Capitol heightens watch vs robbery

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:21 a.m.

THE Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City is observing heightened security alert to deter robbery incidents after the city halls of Escalante and Bago lost cash and equipment recently.

Capitol security supervisor Venchito Magalona said that aside from the presence of security guards, an augmentation force from the Philippine National Police is also patrolling the seat of the provincial government.

Arles kin to ask SC to deny plea on trial venue

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

THE family of the late judge Henry Arles will file an opposition to the motion for reconsideration filed by the three suspects on the Supreme Court ruling to transfer the venue of the trial of the judge’s murder case.

The High Court had earlier ruled to transfer the trial venue from Kabankalan City Regional Trial Court to Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Baciwa general manager ‘trustworthy, competent’

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

BACOLOD City Water District (Baciwa) director Cecilia Abello Henares defended embattled general manager Juliana Carbon, saying she is trustworthy and competent.

“I have no knowledge if she has any wrongdoing. As chairperson of the committee on personnel matters, I find their actions of putting GM Carbon under preventive suspension oppressive,” Henares said.

P4M approved for PhilHealth listing

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:19 a.m.

THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental approved during their regular session yesterday a resolution for additional fund for the Point-of-Care Program for various district hospitals in the province amounting to P4.45 million.

Requested by Dr. Romulo Rhoel Mogul, head of the Hospital Operations Division, the amount will be sourced from the revolving funds for Drugs and Medicines of the Economic Enterprise Department.

Raps filed vs driver of Baciwa director

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:19 a.m.

MALICIOUS mischief and illegal trespass complaints were filed by police before the City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday against the driver of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) board chairman Lawrence Villanueva.

Charged was Levy Solito, 33, of Purok Langka, Hacienda Lapas, Barangay Pacol, Bago City, Negros Occidental.

Forum on Negros poverty reduction set

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

THE Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)-Negros will hold its Chapter Assembly and “Conversation on Negros/Philippine Poverty Reduction and Updates on the National Commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Tasks of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)” Thursday, August 21, at GT Hotel in Bacolod City.

NegOcc to host national tourism confab in October

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental will host the 15th National Convention of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) this coming October 2 to 4.

Co-hosted by Bacolod City, the convention will gather thousands of tourism officers, local government officials, legislators and tourism advocates from all over the country.

Tension at Baciwa

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:50 a.m.

TENSION flared inside the compound of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Tuesday afternoon after the three directors who voted to suspend general manager Juliana Carbon forced their way in, prompting the employees to hold a noise barrage to protest their action.

Board chairman Lawrence Villanueva, vice chairman Lorendo Dilag and director Marichi Ramos arrived with their lawyer Leo Irving Sedonio at around 3 p.m. supposedly to hold the first hearing on the administrative complaint filed by Ramos against Carbon.

Mitsubishi eyeing investment in Sagay export zone

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:49 a.m.

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Tuesday that Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. in partnership with Ayala Land Inc. is eyeing a possible investment in the North Negros Agro-Industrial Export Processing Zone in Sagay City.

The investor's advance party surveyed the area and they inquired about water and electricity supply, the governor said.

SRA issues order on sugar production allocation

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:48 a.m.

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has issued Sugar Order No. 1 pertaining to sugar production allocation policy for milling year 2014-2015.

SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista Martin said the sugar order, approved during the meeting of the SRA Board yesterday, is allocating five percent for “A” sugar or US quota, 90 percent for “B” or domestic market, and five percent for “D” or world market.

Be vigilant against robbers, LGUs told

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:48 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. warned local government units in the province to be vigilant against robbers especially this season of “tiempo muertos” (dead season) wherein there is no work in sugarcane plantations.

The governor issued the warning amid the robbery incidents that happened in the city halls of Escalante and Bago recently.

Capitol warns illegal fishers anew

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:46 a.m.

THE Negros Occidental provincial government warned anew operators of commercial fishing boats against engaging in illegal fishing as another purse seiner was apprehended past midnight Tuesday in the southern town of Ilog.

Jose Maria Valencia, provincial legal officer and executive director of Task Force Ilahas, said that F/B Aqua King owned by Sherwin Lim of Hinigaran was intercepted at around 12:15 a.m. with 12 crew men on board led by Geraldo Alolod.

City to partner with Petron for scholarships

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:46 a.m.

THE City Government of Bacolod and the Department of Education (DepEd) together with Petron Corporation’s Fuel H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty thru Education) program will launch the Tulong Aral ng Petron Scholarship Program (TAP) that will support the government’s anti-poverty pursuit through basic education.

The TAP will provide out-of-school children from age six with a subsistence that will allow them to have access to basic education from Grade One until Grade Ssix through school uniforms, shoes, school supplies, meal allowance and a Christmas gift pack.

Silay to launch ‘History on Wheels’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:45 a.m.

THE City Government of Silay and the Department of Education (DepEd) Silay City Division will launch the “History on Wheels,” on Friday, August 22.

The “History on Wheels” is a special education-tourism program of Silay spearheaded by the DepEd Social Studies Department and Silay City Tourism Office.

Mayor’s office of Bago robbed

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:13 a.m.

UNIDENTIFIED robbers carted away about half a million worth of equipment and gadgets from the Bago City Mayor’s Office Sunday, police said.

