Election proceeds in Agoo, La Union despite fear from Saturday’s ambush

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2018   •   5798

Voters casting their votes for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections at a polling precinct in Agoo, La Union

LA UNION, Philippines – Security is heightened in Barangay Capas in Agoo following the ambush that killed former Congressman Eufranio Eriguel in a meeting de avance on Saturday, May 12.

A total of 607 voters are expected to vote in the said barangay. However, residents in the barangay are hesitant to go to Capas Integrated School to vote in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections Monday, May 14, in fear of violence.

Nevertheless, members of the Philippine National Police are visible in the area to secure the public.

Meanwhile, the remains of Eriguel were laid at his residence in Barangay Sta. Barbara but his family refused to open the casket for public viewing. —  Toto Fabros | UNTV News & Rescue

 

House OK on Barangay, SK polls deferment ‘no surprise,’ says Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it is not surprised by the move of the House of Representatives to approve the bill seeking to defer the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to December 5, 2022.

“This does not come as a surprise,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a message to reporters. “The COMELEC had, in fact, slowed down preparations for the Barangay Elections of 2020 in anticipation of this legislation.”

Jimenez said that with the impending approval of Congress on the measure, the poll body is now looking to focus on preparing for the next national and local elections.

“With the approval of the House and the looming decision of the Senate on the same matter, the COMELEC is looking forward to focusing on the process of re-starting the continuing registration and, in the longer term, preparing for the 2022 National and Local Elections,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Lower House gave its nod to a proposal seeking to reschedule the local polls to allow more time for incumbent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials to implement and complete their respective projects.

After the 2022 elections, subsequent barangay and SK elections will be held on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter.

The amended version of the House bill is similar to the one that Senate passed on September 30.

President Rodrigo Duterte, during his fourth State of the Nation Address in July, called on Congress to postpone the village elections.

La Union prepares for SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

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)

Baguio City, DOTr eyeing cable car system to La Union

Robie de Guzman   •   October 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The City government of Baguio said it is currently studying the possibility of putting up a cable car system as an alternative transportation to ease the traffic congestion in the country’s summer capital.

In a statement, the city said it is coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the proposal to set up a cable car system that would link the prime tourist spot to Pugo in La Union.

City Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced during the Sept. 23 Executive-Legislative meeting that DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade offered for the city to enter into an agreement for the cable car line project.

The cable car system, first broached by Tugade in 2016, was reportedly the subject of a P26-million study funded by the French government targeted for completion this year.

Magalong also said that Tugade offered to help the city should it decide to pursue the monorail project.

The city government said the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera earlier proposed the multi-billion monorail project that will connect Baguio to La Trinidad town in Benguet.

A pre-feasibility study showed that the 5.2-kilometer line of the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) from the provincial capital to the Slaughterhouse Compound in Baguio would cost P3.8 billion while the 2.1-kilometer line from the Bonifacio rotunda up to the SM City Baguio passing through the central business district area would require P2.9 billion.

The monorail project has been presented in 2017.

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