B.I.R. Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PIA) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue ((BIR) Regional Office No. 11's records building here was opened in a ceremony held last Friday, July 6. The two-storey building serves as repository of BIR's records in the region and will serve as additional facility to the newly created document processing division housing taxpayer's tax returns which will be encoded ''so that these returns will be in our data base,'' BIR regional director Romulo L. Aguila said. Aguila informed that BIR Region No. 11's January to June, 2011 collection of P3.5 is P53 million over its original P3.2 billion target.

B.S.P. Survey

KALIBO, Aklan (PIA6) - Two Aklan barangays will serve as sample areas in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)'s Consumer Expectations Survey (CES), which is a household-based data gathering scheme. The National Statistics Office (NSO)'s provincial office will conduct the two-week survey, covering 39 households in Batan and Dumaguit in New Washing town starting first week, July. The survey aims to get consumer assessment on their financial situation, the country's economic condition and government's overall performance. Data gathered from the CES will serve to forecast well the course of the national economy in the future.

T.E.S.D.A.'S M.B.C.-P.T.P.

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched its first classroom on wheels through the Mobile Training Classroom Plus Park and Train Program (MBC-PTP) in Canlaon City recently. The van is equipped with welding equipment and machines and tools for mobile training. ''The skills training include Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II, Masonry NC II, and Carpentry NC II. Welding training for the first 25 participants from Canlaon City started last June and will end August 2; a second batch of 25 trainees for masonry and carpentry starts this month.

Veggie Fair

CEBU CITY, Cebu (PIA) - Clean, fresh and cheap vegetables and fruits of upland farmers in Cebu City were displayed at Plaza Sugbo across City Hall during the recent three-day vegetable trade fair highlighting July as Nutrition Month. The activity is part of the city government's efforts in helping upland farmers by providing a venue for selling their produce and offer affordable fresh vegetables and fruits to the public. The city government provided free transportation to the upland farmers selling their produce at the trade fair. Vegetables from Cebu City's uplands contribute 20-25 percent of total vegetable production in Cebu province.

No Damage

NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) - ''No damage to road, bridge infrastructure were observed in the circumferential road and bridges in Biliran and its eight municipalities after the 4.9 magnitude earthquake which hit the province last Wednesday, July 4,'' said Bonifacio Santana of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Santana said these were the findings of the DPWH team here who went around the province to check infrastructure for any damages a day after said quake struck. ''Based on their observations and findings, no damages were observed and found,'' Santana said.

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