NL at a glance: 26 Apr. 2009
Butanding rescued in Cagayan
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan — A rare whale shark was rescued by local officials and residents in Buguey town, this province over the weekend.
In a telephone interview, Buguey Municipal Secretary Arthur Pagador said that the whale shark, about seven meters long and weighing about two tons was found entangled in a beach seine (daklis) along the shore of Barangay Centro West Saturday morning.
After an hour or so, the whale shark, also known as “butanding,” was freed and was able to swim towards the deeper portions of the sea.
“It is very fortunate that the fishermen made a move to save the animal instead of kill it,” Pagador said.
Sec. 97 of Republic Act 8550 and Fisheries Administrative Order 193 prohibits the catching of whale sharks and manta rays. Violation of the law carries six months to four years imprisonment as penalty.
Old folks in the coastal areas say that whale sharks used to abound in great quantities but indiscriminate fishing might drive them off. # PNA
Kins, happy over Viloria’s victory
NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur — Relatives of Filipino-American boxer Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria expressed their utmost happiness when he the won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Light Flyweight crown from his Mexican opponent.
Viloria knocked out Ulyssis Solis in the 11th round in their championship match at Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.
Rodel Viloria, Brian’s uncle, said he did not expect that his nephew would win the fight via knockout considering that Solis is also an excellent fighter.”
“However, when I saw the aggressiveness of Brian in the first round, I was relieved and, from then on, was confident that my nephew would win the fight. # PNA
Mild earthquake hits Northern Luzon
VIGAN CITY — A mild tremor of 3.9 magnitude rocked some parts of Northern Luzon at about 6:00 A.M. of Sunday.
A report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) stated that the earthquake did not create any damage whatsoever.
Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said that the earthquake of tectonic origin was felt most in Laoag City and Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte.
“This was a tectonic earthquake. This type of tremor did not create any damage on any building structures or properties because this is not strong,” he said.
The epicenter of the quake was 81 kilometers northeast of Laoag City.# PNA
Free surgical mission in Isabela
ILAGAN, Isabela — The Isabela Provincial Hospital (IPHO) and a surgeon group from Manila will conduct a free minor and major surgical operations at the Faustino L. Dy Provincial Hospital.
IPHO chief Glenn M. Baggao said the surgical operation will be held at the IPHO on May 13-17, 2009 jointly by the surgical team from Manila headed by Dr. Erwin Tan at the onset of the Isabela Day celebration.
The IPHO will shoulder the cost of medicines and surgical procedures through the provincial government funds.
Baggao said the activity is part of the Isabela Day celebration and a way of returning the blessings of the provincial government to Isabelinos.
Dr. Nelson Paguirigan, IPHO’s surgery section chief, said interested patients are advised to undergo pre-screening procedures or laboratory examinations starting this month before the operation.
The illnesses to be treated/operated would be ovarian/uterus cysts, cyst in kidney, gallbladder stones, and other minor and major cystic diseases.
Patients who will undergo surgical operations will be confined for three to four days at the IPHO.
About 50 patients are targeted to be operated on during the week-long mission. Priority will be given to indigent residents.
Would-be-patients are advised to bring indigency certification from the barangay. # PNA