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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (March 12, 2017)


47 OFWs pass civil service test in HK

Forty seven out of 953 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) passed the Career Service Examination-Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) conducted in Hong Kong.

It was the first ever exam of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to be held in Hong Kong. The test registered a 5 percent passing rate, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said:  Of the total passers, 17 out of 676 examinees, or 2.51 percent, passed the Professional Level exam, while 30 out of 277, or 10.83 percent, passed the Sub-Professional Level.

DOLE coordinated with CSC to conduct the exam in Hong Kong last November in an attempt to entice OFWs to return to the country and to seek positions as public servants.

The 17 passers in the Professional level were:

Mary Joy G. Alfonga; Ma. Tricia Nhela S. Balagso; Joceline A. Dam-Ag; Cynthia T. Dingil; Zosima L. Dul-Og; Lorena B. Galvez;  Joanna Marie P. Gutierrez; Yunika V. Moraleja;Maria Venus G. Pacapac; Carla Teresa P. Ramos; Laarni C. Sacramento; Ellen E. Sajulla; Sally B. Solis; Kristine A. Sumawang; Gregoria B. Tolentino; Patricia Clara R. Tubaǹa; and Filipina O. Villacampa.

In the sub-professional level, the 30 passers were: Janet D. Flores; Marina E. Petallano; Ana Marie G. Bayot; Cristy Anne A. Leal; Babylyn A. Abasa;Mary Ann G. Alegarme; June Andrea D. Ramos; Loniza G. Navaja; Silvestra B. Balatico; Argelisa M. Baleros; Mary Ann B. Liegen; Merania T. Ngupos; Princess Joy E. Peralta; Mary C. Ekwasen;  Gladde Mae D. Balucan; Janet D. Flores; Marina E. Petallano; Ana Marie G. Bayot; Cristy Anne A. Leal; Babylyn A. Abasa; Mary Ann G. Alegarme;June Andrea D. Ramos; Loniza G. Navaja; Silvestra B. Balatico; Argelisa M. Baleros; Mary Ann B. Liegen; Merania T. Ngupos; Princess Joy E. Peralta; Mary C. Ekwasen; and Gladde Mae D. Balucan.
Bello said the passers will still need to pass through CSC’s screening before they could finally qualify to work in the government.

The exam passers qualify for positions in government as clerks, or for technical positions, all the way up to division chiefs.  Samuel P. Medenilla


MMDA secures Mabuhay Lanes

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is pursuing vigorously its campaign   against illegal parking on Mabuhay lanes that serve as alternative routes for vehicles avoiding EDSA.

Bong Nebrija, MMDA supervising operations officer, said 294 vehicles were towed and 240 vehicle owners were issued illegal parking tickets for obstructing traffic flow in Quezon, Makati, Mandaluyong and San Juan cities.

Areas covered by their operation from March 6 to March 10 were the   streets in the Scout Area Bypass in Quezon City–  Scouts Borromeo, Bayoran, and Tobias; Panay Avenue, Sgt. Esguerra, Mother Ignacia Avenue and Eugenio Lopez Drive.

MMDA teams also cleared road obstructions along the Mabuhay Lane #1 which traverses the cities of San Juan, Mandaluyong and Makati, particularly Brgy. San Isidro in Makati, and barangays 141k, 142, 143 and 147 in the Pasay-Taft area.

The operations also yielded 21 tricycles which were turned over to the Quezon City Tricycle Regulatory Unit as part of the anti-illegal terminal campaign.

According to MMDA officer-in-charge Tim Orbos, there will be no letup in their operation so as to encourage motorists to use designated Mabuhay lanes instead of passing EDSA, particularly during rush hours.

Meanwhile, recorded traffic violations via the agency’s No Contact Apprehension have reached over 10,000 this year. Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren


Zambo councilor slain in Quiapo

A Zamboanga del Sur city councilor who was in Manila to attend the Philippine Councilors League convention  was shot dead by a still-unidentified gunman along a side street on Recto Avenue Saturday afternoon.

PO3 Aldeen Legaspi of the Manila Police District identified the fatality as Embang Bonga, 50, a resident of Pantalan Street, Purok 1, Barangay Poblacion, Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur.

Police said   Bonga was in Manila to attend the convention of the Philippine Councilors League   at the World Trade Center.

Bonga, together with his son, Yasher, 28; and another councilor named Reyham Lazaga, 28, decided to stroll on Roman Street in Quiapo to buy souvenir items.

At noon, while Bonga and his companions were walking in the area, the gunman suddenly appeared and shot the councilor in the head.

The councilor’s companions immediately rushed him to Justice Jose Abad Santos Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Investigators are now tracing leads to identify and arrest the gunman and shed more light on the slaying. Analou De Vera


Manileños warned vs summer diseases 

As summer draws near, the Manila Health Department (MHD) has reminded Manileños to be wary of the diseases that are common during the dry season.

Dr. Benjamin Yson, MHD chief, advised the public to take precautions against common summer illnesses such as heat stroke, sunburn and other skin diseases.

To prevent heat stroke, Yson advised Manila residents, particularly the elderly, not to stay under the sun for too long.

If one can’t avoid being in the sun, the MHD chief advised wearing a hat or using an umbrella. He also recommended drinking more water to stay properly hydrated and not to engage in excessive physical activities.

Aside from heat stroke, Yson said skin diseases are also common during summer due to the humid and hot weather. To prevent sunburn, he said it is best to apply sunscreen before going outside to protect the skin.

He also cautioned Manileños, especially children, against swimming in dirty and contaminated bodies of water like the Manila Bay to avoid skin infection. “Try to swim in a safe, secure and clean facilities like the Manila public swimming pools,” the Manila health chief said. Cris G. Odronia


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