"Release Election Honoraria – Now na!" . . . a chant by teachers during their protest action at the Fountain of Justice (FOJ) yesterday. *(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Negros (ACT - Negros) and the Bacolod City Public School Teachers’ Federation (BCPSTF) held a protest rally at the Fountain of Justice in front of the old Bacolod City Hall to call on COMELEC to release the long-delayed honoraria for some teachers in Negros Occidental and the entire Region 6 who served in the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) during the recent election.
Bacolod Councilor-elect Jun Gamboa gave his statement of support to the teachers who held the protest action yesterday at the FOJ. * (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
June 13, 2013
The Bacolod City Water District will conduct service improvement activities which will cause temporary water supply interruption and turbid water in some portions of the service area.
SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, June 14, 2013
ACTIVITY: Closure of pipelines at Sto. Niño Stop, San Juan Street
AFFECTED AREAS: Barangays 1, 2, and Banago
Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) informs its electricity consumers that, in order to ensure the stability of its distribution lines, maintenance activities will be conducted on June 16, 2013, Sunday, as follows:
Date: June 16, 2013 - Sunday
Time: 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Removal of Primary Poles at Bacolod Public Plaza proposed landmark;
Installation of three (3) 37.5KVA distribution transformers and accessories;
Stringing of Service Wire; and
Opening of 3 disconnecting cut-outs for two (2) 167KVA common distribution transformers for the extension of 1 span 3-phase open secondary line
by Darlene May P. Casiano
I am a Bacolodnon and currently breathe the air and walk the streets of Bacolod City. Social media is the tool that links me with friends far and wide and undoubtedly instrumental in expanding my network in carrying on personal advocacies in tourism development and promotions, good governance and improving our public school services, among others.
Through my social media links and friends, I personally came to know about the celebration of Philippine Independence Day on June 2, 2013 in New York City, far too advanced than our June 12 celebration in the country. During the New York City celebration led by the Philippine Consulate, our fellow Bacolodnons participated in the festivities and revelries as BACOLOD MASSKARA DANCERS NEW YORK EDITION.
The photos and videos on the BACOLOD MassKara NY Edition Group were shared through social media with friends and group pages especially among the Bacolodnons. On the day itself, immediate postings generated Ohsss and Ahhhss as we saw our personal friends dance in the streets of NY to the familiar beat of MASSKARA music. It was through Eden de la Cruz-Oyco a kasimario from Villamonte, Bacolod City and currently a resident of New Jersey, USA that I saw the postings of the fun and frolic in the streets of New York.
In an Independence Day message, graduating Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia revealed that Bacolod City remains on the right track and has been surging ahead to liberate the city from the crisis of its mono crop economy and be one of the country’s fastest growing billionaire city in the country today.
"I am proud that as Bacoleños, we have that certain resiliency of the spirit uniting us as a people and binding us to a common interest for the best of our city. Some kind of common interest contributing to a common good to attain and sustain the progress made," Leonardia said as he addressed the crowd that braved the rains early morning Wednesday.
Leonardia disclosed that in the past nine years, the city has been enjoying the independence and freedom from the grim statistics of unemployment due to the very favorable business environment for major investments which have been giving jobs to many of our unemployed.
Bacolod’s civic and military groups joined Wednesday’s parade that started off at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon with City Administrator John Orola and city officials heading a long line of paraders.
Councilor Sonya Verdeflor was in a second jeep following Orola’s with Attys. Joselito Bayatan and Goldwyn Nifras in third position followed by PNP, Army, BJMP personnel at the frontline.
Barangay representatives, Philippine Coastguard, Philippine Airforce, the Adventist Response Unit, Amity Fire Brigade, Bacolod Fire Prevention or BFD, the Filipino-Chinese Chamber and NOHS were likewise at the lead.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia with former Mayors Luzviminda Valdez and Oscar "Oca" Verdeflor together during the Opening Ceremony of the Historical Photo Exhibit staged by the City of Bacolod, SM Malls and Bacolod City Cultural Foundation, Inc. at the SM City Northwing Mall Transport Hub yesterday.*
The people are now eager to know the City’s financial state especially the status of its reported P1.4 Billion debts but yesterday’s meeting, June 13, 2013, of transition teams was a disappointment.
The organized Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella’s transition team was met with "zero documents" coming from the side of Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s transition team headed by Secretary to the Mayor Moises de la Cruz.
TRANSITION. Documented photo of the June 13, 2013 meeting of the two transition teams. The left side is the City Department Heads representing the team organized by outgoing Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia. The right side is the transition team organized by incoming Mayor Monico Puentevella. (Gil Severino photo)
Absent in yesterday’s meeting were representative from the Department of Interiors and Local Government (DILG) and representative from the Commission of Audit (COA).
After "deliberations over nothing", the transition teams of both sides agreed to re-postpone submission of 28 documents stipulated in Leonardia’s Executive Order number 13 s. 2013, signed May 7, 2013.
Selected educational institutions in Bacolod will be visited by a representative of AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines on June 17-18 to conduct program orientations and recruit potential participants for its various international exchange programs.
Among the schools to be visited are Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B), La Consolacion College (LCC), St. John’s Institute (SJI) and the University of St. La Salle (USLS).
LCC, SJI, USLS together with Trinity Christian School hosted foreign exchange students from France, Belgium, Germany, Argentina, Thailand, Japan and Switzerland last academic year.
All sports events will be given their utmost attention with the meeting of all sports coordinators of Local Government Units (LGUs) today, June 14 at the office of Provincial Sports Development Office at Panaad Park and Sport Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
But foremost of them, they will concentrate on boxing events, I was told adding that said meeting will focus on the staging of 4th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Cup Boxing Tournament with the final to be held in La Carlota City.
Newly elected Western Visayas president of Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, (ABAP) Inc. Mr. Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor and Sports Coordinators head will preside over the meeting. Elimination boxing bouts for each district will immediately be scheduled so as not to conflict with other districts holding their own eliminations. The winners will advance to the finals in October in La Carlota City.