La Union prepares for SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019   •   1972

The local government of San Juan, La Union is in full gear to finish their preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

San Juan will be the venue for the surfing competition of the 2019 SEA Games which will begin from December 1 to 10.

The local government has already increased the pacing to complete the road repairs and drainage canal improvements in Barangay Urbiztondo.

Street lights in national highways will also be repaired.

According to SEA Games organizer in La Union, Cristina Antonio, 46 international delegates will compete in the surfing competition.

“Basically nandito na by mid-November (Basically, arriving by mid-November) are the media team and also some of the athletes for practice,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy 500 policemen in the area of the surfing competition to maintain the safety of the athletes and the spectators.

The local government will also implement road rerouting starting December 1. Only small vehicles will be allowed to pass through national roads while trucks and buses will have to take the diversion road.

The 2019 SEA Games will begin on November 30 and will end on December 11.—AAC (with reports from Toto Fabros)

5 San Juan cops who allegedly snubbed Baguio health protocols relieved from post – NCRPO

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Five policemen from San Juan City who allegedly disregarded the health and safety protocols in Baguio City amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have been ordered relieved from their posts, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Monday.

NCRPO chief Police Major General Debold Sinas said the five policemen will temporarily stay at the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Bagong Diwa pending investigation into the incident.

Sinas said the cops have been ordered to submit their explanation about the incident in the probe that will be conducted by the regional Internal Affairs Service.

The five cops were part of the entourage of San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora who allegedly snubbed a checkpoint and violated the regulatory mechanism of quarantine check and triage examination at the Naguilian facility last Friday.

Zamora’s convoy also allegedly failed to present a medical health clearance when asked at the Baguio Country Club.

In a separate press briefing, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa said they are also probing whether the said cops violated the protocols in securing an authorization to escort a VIP as only two police officers are allowed to be assigned as permanent VIP security.

“National kami in nature and there are certain protocols in securing individuals, yung sa PSPG is more on permanent security yun. But for case to case basis, a letter order could suffice to secure VIP travel, proper authority should be issued,” Gamboa explained.

The PNP chief also said he has yet to decide on whether San Juan City Police chief Jaime Santos will also be ordered relieved regarding the incident.

“Hindi naman kasama si chief of police sa convoy… I will not give my decision because I  have to hear kung ano ang ginawa niya after that. In the course of investigation, ano yung degree ng liability niya,” he said.

The PNP chief added that he already talked to Magalong and apologized over the actions of policemen involved.

He said all police personnel have been told to always abide by local quarantine protocols. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

San Juan LGU eyes elementary school as COVID-19 quarantine facility

Robie de Guzman   •   March 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The local government of San Juan is eyeing to use the Pinaglabanan Elementary School as a quarantine facility for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients amid a growing number of infections in the city.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said the school has spacious rooms that may be converted into isolation rooms with 90 hospital bed capacity.

Zamora said they have already started the preparations in order to accommodate patients that may be transferred to the facility should local hospitals reach full capacity.

San Juan has so far reported 42 confirmed infections with over 149 patients under monitoring.

Zamora said they are planning to push through with the proposed use of school facilities to house individuals being monitored for coronavirus infections despite the Department of Education’s (DepEd) advice to seek first the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ATF-EID).

“Wala namang school ngayon, so bakante yang mga facilities na yan… Kung hindi nila papayagan I will have to coordinate with the DepEd sapagkat wala na tayong ibang choice eh,” the mayor said.

He added that the construction of the special isolation room with 16-bed capacity of San Juan Medical Center has just been completed while its COVID-19 special ward with 26-bed capacity is still being built.

In line with efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, the San Juan LGU has imposed a strict quarantine in areas hardest hit by the virus.

Senior citizens, pregnant women, and minors who are vulnerable to contracting the virus are also prohibited from entering supermarkets and wet markets. But a supermarket staff will get the list of things to be purchased that the customer has prepared and will be the one to collect it from the shelves.

The distribution of relief packs, containing rice, noodles, canned goods and a bottle of alcohol, has also started for the poorest families in the city, the San Juan LGU said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

DENR Warriors make UNTV Cup history, wins championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 10, 2020

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors made UNTV Cup history after winning the championship on Monday (March 9).

The DENR Warriors defeated the previous champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers in a best-of-three series of the UNTV Cup Season 8.

The rookie team dominated in the first and second game of the series. The AFP Cavaliers did not back down in fighting for the championship but the DENR Warriors were relentless in securing their first championship.

Game 2 ended with the finals score of 99-91.

DENR Warrior coach Norlito Eneran expressed his gratitude to the DENR Warrior players for their sacrifices.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga players, coaching staff talagang ang dami nilang sakripisyo para rito. Hindi biro ang ginawa namin, (I am thankful to the players and coaching staff, they sacrificed a lot for this. What we did was no joke),” he said.

Ed Rivera of the DENR Warriors is the most valuable player for his boldness in the court, scoring a total of 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. Meanwhile, Ralp Lansang secured 22 points for the DENR, Ryan Abanes and Archie Gamboa scored 20 and 11 ponts, respectively.

For the AFP Cavaliers, Boyet Bautista scored 29 points followed by Romeo Almerol with 17 points and Jerry Lumongsod scored 15 points.

The DENR Warriors will receive P4 million for their chosen charity, the Environmental Heroes Foundation Incorporated. Meanwhile the AFP Cavaliers won P2 million for AFP Educational Benefits System Office.

UNTV Cup Season 8 will give a total of P10 million to various institutions and their chosen charities.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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