A four-day “timeout weekend” has been announced for the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay and Bago and the municipality of Murcia, from August 28 to 31 so mass testing for COVID-19 can be conducted. Provincial and local governments involved are targeting 10,000 free tests during that weekend as they try their bestest to stem the tide of COVID-19 infections that have been surging ever since the ECQ period ended a couple of months ago and the floodgates of infected humanity were unleashed upon our shores by the national government task force ironically responsible for keeping COVID-19 infections under control.
Aside from the mask-wearing and physical distancing rules and reminders for the allegedly “pasaway” Filipinos who are supposed to be the reason why the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak is still rampaging uncontrollably in the Philippines, the next-most (in) visible rule of our state of quarantine is our national obsession with plastic.
Despite the numerous flip flops, pointing to a disturbingly normalized lack of vision, direction and policy coming from the of the Department of Education and the President regarding the future of education in this country, it looks like, ready or not, the next few months of basic education for Filipino school kids will be spent online.
We are on our own. It feels like our government has run out of money and ideas. After wasting three months and trillions of pesos, we have to come to terms with the reality that our country’s best of the best boomers have failed. It is now up to us to do our best for ourselves and our families if we want to survive the next few years, health-wise and financially.
Although I would have preferred to keep it quiet while the people in charge continue to work feverishly to come up with the ways, means and funds to save our beloved Visayan DAILY STAR, my maninay, mentor and mother figure Twinkling has already broken the sad news on her column. As a result of the challenges posed by the changing times and trends, and exacerbated by the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the Visayan DAILY STAR will have to press the reset button.
Last week my sister encountered internet problems at her home. Of all the services that have become critical for households during this pandemic, the loss of internet access can be a crippling affair so she was understandably turning desperate as she sought ways to get her service back online.
BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A councilor of Bacolod City and his wife were confined in a private hospital after they tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019. This was confirmed by a family member of the councilor to the
All travelers who wish to enter the Philippines, including those who have already been inoculated against the coronavirus disease 2019, are required to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine, Malacañang said yesterday. “What is the new protocol for anyone who will enter
Oil companies will implement another price increase effective this morning. In separate advisories, Caltex, Cleanfuel, Seaoil, Shell, and Unioil said diesel prices will go up by P0.35 per liter, while gasoline prices will increase by P0.20 per liter. Caltex, Seaoil,
Mayor Evelio Leonardia receives the RT-PCR machine donated by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to Bacolod that arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from Davao via Manila Monday afternoon* City PIO photo
Wasn’t that a wonderful gesture on the part of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, to donate that RT-PCR Machine to Bacolod City? It is indeed heartwarming to note that our mayors care for each other and are open to help
BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III More than P500 million in fake Bureau of Internal revenue stamps were recovered from a cigarette warehouse near the St. Vincent’s Home for the Aged in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City yesterday. Regional director Antonio Jonathan