MERGE The detour bridge in Barangay Miranda, Pontevedra, being opened to allow flood water to exit* (Wesvih Celes photo)

‘Unfinished drainage,
waste flood culprits’

Aside from heavy rains, the floods in Bacolod City Thursday were also attributed to massive waste and unfinished drainage rehabilitation work.

Executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas, cluster head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, yesterday said the good thing is that when high tide came at about 9 p.m., the flood waters had started to recede.

Vargas said the accumulated rain that lasted for two to three hours reached 72.8 mm which is equivalent to about three to four days of rain. There were traffic jams because of the flooded streets but there were no reported evacuations. moremoremore

Pontevedra hit by fire, flooding, too

Floods hit six barangays and fire destroyed a school canteen in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, yesterday, Mayor Jose Benito Alonso said.

The mayor said he had a temporary detour bridge in Barangay Miranda destroyed to enable the flood water to exit.

The Department of Public Works and Highways project contractor will provide a steel sheet to be placed over the section of the detour bridge that was destroyed yesterday to allow tricycles, motorcycles and pedestrians to pass, Miranda Barangay Captain Cecille Garita said. moremoremore


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Una Konsulta eyeing
expansion in NegOcc


A primary health care facility located in a mall in Bacolod City is eyeing to expand by putting up more “one stop shop” medical clinics in north and south areas of Negros Occidental, its medical director Dr. Alvin Parreño said Thursday.

Parreño said they plan to expand their services in north and south Negros Occidental by putting up small one-stop shops, with the same services offered at their facility at the SM City Bacolod.

Una Konsulta is an outpatient facility under the Riverside Medical Center Inc. located at the south wing annex of the mall with 1,066 square meters offering consultation, nursing care, hemodialysis, dental, laboratory, OB-Gyne ultrasound, respiratory therapy, and radiology services.