MERGE Fireworks over the Bacolod City Government Center at midnight to usher in Bacolod’s 81st Charter Day.* (Archie Rey Alipalo photo)

Baby drowns in bucket

A 6-month-old baby girl fell into a bucket and drownedat the Libertad Public Market in Barangay 40, Bacolod City, at about 2 a.m. yesterday.

The victim, whose name the DAILY STAR withheld for being a minor, was found in the bucket by her parents when they woke up and rushed her to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital where attemptsto revive have failed and she was later declared dead by the attending physician, a police report said.

Police Captain Elmer Bonilla, Station 6 chief, said that the bucket contained water and alleged oxalic acid where herparents wash fruits such as jackfruitand vegetables that they sell at the market. moremoremore

P37M esplanade now open
City to honor top taxpayers, employees

The Bacolod City government will award its outstanding taxpayers and city employees and give a Mayor’s Special Citation during the Charter Day program at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby at 6 p.m. today.

Senator Cynthia Villar will be the guest speaker during the program tonight.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya and Mayor Evelio Leonardia will also inaugurate the P400-million Simplicio A. Palanca Seaport Terminal at the BREDCO Port at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City at 10 a.m. today as the city celebrates its first June 18 Charter Day celebration. moremoremore


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PVO intensifies measures vs. ASF

The Provincial Veterinary Office in Negros Occidental has intensified measures to ensure that the province stays free from the African swine fever (ASF), Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

As part of its prevention measures, the PVO through its Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division has implemented strict inspection and monitoring of frozen and processed pork products coming into the province, Decena said.

PVO also installed additional footbaths in all ports of entry as part of the heightened disease surveillance, Decena said, adding that massive information campaign was also initiated through its district field units with the help of local hog raisers and paravet associations.