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Bacolod City

Master Plan for Metro Bacolod, MBDA Vital for Progress – MBCCI

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For Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) president Frank Carbon, the realization of a Master Plan is still the prime basis in order for a city to progress and for them to achieve their long term goals.


Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (right photo) speaks before members of the Agtutunoy, Mayupo, Mayana and Aguikit Bago Watershed Integrated Farmers Association, Inc. during a consultation meeting held in Brgy. Prosperidad, San Carlos City, yesterday. The governor encouraged them to propose agricultural projects for the benefit of their association, as they are a big factor to the Food Security and Agricultural Productivity Agenda of the Provincial Government.* (Capitol photos)

"We have to have a Master Plan not only for Bacolod, but for Metro Bacolod," Carbon said. In addition, he foresees the Metro to be composed of other developing cities like Silay, Talisay, Bago, Murcia and Don Salvador Benedicto as akin to Tagaytay, a summer destination for local and foreign tourists.

"We need to advertise Bacolod as a central hub of more than 1.5 million people and not as a stand alone city," he added.

Meanwhile, with Bacolod slowly being recognized by private agencies and institutions as an emerging city outside of Metro Manila, Carbon admits that it is a boost for the Local Government and the business sector to further push their limits and gain the top spot, considering that Cebu is now a Metropolitan City in their own right.

"Cebu is a done deal. Now, it’s Iloilo and Bacolod," expressed Carbon.

According to the MBCCI president, Bacolod’s advantage over Iloilo is its geographical location. With the city mostly made up of flat lands, it is also not susceptible to flood and has a number of rivers and creeks that act as natural drainage when heavy rain occurs.

The city also invests on good education and constantly produces quality graduates – an element that employers are always looking for in their employees.

Wedding Bells Ringing for Marian, Dingdong This Dec.30

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Prime Time Queen Marian Rivera announced last Saturday in Bacolod City that she will exchanged vows with long time fiancé Ding-Dong Dantes this December 30, 2014.


NDB writer Gil Severino pose with Marian Rivera.* (H.James G.Toga/NDB)

Marian Rivera is in this city to star in a Kapuso Fans’ Day at the Fountain Area of Robinson’s Place Bacolod, a GMA TV Network’s treat to Bacolodnons for their unwavering support for the Prime Time Queen and the Network.

‘Smile Summer Festival’ Ordinance Approved by SP

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An ordinance declaring the Smile Summer Festival as a permanent annual summer tourism even in the city was approved on its third and final reading last August 27, 2014.

City Dad Proposes Barter Trade Centers in the city

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A resolution requesting the Bacolod City Mayor’s Office, alongside the City Administrator’s Office and the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) to study the possibility of establishing a barter trade center in the city was filed last Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Proposed by Councilor Alex Paglumotan, the resolution aims to launch a barter center in Bacolod, considering that Negros Occidental is known to be an agro-industrial province.

Bacolod City Ordinance Bans Minors Use of E Cigarettes

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Principally authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. and co-authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, a City Ordinance intended to protect the minors from commercially available E-Cigarettes was approved by the Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) last August 27, 2013.

This recently passed City Ordinance is called "An Ordinance Regulating the Use and Sale of Electronic Cigarettes and Providing Penalties Thereof" or the "E Cigarettes Regulation Ordinance."

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