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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Olongapo City - Fiesta Grand Parade 2010

Successful and fun-filled fiesta grand parade composed of different floats and street dancing groups depicting various circa. 

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This year’s Kalampa Jam, now on its third year is another resounding success.

Tasked by Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr., Ryan Mabeza, head of the City Sports and Youth Development Office partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) – Olongapo in facilitating the event.

Kalampa Jam is part of Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr.’s Anti-Firecracker Campaign in Olongapo, where the use of indigenous and/or recycled materials is encouraged to produce sound or music as alternative to firecrackers.

“Naisip natin ang ganitong klase ng pa-contest upang mapa-alalahanan ang lahat sa kasalukuyang total ban sa paputok dito sa Olongapo. Hindi natin kailangan ng firecrackers, nakakapinsala lang at nakakadumi ng ating environment, nakakasunog ng mga bahay at dapat ang pera ay gamitin natin sa mas mabuti at mas makabuluhang bagay,” Mayor Gordon said.

“I’d like to thank Mayor Bong Gordon and FL Anne Gordon for the support they have given to make this event a success,” Mabeza said.

Aside from the Music Festival, they have also conducted a poster making contest for the Secondary and College levels, the winners are the following:

Secondary level:

2nd runner-up Kurt Kenneth Lorenzo (Saint Joseph College) P700
1st runner-up Joseph Borbe (Kalalake National High School) P1,000
Champion Mary Joan Olino (Olongapo City National High School- Special Program for the Arts) P2,000 College Level:

2nd runner-up Roxanne Mariñas (Gordon College) P700
1st runner-up Oliver Arevalo (Gordon College) P1,000)
Champion Laniel Gabriel Veluz (Gordon College)P2,000

Meanwhile, the Kalampajam winners are:

Elementary Level

2nd runner-up Gordon Heights Elementary School II-P3,000
1st runner-up Center for Excellence (Centex)- P7,000
Champion New Asinan Elementary School- P15,000

High School Level

1st place Saint Joseph College-P7,000
Champion Olongapo City National High School
(Special program for the Arts) P15,000

Aside from being fire hazards, firecrackers, according to City Ordinance No. 63 series of 2008, are known to cause bodily harm/injury and even death. Based on studies, firecrackers were proven to also cause the following:

1.) Increase in toxic fumes and gases like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide as well as suspended particulate matter in the air; 2.) increase in noise pollution above 125 decibel (dB) which is above the tolerable limits, and can cause deafness; 3.) increase in incidents of respiratory diseases such as acute bouts of asthma and bronchitis and may also trigger heart attacks.


Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. and FL Anne Gordon with New Asinan Elementary School (photos no.1 and 2), champion in the elementary level of the annual musical festival, Kalampajam on Wednesday, December 29, 2010. Olongapo City National High School – SPA (photos no. 3 and 4) won the Secondary level category.





Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Theme: “Golden Gapo Soars High @ 50”
December 30, 2010
Assembly Time: 1:00PM
Start of Parade : 2:00PM



Mr. Robert Gregorio
UNA Radio Group – Mr. Rudy Dalluay
Marshalls – OTMPS and PNP Traffic Management Division
Bureau of Fire Protection
DMO Family
Philippine National Police Marching Unit
7th IB Philippine Army
Retired Officers & Men of PNP
Contingent from Security Agencies
Knights of Rizal

(City Government Officials and Employees)
c/o Mr. Ferdie Magrata, Mr. Mon Estrella and Mr. Dennis Martinez
UNA Radio Group – Mr. Jong R. Salles
Big Philippine Flag (c/o DMO Rescue & Boy Scouts)
Olongapo City Flag (c/o Girls Scouts- Olongapo City Council)
MARCHING BAND – Olongapo Marching Band
City Government Employees (1930-1960’s)
Barker and Motorcycle Cops
Olongapo City Government Official Float (Air Boat & Float)
City Government Employees (1970 - present)
Officials and Employees from National Government Offices
City Court and City Prosecutors Office
Faculty and Students of Gordon College
City Scholars
Alay Lakad Scholars
MARCHING BAND - Cabuyao, Laguna Banda Batingaw
Olongapo Arts & Culture Group (Olongapo Got Talent)
Otaku Maru Organization (Anime Cosplayer)
Olongapo Skills Training Center (Bagumbayan)

(Civic Organizations, Business Groups and NGO’s)
c/o Mr. Norie Gomez, Ms. Janet Gregorio, Ms. Faye Magrata-Mallen
Ms. Aileen Sanchez, Mr. Jun Pascua and Mr. Ed Buena
UNA Radio Group – Mr. Alex Salles Jr.

