MERGE Some of the stranded Negrenses at Tabuelan Port in Cebu, who were fetched by their respective local government units recently* (Isabela DRRMO photo)

3 steal P37M in rice investment,
more Bacolod victims surface

The three suspects in the rice investment scam in Bacolod City have carted away about P37 million in monetary investments from 24 complainants alone, Atty. Renoir Baldovino, National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod head, said yesterday.

The 24 complainants, who sought the help of NBI-Bacolod, already executed sworn statements yesterday, that are needed, with the evidences in the filing of estafa charges against the three Bacoleña suspects, Baldovino said.

He said the charges may be filed today since some complainants still have incomplete documents. moremoremore

181 Negrense LSIs
return home from Cebu

Some 181 locally stranded individuals in Cebu have returned to their hometowns in Negros Occidental Monday, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, Covid-19 Provincial Incident Management Team commander, said yesterday.

He said that Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has issued a notice of acceptance for the local government units to repatriate the stranded Negrenses via the Tabuelan Port in Cebu.

“We have focused our repatriation in Manila. It’s time to bring home the Negrenses from Cebu,” he said. moremoremore


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Sagay, PEZA to sign MOU
on Negros export zone

After more than 10 years of low-key paper works, the establishment of the Northern Negros Agro-Industrial Export Processing Zone will finally get a go-ahead as the city government of Sagay and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority are set to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today in a virtual signing ceremony to be held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall.

The MOU signing between Mayor Alfredo Marañon III and PEZA Director General Charito Plaza will give both government institutions the green light to jointly develop and promote the expanded 1,600,000 square-meter (160 hectares) real property of the LGU, through a usufruct agreement, on top of the 200,000 square-meter (20 hectares) earlier approved for development by the city government, as concurred by the Office of the President in 2008 that will be opened to local and foreign investors.

The creation of the export processing zone is very timely because everybody is trying to go back to their hometowns under the “Balik Probinsiya” which is part of the post-pandemic recovery plan, Marañon said.