February 19, 2021

Duterte allows LGUs to make advance vaccine payments

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a memorandum allowing local government units to make advance payments for the purchase of vaccines against Covid-19. In a virtual presser, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go had told him


J&J clinical trial in Bacolod until March

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Janssen, owned by the American Company Johnson & Johnson (J&J), is planning to extend its vaccine clinical trial in Bacolod City until next month. It has already vaccinated several individuals in Bacolod City in its


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


‘Auring’ now a tropical storm

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN “Auring” intensified from tropical depression to tropical storm yesterday, and was moving toward the northwestward direction at 10 kilometers per hour, based on the report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. Provincial Disaster


Health protocols in air, seaports effective: exec

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The implementation of health protocols for arriving passengers at the airport and seaports has been an effective tool in preventing the spread of Covid-19 in Negros Occidental, Provincial Incident Management Team head, Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, said


Frozen meat seized in Cadiz

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN About 350 kilos of frozen food and meat products were seized by the Veterinary Office and the police during an operation in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, for lack of documents and mishandling of products, City Veterinarian


Safety last

In another display of “urong-sulong” governance, the implementation of the controversial car seat law was decreed postponed or deferred by the man who signed it into law but decided to use his awesome power to declare it no longer necessary


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

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Buy biomedical refrigerators, LGUs urged

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, encouraged yesterday local government units, especially the cities, to purchase biomedical refrigerators for the vaccines that are coming. Tumimbang also called on LGUs to identify the vaccination sites,

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

12 NegOcc brgys among 29 drug-cleared in WV

An additional 29 barangays in Western Visayas, including 12 from Negros Occidental, were declared cleared from illegal drugs by the Regional Oversight Committee on Dangerous Drugs, in a deliberation held in Leganes, Iloilo, yesterday. These include barangays Pantao in Calatrava,

Uncle of slain rob-gang leader shot dead

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The uncle of the Epogon robbery gang leader, who was killed in a shootout with policemen in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Friday, was shot dead past 9 p.m. Monday in Brgy. Cabug, Bacolod City. Station

Photo of the Day

INSPECTION. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) inspected yesterday the molecular laboratory in the provincial government-run Valladolid District Hospital, that is set to operate soon and expected to run 1,000 Covid-19 tests per day* Capitol PIO photo

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