Be Nice☻ Newsletter (September 2017 Issue)


The Be Nice☻ Newsletter is the monthly publication of the Office of Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay.

Serbisyong Tunay, Serbisyong Binay!

In this issue:
- Deliberations of the Senate Budget Season
- Sen. Binay's visit to Miagao, Iloilo
- Go PHL Tourism! Sen. Binay at Tourism Forums (ATOCEL, PHITEX)
- Nancy vs Fake News

Newsletter of the Office of Senator Nancy Binay

Vol. 1 Issue No. 9 September 2017

Deliberations of the

Senate Budget Season

Sen. Binay’s visit to

Miagao, Iloilo

Go PHL Tourism!

Sen. Binay at Tourism

Forums (ATOCEL,


Nancy vs Fake News

UNESCO HERITAGE SITE. Senate Committee on

Tourism chairperson Sen. Nancy Binay prays at the

Miagao Church, also known as the Santo Tomas de

Villanueva Parish Church. The church was declared

a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its Baroque

Romanesque architectural style and is a

known tourist attraction in Iloilo.

In this Issue


Page 2

Senate Committee on Cultural

Communities Hearing

Page 3

Senate Budget Hearings

- Department of Tourism (DOT)

- Department of Transportation


- Department of Social Welfare and

Development (DSWD)

- Commission on Higher Education



Page 4 to 7

Sen. Binay’s Travels:

Miagao, Iloilo

Philippine Tourism Forums

- Association of Tourism Officers of

Central Luzon (ATOCEL)

- Philippine Travel Exchange


Page 8

Prayer at the Senate Plenary

ASEAN-AIPA General Assembly

Metrobank Outstanding


Page 9

Nancy to DOH: Tread carefully

on Japanese Encephalitis scare


Page 10 & 11

Hygiene Kit Distribution to

Marawi Evacuees

Supporting the IP inclusion in

new Bangsamoro Basic Law

Biliary Atresia Babies’ visit


Page 12

Nancy vs Fake News


The Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, chaired by Sen. Nancy,

with Sen. Gregorio Honasan, aligned with key stakeholders on the current

status of extending Indigenous Peoples' (IP) option to secure Certificates of

Title to their ancestral lands.

The stakeholders, which included the National Commission on Indigenous

People (NCIP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Land Management

Bureau (LMB), and Land Registration Authority (LRA), discussed in detail

House Bill No. 5350 or Extending the period for indigenous cultural communities/indigenous

peoples to exercise the option to secure Certificates of Title to

their ancestral lands under Commonwealth Act 141.

The meeting on Sept. 19 concluded with all parties agreeing on the passage

of the bill. However, there are many challenges in enacting it, like overlapping

jurisdictions among government agencies and resolving current conflicts with

claims, among others.



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GSIS Financial Complex, Pasay City

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Earlier this month, Sen. Nancy

visited the town of Miagao, to

attend the Hablon Gala Night

and met with the Liga ng mga

Barangays of the town.

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2nd Regular Session of the 17th Congress


BUDGET DELIBERATIONS. For the past few weeks, the Senate Committee on Finance has been deliberating on the proposed

P3.767 trillion national budget for 2018 to review each detail that will fund the government next year. As a member

of the committee, Sen. Nancy was active in scrutinizing the proposed budgets of the following agencies.

CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan

DSWD Usec. Emmanuel Leyco

DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade

DOT Sec. Wanda Corazon Teo

During the budget hearing

of the Commission on Higher

Education (CHED) and state

universities and colleges

(SUCs), Sen. Nancy asked Sec.

Licuanan if the agency is using

their share of collected travel

taxes, 40% of which are earmarked

for tourism-related

programs and courses.

Unfortunately, Sec. Licuanan

affirmed that CHED

was not utilizing the fund.

Tourism Act of 2009 (RA

9593) mandates that 40% of

the country's total gross collections

of travel tax goes to

CHED's Higher Education

Development Fund (HEDF)

while 50% and 10% of the

collections will be given to the

Tourism Infrastructure and

Enterprise Zone Authority

(TIEZA) and the National

Commission for Culture and

the Arts (NCCA), respectively.

