Be Nice☻ Newsletter (January 2018 Issue)

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

Serbisyong Tunay, Serbisyong Binay!

In this issue:
- Sharing Hope and Love for Biliary Atresia babies
- Binay Family traditions during the Holidays
- Nancy appeals BSP to delay release of new coins
- Safety Issue: 'Zero Casualty' for the holidays
- Christmas and New Year Message

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IN THIS ISSUE

New Year’s Message

Binay Family Traditions

Annual gift-giving at the PGH

Sharing Hope and Love for

Biliary Atresia Babies

Nancy appeals BSP to delay

release of new coins, boost

info drive further

Safety Issue: ‘Zero Casualty’

for the holidays

Christmas & New Year

Message

OFFICE OF SENATOR MARIA

LOURDES NANCY BINAY

WE ARE

ONLINE!

ON THE COVER

An advocate for Biliary

Atresia awareness, Sen.

Nancy regularly meets

patient members of LITRO.

Story on Page. 6—7.

BAGONG TAON:

Pagsalubong sa mga bagong

oportunidad at pagsubok

Kung mayroon kayong maaaring baguhin sa inyong mga

sarili, ano kaya ‘yun? ‘Di ba’t ito ang laging tema ng mga

usapan tuwing Bagong Taon? Dahil na rin siguro sa nasasaisip

natin na ang panibagong taon ay pagkakataon upang

magbagong buhay tayo.

‘Ika nga nila, Bagong Taon, Bagong Buhay.

Ito nga siguro ang maganda sa Bagong Taon, ‘yung mayroon

tayong closure sa nakaraang taon at pagkakaroon ng pag-asa

na mas magiging mabuti sa atin ang susunod na taon.

Paano ba natin mai-improve ang ating mga sarili

ngayong 2018?

Balikan nating maigi ang mga nagdaang taon sa ating buhay.

Ano kaya ang mga regret natin na sana pala ay iba ang ating

ginawa sa mga pangyayaring hindi natin nagustuhan ang

naging outcome ng ating napiling desisyon?

Maaaring sa pagbabalik-tanaw natin ay makita natin kung

ano ang dapat palang mas maganda nating ginawa upang

naging mas maayos ang outcome nito.

Minsan kasi, hinahayaan na lamang natin ang mga pangit na

alaalang maipon at maibaon sa limot kaysa sa pagnilayan ang

mga ito at isipin kung saan tayo maaaring nagkamali.

Marahil, ito ay dahil hindi rin natin matanggap sa ating mga

sarili na may dapat tayong baguhin.

Ngunit, ang pagkilala sa mga dapat nating baguhin at i-

improve sa ating mga sarili ang magdadala sa atin sa mas

maayos na estado ng buhay.

Kaya pag-isipan natin ang mga nais nating baguhin sa ating

mga sarili. Hindi kailangang marami, ‘yung bagay lamang na sa

tingin ninyo ay magpapabuti sa inyong pakikitungo sa inyong

kapwa at magbibigay sa inyo nang mas maayos na outlook

ngayong 2018.

Dalangin ng inyong lingkod na lahat tayo ay magkaroon ng

positibong outlook ngayong taon na ituring natin ang

hinaharap bilang isang pagkakataong mabago ang ating mga

buhay para sa mas ikabubuti ‘di lamang sa atin kundi maging

sa nakararami.

Para sa isang ina at may bahay na tulad ng inyong lingkod,

ang Bagong Taon ay hudyat ng bagong mga pagsubok at

oportunidad.

Sadyang parehong present ang pagsubok at oportunidad sa

bawat taon, ‘di ba? Sana, lagi lang nating isipin na hindi naman

ibibigay sa atin ng Panginoon ang isang pagsubok kung hindi

natin ito kakayanin.

Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay

(Nailathala ang Serbisyong Tunay column na ito ni Sen. Nancy sa

Bulgar noong January 3, 2018)


HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

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HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

Every year, on New Year’s Day,

former Vice President Jejomar Binay and

his family visit the Philippine General

Hospital (PGH) to give gifts to patients

of the hospital.

Sen. Nancy and her brother,

Junjun, joined their father in last

year’s family tradition. The Binay

grandchildren also joined in spreading

holiday cheer to the patients.

The Binays visited the pediatrics

and cancer wards of the hospital,

speaking to the patients and their

families. The family also met with

doctors, the hospital staff, and

medical personnel, thanking their

dedication in easing the pain of our

kababayans and making them well.

