July 27, 2022 6:44 p.m.
Chooks-to-Go extended a helping hand to two-time Olympian and Asia’s former sprint queen Lydia De Vega-Mercado on Wednesday.
De Vega-Mercado, 57, is currently in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery earlier this month.
Upon knowing the situation, Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas immediately asked for the release of P250,000 to the De Vega-Mercado family to help with the mounting cost they have incurred in hospital bills.
“Madame Lydia is a living legend in Philippine sports, a true queen,” said Mascariñas. “During her heyday, she was someone we looked up to as she broke barriers for the Filipina athlete.
“Imagine, she won numerous Asian championships and dominated the Southeast Asian region for years. And she did it with class and flair that have yet to be matched up to this day,” he added.
Receiving the check were Lydia’s daughter Stephanie and son-in-law David Koenigswarter.
“Sobrang heartwarming because hindi naman kaila sa atin na my mom left for Singapore to work there. Ngayon kasama na natin siya. We are very happy at we are very thankful sa lahat nang sumusuporta sa kanya at tumutulong para maka-recover siya,” said Stephanie, a former volleyball player.
“Hindi maganda ‘to ngayon na nangyayari sa buhay niya. Sinasabi nga namin na ito ‘yong pinakamalaking karera sa buhay nya. And we are happy na si Chooks-to-Go, kasama namin na tumutulong at nagdarasal para maka-recover ‘yong Mom ko dahil lahat gusto na mas matagal natin siyang makasama at hindi tayo nag-gi-give up for her, so lahat ng tulong binibigay natin para maka-recover siya.”
It was a heartwarming moment as Olympians Eumir Marcial (Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist) and “Onyok” Velasco (Atlanta 1996 silver medalist) were the ones who gave the check to Lydia’s daughter.
And the two pugilists hope that many more will help Lydia out.
“Masaya ako dahil naging parte ako ng Chooks-to-Go family dahil dito ko po talaga naramdaman ang pagmamahal sa atleta. Mga active, retired na atleta tulad nina Lydia de Vega at Onyok Velasco, hindi pinapabayaan ng Chooks-to-Go. Sa tulong ng Chooks-to-Go, sana mapabilis ang paggaling ni Ma’am Lydia,” said Marcial.
“Hinihingi ko lang po na sana ipagdasal nating lahat si Ma’am Lydia. Walang bayad po ang pagdarasal at makakatulong ito ng malaki sa kanya. Sana po sa susunod, makasama na po namin dito sa Chooks-to-Go si Ma’am Lydia na malakas at magaling na siya.”
“Siyempre sa akin, napakalaking tulong ang suporta ng Chooks-to-Go. Mula noong pandemic, maraming nawalan, pero ako nagkaroon dahil sa Chooks-to-Go. So talagang malaking bagay ‘to,” said Velasco, who has also become a friend to Lydia. “Tapos ‘yong Chooks-to-Go kasi, hindi lang ako ang tinutulungan. Lahat ng mga atleta na heroes, tinutulungan ng Chooks-to-Go, kaya nagpapasalamat ako kay Boss Ronald na walang sawa sa pagsuporta sa mga atleta na nagbigay ng karangalan sa bansa. Kaya hindi ko makakalimutan itong Chooks-to-Go dahil talagang malaking tulong ito sa pamilya ko.
“Tapos si Ma’am Lydia de Vega na nagkasakit, tinulungan din ng Chooks-to-Go. So ‘yong mga atleta na minsan nakakalimutan na, ‘andiyan pa rin ang Chooks-to-Go na tumutulong palagi. Kaya maraming salamat, Boss Ronald. Saludo po ako sa’yo.”
Australian delegates visit Clark
August 18, 2022 7:23 p.m.
CLARK FREEPORT – As part of their business mission in the Philippines, a delegation from Australia composed of industry leaders on various business sectors recently visited this Freeport to explore potential trade, tourism, and investment opportunities.
In a simple activity held at the New Clark City (NCC) on Wednesday, the delegates were given presentations on the current developments in NCC, Clark Freeport Zone, Clark International Airport, and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Aileen Zosa, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Chairman Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan, CDC Vice President for Engineering Services Group (ESG) Dennis C. Legaspi, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Officer-In-Charge Darwin Cunanan and TIEZA Division Manager Donald Maldonado welcomed the delegation led by Philippine Ambassador to Australia Hellen De La Vega.
