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DOH predicts Filipinos with HIV/AIDS to hit 32,000 by end of 2014
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HIV cases up 500% in PHL: The new HIV cases has increased by 532 percent from 2008 to 2013 and for January to June this year alone, recent reports from Manila said. Out of the 19,330 reported cases from 1984 to June 2014, a total of 1,766 are AIDS cases. File photo shows applicants line up at Mall Event Center of SM Manila. (MNS photo)

HIV cases up 500% in PHL: The new HIV cases has increased by 532 percent from 2008 to 2013 and for January to June this year alone, recent reports from Manila said. Out of the 19,330 reported cases from 1984 to June 2014, a total of 1,766 are AIDS cases. File photo shows applicants line up at Mall Event Center of SM Manila. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – By the end of 2014, the number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the Philippines is projected to hit 32,379, according to the Department of Health.

During the Senate inquiry on six bills that will strengthen policies on HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, DOH Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said the reported HIV cases has reached 19,330 since 1984 when the first Filipino HIV case was confirmed by the DOH.

“The new HIV cases has actually increased by 532 percent from 2008 to 2013 and for January to June this year alone, the total reported cases hit 2,814,” Tayag told the Senate committee on health and demography chaired by Sen. Pia Cayetano.

Tayag said out of the 19,330 reported cases from 1984 to June 2014, a total of 1,766 are AIDS cases.

He said the number of persons who do not voluntarily undergo testing for HIV infection are included in the projected number of persons with HIV by end of this year.

Based on data presented by Tayag, the populations at risk to HIV infection are people who inject drugs (PWID), particularly in Cebu where HIV prevalence has increased from 0.40 percent in 2007 to an alarming 52.30 percent in 2013.

“HIV prevalence also increased from 0.30 to 3.50 percent among the males who have sex with males, followed by freelance female sex workers and female sex workers in registered entertainment establishments,” he said.

To minimize the spread of HIV infection, Tayag said the DOH has listed 75 priority areas for HIV intervention, including 53 in the Luzon, led by Angeles City and Caloocan; 12 in Visayas including Cebu City; and nine in Mindanao particularly in Davao City.

Tayag said the DOH has proposed a P308-million budget, including P11 million for the purchase of condoms, for 2015.

“There are 11,384 projected persons living with HIV who will need Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) by 2015,” Tayag said.

Under Senate Bill 1217, Sen. Grace Poe proposed the removal of the HIV and AIDS legal framework that conflicts with laws recently enacted, “thus restricting actions that are crucial to halt the spread of the epidemic.”

Poe also proposed the establishment of a National HIV and AIDS Plan, and strengthening of the stigma reduction mechanisms of the present law—Republic Act 8504 otherwise known as “The Philippine Aids Prevention and Control Act of 1998.”

In his own Senate Bill 879, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada proposed the counseling and testing of pregnant women and newborn infants for HIV infection.

On the other hand, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito proposed in his Senate Bill 1100 an effective information-dissemination, counseling and education to protect the citizens from deadly AIDS. (MNS)

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DOH predicts Filipinos with HIV/AIDS to hit 32,000 by end of 2014
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HIV cases up 500% in PHL: The new HIV cases has increased by 532 percent from 2008 to 2013 and for January to June this year alone, recent reports from Manila said. Out of the 19,330 reported cases from 1984 to June 2014, a total of 1,766 are AIDS cases. File photo shows applicants line up at Mall Event Center of SM Manila. (MNS photo)

HIV cases up 500% in PHL: The new HIV cases has increased by 532 percent from 2008 to 2013 and for January to June this year alone, recent reports from Manila said. Out of the 19,330 reported cases from 1984 to June 2014, a total of 1,766 are AIDS cases. File photo shows applicants line up at Mall Event Center of SM Manila. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – By the end of 2014, the number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the Philippines is projected to hit 32,379, according to the Department of Health.

During the Senate inquiry on six bills that will strengthen policies on HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, DOH Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said the reported HIV cases has reached 19,330 since 1984 when the first Filipino HIV case was confirmed by the DOH.

“The new HIV cases has actually increased by 532 percent from 2008 to 2013 and for January to June this year alone, the total reported cases hit 2,814,” Tayag told the Senate committee on health and demography chaired by Sen. Pia Cayetano.

Tayag said out of the 19,330 reported cases from 1984 to June 2014, a total of 1,766 are AIDS cases.

He said the number of persons who do not voluntarily undergo testing for HIV infection are included in the projected number of persons with HIV by end of this year.

Based on data presented by Tayag, the populations at risk to HIV infection are people who inject drugs (PWID), particularly in Cebu where HIV prevalence has increased from 0.40 percent in 2007 to an alarming 52.30 percent in 2013.

“HIV prevalence also increased from 0.30 to 3.50 percent among the males who have sex with males, followed by freelance female sex workers and female sex workers in registered entertainment establishments,” he said.

