Wednesday, January 28, 2009

RP economy grew 4.6% in the 4th quarter of 2008

The Philippine’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 from 6.4 percent the previous year despite global economic crisis, government officials said Thursday.

Secretary Ralph Recto, director general of the National Economic Development Authority said in a press conference that the resilience of the country’s services bolstered the economy’s expansion to 4.5 percent though it was lower than the growth gained in the same period last year.

“Our major growth divers for this quarter are trade, agriculture, fishery, manufacturing and construction services. They all contributed to the growth of our GDP by 4.5 percent while this was 1.9 percent lower than the growth posted in the same period of 2007,” he said.

The country’s Gross National Product (GNP) was able to rise by 6.4 percent from last year’s 6.0 percent due to the continuous and strong inflows of remittances from the overseas Filipino workers.

“Total overseas Filipino remittances grew by 6.6 percent for the period October to November 2008, which mainly caused the 27.9 percent growth in net factor income from abroad,” Recto added.

In terms of growth rate by sector, AFF and Services decreased- AFF has a 2.8 percentage from 5. 7 percent and Services obtained a 4.9 percentage from 7.8 percent while Industry increased from 4.9 percent to 5.0 percent; all figures shown in a data presentation.

On the expenditure side, consumer spending reported a lower growth of 4.5 percent from 6.2 percent a year ago.

The government consumption rises to 4.7 percent from 4.6 percent due to the efforts made in augmenting the earnings of the government employees, said Romulo Virola, secretary general of the National Statistical Coordination Board.

Amid the economic crisis, Recto is positive that the Philippine’s economy would remain resilient and well-prepared for the eventual economic rebound.

“If there’s a big slowdown, there is also a big recovery… Once the problem has been solved, there is a bigger chance to rebound,” he said.

Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) meanwhile assumes a 3.4 percent to 4.7 percent growth rate to achieve this year.

2 villages in Guimaras affected by water cut-off due to e-coli

Two villages in Jordan, Guimaras were affected as the water supply there was halted since Friday due to e-coli bacteria found in their water samples.

Jordan Water District and the local authorities decided to cut off the supply of water in villages of Ravena and San Miguel after receiving reports that their water contains e-coli bacteria.

“When we received the report, we immediately stop the water supply in the villages of Ravena and San Miguel,” Mr. Melchor Bitangco, General Manager of Jordan Water District said in a phone interview.

Bitangco explained that they conducted water tests to be submitted to the laboratory of the Central Philippine University in the city of Guimaras for the validation of the results.
Local authorities are now looking for the large piggery located near the river as the possible cause for the incident.

“It is still indefinite but we believe that the large piggery located at the upstream of the river is the cause why e-coli were seen in many water samples since our main source of water here is located near the river also,” Bitangco added.

So far, no one was reported suffering from the incident.

As of now, the local authorities and the Jordan Water District are conducting constant water monitoring, restoration of distributed pipelines and increasing the dosage of chlorine in the water as part of their precautionary measures towards the occurrence.

Bitangco advised the residents to boil the water first before drinking it to avoid unexpected illness.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

P6 million ransom for 3 abducted public school teachers

MANILA -- Authorities are still validating the P6 million ransom demand asked by the abductors of the three public school teachers who were seized in Landang Gua and Pangapuyan islands in Zamboanga early Friday, police official said yesterday.

“There is no official release or report from the investigating unit regarding that matter. As of now, we are still verifying it,” Senior Superintendent Jose Gucela, spokesperson of Zamboanga Police Office said in a phone interview.

Media reports earlier quoted families of the abducted teachers saying they were contacted by the abductors to raise P6 million ransom or P2 million for each victims. Gucela said that the Zamboanga police are still confirming the said ransom.

Local government created a crisis management team called Task Force Guro to gather information on the whereabouts of the victims and also to closely coordinate with the families of the victims.

“The task force is created because this is not only a problem of the families but also the entire Zamboanga province. This is really a threat to the economy of the province,” Gucela added.

The task force is now enhancing the hardening measures augmented by the local authorities, regional mobile group and post multipliers. So far, barangay captains also pledge to support the campaign for the immediate release of the victims.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, head of Task Force Guro, meanwhile appealed for the community of Zamboanga to participate in this matter.

“The victims are somewhere; they cannot be invisible so we are appealing to the community to give all the needed information where the victims can be secured safely,” Lobregat said in a television interview, Sunday morning.

At present, authorities cannot identify which group is responsible for the kidnapping.

Rafael Mayonado, Janette Delos Reyes and Frairez Quizon aboard a motorboat were kidnapped while on their way to Zamboanga City from Sacol Island.

Monday, January 19, 2009

letter of sentiments

I don’t know how to react pero I must admit hindi ako sanay na makita ka best na umiiyak dahil lang sa isang lalake na walang kasiguraduhan.

Nagkwento ka kung bakit at paano nabuo yang nararamdaman mo towards him, hindi ko inaakala na ganun na kalalim yang tinatago mo. Inisip ko baka naman nadadala ka lang ng mga maimpluwensyang bagay a paligid mo pero hindi eh. Bakit ka umiiyak dahil sa kanya? Bakit ka nmumula kapag nandyan siya? Bakit ka kinikilig kapag nahahaplos ka niya? Bakit ka nalulungkot kapag wala siya?

