Register old banknotes
(By Jennifer Catan-Tilos)

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Dumaguete Branch has called on the public with relatives abroad or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who failed to exchange their old banknotes that they are given an extension to register at BSP website starting October 1 this year.

Economic and financial learning center manager Dr. Greg Baccay of BSP issued the reiteration during the stakeholders’ recognition on its 23rd anniversary celebration recently, saying that they have given OFWs more time to change their demonetized old bills with new banknotes. The registered new design series (NDS) banknotes at shall be submitted for exchange with new generation currency (NGC) bills within one year from date of registration at any BSP Office, said Baccay. Under BSP Circular 910, OFWs who are currently living abroad and cannot come home soon may register their old bills on the BSP website

PIA, NORECO-I Kapihan By Roi Lomotan
(By Roi Lomotan)

The Philippine Information Agency-Negros Oriental Information Center (PIA-NegOr), in cooperation with the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO-I) will hold a series of Kapihan sa PIA forums in selected towns and cities in the northern part of the province throughout the month of July.

The forums aim to raise community awareness on the upcoming district elections for the electric cooperative’s Board of Directors in Aug ust and September and to discuss the guidelines and qualifications for the candidates. Those who will be elected will represent the towns of Mabinay, Manjuyod, Tayasan, and Canlaon City. The first forum will be held in Mabinay on July 7 while the next forum is on July 13 in Manjuyod, July 15 in Tayasan and July 28 in Canlaon City.

Oplan TokHang: nets 5,374
(By Jennifer Catan-Tilos)

A total of 5,374 drug pushers and users as of July 11 have voluntarily surrendered to police authori-ties in different municipalities and cities in the province.

According to Police Senior Supt. Harris Fama of Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NORPPO), the campaign is part of intensified government crackdown against illegal drug problem in the country dubbed Project TokHang (Toktok-Hangyo). TokHang is part of Oplan Double Barrel aligned with the objective of President Rodrigo Duterte on anti-drug campaign aimed at drug pushers, users, and protectors of illegal drugs to curb and stop their illicit activities, said Col. Fama. Under TokHang (knoPck and talk or negotiate), law enforcers also convince drug personalities to never be involved again in the illegal drug trade. Fama said the next line of attack is the police operation where a search warrant will be served and a buybust operation will be done.

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