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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesFriday, September 7, 2012
Negros Oriental
ButtonSecurity tightened amid planned robbery reports
ButtonCOMELEC vows support to PWDs in list-up, voting
Smokers cessation clinic open for quitters: CHO
LGUs urged to promptly mediate public complaints

Security tightened amid
planned robbery reports

Police visibility and other security measures have been tightened in Dumaguete, following reports that Mindanao-based robbery groups, like the Kuratong Baleleng, are planning to strike in the city.

Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office deputy director for Operations, Supt. Alet Virtucio, yesterday told the Dumaguete Sangguniang Panlungsod that intelligence information received by the PNP indicated that “the Kuratong Baleleng and another group from Mindanao are planning to rob banks in Dumaguete.”

He said the police have already laid out a plan to prevent that kind of threat, and Special Weapons and Tactics personnel and members of the Provincial Public Safety Company are being deployed in the city.

COMELEC vows support
to PWDs in list-up, voting


The Commission on Elections is doing its best to provide easy access to persons with disabilities during the registration of voters and on election day, Negros Oriental Provincial Election supervisor, Eddie Aba, assured PWD supporters.

Aba, one of the speakers at the launching of the Fully Abled Nation program of the Asia Foundation, in Silliman University, Dumaguete, yesterday, said that COMELEC offices on the second level of buildings have been relocated to the main floor for the convenience of PWDs registering for the 2013 election that is ongoing until October 31.

The number of approved PWD registrants in Negros Oriental has reached more than 24,000 after the COMELEC made its offices accessible to them, he said, adding that he expects this to still increase, as there are about 60,000 or more PWDs in the province, with at least 30,000 to 40,000 of whom are legal or voting age.

Smokers cessation clinic
open for quitters: CHO


The Dumaguete City Health Office is offering free counseling sessions for smokers who have difficulty quitting.

City Health Officer Ma. Sarah Talla told the DAILY STAR that trained nurses have been assigned to the smoke cessation clinic established by the local government, in line with the full implementation of the no-smoking ordinance, and that it started September 1.

City Administrator William Ablong said the ordinance does not completely prohibit smoking in Dumaguete, only in public places and those designated as no- smoking zones.

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