Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez Thursday said that the P9 million fund from Sta. Lucia Realty and Avida (Ayala Land, Inc.) that is in compliance with the 20 percent socialized housing requirement of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board mandated by law, is now available.
Lopez said a memorandum of agreement had been signed by these two giant housing developers and former Mayor and now Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia for the money to be used for the facilities needed by the residents of Purok Progreso Village which the relocation site of the City of Bacolod, he said.
The fund that was deposited or transferred to Bacolod City last January is intended for the supply of water, electricity, toilets and drainage that will benefit the thousands of families at the Purok Progreso Village, in Vista Alegre.
Group warns of
‘intense rice crisis'
Despite assurances from the Department of Agriculture and the National Food Authority that the country has ample supply of the Filipino people's staple food, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas yesterday warned of an intense rice crisis for which it blames the failure of the Aquino administration to dismantle rice cartels and address high rice prices.
The skyrocketing price of rice will trigger an intense rice crisis that would lead to the eruption of the country's social volcano, the group's deputy secretary general Willy Marbella said in a KMP press release.
Marbella said rice prices are steadily increasing for almost two months now and the DA has done nothing to pull down and control prices.
Sharetea opens branch tomorrow
The Sharetea Bacolod branch at 15 th Lacson Street in Bacolod City will hold its grand opening at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, with Mayor Monico Puentebella to lead the ribbon-cutting.
This first Sharetea branch in the city and the eighth branch in the country that is franchised by Cloudberries Inc., serves pearl milk teas, rock-salt cheese drinks, natural fruit teas, handmade taro fresh milk, ice blended series, and brewed teas, among others.
The tea house is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sharetea was established in Taiwan in 1992 and it has over 200 stores worldwide, including in the United States of America, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, Macau, China, Brunei, and United Arab Emirates, a blog post on their website said.*SGG