June 2021

Leonardia to attend 4th Asia Leadership Forum

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, will be the lone representative of all Philippine city mayors at the virtual 4th Asia Leadership Forum, from 2-7 p.m. tomorrow, on the theme “From


9 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew hours remain in NegOcc

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The shift from Modified General Community Quarantine status of Negros Occidental to a bit stricter GCQ may lead to some restrictions in the activities of Negrenses, starting July 1 until 31 this year, although curfew hours


City to follow IATF recommendation

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III “We won’t appeal,” Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday regarding the recommendation of the National Inter-Agency Task Force to place the City under the General Community Quarantine status from July 1 to


P50K bounty offered for five jail escapees

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN/ ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Region 6 is offering a P50,000 reward for information leading to the recapture of the five high-profile inmates, who escaped from the Negros Occidental District


San Carlos PNP gets new vehicle

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The San Carlos City Police Station received a brand new patrol vehicle, equipped with accessories on June 28, in line with Mayor Renato Gustilo’s aim to further improve the mobility of the local police in the


No face-to-face graduation in Negros Occ: DepEd exec

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN There will be no face-to-face graduation ceremony in Negros Occidental, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Education- Negros Occidental spokesperson Ian Arnold Arnaez announced yesterday. But Arnaez said that the graduation ceremony may be done


Do we really know Christ?

We really need to know who Christ is. That’s the question that Christ asked his disciples and should be rightly answered by us, the way Peter answered it. “Who do people say that I am?” This is very important for


Are COVID and Flu cousins?

Did I hear it right? I was tuned to CNN yesterday and got jolted when I heard the announcer saying that the World Health Organization, easier recalled as the “WHO”, had warned that even those who have been vaccinated are



The Philippines has slipped back into the Financial Action Task Force money laundering watchlist and now needs to submit progress reports thrice a year after the global watchdog protecting against ill-gotten money and criminal proceeds included the country in its

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Bacolod ERB resolves 10,199 voters applications

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Bacolod Election Registration Board resolved 10,199 voters’ applications, as of July 19, city Commission on Elections officer Kathrina Trinio-Caña said yesterday. Of the number, 222 were facing opposition but the complaints for 145 had

Ceneco saves P44M through CENPRI power reserve deal

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative saved P44 million in power costs for the months of May to middle of July this year by utilizing its contracted reserve power from the Central Negros Power Reliability Inc. instead of relying on the

House passes proposed bill banning single-use plastics

The House of Representatives last night approved on final reading a bill banning single-use plastics to better address pollution linked to these disposable items. With 190 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and one abstention, the chamber passed on third reading

Negros Occidental remains ASF-free: Lacson

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN/ADRIAN P. NEMES III Negros Occidental remains free of the African swine fever, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday. Lacson said the ASF task force, which is now on its second year of existence, succeeded in prevention

Infra projects seen to create 300K jobs

The government expects to complete 24 infrastructure flagship projects, worth P194.78 billion, before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term in June 2022. “The 24 projects are estimated to generate more than 300,000 jobs between 2017 and 2022,” the National

Rules issued to determine work relations of firms, delivery riders

The Department of Labor and Employment yesterday issued rules in determining the employment relationship between food delivery and courier riders and their respective digital platforms. In an advisory, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said these workers are covered by either