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Archive for June, 2006

Mindanao eyed as Philippines’ agro-fishery export zone

Posted by Michille on 30th June 2006

Mindanao eyed as Philippines’ agro-fishery export zone – Sun.Star Zamboanga!

The two-day forum held from June 21 to 22 was aimed at promoting a solid and upgraded cold chain system, which would ensure a sizable and growing market for Mindanao-produced vegetables, fruits and fish products.

Glimpse of the story:

INCOMING investments in Mindanao’s cold-chain industry are expected to boost the region’s bid to become an agro-fishery export zone and to be linked to the envisioned national cold-chain network.

Mindanao Economic Development Council (Medco) chair Undersecretary Virgilio Leyretana lauded the cold chain industry players for taking a bold move to develop Mindanao’s cold chain system by pouring in new cold storage investment projects that will provide efficient storage and distribution system for Mindanao’s perishable products.

Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP) announced that at least P600 million is to be invested in the cold chain industry in Mindanao in the next 12 months.

These will be located in General Santos City, Misamis Oriental, and Davao City.

Cold chain is a series of process undertaken to protect the quality, integrity, and to sustain the value of perishable products, as they are being transported from farm to markets.

At present, the cold chain industry in Mindanao enjoys the support of the Department of Agriculture (DA), which has a Cold Chain Program that seeks to develop a more competitive and viable vegetable production and marketing industry in Mindanao.

“I am very pleased to note that investments are coming in for the cold chain industry of Mindanao as this implies the private sector’s serious intention to globalize Mindanao and be competitive with the rest of the regions all over the country,” Leyretana said.

He added that the holding of the national cold chain forum in Mindanao manifests the industry’s support to the President’s development agenda, particularly the efforts to transform Mindanao as the country’s main agro-fishery export zone.

More than 100 industry players in the supply chain for chilled and frozen food products from all over the country have converged recently in Davao City for the 4th annual general membership meeting.


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26 video game machines confiscated in Angeles

Posted by Michille on 30th June 2006

26 video game machines confiscated in Angeles – Sun.Star Pampanga!

ANGELES CITY — Acting on the complaints of concerned parents, Cut-Cut Barangay Chairman Robin “Mr. Bong” Nepomuceno ordered the confiscation of 26 “illegal” video games during a raid last Tuesday evening here.

Nepomuceno, accompanied by Barangay Councilmen Juanito Dayrit, Edwin Bundalian, Emerencia Sigua, Noel Pineda, Billy Bautista and members of the Bantay Bayan, conducted raids on houses in Barangay Sitio Mali; Maligaya St., Peter Village, Magnolia St. and Bagong Silang all located in CutCut.

The chairman said he received a letter of complaint from concerned parents regarding the “illegal” operation of video games near public schools and depress areas.

Nepomuceno said aside from the letter, he and other councilmen have also received text messages pin-pointing the location where the video games are operating.

He said such video games are only “legal” in Barangay Balibago where a city ordinance has been approved allowing these machines to operate, since it is the entertainment capital of the city, adding that other areas where these video games can operate are in malls.

Nepomuco said he will not tolerate the operation of these video games in his barangay, adding that operators have not been given permits from his office. The illegal video games were brought to the barangay hall for proper disposition.

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STL revival sought: Parcon

Posted by Michille on 30th June 2006

STL revival sought: Parcon – Sun.Star Iloilo!

AFTER the conduct of three public hearings on the application for a Small Town Lottery (STL) operation in the city, Councilor Armand Parcon said he might give his nod to the applicant.

Parcon is the chairman of the Committee on Games and Amusement, which led to the conduct of public hearings “to ascertain the pulse of the people on the revival of the STL” which he said will be the basis of the committee’s decision.

He said, “There was an overwhelming support of the revival of the STL.”

“The common reasons cited for the support for the revival of the STL were employment opportunities, source of income to both the government and the people, form of recreation and was believed to lessen the operations of illegal forms of gambling,” Parcon stressed.

He added that the same findings would aid him in making certain decisions on constructing the committee’s report that will be consolidated with his committee members’ opinions and findings.

Councilors Stevie Rey Abitang and Erwin Plagata are his co-members. The former, in earlier reports has expressed support for the STL.

