Woman, daughter die inside pension house

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 05:12 p.m.

A WOMAN and her four-year-old daughter were found dead inside a room of a pension house at 11th Street, Barangay 7, Bacolod City Friday afternoon.

Inspector Stephen Boniba, chief of Police Station 2, said the woman was identified as Bea Cañete of Murcia town.

Church calls for new dialogue with Baciwa execs

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 05:11 p.m.

SERVE with sincerity and set aside prejudice.

This was the advice of Bishop Vicente Navarra, and Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director of Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod, to the board of directors and management of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) as they called for another round of dialogue to intelligently discuss issues hounding their actions and decisions.

1 missing, 6 rescued in collision of vessels

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 05:10 p.m.

A FISHERMAN is missing while his six companions were rescued after their fishing boat crashed into a barge loaded with empty container vans in the waters of Barangay Tomontong in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental yesterday morning.

‘LGUS should take lead in drive vs illegal fishing’

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.

THE head of the Provincial Management and Enviroment Office (Pemo) said local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental should take the lead in the campaign to stop illegal fishing in their respective areas.

Ceneco president’s email account hacked

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

LAWYER Arnel Lapore, president of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), said his email account was hacked and it was not him who sent emails to his friends here and abroad asking for some amount in dollars.

Baciwa execs answer director’s complaints

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 03:00 a.m.

THE Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) heads of operations and concerned employees answered the 10-point complaint filed by director Marichi Ramos against embattled general manager Juliana Carbon on Thursday.

Ramos, along with board chairman Lawrence Villanueva and vice chairman Lorendo Dilag, voted to suspend Carbon earlier this month.

Ninoy paid ultimate price of dying for freedom

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:59 a.m.

THE 31st death anniversary of former senator and icon of democracy Benigno Aquino Jr. was remembered by Negrosanons in rites held at the hero’s monument near the old Bacolod airport in Singcang Thursday.

The gathering was attended by members of the “Yellow Army” in Negros Occidental, Liberal Party men and women, government leaders, and students.

New SC justice should inhibit from DAP, JDF talks

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:59 a.m.

NEWLY-appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza is expected to inhibit himself from discussions on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Judicial Development Fund (JDF), says lawyer Enrique Tabino, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Negros Occidental Chapter.

Jardeleza served as solicitor general right before his appointment in the SC, and at that time, the Aquino administration filed a motion for reconsideration on the High Court’s ruling declaring the DAP unconstitutional.

City Council hits Burgos Street road works

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:58 a.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod passed a resolution Wednesday expressing strong dislike and dismay on the alteration of Burgos Street, from Lacson Street up to the Burgos Market by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), “without proper courtesy and information” to the city government.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., who authored the resolution, also manifested another resolution approved by the SP, “requesting the DPWH to inform, consult and give proper courtesy for all projects it will undertake that will change the landscape of Bacolod City streets.”

Faith healer faces raps for young man’s death

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:58 a.m.

THE family of a young man from Manapla town is preparing charges against a faith healer for allegedly causing the death of their brother after he extracted five of his teeth.

Based on police report of the Manapla Municipal Police Station, Johna de la Cruz complained that her brother, Johnny Aguirre, 21, died on August 19 due to infection and blood poisoning.

Nosfa pushes for fishery reforms

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:57 a.m.

THE Negros Occidental Small Fishers Alliance (Nosfa), the largest province-based formation of small fishers and fish workers, will hold its Founding Provincial Congress today at the Business Inn in Bacolod City as they continue to to push for sustainable fishery and aquatic reforms.

Organized in January this year, Nosfa has formed area alliances and base groups in 15 coastal areas and local government units (LGUs) of the province spread in some 90 fisherfolk organizations. It targets to build chapters in all 25 coastal LGUs of the province by end of 2014.

Capitol heightens watch vs robbery

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:21 a.m.

THE Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City is observing heightened security alert to deter robbery incidents after the city halls of Escalante and Bago lost cash and equipment recently.

Capitol security supervisor Venchito Magalona said that aside from the presence of security guards, an augmentation force from the Philippine National Police is also patrolling the seat of the provincial government.

Arles kin to ask SC to deny plea on trial venue

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

THE family of the late judge Henry Arles will file an opposition to the motion for reconsideration filed by the three suspects on the Supreme Court ruling to transfer the venue of the trial of the judge’s murder case.

The High Court had earlier ruled to transfer the trial venue from Kabankalan City Regional Trial Court to Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Baciwa general manager ‘trustworthy, competent’

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:20 a.m.

BACOLOD City Water District (Baciwa) director Cecilia Abello Henares defended embattled general manager Juliana Carbon, saying she is trustworthy and competent.

“I have no knowledge if she has any wrongdoing. As chairperson of the committee on personnel matters, I find their actions of putting GM Carbon under preventive suspension oppressive,” Henares said.

P4M approved for PhilHealth listing

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:19 a.m.

THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental approved during their regular session yesterday a resolution for additional fund for the Point-of-Care Program for various district hospitals in the province amounting to P4.45 million.

Requested by Dr. Romulo Rhoel Mogul, head of the Hospital Operations Division, the amount will be sourced from the revolving funds for Drugs and Medicines of the Economic Enterprise Department.

