The Office of the Ombudsman has promised to have zero backlog of cases in Bacolod City and the rest of Negros Occidental starting this month, as it expects to release the resolution of all its pending cases. This was disclosed by Ombudsman Graft Investigation Officer Evangeline Nuñal yesterday, during the celebration of both the International and National Anti-Corruption Day at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.
"All of our investigators were directed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to dispose all cases from 2012 and below," she said.
For his part, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. challenged the private sector, especially businessmen, not to to bribe government officials so they will not be tempted to commit corrupt acts. "There’s no corrupt official, if there’s no corruptor," he stressed.
Farmers involved in a land conflict with the landowning Sola family in Kabankalan City, aired their woes and griped about government’s indifference and inaction during a press conference a few days before the commemoration of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights, a document signed by various countries and nations the world over, including the Philippines.
It also indicated serious flaws of the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), they indicated.
The farmers who included Mansueto Gatillas Sr., Fidel Hilaga and a woman-farmer who all related that since December 4, they have been harassed and seriously threatened by blue guards of landowner John Paul Sola. The blue guards wore uniforms but now when roving about, put on civilian clothes clearly indicating that they do not want to be identified, specifically as to what their security agency is.
Kalasag (Class 2006-02) from Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) celebrate their 7th class anniversary with various activities including mangrove planting, coastal clean-up and feeding at Purok Seawall, Brgy. Punta Tay-Tay, Bacolod City on December 8.
Participating in the said activities are personnel from BCPO led by Police Inspector Ramsey D. Barro, Deputy Police Community Relations (PCR) Branch, 4th year Criminology students from the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) and force multipliers.
Class Kalasag thought of a better way to celebrate the anniversary of their entry to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and came up with the idea of having activities which adhere to the Core Values of the PNP which are "Makadiyos", "Makatao", "Makabayan" at "Makakalikasan".
Kalasag (Class 2006-02), together with the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), UNO-R 4th year Criminology students, Strikers Group and other force multipliers conduct Mangrove planting activity, coastal clean-up and feeding program at Purok Seawall, Brgy. Punta Tay-tay, Bacolod City on December 8.*
PO2 Ana Rose Espolong, Class President said: "This year, we want to celebrate our class anniversary with a purpose.
The Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) of Bago City elected Poblacion barangay captain Sergio Piansay as its new president in an election held on December 9, 2013 at the SP Session Hall.
Bago Mayor Ramon Torres congratulates Poblacion Barangay Captain Sergio Piansay as the new Association of Barangay Captains president and other ABC officials after the oath-taking ceremony held at the SP Session Hall.*
Punong Barangay Eddie Roque of Busay was elected Vice President. Elected Board of Directors were Eliseo Carmona, Sr. of Dulao; Federico Gayagas of Bacong; Reymundo Gerona of Ma-ao; Hermelinda Javellana of Lag-asan; Rene Pailano of Sampinit; Maria May Suarez of Tabunan; Elvira Zulueta of Atipuluan and Severino Villanueva of Napoles. It was then followed by an oath-taking ceremony officiated by Mayor Ramon Torres.*
Jose "Toti" J. Lopez Jr., punong barangay of Barangay Guinhalaran, was proclaimed as the new Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President of Silay City.
Adding to that, PB Henry Belleza (vice-president), PB Joel A. Peornato (auditor), PB Milagros G. Catalan, PB Rolando L. Gutana, PB Efren D. Dequilla, PB Debbie S. Jinon, PB Eugenio E. Celis Jr., PB Corazon H. Soluta, and PB Ramon B. Celebre were also proclaimed.
Lopez asked for unity among themselves and cooperation that will strengthen the Liga ng mga Barangay Silay Chapter, and one of the means to achieve full public service for the benefit of their constituents and of Silay City as a whole.
Meanwhile, Belleza expressed his gratitude to the body, staff and visitors. He assured the body to support the Liga. Infrastructure programs will be one of his priorities. Appointed Liga secretary was PB Debbie S. Jinon and the treasurer was PB Rolando L. Gutana.
