RAM, GBFI strengthen support to revolutionary gov’t move

The Revolutionary Government (RevGov) being eyed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte got a strong boost in Western Visayas when Negros-based officials of the Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM) - Guardians Brotherhood Federal Inc. (GBFI) went public Friday to express their full support.

In fact, the group will gather thousands of its members at the Bacolod Pavillion in Bacolod City to join the simultaneous nationwide Revolutionary Federal Government campaign launching this Friday, November 30.

‘We have the hospital, why we don’t use it?’ - Cong. Benitez

“We have the hospital, why don’t we use it?”

That’s the question that needs a big answer, Congressman Alfredo ‘Albee’ Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental said, as he was surprised when he visited the two station Medical Wards with 11 rooms of Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital New Annex Building Extension. He noticed there were no beds, no equipment, no patients and even no doctors and nurses where the on-going Nikki Cares Surgical Mission (Nov. 23 to 25, 2017) in Silay City is being held.

BENITEZ AT PROV’L HOSPITAL. Congressman Alfredo ‘Albee’ Benitez (3rd District of Negros Occidental) with Medical Director Dr. Girlie Pinongan of Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital visit the patients at the Female Surgical Ward of Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Senate votes 8-7 vs. reducing taxes on HFCS

The Senate last night voted - with eight against and seven in favor, on a proposal to reduce taxes on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Voting against the amendment proposed by Sen. Ralph Recto that would put the HFCS “in parity with sugar”, were Senators Miguel Zubiri, Edgardo Angara Jr., Jose Victor Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Panfilo Lacson, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Joel Villanueva and Riza Hontiveros.

Zubiri said it was a “close call and we nearly lost it.”

SP conducts hearing on Bacolod’s of P2.25-B budget

The Committee on Appropriations and Finance of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has conducted the hearing for the 2018 Annual Budget of Bacolod City in the amount of P2.25 Billion and called for city departments to present and defend their budget.

Councilor Caesar Z. Distrito, Chairperson of the Committee on Appropriations and Finance said that they have scheduled three hearings and invited all city departments and other government agencies so that the committee will be able to justify their budgets in the deliberation of the city council.

12th Organic Farmers’ Festival Opens Tomorrow

The 12th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival (NIOFF) will open tomorrow, November 22 at the Provincial Capitol Grounds.

This year’s four-day celebration is hosted once again by the Province of Negros Occidental with the theme, “Go Organic for Health and Prosperity”.

The event will highlight various exhibits of organic products and by-products, as well as showcase sustainable innovations and technologies practiced by different farmer-producers and advocates.

Free 3-Day Seminar on Drug Reduction Set in Victorias

The Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc. (NODRFI) and the Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Center (NODRC) and the City of Victorias in partnership with Colombo Plan and Dangerous Drug Board will hold a free 3-day live-in Seminar on Drug Reduction on November 21-23, 2017 at Gawahon Eco-Park in Victorias.

A team of training specialists on drug prevention control from the Dangerous Drugs Board will tackle a 7-module program on universal prevention curriculum on substance use in the span of three days.

Kanlaon Volcano on Alert Level 2

Kanlaon Volcano is now on Alert Level 2.

An increase in volcanic activities within the volcano’s immediate surroundings prompted the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to raise its alert status to moderate level of unrest, yesterday morning.

“Alert Level 2 status now currently prevails over Kanlaon Volcano, which means that the volcano is undergoing a moderate level of unrest. There is probable intrusion of magma at depth which may or may not lead to a magmatic eruption,” a Phivolcs announcement said.

Hailstones Surprise La Carlota Residents

Barangay San Miguel, La Carlota City residents were surprised when hailstorms rained down in their community at about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

Hailstones are small balls of ice that fall like rain from the sky.

In a DYWB Bombo Radyo Bacolod interview with Dr. Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, head of the Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Management Program Division,confirmed the occurrence of the 8.5 millimeters rain and the hailstones in the barangay.

100+ Environmentalists Joining National Envi Summit in Talisay

About 150 environmentalists from all over the country will converge in Negros Occidental to attend the 2017 National RAC Partners Meeting hosted by the Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) with a theme; Celebrating Connectedness Through Conservation, on November 14-17 at Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City.