By By Fernan A. Gianan
One more highway robbery for the PNP to solve
posted 10-Jul-2019  ·  
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The Catanduanes police has yet one more robbery holdup incident to solve.

Last Monday at 8:20 A.M., July 1, 2019, abaca trader Adrian David Sr., 47, a resi-dent of San Isidro Village, Virac, was on board his mo-torcycle on his way to Baras when he was waylaid by two suspects along the national road at Binanuahan, Bato.

He told the police that two unidentified men, wearing helmets and on board a Hon-da XRM, overtook him.

David claimed the driver shouted at him to pull over to the side while the backrider pointed a Cal. 38 revolver.

When the trader complied, the backrider allegedly took his money amounting to P170,000 and the two sus-pects escaped towards Ba-ras.

The incident comes just a week after a Bato woman complained on social media that she and her child were victims of a robber who rode the same tricycle they were riding in Virac.

Unfortunately, according to an informed source, she could not provide a clear de-scription of the culprit and the driver accomplice, as well as the plate number of the tricy-cle.

It is said that a review of the CCTV cameras along the route that the tricycle took yielded no clues. The camer-as, it seems, were of low quality and yielded grainy images.

On the other hand, the CCTV cameras installed by the Virac municipal govern-ment in 2017 in strategic are-as of the poblacion are no

longer functioning, reportedly a victim of lack of mainte-nance.

Former Sanggunian members, especially those who still have many years to go before reaching retirement age, have the option to continue serving in government with a Sanggunian Member Eligibility (SME).

This was the reminder of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) last week.

Republic Act No. 10156 grants the SME to the following Sanggunian Members: Vice Mayor, as presiding officer for the Sangguniang Bayan or Sangguniang Panlungsod; Vice Governor, as presiding officer for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan; and regular Sanggunian Members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Sanggunian members who were not elected at large or by political district are not entitled to the grant of eligibility, including the Liga ng mga Barangay presidents, Sangguniang Kabataan federation presidents or sectoral representatives to the Sanggunians.

The first level SME is for those who have served as Sanggunian Member for an aggregate period of six (6) years, and have completed at least 72 units leading to a baccalaureate or bachelor’s degree. The second level SME is for those who have served as Sanggunian Member for an aggregate period of nine (9) years, and have completed a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree.

For both levels, baccalaureate or bachelor’s degree program taken should be recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) from a Private Higher Education Institution in the Philippines or from a State/Local College with baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree included in its charter or duly approved by its Board of Trustees/Board of Regents.

The first level SME shall be comparable to Career Service Subprofessional Eligibility appropriate for entrance and promotion to first level career service positions, while the second level SME shall be comparable to Career Service Professional Eligibility appropriate for entrance and promotion to second level career service positions. However, both are not applicable to positions that require qualifications in skills or trade test and/or requiring passing the Board or Bar examinations, or requiring eligibilities provided under special laws.

Sanggunian members who were elected in the May 2013 elections and thereafter may file the application for the grant of SME within two (2) years upon meeting the required number of years of service.

The prescriptive period for filing of SME applications for those who have completed their service requirement prior to or in May 2013 has already lapsed.

Applications must be submitted to the CSC Regional Office concerned, or to any of its Field Offices, having jurisdiction over the province, city, or municipality where an applicant has rendered his/her last term or years of service.

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