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La Carlota City is 8th in Efficiency

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Mayor Juliet Ferrer

La Carlota City was among component cities of Negros Occidental that were adjudged in the over-all ranking, getting a Top Rank of 8th in Government Efficiency, by the Cities Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) of the National Competitive Council of the Philippines.

Of the Top 50 of the 136 cities and 399 municipa-lities in the Philippines in terms of Government Efficiency, the city ranked 8th with the score of 19.619123, followed by Economic Dynamism of 6.905608 and Infrastructure with 6.464347 or a total score of 32.989078

The CMCI 2014 mea-sures competitiveness at the Local Government level using 25 indicators grouped into three equally weight pillars, which are: 1. Economic Dynamism- as measured by business registrations capital; capacity to generate employment; cost of living; cost of doing business; financial deepening; productivity ; and presence of business and professional organizations. 2. Government Efficiency –scores were based on data on transparency scores; economic governance scores, local taxes and revenues; local competition related awards; business registration efficiency; investment promotion, compliance to national directives; security, health and education. 3. Infrastructure- scores were based on date on existing road network, distance from city//municipality center to major ports, Department of Tourism-accredited accommodations, health infrastructure, education infrastructure, basic utilities infrastructure investments, ICT connection, ATMS and public transportation.

San Mateo Catholic Academy Holds Nutrition Month Culmination

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The San Mateo Catholic Academy held their Nutrition Month Culmination Activity last Friday at the San Mateo Village Gymnasium with the theme: "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan."


NEWLY-ELECTED Officers of the Bacolod City Wide, Federation of PTA Bacolod. President, Ernesto G. De Asis Jr. - FF Gonzaga Elementary School; Vice-President, Carlos Romeo G. Villanueva - Handumanan National H/S; Secretary, Jennifer S. Tumbagahan - Paglaum E/S; Treasurer, Johanna R. Jarder - Generoso Villanueva National H/S ; Auditor, Ma. Theresa D. Garcia - Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School ; Bus. Manager, Kenneth D. Perez - A.G. Garcia Elementary School ; P.I.O., Jose "Jun" De Los Reyes Marañon - Andres Bonifacio Elementary School II. Board of Directors - Hans B. Arendon, Lopez Jaena E/S; Pastor Arsenio Maglasang, J.R. Torres E/S & Brgy. Singcang-Airport National H/S; Allan C. Plazuela, Andres Bonifacio Elementary School I; Isagani G. Salveron, Emiliano Lizares National H/S; Ernesto Pineda, Estefania Elementary School; Ma. Nilda L. Casas, Bata National H/S; Ramon L. Lladoc Jr., Paglaum National H/S; Leorie Grace A. Pendeguero, Vista Alegre E/S. Outgoing President is Samson Soriano of Sum-ag Elementary School.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

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.

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