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LCC to celebrate 63rd
alumni homecoming

A grand alumni homecoming will be held at La Consolacion College-Bacolod on September 2, that will be hosted by high school class 1987, who are celebrating their silver jubilee, a press release from organizers said.

The activity will start with a 1 p.m. motorcade from Galo corner Gatuslao streets to major thoroughfares of Bacolod to the main campus, to be followed by a banner-raising ceremony, a mass, and a general assembly where Butch Gerasmo, president of the High School Alumni Association, will present the annual report and proposed amendments of the Constitution and By-Laws of the association, the press release also said.

Other activities in the celebration that is also sponsored by classes 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1992, 1997 and 2002, are a cultural concert with the theme, “Dancing with the Stars” that will feature pop dances from across generations, and a dinner party.

Interested alumni may contact the LCCB Office for Institutional Advancement and Linkages or the Alumni Association Office at 434-9661 to 64 or 433-9047, the press release added.*

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Anti-Mendicancy Week in
Bacolod Aug. 27-31

The Bacolod City government will celebrate Anti-Mendicancy Week today until August 31 that is spearheaded by the Department of Social Services and Development.

Activities to mark the event are the “Advocacy sa Barangay” program in Kabugwason and Brgy. 30, from 2-5 p.m. tomorrow and on August 29 and at the BAYS Center, 8-11 a.m. on Aug. 30, with Dr. Ester Regina Servando and 117 chief Jomari Vargas, a press release from the city said.

DSSD head Sally Abelarde said information dissemination campaigns will also be conducted on City Ordinance 146, Series of 1995, that establishes an integrated program regulating mendicancy in Bacolod, and on Presidential Decree 1563, or the integrated system for the control and eradication of mendicancy, the press release said.

The drives hope to mobilize local sectors for the development of a well-informed and enlightened community that will actively participate in the campaign against mendicancy and psychotic vagrants, the press release added.*

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Anti-drug council reorganized

The Negros Occidental Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council has been reorganized to intensify the fight against prohibited substance abuse, a press release from Capitol said.

The reactivation of the council, that held its first meeting at the Drug Rehabilitation Center in Victorias City in the province, was by virtue of Executive Order 12-014 Series of 2012, and is chaired by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan of the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office as vice-chair, and 19 members from government agencies and non-government organizations, the press release said.

Marañon said the council has an important task in intensifying the fight against drug abuse. It is a pity because the police cannot do the fight alone, and the help of civil society, the NGOs, and other stakeholders is needed to prevent the problem into becoming an unmanageable and irreversible, he added in the press release.

Cleveland Villamor of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said there are new trends in illegal drugs trade where transactions are made through cellphones and internets while payments are coursed through e-money, g-cash, pay pal and even credit cards.

He said PDEA has conducted 11 operations in Negros Occidental that led to the arrest of 13 drug personalities, and eight operations in Bacolod City, with 10 persons nabbed.

The PDEA observed that inspections of persons and baggage at the Bacolod ports do not seem in accordance with usual port practices, so illegal drugs are able to penetrate the city and the province. Villamor said the agency is seeking the augmentation of its personnel from local government units to be deployed in ports to help discourage the entry of drug couriers, the press release also said.

Executive director Ernesto Palanca of the Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Foundation Inc. said the reactivation of the PADAC is a good start for the province to become a drug-free province, the press release added.*

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