MARCHING BAND – San Carlos City Drum & Bugle Corps
Philippine Red Cross
PRC Youth & 143 Members
Balikatan Ladies of Olongapo Movement (BLOOM)
Federation of Senior Citizens
Federation of Day Care Workers (Float)
UBSP/ Reach Up
Pag-Asa Youth Association
AETAS Federation
New Pinagpala Association
Future Leaders Camp
Olongapo Mahal Ko Foundation
Olongapo Vendors Association
Market Vendors Association
MARCHING BAND ___________________
Olongapo Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Metro Olongapo Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Muslim Brotherhood Association
Science of Identity Foundation
Philippine Guardians Inc
Phil. Shriners Association
Lion’s Club
Leo’s Club of Olongapo
Personal Collection
Micro-B (Yakult)
STI College
Kabayan Action Group
Alpha Phi Omega Int’l
Rotaract Club District 3790 Cluster 4C
G Gym
Bay Press
Subic Water
Volkswagen Club
Guardian’s Cavalier Inc.
Tau Gamma Phi (TORC)
Pitbull Owners
Samahang Magdalo – Olongapo Chapter
Gapo Mix Motor Rider Club
Kabayan Action Group
Kabalikat Civicom

GROUP IV: CANAL RD. BY UNION BANK (Barangay Contingents)
c/o Brgy. Capt. Carlito Baloy with Barangay Captains,
Mr. Noel Yap, Mr. Dante Ramos, Engr. Vic Bernabe
UNA Radio Group- Mr. Aldrin Joseph B. Salles

MARCHING BAND - Banda Rebelda, Las Piñas City
17 Patrol Vans with Brgy. Councilors
SK Federation
1. Asinan
2. Banicain
3. Barretto
4. East Bajac-Bajac
5. East Tapinac
6. Gordon Heights
7. Kalaklan
8. Mabayuan
9. New Cabalan
10. New Ilalim
11. New Kababae
12. New Kalalake
13. Old Cabalan
14. Pag-Asa
15. Sta. Rita
16. West Tapinac
17. West Bajac-Bajac

c/o Deped Mr. Roland Fronda, Mr. Saturnino Dumlao
Mr. Leo De Guzman
Maharlika Civicom- Ms. Dess Malones
MARCHING BAND – Olongapo City Elem. School Drum and Lyre
Deped of Olongapo City
Public Schools with Drum and Lyre
Private Schools with Drum and Lyre
Vocational Schools

c/o Ms. Gina Agustin / Arlee Cruz
Maharlika Civicom – Ms. Eden Santander
LED Mobile Patrol
SBMA Marching Band
SBMA Fire Department
SBMA Fire Truck
Participants/Contingent from the SBMA
Locators and Investors
SBMA Float

(going to Kalaklan Gate)
c/o Engr. Mon Zaballa/ Engr. Bobby Alvarez
Maharlika Civicom Mr. Daryl Almazan
(No particular arrangement: 1st Come, 1st to go)

MARCHING BAND - Banda 46, Carmona Cavite
Metro Olongapo Chamber of Commerce Inc. float
PhilAm Life Insurance
Coca Cola Bottlers Inc.
Subic Shipyard
Otaku Maru
Subic Broadcasting Corp.
The American Legion
Karinyosa KTV & Disco
Jam (OCDJ)
K-Servico Trade Inc.
Columban College
STI College
Day Care Center (CSWD)
Kapatiran Association (Brgy. Sta. Rita)
Cabalan Christian School
Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop
Red Ribbon
Roast Chick’n
Mart 1 Olongapo
M Lhullier
Vercon’s Supermart
James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital
KBG Rolling Store-Gawang Gapo
Olongapo Gay Association
Moto Gapo Riders with Three Floats

c/o Mr. Jun Lorenzo/ Kgd.Cornelio Niro
Maharlika Civicom –Mr. Juanito Borje

Motor Trade
Olongapo Transport Federation
Olongapo Motorcyle Rider Groups (with helmet)
Other Motorized Participants

