MERGE CURED. Star, the sick Green Sea Turtle who was rescued in Danjugan Island waters in southern Negros Occidental, is now well and free* (Micaela L. Trebol photo)

PhilHealth fails to act,
401 workers lose jobs

The 401 employees of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital in Bacolod City lost their jobs effective Tuesday with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.’s failure to renew BOLMSH’s accreditation, union president Santi Mamon said yesterday.

Mamon, at an emotional press conference called by the union, said they are still hoping to high heavens that PhilHealth will grant BOLMSH’s accreditation so their jobs can be saved.

The problem is between the hospital management and PhilHealth, but the workers are the ones suffering for it, Mamon said. moremoremore

Flood hits Pontevedra schools

Two public schools in Brgy. Miranda, Pontevedra, the Catalino Soliguen National High School and the Miranda Elementary School, experienced flooding yesterday morning after concrete pipes overflowed due to heavy rains, Mayor Jose Benito Alonso said.

The flooding happened first at CSNHS, causing officials to suspend classes. The water also reached MES later, but no suspension of classes was announced.

“A detour was put in place for the flood control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways, however the concrete pipes were too small. They overflowed after the rain we experienced on Tuesday night,” Alonso said. moremoremore


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City collects P17M in market rentals

The Bacolod City Treasurer’s Office collected a total of P17,114,688.02 from market operations and rental income in the first half of the year, local treasury operations officer, Arlene Memoria, said yesterday.

The collection came from the income from lease and rental in public markets at P11,737,071.40, and economic enterprise income from market operations at P5,337,616.62.

Lease and rental income collected in the first six months of the year were, for January – P1,790,836.10, February – P1,723,840.31, March – 12,206,003.47, April – 1,615,726.15, May – 3,028,194.02, and June – P1,806,580.80, records showed.