Luzon Newsbits for June 26, 2013

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Iba, Zambales - Five Zambalenos will attend the "27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013" in Russian Federation set on July 6-17. Governor Hermogenes "Jun" Ebdane has extended full support to the five-man team delegation headed by its Team Manager Pojie Penones, Incumbent Executive Assistant to the Office of the Governor. The group includes Biboy Asturias as Coach and the three swimmers - Randolf Ferariza, Eduardo Romanban Jr., and Isaan Immanuel Daylo - all students of Ramon Magsaysay Technological College (RMTU). Leonov said that the 27th Summer Iniversiade 2013 will be attended by more than 13,000 athletes and heads of delegations from all over the world. (Mar T. Supnad)

HOSPITAL UPGRADE

City Of San Fernando, Pampanga - Governor Lilia G. Pineda lauded yesterday President Benigno Aquino III and Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona for giving priority to the soon-to-be-constructed P250-million expansion of Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBL) in this city. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new OB Gyne, Pedia Hospital buildings, among other health facilities, was held in front of the JBL yesterday. The ceremonies were led by DOH Assistant Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial, Regional Health Director Leonita Gorgolon, JBL Director Yolanda Lee, and Pineda. It is part of the government's program to upgrade and modernize all 72 DOH hospitals in the country, including the JBL, to become world class and globally competitive hospitals. (Franco G. Regala)

BISHOP TO NEW OFFICIALS: UNITE

Imus, Cavite - Most Rev. Reynaldo G. Evangelista, bishop of Imus (Cavite) Diocese, has called on elected officials to unite, love one another, and do the best for everyone in terms of peace, services, development and progress. Evangelista made the call in his homily at yesterday's Misa ng Pasasalamat (Thanksgiving Mass) that he officiated for elected provincial, city and municipal officials at the historic Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of Pillar) Cathedral here. The timely message was given by the bishop prior to the scheduled oath-taking of the new set of provincial officials at 4 p.m. yesterday at the Sta. Cruz Church in Tanza. (Anthony Giron)

NUTRITION MONTH

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur - The Nutrition Committee of this city has lined up several high-impact activities for the celebration of the national observance of Nutrition Month in July, Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina said yesterday. As the committee chairperson, Medina prepared activities that promotes the importance of having good nutrition guided by this year's theme: "Gutom at Malnutrisyon: Sama-sama Nating Wakasan." There will be a nutrition quiz, poster slogan, mural painting, extemporaneous speech, speech choir, draw and tell, cooking contest, skit contest; and search for elderly with healthy gums and teeth. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

SON'S WISHES

Antipolo City, Rizal - Outgoing Governor Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III called on Capitol employees last Monday to support the programs of his mother, incoming Governor Rebecca "Nini" Ynares, just like what they did for him. Ynares, who is now the mayor-elect of this city, is scheduled to take his oath of office inside the Antipolo Cathedral otherwise known as the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage before the start of the 11 a.m. mass on June 30. (Nel B. Andrade)

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