FARM EQUIPMENT

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - The provincial government has stepped up its clean-and-green program by continuing to distribute farming equipment to the province's 1,333 barangays. Last July 20, the provincial team distributed water pumps and grass cutters to the 24 barangays of Binalonan, 34 barangays in Pozorrubio, 28 barangays in Sison and 21 barangays in Villasis town. The latest batch of 107 barangays received the equipment. To date, 817 barangays have benefitted from the assistance. Binalonan Mayor Ramon V. Guico III said "we will continue to support the endeavors of the provincial government." Liezle Basa Inigo )

AIRPORT COMPLETION

LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) - Local officials here hailed President Benigno S. Aquino III for the assurance that the Albay International Airport in Daraga town will be completed before the end of his term. Daraga Councilor Alex Comia said the airport will bring more investments and eventually provide more jobs and business opportunities to local communities. For his part, Father Jun Barquez of Daraga Parish Rector said President Aquino clearly set the ideals. The challenge is for each one in the government and even private entities to follow suit. The statement of President Aquino in terms of responsible parenthood is not clear whether he favors the enactment of RH Bill, Beth Fernandez, population officer, said.

OUSTANDING SOLDIERS

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - Two natives of this province were included in the 2012 Search For The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) conducted by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and the Rotary Club of Makati Metro. Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. said Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, president of Metrobank Foundation, Inc. congratulated him following the selection of Col. Raul J. Tangco, who was born in Bayambang, and Sr. Master Sgt. Augusto D. Reyes who was born in San Quintin, as among the outstanding soldiers. Tangco was selected under the Technical and Administrative Service-Corps of Professors Category. He is the Dean of Academics of the Academic Group of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). (Liezle Basa Inigo)

TREE PLANTING

BURGOS, Ilocos Norte (PIA) - Local officials and residents of Burgos town conducted a tree planting and greening activity at the tourist destination "Kapurpurawan Rock Formation." Participants marched to the Kapurpurawan which is more than three kilometers from the highway to plant 100 mahogany saplings. Participants also took part in cleaning the area around the rock formation, freeing it from unsightly view of scraps and trashes. "I hope that with this activity our residents will become more aware of their role to care for the environment and participate actively in supporting projects and programs such as this," Jimenez said. This is the second year Poblacion locals carried out the tree-planting program.

JOB FAIR

ANTIPOLO - About 2,000 job vacancies both local and abroad are up for grabs in today and tomorrow's Barangay Dela Paz Mega Job Fair at the Barangay Dela Paz Main Building and the Dela Paz Annex Hall on Purok Imelda Covered Court. Three of the 40 participating companies based here and outside the city will offer overseas jobs both for residents and non-residents as well, according to the Antipolo City Public Employment Services Office. (Nel B. Andrade)

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