Bacolod City

NFSP Assails Tax on Sweetened Drinks

Sugar planters across the country are alarmed by the proposed tax on beverages containing sugar and other sweeteners.


House Bill 3365 seeks to impose a P10/liter tax on beverages that contain sugar or other sweeteners, with provision for increase by 4% each year starting January 1, 2017.

“Our planters are already burdened by value-added tax and creditable withholding tax. Now they want to impose additional burden on us with this so-called soft drink tax. We cannot absorb this proposed tax which is unfair,” said Enrique D. Rojas, President of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, Inc. (NFSP).

‘Dislocation Not Reconciliation in Bacolod City’ - Observers

Christmas will be grim for those affected by the current dislocation of employees at the city government of Bacolod, former Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson said yesterday.

Sayson, with former councilor Homer Bais and businessman Vladimir Gon-zalez held a press conference at the Negros Press Club, to express support to the 10 executive assistants of suspended Mayor Monico Puenetevella.

“It should be a time for reconciliation not disloca-tion,” he said.

Gamboa’s Wildlife Ordinance OK’d

A proposed ordinance establishing the Bacolod Wildlife Anti-Trafficking and Protection Program authored by Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Ecology, was approved on first reading by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) duringots regular session last November 18, 2015.

Ebreo Terminated as Executive Assistant I

Executive Assistant I of Mayor Monico O. Puentevella was dismissed effective November 20, 2015 by Acting City Mayor Greg Gasataya.

Reynaldo “Butch” Ebreo

In a press conference held at the Negros Press Club yesterday, BTAO Head Reynaldo Ebreo, Executive Assistant I, stated, “I was surprised to receive Gasataya’s memorandum yesterday afternoon when I went home at about 3:00 p.m. as at about 12:00 noon yesterday, I was in his office. I was there to brief him in the workings and functions of BTAO and my position. Yet, never did he inform me that I was no longer an employee of the city. I find it rather demeaning that he could treat me in such a manner.”


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