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Large Tilapia Caught from Pasig River after Successful Rehabilitation

For years, decades even, the Pasig River had been so dirty that when Smokey Mountain released “Anak ng Pasig” in 1993, its lyrics told the story of how a child thought the river had always been black, dirty, smelly, and lifeless – until she saw an old photograph of the river so beautiful it sparkled under the sun.

The song became so popular that it was “Song of the Year” on Aliw Awards. It would also spark the movement to clean up Pasig River, starting with former First Lady Ming Ramos launching the fundraiser, “Piso Para Sa Pasig”.

Photo credit: Patrickroque01 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission [PRRC] was also created in 1999, with the river’s rehabilitation as the agency’s primary goal and mandate. Dredging began on the waterway and many squatters living underneath the bridges or beside the river were relocated.

By 2007, it seemed that there was hope the river would become beautiful again. Yet it was obvious that there’s so much that needed to be done before that would happen.

Photo credit: Patrickroque01 at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)]

Fast forward to 2018. Netizens were greeted with news that the rehabilitation of Pasig River the first Asia RiverPrize Awards.

PRRC and its partners’ river restoration and management efforts have effectively brought the Pasig River back to life. These efforts have included delivering quality projects, programs, activities, and advocacies in easement recovery, riverbank development, waste and water quality management, and public awareness,” announced the International River Foundation during the 21st International Riversymposium held in Sydney, Australia last October.

Everyone was quite impressed!

Photo credit: PRRC Community Organizer Jesusa Hiponia  – Facebook

But recent proof was shown that the river has, indeed, come back to life again. Officials from the PRRC proudly shared photos of the large tilapia caught from Pasig River by residents at Barangay 900 at Punta Sta. Ana last Sunday, January 27.

Many of the fishes caught were over 1kg in weight! Wow.

Photo credit: PRRC Community Organizer Jesusa Hiponia  – Facebook

Still, though the fish were huge, the PRRC cautions the residents against eating the fish caught from Pasig River – for now, at least.

These fishes may contain traces of toxic chemicals that may cause harm to one’s health. Thus, utmost precaution is advised,” the PRRC announced.

Photo credit: PRRC Community Organizer Jesusa Hiponia  – Facebook

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Yorme Isko’s Billboard is Up! New Model Also Reveals Owner’s Additional Php6M Donation to PGH

Remember some weeks ago when Manila Mayor Francisco “Yorme Isko Moreno” Domagaso announced that he is going to be a model for JAG Jeans and a coffee product? Well, the ads are up!

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

In a video that he shared on his official Facebook page, the mayor shares his thoughts about being the leader of Manila and how he strives hard to be deserving of the position because he believes that the people of Manila deserve the best.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

He also shares the things that make him love Manila so much, including its rich history.

Watch the video here:

Yorme Isko for Jag Jeans

Maraming salamat po sa Jag Jeans sa pagkuha sa akin bilang endorser niyo. Natodas na po namin para sa PGH C****r Ward yung binigay niyo pong pera.Maraming salamat po ulit!

Posted by Isko Moreno Domagoso on Saturday, November 16, 2019

But in a post on Raffy Tulfo supporters, a more candid video of Yorme was shared – and it made a lot of people laugh and praise him some more. In the video, the mayor was happily talking about the billboard that’s now up at EDSA. He joked that people would soon grow tired of his face because they will see it all the time, what with the traffic situation at EDSA. LOL.

Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Yet even as he happily shares his thoughts about the billboard, the mayor jokingly ‘bragged’ about being a model now. More importantly, though, he shares an update on the money that’s involved in him accepting the offer to be the brand’s latest endorser.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo Supporters / Facebook

It can be recalled that Yorme Isko told JAG Jeans to send his talent fee (Php1 million) directly to the PGH’s children’s ward as his donation to the sick kids battling serious conditions. Upon learning that the mayor is doing this, the owner of JAG Jeans promised to match the donation and also give Php1 million to the PGH.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo Supporters / Facebook

What’s amazing is that the owner did not only give his Php1 million as promised, he also asked his siblings to give Php1 million each – and they agreed! The family gave a total of Php6 million.Wow.

Watch the video here:

Nagulat si Yorme

Tuwang-tuwa si Yorme ng makita niya ang kanyang kaunaunahang JAG billboard sa EDSA.Credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso




Posted by Raffy Tulfo Supporters on Friday, November 15, 2019

What is PGH?

The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is designated as the National University Hospital. It is the largest government facility and referral center, with patients coming from all over the Philippines to seek treatment. It is a tertiary state-owned hospital administered and operated by the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila.




