DIHONPOPE. Artists of the Dibuhista nga Naghiliugyon sa Negros and  University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos students paint a 35-meter mural at the UNO-R in Bacolod City that highlights the visit of Pope Francis to the country this week*

New case at DOJ
versus city tax hike

Another one.

A petition for review asking the Department of Justice to declare City Ordinance No. 08-14-700 null and void for failure to observe the requirements of the Local Government Code in its enactment, has also been filed by the owner and developer of the Valley of Peace Memorial Park in Bacolod City.

Earlier, the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation also filed a petition before the DOJ questioning the validity and legality of the new Tax Ordinance. moremoremore

PCL urges PNoy to
create island region

The Philippine Councilors League-Negros Oriental Chapter has passed a resolution addressed to President Benigno Aquino III strongly manifesting its support and endorsement of the proposed One Negros Island Region.

The PCL chapter, composed of councilors from six cities and 19 municipalities in Negros Oriental, said the creation of the island region will, in the long term, be in the best interest of the people of Negros Oriental.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has asked Aquino to issue an executive order creating the One Negros Island Region. moremoremore

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‘Hike in real property tax
to benefit Dumagueteños’

The Dumaguete City Sangguniang Panlungsod approved various landmark legislations in 2014, like the general revision of the schedule of the fair market values of real property taxes in the city that, for the last 20 years had not been changed.

As a result, Dumaguete was placed in the top 10 non-performing cities in the country in terms of real property taxes, Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling said. But, he said, with political will, the present administration was able to convince local taxpayers through a series of public consultations that raising the RPT will benefit them and the entire populace, as recipients of basic services from their taxes.