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Hinoba-an Fallen Logs: Stoppage of Log Retrieval Questioned

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

The lawyer of the private contractor in the retrieval operations of fallen logs in the Wilderness area in Brgy. Damutan, Hinoba-an is questioning the stoppage of operations.


Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose V. Lacson (seated 3rd and 4th from left) with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members namely, Helen Zafra, Johnna Ko, Renato Gustilo, Pedro Zayco, Jr., Miller Serondo, Rolando Ponsica, Renato Malabor, Raul Rivera, Victor Javellana, and Mark Cui meet at the Governor’s Office after the approval of the 2015 budget for Negros Occidental at the SP session, yesterday. (Capitol photo)

 

Enrique Tabino, legal counsel of Bernabe Gilbor, president of Supreme ABF Construction and Supply Co., Inc., in a letter to Vilma Limates, community environment and natural resources officer of CENRO-Sipalay, wants the retrieval operations to be continued.

In a letter obtained by Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) yesterday, Tabino said Gilbor, relative to the Memorandum of Agreement executed by the regional director, provincial government of Negros Occ.l and the Hinoba-an government, was engaged for the retrieval/recovery of fallen and and abandoned timbers in the area.

“...On the basis of his contractual responsibilities my client had to engage the services of the people in the area in the repair and the maintenance of the roads to make it passable and spent considerable amount for the establishment of safety parameters under the closed supervision of the personnel of CENRO-Sipalay,” the letter said.

Bacolod City Joins Global Campaign vs. Death Penalty

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The city of Bacolod held a commemorative program last night to reiterate its commitment on the global campaign against the death penalty.


Mayor Monico O. Puentevella signing his commitment to their pledge

City Councilor Anna Marie Palermo delivered the welcome remarks with Regional Director of the DOJ of the Pardons and Parole Board of Region 6, Ms. Charito A. Zamora giving a short background of the Cities of Life.

City Councilor El Cid M. Familiaran read the resolution relative to the city’s commitment to the global campaign.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella stated that he’s totally committed to the campaign and thanked the employees, the PNP, media and the civic-spirited citizens who attended the program.

City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor delivered the closing remarks.

The affair was highlighted by the replica marker lead by Mayor Puentevella with all the City Councilors present, followed by a candle ceremony.

Drug Test for Capitol Employees Set

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

After two more government employees were caught by the police in a drug raid in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he will have the nearly 2,000 employees of the provincial government undergo a drug test next year.


‘SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS’. We don’t need to see this kind of scenario to be reminded of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. In the midst of the highly-commercialized Holiday Season celebrations, let us remember and give to those who need our help the most - they are just around us.* (Arman Toga photo)


WOMEN’S PRODUCTIVITY. Hinoba-an Mayor Ernesto Estrao shows some of the projects of the women’s groups in the town which are partly supported by his municipal government’s livelihood programs. * (Arman Toga photo)

"Illegal drug is one of the major problems of our country today," Marañon said.

"I will not announce when it will be conducted so that nobody can prepare," he added.

It will be implemented when they receive their new appointments next year.

Arturo Orbigoso, 51, of Brgy. 5 and Jerry Mueda, 48, of Brgy. 3 were nabbed during a drug raid conducted by the Sipalay City Police last October 8 at the house of Ferdinand Alpa Franco alias Ok-ik, 40, single of Brgy. San Jose, Sipalay.

Mayor Oscar Montilla had suspended Orbigoso and Mueda for 60 days without pay.

Orbigoso is a permanent employee at the City Treasurer’s Office while Mueda is a casual employee assigned at the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Philippine Army Says: ‘We Have No HR Violations’

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

The Philippine Army in Negros has not committed any human rights violation, according to Col. Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Brigade of the Philippine Army based in the province.


Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer (3rd from left), SPM ABC President Annabelle Q. Bermudo, Helen D. Barrato, Noel S. Gamilla, Ma. Cristina B. Orbecido, Department Head-NOLITC, Cely Trio and Chorelie Tupas take time to pause as they accept applications for people of La Carlota City for employment as Call Center Agents in Bacolod City at the TESDA- accredited Negros Occidental Livelihood Technology Human Information Center at the La Carlota City Social Hall yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

 

Aying, led Wednesday the March for Peace at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon in observance of the International Human Rights Day and the Culmination of the 11th Negros Peace Week celebration.

Aying claimed that records with the Commission on Human Rights will prove that there is zero human rights violation by the government troopers.

He cited that the records in 2011 stated that there was about 123 atrocities committed by the CPP-NPA wherein 85 people were killed and 59 were injured of which 10 of the fatalities were soldiers, policemen and CAFGUs.

The rest were civilians.

Marañon: ‘Share Your Blessings’

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Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. renewed his call on Negrenses to share their blessings with those who have less in life, as he assured indigent-patients of better medical and health services at the inauguration of the Merceditas J. Montilla District Hospital in Sipalay City yesterday.


GOVERNOR MARAÑON, accompanied by MJMDH chief of hospital, Dr. Carmelo Arguelles, Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa, EED head Atty. Japhet Masculino and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, checks on the Emergency Room yesterday.* (Capitol PIO Photo / Richard Malihan)

Maranon cited the contributions made by philanthropist Merceditas Montilla, who donated the 2-hectare property in Barangay Canturay on which the hospital was built with an appropriation of about P125 million.

Maranon explained that the MJMDH will operate initially as a 25-bed facility, although it has a maximum capacity of 75 beds. The newest district hospital owned by the Provincial Government also has 10 private rooms.

Montilla, the governor disclosed, also donated additional 2 hectares in Barangay Odiong, Moises Padilla for the province’s training programs on agriculture and livestock industry as well as vocational-technology (VOCTECH ) skills enhancement that can be assisted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

On top of the lot donation in Moises Padilla, Montilla also allowed the use of her adjoining property of around 10 hectares for the development of demo farms by the Provincial Government.

"If we have 10 people in Negros Occidental like Ditas (Montilla), we would have lesser problems. Her generosity is worth emulating," Maranon said.

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