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Koreans call off
seven int’l flights

The organizers of 10 Zest Air chartered flights, carrying mostly golfers from Korea, that were set to directly land at the Bacolod-Silay Airport have decided to cancel seven of them, while the three others will pass through Cebu for immigration processing before proceeding to Negros Occidental, Bacolod City Administrator John Orola said yesterday.

The cancellation by Mode Tour Network Inc. of the seven flights was made after Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. denied a request of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia to provide immigration services at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, citing manpower and equipment restrictions, Orola said.

Orola, a former Philippine tourism attaché to Japan, said the 10, not nine flights as earlier reported, that were to arrive in January and February would have brought in 185 Korean tourists per flight, or a total of 1,850 staying for three days in Bacolod.moremoremore

Mayor, Orola seeking DOT, DILG help

The Immigration Commissioner has again denied the request of the Mayor to allow chartered flights of Zest Air from Korea, carrying about 1,850 golfers and tourists, to land at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, prompting the city to seek the assistance of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said he has asked Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. to reconsider his position and provide the necessary Customs immigration and quarantine services to the chartered flights from Korea to land at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from January 10 to February 7.

Bacolod City Administrator John Orola said he was very much dismayed and disappointed with the response of David.moremoremore

SP fails to okay
2013 budget again

After failing to hold two successive regular sessions on Dec. 26 last year and Jan. 2 this year, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental managed to have a quorum yesterday, and mainly discussed the disapproved 2013 budget.

Board Member Miller Serondo, who was among the five board members that had pushed for the approval of the P2.02 billion budget of the provincial government for this year, citing Section 323 of the Local Government Code, informed his colleagues that no other business may be taken up during sessions, in case the Sangguniang concerned fails to pass the ordinance authorizing the annual appropriations at the beginning of the ensuing fiscal year.

At the same time, Serondo added that SP members will continue to hold sessions, without additional remuneration for its members, until such ordinance is approved, as stipulated also in the LGC.moremoremore

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