MERGE The magical tribute to mother nature by Sagay City’s Sinigayan Festival performers was the champion in the Festival Dances Competition of the Panaad sa Negros Festival, Saturday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

DILG: Vote for brave
officials to fight drugs
73 brgys face raps

The Department of Interior and Local Government is filing charges against officials of 73 barangays all over the country before the Ombudsman next week for failure to organize their Barangay Anti Drug Abuse Councils, Rico judge Janvier Echiverri, DILG assistant secretary for legislative and external affairs, said Saturday.

Echiverri, who was the guest speaker at the opening of the 25th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, said he could not say if there were barangays in Negros that will be included in the list to be given to the Ombudsman.

The DILG official, who made the announcement at the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the barangay elections in May, called on voters to vote for barangay officials who are not involved in drugs.moremoremore

Guv: Negros gains
beyond expectations

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who declared the Silver Panaad sa Negros Festival open Saturday, said the economic gains of Negros Occidental in the past 25 years are a promise fulfilled beyond expectations.

Marañon, in his speech at the opening of the festival at the Panaad Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, said that in the next 25 years Negros Occidental will progress more “if we continue to unite and work together, especially to solve the biggest problem in this country which is poverty.”

“If we can solve poverty we can solve the drug problem and other crimes,” he said.moremoremore


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Organic village, animal hub
open at 25th Panaad kickoff

The “Mother of All Festivals’ in Negros Occidental started its 9-day celebration Saturday morning, with the opening of two permanent structures for farmers and livestock raisers to sell their crops and animals year-round at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.

Panaad sa Negros Festival, on its 25 th year, highlighted the “fulfilled promise” to diversify the mono-crop sugar economy of the province, as it opened various festival sites that present different industries in Negros.

Highlighting the event was the opening of the P20-million Organik na Negros Village. The Negros First Animal Hub also opened after its construction started in the fourth quarter of 2017.