Saturday, June 22, 2019

See You in Boracay With Congressman Nonong Haresco

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Winning Aklan Congressman Nonong Haresco has promised all the media (including bloggers) that supported him during the campaign season that he will bring them to Boracay if he won, and now is the time to fulfill the promise!

As soon as he is able and available, we will soon be seeing each other in Boracay, not just for leisure but also to witness the place and its developments after the six-months rehabilitation period.

During the June 18 media appreciation day, where everyone was treated to a Buffet lunch at Dad's West Avenue in Quezon City, the Congressman has announced also his future plans mainly for Boracay, and as promised, is very eager to personally welcome the media as he opens Boracay for the special thanksgiving party.

Excited so much. Though I've been to Boracay for so many times already, I haven't see it yet after the closure.

So see you soon in Boracay!

Friday, June 21, 2019

MARINA Holds 1st IMSAS Council Meeting

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In preparation for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) in 2021, the first IMSAS Inter-agency Council meeting has convened at the MARINA Central Office to consider the preparatory activities undertaken by the agencies performing maritime administration functions.

Through Department Order No. 2018-006, the IMSAS Inter-agency Council which is composed of representatives from the DOTr, MARINA, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Office for Transportation Security (OTS), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) is created to ensure that the Philippines meets its obligations and responsibilities as an IMO Member State.

In the first IMSAS Inter-agency Council meeting, Department of Transportation (DOTr) OIC - Undersecretary for Maritime Fernando Juan C. Perez spearheaded the discussions on the draft Philippine IMO Strategy and Cross Table of Responsibilities. 

The draft Philippine IMO Strategy contained the measures that the Philippines will adopt to fully and effectively implement and enforce the mandatory IMO Instruments which it has ratified including the Safety of Life at Seas (SOLAS), International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), Convention on International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), International Convention on Load Lines, and International Convention on the Tonnage Measurement of Ships and the International Convention for the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers. It also highlighted the key performance indicators (KPIs), timeline, office, and budget to ensure that it has given full and complete effect to the international maritime instruments.

Furthermore, the Council exchanged views on the Cross Table of Responsibilities, specifically on the delineation of the roles and responsibilities of the Philippine maritime administration under the mandatory IMO instruments.

Meanwhile, the Council also discussed the draft department order on the designation of a single point of contact for IMSAS 2021 and the creation of an IMSAS support and implementation unit as action plans after the IMSAS mock audit conducted in 2018.

Finally, MARINA OIC-Administrator Vice Admiral Narciso A Vingson Jr emphasized the importance of complying with international obligations and responsibilities of the Philippines as a State Party, specifically in boosting the confidence of the Philippines as a maritime nation to trade with other countries.

7 Trends to Blossom the Future of Mobile App Development in 2019

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Are you in a business of dealing with mobile apps? Whether a developer or marketer, you know a treasure-filled revenue comes with mobile apps every year.

It is needless to say that the internet has brought mobile apps in our everyday lives. There was a time when the internet was an alien concept.

However, Technology is now in the blood and brains of the humankind. Among all, the tits and bits of technology, there is nothing as quick and comfortable as mobile apps.

The world recognizes revenue of 205.4 billion U.S dollars in 2018 and predicts to reach 258.2 billion U.S dollars by 2020, says a report by Statista.

The idea of mobile app development is a backbone to a plethora of day-to-day elements of life. If we begin to track the activities from the time you wake up, they don’t seem to end even after you go back to sleep at the end of the day.

The Millennial Theory of Mobile Apps

But wait, why are on the subject of humans and mobile app relation? The reason is quite fair, to know why does the world need mobile app trends every year. (Even a minute moderation works fine).

Users of mobile apps remain loyal to you only when they see a benefit in its technology. Otherwise, the app is just another waste of mobile storage and within no time, such apps will be seen in the dumpster.

As competition scales with each passing day, smartphones have become less about making phone calls. Millennials are likely to chat, surf, video call, Snapchat, or Instagram.

The above list displays various sets of mobile apps, which shows the inclination of young minds in an App-driven world. So, in mobile app development youths can bring the rarest gem of trends.

Let us define those gems to grab a few in your pocket and spend them on creating your masterpiece application.

On-Demand Apps


As kids, we used to wish for things to pop-up in front of us the moment we called out the name. Back in the time, little did we know this dream was going to turn to reality.

Among the rest of the trends in mobile app development, we have on-demand apps. A set of technology that serves the product or service in a very short time of ordering.

