There’s a new, alternative route along north Lacson St., Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia reminded motorists and commuters alike.
Those going north can take the Gatuslao extension way, where a new bridge that had been built during his term as mayor has been opened already, he said.
Not too many people know this, Leonardia advised, but they can bypass traffic jam along Lacson, especially going to Robinsons, by taking this new route.
New access between north and south: The Gatuslao extension bridge.*
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said various development projects in Negros Occidental that will be funded from the $500-million grant of the World Bank (WB) to the Philippines, may start this month.
"I think this month it will be approved and we can already implement it," Marañon said.
The province of Negros Occidental was chosen as a pilot area in the country for the World Bank’s Philippine Rural Development Program that is funding projects to spur development in the countryside, the governor said.
"We are the first because we’re the first (LGU) to submit the project proposals," he added.
The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) approved Resolution No. 1631 dated October 3, 2013 which established the Egyptian Pound (EGP) Currency Exchange Facility (CEF) for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families from Egypt.
Through the EGP CEF, OFWs and members of their family returning from Egypt may exchange their Egyptian Pound (EGP) holdings at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP Head Office, Regional Offices and Branches) and authorized agent banks across the country. The maximum amount of Egyptian currency that may be exchanged for pesos shall be equivalent to not more than P10,000.00 per eligible person. The EGP CEF became effective last November 15, 2013 and will end on May 14, 2014.
The Social Security System (SSS) has released P11.02 billion for the December and 13th month pensions of nearly two million SSS pensioners all over the country and overseas, as part of the annual SSS year-end tradition that started back in 1988.
Funds for the December and 13th month pensions were released as early as November 15, 2013 to the SSS’ partner banks, which in turn are tasked to credit the amount to pensioners’ bank accounts. Some 16,300 pensioners were scheduled to get the year-end benefit as pension checks sent via registered mail.
City Mayor Eric M. Saratan with Talisay First Lady Shiela Yap-Saratan along with city officials led the fireworks display at the Public Plaza last January 1 welcoming the year 2014.
Mayor Saratan greeted the people of Talisay and shared various experiences and lessons learned during the past year and how the city was able to deliver and led Talisaynons to new heights.
Talisay City Mayor Eric M. Saratan led the countdown to the fireworks display at the Talisay Public Plaza last Jan. 1.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
He was also thankful for the blessings and keeping Talisay and its people safe during the super typhoon Yolanda that hit the country in 2013 and the efforts of the city in extending the help to affected areas and to the neighboring towns and cities that were hardly hit by the typhoon.
The City Government of Bago ushered the new year once again with sparkling skies as multi-colored lights cascaded down in sparkling flames as the City staged the 6th synchronized musical fireworks display dubbed as Lights of Bago last January 1, 2014 at the Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Sports Complex.
The winning entry of John Kimwell Laluma, 2013 Lights of Bago photo contest winner.*
Bago Senior Tourism Operations Officer Rose Mina said that this year’s musical fireworks show is a more thrilling presentation compared to last year which lasted for over 20 minutes. Theme for this year’s show is "Thanksgiving and Celebration of Life."
The symphony of lights was in sync with the fusion of classical and disco music according to pyrotechnics display specialist David Villanueva of Spectra Eliminator Corporation.
The family whose four members were hit by stray bullets at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Dec. 20, which resulted in the death of an 18-month-old boy, came home to a sad New Year.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia greets 3-year-old Dhianne Philippe Lirazan Uy at the Bacolod-Silay airport. She is one of the victims of stray bullets at the NAIA 3 shooting last month who arrived with her family last Tuesday.*
"It’s so painful to come home with a dead son in a wooden box," Marie Ann Lirazan, 29, said upon arrival at the Bacolod-Silay Airport on Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.
"We have no plans on how to celebrate the New Year. It’s so sad. We cannot stop the pain. How I wish we can suspend the New Year, but I guess we have no choice but to welcome it," Danny Uy, brother-in-law of Marie Ann, said in an interview at the airport.
Eight members of the Lirazan and the Uy families came home from Manila to Bacolod via Cebu Pacific, carrying the cadaver of Phille Thomas Estoesta, the 18-month-old baby who died instantly when a stray bullet pierced through his head.
They were met by their families and Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia at the airport.
by James U. Sy Jr.
Lloyd Luna conducted Untangled: A Talk on Financial Freedom recently with the sponsorship of the Rotaract Club of Bacolod North in partnership with Rotaract Club of Bacolod-Metro USLS Chapter recently at the MM Auditorium A, University of St. La Salle (USLS), Bacolod City. The talk was attended by many students and professionals alike.
Luna was one of the four millionaires at age 25 to be featured in Korina Sanchez’ Rated K which airs over at ABS-CBN. While others have inherited or acquired their wealth through fame, Luna got his through hard work.
As a motivational speaker, he has given talks in the Philippines, Bangkok (Thailand), Seoul (Korea), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), and Dubai (UAE).
Third District Rep. Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Benitez, who celebrated his 47th birthday last Friday, Dec. 20, has one big birthday wish: No more poverty in his district.
"I wish to see the day that no constituent will ask for medical, educational, or similar assistance from government. Because that will be the day that institutional programs are already in place. That will be the day that our people have overcome poverty," Benitez said in a text message to the Daily Bulletin yesterday, when asked of his birthday wish for the Third District.
Benitez had consistently underscored the need to eradicate "patronage politics," the usual practice of poor constituents of knocking on politicians’ doors to ask for help every time accidents and sickness hit them.
Personnel of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) headed by Police Chief Inspector Danilo V. Francisco, Chief, Police Community Relations (PCR) Branch join the Zumba/Taebo Fitness for a Cause organized by the Bacolod City Sampaguita Lions Club and Felix G. Yusay Foundation Inc. held at Bacolod Government Center (BGC) on December 22. The proceeds of the activity will be for the victims of Super Typhoon "Yolanda".* (PR)