Chasing Fire: The Ups and Downs of Beverly May Grimaldo of Torrijos, Marinduque

Inspector Beverly May P. Grimaldo While most people are told to run away from fire, there are those who are meant to chase it. Firefighters spend everyday of their lives waiting to be called to respond to hazardous fires, teaching communities about fire prevention, and inspecting buildings to make sure they adhere to the Fire Code. It’s a job dominated by men, but this did not stop Inspector Beverly May Grimaldo from chasing fire. While most people are told to run away from fire, there are those who are meant…

Nevada Court Hears Barrick Gold – Philippines Province Appeal

The protest in Nevada on the Marinduque, Philippines caseagainst Barrick Gold has generated a lot of press LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Philippine island province that experienced mining waste disasters in the 1990s but has been unable to find a court to hear its claim for damages is asking Nevada’s highest court to rekindle a nearly 10-year-old state lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corp. Attorney James McCarthy pleaded with six Nevada Supreme Court justices Tuesday to let the Province of Marinduque sue in Nevada because the Toronto-based mining company has substantial…

Ex-Marinduque Rep, 7 Others Face Charges Over Fertilizer Scam

Former Congressman, Edmund O. Reyes MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of charges – including graft and malversation – against former Marinduque Representative Edmundo Reyes, Department of Agriculture officials for their alleged involvement in the P728-million ($16.3 million*) fertilizer fund scam. Aside from Reyes, set to be charged before the Sandiganbayan are DA officials Dennis Araullo, Raymundo Braganza, Balagtas Torres, Rodolfo Guieb, Lucille Odejar, and Dory Iranzo, the Ombudsman said in a statement on Wednesday, December 10.Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has also ordered charges…

DOH Opens Marinduque Telemedicine Facility

Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPARegional Director Eduardo C. Janairo led the soft launchingof the first-interactive telemedicine system in the country.Photo Credit: Joven Malabana Lilles Marinduque can soon be one of the Philippines’ centers for telemedicine after the Department of Health opened its modern facility in Boac. DOH Mimaropa Director Eduardo Janairo on Wednesday led the soft launching of the first interactive telemedicine system at the Dr. Damian J. Reyes Provincial Hospital. “This is a big leap for the health care industry because we now have the ability to provide interactive…

Look: This girl is on fire

“I am a firefighter, not a firewoman,” is how Inspector Beverly May P. Grimaldo, 25, the Station Commander of the San Lazaro Fire Station introduces herself. With that kind of introduction, Inspector Grimaldo dismisses right away the notion that she is just another pretty face in the workplace. Not that the distaff side is a common sight at fire stations. In fact, we rarely find women in this job. So why did she choose this job? Grimaldo’s determination probably comes from her upbringing in Marinduque as a policeman’s daughter. In…