Supt. Arnel Arpon, chief of Bago City Police Station, said Monday the robbery was discovered by a city employee. The police are looking into the possibility of an inside job since there was no indication of forced entry.

Ceneco residential rate up 12 cents in August

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:09 a.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) announced Monday afternoon the increase of 12 centavos in its residential power rate for August.

From last month’s rate of P9.25 per kilowatt hour, this month’s rate went up to P9.37 per kWh.

28 Negrense OFWs get assistance

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:08 a.m.

TWENTY-eight Negrenses, including six from Bacolod City, are availing of assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) after they went home from their jobs in war-torn countries.

Under the Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP), the Owwa provides aid for overseas workers who are forced to return home.

25 weighing scales inspected in village public market, stalls

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:07 a.m.

TWENTY-FIVE manual and digital weighing scales were tested, sealed and calibrated last Friday by the City Treasurer's Office (CTO) inspectors at Barangay Estefania public market and sidewalk stalls.

Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez, chairman of committee on markets and slaughterhouse, led the inspection in the meat and pork section, fish section, and rice section of the market and in the sidewalk fruit stands.

Company auditor robbed

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:06 a.m.

AN AUDITOR of Robinhood and Rebisco Commercial in Bacolod City lost P51,000 in cash to two unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle who waylaid their delivery truck at Mansilingan-Murcia Road Saturday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Virgil Villanueva, 34, a resident of Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

Lacson: Osmeña intervention disturbing

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 03:26 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Third District Board Member Patrick Lacson said he found the intervention of Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña in the Senate version of the Sugarcane Bill disturbing.

Lacson said: “I just found it disturbing that he mentioned refinements that were needed in line with the country's international trade commitments and that he will be doing it in consultation with the industry's stakeholders."

Drive vs colorum yields 11 vehicles

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 03:24 p.m.

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Western Visayas (LTFRB-6) has yielded 11 unregistered vehicles also known as colorum following an intensified campaign in Western Visayas.

Apprehended were nine vans and two buses operating without appropriate franchise and registration relative to the implementation of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the LTFRB.

LWUA to appoint Baciwa’s GM within the week

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 03:23 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) is expected to appoint an interim general manager for Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) within the week.

The mayor had asked LWUA chief Andres Ibarra to take over Baciwa after three directors voted for the resolution suspending general manager Juliana Carbon, and subsequently appointed former bank manager Darwin Destacamento as officer-in-charge of the Office of the General Manager.

Mayor: Better Korean fest next year

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said over the weekend that they need to improve next year’s staging of the Korean festival after its last event held last August 15 failed to draw the needed crowd.

Puentevella said the Korean festival publicity was overtaken by the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) controversy that focused on the leadership crisis in Baciwa after general manager Juliana Carbon was suspended by three directors.

SMB Bacolod caps 5-year program

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

THE San Miguel Brewery Inc. in Bacolod City has capped its five-year "Trees Brew Life” (Buhayin ang Kalikasan program) with a tree-planting activity held at the brewery's property in Barangay Estefania on Saturday.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, and SMB Bacolod plant manager Dante Patrimonio led participants, including SMB employees and members of various civic and non-government organizations, during the activity which supports the government’s National Greening Program.

Teen’s motorcycle stolen

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 03:20 p.m.

A TEENAGER lost his motorcycle to an unidentified suspect at Lopez Jaena Street, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City Saturday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Ailen James Sarmiento, 19, of Hacienda Bantug, Barangay Alangilan.

Puentevella dares Baciwa exec: ‘File libel’

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 01:58 a.m.

MAYOR Monico Puentevella has dared Bacolod City Water District director (Baciwa) Maruchi Fong Ramos to pursue her filing of libel charges against him following his adverse comments regarding her qualification as representative of the professional sector.

Puentevella said that he based his statement on the letter from the Professional Regulatory Commission, stating that Ramos was not listed as licensed doctor of optometry.

Mayor thankful to arrive safe as CEB faces glitches

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 01:57 a.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said Friday that he is thankful he was able to arrive home safely after the Cebu Pacific flight 5J 475 he boarded turned back to Manila due to technical trouble.

Puentevella was with Choong Suk Oh, counselor for Culture and Public Relations of the Korean Embassy and director of the Korean Culture Center in the Philippines, who was the guest of honor in the 1st Bacolod-Korea Friendship Festival held at the People's House Friday.

Marañon, Benitez back Charter Change

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 01:57 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and third district Representative Alfredo Benitez are supporting the moves for Charter change (Chacha).

Marañon said he believes that the proposal will push through while Benitez said that Congress still has time for Charter change and that they may do it through legislation.

'Most wanted' dead after resisting arrest

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 01:56 a.m.

THE number five "most wanted" person of Kabankalan City Police Station was killed during a shootout with policemen when he resisted arrest at his house in Purok Nursery, Barangay Bantayan of said city Friday morning.

Police identified the fatality as Julie Garol alias "Dodoy," 34.

Capitol working to lower fuel price disparity more

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 01:55 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said they are trying to further lower the difference in the price of fuels in the province and other areas.

The disparity has been lowered from P5 per liter to P2 per liter recently. In the past, the price difference went as high as P8 per liter.

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