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.
BOARD Member Melvin Ibañez (5th district, Negros Occidental) is still the richest member of the Provincial Board (PB), based on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).
Ibañez declared his net worth at P46,007,714.45 from his assets pegged at P65,590,664.45 and liabilities of P19,590,664.45.
SENIOR Superintendent Ricardo Dela Paz, Acting Director of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo), said on Wednesday that a major revamp of the chiefs of police (COPs) in the province can be implemented within May.
Dela Paz confirmed on Wednesday that he received requests from four re-elected mayors to reinstate their respective police chiefs who were transferred prior to the May 13 elections.
ASSOCIATION of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Mona Dia Jardin urged her fellow village chiefs to get ready for the barangay election which might be pushed through this October 2013.
She said that reports have it that President Benigno Aquino III wants to push through the Barangay Elections this October, but his previous stand was to hold it on 2016 while Commission on Elections (Comelec) wants it on 2014 for them to have ample time to prepare for the election.
FORMER assemblyman Antonio “Tony” Gatuslao revealed on Tuesday that he will spearhead a recall move against his nephew, Himamaylan City Mayor Agustin Bascon.
Gatuslao lost to Bascon for the second time in the mayoralty race last May 13 elections. Bascon won by 6,000 votes against Gatuslao.
DENGUE fever claimed the life of a six-year-old boy from Barangay Tangub last week, Dr. Grace Tan, head of the Environmental Sanitation Division of the Bacolod City Health Office, reported.
Tan said the total cases of dengue from January 1 to May 15 this year had increased –- 726 cases compared to 68 last year covering the same period.
LAWYER Ria Arles, daughter of the late Judge Henry Arles, confirmed their filing of a Motion for Partial Reconsideration on the resolution of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday, dismissing the murder raps against Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez, his son Mayor John Paul Alvarez of Ilog, and Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara of Cauayan relative to the killing of their father.
Arles said that they filed the partial reconsideration because of the exclusion of the Alvarezes and Tabujara from the murder case while the DOJ has elevated the murder case against the other suspects.
ABANG Lingkod, a Negros-based party list group, is hoping that the Supreme Court (SC) would include their votes during the May 13 elections so that they would be assured of one representation in Congress.
Ben Solilapsi, secretary general of Abang Lingkod, said that in the overall results, Abang Lingkod garnered total votes of 206,000 that assured them of a seat in Congress.
THE appointments of more or less thousands of plantilla casuals are set to expire on June 30 and many of them have started to process their terminal leave pay this early.
City Council Secretary Vicente Petierre III said several plantilla casuals of the city have already applied for terminal leave pay which covers their sick and vacation leaves.
A SUSPECTED drug pusher was nabbed by the operatives of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) in a buy-bust operation at Purok Adarna, Barangay 16 around 1:45 p.m. Monday.
Police identified the suspect as Francisco “Ikot” De La Cruz who scuffled with the police operatives when he resisted arrest in a buy-bust operation.
POLICE are eyeing personal motive as one of the possible angles in the shooting incident that killed Gibson Villanueva in Barangay Mansilingan last May 19.
Villanueva was killed when unidentified suspects suddenly shot him while he was watching TV inside his house. The suspects immediately fled after the incident while Villanueva was brought to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center but was declared dead-on-arrival after sustaining multiple injuries in different parts of his body.
“NOW that the election is over, it's time to move on. Let us forget politics. We should unite and cooperate for the good of the province," said reelected Negros Oriental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Marañon acknowledged the statement of newly elected Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson, who assured the governor that, despite an opposition-dominated Provincial Board, they won't be obstructionists to Marañon's administration.
OUTGOING Bacolod City Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson expressed Monday his gratitude to Bacolodnons despite his painful defeat to mayor-elect Monico Puentevella in the May 13, 2013 elections.
“My statement started with the word of gratitude because I wanted to emphasize my heartfelt thanks to all Bacolodnons for the chance they had given me to serve them,” Sayson said.