1.08.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, January 8, 2013



DOTC-Caraga intensifies monitoring compliance with Helmet Act

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has intensified monitoring of motorcycle riders' compliance with helmet standards required by Republic Act 10054, otherwise known as the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.

There has yet been no reported of violation in the entire region, Roman Jumawan, Caraga DOTC assistant director, said.

However, he said that the agency will consolidate reports in the region every week. “This way, we could be able to assess the number of violators, if any,” Jumawan said.

The official further said the Land Transportation and Traffic Management Office (LTTMO) will also run after those motorists who are not wearing helmets, and those who are not using standard helmets. “These helmets are those with import commodity clearance (ICC) stickers,” Dir. Jumawan added.

Furthermore, Dir. Jumawan said motorists need not bring the certificates issued by the store where they bought the helmets so long as the helmet has an ICC sticker.

The Motorcycle Helmet Act requires motorists to wear either a half-faced helmet with clear visor or a full-faced helmet with a clear visor to ensure riders' protection.

With the mandatory use of motorcycle helmets, all motorcycle riders, including drivers and back riders, shall at all times wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving, whether long or short drives, in any type of road and highway.

Standard protective motorcycle helmets are appropriate types of helmets for motorcycle riders that comply with the specifications issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

However, the law stipulated that drivers of tricycles shall be exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets as provided in this Act.

A new motorcycle helmet which bears the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) and complies with the standards set by the BPS shall be made available by every seller and/or dealer every time a new motorcycle unit is purchased and which the purchaser may buy at bis option. Failure to comply with the requirements provided under this section shall constitute a violation of this Act.

The DTI, through the BPS, is mandated to utilize the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Protocols with regard to the standards that will be applicable to the approval or disapproval of motorcycle helmets that will be sold in the country.

Any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet in violation of this Act shall be punished with a fine of Php1,500.00 for the first offense; Php3,000.00 for the second offense; Php5,000.00 for the third offense; and Php10,000.00 plus confiscation of the driver's license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.

Any seller and/or dealer who violates Section 5 of this Act shall be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000.

Any person who uses, sells and distributes substandard motorcycle helmets or those which do not bear the PS mark or the ICC certificate shall be punished with a fine of not less than P3,000 for the first offense; and P5,000 for the second offense, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the "Consumer Act of the Philippines".

Tampering, alteration, forgery and imitation of the PS mark and the ICC certificates in the helmets shall be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the "Consumer Act of the Philippines".

With this, Jumawan reminded the motoring public to adhere this law to avoid penalties and other consequences provided for in the law. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


BCG receives computer sets from foreign orgs

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, Jan 8 (PIA) -- Faster office work and transactions can now be anticipated as 80 Samsung desktop computer sets were turned over to the local government unit of Butuan City from Lohas Ventures International, Inc. and Korea Non-Destructive Testing Co., Ltd. at the City Mayor’s Office.

Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. received the donated computer sets from Weseng Pak, Lohas Ventures International, Inc. chairman and chief executive Officer and Euy Jong Lee, Korea Non-Destructive Testing Co., Ltd. president and chief executive officer.

With Mayor Amante was Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Angelo S. Calo, who was responsible for the facilitation of the whole donation process prior to its arrival.

These desktop computers are now being readied for use in the different city government offices. (NCLM/CMO/PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Debaters set eyes on 5th CPDC - Law Fortun Cup

By Junesther Jean S. Iway and Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- College and high school debaters from all over Caraga region have set their sights on the forthcoming 5th Caraga Parliamentary Debate Championship – Law Fortun Cup on January 18-20, 2013 at Saint Joseph Institute of Technology, this city.

The debate competition which is on its 5th year promises to be more competitive as there will be two categories that will be up for grabs (college and high school). This is the second year that the competition offers the prestigious Law Fortun Cup as the coveted prize.

This will be the biggest debate clash of the different institutions, which will be sending their most persuasive and eloquent students, to discuss, deliberate and argue the various global, national, and local contemporary issues. Part of the theme of the said competition will be in observance of the launching of the Watershed Code also slated within the month.

In line with this, resolutions that will be tackled during the championship round will be in protecting the environment. The said debate will emphasize environmental issues.

Vice Mayor Law Fortun, the author of Butuan City’s Watershed Code and for which the cup is named, said competition is an important tool in activism, whether it be social, economic, political or just about anything. “It teaches us to think critically on issues which need paramount attention and most of all it helps build a strong and creative mind. As we have supported this in the past, we have committed to continue in supporting it this year as this will be a very good opportunity for the students to develop their wit and eloquence,” Fortun.

Through this kind of event, which follows the Asian Parliamentary debate format, students are given an opportunity to express their ideas on a particular subject. Exposed and involve them in the resolution of sensitive and significant issues of our time. The participants of this event will serve as the beckon to spread awareness and public participation in the youth sector. (NCLM/LGU-BC/VMO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: LPA posibleng magdala og pagbaha sa Mindanao

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 8 (PIA) -- Usa ka low-pressure area ang nasigpatan sa Mindanao paingon duol sa Davao area sayong buntag karong adlawa, matud ni PAGASA forecaster Glaiza Escollar ang maong LPA posibleng mokusog ug magdala’g mga pag-ulan nga naglihok sa gikusgon nga 5 ngadto 7 kph.

