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Visayas newsbits for June 27, 2014

COP ON VIDEO FACES CRIMINAL RAPS

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental (PNA) — A policeman in a video post gone viral on social network site Facebook caught indiscriminately firing his gun in Siquijor early this month faces at least four criminal complaints while undergoing pre-charge evaluation to determine administrative liability. The policeman, identified as PO3 Allan Bautista assigned with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region VII (PRO-7)’s Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) was also stripped of his issued firearm. Sr. Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, head of PRO-7’s Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) said grave threats, illegal discharge of firearm, violation of domicile, and alarm and scandal, were filed against Bautista by complainant, Carlito Oriendo who posted on Facebook a video clip asking for assistance against a person shown shouting and firing his gun in an incident last June 11 in Candanay Norte, Siquijor. The armed man, identified as Bautista, is from Talisay, Cebu. He was on leave at the time of the incident and was visiting Siquijor, where he was previously assigned.

NCGP TRAINS NONECO LINEMEN

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, (PIA) — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is training 79 Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO) linemen on safety requirements and practices needed in line maintenance. The Basic Linemen Training is the fourth training session conducted by NGCP for NONECO since 2009 as part of NGCP’s commitment when the latter acquired a 69-kilovolt line covering  Cadiz to Victorias. NGCP delivers electricity produced by power plants to distribution utilities serving as the power highway through its transmission lines. Linemen from San Carlos, Sagay, Escalante, and Victorias cities and Manapla and E.B. Magalona towns are familiarized with how to conduct installation of welding cluster voltage testing, pole climbing, pole dressing and undressing, conductor riding, knot tying and even how to negotiate for right of way since they are the front liners in the field.

P108M RELEASED FOR POLICE STATIONS

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte (PNA) —  Some P108 million was initially released to Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8) to build 26 local police stations in the region. PRO-8 Regional Director C/Supt. Henry Losañe said of the 26 police stations covered for the construction fund, five are in Eastern Samar, three in Western Samar, one each in Northern Samar and Biliran, and the rest in Leyte. He said they hope to complete construction activities before December.

DSWD-7 CONTINUES FEEDING PROGRAM

CEBU CITY (PIA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7) is continuing the implementation of its Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) in partnership with 132 local government units in Central Visayas. The SFP is the agency’s contribution to government’s Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program. DSWD-7’s Kerwin Macopia said the agency has started implementing the SFP’s fourth cycle, to last until 2015 in the region. Some P231 million has been allocated for the project which will be managed by local government units in Central Visayas. Of the amount, P184.795 million is for viands and P46.199 million for rice. Each child beneficiary has a budget of P13 per meal daily P10 of which is for viand and P3 for iron fortified rice. The feeding program will be managed by parents based on a prepared meal cycle using available indigenous food supplies.