OFFICIALS of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) defended the need to develop the Banago port in Bacolod City in a public hearing on Wednesday by the city's committee on laws and ordinances.
Pulupandan Port manager Enrique Fuentebaja and Cebu Port District head Fernando Claveria represented PPA in the hearing. PPA requested the City Council for a port zone delineation of Banago port which reportedly has been allocated a P800-million port development fund.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) remains on heightened alert and the Philippine flag is flying at half-staff inside its compound since Monday as a sign of mourning for the deaths of at least 44 members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP)in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Sunday.
Supt. Noel Polines, head of BCPO Operations Branch, said that after the incident, they received an order from national headquarters to put the flag at half-staff.
THE labor sector in Negros Occidental is pressing the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Western Visayas to come out with a new wage order.
Wennie Sancho, labor sector representative to the RTWPB- Western Visayas, said the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) mandates that the RTWPB shall come out with a new wage order following the end of the previous wage order that will end on March 29.
A POLICEMAN was shot dead by three unidentified men on board a vehicle at Virto Street, Barangay 2, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental Tuesday evening.
The fatality was identified as Police Officer 2 John Gallenero Jr., 32, an intelligence officer of La Carlota City Police Station.
LAWYER Renato Garbo III assumed as agent-in-charge of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Bacolod District Office Wednesday.
Garbo succeeded Joseph Rigodon during the turn-over rites witnessed by Negros Occidental Provincial Legal Officer Jose Maria Valencia.
TWENTY-FIVE non-uniformed personnel of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) were deployed to the different police stations in the city Monday.
Supt. Noel Polines, head of BCPO Operations Branch, Wednesday said the NUPs were assigned as radio operators and crime registrars.
BILLS for the use of ventilator at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental can already be charged to the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Health (DOH).
This was confirmed by Second District Board Member Miller Serondo, chairman of the committee on health, who said that the Economic Enterprise and Development Department ( EEDD) headed by Atty. Japheth Masculino already has the assurance of the DOH.
LAWYER Rayfrando Diaz II yesterday extended his client’s apologies to Rosario Hofileña, 64, of Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City who was injured when she accidentally fell on the floor after she tripped on the bag of a passenger, who is the client of Diaz.
Diaz, who refused to name his client, said the extent of injury was only known by his client after the daughter of Mrs. Hofileña posted a video on her Facebook account, showing how her mother fell on the floor and the owner of the bag apparently just left her after seeing airport personnel responding to the incident and helping Mrs. Hofilena.
The Provincial Board of Negros Occidental will hold another hearing next week to give Talisay City Vice Mayor Niel Lizares a chance to air his side on the oversight committee controversy also involving Mayor Eric Saratan.
Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairman of the committee on laws, ordinances and good government, said he conducted a committee meeting Wednesday to tackle the issue but only lawyers Bartolome Malde and Jovim Entila representing Saratan attended while there was no representative from Lizares or the City Council of Talisay.
AN EMPLOYEE of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) in Bacolod City was stabbed and robbed by three men at Celine Homes Subdivision, Barangay Estefania Wednesday morning.
Police identified the victim as Jay Apellanes, 38, a gaming assistant of Pagcor’s Casino Filipino.
THE City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) is intensifying its intelligence operations to neutralize 63 drug pushers included in the watch list of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).
CAIDSOTG head Jose Mulleta said Tuesday the BCPO has a total of 68 drug pushers in their watch list, but five of them were already arrested and charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said he will ask the City Council to work on the passage of the ordinance that will allow traffic enforcers and personnel of Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) to confiscate the license of drivers who commit traffic violations.
Puentevella said he considered this after several jeepney associations raised concerns about public utility drivers who wantonly disregard traffic laws.
THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will formally issue the fare rollback certificate starting next week.
This as drivers and operators of public transport jeepneys have already implemented the fare reduction since last week after the series of roll backs in the prices of fuels.
THE sub-station of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City lost its equipment to unidentified robbers who ransacked the compound Sunday.
Ceneco president Arnel Lapore said Tuesday they discovered that a part of an air brake switch of a transformer was missing.
BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said Tuesday the collection of fees from building permits during the time of suspended Office of the Building Official (OBO) chief Isidro Sun has doubled compared to the collections recorded during the previous administration.
“I want you all to know that Engineer Sun has performed well, with the increase in the building permit collections reached P34 million. He was suspended but has performed well,” the mayor said.
A LOCAL court hearing the petition against the Bacolod City's land valuation and real property tax reset the hearing to February.
The Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association (Creba) and Representative Evelio Leonardia filed a petition against the implementation of City Ordinance No. 08-14-700 or the updated schedule of land valuation and real property tax.
FIFTEEN former rebels (FRs) from different cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental received financial assistance worth P15,000 each during the culmination of the Project Development Seminar for FRs held at the Technology and Livelihood Development Center in Bacolod City Tuesday.
The assistance is from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program for Negros Occidental FRs, which is a complementary program of the national government to the local government unit’s peace-building efforts.
HOUSE Bill 4702, which seeks to create a Negros Island Tourism Office, will be discussed in Wednesday’s committee hearing in Congress.
The bill, filed by Bacolod City Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia, will create the office which will coordinate the tourism offices of the two provinces in the island and could usher in the one-island region plan.
THE Provincial Government is looking into the operation of RespiCare, a private company renting out respirators in various private and public hospitals in Negros Occidental, including the Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
Second District Board Member Miller Serondo said Tuesday that there is no memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the company and the Provincial Government to do business at the provincial hospital.
DESPITE the implementation of low tariffs on imported goods, including sugar, this year’s prices of locally-produced sugar remain competitive as the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) sees a good future for the sugar industry.
SRA chief Ma. Regina Bautista Martin said on Monday that although the world market has a surplus, there is still much demand for sugar in the country.
MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle on Monday said the problem on street children and street families can be addressed through a collaborative effort.
It should involved people in government, business, education, non- government organizations, people’s organizations, and faith-based communities, he said.
THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has given city officials 10 days to submit their reply in relation to the petition filed by Proxima Centauri Realty Development Corp., developer of the Valley of Peace Memorial Park, on the implementation of the ordinance updating the schedule of market value and real property taxes in the city.
Maphilindo Polvora, head of the City Assessor’s Office, said he received an order on Monday from the DOJ, directing him and his co-respondents to answer the petition.
ABOUT 300 board feet of endemic tree alstoria scholaris or “bita” was found abandoned in Don Salvador Benedicto town.
Elmo Amit, municipal environment and natural resources officer, on Monday said residents of Barangay Pandanon discovered the lumber along the river already cut in 2x14x8 and 2x8x10 sizes.
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. led officials on Monday in inaugurating the Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) at the NEGROS FIRST Cyber Center in Bacolod.
The TBIC is located at the fourth floor of the Cyber Center and is intended for incubation and start-ups.
GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. is confident that President Benigno Aquino will eventually approve the long-standing proposal to create a One Island Region for Negros Occidental by issuing an executive order for its creation.
Before his term ends, this will be realized and I believe we will get his approval within this year, Marañon said Monday.
CENTRAL Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) president Arnel Lapore defended their power supply contract with Energreen Power Development and Management Inc., saying there is nothing to pass on to consumers in terms of charges.
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.
ROXOL Bioenergy Corp. (RHI) in Barangay Nagasi, La Carlota City voluntarily ceased their operation effective January 4 due to pollution issues.
Pontevedra town Mayor Jose Maria Alonso said on Sunday that the bio-ethanol plant suspended operation pending the action taken by the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB).
MABINAY – Negros Occidental Mayor Alfredo Marañon Jr. called on both the Negrenses in Occidental and Oriental to stay united as brothers as he emphasized that Negros will have a bright future ahead of it if it is transformed as an island region.
Marañon visited this town bordering Kabankalan City upon the invitation of municipal Mayor Ernie “Jango” Uy, a strong supporter of the governor’s advocacy for the Negros Island Region (NIR).
THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) has elected its executive officers for 2015.
During the executive committee meeting Friday, Renelo Lastierre of the Provincial Legal Office was elected president.
A SUSPECTED drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of City Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Purok 6, Magsungay, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City Saturday.
Police identified the suspect as Mila Laurencio, 47.