ToastSMX senior assistant vice president Dexter Deyto, Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. president Elizabeth Sy, Senior Vice President for Operation Peggy Angeles, and SMX Bacolod manager JB Ongsingco (l-r) offer a toast at the formal opening of the SMX Convention Center Bacolod yesterday.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

SMX to make Bacolod
strong MICE destination

The SMX Convention Center in Bacolod that formally opened last night will help make the city a strong contender as a MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) destination in the country, an SMX official said.

SMX Convention Center senior assistant vice president Dexter Deyto, who spoke during the formal opening of SMX Bacolod, said that seven years ago in 2007, SMX became a game changer in the conventions and meetings industry with the inauguration of their flagship property – the SMX Convention Center in Manila – at the SM Mall of Asia complex, followed a few years later by the opening of SMX Davao and SMX Taguig last year.

“In behalf of the SM Hotels and Conventions management, it gives us great pleasure to announce the addition of another convention center to our growing family – the SMX Convention Center Bacolod – the first and largest of its kind in the Visayas,” he said. moremoremore

Unite vs. high taxes,
gov’t workers urged

The Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees is calling on all local government workers to unite in the campaign for the passage of legislation to lower the tax on salaries and benefits of the working class, PACE vice president, Renelo Lastierre, said yesterday.

PACE is happy and thankful to the provincial government officials, especially the governor, for their continuous concern for the provincial government employees, he said.

“However, we are saddened by the impact of high taxes resulting to less take-home on salaries and benefits of the working class,” he said. moremoremore

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Mabinay mayor bewails
lies on island region bid


Mabinay Mayor Ernie Uy bewailed the misinformation by oppositors to the proposed One Negros Region, and said issues pertaining to the proposal are being twisted.

In a consultative forum in Mabinay recently, Uy said the misinformation being spread include that there will be only one governor if the proposal is approved, and that a P40 billion budget will be needed.

Most of those who attended the forum from the two Negros provinces expressed their approval for the proposed One Island Region. Mabinay officials and residents expressed their support to the one-island region concept by displaying placards and streamers, even in public utility vehicles.moremoremore