July 13, 2021

Bacolod administers 78,361 Covid vaccines

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bacolod City has administered a total of 78,361 Covid-19 vaccines, as of July 9, the Emergency Operations Center said yesterday. Of the number, 22,057 were with British-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccines while the rest were China-made Sinovac


QR codes for fully vaccinated Negrenses

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental will start issuing identification cards with QR codes to Negrenses fully vaccinated against the Covid-19. Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday that they will start with those fully vaccinated in


Comelec inaugurates building in Manapla

The Commission on Elections inaugurated its new two-storey office building in Manapla town, Negros Occidental recently. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon and Manapla town Mayor Manuel Escalante III led the inauguration of the building that houses the Office of the Election


Big-time gasoline price hike

Oil firms have announced another round of fuel price hikes starting today. Caltex, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines, Seaoil, Shell, and Total will implement a big-time price increase on gasoline prices at P1.15 per liter and diesel by P0.60 per


Noceco July rate down 68 centavos

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative said yesterday that its residential rate for the month of July is P12.12 per kilowatt hour, from P12.81 in June, or a reduction of at least 68 centavos. In an


More Capitol employees test Covid positive

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Five more Negros Occidental provincial government employees have tested positive for Covid-19, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday. The five are all assigned at the office of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program. Diaz said three


2 arrested in drug-bust

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Two street level individuals were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation with P58,000 worth of suspected shabu at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City. P/Major Sherlock Gabana identified those arrested as Romela


Photo of the Day

VISIT. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief, Gen. Cirilito Sobejana (2nd from right), who will retire from the military service on July 31, being welcomed by 11IB soldiers in Siaton, Negros Oriental recently* Army photo



In my previous article, I talked about finally coming to terms with putting the possibility of migrating to another country on the table. My frustrations and disappointments in the leadership and governance of the only country I call home made


The footprints of Sammy Palanca

Here’s something to think about for those who “want to get away from it all”, and can afford to! Here’s this guy named Michael Branson who has gone through it and is now offering to organize tours of space, which,

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Biz registration, renewals reach 1.9M

Business registrations and renewals reached 1.9 million, as of Tuesday, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said. He said the number has increased from 900,000 business registrations and renewals in 2015. “While there are businesses that closed down,

Janssen jabs in demand in NegOcc

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The single dose Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine appears to be more popular in Negros Occidental, as more local government units have requested for additional supplies, on top of their daily allocations, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz

New markets emerge for Filipino healthcare workers: POEA chief

New markets are emerging for Filipino healthcare workers amid the global coronavirus crisis, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said yesterday. “During the pandemic, the number of other countries in our Asean is increasing, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In the Middle

New HQ for Escalante cops

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Escalante City Police Station in Negros Occidental will soon have a new home. P/Lt. Col. Gil John Despi, Escalante City police chief, said yesterday that they are now preparing to transfer to their new city

Bing invited to Duterte’s final SONA

As the national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia was invited jointly by the Senate and House of Representatives to personally attend the sixth and final State of the Nation Address of


From gratuitous applause to genuine inspiration. That was how Monday felt, when a president’s rambling state of the nation address was followed by the news of the gold medal victory of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the Tokyo Olympics. I had