Flooding damages P4.9-M crops

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:48 p.m.

DAMAGE to agriculture in Negros Occidental reached P4.9 million after successive days of flooding in five towns and cities in the south due to torrential rains brought by southwest monsoon.

Affected areas were the towns of Valladolid, Pulupandan, San Enrique, Hinigaran, and Bago City.

Guv: PNoy not seeking reelection

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:48 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said President Benigno S. Aquino III has already confirmed that he is not seeking reelection despite the overwhelming endorsements from his allies.

“He has already categorically said that he is not running for second term,” said Marañon, who attended the meeting with the President at the Maharlika Hall of Malacañang Friday.

600 cops to be deployed for MassKara

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:47 p.m.

AT LEAST 600 policemen will be deployed by Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to the different festival sites during the 2014 MassKara Festival from October 1 to 19.

Chief Inspector Noel Polines, head of BCPO-Operations Branch, said on Monday that they asked for an augmentation of 100 policemen from the Regional Public Safety Battalion and 50 from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.

House okays DSB's 200-hectare townsite

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:47 p.m.

MAYOR Jose Max Ortiz of Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB) said the House committee on environment approved the 200-hectare townsite of the municipality as proposed in the bill refiled by First District Representative Julio Ledesma IV.

Ortiz said that Abang Lingkod Representative Stephen Paduano moved for the approval of the bill.

Distrito, Familiaran authored most number of SP ordinances

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:46 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilors El Cid Familiaran and Caesar Distrito authored the most number of city ordinances from July 2013 to June 2014, based on the records of the City Council.

2 snatchers arrested in Brgy. Handumanan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:46 p.m.

TWO snatchers were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by Police Station 10 in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Sunday afternoon.

Police identified the suspects as Domingo Jimenez, 22, and Rolan Morcilla, 50, both residents of Purok Kawayanan 2, Barangay Handumanan.

Boy’s body found in Cauayan resort

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:46 p.m.

THE body of the 14-year-old boy who went missing after he drowned at Swally Beach Resort in Barangay Linawon, Cauayan, Negros Occidental was recovered Monday morning.

Superintendent German Garbosa, chief of Cauayan Municipal Police Station, said the body of Jogen de la Peña was found around 5:30 a.m. along the shoreline.

Visayan lawmakers vow support for Benitez

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:18 p.m.

MACAU – The Visayan Bloc, considered a potent force in the House of Representatives, with the leaders of Negros Occidental led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. vowed to fully support Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez if he decides to run for the Senate in 2016.

Benitez brought his fellow Negrense officials and his colleagues in Congress from the Visayas here over the weekend. They were joined by journalists from Bacolod City.

Leaks, cracks at gov’t center need to be checked

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:17 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilors Wilson Gamboa Jr. and Archie Baribar urged the City Engineer's Office, Office of the Building Official, and General Services Office to look into the defects such as leakages and cracks of the Bacolod Government Center building.

They made the call in a resolution passed by the City Council during their last session.

Pa, daughter drown in Cauayan resort

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:16 p.m.

A MAN and his daughter were found dead while his nephew was missing after they drowned at the Swally Beach Resort in Barangay Linawon, Cauayan, Negros Occidental Saturday.

Police identified the victims as Hernie Hermoso, 42; Ma. Ellen Hermoso, 15; and Jogen de la Peña, 14, all residents of Barangay Linawon.

Escalante optimistic on approval of P12M for payment of land tax

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:15 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante said on Sunday he is optimistic that the Provincial Board will approve the supplemental budget for the payment of taxes imposed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) amounting to P12 million for a portion of the property the province is leasing to Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) which was a subject of a land swap.

Escalante, chairman of the committee on budget and finance, said they are just waiting for the document from the Court of Appeals (CA) covering the land swap.

Lifting of notice of disallowance on NGC roads affirmed by COA

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:14 p.m.

THE Commission on Audit (COA) has affirmed the lifting or setting aside of another Notice of Disallowance for P11,794,210.81 on the construction of the perimeter roads of the Bacolod New Government Center, a press release from the office of Bacolod City Representative Evelio Leonardia said Sunday.

COA Chairperson Ma. Gracia Pulido Tan with COA Commissioners Heidi Mendoza and Jose Fabia, in a decision dated September 3, 2014, affirmed as proper the approval made by COA-Western Visayas Regional Office in granting the appeal filed by then mayor Leonardia and other city officials concerned against the disallowance.

Raps vs 3 Cauayan rob suspects readied

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:14 p.m.

ROBBERY complaints will be filed by the police before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office against the three suspects who ransacked the Municipal Treasurer’s Office of Cauayan on September 4.

Superintendent German Garbosa, chief of Cauayan Municipal Police Station, said on Sunday that the three suspects, whom he refused to name, were positively identified by the witnesses.

‘Erring cops face full force of law’

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 05:39 p.m.

CHIEF Superintendent Josephus Angan, director of Western Visayas Police Regional Office, said on Friday that policemen in the region who will be involved in crimes will face the full force of the law.

Angan said there’s a mechanism in the Philippine National Police (PNP) stating that those who will violate the law will be subjected to disciplinary action and they will be charged criminally and be subjected to administrative charges.

Traffic re-routing to continue - CLO

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 05:39 p.m.

