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11 Houses Turned Over in Murcia

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Eleven families from Brgy. Sta. Rosa, Murcia were recipients of the eleven houses turned over by the provincial government through the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) and the 303rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army, yesterday.

Col. Jon Aying, Brigade Commander of the 303rd IB disclosed that the eleven houses totalling to P20,000 and made of light materials such as wood, "amakan" and "nipa" were built hand-in-hand by the members of the army, CAFGU and the residents to show the true spirit of "Bayanihan".

Murcia Mayor Montelibano, Cuadra Ink 4.6-ha. Land Donation

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Murcia Mayor Andrew L. Motelibano and donor Jesus Ramon Cuadra inked the Deed of Donation of the 4.6 hectares land in Brgy. Cansilayan, Murcia.

The area will be developed to "Good AM! Teacher’s Village." It will provide houses to more than 350 teachers that Montelibano referred to as "modern day heroes worthy of decent and affordable homes."

Murcia Local Busted for Drugs

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A 35-year old resident of Talisay City was arrested for violation of illegal drugs in a buy bust operation about 12:10PM, Sunday.

Police report said Patrick Hendry Sy, 35, of Brgy. Zone A in Talisay City was nabbed during a buy bust operation along the Provincial Highway, Brgy. Blumentritt in Murcia and recovered from his possession three sachets containing suspected shabu.

Also recovered from his possession was a marked P500 bill.

Brainsbee Ni Albee Sa District 3 Kicks Off

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Despite the rain, residents of the Third District in Negros Occidental trooped to the various community centers where the first-of-a-series of academic contests were simultaneously held in Victorias, EB Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia last Saturday , July 5, 2014.

Barangay elimination round held at the Day Care Center in Barangay Damsite, Murcia.*

4th Brainsbee Reels Off July 5 in 3rd District

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All is set for the 2014 BRAINSBEE NI ALBEE SA DISTRICT 3 come July 5 (Saturday) from 8 am to 4 pm as the first barangay elimination round will simultaneously be launched in Barangays Cansilayan and Damsite in Murcia; Barangays Cabatangan and Concepcion in Talisay; Barangays 1 and 3 in Silay City; Barangays Pasil and Alicante in E.B. Magalona; and Barangays 9 and 13 in Victorias City.

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.

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.

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.*

Ex-SB Man & School Pres. Shot Dead

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Ilog Police Station operatives are in pursuit of suspects involved in last night’s shooting to death of a former town councilor and Dancalan Private Academy (DPA) president.

Former Ilog Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member Edmund Turk Vail, DPA’s President, was shot dead at about 8 last night by unidentified men riding on a motorcycle.

Vail, 48 years old and married, was with his friends in a store in Barangay Dancalan proper in Ilog when shot dead by the riding-in-tandem.

DILG SECRETARY Mar Roxas during yesterday’s One Negros Island Region consultation meeting at the Provincial Capitol yesterday.*(Owen S. Bayog photo)

A source very close to Vail whose name is being withheld by NDB, in a long distance call last night, said Vail was rushed to a hospital facility in Kabankalan City after the shooting but was declared dead by the attending physician.

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."

18th Mudpack Festival Screening and Orientation for Contestants

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The screening of contestants for the group tribal dance and solo dance competitions of the 18th Mambukal Mudpack Festival will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City.

This will be followed by the general orientation and drawing of lots for all the festival competitions at 3:00 p.m. The deadline for submission of entries for the Mambukal Sceneries photo competition will be on June 16, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mambukal Reservation Office in the Provincial Capitol Building.

18th Mudpack Festival Set

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The 18th Mudpack Festival of Mambukal Mountain Resort will be held on June 21 and 22, 2014 with the theme: "Saving, Healing and Celebrating Mother Earth".

Registration for various art competitions is on-going at the Mambukal Reservation Office at the Provincial Capitol Building.

Poster-making competition is open to children 12 years and below. Contestants should bring their own art materials. A 12x15 illustration board will be provided. The competition will start at 8:00 a.m. on June 21 at the Mambukal Convention Hall.

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.

4th Brainsbee Ni Albee Set to Start July 2014

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Preparations are now underway for the holding of the 4th Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3 starting July 2014.

The Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation, Inc. (BBBFI), major sponsor of the community-based competition started in 2009 in Negros Occidental’s Third District has already set in motion the mobilization of its program partners – the Department of Education and Culture (DepEd), public and private elementary and secondary schools, local government units, the 115 barangays in the Third District and the office of Congressman Alfredo B. Benitez.