As officer-in-charge,

Usec. Leyco presented the

proposed budget of the

DSWD. He highlighted the

issues that the agency is

facing. Among these were

collecting P15 billion-worth

of unliquidated funds,

which were disbursed to

local government units

(LGUs) in previous years,

and transferring the role of

cash disbursements to the

country’s banking institutions

instead of their social

welfare officers.

With a proposed 2018

budget amounting to P73.8

billion, Sen. Nancy inquired

Sec. Tugade and DOTr’s

attached agencies’ plans

that can help boost local

tourism. She asked the

readiness of the Philippine

Ports Authority (PPA) to

accommodate international

cruises. According to the

DOT, the country is fast

becoming a cruise destination

and there is great

potential in improving our

local ports to receive cruise


As chairperson of the

Senate Committee onTourism,

Sen. Nancy has been

closely working the DOT.

Sec. Teo discussed the plans

of the agency to further help

the local industry. The

senator asked for the breakdown

of regional tourist

arrivals and the DOT data.

The data showed that there

are provinces that do not

reach their projected targets.

The Finance Committee

suggested that the agency

supplement these provinces.

Sen. Nancy also asked DOT

on its current branding

plans. Teo confirmed that

the DOT’s branding and

communication strategy will

remain as before - “There is

more fun the Philippines.”


Serbisyong Tunay goes to...

In early September, Sen. Nancy visited the town of

Miagao, Iloilo, upon the invitation of Mayor Macario

“Doc Mac” N. Napuluan.

She met with local leaders and members of the Liga

ng mga Barangay. They discussed local issues and aired

their concerns about the postponement of the

upcoming barangay elections. For her part, Sen. Binay

asked how the national government, thru the Senate,

can help the Miagao municipality through livelihood

opportunities that can support their local industries,

especially those that can boost local tourism and the

hablon weaving industry.

Mayor Napulan also toured Sen. Nancy around the

town and accompanied her to Miagao’s UNESCO

heritage site, Miagao Church. Also known as the Santo

Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, it was declared a

UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its Baroque

Romanesque architectural style and is a well-known

tourist attaction in the province.

In front of the Miagao Municipal Hall.

Senator Nancy with Mayor Napulan & his staff.

At the meeting with the Liga ng mga Barangay.

Senator Nancy observes the renovations made for the Miagao Church.

“The hablon is a testament to the hard working

hands and imaginative minds of its weavers. One

needs discipline and industry to weave it.”

- Sen. Nancy Binay

Miagao's hablon, Iloilo textile pride, is one of a kind - it has

a rich history, world-class, and truly Filipino-made.

Textile weaving played a big part in the history of Miag-ao

and Iloilo, especially in the Spanish period. The versatility of

hablon made its use possible in many different ways. Because

of Miagao’s weavers and the hablon, Iloilo became “Textile

Capital of the Philippines” during that time.

Senator Nancy was invited to give a speech for the 4th

Hablon Festival.

She highlighted the

cultural and economic

contribution of the

hablon to the town and

how the government

can support the

industry. She enjoined

the weavers to continue

enriching their craft.

To complete her trip to Miagao, Iloilo, Sen. Nancy

observed the hablon weaving process and its products at the

Indag-an Primary Multi-purpose Cooperative, a hablon Loom

Weaving Center, in Brgy. Indag-an. As the chairperson of the

Senate Committee on Tourism, Sen. Nancy pledged her

support for the hablon weaving industry and promised to

improve the weaving centers in the town of Miagao.


Senator Nancy shares dinner with DOT bigwigs.

Marketing the Philippines to the World

Now on its 16th year, Philippine Travel Exchange

(PHITEX) is one of the essential travel expositions in

the country. Organized by the the Department of

Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotion Board

(TPB), the conference aims to promote our country to

travel buyers abroad, making the Philippines more

competitive in the global travel and tourism industry.

As the chairperson of the Senate Committee on

Tourism, Sen. Nancy supports the holding more travel

expositions and markets like PHITEX as it would

bring more potential buyers closer to the Philippines’

featured destinations.

