Mindanao Newsbits for April 16, 2013


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA) - Eleven more fishermen from this city who were jailed in Indonesia due to illegal fishing and immigration violations returned home over the weekend after getting reprieve from their prison terms. City Councilor Ronnel Rivera said on Monday the fishermen were earlier ordered repatriated by the Indonesian government following interventions made by the Philippine Consulate in Manado, North Sulawesi province. He said the repatriates, who were mostly jailed in Bitung in North Sulawesi, arrived aboard a vessel commissioned by the Ronnel C. Rivera (RCR) Foundation Inc. Rivera said the fishermen were immediately turned over to the Philippine Coast Guard and the City Social Welfare and Development Office for proper documentation.


KIDAPAWAN CITY (PNA) - The Japanese government has allocated P81 million to help sustain the Philippines' efforts to help communities affected by typhoon "Pablo". The fund from the Japanese government has enabled the United Nations'(UN)World Food Program (WFP) to purchase 2,982 metric tons of rice, enough to feed 250,000 people for two months. The donation was formally handed over by the Embassy of Japan's Head of Davao Consular Office Koichi Ibara, in the Municipality of Monkayo in Compostela Valley province over the weekend.Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy received the donation along with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Provincial Director Josephine Frasco.


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA)- The city council here has completed the codification or classification of the city's ordinances that were passed in the last six decades. Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, who heads the codification project's technical working group (TWG), said Monday they recently submitted to the council's plenary the final report on the codification initiative, which covered all enacted ordinances from 1948 to 2010.
She said the report includes the codified ordinances, which were classified into 37 categories or subject areas.


COTABATO CITY (PNA) - At least 17 poor and conflict-afflicted barangays in selected towns in the four provinces of region 12 will benefit from Pres. Benigno Aquino's PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program, the Dept. of Agriculture 12 announced Saturday. The PAMANA is the national government's program and framework for peace and development which is implemented among conflict-affected communities covered by the existing peace agreements.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PNA) - The construction of 2,770 houses in various relocation sites here now gains headway, City Mayor Vicente Emano said Sunday. Emano said that the Habitat for Humanity was constructing 2,000 houses in Barangay Pagatpat aside from the 385 houses it constructed at the Calaanan Resettlement Site.
He said the Filipino-Chinese Chamber was also constructing 65 houses in Calaanan and another 85 houses by the Gawad-Kalinga-SM-BDO Village. According to Emano, these houses would be distributed to landless poor families and to those living in hazardous and danger zone areas. (PNA)

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