MERGE The controversial billboard in Pasig City ordered taken down by Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo*


Controversial billboard hit;
Remove it, guv orders
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo has ordered the removal of a controversial billboard promoting a tourism attraction in Bais City, which drew flak from netizens who found it “offensive”.

Provincial Tourism Officer Myla Mae Bromo Abellana said yesterday that Degamo will no longer issue a statement regarding the billboard, as earlier announced but ordered its removal from its location in Metro Manila.

Abellana said following Degamo’s order on Monday, the billboard, measuring 30 feet by 50 feet, was removed from its location at URC Flour Plant along C-5 Bagong Ilog, Pasig City. moremoremore


Two Yanson sisters, employees
denied entry to VTI headquarters
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Vallacar Transit Inc (VTI) headquarters in Purok Himaya, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, remains off limits to its employees, four days after its control was regained by Leo Rey Yanson, who was ousted as president of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies by his four siblings.

Maria Lourdes Celina Yanson Lopez and her sister, Emily, along with other employees yesterday tried to report for work at the VTI headquarters.

But Celina who serves as chief finance officer and Emily who is corporate secretary of the bus company, said yesterday that they were denied entry, upon orders of their brother, Leo Rey, without any justifiable cause. moremoremore

 

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DAR-6 starts validation
of agricultural lands
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Region 6 is validating the government-owned agricultural lands to be distributed to qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries in Western Visayas.

Stephen Leonidas, director of DAR 6, said yesterday that the implementing rules and regulations of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 75, that ordered the distribution of all government-owned lands devoted to or suitable for agriculture to qualified beneficiaries , has been signed recently by the heads of the DAR and the Department of Justice.

“We’re now in the process of identification of identified landholdings. After validation, the DAR will request the government agency to turn it over so we can proceed with the coverage. If there’s resistance, the DAR will issue a notice to proceed with acquisition,” he said.