COLORFUL SIGHT. Binalbagan town in Negros Occidental not to be outdone is also all lighted up for the holidays* (Raymund Jovy Reyes-Sugay photo)
5 meted 10-year terms
for Bacolod ghost project
MANILA – For overpayment of a “ghost” project in Bacolod City in 1992, the Sandiganbayan has sentenced five former executives of the National Housing Authority to 10 years imprisonment.
The Sandiganbayan Second Division, in a decision dated December 7, also perpetually barred former NHA Visayas Management Office Manager Josephine Angsico, manager Virgilio Dacalos, Regional Project Director Felicisimo Lazarte Jr., Project Management Officer Josephine Espinosa and Supervising Engineer Noel Lobrido from holding public office after being found guilty for a graft case.
Ayala mall big boost
to economy: guv
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ / GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the P5.2 billion Ayala Malls Capitol Central that opens at Gatuslao Street in Bacolod City today will be a big boost to the economy and the tourism industry of Negros Occidental.
He pointed out that, with the mall expected to create more than 6,000 new jobs when in full operation, there will be more money in circulation to boost the local economy.Of the 6,000 jobs, about 4,500 are expected to come from the Business Process Outsourcing firms at the mall.
NegOcc pilot area in Philippines
of farm documentation platform
BY MARK L. GARCIA
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist will assist 390 farmers in Negros Occidental included in the pilot implementation of documentation of farming activities, through a mobile application developed by a Germany-based organization.
Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday that the German group has already presented the program, WeTrace Philippines, a mobile application to ease farming activities of the farmers, in a meeting Wednesday at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.Masculino said that they will initially register 390 farmers to engage in this platform that will help them in managing their farming calendars to project their periods of cropping, production, and even in marketing their goods.