"FilAm Teen to Represent RP Swimming in Beijing 2008"
NEWS http://www.asianjournal.com • (650) 583-6818 • ASIAN JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS • MARCH 14-20, 2008 3 FilAm Teen to Represent RP Poverty Increases The poverty threshold, i.e. the monthly income required in order for a family of five to Swimming in Beijing 2008 During GMA’s Term... meet such basic needs, was es- timated to have risen to 6,274 From Page 2 considered poor in 2006, a pesos (US$154) in 2006, from By Maria Sunantha Quibilan “Simms will definitely help Asianjournal.com in 2006 from 24.4 percent in number that had grown by 5,129 pesos (US$126) in 2003 to put Philippines on the 2003. It, however, remains be- 16 percent from the 4 million and 4,774 pesos (US$117) in LOS ANGELES – A 17-year- map for swimming. She’s an low the 27.5 percent poverty poor families, or 23.8 million 2000. old Filipina American who is incredibly talented athlete rate in 2000, the year before Filipinos in 2003. According to the statistical a current Hawaii State swim- who we’re sure will repre- President Arroyo was ushered “Poor” is defined in the board, insufficient increases in ming champion has qualified sent our country very well in into power. survey as those who cannot personal income vis-à-vis price for the 100-meter freestyle the 100-meter freestyle event The survey also showed that afford basic needs such as hikes in food and other basic event of the 2008 Olympic at Beijing,” said PASA presi- a total of 4.7 million families, food, healthcare, education, services, high oil prices and Games in Beijing and is rep- dent Mark Joseph. “We’ve or 27.6 million Filipinos, were housing and other amenities. Continued on Page 4 resenting the Philippines. had our eye on Christel for Christel Simms, who has almost two years; she’s a hot been a competitive swim- mer for 9 years, has broken commodity in the U.S. and we’re extremely glad she’s Environment Dept. Signs $200-M... Christel Simms From Page 2 NBN-ZTE scandal. Thus, Lacsina said, he was 54 individual Hawaii State chosen to take this route and records. Her record of 57.12- finished at 57.17 seconds at be a Republic of the Philip- Charles Fishel in rites held at When pressed if he believes happy that Quinto called him second time for the 100-me- the championships last Au- pines representative in the the Philippine consulate in Lozada’s NBN-ZTE exposé, up and informed him that he ter freestyle heat and 26.38- gust in Indianapolis. Since 2008 Olympic Games.” San Francisco and witnessed Lacsina said he would not would proceed with the proj- second time for the 50-meter then she has caught the at- Although USA Swimming, by consul-general Marciano delve into domestic politics. ect as proposed by Lozada. freestyle both passed the tention of many national and the national governing body Paynor Jr. Lacsina recalled Lozada “Usec. Quinto is just as USA Olympic trial cut. international swimming or- for the sport, has placed Lacsina said he first nego- even accompanied him to committed. Hopefully, this Simms became a member ganizations, among them the Simms as its potential en- tiated for a jathropa produc- Negros to join the group of would be signed before the of the USA National Junior Philippine Amateur Swim- try to represent the US for tion contract with the PFC former congressman Her- Pacquiao fight,” Lacsina Swimming Team in 2007 and ming Association (PASA). Continued on Page 6 when he flew to the Philip- minigildo Teves because their commented. pines in December last year company had entered into a Lacsina obviously referred Rising Oil Prices Inhibit Fight... and talked to Lozada about this possible venture of ABC. similar jathropa production contract for 10,000 hectares to the timing and place of the signing of the contract, From Page 2 ployment and development fulfill our Philippine Reform “I was impressed with him of land in that province. which coincides with the box- said not enough jobs are be- opportunities to increase Agenda until the day I leave (Lozada) because he was very When he learned that ABC ing match of Filipino Manny ing created amid insufficient growth and reduce poverty,” office in 2010.” aggressive,” Lacsina said. was looking for another site Pacquiao on March 15 in Las investment and obstacles to the ADB said. It also identi- “We have made tough and But for reasons unknown for their jathropa production Vegas, Nevada (March 16 in growth, such as poor infra- fied a number of critical con- unpopular decisions to raise to him at the time, Lacsina contract, Lacsina said Lo- Manila). Pacquiao, who is a structure. straints to economic growth revenues, and we, in the ex- said the contract signing with zada offered to him 40,000 known protégé of Atienza’s, is The Manila-based lender and the fight against poverty ecutive [branch of govern- Lozada did not push through. hectares of ancestral lands in challenging Mexican cham- earlier scored the Philippines in the next five to eight years ment] crack down on tax When he came back to Ma- Bukidnon under the DENR’s pion Juan Manuel Marquez in a report, saying rampant for the Philippines. cheats so that we could invest nila in late January, Lacsina Lupang Hinirang ancestral for the World Boxing Council corruption, political instabil- “Targeting and removal of in our physical infrastructure would learn that Lozada had and public domain lands (WBC) super featherweight ity and poor revenue collec- the most critical constraints and in our people.” (AJ) turned Senate witness in the turned over to the PFC. title. g tions are the main culprits in will lead to the highest re- the country’s worsening pov- turns for the country. It will erty incidence. It also noted spur investment, which in that the pace of poverty re- turn will lead to sustained duction has been slow and and high growth and create income inequality remains more productive employment stubbornly high. opportunities,” said Ifzal Ali, “The Philippines must raise Chief Economist of ADB. revenues, improve infrastruc- Notwithstanding the ADB ture, strengthen governance review, Arroyo said “Many to build investor confidence, things are left to be done. I expand its industrial base plan on working hard with and improve access to em- you the next two years to