Bfar, Cenro seize sacks of seashells worth P1M

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 01:12 a.m.

ALMOST P1 million worth of marine products were seized by Task Force Kalikasan of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office yesterday.

Government agents, led by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), found different types of seashells stuffed in sacks and boxes and piled inside a 40-foot container van for export to China.

Region ‘ready’ for a wage hike

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 01:11 a.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) yesterday said the skyrocketing rates of power, water and fare and the continuing increases in the prices of fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), school fees and basic commodities are enough to declare a supervening event to discuss the group’s petition for a P90 across-the-board wage increase.

MCPO gets 7 computer units to help implement e-blotter

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 01:07 a.m.

TO MODERNIZE its data storage and facilitate quick transmission of data between police offices, the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) yesterday launched the electronic blotter system.

Instead of the usual logbook, police officers will now record blotters in a computer.

Board queried on mgt. plan for youth jail

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 01:06 a.m.

THE Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (Pcac) wants to know how the Cebu City Operation Second Chance Center (CCOSCC) board will continue to manage the center.

Pcac presiding officer Eugene Elizalde said the council and the Office of the Mayor expressed concern about the matter because the City Government is subsidizing the operations of the center.

Bry. tanod kills man over former girlfriend

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 01:05 a.m.

CAUGHT in a love triangle, a barangay tanod shot a man dead in Barangay Prenza in Balamban town last Monday night.

Suspect Jeffry Artajo, 30, surrendered after he allegedly attacked Tito Raplisa, said investigator SPO3 Arvie Banati.

City to auction off unpaid properties

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:54 p.m.

LAND owners may face stiff penalties, including public bidding and auction of their lots, if they failed to pay real property taxes for several years.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan warned delinquent real property tax payers of losing their lands if they do not join bidding to other parties interested with their lots.

Mayor probes Trinidad gambling joint

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:53 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Mayor Greg Abalos is set to investigate an alleged gambling joint in the market area here.

Abalos said there is no let up in the drive to rid the municipality of illegal gambling activities and he has since disallowed any activity of this nature.

Mankayan council says no to new mining firm

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:53 p.m.

MANKAYAN, Benguet -- The Municipal Council wants mining corporation, Gold Fields, out because of non–compliance to existing laws.

The Municipal Council with Vice Mayor Paterno Dacanay as presiding officer passed Resolution 16 series of 2012 last February 28 during its regular session.

DSWD-CAR warns of 4Ps text scams

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:52 p.m.

A TEXT scam is currently circulating informing people they won cash prizes in a raffle purportedly from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Cordillera Administrative Region revealed the scam involves a circulating text scam claiming President Noynoy Aquino Foundation through the 4Ps is giving cash prizes to chosen cell phone users.

Fire guts Irisan home

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:51 p.m.

A FIRE, which started 12:15 p.m. Monday, razed a house at 112 San Carlos Heights in Irisan barangay.

Fire officer and arson investigator Jose Dagson, in his initial report to Baguio City Fire Marshal Richard Villanueva, said the origin of the fire was at the second floor of the house of a certain Moises and Martha Tisala.

Water district assures water for summer

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:51 p.m.

THE Baguio Water District (BWD) assured that with its daily 50,000 to 55,000 cubic meters production from the more 50 operational deep wells, potable water supply in The Summer Capital could go beyond the Lenten season and the whole of summer.

BWD assistant general manager, Engr. Salvador Royeca, said heavy rains last year energized all our deep wells.

DILG seeks clarifications from suspending judge

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:50 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Suspension of councilors here is getting complicated.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)–Benguet officer-in-charge Daisy Payang said she has written Judge Danilo Camacho to clarify some points of the recent preventive suspension of all nine La Trinidad councilors.

Coop wants Agno power plant

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:50 p.m.

THE Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) requested the Department of Energy (DOE) to allow them to participate in the development of a mini-hydro power plant along Agno River in Kabayan, Benguet.

Beneco Board of Directors passed Resolution 5 series of 2012 during its first regular meeting on February 7.

Towns participate in local anti-poverty plan

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:49 p.m.

BANAUE, Ifugao -- About 60 representatives from the Provincial Government and four towns participated in the first batch-local anti-poverty plan preparation held recently at the Banaue Hotel.

Assistant Provincial Director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the participants from Aguinaldo, Afonso, Lista, Banaue and Hungduan learned how to formulate Local Anti-Poverty Plan and how to allocate funds to meet the objectives of the program. Each local government unit is allocated P8 million.

Health facility opens in Ifugao

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:48 p.m.

HINGYON, Ifugao -- Health officials and barangay folks inaugurated March 19 the barangay health station in Barangay Umalbong, one of the farthest villages.

Funded by the European Commission (EC), the said health facility is a welcome development to the villagers.

Ifugao asks senator to fund school buildings

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:48 p.m.

BANAUE, Ifugao -- The province is seeking the help of Senator Loren Legarda in the construction of additional buildings in government schools in the province.

