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Happening right now, Oct. 31, is the inauguration of Kapuso Multi-Purpose Center located at Angono Elementary School. News reader and officer of the foundation Mel Tiangco represented the network while Mayor Gerry Calderon, Capt. Joey Calderon of Barangay San Isidro and municipal officials welcome Ms. Tiangco.
The center, which was blessed by Angono parish priest Fr. Roy Crucero, will likewise serve as temporary shelter for those who will be displaced by floods and typhoon.
/ Ricahrd Gappi
Onlne Editor-Angoo Dream News ONLINE
Angono Mayor Gerry Calderon is opposed to the planned expansion of quarrying operations in his town that would entail the felling of 6,500 trees.
Calderon said he is against the further extraction of minerals in the town, and that the town has requested the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for help in reassessing the area where Lafarge Republic, Inc. (LRI) plans to cut about 6,500 trees.
In a phone interview, the mayor told The Manila Times he wrote DENR Secretary Ramon Paje June 29 last year seeking clarification on the plan and the area for quarrying.
“My office has not received any communication,” he said.
He said he made it clear to Paje that he will not allow the extraction of minerals in the 19.99-hectare area, which covers Barangays San Isidro and San Roque.
Calderon said the previous municipal administration approved the feasibility study of Batong Angono Aggregates Corporation (BAAC), a concessionaire of LRI, on the quarrying operations.
When Calderon learned about the proposal last week, he inspected the areas to be cleared of trees.
He said local officials would like to hear the transition plan of LRI and BAAC when their planned tree-cutting and mining activities end in 2019 if they would be given a permit.
“They have a proposal to promote eco-tourism in the area, which is good for them and for us as well. But right now, everything is up in the air,” he said.
The mayor’s chief of staff, Allan Maniaol, told The Times the DENR allowed Concrete Aggregates, BAAC’s former name, to mine in an area covering 198 hectares.
“If the area is that big, why expand?” Calderon said.
Angono residents fear that the cutting of thousands of trees could trigger an environmental disaster because it could worsen floods and cause landslides.
Lafarge has yet to come out with a statement on the issue.
by Ghio Ong Correspondent
Mahigit sa 3,000 trabaho ang direkta at indirektang mapapakinabangan ng mga taga-Angono sa pagtatayo at kapag naging operational na ang giant retail business na SM Center sa Angono.
Ito ang ulat ni Ms. Annie Garcia, presidente ng SM Super Malls, sa ground breaking ng nasabing establisyemento na ginanap noong Agosto 5.
Itatayo ang nasabing gusali sa dating lugar ng sabungan sa may Hi-way na sakop ng Barangay San Isidro na pinamumunuan ni Kapitan Joey Calderon. Ayon sa kontratista, matatapos ito sa loob ng walong buwan.
Ayon pa kay Ms. Garcia, ang paglalaan ng trabahong ito sa mga residente ang patunay sa ‘strong partnership’ ng kanilang kompanya at ng pamahalaang bayan.
Bukod sa pagbibigay ng trabaho, ayon pa kay Ms. Garcia, maglalaan din ng espasyo para sa mga artist at para sa mga pangkultura at pansining na gawain. Aniya, ito ang magiging ambag umano ng SM sa pagpapatampok at pagpapayabong sa mayaman ng kultura, sining at tradisyon ng bayang Angono na kilala sa bansa bilang ‘Art Capital of the Philippines.’
At dahil pangangalaga sa kalikasan ang isa din sa pangunahing prioridad ni Mayor Gerry, magtatayo ng 1, 600 cubic mater-rainwater holding facility ang SM Center Angono upang maiwasan ang baha sa bayan, paliwanag ni Ms. Garcia.
Sa kanya namang mensahe, ipinaliwanag ni Rizal 1st District Congressman Joel Roy Duavit na mapalad na napiling itayo sa Angono ang SM Center dahil na rin ang layunin ng SM Center ay halos angkop at katulad sa mga proyekto at gawain ni Mayor Gerry.
Pabiro ngunit may halong katotohanan ding binanggit ni Cong. Joe ang mensahe para sa aktres na si Ruffa Gutierrez: na magkakaroon na ng ‘Starbucks’ sa Angono.
