bombscare Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia (5th from left) with City Administrator John Orola and Councilor Em Ang, welcomes national Department of Foreign Affairs officials Lolit Carpo, Assistant Secretary Ma. Helen de la Vega, Benito Bengzon, and office head Claire Vicente and Carlo Magno of DFA Bacolod (l-r)*

Bacolod likely host
for ASEAN summit

Bacolod City is being considered as one of the venues for the meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit next year.

The Philippines will chair next year's ASEAN Summit that will host different meetings to be attended by leaders of the 10 ASEAN member nations.

Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Helen Dela Vega, director general for ASEAN Philippines-National Secretariat of DFA, yesterday said Bacolod City is being considered as one of the cities to host the ASEAN meetings. moremoremore

House to review
NIR, SIDA budgets

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez last night assured that the executive order creating the Negros Island Region is here to stay, but said the inclusion of a separate budget for it in the General Appropriations Act of 2017 will have to be studied.

Alvarez, who met with Negros Occidental and Bacolod City officials and private sector leaders at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, also assured that he would look into the shortfall of about P500 million in the 2017 national budget allocation for the sugar industry.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), who is the author of the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, said that while the law requires the annual allocation of P2 billion for the improvement of the industry, only P1.552 billion has been earmarked for it in the proposed 2017 national budget. moremoremore


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PDP Laban installs Degamo
as regional party president

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who is the secretary general of PDP-Laban, formally installed Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo as regional president of the PDP-Laban in the Negros Island Region during the party's consultative forum yesterday on federalism, held at the Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City.

Degamo took his oath before Alvarez, followed by the mass oath-taking of PDP-Laban members from all over the province, composed of mayors, kagawads, and barangay captains, numbering to about 500 to 700.

The governor said he is happy that President Rodrigo Duterte, through the Speaker, had the trust and confidence in him to be the leader of the party, especially in realizing the president's dream of changing the form of government from unitary to federal, and in the campaign against illegal drugs...