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Luzon newsbits for May 30, 2014

SIBALE ISLAND, NEXT ECO-TOURISM HAVEN

CONCEPCION, Romblon — ABS-CBN Foundation thru its Green Initiative project has chosen the island municipality of Concepcion (Sibale) as the next eco-tourism destination in the MIMAROPA (Mindoro Marinduque Romblon Palawan) region. Concepcion Mayor Limuel “Boyet” Cipriano said he was elated with this announcement from the Foundation’s executives as he warmly welcomed 125 tourists who recently made a historic trip to the island. The island can be reached by sea travel in just two hours from Pinamalayan in the eastern side of Oriental Mindoro. The island boasts of a forest park and mangrove walkway; an old Spanish settlement; and carved rock spring water bath tub locally known as Tinigban. (Jerry J. Alcayde)

MALAYSIAN STUDENTS VISIT PANGASINAN

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The “5S Good Housekeeping” program of the provincial government has attracted the attention of at least 18 Malaysian students from the University of Malaysia Sabah Labuan International Campus (UMSLIC), traveling all the way here to study how to adopt the program. Malaysian students said they were overwhelmed not only with the aesthetic sights and historical buildings, here, but more with the cleanliness of the surroundings and work places. Led by Dr. Geoffrey Harvey Tanakinjal, the group visited here last Tuesday with the aim of fostering ties with Filipino students for mutual exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

GIRL’S MURDER IN BENGUET PROBED

SABLAN, Benguet — Homicide investigators are looking into murder in the death of a three-year-old girl found last May 26 in a remote area of Barangay Banangan, this town. Senior Inspector Christian Alucod, local chief of police, said probers already have a suspect but declined to name the person until the completion of evidence. The girl was reportedly left alone at the house where she was believed killed between 11 a.m. and 12 noon, before her body was found bloodied around 1:30 p.m. (Zaldy C. Comanda)

YOUTH SUMMIT

FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija — The 1st Civil Military Operations (KAKAMPI) Company of the 7th Civil Military Operations (GWAPO) Battalion, declared yesterday as successful the 1st Sta. Rosa Youth Leadership Summit 2014 which it initiated. The summit, with the theme “Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow,” was a four-day affair held at the 7ID Covered Court that ended yesterday and graced by Mayor Josefino M. Angeles. Participants in discussions on topics like drug abuse, human rights, values formation, and environmental protection were some 100 young leaders from all over Sta Rosa. (Mar T. Supnad)

ANGELES FIRM AGAINST WANTON TREE-CUTTING

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga — “The current city administration under the leadership of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has always been steadfast in its stand against the cutting of decades-old trees affected by the ongoing road widening and rehabilitation projects.” City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Francis Pangilinan said this in response to a press statement issued by Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. criticizing Pamintuan’s apparently “inconsistent” stand concerning the tree-cutting currently being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in this city. (Franco G. Regala)