KALIBO, Aklan – Seven individuals were confirmed dead after a dragon boat capsized in waters off Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan Wednesday morning. It was not yet clear what caused the accident./PN The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said there were 21passengers on board the Boracay Team Dragon Boat. The accident occurred along the waters off Sitio Lingganayin Barangay Manoc-Manoc. The PCG team brought the 14 survivors to the Saint GabrielHospital for treatment.
The curfew is from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.But with the simbang gabi usuallystarting at 4 a.m., policemen expect churchgoers – including youngsters – to beup and about much earlier. ILOILO City – The traditional simbang gabi starts today. It is anine-day predawn mass leading to Christmas Day. Police visibility will be maximized todeter lawless elements from striking, said Police Lieutenant Colonel JoemMalong, PRO-6 spokesperson. “We want the Yuletide season peacefuland orderly,” said Malong. “We appeal for public cooperation.” There will be “preventive patroloperations”, said Malong. The PRO-6 has 6,160 police personnel. Under Regulation Ordinance No. 2016-230, which amended Regulation Ordinance No. 2011-676, minors (those below 18years old) are prohibited from loitering beyond 10 p.m. in restaurants,nightclubs, motels, dancehalls, amusement places such as Internet cafes, videoarcades, karaoke bars, billiard halls, beach resorts and other similarestablishments.Also under the curfew ordinance, minors are prohibited from selling or vendingwhatever items (including food and beverages) even with their parents orguardians around, and its shall be unlawful for business establishments toadmit minors within their premises during curfew hours./PN ICPO advised youngsters to better gostraight to church and not loiter in public plazas. The full alert status will last untilJan. 5, 2020. In Iloilo City, simbang gabi is not an excuse for minors to flout the curfew,according to the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO). The PRO-6 will be tapping 12,917 forcemultipliers (barangay tanods, volunteers and barangay officials). Community firecracker zones would alsobe posted with policemen. The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6)is on full alert status, said Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan,regional director.
MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredopostponed therelease of her much-awaited drug war report following a magnitude 6.9earthquake that struck Davao del Sur. Vice President Leni Robredo shows a copy of a report accomplished during her short stint as the country’s antidrug czar during a press briefing at the Office of the Vice President in Quezon City on Dec. 16. ABS-CBN News Last week, Robredo announced she isreleasing on Monday her findings and recommendations on the administration’sbloody antidrug campaign. Renato Solidum, head of the PhilippineInstitute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the quake could have been causedby the Tambulan Fault, which has a “low” chance of generating anothertremor with a maximum magnitude of 7.2. Robredo was previously appointed byPresident Rodrigo Duterte as co-chairperson of Inter-Agency Committee onAnti-Illegal Drugs along with Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency chair AaronAquino following her comments that the administration’s war on drugs was afailure./PN Robredo added that the nation must uniteto help those affected by the quake, the fifth earthquake above magnitude 6.0 tohit Mindanao since October. Some 442 aftershocks, the strongest ofwhich is magnitude 5.2, have hit the region as of 4 a.m. Monday, he said. “Many people in Mindanao have beentraumatized by the series of temblors,” she said. “I am still consulting myteam on the best time to go to Mindanao.” The opposition stalwart also urged thepublic to donate tents and drinking water for affected residents in the Sundayafternoon quake. “Minabutinamin na ipagpaliban muna…Panahon na ito na magkaisa tayo,” said the Vice President, who showed tothe media a copy of her supposed drug war report on Monday morning.
Bacong wasdetained in the lockup cell of Police Station 7, facing charges./PN Bacolod City – Policearrested a woman in a stabbing incident in Barangay Alijis. Amelita Bacong was put behind bars after she allegedly stabbed her son-in-law in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City on Jan. 1. POLICE STATION 7/BCPO Tagged suspectwas 57-year-old resident Amelita Bacong, a police report showed. Esparterosustained a stab wound on the stomach, police said. He was brought tothe South Bacolod General Hospital here for medical treatment. Bacong allegedlystabbed her 35-year-old son-in-law Roberto Espartero around 12:30 p.m. on Jan.1, the report added.
