Nation celebrates 113th anniversary of Rizal’s martyrdom on December 30

This coming December 30, the nation celebrates the 113th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal with the theme “Kabayanihan ni Rizal: Daluyan ng Kagitingan at Pagkakaisa.”

On the 30th day of December yearly, the whole nation observes the death anniversary of the great national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. This is to commemorate the nationalism and martyrdom of Rizal. For this reason, December 30 is declared a national non-working holiday. Another reason for the said celebration is perhaps to bring the Filipinos together as they immortalize Rizal and his significance in contemporary times.

The National Organizing Committee headed by the National Historical Institute, has prepared Rizal Day events and activities in designated regions and cities of the country.

One of the features of the commemorative rites is the launching of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal.

The 4th Rizal National Festival of Excellence will be re-launched in time for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal on June 19, 2011. (PIA)

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DOH, PNP reiterate call for compliance to “Iwas Paputok” campaign

As the the New Year celebration approaches, the Department of Health (DOH), together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) reiterated the call to “Iwas Paputok” campaign.

Oplan Iwas Paputok discourages the use of firecrackers to welcome 2010 and introduces the Fourmula against the dangers of firecrackers.

According to the Department of Health, there are four formulas that the public must remember to make sure that they will meet the New Year happily and free from harm.

The first formula is to Say No to Fireworks and Firecrackers. Use innovative ways to create noise. If a person is hurt because of firecrackers, the wound must immediately be washed with clean water and mild soap, is the second DOH fourmula. The third formula is never to pick up firecrackers which have not exploded. The fourth fourmula is not to fire guns during the New Year.

The PNP is closely addressing the indiscriminate firing of guns, and preventing the sale of prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechniques. (PIA)

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Metrobank opens Search for Outstanding Teachers

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) has just opened its 2010 search for Outstanding Teachers. The search is to honor the country’s ten educators who have served as role models to their students and inspired them to follow a path of excellence.

The annual search is supported by the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and carries the theme “Discovering Everyday Heroes in Education”.

This is open to all elementary, secondary and higher education teachers in both public and private schools. A Filipino citizen, he/she must be actively teaching in the country for the last ten years.

Deadline for submission of nominations forms to the MBFI Secretariat or at any Metrobank branch is on February 15, 2010.

Search official nominations forms, guidelines and brochures are available in all Metrobank branches, DepEd and CHED regional and division offices nationwide. The forms may also be downloaded at or (PIA)

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RP to implement progressive environmental laws

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has said that the Philippines can further protect its natural systems and ecological processes by implementing progressive environmental laws.

Among the laws are the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Renewable Energy Act, the Bio-Fuels Act, the National Integrated Protected Areas Act, the Fisheries Code, and most recently, the Climate Change Act.

The United Nations (UN) reported that the Philippines is one of the top twelve countries at the greatest risk from climate change. In fact, the country topped the list of nations most in danger of facing more frequent and more intense storms as the impact of climate change intensifies.

In view of this fact and despite the country’s low carbon footprint, President Arroyo has committed at the Copenhagen climate change summit to implement the laws and to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the country by 20 percent to be one with other countries in meeting the harsh impacts of climate change and avert a global climate crisis. (OPS/PIA)

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DepEd health initiative for schoolchildren bags international award

The Department of Education’s health initiative, the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP), has been recognized as one of the world’s best practices in primary health care among school children.

The award was bestowed by the Global South-South Development Expo, a United Nations-wide annual event.

The EHCP combines high impact and evidence-based interventions in a simple and cost effective package to improve health and development of primary school children.

EHCP seeks to reduce the incidence of diarrhea by 30-40%, bring down respiratory infections by 20-30%, and cut worm infections by 50%. This program is expected to increase school attendance by 20% and improve academic performance. (DepEd)

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