MARDI GRAS Participants in the opening parade of Negros Oriental's Buglasan Festival recently*
( Randy Millares photo )

Sandigan suspends Degamo

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo enjoined employees of the province and Negrenses to support Vice Gov. Mark Macias as acting governor, as he waited for the service of his 90-day suspension order by the Sandiganbayan yesterday.

Degamo issued the statement while delivering a message during the opening of the three-day Buglasan Farm and Livestock Congress yesterday at the Capitol in Dumaguete City. He said he learned from sources that the suspension order will be officially served anytime this week, to coincide with the major activities of the Buglasan Festival.

In the order, the Sandiganbayan said that under Section 13 of Republic Act No. 3019, or the Anti-Graft Law, it is mandatory for the court to place Degamo under preventive suspension once the validity of the complaint information was positively determined. moremoremore

Transport, food sectors suffer
But classes, gov't work resume today

Drivers of public utility vehicles who did not join the nationwide transportation strike, the informal food sector, and daily wage earners in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental suffered drastic drops in earnings with the suspension of classes and government work Monday and yesterday.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella yesterday assured that government work and classes will resume today.

 The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) staged a two-day strike in some parts of the countryto oppose government's modernization program that will phase out jeepneys that are at least 15 years old. moremoremore


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20% of commercial farms in
NegOcc inspected: PVO

The Provincial Veterinary Office has already inspected about 20 percent of the total commercial farms in Negros Occidental after conducting a month-long inspection to strengthen biosecurity measures of their livestock facilities.

Provincial veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday that this inspection will also be their basis for renewing the permits of these commercial farms in Negros Occidental, following several complaints about some livestock facilities.

He said earlier that the inspection was due to various complaints about the increasing number of flies going to residential areas and airports, that are allegedly coming from some of these farms. .