MERGE Protestors against the construction of coal-fired power plants in Negros Occidental in front of the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday* (Mate Espina photo)


Negros declared coal-free
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. issued an executive order yesterday declaring Negros Occidental a coal-free province, which was hailed by environment advocates as a historic move.

“History has been made in Negros today,” Coal-Free Negros campaigners, who thanked the governor, said.

The province of Negros Occidental will continue to pursue clean and renewable energy projects and oppose the establishment of any coal-fired power plant, Marañon said in Executive Order No. 19-08 Series of 2019. moremoremore


Lacson unfazed by protest,
officials on collision course?
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson appear to be heading for a collision of opinions, as they are on opposing sides of the proposal to construct a coal-fired power plant in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Marañon, who issued an executive order declaring Negros Occidental a coal-free province, was met with loud applause from almost 2,000 students from different schools in northern Negros and Bacolod City, when he appeared at their protest rally held in front of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon.

The governor said he was elated by the support of the youth to his proposed ordinance calling for a ban on the exploration, establishment, and operation of any coal-fired power plant in Negros Occidental. moremoremore

 

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SEC steps up campaign vs. scams
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Bacolod City is intensifying its campaign against investment fraud.

Lawyer Annabelle Corral-Respall, SEC Bacolod extension office head, said their office is taking a “pro-active approach” in informing the public about the scheme to prevent them from falling into the trap of promising offers.

“Let the public think, it’s a matter of decision,” she said.

At the first joint Gender and Development seminar on anti-investment scam at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday, Respall said most of the complaints they received in their office came from women.