BSP Launches Caravan Vs. Counterfeit Bills

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Dumaguete City launched an intensified information campaign against counterfeit money yesterday, to familiarize people with the features of genuine currency and the proper handling of currency notes and coins.

Currency specialist Sylvia Tamayo and currency analysis and redemption director Aileen Manansala of the BSP gave the lectures, saying that Negros Oriental and Dumaguete are among the reported circulation areas of fake money.

Present at the seminar were barangay treasurers and other officials, and representatives from the transport sector, who were taught about the characteristics, designs and distinct features of BSP bank notes.

Tamayo said a genuine currency has several security features, such as the watermark, security fibers, window security thread, embedded security thread, iridescent band, portrait, and the paper itself which is made of cotton and abaca, among others.

She urged the public to immediately report to them incidents of counterfeit notes being circulated.

Participants were also briefed on the laws and regulations to protect and maintain the integrity of the currency, such as making and importing and uttering false coins which in violation of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, forging treasury or bank notes or other documents payable to bearer, illegal possession and use of false treasury or bank notes and other instruments of credit, manufacturing and possession of instruments or implements for falsification and even defacement, mutilation, tearing, burning or destruction of BSP notes and coins which is a violation of Presidential Decree 247.

Today, the BSP lecturers will conduct an information campaign at the provincial command of the Philippine National Police among police investigators.

VEHICULAR ACCIDENT

A Pedestrian Believed To Be A Resident Of Brgy. Hibaiyo, Was Accidentally Hit Or Bumped By A Ceres Bus, Last April 13, 2009, Along Natl. Road Of Hibaiyo Guih.

As Of This Time, The Said Pedestrian Was Still Unidentified.

According To The Ceres Bus Driver, Identified As Franly Fabillar Lagos, On Or About 7:20 Pm More Or Less, He Was Traveling Towards San Carlos City From Guih. And While Reaching Brgy. Hibaiyo, He Accidentally Hit Or Bumped The Unidentified Pedestrian Which Allegedly Pushed By His Own Companion.

After The Incident, The Ceres Bus Driver Voluntarily Surrendered To Po2 Francio Villagonzalo, Of Guih. Pnp.

Capitol to review cockfighting ordinance

TAYASAN, Negros Oriental- A member of the provincial legislative body here is pushing for the review of a cockfighting ordinance which has been enacted way back in 2005 and obviously the same is mostly violated even by some local chief executives of towns and cities in Negros Oriental 1st District Boardmember Lea Ga Bromo bared this in an interview with the members of the media recently.

Board member Bromo who is the ordinance’s principal author pointed out that for the past years, he had observed that there are barangays in the province everytime there are fiestas where its local executives allowed the holding of “tigbakay” whish is a violation of the ordinance as it mandates the holding of cockfighting in a licensed cockpit in the locality.
The lady legislator pointed out that despite the prohibition, the same is tolerated by the local government units including chief executive officers.

The boardmember said that although during the formulation of the ordinance way back in 2005 was of the same reason and that many people and government officials see gambling as neutral activity that is netiehr bad nor good but is just a “diversion|” or “kalingawan”.

“Most politicians do not dare to stop this kalingawan for fear of losing from vote rich barangays, so gambling thrives with multiplier ill effects” said Bromo.

He elaborated that with these there arise relationship problems among spouses and children, break up of families, increasing incidence of crimes against persons and properties, worsening economic situation especially among the poor people and a host of other social problems.

The boardmember said principally the purpose why cockfighting is supposedly restricted in the licensed cockfight because it should be away from the children.

The boardmember lamented that although the ordinance has been in effect for several years, there are still mayors who even actively participate in tigbakays.

The boardmember said that with recent observations, she has started talking to some of her colleagues in the provincial for the review and revisiting of the ordinance for possible revisions, amendements and or overhauling the pertinent provisions of the ordinance.

RAPE SUSPECT ARRESTED

A rape suspect was arrested by elements of Guihulngan PHP last April 12, 2009 at Sitio Bitoclan Brgy. Calamba.

