TreeThe  tree  that  fell  on top of  the  pick-up truck at La Salle Avenue in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, yesterday* (Ronnie Galvan photo)

Hasten cloud seeding,
rains not enough: guv

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he has asked the Bureau of Soils and Water Management of the Department of Agriculture to hasten cloud seeding operations to mitigate the damage already being caused by the dry spell on sugarcane and other crops in Negros Occidental.

The rains yesterday were not enough to mitigate the effects of the dry spell that has been hitting the province, he said.

Crops in some parts of the province have turned from green to brown and have shrivelled up because of the intense heat. This is reportedly expected to drive up the prices of vegetables. moremoremore

Drop in RPT collection
misleading – mayor


That was how Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella reacted to reports in the media that the real property tax collection in Bacolod City for January 2015 had gone down by almost 50 percent, calling it “misleading”.

The reports were based on the records of the City Treasurer’s Office that show that after the implementation of City Ordinance 08-14-700 or the New Real Property Tax Ordinance of Bacolod City, the collection for January this year compared to the same period last year was only P22.8 million compared to P44.1 million in January 2014.

It was therefore clear that only the collection for January was being reported.moremoremore

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PCG starts Holy Week
security preparations


The Philippine Coast Guard in Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces is all set for the observance of Holy Week and Easter with a 10-day security plan to be implemented from March 27 to April 6.

Ensign Cecille Romero Jimenez, head of the Coast Guard Station-Dumaguete, said that starting today, they will set up public assistance centers at all ports under their coverage area.

These include the ports of Dumaguete City, Sibulan, Tandayag in Amlan, Guihulngan City, and Malatapay in Maluay, Zamboanguita, all in Negros Oriental, and in Siquijor province, she said.moremoremore