MERGE WINNERS. Performers from barangays Sag-ang and Mansalanao in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, were the Bailes de Luces dance showdown champions Saturday night* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

DBM disallows P.5B
New dep’t, division face dissolution

The Department of Budget and Management has disallowed Negros Occidental provincial government’s 2018 allocation of P504,457,935 that is in excess of its Personal Services (PS) cap, forcing the dissolution of a newly created department and division at the Capitol.

The Local Finance Committee is drafting a resolution for the Provincial Human Resource Department to be reverted back to an office, and for the Organic Farming Division to be dissolved, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said yesterday.

The LFC resolution, which he is drafting, will be submitted to Gov. Alfredo Marañon for appropriate action, Salado said. moremoremore

Police arrest brothers
for brutal slay of child

A 20-year-old suspect, who confessed to have been a drug user, has admitted to have killed a 10-year-old girl in Brgy. Zone 14-B, Talisay, City, Negros Occidental, Friday night.

Marchela Sayo, 10, was found hogtied with her head covered with plastic under a sink at the boarding house of her uncle.

The confession of the arrested suspect, Almar Duron, to the crime was also confirmed yesterday by Supt. Boots Aseo, who is the officer-in-charge of the Talisay City Police Station. moremoremore


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WV inflation rate in Dec.
slows down to 5.7%: PSA

The inflation rate in Western Visayas slowed down to 5.7 percent in December, or a decrease by one percent compared to November, recent Philippine Statistics Authority records showed.

Based on the Summary Inflation Report Consumer Price Index December 2018 released on Jan. 4, Western Visayas’ inflation rate for December was the lowest in the last quarter, following a 7.7 percent peak in October.

The recent record for Region 6 is 0.6 percent higher than the national average estimated at 5.1 percent, and PSA attributed it to the slower annual increase of prices in various commodity groups, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages, and transport.