MERGE Vice Governor-elect Jeffrey Ferrer (right) accepts the seal of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from his predecessor, incoming Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson during the turnover of the SP leadership yesterday at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.*

Coal-free EO stays
but protest still on
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Governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday assured that he will not repeal an executive order declaring Negros Occidental a coal-free province, but environmentalists said they are not calling off their silent protest at his inaugurationon Saturday.

Lacson has not categorically said he will oppose the construction of coal-fired power plants in Negros, so there will be no letup in their protests, they said.

SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. is planning to install a 300-megawatt coal- fired power plantin San Carlos City. moremoremore

We will work as a team, Ferrer says

Vice Governor-elect Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday assured incoming Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson of his support and the cooperation of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in his legislative agenda, although they belong to rival political groups.

Setting aside politics, Ferrer said, “This will be a very cooperative SP that will work as a team, in terms of good governance, programs and projects”.

Lacson, who turned over yesterday the SP leadership to Ferrer during the provincial council’s last session, said he is expecting the incoming SP to be very cooperative and for them to produce timely legislation. moremoremore


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DTI, TUPV launch metal powder
coating facility in Negros Occ.

The Department of Trade and Industry 6 and the Technological University of the Philippines Visayas (TUPV) have forged a partnership for the establishment of a shared service facility for metal powder coating, the first of its kind in Western Visayas.

The facility, hosted by TUPV at the Luis J. Montinola Resource and Research Center in Barangay Matab-ang, Talisay City in Negros Occidental, was put up through the P2-million grant sourced by the DTI from the fund allocation of outgoing Senator Loren Legarda.

DTI 6 regional director Rebecca Rascon said during the project launching yesterday that the facility will primarily benefit members of the Association of Negros Producers, who, in the past, had to ship their metal-based products to Cebu for powder coating.