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National newsbits for April 24, 2014

Poverty Plan For Cronies

A party-list lawmaker is not convinced the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino government will trigger inclusive growth and lift millions of Filipinos from extreme poverty. Gabriela Women’s partylist Rep. Emmi de Jesus said cronies of the Aquino government will profit more from the PDP which is actually a rehashed program of government and offers no new solutions to the poverty problem. “Aquino’s plan to boost infrastructure spending from three percent to five percent by 2016 as key to lowering poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population to 16.6 percent by 2016  will only enrich palace cronies with construction deals, as it only provides temporary low-paid jobs,” she said. (Ben Rosario)


Love Our Policemen

“The community should love our policemen; if not, we have a problem.” This is what newly installed Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) president, Police Deputy Director General Ricardo F. De Leon, said during his first meeting with the Directorial Staff of the PPSC on April 22, 2014. Dr. Emelie Regado, Director of Planning and Research Development Division, first briefed him on the whole operations of the PPSC. De Leon showed his concern for a strong feedback mechanism on the implementation of training programs which is sensitive to the needs of the community. (Czarina Nicole O. Ong)


Samar Remains Vulnerable

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) yesterday said that residents in Eastern Samar, which was heavily devastated by typhoon “Yolanda” last year, will continue to be vulnerable in the coming typhoon season because of a lack of evacuation centers. The IOM said only 53 or around 8 percent of the 634 evacuation centers in the 10 affected municipalities in the province remain operational. It said that 415 of these emergency shelters ranging from schools to public buildings were damaged and would need rehabilitation before they could be used again by evacuees, while 166 were destroyed and must be rebuilt. (Samuel Medenilla)


Need For Prosecutors

The government should beef up the country’s cadre of prosecutors if it wants to win the war against criminality and corruption, Senate President Franklin Drilon said yesterday. “Our prosecutors play a huge role in bringing the perpetrators of every imaginable crime behind bars, where they rightfully belong,” Drilon said.  He cited the need for additional government prosecutors at the 26th National Convention of the Prosecutors League of the Philippines held in Legazpi, Albay.  (Hannah Torregoza)


MERS-CoV Orientation

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) headed to the Middle East will now get to learn about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) before they are deployed abroad, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday that she has ordered the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to incorporate Department of Health (DOH) materials on MERS-CoV in its Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS).   PDOS is a mandatory requirement for OFWs to inform them about the culture, practices, and laws of their destination country.  (Samuel Medenilla)