MERGE Bacolod City officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Rep. Greg Gasataya at the flag-raising ceremony to mark the 122nd Philippine Independence Day at the Bacolod Public Plaza yesterday.*


Senate OK expected
for Bacolod hospital
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said he is hoping that House Bill 6731, establishing a tertiary hospital to be known as the Bacolod City General Hospital, will be approved in the Senate within this year after the Department of Health (DOH) committed to fund its construction.

Gasataya said the DOH only requested the city to provide a donated lot where the hospital will be built since it has no funds for land.

They want the hospital established at the soonest possible time but it has to go through a processes and there will be a budget hearing in July. This cannot be implemented without being approved in the Senate, he said. moremoremore


Frontliners honored
on Independence Day
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod City officials honored frontliners for the unequivocal service they rendered in the “battle for freedom” against the coronavirus disease 2019, during the 122nd Philippine Independence Day celebration at the Bacolod Public Plaza yesterday.

Gasataya, who was guest of honor and speaker, thanked the frontliners both from the government and the private sector, as well as their families for “all their sacrifices to help us all survive.”

“You all went beyond what was necessary and we cannot thank you enough for doing it out of love for humanity, out of love for our city and our country as a whole,” he said. moremoremore

 

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MBCCI lists recommendations
for city tax amnesty ordinance
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry has issued recommendations that the city government can adopt for its proposed tax amnesty ordinance.

Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of MBCCI, said their recommendations will generate the much-needed cash for the city and give reprieve to a much-burdened populace.

This is in time for the public hearing set next week, he added.