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Teacher dies, 34 injured in DS Benedicto accident

Teacher dies, 34 injured in DS Benedicto accident

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The scene of the accident in Don Salvador Benedicto.* Michael Trinidad photo A 40-year-old female teacher died and 34 were injured, when a Bacolod City government bus fell on its side at Purok Talus, Brgy. Igmaya-an, Don Salvador Benedicto town in Negros Occidental, 5:40 p.m. Friday, June 14. Of the 34 injured, 32 were teachers, from the Palaum Village Elementary School in Bacolod, Maria Laarni Pornan, Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head, said..The teacher who died panicked and stood up and was slammed when the bus fell on its side, Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said. The bus was descending from Kilometer 40 to 41 when it its brakes failed and fell on its left side, the police reported. Pornan said the bus had 36 passengers onboard - the te...
Fire destroys mayor’s house, school in San Carlos City 

Fire destroys mayor’s house, school in San Carlos City 

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The fire that hit San Carlos City on Friday, June 14.*San Carlos City DRRMO photo  A fire destroyed a school and the houses of Mayor Renato Gustilo and his grandfather   at Ylagan Street, San Carlos City,  at about 3 p.m.  Friday, June 14.  Gustilo, who was in Manila when the fire broke out, said it started from  the Daisy’s ABC School  and spread to the compound where his ancestral home  and the house of  his late  grandfather are located.  His  31-year-old daughter who had a fever saw that the school was on fire and called  for help, he said.  However, the fire also  destroyed his house and that of his late  grandfather, Gustilo said.  Gustilo, 64, said his house was built even ...
Alvarez says NIR may begin operations before end of 2024

Alvarez says NIR may begin operations before end of 2024

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signing the NIR law on Thursday.*PCO photo The Negros Island Region will hopefully begin operations before the end of the year, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) said on Friday, June 14. Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said he estimates that the new region could begin operations in 90 days. “We’re hoping the new region will be operational before the end of year, but it won’t be full blown, there will be temporary offices initially,” she said. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed Republic Act 12000, the law creating the NIR, composed of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, on Thursday, June 13. Marcos pledged the national government’s assistance “so that we can bring this new region up to speed as quickly as po...
Kanlaon eruption damages P68.4M in crops, fisheries

Kanlaon eruption damages P68.4M in crops, fisheries

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Lahar from Kanlaon Volcano flowed through waterways in La Castellana on Monday.*Richard Malihan photos The Kanlaon Volcano eruption has caused P68,497,436 in damage to crops and fisheries in two cities and one town in Negros Occidental, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reported. This has affected 885 farmers tilling 504.4 hectares of farmlands in Bago City, La Carlota City and La Castellana town, OIC Provincial Agriculturist Dina Genzola said in her report to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson. Damage to rice was P1,368,956.35, corn – P555,000 and high value commercial crops - P65,978,480, Genzola said. The high value crops damaged by ash fall and lahar were coffee, bananas, vegetables and root crops in farms near the volcano, she said.Damage to fishponds was PP595,000, Genzol...
Ceneco power rates drop by P2.40/kWh in June

Ceneco power rates drop by P2.40/kWh in June

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Central Negros Electric Cooperative announced on Friday that its residential power rate for June has dropped by P2.40 per kilowatt hour. Its rate for June is now P12.7632/kWh from P15.1632/kWh last month, Ceneco announced. Ceneco also announced that by virtue of the Provisional Authority granted by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to implement the Power Supply Agreement (PSA) between CENECO and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) on May 29, EDC started its 20 MW base load power supply to the cooperative Friday, June 14. With the additional power from EDC, the exposure of CENECO to the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) where the electricity price is unstable, will be minimized, it said. A further reduction of power rates is expected in the July billing, Ce...
DOH wants stepped-up fight vs. dengue, WV logs 3.4K cases 

DOH wants stepped-up fight vs. dengue, WV logs 3.4K cases 

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The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) on Friday,  June 14,  called for an intensified 4S strategy to check the further increase in dengue cases in the region, which has reached 3,482 with nine deaths from Jan. 1 to June 8 this year.  Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray, the center’s program medical coordinator for emerging and re-emerging infectious disease cluster, said this year’s total number of cases is 22 percent higher than the 2,855 cases logged in the same period last year.  “We are now entering the rainy season. The more that we advocate for our 4S strategy in our barangays. As early as now, we started our advocacy at the barangay level to search and destroy (mosquito) breeding places,” she said in an online press ...
Mayor addresses complaints vs. Cabug Handumanan Road  

Mayor addresses complaints vs. Cabug Handumanan Road  

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The Cabug Handumanan Road in Bacolod City.*  Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez is appealing for the  understanding of the public on the  inconveniences and traffic congestion caused by the  ongoing construction of the  P85 million Cabug Handumanan Road in Bacolod City.     The mayor has  asked the  contactor to hasten work and  try to finish the road before the year ends and not  to wait until the September  2025  deadline,  his spokesman Caesar Distrito said in a press release.  Distrito said the mayor  assures the public that the traffic congestion and other inconveniences  brought about by the ongoing road construction  is being addressed  by all concerned agencies.  &...
Lower food cost slows down inflation rate in Negros Occ.

Lower food cost slows down inflation rate in Negros Occ.

