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25th April 2016
Building Better Stories, Block by Block
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 25, 2016, 11:44 pm

A series of seminar-workshops for media practitioners on the links between the con-struction industry and sustainable growth is set to kick off next week.

The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and Holcim Philippines, Inc. are undertaking this joint initiative, which builds on a similar, albeit more basic, training two years ago.

The new round of seminar-workshops by PPI, the national association of newspapers, and Holcim, a building materials and aggregates company, aims to see more nu-anced and in-depth reporting on the construction sector, highlighting its role in help-ing achieve sustainable and inclusive growth while focusing the spotlight on relevant issues affecting Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

With the theme “Taking the High Road to Better Construction Stories,” the training series also seeks to help the media explore unreported and underreported issues sur-rounding the industry, ideally set within the framework of civic journalism, PPI’s flag-ship program.

Holcim Philippines advocates sustainable construction practices that contribute to lasting and broad-based development.

PPI's thrust of “Building Better Communities through Civic Journalism” is in line with its goal of giving voice to the concerns and aspirations of communities and sectors that otherwise are not being heard in the public sphere or in the mainstream media.

The PPI-Holcim trainings call to mind two of the 17 United Nations Sustainable De-velopment Goals (SDGs) that replaced the Millennium Development Goals and were adopted by world leaders last year.

Goal 9 of the SGDs falls within the purview of the construction industry, among other concerned sectors: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrializa-tion and foster innovation.”

Goal 11 is a call to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”

The PPI-Holcim training will be held in each major island group, with the Luzon leg scheduled for April 27 to 29 in Padi, Bulacan. Participants from the Visayas will gath-er in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on May 4 to 6; and those from Mindanao in Malaybalay, Bukidnon on May 18 to 20.

Non-PPI members have also been invited to participate in the training workshops.

Regional focus

Tess Bacalla, PPI’s training director, said the seminar-workshops will also be high-lighted by discussions on relevant regional issues, which will be facilitated by re-source speakers. These will be followed by field visits that will allow the participants to take a deeper look into such issues and how these manifest on the ground, while pursuing stories that will serve as their group outputs during the workshop.

Journalists from Luzon will look into the status and quality of relocation shelters in Bulacan, which continues to be among the top relocation areas for informal settlers from Metro Manila.

Media participants from the Visayas will focus on the state of reconstruction and re-habilitation programs in Bohol, three years since the province was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that reduced infrastructure gems such as centuries-old churches and ancestral houses to rubble.

In Mindanao, participants will learn about the living conditions of lumad, or indigenous groups, including those that have been displaced from their communities and are cur-rently staying in temporary facilities in Bukidnon.

The workshop-seminar series complements the Journalism Awards on Sustainable Construction Reporting (JASCOR), a Holcim-sponsored program undertaken in part-nership with PPI. National and community newspapers vie for the yearly awards, which are given out in ceremonies held in October.

Now on its third year, JASCOR hopes to promote excellent reporting on the construc-tion industry through the lens of sustainability, and thus generate increased public awareness and appreciation of, as well as support for, sustainable construction ef-forts.

23rd April 2016
Magsayo stops Avalos in 6th round
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 11:19 pm

(By Roy Luarca, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 April 2016, 11:19 PM)

Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo. FACEBOOK PHOTO

CEBU CITY--- Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo recovered from a third round knockdown to stop Chris Avalos in the sixth and capture the WBO international featherweight crown  before a huge crowd at the Cebu City Sports Complex last night.

Pouncing on a groggy Avalos, who was saved by the bell in the fifth round, Magsayo was landing a flurry of punches when Referee Danrex Tapdasan stepped in to stop the carnage at the 1:55 mark.

True to their word, Magsayo and Avalos went after each other every round, with the Boholano staggering the Mexican-American in the second with two hard lefts coupled with bunches of punches.


Duterte on Trillanes: 'Be careful with that idiot'
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 7:48 am

(By Nestor Corrales, Inquirer.net, 7:48 AM, 23 April 2016)

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday minced no words against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who claimed that the tough-talking mayor told him in a casual conversation how he had shot people in the head while on their knees.

"I don’t know him. I only met him twice," Duterte said in a rally in Pandacan, Manila.

Trillanes said Duterte, shared the story with him during a meeting set up by a "common friend" in April last year to explore the possibility of running together.

Duterte confirmed that he indeed met with Trillanes.


19th April 2016
Registered voters in So. Leyte surpasses 250k mark
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 19, 2016, 2:43 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte   --  The number of qualified voters in this province who are expected to troop to voting centers on May 9, 2016 to exercise their right of suffrage has reached 261,148 individuals.

Records obtained from the provincial office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) also showed that there are 468 designated voting centers province-wide, equivalent to 612 clustered precincts in all of the 500 barangays.

The total number of registered voters divided by the number of grouped precincts results to a little over 400 voters each precinct, arguably a manageable size compared with previous polls in which 1,000 voters crowded per precinct.


