DESPITE the implementation of low tariffs on imported goods, including sugar, this year’s prices of locally-produced sugar remain competitive as the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) sees a good future for the sugar industry.
SRA chief Ma. Regina Bautista Martin said on Monday that although the world market has a surplus, there is still much demand for sugar in the country.
MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle on Monday said the problem on street children and street families can be addressed through a collaborative effort.
It should involved people in government, business, education, non- government organizations, people’s organizations, and faith-based communities, he said.
THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has given city officials 10 days to submit their reply in relation to the petition filed by Proxima Centauri Realty Development Corp., developer of the Valley of Peace Memorial Park, on the implementation of the ordinance updating the schedule of market value and real property taxes in the city.
Maphilindo Polvora, head of the City Assessor’s Office, said he received an order on Monday from the DOJ, directing him and his co-respondents to answer the petition.
ABOUT 300 board feet of endemic tree alstoria scholaris or “bita” was found abandoned in Don Salvador Benedicto town.
Elmo Amit, municipal environment and natural resources officer, on Monday said residents of Barangay Pandanon discovered the lumber along the river already cut in 2x14x8 and 2x8x10 sizes.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. led officials on Monday in inaugurating the Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) at the NEGROS FIRST Cyber Center in Bacolod.
The TBIC is located at the fourth floor of the Cyber Center and is intended for incubation and start-ups.
GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. is confident that President Benigno Aquino will eventually approve the long-standing proposal to create a One Island Region for Negros Occidental by issuing an executive order for its creation.
Before his term ends, this will be realized and I believe we will get his approval within this year, Marañon said Monday.
CENTRAL Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) president Arnel Lapore defended their power supply contract with Energreen Power Development and Management Inc., saying there is nothing to pass on to consumers in terms of charges.
Energreen is constructing an 18.9-megawatt diesel-fired power plant in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City through its project company Central Negros Power Reliability Inc.
ROXOL Bioenergy Corp. (RHI) in Barangay Nagasi, La Carlota City voluntarily ceased their operation effective January 4 due to pollution issues.
Pontevedra town Mayor Jose Maria Alonso said on Sunday that the bio-ethanol plant suspended operation pending the action taken by the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB).
MABINAY – Negros Occidental Mayor Alfredo Marañon Jr. called on both the Negrenses in Occidental and Oriental to stay united as brothers as he emphasized that Negros will have a bright future ahead of it if it is transformed as an island region.
Marañon visited this town bordering Kabankalan City upon the invitation of municipal Mayor Ernie “Jango” Uy, a strong supporter of the governor’s advocacy for the Negros Island Region (NIR).
THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) has elected its executive officers for 2015.
During the executive committee meeting Friday, Renelo Lastierre of the Provincial Legal Office was elected president.
A SUSPECTED drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of City Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Purok 6, Magsungay, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City Saturday.
Police identified the suspect as Mila Laurencio, 47.
TWO notorious robbery hold-up suspects were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by personnel of Police Station 6 after they robbed a student at Carmen Avenue, Barangay 40, Bacolod City around 8 p.m. Friday.
Police identified the suspects as Mark de Ocampo, 22, of Barangay Zone 14, Talisay City; and Arnold Boderro, 22, of Purok Langis, Barangay Banago, Bacolod.
THE Utility Consumers Alliance of Negros (UCAN) will file a motion for reconsideration before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to oppose the newly-approved provisional authority it granted to Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) and Energreen Power Development and Management Inc. based on several grounds.
Vicente Petierre III, legal counsel of UCAN, on Saturday said they believe that Ceneco has no shortage of power supply.
TWO residents of Hinobaan are now facing administrative charges before the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for cutting kamagong trees in Barangay Damutan.
Provincial Legal Officer Jose Maria Valencia, who is also executive officer of Task Force Ilahas, said those charged were Samuel and Ronnie Teves of Sitio Lubong, Barangay Damutan.
BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. on Friday said the city needs to be forward looking in choosing the site of the next flyover project.
Gamboa has proposed to construct the next flyover at the C.L. Montelibano Avenue-Circumferential Road junction as an option if the flyover project is not possible to be placed at the Burgos Street-Circumferential Road because of the opposition from the business sector.
THE City Council of Bacolod passed on first reading an ordinance establishing guidelines governing the qualifications and procedures in the accreditation of mobilizers of Localized Community Mortgage Program (LCMP) projects of Bacolod City.
