Police: Zero crime rate during APEC in Clark

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EdSa declares CSF
bicycle-friendly city
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Puregold Giant Store
soon to open in Candaba
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
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Guiao to DoT: Explain sale
of Paskuhan Village to SM
BY Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
trict Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao over the weekend
said he is considering calling for a congressional
inquiry on the controversial sale of the Paskuhan Village in this city to the SM Development
SP approves resolution backing
advocacy to decongest Manila
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
COURTESY CALL. Department of Education Region 3 OIC Rizalino Jose T. Rosales and other DepEdRO3 officials pay a courtesy call to Gov. Lilia Nanay Pineda. Joining the governor is Bessie Makabali of the
Provincial Library. --JUN JASO
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan
led by Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda has unanimously approved a res-
olution expressing the
urgency to decongest
the National Capital
Region and the importance of spreading out
investments, resources and vital centers
among the country’s 16
This is in support
to the advocacy of business group Pampanga
Chamber of Commerce
and Industry, Inc.
According to Third
District Board MemSP APPROVES.. pagE 6
Police: Zero crime rate during APEC in Clark
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
were no crimes recorded during
the holding of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation (Apec) Senior Of-
ficials Meeting 1 (SOM1) inside
the Freeport here.
Chief Supt. Ronald Santos,
Central Luzon Police officer-incharge and Task Group Commander, disclosed this during
the monthly forum “Talk Wi-
dus” of the Pampanga Press
Club (PPC) in cooperation with
Widus Hotel and Casino here.
“Magmula ng nagsimula
itong Apec dito sa Clark and
Subic, wala pong untoward incidents na nangyari,” Santos said.
To secure the delegates from
various countries, the regional police office has deployed
2,800 police officers, according
to him.
“Upang masiguro natin na
lahat ng anggulo, lahat ng su-
lok, at lahat ng lugar kung saan
sila ay nakatira, ang kanilang
pinagpupulungan ay mabigyan
natin ng kaukulang seguridad,”
he added.
Santos said that the delZERO CRIME.. pagE 6
MASS WEDDING. As an early Valentine treat, the municipal government of Orani, Bataan led by Mayor Benjie Serrano Jr. sponsors a mass wedding of 120 couples at the Orani People’s Park over
the week. Serrano said the wedding reception, registration at the Municipal Registry and wedding gifts were all free. --MHIKE R. CIGARAL
Headline Gitnang Luzon • FEBRUARY 10, 2015
EdSa declares CSF bicycle-friendly city
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
- Mayor Edwin Santiago over
the week declared this city as
bicycle-friendly, an advocacy to
promote the use of bicycles in
the city as an alternative mode
of transportation.
The mayor, however, admitted the need for legislative sup-
port in the creation of bicycle
lanes on all city roads.
He said the use of bicycles
could be use as an alternative
mode of transportation within
the city to the jeepney, which can
harm the environment through
the emission of smoke.
Santiago said he plans to invite neighboring municipalities
to do the same as this means a
holistic approach to this program.
Last Saturday, a cycling caravan took place as part of Kaganapan 2015, the 14th anniversary celebration of the cityhood
of San Fernando.
Led by the Kaganapan 2015
Committee under its chairperson Virgilio Cortez and the San
Fernando Sports Council, the
caravan covered 36 kilometers
from the City Hall through all
but four of the city’s barangays,
up to the Heroes Hall.
ment friendly and at the same
time, it’s good for our health,”
explained the caravan committee’s co-chairperson Engr. Jose
“Our goal in doing this cycling
caravan is to promote and make
our constituents aware that cycling is the most efficient mode
of transportation. It’s environ-
Different cyclist groups from
all parts of San Fernando and
other towns joined the caravan.
This activity of the city government is in accordance with
the 12-point agenda of the Santiago administration which,
among others, promotes a clean
environment in the city and
health and wellness among Fernandinos.•
AUF grads bag
2nd, 7th place
in PT boards
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
BIKE-FRIENDLY CITY. Mayor Edwin D. Santiago recently leads the sports committee of the City of San Fernando in their oath-taking ceremony on the continuous promotion of bicycles as one of the mode of transportations in the city. --CSF-CIO PHOTO
SSS Pampanga,
Balanga win
CSC Seal of
Excellence award
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Branch offices of the Social Security
System (SSS) in Pampanga and Balanga have recently been rated “Excellent” for outstanding frontline
service by strictly complying with
provisions of Republic Act 9485 or
the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA).
The Civil Service Commission
(CSC) granted the Citizen’s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence Award
to SSS San Fernando and Balanga
branches over the week. A cash reward of P100,000 was given to each
of the two branches which will be
used to purchase equipment or other materials to further improve the
delivery of frontline services.
The award for excellent customer
service was given after CSC conducted its ARTA Survey and the
Integrated ARTA Program on July
18 to 20, 2014. SSS Pampanga and
Balanga branches both obtained excellent ratings during the first and
second phases of validation which
looked at five core areas – frontline
service, service quality, physical
working condition, and overall client satisfaction.
SSS Pampanga serves 77,925
employed members and 103,912
self-employed and voluntary (SE/
VM) members from two cities and
19 municipalities while SSS Balanga
covers 26,873 employees and 81,992
csc award... Page 7
ANGELES CITY - Two graduates of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) bagged the second
and seventh places in the February 2015 Physical Therapy Licensure Examination.
AUF President Dr. Joseph
E.L. Angeles announced that
their university registered the
highest passing rate among PT
schools in Northern and Central
Luzon, according to the records
of the Professional Regulation
BS Physical Therapy 2014
graduates Jay Mar Bebita and
Maria Katrina Mabansag,
ranked second and seventh
place, respectively, in the recent
board exams, bringing to 26 the
total topnotchers of the AUF
College of Allied Medical Professions since 1990.
“We laud and take pride in
this achievement of our graduates which confirms AUF’s
reputation as the home of topnotchers,” AUF College of Allied
Medical Professions dean Dr.
Estelita Cayabyab said.
