Maranon shuns NIDC proposal

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:23 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. rejected the idea of creating the Negros Island Development Council (NIDC) as proposed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in lieu of the one-island region set-up for the two Negros provinces.

Rebels torch heavy equipment in Cauayan

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:22 p.m.

ABOUT 60 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) burned a backhoe and dump truck used in road construction at Sitio Buta, Barangay Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental Monday evening.

Superintendent German Garbosa, chief of Cauayan Municipal Police Station, said the heavy equipment belong to the HLJ Company owned by Henry Jordan based in Kabankalan City.

35th MassKara kicks off today

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

THE world-renowned MassKara Festival now on its 35th year opens today, October 1.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella will lead the opening salvo at the public plaza this morning.

All Hinoba-an employees to undergo fingerprinting

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

HINOBAAN Mayor Ernesto Estrao has ordered all municipal government employees to undergo fingerprint check after the Municipal Treasurer’s Office lost almost half a million pesos to robbers Sunday.

Senior Inspector Roberto Indiape Jr., chief of Hinoba-an Municipal Police Station, said on Tuesday they will request the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) to conduct another round of fingerprints examination.

3,400 Koreans coming to Bacolod - mayor

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:09 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella has announced that 3,400 Koreans will visit the city via Korean travel agents between December and March.

The mayor said JungAng Travel, Mode Travel, Expo Travel, Noran PoonSun Travel, and Ilsung Travel are among those who would like to open the tourism market of Bacolod to Korean golfers.

Undoc reiterates call for Ebreo’s ouster

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:09 p.m.

THE United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) reiterated their call for Executive Assistant to the Mayor Reynaldo Ebreo to step down as head of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office-Traffic Management Unit (BTAO-TMU) during their protest rally on Tuesday.

During the rally at the Land Transportation Office and at the Bacolod Government Center, they also pressed for the implementation of fair and reasonable traffic rules and regulations in the city.

House help rescued by police

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:08 p.m.

A HOUSEHOLD helper in Bacolod City was rescued Monday afternoon by personnel of Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Bacolod City Police Office and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from the house of her employer.

Inspector Jinky Lou Ramos, head of WCPD, said on Tuesday the 13-year-old girl was rescued after her 15-year-old sister was allegedly molested by their employer since May 30 this year.

DENR stops retrieval of hot logs in Hinobaan

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 03:07 p.m.

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas Region has ordered the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) in Sipalay City to suspend the retrieval operations of the logs from the virgin forest in Sitio Wilderness, Barangay Damutan, Hinobaan.

This was confirmed on Tuesday by Representative Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod party-list, who is a member of the House committee on natural resources.

Mayor’s call for talks snubbed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:35 p.m.

THE United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) will push through with its scheduled rally in front of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and at the Bacolod Government Center today, Tuesday.

The rally is conducted to ventilate Undoc's grievances against what it calls the "anti-drivers campaign" of these government agencies.

Hinoba-an employees probed after P.5M robbery

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:34 p.m.

ABOUT 20 employees assigned at the Municipal Treasurer's Office of Hinoba-an underwent a fingerprinting examination on Monday following the robbery incident on Sunday that emptied their vault of P474,800 in cash.

The fingerprints examination was conducted by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office-Scene of the Crime Operatives.

CSOs hit landlordism in Negros forests

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:33 p.m.

A GROUP of 11 civil society organizations (CSOs) in Negros Occidental called for an end to "private ownership and landlordism" in the forests of the province.

In a position paper released to the media on Monday, the group said "the recent blunder to the forests of Negros is the excessive acquisition of vast areas of land inside the protected area and natural park."

City gets P2.7M for Sum-ag River cleanup

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:32 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella announced Monday that he has received the P2.7-million fund from the Department of Tourism for the Sum-ag River tourism development project.

With the fund coming from the National Government, the City will start beautifying the Sum-ag River after the MassKara Festival, the mayor said.

House inquiry, review of PPA charter pushed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:32 p.m.

ABANG Lingkod party-list Representative Stephen Paduano is pushing for a congressional inquiry into the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) relative to its expenses on the three ports in the Negros Occidental.

Paduano said the PPA spent millions, if not billions of government funds, on Himamaylan, Hinobaan and Pulupandan Ports that remained white elephants.

Police to conduct clearing op vs illegal drugs

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:31 p.m.

SENIOR Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), directed on Monday all station commanders to conduct clearing operations against illegal drugs within their respective areas of responsibility.

Escarilla said this is one of their mandates from national headquarters to eradicate the illegal drugs in Bacolod City.

Police: Househelp molested by employer

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:30 p.m.

A HOUSEHOLD helper in Bacolod City escaped after she was allegedly raped by her employer several times.

Inspector Jinky Lou Ramos, head of Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Bacolod City Police Office, said Monday that the 15-year-old girl has been molested since May 30 this year.

NOAH IO stresses communication, literacy in climate change and DRRM

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

MORE than ever, we are equipped with the information we need.

But information is all for nothing if not communicated effectively. There are ways of effectively sending out information. Social media is one of those ways.

Pope thanks Bacolod councilor for invitation

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:18 p.m.

