OMB Negros Occ. Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (6th from left), Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo (3rd from right), with the participants of the historic first Negros Island Development Council meeting at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, yesterday.*(Andy Alvarez photo)

Historic reg'l council meet
kick-starts NIR operations

The historic first Negros Island Development Council meeting to kick off the operation of the newly created Negros Island Region, also known as Region 18, was held at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the holding of the first NIDC was a historic moment for the NIR, and that, together, Negros Occidental and Oriental, can make “one of the most prosperous and best regions in the country”.

This is the beginning of what we had dreamed of for more than 30 years, he said. moremoremore

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The Optical Media Board and the Philippine National Police yesterday destroyed about P80 million worth of pirated movies in the DVDs they had confiscated in three years of operations in Bacolod City and other key cities of Negros Occidental.

The 599 sacks of VCDs, DVD, as well television monitors and DVD players, were destroyed with the use of an asphalt roller behind the “People's House” (Government Center) in Bacolod City supervised by OMB personnel headed by Gerry Zaguirre and Senior Supt. Melchor Coronel, Bacolod City police officer-in-charge.

The amount given by the OMB is not the actual market value of the confiscated items which is P25 to P35 each but the price of the original ones that is P350 for every piece because it is presumed to be the total losses incurred by legitimate sellers. moremoremore


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MANILA – Members of the Philippine Coast Guard have rescued five Chinese tourists who went missing while diving in Sitio Cogon, Apo Island, in Dauin town, Negros Oriental early this week.

The five Chinese nationals were identified as Xuan Meng and Maling Yuw, both 33; Ding Jia, 36; Igi Chuan, 31; and Rug Nim 28.

PCG said that according to a tour guide, George Regalado, the tourists went missing around noon of Nov. 30. The tourists were said to have rented a boat and dived at the vicinity. moremoremore