Friday, July 27, 2018

One-strike policy vs. drug use in gov't pushed

In photo: DDB Chairman (Secretary) Catalino Cuy, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero, Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri and PNP Directorate for Operations Head (Police Director) Ma. O Aplasca. Also in the photo are DDB Undersecretaries Jose Marlowe Pedregosa and Earl Saavedra. (Photo courtesy of DDB)

MANILA -- Taking President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching order to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) convened the country’s law enforcement bodies to improve the implementation of the government’s one-strike policy against illegal drugs in the workplace.

Earlier this week, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra endorsed the DDB’s one-strike policy and its enhanced execution, as a way for the government to intensify the campaign against the drug menace.

In a meeting organized by DDB Chairman Catalino Cuy, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) were asked to submit proposals to strengthen the enforcement of DDB Board Regulation No. 2, series of 2017, which mandated a sanction of dismissal at first offense for government officials and employees who will be found positive for using illegal drugs.

In a statement Friday, Cuy said the local government must also be included in the policy’s implementation.

“Since this policy was institutionalized as of February 2017, it is essential that we reiterate its implementation up to the level of the local governments. We look forward to supplement the existing Board Regulation on the one-strike provision by establishing clear protocols and mechanisms on the processes and procedures,” Cuy said.

He said he hopes to attain the changes and improvements in the policy when the DDB Board convenes on August 8.

Among the salient provisions the DDB looks forward to address are the requirements for random drug-testing, the administrators of drug testing procedures in the national and local government levels, the required due process for those found positive for illegal drugs and the disciplining authority on illegal drug violations.

“We would like to instill the importance of accountability, integrity and moral ascendancy among our ranks in the government service. It is our primordial obligation to be law-abiding citizens and lead by example. Being a drug free individual is a major step. This is the reason why we (at the DDB) are serious in our pursuit to lay down the directions that will strengthen our anti-drug priorities,” Cuy said. (DDB PR)

NAGA CITY CBD III: Almeda highway seen to be the city’s next business hub

By Jason B. Neola, CEPPIO

NAGA CITY -- With the proposed construction of at least seven public facilities along the Almeda Highway in Barangay Concepcion Grande here, prospective investors and stakeholders can expect another emerging business hub in the city that will find its center of development radiating from a 3-hectare estate owned by the city government. 

Mayor John G. Bongat last year issued Executive Order 2017-005 creating the Almeda Highway Area Development Project Council (AHADPC) which is tasked to come up with plans and approaches to pave the way for the development of another urban space in a more accessible and space-friendly setting.

The executive measure addresses the need for the city government to sustain the impact of effective urban spatial planning in the light of its proud reputation as the Most Competitive Component City in the Philippines for 2015 and 2016.

The mayor said the city property along the Almeda Highway will provide an opportunity to initiate and lead an area-specific site development that can incorporate contemporary environmental and structural innovations, along with other landowners and stakeholders along the 4.2-kilometer highway. 

The structures to be initially built on the property are:

1. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center
2. City Health Office 2
3. Convention Center
4. Life Counselling Center
5. Evacuation Center
6. Emergency Command Center, and
7. 2-storey 8-classroom building of the City College of Naga

The blueprint of each structure has already been readied and before the end of 3rd quarter 2018, construction will start for the P10M Emergency Command Center, the P28M City College of Naga, a 2-storey 8-classroom building, and the P10.9M Health Office 2. Right now, requirements for the bidding processes of these 3 facilities are underway.

Sources of funds

According to the mayor, the sources of funds are:
1. The LGU itself for the proposed Physical Therapy and Rehab Center, and the Emergency Command Center, and the P7M funds that will be augmented to the construction funds for the City College of Naga 

2. The Dangerous Drug Board national office for the Life Counselling Center

3. The national government for the evacuation center

4. The Quezon City LGU for the 2-storey 8-classroom City College of Naga 

5. The Department of Health for the City Health Office 2

Bongat said the city government will augment the funds intended for the construction of the school with P7M and raise it to P28M. 

