SM Marks Earth Day with ‘Trash to Cash’ Undertaking

SM City Bacolod will greet Earth Day tomorrow (April 22) with a special schedule of its Trash to Cash Recycling Market, to be held at the North Transport Hub from 10AM to 4PM. Usually held every first Friday and Saturday of the month, this one-day event will be another opportunity for everyone to bring in their recyclables and get some cash in return.

Students of Bacolod City National High School with their recyclables during last year’s Earth Day recycling market at SM City Bacolod.*


San Carlos City- President Benigno Aquino III said his administration has commissioned a total of 3,262 MW in installed capacity from 70 power plants, 38 of which—or more than 50 percent—are renewable.

President Benigno Aquino III (center) together with Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Sec. Zenaida Monsada of the Department of Energy, San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor, Jr., Erramon Aboitiz, CEO of Aboitiz Power Corp., and Antonio Moraza, COO and president of Aboitiz Power Corp. at the Ceremonial Switch-On during the inauguration yesterday of the San Carlos Sun Power, Inc. Solar Power Plant.*(Photos by Richard Malihan)

Bizman nabbed

A businessman from Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City was arrested by policemen at his residence Sunday for double murder in San Carlos City.

Bacolod Police Station 6 operatives, when they arrested Antonio Chua, 44, after serving the arrest warrant issued by Judge Danilo Amisola of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 57 in San Carlos, also recovered several sachets of shabu and drug paraphernalias.

No bail was recommended for Chua’s temporary liberty.

Presidentiables Coming Back to Negros this Week

Four of the five contenders for Malacañang will once again court the 1.6 million voters of Negros Occidental for one last time, three weeks before the May 9 elections.

Today, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will return to Bacolod to meet sectoral representatives in Brgy. Tangub before attending a grand rally at the Bacolod Public Plaza in the evening.

During his first visit in February, Duterte failed to show up at the Tangub gym where about 5,000 people waited for him.

The mayor’s aides cited “security problems” at the venue for his failure to show up.

SC Decision ‘Not Yet Final’, Mayor’s Atty. Says

The lawyer of Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella has insisted that the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) is “not yet final.”

Lawyer Ralph Sarmiento in a statement sent to the media said that his client “can still file a motion for reconsideration” In fact, the Calleja Law Office has already begun preparing it, Sarmiento pointed out.

He said that he learned about the Resolution of the Supreme Court in G.R. No. 210696 yesterday through the media.

Regional hospital opens P8-B tower

The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) yesterday opened its West Tower worth P8 billion including equipment.

The CLMMRH West Tower with a total floor area of 5,460-square meter had a budget of P436 million and an additional P572 million for its equipment.

With an additional 163 beds, the six-storey facility will enable the hospital at Lacson-Burgos Street in Bacolod City to cater to more people in the Negros Island Region (NIR).

DILG Evaluates Negros Occ. for Seal of Good Local Governance Award

The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental went through document review and evaluation for the Seal of Good Local Governance Award from the Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (seated 3rd from left) together with the Regional Assessment Team lead by DILG – Negros Oriental OIC Provincial Director, Dennis Quiñones, Atty. Tabitha Tinagan of the Silliman University Government Affairs Center, together with the Capitol department heads at the Governor’s Office, yesterday.* (Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)

Voters List Arrives in Negros

The Certified Voters List (CVL) or master list of voters for Bacolod City and other towns and cities in Negros Occi-dental have already started to arrive for the May 9 elections.

Atty. Ian Lee Ananoria, acting provincial elections supervisor said CVL came from Commission on Elections-Manila and will be used by the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) on election day.

The CVL for other towns and cities are also arriving this week and will soon distributed to the respective towns and cities, Ananoria said.

Proclamations Maybe Delayed, Says Commission on Elections

The proclamation of winning candidates in the May 9 elections could be delayed as memory cards of all polling precincts will be applauded first before any proclamation is done, an official of the Commission on Elections said.

Election officer Jose Meno Ruiz said that all memory cards transmitted or not will be applauded to the canvassing system and when you said proclamation means that all Certificates of Canvassing and Proclamation are already printed and that will only happen if all election returns and memory cards are already applauded.

EL GRANDE DEBATE, 3 Mayoralty Bets Exchange Heated Views, Snide Remarks

The much-awaited Grand Mayoralty Debate among three candidates for the mayorship of Bacolod City at the Vianney Hall of the Bishop's House last night proved to be an exciting event, a first such verbal tussle in the capital City.

The stars of the debate were the incumbent Bacolod Mayor, Monico O. Puen-tevella, Lone District Congressman Evelio R. Leonardia and Retired police officer Wilfredo F. David, a Master's Degree Holder, who delighted a huge crowd with the presence of Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra and Rev. Fr. Ireneo (Baby) Gordoncillo, station manager of Radio Veritas, which aired the debate live for almost two hours.