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National newsbits for July 18, 2014

VISA STICKERS

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is now using security visa stickers to intensify the drive against under-the-table transactions in the agency. BI Commissioner Seigfred Mison said the stickers bear micro line prints and optical variable device designed to make it virtually impossible for counterfeiters to duplicate. The sticker will be pasted on the temporary visitor’s visa (TVV), special study permit (SSP) visa and long-stay visitor visa extension (LSVVE). Mison said the development of the new security sticker is part of BI’s modernization program. The BI earlier it will install 200 new passport readers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and other ports. The electronic readers will facilitate inspection and verification of travel documents at immigration counters and help detect fake travel papers. (Jun Ramirez)

MARILAO BET HITS P17.7-M JACKPOT

A standard pick bet for Lotto 6/42 placed at a Lotto outlet in Marilao, Bulacan, hit the P17.7-million jackpot Tuesday as Tropical Storm Glenda was pounding Luzon. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the bet matched the winning numbers combination of 19-01-17-31-12-07 for the Lotto 6/42 lotto. As this developed, PCSO Vice Chairman/General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said the jackpot for yesterday’s Super Lotto 6/49 was projected at P76 million after no bet hit the winning numbers combination of 35-28-31-41-18-39 of last July 15’s 6/49 draw which carried a P70.4-million jackpot. The biggest 6/49 jackpot payout was P349 million. (Edd K. Usman)

CHILD-FRIENDLY LGUS

City and municipal governments will be audited on their implementing programs and measures concerning the welfare and status of children, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said yesterday. The Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) will be done annually starting this year, and will play a big role in the conferment of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance. The local government units (LGUs) will be assessed based on 12 criteria.  These include the percentage reduction in the mortality rates among children below five years old, percentage reduction in the number of children under six years with below normal weight, the percentage increase in the number of three- to four-year-old children attending center-based day care services, the completion rate of elementary schooling, absence or decrease in child labor cases, and safety measures in schools, and the percentage reduction in the number of children who are victims of violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation. (Czarina Nicole O. Ong)

ANGAT WATER LEVEL RISING

Rains from typhoon ‘Glenda’ have significantly increased Angat Dam’s water level after having fallen consistently for two months and reaching critical lows, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. PAGASA hydrologist Danny Flores said the level of Angat Dam increased by 2.84 meters from 162.74 meters last Wednesday to 165.58 meters on Thursday. “We expect that the water elevation of Angat Dam will continue to increase as water from upstream continues to flow into the reservoir,” he said. However, the current water level of Angat Dam remains below the rule curve of 180.86 meters. It still needs 14.42 meters to normalize the operations of the dam for power generation, irrigation, and domestic water supply. PAGASA earlier said the reservoir will be able to recover as the country enters the peak of typhoon season from July to September. (Ellalyn B. de Vera)