Like the 3 facilities, construction of other buildings, such as the P4M Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, the P160M Convention Center, of which the funds are going to be borrowed from a bank, and the P5M Life Counselling Center will also be undertaken by the city government except for the evacuation center that will be handled by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The funds for the evacuation center, which was acquired by Mayor John G. Bongat from the national government, amounts to P50M.
The planned construction of all the 7 facilities was described by Bongat as “progressive,” which means the erection of each structure are expeditiously continuing or shall be built based on their own timetable.
The powers and functions of the AHADPC:
1. Draft and design the area development plan for the 4.2 km. Almeda Highway, including its branding;
2. Ensure the integration of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and green technology into the area development plans, including strategies towards the area’s sustainable economic and environment-friendly development;
3.Recommend strategies for the adoption and overseeing of the implementation of the crafted area and development plan;
4. Encourage and coordinate with private investors and government agencies in the implementation 
of various suite development activities; and
5. Submit to the city mayor a bi-monthly progress report.

Albay Traffic Safety Team launched

LEGAZPI CITY--The Provincial Government of Albay led by Gov. Al Francis Bichara met with traffic enforcers and formally launched the Albay Provincial Traffic Safety Code Enforcement (SPA ORD NO. 99-009) at the Governor's Office, Albay Capitol earlier this week.

Present were representatives of the Philippine National Police R V, Highway Patrol Group R V, Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board R V, Land Transportation Office R V, Department of Public Works and Highways R V and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources R V.

Bichara raised his concerns about street accidents and other matters, saying that “Most of the vehicular accidents are from motor vehicles... we really need to address this problem so we came up with the launching of Albay Traffic Safety Team.”

He also mentioned the problem regarding the widened road used as parking lots that cause a slow flow of traffic.

Cedric Daep, head of Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Management Office, discussed the Albay Traffic Safety Team’s goal, which is to protect the welfare of the people.

Under the ordinance, each municipality has a designated deputized traffic enforcer.

Violator's tickets and Deputized Traffic Enforcer's IDs were handed out to help with the job of the traffic enforcers.

Two support trucks, two tow vehicles, and 5 motorcycle units, along with the Provincial Impounding Area, are also available for the use of the traffic enforcers.

To contextualize the initiatives, PSupt Dixon B. Berango, Deputy Provincial Director for Operations, presented statistics on the current traffic situation in Albay. A total of 1,860 accidents were recorded in 2017, which dropped to 1, 561 accidents in 2018 with a 19.2% decrease.

At present, Legazpi City has the most recorded accidents in 2018 with a total number of 795, followed by Daraga with 192 incidents and 96 in Guinobatan, Albay.

Most of the causes of these accidents include pedestrian crossing, distracted driving, and wrong overtaking.

The factors that cause accidents include the lack of knowledge or disregarding laws, rules, and regulations, drunk while driving, drivers of PUV’s rushing the travel for higher income or commission, and using a cell phone or wearing the headset while driving, Berango noted.

On the other hand, contributory factors also consist of uncontrolled selling of Motor Vehicle, stray animals, pedestrians that do not follow traffic regulations, and construction sites that do not provide traffic signs.

For the government agencies, the factors which contribute to accidents are the lack of or faded road markings on highways, conflict of policy on concerned agencies on the proposed projects prior to its implementation (i.e electric posts, trees along the highways), improper road construction, and inappropriate urban zoning and land use.

Berango recommended the religious conduct of Safety Education Seminars by the provided by LGUs and LTO.

In addition, there should be strict implementation of existing traffic laws, rules, and regulations such as NPNT, Helmet law, Drunk Driving Act and city/municipal ordinance.

Personnel to enforce Ordinances and RA 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code), especially at nighttime, should furthermore be assigned.

Lastly, ordinances regulating and providing requirements in procuring motorcycles should be formulated, he said.

