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Lagawe mayor wages war vs illegal gambling

by Jina Shirley G. Dacmay

LAGAWE, Ifugao (22 September) -- In an attempt to stop all forms of illegal gambling here, Mayor Ceasario Cabbigat started conducting on the spot ocular inspection on some suspected gambling dens.

Cabbigat, backed by the members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC), swooped down on alleged gambling dens located at the urban barangays of this capital town to check their existence and warn the people involved to cease these illicit activities.

Out of the 11 reported alleged gambling dens mostly located in private establishments, five were in actual operation when the group arrived surprising the people playing while the rest are not existing anymore. It was earlier reported to the Lagawe Police that these places where alleged dens of gambling like bingo, "monte" and including jueteng.

According to Cabbigat, the ocular inspection signaled the start of war against all forms of illegal gambling in the municipality.

"This is just a warning to the people involved, the present administration is not tolerating this kind of activities that disturb the peace and order situation of this municipality" he said.

During the ocular inspection, some of the owners lamented that these activities are just merely recreational especially the "bingo" since most of the players are retirees. They also bargained that if possible this kind of game will be allowed to pursue during Saturdays and Sundays.

However, Cabbigat advised the owners of the establishments to completely stop their operation pending the MPOC's decision on their request or else the PNP will confiscate their gambling paraphernalia. Furthermore, the owners of the establishments signed a manifesto declaring their support to the anti-gambling campaign of the present administration.** Mhars B. Lihgawon/PIA-Ifugao Lagawe town undergo facelift LAGAWE, Ifugao - This capital town is undergoing total face lift with repairs and renovations of the town hall and other municipal structures and the cleaning and beautification of provincial, municipal and barangay roads located within the town center.

Sharon Sarol, Secretary to the Mayor disclosed that as one of the priority thrusts of the newly elected Mayor Ceasar Cabbigat, it should not only be recognized as the capital town but it should showcase cleanliness and beauty.

Renovations and improvements were also done with the public comfort rooms along the National Highway making it more comfortable for public use.

This she said is supported with the implementation of municipal ordinances on clean and green, the hiring of more staff to clean and maintain municipal structures and additional staff to do manual work.

She added that for the first time in the history of the LGU, a Comprehensive Development Plan is being established because there has been no existing Comprehensive Development Plan ever. This is one important document which should be the basis of budget allocation.

Still, preparations to come up with a Situation Analysis for all sectors and a Socio Economic Profile is being considered.

"It is deemed proper to have a blue print of this important documents that would give direction to total human development actions", Sarol added. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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