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Victorias City

VMC Launches 2nd Art Tilt Expands Scope in the Whole Province

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Victorias Milling Company, Inc. (VMC) announces the opening of its Victorias 2014 Art Contest with the theme "The Vibrant Victorias: Ready for Globalization."

On its second year and part of their 95th anniversary celebration, Victorias is expanding its art tilt into four categories, opening the competition to amateur and professional artists all over Negros Occidental.

Brainsbee Week 3 Reaches More

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 Close to two 2,000 elementary pupils and high school students have already pitted skills in Spelling,Mmath and Science in 59 out of the total 115 barangays of the province's third district as the community-based academic competition, Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3, reached its third weekend in July 19 and 20, 2014.


Bagtic, Silay winners. Jicky Casiple from office of Cong. Albee Benitez, coach Winona Gonzales, Ella Mae Pesquera, Junbert Salem Cristobal and Kagawad Gracel Balongo.

2nd Week-End Brainsbee Barangay Winners Known

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Despite the searing heat in the mornings and intermittent rains in the afternoons, families, classmates and neighbors gather in various venues to support participants in the second weekend of Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3 that were simultaneously conducted last July 12 and 13 in 19 more barangays all over the Third District.


Victorias Barangay 4 winners with Punong Barangay Christopher Vaflor (extreme left) - Jeid Doromal of Victorias National High School and Andrea Emor of Victorias North Elementary School. With them is Dina Quiapo of Cong. Albee Benitez office.*

Cop Companion Nabbed in Victorias

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A companion of arrested policeman that yielded prohibited shabu and unlicensed firearm at dawn of July 1 was arrested by Victorias City PNP Monday night in Brgy. 13, of the city.

Jemar Ramos Morales, 34, was arrested by Supt. Santiago Rapiz after a buy-bust operation.

A poseur-buyer with policeman companion bought a sachet of suspect shabu from him in exchange of P300 and police operatives pounced on him.

Morales even received text message to flee as Rapiz will arrest him but it’s too late, Rapiz said.

Piggery Worker Dies in Road Mishap

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A piggery worker in Purok Punong Ko, Brgy. Daga, Cadiz City died in a vehicular accident a few kilometers to his work assignment along Gustilo Boulevard near Cedar College that took place about 8 PM Sunday.

Police identified the victim as Hilario Aldava, 54, separated, of Crossing Cadiz in Brgy. Daga.

Aldava was allegedly drunk when his motorcycle skidded and hit a pavement, throwing him a few meters away, sustaining head injuries.

He did not make it to the Cadiz City Emergency Clinic.

Brainsbee Ni Albee Sa District 3 Kicks Off

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Despite the rain, residents of the Third District in Negros Occidental trooped to the various community centers where the first-of-a-series of academic contests were simultaneously held in Victorias, EB Magalona, Silay, Talisay and Murcia last Saturday , July 5, 2014.


Barangay elimination round held at the Day Care Center in Barangay Damsite, Murcia.*

‘Student Died of Dengue, Not for Sniffing Perfume’

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Dengue may be the cause a student’s death and not because she inhaled the perfume of her classmate at Victorias City National High School.

Josephine Martinez, class adviser of victim Aira Verdajo, a 15-year old student and resident of Hda. Yawi, Brgy. 13 in Victorias City.


NFSP President Enrique D. Rojas (right) and UNIFED President Manolet Lamata (left) converse with Vice-President Jejomar Binay during the American Independence Day Celebration at the US Embassy in Manila last July 3.*

Martinez said Verdajo was found to have rashes on her skin after she collapsed inside her classroom after she inhaled or sniffed the perfume of one of her classmates.

The teenager was rushed to the Ikaayong Lawas Foundation in the city and was brought home after she regained consciousness.

She however collapsed again at home and was subsequently rushed to the Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City where she was pronounce dead on arrival.

Her death certificate indicated she died of cardiac arrest.

Prior to the incident, Martinez said the student was absent for a week due to high fever, and was able to return to school on June 30.

"It was because her parents’ failure to seek medical attention to determine her sickness," Martinez disclosed.

Reports from the same school said Verdajo’s case was the second time such event happened there.

