The Bacolod City government is exploring the tourism potentials of the Barangays Sum-ag and Cabug river channel in its drive to develop man-made tourist attractions and protect the river bank environment.
City Administrator John Orola, Barangay Captains Benjamin Macasa Sr., Juan Zunel Malayang and Rufino Alcala of Sum-ag, Cabug and Punta Taytay, respectively, are coordinating with the private sector in the area on the proposed project, a press release from Orola’s office said.
The VMA Global College, a maritime school and training center, represented by PCGA Elizabeth Orola-Salabas, commodore of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Danny Fernandez of Sum-ag Multi-Purpose Cooperative, will be involved in the project that proposes to provide activities like a floating restaurant and river cruises, the press release said.
DAR installs more
After a few failed attempts last year, the Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Oriental soon conduct a survey and install the beneficiaries in the Diaz Hermanos estate in Brgy. Bactic, Mabinay town, that was covered by the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
Around 223 farmer-beneficiaries had earlier received their individual Certificates of Land Ownership Award from the DAR, after the Diaz Hermanos estate was covered by the CARP in 2011. However, the installation was stalled several times after a third parties claiming to be regular farm workers of the Diaz estate opposed it.
Provincial Agrarian Reform officer Stephen Leonidas said the opposing group was given a chance to file a petition for inclusion last year but, has failed to do so until now.
BongBong’s bags hall
of fame award
BongBong’s Piaya and Barquillos was recognized again as a Pasalubong Center in the Visayas by the Business Achievement and Recognition Award Council for Business Excellence, a press release from the company said.
The firm was given the Business Achievement and Business Recognition Awards 2013 Seal of Excellence recently, that placed it in the council’s hall of fame.
The Hall of Fame citation was received by Reynaldo Villan, president of BongBong Villan Corporation and general manager Ma. Lomer Villan at the Manila Hall, Marco Polo Plaza in Cebu City, the press release also said.*