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Luzon newsbits for June 25, 2014

DRIVERS’ HOUSING

LUCENA CITY, Quezon — Housing for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers in this city will now be within their reach through a rent-to-own program in Barangay Silangang Mayao, here. A memorandum of agreement for the provision of 200 housing units for PUV drivers and operators has already been signed by Mayor Roderick A. Alcala of this city; Freddie Bravo, president of local transport association, Pistol; and the Pag-IBIG Fund. The project could be linked to the housing program of Vice President Jejomar Binay. (Danny J. Estacio)

FROM IDLE TO PRODUCTIVE LAND

SAN ANTONIO, Zambales — Environmental protection and conservation is not all about keeping land resources untouched over stretches of time, but of allowing them to be productive and serve a worthy purpose for the people. This point was stressed by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 3 Director Francisco Milla, Jr. in signing an agreement with Mayor Estella Deloso-Antipolo for a land management program in this town.  (Mar T. Supnad)

KILLER-MOM’

SABLAN, Benguet — The mother accused of killing her three-year-old daughter in this town last May 26 is now in police custody, pending the issuance of a warrant of arrest by the court handling the parricide case. Senior Inspector Christian Alucod, chief of police here, identified the mother only as “Dianne” and said she was only in police custody for “safekeeping” because doctors had diagnosed her with an “acute mental distress disorder.” (Zaldy C. Comanda)

‘COLORUM’ BUSTER

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The Land Transportation Office-Region 1 (LTO-1) has apprehended four buses for violating the new regulation against “colorum” operation. Two of those buses were sighted in Urdaneta City and the other two in La Union. LTO Regional Director Teofilo Guadiz said among those apprehended were a Baybayan Tours bus, and one under Cruz Transport. He said violations ranged from an expired franchise, illegal transfer of plate and out-of-line, to lack of plate. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

LANI AS NEXT BACOOR MAYOR?

BACOOR CITY, Cavite — Cavite 2nd District Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla was addressed by local officials here as the next mayor during their second cityhood anniversary celebration the other day on City Hall grounds. Mercado-Revilla graced the city celebration with Mayor Strike B. Revilla, Vice Mayor Catherine “Karen” Sarino Evaristo, Sangguniang Panlungsod members, administration officials, employees and guests. Councilor Reynaldo D. Palabrica, introduced Mercado-Revilla as “a strong woman who is the next mayor of the city.” (Anthony Giron)

STATE OF CALAMITY

GUBAT, Sorsogon — The Sangguniang Bayan of this town placed the entire town of Gubat under a state of calamity, following the fire that turned the public market and a number of government satellite offices in the complex, here, into ashes. Gubat Mayor Roderick Q. Co said the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) found faulty electrical connection had triggered the fire. Co said stall owners, vendors and other affected sectors will temporarily perform their business in another place. (Niño N. Luces)