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Province of Laguna placed under state of calamity

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression Maring has left millions of pesos of damages to agriculture and infrastructure and has affected thousands of families.

This prompted the local government unit of Laguna to place the province under a state of calamity, Rommel Palacol, head of the Laguna Action Center and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said the storm has left P12-million damages to roads, and more than P6-million to agriculture.

More than 1,600 families or equivalent to 4,400 individuals have been evacuated due to flash floods and landslides.

“We have reached the requirements in terms of number of affected people. 20% of the population. The amount of the damages is the reason for the declaration of a state of calamity,” Palacol said.

Areas severely affected include the towns of San Pedro, Biñan, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, Los Baños, Calauan, Bae, Nagcarlan, Victoria, Pila, Sta. Cruz, Mabitac, Siniloan and Pagsanjan.

Aside from this, more than 200 houses have been washed out in the village of Parian Calamba during the onslaught of the tropical depression and the flash floods coming from San Cristobal River.

“This would help in the release of funds that can be used for the immediate rehabilitation,” Palacol added.

Based on the data of the PDRRMO, two were killed and five remain missing in the City of Calamba. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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A soldier and his wife shot dead in Los Baños

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017

LAGUNA, Philippines — A soldier was found dead along with his wife inside their house in Tuntungun Putho Village in Los Banos, Laguna, Saturday afternoon.

The victims were identified as technical Sargeant Pedro Talandron of the Philippine Army and his wife, Rowena.

The couple was both shot in the head. Investigators said there was no indication that the house of the couple was forcibly entered and nothing was missing from their belongings. — UNTV News & Rescue

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BIR orders closure of a hardware store in Laguna for tax evasion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Oplan Kandado by BIR

Oplan Kandado by BIR

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Laguna has ordered the closure of a hardware store in Los Baños after it was found to have failed to pay taxes for 3 years.

A BIR representative said they already gave notice to the owner but the person did not respond to the notice.

The hardware store has to pay P80-million for taxes incurred from 2014 to first quarter of 2017.

“They are registered as a non-VAT. Pag non-VAT kasi yan (If it’s non-VAT) that is P1,919,500. But we proved to them after the surveillance that really, they have to be registered as a VAT,” BIR Central Laguna Revenue District Officer Rofu Ranario said.

The BIR said the owner of the hardware vowed to pay taxes within the five-day deadline.

Upon settlement, the store will then be allowed to operate.

The BIR reminds establishments to pay proper taxes to avoid facing closure orders.

“The program of the BIR continues especially with this kind of tax payer who until now has yet to comply,” Ranario said.

Oplan Kandado is being enforced by the BIR to establishments and stores that fail to pay proper taxes. – Abi Santa Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

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Various groups irked over abandoned AFP-PNP housing units in Calamba, Laguna

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 1st, 2017



“I will ask you soldiers and the policemen, just leave the houses, and just give it to them because they are poor. I will build better housing units equipped with water and electricity supply. ”

This was the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to government troops.

Just like the past administration, it cannot be denied that the incumbent one also attended to the needs of soldiers and policemen.

Their salaries increased, their children get scholarship grants, and they also offered with housing units.

However, in over five years, many complaints are now surfacing regarding several seemingly abandoned state housing projects.

This is why some groups like Kadamay decided to forcibly occupy government housing units in Pandi and San Jose del Monte Bulacan.

In an interview with the National Housing Authority (NHA) on the program Bawal ang Pikon, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on August 30, the amount the government spent on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) housing programs was revealed.

“P16 billion. P16 billion for 63, 499 units for the AFP, PNP,” said NHA Spokesperson Elsie Trinidad.

One of the housing sites being complained of is the lake breeze residences in Laguna.

Based on the figures of the NHA, of the more than 2,000 units built on the housing site, only 421 are currently occupied.

This means 80 percent of the houses are unoccupied or abandoned.

Each unit is worth 260,000 pesos, meaning, more than 400-million pesos of the amount spent for the housing project might have been put to waste.

This amount is aside from other AFP and PNP housing programs, of which, the government has allotted 16-billion pesos.

It was in 2012 when housing units in the lake breeze residences were completed and turned over to the NHA and PNP-AFP Housing Board.

However, until now, none of the two government offices accept accountability for the abandoned houses.

“We are open to that. If someone will file a case, any day is open to that,” said the spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the PNP has this request…

“To the NHA and the developer, once we issued the certificate of awards, they should do whatever it is they should do for the housing units,” said PNP Engineering Services PSSupt. Ruben Mendoza.

Many are hoping that the said problem be resolved at the soonest possible time.

Because in the end, groups like Kadamay might forcibly occupy the said housing units which are supposedly for government troops. — Jun Soriao | UNTV News & Rescue

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