MERGE BAKING. Bread called “salvaro” being baked on an improvised open top oven fired by coconut husks in Calatrava, Negros Occidental.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Stalemate delays
pay hike of 3,000


The stalemate over the proposed P3.7-trillion national budget for 2019 is also causing a delay in the release of the 4th tranche salary increase of 3,000 Negros Occidental provincial government employees that was supposed to start this month, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado said yesterday.

Although the provincial government has already allotted P65.5 million for the salary increase this year, they need a Department of Budget and Management circular authorizing its release, Salado said.

Salado said the DBM has not issued the circular so local government units, not affected by the national budget release, cannot move. moremoremore

Don’t support rebels,
officials warned

Local chief executives are being warned against giving material and political support to left-wing rebel groups.

The warning of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to local government executives was contained in Memorandum Circular No. 2018-211, a copy of which was sent to the 303rd Infantry Brigade, that mandates regional, provincial, city and municipal peace and order councils to apply moral suasion to, or recommend sanctions against LCEs who are giving material and political support to communist rebels.

Col. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday described it as a “welcome development”, adding it would boost their efforts against those government officials, who are directly, or indirectly supporting the communist terrorist organization in Negros. moremoremore


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SP urges strict monitoring
of imported pork amid ASF

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting concerned government agencies to strictly monitor and prevent the entry of imported pork and pork products from countries affected by the African swine fever (ASF).

The request of the SP was addressed to the Bureau of Customs-Bacolod, Bureau of Quarantine-Bacolod, National Meat Inspection Service, City Veterinary Office, and City Health Office, through the Office of the City Mayor, via a resolution authored by Councilor Bart Orola.

The resolution said a threat of hog disease, called the African swine fever, which has killed millions of pigs all over the world and poses grave danger to the Philippine livestock industry, is currently ravaging Europe and other neighboring countries.