Hostaged

Politics rears ugly head in N. Vizcaya budget row

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–More than 200 casual employees of the provincial government are in danger of losing their jobs by month’s end due to lack of funds held hostage by political bickering among local officials here.

The workers have blamed members of the provincial board for failure to pass a supplemental budget that was intended to fund, among others, the salaries of casual employees.

In the past weeks, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here has not acted on the request for funding due members’ long-drawn disagreements on the passage of the 2012 budget, with some members reportedly boycotting previous Monday sessions that has led to lack of quorum. Continue reading

Devastation

Bishop asks P-Noy: Revoke foreign mining permits in N. Vizcaya

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–Bishop Ramon Villena of the Catholic diocese here reiterated his request for President Aquino to revoke existing mining licenses previously granted to foreign companies in the province.

He called on the President to cancel the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA), which allowed Australian companies OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. and FCF Minerals, Inc. to conduct large-scale operations in the mountain towns of Kasibu and Quezon.

“Dear President, listen to your people in Nueva Vizcaya as you have always mentioned (that) the people are your boss,” the bishop said in a statement released to the media Wednesday.

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