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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hanjin Subic books 56 vessel orders worth $4.9B

SUBIC BAY FREE PORT—Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp.-Philippines (HHIC-Phil) has booked 56 new building projects for its shipyard at Subic’s Redondo Peninsula, putting projected sales for all its vessel orders at $4.9 billion, a return which is more than double the firm’s total investments of $1.9 billion in the past four years.

According to Taek Kyun Yoo, HHIC-Phil’s general manager for external business, the Korean shipbuilder continues to receive ship orders, thereby increasing the firm’s manpower requirements to about 25,000 workers by 2012.

“Hanjin has contracted the construction of 20 more vessels worth about $1.2 billion in the first half of this year,” Yoo said in a recent briefing conducted for Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and other provincial officials at the HHIC-Phil headquarters here.

The new contracts, Yoo also told Ebdane and his group, would progressively increase the number of shipyard workers from 16,000 in 2008 to 22,000 by the end of 2010, to 24,000 in 2011, and 25,000 in 2012.

Yoo also said in his presentation that Hanjin had already delivered 14 vessels since starting its maritime business here in 2006 with an initial investment of $750 million.

The Subic-made ships had so far ranged from container carriers, like the Panamax-type MV Argolikos, the first to be delivered in July 2008, to the Aframax-type crude oil tanker Eser K, which was delivered in March.

Yoo said, however, that the 56 vessels in Hanjin’s order book includes 34 bulkers that would range from 175,000 to 250,000 deadweight tons (DWT); 16 container ships with capacities ranging from 3,600 to 12,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs); and six tankers, two of which will be ultra-large crude containers with a capacity of 320,000 DWT.

With the new orders, Yoo said Hanjin has projected its sales performance to reach about $700 million this year, $935 million in 2011, and $1.28 billion in 2012.

Noting Hanjin’s projections, Ebdane said the growing job prospects at the Hanjin shipbuilding facility “augurs well for the development of the Zambales province, and to local efforts to strengthen the economic empowerment of Zambaleños.”

For this, Ebdane expressed appreciation of efforts by HHIC-Phil and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), the manager of the Subic Bay free port, for providing more local employment opportunities.

Ebdane said that for its part, the Zambales provincial government “would help out in the selection of qualified shipyard workers” through its Public Employment Services Office.

“We will be your partner in this effort, as you and the SBMA will be ours in making Zambales more progressive,” Ebdane said.

Yoo added that since 2007, Hanjin has trained some 22,000 welders, painters, pipe fitters, electricians, machinists and outfitters at its skills-training center in the Subic Bay free port. The trained workers were mostly hired later at the Hanjin shipyard, he said.

In a statement earlier, the SBMA said Hanjin has remained the topnotch export producer since last year by posting freight on board (FOB) value totaling $372.74 million in the first half of 2010.

SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza also said the SBMA expects Subic’s export FOB value to grow in the coming months, as Hanjin and other free-port enterprises roll out more products due to brightening prospects in global trade.

Arreza added that Hanjin’s new projects would boost not only local employment, but also the shipbuilding skills of Subic workers.

“This, in turn, would increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Subic Bay free port as an investment destination with a readily available pool of highly skilled manpower,” he added.
Written by Henry Empeño / Correspondent

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rain and strong winds

A low-pressure area (LPA) west of Iba town in Zambales province has developed into a tropical depression, weather forecasters said Friday.

The tropical depression, “Florita,” is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rain and strong winds over the western sections of Luzon and the Visayas region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA did not raise public storm warning signals over Luzon and the Visayas.

The state weather bureau’s website said that as of 4 p.m. Friday, “Florita” was located 330 kilometers west of Dagupan City and is expected to be 510 km west of Laoag City by Saturday afternoon.

The tropical depression is currently packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and is expected to move northwest at 11kph.

PAGASA also spotted another low pressure area 770 km northeast of Basco, Batanes, today.

“The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 p.m. today,” PAGASA said.

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Hanjin manpower to reach 22,000

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The benefits of local employment will be felt more this year at the Korean shipbuilding facility in this free port, as Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp.-Philippines (HHIC-Phils.) is expected to increase its workforce to 22,000 from the current 16,600.

Taek Kyun Yoo, general manager for external business of Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp.-Philippines (HHIC-Phils.), said the Korean shipbuilding giant will create more jobs at its Redondo Peninsula shipyard after signing in more new building projects in the first half of 2010.
“Hanjin has contracted the construction of 20 more vessels worth about $1.2 billion in the first half of this year,” Yoo informed Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. in a recent briefing at Hanjin’s headquarters, here.

Because of this, the Hanjin official said, the firm’s order book has increased to a total of 56 vessels worth about $4.9 billion.

Consequently, the new orders would increase Hanjin’s manpower requirements from 16,000 in 2008 to 22,000 by the end of 2010, and up to 24,000 in 2011 and 25,000 in 2012, Yoo also told Ebdane.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Administrator Armand Arreza, Hanjin has remained Subic’s top exporter since last year by posting freight on board (FOB) value totaling $372.74 million in the first half of this year.

“We expect Hanjin to remain as the Subic free port's top exporter for the next few years, and to fuel the growth of Subic’s maritime industry,” he said earlier in a statement.

Arreza also said that the SBMA expects Subic’s export FOB value to grow in the coming months, as Hanjin and other free port enterprises roll out more products due to brightening prospects in global trade.

For his part, Ebdane said the increasing job generation at the Hanjin shipyard “augurs well for the development of the Zambales province, and to local efforts to strengthen the economic empowerment of Zambaleños.”

Expressing thanks to Hanjin, as well as to the SBMA, for providing more local employment opportunities, Ebdane said the provincial government “would help out in the selection of qualified shipyard workers” through its Public Employment Services Office.

Yoo also said that since 2007, Hanjin has helped train some 22,000 workers at its skills training center in the Subic Bay Freeport.

The trained workers included welders, painters, pipe fitters, electricians, machinists, and outfitters, who were mostly hired later at the Hanjin shipyard.

He added that the Korean shipbuilder, which has invested a total of $1.9 billion in its Subic shipyard, had so far manufactured 14 vessels worth $850 million since 2008 when it delivered its first vessel, the MV Argolikos, to a Greek shipping company. By JONAS REYES - Manila Bulletin

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Friday, August 27, 2010


Another Olongapeño has brought pride to the city and is now an inspiration to many, specially those in the education sector.

The ‘good news’ was recently received by Mayor James ‘’Bong’’ Gordon, Jr. from Metrobank Foundation, Inc. After conducting a rigid evaluation, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara emerged as one of the two winners in this year’s Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines’ for the Higher Education category.

Dr. Guevara is a native of Olongapo City. She has been practicing her teaching career for twenty-six (26) years at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman and is considered as one of the finest professor in ‘’Digital Signal Processing’’ as her Field of Specialization at UP-Diliman College of Engineering.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. recognized the numerous accomplishment of Dr. Guevara, one as the proponent and program leader of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Program.

Having been served as dean of the UP College of Engineering, she has convinced the university to open freshmen block sections to give freshmen a peer support system and help them adapt to college life. As a result, the percentage of freshmen who graduate improved specifically on the passing rate for Math 17 for students enrolled in the block sections, higher than those who were not in the block sections.

Another notable achievement of Dr. Guevara is the breakthrough Inter-disciplinary Signal Processing for Pinoys (ISIP) Program that started in 2007.

With her expertise on Digital Signal Processing, Dr. Guevara redesigned an engineering subject in UP—Signals & Systems with the idea that the mathematical formula will look less formidable if students will hear, see, and play with them first in the laboratory. The passing rate then for this subject went from 70% to 90%.

By winning in this year’s search, Dr. Guevara joins the elite group of outstanding teachers of the Philippines honored by Metrobank Foundation.

She will receive a gold medal, a trophy, and a cash prize of P300,000 from Metrobank Foundation, Inc. The medal will be conferred on her by President Benigno ‘’Noynoy’’ Aquino III and the foundation’s top officials headed by its president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. Mayor Gordon will also witness the awarding on August 31, 2010 at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang.

Dr. Guevara will also be presented to the top caliber leaders of the business community in an awarding ceremony as the highlight of the 48th Metrobank Anniversary Celebration on September 3, 2010 at Metrobank Plaza Auditorium, Makati City.

The winners were selected from 156 nominees coming from various public and private educational institutions in the Philippines, of which 40 qualified as regional finalists.

