Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella with the delegates of the 43rd ASEAN Financial Services Liberalization Meeting at Sugarland Hotel yesterday.*

Foreign delegates arrive
for ASEAN finance meet

Fifty-four delegates from 11 countries were in Bacolod City for the 43rd ASEAN Financial Services Liberalization Working Committee meeting yesterday at Sugarland Hotel ahead of a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meet.

More than 100 delegates from 21 member economies are expected to attend the APEC Workshop on Disaster Risk Finance at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City that starts tomorrow.

The earthquake that left more than 3,700, dead in Nepal Saturday is expected to be discussed at the workshop.

Hopes up for PNoy
NIR announcement

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon said yesterday that he hopes that, during his visit to the province Thursday, President Benigno Aquino will announce his support for the creation of a Negros Island Region.

The president will be in Negros Occidental for the inauguration of the P630 million four-storey Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City, and the P55.1 million Negros First Rice Processing Center in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, Marañon said.

The inauguration of a Department of Public Works and Highways-funded road in Candoni town and the P66.5 million three-storey 45-classroom building at the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod City have been deleted from his itinerary.moremoremore

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‘More funds, manpower needed
in case of manual polls in 2016'

The convenor of the Diocesan Electoral Board of the Diocese of Dumaguete, Msgr. Julius Perpetuo Heruela, expressed concern over the need for funds and manpower in case a manual election is held in 2016.

Heruela was reacting to news reports quoting retired Commission on Elections chair Sixto Brillantes on the possibility of manual voting in the May 2016 polls. This was after the Supreme Court rejected a P268.8 million contract for the repair of about 82,000 automated voting machines.

"We need larger manpower and more resources if that is the scenario, most especially after the voting ends and the counting begins", Heruela said..moremoremore