MERGE Eugenio Jose Lacson (4th from left) being proclaimed the winning governor of Negros Occidental by members of the Provincial Board of Canvassers Salud Milagros Villanueva, Rene Caro, and Dr. Portia Mallorca (2nd, 7th and 8th) in the presence of Sarina Lacson Balatayo, his partner Emily Yanson, mother Menchu, and son Leandro (l-r) at the Capitol yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

We’ll work as a team,
new top officials say

Governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson and vice governor-elect Jeffrey Ferrer pledged yesterday to work as a team for the good of Negros Occidental, stressing that their not being proclaimed winners at the same time was not an indication of a rift.

The Provincial Board of Canvassers yesterday morning proclaimed Lacson (NPC), who garnered 827,657 votes, the winner in the race for governor, against Rolando Parpa (Ind) who had 45,412 votes.

Ferrer (NUP), who ran unopposed, garnered 680,832 votes and was proclaimed the winning vice governor yesterday afternoon. moremoremore

GP winners take oaths

Winning Grupo Progreso candidates took their oaths of office yesterday before Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Estefanio Libutan, Jr. at GT Hotel, Bacolod City.

The Grupo Progreso team led by re-elected Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran dominated the May 13 elections with a 14-1 victory.

The lone survivor of the opposition group incumbent Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. of Asenso for a Better Bacolod-MKK, dislodged broadcaster Marlon Solidum of Grupo Progreso from the 12th slot with a difference of 674 votes. moremoremore


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Capitol readies investment plan

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is preparing its Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for the year 2020.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday led the two-day Direction-Setting and Strategic Planning Workshop, held in Hinobaan.

Capitol department and division heads presented the accomplishment reports of their respective offices for 2018, as well as their action plan and AIP for next year.