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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesFriday, January 6, 2012
Negros Oriental
ButtonDOH: 1 death, 25 cases of leptospirosis in NegOr
ButtonFarmer beneficiary knifed dead
Drivers told to wear appropriate ID’s
Changing of guards at DAR prov’l office
ButtonGarbage worker loses leg
Button Relief goods given

DOH: 1 death, 25 cases
of leptospirosis in NegOr

The provincial office of the Department of Health  in Negros Oriental has reported as of  yesterday morning 25 suspected cases of leptospirosis, and  one death,  but regional health officials have not  declared  its  outbreak  in the province.

The leptospirosis cases surfaced after  tropical storm “Sendong”  battered Dumaguete and other parts of the province on December 17. The bacterial infection is water-borne, usually carried by floodwaters contaminated with urine of rats and rodents, but  is not,  transmitted between humans.

Dr. Socrates Villamor, chief of the DOH’s Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unity  in Negros Oriental, said   Tanjay City  topped the list of suspect leptospirosis  victims, with one death and 18  cases.

Farmer beneficiary
knifed dead


The scheduled installation of more than 200 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Bagtic, Mabinay, in Negros Oriental turned into a bloody confrontation, that resulted in the death of an ARB and serious injuries to another.

Mabinay chief of police, P/SInspt Edilberto Diocadez, said that that at about 7 a.m., he received a text message about a hacking incident between ARBs and land petitioners inside the Diaz property covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in Bagtic, Mabinay.

Initial investigations showed that more than 200 ARBs went into the hacienda waiting for officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform to install them as holders of the Certificate of Land Ownership Award, when they were confronted by the 72 workers actually in possession of the land. This lead to a heated argument.

Drivers told to wear
appropriate ID’s


The federation of tricycle drivers in Dumaguete City is supporting the move of the city council requiring them to wear appropriate identification cards while plying their trade in the city.

Glendo Selem, president of the Federation of Dumaguete City Operators and Drivers Association, said this a move in the right direction not only for the safety of passengers but also to ferret out illegitimate drivers.

Selem even proposed that only residents of Dumaguete be allowed to operate and drive tricycles in the city.

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