PIA Caraga conducts direction setting, skills enhancement training
Venus L. Garcia Caraga Region
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Removal of special allotment release order to benefit the country, says Palace
Solon thanks stakeholders on child protection campaign
Lanao Norte LGU conducts Gender Sensitivity Training
Lorry V. Gabule
PIA Caraga personnel enhances journalism skills Darryl P. Pinabacdao
PIA Caraga conducts advance training on holding presscon Susil D. Ragas
Samal Island bags Green Banner award
Livelihood center to rise in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan Rene V. Carbayas
New year celebration in Zambo. Norte peaceful, says PNP Franklin P. Gumapon
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014 Vol. 3 No. 91
PIA Caraga conducts direction setting, skills enhancement training By Venus L. Garcia
he Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga region set up its direction for 2014 and enhance journalistic skills of all personnel to capacitate them to become more effective and efficient communicators. The activity includes the presentation of priority programs starting this year as part of PIA Caraga’s plans, programs and action toward improving its existing platforms. PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga gave emphasis on expanding the coverage of “textblast” operation through the inclusion of local officials and other local key personalities, head of agencies, and barangay officials as recipients in order for them to directly
receive more relevant and updated information at real-time. Caga also emphasized that PIA personnel must utilize the technology that is available such as the different applications suitable for textblast operation. “We will be expanding our network with people who will help share and deliver the information by tapping the student leaders whom I believe can become information ambassadors. Their active involvement and awareness on current issues will help them in the decision-making, regardless of the capacity of their young minds,” said Caga. Aside from the several inputs and conceptualization of new system for achieving the agency’s objectives, PIA Caraga has likewise improved the capabilities of its communication frontliners through holding a radio broadcasting workshop. “While advancing our knowledge in broadcasting, we will also be teaching
the same skills to the indigenous media to create empowerment through responsible broadcasting,â€? Caga added. The participants were given the opportunity to go on-board and report live via PIAâ€™s Power FM during the second day of the training. Protocols on holding a press conference and related topics on journalism and news writing were
also tackled. The senior information officers, David Suyao and Fryan Abkilan, who were tasked as speakers during the sessions have required everyone to present their outputs for critiquing. The overall conduct of the training has equipped each participant with the appropriate knowledge on communication process.
Philippine competitiveness achievements validates government efforts to create regime of opportunities, Palace says
he improvement of the Philippines in competitiveness ranking is a manifestation of the Aquino administrationâ€™s efforts to create a regime of opportunities by institutionalizing good governance and fostering a level playing field, a Palace official said on Friday.
â€œThe Aquino administration has competitiveness. The National capped yet another successful year Competitiveness Council reports that, in terms of raising the countryâ€™s while many challenges remain, our FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
country has made great progress towards its goal to move from the bottom-third of global competitiveness rankings to the top third by 2016,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang. “At this point, the Philippines has made it to the middle-third of global tables and, in certain cases, has risen above the median,” Valte said. International observers are recognizing the achievements of the country in terms of the country’s competitiveness, reports said. “Out of eight major competitiveness reports released in the previous year, the Philippines recorded gains in seven of them, while holding ground on one. To name a few developments, our country has gained six places in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, going from 65th to 59th,” Valte said. “We moved up 30 places, from 138th to 108th, in the International Finance Corporation’s Ease of Doing Business
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Index, making the largest jump worldwide. And we moved up eleven places in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, going from 105th to 94th,” Valte stressed. According to Valte, much of these gains were results of new programs and initiatives by the government over the last 12 to 18 months. President Aquino created the Task Force on Ease of Doing Business that aims to minimize and cut red tape in business operations. “This, among other measures, played a prominent role in our country’s marked improvement in making it easier for businesses to open shop in the Philippines,” Valte said. “Our progress will not stop here. These developments serve as impetus for the government and the private sector to work harder together, to pursue our shared goal of individual empowerment, collective excellence, greater national competitiveness, and of a society where, truly, no one is left behind,” Valte concluded. PND
