Ayala breaking ground
for P6B Capitol Central
IT WILL GENERATE
THOUSANDS OF JOBS: GUV
BY CARLA GOMEZ
AyalaLand Inc. will break ground 9:30 a.m. today to kick off the construction of its P6 billion “Capitol Central” infrastructure projects adjacent to Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.
Marañon said he expects the construction that will last until 2017 to create jobs for about 5,000 workers.
SP okays reorg of hospitals
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
The reorganization of provincial government-managed hospitals, with an annual budget of P882.9 million, that was contained in an amended ordinance, was unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental during its regular session yesterday.
Board Member Miller Serondo, chairperson of the SP committee on Health, who endorsed for approval the amended ordinance, said this would mean 24-7 services, especially in surgical operations, at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City and Cadiz District Hospital.
Under the reorganization, the 1,273 existing positions in 11 government hospitals will be increased by 649 more, and the with annual budget of P544.7 million up to P822,985,269, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado, who briefed SP members of budget on hospital reorganization, said.
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SP probes slash and burn
activities at Twin Lakes
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has called the attention of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of Negros Oriental to explain why kaingin or slash and burn activities continue at the vicinity of the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao in Sibulan town.
ENRD Mercy Teves was invited to the next regular session of the SP to shed light on the reported kaingin activities, in spite of the presence of organized groups of farmers in the area, and a group of Bantay Lasang.
Board Member Arnulfo Teves showed pictures of two kaingin activities near the lake during the session, and said that, at first, he thought it was a natural fire, but upon initial investigation, it was clear that it was deliberately set since areas surrounding the kaingin portion had been cleared to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the forest.