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Edith Colmo

DENR: ‘We Lost 2,400-ha Forest, Habitat Yearly’

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“Due to unregulated extraction of forest resources, illegal cutting of trees, fuelwood collection, illegal hunting and intensive conversion of forest land to agriculture use and settlements, we are experiencing forest and habitat degradation of at least 2,400 hectares a year, or an annual net forest loss of 290 hectares.”

Thus said Mr. Andres Untal, provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Negros Occidental at the presscon yesterday, relative to the 45th International Earth Day celebration.

NEA to CENECO Board: ‘Submit Documents on Lagarde Removal’

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After reviewing the complaint of Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr., dismissed general manager by the board of directors of Central Negros Electric Coop (CENECO) for loss of trust and confidence, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) has sent a communication dated March 10, 2015 to the Board of Directors of CENECO notifying its stand on the dismissal case.

22nd Panaad Festival Awardees

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The 22nd Panaad Festival of Negros Occidental was capped with the awarding of outstanding performers having contributed to the upliftment of the province.

San Carlos City Lass 2015 Lin-ay Sang Negros Queen

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From the top 5 beauties of the 25 candidates for the 2015 Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant over the weekend, Miss Jessica Sevenvergen of San Carlos City was crowned as queen, also Miss Ysa Skincare, Miss Globe; Miss Olive C, Miss Petron, and Miss Placenta; First runner up was Miss Jennel Lacsina of Sagay City, who also grabbed the best in swimsuit award, Miss Camella and Miss supercat. She is a third year BS Therapy student at Riverside College, Bacolod, and a beauty title holder being crowned Mutya ng NOPSSCEA 2013. 2nd runner up - Miss Blessie Joy Zayco of Himamaylan City, also holder of Miss Watchmen Daily Journal.


Jessica Zevenbergen of San Carlos City wins the Lin-ay sang Negros crown of the 22nd Panaad sa Negros Festival last Friday. Also in photo is MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)

WV: Retirement Tourist Attraction

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Western Visayas is one of the most potential retirement tourism desti-nations in the Phillippines, according to Atty. Helen Katalbas, regional di-rector, Department of Tourism Region 6. This is a tourism product that attracts retirable tourists from other countries. This is due to our natural attrac-tion, low cost of foods, beaches and mountain re-sorts, and peaceful at-mosphere.

Western Visayas is number one in the whole country in terms of tourist arrivals, Katalbas said, Boracay and Negros Occi-dental are top places of tourist destinations in Western Visayas.

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