just the facilities we have to worry about.”

There is admittedly much to do regarding that last part. Jimenez cites the need for “more flights” and “better airports,” a point with which travelers, local and foreign, would undoubtedly agree. “We need to improve connectivity,” he says, and that’s not only in terms of modes of transport but also in terms of marketing communication. Awareness is key, in other words. A “major impediment” to tourism is ignorance, he points out.

To our mind infrastructure remains the biggest concern, with the Philippines’ many airports still in need of refurbishing and modernization, and rest rooms at tourist stops all over the country needing improvement. Local tourist guides and their support groups require proper education and training to sustain the advances they’ve made.

The locals also need to understand and act on their role as protectors of the very landmarks that draw visitors. Bottom line: There is need to ensure that VPY 2015 is no empty promise, not least because the Philippines is hosting Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and conferences throughout the year.

The Philippines actually braced itself for a seriously bad year after China issued an advisory to its nationals—one of the biggest contributors of tourist revenues—against traveling to the country because of the security situation.

But the Philippines actually experienced a 3.25-percent growth in tourist arrivals in 2014, according to Jimenez, with 4.83 million tourist arrivals due to booming markets in Japan, Taiwan and the United States. “The number of foreign arrivals declined because of China and [‘Yolanda’], but we were able to improve our product offering. We actually made more money. Our revenue was so strong,” he says.

The Department of Tourism is poised to do better with VPY 2015, which succeeds the successful “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign. “We want to sustain the campaign. We have an obligation to freshen it up and generate the same traction when it was new,” Jimenez says.

“Foreign tourists are staying longer in the Philippines and they are also coming from countries farther away.” He also cites the bright note of Turkish Airlines, “one of the largest airlines in the world,” doing business in the country.

And there is now a growing number of government officials who view tourism as an effort to eliminate poverty in the country, says Jimenez. With the Aquino administration now on legacy mode, this puts a critical perspective on the effort.


TRIBUNE

VP inspects allegedly anomalous Calauan relocation site Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00


Vice President Jejomar Binay inspected on Sunday the allegedly anomalous relocation site in Calauan, Laguna. APN File photo

Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday visited the Makati city government’s housing project in Laguna to check on the relocatees amid allegations that the project, which was built during his term as mayor of the city, was anomalous.

He stressed the Makati Home Ville relocation site in Calauan was created to keep informal settlers living in danger zones safe from any calamities.

Residents, for their part, thanked Binay for giving them new homes.

Makati Social Welfare Department officer-in-charge Ryan Barcelo clarified that the city government had fulfilled its obligation to the relocatees, giving free land where they could build their homes.

“During the dialogue, what the Makati government committed was free land. It was supposed to be their responsibility to put up their houses. At the time, they were assisted in transporting the housing materials,” he said.

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“But over the years, Mayor Binay saw that it was not that fast for the residents to set up their houses that’s why he decided to construct housing units,” he added.

Barcelo noted that the city government has already constructed 395 housing units but intended to build more to accommodate the residents.

“Supposed to be it’s up to them to construct their houses but the Makati government helped them to build houses. But just what we did in our first relocation site in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, there’s what we called sweat equity,” he said.

Barcelo said residents in the Bulacan relocation site, which was a joint project of Makati and Gawad Kalinga, had to contribute 700 hours of service as payment for their new homes.

In terms of utilities, Barcelo clarified that residents have access to water and electricity.

Makati Homeville in all has more than 1,000 relocated families from various waterways and illegal settlements in the city.

The beneficiaries include families that used to live in danger zones or public domain from Barangays Rizal, West Rembo, East Rembo, Poblacion, Guadalupe Viejo, Guadalupe Nuevo, Pio del Pilar, Valenzuela, Bangkal, Palanan and San Isidro.


MANILA STANDARD

PNoy issued least number of EOs --according to Malacañang Records By Sandy Araneta | Apr. 20, 2015 at 12:01am


AQUINO

With a little over a year remaining in office, President Benigno Aquino III accounted for the least number of Executive Orders issued during his term, with only 180 recorded as of last week, the Malacanang Records Office revealed during the weekend.

One of Aquino’s orders was even declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in December 2010, just months after the President was installed as head of the country.

The late former President Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the country for 21 years from 1965 to 1986, issued 1,093 EOs, the most any president issued.

Aquino’s Executive Order No. 1 created “The Philippine Truth Commission of 2010.”

The commission was created to investigate the alleged anomalies of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her term as President.

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The most controversial of Marcos’ orders was Proclamation No. 1081, the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines.

Marcos was toppled by a “people power” revolution in February 1986 and was replaced by President Corazon Aquino.

Aquino issued 522 EOs during her term from 1986 to 1992, the third most since the time of Marcos.

Next is former President Fidel V. Ramos, who was president from 1992 to 1998, after President Cory Aquino. Ramos issued 489 EOs.

After Ramos’ term is President Joseph Estrada, the 13th President of the Republic.

Estrada issued 338 EOs , the fifth most after Marcos.

Estrada was President only from June 30, 1998 to January 20, 2001, and was removed by the second people power revolution and was charged with plunder and convicted by the Sandiganbayan. Estrada was elected as Manila Mayor in 2013.

After Estrada was ousted, Arroyo served the remaining years of Estrada. Arroyo was reelected as President in June 2004 and served until June 30, 2010.

Arroyo issued 910 EOs, second only to Marcos. Arroyo, who is facing plunder charges, is now under hospital arrest.

After Arroyo, Aquino III, President Cory’s son, was elected President in 2010. Aquino’s term will end by June of 2016.


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