MERGE SEND OFF. Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. with Board Member Samson Mirhan, Provincial Fire Marshall, Supt. Pamela Candido, and Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian of the Negros Occ. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division, during the send off ceremony for the Negros Occ. Urban Search and Rescue and Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Groups that will participate as responders in the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drills in Iloilo City, Thursday.*

Negros tax collection
short P3.9B, BIR says

The Bureau of Internal Revenue in Bacolod City cited the increasing percentage on the exemption on compensation, income and withholding taxes from infrastructure projects as key factors in the deficiency of the 2018 revenue collection that was 29.69 percent lower than the target.

Revenue Region 12 director Aynie Mandajoyan-Dizon reported that BIR Region 12 that is comprised of the four district offices of Victorias, Binalbagan, Dumaguete and Bacolod, were deficient by P3.9 billion from the target of P13.2 billion for 2018. The bureau was able to collect only P9.3 billion.

Mandajoyan-Dizon said all of the district offices were not able to meet their respective targets, mainly due to the passage of the TRAIN Act and the subsequent imposition of new tax laws that made the first P250,000 income non taxable. moremoremore

‘More than 30 officials
supporting NPA’

More than 30 incumbent local government officials in Negros Occidental were reported yesterday by the Philippine Army to have been supporting the New People’s Army.

Col. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday that local government officials are giving financial and logistical support to the NPA, who, in return, avail of their services, as private armed goons, during and even before elections.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said local officials should know that they should not support the NPA because they are against the government. Those who support the NPA are also against the government, he said. moremoremore


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SP to hold public hearing today
on Baciwa joint venture project

Leaders of various multi-sectoral organizations in Bacolod City held a pre-caucus yesterday in preparation for a public hearing to be conducted by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod today on the proposed joint venture between Prime Waters Inc. and the Bacolod City Water District.

Bayan-Negros secretary general, Michael de la Concepcion, said yesterday thatthey will attend the public hearing on the Baciwa joint venture project since they believe that the schemewill pave the way for the privatization of the water utility firm.

Social Action Center director, Fr. Chris Gonzales, chairman of the Committee on Information, Communication Technology and Energy of the Diocese of Bacolod, had requested Councilor Dindo Ramos to conduct a public hearing on the joint venture project so that the public, who will be largely affected by this move, may have prior knowledge on what Baciwa is getting into, and what the effect of such movemay be to its consumers.