In his letter to Legarda, Governor Eugene Balitang identified four national high schools in the towns of Asipulo, Kiangan, Lagawe and Lamut that need to be constructed with two-storey, four-classroom type building with a total budget of P27 million based on the assessment of classroom needs conducted earlier.

Senior folk urged to get free anti-pneumonia vaccines

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:29 p.m.

THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) urged all senior citizens in the city to avail themselves of the free anti-pneumonia vaccines to strengthen immunity to pneumonia, which is considered a major cause of mortality worldwide.

In an interview Tuesday, CHO program coordinator for elders Zenaida Guevara said they have been giving out free pneumococcal vaccines since March 2, 2012.

Trial on libel case vs ex-information office chief to proceed

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:28 p.m.

THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) will proceed with the libel case filed against former acting chief of the City Information Office (CIO) Giovanni Rizal “Bong” Aportadera even after he left the country last week to join his family in Norway.

Under the Revised Rules on Criminal Procedure, the trial of a case will still move through a trial in absentia.

Man charged for molesting stepdaughter

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:27 p.m.

A MAN is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after he allegedly molested his 22-year-old stepdaughter several times.

The City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) charged Jaime (not his real name, to hide the identity of the victim) with two counts of violation of Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, based on the complaints filed by the victim.

Council approves another waste-to-energy project proposal

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:27 p.m.

THE Davao City Council has approved on first reading another proposal from a private firm for a Waste-to-Energy (WTE) project it intends to develop in partnership with the City Government.

This is in a bid to address the city’s looming waste disposal problem.

Slander case vs village chief now at council

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:26 p.m.

A SLANDER charge filed by a resident in Barangay Communal, Cabantian, Davao City against his barangay captain has officially reached the City Council Tuesday.

The Council on Tuesday’s regular session has approved on first reading the transmittal of the complaint filed by Christopher Q. Haictain of Green Valley Communal against Barangay Communal chief Arnold M. Maalat to the committee on ethics and good governance.

800 students get summer jobs

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:25 p.m.

MORE than 800 students are set to be deployed by the City Government for its annual summer job under the government’s Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes), which starts April 10.

Frances Desiree Incio, Spes coordinator at the City Hall, in an interview told Sun.Star Davao that qualified applicants will be deployed to various companies covering different sectors which include sales, corporate, and in the public service.

Suspect in Chinese trader's slay yields

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:25 p.m.

THE suspect in the killing of a Chinese businessman inside his grocery store on Saavedra Street in Toril, Davao City, surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning.

Henry Lu Ong, 55, owner of the Universal Grocery in Toril, was found dead Monday by his wife Ana Azarias Ong. The victim was believed to have been clubbed in the head before he was stabbed several times.

Toppled electric post cuts power in Bajada

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:24 p.m.

BAJADA and neighboring areas downtown lost electric power starting 5 p.m. Tuesday after an electric post along J.P. Laurel Avenue in front of the Redemptorist Church collapsed.

There was still no advice as to what caused the post to topple, although there was a considerably strong wind at that time and rainfall in some areas.

6 Davao colleges to lose Nursing program

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:11 p.m.

SIX colleges in Davao City are at risk of losing the nursing program they offer for failing to improve passing rates in Nursing Licensure Examinations (NLE) for the past three years.

Commission on Higher Education (Ched)-Davao Region education supervisor Maricar Casquejo said Tuesday the six nursing schools classified as non-performing schools were given an option whether to totally stop or to gradually phase out the program.

Male nurse ‘dies of HIV’

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:05 p.m.

A MALE nurse in Cagayan de Oro was reported to have died from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while cases of HIV in the city allegedly soared to 30.

But City Councilor Dante B. Pajo, chairperson of the City Council committee on health, said the report was not yet confirmed.

Coast Guard tightens security in ports

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:04 p.m.

THE Philippine Coast Guard is reportedly bracing up its security measures in all ports and ferry terminals within its jurisdiction in time for the annual observance of Holy Week.

Acting operations officer of Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao 2nd Lieutenant Christopher Rey Poblacion said as per instruction from Commandant Elson Hermogines, all officials and personnel are mandated to be on heightened alert during the observance of Holy Week.

Gasoline dealers raging war vs City Council

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:03 p.m.

CAGAYAN de Oro city councilors said Tuesday gasoline dealers are seemingly staging a war against them as one councilor recommended to file a resolution of disgust addressed to the president of the association of gasoline dealers in the city.

This, after the gasoline dealers failed to attend for the “nth time” the City Council’s invitation for them to appear in its regular session Tuesday.

Church lauds Misamis Oriental’s move on mining

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:02 p.m.

THE Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro lauded the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental for reportedly taking action against mining in the province.

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said last week’s seizure of mining equipment by provincial authorities is a good move.

SM holds fire, evacuation drill

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:00 p.m.

SM CITY Cagayan de Oro recently conducted Fire Safety Orientation and Evacuation Drill in observance of the Fire Prevention Month this March.

Almost 200 mall employees, janitorial and security agency personnel participated in the drill.

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