Man Dies in Brawl

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A 49-year old resident of Victorias City died reportedly after he was attacked by three suspects about 11:45AM, Wednesday in Canetwon Subdivision.

Ronald Buenconsejo, of Rosario St., Canetown Subdivision was allegedly stabbed and mauled by three unidentified persons at Paz Avenue corner Esperanza St. in the said subdivision.

Reports said the victim sustained multiple stab wounds in the chest and abrasions on the head from a hard object. He was brought to Kaayong Lawas Foundation by patrolling tanods, but was declared dead on arrival.

Cop Faces Crime Raps

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Victorias City Police is preparing the charges for illegal possession of firearms against a police officer who was also caught violating the illegal drugs law following his apprehension, Monday.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz told NDB that section 11 or illegal possession of dangerous drugs or Republic Act (RA) 9165, Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was filed against Police Officer 1 Reyland Dordas, of the Capiz Police Provincial Office.

Man Killed After Chasing Suspects in Victorias City

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Victorias City PNP chief Supt. Santiago Rapiz and his men were a few minutes late to arrest two unidentified suspects from their respective dwelling after stabbing to death a man who chased them after an altercation inside a KTV bar Wednesday night in the city.

They failed to catch the suspects who were able to leave ahead of the arriving police operatives bringing with them some belongings.

Killed was Ronald Buenconsejo, 49, of Rosario Street, Canetown Subdivision who sustained three stab wounds in the chest and head injury after he was struck with a hard object.

Cop Charged, Another on Watch in Negros

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Another policeman is on watch following the arrest of a comrade from Manapla town nabbed in a saturation drive inside a KTV bar in Bangga Daanbanwa, Victorias City about 1:30AM Tuesday with shabu and firearm, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias City PNP chief said.

PO1 Reylan Berja Dordas, 24, single of Hda. Mauyon, Brgy. Punta Mesa in Manapla was subjected to drug test after his arrest Tuesday and was found positive.

Trike, Pedicab Drivers Hurt in Mishap

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Drivers of a tricycle and motorcycle were rushed to a hospital in Victorias City after their vehicles crashed about 2PM, Monday between Kilometers 34-35 along Osmeña Avenue in the City.

Traffic report disclose a red-colored Rusi tricycle driven by Nicolas Villas, 66, of Hacienda Editha, Brgy. 21 was accidentally bumped by a Euro GTX 150 motorcycle driven by Jikky Boy Gonzales, 35, of Brgy. 7.

4th Brainsbee Reels Off July 5 in 3rd District

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All is set for the 2014 BRAINSBEE NI ALBEE SA DISTRICT 3 come July 5 (Saturday) from 8 am to 4 pm as the first barangay elimination round will simultaneously be launched in Barangays Cansilayan and Damsite in Murcia; Barangays Cabatangan and Concepcion in Talisay; Barangays 1 and 3 in Silay City; Barangays Pasil and Alicante in E.B. Magalona; and Barangays 9 and 13 in Victorias City.

Drug Raps Ready vs. 2 Victorias Local

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Criminal charges for violation of illegal drugs act were filed against two residents of Victorias City after being arrested, Wednesday and Thursday.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, police chief charged Danilo Torena and Erwin Padronia, of Brgy. 9A and Brgy. 6, respectively for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Victorias City’s Most Wanted Falls

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Police authorities in Victorias City arrested its most wanted person for murder in a raid, Tuesday morning in Don Salvador Benedicto.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, police chief led the apprehension of Ramil Parreñas, 22, and considered to be the City’s most wanted along with his father Ramon Parreñas, 49, both of Hacienda Naglo, Brgy. 12 for charges of murder and frustrated murder, respectively.

Both father and son tandem were nabbed through a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 40 – Silay City Judge Dyna Doll Chiongson-Trocio.

NGCP Trains NONECO Linemen on Safety Practices

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines trains around 79 linemen of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative or NONECO, formerly known as VRESCO, on the global safety requirements and practices needed in line maintenance.


The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) trains linemen of the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO), formerly known as VRESCO, on the global safety requirements and practices needed in line maintenance.*(EAD-PIA6 photo)

Clara Moncada Vda. de Pabon Passes Away

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Clara Moncada Vda. de Pabon of Victorias City, Negros Occidental passed away on Father’s Day, June 15, 2014 at the age of 89.


