Negrenses join the rest of the world in celebrating the International Anti-Corruption Day today with a multi-sectoral rally at 6 a.m. and a program at the Panaad Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod at 9 a.m.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., representing the local government units (LGUs), will lead multi-sectoral speakers in underscoring the values of integrity, trans-parency and accountability in the fight against corruption.
Other speakers include Dennis Mas, regional vice president of PhilHealth —representing national government agencies (NGAs); Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod—religious sector; Bro. Ray Suplido, president of the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod—education; Mario Hechanova of Tuloy Pinoy Negros—non-government organizations (NGOs);
Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry—business; Nanette Guadalquiver, director of the Negros Press Club—media; and Sammy Tulod (a student of Bato National High School in Sagay City), president of the Campus Integrity Crusader—youth.
The Provincial Capitol is more likely to return to the national treasury more than P10-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations that it was not able to disburse, before the Supreme Court declared it "unconstitutional."
Provincial administrator Enrique Pinongan said Friday that the Provincial Capitol is still awaiting instructions from the higher office on what to do with the P10,649,313 that they have not disbursed to intended beneficiaries.
Bacolod City Councilor Carl Lopez said he has nothing to do with the printing of truck ban stickers with Mayor Monico Puentevella’s face on them.Lopez at the same time denied usurping the Sanggunian Panlungsod’s (SP) and the mayor’s authority to grant truck ban exemptions, saying his letters were interpreted out of context.
"If I am behind the stickers it should have been to my advantage if it was my face and signature on it," Lopez said in an interview with media yesterday.
UNVEILING. Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr. and Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella led guests during the Saturday inauguration and blessing of the Negros Occidental High School Museum. Maranon also keynoted the event attended by NOHS officials, faculty and alumni headed by principal Mario Ama-ca.*(Richard Malihan / Capitol PIO photo)
ON HIS MAJESTY’S DAY. Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe welcomes Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia and his wife, Elsa, to the Philippine reception celebrating Emperor Akihito’s birthday, a national holiday in Japan.*
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday revealed that this year’s Christmas bonus is the biggest to be given to the city employees in the last ten years.
"Everyone is entitled to have a happy Christmas this year," said Puentevella after he told the media that regular city employees will be receiving P30, 000.00 this year as compared to the P23, 000.00 given to them by the previous administration.
The amount was previously set at P24, 000.00 by the Puentevella-formed Finance Committee in late November. A week after, the committee approached Puentevella again, saying that the city "still has enough savings" and could raise the bonus to P30, 000.00.
"As long as it is available, let’s make everybody happy."
W. Henry O. Streegan, a columnist of Negros Daily Bulletin, and civic leader, yesterday decried the gross and inhuman injustice that would be directed at Ms. Salvacion Mesa, a Day Care Worker whose services would be terminated by Villamonte Brgy. Captain Friday, sometime before the end of the year.
The main reason: POLITICS!
Ms. Mesa has been a Day Care Worker of Bacolod City for almost twenty five years. She was employed by the City in 1989 as a job order employee and assigned to Purok Hervias II, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City. She, a spinster, spent the best years of her life training, educating young children to become responsive and responsible citizens of our society.
When Joy Valdez was the City Mayor, Ms. Mesa was upgraded as a plantilla casual worker because of her excellent performance, however, during Mayor Evelio Leonardia reverted her back as a Job Order employee during the first year of his 9-year stint in office.
Is he a legislator of Bacolod City, or, perhaps a pseudo mayor as evidenced by the "DIRECTIVES" he issued last September 13, 2013?
This blatant ignorance of Councilor Carl Lopez on his mandated duties and responsibilities as a member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod as certain "DIRECTIVES" saw the light of day ONLY BECAUSE of the inquiry of Capt. Benedicto A. Villarias Jr. on whether the said "DIRECTIVES" of Councilor/Mayor Carl Lopez had the concurrence/approval of the SP re: concerning "TRUCK BAN EXEMPTIONS"!
We are now really confused on WHO OR WHAT COUNCILOR CARL LOPEZ REALLY IS: A LEGISLATOR OR AN IMPOSTOR MAYOR?
His apparent arrogance and ignorance of who he is really is further aggravated by the fact that he, himself, solely, WROTE LETTER OF EXEMPTIONS ON THE TRUCK BAN without perhaps knowing the ramifications of his actions!
Last December 1 we were invited by our Prima Pining Palma vda. de Ticar to attend the blessing of the restaurant of her children John Edgar B. Javelosa and his wife Reina Ticar Javelosa.
The restaurant is La Peral Foods located at Osmeña St. Victorias City. It can be easily located as it is fronting the Roman Catholic Church in Victorias City and it is on a highway. The name is in honor of their late father Dr. Evelio G. Javelosa.
I am impressed of the decor of the restaurant. It is with class just like the Rinjin Restaurant of Geov Agustin in Bacolod.
The opening of the restaurant is one good thing for me; for everytime I have visitors we pick up at the port or the airport, we find it hard to look for a class restaurant or coffee shop in Victorias.