gaston Christina Gaston receives her award from Amparwon Pichalai, SACICT chief executive officer (right), in Bangkok*


Access road to north
getting P1.35B more
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The allocation of P1.35 billion more for the north Negros alternative road is expected to further ease travel, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said yesterday.

He said P350 million has been allocated for the lengthening and widening to four lanes of the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road this year.

About P1 billion more is also expected to be allocated in the 2018 budget for it to reach Victorias City, he added. moremoremore

‘NIR can be 100% green by 2030'
BY MAX MACAHILO

National Renewable Energy Board chair Jose Layug said yesterday that the Negros Island Region can go 100 percent Renewable Energy by 2030 as indicated in its roadmap.

Layug, the keynote speaker at the Renewable Energy Summit atthe SMXConvention Center in Bacolod, lauded the Negros Island Region for being the model for RE development in the country.

“We are happy with Negros because of its various renewable energy, you have river hydro, solar and bio-mass as source of power”, he said, adding that NREB only has a 35 percent target for RE reliance in the country for 2030. moremoremore

 

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PNP-Negros reports gains in
drug war under Duterte
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental has reported significant gains in the government's war against hard drugs during the first year in office of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Acting provincial police director, Sr. Supt. Henry Biñas, said records of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office showed that the number of confiscated shabu went up by as much as 47 percent from July 1, 2016 to June 30 this year.

During the period, the NORPPO confiscated 2,793.76 grams of suspected shabu, compared to 1,893.9 grams seized from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.