Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Japan Donates P34 Million Worth Of Emergency Vehicles To Duterte Government

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The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines has donated emergency vehicles to 11 local government units in Visayas and to 15 local government units in Mindanao under the provision of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The total number of the emergency vehicles granted by the Embassy of Japan under these projects amount to 54 units, around US$700,000.00 (Php 34,842,500.00) in value.

Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa attended the ceremony and the turn-over of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) on December 14, 2016 at the Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines in Quezon City.


The event was also attended by Secretary Ismael Sueno of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Chief Superintendent Bobby Baruelo of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Dr. Vincent Manalo of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Mayors from the beneficiary municipalities and 200 fire fighters also attended the occasion.

The BFP doesn’t have sufficient number of emergency vehicles to provide their every fire station for their rescue operations and fire extinguishing activities.

This gap became apparent during typhoon Yolanda last 2013. After which, the Embassy of Japan started to extend assistance to BFP in providing emergency vehicles.

Through these projects, BFP will be able to improve their services during emergency response cognizant to the efforts being made by Japan in improving disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines.

It is expected that a total of 3.06 million people in Visayas as well as 6.60 million in Mindanao will benefit from these projects.

Source: Manila Standard

Japan Grants P2.1 Billion To Duterte Government To Boost Agriculture In Mindanao

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has granted state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) a 4.9 Billion Yen (over P2.1 billion) loan to support the agriculture sector in the war-torn areas of Mindanao.

In a statement, JICA said the Official Development Assistance (ODA) under its Yen Loan Scheme was launched this week through a project dubbed “Harnessing Agribusiness Opportunities through Robust and Vibrant Entrepreneurship Supportive of Peaceful Transformation” or “Harvest.”

“The project would be assisting agriculture enterprises as well as farmers’ cooperatives, among other related organizations, in Mindanao,” JICA said.

“It would also provide human resource training and technical assistance to Landbank, agriculture cooperatives, and other relevant institutions,” JICA added.

“‘Harvest’ presents opportunities to help ordinary Filipino farmers in Mindanao and related institutions grow the agriculture sector. Through the project’s financial inclusion of farmers’ cooperatives, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and related organizations, more investments and jobs will be created in Mindanao’s conflict-affected areas,” JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito said.

Government data showed that in 2013, agriculture, fishing and forestry accounted for over three-fifths of Mindanao’s regional economy, employing 68.4 of its population.

“Poverty incidence, however, remained at over half of the population due to the decades of conflict in several parts of the island,” JICA noted.

The Japanese Aid Agency and the Bangsamoro Development Agency had worked on the proposed Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) 2, the medium- to long-term plan that will guide development in Mindanao.

JICA had been wanting to help roll out under the BDP 2 a total of 26 anchor projects spanning a wide array of socioeconomic sectors in order to lift Bangsamoro people out of poverty by 2028.

If fully implemented, the BDP 2 would create about 550,000 additional jobs by 2022, while the region’s economy could grow as fast as 7.4 percent annually, according to JICA.

The anchor projects earlier identified by JICA and BDA under the BDP 2 were as follows: support for agricultural cooperatives; road rehabilitation and upgrading; ports and airport improvement; Greater Cotabato City urban infrastructure; communal irrigation; economic corridor development; economic zones; as well as abaca, coco coir and sugar industrial cluster development.

Also among the BDP 2 initiatives were agri-based projects (such as goat farming and mixed field crop production); seed production center; halal industry promotion; open market; cold chain facilities; community-based forest and coastal management; mini hydropower development; and Mindanao river basin integrated watershed as well as flood management projects.

A 2005 study of the Human Development Network noted that the underdevelopment of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is linked to the long history of armed conflict in the area.

According to the said report, the war in Mindanao costs around P5 to P7.5 billion annually, which could have been used instead to fund development projects.

The poverty incidence in ARMM was at 55.8 percent in 2012 – much higher than the national average of 25.2 percent and 39.1 percent for the whole of Mindanao, government data showed.

Since 2002, JICA has been extending assistance to about 30 programs and projects in Mindanao under the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development or J-Bird.

A total of 20 Billion Yen in development aid has been provided by JICA as well as Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2015, it added.

Source: Newswatch

195 PNP Personnel To Face Dismissal For Positive Use Of Shabu

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Almost 200 out of 165,000 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who underwent random drug testing since last year have tested positive for shabu use, the PNP Crime Laboratory said.

At a news conference, Superintendent Irene Rigonan, Operations Chief of the PNP Crime Laboratory, said 188 uniformed personnel and seven non-uniformed personnel tested positive for shabu use from January 2016 to date.

Rigonan said most of those who tested positive were from CALABARZON Region followed by Metro Manila. No one tested positive in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

“Ang pinaka-ranking po is Chief Inspector at lowest ay PO1,” she said.

According to Rigonan, the tests concentrated on shabu (methamphetamine) and marijuana use. 

“Wala pong nag-positive sa marijuana,” she said.

Rigonan said about 90 percent of the tests were administered during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

For her part, Crime Lab Deputy for Administration Senior Superintendent Ligaya Sim said they annually submit at least 25 to 50 percent of the police force for random drug tests or during promotions or schooling.

Sim said they only upgraded their sample to 100 percent when President Duterte, who made illegal drug syndicates the main target of his anti-crime drive, assumed the presidency in June last year.

