January 20, 2021

Rebound and abound

Welcome to the new year! Cebu Landmasters chairman and chief executive officer, Joe Soberano III, describes 2021 as “the year of the rebound and abound”. These words not only echo the aspirations of a business community battered by the unexpected


God Bless the Philippines!

One hundred million vaccinations in his first 100 days. That was the promise of then presidential candidate Joe Biden to the American people who promptly voted for him, rejecting incumbent leader Donald Trump who had not shown much interest in


Learning crisis

Advocacy group Philippine Business for Education is pushing for a comprehensive set of reforms to address a learning crisis in the country. “Our students, as reported by three international learning assessments, are ranked among the lowest in the world in


San Carlos gives loan assistance

The San Carlos City government, through Mayor Renato Gustilo, turned over three checks, worth P60,000 each, to registered associations, at the City Mayor’s Office yesterday. The three groups that received the assistance facilitated by the Cooperatives and Livelihood Development Office


Gov’t addressing high food prices

The government has readied immediate and medium-term solutions to help tame the increase in the prices of food items, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque gave the assurance, as prices of agricultural products and other food items remain high


SSS Bacolod closed for disinfection

The Social Security System temporarily closed its Bacolod branch located at Lacson Street for two days for sanitation and disinfection as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (CoVid-19) pandemic, its advisory said yesterday. Normal operations will resume tomorrow,


Djokovic hit, Australian Open tensions run high

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios dismissed world number one Novak Djokovic as a “tool” as a backlash grew against tennis players flown in for the Australian Open during a raging pandemic. Kyrgios joined a wave of criticism of the Serb for reportedly


Fight sport athletes in ‘Calambubble’ 99% complete

Almost everyone called up to the national team training for three combat sports are now at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba City in Laguna, Philippine Sports Institute national training director Marc Velasco said yesterday. During the Philippine Sportswriters Association


My garden in Bacolod

When I look out of my courtyard in Paris, France, it’s easy to get homesick for Bacolod. Although there’s a beautiful garden just across my street in a downtown chateau, it’s not accessible to me night and day. One has

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Man kills wife

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Jealousy led a husband to kill his wife, using a hammer, in Sitio Lucay 2, Brgy. Camingawan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on Tuesday, the police said. The suspect, identified as Saler Laurente, 44, surrendered to a

Customs border protection team formed in Region 6

The District Port of Iloilo created a composite team named as Customs Border Protection (CBP)-District VI, in line with the orders of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to strengthen border protection and control of each collection district in suppressing and

5 bid for geothermal, hydropower projects

The Department of Energy has fetched bids from five firms for the third Open and Competitive Selection Process (OCSP 3) that aims to develop renewable energy (RE) projects in the country. In a statement yesterday, the DOE said it opened

Duterte: No vaccine rollout, no MGCQ

President Rodrigo Duterte has refused to place the entire Philippines under the least restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until after the government kicks off its vaccination drive, Malacañang said last night. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President’s preference

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