By CLAUDEN MAE GENANDA
Bantayan Mayor Ian Christopher Gonzaga Escario received P100, 000 from Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella at the City Mayor’s Office as extension of the city’s financial assistance for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Bantayan Island.
"I thank Bacolod Mayor Puentevella especially the people of Bacolod for extending help to the island and people of Bantayan," said Mayor Escario who was proud to say that his family and friends are mostly from Bacolod.
According to Escario, 90% of electricity and livelihood were damaged in Bantayan. In 25 barangays almost 22,000 households were also damaged including their poultry considered as the capital of egg manufacturing in the country.
They used to be the number one in terms of supplying eggs to the Visayas islands and the Philippines, thus prices are expected to further increase after the typhoon struck the island.
The body of a 58-year old woman was found dead 9:30 a.m. Monday about 30 meters away from her house in Brgy. Agboy, Candoni town.
Police report said village kagawad Noel Ubara informed that the body of Nelly Semilla, of Sitio Bali, Brgy. Agboy was discovered half naked and with injuries on the head believed struck with a hard object by unidentified suspect.
Cause-oriented and human rights groups (HR), spearheaded two of several protest-rallies in the province, with a demonstration at the public plaza yesterday afternoon.
Aside from the protest-rally in Kabankalan City, yesterday, Monday, and one in Bacolod City, art exhibits to mark the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) anniversary were held in the afternoon, the St. John Paul VI Tower in the reclamation area.
The other art and photo exhibit by various artists was at the third floor of the Robinsons mall, also yesterday afternoon presented by Dibuhista Nga Nagahiliugyon sa Negros (DIHON), titled "Kalamidad". The art and photo exhibit was announced by prize-winning artist, Nunelucio Alvarado.
A week after the Yolanda Typhoon lashed its fury in the Philippine Islands, the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) gathered its partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" for a reflection leading them to the novel idea of "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa".
This "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" was held last November 13 as a way of thanking partners who had been with ANP all through the years, partners who are witnesses to the growth that ANP attained.
Association of Negros Producers (ANP) President Jojie Locsin explains to partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" about "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa" which is a collection of packages priced reasonably low and where part of the proceeds will go to typhoon Yolanda victims.*
Partners were likewise updated of ANP’s future plans and projects followed by expressions of constructive opinions for the improvement of every decision taken by ANP management which is typical of a kapihan but exchanges were kept light.
Demolition of squatters’ shanties in Purok Progreso, in Brgy. Taculing, has been ordered stopped by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, after landowners’ who have been pushing for this, stopped upon orders of the chief executive.
Berlita Ante of the urban poor group, Kadamay, earlier informed anchormen of radio station DYRLs "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program, in a series of interviews said, the order of demolition was previously ordered by the former administration of Mayor Evelio Leonardia but that the residents, had reasoned out that the city government could well implement an in-house building program for the members of the urban poor families living in the area because the place is a city government property as it is considered a natural accretion.
Mary Anthony Diesto and Rocel Mae Pahilanga gifted Area 9 (NOHS) with two gold medal each after winning their respective events yesterday in the 2nd day of athletic competition in the 2013 Palarong Panlalawigan (Provincial Meet) at Panaad Park and Sports Stadium oval.
Diesto added gold in secondary girl’s triple jump with a leap of 11.30 meters, while Pahilanga ruled the secondary girl’s 400 hurdles clocking 1:09.50 seconds.
Ailyn Tumbali of Area 4 settled for silver (10.88 meters) behind Diesto; while Thanya Andrea Ibasco of Area 3 took the bronze (8.29).
Meanwhile, Kim Cyra Pedrina (1:09.56) of Area 3 settled for silver, behind Pahilanga, while Bernalyn Bejoy of Area 7 was third (1:18.80).
The Senate through Senator Bam Aquino is poised to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation on the implementation of local water districts of their projects and the participation of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) in the water supply provision in the countryside to protect consumers, with the end in view of amending provisions of Presidential Decree No. 198 and other pertinent laws. Detractors insist PD 198 is an antiquated law.
Aside from this, in a resolution introduced by the senator, a nephew of President Benigno Aquino III, the resolution further declared that there is a need to inquire into the loans given by LWUA to a member of local water districts like the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), which was granted a loan by the LWUA in the amount of PHP537-M, and that the loan implemented years back was haphazardly implemented to the detriment and disadvantage of water consumers of Bacolod.
By Clauden Mae Genanda
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella expressed his fulfillment in serving Bacolodnons in behalf of tiring schedules as city mayor compared to when he was congressman.
"It’s very tiring because it’s really hands-on but it’s also much more fulfilling," said Puentevella, adding that he is enjoying actual field work like what he did during the typhoon, building more projects for the city, giving bonuses for teachers and employees which he has never done while in Congress.
According to him, it’s a different experience and there’s personal fulfillment on his part.
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.
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.