April 6, 2021

Crimes in Bacolod down 19%

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A decrease of 19.14 percent in crime incidents for the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year was reported by the Bacolod City Police Office. P/Lt. Liberty Indiape, BCPO spokesperson,


NPA justifies ambush-slay of 2 soldiers

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The New People’s Army Apolinario Gatmaitan Command justified yesterday the ambush-slay of two Army intelligence operatives on April 3 in Brgy. Yaoyao, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, and insisted that they were “legitimate military targets”. Ka Juanito Magbanua,


7K doses of Sinovac for Bacolod, NegOcc

An additional 14,400 doses of the Sinovac vaccine are expected to arrive in Region 6 this week, with 7,200 doses for healthcare workers in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental municipalities and hospitals. Dr. Mary Jane Roches Juanico, head of the


BGC grounds still closed to public

Doctors David and Ruby Pedroza (1st and 3rd from left) received their second dose of Sinovac vaccines from OIC City Health Officer, Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr. (2nd from left), and Emergency Operations Center nurse Dennis Sumande at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby yesterday* City PIO photo


More farmers get land titles

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III More farmer-beneficiaries from northern Negros Occidental received Certificates of Land Ownership Award from the Department of Agrarian Reform. Municipal Agrarian Reform Program officer Tessie Pedrosa led the distribution of CLOAs to 16 agrarian reform beneficiaries


Swabbing ‘voluntary’ upon entry to Negros

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Swabbing upon arrival in airport and seaports of Negros Occidental remains voluntary for inbound travelers, pending a response from the National Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases of his request that it has to be


Flights to WV cancelled

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Cebu Pacific announced the cancellation of flights from Manila to Bacolod today and on Thursday, and that of Cebu-Bacolod on April 6. This was after the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious


Summer plans

A year ago, summer vacation plans were cancelled en masse when the Covid-19 pandemic forced most of the world to lock down. Back then, most of us were able to take the cancellations in stride, recognizing the importance of staying


How independent are we?

Has this ever happened in the Philippines? I am referring to what is happening in Israel where their Prime Minister is now in trial for corruption. Oh, we have read or heard about suspicious of graft and corruption affecting some


Energy for progress

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi wants the country’s energy plans to be recalibrated to ensure the sector continues to be responsive and effective in the country’s quest for sustained energy security. “Energy is vital to support the country’s economic recovery and

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Cryptocurrency eyed in Cebu

Residents of Cebu City may soon have the option of settling their City Hall transactions in cryptocurrency. This was after Mayor Edgar Labella signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly explore with C Pass Inc., represented by chief executive officer

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

49K dogs vaccinated

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday that 49,812 dogs in Negros Occidental have been vaccinated against rabies. Decena said PVO targeted to vaccinate 215,521 dogs this year, out of the 269,401 population. As of March,

DOH classifies NegOcc as WV Covid ‘high-risk’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental, that topped the list in Region 6 with having the most number of Covid-19 cases at 9,954, as reported by the Provincial Incident Management Team, has been classified as a “high risk” area, by

Covid hits 50 city employees

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III About 50 employees of the Bacolod City government have been infected by the coronavirus disease 2019, as of Monday, City Administrator Em Ang, who is also the executive director of the Emergency Operations Center, said.

OFWs in Korea given 1-year extension of stay: POLO exec

The period of stay and employment of overseas Filipino workers in Korea, who are under the Employment Permit System (EPS) and whose contract term expires within the period April 13, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021, has been extended for one