Oath-taking ceremonies of Muntinlupa’s incoming officials to happen today at Filinvest City

Today, the oath-taking ceremonies of Muntinlupa City’s incoming government officials such as new Mayor Ruffy Biazon, new Congressman Jaime Fresnedi, returning Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac and others will happen this afternoon at the Filinvest Tent within Filinvest City, the Manila Bulletin reported. The new officials will be serving for the next three years.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

Incoming Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon, reelected Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac, and congressman-elect Jaime Fresnedi will hold their oath-taking ceremony on June 30.

The three will be joined by 16 newly elected councilors in taking their oath of office at 3:30 p.m. at The Filinvest Tent in Filinvest City in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

Biazon and Fresnedi’s oath-taking will be administered by Executive Judge Myra Quiambao of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 203.

The One Muntinlupa team led by Biazon and Fresnedi swept the May 9 elections by winning all 19 seats for mayor, vice mayor, congressman and 16 councilors in the two districts of Muntinlupa.

Biazon won his first ever term as mayor with 180,742 votes, or 74.25 percent of the total votes, against Red Marinas of the People’s Reform Party (PRP) who got 60,434 votes.

Fresnedi was elected to his first term as congressman with 183,085 votes against rival Silverio Garing who got 52,530 votes.

Simundac was reelected for another term as vice mayor with 131,882 votes against Oyo Boy Dioko of the PRP who garnered 97,567 votes.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what is your reaction to this recent development? Are you interested to attend the oath-taking ceremonies on-site or do you prefer to watch it online? Do you believe the City Government will keep doing good under the new Mayor Biazon?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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New water coming from Maynilad this July

Starting this July, water concessionaire Maynilad will start distributing their so-called new water to customers, according to a BusinessWorld news report.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the BusinessWorld news report. Some parts in boldface…

MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. targets to distribute starting in July up to 10 million liters per day (MLD) of its “new water” or treated used water from households that passes through a rigorous purifying process to make it potable.

“We’re still doing some pipe-laying in Sucat, and we’re still waiting for our permit to operate from the Department of Health, but once we get it, maybe next month we can already distribute 10 MLD,” Maynilad Chief Operating Officer Randolph T. Estrellado said partly in Filipino during a virtual press briefing on Tuesday.

He said the company’s target eventually is to use all the wastewater in Metro Manila to be purified into new water. He said 80% of the water produced in its concession area comes back as wastewater.

The treated water will come from its modular treatment plants or ModTPs that will get raw water from the Parañaque Water Reclamation Facility.

The initial 10 MLD will be flowed into the distribution system for blending with the standard drinking water produced by Maynilad’s La Mesa treatment plants.

The blended supply will then be conveyed to barangays San Dionisio and San Isidro in Parañaque City, which are the areas nearest to the ModTP location. The two barangays will benefit from the additional supply, as it will improve water availability in the area.

Maynilad said it had been holding a series of social acceptability tests and public consultations with residential and commercial customers, local government units, and government agencies such as the DoH, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), and National Water Resources Board.

The consultations are meant to ensure that the new water will be acceptable to consumers.

Maynilad said that based on the results of its initial social acceptability test, its residential and commercial customers have expressed willingness to use new water after seeing it and understanding the process behind it.

“Mahaba ang pinagdaanan na journey ng Maynilad bago kami nakarating dito (Maynilad’s journey has been long before we got here),” Maynilad President and Chief Executive Officer Ramoncito S. Fernandez said.

“We will ensure that periodic tests will be done,” he added.

Maynilad said the new water will have no impact on customers’ water bill. The standard water tariff rates will apply whether raw water is sourced from Angat Dam, Laguna Lake, or treated used water.

The initiative is part of Maynilad’s move toward potable water reuse, which is aimed at boosting available supply in view of the growing demand for water. It is also in response to the strain on existing raw water sources due to the impact of climate change, the company said.

At present, used water from households is collected, cleaned in sewage treatment plants, and discharged into bodies of water. But with potable water reuse, treated used water goes through a second treatment plant for a more rigorous purification process. The new water output can be used for drinking, having passed the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water.

Maynilad officials said treated water reuse for drinking is already done in other countries.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What can you say about the new water that will be distributed by Maynilad? Are you looking forward to using the new water?

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Muntinlupa City declared the Most Resilient among all Highly Urbanized Cities

The progressive City of Muntinlupa continued to make waves around the nation as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) formally recognized it for achieving 1st place in the category of resiliency among all the Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) of the nation based on the results of the 2021 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI), the Manila Bulletin reported. The plaque of recognition was received by the City Government.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) awarded the Muntinlupa city government a plaque of recognition on Wednesday, June 29, for ranking No. 1 in resiliency among all highly-urbanized cities (HUCs) in the country under the 2021 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI).

