This boy in Iloilo City was told to wear a face mask when his mother learned about the haze alert due to forest fires in Indonesia. REGI ADOSTO/ABS-CBN NEWS The Environment Management Bureaurecently announced that the haze already reached the Davao region andSoccsksargen. ILOILO City – Some students in this cityhave been wearing their parents’ face masks after hearing the news about thehaze alert. Parents said this was a way to protecttheir children’s health from haze – which started in Indonesia due to forestfires. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysicaland Astronomical Services Administration said it was being pulled into thecountry by the southwest monsoon.(With areport from ABS-CBN News/PN)
BACOLOD City – A man was shot to death inBarangay Macagahay, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental. Cesar died on the spot, police said. Officers of the Moises Padilla municipal police station have yet to identify the suspects and the motive in the shooting./PN According to police investigators, threeunidentified men peppered Cesar with bullets using a .45-caliber pistol in hishouse around 9 a.m. on Sept. 26. The 28-year-old resident Anjie Cesar died ofgunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed.
Andrew Barr,Chief Minister for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), said the decision todeclare the first state of emergency since fatal wildfires in 2003 indicatedthe potential danger over the weekend. SYDNEY –Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city ofCanberra and surrounding regions on Friday. Melted metal from a vehicle destroyed in the recent bushfires is pictured in Conjola Park, New South Wales, Australia on Jan. 21. REUTERS/LOREN ELLIOTT Australia hasbeen battling bushfires across its east coast that killed 33 people and anestimated one-billion native animals since September. Around 2,500 homes havebeen destroyed as over 11.7-million hectares (117,000 sq. km) have been razed.(Reuters) The state ofemergency will run for 72 hours.
According to police investigators, Torrewas walking on his way to his home when an unidentified suspect waylaid him andfired at him using a still unidentified caliber gun. ILOILO City – A farmer was shot dead inBarangay Ingwan, Alimodian, Iloilo. The incident happened around 9 p.m. onMonday, it added. Regenel Torre died of a gunshot wound onthe stomach, a police report showed. Torre was brought to the AleosanDistrict Hospital where the attending physician declared him dead on arrival. Officers of the Alimodian police stationhave yet to identify the suspect and the motive in the incident./PN
“Before, we survived through making charcoal but now it is alreadybeing prohibited,” Pauden said. Because of the prohibition imposed by the Department of Environment andNatural Resources on cutting of treesand making charcoal, the IPs have to look for other ways of income. “The creation of the AIPDACis going to be a big help for us because there will already be a council thatwould take care of our needs,” she said. There are about 40,000 IPs living in this province, majority of whomare Atis.(With a report from PNA/PN) “There is a PHP5-million budget allotted for the livelihood of the IPs”for this year, she said, adding that the amount is still unutilized. “The IPs should not feel that they are just second-class citizens herein the province for the provincial government is there to assist them,” Cadiaosaid. For her part, Gov. Cadiao said that with the creation of AIPDAC, theprovincial government could make the IPs feel that they are also being takencare of. “We need to have livelihood in order that we could also sustain theneeds of our children,” she added. SAN JOSE, Antique – The indigenous peoples (IPs) in this province havelauded the creation of Antique Indigenous People’s Development and AdvisoryCouncil (AIPDAC) through the governor’s issuance of an Executive Order (EO). Delia Pauden, head of the Pantad Ati Tribe Association in themunicipality of Tobias Fornier, said in an interview that they are glad that EONo. 16, series of 2020 was already signed by Gov. Rhodora Cadiao on Feb. 24. According to her, the IPs, especially the Atis, are suffering becausethey do not have enough sources of livelihood. As chair of AIPDAC, she is setting a meeting with her vice chair PioSumande and the other council members next week in order to discuss possiblelivelihood projects for the IPs. Pantad Ati Tribe Association’s head Delia Pauden says that the creation of Antique Indigenous People’s Development and Advisory Council (AIPDAC) is a big help for them, especially in their livelihood. AIPDAC was created through Executive Order No. 16 by Gov. Rhodora Cadiao on Feb. 24. PNA
“The “Tindahan sa Barangay” are being placed in strategic locations accessible to residents and it lessens the number people going to the city’s main public market at the TATC,” Mendoza told Panay News. ROXAS City – The city government here has established a program that aims to make essential goods accessible to its residents, who were affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, according to Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center (TATC) administrator Bong Mendoza. Poultry products, vegetables, fruits,rice, fish and other aquaculture products, among others sold in Tindahan sa Barangay are being purchasedin bulk from whole sellers at the TATC by people interested in selling them intheir respective villages. “People seemed happy because we broughtthe market of essential goods closer to them. But of course, social distancingmust be strictly observed during marketing,” the administrator added./PN Eleven more will be opened to serveresidents of the other barangays in this city the upcoming days. With the establishment of ‘Tindahan sa Barangay,’ residents of Roxas City, Capiz will have no worries about purchasing essential goods despite the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. Poultry products, vegetables, fruits, rice, fish and other aquaculture products, among others can be purchased in strategic locations accessible to residents of the villages. GLENN BEUP “Prices are regulated kay gina bagsak sa ila volume. Dapat ibaligya man ina nila at aprevailing retail price,” Mendoza said. The city government here already opened Tindahan sa Barangay in Barangay Baybay on April 8 and in Barangay Lawaan yesterday.
