Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri Meanwhile, Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara,finance committee chair, said over the years, the salaries of policemen andsoldiers have gone up, but the teachers pay remained the same. “I shall push for pay hikes and direct grants to teachers and prioritize the bills filed in the Senate. Our teachers deserve more than we have managed to give them such as salary increases in line with the Salary Standardization Law in 2015,” Zubiri said. Zubiri also pointed out that the proposed 2020 Department of Education (DepEd) budget for salaries is P417,548,392,000, which he said will make the country “the greener pasture of which the teachers had been dreaming.” Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri said over the weekend that there are several measures that are pending at the Senate seeking an upgrade on the salary and benefits of public school teachers. “The DepEd have experienced difficulty in hiring more teachers every year,” he said. “The public school system has been losing qualified teachers to other industries such as call centers and service industries.” “If President Duterte would push through with his promise during the State of the Nation Address to double public school teachers’ salaries, we will help him find the sources of funds as that would entail additional P343.7 billion,” Zubiri said. He added apart from their personalexpenses, many of the teachers have to spend a portion of their salaries forthe purchase of teaching supplies because many times they do not get enoughfrom their budgets to pay for these. Sen. Pia Cayetano, for her part, saidraising the compensation of teachers was the best affirmation of government’shigh regard for the country’s educators and their contributions tonation-building. MANILA – The long-sought salaryhike for public school teachers might finally be realized. Senators vowed toprioritize salary increase and additional grants of teachers in recognition ofthe critical role they play in the lives of the children and in nationbuilding. Zubiri, the Senate’s Majority Leader, has filed Senate Bill No. 104 pushing for P10,000 monthly additional pay, grant of bigger chalk allowance, P1,000 annual medical check-up allowance and giving the Magna Carta benefits of the teachers. Cayetano has filed Senate Bill No. 70, or the ‘Additional Support and Compensation for Educators in Basic Education Act.’ Oct. 5 has been declared World Teachers’ Day by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in recognition of teachers’ role in the delivery of quality education. (With GMA News/PN)
Polio or poliomyelitis, according toDOH, is a potentially fatal and disabling disease caused by poliovirus, whichis transmitted when there is poor environmental sanitation and hygiene. Rojas stressed that the CHO and theDSSD are the implementing arms of Bacolod City in ensuring that Bacolodnons areaccorded with the benefit of having a dynamic and responsive healthcareprogram, and basic social services.The Philippines has been declared polio-free since 2000 but was put at“high-risk” due to low vaccination. An outbreak was declared on Sept. 19, 2019,after two cases of polio were reported. BACOLOD City – City councilor CindyRojas told the City Health Office (CHO) and the Department of Social Servicesand Development (DSSD) to be persistent in intensifying its anti-poliocampaign. According to Rojas, the city must pushmeasures that will enhance polio prevention measures in the country. One of thepreventive measures is the polio immunization campaign for all children underfive years old, she said. She cited the Department of Health’s(DOH) recent polio epidemic declaration after it recorded a case of the diseasein Lanao del Sur. Symptoms include fever, fatigue,headache, vomiting, stiff neck and sudden onset of floppy arms or legs. Insevere cases, it can lead to permanent paralysis or even death. Children underfive years of age are most vulnerable to the disease./PN
“Angmagabaligya outside dira dakpon naton,” he added. Ilonggos traditionally mark AllSaints’ Day and All Souls’ Day by going to cemeteries to pay respects to theirdead family members, relatives and friends. They offer flowers and prayers, andlight candles./PN Conlu said the fees are: P100 forbarangay permit, P200 for special business permit, plus a certain amountelectricity connection if the vendors would like to have one. ILOILO City – Selling flowers andcandles along sidewalks leading to cemeteries, public or private, this Nov. 1and 2 (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day) here is prohibited. The only areas where flower and candlevendors are allowed to do business in this southern city are public markets andpublic plazas, according to city government’s Public Safety and TransportationManagement Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu. There are an estimated 168 flowervendors in the City Proper; in the whole city, there are around 500, saidConlu. Beginning January 2020, Treñas alsoannounced recently, all district plazas would be off-limits to all kinds oftrade fairs and fiesta activities. In the City Proper, these vendorswould be accommodated in the property of businessman Alfonso Tan (along theintersection of Iznart and Arroyo streets) from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, said Conlu. “The entrance of cemeteries, bothpublic and private, must be free from obstructions, too. No vendors will beallowed,” said Conlu. Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the PSTMOto make sure all roads and sidewalks, especially those leading to cemeteries,are free from obstructions. All PSTMO personnel will be requiredto work from Oct.30 to Nov.2. This policy is in keeping withPresidential Decree 1216 which provides that parks are for public use andtherefore “beyond the commerce of men.” The city government has startedaccepting applications for special permits allowing flower and candle vendorsto do business in public plazas and markets. As ordered by President RodrigoDuterte, the city government has been seeing to it that all public roads andsidewalks are free from obstructions that include sidewalk vendors.
Labour has suffered its worst defeatsince 1935, losing seats across northern England, the Midlands and Wales inareas which backed Brexit in the 2016 referendum. Johnson will go to Buckingham Palaceto ask the Queen’s permission to form a government.(BBC) “I will make it my mission to worknight and day, flat out to prove that you were right in voting for me thistime, and to earn your support in the future,” Johnson said on Friday. The Conservative Party’s Commonsmajority is its largest since Margaret Thatcher won a third term in 1987. Boris Johnson promises to work “night and day” to repay the trust of voters after an “historic” general election win. The Brexit Party – which triumphed inthe summer’s European Parliament elections – failed to win any Westminsterseats. LONDON – Boris Johnson has promised towork “night and day” to repay the trust of voters after he led theConservatives to an “historic” general election win.