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HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

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ADVOCACIES

Sharing

Hope & Love

for

Biliary Atresia Babies

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ADVOCACIES

Caring for children, especially the sick,

has always been an advocacy of Sen. Nancy.

This is why in 2014, she personally sought

out for specific group of children to help

babies with biliary atresia (BA). She

partnered with LIver TRansplant Operation

Babies Phils. (LITRO), a support group for

biliary atresia, to better help these children.

Because this illness is congenital and lifethreatening,

BA families often have a hard

time seeking medical and financial support to

fund the treatment. The medical and

diagnostic expenses may reach up to P5-6

million. There are instances that families opt

to the have the treatment and operations

abroad.

Once a year, the partnership holds a

Christmas party for LITRO members. They

have games, contests, and raffles for the

families. This year’s celebrations were made

more special as more people are aware of

biliary atresia. Today, more advocates,

sponsors and support groups are extending

their help to these BA families.

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FEATURES

Nancy asks BSP to temporarily stops new P5 coins in circulation

To avoid further public confusion, Sen.

Nancy Binay today said that the Bangko Sentral

ng Pilipinas (BSP) might consider to

temporarily stop the issuance of new generation

coins that it plans to release in January 2018.

According to Binay, the new five-peso coins

---which the BSP rolled-out this December---

have already created much confusion as they

now co-exist with the current BSP series coins.

"It is best to keep an eye on those new fivepeso

coins. Lalo na doon sa mga nanunukli ng

barya sa tricycle, jeep, tindahan at mga maliliit

na negosyo. Sobrang nakakalito ang bagong

limang-piso na halos magkasing hawig at laki

lang ito ng piso," she pointed out.

According to Binay, consumers have expressed

confusion at being handed the recently released fivepeso

silver coins which are closely similar in shape and

in size to the one-peso BSP coins.

The new silver minted five-peso coin now

has Andres Bonifacio in its front replacing Gen.

Emilio Aguinaldo who is featured in the old

and pale gold five-peso coin still in circulation.

However, the new generation coins (NGC)

are clearly smaller than their counterparts in the

old BSP series.

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...says new generation coins confuse public, impact small businesses

As a matter of fact, the silver five-peso

Bonifacio coin closely resembles the onepeso

coin featuring Dr. Jose Rizal.

"We welcome the new and fresh

designs of the NGC. But did the Numismatic

Photo Credits: Office of the Senate President

Committee ever consider the behavioral

change it will create, and the possibility of

confusion between merchants and the

public? Sa totoo lang, meron impact sa

ordinaryong Pinoy sa araw-araw na

transaksyon ang mga bagong coin na

ilalabas ng BSP," she explained.

Binay further explained that majority of

the public who commute and even those in

the transport sector are the ones to be

inconvenienced by the circulation of the

NGC series.

"Sana po ay merong maayos na info

drive, media campaign or advisories na

ginawa ang BSP bago ilabas ang mga

bagong barya. We welcome the change if it's

an issue of security but the problem lies on

the circulation where the new coins will coexist

with the P1, P5, and P10 coins that are

now more widely used by the public," the

senator noted.


FEATURES

Senator Nancy Binay today reiterated her call to

the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to delay the

issuance of new coins for at least four months, or until

April 2018.

According to Binay, the deferment of the release of

new generation coins will give BSP enough time to

conduct an extensive nationwide information

campaign about the New Generation Currency

(NGC) coins, and for the public and merchants to be

aware of the differences.

BSP is set to release other coin denominations of

the NGC series on January 18, 2018.

"The concerns raised over the NGCs, especially the

new P5-coin, are all legitimate. What we're asking the

BSP is to first elevate the level of awareness of the

public through mass media and to use all information

channels until April. This would give everyone

enough time to prepare for the changes," Binay noted.

In December last year, the senator called on the

BSP to stop the release of the new P5-coin to quell

further public confusion since it has an uncanny

resemblance to the old P5-coin.

"Wag naman sanang maging unreasonable ang

BSP. The P5 coins directly impact commuters, MRT/

LRT riders, sari-sari stores, senior citizens and much

more on people who have low-vision issues because

of their confusing appearance," she added.

