Dry Spell The fields have turned from green to gray in dry spell hit Man-uling in Cauayan, Negros Occidental.* (Joelyn Librado photo)

COA questions Capitol's
lump sum appropriations

The Commission on Audit has called the attention of the Negros Occidental provincial government to its lump sum appropriations, unsettled cash advances, and lack of lists of recipients for assistance released in its audit of accounts and operations for 2014, that was released on January 11 and posted on its website yesterday.

The COA said the provincial government charged P132,503,269 in expenditures against lump-sum appropriations without prior authority from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, contrary to a prior Supreme Court decision.

The provincial government, in response, said is that it will ensure that lump-sum appropriations will be discontinued despite the absence of flexibility, to make room for regularity and transparency. It also committed to resort line budgeting. moremoremore

Don't play politics,
Negros cops told


Don't play politics.

This was stressed by Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo in a dialog yesterday with police chiefs of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and Bacolod City Police Office.

“Just do your job”, Garbo, the PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, said.

He lambasted politicians for using the police for their personal interest but did not identify them.moremoremore


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Majority of poll ‘watchlist'
areas in NegOr 1st district

Senior Supt. Harris Fama, officer-in-charge of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday that majority of the election watchlist areas in the province are in the first congressional district.

The district comprises the cities of Canlaon and Guihulngan, and the towns of Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad and Vallehermoso.

Fama said the PNP has already validated these areas, although he declined to identify them until after the list has been submitted to the Commission on Elections in the province.moremoremore