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DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo with Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and Negros Occidental Board Member Salvador Escalante (l-r) at the  Electronic Financials  Users Circle Inc.  3rd annual convention in Bacolod yesterday.*

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Bacolod priority area for
fuel subsidy: DILG

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo yesterday said Bacolod City will be given priority in the distribution of subsidies to public utility jeepney and tricycle franchise holders because the price of fuel in the area is higher than in other areas.

Robredo, who was the keynote speaker at the 3rd annual convention of that Electronic Financials Users Circle Inc. at the BacolodPavillon Resort Hotel, said subsidies for the tricycle franchise holders will be distributed by the his department through local governments’ city and town treasurers, while the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board, or the Land Transportation Office, will handle the allocations for the PUVs.

The P450 million in subsidies is expected to be release for May 1 , Robredo said.moremoremore

Reward for Ayalin now P.5M

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon yesterday raised the reward for the arrest Kapitan Ramon bloodbath suspect Noel Ayalin from P250,000 to P500,000, while the police said the search for him has gone nationwide.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who was in Bacolod City yesterday, ordered the police to use all available resources and manpower to arrest Ayalin.

The police must get Ayalin at all cost, Robredo said, adding that he was informed that the former barangay captain may no longer be in Negros Occidental.moremoremore

LCP may contest
ruling on 16 cities

The League of Cities of the Philippines is studying the possibility of filing a Motion for Reconsideration before the Supreme Court to contest the conversion into cities of 16 towns that were not able to meet the requirements set by the Local Government Code.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonarida, LCP executive vice president, who attended the meeting of the LCP Executive Board in Quezon City yesterday, said the group is ready to do whatever it takes to pursue their case up to its rightful conclusion.

“We will explore all available options under the circumstances because we firmly believe we are on the right side,” Leonardia said.moremoremore

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