NCCA holds Indigenous People's Festival

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 02:14 p.m.

THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) is holding a two-day Dayaw Philippines Indigenous People's Festival at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Gym in Bacolod City.

The festival that will end today features the products and the real sense of indigenous people for their love for nature and life.

VM Gasataya wants to resolve Lopez-Puentevella rift

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:54 p.m.

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya will meet with the members of the City Council before their next regular session Wednesday to resolve the conflict between councilors Carlos Jose Lopez and Claudio Jesus Puentevella who figured in a near-fistfight in last week’s session.

They will see what possible action can be taken with regards to the incident, said City Council Secretary Vicente Petierre III.

Rebel killed, soldier hurt

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:52 p.m.

A SUSPECTED member of the New People's Army (NPA) was killed while a soldier was wounded following a series of encounters between government forces and the rebels in Sitio Nabuswangan and Sitio Magkaatip, Barangay Maniac, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental Sunday morning, the military said.

The identity of the slain rebel is being withheld pending notification to his family.

Puentevella, Ceneco to discuss City’s unpaid electric bills

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:52 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said over the weekend that he will sit down with the concerned officials of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) to discuss the unpaid electric bills of the City Government of Bacolod.

“I am just wondering why suddenly, they are demanding for payment from the city? Most of the unpaid bills were incurred by the past administrations. I just inherited them. I tried to pay my own, but my debt inheritance is huge,” he said.

Mayors to attend OPARR briefing on Yolanda rehab

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:51 p.m.

CADIZ City Mayor Patrick Escalante said that he and Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III are attending today, Nov. 10, a meeting called by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Metro Manila.

All local chief executives of the towns and cities affected by the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) are expected to attend the meeting, Escalante said in a phone interview.

Bacolod City sponsors mass to mark first year of Yolanda

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:51 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella led city officials and employees in attending a holy mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral to mark the first year of Typhoon Yolanda on November 8.

Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of San Sebastian Cathedral, in his homily, lamented the rehabilitation efforts of the National Government as some of the affected residents still reside in tents after one year.

Puentevella: I have trust, confidence in Engr. Sun

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:50 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said that despite the six-month suspension imposed by the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas on Office of the Building Official head Engineer Isidro Sun Jr., he still trusts him.

“The man is doing is best. He did a good job. I don’t like the idea that it came from the people around him also. I think I have something to fix. But as far as my trust and confidence is concerned, he has it,” the mayor said.

P50M eyed for water system for Molocaboc

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:50 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said they are eyeing a P50-million water system project for Molocaboc Island in Sagay City.

Up to this time, people in the island are still depending on rain water for potable water.

Notorious carnapper arrested

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:49 p.m.

A SUSPECTED carnapper was arrested while his companion evaded arrest in a raid conducted by operatives of Regional Intelligence Unit at Margarita-Mercedes Streets, Barangay 40, Bacolod City around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Arrested was Jovanie Bacus, 34, of Cauayan, Negros Occidental, while his companion Irish Chiva escaped.

Marijuana seized, 4 nabbed

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

THREE packs of suspected marijuana were seized by personnel of Binalbagan Municipal Police Station in a checkpoint operation along the national highway at Barangay San Jose Saturday afternoon.

Arrested was Gerald Regulaa, 20, of Purok 2, Barangay Sara-et, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.

3 men shot by teenagers

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

THREE men were shot by a group of teenagers while they were attending a vigil at their neighbor’s house at Purok Paghida-et, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City Sunday morning.

Police identified the victims as Alfonso Benjamin, 30; Randy Elbanbuena, 36; and Danilo Duria, 64.

Councilor: Release 'ukay-ukay' probe result

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 08:08 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez questioned why Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella has refused to release the result of the investigation conducted by the City Legal Office in relation to the “ukay-ukay” (selling of used clothes) controversy that occurred last April.

He said the mayor's camp claimed that the investigation has been completed, but yet no result has been made public until now.

P3.9-B rehab fund for Negros LGUs

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 02:47 p.m.

THE Office of the Presidential Adviser for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) has allotted P3.9 billion for Negros Occidental under the Typhoon Yolanda Rehabilitation Master Plan.

Lawyer Karen Jimeno, head for Communications and External Affairs of OPARR headed by rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson, said on Friday that the fund for the province is part of P167 billion allocated for the master plan up to year 2016.

‘Yolanda somehow a blessing in disguise’

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 02:46 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that somehow Typhoon Yolanda was a blessing in disguise in some areas affected by its devastation exactly a year ago today.

For instance, the Old Sagay Elementary School benefit from Yolanda-related assistance and its dilapidated school buildings were replaced by a two-storey, 13-classroom disaster-resilient school building with amenities.

30 barangays in Bacolod affected by drugs - police

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 02:45 p.m.

OUT of the 61 barangays in Bacolod City, 30 barangays were identified as drug-affected areas.

Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), yesterday said the number is based on the initial validation conducted by personnel of BCPO Intelligence Branch.

Ceneco GM denies high systems loss caused by mismanagement

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 02:43 p.m.

CENTRAL Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said on Friday the 16 percent systems loss they incurred is now down to 14 percent and he denied that mismanagement caused it as claimed by the Utility Consumers Alliance of Negros (UCAN).

