February 23, 2021

Negros electricity rates up

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bad news for power consumers in Negros Occidental. The Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, and the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative announced yesterday power rate increases, ranging from 58 centavos to P1 per


Sea trips resume

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The operations of fastcraft and roll-on, roll off vessels resumed yesterday in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, and Cebu after Tropical Storm Auring weakened into a tropical depression. The tropical clone and wind signal (TWCS) was also


Capitol to form energy council

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza suggested to the provincial government of Negros Occidental yesterday to formulate a roadmap on renewable energy as Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson agreed to the creation of an Energy Council. The roadmap


Guv to hear proposal on border opening

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that he will sit down with Mayor Ernesto Estrao on his proposal to open the Hinobaan town border in Negros Occidental with its neighbor Basay in Negros Oriental. “Just like


‘CCTVs still functional’

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Most of the 39 closed circuit television cameras in strategic locations in Bacolod are still functional, city executive assistant Joemarie Vargas said yesterday. Vargas, who is the cluster head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction


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


PNP: Epogon robbery group neutralized

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Police Regional Office 6 said it has neutralized the Epogon robbery-hold-up group, after the death of its alleged leader on Feb. 20 in Sitio Manluy-a, Brgy. San Jose, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. Eddie Epogon, alias


Parking center

Silay City, my birthplace and place of residence, has recently instituted a no-parking/tow-away rule on most of its roads which means all types of vehicles can no longer park on most public roads. The newly implemented rule is apparently in

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City animal welfare task force pushed

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III An Animal Welfare Task Force was proposed by several officials of the Bacolod City government and animal welfare advocates in a meeting yesterday. The task force will formulate and implement plans and programs for animal

560 Pinoys to compete in Hanoi SEAG

A total of 560 athletes may make up the Philippine team that will compete in this year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi. Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino said the athletes would compete in 520 events in 38 sports

San Carlos to restore border checkpoints

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The city government of San Carlos in Negros Occidental will restore the checkpoints in its boundary with Vallehermoso and Canlaon City in Negros Oriental, starting Monday, Mayor Renato Gustilo announced yesterday. Border controls between San Carlos

Photo of the Day

MAMBULOC CREEK. A photo of the ongoing excavation and dredging operations at Mambuloc Creek in Bacolod City, taken Feb. 16* DRRMO photo

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

Flooding, landslide as ‘Auring’ nears

The provincial government of Negros Oriental and its local government units are gearing up for the possible onslaught of tropical storm Auring this weekend. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) has already issued a warning to communities