THE Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) yesterday joined the National Day of Mourning for the deaths of 44 elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force in Maguindanao by wearing black bands.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Noppo, and Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO, yesterday led the taping of black bands across the badges of police personnel under their units.
THE two policemen eyed as suspects in the killing of Police Officer 2 John Gallenero Jr. Tuesday were relieved yesterday from their respective assignments at the La Carlota City Police Station and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo), said the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) ordered the administrative relief of Police Officer 1 Jackie Aizpuro from La Carlota police to the Provincial Holding and Accounting Unit at Noppo while Police Officer 1 Randy Gelboria, detailed at the BCPO, was turned over to the custody of Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO.
THE Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) inaugurated its Santorini well at Eroreco Subdivision in Barangay Mandalagan yesterday.
The opening of the well was led Baciwa chairman Maria Aida Torre, interim general manager Mario Macatangay, and directors Cecilia Henares, David Villanueva, and Alfredo Bayanin.
A LOCAL business leader said Negros Occidental needs an embedded power source like the diesel-fueled power plant of Energreen Power Development and Management Inc. in Bago City to have a stable source of electricity.
"We in the business sector are looking for power reliability and stability when we put our investment in a certain place,” said Frank Carbon, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), yesterday.
NEGROS Occidental availed the highest fund from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Region 6 totaling P3.063 million for various livelihood endeavors of 357 families in 2014.
Records of Dole Region 6 also showed Aklan has various livelihood projects for 33 families of child laborers in the amount of P200,380.
A BUSINESSMAN was shot dead while a village councilman and tricycle driver were injured in two separate shooting incidents at Victorias City, Negros Occidental yesterday and Thursday.
The fatality was identified as Alberto Sobrado, 51, of Lopez Subdivision, Barangay 6.
VILMA Limates, chief of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Cenro)-Sipalay City, confirmed she has been relieved.
Limates said she has been assigned as operations chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) in Guimaras.
NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. remains optimistic that the proposed creation of the Negros Island Region (NIR) will soon be realized as they conducted a consultation in Bayawan City, Negros Occidental yesterday.
TWO policemen and a civilian are being eyed as the suspects in the killing of Police Officer 2 John Gallenero Jr. in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental Tuesday.
The gray Mitsubishi Adventure vehicle used as get-away vehicle by the suspects was also recovered by Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo). The suspects rented the vehicle from Meca-J rent-a-car in Bacolod City.
AFTER deferring its approval twice, the City Council finally ratified Wednesday the contract of the City of Bacolod with Dynamic Builders Construction Philippines Inc. for the city’s P193-million, 12-month garbage collection, hauling, and landfill management starting January 1, 2015.
Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said Thursday the ratification was passed after the submission of a supplemental contract by the Mayor’s Office as suggested by City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II.
NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Thursday the Provincial Government may impose sanctions against 74 buyers, who benefited from the Capitol’s sheep dispersal program, if they fail to pay after the deadline.
"The Provincial Government will study our next action in case the buyers fail to pay or in cases of late payments,” Pinongan said.
PROVINCIAL legal officer Jose Maria Valencia said Thursday that Danjugan Island in Cauayan, Negros Occidental is under threat of illegal fishing.
Valencia said the Capitol will address the problem.
THE Bacolod City Council passed Wednesday on first reading the proposed ordinance that will allow policemen and traffic aides to confiscate the license of erring drivers.
Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella said the measure, "An Ordinance amending Chapter XVI of City Ordinance No. 110 series of 1956 or an Ordinance revising and compiling the traffic rules and regulations of the City of Bacolod by adding/inserting Section 3, reprinting and issuance of citation tickets", aims to empower city policemen and traffic aides to issue traffic citations to violators of the city traffic ordinances such as traffic citations to be in such standardized forms as prepared by the City Legal Office.
AN "INSIDE job" angle is being considered by the police in the robbery incident at the sub-station of the Central Negros Electric Cooperatives (Ceneco) in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City Sunday.
The power utility firm lost P1.89-million worth of equipment to unidentified robbers.
NEGROS Occidental Provincial legal officer Jose Maria Valencia said Thursday that illegal fishing charges will be pursued by the province against the fishing boat crew caught within the 15-kilometer territorial waters of Ilog in August 2014.
He said they will also ask the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) for the cancellation of the boat’s fishing permit and for the boat captain to be charged administratively.