Removal of special allotment release order to benefit the country, says Palace
he government could now speed up building major infrastructure projects that benefits the country with the removal of special allotment release orders (SAROs), Malacanang said on Friday. “It will be easier for them (agencies) to corruption because there is less red tape,” front-load projects, at least ideally within Valte said. the first week of January, you can already Asked how the abolition of SAROs shield award projects,” Deputy Presidential government projects from anomalies, Valte spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press said government agencies are now more briefing in Malacanang on Friday. transparent and responsible. Valte said that with the current system, At the same time, they have to follow the agencies can do their pre-procurement legal process when it comes to procurement, activities immediately after the approval of disbursement, and liquidation. This the national budget and not wait for several safeguard is in addition to the audit and weeks before starting the process. assessment being done by the Commission She said that ideally, by first week of on Audit, she said. January, agencies can start issuing notice While the government is removing of award. SAROs, Valte said special purpose funds In previous years, agencies have to and lump sum funds still need SARO given wait for the special allotment release their lump sum nature. orders or SAROs before they can start preCalamity fund for instance need SARO procurement process, she said, noting that because certain criteria mandated by law the SAROs serve as the green light for the has to be met before a request is approved, agencies. according to Valte. “More importantly binabawasan nang The Palace official also said that the pagtanggal nung requirement ng GAA as Department of Budget and Management is a release document ang red tape or the already in the process of computerizing the papers that have to be accomplished and issuance of SAROs for lump sum items to submitted; and you lessen opportunities for speed up the process. PND FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
Peace process to bring more investments in ARMM
he year 2013 has just ended with a resounding investment boom in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with a record of P1.463 billion registered with the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI). And investment officials said that this year, the Regional Board of Investment predicts to repeat the achievement of 2013 in bringing more than P1 billion investments to ARMM. Lawyer Ishak Mastura, RBOI chief, said that while four firms were registered with the RBOI in 2014, he foresees at least eight or more firms registering with RBOI to avail of fiscal and nonfiscal incentives for their investments. FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
Although, this rate of registration of firms with RBOI is still very far from what the BOI in Manila experiences in any given year, for ARMM it is already a veritable rush of registration of investments by the firms in the region. There seems to be a trend for enterprises in the region to register with the RBOI now that the region is set on a trajectory of high growth brought about by the stability
engendered by the Mindanao peace process. Previously, firms operated in the grey economy or informal sector with minimal transparency but as the peace and order situation in the ARMM normalizes, firms operating in the region are rushing to register with the RBOI their investment projects and their expansion programs. Mastura cited the banana export industry which has been a mainstay for RBOI in terms of registration of their investments. â€œNow, mining firms in the ARMM are beginning to realize the advantages of registering their investments with RBOI,â€? he said. Last year, the top investor to register with RBOI with P707 million worth of projects was nickel-mining operator, Al Tawitawi Nickel Corporation, which has its nickel-mining investment in Tawi-Tawi. This year at least two other nickelmining firms also operating in TawiTawi are set to register with the RBOI. However, ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman has set a strict policy that mining firms being in an extra-
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active industry cannot avail of fiscal incentives from RBOI as their taxes are needed by the region for its development. Oil palm plantations and infrastructure projects are being eyed by RBOI as sources of more investments for the region in 2014 and beyond. Oil-palm is a leading industry in Malaysia and the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been promoting Malaysian investments in oil-palm in the ARMM after the signing of the Malaysian-facilitated peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front last year. Mastura said he also predicts that infrastructure investments are set to grow in the region after decades of neglect brought about by instability. With the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ALMOST COMPLETE, MASTURA SEES MORE INVESTMENT TO COME AS NO INVESTORS WOULD POUR IN CAPITAL IN A TROUBLED REGION LIKE MUSLIM MINDANAO.
Oroquieta City CES is Gulayan Project Best Implementing School in Region 10 by Rutchie C. Aguhob
OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental â€“ The Oroquieta City Central Elementary School bagged 2013 Regional Winner of the Search for Best Implementing Schools in the Gulayan sa Paaralan at Tahanan Project, elementary school level.
