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Monthly archive

  • Army Announces Recruitment for New Applicants

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

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

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

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

  • DOTC VI Turns Over P2.2 M to Negros Occ. LGUs

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    Regional Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas of the Department of Tourism (DOT) turned over checks worth P2.2 million to the cities of Escalante, Sagay, La Carlota and Sipalay and the towns of Hinobaan, Pulupandan and San Enrique, intended for tourism projects at O’ Hotel in Bacolod City, yesterday.

    TOURISM CHECKS. Dept. of Tourism 6 Regional Director, Atty. Helen J. Catalbas (4th from right) with the representatives of various Negros Occidental LGUs who received GPB checks for tourism projects. In photo are (r-l) SP Member Karen Aguirre of La Carlota City, Provincial Tourism Officer Cristine Mansinares, Fatima Daiz of the DILG-Negros Occ., Federico Infante of Pulupandan, Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinobaan, Mayor Mario Magno of San Enrique, Vice Mayor Santiago Maravillas of Escalante City, Nancy Pestaño and Atty. John Orola.* (Capitol photo)

  • Negros Occ. Says No to Open Defecation

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    Out of 522,760 households in the province only 79.22 percent have access to sanitary toilets leaving 20.70 percent or 108,650 households still having no access to sanitation.

    This was learned during the recent first Provincial Sanitation Summit at the Nature’s Village Resort attended by close to 200 participants mostly government medical personnel and local officials.

  • 2 Minors Die in Separate Mishaps

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    Two minors were killed in separate vehicular accidents in Victorias City and La Castellana.

    Police identified the victims as Roel Muyco, 16, of Victorias and Noel Seraspi, 11, of Hda. Conchita, Brgy. Sag-ang, La Castellana.

    Muyco was dragged by his own motorcycle after he hit a rope tied to a carabao that accidentally crossed the highway at 6:00 AM Wednesday in Hda. Felisa 2 in Victorias.

    He hit a hard object and passed out. He died at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital due to hemorrhage.

  • Yolanda Victims’ Foodstuff to Arrive in Cadiz

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    The P600 million worth of foodstuff for typhoon Yolanda in northern Negros Occidental is set to directly arrive at the port of Cadiz City, Liane Garcia, the Negros Occidental Provincial Social Development officer, disclosed.

    There are about 515,071 packs of foodstuff being stored at the Regional Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Iloilo City, she said.

    It is part of the province’ allocations, she added.

    Each foodstuff costs P1, 250 intended for families affected by Yolanda.

  • San Carlos Man Faces 2 Counts of Frustrated Murder; Another Wanted Person Falls

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    San Carlos police authorities filed two counts of frustrated murder charges against a local for stabbing before the Assistant Prosecutors Office, Wednesday in the City.

    Police identified the suspect as Alejandro Ortega, 22, of Don Juan Subd., Brgy. 2 in San Carlos City. He was nabbed for his alleged involvement in a stabbing incident last Monday in Brgy. 1 by responding mobile team.

    The case was filed before the City Assistant Prosecutor Vincent P. Gracia. He is detained at San Carlos City Police Station.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ‘We Are Winning the Peace in Negros Occ.’: Col. Aying

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    "After 3 years of continuous internal capability building, stakeholders involvement and building mechanism in the grassroots, little by little we have retreived the trust and confidence of the people, and narrow down the vulnerability of the community, and soon weaken their desire to fight against government, and realize that the government is stronger than their group. Thus, we are winning the peace in this province."

  • 2 Suspects Charged for Possession of Grenade, Firearm in Escalante City

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    Police filed charges of illegal possession of grenade and firearm against two suspects subdued by police and Army soldiers in a brief chase Saturday afternoon.

    Police and army soldiers responded to a shooting incident involving two groups about 5:35 PM Saturday in front of Dr. Vicente Gustilo Memorial District Hospital in Sitio Bug-as, Brgy. Balintawak, Escalante City.

    Supt. Leo Batiles, Escalante City police chief identified the suspects as Segundino Pescador De Oro, Jr., 35 and Jhoniel Española, 28, both of Brgy. Langub in the city.

  • JLL Country Head Recognizes Bacolod as an ‘Emerging City for Real Estate’

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    Jones Lang La Salle (JLL) Country Head David Leechiu has mentioned Bacolod City as one of the emerging Provincial Commercial Districts that is being eyed by various real estate companies and institutions.

  • Ma Suffocates Daughter Before Suicide in Pension House

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    The result of autopsy indicates that it was suicide on the part of the mother who killed her daughter first inside a pension house here Friday noon, August 22.

    SPO3 Arlene Torendon, acting head of the Women’s and Children Protection Desk of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) said, Dr. Eli Cong of Bacolod City Health Office conducted the autopsy to victims Leah Segovia Cañete, 34, married and her daughter, Hannah Kate, 3, both of Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

  • Cop Nabs Drug Suspect in Buy-bust; Woman with Arrest Warrant

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    A suspected drug peddler was arrested in buy bust operation in Purok Sigay, Brgy. 2, Bacolod City Tuesday evening.

    Elements of City Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force Special Operation Group led by Police Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta arrested Joemarie Jardeliza, 36, married, of Purok Tambipalad, Brgy. 10, Bacolod City.

    Confiscated from his possession was one sachet of suspected shabu in exchange of P200 bills marked money bought by a poseur-buyer; one elongated big sachet of suspected shabu and one cellphone.

  • Cadiz Posts 5th Straight in DFL

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    Cadiz West Elementary School (CWES) continue its winning streak with a fifth win Saturday against St. John’s Institute (SJI), 3-2, in Group A of Under 13 Division in the ongoing Dynamic Football League 2nd Conference at Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Mansilingan, Bacolod City.

    Christopher Javier hit the first two goals in the 3rd and 8th minutes and Jose Trinidad completes the victory in the 49th minute.

    Paolo Gabriel Go awarded SJI in the 9th minute and Joshua Angelo Lomutan in the 46th minute.

  • Batch 2010-14, HS Varsity & SJI Mommies win in SJI Volley Cup

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    St. John’s Institute (SJI) Batch 201-14, the High School varsity and mothers of student (Mommies Team) posted their initial victories by beating their respective opponents at the start of 3rd St. John’s Institute Volleyball Friendship Cup at the Msgr. John Liu Activity Center Saturday.

    SJI Batch 2010-14 beat the Aspirants Team after a jittery start 14-25, but pulled off in the next two sets, 25-18 and 25-13.

  • JSY, Silay Remain Flawless in Petron Cup Hoop Tourney

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    The JSY and Silay City remained undefeated to keep the top spot in Class A and Class B, respectively, of the ongoing 1st Meliton Petron Cup Basketball Tournament at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College gym in Talisay City.

    JSY scored back-to-back victories in its recent outing to post an unstained 5-0 card in the tournament. JSY prevailed over Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO), 113-107 followed by another huge 130-109 win over Metrobank.

  • BOWLING: Boysen Controls Lead in Mix Rated Trio

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    The Kami Mga Huben (KMH)-powered Boysen remained in control of the lead with 2,090 points after round 2 of 8 on Tuesday in the ongoing 2014 SCOOP-Bacolod Mix Rated Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes in Bacolod City.

    Boysen/KMH anchor Otoy Jardio led the trio bowlers to record a triple pinfalls of 1,012 (328, 346, 338) with the support of team manager Christian Yu, and members Edgar de Leon, Odong Paran, Joval Damasco, Toto Flores, Rockie Elegado & Sonny Elegado.

  • A Tale of Two Houses

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    In the United Kingdom they have two houses, the House of Common and the House of Lords. In the Philippines, we also have two legislative bodies, the Upper House and the Lower House which is the House of Representatives and the Senate. In Bacolod City, we also have two houses, the big one located in the circumferential road and the small one located in the heart of the city. The big one is called the New Government Center (NGC), it is imposing and palatial, it

  • Christmas, Timepieces, Water Supply

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    September is almost here.

    When September comes, many entertain more positive thoughts, knowing that the sugarcane milling season will be on and Negros economy will once again "peak up".

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    September is also attributed to the jolly months of the last quarter of the year, especially December, as the Holiday Season is again approaching, fast.

  • VMA-DSWD Ink Pact for Training and Hiring Jobs Abroad

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    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6, and the management of VMA Global College in this city, have signed an agreement that VMA will provide training services to the indigents who wish to work abroad. While DSWD will extend financial assistance to the trainee/s by paying VMA the total cost of training.

    Training services will include welding and for call center agent. According to Jona Macaranas, PRO of VMA Global College, welding will entail 264 hours training period, while for call center agent, 100 hours only.

  • Free Vaccination for Kids Up

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    The Department of Health said it will conduct a month-long free measles vaccination in the province to children 5 year-old and below on September 1 to 30.

    In a press conference, Medical Officer IV Jessica Fama of the Provincial Health Office said the program ‘Ligtas Tigdas’ will also give free Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) to children aging 0 to 5 years old.

    The province of Negros Occidental is aiming to vaccinate 288,692 children for the measles and 338,900 for OPV.

  • BCC to Celebrate 17th Foundation Week this September 2 to 8

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    The Bacolod City College (BCC) is now 17 years old and will hold a week-long Foundation celebration with numerous activities to start with a worship event at 7:30 A.M., parade and opening rites at the BAYS Center this September 2, 2014.

    This year’s 2014 Foundation Week theme is "BCC: Pag-asa sang Kabuhi Ko" which is a fitting description of how the City-run educational institution played a role in the granting of college degrees to thousands of enrollees now employed in various establishments here and abroad.

  • 2nd & 1st District Gov Cup Boxing Elims in September

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    The district boxing eliminations for the 2nd and 1st Districts are set on September 6 to 7 and September 9 to 11 respectively for the 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. Cup Open Boxing Tournament.

    Cadiz City will host the 2nd District elimination at Don Bernardo Benedicto Community Center, while San Carlos will host the First District.

    Second district is composed of Cadiz City, Sagay City and Manapla, while the First District by San Carlos City, Escalante City, Toboso, Calatrava and Salvador Benedicto.

  • ‘Call Center Agent Dies in Bathroom’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    They saw the body of Casugod still grasping for breath.

  • Waste to Worth

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    A couple of months back, a representative of Waste to Worth Innovations (W2WI) came to town to discuss the possibility of finding an enduring solution to our solid waste management (SWM) problems, addressing issues like non-segregation of trash and the eventual ineffectiveness of landfilling. Jill Boughton is a former employee of Procter & Gamble. In 2010, the multi-national expressed its desire to put an end to all the consumer and manufacturing waste it generates that end up in landfills. P&G organized a team to study how value may be extracted from trash and transformed into resource. The approach came to be known as Waste to Worth. After three years of research, W2WI was formed with Jill as team leader. Firm in its commitment to the cause, P&G has since remained a close collaborator of W2WI.

  • Barangay-Based PWDs Organized

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    Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) were recently organized in different barangays of Bacolod City namely, Brgy. 2, Brgy. 3, Brgy. 18, Brgy. 22, Brgy. 29, Brgy. 35, Alangilan, Granada, Mandalagan, Montevista, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, Sum-ag, Tangub and Vista Alegre.

    PWD organizers are Connie Espinosa (standing) and PDAO staff (L-R) Arnold Ardoza, Gilmar Menionuevo and Lowell Raner

  • NOCECO Field Office Loses P.25-M to Robbers

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    The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO) Field Office in Brgy. Sagwa Banua, Valladolid town was robbed by unidentified suspects and lost cash, handheld radio and firearm about 7:45PM Monday.

    Emil Jereza, NOCECO Field Office cashier found out that the electric coopera-tive vault was forcibly destroyed including a pad-locked gate where un-identified suspects gained entry.

    Jereza said, they lost P258,531.51 to robbers, a hand held radio and one shotgun of security guard.

    Marilyn Pamorante was the field office caretaker.

  • RA 9192 Penalizes Parents for Non-immunization of Kids

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    "It is a violation of the rights of the child if the parents fail to have him immunized."

    Thus said Dr. Ellmer Tumimbang, Provincial Health Officer, Negros Occidental at the advocacy presscon yesterday regard-ing the national massive immunization on measles come September 1-31.

    To give impetus to this campaign, Dr. Tumimbang said, Secretary Enrique Ona of the Department of Health (DOH) has issued a moratorium that no other activities will be conducted by the local government units and other agencies on September 1 and 31.

  • Negros Occ. Prepares Ancestral Domain For IPs

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    One of the major thrusts of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Negros Occidental, is the issuance of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) to the indigenous peoples (IPs) who are living in the upland of the province.

  • Hanah Jins Secure 12 Medals in Reg’l Inter-School Tourney

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    Negros Occidental-based Hanah Taekwondo jins won 7 gold, 4 silver, and a bronze medal in the recently – concluded 2014 Regional Inter-School Taekwondo Championships held over the weekend at the Iloilo National High School.

    Hanah Taekwondo jins in posterity after winning medals in the recently – concluded 2014 Regional Inter-School Taekwondo Championships held in Iloilo National High School.*

  • Negrense Footballers Selected for U16 Nat’l Pool

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    Philippine Football Federation (PFF) selected 5 San-Carlos City based lady footballers to be part of the 30-player pool for the national U16 Girls team to undergo rigid training for the upcoming Asian Football Federation U16 Girls Qualifiers this October.

    Among these Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) – bankrolled players are Riza Isabelle Carmona, Tenelyn Otom, Jessan Medina, Teejay Isulat and goalkeeper Tashka Lacson.

  • Negrense Cagers Chosen to Play in New Team of PBA

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    Bago City’s Raul Suyod and Clark Daniel Bautista of Bacolod City were lucky enough to be chosen by one of the league’s expansion teams – Blackwater Sports, during the recent 2014 Gatorade PBA Annual Draft held at Robinsons Midtown Manila.

    The 6’6" Suyod was drafted 7th pick during the third round (31st over-all) while, the 5’10" Bautista was chosen 10th pick in the same round (34th over-all).

  • Mayor Puentevella Off to Spain for 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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    The Samahang Basket-bolista ng Pilipinas, Inc. (SBP) has invited Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella to join the official Philippine Delegation to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Sevilla, Spain.

    Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella with SBP president and business tycoon Manny Pangilinan. Both will join as part of the official Philippine delegate for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.* (CMO-PIO photo)

  • Charging Media, Making Sure Power is Available

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    "Don’t shoot journalists, sue them."

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    These are the words printed in black shirts that we used to wear since the Negros Press Club (NPC) presidency of veteran media practitioner Edgar Cadagat.

    The tee-shirts, courtesy of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), were saying it plain and simple.

    Journalists do not deserve even a single bullet, but they deserve a day in court to defend themselves.

    * * *

  • Lasallians Remember Rafael M. Salas with UNFPA Rep Beck

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    Lasallians remember the legacy of the late Rafael Salas, former United Nations undersecretary general, in the first lecture series of his namesake with the topic Leadership and Population how the life of Mr. Salas exemplified the pursuit of these Issues, August 22 at Santuario De La Salle.

    (From left) Klaus Beck, VCAA Marie Therese Jochico and IND Director Rhoderick Samonte

  • Cop Files Firearm Violation to Hallucinated Hostage-Taker

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    Police chief inspector Lino Dalisay will file illegal possession of firearm today against a hallucinated hostage-taker at Hinigaran bus terminal to Provincial Prosecutor here today.

    Richard Jopillo Villanueva earlier reported as "Roland", 27, of Sitio Buri, Brgy. 4, Kabankalan City was confiscated with homemade .38 caliber firearm with 4 ammunitions.

    Dalisay said Villanueva was still hallucinating due to illegal drugs when the incident happened about 3:00pm at Hinigaran Ceres Bus Terminal.

  • Barangay Officials Nab Rape Suspect in Cadiz City

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    A medico legal officer of Cadiz City Emergency Clinic has confirmed laceration of the private part of a 4-year-old rape victim who was brought to the clinic for medical examination Saturday.

    The suspect, a fisherman, was identified as Fernando Villanueva, 59, married, of Purok Slaughter House 1, Brgy. Tinampaan, Cadiz City.

    He was arrested by Barangay Tanods and was endorsed to Village Chief Vicente Villacin, Jr., who brought him to police authorities.

    He did not resist arrest.

  • 2 Stabbed in Separate Cases

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    Two men were rushed to Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TJPH) in Silay City for treatment of stab wounds in a separate incidents in Sagay City and EB Magalona, over the weekend.

    Gilbert Cualing, 41, of Purok Asao, Brgy. Divina Colonia, Sagay City was allegedly stabbed by Dominador Salem alias Gomer, also of the same place. The victim sustained multiple wounds in the right portion of his chest. The suspect, on the other hand voluntarily surrendered to Brgy. Divina Colonia captain Johnny Buhayan and later endorsed to Sagay City Police Station.

  • 4 Men in Top 20 Most Wanted Fall for Homicide

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    Manapla police authorities apprehended four suspects facing homicide charges through the station’s intensified campaign against persons with warrant of arrest about 6:30AM, Monday.

    Police records showed that Dante and Mayo Gonzales, Otelio Benares and Alex Franco, all of Hacienda Montinola, Brgy. San Pablo were nabbed through a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 69-Silay City Judge Felipe G. Banzon.

    The suspects were considered top 20 most wanted in the municipality.

  • ‘NCC Used 2011-2013 Data to Rank Bacolod’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Talisay City Opens Its Doors to the World

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    The fast growing and promising city in Negros Occidental – Talisay, opens its doors to the world as it celebrates the upcoming Minulu-an Festival on September 6-10, 2014.

    The 15th Minulu-an Festival of Talisay City will kick off on September 6, 2014. Experience the fun, come and celebrate with us in Talisay. *(Owen Segovia Bayog/photos)

  • Brainsbee Ends Elims in 115 Barangays of 3rd District

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    One hundred fifteen (115) elementary pupils and another 115 high school students or a total of 230 youths from the 115 barangays of Negros Occidental’s Third District are now readying for the next round of competition in spelling, math and science as the barangay elimination contests come to an end this week.

    Victorias Brgy. 20 winners Brainsbee awarding: Technical Consultant Arlene Villaruz, Math & Science Quizmaster Mayrisa Cua, Andrea Sudario of St. Mary Mazzarello School, Punong Barangay Hugo Tirambulo, Adrian Sudario of Don Bosco, and Spelling Quizmaster Susana Montebano.*

  • Gamboa to 3 BACIWA Directors: ‘Problem with Holier-than-Thou Attitude’

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    Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. lashed back anew yesterday at the three Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) Board of Directors Lorendo Dilag, Marichi Ramos and Law-rence Villanueva, saying, "the problem is they always exude or project themselves with a ‘holier-than-thou attitude’."

    BACOLOD Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. deliberating issues in one of Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) regular sessions.* (CMO-PIO Photo)

  • BPI Official Statement on Suits Filed by Joe Marie L. Sy

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    "On June 9, 2014, Mr. Joe Marie L Sy, a client of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), filed a civil suit allegedly for damages against BPI. Again on July 24, 2014, BPI bank officers Marjo Aguirre, Chatharina Luciano and Erwin Mori received a copy of the criminal complaint of Mr. Sy against them, for alleged ‘qualified theft" accusing these BPI employees of stealing his money.

  • 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival Preparations Underway

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    Preparation for the 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival is now undertaken by the Agriculture streering committee of Negros Occidental.

    The festival is slated November 19 to 23, 2014 at the Capitol.

    Engr. Igmedio Tabianan, provincial agriculturist said, they will sit down again to deliberate the updates from each festival committee / line agencies / organizations and offices; presentation of the 5th revision of the festival program and event logo; accomplished activities against its timetable and other matters.

  • ‘Carnappers’ Fall in Valladolid

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    Two suspected carnappers were arrested by police authorities in Valladolid town about 2:45PM, yesterday during a follow-up operation.

    PCInsp. Luisito Acebuche, police chief disclosed that Jason Gremio alias Maoy, 17, and Jopet Espinase alias Jojo, 18, of Brgy. Alijis, Valladolid were apprehended for allegedly stealing the tricycle of Sunny Samodio, of Brgy. Bagumbayan last August 5, 2014.

  • Man in Bus Hostage Faces Rob Raps

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    Police authorities in Hinigaran town are readying criminal raps against the hostage-taker who boarded an air-conditioned bus in the town’s bus terminal, Sunday afternoon and who according to reports is also facing robbery charges in Kabankalan City.

    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) records showed that Richard Villanueva alias Tugol, 26, of Sitio Buri, Brgy. 4 Poblacion in Kabankalan City was previously on board a regular bus going to Kabankalan City and transferred to an air-conditioned vehicle with plate number FWC 896 at Hinigaran bus terminal.