“Kasi prior sa ating crime against drugs regularly meron tayong mandatory drug test na yearly required kami at least 25 or 50 percent ng strength namin na-drug test. Pero ngayon 100 percent under the time of President Duterte,” Sim said.

“But aside from the 100 percent, meron pa tayo na regular na kada promotion, before promotion, and schooling may drug test,” she added.

The results of the drug tests are now submitted to the PNP Internal Affairs Service and the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management where the policemen could face summary dismissal proceedings.

Source: Newswatch

P2.8 Billion MRT-LRT Common Station Project Of Pres. Duterte To Start Construction This Year

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The construction of the common station project for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Railway Transit (LRT) will start December this year after the government under President Rodrigo Duterte and concerned agencies signed a memorandum of agreement on Wednesday, January 18.

The P2.8-Billion project that will be financed and built by the Department of Transportation, aims to connect the three main lines of LRT-1, MRT-3 and the MRT-7 (North Avenue, Quezon City to San Jose, Del Monte Bulacan).

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said some of the benefits of the 13,700-square-meter project include the seamless transfer from one line to another; convenient walk for platform transfers; bigger space and connection to two major malls.

The target completion for the common station is April 2019.

There will be three areas for the common station:

Area A — where the platform and concourse for LRT-1 and MRT-3 are located

Area B — where the two concourses connecting Areas A and C are located

Area C — where the platform for MRT-7 is located

Agencies which signed with the DOTr were SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Universal LRT Corporation Limited of the San Miguel Corporation, Light Rail Manila Corporation, North Triangle Depot Commercial Corporation, Department of Public Works and Highways and Light Rail Transit Authority.

“The concept design of the Common Station project will be presented to concerned constituents, representatives and local officials before the final design to incorporate concerns from various sectors,” the DOTr said.

The photos below show the proposed design and location of the common station.
















Source: DOTr.Gov

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

San Miguel Corp. To Construct Extension Of P40 Billion Skyway Stage 3 Project Under Pres. Duterte

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Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) plans to extend its 14.82-kilometer elevated Toll Road Project that will link North and Luzon Expressways to open up a new route for heavy vehicles heading to eastern Metro Manila.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange Monday, January 16, SMC said it was in discussion with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to construct an extension of the P40-billion Skyway Stage 3 Project under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte that will become an optional route for trucks going to the eastern portion of Metro Manila.

“Such extension may pass through the San Juan river, C-3 and the Pasig River, respectively,” SMC said in the disclosure.

“We advise that the construction of such tollway will not be considered an unsolicited proposal since it would be an extension of the Skyway Stage 3 Project,” SMC said.

The North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway (NLEx-SLEx) connector road or Skyway Stage 3 is a six-lane elevated toll road and the last of three stages of the Metro Manila Skyway System.

It is intended to connect SLEx in Alabang to Balintawak in Quezon City before North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) through Central Metro Manila Area by using predominantly the median of Quirino, G. Araneta and A. Bonifacio road networks.

Phase one consists of two sections – Buendia to Nagtahan and Nagtahan to Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard.

Phase two of the project will have two sections, one linking Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard to Quezon Avenue and another linking Quezon Avenue to Balintawak.

The original plan consisted of eight interchanges at Buendia, Pres. Quirino Avenue, Plaza Dilao and Nagtahan, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Sgt. Rivera and Balintawak with a total of 14 toll plazas.

The project, which is covered by a 30-year concession period, intends to enhance the economic interaction of Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), Mega Manila, and central Luzon that contribute to over 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

It also seeks to provide an alternate route to decongest EDSA and the major thoroughfares around its vicinity.

Source: PPP.Gov

PCSO Lotto Results For Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  4-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  7-6-1-5
JACKPOT PRIZE:  58,172.00
WINNER(S):  11
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
MORNING 11AM:  3-1-2
WINNER(S):  868
AFTERNOON 4PM:  7-9-7
WINNER(S):  432
EVENING 9PM:  2-1-5
WINNER(S):  1206
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
MORNING 11AM:  10-11
WINNER(S):  273
AFTERNOON 4PM:  12-4
WINNER(S):  248
EVENING 9PM:  2-11
WINNER(S):  682
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Grand Lotto 6/55
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
COMBINATION:  45-27-37-43-6-39
CURRENT JACKPOT:  102,527,748.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  Mega Lotto 6/45
DRAW DATE:  01/18/2017
COMBINATION:  39-23-10-28-30-21
CURRENT JACKPOT:  39,845,340.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

President Duterte To Create Hospital With Free Hospitalization For OFWs And Their Dependents

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Senator Joel Villanueva filed a bill for Ovearseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to have an exclusive hospital in the Philippines, and if this will be passed, OFWs and its dependents can avail free hospitalization.

The Senate Bill 1282, Senator Villanueva is proposing to build an exclusive hospital for OFWs, a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte to Overseas Filipino Workers. Through this, the OFWs including its dependents can avail free hospitalization.

Based on the 2015 survey from April 1 to September 30, 2015 on Overseas Filipino Workers, there are about 2.4 million OFWs, of which total remittance of Php 180.3 billion.

The hospital will be called “Bagong Bayani Filipino Hospital,” which will be managed by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or OWWA.  The hospital is also expected to admit 50 patients per ward.

READ: HOUSE BILL NO. 3678 - "OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS(OFWS) HOSPITAL ACT OF 2013."

