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Pert Toga

NODRFI, CAADAC to Hold a Forum on Drug Abuse

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The Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Foundation. Inc. (NODRFI) and the Victorias City Action Against Drug Abuse Council (CAADAC) will conduct a Symposium and Press Conference on Drug Abuse tomorrow, September 9, according to Dr. Ernesto A. Palanca, NODRFI executive director, Thursday.

Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca (R) with NDB’s W. Henry O. Streegan.*

Memories of Dr. Pablo O. Torre: A ‘Barefoot Doctor and Dedicated Public Servant’

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As a young 20-year old news reporter of the weekly Negros Bulletin (in the late 60s) on its first few years of existence, I was often assigned to cover city hall, the provincial capitol, the police and military beats all at the same time, for a weekly report of local events.

In the prime of life during his first or second term as City Councilor of Bacolod City, Dr. Pablo O. Torre (left) poses with his young mediaman-friend, Negros Bulletin news reporter Pert Toga who caught up with him for an interview while visiting his patients in the rural barangay for free, to include giving them free medicines for the sick, the malnourished and impoverished. Instead of visiting paying patients in hospitals, he spent more time in the nipa huts and poor men’s hovels to care for the needs of the very poor and destitute, the joy of his entire life and career as medical practitioner and dedicated public servant.*


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A potential slit that could slow down one of the top priorities enunciated by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III before congress to push for the enactment of extended CARP which is due to expire this year, is the reported negative stand of no less than Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. of Negros Occidental where the bulk of the country’s top sugarland owners have been peeved by the adverse effects of the government’s land reform program since it started some two decades ago.

A Tribute to Former Mayor Severo A. Palanca

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By Henry Streegan and Pert Toga

Last Monday, July 21, 2014 was a sad and tragic day for Victorias City, with the death of former Mayor Severo A. Palanca, a loving father, a benefactor and a dear friend, not only in need but more so, in deed.

Victorias City Mayor Frederick "Wantan" Palanca with Cong. Albee Benitez

The Tale of Two Provinces

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During the last decade of the 19th Century, one of the important events that occurred in Negros was the separation of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, after they were earlier placed under the jurisdiction of the governor of Oton in Panay Island. At that time 1734, the Island of Negros became a military district with the town of Ilog in the Occidental side as its first capital. The seat of the government was later transferred to Himamaylan and thereafter Bacolod became


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