The ordinance, authored by Councilor El Cid Familiaran, referred to the Social Housing Finance Corp., which created a socialized housing program of the national government called Localized Community Mortgage Program whereby funds for the housing of the poor are made accessible for the implementation of local government units (LGUs).
THE City Council of Bacolod passed a resolution requesting the City Veterinary Office through the Office of the City Mayor to revitalize Task Force Botagoy and enhance its operations against illegal slaughtering to ensure that consumers are protected from contaminated hot meat.
A MOTORCYCLE driver was killed while two others were injured in a head-on collision in front of St. Peter Chapel on Alijis-Murcia Road, Bacolod City Thursday morning.
Police identified the fatality as Joni Landero, 34, of Purok Active, Eroreco, Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod. Injured were Dexter Barcena, 44, Sitio Noyuca Guadalupe, Cebu City; and Jonrey Mollon, 19, of Purok Active, Eroreco, Barangay Mandalagan.
THE start of the gun ban and other prohibitive acts relative to the scheduled Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or Youth Council election on February 21 has been moved to February 6.
Negros Occidental Provincial Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez said that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) passed on Thursday Resolution No.9928 that moved the election period from January 22 to March 2, 2015 to February 6 to March 2, 2015, or 15 days before the election and nine days after the election.
NEGROS Occidental Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez said that if the Supreme Court (SC) affirms its decision against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) order for the removal of the “Team Buhay, Team Patay" poster, it would set a precedent for 2016 elections.
He said that by then, people could already put tarpaulin within their compounds for or against any candidate.
BACOLOD City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya on Thursday clarified that the City Council members do not derail the ratification of the contract between the City Government of Bacolod and garbage hauler Dynamic Builders Construction Philippines.
The Bacolod-based firm has a P193-million, 12-month garbage collection, hauling, and landfill management contract with the City of Bacolod starting January 1, 2015.
OUT of 23 drug affected barangays in Bacolod City, four barangays were identified by the police as seriously drug-affected.
Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta, head of City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (CAIDSOTG), on Thursday said that in November last year, they conducted a joint validation with the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to determine the drug-affected barangays in Bacolod.
THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) announced Thursday that its residential rate for January 2015 billing period has decreased by 35 centavos – from P10.0525 per kilowatt hour last to P9.6995 per kWh at present.
The average 35-centavo drop in the effective rate is attributed to the decrease in generation charges due to lower prices of electricity in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and decrease in Ceneco power supplier Green Core Geothermal Inc.’s basic energy charge from P5.2342 to P4.94 per kWh, the Ceneco management said.
HINOBAAN Mayor Ernesto Estrao is eyeing the creation of the Municipal Environment Protection Council to address the illegal logging problem especially in Sitio Wilderness, Barangay Damutan.
Estrao said the illegal logging operation has already been existing even before he became mayor.
THE Diocese of Bacolod led by Bishop Vicente Navarra said they are vindicated by the Supreme Court (SC) decision upholding their side on the controversial “Team Buhay/Team Patay” tarpaulin posted outside the San Sebastian Cathedral during the election period in 2013.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella on Wednesday urged the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) to cooperate with the city in its payment on the adjusted rates of the real property taxes because they might be wrong in their complaint against the city.
Puentevella said that Bredco representatives should come to the Assessor’s Office and talk to the right people so that they could get the exact assessment of their real property taxes.
NEGROS Occidental is a recipient of about P200 million in Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) initiatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA) using the government’s $670 million or P27.48 billion loan from the World Bank.
Representatives of World Bank are now in the province for the 1st Supervision Review Mission of its funded projects in Negros Occidental.
DESPITE the start of the election period today (January 22) for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls scheduled on February 21, both Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez still believe the SK election will be postponed.
“I believe it won't push through. Majority of the congressmen agree for the postponement of the SK polls because the 2016 national and local elections are nearing. I'm sure Congress will move ASAP for its postponement when they resume sessions today," the governor said Wednesday.
BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez denied reports on Wednesday that he personally assisted the team from the Commission on Audit (COA)-Central Office that conducted a fact-finding on the controversial fertilizer scam that involved the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of then congressman and now mayor Monico Puentevella.
THE City Council of Bacolod has deferred anew the ratification of the contract of service of the city with Dynamic Builders Construction Phils. for its Comprehensive Solid Waste Management and Development Program; pending the submission of the City Mayor’s Office of documents regarding the recommendation of the City Legal Office (CLO).
Dynamic Builders bagged the contract after offering the lowest calculated bid for the P193-million, 12-month garbage collection, hauling, and landfill management contract with the City of Bacolod starting January 1, 2015.