AS RDC-6 CHAIR
Marañon to pursue dream
of Negros-Panay bridge
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
ILOILO CITY - There is no stopping Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. in pursuing the dream of previous government leaders to connect Negros and Panay with a bridge, especially now that he is chairman of the Regional Development Council.
If we work closely together, we can do a lot for the region, despite there being less than two years in his term as RDC chair, Marañon said in his inaugural address at the National Economic and Development Authority regional office here yesterday, adding that Western Visayas is very rich in resources, talent and in people.
The late Gov. Joseph Marañon, brother of the incumbent governor, had been proposing to build the bridge connecting the province to Panay from Brgy. Tomontong in EB Magalona, to San Juan Point in Banate, Iloilo.
ILOILO CITY – The consolidated reports on the proposal to merge Negros Occidental and Oriental into one island region is now at the Office of the President, regional director Ro-Ann Bacal of the National Economic and Development Authority, said yesterday.
Bacal, who had earlier expressed reservations over the creation of the Negros Island Region, said NEDA director-general Arsenio Balisacan has already forwarded his consolidated reports on regions 6 and 7, with generated inputs of the Department of Interior and Local Government from other line agencies, including the Department of Budget and Management, to the Office of the President.
IN NEG. OR.
Pawnshops, banks warned
vs. ‘terrorist’ transactions
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Pawnshops, money changers, remittance agents, banks and other business establishments in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental are urged to be vigilant against possible terrorist financings and suspicious transactions.
Manager Jerry Leal of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Integrated Supervision Department I said that, such institutions are also required by law to submit covered transactions reports and suspicious transactions.
Leal was in Dumaguete City for a two-day briefing and seminar held at the local BSP branch Thursday and yesterday on Presidential Decree No. 114, or the Pawnshop Regulation Act, RA 9160 as amended, or the Anti-Money Laundering Act, and other rules and regulations governing the operation of pawnshops or pawn brokering, money changing and remittance agents