Monday, May 21, 2018

Luzon-based Advocacy Groups Join in LoveYourself’s HIV Mass Testing

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Four non-government organizations (NGOs) in Luzon will join the “LoveYourself” in its “This is Me: Brave and Free” – a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) community-based mass testing on 26 May 2018. 

To join the HIV testing day on Saturday (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.), residents from the cities of Mabalacat, Cavite, Puerto Princesa and Legazpi can register through the campaign’s sign-up link at

In the northwest part of Manila, Pampanga-based group “Juan Posi+ive Movement Association Inc.,” better known as the JPM in Mabalacat City, is one of the major partners of the LoveYourself.

Wayne Baniqued, who founded the JPM in August 2016, said that their group was created because of the “unfortunate experiences” involving the struggles of persons living with HIV (PLHIV). 

“[The] JPM was established with the inspiration to create a support system that will help reduce stigma and help PLHIVs retain their self-esteem, self-worth and self-efficacy,” Baniqued said.       

Baniqued said that the HIV testing will be held at their clinic at 104-B Roxas Street, Barangay Lakandula, Mabalacat City, Pampanga.

In Cavite City, “the Cavite Positive Action Group (CPAG) of the JCH Advocacy Inc.” will set-up its testing screening hubs at 804 Gonzales St., Barangay 11 Sta. Cruz where they will provide not only free screening, but also lectures on HIV. 

Founded by Joseph Honra, the president and chief executive officer of the JCH Advocacy Inc., the group aims to raise HIV awareness and “abolish the rampant discrimination and stigma” to PLHIVs. 

“Grab this opportunity, join us and be part of this tremendous event. Be brave, be a hero, be a friend and be a part of the change,” Honra said as he urged Cavite residents to take part in the campaign.

The H4, which stands for HIV in Roman numeral, will be the host for the community-based screening in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan at Amos Tara Community Center located in #41, Abad Santos Street in Barangay Masipag.

Peers Yuan, Bob, Jester and June, who created the H4, said that they also provide and promote “Health, Help, Hope and Happiness” among PLHIVs and also those infected with other sexually transmitted infections.

“Each of us were created unique, therefore, it is our responsibility to take care of ourselves – regular HIV screening is just one way to take care and value ourselves,” the H4 founders said.
The Bicolanos in Legazpi City can also join “This is Me: Brave and Free” campaign through “GAYon” at 32 Galang Compound, Sampaguita Street, Sagmin, Old Albay, Legazpi City.

Created by a group of young peer educators and of volunteers in a relief operations during typhoons in Albay, the Gayon was organized February 2008 and has started working on educating the youths about the HIV and other STIs.

Aside from lectures, the Gayon also offers workshops and peer education training, counseling, community-based HIV screenings, among other roles in their community especially reaching those from the far-flung areas. 

The LoveYourself has organized “This is Me: Brave and Free” HIV mass testing in bid to raise public awareness and action on it, as records showed that  persons diagnosed with HIV reached 912 in March 2018 alone. It can be noted that regions III, IV and V have increasing HIV cases following the numbers of the National Capital Region (NCR) incurring 294 cases or 32 percent of the total new cases.

The first-ever community-led multi-site HIV testing day is also supported by the DOH through the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and its NCR-Office, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., Save the Children, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Philippines, Philippine NGO Council on Population Health and Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC), AusAID Australian Aid Program and HIVOS Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation.

For more details on the “This Is Me: Brave and Free,” please visit the

Duterte, Cusi Inaugurate Commercial Production of Cebu Oilfield

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OILFIELD INAUGURATION: President Rodrigo R. Duterte, together with DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, graced the inauguration of the Alegria Oilfield in South Cebu. The ceremony signals the start of the commercial production of oil and gas in the oilfield, which is currently being operated by China International Mining Petroleum Limited (CIMP), with its partners Skywealth Group Holdings Limited and Phil-Mal Energy International, Inc.

In the stage with the President and the Secretary are Cebu 7th District Rep. Peter John Calderon, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino, Alegria Mayor Verna Magallon and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, (Rear) SAP Secretary Bong Go with the Presidential Security Group.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte, together with Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, graced the ceremonial commencement of the oil and gas production of the Alegria Oilfield in Southern Cebu on 19 May 2018.

