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LTFRB apprehends several Angkas drivers; impounds motorcycles 

January 5, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Members of the apprehending team of the Land Transportion Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Northern Mindanao have arrested several Angkas drivers for violations. The LTFRB said in its FB account, Angkas drivers were arrested for operating as taxi service outside of the designated area, as stipulated in the guidelines for Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation Study area (MTSPIS) The LFTFRB said they conducted crackdown after receiving complaints from concerned citizens and competing drivers from taxi and other vehicles. Under the law, the government agency said, motorcycles are strictly prohibited from being utilized as public transportation. The exemption only is that the ongoing MC Pilot Study program being implemented by TWG in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, which is done to help congress formulate a new law which would enable MCs to be considered as a new public transportation mode. Meanwhile, the reported apprehensions made by the LTFRB were also the subject of the netizens bad reactions on the LTFRB's alleged bias apprehensions. One of the netizens commented that there are a lot of colorum vehicles plying in Cagayan de Oro and elsewhere in Mindanao but only Angkas was singed out. Resan Baculi said a lot of colorum vehicles in Cagayan de Oro should be their main point of action as these drivers have been operating illegally ever since. "Wala na talaga akong masasabi sa LTFRB ng CDO. Mabuhay kayo! Nagkalat nga ang mga colorum na sasakyan sa CDO na nag tagal na tumatakbo sa city gaya ng bao-bao. Habal-habal, taxi na walang prangkisa at van. May nagawa ba kayo?," Baculi asked. 

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Bombo Radyo Sees 20/20 by Expanding its Areas of Dominance in Digital and Terrestrial Platforms.

January 5, 2020

Bombo Radyo Philippines, a provincial brand with big dreams bares to expand its power and reach with more areas to conquer from its dominant presence in 24 key cities nationwide, as it holds its traditional Top Level Management Conference in Iloilo City from January 6 to 11, 2020. Dr. Rogelio M. Florete, the Chairman Emeritus of 31 strong AM & FM radio stations disclosed that for the year 2020, in Bombo Radyo’s front burner is to set up AM & FM radio stations in several more cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, bringing its coverage to at least 30 key cities nationwide. As the Media Mogul clears the way for its leadership transition on to Ms. Margaret Ruth C. Florete, the network’s President/CEO, Bombo Radyo dictates the pace among its competitors by keeping “In Step with Digital Technology”, for this year’s TLMC Theme to highlight its disruptive presence in FB Live. All Area Managers, Station Managers, News Directors and Chief Technicians are to be assembled in just one roof to be given their marching orders to use the strong Bombo Radyo content to conquer the digital platforms that are opened up to reach a worldwide audience. Also, Ms. Florete invites all music loving Ilonggo not to miss the once-a-year chance to experience the 3rd National Bombo Music Festival during the live performance of the twelve (12) Finalists on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the newly renovated West Visayas State University Cultural Center in Lapaz, Iloilo City. The Bombo Music Festival is the Network’s wide ranging contribution to music and forms a third of its tri-offering of the Network’s Corporate Socio-Cultural Responsibility Projects. A 31-piece Bombo Symphony Orchestra will provide the beautiful live accompaniment for each of the Interpreters of the Finalists for an unforgettable evening.  A prestigious Board of Judges will select this year’s Bombo Music Festival Champion & other top winners who will bring home bigger prizes and whose musical compositions has been playing in all Bombo Radyo & Star FM Stations and made available for listening or download in all digital platforms- Spotify, I-Tunes, YouTube Music and Google-Music. This year’s heavyweight jury is composed of Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, a pre-eminent musician and National Artist and Magsaysay Awardee in Music; Vehnee Saturno,   certified gold record producer and renowned  composer; young hit makers and artists - Bituin Escalante and Myrus Ramirez as well as Jesuit composer Father Peter Pojol.    

