Edith Colmo

Negrense Solon Urges Public Vigilance vs. Possible Threats

Magdalo Partylist representative Gary Alejano, a Negrense, urged everyone to report to the nearest police or military office regarding suspicious presence or activities of people in their respective areas.

Although there is no possibility on the alleged threat in Mindanao and other parts of the country as in Jakarta bombing incidents, Alejano said bombing in the country continues. That is why the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been monitoring the areas.

Agriculture Courses Must be Included in the Incentive Program: ACUNO

Atty. John N. Orola, Jr., president of VMA Global College which is a member of the Association of Colleges and Universities in Negros Occidental (ACUNO), emphasized to the fellow member-schools during its recent meeting, that agriculture as a course is either neglected or not included in the incentive program of some educational institutions. This is a wrong direction considering that Negros Occidental and the Philippines has an agri-based economy which should be supported by the government and educational institutions.

9 Gun Ban Violators

As of January 13, 2016, the Police Regional Office 6 has 9 apprehensions for violation of COMELEC Gun Ban in Western Visayas, out of 7 police operations.

According to PSupt. Gilbert Gorero, public information officer, PRO-6, 9 personalities were apprehended, and that two were already filed in court, and 5 are for filing.

The province of Aklan has 5 apprehensions, 1 in Iloilo City Police Office, 1 in Antique and 2 in Capiz.

Out of the nine apprehensions, three are bladed weapons, five firearms and one replica/deadly weapon were confiscated.

Geamala, New DSWD 6 Regional Director

Rising from the ranks, an Ilongga social worker. Rebecca Palma-Geamala, is now regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 based in Iloilo City, effective January 4, 2016, says May Rago-Castillio, DSWD 5 Regional Information Officer.

A native of Iloilo City, Geamala started with DSWD in 1980 as Vocational Rehabilitation Worker 1 focused on the elderly, and persons with disability, then handled various positions, the latest of which was Assistant Regional Director for Operations.