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Escalante City

Motorcycle-Riding Man Shot Dead

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A man riding on a motorcycle with his live-in partner was shot dead by an unidentified suspect along Sitio Tanquinto in Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City at about 5:30 Saturday afternoon.

Supt. Leo Batiles identified the victim as Juvy Carbaquil Enao, 38, single, of Sitio Lamac in Brgy. Rizal, Escalante.

Enao sustained a gunshot wound in the head and fell from the motorcycle, along with his live-in partner, Jennifer Nillamo Canoy, 26 yrs. old.

Canoy told police investigators she heard a shot and saw the victim fall from the motorcycle that caused them to outbalance.

Cops Find Abandoned Checks Inside 3 Steel Boxes

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Escalante City PNP recovered abandoned checks inside three steel boxes in Sitio Varca in Brgy. Jonob-Jonob, in the city at about 3PM Wednesday.

Jonob-Jonob is located outside of the city going to Toboso town.

City PNP chief, Supt. Leo Batiles said a passer-by found the three steel boxes beside a sugarcane field in the area.

Eleven checks with total amount of P740, 830 were found.

The amount is part of P2-M in cash and checks taken from a vault destroyed by robber susing chisel and hammer at the Escalante City Treasurer’s Office.

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)

Cops has Suspect in Escalante Heist; ‘To File Charges in 5 Days’

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After a thorough investigation, Supt. Leo Batiles, Escalante City police chief has identified the suspect in the emptying of the City Treasurer’s Office’ vault.

Batiles said yesterday he will not name the suspect in order not to pre-empt the filing of charges against him which he assures to be done in five days.

"If he does not admit openly, we will file the charges based on testimonies of witnesses and circumstantial evidences," Batiles added.

Robbers Empty Escalante City Hall Vault Inside Job Eyed; Big Amount Believed Taken

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A city hall janitor went early Sunday to clean his assigned area only to discover that the Escalante City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) vault was emptied of its contents, including some P2 million in cash and checks.


‘CHILD LABOR or GO HUNGRY.’ This is a common sight not only along the Bacolod-Murcia-Salvador Benedicto-San Carlos eco-tourism highway. Kids skip school -- that is if they are enroled at all -- to help their parents sell foods and drinks to motorists and commuters to earn a living. Obviously they have no choice, or else they all go hungry.* (Arman Toga photo)

Losing Village Chief in Escalante Installed

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The losing candidate for village chief Felicitas Ejusa of Brgy. Old Poblacion in Escalante City was installed yesterday as village chief after her protest was favored by court.

She replaced proclaimed village chief Abeto Maratas after the Municipal Trial Court in Escalante city found out she led by 44 votes after the recount.

Ejusa was the incumbent and on her second term as village chief when Maratas was proclaimed by the Board of Canvassers during the last October 2013 barangay election with a margin of 37 votes.

NGCP Trains NONECO Linemen on Safety Practices

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines trains around 79 linemen of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative or NONECO, formerly known as VRESCO, on the global safety requirements and practices needed in line maintenance.


The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) trains linemen of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO), formerly known as VRESCO, on the global safety requirements and practices needed in line maintenance.*(EAD-PIA6 photo)

Marginalized Sectors Establish Working Alliance for Subsistence Survival

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Militant sugar workers, small fisherfolks and farmers in Northern Negros, have established a working alliance under an umbrella along with the Philippine Independent Church (PIC), in a determined effort to jointly face the challenge of subsistence survival, and to improve their lives, leaders who came together last June 10-12, this year, declared.

Run Negros Run to Compliments ‘Cinco De Noviembre’

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The revival of the famous "Run-Negros-Run" almost 35 years ago is taking its toll with its planning stage on the way to be back early this year.

Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor, Negros Occidental Provincial Sports coordinators’ head disclosed that the event may compliment with the province’s celebration of "Cinco de Noviembre".

However, he added that he will present yet the plan to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr.

If push through, this will also revive how Negrenses are best in running events.

NPAs Attack Transloading Station

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About 25 men claiming to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) swooped down a sugarcane transloading station in Sta. Ana, Brgy. Mabini in Escalante City Sunday night.

Supt. Alex Batiles, Escalante PNP chief said the rebels blasted a crane truck using improvised explosives devices (IED), and caused damages to the scale house platform used in weighing loaded cargo trucks, and the core laboratory.

A Fuso hauler truck was also damaged when it was fired upon by the suspects who also disarmed security guards.

Cops Eye Extortion in Transloading ‘Bombing’

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Police investigators in the province are looking into the possibility of extortion as one of the motives in the alleged bombing of Lopez Sugar Corporation transloading by suspected rebels, Sunday evening in Escalante City.

PSSupt. Milko D. Lirazan, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) director said 16 men armed with long and short firearms broke in to the transloading station located beside the national highway in Sitio Santa Ana, Brgy. Mabini about 9:45PM, Sunday.

Gumban, Labordo Secure Win in ‘Tunay na Lakas’ Boxing

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Escalante City-native Melvin "Topgun" Gumban cameout with an impressive performance on Saturday to keep his unbeaten record by winning over Jason Egera via unanimous decision in the main event of the ALA-Cobra "Tunay na Lakas" boxing spectacular held in Mandaue City Plaza Square.

All judges favored the 23-year-old Gumban: 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 to improve his unblemished card with 17 wins including 8 knockout while, Egera further dropped to 21-11 win-loss record (10 KOs).

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.

La Carlota City is Gold Awardee in HLURB’s Zero Backlog Project

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La Carlota City headed by Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer is the Lone Gold Awardee of the Local Government Units of Negros Occidental in the 2013 Comprehensive Land Use Program Zero Backlog Project of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) at the awarding ceremony and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing for Housing Projects held at the De La Rama Hall, Talisay City Hall last Thursday.

Gold Awardee: Vice-Mayor Luis Jacky Jalandoni III representing Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer receives the Gold Trophy and Plaque of Appreciation from Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, Congressman Alfredo Albee Benitez-3rd District of Negros Occidental, HLURB Commissioner Ria Cabrera, Commissioner Linda Hornilla, Commissioner Luis Paredes and Usec Cecilia Alba, Secretary-General of HUDCC.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental together with HLURB Commissioner Ria Cabrera, Commissioner Linda Hornilla, Commissioner Luis Paredes and Usec. Cecilia Alba, Secretary General of HUDCC spearheaded the awarding ceremonies.

Silver Awardees were: Mayor Jose Maria A. Alonso of Pontevedra, Mayor Ramon Torres of Bago City represented by Denny Millevo and Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. and Vice-Mayor Santiago D. Maravillas of Escalante City.

5,182 Households Get P19.9M Housing Aid

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Vice President of the Philippines and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chair Jejomar C. Binay led the distribution of P19.9 million worth of housing materials assistance (HOMA) to the victims of typhoon Yolanda in five local government units here.


Vice President Jejomar Binay leads the turn-over of P7-million check to the Hinigaran Government Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative under the Pag-IBIG Fund Group Land Acquisition and Development Program assisted by (l-r) Third District Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and Assistant Department Manager for Operations of Pag-IBIG Fund Bacolod Branch Wilmer Lirazan during the turn over rites in Talisay City.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

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