Monday, June 4, 2018

ASEAN Para Sports Meet in Manila Gets Big Boost from International Paralympic Head

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Preparations for the 10th ASEAN Para Games that will be hosted by the Philippines in January 2020 goes full swing this June with the meeting of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) that will be attended by Heads of National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from the 11 member countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste and the Philippines.

Andrew Parsons, current president of the International Paralympic Committee, gives a big boost to the event as his Manila visit coincides with the conduct of the federation meeting. Parsons is here to help promote the Philippine paralympic movement, which embraces the IPC vision to enable para athletes to achieve sporting excellence, and inspire and excite the world.

At the top of the agenda is identification of the sports to be played in the 10th ASEAN Para Games (APG) that will be held in January 2020, after the 30th Southeast Asian Games that will also be hosted by the Philippines in December 2019. 

A total of 16 sports were played in the 9th APG held in Malaysia in 2017. These were Boccia, Chess, Cerebral Palsy Football, Football 5-A-Side, Goalball, Para Archery, Para Athletics, Para Badminton, Para Cycling, Para Powerlifting, Para Swimming, Para Table Tennis, Sitting Volleyball, Tenpin Bowling, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.

Participants in the APG include athletes with physical, vision and intellectual disabilities. The ASEAN Para Games is under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) while the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Asian Paralympic Committee lend technical and classification assistance when needed.

The Para Games, held every two years, is traditionally hosted by the country where the Southeast Asian Games are held. It is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.

Michael Barredo, Philippine Paralympic Committee President, said the June meeting in Manila will set the preparations for the ASEAN Para Games in motion and Parsons’ presence here on a visit will boost efforts currently underway for the coming Para Games. This is the second time that the Philippines is hosting the ASEAN Para Games since 2005.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who is ASEAN Para Games Organizing Committee Chairman, announced that the games will be held in three separate hubs located in Metro Manila, Clark and Subic. An international sports complex is now under construction in Clark where a 20,000-seat stadium is rising.  An aquatic center that meets Olympic standards is also in the works.

The ASEAN Para Sports Federation meeting will be held from June 8 to 9 at the Bonifacio Global City.   

Step into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with the Mini Oreo

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Win big, big prizes in this epic collaboration!

What better way to enjoy a movie about giant prehistoric creatures than with a pack of Mini OREO? Yes, everyone loves a good Jurassic movie, and this year's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will have everyone stomping their way to theatres during its Asia-Pacific release on June 6.

Now, what does everyone's favorite series of dinosaur flicks have in common with the creme-filled biscuit we know and love? Jurassic World and Mini OREO are both childhood staples that transformed as all-time favorites for all ages, all over the world. And this year, Jurassic World makes its mark on the OREO empire with Jurassic World-designed, limited-edition Mini OREO packaging, a slew of heart racing prizes and most exciting, the chance to win a trip to Universal Studios in Singapore!

Ready to roar? Then follow these easy instructions: buy any Mini OREO limited-edition Jurassic World pack, enter your personal details at and click SUBMIT. Winner will be announced on this site and contacted via mobile on its first draw (week of June 11, 2018) and second draw (week of August 6, 2018). Winners need to surrender their Mini Oreo Jurassic World pack to claim their prize.

Prizes at stake are larger than life: 200 winners will take home a limited-edition Jurassic Lunch Tin, 40 lucky winners will walk away with Sodexo gift certificates worth Php1,000, and six (6) grand winners will fly to Singapore for an all-expense paid VIP trip to Universal Studios Singapore with three (3) of their family and friends! The out-of-this-world adventure will include flights, accommodation, and VIP tickets for the ultimate Universal Studios Singapore experience.

Mondelez Philippines—makers and distributors of the world's best snacks—is thrilled about its partnership with NBC Universal—makers of Jurassic World Studios Singapore. “We’re very excited about this partnership with NBC Universal as it marks a new milestone for us to be collaborating with the world’s leading media and entertainment company. Jurassic World is one of the most anticipated blockbusters that captures the hearts of all-age audiences which also aligns with Mini OREO’s value to create happy bonding moments for all family members. We cannot wait to showcase all of the marketing support that’s sure to surprise and delight consumers in Asia-Pacific,” said Mr. Rick Lawrence, Biscuits Marketing Director, South East Asia of MondelÄ“z International.

Get ready for the experience you'll relive for thousands of years! Promo starts on May 1. Mini OREO is available in all supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

DOTr-LTO Launches 1st Speed Limit Setting Training for LGUs

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Land Transportation Office (LTO) – Region V, launched last 31 May 2018, the first ever training on Speed Limit Setting for Local Government Units (LGUs). 

The training is one of the salient features of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2018-001 signed by the DOTr, together with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). 

According to DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Tim Orbos, this initiative shows the DOTr’s commitment and relentless efforts to promote transport modernization and road safety.

“This is as much part of the government's modernization drive. Not only do we aim for efficiency and convenience for our riding public, we want foremost to ensure their safety. Safer drivers. Safer vehicles. Safer roads,” Usec. Orbos said.

Under the JMC, the DOTr, through the LTO, shall provide training and information dissemination to city and municipal governments in the enactment of speed limit ordinances and road classifications.

LTO Regional Director Atty. Noreen San Luis-Lutey welcomed the participants and guests, and presented the region’s current road safety situation. 

Imagine Law, DOTr’s NGO Partner on Road Safety, provided the introduction of road safety principles, and presented the salient features of the JMC. 

Imagine Law likewise, guided the participants in drafting the ordinance for speed limit setting and road classification. After drafting such ordinances, participants are expected to go back to their respective localities to present the ordinance to the City Council for approval.

Representatives from cities and municipalities of Region V attended the training. 

Conduct of trainings were divided into two (2) batches to accommodate all cities and municipalities of the Region. 

Cities and municipalities from the provinces of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur attended the first batch of training, while representatives from the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes attended the second batch. The training, was held at the Avenue Square, Naga City last June 1.
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