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RIMPAC 2022: PH to join US, Japan in world’s largest maritime drill

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The Philippines will be joining 25 other countries including the United States and Japan in this year’s edition of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime drill – the world’s largest naval exercises.

RIMPAC 2022, the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971, will be conducted beginning June 29 until August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

Military units from these 26 countries will send a total of 38 surface ships, four submarines and 170 aircraft to be used in the exercises, as well as about 250,000 personnel including ground troops from nine participating countries.

“As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans,” said a statement from US Navy’s Third Fleet Commander.

Aside from the Philippines, US and Japan, other countries expected to join the exercises are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, and the United Kingdom.

Participating nations in RIMPAC 2022 will work under the theme “Capable, Adaptive, Partners” during which they will be showcasing their respective naval forces’ capabilities ranging from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting.

“The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations,” the US Navy said.

The multinational naval exercises this year will be hosted by the Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet and will be led by Commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet as the Combined Task Force (CTF) commander. Other high-ranking naval officers from US, Japan, Australia and Canada will also be holding key positions.

China will not be joining RIMPAC 2022 since it has been disinvited by the US in 2018 due to its behavior in the South China Sea where a host of Asian neighboring countries have overlapping claims.

Interestingly, other claimants, however, such as the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei have been invited to participate.

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‘Liter of Light’, nagbigay ng ideya at liwanag sa mga Pinoy para makatipid sa kuryente

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Tuwing katapusan ng bawat buwan, pinoproblema ng marami si “Judith” o ang kanilang due date sa mga bayarin gaya ng kuryente, tubig at iba pa.

Kabilang sa pinoproblema ng marami ay ang gastos sa pagkonsumo ng kuryente. Mayroon din namang mga lugar na may kakulangan sa kuryente. Kung puwede lang sana ay magkaroon ng kuryente na hindi naman mabigat sa bulsa. Kaya naman may isang organisasyon na bumubuo ng solar lights na tipid sa kuryente at nagbibigay ng liwanag sa mga tahanan.

Ayon sa panayam ng “iJuander”, sinasabing base sa datos ng Department of Energy noong 2021, nasa 1.62 milyong kabahayan sa bansa ang hindi naaabot ng kuryente.

Nariyan ang Nursery Compound sa Barangay Talon Dos sa Las Piñas City na diumano ay limang taon nang wala pa ring kuryente kahit nasa siyudad lamang sila.

Nasa 100 pamilya ang naninirahan sa compound, at ang iba ay nagbabayad ng P70 kada gabi para makigamit ng generator at mailawan ang kanilang tahanan pagsapit ng dilim.

Ang ilang komunidad naman ay gumagawa ng paraan sa paglikha at paggamit ng solar lights na ibinabahagi ng Liter of Light Foundation.

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Ayon sa kanilang website, ang Liter of Light ay isang ” global, grassroots movement commited to providing affordable, sustainable solar light to people with limited or no access to electricity.”

Sa pamamagitan ng network of partnerships sa buong mundo, ang mga volunteers ng Liter of Light ay nagtuturo sa mga marginalized na komunidad kung paano magagamit ang mga recycled plastic bottles at locally sourced na materyales para mapaliwanag ang kanilang mga tirahan, negosyo at mga kalsada.

Ang isang solar light nila ay binubuo ng LED, switch, jack na isasaksak sa pagkukuhaan ng solar power, at recycled bottle na magsisilbing diffuser. Malaking tulong ito sa isang komunidad lalo na’t sila ay hindi naaabot ng kuryente.

Hindi na ito mangangailangan pa ng kuryente dahil ito ay ibinilad sa araw para makahigop ng energy para makapagbigay ito ng liwanag. Hindi lang sa Pilipinas nagagamit ang naturang proyekto. Mayroon na rin nito sa 32 na bansa.

“Yung importante kasi sa amin is makita ng mundo na ang mga Pilipino ay hindi lang siya nangangailangan palagi at humihingi ng tulong, pero ‘yung mga ideas niya ay nakatutulong rin sa iba,” paliwanag ni Illac Diaz, founder ng Liter of Light Organization.

Ang Liter of Light technology ay kinilala na ng UN at ginagamit na sa ilang UNHCR camps. Kabilang sa mga pagkilalang natanggap na nito ay ang 2016 St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, ang 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize, at nagwagi na rin sa 2014-2015 World Habitat Award.

