THE documents pertaining to the proposed creation of the Negros Island Region (NIR) have already been submitted by main proponents from both Negros provinces to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Ma. Lina Sanogal, head of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, said Tuesday that DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero asked for the documents that include documentations since 1994 when the NIR movement started up to the consultation forums conducted in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental in recent months.
THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental is hastening the establishment of resettlement areas for members of the Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPM-P/RPA/ABB) for the finalization of its closure agreement with the government.
“Once the resettlement areas are ready, the signing of the closure agreement will take place,” Ma. Lina Sanogal, head of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, said Tuesday.
BACOLOD City Representative Evelio Leonardia said he met Tuesday with Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson in Manila to discuss the funding for the P790 million Bacolod Economic Highway.
Leonardia said he asked Singson to include the funding of the 24- kilometer highway in the 2016 budget of DPWH.
THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) will implement a minor rerouting during the Bacolaodiat Festival from February 19 to 22.
Senior Insp. Roger Ong, head of Traffic Management Unit (TMU), said Tuesday they will implement a traffic rerouting from 4th Street to B.S Aquino Drive.
SALES of game fowls in Negros Occidental have been increasing, according to the Provincial Veterinary Office's record.
In 2014, the province was able to sell 214,390 heads of game fowls while in 2013, only 192,401 heads were sold, lower by 21,989 heads than last year’s.
AUTHORITIES arrested Monday the sixth most wanted person in Victorias City, a police official said.
Superintendent Santiago Rapiz, chief of Victorias City Police Station, identified the suspect as Freddie Cabahug, 47, who was arrested at Zone 5, Salvacion Subdivision, Barangay 6.
BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito is requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to convene the Bacolod Katarungang Pambarangay Advisory Council (BakPac).
Distrito said in a proposed resolution that the Katarungang Pambarangay helps decongest the dockets in the courts as it tries to settle all disputes in the barangay level and to avoid litigation.
THREE men were arrested by personnel of Victorias City Police Station during a pot session at Gonzaga Street, Zone 1, Barangay 1 Monday afternoon.
Police identified the suspects as Marvin Uychiat, 28, Purok Pagla-um, Guinhalaran, Silay City; Edwin Villagorda, 44, of Purok Baybayon, Silay City; and Mario Elisan, 25, of Barangay 1, Victorias City.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Representative Evelio Leonardia are at it again. This time over the proposed construction of the city’s Outer Circumferential Road.
Puentevella told reporters Monday that the said project, which he refers to as the Sugar Road, was envisioned by him since 2003 when he was still congressman.
AT LEAST 124 policemen will be deployed by the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) during the 2015 Bacolaodiat Festival site on Lacson Street on February 19 to 22.
BCPO Operations Branch chief Superintendent Noel Polines said Insp. Stephen Boniba, chief of Police Station 2, asked for an augmentation of 124 policemen from the headquarters to ensure peace and order during the celebration.
COMPLAINTS for two counts of frustrated murder and illegal possession of firearms were filed Monday against a businessman who shot his two nephews Sunday in Bacolod City.
Charged was Marlon Sy, 50, of Corner Lopez-Jaena, San Sebastian, Barangay 31, said Police Station 2 chief Stephen Boniba.
NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the third and fourth districts in the province will soon be declared “peaceful and ready for development.”
"There is no more insurgency in the province," Marañon said.
THE decision on the merger of the United Negros Alliance (UNA) and Love Negros party lies on Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said Monday.
Lacson confirmed that Love Negros officials met on February 5 and that their priority is to go for the merger.
THE Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has confirmed the appointment of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) director David Villanueva, the appointee of Mayor Monico Puentevella, as representative of the civic sector.
This was confirmed by the mayor who said they also informed the local court about the said development.
BACOLOD City Council secretary Vicente Petierre, who also serves as counsel for Utility Consumer Alliance of Negros (UCAN), dismissed the claims in a circulated text message that he has been “bought” by the power firm whose supply contract with Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) is being criticized by UCAN.
The text message sent to some reporters stated that “Sonny” (Petierre’s nickname) has been bought by Energreen Power Development Corp., the reason why despite the series of advertisements published by Energreen he has not come out with any statement.
MURCIA Mayor Andrew Montelibano ordered Monday the closure of a poultry shop in their town for not complying with sanitary health rules.
