THE Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has released the sum of P2 billion to 5,000 families in 12 towns and cities in northern Negros Occidental who were badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda in November last year.
The amount is part of the P16-billion loan exposures provided by GSIS to its members, including P4 billion in emergency loans and P12 billion under the Home Emergency Loan Program, said GSIS chairman Daniel Lacson Jr. during a press conference in Bacolod City.
BACKING the proposal that members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) should undergo lifestyle check, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson are also pushing that public officials and government employees should also undergo the same scrutiny.
Marañon said that government officials should also undergo lifestyle check to erase public suspicions of ill-gotten wealth and perception of corruption.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Friday the province is paying soon the P12 million transfer tax for the leased property of Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) following the approval of Provincial Board of the supplemental budget which includes the amount.
Once the transfer tax is paid, the swapping of the land between the Gonzaga- Vazquez families and the Capitol will be fully in place.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella is set to travel to Zurich, Switzerland on September 22 to 25 to attend a conference of Fifa TV Marketing Committee in which he is a member.
He again designated Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya as acting mayor in his absence next week.
ALL the station chiefs under the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) yesterday delivered their Performance Governance System (PGS) report during a meeting held at the Bacolod Pavillion Hotel.
Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan, director of Western Visayas Police Regional Office, said Friday he expects that all station commanders will pass the PGS reporting.
THE City Council of Bacolod approved on second reading during its regular session this week the proposed ordinance which regulates the participation of minors in certain types of revelries.
The ordinance is authored by Councilors Caesar Distrito and Em Legaspi Ang with Councilor Carl Lopez as co-author.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Thursday he will not replace Executive Assistant Reynaldo “Butch” Ebreo as head of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office-Traffic Management Unit (BTAO-TMU) despite the call of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) and United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) for Ebreo’s ouster.
FOR the second consecutive month, the residential power rate of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) has increased this time by 37 centavos per kilowatt hour (kWh).
In its advisory Thursday, the Ceneco management said the rate for September 2014 billing is P9.7477 per kWh from last month’s P9.3766 per kWh.
THE city mayor and the City Council of Bacolod have the authority to impose discipline on Association of Barangay Captains president Noli Villarosa who was allegedly caught displaying his firearm in public recently.
THE activity of Mt. Kanlaon Volcano is in a normal level and there's no worry for its possible eruption at this time, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
FIFTY-SIX percent of the 243,522 children in Negros Occidental to be vaccinated by measles rubella and polio have so far been reached through the month-long mass immunization campaign of the Department of Health (DOH).
MAYOR Monico Puentevella said on Thursday the City Government of Bacolod will provide a cash incentive to Patrick Joseph Mabugat, a graduate of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), who topped this month’s Medical Technology Licensure Examination.
Mabugat garnered a score of 90.90 percent to finish first among the 2,986 passers.
THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) has given the Talisay City Government 10 days to settle its P32.247 million accumulated unsettled electric bills or else their power supply will be disconnected.
In the demand letter dated September 17, Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said the city’s billing statement includes the City School Board’s electric bill of P1.718 million.
PATRICK Joseph Mabugat, a graduate of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), topped the Medical Technology Licensure Examination conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last September 13 and 14.
Mabugat garnered a score of 90.90 percent to land first place among the 2,986 passers out of the 3,615 examinees.
THE Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) and United Negros Drivers Operators Center (Undoc) are urging Mayor Monico Puentevella to replace his executive assistant Reynaldo Ebreo as head of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) and Traffic Management Unit (TMU).
Diego Malacad, secretary-general of Undoc, sent a letter-petition to Puentevella through the City Council, stating the reasons why there is a need to change Ebreo.
THE City Council of Bacolod passed on Wednesday four different resolutions authorizing Mayor Monico Puentevella to sign a memorandum of agreement with the barangays and schools who will receive subsidies from the city government for the MassKara street dance competition.
The villages include Barangays 29, 36, 22, 3, 34, 15, 33, 23, 12, 26, 27, 38, 16, 14, Handumanan, Villamonte, Alijis, Granada, and Tangub.
THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental approved during their regular session Wednesday the Supplemental Budget Number 3 that includes the P12-million payment for the taxes for the Capitol properties that were swapped with those owned by Gonzaga and Vasquez families.
The said properties located behind the pala-pala fish market and behind the Provincial Capitol building are covered with the lease agreement between the Provincial Government and Ayala Land Inc.
THE members of the Bacolod City Council lauded the talents shown by the Children's Rondalla of Education Training Center School (ETCS) II who performed various musical pieces during their regular session Wednesday.
The group of young musicians qualified for the National Music Competition for Young Artists Regional Level which will be held at Silay City Civic Center on September 27.
MULTI-SECTORAL organizations in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental formed the Utility Consumers Alliance of Negros (UCAN) on Tuesday to protect consumer welfare and to push for legitimate issues of the consumers against the Central Negros Electric Cooperatives (Ceneco).
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella met with the members of the City Council on Tuesday to reiterate the need to legislate the proposed increase in the real property taxes.
He said his administration is seriously considering the imposition of a reasonable increase in land taxes in compliance with the provisions of the Local Government Code.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) has requested the City Government for an endorsement of its proposal to suspend permits to carry firearms outside of residence during the 2014 MassKara Festival from October 1 to 19.
THE provincial chairman of Liberal Party (LP) in Negros Occidental clarified President Benigno Aquino's statement on the issue of re-election.
Negros Occidental third district Representative Alfredo Benitez said Aquino had only said, "I hope it's not me" who will run for president in the 2016 elections.
NEGROS Occidental Board Member Alain Gatuslao of the fifth district confirmed on Tuesday that the men of former Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP) party-list Representative Mikey Arroyo has been doing a massive recruitment of supporters especially among barangay captains in their district.
The confirmation bolsters speculations that Arroyo, son of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and nephew of the late fifth district Representative Ignacio Arroyo, is bent on running for congressman in the fifth district.
THE City Legal Office of Talisay in Negros Occidental declared as having no basis the City Council resolution banning the taking of videos during their session.
Bartolome Malde Jr., city legal officer, said that Council Resolution 141, Series of 2014, has no basis both in law and customary legislative aspect.
DAMAGE to agriculture in Negros Occidental reached P4.9 million after successive days of flooding in five towns and cities in the south due to torrential rains brought by southwest monsoon.
Affected areas were the towns of Valladolid, Pulupandan, San Enrique, Hinigaran, and Bago City.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said President Benigno S. Aquino III has already confirmed that he is not seeking reelection despite the overwhelming endorsements from his allies.
“He has already categorically said that he is not running for second term,” said Marañon, who attended the meeting with the President at the Maharlika Hall of Malacañang Friday.
AT LEAST 600 policemen will be deployed by Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to the different festival sites during the 2014 MassKara Festival from October 1 to 19.
Chief Inspector Noel Polines, head of BCPO-Operations Branch, said on Monday that they asked for an augmentation of 100 policemen from the Regional Public Safety Battalion and 50 from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.
MAYOR Jose Max Ortiz of Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB) said the House committee on environment approved the 200-hectare townsite of the municipality as proposed in the bill refiled by First District Representative Julio Ledesma IV.
Ortiz said that Abang Lingkod Representative Stephen Paduano moved for the approval of the bill.
BACOLOD City Councilors El Cid Familiaran and Caesar Distrito authored the most number of city ordinances from July 2013 to June 2014, based on the records of the City Council.
TWO snatchers were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by Police Station 10 in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Sunday afternoon.
Police identified the suspects as Domingo Jimenez, 22, and Rolan Morcilla, 50, both residents of Purok Kawayanan 2, Barangay Handumanan.