Pangulong Aquino, ginawaran ng Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree sa Loyola Marymount University

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Loyola Marymount University confers the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree to President Aquino in Los Angeles. (RTVM)

Loyola Marymount University confers the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree to President Aquino in Los Angeles. (RTVM)

CALIFORNIA, United States — Sa huling araw ng working visit ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III dito sa Los Angeles, California kinamusta ng nito ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan dito sa ibang bansa.

Pinagkalooban ng Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Ito ay bilang pagkilala sa integridad at dedikasyon ng Pangulo sa ating bansa.

Maliban sa doctor’s degree pinagkalooban rin ng honor chords si Pangulong Aquino sa pangunguna ng isang LMU Fil-Am student na si Edward James Asuncion.

Ito ang pangatlong pagkakataon na nabigyan ng honorary degree si Pangulong Aquino ng unibersidad sa ibayong dagat.

Ang dalawang nauna ay sa Fordham University sa New York at Sophia University sa Tokyo.

Matapos ang seremonya ay nagpaunlak naman ng interview ang Pangulong Aquino na pinangunahan ng World Policy Institute.

Nakipagkamustahan rin si Pangulong Aquino sa Filipino community dito sa Los Angeles.

Ngunit bago magbigay ng mensahe ay pinagkalooban nito ng Order of Sikatuna si Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr.

Ang Order of Sikatuna ay pinakamataas na diplomatic honor na ipinagkakaloob ng Pilipinas.

Sumentro ang talumpati ng Pangulo sa mga dapat piliin ng mga botante sa darating na eleksyon.

Ani Pangulong Aquino, “Ako po ganadong ganado dahil lalo pa po nating mapapatibay ang daang matuwid at magagawang permanente ang pagbabago tinatamasa natin. Syempre po, may mga katunggali na may kanya kanyang diskarte na para makuha ang inyong matamis na ‘Oo’.

“Bilang pinuno ang kailangan natin ang nakikipasan, yung totoong inuuna ang bayan bago ang sarili kung ako nga po ang tatanungin malinaw na malinaw po kung sino ang may pruweba ng pagsasakripisyo at wala pong iba yan kundi si Mar Roxas at Leni Robredo.”

Ayon sa Pangulo, huwag pipiliin ang mga kandidatong nangangako ng magandang SSS pension hike ngunit hindi naman kayang mai-sustain ito.

“Sa ngayon po, ang fund life ng Social Security System ay aabot sa taong 2042 kung ipapatupad po nila yung mga nagpapapogi babawasan natin ng labing limang taon ang buhay ng social security fund.”

Pinabulaanan rin ng Pangulong Aquino ang mga lumalabas na alegasyon laban sa kanyang administrasyon kaugnay sa vote buying.

“Syempre panahon ng eleksyon ngayon sabi nila ang Bottom Up Budgeting suhol raw namin paano pa kayo manunuhol kung ang para sa Barangay darating pagkatapos naming bumaba… kapag na-approve po yun ako’y private citizen na.”

Sa dalawang araw na working visit ng Pangulong Aquino dito sa Los Angeles iba’t-ibang business opportunities ang inaasahang dala dala nito para sa ating mga kababayan sa pag-uwi nito sa Pilipinas. (CHRISTIE ROSACIA / UNTV News)

Private schools in Los Angeles prepare to open classrooms with new COVID-19 measures

UNTV News   •   July 15, 2020

While most public schools across the country will begin the new school year with online education in the fall, private schools in Los Angeles are preparing to open their classroom doors to students for face-to-face learning.

At St. Benedict School in Montebello, one of 200 private schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, classrooms have been adjusted for social distancing, with cardboard partitions on top of desks to keep students apart. Class sizes have also been modified and temperature checks will be carried out when lessons resume on September 9.

Principal Frank Loya Jr. told Reuters on Tuesday (July 14) his teachers are eager to return to school, after facing difficulties teaching from home.

“Very challenging because the majority of my teachers have children. So, they’re also teaching their class, their students in their classroom. Plus, since their children are at home also, they had to be teaching, directing them. Some of their children attend public school and some of them attend St. Benedict also. So, all that adjustment, I think, as teachers were very stressed,” he said.

A few miles away at St. Joseph School in La Puente, classrooms, restrooms and water fountains are being rebuilt to comply with new COVID-19 guidelines. The school had already planned renovations prior to the pandemic but with additional funding, they decided to expand further.

St. Joseph School currently has 200 students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year

“Education isn’t the same when you’re not in a classroom setting,” said principal Luis Hayes. “When children are at home, it’s hard to have classroom management, and the student level of engagement changes. So, when you’re in a classroom setting and when you’re with the teacher, you have the classroom management and you have the engagement piece,” he said.

Hayes said there’s an vitally important emotional that comes with in-person instruction.

“For students to come back to school, it’s important that we give them that social emotional aspect and we give them time where they know how to socialize, but they know how to do it safely. And we practice all the social distancing,”

There are approximately 73,000 students enrolled in 200 schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the new school year.

Tuition cost ranges from $5,000 for primary schools up to $11,437 for high school. (Reuters)

(Production: Alan Devall / Norma Galeana)

California shuts down again as U.S. coronavirus crisis expands

UNTV News   •   July 14, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday (July 13) ordered a massive retrenchment of the state’s reopening on Monday, shutting bars and banning indoor restaurant dining statewide and closing churches, gyms, and hair salons in hardest-hit counties.

Newsom’s move, which undoes weeks of reopening efforts in parts of the most populous U.S. state, comes as several rural counties are experiencing strains to their hospital systems, while cases mount in large metropolitan areas including Los Angeles and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The surge in cases has also prompted two of California’s largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, to announce that they will be online only in the new term. In addition, neighboring Oregon is mandating the use of protective masks outdoors as local leaders around the United States scramble to curb a rising number of coronavirus cases nationwide.

The number of people hospitalized in California with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has risen by 28% over the past two weeks, with a 20% increase in those needing intensive care, Newsom said at a conference call with reporters in the state capital of Sacramento.

Statewide, 6,485 patients were hospitalized with coronavirus as of Sunday, with 1,833 of them requiring intensive care, according to state data. (Reuters)

Apple to re-close more stores in seven states, bringing total to 77

UNTV News   •   July 2, 2020

REUTERS – Apple Inc said on Wednesday (July 1) that it would re-close more than two dozen stores in seven states, including its home state of California, bringing the total closures to 77 as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Starting Thursday (July 2), stores will close in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

As of Wednesday, additional stores had already closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah.

Apple has taken an city-by-city approach to opening and closing stores, evaluating data for each community.

In cities where stores remain open, Apple requires face coverings for employees and customers while also performing temperature checks and frequent cleaning, the company said.

Apple has said its retail employees will continue to be paid through the closures. (Production: Angela Moore)

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