P65-M, inilaan sa Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area

UNTV News   •   March 16, 2015   •   3685

FILE PHOTO: Isang Chinese Egret na lumilipad sa ibabaw ng lawa sa Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area o LPPCHEA (WILLIE SY / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Pinangunahan ng mga estudyante sa Las Piñas at Parañaque City High School at ni Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food Chairperson Cynthia Villar ang paglilinis sa Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area noong linggo ng umaga.

Kaugnay ito ng pagdiriwang sa ikalawang taon ng pakakasama sa lugar sa listahan ng Ramsar International.

Ang Ramsar Convention ay treaty o kasunduan ng mga bansa na naglalayong mapangalagaan ang mga wetland sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo. Signatory ang Pilipinas sa Ramsar noong 1999.

Anim ang wetland sa bansa na idineklarang mahalagang mapangalagaan, at kabilang dito ang nag-iisang wetland sa Metro Manila.

“Tayo’y nagagalak kasi yung mga nasa Ramsar ay famous site like the Palawan underground river at tsaka yung Tubataha Reef alam nyo naman yun mga sikat na sikat na lugar yun, yung Olanggo Island sa Cebu and then yung Agusan Marsh at tsaka yung Naujan Lake, so napakapalad natin na makasama sa magagandang wetland sa Pilipinas in the Ramsar list, anim tayo na kasali sa Ramsar list,” pahayag ni Senator Villar.

Ikinagagalak rin ng senadora ang paglalaan ng pondo ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at Department of Tourism (DOT) upang idevelop ang nasabing lugar.

“Ngayong taon po binigyan kami ng P15 million ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources and then binigyan kami ng P50 million ng Department of Tourism via yung CHESA.”

Ilan sa itatayo rito ay ang museum, restaurant maayos na palikuran at kalsada para sa mga magtutungong turista.

“They will construct 500-meters of boardwalk para tayo maiikot natin ‘tong mga mangroves, they will put a mangrove along the lagoon and then idi-develop nila yung parking lot sa harap together maybe a toilet and a small information center,” saad pa ni Villar.

Ang Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area ay may lawak na 175-hectare costal urban wetland at bird sanctuary na dinadayo at tinitirhan ng nasa limang libong uri ng mga ibon at iba’t ibang klase ng punong kahoy. (Bernard Dadis / UNTV News)

Villar denies family is interested in taking over Metro Manila water distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has denied allegations that his family has interest in taking over the water distribution sector in Metro Manila.

When asked during a press briefing at Malacañang, Villar responded, “No.”

“I’m not in any position to answers questions regarding those I have no involvement,” he added.

Villar’s family owns the PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation, which provides water supply in several provinces.

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Maynilad and Manila Water that he would revoke the present water contracts if they refuse to agree with the new terms presented by the government.

Maynilad accepts MWSS penalty, Las Piñas customers to receive P2,500 rebate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 11, 2019

Water concessionaire, Maynilad, has accepted the penalty imposed by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and will provide Las Piñas customers P2,500 rebate.

“The penalty was due to Maynilad’s failure to comply with its Service Obligations under the Concession Agreement, specifically its failure to provide 24/7 water services to its customers in portions of Brgy. Captain Albert Aguilar (CAA) in Las Piñas City,” the MWSS said.

The MWSS adds that the rebate will be reflected in the August water bill until the rebate is fully expended.

According to Grace Laxa, Maynilad Spokesperson, the 1,841 connections affected will receive the P2,500 rebate.

“Our field personnel will conduct a barangay roadshow to explain the mechanics of the rebate to the customers concerned,” Laxa added.—AAC

Villar family, VP Robredo cast vote in bailiwicks

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2019


Vice President Leni Robredo (center) | Courtesy : PVI-PRESS/ Rodel Acuvera Luminares

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday morning cast her vote in Las Piñas City along with her husband, former Senator Manny Villar.

The Villar couple voted around 9 a.m. at their assigned voting precinct in Las Piñas Science BF Resort in Talon 2.

They were wearing orange, their family’s signature political campaign color.

Accompanying them were their children, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Paulo, and Camille, who is gunning for a congressional seat.

(Upper photo L-R) Senator Cynthia Villar with her husband, former Senator Manny Villar. (Lower photo L-R) congressional candidate, Camille Villar, Paulo Villar and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar Courtesy : PVI – PRESS / Rey Calinawan Vercide

Cynthia Villar, who is seeking reelection, has been topping political survey polls before the elections. In the recent Pulse Asia pre-election survey, she enjoyed a solo lead edging out Senator Grace Poe.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also voted in her bailiwick in Naga, Camarines Sur on Monday morning.

She arrived at 9:52 a.m. in her designated polling precinct in Tabuco Central School Cluster 112 together with her two daughters, Tricia and Aika.

No special treatment was given to the Robredos who fell in line outside of the polling precinct as they waited for their turn to cast their votes.

After successfully casting her vote around 10:42 a.m., Robredo briefly talked to reporters where she admitted that she feels nervous for this midterm elections.

She also described the opposition slate’s bid to win the polls as “an uphill battle.”

“Napaka-uphill nung battle pero in the last several weeks nakita namin ‘yung passion ng mga volunteers, ano ‘yun unrivaled,” she said.

“Parang pinakahuli kong nakita ‘yung ganun na passion nung 1986 pa kahit noong pagtakbo ko noong 2016 kahit marami kaming volunteers iba yung passion ngayon. Parang kabado para sa bansa hindi naman for the individual candidates we are supporting,” she added.

Robredo has been campaigning for the opposition slate “Otso Diretso.” But of the eight senatorial bets, only Senator Bam Aquino was able to enter the so-called “winning circle.”

Aquino got in 9th to 15th place in the latest Pulse Asia Pulso ng Bayan Pre-Electoral Nationwide Survey on the May 2019 Senatorial and Party-List Elections.

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