MERGE READY. The Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental, is ready for the onset of summer visitors* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Bacolod Ecozone Authority eyed

The House Committee on Economic Affairs approved on first reading a bill establishing the Bacolod Economic Zone Authority, authored by Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya.

Gasataya said the purpose of the BEZA is to identify areas in Bacolod City that may be converted into economic zones or special economic zones, either for manufacturing, information technology, or entertainment, and also for the establishment of a free port for the city.

The intention of the bill is to provide additional jobs. If this is approved in the Senate and signed by the President, this will generate thousands of jobs because foreign companies will start investing in Bacolod as it has vast areas of land that can be converted into economic zones, the solon said. moremoremore

‘Implement ordinance
on use of earphones’

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO), through the Office of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, to strictly implement City Ordinance 593, series of 2012, or “an ordinance regulating the use of earphones while driving and/or crossing the street”.

The resolution, authored by Councilor Simplicia Distrito, said the ordinance considers the use of earphones while driving as a form of distracted driving.

It has been observed that a lot of motorists plying the streets of the city are using earphones or headsets that impair their sense of hearing while driving, the resolution said. moremoremore


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Expedite parcelization of lands
formerly owned by Cojuangco

Some 300 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Negros Occidental, members of ECJ Cloa Holders and Farmworkers Association (ECHAFAWA)-Magsasaka, met with executives of the Department of Agrarian Reform for a dialog on Friday.

They are asking the agency to expedite the parcelization of lands awarded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program , and covered by the j oint v enture a rrangement with the m .

Sheila Enciso , DAR Western Visayas r egional d irector , said the land composes the 4,300-hectare farms formerly owned by Eduardo Cojuangco Jr.