The regional finalists underwent interviews and teaching demonstrations before the members of the preliminary board of judges identified for each category. Twenty (20) national finalists then were selected to become the national finalists.

The national finalists then faced the Final Board of Judges for this year’s Search co-chaired by Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri and Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura.

Also serving as judges were: Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairman Francisco T. Duque III; Australian Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Rod Smith; San Beda College President Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan; and Shell Companies in the Philippines Country Chairman Mr. Edgar O. Chua.

OLONGAPOS’ PRIDE: 2010 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teachers of the
Philippines Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara.

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Environment lawyers asked Immigration to deport and blacklist seven Chinese mining executives in Zambales

Lawyers ask Immigration bureau to deport 7 Chinese executives

A GROUP of pro-environment lawyers asked the Bureau of Immigration to deport and blacklist seven Chinese mining executives in Zambales province for human trafficking and illegal exploitation of natural resources. In a three-page Complaint for Deportation dated August 10, the Green Lawyers of the Philippines Inc., through its President Dante Carandang, lodged a complaint with the immigration bureau against the Chinese executives allegedly operating the Coto Mines in Masinloc, Zambales.

Officially charged before the bureau were: Ye Zhou, Shen Bing Hua, Shi Jian Chu, Dong Guilin, Shen Hui, Shi Zhen Yu and Shen Zhen Huan.

The document alleged that the accused engaged in human trafficking by facilitating the entry of around 80 Chinese recruited supposedly to work in the mines.

The complaint also stated that these workers did not have valid work permits and visas, as well as not passing immigration inspection formalities when they entered the country.

“Respondents are undesirable aliens [who violated constitutional], immigration, and other laws of the Philippines,” the document added. “Accordingly, they must be ordered deported after due proceedings.”

It was suspected that the foreigners acquired the right to operate the mine when they entered into a P250-million agreement with Compania Minera Tubajon Inc.

The executives allegedly established a new management team and infused funds for the maintenance and development of the Masinloc chromite project.

Carandang also said that the mining operation is not covered by any financial and technical assistance agreement with the government, adding that Consolidated Mines, the tenement owner, did not sanction it.

“Wherefore, complainant prays that this honorable commission give due course to this Complaint for Deportation; and after due hearing, order their [the executives] immediate deportation . . . and bar their re-entry into the Philippines,” the complaint says. BY JOMAR CANLAS REPORTER - manilatimes.net

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Thursday, August 26, 2010


Iron Fortified Rice (IFR) will be launched in Olongapo City in October and will be available soon in the market.

It is part of Mayor James Gordon, Jr.’s efforts to fight Iron Deficiency Anemia on children and adults in Olongapo City. The program is called Iron Fortified Rice (IFR) or “Bigas na dinagdagan o sinangkapan ng IRON,” as a medium-term strategy for the control of nutritional anemia.

“Rice is an excellent vehicle for fortification, because Filipinos are basically rice-eating people regardless of income. Rice is the staple food in all regions of the country, although it is commonly combined with corn in the central Philippines. If fortified rice was distributed to the general population, it would reach practically every Filipino,” Mayor Gordon explained.

He added that fortification is a strategy geared towards improving the nutritional quality of the food supply and it will be effective and feasible when the vehicle chosen is widely consumed by the population at risk.

Based on 2003 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) the following groups are anemic or suffering from IDA: 7 out of 10 infants aged 6 months to less than I year; 3 out of 10 children aged 1 to 5 years old; 4 out of ten young children aged 6-12 years old ; 4 out of 10 pregnant women and 4 out of ten lactating women.

According to research, micronutrient malnutrition is now the focus of the world’s nutrition community because of its largely covert deleterious effects on large portions of the population, including physical and mental deformities, high risk of infection, low work productivity, and increased mortality in young children. Iron deficiency is the most widespread of the micronutrient deficiencies.


IRON is very important nutrient needed in the formation of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. It improves physical and mental performance, prevents anemia and strengthen the body against infection.

IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA (IDA) is a condition of the body when the hemoglobin level, the red coloring of the blood is below normal level which is <>
How do you know that a person is suffering from IDA?

A person is suffering from IDA if he is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

Body weakness
Easily gets tired
Feels dizzy
Has poor appetite
Finds difficulty in getting to sleep

What will happen if a person is suffering from IDA?

