MASSKARA BURST OF COLORS. MassKara Festival costumes go on display at Robinsons Place as Bacolod girds for the weekend streetdancing frenzy* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

City getsPCCI citation,
‘sure shot for investors'
Negros Occidental, Sipalay finalists, too

MANILA - Bacolod City received a special citation under the Most Business-Friendly LGU Highly-Urbanized City Category from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry for maintaining a 15 percent growth in number of new business enterprises over the years.

PCCI awarded the special citation on the first day of Philippine Business Conference and Expo yesterday here at the Manila Hotel.

The city is one of the finalists in the Most Business-Friendly LGU Level 1 (Highly-Urbanized City) Category and the winner will be announced today and awarded by President Rodrigo Duterte. moremoremore

Macias acting guv of Oriental

Vice Gov. Edward Mark Macias officially assumed yesterday as acting governor of Negros Oriental,after the service of the 90-day preventive suspension on Gov. Roel Degamo by the Sandiganbayan.

The order was served by director Rene Burdeos of the Department of Interior and Local Government Region7 and witnessed by DILG provincial head Dennis Quiñones, Philippine National Police provincial director SSupt. Edwin Portento, and the head of the legal division of DILG-7.

The order was received by assistant provincial administrator Florian Piniliat about 7:45 a.m.yesterday at the Office of the Governor. moremoremore


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PHL continues to attract
foreign firms, DTI says

MANILA - The Philippines continues to attract foreign companies to explore opportunities in investing in the country, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said yesterday.

Lopez said a number of companies and organizations doing business missions in the Philippines increased this year.

Data from the Board of Investments showed that from January to September this year, the total number of companies and business organizations that visited the country grew by 24.28 percent to 558, from 449 inbound missions in the same period in 2016..