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Masskara Queen Candidates Present their Social Advocacy

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Masskara Queen candidates 2014 presented their respective social advocacy campaign during the Press Presentation and Pre-Pageant Swimwear Competition last Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chalet Poolside, L’Fisher.

The candidates in their swimwear strutted along the poolside and introduced themselves and their social advocacy or supported cause.

Arriana Demi Monte-alegre of Riverside College said that she is supporting the advocacy of Gawad Kalinga–Riverside that is focused on sharing and caring for the community.

Cate Antoinette Pirote of Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod aims to promote culture and arts preservation.

Maria Danielle Diaz, a nurse at Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial District Hospital, wants to promote the health and well-being of the deprived children in the city.

Riah Angelica De Ocampo of La Consolacion College-Bacolod pushes for sustainable livelihood pro-grams for local farmers.

Kristine Kaye Necir, a medical technologist at Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, chose to team up with St. Vincent’s Home for the Aged for her advocacy to promote health for the elderly.

Sweetzel Lima of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College wants to promote the need to recycle plastic bottles.

Melresa Tiu of Riverside College said that as a Red Cross volunteer, she is for life and health preservation.

Sheen Liberty Cuenza, a nurse at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, wants to promote the welfare of the children in the Home of Hope in Brgy. Handumanan.

Jian Tsukada of St. Sebastian International School chose to team up with Kalipay Negrense Foundation in support of her advocacy for the protection of children in the city.

Hinoba-an Gov’t Loses P472K Cash to Robbers

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A total of P472,800 in cash was taken by still unidentified suspects who forcibly opened the main door of the Hinoba-an Municipal Hall Saturday night.

Mayor Ernesto Estrao told the Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) last night that the cash, taken by suspects who destroyed the hall’s padlock and the Treasurer’s Office door lock, was not P6 million as earlier reported.

MASSKARA QUEEN 2014 CANDIDATES during the swimsuit competition at Chalet poolside of L'Fisher Hotel, Bacolod last September 27. From left, Arriana Montealegre, Cate Antoinette Pirote, Maria Danielle Diaz, Riah Angelica De Ocampo, Kristine Kaye Necir, Sweetzel Lima, Melresa Tiu, Sheen Cuenca, Jian Tsukada, Raxel Gonzales, Christine Joy Madamba.*(Owen Segovia Bayog/NDB photo)

Newly-wed Councilor Claudio "Kalaw" Puentevella and Pauline Corteza (center) together with the bride’s Uncle Engineer Anthony Corteza, the bride’s mother Maria Victoria Corteza, First Lady Josefa "Patching" Puentevella and Mayor Monico O. Puentevella.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Estrao said town cashier and paymaster Deding Guintos reported to him that only the cash amountuing to P472,800 was taken away by the robbers, leaving behind the cheques.

The Hinoba-an mayor also told NDB the P472,800 cash taken was intended for today’s (MOnday) distribution to the town’s 13 barangays for feeding programs in relation to the celebration of the Nutrition Month.

Saying he is not ruling out the possibility of an inside job, Estrao said the money was withdrawn from the bank Thursday and was supposedly distributed Friday.

"We decided to make the distribution tomorrow (today Monday) to give way to Friday’s Civil Service culmination program," he said.

"We and the local police could not yet determine how many people forcibly entered the hall and the treasurer’s office. Probably the indicent took place late Saturday night. It was only discovered this (yesterday Sunday) afternoon at around 2:30 when the main door was found open with the padlock damaged," Estrao added.

He also said the suspects brought with them a vault cutter and an iron bar the suspects left behind.


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Stepping up its efforts in ameliorating the lives of workers in the sugar industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 launched yesterday the training program designed for sugar workers and their dependents, at the Sugar Workers Development Center, Bacolod City.

The training is established to prepare the sugar workers for the opportunities and challenges in the Philippine market at a 5% tariff because of the ASEAN Economic Community integration in 2015. This means the locally produced sugar will have to compete with the low price of sugar from other ASEAN nations.

The training program three development areas include social infrastructure, wage employment and self-employment.

Atty. Rovel Marasigan (left), hearing officer from ERC conducts a public hearing in the matter of application for approval of the amended memorandum of agreement (MOA) and its supplemental agreement (SA) between Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Energreen Power Development & Management Inc. (ENERGREEN), with prayer for the Issuance of Provisional Authority.*

Virgie Roa (left) and Salvador Acupan (right), Coordinators of Visayan Forum Inc-Bacolod discuss Human Trafficking, Global Facts and Figures, Profile of Trafficking Victims, I FIGHT Movement Lecture Forum held at B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

DOLE Region 6 director Ponciano Ligutom explained that the social infrastructure training program is directed towards social empowerment focusing on enhancing the organizational and leadership capabilities of the workers, leaders and their respective organizations.The wage employment is geared towards technically capacitating the sugar workers to become part of the mainstream employment sector, and/or acquire the needed skills for employment in different industries.

While the self-employment training program, focuses on developing and enhancing the entrepreneurial capabilities of sugar workers and their dependents to prepare them to become competent entrepreneurs.

The trainings were identified from the outputs of the focus group discussions with field workers, small planters, mill workers and the district level planning activities.

NOCECO Says Sorry

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"We are sorry."

This was the reaction of the management of the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative Incorporated (NOCECO) to the complaint of an entertainment and media practitioner for illegal disconnection of the latter’s electric supply.

NOTF MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE LEARNING CENTER. Negros Occidental Teachers’ Federation Inc. (NOTF) President Clemente Estampador, with Executive Secretary Emily Aboso, General Manager Dr. Ruben Camarista, Chairman Dr. Rosario Cantiller, Chairman Elma Namo and Board of Director Romeo Camporazo and NOTF personnel, staff and employees inspect the ongoing construction of the New NOTF Multi-Purpose Learning Center situated at Barangay 39 in Bacolod City.* (Jun de los Reyes / NDB photo)

AWARD TO FOUNDING FATHER. President Jessie Suarez of the Bacolod Capitol Lions Club looks with a congratulatory grin on Charter President Rolly L. Espina. At right is Stella Lopez, a cousin of Rollie and at the right is Mrs. Suarez, the better half of President Suarez.*

John Peter "Jopet" Millan, chairman of the NOCECO Board of Directors yesterday said that he has already created a committee to conduct an investigation into the complaint of Joemarie "Joeray" Llanera, 42, who claimed that the NOCECO cut off the electrical connection to his house in Barangay Alijis, Valladolid town, Negros Occidental, although he had paid his bills in advance.

"This is the first time that this happened in NOCECO," Millan said.

NOCECO did not give him a notice of disconnection before cutting him off, he said.

When his electric connection was cut off on September 12, 2014 (Friday), Llanera said he went to the NOCECO office in San Enrique, Negros Occidental to pay the amount for reconnection even if he had paid in advance.

‘Negros Needs NIR, Not Council Only’

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"Negros island needs the Negros Island Region and not just a mere council."

This is the position yesterday of Negrense Rep. Stephen Paduano of the Abang Lingkod party-list amid reports that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is proposing the Negros Island Development Council as a compromise to the NIR pushed by Negros leaders.

DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero earlier said the NIDC will be under the Office of the President and will be tasked with coordinating projects and monitoring its implementation in the two neighboring provinces.


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