Monday, November 02, 2015

LTO-10 enacts new rules, procedures

On drivers’ licenses issuance:

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LTO-10 Regional Dir. Hilarion Ulep
CAGAYAN de Oro City  (BEN BALCE/ Golden Journal) - The revised rules governing the issuance of drivers’ licenses through administrative orders are now being imposed in the region, Land Transportation Office (LTO) officials said Monday.

Northern Mindanao Land Transportation Office regional director Hilarion Ulep said the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has revised the rules and guidelines governing the issuance of drivers’ licenses serving two purposes.

“First, they will better ensure the fitness and capability of license card holders to drive on our streets and second, they will streamline the application process and make it more convenient for the public,” said Ulep.

Ulep said the revised rules have covered all four types of licenses issued by the LTO – professional, non-professional, student permit, and conductor’s license.

“Revised on driver’s license examinations also included and imposed starting last month,” said Ulep.
The new rules took effect after the five administrative orders have been published last October this year.

“The LTO will no longer conduct lectures and seminars prior to written and practical examinations but instead release reviewers containing all possible questions,” Ulep explained.

Instead, holders of a student’s permit will be given reviewers available at LTO offices as well as online through the DOTC and LTO websites, according to Ulep.

In the orders, those who fail the basic driving theory and practical driving tests twice will not be allowed to reapply within a year while those who fail the tests for the third time cannot apply for two years.

It also said the LTO raised by one year the minimum age requirement for those seeking a student permit and a non-professional driver’s license.

Applicants for a student permit must be 17 years old – previously 16 years old – and those seeking for a non-pro license must be 18 years old from the current qualification of 17 years old.

Motorists aspiring for a professional driver’s license must have a valid student driver’s permit for at least six months. The current guidelines allow applicants to have a five-month student’s permit or a non-pro license for four months.

Applicants for a professional driver’s license will be disqualified if they have incurred at least two citations for reckless driving.

“This is meant to incentivize disciplined, law-abiding, and orderly driving among would-be... applicants,” Ulep said.

The restrictions will apply to all applicants for a professional driver’s license: drivers of tricycles, light vehicles, heavy vehicles, and conductors.

Under the new rules, the LTO will accept a medical certificate issued by a licensed and practicing physician. This means applications will no longer be restricted to be certified by accredited doctors stationed at the LTO office.

“This will allow applicants to have themselves examined by a doctor of their own choosing, at a time and place convenient to them,” he said.

The LTO will provide a downloadable medical certificate form from the DOTC and LTO websites.

“It should state, among others, that the applicant is physically and mentally fit to drive, as well as what the condition of his or her eyesight and hearing is,” Ulep said.

Under the new system, the LTO will extend the validity period of professional and non-professional driver’s licenses whose holder have not committed any violation.

“A motorist with a clean record is entitled to a five-year validity period when license is renewed,” Ulep stressed.

A driver’s license is currently valid for three years. (With reports from DOTC)

Real says no blackouts in areas serviced by Moresco-1

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Engr. Julie M. Real
LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental – (BEN BALCE/Golden Journal) - While other power utility companies’ continuously announcing new blackout schedules since last week, the areas serviced by the Misamis Oriental 1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO-1) will not experience any power interruption, official said Tuesday.

“Despite of the power shortage declared by the NGCP, still no blackouts or even rotating brownouts being experienced in Moresco-1 areas,” said Moresco-1 general manager Engr. Julie Real.

The power outages stretching from two to three hours were now ensued in Cagayan de Oro due to the continuing power shortage in Mindanao, according to NGCP.

Mindanao is currently experiencing substantial generation deficiency since February 27, this year which at present reached as high as 220MW causing the daily rotational blackout not only in its franchise area but the whole island of Mindanao.

“We have no blackouts because Moresco-1 has two megawatts modular generator set and we applied our ILP (Interruptible Load Program),” said Real.

MORESCO-1’s San Isidro substation located in Laguindingan,
Misamis Oriental. This 2MW modular generation set is acquired

through the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
Real said as an immediate measure, Moresco-1 implemented ILP where it partners with big load consumers with imbedded generators to temporarily and voluntarily operate on their own generators sets.

He said among its partners applied ILP are Asia Brewery Inc., W.L. Foods, Donau Carbon Plant, Northstar Asia Holding Corporation, Zest-o, and Universal Robina Corporation.

“MORESCO-1 is also urging its member-consumers to apply energy conservation,” said Real adding that member-consumers to use only electricity to what is vital and necessary.

Real said Moresco-1 also advised member-consumers to use electricity especially during peak hours, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, until the load curtailment is lifted.

“The whole franchise area will suffer and will be forced to shut down the available loads if the member-consumers failed to cooperate,” he said.

According to Real, thus, Moresco-1 is appealing for kind support and calling for action to conserve energy.

