MERGE A house flattened by the tornado that hit San Enrique Sunday*

Senate approves bill
expanding CLMMRH

The Senate approved on third and final reading Monday a bill expanding the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH).

Re-elected Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, said yesterday that the bill is his commitment to the people - to improve the quality of health care in Bacolod City, a press release from the solon’s office said.

"The regional hospital which currently has a bed capacity of 400 accommodates more or less 750 admissions every day. That is almost double its capacity. There is a need to improve the facilities and personnel of the lone tertiary government hospital in the province," Gasataya said. moremoremore

Tornado hits 19 San Enrique houses

A tornado slammed into19 houses in three barangays in San Enrique, Negros Occidental, Sunday, Elenita Amen, Municipal Risk Reduction Management officer, said yesterday.

The tornado destroyed three houses and damaged 16 in barangays Batuan, Guintorilan and Sibucao in San Enrique at about 2 p.m. Sunday, Amen said.

Some residents said the tornado was accompanied by hail, or small pieces of ice. moremoremore


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Congress approves
higher tax on tobacco

MANILA - The House of Representatives yesterday adopted the Senate version of the measure that aims to raise the excise tax on tobacco products.

The House concurred with Senate Bill 2233 and adopted the same as an amendment to House Bill 8677.

SB 2233, that was approved on final reading Monday, proposes a staggered increase in the excise tax per cigarette pack from 2020 to 2023.