Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday announced the opening of bidding for the site development of the NEGROS FIRST Cyber Center, with an approved budget contract of P23.8 million.
The bidding is scheduled on February 18, 2 p.m. at the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) office at the Provincial Administration Center, he added.
The site development is for the second phase development of the three-storey Cyber Center, located at the Paglaum Sports Complex, whose works cover electrical power line extension, chiller house complete with accessories, driveway and parking, landscaping, and perimeter fence.
True to its name, the Pag-IBIG branch in this city is celebrating the season of love by sponsoring a free mass wedding for more than 300 couples in Negros Occidental tomorrow, Feb. 14.
Dubbed, "I do, I do! Araw ng Pag-IBIG," the event will be held simultaneously at 9 a.m. in Victorias City and Hinigaran town, the two partner-LGUs of Pag-IBIG-Bacolod branch in this event, and will be officiated by their respective mayors, according to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) yesterday.
Two environment groups from London and Germany are funding mangrove conservation projects in various local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental.
These groups are called Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a conservation organization, and Deustche Gesselsschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), based in Germany.
The Negros Occidental provincial government is signing a contract with its first business process outsourcing (BPO) locator at the NEGROS FIRST Cyber Center at 11 a.m. today.
The contracts will be signed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Ubiquity Global Services president Matthew Nyren at the Governor’s Office. The contract signing was scheduled yesterday afternoon at the L’Fisher Hotel but Nyren’s plane experienced mechanical problems and had to be re-rerouted to Cebu.
Instead of April as its target date for formal opening, the NEGROS FIRST Cyber Center located at the Paglaum Sports Complex will open in June, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.
The cyber center will start operating in May but its official opening is in June, explained Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, volunteer provincial consultant on information and communication technology (ICT).
Now that there is no legal impediment in the consummation of their contracts, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said his representative is meeting with Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) officials to discuss how to proceed with their multi-billion peso project.
Assistant provincial legal officer Mary Ann Manayon-Lamis is meeting with ALI officials in Manila to prepare the papers for the property giant’s development plan on the 7.7-hectare provincial government property located beside the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod, Marañon said Friday.
The Provincial Capitol will soon increase its workforce, presently numbering 2,400, as it expands its hospital operations and as it implements the total reorganization.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said additional personnel will be needed for the newly completed Merceditas J. Montilla District Hospital in Sipalay City, the expansion of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, and the creation of the NEGROS FIRST Provincial Blood Bank Center in Bacolod.
If SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) will not give up its fight against the Provincial Capitol on its court case involving the sale and lease of 7.7-hectare property, then the provincial government will also continue defending its interest.
This was stressed by Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday, saying, "The province will continue to defend its position."
Lacson’s response was in reaction to a press statement of the SMPHI, who lost in the bidding of the said property to another property giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), that the company issued Wednesday.
Two of the lead stars of GMA Network’s The Borrowed Wife - Camille Prats and Rafael Rosell - explained to the Bacolod press that their drama series has no intention of degrading the workers of the business process outsourcing industry, also known as "call center agents".
Prats and Rosell, who were in Bacolod City last Saturday for the BacoLaodiat Festival held a press briefing earlier in the day at the Planta Centro Bacolod Hotel & Residences, and one of the questions raised by the media was the reported complaints of call center agents over the "insulting remarks" of Rosell’s character, Rico Santos, in the drama’s pilot episode on January 20.
The two were joined by Pauleen Luna, another lead star of the same teleserye at the BacoLaodiat Festival.
The fight is not over yet.
Losing bidder SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) won’t surrender yet, despite a court decision denying its petition to stop the Provincial Capitol from consummating its contracts with Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) on the sale and lease of 7.7-hectare property in Bacolod.
In a press statement, Vincent Patrick Bayhon, external counsel of SMPHI, said, "SM has not received a copy of the decision of the Bacolod Regional Trial Court alluded to by Negros Occidental Gov. (Alfredo) Marañon (Jr.) in his statements to the press. If it is true that the decision denied SM’s petition, then SM has available legal remedies it may take."