MERGE LENT. Fr. Henry Donasco blesses palms at the San Sebastian Cathedral to mark Palm Sunday yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Negros guvs unite
for 1 federal state



Governors Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental and Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental yesterday pledged their support for the creation of a “Negros Island Federal State”, or to, at least, keep the two provinces together under one larger state.

The two governors met at the Negros Oriental Provincial Capitol in Dumaguete City on the request of Arthur Aguilar, the lone-Negrense member of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Philippine Constitution in line with the push for a shift to a federal form of government.

Aguilar, chairman of the ConCom’s Economic Sector, told the DAILY STAR that the current proposal is for all 17 existing regions of the country to be converted into 17 federal states.moremoremore

Earth Hour cuts
power by 20.6MW


Negros Occidental and Bacolod City celebrated this year’s Earth Hour by switching off lightsfrom 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at some residences, major landmarks, and at a mall to call for reconnecting to Earth and eradicating climate change.

A power drop of 20.6 megawatts (MW) was recorded by the three Negros Occidental electric cooperatives during Earth Hour.

The drop in power use in the Central Negros Electric Cooperative coverage area was reported at 8.6 MW, Northern Negros Electric Cooperative - 7.4 MW, and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative - 4.6 MW.moremoremore


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Duterte to lead Bigas ng Masa
program launching in NegOcc

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will come to Negros next month to lead the Bigas ng Masa program launch of the Department of Agriculture.

The exact date is, however, still to be confirmed.

In an interview Saturday night, Masculino said the DA already hasthe approval by the Office of the President that Duterte will come to Negros Occidental in April, adding that this will boost the morale of rice farmers in the province to participate in the program.