Fire Thirty- five houses were gutted in the fire that hit Barangay 2, Bacolod*(Andy Alvarez photo)

Fire guts 35 houses,
kills trapped pigs, too

More than 11 pigs were trapped and burned alive when fire hit 35 houses at a slum area in Purok Lampirong, Barangay 2 in Bacolod City, at about 12:45 p.m. yesterday.

No person was killed in the fire that raged for more than an hour, but a certain Jimmy Pinongpong, sustained a minor injury in his abdomen when he jumped into the nearby river to save his life, along with his neighbors and several fleeing piglets.

Below the dark billowing smoke residents were running, shouting and weeping at the fire scene, adding to the sound of the sirens coming from fire trucks and ambulances.moremoremore

Solon slams
obstructionist politics in city


Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella has called for the stoppage of the P50-million Buri Road in Barangay Mandalagan and the Alijis Road, in Bacolod City, because of complaints of 11 residents, who are claiming just compensation for their property.

The Honorata G. Manalo Road, formerly Buri Road, is being demolished by the Department of Public Works and Highways and a public hearing will be held by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on Friday on the complaint against its reconstruction and improvement.

Puentevella said he will request the DPWH Central office to send an investigating team to take a look into the complaints. moremoremore


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Oriental waiting for IRR
of Negros Island Region

It's just a little over a month before the start of the interim period for the Negros Island Region on October 1 this year but there is no word yet on its implementing rules and regulations, Dr. Henry Sojor, a member of the NIR Technical Working Group for Negros Oriental, said yesterday.

In the absence of the IRR, the provincial government cannot move ahead with the preparations for the interim period which is expected to run for three to five years until the Negros Island Region or Region 18 will become fully operational, he added.

The TWGs of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental have not been summoned yet to Manila for a repeat consultative meeting, after the first one last June 19. .moremoremore