MERGE This year’s BacoLaodiat Festival security forces and festival organizers during the send-off ceremony at Bacolod City Police Office headquarters at Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City, yesterday* (SGG photo)


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NEGOR GUV ALLAYS FEAR OF SPREAD
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & RENE GENOVE

Governor Roel Degamo last night allayed his constituents' fear on the possible spread of the novel coronavirus (nCov) in Negros Oriental, reassuring them that the provincial government is on top of the situation.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed yesterday that a 38-year-old Chinese female is the first case of nCov in the country. She arrived in the Philippines from Wuhan, China via Hong Kong on January 21.

The Department of Health is looking at the places she had been to in Cebu and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental as part of its contact tracing procedure. moremoremore


BacoLaodiat starts
today, security up
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

The Bacolod City Police Office sent off yesterday the 816-strong force to secure the 15th BacoLaodiat Festival in Bacolod City, that kicks off today.

Oddette Ong Gomez, chairperson of BacoLaodiat Festival 2020, said the Filipino-Chinese community in Bacolod is one with the security force in praying for a safe, successful, orderly and peaceful celebration.

Gomez recalled that since 2006, when the BacoLaodiat Festival was celebrated, there was no major untoward incident happened and hopes to maintain that in this year’s celebration with the help of the security personnel. moremoremore

 

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Invest in treasury bonds,
BTr exec urges Negrenses
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

For as low as P5,000, any Negrense can invest in the retail treasury bonds of the government, an official of the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said yesterday.

Nanette Diaz, director of Liability Management Service of the BTr, who was in Bacolod City for the roadshow, said RTBs are only available during the public offer period from January 28 to February 6.

She said the BTr had been going around to different provinces to reach out to more retail investors, not just the corporate, and that government securities are also available to small investors.