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Message delivered by HON. ALFREDO “ALBEE” B. BENITEZ on the occasion of the TAX CAMPAIGN of the BIR Regional Office SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City

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March 25, 2015

A pleasant afternoon to all of you.

Allow me to first express my gratitude to the Bureau of Internal Revenue Regional Office for giving me an opportunity to become a part of the launch of your tax campaign this year. I am indeed much honored to be with the hard-working officials and employees of this agency.

Bill Seeks Mandatory Employment of Life-guards in Public Pools

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The bill filed by Valenzuela City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian is a welcome development here in the country. As member of Philippine Life Saving Society, I am happy with this initiative of the good gentleman from Valenzuela. This is long overdue and I’m glad that he took the first step and hoping it will be a law the soonest time possible. Drowning incidents in the country is quite alarming and the victims mostly are minors. It is the advocacy of the Philippine Life Saving Society that in every home there is one swimmer and trained life guard. Drowning prevention is a worldwide endeavor of all the life saving societies all over the world. In fact, this coming November 2015 there will be a world drowning prevention summit to be held this time in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and the Philippine Life Saving Society will send delegation to this once in a lifetime event because usually, they hold it in Europe and in the U.S.. According to the report I read, the bill requires the operator of public swimming pools and bathing facilities to hire qualified lifeguards to protect the public especially children.

The proposed Lifeguard Law of 2015 seeks to establish a formula based on World Health Organization standards for the number of lifeguards required to be on duty at all times at public swimming pools. Drowning incidents in the country is the second cause of death among Filipino Children. For decades now, it has not been eradicated and it is an issue that has been neglected by public policy, and the government has made no concrete efforts to mitigate the rising incidents. It is good to note that one Congressman brought up this issue in order for the public to know that there is an immediate need for this bill to be passed the soonest time possible in order to save lives.

Win with Honor, Pride

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Dark Horse
by H. James G. Toga

The transformation of the checkered cement of the Bacolod Public Plaza as a venue for the inter-barangay basketball tournament could not be more than in the right place and at the right time.

No other city mayor has allowed such activity in front of the Bacolod Cathedral. It is not surprising since the city executive has been a sportsman all his life.

Mayor Monico Puentevella was once a Philippine Sports commissioner, chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee, member of FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) TV & Marketing Committee, and other capacities as head of national and local sports associations.

Last Saturday, 32 teams paraded during the successful opening ceremony of the 9th Monico Cup Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament 2015 wearing proud of its teams uniform.

On Ceres Liner’s & Local Pioneers’

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Bacolod City is very lucky to be one of the favored investment areas of major developers such as SM, Ayala Land and Megaworld.

Their multi-billion-peso mall and township infrastructures, and other huge projects will not only further boost the city’s and Negros Occidental’s economies.

Megaworld Invades Bacolod City!

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Megaworld, the country’s leading developer of integrated urban townships and the biggest office developer and landlord, is investing P35-billion in the next ten years to build two townships in Bacolod City and along the new Circumferential Road on the boundary of Talisay City and Bacolod City that has direct access to the new Bacolod-Silay Airport!

Unlike other “invasions” which is marked by mayhem and destruction, this MEGAWORLD “invasion” will instead be marked with progress and development. Instead of destroying the landscape, the landscape will be further improved and more importantly with progressive development which will improve the lifestyle of citizenry towards a living, working, playing and learning mode. In other words, leading towards a complete and integrated living mode!