FIREWORKS A scene from the Bacolaodiat Festival fireworks over the Capitol in Bacolod City last night* * ( Nick Ledesma photo )

Adopted son promises
to give back to Bacolod

“I am an honorary mayor for a day but an adopted son for life,” Jose Mari Chan said during the Spring Festival Dinner at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City as part of the celebration of the 13 th Bacolaodiat Festival, which ushers in the Chinese new year.

Chan said he offers this honor to his father, who came to this country as a penniless immigrant, worked very hard, sacrificed, and became successful.

He said he is proud of his father who has made a comfortable life for his family and has trained them to be hardworking, and most of all, honest, credible and of service to the people. His heart was always for the poor, he added. moremoremore

House ok's June 18 charter day

House Bill 5875 declaring June 18 aspecial non-working public holiday in Bacolod City to be known as “Bacolod City Charter Day,” was approved on third and final readingby the House of Representatives Wednesday, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.

Gasataya said the bill will be forwarded by the Lower House to the Senate. The appropriate committee will then accept it and deliberate on the matter.

Former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella had requested Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas to conduct another committee hearing on the bill.He said they are willing to appear in Congress to ventilate their sentiments on the matter. .moremoremore


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3-month closed fishing season
in Visayan Sea lifted: BFAR 6

The lifting of the 3-month closed fishing season in the Visayan Sea yesterday brought an increase by 4 percent in the population of sardines, herrings, and mackerels, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-6 Regional Director Remia Aparri said.

Aparri said yesterday that the ban, that started Nov. 15 last year, brought an additional 80,000 to 100,000 metric tons in the population of the three fishes found in the Visayan Sea.

Fisheries Administrative Order 167-3 established the closed fishing season in the Visayan Sea, specifically from the mouth of Danac River in the northeastern tip of the Bantayan Island to Madridejos, through the lighthouse in Gigantes Island, to Clutaya Island, to Culasi Point in Capiz province;..