Sunday, July 5, 2015

WHICH PARTS OF METRO MANILA ARE NOT PRONE TO FLOODING? lists down Metro Manila areas you can expect to be safe and dry in the coming monsoon season

The arrival of monsoon season in the Philippines can be an issue of safety for people living in flood-prone areas. But even as we prepare for the heavy rains to protect our families and homes from inundation, our best defense really is prevention, which means right from the home-choosing stage, we have to know which areas to consider not just for proximity and real estate value, but its susceptibility to flooding.

To help in your search for a home that will keep you as safe from flooding as possible, has put together a list of some of the places in Metro Manila with low to moderate risks of flooding. Information was gathered from sources such as and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s Geohazard Map of the Philippines.


Over half of Caloocan’s towns both in the north and south part can be considered low- or moderate- risk areas in terms of flooding. Two of these are Monumento, which is famous for the monument dedicated to Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio, and Bagong Silang, which is considered as the country’s largest barangay.

Las Piñas

A number of barangays in Las Piñas pose only a moderate risk of flooding to its residents. Poblacion, for one, is the location of Saint Joseph Parish, where the famous Bamboo Organ can be found. Another well-known town is BF international, a gated community that’s fast becoming a foodie paradise.   


Some of the most prominent areas in Makati—namely, Forbes Park, Bel-Air, and Dasmariñas Village—belong in the low-risk categories in relation to flooding. Also considered low- to moderate- risk are the barangays of Cembo, Bangkal, and Magallanes, which are located close to EDSA.


Malabon’s terrain makes it constantly prone to flooding during heavy rains, high tides, and dam overflows. However, the areas of Acacia, Potrero, Tugatog, Santolan, and Longos can be considered as moderate-risk areas, being slightly farther from the Navotas and Tullahan rivers.


Highway Hills, which is one of the busiest locations of the city, is one of Mandaluyong’s low-flood-risk areas. Another is Wack-Wack Greenhills, which houses the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, as well as SM Megamall and Shangri-La Plaza.


While the entire city of Manila remains constantly affected by flooding because of the numerous bodies of water running through it, there are a few relatively safer areas of the city, such as Santa Mesa as well as the old, walled city of Intramuros.


The Shoe Capital of the Philippines is constantly plagued by flooding issues due mainly to the Marikina River, but the areas of Fortune, Parang, and Barangka manage to pose only a moderate risk to residents due to rising water levels.


Generally, Muntinlupa’s exclusive gated communities are relatively safe from flooding, including Ayala Alabang and Alabang Hills. The business districts of Filinvest Corporate City and Madrigal Business Park, both of which are master-planned communities, are also considered low-flood-risk zones as well.


Navotas is prone to flooding because of the bodies of water running through or surrounding it, such as the Manila Bay and Navotas River. Still, some towns make it to the list of low- to moderate- flood risks, namely Sipac-Almacen, Tangos, San Jose, Daanghari, Navotas West, Navotas East, and North Bay Boulevard North.


Water surging from Manila Bay could cause flooding in surrounding areas, but a larger part of the city are not usually extensively affected. One is BF Homes, well-known for its food hub along Aguirre Street. Other barangays include Don Bosco, Sun Valley, Moonwalk, San Antonio, Merville, Sto. Niño, and Vitalez.


While 42 out of Pasay’s 201 barangays are considered flood-prone areas, there are several well-known locations in the city where the effects of flooding might be at a minimum. These include Newport City and Bay City, two master-planned estates famous for malls, condos, and casino resorts.


Pasig River, Marikina River, and the Manggahan Floodway are the main cause of flooding in most of the city’s barangays, save for a few. Oranbo and Kapitolyo, both considered low- to medium-risk areas, are famous for their thriving food centers. San Antonio, another low-risk town, contains several prominent businesses close to the Ortigas Business District.


Due to its almost sea-level elevation and its proximity to the Taguig River, all 10 Pateros barangays are constantly at risk of floods, with the exception of San Roque, Sto. Rosario-Silangan, Magtanggol, and Santa Ana.

Quezon City

For a place of Quezon City’s size, one is assured to find a barangay or two that’s at low risk for flooding. Some of these areas include the Scout area in Timog Avenue, New Manila, Loyola Heights, Batasan Hills, and the business district of Eastwood City.

