Lawmakers urge Duterte to ‘step in’ and suspend CPD program



MANILA, Philippines – Several lawmakers are now seeking the help of President Rodrigo Duterte to address the frustrations of local professionals against the implementation of R.A. 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016.

Lawmakers urge Duterte to ‘step in’ and suspend CPD Law
Lawmakers are seeking the help of President Duterte to suspend the CPD program | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Presidential Communications

AANGAT TAYO Party-List Rep. Neil Abayon appealed for Duterte to “step in” and suspend the CPD program. Abayon stated that the implementation of the law has been “unjust and unfair” to the professionals. The lawmaker said, “The Continuing Professional Development Law is conceptually sound, but how the PRC has failed to implement it with justice and fairness to professionals is not. It is for this reason that I ask the President to step in.”

Abayon, a member of the House Committee on Revision of Laws currently looking into the CPD law explained that although he believes in the importance of professional growth and development, the Professional Regulations Commissions (PRC) has miserably failed to implement the CPD program. He said, “While the PRC CPD program—not the law—is abolished, all current licenses must be considered valid.”

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The solon added, “What the PRC has failed miserably at is not exercising creativity and innovation to make CPD affordable and accessible. Instead, a CPD training industry has grown much to the disadvantage of professionals.”

The party-list representative even called out how some CPD providers are “dubious but still flourish and run rampant.”

Meanwhile, Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy described the CPD program as “broken.” She said that the PRC failed to make the CPD program affordable and accessible to more professionals.

Dy said, “Naisip ba ng PRC kung paano makaka-attend ng CPD ang mga OFWs? Available na ba CPD seminars na online? Paano kung hindi sila makapag-CPD dahil naghahanap-buhay sila sa abroad, tatanggalan ba sila ng lisensya?”

The lawmaker added, “Maging yung professionals na narito na sa Pilipinas ay nahihirapan pa ring makapag-comply sa tagubilin ng batas dahil ginagawang ‘raket’ ng ilang negosyante ang CPD. Mahal na nga ang singil, abala pa sa hectic na schedule ng mga professionals na naghahanap buhay lang nang marangal.”

Dy, the House Assistant Majority Leader, called out the President to intervene. She said, “Intervention of the President has now become necessary to correct the injustice committed against Filipino professionals. I ask President Duterte to suspend PRC’s CPD program until Pinoy professionals are assured of convenient and affordable access to CPD programs.”

The solon also pointed at PRC for allegedly being “deaf and blind” to the clamor of the professionals. Dy said the solution they are looking at, “Either they suspend the CPD program meantime or Congress shall seriously consider repealing the law altogether.”

Can the President stop CPD?

The controversial CPD law has been the cause of ire of local professionals calling it unnecessary and expensive. Under the said law, professionals are required to finish CPD units for the renewal of their licenses.

Abolishing or amending the CPD law requires a lengthy legislative process of repealing an existing law with the approval of Congress and Senate.

By virtue of the laws in the Constitution, the President cannot amend or repeal a law but he can suspend its implementation through an Executive Order (EO).

An Executive Order is issued by the President to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage their operations. But an EO also has its limitations. It cannot abolish the CPD law but it can supplement or give implementing details (such as suspension) on the existing law.

For example, the President issued an executive order to put an end to illegal contractualization and provides security of tenure for Filipino workers. He clarified that his EO can only call for a strict implementation of the law but the amending and repealing of labor laws are up to the Congress.

Although limited, an EO still has the force of the law. Back in 2008, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued EO 706 that helped the rehabilitation of Boracay. Arroyo ordered the suspension of building permits in Boracay and appointed the tourism secretary as chairman of the then-Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) to take control.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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Woman's ultrasound allegedly shows she got pregnant by a fish



MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos have a lot of superstitious beliefs, especially those living in remote areas and the hinterlands. Many still believe that aswangs and manananggals are for real, making people stay inside their homes at night to avoid getting bitten by these shape-shifting evil creatures.
Woman's ultrasound allegedly shows she got pregnant by a fish

But there are also some places where people believe that women should stay away from water bodies during their ‘red days’ because they could get pregnant by the water creatures!

On the island of Manait in Bacacay, Albay, a 17-year-old girl named Kimberly Robles became the talk of the town after she supposedly got pregnant by a fish!

Woman's ultrasound allegedly shows she got pregnant by a fish
Photo credit: Facebook / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho)

It was in June 2017 when Kimberly first noticed that she had a stomachache. After that, her stomach began to grow as if she was pregnant. A year later, the stomach had ballooned so much that she appeared to be 7-month pregnant. She had also gained 10 kg.

