Some policemen allegedly flag down trucks carrying vegetables from Dalaguete and collect a “tong” of P200 from the drivers in exchange for road passage.

Meanwhile, the Cebu Provincial Board is requesting concerned government agencies to prioritize and facilitate the employment of teachers and non-teaching staff who will be ‘displaced’ during the implementation of the K to 12 program.

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Here are the top stories for today, April 10, 2015:

P200 per truck for ‘road passage’

According to barangay captains from Dalaguete town, especially those who operate hauling trucks, alleged that some policemen threaten to issue their drivers a citation ticket when they deliver vegetables to Carbon Market in Cebu City.

Cebu vegetable market

Truckers carrying vegetables from Dalaguete complain about alleged extortion in Talisay and Minglanilla. (Creative Commons photo by Storm Crypt)

The policemen collect P200 from every truck driver about thrice a week. If drivers do not pay up, the cops slap them with some violations, such as overloading with a penalty of P1,500, confiscate their driver’s license, and issue them with a temporary operator’s permit that is valid for 72 hours.

At least 10 trucks get victimized each day.

The truck drivers and truck boys are forced to use their meal money to pay.

The police chiefs of Talisay City and Minglanilla challenged the concerned barangay chiefs to formalize their complaints and identify the policemen involved.

Prioritization of ‘displaced’ educators urged

PB is concerned with teachers of first year college and non-teaching staff having no work due to the fact that there will be no incoming first year college students for the next two years.

According to its resolution, “The only solution to this upcoming problem is to give them priority in the hiring of new teachers for Grade 11 and Grade 12 and it is only the DepEd and the Dole that can help them land in such jobs, so there is a need for commitment on the part of both Departments for such undertaking.”

The K to 12 program provides one year in the kindergarten level, six years in elementary and six years in the secondary level, which include four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school education.

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