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Pangasinan poll office implements Operation Baklas

Dagupan City (26 February) -- Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has directed all local chief executives in Pangasinan to strictly enforce Commission on Election Resolution No. 8758, which governs publication, broadcast, or posting of political advertisements or propaganda materials.

Earlier, provincial COMELEC officer Atty. Reddy Balarbar requested the governor to enjoin all local chief executives to observe fair election practices in order to ensure the holding of free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections.

Balarbar said Resolution 8758 provides for the establishment of common poster areas in public places and allows the posting of lawful campaign materials in "private places provided it has the consent of the owner thereof."

The resolution, he said, further prohibits the posting of campaign materials in public places outside the designated common poster areas such as streets, bridges, public structures or buildings, trees, electric posts or wires, schools, shrines, main thoroughfares and the like.

Balarbar told the Talakayan sa Kapitolyo yesterday that under the law, local government units are deputized to strictly implement the resolution--tear down or remove all illegally posted campaign propaganda materials without any partiality.

Since the campaign period for national candidates started last February 9, the COMELEC has observed that many campaign materials are posted or hanged outside the designated common poster areas, he said.

Operation Baklas, he said, can help instill discipline among the candidates as well as their supporters.

"This time, the COMELEC will strictly and seriously implement this," he warned saying that violation of the said resolution can even lead to the disqualification of the concerned candidate. "Mas maganda kasi kung sama-sama at tulong-tulong ang mga tao para mailagay sa kaayusan ang darating na eleksyon at mapaganda ang kapaligiran," Balarbar added.

As a general rule, Balarbar said there will be one common posting area for every barangay but if there are areas where people converge, then additional areas will be allowed. Common poster areas include the plaza, public market and even residential houses if the owner gives consent.

Under the Operation Baklas, a composite team was organized to assist the LGUs. The Department of Environment and Natural Rresources will take charge of all illegally placed campaign materials posted on trees while Department of Public Works and Highways will look after illegally posted materials along major thoroughfares.

Electric cooperatives, on the other hand, will take charge of all illegally-posted campaign paraphernalia placed on electric posts. Each team will be accompanied by two police personnel during their rounds.

At the start of the local campaign period on March 26, all illegally-posted materials will be removed including advertisement posters or streamers of any candidate, which, according to Balarbar, indirectly solicit votes.

Allowed size of campaign posters is 2 ft. x 3 ft. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan/dos)

Quirino draws up plan to face AH1N1 threat

Cabarroguis, Quirino (February 25) -- The provincial government of Quirino has drawn up a mitigating plan if in case there will be threats of AH1N1 to Quirino residents or suspected carriers of the disease here.

In a two-day planning workshop conducted by the experts from the Cagayan Valley's Center for Health and Development (CHD2), local as well as national government offices based in this province joined the planning workshop aimed at crafting a very effective and suitable mitigating measures to stop a possible AH1N1 pandemic if there will be found carriers of the disease.

Dr. Marian Lyn de Laza, chief of the regional epidemiology and surveillance unit in the CHD said that the provincial government should always vigilant to monitor the entry of suspected AH1N1 carriers and if found out positive should be properly managed and treated according to clinical procedures.

Carriers should also be isolated to stop the possible transfer of the disease to others.

A massive information campaign will also be conducted to prevent and avoid the spread of the dreaded AH1N1 disease.

The mitigating plan includes the putting up of command post, surveillance, health facility response, public health interventions and risk communication addressing the three-levels from a few sporadic cases of AH1N1 to community outbreak.

In the proposed plan, there will be established command post, surveillance team, ready health facilities and public health interventions and communication officers to properly address a scenario in case there will exist AH1N1 in the province.

Funds for the proposed mitigating plan will come from Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) and Local Government Unit of Quirino and some of the health interventions from some concerned agencies like the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) falling under their regular programs.

Governor Dakila Carlo E. Cua thru Provincial Health Officer Tagumpay Felismino said that the provincial officials of Quirino will be supporting and adopting the plan since one of the priority programs of the present administration is the provision health programs to Quirinians.

Provincial and municipal offices that participated in the planning workshop were from the health, veterinary, social welfare and agriculture offices and national government offices were Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police ((PNP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (PIA Isabela) [top]

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