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‘Tax increase relief
to benefit 183,000'


The president of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association Inc. - Negros Chapter, yesterday thanked acting Bacolod Mayor Greg Gasataya in behalf of about 183,000 real property tax payers in the city for listening to their clamor and imposing the old real property tax rates.

Kenneth Tirthdas yesterday said they thank Gasataya “for doing what is just and proper under the law, and for considering the plight of the hundreds of property owners in Bacolod City, mostly regular wage earners, who have been gravely affected by the implementation of the new real property tax ordinance under City Ordinance No. 08-14-700.”

They consider it a Christmas gift to all stakeholders affected, he said during a press conference yesterday attended by Eduardo Suatengco Jr., president of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Inc., Negros Occidental Chapter, Eduardo Alunan, national director of SHDA, and George Zulueta, executive director of Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry. moremoremore

SP okays
Magsaysay flyover

A resolution authorizing acting Bacolod Mayor Greg Gasataya to enter into and to sign the memorandum of agreement between Bacolod City and the Department of Public Works and Highways-Bridges Management Cluster-Unified Project Management Office, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.

Acting Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran yesterday said the resolution was authored by Councilor Ana Marie Palermo for the implementation of the Araneta-Magsaysay flyover project.

The DPWH-BMC-UPMO will be represented by Lea Delfinado while Gasataya will represent the city, he said.


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The one time, big time “Operation Bertha” was launched by authorities in Negros Oriental, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as lead.

After four days of operation in Bais City, Operation Big Bertha has resulted in the arrest of three persons and one at large, while confiscated drugs amounted to more than 53 grams with a dangerous drugs board value of P600,000 more or less.

Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office director, Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, stressed this is a continuing operation against the bigger fish in the proliferation of illegal drugs in Negros Oriental. moremoremore