The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has started printing the official ballots for the barangay elections, amid calls to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October.
Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said over the weekend that the National Printing Office has already printed about 2.5 million ballots in the past three days.
The Comelec expects the printing of 52 million ballots to be completed within 28 days or in a month’s time, he said.
Provincial Board member Raul Rivera, president of the Philippine Councilors’ League in the province revealed today, September 8, 2013 that the PCL 3rd Quarter National Executive Officers and National Board Meeting slated on September 26-28, 2013 will be hosted by PCL-Negros Occidental and Bacolod City chapters.
Rivera said that the national confab to be held at the Bacolod Pavilion here is expected to be attended by about 2,000 city and municipal councilors from all over the country.
Rivera stressed that the event being co-hosted by the PCL-Bacolod City chapter headed by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., will have the active participation of the Bacolod City councilors.
Local News: TESDA Announces Free National Assessment and Certification Schedules for Workers and Trainers
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will hold a series of competency assessment and certification activities nationwide from August to December this year.
The National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) Program targets to benefit 60,000 individuals coming from the ranks of trainers of public and private technical vocational institutions, public utility drivers, workers and other industry practitioners who want to undergo competency assessment, returning overseas Filipino workers and Filipino expatriates with relevant TVET experience and industry practitioners who are prospective competency assessors.
For this series, NATCAC will not be offered to graduating students or trainees of various TESDA-registered programs.
The Bacolod City Water District will conduct service improvement activities which will cause temporary water supply interruption in some portions of the service area.
SCHEDULE: September 6 to 12, 2013
ACTIVITY: Repair of Well #34
AFFECTED AREAS: Barangays Handumanan, Felisa, Tangub, Pahanocoy, Sum-ag and Punta Taytay
The Bacolod City Water District is advising all residents of the said areas to store enough water to supply their needs during the interruption period to avoid undue inconvenience.
The Commission on Audit (COA) has dismissed "for lack of merit" the Motion for Reconsideration (MR) of SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) on the approval of the contracts between the Negros Occidental provin-cial government and Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) on the sale and lease of 7.7-hectare property in Bacolod.
In effect, COA "approved with finality" its decision dated September 21, 2012 approving the Deed of Conditional Sale (DCS) and Contract of Lease (COL) between the Provincial Capitol and ALI on the said property.
The five-page decision dated August 14, 2013 was signed by COA chairperson Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan and
By CLAUDEN MAE GENANDA
Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod members a resolution urging the City Engineer’s Office (CEO), in coordination with the Punong Barangays of Bacolod, to formulate a sustainable mechanism to ensure that sufficient street lights be provided and fully functional in the city street.
Proponent Councilor Kalaw Puentevella said the resolution is the result of his observation and several complaints to his office.
The moment of truth, so to speak will be bared soon after a fact-finding committee determines whether what the truth is about claims and counterclaims from various interest groups including consumers of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) at present the city’s major source of potable water, excluding areas which have been given permits to install deep wells including homeowners’ subdivisions, will be known after a fact-finding committee finish its probe which will start next week.
This was after the water firm’s members of the board of directors approved a vote on the setting up of the committee which would be chaired by BACIWA Director, Dr. Marichi Ramos.
Opening a Bacolod office for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is "a step in the right direction," SEC chairperson Teresita Herbosa told Rep. Evelio Leonardia.
(L-R) Commissioner Manuel B. Gaite, Commissioner Antonieta Fortuna-Ibe, SEC Chairperson Teresita J. Herbosa, Commissioner Ma. Juanita Elegir-Cueto, Commissioner Eladio M. Jala & Bacolod City Congressman Evelio R. Leonardia.*
Leonardia, who has filed a bill seeking a SEC Bacolod office, met the top brass of the government regulatory body this week. Aside from the chair, Leonardia said all the SEC commissioners said they will support the move for a Bacolod office.
Also in the meeting, were commissioners Ma. Juanita Elegir-Cueto, Manuel B. Gaite, Eladio M. Jala & Antonieta Fortuna-Ibe.
Bacolod is a growing business community, the solon said, adding that having a local SEC will maintain if not accelerate its economic momentum that has picked up in the recent years.
Various church leaders, NGOs and peasant leaders in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, expessed fear that Negrenses might suffer or die if mining in this island is not stopped.
During the Focused Group Discussion (FGD) of Defend Patrimony-Negros chaired by Rev. Bobby Minguito of the United Churches of Christ in the Philippines, they discussed about the pressing problem about the negative effects of mining.
DPN is composed by church leaders, NGOs, peasant leaders and development workers.
Other members of DPN are , Frs. Benjamin Duran and Romeo Vasquez of IFI, Manuel Correjado representing Kilusan ng Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, and development workers from various NGOs.
2013 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines awardee Lucellie Panhilason Santivañez (2nd from right), BS Psychology student of West Negros University calls on Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (2nd from left) at the Capitol. With her are WNU Academic Support Services Information Officer Ritzy Malo-oy (extreme right) and her father Terrence Olvido Santibañez (extreme left).* (CAPITOLphoto)