DEPUTY Director General Felipe Rojas Jr., deputy chief for administration of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered directors of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) to intensify their campaign against illegal drugs.
Rojas, who was in Bacolod on Thursday, issued the directive after Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II named 14 cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental as drug-affected areas.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella has been directed by the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to file within 10 days his answer to the complaint for alleged malversation and technical malversation of P50.5 million funds of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Basoc).
In his two-page order dated September 12, 2014, Rodolfo Elman, acting Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas, said they "found enough basis to proceed with the criminal investigation of the case" that was filed against then congressman Puentevella, who chaired the Bascoc when Bacolod co-hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2005.
NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Thursday that the Province cannot yet utilize the funds paid by Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) for the lease of the 4.4-hectare Capitol property in Bacolod City.
ALI paid a total of P106.384 million as two-year advance payment and one-year deposit for the five parcels of land covered by the lease agreement after Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. issued the notice to proceed to the company officials led by senior vice president Emilio Tumbucon Wednesday.
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is allocating P4 million to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) for the construction of the building for Police Station 2.
Deputy Director General Felipe Rojas Jr., PNP deputy chief for administration, confirmed this during his visit to Bacolod City on Thursday.
NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Thursday that they could not yet determine the exact amount of Christmas and extra bonus the Capitol employees will receive this year.
"We are still determining the savings of the province that could be earmarked as employees bonus," he said.
A SUSPECTED drug pusher and his two companions were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Purok Mainuswagaon, Barangay 30, Bacolod, Wednesday night.
Police identified the suspects as Ricky Verbor alias "Impok," 35; Lester Sambrano, 28, of Barangay 30, Bacolod; and Rodolfo Sison, 37, of La Carlota City.
THE Bacolod City Council passed a resolution Wednesday requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella and all village chiefs in the city to convene the Bacolod City Tuberculosis (TB) Council and activate the Barangay Level TB Task Force in compliance to City Ordinance 571.
City Ordinance 571, series of 2011, or "An Ordinance Establishing a Comprehensive Program on the Treatment Procedure for TB Patients and its Eradication in the City Of Bacolod and Appropriating Funds Thereof," requires the creation of the Bacolod City Tuberculosis Council and the Barangay Level TB Task Force.
THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental turned over Wednesday the 4.4-hectare property it leased to Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), signaling the start of the property giant's three-year P6-billion development project in Bacolod City that will include a shopping mall, a hotel, and a residential condominium.
"There will be huge construction on this site towards the end of next year," said Emilio Tumbucon, ALI senior vice president for Visayas and Mindanao, after receiving the notice to proceed from Governor Alfredo Marañon in rites held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella is calling for lot donor for a new public cemetery, as the city's burial sites are already running out of space.
Puentevella said the city needs at least three hectares.
THE Bacolod City Council approved on first reading Wednesday the ordinance seeking to update local land valuation and other provisions relative to real property tax administration.
The approval was made amid calls of real estate developers in the city to thoroughly study and hold further consultations on the proposal to increase the market value of properties in Bacolod.
THE City Council of Bacolod committee on finance and appropriations conducted the first committee hearing on the city's proposed P1.55-billion General Fund budget for 2015 at the MassKara Hall of the People's House on Wednesday.
Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, who heads the committee on finance and appropriations, said the hearing is vital for transparency.
A 24-YEAR-OLD woman killed a gay, who is a former lover of her lesbian partner, during an altercation Tuesday evening at Purok Tahong, Barangay 2, Bacolod City.
Police identified the victim as Ezekil Blaza, 20, a child of Senior Police Officer 3 Victor Blaza assigned at Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office Operations Branch.
SENIOR Police Officer 3 Arlyn Torrendon, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), received the "Medalya ng Kasanayan" after she topped the Specialized Course Training for WCPD officers in Western Visayas.
The awarding ceremony, held Tuesday at the headquarters of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas in Iloilo City, was led by PRO-Western Visayas Director Josephus Angan and PRO-Western Visayas WCPD head Joem Javier.
AN AKYAT-BAHAY suspect was arrested by personnel of Police Station 8 at Purok Hanapbuhay, Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City, around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Police identified the suspect as Joan Arevalo, 43, of Poblacion, Banate, Iloilo, who is staying at Purok Sto. Nino, Barangay 2, Bacolod.
THE Bacolod City Council passed Wednesday a resolution requesting the Office of Mayor Monico Puentevella for support toward specific policy strategies to sustain Bacolod's status as a center of excellence in information technology and business process management (IT-BPM).
