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Luzon newsbits for February 24, 2014

Int’l Culinary School In Subic

Subic Bay, Zambales — The Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS), a world-class culinary school, has put up its school inside the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). CACS administrator Elnora “Babette” Bernardino, a retired PNP colonel, said that CACS is a TESDA-accredited culinary institution and the only premiere culinary school in Region 3. Although it is just established here for only few months, CACS was already cited after the Culinary Arts Foundation of the Philippines awarded the title of “Gran Gourmet Master Entrechef” to school president Gene Gonzalez and Young Gourmet Master Entrechef to CACS Head Instructor Gino Gonzalez. “Our two faculty members are involved in the Philippine Gourmet Tourism Movement that promotes Philippine cuisine,” said Bernardino. (Mar T. Supnad)

Anti-Piracy

Tanay/Antipolo City, Rizal — Simultaneous operations of the Optical Media Board (OMB) in coordination with the police resulted in the confiscation of 80 sacks of pirated video discs in this province over the weekend. The Rizal Police Provincial Office (PPO) reported that joint operatives from OMB led by Chairman Ronald Ricketts and police operatives here seized a total of P11,200 worth of assorted fake video movie discs. The anti-piracy operations were conducted at Tanay Public Market and Cogeo Market (Gate 2) in Antipolo City. (Nel B. Andrade)

Anti-CorruptionProject For Albay

Legazpi City, Albay — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be monitoring government agencies’ compliance to anti corruption measures. “Integrity for Investments Initiative (i3) Project,” is aimed at enhancing the anti-red tape measure which will be completed by May this year. The USAID-funded project will work with anti-corruption offices in addressing the most serious constraints to economic growth, reducing the costs of dishonesty to investments and trade that will eventually lead to fair competition. CSC Bicol Regional Director Cecilia Nieto said the re-engineering of the anti-red tape act report card survey “will make the tool more effective and responsive in monitoring compliance to ARTA and anti-corruption laws and regulations”. (Niño N. Luces)

Dangerous Men

Camp Pantaleon Garcia, Imus, Cavite — A joint police and military team arrested two persons after they were caught possessing high-powered guns, ammunition and an explosive in an operation over the weekend in upland Maragondon town, the Police Provincial Office (PPO) reported yesterday. Senior Superintendent Joselito T. Esquivel Jr., PPO director, identified the suspects as Lorenzo Conje Obrado, alias “Bansoy” and William Rosialda Cantillano, both residing in Barangay Sta. Mercedez (formerly Patungan), Maragondon. Esquivel said Obrado and Cantillano were arrested by virtue of search warrants issued by Naic Regional Trial Court Branch XV Presiding Judge Lerio C. Castigador, Friday. (Anthony Giron)

Organ Donors To Set Record

Dagupan City — Around 500 naval force and reservists from various colleges and universities in northern Luzon are set to join the massive registration for organ donation as the country attempts to set a new world record for “Most People to Sign Up as Organ Donors” on February 28. Philippine Navy Commander Levi Carane said, “It is a rare chance that we will possibly become part of the Guinness Book of World Records.” The campaign dubbed “I’m a Lifeline” is a project of the Philippine Network for Organ Sharing under the Department of Health in cooperation with the Philippine Information Agency. (Liezle Basa Inigo)