Cayetano: ‘Time for progress’

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:31 p.m.

SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano, guest speaker at the 76th Charter Day celebration of Bacolod City on Sunday, urged Bacolodnons to show people from other places that now is the time to invest in the city.

"Let us show them that it is time to invest in your city, it is time to go outside Metro Manila. Let us claim that this is the decade, this is the century, this is the time of the Filipinos," Cayetano said before the crowd at the public plaza.

Granada, Brgy. 18 triumph in dance tilt, Electric MassKara

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:28 p.m.

BARANGAY Granada and Barangay 18 were declared grand prize winners in the MassKara street and arena dance competition and Electric MassKara float parade, respectively, held on Saturday and Sunday.

Garnering an average score of 92 percent, Granada bested 19 other barangays to bring home the cash prize of P300,000.

8 hurt by fireworks at plaza countdown

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:28 p.m.

EIGHT persons, including four children, were hurt by fireworks display during the countdown for Bacolod City's 76th Charter Day Saturday midnight at the public plaza.

The crowd panicked as the fireworks show went awry, prompting organizers to put a stop to the event.

PPP project for Bacolod-Silay airport dev’t okayed

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:27 p.m.

THE P20.26-billion Bacolod-Silay Airport Operations, Maintenance and Development Project is one of 12 infrastructure projects approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board during Friday's meeting chaired by President Benigno Aquino III.

Proposed by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the project has three phases. The Neda Board approved Phase 1.

‘Duterte for President’ launched in Bacolod

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:24 p.m.

THE Duterte for President 2016 Movement was officially launched in Bacolod City Saturday to support the aim to reach 50 million signatures from different regions in the country for the candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Lawyer JV Hinlo Jr., coordinator for Western Visayas of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD NECC), said the movement is asking for signatures from those who believe that Duterte is the best person qualified to be the next president of the country.

Weveca to pursue complaint vs WESM high rates

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:23 p.m.

LAWYER Arnel Lapore, president of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), said that despite the reduction of the billing of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation-Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (PEMC-WESM) for its September charges, the Western Visayas Electric Cooperatives Association (Weveca) will still elevate their complaint to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

Lapore said this was agreed during the electric cooperatives' meeting in Cebu in October 15.

NegOcc board to check EDC's refo project

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:18 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental third district Board Member Patrick Lacson, chairman of the committee on environment, said the board members will visit the reforestation project of geothermal power producer Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in Sitio Landingan, Barangay Minoyan, Murcia.

The visit will be done to make sure of the company's compliance with its memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the province.

CALL TO EXTEND CARP

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:17 p.m.

FARMERS belonging to Task Force Mapalad (TFM) will kick off Monday the campaign "Pangkatok sa Puertahan sang Congressman," a door-to-door campaign to ask the Negros congressman to support the bills for the continuation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp).

TFM spokespersons Alberto Jayme and Lanie Factor said they will appeal to Negrense congressmen to support the passage of House Bills 4296 and 4375; for the completion by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of the distribution of 129,000 hectares of agricultural holdings to Negros Carp farmer-beneficiaries; and fulfillment of PNoy's promise to complete Carp balance of around 700,000 hectares under his term and the fast-tracking of the DAR's land acquisition and distribution process through implementation reforms.

MassKara festivity peaks this weekend

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 04:38 p.m.

THE 19-day celebration of Bacolod City’s 35th MassKara Festival climaxes this weekend with the staging of the much-anticipated barangay street and arena dance competition Saturday afternoon, and the commemoration of the city’s 67th Charter Day anniversary on Sunday.

Activities of this year’s event, themed: “One Rhythm. One Bacolod. A Million Smiles,” is being held in four festivals sites, including the Bacolod public plaza, SM City at the Reclamation Area, the Tourism Strip on Lacson St., and the Bacolod People’s House.

Sum-ag HS, Pahanocoy ES win dance tilt

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 04:37 p.m.

SUM-AG National High School and Pahanocoy Baybay Elementary School were named grand champions in the schools category of the MassKara Festival arena and street dance competition held on Friday at the Pagla-um Sports Complex and at the city’s public plaza.

Sum-ag National High School bagged a cash prize of P150,000.

Tieza chief lauds Bacolod for vibrant tourism sector

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 04:37 p.m.

TOURISM Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid lauded Bacolod City for pushing and not giving up in its quest for a more vibrant tourism industry.

Lapid led the opening of the 1st Bacolod Trade Expo and Conferences Friday at the newly-opened SMX Bacolod Convention Center.

2 top drug personalities in Victorias City nabbed

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 04:36 p.m.

TWO suspected top drug personalities in Victorias City were arrested by operatives of Victorias police station at Custodio Pension House in Ditching Subdivision of said city Friday morning.

Police identified the suspects as Joery Custodio, 33, and his friend Karl Abong alias “Kanoy”, 26.

Boy, 6, killed in road accident

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 04:35 p.m.

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy was killed after he was ran over by an Isuzu truck at Rizal Street, Silay City Friday morning.

The fatality was identified as Allan Ronald Santos, of Barangay Rizal, Silay City.

‘We see the future in Bacolod, Negros’

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 03:31 p.m.

SM PRIME Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) president and chief executive officer Hans Sy said his company’s P1.5-billion investment in the SM City Bacolod Annex, which includes the Visayas’s first SMX Convention Center, is a testament of their confidence in Bacolod City.

Sy led the blessing and inauguration rites of the Annex at the mall’s North Wing Thursday, with Annie Garcia, president of SM Supermalls, and Bacolod officials led by Representative Evelio Leonardia, Mayor Monico Puentevella, and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, and Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano.

