MERGE Association of Negros Producers president Christina Gaston, Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga, Development Bank of the Philippines president Alberto Romulo, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Negros Trade Fair chairperson Kitkat Cusi-Lobaton, Junie Jalandoni, Jennylle Tupaz, and Mariana Zobel de Ayala (l-r) ring the bell to signal the opening of the 33rd Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City last night* (Richard Malihan photo)

Negros Trade Fair kicks
off with vows of support


MAKATI CITY – The diversification of Negros Occidental’s products beyond sugar is again being showcased at the 33rd Negros Trade Fair that kicked off at the Glorietta Activity Center here last night amid commitments of support from the business and diplomatic community.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., in his speech, said Negros Occidental has come a long way from when the Association of Negros Producers first started the annual trade fair of the province 33 years ago.

The icon of the province then was a malnourished boy named Joel Abong, he said. moremoremore

UNegA, Love Negros to hold
joint proclamation of top bets

MAKATI CITY - The joint announcement of the United Negros Alliance-Love Negros merger, and proclamation of their top two candidates for Negros Occidental in 2019, is tentatively set at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City Wednesday next week, UNegA secretary general and Board Member Salvador Escalante said yesterday.

However, the date could change depending on the schedule of Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), he said.

The acceptance by both groups of the merger was discussed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., UNegA chairman, and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Benitez of Love Negros over lunch here yesterday, that was attended by some mayors and provincial board members. moremoremore


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1,000MW transmission lines
for Neg. Occ. ready by 2020

The 1,000 megawatts transmission lines being built and upgraded by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for Negros Occidental will be ready by 2020, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon said yesterday.

This was after MBCCI officials met with representatives of NGCP and the Department of Energy Monday.

Carbon said the building of transmission lines to get power from Iloilo and Cebu is ongoing and it will meet the power needs of the province, where the requirement is increasing, especially in Bacolod.