VALUATION of urban lands in all towns in Negros Occidental is expected to increase by seven percent in January.
Provincial Assessor Enrique Gary Pinongan said Thursday that the Provincial Board has approved on first reading the ordinance updating the schedule of current and fair market value of real properties for the municipalities of Negros Occidental and other provisions relative to real property tax administration.
FORMER Negros Occidental Governor Rafael Coscolluela has dismissed rumors that he is forming what is called “The Third Force” or in Bacolod City politics.
A third force is a group that (as of political parties or international powers) intermediates between two opposing political forces, according to Merriam-webster.com.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella questioned Thursday why he was presented only one nominee for the soon to be vacated seat in the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Board of Directors.
Puentevella is set to choose a replacement for board chairman Lawrence Villanueva whose term will expire on December 31, 2014.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella thanked the members of the City Council who voted for the passage of the ordinance updating the schedule of the market value of real properties in the city and other provisions relative to the real property tax administration.
Puentevella’s son, Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, chairman of the committee on appropriation and finance, led the public hearings on the proposed ordinance.
THE proposed construction of the flyover at the intersection of Magsaysay-Araneta Avenues could start early next year, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Bacolod City District Engineer Abraham Villareal said that if all the concerns for the Magsaysay-Araneta flyover are addressed and if the DPWH central office decides to already pursue the project, its implementation could possibly start in the first quarter of next year.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is still waiting for the result of the administrative investigation conducted by Police Regional Office-Western Visayas against Police Officer 1 Winfredo Casuyon, who was arrested for carnapping in the city.
Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO, said Thursday that Casuyon was charged for carnapping and he has also pending administrative cases with the PRO-6.
SENIOR Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), warned business establishments in the city on Thursday against customers using fake credit cards.
Escarilla said they continue to monitor shopping malls for the possible operation of suspects using counterfeit credit cards.
A RAPE complaint was filed Thursday by the police before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office against a truck helper who allegedly raped a mentally-ill woman.
The 24-year-old suspect is a resident of Ilog, Negros Occidental, Senior Police Officer 3 Arlyn Torrendon, officer-in-charge of Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), said.
THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently awarded 169.9-hectares land to 148 farmers-beneficiaries in Hinigran, Negros Occidental.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Zenaida Montalvo said 103 farmers were awarded with 138.3-hectare landholdings formerly owned by Juan Ysasi in Barangay Palayog while 45 farmers, in the 31.6-hectare property previously owned by Margarita Yulo-Gonzaga in Barangay Pilar.
THE Gonzaga family, donor of the property occupied by the Bacolod Government Center, is leading the opposition to the proposed construction of a flyover at the intersection of the Circumferential Road-Burgos Avenue.
The family aired their opposition in Wednesday’s public consultation conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bacolod City District Engineering Office at Barangay Taculing that was also attended by Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia and Mayor Monico Puentevella.
THE organic agriculture industry in Negros Occidental has grown by leaps and bounds and it has now become a billion-peso industry, said a social entrepreneur.
Ramon Uy Jr., president of Organik Na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (Onopra), said that, at present, Negros has about 10,000 hectares of organic farms.
THE Energy Development Corp. (EDC) is eyeing to conduct drilling operations for another geothermal power in in Mt. Mandalagan, Negros Occidental.
Mt. Mandalagan, which is part of the Negros Volcanic Belt, is listed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) as a potentially active volcano.
THE Bacolod City Council approved on third and final reading on Wednesday the ordinance updating the schedule of the market value of the city’s real properties and other provisions relative to the real property tax administration.
The voting included nine affirmative and two negative votes.
A P40-MILLION building will soon rise at Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia, according to Vice Gov. Eugenio Lacson Wednesday.
The Provincial Board approved Wednesday the request of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. for the passage of a resolution supporting the proposal of Hideaki Tanahashi, representing One Asia Japan Nursing Home, that the latter will lease the Governor's Lodge in Mambukal Resort.
BACOLOD City Police Office acting director Pedrito Escarilla directed Wednesday Police Station 8 chief Elmer Bonilla to solve the ‘akyat-bahay’ incidents in his area, especially at the Florenceville Subdivision in Barangay Pahanocoy.
