MERGE The Ceres bus that figured in an accident in Barangay Pacol, Bago City, yesterday* (DYHB Tatak RMN photo)

1 killed, 39 injured

A 28-year-old woman died, while 39 others were injured, when the passenger bus they were riding yesterday figured in an accident in Brgy. Pacol in Bago City, Negros Occidental.

The Bago City Police station investigation showed that the Ceres Liner passenger bus driven by Aimar Paro was on its way to Brgy. Ma-ao, Bago City, when he lost control, while negotiating a curved portion of the road at Crossing Pili, in Brgy.Pacol of the city.

When Paro applied the brakes, the bus zigzagged and fell on its side, Police Capt. Reynaldo Severino, deputy Bago City Police chief, said. moremoremore

166 tested for drugs at terminals

One hundred sixty-six bus drivers, conductors, dispatchers, and employees in two terminals in Bacolod City tested negative for drug use during the Oplan “Huli Week”, yesterday.

The 166 are part of the 368 drivers subjected to surprise drug testing in the whole Western Visayas, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6, reported.

Personnel of the PDEA-6 led the simultaneous drug testing and K9 dogs were also deployed at bus terminals to conduct “sweeping” of contrabands. moremoremore


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Negros prawn producers’ lab
improves testing capability

The Negros Prawn Producers Cooperative Analytical and Diagnostic Laboratory boosted its testing capability after it became the newest member of the Department of Science and Technology’s one-stop shop laboratory service, Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, undersecretary for DOST regional operations, said yesterday.

The One-Stop Shop Laboratory for Global Competitiveness (OneLab) broadens the public’s access to testing services of all laboratories in the network, including three neighboring countries in Asia. NPPC-ADL is the second member in the Visayas region. The other one is based in Cebu City, she said.

Manzano yesterday led the turnover of the copy of the memorandum of understanding to the NPPL officials, headed by chairman Robert Gatuslao, and vice chairman Raoul Flores, at the office of the cooperative in Bacolod City. She was joined by Rowen Gelonga, DOST Region 6 director, and other officials.