Murcia Clergy Bent on Combatting Drug Menace, Illegal Gambling

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The spark between Murcia town parish priest Fr. Greg Patiño and parochial vicar Fr. Augusto Hinayan, with some pastors, and Mayor Andrew Montelibano, a scion of the Lacson and Montelibano families, is further growing, in the wake of the latter and his municipal council’s call for the priests’ ouster, due to their determined campaign against illegal drugs and various crimes in Murcia town.

Militant Sugar Workers to Press on with CARP Land Demand

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Militant workers continue to insist that about 101 hectares of land in Hda. Ilimnan, Murcia town should now be apportioned to them. However, claims by the rival group of sugar workers in nearby Hda. Arloc, which lies in Kanlandog Village, is that they should now let up and accept what is being offered by the provincial government.

Four LGUs Ink Localized Mortgage Program

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The local governments of Talisay, Murcia, Victorias and E.B. Magalona entered into an agreement with the government’s Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) for the Localized Community Mortgage Program (LCMP).

Mayors Eric Saratan, Andrew Montelibano, Francis Frederick Palanca and Vice Mayor Rex Depasucat signed the agreement for Talisay, Murcia, Victorias and E.B. Magalona respectively with SHFC president Ma. Ana Oliveros.

Rare Bat Species Found Only in Mambukal Resort

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The world’s largest flying fox and the heaviest flying fox, also called the Golden-crown flying fox are among the bat species that are only found in Mambukal Resort in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia.

Wildlife Biologist Lisa Paguntalan of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. said the presence of these bats in the province calls for the citizens and the government to help protect and preserve these mammals before they are wiped out in extinction.

VP Binay Awards Certificates to 26 Homeowners Assn’s in Negros Occ.

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Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Thursday awarded certificates of recognition to 26 homeowners associations from Negros Oriental for fulfilling their obligations to the Social Housing Finance Corporation’s (SHFC) Community Mortgage Program (CMP).

PHILIPPINE VICE PRESIDENT and Chairman ofF Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Jejomar C. Binay with Third District Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (l-r, standing) witness the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Social Housing Finance Corporation represented by SHFC president Ma. Ana R. Oliveros and the cities of Talisay and Victorias represented by Mayor Eric Saratan and Francis Frederick Palanca (left, right respectively), and the towns of E.B. Magalona and Murcia represented by Vice Mayor Rex Depasucat and Mayor Andrew Montelibano (2nd from left, 2nd from right respectively) as local government partners under the Localized Community Mortgage Program (LCMP).* (Owen Bayog / NDB photo)

"Nais kong pasalamatan ang iba’t ibang sektor sa kanilang partisipasyon sa CMP. Kabilang na dito ang mga landowners na nagdesisyong ipagbili ang kanilang lupa sa mga komunidad sa mababang halaga. Kasama na rin sa ating pasasalamatan ang mga cmp mobilizers na patuloy na tumutulong at gumagabay sa mga asosasyon upang tuloy-tuloy nilang magampanan ang kanilang mga obligasyon sa CMP," the Vice President said.

Nietes Stunned Fuentes; Murcia to honor him

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PASAY CITY - Negrense Donnie "Ahas" Nietes proved that he is better that Mexican Moises "Moi" Fuentes in their grudge rematch for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light Flyweight title for Pinoy 25 Saturday night at the Mall of Asia here.

Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano

Five months ago, Nietes and Fuentes ended in a draw held in Cebu City.

Fuentes was aggressive and chasing Nietes from the start of the round but Nietes counter and found his mark through body shots and counter to the head that cause Fuentes face swollen.

He paid dearly for it. Fuentes end came in 2.56 minutes of the ninth round after three knockdowns. The second knockdown was clear but Nietes punched him while down prompting referee Robert Byrd award deduction for Nietes.

Standoff Between Murcia Parish & LGU

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Over Illegal Gambling, Drugs Ouster Moves vs. Priests

A spark between church leaders and municipal officials in Murcia can ignite anytime allegedly over illegal gambling, rampant illegal drug trade and ouster moves against priests in the Andrew Montelibano-mayored town.

This was more evident during an interview granted by Fr. Greg Patiño to DYRL Abyan Radyo’s Pitik Palabtik program, hosted by Nonoy Ferrer and co-host Henceboy Cestina.


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