PROPERTY giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) bared its plans for more investments in Negros Occidental aside from the P6-billion proposed development in the 7.7- hectare provincial government properties in Bacolod City.
Raejie Juance, project development officer of ALI, said Friday that the company will construct a condominium by Amaia Steps at the 1.3-hectare Coscolluela properties acquired by the company behind the Capitol properties.
THE Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association (Creba) Inc.-Negros Occidental Chapter through its president Eduardo Suatengco recommended to the City Council of Bacolod to defer the approval of the proposed increase in land values until such time that the matter is thoroughly studied and evaluated.
The group said the study and evaluation should have the participation of the private sector such as Creba, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Commerce, various Chinese business groups, and homeowners associations.
THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) extended financial assistance to the families affected by a whirlwind in Barangay Cansalongon, Isabela.
Based on the final report of PSWD Officer Liane Garcia to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., a total of 114 houses were affected, of which 29 were destroyed and 85 were damaged.
A TOTAL of P18 million in Special Education Fund (SEF) has been allocated by the Local School Board of Bacolod City for the construction and repair of school buildings in 23 public schools.
Ten elementary and high schools will each receive a classroom unit worth P1 million as part of the ongoing infrastructure projects being implemented of the City Engineer’s Office (CEO).
MAYOR Monico Puentevella said that he wants Bacolod City to be prepared against Ebola.
“We want our city to be prepared against Ebola because if this will hit Bacolod City and its people it will affect our local economy,” said in a media interview.
A TRICYCLE driver and seven high school students were injured in a three-vehicle collision along the national highway in Barangay Tabao Rizal, San Enrique, Negros Occidental, Friday morning, police said.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said the tricycle driven by Alfredo Balena Jr. was hit by a Toyota Montero Sport driven by Baltazar Jualayba of Kabankalan City.
A RAPE complaint was filed by police Thursday afternoon before the City Prosecutor’s Office against a nurse who allegedly raped his textmate at his rented house in Bacolod.
Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said the suspect was arrested in follow-up operation conducted by Police Station 4 Wednesday night in Barangay Villamonte.
THE number of houses destroyed and damaged by the tornado that hit Barangay Cansalongon in Isabela, Negros Occidental Wednesday afternoon has risen to 106, a report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) showed.
Initially, only 87 houses in Puroks Bougainvillea and Golden Rosary were reported to have been affected.
BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. is requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways to implement an earlier study that recommended the construction of a flyover along Burgos Street-Circumferential Road intersection.
NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said Thursday the Provincial Board will resolve the budget issue of Talisay City based on merits, not politics.
Lacson said they will evaluate the position papers of the camps of both Mayor Eric Saratan and the Talisay City Council.
A 34-YEAR-OLD nurse was arrested by the police Wednesday night for allegedly raping his 28-year-old textmate in his rented house in Bacolod.
Senior Inspector Benedicto Villarias, Bacolod Police Station 4 chief, said that based on investigation, the suspect invited the victim at 6:30 p.m. to meet him in his house in Bacolod. They were textmate for a month already.
THE Bacolod Police Station 2 will use a container van as their temporary office after they were asked by the lot owner to vacate the area last Oct. 20.
Senior Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said Thursday he directed Inspector Stephen Boniba, Police Station 2 chief, to coordinate with the barangay captains within his area of jurisdiction where to place the container van as their temporary office.
COUNCILORS Roberto Rojas and Em Ang have filed resolutions seeking for the clean-up of public cemeteries and the proper disposal of garbage in time for the observance of All Saints’ Day (Undas).
Rojas proposed to deploy Task Force Clean and Green that will spearhead the cleaning of the Burgos, Granada and Handumanan Public Markets.
A MINOR was injured after he was reportedly stabbed by a fish vendor at Sum-ag Public Market in Bacolod City Thursday morning.
Inspector Wiflredo Gelongo, Police Station 9 chief, said the 15-year-old victim was wounded in his back after he was allegedly stabbed by John Separo Sr., 27, a fish vendor, and resident of Purok Sto. Nino, Barangay Sum-ag.