The other new Physical
auf grad bag... Page 7
Suspected drug
dealers nabbed
By Froilan E Magtoto
HOMEGROWN BET. Maolin Yalung, Miss Mabalacat City 2014 and Mutya ning Kapampangan 2014 3rd runner
up is now an official candidate of the Bb. Pilipinas 2015, coronation night of which is set on March 15. Yalung, who
stands at 5’9″ and was also named Miss Casino Filipino 2014, will be competing against 33 other candidates for the
crown. This 20-year-old native of Mabalacat is a proud degree holder in Speech Pathology from the University of the
Philippines. --contributed photo
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Two drug dealers listed
in the priority list in Central
Luzon fell into the hands of the
law on Saturday, after several
months of casing and surveillance in Angeles City.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 3 (PDEA3) Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the suspects as Abdul
Fatah Unte, 35, known as the
second notorious drug peddler in Region3; and Absari
Boriogan, 37; both residents of
Barangay Pampang in Angeles
FEBRUARY 10, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
MOA SIGNING. Mayor Rene E. Maglanque and the Executives of Puregold Giant Retail Store led by Girlie M. Sy, vice president, show a performance cash bond check after signing the Memorandum
of Agreement for the establishment of Puregold in Candaba. Joining them are Lalette V. Alea, site inspection and acquisition manager, Rudy Kabigting - budget officer; Lorna David - treasurer, Councilor
Luis Pelayo, San Agustin Barangay Captain Nelson Alonzo, Councilor Linda Salac, Councilor Charina Sombillo, Municipal Assessor Edgar Gulapa, Municipal Engineer Alex Veneracion, GSO Engr. Edgar
Anicete and Raul Manalastas of the municipal treasurer’s office. --ELAINE MERCADO
Bataan officials
join APEC Summit
By Mhike R. Cigaral
CLARK FREEPORT - Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia on Friday led Bataan local officials to the welcome dinner
reception for the delegates to the Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
First Senior Officials Meeting at the Oxford Hotel in this Freeport.
The event was highlighted with cultural presentations of the province of
The welcome dinner was hosted by
Governor Lilia Pineda in behalf of the
Widus opens
‘The Lounge’
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
Hotel and Casino has opened “The
Lounge”, a perfect meet-up place for
business and over-the-coffee conversations, at the hotel’s grand lobby
“The Lounge” is the newest amenity
of Widus, known as one of the best onestop leisure destinations inside this
“The Lounge”, which evokes a suTHE LOUNGE... Page 7
Puregold Giant Store
soon to open in Candaba
Puregold, the giant retail chain
with more than 225 stores nationwide, will soon open another
one-stop shopping convenience
store in the heart of this town –
Mayor Rene Estacio Maglanque said the investment of
Puregold in this town is a welcome development for Candabenios, as it opens doors for more
investors who want to do business in Candaba.
This came as the municipality led by Mayor Maglanque and
Puregold headed by Girlie M. Sy
and Lalette V. Alea, site inspection and acquisition manager,
inked last Friday a memorandum of agreement for the establishment of Puregold Store offering a wide array of goods from
groceries, apparel, household
accessories and furniture at very
affordable prices.
The mayor said with the
completion of road upgrading
infrastructure projects, the town
and its people are now ready for
further socio-economic development.
Alea said Puregold will rise at
the Annex Building of Candaba
Elementary School (CES), which
is set to be transferred by the
municipality at the CES main
campus in Barangay Buas with
the construction of six more
classrooms this year.
It was learned that the lot of
CES Annex Building situated at
the heart of Poblacion is owned
by the Municipality, and Puregold will now occupy it with a
monthly rental of P112,000.
Under the agreement, there
will be no increase on rental and
business permit fees for the next
five years as Puregold is considered as the town’s biggest investor as of now.
Alea said they want to be the
most customer-oriented hypermart offering a one-stop shopping convenience and best value
to customers as they will work to
meet their demands and expectations.
Asked why they chose Candaba, Alea said Puregold was impressed with the infrastructure
development of the town as its
33 barangays are interconnected
and each one is connected to Poblacion and the four exit points
of the municipality.
It can be noted that the town’s
Poblacion is connected to San
Luis and Arayat towns with the
existing Arayat-Apalit Setback
Levee; the town is also accessible to Sta. Ana town with the
existing national highway that
passes through Poblacion all the
way to Candaba’s Kapampangan
Region to San Miguel, Bulacan
and in the other side – the Tagalog Region going to Baliwag,
Alea said aside from the
Puregold Poblacion, they are
also looking forward for the establishment of another Puregold
in Pansol road in Barangay Pasig
going to Sta. Ana town near the
hospital, which is now being developed by the mayor.
“We have also a good outlook
for Puregold store because we
have the full support of Mayor
Maglanque,” Alea said.
Alea said Puregold saw the
potentials of Candaba as a captured market plus its neighboring towns.
In terms of investment, Aleya
said the construction alone will
cost the company around P10million.
“The advantage of the town is
employment. Definitely, 100 percent of the employees will come
from Candaba,” she said.
Candaba’s Development
“In the first almost two years
of my term, we had worked hard
to complete the road interconnections of Poblacion to Tagalog and Kapampangan regions.
Now, the people are more united.
Candabenios now go to Poblacion for the needs especially durPUREGOLD... Page 7
Urban agri can boost food
security in cities—DA
APEC DELEGATES. Governor Albert S. Garcia (3rd from left) joins Bataan local officials and the business sector in the APEC welcome dinner
hosted by the provincial government of Pampanga, led by Gov. Lilia Pineda. --MHIKE R. CIGARAL
QUEZON CITY - A mixture of urban agricultural production technologies can enable cities to produce their own food, complementing the government’s efforts in the
countryside to maintain food security in
the country, according to the Department
of Agriculture (DA).
At the launching of DA’s urban agriculture project in Las Piñas City on February
4, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala
said that urban agriculture can provide additional source of fresh and safe food and
extra income for urban residents, among
other benefits.
The project is implemented in partnership with the DA Regional Office for
CALABARZON, Bureau of Plant Industry
(BPI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Office of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.
Among the production technologies
URBAN AGRI... Page 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • FEBRUARY 10, 2015
Good investment
WELL, what do you know...
there were no crimes reported
during the holding of the Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation
(Apec) Senior Officials Meeting
1 (SOM1) inside the Clark Freeport, which concluded over the
Can this be attributed to the
security preparations made by
our regional police?
According to Chief Supt. Ronald Santos, Central Luzon Police officer-in-charge and Task
Group Commander, they had
deployed 2,800 police officers to
secure the area and the APEC
delegates, who were billeted in
different hotels inside Clark.
Santos said they had also
closely monitored the delegates’ official tours, and had
stationed policemen strategically outside every venue of the
It’s a relief to know that at
least, for the duration of the
APEC meetings, that criminals in the city chose to take a
break. They seemed to understand the importance of keeping up with the impression of
a safe Angeles City. Or it could
be that they just did not want
any national – or international
– attention.
It was a good investment,
though – deploying said number of men 24/7 to fully secure
the Freeport. At least, according to Santos.
