MERGE EARLY CHRISTMAS. Plastic Christmas trees are already being sold via tricycle in Barangay Tomongtong, EB Magalona in Negros Occidental.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


Classes suspended
Capitol carpooling set during transport strike
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO & CARLA P. GOMEZ

Classes at all levels will be suspended in Bacolod City Monday, while orders are being awaited from mayors in the towns and cities of Negros Occidental with a nationwide transportation strike set Monday.

But work at the Bacolod City and Negros Occidental government offices will go on.

Transport groups operating in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental have announced their participation in the nationwide transportation strike, but Vallacar Transit Inc. said its Ceres buses will continue operations on Monday. moremoremore


Illegal structures 90.2% cleared
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

About 90.23 percent of all the 11,423 illegal structures in Bacolod City have been demolished as of September 22, executive assistant for barangay affairs Butch Soliguen said yesterday.

Soliguen said about 9,807 illegal structures were voluntarily demolished, while about 1,616 illegal structures have not yet been demolished due to legal issues.

He said that about 43 barangays in Bacolod City have 90 to 100 percent accomplishment, while the rest have about 86 to 89 percent. They expect 95 percent accomplishment by Monday. moremoremore

 

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NegOcc crafts tourism dev’t plan
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The provincial government of Negros Occidental has started to craft the Provincial Tourism Development Plan, Cristine Mansinares, Negros Occidental provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said yesterday.

“This will allow us see the gaps and challenges that we will be facing in the next few years in the tourism industry that will include infrastructure support facilities, utilities, and internet connection,” Mansinares said.

They have already coordinated with the congressmen for their visits in the different districts “to see what they need and what the national government can provide in its key tourism areas, she said.