Caloocan City News February 2012
Caloocan City fetes Senior Citizen
- Source: http://pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?menu=2&webregion=NCR&article=251330505631
- By: PIA
- February 29, 2012
CALOOCAN CITY- This city government feted the senior citizen members of the Christian In Action (CIA) Charitable Organization, that had helped fellow residents.
Caloocan Mayor Enrico Echiverri said it is only fitting to recognize the efforts of the group, particularly for the assistance they have rendered to others despite being senior citizens.
He bared that the group has a program dubbed “Abuluyang Panlipunan” which raised funds worth P3.1 million that can be tapped as burial assistance for members and even residents who need such help.
Also, its leader, Teodora Moreno-Sorrosa, was recognized as the “Oldest Active CIA Leader.” Sorrosa is on her 18th year as the leader of the organization.
Caloocan likewise honored “Team Haggay” from Barangay 132, Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City as the CIA Community Association with Highest Number of Membership.
Composed of 54 teams, the organization membership is expected to grow in number because of its unwavering commitment to serve its fellow citizens.
Sex, lies and ‘video’ land man in jail
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/148367/sex-lies-and-video-land-man-in-jail
- By: Julie M. Aurelio
- February 18, 2012
He preferred Mondays and Thursdays—plus pocket money.
A 25-year-old man from Caloocan City landed in jail for allegedly extorting P1,000 and sexual favors from a 19-year-old female student and Facebook “friend” after the two had a one-night stand.
Police said that after that first encounter, Mark Anthony Patino threatened to spread on the Internet a purported cell phone video of their sexual act if she would not give in to his demands: More sex on Mondays and Thursdays, plus some cash.
The jobless suspect was arrested in an entrapment operation at a Quezon City mall on Friday afternoon after the woman—reportedly an engineering student from the University of the Philippines—sought help from the police.
PO2 Andrew Hega, the case investigator, yesterday said Patino had undergone inquest proceedings at the prosecutors’ office for robbery-
Police confiscated a cell phone from Patino, but it did not contain any sex video. He maintained that, contrary to what he told the student, he never really made such a recording.
The suspect was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Friday in front of SM North Edsa mall by members of the Kamuning police substation after he received marked money from his victim.
Patino and the woman got to know each other through the social networking site Facebook in January.
They later agreed to have an “eyeball”—cyber-lingo for a face-to-face meeting—on Feb. 1, the day they had sex. It was their first and last meeting before Patino was arrested on Friday.
- Source: http://www.tempo.com.ph/2012/foundation-anniversary/#.Tz5UHlHEq1s
- By: Ed Mahilum
- February 17, 2012
Caloocan City, one of the highly urbanized cities in Metro Manila, celebrated its 50th founding anniversary yesterday.
Among the events that highlighted towards the celebrations of the city’s founding anniversary was the coronation of the Binibining Caloocan 2012 which was held last Saturday at the Glorietta Park, Tala, with Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri, leading the occasion.
Caloocan attempts to clinch Guinness record for largest mass wedding
- Source: http://pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?menu=2&webregion=NCR&article=251329118271
- By: PIA
- February 14, 2012
CALOOCAN CITY- The local government of Caloocan City is attempting to clinch a “Guinness Book of World Records” as the single largest mass wedding, with its “Kasalang Bayan 2012” on Sunday.
Caloocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri said a total of 1,510 pairs have exchanged vows in holy matrimony at the Glorietta Park, Tala.
The youngest couple who took part in the event were Boots Evasco, 19 and Leshei Valenzuela, 18, while Godofredo delos Santos, 77, and Marcelina Jumbang, 75, have re-tied the knot in celebration of their golden wedding anniversary.
“What an honor it would be, not only to this city but to the entire country, if our beloved Caloocan earns a place in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records,” reckoned Echiverri.
All expenses rendered by the participating couple were made free-of-charge including the registry fees.
Erice harassing N. Agusan execs, environmetalists?
- Source: http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/top-stories/23844-erice-harassing-n-agusan-execs-environmetalists
- By: Paul M. Gutierrez
- February 13, 2012
TUBAY, Agusan del Norte, residents and officials are up in arms against Caloocan City Vice Mayor Edgar Erice for allegedly pressuring them to agree to the continued operation of a mining company that he owns and is under investigation for environmental destruction. Tubay Mayor Sadeka Garcia Tomaneng disclosed over the weekend that Erice had filed a complaint against her before the Office of the Ombudsman over her relentless campaign against mining operations in her hometown. “He filed a case for grave abuse of authority. Pero wala akong ginagawang masama. Those petitions, galing sa mga tao ’yun,” Tomaneng said.
The case was filed as the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MGB-DENR), under Director Leo Jasareno, placed SR Metals, Inc. and three other mining firms in Caraga under investigation due to their supposed failure to comply with environmental and health hazard laws.
