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Plastic invades ‘centre of the centre’ of global biodiversity hotspot: Greenpeace

April 8, 2019

Greenpeace South East Asia - Philippines has documented plastic pollution in Verde Island Passage, as the group deployed its iconic ship, the Rainbow Warrior, to investigate plastic pollution in the Philippines. A three-day underwater exploration produced photos of sachets, some showing visible signs of being among the corals for a very long time. Among the branded single-use plastic pictured in the area are products from Nestlé, Unilever, and Colgate Palmolive, as well as some local brands such as Zagu milktea, Nutri-Asia, and Monde Nissin. Verde Island Passage, dubbed as the ‘centre of the centre’ of global marine biodiversity, has one of the largest concentrations of marine life in the world. Located in Batangas, it is situated in the center of the Coral Triangle, a global priority for conservation. “This is undeniable proof of how irresponsible single-use plastic production by fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies threatens our pristine environment. If big companies such as Nestlé and Unilever don’t respond to our calls for reduction in single-use plastic production, these places of “paradise” like Verde Island Passage, will be lost,” said Abigail Aguilar, campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines. The documentation follows a report by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) that shows Nestlé and Unilever are responsible for a quarter of the branded throwaway plastic driving the plastic pollution crisis in the Philippines. The data from the report revealed that 163 million sachets produced by the biggest FMCG companies are left polluting the environment in the Philippines. Greenpeace is calling on corporations to take bold and immediate action to phase out single-use plastics for the sake of impacted communities. 

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Martin Marfori Andanar | Administrative Category

April 5, 2019

His dedicated leadership, incorruptibility, integrity, honesty and consistency in governance, as PCOO Secretary, spearheading the formulation of a National Communications Strategy that focused on the rehabilitation of existing government media and communications resources, He developed new platforms for communicating and engaging with the public. Supervising both the operations of the government’s news and information agencies, instigating reforms to ensure a coherent and efficient flow of information particularly from the Office of the President down to government agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units LGUs) and academe.

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SAP Bong Go | Administrative Category

April 5, 2019

A public service of integrity, honesty and consistency as Special Assistant to the President  is SAP Bong Go’s zeal. He pushed and set-up Malasakit Centers nationwide, making it easy for patients to avail themselves of assistance from agencies  At the height of the flash flood in Davao City on December 22, 2017, he “appeared seemingly out of nowhere" on a jetski and plucked people one after the other bringing them to safety. He was one of the first to comfort the relatives of the victims of the NCCC Mall fire.

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General 'Bato' dela Rosa | Administrative Category

April 5, 2019

Bato’s  fearless leadership in the police service, is marked with integrity, honesty and consistency in governance. He was  Davao City Police Chief, 21st Chief of the Philippine National Police, Dir. General of the Bureau of Corrections. He dauntlessly implemented PRRD’s Oplan Tokhang. He was PMAAA Cavalier Awardee for Outstanding Performance in Police Operations; PNP Achievement Awardee in the Field of Operations; Medalya ng Kabayanihan or the PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal 2nd highest medal in the PNP, the Medalya ng  Pambihirang Paglilingkod, Medalya ng Kagitingan, Kagalingan, Medalya ng Kasanayan, Medalya ng Papuri, Bronze Cross Medals and Military Merit Medals.

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April 1, 2019

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Deaths Of Some Minors Linked To An Evil Suicide Game?

March 28, 2019

Parents are worried as kids nowadays use mobile phones frequently By JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL Filed under Trending News 2nd part of a series A number of minors are reportedly committing suicides after allegedly playing suicidal games on mobile phones. The suspects who created this mobile phone app known as ‘Momo Challenge’ are still at large and the local and international police are also ‘facing a blank wall’ who these culprits really are. Momo Challenge, according to reports, started in Mexico in 2016 and it easily spread all over the world thru the worldwide web otherwise known as the internet. In the Philippines, the death by suicide of an eleven-year-old elementary pupil named John (not his real name), was also linked to the dangerous game called ‘Momo Challenge.” Although there is no enough evidence that would link the kid’s death by suicide, but his mother revealed that prior to his son’s death he was able to check on John’s mobile phone and she learned that her son was exchanging suicidal games with his friends. “During Valentine’s Day, my son has told me that one of his classmates inflicted harm on his body part by slicing his wrist with a sharp object,” his father also told the media in vernacular. One newspaper even called the Momo Challenge an evil suicide game which is reportedly threatening children of killing their family and visiting them at night if they won’t complete a series of dangerous instructions from an anonymous person who identify himself as Momo on mobile phone apps However, many parents believe that Momo Challenge was only a digital hoax involving a creepy doll with bulging eyes ordering children to do self-harm or else Momo will hurt their families. In Argentina, warnings were issued by both the police and schools as this popular WhatsApp challenge has also reached United Kingdom. Law enforcement agencies investigated the reported influence of Momo game involving a 12-year-old in Argentina. This probe even worried many parents of the real dangers it can pose to minors and small children who are now very dependent on mobile phones. This dangerous game was also similar with the “Blue Whale Challenge which also became popular among children’s and gamers in 2017, as it allegedly resulted to the deaths of two American teenagers, including deaths also reported in Brazil, Russia and other countries of the world, including the Philippines.### Source: Erwin Tulfo, CBS            

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