13th April 2016
"Rod" show conquers San Miguel, Bulacan
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 13, 2016, 6:28 am

SAN MIGUEL, Bulacan – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte just added this town to the list of its conquests. Duterte’s admirers swiftly demolished perceptions he is weak in this town by a riotous welcome reserved only for hometown favorites. No one could miss the landing site because of the long lines of vehicles waiting for the arrival of the front-running presidential candidate. 

There was no hint of any effect of the desperate demolition job resorted to be his pursuers. If any, it served only to fire up the welcoming party even more. After a brief press conference at the landing site after Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, organizers aborted the announced motorcade due to time constraints, but it made little difference.

Duterte rewarded the patience of those who stood in line to wait for him when he opened the door of the van carrying him to the rally venue to wave and smile at them as he passed by. Some were more fortunate because they were able to shake his hands during the time Duterte’s convoy had to stop due to heavy traffic. Mobile phones and cameras were aimed at the passing convoy, recording the moment to prove how important it was to their owners.


8th April 2016
Maasin Police nabs man with 20K worth shabu
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 8, 2016, 9:30 am

April 7, 2016

MAASIN CITY – A 32-year old jobless man suspected of dealing illegal drugs was arrested after a crack team from the city police office pounded on his rented apartment at around 3:00 pm. Thursday.

PSupt. Alex Dang-aoen, who led the police team identified the suspect as Jomar Balboa Escuyos of Combado village this city.

On the strength of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court of Hilongos, Leyte Judge Ephraem Abando, Dang-aoen and his team went to the suspect’s rented apartment at KSJ street, Manatahan village this city to serve the search warrant but the suspect did not open the door prompting police operatives to knock the door open.


29th March 2016
Local campaign to boost Roxas rating--Drilon
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 29, 2016, 1:15 am

March 28, 2016

MAASIN CITY – Senate President Franklin Drilon reiterated the LP camp’s belief that when the local campaign starts, the rating of their LP bet for President Mar Roxas will improved.

“It’s a big thing for us (local campaign) because our LP party has the biggest campaign machineries in terms of local candidates and we are confident that it will help a lot for Mar, Roxas,” Drilon told Maasinreporter.com in an ambush interview.

He also lambasted their opponents for claiming that the LP is using 4Ps program for their political propaganda. “They said we are using the bridge program for politicking but now they said they will continue the 4Ps and even said they will expand it into 5Ps.”


23rd March 2016
'Who are we to say no to him,' Gov. Mercado on Duterte run
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 23, 2016, 7:50 pm

March 22, 2016

MAASIN CITY -- Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado, a member of the Liberal Party (LP), stopped short of endorsing the presidential bid of his "fellow Maasinhon" Rodrigo Duterte, who came home to his hometown for a campaign sortie on March 22.

"Please I have an announcement to all and sundry, we cannot disassociate ourselves in terms of culture, blood, and relationship. Here is a person who claims and is very proud to claim that he was born in Maasin, Southern Leyte. Who are we to say no to him?" said Mercado as he settled across Mayor Duterte, who arrived several minutes ahead of the governor. The mayor was set to leave when Mercado arrived.

Mercado ended with "Mayor, we are proud of you as a Southern Leyteño. We will pray hard that you will become the president of this country."

When a reporter asked Mercado if it was an endorsement, Mayor Duterte stopped him saying, “I respect their position. I have been in politics for several years. I visited the LP governor to pay respects, no impositions."


18th March 2016
PAL Express slates test flight
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 18, 2016, 5:36 am

March 17, 2016

MAASIN CITY – PAL Express will conduct a probing flight to check the air traffic safety of the Panan-awan airport this city before they will go for the much-awaited commercial operations.

According to Nedgar Garvez, Southern Leyte tourism officer, the probing flight, which will be slated any day before the First Mass commemoration on March 31, was planned after a six-member technical team of the low-fare PAL Express of the Philippine Airlines made an ocular inspection at the airport.

PAL express management team led by its vice president, Rabbi Vincent Ang, made an ocular inspection at the airport on the first week of March, while the technical team led by Capt. Ramoncito Arbis made their inspection a week after to check the airport facilities, other necessary support services like medical, security, emergency rescue, and fire-fighting capacity.


10th March 2016
Giving nationalism a shot in the arm
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 10, 2016, 2:57 am

The inexplicable decision of nine justices of the Supreme Court to dismiss the disqualification cases filed against Grace Poe has stirred the proverbial hornets’ nest.

Suddenly, the law and jurisprudence is no longer the monopoly of lawyers, magistrates and students of the law. Suddenly everybody possesses knowledge that would qualify him or her to come up with a legal opinion on the controversial decision.

This is not an attempt to posit an argument for or against the said decision notwithstanding the personal belief that it is not fit for human consumption. It is a dark day for Philippine jurisprudence and the legal system - no matter how articulate and verbose the decision may be.

At the end of the day, it is neither about foundlings (although that is how Poe’s partisans cleverly package it to be) nor about politics and her being a major threat to her rivals (as many are inclined to put it simply).


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