ChildrenSSS president and chief executive officer Emilio de Quiros Jr. (center) with vice president  Marissu Bugante, assistant vice president Manolito Tagalog, senior vice president Eddie Jara and  SSS Bacolod branch head Raul Casiano (l-r) at a press conference in Bacolod City yesterday* (CPG photo)

Flyover battle looming?

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. moremoremore

SSS generates P2.8B

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.. moremoremore

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politicians in PHL visit’

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.

“I don’t think the Holy Father has anything against government officials just because they are politicians, the Pope knows the importance and the role of the leaders in government,” Ramirez said.moremoremore