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BULAWAN AWARDS 2014: Gathers Negros Producers

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Arts and Crafts, Furniture and fixtures as well as food are on display at the Robinson’s Place Bacolod where members of the Association of Negros Producers showcase various products of its members at the Fountain area. The week-long display is filled with proud Negrense Crafts and Artworks, food suppliers as well as botanical lovers have come to put up their respective display booths.


Nunistelle Fulo - Lee renders an ethnic dance during the opening ceremony of the 24th Bulawan Awards.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Mondays in Talisay City

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It has always been a practice in government offices and facilities to conduct the Monday flag ceremonies, so until now, the tradition lives on.


TALISAY CITY Mayor Eric Saratan egularly announces the city’s projects and other important endeavors during Monday’s program at the Talisay City Hall grounds. *(Owen S. Bayog / NDB photo)

Free Books and School Supplies

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Students of Barangay Balogo Elementary School in Talisay City got free books and school supplies from the city as assistance and ongoing priority project of Mayor Eric M. Saratan.


TALISAY CITY MAYOR SARATAN spends more time talking to the children of Balogo Elementary School during his recent visit and distribution of free books and school supplies. (TALISAY CMO/PIO elabayen photo)

Kasalan Ng Bayan Weds Talisay Couples

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Yesterday’s Kasalan ng Bayan was not just an ordinary mass wedding ceremony but also the Wedding Anniversary of Mayor Eric Saratan and Talisay’s First Lady Shiela Yap-Saratan. Mayor Eric retold the love story of the first couple and shared tips on how to tread on the married life and the advantages of legitimizing those who have been living in and raising their respective families.


Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan shared his views on how couples tread the path to married life and start building their families.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Talisay Grants Micro Loans for SMEs

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Small business entrepreneurs got micro finance assistance from the City of Talisay’s “Pautang sa Barangay”, an ongoing project of the city under the leadership of Mayor Eric Saratan.


HAPPY. Students of Talisay City get free books and school supplies from the City Government. Education earns one of the top spots in Mayor Saratan’s administration.* (Talisay CMO/PIO elabayen photo)

Talisay City - A Wedding Destination

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The historical landmarks and contemporary places such as The Ruins, Aniceto Lacson Ancestral House, Balay ni Tana Dicang, Guerrero Farms and Campuestohan Highlands are just among the tourist attractions of Talisay City that cater to foreign and local tourists, as well as soon-to-be married couples who get their photos taken in these places.

Wedding Town Fair (Sleek and Elegant)

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The recently concluded Wedding Town Fair at The District-Ayala North Point, Talisay City was an astounding success as various wedding suppliers gather to showcase their products and services in a 3-day exhibit. The event led by Events and Wedding Organizer Edson "Mr. E" Azuelo of eModels Asia and Events Gallery pulled in other vendors in the wedding industry to join the said fair.


OSB DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND CRINIK MEDIA – the vintage themed booth during the Wedding Town Fair at Ayala North Point.* (wedtexphoto)

Talisay Mayor Unveils People’s Park Project

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Talisay City Mayor Eric M. Saratan led the unveiling of the proposed Brgy. Zone 6 People’s Park Project, which is in coordination with the Brgy. Zone 6 Council and Unified Barangay Vision Aligned Circle.


TALISAY CITY MAYOR Eric Saratan unveils the proposed People’s Park Project at Barangay Zone 6. * (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

The project is part of the initiatives of the City’s Vision Aligned Circle 2 (VAC) to make the barangay retiree-friendly, in line with the vision of making the city among the Top 5 retirement destinations in the Philippines by 2020.

The site was identified by VAC 2 led by Executive Assistant Ranie Azue and the rest of the members of VAC 2 to be a people’s park where the locals improve the area where everyone will enjoy.

Talisay Commemorates 116th Independence Day

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Talisay City Mayor Eric M. Saratan told employees and guests during the commemoration of the Independence Day that all should give tribute to those who laid the foundation of freedom and democracy and move on to the challenge of liberating the people from intellectual slavery in order to rise against the odds and work for greater good.


Mayor Eric M. Saratan and Vice Mayor Neil Lizares led the ceremonial wreath laying at the Talisay City grounds during the 116th Independence Day commemoration. *(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

More Businesses Open in Talisay

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Various business establishments continue to open in Talisay City and more are looking into the potentials of the city.


Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan at the opening and ribbon cutting cremonies of the recently opened branch of Munsterific.* (TALISAY CITY CMO/PIO elabayen photo)

The recent opening of businesses gives the city a boost while local and foreign ventures consider it among the choices for location.

Mayor Saratan Lauds Talisay City Police Station

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Mayor Eric Saratan gave special recognition to Talisay City Police Station Chief of Police PCINSP Joeresty Coronica in performing his tasks in maintaining peace and order in the city and leading various operations against illegal drugs.


