Gil Alfredo B. Severino
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."
The presentation of arrested hold upper Raji Guanzon yesterday by the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) OIC Senior Super-intendent Edgardo Ordaniel to Mayor Monico Puentevella signaled the serious-ness of the present administration to make Bacolod City as an investment center.
Guanzon recently held up a seaman’s wife by forcibly taking a ride to extort money from the latter and eventually ending in a motel while taking the vehicle somewhere in Villa Georgina Homes stealing some of its accessories.
Arrested hold-up suspect Raji Guanzon of Purok Adela, Barangay Mansilingan after presentation of BCPO Acting Director Edgardo Ordaniel to Mayor Monico Puentevella.* (Gil Severino photo)
Bacolod Executive Assistant Sarah Esguerra yesterday welcomed with high optimism after reading the national news picked up by Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) which reported the criminal charges officials filed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales against two former ranking officials of the Office of the Ombudsman for tampering official documents that delayed action to at least 56 cases, including those filed in Bacolod City.
Criminally charged according to NDB source was former Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Mark Jalandoni who dismissed four Bacolod major cases filed with the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas in Cebu City.