Iloilo City gov’t puts unruly drivers, pedestrians on notice

first_imgAfter the Diversion Road, next to bemade a “traffic discipline zone” is McArthur Drive from Barangay Tabuc Suba,Jaro district to Barangay Balantang. But in October 2017 Mabilog wasdismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman for unexplainedwealth. Then vice mayor Espinosa who assumed Mabilog’s post put the project onhold. ILOILO City – There is no dearth ofnational laws and local ordinances regulating traffic. The pandemonium on thecity’s streets, the congestion and accidents here are mostly caused byundisciplined drivers and pedestrians not following traffic rules and regulations,according to the city government. Conlu said these included the speedlimit ordinance, the ordinance against modified mufflers, points where to loadand unload passengers, the law on the use of helmets and other body protectivegears by motorcycle riders and the maximum number of back riders allowed, thelaw on the use of seatbelts, the law on the non-use of cellphones while drivingand clearing of windshields from gadgets that directly distract the driver’sline of sight, among others. As proposed by Mabilog, the firstphase of the ITS would be on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue because thishighway is prone to vehicular accidents due to overspeeding drivers. City hall is thus implementing this montha new scheme aimed at disciplining drivers and pedestrians, although narrow inscope for the time being. Mabilog thought of having an ITS forthe city to address traffic congestion, stop illegal parking and curb recklessdriving that mostly result to vehicular accidents. What are the traffic rules andregulations to be fully imposed? He said an ITS would discouragedrivers from disregarding traffic rules and regulations, and it would also helplaw enforcers to easily identify and catch violators. Phase II would be on the coastal road,Phase III on the McArthur Highway Drive going to the municipality of Leganes,Iloilo and Phase IV on the Circumferential Road going to Oton, Iloilo./PN In January 2017 Mabilog formed atechnical working group and the city government allotted P25 million for thesystem. “Angwala gatabok sa pedestrianlane…tudloan man naton kondiin dapat insakto magsakay,” he said. Like the Diversion Road, McArthurDrive is also “problemado pirmi satraffic because of lack of discipline,” he explained. An ITS involves the use ofclosed-circuit television cameras capable of determining the speed of vehicles(if they are overspeeding) and of recording them. It would also entail theestablishment of a command/monitoring center.center_img The mayor previously said he would pushthrough with the intelligent traffic system (ITS) that former mayor Jed PatrickMabilog proposed in 2017. Treñas also said gianttelecommunications company Philippine Long Distance Telephone offered toestablish a traffic command center with closed circuit television cameras onthe Diversion Road for the monitoring of vehicles. Going ahead with the ITS without acomprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation would not be an intelligentmove, explained Espinosa. “I want this scheme initially tried onthe Diversion Road para mapakita ngapwede maobra ini,” said Treñas. “Gustoni Mayor (Jerry) Treñas ma-start na kita this January,” said Conlu. The Philippine National Police (PNP),Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be helpingthe PSTMO enforce this new scheme. Conlu said law enforcers wound bearmed with, among others, breath analyzers to catch those driving while underthe influence of alcohol and speed guns to catch drivers who are exceeding thespeed limit. All traffic rules and regulations(national and local) will be strictly enforced on the avenue round the clock. DISCIPLINE ZONE. The 14-kilometer Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district is the pilot area for the Iloilo City government’s Traffic Discipline Zone, a scheme that aims to restore order on the city’s streets by enforcing national and local traffic rules and regulations without fear or favor. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN It was unclear, though, if Espinosaordered a comprehensive study right after suspending his predecessor’s project. In the first few days or weeks,however, the PSTMO and its partners would focus more on informationdissemination on the Traffic Discipline Zone scheme. There will be noapprehensions but traffic laws and regulations would be strictly enforced,stressed Conlu. The 14-kilometer Sen. Benigno AquinoJr. Avenue (Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district will be made a “TrafficDiscipline Zone”, according to the city government’s Public Safety andTransportation Management Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu.last_img read more

