MERGE Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. presides over a Health Board meeting to tackle moves to arrest the measles outbreak in Negros Occidental*

Visayan Bloc backs
sugar industry battle

The Visayan Bloc in the House of Representatives yesterday pledged its support tothe call of the sugar industry stakeholders for a review of the proposed import liberalization of sugar by the country’s economic managers.

The move could lead to the collapse of the sugar industry, the Visayan Bloc congressmen said in a joint statement released by Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) .

The Visayan Bloc members said they will support any government initiatives that will strengthen the local sugar industry and enhance competitiveness through appropriate regulation. moremoremore

Measles cases hit 179, two die

A massive mass immunization drive by a multi-agency task force to arrest the spread of measles cases in Negros Occidental that have surpassed the epidemic threshold was organized yesterday.

Reported measles cases in Negros Occidental this year hit 179 with 2 deaths as of February 9, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Negros Occidental Provincial Health Officer, said.

The 179 cases show a 2,883 percent increase from the 6 cases in the same period last year, he added. moremoremore


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20,000 Negrenses granted
tech-voc scholarships: exec

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Negros Occidental awarded technical-vocational courses, worth P68.20 million, to about 20,000 Negrenses last year, Provincial Director Jimmicio Daoaten said.

However, Tesda fears that they will not hit a higher target for this year without a bigger budget allocation as they only have P12 million initial funding for 2019, he said at a press conference at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City Wednesday.

Tesda Western Visayas director Ashary Banto also said they are still lobbying for more budget as the allocation for the office was cut by about P7 billion.