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DILG city director Ma. Joy MaridethMadayag said she will deploy validating teams to inspect the efforts of villageheads and officials in reclaiming and clearing of roads. “Barangay and city officials must takethe clearing operations seriously,” she stressed. Leonardia earlierreminded all village heads and officials in this city to “impose theirauthority” in implementing the order to reclaim public roads being used forprivate purposes. BACOLOD City – The Department of theInterior and Local Government (DILG) in this city will conduct surpriseinspection of 64 barangays here, to check on their compliance on President RodrigoDuterte’s order to clear the roads within their jurisdictions of obstructions. “We enjoined all local DILG heads toencourage the public to send pictures of illegal structures and other roadobstructions to their official social media page for proper action,” she added. DILG’s regional office, according toMadayag, will closely monitor the highly-urbanized cities first. “We’ve seen significant progress,” themayor added. Executive Assistant Butch Soliguen,who heads the barangay cluster, said the 14 compliant communities did not haveas much to clear as other barangays. Mayor Evelio Leonardia, for his part,said the city’s compliance is now 80 percent. Earlier, the city government reportedat least 14 of the 61 barangays are 100-percent compliant with the roadclearing operation. These villages include Barangays 8, 9, 10, 18, 22, 23, 24,31, 37, Felisa, Mandalagan, Montevista, Villamonte, and Vista Alegre. Sept. 29 is thelast day of the 60-day ultimatum that President Rodrigo Duterte gave localchief executives throughout the country to reclaim all public roads being usedfor private ends./PN
President Rodrigo Duterte is seen riding a scooter of Sen. Bong Go Thursday night at Bahay Pagbabago. SEN. BONG GO “Rider naman po si PangulongDuterte so sanay po yan pero at hisage dapat alalay na po. Kaya lang umiiralyung hilig niya sa motor kaya di maiwasan,” Go said. Despite complaints of hip pains, the 74-yearold Duterte has not consulted with a doctor since the accident. Duterte was reaching for his shoe whenhe fell off the parked motorcycle resulting in “light bruises and slightscratches,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said. Duterte fell off his 650 cc dirt bikelate Wednesday after he made a sharp turn, landing on his left elbow, Go said. “Siyempreworried po kami kaya lang sabi niya,‘Okay lang ako. Do not worry, I’mokay’,” Go told reporters. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is“okay” after figuring in a “motorcycle accident” in the Malacañang compound,according to his former Special Assistant, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, whowitnessed the incident. The President was trying out motorcycleswhen he bumped into an “obstruction” on his way out of a garage in thecompound, Presidential Security Group commander Brigadier General Jose Niembrasaid. As of Thursday morning, Duterte isresting at Bahay ng Pagbabago in Malacañang, Go said. (ABS-CBN News/PN)
Officers of theMolo police station said there were no wounds on the victim’s body. They haveyet rule out foul play in the incident./PN Resident VicmarBermejo discovered Lasena’s lifeless body around 12:10 p.m. on Nov. 4. Policeidentified him as Junito Lasena, 52, of Barangay Yabon, Janiuay, Iloilo. The victim waslast seen on Sunday onboard F/B Jheron Jay fishing boat. ILOILO City – Afisherman was found dead in Barangay North Baluarte, Molo district.
Officers of the municipal police station served the warrant issued byJudge Mila Yap-Camiso of the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in La Carlota City,Negros Occidental dated Nov. 11, 2019. BACOLOD City – Charged with homicide, a laborer was nabbed in BarangayCrossing Magallon, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental. The 42-year-old resident Romel Untal was arrested on the strength of anarrest warrant around 10 a.m. on Monday, a police report showed. Untal was detained in the custodial facility of the Moises Padillapolice station. A P40,000 bail bond was recommended for the suspect’s temporaryliberty./PN
In northern Iloilo alone which is madeup of the municipalities of Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Sara, Concepcion, San Rafael,Batad, Balasan, Carles, Estancia, Lemery, and San Dionisio, there are lots ofislands to explore. Among the more popular islands are the following: * Agho Island – This eight-hectareisland is one of the few uninhabited islands in Concepcion with extensivecreamy-white sand beach and sprawling coral garden perfect for swimming andsnorkeling. ILOILO – Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.urged tourists who witnessed yesterday’s Dinagyang Festival highlight in IloiloCity to also explore Iloilo province. * Bulabog Puti-an National Park inDingle and San Enrique – designated as National Park in June 14, 1961. It has arainforest trail with 33 caves, although only six are recommended forexploration. The trail will lead one to its most prominent cave, the Maestranza(Spanish for garrison) where an amazing heritage experience awaits everyvisitor. Maestranza is famous for