Yesterday, pro-STL revival groups such as the members of the Urban Poor and the City Loopers of Iloilo Owners and Drivers of Jeepneys Association (Cliodja) attended the hearing.

The members of the said transport group have presented their support for the revival of the same.

On the other hand, Central Philippine University (CPU) Vice President of Academic Affairs Prof. Escuban solely stood as the oppositor.

Escuban expressed that there were better and moral ways to earn a living and sustain the family of its primary needs like education.

Meanwhile, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Visayas-Mindanao manager William Medesi and Janet Oberio will be attending the last public hearing Saturday.

Parcon said they would be tackling the implementing guidelines of the STL.

There are two applicants for STL operation in the city, Guillermo de la Cruz of Ma. Cristina, Jaro and Jerson Espinosa from the City proper. The two will stand as the incorporator of a separate operation.

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Japanese man stabbed dead by brother-in-law

Posted by Michille on 30th June 2006

Japanese man stabbed dead by brother-in-law –!

By Edson C. Tandoc Jr.
Last updated 10:39pm (Mla time) 06/29/2006

Published on Page A24 of the June 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

A security camera helped police arrest a man who stabbed his Japanese brother-in-law to death in front of the victim’s children in Pasig City at around midnight Wednesday.

“The camera would not tell a lie,” National Capital Region Police Office chief Vidal Querol said yesterday.

The police recovered the blood-stained shirt of Matias Hicale after the killing of Fumio Omino, 50, inside his Internet cafe in Barangay Manggahan, Pasig City.

“It was the same shirt he was wearing as shown in the footage taken by the closed circuit security camera inside the cafe,” Querol said.

Hicale, a caretaker at the cafe, gave up to the police hours later. “I surrendered because I know it was not really my fault. I did not know what I was doing,” he said.

He added that he was blinded by rage when Omino started yelling at him in Japanese after he asked for money to buy some beer.

Hicale suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed Omino repeatedly in the chest and belly. He also stabbed another worker who tried to stop him.

Hicale then ran out of the shop on Magsaysay Road in Karangalan Village.

His victims were brought to the Amang Rodriguez Medical Center where Omino was declared dead on arrival.

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Exams board says nursing test results not yet out

Posted by Michille on 30th June 2006

Exams board says nursing test results not yet out – Sun.Star Baguio!

THE Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) has called on the public, especially examinees who recently took the 2006 nursing board examinations, not to believe text messages allegedly made by the PRC and the Board of Nursing (BoN).

In a statement, PRC chair Leonor Tripon-Rosero said the results of the 2006 exams have been cancelled and that a re-examination has been scheduled in July. The same text message says that examinees will have to shell out P900 for the re-examination, that even non-reviewees of the RA Gapuz Review Center benefited from the exam leakage and that results of the exam reveal a 43.8 percent passing rate.

Rosero said the official results of the examination will only be release in two weeks time in the official website of the PRC at and in leading national broadsheets.

Earlier, a group of examinees petitioned the PRC to postpone the release of the results pending the outcome of their request for the creation of an independent body to investigate the allegations.

The BoN earlier dismissed allegations that RA Gapuz “leaked” the test questions and answers to its reviewees saying that the accusation was mere black propaganda caused by competition among review centers.

But affected examinees and lawyers representing them said the BoN is not the proper body to decide on the complaint because one of its members is being accused of leaking out test questions to a review center.

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6 cops may lose jobs for pawning firearms

Posted by Michille on 30th June 2006

6 cops may lose jobs for pawning firearms – Tempo News!

MANILA (Reuters) – Six police officers may lose their jobs for pawning their guns in the southern Philippines, where underfunded and poorly paid security forces are fighting Muslim and communist insurgencies.

Chief Superintendent German Doria, police chief of Central Mindanao, said yesterday the incidents of government-issued guns being pawned came to light when the National Bureau of Investigation raided shops selling stolen goods in Tupi town.

”What these police officers had done was tantamount to grave misconduct and they should be dismissed from the service,” Doria told reporters, adding that he had ordered an inventory of guns issued to all officers in South Cotabato province.

”How can police officers carry out their missions if they don’t have guns?”

The Philippines is recruiting at least 15,000 extra police officers and getting 120,000 new guns to help counter growing threats from communist rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA).

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