MERGE BRAVE CLIMB. Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade and Amity Youth La Salle Chapter members Au Villanueva, Danmark Isidro, Luigi Hilado and James Benares (l-r) from Bacolod City braved the snow and reached the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa Monday.*


Hospital closing down,
above 400 to lose jobs
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital in Bacolod City is closing down immediately to cut losses, following the denial of its Philippine Health Insurance Corp. accreditation.

The denial, which is effective immediately, will cost the hospital an outright loss of P25 million in PhilHealth claims payment since March, Dr. Nestor Amante, BOLMSH chief executive officer, said yesterday.

They received the PhilHealth denial order on Monday, have not been admitting new patients since Tuesday and will fully shutdown by the weekend, he said. moremoremore


Father, son killed in hit-and-run
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

A father and his son were killed when the trisikad they were riding in was hit by a car at Buri Road in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, at about 5:50 a.m. yesterday.

Dante Lascunia, 44, and his son Randel, 6, of Purok Carmincita in Barangay Mandalagan, died on the spot, Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana, Bacolod City Police Office public information officer, said.

The victims were on their way to get bananas that they were supposed to sell in Barangay Bata, also in Bacolod, Gabana said. moremoremore

 

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IN NEG. OCC.
Sustainable fishing to boost
blue crabs production urged
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Provincial Environment Management Office is reminding Negrense fisherfolk to continue practicing sustainable fishing to boost the blue swimming crab (BSC) production in the province.

PEMO officer Wilfred Ramon Peñalosa said yesterday that fishermen in the province, especially those in the areas facing the Visayan Sea, should protect the habitats of these crabs, and avoid harvesting berried crabs (bukaka) to allow those to reproduce more.

“Berried crabs” are female BSC that carries a mass of eggs that can produce one to two million zoeae, a larval form of crabs, in a single spawning and may spawn more than twice after copulation. In this 1-2 million population, only one percent will survive and will turn into adult crabs.