Events: Lamb Dishes Eyed in Proposed Negros Occidental Food Festival
Various lamb dishes might be featured in the proposed Negros Food Festival in Manila soon, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said.
Marañon said many people are suggesting to him that the provincial government hold a Negros Food Festival in Manila, considering the province’s many delicious native cuisines.
At the lamb buffet, at least 12 different dishes made from lamb meat were served. The lamb dishes at the buffet included lamb steak, lamb chop, lamb backribs, lamb barbecue, lamb stew, lamb paklay, lamb soup no. 6, roast lamb, sisig, and liver steak.
The buffet was part of the ongoing Panaad sa Negros Festival, whose theme is "19 Years of Panaad sa Negros: More Food, Fun, and Festivals."
Marañon said if there is a clamor for it, the Lamb Buffet might be held again next year, adding that yesterday’s lamb feast was well-received by those who came to dine at the Panaad Stadium.
He said the lamb meat were from the sheep that the provincial government had purchased from Australia this year.
He added that it is plausible that lamb will be included in the Negros livestock industry.
The governor said the province can put up a processing plant for lamb meat, as the only things needed for this is a refrigeration facility and slaughterhouse.
He said there is already a slaughterhouse in Victorias.
The provincial government has constructed Negros First Ranch in Murcia town that houses most of the almost 6,000 sheep bought from Australia recently.
Marañon said he wants Negros Occidental to be known as the "Sheep Capital of the Philippines."* (DBDangcalan)
Golez Pushes Bill for Hospital Corporatization; Resolution Lauding Filipino Journalist Filed
Bacolod Lone District Representative, Congressman Anthony Rolando "Cong. Doc Tony" T. Golez, Jr. filed House Bill No. 6069, entitled "An Act converting government hospitals into national government hospital corporations providing funds therefor, and for other purposes," last March 28, 2012. The bill seeks to give twenty-six national government hospitals the status of being a corporation, giving them fiscal autonomy. The bill will enable these hospitals to have more money in providing health services to the poor. "The bill aims to create and nurture national government hospitals that will be responsive to the needs of our citizenry. The bill when passed, shall provide for a quality, modern and efficient national hospital care delivery system in consonance with the aim of Kalusugan Pangkahalatan of the current administration," added Cong. Doc Tony.
House Bill No. 6069 will allow the said medical institutions to engage in income-generating activities and the revenue earned from said activities is envisioned to spur a mechanism wherein medical care for indigent patients will be subsidized. The corporatization of the current government hospitals will also boost fiscal autonomy, which is expected to create a more efficient and effective delivery of health care. A similar bill was filed in the Senate by Senator Franklin Drilon. Cong. Doc Tony related that: "The conversion of the hospitals into corporations shall promote said hospitals to be self-perpetuating and have more than enough funds that can be used for various health efforts."
Cong. Doc Tony also filed House Resolution No. 2311, entitled "A resolution congratulating and commending Filipino journalist Benjamin Lim for winning the Reporter of the Year Award for 2011", last March 28, 2012. Lim is a Filipino journalist based in China who was chosen by the Reuters wire agency as its Reporter of the Year for 2011.
Reuters is one of the world’s largest international media organizations and confers the reporter of the year award to outstanding journalists. Cong. Doc Tony said that: "The victory of Benjamin Lim is worthy of praise and is a source of great pride for the Filipino people."*