(Photo above) DURING an oath taking rite years ago, Clara M. Pabon (4th from left) with then Mayor Bing Leonardia of Bacolod City.*

Coastal Clean-up, Mangrove Planting in Victorias City Today

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Stakeholders of the education sector in Victorias City will gather and converge today, June 12, 2014 for a Coastal Clean-Up and Mangrove Planting in Villa Miranda, Barangay 6-A , Victorias to highlight the contributions of the NEED-GET-GIVE Program as a result of the partnership of the Betty Bantug Beniez Foundation, INc., Playtech Group, Department of Education, the City Government of Victorias and the barangays, and the District Office of Congressman Alfredo Benitez.

4th Brainsbee Ni Albee Set to Start July 2014

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Preparations are now underway for the holding of the 4th Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3 starting July 2014.

The Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation, Inc. (BBBFI), major sponsor of the community-based competition started in 2009 in Negros Occidental’s Third District has already set in motion the mobilization of its program partners – the Department of Education and Culture (DepEd), public and private elementary and secondary schools, local government units, the 115 barangays in the Third District and the office of Congressman Alfredo B. Benitez.

Body Found in Victorias City; ‘Attacker’ Surrenders

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Residents of a hacienda in Victorias City discovered the body of a man about 6:30AM, yesterday with multiple stab wounds.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, Victorias City Police chief reported that 18-year old Gregorio Aligarbes Jr. was discovered dead at Lot 30, Hacienda Cuaycong, Brgy. 20 with multiple stab wounds on the different parts of the body.

Initial investigation determined that a belt knife and a stone were the weapons used against the victim.

2 Men Fall for Drugs

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Criminal charges for violation of the dangerous drugs act are filed against two men who were arrested jointly by operatives of the Intelligence Branch of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) with elements of Victorias City Police at about 11:55AM, Friday.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, police chief and SPO3 Dandy Ilalto, of Intel-NOPPO led the raid and arrested Rufino Espinosa Jr. alias Junior, 38, and Ruel Hernandez, 36, of Quezon St., Bandong Subd., Brgy. 4 in Victorias City.

Decena Clears Supt. Descallar of Illegal Acts

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Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) OIC Director P/SSupt. Larry Decena had already cleared Supt. Jefferson Descallar of any link to illegal drugs or gambling and even had position papers for him to return to his position.

Earlier, Decena has sent official communication inviting complainants to come to his office and to substantiate their claims that Descallar is receiving money from drug lords. But they did appear or send any representative.

This made Decena conclude these complainants are "pseudo "personalities aimed at harassing police operatives. The complaints are fabricated," he added.

Observers claimed, the same fabricated complaints were also used to previous police officers that led the Special Operations Group, notably Supt. Santiago Rapiz.

Rapiz is now the police chief of Victorias City PNP and is conducting relentless operations against illegal drugs and gambling in the area.

Victorias City Gets P7.5-M Grant for ‘Yolanda’ Victims

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Victorias City obtained a grant of P7, 500,000 from Vice President Jejomar Binay through the efforts of Cong. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez to be used for the implementation of the City’s Housing Materials Assistance (HOMA) Project under the National Housing Authority (NHA) Materials Assistance Program in coordination with the City Housing Office last May 21.


L-R councilors Ronilo Sarito, Blandino Galinato, Sulpicio Montinola Jr., Teodoro Panisales, Vincent Marie Roa, Vice Mayor Jerry Jover and Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca turn-over check worth P7.5-M to City Housing Office Head Primilo Solinap for the benefit of Yolanda victims.*

The Victorias City HOMA Project memorandum of agreement between NHA and the City Government of Victorias was signed by NHA General Manager, Atty. Chito Cruz and Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca.

PHILSURIN Announces Release of 3 New HYVs

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THE Philippine Sugar Research Institute Foundation, Inc. (PHILSURIN), with its breeding station in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, has announced the release of its three new high yielding varieties (HYV6 ), namely; PSR 01-105, PSR 02-247 and PSR 01-136.

Of the three, PSR 01-105, proved outstanding for a national release while the two others- PSR 02-247 and PSR 01-136- can be recommended for specific districts.

