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BSP reminds the public not to mutilate Philippine Banknotes

October 9, 2017

A video of the burning of what appears to be Philippine banknotes has come to the attention of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The BSP is currently investigating this incident for appropriate action. The BSP reminds the public that it is unlawful to willfully deface, mutilate, tear, burn or destroy, in any manner whatsoever, currency notes and coins issued by the BSP, pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 247. Any person who shall violate this Decree shall be fined in the amount of not more than P20,000 and/or imprisoned for a period of not more than five years. Moreover, no person or entity, may put into circulation notes, coins or any other object or document, which in the opinion of the Monetary Board of the BSP might circulate as currency, as stipulated under Section 50 of the New Central Bank Act. Likewise, it is prohibited to reproduce or imitate the facsimiles of Bangko Sentral notes without prior authority from the BSP. The BSP is authorized to investigate, make arrests, conduct searches and seizures in accordance with law, for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of the currency. We wish to highlight that the general public should take pride in our Philippine banknotes that honor Filipinos who played significant roles at various moments of our nation’s history as well as depict the country’s world heritage sites and iconic natural wonders. The Philippine banknotes remain a constant reminder of our ancestors’ patriotism and bravery, as well as centuries of journey for a better future for our countrymen. The Bangko Sentral enjoins the cooperation of the public in our commitment in maintaining the integrity of the Philippine currency. Any act of desecration of our Philippine currency by mutilating, defacing or burning, should be reported to the nearest police/law enforcement agencies, for appropriate action or to the Currency Issue and Integrity Office, BSP, at Telephone Numbers: 988-4833 and 926-5092.

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Less Stressful Days Ahead

October 9, 2017

Stress is an everyday part of our lives. May it be from home, school or work, stress is there and there’s no getting away with it. However, though we can’t completely remove it from our lives, we can try to have less stressful days ahead by doing these things: • Cut out what’s toxic in your life. You don’t need more than you can handle. Toxic people, toxic habits and toxic things only make you more stressed out than you should. • As much as possible, get enough rest. When you don’t have enough rest and sleep—you end up feeling grumpy and when you feel grumpy, you end up stressing about the littlest of things. • Get yourself an energy boost without harmful chemicals. For your daily energy, get it from food supplements with combinations of Taurine, Ginseng, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin B1, B6 and B12 that can also help in providing daily energy boost as these components may have the ability to provide extra energy while improving alertness and focus. Taurine and Ginseng promotes alertness, reduces stress and provide energy boost, Sodium Ascorbate helps in tiredness prevention and muscle weakness, Vitamin B1 aids in converting food into energy, Vitamin B6 enhances metabolism speed and Vitamin B12 aids in energy production. Now if you think it’s hard to find a product that has benefits like this and caffeine free, I am sure you’d like the new Robust Energy. Robust Energy is available at Mercury Drug stores nationwide.

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MDPPA joins Motorsiklo Xklusibo’s 8th anniversary celebration

October 6, 2017

The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA), joined the recently concluded Motorsiklo Xklusibo’s eighth anniversary celebration at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. Almost 16,000 riders from different regions joined the event titled “Great to be 8!” which doubled as a grand reunion of the radio program’s followers and motorcycle enthusiasts. All attendees enjoyed the motorcycle displays, games and freebies. Some booths offered discounts on different products. Event sponsors raffled off many big items, including a Honda CB150R, Kawasaki Avenger, Suzuki Raider R150 carb type, Suzuki Raider R150 FI, Yamaha FZi. Inside RACING pocket bike, Motorstar Xplorer Z200, PMR Origin and TVS Apache. The MDPPA gave away freebies such as MDPPA arm bands to all motorcycle riders who visited their booth and joined their prepared activities. The association also seized the opportunity to advance its road safety campaign. Besides distributing free road safety manuals, the group encouraged riders to put the free stickers on their motorcycles or helmets to serve as a constant reminder to always wear the proper riding gear. Motorsiklo Xklusibo host Edwin Go said that the event was made for everyone! The success of the event was a joint effort of all. “Mabuhay ang mga sponsors, manufacturers, dealers, marshals, traffic enforcers, police personnel who patrol the perimeters for peace and safety, and of course the riding community. Dito, naipakita natin na walang kulay, walang club, walang personalidad, iisa ang layunin, iisa ang gusto --- kaligayahan, katatawanan, kainan, bilihan, biruan at maraming magandang gawain,” he added.

