‘Queenie’ batters Cauayan coastline

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:06 p.m.

TROPICAL Depression Queenie battered the coastline of Cauayan town Thursday morning, leaving 101 houses destroyed and 327 others damaged.

Storm signal number 1 was hoisted in southern Negros Occidental since Wednesday, but it has already been lifted Thursday night.

Lagarde axed as Ceneco GM due to incompetence

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:05 p.m.

CENTRAL Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. was removed from his post effective Thursday, November 27, due to incompetence.

This was confirmed by lawyer Arnel Lapore, board president of Ceneco, who said that seven of the nine directors voted for Lagarde's removal during their Executive Board meeting Thursday.

‘Put flyover in Montevista-Homesite area’

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:05 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said the Montevista-PHHC (Homesite) area is a potential site for another flyover in the eastern part of the city.

It has 30 meters of right-of- way compared to the Burgos-Circumferential area which has only 20 meters, he said.

Vet: Capitol seen to net P94M from sheep sale

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:04 p.m.

DR. RENANTE Decena, provincial veterinarian of Negros Occidental, said Thursday the contracts to sell between the Capitol and the buyers of the sheep distributed by his office have not matured yet, and the provincial government stands to earn a total of P94 million from the sheep sale.

Vice Gov. Jose Euegenio Lacson released the report of the Provincial Veterinary Office stating that the province has a total of P72 million in collectibles from the sale of the sheep as of October 31.

PCSO's ‘Peryahan’ replaces Bingo Milyonaryo in Negros

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:04 p.m.

AFTER the failure of Bingo Milyonaryo, another numbers game under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will soon operate in Negros Occidental.

Jose Ferdinand Rojas, acting chair and general manager of PCSO, said in a letter to Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella that the city is being considered as one of the areas where PCSO is planning to launch their newest game, the Peryahan Games.

No foul play in death of house help - police

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:03 p.m.

THERE is no foul play in the death of the house help whose body was found hanging inside the house of her employer Tuesday, the police said.

Senior Police Officer 3 Arlyn Torrendon, officer-in-charge of Bacolod police Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), yesterday said that based on the autopsy report, the 17-year-old helper died from respiratory failure due to lack of oxygen as a result of strangulation.

Admin rap filed vs traffic investigator

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 03:03 p.m.

AN ADMINISTRATIVE complaint was filed by a broadcaster before the Police Regional Office-6 against the traffic investigator assigned at Police Station 2 who allegedly refused to record his complaint.

Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Officer (BCPO), yesterday received the grave misconduct complaint filed by Babes Gantalao against Police Officer 2 Richard Villan.

Provincial Board okays 7% hike in urban land valuation

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:23 p.m.

THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental approved on final reading Wednesday the provincial tax ordinance on valuation of properties with the imposition of an increase of seven percent on urban lands in all municipalities in the province.

Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, said the tax ordinance is being reviewed and updated every three years.

Collectibles for sheep sale reach P72M

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:22 p.m.

THE collectibles of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental from the sale of sheep to local government units (LGUs) and private individuals and groups have reached P72.412 million as of October 31, 2014.

The figure is based on the data submitted by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) relative to the hearings conducted by the Board on the proposed 2015 annual budget.

‘It’s my right to choose next Baciwa director’

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:21 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said it is his right to decide who to choose as the next member of the Board of Directors of the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) after the term of office of chairman Lawrence Villanueva ends on December 31, 2014.

Puentevella asked for a list of more nominees after Villanueva was left as the lone nominee endorsed to him to represent the civic sector. The three other nominees were disqualified for failure to meet the requirements.

Provincial Board approves P15-B investment plan

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:20 p.m.

THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) of Negros Occidental approved Wednesday the proposed P15.01-billion Annual Investment Plan endorsed by the Provincial Development Council (PDC).

Bacolod needs traffic plan for Yuletide rush

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:19 p.m.

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) of Bacolod is urging the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) and the Traffic Management Unit (TMU) through the Office of the City Mayor to come up with a traffic management plan to address the inevitable heavy traffic and commuters' rush during the Christmas and the New Year holidays.

In a resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, the City Council noted that the pre-Christmas season has started and that Bacolod is experiencing the influx of residents from all over Negros Occidental for their Yuletide season preparation.

ERC asked on next hearing sked

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:19 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod passed on Wednesday a resolution authored by Councilor Alex Paglomutan inquiring from Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) the schedule of the next public hearing of the application for provisional authority for the power sales supply contract between Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) and Energreen Power Corporation.

On September 24, 2014, the ERC conducted the first public hearing at the Ceneco office attended by the intervening sectors, including the Council committee on communications and energy, Utility Consumers Alliance of Negros (UCAN) headed by Rev. Ernie Larida, representatives from Bayan Muna and Freedom from Debt Coalition, and groups of consumers advocates.

WCPD probing death of house help

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:19 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) is investigating the death of a house help whose body was found hanging inside the house of her employer in Barangay Taculing Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Police Officer 3 Arlyn Torrendon, officer-in-charge of WCPD, said they are awaiting the result of the autopsy on the 17-year-old helper.

Woman hacked by live-in partner

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:18 p.m.

A 28-YEAR-OLD woman was hacked by her live-in partner in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City Wednesday morning.