The poultry shop located at Sitio Baho, Barangay Salvacion is owned by Clay Flores of Bacolod City.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella suggested Monday the assignment of traffic aide volunteers to help man the traffic flow in the vicinity of University of St. La Salle (USLS) following the recent vehicular accident that claimed the life of a fourth grader.
Puentevella said that when he was president of the USLS Student Council, he used to serve as traffic aide volunteer along with other students.
TWO-HUNDRED fourteen couples exchanged vows on Valentine's Day in a ceremony administered by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella at the Bays Center.
Councilors El Cid Familiaran, Claudio Jesus Puentevella, Archie Baribar, Wilson Gamboa Jr., Alex Paglumotan, Anna Maria Palermo, and Noli Villarosa, with former councilor Catalino Alisbo and First Lady Josefa Puentevella, served as principal sponsors.
THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has closed the portion of Aguinaldo Street fronting the Capitol building in Bacolod City effective February 15.
Venchito Magalona, head of Capitol's security, said that based on the instruction of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., entrance and parking will be allowed in front of the Capitol only for employees and those having transactions at the Capitol.
THE Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (Noneco) is set to energize soon Sipaway Island, a tourist attraction off the coast of San Carlos City.
Noneco general manager Dan Pondevilla said the Department of Energy has allotted P45 million for the energization of the island to further boost its tourism potentials.
A BUSINESSWOMAN is considering filing appropriate charges in court against a car dealer in Bacolod City for allegedly deceiving her when she purchased a brand new but defective car.
Gina Chio, with her lawyer Romeo Carlos Ting Jr., said she could sue Ponce Automobile Corp. for engaging in alleged "deceptive practices" in violation of her rights as a consumer.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the new law that raised the ceiling on tax exemptions on bonuses to P82,000 is a big relief to government employees.
“That means the Capitol employees will not be taxed on their bonuses anymore. The tax deducted from the employees' bonuses especially for those without dependents have been significant," the governor said.
Two brothers were injured after they were shot by their uncle outside a restobar on 18th Street in Barangay 5, Bacolod City around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Police identified the victims as Michael John Ku, 38, of Capitolville Subdivision, Barangay Villamonte; and his brother Martin, 20, of Lopez Jaena, San Sebastian Streets, Barangay 31, Bacolod.
TWO jeepney drivers stabbed each other to death at Purok Sagrado 2, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City around 10:40 p.m. Saturday.
The fatalities were identified as Rocky Continedo, 41, of Barangay Tabun-ac, Toboso; and Virgilio Javinez alias “Esboy,” 44, of Barangay Estefania.
NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said his wish for Bacolod City is for the camps of both Bacolod Representative Evelio Leonardia and City Mayor Monico Puentevella to come up with a unification process like what they are doing in Negros Occidental.
"We would like public officials, after election, to buckle down to work together rather than continue attacking each other and engaging in mudslinging. The frame of mind of politicians should be to work together after the election," he said.
NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez, who leads the Love Negros coalition, said Friday they will field candidates from governor down to the lowest local position in the 2016 elections if the unification talks with the United Negros Alliance (UNA) fails.
"We are talking definitely. Remember that there were issues raised during the previous election which caused the breakup of the local party. If these issues can be resolved and can be overcome and we can come up with a win-win situation, it will probably be beneficial for us to really look at 2016 with a united front," Benitez said in an interview Friday.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. dismissed talks on the plans to oust the Aquino administration.
"I don't believe it because we are a strong democracy. A coup will not solve the problem but would rather worsen the problem," he said.
NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez who serves as the Visayan Bloc convenor on Friday said their group has held in abeyance all decisions and commitments with respect to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
"As far as our members our concerned, we will be tackling it in our membership meeting which will take place sometime on the first week of March," he said.
A FOURTH grader at University of St. La Salle-Integrated School (USLS-IS) died after he was ran over by a Mitsubishi Pajero on C.L. Montelibano in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Senior Inspector Benedicto Villarias, chief of Police Station 4, on Friday said the nine-year-old boy was crossing from the Gate 3 of USLS going to his service vehicle when the Pajero with plate number FEM 938 driven by Diane Czarina Ramos, 33, hit him.
A CONSTRUCTION worker died after he was electrocuted when he touched the metal handle of the electric water pump at the basement of the construction site on Araneta Street, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City around 10 a.m. Thursday.
The fatality was identified as Erwin Estilo, 20, resident of Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod.