MERGE The Valladolid Rescue Team clears the road of a tree toppled by strong wind in Brgy. Sagua Banwa, Valladolid, Negros Occidental, yesterday to enable vehicles to pass.*

Classes on in Bacolod,
suspended in 7 LGUs
79 families evacuate, 1 missing in Bago

Mayors of two cities and five towns in Negros Occidental have suspended classes today citing expected heavy rains and possible flooding, Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Portia Mallorca said yesterday.

Classes at various levels are suspended in Bago City, Talisay City, Pontevedra, EB Magalona, Salvador Benedicto and Murcia, she said.

Mayor Enrique Miravalles also suspended classes at all levels in Valladolid town. moremoremore

23 WV police chiefs relieved

Twenty-three Western Visayas police chiefs, including five in Negros Occidental, will be relieved from their assignments effective today, due to low performance in operational accomplishments, regional police spokesperson Supt. Joem Malong said yesterday.

Twelve other police personnel, who are on floating status in Negros Occidental, were also relieved, and re-assigned to other police units in Antique, Iloilo and Capiz, Malong added.

There are 147 police chiefs in Western Visayas.moremoremore


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6,600 Negros farmers get
P34-M in crop insurance

The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation-Western Visayas distributed indemnities, worth P34 million, to 6,600 farmers in Negros Occidental in the first seven months of 2018, records show.

Records from Acting Provincial Extension Officer Jose Ma. Torres furnished the DAILY STAR last week showed that PCIC distributed P34,439,770.72 to 6,611 farmers from January to July 15 this year, covering about 6,323.83 hectares.

The records also showed that rice farmers claimed the biggest indemnities of about P34,012,978.22, covering 6,248.57 hectares of 6,519 individuals.