Sustainable and resilient

In a post-pandemic world where sustainability is necessary, economies in the Asia Pacific region should prioritize quality investment in infrastructure, one that is resilient and well-planned. The Asian Development Bank said investing in resilient and adaptive infrastructure after the pandemic


Grey list

The Philippines needs to enact major reforms in the country’s bank secrecy laws to avoid being included anew in the grey list of the Paris-based money laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF), resulting in adverse effects on trade and


Survive and thrive

Today, the Visayan DAILY STAR is proud to announce that we are celebrating our 39th year of service to the Negrense community, making our little local newspaper that started operations on April 12, 1982 among the country’s oldest. Aside from


Manufacturing vaccines

After more than one year into a global pandemic that has infected more than 800,000, killed more than 14,000, and crippled the economy, President Rodrigo Duterte has given the go-signal to the economic team to find ways to encourage the



On April 9, 1942, the Philippines became the last country to surrender to the Japanese in Southeast Asia. The roughly 60,000 Filipino troops and around 11,000 to 15,000 US troops, who surrendered, were subjected to the infamous Bataan Death March


Contact trace!

Despite the country having been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for more than a year, contact tracing czar Benjamin Magalong admitted in a recent House inquiry that contact tracing has “largely deteriorated” in the past four weeks. The contact tracing



The Department of Health has reiterated that Ivermectin products in the country remain for veterinary use, in response to the drug being touted by some lawmakers and business people as a possible treatment for Covid-19. The World Health Organization has


Energy for progress

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi wants the country’s energy plans to be recalibrated to ensure the sector continues to be responsive and effective in the country’s quest for sustained energy security. “Energy is vital to support the country’s economic recovery and



The Asian Development Bank urged the Philippines to reform its technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in a bid to cope with fast-changing industry needs. ADB said Industry 4.0 is rapidly changing the nature of work and the



The country observes its second Holy Week under extreme quarantine conditions, this time due to a catastrophic spike in COVID-19 cases thanks to a woefully inadequate response that has, thus far, failed to address a public health crisis, arrest the

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P138M in livelihood grants released to 13K in Region 6

The Department of Social Welfare and Development said it has already released P138.15 million in livelihood assistance grant (LAG) to 13,647 beneficiaries in Western Visayas, including P20 million to 2,900 recipients in Negros Occidental, as of March this year. Mary

Gasoline, kerosene prices down today

Oil firms will roll back prices of gasoline and kerosene starting this morning. In separate advisories, Caltex, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, Petron, Phoenix Petroleum, PTT Philippines, Seaoil, Shell, and Unioil said they will cut gasoline prices by P0.25 per liter. Caltex,

Four family members massacred in Bacolod

The decomposing bodies of four family members were found in this house in Gardenville Subdivision, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City, yesterday* Adrian Nemes III photo

P6B in disability benefits released

The Social Security System recorded P6.23 billion in disbursements for disability benefits in 2020, lower by 12.6 percent from the previous year, and covered payouts to 118,755 beneficiaries. SSS president and chief executive officer, Aurora Ignacio, attributed the decrease to

Truck stops

Ever since the district system of sugar milling was abolished, the sugar producing island of Negros has become overly dependent on trucks for transporting sugarcane to mills. Because sugar mills now compete with each other for cane, trucks have been

WV swine stakeholders briefed on gov’t responses against ASF

More than 150 stakeholders of the swine industry in Western Visayas convened virtually on Tuesday to discuss the quick recovery and response efforts of the Department of Agriculture as the dreaded African swine fever continues to affect the supply and