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Of traffic
HILE business groups
and politicians in Pampanga province linked
arms in a bid to decongest imperial
Manila, the three neighboring cities
of the province are currently experiencing gridlocks particularly during
rush hours.
On a simple day such as last Sat-
dan Road on their way to Angeles or
Marquee Mall or Magalang town. A
lone traffic enforcer was there to instill order near the road going to Barangay Mining while no one seemed
to work on the improvement of the
emba n kments along
Pandan Road
“When will Angeles City finally have
flyovers? When will the city government impose the closure of subdivisions’ streets to prevent the entry of
vehicles from every nook and corner Check
Arnel San Pedro
of the city?”
urday, I found myself embedded
in heavy traffic along the Pandan
Road. I fetched “Rupert”, a representative of Federal Insurance in
Makati, at the Dau Bus Station Terminal but not after passing through
the moderate traffic approaching
Dau, Mabalacat. So, in a bid to bypass the traffic I passed through
the North Luzon Expressway and
entered the Angeles Exit going to
Pandan Road.
What greeted me along Pandan
Road was a intricate cobweb of traffic. PUJs and private vehicles crisscrossed the streets and entered Pan-
let alone a bulldozer which is clearing the front of a hardware store.
When will Angeles City finally
have flyovers? When will the city
government impose the closure of
subdivisions’ streets to prevent the
entry of vehicles from every nook
and corner of the city?
Ok, well and good, the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) was able to
tap the support of the Apec Business
Council in its call for the decongestion of Metro Manila. And during
the session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan last week, Vice Governor
Dennis Pineda and the Board Members have manifested their full support to the advocacy to ease out traffic in the National Capital Region.
Decongesting the streets of
Manila is one thing that requires
proper planning while improving
the country’s infrastructure is another realm that needs to be addressed immediately to improve
traffic flow. For example, in Angeles
City and Mabalacat City, which are
both experiencing relative economic growth in the past years, their respective roadways had been partly
improved through road widening.
But there are still stumbling
blocks that prevent a holistic road
widening program because some establishments encroached along the
way and now impede the projects to
widen major thoroughfares. Along
the Circumferential Road, the road
widening stopped to a grinding halt
after the road widening reached
the building near the Friendship
Why not establish a new route
that will link Checkpoint in Balibago with Sta. Teresita? This idea was
broached by businessman Ruperto
Cruz who said the old Philippine
National Railway track from Fields
Avenue up to the former Marissa
Drug Store in Sta. Teresita can be
linked. Cruz said it could serve as a
one way street.•
What’s Hot in the Hot Air Balloon Fest?
SIDE from the heated air of “safety considerations” which
that makes the hot air bal- concerns air traffic and aviationloons buoyant and fly up in related activities in the Clark Inthe air, talks and contrasting sides ternational Airport. Even balloon
on whether the upcoming 19th pilots themselves have seemingly
Philippine International Hot Air approved of the ideal wind condiBalloon this weekend should still tions in Lubao.
organizabe held inside the Clark Freeport
Zone are seemingly getting more tions such as the Pinoy Gumising
Ka Movement (PGKM) are not as
and more intense as well.
happy as well about the
After the cancellation of the Hot Air
Balloon Fest in Clark
last year, the annual
event will be pushing
through once again
this February 12-15
at the Philippine Air
Force ADAC Hangar
after Bases Conversion
and Development Authority (BCDA) president Arnel Casanova, Brainwaves
Development Michelle CatapCorp. (CDC) president Lacson
Arthur Tugade, Clark
International Airport
Corp. (CIAC) president, (then) chief upcoming restaging of the balloon
executive officer Victor Jose Lu- festival in Clark this 2015. PGKM
ciano, and Philippine International Chair Ruperto Cruz pointed out
Hot Air Balloon Foundation Inc. several compelling arguments say(PIHABF) president Capt. Joi Roa ing that this annual event “sabosigned a memorandum of agree- tages” the development of the
ment to hold the annual balloon Clark International Airport as “an
international gateway of the counfiesta.
Capt.“Joi” Roa called the fes- try” because “balloons are a risk
tival off last year “because of lack to aviation, especially to passenof preparations” but he assured ger airlines, [and] [W]ith Clark
that “the event will resume in 2015 identified as hot air balloon festiwith more well-prepared activi- val site, it loses its premium as a
ties.” Consequently, the Pilipinas commercial aviation hub.” He also
International Balloon Festival Inc., claimed that the government funds
through the persistent efforts of given by CDC through “sponsorthe Department of Tourism and the ships” should be subjected to the
Provincial Government of Pam- usual government accounting and
panga staged the crowd-drawing auditing procedures. An annual
balloon fest in Brgy. Prado Siongco amount of P2 million to P3.5 milin Lubao last April 10-13, 2014. The lion have been provided by CDC to
new venue was cited to be an ideal the PIHABFFI.
Despite these many conflicts
site for this yearly event in light
and hostilities, it cannot be contested that the Hot Air Balloon Festival which happens every February in the Clark Economic Zone has
been one of the highly anticipated
local tourism events in Pampanga
for more than 12 years since it was
relaunched in 2000. Dubbed as the
“biggest aviation sports event in
the Philippines,” it draws in more
than 60,000 tourists from nearby
provinces and even foreign countries as it features very colorful and
specially-designed hot
air balloons flown by
more than a hundred
balloon pilots from all
over the world. Aside
from these main attractions, the 4-day event
events such as skydiving, remote-control airplane and helicopter flying exhibitions, freestyle
aerobatics, kite-making
and choreographed kite-flying,
and other aerial stunts and sports
As Kapampangans, we should
feel privileged that this international event is being conducted
here in our beloved province not
just once, but twice for this year.
We should be proud and be united
in promoting local tourism and festivals held in our province, and we
should be the first ones to support
these kinds events and invite other
people to visit Pampanga. I believe
that with this purpose of helping
boost the local tourism and economy in mind, it is more appropriate for us to disregard these spats
and in the meantime, let us all
cheerfully welcome everyone to our
beautiful province of Pampanga in
this “weekend of everything that
“The new venue was cited to
be an ideal site for this yearly event in light of “safety
considerations” which concerns air traffic and aviationrelated activities in the Clark
International Airport.”
FEBRUARY 10, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
At the mercy of others
FEW minutes short before prehension that they might hit them
midnight the other night, I with their vehicles.