Source: ANC

DPWH Completed 15 Multi-Purpose Buildings, Covered Courts In Nine Laguna Towns

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Laguna First District Engineering Office led by District Engineer Ness Villanueva and Assistant District Engineer Gerry de Cello recently reported the completion of 15 multi-purpose buildings and covered courts in nine towns in the fourth district of Laguna to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar.

The 15 multipurpose buildings and covered courts were built in Santa Cruz, Magdalena, Luisiana, Pagsanjan, Lumban, Paete, Mabitac, Pila, and Cavinti.

Villanueva and De Cello said these projects have benefitted residents as they are used as evacuation centers.

Local Chief Executives in the area led by Mayor Dennis Panganiban thanked Laguna Representative Benjie Agarao and the DPWH for completing the projects.

Source: Newswatch

24 Hour Supermarket Selling Filipino Products Now Open In Al Rigga, Dubai

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Philippine Consul General to Dubai Paul Raymund P. Cortes led the opening of the Aim Fresh Supermarket at Al Rigga, Dubai, UAE.

The Aim Fresh Supermarket is a 24-hour grocery store which sells Filipino products, meats, pastries, and short orders of Filipino cuisine as well as some international cuisine.

Source: DFA.Gov

DSWD Chief Revisits Tacloban City To Personally Check Housing Projects For Yolanda Survivors

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Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo flew to Tacloban City on Thursday, January 12, to check on the status of construction of the DSWD-assisted shelter project for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

The Department shelled out a total of P38,500,000 as its counterpart fund for the construction of 550 permanent and disaster-resilient homes at the Pope Francis Village in Barangay Diit, Tacloban City. A housing unit costs P300,000 for the structure alone, of which P70,000 of the total unit cost came from the DSWD.

The rest of the funding came from the consortium of international humanitarian organizations – the Associates of the Urban Poor, Archdiocese of Palo, Redemptorist Fathers, CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace, Development and Peace.

During a short interaction with the beneficiaries, Secretary Taguiwalo lauded their deep involvement in the ongoing construction of the homes.

In her speech, the Secretary highlighted the importance of “Sama-samang Pagkilos Para sa Pagbabago (Unity in Action for Change)” in establishing the resettlement project that will serve as a permanent residence of fishermen, market vendors, pedicab drivers and other families affected by ‘Yolanda’ from the districts of Magallanes and San Jose in Tacloban.

In addition, the consortium has already built a six-classroom school building worth P7 million and it now stands at the nearby compound of the Scandinavian National High School.

Secretary Taguiwalo also commended the importance of how the project is empowering ‘Yolanda’ survivors by means of people’s participation and skills training.

The DSWD and other funding organizations provided the cash incentive for the Cash-for-Work (CFW) scheme of P260 per day to partner-beneficiaries who underwent training on various skills such as masonry, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical installation.

According to Project Coordinator Ariel Nones, the project is contractorless. They only hired in-house engineers and employed the partner-beneficiaries as laborers. However, they plan to soon hire skilled manpower to hasten the construction of the housing units.

As of this time, there are already 14 units completed while 40 other units are still ongoing.

Lastly, Secretary Taguiwalo assured the beneficiaries that, “I don’t want you to be back from being homeless. Together, we will continue to prioritize the needs of the poor through initiatives that will allow them to become productive members of the society.”

Source: DSWD.Gov

PCSO Lotto Results For Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  6-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/17/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  5-7-7-8-3-4
JACKPOT PRIZE:  279,274.78
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/17/2017
MORNING 11AM:  9-2-5
WINNER(S):  493
AFTERNOON 4PM:  1-3-8
WINNER(S):  795
EVENING 9PM:  9-5-0
WINNER(S):  494
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/17/2017
MORNING 11AM:  25-19
WINNER(S):  87
AFTERNOON 4PM:  18-9
WINNER(S):  187
EVENING 9PM:  3-28
WINNER(S):  637
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Super Lotto 6/49
DRAW DATE:  01/17/2017
COMBINATION:  29-45-8-39-25-44
CURRENT JACKPOT:  18,672,580.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  National Lotto 6/42
DRAW DATE:  01/17/2017
COMBINATION:  27-1-36-15-31-37
CURRENT JACKPOT:  15,917,604.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

Monday, January 16, 2017

AFP Urges Professionals, Students To Join Military Reservist Programs Under President Duterte

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines goes beyond its traditional role of defending the nation against internal and external threats, AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Eduardo Año urged professionals and students alike to join the various military reservist programs under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The AFP Chief’s call came in wake of the promotion of 11 senior officers in the Reservist Corps where six senior colonels were promoted to the rank of brigadier general and five lieutenant colonels promoted a step higher to colonel on Friday, January 13.

“The AFP regards highly the role that the Reservists play in the accomplishment of its mission. They are not simply force multipliers; they are important component and partners in various non-lethal military operations and activities. It is admirable that, despite the fact that they receive no compensation and leaves the practice of their professions for the period that they serve the AFP, they remain committed, dependable, and ready to be deployed to serve on call with due notice,” said Gen. Año.

“These are the qualities of citizen army that the country needs especially in this stage of our country at the threshold of change. We need professionals who shall put premium on national interest and well-being,” he further said.

These attributes of prospective reservists are not easy to come by but not impossible to find. Hence, the call to serve the nation from among the citizenry to be commissioned as Officers or be enlisted in the Reservist Corps.

