MERGE The relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

‘ConCom sees merits
of one Negros region’



The Consultative Committee (ConCom) on revising the Constitution is receptive to the call to keep Negros Occidental and Oriental together under one federated region, Neg. Occ. Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

“The majority of the ConCom members have seen the good merits of keeping the two provinces together,” ConCom member Arthur Aguilar also said.

“We have clearly demonstrated that the Negrosanon Federated Region is a very viable stand alone federated region because it has all the ingredients and elements to be one,” he added.moremoremore

Join Panaad fun today, guv urges


The 25 th Panaad sa Negros Festival officially opens at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City today, with more than 800 policemen deployed to secure the event.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is calling on everyone to join the Panaad sa Negros Festival to enjoy the best that Negros Occidental has to offer in just one venue.

Festival guests will be able to see the best festival performances from the towns and cities of Negros Occidental at the Panaad this afternoon, he said.moremoremore


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Stories of worries at the quarries
A special report on construction
and quarrying behind Negros’ sugarlandia
(Last of two parts)

For hacienda overseer Alex Arroyo, 54, their 2-km. passageway remains narrow and inaccessible by big cars, but the river beside their sugarcane plantation in Hda. Gabaldon in E.B. Magalona continues to widen and change its course.

Arroyo’s family, together with about 30 households located between the plantation and the river, are worried that the time might come that the river will flow near their houses if quarrying continues in it. They both smile and frown at the situation, he said.

“We smile when they give us medicines and other supplies that we need. But when we go back to our homes and see the land eroding towards the river, we cannot avoid being disappointed by the situation,” he said.