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Lopez pushes city tourism zones;
Puentevella airs ECOLA

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The creation of more tourism zones and tourist spots in Bacolod City to boost the city’s tourism potential is being pushed by Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez.

Lopez said he recently met with Visayan Bloc convenor Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and asked his group to help him encourage applications for tourism zones in Bacolod City.

As chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism, Lopez said he believes that an active tourism program will bring Bacolod to the next level.

He said Benitez is very supportive of thisinitiative, along with Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, who is also a member of the Visayan Bloc.

Lopez said he has also convinced Tourism Regional Director Helen Katalbas to help him in his project.

He said the road going to Barangay Alangilan up to the water shed area will be fully concretized with the Department of Tourism providing the facilities.

Lopez said he will meet again with ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez Wednesday on the fun run to fund the clean-up of the Sum-ag River.

Lopez said they will have a launching area in the Sum-ag River that will eventually be for tourism.

He said a training is scheduled on September 13 for Sum-ag and September 12 for Punta-Taytay at the expense of the national government through Tourism Regional Director Helen Katalbas.

Meanwhile, Bacolod Councilor Claude Puentevella expressed his concern on the ruling of the Commission on Audit disallowing the Emergency Cost of Living Allowance paid to the Department of Education teachers, a press release from City Hall said..

Puentevella said the Commission on Audit ruled that the ECOLA paid to the DepEd teachers with appointments from 1998 was not included among the authorized expenses in the joint circular of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Department of Interior and Local Government, thus making the payment disallowable, it said.

He will do his best to support the plight of the teachers since he believes that the teachers deserve the ECOLA, he said in his press release.*CGS

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