DESPITE the absence of the approval of the City Council for the 45-day extension of the traffic re-routing, the City Government will continue to implement the road experiment.

City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II said Friday that for the sake of orderliness and to avoid confusion among commuters and drivers, they will maintain the experimental re-routing.

PhilHealth allots P1.2B for Negros

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is allotting P1.2 billion for the health insurance of 500,000 indigent families in Negros Occidental.

This was bared Friday by PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Alex Padilla, who was in the province for the PhilHealth Cares Summit.

Gov't peace panel chief bats for localized peace initiative

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

THE chief of the Philippine government peace panel negotiating with the National Democratic Front (NDF) said he is encouraging localized peace talks with the communist rebels.

Lawyer Alex Padilla, who came to Bacolod City, said this on Friday as he expressed that there is a slim chance of sealing the peace agreement between the National Government and the NDF.

Bacolod City Hall asks DPS to collect garbage

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 05:36 p.m.

THE City Government of Bacolod has asked the Department of Public Services (DPS) to gather the uncollected garbage of the private garbage collector Enviroking Corporation.

City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II yesterday said that after they reviewed the city’s contract with Enviroking, they sent a notice to the private garbage collector that the DPS will start collecting their uncollected garbage in the main thoroughfares and markets in the city.

8 hurt in Ceres road accident in San Enrique

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 05:36 p.m.

EIGHT passengers of a Ceres Liner bus were injured after it fell on its side Thursday morning in San Enrique, Negros Occidental.

Senior Insp. Romeo Vargas, chief of San Enrique Police Station, said driver Ronato Facultad, 37, was cruising along the national highway of Barangay Sibucao when the accident happened.

MassKara organizers told: Be transparent

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:47 p.m.

FOUR councilors of Bacolod City said they expect Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. (KBFI), organizer of the 2014 MassKara Festival, to observe transparency and trustworthiness.

“They should submit a detailed financial report to the city government especially to both branches – Executive and Legislative,” said opposition Councilors Roberto Rojas, Carlos Jose Lopez, Em Ang, and Caesar Distrito after KBFI president and festival director Rhoderick Samonte appeared before the City Council’s session Wednesday.

2 fishermen found dead

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

BACOLOD CITY -- Two fishermen reported missing in Sipalay City were found dead in the shoreline of the southern Negros city.

The body of Aleo Delgado, 35, was recovered in Barangay 2 the other day while his nephew, Robert Tahonero, 26, was found late Thursday near the area where he was also found.

Stable water, power supply seen in 2015

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

A LOCAL business leader said he sees power and water supply stability within Metro Bacolod in 2015.

Frank Carbon, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), said that before the year ends, Metro Bacolod will have its peaking sources from the diesel and biomass power plants in the village of Calumangan, Bago City.

Another schedule for process claims pushed

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Council has passed a resolution requesting the Human Rights Victims Board (HRVCB) to consider another schedule for the filing of claims in Negros Occidental before November 10, 2014.

The HRVCB decided not to hold another round of processing in Negros Occidental and instead advised the other victims and their families to submit their applications in Iloilo City or Dumaguete City on September 17 to 19.

Woman shot by robbers

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

A WOMAN was shot by riding-in-tandem men who robbed her in Purok Himaya, Mansilingan village, Bacolod City on Thursday morning.

Police identified the victim as Lorelyn Rebatado, 21, of Purok Natahug, Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental.

4 arrested in drug buy-bust

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

TWO suspected drug pushers and two others were arrested in buy-bust operations on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bacolod City.

The drug raids were launched by the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) and the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (AIDSOTG).

Police chief relieved

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

THE police chief of Station 5 in the village of Granada, Bacolod City was relieved from his post effective Tuesday.

Senior Inspector Leo Canag will be replaced by Senior Insp. John Jay Ganzon from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.

Police chief relieved

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 03:43 p.m.

THE police chief of Station 5 in the village of Granada, Bacolod City was relieved from his post effective Tuesday.

Senior Inspector Leo Canag will be replaced by Senior Insp. John Jay Ganzon from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.

Traffic chief: ‘Extend re-routing’

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 02:10 p.m.

THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO)-Traffic Management Unit (TMU) asked the City Government on Wednesday for another 45-day experimental traffic re-routing before the conduct of a public hearing for the amendment of City Ordinance 338.

Inspector Roger Ong, head of TMU, said the 45-day experimental traffic re-routing that ended last week was successful. The traffic re-routing was implemented from July 23 to September 5.

Lawmaker asks police to probe teen’s death

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 02:09 p.m.

VALENZUELA City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian called on the Philippine National Police-Western Visayas on Wednesday to thoroughly investigate the death of a 15-year-old high school student allegedly due to hazing.

John Kurt Inventor, a third year student of the Abkasa National High School in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, died two days after he allegedly underwent fraternity initiation rites.

Kasadya needs P3M from city for MassKara

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 02:08 p.m.

THE Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. (KBFI), organizer of the MassKara 2014, might need between P5 million and P6.5 million for the staging of this year’s festival, and half of the funds might come from the City’s coffers.

Kasadya president Rhoderick Samonte, who is also the festival director, bared this during his presentation of the festival events to the City Council Wednesday.

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