THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) of Negros Occidental approved Wednesday the proposed P15.01-billion Annual Investment Plan endorsed by the Provincial Development Council (PDC).
THE Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) of Bacolod is urging the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) and the Traffic Management Unit (TMU) through the Office of the City Mayor to come up with a traffic management plan to address the inevitable heavy traffic and commuters' rush during the Christmas and the New Year holidays.
In a resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, the City Council noted that the pre-Christmas season has started and that Bacolod is experiencing the influx of residents from all over Negros Occidental for their Yuletide season preparation.
THE City Council of Bacolod passed on Wednesday a resolution authored by Councilor Alex Paglomutan inquiring from Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) the schedule of the next public hearing of the application for provisional authority for the power sales supply contract between Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) and Energreen Power Corporation.
On September 24, 2014, the ERC conducted the first public hearing at the Ceneco office attended by the intervening sectors, including the Council committee on communications and energy, Utility Consumers Alliance of Negros (UCAN) headed by Rev. Ernie Larida, representatives from Bayan Muna and Freedom from Debt Coalition, and groups of consumers advocates.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) is investigating the death of a house help whose body was found hanging inside the house of her employer in Barangay Taculing Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Police Officer 3 Arlyn Torrendon, officer-in-charge of WCPD, said they are awaiting the result of the autopsy on the 17-year-old helper.
A 28-YEAR-OLD woman was hacked by her live-in partner in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City Wednesday morning.
Inspector Larry Teovisio, deputy commander of Police Station 6, said the victim, whose name is being withheld by the police, was wounded in her head after her 48-year-old partner attacked her using a bolo.
A WOMAN and her 16-year-old son were shot by a man inside their compound at Purok Magbinuligay, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Tuesday evening.
Police identified the woman as Ana Ramirez, 54. The name of her 16-year-old son is being withheld by the police.
“WE ARE bringing to Bacolod City the international standards and acclaimed service that the SMX brand is well known for,” said Dexter Deyto, vice president and general manager of SMX Convention Center, during the formal opening of the SMX Convention Center Bacolod Tuesday night.
Located at the third level of SM City Bacolod’s Northwing Annex, SMX Bacolod is operated by SMX Convention Specialist Corp., a subsidiary of the SM Hotels and Convention Corp., the fifth core business of the SM Group of Companies.
THE Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Employees Union has asked their management to release the remaining half of their financial assistance as provided under the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA).
Claudio Salmo, president of the Baciwa BEU, said on Wednesday half of the amount was already released last March. However, the remaining half equivalent to their half month salary was not released last August. They believe it is a form of retaliation after they exposed Baciwa’s non-revenue water reaching P900 million, Salmo said.
NEGROS Occidental Provincial Legal Officer Jose Maria Valencia, executive director of Task Force Ilahas, confirmed Wednesday that they are putting up a Task Force Ilahas (TFI) detachment in Barangay Damutan, Hinobaan to protect the remaining forest in the area.
“We want to preserve the remaining trees as well as the wildlife in the forest,” Valencia said.
THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) in Negros Occidental has condemned the continued imposition of taxes on their Christmas bonuses.
In a statement, Pace said there are happy and thankful to the provincial officials especially to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. for their continued concern to the Provincial Government employees.
ABOUT 200 farmers in Negros Occidental belonging to Defend Patrimony Movement Against Mining held a picket rally yesterday in front of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City to call on the provincial officials to declare a mining ban in the province.
Felipe Gelle of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said they also appeal to the members of the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance for the mining ban.
THE City Council of Bacolod passed a resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to repair and improve the lightings of the Rizal and Bonifacio parks in the city.
Recently, the City Council approved an ordinance regulating the use of certain parks in Bacolod City, such as the Rizal and Bonifacio Park, and mandating the City Government to maintain them.
A SUSPECTED drug pusher and two others were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted by personnel of Bacolod City Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) and Negros Occidental Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (AIDSOTG).
Arrested were Ed John Artagame, 33, of Purok Marapara, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City; Ricardo de la Cruz, 19, and May Roncesvalles, 41, both residents of Purok San Pedro, Barangay zone 4, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
A TRISIKAD driver was shot to death by a suspect who was creating alarm and scandal at San Juan Street, Bacolod City Monday evening.
