GymnastBATANG PINOY. Young gymnasts from Bacolod City perform  at  the opening ceremony of the Batang Pinoy 2014 National Championship at the Paglaum Sports Complex yesterday* (Andy Alvarez  photo)

Solon launches drive for international flights

Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia yesterday launched a campaign among Philippine-based airline companies to consider the Bacolod-Silay Airport as a destination for international flights.

Leonardia said he has informed the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air, the major airlines using the BSA for local flights now, that the government is now ready to process international flights at the BSA.

“The Customs, Immigration and Quarantine system is ready to be activated at the BSA once international flights begin, and the Bureau of Immigration Commissioner, Siegfred Mison, has officially assured us that his office is ready to deploy immigration officers,” Leonardia told the airlines.moremoremore

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The Bureau of Immigration is now ready to deploy personnel at the Bacolod-Silay Airport  to help facilitate international flights, Commissioner Siegfred Mison told Bacolod Rep. Evelio  Leonardia, a press release from his office said yesterday.

In a letter to Leonardia, Mison said his office is ready to deploy officers to the BSA to conduct immigration inspection courtesies for incoming and outgoing international flights.

Last month, the airport installed immigration booths in preparation for the foreign flights, the first of which would have been the chartered groups from South Korea.moremoremore


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Comelec: 150,000 voters
with incomplete biometric


More than 150,000 registered voters in Negros Oriental may not be able to vote in the 2016 elections if they fail to complete their biometrics with the Commission on Elections.

Provincial Elections Officer Eddie Aba said validation and registration continue in all field offices of the Comelec in Negros Oriental.

At the last hearing of the Election Registration Board in July, 551,442 registered voters were found with complete biometrics, and 188,249 with incomplete data.