Heavier Police Presence in Phuket during Christmas & New Year

Heavier Police Presence in Phuket during Christmas & New Year The mobilization of a 353-strong police force, overseen by Deputy Commissioner of Region 8 Police Pol Maj Gen Krajang Suwannarat, was witnessed by high-ranking government officials on the evening of Tuesday December 20th 20414 in front of the Phuket City Police Station.

Officials present were: Phuket Governor – Nisit Jansomwong, PPAO President Advisor – Samanasak Rattanasaenyanuparp, Phuket City Police Commander – Pl Maj Gen Patchara Boonyasit, police officers and dignitaries.

Heavier Police Presence in Phuket during Christmas & New Year The mobilization follows instructions from the Royal Thai Police which orders all police units to up the crime control activities during December 20 – 5 January 2014. The show of strength aims to increase tourist safety and confidence during the time when both locals and tourists travel widely. All 353 police were made up of officers from the Regional Police, Region 5 Tourist Police, Immigration, Airport Immigration, Region 8 Marine Police, Phuket Security Police, Narcotics Suppression Unit, Forensic Department, as well as community police volunteers. All are ready and will do their best to protect the lives and properties of members of the public.

Phuket track & field event a great success

Phuket track & field event a great successOn Wednesday December 17th 2014, Phuket Vice Governor – Suthee Thongyaem hosted the launch of a Phuket Track and Field event which kicked off at Surakul Stadium amidst elaborate fanfares. PPAO President Paiboon delivered an opening speech in the ceremonywhich was attended by teachers, school administrators, students, and pupils from local schools as well as dignitaries, the media and the general public.

Phuket track & field event a great successThe opening ceremony was accompanied by dazzling parades and displays organized by participating schools and institutions, and a torchbearer. A special football match between a PPAO team and local administrative officers was played after the ceremony, in which PPAO lost to local officer’s team 2-3.

Phuket track & field event a great successThe Phuket Track and Field event, taken part by students and members of the public, is organized by PPAO on a yearly basis. This year’s event, which took place from December 17 – 19 at Surakul Stadium, aims to promote health and fitness among Phuket’s youths and citizens, steer them away from drugs as well as a means to find athletes who will represent Phuket in future, said President Paiboon. Altogether, 32 institutions took part.

Phuket track & field event a great successEntries were divided into eight categories, namely 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18-year-old, as well as a general public category. The total number of athletes was 3,000 who are accompanied by 20,000 supporters making up cheering teams.

President Paiboon said that the organization has received strong support by local government agencies.

Phuket track & field event a great successVice Governor Suthee commented on the cooperation and commitment of the organizers, students, teachers and parents. He realizes that PPAO has a strong policy on sports as instrument unifying young people and believes the activities will highlight the schools’ and students’ sports prowess and forge unity among all as well showing the vision of PPAO and in special its head Mr Paiboon. The magnificent parades also show strength of Phuket youths who dazzled the spectators with their shows.

Mr Suthee ended by thanking all concerned.

Phuket hosts “Lessons learned from 2004 Tsunami” symposium

Phuket hosts “Lessons learned from 2004 Tsunami” symposiumThe Symposium entitled “Lessons Learned from Emergency Medical Service during the 2004 Tsunami” has been held in Phuket, one of the affected areas, to find ways to keep loss and deaths to a minimum in future Tsunami.

The symposium came at the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami in Asia. It was jointly organized by the Public Health Ministry, the National Institute for Emergency Medicine, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with participants coming from medical organizations, doctors and nurses working in disaster relief in Thailand and ASEAN countries.

Deputy Minister of Public Health Somsak Chunharas who was presiding over the symposium, said the event comprised discussions of possible means to deal with a future Tsunami and other disasters, setting a command standard of disaster-relief and life-rescue operations so that rescuers can work together more effectively.

According to him, it was also an opportunity for ASEAN countries to build up a network at regional and international levels; thus they can all share and exchange knowledge of medical and public health. This is expected to strengthen the efficiency of public disaster response and medical service management.

Also, Thailand is being used by JICA as the hub to disseminate the know-how on disaster management in order to streamline public disaster relief operations in the region.

Phuket welcomes new civil servants

Phuket welcomes new civil servantsOn Monday 15th December 2014 at the conference room of the PPAO offices, PPAO President – Paiboon Upattising welcomed 44 new civil servants and 10 teachers and teaching assistants into the employment of the PPAO and PPAO schools.

