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Branches of global stores, restaurant chains to open in Bataan

Branches of global stores, restaurant chains to open in Bataan BALANGA CITY – Branches of famous restaurants and convenience stores are all set to open here in Bataan.

In this fast-rising component city, the first branch of Shakey’s Pizza in the province is scheduled to open soon located along the Roman Highway in Barangay Camacho.

Shakey's is a pizza restaurant chain based in the United States which currently has about 500 stores globally, and about 60 in the United States.

McDonald’s restaurant, famous for its motto, “billions and billions served”, will be opening its second branch here in the province particularly in the town of Dinalupihan. The first branch is located beside the Galeria Victoria at the city proper here.

McDonald's is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets.

Recently, at the Freeport Area of Bataan in Mariveles town, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) officials led by its Chairman and Administrator, Atty. Deogracias Custodio and top executives of Subic Bay Multi-Purpose Cooperative had a formal groundbreaking for a branch opening of MINISTOP convenience store.

MINISTOP is a 24-hour convenience store chain and is a franchise of Ministop Co. Ltd., one of the largest convenience store chains in Japan. The store carries a wide assortment of merchandise and extensive selection of ready-to-eat products.

In Hermosa town, the first branch of 7-Eleven convenience store in the municipality is now under construction following the recent development beside the town plaza converting a portion of lot there into a commercial complex as proposed by the municipal government.

7-Eleven is the world's largest operator, franchisor and licensor of convenience stores in the world with more than 50,000 outlets worldwide.

Meanwhile,  a seventh branch of Jollibee fastfood restaurant is also scheduled to open in Balanga City. At present there are six branches of Jollibee here in Bataan:  3 in Balanga City, and one each in Mariveles,  Orani and Dinalupihan. All of the branches are owned by the De Guzman Group of Companies chaired by Consul Eduardo "Don Eddie"De Guzman.

Jollibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, operating a nationwide network of over 750 stores. A dominant market leader in the Philippines, Jollibee enjoys the lion’s share of the local market that is more than all the other multinational brands combined. To date, the company has a huge international expansion plan in the USA, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei.

By Mhike R. Cigaral

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Balanga City launches “JOET Job Fair 2014”

Balanga City launches “JOET Job Fair 2014” BALANGA CITY – The City Government here headed by Mayor Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III will have a jobs fair dubbed as “Job Opportunities & Employment Thrusts” (JOET) scheduled onFriday, November 14, 2014.

Mayor Garcia said it will be his treat for his constituents on his 43rd birthday on November 12, 2014, hence the theme: “Handog Kaarawan, Trabaho sa Bayan” which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bataan People’s Center.

The day before the fair, on Thursday, November 13 the City Public Employment Service Office will conduct a Job Coaching Seminar from 1:00-5:00 p.m. also at the Bataan People’s Center.

The seminar will update applicants on the most recent  job opportunities that match their skills, education and training; teach themproper decorum and how to write a good resume, and develop right attitudes.

Meanwhile, Mayor Garcia and City Planning Officer Elsa Ilagan participated in the 2014 Asia-Pacific Expert Symposium on Global Citizenship held on October 23 and 24, 2014 at the Marine Solar Park and Pullman Ambassador Hotel at Changwon, Republic of Korea.

Global Citizenship is one of the three priorities of Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) launched in 2012 by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon highlighting the value of education and mobilizing international support.

It also aims to promote the participation and keen interest of individuals, local communities, enterprisers and government to achieve a common goal for sustainable development.

Garcia told local reporters that the two-day symposium intends to deepen the understanding of the potential role of local governments, global enterprises and educators in advancing Global Citizenship and to share their successful initiatives and practices.

Mayor Garcia was one of the speakers who gave a presentation on the role of local governments in fostering Global Citizenship Education focusing on the city university town vision and the different successful programs and initiatives undertaken and being implemented by the city that contribute to the four components of a university town.


