January 4, 2021

Making the New Year a good year

Unfortunately, we are still hearing that this Covid pandemic will still be with us for months and even for years. Let’s hope and pray that this piece of information would be proven wrong as early as possible, and that those


More for 2021

The New Year has been rung in and while the celebrations across the planet were mostly muted, almost everyone must have been hoping for a better 2021. In countries whose governments have been more proactive than the rest, citizens have


Army braces for revival of NPA assassin squads

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division is bracing for the revival of the New People’s Army urban hit squads, as announced earlier by Communist Party of the Philippines spokesperson, Marco Valbuena, and called it “illegal and in


7 killed on New Year’s Day

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Seven deaths were recorded on the first day of 2021 in Negros Occidental, aside from the flashfloods that hit three cities and one town in the 3rd District. Three of the seven victims were killed in


Bing: Minors, elderly should stay at home

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Minors 15 years old and below, and seniors citizens aged 66 years old and above, should still be required to remain at home despite the Modified General Community Quarantine status of Bacolod City until the


Five LGUs register zero Covid case

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN There are now five municipalities in Negros Occidental with zero active case of Covid-19, as of Jan. 2, the Provincial Incident Management Team said. The municipalities of EB Magalona and Ilog joined Don Salvador Benedicto, Pulupandan,


Bacolod ‘Most Improved City’ in Region 6

The City of Bacolod was declared the “Most Improved Highly Urbanized City (HUC)” in Region 6 for 2020 by the Department of Trade and Industry. The award was given to Bacolod City during the 4th Regional Competitiveness Council Recognition Ceremony


Mayors support vaccination program

The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has committed to support the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination program of the national government in a bid to ensure vaccine supply for its member-cities. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, national president

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Silay declares state of calamity

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Three local government units in northern Negros have placed their areas under a state of calamity, with Silay City joining the list. Mayor Mark Golez said yesterday that they placed Silay under a state of calamity

Guv cites programs amid pandemic

Negros Oriental has maintained its endeavor to improve the health and other services for its residents under its banner program on health, education and environment, livelihood programs for peace and development, amid the Covid pandemic. In his year-end report, Gov.

Clinical trial in Bacolod this week

BY ADRIAN P NEMES III Johnson & Johnson (J&J), an American multi-national corporation, is set to conduct the third phase of the clinical trial for its coronavirus disease 2019 vaccine in Bacolod City this week. Dr. Adonis Guancia, principal investigator

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

Biz registration lower than expected: mayor

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III It was lower than we expected, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said on the decrease of business registration in the city last year compared to 2019. Leonardia said the eight percent reduction was lower compared to

Price freeze in Talisay, Victorias

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A price freeze on prime and basic commodities was implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry in the cities of Talisay and Victorias in Negros Occidental that were declared under a state of calamity