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Grand New Year's Eve Celebration at NGC

Bacolod City will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a party that will be capped by a grand fireworks display at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight of Saturday, Dec. 31.

BRIDGING THE KIDS. Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilor Em Ang, who facilitated the project, Councilor Bart Orola, and Barangay Handumanan officials cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the newly built 72-foot steel footbridge at Zone 6 in Barangay Handumanan yesterday. The P900,000 steel bridge connects Zone 6 of Brgy. Handumanan and Purok Villa Maria of Barangay Mansilingan, which is a big help to schoolchildren of the said areas in going to Handumanan Elementary School and Handumanan National High School, as they no longer have to get wet in crossing the river. “A small project as it may be, this bridge immensely improves the situation of the children in Mansilingan and Handumanan, making their morning walk to school safer and easier,” Ang, who authored two resolutions for the construction of the footbridge, said.*(City PIO photos)


Kabankalan Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, D.D. assumed his post as 6th bishop of the Bacolod Diocese during installation rites yesterday at the San Sebastian Cathedral, officiated by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in the presence of some 50 other bishops, 290 priests, 120 nuns and religious leaders and with several hundreds of Catholic faithfuls from all over the Bacolod diocese and various parts of the country.

Most Rev. Patricio Abella Buzon, SDB, D.D. (L) 6th Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod delivers his message and homily at the Holy Mass during rites at the San Sebastian Cathedral.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Safety Advocate Alarmed by Rising Road Crashes

An advocate of road safety, representing a coalition of groups aiming for “zero road traffic crash injuries and deaths by 2020,” expressed alarm over frequent road crashes in Bacolod and entire Negros island.

BETTER, SAFER ROADS. PROJECT C.A.R.E.S.’ May Altarejos-Cueva (left) and KASANAG’s & CCW’s John Chiong discuss road safety advocacy amids frequent, rising road crashes in Negros.* (APT photo)


Three (3) barangays from Negros Island Region (NIR) qualify as national finalists in the 2016 Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA), an annual incentive award system given to Lupong Tagapamayapa who exemplifies efficiency in its operation, effectiveness in settling interpersonal disputes and demonstrates creativity and resourcefulness in the implementation of barangay justice system known as Katarungang Pambarangay (KP).

Brgy. Poblacion, Amlan, Negros Oriental