Erice and Miguel Alberto Gutierrez are listed as the principal owners of SR Metals. The former was president of the company until he became its chairman of the board at present.
Tomaneng said the latest MGB investigation is a result of several resolutions of the provincial government of Agusan del Norte in connection with the recommendation of the Municipal Council of Tubay regarding the alleged violation of the mining firm.
Tomaneng said she received letters from affected Tubay residents informing her of the destructive effects of mining activities in the area, particularly on the marine life and lands surrounding the mining site.
The municipal government was seeking to collect over P100 million in taxes and fees but Erice, whose company earned P4 billion each year, allegedly refused to pay. Local government officials complained that the mining operations resulted in siltation, pollution and spawned the worst flooding in years in the region.
A resolution was sent to Malacañang and to DENR Sec. Ramon Paje and other concerned government agencies, including MGB, which conducted an initial investigation about the complaint, Tomaneng said.
The separate provincial and municipal resolutions called for the closure of SR Metals and the abrogation of its 25-year mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA).
For still unknown reasons, the MGB refuted the claims of Tubay residents, prompting Tomaneng to directly ask Jasareno to look into the matter, considering that the lives and livelihood of the residents are at stake.
Tomaneng expressed fears that Erice, also a top official of the Liberal Party (LP), might use his influence and perceived closeness to President Benigno Aquino III, his partymate, to protect the interest of the questioned mining firm.
The local government of Tubay also filed a case before the Board of Investments (BOI) against SRMI seeking the cancelation of the company’s registration aimed at stopping its operation and thus put an end to the agony of the people and the damage to the environment.
There is also an ongoing court case against the SRMI for its failure to pay the Tubay government the taxes due to the local government.
Jasareno said a recent aerial survey and ocular inspection of the mine sites showed “lapses” on the part of the firm’s compliance with environmental and health hazard laws.
- Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/350949/blessed-mother
- By: Ed Mahilum
- February 10, 2012
Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri has ordered an inspection of all buildings in the city to ensure these can withstand earthquake of bigger magnitude. Echiverri directed City Engineer Rolando Eduria to check the structural integrity of the edifices, so the authorities can forewarn its tenants of impending danger. He said the inspection would also enable the city government to determine whether owners of these buildings comply with the building code as prescribed by the local government. An earthquake drill will also be led by the Rescue Team of the Reformed Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management which will educate students and teachers the proper response to earthquakes or any disaster.
Public School Teachers In Caloocan Finally Get Free Medical Check-Up
- By: INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT
- February 09, 2012
Public school teachers in Caloocan City expressed relief Thursday after the city’s school board decided to provide an amount to subsidize their annual medical examination in response to their appeal.
According to Teachers' Dignity Coalition (TDC)-Caloocan Chapter Chairman Emelendo Arevalo, the city’s 5,000 public school teachers will finally be able to avail themselves of the benefit after 46 years.
“The free medical check-up is part of a provision of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers (RA 4670) but it will be implemented for the first time in Caloocan City,” Arevalo said.
Arevalo, who is also teacher of Bagong Barrio National High School, said while the law provides for a free, annual and compulsory medical examination for teachers, “the Department of Education (DepEd) has not enough funds for this, thus making it only compulsory each year but leaving the financial burden to teachers.”
He also revealed that the expenses for this health regulation ranges from P200 to P500 depending on the area “and it does not include the cost of transportation which again, according to law shall be reimbursed by the government entity paying the salary of teachers.”
Based on the records of TDC, some local government units pay for their teachers’ medical expenses but in most cases, the teachers provide for their own
Citing Section 22 of the 1966 vintage teachers’ Magna Carta, public school teachers should be provided free annual medical check-up and treatment. “However, this provision which is an obligation of the national government is often disregarded,” said TDC national chairperson Benjo Basas.
“Teachers have to shoulder the amount of yearly medical check-up, and even worse, hospitalization for certain diseases, which are most likely acquired due to the peculiarity of their work,” he added.
A paragraph on Section 22, under “Medical Examination and Treatment” states that: “Compulsory medical examination shall be provided free of charge for all teachers before they take up teaching, and shall be repeated not less than once a year during the teacher's professional life. Where medical examination show that medical treatment and/or hospitalization is necessary, same shall be provided free by the government entity paying the salary of the teachers.”
The section added that “in regions where there is scarcity of medical facilities, teachers may obtain elsewhere the necessary medical care with the right to be reimbursed for their traveling expenses by the government entity concerned in the first paragraph of this Section.”
In 2011, the TDC Caloocan City passed a resolution urging the city government to subsidize the annual medical exam for the city’s teachers and submitted it to the local school board (LSB) and the mayor’s office.