In her keynote speech she asked the PHITEX

participants to be a "voice of the Philippines for

[their] countrymen." She said that the appreciation of

the country and its exposure by global tourism

organizations have continuously driven

tourists to experience and value the country’s beauty

and way of life every year.

She also mentioned that different publications

have regularly featured Philippine islands such as

Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, Siargao, and Siquijor

as either top or up and coming destinations.

There are a number of new destinations that have

been opened up for development with the help of

the private sector.

The Philippines is currently making headway for

international cruises. Last summer, Manila and

Currimao, Ilocos Norte became ports of call. Another

cruise ship line is also looking to add Subic in its

roster of scheduled destinations.

There is also a local adventure company that is

taking advantage of numerous islands in Palawan for

intrepid band of explorers.

Hopefully, we can expect more tourists to visit

the country in the next few months.

Together with TPB COO Cesar Montano, Philippine

Airlines President & COO Jaime Bautista and DOT

Asec. Ricky Alegre.

Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Central Luzon.


Sen. Nancy was invited by the Association of

Tourism Officers of Central Luzon (ATOCEL) for their

4th Regional Conference last August.

She gave a speech in line with the conference’s

theme, ‘Sustainable Tourism: Promoting Initiatives and

Government Actions Leading to Development and

Poverty Alleviation.” Sen. Nancy highlighted that for

sustainable tourism to develop in the region, the

government and all stakeholders must work together to

capacitate its local government units (LGUs), especially

in tourism development, promotions and marketing.


“There is also a need to empower and

capacitate our LGUs so that they can identify

tourism opportunities in their locality, and to

sustainably develop and operate these. Tourism

officers are vital point persons in the planning and

execution of tourism plans, and it should be made

a regular part of all LGU staff,” she said.

Since she was appointed the chairmanship of

the Senate Committee on Tourism, Sen. Nancy

had long pushed for the amendment of the Local

Government Act providing for permanent

positions to tourism officers (Senate Bill No. 1565).

“The national government must also help each

LGU come up with its own tourism development

plan, which should be in line with the national

tourism development plan. The tourism plan

should also be incorporated in the Comprehensive

Land Use Plan (CLUP) so that tourism sites can be

properly identified and protected,” she added.

Ribbon-cutting. Sen. Nancy with (from left) Bulacan

Provincial Administrator Eugenio Payongayong, Board

Member Ma. Lourdes Posadas, Department of Interior and

Local Government Regional Director Dr. Julie Daquioag,

Department of Tourism Regional Director Carol De Guzman-

Uy, and ATOCEL President Michael Palispis.



Heavenly Father,

Everyday we are faced with news of the

ongoing clashes in Mindanao.

We hear news of fighting, deaths,

displacement and suffering of our people.

This is why today we invoke the words of

the prophet Isaiah as we pray for peace

and unity in our country.

"Lord, you establish peace for us, all that

we have accomplished you have done for

us." (Isaiah 26:12)

Photo Credits: Office of the Senate President

Legislators from the Senate and House of Representatives led by

Senate President Koko Pimentel and Speaker Bebot Alvarez at the

38th ASEAN-AIPA General Assembly in Makati.


Matagal nang hinahangad ng bansang ito

ang pagkakaroon ng kapayapaan at


Bigyan po ninyo kami ng lakas upang

maging masigasig ang aming pagtalakay

sa mga solusyon sa problemang matagal

na naming hinahangad na matuldukan.

We ask for clarity and discernment as we

move towards effecting lasting peace in

our country.

This we pray to you Our Lord, Our Guide

and Savior.


Photo Credits: Senate PRIB

The Senate recently cited four teachers, three policemen and

three soldiers who were named by the Metrobank Foundation as

Outstanding Filipinos.

These extraordinary public servants were chosen for their

dedication, accountability and love for country. May they continue to

be inspire us all.

Photo Credit: DOH


Nancy to DOH: Tread carefully on Japanese encephalitis scare

says agency must set record straight on reports of vaccine shortage, overpricing

Sen. Nancy on Sunday urged the Department of Health

(DOH) to be cautious in its efforts to quell the public scare

brought on by reports of high costs and shortage of the

vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE).

