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BTAO Apprehends 263 Trikes in 4 Months

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The Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) has apprehended 263 vehicles from June until the first week of September this year.


NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) turns over a check worth P1M to barangay officials of Brgy. San Jose, Sipalay City headed by Brgy. Capt. Ricardo C. De Gracia (4th from left) for the proposed construction of San Jose Spring Development.*(Capitol photo)


BACOLOD CITY Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. addresses the mammoth crowd during the tree planting event at Purok Arao in Brgy. Vista Algre, with giant tarpaulin challenging "Save Lives… Plant Trees" as theme, while CDRRMO Chief Rufino Alcala holds a megaphone for the councilor.*

Records obtained by the NDB from BTAO showed that of the total number of vehicles nabbed by the traffic discipline officers of the Bacolod City government, 217 were "for hire" vehicles and 46 private vehicles.

Of the 217 "for hire" vehicles, 157 of them had no drivers license and 109 with expired official registration during the same period, the records showed.

On the other hand, the BTAO also nabbed 195 tricycles with no motorized tricycle operators permits (MTOP) and business permit.

Of the total private vehicles caught, 31 had no drivers license and 28 had expired (ORs).

Marañon is New WV RDC Chair

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Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as the new chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC6) in Western Visayas for 2014 to 2016.


Champions and Winners of Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3 : Elementary Level : Joynalyn B. Tabago of Doña A. Barrera Memorial Elementary School- Barangay, Madalag,-2nd Runner-up; Jenelyn B. Jemino of E.B. Magalona Elementary School, Barangay Poblacion 2 -1st runner-up; , and Champion- Ross Nestor Salvador of St. Joseph’s Academy , Barangay Poblacion 1,(left) Mary Ann Duran-Dino- Executive Director, Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation Inc., (center ) and High School Level : Jerome L. Estardo- E.B. Magalona National High School, Barangay San Jose-2nd Runner-up, Ephraim V. Tanghal- Negros Occidental National Science High School, Barangay Alicante-1st runner-up and Champion- John Edralin R. Tumlos of E.B. Magalona National High School, Barangay Madalag. E.B. Magalona.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)


Bacolod City College BCC) celebrated last September 20, 2014 at the BAYS Center the Filipino Family Week in response to Mayor Monico Puentevella’s call to strengthen families in Bacolod City. DSSD Head Pacita Tero was the main speaker backed by Dr. Elias Alias who tackled Biblical perspectives. In photo are BCC Administrator Dr. Johanna R. Bayoneta, some members of the faculty Dr. Dean Ryndon, Jero Salem, Gil Severino and Jennifer Pomperada, parents of the graduating students and the students themselves.*(contributed photo)

This was confirmed yesterday by assistant re-gional director of the National Economic Deve-lopment Authority (NEDA) Raul Anlocotan.

He said that Marañon’s appointment was signed by Aquino last September 12 and he will be formally installed on September 26 in Iloilo City.

"The co- chair from the private sector has not yet been appointed," Anlocotan said.

The governor will for-mally announce his appoint-ment in a press conference today at the Capitol.

Among the functions of the RDC is to coordinate the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of short- and long-term regional development plans and investment programs, regional physical framework plan and special development plans, formulate policy recommendations,

Capitol to Pursue Lease Contract With Ayala

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Considering the legal battles on the Capitol-Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) land deal, the provincial government of Negros Occidental will pursue the lease contract with ALI, for the 7.7-hectare prime lot property of the province, that has been awarded to Ayala.


The First Family celebrates the 67th birthday of the city’s First Lady, Josefa Puentevella at Bantug Lake Ranch yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

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Members of the Thunderbugs Bacolod Motorcycle Club with City Mayor Monico Puentevella and City Administrator Rolando Villamor following their discussion on the group’s presentation this coming MassKara Festival.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Atty. Mary Ann Lamis of the Provincial Legal Office said, "We are working on the level that lease contract be implemented. We are doing our best to pursue the lease only instead of sale contract."

Presently, there is a pending case between Capitol and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) after the latter has filed a petition in court, insisting that it won in the bidding. After it was dismissed, Capitol and Ayala fired back at SMPHI by filing a P50 million damage suit for alleged delay of project implementation resulted by series of court cases filed by SMPHI against capitol.

50, Cebu, 11-13803. We suspended the implementation of the sale, instead we will pursue on the lease because it does not need transfer of certificate of ownership. The swapping of properties between the lots of the province and Gonzaga family has been pending, so part of the supposed lot for sale with Ayala is affected.

Sian, City Employee Rift Settled - Bascon

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Himamaylan City Mayor Ernesto Agustin Bascon yesterday said the dispute between councilor Harry Sian and an employee assigned at the General Services Office has been settled amicably.


Mayor Monico Puentevella inspects the ongoing rehabilitation of the bridge along I. V. Ferrer Street in Barangay Villamonte yesterday.*(CMO-PIO photo)


Members of the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines pose with Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Joseph Victor "JV" G. Ejercito (center) during the senate hearing last Tuesday, September 16, 2016 on the proposed Sugarcane Act. (L-R) UNIFED President Manuel Lamata, CONFED’s Jose Maria B. Montinola, NFSP President Enrique D. Rojas, CONFED’s Federico A. Locsin III, SRA Administrator Gina B. Martin, CONFED National President Rafael L. Coscolluela and Pablo M. Lorenzo III.*

Sian was reported to have manhandled Ronnie Licanao at the city hall, Tuesday morning.

Bascon said he has called the attention of both Sian and Licanao.

Bascon told the Negros Daily Bulletin that Licanao decided not to press charges against Sian and did not have the incident reported to the police.

"They settled the case between them amicably," Bascon said.

He added that Sian has apologized for his actions to the city chief executive and also asked for forgiveness from Licanao.

"We are all Himamaylanons so settle it among yourselves," Bascon said.

Reports said that Sian bumped into Licanao at the city hall Tuesday morning and punched the latter without any provocation.

It was learned that Licanao has reportedly asked for money from Sian last January for him to process the permits for Sian’s building but has not done so.

Survey for One Negros Island Ongoing at Oriental

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There is an on-going survey being conducted in Negros Occidental, accord-ing to Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr.

He said it is being undertaken by Siliman University as a private initiative, to feel the pulse of the people, to know their sentiments and opinion regarding the 1 Negros Island.

In Negros Occidental, all local officials have positive response to the proposed 1 Negros Island Region.

"During the forum on One Island Negros One Region attended by DILG Sec. Mar Roxas," he said, once materialized, Negros will become Region 6A, and Panay is Region 6.

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