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Luzon Newsbits for July 25, 2014

RED TIDE-FREE

Laoag City, Ilocos Norte — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has declared all coastal waters in Region 1, the Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan, as “red tide-free.” BFAR Executive Director Asis G. Perez said yesterday that the shellfish ban has been lifted based on the latest laboratory examination of fish, squids, shrimps, crabs and seashells like mussels and oysters gathered from the coast of Alaminos City; Bolinao; Anda and Wawa in Bani, all in Pangasinan. The BFAR, however, clarified that a red tide alert is still up in Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal, all in Bataan. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

MARIVELES HAILED ‘PWD-FRIENDLIEST’

Mariveles, Bataan — This town has won a new title: “Most Persons with Disability-Friendly Municipality.” Mayor Jesse I. Concepcion said this town received the recognition at a ceremony celebrating the 36th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week held at the Bataan People’s Center. Some 700 persons with disability (PWDs) attending the event thanked Concepcion for answering to the needs of PWDs. Last year, this town was also hailed by a national award-giving body as the “Most Child-Friendly Municipality,” a title it has won twice. (Mar T. Supnad)

MABINI STATUE

Legazpi City, Albay — The statue of Batangueño and national hero Apolinario Mabini, made by renowned sculptress Julie Lluch, was unveiled last Wednesday at the lobby of the Provincial Capitol, here, to highlight the province’s celebration of Mabini’s 150th birth anniversary. With the theme, “Mabini: Talino at Paninindigan,” the event aims to honor the patriot known as “the sublime paralytic,” who, despite being physically handicapped, is considered the brains behind the Philippine revolution. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said he always acclaimed Mabini as his personal model in disaster preparedness and mitigation. (Niño N. Luces)

NEW COPS VS DRUGS

Dagupan City, Pangasinan — Twenty new police officers were sent here to beef up the Dagupan City Police Station and help boost its campaign to curb the problem of illegal drugs in the city. Superintendent Christopher N. Abrahano, city police chief, said the assignment of additional personnel comes, following Mayor Belen T. Fernandez’s appointment by President Aquino as chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

1 RESCUER PER FAMILY AIMED IN PALAWAN

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan — The provincial government here has set a new target: One disaster rescue volunteer for every family in the province. Governor Jose C. Alvarez said the volunteers will be tapped from the 60,000 Palaweños who will undergo training starting this year until 2016. All volunteers will also be given a benefits package under the Infrastructure, Health, Environment Program or “IHELP” of the provincial government. The benefits include Philhealth coverage, jobs, and free tuition for volunteers’ children. (Jerry Alcayde)

YOUNG KILLER

Rosario, Cavite — A minor wanted for murder was nabbed by police detectives after he was seen roaming a mall in this municipality, it was learned Thursday. The suspect, whose identity has been withheld by police, was one of three youths involved in beating to death ofJohn Paul Orque, a resident of Wawa III, Rosario, on August 6, last year. Superintendent Godfredo Kinhude Tul-O, Rosario police chief, said the suspect who is the No. 5 most wanted person in the town will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (Anthony Giron)