July 10, 2021

Bacolod still requiring RT-PCR negative results

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III / GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results taken two days upon arrival in Bacolod City are still required from travelers, executive director Em Ang of the Emergency Operations Center,


P5M halfway house for ex-rebels

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo (left) and Department of Interior and Local Government Region 7 director Leocadio Trovela led the groundbreaking for a halfway house for former rebels at the Camp Leon Kilat headquarters of the 302nd Infantry Brigade in Tanjay City recently*


Comelec logs 294K voters

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bacolod Commission on Elections officer Kathrina Trinio-Caña said yesterday that 294,330 registered voters have been recorded as of April, while 10,199 applications are awaiting approval. Caña said those pending are not all new registrants as


6 drug suspects nabbed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A woman was among the six suspected drug peddlers arrested by the police in a series of buy-bust operations in Negros Occidental on July 8 and 9, that yielded about P87,000 worth of illegal drugs. Geralyn


Benitez files Job Next bill

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez has filed House Bill No. 9807, or the Job Next Act of 2021, similar to Singapore’s SkillsFuture program, that aims to provide a skills voucher program for Filipinos


SP passes ASF ordinance on second reading

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III An ordinance establishing the Bantay African Swine Fever Task Force in all barangays of Bacolod City and granting authority to the City Veterinary Office to deputize and empower barangay biosecurity was passed by the Sangguniang


To be both like serpents and doves

That’s what Christ wants us to be, if we are to be his faithful disciples. It’s not easy, of course. But we have his assurance that as long as we are with him, we truly can be as shrewd, cunning


Call it ‘social dis-dancing’

As I sat down to type this column, the TV announced that Japan has declared a “State of Emergency” in Tokyo. Bye, bye Olympics? Sorry to sound callous, of course I sympathize with the people of Japan who must be



The Global Finance ranking of the world’s safest countries for 2021 ranked the Philippines at the bottom of the barrel of 134 countries. The Philippines’ dismal performance was consistent in the international business magazine’s annual ranking, remaining at the bottom

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El Cid: Bacolod not likely to appeal GCQ-HR status

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The city government is not likely to appeal the General Community Quarantine with Heightened Restriction status from August 1 to 15, approved by President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday evening, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday.

Photo of the Day

SCHOOLS. San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, and Rep. Gerardo Valmayor Jr. led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of two schools, worth P22.4 million, in the city Wednesday* San Carlos PIO photo

Ceneco rates up

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Power rates of Central Negros Electric Cooperative increased by 95 centavos per kilowatt hour this month, while that of Northern Negros Electric and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperatives reduced by P1.6 and 39 centavos, respectively. Ceneco

Bacolod company honors Diaz

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bacolod City based-Aldrtz Corporation is giving a year’s supply of Pau Liniment to Olympic Gold Medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, as a sign of gratitude to her for giving honor to the country, a statement from the

Woman killed in front of son

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A woman was shot dead by a still unidentified gunman on a motorcycle in Brgy. 2 poblacion, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental Saturday. The Pontevedra police, who identified the victim as Maelarie Pagunsan, 48, of Purok Perez in

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