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Maternity leave law giving more benefits to working women set to take effect 

May 1, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN Digital, May 1) - This is good news to all working women in the Philippines! The expanded maternity leave law principally-authored by Senator Risa Hontiveros is set to take effect as its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) were signed on Labor Day.    In a statement relayed to MDN Digital, Sen Hontiveros said she is happy that the implementing rules and regulations of this law were signed during the observance of Labor Day on May 1. “I am happy that the implementing rules and regulations of the measure were signed and released today. “I welcome this development as this ensures the full implementation of the law and that all women will benefit from the measure. “This is certainly good news to all women workers and their families who have patiently waited for the law's IRR," the senator pointed out. It was President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who signed the expanded maternity leave law last February which will expand the maternity leave of working women up to 105 days. Working mothers are also allowed by the new law to even extend their leave to 30 days, regardless of civil status but the 30-day leave extension will no longer be paid. The law also extends an additional of 15-day paid leave for single mothers. Another exciting feature of the expanded maternity leave is that seven days of the 105-day paid leave benefits are transferrable to the fathers. It says that said privilege maybe claimed under the 1996 Paternity Leave Act. It can be recalled that the previous paid maternity leave benefit was only 60 days for women of normal delivery and 78 days for deliveries under caesarian section. The author of the previous bill who was Senator Nancy Binay said the new expanded paid maternity leave benefit is a welcome development. “best gift” for mothers on Labor Day, the senator said, adding that "bilang mga magulang at bilang isang bansa na may malasakit sa kapwa, wag nating isantabi ang kontribusyon ng kababaihan. Let us start creating a work environment where women are not discriminated for wanting to be parents.”

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Filinvest assist local students overcome reading difficulties

May 1, 2019

Filinvest’s FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis), owner and operator of the biggest baseload plant in Mindanao, has partnered with Mohon Elementary School (MES) in Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental to improve the reading proficiency of local students.       The collaboration was made possible through MES’ Active Stakeholders Participation in Reading Engagement (ASPIRE) Program.       ASPIRE, which was conceptualized by the MES’ General Parents-Teachers Association (GPTA) and is in partnership with the Barangay Council of Mohon, is a tutorial program intended for poor reader and non-reader students of MES.       Launched last year, the program aims to improve the literacy rate of MES students through the active participation of teachers, parents and other community stakeholders within the area such as private entities like FDC Misamis. The management of FDC Misamis welcomed the opportunity and allowed employees to tutor students based on their available schedules.       FDC Misamis is the pioneering private institution who welcomes this partnership according to school principal, Dr. Carnila Simacon.       This, as FDC Misamis wants to contribute something positive to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) flagship initiative dubbed as “Every Child A Reader Program.” For its initial participation, FDC Misamis employee-volunteers took under their wings five poor-reader six grader pupils earlier last month.       The beneficiaries are graduating students who are under conditional status and must improve their reading skills in the next two months for them to move up to seventh grade. “It’s sad to note that our five beneficiaries have great difficulty knowing the (basic) sounding of the letters in our alphabet,” shared Analiza Miso, FDC Misamis’ Community Relations Specialist, who’s acting as one of the tutors.       “But the kids are showing enthusiasm learning how to identify letters, its sounding, and of course, the proper pronunciation, through our help and encouragement,” Miso added. Five weeks into the program, the students are showing a lot of improvements in their reading skills. One volunteer, Kim Orquillas, FDC Misamis’ Assistant Community Relations Specialist, narrates the changes he observed from the students. “I am very happy and most of all, there is a feeling of fulfillment that after four consecutive Mondays of teaching the kids, I realized that the time and effort I spent with them were never wasted, because I can see that they can now identify letters, phonics and words they have difficulty reading before,” said Orquillas.      MES and other community partners are happy for the developments of the students. They are hopeful that the program will yield positive results in eliminating illiteracy in the community. “What a great help! We’re blessed. And we’re thankful, indeed that FDC Misamis is here to help us teach our non-readers,” said Simacon. Simple but very helpful, was how Francis Jerson Sabio, punong barangay of Mohon in Tagoloan tagged the program.      “Hoping then that FDC Misamis is one among those who can help cure an ‘appalling’ joke that Philippines is a nation of poor-readers,” said Sabio.       FDC Misamis then disclosed plans to continue the tutorial program in the coming years and will be under its Corporate Social Responsibility’s (CSR) “Education for Empowerment” pillar. The program will be replicated to other public elementary schools situated in Tagoloan and Villanueva and will accommodate non-readers and poor-readers from grades one to six.

