MERGE Landless farmers with their heart-shaped placards protesting in front of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office in Bacolod City on the eve of Valentine’s Day* (CPG photo)

Police recommends
46 hotspots in WV

There are 46 towns and cities in Western Visayas classified by the Police Regional Office 6 as “election hotspots” and recommended to the Regional Joint Security Coordinating Center (RJSCC).

Supt. Joem Malong, PRO6 spokesperson, said yesterday that the election hotspots were categorized and color-coded, based on parameters set by the PNP, including history of election-related violence, intense political rivalries, and serious threats posed by the New People’s Army.

Of the 46 areas in Region 6, a town in Iloilo belongs to the red category or election areas of grave concern, 39 under orange category, or areas with immediate concerns, and six under yellow category, or election areas of concern, police records show. moremoremore

Comelec ‘Operation Baklas’ on

The Commission on Elections started to remove illegally posted campaign materials of candidates running for national positions in Bacolod City yesterday.

The campaign for senatorial candidates and partylist groups started Tuesday.

Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said they removed illegally posted campaign materials along Rizal-Lacson streets up to 6th Street and B.S. Aquino Drive, and in about 10 barangays in the city, yesterday. moremoremore


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Capitol, Tesda sign agreement
on P2.8M tech-voc scholarships

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority has partnered with government-run Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center to provide P2.8 million worth of bundled technical-vocational scholarships under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act this year.

This partnership was made through a memorandum of agreement signed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Tesda 6 Director Ashary Banto, provincial director Jimmicio Daoaten, and NOLITC administrator Cristina Orbecido at the Governor’s Office at Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.

In a press conference, Banto said NOLITC will be among the 22 partner-institutions of Tesda that will implement this program under Republic Act 10931, or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, in Western Visayas.