EMB-CAR warns officials on solid waste compliance

>> Monday, May 22, 2017

By Dexter A. See 

BAGUIO CITY  – The Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) warned local officials regionwide that they can be imposed a fine of up to P1 million or they could be imprisoned for up to six years once they continue to disregard their mandated compliance to the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, specifically the closure of open dumpsites and the establishment of environmentally acceptable solid disposal facilities.
Reynaldo S. Digamo, EMB-CAR regional director, said those local officials who will be charged by the agency will not only be limited to the local chief executives but also include the members of the city or municipal councils and appointed officials such as the municipal or city environment and natural resources officer and others who are directly involved in the management of solid waste.
Under the pertinent provisions of RA 9003, local officials who will be found to have neglected their duties and responsibilities in solid waste management could be either fined a maximum of P1 million or imprisoned for a maximum of 6 years or both at the discretion of the court.
“We want local officials to unite and work for the crafting of their solid waste management plans that will embody their direction in addressing the solid waste concerns in their respective areas of jurisdiction. We want our local officials to be aggressive in finding solutions to their solid waste concerns and not for them to be fence sitters when it comes to finding solutions to their solid waste problems,” Digamo stressed.
The EMB-CAR official called on local officials not to politicize the issue on solid waste management because what matters is the preservation and protection of the state of the environment and the promotion of the health of their constituents that is why there should be a direction in their campaign to find the appropriate environmentally acceptable solution to their solid waste concerns.
According to him, the EMB-CAR will be aggressive in evaluating, validating and monitoring the compliance of local governments to the closure of their open dumpsites and the the presence of environmentally acceptable solutions to their solid waste problems and the agency will not hesitate in initiating the filing of appropriate charges against elective and appointive officials who reportedly neglected their duties in finding solutions to their solid waste concerns.
Digamo opined that hauling could be a stop gap solution in addressing the solid waste disposal concerns of local governments but there should be efforts by the local officials to find other practical and doable solutions to the said matter to avoid draining the resources of the local government concerned.

He claimed the EMB-CAR is willing to extend technical assistance to local governments who seek their help in crafting solid waste plans and the putting in place of the appropriate environmentally acceptable technology for solid waste disposal. 


More end up dead in government drug war

6 wounded in Vigan gun attack

More suspected persons engaged in illegal drugs ended up dead in northern and Central Luzon last week.
This, as six people were wounded in a gun attack in a bar along Florentino street in Barangay 3, Vigan, Ilocos Sur before midnight on Wednesday. 
Jaris Paa, 30; Levi Figares, 31; Marcelino Arre, 50; Linden Cachola, 30, and Bryan Concepcion, 18, were brought to the Gabriela Silang General Hospital for treatment. Elsa Rabara, 51, was taken to the Metro Vigan Cooperative Hospital. 
Jaydee Paa, 26, a resident of Barangay San Julian, was arrested in a follow-up operation. 
Probers are eyeing family feud as the motive for the attack.
Salvador Marzan Jr., alias Amang, the most wanted drug personality in the Ilocos region, tried to grab the handgun of his escort after his handcuffs were removed when he sought permission to urinate on their way to Camp Diego Silang in San Fernando, La Union Tuesday, police said.
Marzan was arrested at around 10 a.m. based on a warrant for murder issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 31 Judge Romeo Atillo. An earlier raid on his house in Barangay Guinabang, Bacnotan, La Union yielded a gun and ammunition.The fatality surrendered under OplanTokhang last year, said Chief Inspector Reynaldo Soria, Bacnotan police chief.
LitoBulatao, 48, was driving his motorcycle on his way home to Barangay Turac in San Carlos City, Pangasinan when two men on another motorbike opened fire  on Tuesday.
John Paul Bernardo, 32, alias Pranco; an alias Putot and Milet Bernardo allegedly drew their guns when they sensed they had sold shabu to anti-drug operatives in Barangay Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan at around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday.
A man who has yet to be identified reportedly fired at police operatives in Barangay Pulong Sampalok also in San Rafael at around 1 a.m.
Raymond Domingo, 36, was shot by four men who entered his house in Barangay Lalangan, Plaridel on Tuesday night.

