February 13, 2021

Gasataya calls for swift vaccine procurement

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya proposed House Bill 8648, calling for the swift purchase of vaccines against Covid-19. Gasataya, who is the vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, also proposed HB 8649 to expedite


Amnesty eyed for rebels

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The granting of amnesty to all rebel groups is a welcome development for Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez. Galvez said the granting of amnesty sends a clear and strong message that the government


BaCTrac privacy assured

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The BaCTrac system’s privacy is protected and safe, Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical and data analysis of the Bacolod Emergency Operations Center, assured yesterday. Sorongon made the assurance to allay fears of city residents


WW2 bomb detonated in Silay

Explosives Ordnance disposal team members preparing for the detonation of a 800-pound vintage aerial bomb in Brgy. Guimbalaon, Silay City yesterday* PNP photo


16 arrested for fishing in sanctuary

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Policemen and Bantay Dagat members arrested 11 fishermen and five minors for illegal fishing at the Sagay Marine Reserve Area in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Wednesday night. Intercepted were six fishing boats with 16 crewmembers, all


Two LGU employees, 4 others nabbed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Two local government employees in Negros Occidental and four others were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and suspected shabu, the police said yesterday. Policemen arrested Edie Gumban, an employee of the municipal government of Toboso,


Farmers start selling palay to NFA NegOcc

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Two farmers from Ilog sold 215 bags of palay to the National Food Authority warehouse in Brgy. Dancalan in the town, and warehouse supervisor Maverick Misajon said more farmers have signified their intention to also


Womanizers incapable of marriage: CA

Old habits die hard. A ruling by the Court of Appeals (CA) reversed a lower court decision and granted the annulment of the marriage sought by the wife of an admitted serial womanizer. In an 11-page decision dated Feb. 8,


In a world of growing diversity

We have to brace ourselves for the challenges of the world of growing diversity that we are living in. It is not only growing diversity that we have to contend with. It is also a complicated one. That’s because, aside


Have a Happy V-day!

It has been a week now since the peace in Myanmar was disrupted by a coup, not by civilian politicians but by the military! So now they say that the country is  under “Martial law”. Ah, but it is a

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A Christmas gift from the Lord

Do you sometimes get the feeling that you want to get away from it all? You may get a chance – on its next trip, that is. The NASA has launched its new invention called the Perseverance that is aimed

PhilGuarantee expands credit support to MSMEs

The Philippine Guarantee Corp. (PhilGuarantee) has broadened its support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), manufacturing, housing, agriculture, and other key sectors of the economy to help keep businesses afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic, with over P655 billion in

No new Covid cases in 12 Neg. Occ. LGUs

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The number of local government units in Negros Occidental with no new Covid cases rose to 12, as of Monday. The number of active cases also dropped to 58, the Provincial Incident Management Team said yesterday.

Mayor denies SCBI request to resume ops

The water discoloration noted in the coastal area of Sitio Maloloy-on, Brgy. Punao, in San Carlos City was attributed to the operation of the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. that was temporarily shut down last week* San Carlos DRRMO photo

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.

Construction of 3 more cell sites in city halted

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Three other cell site constructions in Bacolod City were halted by the Office of the Building Official for lack of construction permits, OBO head Nestor Velez said yesterday. Velez said these are the cell sites