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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, June 12, 2007
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PNP mulls sending abused kids to school
Zamboanguita pupil drowns
Plant more jatropha, NegOr farmers urged
STEP offers training

PNP mulls sending
abused kids to school

The Women and Children's Concerns Desk of the Oriental Negros police is now looking into possibility of enrolling rescued abused victims to school while they are staying at the youth center.

S/Insp. Rosalinda Abellon, Chief of the provincial WCCD said rescued victims have expressed their interests in going back to school this year.

She added that this can be a way for the victims to recover from trauma. Abellon, however, said victims might be more traumatized if their schoolmates would know they are from refuge home, especially those victims of sexual abuse.

Zamboanguita pupil drowns

A Grade 4 pupil of Bayombong Elementary School drowned Saturday, near the seashore of Oval Area, Poblacion Zamboanguita, in Oriental Negros.

Police identified the victim as Ryan Tuage, 9, of Bayombong, Brgy. Najandig, Zamboanguita. Initial investigation disclosed that Tuage, with his companions, Benjie Dizon, 30, and Renato Empic, 12, both also of Bayombong, were swimming at the Oval Area when the victim drowned.

Dizon told the police that while they were swimming, he noticed that Tuage could no longer be found, prompting him to immediately seek help from people nearby.

Plant more jatropha,
NegOr farmers urged

Compared to gasoline, bio-fuel is a feasible fuel alternative because it is a renewable resource, Environment and Natural Resources officer of Oriental Negros Antonio Cabrido said.

As a feasible substitute, bio-fuel can compete with gasoline, Cabrido said. He, however, admitted that among consumers, the switch from gasoline and diesel to bio-fuel would be a slow transition.

Cabrido also said that the Philippines is heavily gasoline-dependent on other countries. Through jathropa and the Bio-Fuel Law, the country will become sufficient and fuel supply will be limitless, he said.

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