Currently, WVSU is hiring faculty members for the College of Law. ILOILO City – West Visayas State University (WVSU) on Luna Street, La Paz district has received a go-signal from the Legal Education Board to open a College of Law this School Year 2020-2021. With the opening of the College of Law at WVSU this academic year, they will be the first state university to offer legal education in Region 6./PN “Delay lang because of the pandemic. We have to get the approval of the legal education board before we could actually say that we are ready to open,” Villaruz told Panay News on Wednesday. Villaruz added they will post on the WVSU official website the necessary requirements early next week so that they can begin the application process. WVSU president Dr. Joselito Villaruz said yesterday they received an email from the staff of the Legal Education Board informing them that their application had been approved and that official communication be sent to them as soon as possible. For the tuition fees, Villaruz said students will pay minimum fee because WVSU is a state university. “We want to be very good and exceptional program on the region so we have to limit our students,” he added.If the bar examination shows that 25 students performing well, WVSU will increase the number of students, he added. Villaruz also clarified that there is no prioritization especially for WVSU graduates. The Quezon Hall houses the College of Arts and Sciences of the West Visayas State University in La Paz, Iloilo City. The university president, Dr. Joselito Villaruz, says they already received a go-signal from the Legal Education Board to open a College of Law this upcoming school year. DARYL LASAFIN/PN FILE PHOTO Villaruz disclosed that only 25 applicants will be this year to ensure that the program’s pioneers are as good or well-performing as they are at the College of Medicine. WVSU will be giving interested applicants an aptitude examination. Interview is a must before they could enter, added Villaruz.
Property taxes from homeowners are due Tuesday.While many pay via their mortgage company, some can pay today at their local treasurer’s office or by mail.If paying by mail, make sure the post office hand stamps the envelope. Any postmark later than today will be considered late.What happens if the payment is late?“For the first thirty days it will be a five percent penalty. If you pay after that thirtieth day it will be a ten percent penalty,” said Ripley County Treasurer Amy Copeland.The Ripley County Treasurer’s Office has extended hours of 8– 6 p.m. Tuesday. The office is located in the Annex Building on 115 N. Main Street Versailles.The Franklin County Treasurer’s Office is located in the Franklin County Government Center at 1010 Franklin Avenue in Brookville.Residents in Decatur County can visit the Treasurer’s Office at 150 Courthouse Square in Greensburg.The Dearborn County Treasurer’s Office is located at 215 W. High Street in Lawrenceburg.
McMillin (left) recently presented Delores Dobbs with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award on behalf of Governor Mike Pence. (Image Provided)State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) recently presented Delores Dobbs with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award on behalf of Governor Mike Pence. The Sagamore is the highest honor that the governor can bestow and is only presented to distinguished Hoosiers who have made incredible contributions to the state. Dobb’s received the award for dedicating 30 plus years to protecting Hoosier children.“Delores is one of the most selfless Hoosiers I have ever met, and I was honored to be able to present her with the Sagamore,” said Rep. McMillin. “Her story is an important one, as she has selflessly dedicated 30 plus years of her life to establishing and administering a program to advocate for the most vulnerable members of society – our children. It was my privilege to present her with this award.”In the early 1990s, Franklin County Tri Kappa Sorority club was tasked to create a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program for Southeast Indiana. The program was designed to comply with state law which requires that children involved in abuse and neglect cases shall receive a CASA or court appointed guardian. Club members, alongside Dobbs, organized and built the program from scratch in order to protect children in the region.After the program launched in Franklin County, membership has since then dwindled. With very little assistance, Dobbs has singlehandedly kept the program alive for the past 15 years. As she approaches her 80th birthday, Dobbs continues to safeguard children within the court room, Department of Child Services, schools and hospitals. With a new system set to launch on Jan. 1, 2014, Dobbs will be able to retire knowing that children there will be protected.“On behalf of Southeast Indiana, we are forever grateful for the countless hours spent and energy devoted to protecting some of our most vulnerable children,” said Rep. McMillin. “Delores is an incredible Hoosier and certainly worthy of Indiana’s highest distinction.”
A Decatur County man is in trouble with the law after authorities say he got into a bar fight and attempted to swallow illegal drugs to hide them from police.Kyle M. Wise, 29, of the 2400 block of East C.R. 810 S. was taken into custody Saturday morning around 4 a.m. after he allegedly punched a man multiple times causing injury at the Beach Tiki Bar and Grill in Greensburg.The Greensburg Daily News is reporting that a police search at the Decatur County Jail allegedly yielded prescription pills and marijuana from his pockets. An officer later noticed a plastic bag allegedly containing methamphetamine on the ground. Wise is accused of picking it up and attempting to swallow it.Authorities stopped him from swallowing the substance and say they found another bag of the same drug in his mouth.Wise remains behind bars on suspicion of battery, disorderly conduct, and felony drug charges. Bond has been set at $3,505.He has had trouble with the law dating back to 2007. According to offender data from the Indiana Department of Corrections, Wise has been previously sentenced for drug possession and operating a vehicle as an habitual traffic violator.