Tons of mussels buried
to avert health disaster
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Workers are racing against time to clear 30 tons of mussels dumped by strong waves on a 2-kilometer stretch of beachfront covering three barangays in Valladolid town, which stench is threatening the health of residents.
Valladolid Mayor Rommel Yogore said yesterday they were using backhoes to dig deep holes to bury the mussels that were left by big waves, brought on by typhoon Egay, on the shorelines of barangays Tabao Proper, Central Tabao, and Bagumbayan from Saturday to Monday.
Water analysis sought
on fish kill gripe in Bais
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
A shouting match ensued between some Bacolod councilors when an attempt was made to start an investigation on the city government's purchase of learning materials from an alleged blacklisted firm, during the regular session of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday night.
This stemmed from a resolution authored by Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez asking the Bids and Awards Committee to enlighten the SP on the recent purchases of textbooks despite a Department of Education moratorium, which he wanted taken up.
Councilor Roberto Rojas said the SP decided to defer the resolution of Lopez since Councilor Archie Baribar, the chairman of the Committee on Education, was on leave. After a lengthy deliberation, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya called for a recess.
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Two NegOr mayors eyeing
stoppage of ethanol plant
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE
Two town mayors are now scrambling to put a stop to the ethanol plant in the Bais City-Manjuyod area in northern Negros Oriental due to the reported fish kill several days ago.
Bais City Mayor Mercy Teves Goñi yesterday likened herself to “David” as the local government unit is now faced with a very strong opponent, the United Robina Sugar Milling Company, that operates the ethanol plant that has been initially identified as the “culprit” in the fish kills in the north Bais Bay.