Albay athletes receive incentives

LEGAZPI CITY -- Athletes who represented Albay in the Palarong Bicol received their incentives today, July 27, 2018, at the Provincial Treasurer's Office, Albay Capitol.

Gold medalists received Php 6,000; silver medalists received Php 3,000, and bronze medalists received Php 1,000 cash.

The Provincial Government continues to support the Albayano athletes because of the honor they bring to the province during athletic events.

Peñafrancia Festival 2018 schedule bared

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The schedule of the major events of the Peñafrancia Festival 2018 has been released by the city government.

Miss Bicolandia 2018 Beauty Pageant - September 5
Penitential Procession of the Image of Ina - September 7
Peñafrancia Traslacion Procession - September 7
Regional Band, Majorettes and Fancy Drill Competition - September 8
Marian Youth Congress - September 8
Scouts Parade and Inter-School DBC/DLC Competition - September 12
Civic Parade and Float Competition - September 13
Peñafrancia Voyadores Festival Street and Pilgrims Dance Competition - September 13
Annual Bicol Regional Military Parade Competition - September 14
Peñafrancia Fluvial Procession - September 15

The annual Marian festival draws huge crowds not only from the region but also from other parts of the world.

238 MIESCOR workers get P9.4M benefits thru DOLE Bicol’s SEnA

Legazpi City – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 5 (DOLE) Bicol recently facilitated through the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) mechanism the award of P9.4 million pesos as separation pay to 238 workers of Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR).

OIC Regional Director Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa lauded Ching B. Banania the Single Entry Approach Desk Officer (SEADO) of the Albay Provincial Field Office who facilitated the conduct of settlement proceedings last July 16.

Dela Rosa said that the endeavor was a product of close coordination and constant dialogue between and among DOLE personnel, Tiwi Mayor Jaime Villanueva, employees involved and the MIESCOR management.

“This was materialized after one (1) inspection and three (3) dialogues including this award that transpired by and between the LGU of Tiwi, MIESCOR and DOLE RO 5,” Dela Rosa added.

“We want to provide clients with immediate and viable solutions through this mechanism to prevent full blown labor and employment disputes,” she said.

236 out of 238 employees already received the checks which translated to a 99.16% successful release. Two of the employees who are out of the region were not able to get the cheques.

The employees involved are indeed very thankful upon receiving their monetary entitlements. Some of them will utilize the amount received for their planned business or no longer intended to be employed due to old age and for other personal reasons they may have.

“Masaya po ako at natanggap na po namin ang separation pay at nakikita ko na nakangiti na ang mga empleyado. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE RO 5 at naging maayos ang aming pag-uusap. (I’m happy that we have received our separation pay. I see all employees wearing their smiles of gratitude. I thank the DOLE RO5 for their intervention and for facilitating and ensuring a smooth proceeding.),” shared Maria Aileen Berces-Cuera, HR coordinator for three years in the said company.

SEnA is an administrative approach to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive, and accessible settlement procedure for all issues/complaints arising from employer-employee relations to prevent them from ripening into full blown disputes. Under this approach, all labor and employment disputes shall undergo a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation process to effect settlement among the contending parties.

Any aggrieved worker, union, group of workers, or the employer may file a request for assistance.

Meanwhile, DOLE Albay Field Office will evaluate the possible livelihood interventions to qualified displaced workers of MIESCOR as additional benefits to them in close coordination with the Public Employment Service Office of Local Government Unit of Tiwi as accredited co-partner.

Kasurog Clean Riders campaign to launch on August 1

Kasurog Clean Riders
LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – A massive campaign for Bicolano motorcycle riders to be “organized, documented, and disciplined” will be launched by the Police Regional Office 5 at 7 a.m. this coming August 1 at Camp Simeon Ola here.

Dubbed Kasurog Clean Riders, the campaign aims to encourage Bicolano motorcycle riders to abide by motoring laws on registration, inspection, as well as rules on road safety.

