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Eugene Adiong

Polls May Go Back to Manual

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Next year’s elections may return to the tedious and doubtful manual counting after critics attacked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for again choosing Smartmatic, the private company that owns the machines that were used during the last two polls.

Provincial elections supervisor Atty. Jessie Suarez yesterday said that the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) for the 2016 elections will be postponed to January if the counting will revert to manual.

Puregold to Open 2nd Bacolod Branch in Singcang Today

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PUREGOLD Price Club, Inc., a leader in hyper market industry will open its Singcang-Bacolod branch today March 30, 2015.

It is considered as its 237th branch in the Philippines and second in Bacolod City with Puregold Banago as its first branch here which opened shop on September 2013.

Puregold will truly bring a big smile to every Bacoleño with the opening of its Singcang branch in the City of Smiles.

For its grand opening, Puregold will offer a Buy 1 Take 1 promo on selected items.

Help Sought for Cloudseeding

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The provincial government of Negros Occidental is seeking the help of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala for cloudseeding operations in the province.

BACOLOD CITY Councilor Claudio Jesus “Kalaw” Puentevella (center) receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Medical Director and Doping Control Head Prof. Alejandro Pineda, Jr., City Health Medical Officer V Dr. Ma. Luz Maapni, City Health Office Vice Chief Dr. Jovy Vergara and PSC Orthopedic Consultant Dr. Randolph Molo during conference in the Awareness and Community Campaign on Anti-Doping in Philippine Sports yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

HINOBA-AN. Municipal Mayor Ernesto Estrao inducts the new officers and members of the Municipal Advisory Council of Hinoba-an on March 11, 2015 at the Mayor’s Office. Ptr. Daniel Salcedo delivered the invocation, while SPO2 Dionisio G. Villanueva gave the welcome address. Roberto V. Indiape, Jr. introduced the inducting officer. The Council is composed of Eduardo G. Lutao, chairman MLGOO, SB Francisco G. Ramos, Vice Chairman for Peace and Order; Brgy. Chairman Letecia S. Estrao, Women and Brgy. Affairs; Mrs. Lydabel Cabarles - Education Sector; Pastor Daniel Salcedo - Religious Broadcast Media; Hernani D. Narciso HMC and Business sectors; Ildefonso B. Caballero of NDB/NPC – Print media; Ptr. Atadero – Religious sector; Al Michael M. Delfin, Student and Youth Affairs; Rene T. Pat – Fisherfolks and Jonathan Tumilba – Transport.*

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the DA “has lot of money and they know about the technical matters.”

“We are willing to give share if needed as we have budget for contingency but it may be enough compared to what is needed,” Marañon said.

Negros SP Upholds Talisay Oversight Committee Ordinance

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental yesterday upheld its earlier decision approving the creation of an Oversight Committee by the Sanggunian Panlungsod of Talisay City and denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan.

Provincial Board Member Alain Gatuslao (5th district), chairman of the SP Committee on Laws and Good Government submitted the committee’s report and recommendation yesterday afternoon, March 25, 2015 session of the SP.

‘SM-Prov’l Gov’t/Ayala Case Mediation Unconfirmed’

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Is a mediation in the offing between SM Prime Holdings Inc. and the respondents in the case it filed - the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental and Ayala Land Inc.?

‘WATERING THE DRYING.’ As more areas dry up, private as well as public entities in Negros Occidental are trying to caution the impact by watering plants using their firefighting trucks. PAGASA weather bureau says it is not yet officially the dry season but many creeks and rivers are already water-less, with agricultural lands now needing water. The DA and the Air Force must approve cloud seeding proposals now.* (Arman Toga photo)


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