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Visayas newsbits for May 18, 2014

AMERICAN FUGITIVE NABBED IN DUMAGUETE

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental (PNA) – United States law enforcers have arrested fugitive American national Robert Snyder in Dumaguete City. Snyder, 67, from Illinois, U.S.A., had been on the run for 20 years, violating his provisional release by the U.S. government. Agents from the U.S. Embassy in Manila and the U.S. State Department, Diplomatic Security Personnel and two immigration officers arrested Thomas in a restaurant in Piapi town, this city, after serving him with a warrant for Parole Violation for Sexual Assault and for violation of Philippine immigration laws.

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION LEYTE SUMMIT

PALO, Leyte(PNA) – The Civil Service Commission will hold its first human resources (HR) reforms and good governance summit at the Visayas State University (VSU)’s Baybay City campus on May 26, 2014. CSC-Eastern Visayas regional director Atty. Victoria F. Esber said the summit will be a convergence of competence and commitment among leaders and HR practitioners in national and local government institutions. Practices on organizational productivity (SPMS), effective frontline service delivery and promotion of good governance under the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) will be shared, said Esber.

PAF BUILDINGS TRANSFER PRIORITIZED

CEBU CITY, Cebu (PNA) – Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said priority will be given to the transfer of Philippine Air Force (PAF) buildings affected by the P17.5-billion airport expansion project. Some 17 buildings will give way to the putting up of new airport terminals and other buildings as part of the concession agreement signed by the Department of Transportation and Communication and airport project winning bidder GMR-Megawide. The MCIAA owns the 500-hectare airport lot, while the buildings are owned by the PAF which was allowed to remain on condition that it will vacate once the MCIAA needs to use the land.

4PS BENEFICIARIES’ WELL-BEING IMPROVE

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte (PNA) – An improvement in the well-being of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in Northern Samar is indicated in the results of an assessment by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The agency recently completed two waves of assessment using social welfare indicators (SWI) to determine if there has been an improvement in the lives of program beneficiaries. Some 16,965 4Ps household-beneficiaries in 10 Northern Samar towns were assessed and findings showed a decline in the number of beneficiaries belonging to the survival level, with more of them rising to subsistence and self-efficient levels.

ILLEGAL DRUG SUSPECTS ARRESTED

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PNA) – Three notorious illegal drug personalities, Cirilo Jamili, 33, married and a resident of Brgy. Ungka 2, Pavia; Fortunato Agunase, 46; and  Jenmark Gregory, 22, of Brgy. Bakhaw, Mandurriao, Iloilo City were apprehended late Thursday night following a buy-bust operation in Pavia, Iloilo. Pavia police chief Police S/Inspector Dante Dumaguing said Jamili was arrested after a drug-bust with a police poseur-buyer buying from him P500 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu. Cops accosted Jamili and searched his residence.