According to the CMCI website, “local competitiveness is how a city or municipality knows its resources and how it uses these to improve its standard of living.

Outgoing Mayor and congressman-elect Jaime Fresnedi received the plaque of recognition from DTI Competitiveness Bureau Director Lilian Salonga.

Muntinlupa topped the resilience pillar of CMCI for two consecutive years. The resiliency pillar ranking is based on annual disaster drill, budget for disaster risk reduction and management plan, disaster risk reduction plan, emergency infrastructure, employed population, early warning system, local risk assessments, land use plan, sanitary system and utilities.

Also joining the program were City Administrator Allan Cachuela, Business Permits and Licensing Office executives led by Eli Hilapo, City Planning and Development Office acting chief Alvin Veron, International Relations Officer James Arriola, National Quality and Competitiveness Division chief Ma. Sheryl Santos, and DTI-NCRO Area 2 Division Chief Rowena D.B. San Jose.

The DTI, through the National Competitiveness Council, conducts the annual CMCI, which ranks local government units in the country based on four pillars: economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency.

In the 2021 rankings for highly-urbanized cities in the country, defined as LGUs with at least 200,000 population and latest annual income of at least P50 million, Muntinlupa ranked first with a score of 20.68.

In the overall CMCI rankings for HUCs in the country, Muntinlupa placed fifth with a score of 48.

The above article ended stating that Muntinlupa ranked 5th in Infrastructure, 7th in Government Efficiency and 19th in Economic Dynamism based on the findings of the 2021 CMCI.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what is your reaction to this development? Are you happy with what Muntinlupa City achieved according to the 2021 CMCI results?

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Robbery suspects arrested by Las Piñas police officers

In the City of Las Piñas, two armed men – aged 22 and 19 – were apprehended by the local police for robbing an electric bike (e-bike) store, the Manila Bulletin reported. Quite notably, the suspects were caught in the act carrying a vault/safe.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

Two suspects who robbed an e-bike store were arrested by the Las Piñas police’s Talon Sub-Station on Monday, June 27.

Police identified the suspects as Marvin Torion, 22, and his younger brother Ricky, 19, both residents of Las Piñas City. The suspects are now detained at the Las Piñas police custodial facility and were charged with robbery and illegal possession of deadly weapon.

Col. Jaime Santos, city police chief, said the incident happened around 2:35 a.m. at Ruipjey E-Bikes located along Alabang-Zapote Road in Barangay Talon Uno

Santos said members of the Talon Sub-Station received a telephone call from Abdul Rashid Malang, a member of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), who said he saw the suspects enter the e-bike store.

Personnel from the Talon Sib-Station immediately responded and proceeded to the store and caught the suspects carrying a vault containing P108,520 in cash.

The above report ended stating that the police recovered from the suspects a knife, a screw driver and a claw bar.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Las Piñas City resident, what is your reaction to this recent development? Is robbery considered a big problem there in your city? If you are managing a store, are you worried that people would try to rob your business?

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Nationwide voter registration process to resume on July 4, 2022

If you are resident of the Philippines who is already of legal age and intends to vote in future elections, then you should know that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will officially resume the voter registration process nationwide on July 4, 2022, the Manila Bulletin reported. Take note that the said process will last only a few weeks.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Acting Spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said the en banc approved on Wednesday, June 22, the resumption of continuing voter’s registration from July 4 to 23, 2022.

He explained that the registration is less than a month since under Republic Act 8189 (Continuing Voter’s Registration Act), voter registration is prohibited within 120 days prior to elections.

The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls is on Dec. 5, 2022. Roughly starting August 7, its already prohibited,” he said.

“Therefore, we only have July 24 to Aug 6 to post/publish names of voter registration applicants; calendar/set the Election Registration Board (ERB) hearings; subject registrants to database verification;conduct said ERB hearings;draft and approve the Project of Precincts; and cluster established precincts as may be necessary,” added Laudiangco.

The poll official earlier said that the projected total number of registered voters for Barangay Elections is 66,053,357.

As for the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, he said, the projected total number of registered voters is 23,059,227.

“These are mere projections based on historical data for purposes of planning and procurement for the BSKE,” said Laudiangco.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: When was the last time you went to the COMELEC for registration or adjustment of your voter’s record? Do you intend to vote in the next Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections? Do you know the location of the nearest COMELEC office in your city?

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Panda Express Muntinlupa City branch set for July 1, 2022 opening

If you are fond of American Chinese meals with the fast food touch, then you might be interested to know that Panda Express is about to open its Muntinlupa City branch at one of the gasoline stations along the southbound lane of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) on July 1, 2022, according to a report by Malaya.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Malaya news report. Some parts in boldface…

The south area of the metro is attracting some good fortune. Panda Express—the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept—is set to open another store in the south on July 1, with its Shell SLT branch, the first location in Muntinlupa and along the South Luzon expressway.

