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Bacolod launches urban greening program

Mayor Evelio Leonardia led city officials and stakeholders in launching the Bacolod City Urban Greening Program at rites at the Government Center yesterday.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia gives his message during the launching of the Bacolod City Urban Greening Program at the Government Center yesterday as Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Cindy Rojas and Noli Villarosa listen.*

No classes in Bacolod public schools today

Mayor Evelio Leonardia ordered the suspension of classes in all public pre-school, elementary, and high schools in Bacolod today due to Tropical Storm “Basyang.”

Leonardia, who is in Cebu City together with the mayors for a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, made the order to DepEd-Bacolod schools division superintendent Cynthia Demavivas, upon consultation with her and Executive Assistant Jose Ma. Vargas, head of Cluster on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

CA Reverses Ombudsman Order Dismissing Bacolod Mayor, 8 Others

The Court of Appeals (CA) in Cebu reversed the decision of the Ombudsman to dismiss Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and his co-respondents for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.

In a September 6, 2017 promulgation signed by Associate Justices Germano Francisco D. Legaspi and Marilyn B. Lagura-Yap, and Executive Justice Gabriel T. Ingles of the 18th Division of CA-Cebu, the CA cited the Aguinaldo Doctrine is applicable in the defense and the merits of the case alone were already sufficient to exonerate him.

Bacolod Ready to Enforce Smoking Ban with 2-Pronged Approach

Bacolod City Councilor Caesar Distrito said the city is implementing the Smoking Ban with two approaches to make it more effective.

Distrito said City Mayor Bing Leonardia had already issued an Executive Order convening the Bacolod Anti Smoking Taskforce.

The Taskforce is chaired by the Secretary to the Mayor Atty. Ed Cuansing representing the City Mayor, and co chaired by Coun. Caesar Distrito representing VM Elcid Familiaran.


The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), last Tuesday served the dismissal order of the Ombudsman to nine city officials and employees of Bacolod City.

This was confirmed by Atty. Anthony Nuyda, concurrent DILG director for Western Visayas and Negros Island Region after receiving a letter from local government Undersecretary Austere Panadero.