MERGE SCARY. The Barangay M.H. Del Pilar participants at the 10th Lagulag sa Kalag-kalag were a main attraction in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, yesterday* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

217 more brgys drug free

Fifteen new barangays in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, were declared drug-free during the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) deliberations in Iloilo City, Tuesday.

The 15 barangays are part of the 217 barangays in Western Visayas, or about 69.34 percent of all barangays in the region, that were declared “drug-cleared”, or “officially unaffected” by the members of the ROC, a report from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-6 said yesterday.

ROC is composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Department of Health and Local Government Units, with PDEA as the chair. moremoremore

Holiday traffic re-routing on

The Bacolod Traffic Authority Office will implement a traffic rerouting scheme in line with the celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day, Police Supt. Luisito Acebuche, BTAO head, said yesterday.

Acebuche said they will implement the same traffic scheme as last year’s to secure traffic, and ensure the security of the public. They closed the road in front of the Bacolod North Public Cemetery in Burgos Street starting yesterday, he said.

They are concentrating on two cemeteries, the Burgos North Public Cemetery and Rolling Hills, and will be implementing a one way traffic scheme along Burgos Extension. moremoremore


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agri extension works

The provincial government of Negros Occidental will replicate the implementation of banner programs of the Department of Agriculture, piloted by Ilocos Norte, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

Decena, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, and Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino attended the two-day National Food Security Summit in Manila that ended yesterday.

He said the role of the provincial government in implementing the programs of the agency, specifically for farmers and fisherfolk, was underscored by DA Secretary William Dar in the summit.