January 26, 2021

Swab test for ROFs, OFWs

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN There is no stopping the provincial government of Negros Occidental in requiring returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and overseas Filipino workers to undergo swab testing upon their arrival, following confirmation that the UK variant of Covid-19 is


CoVac Council tackles vaccination plans

Adjustments to the newly amended national guidelines on community quarantine and preparation for the mass vaccination program were discussed during the 3rd virtual meeting of the Bacolod City Covid-19 Vaccination Council on Sunday. The virtual dialog, presided over by Mayor


Most-wanted man arrested

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Policemen arrested the number one most-wanted person of the PNP-Highway Patrol Group in Western Visayas during a manhunt operation in Brgy. 20, Bacolod City, on Sunday. Nabbed by virtue of an arrest warrant for carnapping charges,


Gov’t nurses get pay hike

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Entry-level nurses working in public hospitals and health institutions, or Nurse 1, of the provincial government of Negros Occidental, are expected to enjoy higher pay starting this year. Based on the memorandum issued by the Department


Localized lockdowns eyed

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Localized lock downs instead of stricter quarantine status will be implemented in the country amidst the lingering threat now of the UK coronavirus variant. This was stressed by National Inter-Agency Task Force chief, Karlo Nograles,


BCPO reshuffles COPs

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A minor reshuffling at the Bacolod City Police Office was implemented by its city director, P/Col. Manuel Placido, and affected 10 police officials, effective yesterday. P/Major Jovil Sedel, chief of Police Station 1, was relieved


Exec: Fight hunger, too

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III National and local government units, along with the private sector, should help one another in the fight against hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines that was worsened by the pandemic, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said


Photo of the Day

PROMOTION. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who visited Bacolod City and Negros Occidental last week, posted this shot of The Ruins in Talisay City on her FB page, and called it a stunning piece of architecture with a romantic and tragic past*


Online learnings

After going through a half a school year of online learning, my two high school kids have come to the conclusion that it generally sucks. My freshman (is it freshperson now?) daughter didn’t like it from the start as she


What’s between COVID and sports?

Have you noticed that there is one area where the COVID fears do not have some effects? I am referring to basketball, volleyball and golf where the players seem  impervious to the international phobia against this virus. Maybe athletes do

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Skills diplomats need

Despite the statistics on the cases as well as mortalities linked to this new virus has been decimating world population, why is it that people are  still afraid of undergoing vaccinations against it? I heard on TV one city mayor

Nadal pulls out of ATP tourney

Rafael Nadal announced Thursday that he was pulling out of next week’s ATP tournament in Rotterdam to recover from the back problems that hampered him in Australia. The world number two withdrew from the ATP Cup in Adelaide before the

P10 million police station to rise in Hinobaan: Estrao

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A modern police station, worth P10 million, will rise soon in Brgy. Pook, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental. Mayor Ernesto Estrao said yesterday that the budget for the two-storey police station comes from the Philippine National Police, and

Recovering Woods ‘touched’ by show of support

Tiger Woods, recovering in hospital after surgery for serious leg injuries received in a solo car smash, tweeted thanks Sunday for a show of support from fellow pro golfers. “It is hard to explain how touching today was when I

3 holidays in 2021 scrapped to boost economic productivity

Malacañang defended yesterday the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to change three special holidays into special working days this year. Duterte signed Proclamation 1107, declaring November 2 – Tuesday – All Souls’ Day, December 24 – Friday – Christmas Eve,

Group art exhibit set in Bacolod

Visual and performing artists from the Art Association of Bacolod, Christian Artists National Various Arts Society, and Babayi will hold a group art exhibit of paintings, from Feb. 28 to March 28, at the gallery of Modern Hut Café, NGC