TIME CAPSULE Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia shovels soil over the 21.5-kilometer New Bacolod Economic Highway time capsule as Rep. Greg Gasataya, DPWH Undersecretary Karen Jimeno, Assistant Secretary Roberto Bernardo, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran (l-r) look on in Barangay Cabug, Bacolod City, yesterday*


Villar to seek more funds f
or P2.5B economic road
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villaryesterday said he will lobby for additional funds to fast-track the implementation of the 21.5-kilometer New Bacolod Economic Highway that will start from Barangay Sum-ag in Bacolod City and connect to the Bacolod-Slay Airport Access Road.

Villar made the announcement following the ceremonial ground breaking and laying of the time capsule for the project in PurokSantan, Brgy. Cabug, Bacolod City, yesterday in the presence of Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Mayor EvelioLeonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and other officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

He will ask for additional funds from the Department of Budget and Management because President Rodrigo Duterte wants to fast-track all projects and hopes to see their completion before the end of his term since he believes that infrastructure projects can help solve poverty in the country, Villar said. moremoremore

Nat'l agencies perform
above targets in NIR
BY CARLA GOMEZ

National government agencies in the Negros Island Region performed beyond their targets and even won national recognition in their first year of operation despite limited manpower and funding, their regional heads reported yesterday.

They presented their reports at a special Negros Island Regional Development Council meeting at Nature's Village Hotel in Talisay City.

The reports will be used to support the lobby for the retention of the NIR spearhead by Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno before the Cabinet, Negros Occidental Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma.LinaSanogal said. moremoremore

 

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Center for abused women
calls for end to trafficking
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Kahupayan Pastoral Care and Counseling Center in Dumaguete City is calling for an end to human trafficking as it noted the increasing number of females in the country and worldwide being forced into various forms of labor.

Florence Tangente, who heads the Dumaguete Kahupayan Center that caters to abused women and girls, said yesterday in a statement that “each one of us is called to help curtail the reality of abuses happening in our own country and in our neighborhood”.

Tangente, a lawyer and accountant, added the fight against human trafficking must start from the communities..