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Lower cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages in Negros Occidental led to a slightly lower inflation rate of 4.2 percent for all income households in May, from 4.4 percent in April, a report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Friday, June 14, showed. On the other hand, the inflation rate in Bacolod City expanded to 4.5 percent in May compared to 3.9 percent in the previous month, mainly due to higher prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages and an increase in the cost of electricity. In a press briefing, PSA chief statistical specialist John Campomanes said food supply in Bacolod is sourced outside of Bacolod, so there is an add-on for the transportation cost. “Another main contributor to higher inflation rate in Bacolod is the increase in power rate,” he adde...
WV police seize P8.1M in drugs 

WV police seize P8.1M in drugs 

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The Police Regional Office-Western Visayas seized suspected shabu worth P8.1 million in  illegal drug operations on Tuesday and Wednesday,  June 11 to 12.  They  seized 1,194 grams of shabu in 13 buy-bust operations in the region and arrested 23 individuals, PRO 6 reported on Friday.  Nine suspects were arrested by the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit 6 (RPDEU6), six by the Iloilo Police Provincial Office, four by the Negros Occidental PPO, and one each by the Guimaras PPO, Capiz PPO, Bacolod City Police Office, and Iloilo Police Office, PRO6 reported. The  Iloilo PPO had the highest confiscation of about 724 grams of shabu with estimated drug price of P4.9 million.  Police Regional Office Director, Brig. Gen. Jack Wanky, said that i...
Outgoing fire marshal reports P11M in projects 

Outgoing fire marshal reports P11M in projects 

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Chief Inspector Stephen Jardeleza*  Outgoing Bacolod Fire Marshal, Chief Inspector Stephen Jardeleza, reported P11 million in programs and infrastructure projects during his one year and three months tenure at the Bacolod Fire Station (BFP). Among these projects are the P5 million fire station building extension, which is  scheduled for bidding on June 19, waterproofing of the fire station building, construction of a PPE rack,   a  public address system and improvement  of  the  Central Fire Station grounds, a BFP report said.  His administration also facilitated the procurement of a P2.5 million BFP ambulance, a 2,000-liters fire truck and various vehicles, and communication devices .  Jardeleza was re-assigned as the Deputy P...
Army inaugurates radio station 

Army inaugurates radio station 

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The 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army inaugurated the P3.2 million Camp Peralta Radio Broadcasting Station (RBS) or “Kalinong Radio” at Camp Gen Macario B. Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz, on Thursday, June 13.  The new facility aims to serve not only as a medium for military communication but also to enhance the 3ID's communication capabilities, enabling more effective information dissemination and public service broadcasting, a press release from the 3ID.  The radio station is a partnership between 3ID and K5 Broadcasting Company.  The inauguration was led by BGen. Leonardo Peña and K5 Chief Executive Officer Ramel Uy.  Peña thanked Uy for being a valuable partner and emphasized the significance of the collaboration with 5K Broadcasting Comp...
Marcos envisions NIR as center for economic growth in Visayas   

Marcos envisions NIR as center for economic growth in Visayas   

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President Ferdinand  Marcos Jr. (3rd from left, front row), with Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Valladolid Mayor Enrique Miravalles, House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Negros Oriental Governor Manuel Sagarbarria, and Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (l-r) at the signing of the NIR law.*PNA photo  The Negros Island  Region Act is finally a law.  The NIR, composed of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor is  now the 18th region of the country.  President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed  Republic Act 12000, the law creating the NIR, in the presence of the officials of the  three NIR provinces at   the Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace  Thu...
‘Historic signing of NIR law to bring wave of dev’t’ 

‘Historic signing of NIR law to bring wave of dev’t’ 

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The Negros Island officials at the signing of the NIR law.*Javi Benitez FB page photo  President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s signing of the Negros Island Region (NIR) law on Thursday, June 13, will bring a wave of development for Negros and Siquijor, officials said.  Marcos signed Republic Act 12000 creating the new region composed of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor in the presence of the officials of the three provinces at   the Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace.   The officials of the NIR provinces thanked the president and the legislators who finally made the new region a reality.  Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said “on this historic day for our province, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor, I am deeply grateful that this aspirat...
Bacolod  set for longer weekend with 86th Charter Day celebration 

Bacolod  set for longer weekend with 86th Charter Day celebration 

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The Bacolod City Government Center.*Ronnie Baldonado photo  Bacolod City residents will have an extended weekend as June 18 is a special non-working holiday to mark the 86th Charter Day of Bacolod, a day after the observance of Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice” on June 17, a regular holiday.  The celebration is part of the Days of Reminiscence or “Mga Adlaw Sang Paghanduraw” commemorated by the people of Bacolod from June 12 to 20 every year.  “We invite all Bacolodnons to participate in the various activities connected to these days. Join us in honoring our history and celebrating our freedom,” Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said in a statement.  The “Bacolod City Charter Day” commemorates the signing and approval of Commonwealth Act No. 326, creating th...
DENR providing equipment for Kanlaon air, water testing 

DENR providing equipment for Kanlaon air, water testing 

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DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga (center)  at the Negros Occidental Capitol  in Bacolod City on Thursday.*  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will provide equipment to monitor air and water quality   in areas close to Kanlaon Volcano following its recent eruption, DENR Secretary Antonia Yulo Loyzaga said on Thursday, June 13.  Loyzaga was in Negros on Thursday to see how her department can assist government agencies responding to the aftermath of the eruption.  “What we are trying to do is work very closely with the province in order   to identify where it would be best to position the instruments so that they can actually be effective in terms of decision making,” she said.  “The issue here is the lahar is mobilizing whe...
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