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Monthly archive

  • Reactions: What They Liked, and Missed in PNoy’s Speech

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    The Chief Justice was serene when asked about the chief executive’s statements critical of the court; the Vice President had unsolicited advice for his boss; and a former president said the SONA lacked the kind of vision that went into building a nation over the long term.


    OUR VERY OWN Negrense filmmaker Jay Abello receives a Certificate of Recognition in his Exceptional Accomplishments in the Field of Cinema. Given by Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue & Mr. Alan S. Gensoli.*(CMO-PIO photo)

    Still, most lawmakers allied with the President were expectedly supportive of his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

    Senate President Franklin Drilon said President Aquino has put a face to the progress achieved by the administration on policies enforced, and economic gains.

    Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, asked in an ambush interview how she felt about the President Aquino’s recent statements seemingly castigating the Supreme Court after its 13-0 ruling that deemed unconstitutional his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Her reply: "You can’t have an emotional court. ....we have professional duties."

    Vice President Jejomar Binay, singled out by Mr. Aquino as "someone who knows what we’ve been through," was asked what he thought of the President’s reference to the 2016 polls, where Aquino said people must elect someone who will doubtless be committed to continue the reforms he began.

  • Former College Dean Found Guilty of P15.3-M Estafa

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    A former dean of the University of Negros Occidental—Recoletos (UNO-R) was found guilty of estafa by the Regional Trial Court of Bacolod City.

    In a decision rendered by Judge Fernando Elumba of RTC-Branch 42, Bacolod City, Evangeline Aboyo was sentenced to suffer an indeterminate penalty of four years, two months and one day to 20 years, for having defrauded the private complainant, Hirfa Sian, of P15.3 million.

    Sian was represented by her counsel, Atty. Roland G. Ravina, who acted as private prosecutor in the case.

  • Talisay City Tourism Gets More Boost

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    Aside from the aggressive and effective leadership of Mayor Eric Saratan, Talisay City gets more boost as more local and foreign tourists are excited with the way things are going in the city.


    Talisay City Mayor Doc Eric Saratan meets with various jeepney drivers associations in the city. Drivers also dicussed various concerns with the City Chief Executive. Talisay drivers get uniforms that bares the city logo. * (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

  • Long-Term Plan for the Elimination of Graft, Corruption Needed, Solon Declares

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    Anti-graft and corruption advocates have firmed up a long-term program to ensure that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) previously its official title as referred to by legislators, or pork barrel, dubbed as such by common folks, is permanently abolished, Bayan Muna Congressman Neri Colmenares who hails from La Castellana, then Bacolod, declared in a press conference at the Negros Press Club (NPC) building Friday last week.

  • Debate on BACIWA Between Councilor, 2 former Presidents of Union Contentious

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    A lively yet contentious debate between Bacolod Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa and two former BACIWA Employees (BEU)-National Association of Free Labor Unions (NAFLU)-Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU-Negros) president namely, retired union presidents Rudy Maligmat and Ramon Lopez Jr. primarily, on the planned purchase of bulk water from the Murcia District (MWD) ensued with the former batting for the purchase and the latter, strongly rejecting it.

  • Bacolod to Clean Esteros and Waterways

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    Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, according to Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. last Saturday, is presently seeking the authorization of the Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to fully implement the City’s Adopt-An-Estero/Waterbody Program.

  • WNU Answers Call for Blood Donation

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    In order to address the increasing demand for blood, West Negros University (WNU) immediately responded to the call as it participated in the Bloodletting program last Saturday, July 26, 2014 with RMN-DYHB’s "Patak ng Dugo, Tatak sa Puso" and Negros First Provincial Blood Center (NFPBC).


    WNU students join the voluntary blood donation program of RMN-DYHB and NFPBC, Saturday at WNU Campus.* (rrm/wnu/pr)

  • Army: ‘Kangaroo Court Incompetent to Decide’

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    The Kangaroo Court, which is the alleged justice system of the CPP-NPA-NDF is not competent to decide cases because it does not give opportunity to the suspect to be heard or defend himself but just kill after telling him of his flaws.

    Thus said Col John Aying, commanding officer, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army during the army hour program in a Bacolod radio station yesterday. He said, this group just kill anyone whom they suspect traitor to their organization; usually the victim is innocent and armless, and completely disregard human rights.

  • Dismal Record of Performance of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas

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    NOTHING TO SHOW-PEOPLE’S VERDICT OF CHIEF, PELAGIO APOSTOL. The Deputy Ombudsman Chief, Pelagio Apostol, is reported to be retiring from government service soon, but so many people do not desire he stays in his post for sometime more which is what one desires when they know that government officials have been effective for a long time, akin to deserts which receives rainfall and are a one-in-a-million phenomenon in the Philippines’ political milieu. The rain, in

  • DFL: DBTI, TCS, USLS-IS Teams Open Strong in 2nd Conference

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    The weather was gloomy but not for the Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI), Trinity Christian School (TCS), and University of St. La Salle-Integrated School (USLS-IS) football teams.


    League benefactor Ricky Yanson (right) led the ceremonial kick off with tournament commissioner Roberto Nene on his side.* (H.James G. Toga/NDB)

  • ‘LTO Issuing Typewritten Receipts’

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    We continue to receive information from several public utility jeepney (PUJ), bus and even private car drivers from different parts of Negros Occidental, claiming that at times the LTO issues "typewritten official receipts".

    Drivers who are apprehended for violations are required to pay fines at the LTO where the latter issues ORs and then releases their confiscated driver’s license.

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  • SOLA (State of the Labor Address)

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    The General Alliance of Workers Association (GAWA) declares that human dignity is the overriding concern of all endeavors. It is to its enhancement and fulfillment that we engage in work and in trade union and social action, this dignity thrives best in a climate of justice, freedom and democracy, to whose realization, we are committed to nurture and bring to fruition.

  • FIL-SINO: Bacolod Steel Prevails vs JKT in Unbeaten Teams

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    Bacolod Steel Center defeated Johann Kendrick Tan, 70-64 in unbeaten teams, even as Northwest Inn barged into the win column against Eversure Mktg., 75-68 at the end of the 1st round hostilities in Class B of the Fil-Sino Inter-company Friendship Cup at Po Hang Gym Friday.

    Keith Banzon heaves a triple in the last 2 minutes for a deadlock for Bacolod Steel as teammate Chief Inspector Adonis Rosales added 4 points to seal the victory.

    JKT took the first quarter, 40-35 with Edward Uy contributed 13 points and Allan Su had 6.

  • Cathedral to Hold Prayer Vigil for Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Public Service

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    The San Sebastian Cathedral Parish will conduct a Prayer Vigil for Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Public Service today July 28, 2014 (Monday) after the 6PM Mass. The Prayer Vigil aims to raise the awareness of the faithful for the need of authentic public service that is marked with integrity, accountability and transparency, not with cover-ups, corruption and self-serving agenda.


    City Mayor Monio Puentevella signing City Ordinance No. 08-14-680, Series of 2014 or the ordinance for the promotion and strengthening of the City of Bacolod as a choice destination for National and International Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE). Present is Principal author Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, co-proponent Councilor Carl Lopez and tourism stakeholders of Negros Occidental.*(CMO-PIO photo)

    In the context of the present issues on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the faithfuls are looking for the truth. The Prayer Vigil is an expression of condemnation of the perceived partiality and "partisanship" in the investigation and that of corruption as a whole. At the same time, it is a movement for hope that through the guidance of the Holy Spirit our government officials will pursue the common good of the Filipino people.

    During the Prayer Vigil, there will be short talks on the "Three Branches of the Government and DAP," "Issues on DAP" and "Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in the Biblical Perspective" followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Hot Selfies & Steamy Videos

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    We cannot stop many individuals from posting their selfie photos and videos on Facebook and on other social media channels.

    We also do not want to cross swords with those who are fond of recording their bedroom adventures.

  • A Tribute to Former Mayor Severo A. Palanca

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    By Henry Streegan and Pert Toga

    Last Monday, July 21, 2014 was a sad and tragic day for Victorias City, with the death of former Mayor Severo A. Palanca, a loving father, a benefactor and a dear friend, not only in need but more so, in deed.


    Victorias City Mayor Frederick "Wantan" Palanca with Cong. Albee Benitez

  • BRAINSBEE Eliminations Reach 60 Brgys. in 3rd District

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    A total of 69 barangays or 60 per cent of the total 115 barangays of the province’s Third District as of Saturday, July 26 have already picked their bets for the city or municipal-wide competition of the BRAINSBEE NI ALBEE SA DISTRICT 3 come September this year.


    Kapitan Ramon, Silay awarding - Kagawad Leonisa Victoriano, Kagawad Ronnie Aguirre, Francis Merck Barrientos of Don Homero Tanpinco Elem. School, Jolinz Kaith Corugda of DMLMHS, Principal Gilda Maque of Don Felix Lacson Memorial High School, & Jemelene Jamola, Office of Cong. Albee Benitez.*

  • Another More Than 100 Workers Complain Against Villar – Contractor

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    More contractual workers of Masters Construction, Inc. the subcontractor of Vista Land owned by the family of Senator Cynthia Villar and former Senator Manny Villar, are coming out and demanding they be paid for past services rendered with labor laws which were blatantly violated by the construction company.

    This, although, the workers’ Spokesman Noli Rosales of the Regional Association of General Employees (RAGE), said including regional coordinator Ricky Diega that their rights were violated through the years.

  • City one with Muslim Community in Eid’l Fitr Celebration

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    With the Muslim community all over the world celebrating the Eid’l Fitr, or the Feast of Breaking the Fast that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Mayor Monico Puentevella is firm that the city’s prolific relationship between its Muslim brothers and sisters is a product of mutual respect.

    According to Puentevella, the city’s Muslim society is a vital component in the continuing growth of Bacolod in terms of economic development and as a city without religious prejudice.

  • Lightning Kills Housewife

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    A 26-year-old housewife was killed when hit by a lighting in Sitio Dahlia, Brgy. Puey, Sagay City about 4PM, Thursday.

    Brgy. Puey is a hinterland barangay about 50 kilometers from the city proper of Sagay.

    Police identified the victim as Michelle Padillo. She was hit in the forehead and head.

    She was brought to Sagay District Hospital in nearby Brgy. Bato but was declared dead.

    The victim was washing clothes in a river about 50 meters from their house when downpour came.

  • Metro Negros Coastal, Marine Resource Management Agreement Looms

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    Considering that the Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod is empowered to protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts which endanger the environment, such as dynamite fishing, and other forms of destructive fishing, illegal logging and smuggling of logs, smuggling of natural resources,products of endangered species of flora and fauna, and other activities which result in pollution, acceleration of eutrophication of rivers and lakes, or of ecological imbalance, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod

  • OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT OF BACOLOD ON THE DISBURSEMENT ACCELERATION PROGRAM (DAP) ISSUE

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    We admire the effort of President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, in enlightening our nation on the value and relevance of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to ordinary Filipinos. His action only highlights his openness and the desire of his administration for transparency and accountability.

    Likewise, we have only the highest respect to the Supreme Court and its Justices for their judicious act of encouraging free discourse and giving the Executive Branch all appropriate .opportunities to seek necessary courses of action.

  • 10 Teams Join 6th Msgr Liu 7 Su Cup

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    Ten teams have joined the 6th Msgr. John Liu and Msgr. John Su Memorial Basketball Cup which opened last (Saturday) at the Msgr. John Liu Activities Center.

    Participating teams are eight alumni batches namely, Batch ’92 & Legends, ’93-’95, ’96-’99, 2k-2003, 2005-’07, 2008-’09, 2010-’12, 2013-’14.

    Guest teams were the parents and the St. John’s Institute Juniors Varsity team.

    The Parents team was composed of non-alumni parents with kids studying in Hua Ming.

    A parade of teams started at 3:30 PM.

  • Hanah Jins Capture Cadet Girls’ Novice in Nat’l Taekwondo Contest

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    Negros Occidental-based Hanah – AMTC Taekwondo Team cadet girls’ novice won the over-all crown in the just-concluded 38th Smart National Taekwondo Championships held over the weekend at the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Stadium in Manila.

    Winning the gold medals are Angeli Lesaguis and Jessa Mae Casaña of the St. Joseph School-La Salle (SJS-LS), Ricah Mae Lesaguis of West Negros University (WNU) and Franchesca Nicole Cabrera of Doña Montserrat High School in Silay City.

  • Better Said Than Done – Defy the NPA

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    BUSINESSMEN DO NOT THINK ALONG THAT LINE. In the aftermath of the punitive operation carried out by the guerrillas of the New People’s Army (NPA) Sunday night, June 15, there have been loud noises urging sugar mills and businessmen in the province not to "supposedly give in to extortion attempts" or demands of the rebels.

  • Arrogance at its Highest Level

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    The antics and self-righteousness of PNoy is to say the least, very disgusting!

    His dubious and scandalous conduct in continuing to lambast the Supreme Court despite the fact that his minions have already filed a motion for reconsideration on the ruling of the Supreme Court that DAP is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

  • Worries of the Wealthy

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    I know this paper has some fabulously wealthy readers. You know who you are.

    So what keeps the super rich awake at night? Is it worry about investments failing or the inability to provide for the family?

    While many of us lie awake worrying about how to keep the wolf from the door, a worldwide study has revealed the wealthy lose sleep over their money causing lack of ambition in their children.

    The richer the individual the greater those fears, and only health concerns rank higher in the minds of the wealthy elite.

  • Ma Beheaded

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    Bacolod City Police Office’s (BCPO) Station 8 is filing charges for parricide against a 34-year old man for hacking his mother’s head off early yesterday morning in Purok Villa Esperanza in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.


    KIDS’ LIBRARY. Fifth District Board Member Atty. Alain Gatuslao and Negros Occ. Provincial Librarian Dr. Joyce P. Deloso spearheaded the Children’s Library Program in the Municipality of Isabela, last week, in celebration of the National Book Week. Schoolchildren received workbooks and notebooks as part of the activity. Also in photo is Vice Mayor Francis Y. Malabor, among others.* (Capitol photo)

    PInsp. Richard Pajarito, deputy chief of police told NDB that Percival Gabitanan, a carpenter is arrested for attacking his 70-year old mother, Elidena while sleeping inside their house using a bolo.

    Pajarito said the suspect admitted to have been using drugs but could not believe killing his mother.

    Initial investigations indicated that the suspect hit his mother with a bamboo and when she went unconscious he grabbed her arms and legs from behind, took her outside of their house and hack her head off.

    The victim initially tried to ask for help prompting their neighbors to seek assistance from the nearby tanod outpost and reported the incident to police authorities.

    Pajarito said when they held an ocular investigation they recovered the victim’s head inside the house, while the rest of the body was left at their backyard.

  • 11 Houses Turned Over in Murcia

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    Eleven families from Brgy. Sta. Rosa, Murcia were recipients of the eleven houses turned over by the provincial government through the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) and the 303rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army, yesterday.

    Col. Jon Aying, Brigade Commander of the 303rd IB disclosed that the eleven houses totalling to P20,000 and made of light materials such as wood, "amakan" and "nipa" were built hand-in-hand by the members of the army, CAFGU and the residents to show the true spirit of "Bayanihan".

  • CENECO Conducts Orientation Seminar to Brgy. Granada Consumers

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    As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) Management, through the Member-Consumer Integrated Services Division (MCISD), conducted a Consumer Orientation Seminar (COS) to 151 attendees from 8 different puroks and sitios of Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City who want to avail of the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) of Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III last July 18, 2014, Friday at the gymnasium of the said barangay. The conduct of COS was made possible through the request and efforts of Brgy. Captain Alfredo P. Talimodao, Jr.


    ORIENTATION SEMINAR. Brgy. Capt. Alfredo P. Talimodao, Jr. (left photo) and CENECO GM Sulpicio C. Lagarde, Jr. (right photo) explain limitations and requirements for Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) to Brgy. Granada residents. With them are Engr. Jennefer R. Tajunio, MCSS Head Nelfa M. Malibe, CPS Head Cheryl R. Tortal and Information Promotion Coordinator Unice C. Pasaylo.*

  • SG Guard’s Shooter Faces Homicide Raps

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    Police authorities in Silay City are filing homicide charges against the suspect in the shooting of a security guard about 12:05AM, yesterday at Rizal St., Brgy. 1 in the city.

    PSupt. Rosauro B. Francisco Jr., police chief reported that the case will filed today against Kirk James Rocha, of Brgy. 5, Silay City for allegedly shooting Security Guard Raffy Aurelio.

    Aurelio, 33, of Brgy. Bagtic was detailed at Prince Hypermart under Rockland Security Agency.

  • Table Tennis Qualifier Tourney Set Today

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    All set as the 2nd Visayas Junior Table Tennis Qualifying Tournament opens today at the Lopue’s Table Tennis Association (LOPTTA) Training Center in Bacolod City.

    Top young paddlers across the region are expected to converge in this 2-day tournament which is sanctioned by the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines and organized by the LOPTTA.

  • DFL: 4 U11 Teams Eye Early Wins in 2nd Conference Opener

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    Budding football players coming from diffirent schools in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental are looking to make an impact in the field as the 2nd Conference Dynamic Football League is set to kick off at the Panaad Park & Stadium in Mansilingan on Sunday, July 27, 8:30AM.

    Victorias City’s Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) booters will take University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) in Field 1A as Bata Elementary School faces University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Field 1B in the opening matches in the U11 division at 9AM.

  • The Battle for Wage Increase

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    The battle for wage increase will soon begin. The General Alliance of Workers Association (GAWA), filed a verified petition for wage increase on July 16, 2014 before the Regional Wage Board in Western Visayas seeking for an additional P85.00 per day for non-agricultural/commercial workers, P72.00 per day for workers in the agricultural/plantation workers and P72.00 per day for agricultural/ non-plantation workers for all workers in the private sector in Western Visayas.

  • Retired General Expresses Reservations on Supposed More Than 1000 AK-47S

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    SEEMS IMPLAUSIBLE. A retired army general we talked to, has expressed reservations about the supposed sale and purchase by New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas of over allegedly 1,000 AK-47 rifles purchased by security agencies legally, abroad and but sold to the NPA leadership mainly in Mindanao.

  • Korean Gang Nam Festival Set in Bacolod August 15

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    One of the important items taken up during the press conference of Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella yesterday held at the People’s House, was that Korean Ambassador to the Philippines, His Exellency Lee Hyok, in a recent meeting, requested that a Korean Gang Nam Festival be held in Bacolod City. The date set is August l5, 2014 and that it be held for several days.


    The Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella (R) with newly appointed City hall Spokesman Atty. Lyzander Bong Dilag at the People’s House yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

    Mayor Puentevella said that this is the first time that such a festival will be held outside Korea.

    Puentevella said, "The activity will give a big boost to our tourism efforts as I am not satisfied with our tourism growth which is bordering only about 29 percent. This affair will attract thousands of Koreans from their country as well as very attractive to Koreans in our city as well as all over our country."

    He also announced that effective July 23, 2014, Atty. Bong Dilag has been appointed as one of his official spokesmen. That Dilag’s appointment will augment his present staff as he has already tapped the services of his active spouse, Mrs. Josefa "Patching" and some of his sons to help in this endeavor.

  • Central Negros Front Command Spokesman Cites Success Achieved (Part II)

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    Ka JB Regalado, the Leonardo Panaligan Command spokesman further stressed in Central Negros, that the two soldiers killed and who belonged to the 12th IB were abusive, were fond of firing shots and threatening people in the area where their detachment is located.

    The Leonardo Panaligan Command spokesperson, earlier also further named the alleged drug trafficker who was collaborating with a local official in Guihulngan City.

  • 2nd Mayor Monico Cup for PWDs Held in USLS

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    Association of Disabled Persons (ADP), in cooperation with the University of St. La Salle Varsity Sports Office, held the 2nd Mayor Monico Cup for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), July 22.


    2nd Mayor Monico Cup participants in action

  • Agri Sector has Biggest Number of Child Labor

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    The 2011 data from the Statistics Office showed that 62 percent of the children engaged in child labor are found in the agriculture sector including fishing.

    Statistics showed that out of 29.02 million Filipino children aged 5-17 years old, 3.03 million were found to be engaged in child labor and 62 percent are working in sugarcane farms, fishing industries, among others.

    Out of 3.03 million child laborers, 2.99 are in hazardous work conditions.

  • Labordo Take on Local Pug in ‘Tunay na Lakas Boxing’

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    Bacoleño Juren"Turbo" Labordo (12, 8KOs-1) continue to establish his presence in Philippine boxing as a co-main event of the ALA Promotion’s Cobra Energy Drink Tunay na Lakas Boxing at the Island City Mall, Tagbilaran City on Saturday, July 26.


    Mayor Puentevella with Bacoleño Juren"Turbo" Labordo

  • Silverado Opens 2014 SCOOP Non-Rated Trio Bowlfest With a Bang

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    Active Solid Strikers Fellowship Bowlers, Inc. (ASSFBI)-Silverado headed by team captain Cecil Silverio opened the duckpin bowling event with a bang in the ongoing 8-round series 2014 SCOOP-Bacolod Non Rated Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL) in Bacolod City last July 17.

    Silverado had a great night as it registered the highest team triple with 1,006 pinfalls and team single with 365 on the first sheet. Scores on the other sheets are 340 and 301.

    The squad are composed of Orly Guiljon, Nonoy Gatila, and Johann Genolos.

  • 6th and 1st District Gov Cup Boxing Elims Set

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    The district boxing eliminations are set for the 6th and 1st District for the forthcoming finals of the 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. Cup Open Boxing Championship on October 8 to 12, 2014 at the BAYS Center.

    Candoni will host the 6th District elimination on August 9 to 10, while San Carlos City, the 1st District on August 29, 30 and 31.

    Other districts have yet to submit their elimination to the Provincial Sports Development Office.

    The finals will be on October 8-12 as part of Bacolod City celebration of the 2014 MassKara Festival.

  • Mr X Fished Out of Bacolod Waters

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    Instead of catching fish, fishermen from Brgy. Singcang-Airport yesterday morning found the body of unidentified man floating along the waters of Baybay Locsin, Villa Servando Subdivision.

    Reports from Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) said the body was found about 7AM yesterday and estimated to be 40-50 years old and was wearing brown-colored short pants without upper garment.

    Probers also found minor scratches on the body and already requested for autopsy to determine the cause of death.

  • Silay City Youth Salvaged in Guihulngan City, Mutilated

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    A young man from Sipalay City was found dead in Gabung-Gabungan Subvillage, Poblacion, Guihulngan City and was badly mutilated obviously without a fight. His hands were tied behind his back, his mother Gina Orencio Amaro, told newsmen during an interview yesterday morning in a restaurant downstairs the NPC building.

  • Excel Vet Conducts 2-Day Mission in Cadiz

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    CADIZ CITY - Residents who are engaged in backyard animal raising in six barangays here can avail of various services starting today, July 24 until July 25.

    Excel Vet will conduct the free consultations, deworming and vitamins which can be availed by those who registered.

    Excel Vet is the distributor of veterinary products in the province. The group will assemble at the Barangay Hall of each barangay.

    Mr. Jun Figueroa of Negros Agrivet supply based here is coordinating the 2-day veterinary mission.

  • 2nd Batch of CBNU Volunteers Begin Mission in Bago City

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    The 2nd Batch of 2014 Summer Chonbuk National University Overseas Volunteer Corps started their volunteer work at B. Araneta Elementary School, Bago City on July 22, Tuesday.


    2nd Batch of CBNU volunteers

  • Girls Age-Group Tryout for Nat’l Team Set Next Month

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    A national tryout for the under 16 is scheduled at the San Julio Realty Football Field in San Carlos City on August 2 and 3. The tryout is open for those players born January 1999 – December 2001.

    This will be in preparation for the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U16 Girls Regional Championship 2015 Qualifiers set on October 4-13.

  • USLS, Jeonju NU of Education Sign MOU

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    University of St. La Salle (USLS) and Jeonju National University of Education in South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), July 22.


