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Archive for May, 2006

Pranksters, grudge eyed in bombing of steel plant

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Pranksters, grudge eyed in bombing of steel plant – Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro!

According to Inspector Emmanuel Macabecha, station chief of the Iligan City Police Station 2, Unidentified person was hurled a bomb over the concrete fence of Global Steelworks plant.

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ILIGAN CITY — A bomb exploded near the concrete fence of Global Steelworks plant on Monday but no one was hurt and no damaged caused, police said.

Inspector Emmanuel Macabecha, station chief of the Iligan City Police Station 2, said the “bomb” which was hurled over the concrete fence of Global Steelworks plant by still unidentified persons did not cause a loud explosion and did not hurt anyone or cause damage.

However, some splinters hit the glass wall of the entrance of the plant’s administration building and pierced some holes, the police said.

The police are still determining what type of bomb or explosive was used in the explosion and pieces of evidence found were brought to the police crime laboratory in Cagayan de Oro for examination.

Macabecha said there is no cause for alarm and theorized the “bombing” could be the handiwork of some pranksters or disgruntled people. The police are still investigating the case.

Last year a similar “bombing” occurred at the parking lot of the steel plant across its administration building. No one was hurt but the explosion of a small home made bomb caused partial discoloration to the paint a parked car.

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Repainting of disabled persons’ crossing lane asked

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Repainting of disabled persons’ crossing lane asked – Sun.Star Baguio!

COUNCILOR Leandro Yangot Jr. has urged the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) to repaint the blue lane intended for persons with disabilities (PWD) on the overpass near the main market.

Yangot issued the request after noting that the blue lane is no longer visible and that a no jaywalking sign was instead installed in the area.

He said the replacement of the blue lane with a traffic sign resulted in inconvenience, especially to persons with special needs.

“With this predicament, there is therefore a need to reopen the blue lane crossing in that area for the convenience of our elders and PWDs. This is in keeping with the general mandate of the state to give priority to the needs of the underprivileged sick, elderly and disabled,” the councilor said.

He also asked the CEO to coordinate with the Baguio City Police Office’s Traffic Management Branch so that the police could also act accordingly.

Among other proposals submitted to the City Council in addressing the plight of PWDs and senior citizens include the provision of a lane in restaurants, malls and theaters that would cater only to PWDs and senior citizens.

The proposal remains pending before the City Council committee on social services, women and urban poor.

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Hunger, fear, fatigue ‘force’ three of five jail escapees to give up

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Hunger, fear, fatigue ‘force’ three of five jail escapees to give up – Sun.Star Bacolod!

TWO inmates who bolted from the Sipalay City jail last Sunday surrendered to authorities in Sipalay City yesterday afternoon.

Hunger and fatigue forced the escapees to surrender as well as fear of their lives as they were being pursued by the police.

They are Rey Alquizar, 26, and Mandy Marfil, 19.

One of the escapees, a 16-year-old boy has surrendered Monday.

Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) Director Charles Calima Jr. said Alquizar of Barangay Manlocahoc, Sipalay who is facing charges for frustrated homicide, surrendered at 3 p.m. to Staff Sergeant Albert Osabia of the Barasbarasan Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) Detachment of the 12th Infantry Battalion PA at Sitio Barasbarasan, Barangay Manlocahoc.

He also brought with him an M-16 rifle (Serial No. 184509) with three magazines that he took from PO1 Anthony A. Alipoon, the guard on duty at the time of their escape.

The officer indorsed him to the Sipalay Police Station.

An hour after Alquizar’ surrender, Marfil of Sitio Tanduay, Barangay Camindangan surrendered to Barangay Captain Eller Boris of the said barangay.

He is facing a case for frustrated murder.

Marfil also turned in a set of green camouflage uniform and a magazine for M16 rifle owned by Police Officer 1 Joebert B Benjamin.

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Fastfood crew jailed for vandalism

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Fastfood crew jailed for vandalism – Tempo News!

A 21-year-old crew of a famous fastfood chain was arrested for allegedly breaking a street light in front of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila in Ermita, Manila yesterday morning.

