Ash Wednesday As in all other churches in the country, Catholics gathered at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City for the Ash Wednesday rites yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo )

Reorg at 12 hospitals
ups payroll to P822M


Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said, with the proposed reorganization of personnel at the 12 Negros Occidental provincial government-run hospitals, an annual budget of P822,985,269 will be needed when it is fully implemented next year.

“We are assured that the provincial government can fully afford the P822 million for the annual salaries of the health personnel,” he said.

That is because from the 1,273 existing positions this year with an annual salary of P544,749,789, the reorganization will cause the hiring of 649 more that will require an additional P278,235,480, for a total of 1,922 employees by 2016, he said..moremoremore

Capitol gets
ventilators for free

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is getting the much-needed ventilators for patients in government-managed hospitals, from the Aloha Medical Mission of Hawaii, without spending a single centavo.

Board Member Miller Serondo, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on Health, said yesterday that Gov. Alfredo Marañon is expected to sign a deed of donation to be executed by the St. Scholastica's Bacolod Alumnae Foundation, in favor of the province of Negros Occidental on the donation of medical supplies and equipment to be used by the Aloha Medical Mission of Hawaii at the Cadiz District Hospital on March 2 to 6.

Among the medical equipment to be donated to the provincial government are three ventilators, said Serondo, who sponsored a resolution granting authority for Marañon to sign the deed of donation, that was approved yesterday by the SP during its regular session, said. .moremoremore

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Robbery, carnapping gang
leader arrested in Sibulan

Operatives of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Team arrested Tuesday the alleged leader of a purported “akyat-bahay (break-in)” robbery and carnapping gang in Ajong, Sibulan town in Negros Oriental.

The suspect, identified as Ricardo Ebasan Jr., 44, is the subject of at least two warrants of arrest for robbery and for murder, Insp. Robelito Mariano, head of the Highway Patrol Team in the province, said.

Ebasan is allegedly the leader of the Ebasan-Dinglasa “Akyat-Bahay” robbery/carnap gang believed responsible for a series of burglaries and carnapping incidents in Negros Oriental, Mariano said. moremoremore