In line with the commemoration of the Cities for Life Day, the City Government of Bacolod organized a candle lighting ceremony yesterday at the Grand Lobby of the Bacolod Government Center (BGC) as a sign of their stand against death penalty and the eventual abolition of Capital Punishment.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella delivering his message yesterday during the commemoration of the Cities for Life: Cities Against Death Penalty yesterday at the Bacolod Government Center. Also in photo are (from left) City Administrator Rolando Villamor, Councilor Ana Marie Palermo, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, First Lady Josefa Puentevella, Parole and Probation Administration Regional Director Charito Zamora, Councilor El Cid Familiaran and Executive Assistant Madeline Diaz.*
Councilor El Cid Familiaran said in his welcome speech that the position of the city is in harmony with his advocacy even when he was a private citizen and before he was elected as a member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP). The co-author of the SP resolution that takes into consideration the support and active participation of the city in the International Day of Cities of Life, Cities against Death Penalty also expressed that his stand also supports the vision of City Mayor Monico Puentevella, a Pro-Life exponent and a firm opposition of death penalty.
Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., presently the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee Chairman of Cooperatives and Livelihood, was elected last December 7, 2013 chairman of the Bacolod City Cooperative and Development Council.
Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. with some 22 Cooperatives last December 7, 2013 after his election as Chairman of the Bacolod City Cooperative and Development Council.* (contributed photo)
Twenty-two cooperatives and various City government office representatives entitled to vote were present, who gave Gamboa resounding support after nominated by Alfredo Gonzales, representative of the Immaculate Conception Parish Cooperative and seconded by Ardis Jaculina of Negros Occidental Government Employees Cooperative (Nocgem).
In his acceptance speech, Gamboa disclosed that the City Cooperatives are entitled to "3 percent of 20 percent" of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and a "one million peso" fund stipulated in the Bacolod City Cooperative Development ordinance.
Director Dr. Marichi Ramos of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), is being vindicated on her advocacy against anti-graft and corruption in the government’s water firm which she has undertaken for close to a year now despite having experienced threats and harassments because of the decision of the Senate to now conduct a probe on local water districts and its supervisor, the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) a number of Bacolod water consumers, interviewed by NNF/NDB who also requested anonymity, said.
The Senate Committee probe would be undertaken by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s nephew, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, neophyte legislator in the Upper House, the Senate.
Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella left a subtle message to the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) students of the University of Saint La Salle (USLS) during their annual Career Orientation Day at the USLS Coliseum yesterday.
"Choose a major that you think will make you go places in the future," answered Puentevella when asked about his opinion on the "best" specialization under the CBA umbrella.
He added that each major, let alone all courses are equally important and will have their respective effects in society.
Twelve students concluded their one-year study in Institute for Culinary Arts De La Salle (ICA) with the completion rites on December 10 at Santuario de La Salle.
Brother President Raymundo Suplido FSC, Vice Chancellor for Finance Dr. Jocelyn Aragon, Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development Geoffrey Bob Bergante, Center for External Relations Director Rhoderick Samonte, College of Business and Accountancy Dean Dr. Marissa Quezon, College Registrar Dr. Frances Mae Llamas and Chefs Richard Ynayan, Fredric Hojilla and Andrew Go attended the said completion rites.
Institute for Culinary Arts De La Salle Batch 11 with Brother President Raymundo Suplido FSC, Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development Geoffrey Bob Bergante, Center for External Relations Director Rhoderick Samonte, College of Business and Accountancy Dean Dr. Marissa Quezon, Br. Butch Alcudia and Chefs Richard Ynayan, Fredric Hojilla and Andrew Go.* (Photo by Mitchel Galanza/USLS AVRC)
The teams of police operatives from the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) led by Supt. Jefferson Descallar yielded voluminous assorted gun replica or toy guns from two big stores and sidewalk vendors in downtown Bacolod yesterday.
The raid was in compliance with the Letter of Instructions 1264 of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, which regulates the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of gun replica or toy gun, regardless of size and make.
BACOLOD City Police Office (BCPO) Deputy Director for Operations Supt. Jefferson Descallar leads raid of Unitop yesterday for selling toy guns and gun replicas which are prohibited.* (EBColmo photos)
Descallar said BCPO received complaints from the public about the sale of toy guns being spread everywhere that ignite the children.
By CLAUDEN MAE GENANDA
Bantayan Mayor Ian Christopher Gonzaga Escario received P100, 000 from Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella at the City Mayor’s Office as extension of the city’s financial assistance for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Bantayan Island.
"I thank Bacolod Mayor Puentevella especially the people of Bacolod for extending help to the island and people of Bantayan," said Mayor Escario who was proud to say that his family and friends are mostly from Bacolod.
According to Escario, 90% of electricity and livelihood were damaged in Bantayan. In 25 barangays almost 22,000 households were also damaged including their poultry considered as the capital of egg manufacturing in the country.
They used to be the number one in terms of supplying eggs to the Visayas islands and the Philippines, thus prices are expected to further increase after the typhoon struck the island.
The body of a 58-year old woman was found dead 9:30 a.m. Monday about 30 meters away from her house in Brgy. Agboy, Candoni town.
Police report said village kagawad Noel Ubara informed that the body of Nelly Semilla, of Sitio Bali, Brgy. Agboy was discovered half naked and with injuries on the head believed struck with a hard object by unidentified suspect.
Cause-oriented and human rights groups (HR), spearheaded two of several protest-rallies in the province, with a demonstration at the public plaza yesterday afternoon.
Aside from the protest-rally in Kabankalan City, yesterday, Monday, and one in Bacolod City, art exhibits to mark the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) anniversary were held in the afternoon, the St. John Paul VI Tower in the reclamation area.
The other art and photo exhibit by various artists was at the third floor of the Robinsons mall, also yesterday afternoon presented by Dibuhista Nga Nagahiliugyon sa Negros (DIHON), titled "Kalamidad". The art and photo exhibit was announced by prize-winning artist, Nunelucio Alvarado.
A week after the Yolanda Typhoon lashed its fury in the Philippine Islands, the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) gathered its partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" for a reflection leading them to the novel idea of "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa".
This "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" was held last November 13 as a way of thanking partners who had been with ANP all through the years, partners who are witnesses to the growth that ANP attained.
Association of Negros Producers (ANP) President Jojie Locsin explains to partners in a "Kapihan with ANP Partners 2013" about "Abyan Naton Paskwahan… Paskwa na, Bulig Pa" which is a collection of packages priced reasonably low and where part of the proceeds will go to typhoon Yolanda victims.*
Partners were likewise updated of ANP’s future plans and projects followed by expressions of constructive opinions for the improvement of every decision taken by ANP management which is typical of a kapihan but exchanges were kept light.