FlowersGov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (left) turns over the symbolic key to AyalaLand Inc. Senior Vice President Emililo Tumbocon  in the presence of ALI Vice President Aniceto Visnar Jr. and Assistant Vice President Jojo Lopez.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Ayala P6B dev’t to start,
pays Capitol P106M rent

AyalaLand Inc. Senior Vice President Emilio Tumbocon yesterday turned over a check for P106,384,068 to Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. representing the lease for the 40,481-square meter Capitol area property of the provincial government in Bacolod City that it is developing into a P6 billion economic hub.

“It will be an integrated mixed use project to be like no other in Bacolod City…we are coming in with all cylinders firing”, Tumbocon said.

“After the long wait, we are relieved and we’re ready to go with the projects that we planned here in Bacolod,” he said at rites at the Provincial Capitol yesterday afternoon.moremoremore

SP approves P6.2
million for hospitals

The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday approved a P6.2 million supplemental budget to finance the purchase of an ambulance and for salaries, Board Member Salvador Escalante said.

He said P3,060,000 is for the purchase of an ambulance and P3,145,793 will cover salaries of additional manpower needed in November and December to complete the documentation of provincial government hospital claims with PhilHealth.

The hiring of additional personnel is needed as the claims of 10 Negros Occidental hospitals from PhilHealth that must be completed before the end of the year are expected to amount to P40 to 50 million, he said..moremoremore


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NegOr supports campaign
on ‘Zero Open Defecation’


Negros Oriental officials, led by Governor Roel Degamo, yesterday signed a Declaration of Commitment in Dumaguete City to achieve a Zero Open Defecation to improve the health and living conditions of residents of the province.

The signing was held during the First Provincial Sanitation Summit, in cooperation with the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank. It was noted during the summit that, of the 271,185 households in Negros Oriental, only 76 percent have access to sanitary toilets, and 24 percent or 325,420 persons, or 65,084 households, have none.

Dr. Edgardo Barredo, chief of the Provincial Health Office, said there is need for sustained information and education campaigns down to the barangay levels against open defecation and that local governments should adopt strategies and legislation to achieve such target. The Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) program is basically targeted at changing the behavior of the people.moremoremore