“WE ARE bringing to Bacolod City the international standards and acclaimed service that the SMX brand is well known for,” said Dexter Deyto, vice president and general manager of SMX Convention Center, during the formal opening of the SMX Convention Center Bacolod Tuesday night.
Located at the third level of SM City Bacolod’s Northwing Annex, SMX Bacolod is operated by SMX Convention Specialist Corp., a subsidiary of the SM Hotels and Convention Corp., the fifth core business of the SM Group of Companies.
THE Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Employees Union has asked their management to release the remaining half of their financial assistance as provided under the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA).
Claudio Salmo, president of the Baciwa BEU, said on Wednesday half of the amount was already released last March. However, the remaining half equivalent to their half month salary was not released last August. They believe it is a form of retaliation after they exposed Baciwa’s non-revenue water reaching P900 million, Salmo said.
NEGROS Occidental Provincial Legal Officer Jose Maria Valencia, executive director of Task Force Ilahas, confirmed Wednesday that they are putting up a Task Force Ilahas (TFI) detachment in Barangay Damutan, Hinobaan to protect the remaining forest in the area.
“We want to preserve the remaining trees as well as the wildlife in the forest,” Valencia said.
THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) in Negros Occidental has condemned the continued imposition of taxes on their Christmas bonuses.
In a statement, Pace said there are happy and thankful to the provincial officials especially to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. for their continued concern to the Provincial Government employees.
ABOUT 200 farmers in Negros Occidental belonging to Defend Patrimony Movement Against Mining held a picket rally yesterday in front of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City to call on the provincial officials to declare a mining ban in the province.
Felipe Gelle of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said they also appeal to the members of the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance for the mining ban.
THE City Council of Bacolod passed a resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to repair and improve the lightings of the Rizal and Bonifacio parks in the city.
Recently, the City Council approved an ordinance regulating the use of certain parks in Bacolod City, such as the Rizal and Bonifacio Park, and mandating the City Government to maintain them.
A SUSPECTED drug pusher and two others were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted by personnel of Bacolod City Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) and Negros Occidental Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (AIDSOTG).
Arrested were Ed John Artagame, 33, of Purok Marapara, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City; Ricardo de la Cruz, 19, and May Roncesvalles, 41, both residents of Purok San Pedro, Barangay zone 4, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
A TRISIKAD driver was shot to death by a suspect who was creating alarm and scandal at San Juan Street, Bacolod City Monday evening.
His brother was also injured when the suspect shot him.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is not the source of the hoax text message about the alleged presence of kidnapping group in Bacolod and Negros Occidental, a police official said.
Superintendent Calixto Mabugat, deputy city police director for administration, said Monday they received information last week that the text message circulating was from the city police, but he denied that they were the source of it.
THE Bacolod City Council approved the proposed 2015 budget of Bacolod City amounting to P1.55 billion during a special session held Monday.
Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, said next year’s budget includes P150 million for environmental services.
BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. was issued a warrant of arrest for the libel case filed against him by Northbound Terminal operator Crispin Chua and he was able to post bail last Wednesday.
The next hearing of the libel case before the Regional Trial Court Branch 46 is on February. 20, 2015, the councilor said.
A BOMB threat caused panic among the pupils and teachers of West Elementary School-II at Cabahug Road, Barangay Zone 3, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental Monday morning.
Supt. Gerardo Ulanday, chief of Cadiz City Police Station, said that around 9:50 a.m., they received a call from a school personnel, informing them that a box was found in front of the school gate.
BACOLOD City Councilor Archie Baribar said the rights of the taxpayers are protected with the passage of the ordinance updating the land valuation and real property taxes in the city.
“With all the ordinance’s perceived imperfections, real or imagined, we ensured that the rights of taxpayers are amply protected,” he added.
LIGA ng mga Barangay president Noli Villarosa said on Monday that no demolition will be effected on the houses of some residents of Purok Villa Esperanza in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City.
