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Archive for June, 2007

Torrential rains ravage central Texas

Posted by Michille on 29th June 2007

MARBLE FALLS, Texas – Weary from constant downpours that have claimed 11 lives in the last 11 days, residents of central Texas braced for yet another deluge Thursday.

About 3 inches of rain fell overnight in some areas, far short of the 10 inches forecast, but more was expected during the day and flash flood warnings were in effect.

Almost a week of nonstop rain — including 18 inches near Marble Falls on Wednesday morning — left dozens of people stranded on rooftops, cars and in trees. No fatalities were reported in the latest storm.

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Bacolod senior citizens get special therapy beds

Posted by Michille on 29th June 2007

Bacolod City (29 June) — The Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) received recently four units of accu-pressure therapy beds from the local government of this city.

The Department of Social Services and Development designed a therapy program for the eldery and asked assistance from the LGU.

The beds were purchased by the city government at Nuga Best Therapy Beds worth P664,200 taken from the city’s Senior Citizen Development Plan for 2007.

Helen Gonzales, Nuga Best Bacolod Branch Manager said, the Bacolod is the only LGU in the province that has purchased the therapy beds.“The project was already been undertaken earlier, but due to the election banning, it was put in abeyance,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said. He added that what is important is the dream of our senior citizens for these therapy beds is now in reality.

The therapy beds will be stationed at the Model Senior Citizen Activity Center in Brgy. 16. “Once the needed structures as well as the staff are ready, our therapy beds will be available for our senior citizens,” DSSD’s Estelita Torrecarrion said.

Thirty-six clients every day will be accommodated for 40 minutes per session. Clients will be classified according to income status and kind of illnesses. Screening of clients will be barangay-based, Torrecareon added.OSCA Head Edgardo Superticioso appreciated the effort of Mayor Leonardia for this project for the elderly. “Some senior citizens go to other places to avail of treatment like this, but here in Bacolod, Korean technology comes to us with this quality treatment,” Superticioso said. (CMO/PIA)

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Passenger ship stalls off Bohol waters, hundreds stranded

Posted by Michille on 29th June 2007

A passenger vessel carrying more than 400 people was stranded in waters between Leyte and Bohol provinces after its main generator bogged down before dawn Friday, DZMM reported.

The report said Sulpicio Lines’ M/V Princess of the Ocean left Cagayan de Oro City 7 p.m. Thursday. Its main generator later shut down around 2 a.m.

The ferry, carrying 481 passengers, was supposed to dock at Cebu City pier at 7 a.m.

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Most north barangays open to projects freeze

Posted by Michille on 29th June 2007

ALTHOUGH they have some concerns, majority of the north district barangay captains whose turfs could be covered by an expanded moratorium on development projects agreed to the proposal.

They acknowledged it is high time for the Cebu City Government to do something about the traffic problem, and suggested that the road leading to Talamban be widened.

City Planning Officer Nigel Paul Villarete said his request for the City Council to include Barangays Talamban, San Jose, Budlaan, Pit-os, Pulang-bato and Binaliw in the moratorium, originally imposed in Banilad, is due to the rapid development in these barangays.

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BARANGAY FOOD TERMINALS SCHEME TO BENEFIT THE POOR

Posted by Michille on 29th June 2007

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was assured Thursday by the Department of Agriculture (DA) that two to three million “poorest of the poor” around the country will have access to food products sold at lower than market prices by the end of next month.

DA Secretary Arthur Yap told the Chief Executive that this will happen upon the completion by the end of July of a total of 22 Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs), a pet project of the President.

The President was briefed on the status of the BFT project during her visit to a Quezon City barangay this morning.

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Jeepney fare hike stopped

Posted by Michille on 29th June 2007

A day after granting the request, the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Friday suspended the return of the P7.50-minimum fare for jeepneys next month pending approval from government economic managers and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

LTFRB Chair Thompson Lantion told GMA News that he received this morning a copy of Malacañang’s memorandum circular 132, which halts fare increases in the transportation sector.

Fare adjustments would have to undergo the scrutiny of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), which is chaired by President Arroyo, the Palace order said.

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