Monday, April 23, 2018

Laoag City has new police OIC

Turn-over Ceremony. INPPO provincial director P/Sr. Supt. Melencio Nartates (center) leads the turn-over between incoming OIC P/Supt. Dominic Guerrero (left) and out-going P/Supt. Edwin Balles (right) at the city hall auditorium on March 12. Witnessing the turn-over ceremony are INPPO officials, some chiefs of police, Laoag mayor Chevylle V Fariñas and other city hall officials. (Doms dela Cruz)

By Dominic B. dela Cruz
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The Philippine National Police appointed a new officer-in-charge for this city’s police force.
P/Chief Supt. Dominic Guerrero replaces outgoing P/Supt. Edwin Balles.

Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) provincial director P/Sr. Supt. Melencio Nartates led the turn-over ceremony at the city hall conference room attended with Ilocos Norte police officials, other chiefs of police and Laoag mayor Chevylle V. Farinas and other city officials on March 12, 2018.

Mr. Guerrero, in his message, said he will continue all the programs and activities of the present especially in support to the campaign against illegal drugs and the peace and order situation of Laoag.

He also asked a full cooperation by the city government to implement the PNPs vision and mission.

Records show that Mr. Guerrero is the second Laoag native chief of police after former Laoag police chief P/Sr. Supt. Sterling Blanco.

Prior to his new assignment in Laoag, Mr. Guerrero led the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company at the INPPO.

He was also the chief of police in the municipalities of Paoay, Bacarra, Sarrat, San Nicolas and once became a caretaker in Marcos and Pagudpud.

Relative to this, Mr. Guerrero appealed the public for their cooperation in order to achieve a peaceful, orderly and safe place to live in.

In behalf of the people of Laoag, Mrs. Farinas warmly welcomed the newly installed police for Laoag.

The mayor assured the city government’s help with the Laoag police.

The city government’s latest donation to the city police are new patrol cars and motorcycles.

Mr. Balles, meanwhile, leaves for a new assignment in the police regional office.

Mr. Balles led the Laoag police for more than two years.

DENR orders demolition of illegal structures in Pagudpud

Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued a final demand to Pagudpud resort owners to voluntary demolish cottages and other structures built on the foreshore area surrounding the “Blue Lagoon,” a favorite tourist destination at Brgy. Balaoi in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

The foreshore is a portion of the beach which spans 20 meters from the seashore. DENR Department Order No. 34, issued in 1999, states that a foreshore is “part of the shore which is alternately covered and uncovered by the ebb and flow of the tide.”

In a letter sent to at least five resort owners, Atty. Mae Jean Pedro, DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources based in Barangay Manayon, Bangui, Ilocos Norte legal consultant said that “(O)ccupying the legal easement of the 20-meter salvage zone is in violation of Article 51 of the Water Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree 1067).

Under the law, it is prohibited for any person to stay in this zone longer than what is necessary for recreation, navigation, floatage, fishing or salvage, or to build structure of any kind within the legal easements.

The DENR identified the violators as Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center owned by retired Airforce Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr., Classique Homestay of Ruth Magarro, Cottages of Nelly Cristobal, May Anne Copeland and Corazon Espejo.

In the DENR letter, they directed and demanded the owners to voluntary demolish the cottages and other structures within 72 hours upon receipt of notice otherwise appropriate charges will be imposed to them without prior notice.

The DENR guidebook said: “The Philippine foreshore is one area where rapid development is taking place.”

“With progress comes the various problems: environmental pollution, conversion of mangroves into other uses, illegal reclamation, squatting and many more,” it said.

DPWH-Ilocos Norte rolls out ‘Operation Baklas’

A portion of the Ilocos Norte highway is free of any obstruction. (Lei Adriano)

Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Ilocos Norte’s Second Engineering District is up for another round of road sweep as it started its “Operation Baklas” to clear the national highway’s right of way.

Since February 21, 2018, the DPWH along with personnel from the Philippine National Police started to remove obstructions to ensure smooth flow of traffic and prevent road accidents.

Under Department Order No. 73 series of 2014, Engr. Mathias Malenab cited some prohibited uses within the right of way. These include all kinds of temporary and permanent structures such as buildings, houses, shanties, stores, shops, stalls, sheds, canopies, billboards, signages, advertisements, fences, walls, railings, basketball courts, barangay halls, and garbage receptacles among others.

According to Mr. Malenab, a total of 293 obstructions were removed following the three consecutive road clearing operations slated from February 21 to March 3, 2018.

The areas covered included Batac City and the towns of Paoay, San Nicolas, Currimao and Badoc respectively.

Mr. Malenab said they will resume the operation again next week.

In the first district of Ilocos Norte, Engr. Nestor Pasion also reported the DPWH First Engineering District were able to demolish and remove 3,019 obstructions from Laoag City all the way to Pagudpud.

The DPWH appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate and abide by the revised Philippine highway act and the national building code.