Open to all public and private elementary/secondary schols of the Department of Education (DepED) in region 10, the search aimed to improve the nutritional status of undernourished children and promote and enhance vegetable production in public and private elementary/ secondary schools. It also aimed to increase the FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
capability of schools and communities to produce sufficient food commodities to sustain the year-round supplementary feeding program and promote economic productivity, improved health and nutrition and wholesome environment. Dr. Agustines E. Cepe, Schools Division Superintendent of DepEdOroquieta City said the search also aimed to increase knowledge, skills and appreciation among pupils on the importance of school gardening and showcase small-scale food production models to replicate purposely to promote family food security. Likewise, the search aimed to educate parents on how to improve
the nutritional status of their children and provide harmonious relationship between the school and community and transfer the pupilsâ€™ learning from school to home. Through the Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP), Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), and Technical/Vocational Education, DepEd is encouraging to esbablish and sustain school gardens to ensure the continuous supply of vegetables in suppot to the supplementary feeding and also one of the training grounds of the pupils/ students to learn entrepreneurial skills. Meanwhile, other Regional Winners of the Gulayan sa Paaralan at Tahanan Project from the province of Misamis Occidental are as follows: Elementary Level, Paaralan Category: Don Victoriano Elementary School,
3rd place, Gango Elementary School, Ozamiz City, 5.5th place and Sicot Elementary School, 14th place. Tahanan Category: Hannah Testa, Grade III, Tuyabang Bajo Elementary School, Oroquieta City, 2nd place, Eloisa M. Bagcat, Grade V, Lampasan Integrated School, 4th place, and Ronald Magpulong, Grade V, Maningcol Elementary School, Ozamiz City, 5th place. Secondary Level, Paaralan Category: Ozamiz City School of Arts and Trade, Ozamiz City, 4th place, Misamis Occidental National High School (NHS), Oroquieta City, 8th place, Bongabong NHS, Ozamiz City, 10th place and Diwat NHS, 13th place. Tahanan Category: Ken Martin Infiel, Bunga NHS, Oroquieta City, 2nd place, and Jackie Lou Cartajenas, Montol NHS, 10th place.
Solon thanks stakeholders on child protection campaign by CdeOSP
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Cagayan de Oro City Council for the Protection for Children (CCPC) commended stakeholders for signifying full support to the proposed programs and projects presented by the council during the meeting on December 13. CCPC chair Enrico Salcedo thanked Ayala Foundation, Inc, World Vision, Kahayag nga Dalan, JCI Macajalar 24K, Yman Nehemiah, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
Kiwanis Club, Inc. and Jollibee. Also present were heads and representatives of Gugma sa Kabataan, Inc, Calebrian Childrenâ€™s
Foundation, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. At the meeting, the representatives of Department of Education (DepEd), Cagayan de Oro Police Office, City Social Welfare Division (CSWD) and City Improvement Division presented their various programs that address the needs and protect the rights of the children. The DepEd representative informed the CCPC of the Alternative Learning System and other curriculums that can accommodate street kids and
how to attain full education. In a related development, Councilor Salcedo announced that Hapsay Sakip Bata/Pamilya launched last week was only the beginning of the series of rescue operations. He, however, enjoined the participation of the City Health Office so that the health condition of the children will be immediately acted upon. Salcedo also asked the police to come up with strategies that children will look up on them as friends and not as enemies to be afraid of.
Lanao Norte LGU conducts Gender Sensitivity Training by Lorry V. Gabule
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – More than 60 employees of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN) successfully completed the ‘Gender Sensitivity’ training at the Mindanao Civic Center Hotel Function Hall, in the capital town Tubod, this province. The participants were divided into two batches. The first batch attended the December 17 to 18 training, while the second batch had their training on December 19 to 20, 2013. The workshop was organized by PGLDN through its Provincial Population Office (PPO) in cooperation with the Population Commission (POPCOM) Region 10. The participants came from different offices and departments of FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
the Lanao del Norte local government unit. “Its primary aim is to create awareness among the participants that women are more than capable of taking on new roles and functions whether at home or at the workplace. Women nowadays have become excellent leaders in the school, business and even political arena,” explained PPO Head Ananette Daniel.
