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Dayaw kicks off today

THERE will be two days dedicated to indigenous groups.

Kicking off Wednesday, Dayaw Indigenous Peoples Festival will start the two day activity with a parade with 20 cultural communities walking down the stretch of Session Road in their traditional clothing going to the Baguio Convention Center in the morning.

Would-be trafficking victims rescued

JOINT police and social welfare personnel have rescued six would-be victims of human trafficking in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Tuesday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Information Officer-in-Charge of the Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9), said the would-be victims were rescued around 7:30 p.m. at a karaoke house in the village of Poblacion, Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur.

Dumped body identified

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- One of the two bodies dumped in Tuba town has been identified but the story behind the grizzly tale is far more complicated.

The body of Isidro Cerdineola, 34, of Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, a buyer and seller of cattle in Pangasinan was identified by his wife last week.

Villages told to prepare disaster plan

A TOP official of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has advised the village chiefs to lay down their respective Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (DRRMP) to ensure zero casualties in time of calamities.

OCD Assistant Regional Director Jose Eric Castillo at the same time encouraged the village officials to activate their respective disaster response team.

Mayor approves firecracker ban ordinance

ZAMBOANGA City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has recently approved Ordinance 431 institutionalizing the ban on the use, sale, possession, distribution, manufacture and storage of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in this city.

Salazar recently signed the ordinance which the City Council enacted last September 30 as an urgent measure.

Groups call for positive, non-violent disciplining

QUEZON CITY – Several groups promoting children’s welfare gathered Friday to urge government to pass the Positive Discipline Law.

Plan International, Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development, Save the Children, Philippine Educational Theater Education and other members of the Child Rights Network called on lawmakers to pass national and local laws promoting positive discipline.

SOFAD council tackles 30 proposals

SOCIAL issues including free and home-based education, the care of the environment, recreation, infrastructure and relevant concerns were tackled by Boy and Girl Scout officials-for-a-day (Sofad), as councilors, Monday afternoon at the city session hall.

Rigidly screened from the city’s public and private high schools, equally divided as to gender, the dozen young legislators and Vice-mayor Khate Baniaga, a student from the University of Baguio Science High School (UBSHS), took the concerns of the youth, pondered, discussed them and decided over for more than two hours.

QC court suspends work amid protest

COURT hearings and work at the Quezon City Hall of Justice were suspended Tuesday after protesters stormed the building to demand for the release of alleged communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon.

The Tiamzon couple who were arrested last March in Cebu for kidnapping and illegal detention charges were set for a pre-trial hearing on same day but it was postponed due to the protest.

PNP to enhance police-media relationship

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a crisis media management seminar among their personnel assigned in the national and regional Public Information Offices (PIO) to improve their relationship with the members of the media, a police official said Tuesday.

PNP Public Information chief Wilben Mayor said the event is intended to enhance the skills and confidence of the police officers assigned as the spokesperson of each unit in answering the queries of the media who relay the news to the public.

City eyes houses made of bamboo

THE Iloilo City Government and three other groups have launched Bamboo Housing Site at the Uswag Subdivision, San Isidro Relocation Site in Jaro district.

Base on the memorandum of agreement signed Tuesday, October 21, Iloilo City, Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines (HPFP), Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment, and Hilti Foundation will implement urban poor housing construction with the use of local materials like bamboo.

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