  • Chief Tanod Shot Dead; Guns Seized in Escalante Raid

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    Police probers are in pursuit of the five suspects reportedly involved in the shooting to death of a chief tanod, Sunday morning in Cauyan town; while several firearms and ammunitions were seized in Escalante City following a raid in one of its villages.

    Alfonso Dulla, 75, of Purok 2, Brgy. Basak in Cauayan and chief tanod of the barangay was shot and stabbed by five unidentified persons about 6AM, Sunday.

  • Energreen: New Power Plant in Central Negros

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    A reliable source of power will soon boost electricity supply to the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO), that even local officials welcomed.

    CENECO’s coverage area, which includes Bago City, Salvador Benedicto, Talisay City, Silay City, Murcia, and Bacolod City, will have ample power supply when the new plants starts operating..

    Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said Bacolod needs more power due to the increasing number of multi-million-peso convention center, malls, call centers, and other industries.

  • One Pinned to Death, 7 Others Injured in a Cargo Truck Mishap

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    A cargo truck helper was killed when he was pinned to death as 7 others were injured when a truck fell into a canal after its brake malfunctioned and its hydraulic pump exploded Friday afternoon in Sitio Dalayapan, Brgy. Caduhaan, Cadiz City.

    Police identified the victim as Mark Franco, 32 and resident of Hda. Cambukaw, Brgy. San Pablo, Manapla.

    He sustained head and body injuries when he was pinned by big boulders loaded by cargo truck driven by Ramil Moreno, 23, single of Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Sagay City.

  • 1st Sanitation Summit: LGUs Commit to Implement Zero Def

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    Considering that out of 522,760 households, only 79.22% have access to sanitary toilets, while 108,650 households or 20.78% are still without access to sanitation, the provincial government of Negros Occidental through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) yesterday gathered the mayors from the towns and cities of the province for a whole day 1st Provincial Sanitation Summit at the Natures Village, Talisay Negros Occidental.

  • Energreen Entry to Boost Metro Bacolod’s Rising Electricity Demand

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    Due to our frequent trips to San Carlos City through the Salvador Benedicto (SalBen) eco-tourism highway we have become more familiar with some people’s routine.

    We have observed how our brothers and sisters in the mountains wrestle with the difficulties of living up there.

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    What always catches our attention is the day-to-day scenario during school days.

  • Capitol Enjoys Advantage in Bro Ceci Men B Title

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    Capitol employees is enjoying a twice- to- beat advantage against the winner between APP /Sun star and Silay City on Saturday in Class B Men division of the 6th Bro. Ceci Hojilla Memorial Volleyball tournament at the university of St. La Salle Dizon Covered Court.

    The loser will place third in the tournament, while LST Volleyball Club already on the fourth spot.

    On Sunday, Capitol employees beat Silay City, 25-23, 25-18 and 25-12.

    On the other hand, APP/ Sun Star defeated LST Volleyball Club, 26-14, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25 and 15-12.

  • The People Shall Be The Judge

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    Who shall be the judge whether the President or Congress acted contrary to their trust? The people shall be the judge. The people have the right to act as supreme, because sovereignty resides in them. The people have the right to refuse allegiance and to resist a government when it becomes destructive of its end. The end of government is the good of the people and what is best for them.

  • Bunk Houses Set to be Built in Hinobaan ‘Wilderness’

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     Hinobaan Mayor Ernesto Estrao is building "bank houses" in Brgy. Damutan for use as quarters of composite team of Bantay Lasang, Task Force Ilahas, Philippine Army, members of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources and the Local Government Unit guards of the town.

    Estrao said, they will build "bunk houses" rather than a detachment so it will not be mistaken by the New People’s Army (NPA).

    Building these bunk houses will deter the rampant illegal logging in the area considered the "wilderness" of Hinobaan.

  • Massive Immunization for Measles, Polio Up

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    The Department of Health (DOH) and the provincial and city health offices are set to conduct a month-long massive immunization campaign on measles and polio on September 1-30.

    Medical Specialist of the Department of Health 6 Dr. Renilyn Reyes explains the department’s Ligtas Tigdas, a month long massive vaccination against measles from September 1-30. *(EAD-PIA6 photo)

  • Negros Occ. Declares Commitment for ZOD

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    The province of Negros Occidental has declared its commitment to Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) during the First Provincial Sanitation Summit held at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City, yesterday.

    (Left photo) Board Member Alain Gatuslao (4th from right) with the guests from Water and Sanitation Program-World Bank namely, Karl Galing, Marieto Perez, Sonny Cuenco, Panny Paragas, and Eric Baculi, Dr. Jessica Fama of the Provincial Health Office, Mayor Araceli Somosa of the Municipality of Calatrava, Mayor Valente Yap of the Municipality of Bindoy, Negros Oriental, and Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Ma. Lina P. Sanogal. Right photo shows the participants in the summit declaring their commitment for ZOD.*(Capitol photos)

  • Is Leonardia Man Enough to Accept Blame for His Misdeeds?

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    Former Bacolod City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia, now congressman, is "blaming" mode as the claims that it is incumbent Mayor Monico O. Puentevella for the drop in the drop of the NCC ranking of Bacolod City dropped from number 5 to number 20!


  • Internal Quality Audit Training Held at CHMSC-FT

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    The 4-day Internal Quality Audit Training was successfully conducted by the HAE Consultancy and training services of Owner/Manager Helen Alian Evalle using ISO 19001-2011 (Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems) at the CHMSC-Talisay Audio Visual Room (AVR). 20 participants more or less attended the training.

    MBA students prepared a belated birthday surprise for their teacher, Dr. Romel Amihan last August 9, 2014 at Romm IT-21, CHMSC-FT Campus, just a day after his birthday.* (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo)

  • Ninoy Still Lives In My Heart

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    I. As I write this poem for Ninoy, my hero
    My soul is filled with anguish and sorrow
    Remember the past, that all of us may know
    That Ninoy died for us, thirty-one years ago

    II. Let us never forget this day in our history
    That Ninoy has to die for us to be free
    He gave up his life to restore democracy
    Amidst dictatorship and shameless autocracy

  • ‘Faith Healer/Dentist in Limbo’

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    A popular faith healer and known "tooth extractor ala dentist" in Manapla town will face criminal charges for the death of a 28-year-old man whose five teeth he extracted.

    CLIMATE CHANGE CAMPUS TOUR. DENR’s Ruby Arribas calls for the preservation of water as its supply will be affected with the worsening climate change, during a lecture at Sagay National High School-Main, in Sagay City, Negros Occ. The campaign is in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).*(LLjr-PIA6)

    Relatives of the victim and Manapla cops are readying charges against "faith healer-fake dentist" Diosdado Mahilum, who extracted five of Jerry Aguirre’s teeth in Busay, Barangay Punta Mesa in Manapla that caused the latter’s death.

    According to the victim’s sister, Joan dela Cruz, she thought her brother went to a real dentist.

    JAPANESE RESTO. Mr. Shigemi Watanabe, Dr. Yutaka Ichikawa, Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Ms. Menchu R. Salas, Mrs. Thelma Watanabe and Nonita Sugiyama during the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and soft opening of Nippon Ichi Japanese Restaurant at Villa Angela Hi-Strip 4.*(CMO-PIO photo)

    She said her brother was weak when he came back and went to sleep.

    He was found dead the following day due to septic embolism secondary to dental infection based on the death certificate signed by Dr. Eriberto Jaime, the Manapla Municipal Health Officer.


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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 August 22 (Friday), 23 (Saturday) and 24, 2014 (Sunday), as follows:

    Date: August 22, 2014 –Friday

    Time: 8:00AM to 12:00NN


    · Relocation of primary pole near Maranatha School, Circumferential Road, Homesite, Bacolod City; and

    · Tree trimming covering portion of Gonzaga Feeder 3 (AGF3)

    Areas Affected:

    AGF3 (portion only) from Lopue’s East to Sta. Monica, Homesite: Burgos to Akishola Village, Greensville III, Villa Fe, Purok Sabes, Purok Tumpok, Purok Active, Purok Isla including portion of Ylac St., Villamonte, Later Burgos to Circumferential Road going to North, Jollibee

  • Bank Warns Public vs ATM Scam

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    Two people had multiple withdrawals from their accounts despite the fact that their ATM cards were with them and they had not used them.

    Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) customers are being warned over another scam involving illegal withdrawals from the bank’s automated teller machines (ATMs).

    One bank depositor, "Robert" (not his real name), said a total of P80,000.00 was withdrawn from his account in separate transactions done on July 27 and July 28.

  • Bacolod Mayor Bares Plan to Reconstruct the 3 Public Markets

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    Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella is appealing to the vendors at the Bacolod Central Public Market to pay their delinquent accounts to the city.

    Puentevella made the pronouncements during a consultative meeting recently with the vendors and officials of vendors’ associations, held at the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

    The mayor said the city will give a 30-day moratorium for them to start paying their dues in an installment basis otherwise they will be forced to close their stalls.

  • Left-handed Armchairs for the Left-handers Proposed

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    Learning to write may be more difficult for left-handers than for right-handers for a number of reasons, most common actually to this are pre-schoolers who could be classified as beginners in writing and of course, could also include elementary students.

    But for Bacolod Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, left handers should be given due attention because our culture’s left-to-right progression favors right-handers.

  • Team D Keeps Flawless Record in Azucena Cup

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    The balanced scoring from Jun Ballesteros’ Team D pinned downed Bong Ibe’s Team C with a huge 101-79 victory and remained undefeated in the ongoing Your Basketball Athletic Club – Jake Azucena Cup played at West Negros University.

    Ballesteros’ ward was behind by 2 points at the end of the opening quarter, 21-23 but, exploded in the second period with a 37-19 run behind Marlon Caballero and Cerilo Soquiña’s combined 18 points to close the first half, 58-42.

    Team C

  • Cursillos de Cristianidad 50th Year Founding Anniversary in Negros Occ.

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    On the occasion of our 50th Year Founding Anniversary in Negros Occidental of the Cursillos de Cristianidad this August 24, 2014, the Cursillo officers and members will have a Grand Ultreya Celebration which will kick-off with the celebration of the Holy Mass at 4:00 p.m. of the said date at the Manresa Retreat House, Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

  • 1 Killed in Collision; Cop Injured

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    A collision of two motorcycles resulted to the death of one in Valladolid yesterday (Thursday) morning, while a policeman in Hinobaan town was injured when he bumped a stray dog on his way home, Wednesday night.

    Police Chief Inspector Luisito Acebuche, Valladolid police chief identified the victim as Joel Gatuslao Quinto, 39, of Brgy. Pacol of the town. He sustained injuries and was rushed to Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

  • Police Nabs 2 Suspects in Separate Buy-bust Operation

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    Two suspects were arrested in separate buy-bust operation by police operatives in Sagay City and Binalbagan here in Negros Occidental.

    Supt. Jose Edel Manzano, Sagay City police chief identified the suspect as Ceferino Bernardo Lobaton, 42, married, of Purok Bangkusay, Brgy. Poblacion 2, Sagay City.

    Lobaton was nabbed Tuesday night from his residence after handing to police poseur-buyer a sachet of shabu for P200 marked money.

  • City Mayor, DPWH to Probe Demolition of Burgos Road Islands

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    Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella has sent a letter to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson requesting his office to investigate the sudden demolition of road islands along the Burgos thoroughfare that led to the destruction of plants and flowers in the structure.

  • Teener Commits Suicide in Cauayan

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    A teenager committed suicide inside his room in Cauayan town yesterday, while two others were killed in saparate incidents in Isabela and Bacolod City, police reports bared.

    Supt. Herman Garbosa, Cauayan police chief said, 19-year-old Leonard Po was found hanging inside his room at their house in Brgy. Isio, Cauayan about 10:00 a.m. yesterday.

    Prior to the suicide, Po was heard talking to someone on his cellphone.

    The victim is a student of Alternative Learning System (ALS) in the town. Garbosa said one angle is "lover’s quarrel".

  • Waling-Waling Love that Blooms Beyond Space and Time

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    The History…

    At the rainforest of the foothills of Mt. Apo, Carl Roebelin a famous German Botanist of his time scanned the canopies to hunt for rare specimens of orchids and tropical plants. He was sent to hunt for the Philippines by the British firm, Sanders & Sons, famous exporter of orchids and plants worldwide, with a magnificent botanical collection and successful in propagating exquisite specimens of tropical orchids of the Vanda Family. They knew that the most beautiful specimen of orchids and tropical flowering plants can be found in the cooler regions of Mindanao, south of the Philippines.

    NOOS members, officers and board of directors led by Pres. Anamer Gatuslao (seated 5th from left)

  • Piaya Network Officially Launched on August 24

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    Piaya Network, the city’s newest local cable channel will be officially launched this weekend, August 23 and 24, 2014 at The District North Point.

    The outfit first aired on Sky Cable channel 61 last June 30 and is the latest in the growing list of channels that caters to the emerging local scene that promotes Bacolod City as a holistic destination for sports, arts, food and tourism.

  • Bacolod SP Dismayed by DPWH Road Construction along Burgos

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    Authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., the Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) last August 20, 2013 approved a resolution expressing strong dislike and dismay on the alteration of Burgos Street, from Lacson Street up to the Burgos Market by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) without proper courtesy and information to the City Government of Bacolod.

  • Negros Small Fishers Alliance Holding Its Founding Congress Today For Fishery Reforms

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    We almost missed the request of our friend Edwin Balajadia of PRRM.

    This major event of fishers’ groups is today so we decided even at this hour (1 o’clock in the morning of August 22, 2014) to give our Freelancer space today to NOSFA.

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  • The Science of Meetings Successfully Held

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    Events Management 101 - The Science of Meetings: Providing System and Structure to Planning and Executing Corporate Events was successfully held by Jovial Media Events of Ma. Carmen "Maricar" Dabao and SMX Convention Center Bacolod recently at the Eastview Hotel, Bacolod City. Not less than 76 participants attended the day-long seminar.

    File photo of the group that attended the 6th TechTalks Bacolod held by the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology, Inc. at the People’s House in Bacolod, one of the several activities undertaken by SPM Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue to develop the competitiveness of this city in the face of the ever changing global market.* (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo)

  • NOPSSCEA Sets Deadline for Submission of Eligibility

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    With three weeks to go before the 34th edition of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPPSCEA) kicks off on September 12, deadline for the submission of eligibility documents for regular tournaments is scheduled today.

    Under this season’s eligibility guidelines, collegiate athletes who have graduated high school in 2009 will be allowed to play on his seventh year, which covers academic year 2014-2015.

  • Arrival of Delegates set Oct.19-20 for 19th UniGames

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    Arrival of different delegations is expected on October 19 and 20 for this year’s 19th University Games (UniGames) to be hosted by University of San Agustin-Iloilo October 20 to 28, 2014.

    University Games (UniGames) president Roger A. Banzuela said here that technical official meeting is set at 9:00AM on October 21.

    The opening ceremony will be at 5PM on October 21.

    Banzuela expects about 60 colleges and universities in the country to participate in thirteen sports disciplines.

  • Marby Arcade, Bacolod Steel Win Fil-Sino Titles

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    Marby Arcade and Bacolod Steel Center captured the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Inter-Color Basketball tournament Class A and B titles at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

    Marby Arcade La Salle defeated 360 Modern Café, 89-80 in Class A, while Bacolod Steel Center escaped Johann Kendrick Tan, 67-66.

    Mark Binguan, Oliver Manaloto and Bren Tajonera spearhead Marby’s offensive to control the first quarter, 22-14 and end the half at 40-35.

  • Negros Occ. to Host National Tourism

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    All roads lead to Negros Occidental, the sugar capital of the Philippines and home of the world-renowned, Panaad Festival as it is set to host the 15th National Convention of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) from October 2 to 4.

    Hosted by the Province of Negros Occidental and co-hosted by Bacolod City, the convention will gather thousands of tourism officers, local government officials, legislators and tourism advocates from all over the country to discuss the booming domestic-tourism industry of the country.

  • Special Non-working Holiday Tomorrow, Ninoy Aquino Day; DOLE Issues Wage Rules

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    Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that proper wage rules and core labor standards for workers must be observed tomorrow, August 21, 2014, which is a Special Non-Working Day across the nation marking Ninoy Aquino Day.

    N.E.C.A. SPORTSFEST MEETING. Officials of various electric cooperatives in Negros Island convened and discussed last August 17 the different sports events that will take place on November 29, 2014 during the Negros Electric Cooperatives Association (NECA) Sportsfest to be held here in Bacolod City. Photo shows Engr. Paulino G. Almedilla of NONECO (seated 1st from right) as Inter-Coop Coordinator and Roel C. Venus, MBA-HRM of CENECO (seated center) as the event’s Over-all Program Director, with supervisors and managers of Negros Oriental Electric Cooperatives I and II (NORECO), Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO) formerly VRESCO, Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO), and Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO). NECA is an organization formed by presidents and general managers of five (5) electric cooperatives in Negros Island, which aims to negotiate as one with large power generating companies for lower electric power rates.*

    The labor and employment chief said that the Special Non-Working Day is by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, series of 2013, Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working) Days, and Special Holiday (for all Schools) for the Year 2014.

    Baldoz emphasized that the declaration of August 21, 2014, as a special non-working day was meant to remember and honor the martyrdom of the late Senator Benigno Aquino which was first proclaimed by virtue of Republic Act No. 9256.

    "Proper observance of the pay rules on a Special Non-Working Day strengthens decent work and encourages productivity. Voluntary compliance of companies with this labor standard is good business practice," she said.

    The labor chief reminded employers to observe the following pay rules during the Ninoy Aquino Day, thus:

    (a) If the employee did not work, the "no work, no pay" principle shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day;

    (b) For work done during the special day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(Daily Rate x 130%) + COLA);

  • The Great Stink

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    Thames was the main source of water in Victorian London. Waterwheels moved water from the river into homes for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Starting 1815, however, household waste from sewers was discharged at the Thames. Good thing, not all could afford the fee to empty their sewers into the river. Bad thing, the sewers of poorer commoners soon overflowed into the streets. That happens when progress is not inclusive. Unlike in the Philippines where people are allowed to build houses on top of creeks and rivers so they can automatically, by gravity, discharge their waste. No need for sewers and fees. I am really mocking, okay?

  • Alleged Child Trafficker Caught in Iloilo, Turned over to City DSSD

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    The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of San Dionisio, Iloilo has officially endorsed alleged child trafficker Mylen Rivero to the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) yesterday following her apprehension in the province last August 14, 2014.

  • Marañon Agrees on PNoy’s Call to Stop Politics

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    "Less politics, more work. PNoy is correct in telling the local leaders to stop politics but focus on more work for the benefit of the people."

  • Bacolod OFWs to Get Livelihood Aid from City, DSSD

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    Six Bacolod Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were recently repatriated from war-torn Libya will be receiving livelihood assistance worth P10, 000.00 from the City Government.

    "This is our little way of helping them get back on their feet," said Puentevella in his press conference yesterday. Further, the mayor encouraged the OFWs, should they decide to remain in the city or in the country, to explore local employment or start a small business of their own.

  • Notorious Thief in Sagay Shot Dead

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    A notorious thief in Sagay City was shot dead Sunday evening by unidentified suspect in Sitio Bago, Brgy. Makiling in the city.

    Supt Jose Edel Manzano, Sagay police chief identified the victim as Virgilio Alcon, Jr., 32, of Sitio Lamada, Brgy. Binaguiohan, Escalante City.

    He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the head and body and was rushed to Alfredo Marañon, Sr. Memorial District Hospital in nearby Brgy. Bato where he was declared dead later.

  • ‘Nab Whoever is Involved in Illegal Logging’

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    "I will not hesitate to file charges against anybody involved in illegal logging regardless of political identity."

    This was the stern order of Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. to Atty. Jose Ma. Valencia, provincial legal officer and concurrent head of Task Force Ilahas, relative to the reported rampant illegal logging activities in southern part of Negros Occidental.

  • Jaro Gets Challenge for World Title

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    Former World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (37, 27KOs-13-5) of Silay City gets another crack for the world title on September 20 in Los Mochis in Sinaloa, Mexico.

    The Silaynon 32-year old Jaro will challenge undefeated WBC superflyweight Mexican Carlos Cuadras (30, 24KOs)

    Jaro is coming off three straight knockout wins against Ichal Tobida last June 28 in Davao City, Jovel Romasasa on March 21 in Angono, Rizal and Marzon Cabilla last January 11 in Mandaluyong.

  • 28 Events in National 2014 PYG-Batang Pinoy

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    Twenty eight (28) sports events will be contested in the 2014 National Philippine National Games(PYG)-Batang Pinoy to be hosted anew by Bacolod and Negros Occidental on December 9 to 13, 2014.

