MERGE Children gather around a Chinese New Year lion that is said to bring good luck and fortune at St. John’s Institute in Bacolod City yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

BacoLaodiat gun ban ok’d

The gun ban for the BacoLaodiat Festival, which is held to celebrate the Chinese New Year, has been approved and will be implemented in Bacolod City starting 12:01 a.m. of January 31 until 12:01 a.m. of February 3.

Lt. Col. Ariel Pico, Bacolod City Police Office public information officer, said that the permit to carry firearm outside residence (PTCFOR) will be suspended during the implementation of the gun ban.

“This is applicable not only at festival sites, but in the whole of Bacolod,” Pico said. moremoremore

Marcos pushes SRA probe

Senator Imee Marcos said she is filing a resolution in the Senate “to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation into the continued incapacity of the Sugar Regulatory Administration to use the P2 billion annual budget to strengthen the ailing sugar industry.”

“Someone has to be held accountable for the neglect of the sugar industry,” Marcos said yesterday.

The Sugar Industry Development Act provides for a P2 billion annual budget for the sugar industry, but because of the SRA’s failure to spend the bulk of the amount, the Department of Budget and Management has slashed the amount to P500 million. moremoremore


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More Negosyo centers
eyed in Neg.Occ., Iloilo

The regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry will establish more Negosyo Centers in the provinces of Negros Occidental and Iloilo this year, its information officer, David Sinay, said yesterday.

Sinay said this is to accelerate the delivery of services to the localities, especially the processing of business documents of micro, small, medium enterprises .

For Negros Occidental, 10 Negosyo Centers will be opened. These will be in the municipalities of Calatrava, Candoni, Ilog, Manapla, Moises Padilla, Murcia, Pulupandan, Salvador Benedicto, Toboso, and Valladolid.