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Mindanao solon wants total ban on import and export of waste

June 14, 2019

  Share MISAMIS ORIENTAL (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 14) - Responding to the recent fiasco making the Philippines the dumping ground of garbage and waste materials from other countries, Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Juliette Uy sounded alarm bells and called on Filipinos to declare independence from what she called "imported garbage." The lady solon in her statement during the commemoration of the 121 Philippine Independence Day, she claimed "enough is enough" for other countries from exporting their garbage and wastes in the Philippines. There have been lots of instances wherein the Filipino nation were shocked to hear that garbage such as diapers, cellophanes, plastics, among others have reached the country through the local shores in the countryside. Among those very controversial garbage discoveries include that of South Korea, Canada and other countries. “It is time we declare our independence from imported garbage. My ‘anti-international dumping of garbage bill’ is a total ban and provides for zero exceptions,” the lady solon from Mindanao strongly urged the Filipino people. House Bill (HB) no, 9207, or the Proposed Total Ban on the Import and Export of Waste Act of 2019 filed by Rep Juliette Uy is a concrete measure in response to the so-called "unceremonious dumping of tons of garbage from Canada and South Korea to the country via cargo vessels, which reportedly put down and tarnished the good image of the Philippines as among the best tourism destination in Asia. Rep Uy also include in the bill the exportation of garbage. “We must heed the Golden Rule. We should not do unto others what we do not want others to do unto us. We demand respect and so we must also reciprocate with respect,” Rep Uy said in her statement. Unfortunately, the proposed bill was filed one day before the sine die adjournment of the 17th Congress, the lady representative from Misamis Oriental province vowed to refile the bill during the formal opening of the 18th Congress. Rep Uy said “I will convince my colleagues in the House to co-author so that by the time the 18th Congress opens session on July 22, it will have wide support and faster progress through the legislative pipeline.”  Aside from this very challenging bill, the lady solon also intends to file more bills especially on waste recovery, plastic waste, waste redemption and proper management of water and aquatic resources. “I will also file other bills on plastic waste, waste redemption, waste recovery, and the proper management of our water and aquatic resources. This is an all-out war on waste because we want our country to be beautiful and prosperous.” ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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Shipping out of Verde Soko garbage to start June 30

June 14, 2019

Philippine and South Korean officials have agreed on June 30 as their target date for shipping out over 5,000 metric tons of garbage from the Phividec Industrial Estate through the Port of Tagoloan, according to Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who attended the bilateral meeting.      “For the next two weeks, the imported garbage consignee Verde Soko and a logistics firm will undertake the rebagging and transport of the garbage from Phividec to the port in shipping containers,” Uy said.      “For their part, the South Korean side will ‘find and provide” and available vessel while Philippine officials will inform them of when at least 20 containerized garbage is ready for shipping back to South Korea,” Uy added.      Uy said the June 13 meeting took the whole day and another meeting will be convened to tackle other matters.       At the meeting were Director General Yeong-Dae Jung of South Korea’s Ministry of Environment, Congresswoman Uy, Customs District Collector Floro Calixihan, Mindanao Container Terminal Port Collector John Simon, Misamis Oriental Provincial Board Member Gerardo Sabal III, and Atty. Abbas Lao of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau in Region 10.       In her remarks at the start of the meeting, Congresswoman Uy asked the South Korean government to share with the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice relevant information that can help in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.