    Jeonju NU of Education Kwang-Chan Yoo exchanges signed MOU document with USLS President and Chancellor Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC.*

  • New CHMSC-Fortune Towne BSBA Chair Named

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    By James U. Sy Jr.

    Dr. Jay Jay M. Pisueña was recently designated as the new Chairperson of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Program at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC)-Fortune Towne Campus, Bacolod City, with a designation order dated June 30, 2014 duly signed by Dr. Renato M. Sorolla, SUC President II, with Special Order No. 37, series of 2014.


    Dr. Jay Jay M. Pisueña

  • Alleged NPA Casualties in Central Negros Barefaced Life – NPA Spokesman

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    The supposed casualties of the New People’s Army (NPA) in an "encounter" bared by the army spokesman last week, did not belong to the rebel movement, but were actually members of the Barangay Defense System (BDS) in the village, with the barefaced lie part of a cover-up by 303rd Brigade CO, Col. Jon Aying, the deputy spokesperson, a woman who called herself Ka Anne Jacinto her nom de guerre said in an interview yesterday morning by "Tungkaron Ta Ini" radio program host Jeffrey Gelangre and Edgar Cadagat. She could have been in Negros Island.

  • At SM City Bacolod:PDRRMC Offers Free Blood Typing, Hematocrit and BP Check

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    The Province of Negros Occidental’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council opened yesterday (July 23, 2014) an exhibit on disaster preparedness and emergency response in celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month at the east bridgeway of SM City Bacolod.

  • Not Talking Through His Hat

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    AND AVM BERNARDO CANNOT WASH ITS HANDS OFF. The illegal slaughtering of livestocks probably been taking place in the city for sometime, has been proven by the discovery, indeed, according to concrete reports and findings in the BMMC Compound in Barangay 41.

  • BULAWAN AWARDS 2014: Gathers Negros Producers

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    Arts and Crafts, Furniture and fixtures as well as food are on display at the Robinson’s Place Bacolod where members of the Association of Negros Producers showcase various products of its members at the Fountain area. The week-long display is filled with proud Negrense Crafts and Artworks, food suppliers as well as botanical lovers have come to put up their respective display booths.


    Nunistelle Fulo - Lee renders an ethnic dance during the opening ceremony of the 24th Bulawan Awards.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

  • Action on Vandalism, Hooliganism Taken by Talisay City Gov’t Chief Exec

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    Widespread concerns and apprehensions about the dangers of traveling on the Bacolod-Silay Airport highway will now be resolved with a P40-M budget from the national government approved and the unlighted portion of the stretch of roadway will now be lighted especially in the evening when those involved in vandalism, for one, throwing stones and rocks, will now be dissuaded from carrying out their dastardly task, Rane Azue, authorized to speak in behalf of Mayor Eric Saratan bared in an interview with DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" radio program, Tuesday this week.

  • 2 Drivers in Hot Water in Calatrava Filling Materials Mess

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    Two Calatrava town employees are in hot water for diverting filling materials for government project to private construction site last June.

    Calatrava mayor Araceli Somosa has created an investigating body about the mess.

    She assures the culprits will be dealt accordingly, even if they are her followers.

    The town’s Sangguniang Bayan also conducted a separate probe in aid of legislation.

  • Arles Scion Notice Fruitless Efforts of Police in Arresting the Accused

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    Philip Arles, son of the late Judge Henry Arles, noticed that the efforts of the police in Kabankalan City seem fruitless because until now, they have not apprehended the accused for the murder of his father.

  • SP Urges PNP, DPWH, LGUs Provide Security Measures at Bacolod Airport Access Road

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    The members of Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod City have approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito to request the offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), police, local government units

    to put up security measures and facilities to safeguard the lives and properties of motorists passing the access road to the Bacolod Airport.

  • Central Negros Command Cites Successes Achieved (Part I)

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    A spokesman for Central Negros of the Leonardo Panaligan command, has once more declared that inspite of government claims that they are whittling down guerrilla forces nationwide and causing serious setbacks to the revolutionary movement through arrests of many of their leaders, the guerrillas recruits have increased substantially by 40 percent in their front alone.


    KOREANS SIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH USLS. City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center) with Choi Kyong Hel, JeonJu National University of Education President Yoo Kwang Chan, Ph.D, Park June Chul and University of Saint La Salle Director for External Relations Rhoderick Samonte during their courtesy call yesterday. The Korean nationals are here in the city to sign an exchange program Memorandum of Agreement with USLS and a future collaboration with the city wherein they are willing to donate used computers to public schools.*

    Ka JB Regalado also announced in a statement released on tape that the number of people in mass bases have also increased by several folds as well, and that they are determined to eliminate incidence of criminality as well, oftentimes committed by soldiers, paramilitary unit members of the CAFGUs, bandits and abusive armed groups tolerated by the military in their area of operations in Central Negros where the 11th IB and 12th IB units are deployed.

  • Church Make Recommendation: Total Ban for Wet & Wild Parties

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    "Indecent activities like wet & wild parties are not giving benefit at all to the youths. It does not promote good values because what you see from such parties are no longer beneficial to them."


    Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director, Social Action Center, diocese of Bacolod, opts for total ban of Wet and Wild parties in the city.* (EBColmo)

    Thus said Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Social Action Center (SAC) of the Diocese of Bacolod.

  • What Risk Reduction?

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    Should I applaud now that Typhoon Glenda killed only 94? I think not. I think we owe these souls an apology for not preventing their deaths. True, most of them were killed by flying debris, but only because they were running to evacuation centers, fearing death by flooding. Which begs the question: What is the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) doing about risk reduction? It seems all focus is on management, but we couldn't even manage

  • CENECO Conducts Disaster Preparedness Seminar

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    Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) Management, through the Administrative and Human Resource Management Division (AHRMD), and in cooperation with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO)–Bacolod City, conducted a series of seminars on disaster preparedness to 348 employees last July 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2014 at the CENECO 3rd floor Annex Building.


    DISASTER PREPAREDNESS. (above photo) Mr. Aaron Bais talks about climate change to CENECO employees. (photo below, L-R) CENECO HRD Training Coordinator Jael Bona, DRRMO Training Coordinator Leizl Solveza, Typhoon and Flood Trainer Rev. Narciso Posadas, Earthquake Trainer Mr. Joel Legaspi, Capt. Mario Jocson of the Philippine Coast Guard, CENECO GM Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr., Climate Change Trainer Mr. Aaron Bais and CENECO AHRMD Chief Ma. Agnes Claro during the culmination of the Disaster Preparedness Seminar on July 11, 2014.*

  • ‘I’m Just Doing My Job,’ Says Atty. Sara Villamor

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    "With respect to the public statements of Atty. Cesar B. Beloria, Jr. that I am calling his attention to his tardiness and issuing comments on the AVM Bernardo case and, neglect of his duties and responsibilities, I am just doing my job as mandated," says Atty. Sara Villamor, Bacolod City Legal Officer.

  • Calatrava Pushes for Cityhood

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    Calatrava Mayor Araceli T. Somosa is pushing for the cityhood of her town for the benefit of her constituents.

    Somosa said the Sangguniang Bayan resolution was already passed during the time of Mayor Samuel Fabroz, but local officials did not grab the opportunity to make it a city even ahead of the city of Escalante.

    Its income is that of a first class town based on the 2007 Census.

    In the entire requirement for cityhood, Calatrava is qualified, she added.

  • Brgy. Sum-ag Officials Donate Electrical, Cooking Tools to School

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    The excess electrical materials from the barangay electrician training of Brgy. Sum-ag were donated by the village officials to Sum-ag National High School. Brgy. Capt. Rodney Carmona said it is timely because many classrooms of the school have obsolete electrical wirings and need replacement.

  • 2GO Group Renews Partnership to Promote Science & Technology

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    Close to 250,000 students, teachers and visitors experienced fun and discovery with Philippine Science Centrum Traveling Exhibit of the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST) during its entire run all over the country in 2013.


    In set of photo: (upper left) Sci-Fi Caravan in Cebu City, (upper right) Science Adventures in Roxas City, and (above) renewal of partnership with 2GO Group, Inc. executives and officers of PFST held at the Philippine Science Centrum in Marikina City last June 11, 2014.*

  • ‘Illegal Slaughtering’ Busted, BMMC Pathway Closure Settled

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    Community vigilance and peaceful negotiations with rightful owners produce positive result. A day before the intended closure of the pathway at the Bacolod Murcia Milling Corporation in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, the illegal slaughterer of animals was caught red handed by the vigilant residents of Brgy. 41. Led by Brgy. Capt. Leonilo Colegado, with Kagawads Darie Penuela and Richard Derla, and tips from the residents in Purok 3, Brgy. 41, people slaughtering the animals near the well used by the residents were surprised being caught unaware

  • ‘Buriring’ Festival Set in Cadiz City, Say Officials

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    "Buriring" Festival is set to be held next month (August) in Cadiz City.

    The date of its celebration is still to be finalized, being first to be celebrated in the city, the City Tourism Office disclosed.

    "Buriring" is a small pufferfish and is one of the delicacies in this northern part of Negros Occidental, a seashore city, which is about 65 kilometers from Bacolod City.

  • Pilferage Remains Top Problem of CENECO

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    Pilferage in electricity is still a problem of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO). Usually, the jumpers in the residential consumers is robbing the Coop of its power supply. Thus said Mr. Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr., CENECO General Manager. For year 2013, total systems loss caused by pilferage has reached more than 14%, which is higher than the allowed 13% systems loss by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

  • Camella Homes Workers Paid by their Subcontractor, Masters, Inc. Backwages, Ungranted Benefits

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    Workers belonging to the Regional Alliance of General Employees (RAGE), have been paid a total of over P2-M by the construction company, Masters, Inc. which is the contractor of the Camella Homes, the subdivision developer owned by the family of former Senator Manny Villar and by his wife, Cynthia Aguilar Villar, presently a senator in the House of Senate.

  • MC-Rider Shoots La Castellana Man

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    Police authorities in La Castellana town are in pursuit of the suspects who shot a 31-year old local, Monday evening.

    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) report identified the victim as Rodmil Homboy, of Purok Riverside, Bonifacio Extension in Brgy. Robles who sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the hands, shoulder and most of the left portion of his body.

  • Cash, Valuables Stolen in 2 Separate Robberies

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    Two houses were robbed separately by suspects, one of them positively identified by the owners, early morning Monday and Sunday evening in Hinigaran town.

    Theft and robbery section of Hinigaran Police reported that about 1AM, Monday, the house of Jeremy Bermejo, 26, located at Zone 3, Brgy. II Poblacion was entered by the suspect, he identified as Arman Bolina, 30, of Purok Kalubihan.

    Bermejo told police that he caught the suspect in his house stealing his P5,000 cash placed inside the pocket of his jacket.

  • Bautista Wins Gold for Phl

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    Himamaylan City-hailed Ian Clark Bautista won the lone gold for the Philippine Boxing Team in the just-concluded 2014 China Open International Boxing Tournament held at the Guizhou Gymnasium in Guiyang Province, China.

    The young Bautista, who also won the gold medal in last year’s Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships, topped the men’s flyweight division against South Korean and Chinese boxers.

    For Bautista, he is happy to win the gold medal and brings pride to the Philippines. "I would like to thank all who prayed and supported me," he said.

  • AFP Chief Bautista Retires: Ilonggos Express Gratitude Part II

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    Retired Col. Isabelo delos Reyes, former civil military operations (CMO) officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade said, Gen. Bautista is soft spoken but firm, approachable and does not burst. He is not bossy to the junior officers and men. He implemented Bayanihan program by involving all sectors in delivering services to the hinterlands as a way of attaining peace which is a show window of the AFP. While he rigidly implement the Bayanihan concept of peace, Gen. Bautista at the same time worked for economic development of the community.

  • Bacolod Steel, JKT Beat Foes in Fil-Sino

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    Bacolod Steel Center and Johann Kendrick Tan defeated their respective opponents to lead Class B in the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Friendship Cup at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School, Monday.

    Bacolod Steel squeaked past Northwest Inn, 76-73, while JKT pulled away in the fourth to prevail over Eversure Mktg., 76-59.

    With the win, Bacolod Steel and JKT are tied at 2-0, while Northwest and Eversure dropped to 0-2 win-loss cards.

    The Bacolod Steel and Northwest Inn tussle went down the wire as both teams had several lead changes in the payoff quarter.

  • Waah! Where’s My LolliDAP?

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    The official statement and decision of the Supreme Court, voting 13-0, has evoked many questions emanating from President Benigno Aquino!

    That the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP has been declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL has apparently gotten the "goat" of President Aquino which has resulted in raving and ranting to the point of even questioning the integrity of the Supreme Court.

  • Volunteer Group KASANAG Vows to Keep Helping People

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    The founder and president of KASANAG, a Bacolod City-based group composed of thousands of members believing in the spirit of volunteerism, vowed not to stop sharing their time, efforts, and even money, with people needing help.

    John Chiong, also told NDB that as long as the purpose of a group or an individual needing Kasanag’s manpower capability is to assist others, they will not hesitate.


    VOLUNTEER GROUP KASANAG’s outreach program in Himamaylan, Negros Occ. last June 26, 2014 -- just one of its efforts to help as many people as it can.*  

    "Kasanag’s presence in many parts of the country, which continues to grow, did not happen if not for the burning volunteerism in each member. We are here to help enable groups and individuals reach more people, in delivering to the underpriveleged services and goods, no matter whether it is in the urban center or in rural areas like high above the mountains and far-flung barangays," Chiong said.

  • Cops Neutralize Rob Gang

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    Following the arrest of notorious gang members in Negros Occidental, recently, police authorities were able to neutralize robbery incidents in the cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay and Bago; and EB Magalona and Manapla towns.

    For several years, the Seva Robbery Group known as D’BROTHERS exist and continue to engage in robbery/hold up, murder, homicide and thievery victimizing the people in the identified areas.

    Their presence prior to the arrest lessen the community’s confidence in the police force in carrying out its duty of maintaining peace and order.

  • Motorcycle-Riding Man Shot Dead

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    A man riding on a motorcycle with his live-in partner was shot dead by an unidentified suspect along Sitio Tanquinto in Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City at about 5:30 Saturday afternoon.

    Supt. Leo Batiles identified the victim as Juvy Carbaquil Enao, 38, single, of Sitio Lamac in Brgy. Rizal, Escalante.

    Enao sustained a gunshot wound in the head and fell from the motorcycle, along with his live-in partner, Jennifer Nillamo Canoy, 26 yrs. old.

    Canoy told police investigators she heard a shot and saw the victim fall from the motorcycle that caused them to outbalance.

  • Murcia Mayor Montelibano, Cuadra Ink 4.6-ha. Land Donation

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    Murcia Mayor Andrew L. Motelibano and donor Jesus Ramon Cuadra inked the Deed of Donation of the 4.6 hectares land in Brgy. Cansilayan, Murcia.

    The area will be developed to "Good AM! Teacher’s Village." It will provide houses to more than 350 teachers that Montelibano referred to as "modern day heroes worthy of decent and affordable homes."

  • PWDs Celebrate 36th Anniversary

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    The Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) of Bacolod City celebrated their 36th anniversary last July 18, 2014 by staging an "Angel Walk" and "Musical Variety Show" which was held at the SM Mall in Bacolod City.


    Some of the 400 PWDs join the "Angel Walk".

  • Miss Tourism Int’l Winners Take SuperCat to Tagbilaran

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    Five global beauties ply the luxurious SuperCat from Cebu to Tagbilaran as part of their tour to promote Philippine tourism.


    IN PHOTO: (from left) Kylie Miller of New Zealand, Lucie Klukava of Czech Republic, Thu Phan of Vietnam, Maria Rautio of Finland, and Lisa Karlsdottir of Iceland.*

  • 2014 Nat’l PYG-Batang Pinoy Set in Bacolod, NegOcc

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    The 2014 Philippine Youth Games (PYG) National Batang Pinoy will be hosted anew by Bacolod City and the province of Negros Occidental on December 9 to 13, 2014.

    Provincial Sports Development Office (PSDO) confirmed this yesterday.

    PSDO Officer Manuel "Tawi" De Oro said that Kalibo, Aklan still play host to Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg on October 21-25, 2014.

    Earlier, PYG national Batang Pinoy was announced to be hosted by Iloilo Province on the same date.

  • A New York Lawyer’s Comments on Government Under PNoy

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    My Fil-Am lawyer friend practicing in New York makes his comments through my column his observation of what is happening on our present government.

    Rely Caparas is one among the regular readers of my column abroad and he is also a regular commentator of my column.

    Here are Rely Caparas comments:

    Ding,

  • 2nd Committee Hearing on Proposed GK Week Held Yesterday

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    Councilor Claudio Jesus Raymundo "Kalaw" Puentevella’s proposal to declare the first of week of October of every year as Gawad Kalinga (GK) Week has reached its second committee hearing yesterday at the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).


    Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella heading the second committee hearing of his Gawad Kalinga Week proposal yesterday at the Bacolod SP Session Hall.* (CMO-PIO photo)

  • Nhojs Posts 2nd Win in Fil-Sino Fellowship Caging

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    Nhojs Sportswear beat Pilmico/Salto, 103-93, for its second win in Fil-Sino Inter-Company Fellowship Cup Class A at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Friday.

    Nico Lopingco led Nhojs with big 67 points. Lopingco drilled 21 triples in the game.

    In their first game beating Marby Arcade La Salle, 84-83, Lopingco score 12 points.

    It was Pilmico/Salto’s first defeated in two outings. They beat 365 Fuelstar, 77-71, last week.

  • FBA Hoop Games Set to Launch November

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    Filsports Basketball Association (FBA) Unity Games, a new basketball league in the Philippines is set to be launched this year on November, according to founder LJ Serrano in an interview over Aksyon Isports of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo–Bacolod last Sunday .

    Serrano stressed that FBA, which was registered last year, intends to promote the development of professionalism in basketball in the Philippines.

  • Stepping back in time

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    If you are ever in the South of England and you fancy some really interesting sightseeing, take a trip to Bucker’s Hard on the Beaulieu River in the New Forest.

    Buckler’s Hard is a splendidly preserved 18th century shipbuilding village that hasn’t changed much over the years.

    The sheltered waterfront location and the ready supply of oak, beech and elm trees from the nearby New Forest, made Buckler’s Hard one of England’s most important shipbuilding centers.

  • Latest Anti-Graft Complaint Against Leonardia Will Test Visayas Ombudsman Objectivity

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    AND IMPARTIALITY, EH! The latest anti-graft complaint filed by mediamen Franklin Villanueva will, indeed, test the mettle of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas primarily, because it has nothing to show in terms of accomplishments, nay, achievement and if only to cite one case and is the close to 100 complaints filed against the then Leonardia administration.

  • Court Employees Mourn

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    Employees at the Hall of Justice who are members of the Court Employees Association Negros Occidental Chapter were mourning since yesterday by sporting black T-shirts.

    This is to express their dismay over the gestures of President Benigno Aquino which allegedly seemed to disobey the decision of the Supreme Court - the highest court of the land. Reportedly, they met yesterday afternoon and discussed their plan to conduct silent protest simultaneous to the state of nation address of Pres. Aquino on Monday, July 28.

  • CAPO-Martyr Passes Resolutions Condemning Marcos Claims Board Actuations During Processing

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    The Claims Assistance Processing Office (CAPO) and the Mothers and Relatives Tyranny (MARTYR), has approved several resolutions in the meeting held by its executive officers, Sunday noon. The most important one being the resolution enjoining Bayan Muna partylist Congressman Neri Colmenares and the Makabayan Bloc in the House Representatives to ensure that the process for the assessment and evaluation of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB), be conducted as it should be properly and in accordance with RA 10368 which actually establishes

  • Anti-Graft Corruption Training Attracts Various Negros Sectors, Media

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    The training session on good government, public finance and on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the first session of three scheduled sessions lasting until October this year, attracted 37 participants in attendance coming from various sectors both in the city and in the province.

  • JKT, BCD Debuts in Fil-Sino Class B

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    Johann Kendrick Tan and Bacolod Steel Center debuted in Class B of the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Fellowship Cup held at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

    JKT routed Northwest Inn, 106-65, while Bacolod Steel Center held off Eversure Mktg., 95-84.

    JKT and Northwest Inn stalled at 23-all in the first quarter, but pulled away, 55-31 at the break.

    After both teams played to a 1st quarter standoff at 23 all, JKT’s Allan Su and Edward Uy delivered 9 pts. apiece to pull away at the break 55-31.

  • Arles Murder Case to Quezon City RTC

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    The trial of the murder case against seven accused in the ambush-slay of the late Kabankalan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Henry Arles will now be transferred from the Kabankalan RTC to a Quezon City RTC sals.


    ABK3 LEAP Project Director Daphne Culanag briefs social workers, planning officers and partners on the update on the child labor situation in the country and how the recently launched Child Labor Monitoring System is vital in reaching the vision of a Child Labor Free Negros Occidental.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

    Atty. Frank Britanico, brother-in-law of Judge Arles and lawyer of the Arles family, he received an order from the Supreme Court (SC) granting the petition filed last year by the late judge’s son, Philip, who sought for the change of venue from Kabankalan to Metro Manila "due to threat and intimidation".

    Britanico told NDB that the High Court ordered Kabankalan RTC Judge Fernando Elumba to deliver all court records to Quezon City RT C for disposition.

    "The 4 out of 7 accused who remain at large are Marvin Salve, Rustom Puro, Emman Medes and Gerald Tabujara and those detained at the Kabankalan detention cell are Jessie Daguia, Capunong and Fortunado - all known members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) operating in southern Negros Occidental.*(Clarence Locsin)

  • 2 Soldiers Killed; Another Injured in Clash

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    Two soldiers of the 47th Infantry Battalion based in Himamaylan City were killed and another was injured in an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at 2:15PM Thursday in Sitio Madaha, Brgy. Buenavista in the city.

    City Mayor Agustin Ernesto Gatuslao Bascon condemned the incident claiming this will create fear and chaos among residents.

    Bascon claimed the soldiers are helping the city identify the issues in the barangay and nearby places.

    Buenavista is a progressive barangay about 20 kilometers from the city proper, Bascon added.

  • Huge Unpaid Gov’t Bills Hinder CENECO’s Major Repair Jobs

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    The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) has lots of major repair jobs, like replacing primary poles and lines to prevent or significantly minimize power outages which can occur even just by a touch of small leaves.

    Oher poles are also already reclining, but we find difficulty in doing repair jobs due to limited funds. The huge unpaid electric bills of the government is major factor that hinder our major repair jobs.

    Thus said CENECO General Manager Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr. in a weekend interview.

  • Anger & Stress Management Seminar Set July 24

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    In these hard times, this is one rare opportunity needed - whether one is in business and employment, learning or teaching, or just plainly "manning the streets".

  • Gamboa Tells Sugar Workers to ‘Shape Up or Perish’

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    Other than the issue on wages, Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. urged sugar workers Saturday to set discussions on two pressing issues that could spell the survival of the sugar industry – land reform and globalization.

    Gamboa was one of the speakers in a workers’ economic forum organized by the Grand Alliance of Workers’ Association (GAWA) during which he stressed to sugar workers not to sulk against these two "irreversible givens" pictured as the "hammer and sickle".

  • VMC Launches 2nd Art Tilt Expands Scope in the Whole Province

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    Victorias Milling Company, Inc. (VMC) announces the opening of its Victorias 2014 Art Contest with the theme "The Vibrant Victorias: Ready for Globalization."

    On its second year and part of their 95th anniversary celebration, Victorias is expanding its art tilt into four categories, opening the competition to amateur and professional artists all over Negros Occidental.

  • Contingency Plans on NegOcc Flooding Up

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    Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) went through a three-day workshop on Contingency Planning formulation with particular focus on flooding at the Nature’s Village Resort and Hotel in Talisay City.


    Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council formulate the province’s Contingency Plan on flooding during a workshop organized by the PDRRMC and the Office of the Civil Defense 6 at Nature’s Village Hotel in Talisay City. * (EAD-PIA6 photo)

  • MC-Rider Killed in Head-On Collision

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    A motorcycle rider died while being treated at a hospital in Bacolod City for injuries due to a head-on collision with a truck, Saturday evening in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City.

    Police record showed Norberto Domingo, 40, of Brgy. Sum-ag was heading North direction along the national highway of Purok Ajinomoto, Brgy. Taloc on board his Rusi motorcycle when he tried to overtake a cargo truk when it accidentally bumped against an oncoming Mitsubishi Fighter truck with plate number BTG 958 driven by Armando Babor, 39, of Canlaon City.

  • City Vet Office to Conduct Mass Vaccination Drive

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    In line with their continuing effort to vaccinate 80% of the dog and cat population of the city, the Bacolod City Veterinary Office will be conducting a Barangay Mass Vaccination campaign in 12 barangays starting today, July 21.

    The campaign will run until September starting with Barangay Punta Taytay on July 21-22, followed by Barangay Cabug (July 23-24), Barangay Handumanan (July 28, 30, 31 and August 1), Barangay Felisa (August 4-6), Barangay Alijis (August 11-15), Barangay Vista Alegre (August 18-22) and Barangay Bata (August 26-29).

  • ‘Basura Baylo Bugas’ Stirs Residents

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    As part of environmental advocacy and food for work program, a project dubbed - Basura Baylo Bugas (garbage in exchange of rice) was held over the weekend in Brgy. Singcang Airport in Bacolod City.

    It was a joint efforts of the Bacolod City Host Lions Club, Jaime Ongpin Foundation Embrace program, offices of Bacolod Councilors Em Ang and Caesar Distrito, and Barangay Singcang Airport officials led by Brgy. Capt. Rosinie Distrito.

  • Cops Find Abandoned Checks Inside 3 Steel Boxes

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    Escalante City PNP recovered abandoned checks inside three steel boxes in Sitio Varca in Brgy. Jonob-Jonob, in the city at about 3PM Wednesday.

    Jonob-Jonob is located outside of the city going to Toboso town.

    City PNP chief, Supt. Leo Batiles said a passer-by found the three steel boxes beside a sugarcane field in the area.

    Eleven checks with total amount of P740, 830 were found.

    The amount is part of P2-M in cash and checks taken from a vault destroyed by robber susing chisel and hammer at the Escalante City Treasurer’s Office.

  • Mondays in Talisay City

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    It has always been a practice in government offices and facilities to conduct the Monday flag ceremonies, so until now, the tradition lives on.


    TALISAY CITY Mayor Eric Saratan egularly announces the city’s projects and other important endeavors during Monday’s program at the Talisay City Hall grounds. *(Owen S. Bayog / NDB photo)

  • Brainsbee Week 3 Reaches More

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     Close to two 2,000 elementary pupils and high school students have already pitted skills in Spelling,Mmath and Science in 59 out of the total 115 barangays of the province's third district as the community-based academic competition, Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3, reached its third weekend in July 19 and 20, 2014.


    Bagtic, Silay winners. Jicky Casiple from office of Cong. Albee Benitez, coach Winona Gonzales, Ella Mae Pesquera, Junbert Salem Cristobal and Kagawad Gracel Balongo.

  • AFP Chief Bautista Retires: Ilonggos Express Gratitude (Part 1)

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    Army Gen. Emmanuel Bautista was sent off Friday by no less that President Noynoy Aquino at a simple ceremony, as he retires from government service, with the last position as Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).


    Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, author of Bayanihan Concept advocacy, his legacy in the AFP in winning the peace and addressing insurgency.* Photo from 3rd Infantry Division, PA

  • ALS, an Alternative Towards a Better Future

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    An estimated of 2,500 students in the City of Bacolod have attended the Alternative Learning System (ALS) General Orientation at BAYS Center last July 18, 2014.

    Spearheaded by Dr. Gregorio C. Moyani, Education Program Specialist I, the activity was attended by City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya, City Councilors Wilson Gamboa, Ann Marie Palermo, Em Ang and Kalaw Puentevella.

  • Barangay Mass Vaccination Schedule 2014

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    1. Barangay Punta-Taytay - July 21-22, 2014

    2. Barangay Cabug - July 23-24, 2014

    3. Barangay Handumanan - July 28,30,31, 2014

    & August 1, 2014

    4. Barangay Felisa - August 4-6, 2014

    5. Barangay Alijis - August 11-15, 2014

    6. Barangay Vista Alegre - August 18-22, 2014

    7. Barangay Bata - August 26-29, 2014

    8. Barangay Mandalagan - September 1-5, 2014

    9. Barangay Banago - September 8-11, 2014

    10. Barangay Montevista - September 12, 2014

    11. Barangay Alangilan - September 15-19, 2014

  • Servania, Villanueva All Set for ‘PP27: Duel in Dubai’

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    Negrense undefeated champions Genesis "Azukal" Servania of Bacolod City and "King" Arthur Villanueva of Bago City are ready to go up on the ring to see action for the "Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai" at the Dubai International Convention Center on August 29.

  • Nardo TKO’d by Assie in Title Shot

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    Reigning Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) super bantamweight champion Jerry "Dangerous" Nardo (19, 10KOs-5-0) of Escalante City suffered another setback in his career after lost in another title bid against newly-crowned World Boxing Union (WBU) lightweight champion Brett William Smith (19, 9KOs-2-1) of Australia over the weekend in the ACE Boxing’s "The Last Stand" held in Queensland, Australia.

  • Rolando "Junjun" Espina Jr.: Bacolod’s Gem in the Emerald Isle

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     He may look and talk like a typical overseas parent, but Rolando Espina Jr. had achieved something that only a handful of individuals would dare to tread: competing in a full distance Triathlon.


    Rolando Espina, Jr. with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and veteran journalist Rolando Espina.*(CMO-PIO photo)

  • Raymundo de la Peña to be Interred Today

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     Raymundo de la Peña, 72 passed away last July 17, due to heart failure, will be interred today at the Silay City Catholic Cemetery.

    The burial will follow after the 1:00 p.m. funeral mass which will be held at the San Diego Parish Cathedral.

    He is survived by his spouse, Gloria de la Peña and children, Maria Tess, Neneng, Nene, Michael and Christopher.

    De la Peña was a former employee of AIDSISA sugar mill in Silay City.* (WHOS)

     

     

     

  • Sampaguita Gives to ALS Learners

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    Bacolod City Sampaguita Lions Club showed its active support in improving the standard of education in public schools in Bacolod City. The club visited Sum-ag Elementary School and Bata Elementary School 1 to turn over donations for the instructional materials at Sum-ag Elementary and school uniforms for the Alternative Learning System learners at Bata Elementary School 1.


    SAMPAGUITA with ALS learners at Bata Elementary School.

  • Bacolod, Province to Co-host 5th Gov Cup Boxing Tilt

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    Bacolod City and the province of Negros Occidental will co-host the championship of the 5th Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. Open Boxing Tournament on October 8-12 at the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports (BAYS) Center.

    The boxing championship will be part of the 2014 MassKara Festival in Bacolod City.

    Mayor Monico Puentevella has invited Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao to attend the event to spice up the opening of the tournament.

  • BACIWA Management Forcing Board to Sign MOA to be Signed by Directors

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    MURCIA WATER DISTRICT CANNOT SUPPLY AMPLE WATER FOR BACOLOD. In a recent meeting, the opportunist members of the board of directors of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), and the executive management headed by General Manager lawyer, Juliana Carbon, have pressed the fiscalizing BACIWA directors to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Murcia Water District (MWD) to provide bulk water for BACIWA through and the town’s own water sources.

  • Waah! Where’s My Lollipop?

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    The terms of President Benigno Aquino’s cries for having been deprived of his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) may be likened to that of a spoiled child deprived of his lollipop!

    His veiled threats against the members of the Supreme Court has finally revealed his real character – that he is not, after all, a leader of our nation who deserves our utmost trust and respect!

  • NOPPO Beefs Up Drive vs Wanted Persons; 2 Nabbed for Homicide

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    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) and its police stations are strengthening the campaign against persons with warrant of arrest for various crimes.

    Among their latest catch are two persons in separate operations.

    PO3 Mark E. De Jose of Sipalay City PNP, with SPO3 Roderick Villanueva of Guihulngan Police jointly apprehended Rodolfo Alejano Jr. through an alias warrant of arrest for homicide charges.

    Alejano was collared about 6:30AM, Wednesday at Don E. Villegas in Vallehermoso in Negros Oriental.

  • DOJ Dismisses Architect’s Tax Evasion Cases

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    The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed all tax evasion cases filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against a Bacolod City-based architect.


    DISASTER CONSCIOUSNESS. In celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) demonstrated a Fire and Earthquake Drill at the Negros Mission Academy in Barangay Taculing yesterday.*(CMO-PIO photo)

    In a resolution, DOJ-Manila, in the criminal cases filed by the BIR, all the tax evasion cases against Architect Jose Edmundo J. Togado were dismissed.

    The BIR under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program files criminal cases against taxpayers for tax evasion.

    In 2012, Architect Togado was slapped with several cases for violations of the Tax Code, including the tax evasion cases for year 2007, 2008 and 2009.

    All those tax evasion cases including the cases for his failure to register as a value-added taxpayer and for other alleged violation of the Tax Code were dismissed by the DOJ.

    In an interview with Architect Togado he said that he is very happy with the resolution of the DOJ.

  • Gov. Marañon Attends SM’s Farmers Training Launch

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    Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., yesterday attended the launching of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan–Farmers Training Program of the SM Foundation, Inc. in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture, Harbest Agribusiness Corp., and the municipal government of Toboso.


    Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco, and SM Foundation Asst. Vice President for Livelihood, Cristie S. Angeles (r-l) at the ceremonial planting of seedlings during the launching of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan–Farmers Training Program in Toboso, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

  • BACIWA Gets Seal of Good Environmental Governance

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    The Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) was recently awarded by the provincial government the coveted Bronze Seal of Good Environmental Governance for its Watershed Project in Campuestohan, Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, during the 22nd Provincial Environment Week culmination program last June 27, 2014 at the Provincial Session Hall.


    BACIWA GEN. MANAGER Juliana Carbon (5th from left) receives the Bronze Seal of Good Environmental Governance from Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (4th from left).*

  • CENECO Sets Power Interruption on Sunday

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    Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) informs its electricity consumers that, in order to ensure stability of its distribution lines, maintenance activities will be conducted on July 20, 2014 (Sunday), as follows:

    Date: July 20, 2014 – Sunday

    Time: 8:00AM to 5:00PM

    Reason:

    · Replacement of rotten primary poles from corner BS Aquino Drive – La Salle Avenue to Riverside College, Barangay 5, Bacolod City

  • 2 Drowned Youngsters Found; 1 Still Missing

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    Two of the five youngsters who went to catch shrimps in the river of Hda. Crossing Pilar in Brgy. Crossing Magallon in Moises Padilla town were fished out in a river in Hacienda Antolanga, Brgy. Tinongan, Isabela 6:30 AM yesterday.

    One of them remained missing as of press time.

    Isabela police identified the victims as Michael Kenn Amantoy Pueda, 17 of Hda. Maria Cecilia in Brgy. Crossing Magallon; and Ronil Tadena Miraflores, 19 of Brgy. Baliwagan, San Enrique, Negros Occidental.

    Missing is Jason Baladhay of Crossing Magallon.

  • 17-Yr. Old Woman Found Dead in Waiting Shed

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    A 17-year old girl was found dead in a waiting shed in Brgy. Cabug, Bacolod City at dawn yesterday.

    Leah Perez of Brgy. Man-uling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental was founmd with an injury and hematoma in her left eye, bruises and abrasions in the body.

    Police Inspector Wilfredo Gilonggo was able to identify the victim after dialing numbers in her cellphone and contacted the victim’s aunt in Cauayan.

  • Pa Killed for Protecting Daughter in Rape Try

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    A father who tried to prevent his daughter from being raped by two suspects was instead killed in Sitio Binokawan, Brgy. Manlocahoc, Sipalay City Tuesday.

    Supt Noel Mana-ay, police chief identified the victim as Vicente Lagulao, 54, of the place.

    He sustained about 20 stab wounds in the body that caused his death.

    Mana-ay refuses to name the suspects pending their arrest.

    The victim’s daughter is still in shock until this time.

    Mana-ay assured the victim’s family for the speedy disposition of the case.* (Cyrus M. Garde)

     

     

  • Free Books and School Supplies

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    Students of Barangay Balogo Elementary School in Talisay City got free books and school supplies from the city as assistance and ongoing priority project of Mayor Eric M. Saratan.


    TALISAY CITY MAYOR SARATAN spends more time talking to the children of Balogo Elementary School during his recent visit and distribution of free books and school supplies. (TALISAY CMO/PIO elabayen photo)

  • SP Asks DPWH, Solon: Install Traffic Safety, Street Names on National Roads

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    The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod approved the resolution of Councilor Caesar Distritio during midweek session, to request the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Cong. Evelio Leonardia to install traffic safety and street name signs in all national roads of the city.

    The national roads particularly Lacson Street as one of the busiest streets in Bacolod City have no sufficient traffic safety signs, which pose danger to our constituents.

  • Training for Anti-Graft and Corruption Groups, Individuals Set

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     An anti-graft and corruption individuals and organizations are set to conduct a training on the whys and wherefores of anti-corruption advocacies, Saturday at a local restaurant in the city, with trainors from Metro Manila.

  • Stepdad Rapes 8-year old

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    A grandmother of an 8-year-old girl was awakened by the latter’s loud cries and when she sneaked in to check her granddaughter, was stunned to see the girl’s naked stepfather on top of her. The incident happened at 1:00AM, Wednesday in Brgy. Bagumbayan, Valladolid town.

    The 70-year-old grandmother reported to the Valladolid PNP at 1PM that day.

    Police Chief Inspector Luisito Acebuche led his men to arrest Edgardo Palma Panaguiton, 33, about 3:30PM.

  • Depressed Man Hangs Self

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    A 45-year-old man hanged himself inside his room in Purok Masagana, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Valladolid, Negros Occidental Tuesday.

    His sister Jonna Barbosa found Danilo Huelar, 45, married, hanging from the house beam using a rope.

    He was declared dead on arrival at Valladolid District Hospital.

    Police Chief Inspector Luisito Acebuche said, the victim was having personal problem and become depressed.

    Aside from personal problem, he also is suffering from a long lingering illness. Acebuche refuse to elaborate.

  • Gamboa Bares Savings from P1M Independence Day Budget

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    Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. disclosed yesterday that for the first time savings of P345, 000.00 was achieved from the P1,000,000.00 budget earmarked for the 116th Independence Day Rites and Programs.

    The P345, 000.00 savings will be reverted to the City’s Treasury that will eventually cover certain personnel expenses like bonuses and other benefits as deemed appropriate by the finance offices.

    Gamboa is the over-all Chair of the Bacolod City 116th Independence Day Celebration, preparation of which was only two weeks.

  • TB Remains Major Challenge to Treat: DOH

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    Although tuberculosis (TB) is easy to treat, but it remains a major challenge according to the Department of Health (DOH).


    Ms. Lorna Garde, head, provincial National TB Program, Negros Occidental admits, TB is curable but some patients are hard to treat because they do not go out, or can not depart from their vices.* (EBColmo)

  • ‘Pasundayag sang Kapulisan 2014’

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    As the Bacolod City Police Office celebrates their 19th Police Community Relation month for the whole month of July 2014 with the theme"Pinaigting na Samahan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran ng Sambayanan",Bacolod City Police Office have the"Pasundayag sang Kapulisan 2014" which aimed at regaining the trust,support and cooperation of the people of Bacolod City.

  • Nhojs, Philmico Post Initial Win in Fil-Sino Fellowship Caging

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    BACOLOD CITY - Nhojs Sportswear and Philmico/Salto won their initial matches in the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Fellowship Cup at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Monday.

    Nhojs escaped Marby Arcade La Salle, 84-83, while Philmico/Salto defeated 365 Fuelstar, 77-71.

    Comebacking Bobil Alagaban knocked down the winning free throw for NHOJs with .3 seconds left to complete the come from behind victory.

    Marby was enjoying a 10-point lead at the start of the 4th quarter, but Ralph Richard Tan knocked down back-to-back triples to cut the lead to 69-66.

  • 2nd DFL Bootfest Moved July 27

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    The 2nd Conference Dynamic Football League Age-Group Tournament which will be held at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Bacolod City has been moved to July 27, 2014 due to the bad weather.

    This was confirmed yesterday by tournament chairman Andrew Infante, saying that the continuous bad weather has hampered the preparation of the tournament. "The committee has decided to move the opening on July 27."

  • 8th Monico Cup Semis Reset on Aug 2 & 3

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    The crossover semifinal of the 8th Monico Cup was reset to August 2 and the championship the next day on August 3 at the Bacolod Arts Youth and Sports (BAYS) Center.

    This was disclosed by Joey Puentevella of Bacolod City Sports Office in a telephone call yesterday.

    Puentevella said the resetting of the crossover semifinal and the championship, to pave way for the renovation and repainting of BAYS Center gym.

    There is no changes in the schedules of the pairing after the July 16 coaches meeting, he added.

  • DAM Challenge to Reel Off on November

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    Thousands of marathoners across the country and abroad are expected to converge in Dumaguete City when this year’s Dumaguete Adventure Marathon (DAM) Challenge reels off in November 2014.


    Official launching of Dumaguete Adventure Marathon Challenge at the Robinson’s Place – Dumaguete.*

  • A Valuable Lesson for Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano

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    LESSONS ARE VALUABLE IF WE HEED THEM. We are in agreement and we praise Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano because he deemed it wise to make amends with the religious sector in his town and which involves the Roman Catholic Church and those in the various protestant groups.

  • Marapara Rotary Inducts New President

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    The Rotary Club of Bacolod Marapara inducted its new president and set of officers for Rotary Year 2014-2015 at the 21 Restaurant in Bacolod City recently.

    Ivan Ereneta is the club’s new president. He takes over from Fidel Henares.

    Mr. Ereneta said the club will continue with its many community programs, especially its medical missions. He called for the continuing support of all club members.

    Guest of honor and keynote speaker was Bacolod City Mayor, Monico Puentevella

    The club also inducted Efren Chan and Joseph Cuansing as new members.

  • Familiaran Requests Negros Occs Congressmen: Donate Hemo Machine to WVRH

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    Considering that most of the patients with kidney diseases are found in Negros Occidental, however, the hemodialysis machines at the Western Visayas Regional Hospital (WVRH) is not enough to serve the 99 hemo patients. Councilor ElCid Familiaran, chair, SP committee on health, resolve to request the Negrense congressmen, to donate hemodialysis machine.

  • Mayor on AVM Bernardo, Typhoon Glenda, Drainage & Education Standards

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    Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella has once again, stressed a press conference at the old City Hall building as the venue, that issues related to the antiquated drainage system in the city, AVM Bernardo slaughterhouse shot-through with various major defects, the city’s weaknesses when it comes to elementary and high school education, must be given solutions and resolutions because these are matters which need to be corrected with measures put in place.


    Pointing to the direction of Tropical Storm "Glenda" at the Operations Center of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.*(CMO-PIO photo)

    The Bacolod chief executive earlier referred to problems and defects in various points of governance in the chartered city which he inherited from the previous administration which had held the reins of local government for a successive three terms or nine years.

  • Another Guerilla Front Denounces RPA-ABB Commander-Turned Congressman

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     The spokesperson of the front guerilla command, the Armando Sumayang Command in Southwest Negros, has become the second of the revolutionary underground components to accuse its former member, Carapali Luwalhati or Stephen Paduano, erstwhile RPA-ABB national commander having turned into an enemy of their cause for becoming an instrument of these considered as the ruling elites in Philippine society.

  • Cops has Suspect in Escalante Heist; ‘To File Charges in 5 Days’

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    After a thorough investigation, Supt. Leo Batiles, Escalante City police chief has identified the suspect in the emptying of the City Treasurer’s Office’ vault.

    Batiles said yesterday he will not name the suspect in order not to pre-empt the filing of charges against him which he assures to be done in five days.

    "If he does not admit openly, we will file the charges based on testimonies of witnesses and circumstantial evidences," Batiles added.

  • City Spared by TS ‘Glenda’ Mayor to Address Drainage Problem in Brgys 3, 4 & Others

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    With Tropical Storm "Glenda" (International name "Rammasun") expected to be 450km West of Laoag City or outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today, City Mayor Monico Puentevella once again thanked the Almighty for shielding Bacolod from her might.

    "We have been spared by Glenda," expressed Puentevella in same cheery manner after Super Typhoon Yolanda made its way out of the province and the country November of last year.

  • Valladolid Cop Nabs Rape Suspect

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    Local police authorities in Valladolid town arrested a rape suspect about 3:30PM, yesterday through a manhunt operation at Brgy. Bagumbayan of the said town.

    PCInsp. Luisito Acebuche, police chief and his men arrested the suspect whose name was withheld after the complaint lodged against him by the 8-year old girl and her grandmother before the Women and Children’s Protection Desk.

    Charges will be filed against him before the City Prosecutors Office, while the suspect is detained for further investigation.

  • 2 Hurt in Grenade Explosion in Moises Padilla

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    Two persons were wounded after a grenade exploded late Monday evening in Moises Padilla.

    PSInsp. Joemarie G. Occeño and his men are in pursuit of the suspect who allegedly threw a grenade wounding two bystanders at Brgy. Macagahay, in the said municipality.

    Brgy. Macagahay head Francisco Necesito told police probers that with his barangay tanods, they were responding to a commotion an hour before the explosion happened. He also claimed that they saw Joemar Valeriano, 24, also of the same place throw the grenade causing damages to the house owned by Joenel Anubong.

  • SP Urges DPWH, Cong Leonardia to Set Up Pedestrian Lanes Fronting SRA

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    The resolution of Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, chair, Women and Gender committee was approved during the midweek session to request the Office of Congressman Evelio Leonardia and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to set up pedestrian lanes fronting the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) along Araneta Street, for the protection of persons crossing the highway.

    The area, Verdeflor said, has thick commercial establishments and the fast moving motored vehicles are plying along the area.

  • Parolee Live-in Partner Admits Crime

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    CADIZ CITY - In what could be expected, the live-in partner of murdered 33-year-old woman, admitted the crime to Supt. Gerardo Ulanday, city police chief after his surrender Monday.

    Ricky Lamis, 46, of Sitio Pasto, Brgy. Magsaysay here admitted to Ulanday that he killed his live-in partner May Rose Gella, out of jealousy.

    He earlier denied having a hand in the killing during media interview but later admitted the crime to Ulanday.

    He said he was jealous that Gella had a foreigner chat mate.

    The couple had been living in for eight years already.

  • Kabankalan Cop Hunts Suspect in Stabbing of Construction Men

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    Policemen in Kabankalan City are in pursuit of the suspect involved in the stabbing of three construction workers, Sunday evening.

    Victims were identified as Richard Entera Jr., 39, of La Libertad; Richard Saputalo, 25, of Brgy. Mabinay and Dalmacio Balansag, of La Libertad, all of Negros Oriental and workers of Dakay Construction.

    The incident took place at Sitio San Juan, Brgy. Camugao in Kabankalan City about 10PM while the victims were walking towards their barracks.

  • La Carlota City HS Batch ’72 Conducts Feeding

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    About 247 students from Grades 1 to 6 including pre-schoolers availed the Feeding Program of the La Carlota City High School Batch ’72 in Barangay Batuan Elementary School yesterday.


