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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, April 27, 2009
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CHR WARNS
Stop meddling with probe
on human rights violations

BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The Commission on Human Rights in Negros Oriental is warning policemen and local officials against meddling in investigations on alleged human rights violations.

Special field investigator Jess Cañete of the CHR yesterday said he received a complaint for attempted murder filed by a carpenter against a barangay kagawad in Siapo, San Jose town, and that, a policeman and some barangay officials tried to help reach an out-of-court settlement.

Glenn Aviso accused Kagawad Capistrano Zerna for an alleged attempt to kill him, while he was handcuffed following a commotion at a public dance in the barangay last March 28..

Mayor authorized to ink contract for
development of watersheds
BY RENE GENOVE

The Sangguniang Bayan of Valencia in Negros Oriental has authorized Mayor Rodolfo Gonzalez  Jr. to sign a contract with the German Development Cooperation, for a watershed development program in the municipality.

Under the contract, Valencia will receive a grant of P15 million from GTZ to develop and protect watershed areas.  The municipal government will put up a counterpart fund of P5 million.

Valencia was chosen to receive the grant due to its successful land use plan, which is now nearing completion. In view of this, the local government will push through with a project on riverside park development which will cover a five-kilometer stretch along Banica River, spanning Balugo in Palinpinon and upwards.

Benefits to tanods mulled
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The Dumaguete City Sanggunian is deliberating on a proposed ordinance providing barangay tanods with death and hospitalization benefits, in appreciation of the role they play in maintaining peace and order in the community.

Councilor Nilo Sayson, who authored the measure, said the proposed ordinance seeks to motivate barangay tanods to aggressively enforce the law as force multipliers in the maintenance of peace and order.

The benefits will be distinct from what they are receiving under PhilHealth  or other group insurances.

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