February 24, 2021

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.


Bacolod makes P31M initial vaccine payment

Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced that the City of Bacolod has made an advance initial payment of P31 million to AstraZeneca for the 650,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine it contracted with the pharmaceutical company. “The initial payment practically consummates our contract


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


195 workers avail of low cost housing

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Kabankalan city government has 195 employees who have availed of socialized housing, and 17 beneficiaries received keys to their houses, in a ceremony led by Mayor Pedro Zayco yesterday. Zayco, assisted by Vice-Mayor Raul Rivera,


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


2 drug dens dismantled, 15 arrested

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said yesterday that it has dismantled another drug den during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City. The buy-bust operation resulted in the arrest of seven suspects and the recovery


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


City generally peaceful: VM

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III “Generally peaceful” was how Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran described the peace and order situation in Bacolod despite the spate of killings that have transpired in the city recently. Familiaran reassured residents and the business


Doc warns vs. mass gatherings

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III What transpired in Cebu province where the coronavirus mutated is likely to happen in Bacolod City if mass gatherings are not stopped. This was stressed by Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical and data analysis


Six laws of wealth

1st of two parts A friend shared a slide entitled, “6 Laws of Wealth”, originally from a site advocating young Nigerians to save for their future. The subject matter is certainly interesting and relevant to the objective of gaining proficiency

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God Save the Queen!

An EXPO in Dubai? I understand it is a world exposition with other countries participating. Well, that is very encouraging, that means things are normal enough for them to organize an exposition. But I wonder how many countries  are participating,

Most wanted man arrested

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A man tagged as the most wanted person of Bago City, Negros Occidental, was apprehended by the Bacolod City police at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday at the junction of Mabini and Libertad streets. P/Lt. Liberty

Duterte allows grant of ‘one-time’ P20K assistance to EC pensioners

President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized the grant of a one-time financial assistance of P20,000 to qualified pensioners under the employees’ compensation (EC). Administrative Order (AO) No. 39, signed by Duterte yesterday, empowers the Employees’ Compensation Commission to grant a one-time

Photo of the Day

PROTOCOLS. A policeman ensures that minimum health protocols are observed at the Bacolod public plaza in the continuous fight against Covid-19*


“Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.” Those lines from poet Joyce Kilmer immediately came to my mind upon reading the news that appeared in the DAILY STAR yesterday about the cutting of

Cycle of life

One of the coronavirus fads that local governments should give serious consideration as a potential path forward for any post-Covid planning sessions that are hopefully being held is the rise of bicycling as a form of recreation, and more importantly,