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In Isabela Town TORNADO STRIKES 106 Houses Damaged by Twister

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Around 1:20 pm of October 22, 2014, a devastating tornado (buhawi) struck Barangay Cansalungon of Isabela town in Southern Negros Occ. leaving 36 totally destroyed and 70 partially damaged houses, mostly made of light materials.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office extended food assistance and tarpaulins to affected families.

Most Rev. Vicente M. Navarra & Most Rev. Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, D.D Bishop of Kabankalan & Newly Installed Rev. Fr. Arnold Deletina and Clergy Diocese of Kabankalan & Bacolod on Oct. 22, 2014.* (Rolly Gestupa photo)


The PDRRMC has identified damages in the public market, health center and portions of school infrastructures. Two persons were injured but they were immediately attended by local health personnel.

The Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) responded immediately and brought affected families to Cansalongon Elementary School for temporary shelter.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. instructed Liane Garcia, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer to continue monitoring and providing assistance to the affected families.(Capitol News)

Bong ‘Welcomes’ Jeffrey’s Vice Gubernatorial Plans

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Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson welcomed the possibility of matching up against graduating Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District) in 2016.

“Any qualified Negrense can run for any elected position,” Lacson said in reaction to the statement of Ferrer that he is open to the possibility of running for the vice gubernatorial seat.


Task Force Mapalad farmers stage a protest-march yesterday, October 22, to demand Congress to enact a law for the completion of agrarian reform program as promised by President Benigno Aquino III in Quezon City. The comprehensive agrarian reform program (CARP) expired in June 2014, but PNoy promised the farmers in 2012 that “you will have land”.* (Photo by Jimmy A. Domingo/TFM)

The Vice Governor pointed out the solon is on his last term as congressman of the province’ fourth district.

“Of course he is planning what he will do in 2016,” he pointed out.

As to reports that Ferrer will be running against him in tandem with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Lacson said, “I guess the Governor is ready to talk about 2016 but I am not.”

“As far as work is concerned at the Sanggunian Panlalawigan, we will continue to work in the manner for the past one year,” he said.

As vice governor, he said, “this will not affect my work and my commitment to the Negrenses.”

Lacson also reiterated his earlier stand that he will only talk about his political plans next year.

Hike in the City’s Land Tax Seen

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‘But Not in the Business Tax’ - Puentevella

Our heading here summarizes the statement of City Councilor Kalaw Puentevella, Chairman, Committee on Appropriation and Finance in an interview with NDB monday morning at the People’s House.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (2nd from left) delivers his message during the 3rd Quarter Meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) held at Nature’s Village Resort and Restaurant in Talisay City, yesterday. Also in photo are (r-l) PDRRMC Secretariat Head, Ma. Lina P. Sanogal, Board Member Pedro P. Zayco, Jr., and Provincial Engineer, Ernie Mapa.* (Capitol photo)

GRAND WINNERS: Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (L) and Festival Director Rhoderick Samonte (2nd L) presenting Barangay 18 Captain Jonathan Diaz with Electric MassKara Grand Winner’s prize worth P150,000.00 during the finals last Sunday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

This came about after reports from media critics say that Rolling Hills, a family business of the Puentevellas was one of the complainants who sued the previous administration against increasing city taxes a few years ago but is now pursuing the increase of taxes. “Land tax is far different from business tax, some people don’t realize what they are talking about,” the young Puentevella said.

There is a series of public hearings being conducted by his committee, which he is incidentally the Chairman. “This is a national law, Republic Act 7160 sections 212 and 219 with department order 37-09 by the Department of Finance under Joint Circular 2010-10 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Finance dated October 10, 2010. “This was already published in newspapers of national circulation by the BILGF Department of Finance that Bacolod City is one of the LGUs with an outdated market value. It was since 2009 that we have not reviewed an increase in our land tax rates. Under the law, it is legally required every 3 years that all LGUs should review and update their land taxes. “We even asked during our last session City Assessor Atty. Maphilindo Polvora why only now? It has been 9 years and we are even lower compared to other neighbouring municipalities and cities like Don Salvador Benedicto, Silay, Talisay, Bago etc,” Puentevella added. According to City assessor Polvora, since 2011 they have already requested and the Sangguniang Panlungsod already have a copy of it, but the previous administration of then Mayor Evelio Leonardia shelved it.

There is an ongoing public hearing, consultations, caucuses with the stakeholders to listen and dialogue with them regarding their sentiments and what they like to do with this increase on Land Taxes. Puentevella said they will be holding the last public hearing and after the City Council decides on what and how to implement the law. This is making a step to get more local revenues and not depend on our IRA.

Gov. Fred Scores Sen. Bong

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“Anything you do not know, you do not comment.”

This was the reaction of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. on the comment of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who said that he is not in favor of the proposed Negros Island Region (NIR).

Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao together with DOJ-PPA Administrator Manuel Co, Regional Director Charito Zamora (seated 2nd row, 6th, 5th and 4th from left respectively), some LGU councilors, members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Negros Occidental Parole and Probation Coordinating Center (NOPPCCEN) during the stakeholder’s conference on the implementation of the new Recognizance Law at the Capitol Social Hall, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

Ernesto Palanca receiving the Buklod Award, Mayor Puentevella’s Special Citation, in behalf BREDCO’s Atty. Simplicio Palanca.* (CMO-PIO photo)

“Sagay siya komentar-komentar nga wala siya labot,” Marañon said.

The senator, who visited Negros Occidental last week and even paid a courtesy call to the Governor, said the plan will depend on what form it will take, as he pointed out that the region was organized as an administrative entity.

“I don’t think it’s necessary,” he said.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate committees on local government and public works, said the proposal to merge the two Negros provinces-Occidental and Oriental-into one region will entail additional costs to everyone.

“It’s the same as re-districting. I don’t know if the concept is necessary.”

Marañon said that he wants the proposed NIR to be approved via an executive order from the President and not go through Congress.

Meanwhile, he also confirmed that he will be attending the forum on the NIR in Dumaguete City on October 25, Saturday.

DUPONT Environmental Respect Awards Celebration

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The DUPONT Environmental Respect Awards celebration was recently held at the Sampaguita Hall of Sugarland Hotel.

Honored at the celebration was Ruby C. Cruz, CEO of D.C. Cruz Trading Corporation who was given the distinction of being named as the International Ambassador of Environmental Respect. This award was earlier presented to her in Wilmington, U.S.A by DUPONT International.

DUPONT OFFICIALS. Presenting gift to Mayor Monico O. Puentevella flanked by (L-R) Alan Gensoli, Jerie Macias, DUPONT Country Manager; Ruby C. Cruz, CEO of D.C. Cruz Trading Corp. and Victor O. Venus, DUPONT Marketing Manager


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