Building Better Stories, Block by Block Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 25, 2016, 11:44 pm
A series of seminar-workshops for media practitioners on the links between the con-struction industry and sustainable growth is set to kick off next week.
The Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and Holcim Philippines, Inc. are undertaking this joint initiative, which builds on a similar, albeit more basic, training two years ago.
The new round of seminar-workshops by PPI, the national association of newspapers, and Holcim, a building materials and aggregates company, aims to see more nu-anced and in-depth reporting on the construction sector, highlighting its role in help-ing achieve sustainable and inclusive growth while focusing the spotlight on relevant issues affecting Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
With the theme “Taking the High Road to Better Construction Stories,” the training series also seeks to help the media explore unreported and underreported issues sur-rounding the industry, ideally set within the framework of civic journalism, PPI’s flag-ship program.
Holcim Philippines advocates sustainable construction practices that contribute to lasting and broad-based development.
PPI's thrust of “Building Better Communities through Civic Journalism” is in line with its goal of giving voice to the concerns and aspirations of communities and sectors that otherwise are not being heard in the public sphere or in the mainstream media.
The PPI-Holcim trainings call to mind two of the 17 United Nations Sustainable De-velopment Goals (SDGs) that replaced the Millennium Development Goals and were adopted by world leaders last year.
Goal 9 of the SGDs falls within the purview of the construction industry, among other concerned sectors: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrializa-tion and foster innovation.”
Goal 11 is a call to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”
The PPI-Holcim training will be held in each major island group, with the Luzon leg scheduled for April 27 to 29 in Padi, Bulacan. Participants from the Visayas will gath-er in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on May 4 to 6; and those from Mindanao in Malaybalay, Bukidnon on May 18 to 20.
Non-PPI members have also been invited to participate in the training workshops.
Tess Bacalla, PPI’s training director, said the seminar-workshops will also be high-lighted by discussions on relevant regional issues, which will be facilitated by re-source speakers. These will be followed by field visits that will allow the participants to take a deeper look into such issues and how these manifest on the ground, while pursuing stories that will serve as their group outputs during the workshop.
Journalists from Luzon will look into the status and quality of relocation shelters in Bulacan, which continues to be among the top relocation areas for informal settlers from Metro Manila.
Media participants from the Visayas will focus on the state of reconstruction and re-habilitation programs in Bohol, three years since the province was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that reduced infrastructure gems such as centuries-old churches and ancestral houses to rubble.
In Mindanao, participants will learn about the living conditions of lumad, or indigenous groups, including those that have been displaced from their communities and are cur-rently staying in temporary facilities in Bukidnon.
The workshop-seminar series complements the Journalism Awards on Sustainable Construction Reporting (JASCOR), a Holcim-sponsored program undertaken in part-nership with PPI. National and community newspapers vie for the yearly awards, which are given out in ceremonies held in October.
Now on its third year, JASCOR hopes to promote excellent reporting on the construc-tion industry through the lens of sustainability, and thus generate increased public awareness and appreciation of, as well as support for, sustainable construction ef-forts.
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Magsayo stops Avalos in 6th round Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 11:19 pm
(By Roy Luarca, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 April 2016, 11:19 PM)
Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo. FACEBOOK PHOTO
CEBU CITY--- Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo recovered from a third round knockdown to stop Chris Avalos in the sixth and capture the WBO international featherweight crown before a huge crowd at the Cebu City Sports Complex last night.
Pouncing on a groggy Avalos, who was saved by the bell in the fifth round, Magsayo was landing a flurry of punches when Referee Danrex Tapdasan stepped in to stop the carnage at the 1:55 mark.
True to their word, Magsayo and Avalos went after each other every round, with the Boholano staggering the Mexican-American in the second with two hard lefts coupled with bunches of punches.
Imelda campaigns for Bongbong in Tacloban Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 9:48 pm
(By Frances Mangosing, Inquirer.net / 23 April 2016, 9:48 PM)
Ilocos Norte Representative and former First Lady Imelda Marcos campaigned for her son vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in her hometown in Tacloban City on Saturday. She also campaigned for her nephew Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez, who is seeking a Senate seat.
TACLOBAN CITY --- Ilocos Norte Representative and former first lady Imelda Marcos campaigned for her son vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. here in her hometown on Saturday.
The former first lady said life became more difficult for Filipinos after her husband then president Ferdinand Marcos left because the leaders who succeeded him did not care enough for the country.
"Thirty years kami sa Amerika, umalis kami dito [at nanatili] sa mga estranghero kahit na nanalo kami nung snap election noong 1986, pero ano ang nangyari naghirap ang mga kapatid na Pilipino dahil ang mga sumunod sa Marcos kasi hindi nag-isip para sa kapwa tao, walang puso, kaya nandito ako, ang edad kong 86 na pero ang aking puso nandito pa rin malakas pa rin ang aking pagmamahal sa kapwa lalo na sa bansang Pilipinas," she said in Waray at the Remedios T. Romualdez Gym with hundreds of barangay captains from Leyte and Biliran in in attendance.
Duterte on Trillanes: 'Be careful with that idiot' Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 7:48 am
(By Nestor Corrales, Inquirer.net, 7:48 AM, 23 April 2016)
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday minced no words against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who claimed that the tough-talking mayor told him in a casual conversation how he had shot people in the head while on their knees.
"I don’t know him. I only met him twice," Duterte said in a rally in Pandacan, Manila.
Trillanes said Duterte, shared the story with him during a meeting set up by a "common friend" in April last year to explore the possibility of running together.
Duterte confirmed that he indeed met with Trillanes.
McDonald's opens second store in Tacloban, Leyte Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 21, 2016, 4:46 pm
(By Sun Star Tacloban, Thursday 21 April 2016)
MCDONALD'S Philippines continues to expand its presence in Visayas as it opened its second store in Tacloban City, Leyte. The event also signifies that McDonald's is close to having 500 stores nationwide.
"We are proud and happy to open our second store in Tacloban. It is the first McDonald’s store in the city equipped with a Drive-Thru. More than offering Taclobanons the convenience of eating great-tasting food like Big Mac, Chicken McDo, and our World Famous Fries, the new store also brings more job opportunities for the youth," said Kenneth S. Yang, McDonald’s Philippines president and chief executive officer.