Congratulating the newcomers, President Paiboon urged them to have pride in being the King’s servants and in wearing new uniforms, which are gifts from the King. Civil servants, he said, must be well mannered, honest, steadfast and always willing to acquire new knowledge.

“PPAO has a strong policy to serve the public therefore we must establish a “service-mind” mentality. Please help build society full of loving kindness, be committed to your work, love the public and organization and help your fellow members of society, you work will be a success,” he said.

Phuket to hold “Light Up Phuket” event to commemorate Tsunami

Phuket to hold “Light Up Phuket" event to commemorate TsunamiOn Thursday 11th December 2014 l at the Phuket Provincial Hall Meeting Room, local Government officials including President of PPAO – Paiboon Ubatising and Phuket Governor – Nisit JanSomwang held a press conference for local media to announce its plans to hold a “Light Up Phuket” event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Tsunami.

President of PPAO – Paiboon Ubatising announced that PPAO will be joining together Phuket Provincial and Patong Municipality, TAT Phuket Branch, and other networks in the ASEAN COMMUNITY to hold this special event which will take place from 26th – 28th December 2014 at the Loma Park in Patong Beach .The event is being held to remember those who died and were lost from the tsunami wave, and also to educate the public and tourist about the disaster, a natural occurrence that could happen at any time.

Activities at the event will include a sand sculpting contest, a live Jazz concert by Dr. Prasert KoontongJan which will see him perform music written by His Majesty the King Bhumipol,and also a range of activities that commemorate the deceased including the laying of flowers and candle lighting ceremony which will be held on a 500 meter stretch of Patong beach. In addition, there will also be cultural performances and concerts by both Thai and foreign artists.

Phuket gets on its bikes for HM the King

Phuket gets on its bikes for HM the King

The Phuket Bike for the King took place yesterday, 10th December 2014, with about 1,000 participating cyclists.

The Deputy Minister of Public Health Somsak Chunharas officiated at the Phuket Bike for the King cycling event and oversaw government officials and about 1,000 participants all set to cycle in the event.

He said that the ministry is creating an awareness of health-care among the public at individual, family, and community levels to build a caring society.

He also said that Phuket has a large number of cyclists who take care of their health, making it appropriate to use bicycles as a tool to promote health-care awareness.

The cycling route started from the Saphan Hin Center Stage then passing by the Clock Tower, Phuket Pearl Hotel, Klang road, Satun road, Deebuk road, Thepkasattri road, and back to the Saphan Hin Center Stage.

According to the Inspector-General of the Ministry of Public Health district 11, Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, the Phuket Bike for the King event is held with the cooperation of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office and other health agencies to celebrate the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s 87th birthday anniversary on 5th December 2014 and to encourage the public to exercise more.

Phuket athletes to take part in National and National Para Games

Phuket athletes to take part in National and National Para GamesPhuket Provincial Administration Office President – Paiboon Upattising recently led a of groups of local officials to send off athletes who are representing Phuket in the 43th National Games and 33th National Para Sports taking place in Nakon Ratchsima.

The 43rd National Games is taking place from December 9 – 19, 2014, in Nakon Ratchasima. Athletes representing Phuket will compete in 19 sports, namely track and field, golf, karate-do, cycling, soft tennis, taekwondo, table tennis, bridge, mak lom board game, badminton, bowling, petanque, body building, pancha silat, fencing, futsal, football, judo and swimming. Altogether, 198 personnel making up of athletes, coaches and assistants, are travelling to Nakon Ratchasima.

Phuket athletes to take part in National and National Para Games
The sending ceremony also off included Para athletes who will compete in the Para Games taking part in the same province from January 15 – 19, 2015. Both groups have received funding from PPAO and the Sports Authority of Thailand.

Addressing the athletes, President Paiboon said they should be honored to be representing the province. They must be thankful of their coaches, parents and other supporters. He praised the president of Phuket Sports Association – Saroj Angkanapilas for working hard to raise Phuket sports excellence.

Phuket athletes to take part in National and National Para GamesThe president ended by thanking the president and committee of Phuket Sports Association, PPAO Council members, coaches and parents. Lastly, he commended the athletes for training hard. “Please carry with you at all times a sense of sportsmanship, team spirit and forgiveness, and you will succeed in all your endeavors.”