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Inauguration of La Carlota New CSWD Office and Access Rd. Held

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About P3,499,745 worth of infrastructure projects allotted to the construction of new CSWD Office and concreting of 6-meter wide Access Road were blessed and inaugurated by Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer last June 26, 2014. The Mayor was assisted by Vice-Mayor Luis "Jacky" Jalandoni III and Mrs. Julia M. Uy, RSW, Officer-in-Charge, CSWDO.

The new CSWD Office, located at Ledesma-Locsin Streets, Barangay 1 Poblacion, La Carlota City was blessed by Rev. Fr. Lou-An P. Torrefranca, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Peace.

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 Sy alleged that his bank deposits were fraudulently withdrawn, his ATM account mysteriously emptied, among others.*(Jun de los Reyes / NDB photo)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In his complaint, Sy claimed his bank deposits "were fraudulently withdrawn and to cover up the fraud, bank records and checks under his name (were) electronically falsified."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.

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.

NOCECO Holds 34th Annual General Membership Assembly

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The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative Inc. (NOCECO) held its 34th Annual General Membership Assembly at the NOCECO Gymnasium Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Mayor Isidro P. Zayco receives his plaque of recognition from John Peter Z. Millan and Jonas F. Discaya.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer, in his inspirational message, lauded the performance of NOCECO and congratulated the Board of directors, management and staff for a job well done. He tackled the topic "Solar Energy or SACASOL in La Carlota City" and its benefits to the member-consumers of the Cooperative; and more insights in developing technology on energy.

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)

La Carlota City is Gold Awardee in HLURB’s Zero Backlog Project

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La Carlota City headed by Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer is the Lone Gold Awardee of the Local Government Units of Negros Occidental in the 2013 Comprehensive Land Use Program Zero Backlog Project of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) at the awarding ceremony and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing for Housing Projects held at the De La Rama Hall, Talisay City Hall last Thursday.

Gold Awardee: Vice-Mayor Luis Jacky Jalandoni III representing Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer receives the Gold Trophy and Plaque of Appreciation from Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, Congressman Alfredo Albee Benitez-3rd District of Negros Occidental, HLURB Commissioner Ria Cabrera, Commissioner Linda Hornilla, Commissioner Luis Paredes and Usec Cecilia Alba, Secretary-General of HUDCC.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental together with HLURB Commissioner Ria Cabrera, Commissioner Linda Hornilla, Commissioner Luis Paredes and Usec. Cecilia Alba, Secretary General of HUDCC spearheaded the awarding ceremonies.

Silver Awardees were: Mayor Jose Maria A. Alonso of Pontevedra, Mayor Ramon Torres of Bago City represented by Denny Millevo and Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. and Vice-Mayor Santiago D. Maravillas of Escalante City.

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)

SACASOL Breaks Ground for Another Solar Power Plant

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The day after the successful commissioning of the 22-megawatt San Carlos Solar power plant in San Carlos, the San Carlos Solar Energy Incorporated (SACASOL) breaks ground for yet another solar project in La Carlota City.

SACASOL officials led by its President Jose Maria Zabaleta Jr., partners Roberto Cuenca and Chairman of the ThomasLloyd group Michael Sieg with the Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Daniel Ariaso laid down the time capsule that marks the start the construction of the 18-megawatt solar farm in Barangay Cubay, La Carlota City.


Michael Sieg-Chairman and CEO, Thomas Lloyd, DOE Assistant Secretary Daniel Ariaso, Roberto Bob J. Cuenca-Local Partner, President, AALCPI, Atty. Jose Maria Valencia-representing Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., Jose Maria P. Zabaleta Jr. –President, San Carlos Solar Energy Inc., II, Vice-Mayor Luis Jacky Jalandoni representing Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer and Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer-4th District of Negros Occidental , Ramon A. Picornell- President, South Negros BioPower Inc., Sergio Pimenta, Anthony Coveney, Jessie Ang , Barangay Captain- Noel C. Vargas, spearhead the Lowering of Capsule and Groundbreaking Ceremonies of the SACASOL II, 18 –Megawatts Solar Power Plant in Barangay Cubay, La Carlota City, Saturday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Homecoming Celebration for Lydia P. Ferrer

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The late Mrs. Lydia Padilla Ferrer was a Retired Teacher’s’ Association President, Girl Scout Division Coordinator, Music Division Coordinator, Charismatic Renewal Group Coordinator of La Carlota City.


The Ferrer Family: 4th Dist. Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer (Negros Occ.) with brothers Dave, Engr. Alfredo, aunt Norma Padilla, wife Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer, sons and daughters Julius Martin, Jason Jeffrey, Jillian Martha and Julia Frances Deana H. Ferrer, Sandra G. Ferrer, Jeff Alfred, Dave Alfred, Ed Alfred, Ross Alfred and cousins and relatives.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Reina Jamaica C. Jimenea is La Carlota Pasalamat Festival Queen 2014

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Eighteen-year old Miss Reina Jamaica C. Jimenea of EZ Shirts Printing/Brgy. San Miguel, La Carlota City, the 8th in a family of ten was proclaimed as the 2014 Pasalamat Festival Queen. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rene and Emogene Jimenea, a businessman. Jamaica is a 3rd year student of the University of San Agustin-Iloilo taking up Tourism.


Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer (4th District-Negros Occ.), Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer and Ms. International 1985 Melanie Marquez (3rd, 4th, 5th left, respectively) crowned Miss Pasalamat Festival Queen 2014 Reina Jamaica C. Jimenea assisted by Pasalamat Festival Queen 2013 Miss Frenz Amor Cordero, Ms. International 2005 Princess Lara Quigaman (2nd left) and T.V. Host Sam Y G (left) with 1st Runner-Up Miss Fercy Lyn N. Almaiz and 2nd Runner-Up Miss Gillene A. Lico.*(JDR/NDB photo)

She was crowned by Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer together with Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer (4th District of Negros Occ.) and Melanie Marquez, Miss International 1985 and Miss Pasalamat Festival Queen 2013 Frenz Amor Cordero together with Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman and TV host Sam Y G. She received a trophy and 25,000 cash. She also won special awards such as: Best in Evening Gown with P2,000 cash; Miss Glutamax and Miss Emperador Light with P5,000 cash.

Police Retirees Brotherhood Inducts Officers

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The Police Retirees Brotherhood-Bacolod Chapter held their induction of officers for the year 2014 at St. Gabriel Avenue, Doña Juliana Heights, Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City yesterday.


Judge Montaño Medel Jr. administers the Oath of Office of the Officers of Police Retirees Brotherhood-Bacolod City Chapter, led by President Warren D. Ochavo, Vice-President Larry J. Benitez, Secretary Nerio Regollo, Treasurer Bert Ejida, Auditor Belen M. Mabayag, PIO Jimmy Lam, Bus. Manager Nepthalie L. Grandea, Advisers Atty. Aaron Lirazan and Frank Desierto, Jr.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Inducted into office by Judge Montaño Medel Jr. were:

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