“To date, Japanese encephalitis has claimed nine lives

in our country. While this number might not be alarming

to the DOH, it has caused many parents to worry over

their children's susceptibility to the disease. I urge the

DOH to look into quelling the public's fears through a

comprehensive information campaign," Binay said.

"Health is a sensitive issue and must be treated with

care. The DOH must remember this in its efforts to

address the issues surrounding Japanese encephalitis," she


The senator made this call as public clamor for

vaccines against JE mounted, prompting the DOH to issue

warnings against purchasing vaccines from unknown

sources as well as administering it during the rainy season

when it is said to be less effective.

According to reports, stocks of the JE vaccine are

running low due to the sudden rise in demand from the

public. This has caused many to look for alternative

sources of the vaccine, prompting the Food and Drug

Administration (FDA) to issue a warning against buying JE

vaccines which are of questionable quality and may even

pose health risks.

"If it is not recommended for the vaccine to be

administered during this time, the DOH must intensify its

efforts to spread this information to the public. Because

while there are efforts to do this, many are still looking for

other ways to procure the vaccines despite warnings

against doing so," Sen. Nancy pointed out.

“Dapat maagapan ito ng DOH bago pa man magkagulo

lalo ang ating mga kababayan. Sa Laguna na lamang kung

saan mayroon nang namatay dahil sa sakit na ito ay may

report na nagkakaubusan na ang stocks ng bakuna,

dahilan para magpanic ang ilan sa ating mga kababayan,”

she said.

JE is a viral disease spread by the Culex mosquito

from pigs and waterbirds. It targets the nervous system,

causing high fever, headache, stiff neck, disorientation,

paralysis, seizures, coma and even death.

The DOH has recorded nine deaths due to the

disease this year. Four of these were reported in

Pampanga, two in Zambales, two in Pangasinan, two in

Laguna and one in Nueva Ecija. These are part of a

total of 133 cases of the disease recorded from January 1

to August 26. Out of the 133 cases, 53 were from Central

Luzon while 22 cases were recorded in Pampanga.

There is no cure for JE and the World Health

Organization (WHO) has earlier said that most

survivors of the illness experience physical, learning

and behavioral disabilities, and cognitive and language


The DOH recommends the vaccination against JE

as well as the use of insect repellents, mosquito nets

and clothes with good coverage as preventive

measures. But while the agency has pointed out that

"vaccination is the best way to prevent JE", it only plans

introduce the vaccine into the national immunization

program come 2018.

Imojev is the only brand of JE vaccine in the

country to date and can cost P2,500 to P4,000 per shot,

depending on the hospital where it is availed of.

The WHO has recommended that vaccination

against JE be integrated into national immunization

schedules in areas where the disease is considered as a

public health issue. The agency warns that the casefatality

of this disease can be as high as 30%, meaning

three out of 10 patients could die.

"Sa ngayon, sana ay paigtingin ng DOH ang

information campaign nito upang ma-educate at

mapawi ang pangamba ng ating mga kababayan. Isa

pong public health issue ang Japanese encephalitis kaya

nararapat lamang na pagtuunan ito ng pansin ng ating

pamahalaan," Sen. Nancy said.


Sen. Nancy’s relief operations for Marawi


Responding to the plight of evacuees of the war in Marawi, Sen.

Nancy had her staff distribute hygiene and laundry kits to 1,500

displaced Marawi families in five different evacuation centers in Iligan

City, Lanao del Norte.

With the help of Alpha Phi Omega Iligan (APO) and the Department

of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region X, they went to

Brgy. Tibanga Gymnasium, Brgy. Sta. Elena Gymnasium, Buru-un

Gymnasium, Buru-un School of Fisheries and Brgy. Maria Cristina

evacuation centers.

"I hope that these kits can help keep their families clean and

healthy as we all continue to pray for peace in Marawi," Sen.

Nancy said.


Senator Nancy & her BA babies with their families.

