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Salvador Benedicto Townsite Bill Moving

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After seven years, it is finally moving again!

The townsite bill of Negros Occidental 1st District Rep. Julio Ledesma IV to declare 200 hectares in Salvador Benedicto (SalBen) as town site has passed the Committee on Natural Resources, according to Abang Lingkod Party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano.

A WORLD BANK team conducts site validation of a potential grant on agro enterprise development for the agrarian reform beneficiaries in southern Negros with Department of Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong, other DAR officials and members of the TARA Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Himamaylan City.*(EAD-PIA6 photo)

Students and street children play a friendly game of volleyball at the Public Plaza last Sunday as part of the ongoing Laro’t Saya Sports for All program of the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and the City Government of Bacolod.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Paduano told Negros Daily Bulletin that he has co- authored Ledesma’s bill.

Records provided by the office of Ledesma showed that his House Bill 4105 was filed in the House during the 14th Congress in 2007, 15th Congress in 2010 and in the 16th Congress in February this year.

Congressman Paduano said the bill will be forwarded to the plenary for third reading.

The bill failed to become a law in the 14th Congress as it was not acted upon by the Senate Committee on Environment chaired by then Senator Jamby Madrigal, and in the 15th Congress under Senator Loren Legarda.

"There is no reason that it cannot be passed now. SalBen is the only town in the Philippines without a town site," Paduano said.

Congressman Ledesma has maintained the 200 hectares originally sought, despite requests that it be expanded to 500 so it will not delay the process.

‘No Plan for Coal-fired Power Plant at Calatrava Mine’

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The chairman of the group that is mining the coal deposit in Calatrava town denied reports that they will set up a coal-fired power plant at the mine site.

In fact, Marton Cui, chairman of the Calatrava Coal Multi-Purpose Cooperative told the Negros Daily Bulletin that they are not constructing any coal-fired plant.

AUTHORITIES ARE CALLING ON motorists, commuters and pedestrians to take extra precautions, as they expect road accident cases to rise again involving sugarcane trucks. Drivers of trucks hauling sugarcane are likewise reminded to avoid overloading, and to make sure their vehicles are in good condition and with adequate signal lights to avoid any untoward incidents on the road.* (Arman Toga photo)

THE SUGAR MILLING SEASON is peaking. More economic activities are again grinding in Negros Occidental which is still highly-dependent on the sugar industry. As farm workers do their toil to feed their family, industry and government leaders are trying to find ways to extract more from sugarcane especially with the challenges posed by the influx of cheap imported sugar starting next year.* (Arman Toga photo)

"The reports are not true," Cui said.

He, however, admitted that interested parties have contacted him after NDB reported on the availability of low grade coal mineral in the area.

Earlier, the newly organized Negros Electric Cooperatives Association (NECA) said it plans to look for potential investors to tap the coal deposits in Calatrava as answer to the impending power crisis facing the Philippines next year.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson also supported the move saying that "it will be up to the local government unit concerned to support it or not."

Cui said that new models of coal fired power plants can now process low grade coal.

Uncle, Nephew Drown While Fishing Minor Floats in River

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An uncle trying to save his nephew was both drowned while fishing in the seawaters of Sipalay City Tuesday afternoon.

Officers of the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) – Negros Occidental Chapter lead by its president, Maruja M. Japzon call on Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (3rd from right) at the Capitol, yesterday, to invite him as keynote speaker for the 5th PAMET Visayas Regional Conference to be held in Bacolod City on October 13, 2014.* (Capitol photo)

Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella (center) with the Federation of PTAs of Bacolod City: (L-R) Kenneth Perez- Bus. Manager, Jose R. Marañon- P.I.O., Ernesto De Asis Jr.- President, Ma. Theresa Garcia- Auditor, Jennifer Tumbagahan- Secretary, Mayor Monico O. Puentevella; Board of Directors Nilda Casas, Pastor Arsenio Maglasang Jr., Carlos Romeo Villanueva (Vice-President), Lorie Grace Perdeguero- Board of Directors. * (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

In Sagay City, a 2-year-old child was discovered floating in Himogaan River in Brgy. Paraiso, Monday.

Chief Inspector Willy Diel, OIC City police chief identified the victim as Robert Tajonera, Jr., 26, of Brgy. 5, Sipalay City; and his uncle Alejo Delgado, legal age, also of the said place.

Delgado’s body was fished out along Brgy. Mambaroto also in the city about four hours after the incident.

Tajonera is still missing as of press time.

Delgado who knows how to swim tried to rescue Tajonera following big waves that struck him and carried him to the deep portion of the area.

Tajonera’s mother said, her son does not know to swim.

Six of them went fishing using fishnets along the seashore and both sides were pulled to the dry portion of the sea.

‘Gay’ Engineers Nabbed for Molesting Driver

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Call it a case of messing up with self control, but the police is convinced and therefore filed charges of acts of lasciviousness and threats against two "gay" engineers before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office Monday.

Negros Occ. Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) and 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander, Col. Jon Aying lead in the wreath-laying ceremony at the War Veterans Monument in celebration of the 69th Negros Island Liberation Day held at the Provincial Capitol Park, yesterday, with the theme, "A salute to the unwavering Negrense spirit of gallantry and courage".*(Capitol photo)

BACOLOD CITY Mayor Monico Puentevella taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after the launching of the 2014 MassKara Festival yesterday at the lobby of the People’s House. Proceeds will be given to ALS victim Jomar Javelosa of Brgy. Yubo, La Carlota City. Jomar is represented by his wife, Annalene Javelosa (right).*(CMO-PIO photo)



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