Mayor Isko orders arrest of those who will throw garbage indiscriminately

Maris Federez   •   December 30, 2019   •   937

MANILA, Philippines— One day before the New Year’s Eve, City Mayor Isko Moreno appealed to those who will spend the revelry at the Luneta Park to keep the place clean and sanitary.

And with the appeal comes the warning that those who will be caught leaving or throwing garbage indiscriminately will be arrested and will face serious charges.

This, after the local chief executive saw the dismal state of the park with tons of trash thrown indiscriminately after people gathered in the area on December 25.

Moreno said that keeping the park clean is part of the country’s manifestation of respect for the place where the shrine of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, is located.

“Dumating sila malinis, umalis silang malinis. Kung nabubuhay lang si Rizal baka pinagsisipa sila noon,” Moreno said in jest.

In the city’s commemoration of the 123rd death anniversary of Rizal, Moreno said people must emulate the national hero’s concern for his fellowmen that led to the freedom that the present generation is enjoying.

He stressed that this can be shown through abiding by rules and law, particularly in throwing garbage in designated receptacles.

With this, Moreno underscored that the local government will strictly enforce the law in the city.

“We might arrest people doing littering on December 31. So kung gusto nyong magbagong taon sa kulungan magtapon ho kayo ng basura. Kung ayaw nyo naman malulugod naman kami. Ilagay nyo lang sa tamang lalagyan,” Moreno said. — (from the report of Bernard Dadis) /mbmf

Holiday visitors leave truckloads of trash at Luneta Park

Robie de Guzman   •   December 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Around eight truckloads of trash were collected at Rizal (Luneta) Park on Wednesday after thousands of individuals visited the facility to bond with family and friends during the holiday season.

The National Parks Development Committee estimated that at least 65,000 people trooped to Rizal Park on December 24.

Authorities said most of the trash collected were single-use plastics, bottles, boxes and left over food that were thrown on the park grounds despite the garbage bins placed around the facility.

Earlier in the day, street sweepers were seen cleaning the park grounds.

The park development committee noted the reduced number of visitors on December 25 due to the inclement weather.

However, they expect this to increase in the coming hours due to a free concert to be held in the open air auditorium on Wednesday night. –RRD (from the report of Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Luneta Park still in Filipinos’ holiday bucket list

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2018

Luneta Park

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are known for having close family ties and spending the holidays with loved ones is definitely a priority.

This time of the year when budget is tight, some Filipinos preferred to enjoy the festive atmosphere in Luneta or Rizal Park.

Hundreds of families camped out in the area where they enjoyed the musical dancing fountain at the central lagoon as well as light and fire exhibits.

According to record from the National Parks Development Committee Security Office, at least 3,000 individuals have come to Luneta Park since Monday night.

This is lower, however, than the visitor population last year.

Authorities said the rainy weather may have contributed to the slowing down of visitor arrivals in the park.

Nevertheless, visitors like Jean Mata said they wouldn’t allow the rain to spoil their family bonding.

Jean and her family travelled all the way from Malolos, Bulacan to spend time together in Rizal Park.

 “Okay na okay; nakaka-enjoy po dito, masyadong maraming view na magaganda…Kasi parang tradisyon na sa amin simula maliliit pa kami,” she said.

Park goers said they noticed significant improvements in Rizal Park.

Sweepers can be seen around maintaining the cleanliness of the surroundings and public toilets are properly maintained.

“Marami pong kalat pero mayroon naman pong metro aide,” observed Sylvia Española

“Mas improved na ang portable ngayon kaysa dati. Noong nakaraang taon talagang hindi mo siya makakayanan na pasukin. Ngayon, maganda na siya. Tapos  ang basura, okay naman, nililinis nila agad,” added Jean.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director General Guillermo Eleazar made rounds in Rizal Park to personally check on the peace and order in the area.

“Nakikita natin na talagang ang kaligayahan ng mga tao ay pagiging kontento sa buhay; at tayo naman, nakakatulong tayo doon sa panatilihin natin na tahimik at maayos itong mga bagay na pinapasyalan nila,” Eleazar assured.

Rizal Park remains open until evening of December 26. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)


Thousands of opportunities from over 600 companies for job seekers on Independence Day

UNTV News   •   June 13, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Alongside the program held Monday at the Luneta Park for the 119th Independence Day of the country, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also launched the Independence Day Job and Business Fairs at the Senior Citizen’s Garden at Rizal Park in Manila.

“For now, we have 123,000 available job vacancies and more or less 680 participating employers,” DOLE Undersecretary Bernard Olalia said.

Among the booths available at the job fair was of the Philippine Navy’s which is currently looking for new recruits.

At 9:00 a.m., more than 100 have already registered to express interest in working for the Philippine Navy.

“We are expecting more recruits now especially since our recruitment system has improved, and being properly promoted in various fields, and other parts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Army recruitment officer Major Erwin Glenn Romero said.

From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. more than 7,000 have registered at the job fair.

More than 3,000 applicants have been considered qualified while 406 have been hired on the spot.

One of them is Raesha Ann Gomez, who was promptly hired as a cashier in UAE.

“I will use my experience here when I arrive in UAE,” she said.

Every year, 45 year-old Edilberto Jatulan Jr. tries to apply for work.  After finishing an automotive course at TESDA, he’s hoping to find a job especially since the Anti-Age Discrimination Law is already in effect.

“It’s better now than before. Before, they would choose based on age. It’s not the case anymore now,” said Jatulan.

DOLE meanwhile has reported a decline in the unemployment rate in the country.

“Based on the latest April 2017 labor survey, the country’s unemployment rate is at 5.87, this means 94.3 % is our employment rate now,” DOLE Usec. Bernard Olalia said.

The Labor Dept. also reminded companies of the proper work pay for employees who went to work during the holiday.

DOLE has taken advantage of the holiday to offer job opportunities to unemployed Filipinos. This is the labor department’s chance to provide work opportunities not just to newly graduates but also to contractual employees looking for stable jobs. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue



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