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6th November 2011
DOLE 8 forms So. Leyte tourism industrial peace council
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on November 6, 2011, 10:55 pm

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Nov. 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday held a forum with owners of resorts, hotels, and restaurants here and elsewhere in the province held at Candy’s Function hall this city.

The day-long activity discussed issues involving the key players of the tourism industry, leading to the formation of a tripartite industrial peace council on this particular sector.

DOLE provincial field Officer Fe Norma Valuis said that throughout the entire region, the labor agency succeeded in forming tripartite industrial peace councils on three major groups, such as the power sector, the manufacturing sector, and the third in the series to be organized were the operators of hotels, restaurants and resorts, and tourism-related ventures (HRT).

In his inspirational message, DOLE Regional Director Atty. Forter Puguon, emphasized that among the thrusts of his office was to strengthen labor relations between management of private business, the workers, and the government, or the development of a tripartite dialogue to resolve conflicts and promote peace.


New crime lab in So Leyte opens amid high expectations
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on November 6, 2011, 10:53 pm

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (PIA) -- Leading forensic experts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local officials, on Thursday graced the opening and blessing rites of the Provincial Crime Laboratory Office (PCLO), located at the back of the capitol compound, this city.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Gov. Damian Mercado and City Mayor Maloney Samaco, and they were assisted by PCSupt. Lorlie Nilo Arroyo, Director of the Crime Laboratory, and PSupt. Rea Villavicencio, Chief of the Regional Crime Laboratory, Region 8 Office.

Also attending the event were PSupt. Allan Cuevillas, the new PNP Provincial Director, and PSupt. Pepito Pacada, formerly the PNP Provincial Director now serving as the Regional Chief of Staff. Pacada was representing PCSupt. Arnold Revilla, the Regional PNP Director.


3rd November 2011
Hongkong national killed, said to be Jackie Chan's classmate
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on November 3, 2011, 11:21 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

November 4, 2011

MAASIN CITY – The body of alleged Hongkong national was exhumed Thursday afternoon in a shallow grave located in the hilly area in sitio (sub-village) Cantimog, Libhu village in this city three days after his wife reported to the police the crime committed almost seven months.

The gravesite was located more than two kilometers from the house of Marites Barring Fung, who claimed to be the wife of the victim, 61 years old Kwok Che Fung reportedly of Hongkong.

According to Maasin City police chief, PSUPT. Hector Enage, Marites went to the police station on October 31 and reported the crime and pointed to his live-in partner, 30 years old Joenard Labor Mangmang, also of sitio Cantimog as the perpetrator.

Enage said, Mangmang who was picked up by the elements of the Maasin police station, admitted to be part of the crime and volunteered to accompany the authorities to the location where he and one Marlon Prenio buried the victim on April 8 this year.


28th October 2011
Environment CCT to be piloted in So. Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 28, 2011, 4:30 am

By Jani Arnaiz
October 28, 2011

MAASIN CITY – Environment Conditional Cash Transfer (ECCT) anyone?

The German government funded agency GIZ is in negotiation with the provincial government to fund a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program benefiting at least 200 households in five towns in the province.

Called Environment CCT (E-CCT) aims to help the poorest of poor in upland farming and coastal areas to alleviate their living conditions, says Andreas Lange, GIZ regional coordinator.

According to Andreas Lange, GIZ regional coordinator, the program which is targeting the poorest of poor from upland farmers and fishermen, aims to sustain the living condition of about 500 families with five children in five selected towns in the province.

“We are now preparing a memorandum of agreement with the provincial government on how the program will be implemented through DSWD,” said Lange in an interview at YISEDA site in Lunas village, Maasin City.


DOTC line agencies in EV set safety measures for commuters on All Saints Day
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 28, 2011, 4:17 am

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Oct. 28 (PIA) –- The Regional line agencies under the Department of Transportation and Communication have put in place safety measures pursuant to the directive of DOTC Secretary Manuel Roxas II to ensure the safety of passengers and adequacy of transportation alternatives amid an expected influx of travelers on All Saints Day.

The DOTC Regional Management Council 8 composed of the Land Transportation and Franchising Board, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Land Transportation Office, Philippine Postal Corporation, MARINA, Telecommunications Office, Philippine Ports Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard, recently met at the Ritz Tower de Leyte, in order to set up measures under the DOTC’s Ligtas na Undas.

PCG Senior Chief Petty Officer Melchor Revadulla, Coast Guard Tacloban station commander informed that foremost to the agenda is the setting up of help desks and the manning of which will be through the integrated efforts of all the members of the DOTC family, the Local government Unit, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and other non-government organizations.


Take necessary precautions when leaving your residences unattended, police warns public
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 28, 2011, 4:14 am

TACLOBAN CITY Leyte -- A house left unguarded is a prime target for break-ins and thefts, the Police Community Relations Office 8 said as it warned the public to take precautionary precautions when leaving their houses unattended during the Halloween.

The general rule is never leave the house unattended. Someone must remain to man the house, the PNP advised and enjoined the public to heed as all roads are expected to lead to the cemeteries for the traditional rites of remembering the departed on All Saints and All Saints Day.

Families must schedule their visits to the cemeteries and not go there altogether, leaving their houses easy prey for unscrupulous persons.

Thieves may take the opportunity to get inside the seemingly abandoned homes while its occupants are in the cemeteries paying respect to their departed loved ones.

To preclude the possibility of criminal elements taking advantage of unattended residences, homeowners must coordinate with barangay or neighborhood authorities for special security arrangements.


DPWH bans display of streamers along national roads
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 28, 2011, 4:11 am

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte -- The Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH),by virtue of an order issued by Secretary Rogelio Singson, is banning the hanging and displaying of streamers, tarpaulins, and other commercial advertising signage along the national roads nationwide.

Memorandum Circular Number 4 issued on October 6, 2011 and received by the DPWH provincial office on October 12, tasked the Regional Directors and District Engineers to strictly enforce specific provisions of the National Building Code and other Administrative Orders that regulate the display of banners on national and secondary roads.

“These unauthorized billboards confuse or obstruct the view of the motorists or interpretation of official traffic signs, signals or devices. The installation and display of billboard within the road right-of-way shall be totally banned and those already installed shall be removed, with the observance of due process procedures laid down in Administrative Orders No. 160 and 160-A,” the Memo Circular signed by Sec. Singson said.


EFOS- mangrove tree planting project in Silago reaches 19,000
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 28, 2011, 4:09 am

By ES Gorne

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – The Enhancing Food Security in the Visayas (EFOS)- mangrove tree planting project based in Barangay Hingatunggan, Silago has already planted 19,000 mangrove trees under contract with the Southern Leyte mangrove greenbelt project (SLMGP), as of press time.

The said SLMGP contract covers for the people’s organization based in Hingatunggan to plant 26,000 mangrove trees at the Hingatunggan Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Silago, Southern Leyte, Brgy. Hingatunggan Kagawad Leonila Apdo disclosed to PIA –Southern Leyte in an interview Saturday.

Apdo said the 78 families, who are the proponents of the SLMGP – Silago, were each tasked to plant 300 mangrove trees each.

She said the group is responsible to look after the mangrove trees planted to be alive, otherwise, every mortality of mangrove tree planted shall be replaced immediately.


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