BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella thanked everyone who played a role in the success of the 19-day 35th MassKara Festival that culminated Sunday with the 76th Charter Day anniversary.
During a gathering at the grand lobby of the People’s House Monday, the mayor acknowledged festival organizer Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. as well as the traffic enforcers, street cleaners, city government employees, and the private sector.
THE Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc., organizer of the MassKara Festival, headed by its president Rhoderick Samonte assured the families of the 11 adults and children injured during the fireworks show at the plaza Saturday night that they will receive financial assistance, the police said.
The victims sustained minor burns after the supposedly 15-minute pyrotechnics display went awry as fireworks failed to launch and fell among the spectators, causing the crowd to panic.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Monday that Negros Oriental will host the one-island region meeting on October 25 despite the opposition of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo to the proposed creation of the Negros Island Region.
However, Marañon said he is not yet certain if Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II is attending the meeting expected to gather 500 to 600 officials, businessmen, and members of the academe from the two provinces.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañonn Jr. confirmed Monday that their group under the United Negros Alliance (UNA) has been eyeing the possibility of fielding Fourth District Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer for vice governor in 2016.
"As of now that's the plan. That has been the plan," the governor said without elaborating “because the election is still far ahead.”
NEGROS Occidental Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairman of the committee on finance, said Monday the board members will no longer receive the Special Project Allocation (SPA).
The SPA is the Provincial Board’s version of the pork barrel, or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the members of Congress declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
PROVINCIAL Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Monday that a rebidding will be held for 65 blocks and kiosks at the ground floor of the Negros First Cyber Centre (NFCC) as there were no takers during the first bidding.
A total of 120 blocks and kiosks were subjected to a bidding last October 17 and 55 blocks and kiosks are now ready to be awarded to the winning bidders.
EVENT organizers estimated a big increase in the crowd that attended the MassKaraLand street party at the Lacson Tourism Strip during the 2014 MassKara Festival highlights.
Around 80,000 people took part in the four-day celebration compared to the 50,000 last year.
A WOMAN is in serious condition after he was hacked by her own son inside their house at Mercedez-Lopez-Jaena Extension, Barangay 40, Bacolod City Monday morning.
Three minors were also injured after they were hacked by the suspect along Lacson Street.
SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano, guest speaker at the 76th Charter Day celebration of Bacolod City on Sunday, urged Bacolodnons to show people from other places that now is the time to invest in the city.
"Let us show them that it is time to invest in your city, it is time to go outside Metro Manila. Let us claim that this is the decade, this is the century, this is the time of the Filipinos," Cayetano said before the crowd at the public plaza.
BARANGAY Granada and Barangay 18 were declared grand prize winners in the MassKara street and arena dance competition and Electric MassKara float parade, respectively, held on Saturday and Sunday.
Garnering an average score of 92 percent, Granada bested 19 other barangays to bring home the cash prize of P300,000.
EIGHT persons, including four children, were hurt by fireworks display during the countdown for Bacolod City's 76th Charter Day Saturday midnight at the public plaza.
The crowd panicked as the fireworks show went awry, prompting organizers to put a stop to the event.
THE P20.26-billion Bacolod-Silay Airport Operations, Maintenance and Development Project is one of 12 infrastructure projects approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board during Friday's meeting chaired by President Benigno Aquino III.
Proposed by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the project has three phases. The Neda Board approved Phase 1.
THE Duterte for President 2016 Movement was officially launched in Bacolod City Saturday to support the aim to reach 50 million signatures from different regions in the country for the candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Lawyer JV Hinlo Jr., coordinator for Western Visayas of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD NECC), said the movement is asking for signatures from those who believe that Duterte is the best person qualified to be the next president of the country.
LAWYER Arnel Lapore, president of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), said that despite the reduction of the billing of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation-Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (PEMC-WESM) for its September charges, the Western Visayas Electric Cooperatives Association (Weveca) will still elevate their complaint to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
Lapore said this was agreed during the electric cooperatives' meeting in Cebu in October 15.
NEGROS Occidental third district Board Member Patrick Lacson, chairman of the committee on environment, said the board members will visit the reforestation project of geothermal power producer Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in Sitio Landingan, Barangay Minoyan, Murcia.
The visit will be done to make sure of the company's compliance with its memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the province.
FARMERS belonging to Task Force Mapalad (TFM) will kick off Monday the campaign "Pangkatok sa Puertahan sang Congressman," a door-to-door campaign to ask the Negros congressman to support the bills for the continuation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp).
