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Puentevella Orders ‘No Parking’ Rule at Downtown Bacolod Starting January 1st

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella is advising the public that parking along the downtown area including parts of Araneta and Lacson Streets from the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) up to Barangay Bata from 7:00AM to 6:00PM will be strictly prohibited starting January 1, 2015.


CHRISTMAS PARTY BY THE SEA. The personnel and staff of the Negros Daily Bulletin headed by Editor-in-Chief Ruperto G. Toga, (4th R) pose for souvenir after their guests have left the picturesque viewing Deck No. 7 at the Punta Taytay Seaside Christmas Party last Friday, Dec. 19.*


The NDB printing and circulation staff thinking of a second round on the table.*

In a press conference last Friday, Puentevella explained that the implementation of the “No Parking Rule” is in preparation for the city’s hosting of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting on Open Data Initiative on April 16-17, 2015.

It will likewise gear Bacolod for the ocular visit of the APEC National Organizing Committee (APEC-NOC) lead by Deputy Director-General for Conference Management and Services Ambassador Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina and Deputy Director-General for Operations Anthony Alcantara.

“Bacolod will be on the spotlight next year, and we have to put our best foot forward,” said Puentevella.

The mayor also sees the move as a step that will eventually decongest the traffic situation in the city, especially in business areas like Lacson Street.

CCTV

Puentevella also said that the installation of Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) along the city’s major thoroughfares will begin this month.

The Command Center will be at the Old City Hall in downtown Bacolod where a team will be tasked to monitor traffic conditions and accidents for immediate assistance.

These cameras will also be useful during natural or manmade calamities and that the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) can deploy their quick response teams to the location, added the mayor.

Tax Deductions are Mandated by Law - Fortu

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Taxes deducted from the bonuses of the provincial government employees are mandated by law through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), provincial accountant Merly Fortu said yesterday.


A Korean doctor (left) consults Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella during their medical mission at Purok Mahimulaton, Barangay Banago last December 16, 2014.* (CMO-PIO photo)

  

Fortu was reacting to the letter sent to her by Dino Gasendo, president of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) asking “into the actual basis of the computation for tax on bonuses in accordance with the policy being followed by the provincial government in reference to whatever issuances/ policies required by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) vis-a-vis taxes on bonuses.”

Gasendo also requested Fortu to “furnish PACE with the necessary legal basis for the computation of the accounting office in the deduction of taxes on employees bonuses.”

Hinoba-an Fallen Logs: Stoppage of Log Retrieval Questioned

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

The lawyer of the private contractor in the retrieval operations of fallen logs in the Wilderness area in Brgy. Damutan, Hinoba-an is questioning the stoppage of operations.


Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose V. Lacson (seated 3rd and 4th from left) with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members namely, Helen Zafra, Johnna Ko, Renato Gustilo, Pedro Zayco, Jr., Miller Serondo, Rolando Ponsica, Renato Malabor, Raul Rivera, Victor Javellana, and Mark Cui meet at the Governor’s Office after the approval of the 2015 budget for Negros Occidental at the SP session, yesterday. (Capitol photo)

 

Enrique Tabino, legal counsel of Bernabe Gilbor, president of Supreme ABF Construction and Supply Co., Inc., in a letter to Vilma Limates, community environment and natural resources officer of CENRO-Sipalay, wants the retrieval operations to be continued.

In a letter obtained by Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) yesterday, Tabino said Gilbor, relative to the Memorandum of Agreement executed by the regional director, provincial government of Negros Occ.l and the Hinoba-an government, was engaged for the retrieval/recovery of fallen and and abandoned timbers in the area.

“...On the basis of his contractual responsibilities my client had to engage the services of the people in the area in the repair and the maintenance of the roads to make it passable and spent considerable amount for the establishment of safety parameters under the closed supervision of the personnel of CENRO-Sipalay,” the letter said.

Bacolod City Joins Global Campaign vs. Death Penalty

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The city of Bacolod held a commemorative program last night to reiterate its commitment on the global campaign against the death penalty.


Mayor Monico O. Puentevella signing his commitment to their pledge

City Councilor Anna Marie Palermo delivered the welcome remarks with Regional Director of the DOJ of the Pardons and Parole Board of Region 6, Ms. Charito A. Zamora giving a short background of the Cities of Life.

City Councilor El Cid M. Familiaran read the resolution relative to the city’s commitment to the global campaign.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella stated that he’s totally committed to the campaign and thanked the employees, the PNP, media and the civic-spirited citizens who attended the program.

City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor delivered the closing remarks.

The affair was highlighted by the replica marker lead by Mayor Puentevella with all the City Councilors present, followed by a candle ceremony.

Sugar Bill Maybe Ok’d in Early 2015 - ALBEE

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By Eugene Y. Adiong

Victorias City- The authors of the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2014 see President Benigno Aquino III signing it into law by early 2015.

Negros Occidental Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez ( 3rd district) on Saturday said that he sees no reason anymore for the bill not to be passed by Congress and not approved by the president.

The Congressional bicameral conference committee Wednesday passed the bill.

“It was even better than the original,” Benitez said.

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