MERGE FOR SALE. Colorful Christmas lanterns like these are now for sale at Burgos-Gatuslao streets, Bacolod City, for the holidays.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Protests vs. Duterte
‘empty promise’ today

Militant groups will mark Bonifacio Day in Bacolod City with protests calling for the implementation of genuine land reform and the repeal of Memorandum Order 32, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Negros Secretary General Michael dela Concepcion said yesterday.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in MO 32, ordered the deployment of additional troops in Bicol, Samar, and the Negros provinces to go after the New People’s Army.

Bayan-Negros, Kilusang Mayo Uno and Anakbayan are staging a rally in front of the Bacolod City Government Center replica at the Bacolod Public Plaza after a march from the Rizal Park at 2 p.m. today, he said. moremoremore

Ma replaces candidate
for board member

A candidate for provincial board member of the 5th district of Negros Occidental was replaced by his mother yesterday, on the last day of the period for substitution of bets.

Rita Gatuslao replaced her son Nathaniel Gatuslao Divinagracia as candidate of the United Negros Alliance for board member of the fifth district of Negros Occidental, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said.

Gatuslao, who is an optometrist, is the sister of Negros Occidental Board Member Alain Gatuslao and Himamaylan Councilor Justin Gatuslao. moremoremore


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Green tourism value chain,
Capitol urges stakeholders

The Negros Occidental provincial government is urging all tourism industry stakeholders to actively participate in “greening” the tourism value chain, in line with the aim of the province to have a “green island economy”.

Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said yesterday that initiatives to green the tourism value chain have been going on, as they are urging more stakeholders to participate and include it in offering tourism products and services.

The Neg. Occ. Tourism Division is now conducting a lecture series on “Greening the Negros Occidental Tourism Value Chain” in time with the celebration of the 13th Negros Island Organic Farmers’ Festival at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.