December 1, 2020

Just look at the bright side

Women of the Philippines! Aren’t you glad you are living in this country and not in Saudi Arabia? Just as I was writing this, news came out of TV that a women’s rights  defender had been sent to what they



Yesterday’s holiday was Bonifacio Day but, if my instincts serve me well, 95 percent of Filipinos probably did absolutely nothing to commemorate the life, ideals, and death of Andres Bonifacio. To be fair, it is hard to blame our apathy



The Department of Finance revealed in a report from the Bureau of Treasury that only less than a third of the replenishable P1-billion People’s Survival Fund for climate adaptation projects made available five years ago had been tapped by local


Visa upon arrival rules tightened: BI

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said yesterday that the rules on the implementation of the visa upon arrival (VUA) scheme had already been tightened early this year. “Admission is already itinerary-based, with a maximum stay of 30 days. VUAs may


Covid-19 recoveries near 400K

The Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reported 44 new recoveries that pushed the overall tally of recovered cases from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) nationwide to 398,658. In its 4 p.m. case bulletin, the DOH said the figures represent a


223 NegOcc teacher-scholars graduate

A total of 223 Project Free Paglaum teacher-scholars finished their post-graduate studies at the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod, and Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Bong Lacson was the speaker at their graduation ceremony recently. Lacson lauded the graduates


4-day work week in PH courts starts

Courts throughout the country will implement a four-day workweek starting today, in compliance with a circular issued by Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Nov. 24. Under the guidelines, all courts would observe a 10-hour workday, from 7:30 a.m.


Gov’t borrowings up 214.45% in first 10 months

Government borrowings in the first 10 months of the year jumped by 214.45 percent year-on-year primarily due to requirements to address the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) data showed total borrowings, as of end-October this year,


DOTr inspects seaports, airports

The Department of Transportation took advantage of the long weekend that ended yesterday with the marking of Bonifacio Day to conduct a series of inspections of seaports and airports in the provinces of Samar, Cebu, Aklan, and the cities of

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UAE remains attractive market for Filipino goods

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) remains an attractive market for Philippine produce and goods as food exports to the Middle East country remained steady in 2020 amid the pandemic, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Dubai said yesterday.

Lobby for free vaccines, Neg. Occ. mayors urged

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The League of Municipalities of the Philippines Negros Occidental chapter has been urged by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to strongly suggest to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez that the national government provides a big percentage of free

PNP drug testing to be expanded

Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, has ordered to expand the surprise drug testing to all police personnel under the ongoing internal cleansing program. Sinas made the directive after another policer officer assigned in Caraga (Region 13) tested positive

Dredging of rivers in NegOcc on

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Local officials are banking on the dredging of major rivers and tributaries in the 3rd district of Negros Occidental to address the perennial problem of flashfloods, the latest of which occurred during the New Year celebration

Action please, not speeches!

Until now, I can still recall vividly how my grandparents looked out for the “tubong” everytime a new year began. I think “tubong” translates to “equivalent” or “counterpart”, because our grandmother explained that they, and other farmers, look out for

Cop tests positive for drug use

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A police officer assigned at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office tested positive for use of illegal drugs during a random testing conducted on 6,051 personnel assigned in PNP units in Western Visayas from Nov. 27