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Bacolod City

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

‘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.

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)

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.


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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


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