MERGE ENJOYING NATURE. Paddleboarding off Danjugan Island in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, at sunset enables one to soak in the beauty of nature.* (Aeson Tronco Baldevia photo)

Capitol sets P33.5M
to fight deadly virus

The Negros Occidental provincial government has earmarked P33.5 million for the prevention and control of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the province.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that the Provincial Health Office requested P3.5 million for personal protective equipment and disinfectant, while the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office allocated P30 million to help combat the dreaded disease.

The Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council also proposed a P10 million budget that will be utilized by the inter-agency task force to control the nCoV spread. moremoremore

Foreigner negative
for nCoV released
Drilon: More expected to be cleared

The 43-year-old Canadian quarantined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) Emerging Infectious Disease Facilityin Bacolod City tested negative for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) and was released yesterday, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said.

The Canadian had arrived from Taiwan and developed a cold that prompted his being quarantined Friday for possible nCoV.

Drilon said the result of the confirmatory testing from the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) showed that the 43-year-old was negative for nCoV. moremoremore


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Inflation up 3.2% in Region 6

Inflation, or the rate of increase in consumer prices, in Western Visayas went up to 3.2 percent in January from 2.2 percent in the previous month, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed yesterday.

The national headline was also slightly higher in January at 2.9 percent from 2.5 percent in December 2019, but the level is still within the government’s target for the month, PSA said.

It added the accelerated inflation was due to the higher prices in food and non-alcoholic beverages.