Dumaguete City mi suporta sa rally batok pork

By Leandria Pagunsan
DUMAGUETE CITY, Agosto 28 (PIA) — Mga nagpkabana nga katawhan sa dakbayan sa Dumaguete mipakita ug suporta sa gihimo nga nasudnong milyonrally batok pork.Ang rally gipahigayon sa Rizal Boulevard nga gitambongan sa  nagkalain laing sektor sa komunidad.Nitambong usab sa maong rally si Bayanmuna representative Neri Colmenares atol sa iyang pag bisita sa dakbayan sa Dumaguete.

Namahayag si Colmenares nga ang katawhang Pilipino dasig,  nagkahiusa ug mabinantayon na sa gipakita nga  pag batok sa corruption  sa gobyerno human ni gawas ang balita mahitungod sa  10-bilyon pork barrel scam.

Base sa report sa COA, adunay 82 ka wala matino nga NGOs ang gigamit isip proyekto nga gi gahinan ug kwarta gikan sa PDAF.  Napulo niini ang na subay nga gipaloyohan ni Janet Lim-Napoles ug laing 72 nga angayan pa nga subayon sa COA.

“Nakita nga ang PDAF  ang pinakadakong pangurakot sa kwarta sa gobyerno ug angayan lamang nga imbestigahan kini, ang pag wagtang sa PDAF usa  ka maayong lakang aron makita ang pagkamatinod-anong  serbisyo sa mga politikong magbabalaod”, matud pa ni Colmenares.

Sa laing kalamboan si Leonor Briones sa Social Watch Phils namahayag nga angayan lamang ibalhin ang PDAF ngadto sa mga ahensya nga kasaligan ug responsable nga  mopahiluna ug mga  proyekto alang sa katawhan sama sa DOH, DPWH ug DepEd.

Si Atty. Joel Obar, usa ka pribadong abogado namahayag usab nga mahimong i direkta ug hatag ang PDAF ngadto sa mga probinsya isip IRA kung adunay tinuod-anay nga pagpakabana ang mga political leaders sa panginahanglanon sa katawhan ilabi sa sa nga kabus.

“Kung wala na ang PDAFdiha makita ug masukod  ang tinood ug kasaligan nga poltikanhong pundok”, pamahayag ni Obar.

Atol usab sa gipahigayon  nga rally, mga representante gikan sa academe, religious group, political leaders ug uban pa nga sektor sa komunidad ang ni padayag sa ilang mga baroganan ug sentimento mahitungod controversial nga pork barrel. (mbcn/LPagunsan/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

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Elec. Coop urges consumers to report incidents of pilferage

By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan

CANLAON CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) – The Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO-I) urges its consumers to report any incidents of pilferage or illegal electric activities in their area.

NORECO-I General Manager Jose Juvileo Acabal pointed out that these acts contribute to an increased systems loss experienced by the electric cooperative.  Systems loss puts additional charges in the consumer’s electric bills, he said.

In a previous report, Acabal said their Anti-Pilferage and Anti-Theft Team always received reports on illegal electric activities. He added that 40 persons have been fined after being caught involved in these acts.

Acabal said that those report any incident of pilferage or illegal tapping can receive a P500 monetary reward and 20 percent discount on their electric bills.

The NORECO general manager stressed that systems loss charges can be lessened if the consumers continue to report any illegal electric activities.

Acabal made that appeal to their consumers after complaints on high systems loss charge.

Aside from pilferage and other illegal electric activities, NORECO officials also explained to their consumers other causes of sytems loss.

“Systems loss is power loss,” said Engr. Ronald Visagas, Operations and Maintenance Supervisor of NORECO-I as he elaborated the key factors that contribute to increased systems loss.

Visagas said that a certain percentage of electricity they bought from power suppliers are consumed even before they get to households. These are the actual losses of the electric cooperative.

Visagas added that losses can come from long electric lines and 24-hour electric transformers which also consume electricity and from stuck-up connection or meters that don’t record the actual electric consumption of a household.

He said that the power they bought from three energy suppliers are subtracted to the total consumer consumption. The difference is the actual systems loss of the electric cooperative.

The actual systems loss will then be divided to the total generation charge and the result will be the percentage of systems loss which is converted to systems loss charge which the consumers pay.

Visagas however clarified that they are only allowed by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to charge 13 percent or lower to their consumers.

NORECO-I General Manager Acabal added that the electric cooperative only charge 12 to 12.60 percent systems losses to their consumers.

However, he assured that no one is exempted in paying systems loss charges. Even NORECO-I employees pay the said additional rate in their electric bills.

On the other hand, the electric cooperative announced that two sitios in Canlaon City will be energized within the year under the government’s Sitio Electrification Program.

The NORECO-I, in coordination with the PIA-NegOr Infocen, conducted series of Kapihan Forums in four towns under its coverage areas to update its consumers on the developments of the government’s electrification program and to answer electrification issues. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

Army declares 5 barangays in NegOr insurgent-free

By Jennifer C. Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY, (PIA) –Five barangays in Negros Oriental were recently declared “insurgent-free and development-ready” by the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army.

The barangays of Siapo and Basak, in San Jose town; barangay Silab in Amlan; Enrique Villanueva in Sibulan; and barangay Dobdob in Valencia, used to be regular targets of the extortion and liquidation activities of  CPP/NPA , were declared as “insurgent-free and development-ready” barangays after an area clearing evaluation and validation (ACEV) reportd being endorsed by army brigade.

It is reported, these barangays had been previously infested by the New People’s Army (NPAs), hence, government’s development efforts were hampered.

According to Col Christopher Estella, deputy commander of 302nd Brigade said the active and untiring support of the local government units for the efforts of 79th IB peace and development workers deployed in the five barangays brought a positive impact to the community.

However, Col Estella said some residents are apprehensive because of fear of retaliation from CPP/NPA.

“With peace paving the way to development, the people living in those communities will have a better chance to uplift their living condition,” Estella said.

The declaration of the five barangays as insurgency-free was deliberated by ACEV board, with Estella as chair said the barangays will continue to be threatened by the NPAs if their issues and concerns are not being addressed accordingly.

Estella attributed the winning of  peace in the areas to the  convergence of government efforts  and  key role of the LGUs.

Barangay DobDob Capt Guilberto Darias said that “my barangay will surely be insulated against the recovery efforts of the NPAs if the road conditions in the barangay will be improved”.

Darias added “A good road will facilitate the smooth delivery of basic services towards my constituents.”

Farm to market roads are among the common issues raised by residents in barangays resonated by Darias to prevent rebel elements to establish a foothold again.

Col Estella added that more barangays in Negros Oriental will be declared insurgent-free as the military continues its operations in the hinterlands of the province.

“The ACEB is optimistic that the province would eventually be free from insurgency later this year. This vision, if realized will equate to influx of more investors and businesses, hence, more job and development for the people of Negros Oriental,” the military official said. (JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)