February 5, 2021

Grid tie?

My previous article discussed the dilemma I faced after the inverter-controller of my 6-year-old home PV system failed again. The equipment failure forced me to prematurely decide if my home was going to continue spending on batteries or if going


How is Wuhan now?

No matter what some of our own people may say about how they envy those living in the United States or other countries such as those in Europe, I don’t think there ever was a time when I agreed with


Threatened by the pandemic

Sweden-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance has found that, as of end-November 2020, 61 percent of countries had implemented measures to curb Covid-19 “that were concerning from a democracy and human rights perspective.” “These violated democratic standards because


SRA under scrutiny over SIDA

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Sugar Regulatory Administration is now under scrutiny by the House of Representatives for the alleged slow implementation of the Sugar Industry Development Act programs, causing adverse effects on the sugar industry, small farmers and workers.


32 add’l Covid isolation rooms up in Bacolod

The Department of Public Works and Highways 6 is constructing another 32 isolation rooms for Covid patients in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City. The additional project will complete the 64 isolation rooms that Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia lobbied for last


‘P460M in investment to solve waste problem’

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Metro Solid Waste Management Corp., a Manila-based company, is proposing a P460-million investment for a state-of-the art, and of international standard system to solve the garbage collection problem in Bacolod City. Councilor Carl Lopez,


Former NPA members get financial aid

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Twenty-seven former members of the New People’s Army received P20,000 each in financial assistance from the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and the provincial government of Negros Oriental. Maj. Khadaffy Tawantawan, Civil Military Operations


Restaurants urged: Secure DOT accreditation

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is encouraging all restaurants in Bacolod City to be accredited with the Department of Tourism. The resolution, authored by Councilor Israel Salanga, said the DOT is accrediting restaurants as secondary tourism enterprises pursuant to Republic Act


Comelec eyeing ‘5 voters at a time’

The Commission on Elections is looking to allow at least five voters inside precincts at a time for next year’s elections in case the coronavirus pandemic persists. In a television interview yesterday, Comelec chairman Sheriff Abas said this aims to

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When we commit mistakes

We all commit mistakes. That’s an undeniable fact of life. They can vary from small to big, minor to major, something just mechanical or typographical to something mortally spiritual and immoral. They can simply be accidental or maliciously intentional. This

Labor group seeks P100 wage increase

A labor group filed yesterday a P100 emergency wage relief across-the-board increase petition with the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) office in Manila. In their petition, Defend Jobs Philippines said it is time for another salary adjustment for workers

No raps vs. Negrense couple

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacon brushed aside negative comments in the social media and stood pat yesterday on his decision to forgive a Negrense couple, who admitted their mistakes of violating Covid-19 health protocols, as

A do-or-die matter

How would you like to be a woman in Japan? I had been so ignorant about their conditions until the other day I saw some lines on TV stating that women there can only attend meetings and conferences as “observers”,

109 flood victims in San Carlos get work

At least 109 flood-affected residents of San Carlos City, especially those from barangays 1, 5, and Rizal, will start working through the Tupad program of the Department of Labor and Employment before the end of this month. City Mayor Renato

Lacson: Mabinay residents allowed to stay in Kabankalan for 12 hours

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson established conditions yesterday for allowing residents of Mabinay town in Negros Oriental to enter Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, as border control between the two local government units has been relaxed. Starting March