The 33-year-old resident Rosito Merito, who sustained two gunshotwounds on the body, was found at a sugarcane plantation around 7:35 a.m. onWednesday, a police report showed. According to his brother Ronely, four suspects Jimmy Tavera, JR Tavera,Jojie Tavera and a certain “Ogak” chased Rosito around 12:15 p.m. on Monday.Rosito failed to return home since then. BACOLOD City – Already in the state of decomposition, a body was foundin Barangay Bi-ao, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Officers of the Binalbagan municipal police station conducted a manhuntoperation against the suspects, who fled after the incident./PN
The vehicle then dragged Labrador beforeit fell into a ditch and hit a gate of a nearby house. BACOLOD City – Four persons were killedand two others were injured after a car crashed against a motorcycle inBarangay Tortosa, Manapla, Negros Occidental. The municipal police stationofficer-in-charge Jaynick Bermudez identified the fatalities as Delina Abara,56; Angeles Salmorin, 80; Dolores Granada, 83 of Isabela, Negros Occidental and15-year-old resident Jeljuride Labrador. The 77-year-old Rolinda Barte and39-year-old Anabelle Estil, meanwhile, sustained injuries on the body. A rescuer tries to assist the victims of the road accident in Barangay Tortosa, Manapla, Negros Occidental on Feb. 21. MANAPLA MUNICIPAL POLICE STATION All of the victims were rushed to ahospital where the attending physician declared the four of them as “dead onarrival.” According to police investigators, thecar driven by 38-year-old Frolian Samillano allegedly hit Labrador who wassitting on his motorcycle along the road while attending a wake around 2:45a.m. on Feb. 21. Samillano was detained in the lockupfacility of the Manapla Municipal Police Station. Investigations were ongoingas of this writing./PN
Felix Alejo – PUM who escaped mandatoryquarantine in Mambukal Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental – was arrested by atracker team led by Colonel Romeo Baleros, director Negros Occidental PoliceProvincial Office, around 10 p.m. on March 19, a police report showed. However, the provincial government alsoconsidered the 84 passengers who traveled from Clark as persons undermonitoring (PUMs) and required them to undergo quarantine after arriving in theprovince. Baleros then posted on his Facebookaccount a call for assistance in search for Alejo, whose family name wasinitially reported as Alejano, based on the information given to the police. Alejo was one of the 84 residents ofNegros Occidental who arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from the ClarkInternational Airport earlier that day.“He (Alejo) said that he thought those who (are required to undergo quarantine)are people coming from Metro Manila while he came from Pampanga,” Baleros said yesterday. Silay City government provides trucks and a bus to the 84 Negrense persons under monitoring who arrived in Bacolod-Silay Airport in Negros Occidental from Clark International Airport going to a resort on Thursday. They will stay there for a 14-day mandatory quarantine for individuals with possible coronavirus disease 2019 infection. RYAN GAMBOA FACEBOOK PAGE According to police investigators, thePUMs arrived to the resort where they are going to stay for two weeks afterarriving in this province. Two hours later, Provincial Administrator RayfrandoDiaz – the one that facilitated the transport of the group – informed Balerosthat one of the PUMs already left. “I thank the netizens of Bacolod fortheir help. We’re able to promptly arrest Felix Alejo and he’s now back in theresort for mandatory quarantine. Together, we can find the solution to endCOVID-19,” Baleros said.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN) Alejo will face charges for disobedienceto person in authority and violation of Republic Act 11332, or the Mandatory Reportingof Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern act. Bacolod City – Police arrested a personunder monitoring (PUM) in his residence in Barangay Bata.
