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Oro solon urges Congress to start hearings on ABS-CBN franchise

January 13, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY's 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez has now urged the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to set the hearings for the biggest television network ABS-CBN, which seeks to renew its franchise for another 25 years. This, even as President Rodrigo Duterte has been threatening to deny the renewal of the country's biggest media conglomerate and to stop operating. Rep. Rodriguez has already expressed his desire for ABS CBN to continue its operation with the renewal of its license which is set to expire on March 30, 2020. In the event that the country's giant television network will cease to operate, thousands of its workers nationwide will also be displaced. The Cagayan de Oro representative has called on Committee Chair and Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez to start initiating hearings to tackle the renewal of ABS CBN franchise. Rep Rodriguez authored the bill which seeks for the renewal of the TV network franchise, along with nine other bills with the same content. “Congress should always uphold the Constitutional mandate under [Section] 4, [Article] 3 to ensure freedom of the press. I request the hearings to be conducted upon the resumption of session on Jan. 20,” Rodriguez told reporters. Rodriguez explained that he would want to start tackling the renewal of ABS CBN franchise since Congress is also set to adjourn in March. If hearings are not started yet, the giant TV networks application for renewal of franchise is loomed. Congress has only 24 sessions left from January to March 11, it was learned. Rodriguez added: “All authors and stakeholders, especially ABS-CBN, must be heard. Then the committee will have to decide to renew or not to renew.”  “But it is not proper not to act on my bill and the other bills. ABS-CBN is the Philippines’ largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, operating income, net income, assets, equity, market capitalization and number of employees,” he pointed out. The Cagayan de Oro solon said in his HB 5705 explanatory note that the said TV network has a big and amazing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, most especially in helping Filipinos under threat of lives and properties because of typhoon and other calamities like earthquakes.  The TV network has been in the forefront in conducting relief operations, construction of many schools all over the country, among other activities. “The late Gina Lopez initiated the Bantay Bata 163, the Bantay Kalikasan and the Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig Project,” Rodriguez added. President Duterte has repeatedly threatened to deny the renewal of franchise of Abs Cbn as he got mad on the TV network, to whom he accused of failing to air his ad campaign during the last presidential elections which he won a wide margin against rival politicians.   

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MMC takes its CSR to higher level

January 13, 2020

CAMIGUIN--Mambajao Multi-purpose Coop (MMC), the island’s homegrown  cooperative  is always on the go in fulfiliing its  corporate social obligations.   General Manager Cora Nimfa G. Vivar said MMC Management supports through the years various LGU programs like Natural Disaster Drills, Coastal Clean Up, Tree planting, and other community-based outreach programs. With the theme “Golden Success   Amidst Challenges," MMC is set to celebrate its 50th founding anniversary on March 21, 2020. Board of Directors  Chair Emegdio N. Iroy disclosed  that as MMC   prepares the golden year, it remained upbeat and focused  on the mission and vision to become a billionaire coop in the years ahead. To achieve that goal, MMC maintains  an effective smooth flow of its business operations, Iroy said. MMC plans to expand its areas of operations in the province and in the mainland by putting up business centers. To back up this plan, MMC maintains a well-trained pool of personnel to implement the policies set forth for its operations year-round. To pump up the golen celebration, MMC will be giving souvenir items for its Associate and Regular Members. MMC Management will also hold  RAFFLE Promo to both Members and Non-Members. Some 50 assorted consolation appliances worth one thousand pesos (Php 1,000); 3 SHARP REFRIGIRATOR for 3rd prize; 2 HONDA WAVE MOTORCYCLE for 2nd prize and a BRAND NEW SUZUKI ALTO for the 1st prize winner are up for grab during the much awaited celebration. Mambajao Multipurpose Cooperative will still focus on its mission, vision and its goal to be a billionaire coop in the years to come. MMC’s desire is to maintain and achieve an effective smooth flow of its business operations.  It is mandated to have a well-trained pool of personnel to implement the policies set forth, for its operation. MMC has nine Board of Directors headed by Dir. Emigdio N. Iroy – Chairperson; Dir. Josefina A. Ebarle, Ph.D – Vice Chairperson; Dir. Amelita B. Ros; Dir. Mercedes Isidora S. Marquez; Dir. Senesia M. Chan; Dir. Sarah Mariza S. Rañin; Dir. Nicolas A. Martho and Dir. Wilfredo T. Noguera.

