Passi Mayor says road concreting to benefit 11 upland barangays

Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014

Passi Mayor Jesry Palmares said that the 28-kilometer road concreting project to be undertaken soon in his component city will benefit a total of 11 upland barangays that are into planting of diversified agricultural crops.

”I am happy to hear that finally, the road concreting project has been prioritized,” Palmares said.

Palmares, who was interviewed after Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor’s state of the province address (SOPA) last August 26, said that he’s very happy about it.

In his SOPA, the governor announced that the World Bank, through the Department of Agriculture (DA), will invest in the concreting of a 28-kilometer road in Passi City that will serve the people living in the mountainous areas up to Gemumua Agahon.

”The project has long been awaited by the people,” Palmares said.

He said he is thankful that finally, the much needed project will soon be started.

The road concreting project would be funded by the World Bank, through the DA’s Philippine Rural Development Program amounting to P280 million with the Provincial Government of Iloilo extending a P20-million counterpart and the remaining P10 million to be shouldered by the City Government of Passi.

Defensor, in his speech, also urged the Iloilo Provincial Engineers Office to fast-track the implementation of the project.

Meanwhile, Palmares said that the project will span through 11 barangays of Passi City that has a population of 20,000. The road will make easier the transport of agricultural production from the upland areas down to the market for trading. (PNA)

Nueva Vizcaya allots P42M for school buildings

Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014

The provincial government here has set aside P42.15 million for the construction of school buildings and classrooms in the province.

Of the amount, P35.4 million was allocated for this year which will used to address the classroom needs of at least 22 public schools in the province.

"These are expected to be implemented and completed before the end of 2014,” said Governor Ruth Padilla.

A report from the Provincial Engineering Office(PEO) also showed that 18 schools have been recipients of new school buildings, classrooms and multi-purpose sheds that were completed in 2013.

The provincial government has identified the repair, maintenance and construction of public school buildings as one of the major focuses of its SEF. (PNA)

New police handguns arrive in ARMM

Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Police officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on Wednesday said that more policemen will be issued firearms following the arrival of new hand guns for cops assigned in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.


Chief Supt. Noel Delos Reyes, PNP-ARMM regional director, said a container van arrived Friday at Polloc Port, Parang, Maguindanao loaded with 1,117 pieces of Glock 17 Gen 4 intended for the PNP-ARMM.


In a press statement, Delos Reyes, said the firearms were part of the P1.2 billion handgun procurement by the PNP so that every member of the PNP can possess at least one gun.


“Defintely, we want all our policemen in the region to be equipped with firearms,” he said.


The police officers must use their guns not only to protect themselves but to safeguard the public,” Delos Reyes added.


The hand guns will be issued to qualified personnel of Maguindnao and Lanao del Sur police offices and the Regional Public Safety Battalion.


Superintendent Warren de Leon, PNP-ARMM chief logistics officer, said that the regional office is expecting another batch of firearms anytime soon which will be distributed to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi police provincial offices.


Delos Reyes said the shipment also included 31,276 rounds of ammunition, 3,351 pieces magazine assembly, 153 pieces patrol shoes, six poles rappelling rope and 16 pieces of tactical belt.


Earlier this month, Delos Reyes admitted the regional police office lacked firearms with some policemen having one or more firearms while others have none.


An internal audit conducted on firearms in the ARMM regional office showed some policemen were issued more than one firearm while many are yet to be issued firearms.


The audit showed that there were 228 police personnel assigned to the field who have more than one issued firearm, Delos Reyes said.


Following the audit, Delos Reyes ordered the recall of 737 issued firearms and re-issued them to other police personnel assigned in various police units in the region, according to threat level and crime situation.


The audit also discovered there were 335 firearms listed in its inventory but remained unaccounted for.


Because of this, he said said his office is now implementing a policy to rationalize the issuance and distribution of mission-essential equipment to line units.


With the new firearms supply, Delos Reyes said he hoped that the region will meet the 1:1 gun per police officer ratio. (PNA)

Parts of Zambales to experience 10-hour power interruption on Aug.28

Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Parts of Zambales will experience up to 10 hours of power interruption on Thursday, August 28.


“Customers of ZAMECO I will have outage from 8:00AM to 6:00PM,” National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Central Luzon Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer Ernest Lorenz Vidal said.


Affected are the towns of Palauig, Candelaria, Masinloc, and Sta. Cruz.


