May 2021

House inquiry pushed on Ceneco-Kepco deal

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Power Watch Negros will seek a Congressional inquiry on the one-year extension of the current agreement between Kepco-Salcon Power Corporation and the Central Negros Electric Cooperative. Wennie Sancho, secretary general of Power Watch, said that


Army, PNP vow aggressive ops vs. NPA

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the Police Regional Office 6 vowed aggressive operations against the New People’s Army rebels responsible for many atrocities in Western Visayas. The declaration was made by Maj. Gen. Eric Vinuya,


RIATF lifts Negros-Iloilo travel ban

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The week-long temporary suspension of trips from Negros Occidental to Dumangas Port and Iloilo City, and vice versa, will be lifted starting June 1, the joint advisory issued by the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force and Regional


Dumaguete vice mayor dies in charity bike ride

Dumaguete City Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova died yesterday morning after he collapsed during the charity bike event organized by the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army. He was 53. Doctors at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital attempted to


Negros Occ culture hub launched

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led the grand launching of the Negros Occidental Cultural Hub at the Capitol Lagoon in Bacolod City on May 29. A pioneering first for Negros Occidental, Lacson said the tour of the


STI owes WNU P50 million: CA ruling

The Court of Appeals turned down an appeal filed by STI Education Systems Holdings Inc. questioning a lower court decision that ordered it to pay P50 million to shareholders of the West Negros University to complete its P400-million purchase made


CLMMRH Covid beds full: exec

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital has reached full capacity on both wards and critical care unit dedicated to Covid-19 patients, its chief, Dr. Julius Drilon, said Saturday. Drilon said the Emergency Room of


Negros Trade Fair e-commerce on

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan, and Association of Negros Producers president Arlene Infante (l-r) ring the bell to signify the start of the 35h Negros Trade Fair in Bacolod City Saturday* APN photo


Live the Mystery

It is said that Trinity Sunday is every preacher’s nightmare. It does not have to be because while the Trinity may be the most profound mystery of our faith, the feast is more of a celebration of the nearness rather

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Hinobaan RGU, birthing facility on lockdown

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Hinobaan Rural Health Unit and its birthing facility were temporary closed by Mayor Ernesto Estrao, after 12 of its 32 personnel tested positive for Covid-19. Estrao said yesterday that he advised those seeking treatment at

366K social pensioners in Western Visayas get stipend

All 365,908 elderly pensioners in Western Visayas have received their stipend for the first semester of this year, totaling P1,097,724, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 6 said yesterday. Each qualified senior citizen received P3,000, which is

Djokovic sets sights on Golden Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic has set his sights on the Golden Grand Slam of all four majors and the Olympic title, insisting: “Everything is possible”. The world number one captured a second French Open and 19th Slam with a 6-7 (6/8), 2-6,

Sagay launches Covid ‘stories of hope’

Sagay City in Negros Occidental is honoring the frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019, through short films produced by Sagaynon filmmakers. The city government launched the “Sagay Covid Stories of Hope and Courage–Flash Shorts Contest” in

PH Covid recoveries 1,257,774

An additional 4,585 patients have beaten the coronavirus disease 2019, pushing the country’s overall recovery count to 1,257,774 as of yesterday. The Department of Health, in its latest Covid-19 bulletin, said recoveries account for 93.9 percent of a total of

Corporate tax incentives to boost PH recovery: Fitch Solutions

Fitch Solutions is optimistic that the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises, or Create Act, will help boost the Philippines’ economic recovery, citing its impact on investors’ sentiment. Create Act, that was signed into law on March 26, gradually