TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK TERRIBLE. The traffic gridlock in the Pahanocoy and Sum-ag Villages is worse, if not terrible and horrible.
But, of course, we always make distinctions when it comes to those responsible for the road situations in those areas. For Mayor Monico Puentevella, or to be fair, former Mayor and now Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia has really nothing to do about the road in that area, nor had former Congressman Golez had something to do about this. It is just simply because the road and bridges construction projects which are part of the Bacolod-to-Kabankalan construction is a government construction project funded by a multimillion loan from the People’s Republic of China. The construction company Qing Jian is really incompetent, nay, inefficient.
And foreign-funded construction projects like these are even more so dependent on subcontractors which are most local construction companies but such are anomalies attending foreign construction projects. This is because the Philippine government pays for the loans oftentimes with huge interests to the foreign governments with other onerous conditions thrown in for comfort.
A farmer who went missing after having been abducted by alleged informers or assets of the 47th IB, which is operating in Southern Negros, has remained unaccounted up to this date, his common-law wife and farmer-colleagues told NNF/NDB in an interview yesterday.
Still missing and unaccounted for and believed to have been secretly detained by units of the 47th IB was Benny Lubrico Catipan of Bunsad Subvillage, Buena-vista Village, Himamaylan City. The subvillage is located in a mountainous area of the city, his common-law wife, Charisse Duran, told fellow farmer-members.
FOR CONCRETE UNDERSTANDING AND CLARITY. We are behooved by our commitment to victims of human rights violations which we are also a part of, to once more explain for clarity as we are being ask so many times about the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Compensation Fund, to ensure nobody is still in the dark and to have a full complete understanding of the provisions of RA 10368 as a nine-man member board of directors have already been appointed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III.
And the nine-man director of the compensation fund which is to come solely from the $700-M Swiss Bank recovery which part of it was allocated for victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime and which they are to avail of.
Some 100 officials and residents of Hinoba-an town and from other areas in Southern Negros Occ. took matters into their own hands by hauling magnetite or black sand back to the sea, in a bold protest action against environmental destruction.
Magnetite sand is used as a component to wield iron, among others as the mineral is also used in industrial production.
Allied forces composed of Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members, Vice Mayor Evangeline Cubid, municipal government employees and stalwarts of the "Defend the Patrimony Negros," carried out the protest action in a militant manner yesterday morning.
WHY WAS IT DISAPPROVED? Bacolod Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, has pushed for the approval of the redistricting measure for Bacolod City which he said just a few days ago, was already approved by the House of Representatives’ 15th Congress or during the last Congress after it was introduced by then Bacolod City Lone District Congressman Dr. Anthony Golez.
SURFACE OF SPRING WATER BENEFITS ALL. We have been discussing the issues surrounding the circumstances linked with the Bacolod City Water District for months on end, and lately we have come to a conclusion that we have been right all along, with the most telling being our contention on irregularities attending the water firm, and the water we have been taking from our pipes daily for many many years.
Anomalies have been attending LWUA-BACIWA Operations with the succeeding members of the BACIWA board, remissed in rectifying these errors and instead, worsening it. One issue for one the taking out of a P547-M loan from a Japanese international lending agency which practically went to naught. A seven-kilometer pipeline built with the use of the loan and other projects carried out through the loan have all went to useless alleged and supposed development endeavors.
IS THE PROBLEM ITSELF. On the Salvador Benedicto Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) for one, we are now once again, told that the PAMB Board will discuss the matter and issue its recommendation. On many other issues, these are what time and again, we have been informed.
This is also the case of areas already of targeted landholdings for agrarian reform, but how many complaints on this matter have cropped up with government and specifically the DAR-MARO, not carrying this out?
Or the encroachment of such "development" and investors building structures without business permits, manipulating the titling of lands on already declared land reform areas such as in Alangilan Village or in foreshore communities where small fishermen and seashell gatherers are deprived of livelihood? There are now similar and innumerable cases all over the country, with procrastination as the culprits of maldevelopment.
SOME TELLING POINTS. This Sunday morning, a few hours before the epic boxing combat between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, and Timothy Bradley, the "Running Man".
Our observations/points are actually take-offs from comments points made by Pacman trainer, Freddie Roach and even from Bradley himself with some analysis thrown in.
Both sides also made these observations based on the twos previous bout, where Pacquiao lost by few measly points to Bradley in what many people said were biased judging and which was even criticized by the Nevada State Boxing Commission because the evident conscious biasness of one of the judges was evident.
Now that Bob Arum, the boxing promoter has arranged a return bout between the two, a load of speculations about the possible results of their fight a few hours from now has, of course, ensued.
Bacolod City Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa Jr. though the controversy linked with the transport terminal in Mandalagan just near Bata Village on the highway, had been subjected to an implied moratorium by him and businessman Crispin Chua, but he said he has sadly mistaken because just recently, the Filipino-Chinese businessman once again went the rounds of the various media outlets saying he had been right all along claiming that in Councilor Carl Lopez’ City Council report, the alderman had sustained his position.
But Gamboa, who had earlier claimed that he was the author of the ordinance creating the North Terminal said, this was not true, referring to Chua’s claim.
Gamboa said he had his own report on the north terminal with Chua’s claim baseless.
AS WATER LEVEL DROPS. Fears are once again being expressed all over the country, in every province and in areas where water supply comes from huge dams. These are dams such as Pantabangan, Magat and Angat Dams in Luzon.
In Bacolod City, concerned BACIWA officials especially whistleblowers and owners of springs in hinterlands of Bacolod and Talisay expressed concerns that with the persistent use of deepwells to supply water to concessionaires, time would not be far off when the groundwater deepwells would dry up and seawater would invade former groundwater deepwells and we would experience the problem Cebu City is facing, lack of groundwater, or freshwater sources because of overuse of groundwater as main sources of water, potable for washing, and for various usage.
That alarm has already been raised by various studies released previously.
Lawyer Roger "Brick" Reyes whose family owns a freshwater springs in the Alangilan Village area, says the BACIWA gets its supply of the commodity to Bacolod residents.