    But Negros Occidental and Bacolod athletes or teams can only join the 21 qualifying events due to availability of playing venues, Provincial Sports Development Officer Manuel De Oro disclosed.

    De Oro also clarifies that the incentives of P3, 000 for athletes that won gold, silver and bronze medals are those that undergo qualifying leg.

  • Balinas, Nobleza Rule Hua Ming Fun Run

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    Romulo Balinas and Jennylyn Nobleza ruled the center-piece 16K of the Hua Ming Fun Run "Run Ko, Pag-asa Mo" that start and ends at Provincial Capitol Lagoon here Sunday.

    Balinas crossed the finish line with a time of 57 min. 34 seconds, while Nobleza won the distaff side clocking at 1:07. 16 seconds.

    Joseph Heyres timed 1:03.45, while John Tuzon with 1:08.50 to place 2nd and 3rd place respectively behind Balinas.

    Stephanie Cadosale clocked 1:10.36 and Gella 1:17.42 to complete the women side.

  • It’s Final! USA-Iloilo to Host 19th UniGames - Banzuela

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    University of San Agustin (USA)-Iloilo is set to host the 19th edition of the annual University Games (UniGames) on October 20-28, 2014.

    This was confirmed yesterday by Unigames President Roger Banzuela adding that they are just finalizing the playing facilities as well as to send official notices to participating schools for the change of the venue.

    The sudden change of venue came after the Foundation University (FU) in Dumaguete City withdrew their hosting rights in this year’s staging of the annual national school-based competition.

  • Ading’s Palapala

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    On the evening of July 28 my family—occupying up a very long table—had our dinner at Ading’s Palapala.

    We had an important function to attend the next day so my children, grand children and immediate relatives had been billeted at L’Fisher.

  • HIV / AIDS Rises, Insurance Take Dives

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    The Department of Health (DOH) reported that the number of people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country is projected to hit 32,379 by the end of 2014.

    We always wonder at how DOH drums up updated figures on HIV/AIDS cases in the country.

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  • A Walk for Healing

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    For the past six years, the community of the University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos (UNO-R) holds the Walk for Healing on the feast of St. Ezekiel Moreno. It started in 2008, Rev. Fr. Antonio Limchaypo, OAR and Rev. Fr. Raul Buhay, OAR gathered some lay administrators of UNO-R to come up with meaningful activities for the feast of St. Ezekiel Moreno. The idea of holding a "walk for healing" came about as a meaningful and penitential activity to honor the Saint.

    High School Principal Rev. Fr. Eduardo Celiz, OAR with Asst. Principal Mr. Harry Magluyan and UNOR High School Senior students during the "walk for healing".*

  • Aksyon Radyo Bacolod Holds Anniversary Medical Mission

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    Close to 300 patients availed of Aksyon Radyo Bacolod’s free medical mission last Friday, August 15, 2014.

    In line with the 45th Anniversary celebration of the station, the medical mission also featured a free eye screening by the Negros Occidental Optometric Society. A number of patients also received free eye wears from the organization which is also celebrating the sight saving month.

  • Bacolod City, Petron to Launch Scholarship Program

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    Together with the city government of Bacolod and the Department of Education (DepED), Petron Corporation’s Fuel Hope program will be launching Tulong Aral ng Petron Scholarship Program (TAP) that will support the government’s anti-poverty pursuit through basic education.

    The TAP will provide out-of-school children from age six with a subsistence that will allow them to have access to basic education from Grade one until Grade six through school uniforms, shoes, school supplies, meal allowance and a Christmas gift pack.

  • ‘Shabu in Chocolate’

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    A Silay City resident was intercepted and nabbed by police authorities when he tried to conceal a sachet of suspected shabu in a chocolate bar intended for an inmate at Silay PNP jail Sunday evening.

    Supt. Rosauro Francisco, Silay police chief identified the suspect as Geronimo Superficial, 51, of Brgy. Mambulac of the city.

    Superficial brought a chocolate bar neatly concealing shabu placed inside.

    Among the stage designs Salvador "Badong" Bernal created for the stage play Lapu-Lapu. Its diorama replica are among the exhibits at the Negros Museum which will run until September 15, 2014.* (Gil Severino photo)

    Part of the chocolate was cut off and the portion was placed with shabu covered with aluminum foil and wrapped in a paper.

    It was intended for Dennis Britaña who was detained at the police jail for violation of Republic Act 9165.

    Alert police guard became apprehensive when they noticed a lighter that accompanied the chocolate.

    When they opened the chocolate, they found the paper with shabu.

    They arrested Superficial and questioned Britaña. Both, however, denied they own the prohibited drugs.

    Francisco said they will file Section 5, 11 and 12 against Superficial in court.

    Record shows, this is the second incident in Negros Occidental jail.

    Two months ago, an unidentified tricycle driver left a plastic bag with toiletries intended for an inmate.

    Jail guard checked the plastic bag and a bulging toothpaste which revealed dried marijuana cigarettes inside when examined.

    Meanwhile, a resident of Bacolod City was nabbed in a buy-bust operation in a beach in Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City at noon Sunday.

    Francisco identified the suspect as Wilfredo Porras Palmer, alias "Mater", 50, of Galo Street, Brgy. 22, Bacolod City.

  • The Salvador Bernal Theater Designs Exhibit at Negros Museum

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    Dubbed "Badong", the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP and the Negros Museum opened last Friday, August 15, 2014 until September 15, 2014 numerous obra of National Artist in Theater Design Salvador Bernal.

    National Artist for Theater Design Salvador "Badong" Bernal was born in 1945 to a family that ran a terno-making shop. Some of those ternos and "Baro’t Saya" are now exhibited at the Negros Museum for one month, until September 15, 2014.*(Gil Severino photo)

  • Ordination Set Friday

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    The episcopal ordination of Most Rev. Patrick Daniel Yee Parcon, the first from San Carlos to be appointed as bishop, is set on Friday August 22.

    The ceremonies will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

    Most Rev. Patrick Daniel Yee Parcon

  • NBI Tapped to Probe Bago City Ransack Incident

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    The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is tapped to conduct investigation in the ransacking of Bago City Mayor’s and Budget offices after some P0.4 million worth of valuables were stolen and discovered about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

    Supt. Arnel Arpon, Bago PNP chief said the NBI has facilities to conduct parallel investigation.

    He added that 14 employees who are from the two offices were subjected to fingerprinting.

    Arpone theorized that two or more suspects are involved in the heist because of stolen items which could not be carried by a lone person.

  • HIV/AIDS Cases Up, Insurance Sector Profit Down

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    Yesterday the Department of Health (DOH) reported that the number of people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country is projected to hit 32,379 by the end of 2014.

    We always wonder at how DOH drums up updated figures on HIV/AIDS cases in the country.

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  • Bago City Marks 6th Pag-asa Foundation Year

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    The 6th Foundation Year of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP), Bago City Chapter was celebrated from August 15 to August 17, 2014 at the covered court of the Ramon Torres Louisiana National High School (RTLNHS) in Barangay Ma-ao, Bago City. Almost four hundred young people participated in the 3-day activity which the City has supported since its first assembly six years ago. Sponsoring Department is the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) with Ma. Elena Y. Millevo, CSWD Officer, and Lea Filipina Canayon and

  • Undefeated Negrense Boxers Set to Fly to Dubai Next Week

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    Genesis "Azukal" Servania (24, 10KOs-0) of Bacolod City and "King" Arthur Villanueva (25, 14KOs-0) of Bago City are set to fly to Dubai on August 30 for the "Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai" at the Dubai International Convention Center on September 5, 2014.

    King Arthur and Genesis Azkual

  • Negrense OFWs Get Aid from OWWA, Province, City of Bacolod

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    Some 28 Negrenses, including six from Bacolod City has filed for financial assistance under the Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

    An Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) employee checks the passport of a repatriated OFW.* (CMO-PIO photo)

  • 2 Wanted Men Fall

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    Two men in Negros Occidental wanted for a separate criminal charges were apprehended in Isabela and Binalbagan town, over the weekend.

    Rey Esteva alias Tigas, of Brgy. 4 Isabela was nabbed by the town’s police authorities for charges of theft through a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 63 Judge Anita Guanzon-Chua.

    A bail amounting to P20,000 is set for his temporary release.

    Meanwhile, PSInsp. Albert Sy and his team arrested Roberto Nobleza, 35, of Sitio Bliss, Brgy. Enclaro, Binalbagan for charges of acts of lasciviousness.

  • Bacolod Police Station 7 Probes 100K Heist

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    Police authorities in Bacolod City are conducting follow-up probe to identify the suspects who allegedly robbed a delivery truck, over the weekend along Murcia-Mansilingan Road.

    SPO1 Karyl Mugemulta, officer-on-case is leading the investigation that robbed the delivery truck owned by Robinhood Food Corporation and three of its personnel.

    Randy Dativo, 42, of Calong-calong, Brgy. Singcang-Airport, driver of the truck with salesmen, Michael Alit and John Rider Jerudo claimed that they were waylaid by two unidentified persons on board a red-colored Bajaj motorcycle.

  • Cadiz Sports Official Lauds CWES’ Performance in DFL

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    Cadiz City Sports officials lauded the Cadiz West Elementary School’s (CWES) performance in the ongoing Dynamic Football League 2nd Conference held at Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City during the weekend.

    BanyJohn Sarabia, Cadiz City sports coordinator head said Cadiz performance was gauge on their dedication and discipline.

    "The boys are training on their own in a makeshift football field at the Reclamation Area near the Dynamic Builders office that constructs the place for a modern Cadiz City terminal," said Sarabia.

  • Sick

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    If you missed my column in the past 2 weeks it’s because I was sick. Climate change makes me sick. Muggy days made my blood pressure rise.

    In fact many die due to climate change. My uncle Bienvenido Deferia, Sr. who’s living in Gonzaga St., Bacolod City is one among them. Because I was sick, I was not able to attend his burial.

  • 5 Fishermen Nabbed for Illegal Fishing in Marine Sanctuary

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    Bantay Dagat of Barangay Himogaan Baybay in Sagay City arrested five fishermen who encroach prohibited marine sanctuary in the barangay at dawn Friday.

    Pet Cuenca, Himogaan Bantay Dagat Chairman arrested Boy Mark Seronda, 27; Emelito Seronda, 24; Lito Sanita, 50; Bernardo Estelita, 44 and Leopoldo Leponario, 57- all of Purok Cotcoton, Brgy. Molocaboc and island in Sagay City.

    Cuenca said, they are conducting seaborne patrol when they spotted the unmarked motorized banca of the suspects.

    A hot pursuit ensued leading to the capsized of the suspect’s motor boat.

  • IBP-Neg Occ Opposes CHA-CHA

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    If Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. of Negros Occidental strongly supports the charter change (CHA-CHA) to extend the term of Pres. Benigno Aquino III, the members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Negros Occidental Chapter lead by its president Atty. Enrique Tabino, are firm on their stand opposing CHA-CHA.

    Bacolod Language Association President Oh Jae Yong, USLS Director for External Affairs, Rhoderick Samonte, Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, First Lady Josefa Puentevella, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor and Councilor Ana Marie Palermo with Korean Embassy Counselor for Culture and Public Relations and Korean Culture Center Director Oh Choong Suk formally open the first Bacolod-Korea Friendship Festival yesterday.*(CMO-PIO photo)

    He said in a radio interview yesterday that "there is no need to change the constitution. Even the Board of Governors of IBP has the same stand. The move to change the constitution have been the orchestration of people surrounding the president, everytime the term of the sitting president is nearing its end. This has been happening since the time of former Pres. Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos, and Gloria Arroyo, because they believe only their ally President can lead the country. Now the same move is being spread by the circle of PNoy on allegations that the economic provisions of the constitution needs some amendments.This is a good point because we must accept the fact that with the event here in Bacolod, business is controlled by foreigners. But the people within the circle of the president are wise. They could make an alibi to extend the term of the President."

    City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Counselor Oh Choong Suk enjoying the opening ceremonies of the Bacolod-Korea Friendship Festival with Arabella, Puentevella’s granddaughter.*(CMO-PIO photo)

  • GM Carbon Welcomes LWUA Interim GM at the BACIWA

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    "It has been my desire since last year that the Local Waterworks Utilities Administration (LWUA) should appoint an interim general manager for Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA).

    Thus said incumbent general manager Juliana Carbon relevant to the decision of LWUA Administrator Andres Ibarra after meeting with the board of directors of BACIWA at his office recently.

    Carbon said, "I welcome any appointee from LWUA and willing to work with him/her."

  • Arundo Donax: A Promising Energy Crop for Negros

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    SAN CARLOS CITY - After more than two years of low profile experimentation in the farms of San Carlos City, an "energy crop" similar to sugarcane and bamboo was found adaptable to the climate and soil conditions in northern Negros Occidental.

    THIS WRITER APT shows a mature, flowering Arundo donax energy crop just growing beside a major road in San Carlos City.*

  • 10 CEd Students Board for Japan Internship

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    Ten College of Education (CEd) students boarded for a three-month internship at Miyakonojo Higashi High School in Miyazaki, Japan, August 14.

    College of Education interns with External Relations director Samonte; (from left) Deligero, Mider, Bornales, Gascon, Tumbagahan, Mait, Tajima, Politico, Kalalang, and Estacio*

  • First Bacolod-Korea Friendship Festival A Huge Success!

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    The First one-day Bacolod-Korean Friendship Festival was a huge success!

    Held at the "People’s House" and with the effective management of Rhoderick Samonte, president of the KASADYA Foundation and Director for External Services of the University of St. La Salle, all the activities were enjoyed by Bacolodnons and the Korean community of Bacolod City. Most of them are students of the University of St. La Salle, and other educational institutions in Bacolod City.

  • Owner of a Funeral Parlor Apprehended with Illegal Lumber

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    August 14, 2014, Sagay City Philippine National Police made another breakthrough in the campaign against movement of illegal forest products in the Northern Negros Occidental where another conveyance, a Mitsubishi Delica Van with Plate No. YAZ 464 was apprehended in a checkpoint in Brgy. Poblacion 1, Sagay City.

    CENRO Cadiz Operatives inspect and scale lumber loaded in a Delica Van intercepted in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.*

  • Gov. Marañon Supports Pnoy’s Term Extension

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    "Whether the term of President NoyNoy Aquino is extended, or a charter change is needed to extend his term, I will support it."

    Thus said Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. at the presscon yesterday. The only problem is that the term extension is not approved yet. I have been an advocate for ChaCha, so I will support it for Pnoy’s term extension."

  • Feedback: Tacloban Mayor Wonders Why the Sudden Cha-Cha?

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    Mayor Alfred Romualdez of Tacloban City who was in Bacolod for a speaking engagement with a congregation, met the local media after his call on Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. Friday.

    Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. left, welcomes Mayor Alfred Romualdez, right, of Tacloban City who paid a call on him over the weekend.* (EBColmo)

  • Victorias, Binalbagan PNP Top Annual Operational Accomplishment

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    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) yesterday awarded its best police station in time for the Philippine National Police (PNP) 113th Police Service Anniversary with the theme "Pulisya- Kaagapay ang Mamamayan Para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran."

    NOPPO’s top performer in police operations are Victorias City Police Station followed by Cadiz and Kabankalan City Police Stations and in the municipal levels are; Hinigaran, Cauayan and Murcia, 1st, 2nd and third placers, respectively.

  • USLS-A Beats USLS-B in 6th Bro Ceci Volley Tilt

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    University of St. La Salle (USLS) Team A defeated USLS–B to remain undefeated in Class A Men Division of the ongoing 6th Bro. Ceci Hojilla Memorial Cup Volleyball Championship at the USLS Dizon Covered Court here Saturday.

    USLS-A (3-0) take less than an hour to beat USLS-B (1-2) in three sets, 25-17 25-19 27-25 in them morning but came back to defeat in decisive fifth sets San Carlos City-based Central Philippine State University (CPSU) for the latter’s third loss and a win in one hour and 42 minutes match, 25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 25-11 and 15-6.

  • Peace Cup 2014 Tickets Out

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    The national men’s football team – Azkals are looking to defend it Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Peace Cup title when the third edition of the tournament kicks off on September 3-9 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

    The Azkals defended their title last year after playing against Chinese Taipei and Pakistan at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.

  • Nat’l Jrs Badminton Tourney Visayas Leg Set on Aug.29-31

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    Shuttlers in the Visayas region are expected to join in the Sun Cellular–Ming Ramos National Juniors Badminton Tournament-Visayas leg scheduled at the Racquet Zone in Banilad, Cebu City on August 29 to 31.

    Winners of this qualifying tournament will advance in the upcoming National Finals on October 24 and 25 at the Robinson’s Manila.

    Among the events to be competed are: Boy’s and Girl’s Singles – U19 (1996), U17 (1998), U15 (2000) and U13 (2002); Boy’s, Girl’s and Mixed Doubles – U19 (1996), U17 (1998) and U15 (2000).

  • Celebrating the 1st Bacolod–Korea Friendship Festival

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    Bacolod – Korean friendship festival officially opened at the people’s house, August 15, 2014.

    Making true of his promise, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella pursued the opening of the annual festival not only in the city but in the Philippines, this celebration is to promote both cities and also for reasons that our economy is booming.

    NDB’s W. Henry O. Streegan and Baek Su Lu at the People’s House. She is an English Language student of USLS.

  • RMCI and Riverside College Hold Honors’ Assembly and Recognition of Employees – I

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    The Riverside Medical Center, Inc. and Riverside College held last August 14, 2014 an Honors’ Assembly and Recognition Rites for their employees which was also attended by students and alumni of the institution.

    NDB’s W. Henry O. Streegan and Baek Su Lu at the People’s House. She is an English Language student of USLS.

  • A Dangerous Precedence

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    The philosopher George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Oblivious of the previous attempts in the past by his predecessors, former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Gloria Arroyo respectively, to amend the Constitution in order to extend their terms of office, President Benigno Aquino III announced to all and sundry that he is open to CHA-CHA and term extension, by running for re-election in 2016. Indeed,

  • Bombing NGCP Towers, Fortifying Eco-tourism Highway

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    The Bacolod-Murcia-Salvador Benedicto-San Carlos eco-tourism highway is safer these days.

    This is because the widening of the highway, more known as Salvador Benedicto or SalBen or DSB short cut, continues.

    The weak bases of the road network are also being fortified.

    The landslide-prone areas are being fixed with additional protective measures.

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    We also met sometime ago the engineers in action.

  • Shortlist of BACIWA – Recommended Head Released: Carbon Not Permanent BACIWA Chief – Reyes

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    The appointment of an interim general manager for the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), could be done within this week, with a short list of four recommended head of the government water agency, released by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) last week, with one of the prospects to be chosen, according to Dra. Marichi Ramos, BACIWA director.

  • Organic Products Price Soar - ONOPRA

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    The price of organic products are soaring. The only problem is handling and transport of these products from the farms to markets.

    Thus said Ramon Chin-Chin Uy, Jr., president of Organik Na Negros Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA) who held their general assembly yesterday at the Social Hall of Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol.

    Comprised of 84 member-organizations from 8,000 farmers, organic farming in the province is now 10,000 hectares, that makes Negros Occidental number 1 in the Philippines.

  • Central Claim on the BACIWA Issue

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    THE KEY TO THE DEVELOPMENT, SOLUTION OF PROBLEMS IN AN ISSUE. Public speaking to be effective especially when a discussion on an issue is to be discussed must have a central claim which should serve as a guide to one’s discourse or explanation.

  • Forest Products Seized From a Lumber Yard

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    Authorities seized undocumented forest products from a lumber yard in Barangay Caduhaan in Cadiz City as part of the continuing campaign against illegal logging.

    DENR, PNP and Army operatives during the recovery of lumber at Greenhope Lumber Enterprises in Caduhaan, Cadiz City*

    Cadiz-based Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Edgardo M. Rostata reported that after a week of surveil-lance and coordination with other law enforcement agencies, the lumber yard owned by Ms. Elizabeth Castiller was apprehended, having in possession of undocumented forest pro-ducts.

    Rostata said the forest pro-ducts seized were composed of white and red lauan and other naturally grown species of lumber.

    The seizure he said was among results of routine monitoring activities by DENR-CENRO Cadiz ope-ratives together with the City PNP and the 12th IB of the Philippine Army.

    The illegal forest products were stockpiled at Green-hope Lumber Enterprises in Caduhaan, Cadiz.

    Rostata revealed that based on initial investigations, the lumbers were delivered to the lumber yard by people from the barangay during night time.

