MERGE Development Bank of the Philippines chair Alberto Romulo and Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia at the laying of the time capsule during the ground-breaking rites for the site development project of the Bacolod City College yesterday, with First Lady Elsa Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Cindy Rojas and Israel Salanga, BCC college administrator Ma. Johanna Ann Bayoneta, City Hall and DBP officials SAVP Marissa Anino, VP Rosemarie Callanta, EVP Jose Gabino Dimayuga, and SM Bernardo Castillon Jr.*

85,612 voters deactivated

The Commission on Elections has deactivated 85,612 voters in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City for failure to vote in two consecutive elections, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

The largest number of deactivated voters were in Bacolod City at 42,593, he said.

The list of deactivated voters is posted in barangay halls.

The deactivated voters can apply for reactivation at the Comelec offices where they were registered, Suarez said. moremoremore

P1.7B loan agreement inked,
groundbreaking held at BCC

Development Bank of the Philippines chairman Alberto Romulo and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia led the ceremonial signing of theP1.7 billion loan agreement between Bacolod City and DBP to fund the city’s flagship projects at the lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday.

The loan will be used to finance the Bacolod City College expansion, the construction of the MassKara Coliseum, the development of the Progreso Village Relocation Site, and theconstruction of roads and bridges.

Romulo, an adopted son of Bacolod, also led DBP officials at the groundbreaking at the BCC for the expansion of its facilitiesin the school campus in Brgy. Taculing yesterday, together with city officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran. moremoremore


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Noceco drops power rates in August

The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative reduced its power rates this August.

General manager Jonas Discaya of Noceco said the new residential rate for this month is P10.7516 per kilowatt hour (kWh) from P11.2908 per kWh in July, posting a drop of 13.95 percent, or P1.4994.

The main reason for the lower electricity rate this month wa s the P1.5453 per kWh decrease in the generation charge, from P7.1275 to P5.5822 per kWh , Discaya said.