100 Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council officials of Simborio in Pamplona, Negros Oriental, initiated steps to enable students and teachers to attend school even after the approach to the bridge collapsed yesterday morning*

Bacolod tourist arrivals
2nd to Boracay in WV

Bacolod City ranked second to Boracay in terms of foreign tourist arrivals in Western Visayas in 2017, records of the Department of Tourism Region Vl show.

Aklan City where Boracay Island is located had 898,914 foreign tourist arrivals in 2017, while Bacolod City had 69,337.

Bacolod Tourism Officer Elma Gerasmo yesterday said the domestic tourist arrivals in Bacolod City from January to November 2016 was 470,799 and foreign tourist arrivals was 44,582 including 716 overseas Filipinos and 176 non-residents or a total of 516,272. moremoremore

roads in NegOr, too

The highway at the boundary between barangays Ani-e and Laga-an in Calatrava that cracked after a landslide triggered by Tropical Depression Agaton was still impassable as of yesterday, town Councilor Honey Boy Goc-ong, chairman of the Search, Rescue and Retrieval Task Unit, said.

The Department of Public Works and Highways brought in heavy equipment to repair the road, he said.

Hopefully the road will be passable today, he said. .moremoremore


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16 Negosyo centers set up

The Department of Trade and Industry-Negros Occidental has installed 16 Negosyo centers out of the 32 towns and cities of the province since its implementation from 2015 to 2017 and it hopes to add more this year.

Provincial director Lea Gonzales said yesterday that in two years of building Negosyo centers, 16 towns and cities have already availed of the program to help micro, small, and medium enterprises to have easier access to registering their business names.

This year, the DTI provincial office initially targeted to add four more Negosyo centers, prioritizing cities that do not have it, she said. .