MERGE Bacolod Mayor Evelio and first lady Elsa Leonardia, city councilors, and MassKara Queen candidates offer a toast at the opening of the Ruby MassKara at the public plaza last night* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


MassKara a reflection
of Bacoleño resilience
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia likened the MassKara Festival to the resiliency of the Bacolodnons, saying that despite the many challenges, it has managed to become so big and has even evolved to become an icon of Bacolod City.

“We have seen how the MassKara has evolved through the years and it was not always a smooth ride. There were times, though, when it started, they did not know where it was going,” he said at the opening of the 40th MassKara Festival last night at the Bacolod Public Plaza.

There were also times when it had problems and could even have made it vanish, Leonardia said. moremoremore


P4.2B proposed NegOcc budget
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The proposed budget of the Negros Occidental provincial government for next year is P4.2 billion, compared to P4 billion this year.

Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado said yesterday that the proposed budget for next year increased by five percent, which is equivalent to P200 million.

Budgets of all Capitol offices have already been finalized, except for the Economic Enterprise Development Division, which is expected to be completed within a week, he added. moremoremore

 

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IN CADIZ
PVO: Mishandled imported
meat products destroyed
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Some 14 kilograms of mishandled imported meat products were confiscated after a joint inspection at the public market of Cadiz City on Sunday.

Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of the Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division of the Provincial Veterinary Office, said yesterday that 12.7 kilograms of imported meat products and a kilogram of imported pig liver displayed at one of the stalls in the wet market were chanced upon by personnel of the Provincial Veterinary Office, its local counterparts, and the police during their inspection.

He said local authorities immediately confiscated the meat products, then turned those over to the City Veterinary Office for disposal. He added that the items were burned.