January 23, 2021

222 Neg. Occ. Brgys drug-cleared: PDEA

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said yesterday that 222 out of 601 barangays of Negros Occidental, or equivalent to 36.94 percent, have been declared drug-cleared. But Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who attended the anti-drug summit yesterday


City ready for influx of tourists

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Preparations are now in place for the possible influx of tourists and other non-essential travelers to Bacolod following the executive order issued of Mayor Evelio Leonardia that allows their entrance to the city. But Councilor


AFP extends assistance to flood-affected LGUs

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN More than 1,000 families in the cities of Victorias, Sagay, and Escalante in Negros Occidental availed of humanitarian assistance from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command, in tandem with the GMA Kapuso Foundation- Cebu,


Road clearing ops extended to March 15

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Clearing operations against illegal structures in Bacolod City have been extended until March 15, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday. Famillaran said they met with Department of Interior and Local Government provincial head, Ma.


NegOr allots P40M for vaccine purchase

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo said yesterday that the provincial government has reserved P40 million for the procurement of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019. Degamo made the announcement during the “Pagdu-aw sa Negros Oriental: Explain, Explain, Explain” activity of


‘No Time To Die’ delayed anew

Much-delayed James Bond movie “No Time To Die” was postponed again due to the pandemic Thursday, with studio MGM confirming 007’s next mission will not take place until October. The release of the 25th installment of the fictional British spy


Sense of responsibility and abandonment

We should develop the proper sense of responsibility and abandonment. Given our human condition that is marked both by power and weakness, talents and limitations, we should feel responsible for everything in our life as much as possible, as well

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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

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.

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

Follow the Leader

Americans should be happier now with their new president, Joe Biden. I caught parts of the interview with him by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and he seemed very alert and sincere in his responses, whatever questions were fired at him. The

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

CEO urged to expedite road repairs

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A resolution, asking the Bacolod City Engineer’s Office to expedite the repairs of local roads and drainages, was filed by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. Wednesday. Gamboa said he is seeking the help of the Office