Rescuers and members of the Bureau of Fire Protection rushed to the scene of the accident where a car with teenagers turned upside down at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City, yesterday* (Go Ying photo)
Dengue deaths rising
Cases in Neg. Occ. up 73%: PHO
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The dengue death toll in Negros Occidental has hit 20, with a 73 percent increase in cases compared to last year, the latest Provincial Health Office report said yesterday.
Cadiz City had the highest number of deaths at 4, followed by Candoni, Escalante City and San Carlos City with two each, the PHO report covering January 1 to June 22 showed.
‘Moves to postpone polls
won’t stop preparations’
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Commission on Elections is now preparing for the scheduled synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections next year, despite pending bills in the House of Representatives to reschedule the polls from May 2020 to May 2023.
In fact, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said they are now preparing for the registration of voters starting August 1.Guanzon, who attended the oath taking rites of Mayor Salvador Escalante and other Cadiz City elected officials yesterday, said that Comelec is ready to manage the next barangay elections, if Congress will not postpone it.
NEDA highlights gains in WV
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The National Economic and Development Authority Region 6 underscored the economic gains of Western Visayas in its regional socio-economic report that was presented to various stakeholders in a meeting in Iloilo City this week.
Based on the report of the Philippine Statistics Authority, the region posted an economic growth of 6.1 percent in 2018, which is slightly lower compared to the previous year at 8.6 percent. The total gross regional domestic product, pegged at P372.87 billion, is higher by P21.5 billion from the previous year’s P351.38 billion.In the meeting on July 2, Ro-Ann Bacal, director of NEDA Region 6, told the stakeholders how the regional economy fared in the previous year as it moves forward towards achieving the goals and targets set in the Western Visayas Regional Development Plan.