The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Tapaz municipal police station. The court recommended no bail bond for her temporary liberty./PN Erna Felomino was tagged as the No. 5 most wanted person in the police station of Tapaz, Capiz.Felomino’s apprehension on July 20 was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant, the report added. ILOILO City – Charged with murder, a woman was nabbed in Barangay San Andres, San Rafael, Iloilo.
ILOILO City – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 assured the public that law enforces would not abuse the controversial Republic Act (RA) No. 11479, or the Anti–Terrorism Act of 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month Duterte signed the controversial law amid opposition from various sectors over some of the provisions that allegedly violate human rights. “As long as wala kayong linabag na batas, walang abuses,” Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director of PRO-6, reiterated. At least 10 petitions have already been filed before the Supreme Court questioning the Constitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law./PN RA 11479 is being questioned even by those from the legal sector and the academe over some of the alleged provisions that violate the 1987 Constitution, especially on the Bill of Rights. “We want to know the specifics of the law,” Pamuspusan said. The Western Visayas top cop disclosed that they are planning to call all city and provincial police unit commanders and police chiefs for a conference to study the provisions of anti-terror law. Provisions being questioned are the alleged free hand of the Anti-Terrorism Board to declare a person or group as terrorists, the maximum detention period wherein the new Law extended it to a maximum of 24 days, and arguments that the Law goes against the freedom of the press and expression since some publication and even social media posts could be classified as terrorism or in support of terrorism. According to Pamuspusan, it would be “more prudent” for law enforcement agents to wait for the promulgation of the IRR. “Gusto ko maayos lahat at ma-intindihan ng ating mga pulis para walang malabag na batas,” says Western Visayas top cop Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan. According to him, the Philippine National Police is still waiting for the implementing ruled and regulations of Republic Act (RA) No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Although its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) have yet to be crafted, the new anti-terror law took effect on Saturday, July 18. “Gusto ko maayos lahat at ma-intindihan ng ating mga pulis para walang malabag na batas,” Pamuspusan said.
Breast cancer support group members: back row: Dawn Strange, Tracy Fox, Rhonda Belter, Breast Health Navigator Kim Oblinger and Melissa Crum; front row: Linda Pulskamp, Sharon Schoentrup, Karen Trenkamp and event organizer, Ashley Morris.More than 200 area women recently attended the seventh annual “Think Pink,” a breast cancer awareness event complete with speakers, appetizers, prizes and pampering treatments.Sponsored by Margaret Mary Health and the local breast cancer support group, this year’s event featured presentations by breast cancer survivors Melissa Crum and Suzanne Metzger. Held at the Knights of Columbus in Batesville, the event raised more than $12,000 to help provide mammograms to women in our community who can’t afford them.All women should get a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40. After age 40, mammograms should be repeated annually. Pre-menopausal women with a strong family history of breast cancer, meaning a first-degree relative, should get screened 10 years before their loved one’s age of diagnosis.To be added to the mailing list for next year’s “Think Pink” event, call (812) 933.5257.
We are currently in the middle of the boys’ basketball sectionals in the state of Indiana. Since we have had class basketball, a discussion continually arises about seeding the basketball teams not only in boys but girls as well. We all know that except for a few rare sectionals, attendance is way down. One way to ensure better crowds is to do our best to have the good teams play in the championship game. This would be the reason for seeding. Since we have destroyed the tradition of the open tournament, we might as well do away with the blind draw as well.The crowds around the state are already small so when you have the top two teams play the first game on Tuesday night you can bet only die-hard fans and parents will come to the remaining tourney games. With the power ratings that are completely computerized, the age-old bias selection would have little authenticity. The selection committee of the IHSAA would go to that power rating and pair the teams based on those numbers. Only in rare occasions would two teams have the same power rating. At one time I would have been totally opposed to this type of system, but now I can sure see merit in it. I wonder of the IHSAA would ever consider a seeded tourney?
Greensburg residents will likely pay more for water in April. City officials say the hike is due to the harsh winter preventing them from getting meter readings the last few months.According to the Greensburg Daily News, some of meters have not been checked since December due to the snow and ice accumulation.Officials had to send out estimated water bills when they were unable to read the meter, forcing them to now send a bill for the appropriately adjusted amount. The average Greensburg household could see an increase of $15 to $25 to their bill, the newspaper reported.If the bill is substantially higher contact the utility office at (812) 663-5621.The cold snowy winter had residents remaining indoors more often than usual and kept children home from school, which can also be contributing factors to an increased water bill.
BATESVILLE – A section of S.R. 229 in Batesville will be shut down to traffic Wednesday and Thursday as road crews make preparations for an extended closure this fall.Hillcrest Bridge, just south of the S.R. 229 and S.R. 46, will be closed early Wednesday morning until Thursday night.Posted detours will route motorists in and out of downtown Batesville via Pearl Street.The bridge will be accessible through the weekend but will close again Monday for a much longer duration. The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close the bridge for up to 55 days.Paul H. Rohe Company, the state’s contractor for the $758,000 bridge project, will remove and replace existing small structure on S.R. 229 that spans a tributary to Little Laughery Creek south of S.R. 46. The bridge also overpasses a golf cart path.The new structure will be a measure 28 feet by 13 feet, extending 54 feet in length.