Text2Teach Alliance signs deal with 13 LGUs

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 04:18 p.m.

SILAY CITY -- Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ayala Corporation, led the signing of the formal partnership agreement between Text2Teach Alliance and 13 local government units (LGUs) involving the commitment of P8-million LGU counterpart funding for the Text2Teach (T2T) program.

At the same time, Toshiba Corporation donated 300 32-inch TV sets worth about P4.2 million for the schools while the T2T Alliance allocated P13 million.

Commercial firms told: Obtain biz permit before operation

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 02:02 a.m.

AS LONG as business establishment owners comply with the requirements of a business permit and pay exactly the fees and charges, the City of Bacolod will gladly open any kind of business, said Mayor Monico Puentevella.

With this, Puentevella appealed to business establishments that have delinquencies in their papers and payments to comply.

SMB marks 4th year of ‘Trees Brew Life’

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 02:02 a.m.

BEER market leader San Miguel Brewery Inc. culminated its month-long nationwide tree-planting project in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City last Saturday with its multi-sectoral partners led by Mayor Monico Puentevella.

The "Buhayin ang Kalikasan" program dubbed as "Trees Brew Life" is now on its fourth year. The ceremonial kickoff was held in San Mateo, Rizal on August 3 with company president Roberto Huang leading employees from the national office, Polo Brewery, and GMA North and South areas.

Investors signify intent to develop Magalona port

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 02:31 a.m.

INVESTORS have signified interest in developing the port in Barangay Tuburan in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, as a Roll-on Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) facility which would cost P70 million, Mayor David Albert Lacson said.

BagoSphere gets funding support from Kickstart Ventures

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 02:30 a.m.

BAGO City houses BagoSphere, a vocational training center of a company founded by three young Singaporean philanthropists who came here to share their knowledge and skills to Bagoenos and Negrense youths to become call center agents on a "study no pay later scheme."

Sennheiser hold private listening party at Ayala Mall

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 11:17 p.m.

SENNHEISER Electronic GmbH & Co. held a private listening party at the Ayala mall in Talisay City recently to let the public experience high quality audio headphones that come in varied and different styles.

Katerina Isabelle Khio, product manager of Sennheiser Philippines, said Sennheiser is a company that is in pursuit of perfect sound.

Bizmen, officials to draw more investors

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 11:17 p.m.

BUSINESSMEN and local officials in Negros Occidental said they are making the necessary moves to attract investors.

The move came following a data on the recent competitiveness survey among cities in Western Visayas that showed Iloilo has overtaken Bacolod and Negros Occidental in terms of economic growth based on investors coming in their respective areas.

7-Eleven opens 4 branches in Bacolod 

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 01:40 a.m.

THE world's largest convenience retail chain has opened new stores in Bacolod City Thursday.

Negros making headways in dairy industry

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 01:33 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental is making headways in the dairy industry, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said, adding that the province is now Number 4 in dairy production in the country.

The governor said the gains in the local dairy industry, particularly in La Carlota City, is one of the achievements of his Negros First program and leadership, which has been engaged in cattle and livestock dispersal programs.

Baywalk complies with closure order

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 01:39 a.m.

THE Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place said they complied with the order of the City Government of Bacolod to cease and desist from operation due to lack of the mayor's permit.

Globe's revenue for 2012 reaches P82.7B

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 02:23 a.m.

FAIRMONT HOTEL, MAKATI CITY -- Globe Telecom has set a new high record in terms of its service revenues for 2012, reaching P82.7 billion or a six-percent rise from a year earlier.

Globe’s key officials made the announcement during a press conference held here Tuesday, following the holding of an annual stock holders' meeting.

Gokongwei upbeat on sugar industry

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 02:55 p.m.

BUSINESS tycoon John Gokongwei Jr., chairman of JG Summit Holdings, one of largest conglomerates in the Philippines, is confident on the future of the sugar industry.

Marco Polo Plaza offers Cebu escapade to Bacolodnons, Ilonggos

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 12:42 a.m.

MARCO Polo Plaza Cebu, the only five-star hotel in Cebu, has launched its "Cebu Escapade" special package exclusively for Bacolodnons and Ilonggos.

WAGW to open in Bacolod

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12:34 a.m.

HOMEGROWN clothing brand What A Girl Wants (WAGW) is opening its 10th boutique in Bacolod next year, confident on the country’s booming fashion market, the Uy sisters said on Monday.

This year, the company opened five outlets, three in Metro Manila, one in Consolacion, Cebu and another in Cagayan de Oro City.

Tourist-boosting projects on

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 01:29 p.m.

SEVERAL government programs and projects have been lined up this year to ensure a most vibrant tourism industry.

Much of the P182.2-billion government infrastructure program for 2012 will be used to build airports, roads and bridges that are instrumental in attracting tourists to visit the many attractions in several regions, including Western Visayas, the Department of Budget and Management yesterday said.

PRC set to open more services for local, overseas professionals

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 01:28 p.m.

THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will increase its walk-in examinations from twice to thrice a week as well as open the examinations to more professions as part of its programs for 2012.