The suspect was identified as Rocky Provichado, 21 years old single. He was arrested, by virtue of Allas Warrant of arrest issued by MTC Judge Hector Barillo, dated June 14, 2004.

Said suspect was temporarily detained at Guihulngan Police Station, for proper disposition.

Internet Broadcast of Radio Natin Guihulngan

While it has been the same initiative before, the former was not able to continue its brodcast due to the high cost of retransmission thru the internet.

While the same initiative is based on a non-profit non commercial broadcast, we are requesting concerned individuals and groups to support in any way for the sustainable retransmission of the local broadcast station.

Please visit http://www.bonmark.info

NPA atrocity victim not a military asset

The 11th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, has denied allegations by the New People’s Army that the man murdered last month was a “military asset”.

Lt. Col. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 11th IB commander, said that, in fact, the victim, Reynaldo Rondubio, was an NPA member killed allegedly by his comrades for having committed an offense against the rebel movement.
Gacal was reacting to a press statement issued by the NPA’s Leonardo Panaligan Command saying that Rondubio was killed for being an informant of the military.

Rondubio, alias Roque, of Sitio Luhan, Barangay Tabon in Vallehermoso, in the province, was gunned down last Feb. 22 while walking with five companions in Sitio Sangi of the barangay, Gacal said.
Two unidentified armed men believed to be members of the NPA’s liquidation squad, the Special Partisan Unit, waylaid the group and shot dead Rondubio, he added.

Initial investigation showed that sometime in early February, a group of suspected NPAs went to the house of Rondubio and left with him two firearms – an M16 armalite rifle and a .45 caliber pistol.

The group came back two weeks to retrieve the firearms but Rondubio reportedly returned only the M-16 armalite rifle.
Gacal said he believes Rondubio was killed for his failure to return the .45 caliber pistol to the group.
He said that upon getting reports of Rondubio’s death, he had the murder investigated but could not link it to the rebel movement until the NPA-Leonardo Panaligan Command issued its press statement recently.

He also debunked allegations that they were utilizing Rondubio as an asset, considering that the man was also in conflict with the law.

Gacal said he later learned that Rondubio was a member of the NPA’s Yunit Militia in his locality, and also allegedly a police character.

YMs are residents of a particular locality organized and utilized by the NPAs as local police, and also function as “bahay bagsakan” or drop-off point for the rebels to secure firearms for safekeeping.

He condemned the NPA atrocity, saying that another innocent life has been lost because of the cruelty of the communist movement.

“They wanted to hide the truth. They are killing their own people. They are killing the same people who feed them; people whose only fault was to fall prey to their deceitful strategies,” Gacal said.

All-out war vs. drugs declared

Local government and police officials in Central Visayas, or Region 7, led by Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, declared an all-out war against illegal drugs at the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting, at the Negros Oriental convention center in Dumaguete City, Thursday.

Present at the meeting were officials and representatives of local government units and police provincial and regional officials in the region, and those from the army and other government lines agencies.

Describing the drug menace as “a monster which continues to grow,” Garcia, the PROC chairperson, said a total all-out war against illegal drugs must be waged.

Her proposal came after the observation of Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District) that the campaign against illegal drugs was hampered by the lack of coordination among law enforcers.

Arnaiz, who organized a task force composed of different law enforcement agencies in the province to combat the drug menace when he was still Negros Oriental governor, said: “The different units of law enforcers must be united” in order to gain headway in the campaign against drugs.

Dumaguete City Prosecutor Ely Escorial said the Task Force 24, which Arnaiz also organized, is a good example of unity among law enforcers and should be replicated.

During the discussion, it was found out that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, which is the lead agency in the campaign against illegal drugs, has long been delayed in deputizing policemen to be assigned in the drugs campaign.
Siquijor Gov. Shane Fua said that in his province not a single PDEA agent has been assigned. PDEA agent David Mark Maramba assured that the concerns raised are now being addressed.

