Radiation Leak Rumors Negated

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CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines (PIA) - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC)-7 in Cebu on Monday negated text reports that radiation leaks from a nuclear reactor in Japan may hit the country. "It's plain misinformation," said Neil Sanchez of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-7 and Cebu provincial chair of RDRRMC-7 who stressed that "there is no immediate threat as far as radiation leaks are concerned." He said the Philippine National Research Institute (PNRI) is in constant contact with the International Atomic Energy Agency for the latest developments on the nuclear reactor leak in Japan and every hour hours, the Department of Health (DoH) regularly monitors the air for possible radiation indications.Smoking ban in Roxas CityROXAS CITY, Capiz (PIA) - The Roxas City government is determined to enforce the "no smoking" ordinance in all public places here. City Councilor Powell del Rosario, who authored said ordinance, said it will be strictly enforced as "it is not only a campaign on health but on environmental protection and preservation, too." Because of the smoking ban enforcement, offices in City Hall have been free of cigarette smoke. Also, more local officials in the city have opted to minimize and even quit smoking, said Del Rosario.

Biliran to host women's congressBILIRAN (PIA) - The provincial government of Biliran in cooperation with WORD-KALIPI and the Provincial Council for Women's Welfare, Inc. (PCCWI) is all set for the 17th Women's Congress March 17-18. The two-day event is in consonance with the Women's Month celebration themed, "Magna Carta of Women, the Philippine CEDAW: In Support of the Millennium Development Goals. …