MERGE Mayor Evelio Leonardia (5th from left) accepts the award of Bacolod City from The Manila Times president Dante “Klink” Ang and French expat Gilles Hage of Lamudi, a property search firm, in the presence of Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilor Bartolome Orola, City Administrator John Orola, and City Development Council vice chairman George Zulueta.*

Bacolod chosen again
among PH model cities

Bacolod City was named for the second straight year among the “most livable urban centers in the country.”

During the Search for the Philippine Model Cities and Municipalities 2018 of The Manila Times, the “City of Smiles” was adjudged 1st runner-up, after Davao City, the city mayor’s office announced yesterday.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who accepted the award at ceremonies held at the Conrad Hotel yesterday, said the award was “inspiring, considering that we were competing with other big and dynamic cities, including Davao City. If we come right after Davao, that is still something to crow about. Likewise, this ranking shows how consistent we are.” moremoremore

20 Pulupandan brgys
declared drug cleared

All the 20 barangays of Pulupandan in Negros Occidental have been declared as drug-cleared by the Region 6 Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug-Clearing Operations, after further revalidation.

With the declaration by the Oversight Committee chaired by PDEA regional director Wardley Getalla, the municipality of Pulupandan is first local government unit in Negros Occidental to be declared as drug-cleared, a statement issued by the office of Mayor Miguel Peña said.

Fifteen of the Pulupandan barangays were declared as drug-cleared on January 30 this year, and five on June 13 last year. moremoremore


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Study ongoing to modernize
Bredco port, Alonte says

The development plan to modernize the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) port may come out within this year, as a group of experts from the seaport industry is now conducting a study on how to upgrade it to cater to more local and international ships.

Bredco president John Alonte announced this Monday to the media, adding that he plans to make the port, with its strategic location, a transshipment point in the country and keep up with the growth of the city.

Alonte, who was awarded by Bacolod as the top real property taxpayer of the city on Monday, said that local and international ships docking at the port usually bring imports, like cement and fertilizersin bulk.