MERGE Part of the 1,184 illegal “open pipe” motorcycle mufflers being destroyed in Sagay City Monday*


PNP: Drugs in Negros
reduced by 60 percent
Leaders of 6 groups targets for 2020
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The police have reduced the illegal drugs entering Negros Occidental by 60 percent and aim to arrest the leaders of six drug groups still operating in the province this year, Col. Romeo Baleros, provincial police director, said yesterday.

Baleros led Negros Occidental police officials in paying a New Year’s call on Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson Jr. at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.

He informed the governor that the police performance in Negros Occidental had improved in 2019 compared to the previous year. moremoremore


CHO: nCoV in Bacolod fake news
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The Bacolod City Health Office and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office assured Bacolodnons yesterday that Bacolod City is free from the Novel Corona (nCoV) following recent posts on social media ofhealth personnel responding to some emergency situation that may cause the public to panic.

Executive assistant Jose Maria Vargas said yesterday there are no reported cases of coronavirus in Bacolod City. Even Manila has no confirmed cases.

Vargas, cluster head of the Bacolod City Risk Reduction Management Office, saidthe mayor has created a team that will handle the situation and this is composed of the City Health Office, DRRMO, Department of Health and the Bureau of Quarantine. moremoremore

 

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SRA initiates consultation
on importation guidelines
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Sugar Regulatory Administration initiated a consultation meeting yesterday on the guidelines for the importation of sugar with industry stakeholders at the SRA Social Hall in Bacolod City.

In the consultation, that was attended by more than 60 small farmers, producers, millers, traders, and representatives from beverage companies and federations, they presented suggestions on how to go about sugar importation effectively.

SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica said the goal of the agency is to come up with a rational and transparent program to implement should there be a deficit in sugar production this crop year and in the next crop years.