TRANSPORTATION Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said Thursday that the high penalties for illegal public utility vehicles (PUVs) caught are meant to keep colorum PUVs off the streets.
Abaya said under the planned penalties for colorum vehicles, buses will be fined P1 million, UV express at P200,000, taxis at P 120,000, and public utility jeepneys at P50,000. He said they came up with the fees based on 20 percent of the brand new cost of a PUV.
THE Bacolod City Legal Office (CLO) discovered several violations committed by an operator of a slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan, following its inspection.
City Legal Office lawyer Cesar Beloria said the AVM Bernardo Engineering operator failed to comply with some of the provisions of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) it signed with the City Government of Bacolod under the administration of former mayor Evelio Leonardia six years ago.
THE Diocese of Bacolod will hold a concelebrated mass at the Bays Center on Thursday at 5 p.m. to mark the 33rd anniversary of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Bacolod City.
Msgr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the Bacolod San Sebastin Cathedral, said the mass will be offered also to the fire victims in Barangays 10, Taculing, and Handumanan.
TWO group officials denied their link to the suspected New People’s Army (NPA) leader Victor Tapang, who was arrested last Saturday in Silay City.
In a letter to Sun.Star Bacolod, Christian Tuayon, secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Negros (Bayan-Negros), and Clarizza Singson-Dagatan, regional coordinator of Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights (Karapatan-Negros), said they don’t know Tapang, or was with him prior to his arrest.
THE grandmother of the six-year-girl of Silay City who died of drowning in a dipping pool in Mambukal Resort in Murcia Sunday afternoon went to the Provincial Capitol Wednesday to ask for assistance.
Raquel de la Rama said their family spent around P20,000 for the hospital bills and burial expenses of her granddaughter Zyria Monique Pueblo.
THREE children were killed while their grandmother was injured when a fire razed their house and five others in their neighborhood in Purok Kawayanan, Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Tuesday afternoon, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.
The fatalities were identified as Erica Montero, 16, a deaf and mute, and her brothers Rex, 7, and Arvin, 3.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Tuesday that residents of Purok Masinadyahon, Barangay 10 who lost their houses to a fire on Monday can avail of relocation assistance from the City Government.
They can transfer to “Purok MKK” at the Abada-Escay property in Barangay Vista Alegre, he said.
SENIOR Superintendent Larry Decena, acting director of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), has reminded all 10 police station commanders to intensify their campaign against illegal gambling, loose firearms and illegal drugs or else they will be relieved from their posts.
During a command conference at the BCPO headquarters Monday, he told station commanders that those who cannot comply with the requirements will have to go.
COLONEL Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, denied the complaints for illegal arrest and harassment hurled against them by militant groups in Negros Occidental.
"The arrests were based on the warrants issued against those arrested and we follow procedures. We also recovered firearms and documents that showed proof of their affiliation with the rebels," Aying said.
This was the directive of Senior Superintendent Larry Decena, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) on Tuesday to Police Station 4 commander, Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales.
A PROPOSAL for new guidelines for driver’s licensing may take effect in the second quarter of this year, said Land Transportation Office (LTO) Bacolod Chief Renato Novero.
Novero said that under the proposal, drivers having student licenses shall secure a non-professional license before they will be issued a professional license with proper trainings and seminars.
A FATHER and his son were injured when a vehicle they were riding figured in a head-on collision at Lacson Street, Barangay 25 Monday evening.
Police identified the victims as Noly Lemoncito, 75, and his son Noly Barnard, 40, both residents of J.R. Torres Village.
BACOLOD City Administrator Rolando Villamor said Monday that Mayor Monico Puentevella is ready to post a bail of P30,000 in case the Sandiganbayan orders his arrest.
However, Villamor, also the spokesperson of the mayor, said they remain optimistic that the Fourth Division of the Sandiganbayan will favorably rule on their motion, which sought the "judicial declaration of probable cause."
A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl died of drowning in a dipping pool of the Provincial Government-owned Mambukal Resort in Murcia town Sunday afternoon.
The victim was identified as Ziara Pueblo of Silay City.
AYALA Land Inc. (ALI) has reaffirmed its commitment to proceed with its proposed P6.2-billion development of the 7.7-hectare property of the Provincial Government in Bacolod.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said in a press conference Monday that ALI's decision to proceed with the billion-peso development was confirmed in a meeting between ALI representatives and assistant provincial legal officer Mary Ann Manayon-Lamis in Makati last February 13.
