MERGE The floods stranded hundreds of people in Bacolod City, like these ones along Araneta Street.* (Levi Trio photo)

Flood sweeps baby away,
city commuters stranded

A 5-month-old baby boy was swept away by raging current as heavy rains due to a low pressure area triggered floods in different parts of Bacolod City last night.

Liga ng mga Barangay president Councilor Lady Gles Gonzales-Pallen said the infant, along with his relatives, were inside their house in Barangay Taculing when the heavy downpour hit.

Their house, that was near a river, was carried away by the rushing floodwaters, she said, adding that the family was still inside the house when it happened. moremoremore

More events called
off with COVID scare

Sipalay City in southern Negros Occidental has cancelled big events and mass gatherings for its 19th Sipalay City Charter Anniversary and 8th Burangoy Tourism Kite Festival this month as a precaution against the deadly Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Mayor Gina Montilla Lizares said.

In Manila the Department of Health reported yesterday two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total to five.

The 4th confirmed case is a 48-year-old male Filipino with travel history to Japan. The patient returned to the Philippines February 25 and experienced chills and fever beginning March 3, the DOH said in a press statement. moremoremore


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DA sees more farmers’ yield in WV

The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas is expecting an increase in the farmers’ yield in palay, or unhusked rice, as they reap the initial benefits of the rice fund, its regional director, Remelyn Recoter, said yesterday.

The agency is projecting at least one metric ton per hectare increase in the palay production of the region after the farmers already received certified inbred seeds through the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) in 2019, she said.

Western Visayas got P760 million from the total P10 billion RCEF allocated to the top 57 rice-producing localities nationwide, she said.