THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental is expecting that Ayala Land Inc. will soon pay the P105 million for its lease for the four-hectare Capitol properties once they have received the land title.
Governor Alfredo Marañon said they might be able to obtain the land title in the name of the province either today or on Monday after the payment of the P12 million transfer tax.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. denied on Thursday that he gave the authority to Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinobaan to enter into an agreement with a private contractor to retrieve and transport illegally cut lumber from Sitio Wilderness in Barangay Damutan.
"They conducted a bidding for the retrieval of the illegally cut lumber without asking clearance from the province," the governor said.
THE City Council of Bacolod has approved the request for additional funds for schools and barangays participating in this year’s MassKara street dance competition on October 18.
Barangays 29, 36, 22, 3, 34, 15, 33, 5, 23, 12, 26, 27, 38, 16, 14, Tangub, Handumanan, Villamonte, Alijis and Granada will receive an additional P200,000.
THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental has asked geothermal power producer Energy Development Corporation (EDC) to face its moral obligation to the people of Negros for the destruction they have created at the buffer zone of Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park (MKNP) for its failed North Negros Geothermal Power Plant (NNGPP).
Second District Board Member Miller Serondo said Wednesrday “the EDC bastardized our forest” after cutting several hundreds of century-old trees in Mt. Kanlaon.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella refuted the pronouncement of Representative Evelio Leonardia that the P20-billion fund for airport development is intended only for the expansion of Bacolod-Silay Airport.
Puentevella said it is not true that the P20 billion is solely for the Bacolod-Silay Airport because it is also includes funds for other airport development projects in Western Visayas.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) is intensifying its campaign to preempt the possible entry of contrabands through bus terminals and sea ports during the MassKara Festival.
Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta, head of CAIDSOTG, said on Thursday that policemen will be deployed in various transport terminals and ports to monitor the possible entry of illegal drugs in the city.
THE City Council of Bacolod yesterday passed a resolution congratulating Bacoleno Patrick Joseph Mabugat, a student of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, for being the topnotcher in the 2014 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination given in September.
Mabugat was ranked number one with a grade of 90.90 percent.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. rejected the idea of creating the Negros Island Development Council (NIDC) as proposed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in lieu of the one-island region set-up for the two Negros provinces.
ABOUT 60 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) burned a backhoe and dump truck used in road construction at Sitio Buta, Barangay Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental Monday evening.
Superintendent German Garbosa, chief of Cauayan Municipal Police Station, said the heavy equipment belong to the HLJ Company owned by Henry Jordan based in Kabankalan City.
THE world-renowned MassKara Festival now on its 35th year opens today, October 1.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella will lead the opening salvo at the public plaza this morning.
HINOBAAN Mayor Ernesto Estrao has ordered all municipal government employees to undergo fingerprint check after the Municipal Treasurer’s Office lost almost half a million pesos to robbers Sunday.
Senior Inspector Roberto Indiape Jr., chief of Hinoba-an Municipal Police Station, said on Tuesday they will request the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) to conduct another round of fingerprints examination.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella has announced that 3,400 Koreans will visit the city via Korean travel agents between December and March.
The mayor said JungAng Travel, Mode Travel, Expo Travel, Noran PoonSun Travel, and Ilsung Travel are among those who would like to open the tourism market of Bacolod to Korean golfers.
THE United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) reiterated their call for Executive Assistant to the Mayor Reynaldo Ebreo to step down as head of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office-Traffic Management Unit (BTAO-TMU) during their protest rally on Tuesday.
During the rally at the Land Transportation Office and at the Bacolod Government Center, they also pressed for the implementation of fair and reasonable traffic rules and regulations in the city.
A HOUSEHOLD helper in Bacolod City was rescued Monday afternoon by personnel of Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Bacolod City Police Office and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from the house of her employer.
Inspector Jinky Lou Ramos, head of WCPD, said on Tuesday the 13-year-old girl was rescued after her 15-year-old sister was allegedly molested by their employer since May 30 this year.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas Region has ordered the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) in Sipalay City to suspend the retrieval operations of the logs from the virgin forest in Sitio Wilderness, Barangay Damutan, Hinobaan.