    Rosa Abaygar receives her Certificate of Appreciation from Principal Brenda N. Nazareno of Barangay Batuan Elementary School for her outstanding support, cooperation in adopting the school and also recipient of the School Feeding Program of LCCHS Batch ’72 in the presence of Erlina Villarias, Joby Abaño and teachers* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

  • Marcos Human Rights Victims: Declared Heroes by Government, While Church Looked Askance

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    TREATED AS ARMED REBELS. The passage of the RA 10368 or the Marcos victims’ compensation law has produced a peculiar situation in the Negros mainstream Catholic church and its having looked askance at the Basic Christian Communities (BCCs), considered as opposition then by the Marcos martial law authoritarian government and oftentimes looked upon as armed rebels or supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA), then.

  • Important Matters Discussed at Mayor Monico O. Puentevella’s Presscon

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    Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella informed the media practitioners on very important matters during the press conference held yesterday at the old City Hall in Bacolod City.

  • Feedbacks: On PNoy’s Call for Support on DAP Church says ‘That’s Divisive’

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    Reacting to the call of Pres. Noynoy Aquino to those who support him regarding the Dibursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to wear yellow ribbon, Msgr. Felix Pasquin of San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City said, "it is divisive". During the radio interview yesterday, Msgr. Pasquin said, "the President should be the model and modest to our law. All of us must follow our constitution. The President must defend and protect our Constitution. The Supreme Court decision declaring DAP as unconstitutional was based on the

  • SCOOP-Bacolod Hosts 1-Day Trio Duckpin Tourney

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    As part of its aim to continue the development of sports, the Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines-Bacolod, Inc. (SCOOP-Bacolod) will host the 1st SCOOP-Bacolod Trio Duckpin Bowling Tournament at Lopue’s East Bowling Center in Bacolod City on Sunday, July 20.

    The tournament will be open to media practitioners, newspaper dealers, and associations or clubs in Bacolod City & Negros Occidental.

  • Nardo Attempts 2nd World Title in Australia

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    Current Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) super bantamweight champion Jerry "Dangerous" Nardo (19, 10KOs-4-0) will take his second attempt for the world title against Australian Brett William Smith (18, 9KOs-2-1) in the ACE Boxing’s "The Last Stand" on July 19 in Queensland, Australia.

    This world title fight will be for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) lightweight championship.

  • Feedbacks E-Mail From Abroad

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    I received feedbacks of e-mails from abroad concerning my columns. One of them is from my son-in-law from New York. Gary Young is a regular visitor in Bacolod and has many friends over here. He is a regular at L’Fisher and L’Fisher’s employee Bing Vargas has fond memory of him. He has many friends around who used to visit him and his wife once they are in New York.

  • 8th Monico Cup Semis on Saturday

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    Four teams will battle for the crossover semifinals in the 8th Monico Cup on Saturday at Bacolod Arts Youth and Sports (BAYS) Center.

    Rolando "Jack" Marañon, tournament manager said the game starts at 3PM between Brgy. Singcang-Airport and Brgy. 10.

    This will be followed between two teams; Brgy. 18 against Brgy. 19 at 4:30PM

    The championship will be on July 27.

    Loser in game 1 and loser in game 2 will play for third place, followed by the championship between the winners.

  • I Hate Plastic Bags

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    My Instagram profile describes me as a Plastic Hater. It's time you be one, too, and not because you and I are self-righteous. I have tolerated the suggestion that we "regulate" the use of plastic bags, as opposed to banning it completely. But at our July Solid Waste Management Board meeting, I realized my lenience has been abused. Plastic bags have become "residual waste". The contention is logical, mind you. Residual waste is the only kind of waste allowed by Republic Act 9003 to reach our sanitary landfill. Technically, it is waste that is left un-recycled. Since no recycler is buying our used plastic bags for now, these become residual. Logical. But, hardly correct. The Filipino's unabated disposal of plastic bags causes sanitary landfills to be filled up quickly, requiring local government units to borrow more money to buy more land and construct more landfills. In the case of Bacolod, a one-hectare landfill costing some P30 Million interest-bearing borrowed money to construct (land cost not included), will be filled up in three years if we do not segregate garbage at home. That's over P10 Million a year just because we choose to use plastic bags and throw these away uncaringly. It galls me that the plastic bag industry holds us hostage. Now, the recycling industry holds us hostage, too. And if you read further, you will realize that even waste pickers hold us hostage. Is it that they are more intelligent than we are, or that we are indifferent?

  • 2nd DFL kicks off July 19

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    AAll set as the 2nd Dynamic Football League Age-Group Tournament kicks off on Saturday, July 19 at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Bacolod City.

    Leading the contenders in the Under 13 category are defending champion University of St. La Salle and reigning first runner-up Trinity Christian School

  • PAL Bacolod-Manila Vice Versa Flights Cancelled

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    Philippine Air Lines (PAL) yesterday announced the cancellation of today’s flights between Bacolod and Manila.


    BACOLOD MAYOR Monico O. Puentevella joins Meralco President Oscar Reyes (right) and PLDT President Polly Nazareno (left) in PLDT-Smart big boss Manuel V. Pangilinan’s birthday celebration.*

    PAL said all Manila-Bacolod and Bacolod-Manila for July 16 are cancelled in anticipation of the landfall of Typhoon Glenda in Metro Manila.

    The following Mnl-Bcd and Bcd-Mnl flights are cancelled: PR2914 -BCD MNL, PR2904 - BCD MNL, PR2906 BCD MNL, PR2908 BCD-MNL, PR2903 MNL-BCD, PR2905 MNL-BCD, PR2907 MNL BCD. "Rebooking fee are waived for affected passengers," it said.* (Elsie Jolingan)

  • Nat’l PRISAA Workshop in Angeles City

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    Regional Technical committees will converge for a 2-day National PRISAA Technical Working Committee Meeting–Workshop at Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City, Pampanga.

    The activity, aimed at improving hosting of National PRISAA will start today, July 16 until July 17, 2014.

    The meeting-workshop is in preparation for the 2015 National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Games slated on April 12 to 18, 2015.

  • Road to 2014 FIBA World Cup: Gilas Must Prevail in China - Newks

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     With a month and a half left before the FIBA World Cup unfolds in August, the Philippine men’s basketball team – Gilas are catching up with their preparation with the 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.


    Mayor Monico Puentevella

  • Negros Oriental Governor Douses Cold Water on One-Island, One-Region Plan

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    THAT IS HOW PINOYS ARE. After hemming and hawing and feigning acquiescence insofar as the One-Island, One-Region plan of the Negros Occidental provincial government was concerned, the other province’s Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo has late come out openly declaring 70 percent of the province’s constituents as against the plan, which says much also about his position, nay, opinion about the one-island, one region plan. Clearly and categorically that

  • Rebel Killed, Firearms Recovered in Encounter

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    A rebel was killed as assorted firearms were recovered and nine other youngsters were arrested after an encounter with members of 11th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Mainit, Brgy. Santol, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental about 6:15 a.m. Monday.

    Barangay Santol is a hinterland place about 50 kilometers from the town proper near the Occidental and Oriental boundaries.

  • Man Hangs Self in Valladolid

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    A 45-year old married man in Valladolid town was found hanging inside their house about 1AM, yesterday.

    PCInsp. Luisito Acebuche, police chief reported that Danilo Huilar, of Purok Masagana, Brgy. Bagum-bayan was discovered by his family suspended inside their own home allegedly for personal problems.

    According to his relatives the victim has previously attempted to end his life four times. No foul play was seen in the incident base on the investigation conducted by the local police authorities.* (Ritzy Robles Malo-oy)

     

     

  • Chonbuk NU Volunteer Corps Donates to GK in Manapla

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    Chonbuk National University Overseas Volunteer Corps donated Php24,500 to Seafood City Gawad Kalinga Village at the Municipality of Manapla on July 10, Thursday.


    Koreans enjoy their boodle fight lunch

  • PWD Week Launched

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    The celebration of the National Disability Preventive and Rehabilitation Week was launched last Monday during the weekly Flag Raising Ceremony at the People’s House.


    PWDs (l-r) Arnold, Lowell and Nonoy.

    Bacolod City Councilor Ann Marie Palermo, chairperson of the Social Services Committee, in her message during the launching ceremonies stated:

  • Cebu Businessman Visits Monfort-Tadifa Vermi-Casting Farm

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    Eddie Alegrado, a prominent businessman from Cebu City, together with his aide, Jan Castillo toured the Monfort-Tadifa Vermi-Casting Plant situated in Brgy. Mabini, Cadiz City over the weekend.


    Cebu Businessman Eddie Alegrado (2nd from right) flanked by (l-r) Jan Castillo, Nonong Monfort, Santiago Tadifa and NDBs W. Henry O. Streegan.*

  • Kasalan Ng Bayan Weds Talisay Couples

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    Yesterday’s Kasalan ng Bayan was not just an ordinary mass wedding ceremony but also the Wedding Anniversary of Mayor Eric Saratan and Talisay’s First Lady Shiela Yap-Saratan. Mayor Eric retold the love story of the first couple and shared tips on how to tread on the married life and the advantages of legitimizing those who have been living in and raising their respective families.


    Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan shared his views on how couples tread the path to married life and start building their families.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

  • Lunch with the Streegans

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    Tuesday last week, we were able to find time to have lunch with businessman and writer Henry Streegan and his wife Elsa.

    The we, consists of my wife Norma, my brother Jesus and our grandson Jherson Colonia who is the Vice Governor (or is it Governor? I have no time to find out about social activities of my grandchildren who happened to be numbering 10) at the student government of University of St. La Salle Bacolod.

  • Healing Through Art - An Art Exhibit by Rafael "Paeng" Paderna

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    Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. is honored to present the works of Rafael Paderna though an exhibit entitled "Healing Through Art.".

    Rafael Paderna is a name that conjures images of vividly colored paintings and graceful sculptures that invoke emotions because of their powerful messages. Both his paintings and sculptures have been recognized not only in the country, but abroad as well. Several of his works feature women having bigger hands which according to the

  • The Marcos Victims Claims Board Must Rectify Errors in Processing (Part III)

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    ELIGIBILITY GOES FOR ALL. Those eligible to file claims with the retired general, Lina Sarmiento claims board, are generally victims of the Marcos martial law regime. This is specified in the approved RA 10368. Anybody who believes and has that thinking that he was an oppositor of the Marcos regime then, are entitled to the compensation from Switzerland needs to understand that this is not so.

  • Robbers Empty Escalante City Hall Vault Inside Job Eyed; Big Amount Believed Taken

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    A city hall janitor went early Sunday to clean his assigned area only to discover that the Escalante City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) vault was emptied of its contents, including some P2 million in cash and checks.


    ‘CHILD LABOR or GO HUNGRY.’ This is a common sight not only along the Bacolod-Murcia-Salvador Benedicto-San Carlos eco-tourism highway. Kids skip school -- that is if they are enroled at all -- to help their parents sell foods and drinks to motorists and commuters to earn a living. Obviously they have no choice, or else they all go hungry.* (Arman Toga photo)

  • Woman’s Body Found

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    The body of a woman earlier reported as missing for three weeks and four days, was found buried about 12:30PM, Sunday in Cadiz City.

    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) record identified the victim as Mayrose Gila, 33, of Purok Pasto, Brgy. Magsaysay.

    Gila’s mother told police investigators that her daughter was missing since June 18 and was only discovered by her brothers Jun Mar and Januar about 150 meters away from their house.

  • Coastal, Flood Prone Areas Urged to Activate Rescuers

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    Due to Tropical Storm "Glenda" (international name "Rammasun"), the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (BCDRRMC) is requesting all Barangay DRRM Committees and rescue volunteers to be on full alert to aid flood prone and coastal barangays should the unexpected happen.

  • SP Okays Sports, Cultural Programs at BCC, Also Scholarships, Incentives

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    Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella’s proposed ordinance to institutionalize sports and cultural programs and the provision of corresponding scholarship grants and incentives at the Bacolod City College (BCC) was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

    Puentevella detailed in his proposal the benefits of sports as an effective tool for human development, empowers the youth and promotes community development, friendship, fair competition and character building.

  • Murcia Local Busted for Drugs

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    A 35-year old resident of Talisay City was arrested for violation of illegal drugs in a buy bust operation about 12:10PM, Sunday.

    Police report said Patrick Hendry Sy, 35, of Brgy. Zone A in Talisay City was nabbed during a buy bust operation along the Provincial Highway, Brgy. Blumentritt in Murcia and recovered from his possession three sachets containing suspected shabu.

    Also recovered from his possession was a marked P500 bill.

  • Talisay Grants Micro Loans for SMEs

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    Small business entrepreneurs got micro finance assistance from the City of Talisay’s “Pautang sa Barangay”, an ongoing project of the city under the leadership of Mayor Eric Saratan.


    HAPPY. Students of Talisay City get free books and school supplies from the City Government. Education earns one of the top spots in Mayor Saratan’s administration.* (Talisay CMO/PIO elabayen photo)

  • P90K Worth of Damages in Sunday’s 2 Fires Recorded

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    A house and a commercial establishment were destroyed in separate fire incidents Sunday in Hinoba-an town and Silay City.

    Reports from Hinoba-an Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) stated that the house rented by Noel Dojilla alias Tawi at Purok Everlasting, Brgy. Talacagay was damaged by fire about 1AM, Sunday.

    Dojillo was reportedly attending a village fiesta at Sitio Dalaguit, Brgy. Bacuyangan. The damage reached about P40,000. Initial investigation said an electrical wire was being checked as the cause of incident.

  • PNoy’s Ulat: 10 Out of 11 Gave Nega Observation

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    Among the underground economist, those selling foods along the sidewalk and those eating at sidewalk eateries while watching TV yesterday afternoon, gave negative observations on the Ulat ng Pangulo. They have unified reactions: “We can not understand President Pnoy. Why did he focus on defending the DAP, and disregard the plight of those allegedly in the pork scam? Instead, they rated the President 5 or below 5 at the scale of 10. Also, out of 11 respondents, 10 have said they can not understand his report why he seemed defensive on the DAP but silent on pork barrel.”

  • ‘NFA Rice Cheap but Limited,’ Rural Folks Complain

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    Many people are complaining that NFA rice is affordable but seemed not to benefit them.

    This is the common clamor of mothers in rural areas who are the ones budgeting their expenses.

  • National Gov’t Coursing Delivery of Basic Services to Cong’l Districts

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    Congressmen except those belonging to partylist groups, could now source substantial funds from the budget allocated national government departments, considered line agencies for infrastructure projects, health and medical services, social services and the like as they are given privileges to request for these funds in lieu of previous funds provided them directly and which they can withdraw through Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROS).

    This information was provided by several staffers of the six including the lone congressional district from Bacolod.

  • Mayor Monico: ‘Well-Deserved Victory for Germany, Sad Fate for Messi in WC’

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    Mayor Monico Puentevella

    A 1-nil escape in extra time of the 2nd half is what the Germany needed to win its 4th title in the World Cup against Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil early yesterday morning.

    Mario Goetze scored the late goal to lift Germany for the cup. Both sides actually played great football which ended to a scoreless draw in the regulation as well as in the first half of the extension period.

    The prestigious World Cup trophy is almost of reach by Lionel Messi-led Argentinian team but, suffered missed opportunities in their goal attempts even during the regulation period – in which they paid for it.

  • Losing Village Chief in Escalante Installed

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    The losing candidate for village chief Felicitas Ejusa of Brgy. Old Poblacion in Escalante City was installed yesterday as village chief after her protest was favored by court.

    She replaced proclaimed village chief Abeto Maratas after the Municipal Trial Court in Escalante city found out she led by 44 votes after the recount.

    Ejusa was the incumbent and on her second term as village chief when Maratas was proclaimed by the Board of Canvassers during the last October 2013 barangay election with a margin of 37 votes.

  • 11 South Negros LGUs Fortify Disaster Management Alliance

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    SONEDMA capability to include with all-weather systems, 24/7 real-time monitoring, warning & data-sharing

    KABANKALAN CITY - Leaders of 11 local government units (LGUs) in southern Negros agreed to equip their newly-formed alliance with communications systems that will continue to link them even during calamities.


    Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro P. Zayco receives the symbol of two classrooms and Blessing on the turn-over of two-classroom school building of Kabankalan National High School donated by Mr.Nelson Uy Lee of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) and the Bacolod-Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.(BFCCCII) on their program "Operation Barrio Schools Project" in the presence and witness of school principal Norma Salditos, City Councilor Raul Rivera, Committee of Education. (Jun Gaton Pasiplat photo)

    During Thursday’s meeting in Kabankalan of the Southern Negros Disaster Management Alliance (SONEDMA) presided by its chairperson and Bayawan City Mayor German Saraña, it was also agreed that monitoring of major rivers that affect all member-towns and cities during heavy rains will be a round-the-clock undertaking.

  • PAG-ASA Says: ‘Storm Glenda Can Become a Typhoon’

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    The storm with international name "Rammasun" was expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between 10 p.m. and 12 midnight last night.

    Once it did, it will be named "Glenda", said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last night.

    The storm was spotted early last night at 1,150 kilometers east of the Bicol region.

    It was carrying a maximum sustained wind of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

    It was moving westward at 23 kph.

  • DENR-CDRRMO Mitigation Activities vs Storm Surge

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    Series of mitigating activities are being conducted by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) of Bacolod City, to protect the people in case of a storm surge.

  • Negrense to Receive Award as WV Outstanding Organic Farmer

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    Ramon Uy Jr.

    The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Western Visayas will award Negrense Ramon "Chinchin" Uy Jr. as the Regional Outstanding Organic Agriculture Farmer at the Gawad Saka awarding ceremony on July 29 at Iloilo Midtown Hotel in Iloilo City.

    He also qualifies for the national search of Gawad Saka 2014.

    Uy is the owner of Fresh Start Organic Farm at Hacienda Maquina in Silay City. He is the owner and co-founder of Fresh Start Organics, known for its wide selection of certified organic products, that runs its own organic and natural store café at Robinsons Place Bacolod and The District North Point in Talisay City.

    He is also the president of ONOPRA (Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association).

  • Fiesta Homes Feature Top Philippine Festivals

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    Among the hundreds of housing subdivisions spread all over Bacolod City, there is one distinct community in Brgy. Sum-ag on Crossing Punta Taytay along the highway where the customary festivals and special occasions frequented by tourists-foreign and domestic are focused and given due importance by local residents to the delight of their guests and friends.


    FHHA JULY BOARD MEETING. In photo above: (from left) Zonito Salazar,past president, NDB’s Pert Toga, Engr Arlin Alegada, incumbent president, Nieva Guilaran, Rosita Locsin, Junnete Tacolod, Glenda Inefable, Sarah Alejaga, Marilyn Nalasa, Rosalie Ramos, and Bernadette Navarro. Photo below are same officers with James Toga, VP at right.*

  • 3 Suspects in Taxi Cab Driver Rob-Slay Charged

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    Three men suspected to be involved in the robbery and slay of a taxi cab driver in EB Magalona are facing criminal charges after being arrested Friday.

    Police report said Romeo Toting Jr, 27, sugarcane field worker of Hacienda Gaston, Manapla; Jose Salvador Maribuhok, 27, and Romel Paabot, 21, all of Hacienda Teresa, Brgy. Alicante were arrested by police authorities after they allegedly held-up Alejandro Jarina, driver of M2J3 Taxi bearing plate number FWZ176.

  • CENECO Board Elects 2014 Officers

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    Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) Board of Directors had elected its officers for the year 2014. Incumbent President Atty. Arnel L. Lapore, CPA, District II – Bacolod South Director retains his post together with Vice President Michael S. Maravilla of District IX – Silay City and Secretary Paul T. Lizares of District XIII – Talisay City. District VI – Bago City representative Robert J. Javellana was elected Treasurer.


    CENECO Officers. (From left to right) President Arnel L. Lapore, CPA, Vice President Michael S. Maravilla, BOD Secretary Paul T. Lizares and BOD Treasurer Robert J. Javellana*

  • Gamboa Files Ordinance to Ensure Quality Boarding Houses in Bacolod

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    Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. files proposed ordinance last July 9, 2014 that will strictly regulate the operation and maintenance of boarding houses and dormitories – mainly registration of tenants or occupants, government permits and licenses, fire protection system, sanitary permits (food, kitchen, rooms), water supply, waste disposal, among others.


    Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. file photo taken last May 1, 2014 Job Fair at the SM City Bacolod where he joined thousands of young job seekers

  • DFL Kicks Off 2nd Conference July 19

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    The Dynamic Football League (DFL) 2nd Conference kicks off on Saturday, July 19 at the Panaad Park and Stadium with 24 teams expected to join, 16 for the Under 13 and 8 for the Under 11.

    For U11, a player must be born January 1, 2004 and later, while those for the U13 must be born January 1, 2002 and thereafter.

    Teams in the U11 shall register a maximum of 14 eligible players, while 18 booters are needed for U13. Coaching staff will be comprised of a head coach and two assistant coaches.

    Winning team gets three points, one point for a draw and zero for a loss.

  • 2nd Week-End Brainsbee Barangay Winners Known

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    Despite the searing heat in the mornings and intermittent rains in the afternoons, families, classmates and neighbors gather in various venues to support participants in the second weekend of Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3 that were simultaneously conducted last July 12 and 13 in 19 more barangays all over the Third District.


    Victorias Barangay 4 winners with Punong Barangay Christopher Vaflor (extreme left) - Jeid Doromal of Victorias National High School and Andrea Emor of Victorias North Elementary School. With them is Dina Quiapo of Cong. Albee Benitez office.*

  • Ceres-La Salle Eyes Guirado to Join Club

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    Spanish central defender Juan Luis Guirado is being eyed by Ceres-La Salle Football Club to join in the upcoming season of the United Football League.


    Juani Guirado, center, with Ceres-La Salle FC teammates Marwin Angeles (46) and Jalsor Soriano (69) during the AFC President’s Cup.* (SKT Digital Photo)

  • The Marcos Victims’ Claims Board Must Rectify Errors in Processing (Part II)

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    INEXPERIENCE AND LACK OF COMPASSION. Thus, those appointed by the Human Rights victims claims board chosen by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, are people who unfortunately lack experience, therefore, inexperience and though we would not be judgmental, also lack compassion.

  • It’s a Good Show

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    In the implementation of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which the Philippine Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional, former Senator Joker Arroyo called President Aquino as "evil genius" in using a 1987 Administrative Order signed by then President Corazon Aquino (mother of President Pnoy). During that time then Senator Joker Arroyo was Cory Executive Secretary. In other words, it was Senator Joker that framed the said

  • 52 OSY Finish Free Computer Servicing Training

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    As a commitment to the less privileged and hopeless out of school youths, Batch 22 comprising 52 trainees finished the 3 month free computer servicing training program conducted by Grande Computer Outreach and Training Center, Inc, at Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City.


    Grande training staff with officers, L-R: Vice chair Engr Raylan Mondragon, trainor Dianne May Deloma, Brgy. Capt. Febe Legaspi, Chair Beth Jocson, trainors Tina and Efren Taocta.* (EBColmo)

  • Cauayan Man Shot Dead

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     A 22-year old resident in Cauayan town was shot dead by unidentified person about 11AM, Saturday at Sitio Buta, Brgy. Caliling of the said municipality.

    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) reports said Ronald Oroso was shot multiple times on different parts of the body by still unidentified gunman using a .45 caliber pistol.

    The suspect, according to police investigation left a black and white-colored motorcycle owned by a certain Julius Evangelista and two live cartridges of a .45 caliber pistol.

  • 6th Bro Ceci Volley Tilt Slated Aug.2-Sept.6

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    The 6th Bro Ceci Hojilla Memorial Volleyball Cup will be held August 2 to September 6, 2014 at the University of St. La Salle College covered Court.

    The tournament will be in two divisions and held annually, according to Roger A. Banzuela, Negros Occidental Volleyball Association (NOVA) president and former Philippine Volleyball Federation head.

    The two divisions are Class A Open for men and women; and Class B men and women for 30 years old and above.

    Teams from Iloilo and Dumaguete are joining Class A Open division, Banzuela added.

  • SP Okays Move to Regulate Frat Recruitment, Hazing

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    Following the death of 18-year old Bacoleño and College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Caesar Servando in a fraternity hazing rite last June 28, 2014, a resolution enjoining all public and private higher educational institutions, thru the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to monitor and enforce Republic Act No. 8049 was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) last Wednesday, July 9, 2014.


    Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella

    Author Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella said in his resolution that schools should be attentive in the possible recruitment of students to join fraternities and other groups and where neophytes are required to undergo initiation, or rite of passage.

    The death of Servando, Puentevella added, shocked the whole country and once again triggered public outrage that hazing is still a recurring social issue, not only in the Philippines but in the whole world.

  • Despite No PDAF: Leonardia Brings P800-M Projects to Bacolod

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    As a neophyte congressman, Representative Evelio R. Leonardia of the lone district of Bacolod City was able to implement infrastructure projects worth P892,843,735.00 for the people of Bacolod City, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).


    Left photo: Representative of the lone district of Bacolod, Evelio "Bing" Leonardia (center), is being greeted by his supporters and well-wishers after he delivered his state of the district address (SODA). Right photo: members of the Sunshine Boys, businessmen Col. Pompeyo Querubin, transport tycoon Ricardo Yanson and Atty. Jose "Toti" Ramos.* (EBColmo)

  • A Member ‘Owns’ Villar Construction Company, Slammed by Dismissed Workers

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    A small police complement, has stood nearby while part of the 93 construction workers staging a picket before the Vista land office in the Villar-owned Camella Homes in Mandalagan Village staged their protest action demanding that they be reinstated to their jobs and that the construction company, Master, Inc. settle payment of benefits and other privileges which is supposed to have been given to them. Many of the construction workers have been working in the company believed actually owned by the Villars but is bruited to be owned by a separate

  • Black Propa vs Marcos Victims Planned?

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    Are Marcos Claims staffers, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Peace Process, Peace Advocates of Negros (PAN-Negros), and the Bacolod Diocese’ Social Action Center, and the breakaway, Alter Trade Corporation, in cahoots to make organized claimants out to be given compensation based on the RA 10368, which mandates victims of the Marcos martial law regime that they be entitled to a P10-B compensation Fund from recovered ill-gotten wealth in Switzerland, look bad?

  • Silay City Hosts ‘Lagaw-Kultura’

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    The Silay City Government through the Tourism-Cultural Division will be hosting "Lagaw-Kultura sa Silay", a cultural heritage and hacienda tours.

    This will be participated by children international campers from Denmark, Norway, Costa Rica, Italy, Colombia, Philippines, Mexico, Portugal and Vietnam.

  • Polish with Fake Money Nabbed in Candoni

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    A Poland national was arrested for spreading fake peso bills in Candoni 9PM Wednesday, July 11.

    Police Inspector Junie Liba, Candoni police chief identified the suspect as Wojciech Taolniak Stolarskijan, 32, single, of 13/5 Pavia Street, Lubin City, Poland.

    Stolarskijan was nabbed after a chase in a hot pursuit operation along Brgy. Dancalan Road in Ilog town.

    A concerned resident tipped off police operatives about Stolarskijan’s presence in the town riding on a motorcycle roaming around and buying groceries in different stores.

  • Muslims Disown Badjaos

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    The Maranao Traders Association of Muslims in Bacolod City with over 200 members lead by Sultan Marangi strongly deny or disown the Badjaos who are roaming around the city.


    Sultan Marangi (right), leader of Maranao Traders, is one of the Muslim brothers who occupies one side of the sidewalk along Luzurriaga Street for more than 40 years already. Left photo, a Badjao hunchback begs at the sidewalk at the downtown area.* (EBColmo)

  • SLBI-PCSO Donates Medical Equipment to Sagay Hospital

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    The Super Lucky Beagler, Inc. (SLBI), a subsidiary of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) donated 13 units of advanced medical equipment to the Alfredo G. Marañon, Sr. Memorial District Hospital in a turn over ceremony held at Balay Kauswagan in Sagay City, yesterday.


    (l-r) PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Mrs. Sylvia Jalandoni, PSCO Asst. General Manager Remeliza Jovita M. Gabuyo, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, Dr. Juanito Abastillas, Sagay City Mayor Thirdy Marañon, SLBI Director Dino E. Jalandoni SLBI President Jexter L. Mercado and Executive Asst. to the Governor Manuel Escalante III at the turn-over of medical equipment to Alfredo E. Marañon Sr. Memorial District Hospital, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

  • MAPFRE Insular Provides Van to Kalipay Negrense Foundation

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    MAPFRE Insular, one of the world’s largest insurance firms based in Madrid, Spain, turned-over a 20-seater van to Bacolod City, Philippines-based Kalipay Negrense Foundation that takes care of scores of homeless, physically and sexually abused children.

  • Village Farmers Complain vs Sola Family for Taking Carabao a Member Owns

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    Several leaders of a small farmers’ group in Kamansi Village, in Kabankalan City in Southern Negros, have once more complained against what they said were harassment carried out by the Sola family which owns an hacienda in the area with the patriarch Gene Sola taking away a carabao and bringing it to the village captain "because it had no credentials or documents" and therefore, ‘probably stolen.’

  • Franklin Villanueva Filed Complaint Against Leonardia Et Al in 2009

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    Broadcaster Franklin Villanueva filed his affidavit-complaint against Leonardia et al as far back as October 22, 2009 concerning the alleged anomalies committed in 2007 and 2008.

    However, the COA and Ombudsman only acted upon the said complaint in 2014!

    Is this the standard practice of the Ombudsman and COA? Are they that obtuse that it took them over FIVE YEARS to act on the complaint of Villanueva?

  • Marcos Victims’ Claims Board Must Rectify Errors in Processing (Part I)

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    AS SEEN THROUGH VICTIMS’ EYES. There were hitches and lapses insofar as the processing of human rights victims claims on the issue of compensation and its processing of the late dictator’s and his family’s and estate is concerned, and which we stress is being seen from the eyes and points of view of the victims themselves.

  • 2nd Visayas Jr. Tablenet Qualifier Set July 25-27

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    Young paddlers across the region are expected to converge to Bacolod City when the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines – sanctioned and Lopue’s Table Tennis Association (LOPTTA) – organized 2nd Visayas Junior Table Tennis Qualifying Tournament opens on July 25-27 at LOPTTA Training Center.

  • Training for Anti-Corruption Groups, Advocates Soon

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    An anti-graft and corruption group, organized and operating nationwide, the Citizens’ Action Network for Accountability (CANA), network and local anti-graft and corruption groups will coordinate in the training on various aspects of the issue on Saturday, July 19, this year.

    Participating in the training Series to be carried out by CANA will be possibly representatives from the media, schools, business, cause-oriented groups and the academe.

  • NEA Reports: ‘Only 3 Electric Coops in WV Rated Compliant’

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    In the first quarter of 2014 report of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) on the performance of electric cooperatives in the country, as published in its website, Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) was recorded as belonging to the yellow line, however it was evaluated compliant because it has an average rating of 89%.

    Next is red line which means ailing.

    NEA’S performance rating on EC’s color coding is green for grade 90 to 100%, yellow for 51 to 89%, and red for 50 and below.

  • Sagay Drug Buy Bust Nets

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    Sagay City cops nabbed eight illegal drug suspects in a buy-bust operation in the outskirt Purok Alabi in Brgy. Andres Bonifacio, in the city Tuesday afternoon.


    NEGROS OCC. Vice Governor Eugenio Jose "Bong" Lacson together with the members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan and SP Secretary Atty. Maki Angel Ascalon after he delivers his first-year accomplishment report, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

    Supt. Jose Edel Manzano, Sagay Police Station chief, said Donato Roa Requiron, alias "Atoy", 40, married, of Purok Sambag, Brgy. Vito, a coastal barangay, was the subject of their operation.

    A poseur-buyer bought one sachet of shabu from Requiron for P300 marked money.

    Requiron, on noticing that the poseur-buyer’s companion was a police operative, ran towards another house to elude arrest.

    He sought refuge in the house of Orvin Bongcasa Velano, 42 and live-in partner Mary Grace Maguad, 40.

    Police discovered five other persons sniffing shabu or having "pot session" inside.

    They are Ronel Apas, 33 and Algen Aldea, 26, both of Sitio Nabantuan 1, Escalante City; Ronald Ogahayon, Oliver Velano, 40, both of Brgy. Andres Bonifacio; and Edgardo Yu of Brgy. Vito, in the city.

    Police recovered one heat-sealed suspected shabu and prohibited tablets; one heat-sealed big sachet of suspected shabu; and three cellphones from Donato.

    Other recoveries included five more sachets of suspected shabu; 3 heat-sealed suspected dried marijuana leaves; P3, 400 cash believed proceeds from selling shabu; a caliber .38 firearm with 10 live ammunitions; several live ammunitions of M16 rifle and other drug paraphernalia.

  • CENECO Sets Power Interruptions on July 10 & 13, 2014

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    Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) informs its electricity consumers that, in order to ensure stability of its distribution lines, maintenance activities will be conducted on July 10 (Thursday) and July 13, 2014 (Sunday) as follows:

    Date: July 10, 2014 – Thursday

    Time: 5:00AM to 8:00AM

    Reason:

    Middle span erection of primary pole at the back of SM Mall, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City

    Areas Affected:

  • SP Urges CHO Start Dengue Awareness Drive in the Barangays

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    Considering that rainy season has started and dengue cases have been reported rising, Bacolod City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, committee chairperson on Women and Gender Development, is urging the City Health Office, through the Office of the City Mayor, to start dengue awareness and prevention measures in the City of Bacolod.

  • Gov. Degamo Denies Opposing 1 Negros Island Region

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    "I am not opposing the move to have a one island one region for Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. I did not say 70% of people in Negros Oriental are not amenable to this move. The issue came out only in the feedbacking of a radio station here, wherein host announcer solicited the reaction of public for the 1 island region through calls and text messages. It happened that 63 said no and 47 said yes."

  • Bacolod Jins to See Action in Korea Taekwondo Open

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    The Philippine team with Hanah Taekwondo jin Deb Matthew Daclan and Far Eastern University-based Bacoleño jin Clouie Bolinas went to South Korea to see action in the Korea Taekwondo Open 2014 set to open today, July 10 until July 16.


    Vic Feria-mentored Hanah Taekwondo jins in posterity after it claimed the 15thVisayas Age-Group Taekwondo Championships.*

  • Human Rights Victims Application Enmeshed in Controversies (Part II)

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    Indeed, Thursday and Friday last week July 3 and 4, the processing of the Marcos’ compensation claims were undertaken by the claims board staffers. The venue was the MassKara Hall Extension in the separate ground portion of the city hall or the People’s Hall as now dubbed by city officials.

  • Ombudsman Files Criminal Cases Against Leonardia Et Al

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    The Office of the Ombudsman, Visayas Regional Office No. VI, through the behest of Whistleblower Franklin Villanueva, a media practitioner, and based on the findings of the Commission On Audit, filed two criminal cases, docketed as OMB -V-C-l4-O115 and OMB-V-C-14-O111 against former BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia et al on alleged graft and corruption cases dating back to the years 2OO7 and 2OO8 concerning purchases of equipment , materials , office supplies

  • DUCKPIN: Retro, ASSFBI, KMH to Bowl Off in LTBC Trio Tonight

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    After 10 rounds of ball rolling action at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Retro Bowlers managed by Iran Pielago secured the twice-to-beat advantage in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest last Tuesday.

    Retro ace bowler Pielago led his team with a total accummulated points of 9,730 (963 - 331, 335, 297). Lending a throwing hand are members Raymund Lopez, Cero Cordova, Eshho Garcia, and Patô Fodlione.

  • Bago Boxers Finish 4th in Nat’l Boxing Tourney

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    Bago City’s Mario Bautista and Mario Jaga won two gold medals to lift their team to a fourth place finish in the just-concluded PLDT-ABAP National Boxing Championships held in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

    Bautista triumphed over Tayabas’ Archie Estelledes via unanimous decision in the junior boys’ lightweight 52 kg. category while, Jaga prevailed via UD against Lawrence Ordonio of La Union in the junior boys’ bantamweight 54 kg. division.

  • What’s your excuse?

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    My four-month retreat from this column over, I am dumbfounded to awake in the same spot where I doze off: no garbage segregation, clogged waterways, and floods. Last June 26th I found myself listening to traffic and flooding advice on television and passing these on by social media to friends in Manila who were either stuck in their offices or in standstill traffic. On that day, at the height of the flood, there was no typhoon in Metro Manila and we were at low

  • No Rice Hoarding in Bacolod: NFA

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    National Food Authority (NFA)-Negros Occidental General Manager Procopio Trabajo II said yesterday, there is no hoarding of rice in Bacolod City or elsewhere in Negros Occidental. He said, it is impossible for the rice traders to hoard because there is sufficient stocks of rice at the NFA warehouse. NFA has 600,000 sacks of rice stock, enough until the end of 2014. Also, they are conducting inventory of the new arrival of imported rice at the warehouse.


    Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) welcomes Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo Partylist), Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District, Negros Occ.) together with PSSupt. Benigno B. Durana, Jr., Chief of the PNP Law Enforcement Division and Internal Security Operations; PCSupt. Jonathan Miano, Chief of the PNP National Operation Center; P/Chief Supt. Josephus G. Angan, Regional Director, PNP–Region VI; and Negros Occ. Police Provincial Office Director, PSSupt. Milko Lirazan, among others, during a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)

    But he expressed surprise why Bacolod City sells higher prices of NFA rice than those in the municipalities, when in fact, it is delivered to them directly. Out of town prices of NFA rice is from P34 to P39.00 per kilo, while in Bacolod it costs P40.00, almost close to the price of commercial rice which is P42 to P44.00 a kilo.

    Trabajo was surprised to receive feedbacks that in some areas, no NFA rice is found in the market because the traders are allegedly mixing it with the commercial rice varieties.

    Trabajo did not discount the tricks of rice traders that the NFA rice are mixed into commercial rice, and the selling price is that of the commercial rice.

    He said he has coordinated with the offices of CIDG and NBI to conduct inspection of rice traders regarding the reported adulteration of commercial rice with NFA rice, and overpricing. Whoever is found doing this would mean legal action against the perpetrators that would be tantamount to cancellation of their license as rice trader, Trabajo disclosed.

  • Sum-ag Barangay Council Claims Brgy. Punta Taytay is still a Sitio of Sum-ag

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    Members of the Barangay Council of Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City lead by Barangay Capt. Rodney Carmona, are claiming that technically speaking, Brgy. Punta Taytay remains a sitio of Brgy. Sum-ag because its creation did not pass the legal procedure. It did not follow the guidelines of Republic Act 1859 and Republic Act 7160 which both require that before creating a new barangay, there must be public consultation or plebiscite.

  • Punitive Operation Success vs Sugar Mill Due to Military Incompetence, NPA Spokesperson Says

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    The spokesman of the Roselyn Pelle Command, the front guerilla unit operating in Northern Negros’ far north area, Ka Cecil Estrella, twitted military authorities for having been "blind and deaf" on the initial preparation and therefore, assault on its widening guerilla operation in Northern Negros which it earlier said it had demolished, specifically citing its operation against the Lopez sugar mill transloading station.

  • Cadiz LTO Chief Denies Deputized Agents in Rampant Apprehension

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    The Land Transportation Office (LTO) head in Cadiz City denied he has deputized agents who resort to unreasonable apprehensions of delivery trucks and van salesmen along the national highway at Purok Lag-asan, Brgy. Tinampaan, Cadiz City

    Henry Melocoton said he has never authorized LTO deputized agents to do so, referring to the complaint letter of Manuel T. Parroco, president of Negros Sales Distributors Association.

    "I challenge Mr. Parroco to name names of my deputized agents, so I can recommend him (LTO deputized agent) for dismissal," Melocoton said.

  • Cop Companion Nabbed in Victorias

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    A companion of arrested policeman that yielded prohibited shabu and unlicensed firearm at dawn of July 1 was arrested by Victorias City PNP Monday night in Brgy. 13, of the city.

    Jemar Ramos Morales, 34, was arrested by Supt. Santiago Rapiz after a buy-bust operation.

    A poseur-buyer with policeman companion bought a sachet of suspect shabu from him in exchange of P300 and police operatives pounced on him.

    Morales even received text message to flee as Rapiz will arrest him but it’s too late, Rapiz said.

  • Partylist Solon to Take Up Marcos Victims’ Complaint on Lapses in Processing by Aquino-Appointed Claims Board

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    Bayan Muna partylist Congressman Neri Colmenares, has assured claimants of the Marcos martial law now mandated by law that complaints they have presented to him and his colleagues will be attended to by them expeditiously, as soon as an official letter will be received by him and which detail their complaints on the recent processing of their claims during the Claims Board sortie in Bacolod City last May 3 and 4.

  • The Tale of Two Provinces

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    During the last decade of the 19th Century, one of the important events that occurred in Negros was the separation of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, after they were earlier placed under the jurisdiction of the governor of Oton in Panay Island. At that time 1734, the Island of Negros became a military district with the town of Ilog in the Occidental side as its first capital. The seat of the government was later transferred to Himamaylan and thereafter Bacolod became

  • Man Shoots Another in Squabble

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    A 35-year old resident of Kabankalan City is pursued by police authorities for allegedly shooting a younger man, Monday afternoon due to some misuderstanding.

    Records identified the victim as Sonny Boy Mirano, 25, of Sitio Lupni, Brgy. Hilamonan who sustained gunshot wounds on the left portion of his body. The perpetrator was identified by police as Dante Gordavilla who shot the victim using an unknown caliber of firearm.

  •   Marijuana Plantation Raided

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    Several fully grown marijuana plants were uprooted by police authorities and members of the local government in Cadiz City, Monday.

    Reports revealed that 35 fully-grown and six seedlings of marijuana plants were uprooted in a lot owned by Jerson Mendez at Purok Pacol, Brgy. Celestino Villacin in Cadiz City.

  • Human Rights Victims Applications Enmeshed in Controversies (Part I)

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    Victims of the martial law declaration of the then Filipino dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, which include this writer arrived in droves in the People’s Hall or city hall where processing for their application for compensation under RA 10368 which is now a law.

  • Carnapping Incidents Rise: PRO 6

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    There is tremendous increase in carnapping incidents in Western Visayas according to Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 Director Pol Chief Supt. Josephus Angan. He compared the incidence in the first quarter of last year to this year, where there were 161 carnapping incidence in January to May 2013, but in the same period this year, it rose to 250 cases.

  • City Might Cancel Business Permit of AVM Bernardo

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    Despite follow up with the office of the Permit and Licensing Division at the Bacolod City Hall, the business permit of AVM Bernardo has not been released yet.

  • Distrito To Urge Schools Management to Implement the Anti-Hazing Law

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    Councilor Caesar Distrito, who topped the number of resolutions passed in the Bacolod SP, is again pushing another resolution for the public’s general welfare. With co-authors Councilor Em Ang, Bobby Rojas and Carl Lopez, this resolution will be deliberated today at the SP session, to request the management of all public and private secondary and tertiary schools in Bacolod City, to implement measures in preventing hazing among fraternities and sororities within their jurisdictions in compliance with Republic Act 8049, an

  • Majority of NegOr Residents Not in Favor of One Island Region - Degamo

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    DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo stated that majority of the people in his province is not in favor of the merging of two provinces into one region during an interview last Saturday.

    Although Gov. Degamo is not against the proposed One Island Region, he stressed that the survey which was conducted in his province showed 70% of the people is not for the proposed creation of One Island Region.

  • Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena is World’s Largest

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    The Philippine Arena, touted as the world’s largest domed arena with its 55,000 seating capacity, is ready for its opening and inauguration on July 27, 2014.


    BUSINESS WEEK OPENS TRADE FAIR, EXHIBITS. Negros Occidental Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Frank Carbon, and Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella lead in the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday that marked the opening of the week-long Negros Business Week at Robinsons Place Bacolod, with the theme, "Strengthening the Small Businesses for More and Better Jobs". Also in photo is Bobby Montelibano, Fred Barcelona, and Mr. George Zulueta.*

    Very few landscaping work and other finishing touches are now being completed in time for the opening of the "largest theater in the planet" that would be the center of the INC’s Centennial celebrations this July 27, NDB sources in the church revealed..

    The Korean firm, Hanwha Engineering and Construction, announced the completion of the Philippine Arena in Bulacan weeks ago.

    Construction work was officially finished on May 30, it said.

    Korea Bizwire quoted Hanwha as saying that the completion of the construction work on the indoor arena took 30 months to complete, at a cost of $175 million.

    The Philippine Arena was built on a total area of 74,000 square meters.

    Its roof area is scaled to 35,000 square meters, reported the Korea Bizwire.

    The funds spent for the construction of the landmark Philippine Arena, and for the various houses and buildings of worship of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines and in other countries, all came from the offerings of church members, NDB was told by insiders.

  • Piggery Worker Dies in Road Mishap

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    A piggery worker in Purok Punong Ko, Brgy. Daga, Cadiz City died in a vehicular accident a few kilometers to his work assignment along Gustilo Boulevard near Cedar College that took place about 8 PM Sunday.

    Police identified the victim as Hilario Aldava, 54, separated, of Crossing Cadiz in Brgy. Daga.

    Aldava was allegedly drunk when his motorcycle skidded and hit a pavement, throwing him a few meters away, sustaining head injuries.

    He did not make it to the Cadiz City Emergency Clinic.

  • Workers Stage Campout vs. Construction Company of Housing Subdivision

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    Contractual workers under the Master Company, Inc. , a Camella Homes company owned by the family of former Senator Manny Villar (his wife, Cynthia Villar, incumbent member of the Senate), staged a protest action before the Department of Labor and Employment Office (DOLE) demanding that they be reinstated to their former jobs, after they were unceremoniously retrenched.

  • Teen Hangs Self

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    A teenager, allegedly with family problem, was found hanging inside their house in Ilog town, Sunday morning.

    Police reports showed that Aser Balinas Jr., 19, of Sitio Enclaro, Brgy. Vista Alegre was discovered by his family suspended on their ceiling with a nylon rope tied around his neck.

    He was found at the sala of their house by his kins.

    He was rushed to Lorenzo Zayco Memorial District Hospital but was declared dead by attending physicians. His remains were brought to Sola Gracia Funeral Homes for post mortem examination.

  • Schistosomiasis Outbreak in 3 Calatrava Barangays

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    Three barangays in the northern town of Negros Occidental have reportedly an outbreak of schistosomias.

  • Molasses, Gifts, Housewares Top Negros Exports: DTI

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    For year 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental reported that molasses and gifts/housewares are leading products exported to other countries.

    According to Engr. Engiemar Tupas, acting division chief of the business development division of DTI here, Japan, Middle East, Europe and United States of America (USA) are common export markets of Negros Occidental products.

  • Brainsbee Ni Albee Sa District 3 Kicks Off

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    Despite the rain, residents of the Third District in Negros Occidental trooped to the various community centers where the first-of-a-series of academic contests were simultaneously held in Victorias, EB Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia last Saturday , July 5, 2014.


    Barangay elimination round held at the Day Care Center in Barangay Damsite, Murcia.*

  • ‘Revisiting CO 533, S. of 2011, Wanting for its Implementation’

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    After seeing the positive effects of the grown trees now along Luzuriaga Extension fronting SM (Exit) Reclamation Area (see photos below), Councilor El Cid Familiaran said to himself, "this is it!"

     

  • FR. CASTILLO PASSES AWAY

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    Former UNO-R Father Treasurer, Rev. Fr. Delfin A. Castillo, OAR

    Former UNO-R Father Treasurer, Rev. Fr. Delfin A. Castillo, OAR passed away July 2, 2014 at the age of 68 of multiple organ failure due to pancreatic cancer. Interment was held yesterday, July 7, after the 9:30 am Requiem Mass at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Quezon City.

    Fr. Castillo served the university in various assignments from 1979–1991.

    He had his simple profession on Sept. 7, 1968; Solemn Profession on Oct. 17, 1971; Sacerdotal Ordination on June 29, 1972. His religious assignments include San Carlos (1972 -1979); Bacolod (1979-1991); Talisay, Neg. Occ. (1991 – 1997); Spain and Talisay, Cebu (1997); Provincial House (2003).