Police said the fatalities, who yielded sachets of shabu, guns, ammunition and marked money, were on the drug watch list of their respective barangays. – With reports from Ric Sapnu, Eva Visperas, Raymund Catindig


Kagawad arrested for selling shabu

By Nelson Bolos

CONCEPTION, Tarlac – A barangay councilman was nabbed selling shabu to a policeman poseur buyer here at Barangay Green Village Tuesday morning.
Supt Luis Ventura Jr. identified the apprehended village official as Noel Sanchez, 37, of Barangay Sta. Rita, here, together with Gerardo Lacson, 48, of Barangay Green Village.
Ventura disclosed Sanchez previously surrendered to police last year but apparently, he did not stop using illegal drugs and even turned into a pusher.
He submitted “negative drug test result” but police believe it was a fake drug test.
Sanchez was the second barangay official arrested for involvement in illegal drugs. Months ago, Barangay Kagawad Gil Pascua, also Barangay Sta. Rita, was also nabbed in buy-bust operation.
It was Pascua who told police that his supplier of shabu was Sanchez.
“At first, we made a ‘test-buy’ on Sanchez which turned out positive, hence, we planned an elaborate entrapment operation where he was busted for selling a sachet of shabu in Barangay Green Village”, said Ventura.   
Another sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride was also recovered from Sanchez’s pocket.
Mayor Andy Lacson said, “I do not and have never condoned illegal drugs and I have never tried using it. Let the law takes its course on what he did. As elected public officials, we should be models to our constituents. What he did is not only wrong but a crime.” 
Since Ventura assumed as town police chief last month, a total of 34 drug personalities were arrested.
Sanchez tested positive of drug use and he was charged for violation of Section 5 of RA 9165 (peddling of illegal drugs), a non-bailable offense.

This town has no record of deaths under investigation or unsolved killings of persons involved in illegal drugs.


1 dead, 3 hurt in road mishap

ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – A man died when his motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle along the national highway in Barangay San Roque in this city on Wednesday.
Mignard Cris Pua, 20, a resident of Barangay Polo, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Western Pangasinan District Hospital.

Jessie Apolinario, driver of the Ford Everest and resident of Barangay Rizalina, Aurora, Isabela, and his passengers Melanie Camasu, 34, and Alfredo Viray were injured and taken to same hospital for treatment. – Eva Visperas


Case set vs farmer for raping 4-year-old

HINGYON, Ifugao – A 65-year-old farmer was the object of a complaint here Wednesday for allegedly sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl.
The suspect identified as Jose Linlingon, was the object of a complaint by the grandmother of the victim who went to the police station here and reported that on May 5, the victim was sexually abused by their neighbor.
Investigation disclosed morning of May 6, the victim was informed by her mother that a witness told her she was raped by the suspect.
Interview conducted with the witness during a follow-up investigation disclosed that day, she and the victim were playing inside the latter’s house.
Later, the victim went outside and did not return that prompted her to look for her at house of the suspect.
Upon reaching the nearby house of the suspect, witness noticed the door was closed prompting her to peep through an opening of the door and saw the victim inside the house naked while suspect was masturbating while holding the vagina of the victim. Later, the suspect sat on the floor and forced the victim to sit on his lap. 

Police were preparing a complaint to be filed in court against the suspect at press time.


Government workers to get mid-year bonus May 15

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) recently released the guidelines on the grant of midyear bonus to government employees this year.
Under Budget Circular 2017-2, the midyear bonus, which is equivalent to the salary of employees for one month, should be given starting May 15. 
Regular, casual or contractual, appointive or elective and full or part-time employees in the executive, legislative, judiciary, constitutional commissions and offices, state universities and colleges as well as government-owned and-controlled corporations (GOCCs) covered by the compensation and position classification system are entitled to the bonus.
Only personnel who have rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four months of service starting July 1 last year and obtained a satisfactory performance rating are eligible to receive the bonus.
Retirees whose services have been extended and employees who face administrative or criminal cases that are still pending for resolution are also entitled to the bonus.

It is up to the municipal and city councils and governing boards of GOCCs whether to grant midyear bonus to their employees.   


