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Another hasty SS grinding here today. Had to attend first to some “orders ni Mrs.” And have still to do follow ups this afternoon.

If not the most, one of the most pampered sectors in our society is the beneficiaries of the 4 P’s. Included in the benefits they receive from government are cash allowances, rice subsidies and free hospitalization in government hospitals under what is termed as an NBB or No Balanced Billing - everything is free from confinement to doctor’s fees and medicines.

Included still is free blood whenever needed. And when government hospitals are out of stock, authorities are required to rush to the Philippine National Red Cross Blood Bank, and pay for the every bag they procure, and administer/transfuse the fluid for free.

Yet it is noted that in blood-letting activities, 4 P’s members do drop by in activity centers but so few qualify to donate. When requested to go find replacements, very few return to comply.

Here’s hoping social welfare authorities would take the cue from here and encourage - even if to the point of indoctrinating 4 P’s beneficiaries to cooperate in donating blood - especially due the graces given them.

Talking of benefits, the Department of Social Welfare and Development -9 (DSWD-9) has reported that more than 200,000 4Ps beneficiaries have already claimed their rice subsidy from their office.

Fung Kay B.Choi, DSWD-9 Information Officer said that a total of 212,070 beneficiaries have already received their freebies.

Under the program, beneficiaries are given P600 worth of rice subsidy per family.

Beneficiaries also enjoy P500 cash as health subsidy and P300 as education subsidy per child for children under 14 years for a maximum of three children per family.

Among the conditions 4P’s member have to comply attendance in family development sessions being given by the DSWD, and that is the best forum wherein 4 P’s members may be motivated to give back some, if only the scarce life-saving fluid.

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Congressman Celso Lobregat has very valid points in these his concerns, seeing “no reason” for local officials of the city in not supporting the call of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for conversion of some local roads to national road status.

This was the reaction of Lobregat after the city council during their regular session last week approved only three of the nine proposed local to national road conversion which relieves the local government from spending budget for the maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of such local roads.

As the Committee Chairman of Public Works and Highways in the House of Representatives, Congressman Lobregat said that there is no dis-advantage about the said proposition of the DPWH, it will be working to the full advantage of Zamboanga City in general having more budget from the national government for road maintenance, rehab and construction and more savings in local funds intended for the same purpose.

The solon said that the DPWH proposal for road conversion will also give concrete solution to the present problem in traffic congestion in the city proper and other inter-connecting highways considering that the DPWH national standard is of high quality compared to the local standard requirements.

The good congressman is perfectly right

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The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the city government of Zamboanga only have until June this year to provide a property to house the new jail facility or risk having funds realigned to some other purpose, according to a jail official.

This after reports surfaced that officials are not really keen on accepting the offer of a property in barangay Talisayan for the construction of a new jail facility.

BJMP Operations Officer, J/Insp. Florito Anios however said that there are four other properties offered by the city government last year as possible sites for the new reformatory centre.

Two of these properties are located in barangays Culianan and Cabaluay in the east coast.

The properties however have yet to be procured from private entities, a process that will still take time.

Anios said that jail officials are partial to having the jail constructed in barangay Culianan because it complies with most of the criteria given by jail officials for a new jail site.

This includes close proximity to the Courts which provides minimized risk in transporting inmates.

Dear me, Good. This is dumbfounding. The reasons offered by our jail authorities do not seem to jibe with reality. Fully aware as reported, the properties they choose, “… have yet to be procured from private entities, a process that will still take time.”

Sabe ya man si sabe, accepta ya el cosa ta dale, especialmente por el deadline o perde cunel fondo que hay guinda por otro uso, siendo ila presente facilidad sardinas ya mana detenido. (Aware of the constraints of their choices, accept what is being offered, especially so because of the deadline or risk having the funds realigned to some other purpose, while their detainees are packed like sardines in their facility .)

And to say, the Culianan choice is close in proximity to the Courts which provides minimized risk in transporting inmates, Patalon is almost just as distanced to the Courts. Not much difference, really.

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Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) continue to score, as they confiscated 50 grams, with a market value of P90,000, of suspected Shabu from a suspected pusher during a buy-bust operation in Veterans Avenue last Thursday.

PDEA Regional Director Lyndon Aspacio, CESE identified the suspect as Jamal Jamil Ambutong, 25, single of Rio Hondo.

Ambutong was nabbed around 11 a.m. after he received the marked money and handed the shabu items to the PDEA undercover agent.

PDEA agents recovered the marked money as well as the shabu items, a cell phone, a motorcycle with ignition key from the suspect during his arrest.

Ambutong was jailed at the PDEA headquarters while the seized items were turned over to the crime laboratory for examination.

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President Duterte is set to embark on a three-nation swing in the Middle East this week to advance the country’s interests, including the protection of the rights and welfare of Filipino workers there.

Duterte will first pay a state visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 10-12, followed by Kingdom of Bahrain on April 12-14, and State of Qatar on April 14-16. His historic visit includes meetings with the royal leaders of the Middle Eastern countries as well as the Filipino communities there.

And his visit to the Middle East is expected to yield $650 million with 18 companies signing memorandum of understanding (MOUs) for various investments in agricultural processing, tourism, food, and pharmaceutical projects with potential creation of 21,170 new jobs.

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A US strike group led by an aircraft carrier steamed toward the Korean peninsula Sunday, and this naval move will certainly raise tensions in the region, comings hard on the heels of US cruise missile strikes on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

But North Korea stays adamant denouncing Thursday’s attack as an act of “intolerable aggression” and one that justified “a million times over” North’s push toward a credible nuclear deterrent.

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Monday said the government’s relaunched antidrug campaign dubbed as “Project Double Barrel Alpha, Reloaded” was now “less bloody” one month after its implementation.

Dela Rosa said that as of this morning, 107 drug suspects were killed in police operations since the campaign was relaunched in March. If it will be multiplied to eight months, the latest figure, Dela Rosa said, would be significantly lower compared to the 2,600 deaths recorded throughout the duration of the first phase.

The PNP chief attributed the decline to the fewer number of drug suspects who supposedly resisted arrest during police operations.

Owwws… Could have been  simple restraint, Chief, you know what I mean. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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