LUBAY-LUBAY WINNER.The Barangays Abaca and Poblacion cluster won the Lubay-Lubay Festival street dance and arena presentation championship in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, yesterday.* *( Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Hospitals face closure if
hiring further delayed 5 head

The Negros Occidental provincial government has allotted P1.255 billion for the 2018 salaries of the existing personnel in its 11 hospitals, and the 1,335 additional employees that they need to hire this year, Provincial Budget Officer Percival Salado said yesterday.

The additional hospital employees required by the Department of Health need to be hired by March, or some of the provincial government-run hospitals could face DOH closure orders, he said.

There are 1,822 positions under the Hospital Operations Department of the provincial government which do not include causals, he said. moremoremore

Fast craft suspended

The Maritime Industry Authority in Region 6 yesterday suspended the safety certificate of Ocean Jet 7 after it hit the dock of the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. port atthe Reclamation Area in Bacolod City, Wednesday.

Jose Ramelo Sumague, senior maritime industry development specialist, said yesterday the Ocean Jet 7 will not be allowed to sail if it will not be subjected to dry dock.

On Wednesday, about 40 passengers were brought to the hospital after the sea vessel's throttle malfunctioned about 50 meters away from BREDCO port and hit the dock, Lt. Jimmy Oliver Vingno, Philippine Coast Guard-Bacolod head, said. .moremoremore


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House supports strengthening
crop insurance in Philippines

MANILA - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure seeking to strengthen crop insurance services in the country with additional government support to raise agricultural production of farmers.

Voting through viva voce ( orally rather than in writing), lawmakers passed House Bill 6686, or the "Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms", which sought to provide full crop insurance coverage to affected agrarian reform beneficiaries in case of natural calamities and pest infestation.

The bill, authored by Deputy Speaker Eric Singson (Ilocos Sur), and co-authored by Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto (Batangas), mandates the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. to provide insurance to qualified farmers and fisherfolk against losses arising from natural calamities, fortuitous events, plant and fish diseases, and pest infestations..