Cordillera journey to explore region’s richness in 18 days

By Dexter A. See 

BAGUIO CITY – Ultra-running enthusiasts, environmentalists, and trekkers will have the chance to explore the region’s richness within a span of eighteen days passing through Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Abra, and Apayao through the Cordillera Great Traverse (CGT).
The elite route covers approximately 351 kilometers in distance through mountain passes, forests, rivers, waterfalls, rice terraces, villages and ancients and historical trails passing through the scenic route and major tourist attractions presenting to the foreign and local hikers and trekkers the natural beauty of the Cordillera mountains.
Leonard Soriano, CGT project leader, cited the elite route reveals some of the best trekking destinations in the world like the Appalachian Trail, the Great North Walk, Drakensberg, and GR20.
He explained the CGT is driven by a 3-part action plan that will eventually involve public participation; establish the longest and most scenic trekking or hiking trail destination in the Philippines through research, mapping, immersion with the locals, and actual reconciliation of the trails of each province.
The CGT trails have been mapped in 2014-2015 and it was completed by the expedition team when it embarked on a single-push travel from April 1-18, 2015 to cover the entire expanse of the traverse.
One of the major objectives of the traverse is to learn and share the culture of each of the indigenous peoples who have made the mountains their home for centuries with the locals as guides to establish the trails and lead the organizers to discover more about the richness of the region.
Soriano added the expedition allowed them to mutually exchange knowledge with the locals on how to protect the mountains and together with the Cordillerans, be the advocates for the protection of the Cordillera.
CGT operates under the Philippine Trail Conservation Events, Inc. and the CGT 2015 expedition team consisted of National Geographic explorers, adventurers, nature lovers, ultra runners, environmentalists, mountaineers, and fitness enthusiasts.
To date, CGT consists of strong team members contributing not just their solid athletic background but also their talent and skills as professionals in order to move the project forward after the expedition two years ago.
            Soriano said CGT is continuously looking for volunteers to join the team and that volunteer application can be sent via info@cordilleragreattraverse.com.

Among the targets of CGT for 2017 and beyond include establishing a trail system that will promote eco-tourism across the Cordillera, become a leading source of information for natural and trails in the region, conduct biological survey of plant and animal species, discover and promote cultural and historic significance of the trails, create a trail economy for the locals by supporting and developing products and services, revive the love for the mountains for the locals and the future generations and promote and implement conservation efforts with partner organizations and the government.


LTO to issue driver’s licenses with 5-year validity on October

The Land Transportation Office will begin issuing driver’s licenses with 5-year validity in October.
During a Senate committee on public services hearing Tuesday, the LTO said they see this move as one solution to the license applications backlog.
“We have already awarded the contract to supply five million cards. It will address the backlog for the 4th quarter of 2016, the entire year 2017 and first quarter of 2018,” LTO executive director Romeo Vera-Cruz said.
LTO also boasted the added security features of their new cards to ensure that these will not be duplicated or tampered with.
“In our new 5 year validity the bar code contains the picture, photo, biometrics, index finger prints history personal circumstances,” Romeo Vera-Cruz said.
Although the LTO has already been implementing the issuance of driver’s license with 5-year validity in accordance with an executive order, a law must be passed to ensure that this will last.
“Bakit natin kailangang gawing batas, unang una, para hindi magbago ang isip ng LTO kasi kung executive decision, kapag nagbago nang isip o may ibang administrasyon maaaring palitan,” said Senate committee on public service chairperson Senator Grace Poe.
(Why do we need to pass it into a law? Firstly so that LTO cannot change it. Because with an executive decision, If the LTO management change their minds, or a new administration takes office, they can change the order.)
Senator Poe’s committee yesterday approved the proposed longer validity period of driver’s license.  She targets to finish the committee report and sponsor it at the plenary next week.

Meanwhile, in the lower house of Congress, the House committee on transportation will create a technical working group to study the said bill. 



 Nigerian nursing student hit by speeding taxi dies 

BAGUIO CITY – A Nigerian national was killed when she was hit by a speeding taxicab here Tuesday around 23:10 p.m. along Magsaysay Ave. fronting AYO Building.
Police identified the victim as Oreoluwa Tope Oyinloye, 29, taking up BS Nursing at AMA and resident of Aurora Hill.
She was hit by a Toyota Innova Wagon taxi with license plate AAA-1419, driven by Julio Goloyogo Balangue, 67, of 8 Block 3 Middle Quirino Hill.
 Investigation disclosed the vehicle came from direction of EN CLEAN gasoline station and while descending opposite lane, bumped the victim. After the impact, the taxi driver accelerated his vehicle going down towards lower Magsaysay Avenue leaving the victim in front of AYO Building sprawled on the road pavement.
While traversing Lower Magsaysay Avenue junction of Buhagan Road, it again hit the rear portion of an Isuzu Crosswind Wagon Taxi with license plate AYT-420, driven by Roy Rogelio Singina Lacaben, 51, of No.  IC-104H Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet.
As a result, both vehicles involved incurred damages. This, as Oyinloye was seriously injured and brought by a certain Debbie Saddot Banagui, barangay chairperson of Lower Magsaysay Barangay to Pines Doctor’s Hospital for medical treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.
The police report didn’t say if Balangue was arrested or if court charges were filed against him.

