MERGE ALMOST CHRISTMAS. Lanterns made by the inmates at the Negros Occidental District Jail in Tabunan, Bago City, are now on sale at the corner of Burgos and Gatuslao streets in Bacolod City.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Japanese expanding
recruitment in Negros

A Japanese business delegation informed Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson Jr. yesterday that they will be expanding their recruitment of construction workers from Negros Occidental for Japan.

The Japanese delegation, accompanied by Tricastle International Inc. president Leah Tinsay, met with the governor at the Capitol in Bacolod City to discuss the expansion of their recruitment, which was previously concentrated in Murcia town, to the entire province.

Tinsay said that for the last 20 years they have been annually sending more than 400 construction workers aged 23 to 35 for three-year on the job internship training in Japan, with the opportunity for an extended work stay. moremoremore

P1.1M in shabu, marijuana seized

The police seized P1.1 million in shabu and marijuana in separate operations in Negros Island Tuesday and yesterday.

Thirty-two sachets and a big stalk of suspected marijuana were seized from a 21-year-old man during a buy-bust operation in Purok Tuna, Barangay 1, Bacolod City, at about 5 p.m. yesterday.

Operatives of the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit-6 led by Police Lt. Thurslie Castillo nabbed Gideon Ulysis Nava, of the barangay, a police report said. moremoremore


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Capitol urging hog raisers
to produce ham for holidays

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is urging hog raisers to produce local ham for the coming holidays, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

This move is also meant to address the concerns of the public about the ham supply for December in the province, following the 90-day ban of the provincial government on the entry of pork and pork products from Luzon, that will end on December 18, to keep Negros Occidental free from the dreaded African swine fever virus, he said.

He assured Negrenses there is enough supply.