Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pantabangan: A first hand experience with Oplan Bayanihan

Pantabangan: A first hand experience with Oplan Bayanihan: "PANTABANGAN, Nueva Ecija — Early morning of May 2, I rode a bus to Cabanatuan City to join a solidarity mission organized by Alyansa ng Ma..."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Tricycle drivers to get fuel subsidy

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An estimated 220,000 certified tricycle franchisees in Central Luzon are set to receive fuel assistance from the government's Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP).

Lilia Ortiz, chief of the Monitoring and Evaluation Division of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Central Luzon, said that each franchise owner will get a one-time gasoline aid of P150 per motor unit.

Ortiz added that the total amount of help to be handed out in the region is P33,208,800 -- the highest subsidy given by the program to tricycle operators.

Calabarzon and Metro Manila got the second and third highest subsidy at P28,397,400 and P14,698,650, respectively.

Bulacan will have the most number of motor recipients in Central Luzon with 49,367, followed by Nueva Ecija (49,061), Tarlac (26,028), Bataan (20,627), Pampanga (19,851), Zambales (14,167), and Aurora (4,336).

Ortiz said that based on their guidelines, the DILG regional office shall forge a memorandum of agreement with concerned local chief executives who shall in turn cause the preparation and certification of the list of tricycle franchisees, addresses, and number of operating tricycles.

The list shall serve as reference document in the computation of the subsidy.

Moreover, municipal and city mayors are likewise obliged to conduct a local government-wide information drive on the program, devise a system to effect an organized and orderly distribution of the aid and ensure that only those included in the certified list shall benefit from it and set-up an assistance and complaint desk which shall guide and address the grievances of the beneficiaries.

Created through President Benigno Aquino III's Executive Order 32, PTAP is an urgent intervention aimed at cushioning the impact of high fuel prices on the marginalized sectors of society.

By Charlene Cayabyab

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 14, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ecija cops rewarded for operation vs ‘Huks’

Bacalzo pins Kagalingan medal on a police officer who joined an operation that killed eight alleged rebels in Rizal town

CABANATUAN CITY - Philippine National Police Director Gen. Raul Bacalzo pinned on Tuesday the Medalya ng Kagalingan on ten policemen who led and joined the recent operation that resulted to the killing of eight alleged rebels in a supposed robbery attempt in Rizal, Nueva Ecija.

Bacalzo, along with Senior Supt. Roberto Aliggayu, Nueva Ecija police director, said he toured this city to show love to the policemen who may also get hurt or wounded in enforcing the law.

He also underscored the success of some police forces, that managed to defend their station from attacking rebels despite being outnumbered. One police station, he said, with only eleven men, including two trainees, managed to resist the assault of some 100 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.

The awardees were Supt. Ricardo Villanueva, head of the provincial intelligence branch; Supt.Edgar Allan Okubo, head of the provincial public Safety Company (PPSC) Insp. Romel Dela Vega, SPO2 Jaime Magno, Jr., PO2s Aristeo Gumarang, Jacinto Gregorio Jr., Julius Lalosin, Erwin Benedicto, Ruel Acosta and PO1 Joel Dimuan.

They were rewarded for the “highly commendable performance displayed during operation” that resulted to the killing of the alleged rebels who were reportedly about to stage a hold-up in the area. The operation was made with soldiers from the Army’s 81st and 46th Infantry Battalion last Friday.

“Such tenacity in the performance of duty is a manifestation of the intense desire of these police officers to rid our society of criminal elements who violate the law and take advantage of our helpless citizens,” the citation reads.

He said the shortage in equipment has been offset by the police’s readiness and skills.

This as the government implements some programs, he stressed, to beef up the PNP capability. These include procurement of firearms, P200 million worth of communication equipments and construction of some 39 municipal police stations. There still 15 stations in the pipeline, he said.

“Sunod-sunod ang training na ating ginawa because the basic component of readiness is training, developing confidence and skills,” he said.

By Armand M. Galang