The Municipality of Sta. Catalina is divided into 22 Barangays.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Motorcycle Helmet Act

Republic Act No. 10054, also known as the “Motorcycle Helmet Act” was signed into law on 23 March 2010. Under this new law –

All motorcycle riders, including drivers and back riders, are required to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets at all times while driving, whether long or short drives, in any type of road and highway. Standard protective motorcycle helmets are appropriate types of helmets for motorcycle riders that comply with the specifications issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet will be punished with a fine of P1,500.00 for the first offense, P3,000.00 for the second offense, P5,000.00 for the third offense, and P10,000.00 plus confiscation of the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.

Tricycle drivers are exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets.

Every seller and/or dealer should make available, every time a new motorcycle unit is purchased, a new motorcycle helmet that bears the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) and complies with the standards set by the BPS, which the purchaser may buy at his option. Any seller and/or dealer who violates this requirement will be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000.00 but not more than P20,000.00.

All manufacturers and importers of standard protective motorcycle helmets are required to secure a PS license or ICC prior to the sale and distribution of their products. Upon the effectivity of R.A. 10054, only those standard protective motorcycle helmets bearing the PS or ICC mark shall be sold in the market.

The DTI, through the BPS, shall conduct a mandatory testing of all manufactured and imported motorcycle helmets in the Philippines. The BPS shall periodically issue a list of motorcycle helmet manufacturers and importers and the brands which pass the standards of the BPS, to be published in a newspaper of general circulation or in its website.

Any person who uses, sells and distributes substandard motorcycle helmets or those which do not bear the PS mark or the ICC certificate will be punished with a fine of not less than P3,000.00 for the first offense, and P5,000.00 for the second offense, without prejudice to other penalties under Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.”

Tampering, alteration, forgery and imitation of the PS mark and the ICC certificates in the helmets will be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000.00 but not more than P20,000.00, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.”

Personal comment:
I'm sure the Government is looking for the safety of all motorists, and that's a good thing - but many of us find this "law" unreasonable / unnecessary. Like, why they need to force such law, and if they are really that "concern" why NOT include protective gears (elbow, knees & body armor) with these you can certainly make sure that damages from accident may LESS compared to just by wearing a helmet, don't you think?

And, you CAN'T just buy just any helmets, it has to be PS and ICC standard. Why is that? Are they concern of the quality or something else?

Bottom line, please drive safely.

Here's a copy ready you can download and print.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Metal Rabbit Horoscope

Chinese Astrology - Metal Rabbit


February 6, 1951 to January 26, 1952 (Metal Rabbit)
February 3, 2011 to January 22, 2012 (Metal Rabbit)


People who are born in the year of Rabbit with the element of Metal have good interpersonal skills. They like to have competitive friends. They are the right candidates to have intimate relationships with. However, opposite from the Earth Rabbit people, Metal Rabbit people, are quite "short sighted", in a good way.

They are very earnest to every task assigned to them, and they never fantasize nor attempting the unrealistic goals. However they are extremely stubborn in a love relationship, "giving up" is not in their dictionary.

Suggestions for Metal Rabbit People:

Metal Rabbit people need to "think twice" before make any decision on quitting a job. Take some holidays and think things over. Learn to preserve wealth and never gamble.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010 Sta Catalina

To Everybody,

As you celebrate Christmas, may you experience true love. Jesus is the reason for the season and he is the epitome of true love. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011!

Monday, June 21, 2010

House Categories Under Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council

(HUDCC)House Categories Under Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council

Socialized Housing, Economic Housing, Low Cost, High-end. These are some words to describe how real estate projects in the Philippines are categorized. You probably heard some of them from your friends or brokers. As a buyer or investor, it is important that you have a knowledge about it so that you can have an idea as to the kind of community you will be living.

Should you buy from a socialized housing or one in a high-end development? Well, you already know that it depends on many factors including affordability, accessibility, your personal preferences or the needs of your family.

How much is a typical low cost house? How are houses categorized and what is the price range of houses on each category? This article will attempt to answer such questions.

As per Memorandum Circular No. 04 series of 2006, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) has categorized housing units based on the selling price of the units. Below are the categories, the corresponding price range and a brief description of each.


Price Range : P 300,000 or lower
Lot Area : 30 sqm to 50 sqm
Floor Area : 18 sqm to 30 sqm

These are the lowest priced housing units in the category. Typically, the houses are row type with no amenities. The roads are narrow, and in many cases, no sidewalks.


Price Range : From P 300,000 To P 1,250,000
Lot Area : 50 sqm to 100 sqm
Floor Area : 35 sqm to 55 sqm

Houses are usually bare or box type with only one toilet and bath, and the home interiors are left for the buyer to improve. Sometimes the community would have a few amenities.


Price Range : From P 1,250,000 to P 3,000,000
Lot Area : 100 sqm to 150 sqm
Floor Area : 80 sqm to 120 sqm

The houses in this category are finished type with a minimum of 2 bedrooms. You will usually find a swimming pool or clubhouse as standard amenities for this type of community.


