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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesWednesday, March 9, 2011
Negros Oriental
Button300 sugar workers recruited for Tarlac intercepted: DOLE
Button‘Coral study in province shelved for lack of funds’
P1-M zip line mulled at lake
No info on mining operation
ButtonFamily of stranded OFW gets assistance
Button Police, army lauded for  2010 polls

300 sugar workers recruited
for Tarlac intercepted: DOLE

Department of Labor and Employment authorities intercepted over 300 sugar migratory workers from Negros Oriental, alleged to have been illegally recruited by a contractor, who were  bound for Tarlac late last year, a Philippine Information Agency report said.

Of the total recruits seized at the Dumaguete City seaport, half of them were sent back home due to lack of proper documents that included the more than 40 suspected minors.

This was reported by DOLE officer Sandra Duran, at a Provincial Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons meeting yesterday.

‘Coral study in province
shelved for lack of funds’


The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Negros Oriental cannot determine the extent of possible damage to coral reefs in the province, due to massive coral bleaching felt globally in 2010, unless funds are allocated for a thorough study.

Provincial chief Leonardo Aro of the BFAR yesterday said that his office received reports of coral bleaching in the 56-hectare Mantalip Reef in the boundaries of Ayungon and Bindoy in northern Negros Oriental, but the damage could not be ascertained after Capitol officials reportedly rejected a BFAR proposal for a cost-sharing study with the provincial government.

P1-M zip line mulled at lake

The Negros Oriental provincial government has allocated P1 million for the installation of a zip line as an add-on tourism activity at Lake Balanan in Siaton town.

Governor Roel Degamo, in his visit to Lake Balanan with Board Member Erwin Michael Macias recently, said he has seen the potential for an extreme sports activity in the lake.  The governor admitted that extreme sports is now the latest activity for both local and foreign tourists.

Degamo has asked Macias to finalize the needed documents and the project design for its implementation. He emphasized that the design should be made such that it will minimize the disturbance to the trees and other natural growths.

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