We Could Have Our First Subway By 2022

One of the best things about traveling abroad is experiencing public transport. The trains in other countries are so impressive, and we can soon experience that because the Philippines is set to have its first three Metro subway trains by May 2022!

The subway is set to run 30 kilometers with 14 stations from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. There’s also the possibility of adding one or two more stations in the future.

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Army Launches Joint Task Force Marawi Handbooks

The Philippine Army announced that it produced the Joint Task Force Marawi Handbook a series that highlights its experiences and achievements during the crisis in a launch spearheaded by the Philippine Army’s Operations Research Center.

The handbook series, which covers Joint Task Force Marawi combat and non-combat operations, is a compendium of stories immortalized in a series of books. According to Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, Director of Operations Research Center of the Philippine Army, “it is an enduring documentation of actual experiences and achievement on the ground during the crisis. In order to keep an intended tone of book presentation, the handbooks were designed for specific internal and external audiences.”

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PH Army Makes it to the Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame

Here’s some good news: the Philippine Army was recognized as one of the best organizations in terms of strategy execution after being inducted in the Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy on March 14.

The recognition was given after the Army successfully passed the on-site evaluation process headed by Mr. David McMillan, Director of the Office of Strategy Management of the Palladium Group last January.

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PH Breaks World Record For Largest Art Lesson

Just in time for the upcoming Art Fair Philippines: Expressions Stationary Shop Inc. (ESSI) broke a new world for the largest art lesson in yesterday’s PINASayang Sining, where 16,692 students from 32 high schools made art at the Quezon Memorial Circle in 45 minutes.

The event surpassed the previous Guinness World Records holder, where 14,135 participants gathered in India on Nov. 11, 2014.

According to ESSI marketing manager Riza Reneses, 25,000 students were expected to attend but some schools declined because they were too far from the venue.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista was so impressed that the participating schools would have no classes the following day.

Guinness will conduct a validation before the result is made official. The announcement is expected to take place during ESSI’s gala night on April 20.

CHED to Offer Free Higher Education This Year

After a few bumps and starts, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) promised that they would release the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) and fully implement free higher education law in state-funded colleges and universities this 2018.

The enhanced IRR of Republic Act 10931 will include free higher education, free technical vocational education and training, tertiary education subsidy, and the student loan program for both short- and long-term loans. UniFAST (Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education) will be the implementing board of this policy.

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Albay LGU to Help Farmers Affected by Mayon Eruptions

After the eruption of Mayon Volcano that affected 20,477 families or 79,757 individuals, the Albay local government has vowed to help local farmers as soon as the volcano settles.

Jun Pavericio, chief of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in Guinobatan, Albay, told 24 Oras, “Magbibigay kami ng mga farm implements tapos mga binhi, para mapalitan ‘yung mga nasira nilang pananim dito sa aming area.”

The Department of Agriculture (DA) revealed that P165.54 million worth of damage to crops, with a total of 8,138 hectares affected.

To date, the Mayon Volcano remains at Alert Level 4, which means that a hazardous eruption is still a possibility.

Mayon Victims to Receive P4.5 Million Aid From Davao City

After the eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay, Davao City is giving P4.5 million to help displaced families in the affected barangays.

A total of 20,477 families or 79,757 individuals have been affected by the eruption.

According to Davao City Vice Mayor Bernard Al-Ag Jr., the city is processing the check and will be sent next week.

The municipalities that will receive assistance are Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan, Malilipot, Sto. Domingo, Bagacay, and cities of Ligao, Tabaco, and Legaspi. Each municipality will receive P500,000.


8 Bridges to Be Built in Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon

This year, eight bridges will be built in Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon, which will improve transportation in the area.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the bridge in Batangas will be the 15-lineal meter Sta. Maria Bridge along Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Road.

In Laguna, three projects will be executed, including the 35-lineal meter Nanguna Bridge along Rizal Boundary-Famy-Quezon Road; the 21-lineal meter Sala Bridge along Manila South Road (MSR); and the 30-lineal meter Bay 2 Bridge along Calamba-Sta. Cruz-Famy Jct. Road.

In Quezon, the three bridges are the 60-lineal meter San Francisco, 42-lineal meter San Miguel Dau and Cogorin Bridges along MSR Jct.-Lopez Cabanatuan Road; and the 42-lineal meter Sangirin Bridge along Quezon-Alabat-Perez Road.

Project manager Estrella Villar of DPWH-Unified Project Management Office for Region 4-A said that the contract perfection for the project package is underway while civil works are projected to start before the second quarter of 2018