Twenty days before the year ends, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) unanimously approved the 2014 annual budget of the Provincial Capitol amounting to P2.2 billion.
This faster approval was unlike the 2013 Annual Budget, that was only approved on May 22 this year, or 12 days after the 2013 elections. The SP was then presided by former Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr., who challenged the re-election bid of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Marañon commended the Sanggunian, under the leadership of Vice Gov. Eugenio Lacson, for approving the annual budget during their regular session yesterday.
Police authorities in Sipalay City are conducting pursuit operation to arrest the two suspects who allegedly shot a local about 8:30AM, Tuesday at Sitio Cambugi-ot, Brgy. Camindangan.
Investigation revealed, Micheal Calapardo, 23, of Sitio Cagay, Brgy. Camindangan was with his grandmother walking towards the village market when the two unidentified suspects waylaid them.
One of the suspects allegedly grabbed and held him, while the other man shot him on the chest. The suspects were donned with face covers during the attack. The victim succumbed to gunshot wounds after the incident.
In line with the commemoration of the Cities for Life Day, the City Government of Bacolod organized a candle lighting ceremony yesterday at the Grand Lobby of the Bacolod Government Center (BGC) as a sign of their stand against death penalty and the eventual abolition of Capital Punishment.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella delivering his message yesterday during the commemoration of the Cities for Life: Cities Against Death Penalty yesterday at the Bacolod Government Center. Also in photo are (from left) City Administrator Rolando Villamor, Councilor Ana Marie Palermo, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, First Lady Josefa Puentevella, Parole and Probation Administration Regional Director Charito Zamora, Councilor El Cid Familiaran and Executive Assistant Madeline Diaz.*
Councilor El Cid Familiaran said in his welcome speech that the position of the city is in harmony with his advocacy even when he was a private citizen and before he was elected as a member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP). The co-author of the SP resolution that takes into consideration the support and active participation of the city in the International Day of Cities of Life, Cities against Death Penalty also expressed that his stand also supports the vision of City Mayor Monico Puentevella, a Pro-Life exponent and a firm opposition of death penalty.
Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., presently the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee Chairman of Cooperatives and Livelihood, was elected last December 7, 2013 chairman of the Bacolod City Cooperative and Development Council.
Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. with some 22 Cooperatives last December 7, 2013 after his election as Chairman of the Bacolod City Cooperative and Development Council.* (contributed photo)
Twenty-two cooperatives and various City government office representatives entitled to vote were present, who gave Gamboa resounding support after nominated by Alfredo Gonzales, representative of the Immaculate Conception Parish Cooperative and seconded by Ardis Jaculina of Negros Occidental Government Employees Cooperative (Nocgem).
In his acceptance speech, Gamboa disclosed that the City Cooperatives are entitled to "3 percent of 20 percent" of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and a "one million peso" fund stipulated in the Bacolod City Cooperative Development ordinance.
Victorias and Silay City Police arrested a suspect facing charges for attempted rape in a raid about 6:30PM, Tuesday at Hacienda Macamig I, Brgy. E. Lopez in Silay City.
PO3 Ian Libo-on and PO3 Valentin Cerdeña effected the arrest against Jonas Flores, 26, of Hacienda Fe, Brgy. 12, Victorias City through a warrant in criminal case number 6409-40 for attempted rape in relation to Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Act.
Director Dr. Marichi Ramos of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), is being vindicated on her advocacy against anti-graft and corruption in the government’s water firm which she has undertaken for close to a year now despite having experienced threats and harassments because of the decision of the Senate to now conduct a probe on local water districts and its supervisor, the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) a number of Bacolod water consumers, interviewed by NNF/NDB who also requested anonymity, said.
The Senate Committee probe would be undertaken by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s nephew, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, neophyte legislator in the Upper House, the Senate.
Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella left a subtle message to the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) students of the University of Saint La Salle (USLS) during their annual Career Orientation Day at the USLS Coliseum yesterday.
"Choose a major that you think will make you go places in the future," answered Puentevella when asked about his opinion on the "best" specialization under the CBA umbrella.
He added that each major, let alone all courses are equally important and will have their respective effects in society.
More than 500 victims of the Marcos martial law regime are lamenting the non-designation as yet of the Board of Claims which would be composed of nine directors, who draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which would cover the distribution of monetary claims approved under RA 10368 or the "Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013" signed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on February 25, 2013 wherein essentially the martyrdom and heroism of members of Cause-Oriented Groups (COGs), People’s Organizations (POCs) and freedom fighters against the then authoritarian and repressive Marcos regime, were finally recognized.
With the approval of the Marcos compensation law, monetary reparations was awarded the human rights violation (HRVs) victims, coming from the more than $700-M ill-gotten Marcos family wealth deposited in a Swiss Bank, years back.
Pushing for self-reliance and self-sufficiency as core values to be promoted in the barangays, Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez spearheaded the holding of a soap-making workshop and a seminar on entrepreneurship for a total of 67 women from various barangays in the poblacion and the Victorias Milling Company area in Victorias City.
DTI Entrepreneurship Seminar
Conducted by resource persons from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who are also co-sponsors of the program, the two days and a half training (December 4–6, 2013) was held at the auditorium of the Vic Arcade in Victorias. DOST provincial Director for Capiz Gerbe Dellava conducted the Basic Bath Soap Making module, while DTI’s trade and industry development specialist and planning officer for Negros Occidental Romel Amihan lectured on Entrepreneurship.
DOST distribution of certificates
The National Federation of Sugarcane Planters (NFSP) recently turned over about P500,000 cash donation to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
"NFSP allocated funds to assist the typhoon victims. The Federation also spearheaded the fund-raising campaign among its members to add to the amount," disclosed NFSP president Enrique D. Rojas.
(1st Row l-r) Teresa Villanueva of NSTP, College Student Activities Coordinator Mae Ann Montaño, IS-Upper Grades Student Activities Coordinator Mel Oñate, Rolena Letran of External Relations, Vicky de Leon of Alumni Relations, Director for IS Community Services Rose Destua, Mariel Tolentino and Millie Kilayko of NVC, VCAA Dr. Marie Therese Jochico, Director for Balayan-CEP Ann Gladys Ponteras, BUsog Lusog Talino Program Officer Kathy Maguad of IND and Mylene Sison of Phil-Korea. (2nd Row l-r) Dean of Student Affairs Andre Tagamolila, Glenn Burgos of BRC, Director for External Relations, IND and UARo Rhoderick Samonte and (far left) Jeffrey Lazaro of IND.*
"In solidarity with their fellow workers in the sugar industry who were affected by the super typhoon, NFSP employees decided to do away with their Christmas party and donate the Christmas party budget to the typhoon victims," Rojas added.