Free stickers will be handed out to responsible motorcycle riders after they have presented pertinent documents such as the original receipt or certificate of registration of the motorcycle; deed of sale if the motorcycle is not registered to the rider; driver’s license; two government IDs; and fully-accomplished Clean Riders Application Form.

With the campaign, the Bicol police force hopes that crimes committed with the use of motorcycles will be curbed. It also aims to promote road safety by educating riders on safety measures.

The Kasurog Clean Riders program is spearheaded by Regional Director PCSupt. Arnel Escobal, following the initiative of the PNP national office.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Japanese man travels by bicycle from Zamboanga to Sorsogon

Japan's Fujimoto Tatsuhiko arrived in Sorsogon City earlier this week on his bicycle after travelling for days from Zamboanga using the same vehicle. Tatsuhiko said he is en route to Manila, which would take around 5 to 7 days by bicycle. (With report/photo from PIA Sorsogon)

DPWH employee arrested in Ligao City buy-bust

LIGAO CITY (Bicol Standard) – An employee of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was arrested earlier today, July 26, in a buy-bust operation by the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In a report to the Bicol Standard, the Ligao police identified suspect as Danilo Perdigon Peralta, 49 years old, and a resident of Barangay Bagumbayan, this city.

Five small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing a white crystalline substance believed to be shabu with an estimated street value of P3,500.00 were confiscated from the suspect.

Also seized from him were P500.00 buy-bust money and other drug paraphernalia.

The suspect will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165.

DSWD cautions public vs fake Facebook accounts using agency’s name

"We would like to warn the public on the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts bearing the name of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The circulation of these accounts is alarming since they can be used to deceive the public to support or donate money for fake initiatives of the government that will allegedly help poor Filipinos.”

This was the warning of DSWD Secretary Virginia “Gee” N. Orogo after finding out about fake Facebook accounts and pages that are using the name of the DSWD to mislead the public.

One of the said fake accounts was discovered under the profile name, “DSWD PH” which uses the official social media logo of the DSWD Field Office (FO) in Central Luzon.

At present, the Department only maintains one official Facebook account under the link, and one Twitter page under the account name, @dswdserves.
Moreover, the official pages of affiliated DSWD FOs and attached agencies of the Department can be located in the “Pages liked by this page” corner.
“As responsible social media users, we need to learn to discern the truth from bogus information and to be cautious in providing private information in social media and messaging applications. Dubious accounts should also be reported to proper authorities,” Sec. Orogo warned.

Last June, the Department also issued a public warning against fake social media accounts and pages that promote illegal adoption of children.

Father and son massacred inside home in Cam Sur

PAMPLONA, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- A father and son were massacred inside their residence at Zone 5, Veneracion, this town at around 6 a.m. Thursday, the Pamplona police said.

The victims were identified as Danilo Abunin, Sr. y Lunasing, 45 years old, and Danilo Abunin y Cortez, of legal age.

The Pamplona police reported that unidentified gunmen fired shots possibly from an M16 rifle a caliber .45 pistol at the father and son.

Empty shells and two slugs from caliber .45 pistol were found at the crime scene.

The SOCO is still processing the crime scene as of this writing.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

NIN HULI SA SELOS | Agom na babae, naglampaw sa dagat, gadan

CARAMOAN, Camarines Sur (BICOL STANDARD) -Makuring selos an pigtutubodan na causa kan paglampaw kan agom kan babae, mantang nagdadalagan sa lawod an saindang pig lulunadan na motor sa dagat, sa Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

Segun ki P/Sr Insp Bienvenido Enciso, an hefe kan pulis sa Caramoan na base sa imbestigasyon ninda si Noe Fernando, 38 anyos, asin an saiyang agom na si Leny Fernando, nakalunad sa motorized banca papuli na sa saindang harog.

Antes pang maglund sa baroto igwa na nin iwal an duwa, nin huli sa sahot kan biktima na an saiyang agom may ibang pig tatago-tagong babae, na saiyang karelasyon.

Todo sa pagpahimutik an lalaki.

