MERGE The undergrowth hit by the fire* (CENRO Bago photo)


Ceres buses won’t join
transport strike Monday
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN & MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Amid claims of three transport groups to cripple 90 to 95 percent of public utility vehicles in a nationwide strike on Monday in Negros Occidental, it will be normal operations for the Vallacar Transit Inc. that operates Ceres Liner passenger buses in the province.

Jade Seballos, Vallacar Transit Inc. media relations officer, yesterday said that VTI will not join the transport strike.

The United Negros Drivers Operators Center (UNDOC), Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros (SSTONE), and Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Association (FEBACDA), that are opposing the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program by the national government, are spearheading the transport strike on Monday in Negros Occidental. moremoremore


Team work cited
for model city award

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia credited their “team effort” as having resulted in Bacolod City being adjudged as the Top Philippine Model City for 2019.

“In giving us this award, The Manila Times played a vital role in Bacolod’s march to progress and development,” the mayor said yesterday.

The City of Bacolod got back the crown as the Top Philippine Model City for 2019, two years after winning the same coveted title in 2017, for being the most livable urban center among the 145 cities in the country, he said. moremoremore

 

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Negros Occ, Japanese city
to expand tourism markets
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The province of Negros Occidental and Amakusa City in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, are collaborating to expand their tourism market.

The 10-member Japanese delegation, led by Ryuichi Yokoshima, is currently in the province for the tourism business exchange program.

They met with officials of the provincial government, stakeholders, and eight tour operators yesterday at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City to introduce their city to the Negrense community.