protest Department of Public Works and Highways personnel clean up a portion of Araneta Street, Bacolod City, in front of Gaisano City after the floods.* ( CGS photo )

Flood victims get aid
41 houses destroyed , 40 damaged, mayor says

The Bacolod City government is providing assistance to families affected by the floods that hit Friday, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Cash assistance will be provided to those whose houses were destroyed and damaged, while initial food aid was given to the evacuees, he said.

The mayor said an initial report shows that 41 houses were destroyed and 40 were damaged in Bacolod City. moremoremore

Thousands affected in Neg. Occ.

Thousands of Negrenses were affected by floods Friday and those who evacuated returned to their homes the next day when the waters subsided, Melvin Fierro Sr. of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division said yesterday.

In Negros Occidental floods hit Pontevedra, San Enrique, Binalbagan and Valladolid towns, and La Carlota, Bago, Sipalay, Talisay and Silay cities, he said.

In Valladolid floods affected 1,776 households in barangays Guintorilan, Ayungon, Pacol, Paloma, Palaka, Mabini, Central Tabao, Bagumbayan, Tabao Proper, Sagua Banua and Dodol, a report submitted to the PDMPD said.

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BSP, banks finding ways
to stop credit card fraud

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, law enforcers and bankers are scrambling to find ways to prevent fraudulent activities involving access devices to credit cards as the police warned of a crime syndicate possibly operating in Dumaguete City.

Dumaguete police chief, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, said there are fraudsters using access cards believed to be in the capital city of Negros Oriental, although he declined to give specific details.

He disclosed, however, that this is an organized crime syndicate that has a wide reach, from outside of Dumaguete, and targets unknowing establishments that could not detect a fraudulent transaction..