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Bacolod City

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)

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.

City to Increase Real Property Tax

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella presented to the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) a "priority legislative request" that will coordinate the increase of real property taxes in the city.

MASSKARA QUEEN HOPEFULS. Candidates for 2014 MassKara Queen together with MQ Organizer Charie Ginete-Ilon in a visit to City Mayor Monico Puentevella at the Bacolod People’s House yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

SAVEMORE COURTESY CALL. SaveMore Market Fortune Bacolod Admin Manager Manny Llose together with the officers and top officials of Sanford Marketing, Corporation with Mayor Monico Puentevella in a courtesy call yesterday. The group discussed with the Mayor some of their services in the soon to be opened edifice in Barangay Estefania, including exclusive lanes for senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWD).* (CMO-PIO photo)

According to the mayor, the city is mandated by the Local Government Code to increase the said taxes every three years. For the past 8 years however, the city government failed to comply with the directive and have not issued an increase.

"This is an urgent request, but the increase will be a win-win solution for the business and private sector," Puentevella said in a press conference yesterday.

He also said that the city’s real estate value is lower than Talisay, Silay, Victorias, San Carlos and Iloilo.

A public hearing to discuss the action will be scheduled on the first week of October, while the SP will present the agenda next week, Puentevella added.

He is also inviting the business sector and private organizations to attend the presentation.

Although the increase will not be "drastic", the Puentevella administration is willing to listen to the public if they have suggestions on how to go about the raise and that they are willing to compromise.

"If the people accept the increase, we will see more development in Bacolod," said Puentevella.

During the scheduled affair in October, Puentevella said that he will present the city’s Master Plan "to justify the increase".

BCPO Details Security Plan for MassKara 2014

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Police Assistance Centers, checkpoints, mobile police to safeguard the city starting October 1, 2014.

Members of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) met in their regular meeting yesterday with the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) presenting their security preparations for the upcoming MassKara Festival.

Megaworld Eyeing Expansion in Negros Occ.

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Another property giant is eyeing to expand in Negros Occidental.

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmed that it is looking at the property at the border of Bacolod City and Talisay City.

The area in Bacolod is owned by the family of the Vice Governor run by Sta. Clara Realty Corp.

"The company is not only looking at Santa Clara property in the northern end of Bacolod, but at the property across it," he said.

They are pushing for a joint venture but nothing has come out of these talks yet, he said.

Thunderbugs Bacolod Motorcycle Club Members Visit Mayor Puentevella

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Thunderbugs Bacolod Motorcycle Club members discussed their line-up of activities for the 26th Visayas Unity Ride to City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella during their visit yesterday at the People’s House.

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)


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