Counselor Kalaw to CHO: Intensify Anti-Dengue Drive


A resolution authored by Councilor Claudio Jesus ‘Kalaw’ Puentevella re-questing the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO), through the Office of Mayor Monico Puentevella to boost the information, education and communication (IEC) campaign on dengue fever in the city and likewise to intensify its preventive and control measures, was unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlung-sod.


During their regular session, Puentevella reite-rated that dengue fever is a recurring problem in the Philippines and therefore, needs to be addressed and prevented “but while the number of incidents this year is slightly lower nationwide, it has been spiking in certain areas such as Bacolod.

His resolution further cited that Bacolod, in its const

itutional obligation to promote and p

rotect the health and welfare of its constituents, enacted City Ordinance No. 442 series of 2007 on the comprehensive anti-dengue ordinance that aims to provide measures to reduce continually and substantially, if not completely eliminating the prevalence of dengue in the city.

Puentevella also noted that despite the wide scale implementation of several strategies and prevention, the CHO posted 145 dengue cases in Bacolod since January, 2015.* (CMO-PIO)

BACIWA Defers Action On Bulk Water Supplier


The Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) Board of Directors have yet to decide on the bid of Cebu-based Mactan Rock Industries Inc. (MRII) and its consortium which pre-qualified in the bulk water supply project of the water district.

Baciwa Board Chair Maria Aida Torre said she lengthily discussed with other directors several matters and concerns, including the offer of the lone bidder for the Injection Points 1 and 2 of the bulk water supply project.

Injection Point 1 is located at the ground reservoir in Hacienda Loygoy, Barangay Granada requiring 9,842 cubic meters. Injection Point 2, which needs 6,500 cubic meters, is situated at the ground reservoir in Barangay Mansilingan.

MRII’s bid price for Injection Point 1 per cubic meter is P8.85, and P9.85 for Injection Point 2, which is below the Baciwa approved bidding capital of P10.

Meanwhile, Utilities Consumers Alliance of Negros (UCAN) legal counsel Vicente Petierre III said he does not believe the Board will disapprove the recommendation of the Bids and Awards Committee and the Technical Working Group to accept the bid of MRII.

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Banana Industry Boosts In Negros Occidental


The Negros Occidental provincial government is hastening the operation of its tissue culture laboratory located in La Granja, La Carlota City for banana culture and to produce plantlets for local farmers.

Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal yesterday said the P5-million laboratory constructed in 2013 is still non-operational due to the delay in the procurement of equipment and chemicals for lack of supplier.

The province is now talking to the supplier of the University of the Philippines in Manila to see if they can offer bid..

Sanogal said the province targets to start operation before the end of the year, adding that it is one of the priority programs of the Marañon administration under its commodity investment plan because of the emerging potential market for banana.

Moreover, banana has been identified as one of the priority commodities of the province. It is now pushing for more production of the said commodity especially the cardava (saba) variety for its versatile uses.

Sanogal said a consultant of big food manufacturing and processing companies in Mindanao recently conducted site visits in the province with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. It was underscored that the province has huge feasible and suitable sites for banana production.

She added that the province’s initiative on boosting the local banana industry focuses on pushing existing farmers to continue and further expand their production and utilize other ideal areas for more banana plantations.

The province will continue to provide support and assistance for existing and new farmers up to the packaging and marketing level, she assured.

Sanogal said the provincial government targets China to be the exporter of its banana products.

Mayor Puentevella Seeks NBI’s Help on MERS-CoV scare


BACOLOD City’s Mayor, Monico Puentevella has sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday to help identify those responsible for spreading false information over social media.

Puentevella said he wrote to the NBI because he wants to catch the culprit who caused many people to panic by spreading that a Korean national in the city was tested for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (Mers-CoV).

The mayor said they will be filing a case of sabotage against those responsible to stop the attempt to tarnish the image of Bacolod.

“Whoever is involved must be investigated so this thing will not happen again,” Puentevella said.

Last week, a message circulated through text saying: “Good afternoon everyone. Please wear N95 mask for Mers-CoV prevention. One person is positive here in CLMMRH, Bacolod City as confirmed today. Spread the word. By Dr. Lim, president of Riverside Medical Center.”

Because of the text message, social media posts also circulated prompting panic among college students.

However, a personnel from the mentioned hospital in the text message said that it was not issued by hospital management.

A Korean student was under observation at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) for suspected Mers-CoV last week.

The 22-year-old male Korean was found negative of the virus, and that he was only suffering tonsillitis.

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