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CHR expresses concern over Abs-Cbn franchise renewal

June 14, 2019

  Share METRO MANILA (MDN National News, June 14) - With President Rodrigo Duterte against the renewal of the giant TV network in the country, ABS CBN could be closed in 2020. Jacqueline De Guia, spokesperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) revealed her deep concern after she heard on the move by the House of Representatives to allegedly "freeze" the bill seeking renewal of abs-cbn legislative franchise.  De Guia said in a statement the services provided by television giant ABS CBN owned by the Lopez group are "beyond the whims of politics." She said “If the network has committed any violation, it must be tackled through due process.” She added: “Non-renewal can be tantamount to shutting down the network. If an entire media giant would be toppled down due to a political caprice, it could signal the beginning of a bleaker state of press freedom in the country and a catapult to the wave of previous assaults to media.” It was earlier reported that House Bill 4349, which proposes for the extension of abs-cbn franchise for the next 25 years was still pending at the committee level for almost three years now. In 2020, the abs cbn franchise is going to expire, it was learned.  This, even as the House Committee on Legislative Franchises failed to submit a report on the said franchise renewal before the 17th Congress adjourned its last session. ABS-CBN did not comment on the reported speculations regarding the bill when interviewed by reporters. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte last year revealed he is personally not in favor of the renewal of the TV network's franchise, accusing that the network allegedly swindle him. Duterte also accused the TV network as well as The Philippine Daily Inquirer of what he termed as "slanted" and "unfair" reporting on his administration. The CHR also sounded alarm bells on the reported illegal arrest of journalist Margarita Valle at Laguindingan International Airport. Valle was mistakenly identified as a certain Elsa Renton, the suspect with multiple murder cases and arson. Renton has a standing warrants of arrest for several cases filed in court. She said “We reiterate utmost compliance to the requirements of the Constitution in carrying out arrest warrants. There are no excuses to circumvent the standards enumerated in the bill of rights especially by those duty-bound to uphold it.”  The CHR spokesperson also noted the mistaken arrest of a suspect raised fears on the reported growing cases of harassment and intimidation meted on some individuals and groups , and even inlcuding the members of the Fourth State, which is the media. ### ---       ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

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SM MINDANAO WINS IN THE 2019 APAC STEVIE AWARDS

June 14, 2019

SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM CDO Downtown Premier and SM City General Santos bagged 2 Silver Stevies in the prestigious 2019 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for the Adventures on Ice campaign under the Innovation in Entertainment Events and Innovation in Consumer Events category. These wins were among the forty-five Stevie Awards bagged by SM Supermalls that garnered the company with the most coveted Grand Stevie for ‘Most Honored Organization.’ “We are thankful and truly elated by these validations of our hard work, dedication and passion to offer family fun experiences for our valued customers. We strive to do this through constant innovation and offering nothing but the best for SM shoppers, from their online engagement experience – including the website, apps and social media pages  ̶  to the exciting and entertaining events in SM malls nationwide,” said Steven Tan, SM Supermalls COO. The prestigious Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognizes Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. SM garnered 2 Gold Awards for the Entertainment Apps and Corporate Websites categories, namely the #AweSM Logo Hunt Mobile App and #SMoments in a Click: How Customer Centricity Gave a Rebirth to the SM Supermalls Corporate Website. SM also nabbed 23 Silver Awards and 20 Bronze Awards. Among them, various SM malls  ̶  from Quezon City to Baguio to Bulacan to Cagayan de Oro  ̶  clinched awards for their numerous innovative and entertaining events for shoppers. Eighteen SM mall events won in the Innovation in Entertainment Event category, 8 SM mall events won Innovation in Consumer Events, 7 SM mall events won Innovation in the Use of Events, and 2 SM mall events won Innovation in Branded Entertainment, among others. The Stevies, previously known as The American Business Awards and then The International Business Awards, is the only business awards program that recognizes innovation in the workplace in all 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered as the world's premier business awards that confer recognitions for outstanding programs, such as The International Business Awards which is already on its 16th year. The focus of all categories in the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards is now on innovation: innovation in all its forms, in every aspect of work life and achievement. The 2019 Asia Pacific Stevie Awards Gala was held last May 31 at the InterContinental Hotel in Singapore.

