THE Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers Union (PACIWU-TUCP) has filed a petition for wage increase before the National Wages and Productivity Commission, Regional Tripartite and Productivity Board on May 3 with the aim to restore the purchasing power of the workers.
RTWBP representative Wennie Sancho said that the petition was filed considering the series of increases imposed on oil, tuition fees, among others leading to a consequence where prices of goods and services also increase.
BOARD member Patrick Lacson reveals some problems besetting the K to 12 Program of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Lacson said that he was able to discover the problems after he recently met with about 70 para teachers for kindergarten in the 3rd district.
POLICE Senior Superintendent Edgardo Ordaniel, acting city director of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) said that the police are ready for the opening of classes this Monday, June 3.
On Monday, police will distribute flyers to the city’s public elementary and high schools containing safety guidelines for the public, Ordaniel said in the press conference at the BCPO Headquarters Wednesday.
TWO men died in a road mishap when the driver lost control of the Suzuki Raider 150 motorcycle at about 11:25 p.m. last Tuesday, May 28 at Lacson Street, Abad Bridge, Bacolod City.
Police identified the victims as Jed Borris Matti, 21 years old of Barangay Pahanocoy, and Romel Olivido, 25 of 6th St., Barangay 7, all from this city.
A SUSPECTED drug pusher and a user were arrested in two separate operations of the Bacolod City Police Station 2 personnel about 11:00 p.m. and 11:45 p.m., respectively, on May 28 at Purok Sigay, Barangay 2 and San Juan St. Barangay 6, Bacolod City.
The suspected pusher was identified as Ada Rose Lopez, 36, of Purok Sigay, while the alleged user was identified as Louie Sombilla, 21, of Purok Kagaycay, all from Barangay 2 of this city.
ANOTHER five-year-old boy from Purok Rosal, Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City died from dengue fever last May 21.
The previous victim was also a five-year-old boy from Purok Villa Esperanza, Barangay Tangub who died a week earlier.
A TEAM from the National Police Commission (Napolcom)-Western Visayas named the Best City and Municipal Police Stations for the Year 2013 during the exit briefing Tuesday at Camp Alfredo Montelibano as part of the annual inspection, management, audit, and monitoring of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Kabankalan City Police Station led by its chief commander Superintendent Calixto Mabugat was hailed as the Best City Police Station, while Don Salvador Benedicto Municipal Police Station headed by its acting chief-of-police Celjun Nemenio was named as the Best Municipal Police Station.
FIFTH district congressional candidate Emilio Yulo III said it is still indefinite if he is filing an election protest against his uncle, re-elected Representative Alejandro Mirasol.
Yulo admitted that they gathered all pertinent documents pertaining to the recently concluded elections in the fifth district of Negros Occidental and that his lawyers are still studying those data.
SAN Enrique mayoralty candidate Jilson Tubillara is asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to nullify the proclamation of re-elected Mayor Mario Magno.
In his petition to “Declare Nullity of Proclamation with Urgent Prayer to Suspend the Effects of Proclamation” against Magno and the Municipal Board of Canvassers of San Enrique Mape Cordero as chairman, Rosario Banes as vice chairman and Jorito Awacay as member, Tubillara said that with the slim margin of only 20 votes, Magno in the instant case enjoyed a presumptive victory over him.
COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Bacolod election officer Salud Milagros Villanueva said she will wait for the official response of the Office of the Deputy Director for Operations (ODEDO) if the plebiscite of Barangay Pagluam will push through on July 26.
If the ODEDO will approve the request of the petitioners of Barangay Pagluam, the Comelec Bacolod will be ready to conduct one, she said.
A MAN was injured in a shooting incident around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday at Sto. Niño Stop, Barangay 2, Bacolod City.
The victim was identified as Ricky “Pipoy” Pasilan, 22, of Purok Cagay-kay, Barangay 2.
THE Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) in Western Visayas is expected to conduct an autopsy today (Wednesday) on the cadaver of Colin Olaera, the freelance photographer who was found dead in his house around 3:30 p.m. last Sunday at Calong-calong Zone 1, Barangay Singcang Airport, Bacolod City.
Police Station (PS) 8 Chief Senior Inspector Charles Gever made it clear that it is not the National Bureau of Investigation that will conduct an autopsy on Olaera’s body, but rather it is considered as the second option.
A SUSPECTED drug pusher and four users were nabbed by the City Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) in a buy-bust operation around 3:30 p.m. of May 27 at Purok Sigay, Barangay 2, Bacolod City.
The alleged pusher was identified as Eugine Sevillano, 33, who was arrested in his rented house after he handed over to a police poseur-buyer an elongated heat-sealed plastic sachet with suspected shabu in exchange for P300 bills used as marked money in the operation.
