BCPO chief’s term ends March 11

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:13 a.m.

BACOLOD City Police Office chief Pedrito Escarilla is stepping down from his post as he retires from the Philippine National Police (PNP) service on March 11.

Escarilla, who stayed as BCPO officer-in-charge for almost nine months, said he he’s been satisfied with what he has done for Bacolod, citing the arrests of several drug pushers and robbery suspects in different areas in the city.

Ejectment case vs AVM ready

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:10 a.m.

BACOLOD City Legal Office (CLO) chief Rayfrando Diaz II said on Tuesday that they are preparing for the filing of the ejectment case against the AVM Bernardo Engineering, the private operator of the city-owned slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan.

“We are ready, but there are certain documents that we need to reproduce so that it can be attached as annexes to our complaint,” Diaz said.

Mayor plans to meet with BIR chief

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:10 a.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Tuesday that he plans to meet with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner Kim Henares on Thursday to discuss the tax woes of the small sugar planters in Negros Occidental in relation to the implementation of Revenue Regulation 11-2014.

RR 11-2014 imposes one percent creditable withholding tax on the release of raw sugar.

Group reiterates call to scrap Mining Act

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:09 a.m.

DEFEND Patrimony-Negros reiterated on Tuesday their call to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 and rescind all permits granted to mining companies.

“The scrapping of the Mining Act of 1995 (Republic Act 7942) is an immediate and urgent call of the people. There is no compromise on that call,” said Defend Patrimony-Negros chair Rev. Bob Menguito in a press statement.

Capitol eyes joining DBP money market

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:07 a.m.

GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Negros Occidental is planning to join the Unlad Pamahalaan money market program of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

Marañon said the DBP's offer is advantageous to the province.

Mayor: ‘Bacolod doing economically well’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:07 a.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said the city is doing well economically with the entry of more investments recently.

Puentevella cited the SM City Bacolod Annex that houses the SMX Convention Center and new businesses such as the recently opened Korean coffee shop Tom n' Toms at Lacson Street.

Health office: Stay cool this summer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:06 a.m.

NEGROC Occidental's health officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang has advised the public to stay cool this summer and has warned the Negrenses against sore eyes that is expected to proliferate with the onset of the summer season.

"Always practice hand washing to prevent the spread of sore eyes," he said.

Top 10 most wanted in Bacolod falls

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:05 a.m.

THE 10th most wanted person in Bacolod City was arrested by personnel of Police Station 8 (PS8) at Bangga Cegasco, Barangay Pahanocoy Monday afternoon.

Police identified the suspect as Lazaro Cordero, 45, a fish vendor, and resident of Purok Sto. Nino, Barangay Sum-ag.

Bakeshop robbed by civilian guard

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:04 a.m.

A CIVILIAN guard and his unidentified companion robbed a bakeshop at Purok San Antonio, Phase 6B, Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Monday.

Police identified the suspect as Christopher Balosa, 28, a civilian guard, of Arbee’s Bakeshop and resident of Purok Kawayanan, Barangay Handumanan.

Energreen has ‘until May 2015 to deliver power’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

ENERGREEEN Power Development and Management Inc. through its project company Central Negros Power Reliability Inc. has been given by the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) until May this year to deliver the contracted power of 18 megawatts.

This was confirmed yesterday by Energreen counsel Ernesto Tabao, who said the extension granted by the Board of Ceneco will enable Energreen to deliver power on a staggered basis from March until May 2015.

UNA, Love Negros could face difficulties in unification bid

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

THE much talked about unification between the United Negros Alliance (UNA) and the Love Negros team will be complicated, said former Governor Rafael Coscolluella.

Coscolluella said on Monday that “it is easy to talk about the merger in the higher level but when it goes down to the lower level, it becomes complicated.”

Bacolod's BFP reports 42 fire incidents

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:23 p.m.

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has recorded 42 fire incidents in Bacolod City from January 1 to February 28 this year, including the blaze that hit a three-storey commercial building in the downtown area.

For the period January 1 to February 26 last year, there were 57 fire incidents in the city.

Guv asks BIR to suspend 1% tax on raw sugar

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:23 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., along with small sugarcane planters and the Philippine Sugar Alliance (PSA), is asking the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to suspend the implementation of the one percent withholding tax on raw sugar, including molasses, until the next milling season.

“The BIR has to resolve the issue. I believe the BIR will lose in the issue that's why the sugar planters should bring the matter to the court," Marañon said Monday.

Roxol Bioenergy asks DENR to lift CDO

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:22 p.m.

THE Roxol Bioenergy Corp., the bio-ethanol subsidiary firm of the Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI), is appealing to lift the cease and desist order (CDO) issued against them by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for violation of the Clean Water Act.

“Roxol immediately appealed for the lifting of the CDO with the Pollution Adjudication Board and complied with all the required documentation of the DENR,” said Florencio Mamauag Jr., Roxas Holdings Inc.'s vice president of legal and administration.

MGG to make criteria of 2016 poll bets

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:21 p.m.

A NATIONAL coalition of non-government organizations will create a criteria form from which Filipino voters can select possible candidates for next year's polls, former Negros Occidental Governor Rafael Coscolluela said Monday.

Coscolluela, consultant of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., said the Movement for Good Governance (MGG) chaired by Economics professor and TV host Solita Monsod is in the process of formulating the criteria.

Bacolod City dog pound ransacked

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:21 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Dog Pound in Barangay 35 has been ransacked by unidentified persons.