Silay City Punong Barangays and DILG-Silay official and staff pose at Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center, Silay City.* (Aldwin Dalpatan photo)
The Annual Cultural Tour of Negros Occidental (ACTNO) - the world’s longest-running cultural tour, and Negros Occ.’s sole annual tour — turns 40 years old. The tours are scheduled December 14 and
Alfonso Ossorio’s world-famous mural, here being explained by Ramon Hofileña, will again be included in the forthcoming ACTNO.*
21. The itinerary is composed of ACTNO’s most frequently-visited places the past 40 years. They are Birhen sang Barangay Chapel (Dizon- Ramos Museum and Negros Forest & Ecological Foundation as alternates) in Bacolod; Bernardino Jalandoni Museum, Hofileña Museum, and food trip to outstanding delicacy sources in Silay; Church of St. Joseph the Worker in Victorias; Chapel of the Cartwheels in Manapla. Other attractions will be explained without leaving the tour bus. Like Bacolod’s San Sebastian Cathedral, Talisay’s enchanted trees, Silay’s ancestral houses, E.B. Magalona’s Heroes of Guintabuan monument, to name a few. To be explained are the Philippines’ most internationally-known mural, first Filipino religious imageries, Negros Island’s oldest antique (Iron Age 900-589 B.C.), the world’s smallest dolls which need magnifying glass to be seen, etc. There will be corrections on "history" about Rizal, Luna, Hidalgo, how Negros Island got its name, and so on. Aside from corrections on ancient history, there will also be on recent times especially during martial law. The fee for a whole day tour, from 9 a.m. sharp to about 5:30 p.m., is P1,000 a person. That covers everything including lunch, snacks, museum fee. Nothing more to pay.
Victorias City officials and department heads visited Nanjo City, Okinawa-Prefecture in Japan upon friendly invitation for cultural exchange and partnership last Nov. 22–28.
The delegation was headed by Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca along with Vice Mayor Jerry Jover, City Administrator Paul Ricardo Palanca, City Planning and Development Officer Evangeline Alo and partnership coordinator Mari Kurata, project manager of IKAW-AKO Japan–Negros Partnership for Environmental Protection. The team was joined by businessman Mr. June David Palanca.
The trip to Nanjo facilitated the delegation to witness the simultaneous festivals being held annually in Nanjo City namely the National Herb Summit/Festival, Art Festival and Open Garden Festival which significantly contribute to the influx of tourists of 1 million to 2.5 million a year in Nanjo City alone and 6 million in Okinawa.
Fr. Robert Reyes, the country’s famous "running priest," yesterday questioned the appointment of Sen. Panfilo Lacson as the "rehabilitation czar," saying the senator also needs rehabilitation.
"(Super typhoon) Yolanda is about human rights violation. Why appoint a human rights violator to rehabilitate the situation? Ping Lacson needs to rehabilitate himself," Reyes said in a press conference in Bacolod yesterday.
Reyes, who talked about his planned 7-kilometer run in Escalante City today to mark the Human Rights Day, said typhoon Yolanda is a "a form of human rights violation as a consequence of human greed and bad politics" and a result of "conscious abuse of power and nature."
An agrarian reform community in Barangay Baga-as, Hinigaran town here will soon have access to a sanitized water through facilities and capacity building activities from the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation.
The Baga-as Agrarian Reform Association (BARA) has been identified recipient of the project by DAR when the department learned from Barangay Captain and BARA Chair Lemuel Erecilla of the need for sanitized water in the community.
By Gerhard Krysstopher S. Pagunsan
The USLS Granada Eco-Park continues its progress with two new features: one in the form of a new attraction and the other through a documentation of the birds that have found sanctuary in the area.
December 12, Thursday, community members, partners and current and prospective patrons are invited to the dedication of the Labyrinth, a rounded pathway encircling one of the fully grown Acacia trees in the Eco-park and the formal launch of "Birds of USLS Eco-Park and Granada" authored by nature photography hobbyist Ely Teehankee with text by Vice Chancellor for Special Projects Dr. Elsie Coscoluela.