With her stomach growing steadily, her father, Pablo Besinal, accused her of hiding a secret lover and being pregnant but the young lady promised him this was not the case. Her grandmother got angry, reminding her that she had always warned the young lady against going to the sea when she has menstruation but the ‘hard-headed’ girl didn’t listen.

They finally took her to a doctor who performed an ultrasound and seemingly confirmed the ‘fish pregnancy’!

Woman's ultrasound allegedly shows she got pregnant by a fish
Photo credit: Facebook / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho)

The ultrasound showed what appears to be a fish inside Kimberly’s tummy! It had the shape of a fish, with a fish head, fish mouth, fish eyes, and it even had a fish tail! The ultrasound seemingly confirmed the story and Kimberly was left with no choice but to wait until she gives ‘birth’ to the strange creature.

But her story reached Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho). A team was sent to the island to bring Kimberly to another doctor for a second opinion.

Woman's ultrasound allegedly shows she got pregnant by a fish
Photo credit: Facebook / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho)

After performing an ultrasound on the young woman, this doctor explained that Kimberly had ovarian cyst that needs to be removed soon as it is growing aggressively. The doctor also explained that though the photo from the first ultrasound seemed to look like a fish, such things could easily happen during a scan.

Legazpi City Hospital promised to shoulder the costs of Kimberly’s operation but she still needs financial assistance for other needs, including the tests she needs to undergo before the surgery.


Donations can be sent to her account:

BPI Tabaco City Branch
ACCOUNT NAME: Kimberly Robles
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0839-1883-07

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express


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“Before I die”: 87-year-old man chases dream to be a lawyer



MANILA, Philippines – Retired Police Colonel Ibarra Mariano should have been enjoying a simple, retired life but he still continues to tick off his checklist in life. Among his dreams, Mariano hopes to become a lawyer.
2018 bar exam taker Colonel Ibarra Mariano

At 87-years old, Mariano have achieved a lot in life. He dedicated decades of his life serving the government as an officer of the Philippine Constabulary, now known as the Philippine National Police. Now retired, he still conducts lectures to police at schools on “how to die or not to die in combat.”

2018 bar exam taker Colonel Ibarra Mariano
Ret. Col Ibarra Mariano is one of the oldest Bar Exam takers this year | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN News

Mariano was one of the earliest hopefuls who went to the University of Sto. Tomas on November 4 for the first day of the Bar examinations. This will be his second attempt at his dream of passing the Bar. He finished law school back in 1967 in Philippine Law School. Since them, he had only tried taking the Bar exams once back in 1995. Unfortunately, Mariano got a failing grade of 70-percent, just slightly short of the passing grade of 75.

A native of Tacloban, Mariano is determined to pass this year’s Bar. He is confident but admits that the exam can sometimes be confusing. He said, “It is not really that hard but it is confusing and time consuming. All the important provisions of law are not even asked in the Bar.”

While he doesn’t mind reading countless books, Mariano’s main concern is that examiners might have a problem with his handwriting. Probably due to age, he admits he has troubles writing legibly due to pain. He shared, “I have a problem with my right hand. Sometimes it’s aching. Even orthopedic doctor wanted to operate me but I said no, I may not be able to write during the exam so the operation will be done after the examination.”

Mariano is praying that by next year, he gets to add “lawyer” to his list of achievements. He said, “I am praying to God that I’ll be given good health to finish the bar examination so that, I hope, I become a lawyer by next year.”

The aspiring lawyer isn’t looking back in trying to pursue his dreams. While old age may seem like a hindrance, Mariano is taking it as a motivation to achieve more in his life. He said, “Hindi na tayo bumabata. I wanted to become a lawyer before I die. That’s why I took the interest to take it now [while] I can still write, I can still walk around alone.”

— Sally, The Summit Express


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Creepy passenger pays with real money, but Grab driver finds only leaves in wallet



Cab drivers, including those working with ride-hailing apps such as Grab, know the perils of working at night. Many of them might have a problem with staying awake, especially in the wee hours of morning when the human body is programmed to go to sleep.
Creepy passenger pays with real money, but Grab driver finds only leaves in wallet

There is also that danger of encountering robbers who might pretend to be passengers but take the day’s earnings from them.

But one Grab driver in Malaysia encountered a different kind of passenger, one that appeared alright and was even constantly laughing at the back seat. Despite not having someone to talk to at the back seat as she sat there alone, the woman kept on laughing. It puzzled the driver because she also didn’t seem to be talking to someone on the phone.

Creepy passenger pays with real money, but Grab driver finds only leaves in wallet
Photo credit: World of Buzz

When he hit a pothole, the woman laughed harder as if she was amused about the whole thing. It was weird but the driver didn’t mind as long as she kept her hands to herself.

When the passenger got off the vehicle, she gave the driver money as payment for the fare which amounted to RM8 ($2).

