MERGE FRESH PRODUCE. Agricultural products on sale at the ongoing people’s organizations trade fair at the provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City that will run until July 15* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Baciwa: Murcia eases
Bacolod water shortage

The Bacolod City Water District is now getting additional water supply from the Murcia Water District to address the shortage in Bacolod, Juliana Carbon, BACIWA general manager, said yesterday.

Carbon said they started to get the excess water supply from Murcia at 2.5 million liters per day on July 3. She added that a dry run on this agreement lasted for about a month.

She said the agreement between the two agencies is that BACIWA will pay P12 per cubic meter for the next two years to the MWD. moremoremore

Cops nab couple linked
to P72M drug-bust

A couple, who managed to escape during the seizure of six kilos of suspected shabu, worth P72 million, in August last year, was apprehended Thursday by the police at the Center Mall in Brgy. Palampas, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Lt. Col. D’ Artagnan Katalbas, San Carlos City police chief, yesterday identified the arrested suspects as Armando and Josephine Paraquelles, who have pending arrest warrants for violation of Sections 5 and 11 of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

The Paraquelles couple and a certain “Potot” managed to escape during a buy-bust operation in August 8 last year in Brgy. Palampas, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. moremoremore


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WV inflation dips to 2.5%

The inflation rate in Western Visayas decelerated in the month of June, at 2.5 percent from 3 percent in May, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

The inflation rate of the region was among the lowest in the country, or at sixth place from among the 17 regions. It is also lower than the national average of 2.7 percent from 3.2 percent in May.

The slowdown of inflation in June was mainly driven by the slower annual rate posted in the index of the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages, the PSA said.