Rex Juplo, of the City Veterinary Office, said the drawers were all locked, but they were able to open it. A drawer contained the pay slips of an employee who is due to retire, and these were burned.

2 fall for illegal gun possession

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:20 p.m.

TWO men were arrested on Monday by personnel of the Police Station 2 for illegal possession of firearm.

Police identified the suspects as Severino Pinonsalan, 18, Purok Riverside, Barangay Montevista; and his friend Jomar Garperio, 24, of Purok Maligbasa, Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

6 nabbed in drug raid

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:20 p.m.

SIX people were arrested in a drug raid conducted by personnel of the La Carlota City Police Station at Virtu Street, Barangay 2 around 6:30 a.m. of Sunday.

Police identified the suspects as Emily Gan, 24; Jessie Roldan, 22, both residents of La Carlota City; Joan Jetes, 24, of Barangay Batuan, San Enrique; Mary Grace Rosalejos, 25, of Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City; Mary Ann Vilardi, 22, Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City; and Rose Romiero, 21, of Barangay Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental.

Motorcycle driver dies, 1 hurt in road accident

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:17 p.m.

A MOTORCYCLE driver was killed while his companion was injured in a road accident at Barangay Manghanoy, La Castellana, Negros Occidental at 11:30 a.m. of Sunday.

Police identified the victims as Marthy Araguin, 19, and JR Panagsagan, 18.

Energreen gets more time to deliver power

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:51 p.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) Board of Directors passed a resolution extending the delivery date of contracted power supply of Energreen Power Development and Management Inc.

Energreen is constructing an 18.9-megawatt diesel-fired power plant in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City through its project company Central Negros Power Reliability Inc.

Roxol Bioenergy gets cease, desist order

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:47 p.m.

MAYOR Jose Maria Alonso of Pontevedra confirmed the issuance of a cease and desist order (CDO) by the Pollution Adjudication Board of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against Roxol Bioenergy Corp. in Barangay Nagasi, La Carlota City due to water pollution.

The CDO is in response to the pollution complaint of about 800 residents mostly fishermen from Barangay 1,2, 3, Canroma, San Juan and Don Salvador Benedicto in Pontevedra against the bioethanol plant.

5 hotels to house Apec delegates

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:46 p.m.

AT LEAST five hotels are being considered by the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation-National Organizing Committee (Apec-NOC) to be used as billeting areas during the Apec 2015 Meeting on Credit Bureau and Finance on April 29 and 30 in Bacolod City.

Superintendent Noel Polines, chief of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Operations Branch, said the Apec-NOC considered the L’Fisher Hotel, Avenue Suites, Pavillion Hotel, Planta Hotel, and Sugarland Hotel during their inspection last week.

P30,000 in drugs, guns seized

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:45 p.m.

ABOUT P30,000 worth of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and two illegal firearms and live ammunition were seized in a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) in Purok Malipayon, Barangay 35, Bacolod City Saturday night.

The operation also led to the arrest of suspected drug pusher Benny Reyes, 35.

DOT office for Negros Occidental okayed

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:42 p.m.

THE House committee on tourism approved the creation of the Department of Tourism (DOT) for Negros Occidental.

“We’re getting a DOT in Negros Occidental,” this was confirmed by Bacolod City Representative Evelio Leonardia after the committee hearing that deliberated House Bill 4702 which he filed.

Body of missing man found in Palawan

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:42 p.m.

THE body of an elderly man who was declared missing for about a month already, along with his wife and their son, was found Friday off Cuyo Island in Palawan.

The victim whose body was already in a state of decomposition was identified as Eduardo de la Cruz, 75. His wife Milagros, 74, and their son Dennis were still missing as of this posting Monday.

NMIS asking for verification of illegal slaughtering reports

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:41 p.m.

THE National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is seeking verification on the reported rampant illegal animal slaughtering operations in Bacolod City.

NMIS Executive Director Minda Manantan sent a letter to Rep. Evelio Leonardia through the Office of the City Veterinarian asking him to “help verify the report and to implement appropriate control measure or to address the problem should it be true.”

2 motorycle drivers killed in road accidents

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:41 p.m.

TWO motorcycle drivers were killed while two others were injured in separate road accidents in Bacolod and Victorias cities over the weekend.

Police identified the fatalities as Ronnie Magbanua, of Purok Tongoy, Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City; and Edwin Ocate, of Hacienda Laguda, Barangay 14, Victorias City.

Councilor: Don't use ‘calburo’ to ripen fruits

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 03:40 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez has a proposed an ordinance that prohibits the use of calcium carbide or "calburo” as fruit ripening agent.

He said that local and international scientific studies indicate that calcium carbide contains traces of arsenic and phosphorus making it a human health concern.

12 coops urge BIR: ‘Release our sugar’

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 02:36 p.m.

ABOUT a thousand agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of 12 farmer cooperatives in Negros Occidental held a noise barrage to demand the release of their sugar stocks, during a rally in front of the Bureau of Internal Revenue-Soccsksargen in Bacolod City Friday.

The ARBs are also asking the BIR to scrap Revenue Regulation 11-2014 which provides for one percent withholding tax on raw sugar that caused the non-release and non-buying of their sugar from the mills for four weeks now.

City Council set to tackle Villarosa’s resignation

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 02:35 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod is set to take up the resignation of Councilor Noli Villarosa as chairman of the committee on transportation, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said Friday.

Gasataya said the City Council will elect a new committee chair to replace Villarosa.

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