The new branch will be the 10th Panda Express branch in Metro Manila since it set foot in the country in 2019.

“This back-to-back store openings in the south is all attributable to the heartwarming support that Panda Express has received from Filipino customers since 2019. Guests from Muntinlupa and nearby areas, as well as city travelers heading south can now stop over at our new location to satisfy their craving for savory, wok-cooked American Chinese dishes,” said Ned Bandojo, Business Development Head of Jollibee Group Foreign Franchised Brands.

The Panda Express menu includes a variety of entrées with regional Chinese influences—from its bestselling The Original Orange Chicken, a wok-tossed crispy chicken coated in sweet tangy sauce to other must-try entrees like Broccoli Beef, Savory Shrimp and Black Pepper Steak.

For the newcomers reading this, Panda Express started in Glendale, California in the United States in 1983 and expanded worldwide with over two thousand branches. In the South Metro Manila area, they have branches in Parañaque City and Las Piñas City.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what is your reaction to this recent development? Are you willing to take the trip south the SLEX just to eat at the Shell gas station branch of Panda Express? When was the last time you ate at an American Chinese restaurant? Do you wish that Panda Express would someday open a new branch within the Alabang area of Muntinlupa?

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Las Piñas City to open soon a diagnostic center and offer free laboratory services to locals

In the City of Las Piñas, Mayor Imelda Aguilar announced that a diagnostic center will soon be opened by the City Government and the said center will provide locals free laboratory services, according to a news report by the Manila Bulletin.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

The Las Piñas City local government will soon open a diagnostic center that will give free laboratory services to residents, Mayor Imelda Aguilar announced.

Aguilar said Vice-Mayor April Aguilar met with the department heads and the team from the City Health Office (CHO) on Tuesday, June 21, in preparation for the opening of the diagnostic center.

She said the diagnostic center will give free laboratory services like CBC (complete blood count) with platelet, fasting blood sugar, lipid profile, blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test, creatinine test, uric acid, SGOT (a blood test part of liver profile), Serum Glutamic Pyruvic Transaminase (SGPT) or blood chemistry, urinalysis, and chest X-ray.

The mayor said the opening of diagnostic center is part of the city government’s health program for the residents of Las Piñas.

Watch out for future updates about this newest development by searching online at https://www.facebook.com/cityoflaspinasofficial and also at https://m.facebook.com/MayorImeldaAguilar/

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Las Piñas City resident, what is your reaction to this recent development? Are you happy that a diagnostic center from the City Government will be opened to provide laboratory services that you need? Do you see the future diagnostic center as a solution to help you save money when it comes to your health-related needs?

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COVID-19 Crisis: Almost 11,000 patients received 2nd booster shots in Muntinlupa City

As new COVID-19 infections in Metro Manila keep rising, the City Government of Muntinlupa announced through its health office that almost 11,000 people have received their 2nd booster shots locally, according to a Manila Bulletin news report. Along the way, the number of Muntinlupa City patients described as fully vaccinated has reached over 500,000.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

Nearly 11,000 people have been given their second booster shot in Muntinlupa, the City Health Office (CHO) reported.

As of June 17, 10,972 individuals have been given the second booster shot out of the 141,449 who got their first booster shot or 7.75 percent.

Of the 10,972 recipients, 2,168 came from Barangay Putatan, 1,254 from Ayala Alabang, 1,182 from Alabang, 1,103 from Tunasan, 1,046 from Cupang, 1,014 from Poblacion, 710 from Sucat, 463 from Bayanan, and 157 from Buli. A total of 1,875 recipients were unclassified.

The total number of first booster recipients is 31.96 percent of the target population of 441,517, or 80 percent of the total population of 553,146.

There are 501,452 individuals who are fully vaccinated in Muntinlupa, or 113.32 percent of the target population.

Among 12 to 17 years old, a total of 49,594 have been fully vaccinated, or 71.85 percent of the total population of 56,499.

The Department of Health (DOH) has approved giving booster shots to 12 to 17 years old but guidelines have yet to be released.

In addition, 16,080 minors aged five to 11 have been fully vaccinated in Muntinlupa, or 23.58 percent of the total population of 68,198.

Having read the above news report excerpt, I encourage you to get vaccinated or boosted for COVID-19 whenever you have the chance. Be aware that the anti-vaccine fanatics here in the Philippines are spreading their deceptive propaganda to fool people from getting vaccinated/boosted. Be aware that anti-vaccine fanatics themselves have NO REAL SOLUTIONS AGAINST COVID-19 itself.

To all Muntinlupa City residents reading this, if you need to get vaccinated or boosted for COVID-19, you should contact MunCoVac as soon as possible.

