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Archive for December, 2006

‘Boga’ banned

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

NCRPO chief orders Metro police to seize pipe guns as number of people injured rises

By DAVID CAGAHASTIAN

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Reynaldo P. Varilla yesterday ordered the five police district directors, station commanders and precinct commanders to strictly implement the ban on illegal firecrackers and the “polyvinyl chloride (PVC) “boga,” a noisemaker resembling a bazooka or a high-powered combat rifle that has been gaining popularity.

Varilla issued the directive after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III called for the banning and confiscation of the “PVC boga” following an increase in the number of injuries caused by the improper operation of the device in recent days.

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Food-for-school program benefits more children

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (29 December) — The government’s food-for-school program has benefited more than 22,000 children enrolled in day care centers and in grade I in the province.

Edna Artates, Information Officer of the National Food Authority here, disclosed that a total of 22,413 day care and grade I pupils have availed of the said program here.

The FSP is spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, in partnership with NFA.

The government provides said target beneficiaries a kilo of iron-fortified rice in exchange for the kid’s daily attendance in school for 90 days, Artates said.

She disclosed that from March to December 11 this year, NFA-Capiz has delivered 29,003 bags of fortified rice or more than 1.4 million kilograms to different schools and day care centers.

According to her, parents of said children beneficiaries claimed that the daily rice allowance was adequate to sustain their family daily food needs.

The school nutrition coordinators also noted that said children who availed of the program have become more active, energized and more enthusiastic about attending classes, Artates said.

The FSP dubbed as Bigas Para sa Mag-aaral at Pamilya program of the national government, aims to mitigate hunger of poor families and improve school attendance of their children. (PIA)

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Dealers to hike LPG prices by P2-P3 next year

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

The LPG Marketers Association is set to raise prices of liquefied petroleum gas products by P2 – P3 per kilogram on January 1, LPGMA president Arnel Ty said Friday.

Ty said international contract prices rose $55 since last month, which led to the increase. He said the group will decide on Saturday on the exact amount of the adjustment.

He said LPG prices could go up further until March next year as other countries stock up on LPG for winter and the Chinese new year.

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Contaminated water causing diseases among Albay folk

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

DARAGA, Albay— The government hospital in this town is heaving.

In fact, in the wake of typhoon Reming, one of the deadliest in recent times to strike the country, it is running way beyond capacity.

Almost 290 children and adults are packed into the facility, 40 more than it was built to accommodate.

“My biggest problem by far is water,” says Dr. Eric Raborar, the Health Emergency Management Staff coordinator at the officially named Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital.

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Voters rush to election precincts to register for 2007 polls

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

THOUSANDS of Metro Manila residents are hurrying to the registration precincts for them to enlist for the May 2007 elections, said an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“There’s a last minute rush now from our voters,” Commissioner Rene Sarmiento told reporters in a chance interview on Thursday.

He said voters from Quezon City, Makati, Manila, Las Piñas and other areas in the National Capital Region (NCR) are flooding the election precincts. He said majority of the voters are first time registrants and household workers.

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500 GK homes now in Negros Oriental

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

AS 2006 comes to a close, around 500 brightly-painted crayola-colored homes now stand in some eight Gawad Kalinga (GK) villages in the province, according to the latest data posted on the organization’s website.

Local government units hosting GK communities here are Dumaguete City with four villages and one village each in Bayawan City, Bais City, Tanjay City, Mabinay and Sta. Catalina.

According to Oliver Lemence, Couples for Christ (CFC) designated media liaison officer, said the villages in the province are the result of local multi-sectoral partnership among CFC, LGUs, government agencies, non-government organizations and the community.

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