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Bacolod City

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.

Volunteer Group KASANAG Vows to Keep Helping People

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The founder and president of KASANAG, a Bacolod City-based group composed of thousands of members believing in the spirit of volunteerism, vowed not to stop sharing their time, efforts, and even money, with people needing help.

John Chiong, also told NDB that as long as the purpose of a group or an individual needing Kasanag’s manpower capability is to assist others, they will not hesitate.

VOLUNTEER GROUP KASANAG’s outreach program in Himamaylan, Negros Occ. last June 26, 2014 -- just one of its efforts to help as many people as it can.*  

"Kasanag’s presence in many parts of the country, which continues to grow, did not happen if not for the burning volunteerism in each member. We are here to help enable groups and individuals reach more people, in delivering to the underpriveleged services and goods, no matter whether it is in the urban center or in rural areas like high above the mountains and far-flung barangays," Chiong said.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘Illegal Slaughtering’ Busted, BMMC Pathway Closure Settled

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Community vigilance and peaceful negotiations with rightful owners produce positive result. A day before the intended closure of the pathway at the Bacolod Murcia Milling Corporation in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, the illegal slaughterer of animals was caught red handed by the vigilant residents of Brgy. 41. Led by Brgy. Capt. Leonilo Colegado, with Kagawads Darie Penuela and Richard Derla, and tips from the residents in Purok 3, Brgy. 41, people slaughtering the animals near the well used by the residents were surprised being caught unaware

Pilferage Remains Top Problem of CENECO

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Pilferage in electricity is still a problem of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO). Usually, the jumpers in the residential consumers is robbing the Coop of its power supply. Thus said Mr. Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr., CENECO General Manager. For year 2013, total systems loss caused by pilferage has reached more than 14%, which is higher than the allowed 13% systems loss by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

PWDs Celebrate 36th Anniversary

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The Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) of Bacolod City celebrated their 36th anniversary last July 18, 2014 by staging an "Angel Walk" and "Musical Variety Show" which was held at the SM Mall in Bacolod City.

Some of the 400 PWDs join the "Angel Walk".

2nd Committee Hearing on Proposed GK Week Held Yesterday

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Councilor Claudio Jesus Raymundo "Kalaw" Puentevella’s proposal to declare the first of week of October of every year as Gawad Kalinga (GK) Week has reached its second committee hearing yesterday at the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella heading the second committee hearing of his Gawad Kalinga Week proposal yesterday at the Bacolod SP Session Hall.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Nhojs Posts 2nd Win in Fil-Sino Fellowship Caging

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Nhojs Sportswear beat Pilmico/Salto, 103-93, for its second win in Fil-Sino Inter-Company Fellowship Cup Class A at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Friday.

Nico Lopingco led Nhojs with big 67 points. Lopingco drilled 21 triples in the game.

In their first game beating Marby Arcade La Salle, 84-83, Lopingco score 12 points.

It was Pilmico/Salto’s first defeated in two outings. They beat 365 Fuelstar, 77-71, last week.

Court Employees Mourn

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Employees at the Hall of Justice who are members of the Court Employees Association Negros Occidental Chapter were mourning since yesterday by sporting black T-shirts.

This is to express their dismay over the gestures of President Benigno Aquino which allegedly seemed to disobey the decision of the Supreme Court - the highest court of the land. Reportedly, they met yesterday afternoon and discussed their plan to conduct silent protest simultaneous to the state of nation address of Pres. Aquino on Monday, July 28.

JKT, BCD Debuts in Fil-Sino Class B

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Johann Kendrick Tan and Bacolod Steel Center debuted in Class B of the Fil-Sino Inter-Company Fellowship Cup held at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

JKT routed Northwest Inn, 106-65, while Bacolod Steel Center held off Eversure Mktg., 95-84.

JKT and Northwest Inn stalled at 23-all in the first quarter, but pulled away, 55-31 at the break.

After both teams played to a 1st quarter standoff at 23 all, JKT’s Allan Su and Edward Uy delivered 9 pts. apiece to pull away at the break 55-31.

Huge Unpaid Gov’t Bills Hinder CENECO’s Major Repair Jobs

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The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) has lots of major repair jobs, like replacing primary poles and lines to prevent or significantly minimize power outages which can occur even just by a touch of small leaves.

Oher poles are also already reclining, but we find difficulty in doing repair jobs due to limited funds. The huge unpaid electric bills of the government is major factor that hinder our major repair jobs.

Thus said CENECO General Manager Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr. in a weekend interview.

Anger & Stress Management Seminar Set July 24

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In these hard times, this is one rare opportunity needed - whether one is in business and employment, learning or teaching, or just plainly "manning the streets".

Gamboa Tells Sugar Workers to ‘Shape Up or Perish’

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Other than the issue on wages, Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. urged sugar workers Saturday to set discussions on two pressing issues that could spell the survival of the sugar industry – land reform and globalization.

Gamboa was one of the speakers in a workers’ economic forum organized by the Grand Alliance of Workers’ Association (GAWA) during which he stressed to sugar workers not to sulk against these two "irreversible givens" pictured as the "hammer and sickle".

MC-Rider Killed in Head-On Collision

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A motorcycle rider died while being treated at a hospital in Bacolod City for injuries due to a head-on collision with a truck, Saturday evening in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City.

Police record showed Norberto Domingo, 40, of Brgy. Sum-ag was heading North direction along the national highway of Purok Ajinomoto, Brgy. Taloc on board his Rusi motorcycle when he tried to overtake a cargo truk when it accidentally bumped against an oncoming Mitsubishi Fighter truck with plate number BTG 958 driven by Armando Babor, 39, of Canlaon City.

City Vet Office to Conduct Mass Vaccination Drive

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In line with their continuing effort to vaccinate 80% of the dog and cat population of the city, the Bacolod City Veterinary Office will be conducting a Barangay Mass Vaccination campaign in 12 barangays starting today, July 21.

The campaign will run until September starting with Barangay Punta Taytay on July 21-22, followed by Barangay Cabug (July 23-24), Barangay Handumanan (July 28, 30, 31 and August 1), Barangay Felisa (August 4-6), Barangay Alijis (August 11-15), Barangay Vista Alegre (August 18-22) and Barangay Bata (August 26-29).

‘Basura Baylo Bugas’ Stirs Residents

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As part of environmental advocacy and food for work program, a project dubbed - Basura Baylo Bugas (garbage in exchange of rice) was held over the weekend in Brgy. Singcang Airport in Bacolod City.

It was a joint efforts of the Bacolod City Host Lions Club, Jaime Ongpin Foundation Embrace program, offices of Bacolod Councilors Em Ang and Caesar Distrito, and Barangay Singcang Airport officials led by Brgy. Capt. Rosinie Distrito.

ALS, an Alternative Towards a Better Future

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An estimated of 2,500 students in the City of Bacolod have attended the Alternative Learning System (ALS) General Orientation at BAYS Center last July 18, 2014.

Spearheaded by Dr. Gregorio C. Moyani, Education Program Specialist I, the activity was attended by City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya, City Councilors Wilson Gamboa, Ann Marie Palermo, Em Ang and Kalaw Puentevella.

Barangay Mass Vaccination Schedule 2014

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1. Barangay Punta-Taytay - July 21-22, 2014

2. Barangay Cabug - July 23-24, 2014

3. Barangay Handumanan - July 28,30,31, 2014

& August 1, 2014

4. Barangay Felisa - August 4-6, 2014

5. Barangay Alijis - August 11-15, 2014

6. Barangay Vista Alegre - August 18-22, 2014

7. Barangay Bata - August 26-29, 2014

8. Barangay Mandalagan - September 1-5, 2014

9. Barangay Banago - September 8-11, 2014

10. Barangay Montevista - September 12, 2014

11. Barangay Alangilan - September 15-19, 2014

Rolando "Junjun" Espina Jr.: Bacolod’s Gem in the Emerald Isle

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 He may look and talk like a typical overseas parent, but Rolando Espina Jr. had achieved something that only a handful of individuals would dare to tread: competing in a full distance Triathlon.

Rolando Espina, Jr. with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and veteran journalist Rolando Espina.*(CMO-PIO photo)

Sampaguita Gives to ALS Learners

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Bacolod City Sampaguita Lions Club showed its active support in improving the standard of education in public schools in Bacolod City. The club visited Sum-ag Elementary School and Bata Elementary School 1 to turn over donations for the instructional materials at Sum-ag Elementary and school uniforms for the Alternative Learning System learners at Bata Elementary School 1.

SAMPAGUITA with ALS learners at Bata Elementary School.

Bacolod, Province to Co-host 5th Gov Cup Boxing Tilt

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Bacolod City and the province of Negros Occidental will co-host the championship of the 5th Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. Open Boxing Tournament on October 8-12 at the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports (BAYS) Center.

The boxing championship will be part of the 2014 MassKara Festival in Bacolod City.

Mayor Monico Puentevella has invited Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao to attend the event to spice up the opening of the tournament.

Gov. Marañon Attends SM’s Farmers Training Launch

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Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., yesterday attended the launching of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan–Farmers Training Program of the SM Foundation, Inc. in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture, Harbest Agribusiness Corp., and the municipal government of Toboso.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco, and SM Foundation Asst. Vice President for Livelihood, Cristie S. Angeles (r-l) at the ceremonial planting of seedlings during the launching of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan–Farmers Training Program in Toboso, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

BACIWA Gets Seal of Good Environmental Governance

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The Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) was recently awarded by the provincial government the coveted Bronze Seal of Good Environmental Governance for its Watershed Project in Campuestohan, Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, during the 22nd Provincial Environment Week culmination program last June 27, 2014 at the Provincial Session Hall.

BACIWA GEN. MANAGER Juliana Carbon (5th from left) receives the Bronze Seal of Good Environmental Governance from Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (4th from left).*

CENECO Sets Power Interruption on Sunday

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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 July 20, 2014 (Sunday), as follows:

Date: July 20, 2014 – Sunday

Time: 8:00AM to 5:00PM


· Replacement of rotten primary poles from corner BS Aquino Drive – La Salle Avenue to Riverside College, Barangay 5, Bacolod City

17-Yr. Old Woman Found Dead in Waiting Shed

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A 17-year old girl was found dead in a waiting shed in Brgy. Cabug, Bacolod City at dawn yesterday.

Leah Perez of Brgy. Man-uling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental was founmd with an injury and hematoma in her left eye, bruises and abrasions in the body.

Police Inspector Wilfredo Gilonggo was able to identify the victim after dialing numbers in her cellphone and contacted the victim’s aunt in Cauayan.

SP Asks DPWH, Solon: Install Traffic Safety, Street Names on National Roads

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod approved the resolution of Councilor Caesar Distritio during midweek session, to request the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Cong. Evelio Leonardia to install traffic safety and street name signs in all national roads of the city.

The national roads particularly Lacson Street as one of the busiest streets in Bacolod City have no sufficient traffic safety signs, which pose danger to our constituents.

Gamboa Bares Savings from P1M Independence Day Budget

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Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. disclosed yesterday that for the first time savings of P345, 000.00 was achieved from the P1,000,000.00 budget earmarked for the 116th Independence Day Rites and Programs.

The P345, 000.00 savings will be reverted to the City’s Treasury that will eventually cover certain personnel expenses like bonuses and other benefits as deemed appropriate by the finance offices.

Gamboa is the over-all Chair of the Bacolod City 116th Independence Day Celebration, preparation of which was only two weeks.

‘Pasundayag sang Kapulisan 2014’

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As the Bacolod City Police Office celebrates their 19th Police Community Relation month for the whole month of July 2014 with the theme"Pinaigting na Samahan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran ng Sambayanan",Bacolod City Police Office have the"Pasundayag sang Kapulisan 2014" which aimed at regaining the trust,support and cooperation of the people of Bacolod City.

8th Monico Cup Semis Reset on Aug 2 & 3

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The crossover semifinal of the 8th Monico Cup was reset to August 2 and the championship the next day on August 3 at the Bacolod Arts Youth and Sports (BAYS) Center.

This was disclosed by Joey Puentevella of Bacolod City Sports Office in a telephone call yesterday.

Puentevella said the resetting of the crossover semifinal and the championship, to pave way for the renovation and repainting of BAYS Center gym.

There is no changes in the schedules of the pairing after the July 16 coaches meeting, he added.

Marapara Rotary Inducts New President

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The Rotary Club of Bacolod Marapara inducted its new president and set of officers for Rotary Year 2014-2015 at the 21 Restaurant in Bacolod City recently.

Ivan Ereneta is the club’s new president. He takes over from Fidel Henares.

Mr. Ereneta said the club will continue with its many community programs, especially its medical missions. He called for the continuing support of all club members.

Guest of honor and keynote speaker was Bacolod City Mayor, Monico Puentevella

The club also inducted Efren Chan and Joseph Cuansing as new members.

Familiaran Requests Negros Occs Congressmen: Donate Hemo Machine to WVRH

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Considering that most of the patients with kidney diseases are found in Negros Occidental, however, the hemodialysis machines at the Western Visayas Regional Hospital (WVRH) is not enough to serve the 99 hemo patients. Councilor ElCid Familiaran, chair, SP committee on health, resolve to request the Negrense congressmen, to donate hemodialysis machine.

Mayor on AVM Bernardo, Typhoon Glenda, Drainage & Education Standards

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella has once again, stressed a press conference at the old City Hall building as the venue, that issues related to the antiquated drainage system in the city, AVM Bernardo slaughterhouse shot-through with various major defects, the city’s weaknesses when it comes to elementary and high school education, must be given solutions and resolutions because these are matters which need to be corrected with measures put in place.

Pointing to the direction of Tropical Storm "Glenda" at the Operations Center of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.*(CMO-PIO photo)

The Bacolod chief executive earlier referred to problems and defects in various points of governance in the chartered city which he inherited from the previous administration which had held the reins of local government for a successive three terms or nine years.

City Spared by TS ‘Glenda’ Mayor to Address Drainage Problem in Brgys 3, 4 & Others

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With Tropical Storm "Glenda" (International name "Rammasun") expected to be 450km West of Laoag City or outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today, City Mayor Monico Puentevella once again thanked the Almighty for shielding Bacolod from her might.

"We have been spared by Glenda," expressed Puentevella in same cheery manner after Super Typhoon Yolanda made its way out of the province and the country November of last year.

SP Urges DPWH, Cong Leonardia to Set Up Pedestrian Lanes Fronting SRA

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The resolution of Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, chair, Women and Gender committee was approved during the midweek session to request the Office of Congressman Evelio Leonardia and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to set up pedestrian lanes fronting the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) along Araneta Street, for the protection of persons crossing the highway.

The area, Verdeflor said, has thick commercial establishments and the fast moving motored vehicles are plying along the area.

8th Monico Cup Semis on Saturday

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Four teams will battle for the crossover semifinals in the 8th Monico Cup on Saturday at Bacolod Arts Youth and Sports (BAYS) Center.

Rolando "Jack" Marañon, tournament manager said the game starts at 3PM between Brgy. Singcang-Airport and Brgy. 10.

This will be followed between two teams; Brgy. 18 against Brgy. 19 at 4:30PM

The championship will be on July 27.

Loser in game 1 and loser in game 2 will play for third place, followed by the championship between the winners.

2nd DFL kicks off July 19

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AAll set as the 2nd Dynamic Football League Age-Group Tournament kicks off on Saturday, July 19 at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Bacolod City.

Leading the contenders in the Under 13 category are defending champion University of St. La Salle and reigning first runner-up Trinity Christian School

Road to 2014 FIBA World Cup: Gilas Must Prevail in China - Newks

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 With a month and a half left before the FIBA World Cup unfolds in August, the Philippine men’s basketball team – Gilas are catching up with their preparation with the 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China.

Mayor Monico Puentevella

PWD Week Launched

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The celebration of the National Disability Preventive and Rehabilitation Week was launched last Monday during the weekly Flag Raising Ceremony at the People’s House.

PWDs (l-r) Arnold, Lowell and Nonoy.

Bacolod City Councilor Ann Marie Palermo, chairperson of the Social Services Committee, in her message during the launching ceremonies stated:

SP Okays Sports, Cultural Programs at BCC, Also Scholarships, Incentives

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Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella’s proposed ordinance to institutionalize sports and cultural programs and the provision of corresponding scholarship grants and incentives at the Bacolod City College (BCC) was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

Puentevella detailed in his proposal the benefits of sports as an effective tool for human development, empowers the youth and promotes community development, friendship, fair competition and character building.

National Gov’t Coursing Delivery of Basic Services to Cong’l Districts

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Congressmen except those belonging to partylist groups, could now source substantial funds from the budget allocated national government departments, considered line agencies for infrastructure projects, health and medical services, social services and the like as they are given privileges to request for these funds in lieu of previous funds provided them directly and which they can withdraw through Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROS).

This information was provided by several staffers of the six including the lone congressional district from Bacolod.

Mayor Monico: ‘Well-Deserved Victory for Germany, Sad Fate for Messi in WC’

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Mayor Monico Puentevella

A 1-nil escape in extra time of the 2nd half is what the Germany needed to win its 4th title in the World Cup against Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil early yesterday morning.

Mario Goetze scored the late goal to lift Germany for the cup. Both sides actually played great football which ended to a scoreless draw in the regulation as well as in the first half of the extension period.

The prestigious World Cup trophy is almost of reach by Lionel Messi-led Argentinian team but, suffered missed opportunities in their goal attempts even during the regulation period – in which they paid for it.

Fiesta Homes Feature Top Philippine Festivals

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Among the hundreds of housing subdivisions spread all over Bacolod City, there is one distinct community in Brgy. Sum-ag on Crossing Punta Taytay along the highway where the customary festivals and special occasions frequented by tourists-foreign and domestic are focused and given due importance by local residents to the delight of their guests and friends.

FHHA JULY BOARD MEETING. In photo above: (from left) Zonito Salazar,past president, NDB’s Pert Toga, Engr Arlin Alegada, incumbent president, Nieva Guilaran, Rosita Locsin, Junnete Tacolod, Glenda Inefable, Sarah Alejaga, Marilyn Nalasa, Rosalie Ramos, and Bernadette Navarro. Photo below are same officers with James Toga, VP at right.*

CENECO Board Elects 2014 Officers

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Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) Board of Directors had elected its officers for the year 2014. Incumbent President Atty. Arnel L. Lapore, CPA, District II – Bacolod South Director retains his post together with Vice President Michael S. Maravilla of District IX – Silay City and Secretary Paul T. Lizares of District XIII – Talisay City. District VI – Bago City representative Robert J. Javellana was elected Treasurer.

CENECO Officers. (From left to right) President Arnel L. Lapore, CPA, Vice President Michael S. Maravilla, BOD Secretary Paul T. Lizares and BOD Treasurer Robert J. Javellana*

Gamboa Files Ordinance to Ensure Quality Boarding Houses in Bacolod

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Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. files proposed ordinance last July 9, 2014 that will strictly regulate the operation and maintenance of boarding houses and dormitories – mainly registration of tenants or occupants, government permits and licenses, fire protection system, sanitary permits (food, kitchen, rooms), water supply, waste disposal, among others.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. file photo taken last May 1, 2014 Job Fair at the SM City Bacolod where he joined thousands of young job seekers

52 OSY Finish Free Computer Servicing Training

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As a commitment to the less privileged and hopeless out of school youths, Batch 22 comprising 52 trainees finished the 3 month free computer servicing training program conducted by Grande Computer Outreach and Training Center, Inc, at Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City.

Grande training staff with officers, L-R: Vice chair Engr Raylan Mondragon, trainor Dianne May Deloma, Brgy. Capt. Febe Legaspi, Chair Beth Jocson, trainors Tina and Efren Taocta.* (EBColmo)

6th Bro Ceci Volley Tilt Slated Aug.2-Sept.6

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The 6th Bro Ceci Hojilla Memorial Volleyball Cup will be held August 2 to September 6, 2014 at the University of St. La Salle College covered Court.

The tournament will be in two divisions and held annually, according to Roger A. Banzuela, Negros Occidental Volleyball Association (NOVA) president and former Philippine Volleyball Federation head.

The two divisions are Class A Open for men and women; and Class B men and women for 30 years old and above.

Teams from Iloilo and Dumaguete are joining Class A Open division, Banzuela added.

SP Okays Move to Regulate Frat Recruitment, Hazing

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Following the death of 18-year old Bacoleño and College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Caesar Servando in a fraternity hazing rite last June 28, 2014, a resolution enjoining all public and private higher educational institutions, thru the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to monitor and enforce Republic Act No. 8049 was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) last Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella

Author Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella said in his resolution that schools should be attentive in the possible recruitment of students to join fraternities and other groups and where neophytes are required to undergo initiation, or rite of passage.

The death of Servando, Puentevella added, shocked the whole country and once again triggered public outrage that hazing is still a recurring social issue, not only in the Philippines but in the whole world.

Despite No PDAF: Leonardia Brings P800-M Projects to Bacolod

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As a neophyte congressman, Representative Evelio R. Leonardia of the lone district of Bacolod City was able to implement infrastructure projects worth P892,843,735.00 for the people of Bacolod City, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Left photo: Representative of the lone district of Bacolod, Evelio "Bing" Leonardia (center), is being greeted by his supporters and well-wishers after he delivered his state of the district address (SODA). Right photo: members of the Sunshine Boys, businessmen Col. Pompeyo Querubin, transport tycoon Ricardo Yanson and Atty. Jose "Toti" Ramos.* (EBColmo)

A Member ‘Owns’ Villar Construction Company, Slammed by Dismissed Workers

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A small police complement, has stood nearby while part of the 93 construction workers staging a picket before the Vista land office in the Villar-owned Camella Homes in Mandalagan Village staged their protest action demanding that they be reinstated to their jobs and that the construction company, Master, Inc. settle payment of benefits and other privileges which is supposed to have been given to them. Many of the construction workers have been working in the company believed actually owned by the Villars but is bruited to be owned by a separate

Muslims Disown Badjaos

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The Maranao Traders Association of Muslims in Bacolod City with over 200 members lead by Sultan Marangi strongly deny or disown the Badjaos who are roaming around the city.

Sultan Marangi (right), leader of Maranao Traders, is one of the Muslim brothers who occupies one side of the sidewalk along Luzurriaga Street for more than 40 years already. Left photo, a Badjao hunchback begs at the sidewalk at the downtown area.* (EBColmo)

MAPFRE Insular Provides Van to Kalipay Negrense Foundation

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MAPFRE Insular, one of the world’s largest insurance firms based in Madrid, Spain, turned-over a 20-seater van to Bacolod City, Philippines-based Kalipay Negrense Foundation that takes care of scores of homeless, physically and sexually abused children.

2nd Visayas Jr. Tablenet Qualifier Set July 25-27

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Young paddlers across the region are expected to converge to Bacolod City when the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines – sanctioned and Lopue’s Table Tennis Association (LOPTTA) – organized 2nd Visayas Junior Table Tennis Qualifying Tournament opens on July 25-27 at LOPTTA Training Center.

CENECO Sets Power Interruptions on July 10 & 13, 2014

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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 July 10 (Thursday) and July 13, 2014 (Sunday) as follows:

Date: July 10, 2014 – Thursday

Time: 5:00AM to 8:00AM


Middle span erection of primary pole at the back of SM Mall, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City

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SP Urges CHO Start Dengue Awareness Drive in the Barangays

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Considering that rainy season has started and dengue cases have been reported rising, Bacolod City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, committee chairperson on Women and Gender Development, is urging the City Health Office, through the Office of the City Mayor, to start dengue awareness and prevention measures in the City of Bacolod.

