Cop vs cop killings alarming - officials

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 03:18 p.m.

TWO officials of Negros Occidental have expressed alarm over the murders of policemen in the province allegedly perpetrated by their own colleagues in uniform.

They raised the concern after Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4) Roger Canete of Silay City Police Station was gunned down Wednesday night near his house in E.B. Magalona. Last month, PO2 John Gallenero Jr. of La Carlota City Police Station was also shot dead while standing on a street corner.

VM to verify rift between ABC prexy, Undoc head

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 03:15 p.m.

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said he will conduct a verification among the councilors to determine if there was a disagreement between Councilor Noli Villarosa and transport group leader Diego Malacad inside the City Council session hall last week.

Gasataya has been designated as acting mayor by Mayor Monico Puentevella, who flew to Hong Kong to attend the Chinese New Year celebration and Cathay Pacific presentation that featured the Barangay Granada MassKara dancers.

Beverage firm’s workers warn of nationwide strike

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 03:12 p.m.

WORKERS of a major beverage company have warned of a workers' strike and national boycott after their employer announced that it is closing down its operation in Negros Occidental.

Samuel Gavoro, president of Samahan ng mga Driver at Helper ng Asia Brewery sa Bacolod-Super Federation, said in a press statement Friday the closure of the beverage giant Asia Brewery Inc.’s (ABI) local operation is “a form of union busting tantamount to unfair labor practice.”

Ceneco consumers experience power interruption, too

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 03:12 p.m.

IN THE wake of reports of long brownouts in various areas in the Visayas Thursday, consumers of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) Inc. also experienced unscheduled power interruptions in various hours of the day Friday.

Ceneco in a press statement said that power interruption took place from 5:31 a.m. to 6:36 a.m. “due to automatic load dropping caused by generation deficiency brought about by the tripping of Cebu Energy Development Corp. (CEDC) Unit 3.”

Negros trawl fishers apprehended in Iloilo

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 03:11 p.m.

TWELVE fishermen from Victorias City, Negros Occidental using trawl off the coasts of Baliguian Island in Concepcion were arrested Thursday, a press release from the Iloilo Capitol said.

The fishermen were onboard five motorboats when they were intercepted by the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force.

Clamping ordinance vs erring motorists pushed

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 03:10 p.m.

A SECOND public hearing was held yesterday for Bacolod City’s proposed “Clamping Ordinance” that seeks to apprehend erring drivers violating the no-parking signs areas.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. filed the ‘Clamping Ordinance’ to crack down an authorized or illegal parked, unattended, and stalled vehicles as defined in the City Ordinance 338.

Policeman shot dead in E.B. Magalona

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

A POLICEMAN was shot dead by two gunmen along the national highway in Sitio Patyo, Barangay 2, E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental Wednesday night.

The fatality was identified as Senior Police Officer 4 Roger Canete, 54, who was assigned at Silay City Police Station, which designated him as the city executive senior police officer (Cespo).

‘Stop wage hike’

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:40 p.m.

THE business sector in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental is calling for a stop to a mandated daily wage increase.

Their stand is stated in a position paper signed by leaders of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), Chamber of Real Estate Builders Association (Creba)-Negros Occidental Chapter, and Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA)-Negros Occidental Chapter.

Bacolod’s ‘celebration of unity’ continues - mayor

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:36 p.m.

THE 2015 Bacolaodiat Festival kicked off on Thursday with a “dazzling grand parade” from the Capitol Shopping Center to North Capitol Road The parade was led by Bacolod City Monico Puentevella, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, Bacolaodiat Inc. chairperson Jennifer Ong, and the local Filipino-Chinese community in the city.

“This celebration will (continue) to strengthen the relationship between the Filipino and Chinese communities because this is a celebration of unity,” Puentevella said.

Cache of guns seized in Brgy. Bata raid

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:35 p.m.

SEVERAL high-powered firearms and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunition were seized in a raid conducted by operatives of Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) in a house at Andrea Street, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City Wednesday.

The six-hour operation lasted from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Group expects more increase in oil prices

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

LOCAL transport group Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators-Negros (SSTONE) said they expect more fuel price increases following the latest imposed by oil companies this week.

Jessie Ortega, secretary general of SSTONE, said that European countries are already coping with the crisis that's why further increases in the prices of fuels could happen.

Brgy. 10 residents support road improvement project

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:29 p.m.

AFFECTED residents of Barangay 10 in Bacolod City support the program of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the total replacement of the road pavement along Burgos-Lacson Streets going to the Reclamation Area.

Barangay 10 chieftain Dexter Yap on Friday said the affected residents are not opposing the DPWH project and there will be no resistance as long as the city can provide a relocation site for them.

Ex-solon bucks suspension of Mamasapano clash probe

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 02:28 p.m.

PHILIPPINE Red Cross governor and former Pangasinan Rep. Rachel Arenas said she is against the suspension of the House inquiry on the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force.

"The hearing should have not been suspended," said Arenas, who visited Bacolod City on Thursday.

Czech envoy eyeing linkage with Negros

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:50 p.m.

AMBASSADOR Jaroslav Olsa Jr. of the Czech Republic expressed the possibility of establishing cooperation programs with the Province of Negros Occidental, particularly in the areas of renewable energy development and environmental protection, a report from the Governor’s Office said.

The Czech envoy, accompanied by Deputy Ambassador Jan Vytopil, Director David Nejedlo of Zoo Liberec, Managing Director Pavel Hospodarsky of the Talarak Foundation, and Professor David Modry of the Veterinary University, is currently in the province and paid a call on Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Capitol Wednesday.

Priest: Pray for PHL amid pressing issues

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:49 p.m.

