DOH Health Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle with doctors Julius Drilon, Marlon Tabligan and Nenita Dumaguit of CLMMRH (l-r) at the turnover of the ISO certification yesterday.*
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CLMMRH turnaround
amazing: DOH official

An official of the Department of Health yesterday called thelatest International Organization for Standardization (ISO) upgrade of the Corazon LocsinMontelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, once described as the sick boy of the DOH, as “nothing short of amazing.”

Health Undersecretary Dr. Herminigildo Valle of the Office for Field Implementation and Management, who spoke at the awarding of the ISO 9001:2015 Certification to the CLMMRH at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, said the Duterte administration is committed to upgrading government health facilities around the country in the next five years with a P228 billion budget.

He noted that CLMMRH has a newly built about P600 million West Tower with state of the art equipment, and its East Towerbiddedout for P563M is currently under construction. moremoremore

Duterte rides high
after 'rough' first year

Rodrigo Duterte ended his first year as Philippine president yesterday day as a hugely popular leader, after taking Filipinos on a promised "rough ride" of drug war killings and foreign policy U-turns.

Duterte has been heavily criticized for his unprecedented crackdown on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives, and he marks 12 months in office enduring the biggest crisis of his rule as Islamist militants occupy parts of a southern city.

The 72-year-old has also upended decades of foreign policy stability, launching verbal bombs against traditional ally the United States while steering the Philippines closer to authoritarian regimes in China and Russia. moremoremore


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5 sentenced to life for drugs

The Regional Trial Court Branch 30 in Negros Oriental yesterday sentenced five persons to life imprisonment for drug offenses.

Two other accused were sentenced to a maximum of 14 years and one day, and one was acquitted for insufficiency of evidence.

RTC Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. of Branch 30 identified the five as Marlyn Bandoquillo, who was arrested Oct. 7, 2015 with more than 19.77 grams of shabu, Ramil Caburnay, arrested on Sept. 9, 2015 with 0.05 gram of shabu, Joeson Aguilar, arrested August 18, 2015 with 5.19 grams of shabu, Rosemarie Melon, nabbed following a search warrant on September 11, 2015 with 182.28 grams of shabu, and Fernando Artus, who was busted on August 26, 2015, with 0.06 gram of shabu.