ENERGREEEN Power Development and Management Inc. through its project company Central Negros Power Reliability Inc. has been given by the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) until May this year to deliver the contracted power of 18 megawatts.
This was confirmed yesterday by Energreen counsel Ernesto Tabao, who said the extension granted by the Board of Ceneco will enable Energreen to deliver power on a staggered basis from March until May 2015.
THE much talked about unification between the United Negros Alliance (UNA) and the Love Negros team will be complicated, said former Governor Rafael Coscolluella.
Coscolluella said on Monday that “it is easy to talk about the merger in the higher level but when it goes down to the lower level, it becomes complicated.”
THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has recorded 42 fire incidents in Bacolod City from January 1 to February 28 this year, including the blaze that hit a three-storey commercial building in the downtown area.
For the period January 1 to February 26 last year, there were 57 fire incidents in the city.
NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., along with small sugarcane planters and the Philippine Sugar Alliance (PSA), is asking the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to suspend the implementation of the one percent withholding tax on raw sugar, including molasses, until the next milling season.
“The BIR has to resolve the issue. I believe the BIR will lose in the issue that's why the sugar planters should bring the matter to the court," Marañon said Monday.
THE Roxol Bioenergy Corp., the bio-ethanol subsidiary firm of the Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI), is appealing to lift the cease and desist order (CDO) issued against them by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for violation of the Clean Water Act.
“Roxol immediately appealed for the lifting of the CDO with the Pollution Adjudication Board and complied with all the required documentation of the DENR,” said Florencio Mamauag Jr., Roxas Holdings Inc.'s vice president of legal and administration.
A NATIONAL coalition of non-government organizations will create a criteria form from which Filipino voters can select possible candidates for next year's polls, former Negros Occidental Governor Rafael Coscolluela said Monday.
Coscolluela, consultant of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., said the Movement for Good Governance (MGG) chaired by Economics professor and TV host Solita Monsod is in the process of formulating the criteria.
THE Bacolod City Dog Pound in Barangay 35 has been ransacked by unidentified persons.
Rex Juplo, of the City Veterinary Office, said the drawers were all locked, but they were able to open it. A drawer contained the pay slips of an employee who is due to retire, and these were burned.
TWO men were arrested on Monday by personnel of the Police Station 2 for illegal possession of firearm.
Police identified the suspects as Severino Pinonsalan, 18, Purok Riverside, Barangay Montevista; and his friend Jomar Garperio, 24, of Purok Maligbasa, Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia, Negros Occidental.
SIX people were arrested in a drug raid conducted by personnel of the La Carlota City Police Station at Virtu Street, Barangay 2 around 6:30 a.m. of Sunday.
Police identified the suspects as Emily Gan, 24; Jessie Roldan, 22, both residents of La Carlota City; Joan Jetes, 24, of Barangay Batuan, San Enrique; Mary Grace Rosalejos, 25, of Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City; Mary Ann Vilardi, 22, Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City; and Rose Romiero, 21, of Barangay Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental.
A MOTORCYCLE driver was killed while his companion was injured in a road accident at Barangay Manghanoy, La Castellana, Negros Occidental at 11:30 a.m. of Sunday.
Police identified the victims as Marthy Araguin, 19, and JR Panagsagan, 18.
THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) Board of Directors passed a resolution extending the delivery date of contracted power supply of Energreen Power Development and Management Inc.
Energreen is constructing an 18.9-megawatt diesel-fired power plant in Barangay Calumangan, Bago City through its project company Central Negros Power Reliability Inc.
MAYOR Jose Maria Alonso of Pontevedra confirmed the issuance of a cease and desist order (CDO) by the Pollution Adjudication Board of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against Roxol Bioenergy Corp. in Barangay Nagasi, La Carlota City due to water pollution.
The CDO is in response to the pollution complaint of about 800 residents mostly fishermen from Barangay 1,2, 3, Canroma, San Juan and Don Salvador Benedicto in Pontevedra against the bioethanol plant.
AT LEAST five hotels are being considered by the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation-National Organizing Committee (Apec-NOC) to be used as billeting areas during the Apec 2015 Meeting on Credit Bureau and Finance on April 29 and 30 in Bacolod City.
Superintendent Noel Polines, chief of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Operations Branch, said the Apec-NOC considered the L’Fisher Hotel, Avenue Suites, Pavillion Hotel, Planta Hotel, and Sugarland Hotel during their inspection last week.
ABOUT P30,000 worth of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and two illegal firearms and live ammunition were seized in a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) in Purok Malipayon, Barangay 35, Bacolod City Saturday night.
The operation also led to the arrest of suspected drug pusher Benny Reyes, 35.
THE House committee on tourism approved the creation of the Department of Tourism (DOT) for Negros Occidental.
