lactao Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao, AFP Central Command chief, (3rd from left, seated) signs the document creating in Visayan Sea Safety and Security Agency in Cebu.*

Visayan Sea security up

The Visayan Sea Safety and Security Inter-Agency Task Force has been established to prevent the spread of terrorism and related activities in central Philippines.

Representatives of various security and government agencies signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding formally creating the inter-agency task force in Cebu.

Among the signatories were Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao, commanding general of the AFP Central Command, and Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division commander, who supervises security operations in Negros Island Region, Western and Central Visayas. moremoremore

Guv targets more funds, unity

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.said yesterday that he is putting income generating projects in place to ensure that Negros Occidental will not be solely dependent on its share of the Internal Revenue Allotment in the future, and his dream is that the political leaders of the province will unite to hasten progress.

Marañon, who is on his last term as governor, said the one and a half hectare property near the Capitol where the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. is located, is up for long term lease and the provincial government is open to unsolicited proposals.

The NFEFI office and facility that houses endangered species such as the rare warty pigs, leopard cats, spotted deers, bleeding heart pigeons and many more animals in danger of vanishing forever, will be transferred to the provincial government-owned Panaad Park in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, he said. moremoremore


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on Turtle Island ownership

Mayor Glenson Alanano of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, has announced plans of the local government unit to claim full ownership of the now controversial Turtle Island, also known as Polo, fronting Siit Bay.

Turtle Island is currently the bone of contention between the LGU of Siaton and Provincial Legal Counsel Richard Enojo, in his private capacity, over ownership claims of what is actually a peninsula that is officially declared as public land by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Alanano told reporters Thursday that he knew of a previous agreement between former Mayor Albert Ator of Siaton and Mayor Kit Mark Adanza of Zamboanguita, which was witnessed by the DENR, on the declaration of a political boundary through the setting up of municipal boundary markers a few years back..