MERGE The Negros First softball girls at the NAIA 3 – waiting for their flight that has been tentatively rescheduled to tomorrow morning making their journey from Portland, Oregon to Bacolod a five-day ordeal instead of what could have been a 24-hour trip.* (Lizvi Jalandoni photo)

Negrenses suffer, too

Negrenses were among the thousands of passengers in the Philippines who suffered from delayed and cancelled flights over the weekend after an international aircraft skidded off a runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Xiamen Air flight MF8667 skidded off at around 11:55 p.m. Thursday due to the heavy rains, and runway 06/24 only resumed normal operations before noon Saturday, after the stuck aircraft was removed.

Airline officials said the congestion at the NAIA from the earlier runway closure and diverting of flights caused the delay and cancellation of some flights yesterday. moremoremore

Ordeal at NAIA for softball team

On Friday night, they slept comfortably after enjoying the view from the 24th floor of Prince Hotel at Shinagawa in Tokyo where they were billeted by Delta Airlines, which they took from Portland, Oregon, where they represented Asia-Pacific in the 11-12 age group Softball World Series.

We had to stay for 24 hours in Tokyo due to the airport traffic situation in Manila, said Lizvi Jalandoni, head coach of the Negros First team, who is traveling with 14 players and two other coaches.

The high-rise hotel stay was a stark contrast to their situation on arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 on Saturday night. moremoremore


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OPA strictly implementing
policy on crop insurance

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is strictly implementing a policy that disallows crop insurance coverage to areas not fully owned by a farmer, to avoid the “porsyentador” scheme, Supervising Agriculturist Dina Genzola said.

Genzola said yesterday that OPA is strictly implementing the policy to ensure that farmers could get the indemnities fully without any deductions to give to these “porsyentador,” or people who ask for a percentage from the total indemnities claimed by an individual if his/her rice areas are affected by a calamity.

“If the farmer will give a slice of the total insurance to “porsyentadors,” he might not fully recover the total losses he incurred after a calamity hit his area,” she said.