Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod), RTC Executive Judge Anita Chua, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Beneitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and PACE Negros Occidental Chapter president  Gerald John Joven (l-r) at the  Bacolod Hall of Justice yesterday*
(CPG photo

New OIC barred
entry into Baciwa


The newly appointed officer-in-charge of the office of the general manager of the Bacolod City Water District was barred from entering the Baciwa premises.

Directors Ma. Aida Torre, Cecilia Henares and Alfredo Bayanin, who was appointed by the Local Water Utilities Administration as the sixth member of the Board, issued a notice yesterday that they do not recognize the appointment of Darwin Destacamento as OIC of the office of the general manager of Baciwa.

Destacamento was appointed OIC in Resolution No. 178, Series of 2014 passed during a special emergency meeting Thursday by Directors Lawrence Villanueva, Lorendo Dilag and Marichi Ramos, until the designation of an interim general manager by the LWUA or a regular manager by the Board.moremoremore

Bacolod no longer
in top 10 cities list


Bacolod was no longer among the top 10 most competitive cities in the Philippines in 2013, and has slipped to 20th in the 2014 assessment of the National Competitiveness Council, the NCC website showed yesterday.

The evaluation was conducted from December 2013 to April 2014, NCC sources said.

From being among the top 5 most competitive cities in the Philippines in 2012, Bacolod sank to the 20th spot, with a total overall score of only 38.58.moremoremore

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Forum on law vs. colorum
vehicles slated August 15


The Land Transportation Office in Region 7 will hold a forum in Dumaguete City on August 15 on the new law that increases the fines and penalties for colorum vehicles and other traffic violations that took effect in June.

Urged to attend the forum organized by the LTO 7 and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 7, in coordination with the district offices of LTO Dumaguete and Bais, are operators of public utility buses, jeeps, vans and other vehicles for rent, presidents of federations or associations of motorcycles-for-hire, owners of fleet trucking services in the province, hotel transport services, and even school transport services.

Drivers and operators of “habal-habal” or single motorcycles for hire are also invited, Alberta Janine Lawas, chief of the LTO Bais District Office, said. moremoremore