To minimize the spread of HIV infection, Tayag said the DOH has listed 75 priority areas for HIV intervention, including 53 in the Luzon, led by Angeles City and Caloocan; 12 in Visayas including Cebu City; and nine in Mindanao particularly in Davao City.

Tayag said the DOH has proposed a P308-million budget, including P11 million for the purchase of condoms, for 2015.

“There are 11,384 projected persons living with HIV who will need Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) by 2015,” Tayag said.

Under Senate Bill 1217, Sen. Grace Poe proposed the removal of the HIV and AIDS legal framework that conflicts with laws recently enacted, “thus restricting actions that are crucial to halt the spread of the epidemic.”

Poe also proposed the establishment of a National HIV and AIDS Plan, and strengthening of the stigma reduction mechanisms of the present law—Republic Act 8504 otherwise known as “The Philippine Aids Prevention and Control Act of 1998.”

In his own Senate Bill 879, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada proposed the counseling and testing of pregnant women and newborn infants for HIV infection.

On the other hand, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito proposed in his Senate Bill 1100 an effective information-dissemination, counseling and education to protect the citizens from deadly AIDS. (MNS)

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KC Concepcion joins ‘Ikaw Lamang’
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KC Concepcion (MNS photo)

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MEGA daughter KC Concepcion will return on television this August via the hit ABS-CBN primetime series “Ikaw Lamang.”

After the success of the soap’s book one, Kim Chiu and Coco Martin’s character will continue as next members of the Hidalgo and Severino families.

Coco will now play Gabriel while Kim will breathe life to Andrea. KC, on the other hand, will take on the role of Natalia, the elder sister of Chiu’s character.

Aside from KC, “Ikaw Lamang” will also feature seasoned actors such as Amy Austria, Joel Torre, Rio Locsin, Nonie Buencamino, and Christopher de Leon.

Completing the new cast are Smokey Manaloto, Arlene Muhlach, Jojit Lorenzo, and Mylene Dizon.

“Ikaw Lamang” started with the love story of Samuel and Isabelle, played by Coco and Kim, respectively. Their love was tested by time, personal and political conflict.

The soap also featured performances of Jake Cuenca, who recently won the Best Male Kontrabida trophy at the 4th Yahoo! Celebrity Awards, Julia Montes, Angel Locsin, Cherie Gil, Cherry Pie Picache, Tirso Cruz III, Ronaldo Valdez and more.

The Kapamilya series, which is under the production of Dreamscape Entertainment Television, is directed by Malu Sevilla, Manny Palo, and Avel Sunpongco. (MNS)

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KC Concepcion joins ‘Ikaw Lamang’
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KC Concepcion (MNS photo)

KC Concepcion (MNS photo)

MEGA daughter KC Concepcion will return on television this August via the hit ABS-CBN primetime series “Ikaw Lamang.”

After the success of the soap’s book one, Kim Chiu and Coco Martin’s character will continue as next members of the Hidalgo and Severino families.

Coco will now play Gabriel while Kim will breathe life to Andrea. KC, on the other hand, will take on the role of Natalia, the elder sister of Chiu’s character.

Aside from KC, “Ikaw Lamang” will also feature seasoned actors such as Amy Austria, Joel Torre, Rio Locsin, Nonie Buencamino, and Christopher de Leon.

Completing the new cast are Smokey Manaloto, Arlene Muhlach, Jojit Lorenzo, and Mylene Dizon.

“Ikaw Lamang” started with the love story of Samuel and Isabelle, played by Coco and Kim, respectively. Their love was tested by time, personal and political conflict.

The soap also featured performances of Jake Cuenca, who recently won the Best Male Kontrabida trophy at the 4th Yahoo! Celebrity Awards, Julia Montes, Angel Locsin, Cherie Gil, Cherry Pie Picache, Tirso Cruz III, Ronaldo Valdez and more.

The Kapamilya series, which is under the production of Dreamscape Entertainment Television, is directed by Malu Sevilla, Manny Palo, and Avel Sunpongco. (MNS)

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Solons want solar panels installed in public schools without electricity
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President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by SACASOL’s chairman Jose Maria “Jomari” Zabaleta and president Jose Maria “Sech” Zabaleta, Jr., leads the Ceremonial Switch-on of the San Carlos Solar Energy, Inc in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental last May 15 as lawmakers mull a bill mandating the installation of solar panels in public schools in isolated places in the country without electricity to improve the learning capabilities of students in the areas.

President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by SACASOL’s chairman Jose Maria “Jomari” Zabaleta and president Jose Maria “Sech” Zabaleta, Jr., leads the Ceremonial Switch-on of the San Carlos Solar Energy, Inc in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental last May 15 as lawmakers mull a bill mandating the installation of solar panels in public schools in isolated places in the country without electricity to improve the learning capabilities of students in the areas.

