NATURE’S BEAUTY. Tinagong Dagat in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental,   known as the jewel of the south.*(Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Senate okays extension
of Carp coverage notices

The Senate announcement yesterday of the approval on third and final reading of a bill that will extend the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program was not welcomed by some sectors in Negros Occidental.

Senate Bill No. 2278 will allow the Department of Agrarian Reform to continue the acquisition and distribution of agricultural lands actually certified as urgent in June 2014 by Malacañang, and was mentioned at the 5th State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino, its author and sponsor, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, said.

“My reading of both houses (of Congress) is that it's inevitable. Directive from the top,” Rafael Coscolluela, president of the Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations, said.moremoremore

Bacoleño Medtech  topnotcher

A Bacoleño topped the Medical Technologist Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission announced yesterday.

Patrick Joseph Mabugat, a graduate of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod City, was number one with a grade of 90.90 percent.

Mabugat was among the 2,986 examinees, who passed the medical technologist licensure examination, out of a total of 3,615, who took the examination given by the Board of Medical Technology in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao this month. moremoremore

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Central Block building
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The provincial government began the construction of the P350 million 4-storey central block building at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, Dumaguete City.

Provincial Treasurer Danilo Mendez, chairman of the Provincial Bids and Awards Committee, said 15 percent of the contract cost of P51.7 million or P51,750,000 has already been released and the next fund releases will be in tranches, pursuant to the policy of progress billing.

Mendez said the Commission on Audit will follow up the expenditures by stages more funds will be released. moremoremore