Landslide A landslide in Barangay Caningay, Candoni, yesterday* ( Nick Lachica II photo)

Landslides, floods hit Negros;
Teachers, fishermen rescued


Hundreds of passengers were stranded as sea travel was cancelled, three fishermen were rescued, and a motor tanker sent out a distress call in Negros Occidental yesterday, amid rough seas and strong gale winds brought on by the southwest monsoon and Typhoon Hanna.

Heavy rains also caused flooding in barangays Pacolo, Mabini, Palaka and Alijis in Valladolid town, in Negros Occidental, affecting 593 families or 2,372 individuals, said Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Provincial Health Officer and OIC Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer.

But none of the 2,372 individuals were evacuated from their homes, he said..moremoremore

FDA clamping down on sale of
medicines without license


The Food and Drug Administration is clamping down on the unlicensed sale of medicines, especially in remote areas of Negros Occidental, to protect the buying public, Department of Health 6 Licensing, Regulatory and Enforcement Division chief, Delia Tarrosa, said yesterday.

Tarrosa gave the explanation amid reports that FDA personnel had put a halt to the sale of medicines in several areas in southern Negros Occidental.

Candoni Vice Mayor Diomedes Magada said residents of his town have to go to Kabankalan City to buy medicines. That is because FDA personnel stopped three stores in Candoni from selling medicines, he said. .moremoremore


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Degamo shuns DILG order
on recall of vehicles of SP

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has criticized the order of the Department of Interior and Local Government that asks him to explain his recall of the provincial government-owned vehicles assigned to members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

He said the DILG order is way off, noting that as chief executive of the province, he is the official custodian of the vehicles.

It is like they at the DILG are intervening with the functions of the local government, as it cannot be questioned that the governor is the property custodian of things owned by the provincial government, Degamo stressed..moremoremore