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Solon asks status of cases against importers of wastes

May 1, 2019

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--Second district Rep. Juliette Uy yesterday urged the government agencies tasked to file charges against the importers of wastes into the country “to keep the cases morning forward.      “What is the status of the cases against the importers of Canadian and Korean wastes?” Uy asked the government agencies like the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).      For instance, she said what happened to the supposed charges filed against Chronic Plastics, Inc. the consignee of the 103 cargo containers of wastes from Canada.      “Chronic Plastics is no different from Verde Soko,” said Uy, adding “both misdeclared their cargoes.”      he congresswoman said the Bureau of Customs, the Department of Justice, and the Court Administrator of the Supreme Court “should now update the public on the status of the cases filed against Chronic Plastics because it has been over five years.”      “This is not a victimless crime. It is clear that Chronic Plastics violated the law, The plaintiff is the People of the Philippines. The Filipino people want justice meted against Chronic Plastics and all its officials and the personnel who conspired with or were accessories to the crimes stated in the charges,” Uy said.      “I also take this opportunity to follow-up with the Department of Justice, the status of the charges against Verde Soko. The NBI investigated and filed the charges with the prosecutor,” the congresswoman also said.      Uy added these cases against Chronic Plastics and Verde Soko should be priorities.      Uy is the principal author of House Resolution 2317 (Hazardous Waste from South Korea probe).      “We will keep close watch over how the executive agencies do their jobs on these solid waste law violations,” she said. (MRS)

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‘Hugpong’ ends campaign sortie in Camiguin

April 30, 2019

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin--The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP), now touted as the ruling party led by Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ended its campaign sortie in Camiguin yesterday. Duterte urged the voters at the jampacked Mambajao Municipal Gym to bring a resounding victory to the coalition which she said could be vital in fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of her father President Rodrigo Duterte. But the presidential daughter said she is leaving the decision to the electorate of whom they think could best serve the country. While the Camiguin rally is the last among Hugpong”s provincial sorties, it could be noted that only two of the senatoriables were present; candidates Jiggy Manicad and Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. The party offered no explanation on the absence of the majority of the senatoriables. Sara’s Hugpong in Camiguin is facing a formidable odd as the province is a known bailiwick of the Romualdos, whose party, the National People’s Coalition (NPC) is now coalesced with PDP-Laban. In her speech, Mayor Duterte also took a swipe at the Romualdos for allegedly sabotaging the campaign rally of  father during the 2016 presidential election where the power was cut off in the middle of the latter’s speech. She then told the audience not to forget that incident when they cast their votes on May 13. She also didn’t mince words to liken former Mambajao Mayor and now governatorial candidate Jurdin Jesus “JJ” Romualdo to a saint or a god in the province. When asked to comment on the presidential daughter’s harsh words against him, Romualdo just shrugged it off and call it as part of the usual campaign methods of some parties. But Romualdo explained said while they are coalesced with the PDP-Laban where President Duterte is the titular head, that his entire party in Camiguin would still campaign for the whole of Hugpong senatoriables. “We already made a commitment to support them and as a matter of principle, I will abide by it. I have no intention to discard them,” Romualdo said. As to Sara’s continued swipe, the former Mambajao Mayor said he just wish her goodluck.

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Big West Conference Tournament 2019 | Kagay-anon helps UH Rainbow Wahine to runner up finish

