ILOILO – There is something more important than money – a clear conscience and knowing that honesty is more valuable than fleeting material goods. In a recent interview, Assistant Secretary Rhea Peñaflor of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the SAP covered indigent or low-income households with any of the following: She then reached out to Barangay Captain Elvie Paez of Lip-ac. * farmers, fishermen (provided they are not recipients of assistance from the Department of Agriculture) Upon receiving the P4,650, Segura immediately paid this to the Lip-ac barangay captain – a promise fulfilled. This family values word of honor, too. Under the SAP guidelines, 4Ps are its beneficiaries, too, but the amount allotted to them is lesser – though still good enough for a total of P6,000 when added to their 4Ps assistance. * occasional workers like househelpers * overseas Filipino worker in distress A day after this, the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office of Dingle informed the local government of San Enrique that the Segura family’s P4,650 4Ps assistance was now ready, with an additional P1,350 coming soon. * informal workers Because the family already used the SAP money to buy household provisions such as rice, among others, Segura borrowed money from Paez, with a promise to pay the barangay captain when the family’s 4Ps assistance had been released. * senior citizens not receiving any kind of pension * micro-entrepreneurs “Ginpabalo ako sang amon kapitan sa Dingle tapos ginpapili kami, ti ang 4Ps ginpili ko,” said Segura, a mother of three, over radio station DyRI RMN Iloilo. The family of 34-year-old Helen Segura as a 4Ps beneficiary regularly receives a cash assistance of P4,650. Already a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), it returned the P6,000 cash assistance it received from the national government under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). * pregnant women * persons with disability * drivers of pedicabs, tricycles, taxis, public utility buses, and public utility jeepneys * lactating mothers The barangay council of Lip-ac included in its list of SAP eligible beneficiaries the Segura family, thus when the cash assistance was released, it got P6,000. But the family rightly values honesty. * solo parent An indigent Ati family in Barangay Lip-ac, San Enrique town is an exemplar of honesty. * sub-minimum wage earners Originally from Barangay Lincud, Dingle, the family recently moved to San Enrique and became part of the Lip-ac Ati Community. * workers in the private sector observing “no work, no pay” (provided they have not availed themselves of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program of the Department of Labor and Employment)/PN
Omari Palmer called last year’s offense despicable.“I believe we were 122nd last year in the NCAA in offense, which is godawful,” Palmer said. And while the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs didn’t perform anywhere near an optimal level in 2014, Palmer takes stock in his unit’s contribution to that disappointment, too.Syracuse graduated its starting left tackle and center in Sean Hickey and John Miller, respectively. A rash of injuries plagued the offensive line last year, and the quarterback’s protective seal was consistently banged up in some form.Now, three months have passed. Almost everyone is healthy, but there are still moving parts and inexperience on a line that is also adjusting to its second new offense in two years. It’ll get to showcase its growth in Saturday’s spring game, which will be just another step in the progression of a unit that embodied SU’s struggles last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’re making strides,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “You’re starting to see those five guys play together as a unit, make calls, do a better job with picking up blitzes and passing off stunts and exchanges in the gaps.”Now that spring practices have concluded, the Orange has a good idea of who’ll start on the offensive line on Saturday. Senior Ivan Foy is at left tackle, senior Nick Robinson at left guard, juniors Kendall Moore and Jason Emerich will contend at center in place of the injured Rob Trudo, freshman Aaron Roberts at right guard and the junior Palmer at right tackle.And with Trudo’s injury, a unit that once had 60 percent of its starters sidelined at once has been able to test its depth of 15 players before preseason even kicks in — when SU will bring in five more offensive linemen.“The offensive line is supposed to be five guys playing as one and having guys injured here and there is always going to be tough,” Robinson said. “Just know that if one of us goes down, there’s going to be another guy ready.”The first four or five practices of the spring started with elementary learning, Shafer said.That means installing a new offense, learning the new verbiage of it and getting a feel for a different cadency system. Then comes communicating different calls against its own defense’s blitzes and stepping with the correct foot once the ball snaps. About halfway through the spring’s 15 practices is when the unit can progress to a little bit higher learning, the head coach added. That’s when the linemen can focus on learning greater chunks of the playbook — so much so that the line feels comfortable running the same play over and over against its own defense.