its coral rock with Spanish inscriptionbelieved to have been written by a guerilla during the Spanish-American War. * Mapols Farm in Barangay Bagacay,Pototan – a recycled-themed farm with creation areas and a café. It has picnictables and bamboo cottages and a farm house available for renting. It alsocaters to group overnight camping. * Calabazas Island – This is a 20-minuteride by motorized from Culasi Port in Ajuy town. The island is more commonlyreferred by the townsfolk as Parola because it is home to the ruins of an 1884lighthouse, the second oldest in the country. Stroll along the coral rubbleswhere visitors can go swimming and snorkeling * Jade Energetic Paradise andAdventure in Barangay Cabayogan, Badiangan – a family-friendly inland resortwith accommodation and amenities, food and beverages and fun and adventureactivities for everyone * Bulubadiangan Island – known for itsbeautiful panoramic view with the longest sandbar in all of the islands inConcepcion. It is one of the most-visited and photographed island beaches inthe province. It offers amenities for those who would want to stay overnight. Central Iloilo, on the other hand,boasts of eco-agricultural and eco-tourism destinations. Among these are thefollowing: * Mariit Wildlife Conservation Park inBarangay Jayubo, Lambunao – a facility for wildlife conservation, habitatpreservation and environmental protection of the endemic Tariktik hornbill,Panay spotted deer, Visayan warty pig and cloud rat * Damires Hills Tierra Verde inBarangay Damires, Janiuay – a 40-hectare inland resort where visitors can beone with nature and so some physical activities. They offer accommodation withvenues for any kind of party. * Ephrathah Farms in Barangay Sariri,Badiangan – a 14-hectare sprawling inland resort and farmland with charmingaccommodations and a popular venue for functions and events with family-run andadventure activities Visitors need to climb a steep rockywall that serves as the lagoon’s fortress. An easier and short climb from wherethe motorized boat docks alongside its wall is done only during high tide. Thelagoon’s rocky borders offer visitors one-of-a kind formations. * Tangke in Barangay Gabi, GigantesSur, Carles – a hidden saltwater lagoon formed by a surrounding wall of granitemonolithic cliffs. Northern, central and southern Iloilohave points of interest that the Provincial Tourism Office is promoting, hesaid. * Buacari – located 21 kilometers awayfrom the town proper of Leon, it covers 500 hectares of forestland with terrainranging from hilly to mountainous. The Bucari campsite which is the heart ofthe Bucari Eco-Tourism area has an elevation of 773 meters above sea levelwhile the Mansiga Viewing Deck, also found in the campsite, is 863 meters abodethe sea level. Its subtropical highland climate makes it the “Summer Capital ofIloilo.” Bucari offers a plethora of activitiesthat include camping, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horsebackriding and swimming in its falls one of which is the famous Imoy Falls, locatedin Barangay Camandag./PN
Members of various civil society groups in southern Negros denounce the atrocities committed by the Negrenses honor slain cop, condemn CPP-NPA atrocities Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army during their indignation rally in Bago City on Feb. 25. They also paid tribute to Captain Efren Espanto, who was killed by NPA rebels in Janiuay, Iloilo last Feb. 12. NOCPPO During the indignation rally, a formerrebel shared his experience as a misguided member of the NPA. He surrendered tothe government authorities after he realized the meaningless ideology of thecommunist-terrorist group.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN) Espanto, who was the team leader ofRegional Mobile Force-Western Visayas Reconnaissance Company, hails from LaCarlota City but has a residence in Bago City. Married to a fellow policeofficer, he was a member of the Philippine National Police Academy 2015 ClassLakandula. The activity, initiated in front of the ManuelY. Torres Coliseum on Feb. 25, also served as a tribute to Captain EfrenEspanto, a Negrense policeman who was killed during an encounter with the NPArebels in Janiuay, Iloilo last February 12. His remains were transferred from BaxterFuneral Homes in Bago City to to La Carlota Gymnasium on Feb. 25. He will Hewill be laid to rest there in his hometown on Feb. 29. Banners which read “Salute to courageand sacrifice. You will never be forgotten,” were brought by the participantsas tribute to Espanto. BACOLOD City – Around 300 Negrensesgathered to condemn the atrocities of the Communist Party of thePhilippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) during an indignation rally in BagoCity. “His legacy and bravery will remain inthe hearts of his fellow police officers,” he added. Major Edison Garcia, public informationofficer of NOCPPO, said members from various civil society groups organized therally, which was supported by the provincial police. Colonel Romeo Baleros, director ofNegros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO), said in a statementreleased on Wednesday that the communist-terrorist group committed an inhumanact in ending the life of the captain.
