MERGE A photo of the crowd that failed to observe social distancing at the Bacolod City Government Center Saturday, posted by Rica Gwapa Baladitan Garibay on her Facebook page went viral during the weekend, with 1.3K shares, as of last night*

DSSD indefinitely halts
cash subsidy distribution

The Department of Social Services and Development in Bacolod City is “indefinitely suspending” the distribution of cash subsidy to members of pre-identified sectors who are most affected by the pandemic.

This after netizens scored the non-observance of social distancing of hundreds of Bacolodnons, who flocked to the Bacolod City Government Center Saturday expecting to avail of cash subsidy from the DSSD.

PacitaTero, DSSD Bacolod head, said some of these people camped out at the BCGC grounds Friday evening after being informed that the city will be releasing cash subsidy to the transport groups and other sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. moremoremore

Seaman holds
hostage ma, faces raps

A 39-year-old seaman, who held his own mother hostage Friday night in Brgy. 4, Victorias City, Negros Occidental, was arrested by the police and is now facing a string of cases, including alarm and scandal, illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs, police chief Lt. Col. Eduardo Corpuz yesterday said.

The suspect, identified by the police as Andrew Grecia, is now detained at the custodial facility of the Victorias City Police Station.

Corpuz said that Grecia, a seaman who holds the rank of Chief Mate, fired his gun inside their residence and took hostage his 73-year-old mother, while under the influence of illegal drugs. moremoremore


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12% VAT on Baciwa rates
to take effect Nov. 1: union

The employees’ union of the Bacolod City Water District claimed that the 12 percent value-added tax on water rates will be immediately imposed on the first day that the joint venture between Baciwa and PrimeWater takes effect on November 1.

The union said the claims of the Baciwa board that there will be no irresponsible or indiscriminate increase in water rates under the joint venture agreement (JVA) are misleading and utter lies.

In a statement, the union said that in the first year of the JVA, the VAT will be absorbed by PrimeWater, and consumers will begin shouldering the VAT in 2021, which it added is a clear burden to the people.