MERGE BEST SUNSET. Bantayan Park in Bago City is getting a lot of attention as one of the best sunset boulevards in Negros Occidental* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

‘Hold early graduation rites’

Bacolod Councilor Renecito Novero said he will author a resolution urging the Department of Education Central Office and the Commission on Higher Education to hold early graduation rites.

Novero, chair of the SP Committee on Education, said it was confirmed by Bacolod Schools Division Superintendent Gladys Amylaine Sales that they have no authority to move the graduation earlier at their level. But if the DepEd Central Office will make the declaration, they have no choice but to comply.

That is why Novero said he will address his resolution to the DepEd Central Office and to the CHED which covers the tertiary level and technical vocational courses, he said. moremoremore

Shorter school days
pushed in NegOcc

If Negros Occidental Board Member Ernesto Agustin Bascon has his own way, he wants that there will be no classes in all levels in Negros Occidental, by the third week of this month.

Bascon, who chairs the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Education, shared the sentiments of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson about calling off graduation rites, if worse comes to worst, as the Department of Health already reported 33 positive cases of Covid-19 in the country.

During its regular session yesterday, the SP unanimously passed a resolution urging the DepEd to declare early the summer break in schools for school year 2019-2020 earlier than April 3, for all levels, as well as suspend classes in daycare centers, pursuant to Proclamation No. 922, placing the country under a state of public health emergency, to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease. moremoremore


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Price of live pigs up

The Provincial Veterinary Office reported that prices of pork have increased following the decline in its cost several weeks earlier due to the African swine fever scare.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday that, based on the weekly price monitoring of the PVO livestock and meat products, the average price of liveweight pig increased by P0.76, from P200.64 last month to P201.40 this month.

Decena said the increase was significantly brought by the growing demand for the commodity, not only by local consumers but by neighboring provinces that source out stocks from the province, that has an existing pork ban ordinance from Luzon, Mindanao, and other ASF-affected areas.