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Archive for December, 2006

Four injured in Tacurong bombing linked to extortion

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

AT LEAST four people were reportedly injured after an improvised bomb went-off inside a mall in downtown Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat late Thursday afternoon.

Initial reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, the military headquarters said that the incident took place about 3:15 p.m. at the Kimsan Plaza located in downtown Tacurong City.

Reports said that the improvised explosive device (IED) was reportedly left at the package counter of the Kimsan Plaza store.


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Despite RSBS deactivation: Retirement benefits for soldiers assured

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

Malacañang assured yesterday members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that they would receive the benefits due them when they retire from the service despite the deactivation of the Retirement and Separation Benefit System (RSBS).

“Members of the AFP need not worry that they would be shortchanged with the deactivation of the RSBS. They will receive what is due them, including the 6 percent interest on their deposits with the RSBS,” said Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita.

President Arroyo issued earlier an Executive Order deactivating the controversial agency effective December 31 this year after allegations of mismanagement and questionable business ventures brought the RSBS to the brink of collapse.


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Dad downplays projection of 30-M tourist arrivals

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

IT’S pure fantasy.

This is how Davao Councilor Peter Laviña described the National Government’s projection of attracting 30 million tourists in the next five years under its “medical tourism” program.

“The people behind these fantastic figures should be the first to go to have brain surgery here,” he wrote in his weblog at

He added, “With just over two million tourists each year, tripling that number because of ‘medical tourism’ is a projection that is just way off.”


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6-person team probes cause

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

A SIX-MAN investigating team was created to find out what transpired during the fire at the Capitol compound last Tuesday, which has triggered a conflict between two Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) officials.

Senior Supt. Victoriano Remedio, BFP 7 regional director and head of the investigating team, told Sun.Star Cebu that officials and personnel from the BFP regional and provincial offices will help in the inquiry.

Senior Insp. William Tacaldo, chief of the BFP 7 Internal Affairs Service (IAS); Chief Insp. Joseph Villaester, provincial fire marshal; Senior Insp. Rogelio Bongabong, the regional budget and fiscal section chief; and two others will compose the team.


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Arroyo awards anti-poverty projects to Mountain Province

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

BONTOC, Mountain Province — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday led national and local officials in a ceremonial turnover and awarding of various government programs and services to beneficiaries to the first ever held Serbisyo Muna caravan here.

Upon setting foot at the Mountain Province Plaza, Arroyo immediately turned over one unit of ambulance to Provincial Health Officer Nenita Lizardo. The President then proceeded to the Multi-Purpose Building Quadrangle where she turned over and awarded other projects and services.

She awarded the ancestral domain titles of Atok, Benguet to Indigenous Peoples Organization (IPO) president Joseph Domingo and Association of Barangay Captain (ABC) president Jacinto Aurellio Jr. She also awarded eight free patents land titles from the 80 approved titles covering 422 hectares worth P730,000 to indigenous peoples of the province.


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Self-employment assistance groups celebrate first anniversary

Posted by Michille on 29th December 2006

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (29 December) — Several groups of women banding themselves into enterprising guilds under the Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program of the provincial government converged at the DILG gym here December 27 to mark the first anniversary of their unified multi-purpose cooperative.

At least twenty SEA-K associations from this city alone were joined with their representative counterparts from other towns like Padre Burgos, Malitbog, Bontoc, Sogod, Liloan, and San Juan.

It was learned that each organized SEA-K group was composed of no less than ten and no more than thirty members, mostly women, although some men were seen actively joining the activity.

The first anniversary carried for its theme, “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” and was graced with the presence of Virgie Idano, the Chief, Operations Division of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Tacloban.

Gov. Rosette Lerias, the guest speaker, extolled the women for their industry and honesty, saying that being a member of the association has helped the family one way or the other in meeting its needs.

She noted after a cursory look at the income statements of the different groups that the total cash of the organizations combined reached over P1 Million — from a P5,000 per group contribution as a start — aside from the seed capital provided by the province.

Other than the financial rewards, the economic activity spurred by the women’s cooperative through the associations was also a factor in the strengthening of families as everybody was involved in the small and micro-enterprise, Gov. Lerias said.

“Congratulations, I’m very happy and proud that the SEA-K, as programmed, we really implemented in our province became truly successful and fruitful most especially because of you for giving it the proper attention,” Gov. Lerias told the gathering of women, speaking in bisaya dialect.

“And now we see it, the first in the Philippines, this one, our SEA-K Cooperative Bank, the only one in the Philippines, Congratulations,” she added. (PIA-Southern Leyte)


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