Escarilla said Escarilla should coordinate with the homeowners to solve the robbery incidents inside the subdivision.
A POLICEMAN, who has a pending arrest warrant, was arrested by personnel of Police Station 4 (PS4) while he was on duty at the Bacolod Government Center Tuesday.
Arrested was Police Officer 1 Winfredo Casuyon Jr., 35, detailed at Bacolod City Public Safety Company, and a resident of Barangay 40, police said.
FOUR suspected drug pushers were arrested in a separate buy-bust operations in Bacolod and Pontevedra, the police said Wednesday.
In Bacolod, a suspected drug pusher and his “runner (aide)” were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by Bacolod City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at AC-Yulo Barangay Sum-ag Wednesday morning.
A TOTAL of 984 new teachers from across Negros Occidental took their oaths in a mass oath-taking ceremony in Bacolod Wednesday held at the University of St. La Salle (USLS) coliseum.
The teachers are passers of the Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET) conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in August 2014.
AMID the panic on the reported death of a Manapla resident in northern Negros due to bacterial infection meningococcemia, Mayor Lourdes Escalante advised her constituents on Tuesday to calm down and stop worrying.
The fatality is a 24-year-old male from Barangay Purisima.
LICENCES of 9,794 firearms in Bacolod City have been renewed by the city police Firearms Explosives Security Agencies and Guard Supervision Section (Fesags) since June 30 this year.
Senior Police Officer 1 Jacob Montoya of Fesags said the number is still below the 16,998 firearms in Bacolod whose licenses need to be renewed.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said business owners and some individuals are opposed to the construction of a flyover along Burgos Extension-Circumferential Road on the eastern side of the city.
Puentevella noted that the proposed flyover will affect Eastview Hotel, Panasiatic Call Center, Hi-Strip, Save More, Lopue’s East and other establishments in the area.
THE Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City is making the necessary preparations to cater to a possible case of Ebola and other emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
Dr. Julius Drilon, hospital chief of CLMMRH, said yesterday that they have started the trainings of personnel who will handle possible cases, but at this time they are not yet ready.
BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez has a proposed resolution requesting the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. (KBFI) through its president Rhoderick Samonte to furnish the City Council their audited financial statement on the MassKara Festival 2014.
Lopez also proposed a resolution requesting KBFI through its president to submit a copy of the memorandum of agreement or executive order from the mayor authorizing them to collect and receive funds from the public for his year’s MassKara Festival along with their financial report for 2013.
THE City Council of Bacolod will continue to tackle today, November 19, the proposed 2015 General Fund budget amounting to P1.55 billion and may then pass the budget on second and third reading.
Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, wrote City Council Secretary Vicente Petierre III through floor leader Councilor Archie Baribar to include the proposed budget in the agenda of today’s session.
NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. underscored on Tuesday the value of acquiring new technical skills among out-of-school youth as a solution to unemployment and address poverty.
Marañon spoke atthe graduation of the 21 pioneering trainees of 2D Animation Course at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC).
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Firearms Explosives Security Agencies and Guard Supervision Section (Fesags) urged manufacturers, dealers, and retailers of pyrotechnics and firecrackers to secure permits.
Senior Police Officer 1 Jacob Montoya of Fesags on Tuesday said a manufacturer in Bacolod has already applied for permit.
THE Negros Press Club (NPC) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) will jointly participate in the fifth nationwide commemoration of the gruesome Maguindanao/Ampatuan Massacre on November 23.
Local print and broadcast media practitioners will hold the commemoration rites at the steps of the Provincial Capitol Building at 5 p.m.
BACOLOD City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya has raised concerns over the poor performance of garbage collector EnviroKing Corp. which has been noticed by Bacolodnons, including city officials.
“There are many volumes of garbage left uncollected everyday and we are nearing the Yuletide season where garbage volume will certainly increase,” the vice mayor said.
THE Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) is set to launch on November 22 Bacolod City’s MassKara stamps.
Four Philippine Festival Masks have been chosen, including those of the Moriones Festival of Marinduque, Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal, Tacloban City’s Pintados, and Bacolod’s Masskara.
THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has started releasing the 13th month pay and cash gift of the more than 2,000 Capitol employees Monday.
Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said the 13th month pay released is half of the salary of the employees, because half of it was released last May.