    "This has been the subject of monitoring since May 2014, where poaching using sledge and carabaos to haul logs from Headwater of Dalayapan River to Hda. Salvacion in Caduhaan, Cadiz where ripping and re-sizing happened before final delivery to market outlets. This is an isolated case where people used to do timber poaching activities after sugarcane plantation-related labor and similar activities ended in the months of April or May every year," he added.

    FMS Chief Renato Sabinian, meanwhile submitted a report that a total of 3,843.10 board feet were recovered.

    Initial investigations and information from the lumber dealer revealed that the forest products had no legal documents supporting its possession, hence in violation of Section 77 of PD 705 as amended. Criminal and administrative cases are being readied against the person/s or owner/s of the establishment.

  • TESDA Accreditation for Pearl Manor Skills Academy

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    Pearl Manor Skills Academy in Bacolod City has become the first Negros Province-based culinary school to be awarded accreditation as a TESDA Competency Assessment Center for Bread and Pastry Production NC II.

    TESDA students with their baked products.

  • Army Trains Frontliners as Speakers Bureau

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    New recruits of Army soldiers from the different units of 3rd Infantry Division undertake the 4-day Bayanihan Team Activity Speakers Bureau Training at the headquarters of 303rd Infantry Brigade, Murcia, Negros Occidental. Facilitated by the 3rd Civil Military Operatons Battalion led by its commanding officer, Col. Pompeyo Almagro, and training director Maj. Enrique Rafael, assisted by T/Sgt Rolani Dabi, station manager of Radyo Kumando, the training aims to equip the soldiers with communication skills in conducting activities in the barangays.

    R-L: T/Sgt Rolani Dabi, station manager, Radyo Kumando; Capt. Bumanglag; and Col. Pompeyo Jason Almagro, commanding Officer, 3rd CMO Battalion, during the briefing of CMO fieldmen.* (Radyo Kumando photo)

  • 1st Bacolod-Korean Friendship Festival

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    People’s House August 15, 2014

    10:00 am

    Philippine National Anthem
    Korean National Anthem
    MassKara and Korean Dances
    Messages - Mayor Monico O. Puentevella
    - Representative from Korean Embassy
    Exchange of Tokens

    Ribbon Cutting and Korean Food Fest
    Korean Cook Fest (USLS HM Students)

    1:30 pm Taekwondo Clinic
    Cultural Show
    Korean Culture Presentation
    Psy Alike Contest
    KPOP Dance Contest
    Awarding of Winners

  • Brgy. Kagawad Found Dead in Beach House

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    A gay village councilman and employee of a department store in La Carlota City was found dead past 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in a beach house in Brgy. Miranda, Hinigaran.

    Hinigaran police identified the victim as Rey Gamilla Buencuchillo, 33, single, Barangay Kagawad of Brgy. Baliwagan, San Enrique, Negros Occidental.

    His body was found in one of the cottages in the beach resort. He was alone in the cottage when found, police bared.

    He works at Lopue’s Value Store in La Carlota City.

  • Team Ballesteros Take Lead in Azucena Cup

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    Team Balesteros routed Arnel Lapore’s squad, 81-73, with its crucial defensive stops in the ongoing Your Basketball Athletic Club-Jake Azucena Cup at West Negros University gym over the weekend.

    Edwin Fregil’s Team A

  • A Political Hodge-Podge

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    (A Fiction Honesty Done)

    The political heat is on the rise, among the fool and the wise. We are going into the worst situation, a dog-eat-dog competition, Team Unity is on the way, they were not dismayed by the recent survey. How can we say, there is unity, when things are in disarray? The people are fragmented, we are a nation divided. The Genuine Opposition seems to be on the go, they are going strong in the survey too. But what makes the opposition really genuine? Is it an assurance to make them win?

  • 1st District & Assunta, Bacolod - Korea Fest

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    The public is invited to join today's morning till night series of activities highlighting the first-ever Bacolod-Korea Friendship Festival.

    All the events will be centered at the Bacolod City People's House.

    * * *

    The population of Koreans in Bacolod alone continues to grow each year.

    Most of them are students but a good number of businessmen from Korea are already having investments in the city.

  • Marby Face 365 Modern Café in Class A Finals

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    Marby Arcade dominated NHOJs Sportswear, 90-61 as 365 Modern Café defeated Pilmico/Salto, 84-79 to advance to the Class A finals of the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Friendship Cup at 7PM tonight at the Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

    The Class B championship between Johann Kendrick Tan and Bacolod Steel Center follows at 8:30PM.

    Top seeded Marby squad played great performance outscoring the NHOJs in all quarters to secure the finals slot.

  • Hua Ming Fun Run on Aug.17

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    A fund-raising activity dubbed "Run Ko, Pag-asa Mo Hua Ming Fun Run Walk 2014" will be held on August 17, 2014 at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon.

    The activity is sponsored by the St. John’s Institute Alumni Association for the benefit of the Alumni Association Scholarship program.

    This event is open to everyone. It will have the following run distance categories: 16K, 10k, 5K, 3K, 1 mile (1.6 Km).

    There will also be a 5k Batch Group Walk open to all High School Group of 4 batchmates.

  • Batch 2002-2003, SJI Dads Win in Alumni Caging

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    Batch 2000-2003 Phoenix Petroleum and St. John’s Institute Dads beat their respective opponents in the ongoing 6th Msgr. John Liu & John Su Memorial Basketball Cup held Msgr. John Liu Activity Center.

    Batch 2002-2003 trounces Batch 96-99 11 Degress, while SJI Dads keeps Batch 93-95 Silver Dragon winless, 93-74.

    Mark Jimenez and Paolo Li combined for 35 points for Batch 2002-2003 to humble Batch 96-99, 11 Degrees.

    Rhett Demonteverde and Tim Garrucho scored 14 and 11 points respectively for the losing efforts of 11 Degrees.

  • LWUA-Designated BACIWA Interim GM to Assume Post

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    A Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA)-appointed Interim or Acting General Manager for the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) will assume the post tomorrow.

    NEGROS OCC. 2ND District Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (3rd from L) & Sugar Regulatory Administrator Gina Martin (5th) lead the ribbon-cutting rites for the opening of the product exhibits yesterday during the 61st Philsutech Annual National Convention at Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. Assisting are (from L) Pia Uygongco, Philsutech president Terence Uygongco, Philsutech Board Chairman Linley Retirado, Over-all Convention Chairman Anthony Gerald Marañon and his wife Ana and Mrs. Juvy Retirado.* (Butch Bacaoco photo)

    This is one of the moves LWUA is taking amid the present restlessness at the water district, with GM Atty. Juliana Carbon definitely on preventive suspension.

    Board of Director Dr. Marichi Ramos also said during yesterday’s press conference that contrary to some reports, she and her two fellow directors did not walk out during the lengthy meeting at the LWUA office which was presided by Andres Ibarra, the LWUA Chair, in Manila.

    FIGHTING ILLEGAL DRUGS. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac (3rd from right) receives the token of appreciation from Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella during an orientation on the Barangay Drug Clearing Operation attended by the barangay captains and school heads in Bacolod City. From left, Bacolod Police Office Director PSSupt. Pedrito Escarilla, Councilors El Cid Familiaran & Jun Gamboa. From right, Councilors Kalaw Puentevella & Ann Marie Palermo. Puentevella is seeing a drug-free Bacolod, while Cacdac is warning the public against new strategies in illegal drug trade. *(EAD-Philippine Information Agency 6 photo)

  • Capitol to Complete Document for Ayala Project

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    The multi-million project of Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) at the 7.7- hectare prime lot of Negros Occidental government is expected to start January next year, according to Atty. Mary Ann Manayon-Lamis, provincial legal officer at the presscon yesterday.

    Atty. Mary Ann Monayon-Lamis, Provincial Legal Officer, Negros Occidental focuses on the documents of Capitol’s prime lot for lease with Ayala Land Inc, so that the project could start soon.* (EBColmo)


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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 August 15, 2014, Friday, as follows:

    Date: August 15, 2014 –Friday

    Time: 6:00AM to 9:00AM


    · Opening of Recloser #19 in front of Tanduay, Murcia and opening of three disconnecting switches near Lopue’s Murcia;

    · Conversion of two primary assembly single crossarm to Alley arm and one single crossarm to primary assembly double crossarm for the construction of culvert of DPWH at Manyaya Bridge, Brgy. Lopez-Jaena, Murcia;

    · Replacement of rotten primary pole with distribution transformer and 11kWh meter at Purok 4, Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia; and

  • Bacolod is 3rd Best Area for Industrial Investment Outside Manila

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    KMC MAG Group has ranked Bacolod as the third best area outside of Manila for industrial investments in the Philippines.

    According to the Bonifacio Global City-based real estate firm, Bacolod is a prime destination after Cebu and Clark Feeport Zone for national and international Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE), BPO services and foreign investments. The firm also cited several of the city’s potentials, including its proximity to top placer Cebu and its transformation into an ICT hub.

  • Bacolod-Korea Friendship Festival Tomorrow

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    It’s all systems go for the first Bacolod-Korea Friendship Festival tomorrow, Aug. 15.

    Making true to his promise to add international flair to the city’s growing line of festivals, Mayor Monico Puentevella said that Bacolod is ready to celebrate the first of its kind, not only in the city, but in the Philippines.

    "This is more than another festival for us to enjoy. This is also a celebration of friendship and a common pledge to promote two cities," Puentevella said.

  • Trader Robbed, Killed in South

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    A trader from Bayawan City in Negros Oriental was robbed and killed by three unidentified suspects in Purok Villa in Brgy. Bantayan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

    The incident took place about 3:30PM Tuesday.

    Supt. Salvador Dagoon, Kabankalan PNP chief, identified the victim as Ronnie Quillano, 58, of Brgy. Maduwawaw, Bayawan.

    He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the body when he tried to fight back. The suspects used unknown caliber of firearms.

    The victim was engaged in selling peanuts in Brgy. Bantayan, Kabankalan.

  • Rep. Cueva Optimistic on Sugar Industry’s Future

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    "Our industry will not only survive tomorrow but will evolve even more and become stronger to be able to face head on the challenge of time," said 2nd District Rep. Leo Raphael Cueva yesterday as he officially opened the products exhibit of the 61st Annual National Convention of the Philippine Sugar Technologists Association, Inc. (Philsutech) at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City.

  • 3rd District Communities Start Candle-making

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    More barangays in Victorias, EB Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia have started livelihood activities this week.

    The Office of Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez has announced that seven communities involving 75 families after undergoing the training on candle-making last May this year, have started production of candles for home consumption and as a source of additional income.

    The DOST Forum with participants in Murcia held August 7 at Murcia Food Court. Conducted by DOST provincial director Allan Francis Daraug (seated center), Engr. Glady Reyes (seated 2nd from left), Engr. Joy Anne Temporosa (seated 3rd from left) and Project Asst. Clint Jan Palabrica (standing 2nd from right), with Laarni Aguilar (seated extreme left) of Office of Cong. Benitez.*

  • Criticisms, Accolades Are Best Guidance

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    Any survey on Bacolod City done in 2013, an election year, may not be as reflective as the real situation in as far as credit or blame is concerned.

    Particularly Bacolod, getting a dismal score, or a top rating, from a survey can similarly be blamed on, or credited to, both the Evelio Leonardia and the Monico Puentevella administrations.

    January to June, 2013 was under Leonardia, and July to December, 2013 was Puentevella’s.

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  • DILG Approves Purchase of Prov’l Boards’ Vehicles

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    The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) national office has approved the purchase of seven members of the province’ Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members, according to Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan.

    Pinongan said, the national DILG office informed its provincial counterpart of the approval.

  • SJIAA Holds Fun Run Walk 2014

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    The St. John’s Institute Alumni Association (SJIAA) will hold the "Run Ko, Pag-asa Mo - Hua Ming Fun Run Walk 2014" which is set to kick off at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon on Sunday, August 17. This will be aimed at raising some fund to bankroll its scholarship program.

    The run walk eventwill feature the following categories: 16K, 10K, 5K, 3K, and 1-mile (1.6 km).

    There will also be a 5K Batch Group Walk open to all High School Group of four batch mates.

  • Estaniel Starts FIFA Instructors’ Course

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    Negros Occidental-based FIFA official Dennis Estaniel started his FIFA-sanctioned FUTURO Referee Instructors’ Course in Malaysia yesterday.

    Estaniel, a principal at the Montevista Elementary School, is also an Asian Football Confederation Regional Referee’s Technical Instructor, a Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Instructor and Referees Assessor, and an ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Assessor.

  • Bacoleño Cager Leads Ateneo to Win vs CKSC in 1st Jumbo Cup

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    Bacoleño Cager Sam Josef Belangel led Ateneo de Manila Blue Eaglets to win against Chiang Kai Shek College (CKSC), 71-67, in the ongoing 1st Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Cup 2014 at the Enderun Colleges gym in Taguig City over the weekend.

    Belangel, former Bacolod Tay Tung High School standout, alongside Gian Mamuyac and Brix Ramos scored in double figures to anchor the Blue Eaglets in triumphant victory.

  • Contractor Relates Tale Which Caused Her Near Bankruptcy

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    Now semi-retired contractor Jocelyn Yee, who earlier complained about the dumping of a tireless passenger bus by Brgy. Alijis Captain Bemberry Buenafe has told NNF/NDB a tale of woe which has bankrupted her due to other corrupt-ridden supposed contractors and a DPWH functionary.

  • Flood Control Team Rehabs Drainage System Along Araneta Street

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    The Flood Control Team of Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) headed by Gil Pastoral conducted a clearing operation along the highway of Araneta Street, Tuesday.

    Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Tacloban City Chief Executive Alfred Romualdez sharing their ex-periences following the wrath of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Puentevella visited Tacloban December 12 of last year to extend assistance to the Yolanda-struck city.* (CMO-PIO photo)

  • Capitol Sends Rabies Vaccines to Towns

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    Anti rabies vaccines have been sent by the provincial government of Negros Occidental through the Provincial Veterinarian Office.

    The vaccines sent is good for one year supply of every town and city in the whole province, according to Dr. Renante Decena, Provincial Veterinarian. As emergency response of the Local Government Unit, stray dogs must be controlled because it is the source of spread of rabies. Usually, Decena said, transmission and multiplication of rabies happen when dogs bite each other; or during mating.

  • Hua Ming Fun Run on August 17

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    A fund-raising activity dubbed "Run Ko, Pag-asa Mo Hua Ming Fun Run Walk 2014" will be held on August 17, 2014 at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon.

    The activity is sponsored by the St. John’s Institute Alumni Association for the benefit of the Alumni Association Scholarship program.

    This event is open to everyone. It will have the following run distance categories: 16K, 10k, 5K, 3K, 1 mile (1.6 Km).

    There will also be a 5k Batch Group Walk open to all High School Group of 4 batchmates.

  • Consumers’ Reaction on BACIWA Issue

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     GENERAL REACTIONS, EH? When the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) issue or issues broke out, one can gauge the consumers’ reaction from text messages in the "Tungkaron Ta Ini" radio program got from listeners all over the province and primarily in Bacolod.

  • PDEA Burns P4.45M Drugs Drug Clearing Operations to Start in Barangays

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    Barangay officials, school heads, police personnel and representatives from the private sector converged at the MassKara Hall and attended the Barangay Drug Clearing Orientation conducted by the City Government of Bacolod, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) yesterday.

    SOME 716 grams of shabu and 3.888 kilos of marijuana worth P4,455,990.72 were destroyed yesterday by PDEA at the Acropolis Gardens in Bacolod City, led by PDEA Director General USEC Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., Region 6 PDEA Director Paul Ledesma, and Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella. The burning makes sure the contrabands will not be recycled.*(Edith B. Colmo photo)

    BACOLOD Mayor Monico Puentevella, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac, Jr. watch as a carton of shabu is being incinerated at the Acropolis Gardens in Brgy. Bata, following the Barangay Drug Clearing Orientation yesterday.*(CMO-PIO photos)

    Pursuant to Memorandum Circular 2009-09 of the DILG that structures a unified action against illegal drugs and other substances, and Board Resolution Nos. 2 and 12 of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) that provides the guidelines in the conduct of Barangay Drug-Clearing Operations, the orientation also shed light on the overall implementation to monitor, report and apprehend illegal drug movement and personalities in the street level and to safeguard the city’s 61 Barangays against unwanted substances.

    "Our fight against drugs is beyond the capabilities of one man one. Let us share our knowledge to lessen, if not stop illegal drugs in our barangays," said BCPO OIC Senior Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla in his Pedrito Escarilla in his welcome address.

    The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) co-Chairman also added, it is not only the Philippines that is affected by the effects of drugs, but every country is facing such a perilous adversary that could make the communities collapse.

  • Selfie Projects

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    Before I go into that, our reader Inday Berroya emailed that the tip I shared last week about cleaning recyclables in laundry washing actually has a name. Luz Sabas, the lady who thought of this method calls it the "babad pail" technique. Apparently, Ms. Sabas has been developing tips since the 60s. I thank her for keeping at it. God knows we still need reminding.

    Yesterday, Rep. Lito Atienza was shown on TV blasting the LTFRB for not fixing the problem of too many buses on EDSA. He was furious that the LTFRB has not solved it after one year. Oh, hush Lito. You sat as Environment Secretary for years and did nothing about solid waste management. And now you're upset with lazy people. Serves you right.

    Now, on to selfie projects. A recent news report disclosed that the Philippine Ozone Desk (POD) under the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is at a quandary about disposing ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Their reason? The carbon credit market is down. What a lame excuse. The environment is at risk and the DENR is looking away. But why?

  • Investigate P537 M BACIWA Loan – Water Watch

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    The President of the Bacolod Water Consumers Watch, Inc. (Water Watch) Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. signed their resolution dated August 11, 2014 requesting the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to look into the 537 Million Loan contracted by the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), especially between the period 1998, when the loan was approved, to its implementation in 2001 and to 2006 when the project was completed.

    THE PRESIDENT of Bacolod Water Consumers Watch, Inc. (Water Watch) Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. discusses resolution for LWUA intervention to BACIWA, August 11, 2014 attended by Water Watch members.*

  • La Carlota City is 8th in Efficiency

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    Mayor Juliet Ferrer

    La Carlota City was among component cities of Negros Occidental that were adjudged in the over-all ranking, getting a Top Rank of 8th in Government Efficiency, by the Cities Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) of the National Competitive Council of the Philippines.

    Of the Top 50 of the 136 cities and 399 municipa-lities in the Philippines in terms of Government Efficiency, the city ranked 8th with the score of 19.619123, followed by Economic Dynamism of 6.905608 and Infrastructure with 6.464347 or a total score of 32.989078

    The CMCI 2014 mea-sures competitiveness at the Local Government level using 25 indicators grouped into three equally weight pillars, which are: 1. Economic Dynamism- as measured by business registrations capital; capacity to generate employment; cost of living; cost of doing business; financial deepening; productivity ; and presence of business and professional organizations. 2. Government Efficiency –scores were based on data on transparency scores; economic governance scores, local taxes and revenues; local competition related awards; business registration efficiency; investment promotion, compliance to national directives; security, health and education. 3. Infrastructure- scores were based on date on existing road network, distance from city//municipality center to major ports, Department of Tourism-accredited accommodations, health infrastructure, education infrastructure, basic utilities infrastructure investments, ICT connection, ATMS and public transportation.

  • No Problem on Chicken Supply in Negros Occ: Decena

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    There is no problem on supply of chicken in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, according to Dr Renante Decena, provincial veteri-narian.

    However, the demand of chicken in the province is too high because people here are fond of eating chicken, unlike in Cebu where people like to eat pork and in the Oriental Negros beef.

  • Teener Faces Child Abuse Raps

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    An 18-year old man was nabbed for charges of child abuse Monday morning in Sagay City.

    Police arrested Belmar Lachica, of Jison St., Brgy. Poblacion through a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60 Judge Renato D. Muñez for sexual abuse in relation to violation of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the anti-child abuse law.

    The suspect is detained at Sagay City Police Station.

    Meanwhile, George Caballero, 42, of Purok Logdeck, Brgy. Igmayaan, Don Salvador Benedicto was nabbed for attempted homicide.

  • Starting From Up There, or From Down There

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    We are not perfect, precisely, no matter how we try to straighten everything we fail.

    A misdeed repeated over and over again, however cannot merit even such an excuse.

    Something, somewhere has to be stopped.

    * * *

    Definitely, we are not unfair because we sided with our fellow indigents who are being milked by corporate pawns.

