NL at a glance: 27 July 2008
Vizcaya officials move to create env’t code
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—Environment officials here are conducting consultations and workshops with non-government organizations for the crafting of the environment code of the province.
Francisco Tolentino, provincial environment and natural resources officer said they have initially gathered relevant data for the formulation of the province’s environment code.
He said the environment code will contain features like forest resources management, mineral resources, water resources, solid waste management, air and noise pollution, eco-tourism, environmental impact assessment, forest and land use management plan, organization of environment personnel and penalties to be imposed.
Tolentino said final draft may be ready by December this year for proper approval by the provincial board after a public hearing. # PIA-Nueva Vizcaya
Vizcaya prosecutor laments dismissal of drug cases
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—A provincial prosecutor here expressed disgust over the dismissal of many drug-related cases lodged before the office in the province.
Provincial prosecutor Edilberto Calip said most drug cases have been dismissed because of the absence of policemen as witnesses during hearings.
Police Chief Inspector Primitivo Barongan, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for Cagayan Valley said a case can be filed against these policemen for failing to appear and testify in courts. # PIA-Nueva Vizcaya
Unicef donates assistance packs to Dagupan City’s 13 schools
DAGUPAN CITY—Thirteen elementary schools in Dagupan City received Monday assistance from the Unicef in the form of child’s packs containing notebooks, pencils, water jug and other student needs and teacher’s packs with Manila paper, umbrella and other teaching needs.
The Unicef gave 1,500 child’s packs and 181 teacher’s packs in response to earlier requests for assistance to victims of typhoon Cosme which left heavy damages to properties in several towns in Pangasinan.
Reference materials and library books were also given. # Danny O. Sagun/PIA-Pangasinan