Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia batted for an independent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that will address deficiencies in the country’s transport system and investigate transportation mishaps and disasters.
Leonardia, senior vice-chair of the Congressional Committee on Transportation, presided the joint hearing conducted with the Committee on Government Reorganization (CGR) to discuss several bills seeking the creation of the NTSB. The CGR is chaired by Congressman Romeo Acop.
Cong. Leonardia presiding over the hearing on the bills creating a national transportation safety board.*
"There is a need to create a non-regulatory agency to ensure thorough, impartial and speedy investigations of transport accidents and formulate a comprehensive and effective transportation safety standards and programs," Leonardia said during the meeting.
Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez (3rd District) has filed a resolution honoring American actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash while on his way to an activity that raises funds for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
Benitez filed last Wednesday House Resolution No. 577 expressing the chamber’s "heartfelt gratitude" to Walker, who was instru-mental in a humanitarian campaign that inspired other prominent US personalities to send aid to the country.
Supporting the resolution were Reps. Winston Castelo (Quezon City), Emil Ong (Northern Samar) and Sherwin Tugna (CIBAC party-list).
Provincial accountant Merly Fortu will soon get P2.4 million representing her backwages and benefits for three years that she was suspended by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for alleged grave misconduct and gross insubordination.
Fortu, who was suspended from July 7, 2010 to September 9, 2013, was reinstated on Sept. 10, in compliance of the order of the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
Three months after Fortu’s reinstatement, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Wednesday, Dec. 4, approved the P4.3-million supplemental budget, more than half of which will be allocated for her backwages and benefits.
(L-R) Bacolod Councilor El Cid M. Familiaran, Mayor Monico Puentevella, other city officials and police officers discuss increased police visibility, among other concerns during yesterday’s Bacolod City Peace and Order Council (POC) meeting at MassKara Hall 1 of the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) yesterday.*
The Custom Immigration Quarantine (CIQ) System is ready for installation at the Bacolod-Silay Airport to accommodate international flights.
The problem, however is the availability of airline. The supposed flights of Hannah Tours for Korean tourists has deferred the schedule for December.
Zest Air is not available, while Cebu Pacific cannot agree with the price.
Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, chairman, Western Visayas Tourism Council, also said, "Supposedly, groups of Korean tourists, business-men and golfers are coming over as arranged by Hannah Tours through its representative Mr. Choy last year yet. They are yet to start De.r 19, and will run until February or even until summer.
CURSILLO PRAISE MINISTRY-Bacolod officers and members, in cooperation with the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade headed by Col. Jon N. Aying (3rd from left) the Brigade Commander, donated relief goods and other forms of assistance to Typhoon Yolanda victims at Jamindan Elementary School in Jamindan, Capiz.* (Arman Toga)
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. is inviting everyone to the opening of the Christmas Weekend Market sa Kapitolyo today at the PNB Fountain Area along Lacson Street in Bacolod City.
The activity will start with a thanksgiving mass at 4:00 p.m. followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting to formally open the event and a ceremonial switch-on of Christmas lights and decors at the Provincial Capitol and Lagoon.
Various goods such as organic products, cooked foods, beverages, seafoods, processed meat, agricultural products, accessories, delicacies, and Japanese foods, among others will be sold at the market.
The undersigned as Chairperson of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government hereby submits this Committee Report relative to the Letter-Inquiry of Barangay Kagawads Alex Sausi and Donard Alimpolo, Barangay Alangilan pertaining to alleged various violations of Mr. Francis Rey Cabuga in establishing METRO SAFARI RESORT without government clearance and permit, docketed as SP Correspondence No. 08-13-0551, held last November 29, 2013 at SP Session Hall, New Government Center.
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) met with the leaders of force multipliers at BCPO training academy on December 4. This volunteer group will be utilized by the BCPO for the forthcoming Yuletide season.
These force multipliers are partners of BCPO in maintaining peace and order in the city during special occasions like festivals and other similar events. Their services are greatly important to the BCPO personnel in crime monitoring, crime prevention and control and their presence in an area can deter criminals from illegal actions.
"They do not just feed their respective families but the country as well."
Thus said Bacolod Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya, citing the millions of Filipinos who work abroad as a "gem" in the Philippine economy for their high-value tax contributions.
Induction. Bacolod Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya swears in OFW members yesterday of Barangay Handuman at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.*
The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), whom Gasataya say are dollar-earner generating asset, is a big contribution to the country’s economy.
At an induction ceremony held at the Sanguniang Panlungsod Session Hall in Bacolod City Thursday, Gasataya lauded the officers and members of the Federation of OFW Negros Occidental led by its president, Salvacion Barrios for their organization’s continued expansion of membership in the province.