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By Eugene Y. Adiong

The public should report substandard infrastructures constructed by private contractors.

This is the call of Atty. Alejandria Gomez, officer in charge of the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) recently.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center) with Negros Press Club’s Henry James Toga, John Elmer Ubaldo and Rico “Babes” Gantalao (Board of Directors), Vice President Chrysee Samillano, President Dolores Epacta, Auditor Mae Singuay, Ex-Officio Carla Cañet, Hernan Garciniego and Mae Marañon. The NPC will be holding its 79th Induction Ceremony on March 7, 2015 with the theme, “NPC: Reaffirming Responsibility and Commitment to Public Service”.*(CMO-PIO photo)

CAPITOL SCHOLARS. University of St. La Salle president, Bro. Raymundo Suplido, FSC, and Dr. Marie Therese Jochico, vice chancellor for academic affairs, third and fourth from right, present a plaque of recognition to the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental for its funding support to financially-challenged but deserving students. Receiving the recognition on behalf of Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. at the recent Fellowship of Gratitude to Benefactors held at Sanctuario de La Salle are Executive Assistant Eric Loretizo and Karen Dinsay, head of the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division, third and fourth from left, with the NOSP scholars currently enrolled at the USLS.*(Richard Malihan photo)

Gomez told Negros Daily Bulletin that PCAB, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said they can conduct an investigation

Gomez told Negros Daily Bulletin that PCAB, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said they can conduct an investigation against erring contractors but there should be a formal complaint.

“We cannot monitor what is happening all over the Philippines. We only have the DTI’s local offices and the local contractors associations,” she said.

She said the mandate of PCAB is to issue or deny licenses based on qualifications, to suspend or revoke licences of erring contractors and issue rules and regulations governing the construction industry.

Under R.A. 4566 as amended by P.D. No. 1746 provides that no contractor (including sub-contractor and specialty contractor) shall engage in the business of contracting without first having secured a PCAB license to conduct business.

On Local Politics: ‘Merger is Complicated’

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

Any merger or unification between the United Negros Alliance and the Love Negros team, “will be complicated”, according to former governor Rafael Coscolluella.

HONORING BACOLOD COPS. Jollibee and Greenwich Ponce Group headed by Mrs. Lucy Ponce, Ma'am Marigold Ponce-Tangco and Sir Junjun Ponce as franchisees represented by their Managing Director, Ms. Sweet Leonoras and Group Manager, Ms. Gesila Cortez give free breakfast meal to Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) personnel as a thanksgiving, with a theme "Salute to our Police, 'Salamat sa inyo Serbisyo sa Pumuluyo sang Ciudad sang Bacolod'".*

‘ERASED IN VALLADOLID’. Valladolid Sangguniang Bayan member Shirley Nacion scored the alleged order of the mayor to either delete or cover her name in tarpaulins printed by women’s groups thanking her for her support through livelihood projects. Note the tarps above, with her name erased “or else the tarps will not be allowed to be displayed,” during the town fiesta’s Agro-Industrial Fair. Right photo, DYAF’s Rommel Pido and DYRL’s Nonoy Ferrer during the interview in the town. *

Coscolluela yesterday said the proposal is “maha-pos istoryahan sa babaw pero pag-tupa sa dalum kompli-kado.”

He said that he really has no idea or any detail of the proposed merger between the two political groups in the province.

“What I know is someone wants the merger para wala gamo,” he said.

For his part, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has remained mum on the merger talks.

Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco, for his part, told Capitol reporters that he too has no idea of the talks on the proposal.

Zayco, the provincial chairman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) pointed to Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd district) as the one initiating the talks with Marañon, the UNA head.

“Personally, the merger will maintain the unity in Negros,” he said.

Coscolluela said he has no plans to return to politics next year as a possible vice gubernatorial candidate.

Provincial Women’s Day

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About 300 women leaders from the different component cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental will converge at Talisay City today, March 4, for the Provincial Women’s Day Celebration (PCW) to be held from 9 am to 3 pm at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Gymnasium.

FOREVER IN WOMEN’S DEBT. That’s the focal point of the famous John Lennon song, “Woman”, as expressed by female jail officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology VI in yesterday’s gender awareness development program in the region lead by UGSAD-University of the Philippines and Regional Gender Resource Center. * (Jimmy Britanico, BJMPVICRS)

Paglumotan, Bais Now Puentevella’s ‘Allies in Running Bacolod City’

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella lauded Councilor Alex Paglumotan for “publicly announcing” that he is supporting the current administration.

In yesterday’s press conference, Puentevella said that the revelation by Paglumotan “is a sign that our party will be strengthened in the forthcoming local elections” and that he, together with the Pamilya MKK slate is open for more who decide to help the city.

“The more people who are coming in, the better; I need all the help I could get,” said Puentevella.

CityMall Commercial Centers Acquire Two Prime Properties for Expansion  

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Following the grand opening of the first Tom N Toms Coffee in the country, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella announced yesterday that the city will have another infrastructure and economic milestone.

Puentevella disclosed that DoubleDragon Properties Corporation subsidiary CityMall Commercial Centers Inc. (CMCCI) has purchased a 1.1 hectare corner lot in Goldenfields Commercial Complex and a 1 hectare prime property along Lacson Street in Barangay Mandalagan.


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