MERGE RECONCILED. Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (center) says political arch enemies – former mayor Eric Saratan and Mayor Niel Lizares (right) – will not be battling for the top post of Talisay City in 2019 because Saratan will be the second nominee of the Abang Lingkod partylist group.*

I won’t run for mayor,
it’s final, Cano says

Bacolod Councilor Ricardo Tan yesterday announced that he is no longer pursuing his plans to run for mayor of Bacolod City in the 2019 elections, and that he is returning to private life.

Tan said he is not running for any other position, and will not be supporting any local candidate despite invitations from the opposition.

He said he was very serious about his plan then, however, unfortunate events intervened that led to this decision. His decision is final, he added. moremoremore

PDC ok’s P2.7B in projects

The Provincial Development Council of Negros Occidental yesterday approved P2.7 billion worth of programs and projects for inclusion in the Annual Investment Program next year.

The inclusion of various programs and projects was recommended by departments of the provincial government of Negros Occidental, provincial offices of the Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Fire and Protection, as well as the Amity Public Safety Academy.

The biggest allocation was earmarked for the construction of the new Provincial Administration Center with a budget of P900 million, which funds will be taken from the loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines, that will include the P125 million renovation of the Eleuterio T. Decena Memorial District Hospital in Hinobaan, with P175 million to be spent on various facilities and equipment of the Mambukal Convention Hotel, Tourist Lodge, Negros First Hotel and Negros Pala-Pala and Food Terminal. moremoremore


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PCCI convention to focus on infra,
digital economy: Bacolod bizman

The modernization of the Bacolod-Silay Airport and the completion of the inter-provincial roads between Negros Occidental and Oriental may be one of the resolutions to be presented by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to President Rodrigo Duterte this month, during the PCCI convention in Manila, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon said yesterday.

The 44th PCCI Business Conference focus will be on the initiatives of the government on developing the infrastructure and the digital economy of the country, Carbon also said.

The convention is set on Oct. 17-19 at the Manila Hotel, on the theme “Infrastructure and Digital Economy: The Game Changers” as the PCCI intends to bring into focus these two mega-trends that are fast shaping the Philippine economy and the global landscape in the 21st century.