June 7, 2021

Ceres to launch tap card

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO As part of its modernization program to pave the way for cashless transactions, Vallacar Transit Inc., operator of Ceres buses, will implement an automated fare collection system using a tap card starting June 14. Jade Seballos,


Fire hits commercial building in Bacolod

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Fire hit a three-storey commercial building at Hilado Street, Brgy. 17 in Bacolod City Saturday, and destroyed about P100,000 in properties. The Bureau of Fire Protection received a call at about 2:53 p.m., informing them


Floods hit 14 Bacolod brgys

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Floodwaters submerged 14 barangays in Bacolod City Saturday night, affecting 774 individuals who had to flee their homes for safety. Affected areas were barangays 3,4,6, Montevista, Pahanocoy, Vista Alegre, Banago, Taculing, Mansilingan, Bata, Mandalagan, Sum-ag,


8 ex-rebels avail of P1M in aid

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Eight former rebels in Brgy. Pinapugasan, Escalante City, Negros Occidental, are availing of the P1 million DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program. This was facilitated by the Task Force-Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict, Lt. Col.


10K vials of Sinovac jabs arrive

The 10,000 additional doses of Sinovac vaccine arrived for Bacolod City Saturday and being brought immediately to the cold room facility of the City at the Government Center, and received by City Health Officer, Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr., CHO nurse Paulynne Sustento – cold chain manager, and CHO nurse Maricar Mana-ay* City PIO photo


Placido willing to be relieved amid killings

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III “If they think that I am useless, I am volunteering myself to be relieved anytime,” city police director Manuel Placido said amid criticisms that Bacolod has become a “killing capital” due to a spate of


Owner halts resort project in Sum-ag

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The owner of the resort being developed in a portion of the Sum-ag riverbank that was earlier issued a cease-and-desist order by the Bacolod City Legal Office will temporarily stop the project while his requirements


Palace acts on nurse position modification

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Good news to government nurses in Negros Occidental. Malacañang has ordered the Department of Budget and Management to adjust the increase of the Salary Grade of Nurse 2 to SG16, and retain the position titles of


Covid hits 3 more cops

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Three more police personnel of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office tested positive for Covid, bringing to 27 the number of NOCPPO police officers infected with the virus, the PNP Health Service reported yesterday. It added


Benitez, Lacson call for reskilling revolution

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) has called for a reskilling of the workforce in the IT-BPO sector to complement the agenda on digital transformation. In his keynote speech during the 175th culmination ceremony

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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

Another fuel price increase this week

The prices of fuel products will increase anew this week. Starting this morning, Caltex, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines, Seaoil, Shell, and Total will increase diesel prices by P0.40 per liter, and gasoline prices by P0.50 per liter. Caltex, Seaoil,

DOF urges firms to spend big on innovation, digitalization

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III underscored yesterday the need for Philippine businesses to invest heavily in digitalization and innovation to stay competitive as the world rapidly transitions to a new post-pandemic global economy driven by abrupt and disruptive changes in

Noceco rates up P2.8

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative announced Saturday an increase of P2.8 in its residential rates for June, or about 28 percent higher than last month. The Noceco rate last month was P9.99 per kilowatt hour,

Silliman gives beds to isolation facilities

Silliman University in Dumaguete City donated 150 wooden folding beds/cots or teheras to the local government recently, in response to the bed shortage experienced in various isolation facilities amid the continuing rise in the number of Covid-19 positive cases. The

Fire hits 12 houses

Firefighters putting out the fire in Purok Riverside, Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City yesterday* Rocky Valencia photo