Matatandaan na limang taon na ang nakakaraan, sa pelikulang ‘Working Girls’ na isa sa mga bida si Ruffa, naging bukambibig ang Angono dahil sa kanyang isang linya.
Sa isang eksena sa nasabing pelikula, makikipagmiting umano si Ruffa sa Angono pero biglang katwiran at tutol ni Ruffa sa pagsasabing “Saan yun, meron bang Starbucks dun?”
Ang linyang ito ay tila isang pangmamaliit sa bayan ng Angono kung pagbabasehan ang kaunlaran nito.
Pero dahil sa SM Center na itatayo na ngayon, magkakaroon na ng nasabing sosyal na kapihan sa Angono.
‘Kung gusto mo, Mayor Gerry, imbitahan pa natin si Ruffa Gutierrez. Kaibigan natin yun,” wika ni Congressman Duavit sa punongbayan.
Labis naman ang pasasalamat ni Mayor Gerry sa mga taga-SM Center dahil sa pagtitiwala nilang magnegosyo sa bayan ng Angono.
Ayon kay Mayor Gerry, malaki ang bahaging gagampanan ng nasabing establisyemento sa pagbibigay ng trabaho sa kanyang mga kababayan at pagtatampok sa bayan bilang ‘Art Capital of the Philippines’ at ‘Home of the Higante Festival.’
Ang ground breaking ay dinaluhan din ng mga kasapi ng Sangguniang Bayan ng Angono, mga kapitan at kagawad sa iba’t ibang barangay, mga department heads, at lider ng mga non-government organizations at opisyales ng iba’t ibang subdibisyon sa bayan ng Angono.
Ulat at Litrato ni Richard Gappi
Sisimulan na ang pagpapatayo ng SM Center Angono sa pamamagitan ng isang Ground Breaking & Capsule-laying Ceremony sa Lunes, Aug. 5, 2013.
Ito ay dadaluhan ng mga opisyal ng nasabing establishimento na sina Gng. Annie Garcia, Presidente ng SM Supermalls, ABC Pres./Kap. Joey Calderon, Gov. Nini Ynares, Cong. Joel Roy Duavit at iba pang mga lokal/probinsyal na opisyales.
Ang programa ay pangungunahan mismo ni Mayor Gerry Calderon na siya ring magdiriwang ng kanyang kaarawan sa nasabing petsa.
Balut vendor turns himself into web developer
One of the real-life heroes who took the spotlight in the recent State of the Nation Address of Pres. Benigno Aquino III once roamed the streets of Rizal vending balut (fertilized duck embryo).
Emerson Paguia hailed from Zambales, but had to go to Manila to look for a job. He had tried various odd jobs, but what he earned was not enough to fend for his family.
“I was willing to take on any type of job. I didn’t want to be idle,” he said. For additional income, Paguia sold balut at night. The little money he earned from it was used to help him with his daily expenses.
“I finished high school, and I heard that some call center companies accept high school students, but I realized that my weak communication skills would not afford me to land in such a job,” he said.
Paguia, who is in his late 20s, knew he was also keen on technical matters and wanted to pursue training in a course related to information technology.
Although financially hard up, he always saved a few pesos for a trip to the internet shop to look for job openings and training opportunities. That was when he chanced upon the announcement for a web development scholarship while surfing online.
The training was under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) of Tesda in partnership with computer school Informatics.
“The information on the website said they will give us training on data programming and PHP server site encryption. It’s one course I want to specialize on, but the free website tutorial were not very helpful,” Paguia said.
Getting in the training was not the end of Paguia’s woes. The challenges of sustaining and attending his classes were not an easy task. Money was again the problem.
To save on transportation expenses, he sometimes walked to the Informatics College at Eastwood in Quezon City. It was no easy feat as he lived in ANGONO, RIZAL, or a three-hour walk.
After class, he continued selling balut to get by. He said it was difficult, but he knew the scholarship was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he should not let slip away. Each day in school was a step closer to his dreams, Paguia said.
After completing the program, he emerged as one of the top scholars in the class. Discovering his potential, Informatics immediately hired him in its Web development team.
Paguia is now embarking on his first big IT project — the school’s online student portal.
He has since left the streets and has retired his balut basket, but always mindful that this represents his humble beginnings. — Newsbytes.ph