House speakership pushed for Benitez

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:24 p.m.

CAPIZ First District Rep. Antonio del Rosario revealed that the Visayan Bloc is pushing for Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez to lead the House of Representatives in 2016.

Del Rosario made the revelation during Saturday’s birthday celebration of Benitez at the Victorias City Coliseum attended by Senator Cynthia Villar, provincial officials led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., congressmen-members of the Visayan Bloc, city, municipal, barangay officials, among others.

Villar optimistic PNoy to sign Sugarcane Law soon

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:22 p.m.

SENATOR Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture, said she firmly believes that President Benigno S. Aquino III will sign the Sugarcane Law.

“I don't see any reason why he wouldn't sign the bill," said Villar, who was in Victorias City Coliseum over the weekend for the birthday celebration of Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez.

Iloilo City lawmaker backs Negros-Panay Bridge

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:22 p.m.

ILOILO City Representative Jerry Treñas confirmed support anew for the realization of a bridge project that will connect Panay to Negros.

"The proposal has been a dream of Ilonggos and Negrenses and those also from Guimaras. Hopefully, it would be realized during this time when the administration is looking for high impact projects that will affect the greater majority of the people. We are pushing for it," said Treñas, who attended the birthday celebration of Representative Alfredo Benitez at the Victorias City Coliseum Saturday.

3 killed in 2 road mishaps

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

THREE persons were killed in two separate road accidents in the cities of Bacolod and Victorias over the weekend.

In Bacolod, a pedestrian was killed after he was hit by a Mitsubishi L-300 van along the Lacson Street flyover, Barangay Bata Sunday morning.

Teener raped, robbed; 2 suspects arrested

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:21 p.m.

TWO teenagers were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by personnel of Police Station 10 after they allegedly raped a teenage girl, and also robbed the victim and her companion in Bacolod City Sunday morning.

Records of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Operation Branch showed that around 3:30 a.m., the 18-year old female and her 19-year-old male companion were walking in a dark area when two unidentified men approached them and pointed a bladed weapon at them.

Negros Occidental no longer best performing province

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:37 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental failed in its bid to become a Hall of Famer for the second time in Western Visayas’ Excellence in Local Governance (Excell) Awards after losing its Best Performing Province title to Iloilo this year.

After winning in 2012 and 2013, Negros Occidental was poised to be elevated to the Hall of Fame, but this year’s award went to Iloilo instead.

Sugarcane bill hurdles bicam

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:36 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez said the Sugarcane Bill which he authored in the House of Representatives was approved by the bicameral conference committee of both chambers of Congress yesterday.

Benitez said the highlight of the reconciled versions of the Senate and the House is the P2-billion mandated appropriation annually which will be used for the different projects of the sugar industry.

Bizmen ask police assurance for security

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:35 p.m.

THE local business sector called on the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (Noppo) to assure businessmen of their safety and security following the killing of retired bank manager in the city Saturday by unidentified suspects.

“The private sector wants the BCPO and the Noppo to do everything to solve the death of Francisco Loarca," said Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI).

Bacolod CLO files contempt vs Ramos

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:33 p.m.

CITY Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz, serving in his private capacity as lawyer of Architect Ramiro Garcia Jr., filed a petition to cite Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) director Marichi Fong Ramos in contempt of court for failing to acknowledge the court’s decision and yield her position in favor of Garcia.

Diaz filed the petition Tuesday that will be set for hearing on Monday, if the court would still allow it.

‘We will defend RPT ordinance in court’

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:32 p.m.

BACOLOD City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz said the City Government is ready to defend the ordinance on the updated schedule of land valuation and real property tax before the court following the filing of a civil case by Valley of Peace Memorial Park developer and Chamber of Real Estate Builders' Associations Inc. (Creba)-Negros Occidental Chapter.

Diaz said he is confident that the temporary restraining order (TRO) sought by the concerned parties will not hold water by invoking the principle that taxes are life blood of the local government.