  • Meliton-Petron Registers 2 Wins in Hoop Tourney

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    The Meliton-Petron squad finally bounced back from two consecutive setbacks in its early matches with a back-to-back victory over the weekend in the 1st Meliton Petron Cup Basketball Tournament at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College gym in Talisay City.

    The Rolin Meliton-managed squad are now 2-2 wil-loss card after outscoring Metrobank, 79-66 on Saturday while escaped Foodman on Sunday, 73-72.

    Meanwhile, Metrobank suffered two consecutive defeats after losing to the United Architect of the Philippines (UAP) on Sunday in a high scoring game, 110-102.

  • Witness Identifies Rob Suspect

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    A person, whom many thought was one of the suspects in the robbery of a softdrink store along Murcia Road, Paglaum Village in Brgy. Mansilingan Saturday evening, turned out to be a witness to the crime.

    Police Senior Inspector Neil Exaltado of Police Station 7 dismisses the earlier report tagging Jun Jun Sariba, 37, married, of Bangga Totong, Brgy. Felisa, Bacolod City, as one of the suspects. He said, he was indeed the witness that helped identify one of the four suspects.

    The suspect’s identity was not disclosed for police operation, Exaltado said.

  • Settlement in Garita-Villastin Bloody Feud in Pontevedra Eyed

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    Police and Local Government Units (LGUs) are seeing an amicable settlement over bloody feud between two families in Barangay Miranda, Pontevedra town.

    Councilor Jimmy Gavan, Chairman, Committee of Police Matter and Peace & Order said he sees both families will settle their differences.

    Town Mayor Jose Maria Alonso is also expecting a peaceful settlement of the blood-bath incident that happened on May 2, 2011 in the barangay where a shootout took place that killed two members of their families.

  • The Commodification of Water

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    There is now a wide range of business opportunities for water, involving water supply and quality. The competition for water has now become a highly profitable enterprise. So it is, that one day, in the near future, we will be paying our local climate utility, a monthly fee for the air that we breathe, to be free of pollutants.

  • Bacolod Steel Battles JKT in Class B Fil-Sino Title Friday

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    Bacolod Steel Center and Johann Kendrick Tan (JKT) will dispute Friday the Class B title in the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Friendship Cup at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

    Both teams defeated their opponents to arrange the titular showdown.

    Between the two teams, Bacolod steel is highly favored as it has beaten JKT in the elimination, its only loss.

    Bacolod Steel overwhelmed Eversure Mktg., 91-74, while JKT held off Northwest Inn, 61-55 last Monday.

  • Visayas Unity Ride Goes to Iloilo

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    The Visayas Confederation of Big Bikers Club Philippines is set to host the 25th Visayas Unity Ride in Iloilo City on August 23-24, 2014.

    The Confederation is the umbrella organization of 30 motorcycle (big bikes) clubs in the Visayas region.

    Confederation President Rolando Ting will lead the participating bikers to ride and drive to Iloilo from their respective origins in Bohol, Leyte, Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod and Iloilo City.

    These big bikers will be riding the best big bikes of the world – in which expected to awe the Ilonggos who have not seen these before.

  • SP Requests DepEd, Include Vandalism in Values Ed Lessons

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    Councilor Caesar Distrito resolved in yesterday’s session to request the school officials and encourage the teachers to include in their values education classes, the evils of vandalism.

    Distrito said, "It is very important that students know more about vandalism and its effects to the behavior of a person and to the community; because it has been observed that most offenders of this ordinance are minors and there are reports that vandalism is very rampant in schools.

  • Guns Seized in Cops Opns

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    Two firearms were confiscated and their alleged owners arrested in a separate operations, Monday by local police authorities in Kabankalan City.

    Report said a .357 magnum Smith and Wesson without serial number was seized from Joelito Senilong, 38, while policemen were patrolling the area of Sitio Minoro, Brgy. Orong about 11:10PM. Also recovered from the suspect were four live ammunitions and one fired cartridge of the same caliber.

    Senilong is detained for further investigation.

  • SP Urges CHO, CMO to Inspect Restaurants

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    Considering the complaints reaching the Business Permits and Licensing Office regarding some restaurants and food establishments serving contaminated and without the required sanitary and other permits, there is a need to ensure that restaurants, food establishments, stalls and food carts must observe proper food handling, food safety and sanitation practices and that food handlers possess the required health cards.

  • Dr. Pablo O. Torre Foundation, Inc. Already a Beacon of Hope

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    The untiring efforts of the late Dr. Pablo O. Torre, Sr. to make available medical care for all Negrenses as well as out-of-town clients at the Pablo Torre Sr. Memorial Hospital has become a beacon of hope which typifies the Hippocrates Philosophy.


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    Upon submission of the Senate Committee on Agriculture chaired by Sen. Cytnhia Villar before the plenary, then the passage of Sugarcane Bill is expected within this week, according to Negros Occidental 3rd district congressman Albee Benitez. However, they expect that the House of Representatives and the Senate will have different versions of the bill so it will have to go through the bicameral committee before it would be submitted to be signed into a law by the President. We expect it becomes a law before this year ends", Benitez also said.

    Unveiling of Marker of St. Pope John Paul II at the Entrance of San Sebastian Cathedral on his arrival here on February 20, 1981 spearheaded by Very Rev. Fr. Felix Pasquin, Rector of San Sebastian Cathedral Parish and, head of the Diocesan Commission on Mass Media with Papal Awardee: Modesto Saonoy & wife Verovina, Gloria Barcelona and husband Fred Barcelona, Joemarie Sy and Linda Tordecillas with Rev. Fr. Deogracias Camon, Rev. Fr. Mitchelle Guadalupe and Rev. Fr. Naring De La Cruz. (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

    On the other hand, Benitez revealed that "the Visayas Bloc will meet on August 13 to concretize their move to push for more funds to be allocated to the Visayas in the 2015 budget. We should be getting at least 20 percent of the total budget nationwide."

    Police Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta, Chief (City Anti Illegal Drugs, Special Operation Task Group) CAIDSOTG and PO2 Dennis Ywayan, CAID SOTG PNCO receives the Plaque of Recognition of Bacolod City Police Office for garnering the most notable accomplishments in the campaign against illegal drugs in Calendar Year 2013.With these noteworthy achievements, Bacolod City Police Office had exemplary demonstrated a high level of competence and excellent performance that contributed a lot to the attainment of the vision and mission of Police Regional Office 6.

  • EB Magalona Winds Up Its Brainsbee Barangays Elims

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    Canlusong, one of E. B. Magalona’s upland barangays is about 34 km from the town proper, can be reached through the neighboring city of Victorias. It is more than an hour of bumpy ride through rough roads on a hot day, longer if rainy and dangerously slippery.

    Canlusong Brainsbee winners: (l to r) Principal Siern Pellejo, Office of Cong. Benitez EBM Coordinator Allana Montepio, Kagawad Anie Bunda, elem winner Gwendelyn Sunio, Kag. Raymundo Marquilencia, HS winner Amy Monterde, Kag. Dionisio Catalan, Technical Consultant Gloria Gustilo, and Quizmaster Ma. Liza Pancho.*

  • ‘The Best is Yet to Come for Bacolod’

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    Atty. Bong Dilag

    For newly appointed Spokesman Atty. Lyzander "Bong" Dilag, the sudden decline of the city’s placing as one of the country’s most competitive cities is a timely eye opener to break new grounds for the future.

    "It is not a race, but a matter of consistency," said Dilag following the assessment of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) that pegged Bacolod on the 20th spot with an overall score of 38.58. The former DILG Regional Director also pointed that the index released by the NCC was conducted between December 2013 and April 2014, whereas the new administration of Mayor Monico Puentevella only assumed office last July 2013, giving them only 9 months for the NCC to evaluate.

  • It’s Final: No More Negotiation with Murcia Water District-BACIWA; Destacamento Fails to Enter BACIWA Area

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    The negotiation between Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) and Murcia Water district (MWD) has been finalized when General Manager Winston Makilan of MWD sent a letter of withdrawal to BACIWA regarding the proposed purchase of BACIWA from MWD of 10 liters per second water excess of MWD, according to Joy Canonero, Public Relations Officer, BACIWA.

    Earlier, BACIWA general manager Atty Juliana Carbon said, they will come to this after the tension among the board and management.

  • Impeachment vs PNoy Won’t Work

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    Lots of Negrenses doubt if the impeachment cases filed by some groups will work because it will still go a long process.

  • Memories of Dr. Pablo O. Torre: A ‘Barefoot Doctor and Dedicated Public Servant’

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    As a young 20-year old news reporter of the weekly Negros Bulletin (in the late 60s) on its first few years of existence, I was often assigned to cover city hall, the provincial capitol, the police and military beats all at the same time, for a weekly report of local events.

    In the prime of life during his first or second term as City Councilor of Bacolod City, Dr. Pablo O. Torre (left) poses with his young mediaman-friend, Negros Bulletin news reporter Pert Toga who caught up with him for an interview while visiting his patients in the rural barangay for free, to include giving them free medicines for the sick, the malnourished and impoverished. Instead of visiting paying patients in hospitals, he spent more time in the nipa huts and poor men’s hovels to care for the needs of the very poor and destitute, the joy of his entire life and career as medical practitioner and dedicated public servant.*

  • Marcos Human Rights Victims Urged to Come Forward Before Claims Board’s Third Caravan

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    Human Rights victims of the now deposed Marcos dictatorial regime, in a meeting held in the People’s House, yesterday morning have been encouraged by organizers in the office of Councilor Archie Baribar to report to various entities including his office, the Social Action Centers in the Kabankalan Dioceses and in Bacolod, so that their claims could be processed.

  • Other Than Rep. Albee’s Sugar Industry Bill

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    No doubt about it, the problem on illegal drugs in Bacolod City and the rest of Negros Occidental is more than alarming.

    Everyday there are people involved that are arrested, but it seems the raids and arrests are bottomless.

    Not even such daily drug busts by PDEA and the city and town policemen can encourage those into drugs to stop.

    * * *

  • Best Performing Barangay in Waste Management to be Given Incentives

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    The Office of Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Sangguniang Panlungso (SP) Committee Chair on Environment announced yesterday that Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella will grant incentives to best performing barangays in Solid Waste and Disposal Management (SWM).

    May Theresa Malongayon-DILG, ABC President (extreme right) Councilors Noli Villarosa and Wilson Gamboa, Jr. (center), Elvira Tipon-OIC CCLDO, Information Education Campaign (IEC) Team, Ma. Fe Trespuentes-Executive Assistant (left-standing).*

  • San Carlos Enters Nat’l Indoor Futsal Cup

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    San Carlos City Football Club finished third runner-up in the just-concluded Star Indoor Futsal Invitational Football Cup 2014 to advance in the national finals this November.

    San Carlos City Football Club

  • Boysen to Fortify Lead in SCOOP Trio Bowlfest

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    Boysen-KMH managed by Architect Christian Yu is looking to fortify its lead in the last round of the elimination in the ongoing 2014 SCOOP-Bacolod Non-Rated Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

    Boysen has a total points of 6,854 which is ahead by 146 pinfalls to 2nd placer Silverado squad with 6,708 (978 - 364, 313, 301) led by Cecil Silverio.

  • Barangay Drug Clearing Operation Orientation Set Today

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    The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Government of Bacolod will be conducting an orientation on the upcoming Barangay Drug Clearing Operation today at the MassKara Hall of the Bacolod People’s House.

    Representatives of the Social Action Center, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and other concerned agencies will likewise attend the orientation, whose aim is to strengthen the Anti-Drug Abuse Council of the City and to act as purveyors to eradicate the use, sale and manufacturing of illegal drugs.

  • Province’s BHW, Tanods, Barangay Employees Avail Insurance Program

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    Barangay Health Workers (BHW), Barangay tanods and Barangay officials and employees availed of insurance program extended by provincial government at the Provincial Capitol Hall here yesterday.

    Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., led the awarding of insurance policies to the beneficiaries.

    The provincial government has allotted P2-M for about 5,555 BHW in the province which availed of P50, 000 to P100, 000 insurance and P5, 000 medical reimbursements on accident.

  • 2 Men Wounded in Shooting

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    Two men were wounded in separate shooting incidents, yesterday and Sunday in La Castellana and Isabela towns.

    Over in La Castellana, Michael John Agupo, 23, of Hacienda Jamandre, Brgy. Robles was rushed to a hospital in Bacolod City for sustaining a gunshot wound allegedly inflicted by Ramonito Osano, 45, of Sitio Manyaming, Brgy. Sag-ang.

    The incident happened about 1:30am yesterday at Hacienda Angelita, Brgy. Camandag.

    Police are eyeing old grudges as the motive of the incident.

  • Man Hangs Self for ‘Wife’

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    A husband reportedly hanged himself after receiving a text message from his OFW wife about 11:30AM, Sunday in La Castellana town.

    Police authorities identified the victim as James Machitar alias Bogie, 37, of Caduhada St., Brgy. Robles who was found suspended inside his house by John Conre.

    Conre, the victim’s nephew told probers that the last time he saw his uncle was chatting with his wife, whose name was withheld by NDB putting all the blame on her if ever he will attempt to end his life.

  • Like a Brushfire Creeping Underneath

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    HAUNTING THE US-GHOST SADDAM. That guerrilla war is like a brushfire creeping silently underneath the carpet of grass, has been proven in the concrete example of Iraq, invaded years, years back, by the Western allies, led by the US on the pretext that Saddam was in possession of war and chemical weapons which was disallowed under international law.

  • President Neglecting Teachers’ Welfare, Interests

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    The regional Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT-Negros) in the Western Visayas area bewailed the continued neglect of the interest of public schoolteachers by President Benigno Aquino III, saying that it is just right and politically correct that an impeachment case be filed against him in the House of Representatives (HR).

    Members of the Makabayan Bloc in the House of Representatives (HR), have filed the fourth impeachment case against the President.

  • Bishop Navarra to Unveil & Bless Marker on the Pastoral Visit of St. John Paul II, Remains of Bishop Fortich

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    On the occasion of the 101st Birth Anniversary of the former Bacolod Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich and the continuing promotion of the devotion to St. Paul II, there will be a concelebrated Mass today, August 11, at 5:15 p.m. at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.

    This was announced yesterday by the Very Rev. Felix Pasquin, Rector of the San Sebastian Parish and Cathedral.

    BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS. Malou Toga Esmeres (R) and Ana Marie Toga Garrucho (5th, R) with family members celebrate their birthdays on August 3, and 10 respectively, at the Punta Taytay Viewing Deck yesterday.*(James G. Toga photo)

    Belated birthday greetings to Malou (R) and Ana Marie and advance greetings to their brother Pert Toga, Jr., ship captain based in Osaka, Japan who turns 47 on August 22, 2014.*(NDB photo)

  • Former Contractor in Distress Over Obstruction Dumped Near Own Lot

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    A landowner and former contractor is in distress over the action of the Barangay Captain of Brgy. Alijis Bemberry Buenafe, for placing an obstruction right in front of the front gate of the lot she owns located near the Olympia Subdivision, Bacolod City.

    The Obstruction, a bus without tires placed by Buenafe.*(Contributed photo)

  • Retired Generals Notice Decline of Insurgency in Negros Occ

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    Retired army general Raymundo Jarque lauds the partnership of the army LGUs and other stakeholders peace and development campaign. But admits that insurgency has really died down.* (EBColmo)

    The retired army generals who are now staying in Negros Occidental lauded the partnership of the local government units in the province, and support of Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr. to the army having introduced the stakeholders bayanihan approach of the government in addressing insurgency.

    As honored guests during the 28th founding anniversary of the army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade in the province, retired General Raymundo Jarque, former second brigade commander said, he admires the performance of the army through Col. John Aying and his predecessors, because during his time, insurgency was at its height, that even then Governor Daniel Lacson was worried, because the CPP/NPA planned to put up a revolutionary government in the CHICKS area. Candoni, Hinobaan, Ilog, Cauayan, Kabankalan, Sipalay, all in the southern part of the province. When I took over the brigade, the following day Candoni town was raided. But my peace campaign was rigidly enforced everywhere. So we were able to generate more than 20,000 surrenderers and refugees that Gov. Lacson gave foods and logistics. President Cory Aquino also allotted for 10 school buildings in the hinterlands.

  • RMCI 60th Anniversary Celebration

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    Kicks Off on Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Their schedule is as follows:

    (FUN RUN) 5:30 A.M.
    AUGUST 10, 2014

    ROAD AT 60!
    8:30 A.M.
    AUGUST 11, 2014
    10:00 A.M.
    AUGUST 11, 2014

    11:30 A.M.
    AUGUST 11, 2014

    2:00 P.M.
    AUGUST 11, 2014

  • Bacolod Marks Diabetes Week

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    A Fun walk and Fun aerobics highlighted the culmination of the Diabetes Awareness week in Bacolod City.

    Participants from three points – the City Health Office, Sacred Heart Semi-nary and the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park converged at the Bacolod Activities and Youth Center for the Funrobics.

    The walk was participated in by the City Health Office, the Diabetes Information Team and representatives from pharmaceutical companies.

  • Orola says: Seafarers Now Top Earners in the World

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    "Before, marine courses were undermined, so only a few have enrolled. But now, seafarers are top earners in the world. We are proud that the seafarers we produced are in demand worldwide." Thus said Atty. John N. Orola, Jr., president of VMA Global College during the neophytes’ recognition and pinning ceremony yesterday. He also said, "the maritime profession is the profession that has been helping our economy, the parents and the family."

  • Family of Ampatuan Massacre Victim Appeals for PNoy’s Help Before His Term Ends

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    After the exodus of questionable activities on the part of the prosecution on the most celebrated Ampatuan massacre case in Maguindanao, the relative of one of the victims is appealing to President Benigno Aquino III to help solve and give justice to the victims and their family.

  • CLEAN Living Protection Program Leads Mangrove Planting Activity

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    The C.L.E.A.N Protection Program of Councilor Carl Lopez planted mangroves in barangay Punta Taytay on August 2 at 7am in the morning.

    Councilor Carlos Jose V. Lopez planting a mangrove at Brgy. Punta Taytay, Bacolod City.*

  • Another Group of BACIWA Directors Oppose OIC GM’s Appointment

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    If the three directors of Bacolod City Water district (BACIWA)appointed Mr. Darwin Destacamento as OIC to the Office of the water district’s general manager, a notice from another group of managers was issued yesterday afternoon, invalidating such appointment.

  • High School Grad Over Run Degree Holders in TESDA Exam

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    A high school graduate from Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City, successfully passed the national certificate Level 2 examination of the TESDA. Diane May Deloma who graduated high school at Handumanan National High School, but underwent a 3-month computer hardware servicing training at Grande computer Outreach and Training Center, was able to hurdle the national examination for Computer hardware servicing administered by La Salle Tech, an accredited school by TESDA.

  • Baladad Lauds LGUs for Winning the Peace in Negros Occidental

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    Major General Aurelio Baladad, commander of 3rd Infantry division, Philippine Army, expressed gratitude to the local government units and officials in Negros Occidental for continuously participating in the peace and development of the 303rd Infantry Brigade. "Your unrelenting support has made our task a lot easier to accomplish. Your collective endeavor is a manifestation that bayanihan is genuinely carried out in this part of the region. I hope that you continue to support as we embark on advancing our campaign in winning the peace in Negros."

  • Puentevella Authorized to Sign MOA with EMB on Sanitary Landfill

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    Moved by Councilors Wilson Gamboa, Jr. and Ana Marie Palermo last August 6, 2014, authority is now granted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) for Mayor Monico Puentevella to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau Region VI (DENR-EMB) creating the Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT) and the Environmental Monitoring Fund (EMF).

    A technical conference was conducted last July 31, 2014 at Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) together with Councilor Wilson C. Gamboa, Jr., Chair of Environment/Ecology of Sangguniang Panlungsod; Vicente S. Losbañes, DENR-EMB; Jerome M. Solinap, GSO-Bacolod City; Ma. Fe Trespuentes, Solid Waste Management (SWM) - Focal Person; Engr. Maximino S. Sillo, OIC-ENRO, Bacolod City; Punong Barangay Mona Dia Jardin of Barangay Felisa; and Emerita Balinario, DENR-PENRO.*

  • 1st ‘Buriring’ Festival Held in Cadiz City

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    The 1st Buriring Festival was held here Friday, August 8 at the Don Bernardo Benedicto Community Center.

    Negros Occidental Second District Congressman Leo Rafael Cueva initiated the holding of the festival tapping the three Local Government Units of Cadiz, Sagay and Manapla’s Tourism Offices.

    Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Vice Governor Eugenio "Bong" Lacson with 2nd district provincial board members Salvador Escalante, Jr., and Dr, Miller Serondo and host mayor Dr. Patrick Escalante lead local officials to grace the occasion.

