Crime rate increase in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 15,257 crimes were recorded in Metro Manila for the second quarter of the year, up by 9.18 percent compared to the 13,974 cases listed in the first three months of 2012.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Alan Purisima tasked the 38 station and 173 precinct commanders to deal with the problem.

“It’s now up to the station and precinct commanders on how they will address the crime situation as they are aware of the peculiarities of the problem in their areas,” said Purisima during a staff meeting yesterday at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

The rise in crime rates has prompted Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to order Purisima to carry out “drastic” anti-crime strategies.

“All concerned Philippine National Police officers in Metro Manila had been required to submit their local anti-crime campaign such as mapping of crime-prone areas in their areas of responsibility, types and time of crimes being committed, appropriate police action to be taken, and accurate crime reporting, among others,” he said.

Robredo said the NCRPO will initiate community-based crime prevention activities, which include increased police visibility, deployment of motorcycle-riding police officers, having police officers walk the beat, setting up checkpoints or chokepoints, deployment of secret marshals, and night watch operations in coordination with barangay officials in crime-prone areas.

Of the 15,257 crimes reported from April to June, 9,259 are index crimes, with thefts at 36.7 percent; robberies, including those by motorcycle-riding perpetrators, at 27.5 percent and physical injury at 24.4 percent.

Of the 13,974 crime incidents in the first quarter of the year, 9,259 are index crimes while 4,715 are non-index crimes.
The Manila Police District recorded the most number of crimes with 4,073, closely followed by the Southern Police District at 4,047 cases.

The Quezon City Police District came in third with 3,692 crimes, the Northern Police District with 2,077 and the Eastern Police District (EPD) with the fewest at 1,368 cases.

– By Non Alquitran and Cecille Suerte Felipe (Philstar News Service, www.philstar.com)

Makati to be Philippines’ First Wi-fi City?

Makati City is working out on becoming the country’s first wifi city. It gradually rolled out its plan by making Makati City hall a wifi spot last July 12.

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) will be internet provider for the city’s proposed project.

Philippines is slightly behind by its Southeast Asian neighbor, with Vietnam’s Hoi An took the mantle as Asia’s first city to give free wifi to its residents last February.

Jessica Sanchez is Coming to Manila!

american idol manila jessic sanchez

Yes, you read it right! The phenomenal Jessica Sanchez the runner-up to Philip Phillips in the recently concluded American Idol.

Sanchez will join with the rest of former American Idol contestants for American Idol Live Tour 2012. It will be on September 21, 2012, 8:00pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ticket Prices:
P10,000
P9,500
P7,500
P5,500
P3,500
P2,000
P800

Ticketnet and its partners will sell the tickets which will be announced soon.

Picture Perfect Photo Challenge 2012

Would you like to have a Nikon D3100 for free? Then join this Manila Bulletin and CameraHaus Picture Perfect Photo Challenge 2012

Get a chance to win one of these three (3) prizes:
1st PRIZE: Nikon D3100, Php 5000, SM Gift Check
2nd PRIZE: Samsung WB150f, Php 3000, SM Gift Check
3rd PRIZE: Canon Ixus115, Php 2000, SM Gift Check

Read the mechanics of the photo contest in the image below:
Photo Challenge 2012

3 Metro Manila universities among best in English

Asia News Network reported that 3 universities from Metro Manila were among in best English.

The full news item below:

Philippine universities among world’s best English-teaching schools

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Three Philippine Universities are among the top 50 universities in the world when it comes to teaching English according to a new survey by the London-based research and ratings firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

In a statement sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, QS said the country’s specialist strength in the English language was affirmed in results of its latest World University Rankings by Subject, an index that rates universities across 29 disciplines.

Ateneo de Manila University posted the highest rating of all Philippine schools, ranking 24th in English language and literature. University of the Philippines ranked 32 while De La Salle University ranked 44th.

World-renowned universities in the United Kingdom and the United States took the top five spots (in this order): Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Yale and University of California Berkeley.

