MERGE Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia (8th from left) led the traditional toast to mark the 80th Charter anniversary of Bacolod City* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

‘MassKara unites’

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia officially declared open the 39th MassKara Festival, that he called a uniting factor for the people of Bacolod City, with a festive celebration last night.

“The occasion has provided a family reunion as Bacolod is one big family and has become a pride to all of us,” Leonardia said

Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran led the city officials in a traditional toast at the official opening at the Bacolod Public Plaza bandstand that was decorated with colorful balloons. moremoremore

Leonardia to present
Grupo Progreso slate

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said they will present the complete line-up of Grupo Progreso on Thursday at the start of the filing of the certificates of candidacy.

The filing of COC is from Oct. 11 to 17.

Leonardia said they will also present their vision and mission for Bacolod City, which they have done consistently. Ever since, their group always had a written platform of government because they want to commit themselves to be accountable to the people. moremoremore


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Why the yellow jacket?
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Missing the point


Biz establishments plan to buy
NFA rice for employees – exec

The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry is waiting for the move of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to forge a memorandum of agreement with the National Food Authority to allow business establishments that are members of the chamber to buy NFA rice for their employees, to cushion the high prices of goods and commodities.

MBCCI Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon said this yesterday after Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. convened the local price coordinating council. The plan to buy NFA rice supply in bulk is needed to give employees easier access to cheap rice, he said.

During the meeting with the governor, Carbon said he learned that the Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association Inc. (PAGASA) has a MOA with NFA to sell rice in its member supermarkets in the country. In Bacolod, there are two accredited PAGASA members, he added.