After taking the money, the Grab driver put the money inside his wallet and thought nothing of the strange passenger again until he opened his wallet some time later, only to find eight pieces of leaves inside instead of the money the passenger paid him!

But how did the money turn into leaves? Or perhaps those were leaves all along and the passenger only made it appear that these were money?

Creepy passenger pays with real money, but Grab driver finds only leaves in wallet
Photo credit: World of Buzz

Some netizens believe that the woman was actually a supernatural being who had magical powers. Perhaps she changed those leaves into money but the spell had a time limit and the cash reverted into leaves after some time?

Other netizens believe the Grab driver was a victim of hypnosis, something that is being used by the so-called ‘budol budol’ gang in the Philippines.

No matter the explanation, he wasn’t able to collect fare for that ride.

Some netizens suggested that he trace the woman through her details on the app but though he could see the trip details, the driver could not even check the rating or view the woman’s number. Is that a high-tech supernatural being, perhaps?

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express


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Alleged DepEd teachers earn ire of netizens for “hurling, abusing” starfishes



MANILA, Philippines – A day at the beach is always fun but a photo of a group of beachgoers earns the ire of netizens.

Netizens slammed a group of beachgoers for throwing and abusing starfishes. According to the post, the group was allegedly composed of teachers of the Department of Education (DepEd). The group were in Bataraza, Palawan and while they were enjoying the clear waters, the group posed throwing starfishes in the air.

Alleged DepEd teachers earn ire of netizens for “hurling, abusing” starfishes
Alleged teachers earned the ire of netizens for “throwing and abusing” starfishes | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Palawan Supernews

Netizens couldn't help but express their outrage towards the beachgoers. Some called them out for their lack of education and respect for marine life. Netizens also reported the incident to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

On Twitter, DENR gave an update that they are already looking into the matter. They tweeted, “Hi. The Biodiversity Management Bureau has already notified the field office in Palawan and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Devt. An info campaign will also be prepared for this.”

Alleged DepEd teachers earn ire of netizens for “hurling, abusing” starfishes
Beachgoers pose with starfishes | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Palawan Supernews

Due to the information that the beachgoers were allegedly teachers, DENR even tagged DepEd in the tweet.


DENR reiterated the importance of sustainable tourism. They stated, “That is essence of sustainable tourism: protecting and conserving the very source of their livelihood, which is their environment and natural resources, so that others can enjoy and appreciate these for a longer period of time.”

The Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, an environmental conservation organization also condemned the photo. On Facebook, they wrote, “We should learn how to respect other life forms and stop using them as props for photos.”

While starfishes have hard and tough exterior and can easily regenerate, they still need to be handled with care. Stress, lack of water and even sun heat can easily harm some marine animals, including the starfish.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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PBA: Alaska survives Meralco, ties series 1-1



MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces assured their fans of game 4 after edging the Meralco Bolts, 100-95 in Game 2 of their best-of-five PBA Governors’ Cup Semis series on November 13, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

All eyes are on the Meralco Bolts after beating the Alaska Aces in their series opener. Aside from beating the Aces in game 1, the Bolts have won 7 games in-a-row that includes an upset victory against powerhouse San Miguel Beermen.

Mike Harris’ 37 points and 19 boards helped Alaska tied the series 1-1
Mike Harris’ 37 points and 19 boards helped Alaska tied the series 1-1 vs. Meralco | Photo Credit: pba.ph

For Coach Norman Black and the rest of his team, 7 victories is totally meaningless if they will not win the elusive title.

But before the Bolts can get to their ultimate goal, they must first pass a hurdle: team Alaska led by NBA D-League veteran and scoring machine, Mike Harris.

1st Quarter somehow went well for the Alaska Aces as they put themselves slightly on top of the Meralco Bolts, 23-21 after the first 12 minutes of the game.

Mike Harris led all players offensively in the 2nd period together with Simon Enciso. For the Bolts, Allen Durham remained silent and the reason why they were behind Alaska. Nico Salva however, tried his best to keep the score close. Salva had 10 with over 8 minutes left in the half.

The Bolts, through the waxing hot hands of Reynel Hugnatan and KG Canaleta attempted to catch up with the Aces and they actually did. It was just, the tandem of Harris and Enciso was too strong for them so the lead was maintained by Alaska in the dying minutes of the second.

Harris’ 15 and Enciso’s 13 gave Alaska its biggest 7-point, 47-40 lead in the first 2 quarters.

The Aces doubled their lead up in the 3rd quarter and it looked like that Simon Enciso had a terrific night as he topped all scorers with 19 and with 6 more minutes left in the period.

Alaska escalated its lead to 20 before the 2-minute warning of the 3rd period. But Meralco locals’ resiliency cut the margin to 14 so it’s more manageable entering the final canto.