PIA-13 personnel enhance skills in Radio Broadcasting By JENNIFER P. GAITANO BUTUAN CITY -- Personnel of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga region and its Provincial Information Center Managers on Thursday underwent skills enhancement on Radio Broadcasting through actual reporting and hosting.
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This is the new initiative introduced by regional director Abner Caga in order to equip all PIA personnel in radio script writing and reporting for effective delivery of relevant information to the public. According to Director Caga, communication is a very vital part in every aspect of life and business in this world. “Communicating effectively can also empower the community. It is also essential in organizing, unifying and building effective team. Besides, it brings about a healthy relationship with people around,” he added. Since the agency has its own FM radio station installed right at the regional office, RD Caga believes that PIA personnel must have the capability in radio operations. Information Center Managers from Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur also shared their experiences on the conduct of their respective radio programs in the provinces. Deputy regional director Fryan Abkilan also reminded the personnel regarding the radio protocol and ethics in broadcasting. He elaborated the “Dos and Don’ts” during the actual board work. FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
“As broadcasters, we must be accurate, relevant and sincere in what we say. With this, we can expect we will continuously gain their confidence,” Abkilan said. As its mandate, PIA is committed to provide a national mechanism for the free flow of timely, accurate and relevant information to: enhance people’s capabilities in decision-making and identification of opportunities for growth and development; and promote people’s participation in democratic process.
PIA Caraga personnel enhances journalism skills By Darryl P. Pinabacdao BUTUAN CITY- Preparing for the challenges of the new year and the future, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga underwent enhancement training on journalism to equip each personnel on new approach and techniques in news and feature story writing. Agusan del Sur Information center manager David Suyao discussed what must contain in the lead paragraph that will be supported in the support paragraph, the details and the background of the story. This kind of approach according to Suyao can catch the interest of the reader of what the story is all about. Suyao stated that the news writing should be done timely and FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
accurately. He said that “to beat the time, a news reporter needs two things- news sense and writing skill.” On the part of PIA regional director Abner Caga, responsible writing is very important for government communicators. Caga also said that constant writing and reading of news and feature stories will enhance writers’ skills
PIA Caraga conducts advance training on holding presscon By Susil D. Ragas
BUTUAN CITY -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga Region today conducts advance training on how to hold press conference right at the PIA Regional Office Conference Room, this city. The training aims to capacitate for discussion. PIA personnel the skills in handling “As a facilitator of the presscon, press conferences that would early arrival at the venue is a effectively resolve issues that affects must requirement including local and national government. giving assistance to speakers Deputy regional director Fryan and organizing materials for the Abkilan introduced the new presscon,” Abkilan said. techniques on how to conduct a The activity is one of the new successful press conference which initiatives of regional director include planning ahead, share to the Abner Caga in a bid to consistently group the ideas and the message enhance personnel’s capabilities as you want to convey while preparing PNoy’s professional communicators, props like posters, banners and a integrators, facilitators, managers, press kits, organize list of reporters transformational leaders, and you want to invite, send invitations enablers and institution-builders in to chosen media including the topic development communication. FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director
for more details visit us DOST National Website: http://www.dost.gov.ph DOST Caraga Website: http://caraga.dost.gov.ph
DPWH XI has 86.13% accomplishment in 2013.
DAVAO CITY- The Department of Public Works and Highways Region XI office registered an 86.13% accomplishment rating as of December 2013.