A brief scuffle ensued betweenMartinez and Dagoon, after which the latter sought assistance to police officerswho were able to collar the suspect. Theft suspect Gerald Martinez sits handcuffed inside the headquarters of Iloilo City Police Office Station 1. He was caught stealing a belt bag containing cash from a television reporter in Barangay President Roxas, City Proper on Tuesday. ICPO He was accused of breaking into thecar of Rena Dagoon, 42, of Barangay Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo. Gerald Martinez ofBarangay Tanza Esperanza, City Proper was caught around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, apolice report showed. Dagoon told police she was recordingfootage of the situation in the area when she heard a noise from her vehicle.And when Dagoon went on to check, she saw Martinez holding a belt bagcontaining cash amounting to P2,148 and other identification cards he hadtaken. ILOILO City – Police arrested a manwho tried to steal a bag from a television reporter in Barangay PresidentRoxas, City Proper. Martinez was immediately taken to thePolice Station 1 for the filing of the appropriate case against him./PN
* creation of COVID testing teams in district hospitals to augment the testing capacity of rural health units ILOILO – Hoping to make an economic rebound while containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.’s Executive Order (EO) No. 110 enforcing an extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) allows the reopening of establishments and industries concerning agriculture, among others. Meanwhile, the additional COVID-19 measures he ordered included the following: * gas stations; liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stores/outlets The ECQ has been extended up to May 15, unless stretched further. “This is a drastic short-term measure that is necessarily limited by its impact on the economy…(A)djustments…have to be made so that it does not cause other humanitarian crises owing to economic downturn,” stressed Defensor. He described as a “bigger challenge” the recovery of the local economy “while implementing effective ECQ measures.” * establishment of common municipal quarantine facilities to handle asymptomatic COVID-19-positive patients as well as persons under monitoring/PN * those into manufacturing / processing of basic food products Defensor also stressed that local government units “must maintain full operational personnel in frontline or critical services such as health, waste management, disaster risk reduction and management, provided that the applicable advisories and guidelines of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry shall be followed.” The following are allowed to resume their operation: * business and knowledge process outsourcing * municipal public markets, provided that, while the same shall be open on a daily basis, scheduled market days shall be suspended; provided further that only such number of barangays, as may be determined by the municipal mayor, shall have access to the public market on a given day; One such measure is social distancing. He said it should be observed in establishments and businesses allowed to operate to avoid the further transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. * auto supplies * establishments providing essential health / medical / hygiene products, such as medicines and vitamins; soap, detergents, shampoo and disinfectants; diapers, feminine hygiene products and tissue/toilet papers; personal protective equipment (PPE), facemasks, face shields, gloves and goggles; * agricultural supply stores * designation of district hospitals to accommodate persons under investigation with mild symptoms * water refilling stations WHO’S RESUMING OPERATION? * veterinary clinics * those into manufacturing / processing of essential health medical and hygiene products So what are the establishments, industries and livelihood allowed to resume? Defensor’s EO No. 110 listed several – more than those that were allowed during the initial ECQ last month. Restrictions on the travel of persons as well public transportation, however, are being maintained. Only those with quarantine passes are allowed to go out of their homes. * logistics service providers / common carriers engaged in cargo handling, warehousing, freight hauling / forwarding * those providing services for health needs such as hospitals, medical clinics, diagnostic centers and laboratories * public utilities (power, energy, water, telecommunications, information technology and waste management) He, however, stressed: “In all these, there must be a rationalization of personnel and work hours and/or implementation of work-from-home arrangements.” * other essential services such as postal service; repair and installation of machinery and equipment essential to the allowed establishments, industries and livelihood sectors; repair of information technology equipment and other essential household appliances; commercial buildings and landscape maintenance services; essential manpower services; security services; leasing and rental of machineries and equipment; accommodation used as quarantine facilities for overseas Filipino workers / repatriates; , as well as temporary accommodation for the allowed essential establishments, industries and livelihood sectors; laundry services; funeral services * restaurants, fast food chains and food stalls, provided that sale of food shall only be on “take-out” basis * media * agriculture and fisheries * companies / firms engaged in the manufacturing/processing of export products * financial service providers such as banks, stock markets, credit facilities, pawnshops, money transfer services; payment and remittance centers * hardware stores * supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, sari-sari stores and bakeshops * mandatory testing “If the economy is not functioning, the ECQ won’t be sustainable and it will not be effective,” explained Defensor. * mining and quarrying * delivery services, whether e-commerce platform, in-house or out sourced, for non-essential products
Host families are needed for the 2014-2015 school year. Students are available from many different countries and families choose their student based on common interests, religious preferences, gender, or other characteristics.To become a host family, one only needs to be able to provide room and board and transportation to school, including the school bus. On-line applications are available at Council for Education Travel website or by contacting local coordinator Betty Bourquein at 934-4454.Students come with a proficiency in English, their own insurance, and their own spending money. They are to become a member of your family responsible for following the house rules, maintaining grades at school, doing light chores, and participating in family activities.“One needs to think globally but act locally to enjoy the benefits of this lifelong relationship with someone from another part of the world,” Bourquein said.