March 2021

Mandatory swab test to all inbound travelers

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN All travelers entering airports and seaports of Negros Occidental are again being required by the provincial government to undergo mandatory swabbing and Covid-19 RT-PCR testing, regardless of destination, and to be quarantined until their negative results


BGC grounds off limits until Apr. 4

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Bacolod Government Center ground was temporarily closed to the public yesterday and until Sunday. The decision was reached after the city recorded 31 new Coronavirus 2019 cases, the highest daily record since November 8


PVO warns vs. banned meat products

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The sale of banned luncheon meat in Silay City was thwarted by the Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office Friday last week, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena, said yesterday. Following reports from several concerned citizens regarding the


Alangilan farmers receive financial aid

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III More than half a million pesos in livelihood assistance was received by a group of farmer beneficiaries in Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City from the Department of Agrarian Reform Monday. DAR Assistant Regional Director for Western


Guv: Observe protocols while on holiday break

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN While he is not discouraging travelling during the Holy Week, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson called on them yesterday to be mindful of their activities by not lowering their vigilance and observing  health protocols, as


SRA amends allocation order

MANILA – The Sugar Regulatory Administration has revised its sugar allocation for the year to ensure a stable supply of the commodity. In its order released  Monday, the SRA said the initial projection of national sugar production of 2.19 million


Bayan, Karapatan stage mass action

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Members of Bayan-Negros and Karapatan-Negros staged a “Kalbaryo ng Bayan” and indignation rally at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City yesterday to call for justice for all victims of human rights violation and to dramatize


Photo of the Day

‘WAR’ CASUALTIES. Police troopers transport the cadavers of two suspected New People’s Army rebels to a PNP helicopter from the encounter site in Barangay Nagbinlod, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental.* PNP SAF photo


April Fools!

It’s going to be April Fools tomorrow. Like Halloween, it is another of those Western celebrations that I never really got into. I can appreciate the art of wearing costumes and playing a good prank every now and then, but


When silence is not golden

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any name would smell as sweet.” I don’t think any high school student  – of my generation, at least, – missed that very popular line from one of the

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OFW remittance to improve

The economic recovery of more countries globally is expected to further ensure the sustained growth of remittances to the Philippines which can benefit the peso. Data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas yesterday showed that cash inflows from overseas

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

Woman nabbed with P1.7M shabu

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Combined operatives of the Bacolod City Police Drug Enforcement Unit, the regional Drug Enforcement Unit-6, and the Police Station 4 seized P1.7 million worth of suspected shabu from a woman they arrested in Brgy. Estefania,

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,

Art District transformed

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The pandemic failed to prevent local artists from unleashing their creativity that led to the transformation of the Art District in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, into another place of attraction in the city. Visual artist Charlie

‘Probe cutting of trees’

The cutting of decades-old trees at the old airport in Bacolod City drew censure from residents and netizens alike* APN III photo