Marañon urges teachers to give best in teaching

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. encouraged teachers under the Division of Negros Occidental to give their best in educating Negrense students. Marañon said this during the recent inauguration and turnover ceremony of the Department of Education (DepEd)- Negros Occidental training center-annex building worth P10 million located along Cottage Road Friday. He […]

IRA cut imperils basic services, workforce, infra projects of LGUs

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Basic services, workforce and infrastructure projects of local government units are to be adversely affected once the cut in their Internal Revenue shares is effected by 2012.

Kabankalan City mayor Isidro Zayco said he has ordered a budget cut by at least seven percent in all the departments of the Kabankalan city government.

Kabankalan City incurred the biggest IRA reduction among cities in the province with P98,827,636. While among municipalities, Cauayan has the biggest reduction at P3,988,475.

Zayco said the city government may also have to reduce its number of casual workers.

Business sector jubilant on lifting of TRO on Capitol-Ayala Land deal

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A top official of a local business group said that their sector is jubilant over the lifting by the Court of Appeals of the temporary restraining order it issued on the Capitol-Ayala Land deal involving the development of the 7.7-hectare Capitol property.

Jose Maria Zayco, vice president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), said that “we gladly welcome the decision of the Court of Appeals ordering the lifting of the TRO”.

Zayco said that now the business sector is looking forward to the “pouring in of investments as well as job opportunities that would benefit the thousands of unemployed not only in the city of Bacolod but in the province of Negros Occidental as well”.

Petition to nullify oil deregulation filed

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Transport groups together with the 1-UTAK representative here are banking on a “speedy court process” to nullify the Oil Deregulation Law as a solution to the unabated increase in oil prices.

1-UTAK Party List Rep. Vigor Mendoza with representatives from nine transport groups in the city and eight from national organizations trooped Wednesday to the Regional Trial Court here and filed their petition for the nullification of the controversial Oil Deregulation Law or RA 8479.

Mendoza said this is the first time that a court action has been sought as far as RA 8479 is concerned particularly questioning its constitutionality.

He stressed that the law is vague therefore it is void.

2012 NegOcc IRA down by 4%, cities by 10-15%

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the provincial government of Negros Occidental in 2012 will be reduced by 4.66 percent while the share of cities will be down by 10-15 percent and the municipalities by at least 2 percent.

Provincial budget officer Percival Salado yesterday said this is practically the same with other local government units all over the country.

He explained that the IRA reduction is brought about by the low tax collection by the national government three years ago.

For the province of Negros Occidental – from P1,775,369,564 in 2011, its IRA in 2012 is P1,692,654,028 or a decrease of P82,715,536.00 or 4.66 percent.

Provincial COA okays Capitol-ALI land deal

By: Dolly yasa

BACOLOD City – The provincial office of the Commission on Audit has recommended approval of the Capitol-Ayala land deal.

COA provincial auditor Ernie Villa confirmed this after he personally appeared before the COA regional office to personally submit his comment on the deal.

He also revealed that the COA regional office based in Iloilo is submitting today its comment on the purchase and lease of the 7.7-hectare Capitol properties to COA national office in Metro Manila.

The contract will be reviewed by the legal department of COA national before the Capitol can finally consummate the deal with ALI.

National Summit on Inter Local Cooperation Oct 26-28

BACOLOD City – The 3rd National Summit on Inter-Local Cooperation will be hosted by the Province of Negros Occidental on 26-28 September 2011 at L’ Fisher Hotel here and will be conducted in collaboration with European Union, GIZ , Philippine Development Foundation, CIDA and the Department of Interiors and Local Government.

The activity aims to bring together alliances all over the country and provide a venue for sharing and discussion of issues and challenges on the ground with special focus on the financial aspects and arrangement for inter-local cooperation.

The summit will highlight the consolidated gains of inter local cooperation, including the documentation of best practices as well as discussion of critical issues and concerns of inter-LGU alliances. The event is very timely as it attempts to capture the status of inter local cooperation in the country 20 years after the passage of the Local Government Code in 1991.

The last summit conducted in Cebu City last September 2009 had captured the challenges and these mostly centered on the sustainability of the alliances particularly in the strengthening of their financial capability and the clarification of national policies and issuances and local ordinances that impacts on the legal personality of the alliances.

Pantawid Pasada deadline today

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Drivers of public utility jeepneys (PUJs) have only until today to claim their ‘Pantawid Pasada’ smartcards at the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

LTO-Bacolod chief Norman Saril said that after today unclaimed smartcards will be sent back to the Department of Energy (DOE) in Manila.

Saril, in an interview with ABS-CBN Bacolod, said there are 2,987 smartcards for PUJs in Bacolod City and as of presstime only 1,640 cards have been claimed.

Smartcards entitle the PUJ drivers a subsidy or discount of P1,050 for each unit. 

NPA rebels running out of ammunitions – Lactao

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – 303rd Brigade commander, Col. Oscar Lactao said that the New People’s Army rebels operating in northern Negros have run of ammunitions, the reason why they continue to evade government forces.

He also revealed that the deployment of a composite PNP-Army detachment in Barangay Canlusong, EB Magalona town is underway.

Lactao claimed they observed less and less encounters between the NPA rebels and the government forces in northern Negros because most of the rebels have lain low and rested to avoid the pressure of continuous military operations.

Australia to hire thousands of Negrense skilled workers

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Australian government is offering thousands of jobs for skilled workers from Negros Occidental to be deployed in Darwin, Australia and South Korea.

Januario John Rivas, Philippine honorary consul general to the New Territory, in a letter to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., said that in need of local skilled workers are two companies in said foreign countries.

General managers of Acacia Building Industries and Tile Force officials will be arriving this November to visit the vocational training schools in the province and to recruit skilled workers for the Australian labor market, Rivas said.

These companies need workers in the areas of tiling, carpentry and roofing.

Solon pushes for sugar industry safeguards as tariff reduction looms

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez (3rd District, Neg. Occ.) has called for the enactment of policies that would strengthen the local sugar industry in preparation for the considerable reduction of tariff rates on imported sugar as provided in the ASEAN Free Trade Area-Common Effective Preferential Treatment (AFTA-CEPT).

Benitez said, “The reduced tariffs, even if it is gradual, will be a big blow to the local sugar industry. The government must be able to install safeguards to mitigate such impact.”

He added, “Our sugar industry is already suffering with our sugar products costing higher compared to those produced in the other countries. Imagine the impact of the significant reduction of tariffs on imported sugar?”

Under the free-trade scheme among ASEAN countries, the Tariff rates on imported sugar from competing ASEAN countries will be gradually reduced.