Visayas Newsbits for August 15, 2014
BARANGAY SATELLITE VOTERS’ REGISTRATION
Bacolod City, Negros Occ. (PNA) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold satellite barangay registration every Saturday from August 23 to September 27. Negros Occidental Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said the activity is based on a new Comelec order to saturate all areas for voters’ registration. Since May this year, a total of 21,914 Negrenses have already registered. Meanwhile, Comelec offices in the province will continue to release voters’ ID cards. For those who haven’t yet claimed their ID cards, Suarez says they must claim their cards personally “since we do not release voter’s ID to anybody except the voter himself or herself.”
DENR-6 TO CHECK TOWNS’ BOUNDARIES
Iloilo City (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Western Visayas (DENR-6) will conduct a re-establishment of barangay boundaries in 25 municipalities in the region. The project is expected to be completed by 2015 and will cover Negros Occidental, with 12 municipalities; Iloilo, with seven; and Capiz and Antique with three each. A request for P98.440-million project funding support is already included in the National Expenditures Program (NEP) for FY 2015. DENR-6’s Land Management Services is set to conduct work requirements. “We need to complete boundary setting of municipalities to help settle issues among barangays and municipalities as to exact total land area each municipality actually has,” said DENR-6 Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna.
PRO-8 PERSONNEL CITED FOR YOLANDA SERVICE
Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) – The 113th Police Service Anniversary in Eastern Visayas last Monday was marked by recognizing Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) who saw action at the height of super-typhoon Yolanda while they themselves were calamity victims. Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Director-General for Administration Felipe L. Rojas who was PNP Commander of Task Force Yolanda lauded the PRO-8 personnel “for extending support to victims of the typhoon despite the fact that they were also affected by the disaster.” The six police provincial offices in the region – Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar and Biliran; Tacloban and Ormoc city police and the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) were given a plaque of recognition. A plaque of recognition was also given to Senior Inspector Karlov Caesa L. Camposano while a posthumous award was given to PO2 Adelfo G. Lopez who died while rescuing his neighbors at the typhoon’s height.
CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT
Cordova, Cebu (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency in Central Visayas (PIA-7) recently conducted the 1st Barangay Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation at the Cordova Home Village resort with about 100 participants from Cordova’s 13 barangays. Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy thanked the PIA for choosing his town for this activity, while stressing that Cordova is vulnerable to disaster risks. He cited last year’s oil spill which ruined mangrove plantations in Cordova’s coastal barangays. Sitoy urged Summit participants not to cause damage to coral reefs and mangroves as these are strong defenses against a storm surge. The Summit was highlighted with a commitment signing by representatives of lead agencies including the PIA, Climate Change Commission, Cebu province and this town along with other Summit participants. PIA-7 Regional Director Minerva Newman said Cordova is being adopted for its climate change advocacy campaign project.