The young kids, while they
found myself at the Dolores
Intersection in the City of San Fer- should be sleeping, were still begnando to buy some over-the-coun- ging even at that unholy hour. I surter medicines where drugstores are mise that they do not attend school
and are simply into begging for their
open 24 hours a day.
Near the drugstore, I saw three basic needs.
The sight of the famyoung kids. The two
ily is pitiful that if we
were jovially playing,
only ask why there are
the other one was asleep.
families who suffer such
Beside her was a woman
who seems to be their
mother, young but looking old perhaps due to
difficulties in raising her
The people I met
seem to be living in the
said area near the drugstore as evidenced by the
grime on the concrete Alvin H. Arceo
post where they are living.
They looked to be ordinary street fate, we cannot get any answer exchildren with their mother, begging cept the poverty they experience.
Meanwhile, the young child who
for alms. It was almost midnight
and the two children were still beg- was dozing off is exposed to variging for alms to motorists parked at ous elements that is detrimental not
the space intended for the custom- only to her health but also to her
safety and security. While resting,
ers of the drugstore.
While many people at that mo- she inhales the emissions comment are surely fast asleep, the said ing from vehicles at the drugstore’s
family is still awake, except for the parking lot.
The young child, while asleep, is
one who was sleeping, begging for
some loose coins or anything that also susceptible to the cold breeze
they might have some benefit from and to other elements such as dust
and dirt.
such bread or a biscuit.
While we may feel mercy for the
Many of us have roofs above our
heads and walls to protect us from said family, we can only help them
the cold evenings and from other momentarily with loose cash or leftelements, while they live without over food. We can only help them
anything above them and a wall for maybe for a day and it will not be
their protection against the envi- long that they will be on the streets
again looking for the kindness of
Some customers of the drug- some.
On the other hand, the governstore shooed away the young children begging for alms, with the ap- ment should be looking into their
welfare, not because they are taxpayers but because they are citizens
of our land. They too are Filipinos
who deserve the services of the government.
Since it is their welfare that
should be looked after, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) might be interested in looking for them. Perhaps
they should be given shelter first,
even if it is made of modest materi-
“On the other hand, the government should be
looking into their welfare, not because they are
taxpayers but because they are citizens of our
As of this land. They too are Filipinos who deserve the
services of the government.”
als which they can call their home.
They deserve too some food, not
leftovers handed by anyone who
passes by where they dwell. The
government I believe, has a feeding program for them. They deserve to be secure, not guarded by
policemen but by a normal community safe from strangers and with a
healthy environment.
They deserve too a decent source
of livelihood, not begging at the
mercy of other people. Like us, they
have their basic needs that they
should work for if given the chance.
While the city has gone far in
terms of growth and development,
it still has some families like such.
This writer welcomes other
views, comments, and reactions.
You may send your message at
teacher’s corner
Pedagogical reengineering in K-12 mathematics
HE concept of mathematics
education as mathematical
sheds some light on Lee Roy Shulmantis’s (2006) concept of pedagogical content knowledge. There has
been a good deal of interest in precisely describing the kind of knowledge a teacher should possess in order to be effective in teaching. In the
field of mathematics, at least, this
goal has proven to be elusive thus far
(but cf. Hill-Rowan-Ball, 2004), but
Shulmantis’s intuitive and appealing
formulation of this concept crystallizes the diverse ideas concerning an
essential component of good teaching. From the point of view of mathematical pedagogical reengineering,
one of the primary responsibilities of
a teacher is to customize her mathematical knowledge in accordance
with the needs of each situation for
students’ consumption. This particular reengineering of knowledge
is the essence of pedagogical content
knowledge. Although this approach
to pedagogical content knowledge
does not add anything new to its conception, it does provide a framework
to understand this knowledge within
mathematics, one that is different
from what one normally encounters
in educational discussions. It makes
explicit at least three components to
effective teaching: a solid mathematical knowledge, a clear perception of
the setting defined by the students’
knowledge, and the flexibility of
BY Shirley M. Dabu
mind to customize this mathematical knowledge for use in this particular setting without sacrificing mathematical uprightness.
The idea of customizing mathematics “without sacrificing mathematical uprightness” is central to
mathematical pedagogical reengineering. In pedagogical reengineering, it is obvious that, in trying
to customize scientific principles
to meet the needs of humanity, we
cannot contradict nature regardless
of how great the human needs may
be. In other words, one respects the
integrity of science and does not
attempt anything quite foolish as
the construction of anti-gravity or
perpetual-motion machines. Likewise, as mathematical pedagogical
reengineering, mathematics education accepts the centrality of mathematics as a given. Again using the
example of teaching fractions, a
mathematics educator would know
that no matter how one tries to teach
fractions, it must be done in a way
that respects the abstract meaning of a fraction even if the latter is
never used explicitly. If, for instance,
an educator catches himself saying that children must adopt new
rules for fractions that often conflict
with well-established ideas about
whole numbers, then he knows he
is teaching fractions the wrong way
because, no matter what efforts one
puts into making fractions intuitive
to children, one cannot do violence
to the immutable fact that the rational numbers contain the integers
as a sub-ring. The need to teach the
arithmetic of fractions as a natural
extension of the arithmetic of whole
numbers has gone unnoticed for
far too long, with the result that too
many of our students begin to harbor the notion that, after the whole
numbers, the arithmetic of fractions
is a new beginning. Such bad mathematical pedagogical reengineering
in curricular designs is unfortunately a common occurrence. The only
way to minimize such pedagogical reengineering errors is to have
both mathematicians and educators closely oversee each curricular
design. In fact, if we believe in the
concept of mathematics education
as mathematical pedagogical reengineering, then the two communities
must work together in all phases of
mathematics education: Any education project in mathematics must
begin with a sound conception of the
mathematics involved, and there has
to be a clear understanding of what
the educational goal is before one
can talk about customization. In this
process, there is little that is purely
mathematical or purely educational;
almost every step is a mixture of
both. Mathematics and education
are completely intertwined in mathematical pedagogical reengineering.
Mathematicians cannot contribute to K–12 mathematics educapedagogical... Page 7
Neng Capa M. Pangan
Ing Matun
Caring matun ampon siga king Caloocan,
Y Mianung yang peka-Ari keng tepangan;
Carin a nung nuya sicat keng bugbugan,
Mani-manian namu ing balbalan sicang!
At uli ning iti talaga yang masyas,
Alang siga carin a caya mangangas;
Maging ding Big 4 a kanita bulalag,
Y Mianung ali re bitasang asindac!
Caras keng inuman e me apacurul
Lalu pat nung beer mu ing caya mu paynum;
Keng gin o lambanug, antiang minum danum,
At keng Emperador manunggal yang galun!
