Economist: Allow farmers to farm or lease lands

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:49 p.m.

PROFESSOR Raul V. Fabella, national scientist in the field of economics, called for the empowerment of farmers by giving them the choice to farm their lands or lease them to other farmers who are most able to operate the farms more efficiently and productively.

“CLOAs (Certificates of Land Ownership and Award) can be declared legally leasable to encourage the development of larger-scale farms,” said Fabella, former dean of the UP-Diliman School of Economics and a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology.

PPOC: Fourth district peaceful, ready for development

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:48 p.m.

THE Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) declared the Fourth District of Negros Occidental peaceful and ready for further development in rites held during its 1st Quarter meeting at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City Wednesday.

The PPOC approved the resolution declaring the Fourth District located in southern Negros as such.

Guv to ask PNoy on Kapatiran peace pact

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:45 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he will ask President Benigno Aquino III to hold the signing of the government’s closure agreement with the Kapatiran (formerly RPM-P/RPA-ABB Tabara-Paduano Group) in the province.

Marañon presided chaired Wednesday’s 1st quarter meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) where the resolution transferring the resettlement areas for the Kapatiran communities out of the North Negros Natural Park was approved.

Wheel clamps for violators only

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:43 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said the proposed measure on the use of the wheel clamps is intended only for violators and not for everybody.

Gamboa’s response came after the proposal has been opposed by different business groups and transport organizations in the city, including the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI).

Villarosa resigns as committee chair

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:43 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Noli Villarosa has filed his resignation before Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya as chairman of the City Council committee on transportation and traffic management.

In his letter to Gasataya, Villarosa, president of the Association of Barangay Captains, said: “(G)uided by the basic principles of good faith and fair play, I feel that the direction I want to pursue as chairman of this crucial committee differs from the general direction that the Sanggunian wishes to take.”

Teeners take P600,000 merchandise from councilor’s store

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:42 p.m.

THE Portia Store owned by Bacolod City Councilor El Cid Familiaran and his wife Portia located at the downtown area lost around P600,000 worth of merchandise to teenagers who entered their establishment in separate instances.

Familiaran said the suspects include a 12-year-old boy and three 18-year-olds.

Van driver released

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

THE van driver who hit and killed two taxi drivers was released from the lock-up cell of Police Station 2 Tuesday evening after his reglementary period lapsed.

Police Station 2 chief Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta said Johnny Guadalupe, 57, of Barangay Tangub, was released at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

BIR killing sugar industry, says lawyer of 6 cooperatives

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:28 p.m.

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is killing the sugar industry in its continued holding of the authority to release sugar (ARS) despite the payment of the questioned one percent tax on gross product it imposed on sugar producers’ cooperatives.

This was the contention of Lawyer Joel Cabalatungan legal, counsel of six cooperatives, during the hearing Tuesday on the writ of preliminary injunction with prayer for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) they filed against Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and the BIR relative to Revenue Regulation 11-2914 before the Regional Trial Court Branch 56 in Himamaylan City.

Calatrava policeman killed

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:28 p.m.

ANOTHER policeman was killed, making him the third Negrense policeman murdered due to illegal drugs in less than a month.

Senior Police Officer 2 (SPO2) Edsel Villanueva of Calatrava Municipal Police Station was shot to death in San Carlos City Monday night.

ACT-led teachers join calls for PNoy to resign

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:27 p.m.

AT LEAST 700 public school teachers in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental joined the nationally-coordinated sit-down strike on Tuesday to reiterate their appeal for salary increase and to join the calls for President Benigno Aquino III to resign.

The teachers started their sit-down strike in the morning wherein they stayed inside their classrooms and held some activities, but did not hold classes.

Business, transport groups oppose use of wheel clamp

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:25 p.m.

VARIOUS business groups and transport organizations in Bacolod City released a manifesto stating their reservations to the proposed ordinance filed by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. for the use of wheel clamp on illegally parked motor vehicles.

The manifesto was signed by leaders and representatives of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Northern Negros Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Southern Negros Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association-Negros, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association-Negros, Bankers Club of Bacolod, Hotel and Restaurants Association of Negros Occidental, United Negros Drivers and Operators Center, and Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators sa Negros.

Apec organizers ‘impressed’ with Bacolod’s readiness

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:25 p.m.

BACOLOD City Monico Puentevella said the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation-National Organizing Committee (Apec-NOC) led by Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr. was “very impressed” with the city’s preparations.

On Monday, the organizers inspected the SMX Convention Center and other venues to ensure that preparations are done well and that they can still address matters and concerns in case there are problems, the mayor said.

Disqualified Cauayan village chief reinstated

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:24 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc reinstated a “disqualified” barangay captain in Cauayan town, Negros Occidental whose residency was questioned.

The Comelec en banc, in a decision signed by Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.,ruled that respondent Ernie Magbanua is a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Cauayan town.

Noceco consumers brace for power rate hike, too

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:24 p.m.

CONSUMERS of Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (Noceco) are bracing for power rate increase, too.

John Peter Millan, president of Noceco Board, said that from last month's P8.86 per kwh residential, consumers will be paying P9.45 per kwh in their electricity bills this month. Commercial rates will also increase from P8.07 per kwh.

2 taxi drivers killed in road accident

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 03:24 p.m.

TWO taxi drivers were killed after they were hit by a Mitsubishi L-300 at 16th Lacson Street, Barangay 4, Bacolod City Tuesday morning.