Bacolod Jins to See Action in Korea Taekwondo Open

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The Philippine team with Hanah Taekwondo jin Deb Matthew Daclan and Far Eastern University-based Bacoleño jin Clouie Bolinas went to South Korea to see action in the Korea Taekwondo Open 2014 set to open today, July 10 until July 16.

Vic Feria-mentored Hanah Taekwondo jins in posterity after it claimed the 15thVisayas Age-Group Taekwondo Championships.*

DUCKPIN: Retro, ASSFBI, KMH to Bowl Off in LTBC Trio Tonight

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After 10 rounds of ball rolling action at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Retro Bowlers managed by Iran Pielago secured the twice-to-beat advantage in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest last Tuesday.

Retro ace bowler Pielago led his team with a total accummulated points of 9,730 (963 - 331, 335, 297). Lending a throwing hand are members Raymund Lopez, Cero Cordova, Eshho Garcia, and Patô Fodlione.

No Rice Hoarding in Bacolod: NFA

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National Food Authority (NFA)-Negros Occidental General Manager Procopio Trabajo II said yesterday, there is no hoarding of rice in Bacolod City or elsewhere in Negros Occidental. He said, it is impossible for the rice traders to hoard because there is sufficient stocks of rice at the NFA warehouse. NFA has 600,000 sacks of rice stock, enough until the end of 2014. Also, they are conducting inventory of the new arrival of imported rice at the warehouse.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) welcomes Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo Partylist), Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District, Negros Occ.) together with PSSupt. Benigno B. Durana, Jr., Chief of the PNP Law Enforcement Division and Internal Security Operations; PCSupt. Jonathan Miano, Chief of the PNP National Operation Center; P/Chief Supt. Josephus G. Angan, Regional Director, PNP–Region VI; and Negros Occ. Police Provincial Office Director, PSSupt. Milko Lirazan, among others, during a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, yesterday.* (Capitol photo)

But he expressed surprise why Bacolod City sells higher prices of NFA rice than those in the municipalities, when in fact, it is delivered to them directly. Out of town prices of NFA rice is from P34 to P39.00 per kilo, while in Bacolod it costs P40.00, almost close to the price of commercial rice which is P42 to P44.00 a kilo.

Trabajo was surprised to receive feedbacks that in some areas, no NFA rice is found in the market because the traders are allegedly mixing it with the commercial rice varieties.

Trabajo did not discount the tricks of rice traders that the NFA rice are mixed into commercial rice, and the selling price is that of the commercial rice.

He said he has coordinated with the offices of CIDG and NBI to conduct inspection of rice traders regarding the reported adulteration of commercial rice with NFA rice, and overpricing. Whoever is found doing this would mean legal action against the perpetrators that would be tantamount to cancellation of their license as rice trader, Trabajo disclosed.

Sum-ag Barangay Council Claims Brgy. Punta Taytay is still a Sitio of Sum-ag

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Members of the Barangay Council of Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City lead by Barangay Capt. Rodney Carmona, are claiming that technically speaking, Brgy. Punta Taytay remains a sitio of Brgy. Sum-ag because its creation did not pass the legal procedure. It did not follow the guidelines of Republic Act 1859 and Republic Act 7160 which both require that before creating a new barangay, there must be public consultation or plebiscite.

City Might Cancel Business Permit of AVM Bernardo

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Despite follow up with the office of the Permit and Licensing Division at the Bacolod City Hall, the business permit of AVM Bernardo has not been released yet.

Distrito To Urge Schools Management to Implement the Anti-Hazing Law

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Councilor Caesar Distrito, who topped the number of resolutions passed in the Bacolod SP, is again pushing another resolution for the public’s general welfare. With co-authors Councilor Em Ang, Bobby Rojas and Carl Lopez, this resolution will be deliberated today at the SP session, to request the management of all public and private secondary and tertiary schools in Bacolod City, to implement measures in preventing hazing among fraternities and sororities within their jurisdictions in compliance with Republic Act 8049, an

Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena is World’s Largest

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The Philippine Arena, touted as the world’s largest domed arena with its 55,000 seating capacity, is ready for its opening and inauguration on July 27, 2014.

BUSINESS WEEK OPENS TRADE FAIR, EXHIBITS. Negros Occidental Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Frank Carbon, and Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella lead in the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday that marked the opening of the week-long Negros Business Week at Robinsons Place Bacolod, with the theme, "Strengthening the Small Businesses for More and Better Jobs". Also in photo is Bobby Montelibano, Fred Barcelona, and Mr. George Zulueta.*

Very few landscaping work and other finishing touches are now being completed in time for the opening of the "largest theater in the planet" that would be the center of the INC’s Centennial celebrations this July 27, NDB sources in the church revealed..

The Korean firm, Hanwha Engineering and Construction, announced the completion of the Philippine Arena in Bulacan weeks ago.

Construction work was officially finished on May 30, it said.

Korea Bizwire quoted Hanwha as saying that the completion of the construction work on the indoor arena took 30 months to complete, at a cost of $175 million.

The Philippine Arena was built on a total area of 74,000 square meters.

Its roof area is scaled to 35,000 square meters, reported the Korea Bizwire.

The funds spent for the construction of the landmark Philippine Arena, and for the various houses and buildings of worship of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines and in other countries, all came from the offerings of church members, NDB was told by insiders.

Schistosomiasis Outbreak in 3 Calatrava Barangays

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Three barangays in the northern town of Negros Occidental have reportedly an outbreak of schistosomias.

Molasses, Gifts, Housewares Top Negros Exports: DTI

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For year 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental reported that molasses and gifts/housewares are leading products exported to other countries.

According to Engr. Engiemar Tupas, acting division chief of the business development division of DTI here, Japan, Middle East, Europe and United States of America (USA) are common export markets of Negros Occidental products.

‘Revisiting CO 533, S. of 2011, Wanting for its Implementation’

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After seeing the positive effects of the grown trees now along Luzuriaga Extension fronting SM (Exit) Reclamation Area (see photos below), Councilor El Cid Familiaran said to himself, "this is it!"



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Former UNO-R Father Treasurer, Rev. Fr. Delfin A. Castillo, OAR

Former UNO-R Father Treasurer, Rev. Fr. Delfin A. Castillo, OAR passed away July 2, 2014 at the age of 68 of multiple organ failure due to pancreatic cancer. Interment was held yesterday, July 7, after the 9:30 am Requiem Mass at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Quezon City.

Fr. Castillo served the university in various assignments from 1979–1991.

He had his simple profession on Sept. 7, 1968; Solemn Profession on Oct. 17, 1971; Sacerdotal Ordination on June 29, 1972. His religious assignments include San Carlos (1972 -1979); Bacolod (1979-1991); Talisay, Neg. Occ. (1991 – 1997); Spain and Talisay, Cebu (1997); Provincial House (2003).

UNO-R Recent Board Passers

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The UNO-R Social Work Department once again produced twelve (12) new Registered Social Workers. These twelve successfully passed the Social Work Licensure examinations given last June 2014. They are: Sr. Maria Helen Adobas; Ria Rufa Benitua; Marnellie Datiles; Ma. Gerla Espinosa; Lourie Fabillar; Rhozelle Joyce Liza; Roniza Lutao; Maria Pia Montalvo; Hanna Potestad; Cristena Seba; Sr. Rhea Lei Tolibas; and Charmaine Viloria. The new social Workers had their review at UNO-R with Atty. Dolores Nalumen; Dr. Anita Rabago; Mr. Celo

Statement of Bacolod Councilor Caesar Z. Distrito

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Re: Being top SP performer from January - Dec. 2013

"I am humbled by the support of my colleagues in the SP, as without them seeing the wisdom and importance of the 8 ordinances and the 430 resolutions resolutions that I authored, the same will not be approved.

This is our primary duty as councilor, which is to legislate and make policy direction.

And this is to prove to those 76, 000 Bacolodnons who believe in me that their votes were not wasted, and they can say that I deserve to be in the City Council.

2014 NLE 7th Placer Lauded by Mayor Monico

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 A Certificate of Commendation was awarded by City Mayor Monico Puentevella to Charmaine Relos Timbas for her seventh place finish in the recently concluded Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) with a score of 84.4%.

"Her recent success embodies the saying, ‘hard work pays off’. May this achievement open new opportunities for her in the future," expressed Puentevella who also considers every given certificate as an inspiration for him and his administration to strive for the betterment of the city and its constituents.

Retro Steers Lead With Style in LTBC Trio Bowlfest

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Retro Bowlers’ boss and ace player Iran Pielago continue to steer the lead with style as it collected a total points of 8,767 after round 9 in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

24 Teams to See Action in DFL 2nd Conference July 19

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A total of twenty-four teams will be seeing action in divisions when the Dynamic Football League (DFL) 2nd Conference kicks off on July 19 at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch.

The tournament was originally scheduled to open on July 12. Instead, the coaches meeting will be held on this date.

Expected to take the football field are 16 teams for the Under 13 and 8 teams in the Under 11 division.

For the U11, a player must be born January 1, 2004 and later, while those suiting up for the U13 must be born January 1, 2002 and later.

MBCCI Opens Week-long ‘Negros Business Week’ Today

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MBCCI President, Frank Carbon

Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Frank A. Carbon said the opening ceremony of the week-long 2014 Negros Business Week will be held at 10 this morning at Robinsons Place Bacolod mall’s main entrance.

With the theme, "Strengthening Small Business for More and Better Jobs," this year’s July 7 to 13 activity - started in 2009 by a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, will showcase at Robinsons Place, products and services of some 25 exhibitors in the small and medium enterprise category.

Carbon said one of the advocacies of MBCCI is to help local businesses grow from a small size business into a medium business and hopefully some will grow into a large scale businesses.

Puentevella Fires Back at Leonardia for Latter’s Ulat Verdict

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With former Bacolod mayor and now Lone District Representative Evelio Leonardia describing the "Ulat ni Mayor", or the renamed State of the City Address a "cover-up" to hide the "failures of his administration", Mayor Monico Puentevella stood his ground and also rebuked the congressman with his own assessment.

MC Rider Dies in Bridge Mishap

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It is high time that owners and riders of motorcycles must be required to undergo seminar on road safety specifically designed for two-wheeled or three-wheeled vehicles, as accidents involving them take place daily in Bacolod City and other parts of Negros Occidental alone.

Another motorcycle rider, this time a 54-year old widower died an hour after he fell off Medina Bridge along Kilometer 83 in Brgy. Rizal, San Carlos City Tuesday.

Vendors Oppose Plan to Let Private Hands in Public Markets

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 Vendors in the public markets are strongly opposing the plan of the city government to privatize the operation of public markets.

Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Markets and Slaughterhouse chairman recently announced that he is introducing a private-public initiative to improve and beautify the city’s public markets.

Presently, lots of vendors occupying the market stalls have delinquent accounts with the city government having failed to pay the monthly stall rentals for a long period of time.

Sports Tourism Shares 29% in Tourist Visitors

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, during his State of the City Address or Ulat ni Mayor last week, claimed that the staging of major sporting events in Bacolod since he hold office last year has contributed to the increase in tourist arrivals –which is approximately 29% growth by the end of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.

PSC: Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg Restart on Oct.21-25

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The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) last week has already informed various local government units (LGU) in the country, which include Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, on the new schedule of the 2014 Batang Pinoy.

Brgy. 35 Loses Anew in 8th Monico Cup

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Barangay 35 of former Negros Slashers’ village chief Maui Huelar loses anew yesterday in the losers bracket and faces elimination with one more game left next week in the 8th Monico Cup at Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

Brgy. 35 lost to Brgy. 19, 75-72, in the lone match in the loser’s bracket yesterday.

In the knockout quarterfinals Saturday, Brgy. 19 lost to Brgy. 18, 98-86 top scored by University of St. La Salle varsity player Nike Montalbo producing 9 points.

Bacolod City High School Batch ‘83 Turns Over Help to BCNHS Students Anew

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For three years now that they have been doing this noble project, members of the Bacolod City High School (BCHS) Batch 1983, again, last June 25, turned over 50 MAPE tee-shirts, school supplies, bags and cash gift to 50 Bacolod City National High School (BCNHS) students.

(From the right to left) Engr. Ma. Sarah A. Bernabe-President BCNHS Batch 83), Filomena B. Lo (Teacher III, Mathematics Dept.) Ma. Felomina T. Lisbo (Head VI, Mathematics Dept.), Jose Dayot III (Principal IV, BCNHS), Russel Lau, Treasurer BCNHS Batch ‘83).

In Alangilan, Metro Safari is More of a Zoo, A Boon for Bacolod

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Businessman Rey Francis Cabuga’s Metro Safari compound - in Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City, touted to be a mountain resort much unlike that of former Bacolod Councilor Ricardo "Cano" Tan’s Campuestohan Resort in Talisay City, is actually more of a planned and carefully thought of and programmed zoo, which could place Bacolod, to include a few other cities in the country, as having an educational complex, which will be a boon to school children of various grades of learning.

IN HIMAMAYLAN CITY. Schoolchildren with their teachers and Himamaylan Mayor Tinto Bascon show off the notebooks they received from the Mayor.*

It could also place Bacolod on the map as having in its zoo, the biggest crocodile after death of "Malang" in Cotabato.

Now hibernating in a zoo in La Castellana town is the crocodile already acquired by Cabuga.

In the zoo, too, will be found lions, tigers, snakes, various types of fowls which came from other countries, again already acquired by Cabuga and already in his Alangilan compound where structures for the zoo are being built, although lately a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was issued by the court purportedly because of lack of legal requirements.

A complaint was filed before court by three village council members, allegedly instigated by a rival Filipino-Chinese businessman, who owns a resort just a short distance away from the Metro Safari complex. The businessman owns a purely resort hotel complex with comic-book characters sculpted in concrete.

Water Interruption in the Service Area

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The Bacolod City Water District regrets to inform its consumers that no water supply and turbid water will be experienced in some portions of the service area.

ACTIVITY: In-operation of Well #45

(Villa Alexandria)

SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., July 5, 2014

Areas to be affected are; East Homes Phase II, Villa Estefania, Villa Alexandria Phase I and Purok Pag-asa.

9th National Shrimp Congress Held in Bacolod City

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The 9th National Shrimp Congress is being held at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort and Hotel at the Reclamation area in Bacolod City.

Atty. Asis G. Perez - BFAR Director together with Roberto A. Gatuslao, President of Philippine Shrimp Industry Inc., and Raoul Flores, 9th Shrimp Congress Chairman with Rev. Fr. Mao Buenafe spearheaded the opening of the 9th National Shrimp Congress at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort and Hotel July 2 to 4, 2014 yesterday.*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

USLS Recognizes Employees

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By Keith Brandon Cari-an

University of St. La Salle (USLS) awards 98 faculty and staff during the Service and Special Awards Recognition Rites at Santuario de La Salle, July 2.

"Each year, your service is a pearl you contribute to the name, reputation and quality of our institution," said President and Chancellor Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC.

Medrano awardees

USLS, Partners Hold 5th BLT Negros Summit

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By Katherine Maguad

Provincial government of Negros Occidental committed P1 million for the Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) implementation in the peace areas of Calatrava and Toboso for SY 2014-15.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. relayed his commitment to BLT and University of St. La Salle (USLS) through his message which was delivered by Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano during the 5th BLT Negros Summit held Tuesday morning at Santuario de La Salle, July 1.

Sharp-Edged Squads Continue Leading Forward in Supplier’s Cup

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Sharp teams in the rated and non-rated categories have not been playing as refined as in round 4 to lead with an accummulated points of 3,809 and 3,702, respectively, in the ongoing Supplier’s Challenge Cup 2014 Invitational Trio Bowling Tournament at the New Top’s Millennium Plaza Alley, 10th Street along Lacson Strip in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

Gov. Yap Lauds USLS for Project Free Program

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By Keith Brandon Cari-an

Wala kang mahahanap na mura at may kalidad na masteral at doctoral degree courses kung hindi sa Project FREE at University of St. La Salle.

(You won’t find high quality masters and doctorate degree courses with low expense but in Project FREE and University of St. La Salle.)

Tarlac Province Governor Victor Yap lauded USLS, through its special program Project Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence (FREE), in his keynote speech during the Public-Private Partnership Forum: The Project FREE Experience in Tarlac, July 3.


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One Dream, One City, One Bacolod.

(State of the City Report)
July 2, 2014, People’s House of Bacolod Lobby

By Mayor Monico O. Puentevella



Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella delivers his Ulat ni Mayor at the Grand Lobby of the People’s House yesterday.*(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)




Negros – Biggest Shrimp Producer Capiz Tops in Bangus

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 The suppliers of feeds for fish and shrimps ponds revealed that in the Visayas, Negros has the highest production of shrimp, while the province of Capiz top in bangus production. This was revealed by Cargill sales people, having supplied the fishpond and shrimp producers with necessary tools and feeds for improved harvest production.

Right photo: Ribbon cutting at the opening of 9th National Shrimp Congress, yesterday, Bacolod Pavillon Resorts and Hotel. L-R; Congress Chairman Raul Flores, Atty. Asis Perez, director, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Gina Millan, with his father Roberto Bob Gatuslao - president of PhilShrimp. Left photo: Cargill officers (one of the exhibitors), L-R; Jojo Tendencia, technical business manager, Tommy Tablatin - area manager for Panay and Negros, and Bing Torres, regional manager for Visayas and Mindanao.* (EBColmo)

CENECO Sets Power Interruptions on July 4 & 5, 2014

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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 July 4 (Friday) and July 5, 2014 (Saturday) as follows:

Date: July 4, 2014 – Friday

Time: 6:00AM to 8:00AM

Reasons: Mid-span erection of primary pole and installation of three 10KVA transformers and its accessories at Seven-Eleven, Araneta, corner Gen. Luna St., Bago City

Areas Affected:

Bizmen Rate Puentevella 10:8

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The businessmen in Bacolod City rated Mayor Monico Puentevella for his one year administration, 8 out of 10. According to Frank Carbon, president of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Puentevella has done satisfactory performance in his job since he took over the leadership. Carbon cited some positive result of Puentevella’s administration: he reduced the traffic congestion in choke areas during peak hours; some defective traffic lights were made functional; garbage which usually eyesore in downtown area are

RPTTC–VMA Emerge Champion in Iloilo Tourney

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Bacolod-based Royal Paddle Table Tennis Club (RPTTC)-Visayan Maritime Academy Global College emerged champion in the just-concluded 1st Sun Yat Sen Table Tennis Tournament staged last June 27-29, 2014 in Iloilo City.

The tournament’s elimination round, which was participated by 15 teams, was played at the Sun Yat Sen High School Auditorium while, the championship was staged at the SM City – Iloilo.

Despite being grouped in a tough bracket, the Bacolenos came out strong to outplay their opponents. The RPTTC-VMA Global College was bracketed along with host –Sun Yat Sen Team A which is composed of National PRISAA 1st runner-up players from John B. Lacson Maritime University – Iloilo, Central Philippine University (CPU) High School, and Antique Province – Team B.

CHAMPION. Bacolod-based Royal Paddle-VMA Global College paddlers receiving their championship trophy and the cash prize from the organizer of the 1st Sun Yat Sen Table Tennis Tournament held in Iloilo City.* (Contributed Photo)

Panhay Awarded UFL Div 2 MVP

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The Bacolod-based Ceres–La Salle FC had shown the whole country the best talent from the province after its successful stint in the United Football League (UFL) 2nd Tier recently.

UFL Division 2 MVP Jayson Panhay and Golden Gloves awardee Louie Michael Casas.*


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Mayor Monico O. Puentevella delivers "Ulat ni Monico" (State of the City Report) at the Lobby of the People’s House yesterday.*(Photo by RGT)

NDB FOURSOME. Seated: Rolly Espina and Bagguer Villaluz; Standing: W. Henry Streegan and EIC Pert Toga.


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Mayor’s First 365 Days Putting the House in Order

"The journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step"

Today marks the first 365 days of Mayor Monico Puentevella and his administration. Although it did come as challenge when he first set foot in office, the opportunity also came as a wakeup call as it opened the door to the true and real situation of the city.

Mayor Monico Puentevella (2nd R) with Bishop Vicente Navarra (R) and Very Rev. Felix Pasquin (L), rector of the San Sebastian Parish.*

Merging City Hall, its offices and each servant leader came in the form of the creation of Lamesa ni Mayor, a program that extends the basic and social services of the People’s House to its constituents. Each table represents City Hall in a nutshell; a consolidated attempt to streamline Mayor Puentevella’s vision of a United Bacolod.

The tapping of various government offices to render a helping hand also gave us the courage to push through the ever changing landscape of the city. During the height of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Interior and Local Government, under the leadership of City Director Glenn Guzman, gave the Puentevella administration with advices and supplementary knowledge to uplift the morale of the victims of the typhoon. This too sparked the flame to initiate a concrete partnership between the local government and the private sector. His successor, Ms. Cheryl Tacda, was among the focal persons in the creation of the City Development Council alongside Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Frank Carbon.

Philip, Ruby Cruz Host Luncheon for PWDs

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Philip and Ruby C. Cruz hosted a luncheon for the officers of the Bacolod City Association of Disabled Persons last Saturday which was held at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market along Magsaysay Street in Bacolod City.

The guests in the photo are: Lowell Raner, Mr. and Mrs. Nonoy Menionuevo, Arnold Ardoza, Nick Garcia and Melchor Tumbos

Tara Sering, Editor of Smile Magazine Visits Negros Farmers Weekend Market

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Ms. Tara Sering, Editor-in-Chief of Smile Magazine visited the Negros Farmers Weekend Market in the course of a Western Visayas tour of laudable projects.

AVID ENTHUSIASTS (L-R) Miss Tara Sering, Editor-in-Chief of Smile Magazine and Alan Gensoli. In the background is the OISCA booth.*

CENECO is Liquid by its P29.3M Net Income

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This is the second year that Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO), Inc. was able to post a positive bottomline, as reported by Coop treasurer, Director Cesar Leonardia, at the 39th Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) over the weekend, with its theme, EPIRA Law: a call for just and transparent implementation.

Induction of Brgy. Bata Persons With Disabilities

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The officers of Brgy. Bata Association of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) were inducted into office last June 27, 2014.

Brgy. Bata PWD members

Bacolodnons Denounce Killing of Servando through Hazing

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People of Bacolod City are condemning to the highest degree the inhuman act that claimed the life of Guillo Cesar Servando, 18, a student on Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM) St. Benilde School, Manila, who died Monday night due to intense physical injury caused by hazing in his initiation by the Alpha Kappa Rho (AKRHO) Fraternity.


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(Lifted in toto from the souvenir program of the Riverside Medical Center when the institution celebrated its 50th anniversary last August 15, 2004.)


Looking back into history of Riverside Medical Center, Incorporated, one sees that the story of Riverside is an affirmation of the old adage "dreams do come true." The inspiring story of Riverside and its founder, Dr. Pablo Obregon Torre, is a story of struggle against adversity, of hardships and sacrifices, and above all, of perseverance and de-termination to succeed.

Riverside College Graduate Charmaine Relos Timbas, 7th Placer in Nursing Licensure Exams

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Charmaine Relos Timbas, 20, has the distinction of being the only nursing graduate in the Bacolod City and province of Negros Occidental of being among the top ten in the recent examinations.

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE OF RIVERSIDE COLLEGE WITH OFFICERS. (L-R) Samuel Lee, president; Elsa C. Streegan, VPAA; Charmaine Relos Timbas and Maricon Familiaran, Dean of the College of Nursing

PRO6 Needs 873 Cops This Year

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Iloilo City - In order to cope with the demand of police services in the community, and double its efforts in crime prevention the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 needs 873 policemen. This is ideal in the police-population ratio which is 1 policeman for every 500 population.

