KANLAON The restive Kanlaon Volcano that straddles Negros Occidental and Oriental*
( Nonoy Catugas photo )

Neg. Occ. SP approves
P140M for infra projects

The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan unanimously approved yesterday the proposed 2017 General Fund supplemental budget number 5 of P140 million, for three infrastructure projects in the province.

Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairperson of the SP Finance committee, yesterday said the approval of the supplemental budget will pave the way for the start of the bidding of three infrastructure projects, including the P30 million circumferential road in San Carlos City, P60 million bridge in Brgy. Camang-Camang, Isabela and a two-storey building Capitol offices in Bacolod City.

Escalante's P140 million is part of the P1.4 billion loan of the provincial government of Negros Occidental from the Department of Finance Municipal Development Fund Office.moremoremore

Initial P20T bonus ok'd

Negros Occidental Capitol employees are receiving P20,000 additional bonus each not later than Friday.

This was announced by Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Finance, following the approval yesterday of three supplemental budgets with a total amount of P61,577,516 of the Hospital Operations Department, general fund supplemental budgets number 3 and 6.

Escalante said those entitled to receive such benefits are more than 2,800 regular employees, plantilla casuals and contractual employees of the provincial government of Negros Occidental. Not covered are job order employees, he added. . .moremoremore


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Negros farmers should remain
vigilant versus Rice Grain Bug

As the new cropping season for rice in Negros Occidental opens this month, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is urging the farmers, especially in south Negros, to remain vigilant, as the emerging pest, the Rice Grain Bug, is still present in some areas.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino, in an interview Tuesday, said most of the harvested rice of the farmers in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, were fully damaged and not edible to humans as they had been attacked by RGB, that emerges when rice plants are on their milking stage.

“We continually hold our information campaign and eradication methods as this pest will not easily vanish,” he said, adding that farmers should report to them immediately if there is presence of RGB in their rice areas..