Gil Alfredo B. Severino
After discussions with style and certain legal matters, the Bacolod Sanggunian Panlungsod (SP) in a special session yesterday granted Mayor Monico Puentevella authority to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) Text2Teach Project.
Bacolod Sanggunian Panlungsod in a special session yesterday granted authority to Mayor Monico Puentevella to sign MOA with Ayala Foundation Inc. Text2Teach project.* (Gil Severino photo)
Puentevella who represent the City Government of Bacolod and Gemma Ledesma of the Department of Education Division of Bacolod City will sign MOA with AFI to equip ten public elementary schools of Bacolod City with said Text2Teach technology offered by AFI.
Mayor Monico Puentevella last Friday announced initial plans of the MassKara 2013 this October 1 to 19 and considered milestone among these plans is to free the Bacolod City Public Plaza from its disgraced reputation as the world’s biggest "orinola" (chamber pot). He told media the Bishop Vicente M. Navarra no less agreed to transfer the familiar beer gardens to the reclamation area. The Plaza, according to the Mayor, will now be the venue for concerts and musical events.
This is a historic milestone to end the chamber pot "Medieval disgrace" it had earned for decades to the "Rennaissance restoration" of the Public Plaza for the world to see. For years, the world saw a backward noise polluted bamboo structured beer stalls generating crimes and stench every MassKara season. Now, Mayor Puentevella wants music of all genres to predominate the seat of Bacolod’s culture and religion.
The lonely but sturdy Tindalo Tree planted by President Manuel Quezon last October 19, 1938 to celebrate the first Charter Day of the Bacolodnons.* (Gil Severino photo)
The last week of August is remembered because of the most famous "Cry" in history, written in capital letters and uttered by the Katipunan secret society led by the oblivious "First President" of the Philippines, Supremo Andres Bonifacio. Historian cum humorist Ambeth R. Ocampo lamented the fate of the Supremo who did not write about his April 12, 1895 Declaration of the Philippine Independence in Pamitinan Cave, Montalban. Fortunately, Bonifacio’s inscription on cave’s wall is preserved enabling those with the heart of history to give him the presidential accolade.
"Bonifacio and the Katipunan’s Cry" is one of the colonialist-to-nationalist milestones in the history of the world according to Milagros Guerrero, Emmanuel Encarnacion and Ramon Villegas (www.ncca.gov.ph).
They were here last August 16, 2013 as judges of the GMA Kapuso Network Dance Fest 2013 Bacolod-leg held at SM City Bacolod North Transport Hub, a part of the Visayas’ biggest and most exciting dance battle.
A souvenir photo of NDB writer Gil Severino with Mark Herras.* (H.James G. Toga/NDB)
Six hip hop dance groups in Bacolod battled for coveted prizes. As scores were tabulated, Mark Herras, Sef Cadayona, Julian Trono and Ryza Cenon meantime took turns in rousing their Bacolod young audience to scream by their dancing craft.
They are the country’s best judging from the style of dancing the South Bronx inspired protest "turntablism and rap" (hip-hop) music genre. The ease with which their bodies groove, gyrate and vibrate the so-called "freestyle" is awe-inspiring.
Atty. Juliana B. Carbon - General Manager, Bacolod City Water District delivers her message at the Press Conference with the media at Business Inn yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)
Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) General Manager Juliana Carbon finally broke her silence and called a press conference yesterday where crucial questions thrown by media were unfortunately left unanswered.
Among the question unanswered concerns the official query sent to the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) regarding the action of the Baciwa Board of Directors clarifying whether the unsolicited proposal of Miya-Maynilad is valid, effective and binding.
For reason that this partnership is "unfeasible and contrary to the best interest of stakeholders," Maynilad withdrew from its partnership agreement with Miya Manila Water Projects, Inc. to undertake a Non-Revenue Management and Expansion Project for BACIWA as early as July 5, 2013.
Bacolod City Water District -Engr. Gino M. Amantillo- Manager, Production Dept., Engr. Rommel Paredes-Manager, Maintenance Department, Engr. Samuel S. Penado- Asst. General Manager-Operations, Atty. Juliana B. Carbon-General Manager, Ms. Kristine Polana - OIC, Finance Department, and Mrs. Ma. Fe Jarder-Manager, Commercial Department, Engr. Roberto G. Reyes-Div. Manager, Maintenance Department, Engr. John Arlan Canatoy- Div. Manager, Maintenance Department, Engr. Jenelyn Y. Gemora- Manager, Engineering Department in a Press Conference with Media practitioners at Business Inn yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)
Ordaniel said that for the past eight months in office as BCPO head, this is the first time that a hearing on the request of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is set but which he is duty bound to comply.
Assistant Regional Director Raul Anlocotan explained in an interview yesterday that the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) can formulate development plans for infrastructure that can lead to reduction of production cost necessary to compete with Asian neighbors come 2015 ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) or the so-called "Regional Integration".
NEDA, he said, is not an implementing agency that can cause the modernization of facilities and equipment to produce sugar or reduce its cost of production which is best left to business organizations; NEDA however can endorse infrastructure projects to access Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding.
In the case of the sugar industry, Anlocotan referred to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the two agencies tasked to formulate implementing plans towards mitigating the impact of the forthcoming 2015 zero tariffication.
Local News: Jun Gamboa, Lawyers Urge SC: ‘Nullify SEC Order on Foreign Equity Cap on Public Utilities, Firms’
Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. and five lawyers have filed Tuesday (July 30) a petition in intervention urging the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional what could be regarded as liberal interpretation by the Securi-ties and Exchange Com-mission (SEC) on the maximum allowable foreign equity in public utilities.
Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. talking to Manila-based media after filing a petition in intervention urging the High Court to nullify SEC Memo Circular no. 8. Five lawyers are with him - Daniel Cartagena, John Warren Gabinete, Antonio Pesina, Modesto Martin Mamon III and Gerardo Erebaren.*(contributed photo)
Gamboa and the five petitioners urged the High Court to nullify Memorandum Circular 8, which the SEC has issued on May 20 to set out the guidelines on the implementation of the foreign equity cap in public utilities like telecommunications.
Mayor Monico Puentevella, in a press conference last Friday, announced two major road projects he initiated while still a member of the House of Representatives calling them "the start of the Metro Bacolod Development Authority".
Discussions of the Metro Bacolod Development Authority, he said, started way back eight years ago when he was a Congressman and with him he recalled were former Silay Mayor Carlo Gamban, former Mur-cia Mayor Sonny Coscol-luela, Bago City Mayor Ramon Torres, Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan and lately, the incumbent Silay City Mayor Jose "Oti" Montelibano.
Eight years ago, these Government Leaders already saw the importance of banding their respective jurisdictions together and transforming them into a "Metropolitan Network", Puentevella explained.
Mayor Monico Puentevella announces completion of the 10-kilometer access road leading to the Bacolod-Silay airport and the "Sugar Road" which is the advent of the Metro Bacolod Development Authority.*(Gil Severino photo)
Mayor Monico Puente-vella last July 31, 2013 congratulated Bacolod City as one of the country’s top four "Most Competitive" cities in 2012 chosen by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) but cautioned, "This is a wake-up call for us to double time."
While upbeat on the NCC choice that Bacolod City is ranked the best according to "economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastruc-ture", Puentevella reitera-ted his reservation yet high motivation, "we have to double time, the results of the study conducted by NCC shows that we still lag behind other cities like Iloilo City."