‘Snatcher’ nabbed

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 03:30 p.m.

A SUSPECTED snatcher was arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by personnel of Police Station 1 at Alunan-Baybay, Barangay 35, Bacolod City at Wednesday.

Police identified the suspect as Joen Villacojer, 26, of Purok San Roque, Barangay Handumanan.

More transparency in Baciwa pushed

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 03:23 p.m.

AFTER a change of leadership in the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Board of Directors, City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Tuesday that he expects more transparency from the new board chaired by Maria Aida Torre.

Marañon confident of PNoy's nod for 1-island region

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 03:23 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he strongly believes that President Benigno S. Aquino III will sign an executive order for the creation of the one-island region for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

Leonardia doubts Puentevella’s sincerity

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 03:22 p.m.

BACOLD City Representative Evelio Leonardia is apparently doubtful of the Mayor Monico Puentevella’s pronouncement that he wants to put a stop to the squabbling between them.

Bacolod City gears for waste reduction

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 03:21 p.m.

THE City of Bacolod is gearing towards waste reduction, said Executive Assistant Ma. Fe Trespuentes, who is in charge of solid waste management concerns.

She said that despite the efficiency in garbage collection shown by new hauling contractor Dynamic Builders, the city will continue to orient the public about waste reduction by way of waste segregation at source.

205 drug suspects arrested in Bacolod City in 2014

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 03:21 p.m.

INTENSIFIED operations of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) against illegal drugs resulted to the arrest of 205 drug pushers and users in the city last year.

Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta, head of City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG), said that in 2014, a total of 120 drug operations were conducted in different areas of Bacolod.

Noppo to deploy 242 cops for Papal visit in Tacloban

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 03:21 p.m.

GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Tuesday that the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office is deploying 242 policemen to Tacloban City to augment the security during the arrival of Pope Francis.

Marañon also confirmed that he has an invitation given by Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra for the Pope's arrival but he is not certain yet if he is going in Manila.

Police to probe stray bullet found in school

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 03:20 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Station 2 is conducting an investigation to determine the owner of the stray bullet found inside the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School-I located on Aguinaldo Street.

Inspector Stephen Boniba, chief of Police Station 2, said on Tuesday that on Monday afternoon, school teacher Elora Grace Federez informed them that a slug of .45 caliber was found inside the Section 3 classroom of the Grade III building.

Rape cases in Bacolod up

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 03:20 p.m.

THE Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of the Bacolod City Police Office recorded 105 rape cases in the city for 2014, higher than the 97 cases in the previous year.

Senior Police Officer 4 Arlyn Torrendon, officer-in-charge of WCPD, said many victims are now coming out to pursue cases against their abusers because they know that the law can protect them.

Torre takes helm of Baciwa board

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 04:51 p.m.

DIRECTOR Maria Aida Torre took over as chairman of the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Board after four directors, including herself, held a meeting on Monday morning and elected her to the position.

The election of Torre, who represents the women sector, came as her predecessor Lawrence Villanueva, whose term expired last December 31, was seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) to prevent his successor David Villanueva from occupying the post as representative of the civic sector.

Vice guv Lacson confirms efforts to unify Love Negros, UNA

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 04:50 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed on Monday that there are moves to unify the two major political coalitions in the province – the Love Negros Party and the United Negros Alliance (UNA).

"The priority is really to unify Love Negros and UNA into Love Negros First," he said.

Puentevella wants to stop squabbling with Leonardia

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 04:49 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella wants a peaceful 2015, and declared a ceasefire from political squabbling that he said could only result to endless controversies.

He said that part of his New Year’s resolution is that he will no longer entertain matters that will lead to unnecessary quarrels between him and his perennial political foe Rep. Evelio Leonardia.

Parking ban in Lacson, Araneta Sts. starts Jan. 15

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 04:49 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella announced on Monday that the city will implement the “no parking rule” in national highways, particularly along Lacson and Araneta Streets beginning January 15.

The parking ban will be enforced as part of the preparations of the city for the hosting of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit meeting in April.

Capitol reorg fully implemented this year; 200 positions vacant

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 04:47 p.m.

PROVINCIAL Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Monday the full implementation of the reorganization of the Negros Occidental Capitol employees will take place this year as it has already an allocation in the General Fund for 2015.

He said there are about 200 vacant positions to be filled through the usual selection process.

Comelec gears up for SK polls

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 04:47 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday that they are ready whether the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or Youth Council election pushes through or not.

The SK election is set on February 21 and the 45-day election period will start on January 22.

Girl, 11, raped; suspect nabbed

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 04:47 p.m.

A 34-YEAR-OLD man accused of raping the 11-year-old daughter of his live-in partner was arrested by the police.