Some of the live examples of apps are food, transportation, healthcare, delivery, beauty, and the travel industry. Apps that you might be familiar with are; Uber, Soothe, Medicast, Foodpanda, Zomato, etc.

Biometrics: Changing Human Interface

Human verification has become the need of the hour. While biometrics has been the charm of banking and other security concerned industries, it came as a star player in mobile apps a bit later.

Fingerprints, voice recognition, and facial recognition are all part of biometrics verification. They are more prominently found in bank apps and the apps involved in the payment process.

As part of the recent technological development, the OS features of smartphones are also catering fingerprints system and facial recognition.

Let’s make the authentication of crucial apps more secure and reduce the efforts vested in typing security passwords.

AR and VR: A Revolution in the forms of Reality


People believe in the reality that we want to show them. Just before the advent of e-commerce, the reality seemed to be limited in the areas of a physical shop.

But not anymore, the time has come when people come face-to-face with augmented and virtual reality — the two forms of technology that can ve experienced sitting on a Sofa in your house.

Social media apps have already engaged the youth by offering different facial features. All the fun set aside, the business organizations are also building their pioneer on AR and VR.

Fashion designers can charm the audience with the latest trends, not only to see but also try on in virtual reality. Similarly, e-commerce apps also need to sink in VR and offer customers to try on products.

The world sides with Artificial Intelligence

As humankind was not able to reach everywhere, the patrons of technology invented artificial intelligence. Ever since innovation, customers have discovered a better way to communicate with mobile apps.

Discussing the smart assistants of AI, customers interact with virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant.

Naming a few other industries, AI has merged with healthcare and manufacturing sectors to step into the future trends of the app, already.

Needless to say, the AR and VR technology are the shine and dime of AI. So, all the benefits coming from 2 forms of reality are part of Artificial intelligence.

Wearables Apps: The Smart Accessories


We were not kidding about the use of mobile phones in day-to-day life. In the past few years, it has been proved that techs can fit anywhere and everywhere.

Smartwatches are among the trending wearables that connect well with fitness and healthcare apps. Thus, while taking a walk in the park, you don’t need to measure your steps anymore, let the smartwatch do the talking.

Smart headsets are also a thing, which allows a wireless setup for experiencing the joy of listening to music and watching videos.

Security is Inevitable

What’s the use of all the tech-driven and high featured apps, when security does not take a step into technology?

The industries are cultivating mobile apps, keeping security as the utmost priority. As a result, encrypted messages, data protection, user privacy are all part of mobile apps.

Moreover, mobile app development companies are also walking on the line of app permissions. With access to only the mandatory data, mobile security seems to have potential growth in 2019 and beyond.

Cloud Storage: A Penetration in Mobile Apps

Mobile apps that stored every piece of data in the storage space of smartphones have been ousted from the race.

No more giving up the field of storage to big apps, as it’s time cloud storage took the burden of all the data. Applications like Dropbox, Evernote, Google notes are all designed for cloud storage.

In a world where people have all such apps, accessing personal and professional data becomes easy and indifferent to time and place.

Into the Future of Mobile Apps……..

The wings of technology will not stop at these trends. Half of 2019 is waiting ahead, you never know which mobile app future trends unleash in remaining months.

Author Bio:

Harshal Shah is the CEO of MyAppGurus – Mobile app development company. He is an avid learner of breakthrough mobile technologies. In fact, it was due to his passion towards mobile technology that led to the inception of this company. He believes in building innovative mobile applications using different types of platforms like Android, iOS, and Windo

A Quick Overview of Top 10 Best Organic Essential Oils Benefits

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Today when world is on the verge of using chemical-based products, results can be seen in lesser time but with many unwanted side effects. No worries, to overcome such issues and growing awareness of people for their health and beauty, there’s a sharp increase in the demand of naturally-extracted products.

Out of many such products, Organic Essential Oils are one of them. It is obtained by means of the steam distillation process. The entire process is carried out with utmost care and oil-soluble as well as water-soluble constituents are carefully extracted from the natural parts of the plants. The left-over ingredient that settles or remains in the water is often termed as hydrosol that has a layer of oil ideally, essential oils at the top part of the fluid.

Let’s check benefits of Top 10 Best Organic Essential Oils that are popular among people.

1. German Chamomile Oil

Pure Essential Oils obtained from German Chamomile exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. This can be used to provide soothing effects to itching that are caused due to sensitive and dry skin. Before applying this bright blue colored oil topically on the skin, it should be diluted with suitable carrier oil such as coconut oil. This will show enhanced and effective effect on the skin.

