MERGE FEAST. Members of the Knights of Columbus led a procession in Bacolod City yesterday, in celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene, sponsored by the Sy family* (Chrysee G. Samillano photo)

VG wants assurance
of new hotel’s safety

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said it was the roof of the kitchen at the newly constructed Mambukal Convention Hotel in Murcia, Negros Occidental, that collapsed.

Lacson said he went to the provincial-government owned Mambukal Resort yesterday to see for himself the extent of the damage at the hotel.

“What is important right now is to assure the public of the structural integrity of the building,” Lacson said. moremoremore

One killed, six nabbed for drugs

An alleged drug personality was shot and killed by a motorcycle-riding gunman in San Carlos City yesterday, while six other drug suspects were arrested in separate police buy-bust operations in Negros Occidental.

Killed was Reagan Balopeños, 31, of Brgy. 2, San Carlos City.

The San Carlos police investigation showed that Balopeños was eating lunch with his wife, when the gunman outside his residence opened fire at him several times. moremoremore


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More employment opportunities
for Negrenses in Japan, Australia

The Negros Occidental provincial government assures more employment opportunities in Japan and Australia, as scholarship programs to boost the skills of Negrenses will still be offered this year.

Negros Occidental Scholarship Program head, Karen Dinsay, said yesterday that through the scholarship programs of the government, in partnership with some Japanese firms, there are ample opportunities for nurses, midwives, welders, and newspaper delivery persons in that country.

Dinsay said that after they undergo skills training and education, Negrenses who passed the examinations could avail of work visa in Japan, which could give them an opportunity to work there and have salary rates similar to Japanese workers.