At ninung mangangas paki-ascalan de
Ing antimo cayang ganarul keng pate?
Dandaman dia bosis a keta magcangie,
Mangapali no ring casiping na bale!
Ala pang menamun, caya kinalaban,
Pablasang locu ya at pangingilagan!
Keng tapang at gilas, e ne ipangutang
Uli ning balu re mabilug Caloocan.
Dapot keng bie misan casebian e wari
Ing nanu mang bage ating pasubali;
Nung matapang ca man at mag-Ari-ari,
Mecad mu atin cang casucad a sati;
Misan, iting Mianung e pa migmulmul man,
Mipasabac ne king metung a inuman;
At uling buri na ing pitatacutan,
Sandu naman ala kamamaranunan.
Ing pecamaniaman ketang pulutan da,
Yang keta macapag cabang totoning la;
At carin, king agyang e na gastus ita,
Ya pang mipamintuan king balang buri na;
Mecabulad ngamu, busal nitang saya,
Babai yaing dintang a mamius keng camua;
Hoy, Falaviano ngana, e na ca tinanda,
Ing anac licuan mu ne namang mangaga!
E wari pilan nang besis sinabi cu,
Ing e me lalacuan cabang mag-mahjong cu?
Ticdo na ca, at nung ali balu mu cu!
Yes, darling ngayon din! nganang Falaviano,
(At caticdo niti milayi yang todu!)•
teacher’s corner
Sports Discipline
BY Felino M. Sawal
HAT can sports teach a child? First off,
sports can teach children about discipline –
which is a very important tool in learning the
necessary skills, in putting the time and preparation
needed for every sporting activity.
If they have discipline, then they will improve, excel and be rewarded for their efforts. Having discipline
also maximized the chances of success of a child athlete.
Sports teaches young people that they need to work
hard in order to achieve something. But reaching one’s
goal means a lot of sacrifice, to be able to participate
and be part of a team. They will have to give up a lot of
things – their time with friends, family; malling with
best friends; playing video games with their best buddies and watching TV at home.
Also, being in a sports activity opens up the world
of the children to teamwork. There is after all, no “I”
in team. Being in a team is much like doing a puzzle
– every piece must fit, for it to be able to work out. It
is said that the importance of a team supersedes the
recognition of individual accomplishments. By working together as a part of a group with a common goal,
things can be accomplished that otherwise would be
out of the reach of individuals.
sports discipline... Page 7
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According to Guiao, there is concern from various stakeholders here
who were surprised when news
about the sale came out.
The lawmaker has also asked
Department of Tourism (DoT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez, through a
letter, for their side on the issue.
The DoT had earlier sold the
sprawling 9.3-hectare property to
the SMDC for P900 million, as part
of the asset privatization program
of the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA),
led by former Pampanga Gov. Mark
In Guiao’s letter to the DoT, he
asked Jimenez at what particular
stage they are in on the SMDCTIEZA deal and whether proper
procedures on procurement were
followed on the sale.
It can be recalled that it was
Guiao’s father, the late governor
Bren Z. Guiao, who initiated the
construction of the Paskuhan Village.•
“But we pray that would not
happen,” he said.
Henson also said that the government should look at other less
vulnerable areas in the country,
like the Clark and Subic Freeports.
He also cited the existence of the
and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La
Union Expressway in the region.
What will help in decongesting Manila, Henson said, are vital
infrastructures like a rail transit
system, which the government
can consider. With this, economic
activity in the north can grow and
can benefit residents from North
and Central Luzon.•
other tourist attractions.
It can be recalled that Clark
Development Corp. president
and chief executive officer Arthur
Tugade vowed to augment security in Clark.
“That’s why we invested in
men, equipment and technology
so that we can fully secure Clark
Freeport Zone 24/7,” Santos said.
However, Ricardo Banayat,
CDC assistant vice president for
Security services, disclosed that
there are some minor traffic violations monitored by the Integrated Command Center (ICC). •
SP APPROVES... from Page 1
ber Rosve Henson, who filed the
resolution, PamCham is right in its
advocacy since Metro Manila is already saturated.
Henson said that everything
there will be hit, as well as the
country’s economy, if and when
a disaster the like of typhoon
“Yolanda” strikes.
ZERO CRIME... from Page 1
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Go to www.Printable-Puzzles.com for hints and solutions!
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32. Surround
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62. ___ out a living (made do)
63. Chewable candy that
spawned a comics character
named Joe
23. Journalist Kupcinet and
sportscaster Cross
26. Trunks within trunks
20. Yoga position
19. Kind of knot or cover
17. Like thrift shop
15. Hansen of NPR
16. "___ each life some rain..."
14. Heinz number, to Ovid
51. Laundry stiffener
10. Hauler's destination
48. 1993 Robin Williams film
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18. One place to hook up the
44. Brings to court
46. Black key
24. Winery
of Taoism
56. 49.
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go straight
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57. 51.
22. Casks
25. Most achy
27. Ship's
27. “It’s
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28. Lhasa
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28. Green
29. Represent in drawing
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31. Entrance markers
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36. British
30. Product
37. __ May Clampett
39. Area of vulnerability
31. Muddle
41. Swingin’ Sammy
35. Sub shop
6. Fed. medical agency
36. Snarl
7. WWII army member
37. Oxen connector
8. The 'A' in A.D.
39. Close associates
50. Furry frolickers
52. ‘Have —!’ (‘Look out!’)
59. 53.
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60. 56.
57. Three-hand card game
“Told you I could
do it!”
61. 59.
60. Those, in Nuevo Laredo
61. AMEX’s kin
64. 64.
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president's plane)
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According to him, policemen
were also strategically stationed
outside the venue of the Apec
meeting to ensure the safety of
the delegates who are visiting
AS of February 06-08, 2015
1. Romeo
5. Sleep affliction
10. Emmy-winner Ward
14. Hebrew letter
15. Shuffle, briefly
16. Reuniongoer, informally
17. Solid ground
19. Heinz number, to Ovid
20. “All That Glitters” author
21. Unrivaled at malice
23. Cuts with garden shears
26. Beam of light
27. Activity that ended at midnight
32. Prefix with gram or center
33. Beforehand
34. Papyrus plant
38. Doctrines, informally
40. Military messes
42. Iran monetary unit
43. Proscription list
45. Remained firm
47. “Ha-ha,” on-line
48. The Clermont
51. Country singer Kathy
54. Condiment for fries
55. Don’t run with them
58. When some TV news
comes on
62. Subject to mildew, perhaps
63. “Lighten up!”
