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Visayas Newsbits for August 7, 2014


Iloilo City (PNA) – Contractors of two big projects worth over P200 million at the Iloilo Fishing Port Complex (IFPC) in Tanza, this city assured that construction of these projects will be done by end August. The projects involve the repair and rehabilitation of IFPC facilities and utilities worth P94.3 million by contractor F. Gurrea Construction Inc. and the construction of the IFPC Breakwater Phase I worth P102.3 million by International Builders Corp. IFPC facilities rehabilitation was started in August 15, 2013 with funds from the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority.


Roxas City, Capiz (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has funded 24 livelihood projects worth P10.87million in Capiz under the Yolanda Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Program (YRRP) during the first half of 2014 These include the establishment of a community bakery, shielded metal arc welding cum production project, communal swine breeding and organic fertilizer production, hog dispersal and rehabilitation of various infrastructure projects. The projects are expected to benefit some 2,141 unemployed citizens and marginalized farmers, workers in the informal economy as well as vulnerable workers in the province.


Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (PNA) – Three inmates are being hunted by the police after it was  discovered that they bolted the Philippine National Police (PNP) station’s lock-up facility in Basay, Negros Oriental early Wednesday morning. PNP Provincial Police Director, Sr. Supt. Mariano Natuel, Jr. confirmed that the inmates managed to escape by sawing off the iron grills of their detention cell. Identified escaped inmates were Reckie Rota Pilapil, Antonio Abrasaldo Mejia (detained for alleged violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act) and Rechie Tibudan (for alleged statutory rape). Natuel said Basay police learned of the escape at around 4 to 5 a.m. Wednesday. All police stations were alerted immediately of the jailbreak.


Cebu City (PIA) – The Cebu provincial government has signed an agreement with Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) and Cebu-based new media startup InnoPub Media formalizing the rollout of its Digital Tourism project in the province. The recent signing was led by Gov. Hilario P. Davide III with SMART Senior Manager for Public Affairs Visayas and Mindanao Maria Jane Paredes, InnoPub Co-Founder Max Limpag, and Cebu Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera. The project is aimed at making tourists’ Cebu visit more convenient, especially those coming here for the first time.


Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) – The South Korea Military Joint Support Group’s Araw Force is now working on the repair and rehabilitation of the Manlurip Elementary School, which is among the most badly hit schools here by super typhoon Yolanda last year. Araw Force Public Relation Officer Capt. Kwon Young Woo said it was agreed that the military contingent group can extend repair work beyond earlier identified areas. Previously, their repair work was focused only in Leyte towns including Palo, Tanauan and Tolosa.