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PLDT High Speed Hitters whip depleted Crossovers

July 12, 2022 6:43 p.m.

PLDT Home Fibr got untracked with a superb blend of power, blocking and setting, easing past a hapless Chery Tiggo side, 25-18, 25-19, 25-14, in a rousing start to a Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference campaign at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan yesterday.

Chin Chin Basas, Julianne Samonte and Fiola Ceballos crisp hits, Mika Reyes’ striking running play, Dell Palomata’s quick attacks and the High Speed Hitters imposing control of the net proved too much for the undermanned Crossovers to overcome, leading to PLDT’s lopsided one-hour, 24-minute victory in the second elims playdate of the mid-season tournament.

Sure, Chery Tiggo continued to sorely miss the services of injured Dindin Manabat and EJ Laure, Buding Duremdes, Alina Bicar and Justine Dorog due to health and safety protocols, but the High Speed Hitters, who went into deep training during the break, came into the match exuding confidence and with a kind of resolve missing in their fifth place effort in the Open Conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.

“We’ve been training hard, pushing ourselves. Winning our first game is so important but we need to practice more and polish everything,” said Reyes, who topscored for PLDT with 15 hits, mostly on running attacks.

She added three blocks to likewise help anchor the team’s net defense with Palomata, who added two blocks and finished with seven points.

“We’re getting the kind of chemistry missing in the past. We wanted to start strong and our goal was to win our first game and hope to sustain the momentum,” said PLDT coach George Pascua, whose wards will be sternly tested when it faces Creamline on Saturday.

PLDT finished with 48 hits, doubling Chery Tiggo’s output and had six blocks and six aces against their rivals’ five and two, respectively, to underscore their domination of the first Open Conference champions in pro setting.

Basas went 13-of 37 on attacks and finished with 14 points while Samonte and Ceballos produced 11 and 10 hits, respectively, as the PLDT hitters scored almost at will on both sides behind playmaker Rhea Dimaculangan’s superb ball distribution.

The former UST stalwart delivered 21 excellent sets, 11 more than her counterpart Jasmine Nabor.Mylene Paat struggled for nine hits in a futile bid to rally the Crossovers, who had their shining moment when they surged ahead at 11-10 in the second frame, capped by Nabor’s service ace, the point of which the former National U mainstay yielded in her ensuing service turn.

Two hits from Basas coupled with Maika Ortiz’s attack error put PLDT back up by three, a lead the High Speed Hitters stretched to six, 22-16, on back-to-back Heather Guino-o aces.

PLDT never let up in the third, taking five of the first six points and pulling away at 14-6 and 24-12, Chery Tiggo took the next two points but yielded the next and the match on a service error.

With Manabat’s uncertain, Laure, Duremdes, Bicar and Dorog hope to suit up against Cignal HD on Saturday in an attempt to check on their skid after going 0-2 following its straight-set loss to Choco Mucho in last Saturday’s inaugurals.

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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.

USHERING MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN CLARK.  Delegates from Australia, led by Philippine Ambassador to Australia H.E. Hellen De La Vega (8th from left, first row) and Tourism and Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison (7th from left, first row), recently visited Clark Freeport Zone and New Clark City to learn about the areas’ developments and potential investment opportunities.  BCDA President and CEO Aileen Zosa (5th from left, first row), Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Chairman Atty. Edgardo Pamintuan (6th from left, first row), CDC Vice President for Engineering Services Group (ESG) Dennis C. Legaspi (9th from right, second row), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Officer-In-Charge Darwin Cunanan (3rd from left, first row) and TIEZA Division Manager Donald Maldonado welcomed the delegates and presented some of the developments in Clark.  Also in the photo are MTD Philippines Chairman Engr. Isaac David (3rd from right, 2nd row), and MTD Philippines President Patrick Nicholas David (extreme right, 2nd row). (CDc-CD Photo)
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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.

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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. 

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