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POC’s suspension of PATAFA paves way for Obiena to join SEA Games

March 17, 2022 3:53 p.m.

THE Philippine Olympic Committee Executive Board suspended the national sports associations of athletics and tennis during its special meeting on Thursday, a move that opened the door for world-ranked pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena to participate at least in the Vietnam 31st Southeast Asian Games in May.

POC president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said the Philippine Tennis Association was suspended for its non-compliance with an order from the International Tennis Federation to amend its charter and hold fresh elections to select a truly representative set of board members.

The Philta has been serving a two-year suspension by the ITF since late 2020 and the sanction faces extension unless the NSA complies with the world tennis body’s instruction.

The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, Tolentino said, was also suspended for failing to serve its purpose as an NSA, which supposedly “has the dedication and commitment toward the development of the sport, promoting the ideals of the Olympic Movement and the spirit of sportsmanship.”

“Our constitution states that POC may suspend for any reason. However, it’s transparent that PATAFA has deliberately and intentionally disregarded our basic principles of promoting sports and development,” Tolentino said.
“Unfortunately, the non-endorsement of EJ has created a national issue,” Tolentino added. “EJ Obiena, under our International Olympic Committee Charter, has two reasons to be endorsed—sports merit and inspiration to the youth.”

Tolentino said that despite sincere efforts by Obiena to mediate, “PATAFA prioritized its pride, and it saddens [me] to look closely on a chance slowly gripping away. They have withheld an opportunity of the Filipino people to have another world record.”

PATAFA denied Obiena’s request that he be endorsed to the world indoor championships that start Friday in Belgrade as well as to the Vietnam SEA Games, Eugene (Oregon) world championships in July and Hangzhou (China) Asian Games in September.

“The time is clearly now for EJ who is mentally and physically prepared,” Tolentino said. “We are in a reachable milestone within our grasp.”

The suspension will be effective for 90 days and will be ratified by the POC General Assembly during its regular meeting on March 30. If ratified, PATAFA will not have any authority over the national athletics team to the SEA Games, giving Obiena a chance to defend his gold medal in Vietnam.

But Tolentino said both suspensions could be dismissed sooner than their terms.
“If PHILTA complies with the ITF order, and the ITF accepts PHILTA’s compliance, the suspension of the tennis association will be lifted immediately,” he said.

For the PATAFA, it looked simpler.

“If the PSC’s mediation effort over PATAFA and EJ [Obiena] is completed and ironed out, its suspension will also be lifted,” said Tolentino, adding a separate resolution on the automatic lifting of the suspensions were also forged by the board.

Nine members of the board voted for the suspension, while two—Charlie Ho (netball) and Cynthia Carrion-Norton (gymnastics) abstained. POC Chairman Steve Hontiveros and International Olympic Committee Representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski were absent from the special board meeting.

The suspensions will give the POC direct supervision over PHILTA and PATAFA’s national athletes—including Obiena—coaches and sporting officials, while financial matters will be under the control of the Philippine Sports Commission.

“These suspensions are actually not a landmark decision by the POC,” Tolentino said. “We have at least two precedents when similar athlete-NSA issues rocked Philippine sports in the past.”
Former Asian sprint queen De vega was endorsed by the POC, then under the late Gov. Jose Sering, for her participation in the Asean Cup.

The late Leopoldo Serantes, Tolentino said, could not have clinched a boxing bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics if the POC didn’t endorse his participation. The boxing association at that time was experiencing leadership intramurals between Roilo Golez and Mel Lopez.

The suspensions were meted a day after Senator Pia Cayetano led the filing of a motion to cite the PATAFA in contempt for disobeying the Senate Committee on Sports’ order for PATAFA’s to amicably settle its differences with Obiena.

The contempt charges also stemmed from the PATAFA filing a case against Obiena and the POC with the  Court of Arbitration for Sport. PATAFA filed the case with the CAS four days after it agreed to undergo mediation during a Senate hearing on February 7.

“PATAFA filed a case before the CAS in Switzerland. This is an act of bad faith, as PATAFA practically and effectively closed any possibility of amicable settlement with Obiena,” Cayetano said.

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Make no room for online pirated content: Protect your data, report suspicious websites, buy original

As we gear up for another school year, we face piracy threats with online publications at our fingertips. Books and other learning resources are becoming increasingly accessible, influencing how we study and learn. How safe are our learners, teachers, schools, publishers, and institutions in this environment? The recent cyberattack on the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) reveals the serious risks we face.

On April 2, local hackers breached the DOST network, compromising two terabytes of data, including personal information of employees and research plans, designs, and schematics. This incident underscores the vulnerability of online platforms to data breaches, particularly when cybersecurity measures are not regularly maintained, monitored, updated, and enhanced.

Protecting our online identity, fighting piracy, and supporting copyrighted content are crucial. Individually, we can secure online learning environments by teaching students to safeguard their personal data. This includes securing devices, avoiding public Wi-Fi, using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and accessing only licensed learning management systems. Schools can configure desktops and laptops to prevent downloading certain file formats, especially scanned PDFs of textbooks. Learners and school personnel should practice these precautions at home and report suspicious websites.

Beyond data security and piracy risks, there is an important ethical aspect. Using pirated content infringes on copyright, undermines the hard work of content creators, jeopardizes their livelihood, and diminishes the recognition of their creativity and original work. Buying original content from legitimate sources shows respect for intellectual property rights, promotes integrity, and supports content creators.

Moreover, opting for original content benefits users, given the rigorous book development processes that help ensure high-quality, accurate information. By sourcing textbooks from legitimate providers, we can contribute to the fight against piracy, and at the same time, secure better learning experiences.

