MERGE COLORFUL DAY. Participants in the 59th Charter Anniversary civic parade in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, use umbrellas depicting sunflowers as a symbol of the resiliency of the people and the city.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Greg: Duterte inks law,
CHMSC now university


President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act 11336 converting the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College to a state university.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday he was informed by Malacañang about this and this will be implemented after CHMSC complies with some guidelines.

With its conversion into a state university, CHMSC will be authorized to offer more courses. It will also have a bigger budget and have more facilities and equipment, he said. moremoremore

SIDA fund cut crazy, Migz says

Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said that the is filing a resolution this week to ask the Senate Committee on Agriculture to help the sugar industry amid the threat of sugar importation and liberalization.

The senator, who was in Bacolod City, Monday is also asking the committee to see how the role of government agencies, like the Sugar Regulatory Administration, can be strengthened and to oversee their function to see if they are doing a good job or not.

Zubiri said the committee should also look into the purported drop in the Sugar Industry Development Act fund to P67 million next year. moremoremore


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NegOcc, Czech Republic boost ties

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is strengthening its ties with the Czech Republic to further promote the Negrense culture and tourist sites in this European country.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson welcomed a team from the Czech Tourist Authority, led by Michal Procházka, yesterday at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City. They are in the province to meet with local tour operators for product updating and for a tourism business exchange program.

Christine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operation officer, said that during the meeting, Lacson asked the Czech delegation about their interests, particularly on tourist sites and food.