February 9, 2021

Curfew in Bacolod to continue: mayor

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III “Curfew must stay,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia told the businessmen in reaction to their appeal recently to lift its implementation to revitalize the night businesses. Leonardia, and representatives of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce


Negros border remains closed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial governments of both Negros Occidental and Oriental are not easing their border control, despite the opening of borders in the municipalities of Vallehermoso and Mabinay to adjacent areas in the Occidental side. Gov. Eugenio


INC deacon killed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A deacon of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) was shot dead at Carmen Street in Brgy. San Pedro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, on Sunday. Negrense Paul Tejam, 40, was declared dead on arrival at the Binalbagan Infirmary


Most wanted ex-cop nabbed in La Carlota

A former police officer, who went rogue and listed as one of the country’s most wanted persons, was arrested in Negros Occidental, Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, said yesterday. Sinas identified the suspect as Anecio Lapara Jr., aka


NTC junks request for radio station

The National Telecommunications Commission did not grant the request of the Bacolod City School Board for authority to install and operate a non-commercial FM broadcast station in Bacolod City. NTC commissioner Gamalie Cordoba, in a letter to Vice Mayor El


NFA NegOcc buying palay

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The National Food Authority in Negros Occidental announced yesterday that it is now ready to buy palay from farmers in the province. NFA Negros Occidental branch manager Epifanio Cosca said the agency will buy clean


Meat prices still soaring

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III / GILBERT P. BAYORAN Meat prices in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, continued to increase, as of yesterday, with pork and broiled chicken registering the highest increment at P20 and P23, respectively. Pork is sold


Home improvements

I don’t know if I’m growing old or if it’s the eternal quarantine status that’s keeping everyone at home, but it feels like DIY home improvement projects are the rage these days. In my case, our humble home has seen


COVID and power-grabbing

It is now February and there seems to be no chance of schools reopening yet in the Philippines. Well, there is supposed to be online learning, but is it available to all, especially those in the rural areas? Will students


Cut off

Telco PLDT Inc. is seeking cooperation from the government and other service providers to help in ensuring the safety of fiber optic cables from construction and excavation activities, saying their cables are seen as most vulnerable to external factors and

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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

BFP Bacolod to activate rescue unit

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bureau of Fire Protection will activate a Special Rescue Unit (SRU) in Bacolod City after the training fire personnel in March or April, Chief Insp. Rodel Legaspi, Bacolod fire marshal, said during the blessing and

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

Pass laws to boost food prod’n, NegOr LGUs urged

The Department of Agriculture in Negros Oriental challenged the local government units to enact ordinances that will address food-related concerns in their localities. This is to mitigate the effects of environmental conditions in food production, Sarah Perocho, agriculture program coordinating

3ID maintains zero human rights violation

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division maintains its record of zero human rights violation in Western Visayas, with no single complaint filed against it before the Commission on Human Rights since last year, its spokesperson, Maj. Cenon

LGUs monitor ground cracks in NegOr

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Negros Oriental and its local government unit counterparts in the northern part of the province are continuously monitoring ground cracks to help mitigate the possible occurrence of landslides brought by incessant