Senior Police Officer 4 Arlyn Torrendon, officer-in-charge of Bacolod police Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), said on Monday they are preparing the rape charges to be filed against the suspect, who is detained at the Police Station 1.

2 Villanuevas jostle for Baciwa position

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 03:49 p.m.

TWO Villanuevas – David and Lawrence – took their respective oaths of office as members of the Board of Directors of Bacolod City Water District in separate occasions in the past days.

The two are not related.

New waste hauler starts operation

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 03:46 p.m.

DYNAMIC Builders Construction Philippines Inc. started to collect and haul garbage in the main thoroughfares of Bacolod City on January 1, 2015, City General Services Officer Jerome Solinap said.

The contractor won the city's garbage hauling and sanitary landfill maintenance contract with a bid offer P192.33 million.

Bishop Navarra hopeful of ‘year of grace’

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 03:45 p.m.

BISHOP Vicente Navarra of the Diocese of Bacolod is hopeful of a “year of grace” amid preparations for the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines on January 14 to 19.

In his New Year’s message, the bishop said, “May this year become a year of grace for everybody in the sense that we should not only be attached to our material life on earth but we should pray for things that last.”

39 hurt by firecrackers in NegOcc, Bacolod

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 03:44 p.m.

THIRTY-NINE firecracker-related injuries in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, were monitored by the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) from December 25 to January 2, records show.

Dante Bicas, administrator of the CLMMRH Unified Disease Registry System, said Saturday the figure is higher compared to last year's 32 cases.

No exemptions in campaign vs. electricity theft - Lapore

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 03:43 p.m.

CENTRAL Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) president Arnel Lapore said any one who will be caught stealing electrical power will be penalized.

4,000-hectare land ‘ready for 1-island region offices’

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 03:42 p.m.

A 4,000-hectare reserve area at the Central Philippines State University (CPSU) in Kabankalan City is ready to accommodate the regional offices once the creation of the one-island region for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental pushes through.

This was confirmed by Sixth District Representative Mercedes Alvarez as she revealed that the matter was already discussed and approved by the members of the CPSU Board.

Dynamic Builders bags garbage deal

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

DYNAMIC Builders Construction Philippines Inc. was declared the lowest calculated and responsive bidder for the P193-million, 12-month garbage collection, hauling, and landfill management contract with the City of Bacolod starting January 2015.

The Bacolod-based firm has a bid offer P192. 33 million, or a difference of P669,000 from the project cost of P193 million.

CPP anniversary peaceful – military

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

THE Philippine Army reported that no violence was committed related to the 46th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Friday.

The military in Negros Occidental said that streamers were put up in the approach of Barangay Suay, Himamaylan City bearing the words in red paint," NPA checkpoint and 46th Anniversary of the NPA."

Paduano denies absenteeism report

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

ABANG Lingkod party-list Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano denied reports that came out in national media that he is included in the list of congressman with the most number of absences.

“I have not seen the report but one of my staff reported it to me,” Paduano said.

DAR turns over P6.57M in farm facilities to ARBs

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

THE Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental turned over service facilities (CSFs) worth P6.572 million for the second batch of agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in rites held at the Bacolod Pavillon Hotel recently.

The CSFs are provided nder the agency’s Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) program.

P7-M Felisa Gov’t Center unveiled

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

MAGDALO party-list Representative Gary Alejano and Bacolod City Representative Evelio Leonardia led the inauguration rites of the P7-million hall of Barangay Felisa in Bacolod Friday.

Felisa village chief Mona Dia Jardin said the edifice will be permanently called the Felisa Government Center or FGC pursuant to Resolution No.14-116 approved by the Barangay Council on Nov. 1, 2014.

Pregnant woman found dead

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

A PREGNANT woman was found dead inside a tanod (village watchman) outpost at Purok Sigay, Barangay 2, Bacolod City Thursday morning.

Police identified the victim as Araceli Ilorsa, 31,of Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Dad kills son

Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:17 p.m.

A MAN was killed by his own father who hit him with a steel pipe in Sitio Patol, Barangay Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental Thursday evening.

The victim was identified as Russel Degomio, 22.

Arrest warrant up vs. city OBO head

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:24 p.m.

BACOLOD City Office of the Building Official (OBO) head Engineer Isidro Sun is facing arrest after Associate City Prosecutor Maria Lina Gonzaga denied the urgent motion he filed to stay the filling of information for the criminal case of falsification of official documents against him and employee Jose Maria Makilan.

Considering that there is already a finding of a probable cause and the information was properly filed in court, a warrant of arrest must necessarily be issued unless the accused is a detained prisoner that the issuance of a warrant of arrest no longer becomes necessary.

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