2. Lavender Oil

The oil has the capacity to help host tissues and combats from many problems such as skin issue, restless sleep and depression. It exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and helps to fight eczema and headache. Simply by putting just 2 drops of oils on hands, rubbing it together and finally inhaling it will help in soothing headache problem.

3. Eucalyptus Oil

If someone is feeling congested, just put a few drops of Organic Essential Oils extracted naturally from Eucalyptus to the bath water or shower. This will really prove to be beneficial remedy. Like this, it is easy to create spa at home of your own. All you need to do is to run the shower to get steam, plug the drain hole for filling the shower floor with steam and hot water. Now, it’s time to add this miraculous oil and feel its magic. Doing so will create in-house eucalyptus shower. Besides, by rubbing the oil on the feet will prove to be beneficial for decongestion as there are many pores and nerve endings that prove to be effective areas.

4. Rosemary Oil

The oil is known to alleviate pain that is causes due to sore muscles. When mixed with a few drops of black pepper oil, it helps in overcoming pains and aches. In addition, it offers relaxation to the body where it reduces inflammation in muscles.

5. Litsea Cubeba Oil

The oil has a pleasing aroma that has the capability to boost mood. When added to the body lotion, it gives a refreshing experience to the user.

6. Tea Tree Oil

Organic Essential Oils from Tea Tree possesses excellent anti-bacterial properties that help to disinfect a wound effectively. It keeps lice out of children’s hair, when applied on it. It zaps the pimple, gives hair lustrous look and treats dandruff when used after mixing with apple cider vinegar in a very small quantity.

7. Lemon Oil

The oil has a magical power that keeps home refreshed when used. For this, one just need to add the oil in the hand soap dispensers or floor steamer that is used to clean floors, it will surely leave a lemon aroma in the in and around area.

8. Bergamot Oil

The oil is often used to overcome nervous tension, anxiety and stress. While using it on the sensitive skin, proper precautions should be taken as it may cause hyperpigmentation problem.

9. Basil Oil

It is used in the manufacturing of perfumes, candles, room freshener, massage oils and soaps. Many aromatherapists have stated its positive effect when used where it uplifts mood. In addition, it can also be used to disinfect surfaces and can also be used while preparing mouth-watering meals and dishes.

10. Capsicum Oil

The oil has impeccable properties such as astringent, antiseptic, carminative, anti-spasmodic and analgesic. It provides protection against cough, cold, asthma and flu and thus, exhibits beneficial effects on the respiratory system. The oil from capsicum’s seed can also be used for treating stiffness in joints as well as painful muscles.

Four Filipinos to Represent Asia Pacific at Jr. NBA Global Championship

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Select Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 All-Stars, comprised of three boys and one girl, will represent Asia Pacific at the Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world that will be held Aug. 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. 

Camille Nolasco, Heinz Gabriel Demisana, Sebastian Reyes, and Lionel Matthew Rubico were recognized as part of the top performing players of the first-ever Jr. NBA Asia Pacific Selection Camp staged June 15-16 at the Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Jakarta, Indonesia, which featured 34 boys and 34 girls from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Led by Jr. NBA coaches Carlos Barroca, Rob Newson and Natalia Andre, the two-day camp lessons to the participants including how to execute technical and tactical skills and develop teamwork among players of varying languages and cultural backgrounds.

In addition, Jr. NBA athletes participated in the skills challenge during the Jr. NBA All-Star Saturday Night event that featured Jr. NBA Indonesia alumni and Indonesian personalities including professional basketball player Daniel Wenas, actress and singer Mikha Tambayong, and social media influencers Hadi al Ghifary and Reynal Abipraya.

Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona and Vivo as official partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the official broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines.

Fans can learn more about Jr. NBA Philippines at and on Facebook and the NBA at on Facebook and Twitter.  Visit to learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, and follow Alaska Milk on Facebook for more information about Alaska Sports.


Henjz Gabriel Demisana
“Basketball has given me many opportunities with one of them being able to play in the Jr. NBA program.  I’m very proud to join the Asia Pacific team competing in the Jr. NBA Global Championship.”

Diane Camille Nolasco
“When I first saw my opponents, I didn’t expect to be here since they’re so tall, but I brought the Filipino mentality ‘puso’ which helped achieve my goal of being part of the Jr. NBA Asia Pacific girls team.”

Sebastian Roy Reyes
“I’m excited for the competition in the United States because it will be a lot harder than in Asia.  Representing the Philippines is a big deal for myself because not all kids have an opportunity to play for their country.”

Lionel Matthew Rubico
“My coaches always reminded to go hard to the basket, not be afraid, believe in myself, and fight with all my heart.  I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and challenging the talented players from around the world.”

The following is a complete list of Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Team members:


First Name
Last Name
Henjz Gabriel
Tan Zi Sheng
Email Ajmal Bin
New Zealand
Sebastian Roy
Lionel Matthew


First Name
Last Name
Angelica Jenifer
Chong Pui
Phung Trang
Diane Camille
Vanissa Renata
New Zealand

Pamaya Throws Supports to UP Fighting Maroons

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PayMaya Philippines, the country’s leading digital payments company, regaled the UP Fighting Maroons with a vigorous and enthusiastic welcome at its office at Launchpad Building in Mandaluyong complete with drums, yells and cheering paraphernalia as it formally sealed its support of the University of the Philippines Men’s Basketball Team (UPMBT) in the coming Season 82 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Thursday, June 6. 

Led by its Founder-CEO, Orlando B. Vea, a UP alumnus, Pay Maya signed the Memorandum of Agreement with nowheretogobutUP Foundation (NTGBUP), a volunteer group assisting the advancement of UP’s varsity programs. 

Present in the event were UP President Danilo Concepcion, UP College of Human Kinetics (UP CHK) Dean Francis Diaz, NTGBUP Chairman and UPMBT Team Manager Atty. Agaton Uvero, Maroons coaching staff, and the whole Fighting Maroons squad.

It's All About Green Tea

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Green tea's advantages have been completely recorded everywhere – in inclusion to fighting free radicals, adding green tea to your eating routine can clean the body and benefit from issues like high pressure and exhaustion. Thinking about its (well deserved) (benefits), however, there are quite a few kinds of stuff that might surprise you about green tea. Below, we address a few of them in detail feature.

Benefits of Green Tea: -

If your day by day cup of green tea tastes severe, all things considered, it hasn't been brewed effectively. Maybe the water was excessively hot – green tea tastes best when it's prepared with cooler water. In China and Japan, green tea is generally made with boiling water, yet the tea is soaking for anyplace between 15-60 seconds. For best outcomes, we suggest utilizing a lower temperature for a better, non-unpleasant tea.

Green tea does not require any extraordinary accessories to brew.

You can brew green tea with as meager as a pot – you needn't bother with extravagant dishes or pots to brew green tea. To make things significantly simpler, use UdyanTea Green Tea sacks, which are intended to be used simply like customary tea packs.

Green tea can change your mood.

Green tea has L-theanine, an amino corrosive that goes about as a relaxant, which clarifies why you may feel so loose after drinking your everyday cup. And keeping in mind that green tea contains caffeine, L-theanine moderates the ingestion of it into your body, so you won't need to stress over a similar spike and crash in energy levels that originate from most other jazzed drinks.

Interesting Facts About Green Tea: -

The green tea colour isn't constantly green
While it’s right that some green teas, similar to the Japanese sencha, can seem brilliant green after they're prepared, some green teas are meant to look light yellow when brewed accurately. So don’t worry in case your green tea isn't actually green – it isn't meant to be!

Green tea packs or leaves shouldn't be left in the mug or tea kettle.

This returns to our point prior to bitterness – leaving green tea packs or leaves in water for longer than 4-5 minutes will raise the amount of naturally happening chlorophyll from the tea in the water, which will make it incredibly bitter. For best outcomes, let the sack soak in the water for close to 3 minutes.

Some Proven Facts About Green Tea: -

Green tea is useful for subjective capacity. Research from an organization showed a positive connection between the utilization of green tea and improved memory.

Green tea can be taken as an enhancement in case structure or as a fluid concentrate.
Green tea can be (beneficial) for your plants as well. Simply add some to your water and watch your plants bloom!

Due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties, green tea makes an incredible foot shower. Make a solid green tea brew for your feet, sit back, and relax.

PRRD Confident Tugade Will Meet November deadline for Sangley Airport

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President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade will meet the November deadline for the augmented operationalization of Sangley Airport in Cavite.

The President expressed this in his speech at the 121st Philippine Navy founding anniversary celebration at Sangley Point, following his inspection of the construction progress of Sangley Airport yesterday, 17 June 2019.

"Art is a worker. He has built beautiful airports all around the country. Arthur was a valedictorian at the College of Law. Magaling talaga 'yan. He will do it with your [Philippine Navy’s] help," President Duterte said.

