Baby dies, 14 hurt in 2 road mishaps

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:47 p.m.

A ONE-YEAR-OLD baby girl died while 14 others were injured in two separate road accidents at Barangay Calumangan, Bago City, Negros Occidental Tuesday evening.

The fatality was identified as Jen-jen Villanueva, of Barangay Dulao, Bago City.

City assessor unfazed by RPT case

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

UNFAZED by a civil case for nullity filed by the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (Creba), Bacolod City Assessor Maphilindo Polvora said Wednesday the implementation of the new schedule of land valuation and real property taxes in the city will proceed on January 1, 2015.

“For now, we maintain a presumption of regularity. We will implement the ordinance in January,” Polvora said.

Fourth District gears up for peace declaration

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:44 p.m.

THE Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-Pidu) aims to declare the Fourth District of Negros Occidental a “peaceful and ready-for-further-development district” by the end of January next year.

The Fourth District is composed of the cities of Bago and La Carlota, and the municipalities of Pulupandan, Valladolid, San Enrique, and Pontevedra.

December power rate up by P1.80 per kwh

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:43 p.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) announced Wednesday that its residential rate for December 2014 billing increased from P1.8044 per kilowatt hour (kwh) to P10.0525 compared to last month’s P8.2481 per kwh.

Chuchie Destriza, officer-in-charge general manager of Ceneco, said in a statement that the upward adjustment in Ceneco’s effective rate can be mainly attributed to the generation charges which increased by P1.2181 per kwh.

Baciwa board chair defies mayor

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:43 p.m.

BACOLOD City Water District (Baciwa) Chairman Lawrence Villanueva has dismissed the move of Mayor Monico Puentevella to appoint a director who will replace him after his term expires on Dec. 31, 2014.

Villanueva said the mayor’s appointment of David Villanueva (not related to him) as member of the board of directors representing the civic sector is not valid as Puentevella failed to follow the process provided under Presidential Decree 198.

NegOcc has 27,000 registered firearms

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:42 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental, including Bacolod City, has 27,000 registered firearms, according to the Firearms and Explosives Unit (FEU) of the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas (PRO-6).

Superintendent Ledon Monte, head of Western Visayas police FEU, said the average number of firearms of a gun holder is five to six thus the figure translates to about 5,000 gun holders.

Guv dares Pace to prove extra bonus tax claims

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is asking the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) to prove their claims after they questioned the computation of taxes on their extra bonuses.

"They should show their own computation if it is correct. They should prove it if the computation is wrong because if it is, the provincial government will have to pay for it," Marañon said.

Observe proper practice in sale, use of pyrotechnics

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Council has passed a resolution urging all Bacolodnons to observe proper and safe measures in the sale and use of pyrotechnics during Christmas and New Year’s Day celebrations.

Task Force Ilahas tags 231 trees in Hinobaan

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

TASK Force Ilahas (TFI), the environmental enforcement unit of the Negros Occidental Capitol, marked and tagged 231 trees inside the “wilderness area” of Barangay Damutan, Hinobaan town.

The trees were tagged with Global Positioning System coordinates by the TFI personnel during their follow-up operation from November 19 to 22.

8 drug suspects charged by police

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

EIGHT persons, including a suspected drug pusher, were charged after they were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (CAIDSOTG) at Barangay 30, Bacolod City Monday afternoon.

Arrested were Ramie Bolinas, 45; Eric Sallado, 32; Aida Demapuro, 18; Lady Bee Bolinas, 21; Enrique Bolinas, 55; Mauro Bolinas, 37; all residents of Barangay 30; Ricky Macias, 33, of Barangay 32; and Hernani Chua, 54, of Barangay Taculing.

2 hurt in shooting, stabbing incidents

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

A COMPANY driver was shot by a councilman of Barangay 28 at their village on Luzuriaga Street, Bacolod City Monday evening.

Police identified the victim as Alexander Lamera.

Bizman: Reduce fare, food prices

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

IN THE wake of significant reduction in the prices of fuels, a local business leader said that the government should impose reduction in fare rates and food prices.

Frank Carbon, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), said on Tuesday that the series of rollbacks in the prices of fuels has already reached about 31 percent, which is significant enough to effect reduction in fares for commuters.

Negros-Panay Bridge plan pushed further

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

THE issue of interconnectivity among major Visayan islands as a long-term measure to decongest key urban centers, including Metro Manila, has been discussed by officials of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Iloilo City on Tuesday.

The discussion came with the continued push for the realization of the Negros-Panay Bridge being championed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., chair of the RDC.

12 hurt in road accident

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

TWELVE persons were injured, 10 of them elementary and high school students in Bacolod City, in a road accident in front of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) headquarters on Magsaysay Avenue around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Injured were driver Jerry Java, 51, and Lea Epacta, 49, both residents of Purok Esmeralda, Barangay Poblacion, Bago City, along with the 10 minors aged 10 to 17, who are studying in two universities in the city.

Creba seeks nullity of land valuation hike ordinance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

THE Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (Creba)-Negros Occidental Chapter led the filing of a civil case against the City of Bacolod in relation to the passage of the ordinance updating the schedule of market value of real properties in the city.

