This week in good news (Aug.31 – Sept.5)

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Floods and landslides have affected more than 25,000 people in Maguindanao province due to the heavy downpour in the area this week. Although at least nine towns have been declared to be under a state of calamity, the provincial government is considering placing the whole of Maguindanao under the same ruling. The rains also caused parts of Cebu to be flooded. Tunggol Bridge, which connects North Cotabato City to Davao and other parts of eastern Mindanao, is in danger of collapsing due to soil erosion. Relief is already being provided to the affected families as damages to infrastructure and farmlands are being assessed. The gloomy weather may have dampened your spirits, but here’s some good news to cheer you up.


Pia Cayetano eyes charges vs DMCI over Torre de Manila

Sen. Pia Cayetano is likely to recommend the filing of charges against DMCI after finding out that they ignored Manila City Council’s construction suspension of Torre de Manila in June 2012. She is also pushing for a bigger budget for national conservation agencies such as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.


Rizal Park opens in Switzerland

A park commemorating Jose Rizal was recently opened in Wassen City, Switzerland. Rizal’s bust, made by Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling, was unveiled during the park’s inauguration. According to Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie Baja, Rizal is fairly known in Wassen. Swiss hero William Tell was also one of Rizal’s inspirations.


Leyte-born doc behind fast-growing rehab center in NY

Dr. Richard Holsman, a 39-yer-old Filipino-German doctor of physical therapy, founded his own healthcare company, Holsman Rehabilitation Center, in 2004. He now owns a dozen rehabilitation centers in the US. Holsman’s rehab center has been aiding the recovery of Alzheimer’s patients.


MMDA deploys 60 female traffic enforcers

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority sent out a team of 60 women traffic enforcers along EDSA last Monday, believing that motorists are more likely to follow traffic rules at the sight of female traffic enforcers. MMDA Traffic Discipline Office head Crisanto Saruca also said they will augment its female force with the addition of women enforcers on motorcycles.


Gilas Pilipinas defeats Senegal in FIBA World Cup

Despite not making it to FIBA world cup’s round of 16, Gilas Pilipinas’ victory against Senegal is the first for the country in the international basketball scene after 40 years. The team pushed the bigger and more experienced Senegal into overtime and finally snatched a win, 81-79.