January 9, 2021

When weakness becomes a source of strength

That Pauline statement, “For when I am weak, then I am strong”, (2 Cor 12,10) should make us feel reassured and consoled every time we are hounded and burdened by all sorts of difficulties and troubles, including when we are


Miracles do happen

“Mother, Mother, I am sick/ Call the doctor very quick/ Doctor, Doctor, Will I die?/ No, my darling, do not cry.” I am sure a lot of those in my generation of elementary school pupils still remember that limerick that


Preparation for vaccination

As the government struggles to secure vaccines for as many as 70 million people this year, a recent survey has found less than a third of Filipinos willing to get inoculated against the coronavirus. The Pulse Asia poll conducted between


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


80% of city brgys Covid-free

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Forty-nine of the 61 barangays of Bacolod City have been declared free from coronavirus disease 2019 after no new cases have been recorded in these places, City Administrator Em Ang said yesterday. Ang, who is


Bing to sign more deals for vaccines

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia may enter into more agreements with different pharmaceutical firms for the procurement of vaccines against Covid-19 in the coming days. This was after the Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved his request


LGUs urged to allot funds for vaccination

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson encouraged local government units in Negros Occidental yesterday to come up with allocations for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines, for their constituents. This was after Lacson confirmed that he is expected to


Photo of the Day

REOPENING. Kabankalan Mayor Pedro Zayco Jr. (center) checks upgrading efforts in preparation for the reopening of the Balicaocao Eco-Park on Jan. 15* Kabankalan PIO photo


Kabankalan gov’t cancels Sinulog fest

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The traditional Sinulog Festival of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, to mark the feast of Señor Santo Niño this month, has been cancelled due to the pandemic. The decision was made during a meeting with the Sinulog


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

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Group seeks justice for slain radioman

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Cebu Chapter has condemned the killing of radio blocktimer Renante “Rey” Cortes of DYRB-Cebu yesterday. Cortes was killed by still unidentified gunmen on board a motorcycle outside the radio station located in

Bing invited to Duterte’s final SONA

As the national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia was invited jointly by the Senate and House of Representatives to personally attend the sixth and final State of the Nation Address of

Be vigilant against communist terrorists, Neg Or brgys urged

The 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army has called on barangays affected by terrorist threats to be vigilant and for local officials to be responsive in addressing the issue of communist terrorist groups (CTGs). Army brigade commander, Col. Leonardo

Let us sing “Fly me to the Moon”

How do we find topics to write on that could remove people’s minds from this pandemic?  Sometimes, I think it is something next to impossible, but one could try, can’t one? Well, for one, I have been getting calls and

LGUs post P825B in operating income

The total current operating income of the local government units rose from P738.54 billion in 2019 to P825.2 billion last year, representing an increase of P86.66 billion or 12 percent, as a result of their higher internal revenue allotment and

SC launches cashless payments

A cashless payment scheme for small claims cases has been launched by the Supreme Court. In a statement yesterday, the SC said Judiciary ePayment for Small Claims, the online payment of legal fees, will be pilot-tested in close to 1,000