More on the aspect of immunizing people around the country, I can only hope that the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos will reach out to Russia to acquire new supplies of Sputnik V and Sputnik Light vaccines as they registered strong resistance against the more infectious Omicron variant.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident who already received your first booster shot (following the first two doses that made you a fully vaccinated patient), have you checked with the local authorities to find out if you are eligible for the 2nd booster shot? Did you encounter any anti-vaccine fanatic online or in person lately?

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Las Piñas City’s campaign against dengue renewed

A few days ago, the City Government of Las Piñas and its strategic partners renewed the local campaign against dengue and this includes a pledge of commitment signing that happened on June 20, according to a Manila Bulletin news report. Vice Mayor April Aguilar-Nery symbolically led the pledge signing.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

Las Piñas City Vice Mayor April Aguilar led the signing of a pledge of commitment for the city’s campaign against dengue on Monday, June 20.

Aguilar said the city government conducted a meeting with the City Health Office (CHO), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), and barangays officials on June 9 to launch a synchronized clean-up drive against dengue on June 24.

During the kick-off ceremony held at the Mayor Nene Aguilar DRRMO (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office) Building in Talon Dos, barangay officials and other attendees were given a lecture by health professionals on how to fight the spread of dengue disease in the city.

Mayor Imelda Aguilar encouraged residents to participate in the synchronized dengue clean-up drive in destroying the nesting places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes (aedis egypti mosquito) and make Las Piñas dengue free.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Las Piñas City resident, how do you feel about this recent development? Is there a dengue hot spot in your local community right now? Are there lots of mosquitoes in your neighborhood? Are you concerned that more cases of dengue will increase over the next several months in relation to the change of weather?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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COVID-19 Crisis: NCR cases growth rate spikes

As the Philippines recently registered its highest single-day number of new cases of COVID-19 in months, OCTA Research announced that it found the one-week growth rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) spiked to 71%, according to a GMA Network news report.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the GMA news. Some parts in boldface…

The National Capital Region’s COVID-19 cases one-week growth rate climbed to 71%, independent group OCTA Research said Saturday.

The group said NCR’s “7-day average increased from 103 to 176 (as of June 11 to 17), a 71% increase.

This translates to an ADAR (average daily attack rate) of 1.24,” it added. ADAR pertains to the incidence showing the average number of new cases in a period per 100,000 people.

The NCR reported 282 new cases on June 17, 2022, based on DOH data. With the exception of April 3 (when there was a high number due to possible backlog), this is the highest number of new cases since February 26, 2022,” OCTA said.

The coronavirus reproduction number meanwhile also went up to 1.80 in NCR as of June 14, an increase over the 1.40 as of June 7. The reproduction rate refers to the number of people infected by one case. A reproduction number that is below 1 indicates that the transmission of the virus is slowing down.

Also climbing up is the positivity rate in the region, now at 3.7%. This refers to the percentage of people who were found positive for COVID-19 among the total number of individuals tested.

OCTA however noted that despite the rise in these metrics in NCR, the hospital bed utilization and ICU utilization rates are still low at 22% and 17%, respectively.

“So far, the numbers we are seeing have been in line with our projections: a weak surge and no escalation of alert levels or restrictions because we expect our healthcare system will be able to manage the relatively low number of hospitalizations,” the group said.

OCTA then reminded the public to be responsible, follow health protocols and get COVID-19 booster shots to prevent infection.

As seen above, the COVID-19 situation in Metro Manila is getting worse in terms of infections but not with hospital bed utilization and ICU utilization which have registered low rates respectively. There’s no need yet to move the alert level system up. Such upward adjustments will depend on the metrics of the IATF. As we have seen before, more restrictions mean serious economic damage.

Key solutions to preventing a surge of new COVID-19 infections include getting vaccinated/boosted, wearing face masks and following health protocols properly. Along the way, I urge you to never let the anti-vaccine fanatics around you to fool you with their propaganda and misinformation tactics. Those anti-vaccine fanatics are loud and they don’t really offer any solutions on dealing with COVID-19.

Ignore those anti-vaccine fanatics and get vaccinated or boosted whenever you have the opportunity to do so. Call your local vaccination site or the local authorities now to find if you are eligible for a vaccine shot or a booster shot. When traveling around, wear your mask and follow local health protocols to avoid infection. The national authorities, meanwhile, should move quickly to allow comorbid patients access to 2nd booster shots and make adjustments to improve access to vaccines and vaccination hubs.

Let me end this by asking you readers: Does the recent spike of COVID-19 infections in the NCR scare you? Could it be possible that some of those who recently got infected were victims of the misinformation tactics of the anti-vaccine fanatics in our country? If have been boosted already for COVID-19, have you made moves to find out if you are eligible for the 2nd booster shot?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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