Bestlink College not to blame for Tanay accident – lawyer

admin   •   February 22, 2017   •   7416

Atty. Lourdes Pagayatan, the legal counsel of Bestlink College

Atty. Lourdes Pagayatan, the legal counsel of Bestlink College

MANILA, Philippines — Officials of the Bestlink College of the Philippines met with members of the media on Tuesday.

The school stood firm that the management should not be blamed for the incident that happened on Monday in Tanay, Rizal where 15 students died.

Atty. Lourdes Pagayatan, the legal counsel of Bestlink College insists that the incident was an accident and was beyond their control.

“Ang eskwelahan (the school) should not be condemned for what happened, this is purely an accident. No one expected this to happen, kaya wag naman sana maniwala sa sinasabi ng iba na ang eskwelahan ay nagpabaya dito (so don’t believe it when others say the school was negligent). Hindi po totoo yan (That is not true),” she said.

The school administration is now looking into the possibility of filing complaints against the Harana Tours if they will not cooperate in the investigation.

“Hahabulin talaga namin sila dyan kung hindi sila makikipag-cooperate ( We will really go after them if they will not cooperate). As of now the initial information given to the president is, they will cooperate, but up to what extent, we will have to see,” said Atty. Pagayatan.

She also said, they originally sealed a contract with Harana Tours for the transportation of their students for the said camping activity, but the bus company subcontracted the trip to Panda Coach Tourist Bus.

Meanwhile, Bestlink executive vice president for academic affairs, Charlie Cariño assured that they are doing their best efforts to provide all kinds of assistance needed by the family of the victims.

“Kami po ay umaapela sa mga magulang, hindi po namin sila pababayaan,bagkus hanggang ngayon po eh hindi pa na condemned ang school pero ang suporta po namin ay nagbibigay na po ng financial assistance. Lahat na po ng tulong binigay na po naming,” he said.

As of now, Bestlink College has shouldered all the hospital and funeral services expenses of the victims, and promised that they will provide P5,000 financial assistance to each family. — Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

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DENR seizes P3.2-M worth of agarwood

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 23, 2020

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has seized 20 kilos or P3.2 million worth of agarwood in two separate operations.

DENR’s Environmental Protection and Enforcement Task Force (EPETF) and the NBI-Environmental Crime Division conducted operations in Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal last June 8.

Four suspects, identified as Ramil Ong, Bernie Bagay, Rizal Mofar, and Arjhun Gaviola, were arrested for the illegal transportation of the said high-value tree species.

“This clearly sends out the message that the government’s campaign against environmental offenders remains unrelenting despite a pandemic that is wreaking havoc worldwide,” Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said.

The four suspects were charged with violations of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources and Protection Act. They are detained at the NBI detention facility in Manila.

Agarwood is one of the most expensive raw materials used in perfumery, costing at least P160,000 per kilo in the Philippines.

It is extracted from host trees locally known as Lapnisan and Lanete, which are both included in the national list of threatened Philippine plants. —AAC

One of the world’s tallest flowers spotted at Masungi Georeserve in Rizal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 16, 2020

Park rangers at the Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal spotted one of the world’s tallest flowers while doing maintenance work last week.

They saw the 8’7″ tall Amorphophallus rostratus or commonly named as Voodoo Lily after noticing a slightly unpleasant smell when the flower bloomed.

Experts confirmed the native species. An indigenous ranger said they call it ‘biga’ which locals cut and cook the stalk of in boiling water before eating it.

“Amorphophallus species are known as some of the largest flowers in the world by their inflorescence. At least three species of varying sizes have been documented in Masungi,” the post read.

There are 200 known species in tropical and subtropical climates; many like the Amorphophallus rostratus in Masungi are endemic to their localized areas.

The park reiterated the importance of preserving the forest.

“Truly this is another native wonder that must be conserved from quarrying and other harmful activities in our forests and protected areas,” they said. AAC

Tanay LGU collaborates with 2ID, AFP and private farm owners in establishing ‘quarantine farm camps’

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Tanay in Rizal province has partnered with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 2nd Infantry Division and private farm owners in the municipality in establishing ‘quarantine farm camps’ to ensure food security within the community. 

The municipal government recently signed an agreement with private farm owners and the leadership of 2ID, AFP for the project.

Present in the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) were ​Tanay Mayor Rex Manuel Tanjuatco, Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., commander of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division and the president and CEO of DV Boer Farms, Mr. Dexter Villamin, as well as private farm owners.

Under the agreement, private farm owners will provide technical assistance on livestock raising, crop production and food processing to soldiers and private individuals within the community.

Meanwhile, other members of the community will be encouraged to help in converting private farms into ‘quarantine farm camps’ which are expected to produce agricultural products and serve as additional sources of food.

The proponents of the project hope that it will be replicated in other municipalities.

Even before the official signing of agreement, members of the 2ID, AFP have started converting portions of land inside Camp Capinpin into farming areas where they can plant crops and raise livestock.

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