MERGE A young man cleans up the high-rise tombs at the Burgos Public Cemetery yesterday in preparation for the holidays.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Alert up for holidays,
road closures set

The Philippine National Police is on full alert, and the Philippine Coast Guard is strictly checking vessels in ports in anticipation of the influx of passengers, starting today up to Sunday, for All Saints and All Soul’s days observance.

Supt. Luisito Acebuche, Bacolod Traffic Authority Office head, said yesterday that road closures will be implemented from Burgos-Lopez Jaena streets to Burgos-Ylac streets on November 1.

All vehicles going east while travelling along Burgos Street should turn right to BBB Street in front of West Negros University, left on Galo Street, all the way to destination, Acebuche said. moremoremore

‘Be vigilant vs. fires’

Bacolod Fire Marshall, Chief Inspector Publio Ploteña, is urging the people of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental to be vigilant and to secure their homes for a fire-free All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day celebration.

Ploteña also reminded the public to turn off their main switch and put out lighted candles before they leave for the cemetery to pay respect to their dead.

They should also keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children to prevent accidents, he added. moremoremore


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‘Sin tax’ collection
improves: DOF

MANILA – The government’s enhanced collection measures allowed for an increase in sin tax revenues within the first nine months of 2018, the Department of Finance said yesterday.

Finance Undersecretary Antonette Tionko said excise tax from alcoholic products rose 15.22 percent year-on-year to P49.356 billion. During the same period last year, revenue collection from these products amounted to only P42.838 billion.

This is also 24.347 percent higher than the P39.692 billion collection target for the nine-month period.