MERGE HEALING FACILITY. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) attends the blessing of the newly-completed healing center in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental that can accommodate 180 patients, and has a swabbing area, quarters for doctors and nurses, and kitchen*

7 Bacolod, Negros brgy captains
suspended over SAP complaints

Three barangay captains from Bacolod City and four from Negros Island are among the 89 officials that the Office of the Ombudsman has ordered placed on six-month preventive suspension over complaints in the implementation of the first tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) subsidy.

They are barangay captains Noli Villarosa of Tangub, Evelyn Ta-asan of Brgy. 11, and Kim Piramo of Brgy. 19, all of Bacolod; Tezardo Tejada of Barangay To-oy, Himamaylan City, Romeo Sultan - Barangay Salamanca, Toboso, and Ruel Sabequil – Cabungahan of Calatrava, in Negros Occidental, and Mercedita Uy of Barangay Cancawas, San Jose in Negros Oriental.

In an order dated September 2, 2020, the Office of the Ombudsman said “the evidence on record shows that the guilt of these punong barangays is strong and the charges against them involve Serious Dishonesty, Grave Misconduct, Abuse of Authority and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service which may warrant removal from the service”. moremoremore

Free rides for healthcare,
essential workers

About 42 jeepneys will ply seven routes in Bacolod City to cater to healthcare and essential services workers starting today.

The jeepneys are available from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a two-hour interval, an advisory from the city Public Information Office said.

The points of origin are the Granada Brgy. Hall, Puno Banago, Bata Bangga Sawmill, Handumanan Brgy. Hall, across Mansilingan Church, Estefania Savemore, and Sum-ag Brgy. Hall. moremoremore


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Widening of access road
nearing completion: exec

The widening of the 1.2-kilometer access road at the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Economic Highway leading to the Bacolod-Silay Airport road in Silay City is nearing completion, District Engineer Jaime Javellana of the Department of Public Works and Highways Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office, said.

The project, worth P45.94 million, involves the widening of roads, from two lanes to four lanes, with width of three meters, he said, adding that travel going to the airport would be easier as it increases the traffic corridor capacity.

Javellana said the Bacolod-Silay Airport road extension project is approximately 90 percent accomplished and is expected to be completed this month.