The Alegria Oilfield is currently operated by China International Mining Petroleum Company Limited (CIMP), with its partners Skywealth Group Holdings Limited and Phil-Mal Energy International, Inc. in a US$8.563 million investment under Service Contract No. 49.

With this development, Sec. Cusi urged more investors in the oil and gas industry to develop the more indigenous energy resources in the country.

Sec. Cusi optimistically expressed, “More oil exploration activities in the country will boost economic activities and generate jobs for our kababayans.

The energy chief also mentioned that this milestone is a proud moment for all the Filipinos. The Alegria Oilfield serves as a major breakthrough in the Philippine oil and gas industry.

The DOE monitors the six (6) exploration wells drilled by CIMP and its partners with its first well in October 2014 until the completion of its sixth well in March 2018.

The six (6) exploration wells resulted in the discovery of oil and gas resources with potential commercial quantities of 27.93 MMBO and 9.42 BCF, respectively. For 2018, CIMP has programmed to drill three (3) additional development wells.

The Alegria Oilfield covers a total area of 197,000 hectares, with about 42,749 hectares devoted to the production area.

FIRE-UP: During the ceremonies held last Saturday (19 May) in Cebu, President Rodrigo R.  Duterte accompanied by Energy Secretary Alfonso G.  Cusi opened the valve of the China International Mining Petroleum Limited (CIMP) and its partner signifying the beginning of the commercial production of the Alegria Oilfield. In photo with them are the representatives of the Alegria Oilfield consortium and national and local government officials.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Winners at the Grand Coronation Night

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Congratulations to more beauty queens that will soon be recognizrd again as ambassadors of not only beauty but also of advocating Earth-friendly advocacies.

The new queens for Miss Earth Philippines were crowned on May 19, 2018 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay city.

Here are the Winners of Miss Earth Philippines 2018:

Miss Earth Philippines 2018 -
Celeste Cortesi ( Fil-Rome, Italy )
Miss Earth Philippines Air -
Zahra Bianca Saldua ( Las Piñas City )
Miss Earth Philippines Water -
Berjayneth Chee ( Balingasag, Misamis Oriental )
Miss Earth Philippines Fire -
Jean de Jesus ( San Rafael, Bulacan )
MissEarth Philippines Ecotourism -
Halimatu Yushawu ( Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay )

Declared as the Top 10:

Fil-Queensland, Australia - Theressa Anne Mariano
Fil-Vienna, Austria - Brazzierie Yanson
San Rafael, Bulacan – Jean de Jesus
Balingasag, Misamis Oriental – Berjayneth Chee
Fil-Rome, Italy – Silvia Celeste Cortesi
Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay – Halimatu Yushawu
Dumaguete City – Nathalie Louise Roxas
Cebu City – Marla Alforque
Taguig City – Lovely Lamptey
Las Piñas City – Zahra Bianca Saldua

Winning Special Awards:

Miss SM Markets: Dinalupihan, Bataan – Lea Macapagal
Miss Hana: Balingasag, Misamis Oriental – Berjayneth Chee

Declared as the Top 18:

Tagum City – Trixie Dadula
Cebu City – Marla Alforque
Parañaque City – Ma. Divine Angela Veranga
Davao City – We'Am Ahmed
Fil-Rome, Italy – Silvia Celeste Cortesi
Tacloban City – Gabrielle Camille Basiano
San Rafael, Bulacan – Jean de Jesus
Taguig City – Lovely Lamptey
Fil-Sydney, Australia – Naomie White
Dumaguete City – Nathalie Louise Roxas
Las Piñas City – Zahra Bianca Saldua
Balingasag, Misamis Oriental – Berjayneth Chee
Fil-Queensland, Australia – Theressa Anne Mariano
Tangalan, Aklan – Noelle Uy-Tuazon
Fil-Vienna, Austria – Brazzirie Yanson
Cateel, Davao Oriental – Marra Cristy Dianne Salvosa
Zamboanga City – Joanna Krystel Cabrezos
Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay – Halimatu Yushawu

From the answers of Miss Earth Philippines 2018 queens, is it still really very vague how we could prevent other beaches to become degraded like Boracay?

I heard no direct-to-the-point solutions...and while we wait, other beaches are being damaged as well.

What we need are more proactive leaders, not reactive. We meed those who have visions ...for long-terms goals, and would have the foresight to act now even before a disaster (like destruction of the ecosystem) strikes.

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