Aboard a coaster, the President, together with Secretary Tugade, inspected the completed asphalt overlay of the runway, and the ongoing construction of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), the improved drainage system, and the hangars.

President Duterte was accompanied at the inspection by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, Senator-elect Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., DOTr Usec. for Finance Garry de Guzman, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, and DOTr Asec. for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez.

"Nagpapasalamat tayo sa tiwala ng ating mahal na Pangulo. Hindi natin siya bibiguin o ang ating air-riding passengers. Oras na matapos ang pagtatayo ng mga dagdag na pasilidad dito sa Sangley, makakatulong ito sa pagde-decongest ng NAIA,” Tugade said.

On 13 June 2019, Tugade ordered for the construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport to be accelerated to 24/7 for the gateway to commence general aviation and turboprop operations by November of this year.

This move is seen as one among several in “a basket of solutions” to help decongest the four terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) which, in recent years, have seen a significant increase in passenger and flight volume.

Tugade, in a meeting with aviation and military officials before the inspection with President Duterte, told project contractor Unimasters Conglomeration, Inc. Managing Director Shann Chan to make good on their word that they will finish all construction before the November deadline.

“Ang sabi natin ay 24/7, hindi 24/6 o ano pa man. Sisiguraduhin nating matatapos natin on time o mas maaga pa sa deadline,” Secretary Tugade emphasized.

Make Every Day Matter with My Pope

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Let My Pope Philippines lead you to success, the Pope Francis-way!

My Pope magazine’s July issue will have readers think about life, purpose, success, and how twists and turns are essential in our journey toward fulfillment. Take Pope Francis, for example: Did you know that his childhood dream was NOT to become a priest? In fact, he held so many different jobs before he joined the clergy! My Pope gives you an insider’s look into all his past professions, along with other eye-opening stories on what Pope Francis does with his salary, as well as the five life-shaping choices that unknowingly led him to the papacy. Reading about all these features in your favorite feel-good lifestyle magazine will surely inspire you with your own journey in life!

But it’s not only the Santo Papa who serves as an inspiration for our readers. Basketball player Marc Pingris and the five other amazing individuals in our special feature on “Beating the Odds” tell us how one’s hardships should not hinder us from achieving our dreams. We just have to take heart, have faith in the hard work that we are doing, and discover how an unlimited supply of hope can drive you all the way.

For those of you who feel stuck and want to give up, we show you how to ask for—and interpret—the messages that God is sending. We also offer practical and uplifting advice on how you can make the most out of your hard-earned money by finding out your money personality. As an added bonus, we also give you advice on how to deal with sticky financial situations!

To end this issue on a high note, we feature modern-day saint, St. Josemaria Escriva, who inspires us all to embrace the ins and outs of our everyday lives. If we follow his example, and offer up our daily routines to God, we can transform every day into something remarkable. Just like the key keeper at the Vatican Museums, Gianni Crea does. (You are sure to find the feature on his job interesting!) As St. Escriva said, “God is calling you to serve him in and from the ordinary. There is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.”

My Pope magazine is available at newsstands nationwide. Subscribe to the magazine for your monthly dose of feel-good stories and get a chance to win the My Pope Win a Trip to the Vatican Raffle! For more information visit, call (+63)917.711.1818, or email

Avène Thermal Spring Water: France’s Healing, Soothing Water In A Bottle

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It’s been naturally soothing sensitive skin since 1743. Originating as pure rain mixed with sea –

spray rich in mineral salts, Avène Thermal Spring Water makes its 50-year journey through the Cévennes Mountains in Avène, France to do wonderful things to skin.

On its journey, the spring water gradually becomes infused with trace elements and silicates, and comes in contact with an ancient microorganism called Aqua Dolomiae, which was first identified by Avène in 2001. This remarkable biological property combined with the well-known mineral properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water ensures gentleness and tolerance, creating a unique skin healer that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

Over 150 stringent biological, pharmacological and clinical studies have clearly demonstrated the soothing, softening and calming benefits of Avène Thermal Spring Water.

Manufactured for world markets by Avène France, Avène Thermal Spring Water is available in the Philippines and reflects the company’s dedication to protecting Humankind and the environment. This one-of-a-kind product comes in a spray bottle covered with a hermetic, tamper-proof seal that preserves the Thermal Spring Water under sterile conditions throughout its use, thus preserving its soothing and anti-irritating properties, fresh from its source.

