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Graduation Legacy: A House Bill requires all graduating students to plant 10 trees before graduation

Graduation Legacy: A House Bill requires all graduating students to plant 10 trees before graduation

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  • A bill requires students to plants trees as a prerequisite for graduation
  • Students are said to plant trees in many areas in their locations
  • Netizens also showed their support on social media for its implementation

Trees are important to the environment, especially in our current situation where we experience the effect of global warming. Our country’s industrial and infrastructure developments are continuously improving, and some of our trees had been cut down to build some buildings.

Recently, the House of Representatives has approved, on its third and final reading, a bill requiring students to plants trees as a prerequisite for graduation.

This House Bill is called “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act.” House Bill 8728 aims to require all graduating students from elementary to college to plant at least 10 trees as a prerequisite for graduation.

Students are said to plant trees in any of the following areas: forest land, mangrove, and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas under the greening plan of the local government units, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands.

Students should also consider the location, climate, and topography of the area, with a preference for the planting of indigenous species of trees in choosing the appropriate plant to be planted.

The bill is authored by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, along with Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano, Reps. Strike Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), Noel Villanueva (3rd District, Tarlac), Mark Go (Lone District, Baguio City), and Pablo Ortega (1st District, La Union), among others.

Netizens also showed their support on social media for its implementation.

House Bill 8728 also mandates the different government agencies to take part, which includes the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to implement the Act, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of National Defense, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Justice, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

Before it will be submitted to the President to be signed into law, the Senate must pass its own version of the bill before chambers meet in a bicameral conference committee to ratify the legislation.

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Man, caught-in-the-act while stealing Underwear

Man, caught-in-the-act while stealing Underwear

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  • A CCTV camera captured  a man stealing underwear from a household.
  • When asked why he’s doing such a crime, he answered that it was because of the scandals he watched.
  • He was ordered to go back to his province and refrained from setting foot in Baguio.

A man was caught-in-the-act of stealing panties at a house in Barangay Guisad, Baguio City on Sunday, December 1.

The guy was climbing down the gate and headed straight to the panties, which were hanging at a corner. He immediately grabbed it and stored inside his bag.

According to the owner of the place, they have been losing underwear for quite a while which made them decide to install the CCTV. They also said that they felt scared as they don’t know what the man is capable of doing.

The thief was captured a day later and was revealed to be a mechanic that works near the house of the victims.

SPO2 Michael Anthony Quela, chief investigator of the Baguio City Police Office Station, the victims just asked the man to go back to his province and never set foot in Baguio again.

Before the suspect went to Bulacan, he was asked why he kept on stealing underwear and he admitted that it was because of the scandals he watched.

Wilmalyn Awingan, head of the Department of Psychology in the University of Cordilleras said that it can be attributed to the “fetishistic disorder”.

“So a person has an intense and recurrent fantasies, sexual urges, and arousal in relation to nonliving objects.”

It can also be a sign of kleptomania, or the recurrent urge to steal.

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Palace disagrees with Baguio City’s Anti-Profanity ordinance, “I don’t think it should be prohibited.”

Palace disagrees with Baguio City’s Anti-Profanity ordinance, “I don’t think it should be prohibited.”

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  • Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo spoke against Baguio City’s anti-profanity ordinance.
  • Panelo also hinted that it might also be unconstitutional as cursing falls under freedom of speech.

Malacañang stated that they’re against Baguio city’s anti-profanity ordinance, saying that it is a part of freedom of speech.

In a Palace briefing on Thursday, November 8, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that it’s a part of freedom of expression.

“It’s just an expression, I don’t think it is—or it should be prohibited.”

Panelo added that as long as one does not injure another person, it should be okay. He said that profanities are even a part of a person’s anger.

“But you know profane words are uttered in a moment of anger – so all of us does it. I don’t think I have not heard of anyone not cursing when one is angry.”

He also added that the ordinance might unconstitutional.

“It may not pass the constitutional test when it is raised before the courts.”

Under the ordinance, teachers and guidance counselors are required to tell off students who are caught cursung. They will have their parents supponed, according to Bagio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

And when a tourist caughts cursing, they will be immediately informed that there’s an ordinance in the city.

“Sabihan mo lang iyung tao na hindi naman ganoon, mayroon kaming ordinansa dito na anti-profanity.”

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Dingdong Dantes suggests the creation of a new and inclusive government body

Dingdong Dantes suggests the creation of a new and inclusive government body

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  • Dingdong Dantes tweeted about a suggestion for new Departments in the government.
  • He also expressed his opinion about the mandatory pregnancy test of Pine City Colleges. 

Upon 10 senators’ urge to push through with the creation of the Department of Culture, actor Dingdong Dantes suggested a more inclusive government body.

Specifically the Department of Youth, Culture, and Sports.

How about a Department of Youth, Culture and Sports?