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600 children join Halloween festival in Balanga City

600 children join Halloween festival in Balanga City More than 600 children from pre-elementary to Grade 6 participated in the Halloween festival held by this component city in Bataan Tuesday afternoon. Little boys and girls, accompanied by parents, wore various Halloween costumes and made the rounds of different business establishments along the way from the Bataan Capitol to Plaza Mayor de Balanga. “Lamang-lupa ang costume ng anak ko pero mayamang lamang-lupa,” a father said laughing when asked what the attire of his little boy was about. The children seemed to enjoy the long hike after they were treated by the commercial enterprises to candies and toys. A drum and lyre corps composed of elementary school pupils, likewise attired in Halloween costumes, led the long line of children and parents along Capitol Road. The Plaza Mayor de Balanga, bounded by tall commercial buildings, City Hall and St. Joseph Cathedral, was filled with people in a festive mood. The three commercial buildings and City Hall share similar facades. Around Plaza Mayor and the center island are replica of Chaka dolls, Grim Ripper in flowing black robes and other Halloween decorations. A panel of judges selected children with the best Halloween costumes after the participants marched on the improvised stage. Dancing followed. The Halloween festival is a yearly activity of Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III. Perla Esconde Provincial Information Office

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Vice-Gov., Board Members Commend Accountants Alice Magpantay, Myrna Roman

Vice-Gov., Board Members Commend Accountants Alice Magpantay, Myrna Roman Balanga City, Bataan - Proud for being selected as the country’s “Best Provincial and City Accounting Offices”, provincial officials passed on Monday an inspiring congratulatory resolution commending Alice Reyes Magpantay and Myrna B. Roman, Provincial Capitol and Balanga City accountants, respectively.

In a resolution sponsored by Board Member Jovy Banzon, unanimously approved by Vice- Governor Efren “Bondyong” Pascual and the board members, provincial officials said that Bataan should be proud for having the best accounting office together with Balanga City since of all the provinces and cities in the Philippines “only Bataan and Balanga City were chosen.”

“Ang pagkakapanalo ng Bataan at Balanga City best accounting office ay isang karangalan para sa mga taga-Bataan dahil sa dinami-dami ng mga lalawigan at lungsod ay tayo lang ang napili na pagkalooban ng ganitong karangalan,” pointed out Banzon in his privilege speech.

Vice-Governor and board members, followed by Gov. Abet S. Garcia, later proceeded to the Accounting office to personally extend their congratulations to Ms. Magpantay who was coincidentally celebrating her birthday.

Asked what they did to merit the most outstanding award, Magpatay expressed surprise at the award, saying it was the Commission on Audit that recommended the Bataan Provincial Accounting Office for the most coveted and rare award.

The award was given by the Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines (AGAP) in Baguio City last week.

Aside from Magpantay, also given recognition were Leonora O. Siasat, Accountant IV; Mary Jean R. Perez, Management & Audit Analyst I, and Neriza R. Legaspi Admin Officer.


As attested by COA, among other criteria, Bataan capitol and Balanga City bagged the award for its complete, timely and accurate submission of reports.

“Hindi naman sa mahigpit sila Alice kundi sinusunod lang nila ang mga patakaran na dapat lamang,” brushing aside perception that Magpantay is very strict in the accounting ofice.

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DA Still Grants Barangay Roads Fund

DA Still Grants Barangay Roads Fund Balanga City, Bataan- Mayor Gila S. Garcia, President of the League of Municipalities of the Phil. (LMP)- Bataan has revealed to her fellow mayors in a meeting at The Plaza Hotel, Balanga City, that Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala still grants funds for barangays for Farm-to-Markets (FMR) road projects.

She said that local government units that want to avail of funds for (FMR) road projects need only provide 10 percent equity to secure the fund from the DA. This means that if an FMR project needs P10 million for its complete implementation, an LGU will only share P1 million to avail of the said amount from DA.

FMR projects, usually newly-opened barangay roads in the remote areas, are needed to accelerate the economic development of towns and cities. Some funds are being used for road gravelling and widening in the barangays.

Before these projects were funded by congressmen, but following the discovery of anomalies in the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) fund involving billions of pesos, the government “removed” it.

Mayor Garcia said that securing funds for FMR projects can still be easily availed of from DA provided the LGU has the capacity to put up the required 10 percent equity.

Several remote sitios in Bataan badly need the fund for FRM to allow farmers residing in these areas to have access to market their farm products.

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