According to Regional Di-
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rector Mariano Alquiza the DPWH XI out of 970 infrastructure projects has completed 718 projects, 223 on going and 29 not yet started
As of December 15 2013). The regional projects are funded from an infrastructure budget allocation of P7.59 billion. “We are hopeful to complete the 2012 and 2013 projects early this year so as not to overburden our project engineers since we have already bid-out projects under the 2014 Regular Infra Program.” Alquiza said. In 2012 DPWH-XI implemented 530 projects under the DPWH regular infra at a cost of Php. 5.560 billion; 402 projects completed, 117 on going and 11 not yet started. Alquiza attributed the slow start of the regional office to the priority of the government which was the rehabilitation of infrastructure damaged by Typhoon Pablo which struck the region last December 4, 2012 causing P2-billion worth of damage to different infrastructure in the region particularly in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. According to Alquiza the priority that time was to make
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sure that those damaged by Pablo be repaired and retrofitted while waiting for a more permanent solution after our engineers have incorporated new designs and scientific data from other agencies like the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. “Our target is to meet and perhaps even go beyond the expectations of our stakeholders.” The DPWH Regional Director said in his year-end message. Aside from infrastructure projects Alquiza said that they will continue to implement projects under the 5Rs mantra of DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson, namely; Right Projects with the Right Cost and Right Quality, delivered Right on Time made by the Right People. Alquiza also reiterated to implement the Department’s Mag OKS program, which stands for Magandang Opisina, Magandang Kalsada and Magandang Sistema. (RG Alama PIA-XI with reports from DPWH XI IO)
Samal Island bags Green Banner award ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMALThe Island Garden City of Samal City Nutrition Council chaired by City Mayor Aniano P. Antalan with Deputy Mayor Rodolfo O. Dalumpines as the City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) recently won the Green Banner Awardee 2013. For two consecutive years, the city has won the award, another more award and IGaCoS will be eligible for the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award. The 2013 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) for outstanding local government units (LGUs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in Davao Region was conferred at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City on December 20, 2013 in recognition of the exemplary performance in nutrition program management and service delivery in year 2012. The winners in the regional contest of the 38th Nutrition Month celebration received plaque, certificate of Appreciation and cash prize at the awarding ceremony. Department of Health Assistant Secretary and National Nutrition Council Executive Director Bernardita T. Flores graced the event and also the Keynote speaker. Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Teresa UngFRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
son was grateful to the nutrition implementers in Davao Region of which recognition was accorded to them because their exemplary achievements in nutrition program helped uplift the nutrition situation in region eleven, Ungson was also thankful and recognized the contribution of all the private partners in the nutrition undertakings. Meanwhile, the city government of Island Garden City of Samal through the City agriculture Office bared the winners of the Pinakamaanyag nga Gulayan sa Tugkaran Contest during the City Officials and Employees Christmas Party at Samal Cultural Gym on December 20, 2013. Mr. Roland Casinto of City Mayorâ€™s Office won first place with a cash award of P10,000, Engr. Darwin S. Arig, City Engineer, won 2nd place with a cash award of P7,000 and Cerilo Baul of City Environment and Natural Resources Office won third place a cash price of P5,000. The contest aims to develop and enhance creativity of the employeesâ€™ passion in vegetable growing, strengthen knowledge in vegetable gardening and impart the importance of organically grown fresh vegetables for the family and help lessen the impact of climate change through organic approach. (CIO IGACOS)
Photo by Ruel D. Tabada
Dipolog commemorates 117th anniversary of Rizal’s martyrdom By Mary May A. Abellon
DIPOLOG CITY – The city government here observed the 117th death anniversary and martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal last Monday at Plaza Magsaysay this city.
