MERGE The P18 million in suspected shabu seized in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, being inventoried yesterday*

Diaz: Capitol readies
for salary hikes, reorg

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday that Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has directed them to prepare for salary increases and for a reorganization at the Capitol.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on Wednesday, signed Republic Act 11466 or the Salary Standardization Law that grants four tranches of salary increases from 2020 to 2023.

Diaz said the provincial government will have to allocate a supplemental budget to implement the salary increases this year. moremoremore

Cops seize P18M in shabu

A high-value drug target was arrested when he returned to fix the window of his house from where he had jumped out to escape from pursuing policemen, who seized P18 million worth of suspected shabu in Purok Gonzaga, Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, yesterday.

Operatives of Station 8 conducted a buy-bust operation against Kenneth Jacosalem, alias “Bonbon”, 27, at about 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

Maj. Ruel Culanag, Police Station 8 chief, said Jacosalem jumped out of the window at the second floor of his house and ran on roofs to escape. moremoremore


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Neg. Occ. LGUs urged
to form ASF task force

Local government units in Negros Occidental are urged to create their own African swine fever task force to strengthen the efforts of the provincial government to keep the province free from the dreaded virus, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

Decena, co-chair of the Provincial ASF Task Force, led the meeting with the local hog raisers yesterday at their headquarters at the Provincial Capitol compound in Bacolod City.

He said the task force needs the support of the LGUs to harmonize their efforts. “We have 17 localities that have their own local task force. We are targeting the remaining 15 to form their own until February 28, for the 100 percent implementation of the provincial ordinance,” he added.