Four LGUs Ink Localized Mortgage Program

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The local governments of Talisay, Murcia, Victorias and E.B. Magalona entered into an agreement with the government’s Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) for the Localized Community Mortgage Program (LCMP).

Mayors Eric Saratan, Andrew Montelibano, Francis Frederick Palanca and Vice Mayor Rex Depasucat signed the agreement for Talisay, Murcia, Victorias and E.B. Magalona respectively with SHFC president Ma. Ana Oliveros.

Shabu Seized in Stake Out

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Several sachets of suspected shabu and paraphernalia were seized in a stake out operation by Victorias City policemen about 11:45PM, Monday.

PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, Victorias City Police chief and his team led the raid which resulted to the arrest of Joemar Torena, 32, of Zone 5, Brgy. 6-A for alleged violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

5,182 Households Get P19.9M Housing Aid

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Vice President of the Philippines and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chair Jejomar C. Binay led the distribution of P19.9 million worth of housing materials assistance (HOMA) to the victims of typhoon Yolanda in five local government units here.


Vice President Jejomar Binay leads the turn-over of P7-million check to the Hinigaran Government Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative under the Pag-IBIG Fund Group Land Acquisition and Development Program assisted by (l-r) Third District Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and Assistant Department Manager for Operations of Pag-IBIG Fund Bacolod Branch Wilmer Lirazan during the turn over rites in Talisay City.* (EAD-PIA6 photo)

VP Binay Awards Certificates to 26 Homeowners Assn’s in Negros Occ.

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Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Thursday awarded certificates of recognition to 26 homeowners associations from Negros Oriental for fulfilling their obligations to the Social Housing Finance Corporation’s (SHFC) Community Mortgage Program (CMP).


PHILIPPINE VICE PRESIDENT and Chairman ofF Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Jejomar C. Binay with Third District Representative Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (l-r, standing) witness the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Social Housing Finance Corporation represented by SHFC president Ma. Ana R. Oliveros and the cities of Talisay and Victorias represented by Mayor Eric Saratan and Francis Frederick Palanca (left, right respectively), and the towns of E.B. Magalona and Murcia represented by Vice Mayor Rex Depasucat and Mayor Andrew Montelibano (2nd from left, 2nd from right respectively) as local government partners under the Localized Community Mortgage Program (LCMP).* (Owen Bayog / NDB photo)

"Nais kong pasalamatan ang iba’t ibang sektor sa kanilang partisipasyon sa CMP. Kabilang na dito ang mga landowners na nagdesisyong ipagbili ang kanilang lupa sa mga komunidad sa mababang halaga. Kasama na rin sa ating pasasalamatan ang mga cmp mobilizers na patuloy na tumutulong at gumagabay sa mga asosasyon upang tuloy-tuloy nilang magampanan ang kanilang mga obligasyon sa CMP," the Vice President said.

3 Men Hurt in Shooting

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Three men were wounded in a shooting incident about 9:40PM, Tuesday at corner Quezon-Montinola Sts., Brgy. 4 in Victorias City.

Victorias City Police report identified the wounded as Melchor Dorde, Roderick Orocio and Jonathan Estrella who sustained injuries on the back of the body, left foot and right arm and left eye, respectively.

PHILSURIN Announces Release of Three New HYVs

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THE Philippine Sugar Research Institute Foundation, Inc. (PHILSURIN), with its breeding station in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, has announced the release of its three new high yielding varieties (HYVs), namely; PSR 01-105, PSR 02-247 and PSR 01-136.

Of the three, PSR 01-105, proved outstanding for a national release while the two others- PSR 02-247 and PSR 01-136- can be recommended for specific districts.

Victorias City Kicks Off Brigada Eskwela, Turns Over Rescue Boats to 6 Barangays

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Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Vice Mayor Jerry Jover in the presence of City Councilors turned over painting materials to the different schools of the City during the flag ceremony as Brigada Eskwela 2014 kicks off.

Each of the school received buckets and gallons of semi gloss white paints, paint rollers, brushes, paint racks and other painting materials.

These will help them in their ongoing Brigada Eskwela in preparation for the opening of classes.

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