A MAN was injured when he was hit by a bullet at K-5 Distributor Office in Hernaez Extension Barangay Taculing in Bacolod Monday morning.
Police identified the victim as Anthony Tañada, 32, a salesman and resident of Purok Himaya Barangay Mansilingan.
A MOTORCYCLE driver and his back rider were injured when they were bumped by a jeepney at Fourth Road, Barangay Villamonte Bacolod City Monday morning.
Police identified the victims as Em Guanzon, 53, and Helen Alarcon, 49, both residents of Barangay 41 Bacolod.
ABOUT 60 houses were destroyed in a fire that hit Purok Magti-ayon, Barangay 10 in this city Monday morning, leaving an estimated damage of P1.5 million, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.
No one died in the incident, but 67-year-old Victoria Porsuelo sustained minor wounds in her back and left hand.
NEWLY-designated city police director Senior Superintendent Larry Decena was told to lead the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) with vigor during the change of command Saturday.
Police regional director Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan, in his message read by Senior Superintendent Allan Guisihsan, deputy regional director for operation, also said that he hopes that Decena will introduce innovations for policemen in Bacolod.
BACOLOD City Councilor El Cid Familiaran has proposed the installation of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all public elementary and high schools in the city.
Familiaran said the installation of CCTV cameras in the schools would be an effective tool to curb the occurrence of crimes.
AN official of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) said they are willing to compensate for the reported damage incurred by some consumers in Barangay Villamonte due to power surge.
Based on a police blotter, an establishment owner has reported to the police that their air conditioning unit and other appliances worth about P170,000 exploded Saturday afternoon.
TWO separate fire incidents broke out Saturday in Western Visayas that killed an eight-year-old boy and destroyed houses and classrooms amounting to P250,000.
The first fire incident damaged tree classrooms of the Puentebella Elementary School and six houses located beside the school around 2 a.m. Saturday in Barangay Taculing in Bacolod City.
A MEMBER of the La Castellana Municipal Council passed away on Saturday due to heart attack.
The death of Councilor Felipe Tan was confirmed by Negros Occidental Fifth District board member Alain Gatuslao.
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Bacolod City have conducted a surprise inspection of buses plying the different routes in the province.
Arturo Gepes of LTFRB-Bacolod said that last week, they conducted an inspection of the Ceres Liner buses of Vallacar Transit Inc.
THREE separate crime incidents broke out over the weekend in Bacolod City that injured a man in a stabbing incident and killed two others in a shootout.
On Saturday morning, Raymund Gonzales, 20, sustained wounds when he was stabbed by his friend Romeo Albay around 12:15 a.m. at Purok Totong, Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City.
THE City Council of Bacolod has effected amendments to its internal rules under the new floor leader, Councilor Archie Baribar.
Baribar replaced Councilor Caesar Distrito, a member of the Grupo Progreso of Bacolod Representative Evelio Leonardia. Distrito was on official travel.
A CITY official urged three agencies to inspect the Bacolod City Northbound Terminal after receiving complaints from transport groups and commuters.
Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. urged the Office of the Building Official (OBO), City Engineer’s Office, and Land Transportation Franchising Board to conduct the inspection.
THE turn-over of command between Senior Superintendent Edgardo Ordaniel, outgoing acting director of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), and his successor Superintendent Larry Decena is set today, Saturday.
Decena, who held a command conference with all 10 station commanders Friday, said the turn-over of command between him and Ordaniel will be attended by Mayor Monico Puentevella and a representative of Police Regional Office-6 director Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan.
THREE hundred twenty-two couples got married on Friday at the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports (Bays) Center.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, who solemnized the wedding ceremony, said: “Marriage need not be expensive, it is measured by your love and commitment to each other.”
FORMER policeman Rocky Jacinto and ex-councilman Edwin Baltazar have been cleared by the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office for lack of probable cause in an inquest case for robbery and grave threats filed against them by Chief Inspector Levy Pangue.
However, Prosecutor II Maria Mercedes Odango-Saril stated in a two-page resolution that she finds probable cause for the crime of grave threats against Romeo Venida for threatening Pangue in a text message.