MERGE White balloons were released into the air on the 9th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre last night* (CGS photo)

Palace orders add’l troops
to curb violence in Negros

Negros Island is expected to get more troops to suppress any and all forms of sporadic acts of violence.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by order of President Rodrigo Duterte, signed Memorandum Order No. 32 calling for the deployment of additional police and military forces in Negros Occidental and Oriental, Samar and the Bicol region, to “prevent such violence from spreading and escalating elsewhere in the country.”

The memorandum cited a spate of violence in these regions which, he said, appeared to have been committed by lawless groups. moremoremore

SEC Bacolod a
game changer: mayor

The opening of aSecurities and Exchange Extension Office in Bacolod is an ingredient in the business climate of Bacolod City that will definitely be a game changer, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Leonardia said the Bill creating the SEC office in Bacolod came out when he ran for mayor again in 2016. In effect, this will facilitate and even accelerate what they are hoping and dreaming for the city.

SEC Commissioner Emilio Aquino said this is a momentous occasion since they have the budget to open a SEC Extension Office in Bacolod City when they finally implemented the bill authored by the mayor when he was congressman. moremoremore


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MICE industry growing: Ang

An official from the city government said yesterday that the hosting by Bacolod of the annual MICE (Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions, Exhibitions & Events) Conference, or MICECon, next week is a good indicator that this kind of business tourism is growing over the years, helping more people to have jobs and income in the city.

Councilor Em Ang, Bacolod Organizing Committee head of MICECon, said yesterday that the city’s hosting of the annual gathering of MICE stakeholders is a good indication that Bacolod is achieving its goal to become a key city for this kind of tourism activity.

Bacolod will host the MICECon 2018 on Nov. 27 to 29 at the SMX Convention Center, and Resorts Negrense, and organized by the city government and Tourism Promotions Board (TBP), the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism.