MERGE WINNER. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Elisa Gray crowns the Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2019 winner, Gazini Ganados, 23, of Talisay City, Cebu, at the Araneta Coliseum last night.* (Bb. Pilipinas photo)


PCSO slashes aid
for Negros by P78M
BUT HIKES ALLOCATION FOR CLMMRH
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The medical assistance for indigent patients provided by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in Negros Occidental has been reduced from P211,200,000 to P133,056,000 or a drop of P78,144,000 this year, PCSO acting branch manager Jose Manuel Villagracia said yesterday.

The reduction took effect April 15, he said.

He said the amount for the Negros Occidental PCSO branch was reduced to increase funds allotted for indigent patients at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City and other poorer areas in the Philippines also in need of help. moremoremore


Battalion returns to NegOr
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The 500-strong 11th Infantry (Lapu-Lapu) Battalion finally returned to Negros Island, and arrived Sunday morning at the port of Dumaguete City, on board a Philippine Navy ship.

“We are very happy to return to Negros”, its commander, Lt. Col. Carlo Ferrer, said yesterday.

The return of 11IB to Negros, after two years of assignment in Zamboanga City, brings to five the number of Army battalions presently assigned in the island. moremoremore

 

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IN BACOLOD
Business migration talk today
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Some 100 individuals, mostly from the academe, are expected to attend the business migration and investment opportunities program initiated by the Northern Territory government in Australia, today at L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

Januario Rivas, Philippine Consul General of Northern Territory, Australia, said yesterday that the Australian government is targeting the Filipinos because there is a lot of skilled workforce here.

He said individuals qualified to migrate will be globally prepared, not only in Australia but in any part of the world. He added that there will be further education and training for these people as they will have a chance to study as migrants.