THE NEGROS CHRONICLE  

The Negros Chronicle is a weekly publication published in Negros Oriental province, Philippines, vigilantly featuring the latest news updates around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental since 1973.
 
 
   DECEMBER 30, 2012 EDITION
  TEN TOP STORIES OF 2012: 1. BIGGEST EARTHQUAKE KILLS 105; 63 MISSING 2. 40 EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS RECORDED 3. DOTC SETS HELMET LAW ENFORCED JAN 1 4. RH DIVIDES THE NATION 5. POLITICAL ISSUES ARE TOP STORIES OF THE DAY... (continue reading here)  
 


   
HEADLINE  
   
Gov-BMs impasse on P1.4B budget

The provincial government will be possibly operating on a reenacted budget starting January 1, 2013, after the members of the Provincial Board failed to pass the provincial budget last Friday, which was the last day of office for the year 2012.

The board members, by a vote of 6:5, decided to return the proposed budget to the governor “for further adjustments.” The oppositors questioned “what adjustments? The governor has already made the adjustments and the SP is supposed to be specific on the needed adjustments but it failed to specify.”

But the most controversial proposal of the governor is his P10-million intelligence fund for which he is not accountable, except to COA Manila. Another controversial appropriation is the glaring increase of job orders (casuals) on this election year from P3M to P8M. By hiring more casuals, more will be hired on useless positions, but such act can get more votes on May 13, from those who may appreciate the casual jobs given them.

Senior Board Member Sal Erames admitted that it was a Sanggunian failure to enact the budget for 2013. If the provincial board continues not to enact the budget in the next 90 days, then the provincial government will have to reenact the old 2012 budget again.

Under a reenacted budget, only appropriation for contractual obligations pertaining to salaries and wages, maintenance and operating expenses of 2012 shall be allowed for disbursement.

Voting 6-5, the majority members of the Provincial Board returned to the Office of the Governor the P1.4-billion proposed budget for the year 2013 until the executive shall be able to make certain adjustments that will address the various concerns of the provincial Board Members.

Citing procedural and fundamental disagreements with the proposed annual appropriations and spending, the slim majority is willing to wait until the first regular session of the year on January 8, 2012 on whether to approve this single most important measure any chamber ought to deliberate and pass.
 
   

 
   


     
     
FRONT PAGE   CRITICAL REPORTING
   

Too much politics, less qualified men
In one sentence, the year that passed in Negros Oriental was one disaster-prone year. Most people have not fully recovered from the two major typhoons and one big earthquake...
 
 
 
 
   


         
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How quickly the year shall have passed by Tuesday. We, as a province, have not yet even fully recovered from the last two typhoons and the big earthquake of Feb 6.

But big thanks, really, to the private sector, who have filled our victims with donations in cash and in kind, even LGU’s from far-flung provinces and cities. We are still recovering, and yet, “here comes the sun,” as the song goes.

The irony is that the national government, while quick to respond by showing their faces and flying on jets to our beleaguered island, the over one billion fund intended for rehabilitation have not yet been released. Thanks to the culprit named politics.

Everybody seems to dip their finger on the cookie jar so much so that the cookies are still stucked up in the jar and even in the nasty hand of politics.

We admire the guts and perseverance of our local leaders who have gone out of their way in helping the victims. Christmas and New Year is bleak on our side of town because of the past disasters.

But the most beautiful thing in us is that we CAN STILL AFFORD TO SMILE in the face of darkness, hunger and poverty. No nation as resilient as ours have displayed so much contentment, even in the face of darkness and want.

This is what makes us withstand the tests of time. We are like the bamboos, as the foreigners describe our people. We bend and blend with the wind. The writer, Ecclesiastes, will be extremely happy with this kind of resilience.
 
   
   


         
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