Pol. Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, PRO 6 Regional Director warns his men that lean months is in the offing, so crimes involving property are escalating.

Businessman’s Metro Safari More of a Zoo, Educational Boon for Bacolod (Part I)

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Businessman Rey Francis Cabuga’s Metro-Safari compound, touted to be a mountain resort much unlike that of former Councilor Ricardo "Cano" Tan’s Campuestohan Resort, is actually more of a planned and carefully thought of and programmed zoo, which could place Bacolod City, to include a few other cities in the country, as having an educational complex, which will be a boon to school children of various levels of learning.

Claims Board to Answer Queries About HR Compensation

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Human Rights Victims Claims Board chairperson Lina Sarmiento will meet the local press today, July 2, at the Governor’s Office, Provincial Capitol.

Human Resource (HR) Board Member Chito Gascon joins Sarmiento in the press conference in this provincial intake operations campaign schedule that aims to promote justice in the society and seek out human rights victims during the martial law years.

Victims of various sorts of atrocities will receive financial compensation after a thorough process the board has laid out.

Kudos to Mayor MonicoAACI Trading Captures Fil-Sino Cage Title

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AACI Trading defeated AACI Transport, 79-57 to capture this year’s Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Friday.

CHAMPIONS. (standing left to right) JR Lacson, Wilson Dy, Bren Tajonera, Bryan Victor Javelosa, Jeremy Coo, Luigi Coo, Chipeng Uy, Andre Tan, Robbie Jalando-on, (seated) Danny Boy Uy, Brian Coo, Keith Banzon, and Deonyson Dy.*

Induction of CHMSC Graduate School Officers Held

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By James U. Sy Jr.

Three new sets of officers of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Graduate Studies for AY 2014-2015 were inducted last June 28, 2014 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) of the college’s Fortunetowne Campus.

The new set of officers for the Master in Public Administration (MPA) Program (below the stage) and for the Master in Business Administration (MBA) Program (on the stage) of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Graduate Studies for AY 2014-2015 taking their own before inducting officer Prof. Manuel L. Ramos. Dean for the College of Business Management and Accountancy, last June 28, 2014 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) of the college’s Fortune Towne Campus.*(Carlamer Ciokon/CHMSC GSSC photo)

‘Bury CARP Now, Replace with GARL’

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Hundreds of farmers under the militant Kilusang Magbubukid Sa Pilipinas-Negros (KMP-Negros) observed yesterday the last day of the Comporehensive Agrarian reform Program (CARP), and (CARPER) with protest actions in two Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) offices in Bacolod City.

TOTALIZER METER. (Left to right) NGCP’s OIC-Metering Section, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Al B. Buneda and SMR Section Head, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Glynn B. Bulfa, CENECO’s OIC–Line Maintenance Division Engr. Joecel T. Campantero, GM Sulpicio C. Lagarde, Jr., District IX–Silay City Director Michael S. Maravilla, Acting Asst. GM Jesus Amado L. Dormido, OIC–Systems Operation Division Engr. Oscar C. Duca, Jr. and Systems Engineers Phillip Remetre and Ceasar Ian Laguda at the NGCP site during the installation and energization of the totalizer meter.*

KMP Secretary-General Felipe Levy Gelle, in an interview with DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program, said about 400 farmers from various places trooped to DAR office at Dawis-San Sebastian Streets and briefly occupied it without any resistance from the guards.

Gelle said they also held a rally at the Fountain of Justice at the old Bacolod City Hall grounds.

They also held another short rally at the other DAR office located at the Capitol Shopping Center,

Bacolod SP Pushes Increase in SSS Pension

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Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod approved last June 25, 2014 Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr.’s resolution endorsing and declaring support to House Bill 175, otherwise known as the "Proposed Act Increasing the Pensions under the Social Security System (SSS)".

House of Representatives Bill 175, filed by Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate seeks to increase monthly pension of qualified SSS members to P5,000.00 from the current monthly pension rates.

Bacolod-Silay 69KV Totalizer Meter Energized

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) set a power service interruption on June 22, 2014, Sunday to tap new Potential Transformers, Current Transformers and Lightning Arrester for the installation and energization of the Totalizer Meter (TM) of CENECO Bacolod-Silay 69kV Transmission Line that serves Burgos, Mt. View, Talisay, Panaogao, and Lopez substations.

TOTALIZER METER. (Left to right) NGCP’s OIC-Metering Section, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Al B. Buneda and SMR Section Head, Metering Transmission Division Engr. Glynn B. Bulfa, CENECO’s OIC–Line Maintenance Division Engr. Joecel T. Campantero, GM Sulpicio C. Lagarde, Jr., District IX–Silay City Director Michael S. Maravilla, Acting Asst. GM Jesus Amado L. Dormido, OIC–Systems Operation Division Engr. Oscar C. Duca, Jr. and Systems Engineers Phillip Remetre and Ceasar Ian Laguda at the NGCP site during the installation and energization of the totalizer meter.*

Angan to Cops, Brgy. Officials: ‘Intensify Anti-Illegal Drug Drives’

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At the start of the month-long Police Community Relations Month celebration, Chief Supt. Josephus Garrote Angan, Regional Police Director, ordered policemen to intensify anti-illegal drugs campaigns.

Police Inspector Shela Mae Sangrines, Regional PNP Public Information Officer said, Angan in ceremonies yesterday also called the attention of barangay officials to support his campaign against illegal drugs, and encourage them to utilize their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

Oplan: Mini-Aklatan Continues Mission in Abkasa ES

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By Pauline Angela Mabasa

Oplan: Mini-Aklatan group of University of St. La Salle donated more than 150 books to Abkasa Elementary School in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

(From left) Oplan Mini-Aklatan team members: Rowel Edward Dela Peña, Austere Rex Gamao, Marie Therese Lopez, Mae Anne Villanueva, Diane Thea Opelario with their Dev Com Instructor, Rhoderick Samonte in the renovated "mini-aklatan".*(Pauline Mabasa)

KMH Holds #1 Spot in Trio Bowlfest

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Current number 1 team Kami Mga Hubin (KMH) headed by Edgar de Leon managed to hold on the top spot with 6,740 points as Retro Bowlers and Active Solid Strikers Fellowship Bowlers Inc. (ASSFBI) closes the gap after round 7 in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

PP27 Features Servania, Villanueva in Dubai

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Bacolod City prides and undefeated champions Genesis "Azukal" Servania (24, 10KOs-0) and "King" Arthur Villanueva (25, 14KOs-0) will be featured in the Pinoy Pride 27: "Duel in Dubai" at the Dubai International Convention Center on August 29, 2014.

Trading, Transport to Dispute Fil-Sino Title

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AACI Trading and AACI Transport are playing as of press time for the title in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade, Inc. 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball tournament at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

AACI Trading and AACI Transport arranged the finals showdown after beating separate opponents in the semifinals Wednesday.

Top seed AACI Transport defeated No. 4 Jast Enterprises, 89-81, while No. 3 AACI Trading ousted JSY Transport, 85-73.

Culture Nurture: E is for Education, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Economy

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by James U. Sy, Jr.

Why go to college? An often asked question in college and university interviews that doesn’t seem to be answered with enough deep thought to the matter. The usual answers that one gets include to gain more knowledge, to graduate from college, and to have a good job, which by themselves are correct…partially correct actually.

GARDENING TIME: The Negros Occidental Garden Club's (NOGC) Damas del Dia group gave members a presentation on Healthy Tips for Gardeners at the club's monthly meeting at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel recently.
Damas del Dia members are (from left, seated) Charito Mendoza, Baby Gonzaga, Araceli Flores, Virgie Lopue, Peps Remitio, (from left, standing) Sally Germinal, Amai Lopue, Cely Jugo, May Hanlon, Carrie Maalat, Nita Estrella, Betty Jarder, Vicky Lopue, and Yoly Kilayko.*

Trillanes to Ceneco Consumers: Power Rates Decrease Possible

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Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV, in a speech delivered over the weekend here in Bacolod gave hope to 160,234 member-consumers of Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) declared that power rates can be decrease dependent on the national government’s proper implementation of the 2001 Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, left, guest speaker at the jampacked gym of WNU relevant to the 39th annual general membership assembly (AGMA) of CENECO. (CENECO photos)

Congress Okays More Courts for Bacolod

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 Congress has approved on third and final reading the measures creating more regional and municipal trial courts in Bacolod city, Rep. Evelio R Leonardia announced yesterday

LAWMAKERS IN BACOLOD. Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia and Senator Antonio Trillanes meet at the Central Negros Electric Cooperative 39th Annual General Membership Assembly at West Negros University in Bacolod City over the weekend.*

Bacolod Set to Observe Nutrition Month this July

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In a resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. and adapted by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) last June 25, 2014, the City of Bacolod is set to observe the 2014 Nutrition Month carrying the theme "Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan".

Trillanes Outlines Challenges to Power, Energy Problems, Urges Solution

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A balance needs to be planned insofar as power and electricity is concerned while Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who led a mutiny years ago, along with reform-minded and oriented soldiers mostly marines, said he would run for a higher position in the national government come the 2016 national elections.

Trillanes, always serious-looking and speaking, was the guest speaker during the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) assembly last Saturday at West Negros Gym, Bacolod City.

On SM Case vs. Capitol, Board Members to Hold Caucus on Wednesday

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The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental will hold a caucus on Wednesday, July 2, to discuss the seriousness and decide legal steps regarding the case filed by SM Prime Holding Inc (SMPHI).

Respondents of the case includes Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr, the committee on awards and disposal of real properties, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and Ayala Land, Inc..

Bacolod Hot Shots Face-Off in PBA Finals

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San Mig Coffee Mixers are set to defend their PBA Governor’s Cup title against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Finals tomorrow.

But, aside from their respective imports who have shown great performance in this conference, among those to be watched out in this championship series are the Bacolod hot shots – James Yap and Jeff Chan.

While Yap was born in Escalante City and Chan is from Bacolod, both started their playing careers in the ‘City of Smiles.’

PNP to File Charges for Seized Firearms & Ammos

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Police operatives are set to file charges this week against the subject of the search warrant where cache of firearms and ammunitions were seized in a rented residential house located at #85 San Carlos, West Avenue, Sta. Clara Subdivision, Brgy. Banago about 6:30PM Wednesday.

This was disclosed by Chief Supt Josephus Angan, Regional Director of Western Visayas Regional Office.

Angan said pertinent documents are still being collated for the filing of charges in court against Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat.

NOHS Squads Dominate Triangular Bowlfest; N82, B80-89 tie for #1 in main division

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Ten Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) teams is showing dominance after round 8 of 10 in the ongoing 5th Triangular Bowlfest 2014 at the Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City last June 22.


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The young needs guidance

Mayor Monico O. Puentevella yesterday agreed with Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra on the need to protect young Bacoleños from the bad influences of the so-called wet and wild parties and to encourage clean fun, for them to indulge in wholesome activities, notably sports and encourage parents to be always aware of their children’s whereabouts.

Puentevella thanked the Bishop for taking up the cudgels for worried parents by calling on all sectors - religious, civic and government alike to join hands in this worthy advocacy for the benefit of the young who definitely needs some guidance and understanding.

As the Bishop had stated in his letter to the Mayor, "The moulding of the youth shall not only be the responsibility of parents but also those in the church and government must have a hand in the formation of our young children."

Puentevella also agreed with Bishop Navarra and Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Diocesan Social Action Center in their letter that "there is need to take necessary steps to protect the young from engaging in parties or gatherings that do not promote growth but encourage decadent behavior."

USLS to Celebrate its 62nd Anniversary

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The University of St. La Salle (USLS) will celebrate its 62nd anniversary on June 30 to July 5 2014 through a week-long activity dubbed as Handumanan Week.

The Institutional Events Committee chairman is Geoffrey Bob Bergante with Rhoderick Samonte as Co-Chairman, the other 24 committee members are heads of various offices of the institution.

To be honored in this activity are the Founding brothers Bro. Felix Masson, FSC, Bro. Denis Ruhland, FSC, president, 195201953 and Bro. Hugh Wester, FSC, who also served the institution in various capacities.

The late Alfredo Montelibano, Sr., the most prominent benefactor of La Salle-Bacolod will also be accorded appropriate honors. He is the first Mayor of Bacolod City (1938-1941), Governor, 1945-1946, and Secretary of National Defense (1942-1945).

Public Hearing on the Use and Sale of E-Cigarette Set

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A public hearing on the proposed ordinance to regulate the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, docketed as SP Correspondence 08-14-0476 was scheduled by Sangguniang Panlungsod on July 1, 2014, Tuesday, 10:00AM at the SP Session of the Bacolod People’s House.

Welcome Home Foundation Launches Food Processing Project

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The Welcome Home Foundation launched their Food Processing Project recently by inauguration of their building, equipment and materials, which is situated at Villa Valderama Subdivision in Bacolod City.

Beneficiaries of Welcome Home Foundation with their officers and guests together with Rev. Fr. Savino Castiglione

The Foundation attends to the needs of the hearing-impaired community, not only in Bacolod City but also from certain sectors in the province.

Knockout Matches in Monico Cup Start Today

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The top 12 teams will play knockout matches today and Sunday at the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

Rolando "Jack" Marañon, tournament manager said these top two teams in each bracket will play and the winning six teams will advance to the crossover knockout quarterfinals.

The original 37 teams were reduced to 12 after the single round eliminations.

7-Yr. Old Girl, Sexagenarian Killed in Road Mishap

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Two fatalities were reported and one injury in road accidents in Murcia and Hinoba-an towns, early this week.

In Murcia, traffic police reported that 7-year old Mary Jane Montinola, of Purok Cabarles, Brgy. Damsite was declared dead by attending physician at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) a couple of hours after the accident.

Montinola was bumped by a Honda XRM motorcycle driven by Johnny Rey Bigacas, 25, of Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, who was collecting payments from borrowers of JLJ Lending Corporation at Brgy. Damsite.

ILL Softball Batters Off to AsPac Reg’l Tourney

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The Iloilo Little League (ILL) softball batters are set fly today to Clark Field in Pampanga for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Championships scheduled on July 1-7.

Both the little leaguers and the juniors’ team earned spot in this qualifying tournament for the World Series this August after prevailed during the Philippine Series last month in Marikina.

The little leaguers forced Muntinlupa in the 4th inning regulation, 19-0.

En route the finals, the Illongas also blanked the International Little League of Manila in the semis, 12-0.

Police Operatives to Establish Linkages to Previous Firearms Raid

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Police operatives are establishing possible linkages to the previous firearms raid and missing firearms from the national headquarters of the PNP, after Wednesday night’s raid in a posh subdivision in Bacolod City.

The Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) raided a residential house inside Sta. Clara Subdivision about 6:30 PM Wednesday.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Anita Guanzon-Chua of the RTC Branch 51 issued the search warrant against Angelo Eugene Lacson Gawit, legal age, of #85 San Carlos, West Avenue, Sta. Clara Subdivision, Brgy. Banago in the city.

Fu Jen Catholic U of Taiwan Admin Visits USLS for Possible Tie-up

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Fu Jen Catholic University of Taiwan administrators visited the University of St. La Salle (USLS) for a partnership meeting, June 25.

VCAA Balor, College of Education Dean Cherry Mae Biaco, and CoE staff with Fu Jen Catholic University delegates.*

The meeting was with regard to the possible tie-up of USLS with the Fu Jen Catholic U Graduate School of Educational Leadership and Development headed by Chair Mei-Chin Lin.

USLS to Celebrate Founding Anniversary Week

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On June 30 to July 5, the University of St. La Salle (USLS) will celebrate its founding Anniversary—the Handumanan Week.

As USLS remains true to its mission by transforming lives, building communities and shaping futures, the University has prepared a series of events for the week-long celebration.

These activities includes the celebration of the legacy of the Golden Jubilarians of Class ’64; the activities are organized by the USLS Alumni Relations Office with the Alumni Association.

CPOC Conducts Regular Meeting

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The Bacolod City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) held itsregular meeting yesterday at the Annex Hall of the Bacolod People’s House where 30 members, including Chairman and City Mayor Monico Puentevella attended the seminar.

Following the reading and approval of the minutes of the previous meeting, the City Veterinary Office, headed by Dr. Maria Agueda Trinidad dela Torre extended her office’s campaign on the catching and impounding of stray dogs as well as some 20,400 vaccinated dogs and cats from January to May.

DTI Says Prices of Basic Goods Stable, to Increase SRP in July

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Although the prices of basic goods in the supermarkets here are stable, but there is an increase in the suggested retail prices of milk and milk products effective July 1, 2014, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Occidental.

Prices of basic commodities are not just easily increased because the manufacturers have to apply for price increase at the DTI main office in Manila, where the price increase is determined if considerable or not.

Sta. Clara Raid Nets 16 AK-47 Assault Rifles

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Also numerous other firearms & ammunitions

Some 16 AK-47 assault rifles and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunitions were seized in a police raid on a rented house at Sta. Clara Subdivision in Bacolod City early last night.

"(Right photo) Newspaper editor and former Negros Press Club president Arman Toga, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal and Philippine Information Agency Information Center Manager Lorenzo Lambatin Jr. seal their commitment to advocate for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation as part of the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign between PIA and DENR with the focal theme: Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

Police operatives from various units, led by the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU), also recovered various types of firearms and accessories, during the raid at a Jalandoni family-owned house being rented by one Eugene Angelo Lacson Gawat.

Fiscalizers of Murcia, BACIWA Oppose MOA Signing

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The extraordinary push by the executive management of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) and ally-members of the water firm particularly half of the six-man board of directors, once signed and implemented could hugely become a disadvantage to water-consuming residents of the city, for two major reasons, an expose’ promised by NNF/NDB last week.

Basic Entrepreneurship for MSMEs

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In its aim to help members and interested public to develop their entrepreneurial skills, the Association of Negros Producers (a network of 120MSMEs) is organizing a learning day on the basics and Joys of Entrepreneurship. Participants will be introduced to what is Entrepreneurship, Business Myths & Misconceptions, What are the skills to develop to be a successful entrepreneur. Speakers will be entrepreneurs themselves who started their business at the height of the sugar crisis in the mid 80s.

DENR Urges Youths to Help Protect the Environment

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Due to limited personnel with huge coverage, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres Untal is urging the youth, academe, NGOs, private and public communities to support and participate in enforcing environmental laws and in educating upland residents on their roles in protecting the environment.

PROVINCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICER for Negros Occidental Andres Untal (with mic, right photo) attends the launching and press conference of the PIA-DENR Climate Change Adovocacy Campaign in Bacolod City, flanked by his Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (l-r) Park Superintendent of Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park Cecil Cañada, CENRO-Bacolod Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya (hidden), CENRO Sipalay Vilma Limates, CENRO-Cadiz Edgardo Rostata and CENRO-Kabankalan Normandy Lebelo. *(EAD-PIA6 photo)

Balcells Belies Insinuations Hounding North Terminal Deal

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In a public hearing conducted June 24, 2014, lot owner Carlos Balcells attended and clarified position against claims by businessman Crispin Chua pointing Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. as abusive and corrupt – for allegedly using the office as councilor and Chair of the Transportation Committee for his personal vested interest.

BACOLOD Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. presiding the June 24, 2014 public hearing to expunge or delete in the records certain accusations hurled against him by businessman-Northbound Terminal operator Crispin Chua. Right photo: Carlos Balcells who categorically denied Chua’s allegations, Teddy Macainan and Atty. Caesar Beloria.*

Nietes Continues Training to Rewrite Boxing History

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 Bacolod pride and Murcia-born WBO light flyweight champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes is up to rewrite history as the longest-reigning Filipino boxing titlist – this when he can keep his title until December 31 of this year.

Donnie Nietes flex his muscles after making weight at MOA last May 9, 2014.*

4 Fil-Sino Teams Clash in Crossover Semis

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Four teams are playing each for the semifinals last night in the 2014 Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym.

No. 2 JSY Transport is facing No. 3AACI Trading in knockout match, while No. 4 Jast Enterprises is battling top seed AACI Transport as of press time.

In advancing to the semifinals, AACI Trading and Jast Enterprises defeated their respective opponents Monday.

AACI Trading defeated Basecom, 104-84, while Jast Enterprises survived JSY Countertrade, 80-70.

KMH Continues to Lead LTBC Trio Bowfest

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Kami Mga Hubin (KMH) managed by Edgar de Leon keeps the #1 spot with 5,823 accummulated points after round 6 to lead the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

Anchored by Richard Salvo, they added 988 (323, 331, 334) pinfalls despite the pressure to defend its twice-to-beat advantage being the top team to beat. Other members of KMH are Odong Paran and Tristan Teruel.

Gamboa Conducts Public Hearing on Proposed Bike Week Ordinance

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Bacolod City Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr. has conducted a public hearing on his proposed ordinance "Establishing the Second Week of May as the celebration of the Bacolod Bike Week."

BIKE WEEK ORDINANCE HEARING. Bacolod City Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr. explains the salient features of his proposed Bike Week Ordinance proposal before bike enthusiasts, bike shop owners and other stakeholders during a public hearing at the Bacolod People’s House.*

Ombudsman to Summon Carbon, BACIWA Officials for Ignoring Landowner’s Complaint

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Officials of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) are to be summoned sometime next month, to explain why the anti-graft complaint filed by Talisay City hinterland landowner, Erle Gonzales should not be compensated for the water being taken out of his property in Barangay Balogo, Talisay.

Letter to the Editor

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‘Psychic Healing, Surgery in Negros’?

June 20, 2014


Mr. Arman Toga
Editor, Negros Daily Bulletin

Dear Mr. Toga,

Bacolod Barangays Urged to Clean Sewers this Rainy Season

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At the onset of the rainy season, Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. filed a resolution to the Bacolod Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) last June 18, 2014 urging the 61 Barangays to conduct garbage cleaning operations and clearing obstacles in sewers and canals.

Justice for Ex-SJI Badminton Coach

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Justice for Coach Toni Russell Magapan Casipe!

This is the cry of Casipe’s family, friends and colleagues in the badminton community in Negros Occidental after the former St. John’s Institute mentor was found dead Sunday at the annex building grounds of Filamer Christian University (FCU) in Roxas City, Capiz.

In the reports over Bombo Radyo – Roxas that based on the investigation by Roxas City PNP, the 28-year-old Casipe has wounds in his forehead and other parts of his body while his legs were tied with a nylon cord when found.

Ceres FC to Debut in UFL 1st Division

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The 2nd Division champion of the United Football League (UFL) Ceres–La Salle Football Club is now ready to challenge the big clubs in this prestigious league of the Philippines.

NEW ASSETS. Fil-Belgian left-back Jeffrey Christiaens and Spanish striker Adrián Gallardo as new members of the Ceres-La Salle FC.*

New BCPO-OIC Eyes Reshuffling

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A reshuffling in the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is impending after the assumption of its new officer-in-charge director in a ceremony, Monday.

PCSupt. Josephus G. Angan, RD, PRO 6, during the distribution of financial assistance to the legal beneficiaries of wounded in police operation and deceased PNP Personnel on June 24, 2014 held at Canlaon Hall, NOPPO, HQ.*

RD PRO 6 Lends Helping Hand to PNP Members

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The legal beneficiaries of the wounded in police operations and deceased Philipine National Police (PNP) personnel received financial assistance.

The turn-over was held at the Canlaon Hall of NOPPO Headquarters at Camp Alfredo Montelibano in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, yesterday.

