sugar photo Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman (seated, 4 th from left) at a “people's dialog” at the Negros Occidental Multi Purpose Activity Center where the media was barred from covering the event and taking pictures by the person at right for unexplained reasons*
(CPG photos)

Cabinet secretaries
arrive, media barred from dialogs

Three members of President Benigno Aquino's Cabinet held meetings with civil society representatives, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries and barangay captains in Negros Occidental Saturday, to discuss the expansion of the government's Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB) program to the barangays.

However, the media was barred from covering and taking pictures of their meetings at the Social Hall at the Provincial Capitol and the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center in Bacolod City , and other areas, raising suspicion that they were in the province to campaign for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.

The Cabinet members were Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. moremoremore

DBM assures funds for NIR

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad Saturday assured that the funds needed by national government agencies in the Negros Island Region will definitely be included in the 2017 national budget.

The agreement is to keep the administrative cost of the NIR operations down so that more funds can be poured into the development requirements of the new region to address poverty, he said.

The national government has poured in public investments in Negros Occidental and Oriental even without the new region , and will continue to do so, he said. moremoremore


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The Police Regional Office 18 has neutralized the drug peddling activities of 230 suspects, who were arrested in two weeks of sustained police anti-drug operations in Negros Island, regional police director Chief Supt. Conrado Capa said Saturday.

Capa also said dozens of firearms were confiscated in the same anti-drug operations.

“That's a very good start.. this will continue” Capa, who required all police chiefs in Negros Island to operate an all-year round anti-drug campaign, said..moremoremore