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Teresita’s Sukang Irok gets an upgrade

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By JOHN MAICO HERNANDEZ & MHARK ELLGINE LIBAO

STA. TERESITA, Batangas – TERESITA’s Sukang Irok upgraded from the traditional process to industrialized fermentation as its producer, the members of Irukan Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) underwent a training on Arengga (Irok) Vinegar Making using the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI)-developed Acetator Kit conducted by DOST Batangas in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) last March 8-10.

Part of the latest efforts of DSWD to strengthen its social protection programs is the convergence strategy which focuses resources in one common area with an aim to create optimum impact.

In the municipality of Sta. Teresita, the capacity building program aimed thru SLP in Brgy. Irukan is the upgrading of its traditional Irok vinegar processing to develop the entrepreneurial and labor skills of poor households. This upgrading was linked to DOST Batangas for the provision of technical assistance on the production of Irok vinegar through the use of Acetator Kit.

ITDI-developed Acetator Kit is designed to accelerate the traditional fermentation and has the ability to produce naturally fermented vinegar, easy to operate, can be set-up in the countryside and requires minimum processing area, can be operated on a minimum initial volume of operation and product from this can be drawn out daily from the fermentor. Most importantly, this can convert most sugary materials to vinegar (e.g. sugar palm (arengga), coconut water, pineapple wastes, sugar cane, dried mango spent syrups, etc.)

DSWD SLP Sta. Teresita, after technical consultation with DOST Batangas, acquired an ITDI-developed Vinegar Acetator Kit for Irukan SLPA beneficial in upgrading their irok vinegar production process. Training on its use and lectures on upgrading irok vinegar have been essential to fully equip the beneficiaries with knowledge regarding the product that they are producing.

DOST Batangas tapped the DOST-ITDI to facilitate the training. DOST-ITDI experts, Engr. Joannalene Tuazon, Engr. Marvin Mendoza and Mr. Eduardo De Silva, spearheaded the discussion on the use of the Acetator Kit, titration process, fermentation and harvesting.

Process flow consisting of filtering, pasteurizing and cooling, mixing, fermenting, harvesting, settling and filtering, pasteurization and bottling/labelling was also underscored during the training. Preparation of Irok vinegar with spices Observance of food safety during the production process was also taught to participants.|#BALIKAS_News

RGK Food Products make steps for stricter GMP implementation

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By JOHN MAICO HERNANDEZ and MHAK ELLGINE LIBAO

TO secure safety of their produced products, educate its workers, and strengthen its food-safety implementation, RGK Food Products underwent a Seminar-Workshop on current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) conducted by DOST Batangas at Padre Garcia Multipurpose Cooperative Inc.’s Function Room, Padre Garcia, Batangas recently.

All employees directly and indirectly involved in the production partook in the activity. They were educated with guidelines that they should adhere to while performing particular operations in accordance with the principles of GMP.

Furthermore, the seminar focused on the standards set by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Discussion on GMP regulations which require that the processes by which products are made, as well as the final products, are safe took place during the seminar.

Topics such as Food Safety, GMP, Food Hazards (i.e., biological, chemical, physical and allergens), Cross-contamination, Personnel Hygiene, Food Contact Surface, Pest Control, Good Hygiene Practices and Food preparation were the topics covered during the seminar-workshop. Several workshop activities were also conducted to provide participants demonstrations and simulate situations during food preparation which included proper handwashing using the Glo-Germ Kit.

Mr. Mhark Ellgine Libao and Mr. John Maico Hernandez served as the seminar speakers.|#BALIKAS_News

Team Storm Power, lutang sa Inter-School Taekwondo Feat

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Si Joaquin Ramirez habang nakikipagbakbakan sa Provincial Bro. Rolando Dizon Cup.|Zyvin Gofredo

By ZYVIN GOFREDO

DASMARIÑAS, Cavite – MULI na namang ipinamalas ang husay at galing sa pakikipaglaban sa larangan ng taekwondo ang mga bumubuo ng Team Storm Power mula sa Lalawigan ng Cavite sa ginanap sa bayang ito nitong Linggo, Marso 18.

Higit pa sa inaasahan, naipakita ng buong koponan sa katatapos na Provincial Bro. Rolando Dizon Cup 2017 – Cavite Province Inter-School Taekwondo Championship sa De La Salle University – Dasmariñas ang angking husay sa taekwondo na nilahukan din ng iba’t ibang team mula sa lalawigan ng Cavite na pawang kasapi ng Philipppine Taekwondo Association (PTA).

Kabilang sa nagpamalas ng husay sa pakikipagbakabakan si Joaquin Benjamin Ramirez na miyembro ng Storm Power mula sa Kawit, Cavite.

