Children playing

Children playing at the Bacolod Government Center  replica at the Bacolod Public Plaza yesterday*

‘Henry’ hits 137 houses,
Negros crop loss P8.7ME


Strong winds brought on by Typhoon Henry Tuesday injured two persons, and slammed into 137 houses in five towns in Negros Occidental, destroying 28 and damaging 109.
The Office of Civil Defense 6, as of 5 p.m. yesterday, reported that Henry-induced winds damaged and destroyed houses in 23 barangays in Hinobaan, Pontevedra, Valladolid and Pulupandan towns, affecting 136 families or 637 individuals.

In Valladolid town, 14 houses were destroyed, 42 were damaged and two persons were injured, while in Pulupandan, 11 houses were destroyed and 52 were damaged, the OCD reported.
In Hinobaan, one house was destroyed and three were damaged, while in Pontevedra, two houses were destroyed and seven were damaged, the OCD added..moremoremore

Prov’l board
supporting PNoy, too


The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday passed a resolution supporting  President Benigno Aquino III.

A copy of the manifesto of support to President Aquino, which is now being circulated for signing by local government officials, was also signed yesterday by Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Board Members Salvador Escalante, Rolando Ponsica, Miller Serondo, Johna Ko, Victor Javellana, Jose Benito Alonzo, Alain Gatuslao, Renato Malabor, Pedro Zayco, Helen Zafra and Mark Cui, during the SP regular session yesterday.       
Board Member Patrick Leonard Lacson did not sign the manifesto, while           Board Members Raul Rivera and Renato Gustilo were absent during SP session. They were reportedly on official business.
An impeachment complaint was filed Monday before the House of Representatives against President Aquino over the Disbursement Acceleration Program. The complainants sought Aquino’s removal from office, for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust arising from the implementation of DAP...moremoremore

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Everyday hero

Yesterday the country quietly commemorated the sesquicentennial of the birth of Apolinario Mabini and paid tribute to his contributions to Philippine nationhood.

Despite having served as Emilio Aguinaldo’s closest adviser during his stint as president of the Council of Secretaries; there are no holidays or grand parades for the prime minister and foreign minister of the First Philippine Republic and the Filipino hero known as the “Sublime Paralytic”, or the “Brains of the Revolution”.

Apolinario Mabini may not enjoy the adulation other Filipino heroes get because he neither carried a bolo nor did he die a martyr. But as a learned man who, despite his humble beginnings and physical disability, still managed to make significant contributions to his beloved country, he is someone worth admiring and emulating in this day and age when armed revolution and martyrdom are thankfully no longer necessary..moremoremore


Kalipay: Levi needs help


Anna Balcells with Levi*

Help is needed for a 13-year-old boy suffering from Nasofrontal Encephalocele, a congenital defect caused by the failure of the neutral tube to close completely during fetal development,  Kalipay Foundation president Anna Balcells said yesterday.
Levi was rescued from the streets by Kalipay and has been living in one of the homes of the foundation ever since, she said.
  He has a large mass on his nose, but never had the chance to have it checked because of his family’s financial constraints.  As soon as Kalipay rescued him, he was able to seek medical attention with the consent of his parents.
After consultations with experts and undergoing advised laboratory tests, Levi was diagnosed to have Nasofrontal Encephalocele.
As soon as the defect was identified as operable, Kalipay met with doctors involved to come up with a concrete plan, Balcells said.moremoremore