MERGE VINTAGE BOMB. A member of the Philippine Army Ordnance Team defuses the 500-pound World War 2 vintage bomb discovered in Brgy. Guimbalaon, Silay City*

Bacolod, Negros LGUs top
DTI competitive awards

Bacolod City and three other local government units in Negros Occidental topped the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index of the Department of Trade and Industry in Region 6, and will receive the awards tomorrow in Iloilo City.

Bacolod bagged the top award for infrastructure, resiliency, and economic dynamism, for the cities category, while Iloilo City was cited for government efficiency.

Overall, Bacolod ranked first, and Iloilo City and Passi City in Iloilo province, landed in the second and third spot, respectively. moremoremore

CLMMRH assures better service

The latest award of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City is an assurance of better service to its clients and patients, Dr. Julius Drilon, its medical center chief, said yesterday.

The Philippine Hospital Association recognized the CLMMRH as the 2018 most outstanding hospital-level 3 in government category, at the 69th Annual National Convention at Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel, yesterday.

Drilon said the award is an assurance to the people of Negros and to their clients, patients, and people who seek consultation with them that their service is above standard. moremoremore


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Palace okays suspension
of oil excise tax increase

The suspension of the second tranche of oil excise tax hike in 2019 will push through as recommended by the economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte.

This after Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea approved on Nov. 9 the recommendation to suspend the next scheduled excise tax on fuel, “subject to Section 43 of Republic Act 10963, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law”.

Under the TRAIN law, the increase of excise tax for oil for 2019 may be suspended if global oil prices average at USD80 per barrel in the last three months of this year.