Marching Brass Band Exhibition
Rizal Triangle 6:00Pm

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2010 Fiesta Coronation Night

2010 fiesta coronation night with the theme, “Golden Years” masquerade held on December 28, 2010 at the Rizal Triangle.

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2010 Fiesta Queen - Eva Marie Gasgonia

2010 Fiesta King - Jay Ann Suico

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Industrial Tripartism advocated in Olongapo

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Zambales provincial field office recently held an organizational meeting of the Industrial Tripatite Council (ITC) at the Coffee Shop, Baretto, Olongapo City with the intent of Organizing Industry Tripartite Council for Hotels, Restaurants and Resort industry in this city.

According to DOLE-RO3 Director Ernesto C. Bihis, the objective of the said program stems from the policy pronouncement and directive of President Benigno Aquino III with the purpose of strengthening cooperation and promotion of industrial peace and foster productivity on priority industries.

The said event, which was graced by Geraldine M. Panlilio, OIC-Office of the Assistant Regional Director, was attended by 33 participants comprising HR managers, department managers, and rank and Ffle workers of participating establishments.

ARD Panlilio emphasized the importance of organizing ITC for the ultimate objective of ensuring cooperation of tripartite partners in ensuring industrial peace and productivity and coming up with a voluntary code of good practices.

An election commenced after, with the following elected as its officers:

Chairman : Efren M. Reyes

Vice- Chair –Management : Wilda Gonzales

Vice-Chair – Labor : Bebe Olivar

Secretary : DOLE Staff

Treasurer : David Hermes

The maintenance of industrial peace among industries is one of the major priority programs of the DOLE in keeping and fostering harmonious relationships between management and labor with the goal of making Central Luzon a haven of productive workers. (DOLE 3 thru PIA 3).

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Some 500 PNP and BFP personnel were the first to receive cash incentives from Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. and FL Anne Gordon on December 22, 2010 at FMA Hall.

The cash incentives, in line with the spirit of Christmas, is part of the some P3.5M to be given to national agency personnel serving the city.

“Kahit hindi pasko mag tulungan at magbigayan tayo, let us show each other love and respect,” Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. said.

He also reiterated the Anti-firecrackers campaign, “I would like to appeal to all to cooperate against the use of firecrackers so that we will have a truly peaceful Christmas and New Year,” he added.

“Sana ay lagi nating isulong ang kapakanan ng bayan at magkaroon tayo ng peace of mind, Merry Christmas sa inyong lahat,” FL Anne Gordon said.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Olongapo City Skills Training Center - Batch 158, 160 & 161

Olongapo Skills Training Center trainees - Batch 158

Olongapo Skills Training Center trainees - Batch 160

Olongapo Skills Training Center trainees - Batch 161

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Part of various efforts to create more opportunities that will provide livelihood and employment to Olongapeños, Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. approved and signed Ordinance No.27 (series of 2010), “An Ordinance Establishing Olongapo City Pasalubong Centers in All Public Markets in the City”.

“We can make better progress with our Gawang Gapo products. Sa pamamagitan ng Pasalubong Centers makikilala ang mga produktong gawa sa Olongapo hindi lamang dito pati na rin sa ibang bansa,” Mayor Gordon said.

The Ordinance seeks to encourage creativeness, ingenuity and development of necessary skills of the residents through livelihood programs that require minimal capital but may later on prosper and contribute to the local economy.

Part of Mayor Gordon’s HELPS Program is the Gawang Gapo under the Livelihood Cooperative Development Office(LCDO) which includes local products of Olongapo such as foods, souvenir items and other manufactured goods.

Pasalubong Centers with gawang gapo products will be established in the city’s public markets.

Ordinance No. 27 was passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on November 11, 2010.