  • UNO-R Recent Board Passers

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    The UNO-R Social Work Department once again produced twelve (12) new Registered Social Workers. These twelve successfully passed the Social Work Licensure examinations given last June 2014. They are: Sr. Maria Helen Adobas; Ria Rufa Benitua; Marnellie Datiles; Ma. Gerla Espinosa; Lourie Fabillar; Rhozelle Joyce Liza; Roniza Lutao; Maria Pia Montalvo; Hanna Potestad; Cristena Seba; Sr. Rhea Lei Tolibas; and Charmaine Viloria. The new social Workers had their review at UNO-R with Atty. Dolores Nalumen; Dr. Anita Rabago; Mr. Celo

  • Statement of Bacolod Councilor Caesar Z. Distrito

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    Re: Being top SP performer from January - Dec. 2013

    "I am humbled by the support of my colleagues in the SP, as without them seeing the wisdom and importance of the 8 ordinances and the 430 resolutions resolutions that I authored, the same will not be approved.

    This is our primary duty as councilor, which is to legislate and make policy direction.

    And this is to prove to those 76, 000 Bacolodnons who believe in me that their votes were not wasted, and they can say that I deserve to be in the City Council.

  • 2014 NLE 7th Placer Lauded by Mayor Monico

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     A Certificate of Commendation was awarded by City Mayor Monico Puentevella to Charmaine Relos Timbas for her seventh place finish in the recently concluded Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) with a score of 84.4%.

    "Her recent success embodies the saying, ‘hard work pays off’. May this achievement open new opportunities for her in the future," expressed Puentevella who also considers every given certificate as an inspiration for him and his administration to strive for the betterment of the city and its constituents.

  • ‘Noynoy Forever’

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    It was only few weeks ago that I mentioned in my column what some coffee jitterbugs are fearing that PNoy might declare martial law before the end of his term.

  • Methods of Anomalies in Government and DPWH Projects Bared (Part III)

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    END RESULTS OF THE SUBSTANDARD PROJECTS. Thus, the end result of substandard projects carried out because of these irregularities included cracks on concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters; potholes and collapsed sidewalks due to inferior materials applied; pock marks on the concrete pavements, and inferior settlement of the gutter and concrete curbs.

  • CHO Highlights 1st of July with Voluntary Bloodletting

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    By RJS – CDIO, La Carlota City

    To highlight the birthday of Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer on July 1, the City Health Office (CHO) conducted the life-saving National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) at the city gymnasium. The bloodletting activity is held every month by the CHO in coordination with the Provincial Health Office and the Negros First Provincial Blood Center (NFPBC).


    Brgy. III Pob. Capt. Annabelle Q. Bermudo with a volunteer from her barangay* (Photo by CDIO–La Carlota)

  • Germany vs. Netherlands in World Cup Finals?

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    With the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup set tomorrow and Thursday in Brazil, European sides Germany and Netherlands became the favorites to enter this year’s finals.

    With Brazil’s stars Neymar and Thiago Silva as well as Argentinian Angel Di Maria out of the semis favored the Deutsche and Dutch.

    The host-Brazil arranged a face-off with Germany tomorrow at Belo Horizonte after a 2-1 win over Colombia during the quarterfinals while the latter squad survived France, 1-nil.

  • Retro Steers Lead With Style in LTBC Trio Bowlfest

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    Retro Bowlers’ boss and ace player Iran Pielago continue to steer the lead with style as it collected a total points of 8,767 after round 9 in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

  • 24 Teams to See Action in DFL 2nd Conference July 19

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    A total of twenty-four teams will be seeing action in divisions when the Dynamic Football League (DFL) 2nd Conference kicks off on July 19 at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch.

    The tournament was originally scheduled to open on July 12. Instead, the coaches meeting will be held on this date.

    Expected to take the football field are 16 teams for the Under 13 and 8 teams in the Under 11 division.

    For the U11, a player must be born January 1, 2004 and later, while those suiting up for the U13 must be born January 1, 2002 and later.

  • ‘Student Died of Dengue, Not for Sniffing Perfume’

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    Dengue may be the cause a student’s death and not because she inhaled the perfume of her classmate at Victorias City National High School.

    Josephine Martinez, class adviser of victim Aira Verdajo, a 15-year old student and resident of Hda. Yawi, Brgy. 13 in Victorias City.


    NFSP President Enrique D. Rojas (right) and UNIFED President Manolet Lamata (left) converse with Vice-President Jejomar Binay during the American Independence Day Celebration at the US Embassy in Manila last July 3.*

    Martinez said Verdajo was found to have rashes on her skin after she collapsed inside her classroom after she inhaled or sniffed the perfume of one of her classmates.

    The teenager was rushed to the Ikaayong Lawas Foundation in the city and was brought home after she regained consciousness.

    She however collapsed again at home and was subsequently rushed to the Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City where she was pronounce dead on arrival.

    Her death certificate indicated she died of cardiac arrest.

    Prior to the incident, Martinez said the student was absent for a week due to high fever, and was able to return to school on June 30.

    "It was because her parents’ failure to seek medical attention to determine her sickness," Martinez disclosed.

    Reports from the same school said Verdajo’s case was the second time such event happened there.

  • MBCCI Opens Week-long ‘Negros Business Week’ Today

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    MBCCI President, Frank Carbon

    Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Frank A. Carbon said the opening ceremony of the week-long 2014 Negros Business Week will be held at 10 this morning at Robinsons Place Bacolod mall’s main entrance.

    With the theme, "Strengthening Small Business for More and Better Jobs," this year’s July 7 to 13 activity - started in 2009 by a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, will showcase at Robinsons Place, products and services of some 25 exhibitors in the small and medium enterprise category.

    Carbon said one of the advocacies of MBCCI is to help local businesses grow from a small size business into a medium business and hopefully some will grow into a large scale businesses.

  • Puentevella Fires Back at Leonardia for Latter’s Ulat Verdict

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    With former Bacolod mayor and now Lone District Representative Evelio Leonardia describing the "Ulat ni Mayor", or the renamed State of the City Address a "cover-up" to hide the "failures of his administration", Mayor Monico Puentevella stood his ground and also rebuked the congressman with his own assessment.

  • MC Rider Dies in Bridge Mishap

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    It is high time that owners and riders of motorcycles must be required to undergo seminar on road safety specifically designed for two-wheeled or three-wheeled vehicles, as accidents involving them take place daily in Bacolod City and other parts of Negros Occidental alone.

    Another motorcycle rider, this time a 54-year old widower died an hour after he fell off Medina Bridge along Kilometer 83 in Brgy. Rizal, San Carlos City Tuesday.

  • Nabulao National High School Alumni 2nd Organizational Meeting is Set July 16

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    The 2nd organizational meeting of the Nabulao National High School (NNHS) alumni in Sipalay City is set on Wednesday, July 16 at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

    The venue will be the Melrose Beach Resort in Barangay Talacagay, Hinoba-an town.

    The meeting is in preparation for next year’s MMHS General Alumni Homecoming.

    All graduates of the school are cordially invited to join the meeting.

    For inquiries, please contact mobile number 0929-9642696.*

     

     

  • Vendors Oppose Plan to Let Private Hands in Public Markets

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     Vendors in the public markets are strongly opposing the plan of the city government to privatize the operation of public markets.

    Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Markets and Slaughterhouse chairman recently announced that he is introducing a private-public initiative to improve and beautify the city’s public markets.

    Presently, lots of vendors occupying the market stalls have delinquent accounts with the city government having failed to pay the monthly stall rentals for a long period of time.

  • DOH Extends P8-M for Cadiz Health Care Program

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    Regional Health Office Director in Western Visayas, Dr. Marlyn Convocar extends P8-M assistance for Cadiz City Health Program centered in its birthing program.

    Convocar made the pronouncement as guest, on behalf of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona in the inauguration of Cadiz City Health Office along Cabahug Street here Friday.

    The activity coincides with the 47th Charter Anniversary of the city.

    Convocar said, the P3-M will be intended for construction of birthing facilities in hinterland and seashore barangays in the city.

  • Cops Probe School Buglars; Wanted Men for Murder Nabbed

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    Police authorities in Hinoba-an town are in pursuit of the suspects responsible for robbing a school office Saturday.

    Central Philippine State University (CPSU) canteen and Agriculture Office were robbed, and office equipment and grocery items went missing.

    Patrick Santaromana, 33, of Hacienda Paz, Brgy. Pook reported the incident to police and said that the office’s printer, monitor, UPS and speaker were stolen and that P12,200 worth of grocery items were taken from the university canteen.

  • Letter to the Editor: On the Peña Lease of a Property in Kabankalan

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    July 4, 2014

    Mr. Arman Toga
    Editor
    Negros Daily Bulletin
    Bacolod City

    Dear Mr. Toga,

    In response to the reply of Mr. Peñoso, please allow us to clarify the following:

    I. Regarding the Validity of the Contract of Lease;

    He argues that the Contract of Lease in favor of Mr. Bonifacio M. Peña is null and void citing the order of the RTC Kabankalan dated October 9, 2006.

  • The Demand for Wage Increase

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    The clamor for another round of wage increase immediately after the hike in fuel, fare and power rates, basic goods and services, exemplifies the difficulty of protecting workers purchasing power from the vagaries of external economic force.

  • Methods of Anomalies in Government and DPWH Projects Bared (Part 2)

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    COMPLAINTS INDICATE ANOMALIES IN INFRA PROJECTS RIFE. There have been uncountable times or through decades when ordinary people, Filipinos continually complain about the state, status and workmanship of infrastructure projects belonging to the government and how it is poorly done, decrepit, done in a substandard manner and in Ilonggo merely nothing but "pakulahaw" in workmanships.

  • Purely Sour Grapes

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    After the delivery of the ULAT of Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella last week, one of his foremost and bitter political enemies, former Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia commented that the report was all TALK with nothing tangible to show the gains made in just a year in public office.

    Judging the criticisms aired by Leonardia, one can easily surmise that the comments came from a very fickle individual who was SOUR GRAPINGl.

  • 24th Unity Ride Boosts NegOr Tourist - Degamo

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    DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo said that the staging of the 24th Unity Ride in this capital city over the weekend is a big boost to the sports tourism of his province.

    The event, which was held for the first time in Dumaguete, that gathered two hundred big bikers from Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Bohol, Tacloban, Zamboanga, and Davao, among others, has not only provided entertainment to those who have seen the event but, has able to generate revenue for the province.

  • Sports Tourism Shares 29% in Tourist Visitors

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    Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, during his State of the City Address or Ulat ni Mayor last week, claimed that the staging of major sporting events in Bacolod since he hold office last year has contributed to the increase in tourist arrivals –which is approximately 29% growth by the end of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.

  • PSC: Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg Restart on Oct.21-25

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    The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) last week has already informed various local government units (LGU) in the country, which include Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, on the new schedule of the 2014 Batang Pinoy.

  • Brgy. 35 Loses Anew in 8th Monico Cup

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    Barangay 35 of former Negros Slashers’ village chief Maui Huelar loses anew yesterday in the losers bracket and faces elimination with one more game left next week in the 8th Monico Cup at Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

    Brgy. 35 lost to Brgy. 19, 75-72, in the lone match in the loser’s bracket yesterday.

    In the knockout quarterfinals Saturday, Brgy. 19 lost to Brgy. 18, 98-86 top scored by University of St. La Salle varsity player Nike Montalbo producing 9 points.

  • Candoni, San Carlos to Hold District Elims in 5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup

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    Candoni will hold the 6th District elimination of the 5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup on August 9 to 10, 2014, while San Carlos City the 1st District third week of same month.

    The 6th District composed of Cauayan, Hinobaan, Ilog, Kabankalan and Sipalay placed fourth last year finals held in La Carlota City.

    The 1st District boxers composed of Escalante City, Toboso, Calatrava, San Carlos City and Salvador Benedicto top the tournament.

  • New Cadiz City Health Office, ‘Patient Friendly’

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    The first impression of Regional Health Officer, Dr. Marlyn Convocar upon seeing the new Cadiz City Health Office building is "it looks like a hotel," but Mayor Dr. Patrick Escalante was quick to say that it is a "patient friendly" hospital.

    Mayor Escalante justified his notion of having the edifice look like a hotel to be "patient friendly", citing his observations that patients look at hospitals as another place where they are going to endure pains and odorous smells.

  • Man Dies in Brawl

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    A 49-year old resident of Victorias City died reportedly after he was attacked by three suspects about 11:45AM, Wednesday in Canetwon Subdivision.

    Ronald Buenconsejo, of Rosario St., Canetown Subdivision was allegedly stabbed and mauled by three unidentified persons at Paz Avenue corner Esperanza St. in the said subdivision.

    Reports said the victim sustained multiple stab wounds in the chest and abrasions on the head from a hard object. He was brought to Kaayong Lawas Foundation by patrolling tanods, but was declared dead on arrival.

  • Bacolod City High School Batch ‘83 Turns Over Help to BCNHS Students Anew

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    For three years now that they have been doing this noble project, members of the Bacolod City High School (BCHS) Batch 1983, again, last June 25, turned over 50 MAPE tee-shirts, school supplies, bags and cash gift to 50 Bacolod City National High School (BCNHS) students.


    (From the right to left) Engr. Ma. Sarah A. Bernabe-President BCNHS Batch 83), Filomena B. Lo (Teacher III, Mathematics Dept.) Ma. Felomina T. Lisbo (Head VI, Mathematics Dept.), Jose Dayot III (Principal IV, BCNHS), Russel Lau, Treasurer BCNHS Batch ‘83).

  • PNU Wins Feature Writing Tilt

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    "Let us ignite a fire of hope and hardwork to protect ourselves from future calamities."

    This is what Dianne Quingking, grade 9 of the Philippine Normal University–Center for Teaching and Learning, wrote in her feature article entitled "Typhoon Yolanda unites Cadiznons".

    "We can do this. Nonetheless, we need you to succeed. Will you be with us?" she ended.


    (L-R) Jordan Sun (representative of Councilor Desuyo), Dianne Quingking, Mary Ann Lazo (Judge), Antonio Esmolo (Judge) and Celina Ibañez (Information Officer IV).*

    Quingking’s article impressed the judges, thus declaring her first place during the on-the-spot feature writing contest held last July 3. She received P2,000 in cash and a trophy.

  • In Alangilan, Metro Safari is More of a Zoo, A Boon for Bacolod

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    Businessman Rey Francis Cabuga’s Metro Safari compound - in Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City, touted to be a mountain resort much unlike that of former Bacolod Councilor Ricardo "Cano" Tan’s Campuestohan Resort in Talisay City, is actually more of a planned and carefully thought of and programmed zoo, which could place Bacolod, to include a few other cities in the country, as having an educational complex, which will be a boon to school children of various grades of learning.


    IN HIMAMAYLAN CITY. Schoolchildren with their teachers and Himamaylan Mayor Tinto Bascon show off the notebooks they received from the Mayor.*

    It could also place Bacolod on the map as having in its zoo, the biggest crocodile after death of "Malang" in Cotabato.

    Now hibernating in a zoo in La Castellana town is the crocodile already acquired by Cabuga.

    In the zoo, too, will be found lions, tigers, snakes, various types of fowls which came from other countries, again already acquired by Cabuga and already in his Alangilan compound where structures for the zoo are being built, although lately a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was issued by the court purportedly because of lack of legal requirements.

    A complaint was filed before court by three village council members, allegedly instigated by a rival Filipino-Chinese businessman, who owns a resort just a short distance away from the Metro Safari complex. The businessman owns a purely resort hotel complex with comic-book characters sculpted in concrete.

  • Water Interruption in the Service Area

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    The Bacolod City Water District regrets to inform its consumers that no water supply and turbid water will be experienced in some portions of the service area.

    ACTIVITY: In-operation of Well #45

    (Villa Alexandria)

    SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., July 5, 2014

    Areas to be affected are; East Homes Phase II, Villa Estefania, Villa Alexandria Phase I and Purok Pag-asa.

  • Sec. Ona Inaugurates P25-M New Cadiz CHO Building

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    Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona will inaugurate today the new City Health Office (CHO) building.

    The inauguration will coincide with the 47th Charter Anniversary of Cadiz.

    Also expected to join Ona are city officials, 2nd district congressman Leo Rafael Cueva and Acting Governor Salvador G. Escalante, Jr., former mayor himself and other provincial officials.

    The edifice is located adjacent to the old CHO and beside the City Library along Cabahug Street.

  • 9th National Shrimp Congress Held in Bacolod City

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    The 9th National Shrimp Congress is being held at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort and Hotel at the Reclamation area in Bacolod City.


    Atty. Asis G. Perez - BFAR Director together with Roberto A. Gatuslao, President of Philippine Shrimp Industry Inc., and Raoul Flores, 9th Shrimp Congress Chairman with Rev. Fr. Mao Buenafe spearheaded the opening of the 9th National Shrimp Congress at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort and Hotel July 2 to 4, 2014 yesterday.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

  • 10 Persons Surrender for Theft

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    Ten persons in Cauayan town voluntarily turned themselves in to police authorities about 10AM, early this week for theft charges.

    PInsp. Jose H. Gargar, leader, 6th Maneuver Platoon based in Sitio Olihao, Brgy. Poblacion reported that the 10 persons voluntarily surrendered for theft charges in Criminal Case number 2014-6278 with bail set at P24, 000 each.

  • USLS Recognizes Employees

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    By Keith Brandon Cari-an

    University of St. La Salle (USLS) awards 98 faculty and staff during the Service and Special Awards Recognition Rites at Santuario de La Salle, July 2.

    "Each year, your service is a pearl you contribute to the name, reputation and quality of our institution," said President and Chancellor Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC.


    Medrano awardees

  • Farm Machineries, Agri Inputs Given to Farmers’ Group

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    Farm machineries and agricultural inputs were distributed to different farmers’ associations in Cadiz City yesterday as part of the celebration of this city’s 47th Charter Anniversary today, July 4.

    Seven rice threshers and 7 hand tractors with trailers; 12 collapsible dryers; 2 corn shellers and about 100 sacks of certified varieties of palay were given to these farmers’ associations held at Don Bernardo Benedicto Cultural Center in the city.

  • Cop Faces Crime Raps

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    Victorias City Police is preparing the charges for illegal possession of firearms against a police officer who was also caught violating the illegal drugs law following his apprehension, Monday.

    PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz told NDB that section 11 or illegal possession of dangerous drugs or Republic Act (RA) 9165, Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was filed against Police Officer 1 Reyland Dordas, of the Capiz Police Provincial Office.

  • Man Killed After Chasing Suspects in Victorias City

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    Victorias City PNP chief Supt. Santiago Rapiz and his men were a few minutes late to arrest two unidentified suspects from their respective dwelling after stabbing to death a man who chased them after an altercation inside a KTV bar Wednesday night in the city.

    They failed to catch the suspects who were able to leave ahead of the arriving police operatives bringing with them some belongings.

    Killed was Ronald Buenconsejo, 49, of Rosario Street, Canetown Subdivision who sustained three stab wounds in the chest and head injury after he was struck with a hard object.

  • USLS, Partners Hold 5th BLT Negros Summit

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    By Katherine Maguad

    Provincial government of Negros Occidental committed P1 million for the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) implementation in the peace areas of Calatrava and Toboso for SY 2014-15.

    Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. relayed his commitment to BLT and University of St. La Salle (USLS) through his message which was delivered by Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano during the 5th BLT Negros Summit held Tuesday morning at Santuario de La Salle, July 1.

  • Sharp-Edged Squads Continue Leading Forward in Supplier’s Cup

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    Sharp teams in the rated and non-rated categories have not been playing as refined as in round 4 to lead with an accummulated points of 3,809 and 3,702, respectively, in the ongoing Supplier’s Challenge Cup 2014 Invitational Trio Bowling Tournament at the New Top’s Millennium Plaza Alley, 10th Street along Lacson Strip in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

  • 5 Negrense Blu Girls Join Team for US Training

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    The Philippine Blu Girls Softball Team is set to fly this month to the United States to prepare for the upcoming 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4, 2014.


    IN PHOTO: (from left) Veronica Belleza, Elma Parohinog, Marlyn Francisco, Luzviminda Embudo, and Annalie Benjamin.*

  • Methods of Committing Anomalies in DPWH, Other Government Projects Bared (1st of 2 Parts)

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    HAVE BEEN EXISTING FOR YEARS ON END. The national government’s Commission on Audit (COA), after so many, many years has finally bared billions of pesos worth of public works of infrastructure projects and the anomalies or irregularities concretely attended with it.

  • Gov. Yap Lauds USLS for Project Free Program

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    By Keith Brandon Cari-an

    Wala kang mahahanap na mura at may kalidad na masteral at doctoral degree courses kung hindi sa Project FREE at University of St. La Salle.

    (You won’t find high quality masters and doctorate degree courses with low expense but in Project FREE and University of St. La Salle.)

    Tarlac Province Governor Victor Yap lauded USLS, through its special program Project Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence (FREE), in his keynote speech during the Public-Private Partnership Forum: The Project FREE Experience in Tarlac, July 3.

  • Her last party

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    Somehow I can’t see this catching on the Philippines, but in the US it’s become a hot topic of conversation among funeral directors.

    In June, New Orleans resident, 53 year-old Miriam Burbank died. Her daughters said she was full of life and everyone adored her. So when it came time to plan her funeral, they decided to reflect this and take an unconventional approach.

  • ULAT NI MAYOR

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    One Dream, One City, One Bacolod.

    (State of the City Report)
    July 2, 2014, People’s House of Bacolod Lobby

    By Mayor Monico O. Puentevella

    INTRODUCTION

    "THE CITY IS, IN A SENSE, THE LARGEST PIECE OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN MADE BY MAN, AND WOULD BE JUDGED BY WHETHER IT WAS USER-FRIENDLY, FUNCTIONED WELL AND LOOKED GOOD. IN URBAN PLANNING, WE MUST HAVE A HUMANIST’S HEART, A SCIENTIST’S HEAD, AND AN ARTIST’S EYES.


    Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella delivers his Ulat ni Mayor at the Grand Lobby of the People’s House yesterday.*(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

    THE ULTIMATE ACHIEVEMENT FOR A CITY IS TO EARN UNCONDITIONAL RESPECT FROM PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD, FOR OUR PEOPLE, OUR CITY AND OUR COUNTRY." – DR. LIU KERR, CHAIRMAN, CENTER FOR LIVEABLE CITIES.

    AS THE SONG GOES, IT HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD YEAR. A VERY GOOD YEAR. BECAUSE GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!

    LET ME BEGIN THE STATE OF OUR CITY REPORT BY EXPRESSING OUR COLLECTIVE GRATITUDE AND THANKSGIVING TO OUR GOD, WHO, DESPITE OUR TRANSGRESSIONS AND INHERENT HUMAN WEAKNESSES, CONTINUE TO BELIEVE IN OUR GOODNESS AND NEVER FAIL TO STAND BY US, SOMETIMES, EVEN CARRY US, IN OUR JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE. THE LORD HAS BEEN GOOD TO OUR PEOPLE.

  • Negros – Biggest Shrimp Producer Capiz Tops in Bangus

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     The suppliers of feeds for fish and shrimps ponds revealed that in the Visayas, Negros has the highest production of shrimp, while the province of Capiz top in bangus production. This was revealed by Cargill sales people, having supplied the fishpond and shrimp producers with necessary tools and feeds for improved harvest production.


