Tuesday’s clash landed the 32-year-oldtruck driver Rene Paulino and his helper Julie Ann Toledo at the WesternVisayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district. They both sustained bruises onthe body. Paulino and Toledo were recuperating asof this writing./PN According to police investigators,Paulino was driving the van bound for Calinog, Iloilo when he lost control andcrashed into a tree around 5:45 a.m. ILOILO City – Two men got injured afterthe truck they were riding crashed into a tree in Barangay Guinagaringan, PassiCity, Iloilo.
* To recognize LGUs efforts and hardwork on ecological solid waste management and greening programs in the provinceof Iloilo Previously known as the Clean and Greencontest, Gawad KKK spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and NaturalResources Office (PENRO) aims to evaluate and assess the implementation of thesolid waste management program by the LGUs. The towns were adjudged based on theirenvironmental organization, education, engineering, enforcement, economicsustainability, pollution control program, health and sanitation, and urbanspace greening program. Mitzi Peñaflorida, PENRO seniorenvironmental management specialist, said Bingawan town has gained the highestscore with its establishment of a final disposal facility. * To assess the effectiveness andsustainability of solid waste management and greening program in the province Bingawan led by town mayor MarkPalabrica received a trophy and a cash prize of P300,000 for the said award. According to Peñaflorida, PENRO’s four objectivesfor the conduct of the search are the following: * To establish and increase behavioralchange among communities toward environment protection and conservation./PN Mayor Mark Palabrica (4th from left) of Bingawan, Iloilo receives the cash prize and trophy as champion of the 2019 Gawad Kalinisan, Kalusugan, at Kasaganaan Award for outstanding ecological and sustainable waste management system at the Iloilo provincial capitol on Dec. 5. BINGAWAN LGU The town of Mina was declared as thesecond-place winner while New Lucena got the third spot. ILOILO – For its successful andsatisfactory performance in the implementation of solid wastemanagement program, the municipality of Bingawan emerged as winner amongthe 29 participating local government units (LGUs) in the search for the 2019Gawad Kalinisan, Kalusugan, at Kasaganaan Award (Gawad KKK) for outstanding LGUfor E+3S. * To increase community awareness andencourage other stakeholders to become more actively involved on environmentalissues and concerns; and Evaluators for the contest consisted ofrepresentatives from the PENRO, the Department of Environment and NaturalResources- Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Education, Departmentof the Interior and Local Government, and other non-government agencies.
An undercover officer initially boughtfrom Bachoco a sachet of suspected shabu for P,1,500. ILOILO City – A taxi driver was arrestedin a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Buyo, Santa Barbara, Iloilo. Eleven more sachets of suspected illegaldrugs were seized during Bachoco’s arrest around 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, policesaid. The 42-year-old resident Bernard Bachocowas taken to the Santa Barbara police station. The suspect was detained. He faces chargesfor violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN
He ordered theimmediate relief of Ferrer, who could face criminal and administrative charges. Minerva however was released from detentioncell of Jordan police station, hours after paying a P72,000 bail bond. But he wasstill under restriction by the GPPO. “I have time andagain reminded them not to drink liquor while on duty…but they are reallyhard-headed,” said Maestral. Maestral also relievedthe Guimaras Provincial Mobile Force chief, Police Lieutenant Colonel RaymundCruz for command responsibility. The shootinghappened at around 4:05 a.m. at the GPPO mess hall. Both Ferrer and Minerva were members ofthe Guimaras Provincial Mobile Force. There was a heatedargument between the two policemen, with Ferrer eventually drawing his gun, a Glock17 pistol. Police Corporal Erwin Ferrer, 33, was charged by his his fellow officer PoliceStaff Sergeant Jeremy Minerva, 35, of Arevalo district for the crime offrustrated homicide. The gun,unfortunately, went off, hitting Minerva. Ferrer andMinerva have just returned to the GPPO from the field, according to PoliceColonel Hector Maestral. ILOILO City –– A complaint of attemptedhomicide has been filed against a policeman accused of shooting his colleagueduring a heated argument at the Guimaras Police Provincial Office (GPPO) inBarangay Alaguisoc, Jordan, Guimaras. The duty guard, PoliceCorporal Francis Joe Sartaguda, tried to disarm Ferrer and Minerva tried tohelp Sartaguda. Cruzwas temporarily replaced by Police Captain Stephen Lee Betansos./PN
The drug testing was conducted afterthe flag-raising ceremony on Jan. 13. ILOILO City – A total of 161 personnelfrom the headquarters of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) underwent randomdrug testing in line with the directive of Philippine National Policeofficer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa for an intensifiedinternal cleansing. Brigadier General Rene P Pamuspusan,regional police director, announced to all provincial and city directors duringthe command conference on Jan. 10 that internal cleansing remained one of hispriorities./PN Personnel found positive for illegalsubstances will be dismissed from the service for conduct unbecoming, sheadded. There were simultaneously drug tests,too, in various provincial and city police offices region-wide for a target of25 percent of the total population of the PRO-6 this first quarter of 2020. The 161 personnel were randomlyselected from various divisions of the PRO-6. More unannounced drug tests will beconducted, to be administered by the Regional Crime Laboratory Office, said PoliceLieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, regional public information officer of thePRO-6.