460 gun owners secure LTOPF

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

A TOTAL of 460 applicants secured a License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) during the three-day caravan of the Philippine National Police (PNP) held at the Gaisano Grand mall and at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) headquarters in Bacolod.

Supt. Noel Polines, head of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Operations Branch, yesterday said the Philippine National Police held a caravan for the convenience of the applicants so they will no longer need to spend more to process their permits with the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 headquarters in Iloilo City.

Tax computation on bonus is mandated by law

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:29 p.m.

THE taxes deducted from the bonuses of the Negros Occidental provincial government employees is mandated by law through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), provincial accountant Merly Fortu said yesterday.

Fortu was reacting to the letter sent by Dino Gasendo, president of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace), asking her to explain the actual basis of the computation for tax on bonuses in accordance with the policy being followed by the provincial government in reference to issuances/policies required by the BIR.

75 firecracker vendors obtain permits

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:28 p.m.

SEVENTY-FVIVE firecracker vendors are now processing the issuance of their retailer’s permits from the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).

Supt. Noel Polines, head of BCPO Operations Branch, yesterday said the firecracker vendors applied for permits with BCPO’s Firearm Explosives Security Agency and Guards Section (Fesags) and their documents will be forwarded to the Police Regional Office-6 for the approval of regional director Chief Supt. Josephus Angan.

Ex-Negros army chief receives AFP award

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 05:27 p.m.

MAJOR Gen. Oscar Lactao, former commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Murcia, Negros Occidental, was among the awardees during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 79th Anniversary celebration yesterday in Camp Aquinaldo.

Lactao, currently commander of the 4th Infantry Division headquartered in Cagayan de Oro, was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor in the Degree of Officer for his “exceptional and meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (J3) of the AFP from December 5, 2013 to September 8, 2014.

NegOcc no longer best performing province in WV

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:34 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental failed in its bid to become a Hall of Famer for the second time in Region 6’s Excellence in Local Governance (Excell) Awards after losing its Best Performing Province title to Iloilo this year.

After winning in 2012 and 2013, Negros Occidental was poised to be elevated to the Hall of Fame, but this year’s award went to Iloilo instead.

Sugarcane bill hurdles bicam

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:33 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez said the Sugarcane Bill which he authored in the House of Representatives was approved by the bicameral conference committee of both chambers of Congress Thursday.

Benitez said the highlight of the reconciled versions of the Senate and the House is the P2-billion mandated appropriation annually which will be used for the different projects of the sugar industry.

Bizmen ask police assurance for security

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:31 p.m.

THE local business sector called on the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (Noppo) to assure businessmen of their safety and security following the killing of retired bank manager in the city Saturday by unidentified suspects.

“The private sector wants the BCPO and the Noppo to do everything to solve the death of Francisco Loarca,” said Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI).

Bacolod CLO files contempt vs Baciwa exec

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:30 p.m.

BACOLOD City legal officer Rayfrando Diaz, serving in his private capacity as lawyer of Architect Ramiro Garcia Jr., filed a petition to cite Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Director Marichi Fong Ramos in contempt of court for failing to acknowledge the court’s decision and yield her position in favor of Garcia.

Diaz filed the petition Tuesday that will be set for hearing on Monday, if the court would still allow it.

‘We will defend RPT ordinance in court’

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:29 p.m.

BACOLOD City legal officer Rayfrando Diaz said the City Government is ready to defend the ordinance on the updated schedule of land valuation and real property tax before the court following the filing of a civil case by Valley of Peace Memorial Park developer and Chamber of Real Estate Builders' Associations Inc. (Creba)-Negros Occidental Chapter.

Diaz said he is confident that the temporary restraining order (TRO) sought by the concerned parties will not hold water by invoking the principle that taxes are life blood of the local government.

460 gun owners secure licenses

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:29 p.m.

A TOTAL of 460 applicants secured a License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) during the three-day caravan of the Philippine National Police (PNP) held at the Gaisano Grand mall and at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) headquarters in Bacolod.