AN ORDINCANCE establishing a permanent MassKara historical marker in recognition of its originators at the public plaza of Bacolod was passed by the Bacolod City Council on Wednesday.
The establishment of the permanent Masskara Historical Marker giving due and full recognition in honor of all its originators reflects the common sentiments and the monumental gratitude by the people of Bacolod.
THE Bacolod City Engineer’s Office is implementing about P30 million worth of road repair and rehabilitation projects in different areas in the city.
City Engineer Belly Aguillon said the projects were supposed to be implemented last week of September after the bidding process, but this was deferred because of the MassKara Festival so as not to add to the traffic problem.
A TRUCK driver died after he was sideswiped by a Canter Truck at Circumferential Road, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Tuesday afternoon.
The victim, Esteban Gereza, 34, of Purok Riverside, Barangay Bata, died while being treated at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH).
ABOUT 100 grams of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with a street value of P700, 000 was seized following a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Palanca Road, Barangay 12 in Bacolod City around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The operation also resulted to the arrest of two suspected drug pushers Rey Steve Esteban alias "Tibo," 46, of Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City and Randolf San Luis, 34, of Bago City.
THE Executive Committee of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) of Negros Occidental endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) the P20-billion Bacolod-Silay Airport Expansion Project during its meeting at Nature's Village Hotel in Talisay City Tuesday.
The PDC endorsement will be submitted to the Provincial Board for concurrence, said Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante.
HEALTH services will get the biggest slice of the P2.6-billion budget of the Province of Negros Occidental for 2015, the proposed budget submitted by the Governor's Office show.
Second Distict Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairman of the committee on finance, budget and appropriations, said that based on the proposed budget for 2015, P800 million will go health services.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella thanked everyone who played a role in the success of the 19-day 35th MassKara Festival that culminated Sunday with the 76th Charter Day anniversary.
During a gathering at the grand lobby of the People’s House Monday, the mayor acknowledged festival organizer Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. as well as the traffic enforcers, street cleaners, city government employees, and the private sector.
THE Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc., organizer of the MassKara Festival, headed by its president Rhoderick Samonte assured the families of the 11 adults and children injured during the fireworks show at the plaza Saturday night that they will receive financial assistance, the police said.
The victims sustained minor burns after the supposedly 15-minute pyrotechnics display went awry as fireworks failed to launch and fell among the spectators, causing the crowd to panic.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Monday that Negros Oriental will host the one-island region meeting on October 25 despite the opposition of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo to the proposed creation of the Negros Island Region.
However, Marañon said he is not yet certain if Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II is attending the meeting expected to gather 500 to 600 officials, businessmen, and members of the academe from the two provinces.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañonn Jr. confirmed Monday that their group under the United Negros Alliance (UNA) has been eyeing the possibility of fielding Fourth District Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer for vice governor in 2016.
"As of now that's the plan. That has been the plan," the governor said without elaborating “because the election is still far ahead.”
NEGROS Occidental Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairman of the committee on finance, said Monday the board members will no longer receive the Special Project Allocation (SPA).
The SPA is the Provincial Board’s version of the pork barrel, or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the members of Congress declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
PROVINCIAL Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Monday that a rebidding will be held for 65 blocks and kiosks at the ground floor of the Negros First Cyber Centre (NFCC) as there were no takers during the first bidding.
A total of 120 blocks and kiosks were subjected to a bidding last October 17 and 55 blocks and kiosks are now ready to be awarded to the winning bidders.
EVENT organizers estimated a big increase in the crowd that attended the MassKaraLand street party at the Lacson Tourism Strip during the 2014 MassKara Festival highlights.
Around 80,000 people took part in the four-day celebration compared to the 50,000 last year.
A WOMAN is in serious condition after he was hacked by her own son inside their house at Mercedez-Lopez-Jaena Extension, Barangay 40, Bacolod City Monday morning.
Three minors were also injured after they were hacked by the suspect along Lacson Street.
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.
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.