BACOLOD will mark today, June 18, her 75th year as a chartered city since the law was signed by former Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon on June 18, 1938.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and the city officials will brave the opposition on the change of date from October 19 of every year, which is duly covered by a national law to June 18, as evidenced by a photograph showing Quezon signing the law with his witnesses.
BACOLOD City Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella paid a courtesy visit to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. in his office at Capitol on Monday to share notes on what they can do together to bring greater good for Bacolod and the province of Negros Occidental.
Puentevella said he foresees cooperation between the two local government units and aimed to work hand-in-hand with the re-elected governor, being his previous colleague in the House of Representatives for three years and also a former colleague of the governor's son outgoing Rep. Thirdy Marañon (second district) for six years.
BACOLOD City Mayor elect Monico Puentevella will have his inauguration on July 2, 2013.
The ceremonies will start with a mass at 3:30 p.m. and he is inviting everyone in Bacolod which will be concelebrated by Bacolod Catholic Bishop Vicente Navarra and other clergies.
SIPALAY City Mayor Oscar Montilla confirmed on Monday that about a hundred people of the city will lose jobs due to the temporary closure of Philex Mining Corporation.
The people of Sipalay City are wary about the closure of the company because thousands are expected to be employed by the company once it is through with the exploration stage and go full swing on its operation.
BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia asked the City Council to authorize him to sign the compromise agreement entered into by the City Government with CD Technologies Asia Inc. for the company to digitize, harmonize and codify the ordinances of the City Government from 1938 to 2011.
Based on the compromise agreement, the total cost of the project is P2,319,452 to be payable upon completion of phases 1, 2 and 3. Phase 1 will cost P1,275.698.60; phase 2 – P579,863 and phase 3 – P463,890.
BACOLOD City will also give a try to it under the administration of mayor-elect Monico O. Puentevella, as traffic enforcers will now undergo the needed traffic management training.
Puentevella met with Bacolod City Police Director PSSupt. Edgardo Ordaniel on Monday and discussed a better management of traffic in Bacolod City.
COLONEL Jon Aying, Commander of the 303rd Brigade in Negros, said that the National Democratic Front (NDF) should pursue peace negotiation with the government because they will never win the armed struggle.
Aying made the statement after Luis Jalandoni, lead negotiator of the NDF, confirmed in a video statement on their website that they would no longer continue talking peace with the government under the Aquino administration.
A MAN, who allegedly fired a gun around 11:30 p.m. last June 16 at Purok Sto. Niño, Phase 6B, Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, was arrested by elements of Bacolod City Police Station 10.
The suspect, who was identified as Rene M. Ostan reportedly created alarm and scandal and fired a gun in front of Kriemhild A. Elijay and Yorapyl E. Brennan’s house.
SUGAR production in the country increased to 2.448 million metric tons (mt) as of June 2, 2013, said Sugar Regulatory Administrator (SRA) Gina Martin.
“The figure is 0.6 percent higher than SRA’s second production estimate of 2.434 million mt for crop year 2012-2013 and this will further increase as three mills are still grinding while some mills that earlier stopped milling are set to restart by early August," said Martin in an emailed statement to Sun.Star Bacolod.
RE-ELECTED third district Representative Albee Benitez was chosen by the members of Love-Negros as their provincial chairman in a meeting and bonding over the weekend at Midas Hotel in Manila.
Love-Negros official spokesperson Board Member (BM) Patrick Lacson of the third district said that Vice Governor-elect Eugenio Lacson was chosen as the vice chairman.
THE 360 passengers aboard the M/V ST. Gregory The Great of the 2GO shipping lines were spared from near sea disaster, as the ship nearly capsized after it suffered a hole in its hull while navigating Iloilo Strait Saturday morning.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the ill-fated passenger liner safely reached Arrastre Port in Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City despite the water that submerged its engine compartment.
LAWYER Jessie Suarez is back today as the Provincial Comelec supervisor in Negros Occidental.
Suarez was temporarily assigned as OIC Provincial Comelec supervisor of Iloilo Province during the May 13 elections.
BACOLOD City Councilor Dindo Ramos is pushing for the adoption of the necessary guidelines, mechanism and procedures in the release of financial loan assistance to qualified community associations for purposes of lot acquisition.
Ramos sits as the chairman of the Provincial Board Committee on Urban Poor, Housing and resettlement.
BACOLOD City Commission on Election (Comelec) officer lawyer Salud Milagros Villanueva said Sunday that out of the 52 candidates who ran for various elective positions in the city, only five did not file their Statement of Campaign Contribution and Expenses (SOCE).
She said the five candidates are Engr. Bart Orola, lawyer Andy Hagad, Tony Wong, Arthur Villa Delgado, and Raymund Fuentes.
A SUSPECT facing homicide charges was nabbed around 7 p.m. last June 14, Friday, by elements of Bacolod City Police Station 9 at Crossing Abuanan Road, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City.
The suspect was identified as Eric J. “Tata” Delgado, 25 years old, of Purok AC Yulo, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City.
