IPs sell their goods in Clark Freeport marketplace

IPs sell their goods in Clark Freeport marketplace | Juan Manila


The Clark Development Corporation’s (CDC) opens a space for Aeta vendors, in their own marketplace inside a commercial area in the Clark Freeport.


CLARK, PAMPANGA, Philippines — The CDC’s External Affairs Division (EAD) has partnered with the Department of Agriculture in order to give direct suppliers an opportunity to sell their goods at the Clark Freeport.

The marketplace, named “Ayta Na”, has seventy-nine Aeta vendors selling their goods to the public.

The agribusiness and souvenir market soft opened on 15 October 2021, with the grand inauguration of the complete facility slated for 17 November 2021, with the CDC aiming to support even more indigenous peoples in the marketplace.

The IP vendors have undergone training with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to make sure that the vendors are informed of proper pricing and quality of perishable products, according to CDC Capacity Building Officer Lycia Marzan.

Despite the formal opening occurring more than a week from now, the marketplace is free to visit. Ayta Na is open daily, with a wet market section open during Fridays and Saturdays, and a plant section open daily—including holidays.

The marketplace is one of CDC-EAD’s initiatives towards helping the Aeta communities that reside around the freeport, and is part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Products sold in the marketplace range from souvenir items crafted by the IPs, to fresh produce, like seafood, fruits and vegetables, desserts and delicacies, and plants—all hailing from the surrounding areas, such as Tarlac, Candaba, Sasmuan, Arayat, Porac, and Baguio City. (RF/JuanManila)

Featured image: Joyful Aeta vendors find their place to do business, a wonderful opportunity that is part of Clark Development Corporation social responsibility programs throughout the year. /Credit: CDC-EAD

Solon proposes bill to kill useless LTO requirement

Solon proposes bill to kill useless LTO requirement | Juan Manila


A lawmaker is questioning the basis of the Land Transportation Office for a driver’s education requirement for applicants seeking to renew their licenses.

He is urging both the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTO to remove such requirement.


MANILA, Philippines — Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez calls the LTO driver’s education requirement for license renewal “unnecessary” that he filed a resolution, House Resolution No. 2325, that explains how such requirement is so unnecessary and that it would only cost Filipinos additional expense.

He said it could also be “another source of red tape and harassment”.

The deputy speaker said there is no provision in Republic Act No. 10930 that states that a certificate of driver’s education is required for a license renewal.

“The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the spring cannot rise higher than its source and implementing rules must conform to the language of the law,” Rodriguez included in the bill.

“This will be an additional expense for the Filipino people, which is an added burden especially during a pandemic,” he continued explaining.

He said further, that the requirement would not cost anything if done through the LTO portal, based on reports. However, fulfilling said requirement through driving schools would cost between ₱1000 to ₱3000.

All the more it prompted the lawmaker to look closely.

“There is a need to look into this as the LTO needs to explain this unnecessary burden to the driving public. The LTO needs to properly explain their basis for imposing said requirement, and they need to prove that the correct legal processes were complied with in all steps of the preparation process,” he stressed.

To repeal sections in R.A 10930 that the LTO used as basis for the requirement, Rodriguez filed another bill, House Bill 10430, to avoid confusion, he said. (RA/JuanManila)

Public warned of posers using PAO identities

Public warned of posers using PAO identities | Juan Manila


Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida V. Rueda Acosta reiterated that legitimate PAO lawyers never ask or demand for payments for their legal services.


MANILA, Philippines — Top state lawyer Acosta warned the public on social media against scammers who have been using her and other PAO lawyers’ names.

Hindi nagpapabayad si PAO Chief Acosta kahit kanino man.”

(PAO Chief Acosta does not demand payments from any person.)

Sa mga gumagamit po ng pangalan niya at nagpapanggap na siya, tigilan po ninyo ang ganitong klase ng panloloko dahil mananagot po kayo, una sa Diyos at sa batas kapag kayo ay nahuli,” she warned.

(Those who have been using Acosta’s name and posing as her, you should stop because you will be held accountable by God and the law when you get caught.)

PAO is an agency under the Department of Justice which offers free legal assistance to indigent persons in criminal, civil, labor, administrative, and other quasi-judicial cases. (HMP/JuanManila)

Featured image: Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda Acosta accompanying a kin of a human rights victim.

City cops shift to anti-crime measures under Alert Level 2

City cops shift to anti-crime measures under Alert Level 2 | Juan Manila


Philippine National Police director Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar has ordered all ground commanders in Metro Manila to shift their focus on measures against criminality.

Placing the metropolis under Covid-19 Alert Level 2 has minimized police focus on community lockdown measures and health protocols monitoring.


CAMP CRAME, QUEZON CITY — In a statement, the PNP chief rationalized his directive as a shift for the police to fully perform in their mandate of serving and protecting the public against criminal elements.

The Covid-19 alert status in the metropolis has been downgraded to Level 2 and could encourage criminals to go back to their illegal activities, he added.

Inatasan ko na ang lahat ng aming unit commanders na lalo pang paigtingin ang kampanya laban sa kriminalidad dahil tiyak ko na isa sa mga nabuhayan ng loob ay ang mga kriminal na gustong bumalik sa dating gawi,” he said.

(I have directed all unit commanders to enhance their campaign against crimes as I’m sure that those with criminal intent want to get back to their old ways.)

Eleazar, who is to retire from his post this month as the country’s top cop, has clarified that the move is aimed at protecting more people from the crises, especially now that many would still be recovering from hardships resulting from pandemic restrictions.

“Focusing on anti-crime measures would also be timely as more people are expected to go out on the days leading to the Holiday Season,” he stressed.

“I am expecting all our unit commanders especially in Metro Manila to adopt the best practices that were implemented at the height of the pandemic restrictions in order to restrict the movement of criminal elements, especially motorcycle-riding criminals,” he added.

As a measure to ensure that his directive is followed to the letter, Eleazar instructed the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to make certain that all police personnel are well-informed of the guidelines set under the Alert Level 2 to avoid any confusion in its enforcement.

He also called on the public to cooperate with efforts to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus by continuing to observe health safety protocols, especially the wearing of protective equipment like face masks and face shields when in confined or crowded places, and to practice physical distancing. (TRC/JuanManila