bING Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia takes up with DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson (left) the funding and phasing of the P790-milliion Bacolod Economic Highway.*

Reps of 3 nat’l agencies
to meet on island region

Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero said yesterday that three national government agencies are meeting to complete the staff work on the proposed creation of a Negros Island Region that will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino.

Negros Occidental and Oriental officials are asking the President to create the Negros Island Region by executive order. The proposal is for the island-region to be composed of Negros Occidental that is currently part of Western Visayas, and Negros Oriental that now belongs to Central Visayas.

Documents on the proposed island region, and reports on consultations conducted in Negros Occidental and Oriental, were submitted to the office of Panadero last week, Neg. Occ. Provincial Planning and Development Officer Marlin Sanogal said.moremoremore

Toboso employee shot dead

Riding-in-tandem suspects shot and killed Monday a government employee in Toboso, Negros Occidental, in what police said was triggered by personal grudges.

The victim, identified as Ricky Bermejo, 42, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, including a fatal injury in the head, Senior Inspector Robert Mansueto, Toboso police chief, yesterday said.

Mansueto said pursuit operations are still ongoing and the identity of one of the suspects has already been established.moremoremore

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Politicians cannot meddle
in list of 4Ps beneficiaries

Officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 7 reiterated recently that politicians cannot meddle in the Philippine government’s primary pro-poor agenda, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or 4Ps.

This was highlighted during the DWSD-7 Convergence Strategy Orientation for the local media Monday at a hotel in Dumaguete City.

Asela Bella Tse, provincial link of the Pantawid Pamilya in Negros Oriental, said politics does not have a hand in the program, that seeks to alleviate the lives of the poorest families in the country through social assistance and social development. moremoremore