Last month, Councilor RJ Echiverri, chair of the city council’s Education Committee and a member of the LSB proposed the initial allotment of P1, 000, 000.00 for teachers’ medical check-up and was approved by the body. “The move is the city’s support both for the national government and the city’s teachers,” said Echiverri.
Aside from the medical examination, the TDC also asked the city government to provide rice subsidy, fund for teachers’ cultural activities, additional local allowance, socialized housing program among others.
“If the national government cannot immediately provide these benefits, we will turn to the local government to augment our needs,” Arevalo said.
Suspect in Caloocan stabbing incident falls
- Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/247076/news/metromanila/suspect-in-caloocan-stabbing-incident-falls?ref=secitem
- By: RSJ, GMA News
- February 07, 2012
A man linked to the fatal predawn stabbing of a woman and the wounding of her three children in Caloocan City Monday was arrested at the boundary of Caloocan and Quezon Cities, police said Tuesday.
Police from the two cities caught up with Ivan Climaco after getting a tip from an informant, according to a report by radio dzBB's Allan Gatus.
The report said Climaco even tried to flee but failed to escape from the lawmen.
Caloocan police chief Senior Superintendent Jude Santos said Climaco faces charges of murder and three counts of frustrated murder.
On Monday, a mother was killed while her three children were hospitalized after being stabbed inside their house in the Reparo area in Caloocan City.
Killed was Ana Alejandro Agulio while her three children, all minors, were rushed to the Manila Central University Hospital for treatment.
Police theorized Climaco broke one of the windows of the house to escape and hid in nearby stalls that rented out video karera machines.
The police also theorized Climaco may have attacked the victim because of his debts to her.
Motorcade highlights Caloocan’s golden anniversary celebration
- Source: http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/metro/23321-motorcade-highlights-caloocans-golden-anniversary-celebration
- By: www.journal.com.ph
- February 06, 2012
Caloocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri led a colorful motorcade around the city to further highlight the upcoming 50th foundation anniversary of the city.
The motorcade kicked off at 2 p.m. along EDSA, Caloocan (in front of Max’s Restaurant) where local officials, city hall employees, members of non-government organizations and different sectors gathered before making rounds of the city.
Next, the motorcade yesterday afternoon made rounds of Caloocan North. It began along Quirino Highway in front of Guadanoville Subdivision.
According to Echiverri, the purpose of the motorcade was to jack up the anticipation among residents in regards to the upcoming golden foundation anniversary of Caloocan City on Feb. 16.
It also presented an opportunity to invite local residents to watch the different programs being organized in line with the celebration. These include the Kasalang Bayan, Family Day, Miss Caloocan, Miss Teen Caloocan and Gawad Recom.
Aside from these programs, the mayor said that projects offering public service will also be carried out. Among these are the Recom Caravan, Mobile Passporting, etc.
Meanwhile, Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas president Councilor Ricojudge “RJ” Echiverri enjoined local barangay officials to throw their full support behind the activities celebrating the golden foundation anniversary.
Inspectors seize 500kg 'mishandled' meat in Caloocan City market
- Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/246685/news/metromanila/inspectors-seize-500kg-mishandled-meat-in-caloocan-city-market?ref=latest
- By: LBG, GMA News
- February 03, 2012
Continuing their drive against tainted meat, inspectors seized at least 500 kilos of allegedly mishandled meat in a market in northern Metro Manila before dawn Friday.
A team from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) seized the meat from vendors at the market in Bagong Silang in Caloocan City, radio dzBB's Allan Gatus reported.
"The vendors should place the meat in a freezer with the temperature at 10 degrees Celsius," said a member of the team.
The team seized at least 20 kilos of pork and chicken meat as well as innards in the first moments of the inspection, the report said.
As of 7 a.m., an updated report said more than 500 kilos of meat worth some P60,000 had been confiscated.
Its members noted the seized meat had been placed on display and may have been exposed to elements and could be harmful to human health.
On the other hand, the report also quoted vendors as lamenting they invested too much in the meat only for it to be seized.
The NMIS had been conducting inspections of markets in Metro Manila and nearby areas in past weeks to go after mishandled meat.
Meanwhile, the NMIS sought the help of local government units in going after vendors selling tainted meat, or at least discouraging the sale of such products.
Dr. Rolando Marquez, who heads a task force going after tainted meat, said LGUs should do their part to protect the welfare of consumers, radio dzBB reported.
The report quoted Marquez as saying LGUs should enforce safety standards for meat, including making sure the meat has no chance of being exposed to bacteria that can harm human health.
In past weeks, the NMIS had seized several kilos of tainted meat during surprise inspections in markets in Metro Manila and Laguna province.
On the other hand, Marquez appealed to the public to be more discerning in selecting and buying meat.
He said consumers should also do their part to make sure the meat they buy is safe, instead of settling for meat at suspiciously low prices.