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Oro’s iLearn Therapy Center to establish school

May 1, 2019

iLearn Educational Intervention and Therapy Center, which has been operational since 2013, will establish the Bright Light Learning Academy and start accepting enrollees from nursery to kindergarten levels starting this June.      With a staff of nine teachers, Bright Light Learning Academy is marked as an inclusive school i.e. it caters not just to clients of iLearn Education Intervention and Therapy Center but also to the general public.      According to owner Bambi Alegrado, Bright Light Learning Academy is conceived to offer quality education by integrating researched and milestone-based teaching styles from proven effective approaches.      With its address located along Masterson Avenue, Bright Light Learning Academy is an offshoot of iLearn Education Intervention and Therapy Center which is the only facility in Northern Mindanao to offer the Orton-Gillingham Approach.      Alegrado herself is a holder of three certificates in speech therapy, preschool reading and math and advanced math intervention from MSL Singapore.      She now has a total of eight occupational therapists, three visiting speech pathologists and one resident speech pathologist under her fold.      From a facility that first offered reading intervention, iLearn has slowly extended its offerings through the years – occupational therapy, speech therapy, preschool reading and math intervention and advanced math intervention.      The story of iLearn Educational Intervention and Therapy Center is also an inspiration of known events organizer and PR specialist Betsy Alano.      For a few, Betsy has been a single mom raising a daughter with intellectual disability.      Ena Victoria, her daughter who is soon turning 18, had a rough time getting the services she needed in the Philippines.      According to Betsy, their situation had made everyday life harder: What a typical person perceives as an annoyance can feel like an assault to them.      They learned to adapt but somewhere underneath lies a feeling of not quite belonging.      Now at 40, Betsy and her daughter have moved to the United States -and now working as a behavioral therapist specializing in applied behavior analysis.      It’s a method that is proven in helping children with autism spectrum disorder.      Her daughter is now attending a special education school and is getting all the needed services for free in the US.

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DOLE 10 launches mandatory OSH orientation

May 1, 2019

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 10 launched Monday, April 29 the eight-hour mandatory orientation on occupational safety and health.     According to regional labor inspector Coslid-Rey Tubiano, the eight-hour orientation is mandated under Department Order No. 198-18 that was effective starting January 25.     The said department order outlined the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 11058, otherwise known as An Act Strengthening Occupational Safety Standards of 2018.     Section 16 (b) of RA 11058 states that all workers shall undergo the mandatory eight-hours safety and health seminar as required by DOLE which shall include a portion on joint employer-employee orientation.     To implement this provision, Department Order No. 198-18 stated that the agency together with accredited safety organizations will conduct a free workers occupational safety and health (OSH) seminar at least twice a month as part of their advocacy in promoting and sustaining a safe and health workplace.     Tubiano identified the following organizations as their training partners here in Region 10: J3 Trainers and Consultants, HSE International Health Safety and Environment Consultancy, MSRS Safety and Health Training Services, MJ Consulting Services and Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI).     The five organizations inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DOLE Monday for the purpose.     Tubiano said there are a total of three million workers in Region 10 in medium, small and micro-enterprises (MSMEs) which must undergo the mandatory eight-hour orientation.

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DOE targets GenCos with multiple plants

April 29, 2019

THE Department of Energy (DOE) indicated that the center of investigation on the alleged collusion of generation companies (GenCos) will be on the ‘bidding behavior’ and the level of revenue generation of the power firms with multiple electricity generating assets.     Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella told reporters that they have already collated the initial documents from the ‘yellow alert’ incidents in March supply month; but the department has yet to complete those for April incidents of both yellow and red alert circumstances in the Luzon grid.     On a positive note, Fuentebella indicated that they are expecting several generating facilities to be synchronized back to the grid today – including the Mariveles and Limay coal plants in Bataan.     With the plants getting back into the system, the energy department is expecting that power supply will likely improve starting Wednesday (April 24). The plants, he said, are targeted to be synchronized to the grid around Tuesday midnight.     “We are going to submit all our findings both to PCC (Philippine Competition Commission) and the ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission),” he stressed, adding that the market surveillance committee of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) already turned in the initial documents.     “What we are looking at – for example are those GenCos with conglomerates of plants,” he said, expounding that if a GenCo has a plant with scheduled maintenance and another power fleet suffered a forced outage, then the center of the probe will be on the bidding behavior that its other plants have been exhibiting at the spot market – and whether or not they have been gaining immensely financially on the other plants.     “We will look at the behavior of the other plants which are operating, for example plants C. D and E — if they are coming out with strategy to recover the losses from their other plants which are on shutdown and if these are being passed on to the consumers,” Fuentebella stressed.     Relating to the allegations of collusion, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi averred that “while we are currently investigating the matter, it is highly inappropriate for us to comment, make assumptions or speculate on the causes of what we think is an extraordinary occurrence.”     The energy chief admitted “there are no quick fixes to such incidents,” as he gave word that the department “is continuously finding ways to prevent a similar incident from happening again.”     Cusi said it remains a puzzle why the brownouts happened “despite having an excess of 1,131 megawatts over peak demand,” although he qualified “the unfortunate unforeseen shutdowns of several plants at the same time resulted in 1,502MW loss of available capacity.”     He thus asserted “the brownouts experienced by electricity consumers in certain parts of Luzon on April 11 and 12, 2019 are deeply regrettable, and we apologize for the inconvenience caused.”     On Tuesday as an aftermath of the earthquake that struck Luzon, the country’s major power grid was placed on ‘red alert’ condition again because some plants were on shutdown following the calamity.     The grid was placed on red alert from 10am to 4:00pm, but due to cooler weather temperatures, there had been no manual load dropping or rotating brownouts enforced.     According to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), it observed a demand decline of 200 megawatts because of “cloudy weather condition’ plus the sudden ‘no work declaration’ in government offices contributed to lower electricity consumption during the day.

