New dengue strain can cause outbreak
By: Tara Yap
THE ILOILO Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is worried that a new strain of dengue fever may cause another outbreak again.
“We know that the new strain emerges within a span of three years,” said PHO chief Patricia Grace Trabado.
The Serotype 4 dengue strain became prevalent in 2010, the same year when a dengue outbreak occurred in Iloilo province.
Approximately 6,500 dengue cases with 32 deaths were recorded in 42 towns and one component city of Iloilo during the outbreak.
From January 1 to June 8 of this year, a total of 1,290 cases were recorded including 10 deaths.
Massive blackout hits Panay, Negros Islands
By: Maricyn delos Santos
PANAY and Negros Island suffered from a massive blackout Tuesday afternoon due to the tripping of the 138 kilovolt (KV) Kabankalan-Bacolod transmission lines 1 and 2.
The massive blackout started 2:39pm which froze operations of government and private offices in franchise area of five power distributors in Iloilo and Negros Occidental.
The blackout affected the consumers of Panay Electric Cooperative, Iloilo Electric Cooperative 1, VMC Electric Cooperative, Central Negros Electric Cooperative, and portions of Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative.
In Iloilo City, the 164-megawatt coal-fired power plant at Brgy. Ingore, La Paz tripped due to the fault in the grid, according to Nicelee V. Morales, external affairs officer of Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC).
LTO to study habal-habal proposal
By: Tara Yap
WHILE habal-habal is illegal, the hierarchy of Land Transportation Office (LTO) can look into proposals to regulate this mode of transportation.
LTO-6 assistant regional director Anuel Bonite said habal-habal or motorcycles used as passenger units are prohibited by the Land Transportation Code.
“If we follow existing rules, it is illegal. However, it is prevalent in far-flung areas,” Bonite noted.
Bonite apprehending habal-habal operators is very difficult.