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P90K Worth of Damages in Sunday’s 2 Fires Recorded

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A house and a commercial establishment were destroyed in separate fire incidents Sunday in Hinoba-an town and Silay City.

Reports from Hinoba-an Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) stated that the house rented by Noel Dojilla alias Tawi at Purok Everlasting, Brgy. Talacagay was damaged by fire about 1AM, Sunday.

Dojillo was reportedly attending a village fiesta at Sitio Dalaguit, Brgy. Bacuyangan. The damage reached about P40,000. Initial investigation said an electrical wire was being checked as the cause of incident.

‘NFA Rice Cheap but Limited,’ Rural Folks Complain

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Many people are complaining that NFA rice is affordable but seemed not to benefit them.

This is the common clamor of mothers in rural areas who are the ones budgeting their expenses.

Cops Probe School Buglars; Wanted Men for Murder Nabbed

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Police authorities in Hinoba-an town are in pursuit of the suspects responsible for robbing a school office Saturday.

Central Philippine State University (CPSU) canteen and Agriculture Office were robbed, and office equipment and grocery items went missing.

Patrick Santaromana, 33, of Hacienda Paz, Brgy. Pook reported the incident to police and said that the office’s printer, monitor, UPS and speaker were stolen and that P12,200 worth of grocery items were taken from the university canteen.

‘Big Politicans Behind Illegal Logging’

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Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental said there are politicians who are involved in the illegal cutting of trees in the mountains of the town.

PATROL CAR. A refurbished Mitsubishi Lancer being turned over to the Bacolod City Police Office by Bantay Banwa member Vic Tan following the regular meeting of the Bacolod City Peace and Order Council. From, (left) newly appointed BCPO OIC S/Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, Pastor Efren Dela Cruz of Bantay Banwa, City Mayor Monico Puentevella, TMU chief Insp. Roger Ong, Romie Li of Republic Hardware, DILG OIC Cherryl Tacda, Bantay Banwa’s Dot Soliven and Police Officer 4 Julito Colantro.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Estrao, however admitted that he can not pinpoint the names of such politicians behind the cutting of endangered species of trees.

He said there is no sufficient evidence yet against the alleged politicians, adding that reports reaching him about them came from the people commissioned to do the actual cutting of trees.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENBO) in the area earlier also said that private persons with the money to finance the cutting of trees are also behind poaching.

Government operatives lately confiscated thousands of board feet of cut lumber from endangered species, reportedly cut from the virgin forest in the town, and were intended for building boat hulls.

7-Yr. Old Girl, Sexagenarian Killed in Road Mishap

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Two fatalities were reported and one injury in road accidents in Murcia and Hinoba-an towns, early this week.

In Murcia, traffic police reported that 7-year old Mary Jane Montinola, of Purok Cabarles, Brgy. Damsite was declared dead by attending physician at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) a couple of hours after the accident.

Montinola was bumped by a Honda XRM motorcycle driven by Johnny Rey Bigacas, 25, of Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, who was collecting payments from borrowers of JLJ Lending Corporation at Brgy. Damsite.

‘Don’t Entice IPs to Cut Trees’ DENR-CENRO Urges

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While Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal said there are government officials from southern Negros Occidental and Oriental who were alleged to be behind illegal logging in Hinoba-an town, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Cenro) Dr. Vilma Linates said private financiers are also behind cutting of endangered tree species.

Dr. Linates, whose area covers the towns of Hinobaan and Cauayan, appealed to the private sector to refrain from enticing people in the hinterlands, or those referred to as indigenous people (IPs), to engage in illegal logging in the wilderness of Barangay Damutan in Hinobaan or anywehre else.

These, following the discovery last week of 50- to 100-year old Lauan and other tree species that were illegally cut in the remaining virgin forest in Damutan.

IF THE LEADER LEADS BY EXAMPLE - the rest will surely follow. Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan led the blood letting activity at Barangay Zone 1 recently.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

The trees were reportedly left untouched by logging company Insular Lumber Co. (ILCO) decades ago to serve as a wildlife habitat.

Some 500 cut pieces of endangered tree species like Red Lauan, estimated to be about 1,000 cubic meters, were cut.

500 Illegally Cut Trees Seized

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The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) found Wednesday about 500 pieces of Lawaan and other endangered tree species which were illegally cut in remote Barangay Damutan in Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental.

BACOLOD First Lady Josefa "Patching" Puentevella, City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya and Bacolod Councilors offered flowers as a sign of homage to Dr. Jose Rizal’s 153rd birth anniversary yesterday.*

M6.3 Quake Shakes Negros, Panay

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A Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook Negros and nearby islands at 6:16 last night, sending people out of buildings, houses and other infrastructures.

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the earthquake’s epicenter was plotted at a depth of 10 kilometers, at 09.40 North,122.08 East, 49 kilometers southwest of Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental.

No reports of damages as of 9 o’clock last night but officials of various cities and towns are set to check buildings and other structures today.

300-Hectare Forest Lands Ill-Acquired

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Scores of farmers who have cleared a forestal area and public land in the hinterlands of Culipapa Village in the far Southern Negros town of Hinobaan have declared for the first time that hundreds of them, have been victimized through what could be described as "technical landgrabbing" by the village’s barangay captain, Oscar Daclan, who, through forcibly methods, with the use of former paramilitary troopers, are gobbling up hinterland areas reaching as much as 300 hectares in the village.

In a conversation with Daclan, NNF/NDB has admitted having acquired the forestal lands farmed by scores of farmers and their families, but had "bought" the land at cost. But Daclan said that if the acquisition were irregular, he would give up these lands but that the farmers would have to return the money he had given them because it was his.

35-y.o. Wife ‘Stabs’ Self

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Police authorities in Hinoba-an and Manapla towna are looking into the alleged suicide by two persons in separate incidents this week.

Hinoba-an Police disclosed that a 35-year old wife whose identity is being withheld - a resident of Brgy. Bulwangan, stabbed herself in the stomach causing her to bleed.

She was rushed to the Eleuterio T. Decena Hospital in Brgy. Bacuyangan for medical treatment but was declared dead by attending physicians.


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