Mayor Doc Eric M. Saratan recognizes the accomplishments of the Talisay City Police Station, headed by Chief of Police PCINSP Joeresty Coronica, especially in terms of anti-drug abuse campaign. Also present during the giving of Certificate of Recognition are SPM Edmundo Celiz, Consultant Rogelio Jamison and Deputy Chief of Police INSP Bonifacio Aral. (TALISAY CMO/PIO elabayen photo)

Mayor Saratan also cited the Police Chief being in line with the city’s thrust as a peaceful and tourist friendly city.

Talisay VAC on Adaptation Stage

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Members of the three Vision-Aligned Circles (VACs) attended the Performance Governance System (PGS) Level 2 Cascading: Adaptation Stage conducted by a team from the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) to assess their current performance and equip them more to successfully implement their current undertakings in the pilot barangays.


Mayor Doc Eric M. Saratan congratulates the Talisay City Police Station headed by Chief of Police PCInsp. Joeresty Coronica with Deputy Chief of Police Insp. Bonifacio Aral for being 1st Runner-up in the search for Best Police Station in Region VI.*(TALISAY CMO/PIO elabayenphoto)

In the early stage of the said program, groups were divided into three concentration areas that were set to be the pilot Barangays for the City. Various activities were launched, gathering local leaders of the community and the residents of the particular Barangays in community cleaning, waste management education and proper waste disposal.

VP Binay Awards Certificates to 26 Homeowners Assn’s in Negros Occ.

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Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Thursday awarded certificates of recognition to 26 homeowners associations from Negros Oriental for fulfilling their obligations to the Social Housing Finance Corporation’s (SHFC) Community Mortgage Program (CMP).


PHILIPPINE VICE PRESIDENT and Chairman ofF Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Jejomar C. Binay with Third District Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (l-r, standing) witness the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Social Housing Finance Corporation represented by SHFC president Ma. Ana R. Oliveros and the cities of Talisay and Victorias represented by Mayor Eric Saratan and Francis Frederick Palanca (left, right respectively), and the towns of E.B. Magalona and Murcia represented by Vice Mayor Rex Depasucat and Mayor Andrew Montelibano (2nd from left, 2nd from right respectively) as local government partners under the Localized Community Mortgage Program (LCMP).* (Owen Bayog / NDB photo)

"Nais kong pasalamatan ang iba’t ibang sektor sa kanilang partisipasyon sa CMP. Kabilang na dito ang mga landowners na nagdesisyong ipagbili ang kanilang lupa sa mga komunidad sa mababang halaga. Kasama na rin sa ating pasasalamatan ang mga cmp mobilizers na patuloy na tumutulong at gumagabay sa mga asosasyon upang tuloy-tuloy nilang magampanan ang kanilang mga obligasyon sa CMP," the Vice President said.

New Barangay Health Station and Birthing Facility in Talisay

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Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City opened its new health station and birthing facility and was visited by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas.


 THUMBS UP - DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and Mayor Eric Saratan flash the thumbs up sign during the Secretary’s visit to Talisay City.* (CMO/PIO TALISAY elabayen photo)

The said facility was funded by the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the City that was given by the DILG. The PCF is an incentive program of the DILG that recognizes local government units exhibiting good performance in internal housekeeping particularly in the areas of planning, fiscal management, transparency and accountability and valuing performance management.

Urban Art Exhibit and Music Festival Set

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RESET Urban Art Exhibition & Music Festival will be a day of art, dancing, music and lots of fun on May 31 at the Bacolod Bay Walk. RESET is a festival that gathers Bacolod Talents in various fields of art and music and is inviting everyone to gather in a day of fun and entertainment. Set to the backdrop of the Baywalk’s stunning sunset views and enticing beats by world-class DJs, RESET6100 will showcase works by local artists, skateboarding, BMX, 3D Art competitions and fixed gear bicycle exhibition, graffiti murals, long board push race, tattoo exhibition and much more.

PROTESTS IN CROSSING MANAPLA & SAGAY

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Some 200 Task Force Mapalad (TFM)-led farmers and others from non-TFM farmers’ groups, meanwhile assembled and positioned themselves in various areas although they knew President Aquino would not be passing through such areas.


Bayan and Gabriela-Negros hold pocket rallies during the arrival of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in Negros yesterday.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Hundreds of farmers, their dependents and many others swarmed at Hda. Bariw Transloading Station at Crossing San Agustin in Sagay and at a transloading station in Bariw in Central Manapla - with streamers and placards although, PNoy did had no sorties thrpough their areas.

Protests Welcome PNoy in Negros

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The scheduled visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III in the cities of San Carlos and Sagay yesterday was a day of protests by farmers and militants in Bacolod City, Manapla and some other parts Negros Occidental as they expressed anew their call for land, food, jobs and justice.