As of Thursday, Bacolod has a total of 34 PUIsadmitted since February 2. Leonardia is confident that Drilon will takecare of complying with all necessary protocols on the project as well asinstalling this biolab at the CLMMRH within the next 45-60 days. Out of the 34 PUIs, 24 tested negative forCOVID-19 while six had positive results. Two still have pending results whiletests on two others were not yet done. A total of 615 PUMs are currently beingmonitored. In Bacolod, a total of 2,253 persons undermonitoring (PUMs) have been reported, of which 1,597 have completed homequarantine. This facility will be dedicated to COVID-19patients from Bacolod and from the province of Negros Occidental, according toMayor Evelio Leonardia. BACOLOD City – To test more patientsamples for possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection, the citygovernment here allotted P20 million to put up a biology laboratory at theCorazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH). The decision was also made after Leonardialearned yesterday (April 2, 2020) in a phone call to Dr. Stephanie Abello,chief Pathologist of the DOH biolab at the Western Visayas Medical Center inIloilo City, that said facility is able to process only about 100 specimensduring a 12-hour shift. Even if that is doubled, the Iloilo biolab can,therefore, handle only about 200 specimens in a day. “If that Iloilobiolab is to serve the entire Western Visayas or Region 6, then that capacityis sorely inadequate”, said Leonardia. This is a city initiative to partner with Dr.Julius Drilon, CLMMRH chief, who was also urging this biolab project. Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. Considering the dire need for this facility,Leonardia said he could no longer wait for the response of the Department ofHealth (DOH) in Manila. He earlier appealed to the agency to build a biolab inthis City just like what it did in the cities of Iloilo and Cebu. In the meantime, Bacolod will continue to getits supply of swab test kits for specimen-collection from DOH Region 6, forprocessing at the biolab in Iloilo, which is the current protocol. Of the number, 27 have been discharged whilethree are still confined in isolation. The remaining four are those who alreadydied. On Wednesday, the 38 PUMs from Bacolod placedunder a 14-day home quarantine in Mambukal Resort, have been cleared ofCOVID-19 infection and were brought to their respective homes. (With PNA/PN)
ILOILO – An Ilonggo crew of a fishing vessel from Navotas City, Metro Manila that recently docked in Iloilo City tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing to 103 the total number of cases in Western Visayas as of yesterday. * Negros Occidental – three Patient No. 103, a 34-year-old male, is currently in isolation at Iloilo City’s quarantine facility. * Iloilo province – 20 Of the 103 cases, seven are hospitalized, two are on home quarantine and 20 on facility quarantine. * Iloilo City – 16 Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19./PN * Antique – 14 Patient No. 103 should not be subjected to discrimination, stressed Alonsabe. He appealed to the people of Alimodian not to panic. Patient No. 102 is currently confined at a hospital in Iloilo City. He was feverish, one of the symptoms of COVID-19. The crew was a resident of Alimodian, Iloilo but fortunately had not yet set foot in his hometown after docking, according to Mayor Geefre Alonsabe. Patient No. 103 was the sole addition to Region 6’s COVID-19 case tally yesterday. * Guimaras – zero According to Mayor Alonsabe, Patient No. 103 visited Alimodian in January this year yet before COVID-19 became a pandemic. Sixty-four cases have already recovered while the number of deaths still stood at 10. * Capiz – five * Aklan – six “Ginapahanumdom ko gid ang mga pumoluyo nga magpabilin nga mapag-on. Ang local government unit naton nagahimu sang tikang para mayad ang maabtan sang taga-Alimodian,” said Alonsabe. Their fishing vessel docked at the Iloilo Fishing Port on May 11 to delivery fish. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. He said the local government of Alimodian was willing to accommodate Patient No. 103 at the town’s quarantine facility should the city government of Iloilo decide to turn the patient over to his hometown. * Bacolod City – nine Here’s the breakdown of cases per area: * repatriates – 30 (Aklan, one; Antique, three; Guimaras, two; Iloilo province, four; Negros Occidental, seven; Bacolod City, three; and Iloilo City, 10). The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. He had close contact with Patient No. 102, a 38-year-old male colleague at their fishing vessel and a resident of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental. The vessel had a total of 18 crew members. All of them were subjected to reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
“We find ourselves veering off the topic at the time that people need our focus,” the House Speaker said. “This has to stop. This has to be resolved. The more I say na wag muna nating pag-usapan, the more na pinaguusapan.” ABS-CBN sought for a TRO on NTC’s order as they allegedly committed grave abused of discretion when it issued a cease and desist order instead of a provisional authority to operate. “I really believe that we can temporarily set aside that which divides us and has divided us for a long time because we are talking about survival. We are talking about people’s lives and people’s livelihood,” he added. “Arguing the fate and future of a private corporation, no matter how influential, cannot be weighed against the welfare of the nation and the well-being of the people,” Cayetano said. The House’s decision to start tackling the network’s franchise renewal came on the same day the Supreme Court decided not issue a temporary restraining order on the cease and desist order issued by National