palm sunday GOD'S WONDER. An equinox sunset seen from the BREDCO port  in Bacolod City*
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PPCRV calling for help
with longer voting hours

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting volunteers will help ensure that Vote Counting Machines' (VCM) voter verification receipts are not brought out of polling precincts to prevent a feared upsurge of vote buying, Henrietta de Villa, former ambassador to the Vatican and PPCRV national chairperson, said yesterday.

The Supreme Court has ordered the Commission on Elections to enable the voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) feature of the VCMs to be used in the May 9 polls.

But to allay fears that the voters' receipts would encourage vote buying, the SC told the Comelec to ensure that voter verification receipts be deposited in a separate ballot box and not taken out of the precinct. moremoremore

P900M bulk water
contract inked

Officials of Bacolod City Water District and the consortium Mactan Rock Industries, Inc., TGV Builders Inc. and Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. signed a 25-year contract for the implementation of the approximately P900 million worth of bulk water supply project for Bacolod City last night.

The signing held at the Baciwa Board room at about 8 p.m. yesterday in time with the observance of World Water Day, was witnessed by Baciwa chairman Ma. Aida Torre, Director David Villanueva, Assistant General Manager for Operations Genelyn Gemora, Baciwa Union president Claudio Salmo and Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella.

The 25-year contract was signed by Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay together with other principal signatories, Simplicio Belisario and his son, Conrado Belisario, president and corporate secretary of TGV Builder, respectively; Antonio Carmelo Tompar of Mactan Rock Industries and Ryan Wesley Yapkianwee of Tubig Pilipinas. moremoremore


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Comelec ends BEI training

The Commission on Elections in Negros Oriental ended yesterday the series of trainings for public school teachers, who will serve as members of the Board of Election Inspectors in the May polls.

The teachers are now ready to man their polling precincts, except for a refresher sometime in late April if the need arises. Provincial Election Supervisor-designate Lionel Castillano said only minor problems or concerns had surfaced during the trainings of the BEIs coming from Negros Oriental and Siquijor province.

Two members per BEI, or more than 2,500 teachers, were sent to the training with election officers and assistants, who had not trained earlier in Manila, also included in the activity, Castillano said..moremoremore