January 15, 2021


As this government that has failed to call dibs on any vaccine faced criticism for its choice of vaccine supplier as it scrambled to source the vaccine that our leaders thought would fall on their lap as they napped under


Still a city landmark

Does he read Twinkling? I heard from TV that President Duterte will be the first to get vaccinated once the stuff is received in the country. That is really admirable of him, because people will lose their fears about them


Surge protection

The Department of Health has confirmed that a new and more infectious variant of Covid-19 was detected in a Filipino traveller, who arrived from the United Arab Emirates on January 7. The new variant of Covid-19 found in the United


Farmers get P1.5M in livelihood projects

BY MAX N. MACAHILO Upland farmers of Murcia and Salvador Benedicto received P1.5 million in livelihood projects from the Department of Labor and Employment recently. The DOLE and the Provincial Environment Management Office turned over to the 104 members of


PEZA okays P95-B investments in 2020

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority said yesterday that it ended 2020 with P95.03 billion worth of investment approvals, or a decline of 18 percent, from P117.5-billion in projects approved the previous year. Some 326 projects got PEZA Board’s nod last


BIR, BOC overshoot revenue targets

The Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs have collected a combined P2.43 trillion in 2020 despite the economic downturn resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, preliminary data from the Department of Finance showed. A report by the DOF’s Revenue


Fernandez thankful for SEAG assignment

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioner Ramon Fernandez is grateful to the Philippine Olympic Committee for choosing him to lead the way for the national team in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games later this year in Hanoi. Appearing in a press


Bacolod acts to avert entry of Covid variant

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Stricter protocols will be implemented in Bacolod City, especially after health authorities have confirmed that the mutated variant of coronavirus disease 2019 has already entered the Philippines. Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical and data


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

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Flooding, landslide as ‘Auring’ nears

The provincial government of Negros Oriental and its local government units are gearing up for the possible onslaught of tropical storm Auring this weekend. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) has already issued a warning to communities

Only 10% of Bacolodnons willing to get Covid shots

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Only about 10 percent of the more than half-a-million population of Bacolod City signified willingness to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who chairs the local Inter-Agency Task Force, said.

City animal welfare task force pushed

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III An Animal Welfare Task Force was proposed by several officials of the Bacolod City government and animal welfare advocates in a meeting yesterday. The task force will formulate and implement plans and programs for animal

A Christmas gift from the Lord

Do you sometimes get the feeling that you want to get away from it all? You may get a chance – on its next trip, that is. The NASA has launched its new invention called the Perseverance that is aimed

LGUs monitor ground cracks in NegOr

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Negros Oriental and its local government unit counterparts in the northern part of the province are continuously monitoring ground cracks to help mitigate the possible occurrence of landslides brought by incessant

Uncle of slain rob-gang leader shot dead

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The uncle of the Epogon robbery gang leader, who was killed in a shootout with policemen in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Friday, was shot dead past 9 p.m. Monday in Brgy. Cabug, Bacolod City. Station