In a letter signed June 14, 2013, Bacolod City College (BCC) Administrator Johanna Bayoneta was asked by Atty. Rolando Villamor, Chairman of the Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella Transition Team, to submit certified true copies of pertinent documents "to aid in assessment and evaluation of the City’s current state of affairs."
BCC is a department of the City Government which is deemed vital and among the audit priority areas in the transition process together with the Budget Office, Accounting Office, City Treasurer’s Office and City Assessor’s Office.
Villamor’s letter to Bayoneta read, "We intend to conduct a comprehensive audit of all agencies once the new administration takes office in order for us to know, among others, our strict compliance to established government accounting and auditing rules and procedures, especially in the remaining weeks prior to the turnover of leadership."
One of the highlights during the commemoration of the 75th year anniversary celebration of the signing of Bacolod City’s charter was the declaration of top realty taxpayers for 1012 of Bacolod City.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia awarded the special citations to the top realty taxpayers: Ricardo Yanson Jr; Jerry Ong; Jacinto Palma; Belina Ong; and Tomas De Leon Jr.
While the top five corporate realty taxpayers for 2012 were SM Mega Holdings, Bacolod Commercial & Industrial Park, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Dynasty Management & Development Corporation, and San Miguel Brewery, Inc.
The top five individual business taxpayers were Jose Maria Cajili, Ronald Teh, Ramon Kilayko, Manuel Po, and Alvin Yu.
Special events are ready for the commemoration of 75th Year of the Signing of the Charter of Bacolod City, June 18, 2013
The Kapamilya Karavan of ABAS-CBN Bacolod, in partnership with Panasiatic Call Centers will start 6:00am at the new government center grounds. This is be graced by popular actor Aaron Villaflor who plays a major role in the highly-popular ABS-CBN Primetime Bida Juan De La Cruz.
The show will be hosted by ABC-CBN MOR For Life Disc Jockeys
where there will be games and prizes on the side. It will end with fireworks display.
Two outstanding Bacolodnons will be conferred ANG BANWAHANON AWARDees 6:00 pm tonight at the lobby of the Bacolod Government Center.
They are Mrs. Fe Remetio and Atty. Ben Ortega.
The event highlights the 75th Year celebration of the signing of the charter of Bacolod City.
16 individuals and organizations will receive the Mayor’s Special Citations.
Aside from the Ang Banwahanon Awards, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonadia will give special citations to the 16 individuals and organizations for having greatly contributed to the development of Bacolod.
War memorial photos dating back to the 40s and 25 large-size photos of Bacolod’s past and present Mayors, each worth Php 17,000, frontlined Thursday’s formal opening of Bacolod’s Historical Photo Exhibit at SM’s Transport Hub with Congressman-elect Evelio "Bing" Leonardia and First Lady Elsa Leonardia cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Historian Mode Sa-onoy contributed the war photos and helped develop the elements of the exhibit that also included pictures of the city’s icons and AAB oil paintings reflective of the Bacolod’s colorful and rich cultural heritage, cityhood, glory of the Bacolod Public Plaza, rise and fall of the sugar industry, ilustrado lifestyle vis-a-vis the Pigado and its modern developments with the theme: "Bacolod: Sang Una Hasta Subong."
Bacolod Mayor and Congressman-elect, Evelio Leonardia, received Ms. Florelixie Neo, Project Manager of TM Plus of Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) in a courtesy call yesterday afternoon at the New Government Center, Bacolod City.
Neo congratulated the mayor for the election of Bacolod as the New Center of Excellence and for the rapid developments in the city, especially in the BPO industry. Presently, there is a standing 1.5 million employees in call centers all over the country and there is an estimate of 3.2 million jobs that will be created by 2016, Neo said. "We foresee greater developments for Bacolod," she said.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Mayor Kang Seong-ho of Seogu District, Daegu Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea during the latter’s visit to Bacolod - October 15 of last year - both holding Memorandum of Understanding. A congratulatory letter on Leonardia’s election to congress was recently sent by Mayor Kang dated May 16, 2013.*
In an Independence Day message, graduating Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia revealed that Bacolod City remains on the right track and has been surging ahead to liberate the city from the crisis of its mono crop economy and be one of the country’s fastest growing billionaire city in the country today.
"I am proud that as Bacoleños, we have that certain resiliency of the spirit uniting us as a people and binding us to a common interest for the best of our city. Some kind of common interest contributing to a common good to attain and sustain the progress made," Leonardia said as he addressed the crowd that braved the rains early morning Wednesday.
Leonardia disclosed that in the past nine years, the city has been enjoying the independence and freedom from the grim statistics of unemployment due to the very favorable business environment for major investments which have been giving jobs to many of our unemployed.
Bacolod’s civic and military groups joined Wednesday’s parade that started off at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon with City Administrator John Orola and city officials heading a long line of paraders.
Councilor Sonya Verdeflor was in a second jeep following Orola’s with Attys. Joselito Bayatan and Goldwyn Nifras in third position followed by PNP, Army, BJMP personnel at the frontline.
Barangay representatives, Philippine Coastguard, Philippine Airforce, the Adventist Response Unit, Amity Fire Brigade, Bacolod Fire Prevention or BFD, the Filipino-Chinese Chamber and NOHS were likewise at the lead.
The people are now eager to know the City’s financial state especially the status of its reported P1.4 Billion debts but yesterday’s meeting, June 13, 2013, of transition teams was a disappointment.
The organized Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella’s transition team was met with "zero documents" coming from the side of Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s transition team headed by Secretary to the Mayor Moises de la Cruz.
TRANSITION. Documented photo of the June 13, 2013 meeting of the two transition teams. The left side is the City Department Heads representing the team organized by outgoing Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia. The right side is the transition team organized by incoming Mayor Monico Puentevella. (Gil Severino photo)
Absent in yesterday’s meeting were representative from the Department of Interiors and Local Government (DILG) and representative from the Commission of Audit (COA).
After "deliberations over nothing", the transition teams of both sides agreed to re-postpone submission of 28 documents stipulated in Leonardia’s Executive Order number 13 s. 2013, signed May 7, 2013.