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4 soldiers awarded gallantry medals

            Four enlisted personnel of the 11th Infantry Battalion were awarded with Gold Cross Medals for gallantry in action Thursday, in connection with the campaign against the New People’s Army in Negros Oriental.             Negrense Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan, commanding


More Negrense centenarians receive P100K in financial aid

            Thirteen more Negrense centenarians received P100,000 each in a door-to-door distribution of cash assistance, led by Gov. Eugenio Lacson in the cities of Bago, Himamaylan, and Kabankalan, and the municipalities of Hinigaran and Ilog on Nov. 25.             The


Bridges and walls, unity in diversity

          We are meant to love everyone, even including our enemies.           Christ said so. He even offered forgiveness to those who crucified him. And that’s simply because, irrespective of how we are individually and among each other, we are


Comelec offers online facility for registrants

            The Commission on Elections said voter applicants can use its online registration facility to help them register for the May 2022 national and local elections.             According to the poll body, applicants may register by accomplishing forms thru iRehistro


Do not withhold Covid info, residents told

            Persons withholding information that could help prevent the spread of Covid-19 will face fines and jail terms in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.             The warning was issued by Dr. Wilmer Yap, Emergency Operations Center incident commander, in response


Sagay policeman dies in ‘accidental firing’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN             An intelligence police operative died due to an alleged “accidental firing” in Barangay Zone 4, Cadiz City in Negros Occidental on Thursday night.             Lt. Col. Robert Mansueto, Cadiz City police chief, yesterday identified the


Quarantine meandering

          One of the saddest scenes I have seen on TV lately was that of a newly built cemetery said to have been set up especially for victims of COVID. The place was very green, very fresh  and seemed to


Rice sector to get biggest chunk of DA’s budget

            The rice sector will remain the priority of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) modernization and industrialization programs next year.             This, after the Senate voted 22-0 to approve the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021 on successive second


Investing in fisheries

          The World Bank will extend a $220 million loan to the Philippines next year to enhance the country’s marine resource management by controlling the harvest in some of its fishing grounds while also supporting livelihoods.           The Fisheries and

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EOC volunteer doctor guest of honor at June 12 program

Dr. Hector Gayares Jr., a volunteer doctor who has helped the City manage the Covid-19 pandemic since it started last year, is the guest of honor and speaker at the 123rd Philippine Independence Day program in Bacolod City on June

More Capitol employees test positive

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN More employees of the Negros Occidental provincial government tested positive for Covid-19, majority of them assigned at the Provincial Environment and Management Office, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday. Diaz said 50 virus-infected Capitol employees and

Soldier, rebel killed in two gunbattles

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A soldier and a suspected New People’s Army rebel died in two separate encounters in Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental yesterday. Army Cpl. Rodney Luces of Alimodian, Iloilo died during an encounter with rebels at

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,

NegOcc water security program launched

With 25 percent of Negrenses having no access to water supply, the Negros Occidental provincial government unveiled yesterday the Provincial Integrated Water Security Program, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development. The program, on the theme “Securing

Home, workplace transmissions fast

The Department of Health in Western Visayas Center reiterated the need to observe minimum public health protocols even at home and work areas as the local transmission is faster in these places. “We have no other variant. It’s purely local