ChildrenGov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (3rd from left) and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano  (left) air opposing views on the illegal structures in the NNNP protected area at PAMB meeting yesterday as PENRO Andres Untal and Provincial Environment Management Officer Wilfred Ramon Peñalosa listen.* (Archie Alipalo photos)

Illegal structures stay


The Protected Area Management Board voted 34-11, with one abstention, against the demolition of illegal structures in the multiple use zone of the Northern Negros Natural Park protected area at an emotional meeting at the Negros Occidental Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who voted for the demolition of the illegal structures, said the 34-11 vote endangers the province’s last frontier and water source, and that ultimately, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje could override the move.

“It is sad that we in government are legalizing what is illegal,” the governor said. moremoremore

Raps filed vs. OBO
chief, inspector at Bacolod RTC

A criminal case for falsification of public/official document has been filed before the Regional Trial Court against the head of the Office of the Building Official and a building inspector in relation to the building permit application of Mainstream Business Incorporated for the expansion of the north wing of SM City Bacolod.

The case was filed against OBO head Isidro Sun Jr. and Jose Maria Makilan before RTC Branch 53 by section heads Sharon Gayanelo, Cary Memoria and Glenda Pajes, of the OBO Architectural Section, Structural Section and Plumbing and Sanitary Section, respectively, on Nov. 3.

The complainants had earlier filed criminal and administrative complaints against Sun and Makilan before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas, which ordered the filing of the criminal case against them before the court, andalso meted the penalty of their suspension from the service without pay for six months and one day.. moremoremore

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The Dumaguete City Agriculture Office will hold a three-day Farm Congress on November 17-19 at the Quezon Park in Dumaguete City, on the theme “Improving economic growth through organic-driven agriculture”.

The congress will showcase the harvested organic products of Dumaguete farmers. Mayor Manuel Sagarbaria, who will be the keynote speaker, will declare the farm congress open. The activity is part of Sagarbarria’s goal to make Dumaguete an organic city, a press release from the city said.

The program will start with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, 8 a.m. Monday, to be followed by a thanksgiving mass, 9 a.m., and the opening program, 10 a.m., where City Administrator William Ablong will give the opening remarks, the press release also said.moremoremore