MERGE Floodwaters rose in Valladolid, Negros Occidental, yesterday partially submerging houses.* (CPG photo)


Bacolod, 17 other LGUs
suspend classes today
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Classes in Bacolod City and 17 other areas in Negros Occidental are suspended today due to expected heavy rains brought on by the southwest monsoon and enhanced by Tropical Storm “Falcon” that was headed toward Northern Luzon last night.

Preschool, elementary, and high school classes in both public and private schools in Bacolod City are suspended today, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said last night.

Classes are also suspended in Bago, Cadiz, Himamaylan, Kabankalan, Sagay, San Carlos, Sipalay and Talisay cities, and Binalbagan, Hinoba-an, Isabela, La Castellana, Moises Padilla, Murcia, Pontevedra, Pulupandan and Valladolid today, Zeaphard Caelian, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said. moremoremore


Coast Guard halts fastcrafts
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

Fastcrafts were not allowed to sail from Bacolod City to Iloilo City, and vice versa, yesterday afternoon, because of strong gale force winds associated with the southwest monsoon.

Lt. Rockcliff Buling, Philippine Coast Guard-Negros Occidental head, said yesterday that the trip of the Ocean Jet sea vessel from Iloilo going to Bacolod was cancelled, but operations of roll-on-roll-off vessels continued.

Strong to gale force winds are expected to affect the eastern and western seaboard of Visayas, including Negros Occidental, as stated in the gale warning number four issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration, at 5 p.m. yesterday. moremoremore

 

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SalBen farmers get P15M
in DA livelihood projects

Farmers in Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, received P15 million worth of livelihood projects from the Department of Agriculture that will benefit its 27 farmer’s organizations as part of DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program.

Of the figure, P5.4 million will be allocated for the development of rice farming, P1.6 million for corn, P1.9 million for lowland vegetable production, P1.3 million for draft animals with implements, and P2.7 million for goat production, while the remaining amount will be allocated for banana, coffee, cacao, and raising of native chicken.

Dominador Marquez, officer-in-charge of DA Region 6 Field Operations Division, said in a press release yesterday, that Salvador Benedicto was among the three pilot sites of the program in Western Visayas. The other two are San Remigio and Laua-an in Antique, he said.