CHRISTMAS Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon and Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez (6 th and 5 th from left) with Negros Occidental election officers at ABS-CBN Bacolod yesterday.*

Stop ‘palakasan'


Newly-appointed Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon yesterday said she will raise the need for funds for operating expenses of Comelec field offices, and for the hiring and promotion of personnel based on merit, and not on “palakasan (connections)”.

Guanzon, who met with Comelec officials in Negros Occidental led by Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez, said she will raise their concerns before the Comelec en banc.

They all said they want automated elections in 2016 because it is better, faster and orderly, Guanzon, a former mayor of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental and commissioner of the Commission on Audit, also said.

Negros-Panay bridge
plan hits snag

The proposal and dream of coming up with a bridge that will connect Iloilo and Negros now hangs because of the proposed creation of a Negros Island region.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said the Negrenses want to have their own separate regional development council, and this may lead to the delay in the plan for the construction of the bridge.

“Definitely, the official functions, duties and all will be affected because they will be putting up their own regional offices, and they will have their own government departments like health, finance and public works,” Defensor said.moremoremore

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DepEd NegOr
K to 12 ready: Jimenez

The Negros Oriental Division of Schools is ready for the K to 12 education program, provincial division superintendent, Salustiano Jimenez, said.

Jimenez said he is optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the Department of Education on the petition of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Of the 127 public elementary and high schools in Negros Oriental, he said, 124 are expected to open the senior high school next school year, with 89 school buildings constructed, and the rest taken care of by the provincial government, headed by Gov. Roel Degamo, with local government units and congressmen from the three districts..moremoremore