DEGAMO National Economic and Development Authority Regional Director Efren Carreon, acting chairperson of the NI-RDC ExCom, flanked by Negros Occ. Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (right) and Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo at the NI-RDC meeting in Dumaguete City, yesterday*

Ombudsman Oks
more raps vs. Yap

The Ombudsman has approved the filing of charges for illegal use of public funds on 15 counts against suspended Escalante Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. and 3 other city officials.

Also named respondents in the resolution approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on December 21 are Escalante Treasurer Wilfredo Ruiz, Budget Officer Roy Caralde and OIC City Accountant Arnulfa Donoso.

On December 30, the Ombudsman also suspended Yap and the three other city officials for 90 days for simple misconduct, in connection with an administrative case involving similar charges..moremoremore

El Niño losses
rise to P16.6M


Palay crops destroyed by the long dry spell brought on by the El Niño phenomenon in Negros Occidental hit P16,667,543.25 yesterday, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reported.

Of the P16.6 million in crop losses, P11.1 million was in Hinigaran town and P5,560,704 in Hinobaan, the report submitted to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said.

The areas hit by the dry spell cover 901.87 hectares with 859 farmers affected in Hinigaran and Hinobaan, the report added. .moremoremore


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New 79th IB head dared
to excel in peace efforts

Brig. Gen. Harold Cabreros, the commanding general of the 3 rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, yesterday challenged Lt. Col. Roderick Garcia, the newly-installed commander of the 79 th Infantry “Masaligan” Battalion to surpass the performance of his predecessor, in efforts to achieve lasting peace in Negros.

Cabreros was the guest of honor and speaker during the turnover of command of the 79th IB, from Col. Harold Anthony Pascua to Garcia, held at the battalion headquarters in Camp Leon Kilat, Tanjay City in Negros Oriental.

Cabreros lauded and thanked Pascua for his excellent performance as battalion commander, citing his unit's achievements that have contributed to making Negros Oriental almost free from the problem of insurgency. .moremoremore