MERGE EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Victorias Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares, Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, DPWH Regional Director Lea Delfinado, and Victorias Vice Mayor Jerry Jover (l-r) at the stakeholders meeting in Talisay City, yesterday*

Love Negros backing
Arroyo’s sister-in-law
Bascon withdraws congressional bid

HIMAMAYLAN CITY – The 5th district congressional race appears to be between Marilou Arroyo, sister-in-law of former president turned House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Board Member Alain Gatuslao, son of former Assemblyman Tony Gatuslao, if no further settlement is reach and no other candidates run for the post.

Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod Partylist) said yesterday that Love Negros reached a settlement in the 5th district, after a meeting Wednesday night, attended by him, Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.

Paduano said Love Negros will support the congressional bid of Arroyo and Vice Mayor Carminia Bascon for mayor of Himamaylan City. moremoremore

Study starts for
P15-B coastal road

A feasibility study and detailed engineering design for a proposed P15 billion Bacolod–Victorias Coastal Road Project has started, Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Lea Delfinado said yesterday.

She said they expect to start actual work on the project that is part of the Bacolod–Negros Occidental Economic Highway Program by 2020.

The proposed coastal road will have an approximate length of 37 kilometers from the Bacolod Junction point to the proposed Victorias Roro Port, and will traverse eleven bridges from Talisay to Victorias, she added. moremoremore


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Bago farmers urged to help
NegOcc attain rice sufficiency

Farmers in Bago, the city with the widest rice areas in Negros Occidental, were urged by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist to help the province attain a 100 percent rice sufficiency in 2019.

Supervising Agriculturist Dina Genzola said yesterday the current food sufficiency of the province is at 94.35 percent, but Bago City has 200 percent. This means that the help of the Bagonhon farmers is instrumental to attain the 100 percent mark next year, she added.

“We are considering you as partners to improve the agriculture sector of the province and we have about six percent that needed to be filled to reach sufficiency of the province,” she said in her speech at the Farmers Field School-Field Day in Taloc, Bago City.