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Luzon Newsbits for August 18, 2014

DAGUPAN, ALL ADO ABOUT HELMET LAWS

Dagupan City, Pangasinan — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is expected this week to crack down on violators of the Helmet Law in this city, where an ordinance was passed to have riders remove their helmets within city limits. “It (the LTO operation) is our challenge to the framers of the ordinance to recall the law,” said LTO Teofilo E. Guadiz, III. The ordinance against the Helmet Law was passed in a bid to aid the local police in fighting “riding-in-tandem” crimes by more easily identifying riders who roam the city with their helmets off. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

‘TB CARAVAN’

Malolos City, Bulacan — A “TB Caravan” will be launched today in the towns of Pulilan, Baliwag, San Rafael, and Santa Maria to campaign against tuberculosis as part of the Provincial Health Office’s activities until August 22 in observance of National Lung Month. Provincial Health Officer Joy Gomez said the simultaneous TB Caravan activities in the province’s four districts will boost awareness on the illness and also provide cure through free consultations and medicines, under the TB-Control Program of Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando. (Freddie C. Velez)

DETOUR ADVISED

City Of San Fernando, Pampanga — The Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 3 (DPWH-3) announced yesterday alternate routes due to the ongoing repair and retrofitting of the General Luna Bridge (Valdefuente Bridge) which will congest traffic along Maharlika Highway in Nueva Ecija. For northbound vehicles, take the Sta. Rosa-Tarlac Road towards Aliaga then exit at Carmen – Cabanatuan Road in Barangay Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan City. For southbound motorists, enter the Carmen-Cabanatuan Road, passing through Zaragoza via Sta. Rosa–Tarlac Road. (Franco G. Regala)

‘BONGBONG’ ON 2016

General Trias, Cavite — Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos remained mum on his political plans for 2016. The 57-year-old legislator neither confirmed nor denied his reported plans to seek the presidency when pressed for comment by reporters at a school gathering in this municipality, saying that the announcement regarding his political plans will come. “That will come, it is really too early (to make a pronouncement.) There’s yet much to do—Senate works and public concerns,” Marcos said. (Anthony Giron)

P1.2-M ‘MILO’ CAPER

San Pedro City, Laguna — Three men were arrested for allegedly trying to steal P1.2 million worth of Nestlé’s product, Milo Actigen powder, loaded in a truck in Barangay Landayan, here, before dawn yesterday, police said. Arrested were Joel Garlet, 45, driver; Jessie Garler, 29, truck helper; and Danilo Refran, 47, who were supposed to deliver a batch of Milo Actigen to cargo owner, Melchor Lusbia, at Pier 16. The attempt to steal the shipment was traced by means of a global positioning system (GPS) installed in the truck, police said. (Ferdinand Castro)

CLARK: WATER CHEAPER BY P1 PER CUBIC METER

After months of hectic negotiations, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Clark Water Corporation (CWC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ayala-led Manila Water Company has finally come to an agreement that includes, among others, cutting down by one peso per cubic meter the water bills of the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) effective September 1. The deal was signed over the weekend by CDC President/CEO Arthur Tugade, CWC President/CEO Virgilio Rivera Jr. and Manila Water Corporation (MWC) chairman of the Board, Gerardo Ablaza Jr. at the CDC Boardroom inside the Freeport. (Franco G. Regala)