Farmer shot dead

STO. Domingo, Ilocos Sur -- A farmer was shot dead while tending to his cattle in Barangay Quimmarayan, Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur on Monday. 
Initial investigation showed PaulinoTabula’s wife found him bloodied after she heard gunshots at around 8 a.m.
An investigation is underway.  

Cadaver found along Itogon road ravine 

ITOGON, Benguet – A cadaver was found here Wenesdday around 3:30 p.m. in a ravine 20 feet below the Baguio, Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road here in Marooc, Loacan by a certain Jerick Toda Pumahing.
The cadaver was identified as that of VenerBalangMontilla aka Cayat, 42, garage driver ofTabandaarea, km 5 , La Trinidad, Benguet, native of MaslaTadian, Mt. Province and resident of Sunflower, Alno, La Trinidad. 
He was reported missing since May 5 by La Trinidad Police Station. The cadaver was in state of advanced decomposition. A visible fracture was seen on his jaw. The cadaver was brought to Funeral Homes, Marcos Highway, Baguio City for autopsy.

 Tarlac City grenade throwers charged

By Nelson Bolos
TARLAC CITY – Three suspected grenade throwers in two recent incidents here were identified and charged in court here.
In Capas, the two suspects who lobbed a grenade at the police station were identified as Jerick Carlo Allerey, a former military personnel here of Barangay Cristo Rey and GaruTanglao of Barangay Manlapig.
A fragmentation grenade was thrown by the suspects at the front door of the Capas  police station May 1 around 12:20 a.m.
The station’s glass pane and a parked motorcycle were damaged but no one was hurt.
The suspects’ identities were established from CCTV footages and by witnesses.
In Tarlac City, Roger Caparas, of CalleOnse, Barangay Maligaya was positively identified as the one who threw a grenade at the house of Primo Lucban, also of Maligaya May 3 at around 12:55 a.m.
According to Chief Insp Augusto Pasamonte, head of police provincial investigation and detection management branch, a witness, who is Lucban’s neighbor, personally saw Caparas throw the grenade.
The witness’s identity was withheld for security reasons.
Pasamonte said all three suspects were charged before the Provincial Prosecutors Office here.  
The separate incidents of grenade throwing in Tarlac came into news limelight with the reports of series of bomb explosions in Quiapo, Manila.
Last week, during the ASEAN Summit, a bomb exploded in Quiapo where a person was killed and several others injured.
On Tuesday, Quiapo two explosions killed two persons and injuring at six others.

Driver dies in Abra motorcycle collision

BUCAY, Abra -- Two motorcycles collided here Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. in Barangay Layugan resulting to death of a driver and injury to another. A police report said the first motorcycle driven by Bryan TabadayPanela, 18 collided with another one driven by Robert Barroga, 40.
Investigation disclosed Panela was traversing said road coming from Layugan, to Poblacion but did not notice upcoming motorcycle from opposite direction resulting to collision at center lane.
Both drivers were rushed by ambulance to Bucay District Hospital for treatment but later transferred to Abra Provincial Hospital, where Barroga was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
Further investigation revealed Barroga was under the influence of liquor as found out by Dr. Rolex Gonzales, attending physician. Both motorcycles incurred undetermined cost of damages and now under the custody of Bucay police.

Man caught for extorting money from two students  

BAGUIO CITY – A young man was caught in an entrapment operation for trying to extort money from his three victims he robbed earlier of their belongings.
Police said the incident happened Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. at Sunshine Park. Victims were identified as students Rethany Darla, 20 and Michelle Dysangco, 21. They were reportedly victimized by Charles Valente Hizon, 25, resident of No.16 MRR Queen of Peace. Investigation disclosed victims were having dance practice at the park when the suspect took their bag pack containing cash, personal belongings and gadgets. The suspect later texted Darla and demanded P3, 500 so he will return their belongings.
The victims complained to police who conducted entrapment operation which led to the arrest of the suspect and recovery of stolen items.

