MERGE The accident involving an ambulance and a jeepney at Hernaez-Lacson streets in Bacolod City, last night* (Pinky Koch photo)

Baciwa, PrimeWater ink
controversial joint venture

The signing of the controversial Bacolod City Water District and PrimeWater Infrastructure Corp. 25-year joint venture agreement (JVA) in Bacolod City yesterday was met with an “indignation rally” led by officers of the BACIWA Employees Union.

Lorendo Dilag, BACIWA chairman of the board, yesterday said the partnership will bring in P6.3 billion in total investments from the Villar-owned utility firm in the next 25 years. It is expected to start on November 1, following a three-month transition period.

Dilag said BACIWA directors worked for the approval of the contract with PrimeWater for three years because they sincerely believe in the project. The partnership has the support of BACIWA Board vice chair Lawrence Villanueva, corporate secretary Mona DiaJardin and the other directors, Dilag said. moremoremore

Neg. Occ. tops Region 6 list
with 254 Covid-positive cases

Negros Occidental had nine new COVID-19 positive cases yesterday, bringing its total to 254, or the highest number in Western Visayas.

Of the 254 cases, 228 are repatriates and 26 local residents, Department of Health 6 Case Bulletin 113 showed.

Bacolod City had no new COVID-19 cases yesterday. Its total number of COVID-19 positive cases, as of Thursday, were 72, of which 54 are repatriates. moremoremore


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SEC Bacolod clients urged to use
courier service for transactions

The Securities and Exchange Commission in Bacolod City is urging its clients to use a courier service when processing their documents, as one precautionary measure against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its information officer, Clyde Padilla, said SEC Bacolod closed its office Thursday and yesterday for disinfection purposes after a frontliner, who had tested positive for Covid-19, went to the adjacent Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Padilla said it is not yet confirmed if there were BIR clients, who came in contact with the Covid-19 patient, and later went to SEC to submit reports.