CAPITOL SPRUCING UP. The Capitol building in Bacolod City is being repainted in preparation for the June 28 inauguration of the elected Negros Occidental officials.* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Hospital casuals unpaid
wages hit P11M: Salado


Hundreds of job order casuals working in 11 Negros Occidental provincial government-run hospitals have not been paid since January, and a supplemental budget will have to be passed for their salaries to be released, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said yesterday.

The unpaid salaries have hit P11 million in only six months for job order nurses, medical technicians, clerks, among others, Salado said.

There are 213 hospital job order casuals affected, Provincial Human Resource Management Officer Annabelle Palic, said. moremoremore

16 cops' link to
illegal drugs verified

Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, acting director of the Bacolod City Police Office, said he will validate the veracity of text messages spreading among media practitioners identifying Bacolod police officers allegedly connected to the illegal drugs trade in the city.

Dongbo said he also received similar text messages and measures such as random drug testing will be continuously undertaken to cleanse their ranks against those engaged in drugs.

The text messages list 16 policemen, some of them commissioned officers and others non-commissioned officers. moremoremore


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Biggest mechanized nursery
in PHL operational in Neg. Or.

The multi-million pesos state-of-the-art mechanized nursery in Ayungon, Negros Oriental, is fully operational and ready to disperse with seedlings at a faster rate now that it has utilized modern technology to produce them.

Located at more than nine hectares of sprawling land in the mountain barangay of Banban, about 27 kilometers from the town proper of Ayungon, the mechanized nursery is the biggest and the best of its kind in the Philippines.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Field Operations, Demetrio Ignacio, represented Secretary Ramon Paje in yesterday's commissioning and lauded the project, saying the facility will provide the means for government to accomplish its objective of increasing its forest cover under the National Greening Program..moremoremore