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.
THREE organizations from the private and public sectors signed an agreement on Sunday confirming their support to preserve the environment by planting more trees.
Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Negros Occidental Lending Center, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro), and the Don Salvador Benedicto Agro-Forest Farmers Association Inc. (DSBAFFAI) inked a tripartite Memorandum of Agreement on LBP's Adopt-A-Watershed Program.
THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Western Visayas is now ready for the opening of classes in all public elementary and high schools on June 3.
The announcement was made after DepEd Undersecretary Mario Deriquito with Regional Director Mildred Garay went around Negros Occidental for two days that ended yesterday with the culmination of the five-day “Brigada Eskwela.”
STEPHEN Paduano a.k.a. Carapali Lualhati, the No. 1 nominee of Abang Lingkod, is still hoping for a favorable decision of the Supreme Court for the party’s inclusion among the party-lists in the May 13 elections.
"The people have spoken. They have voted for us. It's not about Abang Lingkod or Carapali Lualhati. It's about the people who voted for us," said Lualhati in reaction to the decision of the Comelec en banc.
THE Provincial Comelec Office is now making preparations, in case the barangay elections nationwide pushes through as scheduled in October this year.
Lawyer Wil Arceno, Acting Provincial Comelec Supervisor, said that Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes only made a recommendation for the postponement of the barangay election to another date because they are not yet through with the recently concluded May 13 elections.
AS BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia will be ending his term at noontime of June 30, 2013, he has created a transition committee before the midterm elections started to ensure a smooth turn-over from the present administration to the incoming one.
Secretary to the Mayor Moises de la Cruz is the vice chairman of the committee.
THE Ombudsman Visayas has ordered the suspension from service for three months without pay of NBI investigator III Geovel Aperio who is found liable for simple misconduct filed by local broadcaster Rommel Pido of dyAF.
The order was signed by Deputy Ombudsman Pelagio S. Apostol and two others.
A SECURITY guard detailed at Sta. Fe Bazar Inc. located at Araneta Street, Bacolod City turned over a brown wallet containing P15,000 to the Bacolod City Police Station 1 yesterday.
The guard, who was identified as Meliton Alsado of the 7th Security Agency, is a resident of Purok Kabulakan 2, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City.
PERSONNEL from the Bacolod City Police (BCPO) Station 4 personnel arrested on Thursday three men facing theft charges.
Police identified the suspects as July S. Paderna, 27 years old of Purok Calantas, Barangay Villamonte; Rene C. Villegas, 36 of similar home address; and Edgar C. Hapitan,44 of Purok Kalubihan, Brgy. Mandalagan, all of Bacolod City.
CONGRESSMAN-ELECT and outgoing Bacolod City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia said Thursday that his administration has set the foundation and fundamentals of information technology-business process management industry or “call centers.”
This came following the recent elevation of Bacolod City as among the cities in the country classified as "center of excellence" by the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO.
NPC-Grupo Progreso District Chair Bacolod City Mayor and Congressman-elect Evelio R. Leonardia on Thursday denied claims that he dropped his partner mayoralty candidate Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson during the May 13, 2013 polls to favor the reported "MoBing (Monico-Bing)" alliance on the eve of election day.
Leonardia said it is an impossible thing to happen because, based on figures, 96 percent of the voters who voted him also voted Sayson.
THE Philippine National Police in Western Visayas region are now ready for the opening of classes in June.
Regional Police Director Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said that more police will be visible near school campuses, terminals and commercial establishments as the opening of classes nears.
AFTER the passage of the 2013 Provincial Budget, all department heads at the Capitol have been advised to prepare the Notice of Salary Adjustments, according to Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan.
Pinongan said that each employee will be sent the Notice of Salary Adjustment, in line with the implementation of the last tranche of salary increase.
POLITICIANS who will be proven to have paid the New People's Army for permit to campaign (PTC) during the recently concluded elections are answerable to the law, a military official warned Thursday.
Colonel Jon Aying, Commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, said that all over the country, the NPA rebels were able to raise about P25 million from politicians for permit to campaign in what was claimed by the rebels as their controlled areas.
THE election is over but many campaign posters continue to greet the public until now.
The Bacolod City Council has approved on Wednesday a resolution directing the Department of Public Services through the Office of the City Mayor, all barangay officials and candidates, who participated in the May 13 midterm elections, to help and assist in removing all posters, election materials and political notices placed in non-Comelec poster areas, to make Bacolod City clean and neat.
Petitioners of Barangay Paglaum, through their counsel Lawyer Gemeno Ymballa, reiterated their appeal to the Commission on Elections to make the conduct of the plebiscite of Barangay Paglaum a reality.
This as the Comelec earlier promised to attend to the request of Pagla-um village residents for a plebiscite after the May 13, 2013 polls,
THREE men were wounded in a rumble which occurred around 1:30 a.m. Thursday in San Sebastian Street, Barangay 32, Bacolod City.
Police identified the victims as Manuel B. Ojera, 23, of Purok Mabinuligon, Brgy. 30; Warlito P. Silos, 31, of Purok Everlasting, Brgy. 29; and Glenn D. Tan, 33, of Purok Cadena De Amor, Brgy 11, all of Bacolod City.
FOURTEEN volunteers, mostly pastors, are helping ensure the smooth flow of traffic in Bacolod City through the project called Society Uniting People Power for Order and Good Governance (SUPPOG) of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) under the supervision of the Traffic Management Unit (TMU).
BTAO Deputy Head SPO4 Joelito Colantro said that 40 people applied as volunteers and attended the two-day seminar last May 1 and 2 which trained them to direct traffic rules.
THE Provincial Board (PB) of Negros Occidental finally approved its budget pegged at P2.6 billion during its regular session Wednesday.
Approved in the final reading were the 2013 Annual General Fund Budget worth P1,912,059,008 and the 2013 Annual Budget of the Economic Enterprise Development Department (EEDD) of Negros Occidental in the amounting to P690,149,879.
BACOLOD City is now attractive to investors engaged in information technology (IT) businesses, because of its “Center of Excellence” status, an official said Wednesday.
Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNeFIT) executive and founding president, said that Bacolod’s recent recognition means that the city is above average compared to other cities in the Philippines.