EARTHQUAKES

SINAIT, Ilocos Sur - Three moderately strong tremors hit some areas in Visayas and Mindanao yesterday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said yesterday. No one was reported killed on injured in the incident. Phivolcs recorded that the first quake with 4.6 magnitude occurred at 2:45 a.m. with epicenter at 195 kilometers southeast of Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental province with a depth of 33 kilometers but no intensity felt in the affected areas. The second tremor with 4.5 magnitude happened at 3:22 a.m. with epicenter at 92 kilometers northeast of General Luna, Surigao Del Norte province with a depth of 24 kilomenters; the third earthquake, 4.1 magnitude, at 8:37 a.m. with epicenter located at 26 kilometers southeast of San Jose De Buan, Western Samar with a depth of 25 kilometers. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

RECIPIENTS

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Some 80 village guards in North Cotabato province received today emergency tools from one of the country's biggest power firms. The turnover ceremony was held in Barangay Manongol, this city, one of the recipients of the project spearheaded by the Therma Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of the Aboitiz Power, Inc. Theodore Bisnar, marketing executive of the Therma Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of the Aboitiz Power, said the tools could be used to respond to emergency situations, including natural and man-made calamities and other crime-related incidents in the villages. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

SEND-OFF RITE

JOLO, Sulu - OIC Governor Abdusakur "Tutuh" Tan II represented the Honorable Abdusakur M. Tan in the send off ceremony for the 3rd Marine Brigade at a military ceremony here yesterday after the completion of their tour of duty in winning the peace and safeguarding the safety and security of the people. OIC Governor Tutuh Tan relayed the apologies of the Governor, who, due to the latter's hectic schedule, cannot catch up with the send-off ceremony. "Nevertheless I hope I can do justice to this ceremony by delivering the send off message of Governor Tan to these brave men in uniform." Tutuh Tan said. (Nonoy Lacson)

ENERGY PLAN

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte (PIA) - The Department of Energy (DOE) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Lone Congressional District of Iligan for the distribution of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to the city's target beneficiaries. A total of 10,000 compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) were distributed to 5,100 households comprising 17 barangays in Iligan City. This is part of the efficient lighting initiatives under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded-Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP), through its National Residential Lighting Program.

QUIZ BOWL

ISABELA CITY, Basilan (PIA) - The Council of Personnel Officers (CPO) of Isabela City hosted an Inter-Agency Quiz Bowl as part of the observance of the 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary recently. At least seven government agencies and institutions fielded their contestants to compete for the best employee that possesses exceptional knowledge of Civil Service Laws, Rules and Regulations. In her welcome remarks, CPO President Otilla W. Ricablanca told government employees that the quiz bowl is more of an exercise rather than a competition.

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