MERGE Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and GSIS acting vice president for Corporate Affairs Mary Abigail Francisco (center) led city officials at the Flag-raising rites at the Bacolod City Public Plaza yesterday during the 120th Independence Day celebration* (Andy Alvarez photo)


‘Let’s fight for change’
Education key to future – Bing
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

“We have to fight for the changes we want to implement because in them lies the future of our children,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia said during the 120 th Independence Day celebration at the Bacolod City Public Plaza yesterday.

“We must keep on changing for the better and eventually for the best. In fact, we do not stop changing for the best even if we have been declared as the ‘2017 Top Model City of the Philippines.’ The award, instead, has served as an impetus for us to do more, to excel in all fields of governance for our people,” Leonardia said.

“We are also into giving higher budget in education because we all believe that a strong and stable future for a country depends on that country’s investment in education,” he said. moremoremore


It was a day of protests, patriotism
BY MARK L. GARCIA

It was a day of raising the flag and placards of protests.

The celebration of Independence Day in Negros Occidental conveyed messages of patriotism and a call to strengthen foreign policies as local government units honor the heroes of freedom, while some protestors called for “genuine independence”.

During the flag raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon in Bacolod City yesterday morning, Negros Occidental Board Member Valentino Miguel Alonso emphasized the value of self-determination as he urged the Negrenses to remind the young generation that there is a continuing struggle for freedom until the present. moremoremore

 

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JUNE 12 JOB FAIR
25 hired on the spot, 574
qualify for employment
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Twenty-five job seekers were hired on the spot (HOTS) while 574 qualified during the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Job Fair of the Department of Labor and Employment at the 888 Premier Mall in Bacolod City yesterday.

DOLE records showed there were 927 individuals who applied yesterday for about 4,600 job opportunities available during the activity held in time with the 120th celebration of Philippine Independence.

Compared to the records last year, the number of HOTS decreased by about 84 percent from 160 to 25 this year, while the total applicants also went down by 28 percent, from 1,302 in 2017 to 937 yesterday.