Supt. Noel Polines, head of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Operations Branch, said Thursday that the PNP held a caravan for the convenience of the applicants so they will no longer need to spend more to process their permits with the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas (PRO-6) headquarters in Iloilo City.

Accountant: Tax computation on bonus is mandated by law

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:28 p.m.

THE deduction of taxes from the bonuses of the Negros Occidental Provincial Government employees is mandated by law through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), provincial accountant Merly Fortu said Thursday.

Fortu was reacting to the letter sent by Dino Gasendo, president of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace), asking her to explain the actual basis of the computation for tax on bonuses in accordance with the policy being followed by the provincial government in reference to issuances/policies required by the BIR.

75 firecracker vendors obtain permits

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:28 p.m.

SEVENTY-FIVE firecracker vendors are now processing the issuance of their retailer’s permits from the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).

BCPO Operations Branch head Supt. Noel Polines said Thursday the vendors applied for permits with BCPO’s Firearm Explosives Security Agency and Guards Section (Fesags) and their documents will be forwarded to the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas for the approval of regional Director Josephus Angan.

Ex-Negros army chief receives AFP award

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 03:27 p.m.

MAJOR Gen. Oscar Lactao, former commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Murcia, Negros Occidental, was among the awardees during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 79th Anniversary celebration Thursday in Camp Aquinaldo.

Lactao, currently commander of the 4th Infantry Division headquartered in Cagayan de Oro, was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor in the Degree of Officer for his “exceptional and meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations J3) of the AFP from December 5, 2013 to September 8, 2014.

Baby dies, 14 hurt in 2 road mishaps

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:47 p.m.

A ONE-YEAR-OLD baby girl died while 14 others were injured in two separate road accidents at Barangay Calumangan, Bago City, Negros Occidental Tuesday evening.

The fatality was identified as Jen-jen Villanueva, of Barangay Dulao, Bago City.

City assessor unfazed by RPT case

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

UNFAZED by a civil case for nullity filed by the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (Creba), Bacolod City Assessor Maphilindo Polvora said Wednesday the implementation of the new schedule of land valuation and real property taxes in the city will proceed on January 1, 2015.

“For now, we maintain a presumption of regularity. We will implement the ordinance in January,” Polvora said.

Fourth District gears up for peace declaration

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

THE Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-Pidu) aims to declare the Fourth District of Negros Occidental a “peaceful and ready-for-further-development district” by the end of January next year.

The Fourth District is composed of the cities of Bago and La Carlota, and the municipalities of Pulupandan, Valladolid, San Enrique, and Pontevedra.

December power rate up by P1.80 per kwh

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:43 p.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) announced Wednesday that its residential rate for December 2014 billing increased from P1.8044 per kilowatt hour (kwh) to P10.0525 compared to last month’s P8.2481 per kwh.

Chuchie Destriza, officer-in-charge general manager of Ceneco, said in a statement that the upward adjustment in Ceneco’s effective rate can be mainly attributed to the generation charges which increased by P1.2181 per kwh.

Baciwa board chair defies mayor

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:43 p.m.

BACOLOD City Water District (Baciwa) Chairman Lawrence Villanueva has dismissed the move of Mayor Monico Puentevella to appoint a director who will replace him after his term expires on Dec. 31, 2014.

Villanueva said the mayor’s appointment of David Villanueva (not related to him) as member of the board of directors representing the civic sector is not valid as Puentevella failed to follow the process provided under Presidential Decree 198.

NegOcc has 27,000 registered firearms

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:42 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental, including Bacolod City, has 27,000 registered firearms, according to the Firearms and Explosives Unit (FEU) of the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas (PRO-6).

Superintendent Ledon Monte, head of Western Visayas police FEU, said the average number of firearms of a gun holder is five to six thus the figure translates to about 5,000 gun holders.

Guv dares Pace to prove extra bonus tax claims

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is asking the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) to prove their claims after they questioned the computation of taxes on their extra bonuses.

"They should show their own computation if it is correct. They should prove it if the computation is wrong because if it is, the provincial government will have to pay for it," Marañon said.

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