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Edith Colmo

Visayan Governors Declare Visayan Sea Protected Area

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One of the highlights of the 6th Governors’ Meeting on the Visayan Sea Protection Program, was the declaration of 15 kilometers beyond the municipal waters in the Visayan Sea, or even to declare the Visayan Sea a protected area. Chaired by Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr, the declaration was moved by Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, and unanimously approved by the other governors - Rizalina Seachon Lanete of Masbate, and Hilario Davide III represented by Jing Lachica, whose provinces are facing towards the Visayan Sea.

Cinco de Noviembre Honors the New Heroes with Awards

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The provincial government of Negros Occidental gave due recognition to members of the Negros Volunteers for Change Foundation, Inc (NVCF) led by its president Millie Kilayko which capped the whole day activities commemorating the 116th Cinco de Noviembre, dubbed Negros Day of Negros Occidental.

"L-R: Dr. Marilyn Marañon, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr, and Millie Kilayko, president, NVCF, Inc. who was awarded as new heroes of Negros Occidental to highlight the 116th Cinco de Noviembre depicting the heroes of bloodless revolution in Negros 116 years ago.* (Capitol photo)

Members of Negros Volunteers for Change Foundation (NVCF) Inc. pose for posterity with Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and wife Dr. Marilyn Marañon (center) after the Pasidungog /awarding ceremony last night at the Capitol social hall.*(Capitol photo)

The event jibed with the bloodless revolution in Nov. 5, 1898, when the two Negrense generals, the late Juan Araneta from Bago City and the late Aniceto Lacson from Silay City led the revolution against the Spanish colonialization by using improvised wooden and bamboo cannons that deceived the Spanish soldiers.

The awarding ceremony yesterday gave due recognition to the heroic deeds of NVCF that leads to change lives of the people/beneficiaries. It is a matter of how we share to every affected individual. The main philosophy is LOVE to share, the governor said.

NVC, created in 2010, was able to extend support to the less privileged not only in Negros Occidental, but also in other parts of the country. Upgraded 7 science laboratories in public schools; provided 70 public school libraries with books; built 193 classrooms at P74,000.00 per two classroom building with comfort rooms for public schools; provided 3,019,397 mingo meals with children in various parts of the country; provided 3,953 fiberboats at P25,000.00 per boat with motor/engine to fishermen who were victims of Typhoon Yolanda; trained residents in Bacolod City, Talisay City and Hinigaran in Negros Occidental on mosaic and crochet crafts; taught fishermen and other shoreline residents on fiberglass technology in Sagay, Negros Occidental and Javier, Leyte; out of P106,178,539.80 donations received, spent P93,084,781.48 for emergency relief, and other livelihood projects in several areas: Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Masbate, Palawan, Zamboanga, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Davao, Metro Manila, Leyter, Samar, Biliran, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes.

Paduano to Negros Solons: ‘Push One - Island Region’

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Abang Lingkod Party list Rep. Stephen Paduano is asking all congressmen of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental to sponsor a resolution in congress for the Negros Island Region.

He said, it could hasten the process for the approval of the move to group the two Negros provinces into one region, if the local leaders unite to push for the move, it could be done like what happened to other new regions.”

Paduano also said, this is high time for the realization of the move which has been started more than 20 years ago.

Negros Occ. Marks 116th ‘Bloodless Revolution’

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Three events will give impetus to the 116th Cinco de Noviembre celebration today in Negros Occidental.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. will lead the activities at 7:45 am flag raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park, where a short program will be held. Prayer lead by Negros Occidental singing Ambassadors, Pambansang Awit by the NOHS Brass Band, 303rd Infantry Brigade and Negros Occidental Singing Ambassadors; a short presentation on Cinco de Noviembre by USLS MassKara Theater Ensemble; Gov. Marañon to deliver a message and turn-over provincial funded projects to respective recipients by the Government, Vice Gov. Eugenio Lacson with the provincial officials and department heads.

This will be followed by the Heroes March at 9:00 a.m. from the Lagoon to the Bacolod Public Plaza where a commemorative program for the heroes rally will be held. The march will be led by the 303rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army under Col. Jon Aying, commanding officer. It will be started with the rationale by Mr. Roque Hofileña who will present the significance of November 5 in the lives of Negrenses, then messages from Francesca Santiago, Grade 8 student, USLS, and Sherlie Anne Sancho, Grade 6, Dalison Elem. School, EB Magalona, Negros Occ. followed by ecumenical prayer from different religious aggrupations, and unity dance of Gawad Kalingaw dance troupe.

In third event is the Pasidungog program at the Capitol Social Hall where Gov. Marañon assisted by Vice Gov. Lacson will present an award to the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation, Inc. lead by Ms Millie Kilayko.

According to the Governor, the foundation has been doing a lot for the people of Negros Occidental even before typhoon Yolanda. They have constructed school buildings, distributed relief goods and fishing boats to Yolanda victims, and a lot more.

Considering that 116 years ago, Negros was liberated from the Spanish invaders when the two Negrense generals tricked the enemies by using improvised cannons that led to the surrender of Spanish soldiers. From Bago City, the late General Juan Araneta, and from Silay City, the late General Aniceto Lacson led the revolt. They marched from their respective places to the public plaza of Bacolod City where the commander of the Spanish soldiers surrendered.

WV PCGA Tops Accomplishments

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Without expecting any return for the voluntary services rendered to the community in times of emergency, the Western Visayas Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) District under the leadership of Commodore Elizabeth Orola-Salabas as District Auxiliary Director, was recently awarded as top among PCGA organizations in the country, with a recognition as Best PCG Auxiliary Officer of the year at the awarding rites at the PCG General Headquarters in Manila, with no less than Pres. Benigno Aquino who extended the award. PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena and DOTC Sec. Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya Jr. assisted President Aquino in distributing the awards.

BETH SALABAS at the Philippine Coast Guard 113th Anniversary Awarding. Left to right, PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Rodolfo Isorena, DOTC Sec. Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya Jr., His Excellency Pres. Benigno Aquino III; Best PCG Auxiliary Officer of the Year Awardee Commodore Elizabeth Orola-Salabas, (former WV District Auxiliary Director now PCGA National Support Director on Community Relations), and Cmdr. Ferdinand Turbanos (inset), Squadron Commander, 602nd Squadron, PCGA as Best Squadron of the Year awardee.* (VMA photo)


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