Anim na taong gulang pa lang si Joaquin nang magsimula siang magsanay at sumabak sa iba’t ibang laban sa mga lalawigan ng Cavite, Batangas at Laguna at iba pang lugar sa bansa. Sa patuloy na pagsubaybay ng mga magulang niyang sina Reynaldo at Mary Jane Ramirez, at sa pagtutok ng coach na si Ross San Buenaventura at Assistant Coach na si Hewett San Buenaventura, nahasa ng tuluyan si Joaquin na siyang nagging puhunan niya sa ganitong mga kampeonato.

Samantala, narito ang mga nagsipagwagi sa naturang torneo:

THE WINNERS. |Photo Credit: Arbee Pineda

Sa Gold – Zha Zhang Bandoy, Jessa Robles, Gosh Bolano, at Margarita Cacpal. Sa Silver ay sina Harley San Buenaventura at Nico Clamosa; samantalang nakakuha naman ng bronze si Joaquin Benjamin Ramirez.|#BALIKAS_News

Partnership strengthens PH Animation industry

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THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), partners with Toon City Academy through a memorandum of agreement signed on March 7, 2018 to capacitate and hone more Filipino animators, ushering the growth of our creative industries.

The memorandum of agreement is a response to PCIEERD’s recent inclusion of Creative Industries to its sectoral coverage with the initiative to spur an increase in people capacity and employment opportunities through proper cultivation of talents and adequate trainings. “I believe that it is high-time that we fully use our resources to boost our creative industries, as it is one of the driving forces of our economy and its continuing growth,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peňa.

The pilot project was designed to stregnthen animation since it is now a known emerging market in the business process outsourcing sector. According to the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), currently, the country has 6,000 local animators. However, not every animator is equipped with skills that are noticed in the global market, making the Philippine animation industry remain in its infancy.

With this, Toon City Academy, the only Emmy-award winning studio here in the Philippines, is a perfect fit for this initiative. This birthed the project titled “Industry-defined 2D Basic Animation Course,” comprising of a 12-week intensive basic animation workshop, and actual work production through an internship program.

Mr. Roderico De Guzman, Toon City Academy’s VP for Resource Development, said that he is thankful for this collaboration as it has provided the necessary tools to 120 animators-in-training to improve their livelihood. These animators are from Pangasinan and Iloilo City. The 12-week animation course ensures that they acquire industry-standard skills. “We are currently addressing capacity building outside Metro Manila and with the help of everyone here, we are creating employment for people who will not necessarily have this chance in their areas,” De Guzman added.

“You are probably aware of the recent Oscar Awards, the theme song of ‘Coco’ was written by a Filipino couple; and that animated feature film, while its characters are Mexican, the lead story writer is Filipino—Gigi Santos. I can run by many names. Ronnie del Carmen co-directed ‘Inside and Out.’ Paul Abadilla, a set designer in ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Finding Dory,’ was the animator behind the bahay kubo in the first film. Now, our animation studio is working on two titles for Disney, and two blockbuster titles from French studios.

All that to say that the talent for world-class animation is here.” With this, Toon City Academy’s President and CEO Mr. Juan Miguel Del Rosario guarantees the success of this initiative, believing that Filipinos have what it takes to flourish in the global spotlight.|DOST-PCIEERD S&T Media Service / #BALIKAS_News

Simba Trek, nagsusulong ng religious tourism sa Batangas

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DOST Batangas gives PWMPC’s peanut butter a new taste

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WITH much gusto, the trinees attentively watched the procedure as demonstrated by the trainors from UPLB.|

By JOHN MICHAEL FLORENDO & JOHN MAICO HERNANDEZ, Contributors

NEW taste, texture and flavor transformed Paharang West Multipurpose Cooperative’s (PWMPC) peanut butter after the conduct of training on peanut butter making by DOST Batangas with experts from University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) Institute of Food Science and Tech-nology (IFST) held at Paharang West, Batangas City, March 07.

The training started with a brief lecture on basic food hygiene and current good manufacturing practices by Ms. Claire Zubia and Mr. Joel Rivadeneira, experts from UPLB-CAFS-IFST. They also tackled the pre-production process which includes raw materials and equipment preparation.

After the pre-production process, experts started to discuss and demonstrate peanut butter processing proper. They started roasting the peanuts and mixing other ingredients. A fabricated grinder of the cooperative was also utilized by experts. However, the grinder did not function well in grinding the peanuts to achieve standard texture.

As a result, the yield peanuts have become grainy and course which are not suitable for peanut butter. The experts resorted in using a conventional blender instead. The process was slower but the group produced a finer texture yield. Experts advised the group to make alterations on the fabricated grinder.

