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Dimple Star bus in Mindoro crash bought from junk shop

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Chairman Martin Delgra during an inspection at the crash site of Dimple Star Bus.

MANILA, Philippines — Owners of Dimple Star firm admitted that the bus unit in the Occidental Mindoro crash that left 19 people dead was sourced from a junk shop.

At the hearing of Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Hilbert Napat said that he just changed some parts of the bus and painted it to make it look new.

The LTFRB, on the other hand, was puzzled as to how the unit passed the motor vehicle inspection system of Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Following the confession of the operators, the LTFRB stands firm on their decision to suspend the firm’s operations.

The LTFRB will resume hearing the case on May 30. — UNTV News & Rescue

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6 members of NPA-allied groups surrender in Occidental Mindoro

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

 

Former members of  NPA-allied groups return to the government’s fold | Courtesy of 2ID, PA, AFP

RIZAL, Philippines – Six members of the New People’s Army (NPA)-allied groups voluntarily surrendered to the military in Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday (October 16).

In a press release issued by the 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army dated October 17, Lt. Col. Dennis Gutierrez said his men from the 4th IB along with the local police in Occidental Mindoro facilitated their surrender.

The returnees include four members of the Milisyang Bayan (MB) and two members of the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SKL).

“The MB is the armed component of the NPA tasked to conduct annihilatory activities against the government forces while the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) is the political organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the barangay that provides mandates on the Arouse Organize Mobilize (AOM) tactics of the NPA,” the report said.

Gutierrez said the identities of the returnees were not disclosed as they are considered classified information.

The returnees admitted they have grown frustrated with NPA’s propaganda and false ideals so they decided to surrender and live peacefully with their families under the government’s care.

Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr, the Commander of the 203rd Infantry Brigade who has operational jurisdiction over Mindoro Island, meanwhile, credited the mass surrender to the members of the community in the area who have been cooperative of their efforts of community-based negotiations.

Major General Rhoderick Parayno, the Commander of the 2ID, PA also commended the efforts of the 4IB troops against the NPA terrorists in the area.

Gutierrez is set to formally present the returnees to the LGUs and other government agencies in Mindoro.

Returnees are entitled to a number of benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) including immediate cash assistance.

Other benefits include government loan which provides educational benefits that can be extended to the returnees’ immediate family members. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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DA, NFA to shed P6B to buy palay from local farmers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Local famers | PVI/Richard Cortez

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in collaboration with the National Food Authority (NFA) is set to launch on Friday (October 12) a massive procurement of locally produced rice in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said they will begin by scouting areas where the price of rice is low such as Mindoro and Bicol with the intention of helping the country’s local farmers.

The NFA will buy each kilogram of rice for P17/kg with incentives of up to P3.70/kg.

“A farmer who brings his rice to the NFA at 14 percent moisture content, will be earning 20 pesos and 70 centavos for every kilo of Paddy rice that he brings to the NFA,” said Piñol.

The DA will station drying facilities in all NFA buying stations across the country which farmers may use for free.

Farmers cooperatives or organization will get certain points for a certain volume of rice delivered to NFA.

Farmers cooperatives may use the accumulated points in exchange of farming equipment from DA such as tractor, rice harvester and solar power irrigation system.

The DA hopes these measures will be able to prevent that impact of unimpeded rice importation ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to local farmers.

The government has allotted P6B for the entire procurement process of procuring rice from local farmers.

Meanwhile, the government’s rice buffer stock is estimated to suffice the country’s consumption of up to 163 days with the arrival of one million metric tons or 20 million bags of rice to be imported. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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Monsoon rains damage over P40M-worth of agriculture, infrastructure in Occidental Mindoro

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

 

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – Flood water in most parts of Occidental Mindoro has started to recede following days of non-stop monsoon rains.

The National Road leading to the towns of Sablayan and San Jose via Abra De Ilog and Sablayan that was submerged in waist-deep flood is now open to motorists.

About 90% of residents who evacuated during the onset of the storms have already returned to their homes.

“Nag-subside na ang baha bagaman may mga natitira pang mga evacuees pero majority, 90 percent ay umuwi na sa kanilang mga tahanan at naglilinis na sila ngayon,” said PDRRMO Officer Mario Mulingbayan.

(The flood has subsided. Although there are still some evacuees, 90 percent of evacuees have returned to their homes and are now cleaning up debris.)

Based on the assessment of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the weather systems left a total of P32.5 million worth of damage in the province’s crops and around P11 million worth of damage in infrastructure.

The provincial government vows to provide assistance to affected residents while repair works on the damaged roads and bridges are now ongoing.

“Ongoing na tayo sa pagpapadala ng equipment. Nagconduct na tayo ng monitoring ng mga engineer natin sa probinsiya at munisipyo. Nagkaroon na ng assessment at tuloy-tuloy na ang paggawa,” said Mulingbayan.

(Sending of equipment is ongoing. Our engineers have conducted the monitoring of provinces and municipalities. Assessment has been made and operations are underway.)  – Sherwin Culubong / Marje Pelayo

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