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The National Nutrition Council Region III has recognized Olongapo City as an Outstanding City in Region for 2009, for its best practices and nutritional program, its impact and effectiveness, on Tuesday December 21, 2010 at Bale katimawan Hall, Pampanga PNP Office, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

“The award is based on best practices and accomplishments particularly on sustainable improvement in the nutritional well-being program for children as well as pregnant women in the city”, remarked Maria Vicenta C. Magpantay, OIC, National Nutrition Council, Region III.

Richel Eve Torralba, City Nutrition Action Officer, with the City Nutrition Committee received the award on behalf of Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010


Olongapo City has recognized Fire Captain Ranny Magno of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) for winning the prestigious Civil Service Commission (CSC) “PAG ASA” award for his outstanding contribution to Public Service, besting all other contenders from all over the country.

Magno is a well-trained fire fighter who rose from the ranks to become the Fire Chief of the leading Freeport Zone in the country. He helped SBMA win the 2009 “Gawad Kalasag” Special Citation for Best Support Organization in the national level.

Magno, a dedicated public servant has made himself readily and always available to all emergencies occuring not only in Subic Bay Freeport and Olongapo but also in nearby provinces. Capt. Magno also responded to help on major disasters that struck the country such as the devastating typhoon “Ondoy” and the land slide in Itogon, Benguet, among others.

Besides having a family of his own, he also shares his expertise and services in the cooperative movement. Capt. Magno is currently the Chairman of Zambales Cooperative Bank and a member of the Subic Bay Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

The recognition, through Resolution No. 128 (series of 2010) was authored by City Councilor Eduardo J. Piano passed with the unanimous accord of the Members of the “Sangguniang Panlungsod” and approved by City Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Olongapo City - Pamaskong Handog

Pamaskong Handog for constituents of Olongapo City held at Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Covered Court on December 17, 2010.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Olongapo City - Systematic Adjudication Project

Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement in the Systematic Adjudication Project in the City of Olongapo on December 14, 2010 at FMA Hall, City Hall Complex, Olongapo City.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Olongapo City - Barangay Kalaklan - Hall of Famer - Search for the Cleanest & Greenest Barangay of Olongapo City

Barangay Kalaklan receives two hundred thousand pesos for being
the Hall of Famer - in the search for the Cleanest & Greenest 
Barangay of Olongapo City

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Olongapo City - Jhaydee Lañada of Tabacuhan Elementary School won 30k grand prize of the Phil. Red Cross - Olongapo City Chapter School fund-raising raffle draw

Jhaydee Lañada, a young student from the Tabacuhan Elementary School won the Php 30,000 grand prize of the Phil. Red Cross-Olongapo City Chapter School fund-raising raffle draw.

Other lucky student winners are as follows;
2nd Prize-Liezl P. Enrique - 15,000-New Cabalan HS
3rd Prize-Rowell Pascua - 10,000-Gordon Hgts NHS
4th Prize-Lyn G. Correa - 5,000-OCES

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Olongapo City - Brgy. Health workers and Brgy. Health Scholars

President:         Dante Habitan
V-Pres:            Venus Ebuenga
Secretary:        Gloria Gaspar
Ass. Sec.:         Rose Austria
Tresurer:         Virginia Belarmino
Auditor:            Darius Arrelano
Ass. Aud.:        Gina Rivera
PRO:                Susana De Leon
Asst. PRO:        Emma Siscar
Business Mngr: Totsida Adrales
                       Rose Demetrio
                       Rinabeth Raganit
                       Celina Calora

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Olongapo City - Healty City Coordinative Mechanism for Quality Reproductive Health Services


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Olongapo City - Gawang Gapo - KURISITI

This week's exhibitor for the Gawang Gapo Product Exhibit Booth is KURISITI - maker of personalized Christmas decorations and Christmas gift bags. Owner - Maria Isidro

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Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. is once again calling on all Olongapeños to adhere to the campaign on “Total Ban on Firecrackers” in the city which in accordance with City Ordinance No. 63 (Series of 2008) entitled, “An Ordinance Prohibiting the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession and use of firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices and such other similar devices and causing the explosion of the same or other similar explosives within the territorial jurisdiction of Olongapo City”.