Over 10 gangs have so far beenidentified and they expressed willingness to participate in GRIP. Colonel Roland Vilela, director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “These gangs are mostly involved sa mga rumble kasi walang nagdi-direct ngkanilang buhay. This made me decide namagkaroon ng programa na magingresponsible sila at mabago natin angkanilang buhay,” said Police Colonel Roland Vilela, IPPO director. “We are also planning to look for jobsfor them para maging busy sila sa trabaho. Kasi minsan ang members nggangs kulang sa pansin ng pamilya atwalang trabaho kaya naisip nila na gumawanang kung anu-ano,” said Vilela./PN ILOILO – The Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice (IPPO) launched a program geared at reforming troublesome gangs. The Gang Reformation and IntegrationProgram (GRIP) calls for, among others, the identification of gangs in theprovince and enlisting them in productive activities of the police in theirrespective areas. Vilela said one of these activities issports competitions. These could veer the gangs away from criminal activitiessuch as drug trafficking, he said.
Tano said the LGU of Tubungan also provided the family with relief goods. Albert Galan, Lambunao MDRRM officer, said the workers are now quarantined at Jayobo Barangay Health Center, the village’s designated isolation center for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and under strict monitoring by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team. ILOILO – The local government unit (LGU) of Tubungan facilitated the return of a family stuck in the town for more than a month due to the ongoing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the province. On May 3, aboard the vehicle of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion and with their ECQ pass issued by the Tubungan LGU, the workers were fetched by the members of the Lambunao Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office at the town’s border. Emelyn Estando-Tano, head of the Tubungan Public Employment Service Office, said the family, composed of seven individuals, sought the assistance of her office. They were caught in the province-wide lockdown and left with no more money to buy their needs. Tano said the LGU of Tubungan coordinated with the office of Lambunao’s Mayor Reynor Gonzales who, through a letter of acceptance, allowed the return of the workers provided they shall undergo the required 14-day quarantine period and other health protocols. A village official in Ingay, Tubungan took custody of the family, letting them stay in his house while generous residents sustained their needs. Galan said each worker was given food packs containing five kilograms of rice, assorted canned goods and noodles. Tears rolled down on the face of the mother when she saw the military truck on Sunday. The Gallego family from Barangay Jayobo, Lambunao town are laborers in a local resort which was undergoing improvement but whose owners were also stranded in Manila. “She was so happy that they could go home already and grateful for the hospitality of the people who welcomed and took care of them as well as those who facilitated their return,” said Tano. Iloilo province is under an extended ECQ until May 15. (PIA-6/PN)
“This project is under the DA’s Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra COVID-19 that targets to increase our local production of rice and to attain food security,” said Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter. ILOILO City – Rice farmers in Western Visayas will receive rice seeds and fertilizer subsidies from the Department of Agriculture (DA) beginning this May in time for the 2020 wet cropping season. Meanwhile, one bag of hybrid seeds and three bags of urea fertilizer per hectare will be distributed to farmers who prefer to grow hybrid rice particularly in areas with sufficient irrigation. About 68,234 hectares in the region will benefit from this subproject. The RCEF Enhanced will cover 179,878 hectares of rice areas in the region. All beneficiaries must have been listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) to receive the free seeds and fertilizers. The Expanded Inbred subproject will cover 47,574 hectares. “For farmers to avail of free Urea fertilizer, they have to present an official receipt indicating that they had already bought Triple 14 and/or 16-20-20 for balanced fertilization,” said Recoter. The RRP has three subprojects including the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Enhanced, Expanded Inbred, and Expanded Hybrid. DA allotted P1.06 billion for the provision of certified inbred and hybrid seeds as well as inorganic fertilizer to rice growers of Region 6 through the Rice Resiliency Project (RRP). Farmers who purchased fertilizers since April 24, 2020, from Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority-accredited stores are qualified to avail of the inputs. “We should not depend a portion of our food supply from other countries as there are indications that other countries such as Thailand and Vietnam may secure their own production for their domestic consumption, as global supply tightens amidst the pandemic, echoes DA secretary William Dar,” said Recoter. RCEF beneficiaries who received certified inbred seeds from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) could avail themselves of two bags of Urea fertilizer per hectare. Under the Expanded Inbred subproject, one bag of certified inbred seeds and two bags of Urea fertilizer per hectare will be given to farmer-beneficiaries. Those who cultivate good seeds or home-saved seeds will also be given two bags of urea fertilizer for a hectare of rice land. The RRP aims to increase at least 0.3 metric tons to 1.5 metric tons per hectare average yield of palay production in Western Visayas. (Sheila Mae Toreno, DA-6/PN)
The government wanted new funding for testing subsidies and hiring of 50,000 contact tracers, the Palace spokesperson added. Roque earlier said the government could only afford a stimulus package worth P140 billion, which is similar to the Senate’s proposal. “Importante naman talaga na ma-renew o ma-extend po ‘yang Bayanihan dahil napakadami pong mga benepisyo gaya ng sa health workers na natigil nung napaso na po itong Bayanihan Act,” Roque said in an interview with Teleradyo. Meanwhile, House of Representatives Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said the House is ready to approve the second part of the Bayanihan law to further help the government address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III informed him that the Executive branch intends to ask the Senate and House of Representatives to convene in a special session after details of the stimulus package have been ironed out. Last week, President Duterte told the Association of Southeast Nations that he would ask Congress to pass measures to boost the Philippines’ response to the pandemic. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will urge Congress to call for a special session to pass the proposed stimulus package for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response and recovery efforts or Bayanihan 2. “The House leadership under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is committed to approve the Bayanihan to Recover as One bill or the Bayanihan II to help President Rodrigo Duterte kickstart our economy and strengthen the government’s fight against the spread of COVID-19,” Romualdez said. Congress adjourned session last month without passing the bill seeking to extend the validity of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which gave Duterte special powers for three months to effectively tackle the COVID-19 crisis. The law expired on June 25./PN