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Governor Scores Critics of Ship Recycling Project

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., yesterday shot back at critics of the proposed Japanese-backed ship recycling project in Hinobaan town, some five hours away from this capital city of Bacolod.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (center) together with Board Members Salvador Escalante, Jr. and Samson Mirhan (1st and 4th from left) check on the firefighting supplies and equipment donated by the Firefighters for Christ to the Provincial Govern-ment of Negros Occ. at the Capitol, yesterday. With them is Provincial Disaster Management Program Division Head, Zeaphard Caelian (right).*(Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)

Ship Recycling Plant Opposed

A farmers group has questioned the planned construction of a ship recycling plant in Sitio Salvacion, Hinobaan town in saouthern Negros Occidental.

Felipe Gelle Jr., advocacy officer of the Magsasaka at Siyentista para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG)-Negros in a press conference yesterday said, they are concerned over the environ-mental impact once the ship breaking plant comes into service.

P100K for capture of century-old Lawaan trees’ cutters

Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinobaan town in southern Negros Occidental, is offering a P100,000 reward for anybody who could give information that can lead to the arrest of whoever cut the century-old Lawaan trees in Sitio Wilderness, Barangay Damotan, some 60 kilometers away from the town proper.

It was monitored last week by forest guards that the cutters were armed with heavy weapons.

When Task Force Ilahas was informed and was able to reach the area, however, the culprits have already left, but leaving behind two century-old Lawaan trees that were already cut.

Prov’l SP okays Hinoba-an land reclassificaton ordinance

The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved the ordinance of the Municipality of Hinoba-an reclassifying a portion of Brgy. Bacuyangan from agricultural to industrial land.

Municipal Ordinance 2017-03 increases the industrial area in the barangay from 348,864 square meters to 2,828,546 square meters.

Board Member Alain Gatuslao said the reclassification of the land aims to create an industrial zone in the area.

The planned industrial estate will openup the land to a proposed Japanese ship recycling facility.

Negros Occ., 4 Cities, 5 Municipalities Win the Seal of Good Governance

DILG Provincial Director Ma Joy Maredith R. Madayag congratulates the province of Negros Occidental together with four (4) cities and five (5) municipalities for passing the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance.

The official results released yesterday by the Bureau of Local Government Supervision showed that the cities of Bago, Sagay, San Carlos, and Silay as well as the municipalities of Candoni, Don Salvador Benedicto, Hinobaan, Pontevedra and Valladolid passed the assessment.

The awarding ceremonies will be on November 27, 2017 at the PICC in Manila.