“Reason of brownout is to facilitate replacement of old poles along Botolan-Candelaria 69kV line. Normal operations will immediately resume after work completion,” Vidal added. (PIA)

Aklan targets 95% measles immunization rate

Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014

 The province of Aklan is targeting to immunize 95% of children here from ages 9 months to 5 years old against measles this month of September with the nationwide conduct of Measles Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization.



In Aklan, some 66,107 children are targeted to be reached by health workers and be vaccinated against measles, and for Oral Polio Vaccines – some 77,604, according to Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Provincial Health Officer I who oriented the local media at the orientation/press conference spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and attended by the local media and health officials held August 26 at the Ninos Ihaw-Ihaw in Kalibo.


“All children belonging to the said age group will be immunized regardless of previous vaccination status,” Dr. Cuachon said.


The immunization activities will be conducted at fixed sites in all areas of the province and at sitios, followed by mopping operations through Rapid Coverage Assesment (RCA) to ensure that no children were missed for vaccination.


If any group misses to immunize two or more children, the activity will be deemed a failure, but the team will still come back to immunize the children but in the following months already of October or November, Dr. Cuachon said.


This year’s mass immunization aims to interrupt measles and rubella virus transmission, to protect against the spread of wild poliovirus and to link the mass immunization to routine immunization by identifying high risk communities for routine vaccination.


Last year, based on PHO records, Aklan had 442 cases of measles with two deaths.


The two victims who died were siblings from Manika, Libacao, Aklan and were unimmunized against measles.


The two – whose ages range from 2 to 4 years, died of pneumonia complications.


For 2014 from January to June 18, PHO records showed that there are already 76 cases, with Kalibo having the highest number of cases followed by Malay, and Nabas.


These municipalities, Dr. Cuachon said, are densely-populated areas, one of the factors for high incidence of cases.  (PIA)

PNP arrest ASG member in Lamitan City, Basilan

Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group tagged in a kidnapping case was arrested in Lamitan City, Basilan, Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, spokesman of the PNP chief, said on Tuesday.


Mayor identified the suspect as Jauhari Idris alias “Jal and Boy Tinik", who was arrested on Monday around 1:55 a.m. at Barangay Tabdug, Lamitan City, Basilan.


The suspect was arrested in a joint operation of joint members of 53rd and 54th Special Action Company (SAC), 5th Special Action Battalion, and Regional Intelligence Division (RID), Police Regional Office (PRO).


Mayor said the warrant was issued by Provincial Prosecutor Domingo D. Kinazo of the 9th Judicial Region, Branch 1, Isabela City, Basilan for the crime of Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention with no bail recommended.


He said Idris is now under the custody of Regional Intelligence Division, PRO-9 for proper disposition. (PNA)

Ephemeral fever downs 73 cattle in Ilocos Norte

Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Farmers in Ilocos Norte were alarmed over the emergence of a disease called ephemeral fever that has affected 73 cattle, most of them from Pasuquin town, since July 28.


Pasuquin livestock inspector Froilan Cariaga said cattle affected by the disease look pale and lose their appetite to eat or forage which continue for three days.


Oftentimes, they are weak and cannot walk, have flu and fever. However, majority of the cattle that got sick recovered in a few days after they were injected with antibiotic and given vitamin supplementation.


But the disease can vary in severity. Some animals may show only slight symptoms for about 24 hours, while a small number may stay down for many weeks. The disease is usually milder in calves under 12 months.


Cariaga said the local veterinary office is now conducting massive injection of antibiotics on sick cattle in Pasuquin for them to get past the ephemeral fever.


They are also distributing vitamins to farmers to be given to their cattle so that their animals can build strong bodily resistance from the disease. (PNA)

NGCP sets power outage in Cauayan City tomorrow

Created on Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has set a 5-hour power interruption tomorrow to affect parts of Isabela Electric Cooperative (ISELCO) – I particularly in Cauayan City.


Lilibeth Gaydowen, North Luzon Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Officer, said the power interruption will start at 1:00 in the afternoon until 5:00 in the afternoon.


Gaydowen said the NGCP maintenance crew will be conducting replacement of selected substation equipment at the Cauayan City substation.


She said normal operations will immediately resume after work completion and she advised customers and the public to take the necessary preparations and precautions for the scheduled power interruption. (PIA)

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