February 23, 2018, 10:10 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07045 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04297 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03415 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38059 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02443 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03837 Barbados Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Bermuda Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06235 Brazilian Real
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1 Philippine Peso = 384.03989 Belarus Ruble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02429 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.018 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.42605 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12152 Chinese Yuan
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.11601 Danish Krone
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.17652 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24369 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33858 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52177 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01557 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03825 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01371 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01377 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08533 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89967 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.74122 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14073 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9296 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15011 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45024 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11584 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.216 Haiti Gourde
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1 Philippine Peso = 261.23153 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06714 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24329 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.71245 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 713.12103 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9248 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.40936 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01359 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0619 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9413 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.3061 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 77.09572 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 17.26453 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.55496 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.12565 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.47477 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.35911 Mexican Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.22327 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02611 New Zealand Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Panama Balboa
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06472 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.82716 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.0862 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.12737 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07193 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14866 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2582 Seychelles Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.15536 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02534 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01372 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42597 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.36485 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.78074 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 381.75523 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16785 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.87876 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22325 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60368 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04586 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0428 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07262 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12717 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55966 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.06541 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51746 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.67197 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54556 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.62766 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 478.3426 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 435.71839 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98465 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04817 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.20986 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05179 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.20986 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85248 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79474 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22325 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.5492 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.94226 Zimbabwe dollar

On DOST scholarships; town fiesta decors

EVERY year, a deluge of students apply for the scholarships offered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Recently, the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) announced 2,196 passers under the Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Program.In the region, DOST XI has recorded 247 JLSS applicants, but only 72 were qualified. The number has significantly increased since there were only 57 qualifiers out of the 218 examinees in 2015.

The journey of every DOST scholar does not stop at taking the scholarship exams. They have to maintain their grades and upon graduation, they are required to render service to the country for a period equivalent to the number of years they enjoyed the scholarship.

In 2016, DOST XI has produced 11 scholars who graduated with honors out of the 54 scholar graduates. One of those is Ms. Kim Dianne Ligue, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines Mindanao. A graduate of BS Applied Mathematics, Ligue said that she didn’t know of any of the scholarships offered by DOST. Some of her classmates were already DOST scholars. She wanted to be one. Upon knowing that the agency will have another scholarship exam, she immediately grabbed the opportunity.

“I prepared for the DOST exam more than the UPCAT,” Ligue said.

She passed the exam and started to enjoy the scholarship in her sophomore year.

Crunching numbers was a piece of cake for her. She didn’t have a hard time maintaining her grades as she was passionate about mathematics.

“Choose the course you want to do for the rest of your life,” said Ligue, reiterating that if you are passionate about the course you are taking, it wouldn’t be too difficult for you to do anything.

When asked what it takes to be a successful DOST scholar, Ligue only has this to say:

“Being a successful DOST Scholar, you do not have to graduate Magna Cum Laude. The fact na scholar ka karon, successful ka na.” She said that because of her scholarship, she has helped her parents in many ways.

Kevin Cabante, a DOST engineering scholar graduate who placed fourth in the 2016 Electrical Engineering Board Exam, mentioned in an interview that being a DOST scholar was challenging.

“[It was] both challenging and happy, One has to maintain high grades; one gains prestige as a DOST scholar,” said Cabante. If he could give an advice to all the DOST scholars, he said, “Aim high. If you fail, [still] aim high.” 

Qualifiers of the JLSS exams had an orientation and contract signing at the University of Southeastern Philippines-Obrero campus. There were also orientations conducted for the scholars in Davao del Norte, Davao Occidental, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley Province.

The DOST hopes that the scholars will eventually pursue science and technology careers not just to increase the numbers of scientists and engineers, but also to strengthen the country’s capabilities in S&T through their knowledge and expertise.

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January brings on town fiestas. , EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watch group, appealed to barangay leaders and residents to minimize, if not eliminate, the unbridled use of wasteful fiesta garlands, specifically those made of non-biodegradable plastic. These non-biodegradable decorations are an environmental assault.

Town fiesta organizers are urged not to use plastic, non-biodegradable fiesta hanging and minimize street decors and buntings.

Commonly known as “banderitas” or “lastay,” the fiesta buntings have become an environmental nuisance with the thoughtless use of new single use plastic bags and other disposable plastics that only add to the fiesta garbage, the EcoWaste Coalition pointed out.

The group’s Basura Patrollers yesterday visited the Manila towns holding their fiestas in January and were again appalled to witness the out-of-control use of plastic bags and other disposable buntings to decorate streets and alleys.

“We are disappointed with the wild use of plastic buntings in Pandacan and Tondo as if the city of Manila is not facing any garbage problem. The fiesta buntings are like litter in the sky that will surely end up being hauled to the Vitas Marine Loading Station in Tondo for final disposal at the Navotas landfill,” said Daniel Alejandre, Zero Waste Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“It’s only few days after Manila’s Department of Public Services collected 75 truckloads of trash (approximately 385 tons) during the recently held feast of the Black Nazarene, and the city’s waste and sanitation personnel are already bracing for another fiesta-related garbage challenge,” he added.

The group has insisted that fiesta banderitas have no aesthetic, functional or spiritual value and contribute nothing but residual garbage that could even contaminate the oceans and harm aquatic life. 

The super light plastic bags are very problematic as these are easily blown away to canals and esteros and into the Pasig River and Manila Bay, contributing to the worsening marine litter, the group said.

“Do we really believe plastic bag banderitas add color, joy and meaning to the celebration of the feast of the Holy Child?,” Alejandre asked.

“It’s high time that we put a cap on non-essential uses of plastics such as the wild use of plastic bags as fiesta buntings,” he emphasized. 

With the global plastics crisis worsening, the EcoWaste Coalition urged the churches, local authorities and communities to switch to zero waste celebrations and rally behind the enforcement of stringent policies to prevent and reduce plastic garbage such as Manila City Ordinance 8282.

It cited the resolution adopted by the United Nations Environment Assembly last December 2017 calling for accelerated action and strengthened partnerships to combat the spread of marine plastic litter and microplastics.

EcoWaste Coalition Unit 336, Eagle Court, 26 Matalino St., 1100 Quezon City, Philippines Phone/Fax: 4411846 E-Mail: info@ecowastecoalition .org; Website: http://ecowastecoalit ion.blogspot.com

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