Archive for October, 2009
LINGAYEN – Police General Leopoldo Bataoil of barangay Libsong, quietly bowed out of the police service on October 22, his 56th birthday and the mandatory retirement age for policemen.
The former head of the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations said he and his family did not have a big celebration as that would be inappropriate because of the calamities that hit the province.
Early in the morning, Bataoil and his wife Gina attended a mass. He said he also offered prayers for the affected people that they be able to cope up with their situation despite the damage on their properties and sources of livelihood.
PLACID RIVER. Teenagers enjoy the cool water of the river below the Ambayaoan Bridge in San Nicolas town. Early this October, the river was filled with rampaging flood water from the Agno River after the San Roque dam opened its spillway gates and discharged millions of cubic meters of excess water. (CeSaR)
MANGALDAN – Because of the calamities, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has extended further the amnesty on the registration of motor vehicles with license plate numbers end in 9 and 0 (September and October registration).
Assistant Secretary Arturo Lomibao, LTO chief, issued the circular which also included the extension of the renewal of driver’s licenses for those renewal covering the period of October 8 and 30.
The extension is in consideration to vehicle owners and drivers greatly affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.
LINGAYEN – The Provincial Accounting Office headed by Officer-in-Charge Marilou Utanes was recently adjudged one of the most outstanding accounting offices in the country for its exemplary performance for the past year.
The award was given last October 12 at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City by the Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines (AGAP) Incorporated.
Utanes said that the award is primarily a product of the ‘unified effort’ of the entire accounting office as proven by timeliness of reports, accuracy and quality financial statements.
By Marlyn Garcia- Del Rosario
Teacher III, San Nicolas Elementary School
The global warming and climate change are real. Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng proved them to be that fatal with the onslaught of flood at inconceivable heights. The global climate has, indeed, changing that even planting patterns of farmers are affected. Before these phenomena, farmers have steady planting season in specific months of the year.
While the United Nations particularly our country is concerned with environmental issues, rarely do we see teachers who really concentrate of teaching pupils about our environmental degradation. Most teachers confined themselves to subject areas that are pigeon-holed on textbooks and teaching aids.
Being at the forefront of providing knowledge to school children, environmental issues and concerns shall be taught in the classrooms to make them aware of the global weather pattern. They should also be taught on simple disaster preparedness and mitigating activities on environmental degradation.
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
STA. BARBARA – The mayor of this town is hell-bent to proceed with his airport project because he doubted the airport in Alaminos City can push through.
Mayor Reynaldo Velasco challenged Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza to show the General Appropriation Act (GAA) which contains the money for the construction of a domestic airport that will see reality in 2012, and an international airport that will see completion in 2022.
“Iyan lang naman ang masabi ko ke Nani, where is the money? If he can show the money, we will stop,” he said.