TFM spokespersons Alberto Jayme and Lanie Factor said they will appeal to Negrense congressmen to support the passage of House Bills 4296 and 4375; for the completion by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of the distribution of 129,000 hectares of agricultural holdings to Negros Carp farmer-beneficiaries; and fulfillment of PNoy's promise to complete Carp balance of around 700,000 hectares under his term and the fast-tracking of the DAR's land acquisition and distribution process through implementation reforms.
THE 19-day celebration of Bacolod City’s 35th MassKara Festival climaxes this weekend with the staging of the much-anticipated barangay street and arena dance competition Saturday afternoon, and the commemoration of the city’s 67th Charter Day anniversary on Sunday.
Activities of this year’s event, themed: “One Rhythm. One Bacolod. A Million Smiles,” is being held in four festivals sites, including the Bacolod public plaza, SM City at the Reclamation Area, the Tourism Strip on Lacson St., and the Bacolod People’s House.
SUM-AG National High School and Pahanocoy Baybay Elementary School were named grand champions in the schools category of the MassKara Festival arena and street dance competition held on Friday at the Pagla-um Sports Complex and at the city’s public plaza.
Sum-ag National High School bagged a cash prize of P150,000.
TOURISM Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid lauded Bacolod City for pushing and not giving up in its quest for a more vibrant tourism industry.
Lapid led the opening of the 1st Bacolod Trade Expo and Conferences Friday at the newly-opened SMX Bacolod Convention Center.
TWO suspected top drug personalities in Victorias City were arrested by operatives of Victorias police station at Custodio Pension House in Ditching Subdivision of said city Friday morning.
Police identified the suspects as Joery Custodio, 33, and his friend Karl Abong alias “Kanoy”, 26.
A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy was killed after he was ran over by an Isuzu truck at Rizal Street, Silay City Friday morning.
The fatality was identified as Allan Ronald Santos, of Barangay Rizal, Silay City.
SM PRIME Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) president and chief executive officer Hans Sy said his company’s P1.5-billion investment in the SM City Bacolod Annex, which includes the Visayas’s first SMX Convention Center, is a testament of their confidence in Bacolod City.
Sy led the blessing and inauguration rites of the Annex at the mall’s North Wing Thursday, with Annie Garcia, president of SM Supermalls, and Bacolod officials led by Representative Evelio Leonardia, Mayor Monico Puentevella, and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, and Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano.
LA CARLOTA CITY – Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has expressed support to the proposed construction of the bridge that will connect Negros to Panay, hoping that it could duplicate the benefits gained by Samar and Leyte from the San Juanico Bridge.
Marcos, who held a dialogue with various sectors here, said that linking Panay and Negros through a bridge has long been discussed, however, he revealed that it’s not among the priority infrastructure projects of the present administration.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Police Station 1 will seal off the area around the public plaza today, October 17, and Saturday to ensure the safety and security of MassKara revelers inside the festival site.
Senior Insp. Joeffer Cabural, Police Station 1 chief, said that starting 6 p.m. today, the public plaza will be sealed off and policemen will be assigned to its six corners to conduct body search among those who will enter the area.
LA CARLOTA CITY – Negros Occidental Fourth District Representative Jeffrey Ferrer revealed Thursday his options after his term in Congress ends in 2016.
"I could run for mayor, board member or vice governor of the province," said Ferrer, who is married to La Carlota Mayor Juliet Ferrer.
NEGROS Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. met with chiefs and administrators of the Provincial Government-run hospitals for the annual updating of hospital operations and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City on Thursday.
The activity aimed at informing the participants on how to expedite the processing of PhilHealth claims and match the hospitals budget with the projected revenue.
UNIDENTIFIED robbers looted P59,000 worth of gadgets and jewelry from a house in San Dionisio Subdivision, Barangay Granada, Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Insp. John Jay Ganzon, commander of Police Station 5, said the robbers entered the house of Antonio Calibjo, 65.
ONE hundred and fifty police personnel arrived in Bacolod City Wednesday to augment the security operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) during the highlights of the MassKara Festival celebration from October 16 to 19.
Records of the BCPO Operations Branch showed that 100 policemen came from the Regional Public Safety Battalion and 50, from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.
THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO)-Traffic Management Unit (TMU) started to close some roads along Lacson Street midnight Wednesday for the highlights of MassKara Festival.
Inspector Roger Ong, head of TMU, said that starting 10 p.m. of October 15, some roads at Lacson Street were closed for the set-up of a big stage.
THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) will impose a rate increase of P.58 per kilowatt hour (kwh), instead of only P.20 per kwh, in its September billing as an impact of the high charges of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).
Ceneco president Arnel Lapore confirmed on Wednesday the final rate increase, saying it will be reflected in the October 15 electric bill.