“The preservation of the state is an obligation of every citizen. The AFP believes that military reservist programs are good training platforms and opportunities for our citizens, particularly the youth to prepare them in a shared role in nationhood and nation building,” said AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo.

The AFP Reserve Command (AFPRESCOM) is one of the military’s major support commands established for the sole purpose of Reserve Force management, procurement, and organization.

Founded in 1993, the AFPRESCOM’s major task is to train potential military reservists through different training courses.

The AFPRESCOM’s enlistment is through the Military Orientation Training Course (MOTC) and the Basic Citizens Military Training (BCMT).

Reserve Officers on the other hand are directly commissioned based on AFP Policy Circular 30. Those who are commissioned through this method subsequently undergo an Officer Orientation Program.

Elected officials and Presidential Appointees also undergo commissioning to the AFP’s reserve force through AFP Circular Number 03. Incumbent politicians such as Davao City Mayor and Presidential Daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, Senator Manny Paquiao, and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (who was among those promoted to Colonel) are among notable Reserve Officers of the AFP.

The AFPRESCOM’s recruitment is supported by the Reserve Commands of the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, and Philippine Navy. All of which are also conducting training programs and courses for potential AFP Reservists.

“At present, the AFP has a total of 385,116-strong Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine reservists. Of which, 78,735 are Ready Reserve or on constant alert and training, 292, 427 are Standby Reserve or the base for expansion, support and augmentation for the Ready Reserve, and 13,954 are Affiliated Reserve,” said Col. Arevalo.

The AFP is also keen on supporting the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and its drive to instill discipline among the youth.

Currently, there are 1,520,704 ROTC cadets in the Philippines. There are 1,258,32 Army ROTC cadets, 831,520 from the Air Force, and 563,352 from the Navy.

“The AFP actively supports the ROTC Program that promotes nationalism and patriotism among the youth. It develops their sense of willingness to render active military and civic duties, during peacetime and national emergency,” stated Col. Arevalo.

“We need to train men and women physically, mentally, and psychologically, by instilling discipline and nurturing the values of nationalism and patriotism making them ready to take on the challenge of being in the forefront of nationhood and national well-being,” he added.

Source: Newswatch

DPWH Chief Announces Improved R-10 Road Now Opens To The Public After Six Presidents

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After six presidents, Department of Public Works and Highways ( DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar announced that the road traversing the old Smokey Mountain area congested by informal settlers is now a high capacity highway helping offset the usual heavy volume of vehicles in major highways like EDSA and C5.

“Following the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte, Filipinos will now have access to an improved and widened Radial Road 10 or R-10 which they may opt to use as alternate route to EDSA via Bonifacio Drive and Roxas Boulevard in travelling from north to south and vice versa,” Villar said.

“The opening of the additional two (2) lanes along Radial Road 10 or R-10 Road on Thursday, January 12, 2017 between Pacheco Street to Zaragoza Street in Tondo, Manila will further improve vehicular traffic,” Villar said.

R10 is also an alternate route for motorists from Monumento, Caloocan City going to the airport and South Luzon Expressway.

“The 24/7 operations will be maintained until the full six (6) concrete paved lanes along R-10 Road northbound is fully completed. We hope that by April 2017, the public could access all phases of the project,” Villar said.

“The concrete paving of 360 lineal meters 3rd innermost lane is also already completed to include 72 lineal meters 4th, 5th and 6th lanes while others are undergoing excavation and base and sub-base course preparation, ” he added.

Earlier, DPWH together with the local city government of Manila relocated some 2,107 informal settler families and additional 427 families were given financial assistance for the government to regain the 50 lineal meters road right-of-way and facilitate widening and concreting of R10 to six (6) lanes on both directions to increase its traffic capacity.

About 818 informal settler families at the Navotas segment were also relocated and 1,122 availed financial assistance, paving way for the completion of widening and concreting of Radial Road 10 at Barangay North Bay Boulevard, Navotas City.

The road segment from Maralla Bridge to C-3 Road is almost completed with Foundation Specialist Inc. allowing the DPWH to finally complete the remaining 152 lineal meters gap traversing the company’s fenced lot.

The 9.7 kilometers R-10 stretching from Delpan Bridge, Tondo, Manila to the mouth of the Malabon River at Bangkulasi Bridge, C-4 Road in Navotas City is a major cargo trucks and trailers route bound to both north and south Ports of Manila.

“The project has been conceptualized in the 1980s. For the past three decades, the government has been hounded by right of way issues. Proud to report that within six months of the Duterte Administration, in coordination with the local governments of Manila and Navotas, we have peacefully resolved all right of way issues,” Villar said.

Source: DPWH.Gov

Europe Needs 22,000 Certified Filipino Nurses, Offers P150K Salary Per Month Plus Benefits

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that Europe is in need of 22,000 certified nurses and all these positions are reserved for Filipinos.

According to Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say, based on his meeting with the European recruiters, the minimum salary offered for Filipino nurses will be Php 150,000 with benefits.

He also said that Filipino nurses will have 6 months working visa, which can be converted to immigrant status after 6 months, thereafter, the immigrant nurse can bring his or her family after another 6 months.

Furthermore, the recruiters require that applicants must be licensed nurse and can speak German language.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial admitted that there is shortage of nurses in the public health sector of 21,000 nurses and health professionals.