“We’ve had team periods where we would run 16 straight outside zones, going left, right, left, right,” Palmer said. “The defense knows what’s coming, we know they know what’s coming and we don’t really care.”It’s a return to the blue-collar mentality that the offensive line wanted to be known for last year, and the next step in getting back to full strength for the first time in a long time.And a unit that couldn’t stay as one, as Robinson called it, is now working to do so, as it hopes to redefine itself after a season of disappointment.“Now that we’re finishing up spring ball, now it’s starting to come together,” Shafer said. “We’ve got a long way to go to get to where we want to be, but they’ve made good progress.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman
Nick Entin | Daily TrojanBigger and better · Junior three-way player Adoree’ Jackson became USC’s all-time leader in kick return yards on Saturday against Cal. Jackson is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.It feels way too early to already be saying this. It’s just speculation at this point, and nothing about USC football is ever that predictable. Besides, you may even be staying in town over Thanksgiving break to watch the Trojans’ final home game against Notre Dame.But this Saturday will likely be the last time most students get to see junior three-way star Adoree’ Jackson play in a Trojan uniform.The ever youthful and energetic Jackson is now beyond the halfway point of his junior season. He has the talent and athleticism to be playing in the NFL right now, and I have to believe he will forgo his senior season to go pro. The nostalgia for me is already starting to set in.I faintly remember covering Jackson when he was still in high school at Junipero Serra, a powerhouse Southern California team. He had four tackles, an interception returned for 25 yards, two punts returned for 110 yards and two catches for 26 yards when Serra defeated my high school, Harvard-Westlake, 35-8 in 2012 — his junior, my senior year.When ’SC recruited Jackson, Serra had always been a steady source of talent for the USC football — think former USC wide receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, or the other eight Serra products currently on the team. Jackson was a five-star recruit, rated the best cornerback in his class and best overall player out of all of California. Before Jackson committed, USC had offered a scholarship and gotten a commitment from his teammate Jalen Greene, Serra’s star dual-threat star quarterback. It seemed like a bizarre move — USC had only ever really recruited pocket passers, and Greene seemed to fit much better with a spread offense. But there was some speculation that it was all part of the effort to incentivize Jackson to join Greene — who has since converted to a wide receiver here — and the other Serra graduates. Sure enough, Jackson signed here on National Signing Day, passing up on offers from LSU, Florida, UCLA and pretty much every other school in the country.The challenge for the coaching staff was to get him on the field as often as possible without wearing him out. He’s the first player to start a game on offense and defense since USC started keeping records on this in the ‘60s. Last year, he was in on 657 plays on defense, 157 plays on offense and 157 plays on special teams. He’s had plenty of exciting moments as a receiver on offense. Three of his 10 catches went for touchdowns his freshman year. He took a flat route 80 yards for a score at Arizona State last year; he took a screen pass 83 yards for a score at Notre Dame.He’s been a stalwart on defense since becoming a starter as a true freshman. It’s easy to forget that his primary position is still cornerback given how exciting he is with the ball. But what makes him such a valuable part of the team, and a strong NFL prospect, is how well he can stop opponents from getting the ball. His best work on defense is the kind of stuff that doesn’t show up on the highlight reel or stat sheet, but even then, he still has his memorable defensive plays, like taking back a pick-six at Cal last year. But easily, the most fun part of Jackson’s game is his kick returning. There’s no better way to start off a game than having him set up deep to return an opening kick. After every defensive stop, I’m almost as excited to see him get a chance on a punt as I am to see the offense get the ball.It’s hard to even keep track of every kick he’s taken all the way. He’s gone the whole 100 yards for touchdown on kickoffs at Utah twice — once in 2014 and once again to cue some major déjà vu this year. There was the punt that bounced all the way to our 21-yard line that Jackson picked up and took 79 yards for a score against Utah State this year. There were the two short field punt return touchdowns he had last year — a 41-yard touchdown return at Oregon and a 42-yard return to take the lead just before the half against UCLA. And of course, there was his touchdown to put ’SC on the board in the 2014 Holiday Bowl against Nebraska, when he took a kickoff 98 yards for the score, and capped off the return with a front flip. I’ve gotten to the point where the kicks away from Jackson resonate almost as much as the ones to him. When a punt by