FIRE BIKERS. About 3,000 bilkers in Negros Occidental and Oriental, Cebu and Iloilo joined the 52-kilometer “Tour of Fireflies”, that started in Bacolod City and ended in Hinigaran town yesterday.*

Traders made a killing?
SRA probes sugar price slump,
halts importation

The Sugar Regulatory Administration board has created  a committee to investigate the cause of  the decline inmillgate sugar prices and in the meantime, is holding in abeyance any further importation of sugar, SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica said yesterday.

 He said the committee was created at a board  meeting last week where it was also resolved to hold in abeyance the requests of food processors to import sugar until the committee has concluded its investigation.

"The board directed the committee to look into the importation and consumption of all forms of sugars. They will also run a check on customs- bonded warehouses and food processors' utilization of sugar,"  Serafica said. moremoremore

Duterte honors Negrense

An Army officer who led his men in liberating Marawi from the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist group, was among those honored and conferred awards during the 67th founding anniversary of the First Scout Ranger Regiment Friday at Camp Tecson in San Miguel,Bulacan.

          Lt. Col. MarloJomalesa, commander of the 5th Scout Ranger Battalion, was conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu by President Duterte, with other SR battalion commanders, who fought  theMaute group for five months.

          Jomalesa of Silay City, Negros Occidental, was also awarded the Outstanding Combat Leadership Award for his exceptional display of heroic leadership as commanding officer of 5SRB against ISIS terrorists.

          His superb skills, combat stamina and diehard spirit reflected the finest and highest traditions of the Scout Ranger Alumni Association, its president, retired Col. Dennis Eclarin, said.

          The 5SRB, that is heading for another assignment in Sulo, did not incur casualties or injuries during the five-month long battle with the Maute group, Jomalesa said. moremoremore


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Implement public Wi-Fi
ordinance in Bacolod: SP

A resolution reiterating the request of the Sangguniang Panlungsod to the Management Information Technology Center Services Office, through the Office of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, to implement City Ordinance No. 09-16-788, or “An ordinance providing free accessible and secured wireless internet connection in designated public places of Bacolod City and in certain offices of the city government,” was approved by the SP Wednesday.

          The resolution, authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, said City Ordinance 09-16-788 or the “Wireless Connectivity Ordinance of Bacolod City” that was approved October 14, 2016, aims to provide free, accessible, and secured wireless internet connection to the people of the city.