Through public announcements, the anti-firecracker campaign has started with the use of barkers, print, radio and television, including Balitang Ozisero, Subic Bay News, SBC TV22, dwGO AM and dwOK FM. Posting of campaign posters and tarpaulins with the help of City Public Affairs Office (PAO) in different places in the city is also being implemented to continuously remind Olongapeños of the hazards and damages, firecrackerson lives and properties use of firecrackers bring.

Mayor Gordon also cautioned on the use of Christmas lights to avoid accident and fire occurrences.

Olongapeños are enjoined to support the campaign in order to have a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Olongapo City - 22nd International Block Rosary Convention

22nd International Block Rosary Convention
(in honor of Mary's Immaculate Conception)
Theme: "Mary: Queen and Mother of Peace and All Hearts"

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Olongapo City Government Christmas Party Dance Revo Winners

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Champion: City Mayor's Office and Its Extension Services

1st Runner-Up: James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital & City Health

2nd Runner-Up: Finance Group (Assessor, Treasury, Accounting, BPLO, Budget and CPDO)

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President - Dolly Mae M. Ramos (Old Cabalan)

Vice President - Arlet E. BAsa (New Kababae)

Secretary - Jolina Paola D. Beltran (East Bajac-Bajac)

Treasurer - Jose Corazon A. Pinlac (New Ilalim)

Auditor - Jessa L. Cagungun (East Tapinac)

P.R.O. - Alfonso D. Ribada III (New Cabalan)

Sgt.-At-Arms - Cesar Anthony B. Liscano (New Kalalake)


Barangay Olongapo Chapter Officers for CY 2010-2013

President - Carlito A. Baloy (Barretto)

Vice President - Basilio D. Palo (Old Cabalan)

Auditor - Jesus Ricardo N. Federico (Kalaklan)

Board of Director - Jimmy B. Pasag (Pag-Asa)

Board of Director - Jerome Michael S. Bacay (Sta.Rita)


SM Mall

The soon to rise SM Mall is just across the Subic Freeport Main Gate. In its initial stage of construction, the former city mall has been fenced



In line with the celebration of FL Anne Gordon’s birthday, a massive Jobs Fair is slated on December 16, 2010 at the Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Covered Court from 9:00 o’clock in the morning until 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

“Ang pagkakaroon ng ganitong oportunidad ay dapat nating tangkilikin, dahil minsan lang ito dumadating” FL Anne Gordon stressed.

Various job opportunities await the applicants. Ninety three (93) employers have confirmed to join the job fair from local to overseas positions, said Atty. Gene Perez, head of Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

‘’Karamihan ng mga local jobs ay para sa mga factory workers at hotel positions samantalang para sa overseas naman ay kailangan ng mga skilled workers at hotel and management positions,”added Atty. Perez.

Overseas jobs in Canada, Australia, Guam, Dubai, Bahrain are just some of the choices.

Interested applicants are advised to prepare the following requirements:

-Resume with 2x2 picture
-Birth certificate (authenticated)
-Transcript of records/ Diploma
-NBI/Police Clearance
-Certificate of Employment
-Passport (for overseas applicants)

The 2010 Job Fair is made possible by the city government of Olongapo and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which is also celebrating its 77th anniversary.

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Eastern claims Petron blocking Subic facility

OIL retailer Eastern Petroleum Corp. yesterday accused Petron Corp. of “bullying” and blocking the opening of Eastern’s “mega facility” at Subic free port.

Eastern Petroleum President Ferdinand L. Martinez told reporters he had received information from Subic that the firm’s 4,000-square-meter facility near Petron’s own station is being blocked because of an exclusivity clause in Petron’s lease agreement with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Administration (SBMA).

“We are seeing monopolistic tendencies from Petron. The biggest station so far of our company is being blocked by Petron and the SBMA is suddenly not granting us building permits. According to SBMA there is an exclusivity clause with Petron,” said Mr. Martinez.

He noted that Eastern Petroleum had been allowed by the SBMA board to build its facility but the company’s application for a building permit has been pending since May.

