BitaySRA Administrator Ma. Regina Martin, ANP president Josephine Locsin, Jaime Zóbel de Ayala, Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senator Grace Poe,  Judy Araneta Roxas and Josefa Puentevella (l-r)  ring the bell to signal the start of the the  29th Negros Trade Fair  last night*

Island region not ruled out but
options explored: DILG

Undersecretary for Local Governments, Austere Panadero, yesterday said the creation of a Negros Island Region has not been ruled out, but other options are also being explored.

Panadero, a Negrense, told the DAILY STAR that the Department of Interior and Local Government recommendations will be approved first by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, before they are presented to President Benigno Aquino III in a couple of weeks.

The majority of Negros officials are pushing for the merging of Negros Occidental and Oriental into one island region. But Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has held off in endorsing the plan saying a study is needed first. moremoremore

Senators, top
bizmen join trade fair

Senators, Negros Occidental officials and top business leaders last night joined the ringing of a bell to signal the opening of the 29th Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati that will run until Sunday.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. congratulated the Negros producers participating in the fair for the vast improvement in their products and told guests from Manila that what they were seeing were samples of more that the province has to offer.

He invited those present to come to Negros Occidental to see for themselves what it has to offer. moremoremore

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40MW Nasulo geothermal
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The Geothermal giant Energy Development Corporation will inaugurate its 40 megawatt Nasulo geothermal power plant in Valencia, Negros Oriental, Friday.

The latest addition of EDC to the Southern Negros Geothermal Production Field, which operates the 192.5 MW Palipinon I and II geothermal power plants is expected to boost the demand for power supply in the Visayas region, Dwight Maxino, SNGP head and EDC vice president for Negros, said.

Department of Energy Secretary, Carlos Jericho Petilla, EDC chairman and CEO Federico Lopez, and EDC president Richard Tantoco will lead guests at the inauguration rites at the power plant site in Sitio Nasuji, Barangay Puhagan in Valencia town.moremoremore