(From left) Voyager Innovations President Orlando B. Vea and Chief Operating Officer Benjie Fernandez formalize a partnership with Project NOAH Executive Director Dr. Mahar Lagmay and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro for mobile innovations in hazards preparedness.*
A week after the Yolanda Typhoon lashed its fury in the Philippine Islands, the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) gathered its partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" for a reflection leading them to the novel idea of "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa".
This "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" was held last November 13 as a way of thanking partners who had been with ANP all through the years, partners who are witnesses to the growth that ANP attained.
Association of Negros Producers (ANP) President Jojie Locsin explains to partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" about "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa" which is a collection of packages priced reasonably low and where part of the proceeds will go to typhoon Yolanda victims.*
Partners were likewise updated of ANP’s future plans and projects followed by expressions of constructive opinions for the improvement of every decision taken by ANP management which is typical of a kapihan but exchanges were kept light.
Demolition of squatters’ shanties in Purok Progreso, in Brgy. Taculing, has been ordered stopped by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, after landowners’ who have been pushing for this, stopped upon orders of the chief executive.
Berlita Ante of the urban poor group, Kadamay, earlier informed anchormen of radio station DYRLs "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program, in a series of interviews said, the order of demolition was previously ordered by the former administration of Mayor Evelio Leonardia but that the residents, had reasoned out that the city government could well implement an in-house building program for the members of the urban poor families living in the area because the place is a city government property as it is considered a natural accretion.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with owner of ProntoMedics Transcriptions, Tuesday, at the Governor’s Office, for the rental of an 80-100 square meters floor space at the soon-to-be completed Negros First Cyber Centre in Bacolod City.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (3rd from right) and Dr. Arnulfo D. Seares, Jr. of ProntoMedics Transcriptions after the MOA Signing at the Capitol, Tuesday, in the presence of Board Member Salvador Escalante, Jr. (2nd from right), Dr. Cristina Orbecido of NOLITC, and Teresita and Ryan Seares of ProntoMedics.*(Capitol photo)
ProntoMedics Transcriptions is a homegrown medical and general transcription company, owned by Dr. Arnulfo D. Seares, Jr. with partners from the United States of America serving clients globally.
ProntoMedics Transcriptions is a company that specializes in providing quality medical transcriptions to clients from around the globe. It is managed by physicians and nurses with 15-25 years of clinical experience serving their clients on a 24/7 basis; they have invested in transcription service software to support the growing demands, maintain quality output and client satisfaction without sacrificing data security.
Activist priest Fr. Robert Reyes, the country’s famous "running priest," will lead about 200 protesters in a 7-kilometer run in Escalante City today to mark the International Human Rights Day.
The protest-run, spearheaded by the socialist party Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), will also bring to the people’s attention the continuing fight for justice in Escalante where 28 cases of extra-judicial killings (EJK) have allegedly happened under the term of incumbent Mayor Melecio Yap, PLM national secretary-general Leody de Guzman said in a press conference in Bacolod Bacolod yesterday.
Criminal charges for allegedly peddling illegal drugs will be filed against a suspected pusher in Valladolid after he was busted in a raid at about 7AM, yesterday in the town.
PCInsp. Luisito G. Acebuche, Valladolid Police head with Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) PSinsp. Joemarie Occeño arrested Harder Baloya after handing a plastic sachet containing suspected shabu in exchange for P200 marked bill.
Recovered from Baloya, 36, of Brgy. Sagua Banwa were 14 sachets of suspected shabu, two disposable lighters, one cellular phone and unaccounted cash believed to be proceeds from the illegal trade.
Charges for violation of Section 5 (sale) under Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being prepared to be filed before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.
By CLAUDEN MAE GENANDA
The Negros Cultural Foundation, Bacolod Cultural Foundation, Inc. and Central Philippine Adventist College (CPAC) in cooperation with Bacolod City Government, Province of Negros Occidental and Office of Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson will present the First Christmas Musical on December 16 to 23.
The 8-day free musical shows are aligned with both Governor Alfredo Marañon and Mayor Monico Puentevella’s vision to encourage a cultural exchange in the community and to have a gathering that will involve the larger communities of Bacolod and Negros province.
The Senate through Senator Bam Aquino is poised to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation on the implementation of local water districts of their projects and the participation of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) in the water supply provision in the countryside to protect consumers, with the end in view of amending provisions of Presidential Decree No. 198 and other pertinent laws. Detractors insist PD 198 is an antiquated law.
Aside from this, in a resolution introduced by the senator, a nephew of President Benigno Aquino III, the resolution further declared that there is a need to inquire into the loans given by LWUA to a member of local water districts like the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), which was granted a loan by the LWUA in the amount of PHP537-M, and that the loan implemented years back was haphazardly implemented to the detriment and disadvantage of water consumers of Bacolod.
By Clauden Mae Genanda
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella expressed his fulfillment in serving Bacolodnons in behalf of tiring schedules as city mayor compared to when he was congressman.
"It’s very tiring because it’s really hands-on but it’s also much more fulfilling," said Puentevella, adding that he is enjoying actual field work like what he did during the typhoon, building more projects for the city, giving bonuses for teachers and employees which he has never done while in Congress.
According to him, it’s a different experience and there’s personal fulfillment on his part.
The Office of the Ombudsman has promised to have zero backlog of cases in Bacolod City and the rest of Negros Occidental starting this month, as it expects to release the resolution of all its pending cases. This was disclosed by Ombudsman Graft Investigation Officer Evangeline Nuñal yesterday, during the celebration of both the International and National Anti-Corruption Day at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.
"All of our investigators were directed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to dispose all cases from 2012 and below," she said.
For his part, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. challenged the private sector, especially businessmen, not to to bribe government officials so they will not be tempted to commit corrupt acts. "There’s no corrupt official, if there’s no corruptor," he stressed.