MERGE GUESTS. The Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company performing at the Panaad sa Negros Festival Philippine Folk Dance Competition in Bacolod City Wednesday night* (Andy Alvarez photo)

P269B for 8 bridges
linking Visayas, Luzon

CEBU CITY – The Duterte administration plans to build eight major bridges, with an estimated total cost of P269.19 billion, including the Guimaras-Negros inter-island linkage, Cebu-Negros Link Bridge, and Panay-Guimaras bridge, as part of the government’s massive infrastructure buildup and to create more jobs outside Metro Manila.

The projects aim to connect the islands of the Visayas and link them to Luzon, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said in a government press release.

He said the eight proposed bridge projects that are set to be submitted to the Investment Coordination Committee for approval, are the 18.2-km. bridge to connect Samar provinces to the main island of Luzon, a 20-km. bridge connecting Leyte to Mindanao Island through either an Underwater Tunnel Bridge or a Long-Span Overhead Bridge, the 5.7-km. Panay-Guimaras bridge, and the 12.3-km. Guimaras-Negros inter-island linkages connecting these islands.moremoremore

Comelec braces for
huge turnout today

The Commission on Elections is bracing for a deluge of last minute filers of Certificates of Candidacy for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) with the deadline for doing so set at 5 p.m. today.

“Our election officers expect to be swamped on Friday,” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said yesterday.

Next week the Comelec commissioners will also be visiting regional offices to check their preparedness for the BSKE, Guanzon said, adding that she will be going to Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu and Dumaguete.moremoremore


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Panaad livestock auction today

The Provincial Veterinary Office is targeting to earn more than P1 million from the livestock auction market activity of the Livestock and Dairy Fair area of the Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, this afternoon.

Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday that there are about 600 live animals to be auctioned today at the Livestock and Dairy Farm area.

There will be 20 heads of cattle, 50 white pigs, 10 black pigs, 500 chickens, 20 sheep, 30 geese, and 10 goat heads up for sale during the activity that will start at 2 p.m.