The province of Negros Occidental is now under a state of calamity after thousands of residents from four cities and five towns were displaced by massive floods and landslides due to four days of heavy rains, damaging P39 million in crops, livestock and fisheries.
Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), during their regular session yesterday, placed the province under a state of calamity, by unanimously adopting a resolution of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) that recommends the same action.
Last Monday, the PDRRMC, headed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., had passed a resolution asking the SP to declare a state of calamity in the province, and recommending the utilization of the 30-Percent Quick Response Fund of the PDRRM Fund for 2013 to help the affected local government units (LGUs)
The Provincial Capitol is giving cash assistance to victims of floods in southern Negros Occidental, Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. yesterday said.
The families with totally damaged houses will receive a cash assistance of P5,000 each, while the amount for partially damaged houses will depend on the extent of the damage, the governor added.
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWDO) conducted a survey of damaged houses yesterday to determine the assistance to be given by the Provincial Capitol, Maranon said.
Farmers will also receive assistance for damaged palays, he said, adding that only a few hectares of crops that were damaged were actually insured under the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program.
Seven people died in the midst of massive flooding in Negros Oriental, authorities said.
Six of the victims died from drowning, while another died of hypothermia, Adrian Sedillo, director of the Negros Oriental Provincial Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) told NDB yesterday.
Of the seven victims, six were from Bayawan City, while one was from Dumaguete City, he added.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has passed a resolution yesterday asking the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to declare the province of Negros Occidental under a state of calamity, as about 50,000 residents in nine local government units were affected by floods due to four days of heavy rains.
The resolution was among the agenda in the emergency PDRRMC meeting called by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday, to assess the flood situation in southern Negros, and how to assist the displaced residents.
The SP is expected to make the declaration during its regular session tomorrow, Wednesday.
The Kabankalan City Hall grounds in the midst of yesterday’s floods.* (Jun Gaton/Pasiplat phpto)
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.
The Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas has dismissed the administrative and criminal complaints filed against a former barangay captain and an incumbent kagawad of Brgy. Estefania in Bacolod, in connection with the alleged anomalous construction of a mini-gym in the said barangay.
The Ombudsman dismissed for lack of probable cause the complaints filed on August 26, 2011, against former barangay captain Diosdado Valenzuela and kagawad Jerry Tingson for violation of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Also included in the complaints were Raymund Tongson, owner of St. Raymund Construction Inc. (SRCI), and Raymund Divinagracia, an architect of C’Zarles Construction and Supply.
From a poorly performing branch for many years, the Bacolod branch of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) was recently awarded the Citizen’s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
GSIS officials and Bacolod branch employees pose after the ceremonial mounting of the Citizen’s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence Award at the lobby of the GSIS-Bacolod branch yesterday.* (CAPITOL PHOTO)
The Seal of Excellence was conferred to GSIS Bacolod Branch for its "excellent performance in providing service to the public and its adherence to the requirements prescribed by Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007," reads the citation of the award.
It was signed by CSC chairman Francisco Duque III and Commissioners Robert Martinez and Nieves Osorio, and awarded last Sept. 13 in Iloilo City.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will file charges against barangay officials who fail to allocate the required budget as its share in expenses in the conduct of the barangay elections on Oct. 28, provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez said.
Comelec Resolution No. 9739 requires all local government units (LGUs) to allocate not less than P10,000 and not more than 10 percent of the barangay’s general funds originally intended for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election, he said.
The Negros Occidental provincial government has been regularly giving a monthly allowance of P5,000 to all regional trial court (RTCs) judges in the province, excluding those from Bacolod courts.
Provincial administrator Enrique Pinongan confirmed this yesterday, when asked about the monthly allowances given by local government units (LGUs) to judges — a practice that Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno wants to stop.
Pinongan said the Provincial Capitol is giving P5,000 monthly allowance each to about 20 judges in regional trial courts outside of Bacolod, which is outside the legislative jurisdiction of the provincial government being a highly urbanized city.
The 20 judges are from the RTCs of Cadiz, San Carlos, Himamaylan, Bago and Kabankalan cities.
In separate reports, judges belonging to Bacolod RTCs reportedly receive P3,000 monthly allowance each.
The secretary of the Department of Energy (DoE) has the authority to investigate the practices of oil companies, to find out the reasons for the huge disparity of fuel prices in Bacolod and the rest of Negros Occidental compared to other cities and provinces.
Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez (3rd District) said Monday that Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla can invoke such powers provided for under Republic Act No. 8479 or the Oil Deregulation Law.
Benitez made this update during an informal meeting of stakeholders composing the Visayan Oil Price Watchdog in Bacolod last Monday.
"We agreed that this will be an informal group. It was just a gathering of sectoral representatives to find out on why we have high disparity of oil prices and find possible solution and answer," Benitez said.