MASSKARA FATHER OF MASSKARA. The Barangay Granada MassKara Festival dancers, last year's champions, escorted the urn containing the ashes of former Bacolod mayor Jose “Digoy” Montalvo Jr. carried by his son Jimmy to the Bacolod Memorial Park where he was laid to rest yesterday.*

City police on full alert,
Ligtas Biyahe drive on

The entire police force of Bacolod City has been placed on full alert status, while the Land Transportation Office will start today its OplanLigtas-Byahe, in connection with the celebration of Holy Week.

AllLTO district offices in Negros Occidental will launch today their OplanLigtasBiyahein anticipation of the influx of passengers at terminals for the Holy Week, Renato Novero, LTO-Bacolod head, said yesterday.

Novero said they will deploy personnel at terminals to strictly monitor buses and ensure that there is no overloading, as part of the safety measures. moremoremore

Sugarmen to seek
Duterte help
No conversion of D sugar planned – Paner

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines has created a committee to consolidate proposals to ensure the survival of the sugar industry for submission to President Rodrigo Duterte, Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers' Federation of the Philippines, said yesterday.

He said the SAP concerns will be submitted to the President throughBukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri. The governor, on Thursday, stressed the need for sugar industry representatives from around the country to meet to address the threats to the survival of the industry.

Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, said they “briefed the governor on the measures taken by the SAP to continue the fight for the sugar industry's survival”. moremoremore


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NOCCI exec backs city's
proposed lease of CCTVs

The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president, Edward Du, has expressed optimism that the Dumaguete City government's proposal to lease out the closed-circuit television system instead of purchasing it would be a better option.

The multi-awarded chamber, having received international and local recognition from different groups, has always been supportive of efforts to improve the image of Dumaguete City by helping find solutions to problems like traffic and criminality.

In an interview late Thursday, Du pointed out “that if renting will come out more advantageous to the city government, then why not?”, adding that the latter will also be relieved of the problem of management, operation and maintenance of the CCTV equipment. .