Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Students, civil society members and the media attending the Rappler forum  in Negros Occidental, await safety instructions at the football field after being evacuated from their fourth-floor venue  during the 5.8-magnitude earthquake yesterday after which classes were suspended and the forum was relocated.*
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3 quakes hit Negros,
students sent home


Three earthquakes hit Negros Occidental yesterday, with the strongest at magnitude 5.8 at its epicenter off Cauayan town, and felt at Intensity 4 in Bacolod and Bago cities, at 1:21:40 p.m., a PHIVOLCS report said.

People at restaurants, homes, schools and offices in Bacolod City, said they felt the buildings they were in, shake for several seconds.

At the Bacolod Hall of Justice, the Negros Occidental Capitol, the Bacolod Government Center, and many other offices in the city, workers left their buildings and were seen on the side of road.moremoremore

More seek relocation site lots

More residents of 15th Street in Brgy. 7, Bacolod City, now want to avail of the relocation site at the former Arao property in Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City, Joselito Bayatan, City Legal Officer, said yesterday.

Bayatan said five out of the nine affected families, who had filed an injunction case against the city have approached the Bacolod Housing Authority Tuesday to process their applications for a relocation site.

The rest also want to avail of a site, except for one who may not be qualified because its members reportedly owns a house in another barangay, he said.moremoremore

‘Bacolod a learning center’

Bacolod City will become a learning area for other local government units for the Localization of the Comprehensive National Juvenile Intervention Program after being chosen as one of the pilot areas, Leocadio Trovela, assistant director of Interior and Local Government-Central Office, said yesterday.

Trovela said Bacolod is among the six cities as pilot areas for the program, and the role of these cities is critical because of the upscaling that will happen nationwide. This is because other LGU’s will rely on the experience of these cities in the implementation of comprehensive juvenile intervention programs.moremoremore

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