Partnership for education

CONCERNED officials in Caloocan led by Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri deserve not just a pat on the back for their tremendous effort in carrying out projects that have largely benefited the city’s public schools including new buildings and other infrastructures.

This writer couldn’t merely ignore it without having to extol them particularly the consistent partnership of Echiverri and City Engineering Office head Engr. Rolando Eduria which has vigorously implemented, as what they had promised to the city folks, various infrastructure projects since the mayor, who’s now on his third and last term, assumed office in 2004.

Numerous school projects started in 2005 up to the present. Among them include the building of two-storey eight classroom building at the Kasarinlan High School, two-storey eight classroom building at the Maypajo High School, three storey, 12 classroom building at Camarin High School and two- storey nine classroom building at Kalayaan High School.

In 2006, the Echiverri administration, according to the low-key Engr. Eduaria, completed projects in schools like the three-storey six classroom building at Bagong Barrio Elementary School, two-storey eight classroom building at Urduja Elementary School, three-storey seven classroom building at Sampaguita High School and another three-storey six classroom buildings at Bagong Silang Elementary School, among others.

To sum up as there are more on-going projects in the city’s public schools according to the engineering office, it has constructed around 63 school buildings and similar structures. It’s a great number that the city government has invested on education which turns to be one of the local administration’s priorities.

Such accomplishments can also be emulated by others if they’re as dedicated and sincere as Mayor Echiverri and Engr. Eduaria do to their promises to their constituents.

“Trust Us, We are CIDG”

Knowing Gen. Sammy Pagdilao Jr. full well, we can mark his words that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) would not spy on journalists or try to curtail press freedom.

“There will be no surveillance of journalists or other individuals,” the good general was telling reporters as he allays fears that members of the media and bloggers would be harassed by the government under the newly enacted anti-cybercrime law passed by Congress.

He then clarifies as he maintains that the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10175, did not authorize law enforcement agencies to spy on journalists and critics of the government.

Acknowledging that the provision on libel has been the most contentious portion of the law, Gen. Pagdilao, who is also a lawyer, explains that the measure would greatly help the government in going after syndicates involved in scams, cyber pornography and other computer crimes.

He adds: “This is a step forward as far as we are concerned. This is a positive act and this is going to give us an arm or tool by which the law enforcement sector can prevent and fight cybercrimes that are already in our midst.”  Trust us. We are CIDG, the general assured.

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