Samantala, alamin natin kung paano nga ba ginagawa ang isang solar light na kaya nang buuin ng sinumang nais gumamit nito. Panoorin ang video na ibinahagi ng iJuander.

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Vina sa Musa billboard, pagrampa sa ‘NY Fashion Week’: ‘I am happy that I did the runway for a good cause’

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Ipinakita ni Vina Morales ang paglabas niya sa Musa billboard at pagrampa sa New York Fashion Week para sa isang advocacy event na naglalayong tulungan ang mga bilanggo at mga katutubong grupo sa Davao del Norte noong Sept 14.

“Musa Billboard was up at Time Square New York for the New York Fashion Week for Musa Fashion Event held yesterday @hoteledison . I would like to congratulate my dear friend designer @musafabric_by_joysoo (emoji) I am happy that i did the runway for a good cause (heart) Didnt have a 2nd thought doing it coz i support Musa Advocacy  <3  Will be posting more Photos and Videos soon!!!” caption niya sa kanyang IG post noong Sept 13


Rumampa ang mang-aawit na nakasuot ng berdeng Joy Soo dress na may makulay na corset at John Cloma beadwork, na itinerno sa isang makulay na floral na headpiece. Makikita ito sa kanyang Instagram post, Setyembre 14.

“Such an honor to do the grand finale walk at the New York Fashion Week of Musa event for a good cause. The Musa Advocacy that I am supporting helps the prisoners and indigenous tribes in Davao del Norte to have better lives,” aniya.

Nagbahagi din siya ng trivia patungkol sa kanyang lola sa tuhod na nagpakasal sa isang amerikanong sundalo.

“A little trivia is that my great great grandmother who married an American soldier during the war is from a Tagakaulo tribe which originates from Davao del Sur.”

Pinasalamatan din niya ang kanyang kaibigang designer para sa kanyang tagumpay at sa adbokasya.

Aniya, “I congratulate my co Bisaya friend designer @musafabric_by_joysoo for the success and for this advocacy, I will continue to support in any way I can.”

Kasalukuyang nasa Estados Unidos si Morales para magdaos ng mga solo show sa ilang lungsod doon. Nagtanghal din siya kasama ang American musician na si Jim Brickman sa ilang mga sinehan sa California noong Hulyo at Agosto.

 

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Municipality of Tanza, Cavite implements ‘1 kilo of rice in exchange of 1 plate of mosquitoes’ program

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One kilo of rice will be given to those who catch a plate of mosquitoes in Barangay Sanja Mayor in Tanza, Cavite.

That’s what was shared in a Facebook post by someone named “Jade Blancaflor”, admin of Borland Health Center in Barangay Sanja.

“1 Platong Lamok= 1 Kilong Bigas…”

“Marami pong salamat sa mga nakiisa sa programa ng ating Brgy. sa Pangunguna po ng ating Brgy. Captain Pedro Aricayos at sa Buong Sangguniang Brgy.”

“Kapalit ng 1 platong lamok ay ang 1 kilong bigas..Makiisa, Makibagahi upang masugpo ang sakit ng Dengue. Maraming Salamat.” according to her caption.


This is one of the barangay’s programs to address the increasing cases of dengue in the town which is now under a state of calamity due to the outbreak of the disease.

“Siguro po ay natatandaan n’yo pa rin ‘yung kabataan ninyo na ang ang ating mga magulang ay may ganyang style: isang plato na lalagyan ng oil, iwawasiwas sa may maraming lamok at talaga naman pong nakakahuli,” sabi ni Peter Aricayos, kapitan ng Barangay Sanja Mayor, ayon sa panayam ng ABS-CBN News.

The resident must use a plastic plate that will be rubbed with lard or oil and then used to catch mosquitoes whre it abounds..

There is no set number as to how many mosquitoes need to stick to the plate.

“Kailangan po naman na kahit papaano ay makitang marami [ang dumikit na lamok], pero napakahirap po namang punuin iyon,” ani Aricayos.

Those who can bring a platful to the barangay until September 30 will receive a kilo of rice.

The barangay allocated arround 10 cavans of rice for this program.

Apart from this, the widespread cleaning in the town is also in full swing to eradicate the possible mosquito-infested areas.

The local government is meeting residents for proper methods to prevent dengue.

They also distribute anti-dengue supplies to schools and areas with high cases of the disease.

Around P8 million has been released from the quick response program of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund of Tanza to address the dengue outbreak there.

Meanwhile, let’s all help keep our surroundings clean.

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