According to them, the alterations on the equipment should materialize a standard ground peanut yield applicable as principal blend for peanut butter production to attain product consistency.

Meanwhile, experts also demons-trated how to make a chocolate-flavored peanut butter. They melted the chocolate concentrate and incorporated it during blending of peanuts. The result was darker than the usual peanut butter but it gives a more tasteful flavor that could delight customers as referred to the thoughts of the members.

The beneficiary, Paharang West Multipurpose Cooperative, is a duly registered cooperative in Batangas City. It consists mostly of senior citizens residing in Paharang West, Batangas City. The cooperative is engaged in merchandise, credit and now food manufacturing and processing. Through Juanito Almero, Chairman, they tapped DOST Batangas to expand the knowledge of the group in peanut butter processing.| #BALIKAS_News

Egg-citing Easter at SM Malls

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EASTER is a joyous celebration where families and friends get together. A time for fun egg hunts, Easter Bunny costume contests, visits from the Easter Bunny and loads of colorful treats.

Hop on over to SM for some fun treats and activities to fill your Easter celebration, make egg hunting more egg-citing for kids, or simply share the joys of this wonderful feast with loved ones.

Treat your kids and loved ones to an egg-citing Easter at SM City Batangas, SM City Lipa and SM Center Lemery.| – PR/#BALIKAS_News

‘House performs better’ – Deputy Speaker Abu

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DEPUTY Speaker and Batangas Congressman Raneo Abu reports on the accomplishments of the House of Representatives during the last press briefing before session adjourns on Wednesday, March 22, 2018.

Deputy Speaker Abu shared that the latest statistical data on measures processed for the First and Second Regular Session, or from July 25, 2016- March 14, 2018 consisting of 172 session days, the House has processed a total of 2673 measures and approved 653 or an average of 15 measures processed per session day.

“That’s one more measure processed per day compared to our performance from July 25, 2016 to December 13, 2017, where we were able to process an average of 14 measures per session day.” Abu added.

Out of these 653 measures approved, 60 bills were enacted into law, 22 of which are bills of national importance, 37 local bills and one was a resolution of Congress.

For the same period, the House approved on third and final reading a total of 392 bills as well as 10 measures approved on second reading, including 144 resolutions and report on motu proprio inquiry adopted.

“If we would restrict our focus from January 15 to date, the data indicates that for this period the House approved on third and final reading a total of 25 bills, which include several measures of national importance, including HB 690, which strengthens the security of tenure of workers; HB 6689 – Granting full insurance coverage to all qualified CARP beneficiaries; and HB 6834 – Strengthening the right of people to free expression, and to peaceably assemble, among others.” the Deputy Speaker said.

Recently, President Duterte urged leaders of Congress to approve before the end of May the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. The House committees on local government and Muslim Affairs as well as the special committee on peace, reconciliation and unity are working to fulfill this commitment.

“Let me also note that the House committee on constitutional amendments is hard at work in preparing a draft federal constitution so that it can be presented to the Filipino people for approval in a plebiscite that hopefully can be held by October this year.”

According to Deputy Speaker Abu, aside from purely legislative matters, the House too is actively supporting the anti-corruption drive of Pres. Duterte by conducting investigations in aid of legislation on alleged irregularities in government.

Among the most recent hearings conducted by the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability include the controversial P3.5 billion Dengvaxia program, the P9.3 billion project for barangay health stations, and the alleged misuse of Philhealth funds for senior citizens.

“Also today, the Committee on Justice has approved  its committee report finding probable cause to impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, as well as the accompanying Articles of Impeachment.”

“Modesty aside, I believe these achievements constitute solid indication that the House of Representatives, under Speaker Alvarez, is exerting all effort to fulfill its mandate and its commitments to the Filipino people.” Abu ended.|PMA/#BALIKAS_News

APRI names 2018 Cleanergy Youth Ambassadors

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THE AMBASSADOR’S STORY. Beny Cariaga, a Cleanergy Youth Ambassador, emotionally narrate his story as he strives to pursue his education.|Photo Credit: APRI

VERY recently, AP Renewables, Inc (APRI) awarded the 2018 Cleanergy Youth Ambassador title to twelve students of Buenaventura E. Fandialan Memorial Integrated National High School (BEFMINHS).

The students were conferred the honorary title after completing an immersion program that covered various facets of tour management and events handling.

“The Cleanergy Youth Ambassadors program supports the Work Immersion requirement of DepEd’s K-12 curriculum,” said Noemi Sebastian, APRI vice president for Corporate Services. She added, “We are pleased to partner with a learning institution near our plant to help students gain real-life skills in actual work settings.”

