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Bacolod City

Masskara Queen Candidates Present their Social Advocacy

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Masskara Queen candidates 2014 presented their respective social advocacy campaign during the Press Presentation and Pre-Pageant Swimwear Competition last Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chalet Poolside, L’Fisher.

The candidates in their swimwear strutted along the poolside and introduced themselves and their social advocacy or supported cause.

Arriana Demi Monte-alegre of Riverside College said that she is supporting the advocacy of Gawad Kalinga–Riverside that is focused on sharing and caring for the community.

Cate Antoinette Pirote of Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod aims to promote culture and arts preservation.

Maria Danielle Diaz, a nurse at Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial District Hospital, wants to promote the health and well-being of the deprived children in the city.

Riah Angelica De Ocampo of La Consolacion College-Bacolod pushes for sustainable livelihood pro-grams for local farmers.

Kristine Kaye Necir, a medical technologist at Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, chose to team up with St. Vincent’s Home for the Aged for her advocacy to promote health for the elderly.

Sweetzel Lima of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College wants to promote the need to recycle plastic bottles.

Melresa Tiu of Riverside College said that as a Red Cross volunteer, she is for life and health preservation.

Sheen Liberty Cuenza, a nurse at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, wants to promote the welfare of the children in the Home of Hope in Brgy. Handumanan.

Jian Tsukada of St. Sebastian International School chose to team up with Kalipay Negrense Foundation in support of her advocacy for the protection of children in the city.


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Stepping up its efforts in ameliorating the lives of workers in the sugar industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 launched yesterday the training program designed for sugar workers and their dependents, at the Sugar Workers Development Center, Bacolod City.

The training is established to prepare the sugar workers for the opportunities and challenges in the Philippine market at a 5% tariff because of the ASEAN Economic Community integration in 2015. This means the locally produced sugar will have to compete with the low price of sugar from other ASEAN nations.

The training program three development areas include social infrastructure, wage employment and self-employment.

Atty. Rovel Marasigan (left), hearing officer from ERC conducts a public hearing in the matter of application for approval of the amended memorandum of agreement (MOA) and its supplemental agreement (SA) between Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Energreen Power Development & Management Inc. (ENERGREEN), with prayer for the Issuance of Provisional Authority.*

Virgie Roa (left) and Salvador Acupan (right), Coordinators of Visayan Forum Inc-Bacolod discuss Human Trafficking, Global Facts and Figures, Profile of Trafficking Victims, I FIGHT Movement Lecture Forum held at B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

DOLE Region 6 director Ponciano Ligutom explained that the social infrastructure training program is directed towards social empowerment focusing on enhancing the organizational and leadership capabilities of the workers, leaders and their respective organizations.The wage employment is geared towards technically capacitating the sugar workers to become part of the mainstream employment sector, and/or acquire the needed skills for employment in different industries.

While the self-employment training program, focuses on developing and enhancing the entrepreneurial capabilities of sugar workers and their dependents to prepare them to become competent entrepreneurs.

The trainings were identified from the outputs of the focus group discussions with field workers, small planters, mill workers and the district level planning activities.

35th MassKara Festival Opens Today

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The 35th MassKara Festival kicks off today, October 1 with Mayor Monico Puentevella leading the Opening Salvo at the Bacolod Public Plaza.

MASSKARA FESTI-VAL 2014 promises a much colorful and fun filled celebration.* (Owen Segovia Bayog/NDB photo)

Priest Slapped by Woman Who slapped who?

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Fr. Farley Rey Santillan, 46, of the San Antonio Abad Parish Church in Bacolod City was slapped in the face by an alleged owner of the land where the church is erected, at about 9:45 a.m. Monday at the church premises.

The 83-year-old woman, allegedly identified as Ligaya Lizares of Brgy. 14 in Bacolod, allegedly pointed her finger at the priest several times and allegedly slapped him before she left the place.

The priest went to Police Station 8 in Tangub, headed by Police Inspector Rey Cordero.


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Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CENECO) informs its electricity consumers that, in order to ensure stability of its distribution lines, maintenance activities will be conducted on October 2, 2014, Thursday, as follows:

Date: October 2, 2014 – Thursday

Time: 6:00AM to 9:00AM


· Mid-span erection of one primary 40-ft. concrete pole;

· Installation of three 250KVA transformer with its accessories; and

· Primary metering at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, corner Burgos-Lacson Sts., Bacolod City


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