66. ___ O’s (chocolaty cereal)
67. ___ Zagora, Bulgaria
68. Nutrition amts.
69. Spanish muralist Jose Maria ___
70. All finished, as dinner
71. Encl. with a manuscript
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 - FEB. 18)
There could be roadblocks with communication today–perhaps more with static electricity than words. However, when in doubt, ask questions! You will still be able to have conference calls and other means of communication. Get your plans in order–it pays to have a plan or routine. You are empowered with the energy to seek out
new friends and activities this afternoon. Now is the time for something completely different. You do well with
your responsibilities in relationships and you are able to teach good communication skills to the young people
around you. It is good to teach one particularly feisty young person in your home that quiet times are important
and personal rewards can be listed on a grateful list that one of you can begin tonight.
ARIES (MAR. 21-APR. 19)
Interior decorating may be the perfect job for you; however, any sort of work in retail can be quite successful.
You are valued for your ability to make practical decisions concerning the needs of the consumer. You have
a natural sense of what the public wants. Clear decisions affecting others could be made now. There is an
increase in romantic daydreaming. For those that are single, a relationship sometime in the next two weeks
may change your mind on the subject of marriage. Trust and confidence in your own abilities to be compatible is greatly improved over your past feelings of inadequacy. For those of you who have a love relationship,
incredibly romantic feelings will intensify your love. Poetry and music are encouraged.
You may take a serious attitude to just about all aspects of your life. For a while this morning you may feel that
you are just not with the flow of energy. You know that energies change–if you wait awhile, all the cobwebs
will clear away. This is the time to use your energy constructively. This morning is an excellent time to sit down
alone and get many things accomplished. It is not a time to try to convince people of anything–nor is it time to
push projects. After the noon break you may feel that you have more energy to tackle more difficult problems.
Your sensitivity to others tends to delude you this afternoon–perhaps encouraging you to misplace your affections. A movie may be in order tonight–the romantic in you is strong.
Now is the time when you should gain recognition or credit for your hard work. There is advice available today
that would be good for future reference. Today is a good time to resolve any long-standing dispute and a
good day for work. Get out-of-doors for exercise at the lunch break. Work will seem easier and you should
feel more relaxed once you engage in some sort of healthy activity. Your time, love and attention and perhaps
volunteering in the health care arena are most needed and appreciated by those who receive your care. You
are a mentor to others and have encouraged many people to volunteer in important places without realizing
it. A unique opportunity excites you this afternoon. Trust in your own judgment.
You are easygoing today–your compatibility with higher-ups may draw positive attention. You will find this
a very lucky day for making plans or decisions and finding your way through just about any problem you may
discover. You feel successful and able to cope with whatever life has to offer. Good advice from a guide or
older person may be forthcoming–a good day. Tomorrow is the key word for today. Some days it is okay to
put off until tomorrow all those chores you lined up for today. Complete one thing on your list and then enjoy
something fun. A friend or loved one may offer help with tomorrow’s chore. Recharge your batteries tonight
by going to bed early. Your social life should blossom during this time, perhaps a new love interest.
LEO (JUL 23 - AUG. 23)
In your professional life, the difference between where you want to be and where you really are may mean
that your personal growth is stunted by some inhibition or constraint. You must either accept your present
situation and pace yourself or begin to make changes–a middle ground may be hard to find. A job planner
or job search at a nearby community college may be a step toward a better employment opportunity. A new
friend that is very much different from the friends you usually have, may come into your life now. It seems as
though this new person has much to offer. Take this new friendship slowly and gracefully–you will help each
other. Conditions at home are due to change. Delightfully, the changes will be in a positive direction!
LIBRA (SEP. 23 - OCT. 23)
This is a good time to try and foster a sense of togetherness and team play among the players of the day’s scenario. Do not try and force an issue during this short period. If you are depending on several different people
or the upswing of the dollar to save some business project–you could be in hot water–easy does it. If your
own expertise has been the guide to this project–you have nothing to fear. After a hard day’s work, you might
find yourself on the golf course or in the gym. This is an excellent time for taking part in social activities with
friends. If you are not planning to attend a social event, there are energies available for shopping. You or your
children need shoes or other clothing–you are wise to do a little comparison shopping.
PISCES (FEB. 19 - MAR. 20)
This period may portend the successful culmination of an ambitious project. The accent is on charisma. You could
sell snowballs to eskimos–because they like you. Stocks may be a good investment today, particularly something
in transportation. Your ability, however, to pick and choose your own investment is commendable. Also, this is a
good day to plan your redecorating because you may be around people that like to do or talk about such things.
Talk among friends or co-workers can be quite enjoyable at this time. You impress people in conversations and
communicate to loved ones on new levels. Someone brings much laughter to a conversation this evening. Time
with a loved one is fulfilling.
Your focus is strong and your efforts today are successful. At the close of your workday, you find new ways in
which to make the transition from work to home enjoyable. Perhaps a recorded book would be helpful for
the car ride home or to enjoy during an exercise period. You do a good job of leaving-work-at-work and you
thoroughly enjoy time with your family. This evening, a visit to a bookstore may take an hour or two instead
of fifteen minutes. You enjoy visiting with people and might consider a bit of writing yourself! Ideas will come
quickly and creative writing is an excellent outlet of expression. Good feelings are in the air. You are motivated
and you find positive ways to encourage others.
SCORPIO (OCT. 24- NOV. 21)
Discipline may be where your concentration is for now. However, maintaining your spirit of enthusiasm will
help you stay on target with your goals. This is a good day for making decisions, carrying out plans and communicating to others. Make sure the dialogue goes both ways, however–others have good ideas too. If you
stick to the main subject and do not become hung up on trivialities, you should accomplish quite a lot. You
are empowered with a clear and inquisitive mind. Under the energies today, working with and discussing
ideas with friends can be most beneficial and rewarding. You should enjoy time with your family this evening.
Expressing affections should come easily and can do much good for everyone’s disposition.
