AWARDING. Mark Anthony Lugay of TUV Rheinland  awards a ISO 9001:2008 Certification  to RU Foundry owner  Ramon Uy and his wife, May, in Bacolod City yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Two rescued, 2 missing;
air, sea travel cancelled


The Negros Occidental Provincial Price Coordinating Council convened yesterday to put in place measures that will  prevent price manipulation and hoarding that could further drive up the prices of rice and other basic goods.

The National Food Authority   assured the PPCC that it  has more than  enough rice to meet the needs of  Negros Occidental, with supply good for a month in its warehouse, on top of 88,000 bags or 4,400 metric  tons of Vietnam rice that arrived at the BREDCO Port in Bacolod City Monday, Board  Member  Salvador Escalante said.

NFA rice is being sold at P27 per kilo and P32 per kilo for regular and well-milled varieties, respectively, and prices above that is overpricing, said Escalante, who presided over the PPCC meeting in behalf of its chairman   Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.moremoremore

5 Valladolid
employees suspended


The Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of five members of the Bids and Awards Committee of Valladolid town in  Negros Occidental for three months without pay  for simple misconduct,  for having  a rural health unit repaired without public bidding.

The Office of the Ombudsman (Visayas), in its decision approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales  on Feb. 25, 2014 and released to the media yesterday, also found Valladolid Mayor Rommel Yogore liable.

However, since the incident happened in December 2008, and Yogore was re-elected as mayor in May 2010, the administrative case against him was dismissed for being moot and academic under the Aguinaldo Doctrine, the Ombudsman said.moremoremore

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Breakthrough vs dengue

Every year, when the rainy season comes upon the country, warnings are immediately issued against the threat of the dreaded dengue fever that relentlessly takes its toll regularly.

Government health offices also invariably issue warnings and suggestions on how to prevent the rise of dengue cases, and underscoring the deadly effects of the disease, especially among the young. Statistics are also trotted out, probably in a bid to emphasize the danger it poses, and make the people, parents especially, conscious about the costs it may exact, especially in lives.

Statistics from the prestigious British medical publication, The Lancet, has shown that every year, 500,000 people are affected by dengue, and that of this number, 2.5 percent are expected to die.moremoremore



Girl dies; rivers swell as
rains inundate NegOr

A teenager died of drowning in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, yesterday as heavy rains caused some river waters to swell and floods the many parts of the province, due to the southwest monsoon and typhoon Glenda.

The victim was identified as Rubie Amadera, 17, of Barangay Amio in Sta. Catalina town, Adrian Sedillo, of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said.

A report to the governor’s office said Amadera went swimming at the river in Amio yesterday morning when she, fell, and hit her head on a rock. Her body was found at around 9:15 a.m., he said. moremoremore