Petron, which has a 3,000-square-meter facility in Subic, said yesterday its contract should be honored.

“Petron welcomes competition which is the true spirit of deregulation.

When we invested in Subic almost a decade ago, there was a provision approved by the SBMA board stating that no similar business would be established within an 800-meter radius of our facility. This is standard for many investment locations,” Petron spokeswoman Charmaine V. Canillas said in a statement.

Mr. Martinez pointed out that a smaller gas station of PTT is located near Petron’s facility.

Eastern Petroleum plans to bring the issue to the Department of Energy. “We have already invested P50 million into the mega station,” said Mr. Martinez. -- Emilia Narni J. David -- bworldonline.com

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Gov’t selling stake in Subic Shipyard

The government is wrapping up the sale of its 10 percent stake in Subic Shipyard in Olongapo, Zambales, to meet its reduced privatization goal of P2 billion this year.

Finance Undersecretary John Philip Sevilla yesterday said the 10 percent share of the government in Subic Shipyard should fetch between P400 million and P700 million.

Sevilla, the point person for privatization, said the Subic Shipyard stake is among the small-ticket items lined up for sale this year, including "various pieces of real estate."

"These are all small-ticket items but negotiations are now in the advanced stages," he said,

Sevilla said government remains optimistic of meeting its privatization goal this year after lowering it from the original P30 billion.

The major assets in the original P30 billion target included the Food Terminal Inc. property in Taguig City and the share of PNOC-Exploration Corp. in the Malampaya gas consortium.

Sevilla said the sale of the Navy lots along Roxas Boulevard and in Fort Bonifacio may have to wait since the Navy needs to secure congressional. The Department of Finance has a lot of catching up to do to meet its privatization goal with barely three weeks to go before the year ends.

As of the third quarter, the DOF registered a privatization income of P400 million.

Keppel Marine Philippines Inc., a unit of Keppel Singapore, is the single biggest shareowner of Subic Shipyard and Engineering Inc. with 41.6 percent after buying out the interests of International Container Terminal Services Inc., Magsaysay Shipping Corp., SM Development Corp., and Insular Life Assurance Co. BY DENNIS GADIL - malaya.com.ph

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Balikbayan from NY claims P741-M grand lotto prize

The suspense is over.

A 60-year-old balikbayan from New York City showed up yesterday at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in Pasay City and claimed the P741,176,323.20 jackpot of the 6/55 Grand Lotto on-line lottery draw last Nov 29, ending wild speculations on who the lone winner was.

Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, PCSO general manager, told The STAR that the winner was with his family and was shopping at the Royal Duty Free at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in Olongapo City when he decided to buy five lotto tickets using the lucky pick system, wherein the computer picks the number combination for the bettor.

The lotto outlet owned by Necitas Garcia that is located inside the Royal Duty Free at the SBMA sold the ticket with the winning number combination 11-16-42-47-31-37.

“He has been a lotto fan in the US,” he said.

Rojas said the winner, who is married and a devout Catholic, plans to donate a portion of his winnings to charity and his relatives in the Philippines, and put the rest of the jackpot in the bank.

The lucky winner of the biggest lotto jackpot since the PCSO launched the on-line lottery in 1995 said he would return to the US and retire there.

He will return to the Philippines after one year and retire here and live on the interest of his huge bank

Several men carrying handheld radios escorted the winner to the PCSO.

As a policy the identies of lotto winners are kept secret for security reasons.

The STAR spotted Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo near the room where the winner was waiting for his check.

A PCSO official said that the presence of Robredo was just a coincidence.

The winner and his escorts, for security and confidentiality purposes, had told PSCO security guards that they wanted to visit PCSO chair Margie Juico or the general manager.

The visitors were told to get security passes but when they reached the chairman’s office, the winner revealed that he would claim the jackpot.

“It took only an hour and the winner got the jackpot prize intact,” Rojas said

The lotto jackpot was finally released after a nationwide frenzy over the Grand Lotto jackpot.

Juico said the lotto jackpot generated total sales of P4.1 billion in 86 draws.