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A Century of truck heritage

October 6, 2017

Over the years, Ford trucks have been used by farmers, soldiers, construction workers, racing drivers, and even crocodile catchers. It is this versatility, capability and reliability that has propelled the company to so many decades of sales leadership, as shared in this look back through history. But these achievements didn’t happen overnight. What follows is a tale of time, vision, innovation, and the constant quest to deliver trucks that meet and exceed even the greatest expectations. It was the best of times The year was 1917, and nine years on from the release of the Model T, customer demand was for a vehicle that was tougher and more capable than anything that had gone before. Up stepped the Model TT. Able to haul a payload of one ton, the TT helped change the way the world did work. Originally sold as a chassis only, with buyers supplying their own body, Ford went on to sell almost 1.3 million TTs until it was replaced in 1928 by the Model A and AA pickup, the latter one of the earliest members of the Ford dynasty of pickup trucks. A few years later, the Ford Motor Company of Australia received a letter from a farmer’s wife asking for a vehicle that she and her husband could take to church on Sundays, but which could also carry a load of pigs to market on Monday. And so came the Ford coupe-utility – the ute – in 1934, a vehicle synonymous with Australia, and representative of another key element of the company’s heritage; listening and responding to the needs of the people. “With vehicles such as the early utes and pickups, Ford began changing the perception of trucks,” says Robert Kreipke, Ford’s Corporate Historian. “Whereas at one time trucks were considered purely work tools, Ford began to evolve them into a much more balanced vehicle for both work and recreational use.” “These trucks provided inspiration for the later development of vehicles such as the F-Series and Ranger, which have been hugely successful across diverse markets all over the world,” said Kreipke. Around the world in 40 years In the aftermath of World War II, Ford refocused its attention on North American truck design, and 1948 saw the introduction of the company’s first purpose-built truck platform, and with it the opportunity to greatly increase the capability of Ford vehicles. The first of this versatile new style of trucks was available in eight sizes, from the half-ton capacity F-1 to the three-ton capacity F-8; the birth of the famous F-Series, which has been the best-selling pickup in the United States every year since 1977, and the country’s best-selling vehicle outright for 35 consecutive years. With each successive generation, Ford has continued to create and add features based on customer needs, with continuous innovation always key to its success. The Tough that Ford Built In 1976, a copywriter for a Ford truck magazine advertisement wrote three simple words: Built Ford Tough, the phrase that would come to epitomize Ford’s commitment to creating strong, capable, safe and powerful trucks. It now defines what customers across the world have come to expect from the blue oval brand. One of the first mass-produced Built Ford Tough vehicles was the Ford Ranger, the company’s first compact pickup truck introduced in North America in 1982. Originally designed and built in the U.S., Ranger’s reputation as a tough, smart and capable vehicle quickly caught on, leading it to thrive in a number of diverse markets around the world. It is now the most bought midsize pickup in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, and a number of ASEAN markets such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Over the years, Ford has continued to innovate and explore the performance and specialty truck segments, and the introduction of the Raptor name with the F-150 SVT Raptor in 2009 took this to even greater heights. Inspired by desert racing trucks, Raptor has always been the ultimate high-performance off-roader, and its advances in areas such as engine efficiency, suspension, smart technology and raw power embody not just the Build Ford Tough spirit, but also the way Ford has influenced, revolutionized and reshaped how the world looks at trucks. This includes the latest announcement to introduce its best-selling Built Ford Tough truck franchise to China with the launch of the F-150 Raptor in early 2017. Ford also confirmed that the popular Ford Ranger mid-size pick-up will be launched in the world’s largest auto market starting in 2018. So while the styling, power and capability of Ford trucks have all changed since the first Model TT rolled off the assembly line a hundred years ago, the company’s core mission to provide vehicles that address and surpass customer demands has remained the same, surviving even the greatest test of all: time.

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Volunteers help clean Marawi City

October 6, 2017

MARAWI City--Hundreds of volunteers turned up on Wednesday to clean Barangay Matampay of debris, ISIS graffiti, and filth from the four months of fighting that devastated this city. Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra said they are doing this so when almost 200,000 residents who fled will eventually come home, they will find the city already clean. “We want to erase any traces of the fighting. We want the residents to come home to a city that is clean,” Gandamra said. He said the Brigada Marawi they initiated will also clean six other barangays in the western portion of the city that is already considered cleared by the military and police. The volunteers swarmed in the streets of Barangay Matampay clearing the streets of old tires, blocks of wood and other debris. Army officers warned them not to touch boxes and not to enter houses and buildings. A day before, Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao, said a total of nine improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 18 blasting caps were found in one of the houses in Barangay Matampay. “It was ready to go. We had to destroy it immediately,” Brawner said. School teacher Casema Sone was elated that she finally was able to see her house in Barangay Matampay after more than four months. Her happiness was however cut short when military soldiers told her she cannot go inside or approach her two-storey wooden house because they have yet to clear it. “I do not know if my refrigerator, sala set and the clothes of children are still there,” Sone said as she looked into her house from the roadside. Another school teacher, Cairon Bula, led her fellow teachers in cleaning up the entrance of their school Hadji Saripa Elementary School. They too cannot enter their school because the military forbids them for fear there are still IEDs left behind by the ISIS-Maute gunmen. Brawner said the soldiers have cleared Barangay Matampay of ISIS-Maute gunmen in June but have yet to clear the school and houses of hidden explosives. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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Bulk water pipelines rehab eyed by mid and late October