Protest rallies welcome President PNoy in Negros yesterday.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

‘Embrace, Love Your Work’ - Mayor Eric Saratan  

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"The City of Talisay will be able to reach its goals and provide quality service as long as each one shall embrace and love their respective jobs," said Mayor Eric Saratan, leading the Monday flag ceremony at the Talisay City Hall grounds Monday morning.


Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan leads the Monday flag ceremonies, where he urged the employees to "embrace and love your work, we owe it to the City and the people of Talisay City."* (CMO/PIO amoscoso/photo)

Mayor Eric lauded the efforts of those who work hard for the City and encouraged employees to step up in their respective tasks.

More Protests to be Launched Against EDCA

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Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) is among the things Filipinos get when United States President Barrack Obama recently visited the Philippines. The fight for freedom and democracy and the exercise of being a sovereign nation did not stop after the vehement protest of the people against the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), but activists see that EDCA is somewhat worse than the VFA.

EDCA allows unli-access, unli-bases, unli-troops, unli-activities, unli-time and even more because many of its provisions are vague and open-ended. Simply put, this is the worst US-Philippine agreement in history and it is far worse than the Military Bases Agreement (MBA) and the Visiting Forces Agreement. "Kumbaga sa EDCA ay nag level-up talaga ang US at Aquino administration sa pagyurak sa soberanya ng Pilipinas," Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said.


EDCA allows unli-access, unli-bases, unli-troops, unli-activities, unli-time and even more because many of its provisions are vague and open-ended, says Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares. * (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Commentary: Traffic – Garbage and Flooding in the City

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Among the things I have observed in Bacolod City recently are the past issues on Traffic Management, Garbage Control, Collection and Flooding in the City. Some quarters have hurled these issues and were hell bent to change these as soon as they win in the elections. Yes, we could not expect results overnight, but after a year, can we really say that things have changed?


THE FLOOD CONTROL TEAM of the City takes off a huge amount of garbage from the sewerage which was not able to solve flooding in the area.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

Commentary: Reasons to Complain

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(Just my thoughts)

You pay for what is called unlimited internet and you get slow and capped connection.

Electricity bills gets higher and so does the frequency of power interruption and blackouts.

You pay for potable water, but it’s dangerous to drink from your faucet – worst is… sometimes there is no water coming out!

Pay taxes and have someone steal it…


Owen Segovia Bayog is Negros Daily Bulletin Photojournalist and writer.* Paul Del Castillo CMO/PIO Bacolod photo)

Vision Aligned Circles in Talisay Formed to fortify City’s Vision 2020

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Talisay City has three (3) pilot Barangays that is now working on developing and making dramatic changes to meet with the City’s Vision in transforming these communities into retiree friendly Barangays. Mayor Eric Saratan met with the various teams that are in charge of the implementation of the priority projects for the said communities.


Mayor Eric Saratan shares his insights during a recent meeting with Talisay City’s Vision Aligned Circles (VAC) and emphasized that community participation is a need to ensure that the City achieves its goals.*(Talisay CMO/PIO Photo/jgomed)

The Vision Aligned Circles or VAC of Talisay City regularly updates the City’s Chief Executive on the developments in the local communities and how do the people respond to the City’s call on the continued efforts on cleanliness and sanitation, proper garbage disposal and their commitment on working hand in hand with their Barangay Officials to meet the goal of the City of Talisay to be among the Top 5 Retirement destinations in the Philippines in year 2020.

Mayo Uno by Owen Bayog

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111th Labor Day is a national day of protest for workers, Bacolod Public Plaza is filled with 4,000 strong marchers who joined the May 1 rally.*(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

More Good News for Talisay

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Mayor Eric Saratan joined Barangay Katilingban in celebrating their annual Barangay Fiesta recently and brought with him good news and more reason to celebrate. Along with the Barangay Officials Mayor Eric led the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the farm to market road, the only road that is not connected with the entire City’s road map. The project of 3rd District Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez will provide the farmers, producers and the people of Barangay Katilingban a much more convenient way to travel, transport their goods and improve their economic activities in the area.


TALISAY Mayor Doc Eric Saratan with the Barangay Katiligban performers during the recently concluded Barangay fiesta.* (TALISAY CMO/PIO photo)

Farm to Market Road for Talisay City

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Third District Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez with Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan paved the way for yet another farm to market road for the people of Talisay.


TALISAY CITY Mayor Eric Saratan leads the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the farm to market road project of 3rd District Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez for the people of Barangay Katilingban, Talisay recently.* (CMO/PIO elabayen/photo)

Katilingban is the only Barangay which is not connected to the City’s roadmap. Recently, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the area announcing the commencement of the Solon’s project.

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