Hindi ito puppy love para sa mga katulad mo best na kailan lang nakilala ang sarili. Alam ko matindi ang kagustuhan mo sa kanya…

Tapos nagtext ka sa akin:

Ganun na lang bay un? Wala na bang karapatan kami para magmahal… Balewala na lang bas a inyo ang nararamdaman naming? O sadyang wala kaming kwentang nilalang sa mundo? Sana hindi ako tama mac.- ash

Kahit kelan hindi nila maiintindihan ang sentimyento ng mga gaya natin. Hindi nila maiintindihan na pwede din tayo magmahal at mahalin.

Kaya nagreply ako sa’yo:

Hindi lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na magmahal at hindi din lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na mahalin. Kaya kayo na minamahal, matuto kayong pahalagahan ito. At tayo namang nagmamahal, matuto tayong limitahan ito. I know maco-conquer mo yan ash. – mac

Sana best naging malinaw say o kung anu gusto kong sabhin. Ito ka na naman, nauulit na naman ang mga pangyayari. Kaya bago ka pa lamunin uli ng hiya mo at bago ka pa makulong diyan sa nararamdaman mo, mag-isip ka na kung may patutunguhan nga ba yang laban mo.

Mag-iingat ka parati. Andito lang kami ni esel.

Friday, January 16, 2009

3 towns in Cebu hit by big waves, 62 houses wiped out

Three coastal towns were largely affected when big waves destroyed and washed out residents’ houses as storm surged in Cebu province.

Towns of Ginatilan,Samboan and Dumanjug were badly hit by the waves wiping out a total number of 62 houses, said National Disaster Coordinating Council.

In the town of Ginatilan, five barangays were affected as the incident occurred. Six houses were damaged in Barangay Guiwanon, 12 in Barangay Looc, two in Barangay San Roque, one in Barangay Palanas and five houses in Barangay Poblacion bringing to a total of 26 damaged residences, as confirmed by Civil Defense officer Marichu Tan.

Tan also said 26 houses were also devastated in six barangays in the town of Samboan while Barangay Looc in the town of Dumanjug was the only barangay affected leading to the obliteration of 10 houses there.

The evacuated families were transferred in different schools and municipal halls, Tan added.

So far, no casualties were reported in the incident.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

25 passengers injured when an aircraft crash-landed in Aklan

MANILA -- At least 25 passengers were injured when an aircraft hit a side wall while landing at the runway of Caticlan Airport in Aklan on Sunday morning, according to Aklan Provincial Police Office.

Zest Air flight 6K865, owned by the Asian Spirit Airlines, left Manila Domestic Airport at 06:10 am and crash-landed in Caticlan at around 7:00 am on board a 27 passengers from Manila mostly bound to Boracay. All the 25 victims were brought to Caticlan Baptist Hospital.

In an interview, Deputy Provincial Director Police Superintendent Anthony Maghari confirmed that out of 25 injured, three of them are not passengers but only personnel who were near the area. Two Australians, two Koreans and a German national were reported injured.

Four passengers including the pilot are still in the said hospital due to major wounds after obtaining severe laceration, abrasion and hematoma. Maghari also said that they were able to maintain the contacts of the other victims for further assistance they might need.

Maghari narrated that the plane before landing lose its control due to strong winds making two turns causing it to land on the national road instead of the runway. Upon landing, it bounced resulting for the tires to swivel hitting the right-wing wall of the airport.

As of now, authorities cannot still determine if the airport sustained major damages but the Air Transportation Office decided to temporarily close the airport due to the said incident.

Meanwhile, Asian Spirit has no official statements regarding the incident as they are still undergoing investigation.

The airport resumed its operations at about 12:15 pm, said Ms. Marie Torres Airport Manager of Caticlan Airport.

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year's Resolution ni Mac

Bagong taon na naman, marami na namang naglalabasang resolutions.

Ako? Isa lang naman ang naisip ko ngayon- bawas sa yosi. Habang tumatagal at habang di ko pinapansin lumalakas ako manigarilyo. Iisipin ko na lang na ang bawat isang stik ng yosi ang katumbas ay etits. Kung sa isang araw ay makakasampung yosi ako eh di parang sampung etits na rin ang nahithit ko. Ampanget, hindi maganda. Kung ganito ang magiging pamantayan ko, tiyak makakabawas ako. Matikas na motivation yun para kumunti ang hihithitin kong yosi. Hehe

Hindi nasusukat sa ilang stiks ng yosi na yoyosihin ko ang bigat at dami ng pagmamahal ko sa kanya. Kung sa magiging pamantayan ko naman babasehin, hindi rin naman sa paghithit (sex) nasusukat yun. I believe there’s a profound reason why I opt to stay. Naks!

Tandaan mo hon, sa bawat usok na ibubuga ko mula sa mga yosi na sisindihan ko sa mga susunod na araw, kasama doon ang mga bagay na mali at hindi natin napagkasunduan nung nagdaang taon. Pipilitin ko na maging close to perfection gaya ng pagsisimula kong magbawas ng nicotine sa baga para nang sa gayon wala kang maireklamo at hindi ka maghanap ng ibang yosi na hihithitin. Hehehe =)

“Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke”- Lynda Barry