Masskara “Smaze” or smoke-haze blanketed Bacolod Saturday*( Ed Alunan photo)

Indonesian ‘smaze'
reaches Neg. Occ.

The smaze (smoke-haze) from the peatland forest fires in Indonesia has hit Negros Occidental, too, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, Provincial Disaster Management Program Division chief, confirmed yesterday.

The “smaze” had been observed in southern Negros Occidental since last week, he said.

Melvin Fierro Sr., PDMPD weather forecaster, said the smaze was observed to be thickest in the southern part of Negros Occidental on Saturday and to a lesser degree yesterday. It was also observed over Bacolod City, he added.moremoremore

Bus tycoon passes away

Ricardo Yanson, founder of the biggest bus company in the country, passed away at the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City early yesterday morning.

Yanson, 86, reportedly was suffering from asthma and heart problems and was scheduled for a bypass operation in Manila.

His wake was held at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City yesterday.

His bus company, Vallacar Transit Inc., that he founded with his wife, Olivia, in 1968, is now the biggest bus company in the country.moremoremore


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DOH issues advisory for
coping with haze

MANILA -- As the government continues to monitor the thick haze situation in Mindanao, the Department of Health yesterday advised the people, particularly the elderly, children and those with asthma or other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases on ways of coping with the risks of haze.

DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, said the haze from the forest fires in Indonesia can cause air pollution which can bring about increased risks for respiratory tract infections and cardiac ailments.

In the DOH advisory, Dr. Lee Suy said it is important for the vulnerable sectors of the population to stay indoors with good ventilation..moremoremore