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Taal volcano erupts; gov't orders evacuation in danger zones

January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines - The once tourist attraction, Taal Volcano, has erupted Sunday, the newest eruption recorded in history since its last eruption in 1911, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismolohy (Phivolcs) reported. Since January 13, around 3:20 a.m., the ashfall has already reached Dasmariñas, Bacon and Silang in Cavite; San Jose del Monte, Malolos Bulacan; Escala, Tagaytay; Sta Rosa Laguna; Tanauan in Batangas, Antipolo, Rizal, Quezon City; and the cities of Metro Manila, Makati, Taguig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Parañaque, Marikina, Muntinlupa and Las Piñas. Phivolcs advised residents to stay on their homes and avoid the ashfall as this fine ashfall can cause irritation as well as problem in breathing especially to people with ashtma problems. Phivolcs told the media “Fine ashfall can cause irritation and breathing problems especially among the elderly and children and it is particularly dangerous to our health.” The Taal Volcano is now under Alert Level 4 early Monday morning, January 13. It is reported to have spewed lava fountains around 3 a.m on Monday. The spewing of lava, Phivolcs said, is called magmatic eruption. Phivolcs told reporters "this magmatic eruption is characterized by weak lava fountaining accompanied by thunder and flashes of lightning."  Meanwhile, a number of earthquakes was also recorded several hours after Taal Volcano erupted Sunday. According to Phivolcs, there were a total of 52 volcanic earthquakes especially in the Taal Region. Taal Volcano is one of the 24 active valcanoes in the Philippines based on the list provided by Phivolcs. Taal Volcano is also considered among the world's lowest and deadliest volcanoes. The local government has already ordered residents in the danger zones to evacuate as the volcano may have more eruptions that will endager their lives. SIGNS OF ERUPTIONS Foreign vlogger Flying Kell and his companion Amy visited the Taal crater a week before it erupted Sunday. Through an expert guide, they were brought to the secret trail of the Taal Volcano, leading to the boiling hot green crater lake. Flying Kell and Amy saw several spots in the area with boiling water and areas that were steaming hot, an indication that the degree of hotness is increasing. "Taal Volcano erupted 1 week after swimming there. I feel like an angel has watched over us! Our thoughts are with the people of Taal! Please notify me if there are any disaster relief efforts going on!" Kell said in his Youtube Channel.

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7,700 folks evacuated due to Taal Volcano eruption

January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The evacues have already reached 7,700 since Taal volcano erupted Sunday, according to the latest report made by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC). NDRRMC said 7,742 individuals are now sheltered in 38 evacuation centers prepared by the government. The displaced families came from Laurel in Batangas, Tagaytay City in Cavite; San Nicolas, Talisay, Tanauan, Balite and Mataas na Kahoy. Earlier the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology has raised the alert level to 4 which means that it is possible explosions could still occur at anytime of the day, and hazardous chemicals may still threaten the lives of indoviduals in danger zones. Meanwhile, Malacañang on Monday has decided to suspend classes and gov’t work in Region 3 , NCR, Calabarzon, as Taal Volcano is still showing signals of more eruptions. The Phivolcs also said a volcanic tsunami would be possible as soon as the alert level is raised to 5. “Yung volcanic tsunami po, pwede po natin iexpect sa panahon na mag-intesify pa po lalo ‘yung pinapakita ng Taal ngayon sa alert level 5,” Phivolcs Supervising Science Research Specialist Winchelle Sevilla said in an Inquirer report during the Taal Volcano interagency coordination meeting in Tagaytay.  

