DOJ: New RPT, land valuation schedule null, void

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:53 p.m.

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has declared null and void City Ordinance No. 08-14-700 that updates the schedule of fair market value of real properties in Bacolod.

The order of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima dated Feb. 18, 2015 was based on the appeal filed by Proxima Centuari Realty and Development Corp. and Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) that have expressed their opposition to the implementation of the ordinance.

City files ejectment case vs AVM

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:52 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Government filed on Wednesday a case for ejectment or unlawful detainer against city slaughterhouse operator Antonio Valeriano M. Bernardo (AVM) Engineering and plant manager Glorydee Cometa before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities.

City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II sought relief by asking the court to order Bernardo and Cometa to turn over the possession of the slaughterhouse located in Barangay Handumanan to the City Government.

Capitol Central to bring more investors

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:52 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Thursday that the Capitol Central development will bring more investors in the province.

“Let me welcome with excitement Ayala Land as it opens its signature development in the province. You opened the floodgates for more investment potentials for Negrenses. What makes today's event rewarding is that, what used to be a non-productive piece of land for many decades will now be transformed into a center of economic activity,” Marañon said.

Energreen first delivery of power set April 26

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:47 p.m.

ENERGREEN Power Development and Management Inc. is eyeing the first delivery of 4.1 megawatts (MW) of power supply to Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) on April 26 should the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) approve its connection agreement.

Energreen corporate communications officer Emmanuel Canto, in a press conference in Bacolod City Thursday, said: “Supposedly the first delivery of power is on March 26, 2015. However, Ceneco did not allow us to deliver the 4.1 MW to their 13.2 KV line, so our first delivery will now fall on April 26. We hope that NGCP will finalize our connection agreement.”

Court denies Ramos's motion on Baciwa post

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:46 p.m.

REGIONAL Trial Court Branch 46 judge Estefanio Libutan has denied the motion for reconsideration filed by former Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) director Marichi Ramos in relation to the case filed by former Bacolod Vice Mayor Ramiro Garcia Jr. against her.

Garcia filed a petition for quo warranto against Ramos on Aug. 20, 2014 asking the court to declare her not entitled to sit as member of the Baciwa Board representing the professional sector, ousting her from the position, and to declare him as the person entitled to be a member of the Baciwa Board.

Onopra pushes ban on golden rice

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:46 p.m.

THE Organik na Negros! Producers and Retailers Association (Onopra) has joined the opposition to the commercialization of golden rice by 2016.

Onopra headed by its president Ramon Uy Jr. expressed “its deep concern that the country is now counted as among the world’s ‘biotech mega-countries.’”

Paglumotan still with NPC

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:46 p.m.

Paglumutan was a member of the Grupo Progreso of Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Evelio Leonardia, but Paglumutan said the group is not a political party.

“It is just a fusion of some political personalities. It is just an aggrupation, but not considered as a political party,” Paglumotan added.

Hospitals reorganization approved

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:44 p.m.

THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental has approved the reorganization of government-run hospitals.

Second District Board Member Miller Serondo, chair of the committee on health, said the first phase of the reorganization will affect Teresita L. Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Cadiz District Hospital, Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City, and the Calatrava District Hospital.

Multiple raps filed vs bizman

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:43 p.m.

POLICE have filed on Thursday multiple complaints before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office against a businessman who was arrested at B.S. Aquino Drive Tuesday.

Senior Insp. Jose Mulleta, chief of Police Station 2 (PS2), said Fernando Jugo, 57, of Greensville Subdivision, Barangay Villamonte is facing complaints for violation of Sections 11 and 12 of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and of RA 10591 for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

UNA, Love Negros unity uncertain

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 03:17 p.m.

THE planned unification of the United Negros Alliance and Love Negros is uncertain following reports that Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will have Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer as his running mate instead of Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.

Request to subpoena Baciwa execs, employees opposed

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:51 p.m.

THE request of former Bacolod City Water District board chairman Lawrence Villanueva from the court to issue a subpoena to Baciwa officers and employees relative to his complaint against Mayor Monico Puentevella has been opposed by the City Legal Office.

The case was heard by Judge Fernando Elumba of Regional Trial Court Branch 42 Tuesday.

ARBs should be assisted in withholding tax issue

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:44 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Wednesday that the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ cooperatives, that are composed of small sugarcane planters, should be assisted with their problems on the one percent withholding tax on raw sugar, including molasses.

“The small planters are having problems on documentation because they used to be laborers and became landowners. So they are not used to the process while in transition, so we should help them," the vice governor said.

Rizal Street parking ban to start March 16

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:39 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Wednesday that the implementation of the no parking rule at Rizal Street will start on March 16.

"Vehicles are not allowed to park in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.," he said.

Ayala Land holds groundbreaking of Capitol Centre Project

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:39 p.m.

THE Ayala Land Inc. will ground break today its Capitol Centre Project located at the Capitol property and the adjacent Coscolluela property in Bacolod City.

The P6 billion project will have a shopping mall, hotel, and residential condominium.

City sidewalks to undergo rehab for Apec meet

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:38 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Wednesday that the city’s sidewalks at the downtown area will be rehabilitated for the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) Meeting on Credit Bureau and Finance on April 29 to 30.

The mayor, who visited the sidewalk vendors at the Central Market on Wednesday, suggested to make the canvas stall covers uniform in color for it to look more organized and attractive.

