Guanzon Newly-appointed COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon takes her oath before Commissioners Christian Robert Lim and Luie Guia.*

Guv: DILG drafting IRR
for Negros island-region

The Department of Interior and Local Government will draft the implementing rules and regulations for the executive order to be issued by President Benigno Aquino III creating the Negros Island Region, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

Marañon said he spoke with DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero yesterday morning and the latter assured him that the DILG will come up with the draft IRR in consultation with Negros Occidental and Oriental.

A working committee will be created to come up with the draft soon as ordered by the president, Marañon said.moremoremore

Mayor set to plead not guilty

Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella will plead not guilty if his arraignment scheduled on May 14 pushes through, City Administrator Rolando Villamor said yesterday.

The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division had denied for lack of merit the motion filed by Puentevella for reconsideration of its resolution denying his motion to cancel or defer his arraignment, in the criminal case he is facing for the questionable purchase of an Information Technology package worth P26 million.

The amount was taken from Puentevella's Priority Development Assistance Fund when he was yet congressman of Bacolod City.moremoremore

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Food suppliers urged to
ensure safe products

The Food and Drug Administration advised food suppliers in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental to ensure that their food is clean and safe for human consumption, whether they are fresh or processed, a government press release said yesterday.

Dr. Oscar Gutierrez, FDA in-charge of policy and planning, said Republic Act No. 10611, or “The Food Safety Act of 2013”, strengthens the food safety regulatory system in the country to protect consumer health, and facilitate market access of local foods and food products.

Ed Du, Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, said the lack of sanitation is a problem among food handlers, especially ambulant vendors who are operating without sanitation permits.moremoremore