MERGE Members of the ConCom, including Negrense Arthur Aguilar, hold up the draft Federal Constitution at the Philippines that they approved yesterday*

Siquijor part of NFR
ConCom approved draft constitution says

President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Committee approved in an en banc session yesterday the draft Federal Constitution, which includes the proposal to create the Negrosanon Federated Region, ConCom member Arthur Aguilar said last night.

The 22-member ConCom voted to unanimously approve the draft Federal Constitution at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Under the approved draft, which will be submitted to the president on July 9, in time for his State of the Nation Address on July 23, NFR will be composed of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, Aguilar said. moremoremore

Matrix holds up fare
hike in Region 6

Negros Occidental transport groups yesterday called for the speedy release of the new matrixes so that they can begin implementing the recently granted fare rate hike to cushion the effect of rising fuel prices.

Major and independent oil companies yesterday increased the price of unleaded gasoline by P0.65/liter, diesel by P0.55/liter, and kerosene by P0.70/liter

T he Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board late last month approved a P2.50 fare increase for jeepneys in Western Visayas. The increase means passengers will have to pay P9 from P6.50 for the first five kilometers, while students, seniors, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) will pay P7.50 from P5. moremoremore


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MICECON deferred to Nov. 27-29

The date for the 2018 MICE (Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions & Exhibitions) Conference, or MICECON, to be held at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, has been reset to November 27-29, Bacolod Councilor Em Ang said.

Ang, chairman of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism, said the MICECON earlier scheduled in August, was postponed due to the resignation of Cesar Montano as Tourism Promotions Board chief operating officer, and because the Tourism Secretary is new.

She said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat wants all programs that are already in the pipeline checked, and these include the MICECON. She also wants the budget for the event reviewed.