MERGE HEALTHY FOOD. Healthy farm produce are for sale at the 14th Negros Island Organic Farmers’ Festival at the provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City that ends today.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Neg. Occ. files appeal
vs. bonus disallowance

The Negros Occidental provincial legal office has filed an appeal memorandum before the Commission on Audit on its disallowance of the extra year-end bonuses granted Capitol employees in 2015 and 2016, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado said yesterday.

Salado said the COA provincial office disallowed the P30,000 bonus granted each employee in 2015 and P35,000 in 2016, prompting the recent filing of the appeal memorandum before the COA regional office.

He believes the disallowance will be overturned as the provincial government has completed the submission of the documents required to justify the bonuses, Salado said. It is just a matter of providing the required documents, he said, adding that extra bonuses can be granted employees as incentive if a local government unit has won an award for good performance. moremoremore

Guv proposes P4.3B budget

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has submitted a proposed P4.3 billion budget for the Negros Occidental provincial government for 2020 to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado said yesterday.

The proposed General Fund for 2020 is P4.2 billion, and P121 million will come from Economic Enterprise Department operations.

The proposed general fund budget for 2020 will come from tax revenue of P98,000,000, non tax revenue of P379, 957, 719 million and the Internal Revenue Allotment of P3,725,935,964 for a total of P4,203,893,683, Lacson said in his budget message to the SP, through Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer. moremoremore


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Bizmen support permanent
ban on pork imports – PVO

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday that business establishments and merchandisers have assured him of their support in the implementation of the permanent ban on pork imports from Luzon and other African swine fever-affected areas.

The Provincial ASF Task Force, co-chaired by Decena, earlier warned establishments in the province, including Bacolod City, to pull out pork products from Luzon that are displayed in their grocery shelves.

But he was assured that they will support the implementation of the ordinance that was passed this week to keep the province safe from the dreaded virus, he said.