MERGE An aerial view of the rice farmlands in Valladolid town damaged by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Falcon in the past few days.*

Floods affect 13,041,
1 killed, child injured

Heavy rain brought on by Tropical Storm Falcon flooded houses of about 2,608 families, or 13,041 individuals, and caused the death of a mother of three and injury of a 7-year-old boy in Negros Occidental, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, Disaster Management Program Division head, said yesterday.

Ma. Theresa Orias, 38, drowned yesterday morning while gathering bamboo debris at an overflow. Her body was found past 1:30 p.m. at Bugalo Creek, Montilla Street, Barangay 1 in Isabela town.

Her husband, Gany Orias, 39, said he last saw Theresa alive at the overflow area at 8 a.m. yesterday. moremoremore

Rice damage hits P4.2M

The heavy rains and flooding brought by Tropical Storm Falcon in the past two days in Negros Occidental have left P4.198 million worth of production losses to rice farmers.

Based on the initial report of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist yesterday, the damage affected 433 farmers and covered 1,726 hectares in 14 barangays in Valladolid and seven villages in neighboring San Enrique.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said Valladolid was the hardest hit with 2.6 million worth of losses, while San Enrique incurred P1.6 million in damage. moremoremore


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Be ready for industrial revolution

The state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Negros Occidental should prepare their students for the fourth industrial revolution as it is coming to the economy, Ro-Ann Bacal, director of the National Economic and Development Authority in Western Visayas, said.

Bacal was the keynote speaker of Pasidungog 2019, an appreciation event for the partners of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, held at the activity center of Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City yesterday.

Bacal emphasized that computer-based solutions, that many youth can relate to, are coming in gradually in the form of services that can already be automated.