January 18, 2021

Encourage and don’t impose

In a situation where there are a number of legitimate options to choose from, we should be careful not to impose what we consider as the best option, if the other options are good enough and can be chosen due


Can all vaccines be trusted?

One more day and it will be the feast of San Sebastian, patron said of Bacolod City and a big celebration at the Cathedral named after him. As far as I can remember, it was always a big day for



The second year of the Covid-19 pandemic may be tougher than the first, given how the new coronavirus is spreading, especially in the northern hemisphere as more infectious variants circulate, the World Health Organization said earlier this week. “We are


City allots P3.5M for flood victims

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Residents of Negros Occidental affected by the massive flooding are set to receive more assistance, this time from Bacolod City, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said. This was after the Bacolod City government allocated P3.5 million to


Flashflood hits San Carlos

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Heavy downpour triggered a flashflood Saturday night in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, affecting five barangays and causing the evacuation of more than 100 families, composed of about 400 individuals. But no casualty was reported, Mayor


P78M in agro-fisheries, livestock losses – OPA

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Supplies of agricultural products, especially rice, may be affected by the losses in agro-fisheries and livestock products due to severe flooding in Negros Occidental in the first two weeks of the month that now reached


EOC: No need for moratorium on LSIs, OFWs

The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Bacolod City disinfecting the luggage of locally stranded individuals and authorized persons outside residence, who arrived at the Bredco port on Saturday* City DRRMO photo


4 clashes in one day

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The relentless combat operations of the 62nd Infantry Battalion in central Negros led to armed skirmishes with New People’s Army rebels in upland barangays of Sandayao and Trinidad in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, since Saturday, and


LRY reappointed MSBTI chairman

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Businessman Leo Rey Yanson was reappointed chairman of the board and president of the Mindanao Star Bus Transport Inc (MSBTI) during its annual stockholders virtual meeting on Jan. 16 in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City. This was

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DOLE eyeing three-month wage subsidy

The Department of Labor and Employment said it plans to provide a wage subsidy for workers for three months to help them cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said the wage subsidy to be

Capitol to form energy council

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza suggested to the provincial government of Negros Occidental yesterday to formulate a roadmap on renewable energy as Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson agreed to the creation of an Energy Council. The roadmap

9 yield over P220K in ‘shabu’ in Bacolod ops

Nine persons were arrested while P224,400 worth of suspected shabu was seized in buy-bust operations in the past four days in Bacolod, the City Police Office reported. On Thursday night, AJ Vincent Montelibano, 18, was caught selling a sachet of

DOH bio-surveillance ongoing on 2 Covid mutations in Cebu

Medical experts have discovered the presence of two mutations of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in Cebu, the Department of Health in Central Visayas said yesterday. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 chief pathologist and regional spokesperson on Covid-19, said

POEA warns of bogus employees

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration warned the public anew, particularly aspiring overseas Filipino workers, against unscrupulous individuals posing as employees of the agency. In an advisory, the POEA advised overseas job applicants to exercise extreme caution and avoid dealing with

City generally peaceful: VM

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III “Generally peaceful” was how Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran described the peace and order situation in Bacolod despite the spate of killings that have transpired in the city recently. Familiaran reassured residents and the business