MERGE Floods yesterday caused heavy traffic and stranded vehicles like this one in front of the Hi Strip at the Circumferential Road in Bacolod City.* (Nelson Adrian Remo photo)

BOLMSH responsible
for closure: PhilHealth
‘MR denied, it can’t evade liability’

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. yesterday said its denial of Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital’s accreditation has been upheld, and that the BOLMSH management is responsible for its own closure.

Their accreditation committee at the central level denied BOLMSH’s pending motion for reconsideration, PhilHealth-6 Regional Vice President Lourdes Diocson confirmed.

Diocson said the order denying the MR will be forwarded to the BOLMSH today. moremoremore

Floods hit Bacolod,
classes cancelled

Heavy rain that lasted nearly two hours caused flooding in several areas and major streets of Bacolod City and left several vehicles and commuters stranded.

A tree fell and damaged two houses in Brgy. 21, while Kabalikat responders were deployed to Ramylu Village in Brgy. Tangub when flood waters rose to about 1 meter high at about 6 p.m. yesterday.

The flooding incidents were brought about by the southwest monsoon that affected Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. moremoremore


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Tourism dev’t plan underway

Sipalay City in south Negros Occidental, with the second highest percentage of foreign tourist arrivals in Western Visayas last year, is now working on creating a sustainable tourism development plan to avoid being in a similar situation that Boracay Island found itself in.

Records from the Department of Tourism-6 show that Sipalay had the highest number of foreign tourist arrivals, next to Boracay, last year and the city’s tourism officer, Jerick Lacson, said yesterday that they aim to create a development plan for their tourism attractions, most of them beaches and resorts.

With the threats of closure to some island beaches like Panglao and Isla de Gigantes like what happened to Boracay, Lacson said the local government is creating initiatives to let their 48 tourism establishments comply with environmental protocols and advocate sustainable tourism practices.