Guv asked to
check LTO violations
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
A medical doctor has called Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo to check on the alleged violations of the Land Transportation Office District Office and the Drivers’ License Renewal Center at Robinsons Dumaguete.
In a letter dated July 15, Dr. Noel de Jesus told Degamo that these include favoring a particular clinic over another in the issuance of medical certificates to drivers, adding financial burdens to applicants for a driver’s license, failure to inform the public and the physicians on revised procedures, and limiting the validity of a medical certificate issued by an LTO-accredited physician.
De Jesus also sought an explanation on why the fee for the medical certificate issued at DLRC rose to P300 from P100, including a service fee of P150 and encoding fee of P50. He said he believes the increase was not sanctioned by the LTO Manila.
work in cane fields
BY ADRIAN NEMES III
About 20,221 children from 250 barangays in eleven provinces in the Philippines, including Negros Occidental and Oriental, are working in sugarcane fields, Daphne Culanag, ABK3 LEAP (Livelihood, Education, Advocacy and Protection) project director, said yesterday.
However, she also said, these figures only represent 15 percent of the total population of the barangays in Negros Occidental and Oriental, Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Capiz, Bukidnon, Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato.
Culanag also said that LEAP, a non-government organization, is now assisting 11, 813 children who are working in sugarcane fields from Negros Occidental and 3, 300 in Negros Oriental by giving them school supplies and uniforms while their parents are being given livelihood.