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Rizal Park rehab starts

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The renovation of Rizal Park in Bacolod has started and is expected to be completed within the year, City Engineer’s Office acting head, Alan Agbones, said. Agbones said the project has an approved budget for

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Over 200K kids still unvaccinated in WV

The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development will try to reach at least 95 percent coverage in its measles-rubella and oral polio vaccine supplemental immunization activity or MR-OPV SIA. Negros Occidental has the highest numbers of unvaccinated

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Murcia upgrades mobility of LGU offices

The municipality of Murcia, under the leadership of Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas, Vice-Mayor Johnny Reosura, and Sangguniang Bayan members, has embarked on a program to upgrade the mobility of offices of the town. Rojas led the turnover recently of a

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Bacolod eyeing 150K add’l Covid vaccines

BY ADRIAN P NEMES III Bacolod City may get an additional 150,000 doses of vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday. This is on top of the 650,000 doses that the Swedish-British AstraZeneca pharmaceutical firm will

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Gov’t to procure 1M doses of Sinovac

The government will procure 1 million doses of CoronaVac, produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech pharmaceutical company, this month, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., said yesterday. Galvez, who is also the country’s vaccine czar, said

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Guvs to appeal IATF reso on travel protocols

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The League of Provinces of the Philippines will make an appeal on Resolution 101 issued by the National Inter-Agency Task Force, that states that testing should not be mandatory for travelers, except when the local government

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Capitol turns over mgmt of 2 hospitals to LGUs

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The management of the Vicente Gustilo District Hospital (VGDH) and Calatrava Municipal Hospital was formally turned over yesterday by the provincial government of Negros Occidental to the local government units of Escalante City and Calatrava. The

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LRY elected CFRC prexy

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Leo Rey Yanson (LRY) was reelected president and chairman of the board of Countryside Food Resources Corp. during the annual meeting of stockholders at its principal office in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday. Before his reelection,

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‘Drug den’ dismantled, 6 arrested

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A suspected drug den was dismantled by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and local police in Brgy. 5, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on Sunday, and led to the arrest of six suspects. Nabbed

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Bacolod remains under MGCQ until March 31

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued yesterday Executive Order 11, series of 2021, extending the Modified General Community Quarantine status of the city until March 31. The EO said that selling of liquor, wine, beer or

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Better than nothing

The Philippines ranks only second to Indonesia in Southeast Asia in terms of COVID-19 infections and deaths but it is among the last countries in the region to start vaccinating its people who will be celebrating their various stages of

Negative swab test still required for Boracay tourists

Tourists visiting Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan are still required to show negative results of their swab tests, Malay Mayor Flolibar Bautista said yesterday. Travelers are asked to meet the requirements of the local government unit even with the new

63K worth of shabu seized

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Operatives of Bacolod City police seized P63,000 worth of suspected shabu in three separate buy-bust operations in Baranggays27, Mansilingan and Singcang-Airport Tuesday and Wednesday. Station 7 commander P/Lt. Michael Tuburan said they conducted a buy

‘Summer Breeze’ on

Visual and performing artists from the Art Association of Bacolod, Christian Artists National Various Arts Society, and the Babayi Arts Group opened a group art exhibit of paintings at the gallery of Modern Hut Café at the Marketplace, Bacolod City,

Solon to call for inquiry on Negros nurses’ complaints

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN House Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano said yesterday that he will call for an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the budget circular of the Department of Budget and Management on the pay grade of nurses.

DA secures additional hog deliveries

In a bid to further lower the cost of pork and pork products in Metro Manila, the Department of Agriculture reported that 27,852 kilos of meat from various regions arrived Tuesday evening. A total of 685,846 kilos or 108,070 heads