Telecommunications Commission against the network. MANILA – Instead of deliberating over the provisional franchise for ABS-CBN Corp. that will last until the end of October, the House of Representatives will begin tacking the bills for the network’s 25-year franchise renewal. SC spokesperson Keith Brian Hosaka said justices have tasked the NTC to submit its comment in 10 days on the petition for ABS-CBN to get back on air with the network responding after five days. House of Representatives and the Senate were also told by the High Court justices to comment within 10 days on ABS-CBN’s petition. The NTC told the Senate and House Franchise committee under oath last March that it will provide the network with provisional franchise while its franchise renewal bid is pending at the Congress. The proposed provisional franchise was passed on first and second reading on the same day last week, but the House opted to reopen the period of debates and amendments Monday to avoid possible legal questions. Cayetano said the bills for the ABS-CBN franchise renewal will be tackled by the House Committee on Legislative Franchises, which should “immediately and continuously hold hearings until everyone is heard.” House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the Lower House decided to abandon his proposed provisional franchise due to all this divisiveness and after consulting with the members of the House, the political parties, and the regional groups. The NTC instead issued a cease and desist order on May 5, a day after its 25-year franchise expired, forcing ABS-CBN to shut down its network’s operations./PN
ILOILO City – At the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral yesterday, the Sunday Mass was quite different. It was like this, too, in other parishes under the Archdiocese of Jaro in the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras and the suffragan dioceses of Bacolod, San Carlos and Kabankalan, all in the province Negros Occidental, and San Jose in Antique. * no holding of hands during the recitation of The Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father”) Among the protocols that churches now enforce are the following: People attending the Mass, too, were wearing facemasks and had to undergo a footbath before entering the cathedral. Colada said the number of Sunday Masses – and Masses in other days of the week – that a church could celebrate would be determined by the parish priest. Churches yesterday opened the Masses to the public over two months after shutting their doors due to the quarantine that the government ordered to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to Reverend Father Angelo Colada, director of social communications of the Archdiocese of Jaro, parishes were following the public health safety protocols recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Archbishop of Jaro Jose Romeo Lazo, and various local government units. * no kissing during the exchange of the peace greeting * observe physical distancing by accepting only 50 percent of the church’s normal congregation capacity During communion, the faithful followed the markings on the floor as guide where to stand and keep a safe distance from others. There was jostling to get ahead of others and reach the priest first. * place marks on pews and floors to guide the faithful where to sit and stand, thereby ensuring proper physical distancing * during communion, the Eucharist should be received by hands But more than anything else, stressed Archbishop Lazo in March, the faithful must not cease praying. * wear facemask FAITH KNOWS NO DISTANCE. The Archdiocese of Jaro in Iloilo City responds to the coronavirus pandemic in faith, which churchgoers express in prayer and action, both personal and communal. At the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, parishioners attending Sunday’s Mass observe social distancing to avoid spreading the coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * make available footbaths and hand sanitizers at entrances The normally jam-packed cathedral was thus less crowded and more airy. “Subong kay ‘no mask, no entry’ kita, nagapanabon gid sila sang bâbâ nila. Pero kun naga-communion by hand, kuhaon or buksan ang mask para kan-on ang Blessed Sacrament,” said Colada. Each pew, which could normally seat between eight to 10 people, only accommodated a maximum of two people. As a people of God, “We ask the Lord for His divine assistance to guide and protect us. This moment of crisis is a moment to strengthen our faith. Prayer casts away all fears.” “Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth,” he quoted Psalm 124, 8. Other parishes, on the other hand, decided to wait for the end of the general community quarantine on May 31 before reopening churches for public Masses, said Colada. “Together with the expertise of our health professionals and government efforts, we respond to the pandemic in faith which we express in prayer and action both personal and communal,” according to Lazo in March when he suspended Masses. They can just watch Masses being livestreamed in the internet or on social media platforms such as Facebook. He also stressed that, as part of the quarantine protocol, people 60 years old and older and those 21 years old and younger are not obliged to go to churches to hear Mass. * no kissing and touching of religious icons and no dipping of fingers into the holy water font or stoup In fact, said Colada, some parishes started opening churches for Masses as early as May 17 “pero wala nila gin-announce publicly. Kon sin-o lang ang mga tawo nga nagkadto sa simbahan, gin-welcome sila.” He exhorted the faithful to pray the following daily: the Holy Rosary, Litany of the Saints, devotion to San Roque, “the powerful saint implored during times of plagues”; and the Oratio Imperata against COVID-19./PN