TOP officials of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City led the Negrenses in exulting over the victory of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao who defeated American challenger Chris Algieri to keep his WBO welterweight title Sunday in Macau.
Like anywhere else in the country, Negrenses and Bacolodnons flocked to hotels, gymnasiums, and other public places of convergence to witness the eight-division world champion dominate the former kickboxer from New York.
MEDIA practitioners affiliated with the Negros Press Club (NPC) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) lighted candles on the steps of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City last night to continue to press for justice for the victims of the Ampatuan massacre exactly five years ago yesterday, November 23.
Communication students of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) and University of St. La Salle (USLS) also took part in the commemoration rites.
PRODUCERS of organic products saw brisk sales during the five-day 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival held in Bacolod City that ended Sunday.
As of Sunday noon, gross sales reached P3.18 million.
SAVE Bacolod Movement head Sammy Montoyo has asked the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to impose a suspension order against Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella pending the investigation of the criminal case filed against him in relation to the P50.5 million funds of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Basoc).
THE Philippine Army in Negros Occidental is bracing for the suspension of offensive military operations (Somo) in the coming holiday season.
Colonel Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said the Armed Forces has observed the Somo for a number of years already.
THE City Council of Bacolod will hold a special session today, to tackle the proposed 2015 annual budget amounting to P1.55 billion.
Councilor Claudio Jesus Raymundo Puentevella, chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, said they have finished the deliberation on the annual budget of P1.55 billion in preparation for the hiring of a new contractor for garbage hauling and services.
A ROBBERY suspect was arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by personnel of Police Station 1 at Purok Ramon Magsaysay, Barangay 14, Bacolod City Saturday afternoon.
Police identified the suspect as Santiago Compacion, 28.
THE Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) has allotted P14 billion for infrastructure projects in Western Visayas for 2015, Regional Director Edilberto Tayao said.
The amount will be divided among the six provinces, including the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras and Negros Occidental, and the urbanized and component cities.
PRODUCERS participating in the ongoing 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival in Bacolod City posted P1.288 million in sales in the first two days.
Ramon Uy Jr., president of Organik Na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (Onopra), said the first day sales reached P581,179 and on the second day, P706,895.
ABOUT 80 fireworks and pyrotechnics sellers have asked the Bacolod City Government to allow them to sell again in the vicinity of the Pope John Paul II (JPII) Tower at Reclamation Area from December 1 to 31.
However, the proposal was opposed by SM City Bacolod, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) considering the proximity of the location to a gasoline depot which is within the range of 300 meters.
THE November billing of consumers under the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (Noneco) will have reduction of P2.72 per kilowatt hour, general manager Danny Pondevilla said.
This month, the residential power rate of Noneco is pegged at P10.20 per kwh. The rate is P8.97 per kwh for low voltage consumers and P8.67 per kwh for high voltage consumers.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Friday that, until this time, the date of President Benigno Aquino III’s visit to the province is not certain yet.
Marañon said Malacañang has already confirmed that Aquino will lead the inauguration of the Negros First Cyber Centre in Bacolod, but there is no definite date yet.
A RESOLUTION enjoining all Bacolodnons to observe the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12 was approved by the City Council Friday.
The resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor stated that every year, women’s groups from different regions of the world observed the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
A FIRE hit three houses at Purok Masinadyahon in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Friday afternoon, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.
The houses are owned by Val Oriel, Julius Oriel, and Inocencia Monyeba.
A RESOLUTION seeking to include the Chinatown Shopping Center as a festival site for the 2015 BacoLaodiat Festival was passed by the City Council Friday.
The 2015 BacoLaodiat Festival will be held from February 19 to 22.
A SUSPECTED drug peddler was arrested in a buy-bust operation by the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Purok Providence, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City at 11 a.m. Friday.
Police identified the suspect as Carlos Salvador, 39.
A MAN was shot dead by an unidentified assailant at Montinola Subdivision, Barangay Vista Alegre Bacolod City at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police identified the victim as Ruel Salvador, 35, of Purok Garcia, Barangay Vista Alegre.
VALUATION of urban lands in all towns in Negros Occidental is expected to increase by seven percent in January.
Provincial Assessor Enrique Gary Pinongan said Thursday that the Provincial Board has approved on first reading the ordinance updating the schedule of current and fair market value of real properties for the municipalities of Negros Occidental and other provisions relative to real property tax administration.
FORMER Negros Occidental Governor Rafael Coscolluela has dismissed rumors that he is forming what is called “The Third Force” or in Bacolod City politics.
A third force is a group that (as of political parties or international powers) intermediates between two opposing political forces, according to Merriam-webster.com.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella questioned Thursday why he was presented only one nominee for the soon to be vacated seat in the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Board of Directors.
Puentevella is set to choose a replacement for board chairman Lawrence Villanueva whose term will expire on December 31, 2014.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella thanked the members of the City Council who voted for the passage of the ordinance updating the schedule of the market value of real properties in the city and other provisions relative to the real property tax administration.
Puentevella’s son, Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, chairman of the committee on appropriation and finance, led the public hearings on the proposed ordinance.
THE proposed construction of the flyover at the intersection of Magsaysay-Araneta Avenues could start early next year, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Bacolod City District Engineer Abraham Villareal said that if all the concerns for the Magsaysay-Araneta flyover are addressed and if the DPWH central office decides to already pursue the project, its implementation could possibly start in the first quarter of next year.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is still waiting for the result of the administrative investigation conducted by Police Regional Office-Western Visayas against Police Officer 1 Winfredo Casuyon, who was arrested for carnapping in the city.
Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO, said Thursday that Casuyon was charged for carnapping and he has also pending administrative cases with the PRO-6.
SENIOR Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), warned business establishments in the city on Thursday against customers using fake credit cards.
Escarilla said they continue to monitor shopping malls for the possible operation of suspects using counterfeit credit cards.
A RAPE complaint was filed Thursday by the police before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office against a truck helper who allegedly raped a mentally-ill woman.
The 24-year-old suspect is a resident of Ilog, Negros Occidental, Senior Police Officer 3 Arlyn Torrendon, officer-in-charge of Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), said.
THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently awarded 169.9-hectares land to 148 farmers-beneficiaries in Hinigran, Negros Occidental.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Zenaida Montalvo said 103 farmers were awarded with 138.3-hectare landholdings formerly owned by Juan Ysasi in Barangay Palayog while 45 farmers, in the 31.6-hectare property previously owned by Margarita Yulo-Gonzaga in Barangay Pilar.
THE Gonzaga family, donor of the property occupied by the Bacolod Government Center, is leading the opposition to the proposed construction of a flyover at the intersection of the Circumferential Road-Burgos Avenue.
The family aired their opposition in Wednesday’s public consultation conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bacolod City District Engineering Office at Barangay Taculing that was also attended by Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia and Mayor Monico Puentevella.
THE organic agriculture industry in Negros Occidental has grown by leaps and bounds and it has now become a billion-peso industry, said a social entrepreneur.
Ramon Uy Jr., president of Organik Na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (Onopra), said that, at present, Negros has about 10,000 hectares of organic farms.
THE Energy Development Corp. (EDC) is eyeing to conduct drilling operations for another geothermal power in in Mt. Mandalagan, Negros Occidental.
Mt. Mandalagan, which is part of the Negros Volcanic Belt, is listed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) as a potentially active volcano.
THE Bacolod City Council approved on third and final reading on Wednesday the ordinance updating the schedule of the market value of the city’s real properties and other provisions relative to the real property tax administration.
The voting included nine affirmative and two negative votes.