2nd Halad Kay
Kanglaon festival opens
BY JOEVEL A. BARTOLOME
A budget of P1.9 million has been allotted for the 2nd Halad Kay Kanglaon by La Castellana, the host municipality, its mayor, Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan, said yesterday.
“The budget for everything is P1.9 million, including the repair of the administrative building of the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park, the prizes and food for the three-day activity,” Mangilimutan said.
She also said that this year’s Halad Kay Kanglaon has been improved in terms of the festival duration and the number of activities they have prepared, that includes clean and green programs and booth competitions.
Despite experiencing heavy rains and a power outage, the Halad Kay Kanglaon Festival opened yesterday in Sitio Calapnagan, Brgy. Biaknabato in La Castellana.
“The preparation was made for one year. After the first Halad Kay Kanglaon in Guintubdan, La Carlota, we already assigned a technical working group for this event,” Mangilimutan said.
Representatives from the cities of La Carlota, Bago, and San Carlos in Negros Occidental and Canlaon in Negros Oriental, the municipalities of La Castellana and Murcia, and 15 barangays surrounding Mt. Kanlaon gathered for the opening program.
Park Superintendent Dennis Peñosa said the festivities aim to commemorate the anniversary of Mt. Kanlaon’s proclamation as a protected area, under Republic Act 9154.
“It has been 17 years since its proclamation as a protected area. Within the 17 years, we have taken many efforts, created organizations and projects to protect the area,” Peñosa said.
Mangilimutan said that along with the promotion of the preservation of Mother Nature, the celebration is also a venue to strengthen the relationship of the cities and municipalities involved.
“Our Association of Chief Executives has a memorandum of agreement to help each other in times of calamities,” she said.
Aside from the opening program, yesterday’s highlight was the first ever search for the Diwata and Suta sang Kanglaon that was participated in by all of the six cities and municipalities.
The festival will run until tomorrow, with explorations, clean and green activities, Takbo sa Kalikasan, and Sayaw Kay Kanglaon as highlight events.
Meanwhile, Peñosa also denied claims of encroachment in the area of Mt. Kanlaon.
“The 15 barangays are within the area of Mt. Kanlaon, that means there are people residing there. We should expect the local government units to provide basic services for health, education, and markets. We need to build establishments for these services, so we can’t really call it encroachment,” Peñosa said.
He assured that groups interested to invest in the park are also being assessed by the Protected Area Management Board, the governing body of the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.*
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Maraņon lauds agri exam passers
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. congratulated the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program grantees from the Central Philippine State University and Visayas State University, who passed the 2018 Agriculturist Licensure examinations.
The successful examinees are Evoyne Mae Galvan from La Carlota City, who graduated magna cum laude, Joemarie Bitamor from Bago City, cum laude; Jayson Tumbay from La Carlota City, cum laude, and overall 10th placer; Chelly Ann Nojas from Bago City, magna cum laude; and Djohana Magbanua from Valladolid, who graduated from the Visayas State University, Leyte.
A total of 4,428 took the board exams but only 1,689 passed the Licensure Examinations for Agriculturist with the passing rate pegged at 38.14 percent, a press release from the Capitol said.*
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Bacolod LnB officers take oath
Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday administered the oath of office to newly-elected officers of the Liga ng mga Barangay in Bacolod, in rites held at the Bacolod Government Center, a press release from the city said.
The officers are Barangay Taculing Captain Lady Gles Gonzales as president, Barangay 13 Captain Franklin Andre Familiaran - vice president, Barangay Vista Alegre Captain Jose Ma. Leandro Norberto de Leon – auditor, with barangay captains Rosinie Distrito of Singcang-Airport, Rodney Carmona - Sum-ag, John Mark Petierre – 30, Degie Tanista Sr. – Alangilan, Anthony Jose Loth Ayco – 15, Ricky Mijares – Banago, Rodolfo Pico – Mansilingan, and Rommel Flores of Villamonte, as members of the board.
The ceremony was witnessed by Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and councilors Cindy Rojas, Em Ang, and Bartolome Orola, the press release added.
Meanwhile, Rowel Cordova took his oath as the new kagawad of Barangay Banago, to replace Serafin Younger Jr., who is going back to his regular job at the Central Negros Electric Cooperative.
The event was held at the Bacolod Government Center, and witnessed by city officials and former councilor Bobby Rojas, the press release added.*
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