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This Week in Bacolod (June 9 to 15, 2019)

See how the Independence Day will affect your travel in Bacolod!

By: Yoorekka Team | June 09, 2019
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A new airline will be available soon in the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

On June 12, the Philippines will celebrate Independence Day. This year marks the 121st year since the country was freed from Spain’s rule in 1898. Since this is a national holiday, most Filipinos will use the day to spend time with family and friends, so expect Bacolod shopping centers and parks to be crowded. Keep yourself protected from possible rain by bringing a dry kit anywhere you go.

Meanwhile, the recent launch of modern jeepneys was criticized by the LTFRB. For some good news: an airline will soon operate in Bacolod-Silay Airport, resulting to an expected decrease in fare rates. Elsewhere in Negros, three melon-headed whales were found in the waters of Hinigaran. Lastly, the Northern Negros Natural Park is in need of protection from environmental violators. For further details for this weeks’ travel news, read on!

Weather: Brief showers and thunderstorms in a cloudy week

The day temperature will remain humid with a range of 31 °C to 33 °C. Expect some brief morning showers and thunderstorms. At night, you will experience a nice temperature of 25 °C to 26 °C and see clouds covering the sky; there’s also a chance of thunderstorms in some parts of Bacolod [1].

Bringing an umbrella or a raincoat wherever you go is advised to keep you dry during these rainy days. Drink supplements rich in Vitamin C to boost your immune system and to avoid any sickness brought by the changing weather.

Traffic News: Modern jeepneys not yet approved by LTFRB

EURO 4 PUVs, modern eco-friendly jeepneys, were launched at the Bacolod Government Center last May 31, 2019. However, Richard Osmeña, the regional director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Western Visayas, said that United Negros Transport Cooperative (Unetco) and its collaborator, Yellowdot Transport Inc., did not coordinate with the board first before releasing the units to the public. They also lack documents that would allow their jeepneys to be operated on the road.

Unetco Chairperson Marcelo Ochia stated that there are 25 cars ready and a thousand more are coming. Meanwhile, the LTFRB will apprehend the units for franchise violation. The agency also requested locals to report modern jeepneys operating [2].

Travel Updates

AirAsia to operate in Bacolod-Silay Airport

In order to decrease the fare rates in Bacolod, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and Cabinet secretaries approved and supported the service of AirAsia in the city. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade guaranteed Congressman Mikee Romero, also the vice chairman of AirAsia Philippines, the operation of the additional airline. Expected to serve in a month, AirAsia will give passengers more airline options and less expensive fare charges [3].

Stranded marine mammals in Hinigaran mishandled by locals

Three melon-headed whales were found stranded in the waters of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental [4]. Residents and fishermen in Barangay Gargato formed a crowd and surrounded the mammals before professional rescuers arrived at the scene.

Mark de la Paz, a trainer at Negros Occidental Marine Wildlife Responders said that touching the whales can give stress and injuries to whales. The whales were examined and released back to the sea by the authorities. De la Paz took the opportunity to educate the locals on the proper way to handle stranded marine animals.

GOES calls for protection of NNNP

Ranging about 80,454.5 hectares of land, the Northern Negros Natural Park is in need of protection from environmental violators such as restaurants, cafes, resorts, and vacation houses without building and business permits. The Group of Environmental Socialists (GOES) created the “Pabukid 2019 Manifesto” which emphasized illegal structures within the area [5]. GOES called out to concerned government agencies to take action against further deforestation.

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