4 bishops, law enforcers
ink MOU to ensure peace
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Church leaders in Negros island and top military and police officials signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday renewing their commitment to further promote and strengthen respect for human dignity and help achieve sustainable peace and development.
The MOU was signed by Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, Kabankalan Bishop Patricio Buzon, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortez, Lt. Gen. Nicasio Vivar of the AFP Central Command, Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, 3rd Infantry Division commander, Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, regional police director of Western Visayas, among others on Thursday at the Mambukal Resort in Murcia, Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday said..
City may file appeal
on tax ordinance ruling
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
Bacolod City Legal Officer Rayfrando Diaz ll yesterday said the city government will appeal the decision of the Department of Justice if, upon their review, they find it meritorious and based on facts and if this is supported by law.
Diaz said they have yet to receive an official copy of the decision of the DOJ.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has declared Bacolod City Ordinance 08-14-700 null and void for failure to comply with the prescribed procedure under the Local Government Code for the enactment of tax ordinances.
The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board in Region 7 said the cost of all subdivision and condominium projects in Central Visayas has reached around P17 billion in 2014.
It added that 80 projects were granted license to sell, or LS, that same year. The projects listed include subdivisions, condominiums, and memorial gardens. Of the 80 projects, 50 are subdivisions at P3 billion in total cost, 22 condominiums worth P13.8 billion, and eight memorial gardens at P300 million.