74-60, still in favor of Alaska at the end of the penultimate quarter.

Coach Alex Compton knew his team was in trouble early in the fourth as Meralco finally brought their lead down to a single-digit.

Nico Salva really became instrumental in Bolts’ rally as the former Blue Eagle jotted down 20 points while Allen Durham finally found his groove and put himself into double-figure as well.

At exactly 2 minutes, Aces’ lead had gone down to just 2 after Baser Amer hit an open triple followed by a dunk from Allen Durham.

Alaska still had a 2-point lead with 23 seconds left. Anjo Caram was forced to foul JV Casio and the former Green Archer sank both his free throws to make it a two-possession ballgame.

Chris Newsome made a three-pointer to cut Alaska’s advantage to just 1. After that, Casio had another trip to the foul line with the same result.

Meralco had 7 seconds to tie the game. Baser Amer took the shot from the outside but missed. Simon Enciso placed the icing on the cake for the 100-95 victory and leveled the series 1-1.

Game 3 will be on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express


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LIST OF PASSERS: N-Z November 2018 Civil Engineer CE board exam results



MANILA, Philippines – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) releases results of November 2018 Civil Engineer (CE) board exam, together with the official list of passers, topnotchers (top 10), top performing schools and performance of schools on November 14-15, 2018 or in 3-4 working days after the last day of exam.
LIST OF PASSERS: N-Z November 2018 Civil Engineer CE board exam results

PRC administered the Civil Engineering licensure exam in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga on November 10 and 11, 2018.

The Board of Civil Engineering is composed of Engr. Praxedes P. Bernardo, Chairman; Engr. Pericles P. Dakay and Engr. Romeo A. EstaƱero, Members.

View on this page for N-Z alphabetical list of passers.

RELATED RESULTS

N-Z Roll of Successful Examinees in the
CIVIL ENGINEER LICENSURE EXAMINATION
Held on NOVEMBER 10 & 11, 2018
Released on NOVEMBER 14-15, 2018

Updating for the list of passers...refresh page for the results.

REGISTRATION AND OATHTAKING

PRC said that registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to http://online.prc.gov.ph/ and follow instructions for initial registration.

Those who will register are required to bring the following:
  • downloaded duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
  • notice of admission (for identification only)
  • 2 pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag)
  • 2 sets of documentary stamps
  • 1 piece short brown envelope

Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

VERIFICATION OF RATINGS

Civil Engineer board exam's verification of ratings (passers, non-passers and removal) can be done online.

Visit PRC's "Verification of Rating" service and enter the required information to verify your identity. Note that this will be available in few working days after the release of results.

RELEASE OF RESULTS

Based on PRC Resolution No. 2017-1068, the target release of civil engineer board exam results is on Thursday, November 15 or in four (4) working days. However, results may be released online ahead of the target or on later date without prior notice.

UPDATES

Monitor this page for the real-time updates on Civil Engineer board exam results. Check out also the official website of PRC for more information.

— The Summit Express


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LIST OF PASSERS: A-M November 2018 Civil Engineer CE board exam result



MANILA, Philippines – The November 2018 Civil Engineer (CE) board exam result, which includes the alphabetical list of passers are available on this page as released online today or on Thursday, November 14-15, 2018 or in 3-4 working days after the last day of exam.
LIST OF PASSERS: A-M November 2018 Civil Engineer CE board exam result

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) conducted the Civil Engineering licensure exam in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga on November 10 and 11, 2018.

View on this page for Civil Engineer licensure exam A-M list of passers.

RELATED RESULTS

The members of the Board of Civil Engineering who gave the licensure examination are Engr. Praxedes P. Bernardo, Chairman; Engr. Pericles P. Dakay and Engr. Romeo A. EstaƱero, Members.

A-M Roll of Successful Examinees in the
CIVIL ENGINEER LICENSURE EXAMINATION
Held on NOVEMBER 10 & 11, 2018
Released on NOVEMBER 14-15, 2018

Updating for the list of passers...refresh page for the results.

REGISTRATION AND OATHTAKING

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to http://online.prc.gov.ph/ and follow instructions for initial registration.

Those who will register are required to bring the following:
  • downloaded duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal
  • notice of admission (for identification only)
  • 2 pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag)
  • 2 sets of documentary stamps
  • 1 piece short brown envelope

Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

RELEASE OF RESULTS

Based on PRC Resolution No. 2017-1068, the target release of civil engineer board exam results is on Thursday, November 15 or in four (4) working days. However, results may be released online ahead of the target or on later date without prior notice.

UPDATES

Monitor this page for the real-time updates on Civil Engineer board exam results. Check out also the official website of PRC for more information.

— The Summit Express


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