Around 700 people, many of whom arefarmers, coming from different provinces of this region are urged to attend. BORACAY – President Rodrigo Duterte isinvited to distribute registered Emancipation Patents (EPs) and Certificate ofLand Ownership Awards (CLOAs) upon his visit in this world-famous Island onMarch 12, according to Department of Agrarian Reform acting provincial reformofficer II Ma. Teresa Valencia. The president is expected to distribute 2,795.8351 hectares of new lands around the region to some 3,273beneficiaries. Aside from Duterte, Department ofAgrarian Reform secretary John Castriones is also expected to grace the event,along with the provincial and local government of Western Visayas. Of the total amount of the said lands,31 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in this island will receive two CLOAscovering around 1.9858 hectares; 11 ARBs in Aklan province will get 11CLOAs/EP’s for 14.544 hectares, 14 ARB’s in Antique province will bedistributed with 19 CLOAs/EPs for 16.0728 hectares; 223 ARB’s in Capiz provincewill be given 315 CLOAs/EPs for a land ranging to 269.8541 hectares; 29 ARBs inGuimaras province will receive 46 CLOAs/EPs for 42.0581 hectares; 56 ARBs inIloilo province will be awarded 68 CLOAs/EPs for 32.9820 hectares; 864 ARB’s inNegros Occidental 1 will get 1,458 CLOAS/EPs for 1,727.3081 hectares; andfinally, 770 ARBs in Negros Occidental 2 will have 1,353 CLOAs/EPs covering 2,795.8351hectares./PN
Business establishments permitted to operatein the duration of the ECQ is urged to provide means of transportation to theirworkers convenient to the schedule and point of origin and destination whilesocial distancing and health protocols shall be observed at all times. Meanwhile, all businesses and privatecommercial establishments other than those providing essential goods andservices shall be temporarily closed and shall suspend operations for theduration unless extended or shortened upon recommendation of task force. Essential government services and privateestablishments providing essential goods shall continue to operate with askeletal workforce and shall ensure the social distancing measures. Each village may utilize their vehicles toservice their constituents on a scheduled basis from a given point of origin tothe destination. Private transportation of any kind and mode may be allowedunder similar reasons, or when used in going to and coming from work at theestablishments permitted to operate under the order. BACOLOD City – Publicmovement will be restricted further here as the city starts todayenforcing enhancedcommunity quarantine (ECQ) untilApril 14. Under the ECQ, the city’s 61 barangays shallissue one home quarantine pass (HQP) to a member of a family of competent ageand discretion for each household. Any window time to the contrary is invalid.Exemption shall be made for those requiring medical assistance and for workersproviding essential services. Leonardia said that a daily 24-hour curfewshall be observed by the general public except for individuals with valid HQPswhich can be used only from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m. Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced the measurethrough Executive Order No. 26 on Friday, saying this is part of the preventivemeasure of the city government to curb the further spread of coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). This city hasfive patients infected with the viral disease as of March 29. The HQP shall serve as access to the basicneeds of the household in purchasing or obtaining the provision for food,health, and other essential commodities, Leonardia said. All kinds and modes of public transportationshall be suspended except for any shuttle service that may be primarilyprovided for health workers and frontliners. LOOK: The City Government of Bacolod readies the food packs to be distributed on Monday [March 30] to more than 40,000 poor households, in line with the Emergency Food Assistance Program of the city, as Bacolod has been placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine [ECQ] from March 30 to April 14, 2020. Via Bacolod City PIO Private establishments to remain operationalare health services, food and medicine productions, sale of essentialcommodities at public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores,rolling stores, sari-sari stores,fruit stands, water refiling stations, take out and delivery services ofrestaurants, fast food chains, and other food establishments, hotels, inns,pension houses, lodging places, banking, money transfer services, pawnshops,remittance centers, public utilities, garbage collection services, streetcleaning personnel, private volunteers for fire brigades and emergency service,gasoline station, funeral services, priests and ministers requested toadminister last rites and sacraments, laundry shop, media outlets, shippingcompanies and allied services for cargo handling, forwarding, and delivery,veterinary clinics, medicine shops, agricultural shops, seaport operations forgoods and cargoes, slaughterhouse, food-related products, warehouse operations,food preservation, delivery services out of town, public work projects forroads and bridges of the national and local government, legal services, medicalhealth workers, and other establishments that may be allowed by the city./PN Work in the government office shall be limitedto medical, disaster preparedness, security, social services, and financialtransactions only. Leonardia reiterated the HQP is not for sale.It will not be transferable and the possessor of such shall carry it at alltimes while outside the household, with a valid Identification (ID) card. Hesaid that abuse in the use of HQP shall be subject to prosecution underapplicable laws.