She said 30 percent of lotto sales are used for medical and health services of indigent patients nationwide, including hospitalization assistance, medical/dental missions and ambulance donations, among other charity concerns. By Perseus Echeminada (The Philippine Star)

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Thursday, December 09, 2010


Olongapo City Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. congratulated Olongapo City’s new registered midwives during the flag raising ceremony on December 6, 2010 at the Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Center.

Mayor Gordon proudly announced that midwifery students from Gordon College successfully passed the Midwifery Licensure Exams with a passing rate of one hundred percent (100%). The exam was given by the Professional Regulation Commission on November 2010.

It can also be recalled that sixty five (65) new midwives recently from Gordon College passed the April midwives exams with a passing rate of eighty three point thirty three percent(83.33%).

“Keep up the good work! Ngayon, kapag sinabing taga Gordon College, alam na magaling na midwife,nurse o caregiver. Pagbutihin pa natin,” Mayor Gordon said.

“We have to produce more good midwives, nurses and caregivers in the future, tuluy-tuloy natin ang pag-asenso at keep fighting for excellence!” added Mayor Gordon.

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P3.8M FOR DepEd

A total of Php 3,854,400.00 were distributed to teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Dep’t. of Education-Olongapo by Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr., and FL Anne Marie Gordon, with City Councilors; Ruben Cerezo, James “Bugsy” de los Reyes, Edic Piano, Tet Marzan, Ellen Dabu, Gina Perez, Edna Elane, and City Budget Officer Bebeth Marzan on December 9, 2010 Thursday, at FMA Hall, Olongapo City Hall.

The 1,586 recipients received at least Php 2,400 each representing their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for the period July 2010 to December 2010.

“Aside from helping the City Administration for the continuity of its HELPS program, may I urge everyone of you to produce high school graduates qualified as call center agents in some future time and for the strict implementation of the total ban IWAS-PAPUTOK among your students, this is a call for Zero casualty this Season and onward”, remarked Mayor James “Bong “ Gordon, Jr.

“In consonance with our electric power privatization, power modernization will be installed for the benefit of the city populace, and at the moment let us start to educate our people to save energy as well”, added Mayor Gordon.

“ I just wish before you that all the schools at your area of responsibilities, its cleanliness be well-maintained, as I continue hospital assistance and continuous medical mission for the needy constituents in the City and the Province of Zambales, said FL Anne Gordon.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010


“We are conducting this meeting in order to accelerate economic and social growth and development not only in the city but in the entire region as well,”Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. said during the meeting of the Local Development Council at FMA Hall of Olongapo City Hall on December 08, 2010.

As chairman of the Local Development Council, Mayor Gordon along with council members which include barangay captains , representatives of the private sector and non-government organizations (NGOs),Heads of offices in the city, discussed the annual investment programming for the year 2011.

One by one the council members laid down their plans for next year. “The participation from the private sector and non-governmental organizations in the development planning process is very essential,” Mayor Gordon said. “With the coming of SM Mall and Ayala in the city, a clear boost in the economy and tourism is at its foot. More investments mean more jobs.”

Also present during the meeting were FL Tita Anne Gordon, who is very active in promoting the programs of the city particularly the HELPS program.


Tuesday, December 07, 2010


A young student from the Tabacuhan Elementary School won the Php 30,000 grand prize of the Phil. Red Cross-Olongapo City Chapter School fund-raising raffle draw aired live simulcast on SBC TV22 and DWGO-AM on December 5, 2010 Sunday.

The grand prize raffle ticket of Jhaydee Lañada was drawn by Eva Magda, member of board of directors, Phil. Red Cross-Olongapo City Chapter, witnessed by Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr., Eduardo Buen, Jr., Administrator PRC Olongapo, with Vic Vizcocho, Jr. SBC station manager and head of Public Affairs Office (PAO), and representatives of PRC Olongapo and Department of Education (DepEd).

