MERGE CLEAN-UP. Flushing and cleaning of roads washeld yesterday on Ballesteros, Gatuslao, Luzuriaga Bonifacio, and Locsin streets in Bacolod City by the Bureau of Fire Protection, Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Force, Sectoral Concerns Office, Department of Public Services, City Legal Office-Enforcement Teamand General Services Office-Plaza Team.*

STL Negros resumes,
13,000 return to work

Small Town Lottery operations have resumed in26 towns and cities in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City.

This has enabled 13,000 sales agents and employees of Super Lucky Beagler Inc. that operates STL in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental to resume work, Jose Manuel Villagracia, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office provincial manager, said yesterday.

Villagracia assured that PCSO assistance for indigent patients in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City has not been affected by the more than one month halt in STL operations in the province that began July 27 and resumed Sunday, September 1. moremoremore

Bing: More drug-cleared brgys eyed

“We are still hoping that more barangays in Bacolod City will be declared drug-cleared and we will still pursue this,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia said in reaction to the recent declaration of four more barangays in Bacolod as drug-cleared.

Aside from Barangay 5, the Regional Oversight Committee for the Implementation of the Barangay Drug Clearing Program also declared Barangays 15, 17, 18 and 24, as drug-cleared.

Leonardia submitted to the Regional Oversight Committee the list of 11 barangays in Bacolod City on July 26. moremoremore


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Price of palay plummeting,
now P13 per kilo in Negros

The price of palay or unhusked rice in Negros Occidental has also dropped, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday.

“We received reports from the field that the price of palay has continued to decrease. The harvest season is just starting. If there’s no intervention, it’s going to continue to plummet,” he said.

The average farm gate price of palay continued to decrease to P13 to P14 per kilo, from P18 to P20 per kilo, he said, adding that the reason for the downtrend was that the traders still have stocks from their imports, so they do not buy additional stocks yet.