Visayas newsbits for May 22, 2014
TESTING PUBLIC OFFICIALS FOR DRUG USE URGED
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occ. (PNA) – Amid reported proliferation of illegal drugs in his area of jurisdiction, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. is spearheading a move to test public officials, especially local chief executives, for drug use.“I challenge all public officials to undergo drug tests and I’m willing to lead it now,” he said, concerned that the provincial government might be losing its war against illegal drugs. Marañon raised the challenge following reports of illegal drug trade being conducted in Murcia town.
NO TUITION HIKE FOR SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY
DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental (PNA) – Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental is not increasing its tuition and other fees this year although the university said, in a statement, that it supports private schools who are. “We believe that adjustments are needed to improve the quality of education,” said Silliman in a news release. It also said it understands that “unlike public schools, the educational services of private schools are financed mainly from tuition fees.” The university announced that classes will start on June 10.
PARISH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY MARKED
TABONTABON, Leyte – Saint Anthony of Padua parishioners here celebrated the parish’s 58th anniversary even as the parish church, which had been damaged by super typhoon Yolanda in November, 2013 have yet to be repaired. Parishioners held the event under a tent which serves as a temporary place of worship. Parish priest, Rev. Fr. Eleseo Loreto led parishioners in an afternoon procession around the town proper and ended up with a thanksgiving mass and get together. Loreto said the damaged parish church building will be rehabilitated with help from the United States Catholics Bishops Conference. (Nestor L. Abrematea)
DPWH TREES EXTRACTION PERMIT DEFERRED
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PNA) – The city council has deferred granting the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) authority to extract trees in the center island along Gen. Luna St. to continue a road widening project. Councilor Joshua Alim said the city council has set another meeting with national agency officials on May 28 since some council members were unable to attend the executive-legislative meeting presided by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog with DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao and District Engineer Rodney Gustilo two weeks ago.
TEMPORARY TRANSMISSION LINES CONSTRUCTION NEARLY DONE
ROXAS CITY, Capiz (PNA) – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said the construction of temporary lines from its Panit-an, Capiz substation to Nabas, Aklan is now 97 percent complete. Nelson Bautista, officer-in-charge of the NGCP’s Regional Communications Division, said the NGCP’s prior commitment was supposed to have been accomplished earlier so that by Tuesday, May 20, energization of Boracay Island in Aklan province is fully restored.