 Farmer arrested for rape in Kiangan

KIANGAN, Ifugao – Police arrested Dello Bilibli Inway, 21 farmer, here of Sitio Awa, Julongan for rape after
Judge Romeo Habbiling of RTC BR.14 Lagawe, Ifugao issued warrant against him with no bail recommended. The accused is now detained at the town jail.

 Baguio businessman nabbed for estafa

BAGUIO CITY – A certain Kendrick P. Rodillas, 31, businessman, of Shangrila Village, San Luis here was arrested Wednesday for estafa after Jennifer Humiding, presiding judge of RTC Branch 63, La Trinidad, Benguet issued warrant against him with recommended bail of P100, 000.

 'Six million man,' arrested in Ilocos

CAMP ELPIDIO QUIRINO, Ilocos Sur- Police arrested a drug personality dubbed “Six Million Man” in Cabugao town last week.
Reports sent to Chief Supt Charlo Collado, regional police director, showed town police implemented search warrant issued by Judge Raphiel F. Alzate of RTC Branch 24, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, 1st Judicial Region in the house of a certain Elmer Benedicto Sajor, alias “Six Million Man” of Barangay Quezon, Cabugao which resulted to seizure of shabu, marijuana and illegal drug paraphernalia.
Senior Supt. Rey de Vera, town police director, said his men conducted inventory of seized items with village chief Nida Braceros, barangay council members Roger B. Savella, Engelberto Gazmen and DOJ representative Jason Villaluz. – Myds Supnad

 American arrested for child webcam sex

MABALACAT, Pampanga– An American suspected of exploiting Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, images and livestreams has been arrested in this town.
David Timothy Deakin’s arrest by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on April 20, and the rescue of two girls, is one of the largest seizures of potentially illicit digital content in the country.
Deakin has been charged with cyber crime, child pornography, child abuse and child trafficking.
“This should serve as a warning,” said Janet Francisco, NBI anti-human trafficking chief. “We will really put them in jail and they will die in jail.”
The 53-year-old suspect, originally from Peoria, Illinois, claimed he did not make videos of children.
Webcam child abuse is increasing rapidly in the Philippines, with a growing pool of pedophile buyers from the US and Europe.
The United Nations said there is an “alarming growth” of new forms of child sexual exploitation online.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is an “epidemic” with 750,000 child predators online at any given time. Almost every case stems from the Philippines, where good English speakers, increased internet connection and widespread international cash transfer systems combine with widespread poverty and easy access to vulnerable kids. 

Two men, minor nabbed for stealing burger money

LAMUT, Ifugao – Two young men and a minor were booked for allegedly forcibly opening a burger stand and stealing P5, 956 collection money placed inside a drawer.
            The alleged suspects were identified as Efren Sonio Mateo, 20; Rodel De Leon Ramos, 23 and a minor, all residents of Poblacion West. Investigation disclosed on April 4, around 2:40 a.m., the Franks burger stand in Poblacion East allegedly ransacked by the suspects who  destroyed the padlock of main door and back window of the stand then took the money. The victim identified as Maricel Bala Macario, 32, sales clerk and manager of the stand filed a complaint with the barangay office who referred the matter to police. Case was referred to the Prosecutor’s Office. 

Couple arrested for estafa in La Trinidad

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A couple was arrested here Wednesday for estafa. Police named them as Ben Mable Alindan, 39 and Marceline Alindan, 30 both residents here of Central Buyagan. 
They were arrested at their residence after Danilo P. Camacho, presiding Judge of RTC Br 62, La Trinidad, Benguet issued warrant against them, The judge set bail of P34, 000 each for their temporary liberty,

Man arrested for shabu in Santiago

SANTIAGO, Ilocos Sur -- Police implemented a search warrant issued by executive judge Gina Juan Chan of RTC Branch 22, and swooped down at Barangay Sabangan  which resulted to the arrest of Jimmy Elizaga listed by police as  “high impact target.”
Seized at the house of Elizaga were shabu contained in 13 sachets, drug paraphernalia and  cell phone used for illegal drug transactions. - MydsSupnad

Barangay security member finds gun 

BAGUIO CITY – A certain Jaime Corpuz Buenavista, 53, member of barangay security group of Barangay Lourdes Proper here turned over Wednesday to police a Cal. 38 revolver without serial number. Accordingly, he recovered the said firearm while cleaning the grassy backyard along the road in Lourdes Proper. The firearm was brought to Crime Laboratory Office, Baguio City for ballistic examination.

