Philex Mining Corp. will not lay off its employees despite the temporary closure of a mining site in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, contrary to the apprehension of Mayor Oscar Montilla of a mass layoff.
This is because only the exploration and drilling activities have been suspended, while works on environment care and maintenance continue, Philex marketing and communications officer Rochelle Hilario told the Daily Bulletin yesterday. "No impact on current headcount. Environmental programs and community projects since health, edu-cation, and livelihood con-tinue," Hilario added, in stressing that no employee will lose his job at the mining firm.
Philex’s assurance came even as Montilla said Monday that about 100 Workers from Sipalay stand to lose their jobs with the temporary closure of one of the project sites of Philex in that city.
The situation in the provincial government has returned to normal, with advancement in agriculture, sports, infrastructure, con-struction of medical facilities and tourism taking place, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., declared in an interview with radio station DYRL’s Tungkaron Ta Ini program yesterday morning.
Waxing enthusiastic, the Negros Occidental chief executive said there has been a perceptible increase in the production of rice, with the province now showing surpluses and which it has sold outside of the province. A ricemill in Tabunan Village in Bago City and costing millions has been built, three more are to be constructed in strategic areas of the province. The rice mills are vital factors in rice production because it is cost-efficient and could save thousands of sacks of grain once it starts operating.
MAKATI - The mining exploration of Philex Mining Corp. in Sipalay City and Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental was stopped and its scheduled full operation was put on hold following the May 3, 2013 New People’s Army (NPA) attack.
Manuel V. Pangilinan, Philex chairman bared this during an exclusive round table discussion and press conference with some provincial media people at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel Friday.
Magdalo Para sa Pilipino or Magdalo, for short, the partylist group of ex-military men and former policemen, whose representative, former marine captain Gary Alejano, were among the leaders of the series of mutinies in Makati during the period former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was in power, took his oath as proclaimed representative of his group in Congress and his oath-taking ceremony in Sipalay City before a barangay captain yesterday, signaling his ascendancy as legislator. As of the latest report, it said Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and an aide, Nonong Verdeflor arrived. Before the oath-taking ceremony in the public plaza of the city, Alejano and local Magdalo head, Max Magracia, led a motorcade from Mambaroto Village to the public plaza. There, the oath-taking ceremony took place. Administering the oath of office was Mambaroto barangay captain Eustaquio Duayan. Magracia declared in an interview over radio station DYRL, now heard all over Negros Island and nearby provinces including Palawan, Panay and parts of Mindanao, with its newly-installed transmitter. It can be heard as far as Hinobaan town in Southern Negros and San Carlos City in Northern Negros, hitherto not heard before. Also present was Hinobaan Mayor-elect Ernesto Esrao. Invited by Magdalo were local Sipalay City officials led by Mayor Oscar Montilla.
L-R: Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., Mrs. G. Alejano, wife; Mrs. Angelica Alejano, mother; and their four children.*
GOVERNOR: Alfredo Marañon Jr.
VICE GOVERNOR: Eugenio Jose Lacson
Salvador Escalante Jr.
Miller Serondo Jr.
Patrick Leonard Lacson
Jose Benito Alonso
A nine-year old girl was rushed to Cauayan District Hospital after she was accidentally hit by a Ceres Bus about 1PM, Wednesday while crossing the national highway at Purok 2, Brgy. Masaling in Cauayan town.
Traffic police identified the victim as Rogella Loise Fernandez, who sustained serious physical injuries when sideswiped by the bus with plate number FCW 988 driven by Hepte Villafuerte, 53, of Brgy. Cartagena, Sipalay City.
Negrense, former marine officer Gary Alejano who comes from Sipalay City in Southern Negros, has strongly denied, working against the granting of higher wages and benefits for, especially active soldiers, teachers and other employees, saying these were all totally untrue, therefore, part of a black propaganda operation against not only the Magdalo but also against senator Antonio Trillanes.
"That report has no basis in fact, but is being bandied out against them, for some reasons possibly to diminish their chances of winning in the election," he said during an interview yesterday morning in DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program, a two-hour reportage-cum-talk show hosted by broadcaster Edgar Cadagat and Jeffrey Gelangre.
Alejano, who had earlier run for chief executive in Sipalay further said, they won the strength of the number of votes cast for two seats, their number two nominee being another former junior officer, Ashley Acedillo.
Rebels Burn Mine Facilities
By Arman P. Toga
It was a classic case of hitting two birds with one stone:
First, New People’s Army (NPA) operatives raided on Friday night Philex Mining Corp. facilities in Sitio Omas, Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City and burned some equipment there.
Second, they rained on and exchanged bullets with responding soldiers for an hour, killing five and wounding two others, and taking away six government firearms on Saturday morning near the mine site.
GMA NETWORK once again brought fun and excitement to the "Jewel of the Sugar Island" – Sipalay City on their 12th Charter Day and Barongoy Festival celebration themed as "Makig-ambit Sa Buluhaton, Pag-uswag Sang Sipalay Ipadayon" last March 24 to 31, 2013.
(from left) Sipalay Tourism's Rhia Carbajosa, GMA's Tina Magbojos, Provl Tourism's Tintin Mansinares and Ronnie Baldonado.*
Your Kapuso Station, with its thrust to uphold excellence and Serbisyong Totoo supported the LGU and gave Special Kapuso Awards to honor the chosen Outstanding Sipalaynons during their PASIDUNGOG PANG TURISMO 2013 at the Sipalay City beach front.
GMA Netwok Through its local station GMA TV 13 & 30 Western Visayas in Cooperation with Bago City brought more fun and excitement in the recent celebration of their 47th Charter Day and 16th Babaylan Festival.
(L-R) Bago City’s Ace Balboa with GMA’s Tina Magbojos, Vice Mayor Nicholas Yulo, LA DIVA, Kris Bernal, Mark Herras, and Mayor Ramon Torres.*
A Kapuso Star Meet & Greet and Kapuso Fiesta with Stars Show were among the major highlights last February 16 & 18, 2013 where Kapusong Bagonhon joined the festivity to touch base with their favorite stars. Lots of fun and games were given away.
DURING THE EMPLOYEES DAY GMA NETWORK GAVE A SPECIAL KAPUSO AWARD TO THE CHOOSEN BEST DRESSED MALE AND FEMALE EMPLOYEES OF BAGO CITY.
WHILE GMA KAPUSO STAR TJ TRINIDAD SERENADE THE OUTSTANDING TEACHERS DURING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION " HARVEST OF EXCELLENCE " PROGRAM AT THE COLISEUM.
KAPUSO FIESTA WITH HOTTEST STARS MARK HERRAS , KRIS BERNAL AND SINGING TRIO LA DIVA GAVE THEIR ALL OUT PERFORMANCES TO ENTERTAIN AND BRING HAPPINESS TO THOUSANDS OF KAPUSONG BAGONHONS AT THE BANTAYAN PARK ,BAGO CITY.