This is a good time to lead the way on a project–ideas and inspired input are yours for the asking. Your energy
is high and your mind is busy, ready to be applied to the work at hand. If you give your best effort now you
will soon see success. Your cheerful confidence will help win your client’s or customer’s attention and move
you forward. Later this afternoon you will find the desire to move into a different activity. At this time, athletic
energy is preferred. Enjoy a jog around the park or shoot some baskets this afternoon–especially good with a
friend! At home this evening, an ongoing situation with your family continues. It may be time to think about
the positive things you have not tried yet in order to generate good results.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP.22)
To assure that you do not misunderstand instructions at work today, ask questions and if necessary, keep
notes. This may be a more technical day than usual. Financial savvy and a practical-thinking frame of mind
are qualities that also take on importance. You may feel that you have become a good business dealer. You
will show a knack for knowing how to put people, ideas and things together profitably. Playing the role of a
coordinator can be rewarding. This afternoon, gathering and exchanging information becomes an amusing
time. Neighbors or siblings have a big impact on your goals and make a big impression now. This evening is a
socially active time. Perhaps a wedding or baby shower is on the schedule.
FEBRUARY 10, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
AUF GRAD BAG... from Page 2
Therapists are Bucad, Earl Chester;
Cunanan, Regine; Cura, Giovanni;
David, Angelo Jomel; De Villa, Cristian Jay; Dizon, Peter Paul; Enriquez,
pedagogical... from Page 5
Evelyn; Galang, Jan Vincent; Hernandez, Ives Reinaexher; Hernandez, John
Oliver; Littawa, Rachel; Maliwat, Santino; Manalastas, Gilvert Gem; Martin,
Xyza Marie; Matulin, Jan Deen Mari;
Payad, Mark Jasper; Roman, Jerico
Franz; Samson, Mary Jane; Serrano,
Tracy; and Yandan, Danica. •
Unte and Boriogan are now detained at the PDEA Compound in
Camp Olivas for further questioning.
Meanwhile on Friday, a Nigerian
national and his Filipina live-in partner were apprehended in a drug sting
at a McDonalds branch along Jose
Abad Santos Avenue in this city.
Tacio identified the suspects as
Paul Omina, 33 and Merlyn, Ates, 32;
both residents of San Antonio 1, Noveleta, Tanza, Cavite.
Tacio said the couple was imme-
diately collared after they handed a
plastic bag containing shabu to poseur
The suspects later also yielded another medium transparent zip lock
plastic bag containing shabu weighing
more less 200 grams with an estimated street value of P700,000.
The couple is also detained at the
PDEA compound in Camp olivas.
Tacio said he theorized that Omina
has international connections specially the African Group in the drug
DRUG DEALERS... from Page 2
Confiscated from the two were
three plastic sachets containing shabu
in a drug buy bust operation conducted at 8 a.m.
Joint operatives of PDEA, SWAT
from Angeles City and the Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group
(CIDG) Pampanga implemented a
search warrant in the residence of
Unte in Purok 6B, Barangay Pampang.
The raid netted another 19 plastic
sachets weighing 100 grams of shabu,
Tacio said.
puregold... from Page 3
ing Saturday, town’s market
However, the mayor said
the people are looking for
more goods and commodities that is why he is now
inviting more investors for
their benefits and advantage.
“With the making of a
good investment climate
here, we are targeting more
local revenues that will be
diverted to more services,
projects and development,”
the mayor said.
The mayor is optimistic
that with the entry of Puregold, they are now looking forward to additional P1.5-million income in local revenue.
“With this, we have beaten San Miguel, Bulacan, San
Luis, Sta. Ana towns even
Mexico as they have no existing Puregold store,” he said.
Maglanque also announced that Mercury
Drug, South Star Drug and
Chowking had already signified their interest to enter
into business here.
“For the next year, people
will change their outlook of
Candaba with the new municipal hall, constructions
of community hospital trade
center, concrete pavement
and upgrading of national
roads from San Miguel and
from Baliwag, Bulacan going to Poblacion.
The mayor also announced the construction
this year of the P46-million
Poblacion-Pasig- Sta. Ana
road, which will commence
this February and the construction of the opening of
the cut-off-channel and four
lane bridge along Barangay
Pasig section of the town.
“With these projects,
even in times of typhoon
and calamity, the economy
of the town will run smoothly,” he said.
The mayor said the people –businessmen, farmers
and students, can come and
go out of Candaba anytime
as roads will be passable and
Charina Sombillo said the
majority of the Sangguniang
Bayan conveyed their full
support and collective desire
to foster growth and development in Candaba.
“We believe that in times
like this, elected officials
should stand up as one to
welcome investors who are
coming in and we want to
become business friendly
like the City of San Fernando,” she said.
Councilor Sombillo is optimistic that they can emulate what San Fernando has
done with the initiative of
Mayor Maglanque and collective desire from the Sangguniang Bayan.
Asked about the plans
of the Sanggunian, she said
their plans are tailor-fit after
the plans and programs of
the mayor.
“We want also to enhance the employment program of the municipality to
assist the Candabenios to
support themselves and not
be dependent on what the
government can do for them
but with what they can do
for themselves so they could
stand up with their own
feet,” she added. •
the lounge... from Page 3
perbly relaxed yet polished ambiance
with its simple yet elegant design and
furnishings, offers a wide selection
of gourmet sandwiches, indulgent
sweets, and pastries along with various coffee concoctions and assorted
beverages throughout the day.
The place is also a haven for des-
sert lovers who can indulge on its
discounted delights offered daily at
8 p.m.onwards where pastries and
cakes are at 20% off while doughnuts
and local favorite ensaymadas are at
50% off.
Complete with warm and attentive service that is a Widus’ signa-
ture, The Lounge is the perfect venue
for people seeking both comfort and
refreshments or simply satisfying
sweet toothed cravings.
For more information, call Widus
at (6345) 499-1000 or (632) 8471430, or visit http://www.widus.
can demonstrate that a small space
can be maximized; so how much
more with lots of open spaces we
have that are not being used? We also
want those from urban communities
to participate in agricultural production. This way, city residents can be
assured of ready source of food, especially vegetables when their supply
and distribution get affected by unforeseen events and force majeure in
the nearby production areas. This is
not to mention yet the contribution of
urban farming to improve biodiversity,” Alcala said.
Senator Cynthia Villar, Chair of
the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food added that urban agriculture can also help the Philippines
cope with the challenges of climate
change, being the most disasterprone country in the world.
“If we plant our own sources, we
would be assured of food supply even
when disaster hits us and supplies
from the countryside cannot be delivered to Metro Manila,” Villar said.
One of the highlights of the project
is the strengthening of the Gulayan
sa Paaralan in public schools. Alcala
said that he has lobbied for vegetable
gardening to be restored in the curricular or extra-curricular programs
of public schools believing that children should be exposed and educated early on the value of agriculture
and caring for the environment.
