Opportunities await job seekers in 3rd District Fair

BACOLOD City – Job opportunities in hotel, gaming and related industries await interested applicants in the Job Fair on November 19 in Victorias City and November 20 in Silay City.

The activity is being organized by the office of Rep. Alfredo Benitez in cooperation with the Department of  Labor and Employment, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) of Victorias City and Silay City.

Belle Grande Manila Bay, an integrated resort and casino complex set to rise at the reclaimed area of Manila Bay along Roxas Blvd. in Metro Manila by the second quarter of next year, has announced some 7,000 job openings and will accept applications during the job fair .

Alvarez: File formal plaint vs agri officer

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Acting governor Genaro Alvarez yesterday urged the complainant against Provincial Agriculture Officer Igmedio Tabianan to come out and file a formal complaint so that it can be acted upon.

Alvarez confirmed to reporters that he has also received a letter addressed to the provincial government detailing alleged anomalies perpetuated by Tabianan.

He has read the letter but declined to reveal to reporters its contents as the letter was unsigned.

He urged the person behind the letter to file a formal complaint so that the concerned office tasked to handle such cases can officially act on it.

Acting guv, rep to P-Noy; Allow Arroyo to leave PH

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should be allowed to leave the country given the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court.

This is the reaction issued of Negros Occidental acting governor Genaro Alvarez and Rep. Jackie Enrile in separate interviews here yesterday.

“It is clear that the Supreme Court has issued a TRO on the travel ban against the former President. It should be respected,” Alvarez said.

Councilor’s armed group given ultimatum to surrender firearms

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – S/Supt, Allan Guisihan, police provincial director here, yesterday issued an ultimatum to an armed group allegedly headed by Don Salvador Benedicto councilor Vicente Bacordo to surrender their firearms.

This, after Bacordo was arrested by the San Carlos PNP when he tried to intervene in the apprehension of some of his people involved in a shooting incident.

Bacordo went to the San Carlos PNP armed with an Ingram but carried it without proper documents.

He was charged with illegal possession of firearm together with two of his men.

Property tax up next year – BM Escalante

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante revealed that the increase in property tax will be implemented next year to cushion the impact of the reduce Internal Revenue Allotment shares of local government units.

The increase in property tax would mean higher revenue collection for LGUs, he said, stressing that the additional revenue can be utilized for vital services that may be sacrificed because of the IRA cut.

Escalante yesterday morning presided over a public hearing in connection with the said revenue ordinance he hoped will be approved on third and final reading in today’s regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

‘We are willing to lay down our arms’

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Victor Sumulong, spokesman of the RPA-ABB yesterday, stated that members of the group are willing to lay down their arms as part of the peace agreement with the national government.

For now they are allowed to carry firearms for security reasons and for self preservation amid threats from their former comrades in the rebel movement.

Sumulong confirmed that he and RPA-ABB national chairman Carapali Lualhati met with the officials of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Peace Process in Manila for the closure of the peace agreement.

38 skilled workers hurdle English proficiency training at NOLITC

BACOLOD City – A total of 38 Negrense skilled workers finished the 100-hour English Language Proficiency Training at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) last week.

The skilled workers, who are carpenters and welders, will be taking up IELTS (International English Language Testing System) to prepare them for employment abroad, particularly in Australia.

The culmination program of the training held recently at the NOLITC with Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. as the guest of honor before he left for Vietnam.

Distrito says revenue code validly passed

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The chairman of the Committee on Laws Ordinance and Good Governance stated that the Revised Revenue Code of the city was validly passed amid questions raised by opposition councilors.

Councilor Caesar Distrito said the code hurdled the 3rd and final reading by the Sangguniang Panlungsod last November 11, 2011.

Distrito explained that Section 458, par. 2 (ii) of the Local Government Code clearly says that revenue ordinances passed by the SP need a majority vote of all the members, which means that the SP having a 14-member council needs 8 votes, and in this case it got the required number of votes.

Bago court to be probed over award to Urban Bank lawyer

THE Supreme Court has ordered the Office of the Court Administrator to investigate the possible liabilities of officers of the Bago City Regional Trial Court for allowing the sale of Urban Bank properties to cover for the latter’s attorney’s fees worth P28.5 million.

In a decision penned by Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, the second division of the high court affirmed an appellate court ruling dated November 6, 2003.

The latter said the trial court in Negros Occidental gravely abused its discretion in awarding “unconscionable damages” in behalf of lawyer Magdaleno Peña. The latter had filed for recovery of agent’s compensation from the defunct bank.

Former 303rd Brigade chief may command Army’s 3rd ID

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – A former commander of the 303rd Brigade based in Minuyan, Murcia is among the contenders to head the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Jamindan Capiz.

Brig. Gen, Maximo Caro who presently is the head of the Cadets Corps at the Philippine Military Academy is recommended for the post, said Col. Oscar Lactao, current 303rd Brigade commander.

Retired Army general and current Office of Civil Defense Administrator, Undersecretary Benito Ramos also confirmed that Caro is among those recommended to fill in the post vacated by Major Gen. Emmanuel Bautista who was appointed to head the Army after the retirement of Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz.

Force multipliers, BCPO men cited

BACOLOD City – S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz, police chief here, commended the force multipliers together with some operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office for their contribution in the arrest of a wanted person recently.

They were given certificate of commendation during simple rites at the BCPO grounds yesterday.

“We were able to capture a wanted person with the help of our force multipliers and we have to give them due credit.”

Distrito wants probe body to suspend Alejandrino

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Councilor Caesar Distrito is urging the investigating committee to act on his motion to suspend SP Secretary Nilo Alejandrino in connection with the administrative complaint he filed with the Office of the Vice Mayor.

“I am appealing and urging the investigating committee to immediately act on my prayer to suspend Alejandrino and to also deny his motion to inhibit,” Distrito told The Daily Guardian yesterday.

Earlier, the Office of the Vice Mayor which is leading the probe dismissed Alejandrino’s motion for inhibition against Vice Mayor Sayson for lack of merit and declared that the SP secretary has waived his right to make a formal reply to Distrito’s complaint.