Mayor’s call for talks snubbed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:35 p.m.

THE United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) will push through with its scheduled rally in front of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and at the Bacolod Government Center today, Tuesday.

The rally is conducted to ventilate Undoc's grievances against what it calls the "anti-drivers campaign" of these government agencies.

Hinoba-an employees probed after P.5M robbery

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:34 p.m.

ABOUT 20 employees assigned at the Municipal Treasurer's Office of Hinoba-an underwent a fingerprinting examination on Monday following the robbery incident on Sunday that emptied their vault of P474,800 in cash.

The fingerprints examination was conducted by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office-Scene of the Crime Operatives.

CSOs hit landlordism in Negros forests

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:33 p.m.

A GROUP of 11 civil society organizations (CSOs) in Negros Occidental called for an end to "private ownership and landlordism" in the forests of the province.

In a position paper released to the media on Monday, the group said "the recent blunder to the forests of Negros is the excessive acquisition of vast areas of land inside the protected area and natural park."

City gets P2.7M for Sum-ag River cleanup

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:32 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella announced Monday that he has received the P2.7-million fund from the Department of Tourism for the Sum-ag River tourism development project.

With the fund coming from the National Government, the City will start beautifying the Sum-ag River after the MassKara Festival, the mayor said.

House inquiry, review of PPA charter pushed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:32 p.m.

ABANG Lingkod party-list Representative Stephen Paduano is pushing for a congressional inquiry into the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) relative to its expenses on the three ports in the Negros Occidental.

Paduano said the PPA spent millions, if not billions of government funds, on Himamaylan, Hinobaan and Pulupandan Ports that remained white elephants.

Police to conduct clearing op vs illegal drugs

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:31 p.m.

SENIOR Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), directed on Monday all station commanders to conduct clearing operations against illegal drugs within their respective areas of responsibility.

Escarilla said this is one of their mandates from national headquarters to eradicate the illegal drugs in Bacolod City.

Police: Househelp molested by employer

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 02:30 p.m.

A HOUSEHOLD helper in Bacolod City escaped after she was allegedly raped by her employer several times.

Inspector Jinky Lou Ramos, head of Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Bacolod City Police Office, said Monday that the 15-year-old girl has been molested since May 30 this year.

NOAH IO stresses communication, literacy in climate change and DRRM

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

MORE than ever, we are equipped with the information we need.

But information is all for nothing if not communicated effectively. There are ways of effectively sending out information. Social media is one of those ways.

Pope thanks Bacolod councilor for invitation

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:18 p.m.

POPE Francis extended his thanks to Bacolod City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez for inviting him to come to the city on his visit to the country in January 2015.

Lopez recently wrote Pope Francis, the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, requesting him to consider visiting Bacolod during his visit to the country because "at present the politics in our city does not reflect Christian values."

RDC-Western Visayas to endorse P20-B airports expansion

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:17 p.m.

THE Regional Development Council (RDC) of Western Visayas will endorse the proposed P20-billion project for the modernization and expansion of airports in the Region.

This was revealed by National Economic Development Authority regional director Roan Bacal, co-chair of RDC, after their maiden meeting Friday with Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who is the new RDC chair.

Baciwa ‘enjoying’ normalcy in operation

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:15 p.m.

ENGINEER Mario Macatangay, interim general manager of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa), said the water district has normalized its operation since he assumed post from suspended general manager Juliana Carbon about a month ago.

Macatangay said the first thing that he did was meet Carbon and the staff, and the workers’ union and requested them to stop the mass actions and to remove the protest tarpaulins.

5 injured in road accident

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:13 p.m.

FIVE persons were injured when a dump truck fell into a canal at Purok 2, Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police identified the victims as Ana Katrina Aquino, 22, and her two-year-old son Marjun Aquino; Hydie Balsomo, 35, and her two children John Darwin Balsomo, 11 months, and John Dave Balsomo, 11; and Ma. Belenda Lachica, 30, all residents of Barangay Alangilan.

SP: ‘The City of Smiles’ official brand for Bacolod

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:12 p.m.

THE City Council recently approved an ordinance that officially makes “The City of Smiles” as the official brand for the Bacolod City.

According to the City Council, over the years, the city has been tagged by numerous brandings, including the “MassKara Festival Capital of the Philippines,” “Chicken Inasal Capital of the Philippines” and the “Gateway to the Province of Negros Occidental.”

Barker facing robbery raps

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:11 p.m.

A BARKER who held up a taxi driver is facing a robbery complaint filed by police Friday afternoon before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.

Charged was Alejandro Medel, 18, of Purok Kaingin, Barangay Singcang-Airport.

Guv: Work together for progress of WV

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

ILOILO CITY – Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. urged his fellow officials and stakeholders in Western Visayas Region to pool their resources together to steer the region towards progress.

The governor made the call as he assumed as chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in rites held at the RDC Conference Hall of the National Economic Development Authority Building here Friday.

‘Papers for 1-island region bid now with Malacañang’

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:41 p.m.

DIRECTOR Ro-Ann Bacal of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) in Western Visayas Region confirmed on Friday that the papers on the proposed one-island region for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are now with the Office of President.

