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Capitol Now Using Drones to Monitor Damage in Damutan Forest

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The fight against illegal logging and timber poaching is going hi tech in Negros Occidental.

Task Force Ilahas (TFI) executive officer, Jose Maria Valencia confirmed that they are now using a drone to get an aerial view of the extent of damage caused by poachers to the remaining forest cover of Sitio Wilderness in Brgy. Damutan, Hinobaan.

The drone is also used to find out how to avoid destruction of forest habitat, with the recovery of fallen logs, Valencia said.

3 Persons Attempt to Retrieve Pawned Firearm of Cop Nabbed

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Three persons who attempted to retrieve the pawned firearm of a Sipalay City policeman to a drug personality arrested by Hinobaan PNP on July 28 were arrested Thursday morning.

Police Senior Inspector Robert Indiape, Hinobaan PNP identified them as Ming Pantajo, 22 years old, and Ricky Berdin, 21 years old-all of Barangay 3, Sipalay City; and Vincent Rafols, 37 years old of Barangay Mambaroto, Sipalay City.

The three were seen 9:00pm Wednesday with their tricycle parked at a waiting shed near the police station suspiciously.

Hinoba-an Hosts Meet of 100 Pregnant Women

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The Department of Health (DOH6) recently conducted the Buntis Congress, where some 100 pregnant women availed of free health services at the Pagbana-ag People’s Activity Center in Hinoba-an Town.

Lin-ay. Moms-to-be flaunt their colorful costumes and their round bellies as they join a pageant as part of the Buntis Congress program held at Hinoba-an Town.* (CBA-PIA6 photo)

“Bantay Lasang” Killed in Hinobaan

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A former member of the New People’s Army (NPA) before turning as member of Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) was killed in Sitio Payag-on, Barangay Asia, Hinobaan Friday.

Police Senior Inspector Roberto Indiape, Hinobaan PNP chief identified the victim as Joel Medina, 53, of Barangay Asia.

He sustained multiple gunshots and hack wounds in the body and died on the spot perpetrated by three unidentified suspects, Indiape said.

The suspects were armed with high powered firearms, police disclosed.

Hinoba-an’s 15th Pagbana-ag Fest Opens

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Hinoba-an town’s 15th Pagbana-ag Festival opens today with a 4 a.m. Diana and Fun Run and the Symbolic Releasing of Sky Lanterns and Kapehan sa Bantay Dagat at 5 a.m.

Mayor Ernesto Estrao told the Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) the 15th Pagbana-ag festival is part of the annual Hinoba-an Foundation Day celebration.

The town is celebrating its 56th foundation anniversary during the April 20 to 24, 2015 festivities, which are under the Hinoba-an Tourism Center under his office.