Alagad, dai nacombensir an agom na si Leni, kaya kan yaon na sa tahaw kan dagat an saindang pig lulunadan na motorized banca, bigla na sana ining naglampaw, na iyong causa kan saiyang pagkalamos.

An sabi kan agom na lalaki, pig probaran pa niyang sapodon an saiyang esposa, pero nin huli sa darakula an alon, dai na niya kinaya na isalvar siya.

Mientrastanto, si Noe yaon ngonian sa hospital, nagpapabulong nin huli sa dakul na dagat an saiyang nainom, mantang pig sasalvar kuta an saiyang agom.

238 firm workers get P9.4-M benefits thru DOLE intervention

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay -- Some 238 workers of Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corp. (Miescor) have received PHP9.4 million in separation pay through the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) mechanism of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol.

Rovelinda dela Rosa, officer-in-charge regional director of DOLE 5 (Bicol), in an interview Tuesday, said the grant was the product of close coordination and constant dialogue among DOLE personnel, Tiwi Mayor Jaime Villanueva, employees involved, and the Miescor management.

“This materialized after one inspection and three dialogues, including this award that transpired by and between the LGU (local government unit) of Tiwi, Miescor and DOLE-5,” dela Rosa said.

“We want to provide clients with immediate and viable solutions through this mechanism to prevent full-blown labor and employment disputes,” she pointed out.

Out of 238 employees, 236 have received their separation pay checks, which translated to a 99.16 percent successful release. The other two employees were not able to get their respective checks because they were out of the region during the distribution.

"Issue resolved during the mediation period is whether or not the employees, being 'project-based', are entitled to separation pay," dela Rosa said.

Under the decision, Miescor was required to give the necessary separation pay for at least half a month’s salary for every year of service or one month’s salary, whichever is higher, including but not limited to service incentive, leave pay, holiday pay, incentives, final pay and other emoluments due the employees.

The workers expressed their gratitude to DOLE upon receiving their monetary entitlements. Some of them said they would use the amount for their planned business and for other personal expenses.

“Masaya po ako at natanggap na po namin ang separation pay at nakikita ko na nakangiti na ang mga empleyado. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE-5 at naging maayos ang aming pag-uusap (I’m happy that we have received our separation pay. I see all employees wearing their smiles of gratitude. I thank DOLE-5 for their intervention and for facilitating and ensuring a smooth proceeding),” said Maria Aileen Berces-Cuera, HR coordinator for three years in Miescor.

SEnA is an administrative approach to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive, and accessible settlement procedure for all issues/complaints arising from employer-employee relations to prevent them from ripening into full-blown disputes.

Under this approach, all labor and employment disputes shall undergo a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation process to effect settlement among the contending parties.

Any aggrieved worker, union, group of workers, or the employer may file a request for assistance with the labor department.

Meanwhile, DOLE’s office in Albay will evaluate the possible livelihood interventions to qualified displaced workers of Miescor as additional benefits for them. (PNA)

Cleanliness key to leptospirosis prevention

LEGAZPI CITY -- A health official here on Tuesday said cleanliness is still the best way to avoid leptospirosis infection even as she also warned against self-medication.

"Everything starts with cleanliness, always maintain cleanliness in the house as well as surroundings, proper waste management, personal hygiene is also important in preventing this disease,” Dr. Lulu Ramos-Santiago, Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases coordinator of the Department of Health (DOH) here, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Santiago even advised the public to avoid wading in floodwaters or potentially contaminated water, the common way to contract the bacteria causing leptospirosis.

Another way to be infected is through ingestion of contaminated food.

The regional health coordinator also told the public to immediately go to the nearest health facility at the first sign of one of the disease’s symptoms, which is fever.

"We don't recommend self-medication even during fever, consult your nearest health facility to prevent and diagnose the cause of the fever, leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that needs prescription of antibiotic, so self-medication is a big no," the doctor said.

Early consultation is the best way to diagnose if infected with leptospirosis, she added.

