PCA chief suspended on corruption case, but defies board order

MANILA – Philippine Coconut Authority administrator Avelino “Billy” Andal has been ordered suspended while issues of corruption against him are being investigated. According to Atty. Halmen Valdez, undersecretary at the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, the PCA Board made the decision after receiving information that Andal was behind his employees’ alleged extortion of P1.50 per board foot of trees being cut in Basilan, Mindoro, Marinduque and Quezon. Though the “fee” collected seems small, the total amount extorted could reach P90 million in Basilan alone. PCA deputy administrator Glenn Santos was…

Sapat na biyahe ng barko sa Marinduque ngayong Semana Santa, tiniyak ni Velasco

Sa pagsisimula ng mahal na araw at bilang paghahanda sa nalalapit na Moriones Festival, nakipagpulong si Marinduque Congressman Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco sa mga awtoridad nitong Miyerkules, Marso 15. Sa Facebook page ni Velasco, makikitang nakipagmeeting ang mambabatas kina Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) administrator Marcial Amaro, Montenegro Shipping Lines Operations Manager Dennis Berania at Appropriations Vice Chairman Mark Aeron Sambar upang tiyakin na ligtas at sapat ang bilang ng mga bibiyaheng barko sa Marinduque ngayong Semanta Santa. Ayon kay Velasco “Montenegro Shipping Lines committed to provide more ferries and…

Marinduque scouts for law firm to handle class suit vs Marcopper

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Marinduque did not act on the proposal of Governor Carmencita Reyes to secure a loan of $8 million (P400 million) abroad to finance the new environment class suit the province will file against two mining firms based in Canada. Instead, the council passed a resolution last March 10 that would invite foreign law firms, including Canada’s Trudel, Johnston and Lesperance (Trudel), to submit their proposals for the handling of the environment case. The province is filing a new case against Placer Dome, Inc. and Barrick Gold…

BFP-Boac, nagbigay ng mga tagubilin upang maiwasan ang sunog

Bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng “Fire Prevention” ngayong buwan ng Marso at upang paigtingin ang ‘information campaign’ ng gobyerno sa pangunguna ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), nakasama natin ang BFP-Boac upang pag-usapan ang mga hakbang na kailangang malaman ng taumbayan para makaiwas sa sunog ang ating mga tahanan o gusali. Narito ang mga tips mula sa Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook na dapat nating isaalangalang: 1) Huwag maninigarilyo sa higaan o kama lalo na pagkatapos uminom o maglasing. 2) Tanggalin ang mga delikadong bagay na maaaring pagsimulan ng…

Abandonadong Marcopper mining sites, delikado na sa publiko -DOH

Matapos mag-inspeksyon ang Mines and Geosciences Bureau, itinuturing naman ngayon ng Department of Health na delikado na sa publiko ang abandonadong Marcopper Mining Corporation minesites sa lalawigan ng Marinduque. Ayon kay Mimaropa regional health director Eduardo Janairo, naging basehan nito ang iniulat ng mga local officials na leaks o tagas sa isa mga dam ng minahan. Batay sa 1996 report ng United State Geological Survey, tinukoy nito ang Makulapnit at Marcopper’s Maguilaguila Water Dam na parehong nasa state of imminent danger of collapsing. Janairo: Delikadong delikado lalo’t marami nang infrastructures…