SOLDIERS Rizal Elementary School pupils in Bacolod City show varied reactions as they face the first day of classes yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

80 to 90% turnout at
start of classes

About 80 to 90 percent of the expected 1.1 million public school studentsin the Negros Island Regionshowed up for the opening day of classes yesterday, Department of Education NIR Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad said.

There were generally no problems, with 98 percent of the teachers and school officials in the NIR also present, he said.

In Bacolod City, a transportation strike that fizzled out did not affect the opening of classes with about 83 percent of the more than 100,000 expected public school students showing up for classes yesterday, Bacolod City Schools Division Superintendent Cynthia Demavivasalso said yesterday. moremoremore

Transport strike fizzles out

The supposed two-day transport strike from June 5 to 6, that was hardly felt in Bacolod City, fizzled out on its first day.

Federico Guanzon Jr., command center head and supervising and administrative officer of the city government, yesterday said the city buses and IPM-Construction Development Corporation dump trucks deployed by the city to transport stranded commuters were not used except forthe one assigned to Barangay Estefania that was able to make one trip.

The United Negros Drivers and Operator's Center lifted their supposed two-day transport strike at past 2 p.m. after a dialog with Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya. moremoremore


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1 killed, 4 hurt in hacking,
stabbing incidents: cops

Separate incidents of hacking, stabbing and shooting in Negros claimed the life of a 59-year-old man, and injured four others Sunday, the police said.

Sofronio Gosarim was on his way home in Brgy. Bulado, Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental, when he was waylaid by the suspect, identified as Gregorio Ferolino.

Ferolino, who was armed with a bolo, hacked the victim several times, without any provocation, investigation of the police showed..