During pregnancy
Inadequate pregnancy weight gain
High possibility of: delivering preterm infants, miscarriages, abortions, low birth weight babies

During lactation
Low iron content of breastmilk
Higher vulnerability to sickness

In children:
poor concentration
slow learner
long term effects on mental and motor function
poor growth
easily get sick

In Adults:
cannot work well (longer periods)
easily get tired

In adolescents:
delayed start of menstruation
slower tempo of growth
easily get sick

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Barangay East Bajac-Bajac National Winner in Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive and Economic Awards

The City Council has commended Barangay East Bajac-bajac in a Resolution No. 74 series of 2010, “A Resolution commending Barangay East Bajac-bajac as a National Winner in the competition of Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive and Economic Awards (LTIEA) for the period of June 2008 to July 2009”

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. approved and signed the resolution on August 23, 2010.

The LTIEA is an award conferred to barangays with exemplary performance in judiciously and expeditiously resolving inter-personal and community conflicts referred to them for amicable settlement.

The selection of winners is based on the efficiency of operations, effectiveness in securing the objectives of the program, and creativity and resourcefulness of the mediators.

Barangay East Bajac-bajac’s lupong tagapamayapa resolved cases to a win-win situation agreed by both parties without any legal counsel involved to avoid expensive litigation. The Lupon mediators implore on mutual agreements that may result to the most agreeable settlement by both parties. The Katarungang Pambarangay has became “the shoulder to cry on” of residents.

The City commends the leadership of Barangay East Bajac-bajac for being of great service to its constituents by instilling justice at all times towards a more peaceful and orderly society.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. poses with the grade school students who recently won Bronze Medals in the 2010 China Primary School Math Olympiad at Tainjin, China. Also in the picture were the coaches of the students and Education Program Supervisor Dr. Roger NuqQui.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


A Representative from the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)-Region 3 accept applications for the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations. Filing of applications will last from August 23 to August 27, 2010 at the Olongapo City Convention Center (OCCC). It can be recalled that Mayor Bong Gordon personally arranged with the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)-Region 3 to conduct PNP examinations in the city so that examinees need no longer go to the City of San Fernando in Pampanga. The simultaneous nationwide PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations will be held in the city on Sunday October 24, 2010 at the Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS).

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Mayor Bong Gordon at the sea trial of Olongapo City’s airboat along Kalaklan River up to the Perimeter Channel. The airboat will be used to monitor the status of rivers and channels in the city and for rescue and relief operations during disaster such as floods.

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Job Opportunities in Olongapo-Subic Bay



In his desire to intensify energy conservation and efficient utilization of power by Olongapo residents, Mayor James ‘’Bong’’ Gordon, Jr. has created the City Energy Management Committee (CEMC).

Through Executive Order (EO) No. 53 (Series of 2010) entitled, ‘’Creating the City Energy Management Committee and Institutionalization of the Energy Conservation Program’’, Mayor Bong Gordon compels the need for the city government to undertake an energy management program.

The City Energy Management Committee (CEMC) is composed of the following

Chairman: Ferdie M. Magrata, MPM, LLB
City Administrator

Vice- Chairman: Engr. Luisito Lopez
Gen. Manager, Public Utility Department

Members: Engr. Roberto Alvarez

Engr. Joel Francisco
Planning Officer III
City Planning and Development Office

Mr. Vic V. Vizcocho, Jr.
Head, Public Affairs Office

Engr. Rogelio Payumo
Assistant Department Head
Environmental Sanitation and Management Office

PB Jesus Ricardo Federico – Kalaklan
Representative from the Barangays

Naomi Arzadon
Division of City Schools, DepED
Assistant City Schools Superintendent
Representative from National Offices

The EO mandates that each department and offices of both national and local government as well as the seventeen (17) barangays will designate a senior official who will act as Energy Conservation Officer (ECO) in his or her respective area of responsibility who will monitor if the programs on energy conservation is adopted and implemented.

The CEMC includes the following duties and responsibilities:

1. Formulate programs and procedures that will promote energy efficiency and conservation measures for adoption by both the public and private sectors;
2. Conducts energy efficiency seminars, energy surveys, audits and spot checks on various offices and institutions;
3. Coordinate with the ECOs for the proper and effective implementation of energy efficiency measures;
4. Adopt other measures not contrary to the existing laws, rules and regulations for the implementation of the Energy Conservation Program;

At recent, the CEMC convened on August 24, 2010 wherein programs, rules and policies are adopted and will be approved by Mayor Gordon for implementation.