Sumala sa taho sa PAGASA alas 4:00 sa buntag karong adlawa ang LPA gibana-banang nahimutang 340 km habagatang sidlakan (southeast) sa Davao City, nahisulod sa Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) nga naka-apekto sa Mindanao.

Sa 5:00 sa buntag nga bulletin niini, ang PAGASA miingon usab nga aminahang sidlakan (Northeast Monsoon) nga pag-ulan ang nakaapekto karon sa Northern Luzon.

Matud pa niini, nga ang Mindanao makasinati ug mapanganuron nga kalangitan uban ang kasarangan ngadto sa makusog nga ulan ug mga panalugdog nga moresulta sa mga pagbaha ug mga pagdahili sa yuta.

Ang Bicol Region ug eastern Visayas makasinati usab og mapanganuron nga kalangitan uban ang mahinay ngadto sa kasarangan nga mga pag-ulan ug panalugdog.

Ang bahin sa Cagayan Valley ug mga probinsya sa Aurora ug Quezon adunay mapanganuron nga kalangitan uban ang mahinay nga ulan samtang ang Metro Manila ug uban pang bahin sa nasod makasinati og medyo mapanganuron nga kalangitan ug panagsa nga mga pag-ulan ug panalugdog.

Ug kasarangan ngadto sa makusog nga huyop sa hangin gikan sa aminahang sidlakan (northeast) ang masinati sa tanang bahin sa nasod ug ang kadagatan kasarangan ngadto sa baluron.

Samtang gipahimangnoan usab sa PAGASA ang mga sakyanan pangisda ug uban pang gagmay nga mga sakyanan sa dagat nga dili una mobiyahe samtang ang mga dagkong sakyanan gi-alerto usab batok sa dagkong mga balud, dala sa makusog nga hangin uban ang makusog nga pag-ulan nga nakaapekto sa kadagatan sa Northern Luzon ug eastern seaboard sa Luzon ug eastern Visayas. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Malakangyang miingon nga ang administrasyon sa Aquino mo-estudyo sa proposisyon alang sa “total gun ban”

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Enero 8 (PIA) -- Ang Aquino administtrastyon mo-estudyo sa proposisyon alang sa “total gun ban” human sa kamatayon sa pito ka tuig nga batang babaye kinsa naigo sa saag nga bala didto sa Caloocan City ug ang sugoksugok nga pagpamusil sa Kawit, Cavite, ang opisyal sa Palasyo miingon sa adlawng kagahapon, Lunes.

Si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miisyu ug pamahayag atol sa regular nga press briefing didto sa malakanyang dungan sa panawagan alang sa mapig-oton nga pagkontrolar sa mga pusil ug ang “total gun ban”.

Ang Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) miingon nga ang gobyerno gikinahanglan nga mokonsiderar sa proposisyo gikan sa nagkadaiyang grupo aron mapasiguro ang kahilwasan sa publiko.

“Daghan ang nagkadaiyang proposisyon tali sa mapig-oton nga pagkontrolar sa pusil ngadto sa proposisyon sa total gun ban. So, kana pagahisgutan uban ang Presidente,” ("Ang dami pong iba’t ibang proposal between stricter gun control to proposals for a total gun ban. So that has to be discussed with the President,") sulti ni Valte.

Si Senador Gregorio Honasan miingon niadtong Sabado nga ang kansang committee on public order and dangerous drugs motugon sa pag-ripaaso sa eksistidong gun laws, mo-konsolidar sa gisaysay nga pending nga balaodnon ug mopahigayon ug public hearings sa gun controls kon sa pagbalik sa session karon karon Enero 21.

Sa iyahang kabahin, si Senator Panfilo Lacson mipahayag sa gobyerno sa pagsuspende sa tanang pagpirmeso sa pagdala sa haya ni Ronald Bae’s shooting spree.

"Again, it depends on what the contents of that law will be. When you say comprehensive firearms law, that would involve everything from the importation—rules for importation, rules for procurement, for requirements, etcetera. So we will have to see what is in that proposal for a comprehensive firearms law," matud ni Valte

Si Bae, ang gialegar nga drug addict, milakaw ug mihimo sa sugoksugok nga pagpamusil didto sa Kawit Cavite niadtong Biyernes sa buntag. Siya miatake sa iyahang silingan dala ang kalibre .45 nga pistola, nga mipatay sa walo ka katawhan ug midagmal sa laing nuybe ka tao.

Sa laing bahin, si Stephanie Nicole Ella usab nga nagtan-aw lamang sa fireworks display gawas sa ilahang paimalay sa Malaria District, Caloocan City naigo ug saag nga bala sa iyahang ulo atol sa pagsaulog sa New Year. Si Ella namatay didto sa East Avenue Medical Center sa Quezon City Miyerkules sa hapon. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)