The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod will be paralyzed for 90 days until the 2016 annual budget of P1.8 billion is approved, Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito said yesterday.
Distrito said this is because they will be constrained by the provision of the Local Government Code to only discuss the annual budget at the start of the budget year until it is approved.
What will be affected are the budget of the barangays, important ordinances and resolutions that need to be passed, among others. All these things will be set aside until they can approve the annual budget, he said.
Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday admitted that he has “reservations” about the purchase by the provincial government of P225 million worth of land in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
Lacson, who was not present during the approval by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the purchase of P485 million worth of land in Talisay and Bacolod cities on Dec. 16 last year, said Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. may have his reasons for wanting to buy properties.
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17 die of dengue in NegOr
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Dengue has claimed 17 lives in Negros Oriental in 2015, with 2,055 cases reported from different health units, compared to only 1,460 in 2014, with nine casualties, or a 41 percent increase.
This was contained in a year-end report submitted by Dr. Socrates Villamor, provincial team leader of the Department of Health in Negros Oriental, to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.