DOH Bicol posted and distributed ICE and Frequently Ask Question materials to let the public know how to prevent not just leptospirosis but other bacterial infectious diseases such as: wash hands with clean water and soap, use handkerchief when coughing or sneezing, maintain strong immune system, daily exercise, take a bath every day, proper use of toilets, and maintain cleanliness in surroundings.

A total of 65 leptospirosis cases, were recorded in Bicol from January to July 14 this year, compared to the 45 cases during the same period last year.

Of the six provinces in the region, Santiago said that Camarines Sur has the most number of cases with 46; followed by Albay with 11 cases; Sorsogon, seven cases; Camarines Norte and Masbate with one case each.

Santiago said so far, there are no reported leptospirosis cases in Catanduanes.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection commonly acquired through the urine of rodents, direct contact with infected animals, or superficial cuts and open wounds which are exposed to a contaminated environment such as flood water.

Leptospirosis is characterized by fever, muscle pain, headache, calf pain and in some cases, reddish eyes. It could result in renal failure and eventually, death, if treatment is not immediately administered. (PNA)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Joint press briefing sa pag gadan ki Joey Llana, gigibohon sa aga

LEGAZPI CITY  (BICOL STANDARD) -- Magkakaigwa nin joint press briefing saagang alas 2:00 nin hapon, sa Camp Simeon Ola, sa Legazpi City, dapit sa casong pag gadan sa broadcaster na si Joey Llana.
Ini an pinaabot na bareta ni Sr Ins Malu Calubaquib, an spokesperson kan PNP Bicol kasuodmang hapon.
Sabi ni Calubaquib, gustong paisihon kan liderato kan PNP, na iyo an nag iimbestigar kan caso kun anon a an development sa high profile na krimen, na nakakua kan attention kan Malacanang.
Maroromdoman na si Llana, na sarong blocktimer sa Legazpi City, binadil kan dai nabistong para gadan, amay nin pagka aga kan sarong semana.
Paluwas na si Llana sa saindang harong, lunad kan saiyang service na awto na siya paarakasakan nin bala hale sa calibre .9mm na badil. May saro man nin bala na hale sa calibre .45 an nakua harane sa saiyang bangkay.

Ex brgy kapitan sa Del Gallego, binadil sa Ragay

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Binadil sa payo, kaya tulos nagadan an dating Punong Barangay sa F. Semion, Ragao, Camarines Sur, sabi sa report kan pulis.

Segun sa report, sinurungan sa saindang residencia an biktima, poco mas o menos alas 8:00 nin bangui kan dai nabistong para gadan.

An biktima iyo si Erlinda Sallan Armillo, 55 anos an edad.

Nagkakakan an biktima kan siya badilon sa payo.

Binawian tulos siya nin buhay sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan krimen.

Mayo pa nin malinaw na informasyon kun ano an rason sa pag gadan saiya.

Mientrastanto, pig iimbestigaran pa kan mga awtoridad an motibo kan pagbadil sa saiya.

An nagunong informasyon hale sa Ragay PNP, naaraman na an biktima dating Punong barangay kan Bagong Silang, sa banwaan kan Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.

Naga City People's Mall to offer multi-level parking, banchetto area soon

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The Naga City People's Mall will see changes as part of its rehabilitation soon, including a banchetto area and multi-level parking space.

This was confirmed by Mayor John Bongat in a press briefing on Monday.

Bongat said the changes concern the right-wing part of the edifice fronting Naga River.

The move comes after the City Engineer's Office discovered defects in said portion and suggested rehabilitation efforts for the area.

"The upper storeys of the NCPM will serve as the parking space with the implemention of the ordinance to cater to the traffic issues in the city," the news release from the LGU states.

"Other plans in the NCPM include the relocation of the fish section to the ground floor of the area. 
Other stalls that will be displaced will be relocated in the nearby area. Meanwhile, the riverside portion beside the NCPM will be converted into a banchetto area. Other fastfood restaurants will be allowed to rent other stalls in the area," it further reads.

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