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“Our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, gave us an identity distinct from other country and the values of being a Filipino,” Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy said during his speech. Governor Uy also enjoined the crowd to emulate the admirable traits of Dr. Rizal like his being kind, compassionate, gentle and humane. The governor added that were it not for Dr. Rizal, we would not know about the martyrdom, the importance of our own language and the value of patriotism. One of Rizal’s famous sayings was: “Ang hindi magmmahal sa sariling wika, daig pa ang hayop at malansang isda (he who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish).” “He offered his life for what is right, sacrificing his life and liberty for better good,” Governor Uy said, adding “hiis words, deeds and actions reflect his selfless sacrifice.” “Let your action be directed for general wellbeing,” he concluded. The flag-raising and wreathlaying ceremonies were also led Mayor Evelyn T. Uy. Attending said occasion were city officials, government officials and employees of national government agencies, barangay officials, and religious and private organizations. FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
Livelihood center to rise in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan By Rene V. Carbayas
ISABELA CITY, Basilan – A livelihood center that hopes to address the decades-old conflict will soon rise in Tipo-Tipo, south of Basilan. At the special meeting of the Basilan Peace and Development Coordinating Committee, the Team Basilan was briefed by the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines on the planned livelihood training center, which will also become the convergence center for national government agencies providing related activities in this southern part of the country. Captain Tanner Fleck, Civil Affairs Commander of the JSOTF-P US Forces said that in a survey conducted in the southern part of the Basilan, they were surprised at the outcome of the survey showing that the residents want livelihood. “We were expecting that people would identify “rido” and peace and order situation as their primary problem, but we were surprised that livelihood was echoed many times as the need of Basileños,” he said. Fleck said he talked to a number of government agencies and discovered that a lot of agencies were already conducting livelihood training programs. “Unfortunately, these livelihood training programs are confined in the northern part of Basilan, particularly in Isabela and Lamitan cities for reasons of security,” he noted. In collaboration with an AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) counterpart and the provincial government through Tahira Ismael, Fleck said that they thought of a possible solution to address the need FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
for bringing the services down south of Basilan. And so, he said, the idea of a training center was developed. “A safe, large center where you can consolidate your programs from different agencies for them to run their various programs,” Fleck added, saying that it is envisioned to function in full spectrum, meaning not just the training on livelihood skills but also training programs on micro-financing, business management, leadership, and marketing, among others. Some members of the Team Basilan expressed concern over the security of the area where the proposed center will be established. Tipo-Tipo and its surrounding municipalities are conflict-prone areas which may compromise the success of the training center as this will discourage trainers to hold sessions in Tipo-Tipo. While the project proponents understood the risk of pursuing the project in Tipo-Tipo, Fleck said that “this is precisely the reason why we wanted the program to be established right in the conflict-affected area as we feel that we will be able to create greater impact in our desire to achieve peace in Basilan.” He said that the challenge now lies on the local government of Tipo-Tipo with the full support of the provincial government of Basilan to improve the peace and order situation in the southern part of the island province. The Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines has also asked
for an implementing arrangement concerning the project: Tipo-Tipo Livelihood Assistance center with the purpose of delineating responsibilities, coordinate, and establish administrative arrangements for the execution of the project. The Tipo-Tipo Livelihood Assistance Center is a U.S. Pacific Command-approved and funded Humanitarian Assistance (HA) project. This project involves the solicitation, award, and execution of a U.S.
Government construction contract, utilizing construction and design firms properly licensed in the Philippines and legally contracted by NAVFAC Pacific for the construction of one warehouse, one classroom building, one dormitory structure, administrative office space, a kitchen and male/female comfort rooms in the barangay of Poblacion, Tipo-Tipo Proper, Tipo-Tipo Municipality, Basilan. Fleck said that they were just waiting for the release of the funds to start the project soon.
New year celebration in Zambo. Norte peaceful, says PNP By Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY – Only three persons were reportedly injured by firecrackers during New Year’s eve in Zamboanga del Norte, according to a report released by the ZANORTE Medical Center here yesterday. Dr. Romelo M. Vergara, ZANORTE Medical Center chief of hospital, told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that only three patients were treated for minor burns from firecrackers after the New Year’s Day celebration. Vergara attributed these less cases of firecracker injuries to the government’s campaign against pyrotechnics. Earlier the Philippine National Police (PNP) has also ordered “muzzle taping” to prevent “illegal discharge” of firearms during the New Year celebration, including the firearms issued to security guards. In reiterating said orders, PNP-9 Regional Director Juanito Vaño Jr. had enjoined all police stations in the region as well as the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) and National FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
Support Units (NSUs) to ensure compliance with the same. Moreover, the PNP has also coordinated with the Department of Health (DOH) and the local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 7183, an act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. The police force also provided airtight security in all parts of the country during the New Year’s Day celebration to keep the public safe and to prevent any untoward incident. In Zamboanga City where the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics was totally banned by the city government during Christmas day and New Year’s Day, zero casualty/injury was noted in said city.