This is good because our industry (movie and tv) will fall right under this Department, therefore giving more teeth and authority to implement the long overdue reforms. 👍🏻

He then stated his opinion about Baguio City’s Pines City Colleges’ policy of conducting mandatory pregnancy tests for female students. He said that it is a violation of a human being’s privacy and the Magna Carta for Women.

Despite the College’s intention to protect the health of its students and their child, and to contribute in resolving teenage pregnancy in the country, this act remains to be a concrete violation of the basic right to privacy and of the Magna Carta for Women.

He said that imposing limitations to pregnant students are discriminatory.

Imposing enrolment limitations and sanctions to non-compliant students found out to be pregnant are discriminatory.

Dantes then supported the Commission on Higher Education and women’s rights advocates who are investigating on the matter.

I hope that the school management will review the implications of the said memorandum, and I support the Commission on Higher Education along with other women rights advocates who are looking into this case.

He also urged the National Youth Commission to study the case.

I also hope that the National Youth Commission @NYCPilipinas will follow suit especially that this concerns young women.

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Dong Abay remembers his protest against the cutting of over 100 trees

Dong Abay remembers his protest against the cutting of over 100 trees

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  • Dong Abay reposted his 2012 protest photo.
  • In 2012, he tied himself to a tree in protest of SM’s cutting of 182 trees for a parking lot.

Six years ago, singer-composer Dong Abay tied himself to a tree on Session Road in Baguio.

Not everyone understood the message and also not everyone saw it as something important, however, the former Yano vocalist re-posted a photo taken by Andy Zapanta. It was because of SM’s project to cut 182 trees to make way for a parking lot.

He connected it to the recent devastation wreaked by Typhoon Ompong.

Abay said that he acknowledged that he drew flak because of his protest years ago, but he thinks that people now are more aware.

Alam kong marami ang bumatikos sa akin sa pagpapatali ko sa puno sa Session Road sa Baguio City noong 2012 bilang protesta laban sa pagpapatayo ng dambuhalang mall na SM ng parking lot kapalit ng pagpatay ng 182 na matandang pine trees pero sa palagay ko ay mas marami ang nagkaugat ang kamalayan.

Pagkatapos ng bagyong si Ompong, siguro’y alam nyo na ngayon kung ano ang ipinaglalaban ko.

Andy Zapanta, 2012

#dongpuno #writofkalikasan

As his post reached more than 129,000 reactions and 39,000 shares, netizens praised Abay’s peaceful protest.

This is the kind of protest that is civilized and really have meaning. I hope after Boracay, Baguio will be next to be revived.

Jason Antonio defended SM, saying they are not the cause of natural calamities.

Sm is not the cause of natural calamities, at hindi nagka landslide sa sm. 1 pine tree cut is equivalent to 10 pine trees planted.

Other netizens then said that “gone are the days of baguios beauty”.

I usually go on the park w lots of pine trees where SM is now located…i totally disagree on converting it to a Mall….now every time I go up to baguio I seldom visit that congested SM area….baguio used to have lots of trees not only pine..now more of building structure wc become an eye sore to me..I no longer smell the scent of pine….gone are the days of baguios beauty

I love the old baguio 30 years ago, for sure it will never comeback with all this technology, new generations, new buildings constructions politics & also people in the environment itself do not care at all feel so sad… hope we can do something its not too late yet….

The problem is Baguio is overly populated i miss the old Baguio city when there are lots of trees rather than lots of houses …when I went there the second time it was a lot different from when I came there the first time …I like the old Baguio City more…..

Girlie Ibarra then questioned why nature should be the one to adjust to establishments like SM.

Bakit ba Nature ang need mag adjust para makapagpatayo ng establishments. I hope engineers and architects will find a way na di magputol ng mga puno to put up a building. I know it is difficult but we need to take care of the trees. 182 pine trees? Grabe 😭😭😭

 

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Rude customer service assistant yells at a senior citizen, netizens fight back

Rude customer service assistant yells at a senior citizen, netizens fight back

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  • Rude customer service assistant yells at a senior netizen
  • Netizens fight back, slam poor customer service of the shipping company

Isn’t it in the code of ethics of our dearest customer service assistants to show camaraderie and understanding to their customers? Isn’t it their job? Maybe, this personnel is not having a good day. Maybe.

Customer service fail

Deborah Guzman narrated her story on Facebook about an encounter in LBC Porta Vaga Mall, Baguio City branch. When she entered, everyone is already murmuring about the woman behind the counter with a sour attitude.

She shrugged it off because her business there is just fast.

Guzman just finished filling out the required form when she put it on the counter. She waited for about 3-5 minutes until the woman noticed her. With a not-so-nice statement, she the woman said, “Ang daming nakapila oh! Maghintay ka muna.”

This just proved that she also had a fair share of the counter’s wrath. She then took a seat while waiting for her turn and noticed a senior citizen in a gray jacket in front of them.

The staff did not attend to him right away, another misconduct about their job. Senior Citizens are always the priority, right?

The argument heated up when the old man asked, “Miss ano ba yang serbisyo nyo? Senior citizen ako dito dapat ako unahin nyo.”