April 30, 2019

A Kagay-anon tennister helped her school to a runner up finish during the Big West Tournament  held Sunday, April 28 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California. Although Roxanne Resma, the daughter of Misamis Oriental provincial veterinarian Dr Benjie Resma, in tandem her University of Hawai’i  team mate Michelle Pits lost their doubles match, 6-2 to the Long Beach State 49ers No. 2 team of  Natalia Munoz and Lalita Devarakonda, their team mates made up with  UH's top duo of Petra Melounova and Nikola Dolakova holding off Wiktoria Rutkowska and Dominique Meyer by a break, 6-4,and their No. 3 team of Alzbeta Houbova and Maayan Sela capturing the point with a 7-5 win over Carlota Casampere and Zara Lennon. In her final match as a Rainbow Wahine, Roxanne quickly dispatched LBSU’s Zara Lennon in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. But the Beach's Sadaf Sadeghvaziri defeated UH's Houbova, 6-3, 6-2. UH's 60th -ranked and No. 1 Melounova dropped the first set, but came roaring back for a 3-6, 6-0 ,6-4 win over Rutkowska to give UH a 3-1 lead. Long Beach State won the last three singles matches to overcome a 3-1 deficit for the title. The loss snapped UH's seven-game win streak. The defending champion Rainbow Wahine have finished second in the Big West Tournament in three of the last four seasons. According to her dad Benjie, Roxanne started her tennis training early when she was but six years old with Coach Boyet Talatala at the Capitol Tennis Courts. “Even with Coach Boyet, nag-sugod nako og dula sa tournaments while training with him,”Roxanne recalls. “After a few years, I already needed more hitting partners and more players to play matches with.” Later, Roxanne was mentored by Coach Jonelle Llavore whom his students fondly called “Dada”. “Dada helped with my training. Iya ko gi-kupkop and gi-tabangan with my tennis. The Nazareth tennis courts became my home for most of my junior career,” Roxanne said. “Dada was the one who pushed me to train hard and even accompanied me to a lot of the tournaments locally and nationally.” Eventually, Roxanne was recruited by the Philippine Tennis Academy (PTA) based in Manila when she got to high school. To enable her to continue training at the PTA without compromising her studies, Benjie said she was enrolled at and graduated high school from Corpus Christi School in Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City. “She was granted special privileges by Corpus Christi with a modular type of curriculum because she was based in Manila and even had to leave the country when she had matches scheduled abroad,” Benjie recalls. “So I was still enrolled in Corpus but I was in Manila full time,” Roxanne added. “Sir Del Fierro, the teachers, and Corpus Christi school were kind and understanding enough to allow me to do a home schooling program to pursue my tennis career.” The routine meant she spent most of the days of the year in the PTA training in Manila or traveling aboard for competitions. Then she would go home for a week to take her exams and afterwards, fly back again. “PTA opened the doors for me. They took a chance on me and helped me develop my game even more. They gave me the opportunity to play abroad and earn a world ranking in juniors.” Although her highest world junior rankings was around the top 200, it was enough for her to land a full athletic scholarship at the University of Hawai’i some 5 years ago where she became a regular member of the UH Rainbow Wahine, thanks to her PTA coaches who recommended her to the UH Tennis Coach whom they were friends with. “So I’ve been here in Hawaii for 4 years. I finished my undergrad degree in sports marketing and I’m doing my masters in public administration. I actually just finished my last college match ever last Sunday. We lost in the finals of our conference but I won my singles match,” Roxanne noted. Asked if she had any plans of turning pro, the budding Kagay-anon tennis prodigy replied: “Realistically speaking, no. I’m not planning on going pro.” So far, her future plans hinges on a summer tennis clinic on Chicago she plans to go to and she would decide what she wanted to do after that. “But honestly speaking, I wanna take a break for a bit. Haha, I think I’m a little bit overworked after all these years. Just a quick break then bakbakan na ulit!” Good luck on the future Roxanne. Cagayan de Oro is proud of you.   Roxanne, 21, is the only daughter of Misamis Oriental Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Benjie Resma and Mrs. Monette A. Resma of 7/12 InsideOut Travel & Tours. They have two other children Aaron, 24, and Elijah, 10.

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Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates turn ‘Pet Pals’ for a day

April 29, 2019

AFTER bonding with students with autism during the World Autism Awareness Day last April 2, the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 contestants spent time with pets going through rehabilitation at the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Quezon City. Reinforcing the campaign “Beyond Beauty,” the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates attended another charity activity last Friday, April 26.   After bonding with students with autism during the World Autism Awareness Day last April 2, the contestants spent time with pets going through rehabilitation at the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Quezon City.   The activity was initiated by Araneta Center’s Pet Pals program in partnership with Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. The Pet Pals initiative, which started last year, welcomes pet owners and their pets to the premier live-work-play destination in the metro. For more information, visit the Pet Pals page on the Araneta Center website (www.aranetacenter.net/petpals).   The candidates donated 140 kilos of cat food to PAWS and bonded with the dogs and cats under the institution’s care. They also talked about ways to take care of pets especially during summer.   While the candidates are busy preparing for the glitzy and glamorous events of Binibining Pilipinas, including the Grand Parade of Beauties on May 25, the Fashion Show on May 29, and the Grand Coronation Night on June 9, they have also been actively personifying the Beyond Beauty slogan by attending charity events and workshops. Aside from their participation in Big Dome Lights Blue for World Autism Awareness Day and their visit at PAWS, the candidates are also scheduled to attend an activity that promotes taking care of the environment and an art appreciation workshop.     “We want the candidates to embody beauty that’s more than just physical. We want them to live the essence of a woman that is empowered, sure of herself, fearless, courageous and at the same time, loving and caring,” psychoneurologist Dr. Lia Bernardo, who facilitated their “Empowerment is Authenticity” workshop last April 11. This was the first time that all 40 candidates participated in the workshop, which in previous years was offered only to the winners of the pageant. This is just one of the changes in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant under the direction of its chair Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta.   To follow the candidates’ journey, visit www.bbpilipinas.com and follow our social media pages: @RealBbPilipinas on Facebook and Twitter and @BbPilipinasOfficial on Instagram.

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