Manila Times - - NEWS - FRAN­CIS EARL A. CUETO

QUE­ZON City Mayor Her­bert Bautista un­veiled on Fri­day a re­de­vel­op­ment plan to trans­form the South Tri­an­gle into a ma­jor tourism district. As part of the plan, he or­dered the cre­ation of a tourist po­lice unit in To­mas Morato Av­enue for po­lice vis­i­bil­ity and to en­sure the safety of vis­i­tors in the area. Ten po­lice­men from the QC Po­lice District Sta­tion 10 (Ka­muning) will con­sti­tute the unit. Supt. Chris­tian dela Cruz, Po­lice Sta­tion 10 com­man­der, said po­lice­men as­signed to the unit will also be pro­vided with bi­cy­cles. Dela Cruz said that 10 law ebn­forcers of the unit may be beefed up dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son when theft, phys­i­cal in­juries and crimes against prop­erty are likely to in­crease. Set­ting up a tourist po­lice unit at To­mas Morato is part of Bautista’s ef­fort to trans­form the South Tri­an­gle area into a ma­jor city tourism district. The re­de­vel­op­ment plan also pro­vides for side­walk im­prove­ment, open­ing of bike lanes and in­stal­la­tion of an or­ga­nized park­ing zone. The 2.3 kilo­me­ter pedes­trian walk along To­mas Morato, which runs from E. Ro­driguez Av­enue to Eu­ge­nio Lopez Drive, will be paved with stamped con­crete to pro­vide a more walk­a­ble en­vi­ron­ment for pedes­tri­ans. Park lights and ad­di­tional street­lights will also be in­stalled to pro­vide il­lu­mi­na­tion.


THE mil­i­tant fish­er­folk group Pam­bansang Lakas ng Kilu­sang Ma­ma­malakaya ng Pilip­inas (Pa­malakaya) on Fri­day urged Rep. To­bias Tiangco of Navotas City to sus­pend the regis­tra­tion of fish­ing boats in the city. Fer­nando Hi­cap, the group’s na­tional chairp­man, stressed that fish­er­folk don’t need to pay just to get their boats reg­is­tered to con­trib­ute in the coun­try’s fish­ing cap­i­tal. Hi­cap said the regis­tra­tion scheme un­der the amended Fish­eries Code of 1998 or Repub­lic Act 10654 poses a heavy bur­den to them who hardly earn enough for their daily needs due to the high cost of fish pro­duc­tion and the dwin­dling ma­rine catch in Manila Bay. Un­der the Boat Regis­tra­tion pro­gram of the amended Fish­eries Code, fish­er­folk are re­quired to reg­is­ter their boats oth­er­wise, they will be cat­e­go­rized as il­le­gal fish­ers and will be charged with hefty fines and stiff penal­ties. The group in­stead urged Tiangco to pro­vide liveli­hood as­sis­tance to more than 7,000 small fish­er­folk in Navotas.


THE CITY gov­ern­ment of Makati dis­trib­uted a P5,000- ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance for each of the 557 qual­i­fied Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion (SPED) learn­ers en­rolled for school year 2017-2018 in 10 public ele­men­tary and high schools in the city. Makati Mayor Abby Bi­nay said, “The city gov­ern­ment keeps on find­ing ways to help nur­ture the po­ten­tial ta­lents and abil­i­ties these spe­cial stu­dents so that they would be­come self-suf­fi­cient and pro­duc­tive mem­bers of so­ci­ety. Ac­cord­ing to DepEd Makati, all SPED learn­ers who were en­rolled as of June 30, 2017 are en­ti­tled to the P5,000- ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance from the city gov­ern­ment. From Oc­to­ber 3 to 5, pay­mas­ters from City Hall went to the SPED classes and dis­trib­uted the cash as­sis­tance to qual­i­fied re­cip­i­ents, which in­clude 111 SPED learn­ers from Neme­sio Yabut Ele­men­tary School, 24 from San An­to­nio Na­tional High School, 50 from Fort Boni­fa­cio High School, and 25 from Gen. Pio del Pi­lar Na­tional High School.

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