These, however, should not be a problem in case more nurses choose to work abroad because there is still over supply from the nursing graduates.

She added that the compensation package for nurses in Philippines has also increased tremendously in the past five years,

DOLE is encouraging those who plan to work overseas to be careful and vigilant with illegal recruiters.

Applicants may check POEA for the recruitment of nurses for Germany or may verify from POEA website the list of job orders for nurses in any of the European countries.

Source: ANC

P125 Billion Integrated Economic Zone Project Under Duterte Admin To Rise In Quezon Province

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Businessman Philip Cea, owner of the F1 Hotel in Bonifacio Global City, is earmarking as much as P125 Billion for the development of the Greater Lucena Integrated Economic Zone Project in Mauban, Quezon.

Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza said the 1,500-hectare development has been approved recently by PEZA and is now at the Office of the President awaiting for presidential proclamation.

“It will be a mixed zone because he will put up an airport, a seaport, manufacturing industrial zones, and a tourism component like theme parks,” Plaza said.

Data provided by PEZA showed that total land development cost for the 1,500-hectare project is at P75.77 billion. Another P25 billion each, meanwhile, are allotted for the development of the airport and an international seaport.

“Mr. Cea will also donate 200 hectares for the proposed National Government Center where we will relocate Malacañang, the executive, legislative, and judiciary. He is offering it to the President, to the government so that the branches of government will be located in a one-stop shop,” Plaza said.

Plaza said the proposed National Government Center is targeted to help decongest Metro Manila.

“So what will happen to Metro Manila? This will be decongested. This will become only a commercial and residential area. If the President will be convinced to transfer and put in one area the main offices of the three branches, Malacañang, for example, can just become a museum,” she said.

PEZA is currently urging more property players to divest their development portfolio into industrial zones as the agency looks to set up more economic zones across the country.

Plaza said her goal is to turn the idle lands in the country into productive areas, depending on their potential.

“With the program of PEZA to build economic zones everywhere, we can already decongest Metro Manila by asking the jobless people and the homeless to go back to their provinces because there are already jobs there,” she said.

Source: Newswatch

$1 Billion Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu Link Bridge Of Pres. Duterte To Start Construction This Year

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The $1-Billion bridge connecting the four islands in the Visayas is to start the construction this year and expected to be completed within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Department of Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu Link Bridge is the “most ambitious bridge program in the history of our nation.”


Villar, along with National Economic and Development Authority Director General Ernesto Pernia, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Bases Conversion and the Development Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio Dizon, held a press conference, to bare the nine infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration, which will start construction this year.

The Duterte administration wants to decongest Manila and disperse the development in the regions.

Villar said the Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu Link Bridge Project, after its completion, is seen to replace San Juanico Bridge, which links Samar and Leyte, as the longest bridge in the country.

He said the length of the bridges that will connect Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros and Cebu, ranges from two to 10 kilometers.

“Once finished, you will be able to take a road trip to Iloilo and Cebu,” Villar said.

He said that 25 percent of the budget is allocated to the nationwide decongestion program of the administration.

Pernia, for his part, said the infrastructure projects, including the Iloilo-Guimaras-Negros-Cebu Link Bridge, have gone through the “eye of the needle” and are ready to be implemented by the concerned agencies this year.

He said the projects are already in the state of bidding, adding that it will generate more jobs once the construction begins.

Pernia added that the “work regimen of 24 hours a day, seven days a week” will hasten the construction of the infrastructure projects.

He warned though that the works can cause inconvenience to the public.

“Before the country can rise up and be world-class, there will be some inconvenience. If there is construction going on, it can cause inconvenience,” he added.

Tugade, meanwhile, said the infrastructure projects can address unemployment and traffic problems in the country.

“Infrastructure means connectivity and mobility, connectivity among local government units and mobility to go to one place to another,” he added.

Source: Sunstar PH

President Duterte To Give Free Movie Privileges To Senior Citizens In The Philippines

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A bill has been filed in the Senate seeking to give free movie privileges to Senior Citizens across the Philippines.

Under Senate Bill No. 1265 or the Senior Citizens Free Movie Privilege Act, Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian wants all cinemas to allow Citizens 60 years or older to get a free movie pass once per week.

Gatchalian said that Cinema Owners and Operators will enter into an agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to provide this privilege.

His measure also stated that cinemas will be given the preference to make specific schedules as to the day and time when Seniors may avail of the privilege.

They may also extend the privilege to additional days depending on their respective corporate social responsibility programs.

The neophyte Senator, meanwhile, pointed out that several cities and municipalities across the country have already implemented a similar policy.

He described this measure as “a simple token in recognition” of the importance of Senior Citizens in the society.

“In gratitude for everything our Senior Citizens have done for their families and for our country, they deserve this additional source of joy and leisure during the tranquil autumn of their lives,” Gatchalian said.

Source: Newswatch

Agriculture Secretary Of Pres. Duterte Bans Meetings Of His Department In Luxury Hotels

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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has put a stop to what he described as “wanton waste of resources and funds.”

Beginning January 12, 2017, Piñol said all conferences, planning workshops and meetings will now be held within the buildings and facilities of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

“There will be no exemptions,” he said.

In a post in his Facebook Page, Piñol said he is issuing a new agency directive banning meetings in luxury hotels.

