MERGE WINDING DOWN. Fishermen wrap up their day’s work in the waters off Lakawon Island in Cadiz City.* (Nic Ledesma photo)

Interim fare hike pushed

Regional Director Richard Osmeña of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board yesterday said he hopes to be granted provisional authority to raise fare rates in Western Visayas, while an LTFRB central office ruling on a pending petition is being awaited.

Osmeña said provisional authority to grant a fare hike would hasten relief sought by the transport sector reeling from rising fuel rates.

Oil firms yesterday increased the price of unleaded gasoline by P1.60/liter, diesel by P1.15/liter and kerosene by P1/liter. moremoremore

City SK winners take oaths

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia inducted the first batch of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) winners during a mass oath-taking ceremony at the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos in Bacolod City yesterday.

Leonardia will again administer the oath of office of the second batch of SK officials at the same venue today, a press release from his office said.

The SK officials are undergoing the Mandatory SK Training conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, in partnership with the National Youth Commission, Local Youth Development Office and UNO-R. moremoremore


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Experiential cruise tourism
in Neg. Occ. finalized – DOT


With the Boracay Island closure nearing one month this week, the Department of Tourism-Western Visayas is now finalizing the four-cruise tourism circuit around the region, that includes north and south of Negros Occidental, to keep the tourism arrival rate high.

Regional director Helen Catalbas told the DAILY STAR yesterday that these cruise circuits include the Iloilo-Guimaras, Capiz-North Iloilo, Antique, and Negros (Manapla to north Negros and Bacolod to Sipalay) routes.

She said the dry run for the first two routes were already done and they are now readying for the north Negros cruise that may be conducted sometime in June, as she wants to make it more experiential where tourists are encouraged to participate in the activities offered in the stopovers.