P790M work starts
Work has started on the new, P790-million “Bacolod Economic Highway” that will interconnect six Bacolod barangays, Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia announced during the weekend.
Leonardia who spoke before 250 members of the Bacolod Airport Lions Clubs during their induction ceremonies Saturday, said that the multi-million-peso road project will connect Barangay Sum-ag to the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road, passing through Barangays Cabug, Felisa, Mansilingan, Estefania, Mandalagan, and Bata.
The 21-kilometer road will showcase the agro-industrial and tourism potentials of southern and eastern parts of Bacolod and will stimulate economic activities in the area, Leonardia said in a press release.
Comelec delays poll activities
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The move of Congress to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan elections to next year that is awaiting approval of the president, has prompted the Commission on Elections to delay its originally calendared activities, Negros Occidental Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.
Among the activities delayed was the filing of certificates of candidacy that was supposed to start Saturday and end Tuesday this week, Suarez said.
The Comelec, in its Resolution 9930 approved last week, said that because of the impending passage into law of House Bill No. 5006 to postpone the SK polls from Feb. 21, 2015 to Oct. 26, 2016, to be synchronized with the barangay elections next year, which was adopted by the Senate, it has slowed down on its preparations.
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Coop manager gets jail term
for ignoring elderly discount
BY IRMA PAL
Businessmen, beware. You could be sentenced to three years imprisonment for not giving the mandatory 20 percent discount to senior citizens, even for the sale of softdrinks.
The Regional Trial Court of Negros Oriental-Branch 32 in Dumaguete City affirmed a decision of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities-Branch 2, convicting the general manager of the Silliman University Cooperative, and reiterated his sentence to an “indeterminate penalty of two years as minimum to three years as maximum and a fine of P50,000”.
The case stemmed from a complaint by a senior citizen, Manuel Utzurrum Jr., against Roberto Estoconing, manager of the Silliman University Cooperative, who refused to grant the mandatory 20 percent discounts when Utzurrum bought softdrinks eight times in 2011.