    Right photo: Ribbon cutting at the opening of 9th National Shrimp Congress, yesterday, Bacolod Pavillon Resorts and Hotel. L-R; Congress Chairman Raul Flores, Atty. Asis Perez, director, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Gina Millan, with his father Roberto Bob Gatuslao - president of PhilShrimp. Left photo: Cargill officers (one of the exhibitors), L-R; Jojo Tendencia, technical business manager, Tommy Tablatin - area manager for Panay and Negros, and Bing Torres, regional manager for Visayas and Mindanao.* (EBColmo)

  • CENECO Sets Power Interruptions on July 4 & 5, 2014

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    Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) informs its electricity consumers that, in order to ensure stability of its distribution lines, maintenance activities will be conducted on July 4 (Friday) and July 5, 2014 (Saturday) as follows:

    Date: July 4, 2014 – Friday

    Time: 6:00AM to 8:00AM

    Reasons: Mid-span erection of primary pole and installation of three 10KVA transformers and its accessories at Seven-Eleven, Araneta, corner Gen. Luna St., Bago City

    Areas Affected:

  • Cop Charged, Another on Watch in Negros

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    Another policeman is on watch following the arrest of a comrade from Manapla town nabbed in a saturation drive inside a KTV bar in Bangga Daanbanwa, Victorias City about 1:30AM Tuesday with shabu and firearm, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias City PNP chief said.

    PO1 Reylan Berja Dordas, 24, single of Hda. Mauyon, Brgy. Punta Mesa in Manapla was subjected to drug test after his arrest Tuesday and was found positive.

  • Businessman’s Metro Safari More of a Zoo, Educational Boon for Bacolod (Last of 2 Parts)

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    And as we went around the zoo complex which is a six-hectare area, I saw the structures which will house the animals near the roadside area going left in a half-moon which is to house the other animals.

    On the far right are constructed the cages for the lions and tigers. The bird cages for relatively bigger birds, an aquarium for ocean fishes which we believe will truly interest school kids and students because these are animals they see only in the National Geographic Magazine and Television, albeit, cable TV.

  • Bizmen Rate Puentevella 10:8

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    The businessmen in Bacolod City rated Mayor Monico Puentevella for his one year administration, 8 out of 10. According to Frank Carbon, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Puentevella has done satisfactory performance in his job since he took over the leadership. Carbon cited some positive result of Puentevella’s administration: he reduced the traffic congestion in choke areas during peak hours; some defective traffic lights were made functional; garbage which usually eyesore in downtown area are

  • Assassination of former Town Councilor Deep and Wide

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    BUT ONE OF THE ANGLES COULD BE IT. Or is there one? Money borrowed by Edmund Turk Vail and various cases he is enmeshed in?

    The police named family feud and land conflict, love and politics as possible angles for his killing. Close family relatives further add another: illegal drugs. Others surmise that it could be due to money borrowed by Vail and which he had continually refused to settle. There is even a report that business transactions could be the cause.

  • Mayor Monico – A Dedicated People’s Servant

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    The Ulat of Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella delivered very telling blows against former Mayor Evelio Leonardia about the sad state of affairs of the city when Mayor Monico assumed the office of the City last July 1, 2013.

  • RPTTC–VMA Emerge Champion in Iloilo Tourney

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    Bacolod-based Royal Paddle Table Tennis Club (RPTTC)-Visayan Maritime Academy Global College emerged champion in the just-concluded 1st Sun Yat Sen Table Tennis Tournament staged last June 27-29, 2014 in Iloilo City.

    The tournament’s elimination round, which was participated by 15 teams, was played at the Sun Yat Sen High School Auditorium while, the championship was staged at the SM City – Iloilo.

    Despite being grouped in a tough bracket, the Bacolenos came out strong to outplay their opponents. The RPTTC-VMA Global College was bracketed along with host –Sun Yat Sen Team A which is composed of National PRISAA 1st runner-up players from John B. Lacson Maritime University – Iloilo, Central Philippine University (CPU) High School, and Antique Province – Team B.


    CHAMPION. Bacolod-based Royal Paddle-VMA Global College paddlers receiving their championship trophy and the cash prize from the organizer of the 1st Sun Yat Sen Table Tennis Tournament held in Iloilo City.* (Contributed Photo)

  • Panhay Awarded UFL Div 2 MVP

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    The Bacolod-based Ceres–La Salle FC had shown the whole country the best talent from the province after its successful stint in the United Football League (UFL) 2nd Tier recently.


    UFL Division 2 MVP Jayson Panhay and Golden Gloves awardee Louie Michael Casas.*

  • HAPPENINGS AT THE ULAT NI MONICO

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    Mayor Monico O. Puentevella delivers "Ulat ni Monico" (State of the City Report) at the Lobby of the People’s House yesterday.*(Photo by RGT)


    NDB FOURSOME. Seated: Rolly Espina and Bagguer Villaluz; Standing: W. Henry Streegan and EIC Pert Toga.

  • ‘ULAT NI MAYOR’ BACOLOD MAYOR RENDERS REPORT

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    Mayor’s First 365 Days Putting the House in Order

    "The journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step"

    Today marks the first 365 days of Mayor Monico Puentevella and his administration. Although it did come as challenge when he first set foot in office, the opportunity also came as a wakeup call as it opened the door to the true and real situation of the city.


    Mayor Monico Puentevella (2nd R) with Bishop Vicente Navarra (R) and Very Rev. Felix Pasquin (L), rector of the San Sebastian Parish.*

    Merging City Hall, its offices and each servant leader came in the form of the creation of Lamesa ni Mayor, a program that extends the basic and social services of the People’s House to its constituents. Each table represents City Hall in a nutshell; a consolidated attempt to streamline Mayor Puentevella’s vision of a United Bacolod.

    The tapping of various government offices to render a helping hand also gave us the courage to push through the ever changing landscape of the city. During the height of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Interior and Local Government, under the leadership of City Director Glenn Guzman, gave the Puentevella administration with advices and supplementary knowledge to uplift the morale of the victims of the typhoon. This too sparked the flame to initiate a concrete partnership between the local government and the private sector. His successor, Ms. Cheryl Tacda, was among the focal persons in the creation of the City Development Council alongside Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Frank Carbon.

  • Philip, Ruby Cruz Host Luncheon for PWDs

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    Philip and Ruby C. Cruz hosted a luncheon for the officers of the Bacolod City Association of Disabled Persons last Saturday which was held at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market along Magsaysay Street in Bacolod City.


    The guests in the photo are: Lowell Raner, Mr. and Mrs. Nonoy Menionuevo, Arnold Ardoza, Nick Garcia and Melchor Tumbos

  • Tara Sering, Editor of Smile Magazine Visits Negros Farmers Weekend Market

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    Ms. Tara Sering, Editor-in-Chief of Smile Magazine visited the Negros Farmers Weekend Market in the course of a Western Visayas tour of laudable projects.


    AVID ENTHUSIASTS (L-R) Miss Tara Sering, Editor-in-Chief of Smile Magazine and Alan Gensoli. In the background is the OISCA booth.*

  • Cop Nabbed with Shabu, Firearm; Another Creates Alarm Inside Station

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    A Capiz province–bound policeman from Manapla, Negros Occidental was nabbed by Victorias City PNP while implementing "Oplan Bakal" at a KTV bar along Crossing Daanbanwa in Victorias City about 1:30AM yesterday.

    Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias City PNP chief identified the suspect as PO1 Reylan Berja Bordas, 24, single, of Mauyon, Manapla, Negros Occidental.

    He yielded one elongated sachet of suspected shabu and a homemade .38 caliber firearm with six live ammunitions.

  • CENECO is Liquid by its P29.3M Net Income

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    This is the second year that Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO), Inc. was able to post a positive bottomline, as reported by Coop treasurer, Director Cesar Leonardia, at the 39th Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) over the weekend, with its theme, EPIRA Law: a call for just and transparent implementation.

  • Talisay Celebrates Nutrition Month

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    Talisay City Mayor Dr. Eric Saratan led the ceremonial observation of the Nutrition month that started yesterday, July 1, 2014 attended by more than a thousand students and teachers from private and public schools; city hall employees, barangay health workers, barangay officials and different stakeholders.


    Mayor Eric M. Saratan addressing students during the opening program of the Nutrition Month.*(Talisay City PIO photo)

  • Induction of Brgy. Bata Persons With Disabilities

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    The officers of Brgy. Bata Association of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) were inducted into office last June 27, 2014.


    Brgy. Bata PWD members

  • Trike, Pedicab Drivers Hurt in Mishap

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    Drivers of a tricycle and motorcycle were rushed to a hospital in Victorias City after their vehicles crashed about 2PM, Monday between Kilometers 34-35 along Osmeña Avenue in the City.

    Traffic report disclose a red-colored Rusi tricycle driven by Nicolas Villas, 66, of Hacienda Editha, Brgy. 21 was accidentally bumped by a Euro GTX 150 motorcycle driven by Jikky Boy Gonzales, 35, of Brgy. 7.

  • Bacolodnons Denounce Killing of Servando through Hazing

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    People of Bacolod City are condemning to the highest degree the inhuman act that claimed the life of Guillo Cesar Servando, 18, a student on Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM) St. Benilde School, Manila, who died Monday night due to intense physical injury caused by hazing in his initiation by the Alpha Kappa Rho (AKRHO) Fraternity.

  • RMC on its 50th Year MOLDING A GOLDEN ERA

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    (Lifted in toto from the souvenir program of the Riverside Medical Center when the institution celebrated its 50th anniversary last August 15, 2004.)

    FOREWORD

    Looking back into history of Riverside Medical Center, Incorporated, one sees that the story of Riverside is an affirmation of the old adage "dreams do come true." The inspiring story of Riverside and its founder, Dr. Pablo Obregon Torre, is a story of struggle against adversity, of hardships and sacrifices, and above all, of perseverance and de-termination to succeed.

  • Riverside College Graduate Charmaine Relos Timbas, 7th Placer in Nursing Licensure Exams

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    Charmaine Relos Timbas, 20, has the distinction of being the only nursing graduate in the Bacolod City and province of Negros Occidental of being among the top ten in the recent examinations.


    OUTSTANDING GRADUATE OF RIVERSIDE COLLEGE WITH OFFICERS. (L-R) Samuel Lee, president; Elsa C. Streegan, VPAA; Charmaine Relos Timbas and Maricon Familiaran, Dean of the College of Nursing

  • PRO6 Needs 873 Cops This Year

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    Iloilo City - In order to cope with the demand of police services in the community, and double its efforts in crime prevention the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 needs 873 policemen. This is ideal in the police-population ratio which is 1 policeman for every 500 population.

    Pol. Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, PRO 6 Regional Director warns his men that lean months is in the offing, so crimes involving property are escalating.

  • Aquino Gov’t Coddling RPA-ABB Leader Carapali: Fernandez

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    Negros spokesman, former priest Frank Fernandez, has slammed breakaway group leader Carapali Lualhati of the "bandit group RPA-ABB for collaborating with the government of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and is an instrument in carrying out anti-revolutionary movement acts as well as engaging in anti-people’s activities."

    "His being made a congressman is Lualhati’s prize for allowing himself to be an instrument of the powerful ruling classes in Philippine society," added Fernandez, bruited by the military to be sick and getting weaker.

  • Cops File Gun Raps vs. Talisay Man

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    Criminal charges for illegal possession of gun and ammunitions is to be filed against a resident of Talisay City after he was complaint to be carrying the firearm, Monday morning.

    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) reports revealed that a case for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions will be filed against Roberto Salanatin alias Tata, 27, of Hacienda Bantud, Brgy. Concepcion in Talisay City.

  • Businessman’s Metro Safari More of a Zoo, Educational Boon for Bacolod (Part I)

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    Businessman Rey Francis Cabuga’s Metro-Safari compound, touted to be a mountain resort much unlike that of former Councilor Ricardo "Cano" Tan’s Campuestohan Resort, is actually more of a planned and carefully thought of and programmed zoo, which could place Bacolod City, to include a few other cities in the country, as having an educational complex, which will be a boon to school children of various levels of learning.

  • RIU Files Illegal Possession of Firearms vs Gawat

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    The Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) has filed corresponding charges against Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition at the City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday afternoon.

    Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, PNP Regional Director for Western Visayas said that Supt. Ronald Allan Gepana, chief of the RIU-6 has submitted necessary documents needed in the filing of charges in court.

  • Claims Board to Answer Queries About HR Compensation

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    Human Rights Victims Claims Board chairperson Lina Sarmiento will meet the local press today, July 2, at the Governor’s Office, Provincial Capitol.

    Human Resource (HR) Board Member Chito Gascon joins Sarmiento in the press conference in this provincial intake operations campaign schedule that aims to promote justice in the society and seek out human rights victims during the martial law years.

    Victims of various sorts of atrocities will receive financial compensation after a thorough process the board has laid out.

  • 4th Brainsbee Reels Off July 5 in 3rd District

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    All is set for the 2014 BRAINSBEE NI ALBEE SA DISTRICT 3 come July 5 (Saturday) from 8 am to 4 pm as the first barangay elimination round will simultaneously be launched in Barangays Cansilayan and Damsite in Murcia; Barangays Cabatangan and Concepcion in Talisay; Barangays 1 and 3 in Silay City; Barangays Pasil and Alicante in E.B. Magalona; and Barangays 9 and 13 in Victorias City.

  • Jail Officers in Hot Water for Escape of Inmates

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    Two jail guards are in hot water for the escape of inmates Sunday afternoon at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Talisay City.

    The escape of an inmate also cost the relief of Jail Senior Inspector Nillon Magbanua, as a normal process, according to Senior Jail Officer 3 Leo Lacerna, the Regional BJMP 6 Investigation and Detection Head, said.

    Jail Officer 1 Junel Moreno and Jail Officer 3 Victor Servo were on duty during the escape of Arman Toledo Penalo, 24, single, of Talisay City who is charged with robbery and frustrated murder.

  • Sermona Battles Aussie Champ to Defend Title

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    Himamaylanon reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) International super featherweight champion Ryan "The Crusher" Sermona (16, 9KOs-5-0) is scheduled to defend his belt against Australian and World Boxing Union (WBU) super featherweight titlist Corey McConnell (13, 1KO-1-1) on August 9 at Crossing Theatre, New South Wales, Australia.


    Ryan "The Crusher" Sermona

  • Kudos to Mayor MonicoAACI Trading Captures Fil-Sino Cage Title

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    AACI Trading defeated AACI Transport, 79-57 to capture this year’s Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Friday.


    CHAMPIONS. (standing left to right) JR Lacson, Wilson Dy, Bren Tajonera, Bryan Victor Javelosa, Jeremy Coo, Luigi Coo, Chipeng Uy, Andre Tan, Robbie Jalando-on, (seated) Danny Boy Uy, Brian Coo, Keith Banzon, and Deonyson Dy.*

  • Escarilla Must Prove He is Not Run-of-the Mill

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    NOT "PIPITSUGIN". There was much hullabaloo over the appointment of just-designated Bacolod Police Office (BCPO) Sr. Supt. Chief Pedrito Escarilla.

  • Kudos to Mayor Monico

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    Our hats off to Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella for successfully hurdling his first year in office.

    Many Bacolodnons thought that his first year in office would be disastrous, considering that the city coffers was practically empty when he assumed office. Some thought that the many problems plaguing the city last July 2013 would just be too much to handle by one man.

  • Induction of CHMSC Graduate School Officers Held

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    By James U. Sy Jr.

    Three new sets of officers of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Graduate Studies for AY 2014-2015 were inducted last June 28, 2014 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) of the college’s Fortunetowne Campus.


    The new set of officers for the Master in Public Administration (MPA) Program (below the stage) and for the Master in Business Administration (MBA) Program (on the stage) of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Graduate Studies for AY 2014-2015 taking their own before inducting officer Prof. Manuel L. Ramos. Dean for the College of Business Management and Accountancy, last June 28, 2014 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) of the college’s Fortune Towne Campus.*(Carlamer Ciokon/CHMSC GSSC photo)

  • ‘Bury CARP Now, Replace with GARL’

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    Hundreds of farmers under the militant Kilusang Magbubukid Sa Pilipinas-Negros (KMP-Negros) observed yesterday the last day of the Comporehensive Agrarian reform Program (CARP), and (CARPER) with protest actions in two Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) offices in Bacolod City.


    TOTALIZER METER. (Left to right) NGCP’s OIC-Metering Section, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Al B. Buneda and SMR Section Head, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Glynn B. Bulfa, CENECO’s OIC–Line Maintenance Division Engr. Joecel T. Campantero, GM Sulpicio C. Lagarde, Jr., District IX–Silay City Director Michael S. Maravilla, Acting Asst. GM Jesus Amado L. Dormido, OIC–Systems Operation Division Engr. Oscar C. Duca, Jr. and Systems Engineers Phillip Remetre and Ceasar Ian Laguda at the NGCP site during the installation and energization of the totalizer meter.*

    KMP Secretary-General Felipe Levy Gelle, in an interview with DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program, said about 400 farmers from various places trooped to DAR office at Dawis-San Sebastian Streets and briefly occupied it without any resistance from the guards.

    Gelle said they also held a rally at the Fountain of Justice at the old Bacolod City Hall grounds.

    They also held another short rally at the other DAR office located at the Capitol Shopping Center,

  • Bacolod SP Pushes Increase in SSS Pension

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    Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod approved last June 25, 2014 Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr.’s resolution endorsing and declaring support to House Bill 175, otherwise known as the "Proposed Act Increasing the Pensions under the Social Security System (SSS)".

    House of Representatives Bill 175, filed by Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate seeks to increase monthly pension of qualified SSS members to P5,000.00 from the current monthly pension rates.

  • Bacolod-Silay 69KV Totalizer Meter Energized

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    The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) set a power service interruption on June 22, 2014, Sunday to tap new Potential Transformers, Current Transformers and Lightning Arrester for the installation and energization of the Totalizer Meter (TM) of CENECO Bacolod-Silay 69kV Transmission Line that serves Burgos, Mt. View, Talisay, Panaogao, and Lopez substations.


    TOTALIZER METER. (Left to right) NGCP’s OIC-Metering Section, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Al B. Buneda and SMR Section Head, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Glynn B. Bulfa, CENECO’s OIC–Line Maintenance Division Engr. Joecel T. Campantero, GM Sulpicio C. Lagarde, Jr., District IX–Silay City Director Michael S. Maravilla, Acting Asst. GM Jesus Amado L. Dormido, OIC–Systems Operation Division Engr. Oscar C. Duca, Jr. and Systems Engineers Phillip Remetre and Ceasar Ian Laguda at the NGCP site during the installation and energization of the totalizer meter.*

  • Angan to Cops, Brgy. Officials: ‘Intensify Anti-Illegal Drug Drives’

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    At the start of the month-long Police Community Relations Month celebration, Chief Supt. Josephus Garrote Angan, Regional Police Director, ordered policemen to intensify anti-illegal drugs campaigns.

    Police Inspector Shela Mae Sangrines, Regional PNP Public Information Officer said, Angan in ceremonies yesterday also called the attention of barangay officials to support his campaign against illegal drugs, and encourage them to utilize their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

  • Trillanes for VP or President in 2016?

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    For 2016 election, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he will run for either vice president or president. He divulged his plan during a presscon over the weekend, prior to his speaking engagement as guest speaker at the 39th annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) of Central Negros Electric cooperative (CENECO) at the West Negros University Gym.

    However, he said, his decision will depend on the outcome of the convention or assembly of their party, Nacionalista Party, on December 24, wherein Manny Villar is their chairman.

  • Oplan: Mini-Aklatan Continues Mission in Abkasa ES

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    By Pauline Angela Mabasa

    Oplan: Mini-Aklatan group of University of St. La Salle donated more than 150 books to Abkasa Elementary School in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.


    (From left) Oplan Mini-Aklatan team members: Rowel Edward Dela Peña, Austere Rex Gamao, Marie Therese Lopez, Mae Anne Villanueva, Diane Thea Opelario with their Dev Com Instructor, Rhoderick Samonte in the renovated "mini-aklatan".*(Pauline Mabasa)

  • KMH Holds #1 Spot in Trio Bowlfest

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    Current number 1 team Kami Mga Hubin (KMH) headed by Edgar de Leon managed to hold on the top spot with 6,740 points as Retro Bowlers and Active Solid Strikers Fellowship Bowlers Inc. (ASSFBI) closes the gap after round 7 in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

  • Children Acting As Kotong Endangering Themselves

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    Last Friday I was at SM Hypermarket in Cadiz accompanying my wife shopping. It was after 4 p.m. and I personally saw children doing the traffic in front of SM. One of them even signals his hand in front of my car while he stepped back for me to park in front of Reyes Barbecue. I put a brake fearing I might swift the child which I estimated to be 7 years old. My wife got down and told the children to stop trafficking or they might be run over. They just went nearby

  • Revamp in BACIWA Essential, Urgently Necessary

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    SEEMINGLY ALL RIGHT, OKAY BUT… We are of the very justified position that a revamp in the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) is urgently necessary, because in the not too very distant future, it could implode. And how!

    It is our contention that massive corruption has been taking place in the government’s water agency, what with its budget yearly of around P500 M-P600 M, equal to the annual budget of the city government.

  • PP27 Features Servania, Villanueva in Dubai

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    Bacolod City prides and undefeated champions Genesis "Azukal" Servania (24, 10KOs-0) and "King" Arthur Villanueva (25, 14KOs-0) will be featured in the Pinoy Pride 27: "Duel in Dubai" at the Dubai International Convention Center on August 29, 2014.

  • Mayor Saratan, Clavecillas Exhort Camaraderie Transport Caging

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    TALISAY CITY - Talisay City Mayor, Dr. Eric Saratan and Disaster Risk Management officer Jack Clavecillas exhort friendship, camaraderie among participants yesterday in the opening of "Dr. Eric Saratan Cup" Transport Basketball Tournament at Talisay Public Plaza Covered Court.

    Saratan address the 24 teams participating in this year’s tournament which for the first time happen in the city never have been initiated by other Local Government Units.

    "If other LGUs will follow, it is first introduce in this city," Saratan said.

  • Trading, Transport to Dispute Fil-Sino Title

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    AACI Trading and AACI Transport are playing as of press time for the title in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade, Inc. 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball tournament at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

    AACI Trading and AACI Transport arranged the finals showdown after beating separate opponents in the semifinals Wednesday.

    Top seed AACI Transport defeated No. 4 Jast Enterprises, 89-81, while No. 3 AACI Trading ousted JSY Transport, 85-73.

  • Culture Nurture: E is for Education, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Economy

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    by James U. Sy, Jr.

    Why go to college? An often asked question in college and university interviews that doesn’t seem to be answered with enough deep thought to the matter. The usual answers that one gets include to gain more knowledge, to graduate from college, and to have a good job, which by themselves are correct…partially correct actually.


    GARDENING TIME: The Negros Occidental Garden Club's (NOGC) Damas del Dia group gave members a presentation on Healthy Tips for Gardeners at the club's monthly meeting at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel recently.
    Damas del Dia members are (from left, seated) Charito Mendoza, Baby Gonzaga, Araceli Flores, Virgie Lopue, Peps Remitio, (from left, standing) Sally Germinal, Amai Lopue, Cely Jugo, May Hanlon, Carrie Maalat, Nita Estrella, Betty Jarder, Vicky Lopue, and Yoly Kilayko.*

  • ‘Big Politicans Behind Illegal Logging’

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    Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinoba-an town in southern Negros Occidental said there are politicians who are involved in the illegal cutting of trees in the mountains of the town.


    PATROL CAR. A refurbished Mitsubishi Lancer being turned over to the Bacolod City Police Office by Bantay Banwa member Vic Tan following the regular meeting of the Bacolod City Peace and Order Council. From, (left) newly appointed BCPO OIC S/Supt. Pedrito Escarilla, Pastor Efren Dela Cruz of Bantay Banwa, City Mayor Monico Puentevella, TMU chief Insp. Roger Ong, Romie Li of Republic Hardware, DILG OIC Cherryl Tacda, Bantay Banwa’s Dot Soliven and Police Officer 4 Julito Colantro.*(CMO-PIO photo)

    Estrao, however admitted that he can not pinpoint the names of such politicians behind the cutting of endangered species of trees.

    He said there is no sufficient evidence yet against the alleged politicians, adding that reports reaching him about them came from the people commissioned to do the actual cutting of trees.