BACOLOD City Mayor and incoming lone district Representative Evelio Leonardia said he has sent a request for a supplemental budget to the City Council to fund terminal benefits of outgoing casual employees.
He also confirmed that majority of the city-hired plantilla casuals had already processed their clearances to avail their terminal benefits as they expect possible termination of their services by the incoming administration.
SEVEN colleges and universities in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental have posed tuition increases for school year 2013–2014, said Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Regional Director Virginia Resureccion.
She refused, however, to name the colleges and universities who were given the authority to impose tuition hike.
BACOLOD City Water District (Baciwa) Chairman of the Board Lawrence Villanueva and Directors Lorendo Dilag and Marichi Ramos explained the need to go into a public-private partnership as the non revenue water (NRW) of the district has reached P2.4 billion since 2003 up to 2012.
They said there is a need to conduct a comprehensive audit of the water district operation.
GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. warned financiers and operators of illegal gambling in Negros Occidental, saying their days are “numbered” as he ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to go after them.
Marañon made the order as he observed that those who were apprehended by the police were only the “small fishes” in so far as illegal gambling is concerned.
NOT only teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BIEs) but also the members of the Board of Canvassers (BOCs) and their assistants who served in the May 13 elections are still waiting for the honorarium from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
According to Provincial Comelec Supervisor Wil Arceno, there were 6,132 teachers who served as BEIs in Negros Occidental that were supposed to receive P4,000 each.
BACOLOD City Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella has created his own transition team chaired by former Bacolod mayor and Councilor Rolando Villamor and former vice mayor Ramiro Garcia Jr.
The team is also composed of Bimbo Altarejos, Edwin Javellana, Chuck Garcia, Sarah Esguerra, Ramon Viva, and lawyer Sarah Villamor-Deoma.
A REBEL returnee received Monday P110,000 for turning over four assorted firearms during his surrender last April 9 to the members of the Philippine Army in line with the Guns for Peace program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The turnover ceremony was held Monday at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.; Colonel Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros; and Senior Superintendent Ricardo Dela Paz, acting director of the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office.
BACOLOD City Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella met with the Bacolod Anti-Baha Alliance on Monday to discuss some serious concerns of the city, particularly the problem on flood.
Led by Jean Trebol, the group aired the concerns they say were not given much attention by the outgoing administration of Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
BACOLOD City Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella has invited well-known local artist Rene Hinojales to help him in the tourism program of the city.
He said Hinojales is among the many local artists who will help his administration drum up activities and events that would enliven Bacolod's tourism.
A FREELANCE photographer was found dead in his house around 3:30 p.m. last Sunday at Calong-calong Zone 1, Barangay Singcang Airport, Bacolod City.
Police identified the victim as Colin B. Olayra, 45 years old.
BACOLOD’S number 4 most wanted person was arrested by the Bacolod City Police Station 4 personnel around 4:10 p.m. of Sunday at Gonzaga Extension Barangay Vista Alegre.
The suspect was identified as Junelo “Kadong” C. Laud Jr., 24, of Relocation Site, Villa Angela, Barangay Vista Alegre, Bacolod City.
LAWYER Wil Arceno, Commission on Elections (Comelec) acting provincial supervisor, said that all candidates in the May 13 elections are required to submit their statements of contributions and expenditures.
Arceno said that the candidates have until June 12 to submit their campaign contributions and expenditures.
RE-ELECTED Representative Mercedes Alvarez (sixth district, Negros Occidental) said that she will push for the amendments of Juvenile Justice Law in the 16th Congress.
Alvarez said that she would push for the age limit from 10 to 12 years old from the existing age which is 16 years old under the existing law.
REPRESENTATIVE Alejandro Mirasol (fifth district) asked motorists and commuters to bear with the ongoing renovation of the Binalbagan Bridge that causes long hours and longer distance of travel to and from Southern Negros.
Mirasol said that the renovation of the Binalbagan Bridge is expected to be fully completed and passable for heavy vehicles on July.
THE Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Union expressed opposition to all attempts by the board to allow private sector participation in the improvement of the water district's non-revenue water (NRW).
When Baciwa Chairman Pompeyo Querubin's term ended last December 2012, the board passed Resolution No. 023, dated February 14, rejecting the in-house NRW reduction program feasibility study of the management.
BACOLOD City administrator lawyer John Orola Jr. said that the Transition Committee headed by Moisesdela Cruz will see to it that the turn-over of the city to the new administration of mayor-elect Monico Puentevella will be orderly.
The change of administration will be effective noontime of June 30.
A SUSPECTED jai alai bet collector was nabbed by the Bacolod City Police Station 4 personnel at around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday in Bacolod City.
Police identified the suspect as Elizalde Dela Piedra, 47, of Purok Cubay, Barangay Villamonte.