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Brgy Sta Rita News


Fresh from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Mayor James Gordon, Jr. received recently the good news that Brgy Sta. Rita grabbed the Best Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council plum over Davao City, Pasig City and the rest of the disaster response teams from the different barangays in the Philippines.

It can be recalled that the National Gawad Kalasag Validating Team composed of representatives from NDCC, DILG and ULAP visited Barangay Sta Rita sometime ago to personally evaluate the level of disaster preparedness in the said barangay.

Barangay Captain Jerome Bacay, assisted by Brgy Kagawad Eric Jahnkee, Kgd. Racquel Atienza, Kgd Virginia Bitangcol, Disaster Management Office Head Angie Layug, Councilor Ed Piano, Cob Cerudo and the Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council, presented to the validating team the mitigating measures and adaptability of the barangay to reduce risks in times of disaster.

The ‘Gawad Kalasag’ (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAban SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) award is given to individuals, non-government organizations, private sector and government organizations in recognition of their initiative in helping the Filipino government uplift the standard of disaster management in the country and working on Disaster Risk Management (DRM).

The Gawad Kalasag is an annual Presidential Award given to the municipality/province/city which has the most exemplary Disaster Coordinating Council having the Best Contingency Plan and Disaster Preparedness/Disaster Risk Reduction Management Program.

Kalasag is a Filipino term for "shield" used by early Filipinos as a means of protection from attacks of enemies or harmful animals. Relatedly, Gawad KAlamidad at Sakuna LAban, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan (KALASAG) was conceived to guard and shelter high risk communities against hazards by encouraging participation of various stakeholders in designing and implementing DRM programs.


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Bronze Medal for the Math Kids!

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. has acknowledged three (3) grade school students who recently won bronze medals in the 2010 China Primary School Math Olympiad at Tianjin, China.

The three (3) students namely; Alysza Mae Carballo Grade 6 and Mikhaela Marie Diaz Grade 5 both from SPEDG and Kristine Ashley Doble Grade 5 of CENTEX. These students competed with other Math wizards from China, Taiwan, Macau and Hongkong

“Isa na namang karangalan para sa Olongapo ang makilala sa larangan ng kagalingan sa Math” sabi ni Mayor Gordon.
The Math Olympiad is an event where the participants take a mathematics tests which include multiple choice or numeric answers, or a detailed written solution or proof.


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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Court of Appeals okays prosecution of Subic Customs collector

Court of Appeals okays prosecution of Subic Customs collector for bigamy

The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the prosecution of a female official of the Bureau of Customs for alleged bigamy.

In the 29-page decision, the CA’s 23rd Division in Mindanao gave the go signal for the prosecution of Marietta Zamoranos, a collector of the Bureau of Customs at Subic Bay.

The appellate court dismissed the petition of Zamoranos arguing that the Iligan Regional Trial Court has no jurisdiction over the case and it committed grave abuse of discretion in junking her motion to dismiss the complaint of bigamy against her.

The CA said Zamoranos should have faced the charges of bigamy instead of questioning the jurisdiction of the lower court or simply filing a motion to dismiss the case.

The CA earlier ordered the six-month suspension of Zamoranos for immorality following discovery that she was married to different men.

Zamoranos was indicted by the Department of Justice on August 2009 for the crime of bigamy.

The complaint was filed by her second husband, Samson Pacasum Sr., a Customs collector of the Iligan Port who found out that his wife was already married to another man.

Zamoranos argued that as a Muslim woman, she is allowed to marry more than once.

Zamoranos claimed she married her first husband, Jesus de Guzman, in a Muslim wedding and divorced him a year later.

Zamoranos then married Pacasum before an Iligan court judge. By Sandy Araneta (The Philippine Star)

The DOJ said Zamoranos is still married to De Guzman despite the supposed divorce.

The DOJ dismissed the defense of Zamoranos of being a Muslim convert, citing her statements before the Iligan court judge during her wedding with Pacasum that she is a Christian and had never converted to Islam.

Even if she indeed converted to Islam, the CA said Zamoranos is still liable for bigamy under our laws. Philippine Star - Sandy Araneta

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