P11.50 Western Visayas wage hike up for signing

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:09 p.m.

THE Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board for Western Visayas is expected to approve today a P11.50 increase in the region’s daily minimum wage.

John Peter Millan, the employers’ representative to the board, said the increase is due for approval despite the declaration of workers’ representative Wennie Sancho that he will not sign the wage order “as a manifestation of indignation and protest.”

Electricity use dips during Earth Hour

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:09 p.m.

A TOTAL of 34.67 megawatts of electricity was saved in the Visayas during Earth Hour last Saturday.

According to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, the load reduction was 8.69 MW in Negros, 6.68 MW in Cebu, 6.39 MW in Panay, 11.61 MW in Leyte-Samar and 1.3 MW in Bohol.

NPA claims membership up

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:08 p.m.

THE New People's Army (NPA) in Negros Island claims that its numbers have increased as the communist group marked its 46th anniversary yesterday.

Ka Estrella Banagbanag, spokesperson of the Rachelle Mae Palang Command (RMPC) Southeast Front, said in a press statement that NPA units in southeast Negros have “successfully preserved themselves and gradually but surely increasing the numbers of its Red fighters from the ranks of struggling peasant masses, workers, and educated youth.”

Bacolod police ramp up security for Holy Week

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:06 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is stepping up security operations for Holy Week.

“All the station commanders will intensify their checkpoint operations,” said Supt. Calixto Mabugat, officer-in-charge of BCPO.

Bacolod prepared for emergencies during Apec – mayor

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:05 p.m.

BACOLOD City is “ready and well-prepared” for any untoward incident or calamity during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting, Mayor Monico Puentevella said.

Puentevella gave the assurance during the 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill held at SM City Bacolod Friday.

Bacolod south terminal ordinance hurdles first reading

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:02 p.m.

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod passed on first reading a proposed ordinance seeking to lay down the guidelines for the city’s new southbound transport terminal.

No. 4 in Bacolod police drug watchlist nabbed

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:01 p.m.

A 22-YEAR-OLD woman, who is number 4 in the drug watchlist of the Bacolod City police, was arrested Saturday night.

Sarah Guising was caught while selling P200 worth of shabu to a police agent in San Mateo Village, Purok Katilingban, Barangay Banago.

Bago detainee escapes through toilet ceiling

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:00 p.m.

A DETAINEE at the Bago City Police Station escaped by slipping through the ceiling of a toilet Saturday.

Police are looking for Marlon Molina, 36, Purok Sunrise, Barangay Bluemintrit, Murcia.

1 killed, 3 hurt as motorbikes collide

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:00 p.m.

A motorcycle rider was killed while three minors were injured in a head-on collision between two motorcycles in Bacolod City Sunday morning.

Police identified the rider as Jojo Laban, 35, and the injured as Diosdado Mangilimutan, 17, Michael Esmiliarin, 17, and Ronald De la Torre, 14.

Energy company: ‘We haven’t harmed the environment’

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:25 p.m.

THE Energy Development Corp. (EDC) said on Friday that they have not harmed the environment in their geothermal explorations after Bishop Vicente Navarra of the Diocese of Bacolod said the destruction they left at the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park (MKNP) will never be restored.

Another lot eyed as Bacolod City dumpsite

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:17 p.m.

BACOLOD CITY -- Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Friday that they are planning to use another lot as a sanitary landfill after residents complain of the hazardous smell at a dumpsite in Barangay Felisa.

Labor sector: P11.50 wage increase outrageous

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:07 p.m.

A LABOR sector is opposing the P11.50 increase in daily minimum wage for workers in Western Visayas approved by the region's Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).

Street vendors to return to central market

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:00 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said he will order the return of fish and meat vendors, who earlier left Bonifacio Street, inside the central market this week.

Security guard, 2 others post bail

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 01:58 p.m.

A SECURITY guard and two others involved in a shooting incident at Lopue’s Mandalagan Annex in Bacolod City were released from detention after they posted bail on Friday.

Woman shot by own brother

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 01:56 p.m.

A WOMAN was injured after she was shot by her brother inside her house at Sitio Nabalasa 2, Barangay Canlusong, E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental Thursday evening.

Church hits EDC’s proposal for NNNP

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:28 p.m.

THE Diocese of Bacolod is against any attempt of geothermal producer Energy Development Corp. (EDC) to explore the North Negros Natural Park (NNNP), another protected area in the province.

In a pastoral letter released by the Diocese of Bacolod on Thursday, Bishop Vicente Navarra said “the people have already learned their lessons the hard and painful way.”

2 men from Salvador Benedicto get 80 years each for rape

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:27 p.m.

A REGIONAL Trial Court in Bacolod City sentenced on Thursday two men from Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental to 80 years of imprisonment each after they were found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl almost 15 years ago.

