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Luzon Newsbits for June 2, 2014

RIZAL’S ANNIVERSARY

Rizal province — Hundreds of residents here are joining the simultaneous tree planting and clean-up activities to celebrate the 113th Araw ng Lalawigan on June 11. Fruit-bearing trees and hardwood and native species of trees are set to be planted by the LGUs and capitol officials. Rivers and waterways are also included in the clean-up. Other activities include free medical and dental treatment in all provincial hospitals in Angono, Rodriguez, Morong, and Antipolo; a job fair in the Ynares Cener Complex in Antipolo; and awarding of medals to the champions of recently-held sports competitions. (Nel B. Andrade)

CARPENTER NABBED

Binangonan, Rizal — Police arrested over the weekend a carpenter, 48, for illegal possession of firearms and violation of the anti-child abuse law. The complaint was brought forth by his own 8-year-old son.Chief Inspector Bartolome Marigondon, chief of police here said the boy also informed them that his father had been keeping firearms. During the search, police barangay found .38 revolvers, and several pieces of ammunition for .22 and 9 mm guns. Police said the boy also claimed that his father’s subjecting him to physical abuse, including firing at him with his gun. (Nel B. Andrade)

HEALTH COUNCIL

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur – With the alarming reports on the rising occurrences of Human Immunodeficiency Virus – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) here, health officials are seeking the formation of a council to address its prevention. Ilocos Sur’s Provincial Health Officer Carmeliza Singson disclosed that at least 12 residents from the province, two of whom are overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s), were infected with HIV in 2013. Two are full–blown AIDS cases. It was reported that the Provincial Health Office (PHO) was doubling its efforts in educating sex workers, reminding them of the need to undergo regular pap smear examinations. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

FISH KILL

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur – Rising temperatures caused several fish kill incidents in this province, resulting in an estimated loss of P300,000, according to Provincial Agriculturist Teofilo Quintal. Quintal confirmed the fishkills in several fishponds and rivers in the towns of Caoayan, parts of Cabugao town, and Magsingal. To avoid further fish kills, Quintal called on the local fishermen and the local government units to conduct river excavations so that the fish could find deeper and cooler waters. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

BENGUET MISHAP

Candon City, Ilocos Sur — At least 23 passengers were injured when a public utility vehicle overturned May 31 at 8 a.m. in Batanes-Gambang in Bakun, Benguet province. Reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council identified the 23 injured as Mary Anne Olcino, 16; Myra Paciteng, 16; Elsie Lifcofen, 15; Carol Saguibal, 9; Mario Talicuad, 44; Marina Baclilii, 26; Melody Talicuad, 12; Marissa Nadnasan, 11; Biana Waclin, 41; Shane Pakilo, 2; Rita Paciteng, 54; Dolica Nadnasan, 41; Dolly Digway, 42;  Eliza Digway, one month; Marlyn Paciteng, 27; Melio Paciteng, 55; Mac Kenry Banglig, 11; Bernadeth Nadnasan, 30; Hezron Nadnasan, 1; Alicia Olsino, 48; Nilda Aluyan, 29; Rayver Aluyan, 11 days; at Veronica Calgo, 24. The vehicle, driven by Paul Busil-ac Talgo, lost its brakes while ascending the road, causing it to reverse and overturn. SPO4 Domingo Carame, duty officer of Bakun town police station, said some of the victims have already been released from the hospital.   (Freddie G. Lazaro)