A JAI-ALAI bet collector and his bettor were nabbed around 11 p.m. last June 15, Saturday, by the Bacolod City Police Station 4 personnel at Celine Homes Subdivision, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City.
The suspects were identified as Harold B. De-asis, 32 years old, and Angelo C. Lucina, 18, both of Purok Kaburihan, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City.
SIX bets in the May 13 elections in Negros Occidental province failed to submit their Statement of Contributions and Expenditure (SOCE) before the Commission on Election (Comelec) provincial office.
As per record of the Provincial Comelec Office, those who failed to filed their Soce were Leopoldo Sua who ran for Congressman of the First District; Leonardo Erobas who ran for Congressman of the Fourth District; Ely Joy Barredo, a Board Member aspirant of the Second District; Leonardo Magbanua, Sr., also a Board Member bet for the Second District; Arturo Alvarez as Board Member of the Fourth District and Francis Gerard Tuillara for Board Member of the Fifth District.
RETURNING Board Member Rolando Ponsica who won in the first district of the province has not spent even a single centavo in the May 13 elections.
This is based on his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce) submitted to the Comelec provincial office.
THE five members of the Board of Directors of Bacolod City Water District did not show up in a scheduled dialog with Bacolod Catholic Bishop Vicente Navarra Friday.
Bishop Navarra has invited the management, the Board and the Baciwa Union Employees (BUE) to a dialog to address the issues affecting the water district.
BACOLOD City Administrator and former Tourism attache to Japan and United States Atty. John N. Orola, Jr. said that symposium on tourism will be held on June 17 at the Masskara Hall of the Bacolod City Government Center.
The symposium is part of the weeklong “Ang Mga Adlaw Sang Paghanduraw” from June 12 to 19, he said.
A MAN was injured in a road mishap around 7:25 a.m. Friday at Felisa Road, Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City.
The injured man was identified by police as Allan E. Odronia, 27, of Purok Sayson Village, Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City, who was immediately brought to a hospital in Bacolod after sustaining injuries from the accident.
A WARRANT of arrest was served to a detainee in Bacolod City District Jail (BCDJ) Friday by Police Officer 2 (PO2) Mark Lester Cielo of Bacolod City Police Station 5.
The suspect, who was identified as Ryan G. Panuela, was served by an arrest warrant for charges of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide issued by Judge Philadelfa B. Pagapong-Agraviador of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) 6th Judicial Region, Branch 43, Bacolod City.
THREE suspects for illegal gambling were nabbed last June 13 in separate operations of the Bacolod City Police Stations 6 and 7 and 6 Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (6RCIDU) personnel.
Police identified the suspects as Jeffrey A. Nadato, 35; Ranie A. Nadato, 30, both of Pedrosa Subdivision, Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City; and Jemar G. Boy, 53, of Block 11, Lot 3, Libra St., Suntal Village, Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City.
GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. is eyeing more energy sources like coal-fired power plant for Negros Occidental to ensure power stability and cover its increasing demands.
Marañon made the statement amid the three-day blackout in Victorias City and the towns of Manapla and EB Magalona due to a defective 20MVA transformer in one of the power sub-stations of the VMC Rural Electric Service Cooperative (VRESCO).
LAWYER Wil Arceno, acting provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) supervisor, reveals having a memorable stint in the province during the election period.
He said that, in his career with the Comelec, the last May 13 election in Negros Occidental was the most peaceful so far.
THE firearms seized from the ancestral house of Mayor Magdaleno Peña in Barangay Ubay, Pulupandan were transferred on Thursday inside the Hall of Justice.
Judge Fernando Elumba, Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 42, has ordered on Thursday Deputy Sheriff Gabriel Ramos to transfer of 76 firearms which were earlier contained in the two vehicles of Pena at the grounds inside the compound of the Hall of Justice.
TWO women were nabbed in separate occasions Wednesday morning for allegedly using counterfeit money by the Bacolod City Police Station 1 personnel and village watchmen of Barangay 35 in different locations in Bacolod City.
The suspects were identified as Mary Joy C. Badonio, 23 years old of Purok 6, and Helen B. Dela Cruz, 60 years old of Purok 4, all of Magsungay, Barangay Singcang-Airport Bacolod City.
THREE men were wounded in a skirmish Wednesday morning at Galo St. BBB, Barangay 20, Bacolod City.
The victims were identified as Raymart Villarosa, 21 and Rushel Osorio, 24, all residing in Manokan Country, Barangay 12, and Roger Llira of Riverside Dyna St., Barangay Bata, all of Bacolod City.
POLICE apprehended 53 gun ban violators in Bacolod since the Commission on Election (Comelec) Resolution 9561-A was implemented last January 23 until it ended on the midnight of June 12, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) records show.
The records further show that police apprehensions for gun ban increased in the 2013 midterm elections as compared to the national elections last 2010, revealing that only 30 violators were apprehended during the 2010 polls.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. reiterated his call for everyone to work together with government officials for the good of the province and the whole country as well during the 115th Independence Day celebration at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon Wednesday.
Marañon said the political maturity based on the recent May 13 elections strengthened democracy in Negros.