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Visayas Newsbits for May 21, 2014

P3.47 B for Negros infra projects

Bacolod City, Negros Occ. (PNA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has set aside P3.47 billion for infrastructure projects in Negros Occidental this year. These projects are in addition to the P8.4 billion already implemented in the province from 2011 to 2013. These include upgrading of national roads and bridges in the past three years totaling to P11.9 billion. “This shows that we’re not neglecting Negros Occidental,” remarked DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson who joined President Benigno S. Aquino during the inauguration of the P313-million Himoga-an bridge and access road in Sagay City, Northern Negros late last week. Singson said the DPWH is also working on the widening of the Himogaan access road into four lanes as volume ratio and capacity demands.

Crackdown on illegal aliens resumes

Cebu City, Cebu (PNA) – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has resumed its crackdown on illegal or overstaying aliens following a two-month moratorium in March to April, 2014. BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison said the moratorium was in order to give a chance to foreigners illegally staying in the country to process their documents and pay corresponding penalties to legalize their stay here. He said failure to do so will mean their deportation and imprisonment and their being blacklisted from returning to the country. “We have two months moratorium for them to voluntarily surrender and we have collected at least P14 million as penalties,” said Mison. In Cebu, BI-Cebu District VII alien control officer Casimiro Madarang III said whereabouts of illegal aliens are usually known only when they have already problems with immigration. He said illegal aliens should come out and make their stay legal.

Gawad Kalinga builds houses in Leyte town

Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) – Philippine-based poverty alleviation and nation-building movement Gawad Kalinga (GK) Community Development Foundation will start constructing 40 housing units in San Isidro, Leyte today, said Mayor Susan Ang. The houses will be built on a GK-identified site within a lot donated by the family of Ang’s husband, board member Allan Ang, in Brgy. Crossing. Over 2,000 volunteers will help in building the houses. An additional 20 units will also be donated by International Lions Club, Ang said. Meanwhile, GK volunteers will also help in repairing typhoon Yolanda-damaged school buildings here. The town will also host today the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP)’s Sesyon sa Bayan, the first out-of-town session by the SP since typhoon Yolanda struck six months ago.

1,879 register in Comelec-Ormoc

Ormoc City, Leyte (PNA) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in this city has served 1,879 individuals in eight days of registration starting last May 6, said Atty. Karen Cajipo. Services extended to clients include transfer of registration record with reactivation involving 27 clients; reactivation of registration record, 74 clients; change of name/correction of entries/inclusion/reinstatement of registration records in list of voters, 101 clients; multiple applications based on Sec. 20 of Resolution Number 9853, 32 clients; and new registrants, 372 clients.  The latest registration particularly applies to those who have multiple records, Cajipo said. Those who were unable to cast their votes during previous elections are encouraged to apply for reactivation or be delisted.