Baby Stevie

Senator Nancy’s Biliary Atresia patient beneficiaries pay her a visit

Earlier this month, Sen. Nancy was visited by angels who were saved through the help of caring


Baby Genesis Louis "Pretzel" de Guzman and Stevie Arghie Garcia were among the Biliary Atresia

patient beneficiaries of the Office of Sen. Nancy who are on the road to recovery. They received

specialized treatment for Biliary Atresia (BA). Pretzel was operated on in India and Stevie at the

Medical City).

Biliary Atresia is a congenital disease that affects the liver in infants. To treat this life-threatening

illness, the operations and medication will cost to more than P4 to P6 million. Saving these babies

was a miracle.

Senator Nancy has made it her mission to help babies with Biliary Atresia. Please help us in

championing awareness on this illness. We have also partnered with LITRO Babies Phils Inc. - Liver

Transpart Operation to help patients receive treatment and relief from this dreadful disease.

Baby Pretzel

Nancy bats for IP inclusion in new Bangsamoro Basic Law

Sen. Nancy on Thursday threw her support behind groups

asserting that indigenous peoples’ (IPs) interests and rights

be recognized and protected in the proposed Bangsamoro

Basic Law (BBL).

“I support the call for the protection of the rights of

lumads and for their inclusion in the discussions on the

Bangsamoro peace process,” she said after 400 tribal

leaders from Mindanao convened for a legislative assembly

last week.

“It is necessary for the voices of our non-Moro IPs in

Mindanao to be heard in the ongoing peace talks as they

will also be directly affected by this law,” she added.

The senator believes that the Mindanao Indigenous

People’s Legislative Assembly (MIPLA) from August 30 to

September 1 was an important venue for discussions on

how to include the concerns of lumads on issues of

ancestral domain, governance, economy, and justice system

in the new BBL version.

“The issue of IPs is one that is close to my heart as I have

IP roots by way of my father” she said.

The senator’s father, former Vice President Binay, is an

Ibanag. His mother, the late Lourdes Gatan, hailed from

Cabagan town in Isabela.

Binay said she is hopeful that concerns of non-Moro IP

will be considered by the leaders of Congress as well as the

BTC after they meet with the Tribal Legislative Assembly,

particularly issues on ancestral lands and the recognition of

the rights of IPs.

“I really hope that we legislators will make use of the

suggestions of the MIPLA so that we may better serve IPs.

Tulad na lamang ng suporta na kanilang kinakailangan sa

pagbibigay edukasyon sa mga batang lumad,” urged Sen.


“May pag-aalinlangan ang ating mga kapatid na lumad na

hindi naririnig ang kanilang boses sa usapin ng BBL gayong

sila mismo ang naiipit sa kaguluhan sa Mindanao at

napipilitang lisanin ang kanilang mga tahanan. Sana ay

mapawi ng magiging diskusyon sa MIPLA ang kanilang

pangamba,” she said.

“Makakatulong ang kanilang partisipasyon at mga

suhestyon sa ating mga mambabatas upang maging mas

epektibo ang bagong draft ng BBL sa layunin nitong maibalik

ang kapayapaan at sigla ng Mindanao,” the senator added.

Last August 7, Congress received the new BBL drafted by

the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). The proposed

law aims to create a new region to replace the Autonomous

Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as part of the 2014

peace agreement of the government with the Moro Islamic

Liberation Front (MILF).

Nancy vs Fake News

For the past few weeks, Sen. Nancy has been trending on social media for her stance on combatting

misinformation or as we call it now, ‘fake news.’ Amongst the comments were praises or bashing but most were

funny comments on the issue.

During the budget hearing of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), she asked

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar how the agency will curb the propagation of fake news when Assistant

Secretary Mocha Uson has been known to post unverified news on her Facebook page. Sec. Andanar said that he

will raise the issue with Uson.

More recently, she clashed again with Uson during the Senate Committee on Public Information & Media. “For us

to be truly successful in curbing the proliferation of misinformation, we, as government officials, should first and

foremost be accountable and responsible for our actions. We must conduct ourselves in the manner worthy of our

post. That is why we have RA 6713 as a standard of conduct,” she said.

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