  • Corrupt Electric Men,Dedicated LTO Men

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    May we request again our dedicated and industrious Land Transportation Office (LTO) operatives flagging and inspecting vehicles on the road, to please time their operations not during the morning rush hours?

    Students and employees trying to reach school or office on time are delayed by the operations.

    * * *

    Start flagging vehicles with violations at 8 a.m. or if it cannot be avoided, prioritize vehicles that are going out of the city.

  • Two Batapa-Sigue Resolutions to Boost Bacolod Tourism

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    Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue proposed two resolutions last Wednesday and each will enrich and improve the tourism landscape of the city.

  • San Carlos Man Falls for Gun

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    A resident of San Carlos City was collared for illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions about 6AM, Friday.

    Jesrom Pattag, 27, of Brgy. Palampas was arrested by police authorities for having in his possession a .45 caliber Colt with serial number 719513, two magazines for the same caliber, eight live ammunitions and a blue-colored Racal motorcycle without plate number.

    The suspect is detained and is facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the Amended illegal firearms law.

  • Sipalay Cops Hunt Shooting Suspect

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    Police authorities in Sipalay Cuty are in pursuit of the suspect involved in the shooting of a local about 7:30AM, Saturday in the City.

    SPO2 Marcelino L. Palomo, investigator on case identified the victim as Wilfredo Piamonte, 48, of Strangers Paradise Village, Brgy. San Jose in Sipalay City who succumbed to a gunshot wound alleged;y inflicted by his neighbor Eduardo Villeta, 43 years old.

    The suspect remains at large while follow up operation to determine the motive of the incident is undergoing.

  • Ramos Challenges Carbon, Allies; to Sign Document Against Privatization

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    "Let’s do away with all talks of privatization and these in any form, something which we directors, who have presented a ten-point reform agenda for the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), are willing to sign," the water firm’s most vocal advocate for reforms in the water district, declared in a phone interview with NNF/NDB.

  • The Only Option for BACIWA’s Carbon-March or Die

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    THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION. Years ago, when we were young just like many we loved to see movies, and we have always been mesmerized by stories of war.

  • Mayor Slams BACIWA Board

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    The row at the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) took a turn for the worse yesterday after three of the directors named a new Officer-in-Charge to replace General Manager Atty. Juliana Carbon, who they suspended for 30 days but who has defied what she called an "illegal" order.

    Resource speaker, organizing officials, and some attendees during the "Colonial" Art Forum at WNU. In photo: (from left) Dr. Maria Christina Bagundol, Gil Alfredo Severino, Mario Gabuya, Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Dennis Gupa, Susan Grandeza, Carlo S. Descutido, and James Sy Jr. Not in the picture is Ionie Lacson of the office of SPM Batapa-Sigue.* (CMAS photo)

    Former bank manager Darwin Destacamento took his oath of office following his appointment through Board Resolution No. 178 passed by BACIWA chair-man Lawrence Villanueva and directors Lorendo Dilag and Marichi Ramos.

    However, BACIWA’s department heads and the employees’ union have refused to acknowledge Destacamento’s appoint-ment as the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has begun investigating the row on the request of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella.

    A message was sent out informing BACIWA’s employees that "all instructions must only come from" either Carbon, Assis-tant General Manager for Administration Engr. Samuel Penado and Acting Assistant GM for Operations Engr. Jenelyn Gemora.

    "Any instructions coming from somebody else must be referred first" to the three, the message added.


    Reacting to Destacamento’s appointment, Puentevella said: "That is illegal because Ramos, according to LWUA and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), is not a bonafide board member and has no right to sit in the board. That issue is still with the court right now."

    He also said the LWUA board is expected to arrive at a decision on the BACIWA row today, Friday.

  • Bago City Honors Rafael M. Salas

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    The Department of Education’s Bago City Division will integrate into the Sibika Subject for Grades 5 to 6, in all public schools in Bago the story of hero Rafael Montinola Salas .

    SALAS DAY IN BAGO. Yesterday was the 86th birth anniversary of former Executive Secretary and first Executive Director of UNFPA Rafael Montinola Salas. The City of Bago marked this event with the unveiling of the Rafael Salas marker also known as the Gateway to Southern Negros by virtue of RA 7554 in his honor at Crossing Camates. Present during the event was Sec. Salas’ wife Amb. Carmelita Salas, Chargé d’Affaires of the Czech to the Philippines HE Jan Vytopil and Vice Mayor Nicholas Yulo.*


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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 August 9 (Saturday) and August 10, 2014 (Sunday), as follows:

    Date: August 9, 2014 – Saturday

    Time: 5:00AM to 11:00AM


    · Conversion of primary assembly double circuit to alley arm at Corner 26th Lacson Street, Bacolod City;

    · Replacement of rotten primary poles in front of Redemptorist Church, B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City;

    · Tree trimming covering Mt. View Feeders 1 and 3; and

    · Replacement of rotten primary pole covering Panaogao Feeder 2 (PF2)

    Areas Affected:

    5:00AM to 8:00AM

    MF1 Lopues Mandalagan, Bangga Subay, Portion of Sta. Clara I (Back of Lopues), Mandalagan Highway (from corner Lacson and Mt. View Road to North Drive), 25th, 26th, 27th St, Convergys and Carmelite Monastery, Sunny Ville, Bombo Radyo

  • Suspect in Himamaylan Raid Faces Gun, Drug Raps

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    The suspect in a drug buy bust operation, led by the Himamaylan City Police, Wednesday is facing criminal charges for illegal possession of drugs and firearms.

    PSupt. Antonietto Canete and his men apprehended Gerald Boy Docto, 26, of Sitio Nasug-ong, Brgy. Caradio-an, Himamaylan in a buy bust operation about 8:20AM, Wednesday.

  • SP Urges Bizmen to Install CCTV

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    Alarmed by recent armed robbery/hold-up cases including that of BB Money Changer at Roxas Avenue, Barangay 39, that involved three suspects who carted away P500,000, the Sanggunian calls for vigilance, and urges business owners, to install Closed Circuit Televison (CCTV) cameras.

  • 5 Hospitalized Due to Fire Gadget Leak

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    A leakage caused by kitchen fire suppression system led to five fastfood chain employees to pass out. They were immediately rushed to Western Visayas Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, about 2:20PM, Wednesday.

    Fire Chief Inspector Bartolome Beliran, Bacolod City Fire Marshall said, the gadget is to prevent fire from occurring. He added, the potassium-based chemicals cause dizziness.

    The fastfood chain, KFC is located at Lacson Street here.

  • New Nurses Oath-taking Ceremonies Held at USLS

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    Nursing graduates of Riverside College, University of St. La Salle, Central Philippine Adventist College, West Negros University and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, who hurdled Nursing Licensure Exams (NLEX) last May 2014, took their oath as Professional Nurses yesterday at the Santuario de La Salle, Bacolod City.

    Ms. Charmaine Relos-Timbas receives award from PRC’s Glenda S. Arquiza while PRC’s Joy S. Jalbuena, Charmaine’s mother, RC Nursing College Dean Ma. Concepcion Familiaran, RC VPAA Elsa Streegan and RC Pres. Samuel Lee look on.*(WHOS photo)

  • FU Withraws UniGames Hosting

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    Staging of the 2014 University Games (UnigGames) hosted by Foundation University (FU) in Dumaguete City has officially withdrawn its rights, according to UniGames president Roger Banzuela last Wednesday.

    The 8-day national school-based sports event is annually scheduled every 3rd week of October, which falls Oct. 20-28 this year.

  • Sharp, Canvil Knights Rule Suppliers Challenge Cup Trio; Condura dominates ladies side

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    Sharp Aquos I emerged as champion in the rated category while, Canvil Knights top the non-rated group and ASSFBI Condura 2 dominated the ladies side in the just-concluded Suppliers Challenge Cup 2014 Invitational Trio Bowling Tournament held at the New Top’s Millennium Plaza Alley in Bacolod City last August 1.

    RATED champion Sharp Aquos 1 players (from left) Nonoy Hulguin, Edgar de Leon, Raymund Lopez, and Fred Empio.* (H.James G. Toga/NDB)

  • Vancouver’s ‘Colonial’ Premiered in Bacolod, Forums & Workshop Held

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    By James U. Sy Jr.

    "Colonial," a multi-sensorial and transnational solo dance-theatre piece from Vancouver, Canada, made its premiere in Bacolod City last July 30, 2014 at the Gallaga Theatre, University of St. La Salle (USLS). Two performances were presented, one in the afternoon and the other in the evening.

  • TAB Wins 3 Gold Medals in Milo Olympics

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    Three Taekwondo Academy Bravehearts players won gold medal each in the 2014 Milo Little Olympics Visayas Qualifying tournament last August 2 to 3, 2014 held at Ateneo de Cebu, Talamban, Cebu City.

    Bravehearts Taekwondo Players gold medalists with coach Joem "Bong" Mercurio.*

  • Trinity, Cadiz, Bago to Continue Winning Streak in DFL

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    The leading teams in both categories are looking to continue its winning streak as round 3 of the Dynamic Football League (DFL) 2014 - 2nd Conference resumes tomorrow at the Panaad Park & Stadium, Mansilingan in Bacolod City.

    Tied at the leader board and set to keep its undefeated record in the Under-11 are Trinity Christian School (TCS) and Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI). Both have defeated previous opponents in convincing fasion which will make this match up exciting and fun.

  • Allow Investigation of BACIWA to be Done

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    GOOD FOR THE BACIWA’s HEALTH. Now that the majority members of the board of directors, in the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) has ruled that General Manager Juliana Carbon be suspended for 30 days and that a three-man investigative committee must look into allegations of massive corruption, mismanagement and wrongdoings in the water agency owned by the government and therefore, by the people. It is now up to all sides in the conflict to allow

  • The Struggle for Good Governance

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    Recently, I attended the 4th National Congress of the Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) or Labor Party of the Philippines, that was held on August 3-4, 2014 at the Marikina Hotel and Convention Center. What captured my attention was the emailed solidarity message of Dr. Francisco, "Ka Dodong" Nemenzo that was read by Mr. Jerry Rivera, President of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) during the opening ceremonies. Dr. Nemenzo is a long-time political activist,

  • LWUA Eyes Interim GM for BACIWA

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    Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino and Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) administrator Andres Ibarra will meet today to finalize courses of actions on the continuing standoff at the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA).

    Aquino’s Chief of Staff Aris Goyena told NDB last night that the meeting between the senator and the LWUA administrator will formalize the plan to appoint an interim general manager for the water district.

    GAWAD SAKA regional awardees including six from Negros Occidental stand proud holding their trophies during the 2014 Gawad Saka Regional Awarding ceremony at the Midtown Hotel in Iloilo City.*(EAD-PIA6/OPA photo)

    Goyena also told NDB that among agreements made yesterday between Aquino and Ibarra that will be formalized today will include an investigation of allegations and charges against BACIWA General Manager Atty. Juliana Carbon.


    The BACIWA Board of Directors, in a vote of three in favor and two against, last week ordered the preventive suspension for 30 days of Carbon.

    Chairman of the Board Lawrence Villanueva, Vice Chair Atty. Lorendo Dilag, and Treasurer Marichi Ramos voted for the suspension of Carbon on 10 charges they wanted the GM to answer.

    They said the suspension is not a penalty but a move to prevent her from entering her office and influence the outcome of an impending investigation.

    A three-man investigation team is yet to be formed.


    On her part, Atty. Carbon said certain rules were violated for her suspension.

    Carbon said there is not a single charge whatsoever that was filed against her to be suspended.

  • P78-M Road from San Carlos-Silay Pushed

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    A road linking San Carlos City to Silay City is gaining ground with a proposed budget of P78 million.

    The road construction will start soon, Sangguniang Panlungsod member Elde Monterde said.

    The road link will start in San Carlos to Sitio Ecogan in Brgy. Minapasok where the old road constructed by Insular Lumber Company (ILCO) before is going to be improved.

    It will pass some ba-rangays in Calatrava and connect with Brgy. Patag, Canlusong and Capitan Ramon in Silay, going to Bacolod-Silay Airport.

  • P200K Lost in Burgos Market Fire

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    The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Bacolod City said about P200,000in properties went up in smoke when fire that hit a part of Burgos Public Market at about 12:45 PM, yesterday.

    Fire Officer 3 Mark Stephen Trajeras said the fire that destroyed the store owned by Xenon Chua.

    No one was injured.

    The fire was declared under control eight minutes after it started and was declared out about 1PM.

  • Murder Charge vs. Pontevedra ABC President Served

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    The Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president of Pontevedra town took a sudden leave of absence after learning he has warrant of arrest for murder set to be served.

    Village chief of Barangay Miranda Aurelio Garita did not show up during Tuesday’s session. It was learned later that he filed a leave of absence informing the Sangguniang Bayan secretary through cellphone.

    Garita was charged with the murder of the brother of his barangay tanod head during the barangay fiesta on May 2, three years ago.

    Police failed to give the identity of the victim.

  • NACPHIL Members Meet with Victorias City Mayor

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    The National Auxiliary Chaplains Inc. of the Philippines (NACPHIL) met with Victorias City Mayor Frederick "Wantan" Palanca yesterday in his office in Victorias City.

    Mayor Palanca said, "We are always striving to improve the quality of life of our people," was the main theme of his talk before the NACPHIL group.* (WHOS photo)

  • Hanah Jins Display Best Skills in Nat’l Little Olympics

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    The Negros Occidental-based Hanah Taekwondo jins displayed excellent skills in the Milo National Little Olympics at the Ateneo de Cebu held on August 2-3 .

    The Vic Feria-mentored Negrense jins went home 3 gold medals, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes.

    The Hanah Jins

  • Victorias LGU Extends Free Computer Training to OSY

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    The local government unit of Victorias City, Negros Occidental will link with Grande Computer Outreach and Training Center, Inc. for the conduct of free basic computer operation and computer hardware servicing training.

    According to Elizabeth Jocson, chairman of the Board of Grande, this program is just a revival of the suspended training in Victorias which started in Year 2006, but temporarily stopped when it transferred to Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City.

  • Icons of Culture Must Be Respected

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    POSITION INDICATION OF MORALITY AND CORRECTNESS. Councilor Carl Lopez should be deeply essential insofar as the beautiful but ugly structure in the public plaza is concerned. By having the imposing imitation copied from a building in England built, it was an essential disservice and an affront to essential Filipino culture and a historical landmark in the city.

  • BPI ATM Fraud, BCPO OIC-Chief

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    Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) OIC-Director Sr. Supt. Pedrito Escarilla must admit that BCPO lacks manpower.

    It also lacks full PNP national office support in terms of budget.

    It also needs improvement, like newer strategies to improve its anti-crime prevention, police visibility and quick response capabilities.

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  • Meliton Gears Up to Promote Sportsmanship in Hoop Cup

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    The 1st Meliton Petron Cup Basketball Tournament is geared at promoting camaraderie and sportsmanship among their participating teams, at the same time, to develop talents in this sport.

    This was stressed by league benefactor Rolin Meliton during the recent opening at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College gym in Talisay City.

    "We do understand that we are doing everything during our matches. However, may I remind everyone that whatever happens inside our venue will remain only in the hard court," Meliton said.

  • KMH Looks to Finish Strong in SCOOP Trio Bowlfest

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    Architect Christian Yu-managed Kami Mga Hubin (KMH)/Boysen is looking to finish strong in the ongoing 2014 SCOOP-Bacolod Non-Rated Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City.

    Christian Yu-managed KMH/Boysen is on top of the heap with 4,815 (969 - 312, 339, 318) points as Ulysses Pacheco–piloted ASSFBI trails behind with 4,785 (960 - 308, 333, 319) while Bago City Strikers anchored by Ric Abellar 4,705 (900 - 285, 313, 302).

    Cecil Silverio’s Silverado squad is catching up after impressive games accumulating 4,680 pts.

  • Sermona to Defend Title in Australia

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    Ryan "The Crusher" Sermona

    Himamaylan City-hailed Ryan "The Crusher" Sermona (16-5 win-loss, 9KOs) is set to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) International Super Featherweight belt against Australian and reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) super featherweight titlist Corey McConnell (13-1-1, 1KO) on August 9 at the Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia.

    Sermona captured the WBC International Super Featherweight crown in December 2013 after dropping Aussie Matt Garlett (11-1) in the fourth round of their title clash at Northbridge in Australia.

    However, Sermona lost to Japanese Shirgo Eto (12-2-1, 8 KOs) via technical decision in an eight-round clash on April 14 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

  • YBAC-Jake Azucena Cup Opener Display Great Games

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    A great basketball showdown were displayed when lawyer Arnel Lapore and Jun Ballesteros’ squads survived their respective counterparts during the Your Basketball Athletic Club (YBAC) – Jake Azucena Cup double header over the weekend at the West Negros University gym.

    RJ Pendon and Pao-pao Lim scored 25 and 16 points to help Lapore’s Team B escapes a late challenge from Bong Ibe’s Team C, 85-81.

  • San Carlos City Hall of Fame in Galing Pook

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    San Carlos City, about 144 kilometers via coastal and 86 kilometers via translink highway in Salvador Benedicto from Bacolod City was awarded Hall of Fame in the "Galing Pook" awards garnering the national award for six straight years.

    It also won the National Drive against Professional Squatters and Squatting Syndicates.

    It won the International golden award for Liveable Communities in 2011.

    It has eight regional awards, including the Child-Friendly City in 2011. It also won five Provincial Excellence awards.

  • Everyone Has a Right to Good Nutrition

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    Supervising Research Specialist Ma. Adrienne S. Constantino of the Nutritional Assessment and Monitoring Division of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) said that good health and nutrition security are basic human rights.

    Constantino was keynote speaker during the culmination ceremony here of the 40th Nutrition Month celebration with the theme, "Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!"

    The celebration was highlighted with a Nutri Retro Dance Contest participated in by 17 towns.

  • First Accredited Competency Assessment Center for Bread and Pastry NC II in Negros Occ.

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    Pearl Manor Skills Academy, Inc. (PSMA) has been awarded accreditation as Competency Assessment Center for Bread and Pastry NC II Program. The institution started October 2012, and offers two Tourism-related programs such as Cookery NC II and Bread and Pastry NC II. Both Programs are training regulated courses from TESDA offered to students (High School Graduate) who wish to be employed in the said culinary fields after a one month Bread and Pastry Training and two months Cookery Training.

    The TESDA Regional and Provincial Inspector (2nd to the left), Ms. Ofelia Dela Cruz (TESDA Region VI), John Chua PMSA-CFO, Chef Shang Chua PMSA President, Ms. Beverly R. Insular (TESDA Province) and Olive J. Sobrepeña, Baker Expert.*

  • Capitol Allots P12.2M for Benefits of Affected Employees in Reorg

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    Negros Occidental provincial government has allotted P12,299,000.80 for the benefits of 18 employees who will be affected in the reorganization, mostly having served the province 25 to more than 30 years. The benefits include terminal leave pay, separation pay, and other benefits. Those 30 years and above in service are retirables.

    According to Enrique Pinongan, provincial administrator, the amount will be taken from the supplemental budget.

    However, the subject employees are yet to finish all requirements before they could avail of such benefits.

  • Village Chief, Brother Fall for Murder

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    A barangay captain and his brother were apprehended by police authorities in Pontevedra town, early this week for charges of murder.

    PSInsp. Ariel C. Pico, Pontevedra Police officer-in-charge led the station’s campaign to collar persons with warrant of arrest and nabbed Aurelio Garita alias Kap Bebs, 38, and reported the village chief of Brgy. Miranda in the said town.

    Also arrested was Alexander Garita, 35, alias Bimbo, both brothers were residents of Purok Begonia, Brgy. Miranda.

  • In 6th Msgr. John Liu & John Su Cup Defending champion; Batch ’10/11/12 beat foes

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    Defending champion Batch 05/06/07 AX Currency gets past the 2014 St. John’s Institute (SJI) Falcons varsity, 71-65 in the 6th Msgr. John Liu & John Su Memorial Basketball Cup held Msgr. John Liu Activity Center.

    Earlier, Batch 10/11/12 New Energy Mktg., also eked out a win against SJI Dads, 87-77 to join the defending in the win column.

    Former SJI varsity stars Bryan Victor Javelosa and Alvin Dionela form the vaunted wall against the 2014 SJI varsity squad.

  • Taking the stress out of air travel

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    Will we get to the airport on time? Will our luggage be overweight? Will we get a good seat?

    Yes, air travel can be very stressful.

    Last weekend my family and I flew from England to Manila on the PAL direct flight.

