Japanese national: Let’s clean up Baguio City together!

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 17, 2019   •   3725

(Left) Masakazu Nose voluntarily paints an overpass in Baguio City. (Right) Masakasu inviting netizens to join him in a cleanup drive.

Masakazu Nose used to run a small takoyaki store in Baguio City.

Born in Tokushima, Japan, Masakazu is known to be a silent man in his 40’s. Some people would even describe him as gentle.

He came to the Philippines in April 2014 to learn English. One month later, he began cleaning overpasses along Magsaysay Avenue, Abanao Street, and lower Session Road.

Every morning, with a pair of tongs in one hand and a garbage bag in the other, Masakazu would go around the streets collecting trash like candy wrappers and plastic cups.

Masakazu even bought paints at his own expense to repaint walls. In a report, he said he did these things because he has time to spare.

This earned the admiration of the locals as well as the media. He was interviewed by various news outlets. Netizens still continue to share their admiration for Masakazu a few years after he first became viral.

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After staying in the Philippines for three years, Masakazu returned to Japan to manage an oil soba store near Okubo station in Tokyo.

But he has never forgotten about his life in the Philippines, which he calls his second home.

Masazaku will return on August 1-3 to clean up the city—this time, he is inviting everyone.

“Let’s clean up the city together!” his Facebook post reads.—AAC

Hidilyn Diaz bags PH’s first Olympic gold medal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz will take home the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal after winning the women’s 55-kg weightlifting event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday (July 26).

Diaz finished with a total score 224 kg, lifting 97 in the snatch and 127 in the clean & jerk snatching the gold from China’s Liao Qiuyun who finished with a total score of 223 kg. Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the bronze medal after scoring a total of 213 kg.

Malacañang lauded Diaz for her success and for making the country proud.

“The Palace congratulates Hidilyn Diaz for bringing pride and glory to the Philippines for winning the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement.

In 2016, Diaz previously won a silver medal in the women’s 53-kg category in the 2016 Rio Olympics. AAC

Baguio City Mayor confirms suspension of PNP training

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has confirmed asking the Philippine National Police (PNP) to suspend its training.

During a virtual public briefing on Tuesday (July 13), Magalong said that he asked PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar to suspend the police training in Baguio City amid the surge of COVID-19 cases among the members of the PNP.

Magalong reported that minimum health protocols such as physical distancing and wearing of masks are not being strictly followed. 

“Pinahinto ko. Sabi ko sa kaniya stop muna ang training ng Philippine National Police dito sa syudad ng Baguio. Maraming violation ng minimum public health standards, nakita rin namin na walang maayos na physical distancing. Pati iyong kanilang sports activities, pagkatapos ng kanilang sports activities wala nang nagma-mask,” he said.

(I had it suspended. I told [Eleazar] to stop the training of the Philippine National Police in Baguio. There were many violations of the minimum public health standards. We also noted the the lack of physical distancing. Even during their sports activities,  people are no longer wearing a mask by the end of the event.)

Likewise, the training of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Baguio has also been suspended due to non-compliance to minimum health standards.

The Baguio City mayor reiterated that if the PNP and BFP cannot comply with the minimum health standard implemented in Baguio City, training will remain suspended.

COVID-19 transmission was reported in the training site of the BFP which prompted the mayor to come up with the decision.

“It’s about time that we have a strong stand, strong message that if you cannot with the minimum health standards in the City of Baguio, we will never accept any PNP training,” Magalong said.

“Both training ng PNP at BFP ipinahinto muna, indefinitely hanggang makita ko talaga na they are very compliant with the minimum public health standards,” he added.

(Both trainings of the PNP and BFP are suspended, indefinitely until we see that they are very compliant with the minimum public health standards.) AAC

Over 1 million AstraZeneca vaccine jabs from Japan to arrive in PH Thursday night

Robie de Guzman   •   July 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Over a million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that were donated by the Japanese government are expected to arrive in the Philippines on Thursday night, Malacañang said.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the vaccine jabs from Japan are among the two batches of AstraZeneca doses due to be delivered this week.

Inaasahan natin na may darating na dalawang batches ng AstraZeneca ngayong linggong ito. Una ang AstraZeneca na donasyon ng Japanese government, mamayang gabi po ang dating niyan,” Roque said.

“Pangalawa, ang AstraZeneca na galing po sa COVAX Facility,” he added.

Based on data presented by Roque, a total of 1,124,100 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will come from Japan while the shipment from the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility contains 2,028,000 doses.

Roque also announced that the Philippines is also expecting to receive this week two batches of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.

The shipments will contain around 170,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine.

The National Task Force against COVID-19 earlier said there were delays in the delivery of vaccine supplies because vaccine manufacturers usually prepare for the deployment or the inventory of their supply during the first and last weeks of the month.

For the month of July, the Philippines is expecting to receive at least 16 million vaccine doses, including the 3 million doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine donated by the US government through the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility.

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