December 4, 2020

Flying kisses only!

How many days are left before Christmas? Less than three weeks! No wonder  people are violating rules and going out of their homes these days. Who or what can prevent the spirit of Christmas from overwhelming everyone? I think even


Holiday cheer

The second week of advent is coming up and soon the Simbang Gabi masses will begin and yet for most of us, invoking and feeling the spirit of Christmas is taking a lot of extra effort during this particularly difficult


Confidence and tourism

As the world works to restore confidence in the floundering travel industry, the United Nations World Tourism Organization is gaining traction in the establishment of an international code for the protection of tourists. In a statement, the UNWTO said the


Traffic enforcers up for testing vs. COVID

BY ADRIAN P NEMES III Four hundred traffic enforcers in Bacolod City will undergo surveillance testing tomorrow and Saturday to ensure that they are free from the coronavirus disease 2019. Executive assistant Ernie Pineda, who heads the city’s Quick Reaction


‘Release pregnant rebel leader’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Human rights group Karapatan yesterday called on the government to immediately release pregnant rebel leader Nona Espinosa, as well as the elderly, sick, and nursing women political prisoners, who, it said, are the most vulnerable to


Silay opens tourism destinations

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Tourism destination areas in barangays Patag and Guimbalaon in Silay City, Negros Occidental, are now open to the public, with strict observance of mandated health protocols, City Administrator Jose Edward Davila yesterday said. But business establishments,


Lacson, Capitol employees sign CAN

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees is hopeful to receive the maximum amount of incentive under the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) this yuletide season, after it was signed yesterday by PACE president Renelo Lastierre and Gov.


Distrito new BCC trustee

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Former councilor Caesar Distrito was appointed as new member of the Bacolod City College Board of Trustees, representing the professional sector, effective December 1. In Executive Order no. 75, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Distrito


EDC donates P3-M RNA extractor to Silay hospital

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Energy Development Corporation donated an RNA extractor to Negros Occidental to further strengthen the Covid-19 resiliency efforts of the province. The equipment, worth P3 million, was turned over yesterday by EDC’s community partners Marie Christine

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3.4M workers get almost P30B in cash aid: DOLE

The government has provided close to P30-billion financial assistance to over three million local and overseas workers affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment said. Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay, in a Laging Handa briefing,

2 more NegOcc towns buying vaccines

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Despite limited budgets, mayors of two northern Negros Occidental municipalities are planning to allot funds for the purchase of vaccines against Covid for their constituents. EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon said yesterday that they can afford

PVO income down 52% amid Covid

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Provincial Veterinary Office’s revenue collection dropped by 52.76 percent last year compared to 2019 due to the ongoing pandemic. Provincial veterinarian Renante Decena said their revenue collection in 2019 was P7.1 million while they

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

Photo of the Day

CLEARING OPS. Personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office clearing a giant tamarind tree that was uprooted by strong winds in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod yesterday* Bacolod DRRMO photo

Can we deal with ice and snow?

Pray! Help is coming, according to the news. Help in the form of vaccines to be administered to our people. But alas, it will not cover a fourth of our population, as there will only be about 25 million doses.