MERGE Senator Richard Gordon (seated center) flanked by Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, with Board Member Ryan Gamboa and Philippine Red Cross officials at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday*


Gordon: PRC to offer
cheaper Covid tests
But PhilHealth owes close to P1B
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Senator Richard Gordon said the Philippine Red Cross is aiming to begin conducting faster and cheaper saliva tests for COVID-19 next week, but said their massive testing for the virus could be hampered by PhilHealth’s failure to pay PRC close to P1 billion for tests already conducted.

If PhilHealth does not pay, PRC may be forced to stop COVID testing for the public and will only be able to conduct tests for the paying private sector, he added.

PRC needs to be paid to replenish its stocks and to continue its operations, he said. moremoremore


Drug suspect in
shootout with cops dies
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

An alleged drug personality died in a reported shootout with police operatives in Sitio Cabay Bodega, Brgy. 5, in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Thursday night.

The fatality was identified by the Silay police as Owniel Rojo of Talisay City, Negros Occidental, and classified as a Street Level Individual drug personality.

Maj. Rollie Pondevilla, Silay City police chief, in his report to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said that Rojo, 29, who was armed with a .45 caliber pistol, tried to shoot police operatives during the buy-bust operation. moremoremore

 

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NegOcc hog trade growing
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The backyard hog trade in Negros Occidental is growing with the increasing demand for pork in Manila and Luzon due to the continuing threat of the African swine fever, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

The Provincial Veterinary Office assisted in the first shipment of 1,430 heads of live pigs to Manila, Tarlac, and Bulacan yesterday at the Bredco port in Bacolod City, he said.

Of the number, 942 pigs were supplied by backyard raisers from Hinoba-an, Cauayan, Sipalay City, and Kabankalan City, he said.