A barangay head in Calatrava town was shot allegedly by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) about 8:45AM, Monday.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) identified the victim as Fidel Añiñon, 63, newly-elected barangay captain was shot at Sitio Pesons, Brgy. Minautok, Calatrava by two unidentified armed men using a .45 caliber pistol.
The victim sustained gunshot wounds in the left leg, right side of his abdomen, back portion of his body, three bullet wounds on the right leg and a minor gunshot wound on the right face.
The damage of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ to crops, fisheries, and livestock have reached more than P100.4 million as of 3 p.m. yesterday, according to the latest partial report of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol.
Damage to palay and corn is P84,556,222; fisheries—P14,624,565; and high-value commercial crops—P1,350,643, according to provincial agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan.
Damage to livestock and poultry is PP45,748,266, according to provincial veterinarian Renante Decena.
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has approved the release of funds for the electrification of 38 sitios in the first district.
Edita S. Bueno, NEA administrator in a letter to Rep. Julio Ledesma said that the release of the 2013 subsidy fund is part of the government’s program for "inclusive growth and poverty reduction."
The fund amounting to more than P60 million was released through the VMC Rural Electric Service Cooperative Inc., (VRESCO) on September 9 this year, Bueno said.
"We have advised VRESCO management to ensure timely completion of the projects," she said.
The Task Force Ilahas has cleared businessman Albert "Ali"Divino of alleged timber-poaching activities at the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) as earlier claimed by Board Member Rolando Ponsica.
"Based on the facts at hand, there is no evidence that could support the allegation of massive timber poaching at Brgys. Marcelo and Minapasok in Calatrava perpetrated by Mr. Ali Divino or by his deputies as disclosed by BM Rolando Ponsica," reads the report of Task Force Ilahas dated Sept. 7.
The report was prepared by SPO4 Stanley Mendoza, investigator, and approved by Chief Inspector Gabriel Gutierrez, company commander, and submitted to Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia, who is also the executive officer of the Task Force Ilahas.
Dengue killed 23 people in Negros Occidental in just eight months.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported last Friday that from January 1 to August 31 this year, there were 17 dengue deaths across the province, excluding Bacolod City.
In a separate report of the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) last month, dengue deaths as of August 9 had reached six, with a four-year-old boy as the latest victim.
The 17 deaths from dengue came from the cities of Talisay, Victorias, and Sagay and the town of Murcia, with two each; and the cities of Bago, Silay, San Carlos, Himamaylan, San Carlos, and Sipalay, and the towns of Binalbagan, E. B. Magalona, San Enrique and Calatrava, with one each.
Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday called on the 31 mayors of Negros Occidental to "move forward their nutrition program," as the malnutrition rate of the province reached 7 percent.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) gives the Certificate of Appreciation to Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nona Tad-y (2nd from right) in the presence of Board Member Rolando Ponsica (2nd from left), Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan (right) and Provincial Nutrition Program Coor-dinator Teena Pineda-Acebedo (left) during the 39th Nutrition Month celebration, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)
Lacson said the provincial government is ready to give assistance to local government units (LGU) in implementing nutrition programs, but it is the municipal and city governments, particularly their mayors, who are the "frontliners" in the fight against poverty and malnutrition.
CALATRAVA - Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. disclosed plans to expand the Calatrava District Hospital here from a 10-bed health facility into a 25-bed Level 1 hospital that will be allowed to perform surgical operations and accommodate other emergency cases.
In a surprise visit here Saturday afternoon, Marañon, accompanied by Provincial Planning and Development Office head Marlin Sanogal, provincial consultant Roy Balicas and Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office Director Milko Lirazan, was told by local officials that the health needs of the municipality’s population of 105,000 people will be addressed properly if the facilities are expanded.
SAN CARLOS CITY - Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. led the distribution of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP) cards to 358 indigents here Saturday, which assures farm folk and their families of free hospital services in any government-run medical facility.
HEALTH CARD. San Carlos resident Rodrigo Marabe, 54, a father of three, from Barangay Guadalupe, expresses relief that he is finally a NOCHP card-holder which guarantees him and his family free hospitalization in any government hospital.*(Capitol PIO photo)
Marañon also echoed his other priority programs under the 11-point Negros First development agenda and rallied parents to send their children to school and ensure that they finish, at least, their high school education.
Calatrava town policemen are on the heels of suspects who shot dead a hacienda overseer and wounded another in a shooting incident early Monday morning along a secluded road in Spur 8 in Barangay Minapasok leading to Brgy. Mina-utok.
PO3 Christopher Kyth Ughayon identified the victim as Minapasok resident Marinel Pason, 38, an overseer of a sugar farm (hacienda) owned by Norberto Lumayno.
Pason sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
Pason was with Rolando Talisik, 42, of Brgy. Hinab-ongan aboard a motorcycle. They were on their way home when waylaid by unidentified persons and shot several times with M16 armalite rifle and .45 caliber pistol.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. joins the bayanihan feast/boodlefight during the "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" activity spearheaded by the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) and 303rd Infantry Brigade headed by Col. Jon Aying at Brgy. Malatas, Calatrava, Saturday.*(Capitol Photo)