MA. AURORA, Aurora - A bill filed in the Senate seeks to create a town in honor of Aurora's first governor Dr. Juan Angara out of nine barangays from this town. Senators Franklin Drilon, Manny Villar, Ralph Recto and Allan Peter Cayetano proposed the creation of the town named after the father of their colleague, Sen. Edgardo Angara, through Senate Bill 3132. The proposal was to remove from Ma. Aurora nine barangays for the new town. The barangays included Villa Aurora, Suguit, Dialatnan, Ponglo, Dianawan, Galintuja, San Juan, Decoliat, and Bazal. The senators who introduced the bill explained that the proposed new town consists of mountainous terrain, far from the center of the mother municipalities, hardly accessible and serviced by social services. (Mark Anthony N. Manuel)


LUCENA CITY, Quezon - Some 1,500 child laborers enrolled in elementary and high schools here received school supplies from the International Labor Organization (ILO) with the assistance of the City Social Welfare and Development Office. The child workers came from barangays Ibabang Iyam, Marketview, Ibabang Dupay, Gulang-gulang, Isabang and Dalahican. Some of them are scavengers while others sell flowers, plastic bags in the public market. They attend classes during the day and do their job after classes in order to support their families. They were given school bags containing notebooks, ballpens, pad paper, crayons and school uniforms. (Danny Estacio)


CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan - "Let us focus on the proper technologies that could minimize the bad effect of climate change in the province." Thus said Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado Tuesday afternoon during the technical presentation on the environmental protection and dike system for flood control and waste management. The floods and the mounting problems on garbage disposals were tackled by environmentalists led by Alvarado and some provincial officials and environment and risk reduction management personnel. (Freddie C. Velez)


BALANGA CITY, Bataan - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) denied yesterday that it had cancelled the franchise of the defunct Pantranco North Express, Inc., giving a sigh of relief to the protesting employees of the once biggest government bus firm. DOTC Undersecretary for planning and operations Rafael Santos assured the Pantranco employees headed by its two Union presidents Romy Alfonso and Jun Pascua of Pantranco Retrenched Employees Association (PANREA) and Pantranco Employees Association (PEA), that DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas only ordered for a review of the status of the Pantranco franchise, adding that the DOTC did not cancel the franchise, contrary to the claims of competing bus companies. (Mar T. Supnad)


SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga - Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 3 reported yesterday that they have already demolished at least 40 houses and illegal structures along Masantol river channel in Pampanga-Manila Bay. DPWH Region 3 Director Antonio Molano Jr. disclosed that they are still set to dismantle more than 698 houses - 658 in Masantol and 40 in Macabebe. Molano said this move is in line with the order of the Supreme Court to concerned government agencies and local government units to clean up the waterways of Manila Bay. (Franco G. Regala)