Defending Champion Eliminated in Monico Cup

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Defending champion Barangay 9 was eliminated in the teams vying for the title in this year 8th Monico Cup 21-Under Basketball tournament played at the BAYS Center..

The top two teams in each bracket have been known except for Bracket D where the last remaining slot is still played as of press time last night between Brgy. Mansilingan and Brgy. Tangub.

Mayor to New Bacolod PNP OIC-Director Pedrito Escarilla ‘Suppress Illegal Drugs’

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Right after his assumption yesterday afternoon as the new officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), PSSupt. Pedrito Escarilla vowed to further intensify efforts against illegal drugs in the city as urged by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella.

NEW BACOLOD POLICE OIC-DIRECTOR. (Left to right) Police Superintendent Armando Tubongbanua, Police Regionall Director Josephus Angan, City Mayor Monico Puentevella and newly-installed Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) OIC-Director Pedrito Escarilla at yesterday’s command turnover rites at the Bacolod People’s House.* (CMO-PIO photo)

The assumption of office was held at the Bacolod People’s House, with Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) Director PCSupt. Josephus G. Angan and Bacolod Mayor Monico O. Puentevella.

PSSupt. Escarilla was chosen to temporarily take the post vacated by retired PSSupt. Larry Decena over other nominees, including former BCPO-OIC PSSupt. Edgardo Ordaniel, Iver Apellido, Marlon Ganzon, Kashmir Disomangcop, Julius Lagiwid, and Marieto Valerio.

Puentevella Warns Businesses: ‘Pay Permits, Other Fees’

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Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella has warned business establishments that the city government will crack down on commercial centers, more especially on the big ones which have been remiss in paying business permits and other fees regardless of the softline approach of appealing to them to settle.

About a week now functionaries tasked to ensure that payments be made will go around the city and once more check whether commercial establishments have settled their mandatory obligations, the chief executive said during his regular press conference yesterday at the People’s Hall.

Gov Marañon Calls for Bago River Conservation

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Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. called for the conservation of the Bago River Watershed during the opening program of the Bago River Watershed Multi-Stakeholder Forum held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, yesterday, with the theme, "Developing Markets for Watershed Services from Forests: Challenges and Opportunities".

BAGO WATERSHED. Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (seated 4th from right) with participants of the Bago River Watershed Multi-Stakeholders Forum held at the Capitol Social Hall, yesterday.*(Capitol photo)

Former CENECO Employee Shot Dead

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A former employee of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) was shot dead by an unidentified man at their rented house in Zone 10, Block 19, Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod about 10:30 yesterday morning.

Police identified the victim as Diego Castillo Panhilason, 43, married. He sustained multiple gunshots in the head and body and was declared dead on arrival at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.

Panhilason was fixing his motorcycle when an unidentified man offered to help him.


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Mrs. Ruby C. Cruz, coordinator of the Negros Farmers Weekend Market situated along Magsaysay Street, Bacolod City, announced yesterday that due to the clamor of the market’s clientele, the facility will be open Saturdays and Sundays on June 28 and 29, 2014.

Since March 15, 2013, the market would only open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Puentevella Reports on His Brazil Trip; Clears Issues Now Prevailing in Bacolod

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, in a press conference held yesterday at the People’s House, reported on his activities during the World Cup in Brazil which was sponsored by FIFA.

Mayor Monico Puentevella, after his stint at the 2014 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World cup in Brazil, met the Bacolod Press yesterday to discuss various issues. With him is City Administrator Rolando Villamor (Gil Severino Photo)

Accessibility Audit Result of Polling Places Out

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A Non-stock, non-profit legal Non-Government Organization Upholding Life and Nature or ULAN will present their accessibility audit report in a forum on June 24, 1PM at Chalet, L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

ULAN which specializes on environmental human rights is currently implementing a project aimed at facilitating the rights of persons with disability (PWD) to effectively participate in the electoral process.

Senator Grace Poe to Address 5th BLT Negros Summit July 1

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The Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT), a public-private partnership school feeding program will hold its 5th BLT Negros Summit on July 1 with Senator Grace Poe-LLamanzares and Education USEC Mario Derequito as keynote speakers.

Senator Grace Poe

Councilor Palermo, DSWD Meet with PWDs

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Bacolod Councilor Ann Marie Palermo together with City Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Head Pacit Tero recently met with Persons with Disability (PWDs) to discuss their activities during the PWD national celebration which will be held on July 17-23, 2014 in Bacolod City.

CONFERENCE FACILITATORS. (Left to right) Bacolod City Councilor Ann Marie Palermo and City DSWD Head Pacit Tero

Comelec Comm. Padaca Confers with PWDs, Sr. Citizens

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Commissioner Ma. Grace Cielo M. Padaca conferred with Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens last Saturday which was held at the Provincial Comelec Office in Bacolod City.

Commissioner Padaca with Atty. Jesse Suarez and Atty. Mavil M. Sia at the meeting

Bacolod Honors Boxing Champs Servania, Villanueva

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Bacolod City’s pride and reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental super bantamweight champion Genesis "Azukal" Servania alongside WBO International super flyweight titlist "King" Arthur Villanueva received tokens from Bacolod City thru Mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday.

In a simple turn-over ceremony at the People’s House, smiles were seen from the boxing champions following the recognitions they earned for the city.

It was recalled that both displayed pure boxing skills during "Pinoy Pride XXIV: The Future Is Now," at the Solaire Resort and Casino held last March of this year.

PRIDE OF BACOLOD. "King" Arthur Villanueva and Genesis "Azukal" Servania receiving a token from Bacolod City thru Mayor Monico Puentevella for their recent victories.* (Bacolod PIO photo)

KMH Takes Over Top Spot in LTBC Trio Bowlfest

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Kami Mga Hubin (KMH) felt younger after taking over the #1 spot with 4,835 points halfway ofthe elimination round in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

KMH-managed Edgar de Leon was able to add 1,009 (320, 318, 371) pinfalls in round 5 of 10 with the help of team captain Richard Salvo, and members Odong Paran & Tristan Teruel.

Cops Ready Raps vs. Call Center Agent's Shooter

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Authorities in Bacolod City are readying criminal charges against the suspects who shot a call center agent in the city, Thursday.

Police Station 2 revealed that Reynaldo Descutido Jr, 36, of Purok Mapinalangga-on, Brgy. 35 was shot by two unidentified persons who were riding-in-tandem, at about 9:36PM at corner 24th and Calamba Streets in Brgy. 3 while visiting his fiancé.

Investigations said two unidentified persons – a male and a female asked for him at the victim’s house about 4PM prior to the shooting incident.

The Senior Citizens Association of Brgy. 10 (SCAB-10) officers Induction

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The Senior Citizens Association of Barangay 10 (SCAB-10) officers were inducted at the office of Federation of Senior Citizen’s Associations of Bacolod Clty, Inc. (FSCAB) in Barangay 16 of this city on June 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

Atty. Pedrito B. Esquilla (seated, 2nd from left) and his staff members pose for souvenir during the simple B-10 elderly oathtaking.*

Drivers, Operators Hold Protest on Gov’t Agencies’ Onerous Impositions

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Drivers and operators of tricycle, passenger jeepneys, buses and taxis carried out a protest action in Bacolod City, before the Land Transportation Office (LTO), in coordination with a militant-led protest action nationwide rabidly denouncing the planned implementation of the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, which establishes what it said was the Revised Schedule of Fines and Penalties for Violations of Laws, Rules and Regulations Covering Land Transportation, issued June 2 of this year.

Water Interruption in the Service Area

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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.

ACTIVITIES: 1. Cutting and plugging of 6" Ø mainline at Purok Langis, San Mateo, Barangay Banago

2. Installation of strainer and blow-off valve

SCHEDULE: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., July 20, 2014

AFFECTED AREAS: Purok Langis, San Matero, Barangay Banago

2 Nabbed in Buy-bust in Singcang-Airport

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Two alleged suspects were nabbed in a buy-bust operation about 11:25PM Thursday night in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City.

Police Station 8 led by Senior inspector Ser Ulrich Gelera identified the suspects as Ian Clark Bactol Moreno, alias Butchik, 30, single, of Brgy. 31 of the city; and Roger Tubongbanua Colimbo, 29, of Magsungay, Brgy. Singcang-Airport.

Police operatives pounced on them after a test buy that turned positive.

Fil-Sino Quarterfinals Cast Completed

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It’s complete.

The teams that qualify for the quarterfinals in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament were completed even as two other teams are still playing as of press time at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

AACI Trading routed Huminova Tigers, 102-74 Wednesday.

JSY Transport and AACI Transport got a free ride victory as ousted Sweet Crystal forfeited its last two games. Both teams ended with 6-2 cards.

Miss Silka Grand Pageant Tonight

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Fifteen young beautiful ladies will compete for Miss Silka Bacolod Grand Pageant

coronation tonight at 6PM in the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos gym.

The crowned Miss Silka Bacolod will represent her province in the annual search for SILKA PHILIPPINES in Manila.

Miss Silka Bacolod will receive P30,000.00 plus gift pack and boquet from Cosmetique Asia Corporation, 1st runner-up will receive P20,000.00, 2nd runner-up will receive P10,000.00, and 3rd runner-up will receive P7,000.00.

Environment Forum Set at Prov’l Capitol June 26

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The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) will hold its 46th Environment Forum on June 26, 9:00 a.m. at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City.

This was announced here by Atty. Wilfred Ramon M. Peñalosa, CEI Convenor & PEM Officer.

He said the activity is in keeping with theme of the 22nd Provincial Environment Week "Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level."

‘Capitol - Ayala Deal Can Proceed’ Despite Fresh SM Raps

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Transactions between Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and the Negros Occidental Provincial Government can still proceed despite the new civil case filed by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI), Atty. Mary Ann Lamis, Provincial Assistant Legal Officer said.

HONORING THE FATHERS. Fathers from different religious sects and persuasions gather for a silent prayer during solemn rites in their honor at the Mansilingan First Baptist Church, headed by Pastor Ronnie Arcolas. Shown with the fathers in the Fathers’ Day services are NDB’s Pert Toga (2nd from right) and son-in-law Luis Garrucho, Jr. (2nd from left).* (Photo by Joseph Daniel Toga-Garrucho)

This despite SMPI’s new raps, seeking the nullification of the Deed of Conditional Sale and Contract of Lease between the Provincial Government and ALI, involving the 7.7 hectare property.

In a press conference yesterday, Lamis said that, "as of now, the court’s decision is in our favor, so we can proceed with the transaction with ALI. There is no problem here because the complaint of SMPHI does not include a prayer for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) or injunction against us, the provinceand ALI. Only this order can stop the proceeding of transaction. But the earlier decisions were in our favor.

Lamis enumerated the favorable decisions from the courts on earlier SMPHI petitions against the province on alleged anomalous bidding procedures conducted in July 7, 2011.

She said, the Commission on Audit (COA) first issued a notice of finality, a favorable decision for the province.

In another case before Regional Trial Court Branch 52 in January 23, 2014 , Judge Estefanio Libutan junked the Petition for Certiorari filed by SMPHI for lack of merit.

‘No Hot Meat in Bacolod, Negros Occ.’

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Imported meat supplies from several countries with entry points in Cebu City are all rigidly inspected by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). Once it passes standards, NMIS issues the Certificate of Meat Inspection (COMI), then the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office as deputized by NMIS, will issue landing permits for distribution to the 38 meat dealers (30 in Bacolod and 8 outside the city).

Thus said Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, as he assures Negrenses and Bacoleños of the safety of imported meat.

Decena said, importation of meat from other countries was allowed by the national government as long as the shipper/importer follows the regulations of the Philippine government.

NOPPO, PA, Support ‘Marching for Peace-2’

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The "Marching for Peace-2, Serving the Countryside" program was held last June 17, 2014 at Barangay Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.

PEACE MARCH. Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., PSSupt. Milko D. Lirazan, Acting PD, NOPPO, during the Marching for Peace-2 program held at Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental on June 17, 2014.*

ICA Produces Batch 12 Graduates

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Twenty-nine students graduated during the Institute for Culinary Arts (ICA) de La Salle Batch 12 Recognition Rites held at Santuario de La Salle, June 13.

(From left) ICA Director Richard Inayan, Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC and recognition rites guest speaker Rafael Alunan III.*

Regulation of Wet ‘n Wild Parties Ok’d by SP on 1st Reading

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod approved on first reading the ordinance that will regulate Wet and Wild Parties and other similar events in the City Bacolod during their regular session yesterday.

The ordinance aims to regulate revelries and saturnalias (wet and wild parties) to preserve the welfare and morals of the residents of the City, particularly of minors and women.

It said that the approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod is necessary before any organizer will be given the permit to hold such events.

DFL 2nd Conference to Kick Off July 12

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The 2014 Dynamic Football League (DFL) 2nd Conference is set to kick off at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch on July 12. True to its intent in establishinh a strong foundation for school-based grassroots development program of football in Negros Occidental.

Defending 2014 DFL U13 champion USLS-IS football team with league officials led by benefactor Ricky Yanson.* (SCOOP-Bacolod Photo)

Run Negros Run to Compliments ‘Cinco De Noviembre’

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The revival of the famous "Run-Negros-Run" almost 35 years ago is taking its toll with its planning stage on the way to be back early this year.

Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor, Negros Occidental Provincial Sports coordinators’ head disclosed that the event may compliment with the province’s celebration of "Cinco de Noviembre".

However, he added that he will present yet the plan to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr.

If push through, this will also revive how Negrenses are best in running events.

Huminova Tigers, Basecom win in Fil-Sino Caging

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Huminova Tigers and Basecom posted important wins against separate opponents for a bright hope in the quarterfinals of the Fil-Sino Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Monday.

The Tigers (3-4) is playing as of press time against AACI Trading with 4-2 win-loss card. If the Tigers win, it will create tie with Basecom for the last quarterfinal slot.

The win of AACI Trading will move them for the top 2 automatic semifinal slot.

TBAC to Initiate Inter-Company Tourney

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The Talisay Basketball Athletic Club (TBAC) will be spearheading the Inter-Company Invitational Tournament slated to open next month.

Among the teams which already confirmed are the Petron, Metro Gaisano, PNP – Talisay, City Mayor’s Office, City Engineers’ Office, JSY Counter Trade, Foodman, Savemore, Market, Du Ek Sam, Ayala, Pepsi and the Collegio San Nicholas De Tolentino - Recoletos

Rep. Paduano Calls for Transparency

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Former rebel leader known as Carapali Lualhati and now Representative of Abang Lingkod Partylist, Joseph Stephen Paduano re-echoed his reminder to public office employees and officials to be transparent and practice accountability in all government offices.

"Lead by example for leadership is not imposed, not dictated but rather we earn the respect of our peers through practice," Congressman Paduano said in a broadcast interview in Bacolod City..

UFL: Ceres FC Wins Last Match With 57 Pts

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The Bacolod City-based Ceres-La Salle FC dropped Forza, 4-1 over the weekend to seal its campaign in the Division 2 of the United Football League with 57 points following 18 victories in 22 outings – including 3 draws and a defeat.

Ceres-La Salle FC at NAIA Terminal 2 bound to Bacolod.*

Father’s Day Throwback 2

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At the outset, we give honor to our Heavenly Father who never fails His children. Because of His love to the people, He sent His only Begotten Son as a ransom so we may live.

Big fathers of Bacolod City: Left photo, Mayor Monico Puntevella and wife Josefa "Patching"; right: Cong. Evelio Bing Leonardia and wife Elsa.* (EBColmo)

WORKAHOLIC & RISK-TAKER FATHERS. Left to right: NDB President/Editor-in-chief Pert Toga, Editor Arman Toga, and Col. Jon Aying, commander, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Phil. Army.* (Edith B. Colmo)

PPP for Markets

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Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez, committee chairman of markets and slaughterhouse during a meeting with the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines’ Inah Tolentino and Tess Laranag, has requested their support in applying for the (PDMF) Project Monitoring and Facility which can undertake the study for environmental service facilities, water supply, renewable energy, and health facilities under a grant from the national government.

Lawyer Demands: Abolish Congress Bacolodnons Oppose

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In a recent radio interview, lawyer Romulo Macalintal would opt for the abolition of Congress considering the reported pork barrel scam. Not only Congress, but also the Blue Ribbon Committee should be abolished because there are offices of the government that cover cases involving public and government officials.

Hanah Settles for New Gym at Lopue’s East

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Multi-titled Hanah Taekwondo jins found its new home as they get ready for the upcoming National Age-Group in Manila next month.

Hanah Taekwondo jins pose for souvenir at their new gym at the Lopue’s East Center.* (H.James G.Toga/NDB)

The Hanah jins, which won the over-all championship title in the recent 15th Visayas Age Group Taekwondo Championships, has transferred to its new gym at the Lopue’s East Center.

USLS, Miyakonojo Higashi HS Ink MOU

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By Keith Brandon Cari-an

University of St. La Salle (USLS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Miyakonojo Higashi High School at English Café, June 16.

MHHS Chair Yutaka Shimizu expressed his joy because of the partnership forged upon the signing of the memorandum.

Miyakonojo Higashi High School delegation with USLS administrators

Bacolod Artists Elect Officers

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The group comprised of art enthusiasts who contribute in efforts making Bacolod City known in the world through artistic designs of masks during Masskara Festival, is the Art Association of Bacolod City (AAB).

For years, their artworks have expressed various faces of Bacolod and Negros Occidental.

Over the weekend, AAB has elected their new leaders.

The multi-awarded Negrense artist Nunelucio Alvarado was elected president for 2014 to 2015.

He is also chairman of the exhibition committee and co-chairman of the selection committee.

UNO-R COF Elects Officers & Ts New Ed Board COF Elects Officers

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The UNO-R Campus Organization Federation (COF) met last Friday, June 13 to elect officers for academic year 2014 -2015.

UNO-R Campus Organization Federation Officers led by Chairperson Portia Centeno of Red Cross Youth – UNO-R*

Election was handled by former UNOSSGO President John Floyd Abrico in the presence of UNORSSGO President Christian Miran.

Gamboa Leads Cooperatives in a Planning Workshop

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Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., concurrent Chairman of the Bacolod City Cooperative Development Council (BCCDC), led 13 Bacolod-based cooperatives o in a three-day Strategic Planning Workshop and Cooperative Immersion in Sipalay City.

BACOLOD CITY Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. addressing the Sipalay Cooperative Development Council presided by their City Cooperative Officer former Councilor Leopoldo Debuyan (left), Council Secretary Raul Napoles (extreme left), CCLDO head Elvira Tipon and CDA Cooperative Specialist Joby Cuenca.*

Backed by the City Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office (CCLDO) head Elvira Tipon, the Bacolod delegation wasreceived by the Sipalay City Cooperative Development Council headed by the City Cooperative Development Officer Leopoldo Debuyan, upon arrival at the Sipalay New Government Center.

Schools Must Have Pedestrian Lanes Repainted/Marked

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Safety of the school children and teachers and the community is necessary while crossing the streets.

Thus, the members of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito requesting the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) and the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO), though the Office of the City Mayor, to repaint and/or put up pedestrian lanes near the public and private schools in Bacolod.

Huminova Tigers Win Crucial Game in Fil-Sino

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The Huminova Tigers won a crucial match against Sweet Crystal, 93-86, to keep alive its quarterfinal hope in the ongoing Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament on Friday at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

JSY Transport, on the other hand, was at second spot after its win against Royal Star Trading in their own encounter.

Both Sweet Crystal and Royal Star were eliminated posting a 1-6 cards each.

Bizman Raises Eyebrows on BACIWA-Murcia Water Supply Deal

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A businessman who is among thousands of concessionaires of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), has raised key questions on the planned signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Murcia Water District (MWD) and BACIWA.

John Keng Seng is also expressing his reservations behind BACIWA‘s plan to acquire millions of pesos worth of generating sets.

SUGARCANE ACT LOBBY. Members of the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines and congressmen from sugar-producing provinces met with House Speaker Sonny Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon to lobby for the passage of the Sugarcane Act and discuss updates on the bill which proposes to further extend the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which is set to expire at the end of this month.
(Left to right) Sugar Master Plan Foundation Senior Policy Adviser Atty. Jay Layug, Confed’s Pablo Lorenzo III, Confed president Lito Coscolluela, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Unifed president Manolet Lamata, NFSP president Enrique D. Rojas, Panayfed president Danilo Abelita and Sugar Board Member Atty. Jesus Barrera.*

Keng said, MWD will not be able to provide enough water for the consumption of Bacolod residents "because it even lacks ample supply for its resident-consumers."

Tubongbanua Now Bacolod PNP Caretaker; Decena on His BCPO ‘OIC-ship’

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Supt. Armando Tubongbanua, the designated Caretaker of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is assuring Bacolodnons that all Police Precincts (BAC-UP stations) in Bacolod are "on top of the situation" in maintaining prevailing peace and order situation.

This assurance came after Tubongbanua assumed office as caretaker in lieu of BCPO-OIC Director Sr. Supt. Larry Decena who had just retired Saturday after reaching the mandatory retirement age.

Manila’s Color Nite Run Invades Bacolod

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The country’s premiere night run even will illuminate the streets of the City of Smiles as the city government of Bacolod, Run Club, R.O.X, SM City and Headrush Productions bring Color Manila Nite Run Bacolod on June 28, 2014, Saturday.

Established in Manila on February 23rd, 2013, the event amassed more than 6,000 runners and illumed Bonifacio Global City with their neon sticks and glow-in-the-dark apparel. This time, the hype comes to Bacolod City that will surely attract runners of all ages.

Resolution to Extend City’s Sympathy to the Passing of Atty. Hagad Unanimously Approved

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A resolution extending the city’s deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and relatives of the late Atty. Andres "Andy" Hagad was unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

1st Bacolod Cup Karatedo Tilt Slated

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The 1st Bacolod Cup Karatedo Tournament is slated on July 1, 2014 at the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

The tournament will serves as qualifying for those aspiring players for a slot in the upcoming 2014 Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg in Kalibo, Aklan on August 21 to 25.

Organized by Bacolod City Sports Office, the tournament will be supervised by Philippine Karatedo Association (PKA)-Bacolod chapter.

Three events - Kata, Team Kata, and Individual Kumite - will be contested in different weight categories.

More Football Tourneys in Bacolod Set - Puentevella

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella will conduct more football tournaments when he comes back from 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bacolod City Mayor and member of FIFA’s Television & Marketing Committee Monico Puentevella is beside the iconic FIFA World Cup trophy last week.*

As BREDCO Port Operator Twits Banago Port

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‘Port Zone Delineation CDC O’k Not Yet Final, SP Approval Needed’

The approval of the City Development Council (CDC) on the request of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) for port zone delineation is not yet final as it requires the concurrence of the Sangguiang Panlungsod, said Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito, newly assumed chair of the SP Committee on Government Assets.

"There will be a lot of considerations and factors to consider before the port delineation will be approved by the SP, like the question why the port development is necessary before the P420 million port development will be implemented, why it consists of 21 hectares and not the finger port alone, the boundaries and coverage of the port zone delineation, what will happen to the thousands of residents living along the Banago shoreline, and many other legal issues that will come out in the course of deliberation," Distrito said in a statement sent to media yesteday.

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT CAPITOL. Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose V. Lacson, and Board Member Salvador Escalante, Jr. (center) with the tanod insurance beneficiaries from the different towns and cities of the province, receiving checks worth a total of P956,926 during the 116th Philippine Independence Day celebration, at the Capitol Park, yesterday. (Capitol photo)

He added that a public hearing will also be called to listen to the side of the present port operator of the city port, BREDCO, especially on the letter sent by Atty. Simplicio Palanca questioning the port delineation and opening of the Banago Port.

