Fire guts Mansilingan squatters’ community

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February 21, 2019
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By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga   A fire engulfed a community of squatters yesterday afternoon at Purok Kahirup B in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City. Bacolod City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Fire Marshal, Fire Chief Inspector Publio Ploteña, said they received the fire call around 5:37 p.m. The fire reportedly originated on the second floor …

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BCPO looking into motive behind businessman’s murder

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February 21, 2019
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By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga   The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) has yet to establish a motive behind the recent shooting and death of businessman Alex Yao. BCPO spokesperson, Police Chief Inspector Ariel Pico, said investigators are currently considering his business, possible competition, or personal grudges as possible motives. The police official said the …

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Ceneco rates up again

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February 21, 2019
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After residential power rates increased by 17¢ last month, the Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) announced rates for February 2019 will go up by around 15¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Rates increased from P11.3527/kWh to ₱11.4991/kWh this month. Power rate fees, which include generation, transmission, and system loss costs, still contributed the most to rates …

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47 families affected by San Carlos City fire

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February 21, 2019
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By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga   At least 47 families were displaced by a fire Tuesday afternoon in Barangay 6, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Based on information forwarded by the San Carlos City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO), the fire reportedly started around 4:00 p.m. Emergency responders immediately raced to the site and …

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SSS: New law ‘breathes life’ into social security

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February 21, 2019
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  Following the ratification of RA 11199, signed earlier this month by President Rodrigo Duterte and intended to strengthen the government entitlement program, Social Security System (SSS) CEO and President Emmanuel F. Dooc lauded the development. “This is a huge success for the pension fund,” he said. “This new law will breathe in new life …

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City councilor requests background on Baciwa joint venture proposal

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February 21, 2019
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proposal, Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. has called for more background on the matter. “I have requested [from] Baciwa its five-year financial statement; a comparative study [of] other water districts with joint venture contracts; [and] the history, track record, and financial study of [PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation],” he said in a statement. “Public transparency and …

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National earthquake drill today in Iloilo City

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February 21, 2019
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The 2019 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill will take place today in Iloilo City, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The drill will open with Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III delivering opening remarks, who will then press a button and set off a siren indicating the start of the drill. By 2:00 p.m., the estimated …

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Agreement signed to provide vocational school scholarships

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February 21, 2019
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Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., representatives from Dualtech Training Center Foundation Inc., along with the Buglas Foundation Inc. yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement for Negrense students enrolled in technical vocational programs. The scholarship seeks to produce high quality electro-mechanical technicians. Eligible recipients will be enrolled in a dual training system with the Dualtech …

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Former rebel shot dead by NPA in Kabankalan City

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February 21, 2019
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By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga   A former member of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) was shot dead by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels Tuesday morning at Purok Letter in Barangay Camansi, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The victim was identified as 40-year-old Jun-jun Sabeco, a resident of Sitio Cara-an, located in the city’s …

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