Sagay City and the Municipality of Binalbagan were named Best Performing City and Municipality in the Province of Negros Occidental during the Pasidungog 2013 – Provincial Excellence in Governance Award, held at Nature’s Village Resort and Hotel in Talisay City, yesterday.
The awarding ceremony was spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)–Negros Occ. headed by Dir. Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag.
The Pasidungog 2013 is DILG’s program aimed at recognizing local government units that showed exemplary performance and innovations.
The province of Negros Occidental is now under a state of calamity after thousands of residents from four cities and five towns were displaced by massive floods and landslides due to four days of heavy rains, damaging P39 million in crops, livestock and fisheries.
Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), during their regular session yesterday, placed the province under a state of calamity, by unanimously adopting a resolution of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) that recommends the same action.
Last Monday, the PDRRMC, headed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., had passed a resolution asking the SP to declare a state of calamity in the province, and recommending the utilization of the 30-Percent Quick Response Fund of the PDRRM Fund for 2013 to help the affected local government units (LGUs)
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has passed a resolution yesterday asking the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to declare the province of Negros Occidental under a state of calamity, as about 50,000 residents in nine local government units were affected by floods due to four days of heavy rains.
The resolution was among the agenda in the emergency PDRRMC meeting called by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday, to assess the flood situation in southern Negros, and how to assist the displaced residents.
The SP is expected to make the declaration during its regular session tomorrow, Wednesday.
The Kabankalan City Hall grounds in the midst of yesterday’s floods.* (Jun Gaton/Pasiplat phpto)
Two municipalities in southern Negros Occidental – Ilog and Hinoba-an – are placed under a state of calamity after thousands of their residents were displaced due to flooding and landslides over the weekend.
Sixth District Rep. Mercedes Alvarez confirmed that his brother, Ilog Mayor Genaro Rafael Alvarez, and the Sangguniang Bayan declared a state of calamity after 15 barangays in the town were affected.
Local News: Southern Negros Flooded, Evacuees Swell in Kabankalan, Ilog, Hinoba-an, Bayawan, Sta. Catalina
By Arman Toga & Jun Gaton
Three days of rains and a heavier downpour since early yesterday morning flooded at least two cities and three towns in southern Negros.
Reports gathered by NDB from government authorities and several affected residents revealed that Kabankalan City, Ilog and Hinoba-an towns in Negros Occidental, and parts of Bayawan City and Sta. Catalina town in Negros Oriental, were flooded since yesterday morning.
Brgy. 3 Kabankalan* (Jun Gaton photo)
At 12:30 this Monday morning, NDB was able to monitor from the fire and rescue communications groups in Kabankalan that the Magballo-Balicotoc-Canlamay Buttress dam in Ilog that connects the rivers and creeks of Ilog, Kabankalan and Candoni allegedly sustained substantial breaches that could bring more floodwaters to Ilog and to Magballo and other Kabankalan barangays and the city proper.*(Arman Toga/Jun Gaton)
Highway of Ilog, Mabini Street. JPG Highway of Ilog, Mabini Street.* (Rolly Gestopa photo)
A non-government organization - Defend Patrimony, reportedly uncovered the plan to sell the confiscated magnetite in Hinoba-an, southernmost municipality in Negros Occidental
In a press statement from Defend Patrimony through its spokesman Rev. RC Gumban, Jr., the militant environment group, after meeting with its local convenors in Hinoba-an, received new information that the confiscated magnetite are to be bidded and sold.
This ignited anger among individuals in the community.
A year ago, he said, Dr. Jiji Debuyan, a medical doctor of the local primary hospital in the town, reported the illegal magnetite mining in the shore of Brgy. 1 of Hinobaan to the DENR Sipalay office, however, the personnel there refused to entertain the complaint saying that it is not their obligation without even telling her that there is an existing local DENR office in Hinobaan. Not knowing where to report the illegal magnetite mining for she was not even told where to lodge her complaint, she went straight to Hinobaan Gymnasium where at that moment an open forum against mining was held led by Defend Patrimony. Only after she divulged this issue in the forum, the local government of Hinobaan acted and confiscated sacks of magnetite sand and now piled beside the office of the Municipal Environmental and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) .
Several illegal gambling paraphernalia were confiscated by elements of Sipalay City policemen in coordination with Hinoba-an Police authorities in a raid early Wednesday night at Brgy. Talacagay, Hinoba-an.
PO3’s Mark A. de Jose and Eddie Napoles arrested Celso Eleuterio, 48, of Purok Hillside, Brgy. Nabulao, Sipalay for violation of illegal gambling known as Jai Alai.
Police report said, the suspect was collared following a pursuit operation from Sipalay to Hinoba-an where he was arrested.
Various church leaders, NGOs and peasant leaders in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, expessed fear that Negrenses might suffer or die if mining in this island is not stopped.
During the Focused Group Discussion (FGD) of Defend Patrimony-Negros chaired by Rev. Bobby Minguito of the United Churches of Christ in the Philippines, they discussed about the pressing problem about the negative effects of mining.
DPN is composed by church leaders, NGOs, peasant leaders and development workers.
Other members of DPN are , Frs. Benjamin Duran and Romeo Vasquez of IFI, Manuel Correjado representing Kilusan ng Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, and development workers from various NGOs.
A high school graduate from the hinterland of the municipality of Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, bested the 119 fellow trainee-graduates in 45-day training of Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) basic military training conducted by the 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, at Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental.
Rated number one with general average of 89% was Marlon S. Vargas, 18, single, of Brgy. Damotan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental. He has to walk 6 hours to reach the town proper of Hinobaan, which is almost 7 hours bus travel to Bacolod City,
His reason in volunteering his services to the government is to serve his country by helping his barangay maintain peace and order.
Running close to him as second placer was Daryl Octaviano, 21, of Brgy. 1, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental. Although he finished the two-year course Computer Science, but he volunteered to join the CAFGU because he wants to help maintain peace and order in their barangay.
Is it true that the money worth P228,000 intended for the honoraria of teachers who served in the May 13 elections in Hinobaan town was spent in the casino by election officer Alan Jaro?
I’ve heard about it, said Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional director Dennis Ausan, in a phone interview by Capitol reporters yesterday.
Ausan said that it is one of the things being investigated, but he neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.
Jaro’s case is still "subject for investigation" so he enjoys the right to due process right now, Ausan added.
"The validation still remains an allegation, unless a formal charge will be later filed against him," he stressed.