January 14, 2021

Flood damage reaches P54M

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Losses in agro-fisheries and livestock products due to severe flooding in various areas of Negros Occidental over the weekend and on Jan. 1 had reached P53.6 million, as of yesterday. The agriculture sector incurred the


Bacolod secures 650K vaccine doses

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bacolod City is getting 650,000 doses of coronavirus 19 vaccines from AstraZeneca pharmaceutical firm, Mayor Evelio Leonardia confirmed yesterday. Leonardia said he asked the consent of AstraZeneca before disclosing the number of doses that Bacolod


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


LGUs oppose reopening of Negros borders – guv

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Local chief executives are against a proposal to reopen the borders of Negros Occidental and Oriental, following the rising number in active coronavirus cases in the two provinces. Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday


‘Unanimous OK on transfer of Capitol’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Mayors of Negros Occidental unanimously approved yesterday the transfer to Talisay City of the seat of power of the province, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said. But nobody among the mayors dared to propose the transfer of


Fleeing rebels abandon 2-month-old baby

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A 2-month-old baby was reportedly abandoned by her mother, who fled with a group of suspected New People’s Army rebels yesterday, in a shanty in Hacienda Ambulong, Brgy. San Fernando, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, and she


Money lender shot dead while eating: police

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES A money lender was shot and killed in his house in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City, Tuesday night. P/Col. Ariel Pico, Bacolod City Police Office spokesperson, identified the fatality as Joeffrey Parandas, 54, of Phase 1, Regent


Photo of the Day

MAKING DO. Two residents have been using a boat and a rope to cross this river in Sitio Lemoncito, Brgy. Quintin Remo in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, and on Tuesday, town officials, led by Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a hanging steel footbridge in the area, under the Assistance to Municipalities project* Moises Padilla PIO photo


Strict biosecurity needed versus ASF

An official of the Bank of the Philippine Islands said the country needs to improve its risk management standards and sustainability measures so hog raisers can survive and thrive amid the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak. “ASF has already taken

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Smart, Globe block 5K sites to protect kids

A total of 3,011 websites that host illicit content involving children have, so far, been blocked by PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart. In a statement, PLDT-Smart said the blocked websites were based on the mandate of the National Telecommunications

POC to lead volleyball polls

The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball has called on the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to hold an election for what would look like a new national sports association for volleyball. POC president Abraham Tolentino said the election is needed to take

NegOr logs increase in rice prod’n rate amid pandemic

Negros Oriental recorded an increase in rice production level at 65,549.16 metric tons (MT) or 12 percent in 2020, compared to 57,377.72 MT in 2019, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In his year-end provincial accomplishment report, Gov. Roel Degamo said the

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

Photo of the Day

FOOD DELIVERY. Samaritans use an improvised zipline to deliver the food packs prepared by a local eatery for flood-affected residents in Silay City, Negros Occidental, yesterday* Pots and Buds photo

Councilor shot dead

A councilor of the municipality of Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental was shot by suspects on motorcycles and died hours later at a hospital yesterday. An initial report from the Sta. Catalina Police Station said Rhode Anthony Vulfa Melodia was