Luzon Newsbits for October 13,2013
MALINAO, Albay (PNA) – Water system, malnutrition, and environmental problems are among the major concerns of the local government unit (LGU) here in the first district of Albay, Mayor Alice Morales said in her first 100-day accomplishment report. Morales, who disclosed that after the elections, she enrolled at University of the Philippines for a short-term course for new chief executives, said her first 100 days were a transition period for the LGU. She claimed that she retained all department heads. “We also retained all existing financial, educational and livelihood assistance being given to qualified constituents,” Morales added.
BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya (PNA) – Typhoon “Santi” left the province unharmed after unleashing intermittent rains and moderate winds since Friday night till early Saturday morning. Power electricity was cut off since midnight by the Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (Nuvelco), rendering power outages in several villages in the province. “This is just temporary as our technical personnel are now in the field to fix destroyed power lines and equipment, and to restore power in these affected areas,” Engineer Narciso Salunat, Nuvelco general manager, said. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has not yet reported any casualty during Santi’s fury in the province.
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (PNA) – Governor Ruth Padilla on Friday pledged funding assistance to boost the livelihood of at least 300 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in the 275 villages of the province. The fund, amounting to P10,000 will be given to the Municipal Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (MFBNS), she said during the provincial awarding of outstanding nutrition program implementors of Nueva Vizcaya. “I am posing a challenge to you to sustain your efforts and in that way, we can maintain or even improve our status particularly on the nutrition program implementation,” she said.
LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) – Though the province of Albay failed in its attempt to land in the Guinness World Records, those who took part in executing the World’s Largest Human No-Smoking sign last June 28 are still filled with stories of achievement and fulfillment. First, no-smoking advocates hailed the formal signing in public on that day by Governor Joey Salceda of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the province-wide ordinance. Rose Olarte-Orbita of Add+Vantage Community Team Services, Smoke-Free Albay Network secretary, said “we can now fully and effectively enforce the no-smoking ordinances of the province and some local government units like Legazpi City.”
LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has eased the burden of securing No Pending Administrative Case (NPAC) clearance being encountered by retiring government employees. This means that the CSC will no longer require each employee applying for retirement an NPAC clearance, and all that should be done now is to execute an affidavit under oath stating that he or she has no pending administrative case. In an event that the applicant has a pending case, he or she should disclose its nature and status in the affidavit. A notary public or any administering officer of the employer-agency designated by the head of the agency may administer the oath.