"We will take into consideration the points raised by Atty. Palanca in his letter to the Sanggunian. We will give him that privilege considering of his contribution to the development of the city, although we want to hear from him also that he will say that he is willing to increase the rental fees that BREDCO is paying to the city," Distrito added.

WNU Shares Blessings to 120 Families in City

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West Negros University (WNU) through its Campus Ministry Office distributed packs of goods to 120 families of Brgy. 8 in Bacolod City during the Community Outreach Program, Monday.

In collaboration with Judgment Seat of Christ Baptist Mission through Pastor Abel Hipanaw, the beneficiaries along with their children received packages of goods and other give-aways following the short program organized by WNU’s Ministers and Minister’s Children (MMC), volunteers from the Council of Students’ Organization and Nadja Gruhler, German Junior volunteer.

City Celebrates 116th Independence Day with Rep. Paduano as guest of honor

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The Bacolod’s 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration Over All Chair Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. disclosed that Abang Lingkod Party List Representative Joseph Stephen Paduano is guest of honor today at the Independence Rites at Public Plaza and Program at the BAYS Center.

The 116th Independence Day celebration in Bacolod City Public Plaza will start at 8:00 AM today and the program at BAYS Center starts at 8:30 AM. While the most awaited annual Grand Parade is at 1:00 PM to be participated by all sectors of the Bacolod society.*(file photo)

Independence Rites at the Plaza will start at 8:00 AM while the program at BAYS Center starts 8:30 AM.

This will be the first official and public appearance of Paduano after taking oath as the official Abang Lingkod Party List Representative and Bacolod City is privileged to hear his Philippine Independence Day message, Gamboa said.

Paduano likewise will lead the wreath laying to the Monument of the Unknown Soldier together with members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, Bacolod City officials, 303rd Brigade Philippine Army, Bacolod City Police Office, Bacolod City government personnel and their department heads, public and private schools and Bacolod’s private citizens, among others.

An invitation was also sent to Senator JV Ejercito but as of press time, he has not indicated confirmation.

The Bacolod Public Plaza Independence Day Rites is very significant, Gamboa explained, because of the cultural richness seen in the Philippine Flag raising and symbolism of the wreath laying to the Monument of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Araneta, Puentevella off to FIFA World Congress

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Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano Araneta, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Director for Television and Marketing as well as Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, together with PFF Secretary General Edwin Gastanes, have been invited by FIFA to attend the 64th World Congress on June 10–11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mayor Monico O. Puentevella with PFF Mariano Araneta Jr.

The congress serves as a prelude to the start of the much anticipated football World Cup in Sao Paulo with hometown team, former champion and currently third-ranked Brazil facing 18th ranked Croatia in the opening match on June 12.

Monico, PFF Officials to Witness World Cup Opening

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella alongside Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano "Nonong" Araneta and PFF General-Secretary lawyer Edwi Gastanes are currently in Brazil to witness the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janiero early morning of June 13 (Manila time).

Mayor Puentevella, in last Wednesday’s text message, said that aside from the World Cup, they also attended an Asian Football Confederation meeting with AFC president Shiek Salman. Puentevella is also a member of FIFA TV and Marketing Committee.


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Stop Wet and Wild Parties in Bacolod

 From 2000 to 2010, the number of live births by teenage mothers in the Philippines rose by more than 60 percent, latest data from the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed.

While most attribute this to poverty and the lack of education, it is however significant that we have to look at other trends that push our youth to engage in pre-marital sex and other form of immoralities which would result to unplanned pregnancy.

Guard Accused of Killing Colleague

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Police filed robbery with homicide charges against a fellow security guard who shot dead his colleague inside Munsterrific Convenience Store about 2:50 a.m. on Saturday in front of University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Brgy. Villamonte here.

Giovanni Cajerman, 25, married, of Cabanggaan, Madyaw, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental was slapped with the charges before city Prosecutor’s Office here yesterday.

Cajerman, employed by Standstill Security Agency failed to report for duty in one of the subdivisions here Saturday. He is still at-large.

Septuagenarian Nabbed for Violence vs Women

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A 72-year old man was arrested by local police authorities in La Carlota City for charges of violence against women in a raid about 8:45AM, Tuesday.

SPO2 Jerry E. Rumbines with SPO1 Arnulfo S. Robles, PO3 Narciso Cadenas Jr. and PO2s Jollymar Acosta arrested Roald Rafoshei-Klev, of San Sebastian St., Bacolod City through a warrant in criminal case number 4409 for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act.

Rep. Bing Independence Day Message

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"Today we pause and give thanks to those who, in the past and in the not-so-distant past had given themselves to build the nation that we have now – free, prosperous and pulsating with the promise of an even better tomorrow," Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia said in his Independence Day message today.

Leonardia will be in Malacañang Palace today, June 12, to where he was invited for the traditional Vin d’ Honneur hosted by President Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Negrense Part of RP U14 Girls in AFC

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Negrense football players help the national football U14 girls defeat Singapore, 6-0 in the ongoing Asian Football Confederation Regional championship in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam Tuesday.

Despite heavy rains, the RP teams emerged more composed against Singapore. They were nervous as it was their first international tournament.

ITBA’s Banes Captures Negros Tenpin Bowling Open

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JR Banes of Imus Tenpin Bowling Association (ITBA)-Imus topped other bowlers in the country to capture the 16th Negros Tenpin Bowling Open at the Lopue’s East Bowling Center last Sunday.

Vivian Padawan of Cebu Tenpin Bowling Association settled for second place as Crystal Chaves of Davao Tenpin Bowling Association (DATBA) finished third in the tourney.

Rounding up the top 10: Bel Suelto of Baguio Tenpin Association (BTA), Clarence Tiu of BTA-Prima, Billy Lopue of Sugarbowl Tenpin Association Inc. (STAI), Stephen Yap of ITBA-Iloilo,

Lions Donate Reading Room and Materials to Orphanage

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The Bacolod City Host Lions Club repaired and re-modelled an old, abandoned kitchen at the Holy Infant Nursery and converted it to a Reading Room for the orphaned and abandoned children. The Lions also furnished the reading room with children’s tables and chairs, bookshelves, books, writing and drawing materials, educational toys and other reading aids and instruments. The Reading Room was inaugurated and turned-over last Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Bacolod City Host Lions Club president Leah Garbanzos, MD 301 Chairperson Em Ang and other members of the club to Holy Infant Nursery, Inc. president Dr. Hester Villanueva and administrator Delia "Doods" Locsin.

Bacolod City Host Lions Club members and Holy Infant Nursery, Inc. Board of Trustees president Dr. Hester Villanueva watch as children read books and play educational toys in the newly-opened reading room.*

Depositor Files Damages vs. BPI for ‘Diminishing Accounts,’ Etc.

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A bank depositor and retired employee of a multi-national pharmaceutical firm has filed a complaint for damages to the tune of P31.76 million against a giant bank before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bacolod City.

PP31.76-M DAMAGES VS. BPI. Joe Marie L. Sy (right) with his lawyer Roland G. Ravina, (left) at Business Inn Hotel yesterday during which complainant Sy bared his legal action against Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). Sy alleged that his bank deposits were fraudulently withdrawn, his ATM account mysteriously emptied, among others.*(Jun de los Reyes / NDB photo)

Docketed as Civil Case No. 14-14339, Bacolodnon Joe Marie L. Sy filed the complaint against Bank of the Philippine islands (BPI), specifically BPI’s branch in Pasong Tamo.

In his complaint, Sy claimed his bank deposits "were fraudulently withdrawn and to cover up the fraud, bank records and checks under his name (were) electronically falsified."

The suit includes P21,755, 525.84 in actual damages, P10 million in moral and exemplary damages or a total of P31,755,525.84."

Sy said "audit is still on-going and the amount could increase to a range between P40 million to P60 million."

Sy was a former employee of Roche Philippines which he served for 24 years until his retirement in December, 2008.

During his employment at Roche, his salaries, bonuses and allowances were deposited by his employer through a payroll bank account... initially at BPI-Bacolod, and later at Pasong Tamo branch.

He then had five bank accounts with BPI-Pasong Tamo - three savings accounts, a current account and a dollar account.

Due to substantial amounts of cash he deposited with BPI and the volume of his transactions, he also qualified as a Gold Card member and was issued another special card called "Privileges", entiling him to a lot of perks and benefits.

Drug Summit in Bacolod Set

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A drug summit is expected to take place in Bacolod City upon the return of Mayor Monico O. Puentevella who is now attending the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, City Councilor Elcid Familiaran said.

Familiaran, Chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), Committee on Police Matter and Peace and Order said, illegal drugs are alarming now in the city and the province of Negros Occidental.

USLS Beats CSA-B in Women’s Volley Exhibition Match

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University of St. La Salle (USLS) defeated Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) in Toboso Women’s Volleyball Exhibition game Sunday in the town’s gym.

The match is part of Toboso town annual fiesta celebration.

USLS women Stingers and CSA-B women Eagles fought a close match with the scores 25-15, 26-24, 18-25 and 25-17.

The event was organized by the Parish Pastoral Council of Toboso in cooperation with Hijos De San Antonio headed by Rev. Fr. Larry Martinez and Junar Mahilum.*

Batang Pinoy Visayas Reg’l Leg Set in Aklan

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Aspiring athletes from various schools, out-of-school youth and local government units in the Visayas region are preparing for the upcoming Batang Pinoy Visayas Regional Leg scheduled on August 21-25 in Kalibo, Aklan.

This competition will serve as a qualifying for those players to represent the Visayas region in the national finals in December in Iloilo.

It was recalled that recalled that Bacolod last hosted Batang Pinoy National Finals in from January 28 to February 1 this year.

‘June 12 Independence Day Creates Awareness of Heroism in our Culture’

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Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Over-All Chair of Bacolod’s 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration shared thoughts and insights yesterday about the significance of the Grand Parade held annually every June 12.

FLAG EVOLUTION. A scene in last year’s tableau presentation on the Evolution of the Philippine Flag by the USLS Masskara Theatre Ensemble at the historic Capitol Social Hall.*

6th BACIWA Director Zaragoza Poised to be Removed from Post

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The executive management of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) and half of the members of the board of directors, with the militant employees’ union President Claudio Salmo, are desperately making a determined effort to ensure she stays in her post, after a senator has declared she must return to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) soon.

Lawyer Yolanda Zaragoza must return as a staff personnel of LWUA not later than July, this year, Senator Bam Aquino has told LWUA officials in Manila.

‘Kalayaan’ Celebration Good to Go

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Councilor Wilson "Jun" Gamboa, Jr., Chairman of Kalayaan 2014 said in a committee hearing yesterday that it is "all systems go" for the city to celebrate the 116th Independence Day tomorrow, June 12, 2014.

P7 M Shabu Seized

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An estimated seven million pesos (P7M) worth of shabu was confiscated in another bigtime Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA6) buy bust operation at downtown Bacolod City, yesterday afternoon.

ABOUT A KILO OF SHABU VALUED AT P7-M, stuffed in shoes and sandals, were seized in a PDEA buy bust operation at a mall parking lot yesterday afternoon in Singcang, from Edgardo Morales Justo alias Rey F. Roman of the town of Murcia, Negros Occ.* (Rox Estrella photo)

PDEA6 regional director Paul Ledesma said 36-year old Edgardo Morales Justo alias Rey F. Roman, married, owner of a fighting cock breeding farm in Barangay Sta. Cruz in Murcia town, was nabbed in a buy bust operation at 2PM yesterday at Gaisano City Bacolod’s parking lot.

PDEA operatives were able to recover shabu in sachets stuffed inside several pairs of shoes and sandals all estimated to be about a kilo with street value at P7 million.

Also the marked money used in the buy bust, and Justo’s black Isuzu Dmax vehicle.

The drugs were shipped from Manila through LBC, similar to various cases of drug shipment that were also busted by PDEA recently in Bacolod and elsewhere in the country.

Charges for violation of Sections 5 (sale) and 11 (possession) of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being filed against Justo.

Kantahan sa Tindahan Season 1 Grand Finals

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Brgy. Bata was adjudged the Grand Winner during the grand finals of DyAF Radyo Veritas Global-Bacolod’s singing contest "Kantahan Sa Tindahan" Season 1, in partnership with the City Government of Bacolod, which was successfully held Saturday June 7, 2014.

KANTAHAN WINNERS. Jenny Albaladejo, Brgy. Taculing, Lorelie Zambale, Brgy. Tangub, Remy Sino, Brgy. Pahanocoy, Kian Sanchez (Grand Winner) Brgy. Bata, Irene Howe (1st Runner Up) Brgy. 6 and Brooklyn Gale Padios (2nd R-up)*

BACIWA to Conduct Service Improvement

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The Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) will conduct service improvement activities which will cause temporary water supply interruption and turbid water in some portion of the service area.

SCHEDULE: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., June 10, 2014

ACTIVITY: Emergency repair of gate valve at Greensville 3

AFFECTED AREAS: Greensville 2 and 3, Purok Isla, Purok Sabes, Herbabuena, Villa Fe and Purok Active

SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., June 11, 2014

ACTIVITY: Installation of 300 mm Ø Check Valve at Eroreco Subdivision’s transmission line

AFFECTED AREAS: Eroreco Subdivision, Mountainview, St. Anne, La Salle Avenue, Capitolville, Villa Georgina 1 & 2, Grand Estanzia, Magdalene Ville, Montebello, Villa Ramos, Prk. 13, Prk. Santol, Prk. Tuburan, Prk Sambag, Prk. Bulak, Sulom and Mission Viejo

YBAC’s New Prexy to Implement More Programs

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The Your Basketball Athletic Club (YBAC) recently elected its new sets of officers for 2014-2015 Season following a successful holding of tournament last season.

YBAC NEWLY-ELECTED OFFICERS. (from left) Kokoy Pendon (Treasurer), Rolly Buenaflor (BOD/Sports Committee Chairman), past-president Bong Ibe (Board of Director), ex-officio Fregil (BOD/Membership Committee Chairman), president-elect Pete Apura, Jun Ballesteros (Club Adviser), Vincent Javelosa (VP-Internal), Gino Amantillo (COMELEC), Niel Ko (VP-External), Joenel Anico (Sgt. at Arms), Narciso Galang (Auditor), lawyer Arnel Lapore (BOD/Legal Counsel), and Jason Oliver (Secretary). Not in the photo are Board of Directors Danny Chua and Cerilo Soquina.*

During the General Membership Assembly and Election of Officers held at Northwest Inn, outgoing treasurer Pete Apura was elected as the club’s new president.

Bacolod’s Major Roads Closed for the Independence Day Parade

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The Office of Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Over All Chair of Bacolod’s 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration, bared over the weekend the route of the annual military-civic parade.

Motorists and the riding public therefore are advised that Bacolod’s major streets and thoroughfares will be closed to help traffic officers in the implementation of an organized, orderly and peaceful celebration of the Independence Day parade.

Cash Prizes Await Winners of the Independence Day Parade Float Contest

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Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Over-All Chair of the Bacolod Independence Day Celebration together with Councilors Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Noli Villarosa disclosed yesterday a P30,000.00 grand champion prize to the winner of the 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration Dress Parade Floats Competition.

This is open to all 61 Barangays of Bacolod City.

Summer Bowling Clinic Successfully Held

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The Lopue’s East Bowling Center recently concluded its tenpin bowling summer clinic last May 25, 2014 which aimed at developing young bowlers to rule the alleys in the local and national tournaments.

The clinic featured three courses which include: Course 1- comprehensive introduction to tenpin bowling (Basic Drill for Tenpin Bowling); Course 2 – basic bowling drill practice application, shadow bowling, fun game introduction, no tap 8, no tap 9, and regular game; and Course 3 – singles event, mini-fun game, recognition of participants and awarding of certificates.

Hosting of Nat’l PRISAA Assured

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Host Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) is assuring other regions for a more improve hosting or conduct of the 2015 annual tournament in Iloilo City.

Western Visayas PRISAA Executive director Roger A. Banzuela said his many suggestions were noted by other regions during the Annual Strategic Planning Meeting that took place at Quezon City Sports Club on June 6.

The meeting was attended by 17 regional presidents and executive directors.

Car Less Days on Fridays Proposed

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Thank God It’s Friday. The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) urged Negrenses to go car less on Fridays as they launched the campaign #TGIF, It’s Car Less Day. Save Gas, Save the Environment.

The campaign aims to mitigate the dreadful effects of climate change, wherein one of the major causes is the emission of harmful gases like Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide from all sorts of vehicles.

SSS Pension Hike Too Small for Retirees

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What goods can Social Security System (SSS) pensioners buy with P200.00 hike in their regular pensions that they will get from the five percent increase recently announced by SSS Vice President Susie Bugante?

This P 200.00 estimate is good only if a pensioner receives P4,000 monthly pension. What if the pension is below P4,000? With the inflation that we are confronted now, what can that buy?

Approval of Mental Health Day Ordinance on 3rd Reading

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod City approved on its third and final reading an ordinance entitled, "An Ordinance Declaring October 10 of Every Year as the Mental Health Day in the City of Bacolod, Providing Funds Thereof and for Other Purposes", during their Regular Session last June 3, 2014.

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Caesar Z. Distrito, Chairperson of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government and co-authored by Councilors Em Legaspi Ang and Ana Marie Palermo.

49th Social Work Day Celebration

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On June 19, 1965, Republic Act 4373 or the law which the government recognize the Social Work as a profession was passed. In commemorating the passage of the said law, all Social Workers of the province of Negros Occidental will be celebrating the 49th year of existence of the Social Work profession in the Philippines. This celebration will be spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI)–Negros Occidental Chapter.

‘Mega Bacolod’

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"It’s a Dream City that could be realized soon. A City of the Near Future. A Mega City and a Metropolitan Center that Bacoleños can truly be proud of. "

It appears to be everyone’s ultimate dream in Bacolod City that Mayor Monico Puentevella envisions for his constituents in the City of Smiles, the Gateway to Sugarlandia. Who knows? With the full support of well-meaning citizens, the civic-minded groups, the business community, progressive-minded Negrenses and all concerned sectors, this pleasant dream can become a reality in the not-too-distant future.

WITH BACOLOD CITY MAYOR Newks Puentevella (6th from left) are media practitioners covering the City Hall (People’s House) beat, during the mayor’s arrival from Singapore Friday, June 6. Left to right, Jeffrey Gelangre (DYRL), Bryan Morden (DYEZ), Jemlo Victosa (DYHB), W. Henry O. Streegan and Pert Toga (NDB), Ann Sindol Sorilla (DYWB), Franklin Villanueva, Rey Alejandrino (DYAF), and Rox Estrella (DYRL). Seated is NDB board Chairman Rolly Espina.*

Padyak Sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan 5 Hailed Successful

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PADYAK SA KALU-SUGAN AT KALIKASAN 5, which was held last June 8, 2014 was hailed successful.

PADYAK. (Left) The finishers of Padyak sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan 5 at Brgy Cabatangan, Talisay City. (right) PSSupt Milko Lirazan, Provincial Director, NOPPO during the closing program.*

Ceres Bus Catches Fire

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A Ceres bus caught fire in its engine compartment which forced its driver to stop the vehicle and directed the passengers to disembark fast.

CERES BUS CAUGHT FIRE in front of the Bacolod City National High School yesterday afternoon. Lucky enough, no one was hurt* (Owen S. Bayog / NDB photo)


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Office of the Bishop
Diocese of Bacolod
Defeating Babel with Pentecost:



The Babel and Pentecost of History 1. Today is not just a celebration of a feast, but largely a commemoration of an event. This day we remember the fulfillment of a promise by our Lord to send us from the Father a Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth who shall guide us to all truth (c.f. Jn 16:13).

2. There is a long tradition of Scriptural interpretation that juxtaposes Babel and Pentecost. The multiplicity of tongues at Babel came as a just punishment because of their proud and false claims, presumptuously putting themselves in God’s place. In the process, instead of working together, they saw themselves working against each other causing them to drift apart and finally crumble.

Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra (left) is greeted by NDB’s Pert Toga after delivering his pastoral letter titled: "Defeating Babel with Pentecost." The bishop officiated holy mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral yesterday on the observance of Pentecost as a Day of Prayer for the Nation.*

Melligen Captures WBO Featherweight Title

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Bacolod City – native Mark Gil Melligen is the new World Boxing Organization Oriental featherweight champion after stopping Thailand’s Petchsamuthr Duanaaymuk-dahan in 2 minutes of the fourth round last Saturday at the Expo Garden in Kunming City, Southwestern China.

Bacolod City-native Mark Gil Melligen (center) is the new World Boxing Organization Oriental featherweight champion.*

USLS-IS Student Leaders Undergo Leadership Seminar

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Thirty-one Lasallian leaders of the University of St. La Salle-Integrated School (USLS-IS) participated in the Leadership Orientation Training Seminar (LOTS) held at the USLS-IS Grounds and Granada Eco-Park, June 2-5.

The LOTS is an annual activity spearheaded by the Student Affairs Council that trains students to become effective leaders.

LOTS team and participants

Operation Smile International Assists Bacolod

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Some 54 volunteers of Operation Smile have flown to Bacolod City to render humanitarian services – changing lives of the cleft lipped and cleft palate individuals, from children to adults, who came from all over Negros Occidental, as well as those in Panay Island and Negros Oriental. The cleft lips/cleft palate operations will be done today, Monday, until Friday, June 13, 2014.

Local and foreign volunteers are happy working together in screening the indigent cleft lipped and cleft palate patient at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Bacolod.* (EBColmo)

Girls in Pink & Blue Gymnastics Center’ 12th Year Culminating Activity

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Girls in Pink and Blue Bacolod Gymnastics Center just had a very successful 12 years culmination activity last Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the UNO-R Gym, managed and directed by this writer, an international and national accredited judge in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

GIRLS IN PINK AND BLUE Bacolod Gymnastics Center gymnasts show their talents and skills.*

Dengue Prevention Urged

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Dengue continues to hold its position as an infectious disease with far reaching effects regionwide and nationwide, thus it becomes a "year round public health threat".

The total number of cases in Western Visayas reached 1,399 from January 1-May 17, 2014. It is 69.36% lower as compared to the same period last year as per Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU) Report.

Dismissed St. Benilde Employee Aaron Esmane Upheld by SC

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The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the August 28, 2009 decision of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) favoring Aaron Esmane, a dismissed employee of St. Benilde School in Mansilingan, Bacolod City.

In its motion for Execution of Judgment dated May 14, 2014, the NLRC Regional Arbitration Branch VI in Bacolod, that "the decision in the above-entitled (labor) case (NLRC RAB VI Case No. 04-10336-08) has become final and executory per entry of judgment dated November 13, 2013 issued by the Supreme Court."

Gaston Takes Rotary Title

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One of the country’s best known golfers, Silay’s Francis Gaston, was the overall champion of Saturday’s Rotary ‘Golf for a Cause’ tournament held at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club in Bata Subdivision, Bacolod City

Luigi Benedicto with his trophy for best overall net score with (l-r) Marapara Rotary incoming president Ivan Ereñeta and club president Fidel Henares.*

15 Students Now at Yuan Thong Temple’s Vocational School

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Fifteen post-high school students coming from different parts of the country, together with their mentors were formally introduced in an opening ceremony last Saturday to devotees of the Yuan Thong Temple.

The Venerable Miao Jing, Abby of the Fo Guang Shan Philippines delivered the Humanistic Buddhism messages to the 15 students, their mentors and devotees (Gil Severino photo)

Bacolod City Government Urges Public to Display Philippine Flag

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, in a memorandum dated May 28, 2014, enjoined both private and government entities to hoist the Philippine Flag or display its replica in commemoration of the 116th Philippine Independence Celebration.

