The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management has stopped the cloud-seeding operations in the last five hours of the 45 hours allocated for the Negros Island Region as rains continue to pour in the area.
“There is a ready budget for the additional 60 hours, but with the recent conditions, we decided to suspend the remaining five hours of operation,” Cora Dittaro, engineer 2 of the DA-BSWM Agro-Hydrology and Rain Simulation Section, said yesterday.
While there have been rainfalls in central and southern Negros Occidental, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the northern part of the province is still dry and needs rain, too.
Oil firms to hike prices today
MANILA -- Oil firms will hike pump prices today, pushed by higher prices in the international markets.
In separate advisories yesterday, Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., Seaoil Philippines Inc., Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and PTT Philippines said they will increase diesel prices by P1 per liter and gasoline prices by P1.20 per liter at 6 a.m., today.
Petron, Shell and Seaoil will also hike kerosene prices by P1.25 per liter.
Busted valve affects
water in Villamonte
Residents of Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City did not get water supply for almost 24 hours on Monday, but Bacolod City Water District general manager Mario Macatangay said his personnel have been repairing the busted valve and water is expected to flow today.
Macatangay said water supply stopped in most parts of Villamonte at 10 p.m. on Sunday, after a large pressure valve connected to the Loygoy reservoir in San Dionisio, Brgy. Granada broke.
He said they acted on the concern up to that night, and water service is expected to return to the affected areas today.