PRC chairperson Teresita Manzala added that regionalized ID printing and issuance of ID cards through the PRC's 10 regional offices or kiosks situated in public places will also be done in line with the agency's move to bring its services closer to the people.

Training for non-voice BPO jobs boosted

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 01:21 p.m.

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is prepared to review and enhance its training regulations (TRs) in business process outsourcing (BPO) industry following a United States proposal, which discourages American companies from outsourcing overseas, including the Philippines.

Retooling and retraining of workers, who will be displaced if there would be any, will be done so they can land in jobs in other sectors, said Tesda director-general Joel Villanueva, even as believed that the bill will not have a dent on the BPO industry.

DPWH told: Install rainwater collectors in public schools

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 01:20 p.m.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) field offices have been directed to immediately construct rainwater collection system (RCWS) in all public schools, with 547 RCW units worth P39.6-million targeted for installation this year.

The directive signed by DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson is pursuant to Republic Act 6716 or the Rainwater Collection and Spring Development Act and Executive Order 774 issued by President Benigno Aquino III, reorganizing the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change.

PhilHealth to deploy nurses as customer relations staff

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:51 a.m.

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation will recruit and deploy registered nurses as customer assistance, relations and empowerment staff (CARES) to government hospitals to provide better, more personalized services to members at point-of-service.

Deployment is expected to start next month once the recruitment and training processes have been completed, said PhilHealth president Dr. Eduardo Banzon, adding that the engagement will run for six months but may be renewed until end of this year.

New requirements for DILG seal of good housekeeping

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:50 a.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will introduce the bronze, silver and gold standards in its good housekeeping seal program this year to ensure that local government units really address local issues and become more business-friendly and competitive.

The stepping up of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) program means new requirements that LGUs should be able to comply with to receive the seal and qualify as recipients of the agency's performance challenge fund.

Construction investments likely to contribute to economic growth

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:49 a.m.

INVESTMENT is expected to post a strong growth in 2012 despite the global economic uncertainties, with construction likely to significantly contribute to this year's growth.

The National Economic and Development Authority, in its outlook for 2012 furnished Sun.Star, explained that the construction sector will get a boost from public construction due to continued spending for the government's disbursement acceleration program's projects that were carried over from the previous year, and from the faster budget execution process of government.

Government to save P20M due to energy efficiency project

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:49 a.m.

AROUND P20 million projected annual savings is foreseen following the implementation of the Department of Energy's government building retrofit program under its Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP).

The retrofit targets 35 government buildings where existing lighting systems will be replaced with efficient lamps called T5 and efficient electronic ballast.

GSIS bares 2012 programs

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 09:56 a.m.

THE Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said Friday that in the next six months, GSIS will focus on five programs in its effort “to be more consultative, transparent and member-focused.”

DOT: Tourism outlook strong

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 09:54 a.m.

THE Department of Tourism said Friday the country remains an ideal destination with foreign individuals and groups continuing to arrive.

“So far, no cancellations have been made. The series of travel advisories on specific and isolated areas did not deter tourists from visiting the country,” DOT stressed.

Fake advertising to be penalized

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 09:54 a.m.

BUHAY party-list lawmakers Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. and Irwin Tieng have filed House Bill 5674, seeking to penalize false or fraudulent advertising.

“The public is beset with advertisements of food products claiming the same to be nutritious despite the public knowledge of them containing a whole gamut of preservatives. There is also widespread marketing of various cosmetic products that promise instant beauty within a specific time frame,” Tieng explained.

Farmers urged to advance rice cropping calendar

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:37 p.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is encouraging rice farmers to advance their “cropping calendar” by a month or two to avoid typhoons that usually occur during the months of October to November.

Labor department strengthens family welfare

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:37 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will further strengthen its family welfare program (FWP) even if more and more industries already adopted FWP as “a viable investment that pays off in terms of increased productivity and harmonious and cooperative labor-management relations.”

As per data from the Dole's Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (Bles), around 55.9 percent or 13,284 of 23,723 business establishments employing 20 or more workers are already providing child and family care.

Product traceability system to be set up this year

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:36 p.m.

THE Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Agriculture (DA) are designing a product traceability system to meet international standards and secure the country’s share in the global market for agro-industrial products.

A three-year joint project dubbed Program on Philippine Traceability for Revitalized Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement (P-Trace) was already discussed among concerned government agencies for possible foreign funding assistance, DTI said Thursday.

P100M allotted for ‘sagip saka’

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 12:50 p.m.

AROUND P100-million in priority development assistance funding was allotted to implement ‘sagip saka’ initially in 24 beneficiary agricultural communities, including the sugar farmers of Negros Occidental and in Victorias City.

‘Sagip saka’ is an advocacy to achieve sustainable modern agriculture and food security “by transforming agricultural communities to reach their full potential, improving farmers' and fishers' quality of life, and bridging gaps through public-private partnerships.”

New services to complement IT-BPO

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 12:49 p.m.

INFORMATION Technology-Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) leaders seek to further develop four more offshoring and outsourcing services to complement the ‘sunshine industry’.

These include the healthcare information management outsourcing; finance and accounting outsourcing; human resource outsourcing; and animation and game development.

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