TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK TERRIBLE. The traffic gridlock in the Pahanocoy and Sum-ag Villages is worse, if not terrible and horrible.
But, of course, we always make distinctions when it comes to those responsible for the road situations in those areas. For Mayor Monico Puentevella, or to be fair, former Mayor and now Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia has really nothing to do about the road in that area, nor had former Congressman Golez had something to do about this. It is just simply because the road and bridges construction projects which are part of the Bacolod-to-Kabankalan construction is a government construction project funded by a multimillion loan from the People’s Republic of China. The construction company Qing Jian is really incompetent, nay, inefficient.
And foreign-funded construction projects like these are even more so dependent on subcontractors which are most local construction companies but such are anomalies attending foreign construction projects. This is because the Philippine government pays for the loans oftentimes with huge interests to the foreign governments with other onerous conditions thrown in for comfort.
I join the Roman Catholic clergy of Bacolod in calling on the faithful to start praying the triduum for the canonization of the two popes whom Pope Francis will canonize this Sunday.
This is the first time that the Church will declare that two of its favorite sons - Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II - have been granted by God His reward as saints in heaven.
In a way, for Bacolod folks and Negrenses, John Paul II is the nearest to their heart because he had visited Bacolod when he came to the country.
Not only that, he went out of his way to celebrate Mass at the BREDCO Reclamation Project and to pray there for the province of Negros Occidental and for the souls of the landed class and the working men.
Thanks to the management of Robinsons for giving me the opportunity to once again entertain their guests. I was given by Ms. Precious Doble, in charge of events, 12 days in April and 12 days in May. As usual I start at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
It’s been one year since Cosette passes away but friends don’t forget her.
Lately, an old friend came in from Canada, Leon Ibrado, one of the first Tawag ng Tanghalan champion. The pride of Sagay told me in a harsh voice, "Tigulang na gid ta" (I’m old already) he was complaining of so many illness.
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday embarked on an important review of the Bacolod educational system and its practices to be able to keep it at par with the other parts of the country and make it more relevant to the needs of students.
The educational summit at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel at the BREDCO area was called by Puentevella to review and strengthen the quality of education of elementary and secondary public school in the city.
Newks called the teaching force of the educational department of Bacolod City under Dr. Gemma Ledesma.
FOR CONCRETE UNDERSTANDING AND CLARITY. We are behooved by our commitment to victims of human rights violations which we are also a part of, to once more explain for clarity as we are being ask so many times about the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Compensation Fund, to ensure nobody is still in the dark and to have a full complete understanding of the provisions of RA 10368 as a nine-man member board of directors have already been appointed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III.
And the nine-man director of the compensation fund which is to come solely from the $700-M Swiss Bank recovery which part of it was allocated for victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime and which they are to avail of.
WHY WAS IT DISAPPROVED? Bacolod Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, has pushed for the approval of the redistricting measure for Bacolod City which he said just a few days ago, was already approved by the House of Representatives’ 15th Congress or during the last Congress after it was introduced by then Bacolod City Lone District Congressman Dr. Anthony Golez.
As I am writing this column I am facing a blank space. There are times that I don’t feel writing or doing anything at all.
There are times you need a work but you feel not doing it. So it is my feeling today. But I know my column space needs something to be created.
A friend, Rely Caparas who encouraged me to keep on writing, once told me to keep on and it would not matter according to him quoting a Jewish saying if you can only convert one man.
SURFACE OF SPRING WATER BENEFITS ALL. We have been discussing the issues surrounding the circumstances linked with the Bacolod City Water District for months on end, and lately we have come to a conclusion that we have been right all along, with the most telling being our contention on irregularities attending the water firm, and the water we have been taking from our pipes daily for many many years.
Anomalies have been attending LWUA-BACIWA Operations with the succeeding members of the BACIWA board, remissed in rectifying these errors and instead, worsening it. One issue for one the taking out of a P547-M loan from a Japanese international lending agency which practically went to naught. A seven-kilometer pipeline built with the use of the loan and other projects carried out through the loan have all went to useless alleged and supposed development endeavors.
There are strong allegations that some former public officials of the City of Bacolod are doing their utmost to downgrade the accomplishments of the incumbent city officials.
This became very evident when certain officials were interviewed in the possible outcome of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.
For me, former Bacolod City Mayor Leonardia, now congressman, allegedly stated, "...He added that he told Pacquiao, an adopted son of Bacolod, that Bacoleños continue to support him and look forward to watching Pacquiao and Bradley on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (What is deplorable when he allegedly stated) IT IS TOO BAD THERE WILL BE NO MORE FREE PUBLIC SCREENING OF THE FIGHT LIVE IN SEVERAL AREAS OF THE CITY THE WAY IT USED TO BE, THE CONGRESSMAN ADDED…"
IS THE PROBLEM ITSELF. On the Salvador Benedicto Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) for one, we are now once again, told that the PAMB Board will discuss the matter and issue its recommendation. On many other issues, these are what time and again, we have been informed.
This is also the case of areas already of targeted landholdings for agrarian reform, but how many complaints on this matter have cropped up with government and specifically the DAR-MARO, not carrying this out?
Or the encroachment of such "development" and investors building structures without business permits, manipulating the titling of lands on already declared land reform areas such as in Alangilan Village or in foreshore communities where small fishermen and seashell gatherers are deprived of livelihood? There are now similar and innumerable cases all over the country, with procrastination as the culprits of maldevelopment.