Inspector Larry Teovisio, deputy commander of Police Station 6, said the victim, whose name is being withheld by the police, was wounded in her head after her 48-year-old partner attacked her using a bolo.

Mother, son hurt in shooting

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 02:18 p.m.

A WOMAN and her 16-year-old son were shot by a man inside their compound at Purok Magbinuligay, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Tuesday evening.

Police identified the woman as Ana Ramirez, 54. The name of her 16-year-old son is being withheld by the police.

Visayas’ largest SMX formally opens doors

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 02:40 p.m.

“WE ARE bringing to Bacolod City the international standards and acclaimed service that the SMX brand is well known for,” said Dexter Deyto, vice president and general manager of SMX Convention Center, during the formal opening of the SMX Convention Center Bacolod Tuesday night.

Located at the third level of SM City Bacolod’s Northwing Annex, SMX Bacolod is operated by SMX Convention Specialist Corp., a subsidiary of the SM Hotels and Convention Corp., the fifth core business of the SM Group of Companies.

Baciwa mgt urged to pay half of financial assistance

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 02:39 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Employees Union has asked their management to release the remaining half of their financial assistance as provided under the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA).

Claudio Salmo, president of the Baciwa BEU, said on Wednesday half of the amount was already released last March. However, the remaining half equivalent to their half month salary was not released last August. They believe it is a form of retaliation after they exposed Baciwa’s non-revenue water reaching P900 million, Salmo said.

Capitol putting up TFI outpost in Damutan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 02:38 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Provincial Legal Officer Jose Maria Valencia, executive director of Task Force Ilahas, confirmed Wednesday that they are putting up a Task Force Ilahas (TFI) detachment in Barangay Damutan, Hinobaan to protect the remaining forest in the area.

“We want to preserve the remaining trees as well as the wildlife in the forest,” Valencia said.

Pace condemns taxes on bonus

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 02:37 p.m.

THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) in Negros Occidental has condemned the continued imposition of taxes on their Christmas bonuses.

In a statement, Pace said there are happy and thankful to the provincial officials especially to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. for their continued concern to the Provincial Government employees.

Farmers call for mining ban in Negros

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 02:37 p.m.

ABOUT 200 farmers in Negros Occidental belonging to Defend Patrimony Movement Against Mining held a picket rally yesterday in front of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City to call on the provincial officials to declare a mining ban in the province.

Felipe Gelle of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said they also appeal to the members of the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance for the mining ban.

Bacolod Council okays repair of lighting in 2 parks

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 02:37 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod passed a resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to repair and improve the lightings of the Rizal and Bonifacio parks in the city.

Recently, the City Council approved an ordinance regulating the use of certain parks in Bacolod City, such as the Rizal and Bonifacio Park, and mandating the City Government to maintain them.

3 arrested in buy-bust

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 02:36 p.m.

A SUSPECTED drug pusher and two others were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted by personnel of Bacolod City Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) and Negros Occidental Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (AIDSOTG).

Arrested were Ed John Artagame, 33, of Purok Marapara, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City; Ricardo de la Cruz, 19, and May Roncesvalles, 41, both residents of Purok San Pedro, Barangay zone 4, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

Pedicab driver killed; brother hurt

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 02:35 p.m.

A TRISIKAD driver was shot to death by a suspect who was creating alarm and scandal at San Juan Street, Bacolod City Monday evening.

His brother was also injured when the suspect shot him.

Police: Kidnapping text a hoax

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:03 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is not the source of the hoax text message about the alleged presence of kidnapping group in Bacolod and Negros Occidental, a police official said.

Superintendent Calixto Mabugat, deputy city police director for administration, said Monday they received information last week that the text message circulating was from the city police, but he denied that they were the source of it.

Council okays P1.55-B budget for Bacolod in 2015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:03 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Council approved the proposed 2015 budget of Bacolod City amounting to P1.55 billion during a special session held Monday.

Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, said next year’s budget includes P150 million for environmental services.

Councilor Gamboa posts bail for libel

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:02 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. was issued a warrant of arrest for the libel case filed against him by Northbound Terminal operator Crispin Chua and he was able to post bail last Wednesday.

The next hearing of the libel case before the Regional Trial Court Branch 46 is on February. 20, 2015, the councilor said.

Bomb scare hits school in Cadiz

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:02 p.m.

A BOMB threat caused panic among the pupils and teachers of West Elementary School-II at Cabahug Road, Barangay Zone 3, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental Monday morning.

Supt. Gerardo Ulanday, chief of Cadiz City Police Station, said that around 9:50 a.m., they received a call from a school personnel, informing them that a box was found in front of the school gate.

Baribar: Taxpayers’ rights are protected

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:01 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Archie Baribar said the rights of the taxpayers are protected with the passage of the ordinance updating the land valuation and real property taxes in the city.

“With all the ordinance’s perceived imperfections, real or imagined, we ensured that the rights of taxpayers are amply protected,” he added.

Villarosa: No demolition at Villa Esperanza

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:00 p.m.

LIGA ng mga Barangay president Noli Villarosa said on Monday that no demolition will be effected on the houses of some residents of Purok Villa Esperanza in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City.

The clarification came after residents supposedly received reports that their houses will be demolished upon the orders of Villarosa.

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