Local officials join LP today

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:24 a.m.

MORE incumbent and former local officials of Bacolod City are set to swear in with the Liberal Party (LP) today, Friday, before LP provincial chair Representative Albee Benitez (3rd district, Negros Occidental).

Frank Carbon, Bacolod City LP chairman, said the oath-taking will be held at the Bacolod Pavilion Hotel.

Plastics ordinance to take effect Nov. 23

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:23 a.m.

BACOLOD City Council member Em Ang reminded Bacolodnons that the Plastic Regulation Ordinance that she authored and was already approved by the council will be implemented on November 23.

She said the floods that dipped thousands of houses, buildings and other structures that affect a million Filipinos brought about by Typhoon "Gener" and other storms are reminders that the proper disposal of wastes, especially plastics, should be practiced in the country.

Comelec sets voters satellite registration

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:23 a.m.

THE Bacolod City Commission on Elections (Comelec) said there will be a satellite registration of voters on Saturday at the north wing of SM City-Bacolod in celebration of the National PWD (Persons with Disability) Registration Day.

The registration will start at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.

Police prepare for annual inspection

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:22 a.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is now preparing for the upcoming national Annual General Inspection-Operational Readiness Security Inspection (Agi-Orsite) this August.

De la Paz said Thursday that inspectors from Camp Crame are expected to visit Bacolod to conduct an inspection and audit in BCPO as well as in different police stations.

Army cautions village officials involved with rebel movement

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:21 a.m.

COLONEL Oscar Lactao, commander of the Philippine Army's 303rd Brigade in Bacolod, cautioned village officials who get involved in the rebel movement.

This came after a rebel who was slain in a recent encounter with the Army turned out to be a president of a sitio in a city in northern Negros.

Hike in MassKara tilts funding, prizes sought

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:21 a.m.

A BACOLOD City councilor is seeking an increase in the funding to barangays joining the MassKara Festival this October.

Among the major events of Bacolod City's MassKara Festival this coming October 1-22 will be the MassKara Festival Streetdance Competition and Electric MassKara Float Competition.

IRA allocation of 1% to combat child labor pushed

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:20 a.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor asked Mayor Evelio Leonardia to implement the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) directive to allot one percent of the city's Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for programs and projects to combat child labor.

She said the local government units are directed through DILG Memorandum Circular issued on July 4, 2012, as required by Republic Act (RA) 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, to allot one percent of their IRA for programs and projects to combat child labor.

4Ps beneficiaries told: Inform DSWD of residence transfer

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:19 a.m.

BENEFICIARIES of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) should inform their city or municipal links (C/ML), which is the field office of DSWD, in case they change address or transfer residence.

This is to avoid non-continuance of conditional cash grants because their C/ML assigned in the Pamilya areas to oversee the implementation of the program can no longer update their data if they change address without notice, said Minda Brigoli, DSWD-Western Visayas director.

2 jai alai bet collectors arrested

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:18 a.m.

TWO suspected jai alai bet collectors were arrested in separate operations in different areas in Bacolod City on Thursday.

The suspects were identified as Ramonito Alegayda, 66, of Corner Gonzaga-Rizal Streets, Bacolod City, and Argie Dacamos, 25, of Escalante City, Negros Occidental.

Beneco dares councilman to file suit in court

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 01:01 a.m.

AN OFFICIAL of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) challenged a city councilor to bring allegations in court.

Councilor Fred Bagbagen gave a privilege speech berating Beneco in last week’s regular council session.

Civil defense office presents new response system

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:59 a.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) – Cordillera presented its new innovation that could save more lives during emergencies.

OCD Operations and Special Projects Officer Paul Chinayog presented to the Provincial Board how the Incident Command System (ICS) will work in calamities.

Garbage system project turned off

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:57 a.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Mayor Greg Abalos clarified the Blackhole project in Alno has temporarily been turned off pending a visit from Japanese officials next week.

Abalos said Japanese officials are set to visit the municipality to check on the technology. “They advised us to turn it off in the meantime.”

City woes to be addressed by charter

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:55 a.m.

WITH the month long Baguio Charter Day celebration this September, city officials are optimistic House Bill 3759 or the Revised City Charter will soon be approved in the House of Representatives and Senate.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the city invited Committee on Local Government Chairman Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as guest of honor and speaker during the 103rd Baguio Day celebrations.

Search for Miss Baguio on

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:54 a.m.

THE search for this year’s Ms. Baguio started Wednesday with at least 20 candidates.

Sonny Ticwala of the organizing Sonny T. Productions said it will be a frenetic three Sundays leading to the coronation night on September 2.

Benguet finds no buyer of veggies in Manila

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:52 a.m.

VEGETABLE delivery trucks who braved the rains and flood arrived in Manila but were disappointed to find out there were few buyers.

Augusta Balanoy, executive director of FarmersDOTnet and manager of the Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative, said the number of buyers decreased almost by half because of the floods.

Provincial workers told to file SALN

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:49 a.m.

THE Benguet Provincial Board ordered all employees of the province to heed the call of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to file and provide the public copies of their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo issued Memorandum Circular 116, series of 2012 recently, which is a directive to make concerned officials’ SALN available to the public for inquiries.

Kalinga guv returns to work after serving suspension

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:48 a.m.