De Lima wants to regulate gadget use among students

first_imgStudents using a cell phone for text messaging, Quezon City, Philippines.Bullit Marquez/AP “These guidelines shall likewise establishthe procedure to be observed in cases of abuse of mobile devices and electronicgadgets in the commission of other student misconducts such as cheating andbullying, as well as promote the responsible use of mobile devices andelectronic gadgets,” De Lima said./PN “Regulating the use of mobilephones and other electronic gadgets in schools is one of the immediatesolutions that the government can take to improve the learning conditions forour students and help them towards better performance in our schools,” shesaid. De Lima said she filed Senate Bill No.1271, which aims to improve the academic performance and achieve academicexcellence of the students. “Making life easier and more efficientare just some of the benefits brought about by the advancement of technology.However, excessive use of mobile devices can also lead to an array of negativeeffects and hazards,” she added. Under De Lima’s SB No. 1271, theDepartment of Education is mandated to promulgate clear-cut guidelinesregulating the use of mobile devices and other electronic gadgets in theschools. According to the Programme forInternational Student Assessment (PISA), the Philippines ranked last among 79countries in reading comprehension among 15-year-old students, with the countryending up below ranks 70 in mathematics and science.center_img Even if mobile phones and otherelectronic devices were useful in bringing higher quality teaching andlearning, De Lima said that there is a need to balance student performance withintegrating mobile devices in educational system. “Other noted adverse effectsinclude psychological and physiological complications, and mental healthissues, which interfere with education, diminish academic performance, andcontribute to increase in teenage anxiety, depression and suicide,” De Limasaid. “It is the duty of the State to providestudents with a more focused, positive and supportive learning environment thatis free from any distractions that prevent them from performing poorly inschool,” De Lima said. De Lima also noted that a study whichfound out that unrestrained use of mobile phones poses risks to students,leading them to fare poorly in elementary and junior high school primarily dueto lack of sleep that affects their concentration and retention. MANILA –Sen. Leila de Lima is pushing ameasure that would regulate the use of mobile phones and other electronicgadgets among students in private and public schools.last_img read more

Suspects in Miag-ao man’s slay nabbed

first_imgBose said the suspects admitted killing20-year-old Kevin Christian Soriano, a resident of Barangay Guibongan, Miag-ao. Bose. Miag-ao police chief Captain JosevitoBose identified them as brothers Rene Boy and Renesto Suspeno both of BarangayDalihi, Miag-ao and a 16-year-old minor of Barangay Fundacion, Miag-ao. Soriano’s body was discovered under theTumagbok Bridge in Barangay Baybay Norte around 6:50 a.m. on Feb. 25. Thevictim had injury on his forehead and multiple stab wounds on the body,according to Detained in the lockup cell of themunicipal police station, the three suspects said they killed the victimbecause of misunderstanding. Murder suspects (from right) Renesto and Rene Boy Suspeno and a 16-year-old minor are being escorted to the lockup facility of municipal police station of Miag-ao, Iloilo on Feb. 25. IAN PAUL CORDEROcenter_img The suspects and the victim are workingin Miag-ao public market, said Bose. Prior to the incident, Bose said thethree suspects and the victim were seen having a drinking session at a nipa hut around 11 p.m. on Feb. 24. Thefollowing day, Soriano was found dead. ILOILO City – Police arrested threesuspects in the killing of a 21-year-old man in Barangay Baybay Norte, Miag-ao,Iloilo. “It’s a simple misunderstanding becausethey were all drunk. Walang malalim namotibo para dahilan na patayin nila ang biktima, but I considered this caseclosed because all the suspects were arrested and they admitted the crime,”Bose said./PNlast_img read more

KSA detains 3 senior members of royal family

first_imgThe detentions are seen as Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman tightening his grip on power. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is considered the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia. REUTERS THREE senior members of Saudi Arabia’sroyal family, including the king’s brother, have been arrested for unexplainedreasons. Two of the men were among the kingdom’smost influential figures.center_img A controversial figure, Mohammed binSalman has been considered the de facto ruler of the kingdom after he was namedcrown prince by his father in 2016. The three men arrested were the king’syounger brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, former crown prince Mohammed binNayef, and a royal cousin, Prince Nawaf bin Nayef.(BBC)last_img read more

Vintage bomb found in Numancia

first_imgResponding police personnel then sealedoff the area before the UXO was turned over to the Explosive Incident ResponseTeam (EIRT) of the Regional Explosives Ordnance Disposal & Canine Unit 6. KALIBO, Aklan – A vintage mortar bombwas pulled out from the waters of Sibuyan Sea by a fisherman in BarangayCamanci Norte, Numancia, Aklan. The decades-old UXO incendiary was transported by EIRT to a safe area in Aklan Police Provincial Office for safe disposal.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) According to police investigators, the 81-millimeter-long old mortar bomb weighing four kilograms could explode and kill anyone within a 250 meter radius. Jenley Ranigo of Barangay Bakhaw Nortehere discovered the unexploded ordnance (UXO), which dates back from World WarII on March 20.last_img read more

BACIWA: 3-day water service interruption to hit Bacolod

first_img “Due to shutdown of the bulk water, only the pumping stations of BACIWA will supply the water for three days and low water pressure is expected,” Gemora pointed out. BACOLOD City – Several areas in this city will experience water service interruptions starting today, June 23 until June 26 due to emergency leak repair activity. She explained that about 15 percent of its daily water supply – from 80 million liters a day – will be lost due to the three-day shutdown. * Portions of Mandalagan, Taculing and Banago * Downtown area * Barangays within Rizal and Lopez Jaena streets Gemora disclosed that some areas of this city may likely experience no water supply at all. BACIWA assistant general manager for operations Jenelyn Gemora said the low water pressure was caused by an emergency shutdown of the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc.’s (BBWI) water treatment plant to repair a major leak in the intake line and to install additional treatment equipment.  * Barangays Estefania, Villamonte and Montevista * Burgos Granada Road In its advisory, the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) said water service interruptions will affect the following areas: The BBWI has a contract with BACIWA to supply bulk water for 25 years in the amount of P1.1 billion for Injection Points No. 1 and 2 in barangays of Granada and Mansilingan respectively. However, the Injection Point No. 2 has yet to operate./PNlast_img read more