But the motive in the incident was not immediately established. BACOLOD City – A cop was stabbed in Barangay Talubangi, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.Staff Sergeant John Perez, 54, of Barangay 1, Kabankalan City sustained stabbed wounds on the body, police said. Perez was brought to the Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City and is now in stable condition.Bautista, meanwhile, was detained in the lockup facility of the Kabankalan City police station, facing charges./PN Resident Noel Bautista, 33, was tagged suspect, the police added. According to police investigators, Perez was on duty in the area when he was stabbed by Bautista using a broken beer bottle around 9:30 a.m. on May 11.
This project is a priority because the COVID-19 pandemic may likely take longer to contain, he stressed. Aside from COVID-19, the testing laboratory may also be used for dengue and human immunodeficiency virus tests, he added. He did not say how much would be allocated for the hospital construction but for the COVID-19 testing laboratory the city government has a budget of between P15 million to P20 million, including already the reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine. “The health facility will be a big help to our residents, particularly in times of emergencies. They can seek treatment faster,” Treñas added. Five months ago, in February, Treñas led city government officials in inspecting a possible site for the proposed Iloilo City Hospital in Barangay Hinactacan, La Paz district. It was unclear as of this writing if this was the same project which the mayor now wanted to build in Molo. The city government was then looking at acquiring a 1.5- to two-hectare lot in the barangay. “Waay pa kita sang vaccine. Kadaku sang bulig kon may ospital kita. Ang mga pumoluyo ma-atipan gid naton,” said Treñas. The city government having its own COVID-19 testing laboratory would hasten the release of test results, said Treñas, pointing out the sluggish work at the Western Visayas Medical Center’s sub-national laboratory in Mandurriao district. The place, said Treñas, already had a cemented farm-to-market road. ILOILO City – The city government plans to build a 50-bed, three-storey hospital in Barangay San Pedro, Molo district adjacent to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing laboratory that it is currently constructing. “We need to identify and check the viability of the location. The hospital will cater to our people and communities and far-flung areas, unlike other barangays which are near the city center,” said Treñas in February. According to Mayor Jerry Treñas, the hospital would be “about 2,000 square meters” wide. This proposed 50-bed capacity hospital would be funded by the Department of Health with about P159 million./PN
Grills will serve his last day as Ripley County Sheriff on April 1.Sheriff Tom Grills has submitted his resignation from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office effective April 1.Grills, 38, was first elected sheriff in 2006 and has led the law enforcement agency for nearly eight years. Due to state statute, a sheriff in Indiana can serve just two consecutive 4-year terms before reaching the end of term limit. Prior to the announcement, he would have officially been relieved of sheriff duties on December 31.Before beginning a law enforcement career, Grills graduated from East Central High School and received degrees from Vincennes and Ball State University. Those college diplomas are proudly displayed in his office, flanked by law enforcement achievements, John Deere memorabilia, a deer mount and photographs of family.He reflected on his tenure as sheriff from his desk Tuesday.In nearly eight years, he substantially increased the amount of deputy training, along with the implementation of advanced technology including in-car cameras, Nixle and a redeveloped agency website.The sheriff explained the early departure from office is due to a job opportunity.“I have enjoyed being Sheriff of Ripley County for the last seven years and three months, but have been offered a great opportunity in the private sector with this being my last year of my second term as Ripley County Sheriff,” Grills said.Grills would be eligible to run for sheriff again in 2018. He did not rule out a return to law enforcement in the future.“I have always known there would be a time I would seriously have to consider transitioning from public safety,” said Grills.“Being elected the Ripley County Sheriff has been the highest goal of my professional law enforcement career. I have been honored to serve and protect citizens of Ripley County and the State of Indiana.”The office has dealt with its fair share of difficulties during his tenure. Grills noted,“I just wish there was more teamwork and more professional interaction between elected officials over serious matters.”Ripley County Council member Mark Horstman commented Tuesday on the sheriff’s departure.“It’s a shame Sheriff Grills had to leave this early with just six months or so on his term,” Horstman said. “Ripley County appreciates all of his years of service and wish him the best of luck.”The resignation comes just a month before the May Primary as three republicans and two democrats are vying for the sheriff’s seat. County officials indicated that a caucus may be held within the next 30 days for a replacement.Grills is retiring from the position, but due to state statute for constitutionally elected officials, he was required to send a resignation letter.
Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate its 3rd annual Ivy Tech Days of Service, which will take place April 24-26 at all campuses statewide.More than 1,000 Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff from every Ivy Tech region will be completing service projects in their local communities.Local participants will work with the Dearborn County Solid Waste and Recycling Center on Tuesday.Volunteers will complete a clean-up project while promoting recycling and environmental awareness, as well as a celebration of Earth Day.Students and faculty at the Madison Campus will participate in the Jefferson County United Way Bowl for Kids’ Sake event on Saturday, April 26. Students have formed their own team to raise funds and awareness and will be on hand to assist as event volunteers.
The East Central Trojans traveled to Greensburg to defeat the host Pirates 46-10 to improve to 5-3 on the season.The Pirates remain winless at 0-8.EC vs Greensburg Football Short Box (10-10)EC will wrap up the regular season at home against The Indy Roncalli Rebels. It will be Senior Night for The Trojans. Kickoff at Trojan Field will be at 7. Listen to the game on www.wrbiradio.com.Courtesy of Trojans Statistician Stewart Durham.
EC varsity & JV volleyball traveled to Jennings County on Saturday 9-26. Varsity went 1-1 on the day losing to Terre Haute North in 5 and defeating Jennings County in 3.It was a tough loss against Terre Haute North. It went 5 and all the games were long. The girls never quit and played great volleyball as a team. That has been a big focus for us in recent weeks. We needed to go back to playing as a team and we are starting to see more and more of that. It was hard to lose that match because we fought so hard, but we showed a lot of resilience and can take a lot from it.The girls bounced back well and found a way to win in 3 against Jennings County. Some of our veteran players really stepped up and showed the confidence and poise they’ve had since day one. It was a great team win.Varsity is now 14-11 on the season.Next up- all 3 teams face Milan on Thursday at EC at 5pm. This is our annual Dig Pink game, so come out and support the girls and the cause!Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.
The Oldenburg Academy Twisters held off The Seton Catholic Cardinals 4-3 in Varsity Baseball play to improve to 6-10 for the season.OA Batting. Nick Bischoff 2-4, run, double; Chase Hogg 2-3, run, bb; Sam Gast 0-1, hbp, bb, sac fly, rbi; Tanner Alley 3-4, run, rbi; Aaron Huber 2-4, run, 2 rbi; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3; Zach Pottschmidt 1-3; Bryce Ahaus 0-2, run, sb; and Glenn Geraci 0-0, bb.OA Pitching. Nick Bischoff 6.2 IP, 4 earned runs, 6 hits, 6 k, 4 bb. Win.Chase Hogg .1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 bb, 0 k. Save.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.
BATESVILLE, Ind. — The Batesville School board approved the High School curriculum and course guide for the 2017-2018 school year.Mr. Andy Allen, High School Principal, said some of these courses would also be available at Ivy Tech in Batesville.One change for the high school is in the Physical Education curriculum.For advanced PE, there would be different options including weight lifting and lifetime fitness.In other business, the school was approached by the Ripley County EMA to approve an agreement to share resources with the county in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.Tim Hunter said, in such an event, the old gymnasium would be used, which would allow the school’s normal day-to-day operations to continue.The school board approved the request.