July 20, 2021

City gets 51K vaccine doses

City Administrator Em Ang, executive director of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force, and OIC-City Health Officer, Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr., received the fresh delivery of Covid vaccines for Bacolod City yesterday*


NegOcc eyeing negative RT-PCR anew

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental is now entertaining the possibility of requiring negative RT-PCR test results from those coming from Panay, following a confirmation from the Department of Health of two cases of the highly-contagious


LGU rollout of J&J jabs July 26-30

The Negros Occidental provincial government will roll out the Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Janssen coronavirus disease 2019 vaccine in local government units across the province from July 26-30. A report released by Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II confirmed that the


24 MSMEs join Negros trade fair

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Some 24 micro and small enterprises and local government units in Negros Occidental are joining the 16-day trade event at Robinsons Place Bacolod starting today. The Negros Producers Market was initiated anew by the Metro


Benitez declares he will run for mayor of Bacolod

House Minority Floor leader Stephen Paduano (left) and Board Member Andrew Montelibano raise the hands of former Rep. Alfredo Benitez (center), who officially declared that he is running for mayor of Bacolod City in next year’s elections* Mitch Lipa photo


Lacson: NPC yet to decide whom to support

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN       Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that he did not join the move of about 24 governors, who urged President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president in the 2022 elections. “I have not


Grade conscious

The Philippine education system is a mess. We don’t need the World Bank, an international think tank, or a local NGO to tell us that. The Secretary of Education should know that the reason she is there is to be


No Time to Let Your Guard Down

All dressed up and no place to go? Is that what is going to happen to the early delegations that arrived for the Olympics supposed to take place in Tokyo this time? Well, as of this writing, I am not


Reclaiming Dumaguete

The plan of the local government of Dumaguete City and a developer to build a 174-hectare “smart city” on reclaimed land has been met by staunch opposition from scientists and environmental groups who fear such a project will bring devastating


Reclamation project in Dumaguete faces new opposition

The People’s Development Council submitted yesterday its position paper/letter to the Sangguniang Panlungsod opposing the planned 174-hectare coastal reclamation project in Dumaguete City, citing at least two immediate concerns. The PDC was established through a city ordinance to act as

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ERB junks petition vs. Benitez

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The local Election Registration Board unanimously denied a petition opposing the transfer of the voter registration record of former Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, from Victorias to Bacolod City. The ERB, composed of Election

1.5M enrolled in TESDA online courses

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, about 1.5 million have enrolled in the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s online courses, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday. In his sixth and final State of the Nation Address, Duterte said he

350K jobs available to migrant workers in Japan

Some 350,000 job opportunities are open to migrant workers, including overseas Filipino workers in Japan, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Tokyo reported yesterday. In a virtual forum, Labor Attaché Marie Rose Escalada said Japan is looking to hire foreign

More OFWs needed in Abu Dhabi

Companies and businesses in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates are slowly opening, giving job opportunities to migrant workers, including overseas Filipino workers. In a virtual forum, Labor Attaché Manuel Dimaano of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in 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

Philippines orders 13 million into lockdown over Delta fears

The Philippines will send more than 13 million people in the national capital region back into lockdown next week, the government said yesterday, as it tries to head off a surge in cases of a hyper-contagious coronavirus strain. Experts have