POPE Francis extended his thanks to Bacolod City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez for inviting him to come to the city on his visit to the country in January 2015.

Lopez recently wrote Pope Francis, the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, requesting him to consider visiting Bacolod during his visit to the country because "at present the politics in our city does not reflect Christian values."

RDC-Western Visayas to endorse P20-B airports expansion

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:17 p.m.

THE Regional Development Council (RDC) of Western Visayas will endorse the proposed P20-billion project for the modernization and expansion of airports in the Region.

This was revealed by National Economic Development Authority regional director Roan Bacal, co-chair of RDC, after their maiden meeting Friday with Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is the new RDC chair.

Baciwa ‘enjoying’ normalcy in operation

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:15 p.m.

ENGINEER Mario Macatangay, interim general manager of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa), said the water district has normalized its operation since he assumed post from suspended general manager Juliana Carbon about a month ago.

Macatangay said the first thing that he did was meet Carbon and the staff, and the workers’ union and requested them to stop the mass actions and to remove the protest tarpaulins.

5 injured in road accident

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:13 p.m.

FIVE persons were injured when a dump truck fell into a canal at Purok 2, Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police identified the victims as Ana Katrina Aquino, 22, and her two-year-old son Marjun Aquino; Hydie Balsomo, 35, and her two children John Darwin Balsomo, 11 months, and John Dave Balsomo, 11; and Ma. Belenda Lachica, 30, all residents of Barangay Alangilan.

SP: ‘The City of Smiles’ official brand for Bacolod

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:12 p.m.

THE City Council recently approved an ordinance that officially makes “The City of Smiles” as the official brand for the Bacolod City.

According to the City Council, over the years, the city has been tagged by numerous brandings, including the “MassKara Festival Capital of the Philippines,” “Chicken Inasal Capital of the Philippines” and the “Gateway to the Province of Negros Occidental.”

Barker facing robbery raps

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:11 p.m.

A BARKER who held up a taxi driver is facing a robbery complaint filed by police Friday afternoon before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.

Charged was Alejandro Medel, 18, of Purok Kaingin, Barangay Singcang-Airport.

Guv: Work together for progress of WV

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

ILOILO CITY – Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. urged his fellow officials and stakeholders in Western Visayas Region to pool their resources together to steer the region towards progress.

The governor made the call as he assumed as chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in rites held at the RDC Conference Hall of the National Economic Development Authority Building here Friday.

‘Papers for 1-island region bid now with Malacañang’

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:41 p.m.

DIRECTOR Ro-Ann Bacal of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) in Western Visayas Region confirmed on Friday that the papers on the proposed one-island region for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are now with the Office of President.

“There's no setback. It's decision time. The papers are already with the Office of the President. Hopefully, he will decide and we will await that decision," Bacal said.

MassKara soft opening in 2 festival sites today

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:41 p.m.

THE 2014 MassKara Festival will have its simultaneous soft opening today, September 27, in the festival sites at the Bacolod People’s House (Government Center) and at the “Barangay San Miguel” along SM City Bacolod at the Reclamation Area.

Today’s events will officially set the pace for this year’s festival set to start October 1 with a series of events, including a four-way run, jog, walk, bike and skate, the opening of the Gawad Kalinga Volunteerism Week, thanksgiving mass, mask making contest, and the GMA Dansskara elimination round.

SAC opposes diesel-fired power plant of Energreen

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:40 p.m.

THE Social Action Center (SAC) of the Diocese of Bacolod headed by Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida has outlined the reasons for its opposition to the establishment of the diesel-fired power plant of Energreen Power Development and Management Inc. in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City.

The 19.8-megawatt power plant, being constructed by Energreen Power under its project company, Central Negros Power Reliability Inc., will supply peak and reserve power to Central Negros Electric Cooperative.

Capitol readies IRR for Cyber Centre

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:39 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said on Friday the Implementing Rules and Regulations ( IRR) of the ordinance for the operation of the Negros First Cyber Centre (NFCC) is already in place and awaits the signature of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

“We hope to publish it next week after the governor has signed it," Pinongan said.

Demolition of houses, resto on Capitol lands underway

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

THE demolition of eight houses on Capitol properties in Barangay 3, Bacolod City is now ongoing, and the organic restaurant operated by Organik Na Negros Producers and Retailers Association will soon follow.

Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Friday the affected families of the demolished houses were given P5,000 each by Ayala Land Inc.

My role in the BGC project purely ministerial - Gamboa

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said that his role in the many cases emanating from the construction of the Bacolod Government Center (People's House) is purely ministerial.

This was his reaction to former city legal officer Joselito Bayatan’s statement “which intentionally and advertently mentioned his name as one of the political figures/respondents in the seemingly endless complaints obviously referring to the manner in filing 12 cases relating to the issue on the construction of the Bacolod Government Center (BGC).”

More drivers vs traffic rerouting

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:07 p.m.

ANOTHER transport group in Bacolod City expressed opposition to the proposal to extend the experimental traffic rerouting in certain routes for another 45 days.

Elizabeth Katalbas, president of the Federation of Bacolod Drivers Association, (Febacda), said that they don't conform to the idea of extending the experimental traffic rerouting scheme in some streets because they consider it a failure.

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