San Remigio farmers receive hand tractors

first_img“We will immediately use these hand tractors to prepare our farms for the first cropping season,” she said. Piano assured the DA-6 officials they will take good care of the farming equipment because it will be a big help to their activities. SAN JOSE, Antique – San Remigio town farmers in this province are grateful to the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 6 for providing them farming equipment. Piano said the arrival of the hand tractors is timely as rainy season has just set-in on their areas. The provision of the hand tractors with implements is one of the priority interventions identified by the two associations from barangays Osorio-I and Lapak during their community needs assessment. These villages produce corn, peanut and upland rice. Personnel of the Department of Agriculture in Region 6’s Special Area for Agricultural Development program deliver two units of hand tractor with prime mover and implements to farmers in San Remegio, Antique. DA SAAD WESTERN VISAYAS FB The hand tractors were part of the 2019 rice production intervention package of the project. Osorio-I Farmers Association president Norilyn Piano and the members of the Kababaihan Bulig sa Kauswagan, Inc. were thankful for the delivery of two hand tractors with prime movers and implements done by DA-6’s Special Area for Agricultural Development program last June 30. (With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Milan & South Ripley Volleyball Teams To Hold Fundraiser

first_imgThe Milan and South Ripley Volleyball programs were hoping you could help us get the word out about the 2nd Annual Emily Mathes Memorial Scholarship Volleyball game taking place on Monday, September 30th at South Ripley High School in Versailles.The Emily Mathes Scholarship Foundation FundraiserSubmitted by Milan Coach Terry Wullenweber.last_img

Area Baseball Sectional Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Baseball Sectional Scores.  Thursday  (5-29)Sectional 60 @ Shawe Memorial.Jac-Cen-Del  10     South Decatur  0Hauser  17     Shawe Memorial  1Submitted by The IHSAA.last_img

Ivy Tech Names President of Lawrenceburg, Batesville Campus

first_imgMark Graver joined Ivy Tech in 1992 as a computer faculty member.LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Ivy Tech has selected Mark Graver as president of the Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses.Graver most recently served as interim chancellor for the community college’s Southeast region.Reporting to Chancellor Chris R. Lowery, Graver will focus on local community outreach. He will manage daily campus operations, while fostering a campus climate consistent with the college’s core values.Graver will direct the assessment, development and delivery of degree programs, certifications and training consistent with the needs of the community; develop, update and communicate short- and long-term goals forthe Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses; and provide direction for campus managers and directors.“I am sincerely honored to be selected to serve the college in this new role,” Graver said. “Ivy Tech Community College is critical to the success of the communities in Southeastern Indiana. I am eager to help promotepositive economic development in Southeastern Indiana by focusing on student success.”Graver joined Ivy Tech in 1992 as a computer faculty member at the Madison campus. He moved to the Batesville campus in 2000, assuming the responsibilities of program chair for the Business and Computer programs. In2003, he was named associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses.In 2003, Graver received the regional President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction and has maintained a 16-year membership with the American Technical Education Association. He was recognized in 1998 as the Outstanding Technical Teacher of the organization’s Great Lakes Region.“Mark is deeply connected to communities throughout southeastern Indiana,” Chancellor Chris Lowery said. “His professional relationships and commitment to our vision will be invaluable as he leads Ivy Tech’s efforts to meet the needs of our communities and increase the levels of educational attainment in the region.”Graver has served on numerous Ivy Tech’s statewide committees, including the President’s Executive Council, Regional Academic Officers’ Committee, Safety and Security Committee, Green Team Committee, Strategy subcommittee of the College’s Accelerating Greatness 2013 strategic plan, and Engagement andService Committee in preparation for a 2009 Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit.Graver serves as a member the Region 9 Adult Education Consortium and is a member of the Dearborn County EcO15 Advisory Task Force. He is a member of the Dearborn Community Foundation Board, having served as a chairperson, vice president, and president. He is a member of the Dearborn County Community Mental Health Center Board, the Lawrenceburg Main Street Program, and the Lawrenceburg Kiwanis Club.Graver holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University and a master’s in administration from Central Michigan University.  He is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.He is a member of Northcutt-Laaker Post 292 of the American Legion and Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro, where he resides with his wife Debra. The couple has two children.last_img read more