This was confirmed on Tuesday by Representative Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod party-list, who is a member of the House committee on natural resources.
THE United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) will push through with its scheduled rally in front of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and at the Bacolod Government Center today, Tuesday.
The rally is conducted to ventilate Undoc's grievances against what it calls the "anti-drivers campaign" of these government agencies.
ABOUT 20 employees assigned at the Municipal Treasurer's Office of Hinoba-an underwent a fingerprinting examination on Monday following the robbery incident on Sunday that emptied their vault of P474,800 in cash.
The fingerprints examination was conducted by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office-Scene of the Crime Operatives.
A GROUP of 11 civil society organizations (CSOs) in Negros Occidental called for an end to "private ownership and landlordism" in the forests of the province.
In a position paper released to the media on Monday, the group said "the recent blunder to the forests of Negros is the excessive acquisition of vast areas of land inside the protected area and natural park."
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella announced Monday that he has received the P2.7-million fund from the Department of Tourism for the Sum-ag River tourism development project.
With the fund coming from the National Government, the City will start beautifying the Sum-ag River after the MassKara Festival, the mayor said.
ABANG Lingkod party-list Representative Stephen Paduano is pushing for a congressional inquiry into the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) relative to its expenses on the three ports in the Negros Occidental.
Paduano said the PPA spent millions, if not billions of government funds, on Himamaylan, Hinobaan and Pulupandan Ports that remained white elephants.
SENIOR Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), directed on Monday all station commanders to conduct clearing operations against illegal drugs within their respective areas of responsibility.
Escarilla said this is one of their mandates from national headquarters to eradicate the illegal drugs in Bacolod City.
A HOUSEHOLD helper in Bacolod City escaped after she was allegedly raped by her employer several times.
Inspector Jinky Lou Ramos, head of Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Bacolod City Police Office, said Monday that the 15-year-old girl has been molested since May 30 this year.
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POPE Francis extended his thanks to Bacolod City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez for inviting him to come to the city on his visit to the country in January 2015.
Lopez recently wrote Pope Francis, the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, requesting him to consider visiting Bacolod during his visit to the country because "at present the politics in our city does not reflect Christian values."
THE Regional Development Council (RDC) of Western Visayas will endorse the proposed P20-billion project for the modernization and expansion of airports in the Region.
This was revealed by National Economic Development Authority regional director Roan Bacal, co-chair of RDC, after their maiden meeting Friday with Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is the new RDC chair.
ENGINEER Mario Macatangay, interim general manager of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa), said the water district has normalized its operation since he assumed post from suspended general manager Juliana Carbon about a month ago.
Macatangay said the first thing that he did was meet Carbon and the staff, and the workers’ union and requested them to stop the mass actions and to remove the protest tarpaulins.
FIVE persons were injured when a dump truck fell into a canal at Purok 2, Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Police identified the victims as Ana Katrina Aquino, 22, and her two-year-old son Marjun Aquino; Hydie Balsomo, 35, and her two children John Darwin Balsomo, 11 months, and John Dave Balsomo, 11; and Ma. Belenda Lachica, 30, all residents of Barangay Alangilan.
THE City Council recently approved an ordinance that officially makes “The City of Smiles” as the official brand for the Bacolod City.
According to the City Council, over the years, the city has been tagged by numerous brandings, including the “MassKara Festival Capital of the Philippines,” “Chicken Inasal Capital of the Philippines” and the “Gateway to the Province of Negros Occidental.”
A BARKER who held up a taxi driver is facing a robbery complaint filed by police Friday afternoon before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.
Charged was Alejandro Medel, 18, of Purok Kaingin, Barangay Singcang-Airport.
ILOILO CITY – Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. urged his fellow officials and stakeholders in Western Visayas Region to pool their resources together to steer the region towards progress.
The governor made the call as he assumed as chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in rites held at the RDC Conference Hall of the National Economic Development Authority Building here Friday.