The Department of Energy (DoE) received most of the blame for failing to address the demands of officials, businessmen and sugar and transport groups at a consultative meeting on fuel price disparity in Bacolod last Friday.
"All these years, they know we have been suffering and nothing has been done – nothing! They (DoE) are toothless. They should be fired and abolished!" businessman Ed Alunan said after the meeting.
3rd District Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez presided over a consultative meeting on fuel price disparity at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City last Friday, attended by some local officials, DoE representatives, and sugar and transport groups.*
A DoE team, led by Zenaida Monzada, head of the Oil Industry Management Bureau, had met with Negros Occidental officials, businessmen, and sugar and transport groups at a consultative meeting at the Provincial Capitol last Friday to address the issues surrounding the fuel price disparity in Bacolod and the rest of the province compared to other cities and provinces.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia has recently been appointed to two more committees in the House of Representatives.
The neophyte lawmaker is now a member of both the Committees on Legislative Franchises, and Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy.
Before these, Leonardia was appointed senior vice-chair of the Committee on Transportation, member of the Committees on Local Government, Energy, Housing, and Appropriations.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia with Rene Villa, chair of the Local Water Utilities Board and Adolfo Escalona, head of the Road Board.*
The Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy takes care of matters and issues to relations with parliaments around the world.
The solution is to reform, not abolish, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).
This is the stand of Thea Mae Dino, who heads the provincial federation of SK in Negros Occidental, when asked of her view on the pressing call to abolish the SK.
"The SK is flawed, we don’t deny that," Dino said Friday, "we are asking help to reform the system and not abolish it."
Back to work, with P3-million in back wages.
Provincial Accountant Merly Fortu was reinstated to her post Tuesday, three years after she was ordered dismissed from the government service by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for alleged grave misconduct and gross insubordination.
Marañon had ordered the reinstatement of Fortu last Sept. 10, effective on the same day, in compliance with the order of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in May 2013.
The CSC affirmed with finality its earlier decision dated September 13, 2011 ordering Fortu’s reinstatement, which was challenged by the Provincial Legal Office.
There will be no more pork for 2014.
The House Committee on Appropriations yesterday scrapped the P25-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as ‘pork barrel,’ from the proposed P2.268-trillion national budget for 2014, Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia said in a press statement yesterday.
The P25-billion funds will now be distributed to different national agencies, namely the Department of Education (DepED), Depart-ment of Health (DoH), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)," the congressman said.
Leonardia, a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, said the P25-billion funds will be distributed according to the absorption capacity of the departments, the Bacolod solon also said.
The Provincial Capitol is currently drafting an Investment and Incentive Code to strengthen its efforts in attracting more investments to Negros Occidental.
This was revealed yesterday by former governor Rafael "Lito" Coscolluela, who was recently appointed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. as the Provincial Capitol’s consultant on investment and promotions, trade and export development, and inter-agency coordination.
Coscolluela said he presented a draft of the Provincial Investment and Incentive Code to the governor and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) yesterday.
Giant property developer Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) made a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Monday, Sept. 9, of its continuing negotiation with the Negros Occidental provincial government for its multi-billion peso project on the latter’s 7.7-hectare prime property in Bacolod.
"We welcome the decision of the Commission on Audit (COA) and remain in close coordination and discussions with the Province of Negros Occidental on the Bacolod Capitol project," Paul Cheah, ALI alternate compliance officer, said in his letter to Janet Encarnacion, head of the PSE Disclosure Department, dated Sept. 9.
Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) will submit to the Department of Energy (DoE) its position paper on the fuel price disparity during a consultative meeting on Sept. 13 in Bacolod.
Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said the Provincial Legal Office is also drafting a position paper regarding the Capitol’s stand on the issue
Lacson said the SP members will attend the DoE hearing.
At least 90 hinterland barangays in Negros Occidental have been identified by the military as "election hotspots" in relation to the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on Oct. 28.
Col. Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said they consider these barangays "hotspot areas" because of the presence of the New People’s Army (NPA) there.
Most of the 90 barangays are located in the 1st, 5th and 6th districts, with less than one-third of the number considered highly-affected by the NPA rebels, he said.
The Bacolod City Legal Office (CLO) has cleared the roads in the northern and southern sides of the Provincial Capitol Lagoon of stationary vendors Monday.
CLO Enforcement Unit Team leader Atty. Cesar Beloria Jr. said they have cleared the Capitol road of more than six vendors whose stores that are made of wooden carts were stationed the whole day and night beside the lagoon.
The vendors have virtually made the carts their houses complete with beds and cooking utensils, he added.
Beloria explained that the stationary carts are illegal because it obstruct the sidewalks from pedestrians and vehicles.