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CERTIFIED CLEANERGY YOUTH AMBASSADORS The pioneer batch of Cleanergy Youth Ambassadors Project of AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI) is now more than ready to pursue their dreams as they successfully completed their 2-month immersion program at the Cleanergy Center.|

Cleanergy Youth Ambassador Beny Cariaga shared, “Sa maagang edad, nawalan na po ako ng ina na s’yang nagsilbing ilaw ng aming tahanan. Pakiramdam ko, lahat sa paligid ko, madilim. Ngunit sa pagtagal nang panahon, na-realize ko na may mga ilaw pang pwedeng gumabay sa akin. At iyon ay ang aking mga guro, kaibigan, at kayo po sa Cleanergy Center. Aking natutunan na nasa sarili lang natin kung paano natin bubuksan ang pindutan ng ilaw na ating hinahanap.

The 2018 Cleanergy Youth Ambassadors are John Bryan Bala, Beny Gilbert Cariaga, Mariella Ericka Caponpon, Marie Louise Bassett, Miamin Guia, Cynder Joyce Dimailig, John Paul Hansel Malabag, Roger Mar Llover, Marc Vincent Dimasapit, Claudine May Obligado, Jehan Bona, and Sonny San Diego.

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PROUD TOUR GUIDES.  Cleanergy Youth Ambassadors gladly tour their schoolmates at the Cleanergy Center.|

The Cleanergy Center is a 650-square meter facility located in the AP Renewables Admin Compound of MakBan Geothermal Power Plant in Brgy. Bitin, Bay, Laguna. It is the first energy education facility of AboitizPower, which is focused on environmental awareness and renewable energy education through the use of audio visual presentations, interactive displays, and a tour of a working geothermal power plant.

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TASKS-DRIVEN YOUTH.  Busy Youth Ambassadors strategize to accomplish their tasks in marketing and other administrative works.|

Inaugurated last August 28, 2013, the Cleanergy Center has already accommodated more than 30,000 local and foreign visitors. To know more about our Cleanergy Center, please like and follow us on facebook, www.facebook.com/cleanergycenter.

APRI, a wholly owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, is one of the leading geothermal energy producers in the country. It delivers clean and renewable baseload power with two facilities that it operates in Tiwi, Albay; Bay and Calauan, Laguna; and Sto. Tomas, Batangas. -PR|#BALIKAS_News

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CLEANERGY YOUTH AMBASSADORS ON THE GO!  Our tour guide aspirants also experience to go outside the community to volunteer in a children’s Christmas party in Brgy. San Vicente, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.|

Pope brings Bp Antonio back to San Jose as Bp Palang resigns

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RESIGNED. POPE Francis accepts the resignation of Bishop Antonio Palang, SVD, of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro province. |PHOTO FROM THE APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF SAN JOSE

By JOENALD MEDINA RAYOS

SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro – POPE Francis has accepted the early resignation Saturday of Bishop Antonio Palang from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose here.

The Vatican’s bulletin did not mention why Palang, who is just 71 years old, resigned from the post which he served since 2002. Church law requires bishops to submit their resignation at the age of 75.

Bishop Palang was born on June 13, 1946 in Consolacion, Cebu. He was ordained a priest of Society of the Divine Word on July 8, 1972. Pope John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the Vicariate Apostolic of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 26, 2000, when then Bishop Vicente C. Manuel, SVD went on leave. Manuel, however, also resigned in October 2000 at the age of 61.

On March 1, 2002, Palang was appointed Vicar Apostolic and was ordained and installed Bishop on May 31, 2002.

At the time of his retirement, Bishop Palang is a member of the of the Episcopal Commission on Mission and the Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Since Palang would be stepping down, Nueva Segovia Auxiliary Bishop David William Antonio will take charge of the vicariate, after the pope reappointed him as apostolic administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis (with the See vacant and at the pleasure of the Holy See).

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RETURNED. BISHOP David William Antonio, D.D. as he challenged the public to care for the environment in this file photo. He is now the returning apostolic administrator of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro as . Photo Credit: VERITAS 846

Meanwhile, Bishop Antonio was born on December 29, 1963 at Nagtupacan, Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur. He was ordained priest for Nueva Segovia on December 1, 1988; and later on was appointed to the episcopacy in June 2011.

It was on Nov. 21, 2015, when Antonio, 54, was first named apostolic administrator of San Jose.

To date, the resignation of Palang brings to 10 the list of vacant sees in the Philippines. These include the dioceses of Bayombong, Butuan, Daet, Iligan, Isabela, San Fernando de La Union, and San Jose de Antique; the Territorial Prelature of Ilagan (Basilan), the military Ordinariate of the Philippines, and the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose de Mindoro.|With reports from CBCP News / #BALIKAS_News

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