Man yields to tokhang

BANGUED, Abra – Police conducted OplanTokhang here Wednesday which resulted to surrender of Maximo Berras Ascano with verified true name as Junior Blancaflor Ascano, 34, unemployed, of Zone 6.
Ascano executed an oath saying he will reform and stop use of illegal drugs.

Three hurt in Bokod motorcycle collision

BOKOD, Benguet – Two motorcycles collided here Wednesday around 11:15 a.m. along  Bokod-Kabayan Road in front of Creekside Construction Supply, Gurel, Poblacion resulting to injuries of both drivers and a back-rider.  One of the drivers was identified as Jan Carlo Panayo Lictag, 17, student with his back rider Hilda Bangkey Panayo, 79 both residents here of Karao.The other motorcycle was driven by Agustin Soriano Oliveros, 54 of Pangasinan, resident of San Vicente, Baguio City.
Investigation disclosed Lictag’s motorcycle was speeding towards Poblacion, while the other was traversing to Baguio City when  Oliveros encroached the opposite lane which resulted to head-on collision.  As a result, Lictag and his back ride sustained injuries on their head and other parts of their body while Oliveros was injured on his face. All were rushed to Dennis Molintas Memorial Hospital in Barangay Daclan for treatment and later referred to Baguio General Hospital, Baguio City. Both motorcycles incurred damages and were brought to Bokod police station for safekeeping.

Machine gun confiscated in Banaue

BANAUE, Ifugao – Police confiscated a homemade 9mm machine gun here in Barangay Ducligan from a resident police didn’t name.
 Prior to this, a concerned citizen reported to police illegal discharge of firearm at said place. The report was verified and through the intervention of the punong barangay, responding personnel convinced the relative of the suspect to turnover the firearm. The confiscated firearm is now under the custody of Banaue police. The report didn’t say if the suspect was arrested.

Cattle businessman stabbed by farmer 

DOLORES, Abra – A businessman engaged in buying and selling of cattle was injured after he was stabbed by a farmer here Tuesday around 4 p.m. Barangay Taping chairman Renato Barbosa Beroña said the incident happened in his barangay wherein the victim was named as Jimmy Barbosa Beroña, 54, while the suspect was Nick Martinez Medrano, 41, both residents of same place.
Police investigation disclosed victim and his companions were playing cards when the suspect who was drunk arrived and had a heated argument with the victim. Afterwards, the suspect suddenly drew a knife and stabbed the victim hitting his left arm. The suspect was arrested by responding cops with the weapon he used in his possession.

 Ex-security guard turns over gun to police  

MANABO, Abra – A certain Ricardo De Guzman Valera, 65, retired security guard turned in to police a Cal. 38 revolver handgun without ammunition for safekeeping, saying the license of said firearm expired on July 14, 2013. Police advised Valera to renew his firearm's license.

 Businessman jailed for child abuse

BAGUIO CITY – A businessman was arrested here Tuesday for repeatedly maltreating a 13-year-old boy who is now at the Welfare office’s Silungan Center. A police report said latest incident of abuse was on Tuesday around 11:45 a.m.at Lower Balacbac, Sto. Tomas Proper. The report identified the suspect as John Sapelino Ordoñez, 30, resident of the area.
Investigation disclosed the suspect got irked for unspecified reason and mauled the victim by throwing a mono-block chair hitting the latter’s leg then banged his head on the wall because accordingly, the minor displayed misbehavior to suspect’s wife. The victim said this was not the first time Ordoñez inflicted injuries on him.  
The report did not state the relationship of the victim to the suspect. 
The case was brought to the attention of duty inquest prosecutor Margarita Manalo where she issued preliminary disposition order for the transfer of custody of the arrested suspect to the city jail.

P200-K bail set for top 2 wanted man 

BAGUIO CITY – The top 2 wanted person in this city was arrested Tuesday along Honeymoon Road for “robbery with force.” Arrested was Mark Anthony Kadiang Pacantes, 25, unemployed, of No. 35 Bengao, Bakakeng Central following warrant issued against him by  Mona Lisa V. Tiongson-Tabora, presiding judge of First Judicial Region, RTC Branch 7, Baguio City. Tabora set bail of P200,000 for temporary liberty of Pacantes.