The Mayor’s memorandum no. 074-05-14 read that the raising of the Philippine Flag or display of its replica is in observance of the Flag Days which started May 30 until June 12, 2014.

Jast in Solo Lead in Fil-Sino Caging

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Jast Enterprises defeated JSY Countertrade, 82-73, to register four straight wins, even as Basecom survived Royal Star Trading, 85-79, in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Color Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School last Tuesday.

Balance offense was the key of Jast winning all four quarters en route to its fourth straight wins.

They took the half, 44-30 and 61-50 in the third quarter.

Yan Yan Dy paced Jast with 21 points; Edward Uy added 18; Joel Masadia 12; Jolly Castillo 10 and Beejay Paredes 8.

Palaro Softball Team Decides to Stay at DLNHS

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Palarong Pambansa champion secondary girls softball team decided to stay at Domingo Lacson National High School (DLNHS) after they were assured of support.

The management of the school through Bacolod School Division Superintend Gemma Ledesma gave assurance that Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella is supporting the team.

The beleaguered softball team was nowhere to go after they were informed that the new administration of the school will no longer support them.

Global C and Kids Health

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Kids in the far flung areas of this country are the ones being affected by malnutrition, as we all know bad food can result to malnutrition. Why Filipino families continue to eat foods that are less of nutrients simply because they do not have the right kind of job that can provide good salary that eventually can bring more sumptuous food on their table.

How Can a Business Succeed?

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Starting a business can be really tedious. It takes a lot of patience, creativity and even skills to maintain one, much more to make it successful. There are businesses out there that have been operating for decades but cannot expand. Yet, there are businesses which have only opened for a few years yet have branches sprawling everywhere. If we are going to look into this matter more carefully, starting and growing a business is actually a skill and a competency which can be learned.

NDB writer in ‘Search for Outstanding Teachers’ semis

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NDB columnist and Bata National High School (BNHS) teacher Lorelee D. Asignacion, is up against 16 other teachers in the Secondary Level in the semi-final judging of Metrobank Search for Outstanding Teachers which will be held at the Penthouse of Metrobank Plaza in Makati City on June 13, 2014.

TEACHER LORELEE D. ASIGNACION. Never be scared to defy comfort zones. SOT semi-finalist’s other side when not in the classroom: Packed up and distributed school supplies last May 31; helped cleaning Talisay shores, joined building shelter at GK Village in Bago City, and planted trees in the mountains of Salvador Benedicto town.*

Asignacion, who has rendered her services as a public school teacher for over 14 years has been recognized twice as Division of Bacolod City’s Outstanding Teacher in 2010 and 2012.

Bacolod City College to Start Classes June 9

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Thousands of students enrolled this semester at Bacolod City College will troop to BCC’s three campuses as classes will definitely start this Monday, June 9.

BCC Administrator Dr. Johanna Bayoneta assured that the three BCC campuses in Taculing, Sum-ag, Fortune Towne and a satellite campus at the Bacolod City National High School are ready to accommodate new enrollees, regular enrollees, transferees, and returnees including late enrollees.

PRAC: Sharp-BUSG vs MFCS in Class B Finals

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Sharp-Basketball Unified Sports Group (BUSG) and MF Computer Solutions will dispute the Pueblo Rosario Athletic Club class B title on Saturday at Eroreco Subdivision in Bacolod City.

Commissioner Hernani Castor confirmed the championship between the two after last Wednesday’s crossover semifinals where BUSG beat Prime Distribution, 95-89, and MFCS stopped host Stallions Alumni.

Tamaraws Win TBAC Inter-Color Title

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The Tamaraws came out too strong against the Pitbulls, 102-76, to grab the championship title of the just-concluded Talisay Basketball Athletic Club (TBAC) Inter-Color Basketball Tournament played at the Talisay City gym.

The Tamaraws

Tournament ‘most valuable player’ awardee Migallen sparked with 14 points, of his total 16 markers, in the final quarter to lead four other Tamaraws in double digit as well anchored the team’s well-balanced offence.

ASSFBI Dominates Trio Challenge at New Tops

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Active Solid Strikers Fellowship Bowlers Inc. (ASSFBI) teams dominated the men’s and women’s side of the Sharp Challenge Cup 2014 Invitational Trio Bowling Tournament held at the New Top’s Millennium Plaza Alley in Bacolod City last Friday.

ESD Solid Strikers is headed by Edgar del Rosario (left) with members Erwin Mazarte, Nonoy Gatila, Ricky Zamora and Orly Guiljon.* (contributed photo)

The five final seats in the men’s championship were swept by ASSBI, while its women counterpart secured the 1-2 final slots in the up-the-ladder finals.

Sharp’s spitfire Rey Balaan and Precy Pillo of Condura/ASSFBI Ladies won the master bowler competition in their respective category.

Bishop Declares Diocesan Day of Prayer for Enlightenment and Conversion

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Most Rev. Vicente M. Navarra, D.D. , Bishop of Bacolod, issued a Pastoral Letter entitled "Defeating Babel with Pentecost" in view of the conflicting and confusing scenarios brought about by the PDAF and DAP issues that are presently affecting the nation. Dubbing the present crisis as the "Babel of Today," the Pastoral Letter stated that "we lament and bewail the bitter fruits of dishonesty, fraudulence and decay brought about by the shameless stealing from the Nation’s coffers."

9 Nabbed in Bacolod, Murcia, Calatrava Drug Busts

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A total of nine persons were nabbed in separate anti-illegal drug busts in Bacolod, Murcia and Calatrava early this week.

Six people were arrested in a police raid on a suspected drug den in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City, on Wednesday evening.

Police entered the compound of the Benares family after conducting several test buys of illegal drugs for several days.

Bacolod City police director Senior Superintendent Larry Decena said the place was not easy to enter because it is surrounded by high concrete walls.

Last Night’s Benares Raid Found Drugs, Guns

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Huge amounts of shabu, firearms and ammunitions were recovered by members of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Special Operations Group (SOG) headed by Senior Inspector Jose Muleta, at Benares Compound in Purok San Jose, Brgy. Alijis about 6:30 last night.

Muleta said they conducted a test buy and when it resulted positive, they raided the compound of Benito "Morito" Benares who is the subject of the SOG operation.

Several personalities were in the compound including a son of prominent Chinese family in Bacolod.

Muleta said a certain Bong Chua was caught inside the compound.

Others were able to escape by jumping over concrete fence when police operatives came.

BCPO OIC Director SSupt Larry Decena was in the area last night to support the raiding team.

He acknowledged report that in the absence of relieved Supt. Jefferson T. Descallar, 10 or 20of his men vowed to intensify police operation against illegal activities in the city, especially drugs.

Decena also acknowledged the participation of residents by informing them about the illegal operation in the area, as well as the media for their support.

Three houses inside the compound were searched by the raiding team, where Benares also has a cock farm.

Decena believes that Benares is in the business for pushing, selling and using prohibited drugs.

It was not yet known as of presstime last if he was one of those arrested or if he was able to escape.

"There is someone supplying Benares such illegal stuff," Decena said.

Operatives were still conducting inventory of confiscated items as of press time.

Ayalin Informant is Richer by 800K

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The informant who leaked the whereabouts of fugitive Noel Ayalin’s may claim the reward of P800, 000 soon, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office OIC Provincial Director SSupt. Milko Lirazan disclosed.

The informant may claim the reward after Lirazan issued a certification.

The informant’s identity is being withheld by police authorities.

Enrique Pinongan, Provincial Administrator, also disclosed the check is now being processed by the Treasurer’s Office.

GAB Warns Holding of Illegal Gambling  

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Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman, Negrense Juan Ramon "Monju" Guanzon issued a warning against holding illegal cockfighting events not duly authorized by Local Government Units (LGUs).

This came following a report his Bacolod office received that illegal cockfighting is held here frequently.

"One of the schemes employed by operators is obtaining appropriate permits from LGU for allowed number of days, but actually hold additional cockfighting events on days not allowed under their permits," he observed.

A Dose of Knowledge from a 75-year Old BCC Scholar

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Felicidad Hilado Casingal may be a senior citizen in her own right, but she believes that age is not a barrier for those who seek knowledge.

"We are all equal when it comes to education," says the 75-year old Casingal, one of the handful of new scholars of the city. She is currently enrolled at the Bacolod City College (BCC) Taculing campus and on June 9th, she will embark on a new journey as a freshman Office Administration student of the institution.


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It is ironical that the few leading advocates and known crusaders against illegal activities in our community and the country includes not only law enforcers or police operatives but even the so-called whistle blowers, also the religious sectors, have become the ones now being targeted and ostracized for their uncompromising campaign against the evils of illegal drugs, illegal gambling and other forms of criminal tricks perpetrated by unscrupulous elements in our society.

Local Gov’t Officials Commend Ceres FC in UFL

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Ceres-La Salle Football Club has two games left in the ongoing United Football League but the Negros Occidental and Bacolod City-based club is a virtual champion even if it loses the rest of its matches.

For Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., the club’s success will continue to inspire our young Negrense-athletes to develop their skills and increase their enthusiasm in this sporting event. "I wish you all the best and continued success in all your future endeavors," the provincial father said.

Operation Smile to Conduct Free Surgical Mission

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Operation Smile International is arriving in Bacolod City tomorrow, Friday to conduct a free surgical mission for children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities at the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital.

The 50-man team is composed of international and local plastic surgeons, anaesthesiologists, pediatricians, dentists, nurses and other non-medical volunteers.

About a hundred volunteers from Bacolod and Negros Occidental will also take part in the mission.

Ceres-La Salle FT More Stronger This Season

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Nene Lazarito

Ceres-La Salle Football Team of the University of St. La Salle is getting ready for the regular season of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA).

In the recent interview over dyEZ’s Aksyon Isports, Ceres-La Salle FT veteran mentor Freddie "Nene" Lazarito said that they have been in tough preparation since the conclusion of the National PRISAA in Tagum City. "Actually, we didn’t stop our training and preparation because we have to defend our titles. Many schools and teams aim to dethrone us thus, we have to focus and keep our team stronger," he said.

The USLS tactician stressed that aside from being the NOPSSCEA champion, they are also the reigning National PRISAA and UniGames defending titlist.

"I know that many teams, particularly those from Manila, are building up their respective teams to outplay us and maybe to defeat our team," Lazarito said. "During the recent Palarong Pambansa in Laguna, I saw many of the Manila-based coaches and scouts are holding massive recruitments to strengthen their teams," he added.

BCHNS Willing to Absorb Palaro Softball Team Champion

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Bacolod City National High School (BCNHS) is willing to absorb Palarong Pambansa secondary girls’ softball champion to their fold.

Jose Dayot III, the school principal said, he is willing to help the team in whatever capacity.

He is willing to help in order not to disband because of the problem they are facing.

The coaching staff feared of the team’s status at Domingo Lacson National High School following the retirement of school principal Esteban Albacea.

SP Congratulates Carapali as New Member of Congress

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The members of Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod approved the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito congratulating Joseph Stephen Paduano, known as Carapali Lualhati, who took his oath of office May 28, 2014 as the 290th member of the House of Representatives representing Abang Lingkod Partylist.

Descallar is Cleared

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After having been cleared by Bacolod City Police Office OIC-Director Sr. Supt. Larry Decena, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also cleared Supt. Jefferson T. Descallar of any link to illegal drugs.

NAPOLCOM Regional Officer Atty. Marte Palomar has formed an investigating team led by Inspector IV Napoleon Arostique, with Atty. Jorelyne Gasataya and Inspector II Felix Leo Loriega, to conduct an investigation.

The investigation centered on an alleged complaint against Descallar by a "concerned media reporter of Bacolod and Mamamayan Kontra Droga" that was addressed to the PNP chief.

NAPOLCOM probers visited the Negros Press Club (NPC) and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP).

Both media groups denied any knowledge about the supposed media reporter in their lists.

Local KBP chapter chairman Joppy Ploteria was quoted as saying that "if said media reporter is existing and comes from the fold of KBP, he should have passed the letter to our office and the KBP could have facilitated it."

Same with the NPC.

PDEA, on the other hand, reportedly told Descallar they conducted background check and found no Descallar linkage to illegal drugs nor is receiving money from drug lords.

Descallar was relieved from the Bacolod PNP on order of Regional Director Chief Supt. Josephus Angan signed May 9.

BJMP Holds Operation Tuli

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The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-Metro Bacolod District Jail Male Dorm partnered with the Rotary Club of Bacolod South and the Order of Asclepius, a brotherhood of medical students from West Visayas State University in the conduct of "Operation Tuli" at the jail compound in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City.

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology partner with Rotary Club of Bacolod South and the Members of the Order of Asclepius, a brotherhood of medical students from West Visayas State University during the "Operation Tuli" at the Bacolod City District Jail-Male Dormitory Annex in Barangay Handumanan.* (EAD-PIA6/BJMP photo)

Thirty males including five inmates availed of the free circumcision and medicines given by Rotary Club, data from the MBDJMD showed.

ACT Threatens DepEd if Teachers’ Salary Increase Not Included in 2015 Budget

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"Mass leave if our demand for salary increase is not included in the 2015 budget."

Thus said Mr. Benjie Valbuena, national chairman of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in an emailed press statement yesterday.

Their demand for salary increase, for both teachers and non- teaching staff, was given impetus as they conducted the nationwide march-rally nationwide the other day.

In Bacolod City, despite the rain, several teachers from all public schools were not hindered.

San Carlos to host 1st District, 5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup

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San Carlos City will host the 1st District boxing elimination on the first week of August, Boxing Coordinator Bert Alison said.

The elimination aimed to produce boxing champion in the district to represent in the 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Boxing Cup Open Championship finals set in October this year at BAYS Center.

The championship will be part of Masskara celebration of Bacolod City.

The first district is composed of Escalante and San Carlos cities; Toboso, Calatrava and Salvador Benedicto.

Aksyon Radyo Bacolod Gives Out Free School Supplies

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Two hundred eighty nine eighty (289) elementary students from Baclao Elementary School in Barangay Baclao, Cauayan, Negros Occidental were the beneficiaries of free school supplies through Aksyon Radyo Bacolod’s Balik Eskwela project last Saturday, May 31.

Pro Hoop Tourney to Return in Reg’l Areas

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Fred Advincula

Basketball Philippines (BP) is set to revive the staging of regional basketball tournament and to bring back professional hoop to the people, according to BP Chief Operation Officer & founder Alfredo "Fred" Advincula over dyEZ’s Aksyon Isports yesterday.

"Unlike the PBA [Philippine Basketball Association], in which teams are representing various companies, this regional league will represent a particular city, province or island in the country. The league, likewise, aims at bringing basketball closer to the people," Advincula said. "With PBA, a fan should be in Manila to be able follow and watch his favorite player and team," he added.

At the start of the league, Basketball Philippines eye to begin the season with a minimum of eight teams from potential cities like Bacolod, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Masbate, Legazpi, San Fernando, Batangas, Quezon City, and Metro Manila.

Negrense Softball Team Disbanding?

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The fear of losing a sports event dominated by Negrenses in every Palarong Pambansa may no longer be as strong or face disbandment if not given support from the Department of Education (DepEd) and Local Government Unit.

This was disclosed by coaching staff of Palarong Pambansa multi-title softball team from Domingo Lacson National High School that aired their concern during the cash incentives awarding Thursday at Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol.

5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup Championship at BAYS Center in October

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The 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Boxing Cup Open Championship finals set in October this year will be part of the Masskara celebration.

This was disclosed by Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor, Negros Occidental Provincial Sports Coordinator head and Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, Incorporated, (ABAP) Western Visayas president.

The venue is the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center. The date has not been known yet.

Hundreds Join Sum-ag River Clean-up

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Around 350 volunteers helped out in cleaning up the Sum-ag river in Bacolod City Friday morning.

Councilor Carl Lopez and students from Visayan Maritime Academy with sacks of collected trash from the Sum-ag River during the Sum-ag River clean-up, May 30, 2014.*

This effort to rehabilitate the river was initiated by ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Gina Lopez and Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez in the hope of reviving its once pristine waters and rich marine life.

Negros Public School Teachers Hold Protest to Press for Salary Hike

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About 3,000 estimated public schoolteachers will carry out their protest action today, at about 5p.m. for an increase in their monthly salaries, because the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Budget Management (DBM) have been stonewalling on their demands for salary increases since some time ago, Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Negros (ACT-Negros) Chairman, Gualberto Dajao, declared Saturday in an interview in DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program which airs daily and is hosted by anchormen Edgar Cadagat and Jeffrey Gelangre.

BACK TO WORK. After an absence of almost 10 months as EIC, NDB’s Pert Toga goes back to work in his editing chores, pinch-hitting for his Editor-son Arman who is still recuperating from a bout with flu and minor complications. The editor is resuming work this week.*

Mayor Puentevella Joins 5th Annual World Cities Summit Mayors Forum Ongoing in Singapore

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella is now in Singapore as one of the country’s representatives in the 5th Annual World Cities Summit Mayors Forum (WCSMF) June 1-4, 2014.

Mayor Monico O. Puentevella (center) with Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez and Cebu City Mayor Michael L. Rama representing their respective cities for the 5th Annual World Cities Summit Mayors Forum in Singapore.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Organized by Singapore’s Center for Liveable Cities and Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Forum is likewise an "exclusive, by-invitation-only global platform" that gathers city leaders in one venue to discuss pressing challenges faced by their respective cities and at the same time, to share their best practices.

Broadcaster Tony De La Cruz Passes Away

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Antonio " Tony" De La Cruz

Antonio De La Cruz, fondly called by friends "Tony" or "Gov" passed away due to lingering ailment lung and throat cancer at the Western Visayas Regional Hospital at the age of 57 recently.

He was born on June 8, 1957, a native of Barangay Ahong, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, son of Mr. and Mrs. Segundina and Dominador De La Cruz, hacienda farmworkers.

Looking for greener pasture, the family transferred their residence in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental where he finished his elementary studies in the Holy Family Elementary School and his secondary years at Negros Occidental High School.

He was under the tutelage of then Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich of the Diocese of Bacolod until he obtained his College Degree in Vocational Course in General Radio Communications Operation at the Progressive Technical School in Bacolod City. He worked for more than 10 years as Radio Communications Operator of MV Pacencia, an Inter-Island Vessel. He took a rest for a year until he was hired by then Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich as radio technician and operator at the Diocese of Bacolod.

Fighting for the cause of the depressed and oppressed sugar farm workers against landlords, political warlords and unscrupulous hacienda owners, he joined mass protest rallies and march caravan from Northern and Southern Negros and even in Dumaguete Negros Oriental, alongside close allies and brother mediamen Edgar Cadagat, Fred Sapa, among others.

It was in 1988, when Aaron Sorbito, his friend invited and convinced him to run for Governor of Negros Occidental against Daniel "Bitay" Lacson, now the GSIS Chairman because Bitay Lacson had no opponent at that time and no one dared to challenge him as the incumbent Governor. He parted ways in service to the Church following the order, directives and guidelines in entering politics. He lost in the Elections by only 1/3 vote against Bitay Lacson.

City to Donate 10 New Classrooms

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Ten public elementary and high school institutions will be receiving 10 new classrooms courtesy of the city of Bacolod.

The good news was announced by Mayor Monico Puentevella during his press conference yesterday following his announcement that he was invited to represent the city in the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum 2014 in Singapore.

2 Negrense Fil-Sino Teams Sweeps Iloilo

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Two Negrense Fil-Sino teams swept their counterpart, Iloilo Fil-Chinese Basketball Assn. in their annual Friendship Game during the weekend at St. Joseph Gym, Iloilo City.

Jimmy Yap coached the two teams from Bacolod City.

Negrense Fil-Sino team A defeated its IFCBA counterpart, 90-81, while Fil-Sino B also beat the same team, 70-59.

Carlo Chu paced Fil-Sino A with 17 points, Robbie Jalandoon added 16, RB Chua & Ritchie Militante made 12 apiece, Carl John Oquindo had 9, and Derek Sibug with 8.

Laureño Pushes AACI Transport vs. Royal Star Trading in Fil-Sino Caging

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Arnol Laureño scored 34 points to push AACI Transport to defeated Royal Star Trading, 89-85, Wednesday in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

In the other game, Joppy Cuaycong scored the same output to lead JSY Countertrade gets past Basecom, 94-84, posting a slim 17-16 lead in the first quarter but kept its breeze to take, 46-31 at the break.

Vital Brgy. Concern: Child Abuse!

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Dealing with children’s welfare is a major concern in today’s 61 barangays which has been quality time by Brgy. Mandalagan, according to Thursday’s interview with Lupon secretary, Mary Ann Bombon.

Republic Act 7610 is a measure geared towards the implementation of a National Comprehensive Program for the survival of the most vulnerable members of the community, the Filipino children, Bombon stated.

She pointed out that under subsection b, section 3, of R.A. 7610, child abuse refers to the maltreatment of a child, whether habitual or not.

Local KBP Denies Hand in the Anonymous Letter vs Descallar

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The local Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Bacolod Chapter Chairman Joppy Ploteria here denied that a KBP member has a hand in the anonymous letter sent to PNP Chief Allan Purisima claiming members of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is receiving drug money from drug pushers.

Ploteria said, if that concerned media reporter of Bacolod is a member of KBP, his letter should have been passed to them.

17 Companies Join DTI’s Diskwento Caravan

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Seventeen exhibitors selling basic commodities like milk, coffee, shampoo even meat as well as those selling organic products joined the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Diskwento Caravan this year.

Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Director Rebecca Rascon (2nd from right) and Engr. Mae Cuaycong representing Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella cut the ribbon to open the DTI Diskwento Caravan recently at the Old City Hall grounds witnessed by Consumers Association of Bacolod president Andrea Zolayvar (left) and DTI Bureau of Regulation and Consumer Welfare’s Reginald Hueres (right).*(EAD-PIA6 photo)

Exhibitors’ booths sprawl the grounds of the Old City Hall starting May 30 to May 31 from 9:30AM to 6:30PM to sell their respective products at discounted prices.

Councilor Familiaran Donates CCTVs to NOHS

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The election of Councilor El Cid M. Familiaran as the President of the NOHS Batch 1978 has proven to be beneficial for the whole community of Negros Occidental High School.

NOPPO, BCPO Invite Cyclers

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Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) invite all cyclers for "Padyak sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan Part 5" on June 8, 2014, an activity which aims to promote good health and environmental awareness among the various stakeholders of the community along with law enforcers. This is facilitated by Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6), NOPPO, BCPO, Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) and the Local Government Unit of Talisay City.

Gamboa is Over-all Chair of Bacolod’s 116th Independence Celebration

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Mayor Monico Puentevella, in an Executive Order read last May 29, 2014, designated Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. as Over-All Chair of Bacolod City’s celebration of the Philippines’ 116th Independence Day Celebration.

The annual celebration of the Philippine Independence every June 12 is one of the most significant in Philippine History enshrined in Republic Act No. 9492 and Presidential Proclamation No. 295, cited by the Mayor’s Executive Order.

Mayor Puentevella’s Executive Order created the Organizing Committees which will undertake the planning, organizing and implementation of the programs on June 12.

Gamboa is Co-chaired by Executive Assistant Rocky Puentevella in said Independence Day celebration, while Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya heads the Program and Events Committee; Councilors likewise headed various committees assisted by the City’s Department Heads.