Mayor gets authority to expropriate property on Burgos St.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:36 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Council has passed an ordinance authorizing the city mayor to exercise the power of eminent domain or pursue expropriation proceedings over Lot No. 204-A in Barangay 10 for the public purpose and use of widening the Burgos Street along San Juan-Reclamation Area junction.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Ana Marie Palermo, was approved by the City Council on first, second, and third reading Tuesday.

Junkshop caretaker killed by robbers

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

A JUNKSHOP caretaker was killed by two unidentified men who tried to rob him inside a shop at Purok Namin-Nami 1, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City Wednesday morning.

Police identified the fatality as Nino Laurilla, 38, of Ambusao, Capiz.

Illegal firearms dealer arrested

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:33 p.m.

A SUSPECTED illegal firearms dealer was arrested in a joint operation conducted by personnel of Cadiz City Police Station and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo)-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at Villena Street, Barangay Zone 2, Cadiz City Tuesday afternoon.

Police identified the suspect as Rommel Palma, 43, of Barangay Mabini, Cadiz City.

Regulation of noise levels of sound systems pushed

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:32 p.m.

THE City Council has passed a resolution requesting the City Legal Offic-Ordinance Enforcement Unit to strictly enforce the regulation of noise levels of public sound systems used during fiestas and other community celebrations.

This is in pursuant to City Ordinance No. 356, Series of 2004 or “An Ordinance Regulating Noise Pollution in the City of Bacolod” which became a law in the City of Bacolod as of February 13, 2004 and took effect upon compliance of Art. 114 of the IRR of R.A. 7160.

BCPO chief’s term ends March 11

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:13 a.m.

BACOLOD City Police Office chief Pedrito Escarilla is stepping down from his post as he retires from the Philippine National Police (PNP) service on March 11.

Escarilla, who stayed as BCPO officer-in-charge for almost nine months, said he he’s been satisfied with what he has done for Bacolod, citing the arrests of several drug pushers and robbery suspects in different areas in the city.

Ejectment case vs AVM ready

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:10 a.m.

BACOLOD City Legal Office (CLO) chief Rayfrando Diaz II said on Tuesday that they are preparing for the filing of the ejectment case against the AVM Bernardo Engineering, the private operator of the city-owned slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan.

“We are ready, but there are certain documents that we need to reproduce so that it can be attached as annexes to our complaint,” Diaz said.

Mayor plans to meet with BIR chief

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:10 a.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Tuesday that he plans to meet with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner Kim Henares on Thursday to discuss the tax woes of the small sugar planters in Negros Occidental in relation to the implementation of Revenue Regulation 11-2014.

RR 11-2014 imposes one percent creditable withholding tax on the release of raw sugar.

Group reiterates call to scrap Mining Act

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:09 a.m.

DEFEND Patrimony-Negros reiterated on Tuesday their call to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 and rescind all permits granted to mining companies.

“The scrapping of the Mining Act of 1995 (Republic Act 7942) is an immediate and urgent call of the people. There is no compromise on that call,” said Defend Patrimony-Negros chair Rev. Bob Menguito in a press statement.

Capitol eyes joining DBP money market

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:07 a.m.

GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Negros Occidental is planning to join the Unlad Pamahalaan money market program of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

Marañon said the DBP's offer is advantageous to the province.

Mayor: ‘Bacolod doing economically well’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:07 a.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said the city is doing well economically with the entry of more investments recently.

Puentevella cited the SM City Bacolod Annex that houses the SMX Convention Center and new businesses such as the recently opened Korean coffee shop Tom n' Toms at Lacson Street.

Health office: Stay cool this summer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:06 a.m.

NEGROC Occidental's health officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang has advised the public to stay cool this summer and has warned the Negrenses against sore eyes that is expected to proliferate with the onset of the summer season.

"Always practice hand washing to prevent the spread of sore eyes," he said.

Top 10 most wanted in Bacolod falls

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:05 a.m.

THE 10th most wanted person in Bacolod City was arrested by personnel of Police Station 8 (PS8) at Bangga Cegasco, Barangay Pahanocoy Monday afternoon.

Police identified the suspect as Lazaro Cordero, 45, a fish vendor, and resident of Purok Sto. Nino, Barangay Sum-ag.

Bakeshop robbed by civilian guard

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:04 a.m.

A CIVILIAN guard and his unidentified companion robbed a bakeshop at Purok San Antonio, Phase 6B, Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Monday.

Police identified the suspect as Christopher Balosa, 28, a civilian guard, of Arbee’s Bakeshop and resident of Purok Kawayanan, Barangay Handumanan.

Energreen has ‘until May 2015 to deliver power’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

ENERGREEEN Power Development and Management Inc. through its project company Central Negros Power Reliability Inc. has been given by the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) until May this year to deliver the contracted power of 18 megawatts.

This was confirmed yesterday by Energreen counsel Ernesto Tabao, who said the extension granted by the Board of Ceneco will enable Energreen to deliver power on a staggered basis from March until May 2015.

UNA, Love Negros could face difficulties in unification bid

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

THE much talked about unification between the United Negros Alliance (UNA) and the Love Negros team will be complicated, said former Governor Rafael Coscolluella.

Coscolluella said on Monday that “it is easy to talk about the merger in the higher level but when it goes down to the lower level, it becomes complicated.”

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