"I am not sold out to the privatization of water districts. I don’t believe in privatization because there is public component in the delivery of water. If you leave it to the private sector, they will always protect the interest of the businessman to get their return of investment."
WORLD WATER DAY COVENANT SIGNING. Left Photo, Representing Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr, PPDO Marlin Sanogal signs the covenant for the conservation of water. Right photo, L-R, LWUA Chairman Rene C. Villa, BACIWA Chairman Lawrence Villanueva, Director Dr. Marichi Ramos, and GM Atty. Julie Ann Carbon.* (EBcolmo)
Thus said Honorable Rene C. Villa, chairman, board of trustees, Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) as guest of honor during the World Water Day celebration yesterday, hosted by the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA).
Villa also said, "if you leave it to the private sector, the investor will always look into their return of investment. They will always see the principle of cost recovery. Water will be costly if the water district is privatized in operation. The water district is a virtual monopoly. It has no competitor but it can not operate alone. If the management declares losses, then it is mismanaged, Villa also said.
Supporting the peace and order campaign of the police and tourism program, the Bacolod City government has earmarked P28.6 million for the immediate implementation of street lighting projects all over the city.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia told the media during a presscon yesterday, that they are embarking on the biggest ever street lighting program because they want to improve the peace and order situation in Bacolod City.
The Negrense athletes who will reap medals in the coming 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on April 21 to 27 will get cash incentives from Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., when they come home.
Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor, Executive Assistant to the Governor and Provincial Sports coordinator head said this is a gesture of the governor to the athletes who gave name to the province which he does ever since he set foot at the Provincial capitol.
Last year, even the athletes from other provinces like Capiz, Antique, Aklan, Guimaras and Iloilo City were alsobeneficiaries of his cash incentives in order to encourage athletes to strive more in their chosen sports disciplines.
Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Juliet Jeruta announced ahead the said cash incentives for the Negrense athletes.
This year’s "Panaad sa Negros" is gearing for sports events as one of the highlights starting April 9 to April 13, 2013.
The event will be run by the Provincial Sports Development Office and supervised by Executive Assistant to the Governor and Provincial Sports Coordinator head Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor.
The sports events will start with the holding of Mambukal Team relay in three categories; the under 19, open and executive. Registration for this event is free, Verdeflor said.
Amateur boxing with boxers coming from the different Local Government Units (LGUs) will start April 9 until April 13 at the second level of Panaad Park and Sports Stadium located at Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
This year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival will feature the Paindis-indis sa Binalaybay slated April 9, 2013 at the Panaad Stadium.
It aims to promote the province’s local culture and arts, generate interest and participation among Negrenses and discover local talents as well.
The contest is open to all cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental and only one entry per local government unit is allowed. Participants must be 18 years old and above, and should be endorsed by the local chief executive of the town or city he or she is representing.
The Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) yesterday obtained photos of alleged Acetylene Gang members who were tagged by authorities as those behind the Prenda Negrense and F & C Pawnshop and Jewelry Store heists in Bacolod City recently.
The Sangguniang Pan-lungsod of Bacolod City will conduct public hearing to thresh out issues regarding Bay Walk operations at the Bacolod Reclamation Area.
Councilor Caesar Distrito, chair, Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government has set the Public Hearing tomorrow, March 22, at the SP session hall, new government center. He said the public hearing will tackle issues on the illegal transfer of ownership of the property that is supposed to be owned by the City including the roadlots and the apron of the port, the illegal operation of Bacolod Baywalk without the corresponding business permit, the non-issuance of ECC, and the alleged illegal collection of toll fees from vehicles and individuals entering the premises of the said establishment. "The hearing will clear the gray areas that surround this issue," Councilor Distrito said.
The Andres Bonifacio Elementary School II in partnership with the School Governing Council and School Pupil Government Organization sponsored a symposium on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control at the school’s gymnasium yesterday, March 20.
This undertaking is the school’s share of prevent ing the proliferation of drugs in the coastline barangays of Bacolod City which may affect the schoolchildren’s education.
By Jaime B. Lim
Security measures in all commercial establishments in Bacolod City are tightened, following the order of Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz to closely monitor the remnants of the notorious "Ozamis Gang" and "Acetylene Gang" who may still be hiding in the city.
This developed as Chief Superintendent Manuel Felix, Deputy Regional Director, yesterday conducted surprise checks of police stations in Bacolod.
Chief Inspector Levy Pangue, newly-installed Police Station 1 commander, told NDB, that his men are now checking the alarm systems of banks, malls and pawnshops around the city.
The United Negros Alliance (UNA) will hold its "opening salvo" on April 1, according to its standard-bearer, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Marañon, who was in Sagay City yesterday for its Sinigayan Festival and Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, said the start of local campaign will be on March 29, but since it’s a Good Friday, they will schedule their caravan the following Monday.
But they will start putting up their streamers, posters, and other campaign materials starting March 30, Saturday, he added.
Marañon said they expect a landslide win for UNA come May 13 election day.
The governor said that in the Fourth District, UNA’s bet incumbent Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer will win by a landslide. He said Ferrer, who is being opposed by former Board Member Ike Barredo, is loved by the people of his district because he has helped a lot of them, through his various projects.