It supports the whole-of-nation approachembodied in Executive Order 70, which formed the National Task Force to EndLocal Communist Armed Conflict, and led to the adoption of a National PeaceFramework.(With a report from PNA/PN) Mayor Renato Gustilo led the holding ofthe immersion activity in Barangay Codcod on Feb. 22, which came after thelaunching of the RSCP through a service caravan in the village on Feb. 3. According to Local Government OperationsOfficer Steve Yap, the DILG will also lobby for the funding of the identifiedprojects. “This is the right time to air yoursentiments to the government so it can act especially on the projects for thedevelopment of your community,” the mayor said to some 200 participants fromvarious sub-villages during the gathering. It was also attended byrepresentatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). He also assured the residents that the citygovernment will support these projects and allocate funds with assistance fromthe provincial and the national governments. The people just need to be patientand trust them. The RCSP was formulated to strengthenits forerunner, the Community Support Program (CSP), which was an initiative ofthe military, and also to initiate efforts driven mainly by the localgovernment. San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo leads the immersion activity in Barangay Codcod on Feb. 22. He said to some 200 participants from various sitios/puroks that it was the right time to air their sentiments to the government so that it can act, especially for the project development of the community. SAN CARLOS CITY LGU Among the concerns and needs raised bythe community were farm-to-market roads, electrification, water supply, healthcenter facility and the benefits for senior citizens. For his part, Codcod village head DaniloLastimoso expressed his appreciation to both the city government and the DILGfor conducting the immersion activity. The city government also brought theservice caravan to Barangay Guadalupe on Feb.12, in Barangay Buluangan on Feb.10, and it was also held in Barangay Nataban on Feb. 7. BACOLOD City – The city of San Carlos,located in the northern part of Negros Occidental, recently conducted a seriesof service caravans in remote villages for the implementation of the RetooledCommunity Support Program (RSCP). “Only the government has the capacity tohelp solve the problems in (your) community, not the armed group of rebels,” headded. It gave assurance to the people that thegovernment is serious in its commitment to bring change and to include them inthe development process, he said. On Jan. 21, the Negros Occidentalprovincial government launched the “Serbisyo Negrosanon” to implement the RCSPwith a caravan of services hosted by the municipality of Isabela.
Seven high school athletes have chosen to enroll at USC for the spring semester and will begin practicing with the football team when practice resumes in March.Reinforcements · Members of USC coach Lane Kiffin’s highly touted recruiting class are already on campus after finishing high school early. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanHeadlining the list of new Trojan football prospects is top-ranked quarterback Max Browne of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash. Browne was named the 2012-13 Gatorade national football player of the year and set state records for career passing yards and completions. He’s expected to compete for the starting quarterback position as a freshman for the Trojans.Joining Browne is a group of talented players on both sides of the ball, particularly in the secondary. Defensive back Su’a Cravens from Vista Murrieta High School (Calif.) was named the USA Today defensive national player of the year and is the top-ranked player at his position according to ESPN. Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga High School) and Leon McQuay III (Armwood High School in Florida.) are four-star recruits who are also poised to join a revamped secondary.USC will get help in the backfield from running back Justin Davis (Lincoln High School in California), and also at wide receiver with the return of 2012 recruit Darreus Rogers. Rogers wasn’t cleared to participate with the team by the NCAA last season but is now eligible to play.Rounding out the list is defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow from Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md. He is the third-ranked defensive tackle in his class, according to ESPN.The rest of USC’s 2013 recruiting class will be officially announced on Feb. 6. As it currently stands, the Trojans have seven additional verbal commitments. Those recruits have until signing day (Feb. 6) to officially make a decision on where to play next season. Despite facing scholarship restrictions, USC’s class is currently ranked ninth in the country according to ESPN.
OMAHA — The cost to make temporary repairs to levees impacted by spring flooding along the Missouri River continues to rise.John Leighow, chief of readiness and contingency operations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Northwestern District, says recent dry weather has allowed their teams access to more levees for assessment.“Additional damages are being identified as the water continues to drop and our field engineers are attempting to accurately assess the scope of damages to approximately 150 miles of damaged levees,” Leighow says.He adds, the amount of money that’s been spent to temporarily fix damaged levees is growing.“Currently, the cost of these efforts is around $123 million and it’s climbing,” Leighow says. “That’s $3 million more than what we had last week. As of now, we are not anticipating any budget constraints regarding recovery efforts.”Even though funding is currently available, Leighow says there may soon be more competing claims for the money.“We are now approaching the peak of hurricane season right around the end of August into Labor Day — early September timeline,” Leighow says. “The peak of hurricane season will compete for the same resources that we need for our recovery efforts.”Releases from Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota remain at 70,000 cubic feet per second — nearly double the average release for this time of year.Missouri River Basin Water Management Division Chief John Remus says adjustments in releases are now tied to precipitation with mountain snowpack mostly gone.“The snowpack is all melted,” Remus says. “We haven’t necessarily seen all of it in the reservoir yet, but the main driver (of conditions) from here on out would be precipitation.”To date, nine of the 51 damaged levees in the Omaha District have been temporarily repaired. Corps officials say it could be next spring before every breach in the system is plugged.