“In the six months that I have been Secretary, I noticed that conferences and planning workshops were held in such areas as Tagaytay, Puerto Princesa, Baguio City and other distant areas. These trips entail huge expenses on the part of the DA using up funds which could have been used to buy an additional bag of hybrid seeds or even fertilizers for the farmers,” he wrote. “I decided to put an end to this abusive utilization of government funds.”

He ended his post with: “I can just imagine how much money could be saved by doing this.”

The Agriculture Chief, a former Governor of North Cotabato, likened the practice to Lakbay Aral “junkets” in local governments.

“The Department of Agriculture is just as guilty,” he said.

“I honestly do not know what styles of governance could be learned by swimming the blue waters of Boracay and gazing at the cavernous interiors of the Underground River,” Piñol wrote in his Facebook page.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Not A Single Centavo Spent By Duterte Government In Hosting Ms. Universe In The Philippines

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Twelve million dollars. This is the cost of hosting the 65th Miss Universe pageant. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo tells the Manila Bulletin in an exclusive interview how she convinced President Rodrigo Duterte to approve the hosting without any cost to the government.

With a needed budget of $12 million, having the coronation of the 65th Miss Universe held in the Philippines seemed to be unattainable. With a lot of changes happening in the country and the problems we are currently dealing with – a change of administration, typhoons left and right, the war on drugs, and the fight against poverty, it seemed that we simply could not afford that huge kind of an event.

When Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Teo told President Duterte about the offer of hosting the prestigious pageant, as much as he wanted to say yes, he initially refused because it would cost the government a lot of money.

“When I took over, Chavit Singson talked to me about the pageant being held here and requested the DOT to handle it. I immediately agreed because I knew it would be a big promotion for the country,” says Teo.

“But when I told the President about it and informed him of the budget, he said that he’d rather give that huge amount of money to the poor. I was also slightly discouraged because of the amount needed. It’s $6 million in cash and another $6 million for the accommodation and food of the candidates,” she added.

However, the Tourism Secretary was determined to have the pageant in the Philippines, seeing a door of opportunity on how it would promote the country and boost the tourism economy. So she made a big promise to the President that the government “is not going to spend a single centavo” for the pageant.

It was a big promise to make: With 88 candidates, along with 10 to 30 companions each, who are in need of accommodation, food, and other expenses while staying here for the pageant, how are we going to do it?

But a promise is a promise, so Teo with the help of former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson, talked to various companies and businessmen from the private sector and requested for their help, and they willingly obliged, in order to make the most beautiful day in the universe happen in the Philippines for the third time.

Fast forward to today, through DOT, Luis Chavit Singson Group of Companies, Solar Entertainment Corporation, Okada Manila, SM Group of Companies, and many other sponsors, the $12 million budget is no longer a problem and the 65th Miss Universe is slated to happen at SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City on January 30.

Other government agencies like the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Transportation, the Department of Health, Bureau of Immigration, Food and Drugs Administration, Metro Manila Development Authority, and the Manila International Airport Authority are helping DOT for the security, vehicular traffic, airport and immigration procedures, transport, and accommodations to ensure the successful holding of the event.

“The President said okay after I made the promise. The pageant was okay for him to be held in the country, it’s just that he was concerned about the money. It’s an honor for the country to have this kind of event. During the show, the whole Philippines will be seen by the whole world,” says Teo.

It’s been 23 years since the Miss Universe coronation was last held in the country. Prior to that, our very time to host it was in 1974 when Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran crowned Amparo Muñoz of Spain. In 1994, when it was held in Manila last, India’s Sushmita Sen was crowned by Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.

DOT Media Director Ina Zara said that the President of the Miss Universe Organization Paula Shugart proposed the hosting of the pageant to other countries as well, but the Philippines had been the top choice from the start – and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was one of the reasons for that.

The event will be hosted by Steve Harvey while Ashley Graham will be the backstage anchor.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Iran Government To Buy Abaca, Fruit Products From The Philippines Under Duterte Admin

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The Islamic Republic of Iran, long subjected to trade sanctions by the West, is now opening up its market to various agricultural products from the Philippines, especially Abaca and fruits.

Iran’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Mohammad Tanhael, informed Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol during his visit to the Department of Agriculture office on Friday, January 13, that his country would like to buy more bananas, pineapple and Abaca from the Philippines.

The Agri Chief said Iran is currently buying its Abaca supply from a third country which also buys from the Philippines.

“We need a huge volume of Abaca for tea bags, security papers and bank notes,” Ambassador Tanhael told Sec. Piñol.

Furthermore, Sec. Piñol said Iran also would like to import more bananas and pineapple, including mangos, from the Philippines while also offering apples and nuts in exchange.

“The Ambassador said that Iran would be willing to provide the Philippines with synthetic rubber supply in exchange for its natural rubber in view of the country’s plan to establish its first Filipino-owned tire factory,” said Sec. Piñol.

“To realise these business engagements, the Department of Agriculture will be conducting an agricultural trade mission to Iran in May which I will head personally,” he added.