THE Bacolod City is granting a P2.5-million worth of financial assistance for the 2015 Bacolaodiat Festival which is slated on February 19 to 22, 2015.
The City Council approved Wednesday the request of Mayor Monico Puentevella to sign the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city and the Bacolaodiat Inc. regarding the financial assistance.
A FILIPINO-American was shot dead by two unidentified men on board a motorcycle at Purok San Roque, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon.
Police identified the victim as Bernard Jereza, 46, of Washington, USA, and is now staying at Laloma, Quezon City.
OFFICIALS of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) defended the need to develop the Banago port in Bacolod City in a public hearing on Wednesday by the city's committee on laws and ordinances.
Pulupandan Port manager Enrique Fuentebaja and Cebu Port District head Fernando Claveria represented PPA in the hearing. PPA requested the City Council for a port zone delineation of Banago port which reportedly has been allocated a P800-million port development fund.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) remains on heightened alert and the Philippine flag is flying at half-staff inside its compound since Monday as a sign of mourning for the deaths of at least 44 members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP)in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Sunday.
Supt. Noel Polines, head of BCPO Operations Branch, said that after the incident, they received an order from national headquarters to put the flag at half-staff.
THE labor sector in Negros Occidental is pressing the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Western Visayas to come out with a new wage order.
Wennie Sancho, labor sector representative to the RTWPB- Western Visayas, said the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) mandates that the RTWPB shall come out with a new wage order following the end of the previous wage order that will end on March 29.
A POLICEMAN was shot dead by three unidentified men on board a vehicle at Virto Street, Barangay 2, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental Tuesday evening.
The fatality was identified as Police Officer 2 John Gallenero Jr., 32, an intelligence officer of La Carlota City Police Station.
LAWYER Renato Garbo III assumed as agent-in-charge of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Bacolod District Office Wednesday.
Garbo succeeded Joseph Rigodon during the turn-over rites witnessed by Negros Occidental Provincial Legal Officer Jose Maria Valencia.
TWENTY-FIVE non-uniformed personnel of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) were deployed to the different police stations in the city Monday.
Supt. Noel Polines, head of BCPO Operations Branch, Wednesday said the NUPs were assigned as radio operators and crime registrars.
BILLS for the use of ventilator at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental can already be charged to the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Health (DOH).
This was confirmed by Second District Board Member Miller Serondo, chairman of the committee on health, who said that the Economic Enterprise and Development Department ( EEDD) headed by Atty. Japheth Masculino already has the assurance of the DOH.
LAWYER Rayfrando Diaz II yesterday extended his client’s apologies to Rosario Hofileña, 64, of Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City who was injured when she accidentally fell on the floor after she tripped on the bag of a passenger, who is the client of Diaz.
Diaz, who refused to name his client, said the extent of injury was only known by his client after the daughter of Mrs. Hofileña posted a video on her Facebook account, showing how her mother fell on the floor and the owner of the bag apparently just left her after seeing airport personnel responding to the incident and helping Mrs. Hofilena.
The Provincial Board of Negros Occidental will hold another hearing next week to give Talisay City Vice Mayor Niel Lizares a chance to air his side on the oversight committee controversy also involving Mayor Eric Saratan.
Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairman of the committee on laws, ordinances and good government, said he conducted a committee meeting Wednesday to tackle the issue but only lawyers Bartolome Malde and Jovim Entila representing Saratan attended while there was no representative from Lizares or the City Council of Talisay.
AN EMPLOYEE of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) in Bacolod City was stabbed and robbed by three men at Celine Homes Subdivision, Barangay Estefania Wednesday morning.
Police identified the victim as Jay Apellanes, 38, a gaming assistant of Pagcor’s Casino Filipino.
THE City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) is intensifying its intelligence operations to neutralize 63 drug pushers included in the watch list of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).
CAIDSOTG head Jose Mulleta said Tuesday the BCPO has a total of 68 drug pushers in their watch list, but five of them were already arrested and charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said he will ask the City Council to work on the passage of the ordinance that will allow traffic enforcers and personnel of Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) to confiscate the license of drivers who commit traffic violations.
Puentevella said he considered this after several jeepney associations raised concerns about public utility drivers who wantonly disregard traffic laws.
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will formally issue the fare rollback certificate starting next week.
This as drivers and operators of public transport jeepneys have already implemented the fare reduction since last week after the series of roll backs in the prices of fuels.