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Visayas Newsbits for August 23, 2014

REPAIRED HOSPITAL TURNED OVER

Palo, Leyte — The Joint Support Group of South Korean Military Force (Araw Forces) recently turned over to hospital management a newly repaired Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital that was damaged by typhoon Yolanda. Presbyterian Churches of Korea and the 546 Engineering Battalion of the Philippine Army helped in repairing the damaged facilities. The facility, upgraded into a general hospital, was established in the region after the outbreak of said disease after World War II. It affects mostly farmers and even farm animals.

Aside from the repair undertaken by the Armed Forces, the national government through the Department of Health also provided R5 million funds for the construction of a Comprehensive Emergency Management of New Born Care facility. (PNA)

5,695 GRADUATES

Tacloban City — The ongoing implementation of programs and projects in line with Yolanda rehabilitation by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) here has produced some 5,695 graduates during the first half of the year. Imelda Malatbalat, officer-in-charge of the regional operations division of TESDA said that it has engaged in four initiatives, including training on construction and livelihood programs to benefit some 14,540 individuals.  (PNA)

ABK3 AGAINST CHILD LABOR

Bacolod City — The “Project Tubo” three-day fair of ABK3’s Livelihood, Education, Advocacy and Protection (LEAP)  program at L’ Fisher Hotel aimed to highlight the issue of child labor in the sugarcane industry while showcasing the various crafts produced by sugarcane workers out of kansyaha or sugarcane leaves, and its other by-products. It was learned that prior to the entry of the NGOs such as SIFI, World Vision, and ChildFund, children were commonly seen in plantation sites. Jason Befus, ABK3 operations manager, said the goal is for the 18,000 to 19,000 children in Negros Occidental to stop working on sugarcane farms, and to stay in school. (Edith B. Colmo)

IRRIGATION PROJECT ERRORS RECTIFIED

Bacolod City  – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) has given an ultimatum to HLJ Construction, owned by Engineer Henry Jordan. Jordan landed the contract for the construction of an irrigation project in Barangay Codcod, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental to rectify previous errors. The ultimatum came after OPA chief Engineer Igmedio Tabianan reported discrepancies that were discovered during a routine monitoring. Following this, Jordan was reprimanded, which compelled his firm to correct the errors. Among those discovered incorrect were wrong spacing of re-enforcement bars, using an unaccredited aggregate supplier, use of adulterated sand mixed with soil which allows water to penetrate the irrigation wall and destroy the infrastructure. (Edith B. Colmo)

USE OF IMPOUNDED CAR

Cebu City – Punta Princesa Police Station Commander Noli Cernio, Fuente Police Station Deputy Chief William Alicaba, and Homicide Chief Elisandro Quijano under the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) were relieved from their respective positions as CCPO Director Noli Romana on Thursday said that the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) will investigate allegations of them using a Mitsubishi Lancer for personal and official use even without a court order. The said vehicle was seized by the Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) June 2013. The vehicle was impounded when Alicaba was TRS chief. Quiano and Cenio also used the vehicle when they became TRS chiefs. All have denied using it for personal purposes. (Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.)