Cabanatuan City, a two-time (2010 and 2011) recipient of the Department of the Interior and Local Government's (DILG's) Seal of Good Housekeeping award, will celebrate its 63rd year of cityhood tomorrow with the theme "Malayang Cabanatuan para sa patuloy na Kaunlaran." Mayor Jay Vergara said special activities have been lined up for the celebration since January 24, including street dancing, a tricycle trans show, dart and bonsai competitions, an agri/aqua trade fair, a fun run, mass weddings, a golf tournament, "parada ng bayan," job fair, a drum and lyre exhibition, a Ms. Gay Night and Bb. Cabanatuan 2013 coronation night. Awards will also be given out to outstanding Cabanatueños.
LUCENA CITY, Quezon - At least 1,000 people imparted and showed concern for children with special needs by joining the Angels Walk for Autism organized here by the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP)-Quezon Chapter last Wednesday. Joining the event were residents from Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, Gumaca, and this city to support the advocacy of the 17th Autism Consciousness Week which is ongoing at SM City-Lucena. Agatha Brenica Ilagan, ASP-Quezon chapter president has said the primary purpose of the program is awareness, giving proper information, right of being autistic and show off talents. (Dannuy Estacio)
BATAAN MULLS PLASTIC BAG BAN
BALANGA CITY, Bataan - A top provincial official is proposing to scrap the use of plastics bags in all commercial establishments in the province. Provincial Board Member Aristotle Gaza said that he would introduce the using of paper bags instead of plastic bags when making purchases in order to promote a clean environment and avoid the clogging of canals that may cause floods during the rainy season. "Aside from being economical, using paper bags is also environment-friendly," said Gaza. (Mar T. Supnad)
MACABEBE, Pampanga - At least 500 pregnant mothers here and in Masantol town yesterday cited the "Buntis Program" of Governor Lilia Pineda as the latter pledged that the provincial government will shoulder their expenses the moment they give birth. To prepare them for the big day of delivering their respective babies, the governor and Mayor Annette Flores Balgan sponsored their free pre-natal checkup. Through the Buntis Program, all of them will deliver their babies at the Mayor Domingo B. Flores Memorial Hospital, also known as the Macabebe District Hospital, free of charge. (Franco G. Regala)
ANGONO MANAGES ITS SOLID WASTES
ANGONO, Rizal - The local government's project which transformed a dumpsite into an ecological park and its solid waste management program became instrumental in being recognized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP). This came as Mayor Gerardo Calderon recently received a citation from the DENR's National Solid Waste Management Commission for initiating his so called "Eco Park" project which turned a smelly dumpsite filled with trash into a plant nursery and growing plants with its waste segregation facility at the site and the municipal government's handling of its solid waste materials. (Nel Andrade)