January 16, 2021

The need for regular retreats

From time to time, we should withdraw from our usual activities and concerns, and go into what is called a spiritual retreat where we try to get a closer if also global picture of the current state of our life.


They don’t know People Power

Three more days and then it will be January 20. It will be the feastday of St. Sebastian, patron saint of Bacolod City. As far as I can remember, this day has always been celebrated, not only by Catholics, but


The business community

The Philippine Business for Social Progress, a prestigious organization that gathers business leaders across the country to create various efforts for sustainable development and poverty reduction is calling on the business community to address the need for more livelihood opportunities


P400M allotted for hog repopulation

The Department of Agriculture would roll out P400 million for the repopulation of hogs in the country to mitigate the impact of the African swine fever (ASF). In a virtual briefing, Reildrin Morales, executive director of the DA’s National Meat


Farmers receive food subsidy, cash from DA

The Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas has started distributing cash and food subsidy vouchers, worth P5,000 each, to qualified marginal farmers in the region, as part of the government’s aid during the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) pandemic. The assistance


Remittances’ contribution to GDP declining

An economist cited a likely lesser contribution of remittances on the Philippines’ annual output given the continued strengthening of the local currency, which, in turn, translates to lower remittance value in peso terms. In a report yesterday, ING Bank Manila


Consolidated travel guidelines to city out

Negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results, BaCTrac identification card, and online health declaration form are now required for all travelers to Bacolod, as the city government acts to control the spread of Covid infections. Mayor Evelio Leonardia, in


Flood damage reaches nearly P60-M: official

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Losses in the agro-fisheries and livestock industries in Negros Occidental due to severe flooding on Jan. 1 and Jan. 9 have reached nearly P60 million. Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday that losses to rice


Guv favors Cha-cha for economic provisions

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The resurrection of the proposed Charter Change, as far as economic provisions are concerned, got the support of Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson. But every time the economic provisions are being introduced as reason for

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Himamaylan readies P500M infra projects

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental is preparing to finance major projects with its P500-million loan, that will include the purchase of two dredgers for coastal areas, the development of the Aguisan Port, and flood control projects,

EOC exec: No pre-Valentine concert held

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III There was no pre-Valentine concert that happened near the Bacolod Government Center, Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical and data analysis of the Emergency Operations Center, said yesterday. Sorongon said that members of Police Station

Comelec says 39 party-list groups purged

The Commission on Elections has delisted and canceled the registration of 39 party-list groups. In Comelec Resolution No. 10696 released yesterday, it said the organizations or coalitions under the party-list system that failed to participate in the last two elections

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

‘Saying yes to vaccine an act of charity’

Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete has called on the lay faithful to cooperate with local government units and avail of the vaccine against Covid-19 as an act of charity to one’s neighbor as the Christian world begins

Pass laws to boost food prod’n, NegOr LGUs urged

The Department of Agriculture in Negros Oriental challenged the local government units to enact ordinances that will address food-related concerns in their localities. This is to mitigate the effects of environmental conditions in food production, Sarah Perocho, agriculture program coordinating