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Army Announces Recruitment for New Applicants

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Three categories of examinations will be conducted by the Philippine Army Recruitment Center Office for Visayas of the Army Personnel Management Center. It will facilitate the Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery (PAATB), Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) and Special Written Exam (SWE) to qualified applicants for Officer Candidate Course (OCC) and Officer Preparatory Course (OPC).

MUTYA BEAUTIES AT PEOPLE’S HOUSE. Bacolod City Executive Assistant IV Rocky Puentevella (5th from left) and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya (beside him) pose with the winners of the Mutya ng Pilipinas in a courtesy call yesterday at the Bacolod People’s House.Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 winners.

From left to right, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 2nd Runner Up Ms. Kim Fyfe, Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities Ms. Patrizia Bosco, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 Asia Pacific Ms. Eva Psychee Patalinjug, Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism Glennifer Perido and Mutya ng Pilipinas 1st Runner Up Cristine Racel.** (CMO-PIO photo)

AS IN THE PAST. About an hour of heavy downpour yesterday afternoon strands many people and disrupts some businesses in flooded Bacolod City streets. Others take off their footwear and wade through the waters, while vehicles and motorcycles run slowly. These were some of the images during heavy rains, showing the area near Hernaez-Locsin Streets.* (Edith B. Colmo / Alein Gazo photos)

Master Plan for Metro Bacolod, MBDA Vital for Progress – MBCCI

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For Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) president Frank Carbon, the realization of a Master Plan is still the prime basis in order for a city to progress and for them to achieve their long term goals.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (right photo) speaks before members of the Agtutunoy, Mayupo, Mayana and Aguikit Bago Watershed Integrated Farmers Association, Inc. during a consultation meeting held in Brgy. Prosperidad, San Carlos City, yesterday. The governor encouraged them to propose agricultural projects for the benefit of their association, as they are a big factor to the Food Security and Agricultural Productivity Agenda of the Provincial Government.* (Capitol photos)

"We have to have a Master Plan not only for Bacolod, but for Metro Bacolod," Carbon said. In addition, he foresees the Metro to be composed of other developing cities like Silay, Talisay, Bago, Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto as akin to Tagaytay, a summer destination for local and foreign tourists.

"We need to advertise Bacolod as a central hub of more than 1.5 million people and not as a stand alone city," he added.

Meanwhile, with Bacolod slowly being recognized by private agencies and institutions as an emerging city outside of Metro Manila, Carbon admits that it is a boost for the Local Government and the business sector to further push their limits and gain the top spot, considering that Cebu is now a Metropolitan City in their own right.

"Cebu is a done deal. Now, it’s Iloilo and Bacolod," expressed Carbon.

According to the MBCCI president, Bacolod’s advantage over Iloilo is its geographical location. With the city mostly made up of flat lands, it is also not susceptible to flood and has a number of rivers and creeks that act as natural drainage when heavy rain occurs.

The city also invests on good education and constantly produces quality graduates – an element that employers are always looking for in their employees.

‘Call Center Agent Dies in Bathroom’

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A 21-year-old female call center agent was suspected to have been electrocuted while taking a bath in her boarding house’s bathroom Monday night in Bacolod City.

BACOLOD CITY WATER DISTRICT (BACIWA) Board of Directors, from right to left, Marichi Ramos; Atty. Lawrence Villanueva, Chairman of the Board; Atty. Lorendo Dilag; Legal Counsels Atty. Roger "Brick" Reyes & Atty. Bing Sedonio, and OIC-Gen. Mgr.-designate Darwin Destacamento during Monday’s press conference at GT Hotel, during which they revealed plans to file detention charges against Baciwa GM Atty. Juliana Carbon and several employees.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photos)

Police Station 1 identified the victim as Lorna Casugod of Brgy. 2, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental.

The victim was taking a bath in a bathroom of N & G building near downtown Bacolod when the light went out.

ENERGREEN POWER COMPANY BRIEFING. From left, Bacolod City Councilor Alex Paglumotan, Atty. Vicente Petierre III, and mediaman John Elmer Ubaldo during Saturday’s briefing at Avenue Suites Hotel of Energreen that is building a diesel fuel-powered plant in Calumangan, Bago City that will supply cheap power to CENECO.*.

She shouted for help but but it took several minutes for her boardmates and a guard to open the locked bathroom.

They called for police assistance while others continued to break the door until it was opened.

They saw the body of Casugod still grasping for breath.

‘NCC Used 2011-2013 Data to Rank Bacolod’

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The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) used the data covering the period January to December of 2011 to 2013 resulted in the sudden downward spiral of the city’s ranking in the recent City and Municipality Competitiveness Index for 2014.

Ms. Joji Locsin of ANP, Ms. Leah Aguirre of Piaya Network, First Lady Josefa "Patching" Puentevella, Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Ms. Paula Cuaycong of BPI and Ms. Butch Gerasmo of Bacolod Tourism Office opened the Launching of Piaya Network with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the District North Point Saturday.*

In a letter addressed to City Mayor Monico Puentevella, the NCC stated that they based this year’s results on the data covering January to Decem-ber of 2011, 2013 and 2014, "plus additional data on Business Permits issued (both renewals and new businesses) in January 2014 for comparison versus January 2013."

Likewise, the statistics were used by the NCC to cover 29 pre-determined indicators that included security and health and school capacity alongside Infrastructure, Economic Dynamism and Government Efficiency as prime basis.

This year, the city is ranked 20th in Overall Competitiveness with a score of 38.58; 15th on Economic Dynamism (11.5); 45th on Government Efficiency (16.83) and 23rd on Infrastructure (10.23).

"The data used was during his term," Puentevella said as he detailed that he should not be blamed by the sudden plummet of the city’s ranking from among the top 5 most competitive cities in the Philippines in 2012 and that the NCC had based their assessment based on data procured during the administration of former Mayor and now Lone District Representative Evelio Leonardia.

Further, the city’s current Chief Executive decided to state the details because his administration "was blamed" and his way "to let the people know the truth."

"He (Leonardia) should be man enough to take the blame," added the Mayor.



TCS MANPOWER SERVICES, INC. is a business organization engaged in providing local manpower services to companies from different industries.




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