Source: DA.Gov

PCSO Lotto Results For Monday, January 16, 2017 Draws

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The Latest Philippine PCSO Lotto Results for Monday, January 16, 2017 Draws:

LOTTO GAME:  4-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/16/2017
EVENING 9:00PM:  9-3-6-2
JACKPOT PRIZE:  100,177.00
WINNER(S):  10
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Suertres 3-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/16/2017
MORNING 11AM:  9-4-6
WINNER(S):  395
AFTERNOON 4PM:  5-2-9
WINNER(S):  547
EVENING 9PM:  1-9-2
WINNER(S):  1225
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,500.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  EZ2 2-Digit Lotto
DRAW DATE:  01/16/2017
MORNING 11AM:  24-31
WINNER(S):  236
AFTERNOON 4PM:  10-19
WINNER(S):  268
EVENING 9PM:  2-1
WINNER(S):  635
JACKPOT PRIZE:  4,000.00
Winning numbers in exact order.

LOTTO GAME:  Grand Lotto 6/55
DRAW DATE:  01/16/2017
COMBINATION:  11-49-24-1-43-50
CURRENT JACKPOT:  98,059,192.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

LOTTO GAME:  Mega Lotto 6/45
DRAW DATE:  01/16/2017
COMBINATION:  33-42-3-23-13-18
CURRENT JACKPOT:  36,203,104.00
WINNER(S):  0
Winning numbers in any order.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says all prizes are tax-paid.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pres. Duterte Secures Highest Foreign Aid At P1-T In PH History In Only 7 Months Of His Administration

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President Rodrigo Duterte has raised the highest amount of Official Development Assistance for the Philippines at close to P1 Trillion in only seven months of his administration.

This was disclosed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez during the 49th Annual Installation of Officers and Board of Trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCCII) on Saturday night, January 14 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.

Dominguez said this is the highest amount raised by any new Presidents of the country in history. The amount was raised only from July 2016 to the present from two of the world’s biggest economies.

In a press briefing after the DCCCII event, Dominguez said the total ODA covers only the foreign assistance from China amounting to $9 Billion and Japan’s offer of $9 Billion (One Trillion Yen). These are voluntary offers from China and Japan and not requests from the Philippine government.

“I’m only counting the amounts from China and the amounts from Japan. Both of them are roughly US-billion a piece, which is about 18 Trillion. And there are some more ODA that we have received but I haven’t counted in from various other countries,” Dominguez explained.

He said the total amount does not count trade deals like the $15 Billion private commercial deals between the Philippines and China.

According to Dominguez, ODA means government-provided financial loans for infrastructure projects with generally low interest rates and long term payment.

On Monday, Dominguez said they are going to start lining up projects to be funded by ODA and also discuss in details the terms of the assistance offered by Japan. 

However, he said they have projects in the pipeline not in the amounts that were announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his recent visit in the Philippines.

Since Japanese ODA is a fresh offer, Dominguez said they still need to consult their counterparts in the Japanese government whether their priorities match with the Philippines.

“And I am pretty sure they will,” Dominguez added.

While they will still discuss on the table the One-Trillion-Yen assistance offered by Japan, Dominguez said they already submitted a list of projects to China last November 29, 2016. Sometime this January, they will travel to China to discuss how to progress the projects submitted to them.

Among these are the rehabilitation of the Agus River project, the irrigation projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and a seaport in Cebu.

On why the country is receiving such big offers, Dominguez said, “Maybe they see that the money will be truly used for people.”

He added that these countries see lots of potentials in the economy under the Duterte administration.

“I think they see a lot of potential in the Philippine economy,” Dominguez said.

He said these are potential for the growth of the Philippine economy and a potential for the two countries to do business here.

He cited as an example Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), which saw a lot of infrastructure developments during the term of President Corazon Aquino.

Dominguez, who has served the Cory administration, said the Calabarzon area was mostly financed by Japanese ODA funds. He said Calabarzon opened many Japanese companies to relocate in the industrial estates.

“So we are looking forward to a similar move but probably do this integrated area development projects farther away from the greater Manila or the Mega Manila area,” he said.

Dominguez said the government is targeting Mindanao, the North, beyond Pampanga and those areas to develop the infrastructure and allow companies to locate, create jobs, as well as exports for the country.

The Finance Chief, however, emphasized that infrastructure developments would not only cover physical projects but also education, training and other services that will make workers and citizens more competitive abroad.

“So it’s not only hard infrastructure but also education, science and technology,” he added.

Source: Manila Bulletin

President Duterte To Meet All Provincial Governors In Malacañang For A Private Meeting

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After he met all the country’s Mayors in Malacañang last January 11, President Rodrigo Duterte announced Saturday, January 14, that he will summon all Provincial Governors for a private meeting next week and to seek their cooperation in the campaign against illegal drugs.

President Duterte made the announcement at the 49th annual installation of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry held in Davao City Saturday evening.

“I’d be calling the Governors sa next week. Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila, you tell your Barangay Captains, may supervisory powers kayo and iyong mga cities under you, iyong hindi pa charter cities, you tell the Mayors, reiterate to them,” President Duterte said.

“But I would like to tell you, hindi ko kaya lecturan lahat ng ano… Huwag ka gyud magkumpiyansa sa akin… papatayin talaga kita. Believe me. Hahanapan kita ng ambush, lasunin kita,” he added.

President Duterte vowed he would not back down from the campaign against illegal drugs despite criticisms and threats to overthrow him from office.

“Hindi ako aatras dito. If it causes my downfall, so be it,” he said. “I might be really a small time boy. No credentials impressive ones, no nothing. But what I have is just a basic sense of my love for my country and for my children.”