The fatalities were identified as Alejandro Macasa, 64, of Purok BM, Barangay Taculing; and Florencio Salimbot, 58, of Purok GK, Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

Guv to Noppo: Investigate cops linked to drugs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:42 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has ordered Senior Superintendent Milko Lirazan, police provincial director, to investigate the alleged involvement of some police personnel in the province in illegal drug operations that led to the murder of two policemen.

Marañon said the recent killings where the suspects are policemen themselves are "drug-related."

Bacolod gears up for Apec meeting

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

About 700 foreign and national delegates are expected to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) 2015 Meeting on Credit Bureau and Finance on April 29 to 30 in Bacolod City.

Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., director general of the Apec 2015 Organizing Council, on Monday said the meeting was originally set on April 16 to 17, but Mayor Monico Puentevella requested that it be rescheduled because it will coincide with the Assessors’ National Convention and the Panaad sa Negros Festival also set within the same dates.

Ceneco power rate up 38 cents in Feb.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:39 p.m.

THE Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) announced yesterday the residential rate for February 2015 billing period increased by 38 centavos – to P10.08 per kWh from only P9.69 per kWh in January.

The Ceneco management said the 38-centavo increase in the effective rate is attributed to higher generation charges due to an increase in the basic energy charge from P4.94 per kWh to P5.05 per kWh.

Get good lawyer for tax issue - guv

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:37 p.m.

"THEY should get a good lawyer."

This was the advice of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to stakeholders of the country's sugar industry amid the controversial one percent withholding income tax on sugar cooperatives.

‘Road closure doesn’t require an ordinance’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:35 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Monday the road closure in front of the Capitol Building on Aguinaldo Extension Street doesn’t need an ordinance because it is a provincial road.

Marañon made the statement after Second District Board Member Miller Serondo brought up the issue during last week’s regular session.

ERC hearing on Ceneco-FDC deal set Feb. 26

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has set on February 26 the initial hearing in relation to the joint application for approval of the Electric Power Purchase Agreement (EPPA) entered into by and between Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) and FDC Utilities Inc. (FDCUI) with prayers for the issuance of provisional authority.

The hearing will be held at the Ceneco main office in Bacolod City.

2 charged for carnapping

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

A COMPLAINT for violation of Republic Act 6539 or Anti-Carnapping Act was filed Monday by the police before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office against two suspects who were arrested at a checkpoint operation in Libertad-Murcia Road, Barangay Mansilingan Saturday.

Charged were Edward Nhel Celestre, 29, and his friend Gerard Ibasco, 46, both residents of Barangay Mansilingan, said Senior Inspector Charles Gever, chief of Police Station 6.

‘Probe cop killings’

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 02:00 p.m.

ALARMED by the murder of two policemen in Negros Occidental allegedly carried out by their own colleagues in uniform, Fourth District Representative Jeffrey Ferrer said he will initiate an inquiry into these killings.

Ferrer, chairman of the House committee on public order and safety, said he will set a conference with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Senior Superintendent Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, and the concerned chiefs of police on the first week of March.

DLNHS performers win lantern dance showdown

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:58 p.m.

THE Choi Force Group of Domingo National Lacson National High School bested seven other groups to win the champion’s trophy in the 2015 Bacolaodiat Lantern Dance Competition held at the North Capitol Road in Bacolod City Saturday.

Choi Force Group, also adjudged Best in Costume, received a cash prize of P60,000.

2 police officials get new positions

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:55 p.m.

POLICE Station 2 chief Stephen Boniba was relieved from his post and was transferred to the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG).

Senior Superintendent Pedrito Escarilla, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said effective today (February 23), Boniba will assume the top post at CAIDSOTG while Senior Insp. Jose Mulleta, head of CAIDSOTG, will take the post of Boniba in Police Station 2.

Gustilo awaits party decision for 2016

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:54 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental First District Board Member Renato Gustilo said that his decision whether to run for congressman in 2016 will depend on the decision of his political party, the Love Negros coalition.

“I am open to whatever position the party will field me," said Gustilo, who is on his third and final term in the Provincial Board.

Bacolod-Leduc County sisterhood pact pushed

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:53 p.m.

THE City Council recently passed resolution “expressing the sentiment of the Council to Mayor Monico Puentevella in support of a sisterhood or twinning relationship between the City of Bacolod and Leduc County, Alberta, Canada.”

The resolution, authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. with Councilors Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Em Ang, was a result of Leduc County Councilor Audrey Kelto’s appearance before the session last week to welcome the possibility of establishing ties with the City of Bacolod and her county.

Sugar coops: Scrap RR 13-2014

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:52 p.m.

SUGAR cooperatives in Negros Occidental in a press statement called for the scrapping of Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Regulation 13-2014.

The call was led by Crusade and Alliance Movement of Multipurpose Cooperative (CAMP C) represented by Nestor Braza of Nacab ARB Cooperative and Guillermo Flores of Hacienda Trinidad Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of La Castellana.

Union to concretize strike plans today

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:51 p.m.

THE Samahan ng Drivers at Helpers ng Asia Brewery Inc. (ABI) sa Bacolod-Super Federation (Samdrihab) will concretize their planned strike today against the beverage company.

Samuel Gavoro, president of Samdrihab, said they have been conducting a series of meetings with their members and they will announce the final date they have agreed on.

2 firms bid for TLJMPH equipment

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:49 p.m.

TWO private companies have submitted their offers to supply the much- needed medical equipment to the Teresita L. Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City.

Lawyer Japeth Masculino, head of the Economic Enterprise Development Division, said the Provincial Bids and Awards Committee received offers last Monday and these are now being evaluated by the Technical Working Group (TWG) headed by Dr. Girlie Pinongan, chief of TLJMPH.