SOLDIERS Soldiers of the 62 nd Infantry Battalion pay their respects to fallen comrade SSgt Joseph Villanueva who was killed in Marawi City, last week.* )

DepEd expects 1.1M
students in NIR today
But about 500 classrooms still unfinished

About 1.1 million public school students in the Negros Island Region are expected to troop back to school today, because, despite the threat of a transportation strike classes will not be suspended, Department of Education NIR Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad said yesterday.

Sadsad called on parents to ensure that their children are in school.

Classesin public schools willopen in the NIR amid failure of the Department of Public Works to complete the construction of about 500 classrooms, about 400 of which are in Negros Occidental, and the lack of some vocational equipment needed for teaching senior high school, he said. moremoremore

Keep safe, cops remind

The police released safety tips for maintaining peace and security during the opening of classes in Bacolod City, today.

The Bacolod City Police Office leaflet advises that wearing of jewelry, bringing of large amounts of money, and walking in dark, narrow, and secluded alleys should be discouraged.

Do not talk to strangersor receive anything from them, such as free rides, candies, and bottled water, it said. moremoremore


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‘Texting' motorists face arrest

The Provincial Highway Patrol Group may arrest motorists who are texting while driving, and will be meted a fine, in Dumaguete City.

Sr. Insp. Robelito Mariano, who was handed a copy of the ordinance by City Councilor Jose Victor Imbo, may enforce it along with the other traffic regulations such as the ban on illegal mufflers, driving without license and no registration.

Those apprehended for violating the ordinance shall be fined P300 for first offense, P400 second offense, and P500 for third and succeeding offenses..