CLUSTER PLANNING

DAVAO CITY (PNA) - Vice President Jejomar C. Binay is arriving here on Friday to attend the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing and orientation of the local government units (LGUs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The MOA signing will simultaneously be held with the 2012 Cluster Planning Approach (CLUP) on June 14 to 15. CLUP is a document which embodies a land use proposal for an orderly development of communities and allocates areas for residential, commercial, institutional and other functional uses. A land use plan is a blueprint of a city or municipality, a sort of guide map that orderly disposes the land if it is for agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, open space, a reserved "green" area (like forest land, swamp land, river or lake), a school, a transportation infrastructure, as well as other purposes that would enable communities within the territory to function properly, safely and productively.

A.F.P. CARAVAN

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) - The Armed Forces of the Philippines Finance Center (AFPFC) will hold a six-day information caravan next month for pensioners in three major areas here in Zamboanga Peninsula, a military official announced. Lt. Col. Erwin Alea, commander of the 4th Civil Relations Group (CRG), said the information caravan will be conducted by two teams from the AFPFC from July 16 to 21 in Zamboanga City and in the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte. Alea said the information caravan is in support of the efforts of the AFP Pension and Gratuity Management Center (AFPGMC), which aims to monitor the status of the AFP pensioners and to determine whether the AFPFC has been paying the pensioners with the correct amount of pension and also to determine who are qualified to receive the pension.

STUDENTS' SALARIES

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) - The salaries for students hired under the second batch of the Summer Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) are now ready for distribution. City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo, whose office facilitates the implementation of the SPES, said pertinent documents have already been processed and collection of the salaries would be done by the barangays. Barredo said the salaries, once scheduled for release, could be withdrawn from the City Treasurer's Office during office hours.

BUSINESS PERMIT

STO. TOMAS, Davao del Norte (PNA) - The municipal government of Sto. Tomas here has committed to adopt the Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) streamlining program starting June this year. However, its full implementation will take place in January next year in time for the renewal of business permits. Mayor Maximo M. Estela, during the two-day BPLS orientation and workshop conducted recently by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI 11), said he is optimistic about attracting more investments with the implementation of BPLS.

HEALTH INSURANCE

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA) - The South Cotabato provincial government spent R18 million this year for the health insurance of 15,000 poor families, officials said. Gov. Arthur Pingoy, Jr. and officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.-Region 12 (PhilHealth 12) recently signed a memorandum of agreement renewing the health insurance sponsorship program.

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