Housing program

CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines (PNA) — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has suggested to Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia a joint housing program for informal settlers in the city.

Rama said this is more viable than the “Balik Lungsod,” a program the governor announced earlier this year encouraging migrants to go back to their hometowns. He said informal settlers, including those along Mahiga Creek, already earn a living in the city and should be given housing.

Capitol spokesperson Atty. Rory Jon Sepulveda said Garcia was very interested with Rama’s proposal but will wait for a more specific plan.

U.S. Embassy official visits IloIlo

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines (PNA) — United States embassy official, Deputy Economic Counselor Brent Christensen, visited Iloilo last Monday to be familiarized with the economic situation of areas outside Metro Manila.

The official met with top city and provincial officials including business leaders here.

He said Iloilo has huge potentials with its vibrant economy and was impressed with its airport “of international standards,” but that there is need to improve power and infrastructure for a more conducive investment climate.

Boracay has new cop chief

BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Aklan, Philippines — Police Supt. Samuel C. Nacion is the new Boracay Special Tourist Police Office chief, replacing Police Supt. Rolando Villar who has been designed Aklan Provincial Police Office deputy director.

A native of Iloilo, Nacion holds a master degree in Local Governance.

Under him will be a force comprised of only 46 men, from a previous total of 120. Local civic group, Boracay Foundation Inc. is asking Nacion to exert effort in restoring the number of men in the local police force to 120 so as to effectively maintain peace and order in the country’s premier holiday destination. (Diego Cagahastian)

Traffic Workshop

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Philippines (PNA) — The Dumaguete city government, through its Human Resource Office, conducted a four-day seminar-workshop for traffic enforcers.

The activity was divided into four batches and two sessions, the first was on May 25 and May 27, and the second will be on June 1 and June 3, so all 94 traffic enforcers here can attend the workshop without compromising traffic law enforcement on those dates, said City Information Officer Steve Gabriel.

Complaints have been received by motorists on seemingly arrogant attitude of some traffic enforcers here.

B.H.C. to check boarding houses

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines (PNA) — The Boarding House Commission (BHC) has set up a series of inspections to monitor the quality of boarding houses here to determine if they have permits to operate and adhere to guidelines as the school opening is almost near.

BHC chairman, Marieta Geremias said the inspection will continue until all boarding houses, registered and unregistered, are fully inspected. She said illegal boarding houses will be closed and their permits suspended.

Some 477 registered boarding houses here have already renewed their permits to operate.(Manila Bulletin)

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