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Congress to pass bill on BSKE postponement by Oct 1

MANILA – Congress will try to pass the measures seeking the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) and the registration of all postpaid and prepaid mobile phone subscriber identity module (SIM) cards on third and final reading by Oct. 1, according to House Majority Leader Manuel Jose Dalipe on Friday.

Dalipe said this was the agreement reached among leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate during the Common Legislative Agenda coordination meeting held Thursday night at the Manila Golf and Country Club in Makati.

DFA consular office opens in NoCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY – The PHP25-million Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Office for North Cotabato here has started operations for passport processing and other related services, an official said Tuesday.

Mayor Jose Paolo Evangelista said the two-story DFA office along Alim Street will serve not only North Cotabato but also other nearby areas in Bukidnon and Maguindanao provinces.

"This development will benefit all as it is also expected to foster progress in our local economy", the mayor said of the DFA office deemed as the biggest so far in the Soccsksargen region.

Comelec sets Oct. 6-13 COC filing for barangay, SK bets

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has scheduled the filing period of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for those who would like to run in the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) from Oct. 6 to 13, 2022.

Based on its Calendar of Activities, the filing period will only run for 6 days as Oct. 9, falls on a Sunday, which is not included in the activity.

Aspirants in the village and youth polls may file their COCs at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) in their city or municipality.

Comelec chief expects 80% turnout in Maguindanao referendum

COTABATO CITY – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman George Garcia is expecting an 80 percent turnout of voters for the September 17 plebiscite on the division of Maguindanao province.

“I came over to ensure we will have orderly political exercises, even if it is just a plebiscite,” he said in an interview on Friday.

Garcia attended the coordinating conference on the Maguindanao plebiscite held at the AlNor convention center here on Thursday afternoon.

Public schools sa Sox, 80 percent na ready sa face to face classes, ayon sa DepEd-12

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Pinaplantsa na lamang ngayon ng Department of Education ang kanilang paghahanda para sa ipapatupad muli na in person classes sa Region 12.

Batay sa tala ng DepEd, nasa halos 800,000 na mga mag-aaral mula sa ibat-ibang division ng rehiyon dose ang nakapagpatala pa para sa pasukan habang inaasahan pa ang dagdag na 300,000 na mga kabataan o mag-aaral.

Sinabi ni Regional Director Carlito Rocafort, nasa 80 percent ng handa ang kagawaran ng edukasyon para sa Lunes, kabilang ang mga paaralan, pagsunod sa health protocols ng mga kabataan at maging ng mga guro.

New command group heads named as PNP chief orders major revamp

Highlights: 

► Brig. Gen. John Guyguyon is new PRO-BAR regional director 

► Brig. Gen. Jamili Macaraeg now heads Soccsksargen PNP

► Brig. Gen. Arthur Cabalona moves to Area Police Command-Western Mindanao as deputy chief 

► Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum was transferred to PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development

Teachers’ training for Dec. 5 village, youth polls to start soon

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will soon start the training of teachers in connection with the holding of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) on Dec. 5, 2022.

In an interview Monday, Comelec chairperson George Erwin Garcia said teachers, most of whom will be serving as members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), will be trained on how to implement manual polls again.

Solon wants parking space prerequisite to buy cars

MANILA – A lawmaker wants to require motor vehicle buyers in metropolitan areas to have their own garage or parking space as a prerequisite for the purchase to reduce traffic congestion and ensure uncluttered pathways.

Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco filed House Bill 31, otherwise known as the proposed No Garage, No Registration Act, which would also require the Land Transportation Office to verify the document submitted by the registrant or purchaser attesting to the existence of an adequate parking facility for the vehicle.

PBBM names Azurin as new PNP chief

MANILA – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has appointed Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. as the new chief of the Philippine National Police, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said on Monday.

A graduate of Philippine Military Academy (‘Makatao’ Class of 1989), Azurin is currently the commander of the Northern Luzon Police Area composed of the regions of Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3) and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

SONA sets the tone for PH development goals: USM dean

COTABATO CITY – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has laid down the foundation of his administration development agenda in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday, a college dean and political analyst in Soccsksargen’s state-run university in North Cotabato said.

“He has set the tone for the country’s sustainable development goals,” said Professor Marcos Monderin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) based in Kabacan, North Cotabato.

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