Posts Tagged ‘Gov. Felipe Nava’

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Ombudsman probe uncovers ‘oil spill fund’ anomaly in Guimaras

March 2, 2009

By Florence F. Hibionada
The News Today, Mar. 2, 2009

The Fact-Finding Investigation of the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas on millions in feared government losses of the Oil Spill fund has now dragged a seemingly “all-star cast” of characters cum subjects of inquiry.

With some P10 million in Presidential assistance as center of the concern, The News Today (TNT) learned that an extensive “first-hand” report has already been submitted. In it, a TNT source said, were names of the suspected erring government personalities in the employ of the Guimaras Provincial Government. (Click here for the rest.)

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I don’t doubt that some anomaly may have occurred in the release of the Oil Spill Fund, but just from the news stories that have been published over the past weeks about the Office of the Ombudsman, it seems to me that Ombudsgirl Merceditas Gutierrez is fighting back the negative publicity about her lack of action on corruption cases by investigating and filing charges against politicians who are contra-partido to her presidentita. Hmm…

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Local tourists top arrivals in Guimaras

November 18, 2008

By Maricar M. Calubiran
The News Today
Nov. 17, 2008

Local excursionists top the list of visitors in the island-province of Guimaras numbering to more than 100,000 for the past 10 months of the year. Tourism is one of the island’s industries aside from its agriculture.

In the records provided by the Guimaras Tourism Office, the number of local excursionists posted a high record in March with 20,774 visitors. Visitors also registered high records in the months of April and May. In April, there were 14,397 visitors and 11,231 in May. The number of tourist arrivals contributed thousands of pesos in total receipts. The months of March, April and May are considered as summer months and mostly people prefer to go to resort and beaches. (Click here for the rest.)

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Guimaras launches drive against mining activities

August 13, 2008

JORDAN, Guimaras – Stickers and streamers emblazoned with “Spare Guimaras” have appeared in this province marking the start of a campaign against mining activities in the island.

Guimaras Gov. Felipe Nava said they will launch the campaign against approved and pending applications for mining in the province because of its environmental and health effects.

The applications cover from 70 to 80 percent of the 60,000-hectare island with applications covering from 2,000 to 30,000 hectares, according to the governor.

“This will destroy the island,” Nava said here yesterday at the sidelines of the briefing on rehabilitation efforts on areas affected by the August 2006 oil spill.

Guimaras is known for its pristine beaches, export quality mangoes and richness in natural resources. (Click here for the rest.)