    We had a long drive to London’s Heathrow Airport, but to lessen the stress, I decided to put into practice some commonsense tips I’d read about how to minimize airport stress.

    First, allow plenty of time. Aim to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your plane leaves.

  • Atty. Diaz is New Bacolod City Legal Officer

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    Atty. Rayfrando P. Diaz II was appointed Bacolod City Legal Officer effective August 1, 2014, vice Atty. Sara Villamor, who indicated her intention to return to private practice of her profession.

    BACOLOD CITY Mayor Monico Puentevella (left) with Atty. Rayfrando P. Diaz, the new legal officer of the city.*

    This was announced by Bacolod Mayor Monico O. Puentevella during a press conference at the People’s House yesterday.

    Atty. Diaz, 44, is a prominent barrister of the city who formerly worked with the legal office of the late Negros Occidental Governor Joseph Marañon.

    He has been given permission by Mayor Puentevella to continue his private practice and to maintain his connections with his present clients.

    Atty. Diaz, when interviewed stated, "I am humbled by the trust and confidence of Mayor Puentevella in me and I will do my utmost to perform my duties and responsibilities effectively for the good of Bacolod City."

    LWUA-BACIWA UPDATE. In a related development Mayor Puentevella wrote Andres Ibarra, administrator of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) requesting for the immediate intervention of his office on the current controversy now obtaining in the BACIWA office in Bacolod City.

    BACIWA General Manager Atty. Juliana Carbon was suspended by the Board of Directors due to alleged mismanagement but the BACIWA Employees Union claimed the suspension is illegal because the BOD did not follow the principle that for any suspension to take place, there must be no less than four votes, which is the majority in the BOD.

    Likewise, the BOD did not recognize and respect the LWUA to appoint a sixth member of the BOD. Only five directors attended the board meeting that resulted in the 30-day suspension of Carbon.

  • Consummate Workers

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    Once in a while, there’s good news to tell. Last July 24th, at the DuPont Environmental Respect Awards held in Wilmington, Delaware, Ruby Cruz of DC Cruz Trading Corp. of Bacolod City, wowed the black-tie crowd as she accepted her title, International Ambassador of Respect. There were 10 international honorees, judged from a roster of 80 pre-qualified organizations. Ruby is the only Filipino. If I may quote from a press release of DuPont: “Ruby Cruz, CEO of Philippines-based DC Cruz, and John Cullen, Manager of Australia-based Dalby Rural Supplies, were the stars of the ten foreign companies honored during International Ambassadors of Respect awards ceremony. ‘If anything, this award is a validation that we have been doing the right thing, just as DuPont has never buckled to pressure,’ said Cruz after waiting for the room to stop cheering for her.” Congratulations, Ruby.

  • ‘Negros Occ. Water Districts’ GMs Support BACIWA GM’

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    All general managers of water districts in Negros Occidental who comprise the Association of Negros Occidental Water Districts (ANOWD) have signed a manifesto of support by passing a resolution condemning the acts of three BACIWA directors.

    BACIWA Employees Union led by Claudio Salmo, 4th from left, howled when Mayor Monico Puentevella on Monday announced that he would urge LWUA to take over BACIWA due to existing tension.* (Edith B. Colmo photo)

  • City Willing to Help OFWs in Libya, Mayor Seeks Info, Condition of Workers from POEA

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    Through the efforts of Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, the City Mayor’s Office is now inquiring with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) under Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac to disclose any pertinent information on the identities and conditions of Bacolod Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in war-torn Libya.

  • SPM Batapa-Sigue Making MassKara Festival Permanent Affair of Bacolod

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    In line with City Ordinance No. 33 filed under the administration of Mayor Amado R. Parreño on October 6, 1987, Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue filed an ordinance to amend CO 33, that will make the MassKara Festival a permanent affair in the city.

    Councilor Batapa-Sigue said that institutionalizing MassKara as a month-long festival will not only feature the usual street dancing competitions, but will also showcase Bacolod culture, lifestyle and cuisine that ranked it as one of the best places to live in and do business in the country.

  • BRAINSBEE in 95 Barangays, 190 Winners

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    BRAINSBEE NI ALBEE SA DISTRICT 3 has been staged in 95 barangays out of the total 115 barangays in the province’s Third District as of the last week-end, with 190 barangay winners now gearing up for the city/municipal level of competition in spelling for the elementary pupils and math and science for the high school students.

    Brainsbee at Kapitan Ramon, Silay City. The staff of Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation and office of Cong. Benitez together with technical team from DepEd Rhiza Dones, Jujean Aboy, Mary Leilani Javines and Rodel Abellar.*

  • Police Station 2 Hunts Suspects in Hongkong National Heist

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    Bacolod City Police Station 2 is in pursuit of the two suspects involved in the robbery of a Hongkong national about 8:50PM, Monday along 24th Gatuslao St. in the City.

    PInsp. Stephen Boniba, officer-in-charge reported that Shi Chi Tang, 32, of Miao St.. 344, Hongkong was walking along the place of incident when the two suspects on board a motorcycle went down and robbed the victim at knife point.

  • Victorias City Gives Housing Materials Worth P7.5-M to Yolanda Victims

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    Victorias City under the administration of Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca distributed housing materials to the families affected by the super typhoon Yolanda from the grant worth P7,490,880 from Vice President Jejomar Binay through the efforts of Cong. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez.

    HOMA Project turn-over at Brgy. V with- beneficiaries with Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca and Barangay Officials headed by Punong Barangay Warlito Undar.*

  • B’69 Captures ‘The Silver Cup’ in SJS-LS Interclass Bowling Tilt

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    The Batch ’69 anchored by Melot "d’Steel" Alimon captured "The Silver Cup" in the recently-concluded 27th St. Joseph School-La Salle (SJS-LS) Alumni Interclass Bowling Tournament hosted by B’89 held at Lopue’s East Bowling Center, Villamonte in Bacolod City last July 19.

    Grand champion Batch '69 pose with the host batch and St. Joseph La Salle Alumni Association President Eduardo G. Sayson Ph.D.*

  • FU Begs Off from 2014 UniGames Hosting

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    Foundation University (FU) has begged off to host this year’s 19th University Games in Dumaguete City in October for playing and billeting venues problem.

    This was confirmed by UniGames President Roger A. Banzuela who prefers Dumaguete City to host the annual collegiate private schools sports competitions, even after Bacolod City with University of St. La Salle (USLS) as host-school.

    FU in Dumaguete City has hosted the event thrice in 2000, 2002 and 2008.

    Silliman University has hosted the event in 2010.

  • Sabillo Looks to Make Comeback

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    Following the heartbreaking loss against Mexican Francisco Rodriguez Jr. in a title fight last March, former World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight champion Merlito ‘Tiger’ Sabillo (23-1-1, 12KOs) is scheduled to make a comeback and begin his quest to regain his throne.

    It was recalled that Sabillo, tasted the first defeat in his career after suffered a 10th round upset against Mexican Rodriguez during their clash at the Arena Monterrey in Nuevo León, Mexico.

  • San Mateo Catholic Academy Holds Nutrition Month Culmination

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    The San Mateo Catholic Academy held their Nutrition Month Culmination Activity last Friday at the San Mateo Village Gymnasium with the theme: "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan."

    NEWLY-ELECTED Officers of the Bacolod City Wide, Federation of PTA Bacolod. President, Ernesto G. De Asis Jr. - FF Gonzaga Elementary School; Vice-President, Carlos Romeo G. Villanueva - Handumanan National H/S; Secretary, Jennifer S. Tumbagahan - Paglaum E/S; Treasurer, Johanna R. Jarder - Generoso Villanueva National H/S ; Auditor, Ma. Theresa D. Garcia - Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School ; Bus. Manager, Kenneth D. Perez - A.G. Garcia Elementary School ; P.I.O., Jose "Jun" De Los Reyes Marañon - Andres Bonifacio Elementary School II. Board of Directors - Hans B. Arendon, Lopez Jaena E/S; Pastor Arsenio Maglasang, J.R. Torres E/S & Brgy. Singcang-Airport National H/S; Allan C. Plazuela, Andres Bonifacio Elementary School I; Isagani G. Salveron, Emiliano Lizares National H/S; Ernesto Pineda, Estefania Elementary School; Ma. Nilda L. Casas, Bata National H/S; Ramon L. Lladoc Jr., Paglaum National H/S; Leorie Grace A. Pendeguero, Vista Alegre E/S. Outgoing President is Samson Soriano of Sum-ag Elementary School.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

  • Bacolod MassKara Preps Being Felt

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    Negros Daily Bulletin’s (NDB) office hopes to finally be able transfer to its new site one block from its current Hernaez-Locsins Streets location in Bacolod within the month.

    Some unforeseen technical issues, among other requirements, are still being complied with for its new Rosario-Locsin Streets location.

    Such have caused months of delay in the transfer although some printing machines are already in the bigger and wider office.

  • Mayor Puentevella Inducts Officers of PWDs in Bacolod City

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    Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella recently inducted the officers of the Persons With Disabilities (PWD) of several barangays in Bacolod City.

    PWD INDUCTION CEREMONIES. (L-R) Arnold Ardosa, Nonoy Menionuevo, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, Connie Espinosa of PWD and Lowell Raner.*

  • 303rd IB 48th Anniv. Set Aug 8

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    The 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, with headquarters at Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental, will celebrate its 48th foundation anniversary on Friday, August 8, with Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Maj. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, commanding officer of 3rd Infatry Division as guests of honor.

    The celebration is themed, "303rd Brigade: Kaagapay ng mga Negrense sa Bayanihan Tungo sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran."

  • PRC Mobile Team at Bacolod City People’s House on Aug. 7 & 8

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    The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Iloilo Mobile Team will be at the Bacolod City People’s House (formerly New Government Center or NGC) on August 7 and 8.

    The team will process applications for initial registration of new nurses, and applications of Licensure Examination for criminologists, nurses, and others, as well as renewal of professional card.

    Service delivery starts at 11AM on Aug. 7, and 8AM on Aug. 8.

    All interested parties are enjoined to come not later than 8AM.

  • JKT, Marby Arcade Tame Foes in Fil-Sino

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    Aldrian Tan become a two-time hero when he bailed out Johann Kendrick Tan against Eversure Marketing, 85-83 in overtime of the Class B division, while Marby Arcade La Salle knocked out 365 Modern Café’ 87-85 in the ongoing Fil-Sino Inter-Company Friendship Cup at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung high School.

    Tan recovered an inbound pass in time to score from 18-footer jumper in the right corner to seal the fourth victory of JKT in five games.

    He also forced the overtime ended at 75-all

  • Carbon Won’t Leave BACIWA Office, Employees on Guard for her

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    General Manager Atty. Juliana B. Carbon

    General Manager Atty. Juliana B. Carbon of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) will not leave her office the amid 30-day suspension ordered by the board of directors. She stayed at the office since Friday, August 1 claiming lack of trust and confidence. The employees have volunteered to accompany her by shifting schedules round the clock.

    BACIWA Employees Union (BEU) president Claudio Salmo said, "we support GM Carbon because she is protecting the interest of BACIWA and the concessionaires. The only reason why she is being pressured by the board is because she does not agree to let MIYA, an Israel based company to handle the management of non-revenue water (NRW) project that will cost BACIWA P924 million, and after 15 years it will balloon to P7.88 billion. As a matter of fact, we already have started to reduce the NRW to 32% from 47% despite no funding support from the board. That is why we are supporting GM Carbon, because if MIYA will come in it means another water rate increase," Salmo explained.

    Carbon said the suspension was illegal and without due process, not valid, null and void. It was an unlawful order because it did not pass the majority of the board, so I will not follow it. I have answered the board’s notice to me regarding the suspension, that I will not abide with it because it was an unlawful order. The board is composed of 6 members, but only 3 have decided. Their’s is only policy making, but they step on the role of the management.

    Simultaneous to the suspension was the memorandum signed by BACIWA Chairman Lawrence Villanueva, to the head of security guards -Security Officer Bernard Malacapay of the Lifeguard Archangels Security Agency Company, directing them to bar/prevent Atty Carbon from entering the BACIWA premises for the interest of the water district. The memo was delivered to BACIWA guard evening of July 31, but Malacapay was not around. He only received it August 1, 8:00 in the morning. However, they could no longer enforce the directive of the board because Atty. Carbon has already entered the office at 7:15 of August 1. Since then Carbon did not leave BACIWA office, and preferred to stay until the Local Waterworks Utility Administration (LWUA) as the mother unit of water districts in the country, resolves the case. While Carbon is staying here, the employees are shifting schedule to accompany her to show to the board that they are one with the general manager, because if the board can afford to harass GM Carbon, they can also do the same to the rank and file, anytime without due process," according to Salmo.


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    We are assuring the consuming public that the water service remains normal and uninterrupted except for those resulting from well breakdowns and electric power interruption. The recent issues concerning the Board of Directors and management do not hamper the operations.

    Management and key personnel are manning and monitoring the administrative building and all facilities 24/7 to ensure water safety.

  • CWES, UNO-R Dominate Rivals to Lead DFL U13

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    Cadiz City I West Elementary School (CWES) and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) dominated its opponents to share the lead in Under-13 Group A at the football pitch of Panaad Park & Stadium, Mansilingan in Bacolod City last Saturday.

    The UNO-R U13 first 9 players.*

    CWES gave Andres Bonifacio ES-II a back-to-back loss, 8-1, behind the huge game from Mark Sedurifa with 7 goals in the 6th, 10th, 16th, 20th, 35th, 41st & 45th minutes and Christopher Javier scored in the 26th minute while Ronjo Maligid nailed ABES’ lone goal in the match.

  • Escalante Police Hunts Two Suspects in Ex-Village Head Slay

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    Police investigators of Escalante City are in pursuit of the two suspects involved in the shooting to death of a former barangay captain in Brgy. Dian-ay in the City, Saturday evening.

    PO3 Jojit Ruiz, investigator-on-case reported that Romy Romo Sr., 47, of Purok Bagong Lipunan, Brgy. Dian-ay was shot while having dinner inside their store just in front of their house by two unidentified assailants.

  • VMA Tops Maritime Assessment By Int’l Management Group

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    Another cap was added to the VMA Global Academy here as it tops the recent Maritime School Assessment Program conducted by the International Mariners Association of Japan (IMMAJ) based in Tokyo , Japan, and implemented by the Manila-based Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council, Inc (PJMCC). The objective of the assessment program is to upgrade its faculty to ensure quality of academic instructions, and improvement of student’s performance.

  • Encounter: Rebel Killed, Army Officer Wounded

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    ESCALANTE CITY- An alleged member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed and his companion was injured, while Army Lieutenant John Rey Espinosa was wounded in the head during a clash between government troops and rebels in Sitio Madtrak, Brgy. Dian-ay, Escalante City about 4:20 AM yesterday.

    Actually, that area is the boundary of Brgy. Magticol, Toboso and Brgy. Dian-ay, Escalante City, Lt. Col. Rommel Cordova, 62nd Infantry Battalion based in Brgy. Bato, Sagay City said.

  • BACIWA GM Stonewalling In Water Firm Compound

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    Temporarily suspended Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), General Manager Juliana Carbon, has practically barricaded herself inside the government-owned water firm’s compound after having been suspended on cause by the majority directors of the Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC), contending that the LWUA- designated sixth director, Alfredo Bayanihan, should have been allowed to vote, Carbon averred.

  • Stealing Power from Streetlights

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    This year the Bacolod MassKara Festival will happen from October 1 to 19.

    Prior to that, the first-ever Bacolod-Korean Friendship Festival will be held at the Bacolod People’s House (NGC) on August 15.

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    Organizers of various activities for MassKara are trying their best to level up the events with more activities, fun and color.

  • CARP EXTENSION:A Priority?

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    A potential slit that could slow down one of the top priorities enunciated by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III before congress to push for the enactment of extended CARP which is due to expire this year, is the reported negative stand of no less than Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. of Negros Occidental where the bulk of the country’s top sugarland owners have been peeved by the adverse effects of the government’s land reform program since it started some two decades ago.

  • Negros Museum, CAPC Stage Duetto

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    Negros Museum, in partnership with the University of St. La Salle Culture and Arts Program Committee, featured pianist Hector Martinez and flutist Stephen Josephs in Duetto: A Recital of Piano and Flute at Santuario de La Salle, July 28.

    "The challenge of how emotions can happen within one single piece," said Martinez.

    Martinez opened the program with Johannes Brahms’ Zwei Rhapsodien, Op. 79. He said this first piece was meant to explain how emotions can be conveyed through "lyric-less" music.


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  • Nat’l PRISAA Board Meeting Set Aug.8

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    The Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, August 8, 10:30AM at CSM Hall-Molo, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Iloilo City, disclosed national chairman Emmanuel Angeles.

    The meeting will be in preparation for Iloilo’s hosting of the National PRISAA on April 12 to 18, 2014.

    The national board and trustees will also conduct ocular inspection of venues, local preparation of the organizing committee and updates from host region.

  • In Fil-Sino! JKT Escapes Northwest Inn; Marby Survives NHOJS

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    Johan Kendrick Tan escaped from Northwest Inn, 61-60, even as Marby Arcade La Salle survived NHOJS Sportswear, 64-63, on Class B action of the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Friendship Cup Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym on Wednesday.

    With the win, JKT is at second place with a 3-1 card and Northwest is at 1-3.

    Aldrian Tan offensive put back from a miss shot by Monroe Chua with 14 seconds left completed the JKT comeback. Northwest missed two attempts for insurance as the game ended.

  • Military Cannot Resolve Root Causes of Revolutionary War

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    APART FROM NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), or the military and the police, are not hitting their targets in stopping the revolutionary war taking place all over the country, as they pertain to the roots of that conflict which are socio-economic and political in nature.

  • SC Reverses Decisions on Civil Cases Filed vs Leonardia, et al on the NGC

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    The charges against Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia et al docketed as Civil Case No. 07-12940 which were filed by Miguel M. Carriedo and his co-plaintiffs challenged the legality of the "Contract for the construction and site development of the Bacolod City Government Center," dated December 27, 2006 as entered between the City of Bacolod and Hilmarcs Construction Corporation.

    Atty. Jesus V. Hinlo, Jr. being interviewed by NDB’s Manny Canto after the press conference*(WHOS photo)

    Included in the complaint were among others, Councilors Greg Gasataya, Ann Marie Palermo, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Homer Bais, Jude Thaddeus Sayson, Napoleon Cordova, Al Victor Espino, Arturo Parreño, Goldwyn Nifras, Lorendo Dilag, Rogelio Balo, Luzviminda Treyes and several others.

    The plaintiff, Miguel M. Carriedo, stated that his main interest in the case was to correct the manner that the bidding was conducted and that the accused should personally refund the City of Bacolod over P400 million, because of the anomalous manner that the bidding was conducted and awarded.

    He further claimed that this civil case is not politically motivated and that he and his co-plaintiffs only want justice for the people of Bacolod.

    The following press statement on the controversial cases has been issued by the of plaintiff through his legal counsel based on the Supreme Court resolution:

    "With the permission of my client, MIGUEL M. CARRIEDO, he would want to inform the people of Bacolod City that CIVIL CASE No. 07-12940 which was previously dismissed by the REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 44 of Bacolod City on the ground that he and his CO-PLAINTIFFS are not REAL PARTIES-IN-INTEREST is very much alive.

  • Kabankalan Charter Day Highlights Tom. Saturday

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    The highlights of the 17th Charter Anniversary celebration of Kabankalan City will happen tomorrow, Saturday starting at 7 in the morning.

    17TH KABANKALAN CHARTER. The giving of Plaque and Token of appreciation of Miss Eliza Bronola, Schools Division Superintendent, and Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro P. Zayco, to Keynote Speaker Mario A. Deriquito, DepEd Undersectary for Partnerships & External Linkage, during the 16th DepEd Day Celebration & the opening of 17th Charter Day Anniversary of Kabankalan, held at the Evacuation & Command (Evacom) Center.* (Jun Gaton / Pasiplat photo)

  • Cover-up in Missing P2-M in Escalante?

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    After 18 days, police have yet to file charges against suspects in the missing P2-M in cash and checks stolen from Escalante City cashier’s office vault last July 13.

    Supt. Leo Batiles, City Police chief, has assured that in five days after the incident robbery charges will be filed against the suspect. Maybe knowing that the case is an inside job and someone will be pinned down to the crime.

    The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now taking the investigation.

  • Negros Solon: Coup Plot Won’t Succeed

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    Destabilization plot will not succeed at this point in time of the Aquino administration without the support of the military in the active service.