“We’re getting a DOT in Negros Occidental,” this was confirmed by Bacolod City Representative Evelio Leonardia after the committee hearing that deliberated House Bill 4702 which he filed.
THE body of an elderly man who was declared missing for about a month already, along with his wife and their son, was found Friday off Cuyo Island in Palawan.
The victim whose body was already in a state of decomposition was identified as Eduardo de la Cruz, 75. His wife Milagros, 74, and their son Dennis were still missing as of this posting Monday.
THE National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) is seeking verification on the reported rampant illegal animal slaughtering operations in Bacolod City.
NMIS Executive Director Minda Manantan sent a letter to Rep. Evelio Leonardia through the Office of the City Veterinarian asking him to “help verify the report and to implement appropriate control measure or to address the problem should it be true.”
TWO motorcycle drivers were killed while two others were injured in separate road accidents in Bacolod and Victorias cities over the weekend.
Police identified the fatalities as Ronnie Magbanua, of Purok Tongoy, Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City; and Edwin Ocate, of Hacienda Laguda, Barangay 14, Victorias City.
BACOLOD City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez has a proposed an ordinance that prohibits the use of calcium carbide or "calburo” as fruit ripening agent.
He said that local and international scientific studies indicate that calcium carbide contains traces of arsenic and phosphorus making it a human health concern.
ABOUT a thousand agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are members of 12 farmer cooperatives in Negros Occidental held a noise barrage to demand the release of their sugar stocks, during a rally in front of the Bureau of Internal Revenue-Soccsksargen in Bacolod City Friday.
The ARBs are also asking the BIR to scrap Revenue Regulation 11-2014 which provides for one percent withholding tax on raw sugar that caused the non-release and non-buying of their sugar from the mills for four weeks now.
THE City Council of Bacolod is set to take up the resignation of Councilor Noli Villarosa as chairman of the committee on transportation, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said Friday.
Gasataya said the City Council will elect a new committee chair to replace Villarosa.
SAGAY City was declared peaceful and ready for further development by the City Council and the City Peace and Order Council through a joint signing of declaration during the Peace Congress held last Wednesday.
“If a place is not peaceful it’s growth is slow, there will be no investors, no tourists and no business. We have collectively worked hard to achieve what we have today – a safe and secure environment. May each one of us continue to be peacekeepers and let us not lower our guards in maintaining peace in our city,” Mayor Alfredo Marañon III said.
BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said on Friday that he will file a motion for reconsideration following the recommendation made by Associate City Prosecutor Maria Lina Gonzaga to dismiss the libel case he filed against businessman Crispin Chua.
Gamboa said the prosecutor erred when they considered the allegations of Chua as “privileged communication.”
THE police has filed a complaint before the Bago City Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday against two suspected drug pushers who were arrested in the P400,000 drug raid on Wednesday.
Charged were Naga Comagul alias “Naanji,” 37, and his nephew Jamal Esmael alias “Jamal,” 21, both residents of Balo, Lanao del Norte.
AN ELDERLY woman is facing complaint for violation of Republic Act 10591 or illegal possession of firearms filed by police Wednesday before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.
Senior Police Officer 1 Joshua Barile, team leader of Regional Intelligence Unit, said they charged Paquita Sajo, 65, after the recovery of several high-powered firearms and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunition inside her house in Barangay Bata last February 18.
NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said the hospital committee is still evaluating the offers of the two firms for the purchase of two ventilators and two dialysis machines for Capitol-run hospitals.
Pinongan said the committee may come out with its evaluation next week.
OFFICIALS of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Occidental have defended the joint training of the 6th Special Action Force (SAF) Battalion with the US Marines in Sagay City after militant groups assailed the presence of American troops in the province.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo), told Sun.Star Bacolod the assistance of US military in the training is a big help to ensure peace and order during the conduct of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Bacolod City on April 29-30.
THREE hundred grams of suspected shabu worth P400,000 was seized by personnel of Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (RAIDSOTG) and Bago City Police Station at farm in Barangay Pacol of said city at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The operation also led to the arrest of two suspected drug pushers Naga Comagul alias “Naanji,” 37, and Jamal Esmael alias “Jamal,” 21, both residents of Balo, Lanao del Norte.
A MURDER complaint was filed Thursday by the police before the San Carlos City Prosecutor’s Office against the suspects who killed Senior Police Officer 2 Edsel Villanueva.
Charged were Marcial Garingo and a "John Doe,” said Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo).
ENERGREEN Power Development and Management Inc. said a circumstance that was beyond its control was the reason they were not able to meet the contracted power supply of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco).
Energreen counsel lawyer Ernesto Tabao relayed this to reporters at the sidelines of the hearing in Bacolod City conducted Thursday by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on the application of Ceneco and Filinvest Development Corp. Utilities Inc. (FDCUI) for the supply contract that has a duration of 18 months from December 2014 up to June of 2016.