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Syrian Vlogger Goes Viral for Buying Sacks of Rice Directly from a Farmer, to Donate in Mindanao

A famous Syrian vlogger living in the Philippines recently went viral again after he traveled all the way to Pampanga to buy sacks of rice directly from a farmer, for the purpose of donating these items to Mindanao.

The Hungry Syrian Wanderer named Basel has been living in the Philippines after falling in love with the place. He owns some businesses in the country but has earned admiration for his big heart to the people, sometimes randomly giving money to some locals who are in dire need of help.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

As people, charity groups, and local government units (LGUs) scramble to donate to the people of Mindanao affected by the earthquake, The Hungry Syrian Wanderer also wanted to do his share. But instead of simply sending money to the affected areas or buying relief goods from the nearest mall, he chose to travel to Pampanga to directly buy from the farmers.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

With farmers having trouble selling their goods because the prices are too low, no thanks to the rice tariffication law, many have chosen to sell sacks of rice by the roadside instead of giving their products to a middleman, the rice traders.

With the decision to buy rice directly from the farmers, The Hungry Syrian Wanderer is not just helping the people in Mindanao who would be the recipient of his donation, he is also helping these farmers earn a fair price for their products. Thanks to his efforts, Basel of The Hungry Syrian Wanderer has gained praise from many netizens.

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

But there are still those who have something negative to say with what he did.

I laud your efforts sir but the shipping costs will eat a lot also, could have bought more if you have bought in Davao City,” a netizen wrote.

While the netizen was correct, of course, many pointed out that Basel is not just helping the people of Mindanao but also the farmers. Considering he made an effort to travel all the way to Pampanga just to buy the rice, money is not the main concern here – he simply wants to help more people! Kudos!

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

Rice Prices in the Philippines

While it is true that rice prices vary, depending on the type and quality, the sad reality is that the farmers are earning too low these days. There is an abundance of rice supply because the rice tariffication law lifted the quantitative restrictions on rice importation. Well-milled rice prices range from Php30 to Php50 (some brands are cheaper and some are more expensive than this range).

Photo credit: News5 Features – PhilRice / The Hungry Syrian Wanderer

While this helped consumers in that there is now more rice at lower prices, the farmers are the ones greatly affected because they spend many months planting the rice, only for them to earn as low as Php12 per kilogram of palay (unmilled rice).







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Off-Duty Coast Guard Hailed a Hero for Saving Fellow Passengers in Sinking Ship

An off-duty coast guard is now being hailed a hero for saving the lives of his fellow passengers after their boat capsized due to strong waves just off the coast of Sibonga town in Cebu.

Seaman First PO3 Ralph Barajan took the boat from Loon, Bohol bound for Cebu City on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Little did he know that he would become a hero after the boat capsized due to strong waves. His bravery ensured that not one of the passengers perished in the maritime accident.

Photo credit: The Freeman / Facebook

MV Siargao Princess left Loon at 9AM but encountered big, strong waves as it set sail near Cebu island. The exact count of the passengers and crew vary in the reports, but there were over 60 passengers and crew riding on that boat when it capsized at around 11AM.

The passengers panicked when the boat began to sink at about 10:30AM, but Barajan shouted for them to keep calm. He led the passengers and crew with level-headed instructions that would save all of their lives.

Photo credit: The Freeman / Facebook

First, Barajan made sure that all the passengers and crew wore life vests. Then, he instructed everyone to tie themselves together to ensure they will stay in big groups. This would make it easier for rescuers to find them and would ensure that no one will drift away.

I wanted everyone to be saved that’s why I tried to bring us all closer. We tied ourselves together so we will not drift apart,” Barajan later explained.

Photo credit: The Freeman / Facebook

He was also the last one to jump off the sinking ship as he made sure that no one was left behind. What a hero.

Still, the off-duty coast guard admitted that he was scared the entire time but banked on his training to keep himself together to save his life and that of the boat’s passengers and crew. Thanks to Barajan, everyone was alive!

While they drifted together for 2 hours before finally getting rescued, everyone was safe. There were three passengers who got separated from the group because they jumped the moment the boat began to sink, but the three managed to swim the 9-kilometer distance to the coast of Carcar City.

Photo credit: Cebu Daily News

Proper Technique in Maritime Accidents

According to Barajan, the proper technique during maritime accidents is for everyone to stay as close together as possible. The life jackets made sure they will float while sticking together meant they have a higher chance of getting seen by the rescuers.

While swimming to shore might seem like a good idea, don’t try to do it unless you know you are a strong swimmer and have training for that sort of long-distance swim in rough waters.







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