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Benitez expects MassKara to draw P5B into Bacolod

Benitez expects MassKara to draw P5B into Bacolod

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The countdown to the MassKara Festival was held at the Bacolod City Government Center Friday night.*Ronnie Baldonado photo Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said on Friday, September 30, that he expects about P5 billion in revenues for Bacolod City during the three-week MassKara Festival. “We are expecting about P5 billion to enter the system because of this event,” he said. The October 1 to 23 festival kicked off with a countdown at the Bacolod City government center Friday night. Bacolodnons should prepare for the best ever MassKara Festival, Benitez said. “We have planned for this for a couple of months and you can see the reaction of the people is very positive,” he said, not only in Bacolod but in other parts of the country and abroad. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. an...
Groundbreaking kick starts Bacolod’s P10B housing drive

Groundbreaking kick starts Bacolod’s P10B housing drive

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Human Settlements Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar and Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Benitez led the groundbreaking ceremony Friday.* Human Settlements Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar and Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Benitez led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Yuhum Village at the Arao property in Barangay Vista Alegre, that kick starts the construction of housing units for informal settler families (ISF) in Bacolod City. Benitez, with the support of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), said he aims to construct 10,000 housing units worth P10 billion in various sites in Bacolod City. The target is to complete the construction of the 10,000 housing units by 2023, Acuzar said. A total of 5,000 units will be built in Barangay Vista Alegre, some of which will be in...
S&R set to open in Bacolod, creating more than 200 jobs

S&R set to open in Bacolod, creating more than 200 jobs

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So Ha Uy, Mayor Alfredo Benitez and Anthony Sy (l-r) hold up the S&R lot lease contract they signed on Friday.* S&R Membership Shopping, a warehouse club that retails premium quality imported products, will be hiring more than 200 Bacolodnons when its outlet opens at the Bacolod reclamation area, its president Anthony Sy said Friday, September 30. Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez signed a contract with Sy for the lease of a 200-square meter road lot owned by Bacolod City at the reclamation area to S & R. So Ha Uy representing the lot-lessors of S &R was also a signatory. Benitez said the entry of S& R is good because Bacolod is poised for a strong economic comeback. “The economic recovery that we have planned for the city is now kicking in and will soon ma...
Victorias, DHSUD ink MOU, city needs 6,000 housing units

Victorias, DHSUD ink MOU, city needs 6,000 housing units

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Human Settlements Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar and Mayor Javier Benitez (3rd and 2nd from left) sign a housing memorandum of understanding on Friday.* The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is committed to helping Victorias City in its housing programs, DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar said Friday, September 30. Acuzar, who signed a memorandum of understanding with Victorias Mayor Javier Benitez in Bacolod City, said no specific number of housing units have been decided on yet as the city government is preparing its plans so they can begin. Benitez said they just finished their assessment and Victorias City needs about 6,000 units, especially for residents residing in flood-prone areas. They are looking at several housing sites in barangays...
Manokan tenants who failed to pay arrears will be closed down Monday

Manokan tenants who failed to pay arrears will be closed down Monday

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The restaurants of the Manokan Country tenants who failed to pay their arrears will be closed down on Monday, Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said Friday, September 30. Benitez said if some of the tenants made a big payment on their delinquencies, the city government might consider some arrangement. “But as of now if they are not fully paid they will be closed by Monday,” he said. The Bacolod City Legal Office (CLO) served demand letters in August to the 17 tenants of the Manokan Country to pay their delinquent accounts totaling P8.64 million or face closure. Several have since made some payments on their arrears. Meanwhile, Benitez said he wants the water refilling stations in Bacolod that have been closed for failure to avail of the necessary permits named. ...
PLO issues show cause orders to 18 disaster mgmt personnel

PLO issues show cause orders to 18 disaster mgmt personnel

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Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas Jr.* Eighteen personnel of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division of Negros Occidental have been issued show causes orders, Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas Jr. said Friday, September 30. Issued show cause orders were 13 drivers, a utility worker , three administrative aides and one special operations officer, he said. The drivers were issued show cause orders for failure to comply with the rule on the submission of trip tickets immediately after they travel, Nellas said. The admin personnel were issued show cause orders for complaints against their behavior, he added. The show cause orders were issued two weeks ago and so far only one has not replied, Nellas said. The Provincial Legal Office is determining if t...
Man gunned down in Sagay, woman injured by stray bullet

Man gunned down in Sagay, woman injured by stray bullet

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The man who was gunned down in Sagay City on Thursday.*Sagay PNP photo A man was killed while a woman was hit by a stray bullet in Brgy. Poblacion 2, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Thursday night, September 29. Killed was Jomarie Matarong, 38, while Marilyn Mangulabnan, 56, suffered injuries. Matarong was on his way home on board his motorcycle when he was shot by a motorcycle-riding suspect who was tailing him, the police said. When he fell to the ground, he was shot again by the suspect’s companion who was already on the side of the road. Both fled together. Matarong was declared dead on arrival, while the woman is now in good condition. Recovered from the scene were six cartridges of a .45 caliber pistol and three deformed bullets. Police said the victim who was in...
Billiards, tchoukball, volleyball, football to open MassKaralympics

Billiards, tchoukball, volleyball, football to open MassKaralympics

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Billiards' world champhion, Efren "Bata" Reyes is among the bigwigs joining the 1st Mayor Albee Benitez Bacolod City Masskara Festival 2022 10-Ball Open Billiard Tournament at the SM City Bacolod North Atrium Ground, October 2 to 6.* Four sporting events are expected to be crowd-drawers in the first week of the 43rd Bacolod MassKara Festival. Dubbed “MassKaralympics,” Festival Director Pinky Ocampo said “the billiards, tchoukball, and football matches are just a few among the numerous sports tournaments that will make this festival unique.” The legendary billiards champ Efren “Bata” Reyes is among the big names that is joining the 1st Mayor Albee Benitez Bacolod City Masskara Festival 2022 10-Ball Open Billiard Tournament this October 2-6 at the SM City Bacolod North Atrium G...
Motorcycle driver hit by truck dies

Motorcycle driver hit by truck dies

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motorcycle accident in Sagay City on Wednesday, September 28.*Sagay PNP photo A motorcycle driver died after he was ran over by a truck at the highway in Barangay Old Sagay, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Wednesday, September 28. Killed was Kayne Ray Taleda, 22, while injured was his companion. Taleda, and another motorcycle driven by John Danly Baraga were tailing a truck when Baraga tried to overtake it but failed, a police report said Friuday. Taleda’s motorcycle then hit Baraga causing them to fall on the pavement, but Taleda was ran over by the truck. Taleda’s rider was injured while Baraga was unscathed.*
Ex-rebel surrenders in Kabankalan

Ex-rebel surrenders in Kabankalan

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The former rebel who surrendered to authorities.* A suspected member of the New People’s Army surrendered to authorities in Brgy. Locotan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, on September 26. Lt. Col. Joel Garcia, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6 commander, identified the surrenderer as Edgar Millares, 58. He was a former member of the Squad 1, Nissan Platoon, Southwest Front Kometing Region Negros Cebu-Bohol-Siquijor. Millares also surrendered his 12-gauage homemade shotgun with two bullets, Garcia said. The police will continue to implement the government's program for those who want to surrender to the government to achieve peace and development, he said.*
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