By Nancy C. Carvajal

1:06 am | Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Five people were killed in a four-hour fire that razed a boarding house in Las Piñas City before dawn Saturday.

Las Piñas police chief Senior Supt. Adolfo Samala identified four of the victims as Rodel Cunanan, Alvin Nollen, Rogelo Guman and Erlinda Bautista, all residents of Villanueva compound on 3rd Street, Barangay Almanza Uno.

Cunanan, Nollen and Guman were boarders in a two-story house that had 40 to 50 rooms and was owned by Bautista, according to Fire Officer 2 Carl Jeffrey Campanan. A fifth fatality remained unidentified at press time.

According to Campanan, the victims were practically living in “a fire trap.”

“It used to be a church, then it was converted to have rooms for rent. The walls were still made of light plywood and the hallways were so narrow that only one person could pass at a time,” he said.

Thirty one rooms were occupied when the fire of still unknown cause started around 1:50 a.m., he added.

Injured in the fire were residents Ferolino Lorenzo and Cafranca Reynan, according to Samala.

Campanan said it was possible that a candle left unattended caused the fire, noting that the boarding house had been without power supply for since last month.

The blaze also spread to two more houses before it was declared out at around 6 a.m. Damage was placed at P1 million.

In another fire, patients at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Tondo, Manila, were evacuated to nearby hospitals after its linen storage room went up in flames around 8 p.m. on Friday, according to FO2 Lords Hernandez of the Bureau of Fire Protection.

No one was reported injured and damage was placed at P300,000, Hernandez said. With a report from Nancy Carvajal

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10:00 pm | Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Short on school chairs this coming school year? Why not make some out of trash?

In Las Piñas City, a recycling plant can do just that. Inaugurated by the Villar Foundation on Friday, a factory in Barangay Ilaya is now turning plastic wastes into armchairs which will soon be distributed among campuses in Metro Manila.

The foundation tapped the Davao-based Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc. for the technology.

“We have a lot of plastic wastes here in Metro Manila. When disposed improperly, they could clog our drainage systems and eventually cause flooding, which in turn spreads diseases,” said Senator-elect Cynthia Villar, who formally opened the facility along with her son, Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, and her husband, Sen. Manny Villar.

“So we thought of processing these plastic wastes and coming up with something useful. That was, when I read about this technology in Davao,” Villar said.

Envirotech President Winchester Lemen said the recycling plant in Las Piñas is only the second of its kind nationwide. The first is Envirotech’s plant which has been in operation since 2010.

A recycling plant would cost  P5 million to P8 million to build, Lemen said.

The Las Piñas plant can produce around 1,000 armchairs a month. About 24 kilos of mixed “soft plastics”—such as those used as food wrappers—are needed to make a chair, which can be fashioned to look like wooden pieces and comes with replaceable parts.

Contaminants found in the raw materials are removed in the process, Lemen said, noting that tests conducted on Envirotech armchairs had shown low levels of lead (42 parts per million) and no traces of mercury.

Lemen, a mechanical engineer, said Envirotech had also produced benches, desks and other types of furniture from the same raw materials. Plans are afoot to use the technology in producing building materials for low-cost housing units.

“In processing the unavoidable plastic wastes into something useful, like school chairs, we are not only cleaning and protecting the environment, but we are also providing livelihood to the poor, to the workers in the factory who are processing the wastes,” Villar said in a statement.

The Villar Foundation and the local community are in charge of collecting and segregating the plastic wastes, which are then shredded, washed, dried, melted and molded in the plant.

From tempo.com.ph:

Manila, Philippines – Nine-hundred fifty residents will graduate from various vocational and technical courses from the Las Piñas City Manpower and Training Center on July 5 at the Verdant Covered Court in Barangay Pamplona Tres, Las Piñas.

Las Piñas Mayor Nene Aguilar said the free training on various courses is aimed at helping residents find gainful employment or start their own home-based or backyard business to augment their family’s meager income.

The Manpower Training Center offers automotive servicing, commercial cooking, consumer electronics, food and beverages services, hairdressing, massage therapy, personal computer operations, refrigeration and aircon servicing, shielded metal arc welding, industrial electricity, cellphone repair, housekeeping, and travel services.

Five-thousand out-of-school youths and unemployed adults benefit from free training provided by the training center awarded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as one of the Most Outstanding Skills Training Center in the country.

Aguilar said graduates of the center have the opportunity to apply for work abroad, citing bigger demand for skilled workers abroad.

He said many industries are already on the lookout and offering employment to graduates with special technical vocational skills.

LAS PIÑAS CITY, MM – Some 950 city residents will graduate from various vocational and technical courses from Las Piñas City Manpower and Training Center on July 5, 2012 at Verdant Covered Court in  Barangay Pamplona Tres.

 

Mayor Nene Aguilar said the free training on various courses is aimed at helping the residents find gainful employment or start their own home-based or backyard business to augment their family’s meager income.

 

The Manpower Training Center offers  automotive servicing, commercial cooking, consumer electronics, food and beverages services, hairdressing, massage therapy, personal computer operations, refrigeration and aircon servicing, shielded metal  arc welding, industrial electricity, cell phone repair, housekeeping and travel services.

 

Every year, around 5,000 out of school youths and unemployed adults benefit from the free training. The training center is also awarded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA as one of the Most Outstanding Skills Training Center in the country.

 

Aguilar said graduates in the center have the opportunity to apply for work abroad citing bigger demand for skilled workers abroad. 

 

He said many industries are already on the lookout and offering employment to graduates with special technical vocational skills.

 

Graduates in the center were molded and trained for various courses and specializations. These graduates are now ready to give quality and world-class service in all parts of the globe, he added.

 

Aguilar expressed confidence that the graduates will value their gained technical/vocational knowledge to improve their lives and become better citizens.

Philam Village residents in Las Pinas last week gave different opinions regarding an idea to extend the opening of the Friendship Route gate of the village up to 12 midnight.

In interviews with villagers, several expressed concern over security while others liked the convenience the extension of the opening would bring.

“No, no, no. For security and privacy reasons,” one villager opined.

One even said he was against the Friendship Route passing through Philam from the start but since their main road is now open to the public, the resident said to limit it to the 10:30pm closing.

The Friendship Route is open from 5am till 10 to 10:30pm in most villages that Las Pinas Mayor Vergel “Nene” Aguilar opened.

Some said that opening it would be nice for the city since more cars would be able to avoid traffic along the always-busy Alabang-Zapote Road.

Other villagers brought up the issue of pollution and most importantly security.

“Of course motorists from other villages will be happy since they’ll have more options to get to their destinations but what about Philam homeowners?” asked another villager, who also wondered if the city government will provide security to their village if the extension is indeed implemented.

Those who approved of the plan said so with the condition that security inside the village indeed be tightened.

“They don’t understand the risk that the extension will bring. The later it gets, the more dangerous it becomes. What if evil elements take advantage of this?” asked another annoyed villager.

“Why don’t they just open it for 24 hours?!” said an exasperated villager, who added that they are at risk as it is with the normal hours of the Friendship Route.

Whatever the local government of Las Pinas decides to do with the hours of the Friendship Route, the villagers are asking that they be consulted first especially since they will be directly affected if the extension pushes through.

For now, we just have to wait and see.

 

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