MERGE BREAK DOWN. A tow truck drags a vehicle that broke down on the Araneta-Magsaysay flyover in Bacolod City during rush hour last night.* (Shiela Gelera photo)


Benitez eyes investors
pulling out from China
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

For mer Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, provincial  consultant on economic affairs, yesterday said his office is working on enticing investors in manufacturing to relocate to Negros Occidental.

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has made manufacturers realize that they should not put all their investments in one geographic location, as the China lockdown has crippled or slowed the operations of many firms, he said.

That is why the country’s taipans are in agreement that it is a golden opportunity to lure these manufacturing investors in China to provinces in the Philippines, Benitez said. moremoremore


Obese cops have
60 days to shape up
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Obese policemen assigned in Negros Occidental are up for a 45 to 60 days weight reduction program to reduce their body mass index, in compliance with the order of PNP chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa, to improve their mobility.

Col. Romeo Baleros, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said yesterday that he will recall obese police personnel assigned in police stations and mobile force companies, for temporary re-assignment at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City, starting next week, to commence the weight reduction program for them.

Baleros has drawn flak from netizens, because of a post in his Facebook account that went viral, showing an obese policeman performing physical exercises such as push-ups, jogging-in-place and lying-on-back exercises, in front of him at his office, at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City. moremoremore

 

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Engage with biz sector,
Negros Occ LGUs urged
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Business leader Frank Carbon urged local government units in Negros Occidental to engage with the business sector to open more investment opportunities.

At the LGUs Consultation on Economic Opportunities yesterday at the Negros Residences, Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the representatives of the localities in the 1st and 2nd districts of the province to organize business clubs or chambers in their respective areas or economic clusters.

The three-day activity is for the 31 LGUs to draft their own economic development framework. Today, localities in the 3rd and 4th districts will have a chance to prepare their investment prospectus, while LGUs in the 5th and 6th districts will meet tomorrow.