President Duterte orders the dissolution of Negros Island Region

UNTV News   •   August 10, 2017   •   3463

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Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr.  expressed dismay with the signing of Executive Order No. 38 dissolving the Negros Island Region. Though the decision is expected, the Governor said he regrets that the growing economic ties between the two regions will be put in vain.

“A little bit disappointed and dismayed. We have been expecting this in the first place [but] Secretary Diokno did not allot any budget for it,” Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. said.

President Duterte’s order revokes former President Benigno Aquino II’s Executive Order dated May 29, 2015 creating the Negros Island Region. The order says, the establishment of regional offices requires budget appropriation to be fully operational.

Meanwhile, Vice Governor Euginion Lacson is pushing for the creation of a special body to be able to continue the joint programs of the two provinces.

“A special body will be created to continue cooperation with the Negros Oriental. It’s sad because we always thought that NIR was good for both the provinces and there’s a lot of work done already but it’s very unfortunate for us but then again if we step back we may lose whatever cooperation through the NIR RDC,”  Vice Gov. Lacson said.

Under Executive Order number 38, government offices and agencies under the current Negros Island Region will revert to their respective region of origin.

The order reverts Negros Occidental to Western Visayas while Negros Oriental will revert to Central Visayas.

The Department of the Interior and local government will supervise the reversion. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News and Rescue

Angara wants more COVID-19 mega quarantine facilities in Cebu

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday called for the establishment of more mega quarantine facilities in Central Visayas, especially in Cebu as it emerges as the new epicenter of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

“The Department of Health should step up its response in Cebu City because the only way that we can flatten the curve is if all areas of the country are able to control the spread of the disease,” Angara said in a statement.

As of June 28, 2020, Region 7 has breached the 8,000 mark on the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with Cebu City accounting for 4,962 of these infections.

A total of 252 COVID-19 deaths have also been recorded, with 157 of these from Cebu City.

Cebu City is the only area in the country placed under enhanced community quarantine.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) earlier said it is now looking for possible sites to construct additional isolation or quarantine facilities in Cebu City.

Angara noted that a newly-constructed quarantine facility in the city, which can accommodate more than 300 patients, was opened on Monday, June 29.

The senator, a COVID-19 survivor, also called on more hospitals in Cebu City to consider using convalescent plasma therapy to treat severe cases of coronavirus disease.

Some hospitals in Metro Manila and Cebu undertook efforts to use convalescent plasma therapy and hybrid therapeutic plasma exchange as possible treatments for COVID-19 patients.

The hybrid therapeutic plasma exchange involves the removal of bad plasma from a patient and replacing these with good plasma from donors.

PNP firearms head De Leon is new PRO-7 chief

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2019

Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon

MANILA, Philippines – Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon is the new chief of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said De Leon will formally assume the post on Thursday, Oct. 17.

A turnover ceremony, to be witnessed by PNP Officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, will be held in Cebu City.

De Leon will replace Brigadier General Debold Sinas who has been designated as the new director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

He is the current head of the PNP Firearms Explosives Office (FEO) and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Makatao Class of 1989.

PNP-FEO’s deputy commander Col. Westrimundo Obinque will take over De Leon’s post until the PNP has appointed the unit’s next chief. – RRD (with details from Lea Ylagan)

PCG Central Visayas to use sniffing dogs to detect pork, pork products

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas will use sniffing dogs to detect pork and pork products in the various ports in the region.

This is in response to the executive order of the Cebu provincial government which temporarily bans live hogs, pork, and pork products in the province.

The said ban aims to protect the region from the threat of the African Swine Fever (ASF).

The PCG Central Visayas will deploy sniffing dogs in ports including a golden retriever named ‘Poochie’ who is the first pork-detecting dog. Poochie can detect frozen, raw, processed, and canned meat.

According to PCG Central Visayas Spokesperson Lt. Junior Grade Michael Encina, they want to fill the gap in the detection capability of the PCG.

“We all know for the fact that Cebu is known for lechon and it’s not only the economic side ang maaapektuhan (that will be affected) but as well as the tourism factor. So isa rin po ito sa tinitingnang anggulo ng PCG (So that is also one of the angles the PCG is looking into),” he said.

“This capability ng ating Coastguard Central Visayas is to address iyong need natin for detection ng all pork or pork-related products coming here in the province of Cebu (This capability of our Coastguard Central Visayas is to address our need to detect all pork or pork-related products coming here in the province of Cebu),” Encina added.

Meanwhile, the PCG will train 30 more dogs which will aid in detecting pork and pork products. —AAC (with reports from Gladys Toabi)

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