The specialist strengths of Philippine universities in English language and literature are clearly shown in these rankings. The country should be proud of their achievements,” Ben Sowter, QS research chief, said in the statement sent to the Inquirer.

The Philippines rated in only one other discipline, with UP placing within the 101-150 bracket in Geography.

QS ranked schools on 29 subjects based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and citations per paper,” QS said.

Amid strong showing in English, Philippine universities have been slipping in world rankings in the past few years.

No Plastic in Makati City

Plastic bag Makati

Source: Yahoo! News

It’s time to bring out the “bayongs” for some Makati residents.

This, as the country’s financial district ordered the implementation of a partial ban on plastic packaging starting next week.

Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. has issued the executive order amending an earlier plastic bag ban. The new ban aims to “strengthen our citywide advocacy for the use of environment-friendly packaging.”

“We have amended the guidelines previously issued to include a clear definition of primary and secondary packaging materials. We have also identified products packaged in plastic material that need to be exempted from the ban for the time being, since an acceptable alternative packaging is not yet available,” Binay said in a press statement.

Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Taguig, and Quezon City have earlier ordered plastic ban.

In Makati, exempted from the ban are plastic bottles used for “water, iced tea, cooking oil, alcohol, mayonnaise, jelly, peanut butter, coco jam, and the like.” Plastic sachets for shampoos, conditioners, soap, noodles, and cigarettes are also exempted from the ban, as are plastic bags used as primary packaging for wet goods.

Under Binay’s executive order, “first-level product packaging that contains the item sold” fall under primary packaging.

Secondary packaging includes plastic bags used to hold wet goods that already have primary packaging, “usually for the convenience of the handler or customer.”

The ban on plastic packaging will be implemented in supermarkets, public markets, shopping malls, department stores, restaurants, fast food chains, and convenience stores in Makati.

Under the ban, establishments are prohibited from selling, using, and distributing plastic bags as packaging for dry goods and as secondary packaging for wet goods. The use of styrofoam containers is also banned. Instead, establishments are expected to use paper, cloth, or woven bags which they can provide to customers either free or for a fee.

The city order requires establishments and barangay halls to place plastic bag recovery bins where people can leave plastic bags for recycling or disposal.

“Through these policies, we aim to encourage the use of biodegradable or recyclable plastic bags among business establishments and consumers alike,” Binay said.

People who violate the ban will be fined P1,000 or imprisoned for from five days to 30 days while the establishment will be fined P5,000 or imprisonment for a month to a year. They could also lose their business permit.

Establishments have a year from next week to dispose of all remaining stocks of plastic bags and styrofoam packaging and must report how many they still have left each quarter.

Pippen, Rodman and Robertson to visit Manila?!

Whoah!

All time NBA greats will come here on July 18, 2012, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Robert Pippen, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman and Oscar Robertson are part of the All-Star Basketball Challenge.

Pippen and Rodman last played for the the Bulls, while Robertson, whose last name was used for a basketball shoe will be the coach, last ply his trade for Milwaukee Bucks. Robertson, now 73, retired in 1974.

Other former NBA players to join are Mitch Richmond (Los Angeles Lakers), Jason Williams (Memphis Grizzlies), Clifford Robinson (New Jersey Nets) and Bryon Russell (Los Angeles Lakers).

Maroon 5 in Concert on September!

Who wants to see the The Voice judge perform with the rest of Maroon 5 again on September 18, 2012 here in Metro Manila?

Maroon 5 is probably one of the big acts to perform here, and they will do so at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ticket sales will start on June 25, and can be bought online at Ticketnet or call Ticketnet hotline 911-5555 for more details.

Maroon 5 Manila concert

Ticket Prices:
Patron VIP – P10,000
Patron – P7,000
Lower Box Center – P6,000
Lower Box – P5,500
Upper Box A – P3,500
Upper Box B – P2,500
General Admission – P800