News Briefs: March 7, 2017

10 Bacolod cops sacked for sleeping on the job 

BACOLOD CITY – Ten policemen here were sacked for sleeping on the job, Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), confirmed on Monday, March 6.

For neglect of duty, the 10 cops – mostly Police Officers 2 and Police Officers 3 – have been disarmed and relieved from their posts since Frida. They are now assigned to the BCPO headquarters.

The police report said in the early morning of March 1, an officer on duty was doing the rounds of police stations in the city. 

Seven policemen from Police Station 10 were caught sleeping while they were still on duty. The Police Station 2, on the other hand, was reportedly closed as three of its personnel were sleeping on their posts. – Marchel P. Espina


Schools with no electricity to get solar-powered computers – DepEd 

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) will distribute computer packages and solar panels to public schools in areas without electrical supply.

Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua said about 6,000 public elementary and secondary schools will benefit from this initiative.

The computer package includes one laptop and a 7-in-1 tablet.

The DepEd estimates that 4,000 beneficiaries will be coming from Luzon and Mindanao, while 2,000 schools will be from the Visayas.

The DepEd 2015 Computerization Program has a fund of P1.4 billion. –


Ilocos Norte's veterinarian is most outstanding in PH 

ILOCOS NORTE – This province's veterinarian, Dr Loida Valenzuela, was recently recognized as Most Outstanding Veterinarian in Government Service by the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) during their national convention in Baguio City.

PVMA is composed of Filipino veterinarians who are accredited by the Professional Regulatory Commission.

Valenzuela, who was among the 15 nominated for the award, acknowledged the contribution of all veterinarians in her province, according to a press release from the Ilocos Norte government.

She is recognized for addressing one of the most widespread problems in veterinary medicine: rabies. She spearheaded efforts for massive dog vaccination and registration, as well as early childhood intervention, the provincial government said.

Valenzuela said the provincial veterinary office now targets to eliminate food and mouth diseases –