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Lawmakers have filed a bill mandating the installation of solar panels in public schools in isolated places in the country without electricity to improve the learning capabilities of students in the areas.

Reps. Mariano Piamonte and Julieta Cortuna (Party-list, A TEACHER) filed House Bill No. 4715 in consonance with the policy of the State to improve the quality of education in all areas nationwide.

Piamonte said in far-flung areas of the countryside where electricity is not available, public school classrooms are also without electricity.

“This fact simply demonstrates that public schools in some areas could not be provided with computers as a learning support tools because of the absence of electricity,” Piamonte stressed.

Piamonte said it is logical to conclude that students who came from these schools could not learn much of the basics in today’s information technology age.

“Because of the absence of electricity in some areas, the students in public schools suffer from educational content gap – an important content at that,” Piamonte stressed.

Cortuna said when electricity is not available, support technology for a quality education could not be delivered.

Cortuna noted that the installation of 200 watts solar panels in selected classrooms or facilities will ensure that all schools nationwide will have power to energize basic teaching tools such as computers, printers and other laboratory equipment, enabling them to deliver the same degree of quality teaching as other schools to improve the quality of education.

Under the measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) is mandated to ensure that all public elementary and high school buildings nationwide which cannot be connected to the grid shall be installed with solar panels with a capacity of at least 200 watts.

The solar panels that will be installed in school buildings shall include system components which include but not limited to charge controllers, inverters and batteries for it to generate at least 200 watts of alternating current (AC) at a standard voltage of 220 volts.

Covered in the solar panels installation are public elementary or high school buildings not smaller than the size of three classrooms in barangays where electrical line installation is not available.

Also covered is the school laboratory or educational support facility of any size located in barangays where electrical line installation is not available.

The DepEd shall cooperate with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to address the technical requirements. (MNS)

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Solons want solar panels installed in public schools without electricity
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President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by SACASOL’s chairman Jose Maria “Jomari” Zabaleta and president Jose Maria “Sech” Zabaleta, Jr., leads the Ceremonial Switch-on of the San Carlos Solar Energy, Inc in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental last May 15 as lawmakers mull a bill mandating the installation of solar panels in public schools in isolated places in the country without electricity to improve the learning capabilities of students in the areas.

President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by SACASOL’s chairman Jose Maria “Jomari” Zabaleta and president Jose Maria “Sech” Zabaleta, Jr., leads the Ceremonial Switch-on of the San Carlos Solar Energy, Inc in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental last May 15 as lawmakers mull a bill mandating the installation of solar panels in public schools in isolated places in the country without electricity to improve the learning capabilities of students in the areas.

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Lawmakers have filed a bill mandating the installation of solar panels in public schools in isolated places in the country without electricity to improve the learning capabilities of students in the areas.

Reps. Mariano Piamonte and Julieta Cortuna (Party-list, A TEACHER) filed House Bill No. 4715 in consonance with the policy of the State to improve the quality of education in all areas nationwide.

Piamonte said in far-flung areas of the countryside where electricity is not available, public school classrooms are also without electricity.

“This fact simply demonstrates that public schools in some areas could not be provided with computers as a learning support tools because of the absence of electricity,” Piamonte stressed.

Piamonte said it is logical to conclude that students who came from these schools could not learn much of the basics in today’s information technology age.

“Because of the absence of electricity in some areas, the students in public schools suffer from educational content gap – an important content at that,” Piamonte stressed.

Cortuna said when electricity is not available, support technology for a quality education could not be delivered.

Cortuna noted that the installation of 200 watts solar panels in selected classrooms or facilities will ensure that all schools nationwide will have power to energize basic teaching tools such as computers, printers and other laboratory equipment, enabling them to deliver the same degree of quality teaching as other schools to improve the quality of education.

Under the measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) is mandated to ensure that all public elementary and high school buildings nationwide which cannot be connected to the grid shall be installed with solar panels with a capacity of at least 200 watts.

The solar panels that will be installed in school buildings shall include system components which include but not limited to charge controllers, inverters and batteries for it to generate at least 200 watts of alternating current (AC) at a standard voltage of 220 volts.

Covered in the solar panels installation are public elementary or high school buildings not smaller than the size of three classrooms in barangays where electrical line installation is not available.

Also covered is the school laboratory or educational support facility of any size located in barangays where electrical line installation is not available.

The DepEd shall cooperate with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to address the technical requirements. (MNS)

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Lawyers group files raps vs. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, wife over overpriced multicabs
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President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with newly sworn Senators Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Cynthia Villar, Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, for a group photo souvenir during the Oathtaking Ceremony at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace on Thursday (June 27, 2013). (MNS Photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with newly sworn Senators Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Cynthia Villar, Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, for a group photo souvenir during the Oathtaking Ceremony at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace on Thursday (June 27, 2013). (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawyers group on Wednesday filed criminal charges with the Office of the Ombudsman against Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano over various alleged anomalies, including the purchase of overpriced multicabs.