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Dipolog cable firm sued for piracy of Avengers movie

April 29, 2019

DIPOLOG City -- A cable TV company here is being sued for the alleged illegal airing of the highly anticipated movie, “Avengers: Endgame”, with some millennials angrily taking to Facebook to denounce the company dishing out the ultimate “spoiler.”     A day after the “premier” showing of the movie on Wednesday, Orient Cable and Telecommunications, Inc. aired “Avengers: Endgame”, prompting the operators of Teatro de Dapitan -- an authorized movie house for the Avengers movie -- to complain to the local police.     After Teatro de Dapitan's lawyers went to the police to record the incident Thursday, Orient Cable stopped airing the movie and replaced it with another old but pirated version of “Captain Barbel”.     “We are filing a case against Orient Cable, definitely,” said lawyer Chembeelyn Alpeche-Balucan, who represented Teatro de Dapitan.     Local millennial moviegoers took to Facebook to register their ire on Orient Cable.     “Spoiler alert: Orient Cable where TF did you get the link?” a millennial calling himself “Vince Youngblood” posted on Facebook.     A student of Multimedia Studies at the University of the Philippines Open University also noted, “This act is a huge violation of the law and a huge disrespect of the film Industry.”     The student said Orient Cable has apparently violated three laws, Republic Act 8293 (RA) or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, RA 10088 or the Anti-Camcording Act of 2010, and RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.     “Orient Cable, hunnie, you are part of the TV and Film industry. Clearly, you know how that business works. This stunt you’re pulling off supports piracy. Do you need an education about that? If you’re earning from your watch time, you’re stealing other people’s years of work and selling it for clout in such a bad light,” the student said in her post.     The management of Orient Cable has remained silent on the issue and declined to issue a statement when visited by reporters Friday. (PNA)

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DOLE-10 partners with gov’t, private orgs for Labor Day celeb

April 29, 2019

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here partnered with government and private companies in Region 10 to ensure the success of the 117th Labor Day celebration in the region on May 1.     DOLE-10 inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), City Government of Cagayan de Oro, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), ABS-CBN Corporation, Limketkai and Sons, Inc., and PLDT Philcom to strengthen cooperation on the conduct of 2019 Labor Day job and business fair.     Under the MOU, DOLE-10 will supervise and monitor the job and business fair while DTI-10 will bring the entrepreneurial culture in the local industry by advocating jobseekers entrepreneurial and business opportunities through a livelihood and business fair.     TESDA-10 will conduct a free TVET enrollment and put up skills demo during the labor day job fair while the City Government of Cagayan de Oro will provide logistic assistance by designing strategies for smooth delivery of employment services.      The Police Regional Office will ensure public safety and provide support services in case of emergencies.     The advocacy and information dissemination of the job and business fair will be provided by both PIA and ABS-CBN.     On the other hand, Limketkai and Sons Inc. will provide the venue for the 2019 Labor Day activities in Cagayan de Oro while PLDT Philcom will serve as the internet service provider during the job and business fair.     Signing the MOU were DOLE-10 Director Joffrey Suyao, TESDA-10 Director Tarhata Mapandi, PIA-10 Director Erlinda Olivia Tiu, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, DTI-10 Senior Trade Specialist Maricris Gabia, PCol. Reynaldo Asis Padulla of PNP-10, Rizaldy Pajo of PLDT Philcom, May Lynn Cainhog of ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao, and Lawyer Ann Abbu of Limketkai Center.     Suyao said Labor Day, one of the biggest activities of DOLE every year, is being celebrated by the department through the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) convergence program.     DOLE partners with local government units, private institutions, and other government agencies to ensure the success of every job fair.     Meanwhile, Moreno cited the convergence program as an example of teamwork and harmony in the community.     He said Labor Day is a special day as it highlights the labor sector.      “The growth of the country is influenced by the strength and capacity of the labor sector, the stronger the labor sector, the bigger the economy,” he added. (APB/PIA10)

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Suzuki PH Welcomes New President Akira Utsumi

April 29, 2019

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) formally introduced their incoming new president Akira Utsumi at an intimate gathering with members of the media. The event also served as a farewell party for SPH’s current president Hiroshi Suzuki, as he is set to officially turn over the reins of the company to Utsumi at the end of the month.       Mr. Utsumi holds a General Manager position at Suzuki Motor Corp. (SMC) Japan and has previously handled various markets globally. Prior to his appointment to the Philippines, he was assigned as the president of Suzuki Indonesia and most recently, of Suzuki Taiwan. His extensive work experience in the automotive, motorcycle and marine industry will be a valuable asset in Suzuki’s drive to continually grow the brand in the Philippines.     “My term as president of SPH will end on April 30, 2019. I shall thereafter, return to Japan to assume another position with SMC Japan. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your steadfast support during my tenure in the Philippines and the warm friendship that I will bring with me as I move to new endeavors. Please join me in extending our warm welcome and utmost support, as Mr. Utsumi assumes his new role in SPH” said Hiroshi Suzuki.

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