John Bello

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John A. Bello has written for several national and local newspapers for over a decade and a half covering Quezon province. Aside from writing journalistic articles he also dabbles in literary fiction in both English and Filipino.

Quezon politician publishes book on political satire

LUCENA CITY—A former Quezon provincial board member and a gubernatorial candidate in next year’s midterm elections has written a no-holds barred book about President Duterte, his Cabinet members and other national political personalities, touching on current and burning national issues using rhetorical devices of sarcasm, irony, satire and humor.

Authorities promote assistance to ex-NPAs

LUCENA CITY—Authorities announced here on Friday that some 3,009 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels received various forms of assistance from several agencies through government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program, or E-Clip.

Quezon artists mount exhibit 

LUCENA CITY—As part of the celebration of February as “Buwan ng Sining” (Month for the Arts), 24 members of Quezon Artists Guild (QAG) have mounted an exhibit of their artworks, which kicked off on February 19 and runs up to March 3.

Calabarzon LGUs form consortium on R&D

LUCENA CITY—To fast-track the government programs on science and technology to benefit the local communities, various government agencies in Calarbarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal  and Quezon) region have linked arms to form a consortium for research and development.

Quezon pushes anticrime drive with arrest of drug suspects

CAMP Nakar, Lucena City—The Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO) is banking on its Community Mobilization Program (CMP) to pursue its anti-criminality drive in the province as the police nabbed seven drug violators and rescued three minor victims of sex trafficking in separate police operations last Sunday and Tuesday here.

10,000 Quezon volunteers form group vs illegalities

LUCENA CITY—Over 10,000 community volunteers from Quezon province have banded, calling themselves Provincial Union of Leaders against Illegalities (Puli) to help the police and local government authorities to combat various crimes and preserve peace and order in the entire province.

Quezon gets multiple awards from DOH, DOT, DILG

LUCENA CITY—Quezon province is on a winning streak as it bagged successive awards last week from the departments of Health (DOH) and  Tourism (DOT), and earlier from the Department of the Interior and Local Governments (DILG).

Quezon governor presents province’s ‘First 1,000 days of Life’ program in Bangkok symposium

LUCENA CITY—Quezon Gov. David Suarez is pushing for the adoption of the province’s “First 1,000 Days of Life, Maternal and Child Healthcare Program” as a national policy for government leaders and policy-makers to resolve the national problem of malnutrition during the two-day regional symposium on “Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition” held last Friday and Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand.

Quezon to build 2 ‘super’ day-care centers in Polillo, Unisan towns

LUCENA CITY, Quezon—An enhanced day-care education system in Quezon province has been assured with the impending construction next year of two 350-square-meter super day-care centers in Polillo and Unisan towns along with improved teacher training and quality instruction materials for the early quality education of children aged 3 and 4 years old in the whole province.

Quezon SP member wants historical sites preserved

LUCENA CITY—Concerned that cultural and historical sites and structures in the province are being threatened by the development and infrastructure work of the government, a neophyte provincial board member of Quezon has proposed the hiring of a cultural-heritage worker in every municipality of the province to protect and preserve these sites and structures.

Quezon SP fails to pass P2-B devt loan from LandBank

LUCENA CITY—Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Quezon tried, but failed, on November 7 to pass an ordinance certified as urgent by Gov. David Suarez authorizing him to negotiate on a P2-billion development loan with the Land Bank of the Philippines and other financial institutions to finance big-ticket projects for 2017 to 2019.

Quezon PDC OKs P5.9-B investment plan

LUCENA CITY—The Quezon Provincial Development Council (PDC) has approved the Annual Investment Program (AIP) worth P5.9 billion, as the province was formally declared “conflict-manageable and ready for further development.”

Lucena City gears up for calamities

LUCENA CITY—Mayor Rhoderick “Dondon” Alcala urged city and barangay officials here to get ready and be alert in time of disaster and calamity during the launching on Thursday of Oplan Listo, a disaster-preparedness drive spearheaded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Quezon SP to build weighbridge station

LUCENA CITY—The Quezon provincial legislative council has asked Gov. David “Jayjay” Suarez to provide 2 to 5 hectares of land along the national highway for the establishment of a weighbridge station to regulate overloading vehicles that cause “billions of pesos” in potential damage while traversing the national roads system in the province.

SP okays 3rd coal-fired plant in Quezon

LUCENA CITY—The Quezon provincial legislative council has approved the construction of the third coal-fired power plant in the province, in response to the anticipated shortage of power supply in the country for the coming years.