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DILG to mayors: "Pedicabs, trikes out of national highways" 

January 5, 2020

MANILA - The Department of interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently warned all city and municipal mayors to disallow pedicabs and motorcycles from plying along the national highways all over the country. DILG officer-in-charge Secretary Eduardo M. Año said all this are for safety purposes of all people in the streets, be it passengers or drivers and operators. “For safety reasons, no tricycle or pedicab should operate on national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour,” Año pointed out. Hes aid the government recognizes that pedicab and tricycle operations give livelihood opportunities and income to the marginalized Filipino families but allowing them to ply on the main thoroughfares only put them in danger situations, aside from the fact that they can also create traffic. Año said “The regulation of tricycles and pedicabs on national highways is, therefore, to the best interest of everyone.”  He also made it clear that said vehicles may only be allowed by virtue of a Sangguninag Panlungsod (city or municipal councils) to traverse to the main highways if there is no other no alternative routes to transfer to other areas in their respective cities and towns. Año said he ordered the directive after receiving reports that there are a lot of pedicabs and tricycles plying the routes even in the main thoroughfares which really pose hazards and dangers among passengers, vehicles and drivers as a whole. He also warned municipal and city mayors to strictly adhere to the standards and guidelines provided for by Memorandum Circular 2007-01, which include the basic considerations in the preparation and implmentation of city or municipal pedicab and tricycle franchises, regulatory ordinances or codes.  Among those basic guidelines, Año said, includes banning of tricyles and pedicabs along national highways as well as prohibiting said vehicles to carry more passengers more than the allowable limits, or what is only authorized in their franchises.  

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Kuyamis Festival in Misor kicks off Monday, January 6

January 4, 2020

The 7th edition of Kuyamis Festival will kick off Monday, January 6, 2020, with street dancing, Kuyamis pageant and booth display as among the highlights of the festival. There is also a culture and arts exhibit at Centrio Ayala Mall and other activities at De Lara Park in Cagayan de Oro.

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Electric coops send linemen to typhoon Ursula-stricken areas in the Visayas

January 4, 2020

6 teams of linemen from Northern Mindanao Electric Cooperative Association (NORMECA) are sent on Thursday in the typhoon Ursula-stricken areas in the Visayas. The group would augment the rehabilitation and restoration of power lines in the entire province of Capiz in the minimum duration of 15 days.

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One More OFW in Kuwait killed

January 3, 2020

ANOTHER Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) died in Kuwait, reportedly a clear disregard of the agreement between the Philippine Government and the Government of Kuwait sometime in 2018. The victim, Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, allegedly and reportedly died while in the hands of a female Kuwaiti employer. The suspect, however, is now arrested by the Kuwaiti police. As this developed, Malacañang has expressed outrage of the sudden death of a Filipina OFW in said country and made sure the victim will get justice she deserve. In an interview with Inquirer.net, Presidential Salvador Panelo said ""We consider Jeanelyn's tragic death a clear disregard of the agreement signed by both our country and Kuwait in 2018 which seeks to uphold and promote the protection of the rights and welfare of our workers in Kuwait."  Panelo said the Office of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has been directed by Malacañang to facilitate the free burial of the victim, as well as the livelihood assistance for her immediate families.  Malacañang also told the media that the family members of the victim will be given scholarship to help lessen the agony of the family who did not expect this tragic event will happen to their loved one abroad. Meanwhile, the Office of DFA under Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr., has already summoned the Kuwaiti Ambassador in Manila and has already informed him the President is "fuming mad" after he learned of the sad fate of the Filipina maid in Kuwait. Senator Joel Villanueva has also expressed dismay over the sudden death of Jeanelyn and warned that the Philippine Government should again ban deployment of Filipino workers in Kuwait. “We have already seen one OFW death in Kuwait too many. If we cannot get safety and security guarantees for our OFWs in Kuwait, a most basic and reasonable demand in our view, perhaps our government should make the ban permanent,” the senator, chair of the Senate labor committee, Villanueva told the media.  

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