SSS SSS-Bacolod officers Lina Hilado, Lilani Benedian and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia (l-r, seated) sign the memorandum of agreement yesterday between the city and SSS for voluntary coverage of contractual and job order personnel of the city with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran (5 th from left, standing), SSS executives, and job order workers as witnesses.*

City job order workers
to get SSS coverage

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia signed a memorandum of agreement with representatives of the Social Security System for the voluntary coverage of contractual and job order personnel of Bacolod City as self-employed members under the KaltaSSS Collect Program of SSS, at rites at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday.

The ceremonial signing between the city and SSS, represented by LilaniBenedian, SSS-Visayas West l Division officer-in-charge Vice President, and LinaHilado, SSS-Bacolod East Branch head, was witnessed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, SSS executives, and job order workers representing different offices of the city.

Benedian said Bacolod City is the first local government in Negros Occidental to have its job order personnel covered by SSS under a special program. moremoremore

Capitol ban up to
prevent bird flu

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called on the mayors of Negros Occidental to support the provincial government, through the Provincial Veterinary Office, in the implementation of a ban on the entry of birds, including quails, layer chickens, and ducks and their eggs, from Luzon to ensure that the province remains bird flu free.

The Negros Occidental provincial government is enforcing the Bureau of Animal Industry ban on the movement of live domestic and wild birds and their products from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao, in order to arrest the further spread of bird flu to other parts of the country, the governor said in a public advisory.

In order to ensure the success of the BAI order and spare the province from being affected by the disease, all local chief executives are enjoined to support the provincial government in the implementation of veterinary quarantine measures, he said. moremoremore


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Red tide alert still up

The red tide alert against shellfish consumption is still up in Tambobo Bay in Siaton, Negros Oriental, pending results of laboratory tests of water and shellfish meat samples.

Wilmencita Pialogo, who heads the Provincial Task Force on Red Tide at the Provincial Agriculturist's Office, said yesterday that they took some water samples again but were not able to do an analysis.

Pialogo, a marine biologist, added that shellfish meat samples taken from Tambobo Bay last week for bio-assay testing in the central office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Manila was forwarded only yesterday.