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Guv Insists on Negros Island Region

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Still yes to the Negros Island Region (NIR) initiative and no to the Negros Island Development Council (NIDC) being eyed as an alternative to creating a new region out of the two Negros Provinces .


NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) together with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Negros Occidental OIC, Andres T. Untal (left) and Provincial Environment Management Office head, Atty. Wilfred Ramon M. Peñalosa (right) during yesterday’s Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) Protected Area Management Board Meeting at the Capitol Social Hall.* (Capitol photo)


BACOLOD CITY GOV’T Executive Assistant IV Rocky Puentevella together with 2014 Medical Technician board topnotcher Patrick Mabugat (in stripes) and the board passers of the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos in a courtesy call. Also in photo is Executive Assistant Rodolfo Salga.*

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., yesterday reiterated this position after reports came out that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is proposing a compromise to the NIR in the form of the NIDC.

"I will still insist on the NIR," Maranon said.

The governor did not confirm the pronouncement of regional director Ro-An Bacal of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) that the consolidated reports on the proposal to merge Negros Occidental and Oriental into one island region is now at the Office of the President.

NEDA director-general Arsenio Balisacan has already forwarded his consolidated reports on Regions 6 and 7, with generated inputs of the DILG from other line agencies, including the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), to the Office of the President, Bacal said.

Majority of the Negros officials are pushing for the merging of the two provinces into a one-island region. But Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has held off endorsing the plan, saying a study is needed first.

Masskara Queen Candidates Present their Social Advocacy

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Masskara Queen candidates 2014 presented their respective social advocacy campaign during the Press Presentation and Pre-Pageant Swimwear Competition last Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chalet Poolside, L’Fisher.

The candidates in their swimwear strutted along the poolside and introduced themselves and their social advocacy or supported cause.

Arriana Demi Monte-alegre of Riverside College said that she is supporting the advocacy of Gawad Kalinga–Riverside that is focused on sharing and caring for the community.

Cate Antoinette Pirote of Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod aims to promote culture and arts preservation.

Maria Danielle Diaz, a nurse at Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial District Hospital, wants to promote the health and well-being of the deprived children in the city.

Riah Angelica De Ocampo of La Consolacion College-Bacolod pushes for sustainable livelihood pro-grams for local farmers.

Kristine Kaye Necir, a medical technologist at Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, chose to team up with St. Vincent’s Home for the Aged for her advocacy to promote health for the elderly.

Sweetzel Lima of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College wants to promote the need to recycle plastic bottles.

Melresa Tiu of Riverside College said that as a Red Cross volunteer, she is for life and health preservation.

Sheen Liberty Cuenza, a nurse at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, wants to promote the welfare of the children in the Home of Hope in Brgy. Handumanan.

Jian Tsukada of St. Sebastian International School chose to team up with Kalipay Negrense Foundation in support of her advocacy for the protection of children in the city.

Hinoba-an Gov’t Loses P472K Cash to Robbers

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A total of P472,800 in cash was taken by still unidentified suspects who forcibly opened the main door of the Hinoba-an Municipal Hall Saturday night.

Mayor Ernesto Estrao told the Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) last night that the cash, taken by suspects who destroyed the hall’s padlock and the Treasurer’s Office door lock, was not P6 million as earlier reported.


MASSKARA QUEEN 2014 CANDIDATES during the swimsuit competition at Chalet poolside of L'Fisher Hotel, Bacolod last September 27. From left, Arriana Montealegre, Cate Antoinette Pirote, Maria Danielle Diaz, Riah Angelica De Ocampo, Kristine Kaye Necir, Sweetzel Lima, Melresa Tiu, Sheen Cuenca, Jian Tsukada, Raxel Gonzales, Christine Joy Madamba.*(Owen Segovia Bayog/NDB photo)


Newly-wed Councilor Claudio "Kalaw" Puentevella and Pauline Corteza (center) together with the bride’s Uncle Engineer Anthony Corteza, the bride’s mother Maria Victoria Corteza, First Lady Josefa "Patching" Puentevella and Mayor Monico O. Puentevella.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Estrao said town cashier and paymaster Deding Guintos reported to him that only the cash amountuing to P472,800 was taken away by the robbers, leaving behind the cheques.

The Hinoba-an mayor also told NDB the P472,800 cash taken was intended for today’s (MOnday) distribution to the town’s 13 barangays for feeding programs in relation to the celebration of the Nutrition Month.

Saying he is not ruling out the possibility of an inside job, Estrao said the money was withdrawn from the bank Thursday and was supposedly distributed Friday.

"We decided to make the distribution tomorrow (today Monday) to give way to Friday’s Civil Service culmination program," he said.

"We and the local police could not yet determine how many people forcibly entered the hall and the treasurer’s office. Probably the indicent took place late Saturday night. It was only discovered this (yesterday Sunday) afternoon at around 2:30 when the main door was found open with the padlock damaged," Estrao added.

He also said the suspects brought with them a vault cutter and an iron bar the suspects left behind.

DOLE LAUNCHES WORKERS TRAINING PROGRAM

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Stepping up its efforts in ameliorating the lives of workers in the sugar industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 launched yesterday the training program designed for sugar workers and their dependents, at the Sugar Workers Development Center, Bacolod City.

The training is established to prepare the sugar workers for the opportunities and challenges in the Philippine market at a 5% tariff because of the ASEAN Economic Community integration in 2015. This means the locally produced sugar will have to compete with the low price of sugar from other ASEAN nations.

The training program three development areas include social infrastructure, wage employment and self-employment.


Atty. Rovel Marasigan (left), hearing officer from ERC conducts a public hearing in the matter of application for approval of the amended memorandum of agreement (MOA) and its supplemental agreement (SA) between Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Energreen Power Development & Management Inc. (ENERGREEN), with prayer for the Issuance of Provisional Authority.*


Virgie Roa (left) and Salvador Acupan (right), Coordinators of Visayan Forum Inc-Bacolod discuss Human Trafficking, Global Facts and Figures, Profile of Trafficking Victims, I FIGHT Movement Lecture Forum held at B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

DOLE Region 6 director Ponciano Ligutom explained that the social infrastructure training program is directed towards social empowerment focusing on enhancing the organizational and leadership capabilities of the workers, leaders and their respective organizations.The wage employment is geared towards technically capacitating the sugar workers to become part of the mainstream employment sector, and/or acquire the needed skills for employment in different industries.

While the self-employment training program, focuses on developing and enhancing the entrepreneurial capabilities of sugar workers and their dependents to prepare them to become competent entrepreneurs.

The trainings were identified from the outputs of the focus group discussions with field workers, small planters, mill workers and the district level planning activities.

35th MassKara Festival Opens Today

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The 35th MassKara Festival kicks off today, October 1 with Mayor Monico Puentevella leading the Opening Salvo at the Bacolod Public Plaza.


MASSKARA FESTI-VAL 2014 promises a much colorful and fun filled celebration.* (Owen Segovia Bayog/NDB photo)

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