MERGE These trees, the branches of which were chopped off, still have a chance to live, although road widening is already underway at the Sum-ag-Abuanan Road in Bago City.* (CPG photo)

SP okays mayor’s bid
to avail of P1.7B loan

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod approved a resolution Wednesday granting the request of Mayor Evelio Leonardia for authority to obtain a loan of P1.7 billion from the Department of Finance-Municipal Development Fund Office, for several development projects for Bacolod City.

Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito yesterday said the SP also approved a resolution granting the mayor authority to sign the letter of intent addressed to Secretary of Finance Carlos Dominguez III for various loan applications with the DOF-MDFO.

Distrito said the resolutions were approved by a vote of 10 councilors. Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. abstained, and Councilor Claudio Puentevella voted against its passage, during the session temporarily presided over by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor after acting Vice Mayor Ricardo Tan stepped down to join the other councilors. moremoremore

Moves taken to save 292 Bago trees

Measures to try to save the 292 trees along the Sum-ag-Abuanan Road in Bago City, whose branches were chopped off without a Department of Environment and Natural Resources permit to make way for a road widening project,were agreed on yesterday, Bago Mayor Nicholas Yulo said.

Meanwhile, the moratorium on further cutting of trees in the area remains, Yulo said.

Yulo presided over a meeting attended by DENR and Department of Public Works and Highways officials, and netizens and concerned citizens campaigning to save the trees, at his office at the Bago City Hall yesterday afternoon. moremoremore


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Negros to join global farm
tourism summit July 14-19

Rapha Valley, one of the farm tourism sites in Negros Occidental, will present its best practices during the Global Farm Tourism Summit, starting tomorrow until July 19 in Tagaytay City, Cavite.

Provincial Supervising Tourism Operations officer Cristine Mansinares said yesterday the event will be attended by representatives from different provinces and local government units, that have farm tourism sites.

Mansinares said that Rapha Valley farm director Albert Jo will present some of the practices observed in the site and their uniqueness as a farm tourist attraction.