The tough-talking former Mayor of Davao City was unfazed by threats of impeachment or coup d’état, saying he was ready to administer the oath of his replacement.

“If I am ousted, I’d glad to go out. Coup d’état? Fine… Pero hindi ako aatras dito. Tatapusin ko ito to the very last day. If it takes me six years, then six years will be it,” President Duterte said.

“But let it not be said that I allowed this country placed in jeopardy, in peril because I did not know what I had to do. Wala tayong pa-drama-drama dito,” he added.

His planned meeting with the Governors comes a week after he met hundreds of Mayors in Malacañang and confronted those implicated in the narcotics trade.

President Duterte earlier compiled a list of thousands of government officials – including Governors, Mayors, Policemen and Barangay Captains – linked to illegal drugs. He has yet to make public the thick document although he has named a few of them.

In his speech before the Davao businessmen, the President admitted that he reprimanded the Mayors, especially those linked with illegal drugs, to mend their ways.

“Sabi ko talagang papatayin ko kayo. Baka akala ninyo nagbobolahan tayo dito. I called the Mayors in the Philippines, ni-lockdown ko,” President Duterte said.

He further said retired Police General and now Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot, one of the politicians included in his narco-list, was among the Mayors in the meeting.

President Duterte could not hide his disgust with public servants who have betrayed the people with their drug involvement.

“And Loot was there, itong gago na ito, General Loot. Alam mo ang masakit sa akin, lahat ng tao, tayo, I am thinking that you’ll protect the people. Here is a guy, military man ito,” he said.

The President earlier threatened to kill Mayors involved in illegal drugs if they do not resign or mend their ways.

He warned that Mayors with suspected drug links could lose some privileges, including supervisory powers over the police and removal of their security detail.

Source: Newswatch

President Duterte To Build Farm Schools, Give Scholarship Grants To Farmers, Fisherfolks

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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will soon be building farm schools nationwide in a bid to revive the farming industry and help uplift the lives of farmers and fishers in the country.

In a statement, TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that the plan to build farm schools aims to provide “scholarship grants to the farmers and fisherfolks, their families and relatives, extension workers and facilitators and trainers to assist the farm owners in building the capability and capacity of their farms thus increase productivity.”

“The concept of the farm schools is based on the Farm Field Schools (FFS) developed by the UN Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help farmers become competitive and seize advantage of the opportunities in the market by operating their farms efficiently and profitably,” he said.

According to TESDA, a recent study showed that a farmer who owns 1.5 hectares of land would only earn P2,300 a month.

With this, Mamondiong said that the amount “is not sufficient for a farmer who raises a family.”

In effect, the TESDA Chief said that children of farmers “do not want to go into farming anymore because of the small earning” in the said industries.

The Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Training Institute (DA-ATI) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will be helping TESDA in finding locations where the farm schools will be built.

“I already ordered the Regional and Provincial Directors of TESDA to inform their localities about the future farm schools and enlist in this program,” Mamondiong said.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Barangay In Pangasinan Fines Gossipers P1,000 With Their Anti-Tsismis Law

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Barangay Capas in Binalonan, Pangasinan has moved to shut gossipers up with an ordinance that bans and penalizes tsismis (gossip).

Barangay Captain Danilo Tabucol Sr. told The Philstar its “anti-tsismis” ordinance has helped maintain peace and order among families, as those proven to be spreading lies are fined and required to render community service.

Tabucol said the ordinance was passed as some are accustomed to destroying the character or life of somebody by spreading wild speculations that might destroy their reputation.

“Here in the Philippines, we are aware that issues created by gossipers or intriguers cause fight among friends, relatives or neighbors,” he said.

The Village Chief said many residents are happy about this ordinance, although some people look at it differently.

Tabucol related that since the village started implementing it in October 2016, a woman rendered community service as her penalty for spreading a rumor against someone in the community.

He said the barangay conducted a three-level investigation on the complaint before imposing the penalty.

The anti-gossip regulation imposes a penalty of community service plus P300, P500 or P1,000 for the first, second and third offenses, respectively.

Tabucol said the first offender was not fined P300, but was only required to do community service to show the people Barangay Capas is serious with the ordinance.

“We gave her a chance, so she would not repeat it,” he said.

Tabucol further said that some people scoff at the unusual ordinance.

“They said it seems we have many gossipers in our barangay,” he said. “That’s okay because what’s important is we show them we implement such kind of ordinance for the good of the people.”

However, he said a Mayor of another town wants to adopt it, too.

Barangay Capas’ anti-tsismis law was based on an ordinance earlier implemented in Barangay Moreno also in this province.

Each of the village’s seven zones had a tarpaulin announcing the anti-tsismis ordinance.

Tabucol said the barangay held an assembly before passing the community ordinance, along with imposing curfew for minors.

Meanwhile, Barangay Capas is also strictly implementing an “anti-ingay” (anti-noise) ordinance for users of videoke machines, videogames or noisy motorcycles on the streets.

Tabucol said it has the same penalties as the anti-tsismis ordinance.

Videoke machines are allowed to operate only until 10 p.m., with a few hours’ extension for special occasions like weddings or birthday parties, he said.

Ordinances against smoking and consuming liquor in public are also in place, prohibiting residents from drinking liquor even in front of their houses.

Barangay Capas has a population of about 4,000 and a land area of 337 hectares.

Source: Philstar

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