Price Range : From P 3,000,000 to P 4,000,000
Lot Area : minimum of 100 sqm
Floor Area : minimum of 70 sqm

This type of project has improved amenities like guard house, entrance gate perimeter fence, club house and play courts plus the usual swimming pool. Houses are of much better quality than the previous categories.


Price Range : From P 4,000,000 and above

This development is sometimes referred to as High-end. It has all the amenities in the MEDIUM COST project and even better ones. The buyers in this category are mostly educated, have money and know what they are buying. In many cases, the buyers are the ones who hire their own architects to design the house according to their preferences.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day: Celebrate Father's Day with Quotes

Fathers, in most families, are our special unsung heroes. They rarely ever get their fair share of adulation. Let Father's Day be your way to spread the message of love. Make it special by adding a great father's day quote.

What do famous authors have to say about fathers? How have fathers of great men and women shaped their personalities? Read these quotes about fathers and you will know. After all, it is only in the hands of a deft artist that wet clay can take shape of a beautiful figure.

Margaret Courtney
Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee.

Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eyes
All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye.

Happy Father's day to all Fathers out there!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

10 Tips To Healthy Eating

Experts agree the key to healthy eating is the time-tested advice of balance, variety and moderation. In short, that means eating a wide variety of foods without getting too many calories or too much of any one nutrient.

These 10 tips can help you follow that advice while still enjoying the foods you eat.

1. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all. Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and meat, poultry, fish and other protein foods. How much you should eat depends on your calorie needs. Use the Food Guide Pyramid and the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels as handy references.

2. Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Surveys show most Americans don't eat enough of these foods. Do you eat 6-11 servings from the bread, rice, cereal and pasta group, 3 of which should be whole grains? Do you eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables? If you don't enjoy some of these at first, give them another chance. Look through cookbooks for tasty ways to prepare unfamiliar foods.

3. Maintain a healthy weight.
The weight that's right for you depends on many factors including your sex, height, age and heredity. Excess body fat increases your chances for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer and other illnesses. But being too thin can increase your risk for osteoporosis, menstrual irregularities and other health problems. If you're constantly losing and regaining weight, a registered dietitian can help you develop sensible eating habits for successful weight management. Regular exercise is also important to maintaining a healthy weight.

4. Eat moderate portions.
If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it's easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy. Did you know the recommended serving of cooked meat is 3 ounces, similar in size to a deck of playing cards? A medium piece of fruit is 1 serving and a cup of pasta equals 2 servings. A pint of ice cream contains 4 servings. Refer to the Food Guide Pyramid for information on recommended serving sizes.

5. Eat regular meals.
Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in overeating. When you're very hungry, it's also tempting to forget about good nutrition. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don't eat so much that your snack becomes an entire meal.

6. Reduce, don't eliminate certain foods. Most people eat for pleasure as well as nutrition. If your favorite foods are high in fat, salt or sugar, the key is moderating how much of these foods you eat and how often you eat them.

Identify major sources of these ingredients in your diet and make changes, if necessary. Adults who eat high-fat meats or whole-milk dairy products at every meal are probably eating too much fat. Use the Nutrition Facts panel on the food label to help balance your choices.

Choosing skim or low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat such as flank steak and beef round can reduce fat intake significantly.

If you love fried chicken, however, you don't have to give it up. Just eat it less often. When dining out, share it with a friend, ask for a take-home bag or a smaller portion.

7. Balance your food choices over time. Not every food has to be "perfect." When eating a food high in fat, salt or sugar, select other foods that are low in these ingredients. If you miss out on any food group one day, make up for it the next. Your food choices over several days should fit together into a healthy pattern.

8. Know your diet pitfalls.
To improve your eating habits, you first have to know what's wrong with them. Write down everything you eat for three days. Then check your list according to the rest of these tips. Do you add a lot of butter, creamy sauces or salad dressings? Rather than eliminating these foods, just cut back your portions. Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables? If not, you may be missing out on vital nutrients.

9. Make changes gradually.
Just as there are no "superfoods" or easy answers to a healthy diet, don't expect to totally revamp your eating habits overnight. Changing too much, too fast can get in the way of success. Begin to remedy excesses or deficiencies with modest changes that can add up to positive, lifelong eating habits. For instance, if you don't like the taste of skim milk, try low-fat. Eventually you may find you like skim, too.

10. Remember, foods are not good or bad
. Select foods based on your total eating patterns, not whether any individual food is "good" or "bad." Don't feel guilty if you love foods such as apple pie, potato chips, candy bars or ice cream. Eat them in moderation, and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health.

There you go, now you know how to keep yourself healthy!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Automated Voting Machine - How it works?

How to vote in May 2010. Featuring the Smartmatic Automated Voting Machine.

Here's How the Automated Voting Machine Works.

See related post here: Automated Voting Machine

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Leo Lopez Vs Ruben Melodia - Who are you voting?

May 10, 2010 Local Elections. Who will you vote for Mayor in Sta Catalina?

Choices are:

Leo Lopez
Ruben Melodia

Make your vote counts!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hara sa Sta Catalina 2010 Candidates

Selection & Coronation Night, Hara sa Santa Catalina 2010
April 23, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm – Municipal Quadrangle

Come and Enjoy!