Former President and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also delivered a message for the delegation through a video message.
“The province of Pampanga has already prepared its land development plan with Clark as its hub, and implementing this is underway. The BCDA has integrated four major contiguous investment districts, mainly the Clark Freeport Zone, Clark Global City, Clark International Airport, and Subic. My wish related to your visit is for the Philippines to have closer ties and expand the depth of scope of our economic cooperation with Australia and New Zealand,” Arroyo said.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Pamintuan thanked the delegation for visiting Clark and for choosing the Philippines as an investment destination. He also mentioned that the business mission will fortify the economic cooperation between Australia and the investment hubs in the Philippines.
“Your visit signifies the strengthening of the economic partnership between Australia and the Freeport Zones in Clark, Subic, represented by Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Clark International Airport Corporation, Clark Development Corporation, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority,” he said.
Pamintuan also cited how new investment opportunities will intensify the promotion of inclusive development that will benefit the communities surrounding the Freeport.
“The forging of new investment and trade cooperation will benefit the local government units that form massive economic and investment corridor traversed by the Subic-Clark- Tarlac Expressway,” he added.
For her part, Zosa, in her presentation, underscored the suitability of Clark as an investment hub.
“Our jewel is really Clark. It’s the biggest and has the best potential for unlocking the value of these prime properties,” she added.
Aside from Clark, the delegation also visited the areas of Bataan and Subic for other set of activities that include investment briefings and business-to-business meetings.
Rep. Matibag files ‘Anti No-Permit, No-Exam Bill’
August 17, 2022 11:30 p.m.
The Anti No-Permit, No-Exam Bill of Rep. Ann Matibag of San Pedro City of the first district of province of Laguna passed on first reading in the House of Representatives.
The proposed house bill (1486) seeks to allow students to take their preliminary, midterm or final examinations without the need to secure a permit as proof of payment of tuition and other school fees.
“It is really high time to get rid of the ‘no permit, no exam policy’ being imposed in schools and most universities,” said Matibag, whose anti-trans fat bill was also passed on first reading.
“Every student has a right to finish his/her studies. Now that the opening of classes is near, no student should have his/her education interrupted just because he or she cannot pay tuition fees at the moment,” added Matibag, who is known for her initiatives for the youth and mother sectors.
Despite the ongoing global economic inflation caused by the pandemic and the rise in fuel prices, Rep. Matibag explained that the right of Filipino students to study in private and public universities must not be affected by their economic status.
Matibag believes that education is not a privilege, but an absolute right — reassuring parents that their children should be able to pursue their education without the heavy pressure to settle debts.
“In my explanatory note, it is time to have an act penalizing the ‘no permit, no exam policy’ in all educational institutions,” said Matibag, also a former Laguna provincial board member. “This is consistent with State policy to prioritize education, science and technology, arts and sports to foster patriotism.”
She added despite this mandate, many schools and college universities still prohibit their students to take their exams if they don’t settle or pay their tuition fees.
Matibag added that she is sad to learn that some colleges and universities are also capitalizing on hybrid classes, which cost them less on overhead expenses such as electricity and maintenance.
“We cannot allow our students and their parents to be exploited and used as milking cows especially during these hard economic times. The present condition is very depressing. We must correct it to guarantee the universal right to education of the Filipino youth,” Matibag added.
The Department of Education, meanwhile, announced the resumption of classes on August 22, 2022, while the full implementation of face-to-face classes will start on November 2, 2022.
Obiena back with PH team
August 17, 2022 9:15 p.m.
Olympian Pole Vaulter Ernest John Obiena has been formally reinstated to the national team after Philippine Athletic Track and Field Association (PATAFA) endorsed his re-inclusion along with five other athletes to the Philippine Sports Commission.
This happy development came after majority of PATAFA Board members voted on it during their special board meeting held last Saturday, August 13.
This was bared by PATAFA Executive Vice President Willie Torres, as instructed by PATAFA President Terry Capistrano.
PSC Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr. said that this decision takes effect this month and that the changes fall within the existing team quota of athletics.
Current PSC Officer in charge, Commissioner Bong Coo is pleased with this turn of events saying that “we are thankful to the PATAFA leadership” for taking this step to solidify the strength of our national athletics team.