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.
THE sub-station of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City lost its equipment to unidentified robbers who ransacked the compound Sunday.
Ceneco president Arnel Lapore said Tuesday they discovered that a part of an air brake switch of a transformer was missing.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said Tuesday the collection of fees from building permits during the time of suspended Office of the Building Official (OBO) chief Isidro Sun has doubled compared to the collections recorded during the previous administration.
“I want you all to know that Engineer Sun has performed well, with the increase in the building permit collections reached P34 million. He was suspended but has performed well,” the mayor said.
A LOCAL court hearing the petition against the Bacolod City's land valuation and real property tax reset the hearing to February.
The Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association (Creba) and Representative Evelio Leonardia filed a petition against the implementation of City Ordinance No. 08-14-700 or the updated schedule of land valuation and real property tax.
FIFTEEN former rebels (FRs) from different cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental received financial assistance worth P15,000 each during the culmination of the Project Development Seminar for FRs held at the Technology and Livelihood Development Center in Bacolod City Tuesday.
The assistance is from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program for Negros Occidental FRs, which is a complementary program of the national government to the local government unit’s peace-building efforts.
HOUSE Bill 4702, which seeks to create a Negros Island Tourism Office, will be discussed in Wednesday’s committee hearing in Congress.
The bill, filed by Bacolod City Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia, will create the office which will coordinate the tourism offices of the two provinces in the island and could usher in the one-island region plan.
THE Provincial Government is looking into the operation of RespiCare, a private company renting out respirators in various private and public hospitals in Negros Occidental, including the Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
Second District Board Member Miller Serondo said Tuesday that there is no memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the company and the Provincial Government to do business at the provincial hospital.
DESPITE the implementation of low tariffs on imported goods, including sugar, this year’s prices of locally-produced sugar remain competitive as the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) sees a good future for the sugar industry.
SRA chief Ma. Regina Bautista Martin said on Monday that although the world market has a surplus, there is still much demand for sugar in the country.