Church UNFINISHED. The Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, still waiting for be finished.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Rains save Neg. Occ.
millions in crops: guv

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the rains hitting Negros Occidental this week has saved the province millions of pesos in crop losses.

The rains, triggered by a strong northeast monsoon, hit most of the province and revived crops that were suffering from the long dry spell, he said.

The governor reiterated that the rains are the answer to prayers. At the same time he called on Negrenses to continue to pray for more rain.moremoremore

PCG lifts ban on fastcraft travel
Kabankalan man jumps off ro-ro, dies

The Philippine Coast Guard lifted the ban on fastcraft travel out of Negros after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration lifted its gale warning over the island at 5 p.m. yesterday, Lt. Commander Ramil Palabrica, Coast Guard Bacolod Station chief, said.

The gale warnings issued by PAGASA since Monday caused the cancellation of 88 fatscraft trips plying the Bacolod-Iloilo-Bacolod route involving about 8,800 passengers and lost revenues of about P2.5 million, Frank Carbon, Weesam Express manager, said.

Many fastcraft passengers headed for Iloilo or Bacolod opted to travel via roll-on roll-off vessels that were not barred from operating for being over the 250 gross tonnage. moremoremore


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Chief of Bayawan LTO lauds
extension office conversion

The chief of the Land Transportation Office extension office in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, has expressed optimism over the recent move of the Senate to convert the existing LTO extension offices to regular district offices in many parts of the country.

LTO-Bayawan chief Alberta Janine Lawas announced that this is a welcome development as it would mean more services being made available to the extension office's clientele which includes those from Negros Occidental.

She referred to a media report last week that said the Senate had passed on third and final reading a number of bills for the establishment and conversion of more LTO district offices, to include that one in Bayawan City..moremoremore