Raps filed vs driver of Baciwa director

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:19 a.m.

MALICIOUS mischief and illegal trespass complaints were filed by police before the City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday against the driver of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) board chairman Lawrence Villanueva.

Charged was Levy Solito, 33, of Purok Langka, Hacienda Lapas, Barangay Pacol, Bago City, Negros Occidental.

Forum on Negros poverty reduction set

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

THE Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)-Negros will hold its Chapter Assembly and “Conversation on Negros/Philippine Poverty Reduction and Updates on the National Commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Tasks of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)” Thursday, August 21, at GT Hotel in Bacolod City.

NegOcc to host national tourism confab in October

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:18 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental will host the 15th National Convention of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) this coming October 2 to 4.

Co-hosted by Bacolod City, the convention will gather thousands of tourism officers, local government officials, legislators and tourism advocates from all over the country.

Tension at Baciwa

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:50 a.m.

TENSION flared inside the compound of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Tuesday afternoon after the three directors who voted to suspend general manager Juliana Carbon forced their way in, prompting the employees to hold a noise barrage to protest their action.

Board chairman Lawrence Villanueva, vice chairman Lorendo Dilag and director Marichi Ramos arrived with their lawyer Leo Irving Sedonio at around 3 p.m. supposedly to hold the first hearing on the administrative complaint filed by Ramos against Carbon.

Mitsubishi eyeing investment in Sagay export zone

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:49 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Tuesday that a group from Mitsubishi in partnership with Ayala Land Inc. is eyeing a possible investment in the North Negros Agro-Industrial Export Processing Zone in Sagay City.

The investor's advance party surveyed the area and they inquired about water and electricity supply, the governor said.

SRA issues order on sugar production allocation

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:48 a.m.

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has issued Sugar Order No. 1 pertaining to sugar production allocation policy for milling year 2014-2015.

SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista Martin said the sugar order, approved during the meeting of the SRA Board yesterday, is allocating five percent for “A” sugar or US quota, 90 percent for “B” or domestic market, and five percent for “D” or world market.

Be vigilant against robbers, LGUs told

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:48 a.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. warned local government units in the province to be vigilant against robbers especially this season of “tiempo muertos” (dead season) wherein there is no work in sugarcane plantations.

The governor issued the warning amid the robbery incidents that happened in the city halls of Escalante and Bago recently.

Capitol warns illegal fishers anew

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:46 a.m.

THE Negros Occidental provincial government warned anew operators of commercial fishing boats against engaging in illegal fishing as another purse seiner was apprehended past midnight Tuesday in the southern town of Ilog.

Jose Maria Valencia, provincial legal officer and executive director of Task Force Ilahas, said that F/B Aqua King owned by Sherwin Lim of Hinigaran was intercepted at around 12:15 a.m. with 12 crew men on board led by Geraldo Alolod.

City to partner with Petron for scholarships

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:46 a.m.

THE City Government of Bacolod and the Department of Education (DepEd) together with Petron Corporation’s Fuel H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Poverty thru Education) program will launch the Tulong Aral ng Petron Scholarship Program (TAP) that will support the government’s anti-poverty pursuit through basic education.

The TAP will provide out-of-school children from age six with a subsistence that will allow them to have access to basic education from Grade One until Grade Ssix through school uniforms, shoes, school supplies, meal allowance and a Christmas gift pack.

Silay to launch ‘History on Wheels’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 02:45 a.m.

THE City Government of Silay and the Department of Education (DepEd) Silay City Division will launch the “History on Wheels,” on Friday, August 22.

The “History on Wheels” is a special education-tourism program of Silay spearheaded by the DepEd Social Studies Department and Silay City Tourism Office.

Mayor’s office of Bago robbed

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:13 a.m.

UNIDENTIFIED robbers carted away about half a million worth of equipment and gadgets from the Bago City Mayor’s Office Sunday, police said.

Supt. Arnel Arpon, chief of Bago City Police Station, said Monday the robbery was discovered by a city employee. The police are looking into the possibility of an inside job since there was no indication of forced entry.

Ceneco residential rate up 12 cents in August

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:09 a.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) announced Monday afternoon the increase of 12 centavos in its residential power rate for August.

From last month’s rate of P9.25 per kilowatt hour, this month’s rate went up to P9.37 per kWh.

28 Negrense OFWs get assistance

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:08 a.m.

TWENTY-eight Negrenses, including six from Bacolod City, are availing of assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) after they went home from their jobs in war-torn countries.

Under the Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP), the Owwa provides aid for overseas workers who are forced to return home.

25 weighing scales inspected in village public market, stalls

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:07 a.m.

TWENTY-FIVE manual and digital weighing scales were tested, sealed and calibrated last Friday by the City Treasurer's Office (CTO) inspectors at Barangay Estefania public market and sidewalk stalls.

Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez, chairman of committee on markets and slaughterhouse, led the inspection in the meat and pork section, fish section, and rice section of the market and in the sidewalk fruit stands.

Company auditor robbed

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:06 a.m.

AN AUDITOR of Robinhood and Rebisco Commercial in Bacolod City lost P51,000 in cash to two unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle who waylaid their delivery truck at Mansilingan-Murcia Road Saturday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Virgil Villanueva, 34, a resident of Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

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