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Luzon Newsbits for August 23, 2014

DYNAMITE FISHERS

Iba, Zambales — A total of 26 fishermen were held for dynamite fishing by the Philippine National Police-Regional Maritime Unit 3 (PNP-RMU3) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 3 (BFAR-3) at the West Philippine Sea last August 14, a report stated yesterday. The suspects’ unmarked fishing vessel was apprehended some 38.9 nautical miles west off of Masinloc, Zambales while they were hauling the fish killed by dynamite near payao number RV 345. The suspects, all Filipinos, yielded six bottles of dynamite, a boat-load of fish and other fishing paraphernalia. (Jonas Reyes)

HAZARD WASTES FACILITY PLANNED

Naga City, Camarines Sur — The Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) of this city plans to build Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDF) for the use of public and private hospitals, medical and dental clinics, and funeral parlors for the disposal of their toxic and hazardous wastes, the city government disclosed. These facilities, if completed, will be the first in Bicol. The city has a dumpsite in Barangay Balatas which can accommodate one TSDF. Another is planned in Barangay San Isidro, where the waste-to-energy facility is planned for construction. The TSDF project will cost P2 million with access road provision. (Sarah C. Imperial)

RAPIST-‘LOLO’

San Pedro City, Laguna — A septuagenarian was arrested the other night by warrant and subpoena operatives at his house for allegedly raping his 15-year-old granddaughter a few months ago, police said yesterday. To protect the identity of the victim, Supt. Fernando Ortega, San Pedro chief of police, did not identify the persons involved but said charges have been filed against the old man for three counts of rape between May and June this year. (Ferdinand F. Castro)

MARIJUANA BUST

Camp Gen. Garcia, Cavite — Three suspected marijuana couriers were arrested by police one after the other last Wednesday in anti-drug operations in neighboring cities of Imus and Bacoor. Police Provincial Office (PPO) reports identified the arrested as Ivan Sarad Reyes, 20, a resident of Cajigas Street, Cavite City, Donel Vega Advincula, also known as “Akol,”  49, of Molina Extension, also in Cavite City; and Gennelyn Batalla Grabador, 27, of Wawa I, Longos, Zapote V, Bacoor. (Anthony Giron)

POULTRY OWNERS WARNED OVER FLIES

Provincial Capitol, Bataan — Provincial officials warned yesterday poultry owners of a possible closure of their poultries if they continued to ignore their warnings against the swarms of flies in the province. Board Member Gaudencio Ferrer said warnings were already issued to concerned poultry farms after the public complained about the proliferation of flies in their host communities. Poultry owners can easily contain the swarming of flies if they want to since they are well-financed by their markets and financiers, Ferrer told newsmen. (Mar T. Supnad)

WATER FOR KIBUNGAN

For seven years, residents of Kibungan, Benguet have complained that proper access to water in their location is very difficult because the local government lacked funds to fix this problem. Since 2007, the privatization of the water works association, which would help bring water inside their homes, had been held off for this very reason. But because of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) implemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), they now have the P494,000 funding to complete the water supply service project endorsed by their Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), said DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. (Czarina Nicole O. Ong)