MERGE The informal settlers who camped out at Ciudad Felisa housing project leaving the area yesterday afternoon.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Camp out ends
Demand for houses called anarchy

The 1,500 informal settlers who camped out at a housing site for uniformed government personnel in Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City, to demand that they be awarded unoccupied houses there, peacefully left the area at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon.

National Housing Authority Architect Susana Nonato, who heads the AFP-PNP Housing Program, told their leaders at noon yesterday that they had to leave the Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police housing site by 3 p.m., as their insistence on being given houses that already have owners is anarchy.

Nonato along with other NHA officers and Bacolod City officials, led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Rep. Greg Gasataya, met with the leaders of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) – Negros and other militant groups, who led the 1,500 who entered the housing project Thursday morning, at the Business Inn. moremoremore

Cebu-Negros bridge pushed

Regional governors of Eastern, Central and Western Visayas Chambers of Commerce and Industry, turned over their plenary resolutions, including a resolution endorsing the immediate conduct of a feasibility study of the Cebu-Negros Link Bridge, and project proposals, at the 27th Visayas Area Business Conference and Expo in Bacolod City, yesterday.

The resolutions and project proposals were turned over to Consul Samuel Chioson, area vice president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Edward Du, regional governor of the Central Visayas chamber, said they are endorsing the immediate conduct of the Cebu-Negros Link Bridge feasibility study in Negros Oriental by the Department of Public Works and Highways. moremoremore


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Villar hopeful NFA could
solve high price of rice

Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, said yesterday she is hopeful that the National Food Authority will solve the problem of rising price of NFA rice in the Philippines.

Villar said this, at a sideline interview after she spoke about Food Security and Government Interventions in Agriculture at the 27th Visayas Area Business Conference and Expo at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, yesterday.

“Hopefully, in the coming months, they can see the problem they made and they will solve the problem,” Villar said.