“There's no setback. It's decision time. The papers are already with the Office of the President. Hopefully, he will decide and we will await that decision," Bacal said.

MassKara soft opening in 2 festival sites today

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:41 p.m.

THE 2014 MassKara Festival will have its simultaneous soft opening today, September 27, in the festival sites at the Bacolod People’s House (Government Center) and at the “Barangay San Miguel” along SM City Bacolod at the Reclamation Area.

Today’s events will officially set the pace for this year’s festival set to start October 1 with a series of events, including a four-way run, jog, walk, bike and skate, the opening of the Gawad Kalinga Volunteerism Week, thanksgiving mass, mask making contest, and the GMA Dansskara elimination round.

SAC opposes diesel-fired power plant of Energreen

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:40 p.m.

THE Social Action Center (SAC) of the Diocese of Bacolod headed by Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida has outlined the reasons for its opposition to the establishment of the diesel-fired power plant of Energreen Power Development and Management Inc. in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City.

The 19.8-megawatt power plant, being constructed by Energreen Power under its project company, Central Negros Power Reliability Inc., will supply peak and reserve power to Central Negros Electric Cooperative.

Capitol readies IRR for Cyber Centre

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:39 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said on Friday the Implementing Rules and Regulations ( IRR) of the ordinance for the operation of the Negros First Cyber Centre (NFCC) is already in place and awaits the signature of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

“We hope to publish it next week after the governor has signed it," Pinongan said.

Demolition of houses, resto on Capitol lands underway

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

THE demolition of eight houses on Capitol properties in Barangay 3, Bacolod City is now ongoing, and the organic restaurant operated by Organik Na Negros Producers and Retailers Association will soon follow.

Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Friday the affected families of the demolished houses were given P5,000 each by Ayala Land Inc.

My role in the BGC project purely ministerial - Gamboa

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said that his role in the many cases emanating from the construction of the Bacolod Government Center (People's House) is purely ministerial.

This was his reaction to former city legal officer Joselito Bayatan’s statement “which intentionally and advertently mentioned his name as one of the political figures/respondents in the seemingly endless complaints obviously referring to the manner in filing 12 cases relating to the issue on the construction of the Bacolod Government Center (BGC).”

More drivers vs traffic rerouting

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:07 p.m.

ANOTHER transport group in Bacolod City expressed opposition to the proposal to extend the experimental traffic rerouting in certain routes for another 45 days.

Elizabeth Katalbas, president of the Federation of Bacolod Drivers Association, (Febacda), said that they don't conform to the idea of extending the experimental traffic rerouting scheme in some streets because they consider it a failure.

Rabies kills 5; 17 cases reported

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:06 p.m.

FIVE persons died while 17 positive cases of rabies were reported in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, from January to September 25 this year, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) reported Thursday.

Those who died of rabies were from Sagay City, two; and from Bacolod City, Cadiz City and San Carlos City, one each.

Only 200 NPA rebels left in Negros - Army

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:05 p.m.

COLONEL Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in Negros Occidental, said there are only 200 members of the New People's Army (NPA) left in the province.

However, the number remains the same because the rebels would immediately replace those who have been neutralized, or surrendered, killed and captured during an encounter with the military.

BCPO chief warns cops involved in illegal drugs

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:04 p.m.

SENIOR Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), warned on Thursday personnel under him who engaged in illegal activities especially involving illegal drugs.

He said they will face administrative charges or dismissal from the Philippine National Police (PNP) service.

Ceneco alerts consumers vs extortionists

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:04 p.m.

THE management of Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) reminds its consumers not to fall to individuals posing as Ceneco personnel who extort money in exchange for speedy processing of their application for electric service connection specifically during inspection.

Ceneco general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr. said the conduct of inspection, which is the third step in the processing of application for electric service connection, is free of charge.

8 sugar workers hacked

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:03 p.m.

EIGHT "sacadas" or sugarcane field workers, one of them a minor, were hacked by their co-worker while they were sleeping inside their barracks at Sitio Biaren, Barangay Linao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental Wednesday evening.

The suspect was also wounded when one of the victims attacked him.

4 station chiefs fail PGS reporting

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 02:59 p.m.

OUT of 10 station chiefs under the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), four failed to pass the Performance Governance System (PGS) reporting held last at the Bacolod Pavilion Hotel last Friday.

Senior Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO, said these include Police Stations 1, 4, 5 and 6.

PUJ drivers resist rerouting scheme

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 02:43 p.m.

TO SHOW his disapproval over the dialogue called for by City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz II on Wednesday, Diego Malacad, secretary general of the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center, left the venue early.

Malacad said the transport dialogue, held at annex building of the Bacolod Government Center (People's House) with the presence of Bacolod Traffic Authority Office-Traffic Management Unit (BTAO-TMU) head Reynaldo Ebreo, failed to meet their expectations.

Negros, 3 other provinces get P18M

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 02:33 p.m.

FOUR provinces in Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental, will receive a total funding of P18 million from the Government of Canada for the implementation of tourism development projects in their respective areas.

The projects will be implemented under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through its Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED), a program supported by the Government of Canada.

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