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New Zealand
scholarship gab slated

The program administrator of Bato Balani Foundation Inc., Reina Lino, will be in Bacolod City to discuss the New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship for Filipinos on May 8 at the Business Inn Hotel.

The NZAS is a postgraduate scholarship program funded by the New Zealand Government through the New Zealand Aid Program, a press release from the organizers said.

Under the NZAS awards, eligible Filipino scholars can pursue postgraduate development-related degrees in areas where NZ’s expertise is globally recognized, it added.*LTG

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Pros Leonardia to push for completion of
Bacolod outer circumferential road

Architect Prospero Leonardia, Nationalist People’s Coalition-Grupo Progreso candidate for councilor, said he will push for the completion of the outer circumferential road, which he believes will create new growth areas and help decongest traffic in Bacolod City.

Leonardia recalled that when he was working with the Bacolod City Planning and Development Office, he was one of those who prepared the framework plan of the outer circumferential road, which will run from Brgy. Pahanocoy, pass through Lopue’s East and up to Brgy. Bata.

Once the outer circumferential road has been established, this will connect to the road leading to the Bacolod Silay Airport, which may be opened by August, he said.

Leonardia said if the outer circumferential road is established, cane trucks will no longer pass through the city so the roads will not be destroyed. There is also a need to establish another market to help decongest the three major ones in the city, he said.

While he was with the Bacolod CPDO from 1971 to 1988, Leonardia said he helped design the Flag of Nations in front of the old Bacolod Airport and renovated the plaza.

He was also able to help beautify the City Hall and installed the fountain in front of what is now called the Fountain of Justice, he said.

Leonardia also said he was also responsible for designing and renovating the Rizal Park at the Rizal Elementary School.

He said that if his brother, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, gets elected as congressman of Bacolod City, he believes he will be able to bring in more projects from the national government, being the official candidate of the Administration in Bacolod City.*CGS

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Operation Help to assist
Banago fire victims

Operation Help, a group composed of non-government organizations from the United States and the Philippines, will send aid to the fire victims of Brgy. Banago this week, Commander Manuel Biadog Jr., command chaplain of the US Naval Base Kitsap in Washington, said yesterday.

Biadog said he is coordinating with the Social Welfare and Development Department in identifying who among the victims were badly affected by the fire.

He said they will donate only clothes, blankets and towels but no cash.

The Bacolod City Risk Reduction Management and the City Social Welfare and Development have verified 167 families affected by the fire that hit two puroks in Brgy. Banago, last week.

Bacolod City Risk Reduction Management officer Jose Maria Vargas said the number of persons affected by the fire has not reached the requirement for it to be declared under a state of calamity.

Banago population is about 27,000, and 20 percent of that is 5,000, he said.

Meanwhile, about 4,000 children and adults benefited from the medical and outreach missions conducted by Operation Help in the cities of Bago, Cadiz, Sagay and Talisay, Saturday to Monday.

Biadog said they went to Hacienda Locsin in Cadiz, barangays Tabayag, Fabrica and Tabunan in Talisay, Sagay and Bago.

He said their group also plans to hold medical and outreach missions in other areas in Negros Occidental.*APN

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Lacson seeks reason
for halt of 2 projects

Vice gubernatorial bet Eugenio Lacson of the Nationalist People's Coalition yesterday asked his opponent to give the true reason for the halt in the construction of the Cyber Centre and the 24-classroom building of the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod City.

Lacson said in press release from his camp that while nearly half of the P450 million loan, or P206,243,059.93 million, had been released for the construction of the Cyber Center Phase 1, the structure is untouched now for unknown reasons.

On the NOHS project, he asked, what happened to the P40 million budget of this building, the press release also said.

Lacson called on the people to be vigilant and to vote wisely because they are not only voting to exercise their choice, but to put leaders, who will manage the government for the next three years, the press release added.*

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Bacolod police
ready for polls

The Commission on Elections in Bacolod City is all set for the May 13 automated national and local elections, acting Bacolod Comelec Registrar Salud Milagros Villanueva said yesterday.

Villanueva said about 41,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan machine technicians all over the country will simultaneously test the hotline number of the National Support System at 9 a.m. today, which will help trouble shoot any problem that may arise in the PCOS machines during the elections.

She said the official ballots that were delivered yesterday for the 311 clustered precincts have all been accounted for and these are being double-checked in the presence of the watchers of the candidates and political parties, including the representatives of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.

Villanueva said the voting population of Bacolod is about 259, 302.

There are also 1,693 established precincts in Bacolod that have been clustered into 311 precincts, she said.

Meanwhile, Villanueva said the officials watchers and lawyers of the candidates and political parties, the PPCRV, and the tri-media will be allowed inside the canvassing area at the Sanggunaing Panlungsoid session hall of the Bacolod Cit Government Center.

They will also put up a projector inside the canvassing area and a wide screen outside the government center for those who wish to witness the canvassing process.*CGS

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People & Events
Pros Leonardia to push for completion of Bacolod outer circumferential road
Operation Help to assist Banago fire victims
Lacson seeks reason for halt of 2 projects
Bacolod police ready for polls

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