San Juan

Most of San Juan’s towns are considered low- to medium-risk flooding areas including Little Baguio, one of the busiest areas of San Juan, as well as Greenhills, known for discount shopping.


Bonifacio Global City is perhaps the most famous area in Taguig that experiences little to no flooding because of its underground drainage detention system. Other barangays to consider are Tanyag, Upper Bicutan, North Daang Hari, South Daang Hari, and Western Bicutan.


In the event of heavy rains, flooding will most likely occur due to the overflowing of the Polo and Tullahan rivers, but several towns are able to keep from becoming excessively flooded, such as Mapulang Lupa, Ugong, Punturin, Bagbaguin, Bignay, Gen. T. de Leon and Paso de Blas.



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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fiber is an essential part of an athlete’s diet, says POC nutritionist

Donning the Philippines’ colors in the biggest sporting event in Southeast Asia—the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), which recently concluded in Singapore—Filipino athletes showed that they can slug it out with the best athletes from neighboring countries.

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has new programs for the SEA Games representatives in order to realize their full potential and ensure that they are at their peak condition during this much-hyped event and other international sporting events in the future.
SEA Games silver medallist for Decathlon Jesson Ramil Cid says he had to do his best during training to make sure the he performs well in the SEA Games.
The Philippines’ foremost sportsmen successfully translated these programs into more wins after improving the country’s seventh place standing during the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, to a sixth place finish, bagging 30 more medals in this edition of the Games.
Sepak Takraw standout Emmanuel Escote, whose team won silver in 2015 SEA Games, says POC’s newest nutrition program helped him improve his diet.
POC enlisted the help of professionals in the fields of sports science, sports psychology, sports vision, sports rehabilitation, sports training, and nutrition in order to whip the athletes into shape and to achieve their optimal fitness level.
Before heading to Singapore, athletes from different sporting events went through rigorous training and special programs that rendered them more competitive than usual.
POC nutritionists Luningning Caravana and Yancy Liwanag say that sports nutrition is an integral part of an athlete’s overall performance.
Ngayon mas naging doble yung hirap na ginagawa namin compared sa ibang international competitions; mas mahirap talaga yung training for SEA Games. Parang gusto na naming sumuko minsan pero pinipilit namin kasi para ‘to sa country,” said Olympic Rowing representative Justine Vinas, who missed the podium after settling for fourth place.
Emmanuel Escote, who is the spiker of silver medalist Sepak Takraw team, said they trained intensely to top their successful performance in the recently concluded King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championship in Thailand. “Mas binubugbog namin ‘yung sarili namin ngayon! Siyempre kung ano ‘yung skills mo ngayon, kailangan mo pang higitan.”
Philippine Olympic Committee enlisted the help of professionals in the fields of sports science, sports psychology, sports vision, sports rehabilitation, sports training, and sports nutrition in order to whip the athletes into shape and to achieve their optimal fitness level. (From L-R: SEA Games sepak takraw silver medallist Emmauel Escote, POC nutritionist Luningning Caravana, SEA Games decathlon silver medallist Jesson Ramil Cid, POC nutritionist Yancy Liwanag and Rowing representative Justine Karyle Vinas)
While athletes have varying motivations for playing for the national team, they share one cause—to bring home a win and make their fellow Filipinos proud.
Para sa ’kin, masarap i-represent ang Pilipinas. At saka yung karangalan na maiuwi mo yung mga medalya sa competition moisang malaking bagay na yun e!—isang malaking karangalan,” declared Escote, who is now on his 4th playing year in the national team.
With the growing popularity of sports in the country, Filipino athletes are drawing increasing national support, which inspires them to do better in the international arena like SEA Games. (From L-R: SEA Games sepak takraw silver medallist Emmauel Escote, Rowing representative Justine Karyle Vinas, and SEA Games decathlon silver medallist Jesson Ramil Cid)
Magandang opportunity po ‘to! Masaya kasi hindi ka lang nagbibigay ng pride sa bansa mo kundi pati kay God—‘yung talent ko ginagamit ko sa magandang bagay,” Jesson Ramil Cid, the country’s silver medalist for Decathlon, affirmed.
Athlete’s nutrition
Acknowledging the important role of good nutrition in an athlete’s performance, POC created a sports nutrition program to make meal plans for the athletes depending on their specific needs.

