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Hinoba-an Fallen Logs: Stoppage of Log Retrieval Questioned

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

The lawyer of the private contractor in the retrieval operations of fallen logs in the Wilderness area in Brgy. Damutan, Hinoba-an is questioning the stoppage of operations.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose V. Lacson (seated 3rd and 4th from left) with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members namely, Helen Zafra, Johnna Ko, Renato Gustilo, Pedro Zayco, Jr., Miller Serondo, Rolando Ponsica, Renato Malabor, Raul Rivera, Victor Javellana, and Mark Cui meet at the Governor’s Office after the approval of the 2015 budget for Negros Occidental at the SP session, yesterday. (Capitol photo)


Enrique Tabino, legal counsel of Bernabe Gilbor, president of Supreme ABF Construction and Supply Co., Inc., in a letter to Vilma Limates, community environment and natural resources officer of CENRO-Sipalay, wants the retrieval operations to be continued.

In a letter obtained by Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) yesterday, Tabino said Gilbor, relative to the Memorandum of Agreement executed by the regional director, provincial government of Negros Occ.l and the Hinoba-an government, was engaged for the retrieval/recovery of fallen and and abandoned timbers in the area.

“...On the basis of his contractual responsibilities my client had to engage the services of the people in the area in the repair and the maintenance of the roads to make it passable and spent considerable amount for the establishment of safety parameters under the closed supervision of the personnel of CENRO-Sipalay,” the letter said.

Sexagenarian Shot Dead

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A 68-year old resident of Purok 2, Brgy. Bulwangan in Hinoba-an was shot by unidentified perpetrator who remained at-large Monday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Nicanor Vergara who succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the left portion of his head and was rushed to Eleuterio T. Decena Memorial Hospital for medical treatment but was declared dead by attending physician.

Follow-up investigation is being conducted by PO2 Darwin O. Piansay.

TF Ilahas Marks, Tags 231 Trees; Guv Condemns Forest Illegal Activities

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A total of 231 trees inside the “Wilderness Area” located at Brgy. Damutan, Hinobaan were marked and tagged with GPS Coordinates by Task Force Ilahas during its follow up operation conducted on November 19-22, 2014.

In an inventory report submitted to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Company Commander PSupt. Gabriel Gutierrez reported a total of 70.66 cubic meter (29, 959.84 bdft) fallen logs and 1, 128.77 cubic meter (478, 598.48 bdft) standing trees inside the area.

P13-M Property Lost in Fire

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Fire damaged an estimated 13 million pesos property in Hinoba-an town about 11:45PM, Saturday.

The town’s Bureau of Fire reported that the commercial establishments owned by Danny Ayco, owner of Triple Dot Store sustained a damage worth 2.5 million pesos; stores owned by Rey dela Cruz, Adonis Selerio, Florentina Celis and Fe Garbosa also incurred an estimated 2.5 million in damages.

Reports added that the houses of Jessie Tanoja Sr. and Gloria Bienvenido were partially damaged and estimated cost reaches P20,000 and P510,000, respectively.

Farmers Want Mining in Negros Occ. Stopped

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

Farmers’ groups in Negros Occidental called on the provincial government to declare a moratorium on mining in the province, rescind permits and scrap the 1995 Mining Act.

The farmers held a protest in front of the Provincial Capitol since Tuesday afternoon after a caravan from Kabankalan City.


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