The clarification came after residents supposedly received reports that their houses will be demolished upon the orders of Villarosa.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Monday that more personnel of Task Force Ilahas (TFI) have been deployed to Damutan Valley in Hinobaan after massive illegal activities leading to serious threats to the environment were noted in the area.
Marañon said that it’s not only illegal logging that is going on in the area but also illegal destruction of endemic species and wildlife.
NEGROS Occidental Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante said yesterday that Capitol employees are likely to receive up to P60,000 each in additional and performance bonuses in December and in January next year.
The exact amount would be ascertained in December, he said.
TOP officials of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City led the Negrenses in exulting over the victory of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao who defeated American challenger Chris Algieri to keep his WBO welterweight title Sunday in Macau.
Like anywhere else in the country, Negrenses and Bacolodnons flocked to hotels, gymnasiums, and other public places of convergence to witness the eight-division world champion dominate the former kickboxer from New York.
MEDIA practitioners affiliated with the Negros Press Club (NPC) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) lighted candles on the steps of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City last night to continue to press for justice for the victims of the Ampatuan massacre exactly five years ago yesterday, November 23.
Communication students of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) and University of St. La Salle (USLS) also took part in the commemoration rites.
PRODUCERS of organic products saw brisk sales during the five-day 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival held in Bacolod City that ended Sunday.
As of Sunday noon, gross sales reached P3.18 million.
SAVE Bacolod Movement head Sammy Montoyo has asked the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas to impose a suspension order against Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella pending the investigation of the criminal case filed against him in relation to the P50.5 million funds of the Bacolod Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Basoc).
THE Philippine Army in Negros Occidental is bracing for the suspension of offensive military operations (Somo) in the coming holiday season.
Colonel Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said the Armed Forces has observed the Somo for a number of years already.
THE City Council of Bacolod will hold a special session today, to tackle the proposed 2015 annual budget amounting to P1.55 billion.
Councilor Claudio Jesus Raymundo Puentevella, chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, said they have finished the deliberation on the annual budget of P1.55 billion in preparation for the hiring of a new contractor for garbage hauling and services.
A ROBBERY suspect was arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by personnel of Police Station 1 at Purok Ramon Magsaysay, Barangay 14, Bacolod City Saturday afternoon.
Police identified the suspect as Santiago Compacion, 28.
THE Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) has allotted P14 billion for infrastructure projects in Western Visayas for 2015, Regional Director Edilberto Tayao said.
The amount will be divided among the six provinces, including the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras and Negros Occidental, and the urbanized and component cities.
PRODUCERS participating in the ongoing 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival in Bacolod City posted P1.288 million in sales in the first two days.
Ramon Uy Jr., president of Organik Na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (Onopra), said the first day sales reached P581,179 and on the second day, P706,895.
ABOUT 80 fireworks and pyrotechnics sellers have asked the Bacolod City Government to allow them to sell again in the vicinity of the Pope John Paul II (JPII) Tower at Reclamation Area from December 1 to 31.
However, the proposal was opposed by SM City Bacolod, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) considering the proximity of the location to a gasoline depot which is within the range of 300 meters.
THE November billing of consumers under the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (Noneco) will have reduction of P2.72 per kilowatt hour, general manager Danny Pondevilla said.
This month, the residential power rate of Noneco is pegged at P10.20 per kwh. The rate is P8.97 per kwh for low voltage consumers and P8.67 per kwh for high voltage consumers.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Friday that, until this time, the date of President Benigno Aquino III’s visit to the province is not certain yet.
Marañon said Malacañang has already confirmed that Aquino will lead the inauguration of the Negros First Cyber Centre in Bacolod, but there is no definite date yet.
A RESOLUTION enjoining all Bacolodnons to observe the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12 was approved by the City Council Friday.
The resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor stated that every year, women’s groups from different regions of the world observed the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
A FIRE hit three houses at Purok Masinadyahon in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Friday afternoon, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.
The houses are owned by Val Oriel, Julius Oriel, and Inocencia Monyeba.