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…

DOH-Mimaropa air ambulance airlifts first passenger from Coron

The Department of Health – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) air ambulance airlifted its first passenger from Coron, Palawan on March 16, 2017 and was brought to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Taft Avenue, Manila. According to DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, the victim was a 5-year old female of Barangay 6, Coron, Palawan, who acquired a head injury through a motorcycle accident. “She was a victim of a hit-and-run accident and was brought to the Coron District Hospital at 6pm on March 15, 2017 for…

DOH-Mimaropa launches air ambulance to serve 24/7

The Department of Health – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) formally launched last March 15, 2017 its air ambulance to provide transport of patients from the scene of emergency to the nearest healthcare facility. “This is the most effective and quickest response in saving a patient’s life, especially those who reside in remote and hard to reach areas. Critical patients and emergency cases needing immediate care can be transported right away to the nearest health facility without difficulty”, Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated during the launching ceremony…

Fresh NPA recruits face ‘all-out’ war – AFP general

Fresh New People’s Army (NPA) recruits in the Southern Tagalog region would be facing a baptism of fire from the military’s all-out war, a ranking military officer said Wednesday. Major Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, commander of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division (ID), said they had received reports that the NPA had launched a massive recruitment campaign within their area of operation during the five months since the government declared a ceasefire. Parayno said the rebels needed to replenish their dwindling ranks in the region which comprises the provinces of Cavite, Laguna,…

Napocor awards Mindoro transmission line projects

The government corporation in charge of providing electricity in off-grid areas has awarded transmission line projects in Mindoro to DM Consunji, Inc. and SL Development Construction Corp. In a statement released on Friday, state-run National Power Corp. (Napocor) said it received the go signal from its board of directors, chaired by the Department of Finance, to award the projects to the winning bidders. DM Consunji will undertake the rehabilitation of the 69-kilovolt (kV) 44-kilometer (km) Calapan-Bansud transmission line, the expansion of the Bansud and San Jose Substations, and the construction…