Also included in the charge sheet are City Assessor Maphilindo Polvora and City Treasurer Giovanni Balalilhe.

Slain bizman’s kin seeks NBI help

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

THE family of the slain former bank manager has sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for a thorough investigation on his murder.

NBI-Bacolod agent-in-charge Joseph Rigodon said Tuesday that the relatives of the Francisco Loarca, 61, met with him to discuss the case.

Gamboa files libel case vs Chua

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. filed a libel complaint against North Bound Terminal operator Crispin Chua, who also sued him for five counts of libel last April.

Gamboa lodged his complaint before Associate City Prosecutor Maria Lina Gonzaga on Monday.

Mayor names nominee for director of Baciwa

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella has nominated David “Dave” Manzano Villanueva as successor of Bacolod City Water District board chairman Lawrence Villanueva whose term as director will expire on December 31, 2014.

David Villanueva, a registered chemical engineer, is not related to chairman Villanueva, who represents the civic sector.

Bidding process for P20-B expansion of airport starts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:38 p.m.

THE P20.26-billion expansion project for the Bacolod-Silay Airport has started, Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia said Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has launched the bidding process for the project with the publication of the required Invitation to Pre-Qualify and Bid in national newspapers last Monday, the lawmaker said in a press statement.

Pace questions computation on bonus tax

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 03:38 p.m.

THE Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) has questioned the provincial accountant of Negros Occidental on her computation of the taxes imposed on extra bonuses.

In a letter to Provincial Accountant Merly Fortu, Pace president Dino Gasend asked Fortu to look "into the actual basis of the computation for tax on bonuses in accordance with the policy being followed by the provincial government in reference to whatever issuances/policies required by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) vis-a-vis on taxes on bonuses.”

Puentevella assails 2 directors for clinging Baciwa posts

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella assailed two directors of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) for supposedly clinging to their posts when they are already supposed to step down.

Puentevella said on Monday that his decision to fire director Marichi Fong Ramos, who was also ousted by the court as representative of the professional sector, is final and beyond compromise.

Rebels torch heavy equipment in Sipalay

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:42 p.m.

ABOUT 30 suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) burned three heavy equipment of a private contractor Sunday evening at Sitio Tao-angan, Barangay Gil Montilla, Sipalay City.

Damaged were a grader, a payloader, and a vibratory roller, all worth about P5 million, at the batching plant of International Builders Corp. (IBC) owned by Alfonso Tan of Iloilo City.

P33,000 bonus for city workers; Capitol employees get P40,000

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:42 p.m.

THE City Council of Bacolod approved on Monday an appropriation ordinance in the amount of P18.602 million for the productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) and other bonuses of permanent and plantilla casual employees.

Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said the 1,400 regular and plantilla casual employees, including co-terminus employees, are entitled to a PEI of P33,000 each or a total of P4.2 million.

Police to form task group to solve businessman’s killing

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) will form a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to solve the killing of businessman Francisco Loarca in front of a hotel along Circumferential Road, Barangay Villamonte Saturday.

Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of BCPO, on Monday said he directed the Investigation Detection Management Unit to submit a proposal to Police Regional Office director Chief Supt. Josephus Angan for the creation of an SITG.

Police secure churches for dawn masses

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

POLICEMEN will be deployed starting today to different churches in Bacolod City to secure churchgoers attending the nine-day “Simbang Gabi” or dawn masses.

Senior Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), on Monday said they will maximize police presence in the different churches to ensure the safety of those going to the early morning masses.

1,000 Western Visayas cops get promotion

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

POLICEMEN under the Police Regional Office (PRO) were promoted to higher ranks during the donning of ranks ceremony held Monday at Camp Delgado in Iloilo City.

A report from the PRO said that promoted were 54 commissioned officers composed of two senior superintendents, 16 chief inspectors, 32 senior inspectors, and four inspectors.

2 Sipalay workers positive for drugs ‘should be dismissed’

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said government employees found positive for illegal drugs should be dismissed from service.

Marañon made the statement after two employees of Sipalay City government were apprehended in a drug buy-bust operation and were found positive for illegal drug use.

PAMB to come up with master plan for NNNP

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

THE Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) will soon come up with a master plan to determine the boundaries for the protected zone and the multi-use zone at the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) in Don Salvador Benedicto town.

Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano said this was discussed during the PAMB meeting Friday.

Transport leaders: No fare rollback

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 03:41 p.m.

LOCAL transport leaders said there is no need for fare price rollback in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental because their fare rates are already lower compared to those in Metro Manila.

At present, regular jeepney fare rate in Western Visayas is P7.50. The rate for students, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities is P6.

Faithful urged to attend misa de gallo

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 03:40 p.m.

SAN Sebastian Cathedral rector Fr. Felix Pasquin is encouraging the faithful to attend the nine-day Misa De Gallo or Misa Aguinaldo that will start tomorrow.

“This is dedicated to Mama Mary, the mother of Jesus. This is to pray for our perseverance to keep our faith in God," Pasquin said.

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