    The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENBO) in the area earlier also said that private persons with the money to finance the cutting of trees are also behind poaching.

    Government operatives lately confiscated thousands of board feet of cut lumber from endangered species, reportedly cut from the virgin forest in the town, and were intended for building boat hulls.

  • Trillanes to Ceneco Consumers: Power Rates Decrease Possible

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    Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV, in a speech delivered over the weekend here in Bacolod gave hope to 160,234 member-consumers of Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) declared that power rates can be decrease dependent on the national government’s proper implementation of the 2001 Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).


    Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, left, guest speaker at the jampacked gym of WNU relevant to the 39th annual general membership assembly (AGMA) of CENECO. (CENECO photos)

  • Marijuana in Toothpaste Tube Intercepted

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    Four sticks of marijuana cigarettes were intercepted by alert personnel of Bago City BJMP concealed in a toothpaste tube and delivered by unidentified tricycle driver about 1:30PM.

    BJMP Chief Inspector Julius Ceasar Chavez immediately held the plastic bag containing laundry soaps, bath soaps, toothpaste and other toiletries intended for Agustin" Jojo" Salutin who was detained for murder.

    The plastic bag was subjected to normal process of inspection but they doubted the form of toothpaste tube which attract their attention.

  • Negrense De la Cuz is new TUCP Party-list Rep. in Congress

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    Negrense Roland de la Cruz will be the newest member of the 16th Congress that opens its second regular session on July 28.

    De la Cruz, who is from Murcia, Negros Occidental, was the first nominee of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Party-list, the country’s largest labor group, in the May 2013 elections.

    TUCP Party-list got about 380,000 votes nationwide, earning one representative to the House of Representatives.

    Yesterday (June 29), TUCP spokesperson Raffy Mapalo announced in a press statement that De la Cruz is replacing Raymond Democrito Mendoza TUCP Party-list representative.

    Mapalo explained that the Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld with finality former Sen. Ernesto Herrera’s assumption of the post of TUCP president, thus affirming the validity of all the acts that he performed as chief executive of the national labor center.

  • Congress Okays More Courts for Bacolod

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     Congress has approved on third and final reading the measures creating more regional and municipal trial courts in Bacolod city, Rep. Evelio R Leonardia announced yesterday


    LAWMAKERS IN BACOLOD. Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia and Senator Antonio Trillanes meet at the Central Negros Electric Cooperative 39th Annual General Membership Assembly at West Negros University in Bacolod City over the weekend.*

  • Bacolod Set to Observe Nutrition Month this July

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    In a resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. and adapted by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) last June 25, 2014, the City of Bacolod is set to observe the 2014 Nutrition Month carrying the theme "Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan".

  • 4YO Girl Run Over

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    A 4-year old girl was declared dead in Sagay City after she was reportedly ran over by a tractor, Friday morning.

    Traffic police reported that a farm tractor owned by Mardal Corporation driven by Uldarico Bayta, 54, of Purok Maalwan, Brgy. Makiling, Sagay City accidentally ran over Angel Mae Bordan, of Sitio Palanas, Brgy. Rizal.

    The incident happened inside the compound of Mardal Corporation at Sitio Palanas in Brgy. Rizal.

    She was rushed to a hospital facility in the city but was declared dead by attending physician.

  • La Carlota Cop Raids ‘Drug Den’

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    A drug den was raided by police operatives in La Carlota City, Friday afternoon and arrested the suspected owner and a user at Gan Subdivision, Brgy. II Poblacion.

    PCInsp. Gary Alan Resuma and his team effected the search at the house of Jeffrey Otero, 24, through warrant number 96-2014 issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 63 Judge Pepito B. Sellado.

  • Letter to the Editor

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    Hernaez Intestate Estate
    Kabankalan city

    June 23, 2014

     

    MR. ARMAN P. TOGA
    Editor, Negros Daily Bulletin
    Bacolod city

    Dear Mr. Toga

    Felicity in Christ!

    This is a response to the letter of Atty. William Mirano on legal issues.

    Please publish also for fair treatment of which your publication has been known for.

  • Trillanes Outlines Challenges to Power, Energy Problems, Urges Solution

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    A balance needs to be planned insofar as power and electricity is concerned while Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who led a mutiny years ago, along with reform-minded and oriented soldiers mostly marines, said he would run for a higher position in the national government come the 2016 national elections.

    Trillanes, always serious-looking and speaking, was the guest speaker during the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) assembly last Saturday at West Negros Gym, Bacolod City.

  • San Carlos PNP in Hot Water for Refusing Blotter Entry

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    San Carlos City PNP is in hot water after refusing to put in its blotter about abduction incident that happened under their jurisdiction by a Cadiz City resident on Sunday.

    Chief Supt Josephus Angan, Regional PNP 6 chief ordered Supt Victorino Romanillos to explain why they fail to blotter the incident when said person reported to their office Sunday.

  • On SM Case vs. Capitol, Board Members to Hold Caucus on Wednesday

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    The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental will hold a caucus on Wednesday, July 2, to discuss the seriousness and decide legal steps regarding the case filed by SM Prime Holding Inc (SMPHI).

    Respondents of the case includes Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr, the committee on awards and disposal of real properties, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and Ayala Land, Inc..

  • Perceptions About the National Gov’t’s Anti-Corruption Political Line, Position

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    SOME CREDIT FOR THE ANTI-CORRUPTION MOVEMENT. The movement against primarily graft and corruption in government, and other abuses, if analyzed, is to us, in our perception, sorely lacking in a substantial amount of insincerity and indecisiveness.

  • The Liberation of the Poor

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    (The following poems/articles were taken from my humble work, "A Compendium of Articles on the Workers Struggle")

     

     

    I. A poem was written, a long time ago
    It tells about pain, anguish and sorrow
    A dreadful dream, a nightmare of oppression
    About human sufferings in utter degradation

  • Bacolod Hot Shots Face-Off in PBA Finals

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    San Mig Coffee Mixers are set to defend their PBA Governor’s Cup title against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Finals tomorrow.

    But, aside from their respective imports who have shown great performance in this conference, among those to be watched out in this championship series are the Bacolod hot shots – James Yap and Jeff Chan.

    While Yap was born in Escalante City and Chan is from Bacolod, both started their playing careers in the ‘City of Smiles.’

  • PNP to File Charges for Seized Firearms & Ammos

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    Police operatives are set to file charges this week against the subject of the search warrant where cache of firearms and ammunitions were seized in a rented residential house located at #85 San Carlos, West Avenue, Sta. Clara Subdivision, Brgy. Banago about 6:30PM Wednesday.

    This was disclosed by Chief Supt Josephus Angan, Regional Director of Western Visayas Regional Office.

    Angan said pertinent documents are still being collated for the filing of charges in court against Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat.

  • NOHS Squads Dominate Triangular Bowlfest; N82, B80-89 tie for #1 in main division

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    Ten Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) teams is showing dominance after round 8 of 10 in the ongoing 5th Triangular Bowlfest 2014 at the Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City last June 22.

  • BACOLOD MAYOR AGREES WITH BISHOP’S CONCERNS

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    The young needs guidance

    Mayor Monico O. Puentevella yesterday agreed with Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra on the need to protect young Bacoleños from the bad influences of the so-called wet and wild parties and to encourage clean fun, for them to indulge in wholesome activities, notably sports and encourage parents to be always aware of their children’s whereabouts.

    Puentevella thanked the Bishop for taking up the cudgels for worried parents by calling on all sectors - religious, civic and government alike to join hands in this worthy advocacy for the benefit of the young who definitely needs some guidance and understanding.

    As the Bishop had stated in his letter to the Mayor, "The moulding of the youth shall not only be the responsibility of parents but also those in the church and government must have a hand in the formation of our young children."

    Puentevella also agreed with Bishop Navarra and Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Diocesan Social Action Center in their letter that "there is need to take necessary steps to protect the young from engaging in parties or gatherings that do not promote growth but encourage decadent behavior."

  • Police Fails to Establish Motive in Ex-Ilog SB Member Killing

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    Police in Ilog town has not yet found the motive behind the killing of Edmund Turk Vail, former Sangguniang Bayan member of Ilog who was shot dead Tuesday night in a bar at Brgy. Dancalan of the said town.

    This despite the persis-tence of barangay residents in entertaining three angles as motives of the killing.

    "We are not undermining police capability in investi-gating the incident, but they should have entertained them in conducting parallel investigation to dig deeper into the killing," a local resident who asked not to be identified, said..

  • Inauguration of La Carlota New CSWD Office and Access Rd. Held

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    About P3,499,745 worth of infrastructure projects allotted to the construction of new CSWD Office and concreting of 6-meter wide Access Road were blessed and inaugurated by Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer last June 26, 2014. The Mayor was assisted by Vice-Mayor Luis "Jacky" Jalandoni III and Mrs. Julia M. Uy, RSW, Officer-in-Charge, CSWDO.

    The new CSWD Office, located at Ledesma-Locsin Streets, Barangay 1 Poblacion, La Carlota City was blessed by Rev. Fr. Lou-An P. Torrefranca, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Peace.

  • USLS to Celebrate its 62nd Anniversary

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    The University of St. La Salle (USLS) will celebrate its 62nd anniversary on June 30 to July 5 2014 through a week-long activity dubbed as Handumanan Week.

    The Institutional Events Committee chairman is Geoffrey Bob Bergante with Rhoderick Samonte as Co-Chairman, the other 24 committee members are heads of various offices of the institution.

    To be honored in this activity are the Founding brothers Bro. Felix Masson, FSC, Bro. Denis Ruhland, FSC, president, 195201953 and Bro. Hugh Wester, FSC, who also served the institution in various capacities.

    The late Alfredo Montelibano, Sr., the most prominent benefactor of La Salle-Bacolod will also be accorded appropriate honors. He is the first Mayor of Bacolod City (1938-1941), Governor, 1945-1946, and Secretary of National Defense (1942-1945).

  • Public Hearing on the Use and Sale of E-Cigarette Set

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    A public hearing on the proposed ordinance to regulate the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, docketed as SP Correspondence 08-14-0476 was scheduled by Sangguniang Panlungsod on July 1, 2014, Tuesday, 10:00AM at the SP Session of the Bacolod People’s House.

  • Welcome Home Foundation Launches Food Processing Project

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    The Welcome Home Foundation launched their Food Processing Project recently by inauguration of their building, equipment and materials, which is situated at Villa Valderama Subdivision in Bacolod City.


    Beneficiaries of Welcome Home Foundation with their officers and guests together with Rev. Fr. Savino Castiglione

    The Foundation attends to the needs of the hearing-impaired community, not only in Bacolod City but also from certain sectors in the province.

  • Mayor Airs Stand on Certain Issues Credits Bacoleños for their Support & Cooperation on His First Year in Office

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    Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella has reiterated his policy to always attend to the concerns of his constituents listen to complaints and acting on issues with the end in view of maximizing the benefits that would redound to addressing people’s needs.

    He made the declaration in an interview with Radyo Veritas anchorman Boy Ciocon yesterday when asked about his stand on some vital issues affecting people’s lives in Bacolod City.

  • Sack of Bullets Found

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    A sack containing hundreds of live ammunition was endorsed to local police authorities early this week in Silay City.

    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) records showed that 900 pieces of caliber .9mm live ammunitions were found at St. Francis Shrine Subdivision, Brgy. 4 following the report from a concerned citizen.

  • Drug Raps Ready vs. 2 Victorias Local

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    Criminal charges for violation of illegal drugs act were filed against two residents of Victorias City after being arrested, Wednesday and Thursday.

    PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, police chief charged Danilo Torena and Erwin Padronia, of Brgy. 9A and Brgy. 6, respectively for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

  • The Possible Reason of the Involvement of Legislators in the PDAF or Pork Barrel Janet Lim-Napoles Scam

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    THE CONSCIOUS AND UNCONSCIOUS INVOLVEMENT. Lately, many legislators have become involved in the PDAF or pork barrel fund scandal especially of now well-known scammer Janet Lim-Napoles and a few other government funding allocations itself, such as the Malampaya Fund, and as well as other regular budgetary allocations handled by former budget Secretary Rolando Andaya during the period the Secretary was head of the Department of Budget (DBM), and during

  • CHMSC Graduate School Student Council Officers to be Inducted

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    The new set of officers of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Graduate School Student Council (GSSC) for AY 2014-2015 will be inducted today, June 28, 2014 at the college’s Fortunetowne Campus.

    Inducting Officer will be Dean Dr. Manuel L. Ramos. Also to grace the event are Dr. Ma. Teresa Ballados and Prof. Ma. Isabel D. Tubera.

  • Brighter Prospects for Agriculture?

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    This was the title of the column of Senator Manny B. Villar (without the question mark) which was published in the Manila Bulletin in June 25, 2014.

    His revelations that there are many investors who are upbeat about improving the country’s effectivity and productivity is very inspiring.

    Senator Villar stated:

  • Knockout Matches in Monico Cup Start Today

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    The top 12 teams will play knockout matches today and Sunday at the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

    Rolando "Jack" Marañon, tournament manager said these top two teams in each bracket will play and the winning six teams will advance to the crossover knockout quarterfinals.

    The original 37 teams were reduced to 12 after the single round eliminations.

  • 4 Games Usher Dr. Eric Saratan Cup Transport Basketball Opening

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    Four games will be played on opening Sunday of "Dr. Eric Saratan Cup" Transport Basketball Tournament at Talisay City gym.

    Small Nonato, tournament director said the games will be played after the simple opening ceremony.

    Dr. Eric Saratan, Talisay City Mayor will give his message before 24 teams that participate in this tournament among Transport groups. It will start at 1:30PM.

  • Culture Nurture: Maleficent - Fairy Tale Hollywood Style

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    by James U. Sy, Jr.

    Prolific moviegoers would have noted several ongoing trends in the film industry nowadays. For one, superheroes are the in thing, with Marvel outdoing DC in the silver screen with the release of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Elektra, and yes, The Avengers. The most familiar DC franchise is Batman with several films already made under its belt. But aside from that there’s only Superman and Green Lantern (Flash is yet to be released and there’s a rumor of a Justice League movie).

  • At Prov’l Capitol, PACE Members Want Explanation on Expenses

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    "Unless the P602,615.00 savings from funeral assistance contribution collected from the members is adequately explained, we are not amenable to the imposition by the incumbent officers of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) to automatically deduct from our salary the total amount of P420.00, through P15.00 deduction during payday until that total amount is reached."


    MARCHING FOR PEACE, SERVING THE COUNTRYSIDE. Buenavista Elementary School Principal Carlito Sablaon (3rd from right) receives P10,000 worth of financial assistance from the provincial government for their school’s project during the final convergence of the "Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside" at Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, yesterday. In photo are Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao (center), Himamaylan Mayor Agustin Bascon (5th from right), Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal (6th from left), 303rd IB Commander Col Jon Aying (4th from left), 302nd IB Deputy Commander Col. Christopher Estella (2nd from right), 47th IB Commander Lt. Col. Ariel Reyes (3rd from left), 302nd IB CMO Maj. Edgardo Amores (2nd from left), 11th IB Commander Lt. Col. Paulito Idul (left), Himamaylan PNP Chief PSupt. Antonietto Cañete (5th from left), School District Superintendent Jessie Galvez (4th from right) Councilor Mary Jane Higgins (right) and Brgy. Buenavista Captain Harry Higgins.* (Capitol photo)

  • 3 Homes Robbed in One Night

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    Police authorities in Cauayantown are in pursuit of suspects involved in a series of robbery, Tuesday.

    Three persons reported that their houses were forcibly entered by suspects who stole their cash and assorted valuables that reached a total of P150,000.

    Ma. Nerissa Montes, 47, and Yolanda Guiljon, 72, of Brgy. Caliling separately lodged complaints before the police claiming that their houses were victimized.

    Jocelyn Talorong, 40, of Brgy. Masaling, also complained that her house was robbed.

  • Sen. Cynthia Villar to Address 61st Philsutech Convention

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    Sen. Cynthia Villar

    Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, has confirmed her attendance as the keynote speaker during the formal opening of the 61st Annual National Convention on August 13, 2014 at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City.

    This was disclosed yesterday by Philsutech Corporate Secretary and Administrative Manager Haydee Villanueva-Rivera who heads the Philsutech Secretariat in the preparations for the convention which runs from August 12-15.

    Philsutech officers and members expect Villar to discuss legislative measures to help the sugar industry, particularly the status of the Senate version of the Sugarcane Industry Development Act which was originally proposed in the Lower House by Rep. Albee Benitez (3rd District-Negros Occ.).

    The bill aims to generate funds to strengthen the competitiveness and boost the diversification efforts of the sugarcane industry when tariff on imported sugar drops to a nominal 5 percent by 2015.

    It can be recalled that Sen. Villar presided a public hearing on the bill last November 14, 2013 in Bacolod City. The hearing was attended by Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina B. Martin and industry leaders and stakeholders.

    Martin will also address the Philsutech members on the second day of the convention which is the only national event where all industry stakeholders gather under one roof to discuss the latest technological breakthroughs and recent developments worldwide affecting the industry.

  • 7-Yr. Old Girl, Sexagenarian Killed in Road Mishap

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    Two fatalities were reported and one injury in road accidents in Murcia and Hinoba-an towns, early this week.

    In Murcia, traffic police reported that 7-year old Mary Jane Montinola, of Purok Cabarles, Brgy. Damsite was declared dead by attending physician at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) a couple of hours after the accident.

    Montinola was bumped by a Honda XRM motorcycle driven by Johnny Rey Bigacas, 25, of Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, who was collecting payments from borrowers of JLJ Lending Corporation at Brgy. Damsite.

  • ILL Softball Batters Off to AsPac Reg’l Tourney

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    The Iloilo Little League (ILL) softball batters are set fly today to Clark Field in Pampanga for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Championships scheduled on July 1-7.

    Both the little leaguers and the juniors’ team earned spot in this qualifying tournament for the World Series this August after prevailed during the Philippine Series last month in Marikina.

    The little leaguers forced Muntinlupa in the 4th inning regulation, 19-0.

    En route the finals, the Illongas also blanked the International Little League of Manila in the semis, 12-0.

  • DILG Secretary Roxas Promises to Listen to Whistleblower’s Complaint of P2-M Fund Irregularity

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    DILG Manuel "Mar" Roxas has informed whistleblowers, Penuel Tanio, chairman of the Whistleblower’s Association for Reforms and Responsible Action for Nationalist Transformation (WARRANT), that he will attend to a complaint involving irregularities in Candoni town filed by the latter, and which he told the top DILG official that a complaint filed by him with the provincial office of the government agency has not been attended to by DILG Chief Ma. Joy Meredith Madayag.

  • Police Operatives to Establish Linkages to Previous Firearms Raid

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    Police operatives are establishing possible linkages to the previous firearms raid and missing firearms from the national headquarters of the PNP, after Wednesday night’s raid in a posh subdivision in Bacolod City.

    The Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) raided a residential house inside Sta. Clara Subdivision about 6:30 PM Wednesday.

    Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Anita Guanzon-Chua of the RTC Branch 51 issued the search warrant against Angelo Eugene Lacson Gawit, legal age, of #85 San Carlos, West Avenue, Sta. Clara Subdivision, Brgy. Banago in the city.

  • Illegal Poacher Charged in Court

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    A person illegally cut trees in a protected area in Brgy. Camalandaan, Cauayan last week.

    Brgy. Captain Boy Cesar identified one of the residents of his barangay as Joemarie Villar.

    Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) officer, Dr. Vilma Linates whose jurisdiction covers Hinoba-an and Cauayan also confirmed the filing of charges against Villar.

    Villar appealed to authoritires not to pursue the case saying he thought the place is not a protected area.

    Villar cut trees which he intended to use in the repair of his house.

  • PIA-DENR Join Hands for CC Advocacy Campaign

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    The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched Wednesday a climate change advocacy campaign with the focal theme, "Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago".

    The campaign aims to weaken apathy and change the mindset of the youth, its target audience, towards climate change and its effects through an extensive and intensive Information, Education and Communication campaign.

    It strategizes to position and engage the youth as active proponents of the campaign.

  • Fu Jen Catholic U of Taiwan Admin Visits USLS for Possible Tie-up

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    Fu Jen Catholic University of Taiwan administrators visited the University of St. La Salle (USLS) for a partnership meeting, June 25.


    VCAA Balor, College of Education Dean Cherry Mae Biaco, and CoE staff with Fu Jen Catholic University delegates.*

    The meeting was with regard to the possible tie-up of USLS with the Fu Jen Catholic U Graduate School of Educational Leadership and Development headed by Chair Mei-Chin Lin.

  • 3 Negrense Boxers to PLDT-ABAP National Championship in Digos

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    Two female boxers and a lone male will represent Negros Occidental in the PLDT-ABAP National Championship to be held at Digos City Gym in Digos City, Davao Del Sur on July 1 to 7, 2014.

    Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor, the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines Western Visayas President and Negros Occidental Provincial sports coordinator head, said sisters Sheila Mae and Sarah Jean Mag-usara of Escalante city and Crisan Paul Diacumos of Cadiz City in the youth boys light- flyweight 49 kilograms.

  • USLS to Celebrate Founding Anniversary Week

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    On June 30 to July 5, the University of St. La Salle (USLS) will celebrate its founding Anniversary—the Handumanan Week.

    As USLS remains true to its mission by transforming lives, building communities and shaping futures, the University has prepared a series of events for the week-long celebration.

    These activities includes the celebration of the legacy of the Golden Jubilarians of Class ’64; the activities are organized by the USLS Alumni Relations Office with the Alumni Association.

  • CPOC Conducts Regular Meeting

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    The Bacolod City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) held itsregular meeting yesterday at the Annex Hall of the Bacolod People’s House where 30 members, including Chairman and City Mayor Monico Puentevella attended the seminar.

    Following the reading and approval of the minutes of the previous meeting, the City Veterinary Office, headed by Dr. Maria Agueda Trinidad dela Torre extended her office’s campaign on the catching and impounding of stray dogs as well as some 20,400 vaccinated dogs and cats from January to May.

  • China Restless

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    Vietnam is next to the Philippines which is now talkative after China’s vessel collided with theirs near a Chinese oil rig anchored in contested seas. Vietnam claims the Paracel Islands, known as Hoang Sa in Vietnamese, which China seized from then-South Vietnam in 1974 in a period of turmoil shortly before the end of Vietnam war. The Philippines - we had recently protested what China describes as reclamations in the reefs within its exclusive economic zone,

  • Well-Scripted A La Movie Scenario of Bong Revilla of No Moment

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    THE BILLIONS STOLEN WILL NEVER SUFFICE FOR THE SHAME ONE SUFFERS. The well-scripted movie-like planned scenario intended to once again, you guess it, the utterly shameful episode in Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, colorful career, has ended at the well-appointed detention center which "welcomed" him when he "voluntarily" surrendered to police authorities.

  • DTI Says Prices of Basic Goods Stable, to Increase SRP in July

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    Although the prices of basic goods in the supermarkets here are stable, but there is an increase in the suggested retail prices of milk and milk products effective July 1, 2014, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Occidental.

    Prices of basic commodities are not just easily increased because the manufacturers have to apply for price increase at the DTI main office in Manila, where the price increase is determined if considerable or not.

  • Sta. Clara Raid Nets 16 AK-47 Assault Rifles

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    Also numerous other firearms & ammunitions

    Some 16 AK-47 assault rifles and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunitions were seized in a police raid on a rented house at Sta. Clara Subdivision in Bacolod City early last night.


    "(Right photo) Newspaper editor and former Negros Press Club president Arman Toga, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal and Philippine Information Agency Information Center Manager Lorenzo Lambatin Jr. seal their commitment to advocate for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation as part of the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign between PIA and DENR with the focal theme: Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

    Police operatives from various units, led by the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU), also recovered various types of firearms and accessories, during the raid at a Jalandoni family-owned house being rented by one Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat.

  • Fiscalizers of Murcia, BACIWA Oppose MOA Signing