Licensing head debunks businesses in city closed due to new tax code

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The head of the Permits and Licensing Division of the city government here refuted claims of businessmen that there were business establishments that closed and transferred from the city because of the new tax code being implemented by the city government.

Atty. Vicente Petierre told reporters here that their data show more businesses opening in the city on the contrary.

He admitted there were establishments that closed down but not because of the new tax code.

DTI spreads awareness of free trade pacts

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry has intensified its information campaign about the country’s free trade agreements in a bid to increase their utilization rate this year.

Citing recent data from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat, Trade Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. said the Philippines already shows the highest improvement among ASEAN countries in terms of FTA utilization rate.

PH consumer sentiment improves in 3rd quarter

CONSUMER sentiment in the Philippines is still negative in the third quarter, but it showed an improvement from previous quarters, as Filipino consumers appeared to be growing optimistic about the economy.

Based on the latest Consumer Expectation Survey by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the consumer confidence index stood at -13.3% in the third quarter. This was still better than the -19.5% in the previous quarter, and -18.7% during the same period last year.

Software industry projects $1.5B in revenues, workforce increase in 2013

THE SOFTWARE industry is projecting $1.5 billion in revenues next year and expects to employ more workers as market demand increases, an industry executive said over the weekend.

“[W]e hope to sustain our momentum. By 2013, PSIA aims to achieve revenue of $1.5 billion and increase employment… to about 80,000 employees,” Philippine Software Industry Association president Nora Terrado said in a statement.

Wage boards in 11 regions grant 2-tiered pay adjustments

MINIMUM wage earners in 11 regions are now benefiting from a two-tier wage hike following the issuance of new wage orders by the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards concerned, the Department of Labor and Employment said Friday.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the two-tiered wage system provides a minimum wage and a negotiable “extra” amount based on the worker’s productivity.

Negrenses, Bacoleños mourn P6-B Ayala investment loss

BACOLOD City – Negrense will start the mourning today, September 17,  for the loss of about P6 billion in investments supposedly to be brought into the province and the city of Bacolod here by Ayala Land, Inc. for its development plans by leasing and purchasing the P7.7-hectare property of the Provincial Government.

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental (HRANO) along with the Philippine Constructors Association of Negros (PCAN) will light a candle at the steps of the Provincial Capitol building at 6pm today as a sign of mourning for the pull out of ALI from its deal with the provincial government.

DSB Comelec grants opposition vs lawyer’s bid to transfer registration

BACOLOD City – The election officer of Don Salvador Benedicto granted the opposition filed by a resident against the bid of a lawyer to transfer his registration to the town.

A copy of the decision furnished to reporters here indicated that election officer Mary Ann Davila granted the opposition filed by Fernando Toreno of Barangay Kumaliskis against Atty. Jomax Ortiz.

Ortiz applied to transfer his registration in the said barangay and was reported to be eyeing the mayoralty post in the locality in the 2013 elections.

Leonardia: NPC is supporting me

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia refuted talks that he will not be supported by the Nationalist People’s Coalition in his bid for the congressional seat against incumbent Congressman Anthony Golez who is his partymate in the NPC when they ran in the 2010 elections.

Leonardia said these talks are being circulated by persons who are sourgraping especially with the recent manifesto of support issued for him by about  51  barangay captains in the city and 54 Sangguninag Kabataan presidents.

Reports circulated here that the NPC will be supporting Golez being the incumbent.

Ombudsman dismissed rap vs Leonardia, Sayson, 12 others

BACOLOD City – The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed a pair of criminal (technical malversation) and administrative (misconduct) complaints lodged against Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and 12 other city officials for “lack of probable cause” and “lack of substantial evidence”.

These two recent rulings increased the string of favorable decisions obtained by Leonardia, Sayson et al from the Ombudsman.

‘Stop sugar smuggling’

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (1st District, Cagayan) said that smuggling of sugar should be stopped and the industry as a whole should be strengthened.

Enrile was here during the weekend as guest speaker of the Lions Club induction. He also met with local leaders and prominent personalities in the sugar industry led by Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugar Planters.