Avène Thermal Spring Water can be used as a fresher-upper, to heal or sooth sensitive or irritated skin or to set make-up. Spray it on the face after cleansing, during travel, after sports activities, after sun exposure, and to soothe allergic reactions and skin redness. Also spray it on diaper rash, or on scrapes and wounds to heal them fast. It makes a good after-shave spray for men as well.

With each spray, the Water is released completely intact, pure and clear, as if it is being drawn directly from the spring. Recommended for all types of skin, especially sensitive skin, it can fit neatly in a bag or purse and be used anytime, anywhere. The spring water has been effectively relieving skin conditions for more than two and a half centuries now.

Avène Thermal Spring Water is available nationwide at selected Watsons, Mercury DS, and our own kiosks located at Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, SM Megamall and Conrad S Maison in 50 ml, 150 ml and 300 ml spray bottles.

For more information about Avène Thermal Spring Water and other Avène products,

On Republic Act No. 11311

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We welcome the passage of Republic Act No. 11311, known as “An Act to Improve Land Transportation Terminals, Stations, Stops, Rest Areas, and Roll-on/Roll-off Terminals,” which President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently signed into law.

This will further our efforts to provide convenient and comfortable travel to passengers, as directed by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, upon the guidance of President Duterte.

Republic Act No. 11311 shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.

The DOTr and other concerned agencies are expected to draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) within 60 days after the effectivity of the law.

For its part, the DOTr will immediately coordinate with other concerned agencies for the IRR, so that commuters may soon experience much improved facilities and amenities in transport terminals.

The DOTr remains committed to deliver the marching order of President Duterte to give Filipinos a comfortable life, through an enhanced and dignified commuting experience.

14 Dance Groups Named Agilakas Gumalaw Grand Finalists

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Hip hop, crumping, jazz, and punk, they all mean one thing---that is dance. Enchanted Kingdom is inviting you all for yet another upbeat and sweat-inducing event of the year, the AGILAKAS GUMALAW 2019 dance competition.

Watch this year’s 14 grand finalists fire up the dance floor and vie for the coveted title. Let’s all dance on air on June 23, 2019, 4PM at Spaceport grounds.

For inquiries, please call 584-3535 loc. 610 and look for Dianne or Irish.

DOTr Air Sector Primes Stricter Sanctions for Airport Slot Misuse

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Airline operators at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are set to face more stringent sanctions for misuse of airport slots.

This comes on the heels of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2019-01, signed by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco and Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla, and noted by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo.

JMC 2019-01 aims for the efficient utilization of airport slots to help decongest the NAIA.

Under the JMC, the definition of slot misuse has been expanded to cover the holding of slots that the airline does not intend to operate, as well as the holding of slots for an operation other than planned for the purpose of denying capacity to another aircraft operator.

Also constituting slot misuse are the requisition of new slots that the airline does not intend to operate, and the requisition of slots for an operation other than indicated with the intention of gaining improved priority.

Under the JMC, the Timeslot Committee (TC) reviews the slot coordinator’s findings of the slot monitoring performance of airlines. The slot coordinator is tasked to initiate any disciplinary action against an airline that intentionally misuses its allocated slots.

Stricter sanctions will be imposed to provide teeth in the implementation of efficient slot utilization.

An airline that operates services without the corresponding timeslots, on a regular basis, will not be entitled to historical precedence for either the actual times they operated or for the allocated times.

Further, an airline that continues to misuse or inefficiently use timeslots may be relegated to a lower priority in future slot allocations.

If an airline, despite being sanctioned, continues to misuse or inefficiently use timeslots, the TC shall have the authority to recall slot approval and/or suspend or cancel slot allocations of the erring airline.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade commended MIAA, CAAP and CAB on the issuance of the JMC, noting it is high time for airlines to take responsibility.

“Landing on an airport is a privilege. To intentionally disregard the value of these airport slots is unethical, and an aggravation to the current state of congestion at NAIA. We have to recognize the domino effects of these slot misuses, which ultimately result in the massive inconvenience to our air passengers,” Secretary Tugade stressed.

Recent years saw a substantial increase in the number of passengers, flights, and airport slots per hour at the NAIA, resulting in a compounded state of congestion.

Before 2016, NAIA passenger traffic stood at 36.5 million. The figure swelled to 45 million, or an increase of 8.4 million passengers or 23.08%, by 2018.

During the same period, the number of flights also grew by over 14,000 (5.75%). Consequently, airport slots per hour increased by 22.2% from 36 to 44.

JMC 2019-01 is an expansion of the scope of efficient use of slots under JMC 2016-01 signed by the same agencies in July 2016 to ease airline congestion at the four terminals of NAIA.
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