The ever-sour ate girl just said, “Hindi nyo naman po sinabi na senior kayo e.”

Guzman shared her sentiments in the issue saying that all the people in that branch are rude.

“Sana po ay marunong tayong gumalang sa nakakatanda sa atin kahit na alam pa natin na tayo ang nasa tama,” she ender her post.

Watch the full video below.

Netizens react

With more than seven million views already, plus the fact that the post has more than 57,000 shares and 77,000+ ractions, netizens are enraged. We collected some of the reactions safe for the eyes of everyone.

Dang girl, you could’ve control your temper and just smile. “It’s the Fake it til you make it character” What can we say?

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Holy Week: Landslide in Baguio Kills 1, Leaves 14 Injured

Holy Week: Landslide in Baguio Kills 1, Leaves 14 Injured

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Landslide in Baguio Kills 1 Student, Leaves 14 injured | Photos by BFP-Tuba

It Was A Maundy Thursday Accident

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Iziah Karl Jior Medalle is the lone casualty of the accident

April 13 — A landslide occurred in Kennon Road, Baguio City that killed 1 student, and injured 14 persons. The accident happened at Ansahong, Camp 1 of the famous road in Tuba, Benguet.

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Medalle is an Engineering Student from SLU-Baguio

The casualties were inside a UV Express with a plate number, AYP 304. The said public vehicle is supposed to travel from Baguio to Dagupan, Pangasinan.

Unfortunately, the casualty was identified as Iziah Karl Jior Medalle, an Engineering student from Saint Louis University-Baguio. The other passengers were immediately transferred to the Baguio General Hospital.

 

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The incident happened around 4 o’clock in the afternoon

 

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Trending: Carrot Man Joins Handsome Igorots of Panagbenga Festival 2017

Trending: Carrot Man Joins Handsome Igorots of Panagbenga Festival 2017

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It is the most colorful time in Baguio, without a doubt. It is the most awaited event of the year in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

Panagbenga Festival ’17

The City of Pines was set ablazed yet again for this year’s Panagbenga Festival. The Grand Float Parade, as always, is the main event of the feast. Filled with floral-themed floats, Session Road was jampacked on Sunday, February 26.

Flower Power

A total of 22 floats battled out for the Best Float. They marched from the DILG Building down to the Athletic Bowl. Last year’s winners, Baguio Country Club and SM City Baguio led the parade as 9 entries competed for Small Float category and 10 for the Big Float category.

Here are the floats that are fan favorites:

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Photos of Ivan Jim Layugan via Rappler

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Blooming Stars

Celebrities even added to the glamour that the event is. Bea Alonzo, Enchong Dee, AlDub, and Jericho Rosales joined the celebration and made Baguio screaming. Ms. International 2016, Kylie Versoza is also there.

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Stars Bedazzled Panagbenga 2017

 

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Carrot Man With Handsome Igorots

One of the highlights of this year’s festival was when a group of hunky and handsome Igorots made everyone drool. They paraded with their native bahag, exposing their chiseled body and even their bums.

The internet sensation, the Carrot Man himself, Jeyrick Sigmaton participated in her hometown’s grand festival. He posed with the handsome Igorots. They erased the stigma and the stereotyping for the Igorots, and proved that they are drool-worthy also just like anyone else can be.

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Carrot Man With the Handsome Igorots

Everybody can’t wait until Panagbenga 2018!

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UPDATED: Korean man treats an elderly woman to a meal in Baguio City

UPDATED: Korean man treats an elderly woman to a meal in Baguio City

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Kindness knows no color, status or race. That’s what today’s story is about, an unnamed Korean man extended help to a hungry and poor elderly woman in Baguio City.

In a post by Hillary Aguada on Facebook on August 12, 2015. She encountered a generous Korean man who paid for the meal of an elderly woman whom he just met that night.

According to Hillary, while she was inside the KFC branch on Session Road, Baguio City, she saw an old woman wearing ragged clothes and worn-out slippers enter the fast food chain. The old lady seemed hesitant, perhaps unsure of how she would pay for a meal. She was then prompted by the cashier to place an order which she did. When the cashier asked for payment, the Korean man, who had just finished ordering his own food, stepped in and paid for the woman’s meal.

Overwhelmed by the man’s kind gesture, Hillary tapped him on his shoulder and wished him blessings. But the kindness did not end there. The Korean man sat down with the elderly woman and ate his own meal with her.

Photo screen-grabbed from Hillary Aguada's Facebook Page
Photo screen-grabbed from Hillary Aguada’s Facebook Page

As of this writing Hillary’s post has gone viral and has over 11,000 shares. Truly, kindness goes a long way.

UPDATED:

On August 18, 2015, the viral photo was featured in Umagang Kay Ganda. The Korean was identified as Jeong Tae Gu, a student from the University of Baguio. According to Jeong, he paid for the old lady’s meal and ate with her because she reminded him of his grandmother.

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