Police identified the suspect as Noel Pruella, of 2270 Alabastro St., San Andres Bukid, Manila. He is facing malicious mischief charges.

His companions identified as Edwin Sayam and Garry Faustino were subsequently released from police custody after investigators found out that they have no liability.

Inspector Danilo de Gala, of Manila Police District-Special Operations Group (MPD-SOG), said the suspect, along with his two companions, was nabbed by police in front UP-Manila on Pedro Gil Street in Ermita, at around 5 a.m. yesterday.

Probers said Pruella and his companions had just came from a drinking spree when they passed by UP-Manila.

Out of trip, Pruella got a stone and hurled it at a streetlight.

A passing MPD-SOG mobile operatives caught and arrested Pruella. (Jeamma E. Sabate)

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Unilever Philippines aims at 10% growth annually

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Unilever Philippines aims at 10% growth annually – The Manila Bulletin Online!

By BERNIE CAHILES–MAGKILAT

Unilever Philippines is confident to maintain steady growth this year with strong demand coming from its aspirational product lines including skin and other personal care products.

Chito Macapagal, general manager for corporate development, based this projection to the encouraging 10 percent growth in sales in the first quarter this year. The company posted 10 percent growth in sales last year.

“We aim to grow the same level this year,” Macapagal said.

According to Macapagal, this year’s growth driver are mostly skin products particularly its skin whitening products, lotion, facial and deodorants.

“These are aspirational products and as such Filipino consumers continue to aspire to look and smell good,” he said. In addition, Unilever’s export of deodorants is also gaining ground.

In fact, its personal care products division is growing by almost double-digit and accounts for 65 percent of its total revenues. The food business, on the other hand, accounts for the remaining 35 percent.

Macapagal said they are maintaining their prices by absorbing the impact of the additional value-added tax.

“We cannot increase our products because these are very price sensitive items especially the detergents and shampoos,” he said.

The company together with the Soap and Detergents Association of the Philippines still continue to fight against counterfeit products although the level of counterfeits has substantially gone down since the height in 2001.

In 2001, Macapagal said, counterfeit products had accounted for a substantial 20 to 25 percent of the market share of its best selling Vaseline shampoo.

Unilever’s head office has yet to make a clear decision within the year regarding plans of converting the Philippine unit a hub for the production of mayonnaise and sandwich spreads, servicing the entire Asia.

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Recyclables collection to be launched June 2 at Baguio State U

Posted by Michille on 31st May 2006

Recyclables collection to be launched June 2 at Baguio State U – PIA!

BAGUIO CITY (31 May) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the Philippine Business for Environment (PBE) will be launching the Recyclables Collection Event (RCE) on Friday, June 2, 2006 at the Benguet State University (BSU).

DENR Regional Executive Director Samuel Peñafiel said the activity is in line with the environment month celebration this June with this year’s theme “PAMANA ng Kapaligiran”, (a contraction of Pasiglahin Ang Matamlay NA Kapaligiran).

The RCE is scheduled on June 23 to be held in La Trinidad, Benguet. Peñafiel said this one-day collection and buying event for recyclable materials is spearheaded by the DENR and PBE in partnership with the local government units and various non-government organizations.

He said the event aims to promote materials recovery and recycling while gaining economic benefits from these.

Thru this activity, we hope to encourage more participation of industrial waste generators, industry and business establishments, the LGUs and government agencies in waste recycling as well as generate more private sector investments in the recycling industry, Peñafiel said.

Other agencies involved in the project include the Jaime v. Ongpin Foundation (JVOF), Baguio Regreening Movement (BRM) and La Trinidad as the focal partners.

Other activities during the celebration include the Tree Festival wherein the public is enjoined to plant trees at Burnham Park and along the Central Business District on Saturday, June 3, while the yearly cleaning activity of the Balili River in La Trinidad is scheduled on June 9, 2006.

With these activities the DENR hopes to gather more support from the society for the continuous protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources, Peñafiel said. (fnm/PIA-CAR)

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