MERGE WINNER. The entry of Alex Tenero was declared the champion in the Bago City Fluvial Parade boat competition held in the waters fronting Bantayan Park, during the feast day of the city’s patron saint, John the Baptist, yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


Drivers await matrix
for P2.50 fare hike
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Drivers in Negros Occidental yesterday welcomed the news that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board central office approved a P2.50 increase in the minimum fare for jeepneys in Western Visayas.

This is welcome news, the drivers are very excited to implement the fare hike, but we are waiting for official communication from the LTFRB, Elizabeth Katalbas, president of the Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations, said yesterday.

The drivers cannot implement the increase until the LTFRB releases the new fare matrix, she said. moremoremore


Negros anti-drugs drive makes
Region 6 PDEA top performer
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Western Visayas has again topped the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nationwide ranking for anti-illegal drug operations because of Negros Occidental’s accomplishments , PDEA-Negros Occidental officer-in-charge Grace Cruz said yesterday.

Region 6 has been ranked as Top 1 in accomplishments for anti-illegal drugs operations for two consecutive times covering the periods of June to December 2017 and January to June 2018, Cruz said.

“We were able to accomplish nine high impact operations and arrest 78 high value targets in Western Visayas, which is way above our semi-annual target”, PDEA-6 Regional Director Wardley Getalla also said yesterday. moremoremore

 

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DFA online payment soon
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Passport processing payments will be online in the next two months.

The Department of Foreign Affairs will implement the online payment system (E-payment) for passport applications in August to make the processing faster and avoid cancellation of appointments, Regional Consular Office Bacolod officer-in-charge, Carolina Constantino, said.

She said that in August, when an applicant gets an appointment to process his or her passport, payment should also be done online for them to skip this step when their time to process it in the Bacolod DFA office comes.