Musician hit, hurt by taxicab

BAGUIO CITY – A musician was in injured when he was sideswiped by a taxicab in front of the Baguio Country Sounds nightspot here along Lower Magsaysay Avenue Tuesday around 5 a.m. Tuesday. 
The victim was named as Aurelio “Leo” Carino Pacalso, 51 of South Sanitary Camp who was hit by a Mitsubishi Adventure wagon taxi bearing plate number AYT 594 driven by Octavio Dalisan Dalang, 41 of Quirino Hill. Investigation disclosed Pacalso came from BCS and was crossing towards opposite side of the road when he was hit by the taxi descending from Baguio Center Mall. Pacalso was brought by the driver to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.

Responding police confiscated Dalang’s driver’s license and OR/CR of the vehicle. 


2 Banaue rice terraces villages to be ‘painted’

BANAUE Ifugao- The Department of Tourism, in partnership with Davies Paints will paint houses and other facilities of two communities of the Banaue Rice Terraces, a UNESCO world heritage site.
 The project is part of the DOT Rev – Bloom program, an initiative of DOT Cordillera regional director Venus Marie Tan that aims to and revitalize prime tourist destinations in Baguio City and Cordillera. 
One popular Rev – Bloom project of DOT – CAR, in partnership with Davies Paints, is the Mural Community Painting of STOBOSA (Stone Hill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap) along km 3, La Trinidad, Benguet.
For the Banaue Rice Terraces project, it will involve around 6,000 square meters of rooftops and roofs along the Batad rice terraces and the rooftops of around 429 houses and structures in Bocos village.
 The project was officially launched during Imbayah Festival last April 29, with Tan,  Davies Paints Phl marketing communications manager Joann Virina, Banaue Mayor Jerry Dalipog, Ifugao Gov. Pedro Mayam – o and local officials unveiling the project design beside the rice terraces marker in front of the municipal tourism office.
“Development is  bringing in more houses and structures within the rice terraces communities wherein instead of native materials are now using concrete and galvanized iron roofing, thus the project aims to enhance them to blend with the natural beauty of the terraces,” Tan said.  
Tan also called for partnership with concerned communities for the community painting project.
She also encouraged Banaue folks especially those along the roads and within the town to help in re-greening and beautification efforts for the sustainable tourism development of this town that is among the prime tourist destinations in Cordillera. Virina of Davies Paints, said they are excited of the Banaue project.
She disclosed they are developing unique colours in the shade of brown and green that will naturally blend with the rice terraces.    

Dalipog affirmed the municipal government gratitude and support to the DOT – Davies program.


Philex retains European group’s certification on work standards

TUBA, Benguet -- Philex Mining Corp. has passed a follow-up review of its IMS, or Integrated Management System, done by an independent European organization, extending the gold-and-copper producer's certification for its compliance with international standards on environmental protection, work safety, and social responsibility.
 "Management system effectiveness was verified on site by means of random sampling by an appropriately selected audit team," TÜVRheinland, a German technical-services provider, said. "This applies in particular to the compliance of workflows with standard requirements and the descriptions in management system documentation." 
In its audit report released to the company following its second review conducted on Feb. 6 - 9, TÜVRheinland added it had also taken into account the "special features" of Philex Mining's business operation and the other requirements mandated by industry regulators. 
"This was done by means of a sampling approach, by conducting interviews and reviewing the appropriate documentation," said the audit report, which also indicated that the next audit on Philex Mining is slated for March 2018. 
TÜVRheinland granted Philex Mining its first IMS Certificate in April 2015. 
The 20-page report indicated that the certification standards consist of ISO, or International Organization for Standardization, 14001:2004 + Cor. 1:2009 and the British Standard (BS) OHSAS 18001:2007. 
While the former is a "systematic approach" for the improvement of environmental protection, plus quality environmental management, the latter is "a recognized standard for the internal and external assessment of Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management Systems." 
The scope of certification on safety management includes operations in mining, milling, and tailings storage facilities, according to TÜVRheinland, which has headquarters in Germany and maintains presence in 65 countries and 36 business fields. 
 Signed by the audit leader Rolando Remitar, the report said there were no "conflicts of interest" in his team's performance. 
"The auditors confirm that they have neither performed internal audits for the organization to be audited nor provided consulting services for the development and implementation of the organization's management system in the last two years," it stressed. 
The report also said that while there were some "nonconformities" on the part of Philex Mining, these "have been demonstrably corrected," and that the "corrections and corrective actions taken in this respect have been verified." 
TÜVRheinland also took note of Philex Mining having hurdled the rigorous technical mine audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) last August.  
Philex Mining had in fact led a dozen large-scale miners that passed the DENR audit, proof that it has adhered to its commitment to responsible mining by implementing sustainable development over the past 60 years of operation. 
The TÜVRheinland report also described as "highly commendable" Philex Mining's "commitment for continual improvement," citing higher wages and attractive benefits for employees, the implementation of social projects above regulatory requirements, significant spending for environmental protection, and electronic documentation. 


