MERGE The Kadamay members hoping to occupy the houses for soldiers and policemen at the Felisa site came with their belongings and children.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Homeless camp out

About 1,500 informal settlers began a camp-out yesterday at a housing project site intended for uniformed government personnel at Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City, to demand that they be awarded the unoccupied houses there.

The informal settlers, with their children and their belongings, occupied sidewalks in front of the houses at the Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police Personnel National Housing Authority Project site.

Their leaders said they would not leave until they get satisfactory answers from authorities. moremoremore

NPA kills another brgy head

Another barangay captain was shot dead yesterday by suspected New People’s Army rebels in Brgy. Panciao, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, making him the fifth barangay official to be killed this month in central Negros since June this year.

Panciao barangay chairman Mario Gonzales was gunned down in front of his residence by three unidentified members of the NPA, Capt. Allen Mark Tacorda, 62nd Infantry Battalion Civil Military Operations officer, said yesterday.

Tacorda said Gonzales, the barangay chairman of Panciao, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, and died on the spot. moremoremore


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Bacolod eyed as tourism gateway

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry is now looking for ways to make the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo to be among the tourism gateways of the country as part of their target to attract 120 million foreign and domestic tourists in the next 10 years.

Samie Lim, PCCI director of the Tourism and Franchising Committee, said that, aside from Bacolod’s hosting of the PCCI’s Visayas Business Conference this week, they are also looking at places in the city and other areas in Negros Occidental to find ways on promoting tourism.

“Tourists should not just go to Manila but could go directly to places in the Visayas and Mindanao, and promote them as basic gateways”, he said in an interview.