FR. FELIX Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City, asked the Catholic faithful to pray for the nation amid the pressing issues that hound the Aquino administration.

Pasquin made the call in line with Wednesday's observance of Ash Wednesday.

Hospitals reorg requires P800M

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:49 p.m.

THE reorganization of personal services of 11 hospitals run by the provincial government of Negros Occidental needs P822.985 million for a total of 1,922 personnel.

Based on the proposed re-organization, the provincial government plans to hire an additional 649 personnel to augment the medical services at the Capitol operated-Teresita Jalanadoni Memorial Provincial Hospital and 10 district hospitals across the province.

Cops go on full alert as Bacolaodiat starts today

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:48 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) go on full alert as the four-day 2015 Bacolaodiat Festival opens this afternoon.

Inspector Stephen Boniba, chief of Police Station 2, on Wednesday said about 130 policemen will be deployed to the festival site along Lacson Street to ensure peace and order during the celebration until February 22.

Villarosa, Undoc head clash on tricycle operations ordinance

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Noli Villarosa and United Drivers Operators Center (Undoc) Secretary-General Diego Malacad is reportedly having a disagreement over the approval of the proposed ordinance in relation to tricycle operations in Barangay Vista Alegre.

Villarosa, chair of the City Council committee on transportation, apparently reacted to the proposal not to approve on third and final reading his proposed ordinance which he sees as a measure to address the conflict between two tricycle organizations operating the Arao-Vista Alegre-Granada route.

Bacolod City to put speed humps in schools

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

IN THE wake of the vehicular accident that took the life of a pupil of University of St. La Salle-Integrated School (USLS-IS) last week, Mayor Monico Puentevella is looking for measures that will protect both students and drivers in school zones.

The mayor, who visited the accident site along C.L. Montelibano Drive in Barangay Villamonte on Wednesday, said he is planning to put speed humps within the area to reduce the speed of motorists especially during the afternoon rush hour.

66 families in Alijis seek relocation site

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 02:40 p.m.

Sixty-six families who reside in a private property at Purok Buri, Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City have asked Mayor Monico Puentevella to provide them a relocation site.

The land owner gave them until April 30 to vacate the property or else their houses will be demolished.

5 OFWs tested negative for Mers-CoV

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:22 p.m.

THE five female migrant workers from Negros Occidental who were earlier suspected of having Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) were found negative of the virus.

Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang said Tuesday that based on the swab samples taken from the five people, they did not contract viral infection.

Mayor wants to open bidding for new abattoir operator

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:21 p.m.

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella has asked the City Council to give him the authority to conduct a bidding for the next operator of the city’s slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan.

Puentevella wrote the City Council regarding his plan to open a new bidding as he stressed that he will no longer negotiate with AVM Bernardo Engineering, the present operator of the city abattoir.

NIR bid papers now with DILG

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:20 p.m.

THE documents pertaining to the proposed creation of the Negros Island Region (NIR) have already been submitted by main proponents from both Negros provinces to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Ma. Lina Sanogal, head of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, said Tuesday that DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero asked for the documents that include documentations since 1994 when the NIR movement started up to the consultation forums conducted in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental in recent months.

Capitol hastens RPA's resettlement areas

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:20 p.m.

THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental is hastening the establishment of resettlement areas for members of the Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPM-P/RPA/ABB) for the finalization of its closure agreement with the government.

“Once the resettlement areas are ready, the signing of the closure agreement will take place,” Ma. Lina Sanogal, head of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, said Tuesday.

Leonardia asks DPWH to fund road project

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:19 p.m.

BACOLOD City Representative Evelio Leonardia said he met Tuesday with Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson in Manila to discuss the funding for the P790 million Bacolod Economic Highway.

Leonardia said he asked Singson to include the funding of the 24- kilometer highway in the 2016 budget of DPWH.

Bacolaodiat Festival rerouting starts tomorrow

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:18 p.m.

THE Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) will implement a minor rerouting during the Bacolaodiat Festival from February 19 to 22.

Senior Insp. Roger Ong, head of Traffic Management Unit (TMU), said Tuesday they will implement a traffic rerouting from 4th Street to B.S Aquino Drive.

PVO: Game fowls sales increase

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:18 p.m.

SALES of game fowls in Negros Occidental have been increasing, according to the Provincial Veterinary Office's record.

In 2014, the province was able to sell 214,390 heads of game fowls while in 2013, only 192,401 heads were sold, lower by 21,989 heads than last year’s.

Top 6 most wanted person in Victorias falls

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:17 p.m.

AUTHORITIES arrested Monday the sixth most wanted person in Victorias City, a police official said.

Superintendent Santiago Rapiz, chief of Victorias City Police Station, identified the suspect as Freddie Cabahug, 47, who was arrested at Zone 5, Salvacion Subdivision, Barangay 6.

Distrito asks mayor: Convene BakPac

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:08 p.m.

BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito is requesting Mayor Monico Puentevella to convene the Bacolod Katarungang Pambarangay Advisory Council (BakPac).

Distrito said in a proposed resolution that the Katarungang Pambarangay helps decongest the dockets in the courts as it tries to settle all disputes in the barangay level and to avoid litigation.

3 nabbed during pot session

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 04:08 p.m.

THREE men were arrested by personnel of Victorias City Police Station during a pot session at Gonzaga Street, Zone 1, Barangay 1 Monday afternoon.

Police identified the suspects as Marvin Uychiat, 28, Purok Pagla-um, Guinhalaran, Silay City; Edwin Villagorda, 44, of Purok Baybayon, Silay City; and Mario Elisan, 25, of Barangay 1, Victorias City.