Incompatibility with coin-operated machines

particularly ticket vending machines (TVMs) for the

"Beep" cards of the MRT/LRT is seen to affect a

significant number of riders.

Merchants claim that it will take a minimum of

three months to update the firmware of TVMs and

other vending machines which are usually

reconfigured overseas.

"May malaking epekto ang mga bagong barya lalo

na sa bus at jeep. Dahil nga sa mas malamang

magkakalituhan sa panunukli, pwede silang malugi o

yung mga pasahero nila ang maperwisyo. Takawaksidente

din dahil prone to distractive driving. The

drivers' eyes should be on the road because it's their

job to convey their passengers safely---di nila trabaho

ang mag-sort out ng coins," she stressed.

Binay further explained that majority of the public

who commute and those in the transport sector are

the ones to be inconvenienced by the circulation of

the NGC series.

"The likely scenario will either be that you are

shortchanged or paid extra---masakit sa bulsa yun

because the difference in the value between the P5

coin and P1 is big," Binay pointed out.

Binay even asked the BSP if the Numismatic

Committee ever considered the behavioral change

the new coins will create, and if there was any

study on coinage circulation.

And since the old coins and the new coins will

co-exist together for an interminable period, it will

definitely be a hassle and costly to those who rely

heavily on coins.

"Dapat magkaroon ng posters sa lahat ng tindahan,

tricycle at bus terminals, palengke, supermarkets,

karinderya, loob ng jeep, mga canteen,

vending machines at lahat ng mga establishments.

What we're asking is only four months of public

information drive to avoid that head-spinning

head-scratching Measures ordeal vs for Bird consumers Flu and merchants.

Let's attend to the small change to hold off

a big headache," Binay added.

According to the BSP, there are 28 billion assorted

coins currently in circulation.

SMALL

CHANGE.

In the picture

is the old fivepeso

BSP coin

together with

the "Bagong

Bayani" and

the "70th

Anniversary

Leyte

Landing"

commemorative

coins of

the same

color and size

that were

released in

Dec 2014.

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FEATURES

NANCY SEEKS FULL REVIEW OF DRRM

PROTOCOLS, 'ZERO-CASUALTY' GOAL

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Senator Nancy Binay called on the police

and local government units to make sure that

there will be no firecracker-related casualties

and injuries in the traditional merrymaking to

start the New Year.

‚Nanawagan po ako sa ating Philippine

National Police (PNP) at mga local

government units (LGUs) na gawing reyalidad

ang ‘zero casualties at injuries’ sa pagsalubong

ng Bagong Taon,‛ Binay said.

There were 630 fireworks-related injuries and

zero deaths during the celebration of New Year 2017,

Department of Health (DOH) data showed.

The solon added that the police and local

executives should strictly implement Executive

Order (EO) 28, which bans the use of

firecrackers by private citizens.

The use of firecrackers will be confined to

community fireworks displays ‚to minimize

the risk of injuries and casualties‛, the EO said.

Binay also called on the citizenry and

other government agencies to help the police

and local government in monitoring the

manufacture, distribution, and sale of

prohibited firecrackers and fireworks.

‚Ang safety po nating lahat, lalo na ng

mga kabataan, ay isang shared responsibility

ng lahat ng mamamayan, local government

units, at mga sangay ng executive

department,‛ she said.

The senator also said that the police

should be vigilant in preventing the entry and

use of illegal firecrackers and fireworks.

‚Magtulungan po tayo, sa pangunguna ng

kapulisan at ng mga LGUs, sa pagmonitor at

pagreport ng paggawa, pagdistribute, at

pagbenta ng mga iligal at ipinagbabawal na

paputok,‛ Binay said.

‚‚Madalas po mga bata ang biktima ng

mga illegal na paputok, lalo ng piccolo, dahil

sa madaling itago at ibenta ito. Dapat pong

bantayang maigi ang pagpasok at paggamit

nito sa merkado,‛ she added.

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Binay has filed in the last two

Congresses a bill to ‚reduce the number

of injuries sustained by children by

prohibiting the selling, giving, or in any

way sharing of firecrackers.‛

Senate Bill 367 carries with it a

penalty of a prison term of a minimum of

six months and one day to a maximum of

six years or a fine not less than

P50,000.00 but not exceeding

P250,000.00, or both, at the discretion of

the Court for any person caught selling,

giving, or any way share any type of

fireworks or firecrackers to children 15

years old and below.

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