MERGE Fire hit 24 houses in Purok Sunrise, Barangay Taculing in Bacolod City, yesterday* (Jimmy Tabuyoc photo)

Guv, 20 others self-isolate,
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Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and about 20 of his staff have gone on self-isolation after a utility worker at his office tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday morning, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

They will all be tested for COVID-19 on Saturday, Diaz said.

The governor is doing well and is self-isolating as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virus, he added. moremoremore

Fire hits 24 houses, one injured

A woman was injured while 19 houses were destroyed and four more were damaged when fire hit a slum area in Purok Sunrise, Barangay Taculing in Bacolod City, at about 1:32 p.m. yesterday.

The fire that started in the house of Ruel Tordillas, 40, and spread to nearby houses, mostly made of light materials and situated close to each other, lasted about an hour, Fire Chief Insp. Publio Ploteña, Bacolod fire marshal, said.

Joanne Tordillas, 38, who tried to salvage some of their belongings, sustained burns. moremoremore


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WV inflation drops to 2.7%

Inflation in Western Visayas has dropped to 2.7 percent in August, but it is still among the regions with the highest headline, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

The national inflation also went down to 2.4 percent from 2.7 percent in July.

The PSA said the slowdown in inflation in August was primarily due to the deceleration of inflation for the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages that slid to an annual rate of 1.8 percent during the period, from 2.4 percent in the previous month.