In addition to individual efforts, the government must advocate for and support content creators and book developers. Stronger anti-piracy laws and rigorous enforcement are essential, and public support and vigilance are crucial.

We must unite in this fight—society needs to stand together against piracy and uphold integrity in education.

As we start this new academic year, let us commit to being cybersafe and ethical in our use of online content. We can make smart, ethical choices. Say NO to piracy!

For a comprehensive lineup of legitimate educational resources, browse Rex Education’s 2024 Higher Education Catalog [here](https://online.flippingbook.com/view/956156329/2/).

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LG Philippines marks World Environment Day with ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ Campaign

9:49 p.m. June 18, 2024

LG Electronics Philippines (LGEPH) commemorated World Environment Day 2024 by launching its impactful ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign.

The event, held at the LG Electronics Philippines office in collaboration with the Pasig City CENRO (Community, Environment and National Resources Office), saw a significant turnout of enthusiastic participants dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Nakhyun Seong with Pasig CENRO Representative

LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Nakhyun Seong emphasized the importance of World Environment Day as a global platform for raising awareness and driving action towards environmental conservation. He expressed gratitude to all attendees for their commitment to making a positive difference in the world, stating, “On this World Environment Day, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each of you. Your active participation in our ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign has been instrumental in making a real difference in our environment. Your efforts are commendable and inspire us to continue our journey towards a greener future. Remember, it is your actions that are shaping this future.”

As part of the ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign, which began on Earth Day, April 22, and concluded on June 5, individuals were encouraged to collect plastic waste. The waste collected was then processed and recycled through the Mobile Recovery Facility of Pasig CENRO.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Mr. Nakhyun Seong with the Pasig CENRO Representatives

The campaign’s main objectives encompass Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Notably, the 1,622.55 kg of collected plastics will be utilized to redeem grocery items for LG’s maintenance and support staff. Moreover, the campaign aims to strengthen both LG and local government’s commitment to sustainability and responsible business practices within the Pasig community, all while enhancing awareness and implementing concrete actions. As a crucial aspect of this collaborative effort, LG has pledged to donate plastic waste to CENRO every quarter, fortifying its backing for local environmental endeavors.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Nakhyun Seong leading the initiative of recycling the collected plastic wastes

LG Philippines remains resolute in its commitment to sustainability and environmental causes, ensuring minimal environmental impact while staying true to the values of our customers, business partners, employees, and communities. By leading by example, inspiring positive change, and contributing to a greener, more sustainable future for all, LG continues to uphold its dedication to responsible business practices and environmental stewardship, a commitment you can trust.

For more information about LG Electronics Philippines and its environmental initiatives, follow LG Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. LG products are available in all authorized dealers nationwide, both in-store and online. Visit lg.com/ph for a complete list of our retail partners. You can also visit LG’s Official Flagship Stores in Lazada and Shopee.

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Make your Pinoy dad smile with foodpanda deals for their personality type

11:57 a.m. June 14, 2024

PINOY dads are known to be really good at MATH—as in, merienda, almusal, tanghalian, and hapunan! To celebrate tatay’s love for good food, drink, and more, foodpanda is offering a wide range of deals that will fit your dad’s unique personality. Treat your dad to the celebration he deserves this Father’s Day!

For the “cash na lang” dad

Sometimes our lives get too busy that finding the perfect gift for your dad becomes difficult, so we ask him directly. However, Pinoy dads often say he doesn’t want anything—or at best, he’d want some cash to put into his latest hobby or to beef up his hidden-from-nanay savings fund!

 If your papa is like this, foodpanda has the best deal for you. Simply use the code BESTDAD with your food delivery, pick-up, pandamart, and foodpanda shops (min. spend P1499) from June 15 to 17 to enjoy P500 cashback! Again, another two-for-one gift that your makunat dad will definitely love. Just make sure you give dad that P500 you get back in a nice envelope when your mom’s not looking.

 For the tagay tatay

Dads deserve to let their hair down every once in a while, with a cold glass of their favorite liquor in hand and enjoying the company of their family and friends. And when he’s slightly buzzed, it’s time to plug in the microphone for his soulful rendition of his favorite song! 

To make Father’s Day extra festive, foodpanda has you covered in the libation department. pandamart is having an alcohol sale from June 12 to 16, with up to 50% off on drinks such as Johnny Walker, San Miguel, Heineken, and more. This means that you get more bang for your buck—and your tatay and titos will definitely be impressed with your contribution to the tagay stash.

 For the Boy Scout dad

Pinoy dads take their responsibility to protect and provide for their families seriously. This means a lot of thought goes into making sure that he’s prepared for almost every scenario—whether it be bad weather or a bad case of the midnight munchies. You can easily add to your dad’s “just in case” pantry essentials with our Father’s Day deals.

 Simply pick out all the items you think dad would need or want and get up to 50% off on groceries and more from pandamart, Robinsons Supermarket, Puregold, Shell Select, and Watsons, among others from June 15 to 17.

 For the diskarte dad

Nothing beats a Pinoy dad’s diskarte—he’s creative and clever in raising his family. We’ve laughed at and shared his diskarte on social media, like fixing household items and appliances. Now, let’s step up and make him proud with our own diskarte, using additional vouchers from foodpanda’s bank partners.

 Use your UnionBank Credit Card for your food delivery and pick-up orders (min P650 spend) and get P200 off from June 14 to 16 with code UBMOREDAD. GCash users can use code PANDADDY to get a variety of deals with their foodpanda purchases from June 14 to 20.

 Order now at foodpanda using the app or at www.foodpanda.ph to celebrate dad, papa, and tatay this Father’s Day!

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