MERGE WATER BASKETBALL. This boy enjoys playing basketball in a unique playground under the mangroves surrounded by water in Catabla, Talisay City* (Nic Ledesma photo)

WV cops on full alert
following Jolo blasts

The police in Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, are on full alert following the Islamic State-claimed bombing of a Catholic cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, that left 20 dead and 112 injured Sunday.

“I have ordered our police personnel in Western Visayas to strengthen border control, intensify conduct of checkpoints and intelligence monitoring and to maintain police presence in public places to prevent entry of lawless elements/groups that may attempt to disrupt the peace and order,” Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Western Visayas regional police director, said.

Director General Oscar Albyalde, PNP chief, has placed the police nationwide under heightened alert following the bombing. moremoremore

Bishops lament ‘cycle of hate’

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines in a pastoral letter released yesterday, stressed the need for prayers versus the culture of violence and hate prevailing in the country today.

The CBCP pastoral letter titled “Conquering Evil with Good” has been circulated through social media and will be translated into local languages to be read in churches around the country, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said yesterday.

The bishops, in their pastoral letter, said “for the past few months now, we have observed how the culture of violence has gradually prevailed in our land”. moremoremore


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MOA signed to boost skill
of teaching English online

A partnership to boost the skills of students and teachers in teaching English online to foreigners was inked yesterday by the executives of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College and the English as Foreign Language (EFL) company, 51Talk, at the CHMSC campus in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

51Talk country head Jennifer Que signed the memorandum of agreement with CHMSC Systems President Renato Sorolla, and the company aims to get 100,000 EFL teachers in the next five years.

Que said they chose to partner with CHMSC as 10 percent of their employees in Negros Occidental came from this school and are performing well.