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Metro newsbits for April 16, 2014

Circuit Assembly

Some 700 deaf and mute members from various congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Pasig City will convene next week for their sign language Circuit Assembly in Tanghalang Pasiguerio. Themed “God’s Word is Beneficial for Teaching,’’ the seminar seeks to educate the participants, including their parents, about God’s words using manual communication and body language to convey a message. The assembly will start at 9 a.m. from April 19 to 20. It will gather speakers who are experts in combining hand shapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body and facial expressions. (FR)

 

Rob Victims

Still unidentified thieves struck once again, this time taking more or less P300,000 worth of assorted gadgets inside a technology and consulting company in Quezon City, police Tuesday disclosed. Reports reaching the Quezon City Police District Police Station 2 in Masambong, disclosed the robbery reportedly transpired between 6 p.m. April 12 and 6 a.m. April 14., at the Great Minds Media Inc., at 9B Evening News St., West Triangle, Quezon City. Police said Amy Christine Giray, 35, HR/Admin manager of the company, discovered the incident as she reported for work Monday morning. Police said upon entering their office, Giray found out that they were victims of robbery after an estimated P300,000 worth of assorted gadgets were gone. According to the complainant, she left their office locked but unattended at 6 p.m. Friday. (Francis Wakefield)

 

Water Rationing

Water rationing will start today in some areas in Caloocan City which will be affected by the water interruption because of the repair undertaken by the Maynilad for three days. The Maynilad will ration water in Barangay 33 which will experience low water pressure starting Wednesday until Black Saturday due to Maynilad’s “re-alignment” of its main water pipe.

Earlier, Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan reminded the affected residents to call the city government’s action center hotline through 310-7536. The Caloocan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office will coordinate with the service provider and areas which will be affected by the water interruption. (Ed Mahilum)

 

Illegal Drugs

Aimed at sustaining its advocacy towards a drug-free city, the local government of Makati City is seeking the involvement of barangay officials and residents in the campaign against illegal drugs. Through the Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council, a series of open forum-style dialogues dubbed “Ugnayan Sa Mga Barangay” will be held in various barangays this summer. Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, MADAC chair, said the move was intended to encourage the active involvement of sectors at the grassroots level in the citywide campaign against illegal drugs, saying it was crucial especially in monitoring and curbing drug-related crimes in the city. (Ana Liza Alavaren)

 

Security Plans

The Taguig City local government has set in place its security plan for the observance of the Holy Week. Mayor Lani Cayetano assured the public that together with the Taguig Police, they will make sure this year’s Holy Week will be peaceful. “This is a time for reflection. We also acknowledge that this is also a time when people go home to their provinces to be with their relatives and take advantage of the long vacation. With that, we commit to ensuring the safety of residents, travelers and tourists during this time,” she said. Sr. Supt. Arthur Felix Asis of the Taguig Police said they will be deploying additional personnel in areas of convergence and places where crimes might happen. (Rizal Obanil)