Alagar employs 219 new police officers, Desquitado says

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C/Supt. Lyndel Desquitado
CAGAYAN de Oro City (BEN BALCE/Golden Journal) - Northern Mindanao police head Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado confirmed last week that the police regional command has hired 219 new police recruits, 33 females, to its police force.

Desquitado was the one administered the oath-taking of the new police recruits at the regional headquarters grandstand here in Camp Alagar.

“The new police recruits are part of the 2nd cycle qualified applicants for the 2015 quota who passed the regional police screening committee,” said Desquitado.

Desquitado said the police recruits would undergo a one year rigorous theoretical and physical training that will measure their endurance and determination, aside from enhancing their competence and discipline as a police officer.

He said that the new police officers would also endure physical conditioning and internalization of the Police Operational Procedure and Basic Laws, self-defense, firearm proficiency and adeptness in the field of investigation, patrol and traffic management.

“After completing the one year rigorous training, the new police officers would be turned over to the Regional Public Safety Battalion,” Desquitado said. (with reports from PNA)

Marcos BBL version is worse

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(This is the first instalment of Sultan Firdausi I. V. Abbas’ “in his opposition to the “amended” Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the Senate Committee of Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr .)

       Sultan of Lanao

SULTAN Firdausi I.Y. Abbas, President of the
Muslim Bar Association of the Philippines, Inc.
(MUSBARAP) with Secretary Leila M. De Lima,
Secretary of Justice pledging the support of the
MUSBARAP to her senatorial aspiration.
THE amended Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the Senate Committee of Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is no better than the approved version of the House of Representatives, Ad Hoc Committee. It purported to improve the BBL but failed. It did not even adhere to the basic principle that a constitution (the BBL will be the constitution for the new autonomous region if approved) must be brief, clear and simple.

To start with, it has the same difficult highfalutin words and vague phrases of Ascription, Self-Ascription, Asymmetric Relationship (Article Vl, Sec. 23), Parity of Esteem (Sec. 24) and Transitional Justice (Article Vlll, Sec.68). What were those people thinking of!

It erroneously and ignorantly use ethnic words and phrase. It speaks of fusaka inged in reference to the alleged indigenous peoples. Firstly, the word fusaka is mispelled. It is pusaka. Second, this word is in the languages of the Maranaws and the Maguindanaons and not in any of the dialects of the indigenous tribes.

There is no letter “f” in the Maranaw and Maguindanao languages. Third, its use as a phrase, pusaka inged (Sec. 69) is terribly incorrect. Inged is another Maranaw and Maguindanao word which means home,territory or land. A pusaka means an heirloom which is a movable object that has been in the family or community for years and decades. Inged cannot be a pusaka. Another word used is tarib(Sec. 69) which is suppose to mean traditions. This again is erroneous. Tradition in the Maranaw and Maguindanaon languages is taritib.  It reflects the ignorance of the Marcos consultants of the Moro languages.


Article Xl, Sec. 9 repeats the same blasphemous provision in the previous version, Article X, Sec. 4. It also provides:

“The following are the sources of Shariah Law among others: Al-Quran (the Koran); Al-Sunnah (Prophetic Tradition): Al-Qiyas (Analogy) and Al-Ijima (Consensus).” The phrase among others means that there other maybe other sources of Shariah.

There can be no other source of understanding Islamic law other than those mentioned above. Futhermore Sunna must be interpreted as the Traditions of the Prophet.

Mohammed and not simply as Prophetic Tradition because there are many prophets in Islam and Ijma (not Ijima) is the third source of understanding Shariah before  Qiyas.

The Muslim Bar has time and again brought to the attention of the authorities that the Shariah Courts must be intensively reviewed. There must be an accounting of the cases filed and the cases resolved. The procedure in the said courts are summary but cases have been pending for as long as five years and even longer.

It has also been proposed that those who pass the Shari’ah Bar Examinations must be eligible only to practice before the Shari’ah courts. The Shari’ah Circuit and District Judges and the Shariah Appellate Court Justice  must be occupied by regular members of the Philippine Bar who have either obtained degrees in Shari’ah from the middle-east or from any other Muslim country or undergone at least a one year course or seminar in Islamic law as the seminars offered by the Department of  Muslim Affairs before.

Procedural law is very vital in trials. Knowledge of procedure is what enables the judge to timely adjudicate cases and establish decorum in court. A four year course in Shariah does not provide the judge who is a Shariah lawyer that ability.   Shariah lawyers should be used as academicians to teach in the Shari’ah Academy proposed. They can also practice law in the Shari’ah courts.

(To be continued)

(The writer is the President of the Muslim Bar Association of the Philippines, Inc., Chairman of the Bangsa Moro Party and Chairman of the United Filipino Movement .)