ChildrenGovernor Rizalina Seachon-Leanete discusses Masbate’s commitment to  protect the Visayan Sea before Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (Neg. Occ., 2nd District), Rodrigo Lachica  representing Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor (l-r) in Sagay City* (Richard Malihan photo)

Declare entire Visayan Sea protected,  guvs asks PNoy

SAGAY CITY - Declare the entire Visayan Sea a protected area.

That was the call of the governors and mayors of the four provinces facing the Visayan Sea in a petition they approved at a summit held at the Museo Sang Bata sa Negros here yesterday.

Governors Rizalina Seachon-Leanete of Masbate, Arthur Defensor of Iloilo, Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental, Rodrigo Lachica representing Gov. Hilario Davide III of Cebu, and some of the mayors of the 23 towns and cities facing the Visayan Sea were present. moremoremore

Teachers press for pay hikes,
no classes for some students

About 500 public school teachers and non-teaching personnel from Bacolod City and several cities and towns in Negros Occidental called for salary increases, at a rally held at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City, yesterday afternoon.

Several teachers in the province, who participated in the Sit Down Strike, were at their classrooms during class hours but did not hold classes. Some of the parents took their children from school after learning about the strike.

Gualberto Dajao, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Region 6, who led the protest, said yesterday that they are very disappointed at the deteriorating quality of education, and being without increases in their salaries for the past five years, despite the rise in prices of commodities, bills and services.. moremoremore

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Signature drive on budget
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A signature campaign in support of the Bottom-up Budgeting, the Aquino administration’s budget reform initiative, was launched by civil society organizations in Dumaguete City Thursday.

The campaign was launched by the Kilos Mamamayan during the Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams orientation, organized by the Department of Interior and Local Government Region 7.

About 400 CSO leaders, and officials of local government units in Negros Oriental, composed of six component cities and 20 municipalities, and Siquijor with six towns, are participating in the three-day event.moremoremore