Bacolod pays tribute to
The Technical Education Skills Development Authority mobilized its Technical-Vocational Schools as volunteers to assist in packing the relief goods of Department of Social Welfare and Development.
TESDA Provincial Director Toni June Tamayo requested Tech-Voc Schools to send their students to the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex where the relief goods are stockpiled.
TESDA sources said Metro Dumaguete College was the first to dispatch 20 student-scholars of Computer Hardware Servicing Course Training for Work Scholarship Program to help in the packing of relief goods.
Team Skills, Incorporated, also a tech-voc school, will also sponsor a dinner for 500 flood victims in an evacuation site at Candau- ay Elementary School, Dumaguete City on December 23.
The DSWD had appealed to the public for volunteers to help pack the relief goods for the affected families of Tanjay City, the towns of Sibulan, Valencia, Siaton, Amlan, Bacong, Mabinay, San Jose, Pamplona, and Dumaguete City.
DSWD is calling for donations of any kind especially children's underwear, kitchen utensils, clothing and food, and send them to Macias Sports Complex.*PIA
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Red Cross chairman
gets highest award
Bacolod City Red Cross Chapter chairman Demosthenes Magallanes received the 2011 Red Cross Gold Humanitarian Service Cross Award, the highest Red Cross award for volunteers, for his exemplary 37 years of leadership and service.
The award was bestowed by Philippine Red Cross chairman, Richard Gordon, during the 29 th PRC National Biennial Convention held at Manila Hotel recently, a press release from the group said.
Magallanes' commitment was manifested in the continuous progress of the Negros Occidental-Bacolod City Chapter, the citation said.
The various service deliveries the chapter extended to the beneficiaries and communities included the increase of fund generation and acquiring of facilities for the development of its Blood Center and rescue capability.
His concern for the upliftment of the chapter includes the provision for the development of well-trained staff and volunteers. He has been actively involved in organizing Community Based Red Cross 143 Disaster Action Teams in the cities of Sipalay, Kabankalan, Himamaylan and Bacolod, and Hinobaan, Cauayan, Ilog, EB Magalona, Calatrava towns in Negros Occidental, the press release also said.
As chairman and as member of the Board of the Negros Occidental-Bacolod City Chapter, Magallanes is credited with the increased collection of more than 18,000 units of blood equivalent to more than eight million cc of blood from 2010 up to the present and recruited more than 8,000 new blood donor individuals in 122 companies.
His sterling service had aided the Philippine Red Cross in realizing its success in extending humanitarian services to Negrenses and Bacoleños.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross has created the Kabankalan City Red Cross Branch to expand Red Cross services closer to the community.
The 1 st Kabankalan City Red Cross Branch General Assembly was held recently, at the Kabankalan City SP Session Hall, highlighted by the election of the 12 members of the Branch Board of Directors, who will lead in the delivery of Red Cross services in Southern Negros Occidental and its neighboring districts, the press release added.*
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WV to get 1,017
new cops next year3
The Police Regional Office 6 is expected to deploy 1,017 new policemen early next year, after their graduation yesterday from the PNP Regional Training School 6 in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Senior Supt. Rolen Balquin, RTS 6 director, said yesterday that the 531 neophyte policemen and women who went through a year-long field training program and 6-month field training exercises will soon undergo a 45-day Special Counter-Insurgency Unit Training, before their absorption into the 6 th Regional Public Safety Battalion.
He added that the other batch of 476 police trainees will also go through a similar training.
They do not include the 432 who are now undergoing a 6-month Public Safety Officers Basic Course in the same institution, Balquin said.
The PRO6 recently got 155 more new police recruits for this year.
Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, regional police director of the Western Visayas, who spoke at the graduation rites, urged the neophyte law enforcers to do their best and perform their mandate as much as possible even beyond the call of duty.
“As policemen, you should live up with the expectation of the public and conform with the PNP motto, which is to serve and protect,” Querol said.
“Let us be the solution, instead of being the problem,” he added.*GPB
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Female detainee escapes
A female detainee escaped from the lock-up cell of Police Station 2 at 19 th Lacson Street, Bacolod City at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada identified the escapee as Roda Castellano, 43, of Mambulac, Silay City, Negros Occidental.
Leada said Castellano was apprehended at about 1 a.m. Thursday last week and is facing theft charges for allegedly stealing P4,000 in cash from a truck driver, whose name he did not disclose, at the BREDCO port.
Investigation showed that Castellano asked Police Officer 1 Bernardo Beneras, the jailer on duty at that time, if she could go to the rest room, but when the policeman checked the restroom, Castellano was no longer there.
She might have climbed the wall at the holding center leading to the station's main entrance, Leada said.
Only Beneras was at the police station at the time as three of the policemen went to the Women's and Children's Complaints Desk while the rest were responding to a shooting incident in Purok Sigay in Brgy. 2, he said.
Leada added that they have launched a manhunt operation against Castellano.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz ordered Investigation Branch head, Insp. Homer Vargas, to investigate the incident.
De la Paz said the jailer on duty may be administratively liable if it is proven that he had been remiss in his duty.*APN
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