His brother was also injured when the suspect shot him.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is not the source of the hoax text message about the alleged presence of kidnapping group in Bacolod and Negros Occidental, a police official said.
Superintendent Calixto Mabugat, deputy city police director for administration, said Monday they received information last week that the text message circulating was from the city police, but he denied that they were the source of it.
THE Bacolod City Council approved the proposed 2015 budget of Bacolod City amounting to P1.55 billion during a special session held Monday.
Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, said next year’s budget includes P150 million for environmental services.
BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. was issued a warrant of arrest for the libel case filed against him by Northbound Terminal operator Crispin Chua and he was able to post bail last Wednesday.
The next hearing of the libel case before the Regional Trial Court Branch 46 is on February. 20, 2015, the councilor said.
A BOMB threat caused panic among the pupils and teachers of West Elementary School-II at Cabahug Road, Barangay Zone 3, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental Monday morning.
Supt. Gerardo Ulanday, chief of Cadiz City Police Station, said that around 9:50 a.m., they received a call from a school personnel, informing them that a box was found in front of the school gate.
BACOLOD City Councilor Archie Baribar said the rights of the taxpayers are protected with the passage of the ordinance updating the land valuation and real property taxes in the city.
“With all the ordinance’s perceived imperfections, real or imagined, we ensured that the rights of taxpayers are amply protected,” he added.
LIGA ng mga Barangay president Noli Villarosa said on Monday that no demolition will be effected on the houses of some residents of Purok Villa Esperanza in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City.
The clarification came after residents supposedly received reports that their houses will be demolished upon the orders of Villarosa.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Monday that more personnel of Task Force Ilahas (TFI) have been deployed to Damutan Valley in Hinobaan after massive illegal activities leading to serious threats to the environment were noted in the area.
Marañon said that it’s not only illegal logging that is going on in the area but also illegal destruction of endemic species and wildlife.
NEGROS Occidental Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante said yesterday that Capitol employees are likely to receive up to P60,000 each in additional and performance bonuses in December and in January next year.
The exact amount would be ascertained in December, he said.
TOP officials of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City led the Negrenses in exulting over the victory of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao who defeated American challenger Chris Algieri to keep his WBO welterweight title Sunday in Macau.
Like anywhere else in the country, Negrenses and Bacolodnons flocked to hotels, gymnasiums, and other public places of convergence to witness the eight-division world champion dominate the former kickboxer from New York.
MEDIA practitioners affiliated with the Negros Press Club (NPC) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) lighted candles on the steps of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City last night to continue to press for justice for the victims of the Ampatuan massacre exactly five years ago yesterday, November 23.
Communication students of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) and University of St. La Salle (USLS) also took part in the commemoration rites.
PRODUCERS of organic products saw brisk sales during the five-day 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival held in Bacolod City that ended Sunday.
As of Sunday noon, gross sales reached P3.18 million.
SAVE Bacolod Movement head Sammy Montoyo has asked the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to impose a suspension order against Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella pending the investigation of the criminal case filed against him in relation to the P50.5 million funds of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Basoc).
THE Philippine Army in Negros Occidental is bracing for the suspension of offensive military operations (Somo) in the coming holiday season.
Colonel Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said the Armed Forces has observed the Somo for a number of years already.
THE City Council of Bacolod will hold a special session today, to tackle the proposed 2015 annual budget amounting to P1.55 billion.
Councilor Claudio Jesus Raymundo Puentevella, chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, said they have finished the deliberation on the annual budget of P1.55 billion in preparation for the hiring of a new contractor for garbage hauling and services.
A ROBBERY suspect was arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by personnel of Police Station 1 at Purok Ramon Magsaysay, Barangay 14, Bacolod City Saturday afternoon.
Police identified the suspect as Santiago Compacion, 28.
THE Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) has allotted P14 billion for infrastructure projects in Western Visayas for 2015, Regional Director Edilberto Tayao said.
The amount will be divided among the six provinces, including the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras and Negros Occidental, and the urbanized and component cities.