Capitol takes action
to curb rising prices
Vietnamese rice to boost Negros supply
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Negros Occidental Provincial Price Coordinating Council convened yesterday to put in place measures that will prevent price manipulation and hoarding that could further drive up the prices of rice and other basic goods.
The National Food Authority assured the PPCC that it has more than enough rice to meet the needs of Negros Occidental, with supply good for a month in its warehouse, on top of 88,000 bags or 4,400 metric tons of Vietnam rice that arrived at the BREDCO Port in Bacolod City Monday, Board Member Salvador Escalante said.
NFA rice is being sold at P27 per kilo and P32 per kilo for regular and well-milled varieties, respectively, and prices above that is overpricing, said Escalante, who presided over the PPCC meeting in behalf of its chairman Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.
The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas has ordered former Mayor and now Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, and others to file their counter-affidavits and other controverting evidences to the criminal and administrative complaints filed against them by a media man, claiming that they awarded several contracts to two suppliers from 2007 to 2008 within 10 days.
The criminal complaint was filed by Franklin Villanueva in 2008 against Leonardia, City Agriculturist Goldwyn Nifras, former City Budget Officer Luzviminda Treyes, former City Administrator Rogelio Balo, former assistant City General Services Officer Nelson Sedillo, City Planning and Coordinator Lemuel Reynaldo, former City Treasurer Annabelle Badajos, City Accountant Eduardo Ravena, Department of Public Services officer-in-charge Josephus Serna and Edwin Tan and Jose Plomantes, proprietor of Wener General Merchandise and Jardine Ent., respectively.
Preparedness is the cue
After other detainees at Camp Crame complained about the party held all night for the wedding anniversary celebration of detained senator Jinggoy Estrada, Crame authorities acted, but not in the way you would expect. Since there were also complaints about the coming and going of Estrada’s visitors, the measure taken up by the PNP was to change the visiting schedules – from twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, they made it everyday, except Monday!
What do you think of that? In order that the Estrada visitors will not be violating the Campo regulations for visiting hours, they changed the rules and now allows them to come everyday of the week! Isn’t that very kind and understanding of them? They only withheld one day, but does anyone believe that will be observed? By the way, wasn’t there a song popularized by an Italian actress before titled “Never on Sunday”? Jinggoy and family, as well as his fans can re-word that and sing it as “Never on Monday”.
NegOr hospitals to get P185-M
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
The Department of Health has allotted P36 million more for the acquisition of an oxygen generating plant for the Central Block building of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.
The amount is in addition to P100-million allocation for the upgrading of health facilities in the province.
DOH Assistant Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, who met with Gov. Roel Degamo at the Capitol in Dumaguete City, also said P49 million has been appropriated for the district community and primary hospitals of the province.