Flyover battle looming?
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said yesterday that he will attend the hearing of the Department of Public Works and Highways today on the petition of business establishment owners and individuals opposing the construction of a second flyover at Burgos Extension-Circumferential road in Bacolod City.
The availability of the flyovers for Bacolod that had been approved by the Department of Public Works and Highways, had been announced recently by Rep. Evelio Leonardia, who also said the DPWH was calling for a hearing to get the views of the residents of the city on it.
While he noted that the area is indeed “prosperous, progressive and booming,” Puentevella said he is willing to listen to the petitions and study his options on what is best not only for the area, but for the city.
IN WESTERN VISAYAS
SSS generates P2.8B
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Social Security System collection from contributions nationwide hit P89 billion in the first nine months of this year, or an 18 percent increase from last year, with Western Visayas hitting P2.8 billion or a hike of 13 percent from P2.5 billion in 2013, SSS President and Chief Executive Officer, Emilio de Quiros Jr., said yesterday.
The total nationwide revenues of the SSS in the first nine months of the year hit P115.7 billion, or an increase by 15 percent in the same period last year, he added.
De Quiros, who, along with top SSS officials, met with the media at a “Kapihan sa SSS Bacolod” at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel, said the SSS financial performance remains solid, there is a continuous growth in its assets, and its investments’ yield has outperformed benchmarks..
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‘Pope Francis won't snub
TACLOBAN CITY – Local government officials will have the chance to meet Pope Francis at the airport during his visit to Leyte on January 17, a government press release said.
Francis will not snub local politicians in his visit, as the pontiff acknowledges the role of leaders in development, Fr. Rex Ramirez, head of the local executive committee on the papal visit, said. He added that Francis, aside from being the head of the Catholic Church, is also head of state of Vatican City, and is accorded with civil rights.