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Grammarly machine for research articles

January 13, 2020

IT is common for research journal publishers to use a software of grammarly machine. For English native speakers, writing academic articles is easier than the non-native speakers. To avoid grammatical mistakes, the journal publishers use a grammarly machine software. This machine is used for especially the articles written by the nonnative speakers. We can find both the strengths and weaknesses. As an editor and reviewer since 1989, I have found a number of interesting comments made by the grammarly machine. In some ways, this grammarly machine is very accurate. For example, when it deals with punctuation and complicated sentences (wordy sentences), it can detect them accurately. I am really amazed with this result. However, for certain aspects, this machine is weak. Not all of the specific terms of science have been adopted by the grammarly machine. For example, in linguistics, there is a term of interlanguage (language in the learning process). The grammarly machine gives a red line. It is stated that it is wrong. The machine suggests to change by giving the alternatives. It suggests to change the term of “interlanguage” into “international language.” If we follow that suggestion, the essence of the scientific article must be misleading. The reasoning power is scientifically decreased. In other words, the scientific article becomes unscientific. Another example, in economics, we have the terms "accounts receivable” and "accounts payable."  The grammarly machine suggests to change them into “receivable account” and “payable account.” In terms of head and modifier in English grammar, this suggestion is correct. But so far, that's what has always been used in economics: finance and accounting. All the keywords related to discipline of science above are declared incorrect. All the technical terms above throughout the text are underlined in red. The most uniquely, when the scientific article deals with medical science, including dentistry that is more specialist. Few years ago, I often received consultations related to scientific articles in medicine. There were many errors as identified by the grammarly machine. Grammatically, they were low and did not meet the standard of scientific journals. Many were red underlined. When I discussed it with the author face to face, I could get a clear answer. I asked for confirmation whether they were all wrong. Unfortunately, almost everything was not true according to the author. If they were changed based on the grammarly machine suggestion, they would be completely wrong. Not to mention other weaknesses. For example, grammarly machine cannot analyze the organizational side of reasoning. In scientific articles, there is the term "moves". For this, we can read my book about thought organizations in abstract international scientific articles published by the Jakarta Index publishing company. Every paragraph of scientific writing has a reasoning organization. For example, the main topic and the details. The main sentence can be either deductive or inductive (at the beginning and at the end of the paragraph). If the main sentence is at the beginning, it's a deductive type paragraph. If the main sentence is at the end, it is an inductive paragraph type. This is all the readers already know. There are also mixed paragraphs: the main sentence is at the beginning and at the end, although the way of writing is somewhat different. Among several paragraphs, there is also the “moves”. It is important for scientific journal editors to understand. The systematic thought and flow can lead to the end in the form of research framework. The good or bad points of scientific articles are precisely in this section. Unfortunately, grammarly machine cannot detect it. Foreign language editors always understand English written by a nonnative speaker. Editing the grammatical mistakes is easy but editing the organization is more difficult. The organization of scientific writing is more important because it is difficult to edit or revise if language editors do not master the fields or disciplines in the scientific article. The grammar machine cannot do it. Dr. Djuwari is the director of language laboratory at STIE Perbanas Surabaya, the editor of some research journals in the Philippines and Indonesia. He is also a journalist in some newspapers in Indonesia; the president of international association of scholarly publishers, editors, and reviewers (IASPER).

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3rd Update: Government declares Batangas now under state of calamity

January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines - Showing signs of imminent danger from the continued rumblings of Taal Volcano, the entire province of Batangas is now declared "under state of calamity," government authorities reported. Many areas in Batangas are now seems looking like a desert - with the continued ashfall caused by the eruption of Taal Volcano.  More lava fountains  More lava fountains are now found at the crater of Taal Volcano, raising speculations bigger eruptions would follow soon which might also trigger the alert level to reach to 5. Based on the 4pm Monday update of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), they have discovered new lateral vents on the northern side of the volcano where short 500-meter lava fountains started. Renato Solidum, Phivolcs director said this new observation means "there are vents lined up on the northern flank of the volcano and it causes short lava fountains.”  “So now, the eruption is not only seen inside the crater but along the side of the volcano as well.” Solidum said during a media briefing Monday that "after a brief waning of activity following lava fountaining, the volcano's eruption resumed right away with weak sporadic lava fountaining and hydrovolanic activity at the crater. "This generated steam-laden plumes approximately two kilometers tall," Phivolcs officials say.   Heavy ashfall are now monitored in by Phivolcs in the towns of Lemery, Cuenca and Taal in Batangas. “Fine ashfall can cause irritation and breathing problems especially among the elderly and children,” Phivolcs said. The Phivolcs director said long term exposure to ashfall may pose harmful effects on humans. Thus, he advised residents to stay indoors and avoid prolong contacts with ashfall. “Long-term exposure may be harmful to respiratory health. In addition, areas of ashfall have also experienced sulfurous smell which can also cause irritation,” it added.  

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