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#TeamAmega opens own fashion studio

June 13, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City's well known group of professional hair and makeup artists dubbed as #TeamAmega has officially opened its fashion studio named Eclectic Image, #TeamAmega's haven of glam and style, in MH del Pilar St. this city through the Department of Labor and Employment-assisted livelihood project. Founded by Jeffrey "Jie-jie" Aisa, the team has now reached new heights in the field of hair and makeup indistry. Beyond just that, the team has now ventured into events organizing/coordination, fashion designing and pageant training. So why Eclectic Image? Known for its distinct methods, beliefs and ideas in the field of hair and makeup artistry in the fashion indistry, #TeamAmega combines whatever seems to be the best from many different aspects or styles rather than following a single style. Thus, the team's concept has always been eclectic. Merriam-Webster defines eclectic in various doctrines, methods or styles. This makes #TeamAmega a standout from among the many glam teams that have sprouted like mushrooms in the city and region. Beyond just a team of more than 20 professional hair and makeup artists, #TeamAmega has become a family joined together by one common goal which is to steer the group towards a thriving career to be able to suppprt their individial families. The team's core purpose is to offer help to Kagay-anons and Mindanaoans in general in making their special occassions even more memorable with their events organizing and coordination, provide them with the best hair and makeup services as well as gowns, cocktail dresses and men's formal wear (customized and rentals). The team also boasts ita beaity camp called #TeamAmegaBeauties where they give special offers for pageant training on focusing on public speaking (question and answer), pasarela walk and personality development including hairstyling and makeup training. The beauty campi is open to both lads and lasses who want to venture into the world of pageantry. To know more about what the team offers, follow their journey on their official Facebook pages at Team Amega, Team Amega Beauties and Eclectic Image Fashion Studio.

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Short on cash?

June 13, 2019

IT is time to bid your money woes goodbye. Farewell to the scenario where you have to face the reality of an empty wallet on your next shopping trip, or to the sinking feeling of not having enough cash to pay your bills until the next paycheck. Short on cash? In dire need of funds in an instant? Within a click’s reach is your saving grace -- the GCash app. Emergencies are stressful no more with the GCash’s “request money” feature. Aside from saving people the problem of lugging around money in a bulky purse or wallet, GCash eases the transfer from one mobile wallet to another. At the drop of a hat, friends can easily request money from each other in times of distress and ask for money. Requesting for more moolah in your mobile wallet has never been this easy. The request money feature is readily visible in the app’s dashboard once you open it. Just enter your friend’s name or mobile number, the amount you need, and the problem already solves itself. If you’re in the mood to explain your situation or deliver an advanced message of gratitude, the GCash allows you to do just that.  Responding to a friend’s financial SOS is a breeze, too. Simply check your app’s notifications and sending help is as mindless as clicking a button on your smartphone. Plus, there is also a special tab to track your history of requests for reference. The cherry on top? It doesn't matter if you’re a Smart, Sun, or TNT subscriber. Now, all it takes is a SIM card and smartphone, and you can take advantage of whole array of GCash services through your mobile phone. It’s as easy as grabbing the free app on Google Play Store or iOS App Store and registering for an account.  In the eyes of GCash, operated by Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), no network should be left behind. Even though it is a company led by Globe Telecom Inc., Ayala Corp., and Ant Financial, this new financial technology wonder is out to pave the way towards a cashless society by adopting a policy of inclusivity.  Long gone were the days where GCash was exclusive to one network. Now, anyone can participate in the cashless revolution and have access to greater convenience through the GCash app.  “We believe in the power of inclusivity. As we lead the push for financial inclusion across the different sectors of the society, we believe that providing a telco agnostic platform will help more Filipinos participate in the digital economy,” Mynt Vice President for Money Transfer Fred Levy said.  GCash is the new must-have in an age where technology reigns supreme. It is a mobile money service, regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, where you can buy load, purchase items, send and receive money, pay bills, and more using Globe, TM, Smart, Sun, or TNT -- or the future telco player that everybody is raving about.  GCash, the leading and revolutionary mobile wallet in the Philippines, is designed to help users navigate through the modern, agile world of finance. So the next time that you find yourself knee deep in money troubles, just remember that your fellow GCash users are literally one tap away.

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