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‘Bacolod No.1 best city in Philippines to live in’

Eight years after being hailed by MoneySense magazine as the No. 1 city in its “Best Places to Live in the Philippines” list in 2008, Bacolod City was again conferred the same title by a social media group recently.

The Conyo Times ranked Bacolod as the No. 1 among 10 leading cities in the country in its “The Best Cities to Live in the Philippines” list, a press release from City Hall said.
The other nine cities according to ranking are: (2) Davao, (3) Makati, (4) Iloilo, (5) Cebu, (6) Puerto Princesa, (7) Quezon, (8) Tagaytay, (9) Dumaguete, (10) Baguio, it said.
Both awards in 2008 (MoneySense) and 2017 (from The Conyo Times) happened during the administration of Mayor Evelio Leonardia. 

“Bacolod is indeed back on track,” Leonardia said yesterday, referring to his campaign slogan in the May 2016 elections when he ran for mayor for a fifth term.
“This was our campaign promise, we were offering our services again to the people to restore business confidence and we would like to get back the lost glory,” the mayor said. moremoremore

Asean team lauds city’s hosting work

  The city government of Bacolod  received praise from national organizers for its hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit meeting last week.

                   ASEAN Security Task Force commander Police Director Napoleon Taas said in his report, “What we witnessed here in the City of Smiles is a ‘whole of government’ cooperation working like never before.”

In  its assessment report, Taas cited Mayor Evelio Leonardia for providing logistical support, and the members of the 21 government agencies composing the Committee on Security, Peace and Order, and Emergency Preparedness and Response for “tirelessly working in synergy with the local government of Bacolod City to ensure security of delegates and achieve ‘zero incident.’" moremoremore


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Degamo files graft raps in DOJ vs. Ombudsman Visayas execs

MANILA – Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo yesterday filed graft complaint before the Department of Justice against officers and staff of the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas, in connection with his dismissal over the local government’s disbursement of calamity fund worth P480 million.

            Named as respondents are Deputy Ombudsman Cyril Ramos and Paul Elmer Clemente, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer I Laurrei Layne Cristobal, GIPO III Anna Francesca Limbo, GIPO I Maria Bernadeth Andal-Subaan, and GIPO III Amy Rose Soler-Rellin.

            In his 11-page complaint, Degamo accused the officials of the anti-graft body of violating section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, for imposing the administrative penalty on him despite the condonation doctrine, which clears elected officials of administrative liabilities in previous terms upon reelection to their posts.