In an interview, Philippine Association for the Advocacy of Civil Liberties member Philip Sawali said in 2012, the Taguig City local government headed by Mayor Lani purchased 18 multicabs supposedly using the Priority Development Assistance Fund allocation of Alan Peter amounting to P9 million.

In its complaint, the group said Mayor Lani authorized the purchase of the 18 multicabs amounting to about P498,000 each, which was “grossly and unconscionably overpriced.”

It added that based on market price for brand new multicabs, there was an overprice of more than P300,000 per unit, or P5.4 million for the 18 units purchased.

PAACL said the Cayetanos violated Section 3 of the Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for the purchase of the alleged overpriced multicabs.

Aside from the two, charges were also filed against then-city councilors Ronette Franco, Aurelio Paulo Bartolome, Gamaliel San Pedro, Milagros Valencia, Roderick Papa, Estela Gasgonia, Baltazar Mariategue, Ricardo Jordan, Jaime Lagampa, Michelle Gonzales, Carlito Ogalinola, Erwin Manalili, Edwin Eron, Jeffrey Morales, Rodil Marcelino, and Rommel Tanyag.

“The amount used to purchase the multicabs could not have been disbursed by the city of Taguig without the concurrence and approval of the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Taguig during the year 2012,” it added.

Net worth increase

Aside from that, the PAACL also filed another graft complaint for the “sudden increase” of Alan Peter’s net worth despite “no new source of income,” Sawali said.

In a separate complaint, the group said the senator’s net worth increased from P15.804 million in 2010 to P23.210 million in 2011.

“The substantial and inordinate increase of almost P7.5 million in his net worth in 2011 is clearly not justified by his income as a public servant and/ or his other business endeavors,” it noted. “Where then did respondent Cayetano get his wealth? The ineluctable conclusion is that the substantial increase in respondent Cayetano’s wealth is from the misuse of, and overpayments, from his PDAF.”

‘Ghost’ employees

Meanwhile, plunder charges were also filed against Mayor Lani for allegedly having ghost employees in 2012.

In its complaint, the group said Mayor Lani hired 3,188 casual employees in 2012, a year before the May 2013 elections.

It added that they question the release of payment to the 3,188 personnel based only on written daily time sheets instead of the regularly used biometric machines.

“The ineluctable conclusion if that the 3,188 personnel, or a majority thereof, are “ghost” employees, with the purported salaries of these “ghost” employees illegally used in the 2013 Elections were the respondents, the husband of Cayetano, Sen. Cayetano and her brother-in-law, Lino Edgardo Cayetano, were all candidates,” it said.

“The patent payments made to “ghost” employees, as borne out by the records, clearly show that respondent Cayetano and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Taguig, conspired with one another to commit the despicable act to the serious damage and prejudice of the government in the amount of P313,249 million and should therefore be charged with plunder,” it added.

Not politically motivated?

In an interview with reporters, lawyer Roderick Vera, president of the PAACL, clarified that no political group is supporting them in the filing of charges against the Cayetanos.

“No political group supporting us, we are a group of independent lawyers, we felt the need to file this to make the public know what the senator and the mayor has been doing,” he said.

He also denied that the filing of charges is in connection to Sen. Alan Peter’s supposed plan to run in the 2016 presidential elections.

When asked why he only filed the charges now, he said: “As you can see the documents, it’s extensive, so we had to make sure that everything is complete.”

Distraction on Senate probe

Meanwhile, in a statement released on Wednesday, the Taguig local government denied the accusations, and claimed that the filing of charges may just be a tactic of the supporters of the Binay family to distract the public from the ongoing investigation on the alleged overpricing of the construction of the Makati City parking building.

Taguig City Councilor Darwin Icay claimed that Vera was a law school classmate of Makati Rep. Abby Binay.

“Their agenda is clear, make up bogus charges and distract from the ongoing investigation on the Binay’s corruption involving the Makati parking building. These are purely lies based on maliciously distorted fact,” he said.

He also noted that the Commission on Audit had no questions in the purchase of the 18 multicabs, which were used as mini-ambulances and firetrucks in the city.

“The Binay camp is free to check the figures released by the COA in their reports. Instead, they distort these facts and figures to mislead the public and destroy the reputation of the Cayetanos,” Icay said.

On Wednesday, the Senate blue ribbon committee conducted a hearing to probe the alleged overpricing in Makati City Hall parking building.

On July 22, plunder and graft charges were filed against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay Jr., due to alleged “unconscionable overpricing” in the construction of an 11-storey parking building that the city government supposedly built for P1.56 billion. (MNS)

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