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2 Drivers in Hot Water in Calatrava Filling Materials Mess

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Two Calatrava town employees are in hot water for diverting filling materials for government project to private construction site last June.

Calatrava mayor Araceli Somosa has created an investigating body about the mess.

She assures the culprits will be dealt accordingly, even if they are her followers.

The town’s Sangguniang Bayan also conducted a separate probe in aid of legislation.

Calatrava Pushes for Cityhood

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Calatrava Mayor Araceli T. Somosa is pushing for the cityhood of her town for the benefit of her constituents.

Somosa said the Sangguniang Bayan resolution was already passed during the time of Mayor Samuel Fabroz, but local officials did not grab the opportunity to make it a city even ahead of the city of Escalante.

Its income is that of a first class town based on the 2007 Census.

In the entire requirement for cityhood, Calatrava is qualified, she added.

Gov. Marañon Attends SM’s Farmers Training Launch

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Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., yesterday attended the launching of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan–Farmers Training Program of the SM Foundation, Inc. in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture, Harbest Agribusiness Corp., and the municipal government of Toboso.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco, and SM Foundation Asst. Vice President for Livelihood, Cristie S. Angeles (r-l) at the ceremonial planting of seedlings during the launching of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan–Farmers Training Program in Toboso, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

Schistosomiasis Outbreak in 3 Calatrava Barangays

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Three barangays in the northern town of Negros Occidental have reportedly an outbreak of schistosomias.

661 Barangays Gear for Clean-up in Negros Occ.

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All 661 barangays of the Province of Negros Occidental are set to hold a simultaneous clean-up on June 26 during the 22nd Provincial Environment Week, June 22-27.

Information Officer Olive Seruelo in an interview over Radyo Kumando 103.1 FM, said the barangay clean-up is just one of the many activities in Negros Occidental highlighting the need for a cleaner environment as pollution, due to man’s activities, remain a top concern of communities and policy makers across the country.

62ndIB Encountered Rebels in Calatrava

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Elements of 62nd Infantry Battalion based in Escalante City exchanged bullets with armed members of CPP-NPA at 6:30AM yesterday in Sitio Baybayon, Brgy. Hilub-ang in Calatrava town.

The rebel group is the one that entered and destroyed properties at Lopez Sugar Central transloading station in Sitio Sta. Ana, Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City Sunday night, a report from the Army said.

Damaged to property was placed at about P10-M.

‘Needed: The Long Arm of Region 6 Command’

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Presence of forces from the provincial command, through Region Command 6, is highly-needed now for the preservation of peace and order in Salvador Benedicto’s (SALBEN’s) Brgy. Kumaliskis, according to Municipal Mayor Jose S. "Jomax" Ortiz in a recent interview in Bacolod.

He attributed this to the presence of men, with long arms, in the area thus preventing the momentum of development in the municipality’s best spot for eco-tourism alongside Brgy. Igmayaan.

9 Nabbed in Bacolod, Murcia, Calatrava Drug Busts

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A total of nine persons were nabbed in separate anti-illegal drug busts in Bacolod, Murcia and Calatrava early this week.

Six people were arrested in a police raid on a suspected drug den in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City, on Wednesday evening.

Police entered the compound of the Benares family after conducting several test buys of illegal drugs for several days.

Bacolod City police director Senior Superintendent Larry Decena said the place was not easy to enter because it is surrounded by high concrete walls.

San Carlos to host 1st District, 5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup

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San Carlos City will host the 1st District boxing elimination on the first week of August, Boxing Coordinator Bert Alison said.

The elimination aimed to produce boxing champion in the district to represent in the 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Boxing Cup Open Championship finals set in October this year at BAYS Center.

The championship will be part of Masskara celebration of Bacolod City.

The first district is composed of Escalante and San Carlos cities; Toboso, Calatrava and Salvador Benedicto.

NONECO is Fast Reducing Its Power Systems Loss

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Systems loss of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NONECO), formerly VRESCO, is going down, according to OIC General Manager Atty. Dan Pondevilla.

Pondevilla said, that in a span of six months that he is incharge since October, the systems loss lessened to only 10% in April.

The electric cooperative was losing and the systems loss was high before his assumption.

"When I took up the position, the systems loss is 18% which was below the National Electrification Administration (NEA) standard cap of 13%," he said.

Cauyan Man Runs Amok, Shot; Gunman Collared

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For shooting a man who allegedly attacked him with bladed weapons, 27-year old resident of Cauayan is now being pursued by local police authorities.

Reports revealed, Arturo dela Peña, 35, of Sitio Languni, Brgy. Inayawan, Cauayan shot Joel Caballero, 27, also of the same place hitting him on the lower left portion of the chest.

Initial probe said Caballero chased dela Peña with a bolo and a scythe in both hands following their disagreement. The latter sustained hack wounds on the hip, went home and took his homemade shotgun and shoot the fired at Caballero.

Armed Men Attack Brgy. Tanod, Health Worker in Calatrava

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Heavily armed men in Calatrava town shot a barangay tanod and a health worker about 8:30AM, Wednesday along the national highway of Sitio Viola, Brgy. Tigbon in the said municipality.

Police authorities report said 50-year old Bernabe Sarin was on board his passenger motorcycle locally known as ‘habal-habal’ with back rider Marina Sungkit, a health worker of Brgy. Bantayanon when waylaid by unidentified suspects armed with guns.

More Projects Seen for Farmers Groups in Calatrava  

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Two peasant organizations belonging to Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) will likely receive additional income-generating, profitable, sustainable and earth-friendly projects in Calatrava town of Nothern Negros.

MASFA President Dodong Yap and members pose for souvenir with Evaluator Dante Apara and FFF Provincial President Mike Baylon.* (Catong Camangyan photo)

These organizations, affiliates of FFF, are Minapasuk Upland Farmers Agri-Venture Marketing Cooperative (MUFAMCO) led by Ptr. Joel Trinidad based at Purok Commercial, Brgy. Minapasuk, Calatrava and Marcelo Small Farmers Association (MASFA) led by Arnulfo "Dodong" Yap in Purok Huebisan, Barangay Marcelo, also in Calatrava, Negros Occidental.


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