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Ruby triggers fear,
residents evacuate
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Residents of Lakawon Island in Cadiz City yesterday began evacuating to the mainland amid fears that Typhoon “Hagupit (local name: Ruby)” will hit northern Negros Occidental.

Cadiz Vice Mayor Samson Mirhan told the DAILY STAR the Lakawon residents evacuated on their own, no order was issued by the city government for them to do so yet.

He said the city government is on alert and closely monitoring the path of the typhoon, and will issue evacuation orders as soon as it is clear that Ruby poses a danger to their area.moremoremore

SP okays P2.6B
Negros budget

BY CARLA GOMEZ

The P2.637 billion 2015 budget of the Negros Occidental provincial government was approved unanimously by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday.

The 2015 budget gives priority to food security and peace order in Negros Occidental, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said.

The budget will never be sufficient, but at least, it will meet the minimum target goals set by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., he added. moremoremore

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22 brgys prone to flooding,
storm surge in Dumaguete

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Fifteen Dumaguete City barangays near rivers and creeks, and seven other coastal barangays, were identified as priority areas in case of flooding and storm surges as the city braces for the coming strong typhoon.

Disaster Management Office head Jose Chu said a report from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, said that the barangays near the Banica and Okoy rivers that are prone to flooding are Buñao, Tinago, Calindagan, Barangay 8, Camanjac, Candauay, Mangnao, Bantayan, Cadawinonan, Poblacion 2, Tabuctubig, Batinguel, Junob, Taclobo and Bagacay, and those at risk of storm surge or huge waves are Piapi, Tinago, Calindagan, Looc, Banilad, Mangnao and Bantayan.

Around 1,036 families living near the rivers and creeks, and 236 families or about 8,000 individuals along coastal areas have already been identified for pre-emptive evacuation, Chu said. moremoremore