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Mindanao Newsbits for January 8,2014

Traffic Campaign

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government here, in close coordination with the local police authorities, started to mount a campaign against violators of existing traffic rules and regulations in an effort to bring back law and order in the major thoroughfares in this city. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco said personnel from the City Administrator’s Office will be deployed in strategic areas, particularly those considered as bottlenecks during peak hours to strictly implement traffic laws in tandem with personnel from the city’s Police Traffic Division. The campaign centers on provisions mandated by the Traffic Code of the City (Ordinance 248), Sanitation Law (Ordinance 500), including traffic regulations mandated by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), as well as Republic Act 10054. (Nonoy Lacson)

Alarming Rate

DAVAO CITY – The Region 11 office of the Department of Health (DOH-11) confirmed that as of December 11, last year, the dengue status in the region remains alarming, saying that it recorded 10,326 cases, with a fatality rate of 0.6 percent, causing 61 deaths. Among the areas in Region 11, Davao City leads with 6,314 cases and 32 deaths, followed by Davao Oriental with 1,204 cases and three deaths, Davao del Sur with 1,031 cases and 13 fatalities, Compostela Valley with 1,016 cases and eight deaths, and Davao del Norte with 761 cases with five deaths. Children from five to nine years old are the most susceptible to the disease because of having a weaker immune system. But Mary Divene C. Hilario, officer-in-charge of the DOH-Human Advocacy Promotion, said the spread of the disease is not yet considered an outbreak. (Cherry Mae Palicte)

Zambo Landfill

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government here disclosed that it is ready to open and operate the P65-million sanitary landfill system, a safer and modern mode of garbage disposal management system in this city before the closing of the first quarter of this year. City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco said the sanitary landfill system was initiated by former Mayor Celso Lobregat who is now the representative of the 1st District of this city. Climaco said that the new dump site, which is located in Barangay Salaan, will be operational by the first quarter of this year, and it is designed in a manner that will mitigate potential environmental impacts. Climaco said the facility has a total land area of 10.6 hectares that could accommodate the solid waste disposal of this city for an estimated period of 10 years. (Nonoy Lacson)

Treasury Staff

KIDAPAWAN CITY – The special committee tasked by the municipal government of M’lang in North Cotabato to investigate the fund mess has recommended the dismissal from public service of at least three employees at the treasurer’s office accused of graft and corruption. M’lang Mayor Joselito Piñol, citing as basis the copy of reports submitted to him by the task force, identified those employees as Raymundo Papna, Marco Diel, and Julius Magallosa, all detailed as collectors at the Municipal Treasurer’s Office. Reports from the Commission on Audit (COA) showed that Papna failed to remit his tax collections amounting to P1.212-million, Diel – P752,000, and Magallosa – P140,000. The unremitted collections allegedly took place in the second quarter of 2013. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

Police Personnel

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Police Regional Office 9 (PRO-9) is now in the process of hiring 349 Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP) to serve as crime registrars in major police stations in the region. PRO-9 spokesman Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca said the 349 new positions are intended to serve as crime registrars. According to Huesca, the newly hired NUP will be distributed in the various police provincial offices in the region. He said the Zamboanga Del Sur Police Provincial Office was allocated with 66 registrars, Zamboanga Del Norte Police Provincial Office – 112, Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office – 111, Isabela City Police Station – five, and Zamboanga City Police Office with 55. (Nonoy Lacson)