MERGE Senior Supt. Romeo Baleros, provincial police officer-in-charge (standing), briefs members of the Provincial Joint Security Control Center on their law enforcement operations in Negros Occidental.*

‘NPA No.1 threat
to polls in Negros’

The Philippine Army yesterday categorized the New People’s Army as the number one threat to the May 13 elections in Negros, being a private armed group of Jose Maria Sison, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

“We know that they have political intention in the coming mid-term election,” Col. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, who attended the activation yesterday of the Negros Occidental Provincial Joint Security Control Center at the Capitol in Bacolod City, said.

The number one private armed group in Negros, if not the whole Philippines, is the CPP-NPA, Arevalo said. moremoremore

Comelec: 1.8M expected to vote

Negros Occidental has 1.8 million voters, who are expected to cast their votes in 741 polling precincts of the province, including Bacolod City, during the May 13 elections this year.

Of the seven districts in Negros Occidental, Bacolod City has the most number of voters with 312,816, said John Saril, who gave the briefing in behalf of the Comelec during the first Provincial Joint Security Control Center meeting held at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.

The 3rd district ranked second with 306,831 voters, followed by the 6th district 295,254, 5th district 277,004, 1st district 249,468, 4th district 241,0767 and 2nd district – 206,751, Comelec records show. moremoremore


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MBCCI to help start-up
food processing firms

The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry will turnover P1.47 million worth of equipment to 10 start-up food processing firms in Negros Occidental next month, to help them become more competitive and to grow their businesses.

MBCCI Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon said yesterday that this program is in partnership with the Technology and Livelihood Development Center of the Negros Occidental provincial government to help startups which have been in the business for about a year or two.

The equipment will be purchased within the month and will be turned over in February to food processing enterprises in various areas in Negros Occidental to help them upgrade their businesses by reducing manual labor, Carbon said.