“Through this project, we also
hope to enhance the aesthetics of
urban communities, improve solid
waste management, improve nutrition, and reintroduce the practice of
ecological living within cities,” Alcala
After the launching, DA will conduct periodic assessment in its pilot
areas and will send teams to follow
up and conduct organic farming
seminars, and deliver other forms of
logistical and technical support.
The program shall also be
launched in other Metro Manila cities and other major urban centers in
the country. (DA)•
urban agri... from Page 3
proposed by DA are edible landscaping, green riprapping, aquaponics
and container gardening.
Norby De La Cruz, a resident of
Las Piñas and a container gardening
enthusiast cited the benefits his family has gained from urban agriculture.
“On the financial aspect, we are
able to save since we no longer have
to buy some of the vegetables, herbs
and spices we need in our kitchen,”
De La Cruz said.
He also mentioned that during emergencies, they have a ready
source of food. He likewise shared
that having more plants in their
house gives them more fresh air, and
that gardening has become his way to
exercise and contribute to the clean
and green program of the city.
Alcala said that urban agriculture
may not be able to produce all what
city dwellers need but this is a way
to increase awareness on agriculture
and the government’s programs to
ensure food security.
“Through urban agriculture, we
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tion if they are treated as outsiders. They have to work
alongside the educators on equal footing in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of each project.
But this is far from the reality at present. The fact that
many mathematicians teach mathematics and design
mathematics courses throughout their careers seems
to escape the attention of many educators. Here is a
huge reservoir of knowledge and experience in mathematical pedagogical reengineering on tap. The chasm
between the two communities in effect denies educators access to this human resource at a time when educators need all the engineering help they can get. The final consequence can best be understood in terms of the
Darwinian dictum that when a system is isolated and
allowed to evolve of its own accord, it will inevitably
mutate and deviate from the norm. Thus when school
mathematics education is isolated from mathematicians, so is school mathematics itself, and, sure enough,
the latter evolves into something that in large part no
longer bears any resemblance to mathematics. Correct
definitions are not given, or if given, they are not put to
use (Milgramer-Wun, 2005, Wun, 2001a, 2005a and
2005c). The organic coherence of mathematics is no
longer to be found (Wu, 2002), or when “mathematical
connections” are intentionally emphasized, such “connections” tend to be the trivial and obvious kind. Logical deduction becomes an afterthought; proofs, once
relegated to the secondary school geometry course,
were increasingly diluted until by now almost no proofs
at all are found there, or anywhere else in the schools
(Wu, 2004). And so on. This development naturally
brings down the quality of many aspects of mathematics education.
The author is Teacher III at San Roque Dau High
School in Lubao, Pampanga.•
sports discipline... from Page 5
Of course, it is not all about success, for there will
definitely be failures along the way. Kids can be proud
of their successes, but they should also accept defeat
and be a sport about it.
Both scenarios – success and failure – entail a lot
of hard work on the part of the child athlete. They have
accomplished a lot along the way – and they should
cherish these and make them as inspirations in their
future games.
The focus should also be pride that goes along with
team effort – not individual effort. Every failure is just
a temporary setback to the true goal. And that is, to
improve their game, which means have a better chance
to achieve something in the future.
Practice, practice and a lot more practice – this is
another important part in the life of athletes. This will
allow them to reach their goals, whether as an individual or team.
This should be the goal of every athlete. They
should be focused on their goals and strive hard for
them. Setting goals and then making a plan of action
to get to where you want is the winning formula.
The author is Master Teacher 1 of the San Fernando
Elementary School. •
SUBIC UPTREND... from Page 8
taxes to the national treasury, and releases the other two
percent to neighboring communities in the form of local
government unit (LGU) shares.
Late last week, the SBMA made available revenue
shares worth P105 million to the eight LGUs adjacent to
and affected by the operation of the Subic Bay Freeport
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provincial government.
Around 600 representatives with the rank of undersecretaries and assistant secretaries from 21 member
countries are attended the event from January 26- February 7.
Gov. Garcia and other local government officials in the
region regard the rare occasion as the best opportunity to
promote not only Bataan but the entire Central Luzon as
the best location for tourism and investments.
In almost all occasions, Gov. Garcia is promoting
Bataan around the provincial government’s vision that
“by 2020, Bataan province will be the preferred location
of Eco-Industrial Investments leading to the highest Human Development Index in the Philippines.”•
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SE/VM based in one city and 10 municipalities.
“The Seal of Excellence Award is a constant reminder for all of us to always strive to give our best in serving
our members,” said SSS Pampanga Branch Head Corita
M. Gaduang.•
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Sheep are artistic, talented,
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Pampanga, SM City Olongapo,
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Subic posts record-high income, charts six-year uptrend
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Government revenue collection agencies continue
to break annual records over the past six
years as this premier Freeport zone remains to be the top income-generating economic hub in the country.
In a statement, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia said that tariff
collections and income taxes from Subicregistered companies and their employees
“never faltered, and mirrored the overall
uptick in the Philippine economy in the
past years.”
Tax collections in this Freeport derived
from collections of the Bureau of Customs
(BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue
(BIR) have remained steadfast over the last
six years.
“This only shows that there has been
continuous growth among business locators here in terms of earnings, as well as
employment,” Garcia added.
According to the report submitted by
the BoC District Collector Arnulfo Marcos and BIR Revenue District Officer Ray
Anthony O. Geli, the combined collection
performance began to improve in 2009
when both collecting agencies netted P5.6
billion, compared to P5.3 billion in 2008, or
a growth of 6.18 percent.
In 2010, this increased by 19.25 percent
to P6.7 billion; by 8.14 percent to P7.2 billion in 2011; by 5.42 percent to P7.6 billion
in 2012; and by 66.28 percent to P12.7 billion in 2013.
Last year, the two agencies collected
a total of P17.1 billion worth of taxes from
January to December, putting the 2014 collections at 35 percent more than that in the
previous year.
Out of the 2014 combined collections,
the BoC contributed P15.3 billion, a record
that was 36 percent higher than its P11.2billion customs tally in 2013.
Marcos said that the Port of Subic also
registered in 2014 non-cash collections of
P2.2 billion from government-to-government transactions.
Geli reported that the BIR Revenue District Office No. 19 collected a total of P1.8
billion, derived from income taxes amounting to P1.4 billion, value-added taxes worth
P381 million, percentage taxes worth P1.8
million, and other taxes worth P29.5 million.
A portion of the BIR collection here,
which is the five-percent Freeport tax, has
been computed from the annual gross income of Subic-registered locator companies.
He added that the SBMA remits to three
percent out of the five percent corporate