Marcos: Negros-Panay bridge OK

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 03:30 p.m.

LA CARLOTA CITY – Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has expressed support to the proposed construction of the bridge that will connect Negros to Panay, hoping that it could duplicate the benefits gained by Samar and Leyte from the San Juanico Bridge.

Marcos, who held a dialogue with various sectors here, said that linking Panay and Negros through a bridge has long been discussed, however, he revealed that it’s not among the priority infrastructure projects of the present administration.

City plaza sealed off for festival highlights

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 03:29 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Police Station 1 will seal off the area around the public plaza today, October 17, and Saturday to ensure the safety and security of MassKara revelers inside the festival site.

Senior Insp. Joeffer Cabural, Police Station 1 chief, said that starting 6 p.m. today, the public plaza will be sealed off and policemen will be assigned to its six corners to conduct body search among those who will enter the area.

Ferrer bares political options

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 03:27 p.m.

LA CARLOTA CITY – Negros Occidental Fourth District Representative Jeffrey Ferrer revealed Thursday his options after his term in Congress ends in 2016.

"I could run for mayor, board member or vice governor of the province," said Ferrer, who is married to La Carlota Mayor Juliet Ferrer.

Guv pushes for better hospital services

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

NEGROS Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. met with chiefs and administrators of the Provincial Government-run hospitals for the annual updating of hospital operations and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City on Thursday.

The activity aimed at informing the participants on how to expedite the processing of PhilHealth claims and match the hospitals budget with the projected revenue.

Robbers loot P59,000 in gadgets, jewelry

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 03:25 p.m.

UNIDENTIFIED robbers looted P59,000 worth of gadgets and jewelry from a house in San Dionisio Subdivision, Barangay Granada, Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Insp. John Jay Ganzon, commander of Police Station 5, said the robbers entered the house of Antonio Calibjo, 65.

150 cops augment MassKara security

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:29 p.m.

ONE hundred and fifty police personnel arrived in Bacolod City Wednesday to augment the security operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) during the highlights of the MassKara Festival celebration from October 16 to 19.

Records of the BCPO Operations Branch showed that 100 policemen came from the Regional Public Safety Battalion and 50, from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.

Rerouting for Masskara revelry starts

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:28 p.m.

THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO)-Traffic Management Unit (TMU) started to close some roads along Lacson Street midnight Wednesday for the highlights of MassKara Festival.

Inspector Roger Ong, head of TMU, said that starting 10 p.m. of October 15, some roads at Lacson Street were closed for the set-up of a big stage.

Ceneco imposes P.58/KWh rate hike for September

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:24 p.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) will impose a rate increase of P.58 per kilowatt hour (kwh), instead of only P.20 per kwh, in its September billing as an impact of the high charges of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

Ceneco president Arnel Lapore confirmed on Wednesday the final rate increase, saying it will be reflected in the October 15 electric bill.

Guv signs CNA with Capitol union

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:23 p.m.

THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) sealed Tuesday its 2015 Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) with the Province of Negros Occidental that will provide more benefits to the Capitol employees.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Pace president Dino Gasendo signed the agreement, in the presence of union officials.

Bongbong Marcos visits La Carlota today

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:22 p.m.

SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will visit La Carlota today, October 16, and Sagay and Bacolod cities tomorrow, his office said Wednesday.

At 11 a.m. today, Marcos will have a Multi-sectoral Dialogue on Infrastructure Development and Local Governance in Hacienda Fuego in La Carlota.

Police challenged to identify rob suspects

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:19 p.m.

VALLADOLID Mayor Romel Yogore challenged the town police to identify the suspects in the robbery of the Municipal Treasurer's Office to prove their theory that the incident was an “inside job.”

Yogore said he doesn't believe that it was an “inside job.”

Tricycle driver, 2 others injured in road accident

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:18 p.m.

A TRICYCLE driver and his two passengers were injured after their vehicle hit a delivery van parked at Araneta Street, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City Wednesday morning.

Police identified the victims at Josimo Intor, 25, Michael Cante, 26, and Dexter Lopez, 22, all residents of Barangay Cabug, Bacolod City.

Puentevella to AVM: City has right to be at NMIS inspection

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:18 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said Wednesday that a representative of the City Government has all the right to be present during the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) inspection at the AVM Bernardo Engineering slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan.

Puentevella said it is not appropriate for plant manager Glorydee Cometa to say that the city should not be there because there was no invitation sent to them.

SP passes dormitory regulation ordinance

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:17 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod has passed an ordinance regulating the operation and maintenance of dormitories and boarding houses in the city.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., who authored the ordinance, said the approval of the measure is timely in the light of reported theft, sexual harassment and even deaths inside dormitories and boarding houses.

NBI to LGUs: Charge burglars

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 01:02 p.m.

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) urged local government units (LGUs) in Negros Occidental that were victimized by a series of robberies in recent months to file formal complaints.

Lawyer Joseph Rigodon, head of NBI- Bacolod, said they cannot conduct investigation because of the absence of complaints.

Mayor: More than a thousand reasons to celebrate, be proud

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 01:02 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella declared that the city and its people have more than a thousand reasons to celebrate and be proud of the 35th MassKara Festival and the 76th Charter Day celebrations.

“The MassKara has been our showcase to show the world our resiliency as a people. For more than three decades now, the smiling faces of the masks during the festival remind everyone that we can withstand all adversities that may come our way,” the mayor said.

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