Arizona’s Josh Pollack sailed over Jackson’s head and bounced all the way for a 67-yard touchback three weeks ago, I felt like I had been cheated after driving 500 miles to see the game. When Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre started calling for Buffs kicker Chris Graham to start chipping short kickoffs away from Jackson in the second half, the wistful realization finally hit me — teams probably should, and probably will, start kicking away from such a dangerous return man going forward.Even if they do, Jackson earned a well-deserved distinction last week against Cal. With his 56 return yards Thursday, Jackson became USC’s all-time leader in kick return yards with 1,779. The previous record of 1,723 yards held by Curtis Conway had stood since 1992.There is of course the possibility that he stays for his final season, but it’s not like he has anything left to prove to NFL scouts. Fox Sports listed him as one of the seven “guaranteed” first round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, before this season even started. I’d be thrilled to see him come back, but I’ll be just as excited to see him debut in the League. Maybe the most touching moment we’ve seen from this whole season was Jackson’s postgame interview after the Utah State game with his mother, who had been battling cancer last year.“I wasn’t able to come to … games last year,” an emotional Vianca Jackson told reporters. “But God, He saved me in four months. He gave me back to my baby, so I can see every game and I can be the proudest momma.”I’m sure she’ll be even prouder when she gets the chance to see him play on Sundays. Luckily for us, though, we still get to watch him play in the Coliseum at least one more time. Luke Holthouse is a senior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs on Wednesday.
SIMI VALLEY – For 23 years, James P. Tutino was a tough cop with a soft side. “When he had to be tough, he was tough, but he was a softy at heart,” said his widow, Rita Tutino. On Thursday, “Jim” will be remembered as one of 11 passengers killed in the Jan. 26 Metrolink crash in Glendale. With the one-year anniversary of his death approaching, his family members are trying to piece their lives back together and recover from the loss. Their struggle is far from over. “Our family chain is broken,” said Tutino’s mother, Maureen. “With time, it will relink again.” “Jim would be the first person to say, ‘Let it go. Move on,”‘ she said. “That’s what we’re hoping to do.” Tutino was many things to many people. By day, he was a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy at the Men’s Central Jail, helping inmates turn their lives around. Out of uniform, he was the assistant football coach at Simi Valley High School, inspiring young athletes. “He always had more energy than almost every other kid in the program,” said Rob Fierro, 18, a former Simi Valley High football player. “They’d come in dragging and laid back and he’d come in jumping, all excited.” Coach, as he was known to the team, wanted to help young athletes with their personal development and wanted them to understand it was important to push themselves to the limit, whether they won or not, Fierro said. Tutino was kind-hearted and compassionate, a quiet and unassuming man who touched a lot of lives, including inmates who called or wrote letters expressing their condolences after he died. “He’s one of those guys who was unique, hard to replace,” said his younger brother, Tony, a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy. “He’s always been one of those guys that tried to help. My mom would call him her white knight.” To ensure his memory lives on, the family established a scholarship fund in his name to support college education. For more information on the fund, log on go to www.jimtutino.com. “The foundation has provided a sense of worthiness for all of us that Jim will be remembered – as a husband, a father, a brother, a son, a deputy, a coach and friend to all who knew him,” his sister said. The family awarded six scholarships to Simi Valley students last year and is gearing up for another fundraiser. Still, one year later, they have more questions than answers. They especially wonder what would have happened had Alvarez asked for help before he did what he did. “Jim would have been the first one that would have been helping him resolve the problem,” his mother said. “He would have tried to get him help and do whatever it took.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The crash occurred when Juan Manuel Alvarez parked his sport-utility vehicle on the tracks in an alleged aborted suicide attempt, causing a chain-reaction crash and forever altering lives. “I just can’t believe a year has passed,” Tutino’s widow said. “Life has gone on and people have forgotten about the crash, but to me it’s still fresh.” Tutino, 47, embodied the humanitarian spirit and treated everyone with respect, loved ones said. The eldest of three siblings, he displayed quiet confidence and led by example. The last several months have been especially hard for the family because he wasn’t there during important events – his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, his son’s college graduation and his son’s wedding. Some days, family members cope better than others, said his sister, Jill Tutino Kurz.