In the process, POC nutritionists learned that many of our national athletes are constipated and lack an understanding of proper nourishment in achieving optimum health.

Coach Jim Saret who is heading POC’s newest program says that C-Lium Fibre is a very good and convenient product to reach the required daily fiber intake.

To address this issue, the POC partnered with a leading supplement brand in the country, C-Lium Fibre. With the tie-up, fiber was incorporated in every athlete’s meal plan in order to reach the 25 to 30 grams of recommended daily fiber intake. Athletes were asked to take C-Lium Fibre in husk form mixed with water, first thing in the morning.

’Nung dumating kami, many of them are constipated kasi unang-una sa lahat hindi nila alam kung ano ‘yung mga dapat nilang kainin. Ang ginawa naming approach is to make sure na balanced ‘yung kinakain nila at ma-achieve nila ‘yung required daily fiber intake with the help of C-Lium,” said POC nutritionist Luningning Caravana.
Ang fiber naman kasi, in general, ay tumutulong para mailabas ‘yung dumi sa katawan natin, mapababa ‘yung cholesterol, and, at the same time, nakakatulong sa weight management para mas makapag-perform ng maayos ‘yung mga athletes natin,” she added.

Coaches Jim and Toni Saret believe that fiber is one of the most important nutrients that the body needs.
After just a couple of weeks on the program, athletes readily reported experiencing regular bowel movement and no longer suffering from bloating or other signs of digestive disorder.
SEA Games first-timer Vinas claims that the bloating of his stomach disappeared after he started POC’s nutrition program. “Regular na ’yung bowel movement ko! Personally, nakatulong talaga ‘yung nutrition program ng POC—may meal program sila for us and we consume the required daily fiber intake —kasi nga mahirap mag-training pag may nararamdaman kang discomfort sa tiyan. Ngayon wala na akong iniisip, training na lang talaga.”
The Sepak Takraw standout, on the other hand, revealed why POC’s newest program has been a tremendous help. “Nagbabawas ako ng timbang kasi feeling ko ‘nung last game mabigat pa ang katawan ko. From personal experience, nakatulong ‘yung nutrition program sa aking bowel movement so feeling ko it helps na rin sa pag-maintain ng weight ko. With the help of the program, nare-reach namin ‘yung required daily fiber intake.”
C-Lium Fibre—available in husk and capsule formats—is made from natural psyllium plant, which is a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber.
According to the National Fiber Council, the soluble fiber in psyllium absorbs water, turns it into gel, then attaches to food, sugars, cholesterol, and fats in the stomach. It then helps to expel these from one’s digestive system. A high-fiber diet also helps lower the risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, certain forms of cancer, diabetes, and stroke.
“I think it’s one of the most important supplements we need to take as individuals. C-Lium Fibre is actually a very good product and it’s very convenient and so there’s no excuse for you not to be able to get the right amount of daily fiber because it’s so accessible,” said Coach Jim Saret.
Coach Toni Saret, who is co-heading POC’s program with her husband Coach Jim Saret, said that nutrition also plays a big role in an athlete’s performance.
Philippine Olympic Committee partnered with C-Lium Fibre in order to help athletes achieve the required daily fiber intake that their body needs. (From L-R: POC nutritionists Yancy Liwanag and Luningning Caravana, coach Toni Saret, 2015 SEA Games sepak takraw silver medallist Emmauel Escote, Rowing representative Justine Karyle Vinas, and coach Jim Saret)
“You cannot work out with poor nutrition. Fitness and sports are always tied up with proper nutrition; you cannot have one without the other or else you cannot attain your optimal performance as an athlete,” said the female coach.
With new partnerships such as that with C-Lium Fibre, POC has high hopes that our representatives will perform better in different international sporting events like the Olympic Games and this will translate into medals for the country.
 “You can never question the Filipino spirit. We will always fight; they will always continue to fight despite the odds and being the underdog; lalaban at lalaban pa din ang Pilipino. So that makes me really proud to be a part of this program,” said the Coach Jim Saret.
C-Lium Fibre is a product of Pascual Laboratories, Inc., and is available in major drugstores nationwide.