The Department of Agriculture (DA) has committed an assistance of P16.53 million to Negros Occidental, for the province’s rehabilitation efforts for areas damaged and farmers affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
Provincial veterinarian Renante Decena disclosed this development Friday, adding that the DA’s assistance is part of the intervention of the national government for the rehabilitation of typhoon-affected areas and industries.
Decena said that of the amount, P8.43 million will be for animal dispersal, P5.6 million for pasture rehabilitation and P2.5 million for the repair of animal breeding centers.
The Provincial Capitol and seven local government units (LGUs) in the province signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with three government agencies to fight illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
The MOU was signed by the provincial government, the seven LGUs composed of the municipalities of Binalbagan, Manapla, Hinigaran, Pontevedra and the cities of Bago, San Carlos and Bacolod, and the three government agencies, namely, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The signing ceremonies was held at the Provincial Capitol last Wednesday. The signatories were Regional Directors Yolanda Porschwitz of TESDA, Ponciano Ligutom of POEA-Department of Labor and Employment, and Ron Bartolome for OWWA.
Technology Livelihood and Development Center Manager Ricardo Calseña signed the MOU in behalf of the provincial government.
In line with their thrust to promote Negrense Arts and Culture the Victorias Milling Company, Inc. (VMC) recently launched the Victorias 2013 Inter-School Art Contest with the theme "Victorias: Bringing Pride to Negros."
This is an activity for the children of the Victorias communities to encourage artistic expression, bringing out the positive aspects of being part of the Victorias community.
The contest is exclusively open to primary and secondary students of Don Bosco Technical Institute, St. Mary Mazzarello School, Victorias Milling Elementary School – Victorias and Victorias Milling Elementary School-Manapla.
This art tilt provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to be recognized and their works exhibited and given exposure.
The Victorias-Manapla-Cadiz Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (VRESCO) has a new acting general manager in the person of lawyer Dan Pondevilla, who was appointed by its board of directors effective Sept. 19.
Pondevilla yesterday said his predecessor Art Cabrera requested the board to be returned to his old position as head of the electric firm’s Technical Services Department.
“The board wanted a GM who is a lawyer who knows effective collection system that is why they appointed me because of my experience as City Legal Officer of Escalante City,” he said.
Manapla Police Station is investigating the alleged involvement of three brothers in a shooting incident, Friday afternoon at Hacienda Cambocao in Brgy. San Pablo.
Initial reports identified the victim as Rex Dapilaga, 33, whose body was found inside a sugarcane field of Hacienda Cambocao.
The victim’s cousin, Ryan told police probers that the victim was attending the wake of Teodorico Despuez day before his body was found. He also alleged that the suspects who shot his relative were; Joel, Lemuel and alias Amay Cordero using a 12-gauge shotgun hitting Dapilaga’s chest.
Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. led the turnover ceremonies for a new patrol boat to the Bantay Dagat team of Manapla town last Sunday, as part of his administration’s renewed call to run after illegal fishermen and poachers.
The 50-foot long patrol boat, with a hull of 36 feet, comes with complete paraphernalia like life jackets, rain coats, fire extinguisher, life ring and megaphone, a press release from the Provincial Capitol yesterday said.
Members of the Manapla town Bantay Dagat group rejoicing after getting their new patrol boat.*
A new patrol boat with the same features will be turned over to the Bantay Dagat team in Cauayan this week, the press release added.
The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental (PGNO) led by Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose V. Lacson, held a two-day Annual General Planning Workshop that started yesterday and will culminate today at Northland Resort Hotel in Manapla.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (seated center) together with First District Board Member Rolando Ponsica, Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan, Exec. Asst. Angel Verdeflor, Capitol department and office heads, representatives of various non-government organizations at the Annual General Planning Workshop held at Northland Resort Hotel in Manapla.* (Capitol photo)
The Annual General Planning Workshop is a gathering of all Provincial Government officials, including department and office heads, and representatives of key national government agencies and non-government organizations, for the planning of the programs and projects and direction setting of the provincial government for implementation in 2014 in line with the NEGROS FIRST Provincial Development Agenda.
First District Board Member Rolando Ponsica welcomed the participants and Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Marlin Sanogal presented the State of the Local Governance and State of Local Development Reports (SLGR and SLDR) while Provincial Budget Officer Percival Salado, Jr. shared the guidelines on the preparation of budget proposals as well as of the 2014 Annual Investment Program (AIP).
By Clauden Mae Genanda
Chikungunya cases now number 187 as of the first week of August, according to the Negros Occidental data.
Kabankalan City is the highest for Chikungunya with 107 cases, Bacolod City 32, Manapla 30, Cadiz 11 and the other 7 is from different places in Negros.
Chikungunya is a viral disease that is spread through mosquito bites. It is caused by infected Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes which are active during the day and breed close to us.
Security guards detailed at St. Joseph Hospital in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla town reportedly shot one of the six suspected thieves inside the institution’s vicinity.
Manapla police identified the wounded suspect as Ruel Berito, 22, of Hacienda Unson, Brgy. Purisima who sustained gunshot wounds on the shoulder and the back portion of his body.
PO3 Rey Ibañez, of Manapla Police reported that Iron Wall Security Agency guards Joe Lanada and Joe Papran were on foot patrol when they caught the six unidentified males in the act of taking the aluminum roofing and aluminum tubes owned by Victorias Milling Company.
GOVERNOR: Alfredo Marañon Jr.
VICE GOVERNOR: Eugenio Jose Lacson
Salvador Escalante Jr.
Miller Serondo Jr.
Patrick Leonard Lacson
Jose Benito Alonso