    Thus said Samahang Magdalo Partylist Representative, Gary Alejano, a former marine captain who hails from Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.

  • RSOG Nabs Suspect in Money Changer Rob

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    In less than 24 hours, the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) led by Police Senior Inspector Juvy Cabcaban, arrested one of the three suspects at Purok Tinagong Paraiso, Brgy. Banago who robbed a money changer Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. along Roxas Avenue, Brgy. 39.

    Rainhart Colango, alias Jomer Rosamadero, 34, married, of Buena Park Subdivision, Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City was nabbed past 10PM on the same day at the house of his aunt.

    Colango resisted arrest but was overpowered by five RSOG men in civilian uniforms.

  • BACIWA Board Suspends GM

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    Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) General Manager, Juliana Carbon has been suspended by majority directors of the government-owned and controlled corporation after a lengthy meeting yesterday afternoon on 10 specific grounds, cited by the policy-making body of the water firm.

    The majority members of the board specifically BACIWA Chair Lawrence Villanueva, Directors Dr. Marichi Ramos and lawyer, Lorendo Dilag, moved for the suspension of Carbon, at the same time designating Assistant General Manager Samuel Penado as Acting general manager.

  • Result of Workplace Stress

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    Nowadays, everyone is in a hurry. They schedule more than they can handle. They’re trying to make up time. Ironically, one of the great causes of stress, the pace of life, only serves to make the problem worse. What breed stress and the health problems that go along with it is not just hard work but doing it alone in an intensely competitive dog-eat-dog, environment.

  • Shaded Footwalks to be Installed Around People’s House

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    Councilor Wilson C. Gamboa Jr. filed a resolution requesting the City Engineer’s Office (CEO), through City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella to install covered and shaded footwalks covering the area going to the loading and unloading jeepney stations near the People’s House to serve as protection from the heat and bad weather conditions for passing commuters and guests.

    Likewise, the shaded footwalks will serve as waiting areas and waiting shed for commuters who are going to the People’s House everyday.

  • Cadiz Cop Collars Teener for Robbery

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    Police authorities in Cadiz City arrested a 17-year old for charges of robbery in a raid about 4:30AM, Wednesday.

    SPO2 Ramil Amit with PO3 Crispolo dela Vega apprehended Nilo Dy Jr. alias Dondon, of Purok Salmon, Brgy. Zone 6 in Cadiz City through a warrant in criminal case numbers 5064-C and 5066-C for robbery and theft, respectively.

    The warrant for his arrest were issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60 Judge Renato D. Muñez.

  • Dads Okay Resolution to Address Bacolod City’s OFW Concerns in ME

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    The Sanggunian Pan-lungsod (SP) of Bacolod City approved last Wednesday, July 30, 2014, a proposed resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor respectfully requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to convene the Bacolod City OFW Coordinating Council created under city ordinance 553 Series of 2011 to address the concern of our City’s OFW and their families in the midst of crises in Ukraine and the Middle East the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and such other future aftermath of post OFW years.

  • City to Observe Chicken Inasal Festival in Bacolod

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    In accordance with City Ordinance No. 482 or the Ordinance "establishing to be known as the Manokan Country Inasal Festival in the City of Bacolod", Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue proposed an ordinance last Wednesday requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to convene the Manokan Country Inasal Festival Committee that will help in planning and establishing the needed mechanism, including the actual date of the festival.

  • 1-Day SCOOP Non-Rated Trio Duckpin All Set This Saturday

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    The 1-day SCOOP-Bacolod Non-Rated Trio Duckpin Bowling Festival is all set to go at Lopue’s East Bowling Center, Barangay Villamonte in Bacolod City tomorrow.

    Media practitioners, newspaper dealers, and duckpin associations or clubs in Bacolod City & Negros Occidental are invited to join this quarterly sporting event.

    "Bowling has been part of our lifestyle as a past time activity to spend time with friends and family," tournament coordinator James Toga said.

  • Man who had Heart Attack during SONA Dies

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    Unknown to all, an old man suffered a heart attack during President Benigno Aquino III’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday in Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

    A namesake of Eddie Villanueva, 69, married, of the place and a die-hard follower of the President, the victim was intently listening to the President, whom he admired, when the incident happened.

  • New Philhealth Program for all Bacolodnons

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    nsCouncilor El Cid Familiaran, together with Anne Marie Palermo and Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella led in the creation of Proposed Ordinance 08-13-0010-F or the "Ordinance to Strengthen the PhilHealth Sponsored Program in the City of Bacolod" that follows Section 15 of Article II of the Declaration of Principles and State Policies.

  • Fil-Am Burkey inks with Ceres FC

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    Ceres-La Salle FC continuously building a powerhouse squad ahead of its debut in the First Division of the United Football League (UFL) when the season kicks off late this year.

    After signing Fil-German midfielder Manny Ott, another national team standout inked a deal with the newly-promoted UFL team Ceres FC.

    Fil-Am striker Nate Burkey reportedly has officially signed up with the Bacolod-based club Ceres FC.

  • Mayor Puentevella Acts on Complaint vs Schoolbuilding Without Fire Exit

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    Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella called on parents of Sum-Ag Elementary School not to worry about the safety of the school pupils as he orders today the immediate inspection by the Office of the Building Official (OBO) of the 3-story building located within the campus utilized for the past four years despite the lack of a fire exit.

  • Urinal Tips for Men & Women

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    We got some useful tips from our friendly doctors over cups of coffee.

    One of the tips is indeed very important not only for us real men (oppsss, pardon the real) but also for women.

    This is one way to avoid getting infected down there.

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    Our physician-friends, hiding behind their MD titles cautioned us on the way we use public toilets and comfort rooms in the malls.

  • City Dad Probes TF Botagoy, Illegal Slaughtering Issue

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    In his effort to expose and shed light on illegal slaughtering and the issue involving Task Force Botagoy, Councilor Carl Lopez spearheaded a special hearing yesterday at the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

    The hearing was attended by Task Force Botagoy’s Office in Charge Rey Demisana, City Treasurer Giovanni Balalilhe and Atty. Allyn Luv Dignadice representing City Administrator Rolando Villamor.

  •   3 Bank Employees Sued for Qualified Theft

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    A businessman from Bacolod City who recently filed charges against a bank for what he called diminishing money in his accounts, also filed charges against three bank employees in Bacolod for qualified theft.

    GRAND OPENING. City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center) leads the ribbon cutting ceremony of the first Chic-Boy restaurant in the Visayas together with Rosita Gochanco, I-Gore General Manager Mrs. Sarah Reyes and Dr. Romeo Res, President of I-Gore Corp.*(CMO-PIO photo)

    Joemarie L. Sy, through his lawyer, Atty. Rolando Ravina, filed a criminal complaint for "Qualified Theft through falsification of a commercial document and such other crimes as the fact and evidence may warrant" against Bank of the Philippine Islands’ (BPI) 17th Street Bacolod branch’s Marjo Aguirre and Chatalina Milagros Luciano, and Jose Erwin Mori of the bank’s Lopue’s East branch, also in the city.

    The case was filed before Bacolod City Prosecutor Armando Abanado on July 21, 2014.

    Sy claimed that as a former employee of Roche Philippines, a multi-national pharmaceutical firm, which he served for 24 years until he retired sometime in December 2008, his salaries, bonuses and allowances were deposited initially with the BPI along Araneta Street in Bacolod, and later at the BPI Branch in Pasong Tamo, Makati .

    Sy alleged that that upon his retirement in December 2008, he noticed that the checks he had issued together with bank statements of his accounts were not being sent or returned to him, which is a standard business practice.

  • Role Models in Corporate Social Responsibility

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    NDB is launching a series of feature stories to focus attention on enterprises, organizations and individuals who are very involved and active in the field of CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY.

    OUTSTANDING MA. Bacolod City Mayor Monico and First Lady Josefa Puentevella with Outstanding mother and a Zonta officer.*

  • Police Eyes Suspect in Holdup of Bizmen in Kabankalan

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    Kabankalan City Police eyes criminal personalities in victimizing businessmen in hinterland barangays of the city.

    Supt. Salvador Dagoon, the city’s police chief said, the same persons were responsible of holdup last Sunday of Danilo Liza, 32, of Cauayan town at gunpoint along Sitio Maba-og, Brgy. Bantayan in the city Sunday afternoon.

    The suspects divested Liza of his earnings of P7, 000 from selling goods in the barangay’s market day.

    Three suspects riding on motorcycles waylaid and flagged down the victim and forced to get his earnings.

  • Small Fishermen Needing Help of Gov. Marañon re: Weather

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    The Federation of Small Fisherfolks in Hinigaran (FSFH), have made an urgent, tearful appeal to Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. to provide them temporary food sustenance such as rice, canned goods and other basic needs, after having not fished for more than two weeks in the nearby sea, due to inclement weather conditions.

    After Typhoon Glenda, tropical storm Inday followed preventing fisherfolks which include those in the Pontevedra town and nearby areas from sailing out to fish on pumpboats and bancas.

  • 1-Yr. Old Drowns in Septic Tank

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    A kid aged one year and 7 months got drowned when he fell into an open septic tank in Brgy. Canroma in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental Tuesday.

    Jennelyn, mother of Carl De Los Santos was busy doing laundry when the incident happened.

    She also did not hear any noise, claiming thet when she turned to where she left him, he was no longer around.

    The mother then stood up and saw her son in the hole full of rainwater.

    She called for help and they brought her son to the town’s clinic but he was no longer breathing.

  • Negros Occ. is Short Rice Production

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    Considering the continued increase of population in the province of Negros Occidental, its rice production last year of 6,213,597 bags is not enough to feed the 3.1 population, according to the National Food Authority (NFA) here.

  • Rob Suspect Falls in Manapla

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    Manapla police apprehended as suspected robber, Tuesday during its operation against wanted persons at Brgy. 1-A in the said town.

    PSInsp. Edencio L. Gregorio, police chief arrested Roderick Cornoso, 28, through a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 69 Judge Felipe G. Banzon who recommended a bail amounting to P100,000.00 for robbery charges.

    He is detained at Manapla Police Station for failure to post bail and will be endorsed to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility.

  • Calatrava Cops Hunt Suspects in Shooting

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    Elements of Calatrava Police Station are in pursuit of the two suspects allegedly involved in the shooting of a 48-year old man inside his house, Monday evening.

    Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) reports identified the victim as Alberto Cabase, of Brgy. Minapasok who sustained gunshot wounds on the left portion of his face through the left portion of his chest and forearm.

    Investigation revealed that Cabase was shot inside his residence by Eusebio Rayo alias Kadong and his companion, Ruel Villajos alias Junior using a .45 caliber pistol.

  • Societal Ulcers Serve as Warning for Possible Political Explosion in the Future

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    COULD BE INDICATED BY PETITIONS, PROTESTS. The declaration issued by National Democratic Front Negros (NDF-Negros) spokesman, former priest Ka Frank Fernandez, is but like many declarations in the past about societal ills and political ulcers, so to speak, but grave indications of a warning that government must seriously head, or this could lead to a more serious form of upheaval-armed struggle or revolution.

    Fernandez cited the primary cases of land conflicts in Negros Island, covering far Southern Negros and the adjacent towns which border Hinobaan and Sipalay towns, particularly in the Damutan Valley’s forestal but fertilizer-rich areas.

  • Bacolod Highlights Importance of Diabetes Awareness

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    Doctors, diabetics and pharmaceutical companies marked the Diabetes Awareness Week July 27 to August 2 with activities to enhance awareness on diabetes.

    The celebration kicked off Sunday with a Family Fun Day at the Sacred Heart Compound in Bacolod City attended by regular patients and partners of their regular diabetes check up every last Sunday of the month.

    Diabetics and their families walked around the compound to shed some sweat before the start of the lectures conducted by members of the Diabetes Information Team Incorporated (DIT).

  • New Horizon in Staging of NOPSSCEA Season 34

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    A new horizon in the staging of Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural, and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) is expected when the Season 34 opens September 12 at the University of St. La Salle (USLS) Coliseum in Bacolod City.

    Representatives from 63 member-schools met yesterday at NOPSSCEA office located at Panaad Park and stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan here.

  • Top Prime Manager Felt Bad on Boxer’s World Title Loss

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    Top Prime Stable manager Rev. Henry Guanzon felt bad for his boxer’s 2nd world title loss against an Australian held in Queensland, Australia recently.

    Jerry Nardo and Rev. Henry Guanzon

  • The BPI Files; Suspending Hiked LTO-LTFRB Fines

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    We do not want to sound like a broken record but the only way for drivers to be spared from getting apprehended and fined "expensively" is to avoid violating traffic regulations.

    The same goes with car owners - make sure all signal lights and other accessories for safety are working.

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  • 365 Beats Undermanned Pilmico/Salto in Fil-Sino

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    Undermanned Pilmico/Salto bowed to 365 Modern Café, 110-88 in Class A action of the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Friendship Cup at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Monday.

    The Modern Café gave no mercy to Pilmico from first to the final quarters.

    They took the first quarter 26-13 through Robbie Jalando-on six triples.

    They ended the half at 56-33 with Livingstone Ang and Jose Miguel Montinola combining for 19 points.

  • Wife Tags Husband’s Killer

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    The wife of the man found dead in a canefield in Murcia is known to her.

    Melanie Saldo, wife of Al Quin, 40, of Hope Village, Brgy. Cabatangan, Talisay City bared to Murcia police the name of the killers.

    But Murcia police refused to divulge their names pending verification and the filing of charges against them in court.

    Two suspects are responsible in the killing of Saldo, whose body was left in a canefield in Purok Arceo, Brgy. Alegria in the town and found in the morning of July 27.

  • LTO Enforcers Not Visible!

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    The LTO enforcers allegedly from the Iloilo City Regional Office are playing hide and seek with drivers of public and private vehicles.

    They hide around blind corners that they could apprehend violations of the Seatbelt Regulations.

    Drivers apprehend for not using seatbelts are fined P1,000 for the first and P2,000 or P3,000 for the 2nd and 3rd offense. Car owners who generally sit in front with their drivers are not exempted for the seatbelt regulations.

  • The Arinola Files

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    I liked that SONA. I liked how PNoy elegantly took on his critics without going down to the floor with them. His computation of 100% ROI on the TESDA scholars was simple yet silencing. My only regret is that nothing at all was said about solid waste management, despite the mentions of flooding. Out of hearing out of mind, such attitude by the president redounds to patent ignorance of cabinet members. Take this:

    A news item dated July 18, posted on the website of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), reports that Sec. Ramon Paje released P50 Million to start the National Ecosavers Program (NEP). This includes printing passbooks for students to replace improvised passbooks. Related to this, Education Sec. Armin Luistro said that schools will benefit from compost fertilizer that will come from the biodegradable trash students bring in from their homes. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.

  • Gamboa Supports BACIWA Probe

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    Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr. vowed to provide all-out support to a wide-ranging investigation which would be conducted on the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), which has been mired controversies related to transparency in the utilization of the P547 million loan from Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) years ago and which the water district is still paying.

    Cardinal Tagle is joined by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, in confirming the dates of the Papal visit.* ( photograph by Bernard Testa)

    Gamboa, however, clarified that as Water Watch convenor intended to ensure clean, healthy and potable water for Bacolodnons, an official probe of the government-owned water firm could be done once Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Chairperson on Water, Councilor Alex Paglumotan and the rest of the councilors agree to conduct it on the water district headed by General Manager Atty. Juliana Carbon.

    Rudy Maligmat, former and now retired BACIWA Employees Union (BEU) President, promised to send a letter to Paglumotan and the City Council, in behalf of the newly-organized Metro-Bacolod Consumers’ Forum (MBCF), and to once and for all find out what ails BACIWA.

    This is because for months on end, various anti-graft and corruption advocates have been raising issues about alleged graft and corruption in BACIWA.

    Maligmant said a City Council investigation on various aspects of BACIWA’s operations would be positive for consumers.

  • Kabankalan Mayor Zayco Invites All to City’s 17th Charter Anniversary

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    Negros Occidental’s premier city in the south, Kabankalan is celebrating its 17th Charter Anniversary this week, with various activities and programs.

    Mayor Isidro Zayco told NDB the celebration will be highlighted by a Job fair on Thuirsday July 31, and the Charter Day Parade and Program on Saturday, August 2.

    KABANKALAN CHARTER CELEBRATIONS OPEN. In the celebration of the 17th Charter Anniversary of Kabankalan City, a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the Agro Fair is held yesterday, featuring the showcase of 32 barangays. City Mayor Isidro P. Zayco cuts the ribbon. With him is the keynote speaker Mario A. Deriquito, Undersecretary for Partnerships & External Linkages of the Department of Education, Also present are Eliza Bronola, CESO VI, Schools Division Superintendent, City Vice Mayor Delia O. Anacan, 6th District Board Members Helen Zapra, Pedro Zayco, PCL Pres. and Committee on Education’s Raul Rivera, City Tourism Officer Bernadeth Ayala, and the City Councilors.*(Jun Gaton Pasiplat photo)


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    Early last week on another instant southern Negros Occ. trip we chanced upon Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara infront of the town hall.

    It was timely because it was almost 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

    THESE ARE JUST among hi-breed animals (goats, cows, pigs, birds, chicken, Peking duck, etc.) that the Tabujara farm has in Cauayan. The farm is a showcase of an environment-friendly and self-sustaining agricultural farm.* (APT photos)

  • PMA Entrance Exams Set August 3

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    Maj. Ray Tiongson, chief, Public Affairs Office, 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army announces the entrance examination schedule for those interested to join the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the elite school for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

    For Panay and Negros Islands, Tiongson said, the examination is set on August 3, 2014.

  • Governor Slams SOPA

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    Reacting on the State of the People’s Address (SOPA) of some militant groups simultaneous to the SONA of PNoy, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. said, whatever the government does for the people, the militant and cause- oriented groups will still condemn because they believe they are the only right people, and the government is bad.

    SONA rallyists bear the heavy downpour during their protest rally Monday afternoon.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

  • Cops Nab Woman for Child Abuse

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    Police authorities in Cadiz City arrested a 39-year old woman for complaints of child abuse, Monday morning.

    Police Senior Insp. Lawrence Gerald Bathan, of the 2nd Maneuver Platoon of the Negros Occidental Police Public Safety Company (NOPPSC) and SPO4 Freddie Gegato apprehended Ligaya delos Reyes, of Purok Matawhay, Brgy. Zone 2 in the city of Cadiz, for facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

    She was nabbed at Caba-hug Street also in Brgy. Zone 2.

  • Talisay City – A Destination An Investment Opportunity

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    The historical landmarks and heritage sites of the city are among major attractions for both local and international tourists.

    The Talisay Ruins which was cited among the Top 12 ruins of the world continues to draw more people who visit and have their share of memories with the old landmark seated in the city. Packaged tours in Negros always include the Ruins on its list.

    Talisay City, a destination and an investment opportunity (

  • Man Facing Homicide Raps Collared

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    A resident of Manapla town was arrested in a joint operation conducted early this week by members of Manapla, Victorias City and Special Action Force (SAF) in the said town.

    Edgardo Gonzales, 37, of Hacienda Sto. Domingo, Brgy. San Pablo in Manapla was placed under hospitals arrest after being involved in a shooting incident at Hacienda Mimi in Victorias City.

  • Breakaway Group Misrepresents as Marcos Victims’ Rep

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    A breakaway group in the former cause-oriented national democratic coalition, Bayan-Negros, the Alternative Trading or Alter Trade, is trying to throw a monkey wrench into Marcos claims victims in Escalante City, in Northern Negros, by misappropriating and misrepresenting itself, as the rightful processor of Escalante Massacre victims’ rightful representative before the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB).

  • Gay, Woman Speed Off After Refuelling

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    A gay and a woman who were riding in a gray color Honda City without plate number has refused to pay fuel bills in a gasoline station in San Carlos City and sped off towards Salvador Benedicto.

    Worst, Nico Alexis Severino, of Brgy. Mandalagan and Pauline Ann Montero of No. 26 Virgo Street. Greensville here were found with illegal drugs when arrested in checkpoint by Senior Inspector John Joel Batusbatusan, Salvador Benedicto police chief.

    They yielded an improvised tooter with residue of shabu and improvised lighter.

  • New Booter Signs Up for Ceres FC

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    Ceres-La Salle Football Club signed up Fil-German Manuel "Manny" Ott to solidify its lineup in the toughest teams of the 1st division when the United Football League (UFL) kicks off in the last quarter of this year.

    The multi-titled club had earned a slot in the elite division by securing the championship title in the 2nd division of UFL and a back-to-back PFF-Smart Club Men’s Championship titles.

  • 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


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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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