Soroptimist International (SI) of Silay is this year’s host of the annual conference of the Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region (SIPR) to be held on May 31-June 2. More than 500 delegates from the 83 clubs nationwide have registered for the conference. L Fisher Hotel, venue of the conference has been fully booked since three months ago.
Four foreign guests headed by SIA President elect Cheri Fleming and outgoing Chairperson of the SIA Fund Development Council, Sandy Shultz will speak and conduct workshops at the Officer’s Leadership Training Seminar at Amrei Hotel on May 30, a day before the start of the conference. A press conference has also been scheduled on the same day.
SI Silay president Marissa Montelibano and her members have been feverishly preparing for evening events to insure the success of this conference. The early arrivals will be treated to a traditional rural fiesta of old at the Balay Negrense in Silay, where Silay’s famous delicacies will be served. The multi awarded Kabataang Silay rondalla will provide the music. Hugyaw Silay will regale the guests with their street dancing. The evening’s program has remained under wraps but President Marissa assures us of a truly memorable evening.
Fire Inspector Vencie Aldeguer has announced that representatives from the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center will be coming over to Silay City.
He said the ADPC will conduct a validation on the implementation of the Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) in Silay.
To recall, Silay City Local Disaster Risk Reduction Office (LDRRMO) together with the Philippine Red Cross and Office of the Civil Defense (OCD)-Region VI conducted CADRE Course at Silay Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism in Barangay Patag, Silay City last year. In the training, non-disaster professionals learned how to be prepared whenever disasters will strike in their community.
(front, l-r) Silay City Mayor Jose L. Montelibano, LDRRMO Coordinator Jesus Oppus and Fire Inspector Vencie Aldeguer posed at Silay Public Plaza Covered Court. An emergency rescue kit was given to the City of Silay from ADPC.*(Aldwin Dalpatan photo)
After being re-elected as mayor of Silay City, Mayor Jose L. Montelibano thanked his fellow Silaynons and also asked their cooperation to make Silay number one.
Silay Acting Election Officer Atty. Jose Meno Ruiz (6th fr. left) proclaims the winners at Silay Sangguniang Panlungsod in Silay City last May 17, 2013.*(photo taken by Aldwin Dalpatan)
Mayor Montelibano was proclaimed as city mayor of Silay City last May 17, 2013 at Silay Sangguniang Panlungsod. Montelibano (Liberal Party/LP) got 29,411 votes while former mayor Carlo Gamban had 28,497 votes, or a plurality of 914 votes.
Moreover, Silay Vice-Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez (UNA) won with 41, 296 against July Ledesma (Independent) with 7,066 votes.
Attorney Jose Meno Ruiz, acting election officer in Silay City, gave notice to the public that a total of 89 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were delivered at Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center, Silay City morning of May 8, 2013.
The 89 PCOS machines that will be put in every clustered precinct, plus the one contingency PCOS that will be placed at the board of canvassing, were stored and locked at exactly 11 a.m. at the civic center.
The Silay City government together with the UN Habitat have initiated the First Project Steering Committee on Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD) at Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center, Silay City last May 6, 2013.
(Seated, L-R) UN Habitat Country Programme Manager Christopher E. Rollo, Silay City Mayor Jose "Oti" L. Montelibano, OIC-City Administrator Noel B. Doloriac and ASUD Project Manager Reinero "Yen" Flores. Mayor Montelibano discusses the status of the city and informed the UN Habitat representatives that Silay City is fluid and open for growth.*(photo by Aldwin Dalpatan)
UN Habitat Country Programme Manager Christopher E. Rollo said that the City of Silay was one of the eight pilot cities in the Philippines where the Achieving Sustainable Urban Development (ASUD) programme will be implemented.
ASUD is a global project of the UN Habitat that prioritizes urban planning, urban energy, urban mobility, urban economy, urban residence and shelter.
The 1st Fly-Drive Tour Caravan in Negros Occidental is fully supported by the city government of Bacolod. The event slated on May 16 - 19, 2003 was organized by a prime mover in Philippine Tourism industry.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia has given go signal to City Administrator Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, to extend any support could do to the Caravan.
"We will fully support this event because it is an effective way of promoting the tourism of our city and province," the mayor said.
Silay City Police Supt. Rosauro Francisco, police chief, and Police Senior Inspector Jesus Mesahon, deputy chief, gave assurance to the public that they are doing everything to have a peaceful and orderly May 13, 2013 election in Silay City.
The Silay City PNP conducts search during the COMELEC Checkpoint to effectively implement the firearms ban during the election period.*(Silay PNP photo)
Mesahon said that they are conducting COMELEC checkpoint three times a day as mandated in COMELEC Resolution No. 9588 by Resolution No. 9608 and COMELEC Resolution No. 9587.
Earlier, the Silay City PNP gave notice to the election officer that a checkpoint must be established.
Rolando Espinido relived his glory days after scattering 3 harmless singles in his complete game shutout on Sunday to lead Silay City Senior batters in an 8-0 crush over erstwhile defending champion Fuentes Lines during the finals of the 2nd Silay City Softball Invitational Games played at the Brgy E. Lopez Softball Field.
The champion team, Silay Seniors pose with Adolf Ledesma.*
The Silay Seniors swatted 9 hits over-all and committed only a lone error while Fuentes Lines registered 6 errors after its defenses broke down.
During the finals, Silay Seniors started with four straight hits, highlighted by 3rd baseman Erwin Erabon’s 2-RBI double and an RBI single by short-stop Joey Pabale to plate 3 runs in the upper first inning.
The Government Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Silay City (GEMS) has recently conducted the Pre Membership Education Seminar (PMES) at Sen. Jose C. Locsin and Cultural Center in Silay City.
The PMES is one of the requirements in order to be a member of a certain cooperative. "PMES is one of the many ways of the coop to increase membership," GEMS Vice-Chairman Apolinario B. Bermejo said.
Bermejo said the coop can grant a loan to their members up to 500,000 pesos with the help of the financial assistance extended by the Land Bank of the Philippines.
The Commission on Election in Silay City has conducted the final briefing and giving of general instructions at Sen. Jose Locsin Cultural and Civic Center last April 26, 2013 for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI), who will be serving on May 13, 2013 election. Attorney Jose Meno Ruiz, acting election officer in Silay City, said that the final briefing included four sessions wherein 246 BEI signified their attendance plus their support staff.
Ruiz also said that the final testing and sealing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines will be on May 10, 2013 at 9am. The machines will be delivered before May 10.
He confirmed that the Silay City PNP with the special action force has coordinated with his office and they will be visible in every voting center in the city to secure the PCOS machines and maintain the safety of every voter.