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Bacolod City

Hike in the City’s Land Tax Seen

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‘But Not in the Business Tax’ - Puentevella

Our heading here summarizes the statement of City Councilor Kalaw Puentevella, Chairman, Committee on Appropriation and Finance in an interview with NDB monday morning at the People’s House.


Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (2nd from left) delivers his message during the 3rd Quarter Meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) held at Nature’s Village Resort and Restaurant in Talisay City, yesterday. Also in photo are (r-l) PDRRMC Secretariat Head, Ma. Lina P. Sanogal, Board Member Pedro P. Zayco, Jr., and Provincial Engineer, Ernie Mapa.* (Capitol photo)


GRAND WINNERS: Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (L) and Festival Director Rhoderick Samonte (2nd L) presenting Barangay 18 Captain Jonathan Diaz with Electric MassKara Grand Winner’s prize worth P150,000.00 during the finals last Sunday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

This came about after reports from media critics say that Rolling Hills, a family business of the Puentevellas was one of the complainants who sued the previous administration against increasing city taxes a few years ago but is now pursuing the increase of taxes. “Land tax is far different from business tax, some people don’t realize what they are talking about,” the young Puentevella said.

There is a series of public hearings being conducted by his committee, which he is incidentally the Chairman. “This is a national law, Republic Act 7160 sections 212 and 219 with department order 37-09 by the Department of Finance under Joint Circular 2010-10 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Finance dated October 10, 2010. “This was already published in newspapers of national circulation by the BILGF Department of Finance that Bacolod City is one of the LGUs with an outdated market value. It was since 2009 that we have not reviewed an increase in our land tax rates. Under the law, it is legally required every 3 years that all LGUs should review and update their land taxes. “We even asked during our last session City Assessor Atty. Maphilindo Polvora why only now? It has been 9 years and we are even lower compared to other neighbouring municipalities and cities like Don Salvador Benedicto, Silay, Talisay, Bago etc,” Puentevella added. According to City assessor Polvora, since 2011 they have already requested and the Sangguniang Panlungsod already have a copy of it, but the previous administration of then Mayor Evelio Leonardia shelved it.

There is an ongoing public hearing, consultations, caucuses with the stakeholders to listen and dialogue with them regarding their sentiments and what they like to do with this increase on Land Taxes. Puentevella said they will be holding the last public hearing and after the City Council decides on what and how to implement the law. This is making a step to get more local revenues and not depend on our IRA.

‘MassKara Festival, Charter Day Rites Successful’

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The 2014 Masskara Festival and the celebration of the 76th Charter Day of Bacolod City were both highly successful.

Thus said Mayor Monico Puentevella at the end of the Charter Day parade yesterday afternoon.


CHARTER DAY. Confetti and fireworks illuminated the city skies last October 19 as Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella together with several councilors and the 2014 MassKara Queen top 3 finalists celebrated the 76th Charter Day Anniversary of Bacolod.* (CMO-PIO photo)


Sen. Cynthia Villar (4th from left) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Lapid (3rd from left) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening of Masskara City Trade Expo and Conference at the newly-opened new wing of SM City Bacolod, with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center), Silay City Mayor Oti Montelibano and councilors Carl Lopez, Em Ang, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Sonya Verdeflor.

The heavy downpour before the start of the parade at 1pm did not hinder the enthusiasm of participants and spectators alike.

Riding the first float were city officials led by Puentevella and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, followed by the 2014 MassKara Queen beauties, and the floats of various business firms, organizations, clubs and civic groups.

Puentevella during the program at the Bacolod plaza after the civil-military parade expressed thanks to the people for supporting the MassKara festival and Charter Day celebrations, saying the huge turnout of people showed strong support to the festivities.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., chairman, Committee on Publicity, Promotions and Documentation of the 76th Charter Day rites, yesterday’s parade highlighted the culmination of the 20-day festivity of Bacolod.

The daily MassKara events were spread into four venues since October 1.

The venues were the Bacolod People’s House (formerly the Bacolod Government Center or NGC) where trade fair exhibits and other programs were held; the Lacson Tourism Strip where street parties and concerts were held; the Bacolod Public Plaza, and the Baywalk-BREDCO port area.

Bacolod SP Approves PhilHealth Trust Fund Ordinance for the Poor

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Bacolod Councilors Wilson Gamboa, Jr. and Ann Marie Palermo jointly authored an ordinance approved last October 8, 2014 entitled “The PhilHealth Primary Care Benefit Package Trust Fund Account Ordinance”.

This Gamboa-Palermo “PhilHealth Trust Fund for the Poor” Ordinance stated the purpose of the Trust Fund Account for the Government of Bacolod to look after and provide its qualified indigent PhilHealth members or constituency with basic health and medical services, especially hospitalization, laboratory facilities and out-patient consultations when necessary.

Mayor Wants Bacolod to be Ebola-Ready

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella announced in a press conference yesterday that he wants Bacolod to be prepared, in the presence of City Assistant health Officer Dr. Jovy Vergara, against the Ebola virus.

Puentevella informed the media that he is now working with Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona, who promised to send experts to the City of Bacolod to train doctors, nurses and government health workers in disease and control prevention especially in dealing with the Ebola Virus.

International Night for Inclusion in MassKara 2015

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Considering the overwhelming success of this year’s MassKara Festival celebration, Mayor Monico Puentevella said the city will include an International Night where different nationalities will also showcase their prowess during the celebration.

As we know, there were Indians, Koreans, Japanese, American, Indonesians and Malaysians who usually come to Bacolod for the MassKara Festival, and some of them have special performances like the Koreans, so an international night will be set for them, according to the Mayor.

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