He also said that there are only 40 PDEA agents in Region 7, and that, the agency is still in the process of capability-building. This apparently disappointed Garcia who was surprised why until now the agency is still in that process when the drug problem has already become a monster.

Fua said a committee to have representations from the different law enforcement units, the prosecutor’s office, the court and other government agencies, will meet in Siquijor soon to formulate a doable program, in the all-out war against illegal drugs.

Mayors may face charges for failure to put up landfills

Mayors in Negros Oriental, except those of the cities of Bais and Bayawan, may be facing administrative or criminal sanctions for failure to put up sanitary landfill in their localities.
Amancio Dongoy, solid waste management regional coordinator of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas, said that under Republic Act 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, all local government units are mandated to construct a sanitary landfill by 2006.

In the province, only Bayawan and Bais have established landfills, and rest of the LGU’s are still into open dumpsite.
Irish Nabua of the National Solid Waste Management Commission said, mayors who failed to put up sanitary landfill after February 2006, may be sanctioned administratively, with suspension, or may face criminal charges with the Ombudsman under RA 9003.

Nabua, however, said that under the so-called “strike-three” policy, the mayors are issued notices, two of them to notify them of their violation, and the third notice on the sanction to be imposed on them by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The notices will be issued by the DENR.

Nabua and Dongcoy were resource persons during a forum on solid waste management at the provincial convention center in Dumaguete yesterday.

Dongcoy said that except for Bais, the 24 local government units in the province were issued the first notice in June 2008. After that notice, Bayawan, complied with the law.

Nabua said the second notice is expected to be issued next month to the 23 mayors in Negros Oriental. But, Dongcoy said the issuance of the second notice will have to be settled first with the people in their central office, because in their workshop lately, it was realized that the immediate construction of sanitary landfill may be an immediate necessity in Manila, but not in the provinces.

“The purpose of the sanitary landfill is to address the putrid smell of the dumpsite and prevent possible ground water pollution. But small dumpsite will not cause ground water pollution,” Dongcoy said.
He added the DENR may consider the measures initiated by LGU’s on the management of their solid waste, apart from the putting up of the sanitary landfill.

Jimalalud Mayor Reynaldo Tuanda, president of the League of Municipalities in Negros Oriental, said the requirement for the construction of a sanitary landfill is good, however, most LGU’s cannot afford to spend P7 to P8 million for the facility.
“We can only do so much. While we take this as a priority, there are also other priorities that we have to consider. Yet as our IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment) for example is only P40 million, what can we do?” Tuanda said.

Now they are threatening mayors with administrative charges for non-compliance (with the law). So be it,” Tuanda added.
Tuanda suggested that the DENR be the one to construct the sanitary landfill.

Implement anti-rabies law, LGU’s urged

Gov. Emilio Macias II is urging all local government units in Negros Oriental to strictly implement Republic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, to control and eliminate human and animal rabies.

The Provincial Rabies Control Committee has also intensified efforts to make Negros Oriental rabies-free by 2010.

Records, however, show that in January alone, out of 170 animal rabies cases reported at the provincial hospital two persons have died in Tanjay City and San Jose, respectively, after being bitten by a rabid dog.

Last year, 1,744 animal rabies cases were reported to the Integrated Provincial Health Office, with three deaths.

The provincial committee has identified working groups such as legal or law enforcement, rapid response team, laboratory diagnostic, surveillance, information team, among others, to step up the campaign on RA9482 to prevent and control of rabies, and encourage responsible pet ownership.

The law requires pet owners to regularly have their dogs vaccinated against rabies and maintain a vaccination registration card, submit their dog for mandatory registration, maintain control of their dog and not allow it to roam any public place without a leash, provide their dog with proper grooming, adequate food and clean shelter, report within 24 hours any dog biting incident for investigation or appropriate action, assist the dog bite victim immediately, and shoulder the medical expenses of the victims.

For their failure to comply with the requirements, pet owners may be fined P2,000 to P25,000

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