Candon bypass road opened; travel to provinces shortened

 By Myds Supnad

CANDON CITY, Ilocos Sur —Travel time going to Manila, Baguio and other destinations in Luzon was shortened with opening of the P500-million bypass road here to light vehicles, decongesting heavy traffic in the city proper.
Public Works and Highways Second District Engineer Jose “Bong” Ginete, Jr. bared this Tuesday saying said half of the 7-km road was initially opened to motorists as the DPWH is now rushing completion of the alternate road.
"The bypass road will certainly relieve stress of motorists stuck in heavy traffic in the city proper during rush hours," said Ginete.
The bypass road traverses Barangays Tablac, Bagani, Paryok, up to Ayudente where the national highway links, avoiding totally the traffic inside the city proper, Ginete said.
Ginete added fund for the road was sourced by Ilocos Sur 2nd District Rep. Eric D. Singson, who is credited for concreting of arm-to-market and barangays roads even in ar-flung areas of the province.

“This will not only decongest traffic along the city proper but also shorten travel time going to Manila, Baguio and Northern destinations,” said Ginete.


Stiffer penalties eyed for PUV overloading

OVERLOADING of public utility vehicles (PUVs) may soon be a crime.
Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito has sought to criminalize overloading to prevent road accidents, which are the fourth leading cause of death in the country.
Ejercito, vice chairman of the Senate committee on public services, filed Senate Bill 1446 or the Anti-Overloading Act in line with the celebration of the 4th United Nations Global Road Safety Week.
He said the measure imposes stiff penalties, including imprisonment for drivers and operators of PUVs. 
“We have to update and strictly implement the law... Drivers of public utility vehicles have a habit of overloading at the expense of the comfort and safety of passengers,” Ejercito said.
He said in Metro Manila alone, a person is killed in road accidents every 17 hours. 
Ejercito also pushed for the passage of Senate Bill 1447 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act. The bill seeks the use of a child restraint system to protect infants and children during accidents.  

He said the Seatbelt Law only protects adults.


Towing of illegally parked vehicles pushed in Baguio

By Gaby Keith

BAGUIO CITY – The city council has passed on first reading a proposed ordinance  known as the “Towing Ordinance of the City of Baguio” that provides for a regulated towing system of damaged, abandoned, immobilized, illegally parked, or disabled motor vehicles on public right-of-way or on public or private property within the city’s streets and roads.
Authored by councilors Benny Bomogao, Michael Lawana and Faustino Olowan, the measure tasks the city engineer’s office to be primarily responsible for the implementation of its provisions.
 “Any vehicle parked on any of the highways, roads or streets, public right-of-way or other public property in the city, which is parked in violation of any provision of the law or of any ordinance of the city, may be removed under the provisions of this ordinance,” the measure states.
It adds that the chief of police, chief of traffic management office, city traffic task force, Department of Public Works and Highways, city engineer, or city parking management office is authorized to remove any vehicle and that removal shall be done only by city employees or by a licensed towing company, if there is any.
Any vehicle removed shall be impounded in a storage facility, as defined by the ordinance, or on property controlled by the city and designated for vehicle impoundment by the city.
 “Any motor vehicle left unattended on private property within the city may be removed under the provisions of this regulation.  The decision to remove any such motor vehicle shall be made by either the property owner or the city after informing the owner.  But in cases where the owner cannot be reached, yet it is a hindrance to public access can be out rightly towed,” the ordinance states.
“Any motor vehicle removed by authority of this ordinance shall be impounded in a storage facility, as herein defined,” it adds.

The proposed ordinance also provides general regulations, definitions, towing licenses needed and qualifications of towing companies, storage facility requirements, prohibited acts of towing companies or city towing authorities and other provisions.


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