116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration Over-All Chair Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., with Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, former Councilor Catalino Alisbo and EA Butch Ebreo, discuss matters with the organizing committee of said celebration last May 29, 2014.*

USLS-IS Admin Builds Ties in Korea

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By Keith Brandon Cari-an

Six USLS administrators and Integrated School officers visited Seogu District in Daegu City, South Korea to establish basic education linkages, May 21-26.

Visiting administrators were Integrated School Principal Doris Dumaran, Vice Principal for Academics Mario Loredo, VP for Upper Grades Romy de la Serna, VP for Lower Grades Carmen Penado, Alumni Relations Director Maria del Pilar Limas and External Relations Director Rhoderick Samonte.

(top) University of St. La Salle delegation visits Jeonju National University of Education; External Relations Director Rhoderick Samonte with Jeonju NU President Kwang-chan Yu

Villamor on CSC Decision

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‘WE WILL EXHAUST LEGAL REMEDIES’The city government of Bacolod under the leadership of Mayor Monico Puentevella firmly believes that "No decision of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) is deemed final until we have exhausted all legal remedies!"

This was the reaction of City Administrator Atty. Rolando Villamor yesterday in an exclusive interview with NDB concerning the three cases decided upon by the Civil Service Commission. Villamor stated that: "To our mind, the three decisions promulgated by the Civil Service Commission are not yet final. Our response to them is that we have filed and will file cases before the Court of Appeals requesting and praying for a reversal of said decisions."

Villamor added, "In the field of management, there is such a principle known as "management prerogative" which mandates that management or the present city administration has the absolute right to hire, fire, demote or dismiss any employee or officer who is not considered essential to the realization of the objectives of its goals and objectives.

The people involved in the CSC decision are not considered vital towards the attainment of the objectives of the Puentevella administration. "We feel that Mayor Puentevella has every right to form his own dynamic management team. We already have come across many deficiencies of the previous city administration and we feel that the only way we can effectively manage the affairs of the present city administration is to place in each office loyal and effective officers and employees."

Bacolod SP Congratulates Laguna Palaro Medalists

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City has congratulated Bacolod City medalists in the last Palarong Pambansa held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna last May 4 to 10, 2014.

Governor Alfredo Maranon, Jr. and DepEd Superintendent Juliet Jeruta hand out the cash incentives to Palarong Pambansa 2014 medalists from Negros Occidental at the Capitol Social Hall as Executive Assistant for Sports Angel Verdeflor looks on. A total of P670,000 was given to athletes, who won gold, silver and bronze medals during the recently-concluded school-based sports conclave.* (Capitol PIO Photo)

Authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. and co-authored by Councilor Kalaw Puentevella, the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) passed the resolution during its May 28, 2014 regular session congratulating and appreciating the Bacolod City athletes which is part of the Western Visayas contingent.

Rob Man in Silay Falls, Gun Replica Seized Very Low Bid Price for Infra Projects of Gov’t Disadvantageous

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Several contractors with more than acceptable records of workmanship when it comes to building of infrastructure projects have expressed disgust and dismay that the highway leading into the Campuestohan Highland Resort, a hotel and restaurant including amenities for tourists and visitors alike whether foreign or local are still to be constructed to standard level so this can serve the purpose for which it is being built.

Among the Richest, Top 4 City Councilors in Bacolod

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Based on their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) in 2013, the top four with the highest net worth among the city councilors of Bacolod City are Carlos Jose "Carl" Lopez y Valderrama with P18-M, followed by Em Legaspi Ang with around P100-M.

They were followed closely by Councilors El Cid Familiaran and Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella.*

Top 4 SPM in Negros Occ.

Jast Enterprises Gets Past Sweet Crystal in Fil-Sino Caging

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Jast Enterprises defeated Sweet Crystal, 98-91 to deal the latter its first loss in the ongoing Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company basketball Tournament Tuesday at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung high School.

Earlier, JSY Transport also defeated Huminova Tigers, 79-72 making its mark in the payoff quarter for the win.

Sweet Crystal started the game with 31-17 lead through Carl John Oquindo and Atty. Jubert Katalbas that combined for 22 points.

Another Surface Water Source in Negros Discovered

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Aside from the overflowing surface or spring water supply which could provide clean, potable water for Talisay and Bacolod cities coming from its watesheds, another official of the MWSS based in Manila has discovered ample water source which could supply surface or spring water for residents of Kabankalan and Himamaylan cities in Southern Negros.

The best water source for household use is from surface or spring water, the MWSS former official who has retired from the service said in an interview with NNF/NDB, but who requested he not be named at the moment.

‘Memorialize Independence Day’, Bacoleños Urged

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"Memorialize Independence Day", thus Bacolod Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya said as he urged all Bacoleños "to celebrate with pride" the 116th years of liberation that our forefathers fought with dignity and valor against our country’s aggressors.


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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 May 31, 2014 (Saturday) and June 1, 2014 (Sunday), as follows:

Date: May 31, 2014 – Saturday

Time: 8:00AM to 5:00PM


· Replacement of rotten primary poles along Roxas, Barangay 39, Bacolod City; and

CSC Orders Reinstatement of City HR Officer

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Saying the arguments of Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella are "nebulous," the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has reaffirmed its decision invalidating the mayor’s order to reassign a human resource management officer (to the City Agriculture Office [CAO]).

In a decision promulgated last week, CSC Director Rodolfo Encajonado dismissed Mayor Puentevella’s motion for reconsideration of an earlier decision that invalidated the transfer of HRMO Gilda Lluisma to the CAO.

This is the third case Puentevella lost in the CSC over city employees that he transferred or reassigned when he assumed as Mayor last year. Earlier, the CSC had also upheld its decisions invalidating Mayor Puentevella’s reassignment of Marlou Amago from the City Engineer’s Office to the Bacolod City Mental Health Clinic and Jean Ramos from the City Planning and Development Office to the Office of Local Economic Enterprise.

In the latest decision on the Lluisima case, the CSC said "the arbitrariness of Mayor Puentevella’s order of reassignment is immediately apparent from the face thereof."

It also noted that "the vicious intent to reassign Luisima for more than the limit of one year is evident from the statement of the memorandum order that ‘it takes effect immediately and shall remain enforced until otherwise revoked.’"

"The fact that the period of Lluisima’s reassignment is subject to the whims and caprices of the respondent makes the order of reassignment invalid," the CSC order also said.

BACIWA’s ‘Balik-Takod’ Program Relaunched

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This is to inform the public that the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) is once again re-launching its "Balik Takod" Program, a penalty-amnesty scheme that allows consumers with disconnected service connection to settle their accounts or have their water connection re-installed at a lower cost.

The campaign period started on May 20, 2014 and will end on December 31, 2014.

For further inquiries about the program, please visit their office at Corner Galo-San Juan Streets, Bacolod City or call telephone nos. 433-4601 or 433-4602.*(The Management)


Bacolod SP Minority Bloc Welcomes Committee Changes

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As reorganization in the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod City finalizes in assigning them to different committees, Councilors Alex Paglumotan, Carl Lopez and Caesar Distrito, who belong to the minority group in the Bacolod SP, express thanks to the Bacolodnons for supporting them while they were serving as chairman of their respective committees. Paglumotan chaired the committee on education; Carl Lopez on agriculture and environment, and Distrito as committee on laws, ordinances and good government; as well as Urban Planning and Development committee.

Councilor Carl Lopez with DRRM head Rufino Alcala and GSO head Jerome Solinap with marine mechanic Renato Ferrer during the formal acceptance of the patrol boat. All its accessories have been certified complete by Alcala and LopeZ’ representative, Ferrer. This was contrary to earlier claims that there were allegedly missing accessories as reported to the media. BFAR director had sent a letter to Lopez informing him that they will be sending a marine engineer and mechanic to train Bantay Dagat on the actual use and maintenance of the vessel, and ensure its sea worthiness and top condition.
Lopez thanks "God for this blessing that will help our marginalized fishermen by patrolling the seas against illegal and dynamite fishing."*

They said they will still work and serve the people of Bacolod in whatever committee assigned to them.

Water Interruption in the Service Area

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The Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) will conduct service improvement activities which will cause temporary water supply interruption and turbid water in some portions of the service area on May 30, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 0.m..

Reason for the disruption is the installation of Electro-magnetic Flowmeter at Purok Langis, San Mateo, Barangay Banago.

Affected areas are; San Mateo, Barangay Banago

Vic Hao Chin, Jr. Lectures on ‘The Five Ingredients of a Happy Life’

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Businessman and veteran International Lecturer Vic Hao Chin, Jr., president of the Golden Link College Foundation, President of Philippine Belt Manufacturing Corporation and former President of the Philippine Theosophical Society of the Philippines lectured on "The Five Ingredients of a Happy Life" before educators, businessmen and interested parties, last Saturday, May 24, 2014 which was held at the Prominence Inn in Bacolod City.

Mr. Vic Hao Chin, Jr. businessman and professional lecturer

Its Azkals, Palestine in AFC Challenge Cup Finals

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  The Philippines only needs 90 minutes to score a history in Philippine football when they take Palestine in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup Finals tomorrow at 12AM (Manila time) at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives.

Azkals in jubilation after securing finals’ berth in the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives.*

The Azkals survived host-Maldives, 3-2 in extra time during the second semifinal match last Wednesday.

Santacruzan - A Dazzling Spectacle Mayor Newks pledges added support

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Despite the threat of heavy rains all afternoon, the show went ahead as planned. And what a show it was.

Reina Luna (Kayle Madrinion Wiskus) and Reina Esperanza (Nohlin Jennifer Jundana) killing time before the pageant begins.*

Sunday’s Santacruzan, the 27th organized by the Bacolod Cultural Foundation (BCFI), was one of the best ever with a stunning gathering of beautiful local sagalas.

ACT Western Visayas to Join Mass Action for Pay Hikes June 2

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The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in Western Visayas will join the nationally-coordinated Mass Action for salary increases on the start of classes Monday, June 2, according to ACT Bacolod president, Richard Gelangre.

All public school teachers in the province and the region, Gelangre said, will participate in the mass action to enable them to air their concerns, win public support and pressure government to enact the House Bill which seeks to increase the minimum monthly salaries of public school teachers to P25,000 and the non-teaching personnel, P15,000.

Bacolod PWDs win 4 Gold Medals in PNG

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Erik Abanco

Being differently-abled athletes didn’t stop Stephen Garson and Eric Abanco to stand tall and captured 4 gold medals for Bacolod City in the just-concluded POC-PSC Philippine National Games played in Marikina Sports Complex.

Garson won 3 gold medals in the swimming event for the blind while, Abanco prevailed in the chess tournament for orthopedically handicapped.

Meanwhile, their teammate Dorell Padilla hauled 4 silver medals – 3 in the table tennis event for orthopedically handicapped and another in the powerlifting. He also took the bronze in the shot put event.

Enrico Tan also added another bronze medal for Bacolod in the powerlifting for orthopedically handicapped.

On the other hand, Aileen Cabaybay-mentored Domingo Lacson National High School, representing Bacolod City, defeated University of Sto. Tomas, 3-2 to capture the gold medal.

Smart Supports Operation Smile’s Mega Mission via OpSmile App

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To aid in the nationwide screening of cleft patients, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) recently trained 15 health workers and nurses on the use of OpSmile app—a patient-screening mobile application developed by the telco and Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) in 2011 for Operation Smile, a worldwide charity organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities among children.

In photo is Christine Amarra from AJWCC conducting the OpSmile app training for health workers and nurses who will facilitate screening in the identified six medical mission sites.*

BACIWA Director Clarifies Alleged Favorable Vote on Annual Budget

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Dr. Marichi Ramos, Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) Director, clarified reports that she voted without reservations for the annual budget of the govern-ment’s water firm, after she was asked whether this was so, but on the contrary, she told NNF/NDB that she abstained while the six-man board of directors cast their vote in a meeting recently.

Feedbacks: Negros Occ. Has 20 New HIV Cases

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By Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr.

A total of 20 patients in Negros Occidental have been found to be positive of HIV since January to April this year.

HIV-AIDS Core Team (HACT) leader of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Dr. Enrique Grajales 13 are taking the Anti-retroviral drugs (ARV), five do not require medicine yet, while one patient has been transferred to another hospital.

HIV-AIDS. Dr. Enrique Grajales, right, HIV-AIDS Core Team (HACT) leader of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Skycable TV says the number of HIV cases in the country is growing in an alarming rate. At left is Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr. of PIA Negros Occ.* (Lljr-PIA6)

HACT also noted eight HIV-AIDS patients have already died from January to April, 2014.

‘Diskwento’ Caravan Set in Bacolod Cit

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental Provincial Office will be holding a Diskwento Caravan on May 30-31, 2014.

This year’s Diskwento with a theme "Presyong Panalo Para sa Mamimiling Pilipino", will give consumers an opportunity to buy grocery goods, organic and natural food, cosmetics, dry goods, school and office supplies and other related items at prices below the suggested retail price (SRP).

Councilor Lopez to Launch the C.L.E.A.N Program

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The CLEAN (Carl Lopez Environment And Natural protection program) of Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez will be launched at the Sum-ag River tomorrow, Friday, May 30, at Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez said the program will jump start the implementation of various ordinances he had authored related to environment protection and other green practices.

These are the Clean River and Coastal; and Waterways, Groundwater Protection, Septage Management; Coas-tal Resource Management Plan; and the Organic Agriculture ordinances, he said.

Sweet Crystal, AACI Trading Post 1st Win in Countertrade Caging

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Sweet Crystal and AACI Trading posted their initial win in the opening games of Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. 1st Conference Inter-Company basketball tournament played last Wednesday at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Sweet Crystal defeated JSY Countertrade, 81-69, while AACI Trading poured it on in the 4th quarter to neutralize Basecom, 89-73.

AACI Trading Robbie Jalandoon delivered 16 of his game high 28 points in the penultimate quarter as he singlehandedly outscored Basecom.

Organic Food Store, Café to Open on Friday

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Fresh Start Organic and Natural, a Negros-based producer of organic products, will open its newest store and café at The District North Point mall in Talisay City tomorrow. Friday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m.

The opening and blessing ceremonies will be held at the Corte Area, beside the Fresh Start store which is located at the al fresco area.

Bernardo Reacts on Reported Plan to Take Over SlaughterHouse

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After Mayor Monico O. Puentevella has reportedly announced taking over the operation of the Bacolod City Slaughterhouse at Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City due to alleged violations by AVM Bernardo, no less than Antonio Valeriano Bernardo, owner of AVM Bernardo Engineering, said, they are open to a dialogue with the city government to find solution to the issues and concerns regarding the operation of the slaughterhouse.

Mayor Puentevella has said, the city or another private investor, may take over the operation of the slaughterhouse.

P240-M Tourism Road Project to be Implemented

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A P240-million tourism road construction project that will fix the Bacolod roads leading to the Campuestohan Highland Resort, among other areas in Brgy. Granada and Alangilan in Bacolod City, has been approved and will be implemented this year, Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia announced yesterday.

In a message delivered for him by his wife, Elsa, at the opening of Campuestohan Highland Resort yesterday, Leonardia also called on Bacoleños to support the resort, hailing it as a trailblazing project that is expected to help boost tourism in the city.

Teleperformance Celebrates 18 Years of Excellence and Leadership in the Philippines

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Teleperformance, the leading global provider of outsourced customer experience management services, turns 18 in the Philippines.

Starting with a mere 100 employees in 1996, Teleperformance Philippines have now grown to a strong workforce of nearly 23,000. As the company increases in size, more employment opportunities are offered on all of the 11 Teleperformance sites to include Teleperformance Bacolod. Other sites are located across Metro Manila, Antipolo, Cebu and Davao.

Ceres Regains Top Spot in UFL

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Ceres-La Salle FC has kept their winning form with a 6-nil blast over Nomads side on Sunday in the ongoing United Football League Division 2 played at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.

Korean reinforcement Jin Ho Kim opened Ceres’ scoring spree in the early 10th minute of the match before San Carlos City – native Jason Panhay fired another in the 20th minute followed by the 39th minute goal from another Korean Kyum Son Cho for a 3-nil lead at the half.

DLNHS Claims PNG Softball Title

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Reigning Palarong Pambansa secondary girls’ softball champion Domingo Lacson National High School defeated back-to-back Grand Slam at National Open champion University of Sto. Tomas, 3-2 held in Manila yesterday morning.

The match was so close that ended in 2-all in the seventh inning where Bacolod-Negros representative was able to score with runners from first and second bases.

Lyka De La Torre made a hit to enable runner from second base for home base and the match was called to a halt declaring the Negrense softbelles as champion.

LCCian Named Candidate in the 2014 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program Awards in the US

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Janrae C. ALcantara-Sanicas

Riah Angelica C. De Ocampo, a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management 4th year student, has been selected as one of the 4 successful principal candidates among the 41 applicants from the Philippines for the 2014 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program awards in the United States. According to Ms. Esmeralda S. Cunanan, the Executive Director of the Philippine-American Educational Foundation-FULBRIGHT, "The impressive academic accomplishments and goal of Ms. De Ocampo have made possible in her selection as principal candidate."

The 4 principal candidates for the 2014 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program with the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Philip Goldberg, during the Fulbright Reception at the US Embassy. L-R Ambassador Goldberg, R. Glindo, R. De Ocampo, C. Arcigal, M. Bito-on, and a US embassy representative.*

Hanah Jins Start Preparations for Nat’l Finals

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Vic Feria

The Hanah Taekwondo jins starts its preparations for the national finals set in Manila on July 2014 according to multi-titled coach Vic Feria during an interview over Aksyon Isports of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod last Sunday.

Feria, the 2012-2013 Smart Nationals Best Coach Awardee and 2011 Palarong Pambansa Best Coach Awardee, said that they are working hard to meet their target in this national competition.

During the Visayas Age Group tilt, the Hanah jins dominated the competition with 17 golds, 17 silvers and 6 bronzes haul with ‘2012 Smart Nationals Best Player’ Marcus Ernesto Hinojas leading the team.

However, Feria stressed that with the new scoring system - Protective Scoring System (PSS), currently applied in the national competitions, the province should likewise upgrade its equipment to meet with the standard.

PRC-Iloilo On-The-Road Program in the City

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Due to the high number of applicants for the Licensure Examination for Teachers last May 13-15, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Regional Office 6 will once again bring the PRC-Iloilo On the Road Program today, May 27 until the 29th at the Bacolod People’s House.

CRBC, St. John’s Institute, Petron Champions in Basketball Tourney

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CRBC Lions, St. John’s Institute and Petron Basketball Team bagged the Championship Trophy in the just concluded 6th Isidoro Jimenez III Memorial Basketball Tournament 2014 held at the City Heights Athletic Club (CHAC) Gymnasium Saturday.

Champions: St. John’s Institute, CRBC, Petron Basketbal Teams were Champions in the 12-under, 10-under and Open Category of the 6th Isidoro Jimenez III Memorial Basketball Tournament 2014. They received their respective trophy from CHAC President Nonoy Hiñola and Carlo Alfonso Nava, Tournament Commissioner.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

More Employees, Higher Budget, Transition in Water Firm

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More employees will be hired by the management in the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), a transition will take place within six to seven months when the chairman’s long term expires, while the advocacy for water supply for all Bacolodnons will be her continuing advocacy, a director of the water firm basically owned by the people, declared in an interview over the weekend by NNF/NDB including the daily radio program "Tungkaron Ta Ini" hosted by anchormen Edgar Cadagat and Jeffrey Gelangre.

Antique Native Kills Self

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A native of Antique province shot himself inside the comfort room of their house in Purok Paglaum, Brgy. Taculing , Bacolod City, Friday evening.

Rolly Gapos, 47, married, reportedly a native of Antique province and a hollow blocks worker used a .38 caliber firearm in shooting himself in the head.

He was discovered about an hour later by his relatives who could not believe he ended his own life.

COA Orders Ex-City Officials to Pay P890,432.12 for Disallowed Furniture Leonardia Camp Denies Overpayment

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The former officials of Bacolod City were directed by the Commission on Audit (COA) to settle the disallowance on the payment of P890,432.12 on deliveries of furniture and fixtures in the Bacolod City Government Center allegedly for exceeded contract quantity done by the previous administration..

Furniture, Fixtures Issue Haunting Former City Administration

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EXTRAVAGANT, SYMBOL OF CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION. The acquisition of furniture and fixtures, no less highly extravagant and a symbol of conspicuous consumption of the previous Leonardia administration has come back to haunt the past administration like a ghost intent on reminding Bacolodnon of the excesses of the past, has reared its head again, with a disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit, Office of the Audit Team leader, Audit Group L-Team of the

AFC Challenge Cup: Azkals to Face Maldives in Semis After Turkmen Win

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The Philippine national football team – Azkals earned a semifinal seat in the ongoing AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives after a huge 2-nil run in the second against Turkmenistan last Saturday.

Phil Younghusband nailed a shot off the free kick in the 49th minute – passing through the Turkmenistan defensive wall.

BS Pharmacy Course of Riverside College Addressing Severe Shortage of Licensed Pharmacists

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"The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Education of Riverside College, now on its third year, will help stem the shortage of licensed pharmacists throughout the country and abroad," said Virgilio Tan, Dean of the College of Pharmacy of the institution.

Incoming third year students

Tan, a licensed pharmacist with a Masters Degree in Biology, stated that even here in Bacolod City, most drugstores are continually advertising their need for licensed pharmacists, that the shortage will ever be evident in the next two or three decades.

Mayor Puentevella Reroutes Bacolod City Traffic

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Considering the undeniable volume of traffic in almost all sections of the city, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella issued Executive Order No. 014-0414. Mayor Puentevella based his order in rerouting the traffic from the proposed traffic experiment of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO), involving the public utility vehicles.

Chess Nat’l Arbiter Succumbs to Cardiac Arrest Friday

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Chess national arbiter Kim Dumdum succumbed to cardiac arrest Friday noon at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City.

Kim Dumdum

Dumdum, 65, a native of Toboso, Negros Occidental and settled in Taculing was a hands down choice for organizing or being a tournament manager in local chess tournaments like the provincial meet, and in Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural & Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) chess tournaments.

He is also the choice of managing chess tournament in the University Games (UniGames) and National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA).

Dumdum’s last stint was in the national PRISAA held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte last April.

He did not feel well during that time and was hospitalized on April 19.

It’s All-Negrense Softball Championship!

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LNHS vs UST in PNG Softball Today

After placing 2nd runner-up in the Grand Slam 8 National Open in Marikina City last week, the reigning Palarong Pambansa champion from Domingo Lacson National High School in Bacolod City, the same team will vie for the 2014 Philippine National Games (PNG) softball championship against University of Sto. Tomas today.

It will be the battle of Negrense as UST is beefed up mostly by senior players of DLNHS.

Squabbles of Celine Homeowners Settled, HLURB Mediation Agreed

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Coun. Caesar Distrito, chair of the Committee on Urban Development of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City had conducted a Committee Hearing and settled the disputes among the homeowners of Celine Homes with regard to the issues concerning their association, which both parties agreed to the suggestion that the issues that had been raised will be submitted to the Housing & Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for final determination.

Bacolod City Lakbay Aral

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Mayor Monico O. Puentevella together with the City Councilors, Department Heads, Executive Assistants and Barangay Captains of Bacolod City learn from the best practices on traffic management and security through Makati City’s Central Monitoring Surveillance System.*

Several Athletic Directors See Gaps in Senate Bill No. 2226

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Anthony Carlo Agustin

Many athletic directors from various private schools in Bacolod City see some gaps or loopholes in the proposed law Senate Bill No. 2226.