SUSPENDED Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac takes back his post Thursday, exactly a month after Malacañang suspended him for misdemeanor.

Baac who goes back to serving his province mates said, “The suspension is the result I took for the blatant abuse of press freedom.”

High Court lambast Surigao judge for unauthorized travel

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:37 a.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) warned a judge from Surigao del Norte province for proceeding with his travel abroad without the required travel authority from the Office of the Court Administration (OCA).

In a six-page decision promulgated on July 18 and posted on the SC website, Judge Ignacio B. Macarine of Municipal Trial Court in General Luna, Surigao del Norte, was admonished because "he acted irresponsibly when he opted not to immediately secure a travel authority and is saved only from the full force that his violation carries by the attendant mitigating circumstances."

'Supervening event' that may lead to wage hike declared

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:36 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in a regular meeting on Thursday declared a supervening event that will pave the way for another round of wage increase in the first week of October this year.

Lawyer Ernesto Carreon, Associated Labor Union (ALU) representative, said he moved for the declaration of a supervening event because the inflation rate increased to 6.1 percent.

Lad sued for rape of 12-yr-old neighbor

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:36 a.m.

RAPE charges were filed against an 18-year-old accused of molesting his 12-year-old neighbor.

The City Prosecution Office (CPO) found probable cause to charge Rene (not his real name) after he allegedly raped Shane (name withheld for being a minor) on May 3.

1 killed in evac center attack

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:35 a.m.

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Two riding-in-tandem motorists attacked an evacuation center in Barangay Labu-Labo in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Killed on the spot was identified as Mananbeda Santo, village councilman of Labu-Labo. Police also identified the wounded victim as Sittie Tambongalan Kendatu, 54, an evacuee from Barangay Limbuay, also in Shariff Aguak.

Cop killed in Kiblawan ambush

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:35 a.m.

A POLICEMAN was killed in an ambush staged by unidentified armed men in Barangay Kimlawis, Kiblawan town in Davao del Sur Thursday morning.

Superintendent Marcial Magistrado, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO), identified the victim as Police Officer 1 (PO1) Rommel Paccial, of the Davao Sur Provincial Public Safety Company (DSPPSC) assigned at the Kiblawan Police Station.

Pageant bets can use English in Q&A

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:33 a.m.

THIS year's Hiyas sa Kadayawan candidates are allowed to use English language during the question and answer portion of search's final night slated on August 17, organizers said.

Sonny Conception, production manager of Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2012, in Thursday's I-Speak forum held at the City Hall, told reporters that each of the 10 Hiyas finalists has to introduce herself and answer the judges' question in their native dialect then translate it to English.

Mom seized in Cebu for ‘pimping’ girls

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:30 a.m.

CEBU CITY -- A mother and her American live-in partner were arrested in this city Wednesday night on suspicion of trying to pimp her two young daughters in prostitution dens.

On the same night, policemen in Mandaue City rescued six women aged 19 to 26 and arrested two men for alleged human trafficking.

A ring means ‘good job’

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:19 a.m.

TO FIND out if the public likes their services, the Talisay City Police has placed in its station a “satisfaction bell” that people can ring if they think their police are doing a good job.

While it may look like an ordinary silver bell to some, the bell hanging at the front lobby of the police station is used to gauge how police services are affecting the city’s residents.

P419M crops damaged, 1 million evacuated in Central Luzon floods

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:13 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The three days of incessant rains brought about by the southwest monsoon still prevailing over Luzon Thursday has registered a whooping P419,574,374 damages to palay (rice) crops in Central Luzon (CL) with 1,535,751 families in 190 evacuation centers across the region.

The Department of Agriculture (DA), through its Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, in its partial damage report, said 39,925.28 hectares of palay crops have been affected by the flooding. Out of this number, some 29,536.08 are classified as partially damaged while a remaining 10,389.20are classified as “totally damaged.”

Floods in San Fernando slow to recede

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:13 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Floodwaters in most barangays of the City of San Fernando are slow to recede, continuously paralyzing businesses and transportation even as rescue and relief operations in critical areas are going on 24/7 since Tuesday.

In rounds of the city Thursday, residents told Sun.Star Pampanga that only a few groceries and supermarkets, including SM City San Fernando, were open to customers but with enough staple stocks for those securing provisions. Public market vendors have relocated themselves near the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dolores.

DTI: Price freeze takes effect in Pampanga, 3 provinces

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:04 a.m.

STA. RITA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon said a freeze in the prices of basic goods is now in effect in Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan, and Zambales.

The DTI said that under a state of calamity, an automatic price control is implemented as contained in Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 otherwise known as the Price Act as a preventive measure to avoid chaos that may result from overpricing of basic goods during times of calamities.

50,000 kabalens to get relief goods

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:03 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 50,000 flood-affected Kapampangans are set to receive relief goods from the provincial government, as Governor Lilia Pineda directed the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) to prepare for the distribution of relief goods to at least 329 flood hit villages from 19 municipalities and two cities of the province.

PDRRMC personnel and other volunteers had been tasked to supervise the round-the-clock packing of relief goods to provide the immediate needs of concerned residents.

Villages in Candaba remain isolated

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:02 a.m.

CANDABA – Several villages remain isolated as the floodwaters continuously rise due to intermittent heavy rains.

The Malisik and Maasim dikes have been weakened by the volume of water hitting its walls, reports said.

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