SIGNING At the MOA the signing for the hiring of consultant Liza Fedeliz Cañada (3 rd from left) were Sugar Board Members Roland Beltran, Anna Rosario Paner and Hermenegildo Serafica (l-r) as posted on the SRA Facebook page dated January 7.*


Sugar Board approved
‘high' pay for consultant
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Members of the Sugar Board had approved the hiring of an alleged overpaid Sugar Regulatory Administration consultant that drew the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte and the resignation of SRA Administrator Anna Rosario Paner, an industry source said yesterday.

Arvin Beñas, in his capacity as Sugar Board secretary, certified that the Sugar Board, in a meeting on Dec. 16, 2016, in Bacolod City, approved Resolution 2016-332, which proves it was above board, the source said.

Approved was the project titled “Formulation of Disaster Risk Reduction Management Program for the Sugar Industry” with a project duration of six months from Dec. 16, 2016 to June 15, 2017 and with a total cost of P3 million.
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Complaint filed
vs. Baciwa officials
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

An anonymous complaint was filed before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City against former and present officials of Bacolod City Water District involving the Bulk Water Supply project.

The complaint dated Sept. 8 was filed by the “concerned taxpayers of Negros” against former Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay, members of the Board headed by former director Ma. Aida Torre, and members of the Bids and Awards Committee led by JenelynGemora as chairperson.

The complainant said the Baciwa BAC conducted the opening of bid documents for injection point 1 with 9,842 cubic meters ground reservoir at Hacienda Loygoy in Brgy. Granada, and injection point 2 with 6,500 c.m. ground reservoir in Brgy. Mansilingan. moremoremore

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Neg. Or. bankers to meet
with PNP over card fraud
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Negros Oriental Bankers' Club Inc. will meet with officials from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Philippine National Police on Thursday over the recent spate of credit card scam activities in the city.

Elmer Teves, NORBAC president and East West Bank-Dumaguete manager, yesterday said banks are hoping to find ways to prevent credit card theft, especially with the high technology that allows the scammers to breach security measures.

They want to be apprised by the police during the meeting Thursday on how these scammers operate and what can be done by the banks to help prevent future electronic theft, Teves said..