I can’t stop talking about them, like rags-to-riches stories, but these used plastic cups and bottles have been transformed into raw materials for Christmas parols. We are excited to know that the Industrial Design students of La Consolacion College-Bacolod are getting more orders for their Christmas decorations made from recycled garbage. A month previous we commissioned the students to create these parols, and two Saturdays ago we officially lit them at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market with Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella and First Lady Paching. The Mayor, meanwhile, believing in the intrinsic value of what we’re doing, also purchased the same parols for the city’s public plaza. And as pictures of these parols surfaced on Facebook, it was obvious that we have made a political statement against throw-away plastic containers, and that we have brought the campaign to the awareness of millions of Bacolod folk who, heretofore, were indifferent to the issue, or simply uninformed. And we have only received positive feedback. Not once did someone say that these parols are ugly. Everyone oohed and ahhed, if not for the aesthetics, certainly for the noble intention.
Thanks to several friends who sent me emails and links to sites that give a lot of information on how to minimize the effects of sleep debt or compounding lack of sleep.
Yes, iron and Vitamin C supplements, power naps, walking, deep breaths, healthy foods and drinks, etc.
Honestly, I cannot bear simply staying home.
I always crave for the outdoors.
I will try to moderate my greed, so to speak :).
NEGROS DAILY BULLETIN (NDB) Editor and NDB News-Info Alert SMS Service head Arman Pelayo Toga (right) and Watchmen Daily Journal Editor and Aksyon Radyo Bacolod radio commentator John Elmer Casabuena Ubaldo (left) in a recent press conference. Both are appealing for more donations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.* (Owen Segovia Bayog photo)
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Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District) yesterday justified his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations worth P34 million, saying the amount was all accounted for and went to the intended beneficiaries.
A report of the Office of the Provincial Accountant said the Provincial Capitol had disbursed all of the P34 million of Ferrer’s PDAF to the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) - Negros Occidental chapter.
1987 Model Barangay Captain of the Philippines Arturo "Baby" Parreño, along with his councilmen, led his constituents in Monday morning’s inaugural mass at the newly-renovated Mandalagan Brgy. Hall with Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish priest Fr. Armando Onion calling on everyone for peace, unity and friendship.
He noted that the barangay, with its newly-elected officials, was the basic conduit between the local government and the national government and the nearest governance that can readily extend services to the community.
For his part, Parreño revealed that he shall focus on infrastructure in lieu of his barangay’s damaged bridges and roads that connect the schools especially in Purok Bulak; on health through setting up two health stations; the Active acquired relocation site from Purok Progreso; education, through providing "free" school bags, uniforms for some 3000 elementary pupils and high school students as far as Barangay funds will justify.
A group from De La Salle University- Manila has visited Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School (DMLMHS) in Silay City for an impact study of the secondary high school program.
Joel Durban, vice-chair of educational leadership department of the college of education in De La Salle University, said the study is a part of the project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and World Bank course through De La Salle University- Manila.
DMLMHS, one of the pilot schools in Western Visayas, was interviewed by the enumerators on the impact of the program from the graduates of 2011 and 2012. Students and households were also interviewed as part of their statistical data collection.
Bacolod Representative Evelio R. Leonardia said he will explore tourism opportunities with Japan when he meets with Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe today, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Leonardia and his wife, Elsa, were invited to the ambassador’s reception on the birthday of Emperor Akihito, a national holiday in Japan. The Philippine reception will be held at the ambassador’s residence in North Forbes.
Leonardia, his wife Elsa and councilors Em Ang, Carl Lopez and Caesar Distrito hand over the key to the city to Ambassador Urabe during his visit last year.*
"Although we are meeting in a social event, I would like to touch base with the ambassador on the possibility of forging partnerships to enhance the tourism traffic between Japan and our city," Leonardia said.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) says it is still "premature" at this time to conclude whether there are irregularities in the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers in their projects in Negros Occidental from 2010 to 2013.
"As of this time, it’s premature to tell whether or not there are irregularities in the pork barrel-funded projects in Negros Occidental," DBM-Western Visayas regional director Alfonso Bedonia Jr. said in an interview yesterday.
Bedonia had written Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. requesting his office to submit a status report on the P184-million projects in Negros Occidental funded by the PDAF of some lawmakers.
The University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos Monsters Keepers Club (UNO-RMKC), a campus organization of composed mostly of freshmen Animal Science students recently staged an "exhibit for a cause" of their pets at the university auditorium. Endemic reptiles, rodents and insects were staged for the students to learn and appreciate animal behaviors. A mini- lecture on the care and handling of pets were given to the guests. Proceeds of the exhibits were donated by MKC President Marvin Guile Alova to through Ms. Mely Flores of the University Community Development Office(UCDO) for the relief operations for the victims of typhoon "Yolanda". The group looks forward for another exhibit at the campus by February 2014.