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Participants of the UNDOC-led rally yesterday said more mass actions will be held if their demands are not met.*

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‘Smart cards’ temporary
solution only: protestors
Solon to press for action on fuel price difference


Public utility jeepney and tricycle franchise holders in Negros Occidental will also be entitled to fuel subsidies for a month as approved by President Benigno Aquino, Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug said yesterday.

Layug told the DAILY STAR that "smart cards" or prepaid cards will be issued to those entitled to the subsidies.

The announcement was made as drivers in Negros Occidental, like their counterparts in the rest of the country, yesterday staged a protest against rising oil prices.moremoremore

SP to probe
‘expensive’ electricity


A joint hearing and investigation will be conducted by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on the complaint of the spokesperson of Electricity Consumers Advocacy of the Philippines against the Central Negros Electric Cooperative’s purchase of more expensive electricity that will burden its consumers.

Roy Cordova sought the intervention of the SP about the non-contracting of CENECO with Green Core Geothermal Inc. and the status of the power supply and demand of CENECO vis-à-vis the contracts it has with other power suppliers.

In his letter to the SP dated March 31, 2011, Cordova, a former CENECO employee and union president, said it is of public knowledge that CENECO did not purchase power from Green Core based in Palinpinon power of which used to be supplied by the National Power Corporation.moremoremore

SCAN files
complaint vs. PBAC


The Suppliers and Contractors Association of Negros Inc.  filed a complaint against the Provincial Bids and Awards Committee of Negros Occidental chaired by Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. before the Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Wednesday.

SCAN, through its vice president Antonio Wong, claimed that the PBAC members violated Republic Act 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act), RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) and the Anti Red Tape Law in the conduct of the bidding for the expansion of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.moremoremore

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