MERGE The burning Gustilo mansion in this photo posted by Khai Arates on her Facebook page*


Fire hits Gustilo mansion
Where two governors once lived
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The once imposing Gustilo mansion built on a hill in Hacienda Hortencia, Barangay Daga, Cadiz City in Negros Occidental went up in flames at 8:25 a.m. yesterday.

The fire that is believed to have originated from the kitchen of the ancestral home, was initially estimated to have destroyed property worth P2 million, Senior Inspector Arden Bedona, Cadiz fire chief, said.

The mansion was built in 1936 by Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Sr., governor of Negros Occidental from August 1, 1942 to April 1943 during the Japanese occupation and a former congressman of the province, Cadiz Mayor Salvador Escalante said yesterday. moremoremore


250 Negros pigs stopped
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday that 250 pigs from Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental were banned from entering Cebu province to protect its livestock and meat processing industries from the dreaded African swine fever.

He said the 250 backyard swine were bought by a trader from Negros Oriental at a livestock auction market in Kabankalan City.

“The buyer transported the live pigs from the port of Amlan in Negros Oriental to the port in Santander, Cebu but the provincial government there prohibited its entry,” he said. moremoremore

 

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More groups back
campaign vs. ASF
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

More private sector organizations have committed to the campaign of the Negros Occidental government to keep the province free from African swine fever.

Dr. Ryan Janoya, h ead of Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division of the Provincial Veterinary Office , yesterday met with officials and representatives of 16 a nimal f eeds and d rug companies, in relation to the implementation of Executive Order 19-23 creating a provincial task force on ASF, issued by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.

Janoya, chair of the ASF Task Force Quarantine Team , discussed with the groups the threat of ASF in the country. He also emphasized the need for strong surveillance and monitoring.