P1-B hospital to rise in Bacolod

MAYOR Evelio Leonardia welcomed the construction of a P1-billion hospital in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City, saying the new medical center will further improve the healthcare system in the city. “This P1-billion investment for providing high standards of healthcare is very welcome to our city,” Leonardia said. Leonardia, who was among those who led the ground-breaking […]

Bacolod City allots P8.6M for Palarong NIR

A TOTAL of P8,689,000 will be allotted to Bacolod student-athletes when they join the 2017 Palarong Negros Island Region (NIR) in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on Feb. 24 to Mar. 1. The budget, which was approved by the Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), will be used for the uniforms, transportation, accommodations, equipment, and allowances of […]

Marañon wants probe on manhandling at NBI office

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon yesterday called for an investigation on the reported manhandling incident in the National Bureau of Investigation.

Marañon wanted to know if indeed agent in-charge Jose Hermie Monsanto hit a volunteer in said office.

The victim identified as Daryl Cadagat is a nephew of former Negros Press Club president and TDG columnist Edgar Cadagat.

Cadagat, a volunteer who works at the Bacolod NBI office as part of the group operating the computers that issue clearances, said he was hit several times in the nape and shoulders by Monsanto.

SM City Bacolod celebrates Teacher’s Day

SM City Bacolod in cooperation with the Bacolod City National High School will honor Filipino teachers in a Teacher’s Day celebration October 6 at 4:30PM at the mall’s Northwing Event Centre.

There will be booths to provide free pampering services to teachers and a special tribute number to teachers where a successful BCNHS alumnus will give a special message. It will be highlighted by the posting of messages at “Thank You, Teacher” wall where everyone gets to write a message for his or her teacher.

Moreover, BCNHS teachers will showcase their talents in dancing while students will give testimonials on how their teachers influenced and touched their lives.

8 teams to join Bro. Ceci Volleyball

BACOLOD City – Eight teams already confirmed their participation in Class B and three in Class A to the 3rd Bro. Ceci Hojilla Memorial Cup Inter-Club Volleyball Championship slated August 6 to September 22, 2011 at University of St. La Salle College Covered Court here.

Roger A. Banzuela president of Negros Occidental Volleyball Association (NOVA) said the confirmed teams are (Men) – USLS CAS, Punta Taytay Volleyball Club, St. Joseph School-La Salle, Hawaiian, Silay, Provincial Capitol, APP-Negros and Men at Work.

In the women’s side are USLS Nursing, USLS Sabado Club, Provincial Capitol and Silay to be confirm yet.

In Class A Open men are USLS A and B, while in the women side is USLS.

Banzuela said Class A-Open is for clubs, varsity teams, corporate companies and teams representing towns and cities from local government units.

Binay in Negros today

By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Vice President Jejomar Binay is here today for the opening of the two-day Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines’ (VMLP) 4th Visayas Island Conference and National Executive Board Meeting, according to City Vice Mayor Thaddeus Sayson. Binay will also induct national officers of VMLP. Sayson, who is VMLP-Negros Occidental […]

Marañon mulls legal option vs SMPHI

Marañon mulls legal

option vs SMPHI

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon yesterday said that the provincial government has not received yet an official copy of the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Court of Appeals on the Capitol’s 7.7-hectare prime property it awarded to Ayala Land Inc.

The TRO was sought by SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI).

Marañon hinted that “a legal action against SMPHI is an option” for going to court after its failure to win the right to develop the property on lease and purchase mode.

When the provincial government receives the official copy of the TRO, he said he will direct the provincial lawyers to file a motion for reconsideration.

“That is the usual procedure,” he pointed point.

He claimed that in the absence of an official copy, the provincial government will continue with what they have to do as far as the Ayala Land deal is concerned, confirming further that the documents were already sent to COA Manila for approval. He clarified that the matter of COA review is procedural.

Army, PNP on full alert today for SONA

  Army, PNP on full alert today for SONA By: Dolly Yasa BACOLOD City – Police and Army forces in the province just like their counterpart in Metro Manila are on alert to pre-empt spill over of possible terroristic activities in connection to the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III today […]

Legal battle will delay Capitol-Ayala Land deal

Legal battle will delay

Capitol-Ayala Land deal

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The implementation of Ayala Land development plan faces delay as a consequence of the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Court of Appeals sought by SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) and the subsequent legal battle that will ensue between SMPHI and the provincial government of Negros Occidental, according to Enrique Pinongan, provincial administrator.

Pinongan, however, that they consider the TRO issued by the CA Thursday as moot and academic as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has already confirmed Wednesday the deal which is for the purchase and lease of the 7.7-hectare prime lot between the provincial government and Ayala Land.

He revealed that the provincial government has already forwarded via registered mail Thursday morning the documents pertinent to the said deal to the Commission on Audit in Manila for approval, prior to their receipt of the TRO.

He also said they have yet to receive a copy of the petition used as basis by SMPHI for the TRO for them to reply in 10 days time.

Pinongan said the provincial government is prepared for the legal battle against SMPHI.

“We believe we haven’t done anything wrong,” he pointed out.

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon earlier also declared that the transaction is already a done deal due to the approval of the SP.

Meanwhile, four business groups Thursday issued a joint statement congratulating and supporting the Negros Occidental provincial government for deciding to sell and lease out the Capitol’s 7.7-hectare property in Bacolod City.

SP confirmation railroaded?

SP confirmation railroaded?

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Was the approval of the deal between Ayala Land and the provincial government over the latter’s 7.7-hectare prime lot railroaded?

This question arose after provincial board member Patrick Lacson explained why he did not attend the SP deliberations on the Ayala Land deal despite the fact that he attended the caucus held in the morning of the same day, July 20, with Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon and the members of the Committee on Awards and Disposal of Real Properties (CADRP) of which Lacson is a member.

Lacson pointed out that “this is not an issue about SM or Ayala but the way we treat investors, respect and care of the business sector in Negros Occidental.”

He added that “when SM cried foul, with their disbelief of the way things were done, the least we could have done, especially in the provincial board was to have given them time, transparency, a public hearing to know the situation because they deserve our utmost respect.”

He further pointed out that “Check and balance is the essence of our duty, but they, my colleagues felt they have to pass it ASAP, sure of the majority decision.”

Lacson added that he decided to stay away from the session to avoid grandstanding and creating tension in the Capitol.
“I am saddened by the SPs unanimous decision.  But as the TRO was granted, at least they might see point. I hope they are not the ones spreading the boycott SM messages,” Lacson said.

Vice Gov. Alvarez denies receiving money from STL

Vice Gov. Alvarez denies receiving money from STL BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Vice Governor Genaro “Lim-ao” Alvarez denied to have received any proceed or share from the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL) in his district while still a congressman. “I would like to investigate who got my share because I have not received […]