MERGE WINNER. Brgy. Haba was the overall winner at the 9th Dinagyaw sa Tablas Festival in Candoni, Negros Occidental, yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Guv launches Panaad fest,
nCoV won’t dampen spirits

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, undeterred by the threat of the novel  coronavirus (nCoV), yesterday launched the 2020 Panaad sa Negros Festival to be held at the Panaad Park in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, April 20 to 26.

“As for the novel coronavirus situation, we will continue preparing for the Panaad 2020 and will not allow the condition which might not exist in April dampen our spirits,” he said.

However, he also said that they will not sacrifice the health of Negrenses. moremoremore

11 more PUIs released

Eleven more persons under investigation (PUI) for novel coronavirus (nCoV) in hospitals in Negros Occidental and Oriental were discharged yesterday.

That left only one PUI confined in Bacolod City, while a new patient was admitted at the isolation section of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in Dumaguete City, yesterday.

Dr. Grace Tan, spokesperson of Bacolod City's Inter-Agency Task Force Against nCov, said three of four PUIs confined at Bacolod hospitals were to be released yesterday afternoon as they had tested negative for nCoV. moremoremore


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‘Hog prices expected
to go up every week’

With the African swine fever threatening the swine industry in Luzon and Mindanao, prices of live hogs in Negros Occidental are expected to go up every week and will likely stay elevated this year, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

This came after Cebu province expanded its ban on live pigs and pork products to Mindanao, he said.

As a result of the ban, the demand for pork in the province will continue to increase, he said. “They will now be getting live pigs from Negros Occidental and Iloilo,” he added.