They particularly sought the inclusion in the 2015 budget of the City Government funding for City Ordinance 08-13-656 or the Ordinance Establishing the Bacolod City Information and Communications Technology Training Scholarship Program.
THE City Council has received the P1.55-billion proposed General Fund budget of the City Government of Bacolod for 2015 submitted by Mayor Monico Puentevella.
Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said the City Council initially approved the proposed 2015 budget on the second week of October.
THE Negros Occidental Provincial Infectious Disease Action and Control Committee (PIDACC) was formed Monday to coordinate inter-agency collaboration on the prevention and control of infectious diseases, particularly the Ebola virus disease (EVD).
The body was organized by the Provincial Government through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) in collaboration with the Department of Health.
FIFTY grams of illegal substance shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with a street value of P200,000 were seized by Kabankalan City Police Station personnel in a checkpoint operation in Barangay Binicuil, Bacolod, Monday afternoon.
The operation also resulted in the arrest of suspected drug pusher Alo Bacarat, 34, of Pagla-um 1, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.
CRIME volume in Bacolod City this year decreased compared to the figures registered in 2013, police records show.
During the regular meeting of the City Peace and Order Council at the MKK Annex Hall yesterday, Superintendent Aramando Tubongbanua, police deputy director of operations, said that from January to September, the Bacolod City Police Office recorded 3,406 index crimes and 6,700 non-index crimes.
THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO)-Traffic Management Unit (TMU) will implement a traffic rerouting from midnight of October 31 until November 2 for the observance of All Saints' and All Souls' Days.
Inspector Roger Ong, head of TMU, said Tuesday that there will be a road closure in Burgos Street and Ylac Avenue as thousands of people are expected to flock to Burgos public cemetery.
THE Vallacar Transit Inc., operator of the fleet of Ceres Liner buses, partnered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to prepare its drivers and conductors for the expected passenger rush in the forthcoming observance of the All Souls' and All Saints' Day on November 1 and 2.
Jade Marquez Seballos, legal and media relations manager of Vallacar Transit, said Tuesday that also part of the preparation is the conduct of a two-day medical consultation for all drivers, conductors, and field workers as part of their "Ligtas Biyahe, Iwas Aksidente" program.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) are going on a heightened alert status toward the observance of the All Saints' and All Souls' Days on November 1 and 2, respectively.
THE Senate approved Monday on third and final reading the bill that will pave the way for sugarcane industry development in the country.
With 17-0 vote, the senators passed Senate Bill 240, otherwise known as the "Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2014," to help sugar industry players become more competitive as imported sugar starts to flood the local market in 2015.
THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental will formally turn over to Ayala Land Inc. on Wednesday the properties covered by its lease agreement with the property giant.
Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said they scheduled the turnover after they obtained from the Register of Deeds the title of the properties for lease.
FORMER Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) board president Edward Gasambelo is back after he was elected director of District IV-Bacolod East in a special election held last Saturday at the Ceneco main office in Bacolod City.
Businessman Vicente Tan ran unopposed for director of District V-Bacolod West.
THE contract between garbage hauler and collector Enviroking Corp. and City of Bacolod will end on December 31, thus the city will conduct anew a public bidding should the contract of Enviroking will be terminated, General Services Office head Jerome Solinap said day.
He said that under the contract, the city has the option whether to extend or terminate their services.
THE City Council of Bacolod passed on first reading an ordinance "prescribing for the mandatory posting of notice and information regarding child protection on establishments whose operation of business is prejudicial to the development and welfare of minors."
Councilor Em Ang, who authored the proposed measure, said these establishments should be obliged to post these notices and information and will face fines for failure to do so.
A SUSPECTED thief was shot to death while his companion was injured after stealing appliances inside the house at St. Ann Subdivision, Purok Carvic, Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City Sunday afternoon.
The fatality was identified as Raymund Hizon, 38, of Barangay 1, La Carlota City. Injured was Glen Fidel, 29, St. Francis Village, Barangay Taculing.
SUPERINTENDENT Calixto Mabugat was named as deputy city director for administration (DCDA) of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to replace Supt. Armando Tubongbanua effective Sunday.
Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO, said on Monday Mabugat was assigned as the DCDA because he is a senior officer.
DESPITE the continued opposition of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo to the creation of the Negros Island Region, officials of Negros Occidental are determined to continue their advocacy by holding more consultation meetings.