Other lucky student winners are as follows;
2nd Prize-Liezl P. Enrique - 15,000-New Cabalan HS
3rd Prize-Rowell Pascua - 10,000-Gordon Hgts NHS
4th Prize-Lyn G. Correa - 5,000-OCES

Consolation Prizes
1. Jon Israel Riodeque - 2,000-OCES
2. Criskiefer Jensen - 2,000-OCES
3. Joshua Sarmiento - 2,000-Sta. Rita E/S
4. Robelita Abendana - 2,000-Balic2 E/S
5. Joshua Bantican - 2,000-JLGIS
6. Mellvenn Josh Estrella - 2,000-NEBES
7. Julia Marie Imai - 2,000-SPED-G
8. Sophia Ann Marie Navat- 2,000-Kalalake E/S
9. Efhraim Vhic Torres - 2,000 WESLEY
10. Glory Mae D. Ramirez - 2,000 OCNHS

The proceeds of the raffle is intended purposely for Emergency response and disaster preparedness in the city and programs for Red Cross youth, remarked Mitzi Quisay, chapter service representative.

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“PRC-Olongapo City Raffle Draw 2010”

Philippine Red Cross-Olongapo City Chapter held the “PRC-Olongapo City Raffle Draw 2010” live at SBC TV 22 and simulcast over dwGO AM. Ten (10) consolation prizes of P2,000 pesos each were given away.The Grand prize was P30,000 won by Jhaydee Lañada, 2nd prize P15, 000 won by Liezl Enrique, 3rd Prize P10,000 won by Rowell Pascua and 4th Prize of P5,000 won by Lyn Correa. The raffle was held on December 5, 2010.



SK Federation members led by newly elected President pose in a group photo with S/Supt.Osacar Albayalde (3rd row 5th from left) and DILG City Director Araceli San Jose (3rd row 4th from right) after the election of the federation officers was held on December 3, 2010 at the Olongapo City Library.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Olongapo Business Club donates P158k to city

Officers of the Metro Olongapo Chamber of Commerce led by their President Aurelio Bong Pineda turned over to Mayor Bong Gordon a bank note in the amount of one hundred fifty eight thousand pesos as the chamber's donation to the city. MOCC successfully managed the recent mardigras where it was agreed that the city will be the event's beneficiary.

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Olongapo Wesley School receives Php10,000 for winning in the Battle of the English Masters Champion of the Champions


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Olongapo City - Gawang Gapo - VERSIONS

This week's exhibitor for the Gawang Gapo Product Exhibit Booth is VERSIONS - maker of perfume in various scents. (Owner - Liza Garcia; Representative - Marlon Inarin)

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Friday, December 03, 2010


The City DILG Director Araceli A. San Jose, as Chairman of the Board of Election Supervisors, and Members Atty. Numer Lobo and Elflida Salmon facilitated the conduct of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation Election on Friday December 3, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the City Library.

Of the 17 SK Chairman representing the 17 barangay in the City, SK Dolly Mae M. Ramos from barangay Old Cabalan is the President-Elect and SK Arlet E. Basa of barangay New Kababae as Vice –President, while other elected SK Federation whose positions are as follows:

SK Jolina Poala D. Beltran- Secretary - East Bajac Bajac
SK Jose Corazon A. Pinlac - Treasurer - New Ilalim
SK Jessa L Cagungun - Auditor - East Tapinac
SK Alfonso D. Ribada III - P.R.O. – New Cabalan
SK Cesar Anthony B. Liscano- Sgt-At-Arms-NewKalalake

“Para maganda ang simulain, ang eleksyon na ito ng SK Federation ay dapat patas para sa marangal na sistema alinsunod sa DILG MC 2002-123/2010-132 SK Election Guidelines,” San Jose said.

“Bilang Board Chairman nagtalaga ako ng Panel of Observers na binubuo ng City PNP Director, Representante ng DEPED Academic Affairs at PPCRV, at DILG Staff bilang Secretariat para masiguro ang integridad ng isang malinis na SK Eleksyon,” San Jose added.
SK Dolly Mae Ramos, the 2010-13 SK Federation Chairman-elect will be representing the City in the January 7, 2011 National Federation Election and will be an Ex-Officio Member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod vice SK Federation Chairman 2007-10 SK Cheenee F. Hoya.


2010 Council Eco-Jamborette (Day 3)

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

2010 Council Eco-Jamborette (Day 2)

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