SABOR BISAYA Founder of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental, Oscar Bascon, Rep. Greg Gasataya, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., HRANO secretary Elsie Gonzaga, and president Sylvia Golez(l-r) at the ribbon cutting rites to open the 5 th SaborBisaya at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, yesterday. * ( Ronnie Baldonado photo 0

COA wants P60M refund
on Capitol land purchase

The Commission on Audit wants a refund of the P60 million down payments on two properties purchased by the provincial government of Negros Occidental, the contracts of which have already been rescinded, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental has already paid a P60 million down payment for the purchase a 400,000 square-meter property of Redclay Inc. (formerly C&C Agricultural and Development Corp.) in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, at P260 million, and 250,1200 square meters of property owned by Encar Agro-Development Corp. et al, in Hacienda Minuluan-Panlilio in Brgy. Matab-ang, Talisay City, valued at P225 million.

The contract was initially rescinded after owners of the two properties failed to secure clearances from the Department of Agrarian Reform. moremoremore

Reconsider buying
P50M plane: Lacson

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that he is hoping that Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. will reconsider his decision to buy an airplane.

The purchase of the P50 million aircraft was included in the 2017 general fund supplemental budget 2, amounting to P191 million, that was approved two months ago by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, when Board Member Salvador Escalante was the presiding officer.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental plans to buy a brand new 6-seater Cessna aircraft for various purposes, including cloud seeding and emergency rescue operations. moremoremore


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Silliman teachers on strike

The faculty union members, headed by assistant professor Jan Credo, picketed all the major gates and entrances to the university in Dumaguete City as early as 6 a.m., bringing placards and demanding for justice, fairness and equity, including a just and fair across-the-board salary increase.

Credo said they have decided to go on strike because the counter offer of the administration is not acceptable to the union.

He stressed that the demand of the union is not to the detriment of the university and that they merely would want an improvement of their benefits, salaries and wages to the level that the university can afford..