Lagarde said it is true that the systems loss of Ceneco increased last April due to power pilferage but they have already penalized the concerned individuals who cheated Ceneco.

Lopez: Release ‘ukay-ukay’ probe result

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez questioned why Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella has refused to release the result of the investigation conducted by the City Legal Office in relation to the “ukay-ukay” (selling of used clothes) controversy that occurred last April.

He said the mayor's camp claimed that the investigation has been completed, but yet no result has been made public until now.

‘Construct more school buildings for K-12’

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 02:31 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod has passed a resolution requesting the Department of Education to facilitate the construction of 24-classroom buildings in three high schools in the city which lack classrooms and to accommodate the additional students due to the full implementation of the K to12 curriculum.

The request was made with DepEd through Secretary Armin Luistro, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation through its Chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat Jr. and the Office of Congressman Evelio Leonardia.

Vehicle burglar arrested

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 02:30 p.m.

A suspected car burglar was arrested by personnel of Police Station 6 near the Bacolod City College (BCC) in Barangay Taculing Thursday evening. Police identified the suspect as Nilvic Guson, 31, of Purok Matahim, Barangay Tangub. Senior Insp. Charles Gever, commander of Police Station 6, said Guson was arrested after he destroyed the Nissan Path Finder vehicle of George Dumancas, 42, Purok Masagana, Barangay Taculing, parked in front of BCC.

Congress inquiry sought vs Ceneco

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 03:27 p.m.

THE Utility Consumers Alliance of Negros (Ucan), headed by Diocese of Bacolod Social Action Center director Fr. Ernie Larida, plans to seek a congressional inquiry on Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco).

Ucan legal counsel Vicente Petierre III said Thursday they want Congress to look into the increase in the systems losses that reportedly reached 16 percent and the downgrading of Ceneco’s category to Yellow B which means that it is in critical state.

Puentevella calls Lopez a bully after face-off

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 03:26 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilors Carlos Jose Lopez and Claudio Jesus Puentevella, son of Mayor Monico Puentevella, had a verbal tussle that almost led to a fistfight during the regular session of the City Council Wednesday.

It all started when Lopez proposed a resolution requiring the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. (KBFI), organizer of the 35th MassKara Festival, to submit an audit report to the SP to guide its members on how much they have generated in the staging of the festival.

Disaster-resilient classrooms unveiled

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 03:26 p.m.

A TWO-STOREY disaster-resilient building with 13 classrooms donated by Ayala Foundation Inc. will be inaugurated today at Old Sagay Elementary School in Sagay City.

The classrooms are equipped with emergency alarm systems, kitchens, showers, and can withstand over 300 kilometers per hour of winds.

Cadiz bans additional houses in Lakawon

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

VICE Mayor Samsom Mirhan of Cadiz City said the City Government is prohibiting the construction of additional houses in Lakawon Island after the devastation of super typhoon Yoland a year ago.

Mirhan said they are looking for additional relocation sites for the residents of Lakawon Island and other coastal barangays.

Police alert vs fake bills out anew

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 03:24 p.m.

BACOLOD City Police Station 2 commander Stephen Boniba advised businessmen Thursday to be vigilant against the circulation of fake money in the city.

Boniba issued the warning after a 19-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday evening for using fake bills at Barangay 17.

DTI warns public vs substandard decors

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 03:23 p.m.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Occidental has warned the public against fake Christmas lights and decors as these may create fire.

DTI Provincial Director Rebecca Rascon advised the public to always look for ICC or Import Commodity Clearance, and Philippine Standards (PS) seal when buying Christmas lights.

Schools told: Enforce anti-truancy ordinance

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 03:23 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Council has passed a resolution requesting the various Parents-Teachers and Community Associations (PTCAs) of elementary and high schools in Bacolod City to enforce the Anti-Truancy Ordinance.

City Ordinance No. 633, Series of 2013 or the “Anti-Truancy Ordinance for Elementary and High School Students of Bacolod City” was passed by the City Council on February 25, 2013. The resolution was authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor.

Marañon: NegOcc to grow by leaps, bounds

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 02:55 p.m.

EXPRESSING optimism on the future of Negros Occidental which marked the 116th Cinco de Noviembre on Wednesday, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said that 10 years from now, the province will progress by leaps and bounds as several huge investors are already coming in.

Paduano to colleagues: Push for one-island region

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 02:54 p.m.

ABANG Lingkod party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano said he is asking his fellow congressmen in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental to sponsor a resolution in the House of Representatives for the creation of a one-island region.

Ex-senator's mishap due to overspeeding

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 02:53 p.m.

THE accident in Murcia, Negros Occidental that injured former Senator Heherson Alvarez and his assistant Bernadette Felix on Tuesday was due to overspeeding, according to a police investigation.

Ex-village chief released on bail

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 02:50 p.m.

FORMER Barangay 35 village chief Marianito Yelo was released Tuesday from the lock-up cell of Police Station 7 in Bacolod City after posting a P24,000 bail.

Police Officer 3 Joshua Barile of the Regional Intelligence Unit-Western Visayas said Senior Prosecutor Hermes Arino ordered the release of Yelo.

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