Sipalay City

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Sipalay PNP chief vows to respond to calls for help at the mine site, but...

The chief of the Sipalay City Police Office vowed to respond to all calls for assistance at the mining site of the defunct Maricalum Mining Corporaion (MMC) in Barangay San Jose, in the city.


MINING SITE TENSION. Sipalay PNP director, Chief Insp. Vargas, right, assured newsmen he will not take sides in the labor tug-of-war at the former Maricalum Mining Corp. property in San Jose. At left, just one of several equipment and machines the union eyes to be sold to get their dues.*(Arman Toga photos)

Ex-Sipalay mine workers hoping for PRRD’s help Counting on Sipalay PNP chief’s ‘fair treatment’

Leaders and members of some 1,200 workers retrenched by Maricalum Mining Corp. (MMC) some 22 years ago are confident that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will intervene to finally enable them to get what are due to them from the mining firm.


SIPALAY MINES. NAMAWU 103 union president Melecio Libo-on Jr. (left) told Negros mediamen Wednesday they are confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will look into their 22-year ordeal in claiming for what is due to them, being former workers of defunct Maricalum Mining Corp. They are also hoping that Sipalay PNP police chief, Chief Insp. Romeo Vargas will treat them fairly like GHI and other groups when they call for assistance.*(Arman Toga photos)

Sec. Lopez to Alleviate Negros Mining Areas

Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez challenged the locals of Sipalay City in Negros Occidental and Basay town in Negros Oriental to take part in protecting the environment while gaining from it.


From left, former Usec. Leo Jasareno, PENRO Neg. Occ. head Edgardo Rostata, former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr. upon the landing of Sec. Gina Lopez in Sipalay City.*(NIR SCIS photo)

Negosyo Centers extend help to Negrense entreps

Some 22,064 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Negros Occidental have been assisted by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Negosyo Centers in 2017.

According to DTI Senior Trade and Development specialist Dr. Romel Amihan, Negosyo Centers which are situated in various local government units (LGUs) replicate DTI’s programs and services.

“If you are an entrepreneur who wish to seek advice on business improvement, there are business counselors in Negosyo Centers who are willing to help you,” Amihan emphasized.

Sandigan suspends Sipalay Mayor Montilla for 90 days

For delaying or holding up the ordered suspension of five Sipalay City Hall employees for many years, Mayor Oscar Montilla, Jr. was ordered suspended for 90 days.

In a three-page resolution, the Sandiganbayan ordered Montilla “to cease and desist from performing and/or exercising the functions and duties as well as receiving and/or enjoying the salaries, benefits, and privileges of his present public position or any other present public position he may now or hereafter be holding effective upon notice and continuing for 90 days.”