October 6, 2017

Dripping faucet at Bloomingdale Subdivision in Barangay Iponan taken around 9 a.m. last October 2 shows the kind of service being experienced by consumers in COWD’s West Service Area. photo supplied[/caption]HERE’s your daily dose of good news and bad news. The company supplying bulk water to the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) expects to complete repairs on the damaged main transmission line by mid-October and completion of its new back-up main line by end October. “We expect to complete repairs on our damaged 650mm main transmission line by mid-October and complete construction and commissioning of our new back-up 650mm transmission line by the end of the month,” said Engr. Joffrey Hapitan, vice president of bulk water supplier Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc. During the public consultation held last Tuesday, 03 October 2017 by the Cagayan de Oro City Council Committee on Public Utilities headed by Councilor Teodulfo Lao Jr. on the ongoing water shortage in COWD’s West Service Area, Hapitan said the August 5 and September 24 earthquakes badly damaged its main transmission line supplying bulk water to COWD. However, it was only after river debris driven by floods brought by torrential rains pounded the pipeline’s concrete casing following the latter temblor did Rio Verde discovered it was losing up to 50% o its daily delivery of 40,000 cubic meters (cu.m.) of treated bulk water to COWD did they shut down the transmission line to isolate the leaks and move for repairs. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck 22 kilometers southeast of Malapatan town, Sarangani at 8:30 a.m., August 5, 2017, and was followed by a series of temblors at 4:47 a.m. on September 24 jolting Magpet, Cotabato (magnitude 4.4); Kadingilan, Bukidnon (magnitude 5.7); Kalilangan, Bukidnon (magnitude 5.3), Wao, Lanao del Sur (magnitude 5.4), and Osias, Kabacan, Cotabato (magnitude 4.4) with aftershocks. Meantime, Rio Verde resumed deliveries to COWD from October 1st through its back-up 400mm HDPE pipeline albeit on a reduced basis. Hapitan committed to ramping up the flow rate to 40,000 cu.m. by Friday (October 6) with the pressure requested by COWD through the same pipeline pending completion of repairs on the main 650mm transmission line by mid-October. In addition to its two existing pipelines, Hapitan disclosed that Rio Verde is constructing another 650mm redundant main transmission line to ensure bulk water deliveries to COWD would not suffer a similar interruption in the future. He said the P50-million project would also further reinforce the concrete casings of both submarine pipelines to also ensure both can withstand up to magnitude 8.0 earthquakes and river debris from the Cagayan River driven by flash floods caused by torrential rains. Despite these developments, another crisis appears imminent as the 40,000 cu.m. of bulk water contracted by COWD from Rio Verde is no longer adequate to service consumers in COWD’s West Service area which officials say already has a daily demand of 60,000-80,000 cu.m. daily. Thus, even if Rio Verde already delivered the 40,000 cu.m. daily as stipulated in its present Bulk Water Supply Agreement with COWD, this would only address 63% of the West Service Area’s present requirements, since the 95% as committed by Hapitan was the demand level 10 years ago (2007) when Rio Verde started delivering bulk water to COWD. To address the water shortage in the interim, COWD has employed palliative measures to mitigate effects of the water supply curtailment like valve adjustments and facilitating water delivery to affected areas utilizing water tankers from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Filipino-Chinese Volunteer fire brigades to augment COWD and Rio Verde tankers to deliver water directly to consumers since last week. Although Rio Verde previously served COWD’s purchase orders for an additional 20,000 cu.m. for the past 3 months, Hapitan disclosed during the public consultation that both COWD and Rio Verde have already agreed to pre-terminate the existing bulk water supply contract. In a series of letters dated January 4, 2017; April 5, 2017 and August 8, 2017, both COWD and Rio Verde agreed to pre-terminate their Bulk Water Supply Agreement and enter into a “Compromise Agreement” whereby Rio Verde would continue to supply bulk water to COWD under prevailing prices and new negotiated terms. COWD General Manager Rachel Beja disclosed during the latest public consultation that COWD is entering into a joint venture agreement with Metropac Water Investments Corp, (MWIC) which would supply up to 100,000 cu.m. of treated bulk water daily to COWD to address the increased demand. The new JV firm is exploring three options by which the requirement could be addressed: purchasing bulk water from Rio Verde; outright purchase of the Rio Verde treatment plant or constructing a new treatment plant, which in the case of Rio Verde took 3 years to complete. This development indicates that the first option could be the quickest fix to the present crisis given the long-term nature of the other options (outright purchase and construction of a new plant). However, even that would be imperative upon the soonest signing of the Compromise Agreement by the two parties which remains pending until now. The water supply situation in other COWD Service Areas have been further aggravated by ongoing repair works and upgrading being implemented by the water district under its Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction program and regular maintenance and repair works.

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