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BQMH breaks ground for hospital extension

Mayor Evelio Leonardia (center) joins Dr. Evangeline Johnson, BQMH chief executive officer and president, and other hospital officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for its six-storey extension in Bacolod City yesterday*

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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

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DOH awards Bago mayor

The Department of Health, through its Health Emergency Management Bureau, declared Bago Mayor Nicholas Yulo as champion of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Health, and the recognition was given as part of this year’s observance of the National Disaster

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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

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Covid hits prov’l incident mgmt team head

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Provincial Incident Management Team head Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian again tested positive for Covid-19. Caelian said yesterday that he experienced fever on July 23, and this prompted him to isolate and undergo swab testing on Monday that

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VICMICO not an enemy, CONFED exec tells VMC

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Confederation of Sugarcane Planters’ Associations yesterday expressed its solidarity with the VICMICO Planters’ Association, after the Victorias Milling Company terminated its relationship with it. CONFED president Raymond Montinola, in a statement, said, “It is inconceivable

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Dad questions Ceneco deal with Kepco

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III In a position paper dated July 13 submitted to the Sanggunian Panlungsod, Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said the Central Negros Electric Cooperative may face possible civil and criminal suits. Gamboa cited collusion between Ceneco

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Bizmen seek clarification on Dumaguete reclamation

The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. has passed a resolution asking the proponent of the P23-billion reclamation project off the shores of Dumaguete City to answer issues and concerns raised by many sectors on its plan. Dumaguete-based

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Cops seize P200,000 in ‘shabu’

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III About P200,000 worth of suspected shabu was seized by operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office in buy-bust operations held in barangays 40 and Taculing Tuesday. P/Major Sherlock Gabana, BCPO spokesperson, said they recovered seven

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House passes proposed bill banning single-use plastics

The House of Representatives last night approved on final reading a bill banning single-use plastics to better address pollution linked to these disposable items. With 190 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and one abstention, the chamber passed on third reading

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More Covid variant cases in Negros Oriental logged: PHO

The provincial government of Negros Oriental has reported additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 variants even as the number of infections continues to decline. Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, who is the Covid-19 incident commander of the province’s

Youlink community channel on

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The Youlink Community channel and the Youlink.store were officially launched Friday at the Good Shepherd Training Center in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City. Executive producer and creative director Edu Pillora of YCC said the channel is

Let us sing “Fly me to the Moon”

How do we find topics to write on that could remove people’s minds from this pandemic?  Sometimes, I think it is something next to impossible, but one could try, can’t one? Well, for one, I have been getting calls and

SSS releases P115M in educational loans

The Social Security System disbursed over P115.53 million for educational loans from January to June 2021, that was 52.5 percent or P39.75 million higher than last year’s releases. Over 6,500 applications for tuition financing assistance were received by the pension

Negros Occidental remains ASF-free: Lacson

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN/ADRIAN P. NEMES III Negros Occidental remains free of the African swine fever, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday. Lacson said the ASF task force, which is now on its second year of existence, succeeded in prevention

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,