Last week, Senators Pia Cayetano alongside Cynthia Villar and Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed Senate Bill No. 2226 or an "Act protecting the amateur nature of student-athletes in the Philippines by regulating the residency requirement and prohibiting the commercialization of student-athletes."

Anthony Carlo Agustin, Athletic Director of West Negros University, said that though he is in favor of the provision which states that no residency requirement shall be imposed on a high school student-athlete transferring to another high school or to a college or university but, unconvinced with the section which stressed that it only allows schools to give deserving student-athletes tuition, board, and lodging; uniform and equipment; as well as reasonable living allowance, while prohibits schools from offering student-athlete or his immediate family members the benefits or incentives beyond that enumerated under Section 7.

Bacolod SP O’Ks Random Drug Test

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A resolution enjoining the City Health Department or any drug testing laboratory accredited and monitored by the Department of Health (DOH) through the Office of the Mayor to conduct annual random drug testing among officers and employees of Bacolod City Government Offices, whether elected or appointed, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Wednesday.

MAKATI CITY: City Mayor Monico Puentevella (3rd left), Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. (5th left) and El Cid Familiaran together with some of the city’s Barangay Captains in Day 1 of their Lakbay Aral 2014. The 3-day travel will also lead the group to some of the country’s top cities, including Marikina, Taguig and Las Piñas.*

Authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., the resolution said there is a valid compelling public interest to be protected by the random drug testing among government elected and appointed employees as long as it observes certain constitutional safeguards.

Philippine Ballet Theater Presents The Supremo Andres Bonifacio

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The Philippine Ballet presents the passion of the Supremo Andres Bonifacio against the backdrop of Philippine history. His tale, full of love, replete with the excitement of battle and touched with the anger of betrayal is told through masterful choreography and graceful dance. Especially created for the Centennial of the Philippine Revolution, this full length ballet promises an enriching and revitalized approach to the great proletarian hero’s life and sacrifice. The presentation is billed as "Andres KKK: Ang Buhay at Pag-ibig ni Andres Bonifacio."

The confrontation scene in the "Andres KKK: Ang Buhay at Pag-ibig ni Andres Bonifacio."

Choreography is by Gener A. Caringal; Music Composition and Arrangement by Jesse Lucas; Libretto by Lilia Quindoza-Santiago and Costume Design by Arturo V. Cruz.

Ceres FC vs Nomads on Sunday

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With few matches left in the United Football League, Bacolod-based Ceres – La Salle FC is eyeing to fortify it position in Division 2 as it faces Nomads on Sunday at 8:30PM at the Emperador Stadium. During their first face-off, both sides settled on a scoreless draw.

At present, Ceres parades a record of 12-3-1 win-draw-loss card in 16 matches for a total of 39 points followed by Manila Jeepney FC with 12-1-4 in 17 outings for 37 points, and Laos FC at third spot with 10-3-4 in 17 games for 33 points.

PRRM-Negros Holds Prov’l Confab on Agri-Fishery Agenda

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The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), one of the biggest and oldest non-government organizations (NGOs) in the country, and its partner local sectoral formations especially the Negros Occidental Small Fishers Alliance (NOSFA) and the Alliance of Sustainable Agriculture Practitioners in Negros (ASAPNE) will hold a Provincial Conference today, May 23, 2014 (9AM) at the Ting-ting’s Native Food Restaurant, B.S. Aquino Drive (Shopping), Bacolod City.

PRRM-Negros/United Nation (UN) World Food Programme Cluster conducted Community Consultations held recently in Northern Negros areas affected by Yolanda.*

The Provincial Conference, which carries the theme "Confronting the Challenges of Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction: Building A Responsive Negros Agri-Fishery Agenda", will be attended in by 50 leaders and representatives of small fisher and small farmer organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and academic institutions.

UNO-R Holds Santacruzan

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The UNO-Recoletos community and the Blue and Gold Alumni Association (BGAA) in cooperation with the UNO-R Supreme Student Government and in cooperation with the Office of the Director of VP-Religious Affairs headed by Rev. Fr. Cornelio Moral, OAR present Santacruzan 2014 with the theme "UNO-R: Journeying towards a new evangelization through Mary in the Year of Laity" today, May 23, 2014.

Cebu Scouters Attend 58th Annual National Council Meeting

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Officers and Scout Executives of the BSP-Cebu Council participated actively in the BSP 58th National Council Meeting which was held at the L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City from May 19-22, 2014.

SCOUTERS ALL. (L-R) Atty. Joseph Baduel, 1st Vice Chairman or BSP Cebu Council; W. Henry O. Streegan, Eagle Scout of BSA, and Ian Diola, Scout Executive of BSP-Cebu Council

P685K Cash Incentive for Negrense Palaro Medalists Up

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Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. will lead the giving out of cash incentives to Negrense medalists in the last 2014 Palarong Pambansa held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna 4pm, on May 24 at the Social Hall of Provincial Capitol.

The amount set to be awarded is P685, 000.00, according to Romeo Sison, Provincial Department of Education (DepEd) Sports head.

Awarded will be 83 gold, 43 silvers and 59 bronze medals.

Those who will receive cash incentives also include coaches, chaperons and trainers, Sison added.

Varsity Volleyball Players 1st Reunion Saturday

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Men and women former and present volleyball players from at least twelve schools in Bacolod, Dumaguete and Iloilo cities are holding their 1st Grand Reunion at Balay Kalinungan at 7pm, Saturday.

Dubbed as the "1st Grand Reunion of Coach Roger Banzuela’s Volleyball Teammates and Players" from 1972 up to 2014 will come "face to face" with each other in a mass dinner fellowship on said date.

MBCB1 Continues to Dominate NOHS C’96 Trio Bowlfest

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Monday Bowlers Club of Bacolod (MBCB) team 1 managed by Rolly Alonzo continued to dominate the 2014 Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) Class 1996 Trio Bowlfest at Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

MBCB1 are still on top out of 17 teams with a total score of 8,641 points and added a triple of 908 (283, 310, 315) pinfalls. Members of the Monday Bowlers are team captain Melot Alimon, Carl Boyero, Lito Masculino, Boy Garingalao, and Rey Bello.

DLNHS Settles for 2nd Runner-up in Summer Grand Slam 8 Softball

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Reigning 2014 Palarong Pambansa secondary girl’s softball champion from Domingo Lacson National High School here settled for 2nd runner-up honor in the women’s club division of the summer Grand Slam 8 held at Marikina City Softball Field last May 12 to 18 this year.

After retaining the Palaro title representing Western Visayas, the team stayed for a week to compete in the tournament dominated by their older counterpart and former teammates now donning separate schools’ teams in Manila.

PBCOM Bacolod Moves to a New Location

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The Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCOM) Bacolod Business Center opened its doors at a new location on May 20, 2014. Now at the Piazza Sorrento Building on 13th and Lacson Streets, the business center showcases PBCOM’s new look, featuring bright, welcoming interiors and meeting areas that facilitate conversations between clients and their Relationship Managers.

Businessmen to CENECO: ‘Just Formulate Plans’

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The business sector in Bacolod City yesterday dared the management of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) to formulate plans and effective measures to ease the problem of power shortage or brownouts due to lack of power supply in the Visayas grid.

Business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan (center) with La Carlota sugar planters President Bob Cuenca, SRA Commissioner Gina Martin, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Metro Pacific Director Ray Espinosa.*

Small businesses like restaurants that stock frozen foods complain of damages and losses incurred due to rotating brown-outs earlier and in previous weeks.

INC Gears for May 23 ‘Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko’ in Bacolod

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Thousands of indigent Negrenses to avail free medical, dental services, food packs, etc.

Thousands of indigent Negrosanons are expected to avail of free medical, dental and other services, and will be given aid such as food and clothing, during the holding of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) "Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko" project at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City on Friday, May 23.

Thousands of indigents availed of the recent "Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko" outreach project of the INC in Davao City.*

Hanah Taekwondo Team Dominates the Visayas Age-Group Tourney

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The Hanah Taekwondo team of Vic Feria dominated the 15th Visayas Age Group Taekwondo Championships and claimed the over-all championship crown held at the Activity Center, Atrium Area of Gaisano Grand Bacolod Mall last Sunday.

Jins from Hanah Taekwondo Gym in posterity after claimed the 15th Visayas Age-Group Taekwondo Championships at Gaisano Grand Bacolod Mall.*

The multi-awarded mentor said his jins dominated the competition with 17 golds, 17 silvers and 6 bronzes haul.

Gamboa to Chua: ‘Go to Court with Clean Hands’

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Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. filed last May 19, 2014 his counter affidavit against Crispin Chua, private operator of the Bacolod North Bound Terminal, the seven counts libel suit citing "violations upon violations" of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) covering the operations of said transport terminal.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. files counter-affidavit and sworn by City Prosecutor Ma. Mercedes Saril last May 19.*

"I can enumerate these violations with authority being the principal author of City Ordinance 461, series 2008, the ordinance which created the Bacolod North Bound Terminal," he said.

‘Bingo Milyonaryo is Legal’ - PCSO

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The provincial manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said that Bingo Milyonaryo (BM) is legal because it is one of the products of PCSO.

Abegail Reformina yesterday told reporters in Bacolod City that Bingo Milyonaryo continues to operate in Bacolod because it is legal.

"Bingo Milyonaryo is actually one of the products of PCSO and is one of its online games," Reformina stressed.

She added that Bingo Milyonaryo in a televised draw together with the lotto results being drawn by PCSO every night.

ABES II Hold Brigada Eskwela 2014

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Andres Bonifacio Elementary School (ABES) II started their Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Week May 19-24, 2014. The opening ceremony was held at the school’s gymnasium.

Roseller Ciocon Jr., CEO, L’ Fisher Hotel; Barangay Captain Ronquillo Blanza, Brgy. 3; SPG President Mar Joseph S. Marañon and ABES II Principal Juvy S. Talimodao start repainting the E-classrooms and Library of Andres Bonifacio Elementary School II as part of their Brigada Eskwela 2014 yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Lions 2014-2015 Int’l President to Speak at 65th Multiple Convention in Bacolod

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Joseph Preston

The 2014-2015 Lions Clubs International President Joseph Preston from Arizona, USA is scheduled to be the keynote speaker during the 65th Multiple District Convention in Bacolod City this weekend. Preston, a member of the Bradshaw Mountain Lions Club in Arizona, is in his 40th year as a Lion. He was elected international first vice president at the association’s 96th International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2013. He will be accompanied in Bacolod by his wife, Joni.

Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in 207 countries worldwide, and more than 13,000 members in the Philippines, will be holding the 65th Multiple District Convention in Bacolod City on May 22-25, 2014. This year’s annual national convention will be the first time to be held in Bacolod after 21 years, the last one was in 1993. Considering that Western Visayas gets a chance to host the convention only once every nine years, this is indeed a rare chance for the city to play host to Lions members from all over the country.

Bacolod City councilor Em Ang, Chairman of Multiple District 301 Philippines, said the 65th annual convention will kick off on tomorrow, May 22 with a Welcome Night at The Ruins in Talisay City. No less than 2,500 Lions Club members and their families will be attending the convention and will be in Bacolod for one week, with most delegates arriving as early as May 21, 2014 as there is a Golf tournament at the Marapara Golf and Country Club and pre-convention activities prior to the official start of the convention. Another highlight of the convention will be the election of the top officers of the nine Lions districts in the Philippines which will be held at the St. John’s Insititute. The plenary sessions will be held at the Osbron Hall, Ikthus Center while the proclamation night and governor’s ball will be held at the L’Fisher Hotel.

Famous Concert Pianist Donates to the Bacolod Arts & Cultural Society

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Ms. Leonor S. Kilayko, an international concert pianist, donated a check in support of the Bacolod Arts and Cultural Society in its projects in promoting its aims to develop the appreciation of well known concert composers in classical music.

Photo shows inter-national concert pianist Leonor S. Kilayko handing over the check donation to Judge Emma Labayen, Cecilia Asico (sitting, from left) and Vicky Vega and Purisima Dupon (standing back).*

16 Teams Vie for Monico Cup’s Magic 12

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Thirty-seven teams aspire to qualify, now there are only 16 left. Of this number only a dozen will advance to the next round making the 8th Monico Cup 21 Under tournament at BAYS Center more interesting.

Assured of barging into the next phase are Barangay 18 and Handumanan in bracket A with identical 3-0 record. Barangays 16 and 24 hold thesame slate in bracket B but Barangay 23 still shadows both at 3-1.

Bacolod SP Declares May 31 as ‘World No Tobacco Day’

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The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlunsod (SP), through a resolution authored by Wilson Gamboa, Jr., declared May 31, 2014 as "No Tobacco Day" in cognizance of tobacco related health risks causing death of nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.

The Gamboa-authored resolution marked Bacolod as among cities and countries around the world advocating sound fiscal policies to reduce tobacco consumption as it follow this year’s theme "Raise Taxes on Tobacco".

World Health Organization (WHO) cited researches reading "Higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke."

Nietes Eyes Big Names in Flyweight

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World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes (33, 19KOs-1-4) expresses readiness to fight anybody inside the ring and prepared to fight fellow champion during an interview over Aksyon Isports of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo–Bacolod over the weekend.

This was champion’s reaction when asked how he takes on reports of possible unification fight against undefeated and reigning WBA light flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez of Nicaragua or WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico.

Mayor Monico Puentevella gives WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes a hero's welcome last Saturday.*

Ceres FC breaks Agila’s wings to keep lead in Div 2

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The Ceres – La Salle FC scored a convincing 5-nil victory against Agila FC over the weekend to fortify its position in the top spot of Division 2 of the United Football League.

Jin Ho Kim nailed 3 goals in the first half of the match to give the Bacolod – based club a 3-nil lead. The Korean reinforcement outsmarted his defender in the early 15th, 20th and 45’ (+1).

Multi-awarded VMA Global College and Training Center Exhibit in SM City

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The public will be treated to a highly-informative exhibit depicting the history, achievements and capabilities of multi-awarded VMA Global College and VMA Training Center on May 19 to 21, 2014 at one of the Bridgeways of SM City Mall, BREDCO Reclamation Area, Bacolod City.

Anchored on the theme "Skills Enriched: Make Lives Secured and Future Assured", the exhibit will feature photographs, graphics, awards and videos telling stories about how the Visayan Maritime Academy (VMA), founded by the late Amb. Roberto S. Benedicto, was parlayed by the Orola Family, headed by Atty. John N. Orola, a former Congressman, City Administrator and Tourism Attache in Japan, into a global college that offers world-class education and strongly advocates for environmental and marine protection. Atty. Orola is the incumbent President of VMA Global College.

Urban Art Exhibit and Music Festival Set

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RESET Urban Art Exhibition & Music Festival will be a day of art, dancing, music and lots of fun on May 31 at the Bacolod Bay Walk. RESET is a festival that gathers Bacolod Talents in various fields of art and music and is inviting everyone to gather in a day of fun and entertainment. Set to the backdrop of the Baywalk’s stunning sunset views and enticing beats by world-class DJs, RESET6100 will showcase works by local artists, skateboarding, BMX, 3D Art competitions and fixed gear bicycle exhibition, graffiti murals, long board push race, tattoo exhibition and much more.

Santacruzan Set for May 25

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The Bacolod Cultural Foundation, Inc (BCFI) will celebrate Flores de Mayo – the month of flowers – in tribute to the Virgin Mary with the traditional Santacruzan ceremony on Sunday, May 25.

The Santacruzan is a popular religious-historical event and is held in Bacolod and many other cities, towns and villages throughout the Philippines every May.

It commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reyna Elena) and her son, the newly converted emperor Constantine. After the Holy Cross was found in Jerusalem and brought back to Rome, there was a joyful celebration of thanksgiving.

Past Reyna Elena, Johanna Gabrielle Chua with Prince Constantine, Robert Harland Jr.

PCOM to Launch Residency Training Program

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First of its kind endeavor among medical practitioners through the Philippine College of Medicine (PCOM), is the upcoming residency training program. Thus said Dr. Oscar B. Santiano, national president, PCOM, who was guest speaker and inducting officer of the 12th Dr. Teleforo J. delos Reyes Memorial Lecture over the weekend at Business Inn, Bacolod City. Sponsored by Pfizer medical laboratory, PCOM was founded by the late Dr. Teleforo delos Reyes. The memorial lecture in his honor was attended by medical practitioners. Induction of new set of officers of PCOM-Neg occ followed after the lecture.

Topic of the day, " relevance of recent lipid guidelines and its impact on clinical practice", lectured by Dr. Luciene Lourdes Villacin of Pfizer. She cited the positive effects of using Lipitor to high blood and diabetec patients. She also said, the dosage application of Lipitor is 10-80g can be administered once a day only, with or without food.

VDS Retains Media Bowling Title

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The Visayan Daily Star (VDS) retained by winning this year’s Negros Press Club (NPC)-PAGCOR sponsored Inter-Media 5-Man Fellowship Bowling Tournament d title at the Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Bacolod City on Saturday.

Winners of the inter-media bowling tournament pose after the awarding ceremony at NPC building.*

The VDS team led by Hernand Garciniego took an early lead by topping the three- game set total in the elimination round in the tournament.

The team, took home a trophy and P6,000.00 worth of gift certificates.

First runner-up was MBC Aksyon Radyo led by veteran bowler Boy Duran who won the P4,000.00 worth of GCs.

UNO-R Claims SBP ‘Tatluhan’ Title Bacolod Leg

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University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) Davies Paints defeated West Negros University (WNU) Mustangs, 15-11 to capture the Talk ‘N Text-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) U18 "Tatluhan" Bacolod leg Championship at the (WNU) gym.

Roseller C. Ciocon Jr. Message to Brigada Eskwela 2014 ABES II

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My father, Roseller Ciocon.... your adopted son.....sends his best regards and sincere apologies for not being able to attend your opening ceremonies today as he is presently out of the country. Suffice it to say that his fondest thoughts are with us.

Roseller Ciocon Jr., CEO, L’Fisher Hotel delivers his inspirational message at the opening ceremonies of the ABES II Brigada Eskwela 2014 yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

The start of another school year is almost upon us and we all know how hectic this period can be. For the parents, it’s time to worry about enrollment, school supplies and uniform. For the schools, it’s time to repair leaking roofs, repaint tarnished tables and chairs, clean the grounds, buy office and classroom equipment and prepare a mountain of paperwork for the enrollment of the students. As a graduating law student myself, I fully empathize with the parents and the school administration. And it is for this reason that we the stakeholders are here today- representatives from the government, the school and private sector-to share our time, effort and resources in making Brigada Eskwela 2014 a successful endeavor. It is at this time when the children need all of us to pull ourselves together in order to make their school experience and meaningful, happy and productive. Robert Hutchins says that the object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives, and I would like to add that this could be best achieved if they are provided with the proper facilities and instruments of learning.

CENECO Bill: Another Residential Rate Increase For May

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General Manager Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr. has sent notices to the consumers that for May 2014 billing, there will be an increase of P10.1442 per kilowatt hour, or a P0.2218 per kilowatt hour increase over the last month’s increase of P9.9224 per kilowatt hour only.

He said, the generation charges, which is the biggest contributory factor to the rate hike is due to higher capacity and monthly contracted energy with the Power Sector Asset and Liabilities Management (PSALM).

SBP U18 3X3 Davies A Outplays Mustangs to Win Bacolod Leg

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Experience was the key for Davies A easy win over Mustangs yesterday, 15-11 in the Talk n’ Text– Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) U18 Tatluhan 3x3 Basketball Tournament Bacolod leg at the West Negros University gym.

Davies A, represented by University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, has dominated the hard court with JL Toral, Patrick Yulo, Armand Guevarra and Al John Catague.

The WNU Mustangs closest game was at 5-7 in the early 3 minutes of the game but, the outside shooting of Guevarra and inside game of Toral had erased the presence of its counterpart.

Land Titles, Bingo Milyonaryo, Policies and Projects Discussed by Bacolod Mayor

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Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella declared policies and programs including projects anew in what could be a follow-up of his earlier point by point declaration on reforms and changes he would carry out in the immediate future.

Among the programs, projects and policies he stated were those on the One Island – One Region push of the provincial government, infrastructure projects needed here, the PCSO-approved Bingo Milyonaryo game of chance, and most importantly, the 68 pieces of lots with or without titles which the city government had earlier purchased for P12-M but which was largely unknown to many people including officials in the city government and Bacolod residents.

Blood letting activity in Sum-ag

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A blood letting activity held in Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City recently collected 9,450 ml of blood.

The activity, spearheaded by the Office of Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia was held simultaneously with a medical mission which assisted some 516 patients.

The medical mission and blood letting were conducted under the Bacolod Initiative Nurturing Good (BING) Health, the congressman’s program that opens access to health services to the grassroots.

PNB to Return City-Owned Properties - Puentevella

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The Philippine National Bank (PNB) has expressed willingness to return 66 of 68 city-owned properties although no decision yet between the city and the bank but the final verdict is expected to "benefit the people" of Bacolod.

Mayor Monico Puentevella, together with City Legal Officer Sarah Villamor and Executive Assistant Sarah Esguerra opined that they have yet to finalize their verdict following their meeting with the Philippine National Bank (PNB) as it disclosed their decision to return 65 out of the 68 land titles duly owned by the city.

PNP INTERFAITH MEETING HELD. Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) hosts the PNP Interfaith Monthly Meeting held at Kanlaon Hall, NOPPO, Camp Alfredo M Montelibano Sr. Brgy Estefania, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental last May 16, 2014. Twenty three pastors and religious leaders coming from Western Visayas attended the said meeting.* (PO1 Art Evan A Margallo, PIO PNCO)

VM Gasataya Feeds 50,000 School and Street Children

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Around 50,000 school children including those in the Day Care Centers and the street children have been fed by Bacolod Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya since he assumed office in June last year. The feeding mission is part of the PLAN 3GGG Program of Gasataya, which means Plant, Lead, Act, Nourish and Go, Green, Graduates!

Gasataya believes that feeding children with the right kind of nutrition especially at home is vital in the intellectual development of every child. For a child to have good mental and physical abilities, he can be active and participative especially in classroom sessions and activities, Gasataya said.

MBCB1 Ahead by 10 to Lead in NOHS C’96 Trio Bowlfest

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The persistency of the Monday Bowler’s Club of Bacolod (MBCB) team 1 managed by Rolly Alonzo paid off as it overtook Davies Paint and lead by 10 pinfalls above Bago Strikers after round seven in the ongoing 2014 Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) Class 1996 Trio Bowlfest at Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

Anchored by Melot Alimon, MBCB1 accumulated a total pinfalls of 6,699 and rolled a decent three-game set pinfalls of 980 (328, 348, 304) with the help of its members - Carl Boyero, Lito Masculino, Boy Garingalao, and Rey Bello.

SP O’Ks Resolution to Commend Yanson-backed Ceres-La Salle FC

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A resolution commending the Ceres-La Salle FC for gallantly representing the country in the recently concluded Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President’s Cup Group B Qualifiers last May 6-10, 2014 was unanimously approved by the Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod last Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Authored by greenhorn Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella, the resolution also acknowledges the Yanson family’s generosity in spearheading the tournament and also in the team’s evident development. The team, according to Puentevella, is one of Asia’s emerging teams in the international football arena and is evidenced by their numerous achievements.

Protests Welcome PNoy in Negros

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The scheduled visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III in the cities of San Carlos and Sagay yesterday was a day of protests by farmers and militants in Bacolod City, Manapla and some other parts Negros Occidental as they expressed anew their call for land, food, jobs and justice.

Protest rallies welcome President PNoy in Negros yesterday.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)