Dante Librando and Winnie Pescador were convicted for two counts of rape and will suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua or a maximum of 40 years in prison for each count without eligibility of parole with all of its accessory penalties.

Mayor corrects treasurer’s report on land tax revenues

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:26 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella corrected the statement of City Treasurer Giovanni Balalilhe regarding the city's collection on real property taxes.

Balalilhe had earlier told reporters the collection in January 2015 was down by 50 percent.

11 new lawyers from USLS, UNO-R

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:25 p.m.

ELEVEN law graduates from two Bacolod universities passed the 2014 Bar Examinations, according to the results released by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

There are seven new lawyers from the University of St. La Salle (USLS) and four from University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R).

Puentevella to meet with vendors affected by road concreting

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:24 p.m.

BACOLOD Mayor Monico Puentevella will meet today with the vendors at the People's Market to listen to their complaints on the road concreting from the junction of Barangay 10 going to the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation (Bredco) port.

Puentevella said that he understands the predicament of the vendors because their income was affected by the rerouting brought about by the road development in the area, but it is also necessary to the city's hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) next month.

Bacolod approves incentives, awards for honor students

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:23 p.m.

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) of Bacolod City has approved on third reading the proposed ordinance authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito that will grant awards and incentives to graduating honor students of private and public elementary and secondary schools.

The ordinance was approved during their special session Tuesday.

Boy, 15, drowns in Kabankalan river

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 03:23 p.m.

A GRADE 7 pupil drowned while swimming with his four classmates at Barangay Carol-an River in Kabankalan City Tuesday.

Police identified the fatality as Jemson Moreno, 15, and a resident of Barangay Orong, Kabankalan City.

Capitol awaits Agri office's cloud seeding fund

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:56 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Wednesday that they are still waiting for the budget from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to fund the possible cloud seeding operation to induce rains in the province.

“Cloud seeding operation is very costly that's why we are asking for budget from the DA and the province will provide a counterpart fund,” he said, adding that the agency also has technical capability to conduct the operation.

Audit commission ruling 'puts NGC case to rest’

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:56 p.m.

THE lifting of the disallowance by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the construction and site development of the New Government Center (NGC) “finally puts to rest the unending malicious accusations of the political detractors” of former mayor and now Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Atty. Joselito Bayatan said in a statement that Leonardia “finally proves his good faith and all honesty in providing the people of Bacolod a decent and well honored government center to improve public service.”

Health office to hold free clinic at dumpsite

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:54 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) will hold on Saturday a free clinic at the dump site in Barangay Felisa.

Dr. Jovy Vergara, assistant city health officer, said they received complaints from the residents on different health concerns with the unabated burning at the open dump site and sanitary landfill.

Guv to look into Pace vs Fortu controversy

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:54 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he will look into the controversy between the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace) and Provincial Accountant Merly Fortu over the former’s P100,000 fund request for the holding of the Employees Day during the Panaad Festival next month.

"We will look into the matter. She may have no budget anymore or there could be violations. If it would be disallowed by the Commission on Audit who will pay it?" the governor said.

Congress-BIR partnership eyed to improve tax policy

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:53 p.m.

THIRD District Rep. Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental assured the public of partnership between Congress and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to improve the national policy environment on taxation.

"I enjoin all of you to continue your good work here and rest assured that we in Congress shall also fulfill our part in ensuring substantial resources in the country’s coffers without sacrificing the respective needs and welfare of the local industries and ordinary citizens," Benitez said in his message read by Bacolod City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya during the kick-off of the BIR Tax Campaign at SMX Bacolod Convention Center on Wednesday.

15 market blocks face closure

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:52 p.m.

FIFTEEN blocks in three public markets in Bacolod City have been recommended by the City Assessor’s Office for possible closure due to the tenants’ failure to pay their rental dues.

City Administrator Rolando Villamor said on Wendesday that they have issued demand letters to delinquent stall awardees or lessees in the three public markets and Manokan Country.

'Oplan Semana Santa' to start next week

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:51 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) will implement the “Oplan Semana Santa 2015” starting next week.

Supt. Calixto Mabugat, officer-in-charge of BCPO, said he ordered all the station commanders to intensify the checkpoint operations within their respective areas of jurisdiction.

2 drug users fall, pusher escapes

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 02:51 p.m.

WHILE trying to arrest a suspected drug pusher Tuesday evening, police stumbled into his house and found two alleged drug users there instead.

Senior Inspector Edencio Gregorio, chief of Manapla Municipal Police Station, said his personnel were running after Rodolfo Daiz, who was earlier caught selling a suspected shabu to a police-poseur buyer, but got into his house and found two persons allegedly using the illegal substance.